Sunday, December 15, 2019

December and Two Sponsors

Die Cut Divas is having two sponsors this month and I wanted to do two cards, plus I can always use another card for Christmas.  Below you have a cute reindeer and scene using dies you can find at Cheapo Dies.

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Elizabeth Craft Designs Forest Accessories at Cheapo Dies
Elizabeth Craft Designs Reindeer at Cheapo Dies
Elizabeth Craft Designs Season's Greetings
Vagabond die cut machine

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I've used this digi before, but never really colored this dude in and I must say I really enjoyed using the reds and greens for a holiday card.  

Morgan's Artworld 
Spellbinders Splendid Circles
Copic Markers
Hero Arts card stock
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Red Berry (bottom berries) and Simply White
Vagabond die cut machine

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Morgan's Girl in Winter Coat

The theme is always "Anything Goes" at Morgan's ArtWorld.  
Challenge dates are December 1st to December 27th on Australian Eastern time (Sydney).  
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 new 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 have several favorites for the Winter season and this cute girl is certainly one of them.  The new site is still being built and Winter 10 should be in it soon, if not already.

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Morgan's Artworld "Winter 10"
Elizabeth Craft Designs stitched rectangles
Copic markers:  Face - E00, E11, E21, Hair - E13, E33, E37, Coat - V15, V17, V91, V93, V95, Lips E04, Background (bottom) - T2, T4, Background Top B0000
Silver glitter tape
Paper pack with ombre shading on paper - stash from 3 years ago
Vagabond die cut machine

I will be participating in the following challenge.

Die Cut Divas and TWO cards

Die Cut Divas challenge for December has two sponsors, Cheapo Dies and Morgan's Artworld with digital images at  Morgan's Artworld Digial Image Shop on Facebook.   Check out Die Cut Divas for the December challenge.

My first card is for Morgan's Artworld.  I can't help but use this digi in the winter months.  I'm just glad I don't have to bundle up so much.

Morgan's Artworld Winter 10
Elizabeth Craft Designs Rectangle Stitched dies
Copic markers
Silver glitter tape
Vagabond die cut machine

My second card for the month is for Cheapo Dies.

This post shows what stamps, embossing folders and dies do for a card.  I matched up the colors on the "happy" die with those on the poinsettia.  Lots of time spent in coloring with four colors on the flower, each brushed on twice.

This is an Elizabeth Craft Designs poinsettia, but Cheapo has a poinsettia here that is similar as well as having many Elizabeth Craft Designs dies in the store.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Poinsettia clear stamps and matching dies
Elizabeth Craft Designs happy holidays 
Embossing folder - don't even remember buying it, but doesn't have the manufacturer name on the folder.
Copic markers R81, R83, R85 & RV09; YG61, YG63, YG67 & YG45
Vagabond die cut

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Bugaboo and Turkey?

Last day of the November challenge at Die Cut Divas and good luck to you.

I am in the mood for Autumn and turkey.  I found a bag of  silk Autumn leaves in my garage and had to scatter them with my card to take a picture.  See that strip of gold glitter tape on the left side - I had to cover a mistake.  I ran a 1/2 inch wide double sided tape up that side and then realized it wasn't the back side of the die-cut, but the front.  I grabbed the gold glitter tape and ran it on top of the double-sided tape.

You can save almost anything.  I hope you like this little gal because I think they are so much fun.

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Bugaboo Sunbonnet Turkey
Hero Arts Flower Garden Fancy Die
Hero Arts sentiment "Merci!"
Stitched Rectangle STAX
Stitched Tags
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Tags are the Rage

I'm joining in on the 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019

All the details and the link up can be found HERE.

I started with stamping the plaid stamp on a diagonal and embossing it in white.  I have not finished all the tags, but I have a start.   I finished the tags before my cataract surgery, but didn't have enough time to post them.  More to come.  LOL

Completed tags below and I'm sure I'll use the other tags before Christmas.

I was inspired by Jane Taylor on this day.  I hadn't used my HA Bold Prints and thought I could use that for my plaid.  I colored two of them in with Copic marker R39 and will do the same on the larger mouse tag.

Card Chain Challenge for a Crafty Friend

The Card Chain Challenge (CCC) is a great way to receive a handmade card in the mail and I am so pleased that I can share my hobby and receive cards from people who enjoy making and sending cards as much as I do.  November is done and we are taking a break for the December holidays.  CCC will be back in January.  You can sign up for the January 2020 challenge from December 7th 2019 to January 6th 2020 at Card Chain Challenge.

This card went to a crafty person in England and I hope she enjoys the old truck with a snowy tree filled backdrop.  It was fun to create.  I don't usually do anything on the envelope, but couldn't resist using the negative of the tree die-cu as a stencil for the envelope with the same color Distress Ink, Shabby Shatters.

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I also sponged some Frayed Burlap on the lower left and bottom of the tree panel  You can see the stenciled snow background I used Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch on.  I colored the sky in B000 and B02 along the tree line (I lost my color chart I made for this). 

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I used some lightweight paper which has a great swirly gray pattern and topped it with the same tree die-cut as the outside, but in white.  I did write a note inside.

Worn-out truck digital stamp (Creative Heart Design)
Sizzix trees die
Kat Scrappiness "hello My Crafty Friend" die
Distress Ink - blueprint sketch
Snow embossing folder
Distress inks B000 & B02
Vagabond die cut machine

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Joining the 25 Days of Christmas Tags

I'd never heard of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags until this year and I have been having lots of fun seeing all the different tags and even making a few.

I am having cataract surgery tomorrow, so I want to make sure I enter at least once before surgery. 

I have made several different tags based on the inspiration tags, which are phenomenal.

My inspiration was from Day 10, by Joyce at 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  I loved the houses and cute backgrounds.  Here's the link to the to enter..

The two small tags are made with glitter paper while I sponged the large tag with Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink and dotted the sky with a white Uniball pen.

The houses are a new die from Elizabeth Craft Design.  Now I have some new gorgeous tags to use!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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!


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'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.

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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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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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.   

I have advised A2Z Scrapbooking of your name.  To claim your prize email 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.

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.


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