Friday, December 6, 2013

Do you have your Christmas cards made yet?

Here's one I made with the Santa Claus image from A Creative Need.

I first sized the image to be 4" wide.  I printed it twice onto white cardstock.  Make sure that one of the images can be cut out into a 5" square or a little larger.  All you will need from the second image is Santa's left hand with cuff and candy cane.

I colored the images mainly with Prismacolor colored pencils.  Here are the colors I used:

For Santa's toy sack:
912 - Apple Green
988 - Marine Green
1097 - Moss Green

For Santa's suit:
922 - Poppy Red
923 - Scarlet Lake
1030- Raspberry

For Santa's skin:
927 - Light Peach
997 - Beige
1085 - Peach Beige
1092 - Nectar
1093 - Seashell Pink

For Santa's hair and cuffs:
1059 - Cool Grey 10%
1060 - Cool Grey 20%
1061 - Cool Grey 30%
1074 - French Grey 70%

Santa's eyes:
1022 - Mediterranean Blue

935 - Black was used on the image wherever it needed to be darkened up from being colored over.

I layered the colors and kept layering until the coloring looked the way I wanted them to.  Be sure to color the additional hand with cuff and candy cane the same as on the original image.

I used a gold gel pen to color all the buttons.  I used a red gel pen to color in the candy canes.  After the extra hand had been colored, I fussy cut it away from the rest of the image.  I put Glossy Accents on the candy cane and placed it to the side to dry.

I used a ruler and a Memento Dual Marker (London Fog) to draw dashed vertical lines behind the Santa image.  Then I stamped tiny snowflake stamps using Memento Dew Drop pads in London Fog, Summer Sky, and Danube Blue.  (See picture for reference.)

I trimmed the Santa image piece to 4" X 4" and used a corner rounder on all the corners.  Then, I cut a
4 1/8" x 4 1/8" piece of blue cardstock and rounded those corners also.  Next, I cut a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece of red cardstock.  These corners were also rounded.

The card base was a 10" x5" piece of green cardstock.  This card stock was folded in half with the fold on the left.  I adhered the Santa image onto the blue card stock.  Then the blue cardstock onto the red cardstock. And the red cardstock onto the front of the card base.

The last thing I did was to attach the extra image of the hand with cuff and candy cane.  I attached the cuff to the cuff on the original image with adhesive.  Then, I used a small bit of double-sided adhesive foam to lift of the hand for some added dimension.

Hope you like the Santa card.  I plan on posting some more Christmas cards as I get them done.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration,


Thursday, November 28, 2013

After you've gone to the sales ... in the cold weather ... beaten off the hundreds of other shoppers ...

go home, put on your jammies, get a cup of hot chocolate and stop in at A Creative Need.

There's a sale there too!  Just click on the sale sign to go there.

Have you entered the A Creative Need contest giveaway yet? You could win 3 A Creative Need digital images just for leaving a comment on the 11/28/2013 blog post. Check it out!  AND you only have a few days left to pick up the November 2013 FREEBIE before it’s gone!

Remember to be creative throughout the holiday season. It's cheaper than therapy and more fun too!!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration,


Thursday, November 7, 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ...

Hello everyone!!  I am usually one not to work on Christmas items until it's too late.  However, this year I was given inspiration with the Christmas images from A Creative Need.

My projects go right along with the A Creative Need November Challenge.  You may click on the link and it will take you to the blog from A Creative Need.  There you will find more information about the monthly challenges and what you could win.

This month for A Creative Need, I have designed two projects.  The first one is a box that can be used as a dish to hold Christmas candy.  Or, you could use it as a decoration with Christmas ornaments in it.

Here is a sneak peek at my other project which
will be discussed on my next blog entry today.

I created a Word document and inserted the digital image Bells and Holly from A Creative Need's Etsy shop.  I left the image at the original size (3.35" x 4.53").  I suggest that you leave at least a faint border to around the image.  In my examples, I've left the border dark for to make it easier to see where the additional tabs need to be drawn in.  I used 130# card stock to print on.  I used this heavier card stock to add stability to my project.

In the example above, I show where I drew a  line (2.5" long) one half inch to the left of the image box.  I tried to center it somewhat.  I also drew a line (3.75" long) 2.5" below the bottom of the image box.  Again, this was centered under the box.  I then drew connecting lines from the corners of the image box to the ends of the lines.  You will need one of these panels with the image on it.  

You can use the cut out panel as a guide to trace around.  Or, if you want, just draw another panel using the same measurements as the first, but without the image in it.  You will need three of the blank panels cut out.

You will need to score and make mountain folds along the dashed blue lines shown in the first example.

Now, color your image.  I used Prismacolor pencils in the following colors:  907, 908, 909, 911, 916, 917, 922, 923, 925, 942, 950, 988, 994, 1012, 1034, 1067, and 1090.      

This is an example of how I colored my image.

Next, I used a fast grabbing glue for putting the panels together.  I put some glue on top of Tab A, spread it out with an old card (similar to a credit card) I had gotten in with my junk mail. I placed the top of Tab A under the right side of the panel. I did this with all four panels.

After the panels were dry, I folded all four Tab B's in toward the center of the bottom of the box.  I then used some of the glue to adhere them together for strength.

I printed another copy of the Bells and Holly digital image on the heavy weight card stock.   I cut out just the bow.  I tied a bow with plaid ribbon and then glued it to the cut-out bow.  I twisted the ribbon so that it would end up being about the same width as the bow in the image.  After it was dry, I glued it right over top of the bow in the colored image on the box.  Note:  You may want to set the box on its side at this time to allow the bow to dry without sliding down the side of the box.

I also added two gold colored snowflake buttons.  First, I cut the shanks off the buttons.  Then, I glued the buttons on over the jingle bells in the image.

Here is my completed box ... empty.  

And then when finished, filled with Christmas kisses.

I was thinking about putting a handle on it, much like a basket, but thought it would not let me put as much in it as I would like.  What do you think?  Handle or no?

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration,


A new pin for my winter coat!

Here are the steps I took to create a holly pin for my winter coat.  It follows the November challenge from A Creative Need.  Check it out here.

I opened up a word document and inserted the Sprig of Holly digital image from the A Creative Need Etsy store.  I reduced the image width to 4.5".  I printed the image on white shrink plastic.  

I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and cut it out leaving a small white margin around the image as shown in the picture above.  Note:  Be sure to color the image lightly as it will brighten considerably when you shrink the plastic.

Here are the colors I used ... PC909, PC922, PC024, PC026, PC941, PC1082, PC1090, and PC1096

After I had colored and cut out the image, I shrunk it.  Please follow the instructions on the package to shrink your image.

I cut a piece of plaid ribbon about 6 1/2" long.  I also cut a 1 1/4" x 3" piece of 1/8" thick black craft foam. These will be used for the back of my pin.

I placed the craft foam about an inch down from the top of the ribbon.  I folded the bottom up and the top down over the craft foam.  I used the fast grabbing glue to glue the two ends of the ribbon down.  Then, I glued the sides together.  

After the glue dried, I glued the shrunken holly spring to the pin.  I cut the shank off a Christmas bells button and added it above the holly.  I attached a pin finding to the back of the pin.  

And this is what it looks like on my winter coat ...

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration,


Friday, October 4, 2013

A monthly challenge from A Creative Need ...

and October 5, 2013 is World Card Making Day.  Sounds like they go hand-in-hand to me!
Read about the history of the holiday on the World Card Making Day web page.

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A Creative Need Challenge Information from Deena ...
Challenge # 12:  "RED and BROWN October Color Challenge"
Guidelines for entry:
I would love to see what you do with any of my ACN images, and I’m making it easy to do so by giving you a FREE IMAGE every month! Join in the challenge ANYTIME THIS MONTH and leave a link to your creation(s) (card, journal page, jewelry, scrap page etc.) in the comments and I will pop on over to see what you’ve done.

If you enter and follow the challenge, you will be placed in the random draw for 2 digi images!  If you are the lucky random draw winner AND you’ve used an A CREATIVE NEED image in your creation, you will receive a bonus image for a total of 3 images!  (
LIMIT of up to 3 entries per person please.)

The challenges run from the first day of the new month to the end of the month.  Winner is announced on the first FRIDAY of the next month for the previous month’s challenge.  

Don't have any of your own ACN images yet?  Pick up this month's FREEBIE !!

I will randomly pick a winner from the comment links left throughout the month…I will announce a winner on NOVEMBER 1st!  

Leave a comment, with your link, on the
A Creative Need blog.

Have a creative day!!Deena

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Wishing you all a wonderful day, an overload of inspiration, sharp scissors, stacks of paper, and bright uplifting colors to make beautiful cards!   

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration,


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Love Card

Hello all!  I'm back again with this month's project for A Creative Need.  This month is all about weddings and anniversaries.  I've used two of the three recently released digital stamps for the month of September.  The first stamp I'm using is the Cross with Intertwined Hearts. I printed it out on card stock that accepts coloring with Copic markers.  I trimmed it to 3 1/4" x 4 1/2".   I'm also using the flowers from the Hearts and Flowers image.

I used mostly Copic markers for my coloring.  For the cross, I wanted to make it look like burl wood, so I used E18, E57, and E59.  I scribbled all three colors around on the "front" of the cross.  I used only E59, for the other wooden part of the cross.

In the hearts, I used Pentel Sunburst Metallic Gel pens in silver and gold.

I then put a bit of B000 around the sides and top of the cross.  This was to add just a bit more color to the image.

 I cropped the flower sections of the Hearts and Flowers images and printed them out.

I only colored two flower sections.  I used RV52 and RV55 for the flower petals.  I used YG03, YG13, and YG61 on the leaves.  Then, I fussy cut them out with a craft knife.  I left some leave attached and cut others off of the floral motif.

I used some liquid adhesive to add the flowers and leaves to the cross. Please refer to the picture for placement.

I added a bit of "grass" to the bottom of the cross so that it wouldn't seem to be floating around in mid-air.  I used the same three colors of green as I'd used on the leaves.

I dug out my rub-ons and added the word "Love" at the bottom.

Next, I got out a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of brown card stock.  Also, and extra piece brown that would allow for a tiny border around the main image piece.  I also used a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of card stock that coordinated with the flower colors.

I used adhesive and layered the coordinating card stock to the top of the brown card; and the colored image on top of the extra piece of brown card stock.  Next, I layered the bordered image onto the coordinating card stock.

The last thing I did was to add a few drops of Buttercup colored Liquid Pearls in the centers of the flowers.

Hope you like this card.  If you do, maybe it will inspire you to join the September Challenge.
Challenge #11:  Weddings/Anniversaries at A Creative Need.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Reflecting by the Pool

Well friends, it's time for another project using another digital image from A Creative Need.  This time, I made an ATC (Artist Trading Card).

So, what do you think?

Here's how I did it ...

Into a Word 10 document, I inserted the Lazy Days digital image presented on the A Creative Need blog.  I printed the image onto white card stock that would be suitable for Copic marker coloring.

Then, I colored the image with Copic markers.  Here are the colors I used …
for hat:  Y11, Y15, Y21, Y32, and Y35;
for bathing suit:  V12 and V15;
and for skin:  E000, E51, and R11.

After image was colored, I fussy cut it from the card stock.  I put this to the side until needed.
I then cut a 2 ½” x 3 ½” (Artist Trading Card size) from light gray card stock.  I placed the girl on the gray ATC piece.  I drew in the lines from the image onto the gray card stock.

You should find or make a piece of paper that reminds you of water.  This should be at least 2 ½” wide.  Make sure it at least the length of the top of the ATC to the line that goes across the girl’s legs.  In this next photo, you will see how I positioned the paper and then carefully folded it back to reveal the line that will be where the girl is sitting.  The fold line is where I cut the excess from the water paper.  Attach the water colored paper to the ATC with your favorite adhesive.

I felt the ATC could use a little something else to help it along, so I drew in tiles and stones to make it look like the girl is sitting on the side of a pool.  I used a permanent black marker and a soft leaded pencil for the tiles and shading.  Some of the shading was smeared to make the shadows.

The last steps of this ATC were as follows ...

I trimmed 1/16" from one short side and from one long side of the ATC.  I cut another ATC size piece of black card stock.  I layered and centered the gray card stock on top of the black card stock and used adhesive to attach them.  The last thing was to adhere the girl onto the top of the ATC.

I hope this ATC reminds you of the "Lazy Days of Summer".  Speaking of which ... check out the 

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.  

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Hey - did you all see this give-a-way?

Gelli Arts and Golden have teamed up for a great give-a-way!!  You can find it on Gelli Arts' blog. Check out the techniques and how to be entered for the give-a-way.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.  (Or a great give-a-way!!)


Thursday, July 4, 2013

New projects for A Creative Need ... July Edition

For my projects this month, I  used Microsoft Word 2010. My document started in portrait mode and one inch margins.

First, a little research.  I used a search engine on the Internet and looked up different types of cherries and pears.

I used the information and typed in the words for the cherries with a couple of spaces between each word.  Then I changed the font and font size of each word.  I then added a symbol and more spaces between the words.  When this looked good to me, I then changed the font color to "White, Background 1, Darker 5%" the color I pointed to in the first picture below.  I added the shadow as shown in the second picture below.

This is an example of the words after formatting:

Next, I inserted the picture of the cherries.  I changed the height to 5" and accepted the computed width.  I used the Remove Background Tool to take out the background from the cherries.

I positioned the cherries over top of the text.  And printed it out.  After printing, I colored the cherries with Copic markers.  Here is a list of colors I used:  (for cherries) R02, R17, R22, R24, R37, R46, R89, and YR82  (for stems and leaf) G02, G05, G43, G99, YG13, YG63, and YG95; and N0 for the shadow.

I cut this out to 7" x 6".  I stippled Adirondack Butterscotch ink over the whole page.  I left the center lighter and stippled more in the corners and on the edges.  Then, I rounded the corners with a paper punch.

Next, I cut a piece of coordinating card stock to 8.5" x 6.75".  I used a set of Martha Stewart Around the Page punches to decorate this piece.  Then, with adhesive, I attached the cherry piece to the top of the punched piece.

Here is the result ...

The other one I did was with the pears image ...

The same steps were followed for the pears as were for the cherries.  The Copic colors used on the pears are as follows:  (for pears) R02, R08, R22, R24, R27, YR21, and YR82 for the red one; G43, YG00, YG03, YG41, YG61, and YG63 for the green pear.  (for stems and leaves)  BG96, E25, E87, and YG95; and N0 for the shadow.

I thought these would look great framed and hung in the kitchen.  What do you think?

Be sure to check out the A Creative Need Blog to find the monthly freebie digital image.  The image for July 2013 is a pretty lemon slice.  Find it on the blog at

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

June projects for A Creative Need ...

This is my first project ... my Butterflies and Blooms Card.  

I used Microsoft Word 2010, my document started with landscape mode and thin margins.

I used Flourish 1 Hearts from A Creative Need's Etsy shop for this project.  First, I placed all four flourishes on the page. (The flourishes download in a set of four - one for each corner.) One flourish at a time, I used Picture Tools - Format - Color - Set Transparent Color to click on a white section of the flourish picture.

To create a butterfly, I placed the four flourishes close to each other.  Then I moved the pieces around to resemble a butterfly.  Please refer to the picture shown below for the placement of flourishes.

Next, I selected all four pieces and Grouped them.  Then I changed the size of the butterfly.  I copied the butterfly two more times and made them different sizes.

Next, I inserted the Small Blossom Cluster freebie from the A Creative Need Blog onto the page.  I positioned the butterflies near the cluster.

I created an empty text box with no fill and a medium gray line.  In my example above, I've used red for the line so it can be seen easier.  The text box was 3 3/8" wide and 5 1/8" tall.  I clicked on Send Backward to be able to have the text box behind the blossoms and butterflies.

On this same page, I created another text box and added a sentiment to add to the card.  I printed this out on Neenah Classic Crest card stock.

I cut out the sentiment and then used a Memento Tuxedo Black Marker to edge the rectangle.

I cut out the main image for the front of the card by using the text box line as a guide.   I cut away part of the card stock in the lower right corner.  The parts cut out are shown on the card by the pinkish-orange paper.  I used chalk to color around the butterflies and to color the blossoms. I didn't like the way the chalk looked on the blossoms.  So I printed one more page.  This time, I fussy cut the flowers, stems and leaves, leaving them in one piece  like the original image.  I used Copic markers to color the flowers (Y04, Y11, and Y15).  The leaves and branches were colored with Copics (G00, G21, G43, and YG03).

I glued the inked flowers on top of the flowers and stems on the main image.

I used Sakura Glaze pens on the butterflies.  And finally, I put a little Lime Stickles in the centers of the flowers.  The decorative paper is simply taped to the back of the piece with the images after the Stickles and Glaze pens have dried.

I used a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of light yellow card stock for the card base.  I placed a small piece of decorative paper that coordinated with the color of the leaves behind the sentiment.  This was then attached to the top left corner area of the card.

As usual, I started this project with something in mind, didn't like it, and changed it.  I seem to do that on some of my projects.  However, I enjoy finding ways to "get around" having to start completely over.  How do you cope with your project "detours"?

For my next project, I made a page that could be used in a scrapbook, or in a frame.

I inserted two of each corner of the Decorative Flourish 2 on the page.  Again, I used Microsoft Word 2010, my document started with landscape mode and thin margins. I did not change the size of the flourishes.  I printed the page on decorative paper.

I fussy cut the flourishes from the paper.  I chose a 12" x 12" medium yellow color piece of card stock from my stash.  I used a We R Memory Keepers Lucky 8 Punch to  punch the inner design on the page.

I assembled my cut-out flourishes on the page to resemble a wreath.  After I liked the placement, I used a little glue to stick them down.  Then, I added some flowers from my stash.  Yes, I do have a stash of a bunch of different things! You just never know when you might need something ... am I right?

Then I added a favorite phrase for the center.  I could have added a picture here, or added a picture and a sentiment.  Make it how you want it.  Here is a close-up photo of the bottom right corner of the page.

I think I will put this one in a frame.  Every time I see this phrase, it makes me stop and think ...

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I've made two new projects for the month of May.

Hello everyone!  I've made two new projects for you because I've been chosen as a design team member for A Creative Need.  Thanks Deena!

My first card features the Retro Phone.  

For this card, I used Microsoft Word 2010 to create the background paper for my card and to print the Retro Phone for the main card image.


I chose .50” margins all around my page.  Then, I inserted the Retro Phone image onto the Word page.  I clicked on the image to select it. Then, I clicked on the Remove Background tool under the Picture Tools menu.  I manipulated the image to take out the white background from around the image.   I changed the size to 1.0” tall. I copied and pasted the image randomly on the page.  I also rotated the images randomly.

 I colored the Retro Phone images with Copic Markers.  (FB2, FBG2, FRV1, FV2, FY1, and FYG2)  I used a silver gel pen on the middle of the dial and the metal stop.  I cut a 3.50 x 4.75” piece from the background paper.  I attached this on top of the card base (5.50 x 8.50” bright orange metallic card stock, folded in half with fold on the side.)
 On the second page of the document, I pasted a copy of the Retro Phone image from the first page.  I enlarged it to 4.0” wide.

I printed the first page of the document out on some presentation paper I had in my paper stash.  I wanted something a little more substantial than regular text weight paper for this background paper. 

I printed the second page of the document on bright green metallic
card stock.  I cut out the image of the RetroPhone.  I added this to the front of the card with double-sided foam adhesive.

Use your choice of sentiment to add to the inside of the card.

I hope you enjoy this card it will inspire you to make cards like this of your own.

My second project features the Hiking Man.

A sweet, dear friend of mine was on a special trip to Asia a few years ago.  She went hiking up a mountain.  And how different … they have steps instead of dirt paths!  I love this picture and thought it went very well with the Hiking Man digital image for May.

I used Microsoft Word 2010 to create the image for my card.  

First, I imported the photo from my friend.

(Original Photo)
I changed the size to 5.00" vertically.  I allowed the horizontal to adjust automatically to 3.75”.  I then chose Artistic Effect under the Picture Tools menu. I chose the “paint brush” effect for this photo.

I inserted the Hiking Man image onto the Word page.  I clicked on the image to select it.  Then, I clicked on the Remove Background tool under the Picture Tools menu. I manipulated the image to take out the white background from around the image.  

Next, I changed the height of the Hiking Man to 4.00”.  I then scooted the Hiking Man toward the left side of the picture.  I used the crop tool to take out the left part of the digital image even with the photo.

After I’d done that, I noticed that the Hiking Man’s
 feet seemed to fit the steps in the photo.  So I amended the digital image again, this time to leave out the ground he was standing on.
I was so happy to see that I was right … his feet 
did just fit those steps.  I was in luck!

I printed the image out on Neenah Classic Crest card stock.  I colored the Hiking man with Copic Markers.  (E21 and E51 for skin; E87 and W3 for shorts; E87 for hat; B45, B97 and W3 for shirt; E23 and E25 for shoes; G99 and E23 for the backpack.)  I layered the image on top of a 5.25" x 4.00” piece of blue card stock.  I attached this to the top of the card base (5.50" x 8.50” pumpkin orange card stock, folded in half with fold on the left side.)

I hope my card and technique of using a photo you have, and converting it in Word, will inspire you to make cards like this of your own.

I invite you to try digital images.  They're fun!  Check out the monthly challenge at A Creative Need. Check out their blog when you get a chance.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Time sure does fly ...

don't you think?  I did not realize that it been so long since I'd posted to the blog.  Geez.  Now I feel lazy.  But not TOO lazy!!

Among other things, I've been participating in a ATC swap this year.  I've had fun trying to come up with a card for each month's theme.  The theme for January was "Bucket List".  February's theme was "Fabric".  For March ... "Maps"; and for April "Embossed April Showers".

Here are my ATCs:

So, what do you think?  Is there one you like best?  I cannot choose.  I like them all.  Next month's theme is "If a cat could _________, it would look like ___________."  Now that one is definitely going to take some planning.  

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

A birthday card for a very special person ...

Sorry I had to take the picture on such a dark background, but that's just the way it worked out.  Needless to say, the birthday girl absolutely loved this card.  I knew I had to make it unique - anyone celebrating a 75th birthday deserves it, don't you think?

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Monday, February 4, 2013

Check out this give-a-way ...

There is a fun page on Facebook ... My Card Party ... with Alice Elizabeth Gower.  Cute cards for sure.

She's posted a contest on the page to win her Valentine.

"Win my Valentine!
Visit Buttons Galore, leave a comment and Pin the card."

Here are the pictures of the Valentine

Cute, huh?  I think so.

Good luck to the winner!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.