Sunday, September 15, 2019

Always Beside You --Stella Says Sketch at Bugaboo Stamps

It's time for a Stella Says Sketch on the Catch the Bug Blog.  The Bugaboo Stamps team is using a sketch today.  Every other Sunday, Stella has us get our sketch on!

I feel like I'm often in need of sympathy and thinking of you cards. I created a card today that I think could be used for either purpose:

I used Right Beside You Silhouette on this card.  And now, here is the sketch for this week:
As you can see, I used a square instead of the circle, and didn't need to add a sentiment, but other than that, I followed it closely.  

I printed Right Beside You Silhouette onto smooth card stock, then used a variety of shades of Distress Oxide inks to get the effect I did.  The black floral print paper was purchased long ago at Hobby Lobby (my first trip there EVER).

The current Stella Says Sketch challenge will run for 2 weeks, so you have through Sept. 29 to enter.  I hope you can join us!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- September Linky Party
Pink Gem Challenge -- ATG
Digichoosday -- ATG

Saturday, September 14, 2019

You Are Fabulous! for Dies R Us Inspiration Blog

I'm posting today on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  It means that I had a chance to play with some really fun dies and paper supplies found in the Dies R Us Store!  The Dies R Us Store has so many different manufacturer's dies for sale in it, and one that they have all the time now is Birch Press Design.  I am in love with these dies!!

Here's what I created using the 4 layers of the Regal Peacock die set:


Here's a picture of the supplies I used on this card.  Along with the Regal Peacock die set from Birch Press Design,  I also used a 'Fabulous' word die from Frantic Stamper, and a Birch Press Design stamp set called, "Just Because" (ordered during a special pre-sale event).

I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out what colors I thought I would use, then ended up changing my mind as I went along.  This picture shows what the dies look like, and what I thought I was going to use for the layers.  They ended up being a bit different than this in the end:

Here are the pieces once they've been die cut.  I have several pieces with different color options because I still wasn't sure which would look best with the background paper I had in mind:

Once I had them die cut, it was time to assemble that glorious peacock tail.  I used Scraperfect Best Glue Ever for all the layers except the top layer.  For that layer, I used Stick It Adhesive Sheets.

Here's the peacock  (still unsure of body color):

I wanted to add the words "You are"  to the "Fabulous" sentiment.  So, I only needed the first 2 words of the sentiment stamp I was using. I could have cut the stamp apart, but decided to mask it instead.  Here, you can see I covered the portion of the stamp I didn't want to use with tape.  Once I inked the stamp, I removed the tape, and could then stamp just the two words I wanted:


In the end, I thought the dark bodied peacock had the most contrast against the paper I used, so that's the one I used.  It took me a long time to decide!

Supplies used on this card found in the Dies R Us Store:





I hope you visit the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog often to see the wonderful dies in use that available in the Dies R Us Store.  There is also a Dies R Us Challenge Blog where you can use all those great dies you purchase!   Join the fun!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
QKR Stampede -- ATG
TTCRD -- ATG
D.L. Art -- ATG

Hello, Bear -- for SheepSki Designs

SheepSki Designs is sponsoring this weekend's event at Kit & Clowder's Facebook Group.  If you visit the Kit & Clowder group and follow the instructions, you can get this image for free.  Color it up and join in the fun!



This free (for this weekend) image is Panda/Bear (image #161).  I chose to color mine like a young Kodiak bear, though he doesn't look very fierce! 

I colored Panda/Bear with Copic markers, then fussy cut it.  I got the texture in his fur using a colorless blender.  

The double stitched squares are cutting dies from The Scrapping Cottage.  The 'Hello' sentiment is a cutting die from Crafter's Companion. 

The papers on this card are some very old Close To My Heart papers. 

Come join the fun and get the freebie from SheepSki Designs.  Check out Andrea's Etsy Shop here.  You'll find challenges for SheepSki Designs images on the Challenge blog here, and in the SheepSki Designs Facebook Group, too. 


I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Crafting with An Attitude -- ATG
Through the Purple Haze -- furtastic
Animal Friends Challenge -- ATG
Crafty Animals Challenge -- ATG

I Love Fall -- for Sketch Saturday

I love Fall!  The season is upon us here in the Northland!  The geese are gathering on the small lake across the road from my house, colors are starting to turn, nights are cooler (cold!), and days are shorter.    I love sketches!  I also love Sketch Saturday!  Every Saturday, there is a new, wonderful sketch, and a new great sponsor! 

Today, Sketch Saturday is sponsored by Star Stampz.  If you haven't heard the news, Star Stampz has started up their challenge blog again, so enter in on the fun!

I'll show you my card first, then the sketch, then tell you about my card:


Here's the sketch for this week:
I used Star Stampz image, Sunflower on this card.  I colored her with Copic markers.

Papers for this card were found in the We Are 3 Digital Shop.  I used 5 of the papers in the Sunflower Collection.  The sentiment is also from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  It is one of the Itty Bitty Fall Sentiments

I added a bit of cord to fit the challenge at Star Stampz.  It's from Really Reasonable Ribbon. 

I hope you are able to join us this week (and every week!) at Sketch Saturday Challenges.  We've got the best sketches, and wonderful sponsors!  Plus, I'd love to see how you interpret the sketches. 


There's a Sale at We Are 3 Digital Shop!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Star Stampz -- ribbon, lace, twine or cord
Outlawz Monday Greeting Challenge -- Layers
Lemon Shortbread -- ATG

Friday, September 13, 2019

Back to Skool -- Freebie Friday at Bugaboo Stamps

It's Friday!  What makes Friday even better, is that every Friday, Bugaboo Stamps gives away a freebie! For an entire week!  Then, just like clockwork, here comes Friday, and BAM!  Another Freebie!  How great is that?!?

School has been underway for a couple weeks now in the small town where I live, and I know the kids are working on their spelling, reading, and so much more.  Today's card features Deacon, and he's needing a little help with his spelling...



This is Deacon - School Sign It 3, colored with Copic markers.  The sign part is blank, so you can fill in whatever you want. I computer generated my sentiment.  If you need a thank you card for a teacher, I think this would be a great one!

I fussy cut Deacon - School Sign It 3, then used a past sketch at Sketch Saturday to jump start my creativity. You'll find tons of great sketches there!  The school themed papers were found at Pixel Scrapper (just search 'school').

Go to the Bugaboo Store to find this week's Friday Freebie, color it up, and you'll be ready for tomorrow's challenge. Check out what the other designers did with Deacon - School Sign It 3 when you visit Catch the Bug. There's a new one every Saturday at Catch the Bug Challenges. Stella Says Sketch has gone back to every other Sunday, now that summer is over, so there'll be a new one of those this Sunday. 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Polkadoodles -- ATG
Digichoosday -- ATG
AUD Sentiment -- Fall/Autumn sentiment
Outlawz Sunday Songs & Rhymes -- See You in September

Life is All About Balance -- for Colour Crazy Challenge Blog

It's Friday, and that means there's a new challenge underway at the Colour Crazy Challenge Blog.  The theme is always Anything Goes, as long as you hand color your image, using whatever medium you prefer.  

Out sponsor this week is Little Blue Button Stamps. I colored up this darling image, Asana.

I'm not too good at standing on one foot since developing peripheral neuropathy from chemotherapy, but I sure do admire Asana her sense of style here!  She has this yoga pose down well!

I colored Asana with Copic markers, computer generated the sentiment, found a paper that seemed to have a bit of an oriental flair to in at AMB Illustrations, and topped off the card with some puffy gold circle stickers.

Life-- it really IS all about balance!

I hope you can join us this week and every week at Colour Crazy Challenges!  We have great sponsors.  Like Little Blue Button!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends -- ATG
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG
Not Just Cards -- ATG
Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode -- scrap your hobby (card making)

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Hidden Secrets - for Lavinia World Challenges

It's time for challenge #9 at Lavinia World Challenges!  I am having so much fun with these awesome stamps, found in the Lavinia World Store, but first, let's go over the rules of the challenge:  you must use an acrylic or a rubber stamp (not digital). The theme is always Anything Goes. You do not have to use Lavinia Stamps, but it doubles your chances of winning the awesome $15 gift certificate up for grabs.  There are also Honorable Mention awards, all chosen by the design team.

I tried something a bit different for today's card --



I have had this Lawn Fawn cutting die forever, and have never used it. I thought it was time to see what it did.  Once I got it cut, I decided to use a different Lavinia Stamps image or sentiment in each of the windows, then blend it all together with distress oxide inks.    

I started with the sentiment  "Secrets are Hidden", stamping it with Versafine Clair ink in Fantasia, then using clear embossing powder over the top.  Next, I stamped with Versafine Clair in Summertime (and embossed with clear powder again) the image of Rory from the Darcy and Rory set.  The rabbit was next.  It is one of 3 from the Whimsical Hares set, stamped with Charming Pink Versafine Clair ink and headset with clear embossing powder.  Lastly, stamping it 3 different times because it was smaller and I wanted to fill up the space in the window, I stamped the Flutterby Miniature using Versafine Clair Golden Meadow and clear embossing powder.  

After all the stamping and embossing were done, I just needed to get busy inking. I used a variety of Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks to achieve the look that I got.  I used Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose, Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Broken China, Salty Ocean, and Squeezed Lemonade.

That's it for this card!  I hope you are loving these Lavinia Stamps as much as I am!  The stamps are magical, and it's such a treat to go back to when I used to play with inks, sprays, and embossing powders.  I can barely remember how to use it all!

Please join us this 2 weeks for our Anything Goes Challenge at Lavinia World.  Just make sure you are using an acrylic or rubber stamp -- no digital.  Thanks!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- Sept. Linky Party
Crafting by Designs -- ATG
Crafty Creations Challenges -- ATG
Outlawz Crash Your Stash -- embossing Powders