Monday, February 18, 2019

Loving is Easy -- for Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

It's the 3rd Monday of the month, so it's time for a bit of mid-challenge inspiration on the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.  This month, the optional theme is "Love".  That's an easy one for February!

We have 2 sponsors this month -- Beccy's Place and Scribbles Designs.  I used products from both of them on this card: 



I printed the Nasturtium and Loving More sentiment directly unto the frame.  Then, I colored the Nasturtium with Faber-Castell colored pencils. 

Papers on this card are from Heartfelt Creations.  I added foil to one of the papers to give the card more of a "wow" factor for the recipient.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I'm really enjoying their 3/8 inch ribbons.  They are perfect for cards. 

You can win prizes for both our wonderful sponsors.  Simply link up a project that fits into the optional "Love" category at Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Colour Crazy Color Challenge -- ATG (as long as it's colored)
D.L. Art -- February Linky Party
Pattie's Creation -- Love, Love, Love
Beccy's Place Challenge -- ATG

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Reach for the Stars! for Sasayaki Glitter Stamps

It's time for some mid-month inspiration on the Sasayaki Glitter Challenge Blog.  The theme this month is 'Hearts  &/or Stars'.  Since I featured a Sasayaki Glitter stamp with a heart on for the first post, today, I'm featuring stars.

This is Reaching Stars:

I colored Reaching Stars with Copic markers.  I cut out the stars accent frame on my Silhouette Cameo 3 with a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store.  The sentiment was computer generated. The star paper is from AMB Illustrations. The silver star was on my work desk from a previous project.

'Hearts & Stars' -- Naz has many adorable digis in her Sasayaki Glitter Etsy Store that would work great for this challenge.  Do some shopping, color them up, then join us at the Sasayaki Glitter Challenge Blog. I'd love to see what you create, and their are great digis you could win -- like this one!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Jo's Scrap Shack -- ATG
D.L. Art -- February Linky Party
2 Crafty Critters -- ATG with a Critter

You Are So Sweet! Stella Says Sketch and We Are 3

Valentine's Day may be over, but that's no reason to stop sending sweet cards!  We Are 3 Digital Shop had a sweet release this month, and I used a couple of the new releases on this card.  I also used today's sketch from Stella Says Sketch, found at Catch the Bug, and a darling Bugaboo Stamps image:



That darling baking bear from Bugaboo Stamps is Occupation Bear - Cook, colored with Copic markers.

The papers and sentiment on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop. I used 4 papers from the Baking Cookies paper collection.  The sentiment is one of the Itty Bitty - Sweet sentiments

I did say this card was designed with Stella Says Sketch in mind.  Well, here's today's sketch over on the Catch the Bug Blog


As you can see, I followed that sketch quite closely.  Thanks, Stella!

Stella's Sketch challenge will be happening for the next 2 weeks, so I hope you find time to join us.  Stop by the Bugaboo Stamps store, do some shopping, then enter the Challenge.  Visit the We Are 3 Store, too, buy some papers, and make your crafting experience that much more enjoyable! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Polkadoodle -- ATG
Crafting with an Attitude -- ATG
Crafty Chicks Challenge --Sweets
Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode -- Cookies

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Love You -- Outlawz Progressive Freebie Challenge

It's Saturday! Yea!  Even though I've been retired for a few months now, Saturday is still my favorite day of the week.  It's a day to sleep in, make pancakes, and relax a bit more than I have time for during the week.

I've been participating each month in the Outlawz Progressive Freebie Challenge.  This month, Di Carubia, of Di's Digi Stamps, was the sponsor (thanks, Di)!  She provided the darling image for this card:



This is Ava, colored with Copic markers, then fussy cut.   I printed her very small, so I could fit her on a heart.  The coloring was a challenge!

The papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  The paper behind Ava is from the Roses Are Red collection. The other 2 designer papers are from the Hearts in Love collection. 

I used the current sketch at the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge to create this card.  Here's the sketch:


The silver foil trim and the sentiment stamp are both from Close To My Heart, as are the heart dies that I used.

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- February Linky Party

Friday, February 15, 2019

Life is all about Balance -- for Sasayaki Glitter Stamps

It's Friday (yay!!), and it's already the 15th of the month.  We're more than 1/2 way through February.  Wow!  Today is "Oldie but Goodie" day on the Sasayaki Glitter Blog.  All of the projects today are featuring Elly, the Elephant, found in the Sasayaki Glitter Etsy Store

Here's my card, featuring Elly Juggling

I colored Elly Juggling with Copic markers.  I cut the card base out on my Silhouette Cameo 3 with a rocking card file I found in the Silhouette Design Store.  The sentiment was computer generated.  The stitched oval frames are from Spellbinders dies.

I hope you check out the other Elly digis featured today on the Sasayaki Glitter blog, and see what the talented Sasayaki Glitter designs have done with them.  You won't be disappointed!  Do some shopping, color them up, and join the challenge.  You have until the end of the month. 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- Feb. Linky Party
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG
Jo's Scrap Shack  -- ATG
Pink Gem Challenge -- ATG



Thursday, February 14, 2019

I {Heart} You -- an Oldie but Goodie for Bugaboo Stamps

Happy Valentine's Day!  It's a snowy one here in Wisconsin!  We have been very far behind in snow totals all year, and now, in about ten days, we've made up for it, and we're destined to go down in the books as one of the snowiest seasons on records.  Mother Nature never fails to surprise us!

Valentine's Day!  I realized on Tuesday I didn't have anything scheduled on my blog for today, so I quick whipped up this adorable Heart Basket and created a card with it.  It's Oldie but Goodie day today at Bugaboo Stamps, so the Heart Basket image worked out perfectly. 


I colored Heart Basket with Copic markers, then used this week's  sketch from Sketch Saturday to create the card. Here's the sketch I used:


I used papers from We Are 3 Digital Shop. The hearts on the base of the card are from the Happy Birthday Collection.  The paper with the stylized hearts is from the Hearts in Love Collection

I used an eyelet on this card so I could enter it in the Crash Your Stash challenge at The Outlawz.  It turned out to be just that -- a challenge!  I have totally forgotten how to do eyelets!  It took many tries, & many ruined eyelets, but I finally accomplished ONE!

To see some more great Bugaboo Stamps oldie but goodies, please visit the Catch the Bug Blog.  Thanks! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Sketch Saturday -- week #550
Outlawz Crash Your Stash Challenge -- January 15-Feb. 14
D.L. Art -- February Linky Party

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Come Stand Under my Umbrella -- for Bugaboo Stamps

National Umbrella Day -- did you know there was such a thing?  Everything deserves it's day, even umbrellas, I guess.   Sunday was National Umbrella Day, and today I am paying homage to the big event with a card featuring umbrellas for Bugaboo Stamps.  It's Humor Me Wednesday on the Catch the Bug Blog

Today's card features Umbrella Mouse:



I colored Umbrella Mouse with Copic markers.  I computer generated the sentiment.

Papers for this card are from AMB Illustrations.  I used a past sketch from Sketch Saturday.  The umbrella die cut is from a die that has been in my stash for so long, I don't know who's it is anymore.  

I hope you visit the Catch the Bug Blog to see what other design team members have done for other "historic" events of significance this week! Don't forget about the Catch the Bug Challenges, found on Saturdays, and the Stella Says Sketch challenges on every other Sunday. 

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

Monday, February 11, 2019

Woof! Means I Love You! for Bugaboo Stamps

Monday!  It's not that bad a day when you're retired, and it's a fun day at Bugaboo Stamps!  We celebrate with Anything But a Card on the Catch the Bug Blog

It's almost Valentine's Day (I'm guessing this hasn't gotten past you!)  My Golden Retriever, Winter, has been hard at work making his gift for my husband, Shaun.  This tag will be attached to it. It uses the Bugaboo Stamps digi, Valentine Pup (from the Valentine Pup Set):



I colored up the Valentine Pup with Copic markers.  The sentiment was computer generated, including using some dingbats on the paw prints. 

I used a variety of cutting dies on this card from Paper Wishes.  The papers are from AMB Illustrations.  There's a bit of Timeless Twine, and a brad from my stash. 

You may be wondering what awesome gift Winter has for his 2-legged dad for Valentine's Day.  This tag will be attached to a bag of Winter's favorite dog treats.  It's always all about Winter, right?


Anything But a Card -- you'll find more inspiration at Catch the Bug

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Monday Greeting Challenge -- Love is in the Air

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Layered Hello Card -- for Dies R Us

Hello, hello, hello!  I'm on the Dies R Us Inspiration blog today, and I really layered up with today's card! Let me show you what I mean!


Can you see all the different layers?

I started with my card base.  Layer 1.

I used a Sue Wilson craft die -- the Belgian Collection -- to create most of the layers.  There are more layers to the die than I used, so you could really build and build and build!


I used the 2 largest layers (4 dies) on this card (layers 2-5).

The rose die is from Cheapo Dies (layer 6). 

I cut the 'Hello' sentiment (layer 7) out of silver foil paper to give it enough contrast to really show up against all the paper layers. The 'Hello' is a die from a set by Impression Obsession.


The Best Glue Ever was the perfect adhesive to put all these layers together!


Here's a picture of all the layers once they were cut, but before they were assembled:

Once again, the assembled, highly layered "just because" card:

Papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are from the Pinkalious paper collection and the Touch of Teal paper collection. The Crinkle Ribbon was an awesome prize I won from D.L. Art challenge blog.  Thank you, Diane!


Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.
click below for:

Thanks for visiting... hope to see you again soon, Have a great day.

Ms. Owl -- for Kitty Bee Designs

To the moon and back!  That's a lot of love, and that's what today's owl is sending you.  I'm posting today for Kitty Bee Designs, where I'm the DT spotlight. 

I'm sharing an inky creation with you today using the adorable digi, Kawaii Ms. Owl, found in the Kitty Bee Designs Etsy Shop


I colored this sleepy time Owl with Copic markers, then fussy cut her.  I inked the background with Tim Holtz distress oxide inks.   I hope you like this Kawaii Mr. Owl.  Check out all the delightful digis and acrylic stamps in the Kitty Bee Designs Etsy Store.

The moon and one star were cut out on my Silhouette Cameo 3.  The other die cut is from Lawn Fawn.  The star paper in the background was found at Pixel Scrapper. 

Join us on Fridays for the Aloha Friday Challenges


I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- February Linky Party

Friday, February 8, 2019

A Tail of Two Hearts -- for Di's Digi Stamps

It's Saturday, and it's time for a new challenge at Di's Digi Designs Challenge Blog.  Challenges run for 2 weeks, and have a theme.  For the next 2 weeks, the theme is "All About Love!"  That's a good theme to get us through Valentine's Day and beyond! 

Di's Digi Stamps has some of the cutest, most whimsical digis in the world to color up!  For this challenge, I used Tails Together Mice to create this:



I used the black & white version of Tails Together Mice,  and colored it with Copic markers, but there's also a colored version, if you prefer. After coloring it, I fussy cut the Tails Together Mice

Since this is going to be a Valentine's Day card, I wanted a big, bold heart on this card.  I found a Spellbinder's die heart that I thought would frame the Tails Together Mice wonderfully, so I cut out a big teal heart with it.  Before I cut it though, I printed the "You Have My Heart" sentiment on the card stock.  The sentiment is from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  It is from the Valentine's Sentiment Collection.  The teal background paper, also from We Are 3, is part of the Touch of Teal paper collection.  The flowers were cut out and layered with a die from Spellbinders.  The pearls were from my stash. 

I hope you can join us over the next 2 weeks at Di's Digi Designs Challenge Blog for our "All About Love" challenge.  I'd love to see what you create, and Di has the best digis for you to win!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Monday Greeting Challenge -- Love is in the Air
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- Diecuts

Love Ewe -- for Bugaboo Stamps

It's Friday!!!!! It's Freebie day!  That's freebie day at Bugaboo Stamps!  Every Friday, another freebie -- yet another reason to love Friday! 

Today's freebie at Bugaboo is perfect for the Valentine holiday -- Love Ewe:



 I colored Love Ewe with Copic markers.  The "Love Ewe" sentiment also comes with the set.

I used a sketch from this week's Sketch Saturday to create the card. Here's the sketch:
Papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  The gray background paper with the musical notes on it is from Tones of Gray collection. The lacy pink paper is from the Sweetheart Collection.  The paper that that beautiful lace heart is cut out of is from the Touch of Teal collection.  Speaking of that lace heart, it's a die by Cheery Lynn.  The gold puffy hearts are from my stash.

Visit the Catch the Bug blog to see what the other talented Bugaboo designer did with the darling Love Ewe digi.  Then, go grab it, and enter tomorrow's challenge at Catch the Bug

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Sketch Saturday -- week #542
2 Crafty Critter Crazies -- ATG with a Critter
AUD Sentiments -- Love or Valentine Sentiment
Digichoosday -- ATG
Polkadoodle Challenge -- ATG
Outlawz Monday Greeting Challenge -- Love is in the Air
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- Diecuts
D.L. Art -- February Linky Party

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Time for Cake -- a New Release at All Dressed Up Stamps

It's new release day at All Dressed Up Stamps! There are 4 new releases this month, and I had the really, really great pleasure of designing with "Time For Cake".  You'll see why!



I'm such a dog lover, that I'm quite sure Wendy Burns drew this new release just for me!  Thank you, Wendy!  I think it is just the sweetest thing!  Time for Cake, colored with Copic markers, reminds me so much of my dog, Winter, and I.   There is a local coffee shop, where, in good weather, I sit out on the patio with him.  I get ignored.  He gets talked to like he's a prince.  The mayor walked by not too long ago and said, "That dog should run for mayor!  He'd get more votes than me."   Hmmm.  It's a thought!  Except I like our present mayor!

But, back to Time for Cake!  I already mentioned I colored it with Copic markers.   I had my E71 marker make a big blop on the paper.  Can you see where?  I worked and worked and worked with the colorless blender to try to fade it out.  I'm hoping it covered well enough.  Most of my coloring was done by that point, of course.   I computer generated the sentiment. 

The fun dog themed papers on this card are from AMB Illustrations.  I like how bright and colorful they were.  The frilly heart is cut out from a die by Cheery Lynn. 

You can find what the other talented All Dressed Up designers did with the New Releases by checking out the All Dressed Up Facebook group.  You'll also find a folder for this month's Facebook challenge -- All You Need is Love.  I hope you can enter.  I'd love to see your creations! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- February Linky Party
2 Crafty Critter Crazies -- ATG with a Critter
AUD Sentiments -- Love or Valentine Sentiment
Craft Rocket Challenges -- Valentine
Cute Card Thursday -- ATG
Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge -- Love is in the Air
Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode -- Girly Girl

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

You're Clawsome! -- for Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez

You're Clawsome!  I mean awesome!  I'm so glad you stopped by today.  I am posting today for Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez.  She has the cutest, whimsical clear stamps and digis that I love to color!

Today, I have a bit of a Valentine theme to share with you.  This is Valentine's Lizard:



I colored Valentine's Lizard with Copic markers.  I cut the heart spray card base out on my Silhouette Cameo 3, with a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store. The paper behind the Valentine's Lizard is from AMB Illustrations.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon's monthly ribbon club. The pink shimmer trim is from Close To My Heart. 

Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez has a wonderful store with acrylic stamps, digital stamps, digital papers, handmade cards for purchase, a Zazzle shop, and more.  It is well worth a cyber trip there to check it out!  There's also a Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez Facebook Group, with a monthly challenge to check out, and the Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez Blog where you can get up close and personal with this wonderful artwork!

Thanks for stopping by today.  You really are Clawsome!


I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- February Linky Party
Crafty Sentiments -- ATG
Digichoosday -- ATG

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

It's All You -- for the Scrapbook Stamp Society

I'm on the Scrapbook Stamp Society blog today, with a super sweet My Besties digi by Sherri Baldy.  I just love her!  Take a look: 

This is Sweet Lil Things img5651 Dolls:


She really is sweet, isn't she?  I love those glasses!  I colored img5651 with Copic markers.  The papers I used on this card can also be found in the My Besties Shop

I used a sketch from the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge on this card.  Here's the sketch:


I hope you visit this blog often to see the wonderful inspiration from the Design Team.  There's also the My Besties Shop with all kinds of fun for crafters, and the Etsy My Besties Shop.

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L.Art --February Linky Party

Monday, February 4, 2019

Life is Beautiful -- for Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

It's the first Monday of the month, and that means there's a new challenge starting today at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.  Our optional theme this month (surprise, surprise) is 'love'.  Or, you can link up any inspirational project you make, all month long!

Our sponsor this month is Beccy's Place, and I had the pleasure of working with an image and sentiment from the Shabby Chic Roses digital stamp set.

This is my husband's Valentine's Day card.  He loves birds and bird houses, and I thought this sentiment spoke volumes about our 35 years of marriage:



I colored the birdhouse from the Shabby Chic Roses set with Copic markers.  The sentiment, also from the Shabby Chic Roses set, was printed directly onto the designer paper from the Poppy Collection at Heartfelt Creations. 

I used a sketch from The Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge on this card.  Here's the sketch:

I hope you find time to enter the challenge this month at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.  With Valentine's Day being this month, I'm guessing many of us having 'Love' projects for the optional 'love' theme.  I'd love to see your creations!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge -- ends Feb. 5
D.L. Art -- February Linky Party
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG
Beccy's Place Challenge -- ATG

Sunday, February 3, 2019

I Love Winter! for Sasayaki Glitter Stamps by Naz

I love Winter!  I also love coloring up the delightful images of Sasayaki Glitter Stamps by Naz. She has the sweetest digis to play with!  Today's is no exception!

There's a new challenge starting today on the Sasayaki Glitter Challenge Blog, with the theme of 'hearts & stars'.  You can use either or both.  I chose a heart for today's card:


This is Valentine Snowman, colored with Copic markers.  I made the card base, cutting it out on my Silhouette Cameo 3 with a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store.  The papers are from We Are 3 Digital Shop (snowflake paper) and AMB Illustrations (heart paper).  The teal shimmer trim is from Close To My Heart.

There are many adorable images in the Sasayaki Glitter Stamps by Naz shop that fit the Stars or Hearts theme, and the Sasayaki Glitter challenge runs until March 2, so I really hope you find time to join us!  I'd love to see what you create.

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
The Holly and the Ivy -- AT Christmas Goes
Addicted to Stamps -- Snowman
Dragonfly Dreams -- include a heart
The Paper Players Challenge -- Love is in the Air
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- die cuts



Sweet Birthday Wishes -- Stella Says Sketch at Bugaboo

There's a new Stella Says Sketch starting today on the Catch the Bug Blog at Bugaboo Stamps.  What Stella says, I do.  So, I sketched!



Here's the sketch I used -- You'll see how closely I followed it:
I used Birthday Cake (only $1!) and colored it with some bright, birthday colored Copic markers.

The blue dotted paper on this card is a New Release from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  It's one of the Baking Cookies digital papers.  The sentiment, also from We Are 3,  is one of the newly released Itty Bitty - Sweet Sentiments

When Stella Says Sketch, she's talking to you, too, so I hope you can join in the fun!  The challenge goes for 2 weeks.  You have through February 16 to link up with Stella at Catch the Bug! Stella offers wonderful prizes, even if she is tough!



I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- February Linky Party
AUD Sentiment -- ATG with a Sentiment

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Sweet Birthday Heart -- for Dies R Us

I'm happily posting today for Dies R Us Inspiration Blog. I love my opportunities to play with my way-too-large collection of fun dies! Valentine's Day is just around the corner, but I wanted to show you that those heart dies are good for more than just Valentine cards.  I use them all year long.  For today's post, I made a sweet birthday card using a heart shaped card base and layered hearts.  Take a look:



I started with the largest heart die in my collection, which happens to be this lattice die from Spellbinders, but Frantic Stamper has a beautiful one, too, that would work the same way.   I cut the die 3 times - once, with ocean colored paper, once with spun sugar paper, then again, folded in 1/2 and a portion of the paper NOT in the die to get the fold on the card.  I did this with the same spun sugar colored paper so if it didn't line up exactly, it would be less likely to show (a trick I've learned through the years).

The sentiment is computer generated.  It's a New Release sentiment from We Are 3 Digital ShopI started a tutorial using the sentiment "Sweet Day", then changed my mind 1/2 way through the project and made this into a birthday card, so please excuse the shift in the tutorial here.

First step, I print the sentiment on white copy paper, sizing it what I think will work.  Print.  Place heart over sentiment.  If it fits.  Yea!  If it doesn't, adjust size and print on copy paper again.  When you have the size correct, tape the color card stock onto the white copy paper you plan to use.  It looks like this:


White copy paper is an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet.  The pink card stock is probably 3 x 4 inches.  Send this through your printer again.  Next, die cut with the heart:


I tape my die cuts down with washi tape.  It's easy to remove, and doesn't remove paper or ink (most of the time).  Once I have things centered the way I want it, and taped how I like it, I send it through my die cutting machine.  That step is done!

The floral heart frame is a die from Cheapo dies.  I cut it a total of 3 times.  I cut it once out of Pixie (pink), once out of purple, cutting out 2 flowers in that color, and once out of ocean, cutting out 2 flowers out of that color.  Then, I glued them all to the floral heart frame using the Best Glue Ever.

That's it!  A birthday heart-shaped card is complete!

Here's a list of the products I used on today's project, with the links:


                             Frantic Stamper Lattice Heart     Cheapo Dies Floral Heart Frame



                                                Best Glue Ever        Elizabeth Craft Dies - Fitted Hearts 

Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.
click below for:

Thanks for visiting... hope to see you again soon, Have a great day.