Saturday, December 28, 2019

Dollar Tree Gift Basket

“The meaning of life is to find your gift.
The purpose of life is to give it away.”
Pablo Picasso

Hey artsy crew, 

I never would have thought I would be giving a gift basket full of  Dollar Tree treasures to my friends and neighbors at Christmas, but it turns out, it's definitely one of my favorite gifts of all time.  I watched THIS You Tube video and was mesmerized as she created such artistic themed gift baskets out of small, inexpensive coordinating items.  I love the dollar store, so I hurried out to see if I could duplicate her shopping list.  I found heaps of fun booty!!!  Please keep in mind, this is meant to be a small gesture of Christmas love, not a treasured gift to show the value of your everlasting friendship.  I made sure all the contents are usable and fun and  I added boxed candy, a book or two, and the occasional gift card, depending on the recipient.   No telling what my friends will think about their gift, but I hope they will see it as a clever, though a little quirky, expression of love.  I think they will.  My friends are cool  like that.  


Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create some unique gifts for your cool friends and family.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Dreaming Tree and La La Land Collide in a Christmas Snow Scene Rescue

A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight
walking in a winter wonderland.

Dreaming Tree SVG. La La Land stamp, patterned paper,
assorted glitter card stock, copic markers, Tombow Mono glue, pop dots, Scor-Pal for z folds

Hey artsy tribe,

As I mentioned in my last  post,  I ended up with a Christmas z-fold card sans a few key pieces.  I couldn't muster the energy to cut all the missing pieces on my Cricut just for one card.  Then I noticed THIS darling La La Land Molli staring up at me from my desk top  just waiting to be colored and placed in a snowy scene in her stylish winter attire   Even her size was perfect!  I'm super happy with the way this card evolved.  I think kinetic cards are a perfect way to add personality and context to my people images.    

I actually think I like this better than my original card.  I can see other charming images living in a multitude of idyllic settings on this z-fold card.  Another happy accident for the books! 

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create a masterpiece from the "Island of Misfit Cards.."

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        Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #252
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        Papercraft Challenges #53
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        The Paper Shelters Christmas Break Challenge
        Paper Funday Challenge #12
        Scor-Pal December Challenge
        Sweet Stampers Challenge #39
        Crafts Galore Encore December Challenge

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Snow Scene Z-Fold Christmas Card - Dreaming Tree SVG

Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; 
so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.   
Henry David Thoreau

Dreaming Tree Snowed In SVG, Cricut Maker, assorted glitter card stock,
Tombow Mono glue, Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide, silver glossy card stock

Hey artsy friends,

This year's Christmas card for my beloved paper crafting group started out as a fairly simple z-fold Christmas scene.  Many layers and parts later, I realized it was a little more complicated than I had anticipated.  THIS beautiful Dreaming Tree snow scene caught my eye right away when I saw it assembled on You tube.  I admit, I got a little nervous when I cut out all the pieces but actually, the sponging of the snow was the biggest challenge.  All sorts of nooks and crannies!  I didn't plan to do the sponging in the beginning. . . it's usually not my favorite look,  but I realized my snow needed dimension and depth and I'm happy I acquiesced in the end.  

I downloaded the Dreaming Tree SVG to Cricut Design Space and made the intricate cuts on my Maker in a snap.  I  cut a sturdy plain white card base and layered patterned paper on top for the snowy background.  Most of the other layers are glitter card stock with the exception of the moon, which is glossy silver card stock.  I used two different colors of green for the trees to add some depth.  

I made ten of these. . . yeah, I know. . . pretty ambitious.  But my darling friends are worth it!  I always lose a few pieces somehow, so the tenth card was missing a tree and some clouds.  It was a happy mistake, though.  I'll show you the cute card I made in a future blog.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and enjoy a magical snowy real life or your imagination. (I prefer the latter. 😁)

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        Inkspirational Challenge #202

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Guest Designer for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - Julia Spiri Venetian Mask

Julia Spiri digital stamp from Etsy, Copics, Cricut Design Studio frame and sentiment,
 Stickles, white gel pen, gold leafing pen, assorted gems, gold peel off stickers

Hey artsy friends,

Once again, I have the extreme honor of being Guest Designer for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge.  Our new challenge  starts today and I've used THIS beautiful Julia Spiri digi called Venetian Mask to inspire you.   I colored this gorgeous mysterious lady in copics and used some French-syle accents to give her a Marti Gras  vibe.  I found the filigree accented frame in Design Space along with the word "dream" and sized them to fit my 5 x 7 card.    The mask is decorated with gems, gold leafing pen, sparkle pen and Stickles.  I used gold peel off stickers to accent the frame and added gold gems to the filigree accent.

Please join us for this fun DT Challenge, open to any DT in the World. To be eligible, you just have to be on any Design Team. Here are the details:  

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #12
Runs from December 15 through January 12
You can enter any image and any project.

Enter our current challenge HERE

                                            You'll love visiting Julia's amazing store HERE

                                                   Join Julia's Facebook Group HERE


We'd love you to join us.  Come'll be fun!
 Thanks for visiting and come again soon, Nancy

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Dazzling Christmas Tree Card - Dreaming Tree SVG

“Thank you, dear Creator, for life. Thank you for dreams. Thank you for ideas and thoughts and feelings. Most of all, thank you for choosing me to grow - just for today - and to know the wonder of Your world and its many possibilities.”

― Janie Jasin,  The Littlest Christmas Tree: A Tale of Growing and Becoming

Dreaming Tree SVG, blue, red and green glitter paper, assorted  gems, gold card stock, mounting tape, Cricut Maker

Hey all,

It's that wonderful time of  year when crafters look forward to creating handmade cards to send to their family and friends who live far and wide. Needless to say, they need to be fairly uncomplicated and easy to send through the mail.  By easy I mean not more than 1-inch thick 😁.  Seriously, I know I have to pay more postage to send them but it's worth it to create something special.  Some of my recipients tell me they have  saved them year after year and one of them has even created a banner,  so I feel inspired to make them worthy of display.

This year's card is very clean and simple, by my standards. The tree is created from a Dreaming Tree SVG and I spiffed it up with a star and gift  created in Cricut Design Space.  Shine and sparkle is what I was going for, so I sprinkled gems everywhere.  The card measures 5 1/2 square, which means extra postage, but no worries.  The gems have already put me into the "hand cancel" category.

This is just the beginning of my Christmas crafting blitz.  So much more to enjoy.  After all,  it's the most wonderful ( and frantic) time of the year for us crafty sorts.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and enjoy the wonder of the world in all its Christmas splendor.  

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        The Sisterhood of Crafters - Christmas
        Paper Funday Challenge #12
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        The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #62
        A Place to Start December Challenge
        Make My Monday Challenge #111
        Merry Little Christmas Challenge #17
        A Bit More Time to Craft Challenge #105

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Morgan's ArtWorld DT - December Open Challenge

Morgan's ArtWorld Christmas Cameo digi, Copic markers, white and blue glitter card stock,
snowflake stickers, rhinestones, silver leafing pen, white gel pen
Hey there,

It's time again for another fabulous challenge at Morgan's ArtWorld.  I chose THIS beautiful classy lady to inspire you and decked her out for the holidays in my favorite copic palette.  I found bits and baubles in my stash to fancy up her elegant, wintry hat and glittery snowflake stickers for added dimension. The frame and corner swirls were sized in Cricut Design Space and cut with my brand new Maker.  I know...I'm so blessed!  I edged the card panel with a silver leafing pen and mounted it on a 5 x 7 card base. 

The new challenge runs from December 1 through  December  27.   The theme is always "Anything Goes" and you can use any image or project. Join in this fabulous challenge HERE.

      Morgan has a new shop that will be fully open soon and there are some beautiful digi images available now for purchase HERE.  

We  would like to invite you to our Morgan’s ArtWorld Facebook Group.
Please come and join our Group HERE.

Please join us for this fun challenge.  We can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and find the joy in entering a Morgan's ArtWorld Challenge. 

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Pondering in the Wetlands - Make it Crafty Digi Scene in Copics

Indulge your imagination in every possible flight.
Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice

Copic markers, Make it Crafty digi's, gold leafing pen, dragonfly die, 
Spellbinders die, white glitter paper, blue card stock, white gel pen

Hey there,

I chose contemplative little Jacinta from Make it Crafty for my focal image in this birthday card for my crafty girlfriend, continuing my "girl in scenic setting" birthday series.   She looks deep in thought and this fancy fern log is a perfect place for her to indulge her imagination. I love red mushrooms with white dots but they've always seemed sort of fanciful to me.  However, I usually color my mushrooms that way because they are so bright and pretty.   I googled them and to my surprise I found out they actually exist.  They're called fly agaric, or fly amanita and they're hallucinogenic!  Literally magic mushrooms!  So yeah, she's sitting in the middle of magic mushrooms, but she obviously knows they're toxic so she won't touch least not on my blog page.  

I do love all the ferny foliage in this tranquil scene.  I added a die cut gold dragonfly with purple pearl accents for some extra dimension  As usual, I edged the image panel with gold  and backed it with a white glitter Spellbinders frame.  

Another scenic birthday card in the books. 

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and observe the pretty red speckled mushrooms...but don't touch!

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     Polkadoodles Challenge Wk 47  
     QKR Stampede Challenge #373
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     Lemon Shortbread Challenge #107

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Autumn Treat for My Besties - Cricut Design Studio Box

“Thank goodness for all the things you are not, thank goodness you're not something someone forgot, and left all alone in some punkerish place, like a rusty tin coat hanger hanging in space.”
Dr. Seuss, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are

Cricut Maker, Design Space print then cut label, Design Space treat box, designer card stock,
gems, checked ribbon, black card stock, 

Hey all,

Paper crafting twice a month with my incredibly talented and entertaining besties is one of my favorite pastimes.  Every holiday, birthday and well...any special occasion,  I can expect a unique and personalized card or treat from these amazing artisans.  Currently,  I'm busy working on special Christmas cards and gifts for my family and friends, so I decided to make an Autumn treat box instead of a card for our Thanksgiving meeting.  

I searched several SVG shops for an appropriate holiday treat box and realized I could design an equally festive one in Cricut Design Space.  This cute box was simple to cut, print and assemble and, filled  with assorted  chocolate treats, was a welcome energy booster for a  day of paper crafting. We  spent our day making beautiful Christmas cards, compliments of our resident Close to My Heart consultant.  And of course, a yummy lunch is always the order of the day 

My brand new Cricut Maker is fast becoming one of my best craft room buddies.  I debated whether to upgrade after my Explore Air 2 died a couple of weeks ago, and I'm very glad I did.  It's turning out to be a real work horse and the cuts are intricate and clean...just in time for all my holiday projects.  I'm a believer!

Hope you all have a blessed and fabulous Thanksgiving.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and be grateful every day.


Thursday, November 14, 2019

DT for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - Julia Spiri Digi "The Inspiration"


I'm thrilled to be Guest Designer this month for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #11  It's a delight to add  my design inspiration to the mix  because I love Julia Spiri images so much. The hair on THIS gorgeous lady was a delight to color with copics in bright, vibrant warm tones.  The card base is cut from black card stock using  a 5 x 7 Spellbinders die and embellished with rhinestones.  The card panels are edged with a gold leafing pen.  

Please join us in this fun DT Challenge, opened to any DT in the World. To be eligible, you just have to be on any Design Team. Here are the details:  

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #11
Runs from November 15 through December 12
You can enter any image and any project.

Enter our current challenge HERE

You'll love visiting Julia's store HERE 

Join Julia's Facebook Group HERE

We'd love you to join us.  Come'll be fun!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Autumn Magic - Normal Burnell Autumn's Wish Fairy

They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste of nature early in life.
Jane Austen - Mansfield Park

Copic markers, Norma Burnell digi image, Elizabeth Crafts butterfly die, green card stock,
copper metallic card stock, black pearl embellishments

Hey there, 

I absolutely love the stunning detail in Norma Burnell images.  When I color them I feel the need  to  slow down and enjoy every beautiful element of  her design.  They never fail to mesmerize me and take me to a tranquil world of my own. This Autumn's Wish fairy image has no grey scale shadows, which I'm finding I prefer. It's more relaxing for me to have the freedom of creating my own shadows as I color.  It's a little trickier and more random, but this is a fairy, and with all that twinkling going on around her, who can say where her light source is. 

I chose bright, vivid colors for my woodland fairy because I love all the magical rich tones of autumn.  I mounted my focal panel on a z-fold card and found the perfect sentiment in my stamp stash for the inside.

I like the way this card stands up for display and exposes the inside panel.  I embellished it with a lacy butterfly for a little added dimension.   The images are mounted on copper matte metallic card stock to compliment the fall hues.

Thanks for visiting,
Go forth and enjoy the exquisite artistry of an autumn landscape. 

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        Colour Crazy Challenge #44
        Aud Sentiments Challenge #239
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        Through the Purple Haze Challenge #161
        Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #366
        Crafting by Designs November Challenge
        Crafty Creations Challenge #401
        The Card Concept Challenge #123 - Inspired by the beautiful palette (Classy & Elegant)
        Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #246
        Try it on Tuesday Colors of Autumn

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Morgans ArtWorld DT - November Open Challenge

Let your mind be quiet, realizing the beauty of the world, and the immense, 
the boundless treasures that it holds in store.
Edward Carpenter

Morgan's ArtWorld digital stamp, Copic markers, Spellbinders frame die, gold leafing pen,
 clear rhiniestones, white gel pen, paper flowers, Stickles  

Hey there,

It's time for another fabulous challenge at Morgan's ArtWorld and I had the best time creating a card using THIS gorgeous image to inspire you. I used a limited palette this time  to allow my pretty lady to take center stage in this beautifully detailed image. I edged my panel with a gold leafing pen and attached it to a violet Spellbinders frame with mounting tape.  My pale green card base is a notched shape cut in Cricut Design Studio.  I added some clear rhinestones around the edge of my panel and embellished the flowers in the image with white gel pen dots.  Finally, I added some Stickles to my coordinating paper flowers  and attached them to the corner of my frame.

The new challenge runs from November 1 through  November  27.   The theme is always "Anything Goes" and you can use any image or project. Join in this fabulous challenge HERE.

             Morgan has a new shop that will be fully open soon and there are some beautiful digi images available now for purchase HERE.                       

                         We  would like to invite you to our Morgan’s ArtWorld Facebook Group.
Please come and join our Group HERE.

Please join us for this fun challenge.  We can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create some fabulous art.

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        The Corrosive Challenge #10

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sitting Pretty - Make it Crafty Digital Scene with Copics

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure
 is the most perfect refreshment. 
Jane Austen - Mansfield Park

Copic markers, Make it Crafty digi, Spellbinders frame die, gold metallic paper, blue card stock,
 white glitter card stock, Impression Obsession flower die, Impression Obsession butterfly die,
Nuvo Drops, glitter glue

Hey there,

Birthdays are always a delight at my bi-weekly craft group because we each make handmade cards for the birthday girl.  In October we have three birthdays, so the artistic creations abound. My cards this year are similar in concept but individually as different as my dear recipients. In each I created a little scene with the focal character sitting in a pretty outdoor setting. What fun it is to dress up a cute lady and create a scenario for her...just like playing with Barbie!  Look for the other two cards in future blogs.

Emily is a digi from Make it Crafty and is obviously on her lunch break as her fancy garb suggests.  She is  raised with pop dots and is sitting very politely on this park bench admiring the lovely greenery and flowers.  I die cut this park bench scene  in an oval shape to allow the white glitter lattice frame to show through from  behind.  I edged the oval with a gold leafing pen and matted the lattice frame with a gold metallic panel.  The card base is pale blue to mimic the sky.  The darling tiny die cut flowers are from Impression Obsession and are so versatile, especially for small scenes like this one.   The centers are dotted with yellow Nuvo Drops.  The tiny butterfly is also from Impression Obsession and embellished with a dot of aqua glitter glue.

I hope my birthday friend finds time to chill on her special day like this cute little girlie.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and enjoy the verdure, 
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        CD Sunday Plus Challenge #22 
        Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #116
        The Corrosive Challenge #10
        Gem of a Challenge #21
        Crafter's Castle Challenge #22
        Brown Sugar Challenge #294
        Color Crazy Challenge #42
        Crafting With An Attitude Challenge #56
        Southern Girls Challenge - ATG Team Lou
        Crafty Creations Challenge #401

Thursday, October 17, 2019

I Choose Hope - Penny Black Charlotte and Cricut Design Space

You have been assigned this mountain 
to show others it can be moved. 

Copic markers, Stampendous stamp, Tim Holtz flower dies, blue dp, pink dp, butterfly die,
rhinestones, white gel pen, gold leafing pen

Hey there,

I can't let the month of October drift into November without  making one last breast cancer awareness card for a fellow cancer survivor who bravely beat the odds. We're both very thankful to still be here doing the things we love.   And all because we were vigilant in getting our mammograms.  I'll repeat it again like the Pledge of Alligiance...get 'em squished, girls!

While experimenting with some of my Penny Black cling stamps, I came across this adorable line drawing stamp and couldn't resist coloring her simple cuteness.  While pondering how I would design her shirt, it occurred to me that Cricut  Design Space has oodles of  awareness images and I could use the writing feature to add one to her shirt.  I printed the phrase in Design Space on pink dp and colored it with markers.  I traced her shirt onto acetate , centered it on the image and cut it out.  The shirt is attached to my copic-colored lady with mounting tape. Simple and easy. I can think of a thousand ways to use this technique on other cards, so my template will live with this stamp.   The flowers are Tim Holtz dies cut in white and colored with copics.  The frame is two adjacent nesting rectangle dies cut from white glitter paper and edged with gold.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and choose hope. 
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        Craft Rocket Challenge #64
        Crafting With an Attitude Challenge #56
        Time Out Challenge #146
        Lemon Shortbread Challenge #104
        Unicorn Challenge #48
        Through the Craft Room Door Challenge - October 15
        Let's Craft and Create Challenge #152
        Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #123
        Creative Moments Challenge #178
        Penny Black Saturday Challenge - October

Saturday, October 12, 2019

You are so Inspiring - Ching-Chou Kuit Monarch Butterfly Girl in Pink

Once upon a time there was a girl who kicked cancer's butt. 
It was me.  The end. 

Hey there,

Breast cancer awareness cards can be as different as the survivors who receive them.  I wanted this card to be lacy and soft to go with this beautiful Ching-Chou Kuit Monarch Butterfly Girl digi.  Sometimes it's hard to know what to say to someone who is going through a difficult time, whatever their challenge might be.  I know...I've been on the receiving end as I'm sure you have, also.  I cherished every single card and note I received during my breast cancer ordeals because they made me feel loved and supported.  They undoubtedly aided me in my healing. I love this sentiment because it lets the recipient know how admired she is for her courage and strength.

I colored this card in mostly pink tones and added a pop of green to my palette for the leaves, dragonfly body and the soulful eyes on my pretty lady.  I edged my panel and my sentiment with gold and attached them with mounting tape to a fancy Spellbinders frame cut from white glitter card stock.  I added this panel  to my pink card base and embellished the frame with iridescent pink gems.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and be inspiring.
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        Craft Rocket Challenge #64
        Time Out Challenge #146
        Scrapy Land Challenge #123
        Word Art Wednesday Challenge # 408-409
        Papercraft Challenge #47
        The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #228
        Always Fun Challenge #131

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

An October Wedding - The Bride Wore Black

Hey there, 

What?  You think this doesn't look like a typical wedding card...even bordering on inappropriate? Well, please allow me to explain.  My daughter's best friend since high school recently got married to the man of her dreams.  My daughter was extremely honored to be her Maid of Honor.  The wedding dress was chosen months ahead of time under a shroud of secrecy.   I heard from a dependable source that the dress was BLACK.  I know...scandalous!!!  Well, not really.  Not to anyone who knows the stunning bride. She and my daughter were roommates for many years and the two of them were all about anything spooky, mysterious or a little gothie.  Scary movies were regular fare for them.  They've both matured into beautiful women and contributing members of daughter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Therapist and the bride is a college history professor.   But their obsession with all things eerie still persists.  An October wedding is the perfect time to add some magical flair to the wedding festivities.

So, just because I could, I decided to make a very customized card for my beloved friend to show her I love her unique, adventurous personality. My daughter kept me appraised of her reception decor and I knew it would be fabulous! I'm obsessed with sugar skulls so it wasn't much of s stretch for me to add a glamorous cranium to my card.  The card base is a cascade card svg from Dreaming Tree and the personalized label was printed in Cricut Design Studio. My daughter informed me that this card was one of two the bride chose to display on her mantel after the wedding.  That's the joy of card making! 

This stunning dress lived in hiding at my
 house for a week before the wedding.

The cake was so gorgeous, and just look at the cute skulls
guarding it from munchers.
Formal and dignified.  No children allowed. 
Welcome, indeed. 

 I couldn't resist posting this picture of my lovely daughter to show the wedding was elegant and sophisticated, just like her.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and show people your unique, lovable self.  

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         Crafting By Designs October Challenge
         Crafty Creations Challenge #400
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         Words 2 Craft By Challenge #70
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