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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Celebrate Independence at Ike's World Challenges Blog

Today I created a hybrid layout for my DT make at Ike's World Challenges Blog. Hybrid projects mix hand-crafting with digital design. I hand-colored images from Ike's Art, fussy-cut them, and added in a mix of photos to make a 21st birthday page of my daughter.I thought it was perfect for the theme of "Be Independent" as Wendy was born on the 4th of July, 1995. That's right, my baby girl is 21!!  
I tried to encompass her journey from little tyke to young woman, and I am proud that I am her mom. Happy Birthday, my love!
Here's what went into my layout:
Digital Images (colored with Copics): Ike’s Art New Baby, My Teddy, Teenager
Papers: Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles’ Glitterati Glitter Pink Paper; Pixel Scrapper Melo Vrijhof’s Painted Papers Flowers
Elements: (PixelScrappers) Sharon Grant’s It’s a Girl Thing Frame Cluster02; Pauline Thompson’s Masculine 2 Clock & Star Brad 7; Ania Archer Art of Every Day Heart Scatter; Janet Scott’s Toolbox Calendar Metal Fireworks Doodle; Elif Sahin’s Christmas Day Elements Washi Tape 1
Now it's your turn. You have another week for the Be Independent challenge over at Ike's World Challenges Blog. What are you waiting for?! LOL

Monday, June 27, 2016

Anything Goes at the Outlawz Greetings Challenge This Week

Welcome to the last Monday of the month, where it's Anything Goes at the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenges. This week's guest sponsor is SLS Lines, and I got to play with a digi image called Goth Girl w/Goldfish & Balloons.  She looks a little sad, or at least thoughtful, so I created a "Thinking of You" card that I can personalize for a long-distance friend I am missing, someone who needs a cheerful note, or even a get-well card.
I colored my image with Copics, using white and metallic gel pens for a little shimmer. Then I fussy-cut her out and framed her with a paper doily. I placed an embossed piece of cardstock on my card face to pull the colors together, adding some black ink on parts of the embossed "bumps." 
I embellished simply with pearls, ribbon and a single black square jewel.
So, what are you going to create for the Anything Goes theme this week? whatever it is, don't forget to link up at the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge for your chance to win some awesome prizes from our sponsor, SLS Lines. and as always, crafters, have fun!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Congratulations Are in Order

I created a Congratulations card for the midway challenge reminder at the Path of Positivity challenge blog. This month we have been exploring the positive elements of Achievement. Since graduation comes to mind during June, I created a care for my daughter's friend who has graduated from Culinary Cooking School. I used a digital image called Bakendayz from Robyn's Fetish, one of two guest sponsors this month.
 After coloring my image with Copics, I fussy-cut it and popped it onto a scalloped oval die-cut and scalloped ribbon border. My background paper is homemade using glossy cardstock and alcohol inks. I stamped my sentiment and added it with an assortment of coordinating embellishments.
I am so proud of Margaret, whose life has been a bit bumpy. She persevered and achieved her life goal of landing a job in the field for which she dreamed. I am as proud of her as I would be were she my own daughter, and wish her good luck. I hope she gets to eat her cake AND frosting for years to come!
The challenge runs until July 3rd, and is also sponsored by Kitten Scraps.

  • 3 Digital Stamps from Robyn's Fetish, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • A $20 gift certificate from Kitten Scraps, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.

    There will also be:
      • A small selection of digital designer papers from D├ęcosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky person who leaves a comment on posts published during the challenge time frame.
      • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.

        Life is a Phantasi at the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenges

        Welcome to the Outlawz Monday Greetings new challenge. This week crafters are asked to create using a new technique. The guest sponsor this week is Digi Stamps 4 Joy, whose digital image, Phantasi 7 is showcased on my card today. Isn't she lovely?
        My new technique is using some fancy die-cuts I colored with Copics to frame my card. Usually I stick to my Nestabilities dies that don't take twenty minutes to get out of the dies and trim them. But it does look nice on my card. LOL
        Inspired by the feathers in her hair, I embellished my card with feathers, and added a line of pearls as well. I created this card for my granddaughter's graduation, and she loved it! Of course, it came with an altered container topped with a grad cap which, when pulled off the top of the container, was followed by a number of one dollar bills taped end to end. It presented an almost endless ticker tape of money, so who wouldn't like that?!
        So what technique have you been wanting to try? Do it this week and show us your project. Just link  up with the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge for your chance to win digi images from our sponsor, Digi Stamps 4 Joy.

        Friday, June 17, 2016

        Opposites Attract at Ike's World Challenges blog

        I swear, sometimes I wonder how my husband and I figured out we were "made for each other." While there are many things we both like, we are more like "ebony & ivory" in our personalities. For instance, he likes to plan things out in advance, while I can hop in the car at even the suggestion of an adventure. He loves to soak up the sun and sweat, while I take my Girl Scouts winter camping!
        But there is the old saying that Opposites Attract, and it must be true, because we are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary this Fall!
        Which brings me to my DT card today for Ike's World Challenges Blog. The theme this fortnight is in fact Opposites Attract, and we have reached the midway point of the challenge. I got to play with two digital images, Sexy Cowgirl and Singer, and I created a Swing card to showcase these images.
        If you're as old as I am (bless you), then you might remember the Donny & Marie Show on TV. The opening theme song was with Marie Osmond singing a duet with her brother, Donny Osmond. She would claim she was "a little bit country," while Donny would sing that he was "a little bt rock & roll." That song inspired my Opposites Attract" card today. Above you see the front of my swing card, with some lace and pearls for embellishment. Below, you can see my rock & roll side.
        A funny coincidence: My hubby is from a very small country town called Kennett, which is i "bootheel" of Missouri. I am Chicago-born and bred. How did the innocent country boy and the wicked city woman meet up? On the beach at the Santa Cruz Amusement Park in California!!  LOL
        Got an interesting Opposites Attract story? I'd love to hear it! And I would love to see you share your crafty creations at Ike's World Challenges Blog this week. Happy crafting!

        Wednesday, June 15, 2016

        Time to Sip & Savor at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

        Today starts a new challenge at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. The theme this month is to create with thoughts of tea or coffee in mind. The challenge runs from June 15th until July 14th.
        I created my card using a Scribbles digi image called Tea Cup Stack. I printed out and colored my image four times. I used thin dimensional tape between each of the cup "layers" and framed the stack before adding my sentiment and a "timely" embellishment.
        The Scribbles Store has loads of images, inspiration and a few freebies, so get inspired and come join the challenge at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog.

        Silver & Gold at the 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up Blog

        Hey, crafters, I have a question for you---
        Have you started your Christmas card-making yet? We have almost reached the halfway mark until Christmas! If you need a little inspiration and a little motivation, take a look at what I created today for the 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up blog.
        Here is what went into my newest Christmas card:
        Lunagirl "Christmas Angels" Sheet, one of 13 different images
        Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Snowflakes Paper from "An Eclectic Christmas 1: Silver & Gold" and Gold Glitter Paper from "Glitterati" Paper Packs
        Pixel Scrapper Janet Scott's "Christmas Day Glitter Dot Swirl" 
        Pixel Scrapper Karry Dempsey's "Thank Heaven for Little Boys" Star 2
        Pixel Scrapper Marisa Lerin's "Christmas Day" Flower 165
        Sonoma Script font

        This month's guest sponsor is They offer several hundred unique digital collage sheets and dozens of themed craft CDs. They are a great resource for card making, scrapbooking, jewelry making, and much more! They are easy to use, carefully researched and curated, all thoughtfully organized and lovingly cleaned up, and ready to use in your projects, just like I used an image from one of their sheets on my newest Christmas card.  
        In order to have a chance to win the prize from our wonderful guest sponsor this month, make sure that you use a combination of BOTH silver AND gold somewhere on your card. Whether you choose to use these colours in your image or your paper or choose to use silver or gold embellishments, it is completely up to you. If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize.
        Remember, you don't need to follow the theme to link up your cards at the 12 Months of Christmas blog and earn a free paper each month, and have your name thrown into the year end draw for some extra digital goodies. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of a $15.00 gift card from Lunagirl.