Thursday, June 23, 2016

Enjoy the Summer -- for Star Stampz

It's Thursday, and time for another challenge at Star Stampz Challenge Blog.    The theme, for the next 2 weeks, is 'Summer is Here'.  Yes it is!

It is just about strawberry season here where I live, and that is a sure sign of summer.  that was the inspiration behind today's card:

This adorable image is 'Spring Strawberry', by Star Stampz.  I colored Spring Strawberry with Copic markers.

The summertime strawberry papers on this card are from Close To My Heart.  The card design is a cutting die from Sizzix.  The sentiment is a stamp from Joy's Life.  a bit of Timeless Twine tied it altogether. 

I hope you can join in on the 'Summer is Here' challenge at Star Stampz Challenge blog.  We've got great prizes, and I'd love to see what you make!  Check out the Facebook Fan group, too.

Oh Happy Day! for Julia Spiri

It's Thursday, and time for a new challenge at the Julia Spiri Challenge Blog.   For the next 2 weeks, the theme is 'In the Garden' (add a flower, tree, etc).  I love flowers, so this was a great challenge for me!

I used Pink & White Roses clip art from Julia Spiri to create this card.  It is a wedding card for some very special friends. 

I printed the rose on white paper, then used 2 sizes of Spellbinders dies to cut it out and back it.  

The card base is a cutting die by Sizzix.  The papers are from My Mind's Eye.  Some Timeless Twine wraps it up.

I hope you can join us this next 2 weeks for our Garden challenge at the Julia Spiri Challenge Blog.   Then, check out the Stamps by Julia Spiri Facebook group.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sugi's Christmas Truffle -- for Lacy Sunshine

We're celebrating Christmas in June over on the Lacy Sunshine blog, with lots of adorable Christmas images being colored up and showcased.

I had the delightful privilege of using Sugi's Christmas Truffle, found in the Lacy Sunshine Store.

Here's a breakdown of the colors I used.

Starting with the skin --
E000, E00, E21, E34, R20
lips -- R22, R21

Hair -- YR24, Y21, E50

Truffle -- BG000, BG11, BG23, BG34
Berries -- R11, R12, R14, R17
Leaves -- YG03, YG63, YG67
Feathers -- R32, R35, R37
Shoe -- R32, R35, R37, C00, C03, C05
I wanted to pull in colors from the decorations on the hat and the truffle for the wings. 
Wings are -- BG000, BG11, R000, R00

Hat and coat -- G00, G02, G17, G19
Fur trim -- E30, E31, E33, E35, E37

The oval stitched dies are from Die-namics.  The snowflakes dies are from Lawn Fawn.  The snowflake edger die is from Cheery Lynn dies.  Papers are from My Mind's Eye.  

There's an Anything Goes challenge going on at the Lacy Sunshine blog.  Come join the fun!  If you haven't joined the Coloring Without Boundaries Facebook Group yet, please do!  I'm in awe of the talent and fun to be had in the group!  The same can be said for the Lacy Sunshine's Color N Craft Community Facebook group.

I also want to make sure you know of Heather Valentin's fabulous coloring books, available through and her wonderful coloring classes, available for purchase through her online store.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Asha's Birthday Bog Hop! Woot, Woot!!

Hello, and welcome to our SURPRISE Birthday Beach Blog Hop for the lovely Asha!  You should have arrived here from the lovely and talented Judy's blog.  If not, start at the MHKDesigns blog to complete the hop for more chances to WIN!  We are celebrating a very special lady today, and we're doing so by creating beachy birthday cards to wish her many happy returns!

I used the colors in this photo inspiration, and the MHK Eat Your Cake birthday digi set to create this:

I colored the MHK Eat Your Cake digi with Copic markers, then fussy cut.   I added some Wink of Stella glitter pens to the flames. The sentiment, also from the Eat Your Cake set, was cut out with a die from Top Dog Dies. 

I cut the card base out on my Silhouette Cameo using a file I found in the Silhouette Design store.  The music dies are from Spellbinders. 

Thank you so much for joining in our hop to say "Happy Birthday" to a dear friend!  Your next stop on the hop is the talented Lilian.  Enjoy the hop, and eat some birthday cake along the way!

Witches in June -- Guest Designing at TTCRD

Hello, and happy Tuesday, everyone!  I have the great pleasure of guest designing today at one of my favorite challenge blogs.  Today, you'll find me at Through The Craft Room Door (TTCRD).

The sponsor today is Nikki Burnette.  I was given the most awesome stamp to color up! This is Esme digital Stamp:

I colored Esme Digital Stamp with Copic markers, then used several Spellbinders dies to cut her out and back the image.  The sentiment, "You say witch like it's a bad thing."  is from Unity Stamp Company.  The designer paper can be found at  Pixel Scrapper.  It's designed by Sheila Reed, and is part of the No Tricks, Just Treats Collection.  The green shimmer trim is from Close To My Heart.

When my husband saw this card, he said, "Wow, that witch is beautiful!  She could make you do most anything!"  

I had a great time crating this card, and I'm grateful to Deonna Bemish and the TTCRD design team for the opportunity to guest design today.  It's been great fun!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:

Monday, June 20, 2016

Retired, and Loving It! -- for Path of Positivity

It's time for a little mid-month inspiration at the Path of Positivity Challenge blog.  The theme all this month is 'Achievement'.  

We have 2 great sponsors this month -- 

For today's project, I had the pleasure of working with a digi stamp kit from Kitten Scraps called Retired Life.

I colored this adorable digi with Copic markers, then used a Sizzix die set to create the card and cut out the image.  

Papers for this card are from Doodlebug Designs.  There's some Timeless Twine wrapped around the base and tied in a bow. 

Retirement -- now that's a big achievement, and one I'm working hard to obtain!  We spend our whole working career hoping to reach the elusive goal.  Several of my friends have retired recently with the purchase of the facility I work in.  A few of us are hoping to follow them in the not-too-distant future.  Yes, retirement is a huge achievement!

I hope you can join us this month at Path of Positivity Challenge Blog for our 'achievement' challenge.  I'd love to see your take on achievement, and I'd love to see what you create.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Tu-Tu recap for Great Impressions Stamps

Happy Saturday, everyone!  I hope if you have Father's Day plans that they are wonderful.  Treasure the memories.  Both my husband and I have lost our fathers now, and the holiday is harder than it used to be, but we have wonderful memories of our Dads.  They were good men!

I'm posting today on the Great Impressions Stamps blog.  The next 2 weeks, we're re-visiting some of our favorite Great Impressions Stamps creations. 

There's something about flamingos.  They just make me happy.  That's why I chose this card as one of my favorites.  How can you not smile when you see this delightful combination of image and sentiment, both from Great Impressions Stamps

This card uses H268 - TuTu Flamingo and C479 Happy Birthday Tutu.  I colored H268 - TuTu Flamingo with Copic markers. 

Fun for any age, sure to bring a smile to the recipient's face.  You'll find many Great Impressions Stamps that fit that description.  Do some shopping in the online store!

Have you entered the Great Impressions Stamps monthly challenge yet?  This month, it's Anything Goes, so what are you waiting for?