Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Rudolf Joy -- for SheepSki Designs

It's July, and it's time for a new challenge over at SheepSki Designs Challenge Blog.  We're celebrating Christmas in July all month long! There's many great Christmas and winter themed images in the SheepSki Designs Etsy Shop that would work for this theme!

I colored up the fun and cute Rudolf:



Rudolf was colored with Copic markers, using my colorless blender to give him a bit of texture.  The papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.   The branches paper is from the Holly Berries papers. The plaid paper is one of the Winter Plaids.  The die cut joy is one I've had for a long time and no longer remember who it's by. 

I hope you join us this month for Christmas in July at SheepSki Design Challenges. I'd love to see what you create, and you can win fantastic digis -- like this one!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up -- ATG
ABC Christmas Challenge -- 'N' is for no fuss
Fezziwigs Festive Frolics -- Anything Christmas
The House that Stamps Built -- Christmas in July

Summer Hopscotch -- for All Dressed Up Stamps

It's July 1, and that means it's time for a new challenge over in the All Dressed Up Stamps Facebook group.  The theme this month is "For the kidz" Wendy Burns has so many darling young child images in the All Dressed Up Etsy Shop that would work perfectly for this theme! 

For this month's challenge, I used one of the newer releases, Hop Scotch. This takes me back to many happy hours of childhood fun:



I colored Hop Scotch with Copic markers.  The set of dies that I used to cut her out and back her no longer have a label on them, so I can't give the company credit.  The Hello Summer sentiment is from  Impression Obsession.  I use this set a lot.  It is the perfect size for a card. The small dotted paper was in my scraps -- again, I can't give credit.

I hope you can join our For the Kidz challenge in the All Dressed Up Stamps Facebook group.  I'd love to see your creations!  There's also a challenge every month over on the All Dressed Up Blog.  

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Everybody Art Challenge -- Girl in Summer

Birthday Butterflies -- For Dies R Us Challenge Blog

A  new month - a new challenge! It's time for another one on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog. Every 1st and 15th, you'll find challenges beginning on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog, and there is always a theme. Sometimes, like today, and for the next 2 weeks, the theme is any goes.  As long as you use a die from a brand sold in the Dies R Us Store, you can link up anything! Dies R Us sells over 50 brands of dies, so have at it!

Anything Goes -- I think they are my favorite themes, and why not?  I can make anything I want. I got out a set of dies from one of the favorite die companies sold at Dies R Us -- Birch Press Design, and made this:



This was created with the Flutter Layer Set.  It is no longer available, I there are some other fantastic Birch Press sets you might want to explore. There are 3 layers in the set, and this card's made with all 3 layers.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is part of 60 piece word and shadow set from Crafter's Companion.  If you put Happy Birthday in the "Search", you will find many sets that would work. The small butterfly in the upper right corner is one from a set by Impression Obsession.  I like it for its simplicity and small size.

The background paper on this card is by We Are 3 Digital Shop. It is fairly new to the shop. It is one of the Watercolor Strokes papers.

I hope you can join us this  next 2 weeks for our Anything Goes Challenge At Dies R Us Challenge Blog!  I'd love to see your creations, and there is a $10 gift certificate given away each time.  There's also Didi Crafts, the sister store of Dies R Us, located in Canadian! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- July Linky Party
Watercolor Wednesday -- ATG with a feminine twist
AUD Sentiment -- Summer plus a sentiment

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Flower Jar of Thanks -- a Catch the Bug Challenge

It's Saturday, and that means there's a new challenge at Catch the Bug Challenges.  Every Saturday, a new one begins!  Today, it's a color challenge.  I don't know why, but they are always a bit tricky for me.  I don't like being confined to a limited number of colors.  I feel stifled, I guess!

Fortunately, I really like the blue green color family, and that was part of today's color palette.  Here's the color swatch for you:

Here's what I made using these colors:



I used a digi called Tulip Jar and colored it with Copic markers.  I found a paper that I thought matched the color scheme at We Are 3 Digital Shop.  It is one of the papers in the Darcy's Garden Collection.  I used a couple of dies from a Crafter's Companion set to cut out and back the Tulip Jar.  The Thanks is a sentiment from Crafter's Companion.  I cut it twice and offset it just a bit.  I used some tan and brown gems from my stash to finish off the card.

I hope you enter the color challenge at Catch the Bug this week.  We have awesome prizes you can win!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG
D.L. Art -- June Linky Party
A Gem of a Challenge -- ATG
Crafty Calendar -- June - Flowers
Cute Card Thursday -- Flowers

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

To Ride a Horse is to Fly Without Wings! Outlawz Progressive Freebie

Every month, I try to participate in the Outlawz Progressive Freebie Challenge.  The images are always free.  Even if I'm not crazy about them, I figure they are good coloring practice.  This month, though, the image just tugs at my heart strings!  It is the sweetest thing!  A girl and her horse are very much like the bond between a woman and her dog, I believe!



This Outlawz Progressive Freebie image is by Hettie Clare Art, and it's called Pony Plait.  

I have made a young friend through this pandemic.  It must be pure boredom on her part, but she lives a state away from me and has taken to making me cards and sending me letters.  She has a horse that she wasn't able to see for quite awhile because it was boarded in a stable a ways away from where they lived.  She shared this quote with me as her all time favorite quote.  I thought I'd put it on a card and send it to her.  I believe she may see a bit of herself and her horse in this card.

I colored Pony Plait with Copic markers, then used 2 sizes of wonky stitched dies from The Scrapping Cottage to cut it out and back it.  The papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop. I used 2 of the papers in the Howdy Collection.

Check out all the wonderful papers, digital images, and printable at We Are 3 Digital Shop.  You can find something for whatever project you are working on!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Progressive Freebie -- June
D.L. Art - June Linky Party
2 Crafty Critter Crazies -- ATG with a Critter
Crafty Animals Challenge -- ATG with an animal

Monday, June 22, 2020

And relax... a New Release for All Dressed Up Stamps

You may have seen this image on Facebook, especially if you are involved with Kit and Clowder.  It was given away as a freebie last weekend by the generous Wendy of All Dressed Up Stamps for anyone that wanted to color it. It is also one of 4 New Releases this month at All Dressed Up Stamps. I think this image, And Relax, is so precious (and very appropriate for our times).



I wanted some nice, bright colors for this little yoga girl.  So, using Copic markers, I used YG's and YR's on the outfit.  The plaid paper is from a Lawn Fawn paper pad. The stepper card is cut out with a die from Sizzix. the flowers are by Prima.

The other super talented designers from the All Dressed Up team will be sharing their new release makes on Facebook and on the blog today.  I hope you check it out! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Polkadoodles -- ATG
QKR Stampede -- ATG
D.L. Art -- June Linky Party
TTCRD -- ATG
A Gem of a Challenge -- ATG

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Good Times and Good Friends -- for The Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode Challenge

Its Saturday, and every other Saturday finds a new challenge happening over on the Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode Challenges.  For the whole year, challenges are sponsored by We Are 3 Digital Shop, and a winner is chosen for every challenge (so 2 each month).  For the next 2 weeks, the theme is "A Splash of Pink".  Oh!  That's a fun challenge!  I think many of us like to use pink in our designs, and it only needs a splash of color to qualify for the challenge!

Here's what a created:


I used mainly products from our sponsor, We Are 3 Digital Shop.  The background paper of high pink flowers and the grey checked of the doily are both from  the Sweetheart papers.  The wreath is one of Darcy's Florals printables.  The sentiment is one of 4 in the Friendship Sentiments Set.

The card stock base is from Close To My Heart, and the pretty pink ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  

I hope you join us these next 2 weeks for our "Splash of Pink" Challenge at The Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- June Linky Party
Crafter's Castle -- ATG
Alphabet Challenge -- 'F' Is for Flora and Fauna (in this case, flora)