Sunday, July 31, 2016

SCS DTGD challenges - VA Sunshine for Margaret

I hope I am able to complete all forty plus challenges this week but I know I am being optimistic.  The details of each of these challenges is for behind the scenes fan club members so I will not include specifics here.  I did have this embossed leftover on my desk and decided to swipe some Dee Greunig ink (varied shades of pink) in a rainbow effect.  I enhanced with water drops and a few tiny clear gems, then added the Cuttlebug sentiment in dark rose.
CAS:  Addicted to Stamps
Embossing:  Broken Fairy

SplitCoastStampers Dare to Get Dirty 2016 -Susie Australia

This is one of a series of some 40 challenges at SCS - if you are a member there and belong to the Fan Club (membership fee required) you are eligible to enter - for fun and some great prizes.  This is for the challenge presented by Susie Australia - but, shhhh... the actual theme is only for Fan Club members!   This image is by  A Day for Daisies - I was working on one of the CASE challenges and realized it had ended, but I used the example anyway! 
Shades of purple:   Double D Challenge
Monochrome:   Through the Purple Haze

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Splitcoaststampers Dare to get Dirty challenge - Lydia's

This meets the theme for Lydia's challenge at SplitCoastStampers - the Dare to Get Dirty fan club event.  This is a fun week long event with lots of challenges and prizes - you need to be a member of the fan club (fee involved).  But if you are addicted to challenges it is worth checking out.
Stamps from Our Daily Bread Music Speaks.  The embossing folder is Victoria.

Sketch:  Ikes World
Something that grows:  Our Daily Bread
Animal:    Pink Gem


Splitcoaststampers Dare to Get Dirty - Dini's challenge

I have not participated recently, but want to try to do the challenges for the Dare to Get Dirty event at Splitcoaststampers.  You must register at the site and be a Fan Club member - but I am sure several of you have done this already.  The details are a kind of secret - but I have them covered!
Cuttlebug die, DCWV Garden Party DP, ribbon
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Anything goes: Jnspiration Destination
                      Paper Shelter

Friday, July 29, 2016

QKR Stampede #202 - Down on the Farm

This is my DT card for the QKR Stampede challenge this week - "Down on the Farm". You may enter as many as 3 cards by 6pm EDT on Thurs., Aug 4.   I saw this Whistling Cow image at the QKR store, and decided it would be great for our granddaughter's birthday.  We have kind of a running joke about the fact she likes cows!  (Maybe it is a rich rancher she would like to find!)  Both the image and sentiment are QKR.    I added some tiny black gems to the sentiment.   I used Washi tape and a piece of  flocked dot DP to continue the black and white theme.  (
Sketch (tweaked):   Tuesday Morning Sketches
Animals:    Corrosive Challenges
                    Pink Gem 
                    Crafty Sentiments
On the Farm:    Crafting by Designs
Birthday:     Fresh Brewed Designs 
Texture (DP; gems):   Simon Says Monday
Naked stamping:   DRS
Any:       A Bit More Time to Craft. 
                 Classic Design Team 
                 Little Claires Designs 
                 Aud Sentiments
                 Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper
                  Lil Patch


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Christmas 2016 - 3

Image:  QKR Shepherd boy;  DP - Faith by Paper Studio; gold glitter cs;  punched star; Cheery Lynn branch die cut; gold ribbon:
Sketch:    Sweet Sketch Wednesday2
Christmas:   Cheery Lynn Designs
                       Happy Little Stampers
                       Fussy and Fancy
                       Deep Ocean
                       Kitty Bee 
Any:               DLArt

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Thank you #3

I am continuing my series of thank you cards for members of our church visitation team.  The circle is Majestic Elements by Spellbinders, and the sentiment is Cuttlebug.
Sketch/colors:    Share Joy
Flowers:    Digi Choosday

Thank You #2

DP - the Paper Patch;  Washi tape, Cuttlebug Thanks;  Spellbinder oval.
For me, one delight of summer is all the available fresh fruit - and cherries are right at the top of the list!
Sketch:    Sketch Saturday
Summer:   Cuttlebug Mania
Food:    DLArt

Thank you for church group

Sketch:           Stamplorations
Thank you:     DLArt

Friday, July 22, 2016

Christmas 2016

Addicted to Stamps
I have not yet decided on the image to use for our Christmas cards for this year, but it maybe this great shepherd boy (QKR digis).  I prefer to use mostly the same image, and for me simple is best!  This layout works well, but there will be other sketches out there to use!  I am just not sure DH will go for the non-traditional colors, but I like this striped paper!  The tabs are a glittery gold ribbon, and the star is punched from glitter paper.  I edged the image layers with Memento London Fog ink. The cs is shimmery Champagne from Recollection.
Sketch #2:   Verve Sketches
All lined up:   Frilly and Funkie
Stripes:     Come and Get It 
Christmas:     Deep Ocean
                        Fussy and Fancy
Holiday:          Addicted to Stamps
Any:                Word Art Wednesday
Song "Do you hear what I hear...  said the shepherd boy..."   Holly Jolly

Soar up up and away - and back down again

This is my card for this week's Design Team samples at QKR Stampede.  The theme is Up up and away.  You may enter up to 3 times and you have a chance to win images from the QKR digi store.
As is often the case, I have a story behind this card.  If you have seen previous cards you may recall we have a granddaughter who is beginning her second year at the US Air Force Academy.  She recently completed her requirement to earn her military freefall wings.  Even their first jump is a solo.  So of course the sentiment is not quite accurate - she was certainly not sitting! ( But I could not resist.)    Reading her description - it must be a magical experience.
Recipe:  Parachuting birdie image and sentiment - QKR digis; DP by Sugartree; twine:  Washi tape; Prismas; chalk; star sequins;  Cheery Lynn cloud die cuts;  Spellbinder label dies;  glitter on clouds and goggles
Sketch:  Tuesday Morning Sketches
Things with wings:   Simon Says Stampblog.Wednesday
Up up and away:    Dragonfly Journeys.
Travel:      The Paper Girls
Magical:   Incy Wincy
Stripes:    Come and Get It
Any:     Sparkle n Sprinkle
              Little Claires Designs   
              Classic Design Team
              Great Impressions 
              Through the Craft Room Door
              Love to Scrap
              Word Art Wednesday 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Feel better, Mary

This is for our friend who just had surgery.  I was uncertain about the pink and kraft combo, but IRL I like it a lot - on the screen the pink is not at all true to life.  (Hint:  tilt the screen so it looks more pink than coral LOL!!!)
Recipe:  Darice heart embossing folder; Washi tape strips; Cuttlebug sentiment; Spellbinder Ovals; Cheery Lynn flowers; shiny gems; Kraft CS; pink CS.
Sketch:    Sketch Saturday
Kraft:      Pink Gem
Pink:        Chocolate Coffee Cards
Cheery Lynn die:    Cheery Lynn Designs

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Blessings Thank you

I need several thank you cards for members of a church group.  This Cheery Lynn Blessings die cut is great for cards such as this.  The Asterisk are from Cuttlebug dies that were among the first dies I ever purchased.  I used miscellaneous papers and a shiny gem to complete the card.  Inside reads "Thank you for the blessing you are to others."
I think my favorite embellishment is the one I am using, but I am very partial to die cuts and gems! : Creative Knockouts
Sketch:   Share Joy
Thank you:    C.R.A.F.T.
Die Cuts:         Cut it Up
Any:  Cheery Lynn

Friday, July 15, 2016

QKR Design Team #200: Enjoying the Sun

This week the challenge at QKR Stampede is "By the Sea".  You have until 6p.m. Thursday July 21 with up to 3 entries.   This fun bear is called "enjoying the sun", and the sentiment is also a digi from QKR.  He looks about as ambitious as I feel in the sun!  I colored him with Prismas, and he is backed with some DP from my stash.  The small panel shows fish, and the larger panel is a sky/sea piece - I have found it hard to use but it works well here.  I added another bit of DP for the sandy beach, and connected it with a bit of twine.  They don't show much here, but I used bits of the "negative" from a sheet of stickers - colored them and used them to separate the sand, sea, and sky.
Sketch; theme - wonder around us (the ocean):  Try Stampin on Tuesday
It's a zoo:    Stamping with Dragon
By the sea:    Delicious Doodles
                       Julia Spiri
Make a splash:  Patties Creations 
One for the boys:    Allsorts
Birthday (inside verse):   Fresh Brewed Designs
Summer fun:    Crafting-with-Dragonflies
Summertime:    Inky Impressions
4 legged friends:   Lets Create Challenges 
Animals:     Morgans Artworld 
Fauna:      Simon Says Stamp Monday
Any:    Craft Your Passion
             Inspiration Destination
             Doodle Pantry
             Sisters of Craft
             Classic Design Team
             Paper Nest Dolls
              Jo's Scrapshack

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Happy 62nd Anniversary

Our friends are celebrating their 62nd anniversary - truly an occasion to commemorate.  Recently Mary Ellen Smith at Dearie Dolls posted an image of this couple - seated at opposite ends of the couch!  I asked if she could get them to pose again, seated closer!  She responded with two additional versions, including this one.  Perfect!  Mary Ellen, you are so great to respond to individual requests.
Recipe:  Darice embossing folder (hearts), some purple lace, floral FunTape, die cuts for letters and numbers; 7Gypsies library stamp for sentiment.
Sketch:   Tuesday Morning Sketches
Celebrations:   Get Creative
Lace:      Fussy and Fancy 
Flora:   Smon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
Any:    Art Impressions
             Jo's Scrapshack 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Floral wish

I have had these Posh stamps for a long time and have rarely used them - wish I had photos of the samples Dee Greunig made when I bought them!  I need to work more with CAS cards.  I colored the stamps with markers and also filled in a bit on the stamped image (Vertical Wish Set).
Sketch:   Tuesday Morning Sketches
Stamped flowers:   Fashionable Stamping
Pink and Green:   Crafty Friends
Inspiration:   Cupcake Inspirations
Any:      Penny Black at Allsorts

Friday, July 8, 2016

Patriotic Gertie for granddaughter

Our granddaughter is completing her requisite 5 (parachute) jumps.  She is beginning her second year at the USAF academy. We told her to let us know after she finishes, not before!  She enjoys my cards, and I am sure she will like this.  I have had these papers, brads and buttons for some time.  The red stars are punched, and the blue trellis and sentiment are die cuts (Cuttlebug).  Blue and red Washi tape strips at the top do not show up on the photo.  Patriotic Gertie - ready for an outdoor parade - is part of a freebie set at Imagine That Digi Stamp Store.
Die cut:   Dies'r Us Challenge
                Digi Stamps 4 Joy  
Star:        Dragonfly Journeys
                 Love to Scrap
For a girl:        Aud Sentiments
Celebration:     Star Stampz
Family memories:        Frilly and Funkie
Fancy fold (Easel):      Incy Wincy Designs   
Red, white and blue:   Scrap-Creations
                                      Crafty Catz
                                      Simon Says Stamp
Colors of flag:     Dream Valley  
Patriotic:              Paper Girls

DT card for QKR Stampede challenge #199 - transportation

I am not sure how good this transportation might be...!!! I need a card for a brother-in-law who really enjoys long trail rides on his trusty Boots.  Certainly Boots is a bit more sedate than this bronco!  At any rate, check out the  QKR Stampede Blogspot  for this week's challenge - transportation.  You will find quite a variety of ideas from the talented DT members.  You may enter up to 3 times, and could win some of the fun QKR images.  Entries are due by 3 p,m, EDT, Thursday.
I colored the horse and rider with Prismas, and used chalk to lightly distress the edges. I used twine for a lasso, and Washi tape (maybe it is duck tape?) for the strips.  The background is dry embossed.  The sentiment is also from QKR (available as a rubber stamp) .  It is actually a single line that I cut apart to fit the sketch.
Sketch:    Mojo Monday
Travel:     Digitally Sweet Challenges
It moves me:     Pile it on Challenge 
Summer/outdoor fun:    Deep Ocean
                                          Aloha Friday
Family memories:           Frilly and Funkie
Any:     Lemon Shortbread
              Digital Delights
              A Bit More Time to Craft
              Doodle Pantry
             Sunsational Stamps
              Sisters of Craft

Monday, July 4, 2016

HB, Cheryl

Recipe:   Butterfly DP from DCWV Garden Party; Swiss Dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug); Cheery Lynn tiny flower die cuts; sequins, shiny gems, Happy birthday metallic die cut; Washi tape:
Sketch:   Mojo Monday
Flowers:  Cuttlebug Mania
                 Creative Knockouts
Garden:   Julia Spiri
Rose, pink, yellow:  Your Next Stamp
Summer:    Stars Stampz 
                    Aloha Friday Challenges
Wings:    Crafters Cafe 
Pattern Paper:   Morgans Artworld
                             Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper 

Friday, July 1, 2016

QKR Design team #198 - Christmas in July

It is time to  start thinking about Christmas, though it is hard to do when it is 110 every day!  I know, for those of you in the southern hemisphere that is usual for the holidays!  I selected the digital image "shepherd" and Merry Christmas to go with it- from the selection at QKR.  You may submit up to 3 entries by 3 p.m. July 7. 
Last week the theme at QKR Stampede was paper piecing, and I decided to go that route again.  I pieced the head piece and also the robe.  In retrospect I wish I had found a better piece of DP for the robe - it needs a bit more color.  (If you have not done paper piecing, my advice to you is to select a fairly light colored DP so it is easy to see the lines to cut.)  I also used favorite style - lots of light colored embossing.  I used a shimmery champagne colored cs (Recollections) for embossing and stamping, as well as for the card base.  I do not yet have a "star" embossing folder, so I substituted the snowflakes.  I used a gold pen to color the rays of one, and topped it with a
punched from gold glitter cs, though it does not really show on the screen.  I also used a bit of cord with a metallic thread for the head dress.
If I decide to mass produce this card for Christmas I may just leave the image uncolored.  My preference is to  use the same image for all of our cards.
Sketch:  Your Next Stamp
Warm Clothing:   Christmas at Sweet Stampin
Christmas:  Christmas Card Challenges
Christmas with sentiment:  Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge
Star:  The Glory of Christmas
Holiday:   Hiding in my Craftroom
Occasion:  Crafting When we Can
Embossing:   Dragonfly Journeys
Any:   Crafty Sentiments
            Craft Your Passion 
            Jo's scrapshack   
            Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
            Love to Scrap
            Word Art Wednesday