Thursday, December 5, 2019

Ho Ho Ho for Lavinia World Challenges

A new challenge is underway at Lavinia World Challenge, where challenges are always anything goes, as long as you use an acrylic or rubber stamp (nothing digital).  There will be one $15 gift certificate awarded to a lucky winner!  It could be you! The challenge will run for the next 2 weeks. 

I am trying to put a wrap on Christmas cards soon, so I made another one for today's challenge:



I started by using the Lavinia paper, Winter Chill for my card base. I then stamped the Moon stamp with Versafine Clair ink in Morning Mist.  I cut out a circle the same size as the moon in acetate, taping it down lightly to hold it in place.  I used several colors of distress inks around the moon to enhance the look of it.  Then, I stamped Christmas Night in Nocturne Versafine Clair Ink.  Lastly, I cut the sentiment with gold glitter card stock out of a Sue Wilson Craft Die.

Lavinia World products used on this card:


There is also a new, exciting FaceBook group to check out!  This is the second challenge now that Anything Lavinia Group also gives you an opportunity to post your projects.  so, if you don't blog, you can still enter our challenges.  Projects posted on the Anything Lavinia Group must include a Lavinia Stamp or paper. Wherever you decode to enter, challenges run for 2 weeks!  Have fun!

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

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A New Year Toast -- for Scrapy Land Challenges

It's the first Wednesday of the month, so there is a new challenge starting today at Scrapy Land Challenge Blog.  Challenges are always Anything Goes, as long as you use a brand of die sold in the Scrapy Land Store.  There is a wide selection of dies sold there, so this is easy to do!

I am just about done making Christmas cards, and I've started making a few New Year's cards to send to friends and family.  Here's one of them, using a Tutti Design die:



This card uses Tutti Designs die, Champagne Flutes.  I cut it with gold foil paper, and I think it looks so festive!  I'm using this image for New Year's, but I think it could be used for any celebration -- birthday, wedding, anniversary.  I look at those Champagne Flutes, and my mind says, "clink, clink".

All the other elements on this card are from Kaisercraft -- the paper. the banner, and the sentiment, are all part of the Kaisercraft Starry Night release.  It made for a quick card.

The Scrapy Land Challenge will run for the next two weeks, and I do hope you can join us.  One lucky winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to the Scrapy Land Store!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- Dec Linky Challenge
Digichoosday -- ATG
Outlawz Saturday ala Mode -- My Favorite Things (who doesn't Like a bit of bubbly?)

Monday, December 2, 2019

Warm Winter Wishes -- for Dies R Us Challenge Blog

How did we get to December already, crafty friends?  I think this month is going to go super fast!  I'm posting today on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog, where I get to play with wonderful dies and great products found in the Dies R Us Store.

It has been cold, and there's has been ice on the lakes near my house for nearly a month now.  Ice fishing is well underway.  Yes, winter is here!  So, I used a gorgeous set of dies from Birch Press Designs, found in the Dies R Us Store to create today's wintry card:


 This uses the Glitz Snowflake Set.  It is currently out of stock.  but there are some other beautiful Birch Press Snowflake designs that are in stock.  All of the Birch Press Designs are so intricate and amazing to work with.  I just love them!

Here are all the supplies I used on this card -- you can see there's also a  Creative Expressions Festive Greetings Stamp Set tucked in there.  It has been my go-to set this Christmas season:


I started this card by picking put the paper colors.  I thought it would look amazing with some specialty papers, so I chose the base layer as a peacock blue foil, the the middle layer as a light blue glitter, then the top layer in white for contrast.

Here's the 3 layers die cut.  I used Stick It Adhesive Sheets on the back of each layer.


Dies R Us Store supplies used on this card:


Before you get too busy with the busy holiday season, I'll leave you with one more view of this pretty card:

I hope you check this blog every day for wonderful inspiration!  The design team is so creative, you don't want to miss anything.  Then, join in the challenges at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  Here's one last link to the Dies R Us Store for you, too! 




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FRIENDS OF DIES R US PINTEREST PAGE

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Polkadoodles -- ATG
TTCRD -- ATG

Wishing You the Best Year Yet! for Jan's Digis Stamps

Here we go!  Challenge #3 at Jan's Digi Stamps Challenges, or, as those of us that have followed her work affectionately refer to it as, JDS Designs Challenge Blog.  The challenges will be on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, so what a great way to start out your week! The will run until noon (Eastern) the Sunday before the new challenge.  You'll find all the rules on a tab at the JDS Designs Challenge Blog.  Her beautiful digis can be found in her shop here.

I've made lots of Christmas cards recently, so I took a break from them, and used one of Jan's beautiful sets to make a Happy New Year card.  You need a few of those, too, right?

This card uses the set New Year's Eve:



There are lots of elements in this set, but I chose a pre-colored image, and a sentiment.  After that, it was easy peasy to create my card.  Jan's pre-colored images are the best I've seen.  I couldn't color them better if I tried (so I didn't).  All I did was ink the edge of the oval frame with some distress ink to give it an aged look.  The sentiment is part of the New Year's Eve set.  

The background paper is from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  It is one of the Loving Winter papers.   The die cut stars were cut out from dies by Spellbinders.

Please join us the next two weeks for Jan's Digi Designs Challenges.  They are truly Anything Goes!  From Cards, to tags, to crocheted pieces, anything you makes, link it up!

I also wanted to let you know about a Cyber Monday sale going on at Jan's Digi Designs. From now through Friday, December, 6, all stamps are 25% using code CyberJan.  There are nearly 100 awesome digi sets to take advantage of, so get shopping!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- ATG
Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode -- My Favorite Things
D.L. Art -- Dec Linky Challenge

Monday, November 25, 2019

A Blizzard of Kisses -- for Dies R Us Inspiration Blog

I'm posting today on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog, where I always have such fun playing with the wonderful stamps and dies found in the Dies R Us Store

I very much enjoy the pre-orders and special events that the Dies R Us Store has to offer.  I have gotten to try out some brands of dies and stamps that I don't find in my local (limited) craft shop. I, for one, look forward to seeing what the weekend will have to offer.  To find out about the pre-orders and special sales, sign up for the Dies R Us newsletter.

One of the last several weekends,  the Dies R Us Store offered stamps and dies from Picket Fence Studio.   I had seen this particular stamp and die set, but jumped at the chance to purchase and work with it.

This card uses 'Have a Wonderful Wintery Day':


Here's a picture of all the supplies used for this card:


I don't often get out my watercolor supplies, but this little snowman seemed to need it.  I used Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils on him. 

Here he is, all colored up:

I don't always purchase the matching dies for stamp sets, but in this case, I'm really glad I did.  The stamps are small, and I would not want to try to fuzzy cut around those stick arms!!

My camera got switched to manual, so I apologize for this blurry photo. I wanted you to see, though, how the die is positioned over the colored stamp, and held in place with washi tape.

Hopefully, you can see all that!


Here's everything die cut.  I used snowflake dies from Lawn Fawn, and a stitched circle die, also from Lawn Fawn.  The sentiment is included in the 'Have a Wonderful Wintery Day' Stamp Set.

The designer papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are 2 of the papers offered in the Snowmen Paper Collection.

I'll leave you with one more photo of the wonderful wintery card!

I hope you check the Dies R Us Inspiration blog every day for wonderful inspiration!  The design team is so creative, you don't want to miss anything.  Then, join in the challenges at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  Here's one last link to the Dies R Us Store for you, too! 




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FRIENDS OF DIES R US PINTEREST PAGE

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Dragonfly Dreams --Christmas/Winter
Festive Fridays --- Christmas

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Miss You -- a new challenge at Catch the Bug

It's Saturday, and a new challenge is starting today at Catch the Bug Challenges.  This Week, we are starting a color challenge.  I'll show you my card first, then the photo for this week's challenge.

I used Bugaboo Stamp's Starry Moon to create this:


Starry Moon is colored with Copic markers, using this color 
palette:

I created the card by making a 5x5 card base and folding one side on the diagonal.  I stamped the sentiment, and foam taped it up to make a base for it.  A few stars cut out with a die, and it was complete.

This is the first card I've made since having a slight stroke a few days ago. Everything is harder for now, but I got a card made.   For that, I am happy.  The card was much easier than writing the blog posts.  They are torture!

I hope you can join us this at week at Catch the Bug
!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Sending Woof's of Christmas Wishes -- New Releases from All Dressed Up Stamps

It's the 22nd of the month, and new releases are being showcased for this month's All Dressed Up Stamps in the Facebook Group Today.  there are 4 new releases, and I managed to color up 2 of them to showcase today.  This is a milestone event for me!  I had a mild stroke several weeks ago, and this is the first coloring I've shared since it happened.  The stroke effected the right side of my body more than my left side, and I'm left handed, so coloring doesn't go too badly, but card construction is a struggle, and writing blog posts makes my brain HURT!!  I literally take a nap after I get it done. It is such a struggle for me!

But, on to the 2 new releases I have to share with you. All the new releases can be found in the All Dressed Up Etsy Shop.

The first is Woof Christmas-- perfect for my dog-loving friends!

I colored Woof Christmas with Copic markers.  The paw print border is a die from Frantic Stampers.  The bone die came in a set from Cheery Lynn.  Both sets were purchased from Dies R Us.  The  paw print paper is a digital paper form Echo Park. The sentiment is part of the Woof Christmas digi. 

Card #2 uses new release, Christmas Skater.  I think this will be a favorite of this release.  I love her elegant lines!


I colored Christmas Skater with Copic markers, then found that perfect sentiment in a Christmas stamp set I've had for a long time. The edger dies are from Spellbinders.  The Snowflake dies are from Lawn Fawn.  The Background looking glitter paper is from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  It is one of the papers in the Christmas Magic Set.

Either of these images would work well for this month's All Dressed Up Facebook challenge -- Christmas is Coming.  Why not grab them (you know you want them!), color them up, and join us in the All Dressed Up Facebook Group!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Three Peaceful Pines -- for Lavinia World Challenges

It's Thursday, and it's time for a new challenge on the Lavinia World Challenge Blog.  Challenges are always Anything Goes, as long as you use an acrylic or a rubber stamp -- no digital images.  Of course, we'd like to see your Lavinia Stamps getting some love!

I've gotten so I really like to ink up backgrounds.  I was intimidated by this process for a long time.  Now, I just play, and ink, and add color, and see what I can create.  That's how I came up with today's card base.   Once I got the base done,  I did a bit of stamping, die cut a sentiment, and Voila!  I had a Christmas card to add to the stash:



Are any of you mystery readers?  I love reading books by author, Louise Penny.  The Chief Inspector Gamache series centers around the small town of Three Pines.  This card is my tribute to Three Pines.  May it always be peaceful there!

The pines were stamped using the Small Fairy Fir Tree 2 stamp.  I stamped it once, as is (the tall one), once using a shorter version of the trunk, then once using 2nd generation stamping to make it look like it was behind the other 2 trees. Flying into the cold winter sky is the stamp, Ducks.  I used Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black for all the stamped images. 

The inked background was created with a variety of Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks.  I used Seedless Preserves, Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Victorian Velvet, Faded Jeans, and Chipped Sapphire.  I sprinkled a bit of water on the inks to make it look a bit snowy. 

The 'Peace' die is from Elizabeth Craft. 


There is also a new, exciting FaceBook group to check out!  This is the first challenge now that Anything Lavinia Group also gives you an opportunity to post your projects there.  So, if you don't blog, you can still enter our challenges.  Projects posted on the Anything Lavinia Group must include a Lavinia Stamp or paper. Wherever you decode to enter, challenges run for 2 weeks!  Have fun!


I hope you find time to join us this next 2 weeks at Lavinia World Challenges!  You might be the lucky winner of the $15 gift certificate to the Lavinia World Store, or one of the Designer Choice recipients.  I'd love to see your creations! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Festive Fridays -- Christmas
We Love to Create -- ATG
TTCRD -- ATG
Outlawz Monday Greeting -- Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Hip Hip Hooray! For Scrapy Land Challenges

Today is the 3rd Wednesday of November, and that means there is a new challenge starting today at the Scrapy Land Challenge Blog.  Challenges are always Anything Goes, as long as you use a brand of die that is sold in the Scrapy Land Store.  Scrapy Land sells dozens and dozens of brands of dies, so this is very easy to do!  Shop the Scrapy Land Store here, and see for yourself!

I like to have a stash of birthday cards.  It seems like I often need one, and you never know when hubby will come home from work with a request like, "I need a birthday card for tomorrow."  So, when I saw this Hip Hip Hooray Card Panel from Frantic Stamper, I knew what I wanted to make with it:

The balloon is also from Frantic Stamper.  It is one icon in a set of Birthday Icons

I think this Hip Hip Hooray Card Panel could have many uses.  I can see it as a graduation card, a retirement card, baby card -- any occasion worth celebrating!

I hope you can join us the next 2 weeks at the Scrapy Land Challenge Blog.  One winner gets a $15 gift certificate to the Scrapy Land Store!



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

Monday, November 18, 2019

Thank You For Your Kindness -- for the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

It's Monday, and it's time for some mid-challenge inspiration on the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.  Our theme this month is Thankfulness.  Our sponsor is A Day For Daisies.

I thought these Sunflowers is a Mason Jar would make a lovely Thank You card:

I colored them with Copic Markers, then used some Spellbinders Edger dies to create the card.  The papers on the card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  These are 2 of the Sunflower papers.  The sentiment was hand stamped from my stash.

Join us for our Thankfulness challenge at the Path of Positivity

Happy Holidays -- For Jan's Digi Stamps

Here we go!  Challenge #2 at Jan's Digi Stamps Challenges, or, as those of us that have followed her work affectionately refer to it as, JDS Designs Challenge Blog.  The challenges will be on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, so what a great way to start out your week! The will run until noon (Eastern) the Sunday before the new challenge.  You'll find all the rules on a tab at the JDS Designs Challenge Blog.  Her beautiful digis can be found in her shop here.

Starting to feel the need to make Christmas cards? Maybe you need to mass produce a few? Jan's Digi Stamps are perfect for this.  Each set comes with both a black & white version, and a pre-colored version.  Today, I'm showcasing a pre-colored image to show how easily they make up into a card, and how pretty they are!



This card uses 2 different sets from Jan's store:  Tree Scene and Reindeer There are several options of trees in the Tree Scene set, but this is the one I chose to work with that awesome reindeer.  What a rack on that guy!  The sentiment is also from the Tree Scene set.

I used edger dies from Queen & Company to cut out the image and back it.  Papers on this card are from Lemoncraft, out of Poland. The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. 

You have 2 weeks to join in the Anything Goes Challenge at JDS Challenge blog.  You can truly link up anything -- cards, mini albums, sewing projects, knitting -- Anything Goes!  You have until noon Eastern of the Sunday before the next challenge begins.  You might win a $9 gift certificate to the store!



Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Thank you, Vets -- for Bugaboo Stamps

It's Wednesday, and this is usually Humor Me Wednesday on the Catch the Bug Blog.  However, since Veteran's Day was just a couple days ago, I'm taking the opportunity to thank a vet with the card, using USA Cupcake:


I colored USA Cupcake with Copic markers.  Papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are part of the Nautical Love Collection.

You'll find other great inspiration from the Bugaboo Stamps designers on the Catch the Bug Blog.  Most, I'm guessing, will even be humorous!  Please check it out.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

3 Kings Noel -- for Lavinia World Challenges

It's Thursday, and it's been 2 weeks, so it's time for another challenge at Lavinia World Challenges.  It seems like this all just got started, and here we are at challenge #13 already.  The challenges are always anything goes, as long as you use an acrylic or rubber stamp -- no digital images allowed. Of course, we'd love to see your Lavinia Stamps being used!  One $15 gift certificate will be awarded each challenge.

I'm thinking Christmas cards this time of years I used the beautiful Three Kings stamp to create this: 


I used 2 different shades of VersaFine Clair inks to obtain the color of green that I wanted.  I have this "thing" about green.  There seem to be many shades of it, but rarely is it the shade I want!  So, I first stamped with Green Oasis, then Rain Forest, repeating back and forth until I got the shade I wanted.  You'll find many shades of VersaFine Clair ink in the Lavinia World Store

Designer papers on this card are from the We Are 3 Digital Shop.  The dies are all from Queen & Company, except for the sentiment die.  That is from Diamond Press. 

Three Kings-- perfect for Christmas cards!  Come shop the Lavinia World Store, then join us at Lavinia World Challenges.  I'd love to see what you create, and you could be the lucky winner of the $15 gift certificate, or one of the designer choice awards! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG
D.L. Art -- November Linky Party
AUD Sentiment -- ATG with a sentiment
Outlawz Festive Fridays -- Christmas

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A Truck Full of Thanks -- for Scrapy Land Challenges

Today is the first Wednesday of November (how did that happen, anyway?), and that means there is a new challenge starting today at the Scrapy Land Challenge Blog.  Challenges are always Anything Goes, as long as you use a brand of die that is sold in the Scrapy Land Store.  Scrapy Land sells dozens and dozens of brands of dies, so this is very easy to do!  Shop the Scrapy Land Store here, and see for yourself!

Since it is November, and Thanksgiving is celebrated this month here in the USA, I wanted to make a Fall/Thanksgiving card for today's challenge.  Here's my creation:




The truck is a die from Cheapo Dies called Loads of Love.  It is no longer available, but search for 'trucks' in the search engine, and we will find several very cute ones, including this one from Impression Obsession and Bob's Old Truck in 2 sizes from Frantic Stamper. 

I made the truck look a bit "rusty" using some metallic wax from Spectrum Noir.  

That big pumpkin in the back of truck is on its way to a pumpkin weighing contest.  It might just win!!  It is a die from Yvonne Creations.  It is called Fabulous Fall Collection - Autumn Leaves.  Of all the die collections I've purchased from the Scrapy Land Store, this is my go-to set, especially this time of year!  It makes beautiful fall leaves, acorns, toadstools, and yes, pumpkins!

The stitched oval die is from Spellbinders.  Many companies have similar dies, including these from Lawn Fawn, these from Tutti Design, and these from Elizabeth Craft

The paisley print background paper is from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  It is from the Howdy Autumn Collection. The sentiment, also from the We Are 3 Digital Shop, is one of the Itty Bitty Collection.

The burlap ribbon behind the stitched oval die is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I thought it added just the right amount of texture to a fall card.

I hope you can join us the next 2 weeks at the Scrapy Land Challenge Blog.  One winner gets a $15 gift certificate to the Scrapy Land Store!


I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- November Linky Party
Lemon Shortbread Challenge -- ATG
TTCRD -- ATG
Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode -- Autumn Colors

Monday, November 4, 2019

Surprise! for Dies R Us Inspiration Blog

I'm posting today on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  I always enjoy having a chance to play with fun dies!  It's such a treat for me.  There are dozens and dozens of brands of dies for sale in the Dies R Us Store. Today, I'm focusing on dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Can one ever have too many birthday cards?  I volunteer in a nursing home, and bring cards to the residents there when I know it's their birthday, so I always need a stash of cards.  So, when I saw this fun balloon die from Elizabeth Craft Designs in the Dies R Us Store, I knew I had to have it in my collection:


The balloon is called Big Balloon, and it has 2 dies -- the balloon and the string.  The 'surprise' sentiment is also from Elizabeth Craft, and of course fits on the Big Balloon perfectly. 

Here's a photo of the supplies used.  They will be linked at the bottom of this post.

In this next photo, all the pieces have been die cut.  They just need to be assembled.  I used both Stick  It Adhesive Sheets (for the sentiment and the string) and the Best Glue Ever for the rest of the card assembly. 


The card went together so quickly that it was just about as easy to make 2 as it was to make one.  Here's a second one, but a slightly different color scheme:


Dies used on these cards, found in the Dies R Us Store:




The background paper on the first card is from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  It is one of the Celebrate papers.  The designer paper on the second paper is actually a foil paper from a Spellbinders card kit.  The foil doesn't show up in the picture, but is very pretty IRL. 

Check out the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog often for wonderful ways to use incredible dies found in the Dies R Us Store!  You won't be disappointed!  Then, join in on the Dies R Us Challenges, too!




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FRIENDS OF DIES R US PINTEREST PAGE


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