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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

It's Christmas in July at Ike's World Challenge Blog

There's a new theme at Ike's World Challenge Blog, and it's sure to bring cooler thoughts during this hot and humid month. It's "Christmas in July," and I found the perfect digi image in Ike's Store for my DT make. I colored up this cutie called Santa's Beach. It was originally a FREEBIE offered on the challenge blog.

It lends itself very well to a step fold card, so I used a holiday-themed embossed piece of cardstock for my background. I popped my fussy-cut image onto the middle "step" , leaving the front to showcase my sentiment.

A funny story about this card: the only reason I created this folded card was because I messed up when I colored the sky. I hated it, so I fussy-cut the sky off. In looking for a nice piece of patterned paper for the background, I came up with the step fold card idea. Another twist was the sentiment. It's actually from a tag I had made previously. The original sentiment was impossible to print, because I ran out of ink!! My first sentiment would have been:
"Now we know why Santa is so pink-cheeked and jolly"
Have you ever created something that started out differently than you planned, whether from a mistake, a missing embellishment or an overactive scissors? Several of my best cards have been through accidents that I covered up or changed a design to conform with what I was left with. I just wanted to know if I was the only one, or if there are more imperfect crafters out there.

Anyway, pull out those holiday papers and embellishments and create a holiday card for Ike's World Challenge Blog. One random winner will receive a gift certificate with which to plunder her store.

Actually, the DT at the 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up are on va-cay this month, so I get to showcase any card I want for my DT make there. I think I'll use this one, my perfectly imperfect step fold card from Ike's Art. See you at Ike's World Challenge Blog, and if you have a mind to it, at 12 Months of Christmas blog as well!

Happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Goes
The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge -  Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - The Great Outdoors
Whoopsi Daisy - AG w/optional Christmas in July
Christmas Crafts All Year Round - Must Add Tree (mine happen to be palm trees)
Digi Doodle Studios - Christmas in July
Fabrika Fantasy - Summer (where Santa vacations in the "off-season"

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Anything Goes at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

Two weeks left for the Anything Goes challenge at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog, and I'm here today with a DT make to inspire you to create and link up for your chance to win free digis of your choice at the Scribbles Store.

My project today combines fluid acrylic painting with a Copic-colored image on a small metal serving tray. I first altered the look of the tray, using various shades of blue and purple, with some white and black mixed in for contrast. Once the paint had dried, I printed and colored a Scribbles Designs image called #833 Blue Police Booth. You should check out the Scribbles Store for some endearing and also hilarious images.

I adhered my image to the tray, then varnished over the whole thing with Liquitex Gloss Varnish. I added the key charm/chain and the bow tie to bring my piece closer to the Doctor, then added stars and jewels to make it shimmer. Although it is definitely showcasing Doctor Who, I couldn't resist the pun in multi-colored letters. For those of you unfamiliar with Dr. Who and/or Spanish, a Tardis is the phone booth "spaceship" the Doctor travels in, and Buenas Tardes translates to Good Afternoon.

Don't you just love puns?? I do!! So the sky's the limit at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog where the theme for the next two weeks is ANYTHING GOES. That means any type of project, so open your heart to your muse and create art. Just don't forget to link up with the main Scribbles blog for your chance to WIN digi images of your choice from the Store. Good luck and have fun!

Friday, June 15, 2018

One for the Guys at the 12 Months of Christmas Challenge Blog

Can I get a Merry Christmas out there?! At the 12 Months of Christmas, we try to inspire crafters around the world to start each year off building their stash of holiday cards. We've reached the midpoint of 2018, so by the end of this month's challenge, you should all have a lovely stack of twelve cards. That's assuming you all link up two cards each month to get that free digital paper from Lisa at Decosse's Dynamite Doodles!! This month she made a set of textured papers called Texture ime, Leathers 1. Here's a preview:
This month, our sponsor is Sheepski Designs. Andrea has been generous, giving our teams three images each to play with (and I am creating in both teams, mwahaha). Today's DT make showcases a digital image called Snowman Selfie. It was just as fun to color up the snowmen as it was to create this card!
I also printed out two of Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' papers from the following sets. I used Turquoise from this set:
and Snowy Scene from this one:
Back to the challenge at the 12 Months of Christmas. You have until the end of June to create a holiday card. Again, if you create 2 this month, you'll receive a paper from the Texture Time Paper Kit above. You can go to the main blog and vote for your favorite paper.
In order to have a chance to win the prize from our guest sponsor, we want you to create a card that would be considered MASCULINE. Be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize.
Keep in mind though, that you don't need to follow the theme to link up your cards and earn a free paper each month or for a chance to win the featured paper set. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of three images from the SheepSki Designs store.       
Like what you see from our sponsor? She also has a group on Facebook you can join, which offers Anything Goes challenges and freebies. I just joined - who doesn't like Anything Goes and Freebies?!
Challenges I am Entering:
Christmas Cards All Year Around - Non-traditional Colors
Creative Crafters - Anything Goes
Digi Stamps 4 Joy -For the Men in  your Life
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges -  Anything Goes w/optional flowers
Sheepski Designs - Embellish It or Clean & Simple

Anything Goes at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

I've been waiting for an Anything Goes challenge so that I can incorporate my two favorite crafting techniques into one project - fluid acrylic painting and digital image coloring. Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog opened the door to the canvas above.

I had just created the painting and started to varnish it for that shinier than shiny finish when I decided to use it for my DT make for Scribbles Designs. I thought the white paint looked like waves in a choppy sea, so I colored up "Sailboat 1" from the Scribbles Store with my trusty Copics. The sentiment is a favorite of mine, and seemed perfect for my canvas.

I used Liquitex Gloss Varnish (two coats) to seal the cardstock image and painted words. That sailboat just pops from the canvas, don't you think? It's 10"x20", so makes a nice focal point on my wall. I love how my acrylic paint flowed around my canvas, creating an intense background for my scene.

The sky's the limit at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog, and you have until the 14th of July to create and link up your cards and projects for your chance to win some awesome digis from the Scribbles Store. Hope to see you there!
Challenges I am Entering:
Worldwide Open Design Team Challenge - Anything made for DT Goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Challenge - Anything for a DT Goes
Eclectic Ellapu -  Anything Goes
An Inky Mess - Anything Mixed Media Goes
Altered Eclectics - Anything Mixed Media Goes
Art*Journal*Journey - Inspired by...(I live just outside Chicago, which borders quite a bit of one of the "Great Lakes", Lake Michigan. Seeing the boats docked and others with their sails unfurled inspired me to try acrylic fluid painting, matching it up with a digi image from Scribbles Designs)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Ike's World Challenge Blog is Inspired by Songs

The challenge this month at Ike's World Challenge Blog is to create something inspired by a song. You would think that a Star Wars-inspired image like this one would have been inspired by the theme song from the original movie, wouldn't you? Believe it or not, the inspiration for my altered art project came from an oldie but goodie - MR. ROBOTO. If you've ever heard this song, I know you've got it stuck in your head now. (you're welcome, LOL)
See/hear it here:

The image I used to create my altered tray comes from a digital set of 8 images called Sexy Star Wars and can be found at Ike's Art Store.  The song, the image and my latest dive into fluid acrylic painting has come together to create this "cosmic cell phone tray" (I'm always losing my phone). I didn't want to cover up the "intergalactic scene" my painting created, so I added just a bit of trim around the tray's edge and a few shaped paper clips.
Now, I've been told that I have a warped sense of humor, but do you get the pun intended? My phone is a Samsung Galaxy (not an I-phone but  an...) sigh, some people just don't like puns
While you're enjoying the song, get crafty and link up your project to Ike's World Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift certificate to her store. You can listen to your own music, I won't force you to listen to this, but it is catchy, eh?
Have fun, crafters!
Challenges I am Entering:
Everybody Art - Recycle (vintage metal serving tray)
Shopping Our Stash -  Your Favorite Things (acrylic paints, puns, sci-fi themes)

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Path of Positivity Challenge is On!

I LOVE using color - bold, vivid, assorted - they make me feel happy. However, for my DT make, I followed the new challenge theme at the Path of Positivity and stayed with NEUTRALS. I was surprised at how easily my card came to life! The challenge has opened my eyes to a larger selection of colors. Of course, isn't that what a challenge is supposed to do? - open your eyes to new techniques,designs and patterns?

I colored up this digi image, called Black Cat 1, from A Day for Daisies. (If I had a hundred dollars, I would practically buy out the store, I so love these images) Wearing her crown, my kitty's sentiment made complete sense.

At the Path of Positivity, the focus is on NEUTRAL colors. Your project should be at least 51% of the overall color scheme. It doesn't need to be completely monochromatic so a spattering of other colors is fine. Just be sure that if you would like a chance to win the prize for the Most Inspirational Creation, over half of the colours in your project must be made up of NEUTRAL shades such as black, white, beiges and greys! The neutral shades can be in the colours you choose to fill your images with, and/or they can be in your choices of papers and embellishments. Just make sure that the majority of your project focuses on the varying shades of neutrals. We can't wait to see how you explore the theme in your designs!

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 for Most Inspirational. By the way, how does this month's color grouping make you feel; please share that when you link up your creation. You can write a sentence or two in the body of your post, write a sentence at the bottom of your post next to the link up for this challenge, or simply leave a comment on this post if you'd like.

Remember, in order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes, all creations must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. You don't need to follow the optional theme if you simply want to have a chance at the Random Draw prize of a $12 gift certificate from A Day for Daisies, one of the guest sponsors this month. 

You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win an additional sponsored prize of the same three digis used by team members, provided by Mari Digis, the second of the guest sponsors this month, for the project chosen as Most Inspiring.

There you have it. Are you ready to jump out of your comfort zone? Try a card with a neutral color scheme for your chance to win at the Path of Positivity Challenge blog. I'll see you there.

Happy crafting! 
Challenges I am Entering:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - anything Goes w/a critter
Ching-Chou Kuik - Cats or Dogs
Creative with Stamps - Cute ANIMALS
Fabrika Fantasy - Animals
Monochrome MagicMonochrome or 
Monochrome with a TWIST of No Patterned Papers

Friday, June 1, 2018

Man Up with the 12 Months of Christmas Challenge Blog

My card today is created with non-traditional holiday colors. I colored my image, a digi from Sheepski Designs called Snow Happy, and popped it onto a very decidedly masculine background, which includes  one of the textured papers in Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' newest Paper Kit called Texture Time-Leathers 1. You like it? Link up two cards with the 12 Months of Christmas Challenge blog and you will receive one of the papers automatically. You even get to vote for which paper should be the one given away from the set!
It's time for another new challenge theme over at  the 12 Months of Christmas blog.       
Last month the focus was on the women in our lives and this month crafters are asked to give our men the special treatment--well, related to Christmas cards anyway.😉 This month, in over 105 different countries around the world, fathers are being honored during Father's Day. In fact, there is only one month during the year where there isn't a Father's Day celebration and that happens to be January. There is at least one country celebrating in every other month, with the two highest concentrations being in March and June. Since the focus is on dear old dad this month for many people, it just made sense to focus on masculinity for our theme. When you think of Christmas, what would it be like without a masculine touch?! As such, it is time to honor the men in our lives who do so much at Christmas time to make the occasion special.
That is why this month, in order to have a chance to win the prize from our guest sponsor, we want you to create a card that would be considered MASCULINENow since many crafters have difficulty with masculine cards, this is the perfect opportunity to get some practice in and stretch those masculine Christmas card muscles. It is time to break out your Santa, elf, snowman, penguin and other images perfect for a card for a special man in your life. It is also an opportunity to bring out your stripes and plaids and grungy textures; give your blue, green and brown markers a workout; delve into your stash bag of twine and burlap or maybe even find some fun masculine elements as well. Whatever approach you take, as long as your card has a masculine touch, it will qualify. 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.

Keep in mind though, that you don't need to follow the theme to link up your cards and earn a free paper each month or for a chance to win the featured paper set. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of three images from the SheepSki Designs store.     
 Décosse's Dynamite Doodles also offers one free digital paper to everyone who links up a minimum of two cards to the challenge. Cards can be anything goes for this prize, they only have to follow the theme if they want a chance at the sponsor's prize. The mini set of six digital papers yet to be made, will also be offered up as a prize to one random winner.

  Challenges I am Entering:
 Christmas Crafts All Year 'round - Non-traditional colors
Sheepski Designs -  Embellish or Clean & Simple