Monday, January 17, 2022

I Heart U

Hello Crafty Friends!  Today begins a new challenge round at Pammie's Inky Pinkies and our sponsor this week is Sheepski Designs.  For my design team project, I've colored up a lovely Unicorn for a Valentine's Day card.

I've colored the Unicorn Image No. 186 from Sheepski Designs using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers for my landscape A2 sized card.  The papers are from the American Crafts "St. Valentine" 6x6 paper pad, the heart dies are the Stitched Fancy Scalloped Heart Dies from Kat Scappiness.

I've layered everything on a 110 lb card base, popped the smaller hearts on craft foam for dimension and added Passion Pink Pearl Embellishments from Kat Scrappiness as a final detail.  

The Day of Love is approaching fast....have you started your Valentine's Day cards yet?  Until next time, Happy Crafting!


Jan's Digi Challenges Mid-Month Inspiration

Hello and a Happy, Wintery Monday!  It's cold here in Florida...I's Florida but it's cold for us.  Winter has set in across the Northern Hemisphere!  My card for Jan's Mid-Month Inspiration Post will take your mind off Winter and on to Valentine's Day.

For my card today, I've created a Mini Slimline Card using the Reverse Scalloped Mini Slimline Dies with Hello Sentiment from Kat Scrappiness and the Sweetheart Candy Digi Image from Jan's Digi Stamps

After die cutting the focal image, I inlaid it back into the reverse scallop frame, secured the cuts fron the back with clear tape and adhered to a hot pink mat.  

For a finishing touch to the design, I've added Baby Pink Pearl Embellishments from Kat Scrappiness.  The team and I would like to invite you to stop by the inspiration post and also enter the January Anything Goes Challenge.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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Inspiration Station Challenge #22 - Warm Up with a Cup

 Hello and Happy Monday!  Today is a busy posting day so I best get started with the newest challenge at The Inspiration Station.  The inspiration for this challenge round is a warm cup of....whatever you like!  I love this photo!

For my design team project, I wanted to create something a bit different than a card so I went 3-D.  Using a new SVG cut file from Lori Whitlock for a Hot Cocoa Mug I recently purchased, I fired up my Cricut Cutting Machine and created a Mug of Cocoa and Saucer, complete with a dollop of Whipping Cream.

The plaid papers are from a Memory Box "Christmas Plaids" 6x6 paper pad and the whipped topping is adorned with red pearls from Kat Scrappiness.

I've used Crystal Stickles on the Cream and Gold Stickles around the saucer edge.  In hindsight, I should have darkened the "cocoa" with more Vintage Photo Distress Ink...and I may go back and do that being careful not to contaminate that glorious cream dollop.

We invite you to join us at The Inspiration Station.  We hope to inspire you with our projects and love to see how the photo inspires your creativity.  Let's get creative together!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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Use Your Stuff:  Inspired by the Teacup Ride at Disneyland

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Altenew Academy Level 2 Course: Color Your Day

Hello Everyone, I'm back to share another Altenew Academy course project.  Today's card was created for the Level 2 Course:  Color Your Day.  This 6 part course covered techniques and ideas on adding splashes of color to projects for visual interest and fun.

For my project, I've used the Altenew Fantasy Floral Stamp and Coordinating Die Bundle along with stenciling to create an interesting design.  My design was directly inspired by one of the projects the instructor, Therese Calvrid completed in the course.  

To begin my project, I considered a design for the background and the colors I wanted to use.  I decided upon a simple yet effective neutral focal with a bright background.  The floral set are layering stamps so using all 4 inks in the Altenew Gentlemen's Gray Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cube Set,  I stamped from light to dark, building up the colored layers.  I die cut the florals and leaves with the coordinating dies and set aside to prepare the background.

Using a light shade of yellow ink, I blending over the entire stencil then came back with a darker shade of yellow and blended in a few areas.  If you'll notice, I varied my pressure when blending the light yellow so I would get the look of using more than 2 inks; parts of the lighter color is even lighter within the area and that was due to the pressure I applied when blending.  Once I was happy with the stenciling, I splattered the panel with Gold Watercolor Paint and set aside to dry.

Once the panel was completely dry, I stamped the sentiment from the Altenew More Than Words Stamp Set.  In hindsight, I should have stamped the sentiment prior to splattering with the gold watercolor but as it happened, there were no splatters where the sentiment was stamped.  That was pure luck and next time, I will stamp the sentiment prior to splattering.

To complete the card, I adhered the stenciled panel to a black mat, arranged the florals and adhered to the panel flat using liquid adhesive; only popping the front floral on craft foam.  Gray Opal Pearl Embellishments from Kat Scrappiness were added for additional interest.

This was a fun course and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It's fun to experiment with color in your designs; I wouldn't have thought to use florals in a neutral color but in doing so, the bright background made those florals Pop off the page, even if they are gray.

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visit.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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Not 2 Shabby Sweet Valentine

Hello Crafty Friends!  I hope you're having a wonderful Saturday and staying warm!  Today, I'm on the Not 2 Shabby Instagram Page with a card I've created using the new Sweet Valentine digital image, which is part of the January New Digital Release!

Before we get to my card, I want to remind everyone of the Sticker Sale at the Not 2 Shabby Shop.  Today (14 January) is the last day to save 15% off all stickers...and there are some adorable ones! 

On to the crafty card goodness.  Doesn't this sweet scene look yummy?  There's a strawberry cupcake, a Biscotti with Pistachios and a strawberry icing and a Hot Vanilla Bean Latte.....gosh I'm hungry!

I've colored the images using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers and the papers are from the Bo Bunny "Sweet Moments" 6x6 paper pad.  I've die cut the focal image using a stitched rectangle die from Kat Scrappiness.

To complete the design, I've added pink sequins, highlights using a white Gelly Roll pen and Wink of Stella to the heart on the cup and the cupcake frosting.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time, Happy Crafting!


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Hugs and Smooches

Hello and Happy Saturday!  I'm on the Kat Scrappiness Blog today sharing a Valentine's Day Card created with new products from the Kat Scrappiness January Valentine's Day Release

This card was so fun to create and it looks complicated but the dies made it easy.  To start my card, I cut strips of card from the Spectrum of Love Slimline Paper Pack and adhered to the back of the Smooches Coverplate Die cut in rainbow order (ROYGBIV).  This created a card front full of fun and colorful lips.  This die set also includes the extra large pair of lips that I cut from bright pink card, adhered to a black shadow and applied Glossy Accents for that shiny Lip Gloss Look.

To complete the design, I've cut the sentiment using the Rainbow Hugs Sentiment with Shadow Die from Lavendar card and popped on craft foam for dimension.  Lastly, I've applied Wink of Stella to the sentiment for the extra sparkle a Valentine's Day card requires.

Thanks for stopping in today!  Until next time Stay Safe, Be Healthy and Happy Crafting!

Donna W.

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Friday, January 14, 2022

Altenew Academy: Beautiful Details

Hello everyone and Happy Friday!  Today I'm sharing a card I've created for the Altenew Academy Level 2 Course:  Beautiful Details.  This course was one of my favorites thus far but also the most challenging for me.  It's not a difficult course however it pushed me to experiment with technqiues and "let go" of my need to stay within my comfort zone.

My card today features florals from the Altenew "Majestic Bouqet" Stamp and Coordinating Dies Bundle.  This is a huge, gorgeous set that I find myself coming back to often.

For my card, I wanted to create a sketchy design, so using a technique taught in the course, I "inked" 1 layer of the floral and leaf images with a Sakura Pigma Brush Marker and stamped.  By inking the stamp with the marker, I got the sketchy, textured look I was going for.  

TIP:  The Sakura Brush Markers are filled with archival ink and the ink dries quickly.  In order to get the image stamped before the ink dried, I used the "huffing" technique.  If you're not familair with this technique, you breathe warm, moist air on the stamp making that familiar huffing sound when blowing the air from your mouth...thus huffing on the stamp.  This proccess keeps the ink moist for a bit..long enough to stamp.

I stamped the image outline over the color in order to distinguish a flower and leaves.  Now, this is where I had to "let go" of my need to continue adding color. I had a difficult time just leaving it alone to let those streaky, sketchy lines just be......and this is so not my style.  I die cut the images and set them aside to prepare the background.

I wanted the background to match the sketchiness of the images but didn't know what to do.  I thought about stenciling, hot foiling and watercoloring a background but those didn't appeal to my idea.  Then it came to me, if I drag an ink pad down the card with just 1 pass, it would provide a sketchy look so that's what I did.  

Using "Silver Lake" Crisp Dye Ink from the Gentlemen's Gray Mini Ink Cube Set by Altenew,  I made a few passes down the card to get some background interest.  To complete the background, I splattered with pink ink and doodled lines with dots using a Uni-ball Deluxe Micro Pen. 

To complete the card, I arranged the florals and adhered to the card panel, popping up the front floral on craft foam.  My sentiment was made using a Dymo Label Maker and the last beautiful detail I've added were Gray Pearl embellishments from Kat Scrappiness.

I didn't think this design was going to make it's way to completion.  I had my doubts but after it was completed, I can honestly say I'm happy with it.  I like the background and how it looks like old, weathered wood.  I love the sketchy, artsy look of the florals and leaves.  The Altenew courses have been so much fun and I have finished each course with a fresh outlook on techniques.  The courses I've enjoyed the most have been those that have pushed me out of my comfort zone.  It's a lesson in letting go and letting your creativity take over.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

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Monday, January 10, 2022

Not 2 Shabby New Digital Release and IG Hop

Hello Crafty Friends and Happy Monday!  I'm happy to announce I'm part of the Not 2 Shabby Digital Creative Team and today we're featuring a new digital release!  There's also an Instagram Hop so you'll definitely want to Hop along and comment for the opportunity to win a $25 Gift Voucher to the Not 2 Shabby Shop.  You can find the Hop HERE.

My card today features the new Stack of Pancakes Digital image and Coordinating Sentiments.  A fun  image that's also versatile, perfect for those Valentine's cards.

I've colored the image using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers and the papers are from the American Crafts "St. Valentine" 6x6 paper pad.  I chose to make my "syrup" a chocolate sauce....yummmm.  The sequins are from my stash and the card base is 110 lb. Neenah Solar White Classic Crest card.

I've fussy cut the focal image, tag and sentiments the popped on craft foam for that dimension I love on cards.  The strawberry, bluberries and the pat of butter are great!  Everything is included in this set and it looks so yummy.  

Please stop by the Not 2 Shabby Shop for a wide variety of stamps, craft supplies and digital images.  And don't forget the Instagram Hop!  There's a $25 Gift Voucher up for grabs:  @not_2_shabby_shop

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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Use Your Stuff - Bunny eating the pancakes in Wreck It Ralph

Friday, January 7, 2022

Colour Crazy Challenge - Sheepski Designs

Hello and Happy Fri-YAY!  A new challenge round has started at The Colour Crazy Challenge Blog with a theme of Anything Goes and the sponsor is Sheepski Designs.  

For my design team project, I've created a Birthday Tag using the Gerbera Daisy digi stamp from Sheepski.  Gerbera Daisies are usually brightly colored, however for my project, I've chosen a Coral color palette.

I've cut a large tag using a tag die from Gina K. Designs and the patterned papers were gifted to me in a card swap. The focal panel was cut using an oval die and popped on craft foam, then adhered using liquid adhesive.  The sentiment is from an older Kaisercraft sentiment set; an oldie but definitely a goodie.

Lastly, Spring Green Pearl Embellishments from Kat Scrappiness have been added along with metallic thread from Altenew.

Stop by the Colour Crazy Challenge Blog and enter your project for an opportunity to win a prizw from Sheepski Designs.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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As You Like It:  Fav Gift Decoration is a Tag because they add an additional element of fun and thoughfulness to the gift