Sunday, October 15, 2017

Always Fun Challenges #28 ~ Monochrome

Hi Crafty Friends,

This week's challenge is one I love ~ MONOCHROME.  I'm such a paper hoarder and I love playing with lots of different colors, shades, and textures.  Today I worked with some of my masculine papers to create this card for my hubby's hunting buddy.

I used several Jaded Blossom dies; Christmas Dies 2, Card Mat Dies, and Stitched Rectangles.  The sentiment was cut from Little B's Handwritten dies set and the trees are from Impression Obsession.

I hope you've been following our Always Fun Challenges.  There is a new challenge every Monday.  Come on over and join us!


My Besties International Challenge Blog October Reminder

Hi Crafty Friends,
This is your mid month reminder that you still have time to join in our 
Making "Spirits" Bright challenge at 
My Besties International Challenge blog.
Remember that this is an optional theme and that you may use any image from any artist.
I decided to go with the Christmas "Spirit" for my reminder card.
This is Little Dimples Christmas Boy and he can be found HERE.
I loved coloring this sweet, simple image with my Copic markers.  I added Frosted Lace Stickles for the fur on his cap.
Just follow the link above to add your project to our challenge.  
You'll be entered to win a set of fabulous Bestie images!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Aloha Friday Challenge #105 For the Kiddos

Hi Crafty Friends,

My team is up for challenge #105 ~ for the Kiddos.
This is the mid-inspiration reminder that you still have another week to join our challenge.

My image, Halloween Rosey, is sponsored by
Fred She Said.

Along with image, colored with Copics, I also used Jaded Blossom's Stitched Circle Dies and Halloween Dies.  

Head on over to Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday Challenge for a chance to win some great images from our sponsors.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Merry Christmas Challenge #38

Hi Crafty Friends,

I hope you've been playing along with our weekly TMCC challenges.
The theme is always ANYTHING GOES + Christmas and any Christmas craft is acceptable.  What a great way to keep those Christmas ideas going.

I belonged to the Simon Says Stamp card kit club for over a year and this card was created using the stamps and materials from the "Gifts of Love" kit collection and inspiration.

I stamped and then cut the images with my Scan N Cut2.   I colored using Copic markers and then just added to sequins after assembling the card.  I think I'll use the same stamp again but maybe switch from presents to a tree - lots of options with the stamp set.

I post for TMCC on the even challenges but there is a new challenge EVERY week so I hope you'll join us HERE.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Always Fun Challenge #27 ~ Lots of Layers

Hi Crafty Friends,

This week's Always Fun Challenge is one of my favorite techniques ~ lots of layers.
My style is pretty CAS but I do love layering mats and die cuts - it's just what I do!

Here's a Pinterest inspired birthday card I made for a special young man.

Along with lots of mat layering, I used Jaded Blossom Splatters stamp sets (3 different ones) and Alphabet Dies 1 and 2.  I used Momento inks for the stamping.

Please follow the link above and join in our challenge.  We'd love to see how you use lots of layers.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Cut It Up Challenge #132 ~ Breast Cancer Awareness

Hi Crafty Friends,

Our sponsor for this Cut it Up Challenge is
CAS-ual Fridays.
Our design team was gifted the Calling All Sistahs collection to create our Awareness projects.

Here's my card.
The collection included a ribbon die, the hope die, an amazing stamp set (on the ribbon as well as sentiments), and some fabulous Pink Pink Posh sequins.  I had the patterned paper in my stash.

Thank you, CAS-ual Fridays for you generousity!♥

I hope you'll visit our DT Blog for more projects created using this collection and also our sponsor who donates 50% of the profits from this collection to research and awareness programs.

Don't forget to follow our theme and use a die cut when you enter our challenge.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Only Princesses Wear Pink

Hi Crafty Friends,

My October project for Paper Crafting World is an Awareness reminder and also a message of hope.

I've used the Bear Princess Sitting DS file from Paper Crafting World which comes with the sentiment and pre colored images as well as the line art.

I colored using Copic markers and added Spectrum Noir Sparkle glitter pen to the crown and ribbons.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month but please remember that many, many people are battling other forms of cancer and need your support as well.

Thanks for visiting.


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Always Fun Challenge #26 ~ Dies or Punches

Hi Crafty Friends,

Well my goodness, isn't this challenge right up my alley?  I LOVE using dies for my projects so this card was a true joy to create.  I am such a fan of La-La Land Crafts' dies.  They have such amazing detail and cut like a dream.  I've cut them using my Cuttlebug and, most recently, my Gemini.

Here's another Christmas card (whoa, I may be ahead of last year LOL.)

I think the classic white linen pearl card stock is so elegant and it really brings out the details in the die cuts.  The snowflakes is a pocket die.  I cut the poinsettia wreathe in both card stock and chipboard to add some dimension.  LLLC dies cut lightweight cardboard and chipboard easily.

I hope you'll join this week's challenge.  You may use either die cuts or punches or both.

Link your creation to Always Fun Challenges.

Kitty Bee Designs NEW RELEASE Blog Hop

Hi Crafty Friends,
Are you ready for a BRAND NEW RELEASE from Kitty Bee Designs?? I know I am and what better way to introduce the new designs than with a BLOG HOP.
The Design Team members have tons of AWESOME, SUPER CUTE new images to share with you just in time for Halloween!! But DONʻT BE SCARED... these images are perfect for more than just Halloween (as shown in my project!!)

 Here it is.

I just love this adorable Pineapple Panda
 I colored with Copic Markers and framed the image using Jaded Blossom's Stitched Rectangle Dies.  The sentiment is from JB's Be a Pineapple set.  

You can find all the Kitty Bee Designs images HERE.

The Design Team has worked really hard to bring you some great samples, so make sure to swing by each of their blogs to check out the new digis.
And thereʻs a bonus... weʻre giving a handful of digis away! One commenter from each stop on the hop will win the digi used by that DT member. You donʻt need to comment on every blog to be entered to win... but each comment you leave is another entry so make sure you swing by every designer's blog and let them know how FANTASTIC their cards are, and then make sure you head back to Kitty Bee Designs and tell us which digi is your favorite!! One SUPER lucky winner who visits (and comments) on every stop as well as tells us which 3 digis are their favorite on the KBD blog will be entered to win ALL THREE!!

Entries close in on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 at 11pm Hawaii time. Winner will be posted the following day, Wednesday 4th October. Multiple comments on a single blog entry do not count; comments must be made on the KBD Blog hop post and/or the KBD DT memberʻs KBD Blog Hop post before the above-mentioned deadline to qualify for the prize. Only one digi will be given out per stop; if a DT member has made multiple projects, only one digi will be given out and the prize digi will be chosen at our discretion.

Here's a full list of the DT participants in the blog hop.  If you get lost, you can always come back here or head back to Kitty Bee Designs.

Your next stop is KARLA

Thanks for hopping with us and good luck!

My Besties International Challenge Blog ~ October Challenge

Hi Crafty Friends,
Our October theme is
"Making 'Spirits' Bright."
So, yes, you can interpret it any way you wish.  I decided to go with Halloween for my first post but I'm thinking Christmas for the reminder post (Oct. 15).  Remember that our themes are optional and you may use any image by any artist.
Here's my card.

I love my new La-La Land Crafts corner spider web die - isn't it cute.  The papers and flowers are from my stash.  I colored with Copic markers and added some sparkle using atYou Spica glitter pens.

You can find the image I used HERE.

Come on over and join our challenge at


Friday, September 29, 2017

A Blog Hop is Coming!!!

Hi Crafty Friends,

I'm just dropping in today to tell you about the fabulous
that is coming on Sunday, October 1.

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There will be a chance to win free images along with seeing some great ideas.

Be sure to come back at 8:00 AM PST on Sunday to join in the fun.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Merry Christmas Challenge #36

Hi Crafty Friends,
I LOVE that I'm getting some of my Christmas cards finished earlier than I usually do.  Being a member of this team sure helps!
Here's my card.
Even though I live in California with lots of sun, I still love snowmen.  I have quite a collection that I display at Christmas.  This adorable digi is from Digi My World.  I used Copic Markers to color him.  A red sparkle heat embossed sentiment and a snowflake from Cherry Lynn is all this card needed.
I invite you to visit
The Merry Christmas Challenge to see even more cute creations and then link your Christmas project.  Remember, it does not have to be a card - any Christmas craft.  You'll find a new challenge with design team inspiration EVERY Wednesday.

Kitty Bee Designs DT Spotlight

Hi Crafty Friends,

Is it beginning to feel like Autumn where you live?  Here in northern California we've had several end of summer heat waves so I'm ready for fall weather and fall colors.

For my monthly DT Spotlight post at Kitty Bee Designs,  I chose these adorable
Kawaii Owl Buddies.

You can click the link above to find these cuties in the Kitty Bee Designs shop.
I used the Shade Tree cutting plate from Taylored Expressions and added Nuvo Crystal Drops for the extra "leaves" and accent drops.  I just added a little Baker's Twine for embellishment and colored using Copic markers.  The patterned background paper is from Doodlebug Designs.
So glad you stopped in today.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Always Fun Challenge #25 ~ Anything Goes

Hi Crafty Friends,

Don't you love when a challenge is Anything Goes?  I sometimes think they'll the best yet I do enjoy having a bit more guidance as to theme, especially when my crafty mojo is hiding.

I made this 6 x 6 Pop Up gift card holder following a YouTube video.

In case you haven't guessed, it's for a 21st Birthday.

Here's the inside.

I love how the card just slips between the two rectangular boxes.  It's easy to make and doesn't require a cut file.  The papers are from Carta Bella's Giddy Up line.  I used Jaded Blossom's Word Dies for the sentiments.  The pearl swirl stickers were in my stash.

Come on over and join us - no excuses when it's anything goes LOL.
Just link up your project HERE and if you have time, visit the other team members' blogs and leave a little bloggie love.


Friday, September 22, 2017

Cut it Up Challenge #131 ~ Change is Good

Hi Crafty Friends,

We have a really fun challenge at Cut it Up Challenge Blog.
We're calling it "Change is Good" and we're asking you alter or recycle something on your project.  
Don't forget to use a die cut as well.

I had fun with this one.  I often alter composition books or notepads and I do a lot with Frap bottles so I wanted to explore a different technique.

Here's my project.  Can you guess what I recycled?

Did you guess?  I cut the ghost out of the lid of a foam food container!  It cut so easily with the Cuttlebug.  All of the dies on this project are from Jaded Blossom - Halloween Dies, Halloween Dies 2, and Halloween Scenic Dies.  I just added some Stickles and a little inking on the fence.  
Oh, I also tried cutting a snowflake and it worked perfectly although the snowflake was not a detailed cut.  I can't wait to try more dies.

Our sponsor for this challenge is


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

You Are a Blessing

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I'm sharing a project I created for
Paper Crafting World.

The image is a print then cut which I printed on card stock and then scanned and cut
 using my Scan N Cut 2.    All I added was some Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to the flower centers, a little touch up with a Copic marker and a bow using homemade crinkle ribbon.

I love the fall papers that I found in my crafty stash.

Visit Paper Crafting World to lots of print then cut images - so easy!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Always Fun Challenge #24 ~ Fall Colors

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's almost fall and a good time to switch our color palettes to those wonderful autumn reds, yellows, oranges and browns.  So, that is our Always Fun Challenge this week.

Here's my card.

Isn't this Giraffe from Inky Antics a cutie?  The papers, ribbon, die cut, and buttons are all from a card kit I'd purchased awhile back.  I just decided to use a different stamped image so it goes perfectly with the personal sentiment I stamped on the inside.
I colored with Copic Markers and then assembled all the rest of the goodies provided in the kit.

I hope you've been playing along with our weekly challenges.  Just follow the link above.


Friday, September 15, 2017

My Besties International Challenge ~ Reminder

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's the 15th of the month so it's time to remind you that there is still time to enter our 
My Besties International Challenge.

This month's optional theme is FRIENDSHIP.
You may use any image by any artist so I'll hope you'll join in the fun.

Here's my project using Star Dust Mermaid.

I colored using Copic markers and added some La-La Land Crafts die cuts.  They are exclusive to this month's Club Kit.  The sentiment is from Jaded Blossom Mermaid Kisses.
After fussy cutting the image, I cut out a Scalloped Oval using tulle (it worked!) to use as a mat.
I added some Spectrum Noir Sparkle to the die cuts and Nuvo clear Crystal Drops for the sea creatures bubbles.

Thanks for visiting.


Kitty Bee Designs' Aloha Friday Challenge ~ Fairy Tale/Fantasy

Hi Crafty Friends,

 I'm sharing my first post for 
Kitty Bee Designs' Aloha Friday Challenges.  Today's post is the midweek reminder that you still have time to enter Challenge #103 Fairy Tale / Fantasy.

Here's my project using the Little Flower Fairy image from one of our sponsors,
All Dressed Up.

I colored using Copic markers.  The image is matted on Jaded Blossom's Scalloped Hexagon Dies.  The sentiment is from JB's Fairy Sweet stamp set, stamped on a JB  Label Die.

Thanks to our two sponsors for this challenge:

MMedel Illustrations -

I hope you'll visit the Kitty Bee Designs blog to see all the DT projects.  We'd love it if you'd become a follower while you're there and, of course, link your own project for a chance to win images from our sponsors.

I'll be back on the Spotlight Blog on September 26.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

How 'Bout a Little Christmas?

Hi Crafty Friends,

I'm so excited to announce that I have become a designer for
The Merry Christmas Challenge!

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This fun challenge blog posts every Wednesday and the theme is always

What better way to get things going for Christmas.  Woohoo, maybe I'll be ahead of the game this year.  BtW, your Christmas project can be anything - papercrafts, vinyl,cards, layouts, whatever Christmas crafty goodness you're up to.

Since I want to get ahead on my cards, my first project is a card I created by using a small star hand punch and some matting.  I love the simplicity.  Right now I'm trying designs that I can easily make multiples of.  I usually make 4-6 of each design and that gives enough to send handmade greetings to our entire Christmas list.

I did heat emboss the sentiment and add some gems to the star wreathe.

I hope you'll visit The Merry Christmas Challenge to welcome the new design team members and to join us by sharing your own creation.

Remember, we post every Wednesday.  I'm on Team Holly & Ivy so I'll post again in two weeks.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Always Fun Challenges ~ Create a Scene

Hi Crafty Friends,

Always Fun Challenge #23 is "Create a Scene."  I LOVE using dies and I love creating scenes so this was a perfect challenge for me.

Irina Blount of La-La Land Crafts does a trunk show at our local craft store about once every three months.  She introduced me to the idea of white on white using the classic linen-white pearl papers (and also the gold).  I am in love with effect so I'm thrilled to share my card using her technique and some of her amazing dies.

This card is 5.5 x 5.5.  I only used the two linens, white and gold.  I did cut an extra reindeer in chipboard to give a little dimension to the reindeer in front.  I cut all the dies at once using my Gemini.  Irina's dies cut beautifully in almost every machine (I've used the Cuttlebug with them as well - with the metal shim.)  This elegant card was really easy to create and I love the way it turned out.

I hope you'll join us for this challenge - you may create any type of scene using any medium.
Just follow the link above to join in the fun.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Cut it Up Challenge #130 ~ "Johnny Appleseed"

Hi Crafty Friends,

Ooooh, it's time to start thinking fall and in our area that means a trip to
Apple Hill ~ apples, pies, breads, juice, so many wonderful treats.

Our Cut It Up challenge theme is Johnny Appleseed.  
You must include an apple on your project and don't forget a die cut.  

I went to the Silhouette Design Store for both of my projects.  Sometimes you just need something quick and simple!

I love this apple-shaped card.  All I did was add an extra apple shape in white for a spot to write or add a sentiment - easy peasy.

This cute little box was fun to make as well.  I slightly enlarged the file and added a piece of acetate behind the window.  Such a fun little gift to give to your favorite school-bound kiddo.

This challenge is being sponsored by
 so link up to the challenge blog for a chance to win a $20 gift voucher.

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