Friday, July 15, 2022


Hello friends, and welcome back to my blog!  Today's card is for the July New Release at Digi Doodle Studios, and boy, is it a cute one...the release, I mean!

Everyone, meet Toby!  I love this image so much...when I first saw it, I immediately thought he looked just like my friend Kim's grandson, Ezra.  So of course, I had to color him up to look like him, as best I could.  I had lots of fun coloring Toby, and I focused a lot of my attention to detail on his hair and skin tone.  He was colored with alcohol markers, with some added detail from a white gel pen.  I also had lots of fun making the little scene he's in.  The clouds were inked using my homemade stencil made from the Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud dies, Tumbled Glass oxide ink, and a blending brush.  The waves were created by ink blending Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, and Mermaid Lagoon oxides onto a scrap piece of 110lb. Accent Opaque white cardstock, spraying them with water to get the spotty, oxidized look, and then splattering with the white watercolor from the Kuretake Starry Colors set.  Then I die cut them with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Wave Borders.  I am in love with how they turned out!
The stitched square that the scene was created on and the scalloped layer underneath it were designed in the Silhouette Designer Edition software and cut with my Cameo.  I purchased a whole bunch of stitched cut files when Silhouette was having a sale, thinking I would get the same look as dies...NOPE!  The stitches are either too small or cut weird, so I guess I'll have to slowly build up a collection of "necessary" stitched dies. 😖 The patterned paper on the card base is called Blue Bubbles and comes from the Shades of Summer 8x8 paper pack.  


Love to Craft #69:  ATG (4/8)
Mix it Up #60:  ATG (4/8)
Let's Craft and Create #185:  ATG + fun in the sun option (3/3)
The Crafting Challenge:  A Taste of Summer
We Love Stamping: ATG w/stamping (2/3)
The Cutie Pie Challenge #173:  Little Cuties (1/3)
Craft Rocket #94:  Summertime
Dream Valley #273:  All Occasions (2/3)
QKR Stampede #448:  ATG (1/3)
Colour Crazy #28:  ATG w/coloring
Crafty Catz #604:  ATG (1/3)

Well, that's all from me today!  Don't forget to enter the current challenge over at the DDS challenge blog, where we wanna see 3 or more layers on your cards!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time,

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

~ Marie


  1. What a cool and fun card, Marie! You've created such a fabulous sea scene and I love those choppy waves. Great job with your Cameo too! I could do with cooling down like tat in this heatwave, lol.
    Hope you are keeping cool,
    Carol x

  2. Toby does look like he is having fun with his armbands. Love how you have created the sea and sky. Thanks for joining us at we love stamping this month xx

  3. This is adorable! What an amazing and creative background design for this little swimmer. Thanks for sharing at A Place To Start's July, "Anything Goes with a Twist/Balloons and Flowers" Challenge.

  4. You've created such a fun scene! Little Toby is as cute as can be. Thanks so much for joining in on our latest challenge at Let's Craft and Create. Cheryl W, DT

  5. Yet another company I hadn’t heard of. I’ll have to look. Great card.

  6. What a cutie! Beautiful colouring and fabulous little scene- the waves look great! Thanks for joining in at Crafty Catz this week.

  7. A scene just perfect for this warm weather. I love how you have created the sea and sky. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  8. A very lovely card and a nice scene.
    Thank you for taking part in the Mirtillamente challenge!
    Good luck and I hope to see you again.
    Alena DT Mirtillamente

  9. Suuupercute! :D Thanks a lot for joining us at Creatalicious :)

  10. Great card, thanks for playing along with our 'Anything Goes' challenge @ Dream Valley.
    Good Luck & Happy Crafting
    Carole xXx

  11. Lovely sea side card for a boy, great image and the background is simply perfect
    Thank you for joining us
    CD Sunday plus DT

  12. Thisis such a great scene!!

    Thanks for playing along at both MAWTT and Creative Moments,

    Hugz Tinz

  13. So cute, love your clouds! Thanks for joining Colour Crazy challenges, good luck! Dawn DT

  14. Perfect summer scene and your waves are fabulous! Thanks so very much for joining us this time at the Creatalicious Challenge

  15. So cute and very nicely crafted! Thanbks for sharing with us at A Place To Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  16. Adorable card. Thanks for joining 613 Avenue Create. anesha

  17. Great card! Thanks so much for participating in the Crafting Happiness Challenges!!! Our challenges are now WEEKLY on MONDAYS with a new THEME each week!!!
    I love that you play along, and I enjoy visiting your blog!! Have a happy crafty day!!
    Janis, Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator
    Blog, Pause Dream Enjoy
    Owner & Design Team, Crafting Happiness Challenges
    Design Team, Let’s Craft & Create
    Design Team, Christmas Crafts All Year Round

  18. He is adorable and perfect for The Cutie Pies. Sarah DT



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