Sunday, December 17, 2017

Mixed Media Guest!



Amongst all the holiday excitement, I get to share with you all through the mixed media challenge over at We Love 2 Create!  This is a gorgeous challenge site with tips, inspiration, tutorials, and lots of beautiful mixed media of all kinds!

My creation is a layout in my faith journal.  I was inspired by the verse from Exodus in conjunction with this wonderful Winnie image ~ Bearing Gifts!  I'm no literary/religious scholar, but for me this verse is a reminder of how we are all entrusted with talents and I especially liked this for mixed media since it talks about stones, metals, woods, and crafts!

All of this inspired me to cut the trees from a plaid fabric and add gems, sequins, and pieces of gold and silver chains to them.  The trunks of the trees are cut from wood veneer.  

Winnie is Copic colored and I added sparkly glues/gels to the crown.  






Winnie (Bearing Gifts) and the trees (Winnie Winterland Digis) are from Polkadoodles Winnie in Winterland Bundle.  The background paper is from Winnie White Christmas.  




I am so grateful to share with you over at We Love 2 Create and thank the wonderful team for inviting me to participate!

My journal pages are off to:
A Inky Mess:  AG Mixed Media
Classic Design Team:  AG
Crafty Girls Creations: AG
Jo's Craft Shack:  AG

Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, visit my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Boxing up the Holidays!


The new theme over at Cut It Up is Boxing Up the Holidays! So appropriate for this time of year; the idea is to make a box for a special gift!  Our sponsor this time is Ink on 3 who provided us with some wonderful boxes to create!  


This adorable box, filled with some yummy treats, is made from the Christmas Memories Luminary House Box.  It comes with more fun dies than I used:  a picket fence, overlays for the chimney, etc.  This cut can be used for a treat box, luminary box, or a piece of decor!  


When you visit the Cut It Up blog, have fun viewing the DT projects and check out the rules and prize info.  Then be sure to shape that card ~ don't forget the die cut to have a chance to win a prize from our amazing sponsor ~ Ink on 3

Thanks for stopping by!  Make yourself at home and feel free to peruse other posts/pages, leave a comment, and/or check out my Pinterest and YouTube Channel.



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mystical Christmas Ride!


The new optional twist for our Anything Goes challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday is Poinsettia.   

My image this week is from our wonderful sponsor A Day for Daisies.  Be sure to check out all their adorable images.  Looks like they have some new holiday images in the shop!

I had this cute image, Bird Ride, in my stash; although I realize it's quite summery, I put her in long sleeves and turned her bird into a gold dove to make it more Christmas-y!  She makes for a very magical little nymph riding through Christmas with the shaker sequins and beads!  

My Poinsettia paper is from Polkadoodles Winnie Winterland.

       Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.TT

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Gearing Up!


It's a new challenge over at Digi Choosday and we are sharing New/New Year ideas this week!  Our Challenges are always Anything Goes for all of your wonderful entries!  


I chose to go with a male New Year's Card for my son!  I used a striped background from Octavia and the gears from Winnie Wonderland Steampunk Cogs and Wheels and the  Winnie Wonderland Steampunk Cogs/Wheels.  

The first digi is a layout of all the cogs and wheels.  I copic colored the ones on the bottom layer of the image.  Then I used the second digi which has the wheels and cogs separated to ink them and do some embossing.  I put them on 3-D foam to make them different heights.  I added a few black gems, 3 metal brads, and some twine.  

I'm pretty sure my son is going to love this card!  




Be sure to head over to Digi Choosday and check out the amazing projects from our team!  Then come share what you are crafting; we'd love to see it!  Remember, when you visit the Digi Choosday Site to pick up your discount code to Polkadoodles; it's good all day today....Tuesday!  It's a great way to pick up those digi's you've had your eye on!  While you're there, you might want to sign up for the Newsletter so you never miss out on special events!

My card is off to the following challenges: 

Pile It On:  Not traditional Holiday Colors
Crafting with Friends:  AG
A Bit More Time to Craft:  AG
Classic Design Team:  AG
TTCRD:  AG
Crafter's Cafe:  Embossing wet or dry
The Male Room:  Winter wishes, December, Christmas
Outlawz Festive Friday:  Winter Fun

Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, visit my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Polka Dot Stars


The new optional twist for our Anything Goes challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday is Polka Dot Christmas.   

My image this week is Softly from our wonderful sponsor A Day for Daisies.  Be sure to check out all their adorable images.  Looks like they have some new holiday images in the shop!

This was such a lovely image and it feels like the angel is ready to deliver the new baby to the manger.  

My goal was to make her appear sort of as a cameo coming out of the frame.  So once I lightly Copic colored the image and outlined the wings with a gel pen, I adhered the bottom to the frame.  The frame was cut in Design Space and heat embossed using Ranger Enchanted Gold powder.  I glued the frame down flat as well as the bottom of her gown.  I placed a piece of 3-D foam under the bottom of the circle.  This popped the top part up off of the card.

As for the paper under the angel, it started out blue.  I rubbed in purple and dark blue inks.  I finished with black around the edges.  I left it to dry and then heat embossed the sentiment.  Finally, time for the polka dots....stars!  I went with my Signo Uni-Ball Broad pt.  

       Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Birthday Sparkle!


It's a new challenge over at Digi Choosday and we are sharing Winter Birthday ideas this week!  Our Challenges are always Anything Goes for all of your wonderful entries!  


All the digis are from Winnie White Christmas
Sentiments taken from ULA Unicorn and ULA be a Princess
Flowers from Winnie Fruit Punch Blooms Bundle



Be sure to head over to Digi Choosday and check out the amazing projects from our team!  Then come share what you are crafting; we'd love to see it!  Remember, when you visit the Digi Choosday Site to pick up your discount code to Polkadoodles; it's good all day today....Tuesday!  It's a great way to pick up those digi's you've had your eye on!  While you're there, you might want to sign up for the Newsletter so you never miss out on special events!

My card is off to the following challenges: 
Animal Friends Challenge:  AG with an animal
2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  AG with a Critter
Try It on Tuesday:  Twinkle Twinkle
Colour Crazy Challenge:  AG hand colored

Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, visit my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Festivity!


It's the first Monday of the month and that means a new challenge over at Path of Positivity!  Our theme this month, which is always optional, is Festivities!  Now, how time appropriate is that for the month of December going into the New Year!  

I have chosen to work with Bugaboo Peace Love Joy AngelSuch a perfect image for Christmas!  Christmas is such a festive time with all the music, lights, and bustle.  It seems family and friends are right around the corner and we seem to relive joyous times from our past.  

It seems I always think of Christmases with my grandparents.  They were so delightful, though each set brought very different types of decor, food, and energy to the event.  Then when I married, I learned to celebrate in new and different ways.  I supposed now 30-some years later, our Christmas is a combination of all the past Christmas holidays!  

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I started with my image and colored with Copics.  All of the gold was done with a gel pen.  I tore the edges and backed it with a dark blue.  I turned to a beautiful piece of snowflake paper from Decosses Dynamite Doodles and wrapped it with gold thread and a multi-bow!  The bottom layer is a piece of white CS covered in Gold Pigment ink, dried, and stamped with an old flourish stamp.

Our challenge this month is generously sponsored by 
KittenScraps and 

 Thanks for stopping by; PoP on over to the challenge and see what the rest of the team is doing and share with us your thoughts, art, and inspirations!  Our themes are optional now, so we'd love to see anything positive you've been working on even if it doesn't exactly fit the theme.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Jingle All the Way!



The new theme over at Cut It Up is Christmas Song! How fun is that!  I chose the popular tune Jingle Bells!  


The bag cut is from CTMH Artiste and the tag cut is from Cricut CTMH Artbooking.  The embossed kraft paper is retired from CTMH as are the stamps I used on the tag.  I stamped the horse onto the tag cut from patterned paper and then went around the edges of the tag with a wreath/foliage motif.  I then stamped in some berries.  Of course, then I added some Jingle Bells to mimic sleigh bells!

This made for a very rustic/ranch type gift bag perfect for one of my riding buddies!

When you visit the Cut It Up blog, have fun viewing the DT projects and check out the rules and prize info.  Then be sure to shape that card ~ don't forget the die cut to have a chance to win a prize from our amazing sponsor ~  Heartfelt Creations!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Make yourself at home and feel free to peruse other posts/pages, leave a comment, and/or check out my Pinterest and YouTube Channel.





Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Yes, Please!


The new optional twist for our Anything Goes challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday is Anything Goes!   

My Copic colored image this week is from Bugaboo and is called Ava Latte.  My sentiment was a freebie from Limited Runs during one of the Coffee Lovers seasonal challenges; I love this sentiment!  Limited Runs has several coffee sentiments and images!

The journal is a retired book from CTMH and the background paper for Ava is an enlarged tag from Polkadoodles Winnie in Wonderland.  Those little wood veneer cups are from Latina Crafter.  

This month we are showing our gratitude to all of our sponsors throughout 2017 in a Sponsor Showcase Month.  You will see us all highlighting the year with some of our favorite digis from our generous sponsors.  The November challenge is sponsored by Through the CraftRoom Door.  You can check out their wonderful online magazine full of inspiration and tutorials HERE!

       Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christmas Table Trivets


It's a new challenge over at Digi Choosday and we are sharing more Christmas/Winter ideas this week!  Our Challenges are always Anything Goes for all of your wonderful entries!  

My trivets are made using PRE-COLORED Toppers from Winnie White Christmas .  I cut the sentiments from black vinyl.  The base of the trivets are ceramic tiles from a home improvement store.  I cut the toppers and sentiments, adhered them to the tiles and sprayed them with an acrylic sealer.  I'm not sure how much heat they will take, but I think they will be great under a dish of vegetables or a bread basket.  These would also work as coasters under a nice cup of hot chocolate!  Yummy!



Be sure to head over to Digi Choosday and check out the amazing projects from our team!  Then come share what you are crafting; we'd love to see it!  Remember, when you visit the Digi Choosday Site to pick up your discount code to Polkadoodles; it's good all day today....Tuesday!  It's a great way to pick up those digi's you've had your eye on!  While you're there, you might want to sign up for the Newsletter so you never miss out on special events!


My trivets/coasters are off to the following challenges: 
The Fairy and the Unicorn:  AG opt Winter Solstice
A Gem of a Challenge:  Animals in the Snow
Get Creative Challenges:  Holidays
Crafting from the Heart:  AG


Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, visit my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tagtastic!



The new optional twist for our Anything Goes challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday is Tagtastic.   

My image this week is Good Pony from Whimsy Stamps.  I actually had this physical stamp in my collection of horsey stamps and couldn't wait to get it out again!  Whimsy Stamps has a super variety of horse stamps!  



The fun "bandana style paper" and the wooden stars are from Papercraftinwitherica.com who is with Fun Stampers Journey.     


I stamped this sweet pony and her girl and colored them with Copics.  My tag base is cut twice in "cereal box"; the design is from Old West Cartridge in Cricut Design Space.  Before cutting the base, I "welded" the horse shoes (also from Old West) to make it into a tag.  I cut 2 more horse shoes to adhere to the front.  

My horse shoes were cut from grey cardstock and I inked over them with Juniper, Barn Red and Black.  I then streaked them with some gold pigment ink and some Color Bloom spray.  I then "scuffed" over them with some Bo Bunny Copper Glitter Paste.  I found some tiny black gems in my stash and used them for the nails.

On the back, you can see the sentiment.  This is an old stamp in my collection that is no longer available.   

Back of tag

My Card is off to the following Challenges:  
2 Crafty Critter Crazies: AG with a Critter
Fab 'n' Funky:  Inspired by a Song, Book, or Film ~ Ponies of Chincoteague
Craftaholics R Us:  Girly
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge:  AG

This month we are showing our gratitude to all of our sponsors throughout 2017 in a Sponsor Showcase Month.  You will see us all highlighting the year with some of our favorite digis from our generous sponsors.  The November challenge is sponsored by Through the CraftRoom Door.  You can check out their wonderful online magazine full of inspiration and tutorials HERE!


       Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Christmas...no red/green?



It's a new challenge over at Digi Choosday and we are sharing more Christmas/Winter ideas this week!  But...for the team, we are showing projects with NO Red or Green!  Our Challenges are always Anything Goes for all of your wonderful entries!  

I decided to move into some non traditional holiday colors by combining papers from the Winnie Starfish and Sandcastles Papers 7 and Papers 9 with snowflakes and a sentiment from Winnie White Christmas and this was the result!  I cut the sentiment from black vinyl so it would pop off that pink!  Some black backing cardstock, a few pink gems and some glitter and I have a non-traditional winter/Christmas card!  

I have to say this was very fun change after the past two weeks of more traditional projects for my Digi Choosday makes!  How about you?  Do you enjoy venturing out of your style occasionally?  



Be sure to head over to Digi Choosday and check out the amazing projects from our team!  Then come share what you are crafting; we'd love to see it!  Remember, when you visit the Digi Choosday Site to pick up your discount code to Polkadoodles; it's good all day today....Tuesday!  It's a great way to pick up those digi's you've had your eye on!  While you're there, you might want to sign up for the Newsletter so you never miss out on special events!


My card is off to the following challenges: 
A Snowflakes Promise:  AG
Creates and Makes:  AG
12 Months of Christmas:  AG 
Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, visit my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Freeze Frame!



Concluding our 3 Month Series over at Path of Positivity:  Surround Yourself with ...  we are thinking about Music!  Surround Yourself with Music!  The idea is to share how you are inspired by music or what music inspires you!  

Ok, it's time for a funny story from this Classically trained oboist!  It is true, most of my HS days were spent in a practice room with an oboe.  I was a band nerd from the get go and bucked anything that had to do with sports or outdoor activity!  Definitely didn't hang with the popular kids!  hahaha  Now, I did listen to popular music, but one forbid I would EVER go to a party and dance!  No way!  

Well, as fate would have it, a bunch of us band nerds were out on someone's patio having a "party" (well, as much of a party as band nerds would have) and the song Freeze Frame came on.  Everyone jumped up and started moving in a dance sort of fashion.  Not real dancing, mind you, but sort of a Charles Schultz Peanuts version of dancing.  To this day, I hear that song and I can't stay still!  My head starts bobbing and feet go wild....well, sort of....

You can "check it out" HERE.

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I used the Imagine That Digistamp Snappy Sandy Digi for my journal page.  The film strip, PRE-COLORED Camera Brad, and the Black and white Camera Digi are all from that set.  There are many other fun digis in that set; you should go see it!  

I started my journal page with some stenciling using various inks and stencils.  Now, I didn't have any fun dancing pics, but I could go to my yearbook and copy some band pics from my Sr year in HS.  I brought in some digis and such to decorate my photo sheet.  

I colored the camera with Copics and adhered the camera with some foam.  For the camera brad up in the left hand corner, I cut one in blue and one in tan and layered them.  I also went over them with a CTMH Shimmer Brush for some sparkle.  

I finished out the page with some ribbon, puffy stickers and a gem.....oh, and of course the title!  

So, what music inspires you in a positive way?  We over at Path of Positivity would love to know!  

This month we are generously sponsored by Limited Runs and Imagine That 

Imagine That digistampLimited Runs Digital Stamps


Thanks for stopping by; PoP on over to the challenge (where you can learn more about our theme and sponsors) to see what the rest of the team is doing and share with us your thoughts, art, and inspirations!  Our themes are optional now, so we'd love to see anything positive you've been working on even if it doesn't exactly fit the theme.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Shape Up! Cards...that is!


The new theme over at Cut It Up is Shape Up! This gives us all an opportunity to get out all those card shape dies we neglect!  


I was so lucky to work with this gorgeous cut and design, Cardinal Card, from Ink on 3!  I chose to make a matching envelope

The card was easy to put together and add my own flair by replacing cut berries with some gems and choosing paper patterns for all the layers.

When you visit the Cut It Up blog, have fun viewing the DT projects and check out the rules and prize info.  Then be sure to shape that card ~ don't forget the die cut to have a chance to win a prize from our amazing sponsor ~ Ink on 3!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Make yourself at home and feel free to peruse other posts/pages, leave a comment, and/or check out my Pinterest and YouTube Channel.


This little cardinal is flying off to the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  AG with Critter
Animal Friends Challenge:  Christmas with an Animal
Cute Card Thursday:  Birds/animals
Deep Ocean Challenge:  Things with Wings

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bows, Buttons and Brads!


The new optional twist for our Anything Goes challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday is a  Brads, Buttons and Bows!  

My digi this week is from PPinky and is called Lily with Snowsisters.

I printed the digi and colored her with Copics staying in the color family of the papers from Polkadoodles.  After coloring, I added some CTMH Shimmer Brush to the snow and a bit of the Gold CTMH Shimmer Brush to the bow of the gift.  For those of you who enjoy using that shimmer, I'd like to add this tip.  I apply the shimmer, leave it to dry, and then spray with Aleene's Acrylic Sealer.  This keeps that shimmer from rubbing off!  The top layer frame is cut from cardstock in the Polkadoodles Winnie Winterland Collection.

I finished off the card with twine tied into a bow, my button, and a heart brad stuck through the hole in the button!

My Card is off to the following Challenges:  
Make My Monday:  Snow Fun
12 Months of Christmas:  AG
Dream Valley Challenges:  Add a Sentiment
Creative Craft Cottage: Buttons and/or bows



This month we are showing our gratitude to all of our sponsors throughout 2017 in a Sponsor Showcase Month.  You will see us all highlighting the year with some of our favorite digis from our generous sponsors.  The November challenge is sponsored by Through the CraftRoom Door.  You can check out their wonderful online magazine full of inspiration and tutorials HERE!

       Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Christmas Sparkle


It's a new challenge over at Digi Choosday and we are sprinkling a little sparkle your way this week!  

Last week I shared some socks for the boys in the family and I mentioned there would be a special gift holder for my daughter!  This is it; I decided to make a mitten for her from the pretty green plaid from the (of all places...) Sticks and Bones Collection! (I love that collection and am always visiting it for one thing or another!)  

The heart and glittery snowflake are from the Winnie White Christmas Collection.  I finished it off with a little dyed twine, a bit of gold sparkle, a scrap of cheesecloth, some lace, ribbon and gems.  This will be perfect on the tree with a little something tucked inside for her!   

Be sure to head over to Digi Choosday and check out the amazing projects from our team!  Then come share what you are crafting; we'd love to see it!  Remember, when you visit the Digi Choosday Site to pick up your discount code to Polkadoodles; it's good all day today....Tuesday!  It's a great way to pick up those digi's you've had your eye on!  While you're there, you might want to sign up for the Newsletter so you never miss out on special events!


My card is off to the following challenges: 
Crafting from the Heart: AG
Crafty Cardmakers:  Anything but a card
Get Creative Challenges:  Holidays

Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, visit my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Misteri's Music




The new optional twist for our Anything Goes challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday is a Recipe of 3 Brads, Flowers, and Pearls!  

This lovely digi is Misteri's Music from Digistamps4Joy!  

I printed the digi and colored her with Copics.  I then added layers of paper from Polkadoodles and followed the recipe adding one of the brads on the bow over the rose tag on the left upper.  The flowers are on the right lower over the lace and pearls!  The remaining brads are on the postcards tucked behind the focal point digi.  

My Card is off to the following Challenges:  
Craft-Dee Bowz:  Use handmade bow
CCC Digi Creations:  Must use Flowers
Crafty Gals Corner:  Lace and Ribbon
Deep Ocean Challenge:  Inspired by Song/Movie (The Piano)
Digistamps4Joy:  AG/no twist for me






This month we are showing our gratitude to all of our sponsors throughout 2017 in a Sponsor Showcase Month.  You will see us all highlighting the year with some of our favorite digis from our generous sponsors.  The November challenge is sponsored by Through the CraftRoom Door.  You can check out their wonderful online magazine full of inspiration and tutorials HERE!

       Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.