Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Enjoy the Summer -- for Crafty Sentiments

Great news!  Yesterday, as if by magic, Google chose to give me access to my account again, and therefore my original blog.  Woohoo!  Soon, I plan to move these posts over and use that one again.  It's where most people look for me and expect to find me.

Today, there is a new challenge at Crafty Sentiments blog.  The theme is 'summer'. Summer, to me, is spending time on the water, swimming, sailing, kayaking.  Just like this adorable girl, Primrose:
This Crafty Sentiments Designs rubber stamp is Primrose - Sailing Boat.  I colored her with Copic markers.

It's almost Independence Day here in the U.S., so I went with a patriotic theme with this card.  The star-shaped card can be found at the Silhouette Design Store. Papers for this card are from Pebbles - Americana 6x6 pad.  The blue crinkle ribbon is 3 Girl JAM -- from the Red, White, and Blue Bundle. The star confetti chipboard is from UmWow Studio. The sentiment is from Hot Off the Press. 

Join us this week at the Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog for our Summer Challenge.  I'd love to see what you make! 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Dance Like There's No Tomorrow

I am a really bad dancer.  Maybe that's why I admire the ability so much in others.  I also love images  of dancers and gymnasts -- they're so graceful, unlike me.

When I saw this image in the Polkadoodles store, I just knew I had to color her!
She's called Gymnast/Twirling girl/Acrobat.  I wanted her to fit on a tag, so I modified her a bit from the original, below.
I colored the Gymnast image with Copic markers, then fussy cut her.  The tag is a die from Paper wishes.  I cut it out with a background paper from Webster's Pages, Everyday Poetry, 6x6 pad.  The butterfly is a Cheery Lynn die.  The tie dye crinkle ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM.
I created this tag today to enter in:
Digi choosday -- Tag Challenge and GD Call

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Enjoy! - a new challenge at 3 Girl JAM

It's time for this month's challenge at 3 Girl JAM. Again this month, it's "Anything Goes with Ribbon."

I've been trying to enter Gerda Steiner's progressive challenge each month.  I find her images so delightful!  I used her image and combined it with some of my favorite 3 Girl JAM!

I used the lilac color from the Diagonal Striped Ribbon Bundle on this box.  The box was cut out on my Cricut Explore, using the Close To My Heart Cricut Artiste cartridge

This Gerda Steiner digi is called "Watermelon Kid."  I colored him with Copic markers, then used a Spellbinder die to cut him out.  The sentiment was cut out with another die. The sentiment is from Hot Off the Press -- Tiny Words and Phrases.

The 3 Girl JAM Challenge goes from today until July 31.  Link up your "Anything Goes With Ribbon" projects all month long.  I'd love to see what you make!

I'm entering this in:

Friday, June 26, 2015

Patriotic Hearts -- for QKR Stampede

It's Friday, and time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede.  With Independence Day just around the corner here in the U.S., and Canada Day happening even sooner, this week we're going with a patriotic theme.  Show us your country's colors!

I love the U.S.A., and I'm showing my patriotism with this card:

QKR Stampede has rubber stamps and digis for any occasion, including July 4.  I used Patriotic Heart (digi23006) on this card, changing the color of the stamp using Picmonkey, printing it 3 times, and using a heart-shaped punch from Creative Memories to cut them out.  The chevron background was cut out on my Cricut Explore and mounted on an A2 size card base.  All papers are from Close To My Heart. 

Please join us this week at QKR Stampede for our Patriotic challenge.  I'd love to see what you make!

Thursday, June 25, 2015


I'm sharing a card today that I made for a friend that recently had surgery.  I wanted a card that would let her know I was thinking of her.  I'd received a beautiful poppy image, designed by Anne's Digital Art, and this month's progressive challenge freebie at The Outlawz Challenge.  I thought it would be perfect for what I had in mind.

I colored the poppy image with Close To My Heart watercolor pencils, then used a Close To My Heart Blending Pen

The card base is from Bazzill, the designer paper is from Basic Grey, and the ribbon is from my stash.  The banner stamp and sentiment are from Close To My Heart -- Finding the Words.

This is such a versatile image. I know I will use it again and again.  Thanks to Anne's Digital Art for participating in The Outlawz Progressive Freebie Challenge!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
The Outlawz Monthly Progressive Challenge -- June
D.L. Art -- June Linky Challenge
Sister Act Card Challenge -- ATG

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Two Cards -- for Snapdragon Snippets

I'm posting today for Snapdragon Snippets.  I had a couple of cards a wanted to make, and you can always find what you need from Snapdragon Snippets -- there's so much variety!

I have a co-worker and friend who recently had back surgery.  I wanted to make a pretty get well card for her, and I wanted it to be a bit more original than the others she's been receiving.

This Get Well Easel Card, from Snapdragon Snippets, is available in the Silhouette Design Store, and will shortly be available in the SDS Store

With Independence Day just around the corner here in the U.S.A., I wanted to make a patriotic card. Once again, I found the perfect cutting file from Snapdragon Snippets

This is the A2 Inward Star Card cutting file from Snapdragon Snippets. 

Papers for both cards are from my stash.  Ribbons are from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Visit the Snapdragon Snippets blog each day for fantastic inspiration from the design team. 

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Craftin' Desert Divas -- Show us Your Red, White, and Blue
D.L. Art -- June Linky Challenge
Sister Act Card Challenge -- ATG

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Piano Girl -- for Inspiration Destination

I am posting today for Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog.  It somehow seems fitting that the image I'm using is a little version of myself, a glimpse of me that many in the craft world don't know about.

This precious image is from Polkadoodles.  Isn't she sweet?  The digi is called "Piano Girl".

 I actually play piano for a living (well, that and many other things.  I am a music therapist).  This image takes me back to piano recitals and childhood.  I loved playing on that grand piano at my teacher's house!  It was so close to heaven for me.
I colored Piano Girl with Copic markers.  Ever tried to make a black piano look shiny?  It was quite a challenge!  
The music background paper and the note embellishments are from Echo Park -- the Melody of Life Collection.  The floral embellishments are from Wild Orchid Crafts, found at Really Reasonable Ribbon. The Purple Passion crinkle ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM
Please join us this week at Inspiration Destination for our Always Anything Goes challenge.  I'd love to see what you make!

You Are On My Mind -- for The East Wind

It's Tuesday, and that means there's a new release today at The East Wind Etsy Shop.  It's Aurora today, Aurora - Bloom:

I colored Aurora - Bloom with Copic markers, then mounted the image on some Close To My Heart card stock in colors found in the colored image.  The Designer paper is from My Mind's Eye.  The sentiment is a stamp from Close To My Heart.  The tie dye crinkle ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM.

Aurora - Bloom is a beautiful image to color and design with.  Check her out at The East Wind Etsy Shop today!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Follow Me With Bloglovin'

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Hey everyone.  It is Lisa D. here.  I am busy helping Julie get things re-established here on the new blog.  One of those things is getting her set up with Bloglovin'.

Bloglovin' is a great tool for keeping up with the blogs that you love.  When you create an account over on Bloglovin', you can follow any blogger on any platform (i.e. Blogger, Wordpress, etc.).  That person doesn't even need to be signed up!  When you log in, you can easily see all the latest posts from all the blogs you follow in one spot.

So now you'll have another great way to follow Julie and keep up with all of her great posts!  You can now even follow by email through Bloglovin'.  

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Little Polly's Collecting Flowers AND Treats -- for Crafty Sentiments

Today is day 4 of five days of New Releases at Crafty Sentiments Designs. You can see each day's releases, on the Crafty Sentiments Inspirations blog, beginning with Day 1, here.  All 5 days feature "Little Polly".  Today, I introduce rubber stamp, "Little Polly -- Collecting Flowers".

I stamped Little Polly - Collecting Flowers on Copic Blending Card, and colored her with Copic markers.  Then, I cut her out with 2 sizes of a Spellbinders die.  I adhered this to a treat bag from Close To My Heart.  The shimmer ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
Little Polly - Collecting Flowers, is a joy to color and design with.  She is so sweet, and a simple image, so she doesn't take too long before she takes shape and looks great!
Please visit the Crafty Sentiments Inspirations Blog for more ideas on how to use this sweet rubber stamp, and come back tomorrow for the last day of June's New Releases. Wow!  What a great month!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Wish! -- for The Cutting Cafe

Cupcakes.  Who doesn't love cupcakes?!?  This week, at The Cutting Cafe, we were given the opportunity to work with any Cupcake-type file in The Cutting Cafe store.  There are lots and lots to choose from!
I adore making shaker cards, and will jump at any opportunity to do so.  So, it's no surprise that I have  a Cupcake Shaker card to share with you today:

This cupcake shaker card is part of the "13 Shaker Cards Cutting File Set".  You can also buy each of them individually, but why would you? 
I made the cupcake as large as I could to fit on a standard A2 card front (4 1/4 x 5 1/2), then cut out all the pieces on my Silhouette Cameo. Designer papers are from Lawn Fawn -- Bright Side 12x12 Collection. The sequins and Timeless Twine Lemonade baker's twine can be found in the Bella Creationz Etsy Shop.  The sentiment is a die from Echo Park. 
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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Sweet Like You -- for Crafty Sentiments Designs

Happy Saturday, everyone!  Today is day 2 of the New Little Polly releases at Crafty Sentiments Designs. Today's little sweetheart, Little Polly -- I Love Cupcakes, seemed perfect for a birthday themed project:

I colored Little Polly -- I love Cupcakes with Copic markers.  Here's a close look...

I cut her out with 2 different sizes of Spellbinders circle dies.  The birthday sentiment is from Get Inky! Stamps.  The cupcake box was cut out on my Cricut Explore, using the Sweet Treat Boxes cartridge. 

Please visit the Crafty Sentiments Inspirations blog to see more great ideas of how to use this awesome new rubber stamp!

Friday, June 19, 2015

You Really Mooove Me! for QKR Stampede

It was a week ago today my blog disappeared.  I've still heard nothing from Google, so I guess it's gone forever.  I'm mooooooving forward.   At QKR Stampede Challenge blog this week, our theme is cows.

A cow with a pink tutu.  Isn't she moovelous?!?  This QKR Stampede digital image is 'Dancing Cow' (digi15612). The sentiment, also from QKR Stampede, is 'Mooove Me' (digi15518).  I colored the Dancing Cow with Copic markers. I used some American Crafts metallic markers to highlight the letters in the sentiment. 

Papers for this card are all from Close To My Heart.  The designer papers are from a retired paper pack.  I used a number of Lifestyle Crafts circe dies to create this card, and a Die-namics stitched circle die, too.

I hope you can join us this week at QKR Stampede for our Cows themed challenge.  It's going to be FUN!

Little Polly -- a New Release for Crafty Sentiments

Crafty Sentiments Designs is having a big New Release the next few days.  I'll have 3 different project to share over the next several days.  You'll love these adorable rubber stamps!  They are all from the "Little Polly" release. Today, I'd like to introduce you to Little Polly -- Dear Friend.
Sweet Little Polly -- Dear Friend is colored with Copic markers, then mounted on a decorative treat box. The treat box was cut out on my Cricut Explore, using the Close To My Heart Artiste cartridge.  

All papers and sequins are also from Close To My Heart.  The tie dye ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM

My first blog got hacked a week ago.  It took a few days to get up and going again, and this one is still obviously very much under construction.  One of the posts I missed was for the Crafty Sentiments Challenge blog. The theme of the challenge this week is "Anything Goes."  Here's my card...
This card uses the Crafty Sentiments Designs rubber stamp, Annabel -- Mermaid's Hair.   She was colored with Copic markers. Every mermaid should have 2-toned hair! The ocean creature embellishments are from Close To My Heart.  The tag is a die cut, and the sentiment is computer generated.  I used a Close To My Heart scalloped edge border punch, and some luscious Timeless Twine.  I hope you join us this week for our "Anything Goes" challenge.  You have until Monday evening!

Please check out the Crafty Sentiments Inspirations Blog for more great ideas of how to use today's new release -- Little Polly - Dear Friend! 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Elephants Always Remember Gifts -- and Timeless Twine

I'm posting today for Timeless Twine/Bella Creationz.  I love any excuse to play with the gorgeous goodies found in the Bella Creationz Etsy Shop!

I chose this cute image from Gerda Steiner, and colored it with Copic markers, then ink the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I used a Die-namics Stitched Circle Die to cut it out.  Once that was done, the Timeless Twine/Bella Creationz products took over!
I used:

There are so many great products in the Bella Creationz shop that make great little goodies.  Do some shopping and see for yourself!

Sorry for Your Loss -- for 3 Girl JAM

When my first blog disappeared, it felt like such a loss.  I felt as if someone or something very important to me had been stolen forever.  It was a death, of sorts.  So, here I am, my first day of posting on my new blog, and ironically, it's a "Sorry for Your Loss" card.  Maybe I should have changed that sentiment to, "sorry for my loss".  
I'm posting today for 3 Girl JAM.  Several weeks ago, I needed a sympathy card for one of my best friends.  She lost a very special aunt, a lady she loved deeply.  Her aunt was a gardener, so I wanted a card that would reflect that. 
This rose is a digi from Aurora Wings. I colored it with Copic markers.  The designer paper is from Wild Rose Studio. The sentiment is part of a stamp set from Craftin' Desert Divas -- Simply Said. The rose image was cut out using a Spellbinders die.
I used several 3 Girl JAM products on this:  2 layers of 3 Girl JAM Distressed Lace, topped with 3 Girl JAM Baby Girl  crinkle ribbon from the Baby Bundle.  I made the hatpin myself and thought this was the perfect card to use it on.  My We R Memory Keepers scallop Corner Chomper got a workout on this card, too.

Don't forget about the Anything Goes with Ribbon challenge
underway at the 3 Girl JAM Challenge blog.  There's still time to enter!
If you use discount code JO10, you can get 10% off anything in the 3 Girl JAM store.  Or, for the month of June, use code JUNE to get the new Sunny Meadows Bundle for just $1.  Go shop!

Monday, June 15, 2015

A Vintage Christmas -- for The 12 Months of Christmas

I'm posting this card for The 12 Months of Christmas Link-up.  The theme this month is Home for the Holidays, Vintage Style. It's time for some mid-month inspiration:

Our sponsor this month is Luna Girl.  If you like vintage, you definitely need to check out Luna Girl.  Her selection is incredible!

I used the 2.5 inch Rounds Christmas Birds & Holly Sheet on this card. Once it was printed, I chose which round I wanted to use, punched it out with a Creative Memories Circle Punch, then used a slightly larger punch to mat it. I wanted a black mat for emphasis, so used a Lifestyle Crafts Circle Die and Close To My Heart Black are Stock for the final layer.  The vintage snowflake designer papers are from Lisa Decosse, of Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. The set of papers is called Snow Fest.  The rhinestone swirl has been in my stash forever.  I picked it up long ago in an after Christmas clearance (Michael's or Joann's?).  The round sparkles are from Close To My Heart. 

Join our 12 Months of Christmas Challenge.  Link up any Christmas card you'd like.  If it meets the theme, you'll be eligible for this month's prize!