Friday, July 1, 2022

SheepSki Designs for Paper Dragonfly

Welcome to the Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenge #7 for July 2022! Our generous sponsor this month is SheepSki Designs and the image I chose is called Huddle Image No. 127.  You have to create Christmas in July, right?
I decided to go with a slimline card since the image lent  itself to be fairly large.
This cute cute image was printed on Ranger Ink's Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper on a laser printer.
I watercolored with Daniel Smith's 238 Dot Cards - just love the variety in this set. I used Wink of Stella to give some sparkle here and there.
So from my family to yours - Happy Holidays in July! Come join us at The Paper Dragonfly Challenge this month. Love to see what you create!
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Four Seasons Guest Designer

Welcome to The Four Seasons Challenge Summer July 2022! I am delighted to be their Guest Designer this month and just loved this inspiration board:
I am such a fan of red, white and blue anything and my card reflects those colors:
I  started with Blue Corn Card Stock from Taylored Expressions. I really enjoy using this deep deep blue card stock which is also 100 lb. weight! This is my favorite weight - not too sturdy to create a nice fold for a card base AND holds up to mixed media applications.
Which is exactly what I started with to create the base. I have this star stencil in my stash and I applied a layer of Altenew Embossing Paste and let dry. Next, I die cut all 7 pieces from Sizzix's Brushstroke Flowers #1 by Tim Holtz in white card stock. Leaving the die cuts in the panels I ink blended (I use Scrapbook.com's Foam Blending Tools) all the pieces with various Distress Inks - reds, pinks, yellow and greens trying to create a variety.
If you're not familiar with the Taylored Expressions Strips Stamps and Dies - they work together as a single unit to stamp once and die cut once. The matching die cut for the Mini Strips cuts all of the sentiments at once - just line up the squares on the side. And very quickly you have multiple sentiments ready for future projects. 
Taylor also has storage containers for the strips with inexpensive labels to identify the sets for she has many!
And they also have a free downloadable spreadsheet of all the Simple and Mini Strips available. Can't ask for more than that!
Thank you for joining me today and I want to thank the Four Season Challenge Group for inviting me to Guest Design! Hopefully you'll be inspired and submit some of your creative work - it is a month long challenge...you have lots of time!
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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Sun & Surf

I thought I'd play along with the current Just Us Girls Photo Challenge #638:
Such a fun image and that inspired me to create a beach themed card.
This gorgeous stencil is from A Colorful Life Designs called Sun & Surf.
Don't you just love this stencil? Clean and Simple in its own way.
The Sun & Surf Stencil is ink blended with blues and yellows from my Distress Ink stash.
The young lady standing in the sand is from Newton's Nook Designs - Summer Moments:
The images are stamped on Ranger Ink's Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper with Altenew's Obsidian Black Ink. I sprinkled Altenew's Crisp Clear Embossing Powder on the black stamped lines while still wet and finally heat embossed. For water coloring I used Daniel Smith's 238 Dot Card Set. Then finally used my favorite for any stamp set - the coordinating dies!
The "sand" is WOW  Sparkling Sand Embossing powder by Jo Firth-Young. I tried to capture how sparkly it is in this picture. Really looks like she is standing in sand.
The sentiment is from the same Summer Moments stamp set.
Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope you get a chance to play along with the Just Us Girls Challenges! I will also be submitting to:
Crafty Gals Corner - AG
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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Girls just wanna

I don't know what the temperature is where you live, but here in Durham, North Carolina it has been close to and hitting 100 degrees almost every day! For June, that is really hot, but I am happy to stay in and craft. I wanted to make a cool-feeling card and was inspired by the Beach Theme at the Card Concept #178:
I started with A Colorful Life Designs' stencil called Beach Balls to create this Mixed Media card. I am always in support of women owned small businesses, such as A Colorful Life Designs. This stencil company is  owned and operated out of Texas by Mary Kay DelaFuente. And Mary Kay offered me a discount code that my followers can use at her shop for 10% off their entire order: AnitaFan10.
This is the picture of Beach Balls from A Colorful Life Designs' website:
I did use Pixie Spray on the back of the Beach Balls Stencil and pressed it onto a panel of Ranger Ink's Tim Holtz Distress Water Color Paper. I love this paper for it's sturdiness and bright white color. Then I watercolored inside the lines with a yellow, purple, blue, red and green. Now, I have a bright colorful panel to layer my beach scene on top.
Newton's Nook is one of my favorite stamp companies - owned by a husband and wife team (Jen and Jeff) out of Southern Wisconsin. I like to purchase their products through Crafty Meraki. Craft Meraki is another small business woman owned business from Virginia. Bindu Suri is the owner and she had the most colorful and beautiful samples for the products she sells. Let's support these entrepreneurs if we can!
This set is called Summer Moments:
If you follow my blog, you know I always like the matching dies for they are quick, easy and cut out areas my Brother Scan 'n Cut doesn't (at least that I know how to do).
My beach lady and images were stamped on Ranger Ink's Tim Holtz Distress WaterColor Paper with Altenew's Obsidian Black Ink. I sprinkled Altenew's Crisp Clear Embossing Powder over the wet black ink and heat set. The watercolor I used was Daniel Smith's 238 Dot Watercolor Cards - Lot and lots of colors to try.
After water coloring and die cutting all the images I layered the images onto a square of Hero Arts' Classic Vellum and adhered to the front panel. The beach bag and sentiment were popped up with foam squares, but the beach lady and splashes were adhered directly.
Just love how this card came out. I'd like to thank the Card Concept for the inspiration and I will also be submitting to the followings challenges:
NBUS (All new!)



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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Red, Yellow, Blue and ?

A quick post to play along with Just Us Girls Color Challenge #637:
I made 2 cards with red, yellow, blue and my choice, black:
I used this 6" X 9" unique stencil called: Spiro Flowers from A Colorful Life Designs. (Use "AnitaFan10" for 10% off your entire order at A Colorful Life Designs!).
I was able to make 2 cards with just one application. The colors I used for the ink blending were by Catherine Pooler: Something Borrowed and Rockin' Red. So rich and vibrant!


I added some yellow centers with die cuts from my floral stash.
The "happy birthday"  and "hugs" dies are from Paper Rose.
A few enamel dots from Altenew finished off the cards! Tea Party for the red and Pocketful of Sunshine for the yellow. Such bright and cheery cards!

Thank you to Just Us Girls for the color challenge!!!

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