Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Lapbook/Journal: Dogs and Pups



Time for a new challenge over at Digi Choosday!  The DT were challenged to create a project with the following criteria!  The challenge is always Anything Goes for your projects!

1. Theme:   Just Because/Friend  (Created for my Friends at 2B Rescue)

2. Use: Any image NOT a person (Bowl and collar)
3. Make: Anything including more than one fold, ie a concertina card, gatefold etc  (Lots of fold here!!)

So, I decided to create a Lapbook/Journal and include lots of videos and pictures for you!  All materials are listed in the information boxes on the videos; so, grab a cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy the videos!

Yesterday was National Rescue Dog Day!  In celebration of that, this book is being donated to 2B Rescue where I found my dog, Luther, who is shown in one of the videos or you can see him HERE!  




Here is a Video Flip-Through of the book

Foundation Book Tutorial.

and 

here are the 2 Video Tutorials
Part 1

Part 2

My book is off to the following challenges:

A Place to Start:  Showcase your fav technique(s) (Mine are Distressing, Inking and Bookmaking)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  AG with critter (no actual critter, but a book for a critter!)
A Vintage Journey:  Book It  
Creative Artiste:  AG Mixed Media
Mix it Up:  Mixed Media AG
Mini Album Makers Challenge:  Finished Album/book
Stinkin' Inkers:  All Tied Up ~ Use Ribbon, Twine, Fibers
We Love to Create:  AG Mixed Media
Crafty Calendar:  Distress It
TTCRD:  AG
Crafter's Castle:  AG
Papercraft:  Ribbons
Sweet Stampers:  Animals
Crafting from the Heart:  AG
Friendship Challenge:  Animals
Classic DT:  AG
Creative Craft Cottage:  Use Ink
Festive Friday:  Creativity Day and/or Fun Fold
As You Like It:  Favourite non-card project (Journals are so fun to create!  So much opportunity to embellish, personalize, and "get creative.")
Cutie Pie:  Bingo (Buttons, Stripes, Spots or Buttons, Twine, Flowers or Stripes, Dies, Lace or Flowers, Dies, Spots)
Corrosive Challenge:  AG
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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!

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.

Monday, May 20, 2019

PoP Hand



Admiration 
is the optional theme over at Path of Positivity!  This journal page in my faith journal highlights women in my family from my grandmother through to my grand-girl!  I'm not really sure any of us would be considered a "diadem" but we are most certainly a "force to be reckoned with"!  They come no stronger than these women who set out to push the limits and keep pushing far past what they (we) should!  Yeah, stubborn, too!  

We certainly are NOT a family of perfect women!  We are go getters who set goals and constantly move in that direction sometimes unintentionally causing storms in the peace and "sinning boldly", but we do not cease until the job is complete.  

Yes, we do fail, but it doesn't stop us from trying again.  Do we know when to "throw in the towel"?  No....usually not.  Does it cause us pain....usually does!  Do we give in when we know persistence it's futile?  Not usually!   

No, we don't make sense, but it is who we are and I have to admire this lineage of enduring women!

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So.... here's a little about this piece.
I printed this nostalgic image, Hand from Scribbles Designs
 and Copic colored the image.  I did add some gel pen and a pearl.  

I ripped the page, inked it, and added some lace underneath as well as some around the pictures.  Gems and a bow finish it off!  

This tribute is off to the following challenges:

Let's Craft and Create:  AG + Option: Motherly Love
Not Just Cards:  AG
Creative Fingers:  AG
Simply Create, Too:  AG
Scribbles Designs:  Showcase A Flower  (Added a pearl to the flower on the glove...not sure if this counts, but just wanted to share my make!)

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

Thanks to our 

wonderful sponsors this month:


and

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Friday, May 17, 2019

A Calf's Picnic


The new theme for the Cut It Up challenge is Picnics!  Create any type of project, but don't forget your die cuts!!    

I thought it would be fun to use this image as a calf's picnic page in my faith journal!  ;)
  To set the scene, I started with this delightful image, My Cow, from A Day for Daisies and Copic colored this duo.  The sky and grass are filled out with CTMH sponged inks in Sky and Sweet Leaf.  

Several dies add to our picnic scene including the following:  
Tree:  Polkadoodles Winnie Fruit Punch
Lacy oval:  Cricut Design Space ~ Lacy Labels
Oval with Text:  Cricut Design Space ~ A Child's Year
Apples:  Cricut Design Space ~ Cheerful Seasons

CTMH Papers, Stamps, Inks
Inks (these colors retired):  Topiary, Sweet Leaf, Sky, Holiday Red, 

Papers all retired:  Sweet Leaf, black, Chocolate, and a stash one that I don't have the name 

I finished it off with some embellishments including:
Lace
CTMH Gems (retired)
Twine for a Bow

This is off to the following challenges/pages:  
Creative Knockouts:  Fav Embellishments~ lace and twine
Alphabet Challenge:  D is for distressed -inks/papers
Crafty Animals:  AG
Daisy Chain:  AG
TTCRD:  AG
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.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Lapbook/Journal: The foundation


This is my foundation in a Lapbook/Journal project.  In this tutorial, we will construct a Lapbook/Journal with a cover and 10 inside panels (although you could add more if you wanted!) to decorate.  
   
Supply List:  
Cereal boxes
Double sided tape
Duct Tape
Decorative Washi Tape
Kraft Paper
Glue stick/Fabric Tac/Adhesives of choice
Paint/ink/other you have in your craft room

Ideas for this book construction are a combination of techniques from some of my favorite book makers on YouTube including:
Nik the Booksmith
Mike Deakin
Jen of Eve

The photos of the book below were taken of an earlier book.  You can view prior finished books Vintage Cowgirl, Cowgirl Journal, and Lavender Tea Journal.  You will find YouTube videos on these pages, also!  This will give you an idea of where we are going with this make!





Check out the video below for step by step instructions!


Ok, so if you watched the video, you found that my book is going to be filled with Polkadoodles paper and embellies....and the inspiration is my new GSD pup!  Here he is.....introducing....
Luther ~ 16 weeks old in these photos!


Please come back and join me on Tuesday, May 21 for Polkadoodles Lapbook Journal:  Dogs and Pups.  I will be using some very fun papers and embellishments from Polkadoodles!  You won't want to miss this!

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.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Man's Best Friend!


Starting a new venture with Polkadoodles...Pink Gem Designs!  If you haven't seen these adorable images, you need to head over to Polkadoodles and check out the digis there!  

The team is challenged to create something for a guy to prepare for Father's Day which is June 16th in USA and the UK.  What better image than a dog since dogs are man's best friend!  I chose Millie with Heart Balloon and colored her up with Copic markers.  

The rest is explained in the video below, so grab a cup of your favorite beverage and join me!  



Material List:
Pink Gem Designs Digi:  Millie with Heart Balloon
Polkadoodles Work & Play 12
Woof You Dogs Clear Stamp Set
The Great Outdoors A5 Paper Pack
Inks
Twine
Copic Markers
Adhesives
Various embellishments

Come and join us at the Pink Gems Challenge where it is Anything Goes!  Can't wait to see you there!  

This little one will be visiting the following challenges:  
Library Challenge:  All Creatures Great and Small
Crafty Cardmakers:  3,2,1:  3 Buttons, 2 banner tags, 1 piece of twine
2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  AG with a Critter
Crafter's Castle:  Show us what you use to color:  Copics
Creative Fingers:  Anything Papercraft Goes

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, May 8, 2019

Hip to B Square!


It's time for new challenge over at 
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and our optional twist is Hip to B Square! To follow our twist, I thought it would be fun to put this image in 3 different polaroid type square frames!  

I started with this fun image, Benjamin, from LeAnn's World.  The papers are all retired from CTMH as well as the embellishments.  The 'hip' font is from Cricut Design Space Forever Young and the inside sentiment is from Cricut Design Space Let's Celebrate!  The "it's your day!" is Cricut Design Space typed in text using Be Free font.  

Come share with us at Twisted Thursday!



Off to the following Challenges/Pages:  
A Bit More Time to Craft:  AG
MOO-Mania:  Just One Word  (one word on front)
TTCRD:  AG

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 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.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Flip Flop Time...with a surprise upcycle!



The Digi Choosday Team is sharing projects featuring the following:  

Mothers day (usa 12th May)
1. Theme:   Holidays
2. Use: Any image which includes a camera, sunglasses or anything beachy. Use something UPCYCLED/RECYCLED from the kitchen trash! 
3. Make: A card which is not square

So I chose to make this gift card for my daughter as she celebrates Mother's Day!

Of course, it's always Anything Goes for all of your entries; so come join us for a chance to win some Polkadoodles digis!  





Material List:
Polkadoodles Sentiments and Flip Flop digi from Winnie Starfish/Sandcastles Craft Printables.  
Adhesives
Glass Seed Beads
Sand Dollar
Twine
White Cardstock
Epson Printer
Cricut for cutting
Surprise Recycle/Upcycle item (see video!)

Please check out the video below for all the details on this card!  



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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 flip flop is off to the following challenges:  
Cupcake Inspirations:  Theme ~ shaped card
Double Trouble:  Spring/summer Months (no twist)
Incy Wincy:  Shaped Cards
We Love 2 Create:  Mixed Media
Crafty Catz:  Bon Voyage/travel

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.


Monday, May 6, 2019

Teachers and Admiration



Admiration is the new optional theme over at Path of Positivity!  When I think of admiration, my first thoughts go to teachers ~ always have and probably always will since I come from a line of educators and several in my family have continued this love/passion.  We have it covered from Early Childhood Development to college ...even reform/correctional school!  It all started back in the 1920's with my grandma who was the first college educated in her family and she went on to teach at White's Institute, a reform school for boys.  This was one tough woman who used her brain and braun for the good!  

My cousin and her husband are both incredibly talented college music professors and their son is a history teacher. 

In my real life, not to be confused with my horse or craft life, (hahaha) I teach music in the private sector and my daughter has a degree and worked in Early Childhood Development before moving on to Library Science where she teaches Sign Language.  

Now, the inspiration for this piece is actually my sister.  This woman is, at times, my grandma all over again!  She is tough with a heart that goes out to the kids who really are in need.  She knows how to reach those students who no one else will/can.  I admire her tenacity and willingness to go waaaay above and beyond what many will for students who just can't find their way due to learning disabilities, home challenges, prejudice, or just plain bad luck.  

My sis actually moved in to an old one room school house built back in the early 1900's!  It is such a great house and I wanted to make something special for her.  
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So.... here's a little about this piece.
I printed this nostalgic image, Vintage Teacher, from A Day for Daisies on a rectangle measuring approximately 5x6 inches.  I Copic colored the image and sponged the wall.  I did add some faint texture to the teacher's blouse using a texture stamp.  The floor was done with a retired stamp from CTMH.  I distressed with Chocolate ink and adhered this to a pice of dark brown paper.  

Cricut Die Cuts 
Rulers:  CTMH Artbooking
School Handbell:  School Day Icons 
Books Label Tag:  Wrap It Up

Papers  
Script:  Retired from CTMH
Dark Brown Backgrounds: Colorbok Veranda 
Other paper from stash

Other Embellishments
Ribbon:  Retired CTMH
We R Memory Keepers Wide Eyelets
CTMH Glitz Glitter Gel  (probably retired)   
Frame:  Better Homes and Gardens Distressed White

This tribute is off to the following challenges:
Crafting with an Attitude:  AG
We Love 2 Create:  AG/Mixed Media
A Vintage Journey:  Book IT:  I was inspired by the "Little House on the Prairie" Series
Crafter's Cafe:  Use dies and/or punches
Simon Says:  Add Something Metallic  (metal eyelets)
Use Your Stuff:  Tags or Frames

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

Thanks to our 

wonderful sponsors this month:


and



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, May 3, 2019

Country Girl


The new theme for the Cut It Up challenge is Mother's Day!  Create any type of project, but don't forget your die cuts!!    

This is off to the following challenges/pages:  
Bitten by the Bug 2:  Mother's Day
Southern Girls:  AG
ModSquad:  Mother's Day
Papercraft:  For women or girls

I Copic colored this sweet image that has been in my "folder" forever; I'm not even sure where you can find her.  If anyone has info, please share and I'll update this post!  

I've added die cuts in the form of some country foliage from Nate's ABC's and the CTMH cartridges.  

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, April 24, 2019

Recipe




It's time for new challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday and our optional twist is Recipe: 1 ribbon, 2 Papers, 3 gems or pearls

I started with Fairy Wishes Sky and Scarlett from Morgan's Art World for my focal image.  This image reminds me of me and my sister!  

Off to the following Challenges/Pages:  


Crafty Calendar:  1 Ribbon and 2 or more Designer Papers
Morgan's ArtWorld:  AG
Daisy Chain:  Make it Feminine

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 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.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Comic Strip Animals


The Digi Choosday Team has a challenge to make projects using 2 images together and for Family/Friends.  Of course, it's always Anything Goes for all of your entries; so come join us for a chance to win some Polkadoodles digis!  

Being the overachiever I am, hahahaha, I decided to combine 4 different images with a sentiment from Polkadoodles Too Cute.  My goal was to put it into a comic strip setting with the animals sort of 'escaping' the setting!  (I saw this idea on Sandy Allnock's blog and was enamored with the idea.  She has a template there, but I decided to create my own to fit the animals.)  This was so fun, I can't wait to try this again with some different images!  

The animals were all colored with Copic markers.  Once the coloring was done, I masked them out and the backgrounds were done by sponging inks over the different squares.

Now, I'll admit, those silly monkeys really seem to be taunting that poor little elephant!  I guess, he really needs to hang in there with friends like them!  
😉
Images:  Polkadoodles Too Cute 
A Little Birdie Told Me

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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!

These guys are off to the following challenges:  

Crafty Catz:  AG opt twist:  All Creatures Great and Small
Crafty Animals:  AG with animals
Creative Cottage: No Pattern Papers
Dragonfly Dreams:  Include an animal
Creative Fingers:  AG papercraft
The Outlawz Festive Friday:  AG

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.