Saturday, August 18, 2018

Berries

Hi!
Time for a new code word from Addicted To Clean and Simple.
  Bobby is our hostess and she chose the code word BERRIES.

I first thought of strawberries, but that's all the further my mojo
took me on that idea!
So I searched berry clip art and found this:
I liked the idea of the berry branches in a vase.

This is what I ended up with:

Here's what I used:
Stampscapes - leafy branch 277F
Technique Tuesday - Berries-Greenhouse ( 2013)
Copic Markers - C0, C1, C2, R29
Cuttlebug Embossing folder - oxford
My Favorite Things - Die-namics (vase)


What does the word "Berries" make you think of?

'till next time,
Doni

Friday, August 17, 2018

In the sky

Hi! 
Today's card was inspired by the challenge over at 
The challenge is to use a printed page as a background
Here's what I came up with:


It's funny the way creativity works. I had no ideas so I looked through my pinterest 
boards for something to spark my interest. I came across this card by Cindy Elam:
 
I liked the stenciled clouds so that's where that came from.
...and whats a sky without some birds, so I stamped some (Inkadinkado- coastal).
Then I thought of the bunny in the hot air balloon, a stamp from
The Cat's Pajamas (2011) , so I stamped it on white cardstock
colored it with copic markers and fussy cut it out.
I don't know if you can tell it or not, but I had to stamp the center section on a scrap of the background word paper and paperpiece it so that the words would be behind the bunny 
and not just the white paper.
To finish it off, I used die cut letters to spell hello (memory box- abc soup die).

Thanks for looking.

'till next time,
Doni

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Sunflower

Hello!
Today I'm playing along with two challenges:
and

Here's my card:

At Paper Players it's a color challenge
 
I'm pretty sure all those shades are in there!

Over at the  CAS Watercolor the challenge is sunflowers.
 

This little Sunflower Girl is a Pure Innocence stamp from My Favorite Things.
This is one of the first stamps I bought (2009) and 
she holds a special place in my heart.  
It was fun to get her inky again!

 Thanks for looking!

'till next time,
Doni

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Dragonflies

Hi! 
Hope you're enjoying this very relaxing summer Sunday!

I've been
 thinking about my oldest Granddaughter
who will be starting a new life adventure this week
 and also thinking about my friends blog challenge (Double D Challenges).

Strange as it may seem they came together in the form of this card: 


The challenge theme is " Don't bug me!"
and here's the mood board they gave us for inspiration:
 
I of course zeroed in on the dragonfly.

Here's what I used:
The Rubber Cafe - Small Paisley Dragonfly
Simon Says Stamp - Stitched Circles Die
softly water colored  background ( Distress inks) from my stash
my computer - sentiment I found after Googling dragonfly thoughts

Now all I have to do is wait for my granddaughter's new address so I can send it to her!

Thanks for looking.

'till next time,
Doni

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Masculine

Hi!
Time for a new code word from Addicted To Clean and Simple.
 
  Ellenor is our hostess and she chose the code word MASCULINE.
 
 
Here's my card:
 
 
I started off by cutting a square out of a basic white card front panel
using MFT Die-namics (Blueprints # 13) to cut the panel
and Avery Elle Elle-ments Die (inside out stitched squares) to die cut the opening.

Then I used distress inks to lightly sponge a background on the card front:
The really cute stamp set I used is from PoppyStamps
#CL430 called No Truffle at All.

Thanks for stopping by.

'till next time,
Doni

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Dragon Affairs

Hi!
 I want to share a card that I made today.
I started out by using hand made backgrounds that I'd been 
making using some Distress Oxide Inks. ( wilted violet,lucky clover and broken china)

I was playing around with some Distress micro glaze from Tim Holtz.
It's supposed to bring a bright finish to the soft colors of the oxide inks. 
However I missed the little point of needing to start with glossy (photo) paper.
I was using watercolor paper...well duh!... no wonder my background still looked soft and muted!

It still made a great background for this sweet Dragon from My Favorite Things.

I googled "dragon sayings" and found this, and it really touched my funny bone!

Here's the inside:

 
Hope it made you smile!

I'm linking to:
and 

'till next time,
Doni

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

I love Christmas!

Hi!
I'm welcoming in a new month (August---already!)
and a brand new monthly challenge blog called

Here's my very first entry into this fun challenge:

Yep! You know by now that I love box cards, so it seemed only fitting that I start out with one!

I made the basic box using Green cardstock and the Lawn Fawn scalloped box card die.
I used a pretty Christmas paper by BoBunny called Mistletoe
 to decorated the sides and flaps of my box. 
The Merry Christmas sentiment flap was made using a stamp and cut set from Hero Arts (Merry).

Next on to the fun part of choosing what cute things to put in the box!
I chose to use the Santa and reindeer from There She Goes- design by Torico.
I'm sad to say that the There She Goes website closed at the end of 2013,
so this stamp is no longer available. However, it will always remain one of my favorites!

The cute trees I used are from Sugar Pea Designs- It Moose be Christmas.  
I used Copic Markers to color everything:
Reindeer  :  E31, E33, E37
                                                            Reindeer Nose:   E27, E25
                                                            Trees:  YG25, G28 
                                                            Tree trunks:  E23, E25
                                                            Santa face:  E00, E11, R20
                                                            Santa suit: R14, R29, R89
                                                            Belt buckle: YR24

Hopefully by playing along with this blog every month, I'll get a good start on my 
Christmas cards for next year! Anyway, that's the plan!

'till next time,
Doni

Monday, July 30, 2018

Magical day

Hello!
If left to my own choices, I always seem to create totally CAS ( clean and simple)!
so, today I'm playing along with 2 different sketch challenges to help 
me get out of my creative rut.

The first one is Sunday Stamps Challenge.

The second one ( scroll down to find it) is The Paper Players.

also playing along with  

And since I'm at it , might as well link to
(..so far there are 440 cards posted! lol) 

Here we go with the first card:
 
My take on it:
 I started by using a square of water colored background that  I had laying on my desk .
The other day I was playing with some  Distress Oxide Inks.

Next I added some sweet little fairies ( Lawn Fawn - Fairy Friends),
colored them with Copic Markers and added Wink Of Stella - Clear to the wings.
Last step was to layer this up like the sketch and add a few 
crystal sequins for that special Fairy sparkle.

Hope you're inspired to try this fun sketch.


Now, on to sketch2:
 

Here's what I came up with:

This was a fun sketch to use....it really pushed me out side of my comfort zone! 
Here's what I used:
Memory Box - Stitched rectangles
Reverse Confetti - Tag Die
summer treats  printed paper ( source unknown)
Simon Says Stamp - Ice Cream Dream stamp set
Copic Markers
Glossy Accents
yellow cord

 Thanks for stopping by today.

'till next time,
Doni

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Hummingbird

I have to stay off of my left foot for a few days, so shucky darn...guess 
that gives me a good reason to stay at my craft desk !

Here's the card I just worked on:

I made this to play along with Splitcoast Stampers' Inspiration Challenge.

You can see it in my Gallery HERE.
My inspiration piece and the supplies I used are listed there .

Thanks for looking! 

 'till next time,
Doni

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Summertime

Hi!
Time for a new code word from Addicted To Clean and Simple.
  Jaydee is our hostess and she chose the code word SUMMERTIME.

Summertime and the living is easy....
 sorry, that song just will not get out of my head!!!

Here's my card for some summer inspiration:


Hope you're having some summer fun!

For this card I used Lawn Fawn images and colored them with copics...
arranged them on a kraft colored panel and then popped the whole
thing up with foam tape.

Thanks for looking!

'til next time,
Doni

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Tea

Hi!
There is a new challenge up on the Double "D" Challenge Blog.
 
The theme is  TEA and/or COFFEE.
I'm a tea drinker, so I picked tea. Check out the inspiration board:
                                          
 
See those wonderful cookies in the top left photo...that's what inspired me to create this:
 

 I used a really cute Stamp and Die set from Crafter's Companion called "Tea Time".
For this card I just used the Dies. I stacked them up 4 deep to get some dimension
and to make them look like the frosted cookies I used 
Enamel Accents by Inkssentials. 

I was excited...I've had this in my stash for years and this was the first time I used it!

For the inside I used a cute tea bag image ( a digi stamp, source unknown )



I'm also entering this card at
and


'till next time,
Doni

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Favorite Color

Hi! 
Today I'd like to share with you a card I made to play along 
with a challenge over at The Sisterhood Of Crafters.

Darlene is the hostess and here's what she challenged us to do:

What's YOUR Favorite Color???
(create something using your favorite color)

So here we go:


Lime green is Sooo.. my favorite color, just check out my blog name!

I remember one time when my Grandson Jack was in early elementary school
( I forget exactly what grade) and they drew pictures of their grandma's which were
 hung in the hall way on the way to their room.
You could spot the stick figure with the black pants and  lime green shirt
from a mile away! 
It was pretty funny!

Here's what I used to make this card:

Impression Obsession  -  die cut sentiment
Cherry Lynn Designs  -  flip flops
MFT Die-namics  -  stitched basic edges
The Cat's Pajamas  -  Apron Border 006

Thanks for stopping by.

'till next time,
Doni

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Celebrate Your Special Day

Hi!

Today I'm entering my second card in The Paper Players 400th challenge.
( They are limiting the entries to two a person, which I think is a great idea!)
Check them out HERE.
 
Here's my card:
The background is a resist embossed technique I did awhile ago
when I was watching a Jennifer McGuire video. 

Here's what I used to make this card:
Simon Says Stamp-Lattice Grid Background 6x6 stamp
white embossing powder
circle die ( to make my own stencil) 
Distress Inks
My Favorite Things - Die-Namics (Celebrate)
Wink Of Stella - clear
Jillibean Soup (Hampton Arts)- Enjoy stamp & die set

I didn't put anything in the inside yet because I figured 
it would depend on what they were celebrating 
as to what you would say.

I'm crossing my fingers and hoping Mr. Random Generator
picks one of my two cards to win a prize!

'till next time,
Doni

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Baby


Hi!
Time for a new code word from Addicted To Clean and Simple.
 
It's my honor to be hostess this time
and I chose the word BABY.
 
 
 Here's my card:
I love these sweet soft colors...I used distress Inks  with a very light touch!
The stork is from My Favorite Things.
The large scalloped panel was cut from a die by Wplus9 (Sunshine Layers).
The little clouds are cut using a die by Impression Obsession.

I hope this inspires you to join our challenge.

Thanks for looking.

'till next time,
Doni

Friday, July 6, 2018

Celebrate

Hi!
Happy Friday!
 
Today I'm playing along with The Paper Players 400th challenge
and boy are they celebrating big time with lots of prizes! 
Check them out HERE.
 
 Here's the card I made to help them celebrate:
 
 
I had fun making this card.
Here's how I got the tiny celebrate words to fit in between the black stripes:
 
 
 I just cut a strip of the words out of the paper! 
(The Paper Studio paper pack called Eat Cake from Hobby Lobby)
How lucky was that...just the right size!
 
The Panda is a stamp from Fiskars called A Day At The Zoo.
The balloons are a die from Penny Black called Uplifting.
I colored the balloons with Copics, added clear Wink Of Stella and
tied them with Bakers Twine in matching colors.
Popped everything up with foam tape, added some tiny sequins and called it done!

Here's what the inside looks like:

Lots of space to write about whatever you're celebrating!
The Yippee is a die from Waffle Flower.

Thanks so much for looking.

'till next time,
Doni


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Sun

Happy 4th of July !

Before the serious picnic food eating begins, 
 I had time to make a card !
Thanks to my friend Darlene, I  found a new to me 
challenge blog called The Sisterhood of Crafters.
Their theme this time is "Something You Would See/Find In The Sky!

 Being the original thinker that I am, I looked out my window and saw the sun!

So, here's my card:
 The sun die is from Lil' inker designs.
The clouds and the word sunshine are dies 
from a set called sunshine layers made by W plus 9.

I used my Copic marker (Y19 and C2) to add
some detail to the die cuts.

The word sunshine is also layered 4 deep to add dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

'till next time,
Doni

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Rock On!

Hi!
Happy July! 
It's a hot one here in Ohio. It's going into the 90's again today.
I just checked on my phone
  and the humidity is 89% ! UGH, that's what makes it hard to breathe.

I'm so glad I've got a lovely air conditioned craft room to play in.

Here's what I made today:


Here's the inside:


I suppose you could use this for a birthday card.
However my thinking was more along the lines of a retirement card.
There's lots of blank space to write your own Happy Retirement message.
I chose the neutral grey so it could work for either a girl or a guy.

Supplies: 
Frantic Stamper (rocking chair - 3 die cuts layered together for dimension)
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps -Rock Star!  (rock on sentiment)
inside sentiment - used the computer
Copic Markers - C1, C3 ( for a little shading on the chair)

Challenges entered:

Thanks for stopping by today!

'till next time,
Doni

Saturday, June 23, 2018

You got this!

Hi!
Time for a new code word from Addicted To Clean and Simple.
  Susan is our hostess and she chose the code word Girl Power
.
 Here's my take on it:

I'm sending this to a friend who is taking a Stats Class that she has been dreading.
...just a little confidence builder!

Here's what I used :
Mama Elephant - Tiny Heroes Stamp set
Simon Says Stamp dies -  Stitched Circles and Holiday Shapes
My Favorite things - 6x6 paper pack black & white stripes 
Vellum 
White embossing powder
Copic Markers


Thanks for looking.

'till next time,
Doni


 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Butterflies

 
Hi!
The challenge at the Double D's Blog Challenge is to use butterflies. 
They gave us this mood board for inspiration:
 
 
I liked the color combo that's on the upper right square.
This morning I got out my distress inks and water spritzer
and played around using the colors, 
mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers, mowed lawn, and mustard seed.
 
When I got done  I was not impressed! It pretty much looked like a big ole mess!
However, the butterflies I die cut from that mess turned out really nice!  go figure! 
 
Here's the card I made:
I used clear Wink of Stella on the butterflies, 
but you can't see the sparkle in the picture.

Supplies:
Distress Inks (colors listed above)
Memory Box - Isabella Butterfly Die
Wink of Stella - Clear
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Borders
Detail White Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up - Rose Wonder (sentiment)

Thanks so much for stopping by.

'till next time, 
Doni

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Summertime Fun

Hi! 
High temperatures and even higher humidity
give me the perfect excuse to spend even more time in my air conditioned craft room!
Like I need a reason!
Anyhow, here's a card I'd like to share with you:
 

A closer look:


I used the scalloped box die from Lawn Fawn 
and the Life Is Good stamp set and matching dies also from Lawn Fawn .
 
I'm entering in the 
Dies R Us Challenge #99 - Summertime Fun
Grab our Badge! 
you can find it HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

'till next time,
Doni

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Color Throwdown

Today I made a card with the colors from
 
 
Here's what I came up with:
 
                                 Supplies:
                                  My Favorite Things- Magical Dragons stamp set
                                  cloud stencil ( made myself)
                                  Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass
                                  Simon Says Stamp - Holiday Shapes Die ( tiny hearts)
                                  My Favorite Things - The a la modes in "Oh, Baby!" (sentiment)
                                  Copic Markers
 
 
  Thanks for looking.
 
'till next time,
Doni