Saturday, July 23, 2016

Spread Your Wings

Welcome to a new challenge over at the Outlawz CAS group. This week are celebrating Amelia Earhart Day and we'd love to see your inspiration using anything with wings. Here's my card!


I am using the Bee Happy Birdbrain set at From the Heart Stamps. I used the sketch at I {heart} sketches with a twist for inspiration. The twist was a gatefold card but I didn't use that this time.

I colored the image with Bic markers. I used Spellbinder's Tear Drop Circles to die cut the image and I inked the embossed dots with Salty Ocean distress ink. The three flags in the background are scrap pieces from my scrap box. I believe they are from the Paper Studio. I de cut them from MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags. I am entering these challenges:

I hope you will join us this week for our wings challenge over at the Outlawz CAS. We'd love to see what you create! I am still in baby mode as the twin's first baby shower is next weekend. One blanket and one bib done and on of each to go yet. I am working on bib number 2 and Tuesday I'll need to hit the yarn shop for the yarn for Arthur's blanket. It's all coming too fast. And July is coming to an end. Yikes! Hope you find some time to relax and enjoy. Have an awesome week!

Donna

Friday, July 22, 2016

Double Thanks!

Happy Friday! I have another design team project over at Imagine That! Creative Playground today. I still have babies on my brain as my daughter asked me to make the "thank you" cards for the baby gifts. So I kept it simple so I could mass produce these cards. When mass producing a card I start by finding a design that I like and I test it out to make sure that everything will work out the way I want it.


I actually did several iterations of this card before I got the right balance of the images being the correct size and the sentiment fitting the banner. The image is the pre-colored version of the baby cribs from Imagine That! Little Blessing Stamp set. I die cut the cribs with Spellbinder's Lacy Squares and used Spun Sugar and Salty Ocean distress ink to ink the edges. The sentiments I created on my computer because I couldn't find a thank you sentiment that I thought fit with twins and I cut the sentiment from MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags. And I had to use the gorgeous plaid paper from Imagine That! Sweet Pastels Digi Paper. I love that paper!



So if you decide to mass produce a card, here are some of the things that I do. I've already said that I create my prototype the way I want it to look. Then I try to do each step all at one time. So I print all my images and sentiment out after I decide how many I will need. I die cut them all at one time and I assemble each part for all the cards at once. Kind of like an assembly line method. I find that works much easier and seems to be faster from start to finish. 
I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed a peek at my weekend project. Check ut all the fun over at Imagine That! Creative Playground.  I will be very busy. Have a wonderful weekend!





Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bugaboo Humor Me Wednesday

I have a design team card for Bugaboo Stamps today. It's Humor Me Wednesday over at the Catch the Bug challenge blog.So I hope my card makes you smile.


The image is Cupcake Tower colored with Bic markers. I fussy cut image and popped it up with foam tape. The sentiment is from Create with TLC.   I used an ek Success punch to punch out the sentiment and used distress inks to color the sentiment. I love the colorful card! The background is embossed with Argyle embossing folder. My card is for International Cake Day. You can check out all the fun and humorous cards at Catch the Bug. Don't forget that Bugaboo Sale. The entire store is aon sale at 50%off.


Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful Wednesday and take care!

Donna


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Raymond's Frogs

Today I have a card for the Imagine That! Digis by Kristy. This is a new stamp set called Raymond's Frogs debuted last week. Perfect for the little guy (or big guy) you might be crafting for and for summer.

Besides using the new stamp set I also made a card for the challenge over at Imagine That! Creative Playground. This month we are looking for shaped or fancy fold cards. Still plenty of time to play along as the challenge doesn't close until August 5th. Here is my card using a fancy fold.


I colored Raymond and his frogs with colored pencils and Copic markers. The designer paper is from Imagine That! Digis by Kristy called Beach Combers Digi Paper. The fold is a Triple Easel Card. I used the tutorial at Beccy's Place to make this card. To help prop the parts of the easel I used  a sentiment from Raymond' Frogs and popped it up with foam tape. For the side panels I used button that kind of look like rocks and I attached two of the frogs onto the "rocks." Such a fun card to make and very easy to do. I hope you will play along with the challenge this month at Imagine That! Creative Playground. Be sure to "hop" on over to the Creative Playground! blog to see if you are winner of Raymond's Frogs.
I am entering these challenges:

Well, I need to get back to baby things. Tricia's shower is coming up and I need lots of crochet time between now and then. So I may be missing a bit around here except for design team projects but I'll be back soon. Hugs to you all!


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Giving Thanks with Scribbles Designs

Happy Saturday to you all. Today over at Scribbles Designs Challenge blog, I am featured as one of the guest designers for the next three months. I am really thrilled for the opportunity to work with Sandy's images. You should scoot over there and check out my co-guest designer. I had a sneak peek of her work and it's amazing! And yesterday began a new challenge over at Scribble's Design blog. How does your garden grow?


My card could apply for that challenge.


I used three of Sandy's images on my card: the pumpkin, Hoot the Owl, and the sunflowers (a freebie, really the image is the sun but I turned it into sunflowers LOL!). The background is Spellbinders brick embossing folder inked with Fired Brick distress ink. I mounted that to a yellow card base. The images were colored with Copic markers and fussy cut and then added to the background. Hoot and two of the sunflowers are popped off the card with Scotch foam tape. So I have a start on my fall cards. Amazing, it's only July. I hope you'll join in the fun challenge and let's see how your garden grows. Thanks to Sandy and Lisa for inviting me to be a guest designer. And don't forget to visit Scribbles Designs and check out all the fun images.




I am entering these challenges:


Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you will visit again soon. Have a wonderful weekend!

Donna

Merry and Bright

Good morning to you! The weekend has . arrived and I hope you are feeling merry and bright! Today a new challenge begins at Catch the Bug blog. Today begins the Bingo challenge!


Oh what fun! I love doing these types of challenges. So here is my card.


Did you think it was going to be red, white and blue? I am kind of stuck on Christmas in July. So I used yesterday's Friday Freebie calle Rudolph Presents. Click on the link and go download it for free. He's just too cute! I added a Memory Box Winterland Tree all decorated with pearls, gold Stickles and a star. Rudolph is colored with Copics and has a red Stickles nose. I added a sentiment from a company that is no longer in business. So I used the third column down: pearl, star and glitter. I hope you'll come join the fun at the Catch the Bug challenge.
I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping I have another post coming later today and a surprise. Something I'm thrilled about. Hope you'll come back.

Donna





Friday, July 15, 2016

Our Big Reveal Party

Happy Friday! I can't wait until the weekend is in full swing. I'm looking forward to some crafting time I hope. Today I have a special post over at Imagine That! Creative Playground. Kristy asked me to be part of the design team and I said "yes." So today is my first post for Imagine that! Digis by Kristy.
Some of you already knew that my daughter and SIL are expecting twins and last Sunday they held a "reveal" party at our house. So I made a few things for the occasion. First off is a centerpiece for the table.

I hand drew the question mark on foam core board and cut out with an exacto knife. I then traced the foam core onto Imagine That!'s Sweet Pastel Digi Paper. I used the plaid paper because I am so into plaid these days and the colors were perfect. I covered the foam core front and back. Then adhered the question mark to the candle. I created two treat boxes using the Sweet Pastels Digi Paper and the Baby Boy Digi Paper. You can find the pattern for the baby bottle treat boxes at Maria's Inspired and Unscripted blog. I used the pre-colored digis from Little Blessings to decorate the front and back of the bottle treat boxes. Here's a closer look at the baby bottles.


I also created a card for the occasion.




The sentiment (which is so totally adorable!) is from the Little Blessing stamp set. I'd bought this Gina Marie Designs Quilt die several months ago and had never used it. And since I LOVE this plaid paper so much (did I mention that?) I had to use it with this die. So I used the Sweet Pastel Digi paper again to create this card. I punched the sentiment out with an ekSuccess punch and inked it with Peacock Feathers distress ink.
Here's the sets I used:



I am entering these challenges:
So now that I showed you the decorations I suppose I should tell you the big "reveal!" The twins are a boy and a girl. Baby A is Arthur Alexander and Baby B is Valerie Renee. I am busy crocheting baby blankets and whatever else I can get together before they are born. June 30th was my last full time day at work. I'm just working 2 days a week now and when the babies are born I'll be retiring completely to help with the twins. What could be better than a full-time grandma! I'm looking forward to it. Happy Friday! Thanks for stopping by and I hope your weekend is awesome!







Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bugaboo Bingo!

I'm late! I'm late for a very important date. I forgot to schedule this post last night. OOps! Another new challenge over at the Christmas in July week at Catch the Bug blog. Today is Bingo day!

I love planning which row or column I'm going to do and then making it work on my card. Here's what I came up with.


The image is of course from Bugaboo called Little Penguin Winter - Winter Bench. I colored the image with Copic markers and embellished it with Grape, Diamond and Gold Stickles for some sparkle. I die cut the image with MFT Inside and Out Rounded Squares. The designer paper is from Hobby Lobby on a black card stock base. My sentiment is from The Crafty Nomad (which has turned into a sewing blog). I punched out the sentiment with an ek Success punch and embellished with Grape Stickles. I hope you will check out all the fun challenges this week at Catch the Bug Christmas in July and don;t forget the huge sale going on at Bugaboo Stamps. 50% off the entire store. It's a great time to treat yourself to some new digis!

I am entering these challenges:
Thank you for stopping by today. I do hope to see you joining in the challenges over at Catch the Bug. Lots of prizes to be won!

Donna


Monday, July 11, 2016

Bugaboo Tag

Our Christmas in July continues over at Bugaboo. Today's challenge is to make a tag. 


So my tag is a cutie for sure.


I used Stocking Santa Ornament from Bugaboo Stamps. I colore.d him with Copics and then fussy cut him out. The background card stock is Lights by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. The tag is die cut with Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners. The To and From stamps are from a set from Michaels. I added a ribbon for embellishment. 
I hope you will join us over at Catch the Bug for some Christmas in July fun! 
So our reveal party was really nice tonight. The weather was beautiful and we held the party out on the driveway. Last time the cake revealed the gender of the baby. This time they had scrolls. Each scroll was the color for the gender and also revealed the name of the baby. So we have a baby boy and girl coming. We'll have Arthur Alexander and Valerie Renee. So now that we have names and genders I can get busy crocheting and buying things like grandma's do. LOL! 
Happy Monday! Have a wonderful week.

Donna

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Another Christmas in July

Guess what the new CAS challenge is this week at The Outlawz? Christmas in July! Seems to be a favorite topic this month. So if you participate in the Bugaboo challenge and make it CAS you can enter it at The Outlawz too. A two fer one special. Our sponsor this month is Craftin' Desert Divas so I used one of their images.


The card base is red card stock. I colored the Christmas Puppy with Copic markers. I die cut the image with Lawn Fawn's Stitched Party Banners. I added a red ribbon for embellishment.
I am entering these challenges:

I hope you'll join us this week for Christmas in July at The Outlaw CAS challenge. We'd love to see your creations.

Donna

Bugaboo Sketch

Welcome back to the Bugaboo Christmas in July challenge week. Today's challenge is a sketch. I love to use sketches as inspiration for my cards.


Here's my card for the sketch:

Here's the details:

I really love this card. I think it turned out just adorable. I hope you'll join us this week for the challenges. Lots of fun and prizes.
I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by. Tonight is the "reveal party" for the twins. Not only do we find out the gender but also the babies' names they've picked out. Looking forward to it. I'll let you know all the news tomorrow. Have an awesome Sunday!

Donna

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Christmas in July at Catch the Bug

Happy Saturday! I've been MIA this week working and getting ready for the "reveal" party. Sunday my daughter and SIL are going to announce the gender of the twins and what their names will be. They have the party at our house so I have to do the cleaning and cooking. So that's what's up for tomorrow and Sunday. Mostly I just have to make salads as we are doing a cook out. Grandpa will be manning the grill.
Today begins one of my favorite challenges over at Catch the Bug Challenge blog. The sixth annual Christmas in July: a whole week of fun challenges with wonderful prizes to be had and a special new set just for the week. Be sure to hop over to Catch the Bug for all the details.


So today's challenge is "Some of my best friends are flakes: use snowmen or snowflakes." That's an easy challenge. Everyone has a snowman in their stamps. Here's my card for the challenge.


 I wanted a really colorful card. The background paper is called Bokeh from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. I colored the Snow Friends Window with Copc and Bic markers. The window is popped up from the base. I made a ticket from the sentiment which is from Create with TLC and then inked the ticket and sentiment in and ombre style using Spun Sugar, Abandoned Coral and Picked Raspberry distress ink. I found some snowflakes in my stash to add to the card.
I am entering these challenges:

I hope you will join us for today's snowmen challenge and stayed tuned all week for a new challenge every day. Some awesome prizes could be yours if you play along. Thanks for stopping by today and come back tomorrow for more Bugaboo fun. Oh, and don't forget the Bugaboo sale.


Donna

Friday, July 8, 2016

A Taste of Summer Blog Hop Extended


Hello!  I'm popping in to let you know that the deadline to win the prizes offered up in the A Taste of Summer Blog Hop has been extended.  You now have until July 15th, at 11:55 p.m. EDT, to get your comments added and your name linked up if you want a chance to win the full kit and the 1 year subscription to the Through the Craft Room Door on-line crafting magazine.

Don't know what I'm talking about?  Click HERE or scroll down to find the original post and read all about it.

Good luck to you all! 

Donna

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A Taste of Summer Blog Hop

Today I have the honor of participating in a blog hope for Lisa Decosse of Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. Lisa asked me to use a spectacular new kit that she created for Through the Craft Room Door Magazine. It's the first time Lisa and I are being published so I am truly  honored that she asked me to participate. Read the details below and win some fabulous paper from the kit or even the entire kit. Each of the stops on the hop will be giving away different prizes so don't forget to visit them all.


 Lisa D. from D├ęcosse's Dynamite Doodles is this month's
Featured Artist in the Through The Craftroom Door Magazine.

She created a brand new digital kit to mark the occasion and asked several
of her crafting buddies to help out by creating samples for the July/August edition!

We've all come together to celebrate this event by bringing you a blog hop
featuring projects made with items from Lisa's brand new digital kit called...

 A TASTE OF SUMMER
 
If you are arriving here from Helen's blog, you are right on track!
If you are just starting, you can find a full list of all the hop stops at the bottom of this post.

To kick off the event, Lisa is providing a free summer themed
word art creation that you can find on her blog.
 Comment at EACH stop along the hop for your chance to win
the full digital kit as shown in the preview above.
One lucky person will also have the chance to win a
1 year subscription to the TTCRD Magazine!
Please be sure to head to Lisa's blog to read the full details
 on how to qualify for both of these prizes!

For a chance at winning the Bonus Glitter Papers section of this kit...
 
Simply leave a comment on this post and be a follower of my blog!

You have until 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 8th, to submit your
comments for a chance to win one of the above mentioned prizes.



For my stop along the hop, I am excited to share the project I created for the magazine.
Check it out: I made two cards with Lida's dynamite new Taste of Summer Kit.


The background paper is from the Textured Paper pack and is embossed with a honeycomb embossing folder. Iused the sun image from the Elements section of the kit and die cut the image with Spellbinder's Picot Edge Circles. The sentiment is from Create with TLC printed on another color from the Textured Paper pack and edged with MFT Dainty Lace Borders. To finish off the card I added three brads from the Brads, Buttons and Bows section to match my sentiment paper.
I am entering these challenges:

My second cards makes me long for a day (or two or three) at the beach. The designer paper is from the Glitter Paper pack. The wave, splashes, flip flops, sunglasses, and sunscreen are from the Elements pack. The sentiment is from a retired Gina K summer stamp TV kit called Enjoy the Sunshine. The designer paper sections are popped away from the white for added texture to the card. 
I am entering these challenges:
I hope you've enjoyed my take on Lisa's wonderful new Taste of Summer kit. The possibilities are endless. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to leave a comment to win the awesome paper prize. 

Next stop on the blog hop route is Katrina's blog.  Click HERE to head there now!

If you miss any of the stops along the way, here is the complete list. You are definitely going to want to check out what my fellow hoppers have in store for you:




   
DONNA (You are here)
 

Hugs,

Donna

Monday, July 4, 2016

Thank Yous

Happy very soggy 4th of July from Bloomington, Indiana. Our parade did go this morning but there weren't many people, either marching or watching. It definitely did rain on our parade. LOL! I'm sure there were lots of parades around the US that went off in beautiful weather, just not here in the midwest.
Last week was my last full time week at work and my boss surprised me by decorating my office with banners and a bouquet of balloons. Although they say Happy Retirement that is coming in a few months. For now I will be training my replacement until the twins are born but I'll only be in the office two days a week. (More time to craft and clean!)

One of my coworkers snapped this picture of me and the balloon bouquet. My wonderful boss took us all out to lunch at a very nice dining establishment on the university campus. I ate way too much but the chocolate cake was oh so yummy. So I needed some thank you notes to express my gratitude. I saw these thank yous made by Linda Bauwin and decided to CASE. I added a few of my own touches.


I added a black card stock layer on my white card base. My designer paper is from the Paper Studio (bought at Hobby Lobby). I used MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags to cut the white strip and then trimmed the tails that hung off the card. So it has a nice pierced look to the edges. The Thank You sentiment is one a won in a blog candy with no company attached to it. I stamped it with my MISTI and PIcked Raspberry Distress Ink. I used the Spellbinder's Heart Dies to cut the three hearts and then stacked them with Scotch Foam Tape. The designer paper was 12x12 so I go 6 cards out of the sheet.


I'm super happy with these and I'll have extras for the next time I need thank you notes. 
I am entering these challenges:

That's it for now. Wishing you sunshine, relaxation and freedom. Thank you to all the men and women who gave their lives so that we could be free. Back to crafting. I have a ton of design team projects coming up so stay tuned.

Hugs,

Donna 



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