Saturday, April 22, 2017

Less is More

Hi!
Today's challenge at  Less is More 
is to use stripes.
I thought these black & white stripes were pretty cool, 
so I used them as a background. Sure hope this still qualifies as Clean & Simple!

OK, so after I linked this up to Less is More I didn't think it looked very CAS....
so I gave it another try and came up with this:
Much better!
Thanks for looking!

'till next time,
Doni

Monday, April 17, 2017

sketch challenge

Hello!
Monday's are sketch challenge times for 
 
                                                        Here's my card for this week:

Here's the sketch:
Sektch # 1 

I made a standard A2 card rather than a square card.
I actually used a paper punch to punch out the tiny red dots
 and used a circle die to get the placement.
I just taped the circle dye on the card front 
 with re-moveable tape and glued the dots around it.
The cute felt heart was rescued from my overflowing jar of 
store bought embellishments.

Hope you can find time to play along with us this  week.

'till next time,
Doni

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Rainbow

Hi!
 It's my turn to host the challenge and I picked the word "Rainbow".
 

Here's my card:
 I wanted to use this really cool silhouette stamp by
Technique Junkies called Rain Dance, however
I wanted it to be rainbow colored.
So...I grabbed my StampinUp markers ,
colored in rainbow stripes onto the stamp and Huffed!
Boy, it's been a long time since I had to huff on a stamp to keep the ink from drying!
I even like the way the colors are not totally solid.
The sentiment is from a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp.

I can't wait to see all your beautiful colors in this challenge RAINBOW gallery!

'till next time,
Doni



Monday, April 3, 2017

FTHS April Blog Hop

Hi!
Welcome to the From The Heart Stamps April Blog Hop.
Our theme this month is ....I'm no spring chicken!
(tell me about it!  lol)

If you have arrived from Calypso's Blog , you are in the right place,
if not why don’t you start on the From The Heart Stamps Blog so you don’t miss anything.

Here is my project, using Spectacular Birdbrain:

This also is my sample for this weeks sketch challenge.
Here's the sketch:
I really liked the loopy border
and I new I had a straight loopy border die cut from The Cat's Pajamas.
...so here's how I got it to follow the curve without puckering:
 by cutting little notches in the bottom. Easy peasy!

Birdbrain is colored with copic markers and I added a little sparkle to
 the red eyeglasses with clear Wink of Stella on the frame part and
 Glossy Accents on the lenses.

Oh, and I found the perfect little sentiment ( ..you still look like a spring chick!)
on the Birthday Candle Birdbrain set.

Thanks for stopping by.

Now head over to Imke's Blog.
and see what she has created. As you hop along, leave a comment on each blog. 
We will select a random winner from the comments
on each blog to win one image of your choice. 
Our hop will end on Sunday April 9th 2017 at 6 am, 
and the winners will be posted on Wednesday April 13th.
      
'till next time,
Doni


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Smile

Hi !
Time for a new code word from Addicted To Clean and Simple.
 
 
Here's my take on the code word:
 I also did this one :
Still don't know which one I like better.
 
My daughter liked the one with blue ( her favorite color) in it,
so that's the one I went with.

Card Recipe:
white watercolor paper
black cardstock
impression obsession die- smile
Art Impressions- small sentiment 
(from the bowling stamp set- I cut off have a ball!)
Ranger Distress Inks- Pickled Raspberry, squeezed lemonade
twisted citron and mermaid lagoon
Doodle Bug - sprinkles

I can't wait to check out the link it gallery and see what you do with the word Smile!

'till next time,
Doni

Monday, March 27, 2017

Good Waves

Hello!
Monday's are sketch challenge times for 
Here's my card for this week:

Here are some of the supplies I used:

I stared off by hand drawing the sketch (#168) to card front size.
Then I searched for an image and found
 both the image and the sentiment just seemed to fit perfectly.
I colored Birdbrain and his surf board and fussy cut them out.
The waves were hand drawn and the colored with Copics, however if I had it to do over again I think I would paper piece them from colored cardstock.

I hope you  also have some fun with this sketch.

'till next time,
Doni

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Inspiration Challenge

This is the card I made while playing along with today's inspiration challenge 


Here is what inspired me:

Wedding Cakes | Black + White:  

Thanks for taking a look.

'til next time,
Doni


Monday, March 20, 2017

Sketch # 167

Hi!
  Time for a new sketch challenge from
Here's my card:
I used The Birdbrain Egg Painting set that you can find HERE!

Here's the sketch
which I turned on it's side:
 
This was a fun one to do.
...and I can't believe how fast Easter is approaching!

'till next time,
Doni

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Life is good!

Hi !
Time for a new code word from Addicted To Clean and Simple.
 
 
Here's my card:
 
 I've never been sailing in my life, but I think that would be an awesome way to spend the day!

I made a square card this time with a lot of masking and sponging going on.
Here's what I used:
Lawn Fawn - life is good stamp set
Inkadinkado- coastal stamp set
MFT Die-namics - stitched circle stax
Distress Ink - salty ocean, tumbled glass, antique linen

Today's code word was hosted by Barb.
and sponsored by
Prize - $10 voucher to the store
 
 Thanks for stopping by.
 
'till next time,
Doni

Monday, March 13, 2017

Birdie Parade

Hello!
Monday's are sketch challenge times for 

Here's my card for today:
 
Here's the sketch:
 
...and I think these bright colors qualify as BOLD!

I hope this inspires you to play along with our sketch challenge.

'till next time,
Doni

 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Lucky

For the next few days VERVE is giving away for FREE
this Lucky Day Digital Set:
 
 
 
I downloaded it into my digi file and made this card with it:

Here's what I used:
white cardstock
Green cardstock
Tan cardstock
The Cat's Pajamas CutUps - wreath
Verve digital stamp
Shamrock punch
Green watercolor paint
Watercolor brush
MFT Die-namics - Blueprints #13 


'till next time,
Doni
 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Blog Hop

Hi!
Welcome to the From The Heart Stamps March Blog Hop.
We have a Spring Theme this month. 
Our designers are each showing a project created with this theme.
If you have arrived from Cammy's Blog , you are in the right place,
if not why don’t you start on the From The Heart Stamps Blog so you don’t miss anything.
Here is my project, using SPRING BOUQUET:
I made a shaker card  focusing on  only the pretty flowers and the little bee, of course!

and I used today's sketch #165 :

To do the front, I used a die to cut the circle then I  made the petals to put
 around the circle by tracing around a petal shape that I drew freehand
and cut them out of  practice paper where I had been playing around with yellow watercolor splashes.
The sentiment was stamped using Versafine grey ink, cut into a banner shape
and attached on top of the flower.
Then to make the shaker part...place this front panel face down
so you're working on the back side
adhere acrylic( cut a little bigger) over the circle
add 3-M Scotch double sided foam tape(two layers high)
around the circle.
A tip I learned from K.Werner is to remove the covering from both sides of the tape and then it goes around the circle curve really easy.
Add some pretty sparkle thing to shake around inside this circle.
Then you also need to add 2 layers of tape in spots around the edge of the card .

I then cut a 5 1/2 inch by 4 1/4 inch card front from  the sheet of paper
that has the colored image , checking to make sure the image shows through the window.
Attach this to the back of the card front and your done.

If I have totally confused you, just go to YouTube and search for Shaker Cards!

Here's what I did on the inside:

The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Now head over to Imke's Blog.
and see what she has created. As you hop along, leave a comment on each blog. 
We will select a random winner from the comments
on each blog to win one image of your choice. 
Our hop will end on Sunday March 12th 2017 at 6 am, 
and the winners will be posted on Wednesday March 15th.
      Thanks for hopping with us today.

'till next time,
Doni




Saturday, March 4, 2017

Doodle

The word Doodle is close to my heart.
I'm known as donidoodle on Splitcoast Stampers,
so I was really excited when Bhavara chose Doodle as her CODEWORD.
 

Here's the card I made:


 It's hard to see, but the white panel is raised a little bit , here's a closer look:




and I kept the inside really simple:
Card recipe:
W plus 9 -doodle Buds
Simon Says Stamp- sketchy banner greetings
Zig Milennium pen- 05
Doodlebug 6x6 paper pad-Hello Sunshine
copic markers: YR04, YR01, Y00, Y02, RV06, YG05, YG07

inside:
There She Goes- sentimental birthday


I hope this inspires you to join our challenge and 
be in the running to win  a
Gift Card for 15 from Create a Smile Stamps.


'till next time,
Doni 


Friday, March 3, 2017

Bunny Love

Hi! 
This weather today has been so weird here in Northeast Ohio.
One minute it's snowing like crazy and the next minute the sunshine is blinding!
 
Anyhow, Now that I'm back inside ...I made a card!

Another view:
I love the bright happy colors of Easter time!

For more details check out my gallery post at Splitcoast Stampers.

'till next time,
Doni


Monday, February 27, 2017

Shamrock Birdbrain

Hello!
Here's my card for this week's sketch at From The Heart Stamps.



This week I chose to use only the sketch and not the color suggestions or the twist.
 
Here's the inside:
 I kept it very simple with lots of room to write your own message.
 
Card recipe:
We Bit and Lots of Luck (for the inside shamrock)
 StampinUp-teeny tiny tiny wishes ( inside sentiment)
Nestabilities - classic ovals large
Zig millennium marker 05( for doodling)
Copic markers - Y02, Y19, YR68, YR61, G05, G29, B000
Doodlebug sprinkles - green
Distress Ink - mowed lawn
Wink of Stella - black

Hope you can play along!

'till next time,
Doni

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sweet Birthday

Hello!
I had fun this afternoon trying a new (to me) technique.
I don't know what it's called , but I saw it on this week's sketch 
 

When I made my card I turned the sketch sideways:
Here's a closer look :

I used the stamp Ice Cream Dream from Simon Says Stamp
 and the sentiment is a stamp from Jillibean soup.
I  used my Misti to make 2 identical card fronts and then
 colored them alike with my Copic markers.

The card looked really empty, so I decided to add some sponged circles.
The tricky part was getting them spaced  the same on both card fronts.
Note to self:  next time stamp circles and use the Misti!
Look at the mess I made:

Anyhow, the last step is to die cut the central panel 
from one finished panel and pop it up on the other finished card front.
I used a die from My Favorite Things called  "stitched rounded rectangle stax".
Then I cut 4 more out of plain white cardstock and layered them all together
giving me the dimension I wanted.

The last step was to use MFT Blueprint #13 Die and then
 adhere the whole thing to a strawberry colored card base.

Thanks for looking!

'till next time,
Doni


Monday, February 20, 2017

Flamingo

 
 
 
I'm back this morning with a new sketch challenge 
from FTHS.
 
Here's my take on it:
 
 
Fussy cutting those skinny flamingo legs were a real challenge!  lol!

I just got a new paper pad by The Paper Studio called "Mint to be Fab".
The background paper with its' repeated flamingos reminded me of
Faith's stamp called Hot Chick Flamingo.

I hope you can play along with us this week.

'till next time,
Doni

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Wood

Hi!
Time for a new code word from Addicted To Clean And Simple.
 
 
This code word had me stumped ...
after many tries, this is what I came up with:
I used a stamp set from Jane's Doodles
called Nuts About You.
The only other thing I used was every brown copic marker that I have...lol!
Thanks for looking.
 
'till next time,
Doni

 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Let it Snow!


Hello!
It's Monday so we have a new sketch challenge 
Using the "Twist" and the "colors" are optional.
 
 
I turned the sketch on it's side and used the twist "Snow Day".

I used the really cute Birdbrain...Love the scarf!
You can find the image HERE.
 
In addition to the really stormy background paper ( which is so old I don't remember
where I got it), I used My Favorite Things Die-namics Pierced circle stax and Snowflake dies.

Stay warm and dry!

'till next time,
Doni