Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Paper Piecing


It's Thursday and time for a new challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday; the twist for our anything goes challenge is to Paper Piece

This floral image, La fluers, is from BabyCakesDND our sponsor this month!  You can go to the link and pick up this image to use for challenges for free!  This is a great opportunity to try one of Sandra's images and just see how fun they are to color, paper piece, doodle, etc!  

I'll also give a little plug to Craft Room Door where Sandra Caldwell is the featured Digi Artist offering some free images to members there.  

Be sure to visit
 The Outlawz Twisted Thursday for all the details about the challenge and to check out all fun inspiration from the DT and participants!

  Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, check out my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Positive Women from the Past




It's mid-month over at the Path of Positivity and I have more Neutral Colors to share.  This time I went for an old 'black and white photo' look adding some lavender colorizing with copic and sponge ink. 

I believe this gorgeous image Lady Hat Feathers from A Day for Daisies, takes us back to the early 1930's; but I must admit, I'm not sure.  If so, this was a difficult time here in the US with the beginning of the Great Depression.  It never ceases to amaze me how the women of that time, including my grandmothers, were such incredible stewards of their gifts ~ time, talents, and money.  

These incredible women could stretch a nickel beyond anything I can imagine.  My grandmothers washed their foil, sifted/reused flour, fed animals with leftovers, sewed old garments into quilts, used fabric scraps for patches and bedding, pressed wildflowers, decorated with country wild flowers, etc.  It makes me see these women in such a positive light and with so much respect and gratitude for their resilience!        

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My Card:
I chose to go outside the norm with Copic Cool Greys for the entire image.  (Now, I know most of the time, we go with Warms for living things; but if you follow me, you know I'm always jumping out of the box!) Then I 'swept' over with an E00.  

The banner and circle doilies inside the floral frames are from Polkadoodles Lavender Tea and those lovely frames are from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.  The main image was **printed onto the card front and then I added her to a frame and printed her again.  (**  I printed her onto the card front to be sure I did not lose the circular lines in the digi.  I knew when I cut them, I would lose them.  By printing them onto the card front, they would be there!)  The framed piece was then lined up carefully with the image below and popped on top with foam tape.  I added some crinkled seam binding and a few grey gems from my stash, and it's done!


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Be sure to come on 
over to 
Path of Positivity 
and see 
what the team 
thinks about neutrals!  
You can also find 
more information 
about entering 
the challenge!  
Thanks to our 
wonderful sponsors this month:
A Day for Daisies and Mari Digis.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

No Cards!


The new theme for the Cut It Up challenge is Anything but a Card!  This opens it up to lots of ideas, just be sure to include a die cut!

Our Challenge is sponsored by Ink on 3.  This sweet little box is from the Holly Days One Piece Boxes; however, I decided to use the HB2U Paper from the Snow Buddies Digital Paper Pack and turn it into a festive Birthday Box!  The little bear is really a Polar Bear, but I got creative with my Copics and made him into a very simple Panda with his balloon.  I added the ice cream cone which is also part of the paper pack.  

As you can see, this paper pack and box are both very versatile and can be used for many fun occasions...not just winter holidays!  

This little birthday bear will be partying at the following challenges:  


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. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Make yourself at home and feel free to peruse other posts/pages, leave a comment, and/or check out my Pinterest and YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Bee You!



It's Thursday and time for a new challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday; the twist for our anything goes challenge is to use Corrugated Cardboard!  

This delightful image, Bee a Sunflower, is from BabyCakesDND our sponsor this month!  I colored her with Copics and layered her on top of embossed pieces of cardstocks.  I've also added stamping, sanding, flowers, buttons, cheesecloth, inks, and twines to add some country charm.  



Be sure to visit
 The Outlawz Twisted Thursday for all the details about the challenge and to check out all fun inspiration from the DT and participants!

She is buzzing off to visit the following challenges:  

2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  AG with a Critter
Tuesday Throwdown:  Tag It 
Simon Says Stamp:  Anything but a Card
Crafty Calendar:  Use 3 of Something ~ 3 Buttons
Little Red Wagon:  Bees

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Shapes



It's a new challenge over at Digi Choosday and we are sharing some shaped cards this week.  Our Challenges are always Anything Goes for all of your wonderful entries!  

I have been so enamored with the Lavender Tea Collection from Polkadoodles and decided the time had come to create using one of the beautiful floral images.  I have combined it with the teacup cut from the same collection.  (By the way, there are several lovely cuts in this collection if you enjoy 3-D cuts!)  This cut folds at the top and bottom to form a closure in the back.  Be on the lookout for this used in a larger project coming soon!  

I tried something a little different for me using Tombow Markers and Marvy Brush Markers to create a water color effect.  I scribbled off color onto a tile and used it like watercolor.  My images were printed off onto the teacup shaped Mixed Media paper cut in Design Space.  After coloring/painting, I adhered that to some beautiful paper from the Helga Hippo Paper Heaven 3 and added some twine.  

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Hey, have you ever wanted to be a Guest Designer with us over at Polkadoodles?  Check out the Digi Choosday page for the details!  





Be sure to head over to Digi Choosday and check out the amazing projects from our team!  Then come share what you are crafting; we'd love to see it!  Remember, when you visit the Digi Choosday Site to pick up your discount code to Polkadoodles; it's good all day today....Tuesday!  It's a great way to pick up those digi's you've had your eye on!  While you're there, you might want to sign up for the Newsletter so you never miss out on special events!

My teacup is off to the following challenges: 
Crafter's Cafe:  Tic, Tac, Toe~ Twine, Pattern Paper, Flowers


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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Tall and Skinny....I wish!



It's Thursday and time for a new challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and the twist for our anything goes challenge is Tall and Skinny!  Now, this is something I know NOTHING about!  hee hee  I have always been a bit height challenged topping out at around 5'2" and as for the skinny....well, let's just say I really like pasta, bread and ice cream!  😋 

Thank goodness, it's the project that needs to be tall and skinny!  I chose to make a card to fit into a US business size envelope; so the card ends up measuring around 3.5 inches by 8 inches.  

This fun image, Float Your Boat Hippois from BabyCakesDND our sponsor this month!  

Be sure to visit
 The Outlawz Twisted Thursday for all the details about the challenge and to check out all beautiful inspiration from the DT and participants!

  Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, check out my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

Because one layout wasn't enough for this tune!



Yes, it is true; I already journaled this tune~ Stairway to Heaven~ and you can view it HERE. However, I had to create a sort of response in my journal.  Some tunes just merit more than one layout, and for me this one could go on for pages!  

Here is my take on these pages.  Please, feel free to interpret/decipher for yourself, since that is what art journaling is supposed to inspire!  

As well as the tune, I was inspired by this beautiful digi from Polkadoodles ~ January Knowledge is Everything.  This studious girl acquiring knowledge to gain reason seemed perfect for the layout.  The patient look in her eyes also moved me into the direction of the lyrics of 'listening' and 'standing long'!  All of this takes us back to the "All That Glitters is Gold" Layout from before and the Psalm reference.  

 I have included three embossed notes on the right side of the layout symbolizing for me listening, reasoning, and knowledge/wisdom.  Of course, this is all up to the one viewing as to what it holds for her/him.

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Material List:
Paper:  Polkadoodles Winnie in Winterland and stash
Black Vinyl:  (small musical notes) stash
Digi:  Polkadoodles Knowledge is Everything
Die Cuts:  Polkadoodles ~ Small Notes, Large Notes, and Flowers
Die Cuts:  Pied Piper ~ Cricut Nursery Rhyme and Scroll Cricut Heritage (my stash of cartridges)
Stencil:  TCW Mini Sheet Music    
Inks:  CTMH (Huge stash of these)
Embossing:  Ranger clear and gold, Versa Mark (stash)
Copics  (All in my stash)
Embellishment:  Gem from stash



My layout is off to the following challenges:  
Art Journal Journey:  Inspired by...music and digi ~  See details above!
A Gem of a Challenge:  Use 3 of Something ~ Large embossed music notes
Shopping Our Stash:  My fav things ~ Music, journaling, studying lyrics, stencils, and this digital stamp!
TTCRD:  AG
World Wide Open DT:  AG
Classic Design Team:  AG
Crafter's Castle:  AG
Colour Crazy Challenge:  AG

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Neutrals



As we continue the journey through the colors over at the Path of Positivity we have come to the Neutral Colors.  Now, I'm sure some of you might find this uninspiring or boring, but for me these sepia, black, white tones take me back to a time long before "my time" when 'talkies' were not yet watched and time was passed sitting in parlors viewing cards through stereoscopes.  These colors create a time machine for my imagination going back to tintypes and cabinet cards left from callers at the front door.    

I have chosen to color Chaplin and Cia from Mari Digis.  Since Charlie Chaplin was born in 1889, I imagine this delightful image takes us back to the turn of the century in England.  


 Here is a picture from the internet of Mr. Chaplin and his dog.  



I have found Charlie Chaplin to be such an incredible philosopher with several inspirational quotes to his name.  I couldn't wait to add this to my tag journal!  

Film embellishments are all from Polkadoodles Winnie Fruit Punch Collection.  Background papers are from CTMH and Polkadoodles Belle Papillon.  Embellishments retired CTMH Puffy Gold.  


Chaplin and Cia will be entertaining at the following Challenges:

Monochrome Magic:  No Twist
Simply Create Too:  For a Male
Mari Digis Challenge:  AG with Mari Image
Die Cut Divas:  Animals or Pets

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Be sure to come on 
over to 
Path of Positivity 
and see 
what the team 
thinks about neutrals!  
You can also find 
more information 
about entering 
the challenge!  
Thanks to our 
wonderful sponsors this month:
Mari Digis and A Day for Daisies.  

My 2018 Color Tag Series:
January:  Forever in Blue Jeans!
February:  Red...Power!
March:  Beautiful Yellow
April:  Garden Pastels
May:  Fav Colors in the Old West

Thanks for stopping by!  Make yourself at home and feel free to peruse other posts/pages, leave a comment, and/or check out my Pinterest and YouTube Channel.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Summer Fling at Fussy and Fancy


Well, today is a special day since I get to join in as a Guest Designer at Fussy and Fancy and the theme is Summer Fling!

The moment I saw the theme, I was instantly reminded of these two images (Winnie at the Window and Rocco at the Window) from the Polkadoodles Special Moments Collection.  They remind me of the scene from Grease when the two are singing and sighing about their summer adventures!  Also, brings to mind summer romances that used to take place at camp!  ; )

I combined the digis with papers from the Winnie Starfish and Sandcastles Collection.  I stenciled over the bricks for the building and added some ink and flowers from Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up. I finished the colorful Summer journal page with a title from CTMH Artbooking and a few Bo Bunny gems! 

Many, many thanks to the crafters at Fussy and Fancy for inviting me to share my Summer Fling Journal Page with you today!  I had so much fun creating this and it's such a joy to be there.  

My journal page is off to evoke some summer memories at the following challenges:  

The Outlawz Paper A La Mode:  Create a Scene
Moo-Mania:  Use Die cuts (flowers, background)
TTCRD:  AG


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Old Film Stars!



The new theme over at 
 Cut It Up for this challenge is Sketches! 

I'll be the first to admit, I have a Pinterest Folder dedicated to sketches and it seems I never refer to it.  So, this challenge was great for me to go and find a sketch that would lend itself to this wonderful image from Day for Daisies 

I was instantly enamored with this digi: Silent Film A.  It seems I have recently been attracted to the philosophical quotes of Charlie Chaplin.  (If you have a fascination with him and old film stars, keep an eye on my blog; I have another Chaplin project coming up in a few days!)


My sketch is from Split Coast Stampers and I found it on Pinterest.  I will admit, I re-made the sketch in Design Space since I couldn't get it to clearly reduplicate for this post.  Click HERE to see the original.


Dies:  
Film Reel Dies from CTMH Artbooking
Star Die from Basic Shape in Design Space

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 guy is shuffling off to the following challenges: 
Crafting by Designs:  For the Boys
Dream Valley:  For a Man or Boy
Simon Says Stamp:  Masculine
The Outlawz Greeting:  AG with a greeting

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Twisted Thursday AG


Time for a new challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and the twist for our anything goes challenge is Anything Goes!

I have chosen this free, adorable image from All Dressed Up.  She is so adorable, I couldn't resist coloring her up for a tag for a birthday gift!  She is too perfect with her party dress and balloon!

Be sure to visit
 The Outlawz Twisted Thursday for all the details about the challenge and to check out all beautiful inspiration from the DT and participants!

She is off to visit the following challenges:  

All Dressed Up:  AG with ADU Image


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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Hey, that's not how you're supposed to use that!


Ok, when I saw the theme ~ Use Something NOT for its intended purpose ~ for this week's DT project at Digi Choosday, I went all out to prove you can take Polkadoodles goodies in a very different direction! 

Now, you are saying, "But if you use a digi, don't you have to color it or use a Pre-Colored digi."  I say, "Not if you think outside the arena...I mean "proverbial box" and go with the NOT intended purpose!"  😉

I started with the digi Horse Riding and turned her into a "silhouette stamp."  I used a tag cut to make a stencil for my inking.  Finally, I combined sentiments from two different sets to make the perfect sentiment for my card. 

A little oboe reed thread ~ again not for its intended use ~ and some navy seam binding from sewing stash and my rider is ready to venture off on a 'Beautiful Life!'

This is what I love about Polkadoodles Digital Crafting:  the possibilities to creativity are endless!  You can whip up a card in an instant with PRE-COLORED backgrounds, design sheets, and digis or you can print and then color, paint, ink or decoupage!  You can stay all digital or you can get out all your ribbons, gems, pearls, and fabrics.  Of course, you can combine all the above!  

You can find the beautiful Polkadoodles goodies I used by clicking the links:

'Beautiful' from Lil Miss Sugarpops Quotes/Sentiments
'Life' from Winnie Special Moments Quotes
Background: Distressed Wood
Stamp Digi:  Horse Riding
Mask cut from Winnie in Wonderland Tags

Curious how I made this happen?  Check out the video below!




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Hey, have you ever wanted to be a Guest Designer with us over at Polkadoodles?  Check out the
 Digi Choosday page for the details!  



Be sure to head over to Digi Choosday and check out the amazing projects from our team!  Then come share what you are crafting; we'd love to see it!  Remember, when you visit the Digi Choosday Site to pick up your discount code to Polkadoodles; it's good all day today....Tuesday!  It's a great way to pick up those digi's you've had your eye on!  While you're there, you might want to sign up for the Newsletter so you never miss out on special events!

My rider is trotting off to the following challenges: 
Pile it On:  Sports or Hobbies
Crafty Creations:  AG
World Wide Open DT:  AG
Crafter's Castle:  AG
TTCRD:  AG
The Crafter's Cafe:  All Creatures Great and Small


Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, visit my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Butterflies



Time for a new challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and the twist for our anything goes challenge is Butterflies.  

I have chosen the gorgeous free image Butterflies from All Dressed Up.  This versatile image is perfect for a thinking of you, birthday, sympathy, anniversary, ...well anything!  You can find it over at the All Dressed Up Challenge Blog!  So, what's stopping you?  Go get it and link up to our challenge and the All Dressed Up Challenge for chances to win!  

Be sure to visit
 The Outlawz Twisted Thursday for all the details about the challenge and to check out all beautiful inspiration from the DT and participants!

I'm off to visit the following challenges:  



All Dressed Up:  AG with an ADU Image

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Fav Colors in the Old West



As we journey through the colors over at the Path of Positivity we have come to the best month of all...My Favorite Color!  ...and since it is mid-month, it is time to share my monthly tag in my series!   

As I explained earlier in the month, I'm not so sure I have a favorite color as much as I have a favorite color combination ~ blues and browns..then add a touch of gold/bronze and I'm in color heaven!  This tag is an example of using the colors in the Western Horse World.  

I have used one of the beautiful PRE-Colored pics from the the LunaGirl Dominoes Cowgirls and Cowboys Digital Collage Sheet.  This sheet is full of beautiful images of the horses and their handlers!  



Sneak Peek to future project!
I'm so enamored with this set of images, I'm currently working on 2 other pieces, and I'll give you a sneak peek of one (see photo on right.)  You'll have to keep an eye on my blog to see how it will be used in the finished project!  

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Be sure to come on over to Path of Positivity and see what the team thinks about pastels!  You can also find more information about entering the challenge!  Thanks to our wonderful sponsors this month: SheepSki Designs and Lunagirl.



This lovely horsewoman will be riding off to the following challenges:  

Sunny Day Crafting:  Horses
Dragonfly Dreams:  Here Come the Girls
Simply Create Too:  Anything but a Card
2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  Include a Critter

Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, check out my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

My 2018 Color Tag Series:
January:  Forever in Blue Jeans!
February:  Red...Power!
March:  Beautiful Yellow
April:  Garden Pastels








Friday, May 18, 2018

Dogs or Cats?



The new theme for the Cut It Up challenge is Dogs or Cats!  So, who will be more popular?  I must say, this was a tough one for me since I love them both!  I went with a dog since I was making some "doggy" wall hanging projects for our veterinarian's new clinic!  

Our Challenge is sponsored by Newton's Nook...who better to sponsor a challenge for Cats and Dogs!!  😉

This adorable little dog cut is from Close to My Heart Artistry.  The paper and sentiment are from Polkadoodles.    

Ribbon and puffy hearts were all from my stash.

This little guy will be visiting the following challenges:  
Crafty Animals:  AG with Animal
Daisy Chain:  Animals
Crafter's Cafe:  All Creatures Great and Small

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. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Make yourself at home and feel free to peruse other posts/pages, leave a comment, and/or check out my Pinterest and YouTube Channel.

Cut It Up