Friday, May 22, 2015


This week's challenge at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is Music. Use an image of a musical instrument, sheet music, musical die-cuts, or song lyrics. My Outlawz Coloring Challenge teammates, Carla, Penny, Karen, Vannessa, and I challenge you to use create a project for this challenge. You can use any coloring medium you like, just as long as you color! 

Our May sponsor at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is Sweet Pea Stamps, who is offering our lucky winner three digis of his/her choice from the Sweet Pea Digi Stamp Store.  Play along with us for your chance to win!

Here's my card with Sweet Pea/Karen Middleton's Musical Pixie.

Musical Pixie was resized in PhotoElements, printed onto Neenah cardstock with my laser printer, then colored with Copic markers. I also printed a copy of Musical Pixie onto Eclipse Tape with my inkjet printer. That version was fussy-cut and placed over the colored image. Removable Scotch Tape (3M) was placed across the image to form the horizon. The sky was airbrushed with my B21 marker and Copic Airbrush System. The tape was lifted and YG markers were used to create a grassy lawn. 

The image panel was die-cut using one of the dies from the 5x7 Card Creator Nestabilities die set (Spellbinders). Music patterned paper from the Paddington 6x6 pad (7 Gypsies) was die-cut using a larger die from the same Nestabilities set. The image panel was matted with the music panel and set aside.

I originally planned to use patterned paper for my other layers, but then decided to re-create the airbrushed/drawn background on a larger piece of cardstock to be used as the card front. So I die-cut another sheet of white cardstock, taped a horizon line, and airbrushed the sky, lifted the tape, and drew in the grass. 

Musical Pixie reminded me of the Pied Piper, so I decided that I should create a little audience for Musical Pixie's music. The Breezy Branches Statement Corner die (SCACD), Birds retired die (Poppy Stamps), and the Peace Doves die(Memory Box) were die-cut from white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. The Sitting Cat (Poppy Stamps) and two walking cats from the Cat Set (Impression Obsession) were die-cut from black cardstock. Shimmery vellum was die-cut with one of the dies from the Flags die set (Impression Obsession). Happy Birthday (Savvy Stamps) was stamped onto the Flag die with Jet Black StazOn ink. 

The image panel was adhered to the card front. The colored Breezy Branches Statement Corner die-cut was added to the upper left hand corner. Three little birds were added to the branches. Gold thread was  added to the hole in the stamped vellum flag, which was then adhered over the branches. The thread was adhered under the dove's beak. The card front was adhered to a white card and I called it done!

Thanks for visiting today! 

I shall enter this card into the following challenges.
Scrapy Land Challenges: Birthdays/Celebrations (plus using any brand of die sold at Scrapy Land)
One Sweet Challenge: Things with Wings
The Cheerful Stamp Pad Challenges: Fairies
Crafting for all Seasons Challenges: Birthday with Four of Something (I've got four birds)


  1. Love the way this turned out, Kathi! Great design, especially how you did the coloring on both layers with the DP in between! Love that! You created such a fun scene with this darling image and your die cuts! :^)
    Have a great weekend!
    Hugs, Penny

  2. What an amazing card! Love that Musical Pixie and the way you have the sheet music layered between the image and the background! It does remind me of the Pied Piper too! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #18!

  3. Gorgeous card and thanks for joining us at Crafting For All Seasons. Carol S. DT

  4. amazing card,love all the story :) and I love cats :) thanks for taking part in scrapyland challenge :)

  5. Fabulous birthday card. Love all the animals listening to the music. SO glad you shared it with us for the Scrapy Land Challenge.

  6. Soooo Cute! Fabulous ideas and great inspiration.
    Hugz from Wisconsin, Patricia
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