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July 22, 2018

Hickory Dickory Dock.............

............the mouse ran up the clock.
That is the song for this week's challenge over at
The Outlawz, Sunday Songs & Rhymes.  
I had struggled a bit with this one and then I found this
cute little file on an Etsy shop called BoxerScraps.  The background
paper is also from an Etsy shop this one is called

So here is what I came up with.
I thought this could be a new baby card or a birthday card
for a small child.
I printed it out and then cut is using one of my Gina Marie dies.
The words I printed and cut using my Cricut Explore.  I amazed
myself because I made this card without following a sketch😁
something I never do.

So come on over and join The Outlawz.

July 15, 2018

Fireside Christmas

Hi, over at the Outlawz message board the challenge
on Sundays is Songs and Rhymes and this week the 
song is "It' beginning to look a lot like Christmas".
I was honored to be asked to be a guest designer this week.

So here is my card using that song as inspiration.


I created this card using my Cricut Explore.  All the images 
are from NitWit collection called Fireside Christmas.
I love the collections that they have.  I just import the images
into Design Space and then print and cut them out.
The tree and the chair are cut separately and then pop
dotted to add dimension.  I also used the Explore to write 
the sentiment.  I printed it on glossy photo paper
so the colors are very vibrant. 

So head on over to the Outlawz and sign up to be a member
and join in the fun challenges.

July 13, 2018

Tulips for Your Birthday

This was a fun card to color and design.
Over at The Outlawz message board, they have a freebie
every month for you to use and if you post a card using if you
will automatically get the image for the following month.

This is my first month playing along and our fabulous image

I colored this using my Copic markers and then did a little
detailing using PrismaColor pencils.  Something I have
learned from taking the monthly Livestream class from
Amy over at Vanilla Arts.  She is a fantastic teacher, I love her
approach to things. 
I knew right away when I saw this tulip border image
that I wanted to cut it out using the fancy frame die from Gina Marie dies.
I stamped the happy birthday using a Stampin Up stamp from the
Rose Wonder stamp set, added a few sequins and that is it.

Thanks for stopping by I hope you enjoyed my card.

Challenges entered
Aud Sentiments - Flower + Sentiment - ends 7/16
Crafting with Attitude - anything goes - ends 7/29
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes - ends 7/17
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes - ends 7/24
Sieze the Birthday - birthday option +sequin - ends 7/17



July 6, 2018

Christmas Snowflake

I thought I better get a little head start on my Christmas cards.
Every year I usually send out about 40 cards and most
of them are the same and then some random ones I made
during the year.
I am really thinking this might be my mass produced one.

I followed the sketch (of course) this week at 


Here is my card.
It was so hard to get a good picture of this.  The
snowflake is very sparkly and the Merry Christmas is
heat embossed in silver.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by, have
a great weekend

July 5, 2018

Playing with my Distress Oxides (again)

Hi, I had a little fun yesterday doing some
ink smooching with Distress Oxides.

 The colors I used are Squeezed Lemonade, Candied Apple and 
Faded Jeans.  I smooched some of each color onto a 
piece of acetate, sprayed it liberally with water and then
turned it over and placed on watercolor paper.  I put a large
clear acrylic block over the acetate so I could get even pressure and
since it was a clear block I could see the colors moving.
I stamped the flower from the Unity Stamp set "Rebuild Your Life" and
heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.
I went back after it was all dried and re-wet the flower area
with a water brush, let it sit for about 20-30 seconds and then
dabbed it with a paper towel to lift a bit of the color off.

I hope you like my card.
Challenges entered
Unity Show & Tell - CAS - Facebook page
Addicted to Stamps - CAS - ends 7/10
Creative Moments - anything goes/summer - ends 7/9
  

July 1, 2018

A Teddy Bear and His Poppy

Hi, I have a quick post for you today
as I am trying to sneak in at the last minute for
the challenge this week at CASology
Their challenges are always clean and simple style
with an added element.  This week that element 
was BEAR, so I hauled out my Wild Rose
stamps and stamped this cute little guy.

Isn't he cute?  I wanted to try and add some texture to
him to look like fur but it didn't go well, so I had to color it all
over again.  I have had this stamp for years but rarely use it
even though it is one of my favorites.

Well thanks for stopping by hope you had a wonderful weekend.

June 27, 2018

Beautiful Poppies

The current challenge on the Unity Stamps Facebook
page "Unity Show & Tell" is to do some water coloring.

                      I love to use my Zig Clean Color pens to watercolor.  
                                   The colors are so vibrant. Here is what 
I came up with, following this sketch from Stamp Nation.


I used the poppy stamp from the Unity Septemeber 2017
kit of the month called "Flowers, Foilage & Fall".
I love poppies when we go to see my Mom in Colorado
there are poppies all over the place.
I used 3 colors on the poppies, a red, an orange and a yellow
then blended it out with an aqua brush.  I added some
very pale blue to the background, it looks much better
in person, the picture makes it look much darker than it is.

I hope you like my card.
Challenges entered:
Crafty Addicts - anything goes optional flowers - ends 7/3
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes - ends 7/4
Creative Moments - anything goes - ends 7/9




June 25, 2018

Paper Piecing Daises

Hello, hope everyone had a great weekend.
Today I have a card to share with you using paper piecing.
I love to do it but often forget about it, so when the
Thursday challenge over at The Outlawz was
anything goes with a twist - paper piecing. 

For my card, I chose to use one of the Unity stamps
from the "Free Your Dreams" set for the daisies and the
sentiment came from the "Be My Bird" set. 

I use some small polka paper for the flowers and
colored the stems with Copics.  I love the way it turned out.

Thank you for stopping by. 

June 22, 2018

Lori's Garden Vines

Hi, hope you are having a great day and have lots of
fun stuff planned for the weekend.

Today I have a card to share with you that I made using
this weeks Wednesday sketch over at The Outlawz.

When I saw this sketch I thought "oh man what am I going to
use for that flourish in the corners."
I looked through my dies and didn't find anything so I
went to Cricut Design Space and searched for
flourish, and didn't see anything so then I search corners
thinking maybe some fancy corners would come up.
Well, I did find the perfect corner flourish for my card.
I spent a lot of time looking through my stash for the perfect thingsto use to make this card.  I had picked out my paper before
I found the pretty corners and they came from an
SEI pack called Aunt Gerti's Garden.  The center polka square
was from the same paper pack.
Then when I found that flower in my stash I knew it wouldbe great for this sketch. 
The vine corners are from the Cricut Imagine cartridge
called Lori's Garden.  I think this was my favorite Imagine
cartridge.  I am so happy that I can access all my Imagine
cartridges in Design Space.  I printed and cut them using
my Explore and they cut perfectly, I was a bit worried because
some of the branches were so thin.
The happy birthday wishes is a Catherine Pooler die and
I thought it worked great on this card.
I didn't realize that the vines corners and the paper
are both from a garden named pack.
I just noticed that there is nothing colored or stamped
on this card, weird for me.

I hope you like my card, would love to hear your thoughts.

Challenges entered:
Crafting With Friends - anything goes 
Crafty Catz - anything goes/twist blooms
Creative Fingers - anything goes


June 20, 2018

Dancing Girl

Hi, I have a quick fun card to share today.

I am trying to do some cleans & simple cards sometimes I
have a hard time leaving so much blank space, but I find as
I am doing more of then it becomes a bit easier.

This week over at CASology the theme is "jumpy".
At CASology is always clean & simple cards and then with 
a theme.

Here is what I came up with.

The stamp is from Clear Dollar Stamps and I have had it for many
years, in fact, I don't think they are even in business anymore.
I colored her with my Prisma Pencils and then added a bit of 
watercolor background.  Stamped a sentiment
added a few sequins and that was it.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.