Saturday, September 24, 2022

Can You Handle the Pressure - Leaves

Dear Ones~

  There's a new challenge up over at Can You Handle the Pressure.   For this challenge blog you MUST use an EMBOSSING FOLDER on your project.  Heat (wet) embossing is permitted but only in addition to your embossing folder design.  Each new challenge will have a 'TWIST' which is optional ... your choice to use or not.

The OPTIONAL TWIST for today's challenge is:

LEAVES

Here is my sample:

Don'tcha just LOVE gnomes? They are all the rage right now!!! I saw a really cute door hanging that was a gnome whose beard was made of leaves and I thought, geez, how brilliant. I'm gonna make a card like that. I have a tiny oak leaf punch that was perfect for this project, and punching them all out went fast. I did some ink smooching with Distress Inks on a piece of watercolor paper and away I went.


The Ingredients:
SU Cajun Craze Card Stock
GKD Cream and Kraft Card Stock
Darice Fall Leaf Embossing Folder
PTI Scribble Circles Die
SSS Gnome Die for Hat and Nose
Marvy Oak Leaf Punch
Various Distress Inks in Fall Colors
Ranger Verdigris Embossing Powder for Hat
Copper Embossing Powder for Greeting
GKD Simple Sentiments for Greeting
 
 
  
 
If you head on over to the Can You Handle the Pressure Blog and play along, you could win this gorgeous embossing folder, just in time to make those fall cards. Don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created.

 Thank you so much for stopping by, your comments always make me smile. Please go take a look at the Can You Handle the Pressure blog, there's some wonderful inspiration there. You won't be sorry.
 
Until next time dear reader, here's celebrating your Creative Muse.
~judy

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Double D - Things that Fall

Dear Ones~

This time over at Double D we are exploring "THINGS THAT FALL".  Here is the Mood Board for our inspiration:
And here is my sample:
I told my husband what the challenge topic was this time and asked if he could think of some "THINGS THAT FALL". He said, "old people". HAHAHA!!! I honestly thought about making a card featuring old people, but I could find an appropriate image. This card is made with part of The Greetery's Curio Series. I absolutely adore this group of dies. I cut all the elements out of white card stock and then colored them with alcohol markers. I feel like I have better control with creating realistic images with markers instead of just colored card stock.





Here's a closer look.








The Ingredients:
PTI Rustic Cream Card Stock
GKD Faded Brick Card Stock
Susan's Garden Specialty Card Stock by Spellbinders
The Greetery Curio Cover Die
The Greetery Autumn Findings Die Set
Dick Blick Alcohol Markers
GKD Inspirational Mosaic for Greeting
Autumn Red Nuvo Crystal Drops
 
 
 
 If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this FABULOUS stencil, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created.  

 
So here we are, making fall cards, where did the summer go?? I hope you are enjoying the change of seasons dear reader!! Take a minute to swing on over to the Double D Challenge and check it out. There's lots of inspiration to be had there.
 
Until next time dear readers, here's celebrating your Creative Muse!!
~judy

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Can You Handle the Pressure - Fall

 Dear Ones~

There's a new challenge up over at Can You Handle the Pressure.   For this Challenge Blog you MUST use an EMBOSSING FOLDER on your project.  Heat (wet) embossing is permitted but only in addition to your embossing folder design.  Each new challenge will have a 'TWIST' which is optional ... your choice to use or not.

The OPTIONAL TWIST for today's challenge is:

FALL

 Here's my card:
I used a couple of different embossing folders for this card. One is a basket weave and the other is that fabulous swirling leaf design. The image is heat embossed with black embossing powder and colored with alcohol inks. The wreath was die cut with 3 different dies from Stampin' Up and layered together. I love the look.


 The Ingredients:
GKD Dark Sage, Ivory and Faded Brick Card Stock
Darice Fall Leaf Embossing Folder
SU Basket Weave Embossing Folder
SU Basket of Wishes Stamp Set
SU Wreath Builder Dies
Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Stamp for Greeting
Blick Alcohol Markers
Autumn Red Nuvo Crystal Drops



  
If you head on over to the Can You Handle the Pressure Blog and play along, you could win this fabulous embossing folder, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created.
 
 Thank you so much for stopping by, your comments always make me smile. Please go take a look at the Can You Handle the Pressure blog, there's some wonderful inspiration there. You won't be sorry.
 
Until next time dear reader, here's celebrating your Creative Muse.
~judy

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Double D - Baa-Cluck-Moo-Neigh-Oink-Quack

 Dear Ones~

Well it's time for another challenge over at Double D. Can you figure out what the challenge is by the title? Yup - farm animals. What FUN!!! Here is the Mood Board for our inspiration:


And here is my creation:
I just LOVE these chickens, created by Debrah Warner for Gina K Designs. They just make me laugh. I thought it would be fun to stack them one on top of the other. This card came together pretty easily.



 
 The Ingredients:
GKD Cherry Red and White Card Stock
SU Pattern Party DSP
Darice Chicken Wire Embossing Folder
GKD Happy Hens Stamp Set
GKD Obsidian Black Ink
SU Rectangle Stitched Frame Die
Judy Dots 

 
 
 
If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this adorable stamp by Stampendous, isn't it cute? Don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created.  

You should take a minute to swing on over to the Double D Challenge and check it out. There's lots of inspiration to be had there.
 
Until next time dear readers, here's celebrating your Creative Muse!!
~judy

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Can You Handle the Pressure - Sentiment as Focus

Dear Ones~
  There's a new challenge up over at Can You Handle the Pressure.   For this challenge blog you MUST use an EMBOSSING FOLDER on your project.  Heat (wet) embossing is permitted but only in addition to your embossing folder design.  Each new challenge will have a 'TWIST' which is optional ... your choice to use or not.

The OPTIONAL TWIST for today's challenge is:

THE SENTIMENT AS FOCUS
 Here's my card:
I LOVE this greeting. What do you think??? The embossing folder I used is the much coveted and very sought after Matelasse from Anna Griffin. It is retired and very hard to find. I finally snagged it over on Ebay. Took me a long time to find it. Don't you love it when things work out?



The Ingredients:
Bazill Icy Mint card Stock
GKD White Card Stock
Tim Holtz Silver Metallic Card Stock
Anna Griffin Matelasse Embossing Folder
are 2B Artsy  Everything is Blooming Patterned Paper
Spellbinders mini Blooms and Sprigs Die Set
Crafter's Companion Your Kind of Crazy Stamp 
GKD Silver Embossing Powder
 
 
 
 
 If you head on over to the Can You Handle the Pressure Blog and play along, you could win this fabulous embossing folder, it's a stunner. Don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created.
 
 
Thank you so much for stopping by, your comments always make me smile. Please go take a look at the Can You Handle the Pressure blog, there's some wonderful inspiration over there. You won't be sorry.
 
Until next time dear reader, here's celebrating your Creative Muse.
~judy

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Double D - Wheels

Dear Ones~
This time over at Double D our challenge is WHEELS. Here is the Mood Board for our inspiration:
And here is my card:
This is a very, VERY old mini stamp set from Gina K Designs. It's no longer available, of course, but I think it's sweet and have kept it all these years. I just die cut the image after stamping and heat embossing black, and then sponged a little on the background.
 
The Ingredients:
GKD White Card Stock
Recollections Very Violet Card Stock
GKD Enjoy the Sunshine Stamp Set
Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Square Die 
GKD Petite Flourish Embossing Folder
Versafine Clair Black Ink
GKD Clear Embossing Powder
Simon Says Stamp Tiny Greeting Stamp
Spellbinders Mini Blooms and Sprigs Die Set
GKD Ocean Mist and Lovely Lilac Inks
Trinity Stamps Pearl Baubles

 
If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this cute die set by Impression Obsession, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created. 
You should take a minute to swing on over to the Double D Challenge and check it out. There's lots of inspiration to be had there.
 
Until next time dear readers, here's celebrating your Creative Muse!!
~judy

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Can You Handle the Pressure - Dogd/Cats/Pets

Dear Ones~
 There's a new challenge up over at Can You Handle the Pressure.   For this challenge blog you MUST use an EMBOSSING FOLDER on your project.  Heat (wet) embossing is permitted but only in addition to your embossing folder design.  Each new challenge will have a 'TWIST' which is optional ... your choice to use or not.

The OPTIONAL TWIST for today's challenge is:

DOGS/CATS/PETS

Here's my card:
One of my dearest friends just lost her beautiful yellow lab. I know how she feels, we have lost many. I wanted to make her a card, and this is what I came up with. I embossed the three panels with three different embossing folders. The paper with the paw die was created with Nuvo Shimmer Powders. There's a lot of sparkle that you can't see in the photo.
 
The Ingredients:
Recollections Very Violet Card Stock
GKD White Card Stock
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
SU Stripes and Spatters Embossing Folder
SU Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder
Park Lane JoAnn Embossing Folder
SSS Pawsitively Loved Die Set
Nuvo Shimmer Powders
SU Layered Circle Dies
SSS Tiny Words Stamp for Greeting
Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder
Top Dog Dies Banner #1 Die for Greeting
Trinity Stamps Bubble Bath Baubles
 

 

This is the sentiment on the inside, computer generated. I use it often, works for people or pets.






 
 
 If you head on over to the Can You Handle the Pressure Blog and play along, you could win this fabulous embossing folder, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created.
 
 Thank you so much for stopping by, your comments always make me smile. Please go take a look at the Can You Handle the Pressure blog, there's some wonderful inspiration there. You won't be sorry.
 
Until next time dear reader, here's celebrating your Creative Muse.
~judy

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Double D - Lighthouse

 Dear Ones~
There's a new challenge up over at Double D, and this time it's LIGHTHOUSE. Here is the Mood Board for our inspiration:
And here's what I came up with:
I don't have a lot of beach-y ocean-y stuff. Probably because I live in Northern Michigan...lol. But this stamp set from Stampin' Up is just beautiful, and I'm so glad I got a chance to use it. There is a companion die set that's fabulous as well. For the background I took a piece of patterned paper that was a grid and stamped the compass image all over it. I love how it came out. Notice the knot I made with some twine? I learned how to do it from a video shared by one of my online bff's. Thanks Barb, you can watch it HERE.





A closeup of the knot. It's super easy and I think it looks fabulous!!









The Ingredients:
GKD Kraft, Navy and Ivory Card Stock
SU Sailing Home Stamp Set
SU Smooth Sailing Die Set
SU Under the Sea Framelits
My Mind's Eye Lush 2 - Navy Patterned Paper
GKD Night of Navy Ink
Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Stamp for Greeting


 
 
 
If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this fabuous die set by Cottage Cutz, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created.  
You should take a minute to swing on over to the Double D Challenge and check it out. There's lots of inspiration to be had there.
 
Until next time, here's celebrating your Creative Muse!!
~judy




Saturday, July 23, 2022

Can You Handle the Pressure - BEACH

 Dear Ones~
 There's a new challenge up over at Can You Handle the Pressure.   For this challenge blog you MUST use an EMBOSSING FOLDER on your project.  Heat (wet) embossing is permitted but only in addition to your embossing folder design.  Each new challenge will have a 'TWIST' which is optional ... your choice to use or not.
 The OPTIONAL TWIST for today's challenge is:
BEACH

Here's my card:
I have used a stamp set by Stampin' Up called Ocean Front. It's all done with stamping, but it looks like watercolor. So much fun to use. I added a lot of Trinity Stamp Baubles to look like bubbles and I love the look. After the card was stamped I ran it through a SU Bark Embossing Folder for some texture and then added some embossing powder by Emerald Creek called Dirty Sand for more texture as well.


The Ingredients:
GKD Kraft, Powder Blue and Ivory Cardstock
SU Ocean Front Stamp Set
GKD By the Sea 2 Stamp Set
SSS Tiny Words Stamp Set for Greeting
GKD Powder Blue, Turquoise Sea, Moonlit Fog 
and Fresh Asparagus Ink
SSS Latte Ink
SU Bark Embossing Folder
Emerald Creek Dirty Sand Embossing Powder
Trinity Stamp Baubles


 
If you head on over to the Can You Handle the Pressure Blog and play along, you could win this adorable embossing folder by Park Lane, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created. 
 

Thank you so much for stopping by, your comments always make me smile. Please go take a look at the Can You Handle the Pressure blog, there's some wonderful inspiration over there. You won't be sorry.
 
Until next time dear reader, here's celebrating your Creative Muse.
~judy

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Double D - Purple-Blue-Green~~~All or One

 Dear Ones~
We have a fabulous new challenge up over at Double D. This is one that asks us to use designated colors: PURPLE~BLUE~GREEN. Twist is that you can use all or just one of these colors. Look at the stunning Mood Board for our inspiration:
And here is my card:
Oh my GOSH do I love these colors together. I used a die cut dragonfly from a Stampin' Up and sprinkled it with 3 different Distress Glazes in purple, green and blue. I used a couple of embossing folders for interest on the background for texture.


The Ingredients:
Recollections Lime, Purple and Teal Card Stock
GKD White Card Stock
SU Dragonfly Dreams Die
Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron and Wilted Violet Distress Glaze
Altenew Enchanted Enchanted Vines Embossing Folder
Tim Holtz Crackle Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Circles Dies
SU Bottled Happiness for Greeting

 
 
 
If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win this adorable little hummingbird die from Impression Obsession, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created. 
 
 You should take a minute to swing on over to the Double D Challenge and check it out. There's lots of inspiration to be had there.
 
Until next time, here's celebrating your Creative Muse!!
~judy

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Can You Handle the Pressure - Summer

Dear Ones~
 There's a new challenge up over at Can You Handle the Pressure.   For this challenge blog you MUST use an EMBOSSING FOLDER on your project.  Heat (wet) embossing is permitted but only in addition to your embossing folder design.  Each new challenge will have a 'TWIST' which is optional ... your choice to use or not.

The OPTIONAL TWIST for today's challenge is:

 SUMMER 

Here's My Card~
I just adore how this cute little card turned out. The image is an old digi stamp and I'm sorry but I do not have a clue where it came from. I could not resist using it because I think it SCREAMS summer. The embossing folder is a new one from Gina K Designs called Lattice, but I think it looks like an ice cream cone...lol. I colored the sweet image with my alcohol markers, something I haven't used in awhile. I forgot how much fun they are. The seeds and eyes are colored in with a black gel pen for dimension.


 
The Ingredients:
GKd Lipstick, Turquoise Sea, Wild Dandelion 
and White Card Stock
GKD Master Layouts 6
GKD Lattice Embossing Folder
Dick Blick Alcohol Markers
GKD Hello Sunshine Stamp Set for Greeting
Stash Patterned Paper
SU Layered Square Dies
Trinity Stamps Baubles.
 
 
 
 If you head on over to the Can You Handle the Pressure Blog and play along, you could win this fabulous embossing folder, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created.
 
 
Thank you so much for stopping by, your comments always make me smile. Please go take a look at the Can You Handle the Pressure blog, there's some wonderful inspiration over there. You won't be sorry.
 
Until next time dear reader, here's celebrating your Creative Muse.
~judy

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Power Poppy - Another Glassy Eye


 Dear Ones~
I have another entry for the Power Poppy Challenge Blog - Glassy Eyed. Here is my card:
This time I used colored pencils and the image is called Helebores. 


 
 
 The Ingredients:
GKD Lovely Lilac, Black Onyx and White Card Stock
Power Poppy Helebores Digital Image
Prismacolor Pencils
GHD Master Layouts 2 Die Set
Simon Says Stamp Tiny Greetings Stamp Set
Trinity Stamps Baubles




 
I really enjoyed coloring these digis, they are so beautiful!  I hope you swing on over to the Power Poppy Blog, there's lots of fun things going on over there. And thanks for all your comments, they always make me smile.
Until next time, here's celebrating your creative Muse!
~judy






Power Poppy - Glassy Eyed

 
Dear Ones~
I decided to enter the challenge over at Power Poppy this month. One of my dearest and most talented  online BFFs is part of the Bloom Brigade Design Team, and she has been showcasing lots of Power Poppy images on her BLOG. The challenge is called Glassy Eyed, and it invites us to use an image that is IN glass or UNDER glass. Glass is difficult to color realistically. I am still learning.

Here is my card:
I love this image from the digi stamp set called Accentuate the Positive. I colored it with my alcohol markers and really enjoyed it. I haven't used my markers for quite awhile. I wanted this card to be very simple, with just the image as the focal.


Here's a little closeup of the Mason Jar. 

The Ingredients:
GKD White and Black Onyx Card Stock
Power Poppy Accentuate the Positive Digital Stamp
GKD Master Layouts 2 Die Set
Dick Blick Alcohol Markers
Trinity Stamps Pearl Baubles
White and Black Gel Pens


It's been fun to just enter a challenge without doing it for a Design Team. I hope you swing on over to the Power Poppy Blog, there's lots of fun things going on over there. And thanks for all your comments, they always make me smile.

Until next time, here's celebrating your creative Muse!
~judy

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Double D - Creatures Under the Sea

 Dear Ones~

There's another challenge up over at Double D and this time it's CREATURES UNDER THE SEA. Here is the Mood Board for our inspiration:

Here's what I came up with:
I have to admit that I don't really have many stamps, etc. that go along with this theme, but I do have this set from Stampin' Up, so that's what I went with. I cut an oval in the Sea Glass card stock and then embossed it with the Stampin' Up Old World Paper embossing folder. I love the texture it gave the paper, kind of like water. I cut the wild flower leaves from a couple of different colors of card stock and placed them inside the oval. I love that fishnet die cut, the die is from the Stampin' Up Under the Sea Framelits.



The Ingredients:
GKD Tranquil Teal, Sea Glass & White Card Stock
SU Old World Paper Embossing Folder
SU Sea of Textures Stamp Set
SU Under the Sea Framelits
The Greetery Summer Findings Die Set for Shells
Wild Flowers Die Set
GKD Tranquil Teal, Innocent Pink, 
Plum Punch & Sea Glass Ink
Trinity Stamps Baubles



 
If you head on over to the  Double D Challenge Blog and play along, you could win these cute die sets by Cottage Cutz, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created.  
 

You should take a minute to swing on over to the Double D Challenge and check it out. There's lots of inspiration to be had there.
 
Until next time, here's celebrating your Creative Muse!!
~judy



Saturday, June 25, 2022

Can You Handle the Pressure - Things with Wings

Dear Ones~
There's a new challenge up over at Can You Handle the Pressure. This time the theme  is THINGS WITH WINGS. Here is my card:
I LOVE the Tim Holtz die set Funky Insects. I decided to cut everything out in white to see what it looked like and I really thought it was cool. I die cut 4 rectangles from the GKD Master Layouts 4 die set (they look like postage stamps)  and then embossed each of them with a different embossing folder. Then I added some die cut elements on the moth for an organic look. I really like how this turned out and will be doing more of those critters with flowers and leaves attached to them. I think they look so whimsical.
 



Here is a close up of the moth.










The Ingredients:
GKD White Card Stock
Recollections Rose Petal Card Stock
Tim Holtz Funky Insects Die Set
Spellbinders Mini Blooms and Sprigs Die Set
GKD Master Layouts 4 Die Set
SU Stripes and Splatters Embossing Folder
SU Fern Embossing Folder
GKD Tapestry Embossing Folder
SU Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder
Trinity Stamps Silver Baubles
Spellbinders Yana's Sentiments Hot Foil Plate and Die



 If you head on over to the Can You Handle the Pressure Blog and play along, you could win this fabulous Darice embossing folder, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created. 
 
Thank you so much for stopping by, your comments always make me smile. Please go take a look at the Can You Handle the Pressure blog, there's some wonderful inspiration over there. You won't be sorry.
Until next time dear reader, here's celebrating your Creative Muse.
 ~judy