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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Best Witches!

 Good afternoon, welcome to my final post showcasing Polkadoodles Winnie Wednesday release

Today's cards are made using the Stamp sets Best Witches Winnie Wednesday and Spooky Time

In my first card Winnie has dressed but her pet:

What I Did:
I stamped the image and colored her with alcohol markers. I then used a frame die to cut my image out,  I cut a second frame in black cardstock.
I matted an A2 card base with orange cardstock and paper from the new Boneshakin Paper pack.
I stamped my sentiment and matted this with black cardstock. Finally I added my image and adhered the black frame around her.

What I Used: 
Stamping Card; X-Press It
Alcohol Markers: Copic
Frame Die: Gina Marie
Black and Orange Cardstock: Core'Dinations Premium Heavyweight
Glue: ZipDry

My next card I used Winnie dressed as a witch and did a background for her using Spooky Time:


What I Did:
I stamped Winnie and the sentiment onto stamping card, I colored her then used my Scan N Cut to fussy cut her. For my background I used Distress Oxide inks and blended them together. I then stamped the web and spider along with some cute bats. Their eyes were lost in the background so I added these with a white gel pen. I added this to an A2 card base. I added Winnie to my card, the sentiment looks too white so I colored over this with an alcohol marker, edged it in black and adhered it in place.    

What I Used: 
              Polkadoodles - Spooky Time Clear Stamps
Stamping Card: X-Press It
Alcohol Markers: Copic
Blending card: Bristol Smooth
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide
Gel Pen: Gelly Roll
Black card: Core'Dinations Premium Heavy Weight
Glue: ZipDry


Looking for more inspiration? Then check out my teamies designs over on the Facebook page, you can also post your own Polkadoodles' designs on the Craft Stamp and Colour with Polkadoodles Facebook group


Thanks for stopping by.






Saturday, September 19, 2020

Trick or Treating and Graveyard Fun for Halloween

 Good afternoon, hope you are enjoying your weekend, we need to get out and clear the garden now we've had most of the veggies from it!

I'm continuing with showcasing the Polkadoodles Halloween new release. Today I have designed 2 cards using 2 stamp sets - Happy Halloween Winnie Wednesday and Spooky Time:

My first is a trick or treat scene:


What I Did:
I Stamped Winnie first then masked her to stamp the spooky house. I then colored the images. I made the images into a full scene by freehand adding a path, grass and a starry sky. Finally I stamped bats and the BOO sentiment.
My A7 card base was matted with orange cardstock which I stamped with the bats. I then added a strip of black cardstock and a piece of design paper.
My image was matted with black cardstock and added to the base.

What I Used:
Stamping Card: X-Press It
Alcohol Markers: Copic
White Pen for 'stars' - Uniball Signo Broad
Black and Orange Cardstock: Core'Dinations Premium
Glue: ZipDry

My second card is Winnie Wednesday in a grave yard:


What I Did:
This was a simple card, I ink blended my background using Distress Oxide inks. Once dry I then stamped the images from Spooky Time to create my scene. Winnie Wednesday was stamped and then fussy cut her. She does have pumpkins on the original stamp but I decided to use her without these. I then colored her with alcohol markers. I matte an A2 card base with orange cardstock then added my background. finally I adhered Winnie to the corner of the card. 

What I Used: 
Stamping Card: X-Press It
Alcohol Markers: Copic
Blending card - Bristol Smooth
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide
Black and Orange Cardstock: Core'Dinations Premium Heavyweight




Looking for more inspiration? Then check out my teamies designs over on the Facebook page, you can also post your own Polkadoodles' designs on the Craft Stamp and Colour with Polkadoodles Facebook group


Thanks for stopping by.




Friday, September 18, 2020

Blessed and Grateful Pumpkins and Fall

Good Morning, September is my favorite month of the year, fall starts, harvest celebrations are happening in our small town and of course pumpkins are in abundance! That's why I couldn't resist coloring one of the gorgeous designs in the Blessed and Grateful digital stamp collection:


This was a very simple card to make. I added the sentiment to the image and, for impact, printed the image larger than I usually do.  I colored the image with Copic Markers paying attention to realistic colors from images on Google.

I matted a 5x7 in card base with deep red cardstock (pulling a color I had used on the image). I finally finished by adding my image to the matted card base. 


Designing this card makes me want to head to the local farms for warm apple cider, corn maze's and hay rides!

You can check out the new release and all of our products over in their store.

Thank you for stopping by. I will be back during the month with more inspiration from Joy Clair. Also my teamies will be sharing with you over on the Joy Clair Facebook Group.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Winnie Wednesday and her Skull!

 Good afternoon, Thank goodness it's Friday, my week days are filled with supervising school work so the weekend means a mental break!

Today I'm showing more of the New release stamps from Polkadoodles. I'm once again using Boneshakin Halloween Winnie Wednesday:


What I Did:
I stamped the image and pumpkin onto stamping card, I then used my scan n cut to cut the images out before I colored them with alcohol markers.
I matted a black A2 card base with orange card stock, I also cut a mat from black cardstock but die cut a Halloween aperture from this before adhering to my card. I stamped the sentiment in the middle of the aperture and arranged my images on the card to finish the design.

What I Used:
Stamping Card: X-Press It
Alcohol Markers: Copic
Black Card: Core'Dinations Premium
Die: Gina Marie
Orange Cardstock: Core'Dinations Premium
Glue: Zip Dry


Looking for more inspiration? Then check out my teamies designs over on the Facebook page, you can also post your own Polkadoodles' designs on the Craft Stamp and Colour with Polkadoodles Facebook group


Thanks for stopping by.



Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Bone Shakin' Halloween

 Good afternoon! I have all the house doors open letting the cooler air in to the house, It's so much better than the air con! The dogs love it too. 

Halloween isn't that fair away and Polkadoodles have released a great set of clear stamps using their cute Winnie Wednesday! I have designed a collection of cards for this new release and over the next few days I will be showcasing them for you.

My first card is using Boneshakin Halloween Winnie Wednesday, there are 2 main images in this set with lots of  embellishment stamps you can use with them. My card is using Winnie sitting on a huge pumpkin:

What I Did: 
I started by stamping the main image onto stamping card, I then masked the edge of this and stamped the cat. This gives the impression the cat is behind the pumpkins. The sentiment was then stamped across the top. I then colored the image with alcohol markers.
I matted a black A2 card base with purple card stock and design paper from the Boneshakin Halloween Paper Pack. 
My Image was trimmed to fit may card and matted with black and purple cardstock before adhering to the card base with foam tape. 

What I Used:
Stamping Card: X-Press It
Alcohol Markers: Copic
Card Base and black card Mat: Core'dinations premium heavy weight cardstock
Purple Card: Tonic


Looking for more inspiration? Then check out my teamies designs over on the Facebook page, you can also post your own Polkadoodles' designs on the Craft Stamp and Colour with Polkadoodles Facebook group


Thanks for stopping by.






Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Aim High

 Good Morning! we are on week 3 of virtual school and all I can say is it's an experience!

Aside from that it's Tuesday again!!! So welcome to my Digi Choosday inspiration for joining our challenge. The design team today are showing you "for the boys" designs made with a shaped card. I have used Little Dude School/Student:


What I did:
I arranged the digital design paper, Little Dude and sentiment in my graphics program and then printed the design.
As the theme was shaped card I used a nesting die to cut my card base, mat and image into the tag shape. I then glued these all together. Finally I added some wooden stars to complement the design

What I Used:
Die for Card base and Mats: Crafter's Companion
Stars: From my stash
Glue: Zip Dry

The Digi Choosday Challenge runs for 2 weeks, it is always anything goes so there is no reason not to enter and you never know you may just win!

 Looking for more inspiration? Then check out my teamies designs over on the Facebook page, you can also post your own Polkadoodles' designs on the Craft Stamp and Colour with Polkadoodles Facebook group

Thanks for stopping by, now go join the challenge!




Saturday, September 12, 2020

Love Endures Fall Leaves

Good morning, fall has finally arrived this week I'm thankful for the cooler temperatures but don't like all the rain that has come with it.

 My card today is using the Love Endures Clear Stamp Set, this has a set of leaves that are great colored with the gorgeous colors fall brings.


I started my design by stamping the 3 different leaves multiple times. I then colored them with alcohol markers and fussy cut them, finally I shaped them with a ball stylus. I matted my card base with a deep red cardstock. I stamped a piece of patterned paper with Give Thanks, both are sentiments included in the Love Endures set. I adhered this to my card base and arranged my leaves so the look as though they are blowing across my card. I then added some enamel dots from the Fuzzy Peach Clear Enamel Dots.


I love these leaves and know they will appear on lots of my fall cards this year.

 You can check out the new release and all of Joy Clair's products over in their store.

Thank you for stopping by. I will be back during the month with more inspiration from Joy Clair. Also my teamies will be sharing with you over on the Joy Clair Facebook Group.


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Sunflower Fall Release and Blog Hop

 Good morning! We say goodbye to our house guests today, 8 dogs has been fun but I'm ready for a rest!

Joy Clair have an amazing September release starting today with a blog hop.

My inspiration card is using Thankful For You stamp collection I love sunflowers! Because of my style of card I have made 2 designs for this release my first uses the sentiment Hello Friend:



The second uses Thankful For You:



Both sentiments are part of the Thankful For You stamp collection. I started by printing 3 sunflower images. One of then I placed the Hello Friend sentiment. I also printed the Thankful For You sentiment. I then colored only one of the images. I die cut a circle from my colored image and put to one side keeping both the circle and the outer part of the sunflower. I matted a black card base with brown and yellow cardstock and then added my uncolored Hello Friend image. I then added wet glue to the back of the colored circle and lined it up on the uncolored image making a spotlight effect. I then added a few clear enamel dots to the card to finish my design.
My second card was made in the same way except I lined up the outer part of my colored sunflower and glued it in place. These were then trimmed and matted on yellow card. I wrapped a length of ribbon around a piece of yellow card and patterned paper and added this to a top folding card base. My Sunflower was adhered in place with foam tape. Thankful For You was matted with yellow card and foam tape glued this in place. A few yellow dots scattered on the uncolored portion of the card finished the design.

To enter the blog hop please leave a comment and answer the following question:


The line up for the blog hop is as follows you should have arrived here from Carol's Blog and will go next to visit Joy.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
You have until September 13th at 11:59 pm EST to post a comment and be to eligible to win one of the two $15.00 gift cards from Joy Clair Designs, valid for stamps and Digital Sets. Only one comment per person please.  Two randomly selected winners will be announced on Joy Clair Designs Blog on September 16th.  

Thank you for stopping by, head on over to the comments page to leave your comment and good luck with the blog hop 




Saturday, September 5, 2020

Too Cute - Doing a bit of Gardening

Good afternoon! It's a holiday weekend and we are spending it relaxing at home with 8 dogs! Yes I'm dog sitting and having fun!

 Today's card is another from Polkadoodles' new release. We have little Gil bunny doing a spot of gardening - it looks like that pumpkin is ready for picking!


What I Did:
I started by printing out the image onto stamping card and coloring it with alcohol markers. I then printed 2 digital design papers, I die cut a flower inset die from one of these.
I then matted a 5x7 in card base with green cardstock and one of my papers. The die cut paper and my image were also matted onto green card and added to the card at apposing angles. The image was adhered in place with foam tape to give some dimension.

What I Used:
Stamping card: X-press It
Alcohol Markers: Copic 
White Cardstock for base: Neenah solar white 110lb 
Green Cardstock: Tonic Studios
Flower Die: Gina Marie
Glue: Zip Dry
Foam Tape: Dollar Store

All the new releases can be found in the Polkadoodles Store I will have another Waddy inspiration post later this week.

Looking for more inspiration? Then check out my teamies designs over on the Facebook page, you can also post your own Polkadoodles' designs on the Craft Stamp and Colour with Polkadoodles Facebook group



Friday, September 4, 2020

Allie Cat

 Good afternoon - We have finished our first week on virtual school, we had some hiccups but getting there! Today is a holiday as it Monday and a break is needed!

There is a new release over at Stamper's Delights and it is a cute one, we are getting ready for Halloween so meet Chibi Allie Cat:


Isn't she the cutest!!! I colored her with Copic Markers and die cut her into a circle. I cut a slightly larger black circle and matted her on to this.
I made a 7x5 in black card base, the pink spiderweb was actually saved from a bouquet of flowers I received. I cut a piece big enough to mat my card. Allie was then added.
I changed the color of the inclusive sentiment with my graphics program, matted it with black card and added it to my design.

You can purchase Allie over in the Stamper's Delights online store.

Why not stop by the Stamper's Delight Facebook page for regular news and inspiration from my Teamies you can also enter the progressive challenge there, no blog needed and receive freebies! 

 

All the design team projects are available on the Inspiration blog - hop on over there for more inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by and if you like what you see please leave a comment to let me know! 





Waddy picking out his Christmas Tree

 Good Morning! The sun is still shining here and temps are still up so who knows when fall will start!

I'm back today with another inspirations design for the Polkadoodles Too Cute Release. Waddy has been to pick his Christmas tree:


What I Did:
I started by resizing my image and sentiment and then printing them on stamping card. I colored the image with Copic markers and added glitter to Waddy's hat 
I then die cut him using an oval nesting die. I also cut the frame and the one next size up from green cardstock.
To make my design paper I opened a design paper from Pretty Sweet  in my graphics program, I then layered images from Baked With Love Foliage in a random design. This was printed and matted along with green card stock onto a 5x7 in card base.
I then added my image to the center of my card and layered the green frames around it. 
My sentiment was matted with green cardstock and adhered to my card with foam tape. Finally I added some glitter enamel dots to balance the design.

What I Used:
Digital Paper: Polkadoodles - Pretty Sweet Mini CD
Sentiment: Polkadoodles - Winnie White Christmas Sentiments
Stamping Card: X-Press It
Alcohol Markers: Copic
White cardstock for Base: Neenah Solar White 110lb
Green Card Stock: Core'Dinations Premium
Oval Dies: Gina Marie - Geometric Oval Frame 
Glitter Enamel Dots - Gina Marie - Irish Sparkle
Glitter: Chloe's Creative Cards - Twinkle Sparkelicious
Glue: ZipDry
Foam Tape: Dollar Store

All the new releases can be found in the Polkadoodles Store I will have another Waddy inspiration post later this week.

Looking for more inspiration? Then check out my teamies designs over on the Facebook page, you can also post your own Polkadoodles' designs on the Craft Stamp and Colour with Polkadoodles Facebook group



Thursday, September 3, 2020

Too Cute - Yep that's Waddy!

 Good afternoon! it's already been a crazy week but that's life now!

I'm here today to share the first of my Polkadoodles Too Cute new releases with you. Christmas is only 3 and a half months away and we have some adorable things to share with you over the coming weeks.

Meet Waddy Snow Kite:


What I Did:
I resized the image and printed him onto stamping card. I then colored him with alcohol markers.
My white 7 x 5 in card base was matted with deep red cardstock. I matted digital design paper onto this.
I then rounded opposite corners of my image with a corner rounder along with a mat for this. and adhered it to my card.
My sentiment was resized and printed onto stamping card, matted and added to my card with foam tape.
To give dimension to my image I added crystal glaze to Waddy's googles and covered the bottom of his sled with snow writer. I then cute a length of twine and covered the kite string with it.
Finally I added some graduated pearls to the lower left corner.

What I Used:
Alcohol Markers: Copic
Stamping Card: X-Press It
White Cardstock for Base: Neenah Solar White 110lb 
Red Cardstock: Core'Dinations Premium
Crystal Glaze: Tonic Studio Nuvo
Snow Writer: DecoArt
Twine and Pearls: From my Stash
Glue: ZipDry
Foam Tape: Dollar Store

All the new releases can be found in the Polkadoodles Store I will have another Waddy inspiration post later this week.

Looking for more inspiration? Then check out my teamies designs over on the Facebook page, you can also post your own Polkadoodles' designs on the Craft Stamp and Colour with Polkadoodles Facebook group


Encouragement Card made with Butterfly Kisses

Good Morning! Mornings have got earlier for me now school has started 

 I am sharing a card today that would be great as an encouragement card.  I use a stunning stamp set from Joy Clair called Butterfly Kisses.

I love this set for making quick cards. The butterflies are mainly a flourish in one stamp with a few extras so you can extend the flourish. Using my Misti I stamped the flourish, sentiment and 2 extra butterflies all at once.

I then colored the butterflies with my Copic markers. I wanted them to pop off the paper so I also colored around then fading my coloring outwards.

I matted a top folding black card base with a cardstock that coordinated with the butterflies. I added my topper and finally, to break up the white space I added some matt yellow enamel dots.

  

I like to batch make cards and this one is easy to replicate a number of times once you have the stamps arranged. 

Thank you for stopping by and I hope this post gave you some inspiration for using Butterfly Kisses.




Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Friends are the best gifts

 Good morning, it's day 2 of virtual school and all is well!

As it's Tuesday that means one thing here on my blog.......Digi Choosday!!! The design team's inspiration this week is summer splash - CAS card for a Friends. I decided I would use Horace and Boo, They have some great summer images and this one I felt fit with the theme:


It was a very simple card to make as I used pre-colored images. I resized the Slurpies image from the Horace and Boo Big Kahuna Collection and added my sentiment which is part of the same collection. I then printed this onto stamping card. I matted a black card base with deep pink cardstock and added my image. Finally I added Crystal Glace to both noses.

The Digi Choosday Challenge runs for 2 weeks, it is always anything goes so there is no reason not to enter and you never know you may just win!

 

Looking for more inspiration? Then check out my teamies designs over on the Facebook page, you can also post your own Polkadoodles' designs on the Craft Stamp and Colour with Polkadoodles Facebook group


Thanks for stopping by, now go join the challenge!







Saturday, August 29, 2020

Stamper's Delights Kit and Clowder Event

 Good afternoon! School starts on Monday and I am going to be super busy as Mollie is doing Virtual School - hopefully it will go smoothly!

Stamper's Delights are the sponsors this weekend over at Kit and Clowder. Alyce will be offering this super cute Anime Nixie Fairy free:


This is my inspiration using her:

She was colored with Copic Markers and fussy cut. My card base was matted with a yellow patterned paper, I then die cut a floral design from some polkadot paper and added this to my base. Nixie was then adhered in place and a few coordinating enamel dots finished my design.

As well as Nixie Stamper's Delights have a couple of complimenting images that they are releasing and I love these:


I could resist coloring up both of them. I colored the designs using the same color pallet. I kept the cards simple to show off the gorgeous images:


This image is Plant Fuchsia, I tried to be true to the colors of the fuchsia using Copic markers. I then googled butterflies that are attracted to to flowers and there were some super bright yellow ones so of course I emulated them in my design. A simple mat and a die cut sentiment was all I felt the card needed.

Chibi Fuchsia Fairy was colored as the butterfly in the first image but I in order to stick to my color pallet I had to add purple and where better than her dress. again a simple dark pink mat and a die cut sentiment was all I felt was needed on this card.

My teamies will all be posting their inspirations on the Kit and Clowder Facebook page so hop on over, grab the freebie and 20% off coupon which you could use on the fuchsia collection!!!

Why not stop by the Stamper's Delight Facebook page for regular news and inspiration from my Teamies you can also enter the progressive challenge there, no blog needed and receive freebies! 

Thanks for stopping by and if you like what you see please leave a comment to let me know! 












Friday, August 28, 2020

Markers Everywhere!

Good afternoon! We are still in the height of summer, heat index is really high so I've been staying in and doing lots of crafting.

Today is Kawaii new release over at Stamper's Delights and like always the images are really cute! Meet the Marker Pals:


They are super sweet and fit well with the art packs that were released a few weeks ago.

I decided to use the little boy, and he's in a bit of a mess with markers everywhere:


What I Did:
I started by resizing and printing the little guy, markers and sentiment. I used my Scan n Cut to fussy cut him and colored him and his pile of markers. I then fussy cut all the markers.
For my background I matted a grey card base with blue card. Then using watercolor paper I sprinkled different colored pigment powders over it. This was then misted with water to give the brightly colored speckled background. 
While this dried I added foam tape to the back of my little pal and the markers. I matted my sentiment with the blue cardstock and again applied foam tape to this.
Once dried I glued my background to my base. I image was added to the left of my card and the markers scattered around him. Finally I added my sentiment.

What I Used: 
Digital Images: Stamper's Delights - Marker Pals
Stamping card: X-Press It
Alcohol markers: Copic
Grey card for base: Simon Says Stamp - Fog Grey
Blue cardstock: Core'Dinations Premium
Water color paper: Canson XL
Pigment powders: Brusho
Foam Tape: Dollar Store

Head on over to the Stamper's Delights Store to see all of this week’s New Releases.

Why not stop by the Stamper's Delight Facebook page for regular news and inspiration from my Teamies you can also enter the progressive challenge there, no blog needed and receive freebies! 

 

All the design team projects are available on the Inspiration blog - hop on over there for more inspiration.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes Coloring

Creative Knockouts - Anything Goes 

Krafty Chicks Challenge - All Occasion


Thanks for stopping by and if you like what you see please leave a comment to let me know! 





Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Best wishes

 Good morning! We still have amazing summer weather, I just wish it would cool down a bit!

I'm here today with more inspiration from the Joy Clair August new release. My card today is using the Prized Life digital Stamp Collection. I chose to demonstrate how you can still do no line coloring with digital stamps.

I placed the image and sentiment into a graphics program and resized them. I then reduced the opacity on the image to 50% this gave a me a light grey image instead of the black lined. I then printed onto stamping cardstock. I colored the image with Copic markers ensuring that I covered all the grey.

Once my image was colored I matted a black card base with a green cardstock that coordinated with the green leaves. I added my image and finally scattered a few enamel dots on my card. 


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