Monday, June 18, 2018

Grow Old with Me -- and Path of Positivity

It's Monday!  It's also time for some mid-month inspiration at The Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. This month's alternate color theme "neutrals".  We have 2 sponsors this month:  Mari Digis, and A Day for Daisies.  For today's inspiration, I had the great pleasure of working with a digi from A Day for Daisies called, Mr. Right.



With our neutral theme in mind, I colored Mr Right using shades of gray Copic markers, then added a few pops of blue green color.  I don't know why, but as soon as I saw this digi, the couple looked old to me.  Not just old fashioned, but old.  So that is how I colored them.   

The papers on this card are from Close To My Heart, but are retired.  The dies are from Spellbinders.  The sentiment is computer generated.  The ribbon is from my stash.

The challenges at The Path of Positivity run for a month.  You have until July 2 to link up with your optional "neutral" projects, or  link up any positive themed project you'd like.  I'd love to see your creations!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode -- Use Ribbon
TTCRD -- ATG
D.L. Art -- June Linky Party
IDCB -- ATG




Sunday, June 17, 2018

Hey, Beau-tea-ful -- guest designing at The Outlawz Sunday Challenges

Hello, and happy Sunday!  Today and next Sunday, I'm guest designing at the Outlawz Sunday Challenges.  I often play in the Outlawz Challenges, so I love it when I'm given the opportunity to guest design there.  The Sunday challenge group recently changed things up a bit, and started using songs & rhymes for their themes.  This week's theme has to do with cats.  You can see the whole verse over at The Outlawz here:  

With that cat theme in mind, but not really being a cat lover, I went searching for a cute cat image.  I found it at Di's Digi Stamps.  Here's what I made with Kitty in a Teacup:



I colored the Kitty in a Teacup image up with Copic markers, fussy cutting it out.  I found some teacup and tea pot papers, then a tea pot die and stamp, and my original idea of some sort of cat sentiment went by the wayside for this one (like I said, I'm not a cat lover).  The papers, die, and sentiment stamp are from Close To My Heart.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. 

I had a great time letting my creativity flow with the song verse from this week at The Outlawz Sunday Songs & Rhymes challenge.  I hope you join in the challenge.   It's great fun to have a chance to guest design for them! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- June Linky Party
Polkadoodles Crafting -- ATG
IDCB -- optional twist -- use a real stamp (the teapot and Hey Beau-tea-ful are real acrylic stamps) 
Jo's Scrap Shack -- ATG
Crafting with an Attitude -- ATG
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge -- ATG with a Critter

Friday, June 15, 2018

Sweet Summertime! for Di's Digi Designs Challenges

Sweet Summertime!   I'm already sad that we're so close to the longest day of the year, and we'll be going back the other way.  I love, love, love these long days of summer!  Having all this daylight and warmth just makes me happy!  What also makes me very happy is sharing my first post for Di's Digi Stamps!  I've long admired and purchased Di's adorable creatures and cute kids, so I'm jumping with joy to be on her design team and have a chance to color them up on a regular basis!

Di's Digi Designs Challenges are every fortnight, as they say in England, or every 2 weeks, as we like to say here in the states.

For the next 2 weeks, starting today, the theme is Summer Fun!  Oh yeah!

Here's what I created for the Summer fun challenge at Di's Digi Designs Challenges:



This digi stamp, called Daisy Trail, is so darn cute, isn't it?  These creatures are certainly celebrating summer!  They are reveling in the sweet, sweet smells and sights of those flowers and ladybugs.  They are having a daisy dance, I believe. They are frolicking and having fun in the summer sun. 

I colored Daisy Trail with Copic markers, then used several sizes of Spellbinders dies to cut it out.  The designer papers are from Close To My Heart.   I computer generated the sentiment on this.  That lovely ladybug charm has been in my stash for a long, long time, just waiting for the right card to use it on.  I believe this was it!

I hope you can join us at Di's Digi Designs Challenges these next 2 weeks for our Summer fun challenge.  You have a great chance of winning if you use a Di's Digi image, and there's top 3, plus a random winner.  Check out the shop for all the awesome digis and stamps, plus some really great bargain digis.  




I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
DigiChoosday -- ATG
Cute N Crafty Challenge Blog -- Summer Theme
AUD Sentiments -- ATG plus a sentiment
Sasayaki Glitter -- Summer Fun
D.L. Art -- June Linky Party
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge -- ATG with a Critter





29 again? Really? For QKR Stampede Challenge Blog

Friday, Friday, Friday!  I'm doing the Friday dance! (OK, at this stage in life, it's more of a shuffle, but my hips still move!)  

Friday!  It's also time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede challenge blog, where challenges are always Anything Goes -- every. single. week!  Anything goes!!!

I need a lot of birthday cards early in July, so I created this for a friend's birthday coming up very shortly.  She's nowhere near the age of 29, AND she likes chickens,  so I hope she enjoys this:



The expression on this chicken's face just cracks me up!  Such a cackle!!  (oh, aren't I funny?!?)  

I used QKR Stampede digital stamp Chubby Hen (Q-digi24230) to create this card.  I colored Chubby Hen with Copic markers, did a little computer generated printing for the sentiment, and finished the card with papers and embellishments from old papers in my stash (My Mind's Eye, I think?)

I had a great time making this birthday card, and I hope you join in on the fun this week at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Festive Friday -- birthday
Outlawz Sunday Song & Rhymes -- Old McDonald had a Farm
Pattie's Creations -- anything that flies
4 Crafty Chicks -- optional twist - Birds & Blooms
Craft rocket Challenge -- birthday


Enjoy Your Day -- for DigiStamps4Joy

It's June 15, and that means it's time for some mid-month inspiration at DigiStamps4Joy Challenges.  This month, our optional theme is "For the man in your life." Or, you can enter an Anything Goes project, if you prefer.  

I had fun trying to match the colors in my mind with actual colors when coloring up this delightful DigiStamps4Joy image called, Fishing Tackle (mp107):



I found some rugged, outdoor papers and ribbon by Close To My Heart, and used those to complete the card.  I used this as a birthday card for my nephew.  He likes to fish on the Wisconsin River near his home.  

I hope you can join the "For the Man in your Life" optional challenge this month at DigiStamps4Joy, or enter an Anything Goes project.  I'd love to see your creations, and we've got great prizes you could win (like this awesome digi!!)

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
The Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode -- Boys will be Boys
Try It On Tuesdays -- for the boys
Unicorn Challenge Blog -- Masculine
Always Fun Challenges -- for a male
Artistic Inspirations -- optional Father's Day
Cards in Envy -- let's hear it for the boys
Crafty Cardmakers -- for a man/boy
EllieBelle's Crafty Wednesday -- make it masculine
Alphabet Challenge -- 'F' is for fish
CAS-ual Fridays -- Boys of Summer
Simply Create Too -- for a male

Thursday, June 14, 2018

You're Tweet

Happy Flag Day!  I was at the nursing home this afternoon to play piano and help with the Flag Day program.  The flag and what it stands for means so much to our older generation.  I hope that kind of patriotism doesn't die out when they do!

I colored up this image yesterday and made it into a card this morning in-between commitments. It's the freebie this month of June at the Outlawz Progressive Freebie.  It's by We Are 3 Digital Shop.  



I colored this Tweet bird with Faber Castell colored pencils.  It took a lot of coloring to get this image colored.  My hand was cramping up!   I used a sketch from the Outlawz Wednesday sketch to help me design the card.

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Progressive Freebie -- June
Outlawz Wednesday Sketch -- Week of June 13
D.L. Art -- June Linky party

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Dance! for Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez

Greetings, crafty friends!  I'm still in my first week of retirement, but I have to tell you, this is good stuff!  It's a goal worth reaching for!  Last evening a couple of my good friends took me out for a retirement dinner and it was so nice to be celebrated.

Speaking of celebrating, do you like to dance?   I've never been much of a dancer, but I admire the quality in others.  Here in NW Wisconsin, most of our dancing seems to be done at wedding dances to a polka band, and most of the men need a few beers in them before they'll hit the dance floor.  It's not the most elegant dancing you've ever seen.

But, I digress.  I have a most elegant ballerina to share with you today.  She's by Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez:



Isn't she sweet?  My arthritic toes hurt just looking at her!  But she sure is graceful!  I love her sweet expression and confidence.  

I colored this ballerina with Copic markers, then used dies from Yvonne to cut out the card.  The dotted heart designer paper is also from Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez.  She has some wonderful papers in her shop you can find HERE

Patricia had a recent release of mermaids and she has a sale going on in her shop right now.  Use code 'mermay' to receive 50% off all digis in her shop!  Start shopping!

Visit the Kinda Cute Facebook group, too, for a monthly challenge, more inspiration, and some really great people! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Festive Friday -- ATG
D.L. Art -- June Linky Party
IDCB -- ATG
TTCRD -- ATG






Monday, June 11, 2018

Spread Kindness -- Guest Designing for Sasayaki Glitter Digital Stamps

It's Monday, and usually that's not all that exciting, but today is an exception!  Today, I'm honored to be guest designing at Sasayaki Glitter Digital Stamps.   Woohoo!  I'm so excited to be chosen!  I'll be back again later in the month, too.  Whoot!!

Today's card features the most adorable Mia & Flower:



I colored Mia & Flower with Copic markers, and used several different Spellbinders dies to cut her out and back her.  

The sentiment, papers, and elements are all from Close To My Heart.  The sketch used was found at The Outlawz, in their old sketches from past challenges. 

I'd like to thank Naz, Kel, and the Sasayaki Glitter Girls for the chance to guest design this month!  It is totally my pleasure!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Sasayaki Glitter June Challenge -- Summer Fun
D.L. Art -- June Linky Party
IDCB -- ATG
Not Just Cards -- ATG
Outlawz Monday Greeting -- at least 1 die cut (this has 2)

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Over the Moon -- for Kitty Bee Designs

Happy Saturday, everyone!  I've been retired for a week already.  It's hard to believe. I must admit, though, Saturdays don't have quite the impact they did when I was working full-time!

Today is my first post for the Kitty Bee design team.  I'm the DT spotlight on the Kitty Bee Designs blog You might say I'm "Over the Moon" with excitement!  



This is Cow Barely Over the Moon, colored with Copic markers.

I live in Wisconsin, and June is Dairy month, so I thought it only right that I choose a cow for my first image to color from Kitty Bee Designs.  Plus, I had this oh-so-fun moon and stars die I wanted to try out!

There are many adorable acrylic and digi stamps in the Kitty Bee Design Store.  I hope you check it out.  You're bound to find some have-to-haves!

Join us each Friday for the Aloha Friday challenges.  You'll see fantastic makes from the design team, and you can win some wonderful prizes from our sponsors!


I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG (1 of 5)
TTCRD -- ATG
Digichoosday -- ATG

Friday, June 8, 2018

Celebrate! for QKR Stampede Challenge Blog

Friday!  A great day of the week, and a great day for a new challenge at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog.  Challenges are always Anything Goes!  Don't you love it?!?  That's almost as good as Friday! 

We're celebrating my Mother-in-law's birthday this weekend, so I was in need of a birthday card.  I thought she might like this fun   Bear with Sundae (Q-digi3001).  What do you think?




I colored up Bear with Sundae with Copic markers, found a festive designer paper that matched my colors, then layered some other colors behind the Bear.  Super simple!  The embellishments from Close To My Heart looked like candy to me, so I thought they'd fit the sweet theme of my card.

I hope you can join us this week at QKR Stampede.  We have great digis you can win (like this one) and I'd love to see what you create!  

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- June Linky Party
IDCB --- ATG
Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge -- ATG 4 Kids
Seize the Birthday -- optional ATG

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Turtle-y Awesome -- Sasayaki Glitter Progressive Challenge

It's Thursday, and the weather here in NW Wisconsin has been turtle-y awesome this week!  It's also turtle nesting season, so my dog, Gracie, and I are helping the turtles safely across our road whenever we see them.  Slow down, cars!  Let me cross!

Speaking of turtles, this month's progressive challenge in the Sasayaki Glitter Facebook Group has a turtle-y awesome celebration image.  The image is a new release this month called Birthday Turtle.  

Here, take a look:


I colored Birthday Turtle with Copic markers, then used a sketch from this week's The Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge to put the card together.  The papers are some old, old, old My Mind's Eye.  Remember the Alphabet Soup collection?  The sentiment was computer generated.  

That's it for me today.  Time to quit playing and get some work done!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Sasayaki Glitter Progressive Monthly -- Facebook Challenge
Outlawz Challenges -- Wednesday Sketch, June 6
D.L. Art -- June Linky Party
IDCB -- ATG

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

How About a Picnic (basket)? And a winner!!! for Simply Crafty SVGs

It's the first Wednesday of the month, so that means I'm posting today for Simply Crafty SVGs.  I love Sandy's SVG files and I had great fun with today's picnic basket SVG file!



I used some bright, cheerful papers that I found in my stash.  They're from Close To My Heart (retired).   I gave this picnic basket to a friend with some chocolates inside and a gift certificate. It all fit inside nicely.  She was thrilled with how cute it was!



My first attempt, I used sticky backed card stock on the hinges, but it wasn't sticky enough to hold, so I re-cut the 4 hinges and the clasp out of regular card stock and used double sided tape to hold them on.  That did the trick!



(Here's a look at my first attempt -- hinges not holding, but it gives you a good view of the clasp on the lid).

This picnic basket went together very easily and was such a hit with the recipient.  I'll definitely be making this again!

The Simply Crafty SVGs design team had a blog hop over Memorial Day weekend, and as I promised, I'm announcing the winner of the $5 Gift certificate to the Simply Crafty SVGs store today.  The winner, chosen by random.org from the comments on my blog on the hop is: Lisa Lynn.  Contact me, Lisa, and I'll get your gift certificate to you.  Congratulations!     

Make sure you check out the Simply Crafty SVGs store here.  There are lots of freebies available and all the files are very reasonably priced (plus, tutorials with many files!!)  Then, check out the Simply Crafty SVGs blog for inspiration on what the talented design team does with the wonderful files Sandy creates for her store

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

This Too Shall Pass -- for the Scrapbook Stamp Society

It's my day to post on the Addicted to Stamps blog for Sherri Baldy and her My Besties stamps.  This month, we're featuring Boy Besties.  

I love today's showcase image -- Plumber Bestie Boy --


See?  This plumber is the cutest, isn't he?  I couldn't resist computer generating that sentiment to go with him.

I hope you check this Scrapbook Stamp Society blog often for even more Boy Besties inspiration.  Also, there's the My Besties Creative Craft Club Facebook Group with tons of great inspiration and wonderful people!  Check it out!



I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- June Linky Party
IDCB -- ATG
A Smile 4 Kids -- ATG for kids
My Besties Dutch Girls -- ATG with optional funny characters

Monday, June 4, 2018

Smile -- for Path of Positivity

Smile!  It's Monday!  It's also time for a new challenge at The Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. This month's alternate color theme "neutrals".  We have 2 sponsors this month:  Mari Digis, and A Day for Daisies

For today's post, I'm showcasing a digi from Mari Digis, B99, Inspired by Jane Austin:



I colored this image using Copic markers and concentrating on neutral colors.  The papers came in a card kit, so I don't know who they're by.  I used Spellbinders dies to cut her out and back her.  The gold foil paper is from Close To My Heart.  The sentiment is from Craftin' Desert Divas.  I used a card sketch from this week's challenge at The Outlawz Wednesday Challenge.

The challenges at The Path of Positivity run for a month.  You have until July 2 to link up with your optional "neutral" projects, or  link up any positive themed project you'd like.  I'd love to see your creations!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Mari's Digis Challenge Blog -- ATG with a Maris Digi
D.L. Art -- June Linky Party
Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge -- Week of May 30
IDCB -- ATG
Challenge Up Your Life -- Gold

Friday, June 1, 2018

Let It Snow -- for The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up

June 1, and it's time for a new challenge at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. It's also time to add another Christmas card to the 2018 Christmas card stash!  Yea!

The alternate theme this month "Make It Masculine".  We'd like you to make a card that would be considered masculine in order to qualify for the prize from our guest sponsor.

This month, we have a new sponsor at The 12 Month of Christmas Link Up, and it's a great one! We're sponsored by SheepSki Designs

I used Snowmen Selfie (image #100) to create this: 



I colored Snowmen Selfie with Copic markers.  Each month, Decosse's Dynamite Doodles creates papers for the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  Link up 2 cards and you'll get one of her awesome papers for yourself!  I used 3 different Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Christmas papers on this card. The snowflake stickers are from Hot Off the Press.

I hope you can join us this month for our "Make it Masculine" challenge at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  I'd love to see what you create, and you can win some awesome images or papers! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
The Merry Christmas Challenge -- ATG
Outlawz Festive Fridays -- Christmas
A Snowflakes Promise -- ATG

You Give Me Wings -- for All Dressed Up Stamps

It's June 1, and that means we're starting new challenges at All Dressed Up Stamps.  You'll find one on the ADU Challenge blog, and in the All Dressed Up Facebook Group.  I'm on the Facebook team, so you'll find my inspiration posted there.  You'll find an album with this month's theme, "As You Like It" (Anything Goes).  

In May, there was a New Release of Butterfly Girl.  I just loved her, so jumped at the chance to use her today!



I colored Butterfly Girl with Copic markers, then cut her out with a Spellbinders die.  The card base was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo 3 with a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store.   The gold foil butterfly is a Sizzix die. 

I think Butterfly Girl is so beautiful!  I feel honored I had a chance to create with her today!

I hope you join in our 'As You Like It' challenge in the ADU Facebook Group.  I so enjoy seeing all your incredible creations.  It's such a talented group of ladies!  

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG
TTCRD-- ATG
IDCB -- ATG
Not Just Cards -- ATG



Today is a Good Day to be a Butterfly -- for QKR Stampede

Friday!  The first day of June, and the first day of retired life for me!  Yea!  It's also the start of a new challenge at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog

Today, I'm featuring a super cute Butterfly digi (8505) from QKR Stampede:



I colored up the Butterfly stamp with Copic markers.  I used 2 Spellbinders dies to cut it out.  The plaid paper is from Lawn Fawn.  The white glitter trim is from Close To My Heart. 

I hope you can join us this week at QKR Stampede Challenge blog where the challenges are always Anything Goes.  I'd love to see what you create, and we've got great digis you can win -- like this one!!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments Designs -- Summer
Digi Choosday -- ATG


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Fly Away -- Guest Designing at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday

Today is a REALLY big day!  It is the last day of my work career.  After 33 years working at the nursing home here, another 3 years in other jobs before I took this one, I am retiring TODAY!  Starting tomorrow, I am RETIRED!  I never thought I'd actually get to this point in my career.  It's come earlier than planned due to health issues from cancer/chemo complications, but nonetheless, I am retired and ready to enjoy life!

Today is also a big day because I'm guest designing at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenges.  I love playing at The Outlawz, and when given the opportunity to guest design again this month, especially using my favorite All Dressed Up images, I said, "Yes, yes, yes!!"

Today's challenge is Anything Goes (no twist this week).  Here's what I created using Fly Away Butterfly:



I colored Fly Away Butterfly with Copic markers, then used 2 sizes of Spellbinders dies to cut her out.  The card base was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo 3 with a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store.  The gold foil butterflies were also cut out on my Silhouette. The gold foil trim is from Close To My Heart. 

The Anything Goes Thursday Challenge at The Outlawz goes all week.  I so hope you can join in the fun!  The Outlawz has both site wide and challenge prizes, depending on the challenges.  

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- May Linky Party
TTCRD -- ATG
IDCB -- ATG
Not Just Cards -- ATG
Allsorts Challenge Blog -- Insects, Bugs, and Butterflies

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Love Bug -- for Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez

Hello, fellow stamp lovers!  I have been having such a good time coloring up and designing with the images of Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez.  This is my last post as part of my 3 month guest designer stint.  It has been such a joy!  I thank Patricia and her design team for having me. 

Today, I have a card featuring Bee Sketch, and digital papers by Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez, Red & Black Love Papers.



I used the Bee Sketch image, printed it twice, flipped one of the images, and matched them up side-by-side.  I colored them both as similar as I could using Copic markers, so they'd look like "love bees".  I used 2 of the papers from the Red & Black Love Papers digital set to create this card.

The sentiment is from a retired acrylic stamp set I have.  The shaped card was created with a set of Tattered Lace dies.  The black twine is from my stash. 

I hope you check out the Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez store.  She has darling stamps -- both clear acrylic and digital.  She also has some digital papers, printable cards, Zazzle files, and freebies.  It's worth a snoop around for sure!  Check out her Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez blog, where many of her images are featured by herself and the design team.  You won't be disappointed! You'll find the Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez Facebook Group here, and there's a monthly Anything Goes challenge we'd love to have you participate in! This month's challenge is almost over, but a new one starts on June 1.  

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- May Linky Party
IDCB -- ATG
Allsorts Challenge Blog -- Insects, Bugs, and Butterflies
Outlawz Monday Greetings -- ATG
Stars Stampz -- No Squares

Monday, May 28, 2018

Be Brave -- a Tribute

 It's Memorial Day, and I'm spending the day working at the nursing home.  The VFWA will be in in the afternoon, putting on a program, hoping us all remember those that have gone before, paving the way for the freedom we have today.  Our country is so blessed because of our forefathers!

I have a tribute of a slightly different kind today, featuring a stamp set from Craftin' Desert Divas.  I have a friend going through chemo for the 2nd time in 2 years.  I barely made it though once, so I don't know where she's getting the courage to go through it twice. I admire her so much!  This time around isn't easy, but she's 1/2 way through the treatments.  Prayers, friends, and family are helping her on her journey.   

This card is for my friend:



I created the background by blending 3 colors of blue-ish Distress inks together.  I used Tumbled Glass toward the middle of the card, and Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon around the edges.  I used a Bubble stencil and Mermaid Lagoon to create the background design.

The sentiment was stamped with Memento ink and hit with a heat gun.   I stamped 2 sizes of fish from the Be Brave Stamp Set to create the card front.  Pixie Dust Sequins, also from Craftin' Desert Divas,  finish off the card.

I hope this card gives my friend strength &/or a smile!  There's so little I can do for her.  I like to show my love with cards.

Craftin' Desert Divas is having a design team call.  I'm using this card as one of my entries for the call.  Wish me luck!!

I'm planning on entering this card in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create -- Optional twist - mostly blue
Cute Card Thursday -- Little Boy Blue
D.L. Art -- May Linky Party
IDCB -- ATG


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Friendship is the Sweetest Flower

It's Memorial Day weekend, and our 2nd 90 degree day of the summer.  Some summers, we can go all summer without hitting 90, so this is very unusual.  It could stay this hot for a few more days yet.  Yeesh!

I have a card I created today while staying cool in my air conditioned craft room.  I made it using Craftin' Desert Divas products and Tim Holtz distress inks -- some of my favorite products!  

I'm going to send this to my best friend, who recently moved to Idaho.  What do you think?


I started by making the card base using 4 distress inks and blending them together.  I blended 2 greens - Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters (I shouldn't argue with the great Tim Holtz, but I don't think he's found the perfect green yet), then Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean.  After hitting them with a heat gun to dry, I stamped the delightful sentiment from the Craftin' Desert Divas stamp set, Friendship

I stamped the delightful hedgehog image from the Friendship stamp set on Xpress It paper, colored it with Copic markers, and fussy cut it.  I used a circle die from the Craftin' Desert Divas Stitched in Circles Die set.  The sun, colored with Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink, is another circle die from the Stitched in Circles Die Set



The butterflies were on my desk and seemed to add the final touch I was looking for. Plus, I can now enter this in The Outlawz Twisted Thursday challenge (use a butterfly)  :)

Craftin' Desert Divas is having a design team call, and I've decided to try my luck.  This card is one of my entries for the call.  Wish me luck!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- Butterflies
D.L. Art -- May Linky party
Stars Stampz -- No squares Allowed
AUD Sentiment -- Summer plus a sentiment
TTCRD -- ATG


Friday, May 25, 2018

Row, Row, Row Your Boat (gift box) a Father's Day Blog Hop for Simply Crafty SVGs

Welcome to my stop on the Simply Crafty SVG's Blog Hop.  You should have arrived from Janet Packer's blog

For my part of the blog hop, I've used the charming Fishing Boat Gift Box from Simply Crafty SVGs

Leave a comment on this blog (and please follow me).  I have a $5.00 gift certificate for the Simply Crafty SVGs store to give away to one lucky winner.  It will be chosen at random and announced on the  Simply Crafty SVGs

My dad loved to fish.  Sitting in a row boat, fishing, was one of the more relaxing things he could do on Father's Day -- or any day.  This project brought back many wonderful memories of fishing for hours with my dad.  He was my anchor.  I had him in mind when I computer generated this sentiment:








We had a red boat when I was a child, so I had to make a red fishing boat gift box.  It had wooden oars, a gray interior, and a black anchor.  The only thing it didn't have was fish trying to jump into the boat, although we often joked about it!

I hope you enjoyed my contribution to today's hop, now hop on off to Lena's blog for some more wonderful inspiration!  

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog -- ATG
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge -- ATG
TTCRD -- ATG
Simon Says Monday Challenge -- Inspired by a Song (Row, Row, Row your Boat)
IAAS -- All about boys and men
Pink Gem Challenge -- It's a Man's World
IDCB -- ATG
D.L. Art -- May Linky Party

Just Walkin' in the Rain -- for QKR Stampede

Friiiiiii-day!  The last Friday of my working career!  It hardly seems possible that next Friday, June 1, I'll be retired.  Wow!

Friday also means it's time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog, where the weekly challenges are always 'Anything Goes'.

I've been having fun with distress inks lately, and I used a rainbow of colors for the background of this card, using a sentiment from QKR Stampede called In the Rain (Q-digi13904):



I printed the In the Rain sentiment first, sizing it large, to be the focal point of the card.  Then, I got out my Tim Holtz Distress Inks and chose those that fit the colors of the rainbow (remember Roy G. Biv?)  I inked the entire 5.25 x 4 card front with the colors of the rainbow, then spritzed it lightly with water to form some raindrops on it.  

The die used on this card is from Peachy Cheap, and is part of a set of spring dies that I purchased last year.

I had a great time getting inky and making this card!

I hope you are inspired to link up with us this week at QKR Stampede Challenge blog.  I love to see what everyone creates, and we have great digis you can win -- like this one!  



I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
The Outlawz Sunday Rhymes and Songs -- May 20, Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG
IDCB -- ATG
An Inky Mess -- Anything Mixed Media Goes
Baustel-traum -- rainbow colors
Shoppingourstash -- April Showers Bring May Flowers


Sending Warm Wishes -- for the Scrapbook Stamp Society

Warm wishes, fellow crafters!  I'm posting today on the Scrapbook Stamp society blog, where we are featuring the Fluffy My Besties all month.

Today, I'm showcasing Fluffy Frannie (image #10):


I colored Fluffy Frannie with Copic markers, using bright Springtime colors.  I wanted her hat to look like it was bursting with Springtime color!  Then, I had her send some warm springtime wishes your way, along with that fancy coffee she was drinking. 

Charming, isn't she?  I love these Fluffy My Besties!  You can find them all in the Sherri Baldy My Besties Shop.

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Scrapbook Stamp Society challenge blog-- ATG
Aloha Friday -- for Mom/feminine
D.L. Art -- May Linky Party
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday -- Girls or Ladies
Stars Stampz -- No squares allowed
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- no twist
My Besties Dutch Girls Challenge -- ATG
My Besties 3D -- ATG with a Bestie
My Besties Spanish Blog -- ATG
My Besties International -- Girls Just Want to Have Fun
French My Besties -- ATG
My Besties Brazil -- ATG
My Besties Aussie Challenge -- ATG
My Besties, Color it, Create it, Show it off -- ATG, for the girls

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Friends Furever -- for Scribbles Designs

 It's my day to share some DT inspiration on the Scribbles Designs blog. It's the "Monthly Scribbler's Showcase".  I have 2 cards to share for my portion of the showcase.  The first one uses #611 Birdhouse 6

I colored the Birdhouse with my neon Copic markers -- the ones I hardly ever have a chance to use.  I used a variety of dies to create the card, including the sentiment.

Here's the next card:


This uses #417 Dog Bone, colored with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, and Puppy Power Papers Set.  The sentiment is from a retired Close To My Heart acrylic stamp set.  The circle card base is from a Tattered Lace die.  The other circle dies are from Close To My Heart.  There's a tiny bit of Timeless Twine on this cad to finish it off.

That's my inspiration for Scribbles Designs.  There are some awesome digital stamps and papers to be found there, so poke around on both the blog and the store and you'll like what you see!  

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- May Linky Party
IDCB -- ATG
Lemon Shortbread -- ATG
Crafty Sentiments Designs -- ATG

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Best Teacher - Ever! A New Release at All Dressed Up Stamps

I have a friend who is an incredible person, and one of the most gifted teachers I have ever met.  When I was given this image to use for the recent New Release at All Dressed Up Stamps, I was so excited!  I had to create a card for my good friend!  



This is Best Teacher, colored with Copic markers.  I added her name to the middle of the desk.  The No 1 teacher is part of the stamp, Best Teacher.  My friend has blonde hair and glasses, so this image fits her so well.  She is a grade school music teacher, as you may have guessed from the way I embellished the card. 

The sentiment is computer generated.  The easel card was created with a die from Crafter's Companion.  The music themed stickers are embellishments from Hot Off the Press.  The designer papers (digital) are from Imagine That Digistamp. 

There are a number of wonderful new releases in the All Dressed Up Etsy Shop.  I hope you take time to check them out, then buy the ones you "have to have."  Color them up and enter the challenges found both in the All Dressed Up Facebook Group and on the All Dressed Up Challenge blog.  There's tons of examples with the New Releases in the ADU facebook group to inspire you, and on the All Dress Up blog too!  Check it all out!  You'll not be disappointed! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- May Linky Party
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG
IDCB -- ATG
Lemon Shortbread -- ATG