Month: February 2014

Keep on Smiling!

PAINT! What a fun cue word for a CAS challenge. I <heart> this cute “SNOWMAN LOVE” image! He really does make me smile.  I hope he makes you smile too! The background is a digital element that I painted using airbrushes in Corel. Challenges: Crafty Creations Challenge: Keep it Simple (Mar 5) Through the Craft Room Door: anything goes (Mar 4) Tuesday Throwdown: Anything goes (Mar 4) Have a creative day everyone!! Deena 

More Challenge Inspiration

Here we are already more than halfway through the month of February, and time for some more inspiration from the ACN team! GAIL is sharing this stunning pop up card! What a wonderful background she has created here for these ACN WOLVES.   KREN has created a magical look with her wintry background in hues of purple and greens while adding the fibers as a textural element.   …and I paint spattered my  background.  Inspired by the Snow wolves of the Canadian arctic, I went for a wintry white and blue. Come and join us for the ‘WILD THING’ CHALLENGE! We can’t wait to see what you will do! You will find the WOLVES image  and other nature inspired  images at the A Creative Need shop!

Coffee With Friends

Hi everyone.  I have a quick CAS card to share that I’ve made for three CAS challenges.  Yay! They got my mojo going today! First up CAS(E) this Sketch: and Addicted to CAS: Code Word COFFEE and last but not least CASology code word: JUMP (as in…coffee jump starts my day! And if I have too much it makes a little jumpy :)) I used A Creative Need LOVE ME A CUP OF COFFEE image and  digital dp.  I colored the cups with copics. Thanks for stopping by today!  Deena 

My Morning Coffee

Aah….COFFEE! Do not come between me and my cup of coffee!  JOIN ME, by all means, but do not come between us!  Coffee can comfort me, uplift me, give me courage to go on with my day and even fuel me creatively! YES. IT. CAN. I will always stand behind my cup of coffee.  I will never give it up. Anything I say or do before my morning cup does not count. I admit, I have had to ask forgiveness for what has transpired before my first cup. I have laughed and cried over coffee. I have discussed philosophy over coffee. I have solved many a problem with a cup of coffee in hand. AND I have made more than a few great friends over coffee! Yes, of course, this card was made while enjoying my cup of coffee! Paper pieced Image: Hot Cup of Coffee (A Creative Need) Digital paper- A Creative Need Custom made sentiment using My Memories Software Challenges: Addicted to CAS: Code Word: COFFEE Have a creative day!! Deena   

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here are a few mini VALENTINES that I made this week… I’ve made my own paper for these minis… you can see them all below. SPONGE DOTS  6×6 digital paper pack Making digital papers is something new that I’ve been working on.  I enjoy playing with different textures and colors and trying them out in paper form. These were created using a digital sponge brush and creating a pattern that I could then re use in multiple colors in photoshop. Three of the 5 papers are on a neutral color textured background. When creating the papers, I keep in mind that although they can be used in digital form, I may want to print them too, so I choose simple designs and less ink intense patterns and colors. I will have more to show you soon! Have a creative day!!  Deena

Wild Thing Challenge Wolves

Hello friends!  I thought I’d share how this ‘Wild Thing’ CAS card for this month’s A Creative Need challenge was made. I was playing with a masking/paint technique. I masked the moon  with a circle punch and painted over  it with two shades of yellow, then while still  a little wet, stuck clear wide packaging tape over it and peeled it off again to give it a worn look.  When dry, I scanned it so I could use it as a digital element, as seen here.   Using My Memories Software I simply placed my A Creative Need Wolves image and resized it to the size I wanted, then added in the image of my masked moon and layered it over the wolves.  All that was left was to add in my sentiment.  So simple, and I’m very happy with the result! Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!! Deena Read more:

ACN February Challenge!

Are you ready for another fun challenge?  Your January entries were fabulous!!  Thanks so much to all of you who entered; I can’t wait to see what else you have to share with us this month! Keep that creativity coming! FEBRUARY CHALLENGE #16 – WILD THING (you make my heart sing) Use something ‘wild’ in your creations (images or an element of the wild) OUR JANUARY (DIE CUTS/PUNCHES)challenge WINNER is… Andrew Llewelyn-Brinsley !!  with this fun birthday card: Congratulations!! Please e-mail me at with your choice of 2 digital images from the A Creative Need SHOP! Now for some creative inspiration from the fabulous ladies on the DT!  If you would like more details about their creations, please stop by their blogs and do leave them a kind word as they work hard to inspire all of us!  And a big WELCOME to our newest member GLORIA! Larissa Deborah Kren Peggy Lisa Gail Gloria Deena Love Birds, Kissing Penguins and Wolves can be found at A Creative Need Etsy. Now let’s see what you will do! Have …

Over the Edge

CAS-ual Fridays’ challenge this week has gone OVER THE EDGE!  And I just had to join in! I colored the ACN  LOVE BIRDS image with copics and cut them out.  I placed the birds on a watercolor background that I painted using Corel Painter Essentials.  Then, I punched a simple border for the bottom and added a splash of color with the felt foam flowers and buttons.  I also added a tab ribbon in the bottom right for Splitcoaststamper’s challenge ‘tags &tabs’ that I think helped balance out the over the edge look of the birds at the top left. Challenges: CAS-ual Fridays– ‘Over the Edge’ Addicted to CAS– LoVe I’m so glad you stopped by! Deena