Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Peace at Christmas

I've been participating in the DigiStamps4Joy progressive challenge since I joined the team in February. It has definitely helped me get some Christmas cards made ahead of the season.  I used this month's free digi to make 2 cards.  They look very similar, but if you look at the placement of the poinsettias, it is 2 different cards:

This digi is one of 3 sentiments.  I just love this saying! 
The flowers are stamped and cut with a set from Heartfelt Creations.  I used inks and a water brush over them.  Papers, brads, and inks are from Close To My heart.
I'm entering this in the following challenges:
DigiStamps4Joy Christmas Challenge -- Oct.
Decosse's Dynamite Doodles -- 12 months of Christmas Cards link up

Fab Shoes! for Amy Doodle Stamp Co.

Hello, and happy Tuesday, crafty friends!  I'm super excited to be posting today as my first official post on the Amy Doodle Stamp Co. design team!  These digis are just soooo cute and fun to color!

I got together with two of my best friends for lunch yesterday and wanted to take treat boxes with some chocolate in them for a small gift.  This digi worked perfectly!

This delightful witch is called "Witchy Wilda". I colored her with Copic markers, using some unusual skin tones and hair color (unless, of course, you are a witch!) She is stylin', though, with that fab hat and those SHOES!
I cut her out on a Spellbinder die and mounted it on a treat box that I cut out on my Cricut.  I used the Cricut Close To My Heart Artiste cartridge.  The designer papers are by DCWV.  The sequins are from Simon Says Stamp. I used 3 Girl JAM crinkle ribbon to tie the box together.
You'll be seeing lots more wonderful fun from Amy Doodle Stamp Company.  Check out the Facebook group, too! We have lots of fun and there's learning and encouragement going on there also. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dream -- guest designing for Path of Positivity

I'm guest designing again today for he Path of Positivity Challenge blog, and I am excited for the opportunity! This month's theme is 'courage'. 
The sponsor this month is Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I chose a beautiful butterfly image to work with for today's card and created this:

The Sparkle N Sprinkle butterfly digi was a joy to color with Copic markers.

The sentiment is a stamp from Unity Stamp Company.
I believe that following one's dreams takes incredible courage.  To have a dream, then dare to live that dream, is the definition of courage!  Monarch butterflies, migrating thousands of miles each spring and fall, are as courageous as it gets.  Butterflies = courage!
Come join the "courage" challenge this month at Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.

Happy Halloooooween! for Eureka Stamps

It's Monday, and time for a new challenge at Eureka Stamps Challenge blog.  This week's theme is 'orange & purple'. With that theme, I HAD to go with Halloween!

I used two Eureka digi Stamps on this card: digi10103(431) -- Halloween Border and digi3907 -- Happy Halloween.  The designer paper s from DCWV.  Ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Card stock is from Close To My Heart.  The bats were cut out on my Silhouette, using a file from the Silhouette Online Store.
Join us this week at Eureka Stamps for our Orange and Purple challenge.

Thankful -- for Whoopsi Daisy

It's Monday, and time for a new challenge at Whoopsi Daisy Challenge blog. This week, our theme is 'Lots of Embellishments'.  I don't usually over embellish things, so this was truly a 'challenge' for me.  Here's what I did:

I used Linnie Bloom's sheet 414 for on this card. I colored her with Copic markers, then sponged the edges while it was still in the Spellbinder die with a couple colors of Tim Holtz distress inks (Spun Sugar and Dusty Rose).
I used lots of layers on this card - layers of paper, then chipboard flowers with layers of color on them.
The chipboard flowers are from UmWow Studio and they are covered with Liquid Pearls.  The sentiment was cut off the edge of a 12x12 piece of paper -- it's from Bella Blvd (all the designer paper is for this card).
Come join the 'Lots of Embellishments' challenge at Whoopsi Daisy Challenge blog.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Frogs, Vellum, and Birthdays -- for Fitztown

Hello, crafty friends, and happy Monday! It's time for a new challenge at Fitztown.  For the next 2 weeks, we want you to use some vellum. 
My husband's birthday was a couple days ago, and he loves tree frogs, so I used a wonderful Fitztown image to make him a birthday card:

The tree frog digi is one of a set of 4, found in the Etsy Shop, Morgan's Fae World.  I colored the frog with Copic markers, fussy & cut it.  I stamped a pocket on designer paper and fussy cut that.  The pocket stamp is part of a Unity Stamp Company Stamp of the Month kit.  I placed the frog on top of the pocket, stamped my sentiment on vellum, and placed it on top of the pocket. The sentiment is a stamp by CTMH
The designer papers are by Bella Blvd.  The Kraft card stock base is by Carta Bella. That fun new chevron punch along the bottom is from Close To My Heart.
Do you like to use vellum?  Do you find it a challenge?  Either way, find your stash and join us for the next 2 weeks at Fitztown!
I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Addicted to CAS -- Vellum
A-musing Challenges -- Pocket cards
Sister Act Card Challenge -- ATG
D.L. Art -- Oct Linky Challenge

Shake your Spook? for The Cutting Cafe

It's Sunday, a day off! Yea!  I hope you are enjoying the weekend.  I am posting today for The Cutting Cafe.  The design team is posting Fall or Halloween themed projects this week.  I chose to work with the Halloween and Fall Shaker card files.  I knew I wanted to make a shaker card.  The hardest part of this assignment was figuring out which one I wanted to make!
If you've been following my blog at all, you know I'm busy making Halloween cards for my nursing home residents, hoping to get at least 50 made by Oct. 31.  We have several residents who are legally blind.  One lady can see shapes and shadows, but no details.  I thought a shaker card with a shape to it would be perfect for her!

I think she'll be able to feel that this is a ghost, just from the shape.  And, there's enough contrast with the colors, she'll see the black, white, and light blue.
I used vellum for a more ethereal, spooky look and some Halloween sequins from Bella Creationz for the shaker part of the card.  I know Betsy will hear those sequins when she shakes the card, and that will make her giggle!
The bats are from the Silhouette Online Store.  The "boo" sentiment are alphabet stickers from Echo Park, as is the designer paper. The Orange Licorice twine is from Timeless Twine. I used lots of 3D foam tape from Close To My Heart to assemble this Ghost shaker card.
I hope you visit the Cutting Cafe blog on Oct. 21st to see all the wonderful inspiration for the rest of the talented design team.  Leave a comment and you'll have a chance to win ANY 3 files of your choice!
I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:

D.L. Art -- October Linky Challenge