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Great Friends

It is time for another challenge over at Cute N Crafty and this time the sponsor is Polkadoodles and I got to work with this cute image called Winston Bear Best Friends. The theme for this challenge is "Best Friends".


I printed the image out onto Strathmore Toned Tan paper and colored it with my Prismacolor colored pencils. Once completed, I cut it out with one of the circle dies from the Hero Arts Infinity Circle die set. I used the die one size bigger to cut a circle out of white cardstock. 

I cut two 5.5 inch circles out of heavyweight white cardstock with my Silhouette machine and glued them together after scoring one at 1/4 inch from the top to make a hinge. I then cut one 5 inch circle out of gold metallic cardstock from The Metallic Stack from DCWV. I then adhered all the circles together to create my gold and white round card.


To complete the card, I added a sentiment cut with the words from a previous Spellbinders Small Die of the Month kit out of black cardstock and glued it to the bottom side of the card.

We look forward to see your "Best Friends" makes over at Cute N Crafty Challenge blog. You have two weeks to enter.

Supplies Used
Digital Files
Polkadoodle Winston Bear Best Friends digi

Paper
Strathmore Toned Tan paper
Recollections 110lb heavyweight cardstock
Recollections Black cardstock
Recollections White cardstock
DCWV The Metallic Stack Gold cardstock

Coloring Medium
Prismacolor colored pencils

Adhesives
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue

Tools
Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine
Epson Expression ET-2650 Ecotank Printer

Dies
Spellbinders Small Die of the Month club sets
Hero Arts Circle Infinity Die set
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Decorations Up

My third and last project that I am showing your today is my DT inspiration for the Cute N Crafty Christmas Challenge blog. Today is the start of the next challenge and the sponsor is Polkadoodles. The theme is Anything Goes Christmas or Winter. I got to work with this sweet image called Winnie Angel - Decorations up.


Forever and always

Today I am here with three cards to show you. Seems like the 1st and the 15th of the month are multiple post days. This project is for the Rabisco Challenge blog and the sponsor for the middle of the month is MMedel Illustrations. I got to work with this cute image called Married Couple Kissing.


Eyes

This is my second project for today and my DT Inspiration for the Outlawz Crash your Stash challenge for May. The object of the challenge is for you to use an item on your project that you have in your stash and have not used for a long time and this month the item is Goolie Eyes. And here is my project! I have used a Dr Digi House of Stamps stamp called Valentine Derek (which also happens to be the image for this month's Outlawz Progressive Challenge). But Derek needed Googlie Eyes, in my opinion.


Little Pink Wagon

Today is the start of a new challenge over at the World Wide Open Design Team challenge blog. The theme is Anything Goes as long as you are a member of a design team - any team, anywhere in the world. Julia Spiri is the resident sponsor of our challenges and her images are so sweet. I love working with any of them. Here is my card using Mollie!


Mother's Day

Today was Mother's Day in the US. Happy Mother's Day to all my blog friends who are mothers. I usually do something every year for the mothers in our small congregation and this year the Spellbinders May Small Die of the month kit was just the perfect starting point. These layered die cut flowers are beautiful.


Mom's Romeo

Today I have another card to show you. This one is my DT Specials choice over at Scrapper's Delights and I chose to work with the Romeo in the Romeo Juliet bundle since I thought he would work so well with the Mother's Day theme on the current challenge.


Prehistoric Cutie

It is Friday already and time for another challenge over at the Colour Crazy challenge.  The challenge is Anything Goes as long as you have some hand coloring on your project. This fortnight the sponsor is All Dressed Up. I got to work with this cute stamp called Dino.


With Love

Happy Monday crafty friends. Today marks the start of a new challenge over at the Cute N Crafty Challenge Blog. The sponsor for this challenge is Treasure Box Designs and the prize is 2 digis from the store. The DT got to work with this sweet image called Poppy Pals Emma.


The Twins

It is the first Friday of the month and time for the Chibi new release over at Scrappers Delights. As always, if you purchase the complete new release bundle you will receive the star sign chibi set with all the elements for free. This month the sign is Gemini and aren't these twins cute?


Treasure Box Designs

I don't think I have ever done three card posts in one day!! But it is the first of the month and I guess that is making it happen. This project is for the Cute 'N Crafty Christmas Challenge blog and our sponsor is Treasure Box Designs. The prize is 2 digis from the store and the theme is Anything Goes Christmas or Winter. I am working with one of the angels from the Trio Angels digi.


Road Trip

Today is a three card day and here I am back with a card for the Rabisco May Challenge. I usually participate in the mid-month DT line-up, but since I had recently won this Dr Digi stamp, the sponsor for May is Dr Digi Stamps and I was wanting to play here, I created the card for the first of the month lineup. The stamp is called Summer Holiday.


Birthday Greetings

It is May already and here I am with a new project for the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge blog. Our sponsor this month is A Day for Daisies, the theme is as always Anything Goes and the prize is a $8 gift certificate to the A Day for Daisies store. I am using the image called Happy Birdie Orange.


Teddy Ballerina

Happy Monday to all my blog friends. I hope you all have a very good week. Today is the start of a new challenge over at Cute N Crafty Challenges and this fortnight the sponsor is Hetty Clare Art Store and the prize for the winner is 3 digis from her store. I got to work with Teddy Ballerina - isn't she cute??


Outlawz Progressive Challenge

I am back today with a second card. I have participated in the Progressive Challenge over at Outlawz every month since I discovered it. It has been a lot of fun. This month the sponsor is Oddball Art Stamps and Sorry Sally is the image. She arrived in my email inbox on April 1 and I thought she would make a perfect Miss You card.


Pink bike

The neverending watercolor panels! Yes here I am with another card that I made with die cuts from those panels. I am amazed how many different cuts one can get from a 9 x 12 sheet of paper.


Pretty in Pink

Time for another new challenge over at the Cute 'N Crafty Christmas Challenge blog. This is the place to share your Christmas/Winter themed creations. This fortnight our sponsor is Skeepski Designs and I am working with the image called Huddle.


The Extraordinary

I recently was able to choose some images from The Paper Shelter following a challenge win and this image just popped off the screen at me and I immediately had a card in mind.


Glitter everywhere!

Glitter! Does that evoke an emotion in you when you hear that word? Well emotions aside, it does make projects beautiful. And this month that is the item from your stash that you need to use in the Outlawz Crash your Stash challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to prompt you to use that long forgotten item in your stash that is just sitting there.


Spring Greetings

I am full of firsts this month! I was asked a while back to join the Rabisco Challenge blog as a DT member for the middle of the month posts. I agreed and so here is my first project.

The sponsor this month is Some Odd Girl and I chose to work with this cute hedgey and his flower.


Let's go to Paris

Have you been to Paris? I have and I loved the time I spent there. So today I am awakening a little Frenchness - is that even a word?

Time for a new challenge over at the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge blog. All the challenges there are sponsored by Julia Spiri and I love working with her images. For this month I chose to work with The Paris Collection. It is a lovely digi with a number of elements that you can use to create a scene.


Easter blessings

Today I have a special project to share with you. It is time for the DT Special over at Scrappers Delights. I get to choose an image to work with and you get to save, because that image is on sale for the month. The DT special theme for this month is Easter and so I chose this elegant lady and colored her outfit in rich burgundy and green. She is from the Victoria Lady Bundle and she comes in 3 different poses.


Dandelions

And here I am with my first project as a DT for the Colour Crazy Challenge blog. I found the challenge blog quite a while ago and I loved to enter my projects there, since as you all know, most of my cards have colored images on them, colored with pencils. And now I am on the DT - I am so excited.

For this project, the sponsor is A Day for Daisies and the winner will receive a $8 voucher for the store. I received the digi Dandelions in a Mason Jar to create my inspiration project with.


Be a Diva

Have you ever seen an image and you just knew you had to color it? Yes, I am sure you have and so you will know how it felt when I saw this image by Julia Spiri. It is called Owl Fashionista and just look at her!!


hÄnglar & Wings

Today I want to share this little sweetie with you. I recently learned about the Swedish stamp company called hÄnglar & Wings when they gave this freebie away in the Kit and Clowder Facebook group. Unfortunately it is the only digi they have, their other images of this little girl are all clear stamps. But maybe that will change, in time. (Updated: Digis have been added to their site)


A Basket of Bunnies

Time for a new challenge over at the Cute 'N Crafty challenge blog. The theme is Easter (bunnies or chicks) and the winner of the challenge will get 2 digis from the Cute 'N Crafty Mommy store.

I opted to use this Whimsy Stamps digi called Basket of Bunnies. Unfortunately this particular stamp has been retired, but there is a newer version still available on the Whimsy Stamps website.


My fleet

I don't usually post every day, but I have these cards that I really want to show you! I was recently able to get my hands on the Spellbinders October 2018 Large die of the month kit which features this gorgeous truck! There are a lot of dies in the kit as one can paper piece here, for each part of the truck.


The cutest bull

Time for another new Chibi release over at Scrappers Delights. As was the case last month, if you get all three new images from the release, you will get the star sign bundle for free. This bundle has 3 images and a number of elements all revolving around the Taurus sign.


Beautiful tulips

Today I am back again with my last DT creation for Crafting with an Attitude. How time flies - I have been there a year already. The sponsor this month is Bugaboo Digi Stamps and I am using the image called 4 block tulip square.


Let it snow...

... but not in Florida! I love looking at snow images on Facebook or other places, but appreciate that we have green grass all year round.

Today I am sharing a project I made for the Cute 'N Crafty Christmas challenge blog. You can enter any project as long as it is Christmas or Winter themed. The winner will receive two digis from the Cute 'N Crafty Mommy store.


Christmas Elf

It is the first of April! Time for another new challenge at Crafts Galore Encore and this month our sponsor is Star Stampz. The theme is Anything Goes and the winner will receive 3 digis of their choice from the store. I was given Christmas Elf to work with and here is my card.


New release for Scrapper's Delights

It is new release day at Scrapper's Delights and today the release are three new Anime images and if you buy the bundle you will receive a free Anime star sign bundle. I am using the image called Let's Dance for my project today.


Trying watercolor pens

Today I have a card with a difference. I recently was able to get a set of Arteza real brush pens at an amazingly discounted price and so I had to try them out. I thought this image would work perfectly. It is a stamp in my wood mounted stamp stash by Stamps Happen, Inc called His Symphony.


Spring is in the air

This is my second and last project as a Guest Designer for the Cute 'N Crafty Challenge blog and this time the sponsor is Sherri Baldy and the winner will receive three My Besties images. But the great news is that I was invited to stay on as a full Design Team member and so you will be seeing more of my projects over there.


Bright flowers

Happy Saturday to all my blog friends. Today I am back with another two cards made out of pieces of my watercolor panels. Those two panels really were so much fun to use for various projects.

Here is the first one. I cut the flower and the sentiment from the pink panel and the leaves from the green/yellow panel. I ran the front of the card base through my Texture Boutique with an embossing folder.


One more deer card

Today I am back with the last card I created with the deer cutouts I made. I will be making some more as I still want to try the paper piecing aspect that is possible with this die, but this is a white silhouette version.


Outlawz's Birthday!

I was able to go "shopping" last night in a new-to-me digi store - Imagine That digistamp. I had won a voucher from the store in a previous challenge win and so I got to browse the store. Kris and her daughter have lovely digis, you should stop by. I found this boot planter digi there and decided that was the perfect image for a birthday card for Outlawz, who is celebrating their 8th birthday.

The celebrations include a challenge and a blog hop, so be sure to check in. I made a card with a difference. This is the first time I created a card with purely digital elements. The digi is the precolored one that comes in the Cowboy Cactus Planter digi set.


Chocolate eggs

I recently discovered the The Outlawz. I was looking for crafting communities outside of the Facebook platform and that is how I discovered them. There are a number of challenges, one being a monthly Progressive Challenge. Since I took part last month, I automatically got the image this month - these eggs drawn by Sandra VanBlaricum, an Outlawz DT and admin.

I don't usually make Easter cards, so it took me a bit to find inspiration for this image. But it hit me - chocolate! Yes, chocolate Easter eggs are the best and I buy them every year.


Watercolor flower

Happy Friday everyone! Today I am back with another no-coloring card. This beautiful rose die is the second half of the prize I won over at the Butterfly Challenge and I thought my watercolor panel was just the right thing to try it out on.


Kindness always works

Today marks the start of another challenge over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge blog. If you are a member of any Design Team, you may enter our Anything Goes challenge. The sponsor is always Julia Spiri and there are various win and mention categories.

For my project this month I used the sweet image called Be My Valentine. This image goes way beyond just a Valentine's Day image. Just think of all the occasions you can use it for.


GDT for Cute N Crafty

Today I am excited to share that I was invited to be a Guest Designer for challenge #22 over at the Cute N Crafty Challenge blog. The sponsor for this challenge is Polkadoodles and I chose to work with Mice Love Roses.


Look for the magic

Scrappers Delights returned last month with the progressive challenge in the Scrappers Delights Facebook group. Today we start a new challenge for March and you will receive the new freebie if you participated in February. You can also participate on the new Challenge Blog.

I decided that my art journal needed some love and this was the right image to head there with. I created a page for my disc bound journal out of Canson XL Watercolor paper. I smooshed some Memento Tuxedo black ink onto my glass mat and sprayed it with water. I masked off the side of the page with the hole in it and then pulled it through the black ink. I did multiple passes and in various directions to get the visual texture I was after. Once it was dry, I applied the star through a stencil using Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink. I love how the oxide ink's chalky quality makes it sit on top of the background.


Friends

Since it is the first Thursday of the month, we have a new challenge over at Crafting with an Attitude. The theme is always anything goes, so you can pop over and enter your project there. This month the sponsor is Digi Doodle Studio and the winner will receive three single images.

I chose to work with this sweet Girlfriends digi. I composed the design of the card in Silhouette Studio, determining the placement of the digi and creating the cutout for the word "friends".


More watercolor pieces

You may remember my previous card that I put together with this pink watercolor panel that I had made. Using the left over pieces, I created this non-traditional Christmas card.

I ran the white cardbase through my machine using a Darice snowflake embossing folder. The die cuts, which are from the November Spellbinders Small Die of the Month kit are cut out of the watercolor panel pieces.


Scrappers Delights

If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you will have seen a new badge in my Design Team section. I was chosen to be part of the 2019 Scrappers Delights design team and so here I am with my first project.

It is time for a new Scrappers Delights release and with the bundle comes this cute Aries Chibi. 


Sunbonnet Flowers

It is time for a new challenge over at  Crafts Galore Encore and this month our sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps. The winner will receive a $12 Gift Code for the Bugaboo shop. The challenge is always Anything Goes so head over there to enter your projects.

I chose to work with this sweet image called Sunbonnet Flowers. I printed her out onto Strathmore Toned Tan paper. There is just something about colored pencil on colored paper.


Commenting on blogs

Today I am writing a very different post. I don't have a picture of anything I created to show you but I have some input that I hope will help some of you.

I know in recent times some people have had a terrible time trying to comment on blogs. On some blogs it worked and on some not. The problem, which seems to have something to do with a session conflict when using blogger, lies on the commentor's side rather than on the blog's side.


Splashing with ink

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I had been creating some backgrounds with inks and watercolors. This background started out with two Simon Says Stamp inks smooshed onto my glass mat - Hive Dive and Apricot. I sprayed them with water and carefully laid my paper into the liquid. I wanted them to apply to my paper, but not create mud. You can see some specks of the Apricot ink in the bottom left hand corner of the background. I wanted that there to kind of give a whimsy sort of ground appearance.

After I had added these two inks and they were dry, I put some Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks on my mat and applied water. I then dragged my paper through those colors, being sure not to cover the specks of Apricot. And so in fascinated abandon, I applied color to my paper, layer by layer.

Lovely Ava

Hi again today with another card to show you. This image is the one for this month's Outlawz Progressive Challenge February 2019. Her name is Ava and she from Di's Digi Stamps.

I printed her out through Silhouette Studio so that I could place her exactly where I wanted her on the cardpanel and also that I could trace her and cut a mask with the shape. She was printed on Daler-Rowney Drawing paper.


Butterfly Silhouette

My blog has been a little quiet in the last few days. It is season here in Florida and so all of us in the hospitality industry are quite busy. I do have some projects lined up to show you in the next while though, so here we go.

I recently won the prize over at the Butterfly Challenge for creating a card using all the elements of the wheel and one part of my prize was this beautiful butterfly stamp. It came in the mail all the way across the pond.