Sunday, May 19, 2019

Smile, It's a May full of Flowers for A2Z Scrapbooking

I thought this yellow flower would be perfect for the month of May and just a nice way to say "hi" to a friend who might need a smile.  It's bright and sunny which I feel should bring the sun to anyone.  The die cut piece on the left side of the flower reminds me of a vine growing up a trellis.  I hope you like this little creation.

Close-up below.


Be sure to visit A2Z Scrapbooking to join in the monthly challenge for May.  My post for A2Z is right here.
   Hero Arts Monthly Challenge       a2z scrapbooking may challenge

Please join in this month’s "May Flowers" challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to the A2Z etsy store
          
The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products as well as a nice selection of digital stamps! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from the store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you're looking for a Hero Arts product you don't see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.
  • Hero Arts Magnolia
  • Hero Arts Magnolia die cut at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Copic markers Y00, Y02, Y04, Y19, YG00, YG03, YG05 & YG09
  • The Stamp Doctor Spellbinders Side Step Card Die
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs sentiment (Smile)
  • Leafy die unknown 
  • Vagabond die cut machine


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Bugaboo Floral Trio Times 3

Check out Die Cut Divas to enter the Flower Challenge this month.  I printed this trio three times and colored one of each flower while leaving the others black and white.  I thought a scallop edge would work with the squares.  I used the same Copic colors on the sentiments that I used on the flowers and added Nuvo Crystal Drops.


Close-up below
Supplies:
Bugaboo Floral Trio Frame 1
QuicKutz Scalloped Squares Nested dies
Die-Namics Blueprints 11 (smile & TODAY)
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Red Berry and Nuvo Crystal Drops Violet Galaxy
Vagabond die cut machine


Monday, May 13, 2019

Magnolia in Purple for A2Z Scrapbooking

While I was looking for magnolias on Pinterest, I saw some purple, YES Purple, magnolias.  Mine did not turn out quite like the ones I saw, but I'll claim artistic license.  I ran some Washi tape diagonally  and added a sentiment.  Have fun with your flower entries for this month.


Close-up below



  Hero Arts Monthly Challenge       a2z scrapbooking may challenge
 Please join in this month’s "May Flowers" challenge at A2Z Scrapbooking for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to the A2Z etsy store.     
 a2z scrapbooking store hero arts    

  Use my discount code Arlene15t o get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

 
  • Hero Arts Magnolia (wood or clear)
  • Hero Arts Magnolia die-cut at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Copic markers
  • Washi tape
  • Hero Arts sentiment (I put the stamp set away too soon and now I can't find which set it is)
  • Vagabond die cut machine

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Bugaboo Flower Shelf

I've been practicing coloring to show light shining on different shaped surfaces and I had a lot of fun with this particular image with lots of shapes to practice coloring.  First I made the card without a sentiment, but felt it was missing something and it was.  This would work for a Mother's Day card for a friend. 

First card without sentiment

Card with sentiment below


Supplies:
Bugaboo Flower Shelf
Art Impressions Live Laugh Love (sentiment)
Copic markers
Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Notes Stitched Rectangles
QuicKutz Nesting Rectangles
Vagabond die cut machine
Paper in my stash

Friday, May 3, 2019

Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop And A2Z Scrapbooking



The Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!
When:  Friday, May 3, 2019  – Friday, May 10, 2019

Starts at 6:00 am pacific
Theme:  Spring or Summer



One of the sponsors for this great blog hop is none other than A2Z Scrapbooking, so head on over to A2Z to see what the gals at A2Z have been cooking up and be sure to enter the Sprint/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop at Coffee Loving Card Makers.

I made a masculine card with a somewhat feminine sentiment, but guys need hugs too.


Close-up below

Supplies:
Sugartree Hug in a Mug digital stamp set
Elizabeth Craft Designs paper - wood - scrap from another card
Old Hero Arts tag die
Vagabond die cut machine



Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A2Z Scrapbooking Flower Frame


I was in the mood for something simple and fun to color.   May is usually associated with flowers after April showers and A2Z Scrapbooking has a challenge this month in tune with May flowers.  I used light touches of color and used Y00 to shade in the framing.  I really like the simplicity of this card.

Have fun and color in your flowers at the A2Z Scrapbooking challenge.


 Hero Arts Monthly Challenge       a2z scrapbooking may challenge   Please join in this month’s "May Flowers" challenge at A2Z Scrapbooking for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to the A2Z etsy store.
a2z scrapbooking store hero arts       Proceeds from the A2Z store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you're looking for a Hero Arts product you don't see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.
 
Supplies:
Sugartree Stamps - Mother's Day stamps at A2Z Scrapbooking
Die-namics Stitched Square STAX
Heidi Swapp Washi tape
Copic markers
Olive cardstock from stash
Vagabond die cut machine



A Bugaboo Flower Challenge at Die Cut Divas

It's all Flowers for the May Challenge at Die Cut Divas this month, so please visit Die Cut Divas to enter the challenge right here.

I've used a digital stamp from Bugaboo Digi Stamps for my card.  I just love the hats on these Sunbonnet images and have such fun selecting colors.


Supplies:
Bugaboo Digi Stamp Sunbonnet Flowers
Kaisercraft Best Friends sentiment stamp
Die-namic Stitched square dies
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

May Inspiration for Morgan's Artworld

I chose a Morgan's Artworld image to color and just couldn't get the yellow green colors out of my mind, so you're stuck with them too.  Because of the randomness of the surrounding colors on this card, it has a feel of water colors, but it's Copic markers, for sure.  I used this arch die to highlight the eyes and added the lines from an Altenew set.

Close-up

There's a beauty about her and I'm happy with the results. 

The Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge is always "Anything Goes" 
Challenge dates are May 1st through May 27th, 2019 
on Australian Eastern time (Sydney).  
Morgan's ArtWorld
You can use any image or project you have created and enter up to three (3) times.
cover photo, Image may contain: 1 person, text
Be sure to check out and join the Morgan’s Artworld Facebook Group too. 
Supplies:
Morgan's Artworld Cameo 5
Intricutz die BE MERRY COLLECTION High Arched Window
If I find the stamp set I used for the lines on the left side, I will post the name  
Copic markers YG00, YG61, G82, and I think G40; Not sure of the skin & exact Warm gray colors
Vagabond die cut machine

I will be participating in the following challenges:
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Week 16 Anything Goes
Double Trouble #27  Something, Anything and Everything
Crafting From The Heart Challenge - “Anything Goes” (weekly UK)
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes




Altenew's Lighthouse is For Me

April 30th and the last day of the April challenge.  Be sure to visit Die Cut Divas and see the other DT thank you cards right here.

I've used the same stamps for this card as I did for the April 1st post.  The theme is anything with water and I so love this stamp set and had to use it a second time.  I used a very shiny card stock, really made for using alcohol inks streaming across its surface.  The colors come out darker and look like watercolors.  I am satisfied with the results, but I would not use this technique that often.


Another view

Supplies:
Spellbinders Scalloped Circles
Spellbinders Edges (I used the edges that were the leftovers rather than the pretty edges - the hearts are cut out from one of the edges)
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine

Sunday, April 28, 2019

I'm loving Altenew "Dancing in the Rain"

Altenew
Be sure to visit Die Cut Divas for the April challenge "water" challenge.  I'm hoping I can provide some inspiration for you to join the challenge.

Be sure to see my second card for the Card Chain Challenge.

My first card features a window scene which has a European feeling scene of houses out the window.  I die cut the cat from black paper and popped the cat up on top of the window (Window, sentiment and Cat are part of the Dancing in the Rain" stamp set)  This is my favorite and I may have to create a another window card.

And I did create another window card.  For some reason I really like working with this image, some kind of wanting to go visit Europe again.  I added the teacups (matching die) to connect the windows and perhaps the owners of the cats. This is the card I sent to my partner on the Card Chain Challenge.


Close-up of window card below so you can see the steaming tea cups for the people in the house to enjoy together.

My third card features the little girl dancing in the rain.  I used this same image on April 8th.  I have enjoyed using this wonderful stamp set as well as the dies that match, however I did not use the matching die for this card.

I hope you enjoyed all the rain images in this "Dancing in the Rain" set.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

It's a Fold Card Challenge at A2Z Scarpbooking This Month

I have a little (not so little) plastic folder with images in different sizes so that I can use them in the future and they sometimes prompt my creative brain (not the one usually in use) to go with the flow.  This is exactly what happened here.  I cut out the cup and chose the color of cardstock, cut it and went on from there.  I thought I'd sweeten the cup with sugar and saw red yet again.

I searched my ribbon box and came up with that great red and green plaid and added the other ribbon to liven up the design.  I wasn't sure about lining up the top tag, but went with it on a slight diagonal.  It is pretty awesome in real life.  I'm hoping this inspires you to get your fold on!


s!
Hero Arts Monthly Challenge
a2z scrapbooking april challenge
Please join in A2Z Scrapbooking's "Fun Folds" challenge for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to the A2Z Scrapbooking etsy store

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products as well as a nice selection of digital stamps (both Hero Arts and Sugartree digital kits)! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations.

Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you're looking for a Hero Arts product you don't see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 Sugartree Stamps Hug in a Mug digital kit at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Sugartree Stamps Hug in a Mug digital kit at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • Sugartree Farmhouse at A2Z Scrapbooking (sugar bowl)
  • Hero Arts Words of Love at A2Z Scrapbooking (Happy Valentine's Day sentiment)
  • The Stamp Doctor Spellbinders Side Step Card Die
  • Die-namics Stitched Tred Tag STAX
  • Hero Arts small tag die (very old and out of stock)
  • Copic markers R20, R27 & R29
  • Red cardstock (5 1/2 X 8 1/2)
  • Ribbons in my stash (red and green plaid and red ribbon with red stitching look )
  • Vagabond die cut machine

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Altenew Dancing In The Rain

Altenew is the sponsor for Die Cut Divas during the month of April and the prize is a $20 gift certificate.  I am jealous, to say the least, so be sure to join the challenge at Die Cut Divas.
Altenew

Altenew is known for the many wonderful flower stamps and dies that have made stampers extremely happy with their products.  I have my favorites and "Dancing in the Rain" stamp and die set is one of them.  There are so many fun images and great sentiments in the set.  

My first two cards features the "Dancing in the Rain" stamp set from Altenew. You can find the stamp and die set here.

My first card features a silhouette of a little dancing girl in the rain and puddles.  There is a rain stamp and the little girl dancing in the puddles stamp which combined to make the cutest stamped scene.  Silhouettes make great cards, adding an embossing folder and dies.  I used the sentiment "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...  It's about learning to dance in the rain."


My second card features a couple with an umbrella standing in some puddles with the rain sleeting down.  Three stamps were used to create this card (rain stamp, sentiment stamp and couple stamp).  I thought a non-symmetrical look might fit this card.

I used Hero Arts London Fog for the rain so the rain image doesn't overpower the girl or couple.   Though the stamps have matching dies, I decided to use the rain as part of the scene and used framing dies for my cards.

For my thrid card, I used another Altenew stamp set for a scene with a lighthouse.  One of my favorite things to investigate is a lighthouse.  I've seen marvelous lighthouses along the coast of Maine and California.  


Supplies:
Altenew Be A Lighthouse
Becca Feeken die
Hero Arts Holiday Greenery Edge Fancy Die (upper corner die-cuts)
Copic markers including multi-liner 0.05 
Vagabond die cut machine















Wednesday, April 3, 2019

A2Z has a New Challenge with Fun Folds

I don't usually make fold cards, but I might start making more of them since I finally got the hang of how to line up the die with my paper and how to FOLD it.  I'm glad A2Z made me try.
I have to tell you it came out so much better than I imaged it.  How did that happen?  On with the show.


Close-up below

I think it was the monotone blue on this deep black background that made this so special.  I will be leaving this on my desk for awhile to remind me to try new things and be an inspiration. announcements!
       a2z scrapbooking april challenge
Please join in this month’s "Fun Folds" challenge at A2Z Scrapbooking for your chance at a free digital stamp set AND, if you used Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, a $20 gift card to the A2Z Scrapbooking etsy store.


  • Hero Arts Gingerbread House Stamp and Cut at A2Z Scrapbooking (houses & sentiment)
  • Hero Arts Tree-Mendous Digital Kit at A2Z Scrapbooking
  • The Stamp Doctor Spellbinders Side Step Card Die
  • Elizabeth Craft Igloo die - the post with the sentiment sticking up from the snow
  • Elizabeth Craft Adventure Edges - snowy hills
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs 4th of July - stars
  • Copic markers B0000, B21, B91 & B95
  • Vagabond die cut machine

Monday, April 1, 2019

Die Cut Divas' April Challenge is All About the Water

Altenew


April's challenge at Die Cut Divas is all about WATER (rain, lakes, ocean, streams, rivers, dark clouds full of water, glass of water, tears, water color, just have some sort of water on the card.

The prize for this challenge is a $20 gift certificate from Altenew.  

My card features stamped, die-cut umbrellas and a great sentiment from "Dancing in the Rain".  I used Copic marker R27 to color the umbrellas, glue dotted to the strip of silver tape and red ribbon.   I sent this card to my partner in  Spain for the March Card Chain Challenge
I loosely based my design on the March sketch option below with the technique option to use Stamping or Decoupage. 
Supplies:
Altenew Dancing in the Rain stamps and dies set
Copic marker R27
Card stock in my stash
Vagabond die cut machine

I would like to enter challenge at 
The Paper Shelter - Challenge 376 - It's a Spring Thing - Rains in the spring here
Through The Craft Room Door Challenge - “Anything Goes” (weekly)
Crafting with Friends - "Anything Goes"
Colour Crazy - "Anything Goes"
Crafting By Designs - "Anything Goes"







Sunday, March 31, 2019

Morgan 's Artworld New Koriah

Last day to enter Die Cut Divas' March challenge of "Anything Goes".   This post represents both Die Cut Divas and Morgan's Artworld challenges, the last day of Die Cut Divas' challenge and the first day of Morgan's Artworld April challenge.

The more I worked with this image, the more enamored I became.  The colors seemed to flow after I figured out what my first color would be (green).





The Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge is always "Anything Goes" 
Challenge dates are April 1st through April 27th, 2019 
on Australian Eastern time (Sydney).  
Morgan's ArtWorld
You can use any image or project you have created and enter up to three (3) times.
cover photo, Image may contain: 1 person, text
Be sure to check out and join the Morgan’s Artworld Facebook Group too.

Supplies:
Morgan's ArtWorld BW New Koriah
Spellbinders The Stamp Doctor (Side Step Card Die)
Copic markers
Long green die from a friend (partial cut), (I don't know manufacturer)
Hero Arts Holiday Greenery Fancy Die (partial cut)
Sentiment - “When it comes to fighting for your dreams, be a dragon.  Breathe fire”  from Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons
Vagabond die cut machine

I am entering the following challenges:
Through The Craft Room Door Challenge - “Anything Goes” (weekly)
Crafting with Friends - "Anything Goes"
Colour Crazy - "Anything Goes"
Crafting By Designs - "Anything Goes"
Creative Moments - "Anything Goes"
Crafty Friends  - "Spring - use spring colors"
Simon Says Wednesday - "Anything Goes"
The House That Stamps Built - "Anything Goes"