Guest Designer – Lil’ Man D “Thanks” card

The lil guy is getting in more craft projects than I am this past week lol…  here is a card I helped him put together for his grandparents who sent him a card and Toys R Us gift certificate for his 5th birthday, which is on Thursday.

Can you tell he likes Giraffes?   This time he painted up 4 giraffes and then chose the one he wanted to send to them.  We will make up some more cards with the others.  We added in one of the new frames that I have been  experimenting with using the Gina Marie Designs Dies in a previous post  Sneaky Peek.. You’ve been Framed !

 

Supplies:

 

DOUBLE PIERCED RECTANGLE IN AND OUT RECTANGLE DIES

LOOPY RECTANGLES DIE SET – GINA MARIE DESIGNS

“THANKS” clear stamp…. no idea what set it came with.. sorry LOL

Stampendous “PenPattern Giraffe”

 

Recollections Value Pack A2 card set

Zig Photo Tape Runner





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Gansai Tambi Watercolor set






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Guest Designer – Lil ‘ Man D – Thank You card and Bookmark

You may have seen  my posts on Facebook last week about my lil man and his first watercolor project…. well he was at it again tonight  🙂

My little man was given an early birthday present last weekend by a lady who works with hubby, so this is her Thank You card and a little book mark for her to use in her Bible, or other reading matter.  Now it goes without saying, since he is only 4 …. that he had a little help …SURPRISE !! lol.  But the painting is all him.

He may be a crafty wee soul, but  this mommy isn’t ready to let him lose  with a laminator and glue all by himself .. my sanity is questionable at the best of times .. but not THAT bad haha.  Unlike someone we won’t mention by name who’s grandson glued himself up trying to apply “lotion” to his legs whilst visiting her craft room last week lol…. sorry.. I am still giggling over that one .. my bad.

The images he colored are :

Image #13 – Heart Ants – by Sasayaki Glitter & a section cropped from Pure Prairie Bouquet by Power Poppy.

The card and bookmark were colored using Gansai Tambi watercolors and a Zig Kuretake H2o brush.

The card  is a hot pink 5×6.5″ from a multicolor pack at Michaels
A background layer of rough cut 65lb black Recollections card from the value packs
The image is printed on Canson Mix Media Paper on my Epson Eco Tank and also had a rough cut edging. I added the sentiment “There is beauty in creation” and a border to the image before printing.  This was also foam popped on a Darice adhesive foam sheet and attached using a double side tape. The card layers were  attached with Zig Photo Tape and the Sentiment which was a cheapie import die was attached with Tombow Aqua.

The Book mark is backed with a light tan 65lb card  with a hint of a border showing behind the image cut from the front, and I attached a tassle from a value pack at Michaels. I added a cute little bead  that I got  in a happy mail package from Francesca at Cute As A Button when she very kindly shared her destash items with the DT team 🙂  It says “Always” on one side and “Believe” on the other… pretty appropriate for a Bible Bookmark.

I hope you like it

🙂 One Proud Mommy

Fun block stamp cards for cat & dog lovers

I  picked up these two cute block stamps over at Bugaboo Stamps last night too when I got my unicorns… and a few others lol.

I wanted some fun cards to use for our Abandoned Art missions and these are perfect to be abandoned near the local vet office which is just across the road, as well as  near our local Pet co, PetSmart etc.  I might even drop a few off at a local shelter, they would make cute ‘thank you’ cards for new adopters,  volunteers, veterinary support etc.

These were really quick to make.. just a few shabby card layers, some foam layers and a bit of tape and popped onto a colored card base from some of my card sets I have.  I used double sided adhesive tape on the foam courtesy of my friends at Crafting Ability.  They sent me some of their “commercial grade” tape to try when I mentioned I was on the look out for something heavy duty.  It’s fabulous stuff and saves me using up my Zig /Kuretake photo tape runners on the foam sheets.

The images I used are from the January Releases BugKittyBlocks & BugPupBlocks and they were colored with Chameleon Pens

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Velvet Sunflowers thank you card

This is my Crafty Awesomeness Challenge DT card for August.  Our sponsor for August is Power Poppy Digital Stamps, who was one of the Spotlight Artists in June’s Spotlight Series. Power Poppy do the most gorgeous botanical stamps, both digital and physical and if you haven’t seen them already you should check them out.

I kept this one simple to show off this fab image.  I love Sunflowers, they are one of my favorite flowers and I love to see them popping up all over the local area at this time of year.  We have so much new construction here lately that a lot of the wild patches are being carved up, which is a shame…I shall miss that pop of color.

This image was printed on velvet paper and colored with pencil. It has a soft vintage feel to it  that I like. I popped this one on a pre-made card set from Michaels and then added in a die cut thank you  which was also cut from velvet paper.

come on over and share your projects in the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge for August
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Card base – Michaels Recollections  pack

Colored- with CraZart pencils

Image “Sunshine of my  Life”

Printed on SEI Coconut white velvet paper

Sentiment  – SEI Black velvet paper 12×12 sheet from Michaels

Fixings –  Kuretake( Zig) Photo Tape

 

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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 🙂

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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  🙂

..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  🙂   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…





“I miss you” card on velvet

I wanted to try something new, at least for me for me…. for my new DT project in the July Crafty Awesomeness Challenge.  I got to try out my pencils on velvet paper and I was pleasantly surprised  with the results.  It rendered a lovely soft image and didn’t damage the velvet layer at all.  Love the overall softness of this project 🙂
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Details:

  • Card Base  – Craft Smith Blues Pad
  • Instead of hiding the foam padding as I usually do, I decided to  have it showing as a border and  circular impressions were put on it using.. a pen cap for a subtle texture and pattern
  • Image is from Cute as a Nutton and is called “Bunny Walk” was printed on white velvet paper on my Epson Eco Tank
  • Colored with CraZart pencils from Walmart
  • Sentiment was cut on Recollections scraps using  the BottleCaps Alphabet Dies from DieNamics

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Challenges entered:

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Spotlight Series Day 9, Lisa- Bloobel Stamps

Who are you ?

Lisa Graham – Bloobel Stamps

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Etsy Store

New Bloobel Store

Facebook Group :Bloobel Stamps – Digital Stamps Create and Share

 Amazon Quirky Characters (Volume 1)”

 

Where are you ?

France

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

I worked as a “serious” artist from 2010 – 2013, I’d never do that again. I prefer art to be fun 😉

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started drawing/designing for a living?

I was a software developer before I moved to France, and the last time I worked for a salary was on technical support for World of Warcraft, a video game.

 

If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world ….  who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?

Stephen Hawking. I’d probably ask him a stupid question and spend my life mortified that I had embarrased myself.

 

What’s your favorite color?

Green.

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

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Thank you for the Flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is your inspiration/muse?

Cartoons like Sponge Bob, Oggy and the cockroaches, Video Games.

 

Name your favorite cartoon?

At the moment I’m watching Adventure Time, that is pretty cool. I like everything by Miyasaki.

 

Favorite quote?

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

Maths. Funnily enough I didn’t like art at school, I found it restrictive and boring drawing pieces of wood and fruit.

 

If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life?

A spider.

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop?

I don’t know how long the bunny will be popular now that spring is over, but I think a lot of people who visit my store will like coffee whatever the weather.

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Boingy Rabbit

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Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?

Danny Kaye. I never drew him, but I think his goofiness has inspired some of my characters.

 

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?

Software Developer. Although I’m a bit out of date these days. I do video game design on the side to keep my hand in.

 

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?

My mechanical pencil, if I don’t have at least 3 in the house at one time, I start to get nervous. I seem to have bought about 20 in the past year. I think my cats eat them.

 

If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?

Pollyanna. My mum wanted to name me that after the novel.

 

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

Bob Sinclar – Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now) – oh my. It has the “everybody dance now” sample from the 90s, which makes me forget I’m over 40. I’m going to kill myself one of these days or break something.

 

Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?

I was nearly never naughty, but when I was it was the “disappointed” face of my mother that scared me the most.

 

Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise

This is me multitasking, I wear lots of hats 🙂

 

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Carmen

 

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

Everyone that I have met so far have been so nice. I think the crafting community really look out for artists and are very supportive. I really like that, rather than creating a “finished” product that people consume, digis are more like collaborating with hundreds of very individual artists all over the world, and I love to see how everyone interprets one image in their own way.

 

If you were a classic car…. what would you be?

I don’t know if I’d be it, but I always wanted to own a Chevy Camaro 69 SS.

 

When you are working, what is the view from your window like?

I’m lucky to have a big garden with trees and birds that play in them. Our garden is a bit unkempt so it’s a bit like living in a forest sometimes.

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

70s Disco.

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?

Independant video games, board games, gardening, sci-fi films, audible books about space.

 

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?

This one was quite difficult to get the balance right, and I was quite proud of myself for even attempting the pose 🙂

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Expert Gardener

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?

Game Over

 

 

 

 

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Spotlight Series Day 6 – Heidi, 2 Cute Ink Digital Stamps

Who are you ?

My Name is Heidi Arrowood and I am the Owner/Illustrator of 2 Cute Ink2cute


Etsy Store

Digi Stamp Club

Blog

 

Where are you ?

I live in Southern IL with my husband, 2 dogs ( German Shepherd and Chihuahua) and fish 🙂

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

Back in 2010 I decided to start drawing with an intent to create some type of business/freelance work.  But I have been drawing since 5th grade!

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale?

let’s see the very first image I would have to say is “Cat Knit” digital stamp ( which i think still is one of my favorite designs today!

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What’s your guilty pleasure ?

I love Swedish flop cake!  which you can’t get really anywhere lol ( favorite childhood guilty pleasure) now would be angel cream filled donuts 🙂

 

Favorite quote?

right now I think is…If you want the rainbow, you’ve got to put up with the rain.  -Dolly Parton

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?

I use to work for the Bradford Exchange

 

What’s your favorite color?

Purple

 

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?

lol ha ha i couldn’t do it!  I would be too scared!  that reminds me when we went to the smokey mountains we went though this haunted castle, which I didn’t think was going to be scary and yes it was!

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

I really Love My doodle digital stamps. Let’s see i would say Octopus doodle

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Who is your inspiration/muse?

Let’s see I am inspired by anything and everything!  I love to participate in monthly doodle challenges which gets my juices flowing with an inspiration word everyday.  ( Doodle a Day- @ellolovey and 365 Doodles- @JohannaFritz on instagram)

 

How many people work with/for you ?

Just me and I have 5 Design Team Members that make card/papercraft samples.

 

Name your favorite cartoon?

Hmm…How about favorite cartoon movie?  Monsters Inc 🙂

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

Biology I had the best teacher, Mr. Brusa

 

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?

oh gosh I would say last real real vacation was back in 2001 when I went florida with my aunt/uncle and cousins lol..  though I just recently went to the smokey mountains with my mother/father in law and husband which was pretty cool too!

 

If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?

Anna from Frozen! I love her hair, outfit and personality!

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

oh yes!  lol

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop?

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Owl You Need Is Love digi

 

 

 

 

 

Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?

Ha ha my first celebrity crush I think was Thomas Ian Nicholas when he played in ” Rookie of the Year”  ha ha I never drew him but I did write him a letter  ha ha… and then there was justin timberlake back when he was with Nsync.. i was obsessed with Nsync and Justin.. made banners drew some caricatures Oh and managed to score front row seats at an Nsync Concert way back when!  ha ha

 

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?

I am not sure …something from home, and something creative…..maybe jewelry business?

 

How long have you been in business? 

Well I started back in 2010 but I have done different things, not just digital stamps.

 

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without? 

Right now it is my iPad!  I ink all my digital stamps with it so it is a must have 🙂

 

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?

cheese its lol the four cheese kind lol

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

I love that people can take my artwork and make it their own little pieces of art 🙂

 

Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise

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well I created this digital stamp called “Heidi and Cosmo” Based on myself and my chihuahua cosmo.. lol doesn’t really look like me but maybe the hair and the version with glasses lol

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

I love the oldies station- 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!

 

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

It depends it can take 1-3 hours

 

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

Right now “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake 🙂

 

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?

 

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I think Snowman Couple because I love the overall drawing, line widths and concept 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you card for local Fire House

Recently my lil guy who just turned 4 in March, got to go on his first visit to our local firehouse. We drive by it almost every day as it’s literally at the end of our street. The guys at the Firehouse were fantastic with him.. he got to sit in the engine, use the headset, check out all the gear and got a history lesson on the Fire Dept. Mommy learnt a few things too… like why we don’t have fire poles in most of our local stations anymore LOL ….and why they were put there in the first place.  And of course…. the story of how Dalmations came to be the fire dept mascots 🙂

He got to take pics with some of the guys, and they gave him a helmet, stickers and coloring books etc that they keep on hand for the kids who visit.

He was so excited and had a blast… so this is a thank you card for the guys at our local station. They got a real kick when they found out that his Great Grandma sent him a fireman dress up jacket last year…. They kept telling us he was gonna be a fireman, instead of an LEO like his Grandpa. I’m good with that.. he can be anything he wants … as long as he enjoys it and it makes him happy ..and it’s legal.. of course LOL 🙂

Here is my card:

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Details:

  • Red Card –  Craft Smart Red 12×12 Pad
  • PawPrint Paper  – Recollections Paw Prints from Michaels
  • Thank you   – Recollections Yellow Card Stock, unknown Die
  • Image was foam padded with a red Darice fun foam adhesive sheet from Walmart
  • Paw Print Brad –  Recollections
  • Image printed on 110lb Georgia Pacific
  • Image is CAAB ( Cute As A Button ) IMG00331 Firefighter Digital Digi Stamp
  • Colored with Zig Kurecolor, Chameleon and CraZart pencils
  • Glues used  Xyron Megarunner and Kuretake Photo Tape (**NEW and I love it !  only thing that really works for me on foam so far.. more details in the upcoming Kuretake review) 

 

 

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Mother’s Day Shaker Game Card

The Blog Challenge  at Cute As A Button CAAB this month is “Mother’s Day”  and I chose to  make a fun Shaker Game Card which is suitable for any occasion when you need to let your mom know how much you love her and wanted to say “Thank You”.

I kept it super simple  to maintain the focal point and message conveyed.  I love the Black, white and red combo… it’s very clean and classic and suitable for both sexes and all ages. The ornate scroll backing to the shaker is very  gender neutral too so you could use this idea with a  variety of image themes, for any occasion. I had a bunch of precuts for the shaker card windows, so that made this a very quick and simple card to  make.
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Supplies:

Card Base Black Recollections 5×7 card set from Michaels
Window panel cut from Recollections Burgundy  card
Scroll overlay –  Cut file I believe came from Bird’s Cards on 110lb Index Card Stock
Circular frame – Black Recollections Card Stock
Shaker Window 3 inch diameter, 1/4 inch high.
Image – CAAB  “I love you Mommy” colored with Chameleon pens
Game holes  2 inch throat 1/4 inch paper punch by MgGill
Balls – 6mm plastic  balls
Heart  Scrap bucket  red card punched with mini punch
Sentiment cut on 110lb card .. unknown die from Joann clearance sale

Challenges

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