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Monday, May 23, 2016

Going 'round in Circles at the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenges

Glad you could come "around" to my blog today. There's a new challenge at the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenges and it has me going in "circles." That's right, use circles on your project this week for your chance to win free digis from our guest sponsor, Aliciabel.
I'm using a digital image from Aliciabel called "Chesire Cat," along with a quote from the cat himself from the movie/book. My circles are in my patterned paper, in my embellishments and framing my sentiment.
How are you going to create using Circles for this week's challenge at the Outlawz Monday greetings? Come check out all the inspiration and then link up your card for a chance to win prizes from our sponsor, Aliciabel.
Challenges I am entering:
Show Us Your Pussies - Furry Friends

Craft Your Passion with Sasayuki Glitter This Week

When this post publishes, I will be sipping MaiTais on the beach, soaking up the sun and listening to the waves lap gently at the shore. You can call it a late Spring Break or an early summer vacation, but my family is on it!
I worked ahead and played with an image from Sasayaki Glitter, this week's sponsor over at Craft Your Passion challenge blog. It's called "Smile" and I can see why she's smiling. After a long, cold winter and a bipolar Spring, we finally entered Spring with a capital S. LOL
After coloring her with Copics, I colored a bit of a scene to let her sit in the grass. Patterned papers, flowers, stick pins, ribbon and a button embellish my card. I finished off my card with some faux stitches.
For lots more inspiration, visit Sasayaki Glitter on Etsy, and join us at Craft Your Passion challenge blog for your chance to win free digis! Happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
Sasayaki Glitter Challenge Blog - Mother's Day (I wouldn't be here if it weren't for my mom, so I gave this card is to her on Mother's Day)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Inspired by Embossing at Ike's World Challenge Blog

We've reached the midway point of the Embossing challenge at Ike's World Challenge blog. I created my card with both dry and heat embossing, distressing the edges for an "old world" flare. I colored my image, called Flamenco, with Copics before framing her with lines of pearls and a paper doily. Of course, I like to use any excuse to embellish with a feather, which finishes off my DT card today.
By the way, my dancer is holding castanets in her hands. I picked up a pair just to try out years ago. It may look easy from the audience, but after weeks of trying and failing, which included a demonstration from my cousin (who dances flamenco with Fuego 2000 Dance Troupe), I gifted them to her. She is amazing at her art!
Hope you have a lovely week crafting. If your project includes embossing,, be sure to link it up at Ike's World Challenge blog by the 23rd! Good luck!
Challenges I am Entering:
Use Your Stuff - Heat embossing
Creatalicious Challenges - Anything Goes w/optional: No designer papers

Monday, May 16, 2016

Awareness, Hope & Empathy

The theme at the Path of Positivity challenge blog this month is EMPATHY. Empathy goes deeper than sympathy. You must not only "talk the talk," but you must be willing to "walk the walk." It is putting yourself in another's shoes and feeling the pain or confusion or sadness they have.
The world needs more empathy, especially when it comes to devastating illnesses. There are just too many of these little ribbons going around, too many diseases being diagnosed and suffered through, too many lives lost. When I think of all this suffering, it brings to mind the John Lennon song "Imagine":

Here's a verse I think he should have added to the song:
Imagine a world with no suffering,
it isn't hard to do.
No cancer or children dying
No Alzheimer's too.
Imagine all the people
living life in full.
My project today is an 8x8 canvas using an image from this month's sponsors, Sparkle N Sprinkle. The digi is called Awareness. I printed out and colored just a few of the many, many ribbons being used today to represent serious health issues. Nowadays almost anyone you talk to has worn one of these ribbons or the others for someone they knew. One of my little Girl Scouts barely made it to her high school graduation due to Brain Cancer (grey ribbon). My aunt passed away from Breast cancer (pink ribbon) five years after she got married.
You would think that with all the marvels of technology, these diseases would be gone. But they're still here, and that is why this world needs all the empathy it can encompass.
My DT project was the first time I created a hybrid canvas, using digital as well as hand-crafted media for it. Here are the digital aspects that went into my canvas:
Pixel Scrapper Janet Scott “Look a Book” Paint 12
Pixel Scrapper Pauline Thompson “Happy Birthday” Star Scatter 2
Pixel Scrapper Elif Sahin “Autumn Day” Flower

Now it's your turn to show us your take on the theme of Empathy. Any creative endeavor is accepted. Just remember to link up to the Path of Positivity challenge blog before the end of the month for your chance to win a prize package from Sparkle N Sprinkle. Here are the Prize details:
  • $15.00 worth of Sparkle N Sprinkle digital images for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • $15.00 worth of digital images for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
There will also be:
  • One digital designer paper (made to order in a couple different ways) 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.

Tools of the Trade

There's a new challenge over at Scribbles Designs Challenge blog, and the theme is "Tools of the Trade." I created this 8x8 hybrid canvas for my DT make today. What's a hybrid canvas? It mixes hand crafting and coloring with digital aspects, a different take on mixed media,, don't you think? LOL
My Scribbles Designs images are called "Markers" and "Crayons." I colored them with Copics and framed them with patterned cardstock. My digital elements include Painted Strokes from Good Day Papers kit and Paint Glass Stain from Pour Me a Wine Elements kit by Melo Vrijhof, Doodle Frame 2 by Marisa Lerin, and Shell Hues Glitter Splatter from Pauline Thompson (all from Pixel Scrapper).
What are your tools of the trade? Do you knit or crochet? Groom animals? Work in construction? Write? Whatever your tools are, we want to see them in your projects for this month-long challenge at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog!!

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Sponsors the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge

Good morning, crafters! It's finally Spring in the Midwestern United States. I have to admit that I didn't believe we would ever get to the point at which we arrived regarding the weather. April saw not only rain showers but snow showers. There were days when the weather would flip-flop from sunny and breezy to blizzard-worthy snows, often changing within five minutes of each other!
But it has arrived in all its colorful glory, which fits perfectly with the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge theme of "Spring Has Sprung" and my sentiment. One of our sponsors this week is Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, and I can thank Lisa Decosse for her help in my newest crafting venture, digital art. I have used Adobe Photoshop and had a lovely time creating this digital card using papers and elements from the following sets:
The wonderful thing about digital elements and papers is that you don'y have to create a project digitally! You can print out the elements and papers just as you would digital images. My card is 100% digital, but I have the most fun with hybrid cards that use both hand-colored and crafted parts with digital elements. If you haven't tried this art form, check out Lisa's freebies and have fun crafting!! 
Our other sponsor is Di's Digi Stamps, whose digi image Daffodil Hedgehogs, is featured on my card below.
I decided to create a Thank You card in a Spring theme. Everyone could use Thank You cards, and my neighbor will be receiving this one with a gift to brighten her day, just like she brightened my day last month. After coloring my image with Copics, I used my Epic Six and Nestabilities die to frame it. I embellished simply because I want to mail it to my neighbor and chunky cards are expensive! LOL
Happy crafting, peeps! Don't forget to link your Spring Has Sprung project or card at the Outlawz Greetings challenge this week!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Christmas Card Stash Keeps Growing

One more Christmas card goes in my Christmas stash. I have a nice pile of holiday cards, thanks to the 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up challenge blog. My DT card today features a digital image from The Stamping Boutique called Natalie. The optional theme this month is Non-Traditional colors, and I used pink and blue Bokeh papers from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles for my non-traditional colors. I also used gold paper from the Glitterati glitter paper kit from DDD as well.
This is a hybrid card. I printed and colored my cards with my trusty Copics, then popped the image onto the card face. I then used Photoshop to add my sentiment, a little lace edging on my image and those stars. The nice thing about my card is that when I print the finished card, it can go into the envelope and no extra postage will be needed as my embellishments are flat. I can also print this up several times to send out to lots of friends. It's a win-win.
You have until the end of the month to link up your Christmas cards at the 12 Months of Christmas blog. Create with the optional theme and you could win a prize package from The Stamping Boutique! Good luck and happy crafting!