Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Not 2 Shabby Critter Pops

Hello Crafty Friends and Happy Tuesday!  Today I'm sharing a bright and colorful card created using one of the images from the Critter Pops Stamp Set from Not 2 Shabby.  This set is the June 2022 Stamp of the Month and has a matching die set.

I've colored the image with Alcohol Markers and the papers are stash snippets from Recollections and Color Bok.  I love the summer color combination of orange and pink, it's cheerful and happy.  Since the Pop is a Unicorn, I went with a Rainbow theme.

The layering banner die is from Alina Craft on Amazon and the sentiment strip was cut using a die from Kat Scrappiness.  The Critter Pop and sentiment have been popped up using craft foam.  Lastly, I've added black licorice twine and clear gems.

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


**Challenges Entered:

Polkadoodles Digi Choosday - Vacation Winnie

Hello Everyone and Happy Tuesday!  Today begins a new bi-weekly challenge round at The Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Challenge Blog.  The theme is Anything Goes Bright and Colorful; I've chosen to use Vacation Winnie from the Special Moments Collection for my team project.  

I've colored Winnie using Spectrum Noir Illustrator Alcohol Markers.  The papers are from the "Summer" 6x6 paper pad by Carta Bella and the sentiment is from a Cardz TV set.

The image is adorable and I wanted to keep it large enough to be the focal of a 3.75" x 5" panel.  I couldn't resist giving her Posh Designer Sunglasses to wear so I've added Glossy Accents to create lenses.

Lastly, I've added yellow enamel dots from Kat Scrappiness because I simply cannot go without adding embellishments before calling a card complete.

Please join us this fortnight at the Digi Choosday Challenge Blog, we love seeing all the entries and visiting everyone's blogs and social media posts.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!


**Challenges Entered:
SSS Mon Challenge - Movie:  Beach Blanket Bingo

Monday, June 27, 2022

Spring Rolls

Hello and Happy Monday!  I hope your weekend was wonderful and you had the opportunity to have some fun.  This weekend I had a chance to play in my Art Journal.  I've created a page featuring some quirky images from Studio Light Art by Marlene. 

I prefer to cut a panel of watercolor card and create the page outside my journal; once complete, I then adhere the panel inside the journal.  The journal pages are thick watercolor paper also and can handle water, paint, etc. but I prefer this way of creating my pages.

To start the background, I adhered a piece of Collage Paper from Art by Marlene.  The paper is blue so I had that much of the background ready to go.  I stamped images, words and did a bit of stenciling with texture paste and brushed watered down pink acrylic paint over the panel.

Washi Tape was added as a place to "ground" the images.  I've added splatters with white and black acrylic paint.  The images were arranged on the panel and picked up with Press and Seal Plastic Wrap.  This is a great way to pick up images once you have them arranged the way you want.

Using Matte Gel Medium, I've adhered the images and went over the entire panel with the gel medium.  I needed the panel to become non-porus so I could do some highlighting with my Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens. 

Once the gel medium was completely dry (it must dry completely or the tips of the markers will be ruined), I highlighted around the images and touched up the colored areas that became a bit subdued with the matte medium.  

Lastly, I've adhered the sentiment strips, which are from the Art by Marlene Sticky Quotes Sticker Pad.  I absolutely love the sentiment and when paired with this Curvy Lady (who resembles me in my swimsuit although I don't have the courage to wear a 2 piece), it puts a huge smile on my face...and that's what Art Journaling is about for me...having fun, experimenting with techniques and letting the creativity flow.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


**Challenges Entered:
SSS Mon Challenge Movie:  Barb & Star Go to Vista del Mar


Saturday, June 25, 2022

Rediscover Your Supplies Instagram Hop

Hello Crafty Friends.  Today I'm participating in an Instagram Inspiration Hop highlighting re-discovery....of your supplies. Today my crafty friends and I are sharing inspiration wth our stash supplies with a theme of Summer.  You can hop along with us starting HERE...please visit and get inspired.

My project today features the Radiating Squares 4 part layering stencil from Simon Says Stamp.  The inks are Catherine Pooler and the sentiment die set is from Kat Scrappiness.

I love stenciling and this stencil set is so versatile.  The amount of different designs is endless and I think the pattern would be great for those quick and easy masculine cards.

Catherine Pooler Inks are so vibrant and I adore my collection of them.  I chose 4 complementary colors I felt "spoke" Summer - the theme of this inspiration hop.  The sentiment was die cut and popped on craft foam for dimension.  I've added sequins from my stash; it's kinda my thing to add embellies to my cards.  It's difficult for me to call a card complete without adding them.

Please join us for this inspirational hop.  There are lots of stops and loads of inspiration by my crafty friends.  Have a great day and until next time, Happy Crafting!


**Challenges Entered:
As You Like It - I always gravitate to and prefer Feminine. I am trying to create masculine themes so I have them ready to go.
Creative Crafters

Morning Glory - Varada Sharma Designs

Hello and Happy Saturday!  Today I'm sharing a card created using the new Morning Glory Digital Stamp from Varada Sharma Designs.  This image and set are part of the larger Bold Blooms Digital Release for June 2022.

I've colored the image using alcohol markers and kept the card design simply sweet, only adding a black mat before mounting the focal panel to the card base.

The focal panel and mat were cut using stitched rectangle dies from Kat Scrappiness.  The sentiment is from the same digi set and has been backed with gold thread and popped on craft foam for dimension.

I'd like to invite you to visit the Varada Sharma Shop HERE for the June 2022 release in addition to so many other wonderful images.  

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


**Challenges Entered:

Friday, June 24, 2022

Colour Crazy Challenge - Strawberry Fields

Hello and Happy Friday!  Today begins a new bi-weekly challenge at the Colour Crazy Challenge Blog and our sponsor this round is the Cute and Creepy Oddball Art Co.  For my team project, I've colored the Strawberry Fields Digi Stamp and created a 5.5" square Birthday card.

I die cut the focal image and mat using nesting circle dies from Kat Scrappiness.  The papers are a digital download set from Polkadoodles and the sentiment was computer generated by me.

I've followed a card sketch I found by Googling "Square Card Sketches".  I utilize sketches when I've run out of ideas and my card layouts start looking the same.  I love this image, it's nicely drawn and an easy color. 

I popped the main focal image and sentiment strips on craft foam for dimension and added light blue gems for a finishing touch.  It's hard for me to call a card finished without adding gems and enamel dots, what are your "must haves" on your projects?

Please visit us at Colour Crazy this round, we so enjoy seeing all the entries.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!


**Challenges Entered:
SSS Mon Challenge - Strawberries

Monday, June 20, 2022

Critter Clan by MFT

Hello and Happy Monday!  I hope your weekend was enjoyable and you had an opportunity to what you love.  Today begins a new challenge week at Pammie's Inky Pinkies with a theme of Anything Goes.  There is a Gift Voucher from My Favorite Things up for grabs so you'll want to join in the fun!

For my team project, I've created a card featuring the horse and cactus from the Critter Clan Stamp Set.  The background has been stenciled using a Mountain Scene stencil from Erin Lee Creative.

To create the background, I've stenciled using distress oxide inks in shades of blue for the mountain range and browns for the ground.  The images have been colored using alcohol markers.

The images have been fussy cut and the I've cut the focal panel using a stitched rectangle die from Kat Scrappiness.  The paper are stash snippets from Color Bok and the faux gems are from Kat Scrappiness.  The sentiment is included in the stamp set and the strip has been popped on craft foam for dimension.

Please join us at Pammie's this week, we love seeing all the entries.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!


**Challenges Entered:

Inspiration Station Challenge - Inspired by Yellowstone

Hello Everyone and Happy Monday!  I hope your weekend was wonderful!  Today begins a new bi-weekly challenge round at The Inspiration Station.  The inspiration photo is a gorgeous photo of cowboys, a mountain range, a fence line, green grasses and horses.  This scene reminds me of the television program Yellowstone...do you watch it?  I certainly do!

For my team project, I was inspired by the horses and I have the most adorable image from Hetty Clare titled Pony Cross Country.  I couldn't resist using it for this challenge.

My card measures 5.5" square and the image has been colored using alcohol markers.  The focal panel has been cut using a diagonal stitched square die from My Favorite Things.  

The papers are stash snippets from Recollections and the sentiment are Small Talk stickers from Tim Holtz.  I adore this young girls' face..it's drawn so sweetly.

Please join us this round at The Inspiration Station Challenge Blog.  We love seeing how the photo inspires your projects.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!

**The Inspiration Station is having a Design Team Call!  If you're interested in joining the team, please email 3 of your favorite projects and a short bio to Donna:  dlflowers64@gmail.com


**Challenges Entered:
Dream Valley

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Bold Blooms by Varada Sharma Designs

Hello Friends and Happy Saturday!  I hope everyone is staying cool out there.  It's been unusually Hot here in Florida and I'm thankful for Air Conditioning and a Swimming Pool!

Today I would like to share a card I've created using the Bold Blooms digital stamp from Varada Sharma Designs.  This stamp set is part of the larger Bold Blooms Release for June 2022.

To start, I've printed the image on alcohol friendly cardstock and colored with Spectrum Noir Illustrator Alcohol Markers.

My card measures 5.5" square; my favorite square size to create as I can use the entire length of an 8.5x11" piece of card.  I've kept the design fairly simple, only layering with a black mat.

I've trimmed the sentiment strips and popped on craft foam for dimension.  The sentiments are included in the digital set.  For a finishing touch, I've added bright pink gems.  

Thanks for stopping by today, have a cool and relaxing weekend. Until next time, Happy Crafting!


**Challenges Entered:

Friday, June 17, 2022

I'm Happiest When I'm With You

Hello and Happy Friday!  Father's Day is fast approaching (here in the States, it's this Sunday, the 19th of June) so I've had a play with a bit of ink and stenciling to create a Vintage Tag.  

I'm not great at creating Vintage or Shabby Chic themes but I've had the Tim Holtz Paper Dolls in my stash for a long time, so I thought to myself "a challenge is a good thing"..and it helps creativity.

Using a Mixed Media Tag from Joggles, I ink smooshed Distress Inks in shades of Blue and Brown to layer some color.  In between dries, I stamped clock and text images using the same distress ink colors.  I also stenciled splats and drips.  

I've fussy cut clock and timer images from ephemera I have in my stash and adhered to the tag, as well as washi tape.  I've adhered the paper dolls flat and traced around with a fine liner black pen, then adhered quotes from the Tim Holtz Small Talk Sticker pack.  Lastly, I tied some seam binding, thread and twine to the tag and called it complete.  

I will give this to my hubby for Father's Day, the back is blank and ready for a sentiment.  Maybe he will hang it from the rear view mirror in his truck.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


**Challenges Entered: