Monday, January 15, 2018

For My Friend -- and DigiStamps4Joy

DigiStamps4Joy has a month-long challenge, and it's time for some mid-month inspiration.  The challenges are anything goes, but there's an optional theme, if you'd like to play along.  This month's optional theme is, "favorite color combination".  Here's what I created for the challenge:


This card uses DigiStamps4Joy digital stamp Diamond Beauties (JA2).  I colored Diamond Beauties with Copic markers, then fussy cut the image.  

When I was thinking of 'favorite color combination', I thought Copics.  The very first Copics I ever purchased were R81, R83, and R85.   They are still my go-to pink color combination, and I used them on the flowers on the Diamond Beauties, with the addition of R89.  I love pink and blue together, so I looked for a paper that would have both, and would look good with the image.   I found it on a DVD full of printables from Tattered Lace.  The gold label behind Diamond Beauties is a Spellbinders die and uses a gold paper from Spellbinders Paper Arts.  The black ribbon and raspberry card stock card base are from Close To My Heart. 

I hope you can join us at DigiStamps4Joy for our optional "Favorite Color Combinations" challenge, or link up anything you'd like.  I'd absolutely love to see what you make, and we've got fantastic digis that you can win for prizes!  There's still plenty of time to join in the fun!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Happy Anniversary -- for QKR Stampede

It's Friday!  That always has such a happy sound to it, doesn't it?  That means it's time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog.  All our challenges are Anything Goes now. Oh, that is SO much fun!

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary a few week's back.  This is the card I gave him:


It uses Fine Art Rose (ES-digi6102), colored with Copic markers, and Happy Anniversary (Q-digi12007) for the sentiment. The Fine Art Rose was a breeze to color, if you like to color flowers.  It was already so shaded, the task was mostly done for me.

I used a hemstitch cutting die by Spellbinders to cut out the rose and the sentiment.  The card base is an SVG file by Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons.  The designer papers are by Imagine That! Digistamp. The black ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. 

I hope you can join us this week at QKR Stampede.  Remember, it's Anything Goes!  

Monday, January 8, 2018

For You in Shades of Blue -- for Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

2018!  We're starting new a challenge at the Path of Positivity Challenge blog today, and we're starting a new set of themes.  Each month, we'll focus on a different color scheme.  As always, you're project must be positive and uplifting in nature.  Keep that in mind before you link up, please.  This month's theme is "Shades of Blue".

We have 2 sponsors this month at The Path of Positivity.  We're sponsored by Scribbles Designs, and by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.  

I used this adorable hedgehog image (Hedgie with Flowers) from Scribbles Designs, and the Naturally Cool papers from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles to create this:



I colored Hedgie with Flowers with Copic markers.  I used a variety of circle dies from Lifestyle crafts to cut out the colored image and the papers from the Naturally Cool digital paper pack.  The card base is a die from Tattered Lace. 

I hope you can join us this month at The Path of Positivity Challenge Blog for our 'Shades of Blue' theme.  You have until Feb. 4 to join in the fun!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Hello? I Miss You! For Bloobel Stamps

Hellloooooo!  You there?!?    That's the message of this oh-so-fun digi I want to share with you today!  This is my second post today.  It's a super cold Saturday and I've been busy creating!  This card uses a digi from Bloobel Digital Stamps.  She's a brand new release, and you can find her here.  You can find all the awesome Bloobel stamps at Bloobel.com.

And now, my creation:



Lisa, of Bloobel Digital Stamps, has such a unique style.  These stamps are soooooo fun to color!   I used Copic markers on this one, titled 80's Telephone.   I used some of my favorite Copic combinations on this cutie, so it was fun, fun, fun!

The sentiment was computer generated, then cut out with a couple dies from Tattered Lace.  The frame around 80's Telephone is by Craftin' Desert Divas.  Papers on this card have been on my stash for a few years, and I no longer no the company.  They were just scraps.  The telephone embellishment was a file I found at Silhouette Online Store and cut out on my new Silhouette Cameo 3. 

This card is so fun, I just have to enter it in the following challenges:  
Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog -- ATG
Polkadoodle Challenge -- ATG
PDE Linky Party -- use die cuts
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG
4 Crafty Chicks -- dies/punches
Crafting By Designs -- ATG

Kindness Begins with LOVE!

Hello, my crafty friends!  I have a darling image and wonderful sentiment to share with you today.  I created it for the "Anything But a Card" challenge going on right now at the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog.  I love creating tags, so that's what I did!

It was minus 22 Fahrenheit here this morning, so when looking through my Aurora Wings images to decide what to color, this lovely Crocus Sprite jumped out at me.  Crocuses are the harbingers of spring, and spring sounds very, very nice right about now!!!


Isn't she just the sweetest?  This is one of the most common colors for crocus, and the color that can be found in my yard, so that's what I used to color her up.

Here's a close up of the coloring.  I used Copic markers on this Crocus Sprite

This sentiment was computer generated.  Here's a close up of the sentiment, too, to make sure you get the message our darling sprite is trying to get across ;)


A couple years ago, my husband and I were on a fall mini vacation 5 hours North of us in Northern Minnesota.  We stumbled across a Ben Franklin store.  I thought they'd all gone out of business many years ago, but there it was, in the small town of Grand Marais.  I found a bunch of ribbon there.  The crocus colored ribbon on this tag was purchased there -- 10 yards for $1.59!  What a bargain!  I've been waiting for the right moment to use some of it, and this was it!


Papers for this tag are digital, and were purchased at Snap Click Supply. 

I love the art of Mitzi Sato-Wiuff.  She is a talented artist with an eye for the whimsical.  I realized when picking out this Crocus Sprite that I own 57 of her digi stamps!  I better get coloring!  You can find them either in her Etsy Shop or at AuroraWings.com.  There's a great Facebook group, too, where you'll find inspiration, fun, news of sales, and even freebies! 

Now, I'm off to link up to the Anything But a Card Challenge!  Come join the fun!

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Aurora Wings -- Anything But a Card 
Crazy 4 Challenges -- tag you're it
Hiding in my Craftroom -- favorite colors (love using violets with Copics, they blend so easily!)


Friday, January 5, 2018

Warm Winter Wishes -- for QKR Stampede

It's Friday!  It's the first Friday of 2018!  It's the first challenge of 2018 at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog.  Starting today, the challenges are always Anything Goes.  Every week -- Anything Goes.  How fun is that!!???!?

I can't help but think "winter".  It's -19 degrees Fahrenheit with windchills of -45 degrees right now here in NW Wisconsin.  With that in mind, I made this winter themed card for today's challenge:


This card uses Winter Set of 4 digi stamps (ES-digi35001), colored with Copic markers.  This is just one of the 4 beautiful images in this set of 4 from the Winter Set. The sentiment is computer generated.  

I hope you can join us this week at QKR Stampede for our Anything Goes Challenge.  We've got great prizes (like this awesome digi!) and I'd love to see what you make!

Monday, January 1, 2018

First Christmas card of 2018! For the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up

It's January 1st (Happy, scrappy New Year, crafty friends!) and it's time for a new challenge at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  This month's alternate theme is "frosty".   Our 2 sponsors this month are Scribbles Designs and Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.  

Using Snowman Sign from Scribbles Designs and A Touch of Frost papers from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, I created this for my first Christmas Card of 2018: 



I computer generated the sentiment, colored the snowman with Copic markers, then fussy cut it out.  The snowflakes are dies from Paper Wishes, cut out with gold foil paper from Spellbinders.  Adorable snowman, isn't he?  It's -18 degrees fahrenheit here in NW WI this afternoon, so he stands no chance of melting for a long time to come!!!!

Please link up with us at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  Follow the optional Frosty theme to be eligible for the prize from Scribbles Designs.  Enter 2 Christmas cards to be eligible for this month's paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.  Woop!  And Happy New Year!  

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

Scribbles Designs: Welcome to the North Pole

New Year's Advice - and a New Release -- for MHKDesigns

Happy New Year, crafty friends!  I'm hoping for a healthy, happy 2018!  My goal is cancer free all the way through, for many years to come.

Today starts a new challenge on the MHKDesigns blog, and it's also New Release day.  This month's set is Framed Favorites.  I loved the pansy frame and this quote from the Framed favorites Digital Stamp Set.  I thought it was some good New Year's advice for us all:

Great quote, right?  I printed the Framed Favorites pansies and quote on Kraft paper, then colored the pansies with Spectrum Noir Aqua Blend pencilsS, using a Close To My Heart clear shimmer brush to blend the colors.  In real life, there's lots of sparkle and shine on the pansies.   Papers used on the border of the card are also from MHKDesigns.  They are part of the Get Well Flowers digital paper pack (one of my personal favorites!).  The borders are dies from Spellbinders, with a little glimmer trim from CTMH.

I used the colors from the inspiration/mood picture for this month's challenge at MHKDesigns.  If you use an MHKDesigns image, the challenge is 'anything goes'.  Otherwise, please use this picture for inspiration:

MHKDesigns products used on this card:


Framed Favorites Digital Stamp Set


Come join the challenge at MHKDesigns!  You have the whole month of January to join in the fun!