Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Sisterhood of Crafters - Ink It Up

Hello my friends!
Today I have a card for the new challenge over on The Sisterhood of Crafters!

Our theme, chosen by Jennifer this time around, is:


This card is nothing BUT INK!  LOL
I've used an old wooden block floral stamp by a local artist ... Stacy Stamps to create both the background panel and the foreground 'bleached' panel.

The two inks I've used are Tim Holtz Distress inks 'Spun Sugar' and 'Picked Raspberry'.
I did the bleaching technique on the leaves (from a Simon Says Stamps set)
but only clear embossed the flower in the center.  The highlight area is from the lighter
Spun Sugar sponged in the center where the Picked Raspberry is around the outside edge.

I couldn't tell is my card stood out better with a pink or black background for photographing so I'll give you a sample of each. LOL

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
My 'sistahs' have created some fabulous creations to help inspire you ... 
be sure to pop over and check them out!

As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!

Monday, July 6, 2020

Artsystamper Challenge - Red, White & Blue

Hello my friends!
It's time for a new challenge over on the Artsystamper Challenge Blog where the team is showcasing digital images designed by Beverly Cole at The Artsystamper Shop!   The 1st and 3rd Monday of each month brings another Artsystamper Challenge and today's theme is . . .


For today's creation, I've once again, with the help of Microsoft Word10,  created this card front.  The sets I have put together today are:

and my second sentiment came from the

After creating my card front background & sentiments,  
I positioned the Wreath to determine the size I needed then pasted it into another document to print out on a 4x6 white cardstock panel for coloring.  I've used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers for coloring and a touch of Glossy accents on the stars and rope.

Once again, I can't tell you how quick & easy it is to create a digital card using these beautiful images.  I am just having SO MUCH FUN with them!!  Be sure to check 'em out!

TheArtsystamperShop Etsy
  Artsystamper (YouTube Channel)  
The Artsystamper Addiction (FB Public Group)

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun!
You do NOT have to used Beverly's images (of course we would love to see them if you have them) ... but you must follow the theme to qualify for the prize.  PRIZE you say . . .

YEP ... The winner of our challenges will receive the stamp set of their choice from TheArtsystamperShop.  Beverly Cole's selections offer stamps and sentiments in each set as well as pre-colored images for easy, last minute cards.  Why not take a moment and check out what she has in the store!!
Hop on over to the Artsystamper Challenge Blog and enter!
You will also see more inspiring designs from the Artsystamper Addicts DT ... so much fun!!  As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!

Tutti Designs - Celebrate

Hello dear friends!
Today's card for the Tutti Designs Store was created for family friends and mailed to them for this weekend's 4th of July celebration.  Not exactly what I think this die set was created for but worked BEAUTIFULLY!   Be sure to pop over and check out what Tutti has to offer!

The die set I'm referring to is the 'Twig Wreath'.

TUTTI-467 Twig Wreath
I have die cut this die THREE times from white card stock then proceeded to color what I wanted colored and left the others white.  Then I glued the panels together to create depth.

Do you like how I colored the bird?  LOL 
It wasn't planned that way, I was going to color them blue but when I made the first swipe across the top of the first bird it gave me the idea to make them striped like the American flag.  I was pretty proud of myself ... LOL!!

To make the bird in the center of the wreath stand out, I used the next to smallest die in the 'Nesting Stitched Circles' die set.

For my sentiment I've used the 'Celebrate Word Die Set'.

TUTTI-243  Word Set - Celebrate
 Please be sure to pop over to the Tutti Designs Store and check out all of the fabulous dies available. Need more inspiration?  The team has something new to share on the Tutti Designs Blog  EVERY DAY MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY!  

Pop in often and see for yourself ... what a talented group of designers!!
For your convenience, here are all the Tutti Designs quick links you will need:


We now have a Tutti Designs UK Store ...
Tutti Designs UK


Tutti Designs Canada


Wishing you all an AMAZING day ahead!  
As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!


Sunday, July 5, 2020

Staying Cool and Crafting

Hello Again Friends!

I know it's unusual for me to be posting on Sunday ... let alone posting TWICE!  LOL
But it's too hot for me outside today so I'm hiding in my 'cave' where it's cool and having a good time just crafting for the fun of it.

I spotted another CAS challenge to join in and this time it's a sketch!  I love doing sketches and don't do them often enough.  This one is over on the CAS on Friday Challenge Blog.

I was trying to think what I wanted to use for the image on this card and remembered this pretty Inky Antics 'Daisy Bouquets' stamp set that my BFF Diane sent to me the other day and thought it might be fun to do a little watercoloring.  That is something else I don't do often enough.  Here's what I came up with . . .

What do you think??

I think this is not my best work ... seems my eyes are a little crooked today!  Nothing is lined up as it should be ... but I still like the sketch and the stamp so will make another card later and this time try to make sure everything is in better alignment!  LOL   (What can I say ... old, tired eyes! lol)

Also sharing in . . .
Colour Crazy Challenge - ATG with coloring
Creative Fusion Arts & Crafts Blog Challenge #19 - ATG

Once again ... hope you are having a wonderful day
and, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!

Fun with Stencils . . .

Hello dear friends!
Happy Sunday and for my USA friends/family ... Happy 4th of July Weekend!

While going through my blog feed and leaving some loving comments,
I stopped by crafting friend Ros Crawford's blog and was intrigued by the challenge she created a card for!
That challenge is over on the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge Blog,

I had never heard (or thought about) this technique and thought it would be fun!
I was right!  Fun and Easy!!  Here's what I came up with . . .

I have used a 'ClearScraps' party stencil for my focus technique.
After sponging lightly with some TH Broken China in the corner, I overlaid
my stencil and sponged a corner of it using TH Salty Ocean ink.  While
holding the stencil in place, I used a fine tip black pen and outlined around
the balloons and the squares.  How cool is that!!

Lastly I stamped my sentiment using my new Pretty Pink Posh Simple Sentiments stamps and die cut it using one of the dies from the Sue Wilson 'Frames & Tags' Stitched Flags set.

I find great joy in being inspired by all my crafty friends!
Thanks everyone!!

Hope you have a wonderful day ahead!
As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Mix It Up Challenge - Anything Goes + Open Technique

Hello my friends!
A new month means a new challenge over on the Mix It Up Challenge Blog.
Remember, this is a monthly Anything Goes challenge but with a fun twist that you can choose to join in on ... or not!  This month's theme is:

Anything Goes + Open Technique
(any technique you want ... please specify the technique you used)

I'm using the 'Watercolor on Dark Cardstock' technique that I spotted on YouTube HERE by artist Korin Sutherland and Faux Stitching.

 After 'splattering' varies colors of watercolor with an artist brush onto a 4x6 panel of
navy blue (regular) card stock, I came up with a panel like this ...
To create my card, I matted this panel onto white card stock, then used navy blue card stock as my background panel onto a white card base.  Using a white gelly roll pen, I did some faux stitching around the outside edge for added texture.
I've used the following dies  ...  Spellbinder 'Shining Star' (S2-181) and the sentiment is from the Sue Wilson 'Twinkle, Twinkle Clouds & Stars' die set (CED21015).

Here's the inside, which was computer generated onto a 4x6  panel then die cut.

I do hope you'll pop over to the Mix It Up Challenge Blog and join in the fun!
You have until 6 PM EST the last day of the month to enter!
I'm so inspired by the rest of our amazing DT 
and I can't wait to be inspired by YOUR project!

As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!


Dies R Us Challenge - Anything Goes using Metal Dies

Hello again my friends.

It's time for a new challenge over on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog and, today's theme is a very easy and fun one ...

Anything Goes using metal dies by companies 
carried at the  Dies R Us Store .

Here's the fun card I came up with ... hope you like it!
 The dies used on today's card are:

Lawn Fawn 'Oh Gnome' STAMPS and DIES
Lawn Fawn - Oh Gnome! Stamps
Lawn Fawn - Oh Gnome! Dies 
Impression Obsession - Dies - Country Fences
 Lawn Fawn 'Critters on the Farm' STAMPS and DIES
Lawn Fawn - Critters On The Farm StampsLawn Fawn - Critters On The Farm Dies 
I've also used Tutti Designs HAPPY and BIRTHDAY dies for my sentiment.
 Tutti Designs - Word Set - Happy
 Tutti Designs - Word Set - Birthday
Picket Fence Blender Brushes were used along with Tim Holtz Distress inks to create the sky & grassy areas.  A Stampscapes cluster of geese stamp was used to fill the sky.  
Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Faded JeansDistress Ink Pad - Peeled Paint Picket Fence Studios Blender Brushes - 10/pkg
I hope you will come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below. 
click below for:

  Hope to see you there!!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
As always . . .

Double D Challenge - Stitches

Hello Friends!
It's time once again for a new challenge at the Double D Challenge Blog and, it's another fun theme chosen by Diane ... also check out the amazing mood board she has designed to inspire you!
 Our theme is: 
Stitches...any kind
Here's the mood board Diane has created . . .

Here's what I've created to inspire you today ...

Close up of stitched dies . . .

My 'stitched' element is the Memory Box 'Wrapped Stitched Circle' die set.
And the remainder of my design comes from the Pink & Blue Watercolored paper pack that I purchased a few months back but hadn't taken the time to play with yet.  This paper pack has various patterns that all coordinate with each other ... a group on pinks and a group in blues.

Diane has this fabulous prize offered to one lucky winner.
But, you have to play to win!!

 Be sure to pop over to our Double D Challenge Blog and check out what the design team ladies have created ... they are amazingly talented and I'm sure you'll find more wonderful inspiration!

Hope to see you there!

As always . . .

Merry Little Christmas Challenge

Hello Everyone!
It's a new month and that means the start of a new monthly challenge
Well, the 4th of July is only a couple days away
but today I think I will celebrate CHRISTMAS in JULY!  
Here's my card to share with you today . . .
How cute is this little sentiment panel.  It was on one of
the pages inside one of my Echo Park 6x6 paper packs and thought
it would make a cute focus image.
The background paper I chose today is by Craftmart that I picked up at Michael's
last Fall ... it's a 12x12 pad of holiday papers and they had a sale going on that I couldn't pass up!  (Like I need MORE holiday paper ... egads!)
But, it was BUY 1 ($19.99) and get TWO ... yes TWO additional 12x12 pads FREE!!
So I was able to get three different holiday pads for the price of one!  
Now, THAT'S a DEAL!!
Anyways, here are the other items I used in creating today's card:

 ScrapMan - Dies - Doodling Frame
(I just used the individual poinsettia flower)
 Sue Wilson Designs - Festive Collection -  Poinsettia Flourish & Corner
Impression Obsession - Dies - Fir Trees
I hope you've enjoyed today's Christmas card and I can't wait to see what you create and share over at the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by and wishing you a fabulous week ahead!
As always ...