Friday, July 21, 2017

Friends for Life! and QKR Stampede

Woohoo!  It's Friday!  I do like my Fridays!  It means it's time for another challenge at QKR Stampede.  The challenges have an optional theme, or you can enter 'anything goes'.  This week's optional theme is "Up, Up & Away".   

QKR Stampede has the most adorable animal stamps.  See what I mean?

Aw, so sweet!  

I used 2 QKR Stampede digis on this card -- Q-digi6805 Bunny & Butterfly, colored with watercolor pencils, then fussy cut, and Q-digi1704 Friends Bring Memories.

I hope you enter our 'Up, up and Away' challenge this week at QKR Stampede.  Remember, it can be 'Anything Goes'. 

Sunflower Mini Gram -- for Pickled Potpourri

Hello, everyone!  I hope you are finding time to enjoy the summer. We've had a cool, rainy summer, but the flowers are beautiful!  Just like the flowers on this Sunflower Mini Gram from Pickled Potpourri Designs.

I printed the Sunflower Mini Gram on yellow paper, then used color pencils to color the designs on it. 

Here, I'm just getting started:

I love sunflowers, so this was very fun for me to color up!
All I need to do is write message on the other side, fold it in 3rds, seal the Sunflower Mini Gram, and it's done!
Pickled Potpourri has so many fun designs in their store, at very reasonable prices.  Please check it out for yourself!  Do you prefer rubber stamps?  Check out Red Rubber Designs instead. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Big Faith! for The Cutting Cafe

Hello, fellow crafters.  I'm posting today for The Cutting Cafe.  The design team this time, is featuring Silhouettes.  You'll find a variety of silhouettes used in many different ways.  The Silhouette Digital Stamp set & Cutting File is found here.

There are many fun images in the file, but I decided to use a silhouette as a background to create this:

The sentiment is from a custom set I purchased at The Cutting Cafe Shop.  I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder onto the black silhouette

The cancer-themed background paper on this card is from Imagine That! Digistamp. The crinkle ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM and the button is from my stash.

Please visit the Cutting Cafe blog on or after July 21 to see the rest of the Silhouette creations from the design team.  Leave a comment and you could win 3 sets of your choice.  Always visit the Cutting Cafe - Be Inspired Facebook Group for more fun, news, and inspiration. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sunflower Sneak Peek

Hello, and happy Tuesday!  I'm on the Pickled Potpourri blog today with a Sunflower Mini Gram.  I'd love it if you'd check it out and leave a comment.

Here's a sneak peek of it all:

For My Friend -- and Crafty Sentiments Designs

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  It's time for a new challenge at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog. This week, you have a choice in themes.  Either go CAS or Fussy & Fancy with your project.

I used the Crafty  Sentiments Designs rubber stamp, 'This Rose' to create this for the challenge, going for the Fussy & Fancy theme:

I colored the rubber stamp, This Rose, with Copic markers, then used a Die-namics stitched die to cut it out.  The background paper is from Paper Wishes.  The card base was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo, using an SVG file from Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons.  I layered up a couple of different laces from my stash to match the paper.

I hope you can join us this week at Crafty Sentiments Challenge for our CAS or Fussy & Fancy Challenge.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Wishing You a Beautiful Birthday -- for Imagine That! Digistamp

It's time for a bit of mid-month inspiration over at the Imagine That! Digistamp Creative Playground.  As always, if you use an Imagine That! Digistamp image on your project, you get a great digistamp for free.  This month's is awesome!

I made a birthday card for a friend of mine for this month's challenge.  Here it is:

I used a pre-colored image from the Fuchsia & Hummingbird digital stamp set. The sentiment is also part of the Fuchsia & Hummingbird set.  Papers for this card, also from Imagine That! Digistamp, are part of the Sweet Pastels Paper Pack.

Imagine That! Digistamp products used:

Please join us this month at the Imagine That! Creative Playground!  I'd love to see what you make!

Friday, July 14, 2017

I'm Praying for You -- for QKR Stampede

Woohoo!  It's Friday!  I love my Fridays!  It also means it's time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede challenge blog.  Our theme this week is "By the Seaside", or you can use Anything Goes.  

This card uses stamps from QKR Stampede's sister company, Eureka Stamps -- Shell Border (ES-digi28902) and I'm Praying For You (ES-digi13107).

I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks on the Shell Border stamp.  The designer papers on this card are from MHKDesigns. 

I  hope you can join us this week at QKR Stampede challenge blog.  We've got great prizes for you to win, and a fun theme! 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Shakin' the Halls this Christmas -- for MHKDesigns

Happy Thursday, crafty friends!  I'm on the MHKDesigns blog today where there's a Christmas in July theme going on.  I'm shaking things up a bit with a shaker card!

  I always think they are so fun!

 I used MHKDesigns Deck The Halls digital stamp set for the holly and the sentiment.  The papers, also from MHKDesigns, are Simply Seasonal Digital Papers

Have you entered this month's MHKDesigns challenge yet?  It's anything goes, as long as you use an MHKDesigns image.  We're not quite 1/2 way through the month, so there's still plenty of time.  Check out the MHKDesigners & Friends Facebook Group, too, for even more inspiration. #mhkdesigns is now on Instagram, too!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Dear Friend -- for QKR Stampede

It's Friday, and time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede challenge blog.  I'm traveling across the state to a friend's house today, and this card is making the trip with me, along with a hostess gift.  It works great for the Anything Goes challenge this week at QKR Stampede.

This card uses a digital stamp from the sister company, Eureka Stamps. It's Dear Friend (Es-digi56501), colored with Comic markers, then fussy cut, framed with black card stock, then put on a another piece of card stock.  It was a quick color and a quick-to-assemble card, but a gorgeous image! Eureka Stamps has a number of these, and I reach for them often. 

I hope you join our "anything goes" challenge this week at QKR Stampede.  We have great prizes, and I'd love to see what you make!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Birthday Clematis -- for Bloom Arts Stamps

Flowers, nature, birds, bugs.  Bloom Arts Stamps is everything I love in stamps -- both clear acrylic and digital -- so when I saw their DT call at Splitcoast Stampers, I reached out to Lisa, and here's my first post!

I tried something new, for me, on this digital stamp, Clematis Vine.

I used Spectrum Noir Aqua Blend pencils on this Clematis Vine digital stamp, then used a shimmer brush to blend with instead of a water brush or paint brush.  It's difficult to see in a picture, but IRL, it's very sparkly, especially on the flower petals.  I really like the effect, and I'll definitely do it again!

Bloom Art Stamps has some amazing stamps that you really need to check out.  The design team is growing, so you'll be able to find more inspiration over on Splitcoast Stampers (Bloom Art Stamps has a gallery there), on the Bloom Arts Stamps blog, and there's a Bloom Arts Stamps Etsy Store. You can find the Clematis Vine stamp here in the Bloom Arts Etsy Store

Happy Birthday Pop Up Flowers -- for The Cutting Cafe

I have a birthday card to show you today, which works out perfectly, as today is my birthday!  I also have several good friends with birthdays this month, so one of them will get this awesome card made from a cutting file found at The Cutting Cafe.

I was a bit nervous about trying it, but it's very easy to make, especially once I watched the video on how to assemble it found here.

First, the outside of the card:

There's no Cutting Cafe files here, just digital papers found at Snap Click Supplies.  The rest is from Paper Wishes.

Now, for the inside.  Ready?

Woohoo!  Isn't that awesome?!?  I love how that flower pops right out!  It's the Flower Pop Up Card, for sure!

Here's another view of it:

Definitely a Flower Pop Up!

This week at The Cutting Cafe, we're all using the Flower Pop Up card.  Visit the blog to see what everyone did with it.  You'll be amazed! Leave a comment and you could win 3 sets of your choice!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

So Sweet! -- for Crafty Sentiments Designs

Happy Tuesday, everyone.  It's time for a new challenge at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog, and this is also New Release week, with this being the start of the New Releases!  You'll find great inspiration at Crafty Sentiments Inspirations today-Friday, with the New Releases for sale at Crafty Sentiments Designs starting Saturday, July 8.

This week's challenge at Crafty Sentiments Blog is a favorite -- Anything Goes! I used the New Release rubber stamp, Ice Pops to create this: 

I colored 'So Sweet' rubber stamp with Copic markers, then used 2 dies from Top Dog dies to cut it out and layer it on the card base.  I found the popsicle paper -- it's digital -- at Pixel Scrapper.  The sentiments is from Spellbinders.   The card stock and glimmer trim are from Close To My Heart. 

I hope you check out all the new releases this week, and join in on our Anything Goes challenge at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Merry Christmas, Deer! -- for the 12 Months of Christmas

Another month, another Christmas card!  It's the first of the month, so it's time for another challenge at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. The optional theme this month is "Oh, deer!"  Break out your deer and reindeer for a chance at the prizes by Bugaboo Stamps!

I used the lovely Bugaboo Stamps Reindeer Silhouette and Oh Deer papers by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles to create this:

I tend to keep my Christmas cards flat for easy mailing, and I did that with this one.  No need to add bulk and extra postage!

I hope you can join us this month.  Enter any Christmas card you'd like, but follow the optional theme to be eligible to win the prize from Bugaboo Stamps.  Enter 2 cards this month, and you'll be eligible for the papers from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles

What a Wonderful World! -- for MHKDesigns Challenge

It's July 1st, so that means it's time for a new challenge on the MHKDesigns blog.  The challenge runs for a month, and it's Anything Goes, if you use an MHKDesigns image.  There's an inspiration picture if you don't use an MHKDesigns image.  I'll post it at the bottom.

This card, made for the MHKDesigns challenge, uses Beginnings & Endings (the apple and twig), Beautiful Bottles (sentiment), and Country Farm papers, all found in the MHKDesigns Etsy Shop

The apple and twig were colored with Copic markers.  The border on the side was cut with a die from Anna Griffin. Circle dies are by Lifestyle Crafts.

Here's the inspiration photo for you, if you'd like it.

I hope you can join us this month at MHKDesigns.  I'd love to see what you make!

Friday, June 30, 2017

You Are My Sunshine -- for Great Impressions Stamps

Hello, and happy Friday!  I love big, bold sentiment stamps that can be the focal point of a card.  I found this great one in the Great Impressions Stamps store, and fell in love with it. 

This is E876 My Sunshine.  All I did was ink it up, cut it out with a square die cut, back it with another die cut (both by Spellbinders) and centered it on the card.

The bright, summery designer paper is from Echo Park.  I cut the sun die cut out on my Silhouette Cameo with a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store. 

It was a fun, easy card.

This is my last post for Great Impressions Stamps, and I want to thank Deone and Ruza for the wonderful experience!  I have loved every minute and will treasure each of my Great Impressions Stamps

Merry Christmas! for QKR Stampede

Happy Friday!  It's time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede Challenge blog.  Since it's almost July, this week's theme is "Christmas in July".  Here's your chance to get a Christmas card made!

I love many of the animal stamps found in the QKR Stampede Store, and today's Christmas Mouse is no exception!

I used Q-digi13714 Christmas Mouse & Q-digi13806 Merry Christmas on this card.  I printed them both on cranberry red card stock from Close to My Heart, then made a shaker card with dies from Lawn Fawn.

The dots papers are Echo Park Dots & Stripes Christmas papers.  The sequins are from Craftin' Desert Divas.  The ribbon is from my stash. 

I hope you can join us at QKR Stampede for our Christmas In July challenge.  I'd love to see what you make!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Thinking of You -- & Great Impressions Stamps

Greetings, fellow stampers.  I hope your June is going well.  I have a simple, yet pretty card to share with you today using a Great Impressions Stamp.

This round card uses F326 Daisy Thinking of You, colored with Copic markers.  I used round dies from Craftin' Desert Divas, Lifestyle Crafts, and Tattered Lace to create this shaped card.  Papers are from Graphic 45. 

Have you entered the Great Impressions Stamps Challenge yet?  You still have a few days.  The theme this month is Masculine. This is the final challenge, so I hope you can enter it!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sit a Bit -- an MHKDesigns New Release

I'm here today to show you the last New Release of June for MHKDesigns.  It's been a great month!  Today's New Release is called, 'Sit a Bit'.  

I printed one of the fab chairs from Sit a Bit onto Kraft paper, and printed one of the sentiments onto an MHKDesigns digital paper. All the designer papers are from the MHKDesigns Country Farm Digital Paper Pack

I used a Spellbinders Die set to create this card, including the shaped base, and some crinkle ribbon from 3 Girl JAM.

MHKDesigns sets used on this card:

There's only a few days to enter this month's MHKDesigns 'Anything Goes' challenge, but a new challenge will be starting very soon!  I hope you've been able to join in the fun!  Make sure to visit the MHKDesigns blog for more inspiration on today's new release and your chance to win it!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Watercolor Botanicals -- for Pickled Potpourri

I seem to be reaching for different watercolor mediums these days. I have a short tutorial to share, using Spectrum Noir watercolor pencils and a fairly dry paintbrush. 

I have two cards, both featuring Pickled Potpourri Grand Botanicals digi stamp

Here's the first one, using the Grand Botanical digi stampRose Sentiments and free Robyn digital papers, all from Pickled Potpourri.

Here's how a did this:

Step one.  I started with the lightest color, 
then, I added a second, similar shade
last, the third color, which I blended slightly with a damp paintbrush
I made the leaves with 3 shades of green and some purple for contrast.

Then, I did the same thing again, using shades of violet on the flower.  I fussy cut both flowers and all the leaves.  Then, I started creating cards.

Another card, using the same Grand Botanical digital stampRose Sentiments, and free Robyn digital papers

Two cards, same products, but the look very different.  I love how that happens!  I hope you enjoyed your visit to the blog today and will come back often!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Paper Piecing Thanks -- for QKR Stampede

It's Friday!  That means it's time for a new challenge at the QKR Stampede Challenge Blog.  This week, our optional theme is 'Paper Piecing'.  

Do you ever have an idea that turns out totally different in real life than it did in your head?  Such is the case with this paper pieced card.  I had it planned as a summertime-looking green leaf, but just couldn't find the paper to make it look right with the accompanying acorn:

This paper pieced leaf is a digi stamp from Eureka Stamps, the sister company to QKR Stampede. It's ES-digi10402 Open Oak Leaf.  The 'thanks!' sentiment is also from Eureka Stamps.  It is ES-digi4402 lg thanks.

I printed the Open Oak Leaf stamp twice -- once onto yellow card stock, once onto the red old wallpaper digital paper.  The second one I fussy cut, then pieced onto the yellow card stock. 

I used Spellbinders dies on this card, digital papers by MHKDesigns, and a bit of ribbon from 3 Girl JAM.

I hope you can join our Paper Pieced challenge this week at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog.  We've got great prizes, it's anything goes with an optional twist, and I'd love to see what you make!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

I Prayed for This Child -- for Imagine That! Digistamp

It's Thursday, and time for some Thursday inspiration on the Imagine That! Digistamp blog.

I'm invited to a baby shower on Saturday for a very good friend.  She just had her first baby.  This is the card I'm taking with me to the shower.  It's uses Imagine That! Digistamp's Sweet Sleep Boy digi stamp set.

I colored the Sweet Sleep Boy with Copic markers, matching the colors to the background paper (it also came with the set.)  What drew me to this set in the first place is the awesome sentiment.  I LOVE that verse from 1Samuel1:27!  It is absolutely perfect for this card and for the occasion.  I have been praying for baby, mom and dad for months now and I want them to know that. 

Imagine That! Digistamp products used:

Stop by the Imagine That! Digistamp blog to see the other creations from the talented DT!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Enjoy Life! for The Cutting Cafe

Summer!  It starts today, although we've already had a few hot, humid days here in Wisconsin, and a few storms to go with that hot, humid weather.  Summer -- lazy days, flip flops, ice cream, popsicles.  You gotta love summer!

We're featuring bingo cards this week at The Cutting Cafe.  You will find many different bingo card sets at The Cutting Cafe, and many different ideas of what can be done with them today on The Cutting Cafe blog.  I have one simple idea to share with you featuring the summer bingo cards:

The bingo cards in the Summer Bingo Cards Set come in various sizes.  These are the small ones.  I used 3 of them and some papers and embellishments from Echo Park.

Take time to check out all the bingo card set at The Cutting Cafe, and make sure to see all the wonderful inspiration on The Cutting Cafe Blog.  Leave a comment for a chance to win 3 sets of your choice!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Season's Greetings -- an MHKDesigns New Release

June 20, and the MHKDesigners are showcasing another of this month's New Releases.  Today, you'll see Season's Greetings

I used the Santa image from the Season's Greeting digital set, printed it on Kraft paper, and colored it with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. I used a die from Craftin' Desert Divas to cut out the Season's Greetings image.  Papers on this card are also from MHKDesigns.  They're Simply Seasonal Digital Papers.  More dies from Crafting Desert Divas were used to construct the card. 

MHKDesigns products used on this card:

Have you joined in on the MHKDesigns monthly challenge yet?  It's ATG if you use an MHKDesigns image.  It goes until June 30, so there's still time!
Start at the MHKDesigns blog to see what the rest of the designers have made with today's new release. Leave a comment on each designer's blog for a chance to win this set!

Hello -- for Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog

It's Tuesday, and it's time for a new challenge at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog. The theme this week is an easy one, 'Add a Sentiment'.  

I used the Crafty Sentiments Designs rubber stamp, A Phone Call to create this for the challenge: 

I colored A Phone Call with Copic markers, then used a Spellbinders die to cut it out.  The 'Hello' sentiment is a die from Desert Craftin Divas. 

I hope you can join us this week for the 'Sentiment' challenge at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog.  We have a month-long challenge in our Facebook group, too.  Join us there also. 

Grand Botanicals Sneak Peek -- for Pickled Potpourri

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I'm on the Pickled Potpourri blog with two cards, a watercolor tutorial and some gorgeous products to showcase!

Hop on over to the Pickled Potpourri blog to see the whole card and the tutorial.  I'd love a comment to know you've been there!

Monday, June 19, 2017

With Love -- for Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

It's time for some mid-month inspiration over on the Path of Positivity Challenge blog, where the optional theme this month is, "Faith, Hope, and Love." You can also enter any positive themed entry you would like.

Pattie's Creations is a guest sponsor for us this month.  Using her Two Hearts and Rose digital stamp, I created this:

I colored the Two Hearts & Rose digi stamp with Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils, then fussy cut it.

I made the card using dies from Top Dog dies.  The papers are Romantic Set 2 from Imagine That! Digistamp.  The sentiment is a sticker from Paper Wishes. 

The 'Faith, Hope, Love' challenge at Path of Positivity goes until July 2.  Please join us! 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Be Like a Giraffe -- for Imagine That! Digistamp

Ha! Giraffe cards 2 days in a row on my blog.  I have a theme going here!  Giraffe patterned paper 2 days in a row, too.  What are the chances?

Today, I'm featuring a coffee-drinking giraffe who is very wise, and he's from Imagine That! Digistamp.  This Giraffe With Coffee set can be your free if you enter this month's challenge at the Imagine That! Creative Playground.  All you ned to do is use an Imagine That! Digistamp image and the set is yours.  He's too cute!  Go for it!

I used the pre-colored image of the Giraffe with Coffee set, and one of the fun sentiments that came with the set.  The giraffe patterned papers are also from Imagine That! Digistamp.

I cut the card base out on my Silhouette Cameo with a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store.  The sun is from a file found there, too.  The bronze shimmer trim is from Close To My Heart. 

Imagine That! Digistamp products used: 

I hope you can join in on the challenge this month in the Creative Playground!  You have until June 30 to try and win this set.