Sunday, May 1, 2016

April Showers May Flowers and Chalk N Stock Challenge

April showers bring May flowers at least here in Texas with all the rain we've had. We went from a severe drought to too much rain in some parts and just enough to get lake levels back up to where they're suppose to be in other parts. This also means an abundance of wildflowers in every color of the rainbow which gave me inspiration for these three cards.

All three digital stamps come from Bugaboo Stamps. I like the design of each stamp and had fun finding different ways to color each one to make thank you cards. Today I'll be going over what I used to color the digital stamps. 


This first card I used Pebbles Cream Chalks to color the flowers and regular chalk to add a touch of color to the background. The background color is very light and that's why it doesn't really show up in this picture. 

I like using chalks because they give a soft color to your stamps and are easy to add shadows. I find cream chalks are darker than regular chalks so regular chalks were nicely for background coloring.


This flower and background I colored using color pencils. I like using colored pencils over alcohol markers because I have better control of blending. The biggest thing with alcohol markers and colored pencils is getting the proper paper to blend on. There are special papers out there for both but you can use regular card stock. You'll notice the colors will have a different appearance depending on what paper type you use. I would search the web for the proper paper types and where to get the best prices if you want to go that way. I just use regular white card stock for mine.


Finally, I used shimmer watercolors. Yes, they do make watercolors that have shimmer or very fine glitter added to them. This makes the whole card shimmer like you've added a glimmer mist but the nice thing is that you get to add the gimmer in the color you want to just the areas you want. The downside is that it's hard to get those shadow effects that are popular in chalk, colored pencil, and alcohol coloring. I picked up the shimmer watercolors at Michaels a year or so ago so I can't remember how much they were but I know not that much and I probably had a coupon to make them even cheaper or I wouldn't have gotten them to try.

I hope I have inspired you to try something new with your stamping and coloring and if you use chalk or decide to use chalk this month, please enter the May challenge at Chalk N Stock.

If you have any comments, I would love to hear them. 

Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

I hear more buzzing.

I was buzzing around the internet the other day when I came across Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. 

Each month they have a themed challenge and give away one of their digital stamps to use for it. I decided to step up to the challenge and buzz happily along with the rest of those that entered. If you haven't figured it out yet, their challenge is titled: A Little Note to Bug You.

They gave away a free digital stamp for the challenge and I used that on yesterday's card. You can get the free digital stamp to use when you go to the challenge linked above.

While I was on the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog, I started looking at older posts and found other cute free digital stamps from previous challenges. It was one of those adorable freebies that I used for today's card. 



I didn't add any words to the outside because I thought the "honey" was good enough so I focused on the inside saying and I found this adorable acrylic stamp:


Yes, I smudged it when I was stamping and now I am trying to figure out how to get rid of it. I found out that using an eraser is NOT the answer and will only make it worse.


This adorable little bee was also easy to color. I used colored pencils for the bee body but I used chalk for the pot and lid and a touch of Stickle's glitter glue for the wings. I am also entering this in the Scribbles Designs Challenge #40: A little not to BUG you.

There is still time to get into this challenge which ends at midnight on the 30th. They are asking for "cute" bug themed cards to add to their link and the top scribblers will receive $10 worth of digital images and then next top 3 receive $3 worth of digital images and Bugaboo Digi Stamps are donating 7 digital stamps of the winner's choice. Now those are some take flight over prizes!

Pop back tomorrow when I'll have news about our newest challenge at Chalk N Stock.

Jearise :)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bzz Bzz

I was buzzing around the internet the other day when I came across Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. 

Each month they have a themed challenge and give away one of their digital stamps to use for it. I decided to step up to the challenge and buzz happily along with the rest of those that entered. If you haven't figured it out yet, their challenge is titled: A Little Note to Bug You.

Here is one of my entries...


I love the little stamp sayings and I so wish I could tell you the name of it. They are see through rubber stamps and there are many more on the sheet.

This adorable little bee was easy to color. I used colored pencils for the bee body. I had to grab my Stickles Icicle glitter for the wings.


There is still time to get into this challenge which ends at midnight on the 30th. They are asking for "cute" bug themed cards to add to their link and the top scribblers will receive $10 worth of digital images and then next top 3 receive $3 worth of digital images and Bugaboo Digi Stamps are donating 7 digital stamps of the winner's choice. Now those are some take flight over prizes!

Check out the Scribbles Designs

Monday, April 25, 2016

Crafting Causes Clutter?!.

I don't know if other people have this problem but I sure do. I drift around the web and see such cute things being done that I say outloud to myself, "I want to try that." 

I head out to the sales or with coupons in hand and when I find stuff that I think I will use like the crafty lady did on her awesome tutorial blog, I buy it. I take it home, place it on a shelf and there it sits. I come up with many excuses not to do it such as I don't have the time or it won't look as good as hers and in the end, it just never gets done.

I have vinyl and glass jars, plastic Christmas ornaments, wooden plaques, canvases, and shadow boxes all piled up calling to me daily to either do something with them or get rid of them. I want to get rid of them and make room. I really do, but that little voice inside the back of my head keeps telling me that I will no sooner get rid of them and then I'll need them for whatever reason or project. In reality, it will never happen because I am past that phase of trying that thing but still.

The other serious problem that I have that causes me to hoard craft stuff is my "Oh, I like this!" personality. I have boxes of ribbon and twine and glitter glue and glitter mist and stacks and stacks of paper especially Graphic 45. Why? Because I try something, fall in love with it, use it non-stop and then I find the next great thing to fall in love with. 

A great example is all the twine and ribbon I have stock piled just in case. When I started card making, I used ribbon. I loved ribbon. I wrapped my body in ribbon. Well, I didn't go that far but you get the picture. Then I joined a design team that was into bakers twine and I won a package of bakers twine in an online blog hop and my new passion turned to twine. It was a twine thing but because of it, the ribbon just sat there on the shelf calling out in soft flowing notes asking if I would ever use it again? Now I find that I really don't use either because I discovered glitter glue and glitter mist and my cards have became more simpler. Even the twine is unraveling in sorrow now.

Every day I walk into my craft room, scream in agony at the clutter and walk out. Maybe I'll go through it tomorrow. Today I think I'll start sewing. I saw this awesome video of a lady making an apron. 

Have fun today no matter what your passion.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

FREE Adorable Digital Stamps from Beyond the Fringe Crafts

Hi All!

I was looking for digital stamps of a specific theme when I came across Carman's webpage. Her free digital stamps are awesome and of such great work and quality that I just had to share her site.


Here are a few of her FREE digital stamps, but please PLEASE don't download them from my site, go to hers and get them and leave her a positive comment and make sure to check out her other digital stamps. (No, I don't know her and she doesn't even know that I did this. Really, I just liked her digital stamps a lot. :) ).




If you like these free stamps, check our her Etsy store too. You never know if you might find that special digital stamp you've been looking for. 



Join her Facebook page here for more FREE digital stamps. 


And last but not least, while you're visiting her blog and Facebook page, make sure to look through her creative work. This woman is one talented lady in many different areas of art and I'm sure she'll inspire you to try something new.


Friday, April 22, 2016

April Showers Blog Hop

We're so glad you are hopping with us today.
We've got all kinds of great baby and bridal shower related crafts and ideas for you.

You should have arrived here from Amanda.  If you just stopped by, be sure to hop to the Theresa's blog at scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com to get started and not miss any of the great projects.

Now on with the projects.


I love to color digital stamps for cards and either use alcohol markers, chalk, or colored pencils. I used alcohol markers on this spring time gal digital stamp from Bugaboo Stamps. It's a simple card but perfect for a birthday, hello or thank you.

Now on to my newest adventures ... sewing and machine embroidering.

 <Here is the machine embroidery I did on the front side.

Above is the pillow once the hoop is off and it's sewn and full of fluff.
 This is the backside of the pillow. I still have a long way to go but I'm learning and getting a little better each time I do a new project. My mother and grandmother loved to sew when I was growing up and they made it look so easy. It's not but it is rewarding in the end.


Thanks for hopping with us today. Be sure to comment on each blog along the way
to be entered in today's giveaway for a $15 gift certificate to

 


Your next stop is Alicia

Here's today's line up:


Theresa ~ scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com
Card A Day Challenge Blog Design Team ~ cardadaychallenge.blogspot.com

Kim ~ katydidcards.com
Anna ~ http://grumpygrandmacreations.blogspot.com
Sarah ~ www.sarahbiswabic.blogspot.com
Sharon ~ http://piece-ofheart.blogspot.com
Holli ~ Sunflowerholli.blogspot.com
Amanda ~ http://salnclts76.blogspot.com
Jearise ~ http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com
Alicia ~ http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com
Enclade ~ www.nanasscrapspot.com 

Lisa ~ http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com

Saturday, March 26, 2016


Welcome to this wonderful Easter themed blog hop. There is a lot of inspiration going on in the blog hop for last minute ideas and ideas for next year. Make sure to visit our hostess' blog for some Easter blog candy - Lisa 

I would like to show my creation to you now. 


I designed and cut out this little fence Easter basket. I decided to make chicks and a cross as decorations for it along with the Easter eggs. You can see that the handle can go in either direction. It's 5 inches long by 3 inches wide by about 1 1/2 inches tall. 

If you've enjoyed this little fence Easter box and would like the file, free of course, please leave your email in the comments below or join my Facebook page titled Lorby's Crating Share

Thanks for stopping by today and now it's on to Holli's blog.

Happy Easter Everyone!