Monday, January 20, 2020

Happy Heart Card -- for Dies R Us Inspiration Blog

Hello, fellow craft lovers.  I have the great honor of posting on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog today, where I always have so much fun  playing with my always growing die collection.  

I've been making Valentine's cards, and have one to share with you today:



I used a set of nesting hearts dies to create this card.  These happen to be by Spellbinders, but the Dies R Us Store has several great options you could use including these by Tutti Designs, and these by Card Deco Essentials.

I wanted an element of surprise when the recipient took the card out of the envelope, so I positioned my hearts at a bit of a rakish angle, then continued that surprise with lots of glitter and foil papers.

Here's a photo of all the supplies I used:

I wanted to make sure all those layers stuck together really well, and I sometimes have trouble with glitter paper adhering, so I used Stick It Sheets on the back of all the foil and glitter papers --and the sentiment.

Here's everything after I got it die cut:

The sentiment is from a great set by Creative Expressions.  I use it often.
And, one more view of my sparkly card:

I wanted to make sure you've heard the exciting news!  Dies R Us now has a sister store located in Canada called Didi Crafts.  It will ship both to the Us and Canada.  Didi Crafts will carry some of the same products as Dies R Us, but most will be different.  Now our Canadian friends don't have to pay huge taxes or large shipping costs.  How great is that?!?!


I hope you check this blog every day for wonderful inspiration!  The design team is so creative, you don't want to miss anything.  Then, join in the challenges at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  Here's one last link to the Dies R Us Store for you, too! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- January Linky Party
Outlawz Festive Fridays -- ATG
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends -- ATG
Cute Card Thursday -- What's New? (stacked heart dies)

Floral Thank You - For Jan's Digi Stamps

It's the third Monday of the month, so it's time for a new challenge at Jan's Digi Stamp Challenges.  They occur every first and third Monday, so set your schedule!  The challenges are always anything goes, and we want to see what you're working on, as long as it's craft related (or just creative - I'd love to see your decorated cake!)

Jan recently released a set called Tea Time.  It is an absolutely stunning set with a tea cup, a tea tin full of flowers, an inidividual flower, and some sentiments.  Images are both colored and black & white.  I decided to focus on the single blossom and highlight that:



I colored this Sweet Pea blossom (part of the Tea Time set) with some Nuvo alcohol markers I tried for the first time.  Their nibs are very different than what I'm used to, and will take some practice.  The sentiment is part of the Tea Time set.

Papers are on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are 3 of the papers in the Garden Dance paper collection.

The stitched oval dies have been in my collection long enough, I no longer know where I got them. The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I hope you can join us this next 2 weeks over at Jan's Digi Stamps Challenges.  One $10 gift certificate will be awarded, plus some designer choice awards.



I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art --- January Linky Party
Gem of a Challenge -- ATG
Angie's Digital Stamps Challenge-- ATG
Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode --- Things that make us happy (flowers)

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Warm Wintery Wishes -- for Bugaboo Stamps

It's Saturday, and that means it's time for a new challenge over at Catch The Bug Challenge Blog! Today, we have a bingo challenge, and I'll share the bingo board in a bit, after  I show you my card.

It's snowy, and it's dark, and it's cold where I live, so this cheerful snowman will be perfect to brighten some cold soul's day!

Found in the Bugaboo Stamps Store, this is part of Snowman Block  Set.  I colored one of the snowmen in the set (there are 2), with Copic markers, then used one of the sentiments in the set (there is another one).

Here's the bingo card for this week's challenge at Catch the Bug.
I  went diagonally, using snowflakes (in my background paper), a Bugaboo image, and ribbon.

Papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop. I used 2 papers from the Snowmen Paper Collection.

You have a week to enter the bingo challenge over at Catch the Bug! I'd love to see your beautiful creations!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
QKR Stampede -- ATG
Polkadoodles -- ATG
D.L. Art -- January Linky Party
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- First embellishment ever used (ribbon)

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Winter Dreams --- for Lavinia World Challenges

Another Thursday, another Lavinia World Challenge.  I hope you are enjoying them as much as I am! I love the stamps and other products found in the Lavinia World Store, and I am in awe of the talent of those that link up for our challenges. 

It is the heart of winter here in Northwest Wisconsin.  Some of our coldest nights happen in January.  This gorgeous wolf, Maka, is howling at the winter moon, perhaps dreaming of the warmer weather to come.  Or, maybe like me, Maka enjoys the winter months?

Lavinia Stamps have such beautiful impressions, and Maka is no exception. I just loved the way this stamped on to this heavily inked background.  Maka was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

The background was created with various Tim Holtz distress inks and Spectrum Noir Harmony ink pads (all water reactive).  The 'Dream' die cut is from Cottage Cutz, cut out of silver foil paper. The layered snow drifts were created free hand.

I hope you link up at this Lavinia World Challenge. There is one $15 gift certificate awarded each challenge and some Designer Choice awards.  You can also add your entries in the Anything Lavinia Facebook Group if you don't have a blog.  Join us there! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Everybody Art Challenge -- Winter Landscape
TTCRD -- ATG
Artsy Stamper Challenge -- Baby, It's Cold Outside 
Dare 2 Be Artzy Challenge -- Winter
D.L. art -- January Linky Party
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- no twist

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Birthday Snowflakes -- for Scrapy Land Challenges

It's the 3rd Wednesday of the month, and that means a new challenge starts today at Scrapy Land Challenges.  Uses a die from the many brands sold in the Scrapy Land Store, and it's Anything Goes.  One winner will get a $15  gift certificate to use in the Scrapy Land Store!

My brother has a birthday early in January and he loves to ski, so I'm always looking for a winter-themed card for him.  This is the card I sent him this year.  It's not skiing related, but definitely makes me think if winter:



That beautiful snowflake die set is from Sue Wilson.  It's called Festive Collection - Bold Snowflake Frame.  It comes with 5 dies, and I used all of them on this snowflake.

The Happy Birthday are dies from Crafter's Companion

The designer papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are part of the Snow Globes Collection.

I hope you join us at Scrapy Land Challenges these next 2 weeks for our Anything Goes with a die from the Scrapy Land Store.  

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Festive Fridays -- Birthday
Crazy4Challenges -- Winter Card
Crafter's Castle -- ATG
D.L. Art -- January Linky Party

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Down on the Farm 10th Bugaboo Birthday Bash!!!!


Bugaboo Stamps turns 10! We're celebrating with a week-long hoedown of hopping "Down on the Farm Fun". You won't want to miss a foot stomping, tail swooshing moment of the whole moo-velous week!

All celebrations can be found on the Catch the Bug blog, beginning today, this a Down on the Farm Birthday themed challenge.  Interpret that however you wish, as long as it's your idea of a farm animal.

I don't know about ewe, but I think sheep belong on a farm, so here's my selection for today:



Ewe never know what goes on in that barn or pasture when the humans are away.  Maybe even some rock-a-billy. (as in billy goat, or did I lose you on that one?)

Anyway, this rock star b-aaaaa-d boy is called "Ewe Rock" in the Bugaboo Store.  I colored Ewe Rock with Nuvo alcohol markers.  The sentiment is computer generated.

Papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop. They are 2 of the Howdy papers.

This week-long celebration of all things Bugaboo will have a different challenge each day, with many generous prizes awarded! Grab your favorite hay bail, your craft supplies, kick up your boots, and join us at Catch the Bug!



I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- January Linky Party
QKR Stampede -- ATG
2 Crafty Critter Crazies -- ATG with a Critter
Outlawz Festive Fridays -- Birthday

Monday, January 6, 2020

With love -- for Jan's Digi Stamps

It's the first Monday of the month (and the new year!), so it's time for a new challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps Challenges, where they are always Anything Goes, all the time!  Link up whatever you are creating, even if it isn't a paper craft.  We'd love to see it!

Jan has a number of adorable penguin sets.  She does them VERY well.  She recently released this Puttin' on the Ritz set, and I just had to play with it! 



All of Jan's sets come with several images that are both pre-colored and in black & white, then a few different sentiments that fit the theme of the set.  I used a black & white image here and colored it with Copic markers.

I plan to use this for hubby's valentine's card.  He spent 6 months in Antarctica so he has a thing for penguins!  He will adore this one!

I cut out the rose card base on my Silhouette Cameo, using a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store.  The 'With Love' Sentiment is a die from Crafter's Companion.  The die cut rose and the small stitched heart are dies from Diamond Press.

I hope now that the busy Christmas season is over, you have more time to craft (which will translate into more time to join challenges).  I'd love to see you linked up at Jan's Digi Stamps Challenges this next 2 weeks!



I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- January Linky Party
QKR Stampede -- ATG
Cute Card Thursday -- ATG
2 Crafty Critter Crazies -- ATG with a critter
Crafty Animals -- ATG with an animal
Outlawz Festive Fridays -- ATG