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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.
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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


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Silvertrace Dragon in Egg

Sample for the Men at Morgan's ArtWorld

I went for the dramatic colors of red/oranges and greens with a touch of borwn. The eye is a gold dot of color.I think the stone background panel brings out a feeling of being in a cave or conversely outer space.


Close-up below


Supplies:
Morgan's Artworld Silvertrace Dragon in Egg
Elizabeth Craft Designs stitched rectangles and paper (Through the Lens - Stone)
Copies
Vagabond
Time Holtz die cut 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Hero Arts Road Trip

Getting to know YOU. I have always loved this little deer, which came out as a wood block stamp and is in the digital Hero Arts Road Trip in addition to a wonderful mountain range for my background.

Digital Road Trip

Close-up
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Supplies:
  • Hero Arts Road Trip  dear and mountains
  • Hero Arts Enjoy Today clear set (older set)
  • I'm not sure of the die cut trees with small cabin manufacturer
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.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Fabrika Fantasy Sponsor's Die Cut Divas

Fabrika Fantasy is the sponsor for Die Cut Divas

This is the first time I've ever used Fabrika Fantasy digital stamps.I am certainly glad I was introduced. I'm in the coloring mood.  I usually don't use the color yellow either.  I was in the color yellow mood and love this.

The nymph is part of a larger landscape, but I wanted to concentrate the attention to the nymph.  Be sure to visit Fabrika Fantasy here.


  
Supplies:
Fabrika's Beautiful Nymph
Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements
Die cut leaves
Copic markers
Vagabond machine

Friday, March 31, 2017

Let's Have a Toast Wth all the Drinky Mice


I needed a quick card to give a friend for a birthday.  I needed a gift card for her.  I had some pre-cut card panels and set about making my card.   The mice are actually on the panel for the front of the card.  I folded it this way so you could actually see both sides fairly well.


 This is the close-up so you could see those funny mice. 


Supplies:
Die's Digital Stamps Drinky Mike For Two under the Colored Mice catagory
Elizabeth Craft Designs Gift Card Accordion 

Monday, March 27, 2017

For my CCC partner


I just purchased a Stampin' Up stamp set and had to use it.  What fun images.  The woman and the smudge of red are both from my new stamp set. The "Friends" stamp is from an Art Impressions stamp set.  I thought they fit wonderfully together.  I hope my exchange partner enjoys it too.



Close-up of image.

Supplies:
Stampin' Up "Beautiful You"
AI "Live, Laugh, Love"
Distress inks Worn Lipstick and Mustard Seed
Little B Scallops dies
Spellbinders Splendid Circles

Di's got Penguin Friends

Visit Die Cut Divas for the month challenges and inspiration.  
I love working with these fun digitals

I couldn't help myself and colored in two wonderful digital stamps just so I could play.  It's the hard life of a Diva, I'm telling you.  It's deciding what to color, how to color, I just have to color and I just can't stop coloring.  Yep, I know you feel for me. :

I loved this cute little bear with his friends, kind of like hanging out at the pool, eh? 


Supplies:  
Di's Digital Stamp (Fishing Buddies) 
Copic markers
Vagabond machine
Elizabeth Craft Design Stitched Rectangles


I am still so much in the mood for coloring Christmas/Winter images.  I guess you can tell.  I think these guys had a bit too much Christmas cheer.  These are definitely fun.

Supplies:
Die's Digital Stamp Snow Man Cheers (B&W)
Copic markers
Vagabond machine
Elizabeth Craft Design Stitched Rectangles

Friday, March 24, 2017

Coffee Lover's Blog Hop Spring 2017

Coffee Lover's Blog Hop for Spring  
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HELLO from me to you!

WITH ENOUGH COFFEE, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE

A digital stamp set lets you vary the size and colors you use.  This is my card to wish all the coffee lovers in the world a Happy Coffee Loving Day!


The digital stamps I'm using are from A2Z Scrapbooking store here.  The exact digital set is here.  Some Copic markers finish the coffee cup.

See the A2Z Scrpbooking post with our other DT entrants to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

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.

2nd Chance to Win: During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both!

Monday, March 20, 2017

My Notebook has a Butterfly Stencil

Stenciling is this month's challenge.  I made my own stencil here.
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The second page to my notebook (still not sure what I'm calling it) has a patterned base and two pockets.  On top of the top layer, I stamped different words and phrases over a homemade stenciled background, while on the base I used a couple of the images in my home made stencil   If you don't have a stencil you want to use, you can make one to your liking by using your dies.   The first image is my page without the tabbed notes inserted in the pockets.  The top pocket is raised.
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I added my tabbed notc cards into the pockets so I know what I've worked on and ideas for the future.

Color Layering Butterfly Frame Cuts Dies
Color Layering Butterfly Frame Cuts Dies
Supplies:
  • Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies Frame Cuts dies (Stencil made by die-cutting)
  • Hero Arts My Words (older word set)


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.

2nd Chance to Win: During the month of March, we’re giving you a second way to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store! We’ll do a random draw from the blog comments during the month of March for one gift card. You can enter once a day by commenting on the blog post and earn up to 31 chances to win! If you’re feeling it, you’re welcome to enter both the Hero Arts with Stencils challenge and the commenting challenge…maybe you’ll win both!

The inside is simple and I did photograph the inside on my blog.  You can catch me at A2Z Scrapbooking.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Hero Arts Scramble today - YEAH

I think my phone turned out super.  Why?  Because with the Misty, I can stamp over and over until I get the coverage I want, a nice deep black.  I think I would have used this set more if I had the Misti then.

The challenge, for me, was not that easy.

Rules:
 Three of something
 Light blue or blue/green color
 Daffodils (any color) or a yellow flower

The flower is an abstract flower and I thought this would be a cool card for a teenager.

To get an aquamarine color, I put stamp to ink pad (chipped Sapphire first and then Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio)  It's a really unique color.  What the heck, if you don't try something, you'll never know if it works.



Close-up

Supplies for Phone card for the scramble 3/12/17.   
Hero Arts  LOL clear stamp set & You Make Me Smile set
Nuvo Crystal Drops Carribean Ocean and Midnight Blue
Distress Inks Chipped Sapphire and Mustard SeedDistress Oxide Cracked Pistachio on top of the Chipped Sapphire on the "happy birthday" message on the phone.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Morgan's Artworld Sian Goddess 45


I thought this image perfect for the blustery winds of March, up here in the Northern Hemisphere.   I also thought she looked thoughtful and so I chose the sentiment for this reason.  I've put some sequins in a couple places, plus a sequined moon over the tree.

Supplies:
Morgan's Artworld Sian Goddess 45
Hero Arts My Words (discontinued)
Elizabeth Craft Designs Rectangle Stitched die'cuts

My Sample here

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Di's Adorable Mice


Di's Digi Downloads



Challenge is 

"For the Love of Animals"


I made this doughnut card as a Happy Birthday card for my boss at work.  Whenever I hold a meeting, he asks, "Are you bringing donuts"?  He's the donut champ.  I couldn't pass this colored digital by and I saved my coloring except for the BG0000 Copic marker showing here and there.  I think my boss is the one in a coma.  hahaha


Supplies:
Di's Digi Stamps Doughnuts and Sprinkles under the category Colored Mice or uncolored under the category Mice
Hero Arts Crossing Waves Stencil (background panel)
Vagabond
Copic marker BG0000
My sample at The Die Cut Divvas

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy Stencil

A2Z Scrapbooking has a great challenge to enter - stenciling.  You can use your stencils to create depth and and shape.

If you don't have a stencil, you can create your own, which is what I've done here.  I am not exactly creating a journal, nor a notebook or a book of images or designs.  I'm not sure yet, what it will end up being, but one has to make a start at least.  I needed something to keep track of challenges and designs as well as being fun.   I made a page to fit a grunge book which I am painting white.  This will be a page inside the book.  I chose a patterned paper and used a stencil of various sized dots, then die cut the butterfly to use it as a stencil.  I sponged white Unicorn ink into the holes and along the border of the butterfly stencil.   I would not have used the white inked butterfly except that it brought out the outlines of inked butterfly image that I stenciled.

I added some words and small gems, white reinforcements and a digital image for color.

Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy
Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy
Supplies:
  • Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy Die
  • Hero Arts Digital Road Trip (Route 66)
  • Hero Arts White Unicorn ink
  • Hero Arts Nesting Tag Dies (reinforcements)
  • Hero Arts My Words - old HA clear set
  • Elizabeth Craft Design stickers -
  • Ranger Distress ink
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.

The inside is simple and I did photograph the inside on my blog.  You can catch me at A2Z Scrapbooking here.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Die Cut Divas New Challenge - March 2017

TheAwesome Sponsor for March 2017 at Die Cut Divas is Di's Digi Stamps


This is the terrific theme: For the Love of Animals

I made a tag. I couldn't get over the wonderful images and I even purchased come colored images too. I found this too delightful and had to have it in both colored and uncolored format. This is the pre-colored image. Isn't it great?


I don't live in the snow, but loved this old fashioned mail box and colored digi from Di's digi Stamps. Even though there's rarely snow in the Sacramento area, my friend does live in snow country. The print-out was so rich in color and I would have chosen similar colors, so I did tint the snow with Copic marker BG0000. This is a marvelous color to give you an icy tint to things.

Di's Digital Stamps Micemas Post in the colored mice section
Copic marker BG0000
Spellbinders die-cuts
Laser printer

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Hawaii

Die Cut Divas' Sponsor for February is none other then Hero Arts and this is my sample card for the blog.

Just use Red or Pink in your creation.


This is the first time I've used the Hawaii stamp.  I bought it December and thought I'd start the month with Hawaii in mind, especially after all the rain we've had.  I want some nice sunny weather and since I can't go now, I can dream, stamp, and color.


 This stamp is a lot of fun to color and dream of vacations in the future.  I used some scrap paper as a background, dotted some Nuvo Crystal Drops and die-cuts using the back side of the background panel.

Supplies:
Hero Arts Hawaii
Elizabeth Craft Designs Dream and Create
Nuvo Crystal Drops (Caribbean Ocean)
Copic markers
Vagabond machine

Monday, February 27, 2017

Touch of Pink


Just a touch of pink.
The challenge at Die Cut Divas is to use Pink or Red

I made a simple card, but I think it turned out rather good.  I really haven't used my Dylusions sprays very much and I had a go at it.  I die cut some white card stock.  taped the die-cut down with removable tape, started at the bottom with the lime, worked up with the blue and ended with the pink.  I pulled the die-cut up and decided to spray the palm with one solid color.  I wiped excess off and let it dry.  Since I wanted to leave some of the white behind it, I adhered the die-cut so peaks of white could be seen under the blue palm leaves.  Hope you like it.

Supplies:
Hero Arts Palm Fancy Die - always a favorite of mine
Dylusions Ink sprays - Fresh Lime, London Blue and Funky Fuchsia

This is my sample card for Die Cut Divas here.