Saturday, October 21, 2017

Thanks a Bunch -- for Imagine That! Digistamp

Have you joined in at the Imagine That! Digistamp's Creative Playground yet?  It's time for some mid-challenge inspiration with this month's free image. I hope you link up, as this is a great image!


I made this shaker card using Thanks a Bunch and colored it with Copic markers.  The papers, also from Imagine That! Digistamp, are the Tea N Roses digi papers. I used dies from Lawn Fawn and sequins from Craftin' Desert Divas to create the shaker. The ribbon is from my stash.

Imagine That! Digistamp products used on this card:



Link up any Imagine That! Digistamp image and the Thanks a Bunch set is yours!  You have until Nov. 3! See you in the Playground

Friday, October 20, 2017

Heaven Heals -- an MHKDesigns New Release

Hello crafty friends.  Today is another day of new releases at MHKDesigns.  It seems like I need far too many sympathy cards, so todays New Release, Heaven Heals, comes in very handy for me.



I used one of the pre-framed sentiments to create this card.  I wanted a design I could duplicate easily when I need a sympathy card, so I chose not to color the flowers in the frame, but it would be very pretty colored, too.  Papers on this card, also from MHKDesigns, and found in the MHKDesigns Etsy Shop, are Serene Seaside digital papers

MHKDesigns products used on this card:





To have a chance at winning this yet, start at the MHKDesigns blog and leave a comment on each designer's blog.  Good luck! 

Have you joined the MHKDesigns challenge?  There's still plenty of time.  They run from the first of the month to the end of the month.  If you use an MHKDesign image, it's Anything Goes!  I hope you link up!  Check out the MHKDesigners & Friends Facebook group, too, for news, inspiration, and fun!


Floral For You -- and QKR Stampede

Friiiiday!  Hurray!  Those of you who have been following my cancer journey with me, I had a PET scan last week, and I'm still in remission!  YES!

This week at QKR Stampede challenge blog, it's an Anything Goes theme, so link away!  (limit 3 projects per week).  I love to see you creative projects!

I used the Eureka Stamps Harvest Bouquet digi to create this card:



I colored Harvest Bouquet (ES-digi38501) with Copic markers.  I used a die to cut out the "for you" sentiment.  Papers are long retired from Close To My Heart. 

I hope you can join us this week at QKR Stampede Challenge blog.  I truly do enjoy seeing what you make! 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Seal of Approval -- An Imagine That! Digistamp New Release

Hello, friend!  Thanks for stopping by today!  I have a card to share, using the New Release, Punny Thanks, from Imagine That! Digistamp.  Super fun!



The set, Punny Thanks, comes with pre-colored and black & white images.  I chose a pre-colored image to use on this card.  Papers on this card, also from Imagine That! Digistamp, are Nautical digital papers.  The rocker card is a file from the Silhouette Design Store. 

Imagine That! Digistamp products used on this card:





If you'd like a chance to win this Punny Thanks set, leave a comment on the Creative Playground blog, and the winner will be announced on Friday, Oct. 20 at 6pm, PDT! 
Have you joined the Imagine That! Digistamp monthly challenge yet?  You'll find it in the Creative Playground.  The challenge goes until Nov 3.  

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Growing Goodness -- an MHKDesigns New Release

Hello, good friends!  I   I hope you are enjoying this month's New Releases at MHKDesigns as much as I am!  Make sure to start at the MHKDesigns blog, then comment on each designer's blog for your chance to win!  

This is a card I made using the new Growing Goodness Digital Stamp set, available in the MHKDesigns Etsy Shop.



I used one of the images from the Growing Goodness digital stamp set and colored it with Faber-Castell colored pencils.  MHKDesigns images are so easy to shade!  They take very little coloring.  I LOVE this sentiment, and it is part of the Growing Goodness set.  The papers, also from MHKDesigns, are the Positively Purple Patterned digital papers.

MHKDesigns products used on this card:






Have you joined the MHKDesigns challenge?  There's still plenty of time.  They run from the first of the month to the end of the month.  If you use an MHKDesign image, it's Anything Goes!  I hope you link up!  Check out the MHKDesigners & Friends Facebook group, too, for news, inspiration, and fun!


Friday, October 13, 2017

Take Time to Smell the Pumpkins -- for QKR Stampede

It's Friday the 13th!  Yikes!  At the nursing home where I work, we're having all sorts of fun with the lucky day, and I hope you do, too!
It's also time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog.  Our optional theme this week is "Pumpkins", or you can always enter an Anything Goes project.

Here's my pumpkin-themed inspiration for you:

This card uses QKR Stampede digi stamp, Pumpkin Vine (Q-digi18802) and Smell the Pumpkins (ES-digi22004).  I colored Pumpkin Vine with Copic markers, then used scalloped Lawn Fawn dies to cut it out and back it.  The backing paper is from a DCWV Halloween/Fall stack.  The Smell the Pumpkins sentiment was cut out and backed with a Spellbinders die and gold paper.  The leaf accents are also from Spellbinders Paper Arts. 

I hope you can join us this week at QKR Stampede Challenge blog for our optional pumpkin themed challenge.  I'd love to see what you make! 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Funky Fall Foliage -- an MHKDesigns New Release

Happy Tuesday, fellow crafters!  Today is the second day that the MHKDesigns team is featuring this month's new releases.  Today, you'll see Funky Fall Foliage.  All the New Releases can be found in the MHKDesigns Etsy Shop.  

I LOVE coloring flowers.  They are my most favorite thing to color, so this release was a particular pleasure for me.  I tried to make the image into a fall-looking flower, perhaps closely related to a sunflower, but somehow, when I look at it closely, I think I caught the look of a dandelion quite well! Oh well!  It was a joy to color, however you interpret the flower image.



I colored the Funky Fall Foliage image with Faber-Castell colored pencils.  The sentiment is part of the Funky Fall Foliage set.  Papers for this card -- also from MHKDesigns, are the Sunflower Sampler digi paper pack.

MHKDesigns products used on this card:





Makes sure you start on the MHKDesigns blog, then comment on each of the designer's blogs for your chance to win this set (yes!) or even all of this New Release(!)  


Have you joined the MHKDesigns challenge?  It's just getting started.  They run from the first of the month to the end of the month.  If you use an MHKDesign image, it's Anything Goes!  I hope you link up!  Check out the MHKDesigners & Friends Facebook group, too, for news, inspiration, and fun!




Friday, October 6, 2017

In Sympathy -- for QKR Stampede

It's Friday!  Yea!  I'm traveling today 3 hours to see my BFF.  She was washing the windows on the second story of her house and the extension ladder collapsed!  She now has 13 screws and a plate in her left heel, and a broken tibia in her other leg.  She's in a wheelchair for at least a month, maybe longer, so several of us are road tripping today to see what we can do to cheer her up and help out around the house.

It's Friday!  That means it's time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog.  This week, our optional theme is 'Autumn Leaves'.  I found a beautiful digital stamp in the Eureka Stamps store (the sister company to QKR Stampede) that I used for this week's challenge:


This card uses 2 Eureka Stamps digis:  Tree Losing Leaves (ES-digi34502) and In Sympathy (ES-digi4505).

I used a combination of Copic markers and distress inks on the Tree Losing Leaves image, coloring it with markers first so I didn't ruin the nibs, then using distress inks.  I fussy cut it, and backed it with Fall colored papers.  I love the script on the In Sympathy digital stamp! The sequins on this card are from Craftin' Desert Divas.  

I hope you can join us this week at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog for our optional "Autumn Leaves" challenge, or link up whatever you'd like.  I'd love to see what you create!  

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Shine Bright! An MHKDesigns New Release!

It's New Release month at MHKDesigns!  It seems like these months roll around so fast, but I get so excited for the new releases!  Today is the first of 5 days that all of the designers are participating in the New Release.  You'll find all 5 New Releases ready for you in the MHKDesigns Etsy Shop.



Today, we're featuring Celestial Elements.  If you start at the MHKDesigns blog, then visit and comment on each designer's blog, you might win this set (or all the new releases!!!)

Here's one of the elements of Celestial Elements, inked with Tim Holtz distress inks, fussy cut, and placed in a panel cut out with a die:



The sentiment, floating in a cloud, is also part of the Celestial Elements digital stamp set.  It was cut out with a die also.  The sequins on the card are from Close To My Heart.  The dies are from Honey Bee Stamps, purchased at Ellen Hutson. 

MHKDesigns products used on this card:



Have you joined the MHKDesigns challenge?  It's just getting started.  They run from the first of the month to the end of the month.  If you use an MHKDesign image, it's Anything Goes!  I hope you link up!  Check out the MHKDesigners & Friends Facebook group, too, for news, inspiration, and fun!


Monday, October 2, 2017

No Worm for the Early Bird! For Path of Positivity

Happy October, crafty friends!  It's time for a new challenge at The Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. We're midway through our 3-month theme of exploring how the arts impact our lives and our crafting at the Path of Positivity.  This month, the optional theme is "Surround Yourself with Literature."

Our guest sponsor this month is Sparkle N Sprinkle. I used the very fun digital stamp, Wilson Birds to create this:


I printed the Wilson Birds digital stamp on Kraft paper, then colored the mirrored image with Faber-Castell colored pencils.  The sentiment, also part of the Wilson Birds set, is SO darn cute!

I chose this stamp set, and this particular theme because, after perusing my husband's bookshelf, I found 11(!) bird books.  He and I are what you could refer to as diehard "birders".  We even have our own life lists of birds we've seen and identified. 

I hope you can join us this month for our optional "surround yourself with literature" theme.  Tell us how your project connects to the theme in your post -- maybe it's a particular book that speaks to you, a poem, or a quote.  Our challenge will go until Nov 5.  

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Let It Snow (Please not YET!) for the 12 Months of Christmas

It's a new month, and that means it's time for a new challenge at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.   This month's theme is Anything Goes, as long as it's Christmas!  Yea!

We have 2 wonderful sponsors this month:  Pattie's Creations, and Decosse's Dynamite Doodles

I used a sweet image by Pattie's Creations to make this shaped card for the challenge, and paper pieced some Christmas papers from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.


This is Polar Bear Snow Globe.  I printed it first onto Kraft paper and colored it with Faber-Castell colored pencils.  Then, I printed it again on a piece of Decosse's Dynamite Doodles paper from the 12 Days of Christmas 2015 series and fussy cut the snow globe base, attaching it to the Kraft paper.  I then printed a 3rd copy of Polar Bear Snow Globe on copy paper, fussy cut that, and used it as a template to make the snow globe shaped card.  Once it was cut out, I glued the Polar Bear Snow Globe piece to the front, and Voila! my card was almost done!  All it needed was an appropriate sentiment. I found that at Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. The "Let it Snow" sentiment, complete with snow, tied the card all together.  I printed it on a piece of Decosse's Dynamite Doodles digital paper from Holiday Hoopla textured papers collection. 

I hope you join our "Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas" theme this month at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  We have wonderful sponsors, great prizes, and I'd love to see what you create!  

Happy Haunting! for MHKDesigns October Challenge

October 1st!  The month of witches and ghosts and all things spooky!  It's time for a new challenge at MHKDesigns, and I wanted to feature an adorable witch and some super fun papers, all from MHKDesigns.  I made a home decor project, and use the 'Anything Goes' option at MHKDesigns (as long as you use an MHKDesigns image, it's always anything goes!!), and created this for the challenge:


This adorable witch silhouette is MHKDesigns Flight By Night.  I printed it on white card stock and inked the moon with several shades of Tim Holtz Distress inks, then fussy cut her out.   I found some old embroidery hoops, and wanted to mount my project on one of them.  I printed two papers from the MHKDesigns Trick or Treat patterned paper pack, and secured them on the hoop.  After adding some baker's twine, the home decor project was ready for Halloween!

MHKDesigns products used on this project:




Below is the inspiration photo if you'd like to use it for the challenge, or if you choose NOT to use an MHKDesigns image, but why would you?  There are SO many fantastic ones in the MHKDesigns Etsy shop to choose from! 

The challenge runs all month, so I hope you have a chance to join in the fun.  I'd love to see what you make, and there are wonderful prizes to win!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Just for You -- and QKR Stampede

It's the last Friday of September.  Wow, did this month go fast!  It's also time for another challenge at QKR Stampede. This week, our optional theme is Cut It Up (cutting, punches or dies).  

I used 4 dies on this week's card, and 2 digital stamps, 1 from QKR Stampede and 1 from Eureka Stamps:


This cute mouse is called Flower digital stamp (Q-digi7004), and is from QKR Stampede.  I colored it with Copic markers, then used a variety of circle dies to create the card.  The sentiment, printed on a tag, is from Eureka Stamps, and is Just For You (ES-digi9003)

I hope you can join us this week at QKR Stampede.  You can enter an Anything Goes project, or join our optional 'Cut it Up' theme.  I'd love to see what you make!   

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bloom Art Stamps Inspiration for September

I'm posting today for Bloom Art Stamps.  I have two cards to share -- one made with a clear stamp set, one made with a digital stamp.

I'll start with the card I made with the clear stamp set, Seasons: Tree with Fruit...


I inked up parts of the Seasons: Tree with Fruit stamp with different colors of ink, trying for a fall-like look to the tree.  Then, I inked up a squirrel and a bird from the set, fussy cut those, and added them to the tree.  I used a snowdrift die to make the grassy "hill". 

Card #2 uses the digital stamp, Coneflower Arrangement. 

I printed Coneflower Arrangement on Kraft paper, then colored it with Faber-Castell colored pencils.  I love using colored pencils on Kraft paper.  It's one of my favorite ways to use colored pencils!  

I used a couple dies from Lawn Fawn to cut out and back the Coneflower Arrangement digital stamp.  The designer paper in the background is from Snap Click Supply and is also digital.  The crinkle ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM. 

Bloom Art Stamps has some amazing stamps -- both clear and digital.  Please check out the store, then the blog for inspiration.  You'll also find us on Splitcoast Stampers. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

If Friends Were Flowers...for Imagine That! Digistamp

It's New Release time at Imagine That! Digistamp, and if you like elephants, you are gonna LOVE this new release!  It is a-m-a-z-ing!  

Check out the Imagine That! Digistamp blog throughout the day today and tomorrow to see all the Ellie releases. 

I am showing you a shaped card I made using Ellie's Flower Costume:


I colored Ellie with Copic markers, then used a variety of circle dies to create the card.  The designer paper, also from Imagine That! Digistamp, comes with the Ellie's flower Costume set.  Each of the Ellie's releases has digital papers with it to add to the fun!

Imagine That! Digistamp products used on this card:


Don't forget to check out what the other creative design team members have made for this new release.  The ideas are awesome!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friends are Like Gardens -- for QKR Stampede

My favorite day of the week is here again! Fridaaaaaay!  Today, I am traveling 3 hours, returning from a conference.  It will be good t get back home, back to my hubby and puppy, and back to a routine.  

Today is also the start of a new challenge at QKR Stampede challenge blog.  This week's theme is 'Embossing'.  We want to see any kind of embossing -- either wet or dry.  

I don't know why, but I rarely emboss on a card.  I have a ton of embossing folders, but need a reason to use them, so this challenge was good motivation to get them out.  I needed a jump start!  Here's what I created, using dry embossing:



This card uses QKR Stampede digi stamps, Flower Border & Friendships and Gardens sentiment digi.  I colored the Flower  Border digi with Copic markers, then fussy cut it, mounting it on the embossed panel I ran through an embossing folder by Close To My Heart.   The papers on this card are digital, and were found at Snap Click Supply.  

I hope you can join us this week at QKR Stampede for our optional themed, "Embossing of Any Kind" challenge.  Or, you can always enter an Anything Goes project.  We have great digis you can win (like these 2!) and I'd love to see what you make!


Saturday, September 16, 2017

If Friends were Acorns -- for Imagine That! Digistamp

It's the weekend!  It's also time for some mid-month inspiration at Imagine That! Digistamp's Creative Playground.   I cannot believe we're more than 1/2 way through this month already!  Challenges at the Creative Playground are always Anything Goes.  If you use an Imagine That! Digistamp image, you get the set of the month for free, and this month's manatee stamp is sooooo cute! 

There's signs of Fall showing up everywhere here in Northwest Wisconsin,  so I made an autumn themed card for today's challenge:

This card uses Acorn Bunny by Imagine That Digistamp, colored with Copic markers, then fussy cut.  The sentiment is also from the Acorn Bunny set.   The digi papers are the Fabulous Fall papers by Imagine That! Digistamp.

Imagine That! Digistamps products used on this card:



I hope you find time to join us this month for the Anything Goes challenge and your chance to win the Manatee set if you use an Imagine That! Digistamp image.  The challenge runs until Oct 6. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

A Butterfly Thank You -- for QKR Stampede Challenge Blog

Haaaappppppy Friday, everyone!  I hope you have enjoyable things planned for the weekend.  We're nearing the ending of Harley riding season here, and every weekend counts, but there's rain in the forecast, so it might be a crafting weekend instead and that's OK!

This week at QKR Stampede, it's an Anything Goes challenge.  Yeah!  I love those!  

I've been wanting to color this image up for a long time, and I finally got the chance!


This is from the sister company of QKR Stampede, Eureka Stamps.  It's Butterfly & Sunflower, colored with Copic markers.  The sentiment, also from Eureka Stamps, is large Thank You.  Both are available in digital or rubber, but digital were used here.  Designer papers on this card are also digital and are from Snap Click Supply.  The card base is card stock from Close To My Heart.  The ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM. 

I hope you can join us this week for our easy peasy Anything Goes challenge at QKR Stampede.  We've got great prizes, and I'd love to see what you make!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I Will Love You Fur-ever! for MHKDesigns

Hello, and happy hump day, my crafty friends.  My husband and I have a new puppy, so my thoughts seem to be quickly turning towards dog-themed cards these days.  Here's one I recently created:


I used 2 MHKDesigns digital stamp sets to make this simple card, and one MHKDesigns digital paper.  I started with the I've Been Framed digital stamp set, then nestled a sentiment from the Fur & Paws Digital Stamp Set inside the frame.  The paw print designer paper is from the Pawsitively Purrfect Digital Paper Pack.

MHKDesigns supplies used on this card:




Have you joined the MHKDesigns challenge yet this month?  It's anything goes as long as you use an MHKDesigns image. You still have plenty of time!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Happy Fall, Y'all! for QKR Stampede

It's Friday again!  I do like this day of the week!  It also means that it's time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog.  This week, the optional theme is "Fall Colors", or you can enter an Anything Goes project.  

Fall!  I love the earth tone colors that come with Fall, and I love the changing leaves.  A few trees have begun to turn around here in NW Wisconsin.  Tomorrow is the harvest fest in the small town where I live.  There'll be lots of celebrating going on.

The crows in this card are doing some celebrating.  They are not at all afraid of Mr. Scarecrow!


I used the QKR Stampede digi, Scarecrow and Friends (Q-digi24243) on this card, and sentiment ES-digi16102, Happy Fall, Y'all.   Scarecrow and Friends is colored with Copic markers.   The gingham papers are digital. They are from Paper Whimsies.  

Fall!  It's also a great time to start more crafting, as the weather turns cooler.  I hope you can join us this week at QKR Stampede for our optional Fall Colors challenge.  We've got great prizes, and I'd love to see what you make! 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Thankful for Art -- and Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

Hello, crafty friends, and happy Labor Day to my American readers.  Today is the start of a new challenge at Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.  We have a 3-month challenge theme, exploring the concepts of art, literature, and music.  For September, the theme will be art.  To be eligible for the prizes, tell us how your project ties in with art -- how are you affected by art, artistic masters, art in your home, sculptures, whatever!

Our guest sponsor this month is Luna Girl.  You'll find the most awesome vintage images at Luna Girl!  I used one of the images from the Summer Garden Digital Collage Sheet to create this:


Studying the masters is a great way to learn about light source.  It can help in my own coloring and shading.  I love how this vase is shaded and how the artists used shadows behind the daisies.  We can learn so much from other artists and learn from them in our own artistic journeys.

I hope you can join this month at Path of Positivity for our "Surround Yourself with Art" challenge.  It runs until October 1.   You can also link up any positive themed project if you don't want to use the alternate theme. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

A Marvelous Challenge -- for MHKDesigns

September 1st?!?  Where do these months go?  That means we're starting a new challenge over on the MHKDesigns blog.  As always, the challenges are Anything Goes if you used an MHKDesign image.  There is also an Inspiration Board for you if you choose NOT to use an MHKDesigns image.  It will be pictured below.

I have some pretty mums blooming in my yard, and they were the inspiration for this card, along with the colors from this month's inspiration board:


I used the Mum's the Word Digital stamp set, and colored the flower image from that with Faber-Castell color pencils.  The sentiment is from the Marvelous Digital Stamp set.  The designer papers on this card are from MHKDesigns.  They are:  
Pawsitively Purrfect (dark blue)
Stenciled Roses (turquoise paper and pink houdstooth)
Rosy Posy papers (green dot)

MHKDesigns products used on this card:




I hope you join us this month at MHKDesigns Challenges.  Here's the Inspiration Board to help you:


I'd love to have you link up, and I'd love to see what you make!