Dare 2B Artzy’s Christmas Blog Hop

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Blog Hop!!

With Christmas a few months away (3 months to be exact on Sunday!!), our Designers thought it would be fun to have a Blog Hop sharing some inspiration with our new Christmas stamps!

Creating Christmas cards is so much fun and we have a bunch of fun Holiday stamps for you to choose from!!


You should have arrived here from Monica’s blog!  If you haven’t and would like to hop along with us, please go back to the Dare 2B Artzy Blog to start at the beginning!

Be sure to follow each blog and leave comments along the way for your chance at winning!  We will randomly choose a winner from one of the blogs, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!!

Winner will receive a stamp set and ink pad!! (Whoo-hoo!)

Blog Hop will end Sunday evening at 7:00pm Central.

We will then post a winner!!


Happy Friday! Hope everyone is having a fun hop and getting lots of ideas and inspiration along the way.

I wanted to create something a bit different for the hop this week. I decided to create a cute ornament that you could give as a gift to friends and family or you could even pre-cut all the pieces and have a fun family night with everyone assembling their own unique ornaments.

I apologize in advance but this is a bit of a long post, but I figured everyone might want to know how to make these fun ornaments.

To create this ornament, I purchased the clear 4 inch ornaments from Michaels. They’re pretty inexpensive so you can pick them up for a couple of dollars. Each package comes with two halves of the ornament as they are meant to make one whole ornament. For this project you will need one half of a 4 inch diameter ornament. They do have other sizes available, but this is a good size for building your scene.

There are a couple of stamp/die companies that make dies specifically to fit these clear ornaments. You can do a quick search on the internet and find several options or even check out Pinterest. I don’t have any of those types of dies in my stash so I sort of had to wing it for this project.


I found the easiest thing was to die cut everything I needed at once and set it aside until I was ready to assemble the ornament. That way it gives you a chance to look at the placement of all the layers before you start gluing everything in place.

For my base, I used a nesting circle die set that contained several sizes of circles. My outside layer (the back) that attached to my ornament was also 4 inches wide which made it a bit tricky to glue in place. There may be some other die companies that make a circle die that is just a smidge bigger and that would probably be a better option for this project.

I cut one, 4” circle from some of the fun new Dare 2B Artzy Christmas paper (ooohhh, I love this paper – it’s so fun and the patterns and colors are awesome). 

Next, I used a scalloped circle that was also 4” in diameter and cut two of those out of some more Dare 2B Artzy Christmas paper.  On one of the scalloped circles, you’ll need to stamp your sentiment or the “To/From” if you’re going to give this as a gift. Set that aside as it will be the last layer to go on the back of the ornament.  (Note: if you don’t have a scalloped circle you can just use one that’s the same size as your other circle that your scene will be attached to).

For the inside backdrop of my ornament, I used my next smallest circle die which was 3 ½ inches wide and I cut a piece of light blue cardstock with it. I stamped the top 2/3rds of it with a snowy looking dots stamp I had in my stash. It has little circles and stars on it to look like snow. I stamped with some Versamark Dazzle white embossing ink and used some white embossing powder on it.

I used my stitched hillsides dies and cut 3 varying layers of stitched hillsides from some Neenah Solar White cardstock. Once I had them cut, I layered them together and tried to determine how I wanted the placement of the hills to look. When I was happy with how they looked I used some removable tape and taped them together to hold them in place and positioned and taped down my 3 1/2 inch die over the layers and ran it through my die cut machine. This creates the hillsides but gives them a rounded bottom edge which lines up with the light blue circle background that I die cut.


Next, I cut 3 little trees from some white cardstock. I added a bit of Stickles to the trees in Star Dust to give them a bit of shimmer as if they had snow on them.

To create the arched banner, I used my 4” and my 3 ½” dies and positioned them on some white cardstock so that the smaller circle was centered inside the larger one. I used a piece of Post-it tape to hold them together and I ran them through my die cut machine. This created a circle ring. I cut the ring in half with my scissors.

Using my MISTI, I placed my half of the ring and held it in place with the magnets and then positioned my sentiment stamp, “Warm Holiday Wishes” so that it would stamp in the arch. The sentiment is curved so it was easy to get it positioned. I stamped it with some Versamark ink and heat embossed it with some red embossing powder.  When I was done, I trimmed off the excess on each end and made the V-cuts to make it look like a banner.

After all that die cutting, I was ready for some stamping and coloring. Since my scene inside my ornament was going to be a wintery one, I just knew I had to use the cutest penguin ever from the Dare 2B Artzy stamp set Penguin Fun. Who doesn’t love a penguin in a sweater? They’re irresistible I say! I decided that he’d look even cuter with the ear muffs that the other penguin in the set had on. I didn’t want his ears to get cold standing in the middle of this wintery scene, LOL.

To create my mask, I stamped the penguin in the sweater first onto some white cardstock. I used my MISTI to make sure I got a good, clean impression. Then I stamped the same penguin on a 3 x 3 Post-it Note, making sure to stamp his head near the top of the Post-it where it was sticky. Post-it’s work great for masking small stamps like this. Next, I fussy cut the penguin from the Post-it note making sure that I cut directly on the very edge of the image. When he was all cut out, I placed him over my original stamped image, making sure that all the edges were covered.

Using my Misti again, I carefully positioned my ear muff penguin over the sweater penguin, making sure that the heads lined up. There is a bit of a difference in the angle of the two penguins but for this purpose I didn’t care too much because I knew I was fussy cutting out my finished penguin. Once I was satisfied with the placement of the penguin, I closed the MISTI door so that it would stick in place to the door and then I inked it up and stamped it over my original image with the mask in place.  Voila, when I removed the mask from my original penguin, he was now adorned with ear muffs. I love it! I colored the penguin with my Copics and fussy cut him out.


Finally, I was ready to assemble my ornament.

I placed my 4” circle on my craft mat first, making sure that the pattern paper you want to see through the ornament is face up. I added some dimensional foam to my light blue 3 ½” circle background and positioned it in the center of my large circle die cut. Next, I placed my arch banner with my sentiment at the top and held it in place with some dimensional foam as well.

I used some permanent adhesive on the back layer of my first stitched hillside and glued it directly to the bottom of my light blue background so that it was centered. I used dimensional foam on the other two layers of stitched hillsides and carefully aligned them in place as well.

Next, I used glue and dimensional foam for the trees in the background, being careful that the trees are not placed at an angle to the rest of the background.

Finally, my top most layer in the foreground was my penguin. I added some dimensional foam to him and centered him beneath the sentiment.

Once everything was glued in place, I was ready to attach the ornament dome. To do this, I took a piece of scrap acetate that I had from some packaging and set it aside.

I put about 2 mini-spoonful’s (you could use an ice cream taste tester spoon from your favorite ice cream store or probably a baby spoon would work well also) of the shimmery Buffalo Snowflakes and spooned them into the center of my scene. You can buy the snowflakes at almost any craft/hobby store. I picked mine up at Joann’s and they had a bit smaller bag there which is perfect for what I needed. Once you’ve spooned some snow onto your scene – DON’T SNEEZE! Trust me. The snowflakes are light and it takes very little for them to blow everywhere.  I also added a pinch of sequin snowflakes in light blue & white that I found a Michaels.

When I was satisfied with the amount of snow, I put some glue onto my acetate. For this project I used 3D Crystal Lacquer. It works well on paper as well as plastic and it sets relatively quickly. I took my ornament dome and gently ran the edge through the glue on my acetate sheet, making sure that it had glue all the way around it. Then I used the ribbon loop at the top of the ornament as a guide on where to place the ornament on top of my paper. I held it in place for about a minute to make sure it was going to stick. When I finally picked up the ornament, I took my finger and ran any excess glue that squeezed out around the edge to help create a seal.  This glue dries very clear so if you get a little extra on or put extra on to sort of caulk around it, it’s not really noticeable.

Because the plastic dome is a bit heavier than the paper scene that I created, it wants to tilt a bit. To correct this, I took 3-4 pennies with some permanent glue dots on the back of them and carefully stuck them to the back of the ornament at the bottom (don’t push hard or you run the risk of pushing in the back). This helps balance the ornament a bit more. Then you just take some dimensional foam and fill in the gaps between the pennies and then the rest of the back as well. Next, you’ll take your scalloped cardstock, with your stamped sentiment or to/from and place it over the back to cover the pennies.

For the finishing touch add your favorite holiday ribbon or bakers twine to hang the ornament.


Of course the penguins make perfect Christmas ornaments, but you could really use this technique for most any holiday or special occasion. It helps that they’re so fun to make and really allow you to look at your supplies and stretch your imagination as to what you can make with what you have.

Thanks for stopping by!

Your next stop in the hop is Karen’s blog!

We hope you are inspired all along the way!

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Happy Hopping!



Feeling Witchy!

Hi Dare 2B Artzy fans! How is everyone’s Wednesday going? There are two upsides to it being Wednesday. Number one, you’re half way through the week and number two, I’m back today with another fun Halloween Card. I’m so excited for fall and Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I absolutely love this time of year!! 

Today’s card features this adorable Witch from the Witches Spell stamp set. I’m a total sucker for cute Halloween stamps and I really fell in love with this witch when I first saw her. She’s so cute and I knew I couldn’t wait to color her up and make a cute Halloween card with her.


To start, I cut a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock to 5 inches x 10 inches and scored the long side at 5 inches. This would be my card base.

Next, I used a die to cut a large circle that is 3 inches in diameter out of another piece of white cardstock. I placed it over the front of my card base and centered it. I took a pencil and traced around my circle very lightly. This gave me a guide so I’d know how far into the center to ink my card base.

To create my moonlit background, I sponged on some inks in several shades of purple, dark blue and a bit of black. I blended my inks using darkest colors on the outer edges getting lighter towards the pencil outline in the center of my card base.

I wanted to create some shiny, sparkly stars in my background. To do that, I used my MINC toner ink pen and dotted on some of the ink onto my background. The ink for the pen is a little thicker than marker ink so I set it aside to dry.

Next, I sponged my white circle with a couple shades of yellow and a light amount of black to create some shadows to transform it into a full moon.

I stamped the witch from the Witches Spell stamp set and colored her using my Copic markers. I even put a bit of a purple streak in her hair just for fun. Once I was finished I fussy cut her out. I left a bit of a white edge around my witch and I colored it yellow to make it appear that she is backlit from the moonlight.

I also stamped and fussy cut the bat from the set. I added some Black Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the bat and also the cute Witches Hat which makes them sparkle so much as you can see from the photo.


My card base was finally dry enough to run through the MINC machine.  I placed a piece of silver foil over my card base, making sure that the entire front was covered. Next, I placed the foil covered base between a piece of folded cardstock and ran it through my MINC with a setting of 4. I typically run my images through the machine twice, just for good measure. Once the image was cooled, I peeled off the foil to reveal the starry sky. Foiling is such a great way to add interesting details to your cards and now with all of the available colors of foil you can do so many cool effects with your projects.


I added on my moon, witch and the bat to my card base using some dimensional foam.

The sentiment, Trick or Treat was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with some white embossing powder and die cut it with a fishtail flag die.

I added some sparkly white dimensional dots complete the look.

Hope you enjoyed my card today as much as I enjoyed creating it. If you’re making Halloween Cards right now be sure to check out the super cute Halloween stamps in the Dare 2B Artzy store, there’s quite a few to choose from. If you like this adorable witch from the Witches Spell set it is on sale right now in the Dare 2B Artzy store so grab it while you can.


Be sure to check back on Friday as we’re having a fun Christmas themed blog hop to inspire your upcoming holiday cards and projects. It’s going to be a lot of fun and you’re sure to find lots of holiday inspiration from everyone on the Design Team.

Have a great week!  Hugs – Tonya


Rockin’ Witches Shoes!

Happy Wednesday! Wow, we’re half way through the week – got to love the short week after a holiday weekend. I’m so excited to get to share this card with you today. I’m finally getting into the fall holiday groove (I’m a little late based on my crafty friends who have been making Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas cards since July). That’s ok – my holiday craftiness may be late to the party, but we’re starting it off with a Dare 2B Artzy bang!

This card combines two of my favorite things Halloween and shoes! Whoo-hoo! Leave it to Dare 2B Artzy to combine the two into this adorable stamp set called Witches Shoes. I can’t tell you how much I love this set. I was super excited to have received it. The set features 2 sentiments and 6 image stamps.


I started off by coloring the large funky witches shoe from the set, combining all of my favorite Halloween colors. I was actually thinking as I was coloring, I’d totally rock a pair of these, LOL! It is so fun with all of the zentangle design in it. Next, I colored the broom from the set too. I kept it somewhat neutral since it’s all about the shoes. I fussy cut both the shoe and the broom out.


Once I’d finished cutting out my images, I went through my Halloween paper stash and found a cute piece of cardstock that had orange and black bats all over it. It was a bit busy so to tone it down a bit, I cut a large rectangular spider web. Initially I was only going to use a green spider web, but it turned out to be pretty bright. To tone it down, I die cut a second spider web using some black cardstock and layered them a bit offset from each other to create an interesting background. I think the bright green in the spider web also makes the green I used on the shoe pop a bit more.

Because my entire background was a spider web, I couldn’t really layer my shoe and broom directly on top without them getting lost in the background. To break things up a bit, I cut another piece of orange and black polka dot cardstock at a wonky angle and added some little die cut x borders to it. I layered that over the top of my spider web and placed my shoe and broomstick at an angle on the orange panel using some dimensional foam to make them stand out a bit.


I added a layer of newsprint cardstock to my back panel and glued all the layers together. I wanted to put all of my layers onto some purple cardstock, but I didn’t have any more in my stash, so I faked it. I cut and scored my card base from some white cardstock and simply sponged on some purple ink around the edges to make the card base on the front appear to be purple. It’s an easy fix in a pinch when you don’t have the right color paper.

To add my sentiment, I stamped the Good Witch/Bad Witch sentiment in purple and put some clear embossing powder over it and heat set it. I sponged on a little bit of orange ink to tone down the white cardstock my sentiment was on. Once I was finished I die cut the image, brushed some Spectrum Noir sparkle pen in Amethyst around the edges and added some dimensional foam (a double layer) to the back and placed it off to the side on the front of my card. I added the little green clothespin with the owl. I love this sentiment and the little owl looks so serious, but he’s cute none the less.

I thought that my spider web background needed a guest so I decided to add the little spider from the Witches Shoes stamp set. I totally hate spiders so I decided to make him purple because somehow purple spiders are less creepy – right?! I stamped the spider a couple of times using my MISTI and then I used some clear embossing powder on him and heat set it as well. I fussy cut him out and put a piece of dimensional foam on him and placed him in the web.

Finally, I added a few purple sequins to give it some sparkle in a few places. I also added some Spectrum Noir sparkle pens on a couple of places on the shoe and the boom, but they don’t show up very well in the pictures.


All in all, I really love this card. I think I enjoy creating cards for Halloween more than any other holiday. They’re always so much fun to make and it usually involves my favorite colors. The sky is the limit when it comes to creativity with this new Dare 2B Artzy stamp set, Witches Shoes. You could even use the MISTI and a mirror image stamp (or back of a large square stamp would also work) and mirror stamp the shoe and make it a matching pair of rockin’ witches shoes – how cool would that be? Personally, I’m thinking someone needs to invent some zentangle witches shoes in real life because they would be so much fun to color and decorate.

Anyway, hope you all enjoyed my card today! Have a great week & spend some time getting crafty!



Dare 2B Artzy September Challenge!

Whoo-hoo! It’s September. It’s a long, holiday weekend marking the end of summer AND because it’s the start of a new month Dare 2B Artzy has a new challenge for you.  This month’s challenge theme is


I’ve said before that fall is my absolute favorite time of year – mostly because of the cooler weather and gorgeous fall colors – but I’m a fall birthday as are my mom and step-dad. My mom and I actually share a birthday which is pretty cool. Because of that fall is always a special time of year for me for many reasons.

My card today features the fish from the Restore the Soul stamp set that was released not too long ago. I also used the cattails die from Dare 2B Artzy which I love for adding some dimension to my cards.

We want you to join this challenge and share your amazing Dare 2B Artzy creations that feature a Birthday theme. There’s an amazing Dare 2B Artzy prize up for grabs so you want to be sure to get your submissions in before the end of September!

Here’s my inspiration for the challenge:

To create this card, I knew that the fish was going to be my focal point. From the handful of times that I’ve actually been fishing (because I’m not an early riser and I’m not very good at it), I’d remembered that fish have a shimmer when the light hits them – even in water. I wanted to recreate that shimmer. In order to do that I need that I needed to convert my fish image into an image that could be foiled with the MINC. I stamped my image onto a piece of white cardstock. Next, I scanned the image on my HP all in one machine and sent it to my computer. I pulled the image into Adobe Photoshop Elements and cleaned up any spots or color variations that the scanner might have picked up. Once I was satisfied with my cleaned up image, I reprinted it to a laser printer. I believe there may be other methods now of foiling stamps, etc. but since I only have a MINC this is how I make it work for me.

Once I had my image printed to cardstock from my laser printer, I cut it down to a smaller size piece of paper and I was finally able to use the MINC to foil my image. I used a sheet of silver foil and ran it through my MINC machine twice inside of a piece of cardstock folded in half. I don’t use the clear folders that came with my MINC for foiling because I find that they get scratched easily and that those scratches transfer onto the image I’m foiling. Folded cardstock works great! I let the image cool a bit before peeling off the remaining foil. I don’t think I will ever get tired of the reveal after foiling something.  Crafting technology is pretty darn cool!

  Next, I colored my fish using a combination of orange and teal-green with my Copics. The nice thing about foiling is that it also helps with color bleed so you don’t have to be as careful with your coloring. Once I’d finished coloring my fish, I fussy cut it out and set it aside.

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I cut a second piece of white cardstock about 5 x 7 in size. I figured out where I wanted my horizon line and I placed an 8 x 6 post-it note across the bottom of my cardstock – approx. 2 ¼ inches from the bottom. This masked the bottom portion of the card while I worked on my sky. I sponged on several colors on ink in yellow, orange, cantaloupe, lavender, blue and a bit of dark blue. I blended the colors together from the yellow starting at the horizon line and up into the blue sky to create the look of a sunset. I added a bit of darker purple to create the sort of darker color clouds you get when the sun is setting. I really like how blending colors together you always get a different effect depending on how you apply the sponge to paper.

Once I was happy with my sunset, I removed my mask at the bottom and then placed the mask over my sunset so I wouldn’t be mixing colors.

To create my lake, I wanted to make it a mossy teal green so I blended some teal and olive greens together with a bit of yellow near the top to create the appearance that the sun was shining across it. Once I removed the mask I was able to use a rectangle die to cut down the sponged panel to a better size to fit on a card.

When I was finished with all my ink sponging, I actually brushed on some Perfect Pearls powder in Perfect Gold over my sunset and Forever Green over my lake. I love the subtle shimmer it gives.

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Next I die cut some stitched hillsides in some Kraft cardstock and then stamped the top layer with the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Ahoy Fox stamp set and heat embossed it with some Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powder in Tannenbaum Green Gold. I layered the stitched hillsides with some dimensional foam in between them and then glued them in place in front of my lake.

I die cut the Dare 2B Artzy cattails from some dark green cardstock and glued them in place on my stitched hillsides. With my cattails in place, I was able to figure out where to place my fish and ended up making it appear that he was jumping up out of the water. I’m not sure that normal lake fish even do that, but for the purpose of this card they do, LOL!

I cut down some dark brown cardstock and layered it behind my panel and glued the whole panel to a Kraft cardstock base.

For a finishing touch, I added 3 yellowish-clear dimensional dots called Skittles with some glossy accents glue and let them dry for a few minutes to make sure they were secure. They pick up the light a bit so I thought they could pass as fireflies. We don’t have fireflies here in Colorado, but I remember the first time I saw them when I was visiting North Carolina – it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. I’m sure that’s what would make a fish jump out of the lake – to catch fireflies.

I love that my finished card ended up having these gorgeous colors but yet it can definitely pass as a masculine card. In fact, I think I’m going to give this to my step-dad later this month for his birthday.

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We can’t wait to see what you create!!

Be sure to check out all D2BA’s products here!

Hope everyone will join the Birthday challenge this month. The team is looking forward to seeing your Birthday inspired projects featuring Dare 2B Artzy stamps & dies! Happy Stamping!

Thanks for stopping by!



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A Little Something Magical

Hello crafty friends! Happy Sunday! Hope everyone’s had a fantastic weekend. I can’t believe that we’re nearing the end of summer. It’s only a handful of days until the start of fall & the pumpkin spice madness begins. Fall is my absolute favorite time of year so I’m excited for the cool nights, leaves changing colors and snuggly sweater weather.

Today I’m popping in to share something magical. I love when I’m playing with my craft supplies and I accidentally create something beautiful. This card I’m sharing today came about because of my playing with the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists I received as part of the D2BA & CCB collaborative blog hop we had a couple of weeks ago. I was testing out the glimmer spray and using some stencils to see how they would work. background closup wm

I had this sort of clam shell stencil and thought I’d see what it would look like when I sprayed my Vintage Pink & Sun Sisters yellow glimmer mists across it. I never expect much when it comes to stencils because sometimes they look great and other times they end up looking like a muddy mess because your mediums mix and blend underneath the stencil area. This just happened to be one of those times that it worked out. The result was a gorgeous mix of pink and yellow shimmer in some places and in others, the two colors blended beautifully to make a really pretty orange color. Taking the stencil away from my cardstock, the end result looked a bit like scales and that’s when I knew exactly what project I wanted to use this background on. I teased this picture on Facebook earlier this week. I’m sharing it again here so you can really see the shimmer in the background. It’s harder to see in my other pictures due to my light box that I use for photographing my cards.

Does anyone else ever do that? Create a happy accident and use it for the starting point of a card or project? Love it when inspiration comes that easily and while having fun.

I have this adorable, and I really mean adorable; stamp set from My Favorite Things called Magical Dragons. When this set was released by My Favorite Things recently, I was in love. There are a total of 17 stamps in the set – 4 of which are these adorable dragons. Then there’s a little knight in shining armor and a little princess and a whole bunch of cute sentiments to go along with the images.

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I picked out one of the dragons and colored it up shortly after my stamps came in the mail. I could have colored it with my Copic markers, but decided to use colored pencils which would give it a softer look. I used a combination of my Prismacolor pencils and some new Staedtler colored pencils; I picked up super cheap at Walmart.

Coloring with pencils takes much more patience, I think as it takes a while to build up layers and depth with colored pencils. I don’t really have the best paper for using colored pencils since you’re supposed to use paper that’s made for pencils that has a tooth to it. For my dragon, I just used my Neenah Solar White cardstock. That’s the reason why my dragon is a bit softer color – lack of tooth in the Neenah paper doesn’t allow me to build up color. In the end I liked the softer colors so it worked out this time.

When I finished coloring the little dragon, I added some spots to his skin to give him some additional depth and texture. I really love the color combo of the purple and the light greenish/blue. Probably not a normal color for a dragon, but hey it’s my fairy tale and dragons can be any color the artist chooses, right?

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At this point, I had die cut my background with a stitched rectangle die and I started to work on my clouds. I have these awesome stitched cloud dies from Lawn Fawn so it creates these big fluffy clouds. I’d cut them with some more of my Neenah solar white cardstock. Originally, I thought that the bright white clouds would be a good contrast, but decided that they were too white and I sponged on a little distress ink until they took on a blueish-pink color with just a hint of yellow – like the sun could be hiding behind them. I really like how they turned out.

I added the sentiment, You Make My Life MAGICAL with some Versamark ink and I sprinkled on some Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powder in Hydrangea Blue Mauve. I love the Lindy’s embossing powders because they take on this iridescent color when they’re heat set. This one looks almost like a purple-blue color. It’s very cool!

Once I was finished, I laid out all of my elements to see how the card would look. I decided that it needed one more thing at the last-minute, a princess. I stamped and colored the little princess from the set and colored it with my colored pencils as well. I used the same colors for her dress as I’d used on the dragon. I used some yellow to color her crown, but that didn’t seem adequate for royalty so I used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen in Spun gold to color in the crown.

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Hope you enjoyed my magical card today! I’ll be back on the 4th of September with an upcoming challenge card for Dare 2B Artzy! It’s a birthday challenge so all you crafty peeps with fall/winter birthday’s (like me) have some inspiration to look forward to on the 4th.

Hope everyone has a great week!  Make it a crafty one!



All You Need is Love!

Hi Dare 2B Artzy fans! Hope everyone is having a fantastic week and that you’ve taken time to check out the Dare 2B Artzy & Canvas Corp Brands Matchup Blog Hop! There are some amazing projects that combine both Dare 2B Artzy stamps & inks and Canvas Corp Brands – you have to see them for yourself.  There’s a great prize pack up for grabs for some lucky winner of this Hop so check it out!

I’m back today with a quick card to share with you featuring an older Dare 2B Artzy stamp set called Love Stackable.


I knew when I saw this stamp set that I really wanted to create a two toned card with it because it has these perfect elements that you can make the focal point as you’ll see today.

I started out by separating all my stamps and then laying them out on a piece of paper to figure out what layout was going to work best. Obviously these stamps could be used to create a fun Valentine’s card, anniversary card or even a wedding card for someone. They would be great sentiments alone or together to make a special card. I decided to let the sentiment lines of this set tell a story of how love progresses from needing love, finding love (two hearts one love), getting married (to have & to hold), having a lifetime of happiness and finally living happily ever after forever.

As soon as I had my sentiments laid out in the order I would stamp them on the card. I grabbed my mini MISTI and used it to position and line up all of my sentiments. I really don’t know what I did without my MISTI and to think that I didn’t use it for almost a year, LOL!  The grid makes is super easy to line up sentiments and stamps so you don’t get any wonky, crazy crooked lines when you’re stamping your final images.

With my sentiments all lined up, I stamped them using a thick white Pigment Ink. I actually stamped it twice to get a clean impression.

After cleaning all the white pigment ink off my sentiment stamps, I removed them from my MISTI; leaving my stamped image in place. I used my anti-static powder tool to brush across the areas that I would be embossing.

Next, I positioned the elements that would be in a bold Red color on my card. I used the cute lips and heart stamps to fill in the large “O” letters on Love and Forever.  I love that those two cute stamps are designed for exactly that purpose. It’s such a nice touch.

I positioned the strip of hearts and the sentiment “they lived happily ever after” in the gaps I’d left when I had stamped the sentiments in white.  Once I had them straight I used my Versamark ink pad to ink the stamps and I stamped and inked them onto my cardstock twice to once again get a clean image.

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When I’d finished stamping with the Versamark, I removed my stamped image and sprinkled some bright red embossing powder on those areas. Of course, I should have thought to let my white pigment ink dry a bit longer (or heat set it) as the embossing powder stuck to a lot of the other sentiments when I put it on my card.  Luckily, it’s an easy fix. Whenever you have embossing powder stuck to areas you don’t want to be embossed, just grab a small tipped paint brush and gently brush off the embossing powder from all the areas you don’t want embossed. I keep a set of brushes in my tool caddy on my desk for just this purpose.

After brushing off all the excess powder, I was finally ready to heat emboss those areas of the card in red. The result of the red against the black cardstock and white stamped lettering is pretty cool. It almost gives it a 3 dimensional look to the card.


Finally, I added 6 little red gems to the front of the card for some dimensional interest. I popped it onto some silver & black glittered cardstock and then onto a red piece of cardstock and the entire thing was mounted with adhesive to a white card base.

For those of you wondering, the love story is my own.  After searching for the perfect love for 39 years, I found him. As we discovered after we started dating, we had been so close (in proximity) to each other on so many occasions between his school location and my work location, his volunteer work and my home, he had ice cream with friends a half block from my office downtown.  He even had a friend that he’d worked for and that friend was the one that ran the cabling in my condo. On some level we were destined to meet – our paths had been circling each other, but it had to be at the right point in our lives (I wish it would have been sooner).  We met in 2009 through an online dating site and got married in 2010 and now we’re working on sharing a lifetime of happiness. This is my happily ever after, FOREVER. I’m so blessed to have met such a wonderful, kind, caring, man. He’s the best and I’m lucky to have him in my life.

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Thanks for stopping by today! Again, don’t forget the Dare 2B Artzy & Canvas Corp Brands Matchup HOP. You have the rest of this week to leave some love for all the designers and then be sure to pop back in on Friday, 8/19 to the Dare 2B Artzy blog and the Canvas Corp Brands blog to see the rest of the designers showcase their matchup projects. I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created! I’m sure it will be amazing! Share the hashtag: #d2baccbmatchup whenever you visit Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.




D2BA & CCB Product Match-up HOP

Hi All! Dare 2B Artsy is having a very special Blog Hop this week. We’ve teamed up with Canvas Corp Brands to bring you the best of two worlds. We’ve combined the awesome Dare 2B Artzy stamps and inks with Canvas Corp Brands which includes some amazing scrapbook papers,  Tattered Angels sheer color sprays and glimmer mists, 7 Gypsies vintage and retro findings and of course a multitude of various canvas items and bling to create some amazing projects.

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Today, my project features the new Dare 2B Artzy stamp set Flip Flops. I received several Canvas Corp papers from the Mixology set which features pictures of mixed drinks and some crazy fun sentiments. I’ve combined that with the cute little canvas ticking bag in black, a hot pink burlap flower and some burlap fabric.

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I was really excited to play with the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists. The sprays I received were Sun Sisters which is a lighter yellow color and Vintage Pink which is a nice light pink. I’d had a bottle of Glimmer Mist that I’d purchased about 5 years ago and it’s a clear Dazzling Diamond with a sort of iridescent glimmer which is pretty, but wowza these new colors of Glimmer Mists are awesome! I’m surprised, I didn’t try it on my walls in my craft room – I really fell in love with the colors. I MUST have more!!

To start off my project, I used Dare 2B Artzy ink in Paradise and lightly dragged the ink along the front of the canvas bag to provide a distressed colored look. I added a bit of Sunset Yellow in a couple of places, but I kept it to a minimum as I didn’t want them to blend into a green.

I created two tags from the Mixology Paper which comes in a black and white so you can color with markers or sponge on ink. I lightly sponged on some Dare 2B Artzy inks in Paradise, Sunset Yellow and Bright Pumpkin.

Bag Front WM

Next, I used my yellow Tattered Angels and uncapped it and tapped it against my finger to splatter it across my tag to give it some shimmery spots which are so pretty. I also added some to the front of my canvas bag and set it aside to dry.

I clipped the tags together with one of the red clothespins and added some gems to it in blue. I glued the clothespin to the front of the bag.

To add a focal point to the front of the bag, I used the yellow strip of burlap fabric and folded it onto itself in a figure 8 and glued the layers together with my hot glue gun. I then took the bright pink burlap flower and added a metal brad with flowers on to give the flower a center with some texture.  Then I glued it in place on top of my yellow burlap and glued the whole thing down to the front of my cavass bag.  I love the bright pink flower as it really adds a lot of texture and interest to the front of the bag.

With the Mixology papers that I received, I also received some of the blank black & ivory recipe card 12 x 12 paper. You could totally use a whole sheet to make a cool scrapbook page, but I chose to cut down the cards to make 6 cards from each piece of 12 x 12 paper. All of the Canvas Corp papers are nice and really thick, they’re perfect for any kind of mixed media project and they hold up well.

Once my recipe cards were cut apart, I began stamping, stenciling, splattering, coloring. I tried to do something different for each card. I stamped some with the Dare 2B Artzy Flip Flops fruit and glass and colored with my Copics.  On a few others I used some stencils and sprayed the Tattered Angels. I really loved the color I got when the yellow mixed with the pink and I got a subtle coral-orange color. The Tattered Angels sprays work amazingly well with stencils. It’s very pretty in person and it’s pretty cool to spray it on or sprinkle it and watch as it seeps into the paper and leaves a beautiful shimmer. On a few of the cards, I cut out a few of the fun sentiments from the Mixology papers and added them to my recipe cards. On one of the cards I used some Kuretaki Zig Clean color brushes and mixed together some browns on my craft mat and added some water and took a Solo cup and put the bottom of the cup into the colored water and stamped it onto my card to make cup rings.  I did create two cards which I left blank, as I figured if it were a gift the recipient might want to add their own recipe to the cards. Once I was finished decorating each recipe card, I added fun tropical adult drink recipes to each one. I bound them together with a binder ring by punching a small hole in each corner of the recipe cards and tied a piece of twine to it.

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When I was finished with my cards, I went back to my canvas bag. The back of the bag didn’t have the ticking stripes on it so I knew I wanted to decorate it. I started out by stamping the drink and fruit from the Flip Flops stamp set with my various Dare 2B Artsy inks.  Once I had everything stamped I decided to color in the stamped images with my Spectrum Noir markers. I pulled from the color scheme of the front of the bag with the pink and yellow and added in some green and orange.  Since I’d never tried coloring with alcohol markers on canvas, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It did bleed a bit, but once I realized that I colored leaving small gaps between the lines of the stamped images and that helped account for the bleed. Once all of the images were colored, I added the cute little “hello” sentiment stamp from the Dare 2B Artzy Perk Up stamp set in areas that were blank.

After everything dried, I sprayed some of the Tattered Angles Sun Sisters across the entire back of the bag to add a bit of shimmer. Then I used the Vintage Pink and splattered specks of pink on the back as well.

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The cards fit perfectly inside my canvas bag and the set would make an awesome gift for a girlfriend on girls’ night out or for a bachelorette party gift.

There are a lot of spectacular projects to share with you this week. Here is how this match-up works: today we are sharing 3 projects from the Dare 2B Artzy Crew including myself, Chris and Karen. Links to their blogs are posted below. We are also featured on the Dare 2B Artzy blog with Cindy where you will find all the details to win a great prize of stamps and inks from Dare 2B Artzy and a $25 gift card to the Canvas Corp Brands Shop (Dare 2B Artzy prizes pictured below).

Chris’s Blog:

Karen’s Blog:

Dare 2B Artzy Blog:

Canvas Corp Brands Blog:

Be sure to use the hashtag #d2baccbmatchup when sharing this hop on your favorite social media sites.

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Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to visit all of the Design Team members that are sharing their matchup projects today and leave them some love along the way.

Have a wonderful day!