Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Christmas Kickstart in January

 You would think one simple item like a deer would be easy, but no, I couldn't think of something to make.  It wasn't until I was working on another card with the snowflakes and a new reindeer die that I put it all together.  This particular card is for the Christmas Kickstart Challenge.  

This snowflake die makes such a lovely, delicate image.  I wanted some glitter and chose some Glittered Cardstock that I've had for ages.  This bronze glittery color gives a luxurious feel to the greeting and stylized reindeer.   Crisp and neat was the style I was going for and easily achieved for this card.  The notecard rim is brushed with clear Wink of Stella, however, it shows up smudged in the photo because the card is loaded with it.  

One more card done for the holidays.  

Challenge #46 - Such a Deer!

I'm entering the Christmas Kickstart Challenge and hope you too begin your Xmas cards in January!
Poppystamps Stained Glass Snowflake
Poppystamps Dashing Reindeer
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangle 
Wink of Stella
Glittered paper from stash
Vagabond die cut machine

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Ollie Owl is Skiing Her Way Into Your Life 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 a cute little owl this month as a Guest Designer for DT World Wide challenge. I think the dear is adorable and could be a Christmas owl or equally a Winter Owl with something to say to a friend.  

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

I think you could make this owl suitable for a guy or a gal with the change of hat and scarf colors.  Any message would be appropriate.  I just plucked the image into Word and added my own sentiments to this darling Owl.  So much fun playing with colors too.  I had to make two cards.  I don't think I have time for 3 cards, but you never know.

Card # 2 below

I goofed up on this one.  I was coloring the sky and pulled red from the tassels hanging down from the hat, so now I've made them look like braids.  I was unwilling to toss this because of two booboos, one on each side.

Close-up of the "Get Well" card below

Julia Spiri Ollie Owl
Die-namics Stitched Ovals and Pierced Circles
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine

Sunday, January 3, 2021

A Mixture of Dies and Fun

 I made all slimline cards for my kids (adults) and their significant others, including my granddaughter.  

I unfortunately deleted some snap shots, so some cards are entirely missing, but they did make it to their intended victims (loved ones).

This card went to my daughter-in-law.  The gal is behind the sleigh here.

Now you see the sleigh pulled to the right with the gal beside the sleigh.

This is the inside of the above card with more shopping to be done, 
but Santa came to visit too.
Stampin Up two-sided paper from their Heart Warming Hugs paper selection
Lots of sleigh/accessories dies and sentiment from Elizabeth Craft designs. (The die-cut for the gift card is from an outdated sleigh die-cut set)  I LOVE IT!
Gals & Santa from Rubbernecker
Vagabond die cut machine

I'm entering the Christmas Kickstart Challenge

Friday, January 1, 2021

A Whole New Year With Morgan's Artworld

 The theme is always "Anything Goes" at Morgan's ArtWorld.  

Challenge dates are January 1st to January 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.


We would like to invite you to our Morgan's ArtWorld Facebook Group. 
Please come and join our Group HERE!


Morgan's ArtWorld Pinterest Link: HERE

Morgan's Artworld Tanit 10
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles dies
Elizabeth Craft Designs Florals 3
Distress Inks Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed & Peeled Paint  
Copic markers C1,C4,C6,E00,E01,E11,E13,R01,R81,R83,R85,R89,
Copic multi liners in wine and black - .03
White uni-ball pen

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Polkadoodle Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes 
Mix it Up - "Anything Goes"
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - "Anything Goes"
A Perfect Time to Craft - "Anything Goes"

Flowers in January with Rachel Vass Designs

 Rachel Vass Designs

Sponsor for January

The theme for January is "Frame It" 
At Die Cut Divas, it's how you "Frame It" and the Divas have done some "Framing" themselves, so please check out Die Cut Divas.

Rachel Vass Designs specialized in beautiful floral hand drawn digital stamps.

The challenge winner will be able to pick 
three digi stamps from her store.

I used a few Copic markers to color the flowers, keeping it bright and cheery.  I then took the black marker 100 and colored the area around the flowers to accentuate the colors in the flowers.  They really pop.  I just purchased some ECD Brick colored 12X12 paper and thought I'd frame the panel with it.  The color really does match up so well in real life.

  • Rachel Vass Designs Circle of Hope digital stamp
  • Die-namics Nested Circle dies
  • Copic markers
  • Elizabeth Craft Brick 12x12 paper
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss - Simply White 
  • Vagabond die cut machine

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Kat Scrappiness Cityscape

 Die Cut Divas is having a challenge and it is "Anything Goes" so whether it's Christmas, Thank you or any kind of card/project, check out the challenge here.

Kat Scrappiness is our terrific sponsor for December 2020 and not too much time left to enter our Anything Goes challenge, so hurry to enter.  

Kat Scrappiness

The challenge is Anything Goes
Be sure to use a die-cut machine (using a die or embossing folder)

I chose to use the Cityscape die again.  I'd like to give the Kat Scrappiness DT, Maria Russell credit for being the inspiration for this card.  I watched the YouTube for the die Cityscape and saw her wonderful A2 card using this die set.  At the end of the video, there are lots of inspiration cards that I could have used, but I rather liked the multicolored city.  

I tilted the card so you could see all Wink of Stella on the buildings

A Close-up of the depth on the building, which I really like.
Kat Scrappiness Cityscape
Elizabeth Craft Happy Birthday die
Distress Oxide inks
Wink of Stella
Vagabond die cut machine

Thursday, December 17, 2020

December Card Chain Challenge Reveal

 Usually we don't send cards in December, but this year cards are flying all over the world with the Card Chain Challenge.  We had a tic-tac-toe challenge and here's what I went with - Torn Edges/Friendship/Blue.   I wanted to make a holiday card and thought I could come up with something using these parameters.

Remember when we all made hills with torn edges and many of us turned to using die-cuts?  Well, back to the basics of torn edges I went.  Blue is a great color for cold holidays and a friend can receive a holiday card too.  I liked the dark blue card for a background, but it was too stark so I took Hero Arts Unicorn White ink and a blending tool to make a frosty night sky and I love it.  I think I hit on a good design and color scheme as I had been coloring the gnomes in reds and greens.  

Rubbernecker Michael Winter Gnome stamp and matching die cut
Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Tree Line
Die-namics cute cloud outlines
Torn copy paper sponged with broken china distress ink
Nuvo  Crystal Gloss - Midnight Blue
Navy blue card stock sponged with Hero Arts Unicorn White ink
Distress inks chipped sapphire (happy holidays) and broken china (hills & trees)
Vagabond die cut machine