Saturday, October 29, 2016


Sometimes I feel like I've got lots of balls in the air, hoping not to drop any of them!  So when I saw this delightful digi outline, Juggling Tiger,  by Gerda Steiner, I knew I had to create a card with it.

A free digi is given monthly in the Progressive Freebie Group at the Outlawz ning site.  If you use the image, you get the next month's freebie sent to you, etc. etc.

I came across this James Patterson quote.  It certainly gave me pause for thought....

Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you're keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls...are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.

I found it rather uncanny that Gerda's tiger is juggling five balls.  I made "work" the red rubber (for bouncing back) ball in the middle.  I know, deep thought for a cute image.  But let's hear it for all jugglers.

Other materials:
computer generated coloring and sentiment
Copic markers to highlight computer colored image
Ranger Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles (on balls and nose)
DCWV Animal Crackers cardstock

Did you know today is special?

So I'm also entering
Her Peaceful Garden 2016 Cat Lovers Hop  #134 Winner
because a tiger is included in the big cat category

2016 Cat Lovers Hop Badge

Friday, October 28, 2016

Cool Cat

How about a cool cat for Halloween?

I saw that Lisa Decosse was sponsoring a challenge over at the Outlawz site  and offering a freebie paper.  (Outlawz is a ning site that you have to join, not an open challenge blog.)

Here is the card I made with Lisa's freebie, Cat Sihouettes.:

Entering these blog challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers #175 Things Go Bump in the Night #55 x
Make My Monday: #3  I Put a Spell on You #29
Paperminutes #458 Digital World #2

Her Peaceful Garden Cat Lovers Blog Hop  #105
2016 Cat Lovers Hop Badge

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Little Drummer Boy Tag

I love this new release from Imagine That Digis by Kris.  Here is my design team make using Little Drummer Boy.  

I used the pre-colored dark haired boy and sentiment from the set along with several digi papers to create a digi composition. Then I used a png tag file to place on top of my composition.   Just print, cut, add trim, and I'm ready to use it.

Little Drummer Boy set found in store HERE

red chicken wire from On The Farm Papers in store HERE

stars from Americana Papers in store HERE

yellow plaid from School Days Papers  in store HERE

Tags and Labels in store HERE

Please visit the Creative Playground to see all the new releases posted throughout the day. And get your discount code for the new releases--limited time offer.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Appreciating Nurses

Another design team make for Imagine That! Digis by Kris.  Check out the latest releases, challenges, and design team inspiration at the Creative Playground HERE.

I've got a lot of nurses in our extended family, and one of them is an emegency room nurse.  I discovered there's a special week to recognize them which happens to be this week!

Nurse Sara also is wearing pink because it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Nurses play an important role in treatment and recovery, and we appreciate them!

NOTE:  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month... so to help you create a special something for a loved one battling cancer, or is a survivor, or to help you raise money for the charity, Kris is offering a coupon for 50% OFF her BCA digis and papers with code:  BCA50 all this month!!   You can find them in the store by clicking on the red words or click HERE.

I love this set and made a couple of digital cards with it, using the precolored images.  I also used one of Carly's card sketches which you can find HERE which I tweeked a bit for a different look.

Nurse Sara is in the store HERE  Speedy Recovery digi paper pack in the store HERE

Entering These Challenges:

Ike's World Challenge #74 Girl Power until Oct 23  #4
TOP 3 Badge

Through the Craft Room Door:  Week of October 11 Anything Goes  #53 x
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper October (random draw winner)  I'm #163 x
Digitally Sweet Challenges: October #155 Use Pink A Little or a Lot (entry must be 100% digital) #12 x
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge #209:  Think Pink #28 x

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Holiday Candy Wrappers

I'm here with another Thursday blog design team inspiration for Imagine That! digis by Kris.

Summer is officially over.  I've already bought some mums for the front porch and soon will have to bring out those fall decorations.  Before we know it, those holidays will be upon us.  Time to start thinking about sweet treats to give to our sweeties.  

Start with the luscious Fabulous Fall digi papers and your choice of large candy bars.  Use the full 6x6 size of each paper for the wrapper.  I used the orange polka dot for the October treats, chevron for November treats, and the rich red leaves for December treats.  I also cropped the olive grunge to a 3/8" strip.  

This paper digi set is found in the store HERE.

I created my entire wrapper digitally before printing.  However, it is very possible to print the components separately, cut and layer with adhesive. 

This is what the finished wrapper looks like before printing out:

Just print out, wrap it around your candy bar and adhere with adhesive where it overlaps in the back.

For my first two tags, I used Label 3 with the burnt orange digi paper. I resized this label to 3.287" wide x 1.913" wide.  Sounds odd, I know.  I just resized it to fit the "front" of the candy bar without thinking about "rounding up".    This tags and labels set is found in the store HERE

On one label, I resized and positioned the crows and pumpkins from this set found in store HERE.

On the other label, I resized and positioned the sentiment "many Thanks" from this set found in the store HERE.  

On the third wrapper, I placed that adorable merry Christmas label.  (Isn't foxy cute wearing a Santa cap?) This set is found in the store HERE.

The possibilities for combinations are endless.  I hope I've inspired you to created some of your own candy wrappers for the upcoming holidays.

Entering the following challenges:

Animals Friends Challenge:  October  I'm #19
no more than 10 challenges total; no more than 3 entries

613 Avenue Create:  Challenge #190 Anything Goes (continuing celebration of fall) optional twist use green and gold   limit 8 entries per month I'm #134  votes determine winners

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper October (random draw winner) #164 x

Saturday, October 1, 2016

DT Announcement and Product Discount Code

A Fall Harvest Card:


I'm going from this:

to this:

I'm one of the 

which means you'll be seeing my make on the first Saturday of the month when the monthly challenge kicks off.

Speaking of which, the October challenge is Fall Impressions and runs from October 1 to November 4.  This month we have a DOUBLE challenge for you.  Not only do we want to see a fall themed creation, BUT we also want to see some embossing on your project.  Now if you don't have any equipment to emboss, it is perfectly fine to use pre-embossed papers.  As long as there is embossing of some nature on your project, and of course it is fit into the fall theme, it will qualify for this challenge.  

For INSPIRATION, head on over to the Creative Playground blog HERE where you'll find design team makes, challenge details, and links to FaceBook, Pinterest, and the Store.

For MOTIVATION, please use my DT code when prompted at checkout at the Store HERE

Back to my card for today:

I used the pumpkin outline and the sentiment from the Scarecrow set found in the store HERE.

I printed the pumpkin 3 times so that I could color one layer seperately on each pumpkin This allowed me to fussy cut each layer individually and then run each layer through the Big Shot with a different embossing folder. I also edged each section and the leaves with distress marker.

After using my Loew Cornell colored pencils, I chose coordinating cardstock mats to layer behind the pumpkin. The top brown mat was embossed with a tree/leaves. And I embossed leaves on a strip of pale green paper which is placed horizontally across the matching card behind the 3 mats.

Embossing folders used:

Darice Leafy Tree
Darice Damask Background
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot
Cuttlebug D'vine Swirls
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Leaves

I think these embossing folders make the pumpkin look very elegant and the Happy Harvest font pairs nicely.

Entering this card in these challenges:

Cards in Envy (no lumpy bumpy--must fit flat in envelope): Challenge: Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall  expires Oct 2. limit 3 entries--this is my 3rd one #76 x

Creative Knockouts #161 Fall   weekly Thursday challenge expires on Wednesdays; limit 2 entries; max combined with 7 other challenges--this is my 1st one #17 x

Worldwide Design Team Challenge:  Anything Goes Sept 15-October 12  max 3 entries--this one is my 3rd.   #89 x

The Male Room Challenge #45 Leaves and/or Trees  I have both-- 2 week challenge started Sept 28.  I'm entry #19 x

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