Sunday, April 21, 2019

April's Paper Pumpkin Kit Alternative

Today's share is a card I CASE'd from an SU demonstrator, Kathie Zaban using this month's Paper Pumpkin kit.  The stamp included in this set is a beautiful 'Distinktive' stamp which is "photo-realistic"... a patent-pending process that's new to Stampin' Up, and I just LOVE it! 

The kit included a Grey Granite Stampin' Spot which I used to stamp all the roses and leaves onto Whisper White cardstock.  Then I used my Copics to color it in although this was an issue of its own as the colors I wanted to use I was out of (markers ran dry and have no refills yet for them).  So they turned out darker than I wanted, but still pretty.  For the roses I used R22, R35, and R59; the leaves I used Y11 and YG25; Y11 for the centers of roses, and the blue bg is B05.  I then used a black permanent marker for the dots.  Oh, I did use a dark warm grey to outline around the images, can't recall which color that was. 

The label, sentiment and twine were all included in this kit as well.  :)   Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Altenew: Peony Dream 3D Messy Watercolor

 Hi friends :)  I've been getting back into making cards lately which has really helped my mood, and it just feels really good to have a physical product at the end of the day that came from the heart and I can give someone who needs a smile.

Today I'm sharing a card I made this weekend using Altenew's Peony Dream 3d Die set.  Little did I know it was going to go on sale 40% OFF today (Sunday) only!!  What a great deal guys!!  It's gorgeous and comes with more dies than I used on this card.  I believe there are 5 layers for this one flower, or you can make 2 sizes of flowers!  This was my first time watercoloring the die-cut white cardstock and I had fun with watercoloring the background piece as well.  This card was inspired by the Oh-So-Talented Erum Tasneem's card HEREMy card turned out WAY different than hers (Turns out I'm not so good at watercoloring?) but I still love the outcome.

I did use a very cheap white cardstock for cutting my flowers and leaves and then used a water pen and picked up ink to lay down color.  As I went on, it really got pretty saturated and blended a li'l too much, not the effect I wanted.  When I was done and it had dried, I did go over them by sponging ink directly onto the blooms for a deeper color.  I then added some lines with my gold sparkly gellyroll pen to the purple flower.  (although i didn't like that part, and still don't)

For the background piece, I used my water pen and ink and laid down the blue.  Then I picked up some gable green and caribbean blue and spattered ink onto the wet blue piece.  I like how it brought other colors and gave it a more interesting look.

Have a CRAFT-astic Day!!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Butterfly Easel Card - Outlawz Color Challenge

Hello and happy Thursday!  Since I am stuck at home this week due to all the snow that dumped on us, I've had some crafty time, yay!  And since I am sponsoring the Tuesday Color Challenge at the Outlawz for the next 2 weeks, I thought I'd take the challenge myself.  The color theme is:  Blue, Lilac, Purple and the Twist:  add a flourish!

I used my Butterfly dies from Serendipity Stamps to make this easel card.  The paper I cut the die from is white with a bit of blue and pops of gold foil, it's so much prettier IRL!  I also added some touches of sparkly gold gellyroll pen to the tiny butterflies that I punched out of coordinating c.s.  And of course, the flourish!  I love this one, and I actually cut out 2, and layered the purple one behind the white.   I also cut out the "hello" phrase from an old die that had several sentiments on it (sorry, I can't remember where it was from) and I cut out 4 "hello"s out of white and layered them on top of each other with glue to make it more substantial and stand out more.  The lattice border punch at the bottom is a Martha Steward punch from Wal-mart.  ;)

If you decide to join in this challenge, you could be the winner of a $12 coupon to spend in my digi shop!  Take the challenge HERE!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Sunday Songs & Rhymes - Doggy in Window

Happy Sunday everyone!

I participated in the Sunday Songs & Rhymes last month over at the Outlawz challenges and my card was picked as their fave, so I was invited to come back as a Guest Designer for this next 2-week challenge 😃

The Song for the next 2 weeks, and what players need to create with inspiration from, is....

How much is that doggie in the window?
The one with the waggly tail
How much is that doggie in the window?
I do hope that doggie's for sale
I must take a trip to California
And leave my poor sweetheart alone
If he has a dog, he won't be lonesome
And the doggie will have a good home
How much is that doggie in the window?
The one with the waggly tail
How much is that doggie in the window?
I do hope that doggie's for sale

and here's my card using "Dachshund Party"

I printed the black/white versions of dog and sentiment and colored with Copics and a li'l bit of white gel pen highlights.  I also paper-pieced her cute sweater with DSP, and the paper bow was created using the Envelope Punch Board. :)  

Thank you for having me Sunday Songs & Rhymes Team!! 

and now, here's a couple pics of my own cutie pie...


In the first photo (click to view it full size), I used a FREE app called "Bible Lens" which is really COOL, imho!  It searches your photos on your phone (or you can manually choose just one) and it will quickly search for Scripture that matches your photo and give you several fonts and arrangements for the overlay and then you just click save!  Easy peasy and it's SO FUN!!  Do try it out :)   P.S.  She sleeps with her tongue out cuz she's missing her front teeth as li'l dogs do.  She's a Pom-Chi (Pomeranian - Chihuahua)

You have 2 weeks if you'd like to go enter their challenge HERE.... or any of their challenges on their site.  I am a monthly site-wide sponsor, so good luck, you could win one of many prizes, including a $12 coupon to

Friday, November 23, 2018

NEW at Imagine That Digistamp & a SALE

Hello!  Just popping in to share about some new release sets I drew up and are available now in my digi shop... just in time for Christmas Greetings!  Scroll below to find Cyber Monday coupons that start Sunday and go through Tuesday!  😀

Here's what's NEW!!

Sunday 11/25 - Tuesday, 11/27....

Spend under $10, get 25% OFF everything in store with coupon code:  cyber25

Spend $10 or more, get 50% OFF with coupon code cyber50

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

February Fundraiser & a FREE kit

Hey y'all!   I'm excited to tell you about this Fundraiser I'm doing now thru the end of February!!  Next month is special for so many reasons.... it's my birth month, it's the month of LOVE, and it's also my store's 5th birthday!  I wanted to do something special that is close to my heart.  So, I'm going to donate all my net proceeds from my store during the month of February to my local
  Ronald McDonald House Charity!

You can read my personal RMHC story HERE.

So, to entice you all to help me reach my donation goal of $200.... I put together this ADORABLE "Valentine Kitty" kit that you will get FREE when you spend $10 or more in my store (in one order).  No coupon, no need to do anything else, I will email it to everyone who meets or beats that $10 order!!

For those who don't craft or don't care to receive this kit, but still want to donate to this worthy cause, you can donate ANY amount by clicking on this yellow 'Donate' button below.  *Please note that by using this donate button, you will be helping my local RMH charity, but will not receive any product in return.  THANK YOU!!!


Monday, January 29, 2018

Spinner Valentine & Free Digi Kit

Good Monday morning to ya!   In case you haven't read about it yet, we've added a monthly "Optional Theme" to our Year-Round Link Up!  Every entry using the monthly OC (optional challenge) will count as two per entry in the Link Up.  Winners are drawn every 15 entries!!  :)

This month's OC is to make a Kinetic Card (something with a moving part, can be the type of fold, or an actual moving piece like a pull-out tag, a spinning penny, or one of those spring-loaded wobblies, etc.)

I chose to make a Penny Spinner using the individual owls from the "Owl Always Love You" digi set.

ALSO... we have a FREE 3D Kit in our Facebook group this month!!  It's called "Owl Always Love You 3D" - you may use it for this optional challenge if you'd like, but not required, you may use ANY Imagine That Digistamp for the Kinetic challenge or Year-Round Link Up.  :)  

Here's a 2nd look ... the girl owl rolls to the end of the branch and back to her mate ♥  

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Candy Cane Ornament Wreath

Hello & Merry Christmas friends!

Well, after a failed attempt yesterday to find just the "right" products from the Dollar Tree to recreate a candy cane ornament wreath that I watched a tutorial on Youtube for, I was determined to go back and grab some things to improvise and guess what?  I love the outcome!

SO, here's a link to the tutorial.  I didn't find this tutorial early enough in the season.  So our Dollar Tree only had ONE tube left of 7 all red ornaments (no stripes or fancy, but some were glittered, some matte, and some shiny) so I bought that, and then I bought 2 tubes of 15 small all reds, and 2 tubes of 15 small all silver ornaments.  They also had the metal candy cane forms to make the wreaths.

Then here's the kicker... I headed over to Bi-Mart and bought one set of 12 ( 4 each; white solid matte, red/white striped, and red solid shiny)  for $6.00.  So this project total, cost me about $9 - $10  (I had 2 tubes of small ornaments left over, but I also used almost a whole bag of glue sticks!)

Unlike the video where she put 2 larger ornaments side-by-side all the way down and filled in gaps with the smaller ornaments, (I didn't have enough of the larger ones to do that) I glued just one row of the larger down the middle (I didn't use mesh like she does, I just hot-glued it right to the metal frame and to the other ornament next to it) and then I glued the smaller ornaments down both sides.  This did leave quite a few gaps that I could have used more small ornaments to fill it, however I decided to get out our silver & white garland we've used on our Christmas tree for the past several years and I cut not much, maybe like 8" off the end of it.  Then I cut it into tiny pieces and hot-glued those in to fill the gaps.

What do you think??  Turned out pretty cute for improvising huh?

*Note to self:
Start shopping Christmas ornaments at Dollar Tree right after Halloween!!

Also try these wreaths...