Tuesday, May 31, 2016

New found treasure

Recently I've discovered a new found brand of cute I just adore.  My Besties by Sherri Baldy.  I colored this sweet image as a guest designer for the Come and Get Challenge where we use something with a doily, which can be found here. I did two cards for this one using the same image.  It's so versatile!    The doily in the first card is cut from my Silhouette doilies cut files.

The image I am using is by Sherri Baldy #105 I love coffee, I love tea,  This  can be found here.  I used Copics to color these sweet little gals and some embellishments I purchased from my good friend who sells Creative Memories.  While I failed to use a doily in the 2nd card, I just had to show her off because I just love how different an image can look with different papers and materials.

Hope you like my project and thanks so much for visiting my wee corner of blogland.



Friday, May 13, 2016

Time for a challenge

You know I've never been one to join in blog challenges as blogs just seem like something else I have to put on my "to do list", but I've decided to give it a whirl and post a few to try and see if I can play in some challenges just for funsies.  This card was made coloring with Copics using this gorgeous Ching Chou Kuik image which was given to her fans as a gift a while back.  I made it into this card for my dear friend using a Tattered lace fan die and some paper from Heartfelt creations for the sentiment tag.  I would like to enter this into the come and Get it Challenge #117 Card for a Woman which can be found here.

Thanks for popping in to see my work.


Saturday, October 10, 2015

When digital and coloring collide

When I have the time I certainly like to play around with backgrounds and do some of my background classes from Kit and Clowder.  That being said I also like to be able to put a card together that is quick and easy.  I took a page from my good friend Sue Peck's book and started playing with digital backgrounds.  I simply add whatever digital png image I want to a ready made background and voila, instant work of art and I still get the fun of coloring the image. I also struggle with my drawing skills so having a ready made background suits me.

This leads me to the reason for this blog post.  I shared my ideas with Janice at Scrapper's Delights and she created some really awesome ready made backgrounds  for Halloween to go with her amazing images.  I was so excited to be able to play with the images and the backgrounds!  It was really difficult to keep this under wraps!

So without further ado, I would like to introduce you to Scrapper's Delights Gothic topper background collection which can be found here and the projects I created with the darling images as well.  The first card was made using the digi Honey Pumpkin Pie that can be found here.  The second is Bat Women who can be found here. My third project is using this gothic cutie named CU Evelin who can be found here.  Fourth  is this lovely duo Dracula and the princess which can be found here. Finally I had some fun placing this darling little Papillon fairy in a spooky scene, she can be found here.
    In order to achieve what I've done here is fairly easy using Microsoft Word and Paint.  You simply open Word and go to the insert tab and insert the background of your choice.  Then go to the page layout tab at the top and choose the wrap text and pick the option for "behind text" then go back to insert and choose whichever digi you'd like to use (in png format) and choose it then go back to the wrap text option and choose "in front of text and click in the image to move it around with your mouse to where you want it positioned on the background.  I then choose the print screen option and paste into Paint then crop the image and delete the composition I previously used and paste the cropped image into my Word doc that way you can size the composition to fit multiple up on a page.  Should you need any assistance in the execution of this please feel free to message me here or on facebook.  I am happy to give further instruction.


I hope you have enjoyed my creations as much as I love creating them.  Oh and don't forget in celebration of this launch grab this already put together image and background  that can be found here
This is the creation I made in about a half hour, that includes coloring and putting together my card...so fun and so easy!  Of course in all the excitement of playing with these incredible images and showing them to you, I failed to mention that I am proudly going to be a member of the Scrapper's Delights Digital Papercraft Design Team!    Hope you enjoyed your visit and I really hope you try out these awesome backgrounds with your Scrapper's images.  Please make sure to visit my teamie Sue Peck's blog http://applejackcardsbysue.blogspot.co.uk/   She has also created some amazing works of art using these backgrounds and some other amazing images from Scrapper's Delights.
Happy Halloween and "Fang you very much" for stopping by!!
Helen (aka Catz)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Inspirational post

It's such and honor to be part of Rick St. Dennis' EDT (Elite Design Team)!  I just wanted to post some inspiration for those who may have seen his art and felt intimidated by the details.  The first thing I can say is you never know until you try!  I am taking classes with Kit and Clowder and I'm learning but in the meantime I try to color as much as possible to improve my skill set.  Today's image is called Pistache 1930's Chanteuse she can be found here.  I colored her with Copics and used Gelly Roll pens for the sparkles.  Hope you like her! :)

Helen (aka Catz)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Weekly Inspirational post for Ching Chou Kuik's DT

Hello bloggers, yet another announcement!  All good things happen in threes, and this is two of three!  I was chosen to become a part of Ching Chou Kuik's design team.  I am completely honored and overwhelmed with joy about this as I am a fan of her stunning art work.  This is my first official piece as a member of this design team.  Hope you like her. :)

Today I would like to share with you one of the newer designs found on Ching Chou Kuik's Etsy store called Toadstool head.  She can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/209992502/toadstool-head-digital-digi-stamp?ref=shop_home_feat_4 in the  Ching-Chou Kuik Etsy Store.

The current challenge for the blog is adding ribbon so I added some beautiful purple organza ribbon to complete this piece.

I colored the image with Copics using the Violet and blue green family of colors. The color palette was inspired by my dear friend and DT member Fernanda Oravec.    I added some sparkles that I am so fond of using stickles for the holly leaves and Gelly roll Stardust pens for the "freckles" on the mushroom.  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the wee branches with some added Stickles to sparkle up those leaves.

Have a great day!
(aka Catz)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mixed media..someone is learning new stuff!

The best thing about road trips and spending the weekend with one of your dearest friends who you've met for the first time is sharing in good times, and creating with new techniques you haven't tried before.  I had the best weekend in a long time spending the weekend with my dear friend Fernanda Oravec.  I got to snuggle with some of the sweetest fur babies I've ever met, eat wonderful food, shop for crafts and craft to my heart's content.  I was sad to see the weekend go so quickly.  So I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a wonderful weekend to Fernanda.  For the hospitality,the birthday gifts, the tips, but most of all your friendship!  This creation is one I did while visiting after Fernanda showed me how to create with mixed media.  I used Ching Chou Kuik's "Enter the woods"  you can find her here if you would like to purchase here from Ching Chou Kuik 's Etsy shop.  I used various stencils with modeling paste, iridescent and glitter decoupage by Martha Stewart.  I also added some fancy papers, ribbons, stickers, and beads to embellish it.  The image is colored with Copic markers.  
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Helen (aka Catz)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Facebook Elite Design Team

I haven't had the nerve to try out for a design team up until recently.  So I tried out for Rick St. Dennis's Elite Design Team and actually was chosen for a spot on the Facebook team much to my surprise!    I am over the moon excited about this and for the next six months I will be sharing all sorts of makes and pieces I color from Rick St. Dennis, Mfa's awesome collection.  He covers it all from cute to creepy, shabby to glamorous.  His shops can be found in two places, Etsy where you can download most of the digi files right away and Zibbet where if you are patient he is pretty quick to email them to you.  I prefer Zibbet only because the selection there is much larger and a few of the digis cost a little less.  Here are links for you to peruse his shop.


Hope you enjoy!  I will share one of my latest creations in celebration to winning this spot.  This glamourous gal can be found here:

Rick draws some of the most amazingly clad ladies I have ever seen their gowns are so gorgeous!  Thanks for stopping by and sharing in my joy!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Birthaversary! :)

I love the fall and unlike most people I generally embrace my birthday.  On Monday I will be celebrating 43 years of life cancer free so far!  I am also celebrating another special anniversary, that of being married 7 years to the love of my life!  He is my sun, moon and stars which leads me to this post.  I am using the Ching Chou Kuik image called "Wishing Stars" that can be found here:
I figure since there's still an "Anything Goes" contest going on with her Inspiration blog which can be found here:

Why not submit another entry to increase my chances of scoring some more of Ching's beautiful images!

I truly hope my dear husband likes this card, but either way I really enjoyed creating it and I know he appreciates the effort I put into making a card instead of buying one.  I colored her with copics and used Gelly roll stardust pens for the sparkly effects in her dress and on the stars.  I thought the glitter on the bottom would give a nice soft ethereal effect.  I wrote my own sentiment telling my sweet that I thank my lucky stars that we found one another.  Hope you like! :)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Halloween fun

I am a card making machine today!  So I'm going to enter the Fortnight challenge over at the Lacy Sunshine blog with this card.  You should come play along!  The theme is Halloween, how fun right?!  Here is a link in case you want to play along: http://www.lacysunshinechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/challenge-44-halloween.html#comment-form

For my first entry I would like to submit Sugi in her little witches costume.  Should you want to buy this darling little image she can be found here:
http://lacysunshine.weebly.com/new.html .  She is in the new section of the shop, her name is Sugi's Hocus Pocus.

Sugi has become one of my favorite characters drawn by Heather Valentin.  I went with fall colors, but non-traditional Halloween colors for her dress.  I used Copics to color her up.  Please let me know if you would like to have the colors I used.  I am terrible about taking notes when I color because it's usually just an inspirational thing for me.  Thanks for stopping by my blog!


Anything goes

I decided I'd like to play along with the "Anything Goes" Challenge at Ching Chou Kuik's new Monthly Inspirational and Challenge  blog.  You can come play along by clicking this link: http://cck-digitalstamps-challenge.blogspot.tw/2014/10/ching-chou-kuik-inspiration-and.html
I was really drawn to this beautiful image from Ching's etsy store called Christmas Venice Night which can be found by clicking this link:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/206098368/christmas-venice-night-digital-stamp?ref=shop_home_active_3
I really enjoyed doing a holiday card and I have plenty of feline loving folks in my world.  I used copics to color it up and some Gelly Roll pearl and stardust pens to accent the image along with some fun stickers and glittery paper.  Wouldn't be a Christmas card without sparkle!  Hope you like my creation.  If you have any questions please feel free to ask!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by.