Monday, March 30, 2020

Hello Friend

Double Trouble Challenge Blog, #53, is an anything goes, use your stuff/scraps, and share with a previous challenge partner. Not everything is necessary, so do check out all the details. I created a tag for this challenge.
I pulled out my newest stamps set, Stronger Together, from Simon Says Stamps, and heat embossed on some scraps of paper I had on my desk. I colored with metallic colored pencils and added some white gel pen details. The little hearts are popped and a few Nuvo drops were added for a bit more texture.

Shared with Crafting Happiness Challenges.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Coffee Date with Lisa and Jean

I am so pleased to share the coffee date card I made with my dear friend Lisa Bzibziak for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers. We share the same love of collecting stamps and dies so it was hard to narrow down what we would select to use in common. We finally decided to go with one of our favorite stamp companies, Art Impression Stamps (I used Art Impressions Hot Java Mama), and a Stamps of Life Coffee Cup A2 Fold-it Card stand up card). Lisa is a great "date", and we had so much fun doing this for you!

I cut the card itself from Kraft and colored with Copic Markers, Prismacolor colored pencils, and a white gel pen. A wrap with some red heavy string finished up the card.
Please be sure to get over to Lisa's blog to see what she created for our "date"!

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Goldilocks and the Two Umbrellas

The optional twist for Twisted Thursday is Fairy Tail! Well, my "fairy tale" is Goldilocks and the Two Umbrellas.

This lovely paper and image comes from our sponsor, The Paper Shelter, and I added more coloring, with colored pencils and Distress inks. The little girl is fussy cut to go on top and an embossing folder went behind the fussy cut out circle of the paper.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

You Are My Cup of Tea

New to me challenge, CASology, for week 364 is all about tea. I have a cup going at the moment, so I thought I'd play. Clean and simple is hard for me, so I must admit that I struggled, LOL!
 I used a Brutus Monroe set called Stamp Fanci (does not seem to be available any longer) that I colored with Copics and colored pencils.

Also shared with the Coffee Loving Papercrafters.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Above the Forest

I have recently discovered Lavinia Stamps, and even better for me, a US distributor with much lower shipping fees and speedy delivery! I find these beautiful stamps mesmerizing and delightful stories just pop into my imagination. Both sites are wonderful with loads of inspiration and purchased can be made from either.
This one, Moon Fairy, was stamped on to a card base with many layers of watery smooshed Distress Oxides. The rest of the stamping, using the little castle and trees, were stamped with a variety of inks. The bubbles and moon have just a touch of glitter.

Shared with Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Welcome to Spring

Double Trouble Challenge #52 = One spring item using a punch or die or fussy cut, optional to add a bee or honeycomb, and finally you can share with Bitten by the Bug (no fussy cutting for them though).
My die cut is Paper Cut Bird from Sizzix. I had to use two different die cutting machines. First, I used my Big Shot and even with the Precision Base and many pass throughs, it wasn't cut all the way. So, off to my Gemini Jr. and with the added metal shim it went through. The little bee is from an Inkadoo set called Patterned Birds & Bugs. I added a bit of twine, a ribbon, and some Nuvo drops to say welcome to spring!

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

A Friendly Hello

I was watching a video on stamp kissing and thought these cute little guys should have a bit of a chat!
I used some Prima Watercolor Pencils with the Splash set from Paper Smooches and mounted it on a background that I had made a while ago, so I don't remember exactly how I did it, LOL!

Shared with Paper Smooches 

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Happy Rain Day

The optional twist for Twisted Thursday is make your own holiday card! Well, my "holiday" is Rain Day. In the Phoenix area of Arizona, everyone loves this special day! So, Happy Rain Day everyone!
This lovely paper and image comes from our sponsor, The Paper Shelter, and I added more coloring, with colored pencils. A hand written banner and a few flowers from my stash finished up this card.

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Mandatory Daily Cups of Coffee

I saw this stamp set and was smitten, so I had to rush to get the Coffee Planner Set from Sweet Sentiments Stamps. Perfect to use for The Daily Marker's 30 day coloring challenge!
I created a long card, stamped with Momento Ink, colored with Copics and colored pencils, added some Gina K Inks through a Paper Smooches stencil, before adding the final touch of some clear glaze pen on the glasses.

I know this will stay in my list of top favorites of stamp sets! Thanks for the visit!

Monday, March 2, 2020

Lucky is a State of Mind

The Challenge #51 for the Double Trouble Challenge Blog requests green, gold, and a share with Heart2Heart. You don't have to do it all, but are eligible for more chances to win if you do.
I started off with an SVG 4 Leaf Clover easel card from My Scrap Chick and cut all the parts with my Scan n Cut. I used lots of different greens, and gold of course.

The stamps, embossed with Wow Metallic Rich, come from two sets from Close to My Heart. The bird and sunburst come from S1304, My Sunshine, and the heart comes from S1409, Family is Forever.

I made extra shamrocks and did some layering then added some triangular dots.

The sentiment came from a Tim Holtz Small Talk set.

Also shared with A Bit More Time to Craft

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Thursday, February 27, 2020


Hoodie-Hoo is the optional twist for Twisted Thursday. Our sponsor is Bugaboo and I selected Girls Happy Trio!
So what does Hoodie-Hoo represent? It is a copyrighted holiday by as a day, on Feb. 20, when people go out at noon and wave their hands over their heads yelling "Hoodie-Hoo"! It's meant to chase away the winter and hurry the spring in!

The image was colored with Copics and Prismacolor colored pencils. The frame was created on watercolor paper using a stamp frame from Unity Stamp, Charm. I covered it with watercolor brush pens then sprayed the paper and the stamp with Dylusions Shimmer Spray, Pure Sunshine. Then, I cut all layers, including the card with Creative Basics Dies by Rhea. I made the sentiment on the computer, added some flowers and twine from my stash.

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Happy Birthday in the Round on Parchment

Made this special card for my future daughter-in-law.
Worked on parchment using a Groovi Plate, embossed and colored from the back.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Dinosaur Stacker

#50, over at the Double Trouble Challenge Blog, asks us to do a tall and skinny card. A stacker would be a nice touch, and an optional layout from Try Stampin' On Tuesday would make it extra fun. I selected to do all three:

I adore anything from Paper Smooches, so I decided to stack up some whimsical dinosaurs from the Cuteasaurus set. I colored using Copics and colored pencils and added the "sketch" as a highlight with a mask and Distress Inks. The sweet little hearts, from the same set (and the sentiment), were dotted with white gel pen for some added texture, and I created some grass with markers and pencils.

Also shared with the Paper Smooches challenge.

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Edited to add that I was one of the top three on Try Stampin on Tuesdays and on Double Trouble:

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Craft-A_Long with Barbara Gray

Enjoyed a Craft-a-Long on Hochanda with Barbara Gray, Clarity Stamps, this morning. Here are a few of my finished projects using the Forget Me Not Heart Collection Stamp, Die & Stencil Bundle:

Stencil & Distress Inks
Watercolor Stencil

Then, the following are done with the stamp and different techniques show.
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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Be My Valentine

Be My Valentine is the optional twist for Twisted Thursday. Our sponsor is Bugaboo and I selected this cute little bee and ladybug, Bee Flower,  to make a Valentine for my sweetie.
The decorative oval is from We R Memory Keepers (sprayed with Copic markers for matching color), the picot edged oval is from Clarity Stamps. The sentiments were created in Word then cut with Die-namics stitched dies. The image was colored with Copics, Prismacolor colored pencils, Distress Inks and with added white gel pen.

Also shared with Bugaboo's Catch the Bug Challenge. - Child's Play

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Cobblestone Cottage

The optional twist for Twisted Thursday is to use an image from our sponsor,  Leigh SB Designs.

I printed this magical image, Cobblestone Cottage, on parchment paper and colored with Prismacolor pencils from behind and blended with Dorso Oil. the front of the white card was cut out using an oval die, then stamped, and embossed with a stamp from Simon Says Stamp with Distress Oxides over the top. I put some blue paper behind the scene and glued it behind the opening. A second mushroom was colored, fussy cut, and adhered to the front of the opening overlapping the original mushroom. Finally, the sentiment was added from Tim Holtz Small Talk.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Say Cheese and Smile

Challenge #48 on the Double Trouble Challenge blog Say Cheese. Create something that makes you smile. Well, that would be my friends!

Also, you can use the sketch from Atlantic Heart Sketches #353. The first one I did was posted on Instagram, (sometimes I'm just too lazy to blog, LOL!) but this one I will post here on my blog.
The little camera is from Courture Creations, the frames were created using Sizzix Slide Mounts, the film strip came from a free download from Pixabay, the stencil is from Clarity Stamp, laughing women from Art Impressions colored with Copics and colored pencils, and I created the sentiment on my computer. For a final touch, I added some tiny enamel hearts. Love my friends and they DO make me smile.

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Edited to add:  
One of the Top Three!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Make Art and Smile

# 48 for the Double Trouble Challenge Blog is "Say Cheese", or whatever makes you smile. Well, making anything with my art supplies makes me happy!
I get a digital magazine, Craftstamper, that offers all kinds of free digital images to play with, so I took four different ones and played on my iPad, Procreate, to create the basic image in 7 layers. Then, I added some colors and flower brushes and printed it on cardstock. Out came my colored pencils, gel pens, Distress Oxides, some glitter pen and a bit of sewing machine stitching to complete the card. I used the sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketches#352 for the layout. (An optional part of the challenge. A third option is to add a food item that makes you happy, but I skipped that one this time.)

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Teddy Bear Amongst the Flowers

The optional twist for Twisted Thursday is to use our first embellishment. Our sponsor is Leigh SB Designs.

I can't really remember for sure, but probably my first embellishments were flowers. These flowers were created with parchment paper using floral flowers and leaves from Clarity Stamp.
The image, Teddy Bear Valentine Wreath, was printed on parchment and colored from behind using water based markers and Prismacolor colored pencils. I only used part of the image to nestle into the flowers. See my last post to see the full image.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Warm Hugs

Challenge #47 on the Double Trouble Challenge blog is all about what makes you warm. Add some embossing and/or link up with Stinkin' Inkers!
Dimension view from top
What could keep you warmer than a scarf, hat, sunshine, and a nice hug?

Isn't this the cutest group of snowmen? These are from the new release from Paper Smooches , Winter Greetings. I colored them with Copics. The display card was made with a WindowRama Cutting Die from Stampendous!

Lots of embossing going on here. The snowflakes, from the same stamp set, were heat embossed with white. The snowy banks were heat embossed with chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous, the sun was dry embossed on gold cardstock then die cut.

Also shared with the Paper Smooches Challenge for January!

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