Sunday, July 15, 2018

Thank You -- for DigiStamps4Joy

It's July 15th (really, already?), so that means it's time for some mid-month inspiration on the DigiStamps4Joy Challenge blog.  The themes are always anything goes with an optional twist.  This month's optional twist is summer or winter.  I went with the optional summer twist.  I love the flowers of summer.  I used DigiStamps4Joy image Pansy Corsage (JA22) to create this:



I colored Pansy Corsage with Copic markers, then fussy cut it. 

Papers for this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  This is Nature Blends.



I used an SVG cutting file from Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons for the base of the card.  The oval die is from Die-namics.  The polka dot ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The sentiment is a sticker from Hot Off the Press. 

I hope you can join us this month at DigiStamps4Joy for our Anything Goes with an optional "summer or winter" theme.  You still have 1/2 of July to link up!  

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
AUD Sentiments -- Flowers plus a sentiment
D.L. Art -- July Linky Party
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday -- Wedding (substitute Thank you)

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Cuter Than a Panda Butt -- for Kitty Bee Designs

I'm the Designer Spotlight over on the Kitty Bee Designs blog today, and I've been so excited to share today's card.  It's so. darn. cute!  

 I absolutely love this Kitty Bee Designs Panda!


You can find many cute panda digis and acrylic stamps in the Kitty Bee Designs Etsy Shop.

Here's another view so you can see his cute panda tail:


Seriously cute, huh?  The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps.  The embossing folder is from Darice.  

Thanks for looking, and join us for the Aloha Friday Challenges!  I'd love to see your lovely creations! 



I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
The Crafty Addicts -- all about pets (challenge #50)
D.L. Art -- July Linky Party
Simply Create Too -- No Patterned Paper
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- Wags and Whiskers
Pink Gem Challenge -- Teddy Bears

Friday, July 13, 2018

Christmas in July -- for Dee's Digi Designs Challenges

July -- 1/2 way through the year already, and time to start preparing for Christmas!  Right?  If you're a card maker, it's never too early to start on those cards!

For the next 2 weeks, Di's Digi Designs Challenges is having a Christmas in July theme, so it's the perfect time to get a card made and linked up.  Here's my entry:


This card uses Di's Digi Design's Poinsettia Mouse.  It is available in both a colored and a black and white version.  This is the black and white version of Poinsettia Mouse, colored with Copic markers.  

Papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are the Kerst Christmas Collection


The dies I used to cut out and back Poinsettia Mouse are from Die-namics dies.  The edger dies are from Hot Off the Press. The ribbon on the card is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. 

Di's Digi Stamps has the absolute cutest digis and stamps.  Join in at Di's Digi Designs Challenge blog and you may win some for yourself! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge -- ATG with a Critter
Outlawz Thursday Challenge -- Twist is Wags and whiskers 
As You like it Challenge -- Favorite Celebration and Why (I love Christmas.  I think it's the baking)
Starz Stamps -- Christmas in July
Sweet Stamping Challenge -- ATG Christmas
Watercolor Wednesdays -- Occasions

Peace on Earth -- Aloha Friday Challenges

It's time for some mid-challenge inspiration over on the Aloha Friday challenge blog.  The theme this challenge is Christmas in July.  One of our lovely sponsors is A Day for Daisies.  I used Christmas Tree Time to create this:


I colored Christmas Tree Time with Copic markers.  I used papers from We Are 3 Digital Shop for the card. These are Holly Berries digital papers


The Aloha Fridays challenges run for 2 weeks.  That means you have until next Friday, July 20, to link up with a Christmas themed project.  Please join us!  I'd love to see what you make!  

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazy Challenges -- Anything critter goes
Brown Sugar Challenges -- 2 or more patterned papers
Stars Stampz -- Christmas in July
Polkadoodles Challenge -- ATG
Outlawz Festive Friday -- Christmas

Pamper Yourself -- for QKR Stampede

Fri-Yay!!!  today, my husband has taken the day off of work, and it's all about ME!  Of course, he says everyday is about me, but certainly, that can't be true?!?  My birthday was a week ago, and he couldn't get that day off, so we're celebrating today.  We're jumping on the Harley, heading North, and enjoying the day together!

Today, being Friday, is also the start of a new challenge at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog. Our challenge this week, and every week, is Anything Goes!

My best friend's birthday is just around the corner.  I mailed her a package of spa-type goodies, and wanted a card to fit that theme.  I thought this Bathing Frog (Q-digi15616) fit the theme to perfection: 



I colored the Bathing Frog digital stamp with Copic markers.  The sentiment is computer generated.  

Papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are Birthday Bouquet Digital Papers. 



I hope you enjoyed my pampering card for this week, and I hope you find time to enter the challenge at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog this week.  I'd love to see your creations!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge -- ATG with a Critter
D.L. Art -- July Linky Party
Outlawz Challenges -- Sunday Song and Rhyme
Addicted to Stamps -- Happy Birthday
Watercooler Wednesday -- All About Occasions

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Birthday Dragons Coming Your Way -- Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge

It was a rainy Thursday, so after meeting a friend at the local coffee shop this morning, I came home and got creating.  I used this month's progressive freebie at The Dragon's Lair, and combined it with this Wednesday's Sketch challenge at The Outlawz.  Here's what I came up with:



I colored up the dragons with Copic markers, then fussy cut them.  Papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are the Nature Blends digital papers.

Here's the sketch I used:



As you can see, I followed it pretty closely.

The large heart die is from Spellbinders.  The small heart die, across the top is from a company that no longer exists -- Top Dog Dies.   The Happy Birthday sentiment is a sticker from Hot Off the Press. 

That's it for this one.  It's almost the weekend!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Dragon's Lair Facebook Challenge -- July Progressive Freebie
Outlawz Wednesday Challenge -- sketch
D.L. Art -- July Linky Party

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Heartfelt Thanks -- New Release time at We Are 3

It's time for another New Release card for We Are 3 Digital Shop.   At the Beach, is the theme. Today, I'm featuring another portion of this month's new release, Sea Holly:


I used the pre-printed version of Sea Holly, then added a Wink of Stella pen to add some shimmer to the flowers (sorry, it's hard to photograph).  I've also used three of the new At the Beach digital papers (there are 8 in the pack), and the new Wishing You digital sentiments.

I used a couple of dies to make this card -- 2 Spellbinders label dies, and 2 Lifestyle crafts circle dies.  The card stock base is from Close to My Heart. 

I hope you enjoy these New Releases and pick them up at the We Are 3 Digital Shop.  Take a look around -- there are so many great things to shop for while you are there!  There's also a We Are 3 Facebook Group to check out that's jam-packed with great inspiration!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- July Linky Party
AUD Sentiments -- flower and a sentiment
Always Fun Challenges -- ATG
Crafting from the Heart -- ATG



Sunday, July 8, 2018

Summer Time -- for All Dressed Up Stamps

Woohoo!  Summer!  My husband and I hope to be on the Harley today.  That's how we know it's summer and the weekend.  We love our Harley summer days -- freedom!

This is also a huge celebration over at Kit and Clowder.  Have you joined in on all the fun?  There are 20 days of giveaways and prizes.  Today, All Dressed Up Stamps has a freebie image for you to grab.  I'm on the design team, so I got the image early and colored it to give others some inspiration.  Here's what I did with Summer Time:



I colored Summer Time with Copic markers, then fussy cut her (hardest part of the whole project!).  Papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are this month's new release, At The Beach. The sentiment is an acrylic stamp set from Joy's Life.  The sun was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo 3 with a design I found in the Silhouette Design Store.


You'll find the Kit and Clowder Facebook Group here.  You'll find the All Dressed Up Facebook Group here.   Color up the Summer Time image and enter it in the All Dressed Up Challenges on Facebook and at the All Dressed Up Challenge Blog. There's great prizes to win, so you'll be glad you did! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Craft Rocket Challenges -- summer
D.L. Art -- July Linky Party
Not Just Cards -- ATG
Crafty Calendar Challenge -- Totally Girly
Scrap N Craft Inspiration -- Summer

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Sending Smiles -- Outlawz July Progressive Freebie

It's Saturday, and after the tragic loss of our beloved Gracie a couple weeks ago, we're heading a couple hours away to look for a new puppy.  We're looking at a male this time.  We can't even think about having a female spayed.
Gracie, 2017-2018
We loved that girl!  She was the dog I was going to go into retirement with.  Instead, she died 4 days after her one year birthday, and 3 weeks after I retired from a mistake the vet made during surgery.  



These are 2 of the males from the new litter.  We'll have 5 to choose from.  We'll check them out today, at 5 weeks, and bring one home at 7 weeks.  No one can replace our Gracie, but the house is just too quiet, and there is room in our hearts for another dog.  

But this is a blog primarily about paper crafts, and I have a card to post today.

I've been participating in the Outlawz monthly Progressive Freebie all year now.  This month's freebie is by SheepSki Designs, a team I happen to design for.  I love coloring Andrea's flowers! 


This is Tulip Border, printed twice, and colored with Copics.  The tulip edger die is from Technique Tuesday.  The butterfly die is from Sizzix.   I stamped the sentiment on the card.  It is a stamp from a retired Close To My Heart set. 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Progressive Freebie Challenge -- July
AUD Sentiment Challenge -- Flowers plus a sentiment
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG
D.L. Art -- July Linky Party

Friday, July 6, 2018

Happy Birthday to Me! for QKR Stampede

It's Friday, it's my birthday, and it's the start of a new challenge at QKR Stampede!  What could be better!

I'm spending much of the day at the nursing home where I just retired from with the friends I miss.  They are treating me to lunch. Then, I'm bringing prizes for a special bingo game this afternoon.  It's my birthday, but they get the presents.  It'll be great fun!

Did I mention it's time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede Challenge blog?  It starts today, goes for a week, and it's always anything goes!

I used this Sunflower digi (ES-digi16202), to create this:



I printed the Sunflower digi 3 times, in 3 different sizes, colored them with Copic markers, then fussy cut them.  I used the Happy Birthday sentiment (Q-digi11503) in the stitched circle.

Papers on this card are from the We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are Ladybug Lace papers



I hope you enjoyed this birthday card.  I have a friend with a birthday in a couple days, and it's going to her.  Come join the challenge at QKR Stampede.  I love to see your creations, and we've got great digis you can win!  Like the ones I used on this card!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Festive Fridays -- Birthday
Creative Knockouts Challenge -- birthday
Polkadoodles Challenges -- ATG
AUD Sentiment Challenge -- flowers plus a sentiment

Happy Birthday! for Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez

Today is my birthday.  I'm turning 59.  After barely surviving cancer a little over a year ago, I celebrate each day, and birthdays are even more special.  Celebrate life with me today!

I'm also celebrating this cute digi from Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez.  This is Duck with Presents:



I thought this cute Duck with Presents was the perfect stamp to have on my blog on my birthday.  He is spreading joy for sure!

I colored Duck with Presents with Copic markers, then used my new frayed edge dies by Taylored Expressions to back and layer the image.  

Check out the blog, Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez for great inspiration using more awesome acrylic and digi stamps from Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez.  There's also a Facebook group with a monthly challenge you'll want to check out.  You'll find that here.  The challenge for this month is just getting underway, so check it out!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- Wings or scales (wings)
D.L. Art -- July Linky Party
DigiChoosday -- ATG
Creative Knockouts -- Birthday
2 Crafty Critter Crazie Challenge Blog -- ATG with a Critter



Thursday, July 5, 2018

I Love to be Carefree!

It's summer - that carefree time of year.  I made this card this afternoon, and would like to enter it in a couple challenges.



This image is this month's freebie from Sasayaki Glitter.  It's called Baby Seals.  I colored it with Copic markers.

I used a sketch from this week's Wednesday sketch challenge at The Outlawz.

I used oval dies from Die-namics and star dies from Spellbinders.  Papers are from Echo Park.  The glimmer trim is from Close To My Heart.

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
The Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge -- Week of July 4
Sasayaki Glitter July Progressive FB Challenge 
Crafting with An Attitude -- ATG
Cute Card Thursday -- ATG
Through the Purple Haze -- Marine

Always Be a Mermaid -- for Scrapbook Stamp Society

Hello, fellow stamp lovers.  I'm on the Scrapbook Stamp Society blog today.   Do you like mermaids and unicorns and magical creatures?  Then you'll love today's image that I've made into a card.  This is Enchanted Magical Unicorn:


I colored Enchanted Magical Unicorn with Copic markers, then computer generated the sentiment.

Visit the My Besties Shop for other enchanting digis, stamps, and coloring books.  There will be a New Release Party in the My Besties Facebook Group on July 10.  Come join the fun!
Papers on this card are from We Are 3.  They are the new release - At The Beach.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I made the card base and shape with dies from Spellbinders Paper Arts.

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- July Linky Party
Watercolor Wednesdays -- ATG with a Feminine Twist
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge Blog -- ATG, option -- use dies
My Besties 3D Challenge -- ATG with a My Besties
My Besties International -- Under the Sea



Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Oh, Happy Day! For SheepSki Designs

There's a huge party happening in the Kit & Clowder Facebook Group.  Alyce has made it to 20,000 members.  Wow!  I've been a member for 4 years now and love the group.  

Each day, a different company is helping with the celebration.  Today, it is SheepSki Designs chance to get in on the fun.   You have a chance to pick up the digi I used on this card -- for FREE!



This is Lolly Liz.  You'll find her in the Kit & Clowder Facebook Group.  Follow the rules and you can get her for yourself. You can also find her in the SheepSki Designs Facebook Group.  

I colored Lolly Liz with Copic markers, then looked for some papers to match.  I found these in my stash.  I believe they are old My Mind's Eye papers, but I'm not entirely sure.  I used a cutting die from Sizzix to make the center step card.  There's some Timeless Twine and a sentiment stamp from Paper Wishes.  

There's 20 days of freebies for the 20,000 member celebration at Kit & Clowder.  That's a lot of coloring fun!

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

Pinwheel Celebration -- for Simply Crafty SVGs

I'm posting today for Simply Crafty SVGs.  It's my last post for the design team -- at least for now.  I've greatly enjoyed being on Sandy's team, but I'm trying some new things for the next few months and it's hard to find time for it all. 

Simply Crafty SVGs has some amazing files.  Today, I made a card using the A2 Frame Card Set 1:


There are SVG files for 4 cards that come in the A2 Frame Card Set 1.  This is just one of them.

I used plenty of red, white, and blue papers since this is on my blog on Independence Day.   The pinwheel and ribbon are not part of the A2 Frame Card Set 1.

I used my Silhouette Cameo 3 to cut out the card.  Papers have been in my stash forever.  I drag them out once a year and use a bit more of them.  One of these years, they'll be gone.  I think they are from My Mind's Eye, but I'm no longer sure. 

I'm off to the Liberty Fest parade.  It's the biggest event we have in this small town I live in, next to Christmas.   It's going to be great!

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

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Celebrate! It's almost Independence Day!

I can't believe that tomorrow is Independence Day here in the USA.  May your celebrations be grand ones!

I have a card I made using products from 2 of my favorite companies.  The digi is from Di's Digi Stamps, and the papers are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  I've made it red, white, and blue to celebrate the 4th!



The digi is Bluebell Bear, colored with Copic markers.  The digi papers, by We Are 3, are Roses Are Red

I used cutting dies by Yvonne to create the card, and some crinkle ribbon by a retired company, 3 Girl JAM.  

Here's a look at all the papers in the Roses Are Red paper pack:

It's time to finish getting ready for July 4.  I have to get the flags ready, hang the bunting, make more ice, and of course, find the sparklers!!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Monday Challenges -- Celebrate
Lemon Shortbread -- ATG
Papercraft Challenges -- Red, White, and Blue
Outlawz Tuesday Challenge -- Red, White, and Blue, plus a bow
Always Fun Challenges -- Patriotic
D.L. Art -- July Linky Party
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday -- Red, White, and Blue
Cute N Crafty Challenge Blog -- 4th of July
Get Creative Challenges -- Shaped Cards



Monday, July 2, 2018

Warm Wishes -- We Are 3 New Release time!!

If you follow my blog at all, you know I primarily work with digi stamps and digi papers.  Well, I just started on the We Are 3 design team.  How fun is that!

There is a new release at We Are 3.  There are multiple parts to it -- paper, sentiments, pre-printed and black & white digis, lots of FUN!  It's called At the Beach.  I have a few projects using the new release that will be on my blog in the desk few days.  Today, I have a card for you:



This card uses the new At the Beach digital papers, found at the We Are 3 Etsy Shop, and the new digital sentiments, Sending You.

I used 4 of the papers from the At the Beach paper pack (there are 8 in the set), and 1 of the sentiments (there are a variety in JPG and PNG).

The biking die is from Simon Says Stamp.  The cloud die is from American Crafts.  The copper glimmer trim is from Close To My Heart.

I hope you enjoy these At the Beach papers and pick them up at the We Are 3 Digital Shop.  Take a look around -- there are so many great things to shop for while you are there!  There's also a We Are 3 Facebook Group to check out that's jam-packed with great inspiration!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Avenue 613 -- ATG
D.L. Art -- July Linky Party
Blank Page Muse -- let's go to the beach
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper -- ATG with a Patterned Paper
Creative Challenges -- Summer
Pearly Sparkles Challenge -- Girly

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Anything Goes at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up

July 1!  Wow!  These months just fly.  Since it is the first, that means there is a new link up that starts today at the 12 Months of Christmas.  This month, the theme is Anything Goes (that's Christmas). 

I used an image from one of our sponsors this year, Scribbles Designs, called Holiday Tree.  You just might want to click this Holiday Tree link, because this image is a freebie!



I colored Holiday Tree with Copic markers, then found a paper that I thought coordinated very well.  It's from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.  It's the Treemendous patterned paper mini kit. 



There's a bit of green glimmer trim on there to give the card some sparkle, and this Christmas card is ready for the 2018 Christmas season.  Yes!

I hope you find time this month to join us at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  After all, it's Christmas in July, right?

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Festive Friday -- Christmas
Crafting by Design -- Get Ready for Christmas
Fab N' Funky Challenges -- Quick and Easy Christmas Makes
Watercooler Wednesday Challenges -- All About Christmas 

For a Good Friend -- and for SheepSki Designs Challenges

I am happy to announce that I'm on the SheepSki Designs DT.  I've admired Andrea's images ever since she introduced them, but haven't had time to think about joining her team until my recent retirement.  I reached out to her recently, and when she had an opening, she offered me a spot.  I'm super excited to have the opportunity to work with her lovely images and her equally lovely SheepSki Designs DT! She has both a blog and a Facebook team.  You'll find me on the blog team.

There's a new challenge starting today on the SheepSki Challenge blog.  The theme is "For Someone Special".  It goes for the month of July.  

I am blessed with many friends, and like to send "just because" cards to them to make them feel special.  I created this card with a special friend in mind.  It uses Wild Roses (#68):



I colored Wild Roses with Copic markers.  I love to color flowers!  They are my favorite thing to color!  

I created the card used a frame die from Lawn Fawn and some beautiful pink ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The base of the card is card stock from Close To My Heart.  They have a color to match everything!   The sentiment is an acrylic stamp from Close To My Heart (retired).

Will you join us at SheepSki Designs Challenges this month for our "For Someone Special" challenge? There's a random winner, and winners chosen using SheepSki Designs images.  They are so much fun to color!  And to win! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art - July Linky Party
Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode -- Flowers
Pearly Sparkles -- Girly

Knock it out of the Park! for All Dressed Up Stamps

The first of the month -- it means many things, including the start of a new challenge for All Dressed Up Stamps.  The Facebook Challenge starts today in the All Dressed Up Group, and the theme is "occasions".  

There are a plethora of birthdays in my family and friends in July, so I need a bunch of cards.  One of my friends is a big Brewers baseball fan, so this card is for him:



I colored Baseball Bear with Copic markers, then used a couple dies from Die-namics to cut him out and back him.  The sentiment was computer generated, cut apart, and arranged on the card.

The star studded background on the card base was created using a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store, and was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo 3.

Do you enjoy coloring up All Dressed Up Stamps as much as I do? Then enter the challenges both in the Facebook group and on the All Dressed Up Challenge blog.  You'll double your chance to win the fantastic All Dressed Up digis!  Get coloring!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday -- Red, White, and Blue
Seize The Birthday -- ATG