Thursday, September 26, 2019

Seize the Birthday #175 - Use a Geometric Shape

This is the last challenge for Seize the Birthday in the month of September.  I think that Tae Eum chose a theme that will go well for masculine cards.  Well, that is what I was thinking when I did my card. What do you think?

Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

If you're not a toppings kinda person, can just

stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!

This card was quickly done with a background stamp from Hero Arts called Highline ironworks.  I used embossing powder in Platinum and heat set it. Then when back and colored in some of the shapes. I finished the Fishtail banner from MFT.
Check out the Surprise Party Guest and all of the other team designs at 

Thanks for stopping by to see more.  
I hope that you enjoyed it and are motivated to join us.   
Thanks for all your comments. 


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Creative confetti - Feeling Fall

It sure is feeling fall where I live.  Today was a beautiful day and great to be outside. I made this card yesterday and as soon as I get this written, I will be outside too. 
Not far from my house, a farmer has planted sunflowers.  They go on for as far as the eye can see.  I pulled over and took this picture and that is my inspiration for today's card. 
Image may contain: flower, sky, plant, outdoor and nature

I printed out this digital stamp four times because I am going to color it a lot. 
Do you think that I like sunflowers much?  Just check out the header on my blog. 

Here I used some techniques that I learned with that last class that Amy Shulke at Vanilla Arts did on Livestream.   combining colored pencils and Copic markers. The background is a stencil from GKD.  Too bad you can't see the twinkle from the Spectrum Noire sparkler on the flower.

Thanks for stopping in today and I do appreciate your comments

Friday, September 20, 2019

Creative Confetti - Say it with Sepia

Just like it says, Create an antique or sepia tone in your card. I took Amy Shulke's class Vanilla Arts this past Saturday.  I completed two cards for the class.  My printer was not working and I forged ahead with a Christmas image that I was doing.  How do you like my vintage Santa?

Soon after working on getting my printer to work, I was able to print out the digital that
Amy gave us.  Since I have had the stamp set that she used, Play Ball for a very long time, I just stamped it in the center of her digi. Then proceeded to color it in the antique form.

I learned lots of techniques for this one including grass and peanuts.  I have a grandson who will be turning 15 next month.  Since he is a sports fanatic, he will get this one.
You will see this in the Creative Confetti challenge for this month.
Thanks for stopping by to see my stuff.  Love your comments.

Oh, and I challenge you to try my Creative Confetti Challenge "Off the Edge".
Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Double D Challenge - Focus on the Sentiment

Darlene's challenge for Double D will be easy to do,  All you need to do is 
make your sentiment the center focus. 

Here is the inspirational board for some suggestions. 

Here is my card for you. 
For this card, I used the Stamp set From Gina K called Fabulous Rose Frame. and Stampin Up EF Butterflies and Elizabeth Craft Die for the bird and branches. I used my Zig Water Color brushes.

Here is the prize that could be yours. 

Don't forget to see what the rest of the team is doing for this challenge.  You can find them here at Double D Challenge

Thanks for stopping by, I sure appreciate your comments. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Creative Confetti - Over the Edge

Hello! I bet you came here looking for Julie and a new Creative Confetti challenge? Surprise! I am your guest hostess for the challenge today.  I am a card maker who loves to color, my name is Barbara Campbell. I am very happy to say that I will be hosting here every so often. I am honored to be joining Julie in this new journey and over the top excited to challenge you today! Let’s get started.

HOW TO PLAY: There are a lot of ways that you can do this challenge and bring your main image off the edge. That's why I have two examples for you.

My first example uses the digital stamp Countryside BouquetIt's one of my favorites. I am pretty proud that I have been working with digital stamps lately and was able to use part of this stamp and merge it with another part to take my main image off the side off my card or... "over the edge." The sentiment is from the same stamp set and after printing it out, I colored it with my Copic markers. Then, I added a blue border to the base card and a matching envelope.

For those of you that what to kick it up a notch, I have this second idea for you!
 I sure would like to challenge you to do one like this, where I used a die to take the image off the main portion of my card. It is not hard at all. Let me you how I did this one!

On a piece of card stock that is 5-1/2" by 8-1/2", I marked a line at 4-1/4". This is where your fold would be for a top folding card. The line is barely visible here, but it helps to know where to stamp my image. I used Power Poppy's Chrysanthemum XL. Then I placed the coordinating die over it to cut it out.

I used a partial die cut for  placing my Big Shot clear cutting plate so that I only cut the top of the flower. See? 

This is how it looks after cutting the Chrysanthemum XL out. It is folded on the line and I cut off the bottom to make sure that it was only 4 1/4 inches high.

Next, I colored it up...

To make the flower stand out, I used Distress ink sponged around it and then highlighted it with my Copic markers with B10. I used a stencil to get the lines on the top right and a copper envelope seemed to fit for this card.

Ok, crafty people, I have challenged you to go "Over the Edge!" Let's see what you create. Remember to link up your creation below for your chance to win a $25 gift code to Power Poppy! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Seize the Birthday #174 It's Just a Number

Colleen has picked the theme for this two-week challenge at 

Seize the Birthday 

The toppings are for this challenge. 

"It's just a Number "

If you're not a toppings kind of  person, can just
stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!

Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!

Annie is our Surprise Party Guest for September and October
You can go  HERE to see what creative things she has done. 

Here is my card for this one. 
The inside

For this card, I used GKD card stock in Faded Brick
PTI Uncorked stamp and die
The sentiment if MFT Uncorked
EF Tim Holtz Bricked
MFT Fishtail banner

It will be fun to see what you think of when you see the challenge title.   
If you need more inspiration, please go to the Seize the Birthday blog
There is lots of talent there. 
Thanks for stopping and leaving a comment.  I adore them.


Friday, September 6, 2019

Creative Confetti - Out of the Ordinary

Well, this is really a challenge Julie! You had me looking all over for something that I could use for this card challenge.  I found a few things that I forgot that I had and that is a good thing.  In my search, I remembered something that I purchased long before I even knew what I was doing with stamp crafting.  Maybe that is why I never used it. I will let you see for yourself.
 These are some clay circles that you press into this sponge.  This is not an ordinary sponge, it was meant for this stamping.  You heat the sponge and press in the clay pieces.  See what I did here.  Then you apply ink and stamp.  Kind of an antique stamp. Maybe designed by a caveman. 
On a piece of white card stock, I stamped the images with Jelly Bean green Gina K ink.  Then I filled in the white spaces with  Limeade Ice ink by PTI.  All of this talk about jelly beans and limeade make me think of Spring.  I know it is more like Fall, but this background just needed a daisy. Sometimes you just gotta go with the idea.

I die cut the background with a die from PTI called Mix and Mat Confetti and then added it to a base of Jelly Bean Green.  Using just one of the daisies from the Power poppy background stamp called Big Sexy Blooms, I colored it with my Copic markers and added it to the front.  The sentiment is a die from Penny Black. I used WOS on that.  This makes a simple birthday card which I seem to need a lot. 
I added a matching envelope and now I have a really original birthday card for a friend. 
I am entering this in the Creative Confetti Challenge for this week, be sure to see what you can search out for an Out of the Ordinary background

Thanks for stopping in today and for the comments that you leave. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Double D Challenge - Make it a feature!

Hello Crafters!  Can you believe that we are into September for our next challenge?  
Just pick out something from this mood board and MAKE IT A FEATURE. 

This challenge was a little challenging for me until I spied that little fox!
Can you see him in the right upper corner of the picture? 
I have had this fox colored up for such a long time but never used him.  
He was just lurking in my scrap box until today!

My card is a Clean and Simple design and was quick and easy to do.
 Especially since I had the fox all ready to go. 

I used a stitched rectangle die from My Favorite Things and a computer-generated sentiment. 
The fox is a stamp from Art Impressions.

There is a prize too! 
Well, what are you waiting for?  Get going on your card!  I want to see what you have done.
If you need inspiration you will find it here on the Double D Challenge Blog. 
Thanks for your comments!  I love them