Friday, July 4, 2014

Oh, How nice!!

Wouldn't it be nice to receive an invitation to a wine and cheese tasting party?

Recently, some of my friends have discovered wine.  They've been sampling the nearby vineyards and even taking vacations based on interesting vineyards in other states.  They've learned so much. And in turn, I've learned just a little bit.  Ha ha!!

I used A Creative Need's "Wine and Cheese for Two" digital stamp.  I used Word 2010, and placed the image into the document with text above it. After printing, I cut it down to 3.75" x 5".

I colored the image with Tombow Irojiten Colored Pencils and Prismacolor Colored Pencils.  I used a silver gel pen on the knife blade.

When the coloring was completed, I used Ranger Glossy Accents to cover the glasses and bottle.  I first covered the glass furthest toward the back and let it dry and bit before covering the front glass.  I set this aside to completely dry.

I rounded the corners of the image piece.  I mounted this onto a slightly larger piece of purple pearlescent card stock with rounded corners.

These pieces were mounted onto a 8.5" x 5.5" piece of green card stock folded to have a side fold.

I think this would be a cute invitation ... what do you think?

If you like this image, stop by A Creative Need and look around.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Didn't want more time to "slip" by ...

I’ve made this card, for my friend Cheryl.  She’s having a rough time going through her cancer treatments.  If anyone would like to send up a little prayer for her, she and I would greatly appreciate it.

I used the A Creative Need “Give Cancer the Slip” digital image. I placed it into a Word document and changed it to 3.75” tall.  I printed it onto white card stock.  I colored it with an Angel Pink Memento Marker.  The white dots were applied with a white gel pen.   The trim was colored in with a Prismacolor pencil #PC929 Rose.  I cut the image away from the card stock leaving a small white border around it. 
Using the same document, I also made a text box, with 2 lines around it.  I colored the lines pink.  I added the sentiment.  After printing, this was cut away from the card stock.  Again, I left a small border around the edge.

I folded a piece of 5.5” x 8.5” white card stock in half to make the card base.  It has a side fold.  I made a light pink, lacy background piece and attached it to the front of the card base.  Then, I attached the sentiment toward the right side of the card.  I added thin adhesive foam to the back of the slip to slightly elevate it.  I attached this to the front of the card, just slightly overlapping the sentiment piece.  Please refer to the photo for placement of items.

Hope you like this card.  I hope Cheryl likes it too!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Friday, May 16, 2014

More ideas with parts of a stamp ...

For my first May A Creative Need project, I used one digital stamp, took it apart, and used it to make two background papers.

Now, I am using the A Creative Need digital stamp
Whimsical Flower and Butterflies to make note paper.

I used Prismacolor pencils to color the images on the note papers.

Here's are the note papers before coloring:

I used Word 2010 to design the note papers.  Working in Microsoft Word 2010, I used the original image and deleted out the butterflies.  I saved the image of the flower.  I used the original image again and deleted the flower.  I saved the image of the butterflies. 

Starting from the top left, for the first note paper, I made the butterflies three different sizes.  The ones closest to the left edge of the paper are the largest, them the medium ones.  The smallest ones are toward the right top side of the note paper.  I aligned five flowers across the bottom of the paper.  

On the second paper, (top right) I used the flower.  I placed the first flower near the top left corner of the paper.  I turned the next flower upside down and overlapped the stems.  The next flower was used upright.  I slightly overlapped the flower heads. This was followed by one more upside down and one more upright flower added in the same manner.

With the third note paper, shown above on the bottom left, I deleted the stem from the flower and just used the flower head.  I started near the top left and angled the image toward the corner.  Another was added in the same manner in the upper right corner.  I then put one of the images in the center.  I added two more flower images to fill in the gaps.  I grouped the five flowers.  I copied, pasted, and rotated the image upside down and put it at the bottom of the page.

On the fourth paper,bottom right, I aligned seven small butterfly images along the left side of the paper.  I added a vertical line behind the images.

Be sure to stop by and check out the A Creative Need monthly challenge.  This month's challenge is "Mother's Day". 

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Take it apart? Yeah, why not?

For my May My Creative Need project, I am going to use one digital stamp, take it apart, and use it several ways.

I used A Creative Need digital stamp Whimsical Flower and Butterflies.

In addition, I also used the following supplies:  Hero Arts #B4344 Tiny Dot Circle rubber stamp, Kaleidacolor melon Melody ink pad; yellow Staedtler triplus fineliner; Ultra Fine Point Sharpie Markers in Lime Green and Tangerine;  Prismacolor Pencils in PC911 Olive Green, PC930 Magenta, and PC1096 Kelly Green; and a black Sharpie pen.

Working in Microsoft Word 2010, I used the original image and deleted out the butterflies.  I saved the image of the flower.  I used the original image again and deleted the flower.  I saved the image of the butterflies.

Background Papers

For the first paper I designed, I used the image of the flower, reduced it in size, and pasted it into a blank document.  Then, I copied the small flower and pasted it, many times, onto the page.  I then rotated some of the images. Also, some of the images were flipped horizontally.  When I was satisfied with the placement of the flowers, I printed the document.  The flower petals were colored with the yellow fineliner and the magenta pencil.  The stems and leaves were colored with the olive green and kelly green pencils.  I placed three dots in various places among the flowers with the black Sharpie pen.

The second paper used the butterflies.  I reduced the size.  I place six images across and distributed evenly horizontally.  I then placed five additional rows of six images on the page.  I spaced the rows vertically. I placed a line shape behind the images.  The line shape was a bit lighter color than the black that was used for the butterflies.  When the overall look of the page was nice, I printed the page.  I colored every other set of butterflies starting at the top left corner.  I used the lime green Sharpie marker for the bodies of the butterflies that were to be colored.  Please refer to picture to see the color placement where I colored the butterflies. I used the stamp on the Kaleidacolor pad, and stamped around  the butterflies that were left uncolored.

Be sure to stop by and check out the A Creative Need monthly challenge.  This month's challenge is "Mother's Day". 

Guidelines for entry:

Everyone is welcome to join in with a craft creation using any images you like! Of course A Creative Need would love to see what you do with any of the ACN images, and they are happy to share a FREE IMAGE with you every month! Join in the challenge ANYTIME THIS MONTH and leave a link to your creation(s) (card, journal page, jewelry, scrap page, art piece etc.) in the comments and Deena will pop on over to see what you've done. 

If you enter, and have followed the CHALLENGE theme, you will be placed in the random draw for 2 digi images of your choice!

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 challenge runs from the first day of the new month to the end of the month.  Winner is announced on the first FRIDAY of the new Month for the previous month’s challenge.

I will have a couple more ideas for you on May 16, 2014.
Until then, I am ever searching for inspiration.

Friday, April 4, 2014

It's a Spring thing!!

I'm back!!!  Officially spring has sprung.  But here in Kentucky, you never know what this crazy weather is going to do.  I decided on a cute spring themed project.

I printed the Spring Bunny and Bird House digital image onto white card stock that works well with Copic markers.  I used the following markers to color in the image:  B0000, B00, B14, B18, B24, B39, C1, C5, E31, E35, E37, E47, E57, N5, YG23, YG25, YG61, YG63, YG95, YR000, and YR61.

The B0000 was used as a background for the image.  I did this by drawing a very light pencil circle first.  then I filled in with the marker, but did not go over the pencil mark.  When I was finished filling in the blue background, I erased the pencil mark.

I put just a light shadow on the images with the C1 marker.  I used a black colored pencil to put some shadow on the right side of the roof  and side of the birdhouse.  I used a permanent black ink pen to trace over the bird's legs.

For the pussy willows, I used a gray marker and put just a bit of color on the edges of the catkins.  Then, I used glue and white Flower Soft to add the soft texture to them.

Here's a closer picture showing the texture of the pussy willows:

Here is the finished project ... in a frame and ready to display in the house for spring:

Hope this puts you in a spring kind of mood.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

UH OH!!! This didn't post when I wanted it to!!!

OOPS!!!  Have you ever made a BIG mistake and then not found out about it until about a month later?  Well, I did.  Due to operator error, I forgot to click on one button that would have allowed this post to be published for all to see.  I regret the mistake and will do better for April's project.

Hello all!  This month, my project for A Creative Need is a yummy card.

To make this card, I inserted the A Creative Need "Celebrate with Cupcakes" image and  the "Serving Cupcakes" image into the document..

I cropped the "Celebrate" image to about 5.5" by removing the bottom portion of the image.  I inserted the same image into the document again.  This time, I cropped the image, by removing the top portion, leaving the image about 3.5".

I then removed the backgrounds from the three images.  I reduced all three images by 50%.  The "Serving" image should be copied and placed in the document again.  You will be needing the center cupcake from that image.

The three images above were "stacked" together to form a two-tiered serving dish.

Before printing, I added my text under the cupcake image.

I colored the image using Copic Markers, colored pencils, glitter pens and a gel pen.

I used BG10 on the 2-tiered serving plate.  I also added some colored pencil for some darker areas.  

The top cupcakes' liners were colored with V04.  Also colored pencil shadowing.  the icing on those cupcakes was done with two similar colors of lavender colored pencils.  The cherries were colored with a red glitter pen.  The highlight was done with a white gel pen.

The bottom cupcake liners were colored using a BV04 marker.  The icing was colored with RV52 and RV63.  The hearts were colored with a pink glitter pen.   Remember to color the middle cupcake on the additional image in the same manner as the other bottom tier cupcakes.  Fussy cut this extra cupcake.

Use double-sided foam adhesive to attach the cupcake to the image.

Use the C00 to make shadows around images.

I used a Sharpie Pen (not Marker) to draw a line to "anchor" the serving dish .  I also used it to add  hand-drawn double lines to frame the image and text.   See picture for placement of these lines.

Be sure to stop by and check out the A Creative Need monthly challenge.  This month's challenge is a color challenge.  Make a project using blue, yellow and pink.  Here is a photo for inspiration:

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Friday, February 7, 2014

Love Birds

What about this weather?  I say, "Spring ... Come on down"!

For February's A Creative Need project, I made a Valentine card.  I used the Love Birds digital image.  I printed the image on some mixed media paper.

I then used my Prismacolor pencils to color the image.  I also used a white gel pen around the beaks and the eyes.  For the background colors, I used chalk.

I cut the paper with the image to 4" x 3 1/4".  I wrote the phrase on it.  Then, I went around the edge of the paper with a black marker.  I centered this on a 4 1/2" x 3 3/4" piece of green card stock.  All layers were attached with double-sided adhesive.

The green card stock was then attached and centered on a 4 5/8" x 3 7/8" piece of black card stock.  And next onto a 4 3/4" x 4" piece of red-orange card stock.

I attached this stack of layers to the front of a top-fold card base.  The base was made from speckled card stock.  Please refer to the photo to see that I placed the layers to the left side of the card.

I checked out my stash of Washi tape and found a nice green one with ferns.  I placed a piece of it down the right side of the card.

I still felt like the card need "just a little something else".  I dug into my stash of paper flowers.  I found the peachy colored one that went with my colors, but that was all.  So I picked out two more white ones that would layer nicely with the peach one.  I colored them with Copic markers.  Then I used a coordinating brad to keep them together.  I attached them to the bottom right corner of the card with some glue dots.

I hope you like this months project!!

Remember to stop by A Creative Need's Monthly Challenge and enter to win a free image!!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Friday, January 3, 2014

What a cute bear!!!

My A Creative Need Project for 2014 uses the Stuffed Bear with Bow image.  I just fell in love with it!  So cute!

First, I picked out one of my BasicGrey 6" paper pads.  I found 4 solids and 4 patterns I liked.  (You don't have to have a certain set of papers.  Just use whatever you like as far as solids and patterns that work together. Find them in your scrap pile!)  I cut a 2" square from each solid color paper.  I cut a 1 3/4" square from each patterned paper.  I used double-sided adhesive to attach the patterned paper to the center of the solid paper.  I then attached each of the solid squares onto a 5" square of background paper.  I attached each square 1/4" from a corner which left a 1/2" cross in the middle.

Next, I opened a Word document and inserted the Stuffed Bear with Bow image.  I locked the aspect ratio and sized the image to 2" wide. I copied and pasted the image an additional three times.  This resulted in 4 bears. I printed the bear images onto white card stock.   I used Prismacolor pencils to color the bear images.

PC 1082 for the eyes.  Then added a white highlight with a Pentel Sunburst White Gel Pen.
PC 935 for the nose.  Again, adding a highlight with white pen.
PC 1051 for shadows on the bears' bodies.
The color of the scarves will be up to you.  I colored one scarf to match each of the solid color squares under the patterned paper squares.

I fussy cut the bears from the card stock on which they were printed.

I then used double-sided foam adhesive to pop the bears up over the patterned paper squares.  I placed the bears on opposite corners from the solid square that matched the scarves.  Please refer to the picture for placement.

I have not added the completed piece to anything yet.  I could add it to a 5 1/2" square card base.  One that either opens with a left-hand fold or a top fold. I could also use a 6" card base.  This piece could be used on a larger background piece, framed, and used as an accent piece in a child's room.  What do you think about possibly using this as an invitation to a four-year-old's birthday party?

Do you have any other suggestions?  Just let me know.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year!!

A Creative Need sponsors a monthly challenge.  And here's a suggestion for a really easy to keep resolution ...  resolve to check out the challenges on the join-in-the-monthly-challenge page.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.