Month: October 2011

Tickle My Fancy Squigglefly Challenge

Tickle My Fancy – make a funny card! Join us for the Squigglefly challenge!    Use a funny image, or use a funny sentiment, or use both! Just make us laugh!  DON”T FORGET: you must use a Squigglefly image  to be eligible for the prize!  You will find many styles and artists to choose from as well as FREEBIES too!  Join in the fun and make someone laugh! This was a challenge for me as, I don’t make “funny” cards often! But, I tried not to disappoint Marlene (our funny fearless leader) and came up with a sentiment that I thought was good for a chuckle paired with this BRIAN LOCK  Novemer Turkey image! Challenges I am participating in: Make it Monday: linky party anything goes   Hope it does give you a laugh! Have a creative day!  Deena

Evening Romance

Michelle Pearson’s gallery on SCS is full of unique cards! I chose to case Evening Breezes for the Featured Stamper challenge. I used my “Shall we Dance” silhouette image and a frame from the  Cricut Graphically Speaking cartridge.  I love the elegance of the frame and it’s so unexpected coming from this cartridge! It is a much more versatile cartridge than I was expecting.   I actually used the negative cut from the frame for the whole face of the card, and the remaining piece to mat the image. Be sure to use BLOGFANSRGR8 code if purchasing images from A Creative Need through  to Midnight Oct 31st! One day left!    Also, there is just one day left for a chance to win one of three great prizes from in their Mega Giveaway!  Any purchases made through October 31st will be eligible to win! You can see my available images at Squigglefly HERE.  The three winners will be announced on the blog November 1st! Have a great day!  Deena

Trick or Treat?!

It’s one day away from Halloween…just enough time to get some last minute treat bags made for my boys!  I used mostly scraps for this project, and turned some ENVELOPES into mini bags with a few simple scores and folds. 1. Seal the envelope (I used an A2 sized envelope) and score both long sides at 1/2″  and one short side at 1/2″.   Cut across the top with decorative scissors. 2. Score the corner on the diagonal and then fold all score lines back and forth a couple of times to make sure they are not stiff.  This will help you get the shape you want when you open it up into a bag. 3. Put your hand in the opening (like a sock puppet)  to push open the bag/envelope and with your other hand push flat the bottom and pinch the side fold flaps.  Glue these little flaps down with strong adhesive or red line tape to the bottom of the bag. 4. Crease your sides, by pushing middle line inwards and pinching …

Sketch Work

Want to see the ‘uncut’ version of some of my work?  Here’s the original sketches of  “Playing in the Leaves” and “Young Love”.   I wasn’t sure if you’d be interested in seeing these…but I always like to know where things come from and how they evolve so I thought it might be fun to share the beginnings of my images with you too.    I’m actually feeling a bit exposed here…there was a time when I would never have shown what I drew to anyone!  Even my husband wasn’t allowed to ‘watch’ me draw or paint.  He had to wait until I was completely done before I would let him have a peek.  Strange how vulnerable it made me feel.  I’m less covert about it now… but still sometimes… Thanks for coming by today!  Stay and chat if you will. Share your thoughts, leave me links to your creative works…I’m always happy to explore with you!   Deena Related articles First Sketch for the Class ( Sketching for practice (

Thankful for the Falling Leaves

The days are getting shorter,  and the nights are getting colder,  Fall is definitely here!  The leaves seemed to have changed overnight! The colors are beautiful…orange, yellow,  red and brown and even gold!  I love the sound of the crunch underfoot and it will soon be time to get to raking.  The boys helped last year but they spent a lot of time piling the leaves in heaps so they could fall into them and POOF! all our hard work is undone! lol  But it’s SO MUCH FUN!! I sketched this image yesterday and I’m so pleased with how it turned out!   I think it captures the spirit of Fall for me.    I colored the image with copics in many shades of beige and brown and green  and added a touch of soft pale pink and grey to the child’s  jacket.  Now, if you know me, you know that my images are inspired by every day life and my own children, who happen to be both boys! But, I wanted to make this …

Thinking of You

A quick  post tonight to share the card that  I made for the CAS challenge on SCS yesterday.   I used my ‘Pencil Cup and Paper’ image, inked the edges with old paper Distress Ink and colored the pencils  with putty (YG91) and Brick Beige (E31) copics.  I stamped an SU! sentiment from the Bird on a Branch set.   The papers are from a Stampington magazine freebie, and the base is Kraft cardstock. I’m entering this card in these fun challenges too: Make it Monday with Kraft Outlet– anything goes (with kraft) Crafty Ann’s challenge– CAS Make it Monday linky party- anything goes! Thanks for stopping by! Have a creative day!!  Deena

Merry Christmas Deer

Stamps: A Creative Need “Young Deer” digital image, Paper: 25 Days of Christmas Simple Stories dp Ink: copics Accessories:chocolate chip satin ribbon, I had time to play the Featured Stamper challenge on SCS and this is the card I made!  I really do like how it turned out.  I colored my little deer image with copics, and I think the overall tone of the card has a vintage or at least old fashioned Christmas look to it!  What do you think? Don’t forget if you want to buy any of my A Creative Need images you can use the BLOGFANSRGR8 code to get 10% off, but only until the end of OCTOBER! Also, Squigglefly is having a MEGA GIVEAWAY…get all the details HERE. Have a creative day and thanks so much for your comments; they are always appreciated!

Young Deer Digital Image

I had some time this week to get a few more images drawn, and I have to say that  this little deer really worked his way into my heart! I’ve drawn him carrying a pine cone ornament, and I think he looks like he’s about to help decorate a tree.  What do you think? This image is now in my A CREATIVE NEED shop on Etsy. Don’t forget that you can use code BLOGFANSRGR8 for a 10% discount on all purchases from my shop until the end of October! I can’t wait to use him on some of my Christmas cards!  Thanks for stopping by, and I’d love to hear what you think of him too! Deena

CAS Card with Willow Designs Stamp

  A quick clean and simple card for my “any occasion” stash.   I’ve used a Winnie image from the Walter and Winnie card extras pack at Willow Designs.   It is a pre-colored image, so this card was super quick and easy!   I just added some embossing across the top and the dp that I got from the pack too.   Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!!   Deena 

A Christmas Birthday

Donna has set the challenge this week for Crafty Creations and she’s looking for Christmas Birthday cards!  Lots of people have birthdays in December on or around Christmas.  Don’t forget to celebrate their birthdays in all the rush and excitement of Christmas! The inside reads “your birthday! “ I used some lovely patterned papers from daisyd’,  against some deep red card stock and a white card stock base.  I rounded the four corners of the inner paper panel, and added a crinkle bow and simple ‘celebrate’ sentiment that I computer generated. The image is my new “Snowflake Ball Ornament” which I’m offering as a FREEBIE  today if you like.   I colored it with metallic gold pencil and added some sparkle to the snowflakes and side rim with diamond dust glitter by Stampin’ Up! I hope you’ll join us for the CRAFTY CREATIONS CHALLENGE.  PAPER AND SUCH is our sponsor this week! Other fun Challenges I played with this card: Card Patterns Sketch 137 C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: 1 ribbon, 2 shapes(ornament and tag) and glitter Please, if you …