Wednesday, December 1, 2021

CRITTER CRAZY CHALLENGE -- DECEMBER 1, 2021

Hello, and welcome back to my blog!  I hope that all of my friends here in America had a good Thanksgiving.  Hubby and I hosted again this year, and we were joined by his brother and his fiance, our 2 daughters, and the younger daughter's husband.  I can't believe I even just said that...I am a mother-in-law now!  😮 Anyway, we had a nice day, and had lots of good food. 😋

So today, I wanted to share the card I made for the new Critter Crazy Challenge starting today, where we want to see you FEATURE those CRITTERS!!  Here is my card:


Isn't this penguin from the Skating By Penguins stamp set from Time For Tea Designs just the CUTEST?!?!?  He looks like he is having the BEST TIME skating!  Now, if that were me, I'd most likely break something!  Anyway, I stamped this cutie using Lawn Fawn's alcohol marker friendly Jet Black ink, and colored him with my alcohol markers.  The snowflake is also from Lawn Fawn, and that is the Magic Iris Snowflake add-on.  I die cut it from Recollections brand holographic cardstock.  Oh btw, the stitched circle the penguin is on comes from the inside of the snowflake die cut, and I have it popped up on foam tape. The snowflake itself is adhered flat to the card base using Bearly Art glue.  The sentiment also comes from the same set as the penguin, and was stamped in Versa Fine Clair Nocturne ink.  All stamping was done using the MISTI. 




--CHALLENGES--

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Don't forget to head on over to the Critter Crazy Challenge blog, and share your critters with us.  Also, the DT appreciates it when you leave them some comment love. 😍 Until next time, my friends...

💗Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless! 💗

~ Marie



Monday, November 22, 2021

SQUIRRELS GONE NUTZ -- HOLIDAYS AND VELLUM --NOVEMBER 22, 2021

Hello friends!  Welcome back to my blog.  It's that time of the month where the Squirrel Squad and I gather those unloved supplies and start using them while incorporating a technique or a certain theme.  This month we're focusing our attention on using some vellum and making projects for the holidays.  Here are my cards:



I dry embossed the Bristol panels with some festive snowflake 3D embossing folders, and ink blended them with oxide inks and blender brushes.  On the top card, I used Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Prize Ribbon.  The second card has Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, and Picked Raspberry. After the ink blending, I sanded the panels to expose the white on the raised areas.  As a final touch, I spritzed them with shimmer spray.  I found this sentiment in my stash and thought it worked perfectly with my card panels so, I used "traditional" vellum on the top card, and colored vellum on the bottom card.  I used WOW metallic silver sparkle embossing powder to heat emboss the sentiment.  I trimmed the panels down a bit with my trimmer, wrapped the vellum pieces around them, and taped them to the back.  Foam tape was added to the back of the panels, and then they were adhered to the card bases.

--CHALLENGES--

CCAYR:  Something beginning with U, V, and/or W (vellum)
Merry Little Christmas #40:  ATG Christmas (3/5)
Love to Craft #64:  ATG (4/5)
Mix It Up #55:  ATG (4/5)
Daisy Chain #58:  Add Sparkle
Digi Doodle Studios #44: Christmas/Winter (3/3)
Unicorn Challenge #71:  Christmas/Winter
SheepSki Designs #56:  Tis the Season (3/3)
Dragonfly Dreams:  Christmas/Winter (2/3)
Pearly Sparkles #68:  Merry Christmas
Aud Sentiments #288:  ATG with sentiment (2/5)
Peace on Earth #4:  ATG Christmas (2/3)


Squirreled away items used:

Both types of vellum
Jeweled Snowflakes embossing folder by Kath Breen and Sizzix (blue card)
Season's Greetings sentiment by Recollections
WOW Metallic silver embossing powder

Thanks for stopping by!  I am first this month, so please make sure you hop on to the next person, who is the fabulous Lounon!  Until next time,

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless! 💖

~ Marie




Sunday, November 21, 2021

LIL PATCH OF CRAFTY FRIENDS SPONSORED BY ALL DRESSED UP -- NOVEMBER 21, 2021

Hello friends, and welcome back to my blog!  Today's I want to share with you my creation for Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, sponsored by:

**Exclusive Sponsor**

All Dressed Up


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I was given the adorable Magical Unicorn image to work with, and here is my card:


I decided this special unicorn deserved to be on a special card, so I created a circular shaped easel card.  Being so close to the big day, I wanted this beauty to be a Christmas unicorn, so I used red and green alcohol markers to color her mane.  Her horn was colored in using a gold metallic Sharpie.  To extend the gold theme, I used a Spellbinders petite scalloped circle to create a mat for the image panel, and used the same gold metallic paper for the top layer of the "merry" sentiment that holds up the easel.  Here's what the rest of the inside looks like:


I used the sentiments from the Lawn Fawn Winter Unicorn stamp set, because why wouldn't I, when they're perfect to go with this image!  I stamped the main part in Lady Bug ink by Memento; the green is a The Paper Company ink pad I have had for a LONG time, and the black for the lower Christmas word is VersaFine Clair Nocturne.  The merry die comes from a Recollections matching stamp and die set, and I cut it 4 times from scraps of 110lb white cardstock glued underneath the gold layer to make sure it was really elevated enough to hold the top panel.  I also stamped the little sparkles that come from the Winter Unicorn set, as well as one from the A Little Sparkle set in a gold ink from The Paper Company.  I must say, those ink pads have held up well over the years!  As a finishing touch to the unicorn image, I added clear Wink of Stella to the mane and horn, and used the clear sparkle Sakura pen for the little dots around the flowers of her crown.  I think you can see that in this photo:


--CHALLENGES--

ABC Christmas:  W for Whimsical, X for Xerox (what's more whimsical than a Christmas unicorn?)
Christmas Crafts All Year Round:  Something starting with U, V, or W
Love to Craft #64:  ATG (3/5)
Mix it Up #55:  ATG (3/5)
Cutie Pie #165:  Anything Cute
Color It, Create It, Show it off:  ATG with coloring (3/3)
Crafty Animals #56:  ATG using animals
Daisy Chain #58:  Add sparkle
Digi Doodle Studios #44:  Christmas/Winter (2/3)
Unicorn Challenge #71:  Christmas/Winter
SheepSki Designs #56:  Tis the Season (2/3)
Dragonfly Dreams:  Christmas/Winter(1/3)
Aud Sentiments #288:  ATG with sentiment (1/5)
Peace on Earth #4:  ATG Christmas (1/3)
Polkadoodles #47:  ATG (1/2)
Digi Choosday #46:  ATG (1/2)
Little Red Wagon #628:  No Patterned Paper
Colour Crazy #46:  ATG with coloring (1/2)
Passion for Markers #618:  Anything Christmas


That's all from me today!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and don't forget to pop on over to the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge to see what the rest of Team B have made, and to join in on the fun!  We love to see what you create!  Until next time, friends...

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!  💖

~ Marie












Wednesday, November 3, 2021

A QUICK POST, JUST FOR THE HECK OF IT -- NOVEMBER 3, 2021

Hello friends!  Welcome back to my blog!  I wanted to share a card with you that I created using some adorable penguin digis and gorgeous wintry paper from Digi Doodle Studios.  The paper comes from the Suddenly Winter 8x8 digi paper set.  The set the penguins came from was called Winter Time Penguins, but I can no longer find it on the website... my apologies!   I didn't know this until after I created my card.  Here it is:


Of course I made another slimline, this time in the vertical orientation.  I designed the whole thing using my Silhouette Studio software.  I love using this to change the size of digital files, and to create my own die cut panels, which is what I did on this card.  I even added my own sentiment, as I wanted this to be a Christmas-specific card.  The cute penguins were colored with alcohol markers.  I also made this card into a shaker, and made each window into its own shaker area.  Just a bit of extra fine glitter was added in the color "snow" (Recollections).  I did do a bit of inking around the window openings with Salty Ocean oxide ink to cover the white cut edges.

--CHALLENGES--

ABC Christmas:  W for whimsical, and/or X for Xerox
CCAYR:  Starting with U, V, and/or W (white glitter, wintry paper)
Merry Little Christmas #40:  ATG Christmas (1/5)
CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Love to Craft #64:  ATG (2/5)
Mix It Up #55:  ATG (2/5)
Crafty Animals #56:  ATG using animals
Digi Doodle Studios #44:  Christmas/Winter (1/3)
Unicorn Challenge #71:  Christmas/Winter
SheepSki Designs #56:  'Tis the Season (1/3)
Pearly Sparkles #68:  Merry Christmas
The Holly and Ivy #104:  ATG Christmas
Inspiration Station #17:  Animal Antics
Peace on Earth #2:  ATG Christmas (1/3)
Simon Says Monday:  Any Holiday Occasion (1/5)
Fab 'n' Funky #538:  Christmas (1/3)
The Paper Shelter #490:  Christmas is Coming
Polkadoodles #44:  ATG (2/2)
Digi Choosday #44:  ATG (1/2)
Colour Crazy #43:  ATG with coloring (2/2)
CHNC #566:  ATG Christmas
Jingle Belles:  Not a Creature was Stirring

Thanks for dropping by!  Until next time,

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!  💓

~ Marie






Monday, November 1, 2021

CRITTER CRAZY CHALLENGE -- NOVEMBER 1, 2021 -- ATG

Hello crafty friends!  It's the beginning of a new month, which means the start of a new Critter Crazy challenge!  As always, we want to see you FEATURE a critter or critters, so make sure they take pride of place on your creations!  Here is what I created for this month:


I used many images from the digital version of the Gossip Chicks set that used to be available in the Digi Doodle Studios store.  It seems that now that the images has been made into a clear set, they no longer offer the digital version.  I have linked to the clear version, which is available on Ink n SplatterThe yellow gingham paper comes from the Clucker Clacker 6x6 digital paper pack, which is made to go perfectly with these adorable chickens.  

Anyway, I constructed this little yard scene using the Silhouette Studio software.   I colored all the images with alcohol markers, and created the cloudy sky using a stencil from Recollections (Michael's brand), Tumbled Glass oxide ink, and a blender brush.  I drew in a horizon line with a Micron pen, and added the grass the same way with another Recollections stencil.  I did also use a pointy cotton swab to add more texture to the grass using Mowed Lawn oxide ink.  I haven't added a sentiment yet, but it will probably just be "HI" or "Hello" when I do.  My slimline card measures 8.5 by 3.5 inches. 

 The story of my card is this:  Ronnie Rooster has come out to see how Henrietta Hen is doing on her nest, since she chose to keep it farther away from the coop.  She has almost as many eggs as Hester does, so Ronnie is satisfied that she is doing well out here on her own.  😀

--CHALLENGES--

CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper

Love to Craft #64:  ATG (1/5)

Mix It Up #55:  ATG (1/5)

Besties International:  ATG (1/3)

Color It, Create It, Show It Off:  ATG (1/3)

613 Avenue Create #11:  ATG (4/5)

Crafts Galore Encore #93:  ATG (1/3)

Crafty Animals #56:  ATG using animals

Classic Design #11:  ATG 

A Perfect Time to Craft #11:  ATG

The Corrosive Challenge #10:  ATG (4/4)

Gem of a Challenge #22:  ATG (1/2)

Word Art Wednesday #515 - #516:  ATG (1/5)

Inspiration Station #17:  Animal Antics

Alphabet Challenge:  O for Outdoors

Simon Says Wednesday:  ATG 

Polkadoodles #44:  ATG (1/2)

Penny's Challenge #508:  ATG (1/3)

Little Red Wagon #625:  Outside

Colour Crazy #43:  ATG with coloring (1/2)

Crafty Catz #570:  ATG 

The Outlawz Festive Friday:  ATG

Well, that's it for me today!  Make sure you head on over to the Critter Crazy challenge blog to see what the rest of the DT has created for this month, and to join us!  We always love to see your critters!  Also, please leave the DT some comment love on their projects. 💗  

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and until next time...


Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!  💓


~ Marie



Wednesday, October 20, 2021

SQUIRRELS GONE NUTZ -- A GALAXY CELEBRATION -- OCTOBER 20, 2021

Hello friends, and welcome back to my blog!  Today's that most special day of the month, where my closest crafty friends and I, aka the Squirrel Squad,  do our little blog hop!  If you are already hopping along, you should have arrived here from the always fabulous Anna's blog.  If you just happened to stop here first, please continue to hop along; I promise it won't take long at all! 😊

So, this month's inspiration was the technique of creating a galaxy background, and the theme of celebration.  This was my first time creating this type of background, and it did fill me with some apprehension.  I always want my creations to look as awesome as possible, and I was worried that I would totally mess this up!  I watched a couple of YouTube videos, especially this one from (the one and only) Jennifer McGuire, which was very helpful and encouraging.  I used the exact same colors that she used, and created mine in the exact same way in the hopes of being able to channel some of her awesomeness!  Here are the colors:



And here is my card:


I think it turned out pretty cool, if I do say so myself. 😁    After I created the main part of the background, I gave it an extra spritz of shimmer water made with Perfect Pearls, and when that dried, I splattered the heck out of it with watered down white acrylic paint.  I wish my "stars" were more white though!  Then I die cut the Tim Holtz distress watercolor paper down with one of my Spellbinders card creator dies.   I hadn't had this particular Lawn Fawn set  (Out Of This World)  until just recently, and it is definitely perfect for this background!  I bought it from a friend who was doing a destash, and I got the dies too!  I stamped all the images using Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink for alcohol markers, and colored them with Copics.  The sentiment, which is part of the same stamp set, was heat embossed on the same 110lb Recollections black card stock as the card base using Versa Color white pigment ink and Recollections Snow detail embossing powder.


To assemble the card, I glued craft foam onto the back of my panel, and then colored the edges that could be seen underneath with a black marker.  All the images were glued down flat to the panel, after much fussing about placement.  To add more shimmer, I went over the colored stripes of the planets, the ring around the yellow planet, and the spaceship window with clear Wink of Stella.  I couldn't let the poor cute astronaut out of the fun, so his visor and tiny little panel buttons got the Glossy Accents treatment, and so did the ship's window.  Viola!

--CHALLENGES--

Love to Craft #63:  ATG (4/5)
Mix it Up #54:  ATG (4/5)
Digi Choosday #42:  ATG (2/2)

OK, your next stop is the wonderful BoryDon't forget to leave us some comment love, and please subscribe if you haven't already!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Until next time,

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless! 💗

~ Marie





Tuesday, October 19, 2021

GOING PINK FOR THE JINGLE BELLES -- OCTOBER 19, 2021

Hello friends!  Welcome back to my blog!  It's that time of the year again where those fun ladies over at the Jingle Belles blog, Stef and Lauren, host a very special challenge!  Of course, I mean the PINK challenge to raise money for breast cancer research!  For every card made for this challenge, each of these wonderful ladies will donate $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation Isn't that wonderful?  I wanted to make more cards for the challenge, but I ran out of time.  I did manage to make 3 though:




The first 2 are mini slimlines made with the Jolly Christmas Tree die from Lawn Fawn.  The first one was cut from pastel pink glitter cardstock, and I inlaid the ornament shapes into it from the holographic card stock I used for the tree in card #2.  I thought it would be cute to add the tree topper as well, so I glued that on top of the pink layer.  The Tim Holtz sentiment was also cut from the pink glitter cardstock, as well as 3 layers of 110lb white cardstock that are underneath the pink.  The tree itself I popped up on foam tape.  The blue ink blended card front was done using Prize Ribbon oxide ink.  

Card #2 has a background blended with Kitsch Flamingo oxide ink, and some Picked Raspberry at the bottom for a deeper pink.  The tree and the sentiment are all done the same; 2 layers of 110lb white underneath the holographic cardstock.

For card #3, I decided to go a completely different route, and pulled out the Poinsettia stencil from Honey Bee Stamps.  I used Spun Sugar and Kitsch Flamingo oxides for my "petals", and the "leaves" were blended with Twisted Citron and either Lucky Clover or Evergreen Bough...I don't remember which one now!  I just lightly went over the circle centers so I could see to cover them with gold Stickles.  All my layers were die cut using Spellbinders card creator dies.  I created the sentiment with Lawn Fawn's Oliver's Stitched ABCs, and the same shiny gold cardstock as the layer beneath the main panel.  I added 4 layers of 110lb white cardstock underneath the letters for lots of dimension!  All of these cards look so much better IRL than in these photos! 😕

--CHALLENGES--

Sparkles Christmas:  Flora/ Fauna (third card)
ABC Christmas:  U for under the tree/ V for vocabulary (I'm doing V w/card #3)
CCAYR:  Something beginning with S or T (T for trees)
Merry Little Christmas #39:  ATG Christmas (2/5)
Love to Craft #63:  ATG (3/5)
Mix it Up #54:  ATG (3/5)
Dragonfly Dreams:  In the PINK
C.R.A.F.T Challenge #615:  Non-Traditional Christmas colors (PINK!)
Polkadoodles #42:  ATG (2/2)
Digi Choosday #42:  ATG (1/2)
CHNC #564:  ATG Christmas

I am a bit late getting these linked up to the challenge, as tomorrow is the last day!  If you hurry, you could probably get one done...the challenge is open until 6pm EST.  That's all for me today...thanks for stopping by, and until next time...

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!

~ Marie





Sunday, October 17, 2021

LIL PATCH OF CRAFTY FRIENDS, SPONSORED BY THE PAPER SHELTER -- OCTOBER 17, 2021

Hello friends, and welcome back to my blog! The challenge starting today at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends is being sponsored by:

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We were all given the lovely Autumn Breeze set to create with, and here is my project:


Now, the really nice thing about The Paper Shelter sets is that you receive not only the black and white digital image, you also get a wonderful pre-colored version of the image, and a stunning coordinating paper to go with it!  As tempted as I was to use the pre-colored version, I decided I would be brave and color it myself. Also, instead of printing everything out on white, I changed it up and used this light kraft colored cardstock that I also used on these cards here.  To stretch myself even further, I used colored pencils as my coloring medium, which I don't often do.  Using the pre-colored version as inspiration for shading, I came up with this, and I love it!  I have been very inspired lately by seeing purples used in fall cards, so I chose to use purples and greens for her dress.   A Sakura gold Gelly Roll pen was used to add accents to her dress and tights:


To die cut the image,  I used Oblong Doily Frames by Darice, gluing the frame flat to the patterned paper (which is the one that came with the image), and popping up the image oval piece on foam tape.  After die cutting the pieces, I dry embossed the frame, and then added either Brushed Corduroy or Frayed Burlap oxide ink to the decorative openings in the die.  Wink of Stella clear brush pen was also added to these areas.  You can see a bit of that in this next photo.  To make the image panel match, I inked around the edges also.  I don't really care for the yellow edge it left around the image though.  😬


You can also see the shimmer I added to this Honey Bee Stamps Bitty Buzzwords die using a gold Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.  Does anyone else still use these?  I have a bunch of them in different colors that I got on sale at Michael's years ago, but I never have much luck using them without making a mess. 😦  OH, I almost forgot...I added lots of splatter to the patterned paper with the oxide inks before I added it to the brown cardstock layer.  I thought that was needed to help differentiate the patterned paper from the kraft card base.

--CHALLENGES--

CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Love to Craft #63:  ATG (2/5)
Mix it Up #54:  ATG (2/5)
Moving Along with the Times #135:  BINGO board (center row--image, patterned paper, glitter-pens)
Craft Rocket #86:  Autumn or mushrooms (Autumn for my entry)
Color It, Create It, Show it off:  ATG with coloring (2/3)
Daisy Chain #57:  Autumn/Halloween
Digi Doodle Studios #43:  Fall/Halloween
The Paper Funday #34:  ATG or optional Halloween/color purple (her dress has some purple)
Unicorn Challenge #70:  Autumn/Halloween

So, that's my card!  Be sure to head on over to the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends blog to see what the rest of Team B have created, and to join us!  The challenge runs for 2 weeks, so hopefully you will have plenty of time.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time,

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!

~ Marie










CRITTER CRAZY CHALLENGE -- DECEMBER 1, 2021

Hello, and welcome back to my blog!  I hope that all of my friends here in America had a good Thanksgiving.  Hubby and I hosted again this y...