Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Frenchie Joy -- for Scrapy Land Challenges

It's the 3rd Wednesday of the month, and that means it's time for a new challenge at the Scrapy Land Challenge Blog.  The theme is Anything Goes as long as you use a die or brand that Scrapy Land sells. Easy!

I recently saw this Spellbinders die, and just had to have it.  I'm so dog obsessed, that I knew I needed it for some of my dog loving friends for their Christmas cards. I know I'll be replicating this card a few times:



I cut out the 2 sizes of banners with a die set from Lawn Fawn, called Stitched Party Banner Dies.   The Ornate Joy is from Frantic Stamper.  The blue eyes were achieved with dots of a Viva Decor Turquoise Pearl Pen. 

The designer papers on this card are from the We Are 3 Digital Shop.  The handsome dog's bow tie came from the Peppermint Collection. Houndstooth Holiday is the other paper. 

I hope you can join us in the next 2 weeks at Scrapy Land Challenges.  You could win a $15 gift certificate!  Remember, it's anything goes, as long as you use a die or brand of die sold in the Scrapy Land Store

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- October Linky Party
Outlawz Festive Fridays -- Christmas
Crafty Hazel Nut's Christmas Challenge -- ATG
Winter Wonderland -- Merry and Bright
2 Crafty Critter Crazies -- ATG with a critter


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Best Witches -- the Outlawz Monthly Progressive Freebie Challenge

Hello, and happy Tuesday. I've been entering the Outlawz Progressive Freebie Challenges each month.  This month I got it done with 1/2 the month to spare.  Hurray for me! This month's progressive freebie image was provided to the participants by Polkadoodles.  She's a real sweetie! She is part of a collection from Winnie Wednesday. 



I colored the Winnie Wednesday image with Copic markers.  I cut out the spider web background with a cutting die from Queen & Company.  The Best Wishes sentiment is a die from Tonic Studios. The wonky stitched oval die is by The Scrapping Cottage.

Winnie Wednesday is looking fairly intense.  I'm not sure if she's going to wish you a Happy Halloween or cast a spell.  Better beware!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Progressive Freebie Challenge -- October
Polkadoodles Challenge -- ATG
Digi Choosday -- ATG
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday -- Fall

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Spooky Halloween Tree -- Stella Says Sketch at Bugaboo Stamps

It's Sunday, and it's a Stella Says Sketch day on the Catch the Bug Blog.  Stella's got a great sketch for us to work with today! 

First, I'll show you my card, then I'll show you the sketch.

I used a digital stamp from the Bugaboo Stamps Store called Halloween Pumpkin Tree to create this:



And here's the sketch:

The Halloween Pumpkin Tree was printed on a white piece of paper, and was then inked with Spectrum Noir Harmony ink pads.  They blend beautifully! 

The fun paper on the left side of the card is from We Are 3 Digital Shop. It's one of the Halloween papers (currently 50% off!). 

The spider web die cuts and the "boo!" sentiment are dies from Spellbinders.  The silver foil trim is from Close To My Heart.

Stella Says Sketch is very other Sunday at the Catch the Bug Blog, so you have 2 weeks to use this fun sketch and link up with us. 



I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- October Linky Party
QKR Stampede -- ATG
Outlawz Thursday Twist -- Dream or Nightmare
Send A Smile 4 Kids --Celebration/ATG
Alphabet Challenge -- 'O' is for one word sentiment
Crafty Catz Challenge -- ATG/optional Witching Hour
Pattie's Creations -- Autumn/Halloween
Simply Create Too -- Spooky/Scary

Saturday, October 12, 2019

You are Fabulous -- for Sketch Saturday

It's Saturday, and every Saturday, there's a new sketch at Sketch Saturday Challenges.   The sponsor this week is the wonderful Polkadoodles

For today's card (and sketch) and had the joy of coloring up Ruby Prom.



Ruby Prom comes in a black & white version and a pre-colored version.  This is the black & white version, colored with Copic markers.

Here's this week's sketch that I used to create the card:
As you can tell, I followed the sketch closely.  The card is large.  It is a 5x7 card. The papers on the card are by We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are from the Pinkalicious papers.  The Fabulous sentiment is also from We Are 3 Digital Shop

Sketch Saturday Challenges run for a week, so I hope you like the sketch and join in this week!  I'd love to see your take on the sketch, and we've got a great sponsor!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Polkadoodles -- ATG
DigiChoosday -- ATG
D.L. Art -- October Linky Party
Outlawz Monday Greeting Challenge -- ATG


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Believe in the Magic of Autumn -- for Lavinia World Challenges

It's Thursday, and we're starting a new challenge at Lavinia World Challenges.  Challenges are Anything Goes, as long as you use a rubber or acrylic stamp.  Of course, we love to see Lavinia Stamps, but it is not necessary.  Any rubber or acrylic stamp is good to link up.  There will be one winner or a $15 gift certificate for the Lavinia World Store.  The design team also chooses several honorable mention projects.

I love fall!  I love the colors of fall, the cooler temperatures, and hiking with my dog and husband or friends.  Recently, I've been taking pictures around the neighborhood of colors and plants.  I have been quite sure there are fairies living very close by.  What do you think?



I will link all the Lavinia Stamps used on this layout at the bottom of this post.  First, I'd like to share some close ups so you can hopefully see the sparkle in the fairies wings. 

Here's a close up of Daydreaming Silhouette, and the sentiment stamp, Believe in Magic.

A close up of Chasing Dreams:

A close up of the top of the layout with the Fairy Chain (large) and the Vine

A close up, although it is blurry because of the angle, of the sparkle on the fairies wings.  I added the sparkle with Wink of Stella pens:

Now, to tell you about all the supplies I used on this layout that can be found in the Lavinia World Store:




in Pinecone, Morning Mist, Fallen Leaves, and Nocturne

I hope you join in these next 2 weeks at the Lavinia World Challenges.  I'd love to see what you create, especially if you use these wonderful Lavinia Stamps

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Sunday Songs & Rhymes -- Nothing Gold Can Stay
TTCRD -- ATG

Monday, October 7, 2019

Cute Witch -- for Dies R Us Inspiration Blog

Greetings, fellow crafters.  I'm on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog today, and I always enjoy a chance to play with dies! I have a witch to share today that is not too scary at all!

I like the cute things of Halloween, not the scary things, and I love the candy, so bring it on!


Here's a photo of all the supplies I used on this card:

The focal point of this card is a Tutti Designs die, Cute Witch.  I die cut her 3 times -- once with black card stock, once with orange glitter paper, and once with purple glitter paper.  Here's a photo of everything die cut:

You may have noticed I just cut the pumpkin and got a bit of her hand using the orange glitter paper.  I didn't want to waste anymore of the paper than I had to.  I could have done the same thing with the purple glitter paper, but at the time that I cut it out, I thought I was going to use the socks and shoes, too.  As it turned out, the glitter paper shredded, so I opted to leave that portion black, and just trim off the purple hat and use that. 

Here's a photo of the portions trimmed and ready to layer for the Cute Witch:

The circle die is from Lawn Fawn.  It is a stitched stackable circle die.  There are quite a few version of this, if you search Lawn Fawn circle dies.

I stamped the sentiment using the Lawn Fawn Happy Howloween Stamp Set. It is stamped on a die from Avery Elle, but these banners on close out from EK Success would work great, too. I used Stick It Adhesive Sheets to adhere all the small pieces together.


Dies R Us products used on this card:







The papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop. The glittery black paper is from the Halloween paper pack. The spider web paper is one of the Web Works papers
I'll leave you with one last shot of the cute witch!


Visit the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog often to see the incredible creations from the very talented design team.  There's also a Dies R Us challenge blog to enter your creations where you use dies. 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Crafty Calendar Challenge -- Autumn Colors/Halloween
Crafter's Castle -- Fall/Autumn

Do Not Fear the Wind -- for the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

It's the first Monday of the month, and it's time for a new challenge at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.  Our themes are optional.  This month's optional theme is Courage.  You can choose to use this theme, or link up any positively themed project you make all month long.

Our sponsor this month is Beccy's Place.  There will be a generous gift certificate given from Beccy's Place.  Our ongoing sponsor is Scribbles Designs

I used Bonsai from Beccy's Place for our Courage challenge, and created this:



I colored the Bonsai tree with Copic markers.  The sentiment, that so nicely ties this all in with the courage theme, is part of the Bonsai digital stamp set.  In case the font is a bit hard to read, it says, "When the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind."  It was thoughts such as these that got me through cancer and chemo, and my faith in God, along with the prayers and support of many.

Papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are part of the Trees Digital Paper Collection

I hope you can join us this month at the Path of Positivity for our optional Courage Challenge. You have until November 3. 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Beccy's Place -- October Challenge
D.L. Art -- October Linky Party
Crafter's Castle -- ATG

Autumn Wreath -- An All Dressed Up New Release

It's the 7th of the month, and it's one of the 2 days each month that New Releases are show cased at All Dressed Up Stamps (the 22nd is the other day, so check back!)

Today, I have the very great pleasure of introducing you to Autumn Wreath -- one of 4 new releases available in the All Dressed Up Stamps Etsy Shop.  You'll find these new releases showcased in the All Dressed Up Facebook group, and on the All Dressed Up Blog

Here's Autumn Wreath:



I usually color first, then find papers, but this time I had my papers in mind, so I colored (with Copic markers) to match the papers, and I wanted to have an Autumn theme to match the Autumn Wreath name. 

The pretty leaves paper, and the blue watercolor looking paper are both from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are part of the Watercolor Leaves paper collection

I cut the circular card shape out of a die from Tattered Lace.  The stitched die that the Autumn Wreath image is cut out of is from The Scrapping Cottage.  The leaves are cut out of foiled papers, are are dies from Yvonne Creations, purchased from the Dies R Us Store

I hope you check out both the All Dressed Up Facebook Group and the All Dressed Up Blog to see the other new releases.  Then, do some shopping in the All Dressed Up Etsy Shop.  There are such wonderful digis for you to purchase.  Color them up and join our challenges! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday -- ATG
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG
Addicted to Stamps -- for a Lady/Girl
The Paper Players -- Grateful, Thankful for You

Friday, October 4, 2019

Pumpkin March -- for Di's Digi Designs Challenges

It's Saturday, and it's time for a new challenge at Di's Digi Designs Challenges.  The theme for the next2 weeks is, "Include a Pumpkin".  You can use any image to enter the challenges at Di's Digi Designs Challenges,  but Di has such wonderful images, and lots of them that fit this theme.  You will find them in her Di's Digi Stamps Shop

For today's inspiration, I used the adorable digital image, Pumpkin March.  It has a pumpkin, plus some other cuties!



I colored Pumpkin March with Copic markers, and how such fun doing it!  Di's images make me smile whenever I have the privilege of coloring them up!

I used papers from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  I used three papers from the Cute Halloween paper pack.  The "Boo" sentiment is actually a paper, cut to work as the sentiment.   The spider web was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo 3 with a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store. 

I hope you can join us these next 2 weeks for the "include a pumpkin" challenge at Di's Digi Designs Challenges.  That pumpkin can be a part of the image, in the papers, used as an embellishment -- we just want to see a pumpkin, and I'd like to see your creations! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday -- Fall
Polkadooodles Challenge -- ATG
Outlawz Festive Friday -- ATG
Pattie's Creations Challenge -- Autumn/Halloween
Pink Gem Challenge -- ATG
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - ATG with a Critter
Crafty Animals -- ATG with an Animal
Cute Card Thursday -- ATG

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Boo to You -- and Bugaboo Stamps

It's Thursday, and that's always "Oldie but Goodie" day on the Catch the Bug Blog, featuring Bugaboo Stamps.  I've been needing some "cute", not spooky Halloween cards that I can give my friends who live in the nursing home where I worked for 33 years.   I found just what I was looking for in the Bugaboo Stamps Store!



This card uses one of the tags in the Halloween Tags Set 01.  There are 3 tags altogether in this darling set.

I sized the ghost tag to 2.25 inches and colored it up a little with Copic markers.  It didn't need much coloring!  Then I used a Large Stitched Circle Frame die from Cottage Cutz, and a smaller circle die to cut it out, gluing the 2 together.  The fun spider web garland is also from Cottage Cutz.  The papers are called Little Booligans, and is digital. 

Check out what the other talented Bugaboo Stamps designers made today for Oldie but Goodie day, over at Catch the Bug, then come back tomorrow for Freebie Friday, join us Saturday for the start of another challenge, check in Sunday to see if Stella is sketching this week, and.....you get the idea!  Check in everyday! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday -- Fall
Fab N Funky -- Autumn Colors
Little Red Wagon -- Pumpkin Party
Paper Funday -- Halloween

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Autumn Wheelbarrow -- for Scrapy Land Challenges

It's the first Wednesday of the month, and that means it's challenge time on the Scrapy Land Challenge Blog. Challenges are always Anything Goes, as long as you use a brand of die sold in the Scrapy Land Store.  Nearly 50 brands of dies are sold in the Scrapy Land Store, so this is easy to do!

It is officially Fall, and it has felt like Fall for quite some time where I live, so I got out some Autumn dies and fall colored papers for today's card.  I love the colors of Fall!



The focal point of the card, the Autumn Wheelbarrow, is a Tutti Designs die.  I love how delicate and scrolled it is when cut out!  The white doily behind the Autumn Wheelbarrow  is from Cheery Lynn Designs.  It is called French Pastry.   The pumpkins and leaves are all from the same set.  They are from Yvonne Creations, and are the Fabulous Fall, Autumn Leaves.  The grass is part of a large set of dies from Creative Expressions. It is called Stitched Collection - Garden Critters.  There are many grass borders, if you search in the Scrapy Land store.  My search provided me with 41 possibilities.  The card base was cut out from a die.  It is from Card Deco

I stamped the sentiment on to the doily.  It is a stamp from Joy's Life Stamps.  The designer papers on this card are from the We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are the Fall Inspiration collection. 

Please try to join us at Scrapy Land Challenges!  Make a project with any brand die sold in the Scrapy Land Store and link up!  You could be the winner of a $15 gift certificate! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
TTCRD -- ATG
Dies R Us Challenge Blog -- ATG
D.L. Art -- October Linky Party
Crafty Gals Corner -- Fall Colors
Crafty Creations Challenges -- ATG

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Ho Ho Ho -- for the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up

It's October 1st (Yikes!), and that means we're one month closer to Christmas, and one month closer to needing those Christmas cards made!  It also means it's time for a new linky party at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. This month's optional theme is Sensational Santas.  Our sponsor is Limited Runs.  Keep in mind, though, you don't need to follow the twist to win a paper, or the $10 gift certificate from our sponsor.  To be eligible to win this month's featured paper pack, you do need to follow the Sensational Santa theme, displaying a Santa somewhere on your card.  The digital papers are made each month by the lovely Lisa Decosse of Decosse's Dynamite Doodles

I used Limited Run's digital image, Mini Santa, to create this:



I colored the Mini Santa with Copic markers, then fussy cut it out.  I used two different papers from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.  Both the Santa and the plaid papers are Lisa's

I used a sketch from the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge to help me create this card.  Here's the sketch: 
The Ho Ho Ho sentiment is a die from Creative Expressions, purchased through the Dies R Us Store.  The decorative brads are retired, from Close To My Heart.  The stitched oval dies are from Cottage Cutz. 

Remember to link up any Christmas cards you make this month at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  Link up one with a Santa theme to be eligible for this month's paper pack.  Link up any card and you might win the awesome prize from Limited Runs!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge --through Oct 2
Outlawz Festive Fridays -- Christmas
The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Challenge -- AT Christmas Goes

A Foxy Fall Fox -- for SheepSki Designs

It's October 1st, and we're starting a new challenge on the SheepSki Designs Challenge Blog.  Challenges will run for a month.  This month, the theme is Autumn Colors &/or theme.  You can use whatever image you'd like, but of course, we love to see those by SheepSki Designs.  You can find man wonderful images that fit this theme in the SheepSki Designs Etsy Shop

I've long admired this beautiful fox image in the SheepSki Designs shop called Elsa, but was afraid to color her up.  I decided to taketh plunge for this month's Autumn colors &/or theme challenge.  Here is what I did with Elsa



I colored Elsa with Copic markers, working hard on making her look like she had fox fur -- and was fox colored! (I'm hoping that also means Fall colored).

I did find Fall colored papers in the We Are 3 Digital Shop.  The rust colored denim paper is from the Howdy Autumn papers.  The plaid paper is from the Autumn Flannel papers

The sentiment is from an acrylic stamp set from Joy's Life.  The felt tree is from my stash.

I hope you can join us this month at SheepSki Designs Challenge Blog.  I'd love to see what you make!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies -- ATG with a Critter
Crafty Animals Challenge -- ATG with an animal
Cards 4 Guyz -- Trees, Leaves, or both
Try it On Tuesday -- Animal Magic
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- no twist


Sweet Little Pumpkin -- for All Dressed Up

It's the first of October, and that means we're starting a new challenge in the All Dressed Up Facebook Group.  Challenges start the first of the month, and run all month long.  This month, the theme is Autumn or Halloween.  Since I'm not crazy about Halloween, I went with a sweet Autumn themed card.

You can find images for both Autumn and Halloween in the All Dressed Up Etsy Shop, including new releases! 

I used one of the 3 Little Autumn Girls, and created this:



I  colored the 3 Little Autumn Girls (the one on the right) with Copic markers, using earth colors, or, "Autumn" colors, if you will.   The sentiment is from a stamp set from Joy's Life.

The papers on this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are from the Howdy Autumn papers.  The leaves and pumpkin die cuts are cut from dies from Yvonne Creations, found in the Dies R Us Store.  The enamel dots are from my stash.

I hope you find time to join in with the Autumn or Halloween challenge at All Dressed Up Facebook Group.  I have so much fun all month long seeing what everyone creates!  Shop for images here in the All Dressed Up Etsy Shop

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Make My Monday -- Autumn
Digichoosday -- ATG
Crafty Sentiments -- ATG
Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge -- ATG

Monday, September 30, 2019

Seasonal Treat Boxes -- for Dies R Us Inspiration Blog

I am posting for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog today, where I am pleased to be starting out the new term!  You are going to be seeing some great inspiration here from a talented group of crafters, so enjoy the ride!

I like making treat boxes to take to my friends in the nursing home where I worked for 33 years.  They love seeing my homemade creations, and a little bit of chocolate often hits the spot.  When I saw this versatile Small Box from Leane Creatif, I knew I would get a lot of use out of it.  Here are what they look like completed:

They are each large enough to hold approximately 3 chocolate kisses, so they are fairly small.  I used a 6x6 piece of paper for each of these.

Here's a picture of the supplies I used on these:

You can see a picture of the die, along with all the extras that come with it.  You can make a Santa box, a bride and groom box, and a sheep.  I got this on one of the Dies R Us special orders, so it's not currently available.  Sign up for the Dies R Us newsletter so you hear about these fun special orders and you won't miss out on these great specials.   You can see some other dies I used, too, and I'll explain them as I go.

Here's a picture of everything after I got it die cut.  I cut out enough goodies for 3 boxes, then embellishments for each box.

You may have noticed how the boxes curving in.  I curled them like they were ribbon in order to get them to look better.  Otherwise, they sort of collapsed in on themselves.  Here's a photo of just one of them, with the edges curling in:


The bats on this box are a Spellbinders die, but these small bats from Impression Obsession would work just as well. 

This box is embellished with another Spellbinders die, but this Cat Set by Impression Obsession would work great.

Each box is held together at the top with twine or ribbon.  I found it a little easier to thread twine through the holes.
Not everyone celebrates Halloween, so I made an Autumn treat box, too.  This box is embellished with fall leaves, cut from the Yvonne Creations Fabulous Fall - Autumn Leaves Collection


The papers on these boxes are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  The 2 Halloween boxes use the Autumn Flannel paper pack.  The Autumn themed box uses the new Howdy Autumn papers.  The ribbon is from my stash, and the twine is from Timeless Twine.

Please visit the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog often to see wonderful projects from my talented team mates.  I'll be on the team for another 6 months, and I'm very excited about that! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art --October Linky Party
Not Just Cards -- ATG
Make My Monday -- Autumn 
Dies R Us Challenge Blog -- ATG

Sunday, September 29, 2019

A Latte Birthday Wishes -- the Outlawz Progressive Freebie

Every month, I try to participate in the Outlawz Progressive Freebie Challenge.  This month, Kristy Breach, of Imagine That Digistamp provided the freebie. Not only did she provide everyone with a darling image called Lorie's Mocha for all Seasons, she also provided us with fun coffee sentiments.

I took the easy way out this month, and used one of the cute coffee sentiments, also making a gift tag holder for a friend.  This friend celebrated her 60th birthday yesterday.  She has 4 Labradors, and is training another one to be a service dog for a family with an autistic child.  She has a huge heart, and loves her Labrador Retrievers.  This gift tag holder was a hit:


I found this Labrador gift tag holder file in the Silhouette Design Store, and cut it out on my Silhouette Cameo 3.  The paw print paper is from AMB Illustrations.  You can see the cute sentiment I used, from the Coffee Sentiments.  I cut out the tag with a die from Close To My Heart.  The black ribbon is from my stash.

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Outlawz Progressive Freebie Challenge -- September
Outlawz Festive Friday -- birthday
D.L. Art -- September Linky Party

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Scary Cat -- for Sketch Saturday Challenges

It's Saturday (YEA!!!), and that means there's a new sketch and a new challenge starting on the Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog.  Every Saturday, there's a fantastic sketch, a wonderful sponsor, and inspiration to get you started.  

Our sponsor this week is Scribbles Designs.  I found this darling freebie in the store.  I used it earlier this week for my inspiration post on the Scribbles Blog, and enjoyed it so much, I used it again today, knowing it would work well for today's sketch.  What do you think?



The Scribbles Designs digi is Scary Cat. Like I mentioned above, he is free, and very cute, don't you think? Follow this link to grab him for yourself. 

Here's today's sketch:
In order to get the cat to fit right, I rotated the sketch 90 degrees.  Other than that, I followed the sketch closely. 

Papers for this card are from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  They are the Halloween papers.  Both the ghost and the "Boo!" sentiment are dies from Spellbinders. The scalloped oval dies are from Cottage Cutz. 

I hope you enjoy this sketch as much as I did.  Link up, and you could win a prize from our wonderful sponsor, Scribbles Designs!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- September Linky Party
Crafty Sentiments --ATG
Pink Gem Challenge -- ATG
Elliebelle's September Challenge -- Things Beginning with 'B'-- Boo!