Friday, August 7, 2020

It's time for a ZEN moment with All Dressed Up Stamps' New Release

We all know that slimline cards are all the rage right now~ That is the format that I used for this New Release from All Dressed Up Stamps.  The image is called Reach High and can be found in the shop here.

I made my base out of standard cardstock, with a few cuts.  I wish I could claim this background as my own; however, it is a digital print that I had saved on my computer.  I colored the image with copics, then fancy cut it out to apply to the paper.  I had this neat "space" like paper so used it for the yoga mat and the "sun" sentiment mat.  The sentiment and yoga mat are both from TGF digital files and are saved as png's. On the inside, I used embossed hand made paper in a random bubble pattern. There are 2 dimensional stickers for the greeting.

There are 4 new releases from our Artist in residence, Wendy Burns--you need to check them out right away!

Monday, August 3, 2020

Starting to see some Fall Halloween images over at Polkadoodles!

Pretty soon our thoughts will be turning to Fall and Halloween!  Polkadoodles Stamp Company has so many Images that will fill your needs in their shop so please check them out!
This image is called Amelia Witch- Toad and can be found here.  She's got a jar of wet, slimy eyeballs in her jar, like she's going to be casting a spell on that Toad by her foot!  I colored her with Copics, used a digital Halloween paper in the background along with a full Moon over her shoulder.  Adding some dyed Schiff rayon bias tape in wine color, I wrapped it around the bottom of the card, tied a cluster bow and glued some black glossy beads to it's center.  The inside is finished as always with a complimentary paper-this one I left blank, no sentiment, in case I need it for a Birthday, Thank you, or Happy Halloween!
Maybe if we think about the Fall Season it will get cooler!  It sure has been hot here in the Midwest!  Thanks for stopping by!
You can see the step-by-step process I used to get to this end result of Amelia on the Polkadoodles Crafting Post here:  .   Hope you enjoy!                                                                      

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

A Final Farewell to Southern Girls Challenge-Thanks for the memories

Several years ago, I was thrilled to be on the Southern Girls Design Team.  They were based in New Zealand and Australia and mostly had teamies from those countries.  So, imagine my surprise when I was asked to join them!  And it was a great friendship and experience for me.
I was saddened to hear recently that they will be calling an end to the group now, years later, but are having a Great Get-together for one last time with as many DT members as they can locate.  We were all asked to submit one of our favorite projects for SGC and this one, using an image called Emerald Fairies, was my submission. 
I had fun putting her on a triple step card base!  It's amazing to see how I've grown artistically since that time and it was from DT's taking a chance on me and letting me get more and more experience with them that made that happen.

So Lou and Tracey, I wish you both all the best going forward.  I'm sure no matter what you will be doing, it will be a success and will fill you both with Blessings.  Thank you again for believing in a gal from "Southern" Illinois long ago and for giving me a chance!  You were the Best and I wish you well.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

New Colorist over at Polkadoodles!

So excited to announce today that I've been asked to join the Colorist Team over at Polkadoodles!!  Of course, I'm over the moon about this-this company has fantastic images as well as the supplies that we all need to create!
This card is my first with the Team and she's called Runner 02.  She comes from the Work and Play Collection but you can also get her here too:

Runner 02 ~~

The Paper on the card is from Winnie Sugar Sprinkles Paper Heaven 8.  I wanted to create a whimsical card so I used it for the hills and trees themselves.

I invite you to check out this company's FB page and you can browse the PD Shop here:

Thanks for looking and sharing in my newest endeavor!

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

I Heart Dogs over at the ATG Challenge @ All Dressed Up Stamps

July 15th is the start of a New Challenge over at All Dressed Up Stamps!  It's always Anything Goes, as long as you use an ADU stamp and Wendy Burns, our artist in residence, has a Slew of them in her shop here.
The image I chose to use for this challenge is called I Heart Dogs.  I'm ok with cats BUT I'm really a dog lover.  We have boxers and love the big dogs, which is funny since back in the "early" days, we raised AKC Shelties.
I realize this card is rather busy but I liked all the papers I had on hand for doggies, that I ended up using most of it!  I put a paw print paper across the top to break up all the main print-but I don't think I helped at all.  This image comes with a banner and 3 dogs so I used the dog with a Ribbon Award on it's neck on the front.  I also finish the inside of my cards.  For this I used a barn-wood paper and fancy cut the dog house, mini banner and other 2 dogs from the main paper and created a little scene.
I'm sending this to a dear friend, only she has 4 dogs and NONE of them resemble any that I colored!  She will still love it and You will too if you choose to use it.
Our Challenges are so much fun and we'd love to see your creations!  You have until August 14th to get your entry in so that you have an opportunity to win some All Dressed Up Images!!!
Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

We're getting BEACHY over at All Dressed Up!

It's time for the New Release over at All Dressed Up Stamps and you can tell I want to be at the Beach!  The image I used is called "Bucket and Spade" and I think she's adorable!

This is only my second SLIMLINE card and I think I'm getting the hand of it~ after cutting my white base, I added this summery paper that already had the "washed, painted look" on both ends.  Perfect background!  I colored her with copics and then used 2 scenery stamps from KKS to make the Palm Trees, Sunshine, clouds and waves of sand-also the Sunny Days stamp.  I was a stamping fool on this one but it gave me a chance to try the technique of masking the image so I could stamp over it!
Before I stuck the image down, I wrapped turquoise and white bakers' twine around twice and added 2 charms, a seashell and sunglasses.

On the inside, I finished the card with the same background paper and used a flip flop stamp and sentiment to complete the card.  There are a total of 4 New Release image from our artist, Wendy Burns, so make sure you visit the ADU site to check out the other ones.  You'll fall in Love!

Monday, June 15, 2020

I Love to Bake....Birthday card for All Dressed Up Challenge

Welcome to the June Challenge at All Dressed Up Stamps. 
The theme here at All Dressed Up Stamps Blog challenge is
Anything goes with an ADU image
***Please remember your creations must use an
 All Dressed Up Image*** 

If you don't have any of our images yet, we have provided some  gorgeous freebies which you can find-} here. 
so no one has any crafty excuse at least to not join in our challenges but please respect the rules by not sharing these images … simply tell your friends to come here so they can join in the fun too! 

You can also buy any of Wendy's amazing images from the 
All Dressed Up store -} here. 

We will randomly pick a winner to receive 3 images of your choice, and our DT will choose their top 3 creations. All winners will be announced at the end of the month.
***I decided to jump onboard the "Slimline Card" train and try my hand on one-they are a lot of fun!  The image I used from All Dressed Up is called " I Love to Bake".  I added the black and white checked tablecloth, the pennant banners from KKS using a stencil and two of their rubber sentiments.  As this was my first SL card, it was a little awkward at first but it won't take long to get the hang of them and make several! On the inside, I was already to add a floral print with a black background when I happened to turn it over and found the b&w hounds tooth pattern!  What a perfect piece to use.  I'm so happy with this addition to my Birthday Card Stash!

The All Dressed up team hope you will play along with us and you have until the evening of the 14th July (UK time) to enter your cards with the link below. 

And don't forget to visit our Etsy Store to see all of Wendy's fabulous images. 
We can't wait to see what you all make!
See you again soon

Saturday, June 13, 2020

And Relax.......

 All Dressed Up, as part of it's New Release, partnered with Kit and Clowder, providing them one of their newest images called And Relax.  It's just what we need to do in this crazy world of ours!

The image of the girl meditating is what can be found in the ADU Shop.  I added to the scene with png images of a yoga mat, a blank window, a floating candle shelf, and a potted plant.  These wonderful images were from downloaded digital files I ordered from TGF.  I used some paper for the wallpaper from a Honey Bee Stamps paper pack.  The TGF window I embellished with a hand drawn outdoor scene.  The baseboard was cut in a strip from a wood panel paper.  The sentiment is part of the image from ADU.

On the inside, I used a golden parchment paper and stamped the rainbow and sentiment from Gina K's stamp set, Be the Rainbow.  A saying I'd like to think I try to live by: "Be the rainbow in someone else's Cloudy Sky".

Hope you have a wonderful day and be sure and check out this image as a free drawing page on the K&C website.  

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Featuring Stay at Home image from All Dressed Up-New Release Day!

 Awww, Home Sweet Home....It's got a whole new meaning to us as a Nation, doesn't it?  Here in my State, we are still being asked to shelter in place and it definitely is getting a little old.
But like this sweet image, I love to read and my animals are always around.  So between that and working out in our rural garden, we are passing the time in a productive manner.
This Image called Time to Read can be found here in the All Dressed Up shop.  It's one of the new releases that we are revealing today from artist Wendy Burns.  This image includes the chair, reader, cat and dog.  I say this because I got a little creative and decided to do some paper piecing and using some other png images, I colored and fancy cut them and incorporated them into the "scene".  The rug, plant and framed picture on the wall all came from purchased scene builders from TGF.  The wallpaper is some complimentary paper and then I added a baseboard, moved the pieces around and created something that we can all relate to!
On the inside, I stamped a sentiment that works well with the setting.  This was a lot of fun to create-I'm hoping that you'll try it sometime with Wendy's images.  They come to you in a png format so you're able to move them around in your printing program and bring them forward and put them behind to create depth.  Let us see YOUR creations now!
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

All Dressed Up Challenge~ Anything Goes with an ADU image

Over at All Dressed Up Stamps, we are currently running our April 15th Challenge and we want you to join in!  It runs to May 14th and is AG with using an ADU image.

The one I chose for this event is called Strawberry Girl and can be found in the Shop here   Lol this card has had 2 revisions much to my frustration but I'm happy with the end results.  I had to fancy cut the image as the background I was creating got ruined.  So originally, her blanket would have showed up much better had I not done that.*** It just goes to show that you have to be flexible with your creations 'cause you never know when things are going to go down the tubes!  You just laugh and go on!  As I was running out of time, I used some zigzag papers chipped at the top to form "grass" and had some emergency cloud paper that was used in the background.

In the inside, I used a smaller graphic paper and a white label die cut to frame the friendship sentiment that I stamped.  Both of the sentiments were from KKS and really come in handy! 
We hope to see what YOU create for the challenge-the winner gets free images from ADU and there's tons to choose from!  Hurry on over!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Hang In There

I'm sure your home is affected, as is mine, with this Covid 19 virus that is spreading across our wonderful Country.  At the digital stamp company All Dressed Up, our artist in residence, Wendy Burns, decided to give us some uplifting images to work with for the New Release this month.  I think we all needed them!
The image I used is call "Hang in There" and can be found in the ADU Shop.  Cute little elephant floating away into the clouds, leaving all his cares behind him.  I added some cloud die cuts for dimension and added a sheer white ribbon.
On the inside, I used a
design paper with lots of birds on it--thinking
he surely is going to meet up with birds on his
journey .  I used a sentiment straight from one of my 6x6 paper pads from Carta Bella-love them!

Please check out all the other new releases on our home page-they are inspiring for sure!  We have a new Challenge that starts on the 15th and we'd love to see your creations!  You could possibly win some images from the Shop.  If you would like to see more of the projects that I create, I would be thrilled if you would follow my Blog!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Some Winter Fun over at All Dressed Up Stamps!

We've started our 101th Challenge over at All Dressed Up Stamps and are so excited to start 2020 surrounded by so many friends on our website and on Facebook.  I hope you will be a follower of my blog to see all the new and exciting images from several designers and my "take" on the themes.
Since we're in-between Christmas and Valentine's Day, what a perfect time to use Penguins....on anything!!  The image I used is called Sharing at Christmas.  I used some great papers from Echo Park called "My Favorite Winter" that is double sided, as many are these days.  A light dusting of "Sugar Coating" from doodlebug design gave the snowy hills their sparkle.  I used copics to color my images-love how they blend.
On the inside, I used the penguin paper again and, in this series, there are some "cut-a-ways" which are sentiments that can be used anywhere on your cards-that special touch!
Be sure and check out the other Challenge cards from our DT team.  We do hope you will find the time to play along--You have a full month (until the evening of Feb, 14th) to enter your creations  using the link below. 
Remember it's Always Anything Goes with a ADU Image