Sunday, September 23, 2018

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY

Hi! 

I'm really excited to be a brand new member of the Design Team 

Here's the card I made for this month's theme 'Christmas Comes Early'.


I used a cute little digi stamp which I colored with Copic Markers
and framed with some Christmas patterned paper from my stash .

There is still time to play along with this fun challenge.

'till next time,
 Doni

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Surfing

This is the card I made today:
 

This is a digi stamp from "From The Heart Stamps".
Sadly the storefront has closed so this stamp is unavailable.
 
I'm entering this at The Paper Players blog (sports)
 and at
Bling it on ( there is glitter on the wave foam)
 
Got to run!
 
'till next time,
Doni

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Tweet

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

Our Sponsor is Happy Little Stampers 
and  Kylie is offering the winner a generous $20. GC to the store!


Here's my card:


and this is what I put inside:
 
and here's what I used to make this card:
plus Copic markers and foam squares.

Thanks for stopping by.

'till next time,
Doni

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

Today I'm playing along with
MFT Sketch Challenge #402.
Here's the sketch
 

I started off by going through my stack of hand made backgrounds.
I came across this background with all these stripes of gorgeous fall colors
that I had made while watching a video of Jennifer McGuire's.
This used distress inks and a masking paper ( a post it note) to make the stripes, 
and then of course you sprinkle a little water on it!
I thought this made the perfect background for the little girl sitting on the pumpkin.

The stamps I used are from My Favorite Things new release. 
This set is called ' Fall Friends'.
Colored with Copics.

Thanks for stopping by!

'till next time,
Doni


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Santa Paws

Made a CAS Christmas card to play along with the





Here's what I used:
MFT Die-namics - stitched rounded rectangles
Simon Says Stamp - You Are Pawesome stamp set
Pink & Main - Santa Paws sentiment
Santa hat - a digi stamp from my collection ( source unknown)
Memento-  tuxedo black ink
Copic markers -  A14, A29 and E43, E44, E49
 Stickles - diamond

Thanks for stopping by!

'till next time,
Doni

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Best Friend

I made a birthday card for a friend.

 
 
I started by creating a galaxy background with my distress inks.
You can see a video on this technique HERE.

I used the MFT Space Explorer stamp set . After I colored this cute space explorer
and used the die to cut him out, I didn't like all the white space between the balloon strings
so I took my C7 Copic marker and colored in those areas. Then I added just a few tiny white dots
 with my Signo uni-ball white pen. It really does look a lot better.

The whole panel was popped up using foam tape.
The sentiment is from the MFT Anything -but-basic friendship stamp set that was just released.
I stamped it with Versamark on black card stock and heat embossed it with
 detail white embossing powder.  This sentiment strip was also popped up using foam tape.

I'm am also submitting this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Time for breakfast....don't ask me why I was wide awake at 5:30 this morning!!

'till next time,
Doni



Thursday, September 6, 2018

'Pop' A Wheelie

Hi! 
Today's card was inspired by the challenge over at 
The challenge is to use anything that has wheels.
To help our creative juices get going they provided a great inspiration board.
 
I was inspired by the bottom right picture and here's what I came up with:

 Here's what I used:
Dies: Impression Obsession - Wheelbarrow(DIE165-H)
Impression Obsession - tiny flowers (DIE140-D)
Memory Box - Leafy Foliage
W plus 9 - Doodle Buds Stamps
Glossy Accents- (used as glue)
seed beads
ms. sparkle & co. - neutral woodgrain paper pad

Thanks for stopping by today
and a special thanks for leaving a comment. 
They really do make my day!

'till next time,
Doni

Monday, September 3, 2018

Casing Ksenija

Hi!
To all of you that celebrate it...Happy Labor Day!

So, this morning I was commenting on the cards in the new
 challenge over at Addicted To CAS .
Ksenija is the Guest Designer this time and I fell
in love with her blog, especially this card:

I loved the way the dog looks like he's flying right out of the center frame.

I don't know why, but this made me think of this cute little stamp I got
a while ago from Stampingbella. I hadn't used it yet, so I got her inky today!
This is what I made:


and while I was at it , I did this one too:


Thanks to Ksenija for inspiring me today!

I'm linking this card up over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
The theme is Anything Goes.

'till next time,
Doni

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Apples

Hi!
Time for a new code word from Addicted To Clean and Simple.
  Anja is our hostess and she chose the code word Apples.
 
 
Perfect time of the year for some bright red apples!
 
 
and here's what I put inside:


The stamp is from Lawn Fawn and I colored it with these copics:
E31,E35, E55  -  R08, R14, R27, R29  -  G14, G19  -  Y11

I hope this inspires you to make your own apple card. 

'till next time,
Doni

Monday, August 27, 2018

Handmade stencil

Hi!
I was looking for something ( I can't remember what )
in a drawer in my craft room when I came across a 
piece of cardstock that I had used as a mask when
 I made this card way back in 2012.
 
 This is what I'm talking about:
to make the hills    
 
and to make the sky  
 
and to stamp the trees  
 
By the time I made a bunch of these cards my mask was pretty grungy .
I have no idea why I saved it but I'm glad I did!

Here's the card I made from that old mask:

All I had to do was trim it down, add a tiny black mat showing only on the cut edges
 add a die cut sentiment (Avery Elle) and slap it on a matching card base.

This was fun...and super easy! lol

Thanks for stopping by.
'till next time,
Doni


Friday, August 24, 2018

Polar Bear and balloons

Hi!
Today I'm working on a card for
 
 
Here's what I came up with:
 
Pretty basic, but I got all the colors covered, lol!

Thanks for stopping by.

'till next time,
Doni

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Let it snow

Hi!
Here's the card I made today:


 I'm playing along with MFT Wednesday sketch challenge
 

to use a stencil

 

I used :
Simon Says Stamp- falling snow stencil
embossing paste that I added glitter to
vellum
MFT - stitched circle die
MFT - snowflake die
Pretty Pink Posh - snowflake sequin mix
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps - You're so cool! stamp set ( sentiment)

Thanks for looking!

'till next time,
Doni

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Birthday Bowler

Hi!
I've been in the house all morning.
When I stepped outside to go to lunch it was like walking into a sauna!  Whew!

I love air conditioning!

Here's a card for today:
I'm playing along with CASology.

 

Bowling is a sport...right?

Here's a closer look at how I popped up the focal panel:
 

 
I got this AI stamp at Michaels.

Thanks for stopping by.

'till next time,
Doni

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