Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Boots & Beverages

I wanted to create another card with this beautiful Digi Doodles image named “Mindy’s New Boots.” Digi Doodles current challenge is named “Flower Power” so I paired her with a flowery LOVE label from an Echo Park paper pad. A few strips of ribbon, a circle of peach vellum, and a lovely parchment vintage from Vectoria Designs pull the card together. (And added note, I received the vintage tag digi as a freebie when I joined the Vectorian Designs newsletter. Visit their website HERE to sign up.)
Supplies: 
·    Digi- Digi Doodles (Mindy’s New Boots)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Echo Park paper pad- Coffee (provides the LOVE sentiment)
·    Vintage Tag- Vectoria Designs (this tag is retired, but there are hundreds of options in their Etsy store)
·    Sheer black dotted swiss ribbon- JoAnne’s
·    Assorted background papers, vellum scrap and strip of deep red satin ribbon from my stash
Entered into:  
Digi Doodle Studios Blog- Challenge #27 Flower Power
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #440-441Anything Goes 
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday- Anything Goes

I wanted to share a few more cards that I’m entering into the week-long Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  The first features a cute image from Little Blue Button named “Dream Charlie.” I created the look of a wood table beneath the daydreaming beauty with a strip of brown paper and a wood grain embossing folder.  The warm gleam of gold from photo corners adds a touch of elegance to the front of the card and the sentiment inside. I'm entering this card into several challenges including Double D’s Challenge (Mug begins with "m")                
 
Supplies: 
·    Digi- “Dream Charlie” from Little Blue Button Stamps (digi appears to be retired)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Woodgrain Embossing Folder - Stampin’ Up (retired)
·    Inside sentiment- Creative Fabrica (Coffee is a Hug in a Mug))
·    Assorted background papers and gold photo corners from my stash
Entered into: 
CoffeeLoversCardmakers.com- 2020 Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop   
Double D’s Challenge- Begins with M             
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes                                               
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- May                                 

My second card for the Coffee Lovers Blog hop features a beautiful rose-filled teapot and “Grandmas are so Special” sentiment that are wood mount stamps that I’d had since a friend and I opened a stamp store in South Dakota in the late ‘90s. One of our primary suppliers for stamps and supplies was a family-owned business named Embossing Arts. I embossed the teapot in white on vellum and colored it with alcohol inks on the backside of the vellum. The inside sentiment is computer generated.
 
Supplies: 
·    Teapot Image and Grandma sentiment- Embossing Arts Wood Mount Stamps (business no longer in business)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Inside sentiment- Computer Generated
·    Assorted background papers, vellum, and round doily  from my stash
Entered into:  
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Flowers with Embossed Background
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- A Walk in the Garden
The Paper Shelter- #429 Flower Power
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays   
                                                    

Over the Rainbow

It's Wednesday! So time for another challenge at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog where challenges are always Anything Goes and prizes are awarded from one or more sponsors.  Stop by the blog to check it out! The sponsor this week is Dr. Digi Stamps  and my DT card features a whimsical image named “Over the Rainbow.” I had fun coloring the beautiful scene with Stella Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. After a bit of layering, I added a few embellishments (strips of vellum sheet music and sparkly heart stickers). Lastly, I added lots of sparkle to the rainbow by drawing thin stripes of Stickles along arch of colors, then set the card aside so that the Stickles could dry.   
 
 
Supplies: 
·    Digi- Dr. Digi Stamps (Over the Rainbow)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Front sentiment- Desert Diva (Happy Anniversary)
·    Inside sentiment- Papercrafts Magazine Freebie “Dreams Really Do Come True”  (No longer available)
·    Assorted background papers from my stash
·    Sparkly Heart Stickers and vellum sheet music- Hobby Lobby
·    Stickles- Star Dust (adding magic to the rainbow)
Entered into:  
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #440-441Anything Goes                   
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes                                               

I love this sweet bouquet named Flowers In A Vase from Conie Fong Art. (You can purchase it at Conie’s Etsy shop, or it a freebie if you join her FB group). For my card, I colored the bouquet with alcohol markers and outlined them with a white gel pen… just because! A few strips of washi tape, a Martha Stewart butterfly punch, a few scraps of vellum and two sentiments from Eureka Digital Stamps finish off the lovely card. I’m entering this card into several challenges including the Butterfly Challenge (all three colors- light blue and light orange in the flowers, yellow on the inside butterfly and two themes- butterfly and my choice of washi tape), Bugaboo Photo Inspiration (loose interpretation=my card has a butterfly and flowers) and The Sisterhood of Crafters (one of my favorite techniques is to use white gel pens to help highlight items… especially flowers!)
 

Supplies: 
·    Digi- Conie Fong Art (Flowers In A Vase)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Butterfly Punch- Martha Stewart
·    Front Sentiment - Eureka Digital Stamps (Thinking of You)
·    Inside Sentiment - Eureka Digital Stamps (Happiness like a Butterfly)
·    Washi Tape- from my stash (no longer has a label so I don’t know the company)
·    Assorted background papers and vellum scraps from my stash
Entered into:  
Conie Fong Art & Design Group [FB]- Monthly Challenge- May Anything Goes    
Outlawz Sunday Challenge- Songs and Rhymes- Sing a Song of Flowers
Bugaboo Stamps- Photo Inspiration                     
Butterfly Challenge- #142 Y for YoYo Spinner                 
The Sisterhood of Crafters- Favorite Technique

I recently won this Digi Doodles image named “Mindy’s New Boots” and wanted to somehow perch her onto a card.  I decided to make Pop Up Front Step Panel Card (that I found HERE).  Since I’ve been busy making coffee themed cards, I used some of the fun papers and sentiments from an Echo Park paper pack to decorate the card base. The large mug I placed in her hand was fussy-cut from one of the labels in the paper pack. So fun!
I’m entering this card into several challenges including Simon Says Monday Challenge (my card incorporates several circles layered behind the sentiment.) 
 
Supplies: 
·    Digi- Digi Doodles (Mindy’s New Boots)
·    Template- Pop up Front Step Card (HERE- just through step 4)
·    Echo Park paper pad- Coffee (provides all the patterned paper and sentiments)
Entered into:  
Digi Doodle Studios Blog- Challenge #27 Flower Power
The Paper Shelter- #429 Flower Power
CoffeeLoversCardmakers.com- 2020 Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop  
Simon Says Monday Challenge- We’re Going Around in Circles

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Coffee and Christmas

I am posting a few more cards I’m entering into the week-long Coffee Lovers Blog Hop that focuses on my favorite beverage- COFFEE!
For the first, I made a gift bag to enter the Do-Al[l] Kreative challenge which requires a box or bag with no images/stamps. I used a corrugator to add texture to a brown lunch bag (that had held a few yummy scones from a neighborhood coffee shop. I was able to upcycle it because the scones had been secured in plastic wrap.) I upcycled, folded the top down, and punched a few holes.  I then made a gift tag with a phrase die from Stamplorations that I’ve had for nearly a year but never used (so I can enter it into the NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff)! Challenge. I adhered the die to an upcycled scrap of a Kleenex box and attached the tag with to the git bag with a scrap of black ribbon.
 
Supplies: 
·    Die Image- Stamplorations (Java Great Day Phrase)
·    Striped background paper- from an upcycled Kleenex box
·    Corrugator, paper punch, lunch bag, and scrap of black satin ribbon.
Entered into:  
Do-Al[l] Kreatives #41 Twister-Sister (Boxes/Bags + No Image-Stamp)
NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff)!-  Challenge # 14
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Recycle                                                          
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Encouragement            
Stamplorations-  May  CAS: Anything Goes      
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #440-441 Anything Goes                   

My second card for the Coffee Lovers Blog hop features one of my favorite character stamps from Art Impressions named “Super Maude.” I actually have a red rubber version that I purchased over 20 years ago, but I checked and she is still available as one of AI’s “Golden Oldies”!  I love the snarky attitude that she exudes, and I often pair them with sentiments like the one I used for this card. I’ve always loved that Maude has a smiley face mug, so I was excited when I found a freebie smiley mug that I printed off and fussy-cut to add a bit of fun to the inside sentiment!
Supplies: 
·    Image- Art Impressions Clear Stamp (Super Maude)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Sentiments- Computer Generated
·    Smiley Face coffee cup- Freebie found HERE.
·    Assorted background papers and scraps of vellum (cut into steam swirls) from my stash
Entered into 
Art Impressions- #283 All Layered Up                                                  
CoffeeLoversCardmakers.com- 2020 Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop   
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #507
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- May                                 
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Challenge #5-2020

My final card this posting is a square trifold that features an adorable Elf from Digi Doodles. The circle sentiment on the front and elf shoes on the inside are freebies, and the inside sentiment is computer generated. After coloring the cute little elf, I decided to use some scraps of Christmas papers to paper piece the ornaments. A bit of shading with a grey marker and highlighting with a white gel pen gave a bit of realism to the ornaments. I’m entering this card into several challenges including Simon Says Monday Challenge (my card incorporates several circles plus the red patterned paper features lime green circles and dots, which I fussy-cut and added to the back of the cutout to add some color and continuity between the card sections.) 
 
 
Supplies: 
·    Elf digi- Digi Doodles (Elf Gift Surpise)
·    Front sentiment (and elf shoes on the inside)- Birdscards Freebie (HERE)
·    Inside sentiment- Computer Generated
·    Assorted patterned papers from my stash
Entered into:  
Digi Doodle Studios- FB Challenge- Anything Goes May  
Simon Says Monday Challenge- We’re Going Around in Circles            
Di’s Digi Stamps- Include a Sentiment

Ahh… Summer!

I love being a "Contributor" for Beccy Muir at Beccy's Place. It’s so fun to receive an invitation every few months to create cards and other paper items using either a new digi set or an “Encore” (old favorites) set. This month I am using an encore set named “Bird Song.” I printed the beautiful digital scene image onto Kraft cardstock and added a bit of color with alcohol markers.  Then, I had fun adding highlights to the tall grass and a spider web with a white gel pen, bringing the scene to life as if touched by early morning sunlight.  The sentiments are from another one of Beccy’s sets named “True Beauty.” I decided to add scraps of music score paper and a few die cut treble clef to reflect the bird songs that fill the air at sunrise. Ahhh… I love sweet Spring and Summer days.
 
Supplies: 
·    Digi- Beccy’s Place Digital Set  (Bird Song Set)
·    Sentiments- Beccy’s Place Digital Set  (True Beauty)
·    Diecut- CAS-sual  Fridays (Treble Clef)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Assorted cardstock and patterned papers from my stash
Entered into: 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #440-441Anything Goes                   
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #635 Critters
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Di’s Digi Stamps- Include a Sentiment                                                  
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Encouragement            
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- May                                 
Path Of Positivity Challenge- Challenge #80 (Optional Twist-Feathery Friends)

I love this sweet little Pixie that I recently won in a challenge at The Paper Shelter. Decided that it was time to let her spread a little light and happiness. (Because butterflies dancing in the spring breeze do represent happiness to me. And these tiny little ones that are part of the digi are so adorable. That said, it was challenging to fussy cut them… without any de-winging occurring!) I looked for the perfect background paper and decided to use this simple foliage print from an upcycled Kleenex box then added colors to the little Pixie to match. The sentiments are computer-generated. (I didn’t print off any extra little butterflies but will do that before I use this card. The inside sentiment looks pretty bland without the color and fun that dancing butterflies will add!)
 
Supplies: 
·    Digi- The Paper Shelter (Pixie)
·    Sentiments- Computer Generated
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Floral paper- from an upcycled Kleenex box
·    Assorted cardstock and vellum from my stash
Entered into:  
The Paper Shelter- #428 In the Nature/In the Sea
Sketch N Scrap-Card Sketch #170         
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #120
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Recycle                                                          
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week 21 Anything Goes                                   
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Challenge #5-2020

Several years ago I discovered a wonderful week-long Blog Hop that focuses on my favorite beverage- COFFEE! I’ve spent several happy hours in my craft room the last few days making coffee themed cards while enjoying warm mugs of the brew. 
Here is another card for the challenge. The intricately patterned coffee cup die is from Stamplorations. I’ve had it for over a year, and this blog hop, plus the NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff)! Challenge is encouraging me to finally use it. When looking for background papers, I found a square of the lovely colored stripe patterned cardboard, upcycled from a Kleenex box, on my craft table, and love how it looks under the die-cut pattern. The background for the card has a story behind it…that spans a few decades. In the late ’90sa friend and I became demonstrators for Stampin’ Up. We loved stamping together and found lots of “kindred spirits” through parties that we hosted. One of these new friends was named Molly… and she was an avid stamper! She actually encouraged us to open a stamp store in a small town in South Dakota and worked for us in helping get the place up and running. She was a creative and adventurous stamper… always finding new things to try. This pretty background was made by laying white cardstock across three craft tables in the back room of our little store, making sure that they were spaced very closely together.  Then, we lined up small bottles of cheap bubbles, added several drops of dye inks (a different pastel color in each, plus in one we tried a few drops of gold pigment ink), shook them up, and started blowing bubbles over the paper. It was actually kind of magical watching the bubbles drop, pop, and leave a wonderful impression. We kept going, adding more colors and more bubbles, sprinkling in lots of laughter, until we liked the results. We ended up with 80 A2 sized card fronts, each different but lovely, upon which we could create. This is the last one that I have… and using it is bittersweet because our friend Molly passed away 12 years ago after a long fight against breast cancer. I miss her creativity and laughter and her outgoing personality. So I decided to emboss the bubbly panel with Hello greetings and tie a “miss you” tag on the mugs handle. After enjoying it for a while, I plan to send it on to Molly’s daughter, sharing the story about how it came to be. I know it will bring a smile to that sweet face that so looks like her momma!
 
 
Supplies: 
·    Die Image- Stamplorations (Zen Coffee Cup Layering Dies)
·    Front sentiment “Miss You” tag from a Lili of the Valley set (Everyday Sentiment Tags)
·    Embossing Folder- Darice “Hello Word Collage”
·    Striped background paper- from an upcycled Kleenex box
Entered into:  
CoffeeLoversCardmakers.com- 2020 Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop  
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Flowers with Embossed Background
Scribbles Designs Challenge- #89 Brads, Buttons or Bows     
NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff)!-  Challenge # 14  
Incy Wincy Designs- Anything Goes                                                      
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #507 (Optional twist- Spots and/or Stripes)