Thursday 23 October 2014

More pink and purple Christmas cards

While I was creating my previous card, I thought the sentiment might look better when framed, so I decided to create two more cards based on this idea.

I remembered I had some very old 12x12 papers by DCWV featuring pink and purple snowflakes in my stash, so I dug them out and got to work. I cut the papers slightly smaller than my A2 card (Neenah solar white) and inked the edges of my card front using a dauber and some purple (Studio Calico - Purple rain) and pink (Ranger - Picked raspberry) inks. I also used these inks to colour two pieces of white cardstock to create the Simon Says Stamp frames (Frames die set) in a matching colour. I also die cut the frame from the middle of the PP so that I could inlay the thin frame and then stamp the sentiment (Cheers set by Elle's Studio) in the aperture on the front of the card.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Jingle Belles - Pink Christmas
Merry Monday - 131 Christmas card using non-traditional colours
(also see the gorgeous inspiration photo below)
CHNC - 199 Use sth. forgotten or never used
(never used frame die and stamp, new SC ink)
SSS - STAMPtember Show us what you made

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Pink and purple Christmas

I thought I would try making a quick Christmas card to add to my stash while supporting a good cause at the same time, because the lovely Jingle Belles are donating 4 dollars per linked-up card to help fight breast cancer.

This card was inspired by a this card I saw on Iwona Palamountain's blog. I think I need to go shopping for one of those big and bold Christmas sentiments, but for this card, I simply used what I had.

I stamped various snowflakes from the Hero Arts Designer snowflakes set onto a standard A2 size card (Neenah solar white) using my new Studio Calico inks (Flamingo and Purple rain - don't you love these colours) and then filled up the area with two small stamps from the Swanky Snowdudes set by Paper Smooches that I had lying on my table. To finish I stamped the sentiment from the Cheers set by Elle's Studio.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Jingle Belles - Pink Christmas
Merry Monday - 131 Christmas card in non-traditional colours
CHNC - 199 Use something forgotten or never used
(all 3 stamp sets, 2 of which I have had for quite a while)
Addicted to Stamps and More - 118 Holiday
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Snowflakes

Tuesday 14 October 2014

A little colouring practice

With a lot of translation work and chancing upon our new dream home, only 700 meters away from our current home, I haven't had much time for crafting in the past weeks. I did manage to wind down in the evenings after work by watching all the inspirational videos and tutorials of the most recent Online Card Class, Copics for card makers. I don't own any Copics (yet), but I assumed I could learn a lot of tricks, tips and techniques that would also be useful for the alcohol-based markers that I do own, and I was right.

One of the great things about this class was that it came with several printable practice sheets, so we could try out colour combinations, blending techniques and so on and colour along with the teachers and guest designers, who were all using the same images. Plus these sheets will serve as excellent reference material for future colouring projects.

So here's a peak at my colouring attempts. 

This first sheet is perfect for keeping track of colour combinations that do and don't work. For this class I practiced with a selection of Promarkers and Flexmarkers that I own. These exercises also made me realise I could use a few more colours, such as a wider selection of reds.

The second sheet is perfect for practicing two and three colour blending and shading (on the presents).

Last night, I was able to do some more colouring and decided to jump to day 8 to try my hand at a technique shown by Debby Hughes, namely using a colourless blender with your markers to achieve a soft watercolour look and blending into white. After colouring the first two leaves (top right) and two petals, I thought this would never work. My colours were too dark and there was a lot of bleeding going on because I had to go back and forth with my markers, but I kept going at it. When I looked at the image again today, I decided the result wasn't half bad, considering this was my very first attempt at this technique and having to figure out my own colour combos. And once I have fussy cut the image and used it on a card, no one will know I had any bleeding issues LOL.

BTW, this last image was one of the images that had been donated by several generous sponsors for printing and use during class (and after LOL). This lovely flower image is by Clearly Besotted and is available for purchase as a clear stamp (Happy Everything set).

That's it for today. Thanks for looking.

Monday 1 September 2014

FTHS August Stamp of the Month + sketch 77

For today's card I combined the free stamp of the month August stamp by From the Heart Stamps with their current sketch challenge.

I printed the image onto Neenah Solar white cardstock and coloured it using Derwent Coloursoft pencils and then blended the colours with odourless mineral spirits and a paper stump. The papers are from the So Sofie 6 x 6 paper pad by My Mind's Eye. The buttons, twine and pearls are from my stash.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
FTHS - Free stamp of the month Augus
FTHS - Sketch 077
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Totally Gorjuss - 251 Pearls
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything goes

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Wax seals - SAF 2014

Here's the card I made with the wax seal I created from the PTI SAF kit. In fact, all supplies were included in the kit, except for the ribbon and the gold embossing powder. By now it will be too late to link it up for the Renaissance challenge, but I sure had fun creating all these cards. Plus I've added more cards to my pile of birthday cards, which is a good thing LOL.

Velvet stamping - SAF 2014

Here's my card for the Renaissance challenge of PTI's Stamp-a-faire, using the supplies from the kit.

Vintage patterns - SAF 2014

I skipped a few centuries - although I did create a few wax seals to be used on two future cards - and grabbed the stamps from the 1940's set of the PTI SAF kit to recreate the Vintage pattern that Betsy Veldman had shown us. I did use slightly warmer colours and decided I liked the pattern after stamping my blue flowers onto the stamped red and yellow base pattern. This was my first time stamping an elaborate pattern and I loved it. The hardest part was deciding how to finish the card (red or blue banner, red or blue baker's twine or white twine, researching 1940s buttons on the Internet and then going through my stash of old buttons to find a suitable one...) LOL. Anyhow, here's my finished card and I really love how it turned out.

I'm also entering thismcard into the following challenges:
Addicted to CAS - Geometric

Mock mosaics 1 - SAF 2014

One of the most fun items I received in my PTI Stamp-a-faire kit was the mosaic die. I used it to cut a stencil and create a mosaic using some Aleene's true snow that I mixed with a tiny drip of Peacock feathers distress reinker (Ranger), but I haven't used it on a card yet. While my embossed layer was drying, I started another card for the SAF Mock Mosaics challenge. I did some stamping and then put my panel through my Cuttlebug with the mosaic stencil and then tried to keep all the puzzle pieces together by adhering strips of Post-it tape over the backside before removing the entire panel from the die. I temporarily taped the grid onto a piece of yellow cardstock and then painstakingly glued all my mosaic pieces into the grid openings using a glue pen.

After removing the grid, my stamped image looked a big mess, because the stamps I had used (Happy family by Echo Park) were too detailed for this technique to really work, so I decided to glue the grid in place and matted my panel onto green cardstock (Bazzill) and a Neenah Desert storm card base. I finished the card off with some twine and a tiny tag (coordinating set of Tiny tag stamps and dies by Simon Says Stamp).

I will definitely try this technique again, but then I will simply use some solid leaf stamps.

Faux frescoes - SAF 2014

The faux frescoes challenge of the PTI Stamp-a-faire event was a lot of fun: adding a thin layer of embossing paste (I used Aleene's true snow, since I don't have any white embossing paste yet, and that seemed to work well) and then stamp and colour on top once this layer was dry. I love the result.

The mosaic pattern and sentiment were stamped using the stamps that were included in the PTI SAF kit. The pomegranate stamp is from a Flourishes set that I bought secondhand. I stamped the image using Memento Rhubarb stalk (which I also used for the mosaic pattern) and Pistachio and then used a water brush to pull the colour in. After drying with a heat tool, I added a bit of darker green using distress ink and added the background using some more distress inks (Peacock feathers and Pumice stone). To add more detail, I stamped the outlines again using Memento Rich cocoa. I also used this ink to stamp the sentiment onto a strip of Neenah Desert storm cardstock and to ink the edges of my cardstock mat behind my faux fresco. Also love the soft texture of my fresco; it's a bit velvety.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenge:
Dutch Card Lovers - 216 Watercolour

Timer challenge - SAF 2014

As indicated in my previous post, I intended to have some fun participating in this year's Stamp-a-faire event organised by Papertrey Ink, and I did! To loosen the creative muscles at 7 AM local time in the US (2 PM in my corner of the world) we were to pick a colour scheme and a sketch and create a card within 20 minutes. By the time I had grabbed a sandwich, read the instructions and decided what I wanted to do, it was already time for the second inspiration installment. So I postponed the 20 minute challenge until Sunday afternoon.

Time was up when I started to adhere my stars, but after 4 more minutes, the stars were in place and brushed over with a touch of Wink of Stella glitter. Since I had coloured 3 strips of cardstock with Promarkers/Flexmarkers to create some custom-made coloured cardstock from which I cut stars in 3 sizes, I decided to create 2 more cards using up the remaing stars. I spent another 40 minutes putting these 2 cards together, so that's 3 more birthday cards added to my stock. Yay!

Materials used:
Neenah Solar white cardstock
Dark grey cardstock by Simon Says Stamp
Happy birthday stamp from the PTI kit (1960's)
Sentiment die cut from Paper Smooches Christmas words set
Star die cuts from Holiday shapes by Simon Says Stamp
Promarkers/Flexmarkers to colour the white cardstock for my emellishments
HA Soft Granite ink (2nd generation stamping of the sentiment)

Saturday 23 August 2014

Getting ready for SAF 2014

I've been preparing for this year's Stamp-a-faire event. I've been admiring Paperink products for a few months, but never bought any until I saw the SAF event promoted. The SAF event is all about getting inspired and creative, alone (as in my case - any other crafter living near Hersonissos, Crete, Greece?) or with some crafty friends, and this year's theme is about travelling through the ages and I could not resist the set of supplies that has been especially designed for this event.

So I've been frantically trying to clear the table and getting some of my supplies organised so I can have a little fun this weekend. I also intended to get to bed early last night, but then our Kokkini decided she was staying out to play until 1 am this morning. She usually responds to our whistles and calls if she's not in before 11 pm, but not so last night. We were getting a little worried, because the last time she did not respond was over a year ago. When my husband finally managed to track her down around noon the next day (she gave a small cry when my husband was calling her), she was in shock, her jaw was all lopsided (turned out to be broken) and one of her rear legs was bent backwards (all ligaments torn). According to the vet who operated on her, she must have been hit by a car, and it's a miracle she survived, responded to my husband's calling while in shock, and made a full recovery, except for her right eye that she cannot fully close.

This morning, she decided to go out for a small walk and then came back in to sleep on the bed. She wasn't too pleased that I disturbed her to make a picture, but it seems she forgave me, because she curled up again and went back to sleep. Makes me wish sometimes that I was a cat LOL.

As for the SAF event, I have no idea what I'm getting myself into, but I have decided to just go with the flow and have some fun and the rest will follow from there.

Friday 22 August 2014

SYS2 Day 7&8 and CTS89 - Just a note

Another post from me today, yay! In my hurry to get this card posted, the HA Pale tomato and Orange soda inks are still a bit blotchy (the Memento Dandelion ink gave full coverage at once), but I'm trusting the ink will even out. Day 7&8 of the SYS2 online card class were about using graphic stamps. As it turns out, I don't have many of those, but I assumed the backside of one of the tag stamps of the Tiny tags stamp set by Simon Says Stamp would also work. And it did...

I was inspired by the new sketch of CAS(E) this sketch but am now wondering if I followed it too loosely, but hey, there's a panel and a sentiment banner across LOL. The sentiment is from the Everyday Sayings set by Hero Arts. I heat embossed it in white (Artemio) onto a strip of black Simon Says Stamp cardstock. I finished the card off with some gold sequins from Darice.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenge:
A Blog Named Hero - 50 Ombre
Addicted to CAS - 45 Geometric

Thursday 21 August 2014

CTS88 Happy Birthday

For the SYS2 class I had picked out a background stamp that I wanted to play with, trying some new fun techniques such as acrylic paint resist. Since I could not find the white acrylic paint I knew I had hidden somewhere and using Picket Fence distress stain did not give the result I was aiming for, I decided to simply use the stamp as originally intended, using HA Passion flower ink.

I was inspired by this card that Maureen Merritt created for CASE Study 4th Anniversary week #2 (unfortunately I was unable to finish my card in time to link it up there) and the below sketch by CTS.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
Sweet Stamps - 183 Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything goes
Seize the Birthday - Anything goes

Monday 18 August 2014

TMS262 and SYS2 Bonus Day

For today's card I have combined TMS 262 with a technique that was featured during the Bonus Day of the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class, namely adding splashes of watercolour in a free form where you intend to stamp and then stamp the image on top.

Materials used:
Letraset Aquamarkers
Tim Holz watercolour cardstock
Neenah Desert Storm cardstock
PP Chanteuse Collection by Kaisercraft
Image by Imaginisce (Snag'em stamps Chick)
You die by Simon Says Stamp
Sentiment stamp by Stampendous (Birthday Wish assortment) - I masked the 'you' before stamping
Archival black ink
Sequins - large ones from Jenni Bowlin; small ones from a local bargain store
Black glitter embossing powder

Tuesday Morning Sketches - #262 + watercolouring
I love Promarkers - #232 Anything goes with Letraset markers
Seize the Birthday - Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's PP challenge - always Anything goes with PP

Tuesday 12 August 2014

SYS2 - Day 1 - Background Stamps

Day 1 and 2 of the current Online Card Class, Stretch Your Stamps 2, were all about using background stamps.

I combined the inspiration from class with Laura Bassen's DT card for CASE Study who are celebrating their 4th anniversary.

After heat embossing the Square Pattern backgound stamp (Hero Arts/BasicGrey) in white (Artemio) onto TH watercolour card, I watercoloured a section of the image using Inktense pencils. The fading out to the top and bottom happened when I was 'cleaning up' the embossing with a rather wet baby wipe. Instead of trying to clean up the smeared watercolour, I decided to turn it into a feature LOL. I love happy accidents like this one. The sentiment was cut using a MFT die. I then die cut another sentiment from plain cardstock and heat embossed it 3 times with sparkling black embossing powder. The black srtrips (Simon Says Stamp cardstock) were adhered to my A2 card base and then brushed over with my Wink of Stella glitter pen. For some extra sparkle I added a few sequins.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
CASE Study - Anniversary week 1
Simon Says Stamp - Make it sparkle
A Blog Named Hero - 49 Die a little

Thursday 31 July 2014

Christmas in July - FTH Stamp of the Month

I recently bought some Inktense pencils, which had been on my wish list for a long time, and thought it would be fun to try them on kraft cardstock, since the set also included a white pencil.

I printed this month's stamp of the month (Winter Friends) by From the Heart Stamps onto some Neenah Desert Storm cardstock (love the light colour) and coloured it with my new pencils, smoothing out the colours (except the white) with a very fine-tipped brush with the tiniest bit of water. I had intended to use this month's sketch by FTHS for this card (mirrored), which is why I printed the image in the lower right corner, but after I finished my colouring I decided I really liked it just the way it was, so I decided I would simply stamp a sentiment inside the card and call it a day.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
FTHS - Digital stamp of the month challenge
(all participants will receive next month's stamp for free)
Less is More - 182 Anything goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Kraft Christmas
CHNC - 187 Cute (Christmas)
Completely Christmas - 22 Anything goes

Saturday 19 July 2014

Die-cutting fun part 2

My second card for today was inspired by my new flipflops. I love the graphic print and the colours and I thought it would be fun to try and recreate this pattern with the MFT chevron dies that arrived in the mail last week (bought in a recent sale) and combine it with the Simon Says Stamp grid border die that I still hadn't used.

After I had finished die cutting all MFT chevron stripes from SSS cardstock (the yellow was a little too yellow compared to my flipflops so I darkened it by applying a layer of versamark embossing ink) and partially die cutting the SSS grid border (which actually has 4 rows) and then glueing everything in place, I thought I needed to add a little extra umph. I then happened to lay the red die cut bicycle (I had simply die cut it to try another new die by Savvy Stamps) and decided I really liked the pop of red. I gave the bicycle a little more body by putting 3 layers on top of each other and added a few tiny hearts (SSS) that seem to come floating out of the basket. To finish things off, I added some glitter to the red items using my Wink of Stella pen (again LOL) and added some glossy accents to the hearts.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Curtain Call - Anything goes
Card and Scrap - 79 Use bright colours
Simon Says Stamp - Work it Wednesday June

Die-cutting fun part 1

Hello there. I finally managed to finish another card. I recently saw this really fun card where a crafter had turned a round balloon die cut upside down to create her card. I immediately thought of turning one of my new Simon Says Stamp balloon dies into a Christmas bauble. I know I commented on this crafter's blog to thank her for the inspiration, but I cannot for the life of me remember where I saw it and have been unable to retrace my steps and find out.

Anyway, I die cut the balloon shape and also used the same shape to create the masks for inking my sky after white heat-embossing the stars (using distress inks - I was inspired by the colours that Loll Thompson used on this card) and creating the snow banks using Alleene's real snow by way of embossing paste and adding a layer of white embossing powder. All the stamps (plus the matching die for the reindeer that I used to create mask) are by Hero Arts. After stamping the reindeer and sentiment I added some clear Wink of Stella (of course) to the reindeer's sweater.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Addicted to CAS - 42 Sky
A Blog Named Hero - 48 Sheet Cake (one layer cards)
Hero Arts - One layer challenge

Friday 23 May 2014

OCC watercolor for card makers 2

This is a second post to enable me to link up the second image for day 11. Please see my previous post for a description.

I'm also linking this card up for Seize the Birthday

OCC watercolor for card makers

Hi everyone, I'm back with several cards to show. I have finally found some time to craft again now that my husband is recovering from the heart operation he had to undergo about 4 weeks ago.

I have been enrolled in yet another Online Card Class, and I think it's the best one yet. As usual, there was so much inspiration and so little time, so I've decided to showcase the 4 cards I made so far in a single post.

Day 2: creating a soft wash using watercolour pencils. The fishes were heat-embossed with clear embossing powder onto vellum and then coloured with regular watercolour paint. I'm linking this card up for LCI (Anything goes), Papertake Weekly (Ohhh so cute), Sweet Stamps (170 Anything goes) and

Seize the Birthday (Anything goes/optional: tags).

Day 11 - Play day: monoprint using a stencil and distress inks, as shown by Tim Holtz. The sentiment was heat-embossed using liquid platinum embossing powder. I'm also linking this card up for Aud Sentiments (107 Bingo - die cuts, embossing, 2 word sentiment)

Day 11 - Play day: another monoprint, using Hero Arts daubers instead of distress ink. Love the soft colours. The sentiment was heat-embossed onto vellum using black embossing powder with multi-coloured glitter. I used a Versamark pen to trace the inside of the die so that I could heat-emboss it for some added contrast. I'm linking this card up for Cute Card Thursday (322 Text only)

Bonus day: dipping into distress inks after debossing, as shown by Laura Sterckx (except I used an embossing folder instead of scoring lines by hand). Afterwards, I stamped and heat-embossed the bird image with the same black/glitter embossing powder as in the previous card. The glitter does not really show in the picture, though, but I love how it looks as if the bird is in a cage. Because of all the glitter, I didn't feel the card needed any further embellishments. I'm linking this card up for the following challenges: Dream Valley Challenges (82 Things with wings) and Cards in Envy (Winged things - flat A2 cards)

Tuesday 1 April 2014

CAS or failure?

A very special card from me today. I had originally printed this digital image and accompanying sentiment (Hamlet PigWit Think Spring) by From the Heart Stamps onto watercolour paper to do some watercolouring, but when I showed it to my husband he said it might be fun to leave the image completely uncoloured. Now that set me thinking...

I've seen others use uncoloured or largely uncoloured images a few times, and although I admired the crafters who did this, I didn't think I would have the guts to do it myself. Until now...

Since I wasn't going to do a lot of colouring, I printed the image again onto Neenah solar white cardstock and only coloured in the clover with 2 green Promarkers. I rounded the top right corner and popped the panel up using some foam tape. And now I'm debating with myself if the card is just fine as is or whether I should have added a little more colour...

My husband likes the card a lot and thinks it's just perfect. So what do you think of my card? Is it CAS or a failure? Would you add more colour?

Anyhow, I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
From The Heart Stamps - March stamp of the month challenge
Dynamic Duos - DD96 (I was going for green and pink, but ended up using green and white)

Cards in Envy - Anything A2 goes (no bulky cards)

Thursday 27 March 2014

CAS3 adding texture to one-layer card

Day 9/10 of the OCC Clean and Simple Cards 3 was all about creating textural effects on one-layer cards.

I used the following sketch from CAS(E) this sketch for my lay-out:

I kept this card very simple. I sprayed 3 colours of Promarkers (turqoise, marine and petrol blue) using the Tim Holtz spritzer tool and the Tim Holtz Bubble stencil, after masking the part where I wanted to stamp the sentiment (Petals & stems by Avery Elle). After stamping the sentiment I used a banner die to add some texture by embossing the die instead of cutting it. To finish the card off and to create a litle movement, I added some silver sequins.

I'm also linking the card up for the following challenges:
AEIheartU - 3 Ombre/gradient
Cards in Envy - Anything A2 goes
I ♥ ProMarkers - 212 Anything goes
CAS on Sunday - One-layer wonder
Less is More - 164 Use 3 of something
(3 colours, 3 sequins, 3-word sentiment LOL)

Sunday 2 March 2014

Merry & bright

I played a little more with my Wplus9 quilt dies. To celebrate their 4th anniversary, Wplus9 are challenging us to stretch it, i.e. to try something new. After seeing so many wonderful projects using glitter, I decided to give it a go myself, with the pastel glitters by Silhouette that arrived last week.

Well, the glitter adhered everywhere, except to the sticker sheet I had been using. Next, I tried using a piece of (old) laminate, but it seems that the adhesive is (no longer) strong enough, so only a thin layer of glitter stuck to the laminate and the blue/aqua colour wasn't really visible. To correct this, I coloured the back side of the laminate with a turquoise Promarker. I love the stained glass window look. The die cut frame and the sentiment (Christmas Wishes set by Wplus9) are heat embossed using Versamark ink and silver embossing powder (Ranger super fine detail).

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Wplus9 - Birthday celebration week 4: stretch it
Merry Monday - 97 Sparkle and shine with aqua/white/silver
ABC Christmas Challenge - D for die cuts
Crimbo Crackers - 59 Blue and white
Christmas Card Challenges - 14 Heat embossing
LoveFest2014I at SCS - Die crazy, hosted by Simon Says Stamp

Saturday 1 March 2014

Birthday Candle Birdbrain

As promised, here's another card featuring an image by From the Heart Stamps, which is the stamp of the month February. The image was coloured with Promarkers. The sentiment is from a set by Paper Smooches (Birthday Sampler). I did some sponging (a skill I still haven't quite mastered yet) with Ranger's distress ink and added a few score lines using my Scor-Buddy.

I'm combining the following challenges with this card:
From the Heart Stamps - Stamp of the month February challenge 
(progressive challenge; if you play along, you get the netxt stamp of the month)


The card also fits the LOVEFEST2014G 'Let's score' challenge 
over at Splitcoaststampers hosted by Scor-Pal

Sunday 23 February 2014

Happy Hollydays

I found a little time to craft today, so I created a fairly quick and simple card for a number of challenges, involving a sketch, Christmas (surprise!) and a holly die. I have also posted this card on Splitcoaststampers and linked it up for the Die Crazy challenge (hosted by Simon Says Stamp) of the LOVEFEST2014 event.

Here's the sketch I used:

Materials used:
Neenah solar white cardstock; red vellum (bought years ago at a Dutch craft fair); Sizzix embossing folder (Snow globe); holly die (Marianne Design), sponged with Ranger's distress ink; sentiment stamp from a fabulous set that came free with a magazine (bought during the after Christmas sale); Promarkers; Glossy accents; Wink of Stella glitter marker.

Hmm, now that I see the picture on my blog, the bright red appears more as orange, so I may try to take another picture that shows the true colours more closely.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Merry Monday - 96 Use holly on your card
CHNC - 165 Use a sentiment
CHNC Extra - always Anything Christmas goes
Jingle Belles - RED
Winter Wonderland - The most wonderful time of the year (anything Christmas)

Sunday 16 February 2014

Happy birdday chick

Today, I finally found some time to play along with Tuesday Morning Sketches again, which was long overdue.

I used a digital image, Birdbath chick by From the Heart Stamps. They have such cute images, so be prepared to see a few more on my cards. I printed the image on Neenah Solar white cardstock and coloured it with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. I could not resist using my Wink of Stella glitter brush to add some glamour to the bath bubbles and the bird's eyelids. I used a few Kaisercraft pearls (coloured with one of the Flexmarkers) on top of 3 of the bath bubbles. The sentiment is from the It's only words 1 set by Ladybug Crafts Ink, which I stamped in Memento Tuxedo black. The papers are from the Cubierta Miniatura paper pad by Cosmo Cricket. The lace is Marianne Design.

And here's the sketch I used:

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches - #236 Use sketch + pearls + lace
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything goes as long as the card is covered with PP
 Seize the Birthday - Anything birthday goes - optional: heart: (entry #2)
Passion for Promarkers - Have a heart
Craft Your Passion #200 - Pick an old challenge: 158 Adorable animals