Sunday, January 2, 2022


 Hello Friends and once again ... HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I'm excited today to let you in on a little secret!
There's a BRAND NEW challenge blog I'd like to tell you about and it just so happens I've been invited to be on the design team!  This new challenge is going to be a little bit different from others so you'll want to be sure and check it out!  It's called Colorful Options.

Be sure to pop over and read all about it but the short version is as follows:

  • Color challenge (any shade of specified color) with a new color each month and if you don't like the color you can always substitute RAINBOW colors.

  • This challenge is not for cards only ... they want to see anything crafty you are working on.  Knitting, painting, crochet, sewing, multi media ... if you consider it a craft and it's in the color they are looking for, it qualifies. 

  • Monthly challenge ... starts on 2nd and ends on the 28th.

 And they will provide a mood board for INSPIRATION ONLY. 
Here's the mood board for January ...

Upcoming Challenges

 For my creation, I was inspired by the image in the top left corner and blew the dust off my Stampscapes stamps to create my scene.  

  1. I used a circle cut of masking medium and placed it on my white card stock panel before I started sponging on my Tim Holtz oxide distress ink colors.

  2. I then removed the masking to reveal the moon and stamped my Stampscapes 'Lakeside Cabin' (147-F) using Versafine Onyx ink. 

  3. Next I used a Tombow green (#177) marker to add to the green to the trees and brown (#977) for the cabin and rocks.

  4. Using a white Gelly Roll pen, I added snow to the roof, trees & grassy area.  Also used that same pen to create stars in the sky.

  5. Lastly I sponged a little more blue (water area) going lighter as I neared the bottom then added my sentiment which is by Pretty Pink Posh 'Thoughtful Greetings'.


 I hope you'll come check it out and play along!
Thanks for stopping by!

We also have a new YouTube Channel ... name is: Colorful Options TV

As always . . .


  1. You have created a beautiful relaxing scene here. Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Crafty New Year. Hugs Mrs A.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous gorgeous scene!! You surely know how to make these beautiful scenes with your stamps, stunning as always!!

  3. This is stunning! I love the soft, peaceful feeling this card inspires. Thank you!! MK

  4. Congratulations Dar, on your new DT position! You're the perfect candidate for the team! Your card is beautifully done, and the scene is relaxing and serene. Happy new year to you and your family, dear friend!

  5. Congrats Darlene!!! Love your card. Love the colours you used to create this beautiful and serene scene. Enjoy your day! xxx

  6. This is a beauty! Love the peaceful colors of your scene. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  7. wow you are a busy beaver my sis, love love love your card. xx

  8. Stunning! I am deathly afraid of those stamps so I'm always quite impressed and a bit in awe of those who use them as the scapes are always beautiful! xoxo

  9. Gorgeous winter scene, makes you want to go visit :)

  10. Wow, Darlene, this is an AMAZING card!! The stamp is gorgeous, and so are your coloring skills. Congrats on being in the DT of this new blog: you deserve it!
    Happy New Year and all best wishes for 2022,
    Lia xx

  11. Congrats Darlene!! Your card is dreamy!

  12. Congrats Darlene!! Your card is dreamy!

  13. Congratulations on your new gig, Darlene! An amazing card to start with. Looks like a fun challenge and I see they had quite a few participants. I'm so behind!

  14. Darlene, thank you for letting me know about this new challenge!! I am a new follower of that challenge blog as well as yours, hope you follow me back :)
    Paper Talk with Samra


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