Friday, May 22, 2015

A Birthday Bear -- for QKR Stampede

It's Friday, and time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede.  Our theme this week is "Children's Birthday Cards." This was actually not an easy theme for me, having no children or grandchildren, but I managed, I think.
I used QKR Stampede digi, Birthday Bear (digi9603) on this card, and colored it with Copic markers, then fussy cut the Birthday Bear. There's a Spellbinders label die behind it.  All the papers are from Close To My Heart.  The designer paper is called Confetti Wishes, and it works wonderfully for birthdays and celebrations.  I finished the card off with some Skittles. 
I hope you join us this week for our Children's Birthday Cards challenge at QKR Stampede.  I'd love to see what you make!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Stylin' Flamingos Gift Bag -- for 3 Girl JAM

We've had a lot of rain lately where I live, and I've had to break out the rain gear, but I don't look anywhere near this stylin' in my boots!  Check out these flamingos!
The 3 Girl JAM ribbon is like a breath of sunshine on this treat bag!  Those flamingos are basking in it, I can just tell by the expressions on their faces.  This ribbon is one of FIVE new bundles newly released in the 3 Girl JAM store
 Visit the 3 Girl JAM blog, and the whole team this weekend for a blog hop FULL of inspiration with the new ribbon bundles (did I mention GREAT prizes?!?).  This crinkle ribbon is aptly named 'Sunshine' from the Sunny Meadows Bundle. It's perfect for all your summer -- and Packer projects (just had to throw that in there).
This 'flamingos in boots' stamp is from Great Impressions Stamps. It is one of my all-time favorite stamps.  I colored the image with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. A Spellbinders label die was used in 2 sizes. The treat bag is from Close To My Heart.

Remember the Colors of Summer blog hop with the 3 Girl JAM design team, May 23-25.  It all starts on the 3 Girl JAM blog. If you want to do a little shopping before the hop, use discount code JO10 for 10% off your entire order.  Or, use code MAY to get the Pink & White Bundle for just $1. 
Don't forget the 3 Girl JAM Challenge going on right now -- Anything Goes with Ribbon.  You have until the end of the month.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Stinkin' Cute -- for The Cutting Cafe

I'm posting today for The Cutting Cafe.  This week, we are featuring Treat Cup Cards. These are all just awesome! You have to try these!  
Here's mine:
This is the Flower Treat Cup Card. I did watch this video to make sure I was assembling the pieces correctly.
I used papers from Close To My Heart on this card.  The Tie Dye Crinkle ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM. The acetate I used is from Papertrey Ink.
That cute skunk?  That's a digi stamp from Gerda Steiner. I colored him with Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut, and foam taped him to the card.  I thought he gave the card that extra touch it needed.
Do you want to see more of the treat cup cards?  There are 7 different ones. You can buy the whole set, or get them individually.   Check out the Cutting Cafe blog on May 21 for lots of inspiration from the uber talented design team.  You won't be disappointed!  Leave a comment on the blog for your chance to win any 3 sets from The Cutting Cafe (including these AWESOME treat cup cards!!!!)
I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Oh Snap! A tutorial for Timeless Twine

It's Technique Tuesday on the Timeless Twine blog.  I'm showing off what I call "the lazy crafter's guide to pom-poms".  All you need is a couple fingers.  Let me explain!
First, the finished project:
Below, is a photo box.  It holds 4-6 pictures.
Like that little pom?  Here's how I did it...
Wrap the Timeless Twine around 2 fingers.  I used Lemonade Yellow on this pom-pom. (sorry it's blurry.  I had to take the pic with my SLR and 1 hand)
 Next, take a piece of twine and fit it between your 2 fingers.  This will be used to tie off your pom.  I leave it a bit longer than I think I'll need, just in case.
Work your fingers loose, then tie your knot securely.
Cut the loops apart.
Then, all that's left is to trim everything to a similar length and give it a bit of a fluff.

Next time you need that little extra embellishment for a project, give this a try. You'll love how fast it is!

Are My Roots Showing? for The East Wind

I've been so excited to show you today's new release from The East Wind.  This is Aurora Natural.
I colored Aurora Natural with Copic markers, then cut her out with Spellbinders label dies.  The sentiment is my own, and computer generated.  The papers are from My Mind's Eye.  The crinkle ribbon is 3 Girl JAM. It's from the new Summer Harvest Bundle.  A little work with my We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, and this card was done.
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Monday, May 18, 2015


I've been participating in The Outlawz Progressive Challenge each month this year.  Today, I colored up this PPinky Dolls image.  It was this month's freebie (thanks, Chrishanthi Liaropoulou!)
I colored the PPinky Dolls stamp with Copic markers, then cut it out with a Spellbinders ornament die.  The designer papers are by Kaisercraft.  The crinkle ribbon and lace are from 3 Girl JAM.
Another Christmas card to add to the stash! Yes!
I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art - May Linky Party 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Bucket of Thanks -- for DS4J

It's Sunday, and there are new releases at DigiStamps4Joy.  The talented artist, Riette Gasser, is being featured today.  I used her Daisy Bucket digi today --
I colored this Daisy Bucket image with Derwent Inktense Pencils and a paint brush, then fussy cut it.
All the dies used on this card are Lawn Fawn.  The sentiment is from Close To My Heart. The tie dye crinkle ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM.  Designer papers are from Crate Paper Open Book 6x6 pad, by Maggie Holmes. 
Check out all the new releases today at DigiStamps4Joy, and the fantastic creations from the rest of the talented design team.  You won't be disappointed!