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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sunshine and Blue Skies -- for SVG Attic

Hello, and happy Tuesday!  This is my last post for SVG Attic.  My time, this term, is nearly over. I have LOVED being on this team -- watching the company grow, working with the fantastic designs, and experiencing the friendships have been awesome.  I want to thank the owners, designers, design team leader, and design team.  I've loved every minute.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
I am sending you all off with 2 wishes from one of the newest kits in the SVG Attic store.  I made two very similar cards from the JGW Above It All kit. Soooo many cute things in this kit!


I used the hot air balloon from the kit, sized it to fit on the front of a card, and cut it three times on my Silhouette.  Then, I scored them and glued them together.  The card will lay flat for mailing.



I used a Joy's Life stamp set for the sentiments, as I thought they were very fitting for the cards, and for the message I wanted to leave with you all today.  
Papers are from Close To My Heart.  They retired long ago, but I keep hoarding this cloud paper, using it in little bits. On the second card, I used a We R Memory Keepers Cloud Corner Chomper. The Aqua Blue Timeless Twine finishes off the card.
My wish for all of you today and everyday -- sunshine and blue skies!

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

Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy Fall Y'all! for Eureka Stamps

It's Monday, and time for a new challenge on the Eureka Stamps Challenge Blog.  I am also announcing the winner of the blog candy from the Eureka/QKR Stampede blog hop later in this post, so stay tuned!
This week's theme on the Eureka Stamps Challenge Blog  is "Floral Paper".  I'm in a "fall" kind of mood with temperatures in the forties and the leaves turning, so I used Fall floral papers on today's card.

This card used two Eureka Stamps digis -- Scarecrow(digi15901) and "Happy Fall, Y'all" digi16102(212).
I colored the scarecrow image with Copic markers.  The floral papers I used are retired papers from Close To My Heart. The bling is from my stash. 
Now, for the winner of my blog candy:  I had 30 comments on my blog hop post.  Using Random.org, commenter #12 -- Sherri wins! She says about Party Pooches -- "This just made me smile! LOVE the doggie images and you have colored them to perfection. Great design on your card too!"
Congratulations, Sherri!  Send me your mailing address and I'll get your goodies in the mail to you.

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Not Just Cards -- ATG
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday -- September Linky Party

With Love -- for Whoopsi Daisy

It's Monday, and time for a new challenge on the Whoopsi Daisy Challenge blog.  Our theme this week is "Fall Colors". It is definitely looking and feeling like fall where I live, so this was an easy one for me!

I am having so much fun with these Whoopsi Daisy images! They are just delightful!  Isn't she sweet? This image is on Sheet 487.
I chose colors that matched my papers and colored her with Copic markers.  I used 2 Spellbinders label dies, some UmWow Studio Chipboard Confetti leaves, Close To My Heart Pathfinder 12x12 paper pack, and the card was done. 
Please join us this week at Whoopsi Daisy Challenges for our Fall Colors Challenge.

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

Hello! Guest designing for Not Just Cards

Hello, and happy Monday!  It's a busy day on my blog today!  This is one of 3 posts.  I'm guest designing today, representing DigiStamps4Joy, guest designing on the Not Just Cards Challenge blog.  So, of course, I made something OTHER than a card:


This tag uses 3 DigiStamps4Joy digis -- Tag It (set of 4), Swirl 1, and Dragonfly. I colored the dragonfly with Tim Holtz Distress Markers and a water pen, then used a Wink of Stella pen over the top.  IRL, it really sparkles and shimmers!  the arrow and button are from Fancy Pants.  The flower was a find from the bargain bin at Michaels.  
Check out this new challenge blog -- Not Just Cards -- very few rules -- LOTS of fun!
I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Not Just Cards -- ATG
All Crafts Challenge -- Anything But A Card

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I {heart} Big Books! for DigiStamps4Joy

It's Sunday, which means there are new releases in the DigiStamps4Joy store today.  Even better, there are some GREAT releases you NEED to check OUT!
I've always been a reader, often reading a book a week, so when this "books" digi was released this week, I KNEW I had to create with it!
Books made me think of a bookmark, so that's what I made:


I used some watercolor paper and did a light watercolor wash for the background. I duplicated the digi "Books" and merged it into 1 stamp, colored it with Copic markers, and fussy cut it. 

 The sentiment is mostly computer generated.  The 'two hearts' is a stamp from Close To My Heart.  The "Love/Heart stamp is also from Close To My Heart. I stamped it with Ruby ink and mounted the bookmark onto a piece of Ruby card stock -- both by Close To My Heart. There's some cranberry ribbon and Aqua Blue Timeless Twine to finish off the bookmark. 
Check out the DigiStamps4Joy Store and DS4J blog for lots of great inspiration!
I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday -- Sept Linky Party
The Stamping Boutique -- Back To School

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Determination

Do you ever feel like giving up?  I'm usually a very determined person, but every now and then, life wears you down.  I bought this stamp awhile ago because I found it inspirational.  It came in handy when my husband had a particularly bad day at work and I wanted to make him a special card.
There's 2 things you need to know before I show you the card.
First, my husband loves to ride bike.  And I mean RIDE bike.  Last Saturday, he rode 76 miles, just for the FUN of it.  He lives to ride his bike.
Second, I wanted to make a card that would fit the theme of the Path of Positivity Challenge blog this month -- Determination.  This card accomplished both:



Do you remember learning to ride a bike?  Now, that took determination!  And persistence, and a bit of trust and courage.  My husband liked this card so much, he got tears in his eyes.  I believe it might end up in a frame so he can take it to work and have it near his desk.
The image and sentiment stamp are both from Great Impressions Stamps.  I used Tim Holtz Distress inks and a water pen on the image and sentiment. Everything else is from my stash. 
Determination -- it is a quality that gets us far in life. Never give up!
I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday -- September Linky Party
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG
AUD Sentiments Challenge -- For the Men in Our Life

Friday, September 12, 2014

Enjoy Life! for QKR Stampede

Hello, crafty friends, and happy Friday!  Today is my first post for QKR Stampede.  I've been designing for their sister company, Eureka Stamps, since June.  QKR Stampede Challenge blog needed a new member, so here I am!  I love the fun, quirky, whimsical images that QKR Stampede has to offer.
This week's theme at the QKR Stampede Challenge Blog is "Things With Wings".  There's lots of grasshoppers around right now in the late summer grass.  I haven't seen one with red tennies, though:



I used the digi "Lounging"(digi24173) and colored it with Copics.

The sentiment is computer generated.  The papers are by Prima Marketing -- Yuki for Ruby Violet, 6x6 papers.
There's Timeless Twine in Cherry Red to finish off the card. 
Come enter our 'Things With Wings" Challenge at QKR Stampede. You have all week!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
My Heart Pieces   Use a Digi Stamp
Creative Knockouts  Outdoors
Divas by Design  Anything Goes
CCC Digi Creations  Digi/Things with Wings
Natalie and Amy's Challenge  Things with Wings
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday -- September Linky Party