February Artists Challenge

“You suck!!!”

 

No it’s not a statement, or an observation lol…. it’s the new Artist Challenge theme for February.

A ¬†few ideas to tickle the palette..as always these are just for inspiration.. feel free to use any inspiration that reflects the theme, lots of room for artistic license ūüôā

Lollipops
vacuum
Vampires
milk shake
hummingbird
lottery machine
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Flowbee.. I know ya’all remember the Flowbee from the 80’s….fess up…. who bought one?

RULES

  • Each artist may enter up to 10 individual NEW digital stamp images per given theme.
  • Images¬†can go on sale as soon as they have been entered into the challenge.
  • You may add single images, or link to a blog post with up to 10 images..but each image must be entered in the challenge linky individually.
  • You may showcase the images in color, or projects on your blog links should you wish to show off ¬†inspirational images too.

Lets see what you got!

I would say this is the last craft haul for the year….

BUT.. Grandma just sent me a Joann Gift card lol.

I had a quick run through Michaels on Wednesday night and Hobby Lobby yesterday… I guess today it’s Joann day haha

anywho.. here’s a quick look at what I picked up, got some great deals.mini-spree

I finally got my 12×12 frame for my Brianna Blaster project…. I inked it up in black and brown last night  for an old distressed look using a Craftsmart Black Dye Ink pad and Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ink pads in Burlap and Walnut. Michaels don’t appear to be carrying  the larger ink pads anymore. Little man picked out a small wood frame for one of his projects.

I also picked up 4 packs of 6×6 canvas panels board for the lil guy to use with the Gelli Plate we just got.  In the Christmas  Sale  section we found a 3 pack of fondant rollers which will be fun to play with. they have 3 Christmas designs on them.

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I grabbed a few reels of ribbon,  some Celebrate It Tempo sheer black…  and a skinny lace in green that I use for lacing up cards like this.




And then I also grabbed 3 sets of clear stamps.. all on clearance andstampendous_skaters 2 of  them have matching dies.  I have been wanting this Stampendous Poinsettia one and when I saw it down to less than $5..I had to grab it.  Then we grabbed this one for the little guy, it is another Stampendous  called Skaters also under $5





and lastly this little set by Inkadinkado Warm Wishes.





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I also snatched up a couple of wood mounted stamps, the Patient Puppy was also on sale for under $5 and the fFern….I got 50% off with my coupon.



Of course I had to stock up on Recollections card too since it is on the buy 5 for $10 deal again.

And to make matters even better the young lady also  tacked on a 30% off everything code for me too.  So that little haul from Michaels cost me just $66 instead of over $130 at regular price.

Then we have  Hobby Lobby… I got the two oversized sentiment dies by Momenta Believe & Dream on clearance for $5.99 each and  hubby and I each grabbed a set of the Chameleon pens  with the 40 % off coupons.  SCORE !  I have now completed my Chameleon set…   minus the fabulous case..which I would have loved.

..   but such is life.  $74  haul for only $46 .. can't complain at that.

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Note to self… crafting hauls….

Should really wait till you actually have time to craft!!! LOL ¬†Sadly this little lot doesn’t even include the pens and such I ordered last month and still haven’t had time to play with properly .. but dang me and the lil man are¬†gonna have fun next year ¬†LOL.. I hope!

This little lot includes 3 Blitsy orders
Chameleon Pens from Hobby Lobby and refills and nibs order from Chameleon Pens
CraftingAbility order
Stazsh Up order
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and an order¬†of Cricut Blades that a special lady gifted to me ūüôā

It also doesn’t include CraftsUPrint cutfiles and various artists digital stamps I might have grabbed this ¬†month *grin

And I already put away 1 Scrapbook Outlet order of Gina Marie Designs Dies, Crafting Ability Order and a Blitsy order that I showed you sneak peeks at the end of last month..mostly pens. ¬†I am making up for almost 8 months of virtually no craft shopping ¬†ūüôā ¬†MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME !!!

I’ll be showing some of these a bit more closely in upcoming posts and projects.. ¬†but if you have any questions, leave a comment ūüôā

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It’s been a crazy month…. update news!

updatesSome of you already know from the Crafting Circle Facebook Page that October was a CraZEEEEE month here ¬†and may have noticed the slow down in posting recently… but thankfully most of that is ¬†taken care of now and aside from the unpacking reorganizing and some maintenance work that needs to be done this month….. I’m back on track and raring to go again. ¬†November will be a crazy month for great deals just in time for Christmas..so I’ll be updating banners and affiliate shopping pages etc. this month and hopefully we’ll find some great deals.

The new Blitsy store page just went up.. ¬†I am so excited about this years Blitsy Pyjama Party. ¬†If you haven’t ¬†ever attended one.. you really should try and join in..it’s a lot of fun, lots of great crafters, craft challenges and product info allll night long ..as well as some great Black Friday deals..and of course..THOSE SCISSORS… just one of the great things you can win at the PJ Party and possibly in your order.

I’ll be updating a lot of the affiliate banners, adding in some fab ¬†new vendors too… some are affiliates..some will just be ¬†vendors I really love to shop ¬†at myself. ¬†Be sure to check back throughout the month, or subscribe to the blog for email updates on ¬†new posts etc.

I am cutting back on my DT ¬†projects a bit and will be concentrating more on other avenues … so don’t worry ..there will still be lots of projects.. but more variety and ¬†hopefully some fun new things to try.

I’ll be working on some fun Christmas gift and Decor projects with the lil guy in the next month so ¬†I hope you enjoy those too. ¬†He is 4 and a half now so we are starting to experiment more with new ideas….and of course Art Abandonment projects… we’ll be doing more of those in 2017 too.

For anyone who is interested.. maybe even some fun video spots in the ¬†future.. ¬†We don’t do serious..so expect them to be lighthearted and fun….and probably MESSY !! lol

Oh.. and for anyone who is interested .. the shaker¬†card windows / pouches probably won’t be available again till after Christmas. ¬†There is one left on Ebay and I probably won’t be restocking these again on Ebay till the new year. …sooo if you wanted a pack between now and January you can PM me on Facebook and see if I have any available. ¬†I’ve been planning to add some new shapes and sizes in ¬†but ¬†just haven’t had time.. so hopefully those will also be available in the New Year.

Giveaway Updates and News!

All prizes have now been claimed in the End of Spotlight Series giveaway..and emails have been sent to all of the sponsors ūüôā

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to everyone that took part as a Spotlight Guest, if you missed their fun Q&A’s you can find them here… and the series will continue on a smaller scale  with the addition of more new artists and designers AND … a new series of Crafter’s Spotlights.  So be sure to check out the upcoming spotlights too.

Congrats to the winners, commiserations to those who didn’t win… BUT

like I said before..  don’t forget we still have a Chameleon Pen 5 pack of skintone colors up for grabs till the end of the month and also a new set of Gina Marie Dies that I just posted a few days ago.

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so if you didn’t get lucky this time…. you still have a chance to win.

Please be sure to read  the rules regarding eligibility and prize claims…. I hate having to tell a winner they aren’t eligible for some giveaways because they don’t  live in the US, or  they didn’t claim in time…. it’s not fun.

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We have a July Crafty Awesomeness Challenge underway as well as the Artist Challenge ..

July Crafty Awesomeness is sponsored by Cute As A Button this month….

 

 

 

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The Artists Challenge is open to Digi Artists of any style who want to take part in a  fun Quarterly Challenge of their own… I set the theme and  their imagination will take care of the rest.  Can’t wait to see the results… I have seen a sneaky peek of some  of the  entries coming…  woot woot!




I added in some new Amazon Affiliate stores to the shopping tab at the top of the page…. one is  for adult coloring books including a lot of our favorite digi stamp artists.  Big thank you to those of you who  support this blog by shopping through links on the blog  ūüôā

..and the other two new ones are for my goto guy for coloring supplies and unique craft products…Imageability.
CraftingAbility products &  the new Ziggy’s Choice kits which are now available at Amazon. I am super excited about these new  kits  ūüôā   Lots of new things going on over at Imagability and I love  it! ImageAbility …aka  CraftingAbility/Ziggyboard were one of the Spotlight Series giveaway sponsors and our lucky winner has a mystery box  in her future!  I am sooo jealous …in a good way lol.

… and now I am going to  put my feet up and do some…. more work lol.

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It’s almost time for a new mid month inspirational post over at Scrapper’s Delights Challenge blog… so I shall be slaving away over that post later tonight……  and the Thrifty Thursday team have some fun offers for you  in their Christmas in July event.

Be sure to stop by and enter the current challenges on the blog and facebook group too…





Club KennyK Challenge – Humorous Birthday Card

This is my entry ¬†for the current Club¬†KennyK¬†Challenge using “Da Bomb”. ¬†I’ve been in the mood for fun cards this past week.. my terrible sense of humor strikes again!

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Card details:

  • Image KennyK stamps “Da Bomb” colored with Chameleon pens, and distress pens and a partial digital color.¬† Printed on Georgia Pacific 110lb card stock on an Epson Eco Tank, ET-2550.
  • Sentiment ¬†designed and printed with image in Jasc Paint Shop Pro V7
  • Edge cut with wavy blade on a Fellowes Paper cutter and inked with Craft Smart red dye ink and popped on Darice foam pad.
  • Background stamped with red Craft Smart Dye ink and a ¬†50 cent stamp I picked up for the little guy at a consignment store. Rubber stamp bears the mark..”Rubber Stamps of America”
  • Inside created and colored in Jasc Paint Shop Pro V7

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Bugaboo Bear Easel Card

Just a quickie card that could be for any occasion… I ¬†popped a “Imagine” sentiment on this one as an inspirational desk piece for someone. It’s a bright cheerful card with popped elements for depth. ¬†I trimmed the front edge shorter with a wavy blade on my cutter, because I didn’t want to decorate that space.

This is also my March card for our March 2016 Bugaboostamps/Executioner Combo Challenge

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  • Card Base¬†Sizzix Circle Stand Ups Movers/Shapers Die, X-Large
  • Card Base cut on Recollections Card
  • Sentiment¬†cut from scrap card using an unknown Die sentiment I picked up on clearance
  • Image from BugabooStamps “Theodore Flowers”
  • Colored with Chameleon pens¬†and Ranger Distress markers
  • Butterfly dies are part of a die and stamp set, unknown brand and popped on Darice Adhesive foam and the smaller ones are a punch.
  • Flowers are ¬†from Paint Shop Pro shapes tool and popped on foam

 

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Mixing it up a bit – Digital Tweaking!

Some of you already know that I was so Hand-coloring phobic last year and my coloring was all done digitally. Here’s a mixed piece I did in the wee hours of this morning.

The Original Image was colored by hand and then I imported it into my computer to watermark it ….and got a bit carried away lol. Now if you are going to do this, I recommend Scanning your image in. I wasn’t planning to do this… so mine was just from a photograph, but you get the idea.

One of the things I love about my new Epson Eco Tank printer, is not having to worry about printing out large full color images… and running out of ink LOL.

It’s very quick and easy to go from this:
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To THIS ……cutebuttonwmd_frmd

Just a wave of the magic wand, ¬†drop shadow, ¬†and some of the presets like add borders and texture effects… and Bingo!!… ¬†your image is now framed and ready to print.

  • Image – ¬†Cute as a Button “Moving Day” ¬†colored with Chameleon Pens, Ranger Distress Pens and ¬†Zig Memory System writers. Printed on 110lb card stock
  • Digital Addons – I worked in my trusty old¬†Jasc¬†Paint Shop Pro7, it’s a great program for beginners and you can still pick up a copy on Ebay at a decent price now and then.

Don’t be afraid to mix your techniques and ideas when crafting… it’s a lot of fun and handy when you don’t have the physical papers, or embellishments at hand.

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It’s Elementary Dear Watson!

2cute_logoI just joined the 2 Cute Inks Stamps Club earlier today… got all my stamps downloaded and went to poke around the shop to see what else there was… and Lo and behold. I found me two cute digis I just had to have… well actually I bought more than two.. but heh.. for this blog post, we are just concentrating on two.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson …..Mouses…..

Too pigging cute!!

Well the thing is, I was getting a bit burnt out and decided to close out my facebook chats and all that stuff and go be antisocial for a few hours and have fun. And the result is.. the beginnings of a 10 card noteset ..which will have a matching envelope.

It’s a fun project..I get to goof off with my sketchy style of coloring.. make a mess with distress inks and let my sense of humor run loose for a few hours. This is just 2 of 10, I’ll post the entire project ..all 10 cards and matching chunky envelope container when I am done.

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You can find the 2 Cute Ink Digital Stamp Group  and Club here.
The Club is a subscription based membership .. ¬†you get access to ¬†new release images early, member exclusives and ¬†great deals on all other ¬†digis in the store. ¬†Definitely worth $5 a month…oh and if you don’t dilly dally.. the first month is FREE !!!!

 

 

Concept Layout – combining digis to build a scene

The minute I saw this Scrappers Delights Challenge Freebie Image it just reminded me of Cinderella.. and this is what sprung to mind. The background is another Scrappers Delight Image and the Carriage came from Make it Crafty …. Full details on the finished piece later, but I wanted to share this and show how easy it is to build a scene. 3 images, a speech/thought bubble and a little imagination is all it took to get here. Admittedly I have years of experience playing with graphics programs, but it’s all simple stuff.. layers and area selections.

I started coloring her last night..so far so good.. it’s a fun image to play with.

This was done in an old version of Jasc Paint Shop Pro, Version 7. That is my goto program for quick Graphics, but the tools and features used are pretty much universal on most programs.. If anyone is interested I can throw together a quickie video at some point showing how it’s done in PSP7 so you can compare the features and learn how to do it in whatever software you own… leave a comment ūüôā
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