Inspired By Crafty Friends❤

Hello there friends!

I have to say thank you for your lovely comments and thoughts!  Sometimes, you just never really know about something or how someone feels unless you are told or you ask!  I’m really amazed that there are people I didn’t realize that actually cared if I posted something!  Even if you have stats on your postings, you still don’t know who really DOES like to see what you’re posting.  I’ve had some blog friends that have been around for MANY years, even before this blog platform and I’m so thankful for you guys!  I am always truly inspired by you all for sure!  Thanks for being around!❤  (Even if you don’t comment!!) 😉

I have another card that I didn’t get a chance to share as it was created at the end of February and I never fit it in to post, but I pulled out a very old stamp to play with because I was inspired by a friend to use it:

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Maybe you have heard or seen the Whipper Snapper Designs stamps?  I’ve had this adorable little penguin for a while now and I think he’s long gone from the website.  I don’t see him in the store, but the name on the side of the wood stamp is “Ice Cream Penguin” and no date.  I have a small collection of their stamps and they’re all older as I haven’t bought anything from them in years and not sure why really.  I hold them in high regard like my old Peanuts Gang/Snoopy wood rubber stamps as you can’t find those any longer either!  I don’t part with them! LOL!

Anyway, inspired by my friend Shelly (long time blog friend) that was featured on Splitcoast Stampers as the FS681 “mcshmidty” Featured Stamper.  This is a challenge where you find a project from their online SCS gallery and use it as inspiration to create something.  Here’s the card she made that I fell in love with in her gallery:

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card by Shelly Schmidt “mcshmidty” on SCS

I thought it would be fun to use an older stamp I had (I love penguins) and create a birthday style card with it.  I have a few birthdays to celebrate in the colder months, so I was just trying to think ahead and I liked that this could be a masculine or feminine card to give out too!  I can’t remember where I pulled the pattern paper from, but the colors really caught my eye!  Instead of the strip like Shelly has on her card, I made my strip into a banner.  I used a snowflake instead of a sun and two enamel dots.

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I stamped and colored him up with Copic markers.  I used some liquid applique for the end of his hat and dotted his cheeks with a white gel pen.  I used glossy accents over top of the cherry on his ice cream cone.

The sentiment was pulled out from an older My Favorite Things stamp set that I white heat embossed over black cardstock and cut apart.  I also used MFT stitched die cuts for the banner and circle image.

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I must’ve been in the mood for ice cream before I took a blog break as I just realized my last post had ice cream too! LOL!!  Hope you like my card as I was really inspired by my friend’s card to make it!

Thanks for dropping in and I’ll be seeing you soon!!

Challenges:

  1.  Splitcoast Stampers Featured Stamper – FS681 mcshmidty
  2. Crafty Animals – #38 Anything Goes + animal
  3. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #38 Anything Goes + animal
  4. Challenge Up Your Life – #123 Animals
  5. QKR Stampede – #396 Anything Goes
  6. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #131 Anything Goes
  7. Crafting Happiness – #47 Anything Goes/optional: birds

 

 

I’m Still Crafting!!🎨

Hello there friends!! 😀

I’m doing well and healthy as is my family!  I sure hope that all of my fellow blog friends and readers are staying healthy as well!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reaching out to me and asking about my well being!  I really miss you guys!

I haven’t posted since I’ve not been on any design teams and I sort of just “took a personal break” from posting anything on my blog or social media.  The first reason being was that I had lost some “MOJO” and was really struggling with getting inspired and wasn’t really “happy” about what I was creating.  As I had mentioned before, it really does happen to us and sometimes it’s harder to “get over it” at times.  With all that is going on in the world right now, I also had other concerns on my mind as I’m sure many of us have.  So my blog break became even more extended.  Now that I’ve “been away”, I’m stuggling with what exactly I want to do.  I miss my blog friends very much and really enjoyed having this way of communitcating with you all…after all…we love crafting together and we have that in common and it’s something to be happy about to come together for!  So I’m sharing my heart to heart update with you!

WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING??????🤔

Yes!  I’ve been crafting, but I just haven’t really taken the time to create a post about it.  As you know with blogging, you know that you not only need to take a photo of it, but you have to edit it, watermark it, create/type up the blog post, link all the things and then share it to all of these other social media platforms..so, with that, I just didn’t take the time! LOL!  And….I’m still trying to decide if blogging is something I should continue.  PLEASE, share with me your thoughts.

While I’ve not been posting, I sure have been crafting!  I signed up to take several different classes!   I had planned on going to a couple of retreats that were obviously canceled, so I decided that the online type classes were a way to go and to try to boost up some of that lost MOJO!  While not posting about it, I actually think that may have helped!  I was able to freely create with no time restraints and I didn’t have to worry about typing up a post for social media and “judgment”.  It just turned out to be whatever it was!  So MAYBE posting about whatever comes up for my crafting is a little more “freeing” and it can be whatever it turns out to be?  I don’t know, I guess I will find out!

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I will try and start with about where I left off from the beginning of April and just go forward from there!  Lots of things have been going on “behind the scenes”!  LOL!

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This is a card I had actually made back in March for a birthday card for someone and just never posted it.  I had pulled out an older birthday card kit from Brutus Monroe and used the stamp set along with the papers from the kit.

I also used the circle shaker pouch as well as some dies from My Favorite Things to create the shaker panel.  the confetti and sequins all came from the card kit I used.

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I used Copic markers to color in the ice cream cone and then I also die cut a heart from the Glitterstock that was included with the birthday card kit and glued it on top.  I took some white twine as I felt a bow on the cone would help tie everything together nicely.  I white heat embossed the sentiment over a strip and swiped some white ink along the edges of it.  It was glued over top of the polka dotted paper and die cut out with a stitched rectangle die.

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As you can see, I even took an additional image from the stamp set and stamped the envelope to match. (something I’ve been trying to work on when making cards)

I didn’t photograph it, but I also used a gift card pocket die on the inside of the card to tuck a gift card in.  Those little pocket dies come in handy for when you want to mail a gift card!  The one I used is from Lawn Fawn HERE.

So please let me know that you’re here and what you think!

Thank you for your continued support during my crafty journey!!  I have more things to post that I’ve been working on, so I’ll be seeing you soon!!

Challenges:

  1.  Crafty Cardmakers – #256 Celebrations
  2. A Bit More Time to Craft – #115 Anything Goes
  3. Creative Fingers – #185 Anything Goes
  4. Stamp & Fun = Creativity – #367 Eat & Drink
  5. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2018 Anything Goes

Celebrate For 2 Crafty Critter Crazies + Other News

Hello friends!  Happy April 1st which means it’s time for a new monthly challenge for the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge!  Remember that it’s always an “ANYTHING GOES + CRITTER” challenge to enter your creation.  We’re looking forward to seeing your projects!

This month we’re being sponsored by Digi Doodle Studios!  They were kind enough to provide images for the design team to create their projects with, so here’s what I’ve made for my challenge project:

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I think I could probably celebrate with these cute little hedgies, couldn’t you?!🦔🦔

This image is called Hedgie Party from Digi Doodle Studios and it was super fun to color up for my card!  We can always use birthday cards in our stash, so I pulled out some papers from my stash…including some left over pieces to assemble the design.

I used a Simon Says Stamp stamp set to heat emboss the stars over the green decorative paper with gold EP.  I stamped the sentiment at the bottom of the paper from the same stamp set with black ink.  I cut out this panel with a square stitched die, layered over white cardstock and then attached it to a piece of orange top folding 5″ square card base.

I pulled out some gold mirror cardstock cut with a scallop square die and layered it over the design, wrapped some gold ribbon around it, placed the layered image panel over top of that with craft foam and added the bow.

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Here’s a closer view of the image I’ve colored with Copic markers.  I’ve also used a white and gold gel pen to create some polka dots over parts of the image.

Hard to see in the photo, but I covered the big present bow with a glitter brush pen too.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today using this sweet DDS image!  Please be sure to enter your creation over at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge blog for a chance to win a prize from Digi Doodle Studios!  Thanks for stopping in!

If you make a creation using any DDS image, please be sure to share it over in the DDS Facebook Fan Group and don’t forget about the DDS monthly challenge blog as well!

Other news:

Just FYI that this post will be my final creation as a design team member for not only 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, but also for Digi Doodle Studios as well.  Although I adore everyone on these design teams very much, it’s just time for me to let DTs go for a while.

**DON’T FORGET TO CHECK BACK ON MY BLOG TOMORROW TO SEE WHO THE WINNER OF MY PURPLE DAY BLOG HOP GIVE AWAY IS!!**

Challenges:

  1.  Krafty Chicks – All Occasions
  2. Di’s Digi Challenge – Birthdays
  3. QKR Stampede – #391 Anything Goes
  4. Creative Knockouts – #343 Anything Goes
  5. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2013 Ribbon
  6. Country View– Animal Magic

Birthday Card For a Painter!

Hello friends!  Hoping amid this strange time you’re finding peace and sanity among your crafty time and online community of friendly crafters as well to help uplift your spirits and keep you thinking happy thoughts!  🙂  If you’re looking for smiles, please know that this is the main purpose of why I do what I do here!  Helping to spread smiles is something that is near to my heart along with crafting.  If you’re enjoying a smile with me, that’s all I care about!  Thanks for hanging out!

Today, I have a special birthday card that I’ve made for my mom who’s a crafty tole painter and I wanted it to be a bright and cheerful design since I couldn’t celebrate with her face to face due to the current circumstances:

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So I’ve been having fun pulling out my past card kits as they’ve not been used as often as I would like to use them.  For my card here, I’ve used the Simon Says Stamp painter’s palette die that came from a past SSS card kit along with the stamp set called Sweet Birthday.  I have been hoarding some special paper made from real wood to die cut the main palette die from and then I’ve cut it out several times using some different colored specialty mirror colored cardstock from the kit for the different colors of paint.

I popped up the entire paint palette with some foam tape over a piece of watercolor paper that I took a brush and some watercolor to make the strokes for a fun and colorful background.  I then cut it out using my Lawn Fawn Cross-Stitch rectangle die which I mounted over a piece of black cardstock and mounted over a white A2 sized top folding card base.

Also for the background, I decided I wanted to include some sort of paint brush, so I dug out an old stamp I had and paper pieced some of that red mirror cardstock for the paint on the end of the brush.  (Red is my mom’s favorite color.)  I used Copics to finish coloring the brush and a glitter gel pen for an accent on the brush.  I then stamped the sentiment in black ink over the background and added some red sequins from the kit.

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Here’s a closer view of the palette and the real wood texture of the paper I had die cut it with.  You can see the shimmery colors of the cardstock I’ve used from the kit.  The only color that wasn’t included in the kit was the yellow, so I dug through my stash and found a piece of gold that I used for the yellow color…you can see it has a bit of texture on it, but I was fine with it.

I thought that the background was so fun and simple to create.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my colorful birthday card today!  Do you know someone that would love to receive a happy and colorful card?  I encourage you to get out some pretty colors and make a background and send it out to someone!  Not only will they enjoy receiving a handmade smile from you, but you will be smiling while having fun too!

I was able to talk to my mom on the phone and she told me how much she enjoyed this card and how she was planning to display it somewhere which was very nice to hear!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and maybe we’ll be seeing some rainbows in our future very soon friends! 🙂   I’ll be seeing you soon!

**Please be sure to join here this Thursday for a very special blog hop and prizes!**

Challenges:

  1.  Shopping Our Stash – Happy Birthday
  2. Creative Knockouts – #342 Bingo (second line across, I’ve used paper piecing, image and die-cuts/punches)
  3. Penny’s Paper-Crafty – #467 Anything Goes
  4. Creative Fingers – #182 Anything Goes
  5. QKR Stampede – #390 Anything Goes
  6. Creative Moments – #187 Anything Goes

 

Hot Dog! It’s Birthday Time!

Hello friends!  As you know, I’ve been TRYING to get my MOJO flowing and I REALLY appreciate the feedback that I’ve gotten from you and others about things I can try including non-craft related things!  (Honestly, right now in this world with what is going on, it is hard to concentrate along with worrying about my own family in different ways…so that doesn’t help either!)  But I’ve been trying to find things to keep my mind focused and try new things that are interesting to me…so I will just keep going along and see what happens!!  I would like to continue with as many “stamped smiles” as I possibly can right now….we all need that at this time!  🙂

Today’s card was made for my son’s birthday that was this past Saturday.  I wanted to make sure he recieved it before I posted it:

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I pulled out an older Simon Says Stamp card kit and used the So Pun Friends and the I Chews You stamp sets along with the coordinating dies.  I’ve used the cardstock and cute Doodlebug So Much Pun Papers that came with the card kit as well.  The tag was cut using the My Favorite Things Stitched Tag dies.  I created the hole at the top of the tag with circle punches and the twine is from left over packaging.

I cut the tag shape out again with more of the papers from the kit and then popped up the image tag with foam tape and added some white enamel dots.

On the inside I stamped a birthday greeting and made a pocket to hold a gift card for him.  We usually take him out to dinner for his birthday, but since he’s moved away I had to send him a gift card instead.  Bummer…

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Here’s a closer look at the cute smile face images that I colored up with my Copic markers.  I cut out the food images with the So Pun Friends coordinating dies.  For the sentiment, I stamped the speech bubble from the I Chews You stamp set over a piece of the Doodlebug papers and then added the sentiment from the So Pun Friends stamp set in the center of the speech bubble.  I then die cut it out with the I Chews You coordinating dies.  

I used some blue distress ink to blend some color over the center of the white area on the tag and then popped up the speech bubble with some foam tape over that area.  The hotdog at the bottom was also popped up with foam tape as well.

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I actually had some fun pulling out this older card kit to play with and who could resist a hotdog smiling at you?!  LOL!

Thanks so much for stopping in and for your continued support!  It’s very much appreciated and I hope that I helped bring a smile or inspiration to you today! 

I actually have a couple more birthdays coming up that I need to make cards for, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of those in the near future too!

Challenges:

  1.  Not Just Cards – March Anything Goes
  2. Little Red Wagon – Etc, etc, etc (3 enamel dots and 3 food images with smiles)
  3. Cute Card Thursday – Celebrate!
  4. TIME OUT – Birthday with optional twist:  die cutting or fussy cuttingTime Out Challenge 157 Badge
  5. Seize the Birthday – #185 Touch of Green or Anything Goes2020-03-12-TouchOfGreen

 

 

Seally Me!

Hello friends!  I hope that you’ve had a great weekend!  The temps actually got up high enough that I was able to take a nice walk Sunday!  Then of course since it’s February, Mother Nature says we will be getting several inches of snow today!  For some reason this month seems really long, so I’m ready to move along to March! LOL!

You may have noticed a little updating that I’ve done on my blog.  I like this format better as the photos are larger along with the font and I changed up my blog header as well…hopefully this makes things more “visually appealing”! 🙂

Since we are still getting snow, I thought it would be a great time to pull out this adorable “Seally for You” Pairables digi set from Digi Doodle Studios and make some cards:

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For my first card, I’ve arranged the images from the set and printed it out.  You may recognize the balloon floating in the air which is another digital image that came from the DDS Little Ones Pairables set.  (So don’t forget that you can always mix sets together to come up with some really fun scenes!)

To finish out the scene, I’ve used some masking paper and ripped up pieces of scrap paper to create the “hills” in the background along with the “water” that the seal is taking a ride on over a piece of ice.  I used some blender brushes to blend the colors for the background.

I’ve used some liquid glue around the edges of this panel and covered it with some glitter.  I printed out the sentiment from the set separately over a piece of colored cardstock and cut it out for the banner.

Since I was trying to keep this a “wintry” style card, I kept the colors more blue and purple.  I found some fun papers in my stash that worked for a fun birthday theme and then I used an embossing folder and embossed that strip of Prism paper in the center that I’ve placed the ribbon over and added the bow.  Lastly, I’ve added the heart sequins and covered the balloon and ice images with a glitter brush pen.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring on this cute little seal as well as all of the shimmer and sparkle everywhere!  I’ve used a white gel pen for his cheeks, eyes and for lines on the water.

“Seally Me”….I’m always forgetting a birthday here and there!  LOL!  Which I guess is why I’ve decided to create another card:

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For this card, I’ve kept it pretty much the same in a more simplified way with less layers and details.

As you can see, I’ve printed out the scene panel with just the seal on the ice platform and then I’ve used blender brushes here again to just give the “water” a bit of color that fades out towards the center of the panel.  I printed out the “icebergs” and sentiment separately and then cut them out to place over the design.

I’ve also used a MFT balloon die to cut out with black and turquoise glitter paper and popped that up along with the “icebergs” over the panel.  Lastly I’ve added some sequins.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring on this seal.  I’ve kept him the same colors, but for this one, it’s a bit softer in tones.  Again, I’ve used a white gel pen for this cheeks, eyes and water as well as a glitter brush pen over the icebergs and ice platform.

I honestly am not sure which one I like better than the other, but that seal is cute regardless and that face might help me “get away” with being late for a birthday when I send it along! LOL!

Really hope that you’ve enjoyed my cards or have been inspired in some way!  Still struggling with no MOJO, but trying to work through it and hopefully it’ll miss me and want to come back soon!  Until then, I will keep trying to create through it.

Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

Here’s the Pairables Digi stamp sets that I’ve used on my creations today, so click on them to view/purchase in the store:

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Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Di’s Digi Challenge – Use a Digi Image
  2. Papercraft– #55 Winter Fun
  3. Createful Heart Design – #17 Anything Goes
  4. Jan’s Digi Stamps– #8 Anything Goes
  5. The House That Stamps Built – F1920 Winter Color Palettef1920
  6. Aud Sentiments – #245 Anything Goes + Sentiment
  7. Penny’s Paper-Crafty – #465 Anything Goes

Guest Design Spot for The Paper Girls With Birthday Fun!

Hello friends! 🙂

I’m very excited to share my post with you today for The Paper Girls Challenge as I’ve been invited to be a guest designer for their current challenge of “BIRHTDAY“!  We all need birthday themed projects, so this is a great way to join in the fun and add to your birthday card stash too!  Hope you will join us!

I wanted to pull out some stamps that I had bought a while back and never pulled out to use yet, so this was fun!  Here’s my card:

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Who could resist a couple of cute party animals! LOL!  I’ve pulled out this adorable “Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes” stamp set from My Favorite Things and made a fun party scene with it!

For the card front, I’ve die cut some Summer Splash cardstock with the Gift Box Cover-Up Dienamics and then used it to also cut some older MFT pattern papers to fit inside the die cut squares.  I layered these pieces over a piece of MFT Daffodil cardstock (looks to be retired) and then mounted it over an A2 sized top folding white card base.

I’ve used the same Summer Splash cardstock to stamp the sentiment from the stamp set and used a banner die to cut it out with and used the Gift Box Cover die to cut the end of it to match with the upper right box area.

For the Gift Box Cover-Up “frame”, I took a sentiment from the MFT Penguins in Paradise and stamped the “cheers” image randomly with VersaMark ink all over it, but then decided that you couldn’t see it very well, so I added the word to the yellow banners with a black pen in my own writing.

I’ve used the coordinating die set for the Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes set to cut out the colored images and attached them to the card front.  Some I’ve popped up with foam tape and the others were glued.  I also wanted to add a little sparkle, so I’ve attached a few confetti sequins to finish it up.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on these cuties.  I’ve used a white gel pen for their cheeks as well as adding some polka dots to the party banner.

You can see where I’ve used a marker to write the words on the banners and I also used it to create stitches along the top of each banner too.

I’ve also added some shimmer with a glitter pen over the cupcake frosting.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my birthday party animals card today and have been inspired in some way!  Please be sure to stop on over at The Paper Girls Challenge Blog to see the DT inspiration and play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping in today and I’ll be seeing you soon!!

Challenges:

  1.  MFT Birthday Project– Jan “Cheers”
  2. Crafty Calendar – Use die cuts/punches
  3. Seize the Birthday– Creatures Great & Small or Anything Goes2020-01-30-CreaturesGreatAndSmall
  4. Creative Knockouts – Birthday Wishes
  5. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal(s)