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Monday, August 29, 2016

Anything Goes at the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge

Good morning, crafters! It's Anything Goes at the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge and this week Rick St Dennis is our very generous sponsor, offering 2 digi images to a winner. I colored up an image called Sister Jubilata, then inked the edges of my image and let it sit on my craft desk for a couple days.
Time did its trick and when I came back to my Copic-colored image, I knew I wanted to use it on a recyclable container headed out the door. I rescued it and covered it with patterned paper and sprayed the cover with gloss Black spray paint.
I pulled out boxes and drawers of embellishments for this Blessings Jar featuring Sister Jubilata. Leftover die-cut, flowers, jeweled flourishes and trim went onto my jar. Then I added glue and glitter to make it shimmer and sparkle.
I finished off my project with a leftover flower on top of my lid. Any guesses as to what my Blessings Jar started out as? (I'm really proud of this upcycle project)
Meanwhile, grab your craft supplies and join us in our monthly Anything Goes challenge that starts today! And as always, crafters, have fun!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Where in the World at Ike's World Challenge Blog

Hallo, meine Freunde!
We've reached the midway point of the newest challenge at Ike's World Challenge blog, and the theme is Travel. If I could go anywhere in the world right now, it would be GERMANY. That's where my sister lives now, with her new husband. So as inspiration today I offer a card using images from the Germany Bundle offered at Ike's Art Store. The images used are Stein and Lederhosen Bear. I even ripped a page from a German-language magazine to create my background.
In hopes of getting to Germany some day, I am learning German, so that I can sling the lingo when I get there. I already know how to greet someone, tell them where I'm from, ask after their health, and find out where the bathroom is (very important LOL).
Join us at Ike's World Challenge Blog as the DT inspire us with their dreams of travel and adventure!!
Und wie immer , Bastler , Spaß haben!!
Challenges I am Entering:
Cardz4Guys - Include a Furry Friend
Critters & Creatures - must include a furry  critter
Stamps + Fun = Creativity - Holidays, Travel, Summer

Monday, August 22, 2016

Use Purple & Green at the Oultawz Monday Greetings This Week

It's a Color Challenge this week at the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge, and those colors are PURPLE and GREEN. This week's sponsor is Crafty Sentiments
 and the digital image I chose to use is called Just Relax 2 on a calendar page.
I snagged a "perpetual" calendar whose four sides are clear acrylic pockets in which I can place each month's calendar page. I created a page for August and placed birthday-themed picks in the center of my calendar. I did that because my youngest grandson, Jonny, turns ONE this month. Last year I was staying with my son's family as the due date neared. I was lucky in that my hubby and daughter came up to drive me home and we all ended up being there for his birth.
Come join the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge this week. Remember to follow the color theme of Purple and Green, and to make sure you have a greeting or sentiment on your project.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Discovering Confidence along the Path of Positivity

Have you ever noticed that the most confident people know their talents and skills and have figured out the best way to use them? Everything we have and who we are is within us, if only we could recognize these treasures. But like buried treasure, they have to be dug up through experience and self-awareness. We have to remove doubt and disbelief in order to gain the confidence to use what we have.
This month,, the Path of Positivity challenge blog offers us the theme of Confidence with which to be inspired. I created a hybrid card with two images from Scribbles Designs. They are colored with Copics and then popped onto a digital scene I created in Photoshop. I also printed out my sentiment, whose second part is on the insode of my card, which reads:
"The second greatest challenge is nowing how to use them"
The following is what went into creating my hybrid card:
Images: Scribbles’ Designs Treasure Chest & Sand Bucket
Papers: Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles’  Grungy Christmas Brown Textured Paper & A Taste of Summer Sunburst Patterned Paper
Pixel Scrappers:  Janet Scott’s Ripped Paper Border Template & Many Thanks Shadowed Bunting; Melo Vrijhof’s Thankful Harvest Elements 2; Marisa Lerin’s  Coastal Seagull Metal.
Font: Hotline Bling

Scribbles Designs is one of two sponsors this month, offering crafters a $10 gift certificate to the Shop!
Our second sponsor is Ike'sArt, who offers a $15 worth if digital images from the Shop/
There will also be:
  • A small selection of digital designer papers from Décosse'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.
Confidence can inspire a college graduation, someone starting a family, owning a new home, getting promoted, retiring...the list goes on. So, what inspires you to create with Confidence, about Confidence? Show us at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog this month!

A Sweet Christmas at the 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up

Christmas is getting closer with each passing month--how is your stash of Christmas cards coming along? At the 12 Months of Christmas Link-Up, we offer a sweet way to build yours up. Just create and link up two holiday cards a month for free digital papers and a chance to win extra goodies at the end of the year. 
This month the theme is Christmas confectionery. What would Christmas be without all the edible goodies associated with the holiday season. The taste of gingerbread, the aroma of plum pudding baking, the sweet minty flavor of candy canes and the warming comfort of hot cocoa with whipped cream or marshmallows--mmm! These are just a few of the yummy treats offered during the holidays. 
In order to have a chance to win the prize from our wonderful guest sponsor this month,
Imagine That!, just  make sure that your card has some sort of candy or goodies suitable for the Christmas holidays in your design. Examples include: candy canes, cake, muffins, bread pudding, gingerbread, cocoa, etc 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. 
My card features a digital image from Imagine That! called Jars of Cheer. After coloring with Copics, I framed my jar with red cardstock and popped it onto a card face blocked with pieces of patterned papers from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' Christmas Candy Paper Kit. I created my sentiment in Photoshop using Leathery and LD Handwritten Greetings fonts.
Remember, you don't need to follow the theme to link up your cards 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 $10 gift certificate to the Imagine That! Digistamp store.
  • Additional Sponsor: Décosse's Dynamite Doodles
  • Prize being offered: 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 called Christmas Confectionery, will also be offered up as a prize to one random winner.

New Challenge at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

Mason jars are all the rage now where I live. You see them at restaurants, parties and stores. They're painted, be-ribboned and decorated.They hold flowers, candy, fireflies, jams and vegetables, and iced tea.
This month the challenge theme at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog is to create with a mason jar. There are quite a few fun and whimsical images at Scribbles Designs store, but you aren't required to use a Scribbles image for the challenge.
I used two images, Mason Jar (which is empty) and Crayons, which was a freebie on the challenge bog a couple months ago. After coloring three sets of the Crayons digi, I "placed"them in my jar and fussy cut the filled jar. Everything on my card is from my stash--the good news is I haven't had to go to a craft store in months as I have owed to use up my stash. The bad news is I haven't been able to justify going to a craft store in months... LOL
What will you put into your mason jar? Or how will you decorate your jar? What will you create this month for Scribbles Designs Challenge blog??

Friendship is the Theme at the Outlawz Monday Greetings this week

I like to send my friends a card out of the blue-- not for any occasion, just to let them know I am thinking of them. So I was really happy to choose this week's theme over at the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge. Create with the theme of Friendship in your projects and link up for your chance to win digi images from two generous sponsors:


Today I created a card for my girlfriend and neighbor, Sue. I just went to see the movie "Florence Foster Jenkins." It was hilarious. Anyway, I colored up a digi image from The East Wind called "Untitled." Gathering up my leftover pieces of patterned papers, I used color blocking in my design. My sentiment was a rubber stamp I've had forever.
Although she lives just two blocks down the street, I'm mailing my card, because lt's face it, people like to get snail mail! LOL
Okay, you have the theme (friendship), the deadline (end of week) and the motivation (digi images from the sponsors' stores). Let's see what you create this week over at the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Having Pun at Ike's World Challenge Blog

I couldn't resist one more time! The theme is "Pun Intended" over at Ike's World Challenge blog, and I created not one, not two, but three cards for this challenge. For this card, I used two images from Ike's Art: "Shhh: and "Spring Fairy".I love puns (I think you can tell by now). This one is a little wordy, bu by splitting my pun in two, I was able to fit the following:
"A hole was discovered in the Nudist Camp wall..."
"The police are looking into it."
You have just two more days to make us groan over the puns you use to create your projects. Bring them on!!
Challenges I am Entering:
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - I is for Inappropriate
Through the Purple Haze - Anything Goes

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Make It Punny at Ike's World Challenge Blog

 Due to my obsessive love for PUNS, I created several cards for the newest challenge over at Ike's World Challenge Blog. This is my second DT make, using an Ike's Art image called YAY!!
I created an easel card because I think its design gives the best presentation of a punchline. I've thrown a little bit of everything onto my card today, including eleven cents! If you can't read my joke, here it is:
A woman called the hospital where a child was taken after swallowing some coins.
When she asked how the child was doing, the nurse replied,
"No change yet!"
The first time I heard this pun I groaned so loud I almost woke my husband. That's how I rate puns, by the size of the groans I make. A good pun should do that to you. Have you seen the TV show "The Glades"? The main character tosses off quite a few puns each episode.
I hope you join in the "Pun Intended challenge over at Ike's! Winner gets credit toward purchases from Ike's Art Shoppe!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Pun Intended at Ike's World Challenge Blog

I love a good pun, the kind of one-liner or punchline that makes me groan out loud. I got so exited when I saw that the challenge theme this fortnight at Ike's World Challenge Blog was "Pun intended." So excited that I created not one, not two, but THREE punny cards for this challenge.
My first card showcases a digi image called Labrador Stick from Ike's Art Store. The sentiment reads: "A dog gave birth to puppies near the road"
 Get ready to groan---
Did I get you?! I hope so! Now it's your turn to hit us with a pun. You can find some great ones online, or make up your own. My favorite is this one:
The past, the present and the future walk into a bar...
It was tense.
Of course, that's the English Major in me. LOL
See you over at Ike's!!

Monday, August 8, 2016

TIC TAC TOE at the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge

Good morning, crafters! This week the Outlawz Greetings challenge asks us to choose a line from this TIC TAC TOE grid:
I used the line asking for Stitches, Image & Red to create my DT card today.
I got to play with a digital image from Dr. Digi called Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dunderton. Dr Digi is one of two sponsors at the Outlawz Monday challenge this week, offering up 2 digis as the prize.
The other sponsor is Angie's Cards and Digis, offering 3 digis as prize.
Back to my card, I created an easel card. It is my go-to card design choice. Easy to make, fun to embellish and packs a punch for a punchline sentiment:
I created my card with my daughter in mind. She has arachnophobia, a fear of spiders. Although she would be more like a runner, as in AWAY from the eight-legged nasty.I don't like spiders myself, but it's nothing to her fear.
Now don't you be afraid to check out the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge this week. Two sponsors means twice the odds of being a winner, but only if you link up your card or project. Don't forget to add a sentiment or greeting, AND choose a line on the Tic Tac Toe grid.
And as always, crafters, have FUN!
Challenges I am Entering:
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts & Me - Anything Goes
Doodle Pantry - ANything Goes
Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes

Monday, August 1, 2016

Confidence is the Theme at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

A little canvas with a big message! Today I created a mixed media canvas to try to convey the theme of CONFIDENCE at the Path of Positivity Challenge blog.
Let me tell you, it takes a LOT of confidence to dance in front of others. Of course, most of my dancing happens in the store aisles where they insist on "entertaining" shoppers with a little mood music. Like it's going to subconsciously convince us to grab more groceries, clothes or craft supplies!
But I grew up with American Bandstand, where teens danced on TV and got to "rate" a new song. Their most positive comment (and most often uttered)? "It's got a good beat I can dance to." And I can hear that beat over the store speakers and first I start humming, then my pace matches the beat, and soon I'm swinging my hips as I reach for the laundry detergent. When this happens, whoever came in with me quickly disappears down another aisle.
Any time you say to the world, "Here I am. This is me," whether you're stepping into a roomful of strangers, dancing to "elevator music" or showcasing your art on your blog, you are exercising that Confidence muscle. When you realize that your only competition is yourself, and you quit making comparisons with others, you are on the path toward happiness and success.
Speaking of paths, you have a whole month to confidently create something that follows the theme of Confidence. A card, a tag, a photo with a description, an altered art piece, a journal page,even a canvas--the sky's the limit, as long as it inspires Confidence in yourself and others.
There are two sponsors this month with some great prize offerings. The first sponsor is Ike's Art, whose image I colored up with Copics and placed confidently on my canvas.

The second sponsor is Scribbles Designs, and I'll get to show you my DT make using one of Sandy's images later in the month.
Confidence can manifest itself many different ways. How will YOU interpret this month's theme? Check out the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog for inspiration, and I hope I see you over there with a link to your creation this month. 
Happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes (no cards/ATCs)
Animal Friends challenges - Summer (with an animal)
Crafts & Me - Anything Goes
Doodle Pantry - Anything Digital Goes
Sisters of Craft - ANything Goes

A Blooming Challenge at Scribbles Design Challenge Blog

Scribbles Designs challenge blog wants to know "how your garden grows." This is an open-ended challenge (vegetables, herbs, flowers, weeds? LOL).
I got to play with a Scribbles Designs’ digi image called Heart Tulips. 
After designing my card, I framed it with Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' Glitterati Paper Kit in Blue
Elements used in my digital card are:
Pixel Scrapper Janet Scott’s Winter Woodland Wood Journal Card & Reflections of Strength Blue Pearl; Pixel Scrapper Amanda Brown’s Waiting to Bloom Flower; Pixel Scrapper Sharon Reid’s Shine Teal & Gold Butterfly.
The font I used is called Leathery Soft.
Any type of projects are welcome at Scribbles Designs challenge blog as long as you follow the theme. Let's see what grows in your garden this fortnight!

Color Theme at the Outlawz Greetings Challenge

Today brings a new challenge to the Outlawz Monday Greetings, and it is a COLOR challenge: use Blue, Green & Red on your project this week. This week we have two generous sponsors, Robyn's Fetish
and My Stitch Back in Twine
I created a hybrid card using Copic-colored digi image called Mermaid Darcy from My Stitch Back in Twine, and a digitally-produced background for her. The background uses:
Pixel Scrapper Amanda Brown’s Hollister Crab Sticker; PS Janet Scott’s Winter Arabesque Ripped Paper, Strawberry Fields Sun Doodle & Work Day Red Dots Paper; PS Sharon Grant’s Fall Beach Vacation Embellishment 11; PS Melo Vrijhof’s Summer Splash Teal Zentangle Paper.  
 So, what's om your craft table this week? Hope there's some red, green & blue supplies so you can join us for this week's COLOR challenge at the Outlawz Greeting Challenge.