Thursday, September 1, 2016

September 1st DTproject for The Crafters Cafe Challenge Blog

Please join us over at The Crafter's Café Challenge Blog  for the September first challenge. This challenge theme is to use two patterned papers.  I used these two designer papers out of my stash along with an image from Bloobel called Lost Tea.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

First Design Team post for Pile It On August 21

Hi crafty friends!  I am excited to be part of the design team over at Pile It On. The objective of Pile It On is to enter your image, created with the theme for that particular challenge, into as many other challenges as you can.

The theme for this challenge is to use Die Cuts. The sponsor is Dr. Digi and I am using one of their images called Gnome Sweet Gnome.

I used Reflections cardstock for the base and the card front. I colored this digital image with my Prismacolor pencils. I added some die cuts from my stash.  The flowers were cut out with my Brother Scanncut.

We would love to see your creations so be sure to link up over at the challenge and be sure to Pile It On. 

My card was also entered into the following challenges:   Anything Goes   Anything Hand colored  Anything Goes Anything Goes kid appropriate  Anything Goes Anything Goes  Anything Goes Anything Goes

Sunday, August 14, 2016

August 15th DT card for The Crafter's Cafe

The theme for this challenge is Bling.

I used a digital image from Polkadoodles, Winnie Wonderland.  I colored her with my Spectrum Noir markers and added some embellishments - sequins, jewels and enamel drops for the bling.

This card was also entered into the following challenges:

Sunday, July 31, 2016

August 1st Design Team project for The Crafter's Cafe

The theme for the August first challenge is Flowers.

This card was created using a digital image from All Dressed Up called For You.

I used my colored pencils for the image of the little girl, then used a circle die to cut her out.  I added a swirly die cut to the mix as well as several flowers from various stamp sets that I had previously cut out with my scanncut. The lesson I learned was to use a thicker paper when pasting over a die cut.  I used regular copy paper when I should have used card stock.  Live and learn.

This card was also entered into the following challenges:

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Two cards for challenging challenges

Friday, July 15, 2016

July 15th DT card for The Crafter's Cafe

The theme for this challenge is CAS, clean and simple.  These two cards were created with digital images from Melonheadz, Cassie Floral collection.

Also entered into the following challenges:

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Tomorrow is a new day

I created this card using a stamp from Wplus9.  I just love this little bird! I colored him with my Crayola colored pencils.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Thursday, June 30, 2016

July 1st DT card for The Crafter's Cafe

The theme for this challenge is "something with wings".   I actually have two cards to post.  This first card was created using a digital image from Eureka, Butterfly and Sunflower. I colored this with my new Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.

This car was also submitted for the following challenges:

I used an image from Crafty Sentiments for the second card, Flora with Flowers.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Tiddly Inks

I wanted to share some of my cards made with tiddly inks images.  Their images are some of my favorite ones to use, they are all adorable!

Also entered into the following challenges:

Also entered into the following challenges:

Also entered into the following challenges:

Also entered into the following challenges:

Friday, June 24, 2016

Blog check-in

So my blog is still new and I am working on increasing my digital footprint.  I have 272 followers on Instagram which is a huge increase from the 35 I had in April.  I have been really tapping into my creativity which has been great.  I definitely have increased my stamp collection.

My cards are piling up so I have to find an outlet for them.  I was thinking of a retirement community.  I wonder what other paper crafters do.

Here are a few cards I have been working on and the challenges they were submitted for.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June 15th DT Creation for The Crafters Cafe Challenge Blog

This is my DT project for June 15th challenge at The Crafter's Café Challenge Blog. 
This little sweetie is Fanny Foxpaw from the Rick St.Dennis digital stamp collection.  I colored her with my Spectrum Noir markers and added some Wink of Stella to the hairbow.  Then  I added some cute embellishments for effect.  I used some craft cardstock as the base for the card.  I hope you enjoy this card, it was fun to create it.

I am entering this card into the following challenges as well:

Send a Smile for Kids
A Beautiful Mess
Alphabet Challenge H is for Hand colored
Crafting with Friends
Little Miss Muffet
Crafty Girls Creations

Monday, June 6, 2016

Imagine That! Creative Playground challenge Tic Tac Toe

I used my Wplus9 Beautiful Bouquets Dahlia stamp with the sentiment for this card.  I added some purple and clear gem to finish off the tic tac toe card.  Gems/sentiment/flowers.  Now I have to submit it and hope for a win.  :-)
Their website is

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

My first DT creation for Crafters Cafe

This is my first DT creation for The Crafter's Café.  The theme is vacation.  I was super excited to be able to use this cute image from Angie's Cards and Digis.  The image is called Daisy May with an ice cream cone.  I had fun coloring her with my colored pencils and added some other stamped images to add to the vacation theme. I added a border using designer paper and added some embellishments.  I hope you like her!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Weekend crafting

So this card is for the Catch the Bug challenge  The photo inspiration is below.

I saw an example of this technique and wanted to try it.  I used acrylic paint for texture and then used a dauber to add some ink to better shoe the texture.  I need more practice but this is decent for a first run at it.

This was for another challenge at
  I used Glossy Accents to give it a little shine in a few places.

Just for fun using my colored pencils.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Watercoloring etc.

This is a watercolor on canvas.  I am not keen on the butterfly.  I may try to fix that.  I am going to submit this to the challenge at 

This is watercolor with a stencil and I have gotten some good feedback on this from my Instagram friends.  It is kind of cool, it has a texture.  Confession that I smudged it so that is why I added the butterfly. The butterfly is a Hero Arts image.  I am going to submit this over at the The Cat's Pajamas for their current challenge which is BRIGHT colors.

The flower stamp is a So Suzy stamp, one of my favorites.  This is colored with my Marvy Markers and I added a cute sentiment. I am going to submit this over at The Cat's Pajamas, and Aud Sentiments challenge blog for their current challenge.  You should check it out!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Can You Case It

This week there is a color challenge of light purple and yellow, along with neutrals.  Check out Can You Case It Color Challenge at

I used craft paper as a base, cut out some of my stamped images using my brother scanncut2.  I colored them in with sharpies as and glued them down with my tombow Aqua liquid glue.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Cards for fun

So for the rest of today I am just making cards for fun, no challenges no DT stuff just fun, fun, fun! 

Here is what I have made so far.

Cards for Crafter's Cafe May 15th challenge - bright colors with a twist

So the twist is to have the front of the card CAS, clean ands simple, with a bright surprise on the inside. The first picture is the front, the second is the inside.

I used my new stamps from CraftinDesertDivas, magical Wishes set.  I adore them!!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Can You Case It? Challege Blog

I entered three cards into this sketch challenge. You can visit their challenge at .

I submitted this card yesterday.  I used stamps from two different Stampin Up sets and my Marvy markers.  It came out pretty good.

I am submitting this today.  I used some cardstock from Project Life for the sentiment, which was stamped and then heat embossed with white embossing flower from CTMH.  The flowers are the Chrysanthamum stamp from So Susy Stamps colored in with my Marvy Markers and the centers are embossed with clear embossing powsder to give it a little shine.

This is my third card I am submitting for this challenge.  I sponged on some inks from my stash and found this free digi stamp online.  I colored it with my Marvy markers and cut him out.  I attached him using my ATG and then heat embossed the sentimient which is a Hampton Arts image.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenges Blog Challenge #109.

The theme for this challenge is "Just us girls ".

1 chose my favorite digital image for this challenge, which Mountain Lily by whimsy stamps. I colored her with my Crayola colored pencils. Attached her to cardstock and framed her out with some designer paper.  I hope you like her as much as I do.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Exciting News

I am so excited because I was chosen to be on the Design Team at Crafter's Café Challenge Blog.  This is going to be such a great experience, I can already tell! 

I get to provide inspiration to other cardmakers taking part in our challenge.  It is such an honor, I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity.

I will be posting pictures of the projects I create on my blog and on Instagram.  I hope you will follow me in this journey.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Digital Stamps

Digital Stamps, or digi stamps are digital images printed by the user's printer. Digital stamps come in formats such as PNG, JPG, and TIFF. Digital stamps offer advantages over traditional rubber stamps because you can flip, resize, and rotate them, not to mention easily store them.  They can be printed on a variety of papers and when properly heat sealed can be used with a variety of coloring mediums.

It is important that you understand each website's Angel Policy before using a digital stamp or digital image.  An Angel Policy is a form of limited license that specifies how an image can be used and any specific requirements of the manufacturer or artist. Typically this outlines under what circumstances, if any, a stamper can make and sell items created using their stamps.

Some companies allow stampers to work with the stamped images without restriction including creating products for resale. Other companies offer more limited use of their images, for instance limiting the number of products that can be created from a single stamp. If you don't see an Angel Policy please note that this doesn't allow full freedom in using their stamps.  It likely means that their stamps are sold for personal use only and not for creating items to sell.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

How to find great deals on stamps

I recently went to Good Will and spent $80 on stamps.  They are Stampin Up brands, which is really good quality.  They were fairly priced at between $5 and $10 per set depending on the size. My haul that day was easily worth three times the actual value, and they were all brand new.

Yesterday I found some amazing stamps at a yard sale.  Again all brand new Stamp in Up.  They were from a Stampin Up demonstrator who was paring down her stash.

Other great places are Facebook destash pages, there are many to choose from.  The only bummer there us you usually have to pay shipping.

Of course many of the online stamp stores have sales from time to time.  If you follow them on Instagram or Facebook you will know when the sales are on.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

ABC Christmas Challenge

I have posted two cards to the ABC Christmas Challenge.  Their current theme is I is for ink.  The choose the next letter alphabetically for each challenge.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog

So I am participating the Crafter's Cafe Challenge #148, the theme is "feminine". They have bimonthly challenges so I have until the 14th to get one more card in. They have a max of three entries.  These are the cards I have submitted so far.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Two watercolor cards

So I wanted to share a couple if the cards I recently made.  I used Tim Holtz watercolor card stock for both of the cards.  I am going to enter both of these cards in the Simon Says Stamps Wednesday challenge.

This card features a chrysanthemum stamp from So Suzy Stamps and the sentiment is from Hampton Art ki collection.  After I stamped and colored the flower and stamped the sentiment I spattered some additional color onto the water color paper. I added some background color using some patterned paper I had on hand and mounted that onto a Reflections card.

This card features stamps from Stampin Up's Simple Friendship and All a Flutter stamp sets. I cut a piece of patterned paper for somecolor behind the watercolor card stock and mounted the to a card.