Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bee Loved -- for Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez

Happy Thursday, crafty friends.  Thursday -- almost as great a day as Friday, isn't it?!?  I guess that's because Friday is just just around the corner!

I'm posting today for Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez.  I've been having so much fun with her digital stamps!  The one I colored up today was such a joy!

This card uses digital stamp, Honey Bee.  The stamp comes with the bee, the hearts, and the Bee Loved sentiment.  (I added the bee flying pattern to the sentiment). You can use the bee separately, the hearts separately, or combine them, like I did here with this Honey Bee card.  I colored the Honey Bee with Copic markers and printed the sentiment on my computer.

The card base is an SVG file from My Scrap Chick.  I thought the honeycomb pattern worked so well with this card, and the colors went together perfectly!  I used a couple of circle cutting dies from Lifestyle crafts and Craftin' Desert Divas to cut out the Honey Bee.

I hope you check out the Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez store.  She has darling stamps -- both clear acrylic and digital.  She also has some digital papers, printable cards, Zazzle files, and freebies.  It's worth a snoop around for sure!  Check out her Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez blog, where many of her images are featured by herself and the design team.  You won't be disappointed! You'll find the Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez Facebook Group here, and there's a monthly Anything Goes challenge we'd love to have you participate in! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Just a Note -- for MHKDesigns

Happy Hump Day, crafty friends!  I'm on the MHKDesigns blog today, featuring one of my favorite springtime flowers. 

I'm totally in love with this month's release, Caring Crocus.  

My favorite color of Crocus are violet, so that's what I used to create today's card:

The sentiment is part of the Caring Crocus digital stamp set. Papers used on this card are from the Rosy Posy Digital Paper Pack.

MHKDesigns products used on this card:

Have you joined the MHKDesigns challenge yet this month?  It goes until April 30, so there's still time!  I'd love to see what you create, and they are always Anything Goes if you use an MHKDesigns image. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

I Thank God for You -- and the Path of Positivity Challenge blog

It's time for some mid-month inspiration over on the Path of Positivity Challenge blog, where the optional theme this month is 'Pastel colors'.  This month, we are sponsored by Sparkle N Sprinkle

I used the awesome Nasturtium #1 digi stamp to create this for the mid-challenge inspiration:

I'm not all that great with flowers, so I honestly don't know what Nasturtiums usually look like, so that gave me the liberty of coloring Nasturtium #1 any color I wanted.  Since our optional theme is 'pastel', I chose some pastel violets for my nasturtiums, and colored them with Copic markers.   The sentiment is part of the Nasturtium #1 digital stamp set.  I love pastel colors, especially in the spring, and I tend to gravitate towards shades of pink and lavender. 

I hardly ever have a chance to use this long, skinny oval die by Spellbinders, but I used it on both the challenges this month for Path of Positivity.  Awesome!  The sentiment die and backing die are from Spellbinders Paper Arts.  The pretty background die is from Lawn Fawn.   The butterfly die is from Tattered Lace.

I hope you have a chance to link up something at The Path of Positivity yet this month.  Our challenge runs until May 6, so there's still plenty of time! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Elliebelle's Crafty Wednesday -- Say it with Flowers
D.L. Art -- April Linky Party  
Paper Crafter's #11 party at Ellie Belle's -- ATG

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Fly High -- All Dressed Up introduction!

Greetings, fellow craft lovers.  Today is a big day for me.  I've known for quite some time now that I made the All Dressed Up Facebook design team, but today, we are officially introduced!  Yea!  I'm very excited about this as I've been an All Dressed Up fan since about 2014!  I've tried out for the team several times before, but this time, luck was with me.  

I pondered my intro card for awhile, then chose an image that had some of my favorite elements, flowers, fairies, faces, and hair.  It also lent itself well to a shaped card -- one of my favorites to make, so here's my first "official" card as a Dressy Girl:

This card uses Little Flower Fairy, colored with Copic markers.   The Little Flower Fairy is delightful, isn't she?  She makes me think of spring, which is taking it's sweet time about arriving here in Northern Wisconsin.

The 'Fly High' sentiment is from a Rubbernecker Stamps.  The card was created using a die from Yvonne dies.  The background paper is from Close To My Heart.  The butterfly die is from Sizzix, and the crinkle ribbon is from a company no longer in business, but I was on her design team and still have a ton of her ribbon -- 3 Girl JAM.  

You'll be seeing more All Dressed Up projects from me -- at least 2 each month.  Look for new releases, and Facebook Challenge inspiration.  I'd love to see your projects in the All Dressed Up Facebook Group!  Check out the All Dressed Up Challenge Blog, also, for the latest in challenges, inspiration, and new releases.  

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends -- ATG
Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode -- Leaves 
D.L. Art - April Linky Party 
D.L. Art, Thankful Thursday -- Spring
IDCB -- ATG with real stamp option (Fly High is real stamp)
Stamping Sensations -- one for the girls
Crafty Sentiments Challenge -- One for the Girls
Ellie Belle's Crafty Wednesday -- Say it with Flowers
Paper Crafter's Linky Party at Ellie Belle's  -- ATG

You & Me -- for DigiStamps4Joy's Challenge

You and Me and a Cup of Tea!  That's the sentiment on the card I'm posting today, and it's certainly been tea drinking weather where I live.  It's been cold and either rainy, or rain mixed with snow, or just plain snow. Blah!  But great tea drinking weather, like I already stated.

It's also good crafting weather, and I hope you can join us this month at the DigiStamps4Joy Challenge Blog.   It's time for some mid-month inspiration today.  I'm the hostess of this month's challenge, and I chose the optional theme of 'bright colors', hoping to hurry this spring along a bit.  It's not working, LOL!  

Here's my 'bright colors' card, featuring tea cups (rg011), from the DigiStamps4Joy shop:

I colored Tea Cups with lots of brightly colored Copic markers, then used some bright colored papers to create this card.  I used a Spellbinders die set to create the shape of this card.  The sentiment was computer generated.  The bright yellow ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I sure wish I had some more of it!  

I hope you find time to visit the DigiStamps4Joy blog to see the other 'bright colors' inspiration from the talented design team.  It's worth a trip!  While you're there, link up a project.  It can be anything goes, or a bright colored entry -- your choice.  I'd love to see what you make, and I get to choose the winner this month ;) 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Stamping Sensations -- One for the Girls
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- ATG (no twist)

Saturday, April 14, 2018

You Give Me Wings -- Ike's Art Progressive Challenge

Happy Saturday!  We're in the midst of a winter storm warning, and it is really snowing!  I'm so ready for spring!

I was thinking spring when I colored this image from Ike's Art and created this card the last several days.  I was thinking butterflies and warmth!

This is Cute Fairy, and she's this month's progressive freebie at Ike's Art Facebook Challenge. If you haven't joined in yet, you can buy Cute Fairy for just $1, make something, then next month's image will be free.

I colored Cute Fairy with Copic markers.   The sentiment is from a stamp set from Rubbernecker Stamps.  

Papers on this card are from Close To My Heart.  I used a sketch from The Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge on this card.

The metallic butterflies and ladybug are from Art -C.  

I hope to enter this card in the following challenges:
Ike's World Challenge -- ATG (spring photo)
D.L. Art -- April Linky Party
Outlawz Wednesday Sketch -- (from March 28)

Friday, April 13, 2018

You're Clawsome! -- Dragon's Lair Designs

Woohoo!  It's Friday!  But it certainly isn't spring.  We are having yet another winter storm.  This must be Mother Nature's Friday the 13th joke on us, but it's supposed to last all weekend, with a possibility of 14-18 inches of snow.  NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!  We just start to see some bare ground and we get walloped again.  We live across from a small lake, and the geese and ducks have been sitting on it for weeks now, waiting for the ice to melt so the nesting process can begin.  Hurry up, Spring!!!!!

Since the weather is so depressing, I stayed inside and crafted this afternoon.  At least that was fun!  I worked on a few cards, including this one, with several challenges in mind.  It uses a Dragon's Lair Designs image from this month's progressive freebie.  It also uses papers and embellishments from Dragon's Lair Designs Girls World Mini Kit, and free add-on and it uses this week's card sketch from The Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  So, I'm entering those challenges with it for sure!!  (plus a few others, of course!)

This card uses the digital stamp, Penny Dragons Discovery:

I often work with digital papers, but the digital elements were new for me, so this was a challenge.  I also have never colored a yellow and orange dragon, but hey, I had to match the papers, right?  I think she turned out pretty cute, actually.  

I enjoyed this week's sketch from the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  We could choose any sketch we wanted to work with, but this one worked well with my image, so I went with it.  I'm also entering it in this week's Festive Friday Challenge at The Outlawz, with the theme of Best Friends, as these 2 look very cozy to me! 

The sentiment is from an acrylic stamp set from Pretty Cute Stamps called Fur Baby (a set of dog stamps), but a thought it worked well for this dragon.  

I colored the Penny Dragons Discovery image with Copic markers, then fussy cut it. 

In order to enter this in the Girls World at Dragon's Lair Designs, I had to use both the Girls World Digital Mini Kit, and the free add-on.  I used them both on this card.  

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
IDCB -- use a real stamp (sentiment)
Elliebelle's Crafty Wednesday -- say it with flowers
Lemon Shortbread Challenge -- ATG
Dragon's Lair Designs Monthly Challenge -- Girl's World
Dragon's Lair Designs April FB Coloring Event -- progressive Freebie
Festive Friday Outlawz Challenge -- Best Friends
Outlawz Wednesday Challenge -- Sketch