Saturday, September 30, 2017

Happy Birthday to Me and Blog Candy for You

Today was my birthday and I've been trying to find time to get together a blog candy to celebrate my birthday and my 1500th post to my blog. So today is the day! Yippee! I finally got it together. But first, I managed to finish a card too.


I wasn't really happy with the photo be cause I colored the cat with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pan and the photo makes it look blotchy. But in real life he is sparkle plenty! I also used white gel pen on the cat to accentuate some of the areas that kind of faded with the sparkle pen. The cat image is from Eureka Stamps called Black Cat Smiling. I die cut him with MFT Stitched Circles. The embossing was done with Stampin' Up spider web embossing folder. There are lots of layers. I die cut some of them with Spellbinder's Scalloped Circle and MFT Stitched Squares. The sentiment is from Papercrafts magazine. The bow which I faux stitched is from MFT Blueprints 3 dies.
I am entering these challenges:

Now on to the blog candy. Please leave a comment on this blog post with your email so I can let you know if you've won the candy. Here's what I am giving away:

Simple Stories Chipboard Stickers
Paper Artsy Mini Stamp
1 roll washi tape
Making Memories Eyelet Letters
1 package extra large eyelets
Studio G 6 Epoxy brads for Halloween
Just Rite Quiet Moments Stamp Set
2 Paper Mache stars
Stack of assorted 6x6 paper (double sided and single sided)
Please leave a comment before September 30th and I'll choose a winner on October 1st. Thanks for stopping by, friends. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Donna

Thursday, September 21, 2017

You're so Cool

Before we went on vacation, I started making some gifts for the twins' Head Start teachers.  I am finally getting around to finishing them. I started volunteering Wednesdays at the twins' Head Start classroom. They are so much fun to be around and now that I know what they are doing there I can reinforce it at home. The other kids come up and sit on my lap too so it's great fun being around them. Here's one of the gifts I made. The other will be coming up soon.


This is a 5x7 photo frame. I laid it flat and added some paper from my scrap box inside the photo frame. I colored the little penguin, from Little Scraps of Heaven digital kit, with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut him, then popped him up with foam tape.. The sentiment is from Dee Dee's Digis (unfortunately closed). It was die cut with MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags. I added a loop of paper to hold the pen and the Post-it Note stack. 
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Thanks for stopping by. If you haven't seen my blog candy yet, pop on over and leave me a comment for a chance to win. Take care, the weekend is almost here.

Donna


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Christmas Scraps

Happy Tuesday! It's raining and dreary here but we need the rain so I'll take it for now. Nice day to stay home and get something done around the house and hopefully some crafty time too. I did finish a Christmas card and wanted to get it posted.


The poinsettia image is from Beccy Place. After fussy cutting it I paired it with some of my Christmas designer paper scraps from my scrap box. I used Gina Marie Designs Stitched Diamond dies to cut out the scraps and then glued them to my card base. I popped up the poinsettia image with foam tape and added the sentiment from Altenew Halftone Holidays stamp set.
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Thanks for stopping by today. I am off to cross a few more things off my list, which happens to be a mile long right now. Please check out my blog candy and leave me a comment to win. Have a super day!

Donna

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Good to be Back Home Again

I've been thinking of the John Denver song today about "hey, it's good to be back home again!" And after my morning didn't go as planned I decided it was time to take some time out and color something up. I have a laundry list of things I need to do to catch up but this one was for me.


Of course after staying with family the last 2 weeks I need to send a few thank yous out for all the hospitality. So I am getting started on those. The image is from Eureka Stamps called Scarecrow and Sunflowers. I colored the image with a variety of different markers and then die cut it with one of the dies from MFT Blueprints 3.  I inked the edges with Fired Brick DI. The designer paper is from my scraps as is the ribbon. I cut the Thanks from a scrap and used MFT Many Thanks die. The thanks is raised with red fun foam off the card. I am entering these challenges:

It is good to be back home again and back to crafting. I did crochet a rug while I was gone and started on two hats for the twins for winter. Have to finish them up soon. Thanks for stopping by. I hope to have a blog candy posted tomorrow for my 1500 blog post and my birthday celebration. Hope you'll come back to check it out! Now back to catching up.

Donna

Saturday, September 2, 2017

New Challenge at Imagine That Creative Playground

Happy Saturday! September has arrived and all the new challenges are beginning. Today begins the new anything goes challenge at the Imagine That Creative Playground. You can enter any creation to win the grand prize but if you use an Imagine That Digis by Kris image you will get the featured stamp set for the month. Here's the stamp set you could receive.


I love the new manatee sets that Kris has designed. There are a number of different sets with the manatees doing all kinds of things. I made a double gate fold card for the challenge.


I hadn't made this kind of card in a very long time. I used the pre-colored image and die cut it with Spellbinder's dies and inked with Salty Ocean and Picked Raspberry distress inks. The designer paper is also from Imagine That Digis by Kris called Sweet Pastels Digi Paper.


And here's the inside of the card.


The sentiment is "You color my world." I hope you will join us this month at the Creative Playground with our anything goes challenge. And use an image from Imagine That Digis by Kris to receive this fun set. 
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Thanks for stopping by! I'll be absent for a while. I am on vacation until mid September. Stop back as I will have blog candy to celebrate my 1500th blog post. Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs,
Donna





Friday, September 1, 2017

September 12 Months of Christmas Challenge

Welcome to a new challenge at the 12 Months of Christmas. I am away on vacation so this may get edited if I am able to access the Internet at some point. For all the specifics on the challenge, please check the 12 Months of Christmas web site. But you can submit any Christmas cards to the challenge. Our optional theme is photo inspiration. Use this photo for making your card. Anything in the picture can inspire you.

Our awesome sponsor this month is Sparkle and Sprinkle. Our second sponsor is Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. The paper created for this month's challenge looks like this.


I used the Sparkle & Sprinkle Brighten the Holidays Penguins:


And here is my card:

One of my favorite things at Christmas is all the lights. So I used the lights on the Christmas tree as inspiration for my card. I used the pre-colored image and sentiment from the set. I used the Sketch Saturday sketch as inspiration also. I used two different papers: the striped paper from the above set and the lights paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Eclectic Christmas 2 Papers.


I hope you will play along this month and join the 12 Month's of Christmas challenge. Why not get those Christmas cards going! Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful weekend!
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Donna



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Get Ready to Rumble

Happy Tuesday! My middle child and I share a love of football, in particular the Colts, since we are from Indiana. Although we haven't had a lot to cheer about the last few years we still love to watch. So each year as the season gets under way I try to send him a card.


The football balloon images are from Eureka Stamps. I tied silver threads around each balloon and they hang below the sentiment but they are hard to see in the photo. The sentiment is from Create with TLC and colored with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers and die cut with MFT Stitched Ovals. The background designer paper is from Imagine That Digis by Kris from the Touchdown 3 Digi Paper set. Of course everything needed to be Colts Blue! Go Colts!
I am entering these challenges:
I wanted to celebrate my 1500 blog post and I missed it by a bit. This is number 1503. And since I am leaving on vacation tomorrow I'm going to wait until I return to post some blog candy. Then it can be a birthday blog candy too. So stay tuned for that. Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Donna

Monday, August 28, 2017

Christmas Delivery

Aaaah, Rudolph Days! I love getting another Christmas card done ahead. I have a feeling that Christmas time will be very busy with the twins. So why not get things rolling ahead of time.


I used a Bugaboo image that I colored with Spectrum Noir markers and die cut with Spellbinder's Splendid Circles. I inked the edge with Fired Brick DI. The background designer paper is from Lawn Fawn. The sentiment is from Altenew Halftone Holidays and die cut with MFT Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips. I added some twine for embellishment. Truly an eclectic card with all those companies represented. LOL!
I am entering these challenges:

Hope your Monday and week are off to a great start. Thanks for stopping by today. I have dosing team projects to work on this week and Wednesday we'll be leaving on vacation for 2 weeks. So I will be taking a little break from crafting (and the twins, sniff, sniff!) but having fun doing other things. Take care! See you again very soon.

Donna

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Just Be Me

Happy Sunday to all! As I was looking for another stamp the other day I ran across this sentiment stamp that I won from Paper Makeup Stamps eons ago. Sadly they are no longer in business. I don;t think I have ever used it and I love the sentiment so I decided it was high time to get moving on it.


Just in case you can't read the card in the picture, the sentiment says:
I you're alone, 
I'll be your shadow. 
If you want to cray,
I'll be your shoulder.
If you want a hug,
I'll be your pillow.
If you need to be happy,
I'll be your smile.
But anytime you need a friend,
I'll just be me.
Isn't that a great focus for a friend card? I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch as my inspiration turned 90 degrees.


The background "doily" is cut with Spellbinder's Splendid Circles with a scrap of plain paper. The background paper is textured and also a scrap I had laying around. I inked the edges of the sentiment with Mustard Seed DI to match the card base and added some flower petals (from Dollar Tree) with some gems as centers for the flowers. I think it turned out really nice!
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I am off to get the twins for the day and they'll be here for dinner tonight so it will be busy. Hope your weekend has been lovely and you are looking forward to the week ahead. Take care.

Donna


Friday, August 25, 2017

Happy Birthday Cupcake

Welcome to the weekend. I was with the twins this evening and as usual I am bushed but I wanted to post this card before I fall into bed.

 

The adorable little monster digi is for the progressive challenge at Gerda Steiner Designs.The digi is called I didn't eat it (yet) - Birthday Monster Digital Stamp. I printed him twice in different orientations and colored him with Spectrum Noir markers. Everything else I used was scraps laying around my desk. I love the striped paper with all the great colors on it. I cut windows out using MFT Inside & Out Stitched Rounded Squares. The ribbon was a scrap from my ribbon box and I liked that the colors matched the colors that I colored the little monsters. So I popped up one monster and tucked the other into the window. The sentiment is from my stash. I unfortunately don't know where I got it. I used MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags to die cut the sentiment, then I inked it with Peacock Feathers DI which matched one of the stripes on the background paper. I'm really happy with the way this card turned out. Super cute!
I am entering these challenges:

Well, the day is done. Gone the sun. (Can you hear the song or am I the only Girl Scout who sings this?) I am headed for bed. Thanks for stopping by. Have to get my beauty sleep before the twins descend on my tomorrow for the whole day! Have a super weekend.

Donna



Thursday, August 24, 2017

Hugs and Fishes

So my first card for my progressive challenges this month is for The Outlawz challenge. The image this month is a cute fish in an undersea landscape. drawn by Jean Chaney of Tangle Street Colorway.


I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and water colored the background with Salty Ocean DI and a water pen. The bubbles have dimensional magic added to them for texture and the fish has Wink of Stella for some sparkle. The sentiment is from Paper Makeup Stamps (no longer in business). I heat embossed the sentiment on back card stock with white embossing powder and die cut it with MFT Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips. The frame is die cut from ToDo Rectangles.
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Well, it's been a busy day. I got a lot accomplished but more to go tomorrow. I think it's time to call it a night. Have a wonderful Friday. One more day before the weekend. Take care!

Donna


Santa Bear

A quick post for now as I have a bunch of stuff to do this afternoon including picking up the twins. So my card today is obviously Christmas.


The image is from QKR Stampede. I colored him wit Spectrum Noir markers and then die cut the card in the shape with Gina Marie Designs Wine Labels dies. I added Diamond Stickles to the bear and burgundy Stickles to the border. The sentiment is from Altenew Halftone Holidays stamp set and dies. I used MFT Elf Green and Memento Rich Coca ink.
I am entering these challenges:

That's it. I am off and running to the next thing to get done. Happy Thursday! 

Donna

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Camp Create - Final Day

Happy Wednesday! I finished up my Camp Create challenges and posting my last challenge card. Day 5 was using dies to create a fun background! Delightful Die Cutting. I used the same technique that she showed in the video.


It's a pretty simple card, although it seemed to take me forever to make it. I first used ink blending on a separate piece of card stock using Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber to create the ombre effect. Then I did the same on my card base. From the card stock I cut three of the stars from MFT Pierced Star Stax taped together so they would stay together. I placed the stars on the inked background and then added my sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Watts Up? (no longer available). Used my MISTI to place the sentiment and get a good impression. So that ends Camp Craft for this year. Looking forward to trying again next year for sure since this was my first attempt.
I am entering these challenges:

Now it's back to my desk to get my progressive challenges done this month. We are getting ready to leave for vacation so I need to get those taken care of. Have a wonderful hump day!

Donna

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

MFT Campfire - Camp Create

Good evening! I am finding a bit of time to finish up my MFT Camp Create projects. Tonight I finished up the bonus campfire challenge: Awesome Ombres. Fun video that shows three different ways to create the ombre effect. I chose to use all one color to make this masculine birthday card.


The background is a Paper Studio embossing folder. I love the frame and the fun Celebrate! sentiment that is embossed. I used Peacock Feathers DI to create an ombre piece that I die cut with MFT Stitched Ovals. The ribbon is from my stash and I used a buckle to add some embellishment. I die cut the "You" from the MFT You Trio, and I decided to use some faux stitiching done with white gel pen to make it stand out. The sentiment is from the MFT All About You stamp set and was heat embossed with white embossing powder on black card stock. I finished it off with a few sequins from Lawn Fawn.
I am entering these challenges:

That's it for me today. I hope to get back to my craft table tonight but we'll see how that goes. One more MFT challenge project to go. It's been such fun! Have a wonderful day!

Donna

New Release at Imagine That Digis by Kris

Happy Tuesday! Today is a new release over at Imagine That Digis by Kris. Six new sets are being released all related to some degree to back to school. And they feature manatees. So cute! I chose to work with Manatee Soccer because our nephew just made the high school JV team as a freshman. So I made him a congrats card for making the team!



His team colors are blue and white. This is their "away" jersey's, blue shirt with white numbers. He of course is number 12. I masked the image to ink up the grass and sky. The grass is Mowed Lawn DI and the sky is Salty Ocean DI. The clouds are made with a scalloped punch out. You can see a tutorial of how to do the sky. I cut out the image and edged it with MFT Stitched Inside and Out Rounded Squares. And the base is light green card stock. Here is the inside of the card featuring a sentiment from the new stamp set.


And I aided another soccer ball. All images were colored with Spectrum Noir markers. I just think the sentiment is so fun! I die cut it with MFT Essential Fishtail Sentiments Strips. I hope you will pop over the the Imagine That Creative Playground and check out all the new sets and what the awesome design team has done with them. So many new fun things to play with!
I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for dropping by today. I haven't had much time to craft but maybe this evening. At least I can always hope. We are supposed to get rain today. We need it so badly. It's so dry here. Everyone around us gets rain and for some reason it goes around us. It's so strange. Have a wonderful day!

Donna





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