Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy Birthday, Boy

It's Karen Day over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog!  Yay!  :)

Happy Friday!  Today, I'm sharing a card I made for the son of one of my friends.  Boy cards are tough for me, but I think the combination of the Color of Puppies, Boy paper along with the Zoo Babies stamps was perfect. Here's what I did:



The full instructions can be found on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Other items: Colored cardstock, Copic markers, Twine, Sequins, Black ink

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Let It Go, Artzy Style

Today, I am posting a card over at Dare 2B Artzy that was SO much FuN to make.   I'm going through a bit of personal issues here lately and decided to make a card just for me.  I'm going to keep this card on my desk...



Isn't it pretty?  And the reminder to "Let it go" will be good for me.  The flower and sentiment are from the Dare 2B Artzy, Let It Go Stampset and are stamped with Totally Black ink (great for Copic or watercolor techniques).  To create this card, I smeared distress oxide inks in Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Iced Spruce onto my craft mat, added some water, and ran the watercolor cardstock through.  Then I put Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet and Peeled Paint on my craft mat and watercolored in the flower and leaves.  I took what was left on my craft sheet and flicked the paintbrush to get some splatters.  I also added some polka dots to the flower with a Kiririna Wink pen.  To embellish, I framed it on teal cardstock with a pink border die cut (with small pearls) and added some washi tape.
Here's a close-up of that pretty flower:

Also, have you "liked" us on Facebook yet?!  You should!  There's all kinds of beautiful inspiration.  Be sure to also check out all D2BA's products here!
Thanks for stopping by!
Craftily yours,
Karen

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

CAS Challenge

Today is Designer Challenge Day over at Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The FuN challenge this month for us was to create three similar CAS cards.  CAS is TOUGH, but I rose to the challenge.  Here's what I did:


I am moving soon, so these will be perfect to express gratitude to those who help :)  I used bunches of Copics to color those FuN houses.  They are:

Purple House:
V22, V25, V15, V17, E33, E35, C1, C3, RV52, RV55, G40, G43, G46

Orange House:
Y26, Y28, YG61, YG65, YR12, YR15, G40, G43, G46, C1, C3, E33, E35

Blue House:
B32, B34, BG01, BG02, E33, E35, C1, C3

I die cut Scallop Dotted Circles from ECD Thinking About - Rio de Janeiro paper, die cut white circles and stamped the sentiment, and splattered the background with Distress Oxide ink.

My full supplies list is below.  Thanks for stopping by!

Craftily yours,

Karen


Supplies from my Stash Used:
Copic Markers
Distress Oxide Ink
Black Ink
Diamond Dots

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Wreath

Christmas Card Challenges has a new (and optional) challenge this week.  This week's challenge is inspired by a pretty wreath:



I used a new-to-me image from an Etsy Store, called Crafts and Me.  Here's what I did:



She's gorgeous, and I love the way she turned out.  Since the image was so detailed, I kept the rest of the card pretty simple.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you join us in the challenge!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Emma with Anchor

It's my day for an inspiration post over at Paper Nest Dolls!  It's summer-fun time, so I decided to create a summer / water sports inspired card:



So sweet, this doll with her anchor, aptly named, Emma with Anchor.  I colored her with the following Copics:

Skin:  E000, E01, E11, R21, BV20
Hair:  E21, E23, E25
Clothes:  Y13, Y15, Y18, R24, R27, R29, BG72, BG75, BG78
Anchor:  C1, C3, C5

The background is created with Distress Oxide inks.  (LoVe them!)  The frame around the image is created with Elizabeth Craft Designs Fitted and Dotted Scallop Oval dies.  And I added a sentiment from the General Sentiments set from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  It is framed with Stitched Circle die (also from Elizabeth Craft Designs).  I also added some lace, ribbon and enamel dots.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Flower and a Hug

LoVe the pretty flowers in the Flower Power stamps from from Elizabeth Craft Designs!  Here's what I made:


The flower is colored with Copic markers:  R81, R83, R85, R22, R24, and R27 and is centered with pink prills.  I super LoVe the ModaScrap Lace Heart die also from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I splattered some Worn Lipstick distress oxide ink in the background.  The "tape" used on this card is the tape used to tie together pieces of drywall in construction.  I think it adds some cool texture here!  And I added some diamond dots, lace and ribbon along with a sentiment.

The full supplies list is below.  Thank you SO much for stopping by!

Craftily yours,

Karen




Other –
Copic Markers, Drywall Tape, Lace, Ribbon, Black Ink, Distress Oxide Ink, Prills

Monday, June 12, 2017

Tiddly Inks Design Team Call & Challenge

Hi Y'all!  Tiddly Inks is having a Design Team Call....and well, I just have to throw in my hat.  I get so inspired being on a team and have really LoVeD all the teams for which I've been lucky enough to serve.  I love to color adorable images.  Tiddly Inks has adorable images.  Perfect fit, huh?!  :)

My first submission uses the Nice 2 C U image:


The paper I used is from Lawn Fawn, and the dies are all from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I colored this adorable image with the following Copic markers:

Caterpillars:  R81, R83, R85, BV11, BV13
Plants:  YG00, YG03, YG06, BG01, BG70, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28
Sky/Grass:  B00, B000, G40, G43

My next creation uses one of my absolute FAVE Tiddly Inks images, Molly.  Molly and her beautiful hair comes in variations for birthdays, holidays and more.  Here's what I created:


The paper and dies I used on this card are from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  This sweet lil lady is colored with the following Copic markers:
Hair:  E21, E23, E25
Face:  R20, BV00, E000, E01, E11
Dress:  BG72, BG75, BG78, R63, R66, BG53, BG57, YG03, YG06, C1, E31, E33

I am submitting this second card to the current Tiddly Inks Challenge as well.  It's all about Rectangles and can be found - here.  Lots of rectangles used :)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Feathered Friends Thank You

I'm always in need of "thank you" cards.  I had so much FuN creating this one with products from Elizabeth Craft Designs!  Here's what I made:


That sweet bird is from the Feathered Friends stamp set.  It is colored with Copic markers R56, R56, R20, R22, Y21, Y23, Y26, YR14.  The tree limb and leaves are colored with E33, E35, G40, YG61, and YG63.  

The paper is from Heartfelt Creations, and I embellished the card with some Jasmine flower die cuts from ECD as well as a wheat leave die cut from ECD.  

The full supplies list is below.  Thank you SO much for stopping by!

Craftily yours,

Karen

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs -
Feathered Friends Stamps
General Sentiments Stamps
Leafy Branch 6, Wheat, Die
Garden Notes, Jasmine Dies
Soft Finish Cardstock, White 100lb
Clear Double Sided Adhesive - Tape 6mm
Other –
Patterned Paper, Heartfelt Creations
Copic Markers
Pop Tape
Black ink
Lace
Pearls

Monday, June 5, 2017

Dreamcatcher

There's a new challenge post over at the Paper Nest Dolls Challenge blog.  Anything goes - all you have to do is show up and be crafty!  What could be easier!  I used the Avery with Dreamcatcher digital stamp to create this:


I used the following Copics:

Clothes:  Y13, Y15, Y18, R81, R83, B93, B95
Hair:  E31, E33, E35
Skin:  E000, E00, R21, BV00
Dreamcatcher:  E33, C1, R81, BG72, BG75

Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Summer FuN Challenge

There's a new challenge at Dare 2B Artzy. This month, it was all about summer!  Join us.

Summer is all about being outside, having fun and doing our best to keep cool.  One of the ways that my family loves to keep cool is going to the lake!  Today's card is a nod to that using the Dare 2B Artzy Restore the Soul stamps.




I used Copic markers to color those adorable ducks:  YG03, YG06, G12, G14, YR14, YR61, YR65, Y00, Y02, Y15, Y18, BG72, BG75.  I sure LoVe coloring these fun detailed images!  The background paper is part of the In Bloom Paper Collection.  

I dressed up my card with a Cattail die cut and some pearls and flowers.

Thanks for stopping by....and do join our challenge!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Silver and Red

Christmas Card Challenges has a new (and optional) challenge this week.  This week's challenge is inspired by this:


I loved the silver and red!  So pretty!  So I created this:


The image is from Paper Nest Dolls; sentiment from Tim Holtz.  LoVe her!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you join us in the challenge!  No time like the present to get a start on those FuN Christmas Cards!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Monday, May 29, 2017

Bird-Day Party and Fun Fold

Happy Monday, Peeps.  Speaking of peeps, I'm up over at Elizabeth Craft Designs today with a birdie birthday card.  Here's my card:


All of the steps I used to make this card are on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog post.  Here's a pic showing how the card opens:


I love fun fold cards.  This one was inspired by my crafty mentor, Sharon. I also absolutely LoVe the Elizabeth Craft Designs Bird-Day Party stamps and used some of their new paper for this masculine birthday card.  The paper is called Manly Man.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,
Karen

SUPPLIES:
Supplies from my stash:
Kraft cardstock, Copic Pens, Pop Tape, Diamond Dots, Black Permanent Ink, Gold Pen

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Love Owl-ways

I've got a post over on the Dare 2B Artzy blog.  I used the Hoot Hoot set to create this:

Seriously!  Looooove these FuN owls.  Omigosh.  I colored them with the following Copic markers:
V01, V04, V06, G40, G43, G46, R30, R32, R35, YR12, YR14

I used my "go-to" paper line, Artzy Doodles Collection.  Love mixing up the patterns on these, and the colors always coordinate so beautifully.

Have you "liked" us on Facebook yet?!  You should!  There's all kinds of beautiful inspiration.  Be sure to also check out all D2BA's products here!

Thanks for stopping by!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

You're so sweet

It's been a beautiful Spring, soon to be summer here in Northern California - so today, I'm in a fun Spring colors mood.  I used the smaller flowers on both the Flower Power and Spring Blooms stamps from Elizabeth Craft Designs for this card:


The flowers are colored with V20, V22, V25, RV52, RV55, YG03, YG06, G12, and G14.  The paper is Lawn Fawn, Perfectly Plaid.  I added some lace, ribbon and a couple pearls.

My supplies list is below.  Thank you SO much for stopping by!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Other –
Lawn Fawn paper
Copic Markers
Pop Tape
Black ink
Lace
Ribbon
Pearls

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Thinking of You

EEeeek!  I love paper!  And I just got some fabulous NEW paper from Elizabeth Craft Designs!  I just had to cut into it!  Really, no choice!

Today's card features the paper, Cucina with Love and is filled with yummy colors and images, like this:


This paper screamed to me to use the FuN Tea Time Clear Stamps, also from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I stamped the cup, masked it, then stamped the stack of cookies.  I colored the image with Copic markers:  Y21, Y23, YG03, YG06, YG61, R81, R83, R85, R30, G40.  I stamped the sentiment on the edge of a Fitted Oval die cut.  To finish off the card, I added some lace, twine, pearls and a button.

Elizabeth Craft Designs -
Other –
Lace
Copic Markers
Pop Tape
Black ink
Pearls


Twine


Wreath with Kitties

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas Card Challenges!  Here's the always optional challenge:




I found an adorable digital image from East Wind Digital Stamps and made a CAS card using it.  Here's what I did:


The background papers and sentiment are from Heartfelt Creations.  I colored the cute image with Copic markers:  E31, E33, E35, R24, R27, R29, Y21, Y23, Y26, G43, G47, C1, C3, W0, W2, R81, YG61 and YG63.  I added some fun Katarina Wink dots in silver and gold and finished the card out with a couple corner pearls.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Bird-Day Thanks

Today, I'm posting a card made with FuN products from Elizabeth Craft Designs!  Here's what I made:


Those adorable birdies are from the Bird-day Party stamps and are die cut with the coordinating dies. They are colored with Copic Markers:
BG72, BG75, BG78, YG61, YG63, YG67, YR14, Y26, Y28

The full supplies list is below.  Thank you SO much for stopping by!

Craftily yours,

Karen

SUPPLIES:

Monday, May 15, 2017

Slider Challenge

Happiness is Designer Challenge Day over at Elizabeth Craft Designs.

For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away Joset Designs Sliders & Spinners die set to 3 winners. 

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us " What Elizabeth Craft Designs image would you make spin or slide?

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 

The winners will be announced on Friday, May 19 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Els did a fantastic video showing how these are created - here.  I used the adorable bear in the Zoo Babies set to create this:



The bear is colored with E41, E42, E43, E31, E33, E35, BG53, BG57 and YR14.  He is attached to the double-penny slider mechanism, and I added a bead-string die cut for some extra flourish.  The paper is ALL-NEW paper from Elizabeth Craft Designs, called Manly Man.  Fantastic paper for masculine cards!

And of course, what slider/spinner blog post would be complete without a really short video showing the magic of the spin.



My full supplies list is below.  Thanks for stopping by!

Craftily yours,

Karen

ECD Products Used:
Manly Man Paper
Zoo Babies Stamps
Zoo Babies Dies
Sliders and Spinners Dies
Dream Sentiments Stamps
Clear Double-Sided Adhesive, 6mm
Bead Strings 2 Dies

Supplies from my Stash Used:
Copic Markers
Pearls
Black Ink

Thursday, May 11, 2017

LoVe You, Mr. Fish

Today's my day over at the Dare 2B Artzy Blog!  I recently got the Distress Oxide inks and could not wait to play with them.  And today is my oldest son's birthday!  He's a whopping 24 years old.  So hard to believe since I'm only 29!
Here's what I made for his birthday using the Restore the Soul Stamps:

LoVe the inks and love that fishy.  I decorated my card with Cattails Die and adorned it Love You Die cut (that I also colored up with Oxide inks)!  The colors I used to color Mr. Fish were:  YG03, YG05, Y13, Y15, BG02, BG05, R81, R83, YG61, YG63
  
I really love all the fun detail on Dare 2B Artzy Stamps.  They are so much fun to color.
Have you "liked" us on Facebook yet?!  You should!  There's all kinds of beautiful inspiration.  Be sure to also check out all D2BA's products here!
Thanks for stopping by!
Craftily yours,
Karen

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Roar, Birthday Time

I swear that I never have enough birthday cards, so today, I'm showcasing another one - made with products from Elizabeth Craft Designs!

Here's what I made:


Such a cute lion from the Jungle Cuties set.  Love it.  And that paper is beautiful new paper from ModaScrap carried at Elizabeth Craft Designs called Manly Man!  Perfect for masculine cards.  Love it.  

The lion is colored with:

Face and Body:  E41, E42, E43, E44
Mane:  Y21, Y23, Y26, BG53, BG57, E04, E07, E08

The squares background is created with Garden Patch dies.  The sentiment is cut from the ECD Happy Birthday die.  I cut it three times and glued together to give it some dimension.  And I added a few pearls.

The full supplies list is below.  Thank you SO much for stopping by!

Craftily yours,

Karen

SUPPLIES:

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Oh Deer - Happy Holidays

Christmas Card Challenges has a new (and optional) challenge this week.  This week's challenge is a photo challenge.  The photo is a tree with lights and ornaments.


I got inspiration from the lights and the color palette for my card!



Ok, it's a stretch, but I *needed* to use this adorable image from Unity Stamp Company!  The paper is Kaisercraft Home for Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you join us in the challenge!  No time like the present to get a start on those FuN Christmas Cards!

Craftily yours,

Karen


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Rainy Days

Northern California (where I'm from) had a whole lotta rain this year, so I thought I'd create a rain-inspired card for my inspiration post over at Paper Nest Dolls!

This sentiment-less card could be used for quite a few occasions.  I used the plain version of Rainy Day Emma to create this:



I super love that sweet frog and that sweet duckling!  I colored with Copics:

Hair:  E21, E23, E25
Skin:  E000, E00, E11, R20
Outfit:  Y000, Y00, Y02, R81, R83, BG53, BG57, BG10
Frog:  G14, G16
Duck:  Y15, Y18, YR14
Ground:  BG01, BG02

The rest of the card is a mixture of papers, flowers, lace and jelly dots I had in my stash.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Thinking of You

I'm posting today using the pretty Flower Power stamps from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I finally took the plunge, inspired by my Facebook crafty communities, and purchased Prismacolor pencils.  This is my first attempt:



They are fun to play with, and I ended up with a bit of a watercolor effect (but they aren't watercolor pencils!).  FuN to play with, and I'm excited to practice more.  The colors I used to color the flower were:

Light Aqua, Aquamarine, Peacock Blue, Blush Pink, Pink, Process Red, Goldenrod, Canary Yellow, Sienna Brown

The paper is from the Heartfelt Creations, Birds and Blooms collection.  I saw someone on Pinterest do the circle frame offset that way and thought it looked cool.  What do you think?

My supplies list is below.  Thank you SO much for stopping by!

Craftily yours,

Karen

SUPPLIES:

Monday, May 1, 2017

It's a Troll Ellie Birthday

Each first Monday of the month, Paper Nest Dolls hosts an Anything Goes Challenge!  So much fun to see all YOUR lovely creations!  Join us!

This month, for inspiration, I created a birthday card using Troll Ellie.  I super love this stamp!



She's SO fun.  I love to color these dolls.  Today I used:

Hair:  Y00, Y32, E31, Y26
Skin:  E000, E00, E11, R20, BV00
Outfit and Flower:  B00, B02, B05, C1, C3, R20, R21, R22, G40, G43

The paper is from Dare 2B Artzy.  The stamp is framed with Fitted Oval Dies and Scallop Oval Dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  And I added a butterfly from Elizabeth Craft Designs, Dancing Butterflies along with a sentiment from their General Sentiments Stamps.  I embellished the background with a Stitched Fishtail Die and then added some pearls.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Friday, April 28, 2017

Spring Blog Hop!

Welcome to Dare 2B Artzy's Blog Hop!!
Who's excited for Spring?!
Here at Dare 2B Artzy, we are super excited for some sun shiny days and warm weather!  To celebrate we decided to have a Spring 3D Themed Blog Hop!! 

We are super excited to have two Guest Designers joining us for this hop!!



You should have arrived here from marvy Vicki's blog!  If you haven't and would like to hop along with us, please go back to the Dare 2B Artzy Blog to start at the beginning!

Be sure to follow each blog and leave comments along the way for your chance at winning!  We will randomly choose a winner from one of the blogs, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!!

The winner will receive a stamp set and ink pad of their choice!!
The Blog Hop will end Sunday, April 30th at 7:00pm Eastern. 
We will then post a winner!!

I created a FuN canvas today using the Vines of Love Stamps and coordinating Vines of Love Chipboard.  


I painted on the base with Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean distress paints.  I added the lines at the bottom with some distress ink and edged the whole canvas with Walnut Stain.  The butterflies are created by using an UmWow Studio stencil and some moulding paste.  The flower was colored with Copic Markers and I added some Distress Glitter to the flower for emphasis.  Here's a close-up:


I covered the whole flower with Glossy Accents and added the sentiment with D2BA Chocolate Chip Ink.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Your next stop in the hop is our fabulous Artzy Guest Designer, Vicki's blog!   (Did anyone notice that I am "surrounded" by wonder women named Vicki??!)

We hope you are inspired all along the way! 
Check out all D2BA's products here!
Happy Hopping!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Flower Card

I'm up over on the Dare 2B Artzy blog today.  I used the Flowers for Mom set to create this: 
 

There are some great sentiments that come with the set, but I decided to leave it without a sentiment, so I can use it for anything.  I really LoVe the Dare 2B Artzy papers.  The patterns are so fun to mix. 

The papers I used today are from the Modern Bliss collection.   One of the things I really love about these papers is that there isn't a centimeter wasted.  The dotted pattern is the "edge" (where on the other side, the name of the papers is).  Very cool.  I finished the card off with some lace, ribbons and Nuvo Drops. Here's a close-up of that beautiful flower:  


So much fun to color!  As you can see, I fussy cut and tucked another flower behind the corner. Have you "liked" us on Facebook yet?!  You should!  There's all kinds of beautiful inspiration.  

Be sure to also check out all D2BA's products here! Thanks for stopping by! 

Craftily yours, 

Karen

Monday, April 24, 2017

Dream Big!

On Friday, Els (from Elizabeth Craft Designs) posted a FuN instructional video using the Distress Oxides ink.  You can find it:  here!  I loved the soft feel of the background, so I used the Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo, and Iced Spruce to create my own.  Here's what I made:



The leaves were done with Peeled Paint and Iced Spruce oxides by dipping the paper into wetted ink and smearing.  LoVe these inks. 

Last week, I was involved as an assessor in a management training program.  My assessees impressed me so much that I am sending them thank you cards.  This one is for the fellow who was in my group.  
The elephant/birdie is from the Jungle Cuties stamps and is colored with Copic markers:  B93, B95, B97, G82, G85, YG93, YG95, Y15, Y26

The full supplies list is below.  Thank you SO much for stopping by!

Craftily yours,

Karen

SUPPLIES:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Inside and Out

It's coloring team designer day today over at Elizabeth Craft Designs!  LoVe all of the crafty inspiration from my design team sisters!  The challenge this month is "inside and out" - i.e. decorate the card both inside and out.  LoVe that.  Here's what I made using the Feathered Friends Stamps:



I colored the pretty birdie with Copic markers:  BG53, BG57, R81, R83, R85, RV 53, RV55, YR14 and R27.  I used the fitted and scallop oval dies to frame the bird and to cut a "window" on the front.  I embellished the card with the Garden Note Jasmine flowers.  The paper is from the Heartfelt Creations Botanic Orchid paper.

My supplies list is below.  Thank you SO much for stopping by!

Craftily yours,

Karen

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs -
Feathered Friends Stamps
Feathered Friends Dies
Fitted Ovals Dies
Dotted Scallop Ovals Dies
Garden Notes Jasmine
Clear Double Sided Adhesive - Tape 6mm

Other –
Patterned Paper, Heartfelt Creations Botannic Orchid
Copic Markers
Pop Tape
Black ink
Prills
Pearls