Thursday, August 17, 2017

Swallowtail on Coneflower -- for Bloom Arts Stamps

Hello fellow crafters!  I have a gorgeous digi to share with you today from Bloom Arts Stamps.  It's titled simply, Swallowtail on Coneflower.  



I colored up Swallowtail on Coneflower with Copic markers, then used a die from Top Dog dies to cut it out.  The background paper is from MHKDesigns.  The card base is an SVG file from Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons.  The crinkle ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM. 

I'm not a huge violet person, but I really like how this turned out.  Maybe it's the orange and purple together that makes for a striking combination.

Bloom Arts Stamps has many great digital and clear stamps that are wonderful for whatever your favorite coloring medium it.  Make sure and check them out! 



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

You Are Marvelous -- an MHKDesigns New Release

Today, the MHKDesigners are showcasing another fantastic New Release!  Start on the MHKDesigns blog
for inspiration and a chance to win the set for yourself!

Flowers are my favorite thing to color. I love to experiment with different color combinations.  

I'm featuring the New Release, 'Marvelous' Digital stamp set on today's card, along with one paper from the MHKDesigns Radiant Rainbow digital paper pack...


I colored the flower from the Marvelous stamp set with Copic markers, then used a Spellbinders die to cut it out.  The sentiment is also from the Marvelous Stamp Set.  The card base is a cut file from Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons. The lace and crinkle ribbon are by 3 Girl JAM. 

MHKDesigns Products used on this card:



Have you entered the MHKDesigns challenge yet?  You still have plenty of time, as it runs all month.  Use an MHKDesigns image, and it's Anything Goes!  


Back to School -- with Crafty Sentiments Designs

It's Tuesday, and there's a Back To School theme at the Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge blog this week.  It's perfect timing, and kids are getting ready for school just about everywhere!  

I have created a card with Isobel, and she is Hitting the Books.  This is Crafty Sentiments Designs rubber stamp, Isobel - Hitting the Books.


I colored Crafty Sentiments Designs rubber stamp, Isobel - Hitting the Books with Copic markers.  It was so fun to color this design!  

I found the designer paper of book covers at Pixel Scrapper.  The silver glimmer trim is from Close To My Heart, and so is the sentiment.  The tag that the sentiment is stamped on is from Paper  Wishes.

I hope you join in on the Back to School challenge this week at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog.  I'd love to see what you make!

Shy Skunks Sneak Peek -- for Pickled Potpourri

Hello, crafty friends!  I'm posting today on the Pickled Potpourri blog.  You'll find my full post here on Friday, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek today.  Here it is 😀


Friday, August 11, 2017

Make a Joyful Noise! for QKR Stampede

It's Fri------------Daaaaaaay!   And time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede Challenge blog.  This week's optional theme is "Inspired by Music" or you can use an 'Anything Goes' theme. 

Here's my project for this week's challenge:


This card uses QKR Stampede digi Cat Calling (Q-digi14516), colored with Copic markers.  The sentiment is computer generated.  The papers were found at Pixel Scrapper.  The crinkle ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM, and the paw print brad is from my stash.

I hope you can join us this week at QKR Stampede.  You may win some of the awesome digis for yourself, and I'd love to see what you make!  Don't forget our optional 'Inspired by Music' theme!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

You Are Brilliant -- an MHKDesigns New Release

August 10 -- time for more New Release inspiration, starting on the MHKDesigns blog.  Today, we're showcasing the MHKDesigns New Release, 'Light of the World'.


I wanted this to be bright and bold, just like that lightbulb.  I accomplished the look using not only the Light of the World digital stamp set (colored with Copic markers) for both the image and the sentiment, but also using MHKDesigns digital papers, Sunflower Sampler

MHKDesigns products used:


Visit the MHKDesigns blog to start your journey of all the talented designers.  Leave comments on each designers blog and you could win this set (or all the New Releases!) for yourself.  Don't forget about the MHKDesigns challenge.  It's just getting started.  It's anything goes, if you use an MHKDesigns image, and it runs all month. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Christmas Frames -- an MHKDesigns New Release

"We wish you a merry Christmas. We wish you a merry Christmas. We wish you a merry Christmas, and a happy new year!"   Are you singing yet?  At least humming to yourself?  Well, you should be because it's time for New Releases at MHKDesigns and that's reason to sing, shout, and jump up & down!

Today, the design team are showcasing "Christmas Frames."  It's a great vintage set with some traditional Christmas sentiments that a perfect for cards and tags.  I have one more card ready for the 2017 Christmas season!



I used Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils on the Christmas Frames digital stamp set, nicely tucking the sentiment inside the frame (included with the set).  I used soft greens to keep with the vintage feel.  Papers for this card, also from MHKDesigns, are the Simply Seasonal digital papers.

MHKDesigns products used on this card:




Visit the MHKDesigns blog to start your journey of all the talented designers.  Leave comments on each designers blog and you could win this set (or all the New Releases!) for yourself.  Don't forget about the MHKDesigns challenge.  It's just getting started.  It's anything goes, if you use an MHKDesigns image, and it runs all month. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Summer Humor -- for QKR Stampede

Another Friday, another challenge -- at QKR Stampede Challenge blog!  I love our optional theme this week.  It's "Make it Humorous".  This is the absolutely perfect theme for QKR Stampede as they have so many cute, quirky stamps that work for this theme!  Take this Bikini Frog (Q-digi8204) for instance...


I colored Q-digi8204 Bikini Frog with Copic markers, then fussy cut it out.  I made the background by inking repeatedly a piece of wavy cut cardstock then moving it down, inking again, moving it down, inking again, repeat, all the way down the background paper.  The sentiment is computer generated. 

I plan to send this to a very good friend who is having surgery on Monday, donating one of her kidneys to her brother.  I thought a little levity might go a long way under the circumstances.

I hope you can join us this week for our optional "make it humorous" challenge at QKR Stampede.  I'd love to see what you make!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

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

Another month, another Christmas card!  It's time for a new challenge at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  This month, the optional theme is 'Traditional Christmas Colors.'

Our guest sponsor this month is Kitten Scraps.  I had the fun of working with Christmas Balls Clipart.  


The Christmas balls come in a .png version, so I could play with them and layer them the way I wanted.  I created this montage for the focal point of my card using the Christmas Balls Clipart set.  Papers on this card are from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.  I used 2 sets -- Glitterati II, and Cute Christmas.  

I hope you can join us this month at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  You can link up any Christmas design, and I'd love to see what you make!

Find the Beauty in Small Things -- for MHKDesigns

It's August 1 (where has the summer gone?) and it's time for a new challenge at MHKDesigns.  Challenges run for a month, and if you use an MHKDesigns image, it's Anything Goes.  There's an inspiration board if you'd like to use it, or if you don't use an MHKDesigns image.

I made a tag for this month's challenge, using the colors of August's inspiration board:

I used the MHKDesigns digital stamp set, Beauty, on this tag. I colored the daisy image with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.  The sentiment is also from the Beauty stamp set


Papers on this tag are also from MHKDesigns.  They are the Get Well Flowers Paper Pack

Here's the inspiration board for the MHKDesigns August challenge:

I hope you can join us this month for the MHKDesigns Challenge.  I'd love to see what you make!  This is also New Release month, so visit the MHKDesigns blog on August 5, 10, 15, 20, & 25 to see some great inspiration for the new releases.  You'll find the new releases, and all the great MHKDesigns, in the Etsy Shop.

Joy! for Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog

It's Tuesday, and that means it's time for a new challenge at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog. This week's theme is always a favorite:  Anything Goes!  This is also New Release week at Crafty Sentiments Designs and I have a New Release digi to share with you today.  This is Christmas Melodies, sized to fit my card perfectly!

I colored Christmas Melodies with Copic markers, then used 2 sizes of a Spellbinders label die to create the card.  Papers and glimmer trim are from Close To My Heart.

Join us this week at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog -- it's Anything Goes!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Don't Ruffle My Feathers -- for QKR Stampede

FRIDAY!!  It means many things, but it always means it's time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog.  Challenges are Anything Goes with an optional theme.  This week's theme is:  "Down on the Farm."  QKR Stampede and their sister company, Eureka Stamps have many great farm images to use for this challenge!

Here's my farm-themed card:


You gotta love Mama chicken!  She's got attitude!  She's a Eureka Stamp digi called Mother Chicken (ES-digi8701). I colored her and her chick with Copic markers, then used some Lawn Fawn dies to cut them out.  The tractor paper was found at Pixel Scrapper.  The sentiment, a QKR Stampede digi, (Ruffle Feathers Q-digi15103) was cut out using a Paper Wishes die. 

I hope you can join us this week for our optional themed 'Down on the Farm' challenge at QKR Stampede.  We have great prizes, and I'd love to see what you make!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Froggy Love -- for Imagine That! Digistamp

Woohoo!  Thursday!  This week is clicking right along!  It's time for some Thursday inspiration over on the Imagine That! Digistamp blog.  I spent some time last weekend playing with an adorable freebie, and some fun papers that match it.  I created a tag for today's inspirational post.  My husband loves frogs, so this one's for him! 

(freebie!)


I colored the frog using Copic markers, then fussy cut it out.  The pocket was pre-colored.  I thought I'd use it because I liked it just the way it was!  The Frog in My Pocket papers match so perfectly!   This was all so fun to put together! 

I hope you find time to join the challenge this month over at the Imagine That! Creative Playground. You have until August 4.  If you use ANY Imagine That! Digistamp set, you can get a set for free.  This month's featured set is the Baby Mermaid:

Join us at the Imagine That! Digistamp Facebook Group, too. You'll find even more inspiration, fun, news, and friendship there. 

Believe in Tomorrow -- for Bloom Arts Stamps

Hello, hello!  I'm posting today for Bloom Arts Stamps, using one of their amazing clear acrylic stamps.  You can do soooo many things with this one stamp set!  I'm in love!

The stamp set is from the Bloom Arts Wreath Season's Collection (LG-015).

I used a small portion of the wreath to create this:



I stamped the "summer" portion of the wreath in each corner of my panel, then used distress inks.  The sentiment is from Unity stamp company.  The crinkle ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM.

Here's a look at the whole stamp set so you can see how versatile it is:

Check out the Bloom Arts Stamps blog for more great inspiration using clear and digital stamps.  You'll find us on Instagram at: @bloomartstamps    


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