Friday, June 23, 2017

Coffee Lovers' Blog Hop is time to show off your coffee/tea/chocolate creations

Welcome to your caffeine fix and my entry into the 

This Caffeine Fix measures from top to bottom a little more than 5 inches.  The narrowest measurement at the bottom width is 2 inches to the top at about 3 1/2 inches.  I don't know why I never thought to do this before.  Also, I thought a scene would make this a fun card.  That liquid coffee swirling around in the cup is that wonderful Glossy Accents which is always fun to use and adds so much depth to a project.

Caffeine Fix
Caffeine Fix
  • Supplies:
  • Hero Arts Digital Stamp set "Caffeine FIx" (coffee cup) at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Hero Arts "Destination Paris" wood stamp at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Die-namics Coffee Cup die set (the word coffee)
  • Ranger Distress Oxide inks (rim of cup is a combination of Vintage Photo and Worn Lipstick)  
  • Cup is a combination of Fossilized amber and Vintage Photo, Scene is lots of colors sponged on
You can use code Arlene15 at checkout at A2Z to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  If you need craft items that you don’t see in the store, don’t forget you can special order them here at the A2ZScrapbooking Store.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Enjoy the Journey in a Bottle

I love the new "Enjoy the Journey" stamp set and dies.  Fantastic dies and stamp images await you in the stamp and die set.  Remember that it's all about shaped cards this month at A2Z Scrapbooking.   I've used some great Hero Arts Ombre inks too.  Think Ship in a Bottle and you have it.

Close-up of the ship, which I LOVE.
  • Supplies:
  • Enjoy the Journey stamp and die set at A2Z Scrapbooking.
  • Hero Arts Ombre ink pads Vintage Metallic Rust on the ship and Pool to Navy on the bottle.
  • The base panel is sponged in Navy and the panel under the bottle is sponged in Mint Julep.
You can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  If you need craft items that you don’t see in the store, don’t forget you can special order them here at the A2ZScrapbooking Store.

Free Shipping on Domestic Orders $50.00 or More.  Be sure to check out our sales/ retired section for 50%- and more off.  This is my sample card at A2Z Scrapbooking.

Friday, June 16, 2017

City Adventure at A2Z Scrapbooking

This car is over 5 inches long and the height is almost 3 inches.  It opens from the bottom.  I took some Ranger Markers and water to color the car.  This digital car is easy to cut out by hand and I just cut the inside paper in the general shape of the car by holding the car and cutting the paper under the car.  You just crease the line on the blank car with a Score-pad and glue the top car onto the bottom shape.  I always wanted to make this car bigger and NOW it is bigger!    The cool thing about digitals is that they can be made any size.  I colored the car with the marker and then ran my water pen over the colors.  I think one of my pens was low on color and that is why the door looks a different color.

I hope you like my "News" car.
City Adventure
City Adventure
  • Supplies:
  • Hero Arts City Adventure (digital at A2Z Scrapbooking)
  • Hero Arts stamp (NEWS - stamp came with a Hero Arts cards set a couple years ago)
  • Tim Holtz Distress markers Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade and I think Blueprint Sketch.
You can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  If you need craft items that you don’t see in the store, don’t forget you can special order them here at the A2ZScrapbooking Store.

Free Shipping on Domestic Orders $50.00 or More.  Be sure to check out our sales/ retired section for 50%- and more off.   This sample is at A2Z here.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Hero Arts 90 Minute Scramble # 154 running 24 hours

Hero Arts 90 Minute Scramble # 154 running 24 hours
And here's the link to the Hero Arts group on Flickr.
A BIG AND - It is a Shape Challenge at 


I made this card  in one hour and uploaded information about it in less than the 90 minutes allotted.  SCORE.  I can hardly believe I actually got this done so quickly.  


Oh, I DO LOVE this new set and can't get enough of it.  This photo does not show the dark grey at the top of the bottle very well, but the actual shade is the same as the whale at the end of the sentiment.  There are so many dies and stamps with this set that I think it is well worth the purchase of both.  Isn't this great for a guy card or change the colors up and I think it would look cute for a fellow gal.

Supplies:
HA Enjoy the Journey at A2Z Scrapbooking - both stamps and dies
HA Ombre Grey to black (you can request a custom order)
Vagabond
Copic markers B24 for sails, YR14 on ship hull, W3 around the OH SHIP tag to bring out the tag

Friday, June 9, 2017

Morgan's ArtWorld - New Release for June

There's a new release at Morgan's ArtWorld and it's pretty fabulous.  Morgan has a way with dragons and I chose one of the new releases to color and make into a card.  The coloring is what I love.  You can be free in color choices, techniques and  styles.

My sample for the new release below, plus a close-up.


I can see coloring this in so many different color combinations.  I have been tending to the blues and greens lately and no surprise here.  I added small blue gemstones to the dress and dragon scales, with three pink gems added to the panel.  I took Copic colors I thought might work and then made them work.


Copics:
Eyes and woman's hair Y13, Y19
Eye Liner B79
Dragon skin BV0000, BV000, B10, V93
Dragon scales and woman's dress BG13, BG15
Woman's skin E00, E01 
Woman's dress V93

Hero Arts Mint Julep to Emerald Green (used the Mint Julep Ink on panel under image panel
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Some Pup Summer Fun




Let's have some SUMMER FUN!  This month, it's all about summer fun at Die Cut Divas and the sponsor is none other than Bugaboo Stamps.


It's just a Bug Pup Summer and I couldn't resist these pups.  I used a colored image for the card on the right and an uncolored image on the left card, which I colored with Copic markers.  I love a TWO FOR ONE.  I did have similar colors in mind, so it was very easy to color and have fun with this pup.


I used some Novu black dots on the floaters on the hands on both cards.  Fun and cute.  


I put a bit of Blue Midnight Nuvo on the tire and swirled it a bit, giving the tire a tire-type shine.

Bugaboo images come in such a fun range and I couldn't resist our team's selections this month.  Have fun and join in the challenge of Summer Fun.

This cute little pup is found at Bugaboo Stamps right here.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

My Calendar

Home made calendar.  The first photo shows the front and back covers of my calendar.  They are cut from a Graphics 45 paper pad (12" X 12").  I just fell in love the the cover and it's perfect for my calendar.  No stamping yet.  March through August 2017 is my start of the calendar.  I could place more pages here, but it's picture heavy as it is.

The poinsettia is die cut from a Elizabeth Craft Designs die.  I had made it and not used it.  It's the perfect color and I just had to use it on the cover.

I
 chose double-sided papers to go into the calendar and stamped front and back of each page with the Hero Arts Calendar Bold Prints stamp.  I was wondering if some of the patterns would obscure the stamp, but it didn't.  I have no trouble making notes and printing and using digital stamps and regular stamping on the pages.

The umbrellas are from a Hero Arts cut file at A2Z   I started my calendar mid-March and April is on the back of March.  June is on the back of the May Calendar page.  I have all kinds of notes and love the page.  A key die-cut from a soda can is covered with a silver pen.

May is a celebration of Carnaval in San Francisco on May 27 and 28.  That's why I chose the paper and San Francisco Designation stamp.


You can see the calendar below the "APRIL" die cut letters.   I can still write dates and info in the squares.  I stamped the umbrella with the wood block Paris stamp on the umbrella.  The umbrellas are from a cut files available at A2Z, called Weather Cuts Digital File.
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The butterflies are from a stamp set available at A2Z Scrapbooking called Color Layering Butterflies.


July is bright and cherry with flowers as the background.   I thought the new stamp set of Enjoy the Journey was perfect for this enchanting background.  A bottle with some nautical images is perfect for this calendar.  I know I will enjoy this so much.


The pattern for August may not be as imposing or enchanting as other patterns, but I would love to travel out of the hot valley here in Sacramento.
The ships from Enjoy the Journey work for me.


Each calendar uses the Calendar Bold Prints stamp from Hero Arts.  Remember, if you can't find it at A2Z, you can custom order it.

You can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  If you need craft items that you don’t see in the store, don’t forget you can special order them here at the A2ZScrapbooking Store.

Free Shipping on Domestic Orders $50.00 or More.  Be sure to check out our sales/ retired section for 50%- and more off.   My sample is at A2Z Scrapbooking here.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Helen is Modern and Elusive

Helen is Modern and Elusive.  I absolutely love this image because of the shape of the face, the hair style, the directness of the gaze and simplicity of the image.  You could literally color this image over and over again with so many spectacular results.  Well, I could wish to.

Discover this image at Crafts & Me and join our challenge of "Anything Goes" starting today on the blog.



Morgan's Helen at Crafts & Me here
Spellbinder's die - Labels 18
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Paper - Elegant Autumn # 6
Vagabond machine
Copic Markers

A Little Fried Chicken

Join the Die Cut Divas' Challenge here.



Join the Die Cut Divas' Challenge here.  Our team chose the most delightful digitals for this month.  I couldn't help pairing this Bugaboo image and sentiment with the Hero Arts stamp "Life is" from an old set.  Isn't this fun and such a reminder of summer?  I love that chicken.


Fried Chicken, everyone, the sun is high and the chicken is hot!  


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Perfectly Imperfect

Jane's Doodles


A Thank You to Jane's Doodles from me.

There's a big Thank You at Die Cut Divas.and this is my card.  I couldn't help but use these papers with one lone little monster, perfectly imperfect.  It's good for a fun card to send to a friend.



 Close-up of the little monster - who could resist?


Supplies
Jane's Doodles
Spellbinders Die-cuts
Vagabond machine
Glossy Accents
Blue Copic marker

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Hero Arts Scramble today

I'm entering this in the quickcard153 challenge.


I think I would have used a different color background if I had more time on the pink panel.  But 90 minutes is a killer if you have to redo colors.  I am just glad I finished this in time to photograph and post it.  Whew.

It's going out next week. I used my new stamp set and I made this a half page so my co-workers can sign this to send to a guy at work who is home sick.

Supplies:
HA Enjoy the Journey stamp and die combo.  at A2Z Scrapbooking
Toothpick for the flag
HA Nesting Tag Dies which I think are out of stock in HA, but A2Z still has them available.  It was easy to use the tag to die cut and then just cut inward for the V cut to make the flag.
HA Ombre Vintage Metallic Rust on the ship
HA Ombre Mint Julep to Emerald Green  (You could use the Pool to Navy also here)
Distress Inks Cracked Pistachio and Worn Lipstick
I clicked my fingers with some water to make the splatters.

I may make a card like this again, well, I definitely will be using this stamp and die set as I stamped and die cut an extra set.  Later.  Enjoy the weekend.

Sending Monster Hugs, For Sure

Jane's Doodles 



Sometimes you just have to be silly and funny. That's just what this set is for.  Anyone who needs a hug or a lift in spirits needs a card like this.  I've posted this sample at Die Cut Divas.




Close-up of a little green monster with his shamrock.

Supplies
Jane's Doodles Monster Squad
Spellbinder's die-cuts
Vagabond machine
Memento Tuxedo Ink
Glossy Accents
Copic markers

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hero Arts You're Sew Nice

Make your sentiment be the focus.  The digital kit has many old fashioned images and sentiments that go together so well.  I love the pincushion and yest, I cut it out by hand and didn't lose any pins in the adventure.In real life, this is quite striking.  The black "pins" embedded into the pin cushion are dots of black enamel accents.  They pop more than seen here.  This was quite fun to do, very CAS.  Sometimes you should tell someone you think they're nice.  What better card to send someone who sews.

youre-sew-nice
you're-sew-nice
Supplies:
Make Your Own Digital Sewing Fashion
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangle Die-cut
This is my sample card for A2Z here.

You can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  If you need craft items that you don’t see in the store, don’t forget you can special order them here at the A2ZScrapbooking Store.

Free Shipping on Domestic Orders $50.00 or More.  Be sure to check out our sales/ retired section for 50%- and more off. on the A2Z Scrapbooking blog.
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Monsters Just Hanging Out

Die Cut Divas has a wonderful sponsor in Jane's Doodles.  The challenge features either flowers, bushes, trees, grass, things like that.  I think my tree qualifies, even though all it's growing are ghosts.

Kind of a simple fun card to make.  These cute little monsters are blue diamonds in the ruff, so to speak.  I used blue gems for two of the monster's eyes and some as general embellies. I thought the sentiment was perfect.  I've cut the clear stamp sentiment into "sending" and "Smiles" so I could use "sending" with another sentiment from the same stamp set.  I hope you like it.  I have a friend who is not feeling well and will be sending this off to bring some smiles back.


Supplies:
Janes Doodles Monster Squad
Elizabeth Craft Designs All Seasons Tree
Hero Arts Nesting Tag Dies at A2Z
Blue ggms

Thursday, May 4, 2017

New Angel


The challenge at Morgan's Artworld is "Anything with Wings"

I think this image is open to using so many different colors and I think I would love to keep coloring this same image many times over.  I think you can be so creative using this same image. 

"New" Angel is so lovely and I hope you like my sample.



Close-up just for you

Visit Crafts and Me to purchase this image, "New" Angel
Copic markers
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Elizabeth Craft Designs papers (Through the Lens - Stone)
Vagabond

A2Z Scrapbooking Thread Your Day

The Sentiment is the Focal point of the May challenge. 

What a great idea for a challenge.  I don't often add a sentiment on a card so that it can be used for any occasion that comes up.  But I found some wonderful sentiments in Make Your Own digital.  I hope I made the sentiment the focus of this card because the first thing I focus on is the sentiment when I look at it.   I think I kept it pretty CAS too.   And I have this card in mind for a dear friend of mine who has won blue ribbons for her quilted projects at the California State fair and quilting shows.  Be sure to thread your day with smiles and laughter too.

Make Your Own Digital
Make Your Own

Supplies:
Make Your Own Digital  (And I did cut that needle out by hand)
My drawing talent only extends to drawing the thread)
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangle Die-cut

You can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  If you need craft items that you don’t see in the store, don’t forget you can special order them here at the A2ZScrapbooking Store.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

A2Z Say it in Words

The challenge at A2Z Stampbooking this month is to make the SENTIMENT the FOCAL POINT.  I had an idea of using an embossing folder of clouds as a background.  I think it worked.  I even have a silver lining up in the clouds (upper right).


Close-up



Supplies:
Hero Arts Weather Cuts at A2Z Scrapbooking
Elizabeth Craft Designs Clouds (looks like it's not available)
Marvy's DecoColor (Silver)
Distress inks Broken China and Faded Jeans
Vagabond machine

You can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  If you need craft items that you don’t see in the store, don’t forget you can special order them here at the A2ZScrapbooking Store.  You can see the challenge post at A2Z Scrapbooking.

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Let's Say Hi to Jane's Doodles

Janes Doodles is the sponsor for Die Cut Divas' challenge for the month of May.  You can make projects with flowers, trees, grass, what?  Yes, grass.  Be sure to read the post on May 1st at Die Cut Divas for more details.

Here's my sample for May first.  Sometimes I have odd ideas and they come bursting upon me without even thinking.  Such are the arrows in the Monster Squad clear stamp set at Jane's Doodles.


Isn't this set adorable?  And can you see the arrows?  Those are my trees on the hill.  A fun idea.
Monster Squad
Supplies:
Jane's Doodles Monster Squad
Elizabeth Craft Designs Rectangle Die-cuts.  
Vagabond machine
Copic markers
Distress Oxide  Cracked Pistachio for the "trees" on the "hill"



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Fabrika FantasyFairy


The challenge at Die Cut Divas is Birthdays.  I know it's not Autumn but I was in an Autumn mood and you can celebrate any season.  There are some beautiful images and this Autumn Fairy is only one of many.  This is the very last day to enter.  See the Die Cut Divas' challenge blog here and my entry for the 30th here

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Fabrika Autumn Fairy

Close-up of Autumn Fairy 

Supplies:
Fabrika Fantasy Autumn Fairy
Elizabeth Craft Designs (Stitched Rectangle dies)
Copic markers
Vagabond machine
Little B Designer Cutting Dies (Handwritten)




Thursday, April 27, 2017

Happy Birthday, Little Chipmunk

Fabrika Fantasy has some fantastic digital images and the chipmunk I used below is a bonus, plus it is already colored in.  These are all colors I would have chosen and he is a cute little guy.  The challenge is Birthday. This is such a happy little guy that I think any age would appreciate it.

Fabrika Fantasy
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Happy Chipmunk


Close-up of Happy Chipmunk

REMEMBER,  I did NOT color this, it is an already colored digital image.
My sample at Die Cut Divas

Fabrika Happy Chipmunk
QuicKutz Cutting Dies - Nesting Scallop Squares
Copic marker YG 67 - on the tufts of grass
Glassy Accents on the eye

Thursday, April 20, 2017

My Note Book Cover

I know I'm doing things a little backwards, but it will all work out.  I've completed my cover for the Note/Thoughts/Artsy things I want or need to remember. I finished my first page on March 20th here.   I like the bright and cheeriness of the cover - makes me want to open it and see what else there might be.  I really only have one page finished, so I have a whole lot more to do.  It might be nice to make the back to keep the pages all neat and safe too   I am very pleased with the cover to "Arlene's Notes".   I like the way the new Ranger Oxide inks worked on this cover.  The cover is made out of chip board and coated with white acrylic paint as a base to work with.  I taped the stencil on at the bottom and inked away with a blender tool. I pulled the tape off and blended some more.  I printed the cup in light blue, but it was too light in color so I colored it with a copic marker.  A bright idea occurred to me to use hearts instead of lines for steam.  
Butterfly Fancy Caffeine Fix

I opened the cover and caught a peek of the page I finished last month.
Close-up of cup with Wink of Stella
Supplies:
  • Hero Arts Die Butterfly Fancy
  • Hero Arts Digital Caffeine Fix
  • Hero Arts Stencil - corssing wave - may be out of stock
  • My Momenta dies - alphabet purchased at Hobby Lobby
  • Die-namics coffee cup - hearts
  • Copic marker B37 to color the cup
  • Distress Ink - Chipped Sapphire for alphabet & butterfly
  • Oxide Inks - Cracked Pistachio, Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, Brokern China and Faded Jeans in order of use from top to bottom of Note Cover
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Ranger Blender Tool
  • Vagabond
You can find my post at the A2Z blog.
You can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  If you need craft items that you don’t see in the store, don’t forget you can special order them here at the A2ZScrapbooking Store.

Free Shipping on Domestic Orders $50.00 or More.  Be sure to check out our sales/ retired section for 50%- and more off.  

Monday, April 10, 2017

Talk about the Weather

If you like to use Cut Files, have fun with the Weather, I say.  

I always loved seeing umbrellas in the old English movies, tons of umbrellas keeping off the rain.  Now I love the colors that you can purchase and all sizes.   Isn't the saying "April Showers Bring May Flowers?"  And you can't do anything about whether it rains or snows, so why not appreciate it.  That's why I made a card with umbrellas over a map.  

A2Z Weather Umbrellas
A2Z Weather Umbrellas

A2Z Weather Close-up
A2Z Weather Close-up
You can use code Arlene15 at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more (before tax and shipping).  If you need craft items that you don’t see in the store, don’t forget you can special order them here at the A2ZScrapbooking Store.

Free Shipping on Domestic Orders $50.00 or More.  Be sure to check out our sales/ retired section for 50%- and more off.  This is my sample at A2Z Scrapbooking.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Wise Dragon from Fabrika Fantasy

My sample for Fabrika Fantasy is a fantastical image.

I'm one for fantasy, whether it's reading, movies or images.  So are my sons.  This card is sitting on my desk for my son's birthday.  He's a teacher and likes science fiction and fantastic dragons. I thought this fit the bill.

Die Cut Divas is having a Birthday challenge month.  Join in.  This sample is here.


 Close up

 Inside of card

Supplies:
Fabrika Fantasty Wise Dragon (colored image with a couple Copic marker strokes)
Spellbinders Nestabilities Arched Windows One
Elizabeth Craft Designs Die - Happy Birthday
Clear Wink of Stella touches (sorry I couldn't get the glittery parts to show up)
Vagabond