Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Christmas Cards Galore with Poppy Stamps Dies

 Die Cut Diva's sponsor for August is Poppy Stamps  This is definitely

You only have until 9:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on August 31st to enter the challenge.

I think I went a little overboard.  I already had the pieces cut out and still have more waiting in plastic bags, al glitter papers and so many colors.  The card that is not standing has no back stop yet, but I was finished for the evening.  Yes, finished.

I have pine trees in white, black, green and copper.  It's the globe and round sky that I have multiple colors that may not match the other cut flowers, but we'll see next year!   I made a black and white Xmas card and wasn't sure about that color combo for Xmas, but I like it, really much more than I thought I would.  I did put a small copper tree near the cabin, just because it was lonely.

 I took some individual pictures and some with two cards for your viewing pleasure below.

All my Cards set out.

Black and white with a bit of Copper color in the make

Dark blue skyline with light blue house

Think glitter paper with dark blue base & house

Purple & white card lying flat and a gold frame with black house base and copper sky.

Blue snow globe with black bottom and a card with tradition Xmas colors of green and red.
Poppy Stamps Cabin Snowglobe Pop Up Easel Craft die
Glitter papers all in my stash
yellow card stock in windows in stash
Vagabond die cut machine

I'm entering the following challenges: 
Digi Choosday - "Anything Goes" Wk31
Simon Says Monday   Sparkle and Shine
Gem of a Challenge - "Anything Goes" Wk 17


Monday, August 28, 2023

August With Poppystamps

 Have a Poppystamps Summer Break

The Die Cut Diva's sponsor for August is known by all and we are so happy they are sponsoring our challenge for the month of August.

The Challenge is: Pop Up Creations
Pop-up cards change a typically two-dimensional greeting into a three-dimensional world by use of flaps, revolving parts and other movable pieces. We will love to see you join in on the fun.

Our Sponsor's Prize is a $20 gift card, so be sure to play!

Thank you to Linda for sending me this fabulous die cut basket.  I added some of my own Poppy Stamps small flowers, bird and fairy to the basket and Linda sent me two baskets and I wanted to make them different.  
Hugs and thanks to my team mate, Linda.

I love this basket and I think it can be perfect for so many occasions, glad and sad ones.  Since I wasn't sure yet what I was going to use this card for, I did not include any stamped sentiment, such as Happy Birthday, Good Wishes...
By the way, the tiny yellow bird is the stopper for the basket to stand up.

The basket was already colored (maybe a patterned paper?)
Poppystamps Woven Basket Pup Up Easel Set
Poppystamps Chirping Birds
Poppystamps Garden Leaves and Berries (no longer available)
Poppystamps Sugarplum Faerie (no longer available)
Copic markers Y02, a little E11, G21 I think  
Vagabond die cut machine

I'm entering the following challenges:
Polkadoodle's Craft Challenge "Anything Goes" WK 33
NBUS (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff) #53
Beautiful Blossoms  #8 - yes, those are little flowers, flowers none the less
FarmQuestGeneralStoreChallenge  (flowers & baskets in a farm store)
Gem of a Challenge - "Anything Goes" 
Creatalicious  "Anything Goes" no opt maritime

Sunday, August 27, 2023

A Lady's Card

 On Friday, I again watched Craft Roulette (#178) because I'm addicted to trying something new and it's so much fun to see what everyone else did with the same categories.  

Project: A Lady's Card - pink is a color usually associated with women
Colors: Candy - Red and white for peppermint candy
Element: Plant - grass on the movie screen with houses
Random: Tie Dye - Colors of free form die cut in the background

I have to laugh!  Almost of the dies I used on this card are brand new.  New ideas and new dies.  My Favorite Things was having a sale and I couldn't help myself.  The houses, cars,  movie screen and watercolor wash free form dies are new.  I wasn't expecting to use them this soon.  I had everything read, so I thought, until I checked one more time and found I was missing Plant.  Well grass is a plant, so I grabbed the die and clipped off most of the bottom.  The 12X12" paper for the Free Form die has no name or I already used that section.  

My Favorite Things Sittin' Pretty stamps (sentiment) new
My Favorite Things Watercolor Wash Free Form Die-namics (new) the splat 
My Favorite Things Movie Screen Die-namics (new)
My Favorite Things Rear View Die-namics (new) the cars (new)
My Favorite Things My Neighborhood Die-namics
My Favorite Things Itty Bitty Strips Die-namics (cut smaller part of sentiment)
My Favorite Things Outside the Box Grassy Hills Die-namics - the grass
Papers from stash
Vagabond die cut machine

I'm entering the following challenges:
NBUS (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff) #53
Gem of a Challenge - "Anything Goes" 
Creatalicious  "Anything Goes" no opt maritime #265
Polkadoodle's Craft Challenge "Anything Goes" #34
Digi Choosday - "Anything Goes" #33

Sunday, August 20, 2023

A Very Happy Card

 It took me a while to find my Game, but I finally did.

Yes, I was again playing with the Craft Roulette twist em up and spit em out categories. I had trouble finding my game, but finally the game I play the most, dah, finally made it to the forefront and said, HEY! Scrabble, you play scrabble.  I had a beautiful piece of packing with flowers and leaves on it.  I cut those out and put them in the corners, got a new set of stamps and added some color there, especially that BIG Yellow balloon.  Those critters look like they're having a lot of fun and a quick grab off my desk of some sentiments landed me the perfect one.

Project: Picture Frame Card - (Framed)
Colors: Summer Vacation - (Flowers & balloons)
Element: Game(s) - Scrabble
Random: Check(s) - 3 check marks

Elizabeth Craft Designs Postage Stamp Square dies
Kat Scrappiness Never Ending Square dies
My Favorite Things Unforgettable Birthday stamps & dies
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine

I'm entering the following challenge:
NBUS (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff) #53 (Altenew Postal
The Creative Crafters "Anything Goes"

A Gnome and A Mailbox

 My gnome is sending presents, but it looks like the mailbox is too small, oh, so sad.  LOL
Some Christmas blogs urged me to make a Christmas card and so I have!  I wanted to try some new sprays and I think I overdid it with the green, oh well, maybe the gnome has been drinking too much green beer.   I received these green rectangles a long time ago and cannot remember who sent them to me, but I finally used them to set the scene for a gnome who's trying to fit a few too many packages into that little mailbox.

Rubbernecker Donovan's Gnomes stamps & matching dies
Altenew Postal Heros bundle (stamps & matching dies)
Altenew Angeled Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder
Elizabeth Craft Designs (one of the Christmas Sleigh stamp & die sets) gift
Copic markers
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Red Berry

I'm entering the following challenges:
My Favorite Things challenge for Christmas
Peace on Earth Xmas "Always Christmas & Anything Goes"
NBUS (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff) #53 (Altenew Postal Heros)

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

August and the Sweeter Side of Life

   Worldwide Crafters and Colorists.

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.

The challenge runs from August 15th through September 12th, 
2:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time

Visit Julia Spiri's Etsy shop for one of a kind marvelous images.

Check out the Worldwide Crafters and Colorists Challenge Blog here!

I chose the sepia image of this sweet little girl to color first.  I almost left it entirely in sepia. 
Then I had to color the lined version  also colored with Copics.  Obviously I truly loved working with this image.

Lined Version below

Supplies Card #1:
Julia Spiri Cute Girl
Technique Tuesday Say it - Hugs - (XOXO) no longer available as a stamp set, but it is in digital format here (I  covered the & with tape to stamp)
Double sided foam tape
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine

Supplies Card #2:
Julia Spiri Cute Girl
Double sided foam tape
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine

I'm entering the following challenges:
NBUS (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff) - Cute Girl digital stamp
Digi Choosday - "Anything Goes" Wk31
Simon Says Monday  Use Favorite Technic (Coloring with Copic markers)
Gem of a Challenge - "Anything Goes" 

Saturday, August 12, 2023

A Heart Split In The Middle

 I worked on a project with the following parameters.
Project: Split in the Middle - heart is split in the middle
Colors: Jolly Colors - Holly Jolly Xmas colors
Element: Fruit - yes there is a small fruit on the postage stamp
Random: Heart - hard to miss

Hard to see, but the berry is in the lower left right under "Postal".
Elizabeth Craft Designs large heart - long retired
Christmas, red and green papers
Stickles in different colors
Clear Wink of Stella only on the Green paper
Vagabond die cut machine

Saturday, August 5, 2023

A Great Day Creating

I spent another Friday watching Crafting Roulette and thinking about what I wanted to make to fit the categories that came up on the roulette wheel.

Project: 4.25" Square
Colors: Craft Roulette
Element: Night
Random: Bottom Border

I made a card 4.25 inches square, not a large card, but I'm thinking of using it for a family gift tag for Xmas.  I had leftover trim on my desk and figured it would be the perfect bottom border and I like it.  I sponged Broken China and Faded Blue Jeans distressed ink, but then decided I wanted a creamer background, so used Broken China and Faded Blue Jeans Distress Oxide inks instead and covered over the distress inks.  I stamped some stars with Unicorn White on the blue background and heat embossed it.  It was lightly starred.  I then decided to use Altenew's Ink Spray Antique Silver on top of that.  I attached the border, put foam tape on the Santa Claus panel that I had already colored with Copic markers and attached it above the border.  Quick and easy, really.
My Wink of Stella threw up on the Santa bag and so I spread it over Santa and the bag and everything sparkles.  I just can't get a copy of the sparkle.

My Favorite Things Die-namics stitched Square STAX 
I printed the Santa panel a couple of years ago and can't remember the company
Your Next Stamp Mini Star Splatter
Clear Wink of Stella 
Altenew Ink Spray - Antique Silver
opic markers
Vagabond die cut machine

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

July's Card Chain Challenge Reveal

 I'm participating in the Card Chain Challenge again.  I just love sending and receiving memorable homemade cards all over the world.

July's challenges are listed below. Choose One - up to you which one.

I chose friendship and I thought that the image I stamped was really all about us crafters who have fun crafting together, yet so far apart.  I had tried coloring this before, but didn't even finish it.  I really had fun with the set this time.  I did have a scary moment though.  I thought I picked up a BG00001 and it wasn't!  It was a gray color and NOT what I wanted as I had everything else colored.  I just took a blending (0) marker and did the best I could.  I think it still works out.  LOL  You can usually fix something - where there's a will, there's a way.
Art Impressions unmounted Crafty Girls set (1st time using this rubber stamp)
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Altenew Enamel Dots Green Meadows (1st time using this set of enamel dots)
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine

I'm entering the following challenges:
NBUS (Never-Before-Used-Schtuff) Stamped image
Kreativ Tanten  "Anything Goes"
Digi Choosday - "Anything Goes" 


Tuesday, August 1, 2023

August with Morgan's Artworld

 The August Challenge for Morgan's Artworld is 

"Anything Goes" August 1st to August 27th.

You can use any image or project you have posted in August. For purchasing Morgan's ArtWorld Images, please visit the website at
Morgan's Fitzsimons Art Studio   

Any time is a time to make Christmas cards and so I chose this fun Xmas Santa to color.  I chose quite traditional colors as I was just drawn to reds and greens. 

Morgan's Artworld at Creative Design Studio for digital images Xmas Santa
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Sentiment in my stash
Aleene's True Snow
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Gloss - Red Berry
Vagabond die cut machine

I am entering the following challenges:
The Creative Crafters "Anything Goes" 
Love to Craft Challenge “Always Anything Goes”
Mix It Up Challenge Blog Anything Goes” w opt twist (no aperture)
DL. ART "Anything Goes"
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes 8-2023
Crafts Galore Encore - "Anything goes"
Creatalicious - "Anything Goes" #264
Merry Little Christmas Challenge (always Anything Christmas Goes) #51
Peace on Earth Xmas "Always Christmas & Anything Goes" #44
Creative Fingers -"Always Anything Goes" Image printed out & colored w/Copics

First Day To Enter the Challenge at DIe Cut Divas

 Die Cut Diva's sponsor for August is Poppy Stamps

Arlene made a house for someone who needs to take it easy after surgery.  The car is the stop for the house so it stands up straight and tall.   This was lots of fun to make.  


Poppy Stamps Winter House Pop Up Easel Set craft die
Rubbernecker Two Tone (car) retired
My Favorite Things - cup, flowers & plants
Copics for the plants, balloon, kite, flowers & car
Sentiment - in my stash
Vagabond die cut machine

I'm entering the following Challenges:
Gem of a Challenge - "Anything Goes"  Wk #15                  
Creatalicious  "Anything Goes" #264 Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge "Anything Goes using Paper" #551
Ally's Angels  "Anything Goes"  #72
Polkadoodle's Craft Challenge "Anything Goes" Wk30
Allsorts Challenge  Anything But Square
Crafty Catz   "Anything Goes w/optional twist of Hot Colors" Maybe the car color
Krafty Chicks  All Occasions -  Get Well Card
SheepSki Designs Challenges - Your Favorite Things - I love antique cars 
    and using these pop-up dies