Thursday, November 7, 2019

Butterflies, Anyone?

This is not a large card, just the size of the Hot Chocolate cup and whipped cream.  I rather hated to give it away today.   I cut 2 cups and cut the handle off on the back flap.  The paper worked out perfectly.

I had a request for a card or something to stand on a desk that had a butterfly or several with one rising up freeing itself.  My daughter-in-law wanted something that she can see as herself breaking out of MS and flying free.  This card went with the multimedia project I made (below the cup).  This butterfly is one of many on the project.  I am also showcasing my main project below this card.

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Hot Chocolate die 
Butterflies by Echo Park on my Cameo die cut machine
Vagabond die cut machine for ECD dies
Paper - World Traveler 6" X 6" paper pad

I'm entering the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop here

It's very simple, but I rather like it.

I took a folder that opened from the top, put an 8 1/2 X 11 inch Sticky Canvas on the top, cut it down to about 7 inches wide and 9 1/2 inches long.  I glued another folder on the inside of the first folder to strengthen it so this can stand on its own and it Does!  I have never used canvas before, but used the acrylic colors directly on the sticky canvas, white, gray and sky blue to give a background of land and sky.  Using my Cameo, I cut an Echo Park buttery and what I believe is a Silhouette butterfly numerous times.   I took three Copic markers in yellows and reds.  My daughter-in-law likes Autumn colors, so that's how I chose my colors.  I'm happy with the results.

Supplies:
Butterflies by Echo Park and Silhouette cut on my Cameo die cut machine
Copic colors wings - R24, Y08, Y38, YR09 & body - R39
Acrylic paints in gray, white and sky blue
Sticky back canvas
Cameo die cut machine  


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Steam Looks Spooky!

A pretty simple card and a kind of scary steam rising from the cup.  That steam happens when your Nuvo Crystal Drops get out of hand.  I have friends who will get a kick out of it.  But it does look like tentacles coming up from the cup.

zarf is something that helps you hold a hot cup without burning your fingers.  I put the word "Coffee" over the zarf , printed, colored and cut the cup.  

I had printed out "Take a Break, part of the Caffeine Fix Digital set from Hero Arts, no longer available since A2Z Scrapbooking closed.  I used a new die-cut to cut out the sentiment on the Hero Arts card set I bought a couple years ago at Target.



I'm entering the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop here.

Supplies::
Hero Arts Caffeine Fix digital kit, no longer available

Letmefun Nested Stitched Scallop Rectangle Frame Cutting Dies

Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Ebony Black

Hero Arts card I purchased at Target about 4 or so years ago
Vagabond die cut machine

Your Paper Coffee Cup Should Always Come With a Zarf

zarf is something that helps you hold a hot cup without burning your fingers.  Zarf is a peculiar looking word loaned from Arabic and originally denoted a metal holder for a drinking glass — which would be unwieldy to handle if it contained a hot beverage.

I know I'm just odd when it comes to words, but a zarf is a zarf.  

I printed out a coffee digi from Hero Arts (no longer available) and colored the cup after setting the sentiment of "Take a Break" on top of the zarf  on the cup in Word.  I colored with Copic markers and free hand cut the cup out, outlined in black and found an old Hero Arts card that was sold in Target years back.  I think it looks well on that background and I believe I even used the stamp that came with the card package.


It's very simple, but I rather like it.

Supplies:
Hero Arts digital Caffeine Fix (no longer available at A2Z Scrapbooking which closed its doors October 31st, 2019
Copic markers
Hero Arts Stamp "Thinking of You" (Wood block stamp with card set)
No die-cutting (imagine that!)
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Ebony Black

I'm entering the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop here


Friday, November 1, 2019

It's a Bugaboo Thanksgiving or Thank You


Check out Die Cut Divas for the November challenge of Thanks or Thanksgiving.  The Sponsor for November is fantastic Bugaboo Digi Stamps.

NOVEMBER:2019 (THEME - THANKSGIVING OR THANK YOU) SPONSOR - Bugaboo offer a $12.00 gift code which is approx. 4 images.





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Theme: Anything goes as long as it is caffeinated
Friday, November 1 (6 am Pacific) - Friday, November 8,
To enter this hop, click here.
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Supplies:
Bugaboo Christmas Mouse - Cocoa
Elizabeth Craft Design "Thank You" Stand Up Helper
Memory Box Maple Leaves
Border dies - unknown dies
Copic markers
Uniball Signo broad - white
Vagabond die cut machine

I'm entering:
the Fall & Winter Coffee Lovers' Bloghop





Thursday, October 31, 2019

Morgan's Artworld and Teddy Bears

The theme is always "Anything Goes" at Morgan's ArtWorld.  
Challenge dates are September 1 to September 27th on Australian Eastern time (Sydney).  
You can use any image or project you have created and enter up to three (3) times.

For purchasing Morgan's ArtWorld Images please visit the Facebook Digi shop 
(you will need to join the Facebook Group to view the Images in Albums) 
Morgan's Artworld (Facebook) Shop HERE!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/163615714504851/

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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'm not really a teddy bear coloring person, but I thought I'd give it a try and I really like how this teddy and his shop turned out.  I thought more earthy colors worked well for this shopkeeper for an Autumn flavor.  Apples are in season and I'm going up to Apple Hill next week to have some great apple pie.


Close-up showing the embossing around the black and white square panel.  The embossing provides a nice texture and worked perfectly here.

Supplies:
Morgan's Artworld Teddy Outdoors No. 7
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangle dies
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Copic markers - bears E30, E31, E33, E32, E37, E44, pencil E37 & tip E30, vases E50, BG10, G40, R01, help wanted sign Y08, fruit in hands R22, R29, fruit in box RR24, R29, R35, apple core R01, leaves G03, G40, window BG0000, baby & big bear collar & shirt YR07, YR12, YR24; most of shirt YR07, YR14, button multiliner brown Too-0.05, bear pants E57, E47, E74, crates E31, E33, E35, grocery store letters R39, area around letters E81, apron W2 & 0, sidewalk C00, C0, C4, C6, wood around windows E04, E29, E35, wood E04, E13, mostly E13, top trim on store R39, R59
Vagabond die cut machine

I'm entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Week 41 Anything Goes
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes   
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Scrapy Land - Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday - "Inspired by Fall"


A Frantic Stamper Day

There is still time to enter the October challenge at Die Cut Divas.  What is the challenge?   It's Fall or Fall Colors.  

You can still get your card into the challenge, but be fast,  The challenge is only open until 9:00 p.m. Pacific time - think San Francisco or Los Angeles, California.  You can work with the wonderful Fall colors or any holidays in October - for Americans, it's Halloween, so work your FALL MAGIC for us.



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Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Dies at Frantic Stamper Forest Accessories
Elizabeth Craft Dies at Frantic Stamper Sleigh (tree)
Elizabeth Craft Dies at Frantic Stamper Fox
Elizabeth Craft Dies at Frantic Stamper Adventure Edges (olive green die-cut
Elizabeth Craft Dies at Frantic Stamper
Die-namics at Frantic Stamper Cute Cloud Outlines 
Memory box at Frantic Stamper Marshmallow Clouds




Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Card Chain Challenge Reveal


I've sent this off to my Card Chain Challenge partner in India and I hope she receives it soon because I'm unveiling it today.  I loved coloring all these leaves, a new digi purchase.


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Supplies:
Power Poppy digital set Plenty of Leaves (comes with individual leaves and greeting
Kat Scrappiness square dies
Multiple Copic marker colors & Brown multiliner
Vagabond die cut machine

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Hero Arts Happy Holidays Christmas Mice

I'd say these Christmas Mice were saying Happy Holidays to you.  I grabbed a piece of 6" X 6" paper and cut it down to fit on the A2 size card for a different look to a holiday card.  I had a "Happy Holidays" panel cut a bit short in my stash that I wanted to use, so this is how I arrived at the design.  Add two mice and a couple dots of Nuvo and we're done.  This looks great in real life.

Be sure to join in the challenge and visit the store for some outrageous sales at A2Z Scrapbooking.

A2Z Christmas Mice

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Please join us in this month’s “holidays”, any holidays - Halloween, thanksgiving, Christmas particularly.” challenge.


  • Hero Arts Christmas Mice stamps 
  • Hero Arts Christmas Mice dies
  • Hero Arts Happy Holidays die
  • 6" X 6" paper from Printery Collection (probably 5 or more years old)
  • Vagabond die cut machine
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss - Ebony Black

Monday, October 7, 2019

A2Z Scrapbooking Winner of TWO Coffee Themed Digis

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September 29th was National Coffee Lovers Day for the U.S.  I am now announcing the Winner of Two Coffee themed digitals from A2Z.  You can't get these anywhere else but A2Z Scrapbooking.


WINNER is Commenter:  # 10, Karen Letchworth at My Cup Runneth Over.   

Congratulations.   
I have advised A2Z Scrapbooking of your name.  To claim your prize email a2zscrapbookingtech@gmail.com with subject line: National Coffee Hop A2Z Arlene

I think you will have a lot of use from your prize.

Hugs, Arlene

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Bat Eared Elephant - BOOOOO

Bat Eared Elephant - BOOOOO

When I saw the challenge to make a Halloween-themed project, I thought about what I had
and then what I didn't have.  I don't do Halloween cards much, not because I don't like
them,  I just haven't given any out in a very LONG time.

I couldn't turn down this challenge at Elizabeth Craft Designs, right here.   I love using dies
in different ways and had made an elephant, which was dark in color and I really didn't
care for it, but waste not, want not.  My imagination went wild and I drew a mask on him,
(having the raccoon in mind) with the tuft of hair also colored in black.  I left him overnight
and work up to thinking of him driving in a spooky jeep and added more black Copic marker
to the ears and trunk.    I found some wonderful ghosts, spider and web in an envelope from
 a friend sent a year or so ago.  The eyes glisten with Nuvo black and are outlined with a
uniball pen. Here is my vision come to life.


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I had a ball with this.  Even if you don't have many Halloween characters, you can make
something a bit spooky.

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Safari Jeep
Elizabeth Craft Designs Elephant
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectagles
Elizabeth Craft Designs Through The Lens 6" X 6" Metal paper
Black Copic marker
Uni-ball Signo broad tip
Crystal Stickles on the headlights
various ghosts, spider & web - gifted from an online friend
Vagabond die cut machine

Thursday, October 3, 2019

A2Z Scrapbooking Holiday Challenge Inspiration

Again, I'm using non-traditional colors to make a Christmas card.  I couldn't help it, the "mice" made me do it!  In this case, it was one mouse, but I'm holding her responsible.  I cut the sentiment in two.  I know, I lose small stuff too, but I had to do it.  I think this is a fun card and I still think it's cute after letting it sit overnight on my desk.

Be sure to check out the sales and enter the challenge at A2Z Scrapbooking   .
Remember, it is our last challenge forever.



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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

Please join us in this month’s “holidays”, any holidays - Halloween, thanksgiving, Christmas particularly.” challenge.



  •  Hero Arts Christmas Mice stamps at A2Z
  • Hero Arts Christmas Mice dies
  • Gina Marie Designs Block Style Quilt Die #6
  • Scrap paper I had inked up with distress inks when I created my box of sponges so I could see the colors
  • Vagabond die cut machine

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Holiday Challenge at A2Z Scrapbooking


A2Z Scrapbooking will be hosting their last challenge this month, October, 2019.  The theme is Holidays, any holidays.    Be sure to pop over for our last monthly challenge and there is a sale going on, so be sure to check the store.Image may contain: text
I know these are strange colors for a Christmas card, but I couldn't resist using this distress colored paper die-cut left over from another card I made.  These mice are cute as a button and I had already die-cut about 20 of these little goodies to use on cards, so I am raring to go for the holidays.


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It has been wonderful working with our Linda Crissman and we will miss her.  


Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

Please join us in this month’s “holidays”, any holidays - Halloween, thanksgiving, Christmas particularly.” challenge.


  • Hero Arts Christmas Mice stamps at A2Z
  • Hero Arts Christmas Mice dies
  • Kat Scrappiness Backdrop Die
  • Scrap paper I had inked up with distress inks when I created my box of sponges so I could see the colors
  • Vagabond die cut machine

My Card Chain Challenge Reveal for September

I joined the Card Chain Challenge during the month of September and sent my partner this card.  I chose die cuts as the product/technique option in the challenge.  I hope Linda likes it.  This was fun to color.  I hope you join in for the October challenge and make a card for someone in the world to enjoy.


Supplies:
Digi stamp from Di's Digis
Die cut  - I think this is made by Becca Feecen
Copic markers dress G05, G07, G17, background G0000, G00, G03
Eyes G07, G17, hair E19, E35, E37, E44, E57, face E00, E01, E11, R11, lips E04, R29, shoulders E01, E13

Frantic Stamper and Fall

Frantic Stamper is the sponsor for Die Cut Divas for the month of October.  Frantic Stamper has so much to offer, stencils, stamps and dies.  Frantic Stamper carries their own brand as well as many other well known brands, such as Altenew and Elizabeth Craft Designs.  What a great prize too, priced at $25.99.

The challenge for October is Fall or Fall Colors.  You can work with the wonderful Fall colors or any holidays in October - for Americans, it's Halloween, so work your FALL MAGIC for us.

I had to use this raccoon and bushes for my post because he's adorable and I thought the mushroom and colors added to a Fall appeal.  That raccoon is really just adorable, but I have more animals and will have to use them this month to show you how cute they are.  I know, either promises or threats!



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Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Raccoon at Frantic Stampers
Elizabeth Craft Designs Forest Accessories at Frantic Stampers
Elizabeth Craft Designs Through The Lens Wood paper at Frantic Stamper
Distress ink Mustard Seed was sponged on green paper for the bushes.
Distress ink Ground Espresso was sponged on the tree stump
Copic multiliner brown used to mark the detailing on the tree stump
Vagabond die cut machine

Monday, September 30, 2019

Morgan's Artworld Christmas Cameo Turned Autumn

The theme is always "Anything Goes" at Morgan's ArtWorld.  
Challenge dates are September 1 to September 27th on Australian Eastern time (Sydney).  
You can use any image or project you have created and enter up to three (3) times.

For purchasing Morgan's ArtWorld Images please visit the Facebook Digi shop 
(you will need to join the Facebook Group to view the Images in Albums) 
Morgan's Artworld (Facebook) Shop HERE!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/163615714504851/

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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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Would you believe this is a Christmas image?

I have several favorites, but this beautiful lady is, I think, my very favorite of all time.  She is timeless.  I've used many color combinations, but had never tried yellows, browns and oranges, wonderful warm Autumn colors.  The more I colored, the more the colors seemed to lead me to the next.  I'm sure many of you can relate.  My marvelous Christmas Lady is a natural Autumn Lady too.


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Supply:
Morgan's Artworld Christmas Cameo
Copic markers:Face - E000, E00, E01, E11, E30; Yellow Flower - Y08, Y13, Small flowers - YR1, Y13, Bow - YR07, YR09, YR12, Feathers = YR09, YR24, Gloves - Y21, Y23, Collar - YR12, Fur - E0000, Eyes - YR24 Fur - E000
Uniball Signo broad - white dots in eyes
Darice embossing folder
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 18
Vagabond die cut machine

I will be entering the following challenges:
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Week 38 Anything Goes
Digi Choosday - Wk 39 Anything Goes Crafting Challenge  - ends Oct 3.
Creative Moments - Anything Goes with option of masculine
The Corrosive Challenge - “Anything Goes” ends October 3
Crafting By Designs - "Anything Goes" ends Sept 30, 11:59 EST
Simon Says Anything Goes ends in one day


How I colored This Image

Last day of September and Die's Digis stamps sponsorship of Die Cut Divas.  You still have time to join in the challenge right here

I thought I'd show you how I color and how things change from the beginning to the end.  I'm going to share a set of pictures where I started coloring an image and took photos at different stages of development of the entire card.

I kept a list of all the colors, but after getting organized with my new cabinet, I have unfortunately lost my list of colors.  I am part of a Toastmaster's club and made a Powerpoint to show how I make my cards and color in the images, so I was not as intent on tracking the colors.  Sorry, guys.  But I'll show you the progression from black and white to final card.


I started coloring the second mouse.

I moved from mice to a tube of paint and the paint hanging off the brush.

I'm just about finished here.

I thought an ombre sky effect would give an appearance of watercolor just to make this fun.

Finally, my finished card.

Supplies:
Di's Digi stamps Modern Art Mice
QuicKutz Nesting Scallop Squares
Elizabeth Craft Designs Postage Stamp Squares dies
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine



Sunday, September 29, 2019

It's National Coffee Day in the US

National coffee day in the United States of America is always celebrated each year on the 29th September

 A2Z Scrapbooking is giving away a $20 prize to a randomly selected winner from those who comment on the A2Z Scrapbooking blog.


Visit each of the Design Team blog posts and comment. One randomly selected winner from each Design Team blog post will win two coffee themed digital prizes.

Deadline to comment is Oct 5, 11:59 pm EDT. Winners will be announced on Oct 7th on each of the Design Team blogs.
After I post the winner commenters here, I will advise A2Z Scrapbooking of your name.  To claim your prize email a2zscrapbookingtech@gmail.com with subject line: National Coffee Hop A2Z Arlene


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Check out the National Coffee Day Bloghop at Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog on September 29th.



A2Z  DT Blog Hop Order

Arlene (you are here)
Cindy  (next)

Supplies:
Hero Arts Caffeine Fix only at A2Z Scrapbooking
QuicKutz Nesting Rectangles dies
Copic markers:  cup-E81, W2, cup lable E00, E21, E33, rim E21 added to rim, area outside cup B0000, B000
Unibal Signo broad pen
Vagabond die cut machine