Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hello Little Lady...

Hey there crafty peeps! 

I was blog hopping over the weekend and came across this challenge blog called (Pin)spirational Challenges, created by Deanne Clarke-Saunders. It is a relatively new challenge blog, and Deanne has a call out for card-makers and scrapbookers alike to help her get started, in case anyone is interested. 

If you are familiar with Pinterest, then you will connect with it right away. A cool thing about her site is that she offers free Digi images to compliment each challenge so that you can use it for inspiration. How nice is that? So hop on over and take a look yourself, you just might be looking for an opportunity like this. 

I took advantage of this free little Digi image so I could participate in her very first challenge, but I got side-tracked over the holiday weekend and completely forgot about it. When I looked to see when the challenge closed I had less than an hour to complete a card. Now, this gal doesn't like to rush her artistic skills so needless to say I opted out of the challenge. I did make a card though using the image, and will likely hunt around to see if it qualifies at another challenge somewhere else in blog-land. Hopefully I will have the time to grab another free Digi and play along on challenge #2. 

The challenge that I missed was to design a card/layout by taking your inspiration from a photo of these adorable and yummy looking ladybug cookies. I downloaded this image from a link the site provided that directed me to a blog called Little Scraps of Heaven Designs. The Digi image was simply called 
"Little Lady Bug".

I printed this little cutie on Neenah card-stock, and then coloured her with my Copic markers. I don't usually use sketches because I prefer to design my own, but on this particular occasion I decided to use one. 

I followed a sketch that I found over on "I Need a Sketch" in group 30. I thought it to be a perfect sketch that kept within the circle theme of a round little ladybug. I cut all the circles out with my SB small standard circle dies, and pulled the colours from the image. I know that is backwards, but I can be backwards at times too. I embossed some of them using my CB dots embossing folder. 

I did a little experiment this time with my Black Viva Decor Pearl Pen and used it to give the black spots and antennae some depth. I think it turned out pretty good actually. Then I pop dotted the image up to further enhance the dimension.
The border is from EK Success and the flower/ladybug embellies I had kicking around forever. See, you just never know when you will use something, so never ever throw things like that away.
To finish everything off, I decided to combine peel and stick letters with a computer printed sentiment to create a little hello card for one of the girlie girls in my life. Ooh, I wonder who it will be???
The ribbon ties it all up (no pun intended) into a neat little package! 

So there you have it, the card I didn't make in time for a challenge. Oh well, I still enjoyed making it for my stash. 

Just a tidbit more...I found a couple of challenges that my little lady bug can enter:

Simon Says Stamp! Challenge Blog - April Showers brings Spring Flowers (well one flower and a cute little ladybug) :)
Just Keep Creating Challenge Blog - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by :)S


  1. Loved the card. Liked the embossing on just some of the circles. Gives it a nice touch. The image is so cute and coloured just right. Too bad you missed the challenge. I think it's a winner ... Love, Char xoxo

    1. Thanks Char, did u notice the fuzzy black stuff at the bottom right hand corner of the card? I had trimmed the ribbon and the fuzzy stuff landed there, I didn't even see it until I had posted it on the blog. I am not going to change it either, I am not going to change it, I am not going to change it....have to keep talking myself into that LOL:)S

  2. OMG, she is soooo cute!!! I love your card, and your colouring is fantastic! Hugs, Brigitte

  3. Oh, how sweet. Such a cute little ladybug!! Nice digis. I'll have to check them out! Thanks so much for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog.
    xoxo, Christine

  4. hi Sandra,
    this card is just lovely with all the lovely papers, circles and the main image is just too cute and coloured in beautifully. So much dimension has been added to the card by embossing the circle at the back of the image, awesome.
    I hope you make it in time for the next challenge and great that you are using up your stash as well.

    Thanks so much for entering your card at Anything goes, Just keep on creating. I hope you will continue to play along :)