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.


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
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

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.

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)


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

A Face Book Hero Arts Scramble

 There's a scramble going on and I made this card in 90 minutes including taking the photo and uploading with a short description.  This week’s scramble challenge is to use 2 or more different Hero Arts stamp sets on 1 card or tag.

If you've ever participated in a Hero Arts Scramble on Flickr, you'll probably want to visit our group on Face Book at  It is a private group.  

I started off die-cutting a piece of white paper and used Distress Oxide ink Spiced Marmalade on the Star Burst Background. I hand cut the message and flying ship after inking them up with Frayed Burlap. I colored parts of the ship with Copic markers. I used Copic Markers R20 and R22, but didn't like the R20 color so colored over that with Y38 and got the perfect color I wanted. I sprayed the card with an ink blend I made with Splash (yellow) and Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Frost) and Nuvo Drops to spark it up a bit.

Hero Arts Star Burst Background
Hero Arts Messages (3 large messages)
Hero Arts Flying Air Ships (3 air ships)
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Distress Oxide Spiced Marmalade and Frayed Burlap
3 Copic markers R20, R22 Y38
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Gloss - Ripened Pumpkin and Red Berry
An ink blend I made with Splash (yellow)
Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Frost)
Vagabond die-cut machine

Monday, September 21, 2020

Kicking Christmas Off With White Tonight

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #38 - White on White

I've not entered this challenge before, but I need all the ideas I can get for something new and I'm quite pleased with the card.  I'm entering the challenge and how about joining me in the fun at Christmas Kickstart Challenge # 38.

I think a polar bear should be white and he fits the scene in front of an igloo with a bright red cap on.  I think the sentiment "Brrrrrrr" suits this wintry scene.  I love how the card sparkles too.  The snow mounds are from the Beach Edges die set.  

Rubbernecker "Slimline Clouds die"
Elizabeth Craft Designs dies "Brrrrrrr", Polar Bear, Igloo and Beach Edges
Copic marker R27
Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Frost
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Gloss - Simply White
Vagabond die-cut machine

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Card Chain Challenge Reveal for September

 I may have been too Christmasy in making my card, but I couldn't get "hot chocolate" out of my mind.   Here are the choices I had for making my card for the Card Chain Challenge. 


I went with shaped card and a happy "Smile".  I used a Cuttlebug cardboard that holds two "B" plates for the Cuttlebug from ages ago.  I love the design.  I hope my CCC friend likes it too.

Wouldn't that mug be great as a Christmas tag?  Just wondering...

It was fun to make and made me want to make Xmas cards.
Elizabeth Craft Design Hot Chocolate Dies
Elizabeth Craft Design Smile Die
Distress Ink Antique Linen 
Scrap paper
Vagabond dies