Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Turner Syndrome Awareness Card Auction 2023

Hello Sweet Friends!  I've been invited to participate in the Turner Syndrome Awareness Card Auction for 2023.  Lori Kobular hosts this auction and it's such a beautiful way to bring awareness to this genetic disease.  I am so honored to be participating in such a worthy cause!

If you are unfamiliar with Turner Syndrome, it's a chromosomal disorder in which a female is born with only one X chromosome.  Turner syndrome results from a missing or incomplete sex chromosome.  Symptoms include short stature, delayed puberty, infertility, heart defects, and certain learning disabilities.

Handmade cards are created and donated to this auction, which raises money to benefit  TSA (Turner Syndrome Awareness).  The Auction is LIVE now on Lori Kobular's Instagram Page HERE.  This auction will end at midnight EST on the 28th of February.

Below are the cards I have donated to the Auction.  I encourage you to visit the auction and bid on the cards you want.  It's a worthy cause and after the auction ends, the cards you've purchased will be sent to you via snail mail.  They will arrive in new condition so you can use them,

Card #1

Card #2

Card #3

There are so many wonderful creators who have donated some lovely cards to the Auction.  If it touches your heart, please support Lori and TSA!

Until next time, Happy Crafting.


Blue Tulips

Hello Friends and Happy Wednesday!  It's the 1st Wednesday of the month and that always signals a new challenge month at The Paper Funday Challenge Blog.  Our generous sponsors this month are Newton's Nook and QKR Stampede.  The Optional Twist is:  Lot's of Layers.

For my project, I've used the sweet Tulips Stamp Set from Newton's Nook.  I've not personally seen blue tulips, maybe there are some in Holland but in the crafting world, we can create any color of flower we want!

I've been trying to expand my skills with colored pencils and not always grab my alcohol markers, so I've colored this image with my Prismacolor Pencils.  I've kept the design sweet and simple, after coloring I lightly blended blue ink over the background.

Before mounting the panel on a black mat, I splattered with diluted blue and white ink sprays.  Lastly, I've added blue gems for a bit of sparkle and shine.  We hope to see you at The Paper Funday this month.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!


**Challenges Entered:

Monday, January 30, 2023

Just Start

Hello Friends and Happy Monday!  I hope your weekend was great and you found time to do activities that made you happy and creative.  I have a quick project to share using the Simon Says Stamp Stamptember 2022 Collab set with Pink Fresh Studio named "Just Start".   The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp "Love You Greetings" Set.

This is the first time stamping this set and it's a gorgeous bouquet of roses with another smaller set of florals for a corner placement and it's also the first stamping for the sentiment.

My crafty friend Donna Ellis from Creative Smiles and I were talking about the color Orange.  This is a color that's not in my wheelhouse of favorite colors. I gravitate to pinks and purples with the occasional blue, however we decided we should step out of our comfort zones and use it.  This is my result.  

I also want to expand my Colored Pencil technique.  I love my Prismacolor Pencils but always default to alcohol markers, so I've made a conscious effort to color this image with pencils.  Coloring with Pencils is a slower process than coloring with alcohol markers.  If you want a nice, relaxing coloring session, then pencils are a good choice.  If you need a "in a hurry" coloring job - pencils are not a fast medium, however let me say that coloring with pencils is not difficult, you just need to build layers slowly. I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed this coloring session and found it quite relaxing.

If you're looking for great inspiration and instruction on colored pencils, let me suggest Coloring Bliss.  She provides instructional and informational videos on You Tube and she has a lovely personality.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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Sunday, January 29, 2023

Re-Discover Your Supplies IG Hop - Encouragement/Congrats

Hello Friends and Happy Sunday!  It's been a minute or two since I've posted and today I'm sharing my contribution to the Instagram Card Makers Re-Discover Your Supplies Hop.  This is a Just for Fun Hop providing inspiration with found supplies from your stash.  The objective is to dig through your stash and create using only items that you haven't used or forgotten about.  You will start the hop HERE.

For my project, I've dug deep into the stash and found some dimensional items, a die cut sentiment, an older embossing folder and gems to create a Card of Congratulations that can be used for any special occasion.

List of stash supplies are:  a Frame from a Spellbinders Card Kit, Flower embellishment from a card swap partner (and this flower has a faux leather texture), Congrats Die Cut sentiment from Altenew, Embossing folder from Darice and gems from my large stash assortment of gems and sequins.

These types of projects always leave me with a feeling of accomplishment.  I love buying new craft products and spend way more than I should, however it's equally important to think outside the box and use what we have.  I'm embarrassed to say that I have loads of supplies that haven't been used.  It's time to start Shopping the Stash!  

Please hop along for loads of inspiration from my crafting buddies, who also shopped their stashes and created some beautiful projects!  Until next time, Happy Crafting!


**Challenges Entered:

Monday, January 16, 2023

Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge Mid-Month Inspiration for January 2023

Hello Friends and Happy Monday!  I hope you are staying warm, we dipped down to freezing over the weekend here in Florida!  Wowzers, it was cold and since Flip Flops are the State shoe of toes are still frozen!  LOL

Today is the mid-month inspiration post for Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge and the team has created some gorgeous projects using the newest sets released at the beginning of the month:  Lovin' Lily of the Valley and Sweethearts.  I've chosen to use a set that's included in the Sweetheart Sale, going on now through the 31st of January.  I've used the Valentine Wishes Set to create a card for a Swap partner.  

The floral wreath was colored using Prismacolor pencils, I've been gravitating to pencils instead of alcohol markers lately.  I've fussy cut the image, mounted on foam pads and adhered to a 5.5" card base.

The sentiment is from the same set and it has also been popped on craft foam.  Lastly I've added a gold thread bow and clear sequins.  Please stop by the challenge blog and check out what my teamies have created.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!


**Challenges Entered:
Make My Monday - Challenge#170: 3 Colours Blue, Purple and Yellow

Sunday, January 15, 2023

The New Beautiful Blossoms Challenge #1

Hello Crafty Friends and Happy Sunday!  I'm excited to announce that today begins a new challenge month at the new Beautiful Blossoms Challenge Blog.  This is a new monthly challenge that focuses on florals.  There will be a moodboard provided as inspiration, the main focal/focus of entries must be flower related and you can enter up to 8 times a month.

The challenges run from the 15th of the month to the 12th of the following month.  There will be a Randomly chosen winner and Top 3 picks each challenge with occasional prizes being awarded.  The moodboard for this month is as follows:

This is a great moodboard to get the ball rolling for this cold January.  It's a monochromatic winter color palette with lovely images.  For my design team project, I've used the Exotic Tulips Layering Stamp and Coordinating Die Sets from Altenew to create a sweet and simple card design.

To start, I've ink blended a panel using Catherine Pooler "Sand Castle" ink.  I've stamped the floral layers using graduated shaded of blue inks from Altenew, the leaves were stamped using 2 shades of Catherine Pooler grays and all pieces cut using the coordinating floral dies.

Before assembling the card, the blended panel was splattered with diluted Sand Castle ink and White Gloss Acrylic Spray.  The sentiment, from the Creative Expressions "Festive Script Sentiments Stamp Set" was stamped using Memento Rich Cocoa ink and silver gems from Kat Scrappiness were added as a final touch.

I hope you will visit The Beautiful Blossoms Challenge and check out what my teammates have created for this challenge.  They have created some stunning projects and I hope you'll play along with us.  We look forward to seeing how you are inspired by the moodboard.  

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


**Challenges Entered:
We Love Stamping - in the Winter, I love Winter Blues and Teals


Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Beautiful Lily

Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday!  Today I have a quick share for you, it's the Beautiful Lily Stamp Set from an Altenew/Simon Says Stamp Collab.  This set may have been part of the Stamptember 2022 release, I cannot remember.  It's my first time using it so if you know, please comment below :)

I'm loving the Pantone Color of the Year for 2023 - Viva Magenta and I thought I had it for this floral image but it turned out more pink than magenta.  Oh well, let's roll with it!

To start, I stamped the image and colored with my Prismacolor Pencils.  This set has a matching die and I used it to cut the image.  I then prepared the background panel using the Altenew Watercolor Stripes 6x6 Stencil.  

I did a bit of splattering, mounted the die cut image on craft foam and trimmed the sentiment; this sentiment is part of the Beautiful Lily stamp set.  Lastly, I've added clear sequins for a finishing touch.  

I plan to post this card to my dear friend in the UK for Galentine's Day.  I truly treasure our friendship, even though we've never met in person.  We also speak about meeting up in person some say, I would love to make that happen.

That's all for today friends, until next time - Happy Crafting!


**Challenges Entered:
Pearly Sparkles

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Watercolor Painted Flowers

Hello Friends!  I hope your weekend has been great so far and you've managed a bit of "me" time!  I did find some "me" time today and created 2 cards; one I'm sharing with you now, the other you'll have to wait to see on the 15th of February for the Beautiful Blossoms February Challenge.

I had a play with my Gansai Tambi watercolors and created a pink panel with a hint of yellow.  I didn't try to hard to create a perfect panel, I just let the watercolors run and have fun mixing.

After the watercolor panel was completely dry, I stamped the outline of the flowers all over the panel.  This is a layering set so using just the outline stamp, it gave the flowers that Artsy look.

While staging the panel on the cardbase, it looked too busy for the Thank You sentiment die (also from Altenew) to be visible.  I decided to trim the panel using a fancy edged die from My Favorite Things.  I've saved the other half to use at a later time.

I've embossed a white panel using a Swiss Dot embossing folder (this folder has been in my stash for a very long time - I think it may be from Cricut) and adhered the half watercolor panel on top.  I painstakingly applied itty bitty pieces of foam tape behind the die cut sentiment for dimension.  It was a labor of love but worth it, the sentiment looks great popped up.

Lastly, I've added clear sequins for the sparkle and shine that I love.  That's all I have to share today.  Hopefully I'll find more time at the craft table before this weekend is over.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!


**Challenges Entered:
Cardz 4 Galz - April 2022 Think Pink #171

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

The Paper Funday Challenges - January 2023

Hi Friends and Happy Wednesday!  It's the 1st Wednesday of the month (and new year) and that signals a new challenge month at The Paper Funday Challenge Blog.  Our sponsors this are LeAnn's World and Fred, She Said.  The Challenge theme is Always Anything Goes and the Optional Twist is "Starry Night".

For my team project, I've used the Swallowtail Butterfly image from Fred, She Said.  I've turned it into a New Year's Card.

I've printed the image and sentiment using a Laser printer and hot foiled both with toner reactive blue foil.  This photo picks up the sign beautifully.

I've colored the image using alcohol markers and to add more shine, I've back the focal panel with silver mirror card and added blue gems. Otherwise I tried to keep the design clean.  

Please join us this month at The Paper Funday Challenge and until next time, Happy Crafting!


**Challenges Entered:
Double Trouble - partnered with Critter Crazy


Monday, January 2, 2023

Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge - Happy New Year!

Hi Friends, I'm back with a project for the Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge.  After the December Holiday Break, the team is rested, rejuvinated and ready to get crafty in 2023!

Jan has released 2 new sets this month:  Lovin' Lily of the Valley and Sweethearts.  However, for my team project, I've used 2 of Jan's older sets:  New Year's Eve and Happy New Year.  

I've colored the images using alcohol markers and kept the design simple.  I've punched the corners of the focal panel with a decorative corner punch and matted with black card.

I've added loads of bling with Wink of Stella over the Balloons and the champagne.  I also adhered Stickles loose glitter to the highlights on the balloons.  Lastly, I've added black gems to complete this festive card.

Please join us at the challenge blog and be certain to visit the Sweetheart Sale at the Shop.  All Valentine's Sets are on sale this month.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


**Challenges Entered:
Double Trouble - linked up with Crafting Happiness