Friday, August 1, 2014

Summer Evenings

Here in the Pacific NW, we don't always have warm evenings in the summer.  But this summer we are enjoying evening after evening outside.  In fact, there have been many nights that I run the fan during the night in order to have our bedroom cool enough for sleep.
Die Cut Diva's have a new challenge starting today - hot August nights.   Many of you in different parts of the country can relate.  How would you interpret this challenge?  I chose to use a digital image by Doodle Pantry.  I wish I had a porch swing.  I think it would be a wonderful way to cool off on a hot summer night.

The wood frame is Doodle Pantry digital paper cut out with Spellbinder dies and my Cuttlebug.
The flowers in the planter are dabbed with liquid pearls.  The flowers in the left corner are recycled with some pink ink distressing the edges.  I also fussy cut some of the leaves and popped them on top the leaves on the tree.
So are you experiencing hot August nights?  Come over to Die Cut Divas to play the challenge.  Oozak is the sponsor.

Challenges:
Die Cuttin Divas - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Sister Act - anything
613 Avenue - anything
Suzy Bees - anything
Crazy Challenge - die cuts 

August 1 and New Release

Like all of you, I am amazed that it is already August.  Summer is going toooooo fast and I will be so sad to see it go.  But let's make the most of August and one great way to start it out is the new release at Doodle Pantry.  One of the sets is Classic Clunkers 2.  It has been fun to see some of these old cars come out in digital form.  Here is the Pacer.


Love the precolored version and the lovely papers that match.  Here is a pic of some of the images and papers that come in the set:
Look at that Corvair pickup - isn't that a hoot!  I am having fun using these and I will be showing you some more cards in the future weeks.  But until then, head over to Doodle Pantry and check out all the wonderful new sets for the August release and also look at the Classic Clunkers 1 and the Classic Cars 1,2, and 3.  They are great. 
The Doodle Pantry Challenges begins today at noon Eastern time.  Come Play.

Challenges:
Pile It On - emboss
613 - anything
Crafting from the Heart - anything
Die Cuttin Divas - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Sister Act - anything
Crazy Challenge - die cuts

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Taking Care of Loose Ends

With summer activities, yard work, and canning, my time in my craft room has been very minimal.  Consequently, there are lots of printed images and papers that have been accumulating.  When I receive images and paper from the design teams I am on, I print up a variety but then end up using only a few in order to show you, my followers, some of the release.
Well, it is hot outside (and inside!) so I am in my craft room with the fan on, trying to box up some cards for OWH and make some cards with some of the pieces that are piling up.  Here are three cards I made, using the sketch at Sketch Saturday:


These are in order of my favorite to least liked.
The owl,striped paper, and fun paper brads are by Diane's Daydream Designs.  I cut out all the brads with the Silhouette Portrait.  On the second card, the owl is cut out with a Spellbinder die and the Cuttlebug.   Inside I will print a  message to one of our heroes, expressing my thanks for their service.
Here is the sketch:

Challenges:
613 Avenue Create - anything
Simon Monday - "J" = jiggly eyes
Die Cuttin Divas - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Simon Wednesday - anything
Penny's Paper Crafting - anything

Friday, July 25, 2014

Here's Lookin At Ya

Here is another darling Teddy by Bugaboo.  This image was just shouting "window" so I cut out a window from the front of the card and popped her paws onto the front of the window which I lined with ribbon.  I said "she" because I added a bow.

The "hi" is cut out with Cuttlebug alphabet dies but the dot above the "i" is a candy dot.  Card base is GKD Tomato Red.  DP was a piece I had on hand. The image is colored with Prisma pencils.
Here is the inside:

There are a few more days for the button/ and or bow challenge at Die Cut Divas .  Bugaboo is the sponsor.

Challenges: 
Crafter's Cafe - anything 
Suzy Bees - anything 
Word Art Wednesday - anything 
Pink Gem - spots and stripes
Great Impressions - animal friends 
Without Words - cute and fluffy 
Paper Creators - for a child


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Retro Vacation

We used to go camping several times each summer when our kids were young.  Unfortunately, we had a record number of trips in the rain.  Several years we were able to borrow an RV.  Wow, did that ever make a difference.
Diane's Daydream Designs just released some travel related digital images, sentiments, and papers.  Love this retro trailer. 


The big brads are digital brads which I covered with a liquid glaze.  Really look like real brads.
Stop by Diane's Daydream Designs and check out all the cute travel digis.
The sketch I used is at Seems a Little Sketchy:

Challenges:
Simon Monday - summer
Through the Craft Room Door - anything
Loves Rubberstamps - summer fun
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Sister Act - anything
Crafty Catz - hot summer
Suzy Bees - anything
Penny's Paper Crafting - anything
Crafter's Cafe - anything
Crazy Challenge - dies, punches

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monster Birthday

One of the things I love about Doodle Pantry is how easy it is to combine sets or use papers from one set with images of another.  A while back I printed out several turquoise monsters from the Monster Mash set to be used whenever.  I also had printed paper from the Carousel Seahorse left over.  The colors are perfect and love the zig zags as BG for the monster.

     Some of the other papers are just scraps from various stack packs.
The "happy" sign is a dollar store stamp.  After stamping, I fussy cut it out and pasted it onto the monsters hand.  Of course he had to have googly eyes!
Fun birthday card for a little guy, maybe even one of my grandsons.

Challenges:
My Craft Spot - for the boys
Crafter's Cafe - birthday
Suzy Bees - anything
2 Cute - anything
Craftyhazelnut's Pattern Paper
Paper Creators - for a child
Word Art Wednesday - anything 




Thursday, July 17, 2014

Berry Season

 We live in a county where berries are big business.  Last year 63.4 million pounds of raspberries were harvested.  90 million pounds of blueberries are expected this year.  Strawberries are taking a back seat to the first two berries mentioned but there were over 4 million pounds picked a few years back.
 Our blueberry plants are loaded this year so I won't go anywhere to pick.  We have everbearing strawberries so they come on all summer.  Next year we are planting some raspberries so we don't have to go pick the berries and pay an ever increasing amount per pound.  Needless to say - it is jam season!
 I love these digital sets by Diane's Daydream Designs - all the fun papers, colored images, cute sayings.  This is the last full size card that I will be making with these sets for awhile.  Next I will be making tags to go on jars of jam that I will be giving as gifts this Christmas.  The tag on this card comes ready for a sentiment.  The big brad is a digital.  It looks so real!  With all the berries to pick and process, you might have to wait until December for the tags because that is probably when I will get around to making them!
Thank you BERRY much for taking a look and for any SWEET comments you might leave for me.

Challenges:
Simon Wednesday - spots and dots
Sister Act - anything
Stamping Boutique - fussy cut
Suzy Bees - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Cards Galore - use stamp or digi
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper  Challenge