Design Teams

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


A card for a friend who had a loss in her family.

  I stamped this Unity image (Dec. 17 KOTM) on Watercolor paper (Strathmore) using a stamping platform. I colored with Zig pens and Artesa waterbrush pens, plus a bit of Wink of Stella.
  Cardstock and DSP are SU as are the pearls.  The butterfly die is Cheery Lynn.

 I googled the Arteza brushes and watched alot of You Tube video's before buying them. I was able to color direct to paper, blend a bit, remove ink that was too saturated and lift color that blended on the edges and also used ink scribbled on my stamp block mixed with water for the background.  I also did some tip to tip blending for middle tones of the colors.  So far, I am pleased with the results of the markers : )

 Here is my swatching- Lt on watercolor paper and Rt Neenah cardstock.

 These pens do not have numbers on them, so I will have to figure that out so I can easily color with them if they get out of this order..... 

This is my Zig pen collection.  You can buy these individually, and they have numbers on them.  I will be filling in my collection with the Zigs in the future.

 My first time using a new bottle of Nuvo drops:

 So, when the Nuvo drops first start flowing, do not squeeze too hard : ) LOL


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Tuesday Throwdown- "Distressed"

Happy Tuesday!   Time for another new challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown. This week we have a fun theme for you: "Distressing". Our sponsor for this challenge is Power Poppy and I used the Follow Your Heart digital image to create a card. The sentiment is from the digi set La Vie en Rose

The cardstock- Chocolate Chip SU, White Neenah
Red background DP= Basic Grey Curio
Tan/brn and script DP-DCWV
Copper Pearls- Queen and Co.
SU Oval Punch
Stitched frames die
Images- Power Poppy
Brown ribbon- Mocha from DL Art

Now it's your turn to create a project !  You have a week to play along and 'distress' your card! We look forward to seeing you at Tuesday Throwdown. Stop by and take a look at the inspiration from the Design Team "B"!   

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Dueling Darlings- Calendars

For our January Dueling Darlings kit, Darlene is the Hostess of the Dazzlers, and she sent us a fun kit to make a calendar. (LJ is the Hostess for the Divas).

and a side angle shot:

 The kit Darlene sent to us included a January page for a calendar.  I decided to print out the entire year using a link from the Splitcoaststampers tutorial I used HERE.

 I used some older retired SU DSP from years ago! I altered the measurements a bit, so I could make the 'stand' a bit larger.  I also decided to use some old brads- and that way- I can change the page every month of the year : )

 I stamped and cut out the Sunny Studio Penguins and accessories. They are colored with Copics.  I punched out the snowflakes and added rhinestones.  The 2018 is red wrapping paper with double stick tape on the reverse- the die- out of the package......  Maybe Memory Box.

 Be sure to hop along and see what the other Dazzlers- my team, and the Diva's have made! 

Divas and Dazzlers links : )
I lost my sidebar links when my computer crashed, and I STILL have not put them on my sidebar..... .  Here they all are:
Barb ** Blog: Barb's Inkin' into Retirement
Carol ** Blog: Lost in my craft room
Judy ** Blog: Paper Hugs & Kisses
Heather ** Blog: 
Kelly ** Blog: *Sandcastle Stamper*
LJ ** Blog: Bucky Girl
Suzy ** no blog, Gallery SuzyS1104 - Homemade Cards, Rubber Stamp Art, & Paper Crafts -
Tami ** : : : : BlueInks Design
Terry S ** her gallery:

Darlene ** The World According to Bijou
Donna: blog:
Jeanette ** Cre8tive Play: It's Cheaper than TherapyCreative Play-It's Cheaper Than Therapy
Paola ** blog That's Amore! (SAMA  Please check her gallery at SCS HERE
Shelly ** My creative rumblings
Terry A ** For now, here's her gallery: Splitcoaststampers Member Galleries - PurplePansy26 - Handmade Cards & Crafts
Terry L ** It's Totally Terry
Tracie ** Crafty Creations
Debby B ** no blog (Gallery:

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Lantern Card

 I joined a mingle 1-4-1 with the theme lantern.

 I came across this digi lantern background in my files, and it so reminds me of 'lantern street' in Beijing. I have no idea where I found it at. The Kanji is also unknown  The little girl and the flowers are by Fred She said.
  On the top and bottom of the card, I added Washi Tape.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

COF - lovin' your friends

**January 2018 ~ Hostess: Barb 
scripture1 John 4:12
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 
challenge The challenge is to make a card or another creation that describes how "we" love one another--through friendship, trying times, music, holidays, etc. 

 I am always amazed at the people that say if someone brings you down, you do not need the drama.  A really good friend sticks with you through thick and thin IMO. We all have rough times and I think a friend sticks around and helps bring you up, and that you would do the same for your friend if need be. 

 This image(s) are Graciellie Designs. I colored with Copics and added some shimmer with a Stardust Gelly roll pen. I added Antique Linen distress ink to the sentiment. Cardstock is SU

 I cut up the edges of the petals and curled them to make the flowers dimensional. 
Crafters of Faith is an Open group at SCS- you can find the group if you look under  Swaps/Cards/Open/Crafters of Faith. Our dear leader is Kelly, and you can find her blog HERE
If you would like to see cards the other members created, you can look in the gallery HERE at


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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Tuesday Throwdown-Silver or Gold


For the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown, we are using Silver or Gold.

 I used sequins for my Gold touch.  The sweet image is from My Grafico. I colored it with Copics, and cut out the birds and heart and added dimension by adding them popped up over the base images. I added shimmer to the hearts with a red Wink of Stella pen.
 The clouds were made with a punched out scalloped oval punch piece (Stampin Up). The hearts die(s) are spellbinders using Stampin Up DSP. . The LOVE die(s) are Memory Box. The pink and Gold sequins are in my stash.

Please join the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown- you have a week to create : )

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

CYS Dec- New Years-no alcohol

For our December Challenge Your Stash (CYS), Maggie challenged us to make a New Year card using no alcohol, as not everyone partakes.

  I made a card and gift jar set for the ESSE adult day care my mom attends for their New Years party. The sweet Country Snowman is from Sweet n Sassy Stamps (digi), and the sentiment is from Verve. I used a TH embossing folder, some silver sparkly wrapping paper and Cherry Cobbler cardstock. The sentiment is from Verve.

 Here is the jar that holds the hot chocolate mixture:

 The project goals for the clients is to make assemble as easy as possible, so I made a kit and have everything ready to roll.  The jar will be filled with hot chocolate and little marshmallows. Mom helped me out by coloring this sweet Country snowman.  I used the Scan n Cut to quickly cut out 20 large and 20 small snowmen.

And there you have it!  Thanks for a great challenge Maggie!

The CYS group can be located here.  List mom Barb had the brilliant idea- lets use our stash items- with a monthly theme, I am sure finding no shortage of items to use in my creative space for this challenge...!!! Even those in the 'get rid of' pile....... HERE is a link to all of the December 'New Years-no alcohol' the group members posted for this challenge.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

                                                               Merry Christmas!

This year for Christmas, I made a card using a project from the watercolor class I am taking with my mother. 

I hope for you much peace and joy!  Hope you have a Blessed Christmas!

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Cup of Joy

 A quick and CAS Christmas card. I had this image sitting on my desk- did not get it done for the coffee lovers blog hop, but wanted to finish it anyway.

I revised the layout (alot), and decided to use an image from the Unity kit of the month- the coffee background in a pale cream color. The coffee cup and sentiment are from a Unity set. A little Washi and some glitter glue- plus a touch of Washi- there you go. 

I hope your Christmas/Holiday plans are going well!

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Crazy Freebie

This is day 7 and the last Day of Christmas Crazy over at Bugaboo.  The Freebie Friday image is the picture inspiration for today's challenge.

  I used some DP that has been in my stash for ages. I am not sure where it is from- it is not marked. I colored the freebie image with Copics and highlighted it with Wink of Stella.

  A fun week of challenges- I enjoy doing this each year when I get the time!

Catch the Bug- Day 7 - Picture inspiration- use freebie if you can!

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