Sunday, July 24, 2016


Welcome to another fabulous challenge at Crafting When We Can.  Our challenge is "Squares".  We are being sponsored by Devil Cait Designs.

The image I was given is called Daisy.  When I looked at her I saw a lady back in the 1920's with all the extra make up and bling.  I hope I was able to portray as such.

The DP and the embellishment are some new stash from the Mega Meet in Michigan.  The package from Authentique was a flash sale.  So cheap it was almost a steal.  I really loved the Mon Ami Gabby stop too.  I didn't have funds allocated to this but I had to have it along with some beautiful butterflies that I haven't been able to use them yet.  I'm going to horde them for a bit.

I hope you take a moment to check out all the wonderful creations at CWWC and please join us in the challenge.

Thanks for your visit and have a blessed day!

Card Recipe

Coloring mediums - Copic markers, Glastique, Stickles
Die - Spellbinders
Papers - World Win, Authentique, Darice
Ribbon - Offray
Embossing folder - Darice
Bling - Mon Ami Gabby
Sentiment - Create with TLC

Challenges Entered

Monday, July 18, 2016


We have a new challenge starting at Love to Scrap Challenge Blog.  Get ready.  It's everyone's favorite "Anything Goes"!!  WooHoo!!  Get your crafting tiara ready and join us.

The sponsor I have for this round is

Prize: 3 images of choice

There are two other sponsors this week also.  Please go to LTSCB to see what you can win.

I was given this adorable owl from Oddball Art.  I think it's so cute.  After coloring the owl I used my stylist to give it some dimension then painted it with Glossy Accents.  By painting it on instead of just dropping it from the bottle it keeps the dimensions I added.   I cut the sentiment out five times and glued them together also for dimension.  I added the Glossy Accents to this also.

I have had this wood paper for ages.  Finally I have a way to use it.  It comes solid with embossing.  I sanded over the embossing to reveal the inside color.  I've used other paper from the pack but have never used the wood grain.  

I hope you have enjoyed your visit.  Thanks for stopping by.  Don't forget to hop over to LTSCB and check out all the fabulous inspiration the DT have for you.

Have a blessed day!

Card Recipe

Image - Cute Kawaii Big Eye Owl On Tree from Oddball Art
Coloring mediums - Copic markers, Glossy Accents, Reminisce white gel pen
Sketch - Tuesday Morning Sketches
Papers - Core 'dinations, Victoria & Albert Museum, generic
Distress Ink - Tim Holtz
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Twine - Darice
Die - Frantic Stamper
Buttons - Stash

Challenges Entered

Simon Says Wednesday - Make a scene
Word Art Wednesday #238-#239 - Always anything goes
Crop Stop #18 - Anything goes
DL Art July - Always anything goes
Happy Little Stampers July - Use a die
Stamping Sensations July - Use a stamp and ribbon
Sweet Stamps July - Anything goes
Work It Wednesday July - Anything goes 
Art Impressions #188 - Anything goes
Paradise of Stamps July #45 - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion #321 - Always anything goes
Crafting From the Heart #121 - Always anything goes
Marker POP #99 - Die cuts

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Today begins a new challenge at Crafting When We Can.  Our challenge this fortnight is "Based on a Film".  We are being sponsored by Oddball Art.

This adorable little girl is called "Geeky Big Eye Pastel Goth Unicorn Girl w/Glasses N Unicorn Kitten Happy".   What a mouthful right!  She's a cutie though.  She comes with happy and sad faces too.  I thought she was just adorable as I do love a unicorn.

As I was starting my card I couldn't think of a movie to use.  For some reason I couldn't get any inspiration.  She was colored for two weeks before my daughter gave me the inspiration I needed.  Her favorite movie of all time is Stardust. 

 I could not remember a unicorn though.  She told me in the beginning, when the star is shot through the air, the unicorn carries her safely to earth.  

I looked at the pictures for the movie and found so many gorgeous sky scenes.  I was going to print one and decided to just make one instead.  I started with my Color Bursts.  I used Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson and Ultramarine Blue.  The photo I took of how little powder was needed came out a bit blurry so I'm going to start with the burst.

While it was drying, I used my stitched rectangle die on the papers to go behind my image.

There was a very important flower in the movie.  It's called a snowdrop flower.  The bearer of this flower is protected from all dark magic and it also brings him good luck.  I looked up the flower and had none like it.  So I decided to use what I have.  I started by making some foliage die cuts and distressed them up a bit.

Next I pulled out some white flowers and distressed them.

I made a bow and put them all together.

This is the what I came up with.

I wasn't real happy with there not being some more red to tie into the background so I distressed a bit with Fired Brick Distress Ink.

I added the girl and her kitten then I couldn't figure out what she was going to say.  My lovely daughter came up with that also.  She said that when you are someone's unicorn you befriend, protect, inspire, comfort and be there when needed.  I thought that was just so sweet.  Not sure if it came from the movie or not but I like it.

After I was finished (or thought I was) I felt the upper right corner was just not right.  It was too empty and the card didn't balance.  I wanted to add something and thought stars would be the best addition.

So here again is the finished card.  I'm glad you stopped by and hope that I will see you in the challenge at CWWC!

Thanks for your visit and have a blessed day!

Card Recipe

Coloring mediums - Copic markers, Glastique and Stickles
Background paper - Canson, Color Burst by Ken Oliver
Other papers - Core 'dinations, Bazzill, generic
Dies - Gina Marie Designs and Darice
Flowers - Stash (not sure where they came from)
Distress Inks - Tim Holtz
Stars - Darice
Sentiment care of my daughter Alicia

Challenges Entered

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


Today I have another thank you card for my friend.  This one is a bit on the CAS side.  I made this one blue without a cute image or flowers so that it could be used for a guy. 

I had some trouble inking up the sentiment.  The ink just would not sit solid on the stamp.  I ended up using my Copic markers to color it in.

I also embossed the inside and distressed it since she wanted paws on her cards.  (The first one I made for her you can see here.)

Thanks for visiting and have a blessed day!

Card Recipe

Sentiment stamp - Jack's World
Memento Ink Tuxedo Black & Copic
Papers - Bazzill, World Win and stash
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Banner/Tag - My Mind's Eye
Embossing folder - Darice
Distress ink - Tim Holtz

Challenges Entered

The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary - The letter "W" (woof)
The Ribbon Girl - Anything goes
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #236-237 - Always anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #432 - Add banner or flags
Creatalicious #94 - AG w/optional CAS
Crafts Galore July - Anything goes
Cute as a Button July #24 - Anything goes
DL Art July - Anything goes
Penny Black July - Anything goes w/stamp
DL Art Thankful Thursday #183 - Thank you or Summertime


It's that time again when we're looking for some new people to join our team! Do not worry about having any DT experience as this is not necessary.  We are looking for someone who can commit to the requirements and enjoy being part of our team.  

If you are interested in being part of our DT please read this post through to check what is required, what benefits you receive and how to apply!
  • Make a creation every fortnight in line with our challenge calendar and themes.  The majority of the time you will receive an image from the challenge sponsor, and are required to use these. 
  • You are required to upload your creation onto the DT facebook page by the Friday before the challenge goes live on the Sunday. Therefore you will need to have a facebook account.  
  • On your blog or website you are required to do a post about each CWWC Challenge.  A minimum in the post will include a good, clear photograph of your DT creation, details of the challenge for that fortnight, and name and website link of our challenge sponsor. The post must go live on the challenge Sunday, it can be set for whatever time is best for your time zone. 
  • Comment on participant's entries for every challenge.  You will be assigned two numbers, and will have to comment on all entries ending in those two numbers.  You may be required to comment on additional entries when DT members are on holiday, etc.  
  • The Winner and Top 3 for each challenge is chosen by the CWWC Design Team, this is on a rota basis.  When it is your turn to choose a Winner and Top 3, you need to choose only those who abide by our challenge rules.  Then do a post on the DT facebook page with your choices. 
  • You will gain DT experience with a fun and friendly team! We don't like hassle here, so everything is as nice and easy as it can be. 
  • The majority of our sponsors are generous and offer free images for the Design Team to work with.  Any image you receive as part of you term on the Design Team is yours to keep, as long as you abide by the CWWC terms and conditions, and the sponsor's angel policy. 
How to apply? 
E-mail Ang at craftingwhenwecan(at)hotmail(dot)com with the following:
  • A little bit about yourself.  Please include a bit about your crafting style.  
  • A link to your blog (or wherever you post your creations).  
  • You are welcome to send photos of your creations, please no more than 3. This is not a requirement as we can view your creations on your blog. 
You have until 31st July 2016 to apply.  
Successful applicants will be notified shortly after this date. 

Good Luck!

Hugs, Ang x

Monday, July 4, 2016


Recently I was asked to make some thank you cards with paw prints.  A friend of mine trains helper dogs for the disabled.  I hope she likes what I have done.  This is the first one.  I have had this image for a very long time and I have never used it.  I thought for a thank you it was adorable.

I embossed the card with paw prints and used some distress ink on them.  Then I thought that I should do it on the inside also.  Of course I only used it on one side and distressed it as well.

I'm about to send her a pick so cross my fingers she likes it!

Thanks so much for your visit and have a blessed day!

Card Recipe

Image - Spot Dog w/flower from Glitterbabe Greetings
Coloring medium - Copic markers, Glastique, GellyRoll pen & American Crafts metallic marker
Embossing folder - Darice
Papers - Core 'dinations, Reminisce & stash
Ribbon - Stash
Dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs, Darice, Spellbinders
Distress ink - Tim Holtz

Challenges Entered

Cupcake Inspirations #365 - Flowers
Ribbon Girl - Anything goes
Use Your Stuff #228 - Show us an animal
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #236-237 - Always anything goes
Creatalicious #94 - Anything goes w/optional CAS
Cute as a Button July #24 - Anything goes
Digi Stamps 4 Joy July #126 - AG w/optional dies/punches
DL Art July - Anything goes


There is a brand new challenge starting at the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog.  Our challenge is "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" (use at least one star).  We again have three wonderful sponsors.

Prize: $10 gift certificate

Prize: 2 images of choice

Prize: $10 gift certificate

I was given this little cutie called "Happy Birthday Jessica" from Little Blue Button Stamps.  I knew I wanted to make a birthday card so it was just obvious to pick this image.  But how to incorporate stars?  

So I decided I would do my own background and emboss it.  I've got a little tutorial on how this was created.

My first step was to choose a color.  I chose Lemon Yellow from Color Burst.

I sprinkled a little around the paper.

Next you spritz with water and watch the colors burst out.

After I had my yellow, I wanted some green.  I pulled out Terre Verte.

Look at the beautiful bursts of color.

After this dried I embossed it with stars.

Next I picked out the color to go directly behind my image and cut it out with my new favorite die from Gina Marie Designs.

I added some embossing to this also.

Every birthday girl needs some ribbon.  This I just received in the mail from DL Art.  I won it!  Yea!!  


I created the bow and added a button for the center with some twine tied through it.

So this is the finished design.  I placed this on the card base with black paper in between to pop it out.

Next some pop dots for the image and the sentiment.

The sentiment here is cut out to follow the letter's ups and downs.  I didn't want it to cover up too much of the background.

Again the finished card.  I like how bright and cheery this looks.  Not sure who is getting it yet.  Maybe my niece who is turning 12 soon.  I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and don't forget to stop by the LTSCB and check out all the wonderful creations from the design team.

Thanks for visiting me and have a blessed day.

Card Recipe

Image - Happy Birthday Jessica from Little Blue Button
Coloring medium - Copic markers, Glastique & Stickles
Background - Color Burst by Ken Oliver
Papers - Canson (watercolor paper), Core 'dinations, stash
Die - Gina Marie Designs
Embossing folder - Stars by Darice
Ribbon - Rainbow collection from DL Art
Button - I have had so long I just have no idea where it came from
Twine - Darice
Stamp - Stampendous
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Misc - Foam tape, pop dots, Scotch ATG

Friday, July 1, 2016

Love to Scrap Challenge Blog as a new sister blog! ;)


Hi everyone! The Love To Scrap Challenge Blog has a new sister blog that will make her debut on August 1st! Please join me in welcoming the Love To Craft Challenge Blog to blogland! Woo-hoo! I know most crafters are always on the look-out for new challenges to enter and I wanted to create one with an atmosphere where we can all inspire and be inspired... one that gives everyone an opportunity to show off what you're working on, no matter what it is!

As our marquee says, we welcome any and all kinds of handmade creations - from cards, tags, ATCs and scrapbook layouts - to 3-D projects, mixed media canvases and altered projects - and even knitting, crocheting, quilting and jewelry-making! Whatever you're working on, we want to see it! :)

Our challenges will go live at 6:00 AM EST on the 1st day of every month and run until 6:00 PM EST on the last day of the month. Winners and Top Picks will be chosen by our design team and announced on the 15th of the month following the close of each challenge. 

You may enter our challenges up to five times (as long as each project is different) and you may combine our challenges with as many other challenges as you'd like! The more the merrier! :)

Love to Craft Challenge Blog is a work in progress right now but please check it out and be sure to follow us so you don't miss out on anything! And we'd love it if you'd help spread the crafty love by sharing our badge on your blog! :D

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Now, here comes the fun part... this is a DT Call!
We need some talented crafters for our new design team!

Some of the benefits of joining our brand new team...

  • All challenges are Anything Goes, so create whatever you want for each challenge and work ahead if you want - no stressful deadlines!
  • If you are a paper crafter, use your own rubber/clear stamps or digital images - dust off some of those you haven't used in ages or use some new ones!
  • You aren't limited to just paper crafts - delve into some 3-D, mixed media or altered work! Or beading, quilting, knitting or crocheting if you want!
  • Your blog URL will be placed on our Design Team page and on our right sidebar!
  • Your DT inspiration projects will be showcased on our blog for an entire month... a great advertisement for your awesome artwork!
  • An organized team function - I do all the work so you can concentrate on creating your amazing projects! ;)

And here's what we need from you:

  • One project per month.
  • Good photos of your projects uploaded at least 5 days prior to the first the day of the month when new challenge goes live.
  • An active blog where you showcase your DT inspiration projects and link to our challenges.
  • Comment on challenge entries and leave love for your fellow teammates.
  • Vote on Winners & Top Picks after each challenge.
  • Positive team spirit and willingness to promote our challenges.

To apply, all you need to do is send an email to with your name and a link to your blog!
Prior design team experience is not required! ;)
This DT Call will close at 6:00 PM on Saturday, July 9th.

Saturday, June 25, 2016


So my imagination is at work again and I have made another canvas.  Since my niece wanted my first canvas, I decided to make this for me. The sentiment is the same because I wanted the inspirational thoughts for me too.

I forgot to take pics again but I'll go through the process I used.  First I used some Versa Mark and black super fine embossing powder for the vines.  Next I added a stencil up in the corner with black paste.

I wanted a main part of this to be blue so I mixed some Color Burst into the crackle paint and put it in the middle and added around the corners.  My next step was to spray some yellow Dylusions on the three corners.  

I stamped some sentiments and printed others.  After cutting them out they were distressed and placed on the canvas.  I thought I had waited long enough for everything to dry and went over it with transparent paste.  Unfortunately, it wasn't dry and I got green.  Since I love green (my fave color) it worked out fine for me.

The large butterfly is from Gina's Designs but it looks as though they have gone out of business.  I used three layers of embossing to get it thick and shiny.  The smallest butterfly is a die with three parts.  I don't believe EC carries this one anymore.  I couldn't find it.  The other butterfly is something I have had for a while but don't know where I got it.  Those butterflies were coated twice with Glossy Accents so they wouldn't fall apart in years to come.  I then added some pearls.

I kept looking and looking and something was missing.  It needed a pop of color but I couldn't figure out where.  Again I had to turn to my all knowing sister to get the answer.  She is so good at this.  I wonder if I will ever get that good.   Her answer was add some hot pink.  I decided on pearls for the large butterfly but the ones I had were too large.  I ended up coloring some white pearls with my Copic marker to make them pink.

Finally I glued down the butterflies and then sprayed with a shimmer mist.

I hope you have enjoyed this and thanks for visiting me today.
Have a blessed day.

Items used

Stamps - Belles Vignes with sentiments from Our Daily Bread
Black Super Fine Embossing Powder from Ranger
Center sentiment from Create with TLC
Rounded Squares Stencil from Sweet Stamps
Color Burst from Ken Oliver
Dylusions by Ranger
Dreamweaver Crackle & Glossy Black Embossing Pastes
Transparent Gloss Texture Paste from Ranger
Large butterfly from Gina's Designs
Whispers Enchanted Gold Embossing powder
Butterfly dies from Elizabeth Crafts
Pearls from Kaiser Krafts & Eyelet Outlet
Copic marker RV14
Antique Linen Distress Ink from Ranger
Papers from stash
Melissa Frances Golden Nugget Shimmer Mist
Glossy Accents
3D foam tape
Scotch Quick-Dry Glue
Versa Mark

Challenges entered

Great Impression June - Anything goes
Sweet Stamps June - Anything goes
Stamping Sensations June - Feature a creature
Stamplorations Mixed Media June #49 - Use a stencil
Tuesday Throwdown #299 - Distressing
Simon Says Wednesday - Add some shimmer
Word Art Wednesday #236-237 - Always anything goes
Digi Designs - Summer
Dies R Us #51 - Butterflies
Country View June - Crackle
DL Art June - Anything goes
HLS Mixed Media June - Texture
HLS June - Anything goes with a die
Noor! Design #19 - Summer
Paradise of Stamps #44 - Butterflies
WOW! June - Summer