Sunday, March 31, 2019

What The Cowgirls Do - A Country Tag - Double D Gingham Challenge

Hello, Crafty Peeps
Yesterday, I created a card for the Double D Gingham Challenge.  Since one of my goals in 2019 is to use up as much of my scrap stash as I possibly can, I decided to do some paper piecing and create this little tag using the scraps from "Country Gingham" card.
Gingham Cowgirl
I really had forgotten how much I like paper piecing!  I haven't used my Copics in so long they were mostly dry and I did not have the refills for these colors so my girl is a little spotty.  I like her though because my disease has caused some crazy pigmentation on my face and I am a little spotty these days...maybe I was projecting!😄
Give Gingham Paper a Try!

Thanks so much, Double D Challenge!  
I Was So Honored

Stuff I used:
Dies: Unbranded - Heart Frame 
Papers: Kraft Cardstock 
Patterned Papers:  American Crafts "Marine"
Stamp:  Prima Dolls
Dies: Strip Alphabet Die - Tim Holtz™ Alterations "Alphabetical"
Twine, Wink of Stella™, Brad

Other Challenges Entered:

Thanks for Stopping By!

Friday, March 29, 2019

Double D Challenges - Gingham

Hey, Crafty Makers!
Here is a quick card I made for the Gingham theme over at 
Double D Challenges.   I am using one of my unbranded dies and I love the way this project turned out.  Nothing fancy but I was able to reduce my  6"x6" paper stack by two pieces.  I am working on a tag to enter as well.  Two projects only two sheets of paper.
I am on a roll!  Hopefully, in April, I will create projects that will increase my confidence in layering fancy intricate dies. 
Rustic Love
 I am a great lover of Kraft card.  I think it goes so well with almost any color and is particularly effective if you are going for the 'rustic' country look.  I usually save my gingham paper for paper piecing.  I am glad that I stepped out of that particular little box and tried something different.
My original intention was to leave the white hearts blank but I needed to pull more of the Kraft card into the design so I added the Love sentiment and switched my tag from white to Kraft and added the twine bow.  I plan to make a second card using the gingham frame.  That should be fun.
Stuff I used:
Papers: Kraft Cardstock 
Patterned Papers:  American Crafts "Marine"
Stamp:  Hampton Arts "Just For You" - Wood mounted
Dies: Strip Alphabet Die - Tim Holtz™ Alterations "Alphabetical"

Thanks for stopping by 
and make sure you check out the challenge at 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Shopping Our Stash #392 - Make An ATC (Artist Trading Coin)

Hello, Crafty Makers!
The challenge this fortnight at Shopping Our Stash is "Make An ATC".  Now, I don't make ATC(s), (Artist Trading Coins/Cards) because I am not very good at creating them.  I am unsure of their purpose and exactly what I am supposed to do with them when they are done.  I am sure that for the real "artists" out there all of these questions are moot.  Anyway, I decided to just add this to my 2019 personal challenge and take another step out of my little box.  Here goes!
For some odd reason, the rub on "attitude is everything" started peeling off.  It may be because of the ink...IDK.  I decided to just go with it because I wasn't about to start over.  My grandson likes this and asked if he could have it. "Oh Yes, you can!"
Stuff I used


Paper Napkin ATC
Well, once I got started, I just couldn't stop there.  So, I thought about using a cocktail napkin.  I once went napkin crazy! Now I need to use them
Napkin Coin 1
Napkin Coin 2
Using my Tim Holtz® Stamp Platform, I stamped my image using Staz~On Black ink.  I cut a piece of white card stock in half and applied Mod Podge to one.  I allowed the glue to dry and then I placed the napkin on top, I then covered it with a piece of parchment paper and ironed the sheet to adhere the napkin to the CS.   Once the napkin adhered, I placed it back on my stamp platform and using Versa Mark® Embossing Ink stamped the image a second time but slightly offset.  I embossed the image using white embossing powder.  In real life, the white embossing has a shimmery look...very pretty.
On a 6"x6" piece of white card stock, I used my Heidi Swap Mini Stencil to create a patterned background.  Using Distress Oxide Inks, I colored each circle.  I stamped a floral image in embossing ink and then embossed it with white EP.  I added a stamped sentiment and stenciled on an eye on one and a flourish on the other.  After I die cut my coins, I added a little extra color and distressed the edges.

I must admit, this was a really fun way to learn a new mixed media skill and reduce my napkin hoard.  I hope to see your creative coins in our challenge!  

Friday, March 22, 2019

A Place To Start Challenge- Mid-Month DT Makes

Hi, Crafty Makers!
This is a late post.  
You know when you are old, 
sometimes it takes a minute just to figure out the date, place, and time!
Create A Single Layer Card w/Matching Envelope
I found another great stamp in my stash.  Just stuck my hand in and pulled it out of my Itty Bitty Unity Stamps collection.

For this project, I used my favorite fall stamps by American Crafts.

A Place To Start Challenge is still looking for two or three designers.  We have revised the process and removed tutorials from the requirements because it was scaring off some new applicants.

Design Team Requirements
1.  Two projects per month
2.  Six-month - one-year commitment.
3.  Average photography and editing skills.
4.  Social Media Account:  FB, Instagram, Twitter (at least one).
5.  Personal Blog/website
6.  Participation in special challenges and blog events.
No prior DT experience is necessary.  New crafters are invited to apply.  International crafters are also welcome.


Monday, March 4, 2019

A Place To Start: Official Launch - ATG w/Optional Twist: A Single Layer Card w/Matching Envelope

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
March is the official launch of my new challenge blog:
A Place To Start
We need peeps for our Design Team
You can apply HERE
  Although APTS is a "Just For Fun" blog, my great friend, artist Rick St. Dennis is graciously sponsoring our launch.  I love his monthly image packages and some lucky maker will win his Easter/Spring collection.

This month, I thought it would be fun to tackle the single layer card.  I have avoided this style, like the plague, because is it always CAS and that (along with pile it on and shabby vintage) have always been my Achilles heel.  But 2019 is the year of facing my paper crafting fears so...
 Birthday Wish
Personal Challenges Met:
1. CAS Design, Single Layer Card w/Envelope
2. Techniques: Splatter, blending, corner masking
3. Ancient Supplies Used:  Unity Stamps Itty Bitty Stamps
Again, I used my mermaid brushes instead of blending tools and I really like them. 
My masking technique still needs a little work, but this is the first time I have ever masked anything, so I am quite pleased with my lil old self! 
I stamped the image with VersaMark™ and then embossed with clear EP.
Roller  Coaster
 Personal Challenges Met:
1. CAS Design, Single Layer Card w/Envelope
2. Techniques: Splatter, blending, corner masking
3. Ancient Supplies Used:  Inkadinkado Clear Stamp, ColorBox Art Screen
I used one of my favorite ColorBox® Art Screens and one of 

 Inkadinkado's® adorable "Kid Quotes" stamp to create this project.  
Stuff I Used:
ColorBox ® Art Screen - Swirldot
Inkadinkado Clear Stamp - Kid Quotes
Unity Stamps Itty Bitty Stamps:
   One Single Wish
   Sucks To Get Old (Sentiment Only)
   Tulip Wishes (Sentiment Only - Birthday)



Sunday, March 3, 2019

613 Avenue Create - ATG w/Optional Twist: Create a Kinetic Card

Hello, Crafty Makers!
Welcome to another month of creativity at 
As always, you may choose to play the ATG option, you may choose to play our twist or you may choose both.

Dictionary result for kineticadjective

    • (of a work of art) depending on movement for its effect.
Butterfly Kisses
A Slider Card
This little ribbon slider card was so easy to make.  I don't create many interactive cards because so many of them are very labor intensive or require a special die.  I long ago ceased buying dies and stamps for one-time use.
I love this.  I wanted to use ribbon but none of my green ribbons matched my envelope, so I went with twine. 
Next time, I think I will make the version that pulls from the top.  
Here is the Jennifer McGuire Tutorial I used.
Thanks so much for visiting.
I hope you found some inspiration.