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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Off to the Movies with Ike's Art

Hello, crafters! I just got back from the theater. My girlfriend and I went to see Alice Through the Looking Glass. Try to catch it when it opens near you. It was awesome, almost better than the first movie. Anyway, this movie inspired me to create a hybrid canvas for Ike's World Challenge blog, whose theme just happens to be Movie-inspired.
I used the Alice and Chesire Cat digi images from Ike's store for my project, coloring them with Copics before using dimensional dots to place my characters on my patterned paper. The next part is what makes my canvas a hybrid. I finished it off with digital embellishments (Pixel Scrapper Pauline Thompson's "Masculine 2 Clock," "Shell Hues 1 Bottles," and "Happy Birthday Star Scatter; Pixel Scrapper Janet Scott's "Look a Book" Blue Balloon, Blue Pinwheel" and "For the Love of My Girls" Heart Bunting. I added my wording with Satans font.
You have another week to link up your movie-inspired art to Ike's World Challenge blog for your chance to win. Don't forget to grab the freebie!
Challenges I am Entering:
Cards und More - Lots of Color 
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - N for NOT a Card (hybrid canvas) 

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Outlawz Challenges Are Out of this World

Today is the last Monday of the month---do you know what that means at the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenges?? It's ANYTHING GOES, my favorite kind of challenge.
One of this week's sponsors is Creative Hands and I created my boy's birthday card with one of their digi images called Spaceship Boy.
To exaggerate my outer space look, I used a punch on the corners. My image is colored with Copics and embellished with stars and alien-looking buttons (I even cut the Earth from a map and pasted it on the card). My greeting is Photo-shopped.
Challenges I am entering:
Crafting when We Can - Add Stars
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Challenge #34 Anything Goes
Digi Designs Challenge blog - For the Boys
My next card uses an image from our other sponsor, Crafty Sentiments. The image is called "Tess Summer Fun," and I think it's safe to (pretend to) feel secure in Mother Nature, in that she won't go all bipolar on us for the rest of the Spring season - heat on at night and air conditioner on during the day! LOL

I created a swing card using leftover papers and my circle cutter from Creative Memories.

Challenges I am Entering:
A Gem of a Challenge - Weather (I chose Summer with flowers blooming everywhere)
Crafty Challenges - Summer Time
Avenue 613 Create - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge blog - G is for Girlie
Simply Papercraft challenges - Anything Goes

What do you think of when someone says Anything Goes? Create it and link up with us this week for your chance to win some awesome prizes. Happy crafting!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Showered with Love

My project today is another layout. This one-pager is of my son and daughter-in-law's wedding shower. 
I am finally getting those digital photos scrapped, albeit digitally instead of paper-crafted. But who has time to paper craft scrapbook pages nowadays?! I certainly don't. So I will continue to scrapbook digitally, learning more and more in Photoshop and getting better at it with each page. And as an added bonus, I can get my digital pages printed and bound just like a "coffee table" book, which could free up a lot of space. While I've see loads of pages using jut one or two photos on each page, I like to put as many photos as I feel like on each page, like the one above.
Meanwhile, check out the elements and papers that went into the making of my page:
Pixel Scrappers:
Melo Vijhof, All the Princesses Elements “Scatter”, Pour Me a Wine Elements Paint glass Stain
Ania Archer Art of Every Day Heart Scatter
Marisa Lerin Good Day Paper 01; Quick Page Set 27 09, Birthday Flair 4, For the Love of My Girls Heart Bunting

Sweet Pea Font

Happy scrapping, crafters!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Beach Vacation

Recently my family took a vacation to South Padre Island. I was able to digitally scrap part of our trip during our stay. My skills in Photoshop are growing, as well as my stash of papers, elements, etc. Here are the pages I have created:
Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles, Burgundy paper from Grungy Christmas Paper Kit
Marisa Lerin, Good Day Paper 01
Sharon Dewi Stolp, Spreads Your Wings Button Wood
Ania Archer, Art of Every Day Paint Splatter 04
Sharon Grant, Fall Beach Vacation Embellishment 20, 11 & 28
Violet Irisovna, Already There Bunting
Janet Scott, Strawberry Fields Stitch 2

Paper: PS Janet Scott, Work Day Solid Orange
Marisa Lerin, Princess Scatter 3
Sharon Grant, fall Beach Vacation Embellishment 20 & 28
Rucola Designs, Summertime Freebie Snail & Shell
Dee Dee Anderson, Beachy State of Mind, Sunglasses

Friday, May 27, 2016

Snowmageddon in Chicago

While on vacation I was bereft without my craft supplies. However, I did have my laptop (wonky wifi but it worked sometimes) and was able to do a little digital scrapbooking. I am so happy I am finally getting some layouts done, and getting my photos out of laptop limbo. I just don't seem to have enough of a block of time to paper-craft my pages.And although I am a slow scrapper when it comes to Photoshop, I am learning and getting (I think) better and faster.
I created this layout on the 2011 Snow storm in Chicago.
Page 1 uses:
MartaVan Eck’sWinter Scene Papers, Paper 02
PS Paulime Thompson’s Patriotic Palette Star Swirl
PSJanet Scott’s Woodland Winter Brrrr Word Art & Magic of Winter Word Art
Snowflake Free Clipart
Satans Font

Page 2 uses:
MartaVan Eck’sWinter Scene Papers, Paper 02
PS Elif Sahin’s Autumn Day Sweater Weather Word Art
Snowflake Free Clipart
Satans Font

Page 3 uses:
PS Janet Scott’s Reflections of Strength Blue Pearl & Woodland Winter Outdoor Fun Word Art
MartaVan Eck’sWinter Scene Papers, Paper 02
PS Paulime Thompson’s Patriotic Palette Star Swirl
Snowflake Free Clipart
Satans Font

I'll be posting more layouts throughout the week, in between my card making. Hope you all have time to craft!

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 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.

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!

Creating with a Quirky Flower Theme

If it's your birthday today, I hope it blooms with wonderful surprises! That is the sentiment inside my DT card for Quirky Crafts Challenge blog today. I got to play with a digi image called Peekaboo Lulu
from Bloobel Stamps. I colored her with Copics, then cut out the inside of the circle fro which she is peeking. After backing the image with purple paper from my stash, I cut a circle slightly larger than the image and "framed" her with it. Besides the flowers in the patterned paper, I adhered an assortment of jeweled flowers around the border. (Can you tell that the thee over at Quirky Crafts challenges is FLOWERS?! lol
A line of lacy border, a handmade bow and my birthday greeting finishes off my card. I hope it inspires you to create with flowers this month and enter the challenge. There are three sponsors in May, which means more bang for your buck, or rather more chances to be a winner. Besides Bloobel Stamps, the challenge is sponsored by Ike's Art and Delicious Doodles.
Happy crafting!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Time Flies When You Have Grandkids

I am learning Photoshop in leaps and bounds, especially since my goal is to create a layout at least once a week. So today's page is for a layout challenge at Pixel Scrappers, the theme of which is Circles. I don't normally like to play with circles, in my scrapbooking nor in my card-making. So this was a true challenge for me.
I chose my title after cruising through photos of my first granddaughter. Here she is three years old; today she is eight years old; tomorrow she'll be least that's how fast time seems to fly!
Which is the reason why we scrapbook moments in our lives, isn't it? Scrapbooking allows us to freeze time into moments we can revisit over and over. We can have the best of both worlds, enjoying the men and women they have become at the same time as enjoying the little rugrats that they were.
Here is what went into my layout today:
Fonts: Hotline Bling, Dobkin Script
Paper: PS Ania Archer, Art of every Day Paper 1
Debra Anderson, Go Digital Scrapbooking Welcome Kit, Sweet Element Hanging 8
PS Sharon Grant, It’s a Girl Thing Flower Scatter
PS Janet Scott, Strawberry Fields Yellow Washi Tape
PS Melo Vrijhof, Love You Elements Stitched Heart
PS Kerry Dempsey, Ice Cream Social Bow 1
PS Pauline Thompson, Masculine 2 Clock

Monday, May 9, 2016

Getting Edgy at the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge

Good morning, crafters! I thought I would create a card that embodies my feelings about Mondays. Or rather, how I used to feel about Mondays. Nowadays, I enjoy three-day weekends, AND I publish a couple DT projects on Mondays as well. So, this card is for all your crafters out there who still have to trudge to work on Mondays.
I used a digi image called Original Morning Goddess from Rick St Dennis, who, by the way, is sponsoring this week's challenge at the Outlawz Monday Greetings this week along with Bugaboo. The new theme for the this week's challenge is to use some edging on your project (along with a greeting or sentiment). I edged my CAS card with both real and faux stitching. I am not usually a lover of white space, so this card may seem "full"  to some, but it was definitely difficult to leave my card this clean and simple. I really like the vivid contrast of black and white on my card.
Challenges I am Entering:
CAS on Sunday - Real stitching  
Come & Get It - Card for a Woman
Since I have those lovely three-day weekends, I was able to create a second inspiration card using a digital image from Bugaboo called Ava Flowers.
For this card, I used adhesive-backed pearls to edge around my card. I colored my image with Copics, and punched a pretty border on my sentiment before backing it with cardstock. Isn't Ava so pretty? I love the Duncan and Ava collection of images that Bugaboo offers.
I hope you'll have time this week to drop in and join us at the Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge for your chance to win prizes. And have an awesome Monday!!
Challenges I am Entering:
Aud Sentiments - Animals & a Sentiment
Craft Rocket challenges - Pink & Pearlie
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie - Photo Inspiration
Crafting by Design - Anything Goes
Mod Squad - April Showers Bring May Flowers
Deep Ocean Challenge blog - Flowers Everywhere

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Quirky Challenge Reminder

Hello, crafters! I have been playing in my craft room and have created a hybrid layout. When I write hybrid, I mean that I used a digital image and colored it with my Copics, then used it to frame a photograph. I finished off my page digitally.
I created my page for this month's challenge over at Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog, where the challenge is FLOWERS. There are THREE sponsors this month, which means extra chance to win prizes in May. My image comes from Delicious Doodles and is called Daisies & Butterfly Frame.

Here is what went into my scrapbook layout today:
Delicious Doodles Daisies & Butterfly Frame
Pixel Scrapper Violet Irisovna’s Bright Days Extra Papers Solid Green
Pixel Scrapper Pauline Thompson’s Bright Beautiful Artsy Paper 1; Eroded Hues Glitter element
Pixel Scrapper Bunting 1
Pixel Scrapper Janet Scott’s Strawberry Fields Stitch 2; Let’s Get Festive Green Stitches; Let’s Get Festive Green Sequins Scatter
Pixel Scrapper Marisa Lerin’s Special Day Leaf 5; Festive Flowers 173 Orange

Besides Delicious Doodles
our sponsors include Ike's Art

and Bloobel Stamps.
Hope you get to craft this month--if you do, don't forget to create with flowers for your chance to win prizes when you link up at Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog. See you there!

Challenges I am Entering:
4 Crafty Chicks - Sassy Woman & GDT Call
Little Red Wagon - Anything but a Card (hybrid layout)
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Scrap It with a Song - Choose from 2 on blog (American Authors - Best Day Of My Life)
Challenge YOUrself - Mood Board

Friday, May 6, 2016

Someone Stole My Heart

I am finally branching out in my digital crafting and creating scrapbook layouts in Photoshop. No more hundreds upon hundreds of photos on my laptop lying dormant and un-scrapped until I get "the time" to spend a few hours and crop!
This is my newest page, showcasing one of my newest grandchildren. Jonathan is now 8 months old, and I don't want to get too far behind! Now I can spend some time getting more proficient in Photoshop and get photos scrapped at the same time. It's a win-win situation!
Here's what went into my page:
Pixel Scrapper Merisa Lerin Egyptian Quick Page 42
Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles Grungy Christmas Textured Paper Red

Pixel Scrappers Janet Scott, Rustic Charm Heart Scatter; Marisa Lerin Birthday Flair 4
The Hungry JPeg, Leathery Soft Font

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sing Us a Song at Ike's World Challenge Blog

When I craft, I like to listen to Pandora or my iPod. Music stirs my muse, so what better theme to offer at Ike's World Challenge blog than one inspired by a song? I created a digital birthday card using an Ike's Art digi image called Magician's Hat Bunny. While my sentiment wishes the recipient a magical birthday, inside it reads: "Or do you wish you could make your birthday disappear!"
The song that inspired my card today is a little ditty called "Do You Believe in Magic?"
The song has been remixed and revamped, but here's the original by the Lovin' Spoonfuls from 1965:
What's on your playlist when you craft? Sing us a song at Ike's World Challenge  blog and link up your art for a chance to win free digis. 
Rock on, crafters!

Monday, May 2, 2016

New Challenge at the Path of Positivity Tackles EMPATHY

Welcome to a new challenge at the Path of Positivity challenge blog. This month we explore EMPATHY. Instead of trying to wrap my words 'round that theme, I discovered the most beautiful and simple explanation:
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. 
~Henri Nouwen
Our challenge this month is sponsored by Sparkle N Sprinkle, and today's card uses a digital image called Disco Girlfriends:

After coloring my image with Copics, I used some metallic gel pens to give a little shimmer here and there. I had a piece of tie-dye-patterned napkin that I used to set the scene, then I pulled out a few shaped buttons to embellish. My girlfriend's birthday is coming up and this is the perfect card for her. We met in college and at times have been hundreds of miles apart, yet here we are now, still the best of friends, kids finishing off college, sharing our joys and our sorrows, talking each other through loss and celebrating memories.
What is your take on the theme of Empathy? It could be a sympathy card for a good friend, a journal page or a canvas. Just remember to link up your creation for a chance to win this month's offering of prizes:

Sparkle N Sprinkle is the sole sponsor for the main prizes of this challenge.  They are offering up two prizes for this challenge, which will be:
  • $15.00 worth of 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 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.
Challenges I am Entering:
PDE Linky Party - Anything Goes
Hiding in My Craft Room - Freestyle

New Challenge at the Outlawz Greetings This Week

Today brings a new challenge from the Outlawz Monday Greetings. We are mirroring the seasonal changes with a theme of April Showers and May Flowers. Lacy Sunshine is this week's generous sponsor, and I colored up this awesome image called "Floralia" with my trusty Copics, adding a tiny bit of shimmer with a couple glitter gel pens.
My flowers come in the form of a dry-embossed background which I colored with white gel pens for that contrasting pop of colors. I heat-embossed my greeting (it is, after all, the Monday greetings challenge).
Whether you choose showers or flowers, come play at the Outlawz Monday Greetings this week for your chance to win!
Challenges I am Entering:
Colour Your World with Lacy Sunshine - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Favorite Color Combo & Why (Again, I have to choose Teal & Pink-that white embossing really shows up well on the teal background, doesn't it?)
Alphabet challenges - E is for Embossing

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Scribbles Challenge Blog Asks "What BUGS You"

Hello, crafters! We are midway into the Scribbles "A Little Note to BUG You" May Challenge, as well as firmly into Spring, and with the season comes lovely things like flowers and sweet-smelling grass and warmer weather. Spring also brings out all those tiny bugs, the crawling and flying ones. My favorite (practically my only) flying bug is the butterfly, so I created for my DT make this step card featuring a butterfly image from Scribbles Designs. It is called Butterfly 1 and is a Friday Freebie from Scribbles Designs.
I created a Step Card so that I had multiple surfaces on which to place my Copic-colored and Stickle-brushed Butterfly and lots of flowers and flourishes. A butterfly is, after all, a flying flower, don't you think? My sentiment is one I've thought about often, especially on stressful days. I think a nice go-round on the back of a butterfly would be peaceful and fun.
But, back to the have until the end of the month to create and link up your card or project at Scribbles Designs Challenge blog for your chance to win prizes (use a Scribbles Designs image and you'll double your chances).
Happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
Crafting When We Can - Add Flowers
Dragonfly Dreams - Summertime
Pile It On - Garden Creatures
Sunny Day Crafting - Photo Inspiration
Just Us Girls - Favorite Shaped or Folded card (I love making step cards-so many card faces on which to showcase images, words & embellishments)

Let's Quirky Create with Flowers

Good morning, crafters! Today finds us surrounded by flowers, not only out our windows but in our projects. It's time for another Quirky challenge and flowers are blooming all over it. There are three generous sponsors this month, which gives participants incentive enough to link their blooming projects with us this month.
My card today uses a digi image from Ike's Art called Holland. I would love to visit Holland! Now that my  sister lives in Germany, maybe I can hop around Europe if I even get to visit her.
Here is what I used to create my project today:
Papers: my original water color, framed by Paper #5 from the Curiosity Scene Paper Kit by Marta van Eck,; Purple Glitter Paper from the Glitterati Paper Kit by Lisa Decosse,
Embellishments include: Eroded Glitter and Shell Hues Glitter Splatter elements from Pauline Thompson,; Rope2 from Thankful Harvest Elements Kit by Melo Vrijhof,; Button 02, Decosse's Dynamite Doodles; Princess Bunting by Marisa Lerin,
Our Quirky sponsors this month include Ike's Art
Bloobel Stamps
and Delicious Doodles

Ppinky Dolls at the Outlawz

Hello, crafters! A new challenge brings us this cute digi image from Ppinky Dolls, May's sponsor for the Outlawz Progressive Freebie challenge. The image is called Fifi-isn't she darling?
After taking a freebie coloring workshop over at Kit & Clowder, I have been experimenting with different media on the same scene. I created this background with oil pastels, something I've never used before. My hybrid card is a mix of Copic-colored image, oil-pastel painted canvas background, and digital paper from Lozzy's Square Time paper pack called Square 30. I printed my sentiment in Photoshop, then printed out my card on glossy cardstock. Then I added a few paper brad-centered paper flowers.
If you have been playing in the Outlawz Progressive Freebie challenges, you are lucky as this is your next free digital image with which to play!If you want to come along and play, sign in or register with the Outlaw Challenges. They offer a different challenge for every day of the week.
Happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
Simply Create Too - Ladies Only
Aud Sentiments - Animals & a Sentiment
Little Red Wagon - Sunshiny Days
Double D Challenges - April Showers Bring May Flowers