Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Beauty In Simplicity

 It's time for a new Double D challenge theme and it is
can you guess?  Sunflowers!

I had ordered a new sunflower stencil and it also just happens to be
the prize we are giving away this time, the fun stencil!

I masked part of it off being a 6 x 6 stencil and made a 5 1/2" by 5 1/2:" card.

Here is a sneak peek at the inside.
I had some pretty sunflower paper and thought it would look nice to add inside.

Make sure to visit the Double D Challenge blog and see
all the gorgeous sunflower designs from the DT
and join in with us for your chance to win this stencil like mine!

Entering the following challenges:
Happy Little Stampers .... Stencils

Monday, October 18, 2021

You Make My Life Colorful

 I joined the Stay Crafty With Hero Arts Challenge #28 Fall Colors.

I chose the Fall colors of our skies here in Michigan as they are crisp, clean
and beautiful with their colors of blues, pinks, purples, yellows and oranges!

These are some photos I took in Northern Michigan by Lake Huron with 
the colors I am talking about!

The firt picture I took while traveling to our lake house

The second picture is taken from my porch of the sunrise one morning
in the Fall.

I used a Hero Arts Stencil pair "Floral Backgrounds' to create my card,
using various colors of distress inks.

I know it's not your usual autumn card but I love it,
so cheerful and unique I think.  I also stenciled the second stencil
in the set so will show that one at a later time!

Also entering the following challenges:

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Howdy Christmas

Hello All, it's time for our 2nd Peace On Earth year round Christmas Challenge
which is always themed Anything Goes with a fun mood board 
to inspire you with creative ideas!
You don't have to use it but I find it very fun challenging myself
to come up with something from my stash
that represents the board!!

For my card I went with the lower left, the cowboy snowmen!
I knew I had this older stamp from Stampabilities 2004
that I had only ever used once before!

I also had a Cheapo Die that said Howdy and thought the two
would somehow work well together, and they did!

The background paper I pulled from a basket of papers I am trying to use up
and liked the woodgrain look for my cowboy snowmen!
I added stickles to represent snow and give some sparkle!

So, why not head on over to the Peace On Earth challenge
and see all the fun DT creations and join in with us,
you can choose to use the inspiration board or not
but it sure is fun to build off of that!


Saturday, October 16, 2021

Beauty of Fall

 It was/is a rainy day today and decided to do a challenge I saw
that intrigued me after the road trip the hubs and I took to Indiana today.

I saw the challenge at CAS Mix Up and it looked fun to do
so I went with that.

They have a list of videos to watch of different ways you can
do your botanicals, I watched them all and thought the Gina K Designs
was the one for me.  You gather a few leaves, then ink them and press them onto cardstock.

So, while getting the mail in the pouring down rain I 
grabbed a few leaves, brought them in, dried them off
them sponged ink on them and burnished them onto my card stock
using Distress Oxides shabby shutters~carved pumpkin~
crackling campfire and fossilized amber.
The sentiment was stamped with vintage photo.

These are the leaves I used, I inked the back sides
to get the veins to show.

You also have to use a stamp (my sentiment)
and one other element listed on their sidebar,
I went with sponging on the leaves.
This was pretty fun, give it a try!

Friday, October 15, 2021

Witch Way To The Candy?

October 15th, can you believe it?
It brings us to a new Anything Goes challenge starting at 
Dies R Us!

Being October I stuck with a Halloween theme and created
 a fun spooky scene!

For my background I chose a paper from my stash and built off it
using the Tutti Designs Haunted House which I adhered to
another piece of  the large background washi tape I have.
Love this stuff as it makes a fun and fast background!

I also added a favorite cute die the Poppystamps Whittle Cat
cut from a black glitter paper scrap.

The sentiment is another from a Halloween strip set I purchased!

We would love to have you join us at the Dies R Us challenge!!
Take a peek at all the inspiration from the Design Team while there!

For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below. 

Dies R Us now has a sister store with warehouses in the USA and Canada called Didi Crafts.  

It will ship to both the US and Canada.  Didi Crafts will carry some of the same products as DRU, but most will be different.  Now our Canadian friends don't have to worry about huge taxes or shipping fees. How great is that!?!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Two Old Bats October Mid Month Reminder

We are half way thru our Two Old Bats Halloween challenge 
and I have a reminder card to share!

This is our awesome mood board just to inspire as
you can create anything as long as it is Halloween!

I let the mood board semi inspire me once again using the
pumpkins and the country checks for my card!
This is using a House Mouse stamp Bewitching Pumpkins from 2004.

I colored this in long ago but never did anything with it, so it is making its debut today!
I know you can't see it but both the mouse hats and the pumpkin have glitter on them
giving a bit of sparkle-y shine!

We would love to have you join us at Two Old Bats Halloween challenge
and as always with 50 or more players we always have a random drawn prize
to one lucky player!!

Entering the following challenges:
House Mouse .... Halloween

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

October Birthday Challenge

Today at The Sisterhood of Crafters I am the hostess
and for our theme I chose BIRTHDAYS! 

For my card I used a beautiful Cottage Cutz die
Spring blooms.

I die cut but left it all intact then used blending brushes and ink
to add the colors.
I like the ay it all came together and plan on doing a few more of
these with the same dies.

The die underneath is a Joy crafts called Bille's Circle.

We would love to have you join in with our super easy challenge
and make sure to visit The Sisterhood to see all the beautiful and inspiring
birthday cards from my sistahs!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Trick of Treat

A new themed challenge starts today at Double D
and it is Owls and/or Pumpkins!

We have a great and fun  mood board for a bit of inspiration!

I used a Cottage Cutz die for my card, Black Cat with Jack -o-Lantern!  

I try to buy when they have their 60 to 85% off sales
and have to admit I have LOTS of their dies, but some are really time
consuming with all the little parts, in fact I had an extra piece for this one
but for the life of me couldn't figure out where it went LOL!
I used all kinds of scraps from my scrap bags for my die cut
and this is the first time I have used this die, what was I waiting for???

A hint to make it much easier when constructing is I always go and cut all the pieces first
then put them on a white card stock sheet as I cut so as not to lose a piece before I am ready
to use it, makes is simpler to have it all in front of you ready to adhere!

I used a few pieces of my designer paper that has been around for quite awhile!

I think he turned out pretty cute, even without the missing piece,
where ever that goes!  I think it's a little piece that goes in his mouth, whoops!!

Visit the Double D challenge and see all the fabulous creations
my teammates have come up with for this challenge, you WON'T
be disappointed!!

Entering the following challenges:
Mod Squad .... Pumpkins
Watercooler Wednesdays .... Occasions

This is Halloween ....Anything Halloween
NBUS ,,,, Never Before Used Stuff
Stinkin' Inkers .... Scraps
Pussycat Challenge .... Cats

Monday, October 4, 2021

Happy Birthday

 My daughter's birthday was Saturday and being she is a professional

photographer I thought this image was perfect for her!
This is a Picket Fence Studios stamp 'Karen' that I received FREE
from placing an order with Scrapbookdotcom.
Do you ever order from them?  They give something away with
each order, sometimes 2 things or even three like they did today!
I have all kinds of free things from them, so fun!!

She even wears her hair like this at times LOL!
I have to say she loved it

Entering the following challenges:
Seize The Birthday .... ATG Birthday

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge #1

Today is an exciting day as it is our FIRST post about our newest
challenge at Peace on Earth, an anything goes year round Christmas challenge!

We have super fun and creative mood boards to inspire you.
let alone our fabulous Design Team  to inspire you even more!

 Anything Christmas

I used the top right corner to inspire todays card!
I originally had something else entirely in mind
but as time was running out on me I decided to go with a favorite stamp
of mine that I have had for a very long long time!

This is a 1998 True West Designs stamp Large Horse and Wreath
which is long out of business.
I have a good friend that raises show quarter horses  so
this might very well be her Christmas card this year!

I stamped the image on Accents Opaque Smooth card stock and
colored in with my Copics.
The Champagne Pop of Drops are from a free bottle I received from Scrapbookdot com with an
order I had put in.  The pretty background paper is from a pad I
purchased last year Echo Park Lumberjack Christmas.

Pop on over to our new Peace On Earth Christmas challenge and
meet our new team, I am sure there will be some names you recognize,
check our all the fabulous creations from the Design team and join in with us
as we celebrate our first challenge!!

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Two Old Bats October Halloween Challenge

Time is flying by and it's already time for our new challenge
at Two Old Bats and the theme is as always Anything Goes HALLOWEEN!

We have a super cool mood board just to inspire you
and check out out challenge HERE to see even more
inspiration from the team!

Myself, I love being inspired by others and the mood boards
so I went with the bottom right corner for today's card!

I used a newly purchased Honey Bee stamp Patchwork Pumpkins
and let the plaid pumpkins on the board inspire me!

I die cut the bats from a die as they were the perfect size for my tree which is from
Memory Box.
To finish I simply added a piece of twine and a BOO sentiment!

We would love to have you join us in our year round Halloween challenge
at Two Old Bats and if we reach 50 or more players we have a prize to give
to a random winner!

Friday, October 1, 2021

Spooky Fun

Let's have some spooky fun with the new challenge at
Dies R Us where the theme is always Anything Goes!
You don't have to do Halloween but why not, it is October!!!

For my card I started with a washi tape background that I thought the
colors and pattern were perfect for a nighttime spooky sky!
I used Tutti Designs Dotted Nesting Rectangles to cut out my panel.
(all links are given below).
The moon and stars are Impression Obsession Moon, Stars, Sun die set.
I used the fun and spooky witch from Tutti Designs Cooking Witch,
gee I wonder what she is cooking up, or maybe I am better off NOT knowing!

The sentiment is one from a pack of sentiment strips I bought a while back.

Tutti Designs Cooking Witch
Impression Obsession Sun~Moon~Stars
Tutti Designs Dotted Nesting Rectangles


For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below. 

Dies R Us now has a sister store with warehouses in the USA and Canada called Didi Crafts.  

It will ship to both the US and Canada.  Didi Crafts will carry some of the same products as DRU, but most will be different.  Now our Canadian friends don't have to worry about huge taxes or shipping fees. How great is that!?!

We would love to have you join our challenge at Dies R Us
and be in 
the draw for a gift certificate to the store and check out all
the fun projects from the rest of the team,
always lots of inspiration there!!

Entering the following challenges:
This is Halloween .... ATG Halloween

Grateful For You

Hello there!
We are back with our second  Four Seasons Fall challenge
for the month of October and we have a fun mood board to inspire you
like I let it inspire me!

I went with the bottom left corner as I had a great stamp I had
in mind to use, BUT, I reorganized all my stamps by theme
and could not for the life of me find it!!

Luckily for me, I had a friend that gave up paper crafting and sent me
two priority boxes full of stamps and dies and this stamp was one of them!
However it wasn't marked and I haven't a clue who the manufacturer is, but
it sure came in handy for today's card!

I stamped it on my new Super Smooth Accent Opaque paper I bought form Amazon.
It was then colored in with Copics and to my dismay, my Copic blender brush was dry!
I ran to Hobbylobby and got a new one, so hope this one fares better!
The sentiment is Pretty Pink Posh Simple Sentiments and 
the gems are Pretty Pink Posh Party Mix.

I love our new challenge blog for Four Seasons and hope you will
love it as well!  The DT always has some stunning inspiration too,
so why not pop on over, take a peek and join in with us??

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Butterfly Fun

While we were at the lake house this summer
I took all my stencils with me and spent many a night
stenciling away while the hubby watched TV.

One of my newest stencils was a stamp and stencil combo by
Taylored Exoressions .  It looked interesting so I purchased it
and have to say I LOVE it and so glad I have it!
The body of the butterfly is the stamp and it stamps all over,
one big stamp.  Then you get two stencils, one for the upper wings
and one for the lower wings, making it easy to use separate colors.

I just added a sentiment from The Greetery Sentiment Suite Birthday,
I thought that was all it needed.

The set was so much fun to use I stenciled 3 more sets to use
on later cards, all were stamped with various Altenew inks!

Thanks for visiting and I hope you like this set as much as I do!

Entering the following challenges:
Mod Squad .... Butterflies
Addicted To Stamps and More ....  Any Occasion
Happy Little Stampers .... Stencils

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Floral Stencil

There is a new challenge starting today at
The Sisterhood of Crafters
and our theme is STENCILS chosen by our 'sistah' Darlene.

I have to say this challenge is right up my alley  as I have
been totally addicted to stencils lately especially the layering ones
which is what I have used today.  They are pricey little things but well
worth it for all the enjoyment I get out of them!

I have used one by Pink Fresh Studio called 
Seamless Floral Panel, so many color options with this!

I used Altenew inks for this from the Red Sunset group
which contains Blush~Rouge~Velvet and Crimson.
Such a pretty combination don't you think?

Being how much I loved the outcome of this stencil I didn't wanted
to cover much of it up with a sentiment so I chose a Happy Birthday
die cut which allowed most of the pretty stenciling to show thru.

I have a lot more stencils to show in the upcoming weeks as
while at the summer house that was one thing I could sit and easily do
while the hubby watched TV at nights, I am not a big TV watcher!
I just recently saw an embossing folder/stencil combo, something I
think I need to try out!

Want to see some FUN and pretty stenciling?
Then head on over to The Sisterhood!!

Entering the following challenges:
Pink Fresh Studio  .... Leaves/and/or colors
Dragonfly Dreams .... Happy Birthday
Happy Little Stampers .... Stencils
Unstampabelles .... No stamps, twist:  Stencils

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Promise of Peace

Today at Double D is a start of a new challenge theme and it is LEAVES

I have a pretty card to share that is using a new to me Poppystamps

Once it was die cut I just placed the stencil on top and using a small
blending brush, added ink to the leaves.
The sentiment is an old one from JustRite.

Please join us at Double D for our fun LEAVES challenge and
take a peek at all the beautiful design teams creations

Entering the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge .... L is for Leaves
Cut It Up .... Fall Is In The Air
Country View Challenge .... The Leaves Begin To Fall
Happy Little Stampers .... ATG with DIES

Happy Fall

 Time for a new challenge at Dies R Us
and as always our theme is anything goes making it super easy to
join us, you just need to use a die of a company name that DRU carries...
easy peasy!!

To me September means sunflowers.
Years ago I had a sunflower kitchen all in pretty yellows and gold.

I created a sunflower card using Poppystamps Delightful Daisy die.
I die cut twice and trimming off the stem on the second cut
so I could layer the blooms and slightly offsetting them.

My stems and flowers were colored with copics.

The frame is Tutti Designs Maple Vine Frame die
that I die cut from a patterned paper.

The sentiment is Karen Burniston Autumn Word Set
that was inked with Distress Oxide Brushed Corduroy.
All links are given below.

We would love to have you join us at Dies R Us challenge blog
for your chance to win a gift certificate to the Dies R Us store!


For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below. 

Dies R Us now has a sister store with warehouses in the USA and Canada called Didi Crafts.  

It will ship to both the US and Canada.  Didi Crafts will carry some of the same products as DRU, but most will be different.  Now our Canadian friends don't have to worry about huge taxes or shipping fees. How great is that!?!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Two Old Bats September Mid Month Reminder

It's time for our mid month challenge reminder at
Two Old Bats!

We have a fun and spooky mood board for your inspiration! 

I let the mood board inspire me with a
 never used before stamp set from Inkadinkadoo
and a new die to make the mini slimline envelope from 
Pink Fresh Studio.  When this die came out I hesitated to
get it along with the  regular size envelope die
but now am so glad I did, it's not only cute, but a great timesaver
and I can use some of the many 12 x 12 papers I never seem to use!
A little hint if you buy this die when you cut your base cardstock for your
card, make your envelope and make sure it fits in first before you create your card.
I didn't do that and my card was slightly larger then the envelop and
I had to trim it down when finished and that wasn't easy as you can see
it made my edges slightly off center from right to left!
Had I inserted the base first I wouldn't of had a problem, live and learn !

Make sure to pop on over to Two Old Bats and see what the creative
design time has in store for you, join in with us while you are there!

Entering the following challenges
This is Halloween Challenge .... Anything Goes