Friday, September 22, 2017

Friends are Like Gardens -- for QKR Stampede

My favorite day of the week is here again! Fridaaaaaay!  Today, I am traveling 3 hours, returning from a conference.  It will be good t get back home, back to my hubby and puppy, and back to a routine.  

Today is also the start of a new challenge at QKR Stampede challenge blog.  This week's theme is 'Embossing'.  We want to see any kind of embossing -- either wet or dry.  

I don't know why, but I rarely emboss on a card.  I have a ton of embossing folders, but need a reason to use them, so this challenge was good motivation to get them out.  I needed a jump start!  Here's what I created, using dry embossing:



This card uses QKR Stampede digi stamps, Flower Border & Friendships and Gardens sentiment digi.  I colored the Flower  Border digi with Copic markers, then fussy cut it, mounting it on the embossed panel I ran through an embossing folder by Close To My Heart.   The papers on this card are digital, and were found at Snap Click Supply.  

I hope you can join us this week at QKR Stampede for our optional themed, "Embossing of Any Kind" challenge.  Or, you can always enter an Anything Goes project.  We have great digis you can win (like these 2!) and I'd love to see what you make!


Saturday, September 16, 2017

If Friends were Acorns -- for Imagine That! Digistamp

It's the weekend!  It's also time for some mid-month inspiration at Imagine That! Digistamp's Creative Playground.   I cannot believe we're more than 1/2 way through this month already!  Challenges at the Creative Playground are always Anything Goes.  If you use an Imagine That! Digistamp image, you get the set of the month for free, and this month's manatee stamp is sooooo cute! 

There's signs of Fall showing up everywhere here in Northwest Wisconsin,  so I made an autumn themed card for today's challenge:

This card uses Acorn Bunny by Imagine That Digistamp, colored with Copic markers, then fussy cut.  The sentiment is also from the Acorn Bunny set.   The digi papers are the Fabulous Fall papers by Imagine That! Digistamp.

Imagine That! Digistamps products used on this card:



I hope you find time to join us this month for the Anything Goes challenge and your chance to win the Manatee set if you use an Imagine That! Digistamp image.  The challenge runs until Oct 6. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

A Butterfly Thank You -- for QKR Stampede Challenge Blog

Haaaappppppy Friday, everyone!  I hope you have enjoyable things planned for the weekend.  We're nearing the ending of Harley riding season here, and every weekend counts, but there's rain in the forecast, so it might be a crafting weekend instead and that's OK!

This week at QKR Stampede, it's an Anything Goes challenge.  Yeah!  I love those!  

I've been wanting to color this image up for a long time, and I finally got the chance!


This is from the sister company of QKR Stampede, Eureka Stamps.  It's Butterfly & Sunflower, colored with Copic markers.  The sentiment, also from Eureka Stamps, is large Thank You.  Both are available in digital or rubber, but digital were used here.  Designer papers on this card are also digital and are from Snap Click Supply.  The card base is card stock from Close To My Heart.  The ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM. 

I hope you can join us this week for our easy peasy Anything Goes challenge at QKR Stampede.  We've got great prizes, and I'd love to see what you make!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I Will Love You Fur-ever! for MHKDesigns

Hello, and happy hump day, my crafty friends.  My husband and I have a new puppy, so my thoughts seem to be quickly turning towards dog-themed cards these days.  Here's one I recently created:


I used 2 MHKDesigns digital stamp sets to make this simple card, and one MHKDesigns digital paper.  I started with the I've Been Framed digital stamp set, then nestled a sentiment from the Fur & Paws Digital Stamp Set inside the frame.  The paw print designer paper is from the Pawsitively Purrfect Digital Paper Pack.

MHKDesigns supplies used on this card:




Have you joined the MHKDesigns challenge yet this month?  It's anything goes as long as you use an MHKDesigns image. You still have plenty of time!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Happy Fall, Y'all! for QKR Stampede

It's Friday again!  I do like this day of the week!  It also means that it's time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog.  This week, the optional theme is "Fall Colors", or you can enter an Anything Goes project.  

Fall!  I love the earth tone colors that come with Fall, and I love the changing leaves.  A few trees have begun to turn around here in NW Wisconsin.  Tomorrow is the harvest fest in the small town where I live.  There'll be lots of celebrating going on.

The crows in this card are doing some celebrating.  They are not at all afraid of Mr. Scarecrow!


I used the QKR Stampede digi, Scarecrow and Friends (Q-digi24243) on this card, and sentiment ES-digi16102, Happy Fall, Y'all.   Scarecrow and Friends is colored with Copic markers.   The gingham papers are digital. They are from Paper Whimsies.  

Fall!  It's also a great time to start more crafting, as the weather turns cooler.  I hope you can join us this week at QKR Stampede for our optional Fall Colors challenge.  We've got great prizes, and I'd love to see what you make! 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Thankful for Art -- and Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

Hello, crafty friends, and happy Labor Day to my American readers.  Today is the start of a new challenge at Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.  We have a 3-month challenge theme, exploring the concepts of art, literature, and music.  For September, the theme will be art.  To be eligible for the prizes, tell us how your project ties in with art -- how are you affected by art, artistic masters, art in your home, sculptures, whatever!

Our guest sponsor this month is Luna Girl.  You'll find the most awesome vintage images at Luna Girl!  I used one of the images from the Summer Garden Digital Collage Sheet to create this:


Studying the masters is a great way to learn about light source.  It can help in my own coloring and shading.  I love how this vase is shaded and how the artists used shadows behind the daisies.  We can learn so much from other artists and learn from them in our own artistic journeys.

I hope you can join this month at Path of Positivity for our "Surround Yourself with Art" challenge.  It runs until October 1.   You can also link up any positive themed project if you don't want to use the alternate theme. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

A Marvelous Challenge -- for MHKDesigns

September 1st?!?  Where do these months go?  That means we're starting a new challenge over on the MHKDesigns blog.  As always, the challenges are Anything Goes if you used an MHKDesign image.  There is also an Inspiration Board for you if you choose NOT to use an MHKDesigns image.  It will be pictured below.

I have some pretty mums blooming in my yard, and they were the inspiration for this card, along with the colors from this month's inspiration board:


I used the Mum's the Word Digital stamp set, and colored the flower image from that with Faber-Castell color pencils.  The sentiment is from the Marvelous Digital Stamp set.  The designer papers on this card are from MHKDesigns.  They are:  
Pawsitively Purrfect (dark blue)
Stenciled Roses (turquoise paper and pink houdstooth)
Rosy Posy papers (green dot)

MHKDesigns products used on this card:




I hope you join us this month at MHKDesigns Challenges.  Here's the Inspiration Board to help you:


I'd love to have you link up, and I'd love to see what you make!


My Life is a Desert -- for QKR Stampede

It's Friday, and time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog.  This week, the optional theme is "Wild West".  Instead of going with a cowboy theme, I went rather prickly on this.  
I used an image from QKR Stampede's sister company, Eureka Stamps, to create this card:


This uses Cactus (ES-digi6101).  I colored the Cactus image with Copic markers, then used a couple circle dies from Craftin' Desert Divas to cut out and back the Cactus image. The sentiment is computer generated.  The cactus paper, and other colored papers are from Pixel Scrapper.  The glimmer trim is from Close To My Heart. 

I hope you join us this week at QKR Stampede for our optional Wild West challenge.  I'd love to see your take on the challenge, and we've got great prizes! 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Hello Friend -- for Crafty Sentiments Designs

It's Tuesday, and time for a new challenge at Crafty Sentiments Designs.  The theme this week is, "For Someone Special". 

I colored up this adorable Crafty Sentiments Designs rubber stamp for this week's challenge.  This is "Delightful Flowers."


I colored Delightful Flowers with watercolor pencils, then used a variety of circle dies to create the card.  I hope you like it!

This is my last post (at least for now) for Crafty Sentiments Designs.  Working full-time and recovering from cancer has proven too much to keep all my design teams going. I will miss the team and the fun of working with Crafty Sentiments Designs!  

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Love is a Warm Puppy -- for QKR Stampede

This is a first for me!  I'm posting a day late for QKR Stampede's challenge.  This week's optional theme is, "Keep Your Eye on the Ball."  You can always enter Anything Goes, if you prefer.

We have a new Golden Retriever puppy in the house, so this card seems perfect:


This card uses 2 QKR Stampede digi stamps -- Happy Puppy (Q-digi17400) and Warm Puppy (Q-digi11301).

I colored Happy Puppy with Copic markers.  I used some new dies I bought from Stampendous to make the card base and layers.  Papers are digital.  They are the Echo Park Bark Collection, purchased from Snap Click Supply.  I printed the Warm Puppy sentiment on one of the digital Bark Collection papers.  The tennis ball was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo with a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store. 

I hope you can join us this week at QKR Stampede for our "Keep Your Eye on the Ball" challenge.  It runs until Friday, Sept. 1. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

My Awesomeness Amazes Me! An MHKDesigns New Release

Today is the last day of New Releases at MHKDesigns.  Start at the MHKDesigns blog for your chance to win the set!  It's an awesome one!  

Today, the MHKDesigns design team is showcasing 'Sassy Sayings', and the sayings are just that!  Sassy!  



Fun, right?!?  Don't you have a friend in mind to send this to?

I colored one of the vintage images with just a bit of bright color using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.  I printed the image on Kraft so I already had the skin tone.  I added the Sassy Saying, and I had my card.  Fun!

I made the easel card using a Sizzix die and digital papers from MHKDesigns.  They are from the Damsel in Distress digital paper pack.

MHKDesigns products used on this card:





Have you entered the MHKDesigns challenge yet?  You still have  a bit more time, as it runs all month.  Use an MHKDesigns image, and it's Anything Goes!  


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I Love Books -- an Imagine That! Digi Stamp New Release

Have you seen all the great manatee New Releases at Imagine That! Digi Stamp?!?  They are so cute!  You HAVE to check them all out!  Wonderful!  Varied!  So fun!

I made a bookmark because I always have my nose buried in a book and you can never have too many bookmarks.  This uses the New Release Manatee Reader With Bow.


I colored the book loving manatee with Copic markers, then used a variety of dies from Paper Wishes to create the bookmark.  The sentiment is part of the Manatee Reader with Bow set.  The papers used on this bookmark are also from Imagine That! Digistamp.  They are the Beach Combing papers.  Fibers added to the tag are from Close To My Heart.


Have you joined the monthly challenge in the Creative Playground yet?  There's still time!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Just Fur You! An MHKDesigns New Release

It's time to showcase another MHKDesigns New Release.  This one is 'Pet Puns'.  Being a dog lover, it's perfect for me and many of my dog loving friends!  



I used the dog image of the Pet Puns set and colored it with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.  The sentiment, also from the Pet Puns set, was cut out with a round punch and secured with a paw brad from my stash.  The paw print paper is from MHKDesigns.  It's the Pawsitively Purrfect digital paper pack.

The card base was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo with a file found in the Silhouette Design Store.

MHKDesigns products used on this card:




Have you entered the MHKDesigns challenge yet?  You still have  time, as it runs all month.  Use an MHKDesigns image, and it's Anything Goes!  


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Beach Babe! for Imagine That! Digistamp

Greetings, fellow crafters!  I hope you are enjoying these last days of summer.  And, I hope you are enjoying the weekend!  

It's time for some mid-month inspiration at the Imagine That! Digistamp Creative Playground.  Challenges are Anything Goes.  If you use an Imagine That! Digistamp image, you get a free set!  This month's set is Flamingo Dress Up!  It is so much fun!  Here's what I created with it!


I colored the beach-themed flamingo from the Flamingo Dress Up set with Copic markers, then made her into a tag.  Doesn't she make you smile? Papers on this tag, also from Imagine That! Digi Stamp,  are the Tropical Breeze Digital Paper Pack
Flamingo Dress-Up (free this month!)


The challenge this month goes until Sept. 1, so you still have lots of  time to link up and win this adorable set.  Join us at the Creative Playground!

Friday, August 18, 2017

I'm Praying for You -- for QKR Stampede

It's Friday again!  These weeks keep on rolling, rolling, rolling!  When it's Friday, it's time for another challenge at QKR Stampede challenge blog. This week's optional theme is "shaped cards (anything but square or rectangle)", but you can always enter Anything Goes.   I love shaped cards!  They are one of my favorite things to make!  Combine them with a flower image -- my favorite thing to color, and I'm a very happy card maker!

This card uses 2 digi stamps from QKR Stampede's sister company, Eureka Stamps, Pansies (ES-digi9304), and I'm Praying for You (ES-digi13107).

I colored Pansies (ES-digi9304) with Copic markers.  The shaped card was created with a set of cutting dies from Stampendous.  They made the construction of this shaped card, including the sentiment (ES-digi13107) very easy.   The yellow background paper was found at Pixel Scrapper.

I hope you join the challenge this week at QKR Stampede.  I'd love to see your shaped card, and we've got great prizes you might win!

Hello Friend -- for Pickled Potpourri

Skunks, flowers, and a dragonfly.  This one digital stamp has it all! I found this super cute stamp set in the Pickled Potpourri Online Store, along with a wonderful sentiment, found in another great set.

The digital stamp set is Shy Skunks, colored with Copic markers. 

Here's the image, when I got it colored:

I used some metallic gel pens on the dragonfly and decided not to color the skunk.  I though she was perfect just the way she was!

Here's the Shy Skunk made into a card, with the addition of one of the sentiments from the Forever Friends digital stamp set...

Pickled Potpourri Products used on this card:



I hope you enjoyed today's Shy Skunk!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Swallowtail on Coneflower -- for Bloom Arts Stamps

Hello fellow crafters!  I have a gorgeous digi to share with you today from Bloom Arts Stamps.  It's titled simply, Swallowtail on Coneflower.  



I colored up Swallowtail on Coneflower with Copic markers, then used a die from Top Dog dies to cut it out.  The background paper is from MHKDesigns.  The card base is an SVG file from Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons.  The crinkle ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM. 

I'm not a huge violet person, but I really like how this turned out.  Maybe it's the orange and purple together that makes for a striking combination.

Bloom Arts Stamps has many great digital and clear stamps that are wonderful for whatever your favorite coloring medium it.  Make sure and check them out! 



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

You Are Marvelous -- an MHKDesigns New Release

Today, the MHKDesigners are showcasing another fantastic New Release!  Start on the MHKDesigns blog
for inspiration and a chance to win the set for yourself!

Flowers are my favorite thing to color. I love to experiment with different color combinations.  

I'm featuring the New Release, 'Marvelous' Digital stamp set on today's card, along with one paper from the MHKDesigns Radiant Rainbow digital paper pack...



I colored the flower from the Marvelous stamp set with Copic markers, then used a Spellbinders die to cut it out.  The sentiment is also from the Marvelous Stamp Set.  The card base is a cut file from Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons. The lace and crinkle ribbon are by 3 Girl JAM. 

MHKDesigns Products used on this card:




Have you entered the MHKDesigns challenge yet?  You still have plenty of time, as it runs all month.  Use an MHKDesigns image, and it's Anything Goes!  



Back to School -- with Crafty Sentiments Designs

It's Tuesday, and there's a Back To School theme at the Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge blog this week.  It's perfect timing, and kids are getting ready for school just about everywhere!  

I have created a card with Isobel, and she is Hitting the Books.  This is Crafty Sentiments Designs rubber stamp, Isobel - Hitting the Books.


I colored Crafty Sentiments Designs rubber stamp, Isobel - Hitting the Books with Copic markers.  It was so fun to color this design!  

I found the designer paper of book covers at Pixel Scrapper.  The silver glimmer trim is from Close To My Heart, and so is the sentiment.  The tag that the sentiment is stamped on is from Paper  Wishes.

I hope you join in on the Back to School challenge this week at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog.  I'd love to see what you make!

Shy Skunks Sneak Peek -- for Pickled Potpourri

Hello, crafty friends!  I'm posting today on the Pickled Potpourri blog.  You'll find my full post here on Friday, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek today.  Here it is 😀


Friday, August 11, 2017

Make a Joyful Noise! for QKR Stampede

It's Fri------------Daaaaaaay!   And time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede Challenge blog.  This week's optional theme is "Inspired by Music" or you can use an 'Anything Goes' theme. 

Here's my project for this week's challenge:


This card uses QKR Stampede digi Cat Calling (Q-digi14516), colored with Copic markers.  The sentiment is computer generated.  The papers were found at Pixel Scrapper.  The crinkle ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM, and the paw print brad is from my stash.

I hope you can join us this week at QKR Stampede.  You may win some of the awesome digis for yourself, and I'd love to see what you make!  Don't forget our optional 'Inspired by Music' theme!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

You Are Brilliant -- an MHKDesigns New Release

August 10 -- time for more New Release inspiration, starting on the MHKDesigns blog.  Today, we're showcasing the MHKDesigns New Release, 'Light of the World'.


I wanted this to be bright and bold, just like that lightbulb.  I accomplished the look using not only the Light of the World digital stamp set (colored with Copic markers) for both the image and the sentiment, but also using MHKDesigns digital papers, Sunflower Sampler

MHKDesigns products used:


Visit the MHKDesigns blog to start your journey of all the talented designers.  Leave comments on each designers blog and you could win this set (or all the New Releases!) for yourself.  Don't forget about the MHKDesigns challenge.  It's just getting started.  It's anything goes, if you use an MHKDesigns image, and it runs all month.