Monday, August 1, 2022

Sea You Soon -- For Dies R Us Challenges

 August 1 --the months keep flying by!  August 1 means there is a new challenge starting on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  This month, the theme is Summer.  Yea, that's a fun theme! Make sure to use a brand of die sold in the Dies R Us Store, follow the theme, and you're all set! 


I love lighthouses, and kayaking to my favorite ones in the Apostle Islands.  When I think of summer, I think of kayaking trips on Lake Superior.  Those were my thought when I created this card:

The lighthouse scene die is from Hero Arts.  It's called Looking Glass Lighthouse. I colored it with Copic markers. I also used the Hero Arts Looking Glass Circle & Square Frames die. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts  Seas the Day clear stamp set.  I cut the sentiment out with Pink & Main Large Sentiment Strip Dies. The card is finished off with some Unicorn Pearls -- also from Pink & Main.

It's been nearly a month since I fractured my knee.  I had this card made before it happened.  I This will be my last post until I'm allowed to put weight on my knee.  I can't navigate stairs, and my craft room is in the basement.  It's looking like a couple more months of being in a wheelchair, and I'll hopefully be ready to walk again!

I hope you can join us this month for the Anything Goes Challenges. Enjoy the summer!


Friday, July 15, 2022

Balloon Bouquet -- For Dies R Us Challenges

 July 15-- and it's the start of a new challenge at Dies R Us Challenges.   The theme is Anything Goes, as long as you use a brand of die sold in the Dies R Us Store

We card makers make a lot of cards in a year, but I think the one I make the most of is birthday cards.  I'm always needing one!  So, for today's challenge, I have -- you guessed it!- a birthday card:


I made this card for my 33 year nephew.  Even at his age, all he wants is the $ inside!  But, I still like him to know he's loved, so a handmade card he gets!

This uses a die from Crafter's Companion called 'Balloon Bouquet'.  It's a great paper piecing die!

The sentiment and die cut are from Hero Arts.  It's part of a set called Sentiments XL. I embossed it with navy blue embossing powder by Nuvo.  The sequins are also by Nuvo.

I broke my knee last week, and I need to get it elevated and use some ice.  So, this post is short!  I do hope you can join us these next 2 weeks at Dies R Us Challenges.


Friday, July 1, 2022

A Star is Born -- for All Dressed Up Stamps

Happy July everyone!  Thanks for stopping by my humble little blog. 

A new challenge starts  today in the All Dressed Up Stamps Facebook group. The theme this month is 'Holidays'.  Here in the US, that phrase is associated with Christmas.  In other parts of the world, it's associated with vacations.  So, use any twist you want!  As long as you use an All Dressed Up Stamps image, and can explain your choice, you are good to go! 

My interpretation of Holidays is Christmas.  I colored one of my favorite All Dressed Up Stamps images,  coloring A Star is Born with watercolors.


That little sheep just melts my heart!  I think this is such a sweet image!  I used some foiled snowflake paper from Crafter's Companion, and some silver foil paper behind the image. I also found some foiled stamp stickers in my stash.

The Holidays challenge will run all month.  Join us in the All Dressed Up Stamps Facebook group


Christmas with the Cuties -- AT Christmas
Colour Crazy Challenge -- ATG with a hand colored image

Bold Butterfly -- for Dies R Us Challenges

It's July!  I'm having trouble getting my head around that!  For all my Canadian friends, happy Canada Day!

It's July!  That means it's time for a new challenge at Dies R Us Challenges.  The challenge will run for 2 weeks.  This month, the theme is Anything Goes.  Easy peasy!  Just use a brand of die sold in the Dies R Us Store, and link up! 

I love butterflies!  I like big, bold, make an impact on a card butterflies!  I think this Pink & Main 3-part die does just that:


This card uses the Bold Butterfly Panels A, B, and C from Pink & Main.  They are sized to perfectly fit an A2 sized card.  The card also uses a Hero Arts stamp and die set called Sentiments XL. 

I hope you join us the Dies R Us challenge!  Remember, it's anything goes, as long as you use a brand of die sold in the Dies R Us Store

For our Canadian customers and friends, visit Didi's Crafts for great selection and reasonable shipping rates.



Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Little Petal -- A NR for All Dressed Up Stamps

 It's that time of the month where I get to share a New Release from All Dressed Up Stamps. Wendy releases 3 new images each month.  You will find all of them in the All Dressed Up Stamps Etsy Shop.

This month, I had the absolute pleasure of creating with Little Petal. Isn't she sweet?

I had my watercolor markers handy, so I decided to color Little Petal up using them. I alway like the softer look of watercolors, but I'm not very proficient at it.

The background paper is from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  It's one of the papers in the Summer Splash collection. 

The watercolor markers and the sentiment (both stamps and die cut) are from Altenew.  The sequins are a mix from Honey Bee Stamps. 

You can see the other New Releases, and the wonderful projects from the design team in the All Dressed Up Stamps Facebook group and on the ADU challenge blog.


Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Starry Skies -- For Dies R Us Challenges

 Here we are, to the 15th of June already.  Summer is just about here on the calendar, and many of us are in summer mode now that schools are out, and graduation is over.  

Dies R Us Challenges has a theme of Dads/Masculine this month.  Use a brand of die sold in the Dies R Us Store, follow the theme, and you have until the end of the month to link up. 

I needed several Graduation cards recently, and this is what I created for one of them:


I used the Starry Skies background die from Sizzix, and the You Did It dies from Frantic Stamper.  The yellow background was blended with inks from Hero Arts and Tim Holtz Oxide Distress inks

I hope you can join us this next 2 weeks for our Dads/Masculine challenge.  Just remember to use a brand of die found in the Dies R Us Store.  For Canadian friends, there is the Didi Crafts Store.  It offers a wonderful selection of craft products and reasonable shipping rates. 



Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Daisy Fairy -- for All Dressed Up Stamps

 Greetings, friends!  It's June 1 already!  These months go by so fast!  June 1 means a new challenge is starting in the All Dressed Up Stamps facebook group.   Our theme this month is "Pick a color/colors".  Pick your favorites, and join in the challenge! You'll find many fantastic images in the All Dressed Up Stamps Etsy Shop. The challenge starts today, and runs all month.

I chose the "colors" option for my card.  I like to combine multiple colors together when Copic coloring, instead of always using a color family.  This works particularly well for hair and flowers.  I combined both hair AND flower multiple colors here on this card:


This is Daisy Fairy.  Isn't she the sweetest?  I used shades of pink and yellow on the petals of her dress and flower in her hair (one of my favorite color combos for coloring Copics.) Another favorite combo was used on her hair.  I used shades of violet, blue violet, blue, and gray. 

I found papers that matched my theme so well at We Are 3 Digital Shop.  The 2 designer papers are both from the Darcy's Garden collection.  There are 6 more beautiful papers, for a total of 8.

The sentiment was computer generated, then cut out with banner die from Hero Arts. The glitter  trim is from Close To My Heart.  The crinkle ribbon is by D.L. Art.  The oval shapes are by Spellbinders Paper Arts.

I hope you join us this month for the All Dressed Up Stamps Facebook challenge, Pick a Colors/color. You'll find another challenge every month over at the ADU Challenge Blog


I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Passion for Markers -- 3 or more layers
Colour Crazy Challenge -- ATG with a hand colored image
Cutie Pie Challenge -- Digis & die cuts