Friday, April 30, 2021

Freestyle Watercolor Florals

Hello and Happy Friday!  The weekend has finally arrived and today flew by but I did manage some crafty time this afternoon.  I dusted off the Gansai Tambi Watercolors to loosely paint this gorgeous floral from Altenew.  It's the newest Paint-a-Flower Outline Stamp Set for April Subscribers named Coral Sunset.


I was inspired by the gorgeous projects using this stamp set that I found while scrolling through Pinterest.  I stamped and heat embossed the image on Strathmore 500 Series Ready Cut watercolor paper, then  "freestyle" painted the image with soft lavender and blue tones.  Once dry, I stamped the sentiment in the lower right corner and splattered with black watercolor paint.  The panel is adhered to the card base, no layering used in this design.  

If you've not tried "Freestyle" watercoloring. give it a go...it's so freeing to not worry about how well you watercolor because it will always look pretty!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!
Donna

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

"Cow"nt Your Blessings

Hello and Happy Thursday!  Today's make and share features an adorable pair of cows from Bugaboo Stamps.  The image is the Cownt Your Blessings digital stamp with Sentiment.  I colored the image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers and the designer papers are from the Bo Bunny "Kiss the Cook" 6x6 paper pad.


I fussy cut the image and heart, mounted on foam pads while adhering the sentiment flat.  The only bells and whistles added were twine and Wink of Stella on the hearts.  This card would be adorable for Mother's Day, Valentine's Day or just an everyday card, as I intend to use it.  

Until next time, Happy Crafting!
Donna

**Challenges Entered:
As You Like It - Favorite Season is Spring because of Baby Animals, New Flowers and Mother's Day



Wednesday, April 28, 2021

A Bit of Whimsy

Hello and Happy Wednesday!  We're at the mid way point of the week with the weekend and May Day approaching quickly.  For today's share, I've created a whimsical floral card featuring heat embossing and watercoloring.


The floral image and sentiment are part of the Gina K. Designs "Forever Flowers" card kit, which I've heat embossed and watercolored with diluted distress inks.  This is a large image and as you see, it covers a 4" x 5.25" panel quite nicely. The bow is a separate stamp, in the same set, so you can choose to use it or not.  I think it adds a nice touch along with the enamel dots to complete the design.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Adventure is Worthwhile

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Today's make and share features a stamped pair of Giraffes, a Watercolor Sunset, heat embossing and die cutting.  


I was gifted this stamp set along with designer papers and chipboard embellishments from a dear friend in Northamptonshire UK.  She received the lot as a free gift with purchase of a cardmaking magazine and stated it wasn't her cuppa tea.  She was so lovely to send it all to me so I had to make her a card with the gift.

I die cut an aperture in the designer paper and stamped the images to appear as though they were peeking out of the foliage.  I watercolored a sunset background using Arteza Real Brush Markers, stamped and heat embossed a black piece of card using gold powder and put it all together with a sentiment strip from the Tim Holtz "Small Talk" strips pack. 

I'm rather pleased with the outcome and I hope she likes it as well.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

**Challenges Entered:
Try It On Tuesday - Inspired by the Song "Africa" by Toto
Use Your Stuff - Inspired by the book "Giraffes Can't Dance" by Giles Andreae
 




Monday, April 26, 2021

Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge #2117

Hello! The weekend is over and Monday's here..time for a new challenge at Pammie's Inky Pinkies.  The theme this week is Anything Goes and our generous sponsor is Sheepski Designs.  For my design team project, I created an A2 sized card featuring the Tropical Image #239 from Sheepski.


I colored the image using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, the designer papers are from the "Tropical Breeze" digital paper pack by Imagine That Digi Stamps and the sentiment strips are from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk pack.

Please join us at Pammie's this week for your chance to win a great prize package from Sheepski Designs. 

Until next time, Happy Crafting!
Donna

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Bountiful Bouquet

Happy Sunday to You!  It's a another rainy day here in Central Florida so what better way to spend the day than creating a Mother's Day Card....it's coming up quickly...09 May 2021 in the USA.


I started by coloring the image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers.  The image is from the "Bountiful Bouquet" set by Power Poppy.  The sentiment is computer generated, the side panel of blue was embossed, sequins were added and white dots added using a Gelly Roll Pen.  

I've not seen flowers this color of Aqua Blue but that's the fun of creating....anything can be whatever you want it to be.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

**Challenges Entered:
As You Like It - Favorite Season is Spring because living in Florida, the Summers are TOO Hot!





 

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Coral Sunset

Hello and Happy Saturday!  I hope your weekend is fun, relaxing and crafty!  Today's make and share features a gorgeous floral stamp, lovely sentiment, heat embossing and coloring.


My A2 sized card started with stamping the florals from the Altenew Paint-A-Flower April monthly subscription set and heat embossing with gold embossing powder.  I stamped the same image on the top and the bottom; just rotating the card in the Misti.  I colored the images with Prismacolor Pencils, stamped the sentiment. which is from the Altenew "Beautiful Quotes" stamp set and added a snippet of designer paper along the left side.  For the final bells and whistles, clear sequins were added.

Coloring the image took a bit of time but I had my cuppa tea so I settled in and enjoyed the process.  I love the look of the completed design.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Bee with a Small Flower

Happy Fri-YAY!  It's Friday Freebie at Bugaboo Stamps Catch the Bug Challenge Blog.  Today's Freebie is the Bees - Small Flower image which is similar to the A Kid's View images that Bugaboo Stamps offers.


I created an A2 sized card using dies, snippets and scraps of designer papers and a sentiment from a Cardz TV set.  I colored the image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers and added sequins for a bit of bling.

Please stop by the Blog today to pick up your Freebie and check out the Saturday and Sunday bi-weekly challenges.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

**Challenges Entered:
Crafting Happiness

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Friends Like You

 Hello and Happy Thursday!  Today's make and share features a large bloom and alcohol marker coloring.


This gorgeous bloom and sentiment are part of the Friends Like You digital set from Graciellie Designs.  This is a lovely image and I chose to make it quite large for this A2 sized Sweet & Simple card. 

I colored the image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, added Wink of Stella on the highlighted areas of the petals and black gems for a finishing touch.  I cut the thinnest of black mats for the focal panel and mounted on a Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 110 lb. card base.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!
Donna

**Challenges Entered:
As You Like It - Favorite Season is Spring because of the new growth of florals, birth of baby animals and the colors of the season



Wednesday, April 21, 2021

You've Been So Kind

Hello and Happy Wednesday!  My share today features bold florals and coloring with colored pencils.  I recently purchased this set from Dies R Us and it caught my eye because of the whimsical look of the florals.


This is the Woodware "Autumn Flowers" stamp set although I think they can be used for any season.  I stamped the image, then colored in the open spaces with Prismacolor Pencils.  Die cut the panel with a Kat Scrappiness stitched rectangle die, mounted on a wide margin of black card and called the design complete.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!
Donna

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Live Simply...Give Generously

Hello and Happy Tuesday.  Today's make and share features a lovely floral image and alcohol marker coloring.  This gorgeous image is a digi stamp from Power Poppy; I LOVE their Florals and I couldn't resist coloring this one up for a sweet and simple card.




I colored the image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, the sentiment strip is from the Tim Holtz "Small Talk" strip die cut pack and sequins from my stash.  I strayed away from patterned papers in today's project as I wanted the floral image to be the star.  I love this image, it's so versatile and wonderful for any season.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!
Donna

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Inspiration Station Challenge #4

Hello and Happy Monday! Today begins a new fortnightly challenge at Inspiration Station and challenges are based on your interpretation of an inspiration photo.  The photo this challenge is:


For my design team project, I was inspired by the couple in the photo and the love they seem to share.  I used the Gina K. Designs "Watt's Up" Mini Stamp set, which is a new set to me and this was it's maiden voyage so to speak.  This was an incentive set at the last release and may be made available once she releases a new kit the end of April 2021.  



I inked a small portion of the background with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink, splattered some water for effect, stamped the image with sentiment and heat embossed all.  The only bells and whistles used were sequins for sparkle. The stamp  does not include the doodled electrical cording, I hand drew that in to tie the light bulbs together.  

Please join us this round at Inspiration Station.  We would love to see how the photo inspires you!  Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

**Challenges Entered:
Friendship Challenge

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Bugaboo Brats Spring/Easter

Hello Again...my second post for today!  I participate in the Progressive Challenge at The Outlawz Challenges and this image is the Freebie for April.  It's the Bugaboo Brats Easter Image and I couldn't wait to color this adorable image and create a card with it.  


I colored the image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, the designer papers are from the Pink & Main "Summer Splash" 6x6 paper pad, the sentiment strips from the Tim Holtz "Small Talk" sentiment pack, enamel dots and sequins from my stash.  

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

**Challenges Entered:
Outlawz Twisted Thursday - Fav Embellishment is Sequins at the Minute LOL



Beautiful Friend

 Good Sunday Morning!  My make today features ink blending, ghost stamping and heat embossing.

I started by ink blending Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink on a panel of Neenah Solar White Classic Crest card.  Using an older stamp set from Close to My heart; the "Find Your Style" set, I stamped over the panel with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.  I stamped the main image and sentiment, heat embossed them, added a ribbon with bow and gems for a finishing touch.



A simple card with lots of added interest.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

**Challenges Entered:

As You Like It - Embossing or Stenciling:  I like both techniques but really enjoy stenciling lately





Saturday, April 17, 2021

Thanks Ever So Much

Hello and Happy Saturday!  Today was a rainy day here in Central Florida so I spent the day in the craft room and re-discovered a technique that I had forgotten about.....Stenciling on Vellum.


This Sweet and Simple card started with stenciling on a piece of vellum.  I die cut a frame and placed the stenciled image against a piece of white card and adhered the frame around the image.  Mounted the stamped sentiment on foam pads and added irridescent sequins as a finishing touch.

The stencil and sentiment are from a box of crafty goodies I purchased at a Church Bizarre so they are unbranded...or at least to me as they do not have the original packaging.  I used Distress Oxide inks to stencil and thoroughly allowed to dry so no smudging would occur when I placed ink side down.

I like the soft look of this piece and I will try this technique again soon.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Fancy Umbrella

Happy Friday - The weekend is here and today is Friday Freebie at Bugaboo Stamps Catch the Bug Challenge Blog.  Today's Freebie is the Fancy Umbrella #7 image.


My project today is an A2 sized card, the image colored with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, designer papers from the Recollections "Patisserie" 6x6 paper pad and sequins from my stash.  I used dies to cut out the focal panel and sentiment.  I popped up the focal image with foam pads and the sentiment is from a Cardz TV stamp set.  Sequins were added as a final touch.

Stop by the blog today for your freebie and please join in the challenges.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

**Challenges Entered:
Outlawz Sunday Challenges

Colour Crazy Challenge - Sheepski Designs

Hello and TGIF!  Today begins a new challenge week at the Colour Crazy Challenge Blog with a theme of Anything Goes.  The sponsor this round is Sheepski Designs and for my design team project, I chose the 50's Chic Image #98 to create a mini slimline card.


My card measures 3"x6" and the image was colored using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, the designer papers are from a digital paper pack from Polkadoodles and the sentiment is from the Cardz TV "Potpourri" Stamp set.  I fussy cut the image and mounted on foam pads for dimension, the design was kept fairly simple, only adding a few sequins for a bit of bling.  

Please join us this week at Colour Crazy, we would love to see your designs!  Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Floral Thank You

Hello and Happy Thursday!  Today's card features lots of lovely die cuts, pretty patterned paper and sparkle.  I created this card using dies from the Spellbinders "Sincerely Yours" Card Kit.


There are floral and foliage dies as well as an envelope die in the kit so I wanted to create a card using the die cuts as the main focal element.  I die cut several florals and foliage that I could arrange within the envelope.  I mounted some of the florals on foam pads for a bit of dimension, added sequins for bling and a sentiment....complete.  

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
Donna

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Oh Happy Day

 Good Morning and welcome to Wednesday!  Today's make and share is another attempt to create a Clean and Simple card but I cannot keep away from adding elements so I will call this one a Sweet and Simple card.


I'm really loving Butterflies this Spring so I used more butterfly die cuts, circle die cuts from patterned paper, an adorable camera embellishment and sentiment stamp; all from the Spellbinders April 2021 Card Kit of the Month.  The kit comes with lovely dies, beautiful papers and embellishments.  

My version of a clean and simple yet sweet and simple card.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!
Donna

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Rainbow Butterfly

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  The day has gotten away from me so before it gets much later, I would like to share a Clean and Simple card featuring die cutting, Die Cut Inlay, Ink blending, Stamping and Heat Embossing.


I die cut a butterfly shaped aperture in a piece of card to use as my top layer.  I ink blended a rainbow on the card base in the area behind the aperture then inlaid the butterly in the space; I left the wings free for dimension.  The sentiment, from a set by Cardz TV, was stamped and heat embossed.

For the final touched, added sequins in rainbow order cascading down the front and Fun Stampers Journey Crystal Cuts on the tips of the butterfly wings. 

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
Donna

**Challenges Entered:
Make the Cards #mtcc12 #makethecardchallenge







 

Monday, April 12, 2021

Pammie's Inky Pinkies Anything Goes Challenge 2115

 Hello and Happy Monday!  Today begins a new challenge at Pammie's Inky Pinkies with a theme of Anything Goes and Jan's Digi Stamps as the generous sponsor.

For my design team project, I had the pleasure of creating with one of Jan's lovely Honey Bees images.  The image is part of a set that contains 8 images and 6 sentiments.


I colored the image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, used snippets of designer card from my stash and a sentiment from the Spellbinders Wonderful Spring stamp set.

Please stop by Pammie's Challenge this week for your chance to win some gorgeous images from Jan's Digi Stamps.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Scatter Seeds of Kindness the Gnome Way

Hello and Happy Sunday...it's a dreary, raining day here in Central Florida but that's ok..we NEED the rain!  But it's not bothering me, I'm tucked in for a full day of crafting and I have a cute make to share.


The image is from the Laurie Furnell Spring Gnomes Digital Stamp Set.  I've colored the image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, the desginer papers are from a prize packet of digital paper won through A Bit More Time To Craft challenges and sentiment from Cardz TV.  Lastly, I die cut clouds and added sequins to complete the scene.  

Until next time, Happy Crafting!
Donna

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Slimline Stenciled Birthday

The weekend is here, Happy Saturday!  Today's make and share is a traditional sized Slimline Birthday card featuring stenciling, stamping, heat embossing and coloring.


I wanted to create a traditional sized slimline (4"x8") card for my newest crafty items, a Bo Bunny Wildflowers Stamp and Vintage Screen stencil from Fun Stampers Journey.  I started with a stenciled panel created using Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries and Squeezed Lemonade distress oxide inks and a light hand.  I stamped and heat embossed the image over top and colored in with Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers along with the sentiment, which is from a Kelly Creates set.  Lastly, added yellow sequins for that bit of sparkle that I must have!  

Until next time, Happy Crafting!
Donna

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Jesse Bear

Hello and Weclome to Friday :)  Today is Friday Freebie at Bugaboo Stamps Catch the Bug Blog and the Freebie this week is the adorable Jesse Bear sitting cute with his baseball cap.


For today's project, I created an A2 sized card, used designer papers from the Die Cuts with a View "Playful Pets" 6x6 Mat Stack.  I used a Postal Stamp die to cut the focal image panel and stamped the sentiment using a Cardz TV set.  For a final touch, blue sequins were added for some sparkle and shine.  How cute is this little guy?

Stop by the Catch the Bug Challenge Blog for this Freebie today and until next time, Happy Crafting!

Donna

**Challenges Entered:
Ching-Chou Kuik

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Forever Friends, Forever Flowers

Hello and Happy Thursday.  Today's post is a quick make and share featuring stamping, heat embossing, alcohol marker coloring and layering.


The featured stamp and sentiment are from the Gina K. Designs Forever Flowers stamp set; which was part of the Forever Flowers Card Kit.  I stamped and heat embossed the image and sentiment, colored the floral with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers and layered the panel on patterned paper from a Spellbinders card kit.  

Lastly, added some faux gems and twine for a finishing touch.  I've seen so many beautiful floral projects recently I just couldn't resist creating one of my own.

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
Donna

**Challenges Entered:
As You Like It - Embossing or Stenciling?  This is too difficult a question to answer as it depends on my mood and what I have planned to whether I like Embossing or Stenciling better...so I'll stick with Loving them both!





Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Paper Funday Challenges - Anything Goes with Optional Spring Themes

Hello and Happy Wednesday!  Today starts a new monthly challenge at The Paper Funday Challenge with a theme of Anything Goes with Optional Twist of Spring Has Sprung.  We have 2 generous sponsors this month also; the wonderful Fred, She Said Designs and Paper Nest Dolls.

For my design team project, I created a Spring themed card using a Bunny from the new Spellbinders Stamp of the Month Club for April and Fred, She Said Painterly Pastels Digital Paper Kit.  


I stamped and lightly highlighted the Bunny with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers.  Die cut a focal mat and banners, added Baker's twine and faux pink gems for a finishing touch.

Please join us this month at The Paper Funday Challenges for your chance to win 1 of 2 prizes being offered by our sponsors.  We would love to see your projects!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!
Donna

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Saguaro Cactus Blossom

Hello and Happy Tuesday.  Today I'm sharing a card created using the Gina K. Designs Stately Flowers #13 Stamp Set.  The set is new to me but not new to the Gina K. Shop.  There is a series of Stately Flowes and each set features flowers from around the USA.

I chose the lovely Saguaro Cactus Blossom image from the set; heat embossed and minimally colored the image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers.  

I created the background panel using the Smooshing Technique with shades of blue Arteza Real Brush Markers and water.  Lastly, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment, added faux gems and a bow.  


I didn't realized how pretty the Saguaro Cactus Blossoms are until I googled them in order to color them correctly.  Such beauty in the dry and dusty desert...another of God's lovely creations.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!
Donna

**Challenges Entered:
Use Your Stuff - Inspired by the colors Blue, Yellow and the Florals



 


Monday, April 5, 2021

Inspiration Station Challenge #3

Hello and Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and have a great week coming.  Today begins a new challenge at Inspiration Station.  The Inspiration Photo are various florals so I was inspired to create this A2 sized card:


Inspiration Photo:


I used the Natural Silhouttes Stamp Set by Gina K. Designs for the image and sentiment, which were heat embossed.  Arteza Real Brush Markers were used for the color and the background was created by adding the color to an acrylic block, spritzing with water and "stamping" on 110 lb. card.  To finish up the design, card candy dots were added.

Please join this fortnight for the challenge at Inspiration Station.  We hope to inspire you with our designs and look forward to seeing how the Photo Inspired you.

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
Donna

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