Sunday, May 2, 2021

Card Chain Challenge Reveal

 I always try to join in the Card Chain Challenge (CCC) as it's so much fun to receive something in the mail!  You still have time to join in CCC for May.  The sign-up deadline is May 6th.  All entries will be revealed at CCC on the 2nd of June.  

I chose the challenge of using die-cuts and I used lots of them for this summer "Fun in the Sun" card.  Maybe April was too soon to think of summer, but I couldn't stop thinking summer!

As you can see, there were a number of ways to challenge yourself to create a card to send by snail mail.  


I am still on a "slimline High", so to speak.  I've pre-sponged panels and die-cut them for future uses.  While I'm inky, I like to work on more than one project or image.  I thought this Distress Oxide mix of colors was perfect for a beach scene of sun, palm trees and beach related paraphernalia  Having dies made for slimline cards saves a lot of time in trying to adapt other dies and gives a great finished appearance to a card.
Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs dies Palm Trees Summer, Beach 
Elizabeth Craft Designs dies Sun and Surf
Elizabeth Craft Designs stamp set Beach Sentiments
Sunny Studio Stamps - slimline Scalloped Frame
Distress Oxides and Distress Inks
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine

I am entering the following:
Polkadoodle  "Anything Goes"  WK 17
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge "Anything Goes" WK 16
Creative Moments - "Anything Goes" # 213
Mix it Up - "Anything Goes & Layering" MIUCB #49
A Perfect Time to Craft - "Anything Goes"




Saturday, May 1, 2021

May With Morgan's Artworld

 The theme is always "Anything Goes" at Morgan's ArtWorld.  

Challenge dates are May 1st to May 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.  


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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/

I know this is a WINTER scene and swirling skies aren't usually swirling pink, but I couldn't help myself.  The colors really flowed liked spun sugar and I guess, I can imagine the background as spun sugar, going round and round.  Once I started, I couldn't stop spinning   I just received a die order and the petals beckoned to me, just the petals.  They seemed to be an other-worldly element.  I might actually make her into a more normal Winter scene the next time I print this lovely image out again.  .  

Supplies:
Morgan's Artworld Winter 9 digital stamp
Elizabeth Craft Designs Postage Stamp Squares dies
Kat Scrappiness Never Ending Square Die
Poppy Stamps Meadow Flower (just the flower used)
Copic markers (primarily R81, R83, R85 for the red tones)
Elizabeth Craft Designs Craft Drops - white
Papers in stash
Vagabond die cut machine

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Polkadoodle  "Anything Goes"  WK 17
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge "Anything Goes" WK 16
Creative Moments - "Anything Goes" # 213
Mix it Up - "Anything Goes & Layering"  MIUCB#49
Digi Choosday -  "Anything Goes" Week 17
Crafty Sentiments - "Anything Goes"
A Bit More Time to Craft - "Anything Goes"  #138
A Perfect Time to Craft - "Anything Goes" # 5-2021

Happy Cas-ual Fridays

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 Emboss it/ Friendship/Blue to work with for this card focusing on the sentiment.

I chose a simple design with a birthday theme using this Bubbly Stencil. I stenciled the panel with Broken China distress ink, sponged Blue Print distress ink on paper and die-cut Awesome and friend from the paper. After I embossed (wet embossing) "Happy Birthday" on the card, I added the die-cuts. A few Nuvo drops completed the panel which I adhered to a white card sponged with broken china distress ink on about 1/4 inch on all sides.

Supplies:
Casual Fridays Stamps Bubbly Stencil
Casual Fridays Stamps Frankly'isms (happy birthday)
Casual Fridays Stamps Bubbly stencil
Casual Fridays Stamps Friend die (not in stock)
Elizabeth Craft Designs Rectangle Stitches die
Kat Scrappiness Awesome Me die
Distress inks Broken China and I think Blueprint Sketch on the sentiments
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss - Midnight Blue (dots within dots)
Vagabond die cut machine

Friday, April 30, 2021

Last Day for April's Challenge With Poppystamps

                                     

Die Cut Divas' sponsor for April is Poppy Stamps, a line of stamps and craft dies from the creative people at Memory Box!   Known for their popular floral patterns and whimsical designs, Poppy Stamp products could be the difference between your card being good or great!   You only have until 9:00 p.m. Pacific time to enter.

Check out Die Cut Divas.  
Poppystamps is offering a $20 gift certificate to the winner!

   THEME: WINDOW or APERTURE CARD

Don't you love that clear plastic sheet that has a rippled pattern on it? A friend had saved these flimsy clear sheets from some medical materials and gave them to me. Happy Day! I love it when I upcycle.

Santa was good to me last Christmas and brought me some wonderful dies. I do have a couple snow globe dies, but I really like the size and framing on this globe. I think this deer is going to be a favorite of mine as it dons the front of the card and another sits on a snowy hill inside the card.

When you don't know what to do with the front of the card, embossing can be the solution and I thought falling snow fit the ticket on this card.


I used Distress Oxides in Broken China, Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans on the inside panel of the card, spritzed with water and popped the reindeer in the same position as the reindeer on the outside of the card with a couple small glue dots.    I still had a couple  snowbanks (also used on the outside of the card) and tucked the largest one just under the hooves.  It'll be a nice place to sign your name. 

Supplies:
Poppy Stamps Dashing Reindeer (TWO reindeer - one inside & one outside)
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Falling Snow embossing folder (unfortunately, some branded manufacturers do not put their names on embossing folders)
Distress Oxides - Broken China, Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans
Thin plastic sheet from a friend's clear bandage partitions die-cut with a circle die 
Copic marker BG10 for the front snowbanks
Vagabond die cut machine





Thursday, April 15, 2021

Julia Spiri and Antique Cars

 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 found myself falling in love with this antique car and the cute couple sitting therein.  They look like they're ready to enjoy the highway and wonderful spring weather.  I used Copic markers and made a couple mistakes on the car and so had to deepen the colors and also some places I would have wanted to have more shine.  But I really do like this little card and the couple tootling along in it.

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


Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Little B Handwritten (hello die is part of the set)
My Favorite Things Cloud Stencil
Copic markers
Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch
Vagabond die cut machine

I am entering the following challenges:
Digi Choosday - "Anything Goes"  Wk 15
Through The Craft Room Door “Anything Goes”
Colour Crazy - "Anything Goes" Wk 14
Crafty Sentiments - "Anything Goes"
The House That Stamps Built - A1421 (Signs of Spring)
Pammie's Inky Pinkies  "Anything Goes"- #2115

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Delight in Morgan's Artworld in April

 The theme is always "Anything Goes" at Morgan's ArtWorld.  

Challenge dates are April 1st to April 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 Angel 8 digital stamp
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Hero Arts sentiment,  I think
Copic markers in the R81,R83mR85 & RV91, RV93 ranges with YG colors, E01, E11, E13 skin tones (I forget the hair tones)
Vagabond die cut machine


I would like to enter the following challenges:
Creative Moments - Anything Goes (211)
The House That Stamps Built - "Anything Goes" (A2421)
Mix it Up Challenge Blog  - #48 "Anything Goes" I did not do the optional "no stamping"
Digi Choosday - Week 13  "Anything Goes"
Crafty Sentiments - "Anything Goes"
A Bit More Time to Craft - #137   "Anything Goes"
A Perfect Time to Craft - #4-2021  "Anything Goes"

Open That Window With Poppy Stamps

My inspiration card for Die Cut Divas' opens a window into winter with warm wishes and a stylized reindeer.  The sponsor for April is Poppystamps, a line of stamps and craft dies from the creative people at Memory Box!   

Poppystamps is offering a $20 gift certificate to the winner!
   THEME: WINDOW or APERTURE CARD
Those are NOT smudges on the front panel, but LOADS of Wink of Stella. You know how difficult it is to photograph sparkle and shine. I was going to open the window all the way through to the inside of the card, but realized I'd have NO room at all to write a note inside. The snowflakes and reindeer are under the clear embossable Window Plastic. The "warm wishes" sentiment is atop the window plastic.


I hope you can see the sparkle and shine on my card from this angle below.



Supplies:
Poppystamps Stained Glass Snowflake
Poppystamps Dashing Reindeer
Poppystamps Photo Cut - older die
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
JudiKins Embossable Window Plastic
Bronze glittered paper from stash
Wink of Stella
Vagabond die cut machine


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Franks A Lot With Sunny Studio

Yes the Title of my Post today really is "Franks A Lot" and you'll see why when you see my card.  This is the last day to enter the Sunny Studio sponsored challenge at Die Cut Divas.

It's been all about making those slimline cards.  

I've had a load of fun designing, coloring and finally making the card below. Be sure to enter the challenge at Die Cut Divas.

 

The Crusin' Cuisine stamp set has SO many stamps from those teeny, tiny stamps used on the food trucks to the size of the "Franks" stamp.  I took my time in laying out the scene, making sure the windows in the trucks matched the outside.  I used a Copic marker to ink up the outside trim on the slimline scallop.  Hope you have fun with your stamping and coloring too!

Supplies:
Sunny Studio Cruisin' Cuisine stamps (includes all sentiment, trucks & eats)
Sunny Studio Cruisin' Cuisine matching dies (includes truck and edibles) 
Clouds from older dies in my stash
Copic markers on both sky and die-cuts
Vagabond die cut machine

Friday, March 26, 2021

Still Time for the Spring-Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Friday, March 19 - Friday, March 26, 6:00 a.m. Pacific
 I finally got to my second card for the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop and I totally LOVE it!   I found this cute gnome from Digi Doodle Studios and thought he would be perfect for most seasons with his cup of hot chocolate.  Today, he's celebrating a birthday and I'm not sure whose, but someone will be delighted to receive this little guy.

I'm entering  the 
Creative Moments - Anything Goes (211)
The House That Stamps Built - "Anything Goes" (A2421)
Mix it Up - "Anything Goes" #47
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - "Anything Goes"
A Bit More Time to Craft - "Anything Goes" # 136
A Perfect Time to Craft - "Anything Goes" #3-2021

Supplies:
Sunny Studios Slimline Scalloped Frame Dies
Rubbernecker Birthday Balloons
Digi Doodle Studios Antoni Coffee Gnome digi
Digi Doodles Winter Ombre Slimline Digi Paper Pack
Copic markers on balloons and gnome
Eyelet Outlet enamel dots
Vagabond die cut machine




Wednesday, March 24, 2021

My First Card for the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop

 I have a busy week, so hopefully, this will not be my first card, but my last card for the hop.  It's my favorite time of the year and I don't even drink coffee.

When:  Friday, March 19, 2021 – Friday, March 26, 2021

Where: Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop

I was looking for something that was cute and didn't take a lot of time to color.  The black striped paper is from a set of striped cards that I cut in half.  I thought it was perfect and didn't want to add anything else to clash with the stripes.


Supplies:
  • Whimsy Some Odd Girl Digital Collection - Coffee Lover Mae
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
  • Copic markers
  • I think it's a Hero Arts sentiment as I stamped & cut several sentiments to keep on hand
  • papers in my stash
  • Vagabond die cut machine
I am entering the following challenges:
Creative Moments - Anything Goes (211)
The House That Stamps Built - "Anything Goes" (A2421)
Mix it Up - "Anything Goes" #47
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - "Anything Goes"
A Bit More Time to Craft - "Anything Goes" # 136
A Perfect Time to Craft - "Anything Goes" #3-2021


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Card Chain Challenge Snail Mail

 What, oh what should I do?  Lots of choices.  See below - ALL those choices!


I chose Paper Piecing and I really love the way this card turned out.  I've had about 1/2 sheet of this designer paper (used for the doll) for a LONG time and finally was able to use most of it for the dress and boots of this Julie Nutting gal, Megan.  I cut both doll and dress by hand. 

I can't believe this paper worked out so well.  The entire dress is from one cut and the semi-foiled boots from another spot in the same paper.  The butterfly is left over (actually hanging out on my Ott-Lite) from a project for my daughter-in-law posted on my blog November 7, 2019. 

Close-up of Boots below
Supplies:
Prima Julie Nutting doll stamp Megan
Kat Scrappiness Slimline Diamond Wire & Wood Grain Frame Die 
Butterfly by Echo Park and Silhouette cut on my Cameo die cut machine
Slimline die - I can't find the original wrapping for the patterned paper die-cut
Hello! stamp - maybe Hero Arts ?  I have a bunch of cut-out sentiments in stash
Patterned papers in stash
Copic markers for the hair and skin tones
Cameo machine for the butterfly
Vagabond die cut machine for dies




Sunday, March 14, 2021

Julia Spiri in Snail Mail Too

 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 found myself drawn to a cute kitty in an old style aviator's suit.  The image so reminded me of mail flying around the world that I added the sentiment "Snail Mail is Good Too" to the image in Word.  Instead of popping it up, I like keeping the card one layer to easily accommodate anything else I wish to enclose with the card.  If I'm sending something to a crafty friend, I can enclose some die-cuts and such without worrying about extra postage.  I hope you like this cute guy and try coloring him or her.

The challenge runs from March 15th through April 12th, Sydney Time Zone 7:00 a.m. or if you're in California, like me, The challenge starts on a Sunday, February14, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight. 


Close-up below

Julia Spiri Image below (cute as a button)

  • Supplies: 
  • Julia Spiri Aviator Cat
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangle die
  • Computer generated sentiment 
  • Copic markers
  • older style Hero Arts enamel dots
  • Vagabond die cut machine
I am entering the following challenges:
Creative Moments - "Anything Goes" # 210
Gem of a Challenge - "Anything Goes"                     
Polkadoodle's Craft Challenge "Anything Goes" Week 11
Digi Choosday - "Anything Goes"
Through The Craft Room Door “Anything Goes” (weekly-starts Tuesdays)
Colour Crazy - "Anything Goes" week 10
Crafty Sentiments - "Anything Goes"
Simon Says Wednesday - A Bit of Green
The House that Stamps BuiltRepeat Impressions DCC M321 ~ Going Green


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Warm Wishes

 I'm making this card with Christmas Kickstart Challenge in mind to use green in the card.  I couldn't believe I had just the right card surface.  I absolutely love this Santa, such the classic and classy guy.  I had stamped and die-cut a bunch of sentiments from "Thank you" to "Warm Wishes", so I didn't have to do much. 

I typed up the "Naughty or Nice?" and moved the sentiment in front of the digital Santa in Word, colored with Copics and hand-cut the Santa.  I love this Santa and hope you do too.


Supplies:
Whimsy digital Classic Santa (handcut)
Sentiments pre-cut in my stash using ECD Stitched Rectangles & QuicKutz retangles
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine
Folded Card from 5 or so years ago in stash






Monday, March 1, 2021

Marching With Morgan's Artworld

 The theme is always "Anything Goes" at Morgan's ArtWorld.  

Challenge dates are March 1st to March 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/
My inspiration card for the beginning of the "Anything Goes" challenge at Morgan's Artworld:


I thought she looked rather somber and so my skin tone and bodice colors are rather dark.  I used multi-liners to detail the gown and headdress and couldn't pass up the Nuvo drops for the flowers and a couple spots on the butterfly.  Wanting something different to frame this image, I searched for something different and found a rarely used die, though I've had it for years.

Supplies:
Morgan's Artworld Fantasy Fae 54 - not available at this time.
Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles dies
Papers in stash
Nuvo Crystal Drops Metallic - Autumn Red
Copic markers
Copic Multi-liners Cobalt 0.3 & 0.5
Vagabond die cut machine

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Polkadoodle Anything Goes (week 9)
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes (209 )
The House That Stamps Built - "Anything Goes" (F2421)
Mix it Up - "Anything Goes" - (I didn't do the optional twist inlaid die-cut)
Digi Choosday - "Anything Goes" (week 8)
A Bit More Time to Craft - "Anything Goes"
A Perfect Time to Craft - "Anything Goes" (# 3 2021)