Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Don't do Anything on Father's Day

I am practicing coloring with copics today.  I need lots and lots of practice, but I am up for the challenge!

Bloobel Digital Stamps has a Progressive Challenge on her Facebook page.  Each month we get a free image.   As long as you create and share, you automatically get the next months image for free.  

May's Progressive Challenge image was called "Bored at Work".  My Father's Day card is my submission to May challenge.

(Inside: Pretend your in Congress.  Happy Father's Day Dad!)


Monday, May 29, 2017

Owls Times Two...It's about digis..

(This is my 2nd post today...scroll down for the 1st)

Today I decided to use this adorable digi image called "Owls Times Two" from Mandy's Art and Soul.  It was a monochromatic color challenge to myself to use just 4 markers..Copics # BV00, BV04, V22, V28.  I "fussy cut' the owls out and went around the outside edge of everything with #V28 to get rid of the white paper that shows on the edge.  The image is popped up with pop dots to give it some dimension.

(Inside card:  Another'll only HOOT a little.)

My niece Mandy is extremely artistic and has recently decided to join the digital stamping world on the internet to show off her skills.   Many of us call them...digi stamps.   Mandy's site is at Mandy's Art and Soul and she is always adding new images to color.  I already have my sights set on a few more that I will need to pick up!

For those who do not know what a digi stamp is... digi stamps are black & white digital images that you download onto your computer.  This allows you to be able to resize them before printing out. Once you print them out with black ink, they are now like a regular rubber stamp image you would stamp on a piece of cardstock.  You can also print them out with very light colored ink to do the no-lines coloring technique.  

 I like digis' as they are easy to store in folders on my computer and are inexpensive.  Each digital image has a tag attached to it, so I know exactly where I got the image from and if it was a freebie or not.  Each folder on my computer matches my book of rubber stamps.  If I am looking for an image of a flower, I look in my book under Nature or on the computer, which is also under Nature.  

Digi stamps do have the same copyright laws as rubber stamps so be careful and pay attention to the terms and conditions that comes with your digi stamp.  If you do buy any, please be respectful and do not pass it around to your crafting friends.  The creators spent a lot of time creating the images for us to use and they do not charge that much for them.  Passing them around as a freebie is actually stealing from those who graciously share their talent with us.

I had a lot of fun coloring the Owls and challenging myself today.   I am off to go start coloring another image from Mandy...after a dip in the pool to cool off!

...until later



Two stamping sets.
Two versions. 
Two different reasons.
One day of inky fingers and fun!

Hope you are enjoying your day with a little crafting time!


Monday, May 15, 2017

Dies That Traveled Far

I got several dies on Amazon that traveled from China... dirt cheap and free shipping.  They arrived several weeks ago and I had not tried them out yet.  Yesterday, I decided to sit down and use some of them.  

I must admit, they cut excellent and I rarely had to poke any pieces out after.  Most of them fell right out.  If you are like me...I dislike dies that are time consuming.  

Here are some of the dies.  I have a few more which I hope to use soon!

Celebrate card has two new dies used.  The stitched square and green leaves. 

 I used the butterfly square for the Birthday Wishes card.  It was a scrap piece of paper I had experimented on with water colors. 

 I think this palm tree with the person laying in a hammock is my favorite die out of the bunch (so far).  Again for this card I used a background that went wrong.  I was able to salvage it by cutting it down for this card.  You see the birds?  That is a die that came with the hammock die.  I almost threw it away thinking it was a piece of left over metal!  It is so tiny so if you buy this out for the little guy!

 This peacock card also used up some scraps.  I glued the peacock onto some sparkly cardstock.  I fussy cut all around the peacock so the feathers showed the sparkly purple.

To be able to play again is so much fun!  I missed it!

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful craft day.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

2017 Mothers and Others Day

Every year my husband has a big event on Mothers Day for  Alzheimer's unit at the nursing home.  It is a celebration for the care-givers...Mothers & Others.  I make the invitations each year.  This the invite this year.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great crafty day!