Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Do you believe in Fairy Tales?

There's a new challenge going on at Kards for Kids.  There are a few, actually!  Baby cards are due May 30th in Bela's hands and Fairytale cards by June 30.

Of course, I'm opting for the fairytale cards!  I got a great mermaid stamp by Kraftin Kimmie for my participation on the Kards for Kids smiley team so I knew I had to put it to work!  For every 5 cards you submit, you are entered for a prize.  I made five varied mermaids for the children at the hospital:

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The first one had to be an "Ariel" type mermaid, no less.  I have a lot of trouble colouring with that red copic marker, but I think this one turned out okay.  After I put her down on the card, I realized I should have cut out inside the tail.  Oh well.  Live and learn!  I like how the orange hair turned out too.

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I used a Quickutz (now Lifestyle Crafts) bubble embossing folder on the background and some Lifestyle Crafts self adhesive cork.  I thought the cork would make a nice sandy sea floor kind of look.  The top patterned paper are various scraps I had about.

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I made one with darker skin too for variety.  I coloured over the sea horses and the mermaid fins with Sakura glitter gel pens.  The sparkle from these pens is so fantastically girly (but hard to photograph).

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The sentiment stamp is from a set of mix and match words by Close to My Heart.  I got them from Sheri, whom I met through the Smiley Team too.

I also got a stamp set with some crowns in it, so we'll see if I can squeeze out a few princely cards after tax season!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Dragon's Treasure

A friend of ours in the U.S. had asked if I could make something special for his little girl for Valentine's Day.  Not long ago, she was in to fairies, and then it was mermaids.  Well, now it is dragons.  I had purchased this fantastic baby dragon digital image by A Day for Daisies and I hadn't used it yet.  It was the first thing that popped in to my head!

It's quite rare that I create specifically for girls.  I have only nephews myself!  I had a rough time matching enough pinks together.  I used a Sakura gel sparkle pen on the wings and the dragon's spots.

I used some sprinkles from Annabelle Stamps and seam binding from Stampin' Up!.  I also used my fiskars border punch and Stampin' Up! nesting frames.  Oh yes, I pulled out a lot of tools for this card!

I coloured the dragon with my Copic markers.  Again, I don't have a whole array of pink.  I made another one in blue and it looks much more blended.  One day, if it ever makes it to a card, you might even get to see it!

And here is the recipient of this card.  Isn't she darling?