Believe in Yourself For 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

Hello friends!  Welcome to the month of March!  Yay!  I am so excited about getting to this month as that means wamer weather and pretty flowers are soon to follow along with those birds chirping and signs of wild life sprouting outdoors!

Speaking of which, we’re starting up a brand new challenge for the first of March over at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge Blog!  So stop on over and play along with us this month!  We are always “Anything Goes + a critter” on your project!  Our sponsor this time is our lovely critter loving friend Donna and she has created/given a wonderful digital set not only for our team to use in our projects, but it’s the prize for a lucky winner too!  Yay!  (Click on her name to see a creation with this image in her own version!)

Here’s what I’ve created using her stunning “The Great Horned Owl” set:

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Isn’t that owl amazing?!  My husband said the eyes on him are so piercing!  I said that’s because he’s a very wise owl that’s trying to tell you something important and wants to make sure you got the message!  LOL!

I really like the sentiments that were included with this owl image too!  For my image, I’ve reversed it on my computer and then added a couple of the leaf sprigs that were included with this set so that my branch the owl is perched on has some leaves with it.

I thought I was going to use my regular old stand by of Copics, but decided that I was going to do some watercolor on him instead, so I pulled out my Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers.  I’ve sponged around the oval cut out image, the sentiment banner as well as the card base with Rusty Hinge distress ink.

I die cut some leaves and added the stamped leaf panel (image from the Simon Says Stamps Kind Flowers stamp set.) to the side of the image and mounted it over top of the woodgrain embossed background.  I wrapped some twine around these layers and added a bow with button and finished it with a couple of water drop accents.

P.S.  I’ve noticed that I’ve been using owls and twine in my creations lately…what’s up with that?!  LOL!

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Here’s a closer view of the owl image and how I’ve colored him up.  I used some soft blue color to blend in behind him, but when I sponged around the edges of the oval panel, the watercolor edges showed up more.  I sort of liked how that looked, so I went with it.

It may be hard to see, but I just barely dotted those piercing eyes with glossy accents.

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Thank you again to our amazing friend Donna for sharing this stunning digital set with us and for someone who plays along in the challenge to win it!  I sure hope that I did justice to your beautiful owl here sweet lady!  🙂

Please be sure to hop on over to the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge Blog and check out what my fellow teamies have done with Donna’s image and play along with us this month!  We’d love to see your critter inspired creations too!

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

Challenges:

  1.  Crafty Cardmakers – embossing (embossing folder)
  2. The House That Stamps Built – F2620 Anything Goes
  3. QKR Stampede – $387 Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Friends –  #130 Animals/Birds

Full Bloom Rainbow

Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a great week so far!  I’m wondering if this cold weather has me feeling this way lately, but I’m seriously lacking in creativity and just have misplaced my MOJO lately!  If you’ve found it, please let me know! LOL!

In the meantime, I seriously needed to create a rainbow in my life and found that a young lady certainly was in need of a smile sent her way as well so I thought I would do just that:

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I had received my Pink and Main Crafty Courtyard Card Kit and really loved the happy colors and pretty blooms in the stamp set and so I started out using the stencil with rainbow order inks for the background!

I’ve also used the same color of Distress Oxide inks to do the stamping on the tag and envelope as well.  I absolutely love the tag die set was inclued with the kit which I’ve used for the main focus of my card.  I always want to add just a bit of black to my rainbow colors, so I decided to white heat emboss the sentiment from the stamp set and then used one of the tag die elements to cut it out with and pop up over the bottom of the tag.

I’ve also used the ribbon and enamel dots included in the kit to finish it off.  (The floral sequins used for the photo prop were also included in the kit.  LOL!)

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Here’s a closer look at the details in the tag.  For the black border around the tag, I just cut a piece down to size and then cut off the edges with my scissors to match up with the tag.  The scallop tag behind it was cut with the paper and die from the kit.  I used some circle punches to create the black re-enforcer and then I tied the ribbon together with some black twine from my own stash and topped the center with an enamel dot from the kit.

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This card has now been sent along to a young lady that is currently in the hospital dealing with cancer treatments (teapotters from SCS) and really needs some cheerful happy colors, so I hope that this will help fill her day with some cheer.

Hoping that this card has also sent some feelings of cheer today your way as well!  Thanks so much for stopping in today friends and I’ll see you soon! 🙂

Challenges:

  1.  Allsorts – Dies and/or Punches
  2. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes #110
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2007 Anything Goes
  4. Through the Craft Room Door– Anything Goes
  5. Fab ‘N’ Funky – For a Child (sent to a 15 yr. old in hospital)
  6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Add a Sentiment
  7. Creative Knockouts – Flower Power

Guest Rock Star for Repeat Impressions POTW!

Hello friends!  I’m hoping that you’ve had a wonderful weekend!

I’m very excited to be sharing my projects today as a guest “Rock Star” for Repeat Impressions!  I’ve been asked to share a special post for their “Project of the Week” segment on their blog today!  Yay! – **Don’t miss the special coupon code at the bottom of this post if you want to purchase the stamps I’ve used at a 20% discount!!**


If you’re not familiar with the “Project of the Week” postings, then please be sure to head on over to the Repeat Impressions Blog and subscribe so you don’t miss any posts!  They also have lots of fun challenges to join in with a chance to win a prize too!

If you’ve been following me for while, then  you know how much I love to ink blend!  It’s something that is fun to do and I’m always amazed at the finished colors!  I want you to get the same satisfaction when you do it too, so I thought that would make a fun photo tutorial for my guest POTW post!

**Please be sure to visit the “PROJECT OF THE WEEK” post HERE for the full tutorial with lots of tips, tricks and techniques on ink blending and how I was able to create this card below:**

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There is just something about this scene that makes me feel happy and relaxed!  So of course that sentiment goes just perfectly with it!  This sentiment/saying is one of my all time favorites and I was thrilled to use it for this design!

I’ve used the “Canoeing” (2905-G) along with the “Mountain Vista” (629-I)  From Repeat Impressions for the image stamping over the ink blended scene.  CLICK HERE to purchase stamps from the “Scenic” category…just scroll down to see them all!  I’ve also used the “Life is not…” (6113-K) sentiment from Repeat Impressions that was white heat embossed over the black banner on the scene.  CLICK HERE to purchase that one.

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Here’s a closer look at the details in this card with how I went about creating it.  You can see the different blended colors in both the water and sky.  The setting sun was colored in with a glitter gel pen which created some shimmer to it.  The white gel pen highlighted details in the water.

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Really had fun creating this scene with these stamps which were just perfect for an ink blended background!  I thought this would make for a wonderful retirement card!   If you want to create one of these type of cards yourself, please be sure to check out the step-by-step tutorial over at the Repeat Impressions Blog to see how I went about doing this!

I loved that sentiment stamp so much, that I just couldn’t help but create one more card using it again with another ink blended design:

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Really LOVE how this one turned out!

What’s fun about ink blending is all of the different color combinations you can play with and blend together for different looks!  This time, I’ve used different colors and started my ink blending in the center.  I’ve also used a die to cut out the center of the ink blended panel, heat emboss the sentiment over it, layer with a piece of black cardstock behind it, and pop it up over the rest of the ink blended background.  So eventhough it was cut out in the center, it’s a continuous ink blended design!

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On this ink blended panel, I’ve used some Shimmer Spray over it which gives it a really pretty shimmer with a bit of a “water dropplet” effect as the Distress Oxide Inks react to water/liquids.  I think this turned out really cool as it gives it sort of a “Bokeh Effect”.

Before I cut out the center of the ink blended panel, I’ve used the “Flower Power Frame” (10202-Q) to stamp in black ink at the top and bottom of the panel.  (CLICK HERE to view/purchase stamp from Repeat Impressions.)  You can see that part of the stamped image was die cut on the sentiment panel.  I colored the centers of the flowers with a yellow glitter gel pen for added detail.

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To add to the look, I thought it needed some sparkling clear sequins to finish it off!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my creations today and please be sure to stop on over at the Repeat Impressions Blog to check out the full tutorial on ink blending!  I would love for you to try it out too and let me know what you’ve come up with!

**Repeat Impressions has kindly offered my readers this special disount:  For this coming week only (Feb. 17-23, 2020), readers will get 20% off all the stamps used in your creations when they use the coupon code POTW21720**

Here are the stamps I’ve used:

  1. Canoeing (2905-G)
  2. Mountain Vista (629-I)
  3. Life is not… (6113-K)
  4. Flower Power Frame (10202-Q)

Thank you so much to Wendy and the fellow Rock Star friends for having me along as a guest!  Really enjoyed creating these projects with these fabulous stamps!!

Also thank YOU for stopping in today!  I appreciate your support so much!  I’ll be seeing you again soon my friends!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Addicted to Stamps &More – Anything GoesAnything Goes badge
  2. Cute Card Thursday – CAS
  3. Cardz 4 Galz– Black and Bling (second card only)
  4. Daring Cardmakers – Someone or Something You Love (ink blending, words/verse)
  5. Creatalicious – #181 Anything Goes with optional embossing
  6. The Creative Crafters – #25 Anything Goes

 

 

It’s Going to be “Owl-right!”

Hello friends and welcome to the weekend!  I hope you have some great plans ahead of you and have some fun!

Today I’d like to share this card I’ve made with a darling feathered cutie and the punnyness that goes along with him….

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Isn’t this little guy the cutest owl you’ve seen?  This image was actually created on my computer with the “Owl-rageous” Pairables digital stamp set from Digi Doodle Studios.  The owl, the branch and the sentiment are all seprate images, but I’ve pieced them together on my computer and printed it out to create this scene!

I’ve actually printed out an “extra” owl and flower to color in and pop up over the image for added dimension.  I used the “out-of-the-box” technique to circle die cut out the image.  The branch is sticking outside the circle.

I’ve used a woodgrain embossing foler and rubbed some white ink over it and also added a strip of yellow paper from my stash wrapped in twine along the edge.

I die cut a flower and rubbed some pink ink over it, attached a button and twine bow over it to pop up over the owl panel.  Then added some sequins filled with glitter glue in the centers.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on the images.  I’ve used a purple glitter gel pen for the tiny hearts on the branch and then a yellow glitter gel pen for the centers of the flowers.  I’ve used some yellow ink to sponge around the circle panel.

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This card actually has me longing for Spring to come with those flowers!  He’s letting us know that everything is OWLright!! ha ha ha!!  Hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and I really appreciate you stopping in!  See you soon!

ETA:  Hubby said I should include the song….

Challenges to enter:

  1. Cheerful Sketches – Feb sketchsketch a
  2. Love to Craft – LTCCB43 Anything Goes
  3. Crafts Galore Encore – #72 Anything Goes
  4. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2006 Anything Goes
  5. Not Just Cards – Feb Anything Goes
  6. Arty Divas – #115 Anything Goes
  7. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  8. Alphabet Challenge – ‘W’ is for “Anything You Wish”

Turner Syndrome Awareness Blog Hop

*To see my 2 Crafter Critter Crazies Post, please scroll down or CLICK HERE!*


Hello friends!

(If you’ve come here from Darnell’s blog, you’re in the right place!  Please be sure to check out all of the links on the TSA blog if you’re lost.)

Welcome to the “It’s A Girl Thing” Turner Syndrome Awareness 2nd Annual Blog Hop!

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I’m excited to join my friend Lori and her daughter to help bring awareness to this special cause as we had done last year and I’m delighted to be apart of it with her again to help bring awareness! February is TSA month and If you’re not familar with this, please read about it below:

Turner Syndrome is a genetic disorder where a female is born with only one X chromosome, instead of two, leaving her with life-long medical issues and learning disabilities. This condition occurs one in 2,500 female births worldwide, but is more common among pregnancies that do not survive to full term. That is why Turner Syndrome Females are considered MIRACLES!

 

CLICK HERE if you would like to make a donation to the Turner Syndrome Foundation.
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Thirty-six caring Sponsors and nine DT Members have partnered with us to bring Turner Syndrome Awareness to the Public. For details on how you might win any of these fabulous prizes, please see Lori’s TS home page. Thanks for learning About Turner Syndrome.

Nine talented and caring papercraft designers are offering prizes on their personal blogs as well:




WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FEBRUARY 15, 2020

My TS related project is inspired by the TSA official color board:

For my project, I have combined two different digital sets that were kindly made espcially for this blog hop and the TSA cause:

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I was really inspired by the wonderful colors along with the images from the inspirational board above, but it was fairly easy since the images were already pre-colored in the set to create with!

I’ve used the TSF Key digital set from Jan’s Digi Stamps for the images on my card.  Also what’s cool about this set is that all of the proceeds from this set go directly to the Turner Syndrome Foundation!  It’s a stunning set to have plus a great way to help with a terrific cause too!

I have printed out the images over a piece of white cardstock and cut them out.  I also added one of the images in a repeat pattern to print out over a piece of green cardstock for a decorative strip on the background of my card design.

For the sentiment, I’ve used a stunning digital set (especially made for this TSA blog hop as well)  from my friend Donna and printed it out along with another key image over a piece of vanilla colored cardstock.  LOVE that quote BTW!  (For this piece I didn’t have to worry about the cutting for the very detailed lines that were printed out on the white.)  I sponged some distress ink around the edges of this vanilla square piece for that Vintage feel.  I did the same for the edges of my vanilla 5″ square card base as well.

I took an embossing folder and embossed only the top portion of my card base, added the green printed strip with ribbon wrapped around it and sponged the edges.  I layered some pink cardstock and cut a scallop square piece of lavendar colored cardsock for behind my vanilla panel and popped it up over the card base with foam tape.

Lastly, I’ve attached the bow, button and twine to the side of the image panel and attached the cut out butterfly to the top corner of the image panel.  I glued only the center portion of the butterfly so that I could pop out the wings.

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Here’s a closer view of the images.  I’ve used a Copic marker on the vanilla colored panel to create a “shadow” around the key image and then I attached the cut out key over top of that.  I’ve used the same Copic marker for a few more shadows around the key.  For that butterfly, I’ve used a glitter gel pen to color portions of the butterfly and then a clear glitter brush pen to go over the wings.

You can see that TSA symbol on the key which is the same image used for the green background panel I created on the computer.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today as well as the inspiration on this blog hop!

I wanted to share something in particular that I’ve learned myself while reading information about TSA.  It surprised me to learn that women with TS have low estrogen.  Also that having this low estrogen contributes to low bone density and that estrogen replacement therapy gets started in girls at only 11-12 years of age.  I’ve always associated this with elderly women which is why is was surprising to me.

Please be sure to stop by and visit the Turner Syndrome Awareness Blog to find out how you can be eligible for prizes and learn more information about TSA!  You will also be able to find a full list of blog hop links.

Your next stop on the blog hop is the incredible Jan Mahew (of Jan’s Digi Stamps)!  Please be sure to visit!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and participating with us!

Challenges I’d like to enter my card for:

  1.  Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge – #6 Anything Goes
  2. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2004 Anything Goes
  3. Arty Divas – #14 Anything Goes
  4. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  5. Allsorts – A Touch Vintage

Super Girl Starla Flying By!

Hello friends!  Happy Tuesday and I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far!  I actually can’t believe that September is already flying through this quickly!

Speaking of “flying”, I have this really cute card to share with you using another Whimsy Stamps image:

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This little digital cutie is called Starla from Whimsy Stamps.  She has her arms out and so I thought it would be cute to have her appear as if she’s smiling while flying up through the clouds at us!  I also thought this would be a really nice encouragment card for a child and I’ll be sending it out to hopefully share some smiles.

I stenciled some clouds in behind her, cut the image out with a stitched square die and layered a piece of purple cardstock behind her.  I ran a piece of green colored cardstock through a star embossing folder, wrapped a silver ribbon around it and then attached it to a purple 5″ square top folding card base.

I die cut some stitched cloud borders for the bottom of the card design, but sponged them with some Broken China Distress Ink before attaching them with foam tape.  I also die cut some stars to add for accents on the design with both silver glitter stock and a piece of purple to paper piece in the center of one of the silver outline stars.  I also added a rhinestone star to the center of the bow.

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Here’s a closer look at Starla with the coloring I’ve done on her.  I’ve colored her up with Copic markers and added some details with gel pens.  I’ve also covered her headband with a glitter brush pen and also added some extra glitter over the stars at the top of her head band.  You can also see where I’ve added some “strokes” to show that she’s zooming through the clouds.  I also covered that area with a bit of shimmer with the glitter brush pen as well.    The “little girl” in me had to color some purple! 🙂

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The sentiment at the bottom was stamped with a sentiment from my stash with some black ink.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and it’s brought you a smile or inspired you in some way!  Thanks so much for stopping in!  See you soon!

Whimsy Stamps products with affiliate links listed below:

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Challenges:

  1.  The House That Stamps Built – S1119 TicTacToe (I used diagnol across:  purple, square card, die cut)s1119
  2. Daring Cardmakers – Special Thoughts
  3. QKR Stampede – #363 Anything Goes
  4. Sweet Stampin’ – Cards for Kids
  5. Addicted to Stamps – For a Lady/Girl
  6. Splitcoast Stampers Teapot challenge – Put a Smile on their face

 

 

Grateful for Brutus Monroe

Hello friends!  Happy Saturday!  Yay!  The weekend is finally here! 🙂

I’m sharing a card I made today for the Brutus Monroe blog.  Be sure to subscribe for updates and more inspiration from the design team!  Christopher (owner of Brutus Monroe) has posted a 10 minute video on the un-boxing of this month’s September inspiration box if you haven’t see it yet – CLICK HERE!)

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I really love all things Fall including the beautiful colors you start seeing from the leaves on the trees.  Nothing better than a nice walk in the brisk cool air!  This is what has inspired my card today too!

I knew I wanted to used this beautiful Golden Gourd EP and heat set this sentiment from the Grateful stamp set with it.  I think it’s awesome just to have a nice sentiment like this be the focal of your card sometimes.  It was heat set over a piece of Alabaster cardstock and then I sponged around the edges with the Phone Book Surface Ink.  I wanted a bit more sparkle, so I took my Embossing Ink pad and rubbed it along the edges of the panel and heat embossed some of the Vintage Sparkle over it.

And of course I wanted to do some foiling too because it’s just fun especially when you have these cool Vintage Wallpaper-Foilable Washi Sheets to do it on!  I used the Deco Foil Spring Grass transfer sheets over it and then used more of that Phone Book Surface ink to sponge around the edges and also heat set some more of that Vintage Sparkle over the edges too.

For the background, I took a piece of Alabaster cardstock measuring 4″ x5.25″ and covered it with the Embossing Ink pad.  I used some more of that Golden Gourd EP and heat set this entire piece.  Then I took the foiled strips and attached them over top of this panel and layered onto a top folding A2 sized Jurassic card base.  I also layered the embossed sentiment panel over a piece of this same cardstock.

I then added the sentiment panel over the card front with some BM foam tape and then added some die cut leaves that I sponged with ink and then a couple of gold sequins with some gold glitter in the centers for more sparkle to finish it off.

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Here’s a closer look at the heat embossed sentiment, background, and the sparkle around the edges where I heat embossed too.  The EP looks really stunning in person!

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And here’s another look at the foiled washi strips too with the card laying flat.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my Fall creation today and were inspired in some way!  Thank you for joining me today as well as the entire week!  THAT really is something to be grateful for!  See you soon!!

Below are the Brutus Monroe products used on my card today with affiliate links:

3x4 June 2019 Inserts

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Creative with Stamps – AutumnCWS#42Autumn
  2. Unicorn – #47 Autumn
  3. The Male Room – Autumn#119
  4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Stamp It
  5. Aud Sentiments – Fall/Autumn + Sentiment
  6. Daisy Chain – Autumn is Coming