Spring into Spring with Poppystamps

Hello Friends!

I am over on the Poppystamps blog today with this bright spring card! head on over and take a look, find more great inspiration and ideas, and enter our newest challenge, all on our Poppystamps blog right here https://poppystamps.typepad.com/poppystamps/

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at Crimson Owl Creations! I created this card for my wonderful husband, Aaron, who also serves on the Crimson Owl Creations Board of Directors and is our chief CFO AND IT man! He wears many hats for a hubby, and he’s always acting all crabby about not getting paid enough for all he does! But since we’ve moved to Florida, we’ve embraced these happy little crabs doing a happy little crab dance because they are so much in love! I think he loved the card!

We are wishing that your days are filled with love and happy crabbies too!

Live your life in color!

Santa’s Garden with Poppystamps

Hello Friends!

Today I am over on the Poppystamps blog with this cute little reindeer right from Santa’s garden! I would LOVE if you could swing by and give Poppystamps a little holiday love! While you are there, check out our December challenge, and discover tons of great inspiration and ideas too! Check us out on Poppystamps right here https://poppystamps.typepad.com/poppystamps/2020/12/santas-garden-by-michele-k-henderson.html

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Get Wild with Washi and Altenew

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It’s time to get Wild with Washi for Altenew’s newest challenge! Our mission was to create a project using Altenew washi tape. I absolutely LOVE washi tape, and I have some beautiful washi tapes in my stash. Altenew has a collection of magnificent washi tapes that have been on my wish list for a long time. Then one random day, out of the blue, a favorite die that had been out of stock FOREVER finally came in, and I ordered immediately! Luckily, it was the day that Altenew was giving away free gifts with a purchase, and I received one roll of beautiful Swirlies in Pink Altenew washi tape! I had one thin roll, and I LOVE it! So I used it very carefully and strategically to create this pretty love card.

You can get all the details, link up your Wild with Washi project, and get tons of great inspiration and ideas over on the Altenew blog right here https://blog.altenew.com/ready-to-win-some-prizes-creativity-inspired-get-wild-with-washi-contest-2020/

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Live your life in color!

25 Days of Christmas Tags 2020

Hello Crafty Friends!

One of my very favorite crafty times of the year has arrived, The 25 Days of Christmas Tags, sponsored by Tracey McNeeley from In My Creative Opinion. Every year, Tracey assembles an AH-MAZING team of designers and sponsors who give us wonderful tag inspiration and ideas, and sponsor a beautiful collection of prizes. All we have to do is make tags! I LOVE making tags. They are like tiny little cards on a string!

You can get all the details and link up your most-inspired holiday tags over on Tracey’s blog, In My Creative Opinion, right here https://inmycreativeopinion.blogspot.com/2020/11/25-days-of-christmas-tags-2020-main.html

Each tag we enter must be inspired by a guest designer. My tag today is inspired by Candice Fisher, Day 1.

I was inspired by a few elements from Candice’s pretty tag. One of the things I really love about this holiday challenge is thinking about the ways that I can do my own take on a designer’s tag, and still comeuppance with a pretty look of my own.

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

Spooky Smiles with Poppystamps

Hello Crafty Friends!

Look at these sweet little ghosts! I could just squeal, and you will too when you make projects with the brand new Squeaker Ghosts die set from Poppystamps! Today I am up on the Poppystamps blog with the details for this sweetly scary card! Check it out over on the Poppystamps blog right here https://poppystamps.typepad.com/poppystamps/

We have got a great collection of brand new fall and holiday dies, and a ton of great inspiration and ideas too over on the Poppystamps blog! We’d love to see you drop by for a sweet smile!

Thanks so much for joining me today.

Floral Cupcakes with Fusion

Hello Crafty Friends!

I had a little bit of extra time this weekend, so today I am sharing a fun new-to-me technique and playing along with the Fusion card challenge, Floral Cupcakes. You can play along, link up your card, and see the inspiring projects from Fusion’s design team over on their blog right here https://fusioncardchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/07/fusion-floral-cupcakes.html

I decided to create a fusion by using elements from both the sketch and the inspiration photo. At first, I cut out a few flowers from one of my favorite layered flower die sets and arranged them into a cool grid pattern. It looked amazing, but it also looked a lot like another designer’s idea, so I went for something different.

I took a shallow, glass baking dish and added about an inch or two of water. Then I took fingernail polish bottles and added a few drops and drizzles to the water. The polish floats on top! You can take a toothpick and swirl the colors a bit to create these beautiful swirling, marbled designs, but don’t mix too much. You want to create swirls, not mix it all together. Then I took a square of watercolor paper and gently floated it down into the water from one side, and then lifted the paper up, catching all the polish floating on top. After it dried, I had swirly pink marble! I cut the paper into tiny squares and adhered them onto my card panel. Then I added a sweet sentiment and a few flowers. Pretty in pink!

This was a fun way to beat the heat, imagining a pretty rose garden with a beautiful breeze!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

Sunny Cup

Hello Crafty Friends!

Are you playing along with the Spring/Summer 2020 Coffee Lovers Hop? I am, and today, I have a very bright and sunny coffee card! I cut out all the tiny pieces and had a very relaxing therapeutic time gluing all the little pieces of paper, like a puzzle piece mosaic. Looks easy breezy, but it does take a little time and a little patience too!

You can see tons of great coffee themed inspiration, and link top your coffee card, and have a chance at a TON of awesome prizes too! Just head on over to the Coffee Lovers Blog right here for all the details http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2020/05/2020-spring-summer-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

There are so many wonderful ways to celebrate this week!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

Coffee Love with the Coffee Lovers Hop

Hello Crafty Friends!

Are you playing along with the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop? All of this fun and inspiration in one place is AMAZING, and I hope you are all just as inspired as I am! You can get all the details of this amazing hop, find a whole pot load of inspiration and ideas, and link up your coffee themed project over at the Coffee Lovers Hop right here http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2020/05/2020-spring-summer-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

I had so much fun making this card! I started with a huge pile of scraps left over from my alcohol ink on YUPO paper projects, and cut out the tiny hearts, then arranged them in my Poppystamps Grid heart Frame. Add a cup of your favorite brew and a little love and you have some Coffee Love Love!

But that’s not all! I have a special surprise for YOU! Simply leave a comment on today’s post, or any of my posts from the Coffee Lovers Hop and you might be randomly selected to win some amazing blog candy! It’s so awesome, I won’t even announce what it is until I announce the winner! Sometimes, we just have to have a little faith!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

 

It’s the Perfect Time for a Cuppa!

Hello Crafty Friends!

One of my favorite hops of the year has just kicked off and I am super excited! It’s time for the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop, and I’ve got the purrfect card! This sweet little kitty is ready for a cup of something delicious!  The details of this hop are AMAZING, so I am going to send you all right over to the Coffee Lovers Hop HQ where you can read all about it, see tons of terrific coffee inspired cards and projects, and even link up your own coffee loving craftiness right here http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2020/05/2020-spring-summer-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

My mixed media coffee card features lots of beautiful die cuts, pop up layering, and even a panel of alcohol ink colors, because what is coffee without alcohol, right? Ha Ha! Be sure to leave a comment, and I will be selecting a fan at random to win a very special coffee lovers blog candy prize! I’ll have more details about that on tomorrow’s post, so be sure to stop back tomorrow!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!