Crafty Chefs Challenge

Hello friends. Today I have a very simple card to show you for our new challenge over at Crafty Chefs. I have opted to help revive the challenges there again and we have reduced the recipe to only two ingredients. This month it is "Use a die cut and add a sentiment to the front of your card". Here is my make.

For the die cut ingredient, I used a Spellbinders die set to make some layered flowers out of purple cardstock and I also added a bit of greenery which I cut out of Bristol Smooth cardstock and painted with my Arteza brush markers. I glued these to a white mini slimline cardbase. I really like this size card.

For the sentiment part of the recipe, I added an encouraging sentiment stamped in Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear powder. And that concluded my two ingredient card for this month's challenge.

Crafty Chefs Aug 21

If you make any card during the month of August where you use any die and add a sentiment to the front of your card, please come and share it with us at Crafty Chefs.

Supplies Used
Bristol Smooth
Bristol Smooth
Platinum 6
Platinum 6
Craft Tweezers
Craft Tweezers
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Happy Sentiments
Happy Sentiments
VersaFine Onyx
VersaFine Onyx
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Storybook Coloring

Today I have something different to show you. I recently participated in an online card summit and one of the presenters, Daniel West, did a class on Storybook Coloring with Copic markers. Well if you follow my blog, you know that I am not a Copic girl. But I decided that there should be some way for me to use his instructions and do it with my pencils. These cute stamps drawn by Conie Fong Art were the perfect images to play with.

Sheetload of Cards

Patterned paper!! Raise your hand if you have a stockpile of it. I decided that I needed to use mine up. I had been blessed with box full by a friend of mine some years ago, but I have hardly used any of it. I recently discovered the Call Me {Crafty} Al YouTube channel and was inspired by her concept called Sheetload of Cards. Guess what it uses... you got it, patterned paper.

Cheese & Nuts

Today is Friday and time for another blog post. Today I am sharing my project, well projects, for the monthly Imagine That Digitstamp Progressive Challenge. This month the theme is Christmas in July. However, I don't do the "animal nativity scene" thing, so I had to put my thinking cap on. But the package included the images as a whole and as singles and so I decided that the two single mice would make perfect, quirky cards, despite their outfits. So here goes.

A Bookmark

Today I am back with another project created for the ongoing challenge that BożenA and I do together. It was her turn to call the topic and she chose "Create a Bookmark". There were no requirements of any kind as to method, technique or anything else, just create a bookmark. I don't read much anymore and when I do, I read on my Kindle, so I decided to create a bookmark for my journaling Bible and use it to highlight a verse that spoke to me recently.

Eclipse technique

Today I am back with another challenge between BożenA and myself and this time it was my turn to choose a challenge topic. I decided to go with a technique this time and with one that I have been wanting to try for a while - the eclipse technique. So here is my project.

Some technology

If you follow my blog, you will know that I love to play along in the Imagine That Digistamp Progressive Challenge. I am nearly out of time for June! This month the image is perfect for a garden enthusiast and the package comes with various quirky sentiments.

Sharing is Caring

Tonight I am popping in with my project for the Outlawz Progressive Challenge for June and June is nearly over! The sponsor is The Paper Shelter and the image is this cutie called Sharing is Caring. The image package comes with this lovely digital background.


This post is not a project, but I am dealing with the email subscription that is now obsolete here on Blogger. Those of you who also have blogs will know about it.

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My new Brother

So who is my new Brother - well a printer, of course!! Our old printer had been going astray for a while and it had got onto my last nerve. Also, it would not take any thicker paper, so true one layer cards were not something I could do. So when needing a new printer, the ability for it to take thicker paper was a must. I wanted a laser so I could foil and so that I could print digis and use water based mediums. So yes, I had a laundry list of requirements. But I found one that filled them all. The Brother HL-L3290CDW. After initial setup and testing, the first thicker paper to test was watercolor paper and it printed my digi beautifully through the through pass for thicker paper.

Bertha's Baking

Happy Monday! Today I have my creation for the Outlawz Progressive Challenge to show you. The sponsor is Dr Digi Stamps and the image is called Bertha's Bread Baking Bonanza.

Go Fly a Kite

Hello Bloggy Friends. I am still writing to you from, at times, a chilly South Africa. My scheduled return to the US is in two weeks from yesterday. I know someone there who is counting the days.

Today I am showing you my play with this month's Imagine That Digistamp Progressive Challenge image called Go Fly a Kite. I opted to use the mouse and create a CAS card.

Mother's Day

Hello, here I am writing to you from the southern tip of Africa! I apologize for the delay in getting to visit your blogs, but the last week has been rather crazy with a long journey and some official stuff I had to get taken care of. But here I am with another project for a challenge between BożenA and I. It was her turn to name a topic and she decided to go with something that I could easily do while on the go - make a card for Mom.

My flower book

I recently invested in a Dylusions Creative Journal as I wanted to start a flower book. I was inspired by Vicki's "A Year in Flowers". My first double spread needed to be dedicated to the Rose - one of my favorite flowers.

Teal and purple

Today I am here with my card for the progressive challenge at Outlawz. I love playing along here. This month the sponsor is Bugaboo and the image is this little girl. She comes pulling and Easter cart, but I cropped that out as I only wanted her on my card.

More foiling

So here I am with two more cards with foiled backgrounds. But they are done with two different methods. I recently saw a video done by Verity of Pretty Little Button in which she spoke about the Altenew adhesive sheets and that they are a little thicker than others on the market. I asked her if she thought that they would work with foiling and she thought they would. So I got some.

A Smile

Today I am back with another card to show you. This one is kind of a bit different to my usual simple style. I have layered two papers!!! I visited in Holland in 2018 and found a craft store in our travels. I bought two 6x6 paper packs that I have been hoarding since then. But enough! Time to use the paper.

The Coins

It is April already, I cannot believe it! Anyway, here I am with my take on the latest challenge between BożenA and myself and this time I chose the topic. I decided we needed to have something quite different this time and so my suggestion was to make three AT Coins - each one displaying our most favorite technique or card making method. It is different working on the small size and round shape.

Have Courage

I have been doing some coloring in the last while as you can see and here is another card done with a colored digi. The seahorse is from Fabrika Fantasy. I printed the digi onto Strathmore Toned Tan paper.

Honey Bear

Today I am showing you my card for this month's progressive challenge at Imagine That Digistamp. This month's image is called Honey Bear and comes with uncolored and colored versions. But, I am using the uncolored version so that I could color him with my pencils.


Hello, today I have my card for the March Outlawz Progressive Challenge to show you. I reverted to one of my favorite card making techniques and that is combining hand coloring with digital elements. Paper Nest Dolls is this month's sponsor and the image is LuLu Bee.


Here I am again with a blog post. Those of you who have my blog in your reader must be wondering who this stranger is. I have been doing too much mountain gazing lately lol. Anyway, I also got to play with my Altenew Craft a Flower dies from February. They are a beautiful layered cosmos and some leaves. I dug into my paper scrap box and cut out a bunch of flowers as I needed some specific cards.

Outlawz Progressive

Happy Friday! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Today I have my entry for the Outlawz Progressive Challenge to show you. This month's image is from the sponsor, All Dressed Up. I decided to keep the image uncolored as I wanted to use one of my plaid papers.

A fun fold card

Hello, I am back today with a new card. I have had some interesting happenings since my last post. We have moved again, this time with a bit more permanency. We have purchased a RV lot in Benson, AZ. So while we still live on wheels, this gives us a little space to be able to make personal. Our backyard view is incredible, I will post a pic below. Now back to my card.

Gesso resist

Hello my dear friends, today I have a card to show you that I made following my challenge buddy's instructions. Yes, it was BożenA's turn to choose the topic of our challenge and she chose a gesso resist technique to make a background. She gave me this video as the example. I decided to go with a slimline card for this project as I wanted to include all three fairies on my card.

Touch of Winter

Well the snow is gone and it has warmed up again nicely - so we can live again lol. I recently came across the Altenew Inspiration challenge and I was intrigued by the color palette and the inspiration project done by Nathalie DeSousa. While hers used alcohol inks and I don't have alcohol inks, I used her inspiration to create my watercolor background.

Pears in a vase

Today I am here playing in the Outlawz Progessive Challenge. It is fun to play again from the challenge side. This month the sponsor is Jan's Digistamps and the image is Fall Pears. I had completed my project a few days ago, but my normal stony backdrop for taking the pictures was nowhere to be seen! Yes, we had a decent layer of snow - I had to make a snowman (see pic below). We got quite a lot more snow before my stones returned.

Foiling with a laminator

Today I have a project to show you that has a first attempt for me on it again - the foiled background. I received a laminator as a gift some months back and so I have, as time allows, been trying various designs. Since I don't have a laser printer, I am using the local copy shop to get the laser prints I need. This one the machine's toner seemed to not spread very evenly, but I opted to try it anyway and I really liked the almost distressed look that came out the back of the laminator.


It is time for another challenge between myself and BożenA and our theme is "Travel". It could be any form of travel, both physical or metaphorical. Although I chose the theme this time and I did know what route I wanted to take with it, it took me a while to find some inspiration for how I was going to show what I had in my mind. But it was year end and such times come with many other distractions and so in general, my crafting table was not busy.

Anyway, back to our project. I decided to create another page in my art journal for this one.

Panda with a difference

Hello Blogland! Yes, here I am after quite a long absence. The year-end was quite busy including a change of location for our RV. We decided to do small town for a while. The peace is almost palpable and the silence loud, but we are enjoying it a lot.

Recently I saw that Kris at Imagine That Digistamps had started a progressive challenge. I love her stamps and when I saw this cute panda, I had to join. So here is my make.