Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Christmas...no red/green?



It's a new challenge over at Digi Choosday and we are sharing more Christmas/Winter ideas this week!  But...for the team, we are showing projects with NO Red or Green!  Our Challenges are always Anything Goes for all of your wonderful entries!  

I decided to move into some non traditional holiday colors by combining papers from the Winnie Starfish and Sandcastles Papers 7 and Papers 9 with snowflakes and a sentiment from Winnie White Christmas and this was the result!  I cut the sentiment from black vinyl so it would pop off that pink!  Some black backing cardstock, a few pink gems and some glitter and I have a non-traditional winter/Christmas card!  

I have to say this was very fun change after the past two weeks of more traditional projects for my Digi Choosday makes!  How about you?  Do you enjoy venturing out of your style occasionally?  



Be sure to head over to Digi Choosday and check out the amazing projects from our team!  Then come share what you are crafting; we'd love to see it!  Remember, when you visit the Digi Choosday Site to pick up your discount code to Polkadoodles; it's good all day today....Tuesday!  It's a great way to pick up those digi's you've had your eye on!  While you're there, you might want to sign up for the Newsletter so you never miss out on special events!


My card is off to the following challenges: 

Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, visit my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Freeze Frame!



Concluding our 3 Month Series over at Path of Positivity:  Surround Yourself with ...  we are thinking about Music!  Surround Yourself with Music!  The idea is to share how you are inspired by music or what music inspires you!  

Ok, it's time for a funny story from this Classically trained oboist!  It is true, most of my HS days were spent in a practice room with an oboe.  I was a band nerd from the get go and bucked anything that had to do with sports or outdoor activity!  Definitely didn't hang with the popular kids!  hahaha  Now, I did listen to popular music, but one forbid I would EVER go to a party and dance!  No way!  

Well, as fate would have it, a bunch of us band nerds were out on someone's patio having a "party" (well, as much of a party as band nerds would have) and the song Freeze Frame came on.  Everyone jumped up and started moving in a dance sort of fashion.  Not real dancing, mind you, but sort of a Charles Schultz Peanuts version of dancing.  To this day, I hear that song and I can't stay still!  My head starts bobbing and feet go wild....well, sort of....

You can "check it out" HERE.

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I used the Imagine That Digistamp Snappy Sandy Digi for my journal page.  The film strip, PRE-COLORED Camera Brad, and the Black and white Camera Digi are all from that set.  There are many other fun digis in that set; you should go see it!  

I started my journal page with some stenciling using various inks and stencils.  Now, I didn't have any fun dancing pics, but I could go to my yearbook and copy some band pics from my Sr year in HS.  I brought in some digis and such to decorate my photo sheet.  

I colored the camera with Copics and adhered the camera with some foam.  For the camera brad up in the left hand corner, I cut one in blue and one in tan and layered them.  I also went over them with a CTMH Shimmer Brush for some sparkle.  

I finished out the page with some ribbon, puffy stickers and a gem.....oh, and of course the title!  

So, what music inspires you in a positive way?  We over at Path of Positivity would love to know!  

This month we are generously sponsored by Limited Runs and Imagine That 

Imagine That digistampLimited Runs Digital Stamps


Thanks for stopping by; PoP on over to the challenge (where you can learn more about our theme and sponsors) to see what the rest of the team is doing and share with us your thoughts, art, and inspirations!  Our themes are optional now, so we'd love to see anything positive you've been working on even if it doesn't exactly fit the theme.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Shape Up! Cards...that is!


The new theme over at Cut It Up is Shape Up! This gives us all an opportunity to get out all those card shape dies we neglect!  


I was so lucky to work with this gorgeous cut and design, Cardinal Card, from Ink on 3!  I chose to make a matching envelope

The card was easy to put together and add my own flair by replacing cut berries with some gems and choosing paper patterns for all the layers.

When you visit the Cut It Up blog, have fun viewing the DT projects and check out the rules and prize info.  Then be sure to shape that card ~ don't forget the die cut to have a chance to win a prize from our amazing sponsor ~ Ink on 3!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Make yourself at home and feel free to peruse other posts/pages, leave a comment, and/or check out my Pinterest and YouTube Channel.


This little cardinal is flying off to the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  AG with Critter
Animal Friends Challenge:  Christmas with an Animal
Cute Card Thursday:  Birds/animals
Deep Ocean Challenge:  Things with Wings

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bows, Buttons and Brads!


The new optional twist for our Anything Goes challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday is a  Brads, Buttons and Bows!  

My digi this week is from PPinky and is called Lily with Snowsisters.

I printed the digi and colored her with Copics staying in the color family of the papers from Polkadoodles.  After coloring, I added some CTMH Shimmer Brush to the snow and a bit of the Gold CTMH Shimmer Brush to the bow of the gift.  For those of you who enjoy using that shimmer, I'd like to add this tip.  I apply the shimmer, leave it to dry, and then spray with Aleene's Acrylic Sealer.  This keeps that shimmer from rubbing off!  The top layer frame is cut from cardstock in the Polkadoodles Winnie Winterland Collection.

I finished off the card with twine tied into a bow, my button, and a heart brad stuck through the hole in the button!

My Card is off to the following Challenges:  
Make My Monday:  Snow Fun
12 Months of Christmas:  AG
Dream Valley Challenges:  Add a Sentiment
Creative Craft Cottage: Buttons and/or bows



This month we are showing our gratitude to all of our sponsors throughout 2017 in a Sponsor Showcase Month.  You will see us all highlighting the year with some of our favorite digis from our generous sponsors.  The November challenge is sponsored by Through the CraftRoom Door.  You can check out their wonderful online magazine full of inspiration and tutorials HERE!

       Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Christmas Sparkle


It's a new challenge over at Digi Choosday and we are sprinkling a little sparkle your way this week!  

Last week I shared some socks for the boys in the family and I mentioned there would be a special gift holder for my daughter!  This is it; I decided to make a mitten for her from the pretty green plaid from the (of all places...) Sticks and Bones Collection! (I love that collection and am always visiting it for one thing or another!)  

The heart and glittery snowflake are from the Winnie White Christmas Collection.  I finished it off with a little dyed twine, a bit of gold sparkle, a scrap of cheesecloth, some lace, ribbon and gems.  This will be perfect on the tree with a little something tucked inside for her!   

Be sure to head over to Digi Choosday and check out the amazing projects from our team!  Then come share what you are crafting; we'd love to see it!  Remember, when you visit the Digi Choosday Site to pick up your discount code to Polkadoodles; it's good all day today....Tuesday!  It's a great way to pick up those digi's you've had your eye on!  While you're there, you might want to sign up for the Newsletter so you never miss out on special events!


My card is off to the following challenges: 
Crafting from the Heart: AG
Crafty Cardmakers:  Anything but a card
Get Creative Challenges:  Holidays

Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, visit my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Misteri's Music




The new optional twist for our Anything Goes challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday is a Recipe of 3 Brads, Flowers, and Pearls!  

This lovely digi is Misteri's Music from Digistamps4Joy!  

I printed the digi and colored her with Copics.  I then added layers of paper from Polkadoodles and followed the recipe adding one of the brads on the bow over the rose tag on the left upper.  The flowers are on the right lower over the lace and pearls!  The remaining brads are on the postcards tucked behind the focal point digi.  

My Card is off to the following Challenges:  
Craft-Dee Bowz:  Use handmade bow
CCC Digi Creations:  Must use Flowers
Crafty Gals Corner:  Lace and Ribbon
Deep Ocean Challenge:  Inspired by Song/Movie (The Piano)
Digistamps4Joy:  AG/no twist for me






This month we are showing our gratitude to all of our sponsors throughout 2017 in a Sponsor Showcase Month.  You will see us all highlighting the year with some of our favorite digis from our generous sponsors.  The November challenge is sponsored by Through the CraftRoom Door.  You can check out their wonderful online magazine full of inspiration and tutorials HERE!

       Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Hanging the Socks


It's a new challenge over at Digi Choosday and we are sharing more Christmas ideas this week!  We like to give the kids a little money at Christmas and every year I try to find a new way to "wrap" that gift!

When I saw these adorable PRE-COLORED socks in the Winnie White Christmas, I knew I was going to hang some socks in the tree this year for the boys!  Lucky for me my son-in-law's fav color is green and my son's fav is red!  (Stay tuned for my daughter's tree hanging goody; it's soon to come!)  

I simply cut 3 socks of each design.  One of the socks I cut in reverse.  I adhered together the reversed sock and one other sock, but only around the edges leaving an opening for money, check, or gift card.  I cut away the top "cuff" of the remaining sock and attached it with 3-D Tape.  

I finished the socks with some ribbon and jingle bells.  I think they'll be pretty cute hanging in the tree Christmas Day!  



Be sure to head over to Digi Choosday and check out the amazing projects from our team!  Then come share what you are crafting; we'd love to see it!  Remember, when you visit the Digi Choosday Site to pick up your discount code to Polkadoodles; it's good all day today....Tuesday!  It's a great way to pick up those digi's you've had your eye on!  While you're there, you might want to sign up for the Newsletter so you never miss out on special events!


My card is off to the following challenges: 
Crafting from the Heart:  AG
Get Creative Challenges:  Holidays
Make My Monday:  Anything but a Card

Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, visit my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Pure Imagination


"Hold your breath.  Make a wish.  Count to three."


Concluding our 3 Month Series over at Path of Positivity:  Surround Yourself with ...  we are thinking about Music!  Surround Yourself with Music!  The idea is to share how you are inspired by music or what music inspires you!  

When I feel sad, distressed, mad, happy, "bleh", I turn to music.  Ok, I listen to music all the time.  If I'm not listening, I'm singing to myself or hearing music in my head.  It's always there.  

There is one song that always inspires me ~ Pure Imagination from the Original Willy Wonka Movie.  The music itself is so masterfully arranged with the well placed silences and quiet arpeggiated movement in the beginning. The lyrics are so well written: thought provoking and warm.  There's nothing like hearing Gene Wilder sing that song and at the end when he quietly drinks from his flower cup, it is truly an uplifting experience.

"Want to change the world, there's nothing to it!"  What words could ever be more motivating?

You can hear the song and view the moment that inspires me HERE.  

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I started with the Limited Runs Flower Mug digi and copic colored in purples and yellows to match the scene from the movie.  I found the '123 with the flowers' in Cricut DS to go along with the lyrics.  I went over the whipped topping with a shimmer brush from CTMH and used Liquid Glass over the dots.  A little advice if you enjoy using the shimmer brushes:  I have found the shimmer still rubs off.  So, after applying the shimmer and letting it dry, I spray it with a thin coat of Aleene's Acrylic Sealer and it goes nowhere!  

So, what music inspires you in a positive way?  We over at Path of Positivity would love to know!  

This month we are generously sponsored by Limited Runs and Imagine That 

Imagine That digistampLimited Runs Digital Stamps


Thanks for stopping by; PoP on over to the challenge (where you can learn more about our theme and sponsors) to see what the rest of the team is doing and share with us your thoughts, art, and inspirations!  Our themes are optional now, so we'd love to see anything positive you've been working on even if it doesn't exactly fit the theme.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Thank You


The new theme over at Cut It Up is Thank You! Such a great theme for the beginning of November since we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the US this month!  It doesn't really matter where we live, we are always in need of thank you cards!  

I chose to use a floral embossing folder for the bottom 2/3 of the yellow cardstock and put dots on the top 1/3 with a white gel pen.  The strip of paper and floral stamp/ cut are retired from CTMH.  This was a quick card to put together with some stress-free coloring!  

When you visit the Cut It Up blog, have fun viewing the DT projects and check out the rules and prize info.  Then be sure to shake us up with your project ~ don't forget the die cut to have a chance to win a prize from our amazing sponsor ~ Heartfelt Creations!

Thanks for stopping by!  Make yourself at home and feel free to peruse other posts/pages, leave a comment, and/or check out my Pinterest and YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Such a Great Quote!




The new twist for our Anything Goes challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday is Hope, Love, Encouragement!  I love this quote and felt it was perfect for our challenge theme.  

This beautiful digi is Garden Dreams from A Day for Daisies.  This image was just too perfect with the quote!



I printed the digi onto a patterned paper and colored her with Copics.  The snowflake arrow cut is from Cricut CTMH Artbooking and the font is ITC Kloegirl Lotus.  The paper is retired CTMH as is the twine and burlap.  Beads are from an old, broken necklace.  

My Card is off to the following Challenges:  

Alphabet Challenge:  Q is for Quote
Dare to be Artzy:  Fall Colors
The Paper Players:  Tic, Tac, Toe (Fall, die-cut, gold thread)
TTCRD:  AG
Crafty Friends Challenge:  Cute
Heart 2 Heart:  Signs of the Season ~ I used CTMH papers, twine, Artbooking, burlap
World Wide Open Design Team:  AG

This month we are showing our gratitude to all of our sponsors throughout 2017 in a Sponsor Showcase Month.  You will see us all highlighting the year with some of our favorite digis from our generous sponsors.  The November challenge is sponsored by Through the CraftRoom Door.  You can check out their wonderful online magazine full of inspiration and tutorials HERE!

       Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Brighten Up!


It's a new challenge over at Digi Choosday and the design team is working with Bright Colors this week.  I also added a bit of texture and sparkle in the middle of the flowers with some glitter glue!

I combined the fun papers and flowers and PRE-COLORED pets from Work & Play 12 Vet/Dog Groomer with the whimsical PRE-COLORED images in Horace & Boo Embellies Bundle!  What a fun combination of collections for a card to celebrate our vet who has been working with our new pup!  




Be sure to head over to Digi Choosday and check out the amazing projects from our team!  Then come share what you are crafting; we'd love to see it!  Remember, when you visit the Digi Choosday Site to pick up your discount code to Polkadoodles; it's good all day today....Tuesday!  It's a great way to pick up those digi's you've had your eye on!  While you're there, you might want to sign up for the Newsletter so you never miss out on special events!


My card is off to the following challenges: 
Crafting with Friends:  AG
As You Like It:  People or Animals...Well, I like them both!  But I chose animals for this card for our vet!
Crafting from the Heart:  AG


Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, visit my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Twisted Halloween


The new twist for our Anything Goes challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday is Anything Goes!  Since we are so close to Halloween, I had to get one more card in before the spooky day!


The digi is Winnie Wednesday Bat Dog.  The images from Winnie Wednesday are just so fun to color!  I have had such a fun time playing with these images.  The papers and sentiment are also from the Winnie Wednesday Collection.  

My Card is off to the following Challenges:  

Dragonfly Journeys:  Halloween Hoopla
Pile t On:  Fantasy and/or Spiders/Cobwebs
The Ribbon Girl:  Any Image 
Colour Crazy Challenge:  AG

This month our challenge is sponsored by The Greeting Farm.  

       Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Christmas Chocolate!


It's a new challenge over at Digi Choosday and we are sharing Christmas ~ but no cards!  I went with some of the wonderful papers from Winnie White Christmas combined with the bows from Work & Play 8 to make some chocolate bar boxes.  My tag includes a PRE-COLORED snowman from Winnie White Christmas and a PRE-DECORATED tag from Winnie Winterland

The box pattern is from Digital Delights and is big enough to hold 2-3 Hershey Chocolate bars.  



Be sure to head over to Digi Choosday and check out the amazing projects from our team!  Then come share what you are crafting; we'd love to see it!  Remember, when you visit the Digi Choosday Site to pick up your discount code to Polkadoodles; it's good all day today....Tuesday!  It's a great way to pick up those digi's you've had your eye on!  While you're there, you might want to sign up for the Newsletter so you never miss out on special events!


My boxes are off to the following challenges: 

A Gem of a Challenge:  Spots and/or Stripes or Halloween
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: AG
Crafting with Friends: AG


Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, visit my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.



Monday, October 23, 2017

Crazy Color Challenge



 I am a guest designer at The Crazy Challenge again today!

This time it is a color challenge full of beautiful fall colors.  This was so fun for me since I haven't had an opportunity to play with inks for a while!  

The background was inked randomly with the 5 colors of ink.  I layerd on a piece of dark green grid paper and some burlap.  I stamped the pumpkin scene in the same colors using a retired CTMH stamp.  I used part of the background paper for the sentiment.  My bow was died to match the card.  

A big thank you to The Crazy Challenge for inviting me to play along  with them again this week!  It is such a joy to share with all of you.  

I'm going to get a little crazy at the following challenges:  

Come and Get It:  Add a Pumpkin
Dare 2 B Artzy:  Fall Colors
Penny Black and More:  Close to Nature
Stamping Sensations: Autumn Glory

Material List:
CTMH Inks:  Honey,Sunset, Sweet Leaf, Topiary, Autum Terracotta
CTMH Stamp:  
Bias Tape:  
CTMH Refill Inks:  Honey, Cranberry
Glitter Glue
Burlap

Thanks for stopping by!  Make yourself at home and feel free to peruse other posts/pages, leave a comment, and/or check out my Pinterest and YouTube Channel.










Friday, October 20, 2017

Shaking up Halloween!


The new theme over at Cut It Up is Shaker Cards and our sponsor has generously provided us with some very cute and spooky Halloween/Fall cuts!  The Cutting Cafe makes it very easy to make the shaker cards with on-line tutorials and directions included with our downloads.  ...and I must add the music in her videos is very good!  

I chose to make the Boo Shaker from the Halloween and Fall Shaker Cards.  I added little ghosts from the Halloween Trio set.  


When you visit the Cut It Up blog, have fun viewing the DT projects and check out the rules and prize info.  Then be sure to shake us up with your project ~ don't forget the die cut to have a chance to win a prize from our amazing sponsor!

Thanks for stopping by!  Make yourself at home and feel free to peruse other posts/pages, leave a comment, and/or check out my Pinterest and YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Old Truck


The new twist for our Anything Goes challenge over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday is Torn Edges/Twine!  I went with another masculine card this week.

Again, I used all scrap papers !  This stamp was from Mark's Finest Papers and Stamps.  I'm not sure they are in business anymore...I can't find them.

I lightly colored over it with some browns and greys.  I did a little embossing on the background paper and added some burlap to go with the old country truck!

This month our challenge is sponsored by The Greeting Farm.  

       Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Halloween Decor


It's a new challenge over at Digi Choosday and we are sharing Halloween or Autumn.  I wanted a new piece of decor for our front door and decided what better than a small broom hanging there!  

I started with the spooky papers and Winnie Wednesday Witch & Cat from the Winnie Wednesday Full Collection The flowers are made from Work & Play 12 Cutting Files and the vine is Flowers 2 Cutting File.  

The digi is printed on Halloween paper and Copic colored.  The stars were cut and I also cut a stencil from the same pattern.  I used the stencil to put Glass  Bead Glitter Gel stars on the orange colored layer under the digi layer.  A little ribbon tied into a bow finishes it! 




Be sure to head over to Digi Choosday and check out the amazing projects from our team!  Then come share what you are crafting; we'd love to see it!  Remember, when you visit the Digi Choosday Site to pick up your discount code to Polkadoodles; it's good all day today....Tuesday!  It's a great way to pick up those digi's you've had your eye on!  While you're there, you might want to sign up for the Newsletter so you never miss out on special events!


My card is off to the following challenges: 

World Wide Design Team:  AG
Crafting from the Heart:  AG
Addicted to Stamps:  AG with Flowers
The Corrosive Challenge:  AG
We Love to Create:  Anything MM/creative
Crafty Calendar:  October - Halloween
The Fairy and the Unicorn:  AG + Witching Halloween
Really Reasonable Ribbon:  AG + Ribbon
Crafting with an Attitude:  AG
Through the Purple Haze:  AG
Classic Design Team:  AG
TTCRD:  AG

Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, visit my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.