Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Double D - Leaves

 Dear Ones~ There's a new challenge up over at Double D and this time the theme is LEAVES. Here's the Mood Board for our inspiration: 
 

And here's my card:

I found a really cool technique by Ann Melvin on YouTube the other day where you use paper towel to die cut your shapes and then use watercolor to color them. You can catch her video HERE. It was so much fun to do and I want to do more. I used leaf dies from a couple of different companies and colored the shapes with my Mission Gold Watercolors. The possibilities are endless. You can also do it with paper napkins, as Dave has done HERE. To finish the card off I dyed the ribbon with GKD Tranquil Teal Ink and splattered the whole thing with some Fine Tech Gold Watercolor.



 The Ingredients:
GKD White and Tranquil Teal Card Stock
SU Tasteful Textures Embossing Folder
Altenew Leaf Mix Die Set
Frantic Stampers Assorted Foliage Die Set
Creative Expressions Be Unique Die by Sue Wilson
Mission Gold Watercolors
Fine Tech Gold Watercolor
Stash Gold Foil Card Stock
Paper Towel

 
 
 If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this die set by Impression Obsession called Small Leaf, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created for your inspiration. 
Impression Obsession - Dies - Small Leaf Set
 
I'm so glad you stopped by, and thank you for all your special comments. You are too kind!!!  Summer has flown by and it sure feels like fall. Hope we have a little more time to get some fall camping in before it gets too nasty, which it can do in the UP of Michigan this time of year.
Oh, and don't forget to head on over to Double D to see what's going on. 
 
Until next time, here's to celebrating your Creative Muse.  
~judy
 
 


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Mod Squad Challenge - Slim is In

Dear Ones~

It's my turn again to host over at Mod Squad, and I have chosen to do a slimline card. I am doing a mini slimline - 3 1/4 x 6 1/4 - because I think they are so stinkin' cute, but a regular slimline - 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 - is allowed too.


 SPONSOR

                                             SHOP GINA K DESIGNS

Gina K. has been in the stamping industry since 1998 and started Gina K. Designs in 2007. As the business grew, Gina asked her husband Tom to leave his position as an attorney to join her in the business. Together they built StampTV, an online video website featuring broadcast quality paper crafting videos, galleries, a social network for paper crafters and more! Since then they have created a new website called Gina K Designs. Gina now has over 200,000 followers over her various social media networks and video sites from all around the world. Gina’s goal is to continue to offer top quality signature products through her online store Gina K. Designs, along with informative and creative crafting videos. There is also a monthly card challenge, where you have 3 chances to win a $25 gift certificate. Visit that HERE.

PRIZE

A $20 gift certificate to the Gina K Designs store.

 Here is my card:
For this card I used the new stamp set by Lisa Hetrick called Bloom and Grow. I stamped the diamond shape with GKD Wild Dandelion Ink on GKD Heavy Base Weight Card Stock. Then I stamped the other images in GKD Obsidian Amalgam Ink. I used the Bloom and Grow, Fearless Joy and Count it All Joy stamp sets for these images. I cut the panels from the GKD Master Layouts 7 Die Set and the HELLO is from A Little Hello Layering Stencil Bundle. Card stock is GKD Wild Dandelion, Black Onyx and White. For a final embellishment I used some Crystalline Drops, but I believe they are no longer available.
 

 Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy your comments. And don't forget to swing on over to The Mod Squad Challenge and play along. You could win the prize.

Until next time, here's celebrating 
your Creative Muse.
Hugs,
~judy



 

 

Double D - ANYTHING with a tail

 Dear Ones~
Double D has a fun challenge this time. It's ANYTHING with a tail. How fun is THAT? Hmmm.....does a Cattail have a tail??? I dunno. Anyway, here's the Mood Board for our inspiration:
 
 And here's my card:
This card just makes me smile, I had so much fun making it. I took an old GKD background stamp called Fun Year Round and stamped it on some ivory card stock. Then I used the masking technique and stamped all those cute critters from the Woodland Friends Stamp set (part of the latest Eclectic Fun Card Kit) inside some of the circles. I also paper pieced with some patterned paper and colored the background with a dark brown Copic. The critters are colored with my Caran D'ache Luminance colored pencils. 
 
 
 
The Ingredients:
GKD Ivory and Dark Chocolate Card Stock
GKD Fun Year Round Background Stamp
Woodland Friends Stamp Set
Honey Bee Fresh Brewed Patterned Paper
Honey Bee Summer Stems Patterned Paper
 Caran D'ache Luminance Colored Pencils
Ranger Black and White Enamel Accents


 
 
 
If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this adorable Fox and Bird die set from Cottage Cutz, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created for your inspiration. 
 

I'm so glad you stopped by, I adore your comments. They always make me smile. Summer has flown by, I can't believe it's September 1st already. GEESH!!!!! 
Now head on over to Double D to see what's going on. 
 
Until next time, here's to celebrating your Creative Muse.  
~judy
 
 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Make the Cards Challenge - Guest Designer

Dear Ones~

I have been invited once again to be a Guest Designer over at Make the Cards Challenge. I am so honored.
This is a fun challenge blog that changes every week, and there is always something new or different to create.  Our challenge this week is a sketch, and here it is:
 
And here is my card:
I love this sketch, it lends itself so well to using different patterned papers, which is my "thing". For the background I stamped the purple card stock with a GKD background stamp called Petite Flourish in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder for a tone on tone look. That FABULOUS cone flower die set is from Honey Bee Stamps and is in VERY high demand. It keeps being sold out, so I was really happy to snag it. A little die cutting, a little shading with ink and sponge, and you have a gorgeous creation!!!

Here are the Ingredients:
Recollections Very Violet Card Stock
GKD White, Grass Green and Fresh Asparagus Card Stock
GKD Petite Flourish Background Stamp 
GKD Clear Embossing Powder
Recollections Petite Floral Patterned Papers
Spellbinder Scalloped Circle die
Honey Bee Lovely Layers Coneflower Die Set
GKD Fresh Asparagus and Wild Lilac Ink
SU Meadow Die for Greeting
GKD Fanciful Tags Stamp for Greeting 
GKD White Detail Embossing Powder for Greeting
 
 
You can enter your creation  HERE.  
The Make the Cards Challenge winner will be the following week's Featured Creator.

Use #mtcc30 and #makethecardschallenge on your card projects when you post them to social media or in public forums and galleries.

For more info and rules for the challenges, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by, I love to read all your wonderful comments. Stay well, and until next time, here's to celebrating your Creative Muse!
 
Hugs,
~judY
 
 



 






Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Double D - Fruit and Veggies

 Dear Ones~

This time over at Double D it's FRUITS and VEGETABLES. How fun!!! Here is the Mood Board for our inspiration, just look at all those beautiful colors:

And now my card:
I wanted to do something more clean and simple this time, and I thought that this fig stamp from Stampin' Up would do the trick. That background die cut is a HUGE new die from Stampin' Up as well called Beautiful Leaves. I think it's gorgeous!!! I colored the focal with my new Caran D'ache Luminance colored pencils. They were a birthday gift - I am in heaven. They are so much nicer than Prismacolors.

 
 
The Ingredients:
GKD White Card Stock
GKD Whisper Card Stock
SU Fabulous Flora Stamp Set for Focal
Just Rite Sympathy Handwritten Sentiments for Greeting
SU Beautiful Leaves Die
SU Stitched Nested Labels Die
Trinity Stamps Baubles
Caran d'Ache Luminance Colored Pencils


 
If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this adorable die set from Frantic Stamper, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created for your inspiration. 

  I'm so glad you stopped by, I adore your comments. They always make me smile. Please stay well and enjoy your crafting. Now head on over to Double D to see what's going on. 
 
Until next time, here's to celebrating your Creative Muse.  
~judy



Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Double D Blog Hop for Altenew

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Dear Ones~

Welcome to the FABULOUS
 
 
 Our Double D Challenge Blog has been invited to participate in a HUGE blog hop and there are so many wonderful Challenge Blogs participating. We are in very elite and creative company! Here they are:
The purpose of this hop is to bring an awareness of all the CHALLENGE BLOGS out there.  It's wonderful to have all the information in one spot. It is my great good pleasure, along with my Double D Teamies, to be able to share my creations using fabulous Altenew products with you. Here is what I have come up with:
Altenew is famous for their wonderful layered floral dies and I really enjoyed using this Craft-a-Flower Tulip die set. I don't have any Altenew card stock, so I took some white and colored it with Altenew Inks. I just smeared the ink cube all over the paper. Worked pretty well. The pattern behind the circle is a really fun multi layering stamp set by Altenew called Pattern Power. There are several different patterns in this set, and when stamped multiple times in different positions with different colors of ink they give a unique 3D effect. The greeting was stamped with Espresso Ink and fussy cut.

 
 
The Ingredients:
Kraft and White Card Stock
Altenew Inks In: Sand Dunes, Rocky Shore, Mocha, Espresso, Sweet Leaf, Hunter Green, Blush, Coral Bliss, Rouge
Altenew Craft-a-Flower Tulip Die Set
Altenew Pattern Power Stamp Set
Altenew Golden Feather Stamp Set for Greeting
 Spellbinders Classic Circle Die
 
 
 
 
 Here is another card I did as well:

This one is really classic Altenew. They are well known for their beautiful floral illustrations which lend themselves very well to coloring, so I thought I would do this simple card. I just stamped the several floral images on Bristol, using masking to layer the flowers and leaves. Then I colored the resulting image with Zigs.




The Ingredients:
 White Bristol Card Stock
Altenew Wallpaper Art Stamp Set
Altenew Build-a-Flower Anemone Stamp Set for Greeting
Stash Striped Patterned Paper
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens
Altenew Jet Black Dye Ink





 
Prizes
 $250 in total prizes!!! To celebrate this fantastic blog hop, Altenew is giving away $25 gift certificates to TEN LUCKY WINNERS. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced over at the Altenew Blog on September 5th, 2021.
 
  Special Offer  
FREE U.S. SHIPPING with code HAPPYO8A8, or $5 OFF international shipping with code SHIPPINGO8A8 at checkout on orders over $39 from 8/10/2021 at 12:01 am EDT to 8/11/2021 at 11:59 pm EDT. Shop here: https://altenew.com/collections/all-altenew-products
 NOT VALID on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.
 
 
I hope you will join the fun and maybe find a new Challenge Blog you didn't know was out there. As always, I adore your comments, thanks so much for stopping by.
 
Until next time, here's to celebrating your Creative Muse!!!!
~judy



Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Mod Squad Challenge - Thank You Month

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Dear Ones~

This time over at Mod Squad we are celebrating Thank You Month. We are creating a thank you card and then sending it to the sponsor who is supporting the challenge. My sponsor is Gina from Gina K Designs, so the thank you cards must be sent to her.
 

 SPONSOR

                                             SHOP GINA K DESIGNS

Gina K. has been in the stamping industry since 1998 and started Gina K. Designs in 2007. As the business grew, Gina asked her husband Tom to leave his position as an attorney to join her in the business. Together they built StampTV, an online video website featuring broadcast quality paper crafting videos, galleries, a social network for paper crafters and more! Since then they have created a new website called Gina K Designs. Gina now has over 200,000 followers over her various social media networks and video sites from all around the world. Gina’s goal is to continue to offer top quality signature products through her online store Gina K. Designs, along with informative and creative crafting videos. There is also a monthly card challenge, where you have 3 chances to win a $25 gift certificate. Visit that HERE.

PRIZE

A $20 gift certificate to the Gina K Designs store.

 
Here's my card:
For this card I decided to do something with a rainbow colorway because Gina really loves rainbows. I began by using the Large Wreath Builder Template (which is a bonus included in the new Eclectic Fun Card Kit), and with GKD Obsidian Amalgam Ink on some GKD White Heavy Base Weight Card Stock I stamped several images from the GKD Mandala Maker 2 Stamp set, part of the new Eclectic Fun Card Kit as well. Then I colored the images with my Prismacolor Pencils. The greeting is from the It's All You Incentive Stamp Set, free with a $75 order this month. I stamped it in GKD Obsidian Amalgam Ink and die cut it with the Master Layouts 7 stitched circle die and then cut another circle in GKD Black Onyx Card Stock with the plain circle die from the same die set. The card base was cut from some GKD Black Onyx Card Stock. I added some black gems from Trinity Stamps as a final touch of bling.

 Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy your comments. And don't forget to swing on over to The Mod Squad Challenge and play along. You could win the prize.

Until next time, here's celebrating 
your Creative Muse.
Hugs,
~judy




 


 

Double D - Mason Jars

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 Dear Ones~

This time over at Double D our theme is Mason Jars. How adorable, I just LOVE them. They are good for so many things, from holding flowers to pebbles I have found on the beach. Here is the Mood Board if you need some inspiration:

And here is my card:

I have been in love with the little mini slimline cards lately. They are so fun to do and always make the recipient smile. Here I stamped a couple of Stampin' Up images onto some Bristol and then colored the image in with my Zigs. LOVE how the Zigs behave on Bristol. I stamped the greeting from another Stampin' Up stamp set and then fussy cut around the letters.
 I think it looks Mason Jar-y, don't you??
 
 
The Ingredients:
 GKD Lipstick & White Card Stock
Strathmore Bristol Card Stock
SU Jar of Flowers Stamp Set
SU Jar of Love Stamp Set for Greeting
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Recollections Petite Floral Patterned Paper
Stash Twine
Black Stickles for Flower Centers

 
 
 
 
If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this Precious Marieke Blooming Summer Stamp Set, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created for your inspiration.


  I'm so glad you stopped by, I adore your comments. They always make me smile. Please stay well and enjoy your crafting. Now head on over to Double D to see what's going on. 
 
Until next time, here's celebrating your Creative Muse.  
~judy

 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Double D - Colors of Summer

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Dear Ones~ Today's offering is for the next Double D Challenge - COLORS OF SUMMER!!! Here's the Mood Board for our inspiration. I think it screams NEON!! See what I mean?

 
Here's what I came up with:
For this card I was inspired by the photo in the bottom left. Those beach balls are da bomb, LOVE all the bright neon colors. I used a stamp set from Stampin' Up called Circle Celebration. I haven't used my GKD Electro Pop Inks for awhile. This is a line that Gina's daughter, Rina, developed. They are bright neon colors and perfect for this challenge.
 
 
 
 
 
Here are the Ingredients:
Neena Neon Card Stock
GKD White and Black Onyx Card Stock
SU Circle Celebration Stamp Set
GKD Electro Pop Inks
SU Birthday Chick Die for Greeting
Trinity Stamps Baubles
 
 
 
 
 If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this beautiful set of Nuvo Diamond Hybrid Ink Pads in Tropical colors.  And don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created for your inspiration.

 
Still hot here, but I guess we have to expect that since it IS summer. We are getting some haze in the air from the fires up in Canada, very sad that there is so much devastation up there.  I'm so glad you stopped by, I adore your comments. They always make me smile. Please stay well and enjoy your crafting. Now head on over to Double D to see what's going on. 
 
Until next time, here's celebrating your Creative Muse.  
~judy

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

MOD SQUAD CHALLENGE - VELLUM FLOWERS

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Dear Ones~
This time over at the Mod Squad Challenge I am hosting, and I have chosen to use VELLUM FLOWERS as the focal. You must use vellum flowers as your focal or your entry will be eliminated.

 SPONSOR

                                             SHOP GINA K DESIGNS

Gina K. has been in the stamping industry since 1998 and started Gina K. Designs in 2007. As the business grew, Gina asked her husband Tom to leave his position as an attorney to join her in the business. Together they built StampTV, an online video website featuring broadcast quality paper crafting videos, galleries, a social network for paper crafters and more! Since then they have created a new website called Gina K Designs. Gina now has over 200,000 followers over her various social media networks and video sites from all around the world. Gina’s goal is to continue to offer top quality signature products through her online store Gina K. Designs, along with informative and creative crafting videos. There is also a monthly card challenge, where you have 3 chances to win a $25 gift certificate. Visit that HERE.

PRIZE

A $20 gift certificate to the Gina K Designs store.

Here is my card:
I began by stamping the flowers and leaves from the GKD Bloomin’ Wild Stamp Set by Lisa Hetrick with GKD Embossing and Watermark Ink. I heat embossed them with GKD Detailed Gold Embossing Powder, colored them with Copic Markers, and then die cut them with the companion dies. I cut out the white heart with the Master Layouts 4 die and cut the black heart from that die set as well. The little button is also from that set. The background panels were cut with the Master Layouts 1 die set and the patterned paper is from the Sending Love Patterned Paper Pack. The greeting was stamped in GKD Obsidian Amalgam Ink with a stamp from the Rose Bouquet Stamp Set. Card stocks used were GKD Heavy Base Weight White and Black Onyx


 
 Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy your comments. And don't forget to swing on over to The Mod Squad Challenge and play along. You could win the prize.

Until next time, here's celebrating your Creative Muse.
Hugs,
~judy
 




 
 

 

Double D - Summer Gingham

 
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Dear Ones~
This time over at Double D we are playing with gingham - SUMMER gingham to be exact. Here is the Mood Board for our inspiration:
 

And here is my design:


I am so partial to gnomes, and this little guy from Simon Says Stamp just makes me smile. Paper piecing his clothes and wheel barrow was so much fun. Gingham lends itself to paper piecing very well because of the small design, so it was easy peasy. Painted a few parts with my Zigs and die cut the image out with the companion die.

 
 
The Ingredients:
GKD White and Black Onyx Card Stock
SSS Spring Gnomies
Recollections Home Basics Patterned Paper
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Stash Twine



 
 
 
If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this adorable patterned paper pack.  And don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created for your inspiration. 
 

Boy, howdy, is it hot here in Northern Michigan today. 91 is just unheard of...what is going on??? I'm so glad you stopped by, I adore your comments. They always make me smile. Please stay well and enjoy your crafting. Now head on over to Double D to see what's going on. 
 
Until next time, here's celebrating your Creative Muse.  
~judy

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Double D - Signs of Summer

 Dear Ones~
Well, we are finally into what feels like summer, so the theme this time over at Double D is so appropriate - SIGNS OF SUMMER. I love it!!! Here's the Mood Board for our inspiration:
 
Here's my card:
 

I have had this charming little stamp for years and years. I don't even think the company is around any more. It's a wood mount, but I have peeled the stamp off and use it like a regular rubber stamp.  When I saw the image in the lower left corner of the Mood Board I had to dig it out. Isn't it just so sweet? I fussy cut her cute little sundress from patterned paper, and watercolored the rest of her with Karin Brush Markers. I sponged the "seaweed" and sand dollar die cuts with Plum Punch Ink for dimension, and placed the small starfish to look like she is picking it up. I thought the addition of the baubles made it look like bubbles from the sea. I didn't add a greeting, didn't feel like it was needed here.
 
The Ingredients:
Recollections Very Violet Card Stock
Recollections Kraft Card Stock
Recollections Petite Floral Patterned Paper for Sundress
Recollections Bouquet Basics Patterned Paper
Stamps Happen, Inc. Collecting Sea Shells Stamp
Canson XL Watercolor Paper
GKD Plum Punch Ink
SU Under the Sea Dies for Sea Life
Trinity Stamps Bubble Blowout Baubles
Karin Brush Markers

 
If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this adorable die set by Cheapo Dies.  And don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created for your inspiration. 
Cheapo Dies - Beach Chair


I'm so glad you stopped by, I adore your comments. They always make me smile. Please stay well and enjoy your crafting. Now head on over to Double D to see what's going on. 
 
Until next time, here's celebrating your Creative Muse.  
~judy


Monday, June 14, 2021

Make the Cards Challenge - Guest Designer


Dear Ones~
This week it is my great good pleasure to be guest designing for the Make the Cards Challenge. 
 
This is a fun challenge blog that changes every week, and there is always something new or different to create.  Our challenge this week is a theme, which is ENCOURAGEMENT. 
 
 And here is my card:
I used several different dies and stamps for this card. The background is a Stampin' Up patterned paper that I just love. The sunburst on the left  from Papertrey Ink was heat embossed with gold, colored with Karin Brush Markers and then fussy cut.

 
The Ingredients:
Recollections Very Violet Card Stock
GKD White Card Stock
SU Frosted Florals DSP
PTI Sun and Moon Stamp
Sizzix Winter Garland Dies
SU Sending Thoughts Stamp for Greeting
SU Ornate Frames Die
Tim Holtz Kraft Metallic Card Stock
GKD Gold Embossing Powder
Trinity Stamps Gold Baubles


 
 Here is another card with this theme:
 
I love the delicate pastels on this card, it's so sweet. Here I used a technique that I learned from Dawn Griffith of Dawn's Stamping Thoughts. You can see her video HERE.  Little squares are cut and glued together for a cute pinwheel design. I also used the very popular Book Binding Fancy Fold that's all the rage right now.  HERE is a link to a video by Karen Titus showing the how-to.  The background is a pretty 3D embossing folder from Altenew called Enchanted Vines.
 

The Ingredients:
Recollections Rose Petals Card Stock
GKD White Card Stock
 Altenew Enchanted Vines 3D Embossing Folder
Memory Box Springtime Bouquet Patterned Paper
Craft Consortium Bloom & Wild PP
SU In Symmetry Stamp for Greeting
SU Tasteful Labels Die
Versafine Ink & Clear EP for Greeting
Stash Pearls and Ribbon
 
 
 
 
You can enter your creation  HERE.  
The Make the Cards Challenge winner will be the following week's Featured Creator.

Use #mtcc20 and #makethecardschallenge on your card projects when you post them to social media or in public forums and galleries.

For more info and rules for the challenges, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by, I love to read all your wonderful comments. Stay well, and until next time, Here's Celebrating Your Creative Muse!
 
Hugs,
~judY