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Friday, July 21, 2017

Christmas 2017 (7-21)

I am using some printed Christmas images left over from last year (QKR Stampede digi) combined with an sentiment from Stampin' Up.  I tried something different for coloring the image.  For me, water color and printer ink don't work well together, so I experimented.  I used a dry aqua brush and SU chalk to give a rustic look to the robe. For a slightly shabby look, I cut the panels with my dull blade - it roughs up the edges a bit.    I used a marker for the shepherd's crook and a shiny burgundy for the "rope" that holds his head dress in place.  (I am sure there must be a name for that rope....)
Embellishments:  plaid washi tape; black ribbon; silver  strip that was the negative from a sheet of stickers.  I used some glitter glue on these two strips.  More - burgundy jewels, acrylic star, Quickutz embossing folder.  These are all supplies I have had for a while - a couple of years at least.
Sketch:   Stella Says Sketch
O is for Old (Christmas)  ABC Christmas Challenge
Christmas / Bingo (left column):    Catch the Bug
TicTacToe (left column):   Tuesday Throwdown
Christmas in July:  Deep Ocean 
                                  Aud Sentiments
                                  Frilly and Funkie
                                  Dragonfly Journeys
                                  Crafty Gals Corner
Holiday:                  Paper Shelter.

 Seeing Stars:            Simon Says Stamp Wednesday
Any:                          word Art Wednesday   
                                   Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge2
                                   Chalk n Stock.

QKR Stampede Challenge #252 - Anything Goes w/ option Up, Up and Away

This is my Design Team entry for the latest  Anything Goes weekly challenge at QKR Stampede.  This Flying Birdie  QKR image is good for the Up, Up and Away option. Please join us for the challenge this week.   You may enter up to 3 times before 3p.m. EDT on Thursday July 26.  There will be two winners - one using a QKR Stampede image, and another winner for any image.
I don't usually use markers for coloring, but this bright yellow seemed just right for Mr Birdie!  I used some dp to put him in the clouds, and also used an embossed bg.  The white core cs is sanded for added dimension  The QKR Stampede sentiment was die cut and tied with a bow. I added some stars for fun.
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
We're Seeing Stars:  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 
Primary colors (yellow, blue): "S" - sky, stars:  Pile it On
Inspiration (bright colored bird):  Give a Crafter a Cookie
Wings:   Country View
Fur, Feathers:    Aurora Wings
Hand made bow:   Craft-Dee Bowz
Use DP:    Fab n Funky
Any:    A Bit More Time to Craft
             Jo's Scrapshack.
             Lemon Shortbread 
             Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.
             A Perfect Time to Craft.
             Pammies Inky Pinkies

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Technique practice

I have decided it is time for me to make use of some of the many written and video tutorials that I have been watching and saving!  Another goal is to make use of some of my recent and neglected purchases.  I am not overly happy with this result, but it is against my nature to discard anything unless it is really bad!!!
The AI crew have done a lot of how-to videos on many topics, including water coloring.  They make it look so easy.  Well, it may be easy for them, but I need to work on my skills.  The background is another story. I used a few drops of reinker -- I just placed them on a used gift card.  I used a second gift card to pick up some of the color, and kind of spatter it on the water color paper.  Next time I will spritz some water for a softer look.  For the left panel I mixed blue and avocado.  The right hand side .used avocado ink.  With a tooth pick I spread out some gold glitter glue - probably a bit too heavy handed for my taste.  I used some of the same glitter glue along the edge of the green mats as well as on the rocks.
My hint - I save a small paper cutter with a very dull blade which I use to cut when I want to achieve a bit of a distressed look.  For me, that is easier than tearing.
I used watercolor paper for the image  (AI Windows to the World) and the bg.   That is why the verse around the image is a bit blurred.
Sketch:  Sketch Saturday.
Bling:   Art Impressions
Sea:   Delicious Doodles
Summer (enjoying a lazy boat ride):  Frilly and Funkie 
Any:    Through the Craft Room Door
             Crafty Creations
             Inspiration Destination

Friday, July 14, 2017

SCS Tea Pot Party for Dani

On SplitCoastStampers the tea potters have a weekly challenge to follow a theme, and, if we wish, to send the card to a deserving recipient.  This week we are sending birthday cards to Dani, a member of SCS, who is mostly bedridden due to severe back pain.  We are taking a party, so I thought I would bring the band.  This is such a fun Art Impressions stamp.  I thought I would add some sequins to glam up the gal in red - not sure it is a successful idea!  The gold ribbon adds a bit more sparkle, as does the shiny gel pens used for a couple of the instruments.  I used Prismas for the rest of the coloring.
Sketch:   Stella Says Sketch
Bling:      Art Impressions
Any:      Jo's Scrapshack

Christmas 2017

Time to get serious about Christmas cards!
Image -PSX; Sentiment - SU; Deep red, white, gold cs; gold cord, sheer gold ribbon, Cheery Lynn pine branch die; QuickCuts Life Style Craft Vine embossing folder.
Sketch:  Sketch Saturday
Christmas in July:    Deep Ocean 
N is for New - ribbon;  O is for Old - stamp:  ABC Christmas Challenge
Any:   Word Art Wednesday 

QKR Stampede DT Card ~ Anything Goes; Option - By the Seaside

This is my Design Team card for challenge #252 at QKR Stampede - anything goes, with the option by the seaside.  I think I stretched that a bit, as this is more "on the sea". Both the image "ship" and the sentiment are available from the QKR Stampede store.  This challenge is open through Thursday, July 20 at 6 p.m. EDT.  Two winners will receive QKR images.  See details here.
For the background I did what for me is unthinkable - I cut into the middle of a sheet of cs!  You probably cannot even see it here, but there is a subtle map - the US, Mexico and Central America are just to the left of the image.  I wanted some of the ocean visible - but it is not clear at all.  Oh, well.  I used ribbon at the top and washi tape along the bottom.  The sentiment is raised with pop dots.
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Sea:    Delicious Doodles
Sea, sun, beach or sand:  Crafty Sentiments
Any:   Love to Scrap


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Selfie Sandy: GDT Thursday Inspiration card for Imagine That Digistamp

Today is the day that I can announce that I have been selected as a Guest Designer this quarter for Imagine That Digistamp.  I am looking forward to this fun experience, and am especially happy to be sharing this gig with Kren.
For my first card I selected an image from a set called Selfie Sandy.  It is also part of a bundle that includes Snappy Sandy.  How perfect for today's teens!  I colored my image with Prisma pencils, but there are also pre-colored images included.  The DP used in the frame is part of another set called Beach Combing Digi Papers.  IRL, the color is more teal than it appears here
Additional information, more inspiration, and the monthly Anything Goes challenge can be found here:  Imagine That Digi Stamp Creative Playground
You may shop the store here:  Imagine That Digi Stamp Store
To complete the card, I used  Tim Holtz' brick embossing folder, from Sizzix; a bit of cord, some bling, and the filmstrip and sentiment from the Selfie Sandy set.

Sketch:     Sketch Saturday
Embossing:     Pause, Dream, Enjoy
Girly:     Kitty Bee
Any:     A Perfect Tme to Craft
              Crafty Creations
              Crafting with an Attitude.
              Jo's Scrapshack 

Friday, July 7, 2017

QKR Stampede Challenge #251 - Anything Goes ~ DT card

We hope you will join us this week at QKR Stampede.  There is no additional option fot the weekly Anything Goes Challenge.  Digi images are given to the 2 winners.  QKR images are not required, but if you use one, and you are a winner, you get an extra image for your prize.  The deadline for up to 3 entries is 6 p.m. EDT Friday.
Image - QKR Rockin' and Readin'; sentiment - QKR; all papers - DCWV Teen stack; sheer ribbon; Sandy Lion flowers.
Sketch:  Sweet Sketch Wednesday2
Hand made bow:    Craft-deebowz
Layers:    Deep Ocean 
                 Di's Digi Designs
Pastel Party:    Double D
Any (option:  relax):  Ikes World 
Going Digital:   Paper Shelter 
Pattern Paper:   Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper
Any:   A Bit More Time to Craft 
           Classic Design Team 
           Crafting With an Attitude
           Crafty Creations
           Crafting Circle
           Crafty Calendar
           Crafting by Designs
           Crafty Sentiments
           Jo's Scrapshack
           Lemon Shortbread 
           Lil Patch of Crafty Friends 
           Love to Scrap 
           Pammies Inky Pinkies 
           Paper Nest Dolls 
           Word Art Wednesday  
           World Wide Open Design Team

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

HB, Terry

This probably should have a belated sentiment as I doubt the mail will get it to our son-in-law on time.  I just did not get it finished yesterday!  As long as I keep finding new fishing images, I am set for his birthday, as he loves to fish at every opportunity.  This is a pre colored freebie from TLC - (cut with oval dies) thanks once again.  I found a piece of red and white dp in my scrap stash that just about matches that pre-colored shirt!  The sentiment is a digi from Eureka.  To finish the card I used some cord for the diagonal lines, and, since the fish on the line looked a bit small I added a couple more (rub ons).
Part of the inside verse says:  "FISH:  an animal that grows the fastest between the time it's caught and the time the fisherman describes it to his friends."
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Summer colors:   Pink Gem
Men/boys:   Crafty Friends
A question of Sport:  Allsorts
Red, white, blue:  Angies Digital Stamps
                               Cupcake Inspirations 
                               Dragonfly Journeys
                               Simon Says Stamp Monday 
 Colors of your nation (U.S.):   Come and Get It 
Primary Colors:   Pile it on Challenge
 Layer it up:   Di's Digidesigns
                         Dies r us
Any:   Jo's Scrapshack
            Simon Says Stamp Wednesday

Sunday, July 2, 2017

HB, Cheryl ~ One last ODB challenge

One final thank you to the ODB team for their inspiration and challenges.  You will be missed.  Maybe I just thought I read that this is your final challenge???
Recipe:  ODB stamp, Prismas (ncluding metallic silver), a bit of pink lace, pink bling, Embossalicious HB folder.
Sketch:   Tuesday Morning Sketches
Colors:   Our Daily Bread
Bingo (top row):  Making Memories

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Last challenge at ODB

How sad!  Another announcement of a final challenge - this time, from Our Daily Bread.  This has been another of my favorite challenges, and it has been such a source of inspiration.  Sadly, I have never been able to create a card as lovely as those of their DT members, but I can always try.  I think I have used the colors correctly - including a dusting of pink chalk at the edge of the oval.
Sketch:   Sweet Sketch Wednesday2
Colors:   Our Daily Bread
Any:   Word Art Wednesday

Friday, June 30, 2017

QKR Stampede DT card - Challenge #250 - Anything Goes; Option - Christmas in July

This week the Anything Goes challenge at QKR Stampede will give you an opportunity to get an early start on Christmas cards - the option (not required) is Christmas in July. You may enter up to 3 times before 6 p.m EDT Thursday.  The winner receives 2 images, and there are 3 images for a winner who uses a QKR or Eureka image.  For me, this QKR Stampede image (Bethlehem with verse) will be a great one for multiple cards as hubby and I want to include the Christmas message on our cards.
I opted to print the verse and image together, but they could easily be separated for a different look.  I have often used this snowflake embossing folder - I need to get one with stars!  I added gold and deep red layers as well as a Merry Christmas from QKR Stampede.  I must admit it seems a bit out of sync doing a Christmas card with temps hovering around 110!
Keep the victims of the many wildfires, as well as the firefighters, in your prayers.  Our grandson is a hot shot fire fighter stationed in Utah.
Sketch:    Your Next Stamp
Sentiment is Main Focus:   Crafting-with-Dragonflies
Words take center stage:    AAA Cards
Any/Faith, Hope, Love:    Path of Positivity
Joy:    Mustard Seed Faith 
Layers:    Sweet Stampin
                  Deep Ocean
Holiday:    Hiding in my Craftroom
Christmas:    Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge
                       Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge2
                       A Snowflakes Promise
                       Inky Chicks
                       Crafting by Designs
                       Fab n Funky
Any:     Word Art Wednesday
              Digi Choosday 
              Through the Craft Room Door
              Creative Fingers  
              Crafty Sentiments
              Lemon Shortbread 
              Paper Nest Dolls    
              Pammies Inky Pinkies
              World Wide Open Design Team Challenge
              Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 
              Crafty Gals Corner


Friday, June 23, 2017

Speedy Recovery, Dennis

This is for Dennis, a deacon at our church, who is recovering from surgery.
Image - pre-colored Dearie Doll; misc. DP from my stash, sequins; clip art school bell.
(There is an inside joke for the bell.  My hubby has had very limited mobility for a year and a half due to severe back pain.  He sometimes needs some assistance, and I may have trouble hearing him.  He can use one of my school bells to call me.  Dennis gives us a great deal of grief about this!!!  So we offered to lend one to him.)
ETA:  Dennis has had a setback and returned to the hospital.  Please say a prayer for his recovery, if you are so inclined.
Sketch:    Tuesday Morning Sketches
Animal:    C.R.A.F.T.
For the boys:    Creative Knockouts  (8 Challenge max)

Inspiration - small nautical items:   Give a Crafter a Cookie
Pattern Paper:     Simon Says Stamp Wednesday
Colorful:     Mod Squad
Colors (blues, greens):     Your Next Stamp

DT card fpr QKR Stampede #249, Anything GOes - option Paper Piecing

This week the optional theme for the Anything Goes challenge #249 at QKR Stampede is paper piecing.  This QKR Stampede image, Best Friends, is a favorite for that - those girls look great in pink print!
Recipe:  Best Friends - QKR Stampede; Friend - sticker; SandyLion flowers; Prisma colors; Rick rack; white lace, Darice hearts  embossing folder - highlighted with shiny gold gilding wax;  Fiskars border punch; Spellbinders circle dies.
Sketch:    Stella Says Sketch
Make your mark:    Addicted to Stamps 
Hearts:    Country View 
Shine:     Incy Wincy Designs
Paper Piecing:   Dragonfly Journeys 
Pattern Paper:    Simon Says Stamp Wednesday
Feminine:     Hiding in my Craft Room
Any:    Angies 
            Crafty Creations 
            Crafting with an Attitude 
            Cards Galore
            Lemon Shortbread
            Inspiration Destination
            Morgans Art World 
            Paper Nest Dolls 
            Pammies Inky Pinkies
            Digi Choosday