Friday, May 25, 2018

Row, Row, Row Your Boat (gift box) a Father's Day Blog Hop for Simply Crafty SVGs

Welcome to my stop on the Simply Crafty SVG's Blog Hop.  You should have arrived from Janet Packer's blog

For my part of the blog hop, I've used the charming Fishing Boat Gift Box from Simply Crafty SVGs

Leave a comment on this blog (and please follow me).  I have a $5.00 gift certificate for the Simply Crafty SVGs store to give away to one lucky winner.  It will be chosen at random and announced on the  Simply Crafty SVGs

My dad loved to fish.  Sitting in a row boat, fishing, was one of the more relaxing things he could do on Father's Day -- or any day.  This project brought back many wonderful memories of fishing for hours with my dad.  He was my anchor.  I had him in mind when I computer generated this sentiment:

We had a red boat when I was a child, so I had to make a red fishing boat gift box.  It had wooden oars, a gray interior, and a black anchor.  The only thing it didn't have was fish trying to jump into the boat, although we often joked about it!

I hope you enjoyed my contribution to today's hop, now hop on off to Lena's blog for some more wonderful inspiration!  

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog -- ATG
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge -- ATG
Simon Says Monday Challenge -- Inspired by a Song (Row, Row, Row your Boat)
IAAS -- All about boys and men
Pink Gem Challenge -- It's a Man's World
D.L. Art -- May Linky Party

Just Walkin' in the Rain -- for QKR Stampede

Friiiiiii-day!  The last Friday of my working career!  It hardly seems possible that next Friday, June 1, I'll be retired.  Wow!

Friday also means it's time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog, where the weekly challenges are always 'Anything Goes'.

I've been having fun with distress inks lately, and I used a rainbow of colors for the background of this card, using a sentiment from QKR Stampede called In the Rain (Q-digi13904):

I printed the In the Rain sentiment first, sizing it large, to be the focal point of the card.  Then, I got out my Tim Holtz Distress Inks and chose those that fit the colors of the rainbow (remember Roy G. Biv?)  I inked the entire 5.25 x 4 card front with the colors of the rainbow, then spritzed it lightly with water to form some raindrops on it.  

The die used on this card is from Peachy Cheap, and is part of a set of spring dies that I purchased last year.

I had a great time getting inky and making this card!

I hope you are inspired to link up with us this week at QKR Stampede Challenge blog.  I love to see what everyone creates, and we have great digis you can win -- like this one!  

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
The Outlawz Sunday Rhymes and Songs -- May 20, Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG
An Inky Mess -- Anything Mixed Media Goes
Baustel-traum -- rainbow colors
Shoppingourstash -- April Showers Bring May Flowers

Sending Warm Wishes -- for the Scrapbook Stamp Society

Warm wishes, fellow crafters!  I'm posting today on the Scrapbook Stamp society blog, where we are featuring the Fluffy My Besties all month.

Today, I'm showcasing Fluffy Frannie (image #10):

I colored Fluffy Frannie with Copic markers, using bright Springtime colors.  I wanted her hat to look like it was bursting with Springtime color!  Then, I had her send some warm springtime wishes your way, along with that fancy coffee she was drinking. 

Charming, isn't she?  I love these Fluffy My Besties!  You can find them all in the Sherri Baldy My Besties Shop.

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Scrapbook Stamp Society challenge blog-- ATG
Aloha Friday -- for Mom/feminine
D.L. Art -- May Linky Party
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday -- Girls or Ladies
Stars Stampz -- No squares allowed
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- no twist
My Besties Dutch Girls Challenge -- ATG
My Besties 3D -- ATG with a Bestie
My Besties Spanish Blog -- ATG
My Besties International -- Girls Just Want to Have Fun
French My Besties -- ATG
My Besties Brazil -- ATG
My Besties Aussie Challenge -- ATG
My Besties, Color it, Create it, Show it off -- ATG, for the girls

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Friends Furever -- for Scribbles Designs

 It's my day to share some DT inspiration on the Scribbles Designs blog. It's the "Monthly Scribbler's Showcase".  I have 2 cards to share for my portion of the showcase.  The first one uses #611 Birdhouse 6

I colored the Birdhouse with my neon Copic markers -- the ones I hardly ever have a chance to use.  I used a variety of dies to create the card, including the sentiment.

Here's the next card:

This uses #417 Dog Bone, colored with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, and Puppy Power Papers Set.  The sentiment is from a retired Close To My Heart acrylic stamp set.  The circle card base is from a Tattered Lace die.  The other circle dies are from Close To My Heart.  There's a tiny bit of Timeless Twine on this cad to finish it off.

That's my inspiration for Scribbles Designs.  There are some awesome digital stamps and papers to be found there, so poke around on both the blog and the store and you'll like what you see!  

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- May Linky Party
Lemon Shortbread -- ATG
Crafty Sentiments Designs -- ATG

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Best Teacher - Ever! A New Release at All Dressed Up Stamps

I have a friend who is an incredible person, and one of the most gifted teachers I have ever met.  When I was given this image to use for the recent New Release at All Dressed Up Stamps, I was so excited!  I had to create a card for my good friend!  

This is Best Teacher, colored with Copic markers.  I added her name to the middle of the desk.  The No 1 teacher is part of the stamp, Best Teacher.  My friend has blonde hair and glasses, so this image fits her so well.  She is a grade school music teacher, as you may have guessed from the way I embellished the card. 

The sentiment is computer generated.  The easel card was created with a die from Crafter's Companion.  The music themed stickers are embellishments from Hot Off the Press.  The designer papers (digital) are from Imagine That Digistamp. 

There are a number of wonderful new releases in the All Dressed Up Etsy Shop.  I hope you take time to check them out, then buy the ones you "have to have."  Color them up and enter the challenges found both in the All Dressed Up Facebook Group and on the All Dressed Up Challenge blog.  There's tons of examples with the New Releases in the ADU facebook group to inspire you, and on the All Dress Up blog too!  Check it all out!  You'll not be disappointed! 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- May Linky Party
Word Art Wednesday -- ATG
Lemon Shortbread -- ATG

Monday, May 21, 2018

Be Brave -- for The Path of Positivity

It's time for some mid-challenge inspiration over on the Path of Positivity Challenge blog.  Our optional theme this month is "Choose your Favorite Color(s)".  Or, you can link up any inspirational project you'd like. 

One of our sponsors this month is Luna Girl.  Luna Girl has a huge online treasury of vintage images.  You can find almost any vintage theme you can think of!

For this card, using my favorite color, pink, I used the Luna Girl digital collage sheet, Floral Labels, to create this:

I used one of the labels from the Floral Labels sheet, cropped it, then sized it to the size I wanted it.  The background was created on the card base itself, using 3 shades of Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.   The quote was found on a Unity Stamp set I own, but I  computer generated instead of stamping it to get it sized correctly.  The butterfly embellishment is from Art-C. 

This time of year, when the spring flowers are in bloom in their soft pastel colors, I like pinks, aquas, lilac colors.  As the seasons change, so does my taste in colors.  Soon, I'll be craving summer brights, then fall earth tones.  For now, though, I'm reaching for pink often.   

I hope you can still find time to link up with us over at The Path of Positivity Challenge Blog for our optional 'Choose your favorite Color(s)' challenge.  I'd love to see what you create, and we have some great sponsors this month!  

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Happy -- Outlawz Sketch, Dragon's Lair Progressive Freebie

Ah, the weekend, and just a tad bit of free time to boot!  Yesterday was busy with errands and family commitments, but today I found enough time to color up a couple images and create cards with them.  One was for a DT project, but this one was just for fun!  

I used this week's sketch from The Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge, and the darling ballerina is this month's progressive freebie at the Dragon's Lair Facebook Group.  The designer papers and bottle cap embellishment are also from the Dragon's Lair.  They are being entered in a challenge, too.

I colored the darling ballerina with Copic markers.  I wouldn't normally make her leotard that color, but I wanted to match the papers.  As it turns out, I like it.  I think she's rather striking with her green leotard!  Happy, I would say!

The doily behind her is from Cheery Lynn.  All the papers and the 'Happy' bottle cap are from The Dragon's Lair Designs Etsy store, or the free download. The ribbon is by May Arts. 

Just like this little ballerina, making this card made me very happy!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:

Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge -- May 16
Monthly Progressive Freebie -- The Dragon's Lair Facebook Group
Dragon's Lair Monthly Blog Challenge -- Citrus Celebration
D.L.Art -- May Linky Party
Not Just Cards -- ATG