Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Where has August gone?!

I love all the back to school challenges going on right now. For this card I used a freebie digital set named, appropriately "Back to School" from Victorine Originals Stamps  (find it here- victorine-originals.myshopify.com)
I turned the sentiment into a leather patch for my jeans pocket by sponging it with a few shades of brown ink then adding some shading on the edges and a few highlights with a white pencil. After attaching it to the pocket, made with a scrap of gift wrap, I added stitching with a white gel pen (lighting smudging it to show some "wear") before adding a few gold stud brads on the pocket. Slid the many school items (all from the set) into the pocket, adhered them in place and yay… a wonderful card for someone to enjoy! Am entering this card into the current school themed challenge at SumMoreFun (which highlights Victorine Originals stamps) plus several other back to school challenges.
Entered into: 
SumMoreFun  Challenge- Mood Board #35                     (summorefun.com) 
Simon Says Monday Challenge-Back to School               (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Back To School       (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Mod Squad Challenge-Back to School                               (modsquadchallenge.com)
CAS-ual Fridays- #206 Inspiration Photo                        (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)

The current challenge at The Paper Shelter requires the use of Punches/Dies. For this card I used a window die (that I just won in a challenge!) and a hello die (that I upcycled from a card.) I've wanted to use the Paper Shelter  sweet image named "Comfy at Home" that a friend gave me via a gift card last Christmas (Thanks, Linda!)  I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers, adding details with a white gel pen, then  attaching her to the card front with foam squares to add a little depth. (I provided a close up so that you can see the white gel pen details in the blanket plus lace on chair doily and white paws on kitty.) 

Entered into: 
The Paper Shelter- #349 Punches & Dies         (thepapershelter.blogspot.com.ar)
Cute Card Thursday- #543 Spots & Dots          (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Happy Little Stamper- Dies- Anything Goes   (happylittlestampers.blogspot.com)
Daily Marker Coloring Challenge                       (www.thedailymarker.com/2018/08/14982)

Love this fun alien critter! The digi is from Little Scraps of Heaven, it's called "You're Out Of This World" (part of a 4 piece set that is available from www.lshdigidesigns.com). The sentiment is from an 8 piece digi set from Beccy's Place also called "Out of this World"(available at beccysplace.com). If you follow my blog, you know that I love upcycling. For this care I upcycled the royal blue and lime green papers from old cards, and the spaceship is made from the liner of a Folgers coffee can. (It is not aluminum, it's plastic. So is easy to cut with no risk of getting cut! Plus, when I tried to punch out the little circles, they wouldn't punch out. I decided that I liked the debossed impression better than if the circle punch had actually cut through the silver. Provided a close up so you can see the neato mistake!  

Entered into: 
Little Scraps of Heaven- Color Challenge  (FB)             (lshdesigns.blogspot.com)
Double D’s Challenge- The Moon and/or the Stars      (daranddiane.blogspot.com)
Kitty Bee Designs-#125 Birthday                                     (alohafridaychallenges.blogspot.com)

I have always loved the sweet images at Whimsie Doodles, and wish I had purchased more of them before the business closed earlier this year. This is a favorite, named "Sand Dollar Mermaid." I paired her with some wonderful vellum that I found at our new Hobby Lobby store (thought it resembled mermaid scales) and used one of my newest purchases, gold Nuvo drops on the little cuties scales to make them shimmer and glow a bit. I also tried to shade the hair to give it a little bit of a shimmer and glow look, to match the vellum and to well… look magically mermaidy! (I provided a closeup so you can see these details.) The sentiments (front and inside) are from a 6 piece Bugaboo digi set named "Under the Sea" (available from bugaboostamps.com).

Entered into: 
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie- #100                                            (giveacrafteracookie.blogspot.com)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #348-349 Anything Goes   (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                             (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- Get That Glow  (powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2018/08/welcome-to-creative-confetti.html)


  1. What a great card! Super design! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge :)

  2. The pocket is great. Thank you so much for participating this week at the Mod Squad Challenge

  3. Wonderful card, love the dies and colours!

    Thank you for joining us at The Paper Shelter, good luck! Hugs, Susan X

  4. Super CUTE card! LOVE the Jean pocket and the back to school digi images you used to stuff the pocket! Really fun idea! thanks so much for playing along with us over at SumMore Fun Stamp Challenge! :)

    Theresa (SumMore Fun DT)

  5. All of your creations look really amazing! I have to say that my favorite is that girl all snuggled up in the quilt with a lovely scene! Fantastic coloring with an amazing scene! Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Cute Card Thursday Challenges! HUGS, *Vicki* (DT)

  6. This looks wonderful, thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnuts PP Challenge. Xxx

  7. Really really cute! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘The Moon and the Stars’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop in for a visit!

  8. Your little space alien card is super adorable! Thanks for joining us at Kitty Bee Designs Birthday challenge!

  9. What a wonderful collection of cards! Each so crafty and cute. I don't need any back to school cards, but I think they're so much fun to look at. Really love that one with the school supplies in the pocket. Your little alien in his space ship is perfect for our Double D Moon and Stars challenge, and so darn cute! Clever to use the coffee can liner. Thanks for playing along with us!

  10. Your cards are really sweet, and very creative. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Double D Moon and Stars Challenge. Hope we see you back again soon!!
    Judy~ DD DT
    {Judy's Happy Place} Stop by and see me!!!!

  11. I love the jeand pocket with the faux leather element. Great design and a brillant idea! Thank you for joining Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

  12. Awesome cards! Thanks for playing along with us at the CAS-ual Fridays challenge :)

  13. Wow.. you are a great artist. I loved your cards and the back to school one is adorable. The little elements are so cool for the theme. Thank you for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays challenge. Hugs~ Ishani

  14. Oh my goodness! I love that back to school card you created so much! Plus the fact that you used the Victorine Originals stamps is even better. Thank you for joining in our SumMore Fun challenge.

  15. Very neat cards!!! Love your back to school card!!!!❤ great job using Victorine Originals stamps too. Thank for joining in the challenge over at SumMoreFun!!!❤
    Amy (SumMoreFun DT)

  16. Nice cards! I like that you added extra elements on the insides as well.
    Thanks for sharing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  17. Beautiful cards! I love the Back to School card with the denim pocket with the leather patch! I love anything denim and your card makes me smile! Love that A+ sentiment! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!!

  18. I love your back to school cards - You have done an amazing job with our digital stamps. Thanks for joining us at SumMore Fun

  19. Oh wow, I really love your creation and your take on our current mood board.

    **Thank you for joining in the ~SumMore Fun~ mood board challenge, I hope to see you again**

    Have a wonderful day,

    Jessica (SumMore Fun DT Member)

    Polka Dot Orchard


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