Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Obviously I Love This String Art Frame From Birch Press Design

I really couldn't stop playing with the String Art Frame, as you can tell.  You can create so many gorgeous cards and get a little creative too.  I had a piece of alcohol inked paper and saw this piece as part of the earth in clouds and went with it.  I mounted the String Art Frame on a navy panel, affixed a sentiment and it was done.


When I was coloring one of the frames, I tore a piece and then thought of making a circle with two partial frames, so cut another partial frame and rotated the frames so both outer edges would show in slightly different colors.  I now have a totally different shape made from the same die. 

Birch Press Design String Art Frame - both cards
Birch Press Design birthday - 2nd card
Vagabond die cut machine
Sentiment pre-cut on 1st card & gems on 2nd card



Sunday, July 25, 2021

Some String Art Without The String

I've never tried string art (using real string), but I don't mind giving the illusion of doing string art with die-cuts

Be sure to join the Die Cut Divas' challenge of Tone on Tone this month.   

"Tone on tone coloring or layering, is a decorative technique that takes a single or a few colors and uses different saturation of that color(s) throughout the space. The result is a room that can be dramatically transformed just by lightening or darkening of that color."

My friend, Linda, sent me these String Art Corner and String Art Circle die-cuts and I had to absolutely use them NOW.  In keeping with the Die Cut Divas' challenge of Tone on Tone, I used a sheet of alcohol inks in my stash and added both Birch Press Design die-cuts with a short sentiment in the middle of the circle to complete my card.  I just added some pale green gems and that's all it needed.

Supplies:
Birch Press Design String Art Corner
Birch Press Design String Art Circle
Little B Handwritten
Alcohol inks
Vagabond die cut machine
Pale green gems (in my stash)





Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Winter House Turned Halloween House

My Haunted House

 I watched a video by Jennifer McGuire on a Winter House Pop-Up Easel set and fell in love with the house.  She showed how to turn a Winter House into a spring/summer house with flowers, but the first thing I wanted to do was create a Halloween House!  I had a glitter paper pad with a bunch of colors and found a purple I thought would be perfect and it is!  Finding things I wanted to put in the windows was a bit harder, but I was focused.  I really LOVE how this turned out.  I almost hate to give it away.  I even used the snow because I thought using black glitter paper would be perfect for a scary house and it is. I know it's early for Halloween, but, maybe not.  This is a pop-up easel card and the house is resting against a black stopper strip with BOO as a simple sentiment.

Supplies:
Poppy Stamps Winter House Pop Up Easel Set craft die
Poppy Stamps Evergreen Trio craft die
Elizabeth Craft Designs Palm Tree & Pail (pitchfork & spade)
Papers, ghosts & spongy eyes from stash
Vagabond die cut machine
Nuvo Drops Gloss - Ebony Black in the third story window & doorknob






Wednesday, July 14, 2021

July with World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

 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.

Here's a card just because... meaning because it's your birthday, I miss you, I wanted to just send a note!  You can send this not only to a boy, but to anyone who's still a kid at heart.  I decided to color the tag first and then work on the big boy card.  The strips of paper for the background were all cut with rectangle dies and stored in a baggie for times such as these. 

The challenge at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge runs from July 15th through August 12th, Sydney Time Zone 7:00 a.m. or if you're in California, like me, The challenge starts on a Wednesday, July 14, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight. 


Card with matching Tag

Julia Spiri Captain Cat
Paper scraps cut with various rectangle dies for the card 
Elizabeth Craft Designs Rectangle dies
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine





Friday, July 2, 2021

Reveal Card Chain Challenge For June

  I always try to join in the Card Chain Challenge (CCC) as it's so much fun to receive something in the mail!  I chose "Things that Fly".  I knew exactly what I wanted to use when I saw this option listed.  I have never used the die before and it had been languishing with some other unused dies until this challenge.  I wanted something bubbly for the sky - a look of airiness about it, so I chose this digital paper to use.  

Below are all the options to complete the challenge, so you can see it's fairly simple to find an option that fits your style, stamps, dies...

I chose "Things that Fly".


Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Swirling Swallow
Whimsy Stamps digital papers Green Bokeh
Kat Scrappiness Ice Ice Baby enamel dots
Copic markers in B12,B16,B18B24,BG13 BG15
Vagabond die cut machine







Thursday, July 1, 2021

July Inspiration from Birch Press and Morgan's Artworld

      The theme is "Anything Goes" at Morgan's ArtWorld and Die Cut Divas.  

Morgan's ArtWorld Challenge dates are July 1st to July 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.  Join the Morgan's ArtWorld Facebook Group HERE!

Die Cut Divas Sponsor is Birch Press Design. Challenges begin on July 1st  and end at 9:00 p.m. Pacific time on July 31st.  

I am tying the two together here because the Morgan's Artworld image seemed to work so well with the Birch Press Design die-cut.  

Click HERE for Birch Press Designs and HERE for the Die Cut Divas' Challenge of Tone on Tone.

I've used this image once before with the rose colored in blue, but I just wanted the lovely rose as the focal image when I paired it with my new die-cut. I used a combination of Copic colors on the rose and framework (R81, R83 & R85) with R89 to give it an extra punch  I love leaving the leaves uncolored.  It's quite striking in real life.
Supplies:
Morgan's Artworld Flower 2
Birch Press String Art Frame
Copic markers R81, R83, R85 & R89
Vagabond die cut machine

I am entering the following challenges:
Love to Craft Challenge ‘ “Always Anything Goes” # 60
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes #7-2021
Crafts Galore Encore - "Anything goes" #89
Color It! Create It! Show It Off!  "Anything Goes"  
Digi Choosday - "Anything Goes" 
Through The Craft Room Door “Anything Goes”
Colour Crazy - "Anything Goes"
Crafty Sentiments - "Anything Goes" 



Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Last Day for Bugaboo Birthday Challenge

I think Bugaboo digital images would make anyone smile and especially on their birthday.  That's what Die Cut Divas' challenge is all about this month.  You only have until 9:00 p.m. Pacific time to enter the challenge at Die Cut Divas.

The theme is BIRTHDAYS
Winner will receive a $12 gift code to shop the store.

It may not be your birthday, but it's someone's birthday, so it's time to make the Die Cut Divas' (DCD) challenge of the month "Birthdays".  What is a birthday without ice cream?  If nothing else, this says summer and fun.  The colors shout it.

I had some pieces of checkered white and yellow paper that couldn't have been better to layer the ice cream shop upon.  Having a great premade card as the base made this an easy card to make.  
Supplies:
Copic markers
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Birthday (one of the many)
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Caribbean Ocean and Midnight Blue
Wink of Stella on parts of the building
Vagabond die cut machine




Monday, June 14, 2021

June With Julia Spiri

 MEMORIAL20 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.

Just like last month's image, I die-cut this fantastic image before I started coloring.  There were a lot of places where a slip of the scisoors would chop off a falcon's head or arm, but I made it through all the scary parts without damaging the image.  Since she is a steampunk image, I knew I wanted some sort of wheels and/or clocks on the card.  I did soften the face and hair elements, but loaded up the background with gears and clock-like die-cuts in blue and black.

The challenge runs from June 15th through July 12th, Sydney Time Zone 7:00 a.m. or if you're in California, like me, The challenge starts on a Monday, June 14, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight. 


Close-up below

Supplies:
Julia Spiri Kelly and Falcon
Digi Doodle Studios Summer Breeze Cardmaking Paper
Sizzix thinlits - Gearhead by Tim Holtz (22 pc)
Sizzix thinlits - Friend by Tim Holtz
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine

Challenges I want to enter:

Creative Moments -  # 216 "Anything Goes"                                                    Gem of a Challenge - #12 "Anything Goes"                        
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge "Anything Goes"#498
Crafty Creations "Anything Goes" monthly #422)
Love to Scrap Challenge - Different themes #146




Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Another One Bit The Dust - New Die Used

 I'm fairly happy with this card, however, if you look past the great flames and cute stockings hung by the chimney with care, you'll see that the fireplace is crooked against the "wallpaper".  I don't know what happened, but when I put the front of the card onto the back panel, it was all wonky.  I'll live with it.  

I do love the fireplace.  Some of the inserts stayed in like the square corners of the fireplace, which I loved.  I used manilla folders for the paper - fantastic color for a fireplace.  This is however a very large fireplace, so be prepared to make a larger card than an A2 size.

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Hang the Christmas Stockings
Kat Scrappiness Never Ending Square Dies
Xmas red patterned paper from Stamping Up
No Copic marker was used - all papers
Vagabond die cut machine

I want to enter the following challenges:
Christmas Kickstart Challenge - Stockings (the chimney or fireplace is purely optional!)
Merry Little Christmas Challenge #35 - anything Christmas goes


 



Wednesday, June 2, 2021

May Card Chain Challenge Reveal

 

Time for my reveal for the Card Chain Challenge



I embossed the panel and used the theme option Tea or Coffee with the optional Cake.  I happen to love that cake, it turned out perfect, imo (in my opinion).  I used a couple of different die cuts to create my panel.  I had rather a hard time deciding on a design and what to use with my tea and cake, but in the end, I like how it turned out.
Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs CAKE Slice, Dessert, Treat ~1395 (also saucer for cup)
Little B Handwritten (hello) 
Cuttlebug embossing plate James Set
Enamel Dots  
Vagabond die cut machine
I forgot to write down the other dies (cup & leaves)











Tuesday, June 1, 2021

June 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.


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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/


Supplies:
Morgan's Artworld digital image Shire Horse Canal Boats
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Elizabeth Craft Designs Postage Stamp Rectangles
Elizabeth Craft Designs Florals 6 (flowers & leaves)
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine


I would like to enter the following challenges:
Polkadoodle Anything Goes 
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Anything Goes Week 21
Creative Moments - Anything Goes  # 215
Mix it Up - "Anything Goes" (not doing the optional twist of stamping)
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes Week 22
Crafty Sentiments - "Anything Goes"
A Bit More Time to Craft - "Anything Goes" #141
A Perfect Time to Craft - "Anything Goes"  #6-2021

June With Bugaboo

It may not be your birthday, but it's someone's birthday, so it's time to make the Die Cut Divas' (DCD) theme of the month "Birthdays".  

Since Bugaboo is the DCD sponsor this month and I love the "Sunbonnet" images from Bugaboo, so I went with the Sunbonnet Birthday Cake in red tones.  Red is one of my favorite colors and I decided to go monotone for the most part - I guess I could have had red flames, but, no, they are Nuvo Ripened Pumpkin, so still in the reddish tones.  However, if you didn't notice, my cake frosting is a creamy gooey mass of Nuvo Simply White drops. 

When you want to coordinate a matt with the image colors, just use your Copic color to edge the paper enough so that it is well covered, but you don't waste your Copics.  I used a white square, colored with Copic R29, to create a scallop pattern when viewed from the outside in.



See the gooey frosting below

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Postage Stamp Square dies
Kat Scrappiness Never Ending Square dies
Copic markers
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss - Ripened Pumpkin and Simply White
Vagabond die cut machine

I am joining these challenges:

Mix it Up - "Anything Goes" (not doing the optional twist of stamping)
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes Week 22
Crafty Sentiments - "Anything Goes"
A Bit More Time to Craft - "Anything Goes" #141
A Perfect Time to Craft - "Anything Goes"  #6-2021

Monday, May 31, 2021

Tic Tac Toe Inspiration

 The last day of the challenge at Die Cut Divas ends at 9:00 p.m. Pacific time today so be sure to enter the Die Cut Divas challenge here. Be sure to check out the Sponsor, Cas-ual Fridays Stamps for all kinds of images.

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Prize: $20 gift code

This is a Tic Tac Toe challenge month.

I chose Uneven edge/Emboss it/ Red as her Tic Tac Toe as my recipe for this card today. One of the Die Cut Divas received this card for her Birthday, all made with Cas-ual Fridays products, except for the flowers.

I enlarged the photo so you can actually see the dry embossing:
UNEVEN EDGE: Die-cut the white card except for the fold side
EMBOSS IT: Cuttlebug dotted folder used on red striped paper
RED: Red striped paper

Some of the sentiments are so fun and sassy that you can't resist using them. All of the sentiments are part of the set of stamps in the "Cup of Coffee" stamp set and used together create this phrase:
"FRANKLY, My Dear, No matter HOW OLD we get, This is the OLDEST you've EVER been"

Inside of Card with Cas-ual Fridays stamps

Supplies:
Cas-ual Fridays Stamps Pinked Slimline Dies
Cas-ual Fridays Stamps Cup of Coffee
Cas-ual Fridays Stamps Coffee Cup Dies
Cas-ual Fridays Stamps Frankly'isms on outside of card
Cas-ual Fridays Stamps Bold Wishes stamp set inside of card.
(I don't see Frankly'isms or Bold Wishes on the site now)
Flowers in stash
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss - Red Berry
Vagabond die cut machine












Friday, May 28, 2021

Another Tic Tac Toe Card

 Remember to check out the  Die Cut Divas challenge and the Die Cut Divas' Sponsor, Cas-ual Fridays Stamps for all kinds of images. The challenge is Tic Tac Toe.

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Prize: $20 gift code
This is a Tic Tac Toe challenge month. I chose Yellow/ Friendship/Glitter to work with for this card focusing on the sentiment.

This is a "Yellow/Friendship/Glitter" card that I gave to a dear friend I don't see very often. She keeps them in her office. I am really happy with this card. I'm not normally a person who likes the color yellow, but I really did like this card. Now it's your turn to play Tic Tac Toe at Die Cut Divas.


Inside of card.

Supplies:
Cas-ual Fridays Heart Note die - black glitter cardstock (see Heart Note Dies)
Cas-ual Fridays Double Note die - black glitter cardstock (see Heart Note Dies)
Cas-ual Fridays Heart Note dies (Looks like Heart Note & Double Note dies are now in one package)    
Cas-ual Fridays Bomb Diggity (stamp) not in stock at this time)
Cas-ual Fridays Starlequin stencil (not in stock at this time)
Cas-ual Fridays Big Treble stamp on inside of card (not in stock at this time)
Cas-ual Fridays Pinked Slimline dies
Distress Oxide ink fossilized amber
Vagabond die cut machine