Friday, October 13, 2017

Aloha Friday #105 - For the Kids!

Good morning! Aloha Friday is in full swing over at Kitty Bee Designs! Our current challenge is #105: For the Kids, and this is week #2Our challenge this week is sponsored by both Fred She Said and Just Me Stamps! Double your pleasure...and prizes!


My first card features this Cute Witch from Just Me Stamps. Isn't she adorable?? I love Elena's design style, just the CUTEST, I've had tons of fun creating with her digi images (and clear stamps from other companies!). 



Colored with Copics. Papers from Doodlebug, gems from Kaiser, twine from Fun Stampers Journey, and dies from Verve and My Favorite Things.

I'm also sharing this lovely little Emma card! I was busy! This is a Fred She Said pre-colored image; Emma with Chickadees. You can also get the outline version of this stamp if you prefer to color your own. I love having a pre-colored option on some images for those times when you need a quick card and may not have time to sit down and color!


Thanks for stopping by, be sure to link up your school creations over at Aloha Friday, and I hope you have an AWESOME day!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Creative Knockouts #214 - Anything Goes!

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is....Anything Goes

This week's sponsor is Doctor Digi, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player!




Here is my project, featuring Arcade Machine and Techy Sentiment Sheet. What a great image! I always need more options for masculine cards, and all my boys are bigtime gamers too! Sentiment from Jaded Blossom.

That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!



Aud Sentiments #190 - Die Cuts!

Happy Thursday! We have a new challenge for you at Aud Sentiments this morning!

The current challenge is sponsored by Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog! More details on the prize can be found on the challenge blog post for this challenge. As always, fantastic and generous loots are up for grabs! The challenge theme for the next 2 weeks is "Die Cuts". That's an easy one! Can't wait to see your creations! 

Here is my project, featuring Fantasy on Ice from The Paper Shelter. I used the pre-colored version this time, I love that all the sets from TPS let you choose if you'd like to do your own coloring, or go with a quicker card using their gorgeous pre-colored goodies!


Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to link up your lovelies over at Aud Sentiments for your chance to win! Remember, you MUST include a sentiment to enter our challenge! We love seeing all of your creations on the linkup :)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Kitty Bee Designs - New Release BLOG HOP!

GOOD MORNING!!

Are you ready for a BRAND NEW release from Kitty Bee Designs?? I know I am! The Design Team is celebrating with a Blog Hop, and I know you are going to LOVE it!!

We have a whole bunch of SUPER CUTE new images to share with you, just in time for Halloween (the best holiday ever!). But, don't be scared...these images are so sweet, you can use them year-round!

I've chosen to use Vampire Panda for my project today....he is so fabulous! Look at that FACE!! I would invite him in any time!


What better way to celebrate all these new little Pandas but with gifts for YOU!? One commenter from each stop on the hop will win the digi used by that DT member. You don't need to comment on every blog to be entered to win...but if you do....go back to the KBD blog and tell us your Top 3 favorites from this new release! Why? Because one SUPER LUCKY hopper will be chosen from those comments to win their Top 3!

Entries close on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 11 pm Hawaii time. Winner will be posted on the KBD blog on Wednesday. See the KBD blog for all rules and details.

Let's go HOPPING! If you're already on the path, your next stop is Saba.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Creative Knockouts #212: Charmed!

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is....Charmed

This week's sponsor is Polkadoodles, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player!




Here is my project, featuring Pre-Coloured Mermaid. What a great image! I've been on a mermaid kick lately, and this one is adorable!

That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!



Aud Sentiments #189: Two Word Sentiment!

Happy Thursday! We have a new challenge for you at Aud Sentiments this morning!

The current challenge is sponsored by Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog! More details on the prize can be found on the challenge blog post for this challenge. As always, fantastic and generous loots are up for grabs! The challenge theme for the next 2 weeks is "Two Word Sentiments". 

Here is my project, featuring Shoes from Ike's Art. I love Halloween, so I had to use this image for a fun and creepy project! The sentiment is from Paper Pretties (sadly no longer in business). 


Colored with Copics. Die from Spellbinders. Skeleton from Recollections. Cheesecloth from my kitchen ;)

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to link up your lovelies over at Aud Sentiments for your chance to win! Remember, you MUST include a sentiment to enter our challenge! We love seeing all of your creations on the linkup :)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Penny's Challenge #347: Anything Goes!

Good morning stampers! I hope everyone's week is going well! The new challenge at Penny's starts today! Our sponsor this week is Doctor Digi's House of Stamps. Always a great one to have help us out with showcasing images! You have until Tuesday night to link up with us on the Penny's Challenge blog.

Today's card features this cute and funny Santa, contemplating who's been Naughty or Nice.



That's it for this post! Don't forget to swing over to the Penny's Challenge blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Creative Knockouts #210: Something to Say

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is....Something to Say! Let's see those sentiments! 

This week's sponsor is AMB Ilustrations, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player!



Here is my project, featuring Magician Boy. What a great set! My son was on a magic kick over the summer, so I knew I needed to play around with these images for some fun and whimsical cards.

That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Imagine That Digis - Ice Cream Treats!

Hello everyone! Are you getting ready to start a new week?? In fact, the LAST WEEK of summer?? Yea, I'm pretty ready for my kids to get back on a schedule!!

I wanted to share another card that I've made as a Guest Design Team member for Imagine That! Digis by Kris. Oh yes, I'm getting those last bits of summer in! :)


This image is called Ice Cream Treats. I used the pre-colored version on this card - I LOVE having that option! I actually color printed the entire card base on the Kraft, then again on white and cut them out. That way it doesn't look like outline underneath to whomever receives this card! The sentiment is from the companion sentiment set, which you actually receive FOR FREE when you buy this set! Yep, you heard me...free. 

I hand pierced the line of dots at the top and mounted this smaller square card on a white base. The ice creams are fussy cut and mounted over the top with foam tape. The line of gems is from Michael's collection...it's the CHERRY ON TOP! Get it? Hehe ;)

That's it for me, be sure to check out the store, there are some great new Sports and School themed releases that just came out last week, and I'll have projects featuring those on my blog this week, I'm a bit behind unfortunately! See comment in first line of this post RE: Kids Go Back to School, hahaha. I made a bunch of projects today though, so be on the look out for lots more inspiration projects too! You can check the left sidebar for the label "imagine that" to see all my projects from ITDBK. Have a great night!

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Imagine That Digis - Flamingo Christmas

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you're enjoying the weekend. Today I wanted to share another card that I've made as a Guest Design Team member for Imagine That! Digis by Kris. Question of the day - who has started on Christmas cards??


This image is called Flamingo Christmas. I used the pre-colored version on this card, along with one of the sheets of digital paper that comes with the kit. What a deal! Outlines and colored images, sentiments, and papers?? I LOVE having that option! OPTIONS! 

My parents live in Florida now, and my mom just loves this image, she wants her Christmas cards made from it this year! I guess I'm going to be busy...

Don't forget, in the ITDBK Facebook Group and on the Official Blog, you can get a companion set to this one, called Flamingo Dress Up for FREE if you link an "Anything Goes" card using any ITDBK image to the Link Up by September 1st.

You know you need it, and there's still time. So get craftin'!

That's it for me, be sure to check out the store, there are some great new Sports and School themed releases that just came out last week. You can check the left sidebar for the label "imagine that" to see all my projects from ITDBK. Have a great day!

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Simply Papercraft #50: AG

Happy Friday, my lovelies!!! I'm so happy the weekend is here! Today I'm sharing my latest card for Simply Papercraft. Our monthly challenges are ALWAYS "Anything Goes". I love this! Makes it easy and fun to combine challenges and really show off your best work. This week's challenge is sponsored by Bugaboo! You know I love my Bugaboos! As always, fantastic and generous prizes are up for grabs.

For my card today I used Unicorn Digi Stamp SetI made her (him?) RAINBOW because....UNICORN!! :D



Quick recipe - colored with Copics, of course. Dies from Gina Marie and Fun Stampers Journey. Pearls are Kaiser. Papers are all different. Crystal Effects on the horn for that embossed look. Foam tape on the main panel for dimension.

I'm entering this into the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge #8 (ends 9/14/17), and Bugaboo Saturday Challenge - Bingo (ends 8/26/17). Bingo on the left side of board (below), 3 layers, dots and stripes, embossed.


That's it for me! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too.

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to link up your lovelies on the Simply Papercraft blog for your chance to win! We love seeing all of your creations on the linkup :)




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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Creative Knockouts #208: Sparkle and Shine!

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is....Sparkle and Shine

This week's sponsor is Broken Fairy Designs, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player!



Here is my project, featuring The Bride. So much Sparkle and girlieness! Love!

That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!


Aud Sentiments #187: Sympathy

Happy Thursday! We have a new challenge for you at Aud Sentiments this morning!

The current challenge is sponsored by Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog! More details on the prize can be found on the challenge blog post for this challenge. As always, fantastic and generous loots are up for grabs! The challenge theme for the next 2 weeks is "Sympathy" or "Thinking of You". Sadly, I always seem to need these types of cards. 

Here is my project, featuring Sunny Days from Imagine That Digis by Kris. I wanted to make this a very soft pastel color palette and keep it to 1 or 2 layers. I know most times I reach for flowers with my sympathy cards, but I thought I would try something a little different. 


Colored with Copics. Die from Gina Marie. Pearls from Kaisercraft. Sentiment from clip art I had in my digi stash. 

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to link up your lovelies over at Aud Sentiments for your chance to win! Remember, you MUST include a sentiment to enter our challenge! We love seeing all of your creations on the linkup :)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Penny's Challenge #343: Anything Goes!

Good morning stampers! I hope everyone's week is going well! The new challenge at Penny's starts today! Our sponsor this week is Paper Creator. This is a new sponsor for me, and I am IN LOVE! I need to go back and do some more shopping of my own! Prizes are up for grabs for our awesome players though, WOOT. You have until Tuesday night to link up with us on the Penny's Challenge blog.

Today's card features this AMAZINGLY ADORABLE little guy image, Gilbert's Marvelous Adventure. Who DOESN'T dream of being a superhero?? Or at least, dream of spend the day relaxing and reading a good (comic) book? ;) He reminds me of both of my guys, so intent on reading, with giggles and exclamations when there's something so good they just HAVE to share it with me! 




That's it for this post! Don't forget to swing over to the Penny's Challenge blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps - New Release!

Hello Oddballs! I have an awesome extra post for you today to show off one of the new release images at Oddball Art Stamps. Meet our newest and most GORGEOUS witch, Tabitha the Wart Hoarder, No. 396.



Remember, we have a new Anything Goes FB Challenge posted in the Facebook Group. It started on Tuesday and it runs all month long! Check it out and play along for your chance to win prizes. You can use ANY Oddball Art Stamps image, including our new IMAGE OF THE MONTH, to participate in the challenge. You may request our Image of the Month FOR FREE, to play along in our challenge. If you request the image, you must enter the challenge for that month using that image, or else you'll be put on the naughty list for 3 months. All the details are in the pinned post in the Facebook Group, so head over there to get the scoop.

Be sure to use coupon code DTJENNIFER10 when you're shopping at the Oddball Etsy Shop so you can save a few pennies (you know you need Sweetie Pie in your life!). Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps Technique A Week: Pencil Resist with Dark Watercolored Background

Hello stamping friends! I'm here today with a new Technique a Week Post for Oddball Art Stamps. This technique is a bit of a twist on the old Pencil and Watercolor method that we've used for AGES. I tweaked the final tutorial and project from what was advertised on the blog the past month, but I'm very happy with the results, and I hope you are inspired to try a new Technique!


Pencil Resist and Dark Watercolor Backgrounds

This technique was originally going to be Crayon Resist and Black Backgrounds, but I couldn't color the way I wanted to for the scene I created using Crayons. Fortunately, Prismacolor Pencils have a similar waxy medium when used with full coverage on paper. I can color MUCH better with those, so...perfect! Note that if you ARE doing a more simple background, especially something geometric or just outlines, crayons would also work great as a substitute. And they are way cheaper since you can steal them from your kid's art bin!

Ok! Assemble your supplies. You will need an image to color & paint, brushes, or water brushes, or whatever you want to use. Water if you need it. Paints and pencils. 


Here is the scene I created using No. 323 Sid the Seahorse, along with No. 322 Seashells. You probably can't tell, but I did NOT print this on watercolor paper. It's regular old Neenah 110# bright white cardstock. The only thing to remember with this type of paper is that you don't want to soak it when you're painting. Less is more. You can always go back over it later to deepen the colors.



The first step is to get coloring!! As I mentioned earlier, you can use other coloring choices for this, as long as the color sits on top of the image and the paper (i.e. not markers) and can resist the water/paint when we get the that step. Oil pastels, pencils of various types, crayons, etc.


He's so cute!! I love him! Let's see if you can get a better view of the shiny wax-like look that the pencils give as a finish. Here's the same image, same time, but held at an angle to the light.


Now, keep coloring! You want to color everything you are going to color before you start painting. I finished off the sea floor and also the bubbles and floating starfish.


Cute! It's ready for painting now. I'm NOT A PAINTING EXPERT. I have done these resist techniques before, and I do like playing around with watercolors a bit. LOTS of people are better than me! But here's what I did. Starting with the darkest color at the bottom of the scene, I watercolored several layers of black. This is where the water is the deepest and darkest and I wanted to really show that you can indeed do this and then paint DIRECTLY OVER YOUR COLORED IMAGE even with black paint, and you will not have any problems whatsoever with the paint damaging your image or bleeding through or doing any kind of bad, awful thing you don't want it to. If necessary, you can dab where the paint/water beads up on top of your colored spaces so it doesn't run or smear as you work and move the paper around. Just blot, don't rub. 



Yay! We're having fun now! Ok as mentioned above, I used super cheap, super generic watercolor paints that my kids had in their bin. Why? Because...you don't have to invest a million bucks in new supplies just to be able to try something new! You can improvise and use whatever you've got on hand that matches the minimal requirements to make the technique or process work. I have many types of paint and painting mediums (watercolor crayons, watercolor powders, shimmerz paints, mica sprays that you can use to paint, etc.), but I wanted you ALL to know you can achieve all of this with THE MOST BASIC of equipment. I admit I have my eye on those lovely Gansai Tambi paints, but I haven't gotten around to getting them yet. I hear that they allow for richer/deeper colors, which is very cool. I'm sure I'll get them at some point, but in the meantime, this works great!

Right. Next is more paint! The water is getting lighter as we get closer to the surface, so plan accordingly. Over the course of this painting, I used black, grey, and 4 shades of blue.


Ooh! He's so much fun! I want a Sid...


You're done! Decorate and assemble the rest of your project in any way that you envision. I'm a cardmaker, so he's going on a card! I created the scene to take up the entire card front, with the dimension here mainly being in the coloring and painting. I did pop the sentiment panel up on foam tape, and I have added Nuvo drops to the bubbles, Stickles to the smaller spots that Sid has, and a few pearls for good measure in this underwater world!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If I've inspired you to create something, please link it up so I can take a look! Have a fabulous day and thanks for dropping by.



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Penny's Challenge #342: AG!

Good morning stampers! I hope everyone's week is going well! The new challenge at Penny's starts today! Our sponsors this week are Cute as a Button and Crafty Sentiments. Prizes are up for grabs, WOOT. You have until Tuesday night to link up with us on the Penny's Challenge blog.

Today's card features this lovely image Do You Want to Build a Snowman from Cute as a Button. 



That's it for this post! Don't forget to swing over to the Penny's Challenge blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps August FB Challenge - Reminder!

Hello my dears! I have a super sweet post to share with you today. First off, it's a new month, so there's a new Anything Goes FB Challenge posted in the Facebook Group. Check it out and play along for your chance to win prizes! 

You may remember from last month - we have added the perk of "IMAGE OF THE MONTH" to our challenge!! You may request our Image of the Month FOR FREE, to play along in our challenge. If you request the image, you must enter the challenge for that month using that image, or else you'll be put on the naughty list for 3 months. All the details are in the pinned post in the Facebook Group, so head over there to get the scoop.

This month's Image of the Month is Stars and Bubbles No. 343. I did not get a chance to make a new card with this image, but you can see one I made last year in the post HERE. Today I have a fun AG card made using this adorable Molly the Mischievious No. 319. Obviously, I need to have ALL the mermaid images. ALL!!

You can click on the image to see it supersized, to catch all the detail like Tonic Nuvo drops in her hair and Stickles on the water drops. Must have sparkle, #amIright?



I know that my DT Sisters have made some absolutely amazing projects with this image as well, so be sure to pay them a visit too! I hope you play along with us this month in our Anything Goes challenge! If you haven't yet, come over and join our Facebook Group, and check out all the wonderful images in the Oddball Shop!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Creative Knockouts #206: For a Child

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is....For a Child

This week's sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player!



Here is my project, featuring Dinosaur 01. I was trying to keep it boy-ish, and I've been on such a girl kick lately, I gotta say it was a little tough!! No sparkle, no pearls, no flowers....sheesh! ;) If you actually read this blog you know I LOVE my boys. I do tend toward girlie cards though!! Guilty!

That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!