Friday, January 21, 2022


Hello crafty friends! Welcome back to my little section of blog land. While I have a bit of free time, I wanted to share this card that I made for Digi Doodle Studios using the adorable Party Birds image.

Aren't they sweet?  To create this card, I chose papers from a 12x12 paper pad from DCWV called Confetti., which was a HOT BUY from Michaels.  Here is a similar one.  I colored the birds using alcohol markers to match the strip of confetti paper on the left.  The party hats and the balloon were all colored with Sakura gel pens while the party favor, and dots/stars surrounding the birds were all colored with Pentel metallic gel pens in gold and silver.  I had used Silhouette Design Studio to size the image to fit nicely on a 5.5" x5.5" square card base.  I also used the design program to create the scalloped circle layer behind the birds, and the sentiment.  So that everything would match, the scalloped circle was colored around the edge with an alcohol marker.  I think this card turned out super cute!  Of course, all the shiny and metallic markers do not show up well in pictures. πŸ˜€


Creative Moments #230:   ATG (3/3) 
Crafty Calendar #1:  ATG (3/3)
CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Love to Craft #66:  ATG (3/8)
Mix it Up #57:  ATG (4/8)
Crafty Animals #57:  ATG using animals
Critter Crazy:  ATG featuring critters
SheepSki Designs #58:  Square (1/3)
Fab 'n' Funky #543:  2 or more patterned papers
Aud Sentiments #290:  ATG + sentiment (3/5)
C.R.A.F.T #624:  ATG (1/2)
The Paper Shelter #495:  New Beginnings (1/3)
Polkadoodles #4:  ATG (1/2)
Digi Choosday #3:  ATG (1/2)
Colour Crazy #3:  ATG with coloring (1/2)
Crafty Catz #579:  ATG (1/3)
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday:  ATG, optional twist: Feminine
As You Like It:  Favorite Coloring Medium and why (alcohol markers are my coloring medium of choice because I have the most experience with them!)

Well, that's all for me today friends!  Thanks again for stopping by...oh, and don't forget to join us at the Digi Doodle Studios challenge blog for this month's challenge BE HAPPY and/or YOUR FAVORITE THING.  There's still time left to play along!  Until next time,

πŸ’— Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless! πŸ’—

~ Marie

Sunday, January 16, 2022


Hello, and welcome back to my blog!  Today I am sharing with you my card for Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, where the theme is always ANYTHING GOES, and our sponsor is The Paper Shelter.

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We were given the adorable Little Butterfly digital stamp to work with and here is my card:

I had it in mind that I wanted to use this lovely paper from the Summer Blooms kit from Trinity Stamps, so I adjusted the colors of the pre-colored image just a bit to match the paper better.  I created a frame using the 2 largest dies from the Scalloped Labels One set from Spellbinders and cut it several times from scraps of Accent Opaque 110lb cardstock and once from white glitter cardstock.  Oh, and of course once form acetate!  I used sequins from 3 different mixes in my shaker:  Clear Iris mix and Petal Peach mix from Honey Bee Stamps, and the Clearly in Love mix from Sparkle Blends. I thought that the colors matched the colored stripes really well.  The love die is from Honey Bee Stamps Bitty Buzzwords Honey Cuts set and is cut a few times from cardstock scraps and another paper from the Trinity kit.  Here's a couple more pics:


Love to Craft #66:  ATG (2/8)
Mix it Up #57:  ATG (3/8)
Aud Sentiments #290:  ATG + a sentiment (2/5)
Polkadoodles #3:  ATG (2/2)
Digi Choosday #2:  ATG (2/2)

Ok, that's it from me today!  Don't forget to join us for the challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends for your chance at some fabulous images from The Paper Shelter!  Also, check out the rest of the DT blogs, and leave us all some comment love!  Until next time,

πŸ’— Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless! πŸ’—

~ Marie

Saturday, January 15, 2022


Hello friends, and welcome back to my blog!  Today is the day where my Squirrely friends and I get together and have some fun, but we decided to shake it up a *tiny* bit by changing our name to...

Anna also provided us with a new logo, which is just too stinkin' CUTE! πŸ˜€ We're still keeping the premise of our monthly hop, which is to use those supplies that we have "squirreled away," and to try out a new technique.  This year, we have added in using sketches also.  I think this year is gonna be a fun one!

So for this first hop of 2022, we are focusing on a sketch right off the bat, and it comes from Paper Play SketchesThe challenge is currently inactive, but they don't mind that the sketches still get used.  We all chose a favorite sketch, and then they were entered into a random pick tool, which resulted in this one being the winner:
This wasn't my choice, but I made do. πŸ˜‰ Here is my card:

I took this sketch at face value, mostly because I was very limited on time!  I did emboss resist on the 3 little panels using Gina K's Holiday Tapestry stamp set, and some of her inks, which I had never used before.  The ones I used (in rainbow order) are:  Tangerine Twist, Wild Dandelion, Lucky Clover, Turquoise Sea, Wild Lilac, and Passionate Pink.  Boy, do I like her inks!  I may have to see if I can get my hands on more of them!  Shhh, don't tell my hubby!  I used blending brushes to apply the ink to the panels, and then wiped any extra ink off the embossed images with a paper towel.  Occasionally, I had to add a bit of moisture to really get it off, but not too much, as I didn't want the ink to react.  In true Gina K style, I adhered the panels on a black strip so the colors would really POP.   I added foam tape to the panels to add dimension.  The die cut "hello" comes from Honey Bee Stamps Bitty Buzzwords Honey Cuts, and the "sweet friend" comes from the coordinating Bitty Buzzwords stamp set.  I love these so much!  There are SO MANY ways to use them!  I die cut the hello 5 times from black cardstock and layered them together for dimension and used VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink to stamp the sentiment.  The 3 rainbowy gems in the top right corner are unknown.  As a final touch, I grabbed my clear Wink of Stella pen and added several layers to the hello, and to the visible parts of the black strip.  Here are a couple more pics:


Gina K stamp set -- I've had this for a little while now, and have been DYING to use it
unknown gems

Hmm, I guess I didn't do *too* well on using the ole stash, but there's always next month! 😁
You know the drill...if you've been hopping along, then you came from the wonderful Lounon, and your next stop is the fabulous VDon't forget to leave us some precious comment love!


Love to Craft #66:  ATG (2/8)
Mix it Up #57:  ATG (2/8)
613 Avenue Create:  ATG (1/8)
Stamping Sensations #1:  ATG w/stamping and optional Add a die
Fab 'n' Funky:  Keep it Simple
Aud Sentiments #290:  ATG + a sentiment (1/5)
Polkadoodles #3:  ATG (1/2)
Digi Choosday #2:  ATG (1/2)

That's all for today, friends!  Thanks for stopping by, and until next time...

 πŸ’—Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless! πŸ’—

~ Marie

Saturday, January 1, 2022


Hello friends, and welcome back to my blog! My exciting news that I get to share with you today is that I am now a DT member at Digi Doodle Studios!  I am super excited about this new opportunity...I get to work alongside some of the most AMAZING designers, AND I will be creating with the SUPER CUTE images by Dina!  This month's blog challenge is BE HAPPY and/or FAVORITE THINGS, and the DT twist is to ADD A HEART.  Today is my first post as an actual DT member, and here is my project:

I chose to use Antoni Coffee Gnomie because he is just the CUTEST fella with that coffee mug in his hands, and because coffee makes me happy, specifically iced coffee from Dunkin!  I actually think he is enjoying some hot chocolate...I guess that's what he was in the mood for today!  I used my Silhouette Designer Edition software to size my image the way I wanted him to look for my card, then I cut him out with my Cameo. He is colored with mostly alcohol markers, but I colored his beard using Arteza colored pencils in smoke gray and cloudy gray.  That was my first time using those pencils, and I really enjoyed them.  

For the background, I ink blended Ground Espresso oxide ink through the FABULOUS Coffee Beans stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.  I started with a 5.5 x 5.5" piece of cardstock and used my Taylored Expressions brown blender brush to blend darkest in the center and lighter as I worked toward the edges.  When I got the look I wanted, I removed the stencil and blended over the whole panel with the remaining ink on the brush to get rid of the stark white between the beans.  Once that was dry, I added water to some Walnut Stain distress ink and splattered away!  The coffee bean panel was cut down using the largest Spellbinders card creator die from set B and adhered to some kraft cardstock that is adhered directly to my 4.25 x 5.5" card base, all with Bearly Art glue.  Antoni was adhered with foam squares.  

The sentiment dies come from the Bitty Buzzwords die set from Honeybee Stamps, and they were cut 3 times each and layered for dimension.  For a final sparkly touch to my card, I added Mint Ice Stickles to certain areas of the image, and also to the bottom of the die cut heart (Hug in a Mug die set from Honeybee Stamps), and to the bottom of the words.  Also, his little pompoms have white gel pen details added to make them look fluffy.  Here are a couple more pics:


Love to Craft #66:  ATG (1/8)
Mix It Up #57:   ATG (1/8)
Passion for Markers #621:  ATG Mega challenge (1/3)
Digi Choosday:  ATG (1/2)
The Outlawz Monday Greetings:  ATG with a greeting on the outside

Thanks so much for dropping by today!  Don't forget to join us over on the challenge blog and share your BE HAPPY and/or FAVORITE THINGS creations!  Happy New Year to us all, and I hope it will be a blessed one.  Until next time,

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless! πŸ’–

~ Marie


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