Friday, June 26, 2015

I Love What I Get to Do!

This is a Lacy Sunshine image that I have used Prismacolor Pencils and blender to color and  merged it in the Craft Artist 2 program, with a digital background from the My Craft Studio program.
I truly love my card crafting hobby. I enjoy using and learning graphics to make my cards and framed art into works of art. These graphics include those in computer programs and digital images that are available online. I also use my husband's work, which he turns into graphic illustrations. The digital images are legitimately sold for the use of crafters for cards and scrapbooking among other crafts.
These are Cute as a Button images colored with Prismacolor Pencils and merged with a background by my husband Sandy in the Craft Artist 2 program.
 Another part of what I do is design cards for a digital artist in exchange for the free use of the digital images offered for sale. I've joined several challenge blogs as a member of teams designing cards as inspiration for crafters to compete in challenge competitions. For this I also receive the use of digital images.

Why am I writing this post? I am upset about the bullying that seems to be prevalent with in the digital artist community. Stealing art or words and making them your own is unacceptable, but to bully an artist and make life on or off the computer a misery without proof is also unacceptable.

I believe there is room for everyone and being a newbie should not bring pain for those just starting out. Crafters are put off by such behavior. It certainly takes joy out of a wonderful hobby! One crafter said, “I don't mean that everyone has to be full of joy and love, but common decency cost nothing.” It hurts the artists' bottom line too!

I will be trying my luck at the Lacy Sunshine Blog and the following challenges:

Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Tourist in Flagler Beach, Florida

Crafting from the Heart
Hi, We are having a blog hop over at Crafting from the Heart.
You should have arrived here by Design Team member Kandis 
 My Design Team card:
 A Dunderton Abroad
 Dr. Digi
I design this card for Crafting from the Heart. This stamp A Dunderton Abroad designed by our sponsor Dr. Digi. This fellow is discovering the many wonders of the coast of Florida. He is on the board walk along the shore in Flagler Beach, Florida.

I used Prismacolor Pencils and Prismacolor Blender to color this card. The background is a color sketch created by my husband Sandy. The colored stamp and the scene were merged in Craft artist 2.

I hope my card has inspired you to join our challenge at Crafting from the Heart. As always "Anything Goes." Sponsored by Dr. Digi.
The next lady to visit is DT Eemeli
Here is the list of DT members that are taking part, in case you get lost along the way:

Rory at the Beach in Flagler Beach, Florida

The latest Lacy Sunshine Challenge is right up my alley. I live 7 miles from the sleepy beach town of Flagler Beach, Florida. Although, I can no longer body surf in those wonderful waves, I still love to walk on the boardwalk, feeling the light sea breeze in that salty air.

Rory at the Beach by Lacy Sunshine, couldn't wait to dip her toes into the surf at the shore. She was colored with Prismacolor Pencil and merge with my husband Sandy Brooke's color sketch of Flagler Beach, Florida.

 Here are some other challenges I plan to try my luck at:

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sara Jane's Garden

Sara Jane

Lacy sunshine
Lacy Sunshine designed Sara Jane the digital stamp on my current card for this Simply Papercraft challenge. As soon as Sara Jane was introduced, I had to have her. She looks a lot like the little girls from my generation...dressed up and looking as though she just stepped out from a lovely vintage painting.

Sara Jane is colored using Prismacolor Pencils and Prismacolor Blender. I used a metallic gold Gelli Roll pen for her bracelet. Sara Jane was merged with a background of pieces from assorted digikits in the Craft Artist 2 program.

I'm looking forward to seeing your work at Simply Papercraft where challenges are your choice of freestyle or by suggested theme. Sponsor Lacy Sunshine.
 Here are some challenges I plan to try my luck at:

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

My Own Craft Room

Love My Copics

Cute as a button

This has got to be the most special composition for a card, I've done recently. Yes, I know the name of the Cute as a Button image is Love My Copics, but I love my pencils! Getting to color her with Prismacolor Pencils and Prismacolor Bender and a bit of silver from a Gelly Roll pen was fun. Planning her craft room was more fun using the craft table and room grid by Scrappers Delight. The bits and pieces were taken from the Mother's Day 2011 digikit and it was all merged in the Craft Artist 2 program.

Ok, so why is this composition so special. Well, it's because she could be me (she's somewhat younger and has a lot more hair). I feel so fortunate to be a retired art teacher, which has lead me to numerous crafting activities. Retirement could have been a boring depressing time. I'm lucky to have my creative hobbies and a wonderful room dedicated to doing them.

I love the challenge of new images to design for. I belong to several design teams, which has greatly improved my coloring skills. I love exploring techniques and styles as well as enjoy making friends around the globe.

I create cards as well as framed art and canvases. Some of my work is for sale locally. I recently received an honorable mention for a piece I created with an image from Aurora Wings. My work has been published in a few magazines.

I love to inspire others with good quality crafts. I hope you will share your projects at Cute as a Button stamps Facebook Page and Cute as a button stamps Facebook Group.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Hot Sunny Day!

Karleigh Sue
Karleigh Sue is the current sponsor of Crafting from the Heart. I chose Hot Sunny Day for my design team card. I live in Florida and it sure is no's a hot sunny day, most days!
I used Prismacolor Pencil and some places have a bit of the Prismacolor blender. The colored image was merged with my husband Sandy's color sketch of St. Augustine Beach, using the Craft Artist 2 program.

Come and show your work at Crafting from the Heart, where challenges are anything goes. Sponsored by Karleigh Sue.

Here are some challenges I plan to try my luck at:

Have a Glass on Me!

Wine Drinker

Wine Drinker

SLS Lines
SLS Lines is our sponsor at Crafty Girlz Challenges. I chose the Wine Drinker image for these two colorful cards to use for my Design Team offering.
The Wine Drinker was colored with Prismacolor Pencils and odorless mineral spirits. She was merged with scenery put together from the Mediterranean Market digikit in the Craft Artist 2 program.

I hoe my card has inspired you to join our challenge at Crafty Girlz Challenges, where you can follow the theme or do your own thing. Sponsored by SLS Lines.