Sunday, June 9, 2019

Three Beauties

Ching-Chou Kuik's challenge this month has an "under the sea" theme. I knew that I didn't have any of her mermaid digis, so looked through those I do have to see if one of them could be used in an underwater scene. I settled upon the amazing "Dandelion Fairy Kingdom" [find it HERE]  thinking that the fairy resembled a pretty mermaid… or could become one if I placed her underwater. I printed the image onto white cardstock. I trimmed the image to easily fit onto an A2 card, then laid it atop a postcard sized piece of underwater scrapbook paper. Using a few light blue and grey Spectrum Noir markers, I sketched "waves" across the background of Ching-Chou Kuik's image and then went over them a few times with a blender marker to soften them. Next, I made a mask for the fairy from a vellum scrap and attached it with a few strips of removable Tombow adhesive. I sponged several shades of blue across the background, following the flow of the waves. Taking off the mask, I colored the fairy/mermaid and assorted flowers and plants with Spectrum Noir markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. I then created the look of "bubbles" by touching the tip of the light blue, aqua and lavender markers, plus the blender pen, gently rising to the surface in the background. [You can see these in the close-up photo.] The final touches were to add a dot of white gel pen to each "bubble" and also her pearl necklace and assorted plants. I created the porthole with circle dies, small punch and silver brads. Before taping the porthole to the front of the card, I taped a scrap of acetate over the circle cut into the front of the card and then attached the porthole with foam tape. The sentiment on the front of the card is from a Bugaboo digi set named "Under the Sea." The anchor on the inside is from my scrapbook stash and the sentiment is a freebie from LoveSVG. [I signed up for their newsletter and get notices of freebies on a regular basis. Not sure if this is still available, but you can search their mermaid/sea freebie options HERE.] An entering this card into several challenges including Bugaboo Stamps, "Fairy Tale/Fantasy" [with my fairy turned mermaid creation], Outlawz Saturday Challenge "Fish or Owls" [a mermaid is kind-of a fish, right?], and Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge [my card holds many of the pretty pastel colors as in the ballerina's tutu.] 

Entered into: 
Ching-Chou Kuik's FB Challenge- Under the Sea                                           
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color Challenge
Polkadoodles Challenge Week 23-Anything Goes                                          

Bugaboo Stamps- Fairy Tale/Fantasy     

Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Fish or Owls                     

The free image for the Cute As A Bug June Progressive Challenge on FB is this beautiful image named “Angelica- The Bride of Christ." As soon as I saw it I knew that I wanted to create a wedding shower card that features this image and a favorite scripture verse that I often write in cards for wedding showers. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers, Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen, and fine line brown and tan watercolor markers [to add stray hears on her pretty head.] I wanted the card to have an elegant look so pulled out some of my favorite papers and brushed metallic cardstock in copper and rich purple [you can't see the purple coloring of the outer frame. It is really pretty. The sentiments are computer generated.
Entered into: 
Cute As A Button-#45 Anything Goes      
Cute As A Button-FB Progressive Freebie Challenge #25, Angelica The Bride o Christ
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Wedding/Anniversary
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #390#391 Anything Goes                    
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                                    
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- June                                       

Two of my favorite challenges that I discovered shortly after starting my blog are Double D's and Pixie's Snippets. The sponsors of each are both so friendly and affirming, plus their challenges always get my "little grey cells" jumping [if you're an Agatha Christie fan, you'll recognize Hercule Poirot's influence in that last statement.] This card features roses [for the Double D challenge] and scraps of kraft paper cut into strips and woven into a basket [for Pixies Snippets challenge.] The roses were stamped with an old Embossing Arts wood mount. After coloring them with Tombow Markers, I fussy-cut them from the larger image. I then cut the basket pieces from kraft brown paper [or use an old grocery bag]:  one basket base [2¾ x 2½ inches] and 14 strips strips to weave [each 3½ inches long and ¼ inch wide.]  I taped 7 of the strips along the top and bottom of the basket base, then wove the other strips through them, taping the ends to the back of the base when finished. I then arranged the roses in the top of the "basket' and taped them in place. After attaching the finished basket of roses to the front of the card, I clipped the corners with a decorative scissors. I haven't added a greeting as I don't know how I'll use the card yet… but can easily add one later.
Entered into: 
Double D’s Challenge- Rose Garden [photo]                   
Pixie's Snippets-Week #354            


  1. Hi Kathy your cards are gorgeous. I love them all. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. Stunning cards and coloring, hugs, Lori m

  3. Totally fabulous - and am so glad those grey cells are jumpin'! That really made me giggle here :)


    Di xx

  4. Such pretty cards, those images are so lovely. The bride looks amazing. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  5. Wow! It's amazing how you have turn the fairy into a beautiful mermaid under the water.
    Wonderful background too.
    Thank you for sharing it with us at Ching Chou Kuik challenge blog

  6. Your cards are beautiful and your Rose card so very creative for out challenge and beautiful as well! Thank you for the nice comment about our challenge, we appreciate it very much and thank you for joining our challenges, we love having you here at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  7. Hi Kathy,

    I would say that you were very successful in turning the dandelion fairy image into a mermaid! Your card is gorgeous, and perfect for the Catch the Bug Fairy Tale/Fantasy challenge! Your other card is beautiful as well! Thanks for joining us at Catch the Bug, and good luck! :)

    ~Marie B -DT

  8. Kathy your cards are gorgeous. You do so well coloring on the Ching-Chou images which just overwhelm me, lol. Thanks for joining in the Catch the Bug Fairy Tale/Fantasy Challenge, Lisa Lynn DT.

  9. Gorgeous card Kathy. Thank you for sharing with us over here at Cute as a Button Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Wendy DT Member for

  10. OMG that basket is SO creative (I'll have to remember that!) Kathy! And how clever to fussy cut your gorgeous roses to place in your basket! WELL DONE!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Rose Garden’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop in for a visit!

    P.S. Thanks for the kind words about our challenge blog! Much appreciated!

  11. Wonderfu lbasket of roses.Thanks for sharing with us Double D Challenge Blog. We hope to see more of your designs in future challenges.

    DD DT

  12. Fabulous creations! Thanks for joining us for Week 23 at Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge!

  13. Gorgeous creations, love the designs! Thank you for sharing with us over at Cute As A Button. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  14. This is gorgeous. Love your colour choices and great designs. Thanks for sharing with us at Double "D" Challenge.
    Amelia (Double "D" Challenge Design Team)

  15. Kathy, what an amazing card. Love the porthole effect and it was interesting to read how you did it. Your card fits perfectly the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration and Challenge Blog Monthly Challenge this month. Even more FANTASTIC is that you have used one of Ching-Chou Kuik's digital stamps.

    Thank you for entering, best wishes in the draw and for your support of this challenge. Kym (Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Blog Challenge and Facebook Challenge Design Team Leader)


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