Friday, September 22, 2017

Friends are Like Gardens -- for QKR Stampede

My favorite day of the week is here again! Fridaaaaaay!  Today, I am traveling 3 hours, returning from a conference.  It will be good t get back home, back to my hubby and puppy, and back to a routine.  

Today is also the start of a new challenge at QKR Stampede challenge blog.  This week's theme is 'Embossing'.  We want to see any kind of embossing -- either wet or dry.  

I don't know why, but I rarely emboss on a card.  I have a ton of embossing folders, but need a reason to use them, so this challenge was good motivation to get them out.  I needed a jump start!  Here's what I created, using dry embossing:



This card uses QKR Stampede digi stamps, Flower Border & Friendships and Gardens sentiment digi.  I colored the Flower  Border digi with Copic markers, then fussy cut it, mounting it on the embossed panel I ran through an embossing folder by Close To My Heart.   The papers on this card are digital, and were found at Snap Click Supply.  

I hope you can join us this week at QKR Stampede for our optional themed, "Embossing of Any Kind" challenge.  Or, you can always enter an Anything Goes project.  We have great digis you can win (like these 2!) and I'd love to see what you make!


Saturday, September 16, 2017

If Friends were Acorns -- for Imagine That! Digistamp

It's the weekend!  It's also time for some mid-month inspiration at Imagine That! Digistamp's Creative Playground.   I cannot believe we're more than 1/2 way through this month already!  Challenges at the Creative Playground are always Anything Goes.  If you use an Imagine That! Digistamp image, you get the set of the month for free, and this month's manatee stamp is sooooo cute! 

There's signs of Fall showing up everywhere here in Northwest Wisconsin,  so I made an autumn themed card for today's challenge:

This card uses Acorn Bunny by Imagine That Digistamp, colored with Copic markers, then fussy cut.  The sentiment is also from the Acorn Bunny set.   The digi papers are the Fabulous Fall papers by Imagine That! Digistamp.

Imagine That! Digistamps products used on this card:



I hope you find time to join us this month for the Anything Goes challenge and your chance to win the Manatee set if you use an Imagine That! Digistamp image.  The challenge runs until Oct 6. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

A Butterfly Thank You -- for QKR Stampede Challenge Blog

Haaaappppppy Friday, everyone!  I hope you have enjoyable things planned for the weekend.  We're nearing the ending of Harley riding season here, and every weekend counts, but there's rain in the forecast, so it might be a crafting weekend instead and that's OK!

This week at QKR Stampede, it's an Anything Goes challenge.  Yeah!  I love those!  

I've been wanting to color this image up for a long time, and I finally got the chance!


This is from the sister company of QKR Stampede, Eureka Stamps.  It's Butterfly & Sunflower, colored with Copic markers.  The sentiment, also from Eureka Stamps, is large Thank You.  Both are available in digital or rubber, but digital were used here.  Designer papers on this card are also digital and are from Snap Click Supply.  The card base is card stock from Close To My Heart.  The ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM. 

I hope you can join us this week for our easy peasy Anything Goes challenge at QKR Stampede.  We've got great prizes, and I'd love to see what you make!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I Will Love You Fur-ever! for MHKDesigns

Hello, and happy hump day, my crafty friends.  My husband and I have a new puppy, so my thoughts seem to be quickly turning towards dog-themed cards these days.  Here's one I recently created:


I used 2 MHKDesigns digital stamp sets to make this simple card, and one MHKDesigns digital paper.  I started with the I've Been Framed digital stamp set, then nestled a sentiment from the Fur & Paws Digital Stamp Set inside the frame.  The paw print designer paper is from the Pawsitively Purrfect Digital Paper Pack.

MHKDesigns supplies used on this card:




Have you joined the MHKDesigns challenge yet this month?  It's anything goes as long as you use an MHKDesigns image. You still have plenty of time!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Happy Fall, Y'all! for QKR Stampede

It's Friday again!  I do like this day of the week!  It also means that it's time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog.  This week, the optional theme is "Fall Colors", or you can enter an Anything Goes project.  

Fall!  I love the earth tone colors that come with Fall, and I love the changing leaves.  A few trees have begun to turn around here in NW Wisconsin.  Tomorrow is the harvest fest in the small town where I live.  There'll be lots of celebrating going on.

The crows in this card are doing some celebrating.  They are not at all afraid of Mr. Scarecrow!


I used the QKR Stampede digi, Scarecrow and Friends (Q-digi24243) on this card, and sentiment ES-digi16102, Happy Fall, Y'all.   Scarecrow and Friends is colored with Copic markers.   The gingham papers are digital. They are from Paper Whimsies.  

Fall!  It's also a great time to start more crafting, as the weather turns cooler.  I hope you can join us this week at QKR Stampede for our optional Fall Colors challenge.  We've got great prizes, and I'd love to see what you make! 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Thankful for Art -- and Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

Hello, crafty friends, and happy Labor Day to my American readers.  Today is the start of a new challenge at Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.  We have a 3-month challenge theme, exploring the concepts of art, literature, and music.  For September, the theme will be art.  To be eligible for the prizes, tell us how your project ties in with art -- how are you affected by art, artistic masters, art in your home, sculptures, whatever!

Our guest sponsor this month is Luna Girl.  You'll find the most awesome vintage images at Luna Girl!  I used one of the images from the Summer Garden Digital Collage Sheet to create this:


Studying the masters is a great way to learn about light source.  It can help in my own coloring and shading.  I love how this vase is shaded and how the artists used shadows behind the daisies.  We can learn so much from other artists and learn from them in our own artistic journeys.

I hope you can join this month at Path of Positivity for our "Surround Yourself with Art" challenge.  It runs until October 1.   You can also link up any positive themed project if you don't want to use the alternate theme. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

A Marvelous Challenge -- for MHKDesigns

September 1st?!?  Where do these months go?  That means we're starting a new challenge over on the MHKDesigns blog.  As always, the challenges are Anything Goes if you used an MHKDesign image.  There is also an Inspiration Board for you if you choose NOT to use an MHKDesigns image.  It will be pictured below.

I have some pretty mums blooming in my yard, and they were the inspiration for this card, along with the colors from this month's inspiration board:


I used the Mum's the Word Digital stamp set, and colored the flower image from that with Faber-Castell color pencils.  The sentiment is from the Marvelous Digital Stamp set.  The designer papers on this card are from MHKDesigns.  They are:  
Pawsitively Purrfect (dark blue)
Stenciled Roses (turquoise paper and pink houdstooth)
Rosy Posy papers (green dot)

MHKDesigns products used on this card:




I hope you join us this month at MHKDesigns Challenges.  Here's the Inspiration Board to help you:


I'd love to have you link up, and I'd love to see what you make!


My Life is a Desert -- for QKR Stampede

It's Friday, and time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog.  This week, the optional theme is "Wild West".  Instead of going with a cowboy theme, I went rather prickly on this.  
I used an image from QKR Stampede's sister company, Eureka Stamps, to create this card:


This uses Cactus (ES-digi6101).  I colored the Cactus image with Copic markers, then used a couple circle dies from Craftin' Desert Divas to cut out and back the Cactus image. The sentiment is computer generated.  The cactus paper, and other colored papers are from Pixel Scrapper.  The glimmer trim is from Close To My Heart. 

I hope you join us this week at QKR Stampede for our optional Wild West challenge.  I'd love to see your take on the challenge, and we've got great prizes!