Monday, June 1, 2020

A Wild Flower Hello -- for SheepSki Designs Challenges

It's June 1, and it's time for a new challenge at SheepSki Designs Challenge Blog.  Challenges go for a month, and have a theme.  This month's theme is to use your favorite color(s). The challenge will go all month, so you have until June 30 to enter! 

I have many colors that I like, and probably even more colors that I consider favorites to use with Copic markers. but when picking a favorite overall, I must say it is blue.  So, for this challenge, I went all out, and you will see, this card is BLUE!



This wonderful image from SheepSki Designs is Wild Flower. Isn't that gnome adorable?  Andrea has some adorable gnomes, and you'll find all of them in her Etsy Shop. Back to Wild Flower -- I colored it with Copic markers, then used a set of nesting dies from Crafter's Companion to cut out Wild Flower, back him, and create the shaped card.  I found a piece of designer paper in the We Are 3 Digital Shop that matched the color scheme perfectly. The paper is one of the papers in the Enchanted Paper Collection.  The dark blue gem accents are by Fun Stamper's Journey. The 'Hello' sentiment is an acrylic stamp from Close To My Heart.

I hope you join us this month at SheepSki Designs Challenge Blog. I'd love to see what you make, and you could win incredible digis -- like this one! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Crazy 4 Challenges -- Feature a Gnome
Aud Sentiment -- Flowers and a sentiment
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends -- ATG

Love Spring Time-- for All Dressed Up Stamps

June 1 -- how did that happen? I love these springtime months, and they are going fast!  We are barreling towards the summer solstice, and I don't even want to think about what follows that!

June 1 -- that means a new challenge is starting today in the All Dressed Up Stamps Facebook group.  Every month, you will find a challenge there with an easy theme to follow.  You must use an All Dressed Up image to play along, but there are lots of wonderful ones in the All Dressed Up Etsy Shop.  This month's theme is "Use Layers." 

Since spring is my favorite time of the year, I decided to color up the super sweet image, Love Springtime:



I colored Love Springtime with Copic Markers, then cut her out with a die from The Scrapping Cottage.  The butterfly die in the background is a double sided layer die from Crafter's Companion.  The silver butterfly die is from Cheery Lynn.  Here's a close up of the Love Springtime image:

Isn't she so cute?  She seems as happy about springtime as I am!  

I used layers of die cuts on my card to fit the challenge theme, but you can layer up your card however you like.  I hope you join us this month for the 'Use Layers' challenge at All Dressed Up Stamps Facebook Group!  I'd love to see your beautiful creations! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Polkadoodles -- ATG
Crafty Friends Challenge -- Add Embellishments
A Bit More Time to Craft -- ATG

Life is Beautiful -- for Dies R Us Challenge Blog

It's the first of the month, so that means a new challenge starts today at Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  Every 1st and 15th, like clockwork, a new challenge begins! The theme for the next 2 weeks is, It's Dad's Day (Father's Day/masculine cards).  I no longer have fathers or grandfathers in my life, so I made a masculine card for this challenge.  It made me reminisce a bit about my brother and my dad when we were growing up:



Much fishing together went on between my brother and my father.  That is what this die from Frantic Stamper made me think of.  It is Fishing on the Dock of the Bay.

I created the background using Distress Oxide inks.  I let them dry for 24 hours to prevent smudging and finger prints (been there, done that!).  The 'Life is Beautiful' sentiment is from Crafter's Companion. 

Every challenge, a $10 gift certificate is given away (random), and 3 designer choice awards.  You must use a die sold in the Dies R Us store on your project to be eligible for the prize.

Dies R Us has a sister store, Didi Crafts that will ship to Canadian.  If you are a Canadian reader, check it out! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Cut it Up Challenges -- Boys will Be Boys
DigiChoosday -- ATG
Pattie's Creations -- ATG

Missing You -- For JDS Challenges

It's the first Monday of the month, so it's time for a new challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps Challenges.  Challenges are month-long now, but there are more prizes being awarded.  They are still anything goes, so make sure you link up whatever it is you are working on. 

States may be opening up more, but many of us are still social distancing.  I am very much missing my friends and family.  This digi set by Jan Mayhew sums it up nicely.  It's called Alone Together. I used one of the images and one of the sentiments from the set to create this:


I thought that empty adirondack chair from Alone Together is quite fitting.  It is a sign of the times  I colored the image with Copic markers.  The buffalo plaid paper is from We Are 3 Digital Shop. It is one of the Plaids & Stripes Neutrals, printed on a mint green paper. 

Join us this month for the Anything Goes challenge at Jan's Digi Stamp Challenges.  There will be a prize awarded for someone using a Jan's Digi Stamp image, and a random win, plus some designer choice winners. 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- June Linky Party
A Gem of a Challenge -- ATG
Craft Catz Challenge -- At Least 2 Layers

Friday, May 29, 2020

Home - My Happy Place -- for We Are 3 Digital Shop

Home.  We've probably all been spending more time there than we've planned on.  Hopefully it's a happy place for you.  Home for me is where my husband is, my Golden Retriever is, and all my crafting goodies are.  It's definitely my happy place!  So, when I saw all these home themed goodies in the We Are 3 Digital Shop, I knew I had to create something special with them!



Isn't that fun?  I don't know why, but as soon as I saw those 2 Home digital images, this box card idea popped into my head.  I used the pre-printed versions of the Home digital images here, but they also come in black & white so you can color them however you'd like.  I used two of the Homeland papers on this box card, and the sentiment is one of four from the Home sentiment set. All of these products work so well together!

The box card is a set of dies from Crafter's Companion.  Once I got it figured out, it was very fun to work with!

Visit the We Are 3 Digital Shop and see all the wonderful products there. 

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

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Wishing You Sunshine -- for Bugaboo Stamps

Today is Oldie but Goodie day for Bugaboo Stamps.  Some of the favorite digis that maybe haven't seen some love in a while are featured on the Catch the Bug Blog.

I love to color flowers, especially this time of year, and while I don't get out my colored pencils very often, when I do, I like to pair them with Kraft paper.  That's what I did with the Bugaboo Stamps digital image, Make it Snappy Floral Mom's Day:

This image comes with 2 versions.  The other one says, "Happy Mother's Day" at the top.  You can see some cute examples of what others have done if you put MISFloralMomsDay in the search at Bugaboo Stamps (or just click the link provided, of course). 

I used Lyra Rembrandt pencils on Kraft for this image.   I'd almost forgotten I had them, so they were fun to play with -- nice and smooth and easy to layer with.  The floral background paper is from  Close To My Heart.  The Sunshine sentiment and the stamped"wishing you" are a set from Crafter's Companion.

I hope you visit the Catch the Bug Blog today to see what the other talented Bugaboo Stamps designer are featuring on Oldie but Goodie Thursday.  You won't be disappointed!

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Hope Anchors the Soul -- for the Outlawz Paper ala Mode Challenges

It's Saturday, and when it's Saturday, there's a good chance of a new challenge starting at the Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode Challenges.  They are every other Saturday, so check it every week, just in case! If you missed the Saturday challenge, there are challenges every day of the week.  Really!  Check out today's challenge, then stay and play!

Today, at the Saturday Paper ala Mode Challenge, the theme is Encouragement.  Wow, that's a great theme for everything going on in the world right now!  Make a get well card, a "just because" card, a card centered around Covid 19, whatever you decide to do.  Just come enter it at the Saturday Paper ala Mode before the next challenge starts in 2 weeks (June 6).  This challenge, and every challenge this year is sponsored by We Are 3 Digital Shop.

Here's my encouragement project for the challenge:



I used papers from the Strawberry Jam paper Collection.  There are 4 different papers from the collection used on this card.  The anchor it the pre-colored version of the Seaside Anchor.  It comes with a black & white version, also. The porthole die that I place it in is from Crafter's Companion, as is the rope die.  The sentiment is one of 4 that comes in the Hope Sentiment Set

There may not be a better time to make and send Encouragement cards.  Join us at The Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- May Linky Party
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG
Crafter's Castle -- ATG
Creative Fingers Challenge -- ATG