Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Trick or Treat

Just another quick card that I had finished and needed to get posted for some challenges. I am about to send out my Halloween/Fall cards as I think they make nice decorations for the season so I tend to send them early.


The green and orange paper are scraps from my scrap box. The green is punched with Martha Stewart Laurel Leaf border punch. The green flourish is die cut from MFT Flourish. The image is QKR Halloween Fun digital stamp. I colored it with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers. The sentiment is from a CraftsMart stamp I got at Michael's. I die cut the tag with a Quikcutz tag bit die cut both ends with the tag shape.
I am entering these challenges:

That's it! I am off to a volunteer luncheon today and then the twins will be here this afternoon to stay overnight with Grammy and Grandpa for the very first time. Hope all goes well without Mom and Dad here. Take care and have a lovely day!

Donna

Double Thanks

Happy Tuesday! This is kind of a bitter sweet post for me. Over at Imagine That Digis by Kris we are introducing a new stamp set called Punny Thanks. This set was my idea, as I needed lots of thank you cards for different events. So I was thrilled when Kris said she wanted to make my ideas into a stamp set. Now these really aren't "new" ideas but they are all in one handy set.


And here are two cards that I made with this set:


I really love this card. So easy to do but a great masculine thank you. I used the image and sentiment and then backed it with some wood grain designer paper.


For this card I printed the sentiment and fussy cut the sewing machine. I cut it twice and popped up the knobs and thread to give it some dimension. The designer paper for this card is from the Sunshine and Rain Digi Paper set

How would you like to win this stamp set. Kris is generously giving this stamp set to one lucky winner who leaves a comment over at The Creative Playground. Hop on over to check out what other members of the design team created and leave a comment to win Punny Thanks. Winner will be announced Friday at 6:00 P.M.
Now I did say this was a bitter sweet post for me. It's my last post as a design team member at Imagine That Digis by Kris. I am going to take a break from the design team to try and get a handle on life again. So thank you to Kris and Lisa and all the design team who have been so supportive. It's been an honor and pleasure to work with Kris' digital stamps. Don't forget to play along with the challenge this month.

I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful day!

Donna



Monday, October 16, 2017

Furry and Bright

Happy Monday! The first day of the week and I am already behind in what I need to get done this week. How sad is that. Tomorrow we have the twins overnight for the first time. So that will be an adventure. I was able to finish a card today. This one took me a LONG time to finish. All those little lights were stamped, colored and die cut individually. I will definitely be sending this to someone who keeps my cards. LOL!


I love the finished card. So cheery! And that cute little pup makes it so fun. The pup and sentiment is from My Favorite Things Happy Pawlidays. I stamped and then colored the pup and the tree from the set with Spectrum Noir markers and then die cut with the matching dies. .The background frames are from MFT Blueprints 32. Each of the little light bulbs has a white gel pen mark and Spectrum Noir glitter pen. The wires are hand drawn. The pup's nose and star on the tree have dimensional magic on them and the pups Santa hat has diamond Stickles; so lots of shine and sparkle going on here. The background is difficult to see in the photo but I used a star stencil from Neat and Tangled to stencil a pattern. Love the finished card!
I am entering these challenges:

That's it for me tonight. Now back to getting ready for the twins. I'll be back later this week!

Donna

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Happy 50th Anniversary

How was your Sunday! Mine was very productive I think. I got a bunch of crafty stuff done that needed to get done and in the mail. Only 37 more cards to go. LOL! Actually I doubt the list will ever end but I ticked some of them off today. It was rainy and dreary and the perfect day to hole up and craft. So here's one of the cards I finished for a dear friend that I used to work with who is celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary with her ever loving husband.


I used a Bugaboo image called Just Married (not able to find it in the store). I colored the image with Copic markers and added the 50 with Kelly Purkey sticker that I added Spectrum Noir sparkle marker. The image was die cut with MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Squares. The flowers on the car are covered with Gold Stickles. The background paper is from the Paper Studio. The sentiment I bought at a second hand store and die cut it with MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags. I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. May your week be productive and crafty!

Donna

Guest Designer at The Outlawz

For the next two weeks I've been invited to be a guest designer at the CAS Outlawz challenge. This week the them is Halloween. I just received this new stamp set from Beccy's Place that is really great for Halloween.


The stamp set is called Toil and Trouble. It has several cute silhouette witches with several fun sentiments. I used one of the witches and one of the sentiments and then added some purple stars to match the outline color in between the image and orange card base. I hope you'll join us this week at The Outlawz CAS challenge. Make it easy peasy!
I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by today. Looking forward to a busy week!

Donna

Friday, October 13, 2017

Halloween Treats

Happy Friday! A very quick post as I am heading out the door in 15 minutes for a dinner with friends. Life is really hectic lately. I made some Halloween treat packets today to give to the Head Start teachers. This is just two of them. I will have more later on.


Both of the images are from Bugaboo Stamps. The images were colored with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut. I made the little treat pouches from a 6x6 inch piece of black paper. No adhesive required. It's held together by the brad at the top. I used twine and ribbon for embellishment.



This is the backs of the treat holders. Frankenstein's sentiment is the Dreaded Wheat sentiment and the Happy Halloween is for the witch. Both sentiments are from Create with TLC. I added some Ghirardelli Chocolates in the pockets as the treats.

I am entering these challenges:
Bugaboo Catch the Bug: anything goes
Anything Goes with Create with TLC Element: use a TLC element (sentiments)
Addicted to Stamps and More: holiday
Bugaboo Crafty challenge: use a Bugaboo image

I am off. Thanks for dropping by. Hope to find more time this weekend but we'll see. LOL!

Donna

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hippo Bird-Day

Another week has almost come and gone. It's hard to believe how fast time flies. I am again low on birthday cards so I am back to making them again. Can you ever have too many birthday cards on hand? Anyway, here's my card for today.


I used the My Favorite Things Sketch as inspiration for this card. I used the MFT Happy Hippos stamps set and matching dies. These little critters are so cute! I used gray, yellow and pink as my primary colors. The pink gingham paper was scraps from my scrap box. The vellum background is cut with MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Squares. I colored with Spectrum Noir markers and used a white gel pen for some accents.

I am entering these challenges:
MFT Sketch challenge: sketch above
Seize the Birthday: anything goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies: use a critter
Happy Little Stampers: anything goes with dies

Thanks for stopping by. I so appreciate it if you leave a comment. Hope you are moving into the weekend with lots of crafty time! Enjoy.

Donna

Thanks a Bunch

Happy Thursday! I promised a card using the new stamp set of the month at Imagine That! Digis by Kris. The stamp of the month is called Thanks a Bunch and can be yours for free if you enter a project in the Creative Playground challenge this month and use any image from Imagine That Digis by Kris. She has freebies so this is a win-win!


I am making 15 thank yous for the twins birthday gifts. These are the first three. I used the pre-colored images from the set and then I took two of the flowers from the flower bouquet and enlarged them. The designer paper is all scraps from my scrap box. And I used a Sizzix embossing folder to emboss the plain strip of paper. The image is die cut with Spellbinder's Heart Circles.


Today you can see my card and the other designer's cards over at The Creative Playground. Check out all the other DT cards! I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today. It's been a busy week so I hope to find some more crafting time soon. Take care!

Donna


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Falling Leaves

Fall has arrived in our neck of the woods. It rained most of the day today and a lot of the leaves fell. I don;t send a huge amount of Halloween cards but sometimes I substitute fall cards instead of Halloween. So this card will probably be sent around Halloween in place of one of those kinds of cards.

The image is from QKR Stampede called Scarecrow and Leaves. I colored it with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers and die cut it with Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitch Rectangles. I popped the image up with foam tape. The background paper is from Basic Grey Indian Summer. I used Stampin' Up! Corner Punch from a scrap in my scrap box and some punched leaves that I've had in my stash for years. The sentiment is from Create with TLC. I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch for inspiration.


I am entering these challenges:
The twins birthday went really well except for one slight glitch. It was an outside party but it rained just as we were serving dinner. So everyone scrambled for the indoors and the party continued; we were just in closer quarters. Here is a picture of Arthur and Valerie enjoying their first taste of (sugar free) birthday cake. I was amazed they weren't more messy.



Just so you know how far they've come, here's a little comparison of where they started being born 5 weeks early.

Valerie

Arthur
You've come along way baby. Happy 1st Birthday, Valerie and Arthur.Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week!

Donna



Saturday, October 7, 2017

October Challenge at Imagine That Creative Playground

It's the first Saturday of the month and time for a new challenge over at Imagine That Creative Playground. You will definitely want to play along this month and use an Imagine That to get the free set. This new set was inspired by me! I love puns and I needed some thank you cards so I mentioned to Kris that I had some ideas. She's turning those ideas into actual stamp sets. The freebie this month was one of my ideas: Thanks a Bunch!


It wasn't my turn to use the set of the month this time but I'll have a card soon using this set so stay tuned. I used another set from Imagine That Digis by Kris called L'il Train Conductor. This is the card that I sent Arthur for his first birthday (yesterday). 


I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers. For the Railroad signs I used the pre-colored images. This is a great set for a little boy. I die cut the image with MFT Stitched Circles and inked it with Tumbled Glass DI. The background paper is called Rain or Shine Digital Paper. Also from Imagine That Digis by Kris

Our challenge is always anything goes so any image is welcome but if you use an Imagine That image you get the stamp set featured this month. So come join us over at The Imagine That Creative Playground
I am entering these challenges:

Today is the twins' first birthday party at our house so I am busy getting it together for lots of people. I'll be back tomorrow with some pictures! Thanks for stopping by today. Have an awesome weekend!

Donna



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Shaped Camera Card

Whoops! I forgot I had a card to post today. My week is getting away from me as I get ready for the twins' birthday party on Saturday. So here is my shaped card for the Imagine That Creative Playground inspiration day.


I blew up the camera from the Snappy Sandy stamp set and then cut it out to make a shaped card. I used the pre-colored image but the heart shape is really a wooden heart colored with Spectrum Noir CR8. It was actually this sentiment that got me thinking about doing this. This is on the inside of the card:

Isn't that the most awesome sentiment? It really said something to me and then it popped into my head to use the camera to make a shaped card. The sentiment is from A Piece of Heart. I really love it! Hope on over to see some more inspiration today at The Creative Playground! I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by today. I am heading back to get more things ready for the big birthday party. And I will definitely be sharing pictures of the birthday babies!

Donna




Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Haunting Time

How has your week been so far? Mine started off pretty good yesterday but today I spent a lot of time sleeping trying to get rid of some kind of bug I've picked up. I hope it's just a 24 hour thing so I can go be with the twins tomorrow. Between last night and tonight I managed to get a card together.


The image is from QKR Stampede called Halloween Fun. I colored it with Spectrum Noir markers and die cut it with MFT Stitched Ovals. The background is made with Gina Marie Designs Quilt die and scraps from my scrap box. The sentiment is from Papercraft magazine and inked with Orange Marmalade.
I am entering these challenges:

I am headed for bed early tonight. Thanks for stoppin by.

Donna

Sunday, October 1, 2017

12 Month Christmas Link Up October Challenge

Happy October! What a happy month. I love the fall weather and the beautiful colored leaves. Two of my children were born in October: my oldest Tricia has a birthday October 2nd and my youngest, Steve, has a birthday on the 25th. My twin grandbabies were born October 6th and will be celebrating their first birthday this week. What's not to like about October!
And today starts a new challenge over at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. This month our theme is anything goes. So easy! And our wonderful sponsor is Pattie's Creations.


Of course you also have a chance to win some fabulous paper by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. 


And since this is October, you must be making Christmas cards, right? Now's your chance to play along and get some cards made for Christmas. I hope you'll join us.


These cute Merry Pups are from Pattie's Creations. I colored them with Spectrum Noir markers and added Diamond Stickles to their hats. They are die cut with My Favorite Things Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Squares and inked the edges with Mowed Lawn DI. The sentiment is from Anonymous Digital Stamps. I die cut it with MFT Stitched Circles. The background designer paper is from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Eclectic Christmas 3 and the strip of textured paper is from DDD Holiday Hoopla Textured Paper.


I added some extra texture to the paper by embossing it with the Tiny Stars embossing folder from the Paper Studio. I used the My Favorite Things Sketch challenge for inspiration.

I am entering these challenges:
Please join us this month for the anything goes challenge at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. Enjoy this beautiful month of October!

Donna












Winner, Winner

Congrats to Shannon Hart, winner of my 1500 blog post and birthday blog candy. Thanks to everyone who left a comment!
Hugs,

Donna

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Happy Birthday to Me and Blog Candy for You

Blog Candy closed!
Today was my birthday and I've been trying to find time to get together a blog candy to celebrate my birthday and my 1500th post to my blog. So today is the day! Yippee! I finally got it together. But first, I managed to finish a card too.


I wasn't really happy with the photo be cause I colored the cat with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pan and the photo makes it look blotchy. But in real life he is sparkle plenty! I also used white gel pen on the cat to accentuate some of the areas that kind of faded with the sparkle pen. The cat image is from Eureka Stamps called Black Cat Smiling. I die cut him with MFT Stitched Circles. The embossing was done with Stampin' Up spider web embossing folder. There are lots of layers. I die cut some of them with Spellbinder's Scalloped Circle and MFT Stitched Squares. The sentiment is from Papercrafts magazine. The bow which I faux stitched is from MFT Blueprints 3 dies.
I am entering these challenges:

Now on to the blog candy. Please leave a comment on this blog post with your email so I can let you know if you've won the candy. Here's what I am giving away:

Simple Stories Chipboard Stickers
Paper Artsy Mini Stamp
1 roll washi tape
Making Memories Eyelet Letters
1 package extra large eyelets
Studio G 6 Epoxy brads for Halloween
Just Rite Quiet Moments Stamp Set
2 Paper Mache stars
Stack of assorted 6x6 paper (double sided and single sided)
Please leave a comment before September 30th and I'll choose a winner on October 1st. Thanks for stopping by, friends. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Donna

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Warm Holiday Wishes

Almost the weekend and almost the end of September. My how time flies these days. Getting ready for the twins birthday party that will be a week from Saturday. I had a short time today to craft. And here is the results.


I used Paper Smooches die cut Snowflakes to create these cards. I saved each if the the little pieces from the die cut and glued them back into the cut out snowflake and then lifted the snowflake off the card. It was kind of a tedious process but it got faster as I went. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps Big Holiday Wishes (December 2013 Card Kit, no longer available). The sentiments were stamped with MFT Elf Green ink and Peeled Paint distress ink. I layered them on red card stock with green card bases.
I am entering these challenges:
This weekend I will have the twins on Saturday and Sunday and we'll get a chance to play together. Can't wait! Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful Friday! Don't forget to leave a comment to win my blog candy by September 30th.


Donna

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

One Last Progressive Challenge

It never fails that I am always down to the wire with at least one progressive challenge each month. Well, at least this one has two days to spare. LOL! Being on vacation for almost half the month kind of put me behind. I feel like I am still playing catch up. So without further ado:


I used the same paper from yesterday's card (Paper by Lozzy) since it was still sitting on my desk and I like it so much. The image is from Anne's Digital Art. I colored the kitten with Spectrum Noir markers and then die cut the image with MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Squares but I used two of the squares to make a frame and then inlaid the image into the frame. I added a sentiment from my stash (not sure of the origin). I threaded the ribbon through the sentiment panel and added two flower brads for embellishment.
I am entering these challenges:
That's it for me tonight. I hope you had a wonderful hump day and now we are on the down side of the week. Have a super Thursday!

Donna


Welcome Baby

Good Wednesday morning! It's time for the second card of mine for the new release of Ellie stamp sets at Imagine That Digis by Kris. Today I am featuring a card with Ellie Tails stamp set.


I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and die cut it with Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitch Rectangles. The background designer paper is from Imagine That Digis by Kris called Glitter Galore. I added some chipboard hearts and some baby block embellishments. I hope you'll check out all the other fabulous cards for this release at the Imagine That Creative Playground. And how about a discount on everything in the Imagine That store?


I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by. Today is my day to volunteer at Head Start in the twins classroom. Always a fun time and I get to spend time with them and the other kids. In less  then 2 weeks we'll be celebrating their first birthday. Where did the time go? Stay tuned for pictures and details! Have a super day!

Donna



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Happy Birthday

I really toyed with this card tonight, trying to decide what kind of card I wanted to make: Christmas, birthday, thinking of you? But it ended up being a birthday card in the end. And I like how it turned out!


The cute little mouse is Sweet Tooth Mouse from Gerda Steiner, the image for their progressive challenge this month. The cupcakes are from Beccy's Place.  I colored all the images with Spectrum Noir markers. The designer paper is from Papers by Lozzy. I really like that fun design and how the color fades toward the edges. The stripes were created with washi tape.  The cupcakes were die cut with MFT's Stitched Circles and then popped up with foam tape. For the mouse I cut the circle out of the card to show the white background. I used a black pen to create a faux stitch around the cut out circle and them I popped up the mouse from the circle. I used white gel pen for the sprinkles on the top cupcake and a black pen to create the little seeds in the strawberry. Love those little details. I heat embossed the sentiment from Hero Arts It's Your Day sentiment set. The card is glued to a white card base.
I am entering these challenges:

Don't forget to stop back tomorrow morning for my second post for the new release at Imagine That Digis by Kris. And if you haven't left a comment for my blog candy check it out. Ends September 30th. Thanks for stopping by!

Donna

Imagine That New Release - Ellie's Mummy

Happy Tuesday! Today and tomorrow Imagine That! Digis by Kris is introducing 6 new sets featuring Ellie the Elephant in cute Halloween attire. I will be introducing two of the sets: one today (Ellie's Mummy Costume) and one tomorrow (Ellie Tails).


The stamp set includes colored and line drawing images, lots of sentiments and several fun digital papers. Here's my card.

I colored Ellie with Spectrum Noir markers and die cut her with MFT Stitched Circles. The image is backed with Spellbinder's Heart Circles. The image panel is popped up with foam tape. The designer paper is from another new stamp set, Ellie's Pumpkin Costume. I used this paper over the papers with this set as it matched my colors better. The pumpkins are from another Imagine That Digis by Kris set called Scarecrow. I isolated the pumpkins for the four corners of the card. The card has a black card base. Since I normally put a sentiment on the front of my card I decided to share the inside of the card too since I love this sentiment.


I may have to make more cards with this sentiment for each of my kids. I just think that sentiment is so funny! I think they will too! I hope you will check out the new release blog posts over at Imagine That Creative Playground today and tomorrow. The stamp sets are so fun!
I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today. Don't forget to check out all the new stamp sets from Imagine That Digis by Kris. And here's a bonus for you. Us ethis code for some extra savings:

The code is good at any time. Have a wonderful day! Don't forget about my blog candy. If you haven't entered yet you still can enter here.





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