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The Fantasy Hat

I am back with another card today. I had this image called Fantasy Hat by Julia Spiri printed out for a while and now it finally got colored and converted into a card.


Sending Hugs

Today I am crafting for the Crafting with an Attitude October challenge. The sponsor is Skeepski Designs and I opted to use Sleep Tight for this simple card.


I printed the image onto Strathmore Paint Pad paper and colored it with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I wanted to keep the card predominantly in shades of brown with a pop of blue.



I added a strip of blue patterned paper to the right hand side of a brown card base and put the image on the middle at an angle.



I completed the card by using the Sending Hugs sentiment from the Hero Arts Share Handmade Kindness stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink and adding clear embossing powder.

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Paper studio brown cardbase
Sheepski Designs Sleep Tight digital stamp
Prismacolor pencils
Patterned paper
Stamp from Hero Arts Share Handmade Kindness stamp set
Versafine Onynx Black ink
Clear embossing powder

Entered into the SheepSki Designs Digital Stamps Facebook Group Challenge #28
Entered into the Classic Design Team Open October Challenge # 10
Entered into the Stempelsonne Anything Goes Challenge #206
Entered into the Crafting with Friends Just for Fun Challenge #74
Entered into the Penny’s Paper-Crafty Anything Goes Challenge #400
Entered into the Love to Craft Anything Goes Challenge #27
Entered into the Colour Crazy Anything Goes Colouring Challenge Week 39

National Coffee Day

September 29 was National Coffee Day. Well, what is better than some of that smooth, hot brew in the morning (or any other time of the day, for that matter). I used the freebie stamp from Limited Runs Stamps for my coffee project.


I decided that I was going to do an entry in my art journal for this project. My art journal is a disc bound one. I particularly love this style as I can take the pages out while I am working on them and then pop them back in when I have completed the page.

I printed 3 of the images onto Strathmore Paint Pad paper - one bigger one and two smaller ones. I colored the images with my Prismacolor pencils, making sure to make the bright, interesting and unusual for coffee cup colors. I then fussy cut each cup out.


The background of my page is painted with black acrylic paint. I had to apply 2 coats to get it really black. I then stamped some different options on the page using my Concord and 9th Perfectly Penned stampset and silver ink. I sponged some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink onto a piece of white cardstock and cut the C O F F E E out of it and then placed the letters over the background so that it adds focus, but do not cover the background words.


I printed the sentiment out in size 12 Arial font on my computer and cut it into two sentiment strips which I added to the bottom corner of my page. Lastly I added a few highlights and details with my white gel pen.

Coffee can come in various containers which come in different shapes, sizes or colors. It is the contents of the container that is important. So it is with us as humans. It matters not what we are like on the outside. That our inside is kind and respectful of others is what matters.

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Canson XL Watercolor paper
Limited Runs Coffee Cup digital stamp
Prismacolor pencils
Black Acrylic Paint
Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink
Concord and 9th Perfectly Penned stampset
Encore Metallic Silver ink
Alphabet dies from my stash
White gel pen


Christmas Carolers

I am excited to be able to share my first project as a DT member at Crafts Galore Encore. This month the prize is being sponsored by Limited Runs - which is a new-to-me digital art studio. I got to work with the image Christmas Carolers from the Christmas seasonal section. The idea for this card was right there when I saw this image.


I printed the image out onto my usual favorite coloring paper, namely Strathmore Paint Pad paper and colored it with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I created the background with Crayola Watercolor paints on Master's Touch Watercolor paper, painting the colors on with free abandon.  I cut the background to 3.5x4.75 inches and glued it onto a white cardbase.


I fussy cut the colored carolers and popped them up in the corner of my card with foam tape. I wanted them to be a focal point, despite them being in the corner.


I die cut the nativity scene from vellum and liberally applied glue to the back so that it would reactivate the watercolor under the vellum and so transfer some of my paint onto the scene as I wanted it to be a background element on this card. I stamped the word peace and the star with Versmark ink and white heat embossed them. I completed the card with a few added stars that I drew in with my gel pen. I love how this card turned out.

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Master's Touch watercolor paper
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
Limited Runs Christmas Carolers digital stamp
Prismacolor pencils
Crayola Watercolors
Versamark Ink
White embossing powder
White Vellum
Nativity die from my stash
Stamps from my stash