Thursday, December 31, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016!

And just for you - a beautiful piece of prose from Penny O'Dell, a great artist 
and super OUTLAWZ friend, who passed in December (written by D.Simone).

“May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”
D. Simone

Monday, December 28, 2015

RSD - ANYTHING GOES - OUTLAWZ GREETINGS

It doesn't get any better than that - with our 3 favorite fun places! Sponsor:  Rick St Dennis  
ANYTHING GOES for an awesome theme and OUTLAWZ GREETINGS CHALLENGE group for the best challenges on the block.

 
Date of Challenge   DEC 28
SPONSOR:  RICK ST DENNIS

ONLY A ROSE is an image from RICK ST DENNIS' DIGI STORE  Come on over to OUTLAWZ GREETINGS CHALLENGE this week and share that project with us - and inspire us!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

WISHING YOU A LOVELY HOLIDAY!

...from us all including our fur babes and cold wintry snowmen under the tree.  
NO SNOW THIS YEAR.

A lovely card came in my mail and I am displaying because it just amazes me how the 3d effect she gave it just pops out at you. Shirley (the artist) is a wonderful girlfriend and is so endowed with artistic talents, she just wows me! Enjoy her card!!!


 I wish you all a quiet personable holiday and season as we begin to
close out 2015.  I wish you a wonderfully precious 2016. 
Consider being a follower of mine, there will be blog candy in 2016
since I finally have 102+ followers.

Monday, December 21, 2015

HOW ABOUT A HOLIDAY MOVIE?

COME OVER TO OUTLAWZ GREETINGS CHALLENGE,
It's movie time!

December 21
Sponsor:  Art by Mi Ran
Click on the link and check her out - these are awesome images and 
she's a wonderful sponsor as well!


Prize – 3 images
Theme: Inspired by a holiday movie
Hosted by: Pat M.
Linda W: CANDY JOY
The movie WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954) becomes a memory.  I loved working on this card.
The snow in the background is actually dropped from the tip of an artists brush!


(From the web): White Christmas is a 1954 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen, loosely based on the 1942 film Holiday Inn.[3] Filmed in VistaVision and Technicolor, it features the songs of Irving Berlin, including a new version of the title song, "White Christmas", introduced by Crosby in the earlier film. 

 Come join us at Outlawz Greetings Challenge this week -- you could be the lucky winner!

Monday, December 14, 2015

MAKE IT MUSIC AT OUTLAWZ


Welcome to ANOTHER AWESOME challenge of the month.  The link for you to follow at is:
OUTLAWZ GREETINGS CHALLENGE GROUP

  

And our theme is:  Put some music on your card - any theme.  Well I chose a section from a lovely video going around the net.  The cat outside the closed bedroom door is crying for his ancestors because he's sure everyone has abandoned him.  A martini would help!



Come join us at Outlawz Greetings Challenge this week -- you could be the lucky winner!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

WELCOME ABOARD LIV L.!

OUTLAWZ GREETINGS CHALLENGE (AND I ESPECIALLY) open up this MONTH OF DECEMBER with a wonderful WELCOME ABOARD TO MY FRIEND, LIV!  
For December she is our new GUEST DESIGNER with absolutely beautiful creations.  In January 2016 she will move into our group as a permanent Design Team Member!  WOO HOO!


My name is Liw (pronounce Liv) who lives in Sweden and I am 41 years old. I am a single mother of two boys at the ages 5 and 9 in November. Currently working as a Front Desk Agent at a summer hotel and are loving it.

I have always seen myself as a crafty person. I have had an eye for decoration, decorating, coming up with solutions to do things easier. I have done some drawing when I was younger, even attended a drawing, clay, photo, theater course. My mother has always been creating things when I was a kid. She crochet or knitted clothes to my Barbie dolls, she even knitted clothes for us, as well as doing cross stitch paintings.

I have done some knitted baby blankets to some friends and family members, I do Pearl jewelry such as earrings, bracelets, necklace and even some rings. About a year ago I started to do some coloring. I don't recall how I came across the Promarkers, but I got into it right away. I bought a set and then it was on... along the way I have learned a lot about making cards and how to use stamps. How to color with the Promarkers and are still learning new things everyday.

I am a member of different groups at Facebook where I share my Craft as well as get inspiration and tips on doing better. I never thought that I would be this hooked on doing my own cards and I am loving every second of it. I even started a Promarkers Group in Swedish since I didn't find one and here I try to give tips to others that just started with promarkers, as well as other members gives tips and tricks.

Liw Lejdbrandth GDT
USING:   CREATIVE BUG: North Pole Ambassador

 
The words "God Jul" means Merry Christmas in Swedish, just so you know
and are wondering ;)

Monday, November 30, 2015

ANYTHING GOES AT OUTLAWZ

IT'S ANYTHING GOES AT
OUTLAWZ GREETING CHALLENGE
And that is our theme all week long!

November 30 thru Dec7

I want to holler out a huge thank you to Linda Simpson for being a guest designer on the group all the month of November.  Her work is so beautiful, I can't stop singing her praises.  Her wonderful blog is at http://lindasimpsoncraftypieceofheaven.blogspot.com and you'll find her latest post at Outlawz there as well.  HUGS TO YOU LINDA!  Come back another month, will you?

Meanwhile back at the OUTLAWZ RANCH, we're spending a week doing our thing with ANYTHING GOES.  Here's my design for you, using:  BLOOMING SURPRISE HEDGEHOGS.

Our wonderful sponsor is:

Di's Digital Stamps 
http://www.disdigistamps.com/

  So come on over to Outlawz and have some fun with us this week.  Perhaps it's your time to win some prizes from all our wonderful weekly and monthly sponsors.

Now as a special surprise to myself, I am officially declaring I'm thru making Christmas Cards.  I do believe I am well endowed with a goodly number and it will surely be easy to create one or 2 if I do run out.    Here are my last 2 cards, both called Holly.  WOO HOO!





Monday, November 23, 2015

DO YOU HAVE YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS READY?

IT'S CHRISTMAS AT
OUTLAWZ GREETING CHALLENGE
"Christmas in 2 colors only" is our theme!

November 23 thru 29, 2015 

 Sponsor:  Lacy Sunshine 




I colored (copics) all 4 for my Christmas box.  Hope you like.
Come on over and join in with a Christmas card!

Monday, November 16, 2015

BRINGING IN THE FUCHSIA FAIRIES!


EVERYTHING IS FUCHSIA AT
OUTLAWZ GREETING CHALLENGE
" USE THE COLOR FUSCHSIA IN YOUR IMAGE OR PAPER" is our theme!

November 16 thru 22, 2015

 
is an image from our sponsor:


And this was a great challenge.  I kept with a few shades of fuchsia in various items from my stahs.  Oh I forgot to mention I'm on a no buy for the rest of 2015.  This means I buy absolutely nothing to embellish or use in my card making - including paper!  I have plenty, believe me.

So why not come on over to Outlawz Greetings Challenge (click there) and check the other cards the DT have created.  Life is good with the fairies of A&T Emerald!

 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

ANYTHING - ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING GOES!

YOUR SCRAPBOOK PLACE BLOG continues their ANYTHING GOES all month challenge.  Come join them.  Here's my 2nd entry!





Come over to YOUR SCRAPBOOK PLACE BLOG CHALLENGE and spend a few hours browsing thru all the artwork there!  Then enter your own.  You  have to play to win!  And don't forget to stop in at SWEET PEA STAMPS!  Have a great month!

Friday, November 13, 2015

OOPS! Missed my post of Nov 9.

This is card from 11/9 and I am so sorry I missed posting it.  Here it is almost Sat. already - some days I really need a whipping with a wet noodle!

Our challenge at OUTLAWZ GREETINGS CHALLENGE was to use sewing, either real or faux, which could have also been rub on faux stitching, which I realized I had a great deal of and didn't use!  Oh well, love my sewing machine.

VINTAGE FAIRY RING 3
from.......A DAY FOR DAISIES.

Our wonderful sponsors for the week are Bugaboo
And A Day for Daisies

 Come on over and visit our group's post and see what beautiful items they have created.  

Monday, November 2, 2015

CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS - Are Your Cards in Process?

NOVEMBER'S SURPRISES AT
OUTLAWZ GREETING CHALLENGE

FIRST OF ALL, Let me introduce to you, my reader, our newest Guest Design Team Member, Ms. Linda Simpson.  I've known Linda for awhile now and was delighted to hear she'd love to be a GDT for us........so photo and short bio below.  Read and come visit her work.


Hi my name is Linda and I am a craftaholic.  I have been crafting all my life but started paper crafting 16 years ago. I love different aspects of paper crafting and enjoy mixing different techniques onto my projects.
My favourite theme is vintage with a touch of steampunk. My favourite embellishments are Lace, Pearls, Flowers but of course I love to embellish and have to stop myself from over embellishing my projects.  I am very lucky that I work in the crafting industry for Personal Impressions as their social media manager as well as looking after their blogs and design team.  I do hope you like my project.
 
 
 AND NOW FOR OUR CHALLNGE OF THE WEEK.......
"Christmas Reflections" is our theme!
...using a shiny or mirrored embellishment on your Christmas-

November 2 thru 8

POPPY SEED GRAPHICS
THE FAIRY OF CHRISTMAS
 AND
 SLS CHRISTMAS BIRDS ON A BRANCH  (2 cards)


Now it's your turn.   Share that project with us - and inspire us!!!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

YOUR SCRAPBOOK PLACE CARD CHALLENGE

YOUR SCRAPBOOK PLACE CHALLENGE for the month of November is sponsored by that wonderful SWEET PEA STAMPS. Our theme is ANYTHING GOES all month long!

http://yourscrapbookplace.blogspot.com/ 

I was recently asked to GUEST DT for YOUR SCRAPBOOK PLACE - and it's been true fun.  Now first off, let me explain that the name of the blog is not the whole of it.  Their blog is absolutely  tons of fun every month making up cards and projects that are totally ANYTHING GOES.

Now here's my sweetie, the cutest image by Sandra Caldwell at  Sweet Pea stamps
http://www.sweetpeastamps.com/dsartists/
So, YES, come on over to YOUR SCRAPBOOK PLACE AND JOIN IN THE FUN!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

NEWS AT OUTLAWZ GREETINGS GROUP!


Ah it's the first week of November and our wonderful guest designer positions turns over again.  This week we hesitantly and so thankfully tell Michelle we are happy she joined us, and even tho we must say goodbye for a wee bit to Michelle Vatafu she is willing to come back in 2016.  Here's her last post with us ..... gorgeous huh?



And this week you will see Linda Simpson's newest post with us.   I  have followed Linda's blog posts for quite some time now, so was delighted when she thought she'd like to guest with us in November.
Cute photo of Linda and hubbie as they were recently travelling on vacation!


And here is Linda's card she submitted for this coming week's challenge which you can also see everyone's wonderful cards at OUTLAWZ GREETINGS CHALLENGE.   Linda chose THE FAIRY OF CHRISTMAS   from POPPY SEED GRAPHICS.  She also has worked on CHRISTMAS BIRDS ON A BRANCH.

Are you interested in being a guest design team member on OUTLAWZ GREETINGS CHALLENGE - just email me by clicking here:  LINDA W.

Monday, October 26, 2015

10/26 and OUTLAWZ GREETINGS CHALLENGE GROUP....

It's October 26, and fall is fast on us.  SW Wisc. falls are pretty typical of each other than the amount of color you may see may vary from year to year!  My husband I took a hovercraft trip out on the Mississippi River on October 22 and just check out a few of the colors in the trees!  It was awesome, breezy cool but awesome!







 OK, let's get back to our challenge post at OUTLAWZ GREETING CHALLENGE GROUP.  Anything Goes is our theme!  Our sponsor is Crafty Sentiments Designs.  And here's my entry.

 JACK LET'S GO OUT  


And ladies, take some time to visit our challenge blog and view our newest Junior Design Team Member's work!  
 
As this is the October Anything Goes challenge, Bella is our next Jr Guest DT.
"Hi, my name is Bella and I craft with my grandma every other weekend. We have been crafting ever since I can remember. She shares her special markers with me, and I have my own stamps and decorations. I like to make cards but like to alter stuff and make "canvases" like she does.
I am in 3rd grade and I like to swim, ice skate, roller skate, watch Ever After High, cook and I love to make things with grandma. I am going to be a cowgirl for Halloween. I have 5 brothers and 1 sister. I live with my mom and 1 brother."
Here's my mixed media project. I used cute images from Ike's Art. I made a scene for my sea animals in a collage. I used grandma's stamp for the words. I colored my animals with her markers. I drew seagulls in the sky. I found grandma's sticky diecuts and added them like waves in the ocean.  I forgot that I framed it all with washi tape. I got a birthday present of  50 rolls of washi tape. I gave one to grandma for her to use. Grandma hung my canvas on my bedroom wall. It's her craft room too."
Bella's mixed media canvas using Ike's Art images from the Sea Life set:

WOW, we are busy bees this week, come over to Outlawz Greetings Challenge and join us!  You can't win without entering, right?

Monday, October 19, 2015

FROSTY WATCHES THE AURORA BOREALIS

DATE:  October 19 at OUTLAWZ GREETINGS CHALLENGE, we're having fun with flowers and/or brads.  Our awesome sponsor is RICK ST DENNIS (click to see his products including the brand new adult coloring books!)
Sponsor:  Rick St Dennis   
 
Theme: Use Flowers or Brads on your project

I created the Northern Lights by using flicks of various colors
of my copic pens.  This is my first try and know I'll be trying more.
 I used brads and not flowers and also used a bit of Frantage.  There are 3 ribbons at the base.  This is an A6 card. 



FROSTY DIGI STAMP
Thank you for visiting.

Monday, October 12, 2015

I LOVE AUTUMN COLORS AND TWINE!


AUTUMN COLORS AND TWINE
What a gorgeous combo to make cards from.
Here are OUR AWESOME sponsors plus a surprise!

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and

and a SURPRISE ARTIST CHRISTINA H. DONATING THE FOLLOWING DIGI
to one lucky gal!!!  You must enter our Themed Challenge to win!
SO THANKFUL PUMPKIN SET (in JPEG & PNG) plus 3 sentiments

There will be a 2nd drawing this week for a Pumpkin Digi created by our own Christina Hor 

Please come over to OUTLAWZ GREETINGS CHALLENGE, 
enter your project by following the easy guidelines.  I wish you lots of luck.  
Take time out of work and chase the falling leaves!

Monday, October 5, 2015

NEW GIRL AND NEW CHALLENGE (READ IT ALL)

OUTLAWZ GREETINGS CHALLENGE opens up this week with a wonderful WELCOME ABOARD TO MICHELLE VATAFU!  


 
I am married with one daughter.  My husband is a wonder and has no clue (or doesn’t care) how much I spend on crafts LOL!  My daughter just entered into her first year university.  I have been crafting for most of my life and began with scrapbooking about 16 years ago.  I am a bit of a perfectionist so it was taking me about 5 or 6 hours minimum to do one layout.  I started seeing how some people make cards and found that it was with Copic Markers.  I was immediately hooked!  In less than a year I had every colour and Jennifer Dover’s colour charts, along with Alyce’s lessons from Kit and Clowder, and off i was learning how to use my Copic Markers.  This was about 2 years ago and I continue to grow as a colourist each and every project I complete.

Today I am enthralled with this mixed media stuff that I see Vicky Papaioannou do, that again, I had to buy the stuff she is using like Gelato’s and the Stamper’s Big Brush Pens and all the mixed media stuff and voila!  Another tenticle of our craft as it branches out even further.  NOW, I just need to find time to learn how to do that and use all the new products LOL.  

My daughter keeps us very busy as she plays Softball for her University, so we travel all over Ontario right now with her while she completes this season.  Softball finishes at the end of October so after this time, I am good to get back into crafting and making cards, cards, cards.  

My blog is michellevata.blogspot.ca.  I would love for you to pop in anytime and if you see what you like, leave me a message.
 
NOW CHECK OUT OUR CHALLENGE THIS WEEK.............
Theme:  Halloween Party! Get your Halloween Card/invite ready

SPONSOR THIS WEEK:
 

MY EASEL CARD USING YO HO HO!!!
 ...a little closer...
COME PLAY WITH US AT THE OUTLAWZ THIS WEEK!
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