Sunday, September 25, 2016

Today is a Good Day to Smile! -- The Outlawz Progressive Challenge

Woohoo!  It's been a great, productive, crafty weekend for me.  I hope whatever you've been doing, you've been enjoying yourself!

I try to play along with The Outlawz Monthly Freebie Progressive Challenge each month. This month's freebie was generously provided by Di's Digi Stamps, and it's wonderful!

I love coloring animals and I love sunflowers, so this mouse & sunflower digi was pure joy to color!

I colored the Mouse & Sunflower image with Comic markers, then used a Spellbinders label die in various sizes to cut it out and back it. I used a smaller version of the die to showcase the sentiment -- a clear stamp from a Simon Says Stamp set. The sunflower crinkle ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM.  I also used my We R Memory Keepers scalloped corner chomper on this card. 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Di's Digi Challenge -- Ribbon, Lace, &/or Twine
D.L. Art -- September Linky Party
Critter & Creatures Linky Party -- ATG as long as it's a Critter

Friday, September 23, 2016

Special Thanks -- for Great Impressions Stamps

Happy Friday, fellow crafters!  I have a Friday flash back for you today for Great Impressions Stamps.  I'm sharing one of my favorite cards I've made since being on the design team.

I created this card in the spring, but I think this stamp is wonderful anytime of year!

I love this big, bold rubber stamp that is both image and sentiment in one.  It is Great Impressions Stamps G364 Spring Special Thanks.  

I colored G364 Spring Special Thanks with Copic markers, then used a variety of dies to create the card.  I cut the card base out on my Silhouette Cameo with a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store.  The crinkle ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM.  The stick pin is from Prima Marketing. 

I'm forever in need of thank you cards, and I believe the recipient of this one will enjoy it anytime of year!

You'll find this fantastic stamp, and many many more in the Great Impressions Stamps store

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

You are totally fabulous! For MHKDesigns

Greetings, crafty friends!  It's time for the September/October challenge on the MHKDesigns Challenge blog.  I love the colors of fall, so this month's inspiration board was great fun!

Using the colors in this board, I created this:

Isn't this fun?!?  I used the Fabulously Fall Digital Stamp set to create this.  The acorn and the fabulous sentiment are both part of the set.  The papers on this card are also from MHKDesigns, and are found in the Etsy Shop.  They are from the Fabulously Fall and Country Farm digital papers. 

I used the Fabulously Fall digi stamp set and printed it on some hand pressed paper I've had for years.  Then, I used Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils on the acorn to shade it. I attached this layer to the card base with a Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher (stapler). The layered edges were made with dies from Paper Wishes/Hot Off the Press. The sequins are from Close To My Heart. 

I hope you join in this month's challenge at MHKDesigns.  You have a whole month!  The theme is anything goes if you use an MHKDesigns image, and the mood board is available for any other image you might want to use.  Come join us!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

You're My Hero -- for Crafty Sentiments Designs

It's Tuesday, and time for a new challenge at the Crafty Sentiments Challenge blog.  I'm the hostess this week, and the theme is 'For Someone Special'.  Hopefully, we all have many special someones in our lives that we send cards to, so this should be an easy one!

I have an elderly gentlemen who moved across the state many years ago now. He was a very faithful volunteer in the nursing home where I work for 13 years.  I try to send him a card every week.   Here's the card I'm sending him this week.

He's a very patriotic man, so I think he's going to like this.

This card uses a rubber stamp from Crafty Sentiments Designs.  It's Patsy & Gizmo - Flag.

I colored the Patsy & Gizmo - Flag rubber stamp with Copic markers.  The Americana backing papers are from the Imagine That! Digis by Kris Shop.  The sparkly gold stars are from my stash.  The sentiment is a stamp from Joy's Life.

I hope you can join us this week for the 'someone special' challenge at Crafty Sentiments Designs.  We have great prizes, and I'd love to see what you make!  Join us in the Crafty Sentiments Facebook group, too, for contests, challenges, and even more inspiration.  We'd love to have you!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Digi Choosday
Lemon Shortbread

Monday, September 19, 2016

Have a Lucky Birthday -- for the Path of Positivity

It's Monday, and time for some midway inspiration on the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog, where our theme this month is 'Luck'.
Our sponsors this month are Limited Runs and Imagine That! Digis by Kris.

I used a Limited Runs, Double Cherry Cupcake 2 digi, to create this:  

Of course, eating cupcakes is lucky any time of year, but getting one this yummy looking is definitely lucky! I colored Double Cherry Cupcake 2 with Copic markers, then fussy cut it.  Everything else on this card is from Close To My Heart.

I hope you can join our luck themed challenge this month at Path of Positivity.  It goes until October 2, so there's still plenty of time to link up!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A Stationery Stash -- for The Cutting Cafe

Happy Sunday, everyone!  I'm spending the morning on the organ bench, then going for a walk with my BFF, and maybe getting a little crafting done.  Wow, that wounds like a great Sunday, doesn't it?

I'm posting today for the Cutting Cafe.  This week, all the design team is working with a new set in the store called 'Let's Write a Letter' Printable Set

Warning, there are a lot of pictures with this post!

I have a co-worker who loves all things paper.  She calls herself a paper whore. When we were assigned this set, I knew I had to make something for Dorothy!

Here's Dorothy's Stationery Stash...

I used the SVG file that comes with the set to create the box. 


There are many printable designs in this set.  Here are the designs I printed for Dorothy.  I printed at least 8 pages of each design.

Stationery for a variety of occasions, don't you think?

I'll leave you with a close up of the outside of the box:

Dear Dorothy,

I know you like paper, and I know you like to write letters, so I made you your own, unique, stationery stash.  Enjoy!

Hugs, Julie

Everything pictured is from the 'Let's Write a Letter' Printable Set, found at The Cutting Cafe.

Visit The Cutting Cafe blog on September 21 to see what the other design team members created with this set.  Leave a comment, and you could win 3 sets of your choice from the store. Check out the Cutting Cafe - Be Inspired Facebook Group, too, for more inspiration, friendship, and fun!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- September linky party
Sunny Day Challenge -- ATG

Friday, September 16, 2016

Autumn is a Second Spring -- for Great Impressions Stamps

I'm posting today for Great Impressions Stamps, and I have a sweet, sweet card to share.

Autumn is my favorite season.  I love the cool, crisp weather, the earth colors, the vibrant leaves.  This adorable image and wonderful sentiment sum up the season for me:

This card uses Great Impressions Stamps F492 Fall Clean Up, and E550 Second Spring.

I colored F492 Fall Clean Up with Copic markers, using the colors from this month's Great Impressions Stamps Challenge inspiration board:

The challenge goes all month, ending September 30, so there's still plenty of time to join us.  Of course, we'd love to see a Great Impressions Stamps image, and there's incentive if you do!

Do some shopping in the Great Impressions Store, too.  You'll find these 2 wonderful stamps there, plus so much more!