Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Time for a Fairy Tale



It's time for a new challenge over at 
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and the optional twist is:  
March Madness: Use a Fairy or Give your Creation a Fun Fairy Tale Title (you can create your own title or use real Fairy Tale story titles)

I went with the Stories from "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus."  You can read them HERE.  You might want to tuck this one away for the holidays to read to the littles in your life! 

For this card I used Flight Plan from The Paper Shelter.  The background is an antique map/globe pic from the internet.  



Material List
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Image Flight Plan from The Paper Shelter
Copic Markers
Cereal box for dimension 
Adhesives 
CTMH Inks 
CTMH Golden Rod Stickles Glitter Gel
CTMH Urban Paper Packet Blue Background Paper
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
Cricut Maker to cut digi and globe
Cricut Access 

Santa is off to the following challenges:  
Colour Crazy Challenge:  AG hand colored
Through the Purple Haze:  AG
Crafty Creations:  AG
Holly and Ivy:  AG Christmas
TTCRD:  AG
12 Months of Christmas:  no twist
Watercooler Wednesday:  All About Occasions
ABC Christmas:  G for Gold (stars and tacks on globe)
Kerst Christmas:  AG Christmas

Be sure to visit
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Friday, March 20, 2020

Butterflies



Our new challenge over at Cut It Up is Spring Fever, but that's not all!  You need to use at least 3 butterflies on your project!  Of course, you also need to remember your die cut.  Whew, that's a lot to remember!  hee hee 

My card has 3 butterflies from the Cricut CTMH Artfully Sent Cartridge.  I chose a card that has 8 butterflies cut from it and I ...... Wait, let me show you!  That's much simpler!




Material List:  
Papers:  Spring has Sprung Paper Set from Digital Delights by Louby Loo
Card cut:  CTMH Artiste Cartridge
Sentiment from:  CTMH Artfully Sent Cartridge
CTMH products found HERE
Bo Bunny Double Dot Gems
Envelope cut from:  Tags, Bags, Boxes & More 
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
Cricut Access flower border
Cricut Maker


Come over to Cut It Up and share your ideas!  



When you visit the Cut It Up blog, have fun viewing the DT projects and check out the rules and prize info.  Then be sure to share your project with us ~ don't forget the die cut to have a chance to win a prize from our amazing sponsors. 


This card is off to the following challenges: 

Aud Sentiments:  Spring/Easter Sentiment
Bitten by the Bug 2:  Spring Equinox
TTCRD:  AG
Arty Divas:  AG
Stinkin' Inkers:  Pastel Pallette
Double Trouble:  Thing 1 Die cuts +Double Dare Bitten by the Bug

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Let it Snow...(just not here!)




As a guest DT, I get to share another sweet digi from Conie Fong.  I'm sure when you see Conie Fong's art, you will be inspired to make some new projects!  You can learn more about Conie and her art on her Etsy Site or Facebook.

This digi stamp is Snowy the Penguin ~Let it Snow.  I think he is adorable!  I decided since it's a cold, snowy card it should be layered up.  So, I have several paper layers as well as burlap and ribbon.  

Material List:
Digi and Sentiment:  Snowy the Penguin ~Let it Snow from Conie Fong
Copic Markers
Whit gel pen
Adhesives:  Double sided tape, ATG Tape Runner
Embellishments:  Burlap, Ribbon 
CTMH Paper (retired) However you can find beautiful CTMH papers HERE
Cricut Standard Mat Cricut Blade Cricut Access for shell and bag cuts
Cricut Maker

I'm sending my bag off to the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky:  Christmas
Holly and Ivy Christmas:  AG Christmas
Artsy Stamper:  Lots of Layers
All Fun Challenges:  AG
2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  AG with Critter
2 Sisters on the Blog:  Stripes or dots (stripes)
Crafter's Cafe:  Animals
Happy Little Stampers:  Christmas
12 Months of Christmas:  AG
The Outlawz: Festive Friday~Christmas
CRAFT:  AG or Christmas Animals
Crimbo Crackers:  Penguins
Conie Fong FaceBook Challenge: AG using a Conie Fong image (Optional twists)

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Botanicals at Christmas


It's time for a mid-month reminder of our optional theme over at Path of Positivity: Beauty of Botanicals 

I love flowers and foliage at Christmas time!  My favorite is definitely holly!  My grandparents had a gorgeous holly bush outside their home.  I remember sitting out in the swing with my sister looking at that lovely bush dreaming of all the holiday treats in our future!  

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Material List

This digi:  Snow Capped Topiary from Scribbles Designs
Paper Decosse's Dynamite Doodles 
Hand made Plaid with Copic Markers
Copic markers
Gold gel pen
CTMH Inks 
Gold thread from stash
Glitter
Bo Bunny Gems
Cricut Access for holly cut
Cricut Standard Mat
 Sharing with these challenges: 
Krafty Chicks:  Christmas
Holly and Ivy Christmas:  AG
Southern Girls:  AG

Be sure to come on 
over to 
and see 
what the team 
thinks about Botanicals!  
You can also find 
more information 
about entering 
the challenge!  

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wonderful sponsors this month:



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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

My New Holiday


It's time for a new challenge over at 
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and the optional twist is:  
Make up your own holiday!  Yes, you have the power to make it up and create your own card, gift wrap, poster, etc!  What holiday do you think is missing from the calendar?


My holiday is Shower Your Sister Day!  It is to be celebrated on the first rainy day in the month of April.  There are no rules except you must break all diet rules and eat your favorite foods together!  You my also give small tokens of friendship and love to your sister!

I chose to make a gift bag for my sister's gift!  I used Lovely Umbrella from The Paper Shelter.  The background is pre-colored and the pretty girl digi is Copic colored and added to the front with dimension.  

Material List
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Image Lovely Umbrella from The Paper Shelter
Copic Markers
Cereal box for dimension 
Adhesives 
CTMH Inks Retired
CTMH Ribbon, Twine, Gems
Lace from stash
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Access for bag cut

This bag is off to the following challenges:  
A Bit More Time to Craft:  AG
Crafter's Cafe:  AG
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends:  AG

Be sure to visit
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Mermaid's Bag of Treasures!



Time to share another sweet digi from Conie Fong.  This time I was inspired by this cute mermaid to make a beach pail gift bag!  I'm sure when you see Conie Fong's art, you will be inspired to make some new projects!  You can learn more about Conie and her art on her Etsy Site or Facebook.

Let's take a look at how I put this bag together! Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and check out the video below!  


If you would like a video on how to alter Cricut Cuts to make a project like this work, let me know in the comments below or on my YouTube channel.  You may also reach me by sending a private message.  I'll gladly post a video on that topic!

Material List:
Digi:  Flowers on the Beach from Conie Fong
Copic Markers
Box cut:  CTMH Art Philosophy
Pail Cut:  Cricut The First Few Years
Adhesives:  Double sided tape, ATG Tape Runner, Fabric Tac
Embellishments:  Burlap, Lace, Twine, Gems
Tissue paper as filler
CTMH Paper Seaside (retired)
Cricut Standard Mat Cricut Blade Cricut Access for shell and bag cuts
Cricut Maker

I'm sending my bag off to the following challenges:

Country View: The Eyes Have It (I thought this mermaid's eyes were beautiful!)
Love to Craft: AG
Crafty Calendar: More than one fold
Fairy and Unicorn: AG Fantasy
Die Cut Divas: AG with die cut
Bitten by the Bug 2: AG (except a card); use die cuts from Cricut
TTCRD: AG
Colour Crazy: AG hand colored
Outlawz ~ Saturday Paper A La Mode: Making a Splash
Classic Design: AG
Conie Fong FaceBook Challenge: AG using a Conie Fong image (Optional twists)

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Green with Envy!



Our new challenge over at Cut It Up is Green with Envy!  So, use a die cut and green!  

This particular coloring is from a recent Kit & Clowder Monthly Class.  I loved the class so much, I changed out the colors and re-colored her with a green dress and red hair to make her Irish for St Patrick's Day!  I was inspired by the flowers in her hair and added a flower border cut with my Cricut!  


Material List:  
Digi:  Braids in My Hair Conie Fong
Flower Border from Ribbons and Rosettes Cricut
Copic Markers
Adhesives and Cereal box for dimension
Gold Sparkle/Glitter embossing powder
Fabric from stash
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
Cricut Access flower border
Cricut Maker

Come over to Cut It Up and share your ideas!  

When you visit the Cut It Up blog, have fun viewing the DT projects and check out the rules and prize info.  Then be sure to share your project with us ~ don't forget the die cut to have a chance to win a prize from our amazing sponsors. 

These cards are off to the following challenges: 
Double D Challenges:  St Patrick's Day
Paper Funday:  St Patrick's Day
Double Trouble:  Thing 1 Green + Thing 2 Gold (Embossing Powder)
Heart 2 Heart:  Put Your Green On
Paper Girls:  Use Glitter (Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder)
Colour Crazy:  AG hand colored

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Mini-Journal featuring Little Blossom


I'm so happy to share this adorable digi from Conie Fong on my Mini-Journal!  The next two months I will be sharing a variety of projects featuring the beautiful images from Conie as part of her Guest Design Team.  You can learn more about Conie and her art on her Etsy Site or Facebook.

So, let's talk about this mini-journal....better yet, grab a cup of your favorite beverage and check out the video below!  


Material List: Cover Digi: Little Blossom by Conie Fong Copic Markers Adhesives, thread, eyelets, lined paper, ribbon, various embellishments including my fav ~ charms and jewelry baubles CTMH Inks COLORBOK Sunset Glow Paper (retired I think) Thread Cricut Standard Mat Cricut Blade Cricut Access for fans and lantern
Gold embossing powder and ink Cricut Maker

I'm sending my journal off to the following challenges:

Outlawz~
Unicorn Challenge: Flower Power
Bitten by the Bug 2: AG...except at card! Cut is fan on cover. Other cuts inside the book.
Dream Valley: For Girls Only
Make My Monday: In the Pink
Use Your Stuff: Fav Embellishment ~ I love using baubles and charms
Classic Design: AG
Craft-Dee BowZ: AG
Creatalicious: AG
Creations in Pink: AG w/Mostly Pink
Creative Sketchy Girls: Girls only
Pearly Sparkles: For the Ladies/Girls
Sweet Stampers: Hearts and/or Flowers
Splashy Mix:  Mood Board (Colors, cherry blossoms, girl)
Dragonfly Dreams:  Make it Feminine


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Monday, March 2, 2020

Forget Me Not!


Wow, it is March already and our optional theme over at Path of Positivity is Beauty of Botanicals.  I love blue flowers and the Forget Me Knot digi from SheepSki makes for the perfect page in my journal.  

I ran across this story/fable/parable and fell in love with it.  I will leave it for your to ponder as I have during this time of Lent.  

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Material List

This digi:  Forget Me Knot  from SheepSki
Sentiment:  Computer generated  
Copic markers
White Uni-ball gel pen
CTMH Inks and retired Stamp Sets
Button and fiber from stash

 Sharing with these challenges: 

Colour Crazy Challenge:  AG hand colored
As you Like It:  Fav Flower and why ~ I like any blue flower!
World Wide Open DT:  AG
Outlawz/Festive Friday:  AG

Be sure to come on 
over to 
and see 
what the team 
thinks about Botanicals!  
You can also find 
more information 
about entering 
the challenge!  

Thanks to our 
wonderful sponsors this month:



and



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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Hoodie-Hey!



It's time for a new challenge over at 
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and the optional twist is:  Hoodie Hoo!  Now, what is Hoodie Hoo?  


It is a day to chase away winter blahs, and bring in spring. After all, everyone in the northern hemisphere is sick and tired of winter at this point and a little crazy being cooped up inside all winter and not seeing the sun.
On this winter day usually celebrated on the 20th, people go out at noon, wave their hands over their heads and chant "Hoodie-Hoo".

Now, where I live, no creature is more tired of winter than our horses!  They have been cooped up inside or in mud!  This digi, Make it Snappy-Hey There from Bugaboo Stamps, is exactly what my horses look like hanging their heads out the dutch doors looking for Spring!

This card was inspired by the comic strip Non Sequitur.  I love the witty sarcasm of Wiley Miller. You can read about it HERE and HERE.  

Material List

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Image from Bugaboo Stamps
Copic Markers
Paper from Polkadoodles
Cereal box for dimension under horse parts
Adhesives 
CTMH Inks Retired
Cricut Access for verbiage
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
Cricut Maker to cut horse parts
Cricut Access


This page is off to the following challenges:  

TTCRD:  AG
Always Fun Challenges:  Inspired by Cartoon (my fav horse cartoon~ Non Sequitur!)
Make My Monday:  Critters
Crazy 4 Challenges:  Dog or any pet
Creative Moments:  AG

Be sure to visit
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Friday, February 21, 2020

Prosit!


New challenge over at Cut It Up and the challenge is to use a die cut and your favorite color!  I love Vintage browns and blues together and this wine tag was the perfect place to use them with this wonderful die cut/stamp from Stamplorations.   Prosit Word Stamp and Die has such a lovely script and the die cuts beautifully!  It is the perfect size for this 3 inch wide wine bottle hanger tag! 

I started with paper from Polkadoodles and cut a banner.  The wine glasses are from the Cricut Design Space.  I stamped the "prosit" with embossing ink and then sprinkled with clear powder and heat embossed!  I cut the word with the die and adhered it to the tag.  To give the wine a bit of sparkle, I used a shimmer pen and colored over the glasses.  

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Adoration...


We are mid-February  and our optional theme over at Path of Positivity is Adoration 

I'm thinking today about the adoration/admiration I have for my family, my grandfather in particular.

I'm going with the definition of admiration and esteem.  There were several different images over at Beccy's Place I could have used to describe my grandpa.  He was a farmer and loved his animals, but I chose this digi image set, Garden Silhouette, because I also admire anyone who can grow something and the sentiment is perfect to describe Grandpa!  

My grandpa loved simplicity and had great faith.  It has been the past few years I have really come to admire his quiet strength.  He was a man of few words and never angered easily.  When I was young, I thought of my grandma as the stronger of the two since she was quicker to anger and had words for all occasions; but now I understand how difficult and how much inner strength it really takes to keep quiet and let some things pass!  

I wish I had spent more of my life trying to be like him, and to this day when I'm out in the barn working around horses I try to emulate his quiet demeanor. 

 While teaching therapeutic horsemanship, I had a motto: Strength through Balance.  I tried to teach this was true of physical, mental, and emotional balance.  My grandpa seemed to be just that, a very balanced individual loving the simplest pleasures that many overlook.  

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To see how to create an effect like this, I invite you to view the video below.  It is an older one, but describes how to turn a digital silhouette (or die) into one you can color! The tag in that video also uses the Garden Silhouette stamp and can be found on an earlier blog post HERE*Note the demo below uses free images from Cricut DS because I didn't want to watermark all the images.





Constructing this journal page:




The die cut I used on this page is a silhouette stamp from the Garden Silhouette!  I simply imported it into Cricut DS and set it to cut instead of print!  How fun is that!!  

The image was watercolored using watercolor pencils and Tombow markers.  I colored with the pencils over some of the darker portions.  I continued coloring by scribbling Tombow marker on a ceramic tile and picking up the color with a  paintbrush and a little bit of water.  Then I painted over the image.    

I assembled everything using a stamped and inked background for the base page, a die cut from the set, some scrap paper I embossed, and stash items listed below!  The "string" through the button is actually what I pulled from the denim strip when fraying it!


Material List

This digi:  Garden Silhouette from Beccy's Place 
Sentiment:  Garden Silhouette from Beccy's Place  
Colored with Watercolor Pencils and Tombow Markers
Adhesives 
CTMH Inks and retired Stamp Sets
Ribbon, Denim strip, Burlap, Lace and Button from stash
Gold paint w/water for splatters
Cricut Standard Mat
 Sharing with these challenges: 

Country View:  Splatters, Splashes, & Drips
Cheerful Sketches: Sketch to right
Not Just Cards:  AG
Sweet Stampers:  Hearts and /or Flowers
Beccy's Place:  AG with Beccy's Place Image
All Sorts:  Dies or Punches
Outlawz ~ Festive Fridays:  AG


Be sure to come on 
over to 
and see 
what the team 
thinks about Adoration!  
You can also find 
more information 
about entering 
the challenge!  

Thanks to our 
wonderful sponsors this month:



and




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