Tuesday, November 17, 2020

November Card Chain Challenge

 I try to join the Card Chain Challenge every month because it is so much fun to send and receive hand made cards.  We have choices of the challenge option that we'd like to do and I wanted to do the Aperture or Window card.  I've used this beautiful Hero Arts die before, but I did something a bit different with this.  As I was going through my stash looking for papers, I discovered a beautiful card (front only) I had received from a non-card maker.  That became my window backing instead of making a card base from scratch.  I used 3 dies and glued them together.


Sketch Option

Theme Options: Animal with Hooves 
(that's deer/camels/cows/goats etc or any other ungulates that take your fancy
Stars / Friendship

Product / Technique Options: 
Glitter /Aperture Card


Supplies:
Hero Arts Window on the Garden Fancy Die
QuicKutz nesting scallop square dies - can't find these online but We R Memory Keepers has some that look exactly like these
Front of a commercial card as window backing
Copic markers








Saturday, November 14, 2020

One More Card for The Christmas Kickstart Christmas Challenge

 I just didn't have time to get my card done for The Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, but I do have time to join the Christmas Kickstart Christmas right here.  You have to use an embossing folder and a stamp.  I embossed the cup in my first entry and love how the embossed cup looked.  Here I added some Nuvo drops to the cup and mad a pull tab card (my very FIRST).  The pull is a little off from the top, so I will really have to watch that for next time, but I think it works out great for the coffee cup.  

The striped panel is double-sided and the arrow is from the back side of this panel.  

I'm also going to join the Let's Squash It! challenge. 




Card with the little lady pulled up out of the cup

A side close-up view for you.

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Hot Chocolate die
Hefty Doodle Slimline Pull Tab
Rubbernecker Stamps Daisy stamp and die
Sizzix embossing folder
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Gloss - Red Berry
Stamping Up paper




Flowers From Julia Spiri

 World Wide Open Design Team challenge 

You MUST be a DT on any Design Team in the World to be eligible to enter this Challenge ~ New exception rule, this challenge is now open to any of Julia Spiri Facebook Members, and you are not required to be on a DT.

I got to play around with flowers this month as a Guest Designer for DT World Wide challenge. Please know that I have taken poetic license with the flowers, the colors, the way they're colored, everything!

The challenge runs from November 15th through December 12th, Sydney Time Zone 7:00 a.m. or if you're in California, like me, that's on Thursday, September 14, 2:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight. 

I wanted a faded out background so I took G00 and squiggled it all over the place, just random patterns and it seems to have worked for me.  I cut two of each word, glued the doubles together to make them stand out more.  As you can see, remember is not exactly matched up, but I still think it works well.  I've had a bout of Vertigo and it took me awhile to complete this project, so I only have one card for this month.  I so wanted to make a slimline card and had everything cut to make it, but coloring is taking much longer than usual on many things.

Supplies:
Julia Spiri Peony Bouquet
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Copic markers
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss - Caribbean Ocean and Woodland Green
Distress ink Cracked Pistachio
Vagabond die-cut machine

Have a Happy Thanksgiving if you're in the states.


Thursday, November 12, 2020

Another Hot Chocolate Cup for you

I didn't get any time until this evening to work on another card.  It sometimes takes me a bit to find patterned paper to go with a project, but I knew I had something that would go with my cup and Hero Arts Elf from a couple years ago.  I do love stamps with matching dies.

Supplies:
Hero Arts Santa's Elves Stamp and Cut
Elizabeth Craft Designs Hot Chocolate dies
Elizabeth Craft Designs words (joy is one of the words) die
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangle die
Cuttlebug Provo Craft embossing folder 
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Gloss - Simply White
Copic markers
Dark brown paper for chocolate running over the side
Stamping Up paper for the die cut background panel
Vagabond die cut machine

I'll be joining in on a couple challenges with this card.
 The Coffee Lovers Blog Hop right here.

The Christmas Kickoff Challenge right here.













Wednesday, November 11, 2020

I'm Joining the Coffee Lovers BLog Hop, Better Late Thank Never!

It took me long enough and now I don't want to stop making cards.  I love these special times of the year and even though I don't drink coffee, I love hot chocolate. I did use a small card backing, but I love how it turned out.  I'm so happy to join The Coffee Lovers Blog Hop right here.

I glued the two die-cut cups papers together and put all the dies on a small card I had left over from cutting some slimline cards.  I'm really happy with this card and I may make a few more to send out as it was really super easy.


Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Hot Chocolate dies
Elizabeth Craft Designs brrrrr
Distress ink for the marshmallow

Sunday, November 1, 2020

November with Morgan's Artworld

    
The theme is always "Anything Goes" at Morgan's ArtWorld.  
Challenge dates are November 1st to November 27th on Pacific Daylight Savings Time.
You can use any image or project you have created and enter up to three (3) times on the blog.

For purchasing Morgan's ArtWorld Images, please visit the website at Creative Art Design Studio.  There will no longer be any sales from the Facebook shop.





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We would like to invite you to our Morgan's ArtWorld Facebook Group. 
Please come and join our Group HERE!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/848616968526756/

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Morgan's ArtWorld Pinterest Link: HERE
https://www.pinterest.com.au/MorgansArtworld/
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I thought I would show you how I usually color, first the skin tones, adding more depth as I go.
     
    
   

                

I also printed just the butterflies, adding them on top for depth.  I took a black multiliner and drew over the scrollwork on her face and chest.  I am happy with this coloring.  I hope you enjoy her too.
Supplies:
Morgan Fitzsimons Fantasy Fae Digi Stamp 2 here 
Little B Scallops die
QuicKutz circle die
Memory Box Loopy Rings
Copic markers & mulitliner
Vagabond die cut machine


I would like to enter the following challenges:
Polkadoodle Anything Goes 
Creative Moments - Anything Goes (189)
The House That Stamps Built - "Anything Goes" 
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - "Anything Goes"
Mix it Up - "Anything Goes"

A Frantic Stamper Month at Die Cut Divas

                                                    
Frantic Stamper is the Sponsor of 
Die Cut Divas in the month of November

I wanted to go slim line for my first card of the month.  I also couldn't do without these cute tea stamps when I saw them.  Most of my friends enjoy a nice cup of tea and I'll be using this set a ton!  I hope you join the Divas at Die Cut Divas this month for a month of "thanks".
     
                                

Supplies:
Your Next Stamp Holiday Tea at Frantic Stamper
Your Next Stamp matching die for Holiday Tea at Frantic Stamper
Elizabeth Craft Designs Thanks die at Frantic Stamper
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Woodland Green and Simply White (Frantic Stamper)
Whimsy Stamps Slimline Windows die  (three different colors cardstock cut)
Vagabond die cut machine

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Halloween is a Fun Time For Me

It's Autumn with Bugaboo Stamps and time to inspire you to join the Die Cut Divas' Autumn Challenge.  Make it Autumnal or Halloweenish and join us at Die Cut Divas.
Bugaboo Stamps

I have always loved Halloween because it was always fun to dress up and give out little Halloween cards at grade school as I was growing up.  Now I love greeting Halloweeners at my door to see the fun costumes and give some candy out.  I made a spooky card for this last day of October, fun and a bit spooky.


Close-up below.

Supplies:
QuicKutz Nested Squares
Memory Box Loopy Rings
Copic markers
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss - Ebony Black
Vagabond die cut machine


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Card Chain Challenge Reveal for October

 I try to join the Card Chain Challenge every month because it is so much fun to send and receive hand made cards.  November is open for sign-ups.

For October, we had lots of choices, as always.  I chose spooky, although my card isn't very spooky.  It does have a spooky house though.  I hope my partner in the challenge likes her card.  This is the first time I've used this stamp and I even forgot I had it.  It was fun to get out the Distress inks and play as well as stamp and try to figure out what ghoulish figures might be in the windows.  I don't know if I really figured it out, but I think some of them were ghosts and maybe some mummies.

You can find the reveal right here.

Supplies:
Rubbernecker haunted house
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangle dies
My Momenta (capital letters)
Distress inks - wilted violet, ripe persimmon, mustard seed, peeled paint 
Black multi-liner to accent the house more
White Gel Pen
Vagabond die cut machine


Saturday, October 24, 2020

Bugaboo Happy Halloween Cat

I made a very simple card for you and I, myself, am surprised how much I really love it.

                    Bugaboo Stamps

The prize is a $12 gift code to The Bugaboo Digi Stamps store for your digital stamps.


Supplies:
QuicKutz Nestic Oval dies
Copic markers YG01, a little YG05, RV63
Vagabond

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Lots of Fun With Julia Spiri Mice

 World Wide Open Design Team challenge 

You MUST be a DT on any Design Team in the World to be eligible to enter this Challenge ~ New exception rule, this challenge is now open to any of Julia Spiri Facebook Members, and you are not required to be on a DT.

I am loving being a Guest Designer for this wonderful DT World Wide challenge. I have two cards for you, so scroll on down to see both.

The challenge runs from October 15th through November 12th, Sydney Time Zone 7:00 a.m. or if you're in California, like me, that's on Thursday, September 14, 2:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight. 


Close-up below.


SECOND CARD - a bit quirky
I popped up the sentiment for a "just because" kind of card. This is only part of the image.  I just loved that tea pot house, so I resized it to make it larger.  I love the way that mouse is taking it easy.
I made a mistake on the left curtain of the kettle house.  I drew the circle all the way around the left side where the curtain was supposed to be hanging out the window - too dark a color to easily get rid of.  I put a dot of Nuvo to make it look like the other dots on the house - I SAVED it.

Here's the coloring page so you can go for the full image if you want.  Really CUTE!

Supplies for slimline card:
Fun Town, a Julia Spiri image
Kat Scrappiness Rectangle die (largest)
QuicCutz Nesting Circles (different sizes so I could cut them all at one time)
QuicCutz Nesting Rectangles for one of the sentiments
QuicCutz Nesting Ovals for one of the sentiments
I stamped and pre-cut the sentiments from several stamp sets
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Caribbean Ocean
My Favorite Things Cloud Stencil
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine

Supplies for square card:
Fun Town, a Julia Spiri image
QuicCutz Nesting square dies
I stamped and pre-cut the sentiments from several stamp sets
Nuvo Crystal Drops Metallic Autumn Red
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Crushed Grape
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine

Thursday, October 1, 2020

October with Morgan's Artworld

The theme is always "Anything Goes" at Morgan's ArtWorld.  
Challenge dates are June 1st to June 27th on Pacific Daylight Savings Time.
You can use any image or project you have created and enter up to three (3) times on the blog.

For purchasing Morgan's ArtWorld Images, please visit the website at Creative Art Design Studio.  There will no longer be any sales from the Facebook shop.





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We would like to invite you to our Morgan's ArtWorld Facebook Group. 
Please come and join our Group HERE!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/848616968526756/

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Morgan's ArtWorld Pinterest Link: HERE
https://www.pinterest.com.au/MorgansArtworld/
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I had printed out two images and cut both with the same die.  I colored one image and put it aside.   It wasn't until I picked up both in my hand that I knew I wanted to use both the black and white image and a colored image on my card.   I've always thought this image was a beauty and the beast theme.  Some of you may not like this image, but the woman has the most gorgeous features to color.  This image does not seem to be available at this time, but I would keep on checking at Creative Art Design Studio.

Close-up below

Supplies:
Morgan Fitzsimons image (not currently on the website here
Spellbinders Nestabilities Arched Windows One
Copic markers
StarFoam stickers
Vagabond die-cut machine

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Polkadoodle Anything Goes (week 40)
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Anything Goes (week 39)
Mix it Up - "Anything Goes"
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - "Anything Goes"

It's Autumn with Bugaboo Stamps

It's Autumn with Bugaboo Stamps and time to inspire you to join the Die Cut Divas' Autumn Challenge.  Make it Autumnal or Halloweenish and join us at Die Cut Divas.
Bugaboo Stamps
Thoughts of rain enter our heads come October and this bear just appealed to me because he's cute and holding a patched umbrella.   We have a long summer with no rain (as always) and now it's time to fill up our dams and get wet! 

 How much cuteness can you deal with in the rain?  I looked up a quote about Autumn and found a very thoughtful and wonderful quote that I think fits October musings very well.  The quote reads "Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons" by Jim Bishop.

I zig-zagged my way across the sky surface with a BG0000 or BG000 marker to add a bit of interest.

Supplies:
Bugaboo Umbrella Teddy
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangle dies
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine



Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Happy Halloween and Fun to All

Cheapo Dies is the sponsor for Die Cut Divas, so if you want to make Thanksgiving cards, Christmas cards New Years Day, Halloween or even Valentine cards, come on and join the fun this last day of September.
I had worked on some backgrounds with the new Tim Holtz alcohol inks and used one of the backgrounds here. 

I am not sure of all the colors I used, but I do love the effects of the metallics.   I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Postage Stamp Dies at Cheapo Dies for the card below.  I used clear Wink of Stella on all the houses, but I think I should have used black glitter paper.  I just didn't know what I wanted to do with my houses when I cut them out.  I cut off the odd shaped chimney from the top left side of this wonderful wonky Haunted House as well as shortened the house from the bottom.  It works here.

I hope you can see the plastic windows here.  I was able to keep all but the right steeple.

You can tell which window didn't retain the plastic window here.  I cut the plastic with the same die and the small windows didn't cut all the way through, which was what I wanted.

Next card, I also used a mixture of alcohol inks, but I made this background a couple years ago, using the older inks and pulling the paper through the mixture of colors on my mat.  I thought googly eyes and red moon (also from an alcohol ink sheet) would be an element of scariness to the scene.























I think the leaf here is from a Stampin Up stamp a friend lent me, while the moon is cut from the Die-namics STAX Pierced Circle dies.

In my last card, I used a beautiful background I made using the new Alcohol ink colors.  I love it.
I cut the rounded square QuicKutz  (Nesting Frame 4) dies on black glitter paper and a "party" die from Little B Handwritten die set.  I can't find these nesting dies anywhere now.  Since the windows in this house had such a great background, I just added Glossy Accents to the windows.

Supplies used on all cards:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Haunted House at Cheapo Dies
Wink of Stella, clear
Alcohol Inks based backgrounds (two with the new colors that came out this year)

Enjoy!