Friday, May 27, 2016

What's New?

Hi Crafty Friends,

Time for a new challenge at Cut it Challenge Blog.  This is a SKETCH challenge.  

I've used a sketch from to create my card but instead of using the actual cut file, I cut the pieces using Jaded Blossom dies.

Here's the sketch:

Jaded Blossom Products used:
Card Mat Dies
Stitched Circles Dies
Panel Dies
Border Dies
Hey Chickie stamp set

Other materials:
Copic markers
American Craft twine
Doodlebug Designs sequins
Authentique Homestead 6x6 paper pack
Powder Puffs chalk ink

Our challenge runs for two weeks.  You can enter HERE.
You must use a DIE CUT and don't forget to include the SKETCH you followed.

This challenge is sponsored by


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Shop Til You Drop

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's time for the Delightful Monthly Challenge #10.
The theme is always ANYTHING GOES using a stamped image - digital or rubber.

For my project I've used Shopping Bella Boo from Digital Delights by Louby Loo.

I thought she would be perfect for a gift card holder.  I used Jaded Blossom's Folding Gift Card Die.  I also used the Stitched Circle Die and Spring Dies 2 for the sentiment.  The sentiment comes with the digi set.  The image was colored using Copic markers.

Please follow the link above and join in our challenge.  You have 3 weeks to link your entry.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Spring Banner Card

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's my turn to post for Paper Crafting World.

Today I'm using two cut files to create a fun card.  I used the Bracket Top Card Base (turned sideways) and the Spring Banner Set.  You'll want to take a look at the Spring Banner set cut file because it would make a perfect page layout.  I decided to make a card instead so I didn't use the tree included in the file and adjusted the cuts to fit onto the card base.

I used patterned papers from Carta Bella Alphabet Junction (6x6) and Authentique Homestead (6x6).  The files were cut on my Silhouette.  When cutting small items like the banner letters, I always use the line segment overcut function at .1.  It helps to make truly clean cuts. 
I also used Jaded Blossom's Border Dies and some Powder Puffs chalk ink to complete the project.

Thanks for visiting today,


Friday, May 13, 2016

You're Berrylicious

Hi Crafty Friends,
It's time for another Cut it Up Challenge.  Along with a die cut, please add a strawberry(ies).
I found this cute file in the Silhouette store.
The papers are from my stash (I love Doodlebug Designs papers for cutting with the Silhouette).
The sentiment, stamped with Distress Ink and then embossed, is from Jaded Blossom's Berrylicious set.  I burnished the flower petals and leaves for a little dimension.
This challenge is being sponsored by 

You can link your Strawberry project to Cut it Up Challenge.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Alphabet Characters

Hi Crafty Friends,

I just had cataract surgery and, wowzers, what a bright, colorful world I'm seeing now!!

There is a New Release at Digital Delights by Louby Loo.  Wendy has created a complete set of alphabet characters.  The teams are sharing half of the alphabet this month and the remaining letters will be in the June release.  What perfect images for personalized cards and gifts.

I decided on a mini altered composition book (always the teacher).  Wouldn't it be fun for a student to keep a record of all his/her words that start with A (B, C, etc.?)  Here's my project using
A - Mickey Monkey

I colored the image using Copic markers and added Spectrum Noir Sparkle clear to the "A".
The die cuts are from Jaded Blossom's School Dies set.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Be You

Hi Crafty Friends,
I hope you have something special planned for Mother's Day.  My daughters are taking me to dinner and a musical on Friday and then fixing brunch on Sunday.  And, I get to "play" with my Jaded Blossom Scrap Night Girls on Saturday - it can't get much better than that.
Today is my design team day at Paper Crafting World.

My 5 x 7 card features the Piggy with Bow cut file.

I love the colors in this patterned paper by Bo Bunny.  It really seemed to compliment the Piggy.
The sentiment was punched out with a 1.25" circle punch and then layered with Jaded Blossom Stitched Circle and Scalloped Circle dies.  I used my Silhouette to cut out the piggy and my Cuttlebug for the dies.   I tried shading the pieces using CTMH watercolor pencils but decided to add a little of Copic markers as well.

Be sure to head over to Paper Crafting World to see the latest in cut files available for instant download.  Melin's files work with a variety of cutting machines.  I love that she added a jpeg and png file.  I drag it onto my Silhouette virtual mat so I have a ready reference to assemble the file AND you can also use the image as a print and cut if you don't want to paper piece.

I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Cut it Up Challenge #95

Hi Crafty Friends,

In honor of Teacher Appreciation our challenge is to make an ALTERED NOTEBOOK.
These are always so much to make and give.  You must also include a die cut.

My mini notebook cover was created using Jaded Blossom's new School Dies.  I also used the Alphabet Dies.

There are so many more fun parts to this set,  Be sure to take a look.

Come on over to the design team blog so see more clever altered notebook creations and link your own project.

This challenge is sponsored by


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tipsy Mouse

Hi Crafty Friends,

Delightful Challenge #9 is now open.  It's always ANYTHING GOES using a stamped image.

I've used Tipsy Mouse from Digital Delights by Louby Loo.

I colored Tipsy Mouse using Copic markers.  I printed the image and then cut it out on the
 Scan n Cut.  All of the papers and embellishments are from my stash.

I hope you'll join in our challenge.  We always pick our Top 3, a random winner, and a Guest Designer invitation.  You have three weeks to link up your entry.

Digital Delights Challenge


Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Day

Hi Crafty Friends,

I love my Copic markers but I've really wanted to try different mediums on my stamped and digital images.  Years ago I purchased Prismacolor pencils but rarely used them.   More recently I've added different water colors to my toolbox and keep telling myself that I need to take the time to try these different things.  Well, today I sat down and gave my Prismacolor pencils a try.   I'm really happy with the results.  My early attempts involved using Gamsol to blend.  Today I used the Prismacolor blender pencil.  It's gives a different effect but I like it.  I did not blend the hair at all.  I wanted to see the strands.  I basically used my Copic techniques, thinking about color families and highlight, mid tones, and shadows.  I also applied the color with small circles or flicks.  
My stamped image is Abigail from Stamp Annie Thing. The sentiment is from the SAT Trudy set.

I've also used Jaded Blossom's Scalloped Square dies and Stitched Square dies.
The twine, patterned paper, and sequins are from Doodlebug Designs.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Love Hearing From You

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's my design team day at Paper Crafting World.

 I'm sharing one of PCW's digital images called Bear-Love Hearing From You.
I love this set because the sentiment comes with the file along with a print and cut/paper piecing version.

I used Distress Crayons to create the water color background before adding the Copic colored image which I cut out on my Scan N Cut.  The shell was in my stash.

I love Paper Crafting World's cut files, but my crafty heart is really in digital images that I can color.  I'm just beginning to play with water colors.  I decided to try backgrounds first and then I'll venture into using water colors on images - stay tuned.

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