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Thursday, September 01, 2016

We're All A Little Different {Beccy Muir}

Greetings, sweet friends!
Hoping you and your families are doing well, and enjoying Life.

It is still quite hot here, with next-to-unbearable humidity.
The only thing growing in the garden is Okra, which I cut up and roast in the oven, making it crispy without the "gooey sliminess". LOL 

This past week has given us humidity in the mid ninety percentile, making us EXTRA grateful for air conditioning. We have also had an extremely active lightning season, but fortunately no tornadoes.

Well, enough about that. (laughing)

It's time for another Crafts Galore Encore Challenge

Our theme this month is: Anything Goes. Cards, tags, anything at all!

This month's sponsor is...
     The fabulous...
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My projects feature an OH-SO-FUN stamp set called "Milton the Giraffe".

We're all a little different, and it is that "difference" that makes each one of us so special!
My cards reflect that specialness, too!

Milton's sister Melissa is joining us for a 

breast cancer support card. 

(sounds like the narration for a fashion show) giggle.

Colored in Copic Markers, Melissa is standing tall in her battle against breast cancer. 

The background panels are heat embossed with Princess Rose Cosmic EP387:


While the same EP was used on the entire background, the underlying colors are different:

You can barely see the difference - the words are darker than the hearts and ribbons:

This technique would be wonderful with Sparkle EP or some other semi-transparent EP, especially if it has glitter in it.


The sentiment on the tag was stamped using MISTI because I did not have the right color of EP or ink. To achieve the desired color,  the sentiment is inked and stamped using dye-base Wild Plum.

The stamp is cleaned in place, and inked with VersaMark. Stamp perfectly atop the Wild Plum image. Fnally, Strawberry Sherbet Cosmic semi-transparent EP248 was sprinkled on the wet sentiment and heat set achieving a coordinating color which is slightly darker. 

(NOTE: you could also ink your stamp with VersaMark and then color the inked image with a marker, huff on the image, and stamp. Immediately apply the EP and heat set.)

A little Mauvelous Glitter sparkles up the pink layer of the sentiment AND the scallops:

To Achieve the Pink Sparkly Scallops:

Use one sided or double-sided tape, sticky part down. Turn panel over, burnish glitter into the stick-y-fied scallops, brush off excess, and flip back over. If using regular tape, glue will be needed to adhere the panel to your card. If using double-sided tape,  remove the protective cover and adhere panel.

"Melissa" could not be happier with her achievements. (smile)

Meanwhile, Brother Milton is Catching Snowflakes:

Beccy creates the sweetest images, and they are always fun to color.
Brother Milton is colored with Copic Markers.

The shiny edges of the tag are created with chunky Diamond Dust Glitter
The larger the glitter-chunk surface, the more light is reflected and shimmered. (that was your trivia question answered for the day, even though you technically did not ask it) giggle.

Blue Jewel Glitter highlights some of the other snowflakes:

It's difficult capturing that glitter-i-ness on each element at the same time.
But the card itself is lots of sparkly fun:

The pretty papers are from K and Company - probably 10 years old if a day.
(hanging head in shame):

The blue card was quick and easy - simply color, layer, some die cuts, add glitter:

Quick on the inside using more sentiments and leftovers:

Thanks for stopping by today! We enjoy being inspired by your creations on the


Pink Card:
Products Used:
Pink Card Challenges I'd like to play in please:

  1. Aud Sentiments Challenge #163 Anything Goes + a Sentiment 9/12
  2. Classic DT Open Challenge #6 (Sept) CGE DT Cards 10/1
  3. C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #379 Embossing (please see the tutorials-tips above regarding embossing powders on the pink sentiment and embossing powders on the background) 9/7
  4. Craft Your Passion Challenges #327 - Anything Goes 9/5
  5. Crafting By Designs (Sept) "Anything Goes 9/25
  6. Crafting from the Heart Challenges #125 Anything Goes 9/5
  7. Crafty Awesomeness Challenge (Sept) Hand Colored Images 10/1 (48 hours)
  8. Crafty Gals Corner #87 Anything Goes 9/5
  9. Cutie Pie Challenge Blog #102 Anything Cute at work rest of play (mine are playing) 9/12
  10. Die Cutting Divas Challenge #281 Anything Goes 9/4
  11. Digi Choosday Crafting Challenges #38 Anything Goes 9/4
  12. Inspiration Destination Challenge #101 Anything Goes 9/7
  13. Love to Craft Challenge Blog #2 Anything Goes 10/1
  14. Paper Minutes Challenges #450 Pennants (pink card has "wish" pennant at bottom, and vellum white pennant on top left) 9/5
  15. Shopping Our Stash #SOS267 - Learn Something New - using my MISTI, I documented above how to stamp twice (once with VersaMark pigment ink, and then once with marker or die base ink) in order to change the color of an embossing powder on a single image.) 9/6
  16. Simon Says Wednesday Challenge (Aug 31) Anything Goes 9/6
  17. Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges "Anything Goes with Glitter or EP" 10/1
  18. Sunny Day Crafting #12 Anything Goes 9/6
  19. Through the Craft Room Door (Aug 30-Sept 5) Anything Goes 9/6
  20. World Wide Open DT Challenge (Sept) 9/15
  21. Just Keep on Creating (Sept) Anything goes 10/1


Blue Card:
Products Used:

Blue Card Challenges I'd like to play in please:

  1. Aud Sentiments Challenge #163 Anything Goes + a Sentiment 9/12
  2. Christmas Card Challenges #38 "Anything Goes Christmas" 9/4
  3. Classic DT Open Challenge #6 (Sept) CGE DT Cards 10/1
  4. Craft and Smash (Sept 1) Use Light Blue 10/1 (left in comment)
  5. Craft Your Passion Challenges #327 - Anything Goes 9/5
  6. Crafting By Designs (Sept) "Anything Goes 9/25
  7. Crafting from the Heart Challenges #125 Anything Goes 9/5
  8. Crafty Awesomeness Challenge (Sept) Hand Colored Images 10/1 (48 hours)
  9. Cutie Pie Challenge Blog #102 Anything Cute at work rest of play (mine are playing) 9/12
  10. Die Cutting Divas Challenge #281 Anything Goes 9/4
  11. Digi Choosday Crafting Challenges #38 Anything Goes 9/4
  12. Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges #79 Non-Traditional Colors 9/4
  13. Inspiration Destination Challenge #101 Anything Goes 9/7
  14. Love to Craft Challenge Blog #2 Anything Goes 10/1
  15. Paper Creator Craft Challenges (Sept) Christmas 10/1
  16. Simon Says Wednesday Challenge (Aug 31) Anything Goes 9/6
  17. Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges (Sept) "Anything Goes with Glitter or EP" 10/1
  18. Sunny Day Crafting #12 Anything Goes 9/6
  19. Through the Craft Room Door (Aug 30-Sept 5) Anything Goes 9/6
  20. World Wide Open DT Challenge (Sept) 9/15
  21. Just Keep on Creating (Sept) Anything goes 10/1

On a Personal Note:

Please forgive my inability to leave as many comments as I was once able to do.
The cognitive and physical portions of my abilities has decreased substantially this year,
and I'm just not able to do as much as I once did.
Thanks for understanding, sweet friends.
It certainly is not because I don't care, because I do - just not able.

Stamping Hugs,
(this is me, wearing my giraffe colors)


Carla Brooke said...

Sweet holiday card!
Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Carla DT

Beebeebabs said...

Absolutely beautiful cards - love the image and great coloring - great job as always. I love Okra but never tried them in the oven - I guess I love the sliminess lol thanks for sharing.

Mrs A. said...

Two really exceptional cards and each one a delight to look at and read how they were made. Hugs Mrs A.

Linda said...

What gorgeous cards, Donna! In my view, these far beat out any store-bought card! I also love your header, it is stunning. :)

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Donna both of your cards are gorgeous. Isn't it amazing how the same image can look so completely different. You are very talented. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Gertrude said...

Wunderschön gemacht
glg Gertrude

pam said...

Loved these cards first time I saw them Donna..gorgeous creation..beautiful image and colouring..
Hugs Pam x

Verna Angerhofer said...

These are beautiful. And I hope you are feeling better soon.

ranocchia verde said...

Complimenti meravigliose le tue creazioni! Grazie per aver partecipato al challenge di Craft and Smash ! Ciao!LittlefrogRanocchia!

Annette Stapylton said...

Wow these are amazing, you have done incredible job here, I particularly love the background work and the image is just perfect and so beautifully coloured too. You have also illustrated so beautifully on your blog, great work and a pleasure to visit your blog and view your talented work. Great job.

Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
[Annette Registered Owner/Admin for Classic Design Team Challenge]

Annette Stapylton said...

Back again, and again super job.
Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

Team Clark said...

Donna, these are as fun as it gets! What lively and adorable critters on the cards! Love the two color options and great layering ideas. So sorry that you aren't as well as you'd like to be, but I certainly understand. Commenting can be very time consuming and stressful on the body (typing, sitting) even for those without such problems. Big hugs, Autumn

Silvis Kreativstube said...

Hallo liebe Donna,

wow, was für tolle Karten. Ich bin ganz begeistert von den wunderschönen Bildern. Diese Giraffen sind so zauberhaft und du hast sie super schön coloriert. Ich liebe deine Art Karten zu gestalten. Sie sind immer wieder ein Augenschmaus. Ich schaffe es auch kaum immer zu kommentieren. Ich hoffe du bist mir nicht böse. Deine Werke bewundere ich immer wieder gern. Ich wünsche dir einen wunderschönen Tag. Ganz liebe Grüße Hugs Silvi

Beccy said...

I absolutely love these two cards Donna, they are fabulous! Milton and Melissa are very handsome giraffes, and their colouring is wonderful. I love the way you have coloured "Melissa" for breast cancer awareness. The background you created is fabulous and looks awesome with the image. A lot of love has gone in to creating both these cards and it definitely shows.
Thanks for the tips and ideas too!

Sharon said...

These are fabulous Donna. Especially love the pink card with the sentiment. A great tutorial and the glitter is perfect.
Don't worry about not commenting as much as you would like. I am the same with work commitments and life in general. All us blogger no we care about each other.
Take care
Hugs Sharon. x

cheryl said...

oh gosh these are really beautiful cards hun,love the pink,beautiful sentiment too,its really hot here to hun really hot,love Cherylxxxxx

Amy Ottmers said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Love to Craft, good luck!!! Amy DT

laurie said...

Awesome set of cards! Just love them both..the pink and blue are gorgeous!

Pamela said...

Beautiful, love that image and the colours you have used.
Thank you for joining us at Paper Creator's Crafts.

Pam x

DeBe said...

Theses are just fabulous Donna, really beautiful and I love the way you explain how you created them, Love, Denyse x

Olga Jewell said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!!, I sent you a message on FB

Marilyn said...

Oooh-la-la, do I ever like these cards, especially the pink one. Both are gorgeous and very striking but the pink one spells sass and attitude and I like that1

Sara Barker said...

Donna, I love these two sweet cards! Great tips you've shared, and I'm going to give them a try! Please don't worry yourself about not being able to comment as much as you'de like; we all can appreciate the effort and it takes. You should not be worrying about that, but of taking care of YOU! Big hugs!

*Vicki* said...

This image really makes me smile!! What a super cute design you've made with it in both the pink and blue colors! Thanks for sharing the steps you went about with how you've put it together! You always make such wonderful posts!! Thanks for sharing! HUGS

Shirley Chillman said...

Squealing with delight at how beautiful Milton looks.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

Helen said...

Great cards - love your design.

Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Helen x
(DT member)


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