Thursday, March 30, 2017

Welcome Spring - for Imagine That! Digistamp

Hello, and happy Thursday!  It's time for some Thursday inspiration over on the Imagine That! digistamp blog.  Since it's spring, and I recently saw my first robin, I thought I'd make a springtime-themed card to celebrate the occasion!

Those of you keeping up on my chemo journey, I am done with chemo treatments.  Woohoo!  I got Influenza A with the last chemo treatment and it turned into pneumonia.  A week later, I was out of the hospital.  I am still recovering from that ordeal, but feel like I am finally among the living.  Next week, another PET scan will (hopefully) show the cancer is truly in remission, and then it's gaining strength and I'm on my way!  I'm off of work for a couple more months yet because my immune system has gotten so weak, but now that it's spring, I'm hoping to get back to walking and gaining strength quickly.

Speaking of spring, I used the Leesa's Tulip digital stamp set to create this: 

This set comes with 3 digital papers, and I used all three of them on this card.  There are also some sentiments included with Leesa's Tulip,  and I used one of them here.  This is the pre-colored version of Leesa's Tulip.

I used a Sizzix die to make this card, and a butterfly die from Hot Off the Press.

Imagine That! Digistamp products used:

Did you join the monthly challenge in the Creative Playground?  Each month, there's a great free set if you use an Imagine That! Digistamp image.  A new challenge starts soon, so please join in the fun!  There's a great Facebook group you need to check out, too.  You'll find all the fun and information here

Monday, March 20, 2017

Today is Full of Possibilities -- for the Path of Positivity

Hello, happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend!  It's time for some mid-challenge inspiration over on the Path of Positivity Challenge blog. The optional theme this month is "Birth of New Beginnings", or use any positive theme you'd like. 
We have 2 guest sponsors this month:  Limited Runs and Kitten Scraps.  For the mid-month inspiration, I had the pleasure of designing with the Butterfly 6 digital stamp from Limited Runs.  I used it to create this:

I played around a bit with this butterfly, flipping it a couple times and re-sizing it.  Then, I sponged the background using the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.  I think it gives it a watercolor feel, but it's done strictly with inks.   The background papers are from Close To My Heart, and the sentiment is, too.  I thought the sentiment tied in nicely with the New Beginnings theme.  A day full of possibilities is a day full of new beginnings.  Spring is full of new beginnings.  That's why I like butterflies so much.  They are a sign of new life for me. 

I hope you have a chance to link up with us at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.  Our sponsors are offering great prizes, it's a fun theme, and I'd love to see what you create!  You have until April 2.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Easter Blessings -- for Imagine That! Digistamp

Here we are, more than 1/2 way through March, and it's time for some mid-challenge inspiration at the Imagine That! Creative Playground.  Challenges are always 'Anything Goes'.  Use an Imagine That! Digistamp image, and you'll get an awesome freebie!  This month's is perfect for Easter!  

Speaking of Easter, it's time to get going on a few cards for the holiday.  I created this one using a pre-printed image from the Imagine That! Digistamp Easter Friends Digital Stamp set:

I printed the pre-colored image from the Easter Friends stamp set on white card stock, then used 2 sizes of Lifestyle Crafts circle dies to cut it out and back it.  The sentiment is also from the Easter Friends digital stamp set.  Papers for this card, also from Imagine That! Digistamp, are from the Spring in Bloom digital paper pack.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the easel card and embellishments, with a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store.

Check out the Imagine That! Digistamp blog often for  great inspiration.  Then, visit the Imagine That! Digistamp Creative Playground to enter this month's challenge.  Use an Imagine That! Digistamp image to qualify for this month's awesome Easter Themed freebie.  Check it out!  You'll love it!  There's still plenty of time.  Don't forget about the Imagine That! Digistamp Facebook group too, where you'll find even more inspiration, Freebies, and friendship.  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Find the Beauty in Small Things -- for MHKDesigns

Hello, crafty friends!  Happy Tuesday!  I am sharing on the MHKDesigns blog today.  I have a card that I really, really like!  I want to show you how it turned out:

I created this card using the MHKDesigns Beauty Digital Stamp Set.   Aren't those delicate flowers exquisite?

I colored the flower from the MHKDesigns Beauty digital set with Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor Pencils.  I printed my image on smooth card stock, so I wanted a very creamy based pencil.  The sentiment is also from the MHKDesigns Beauty set

Papers for this card, also from MHKDesigns,  are the new Rosy Posy digital paper set.  They are a little touch of Springtime!

The card was created using some cutting dies from Craftin' Desert Divas and Paper Wishes (sentiment die).  The pearl bling was from my stash, and the ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM.   I used a We R Memory Keepers scallop corner chomper on this card also. 

Have you entered this month's MHKDesigns challenge yet?  It's Anything Goes if you use an MHKDesigns image.  Pick out your favorite, make a project, and link up with us!  We have great prizes and I'd love to see what you make!  Make sure to visit the MHKDesigns blog often for great inspiration from Mynn and her talented design team and guest designers!  Don't forget about the MHKDesigners & Friends Facebook Group for even more inspiration, news, and friendship.  Then, there is the MHKDesign newsletter.  Sign up for it, also!  You won't want to miss the discounts!

Thank You -- for Crafty Sentiments Designs

It's Tuesday, and it's time for a new challenge on the Crafty Sentiments Designs challenge blog.  This week's theme is quite easy -- use any shape.  Any shape!  See?  Easy!

I have been needing many thank you cards.  People have been so incredibly good to my husband and I throughout my chemo treatments.  I try to keep up with homemade thank you cards, but when I'm not feeling good, it's been a bit of a challenge.  I made this one to give to someone very special:

I used the Crafty Sentiments Designs rubber stamp, Love's Basket.  I colored Love's Basket with Copic markers, then used 2 different sizes of circle dies from Lifestyle Crafts to cut it out and back it.  

The heart-shaped card (to enter the 'any shape' challenge) was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo with a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store.  The sentiment and all papers on this card are from Close To My Heart.  The flowers and bling are part of a card kit from Spellbinders. 

Come join the 'Any Shape' challenge this week at Crafty Sentiments Designs.  We've got great prizes, and I'd love to see what you make!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Happy Spring -- for Path of Positivity

It's the first Monday of the month, which means it's time for a new challenge on the Path of Positivity Challenge blog.  This month's optional theme is "Birth of New Beginnings".  You can use this theme, or any positive theme you'd like.  We have 2 guest sponsors this month at Path of Positivity Challenge Blog,  Kitten Scraps, and Limited Runs.  

For this portion of the challenge, I had the pleasure of creating with Kitten Scraps products.  I used the wonderfully loaded Spring Blooms Digital Scrapbooking Bundle to create this: 

Most of this is pre-printed.  I used a few touches of Copic markers to emphasize some colors.  It was great fun to create with the many components in the Kitten Scraps Spring Blooms Bundle

I hope you join in on our "Birth of New Beginnings" challenge over on the Path of Positivity challenge blog this month.  The challenge runs April 2. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Good Friend is Hard to Find -- For Imagine That Digistamp

Woohoo, hoo!  Today is a big, big day!  Today is my final round of chemotherapy.  Six of six!  It is cause for celebration!  I have learned many things through these months of chemo, including how blessed I am to have so many very dear friends to help me through this.  In honor of those friends, I am posting this card on my blog today.  It is a current freebie from Imagine That! Digistamp:

How true is this saying?!?  I think it's perfect for anytime of year, but especially near St. Patrick's day.  

This freebie, Clover Fairy, includes digital papers.  You can find it in the Imagine That!  Digistamp Facebook group. Look in the files section.

Check out the Imagine That! Digistamp blog today for some other great Thursday inspiration.  Then, visit the Imagine That! Digistamp Creative Playground to enter this month's challenge.  Use an Imagine That! Digistamp image to qualify for this month's awesome Easter Themed freebie.  Check it out!  You'll love it!  The new challenge starts tomorrow, so you have all month!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Happy Holidays -- for the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up

It's March 1, and time for a new challenge over on the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  This challenge is such a good way to get some Christmas cards made, working on them a bit at a time, instead of in a panic later in the year!

This month, the optional theme is Christmas Angels.  Use an angel on your card to be eligible to win the prize from our guest sponsor this month, A Day For Daisies.  The prize is a $12 gift certificate! 

I used Fairy Dog 3 from A Day for Daisies to create this angel-themed card:

I colored Fairy Dog 3 with Copic markers, using dies from Die-namis to cut it out and back it.  

Papers on this card are from another challenge sponsor, Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. Link up 2 Christmas cards this month to be eligible to win one of the papers from this month's Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Angelic Nature set.  The red textured paper, also from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, is from the Holiday Hoopla Patterned Paper #2 set. 

The sentiment on this card is from Lawn Fawn.  The gold shimmer trim is from Close To My Heart. 

I hope you are inspired to make a Christmas card (or 2) this month and join us at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  We have great prizes, and I'd love to see what you make!

Sending Prayers -- for MHKDesigns

It's March 1.  Tomorrow is my LAST chemotherapy!  Six of six!  It will be so good to get it behind me.  Then, I have to get through the next 10 rough days of side effects and low white blood count.  After that, I'll be on my way to recovery and living life to it's fullest again!!!!

It's March 1st.  That also means it's the start of a new challenge on the MHKDesigns challenge blog.  The challenges are always Anything Goes if you use an MHKDesigns image.  There's also an inspiration picture/board if you choose to use it, or if you don't use MHKDesigns products.

I kept my card very simple this time, letting my Silhouette Cameo do the majority of the work.  Coloring is getting difficult.  I have quite a bit of neuropathy in my fingers and feet from the chemo.  I am hoping this is temporary, but time will tell.  In the meantime, I am finding ways to create without much coloring.   This card is an example of that:

The  3D butterfly on this card, colored with Copic markers, then fussy cut, is from the MHKDesigns Butterfly Wisdom digital stamp set.  The sentiment is from the MHKDesigns Get Well Flowers digital stamp set.

As mentioned above, the card was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo, using a file I found in the Silhouette Design store. 

MHKDesigns Challenges go all month, so you have 31 days this month.  Choose your favorite MHKDesigns image, make some delightful, and join in the fun!

Here's the inspiration picture, if you are interested.  

Come and join us!  We have great prizes, and I'd love to see what you make!