Thursday, September 21, 2017

Self portrait

It's time for another challenge at It You Give a Crafter a Cookie. All you need to do to play along is to create a project inspired by the cookies -- whether your inspiration is the theme, a particular image, or the colors.  There will be a random draw for a prize from Digital Delights.

I have to admit the image on my card (a digi from Wags and Whispers) captures me as a kid perfectly, aside from the fact I never had braids.  Me and book, inseparable. The image is colored with pencils. That ABC ribbon fits the theme so well and also shares many of the colors from the DP.

I am entering this card in these challenges:
Pattie's Creations #138 -- Back to School
Crafty Girlz -- Back to School
The Paper Shelter #310 -- Make it Digital
The Ribbon Girl -- use any image
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday #300 -- anything goes


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Flip-flop butterfly


I think this fold is called a flip-flop card, and it probably has other names as well. One of the stamping groups I'm on has this fold as a theme this month, and I watched a video on how to do it, then totally did my own thing. 
The main butterfly dies are from Simon Says, and they are cut from some gorgeous paper I have been holding onto forever. (No reason to keep it, might as well share the beauty, right?) There are also butterfly silhouettes(from Stamplorations)  stamped on both sides of the front panel in Versamark.
The inside sentiment reads "The time to be happy is now, the place to be happy is here" and I'm pretty sure it's from SU.
The paper on the inside is actually cut from a grocery store flyer because it looks like some sort of cool technique and adds some real interest to that part of the card.

This card is for these challenges:
Butterfly Challenge #85 -- indigo and sihlouette
Catch the Bug -- theme: chin up buttercup (sentiment)
Cuttlebug Mania -- Anything Goes
HLS Dies -- Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- Stamp it (no digis)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- Stamp it (no digis)
Word Art Wednesday #298 -- anything goes




Thursday, September 7, 2017

A rockin' Cookie Challenge

The newest Cookie Challenge has a rock'n'roll twist. How fun is that?  To play along, just create a project inspired by the cookies. There are two prizes up for grabs this time, digis from Imagine That! and Kitty Bee Designs
My card features an image from Imagine That! -- an Elvis Bear, which I think is a hoot. The image is colored with pencils, and a few sequins add that rock'n'roll sparkle. The paper has been in my stash for ages,but the pattern reminded me of good old vinyl records, so it sort of fit. 
My card is for these challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #298 -- anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wednesday -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper



Monday, August 28, 2017

Embossed Angels



I dug deep into the stash for this card. The angels are one of the first Christmas stamps I ever purchased; the swirl stamp on the watercolored strip is equally as old, and the acrylic blocks with the letters on them can't be much newer.  (Yes, they do look a little yellowed, though I feel like they always had that look.)

The angels are gold embossed and colored with pencils (robes) and Wink of Stella (wings), with a little gold glitter on the stars. For the strip, the swirls were white-embossed, and  then I did a watercolor wash using the same three colors as the robes. (the angels and their colors were inspired by the Victorine Originals mood board.)

This card is for these challenges:
Rudolph Days -- Christmas
Victorine Stamps #9 -- on wings
ABC Christmas -- P is for people (I hope angels qualify) 
Word Art Wednesday #296 -- anything goes




Thursday, August 24, 2017

Cookie Challenge #76

It's time for another challenge at If You Give a Crafter A Cookie. There are two chances to win by random draw this time.  Prizes are sponsored by Sherri Baldy/My Besties and by Oddball Art. To play along, just create something inspired by the cookies.

For me, the inspiration was those bold black and white stripes. To set them off, I went with a purple die cut.  The panel behind the diecut is patterned paper with "friendship words"  on it, and it's covered with a piece of white vellum just to make it a little more subtle.  The panel extends up over the top of the card (the base is shorter than normal so it still fits in a regular envelope). 

The sentiment is from Purple Onion, and the die is from Memory Box.

My card is entered in these challenges:
Catch the Bug -- Bingo (Stripes/flowers/sentiment)
Word Art Wednesday #296 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned papers


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Christmas carolers

I am so behind on Christmas cards, but I finally found time to make one. This one features an image of little carolers, which I decided to pair with a  sentiment "spirit of Christmas."  It just seemed a good match. That white strip down the middle is stamped with a sheet music stamp, but I covered up most of it along the way (not good planning).
I went with a very non-traditional Christmas color scheme here, as well, with purple and a bit of tan and gray.  The colors were inspired by the purple challenge mood board from Victorine Original stamps, specifically the coffee photo.

This card is for these challenges:
Catch the Bug -- Stella sketch #513
Victorine Original Stamps #8 - purple
ABC Christmas -- P is for People
Winter Wonderland -- use ribbon
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #346-- anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra -- anything Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #294 -- anything goes

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Monochromatic flowers

After all the moving and piles of work, I finally got to make something! YAY!
Taking my cue from Double D's "Neutrals with texture" challenge, I went monochromatic here. The central image (that SU stamp everyone seems to have....) is clear embossed on a snippet of tan, then mounted on a snippet of white (both cut with Nesties), with the sentiment (Taylored Expressions) on another snippet. Everything is edged with a brownish distress ink. The panel behind all that is embossed with the Swiss Dot folder. The layered flower embellies are pre-made and from a grab bag of goodies I picked up at some yard sale.

This card is for these challenges:
Double D's -- Neutrals with texture
Die Cut Divas -- anything goes with diecuts
Pixie's Snippet Playground #291 -- use snippets
Word Art Wednesday #294 -- anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wednesday -- anything goes

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Christmas in July



Don't know about you, but it sure doesn't feel like Christmas where I live. But with the new challenge at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie, it's time to get in the Christmas mood. This time, the challenge has two sponsors: Cute as a Button and Limited Runs. So join the fun and get a jump on your Christmas crafting. Just make a project inspired by the cookies:

My card uses a Hampton Arts set I picked up at Michaels for cheap in the after-Christmas clearance. I love the little Santa and matching die. I decided to do repeated stamping of the HO HO HO, and put one in red to really highlight it.

My card is for these challenges
July Rudolph Days -- anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #343 -- anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra Challenge -- anything Christmas
HLS July Christmas Challenge -- use a die
Die Cut Divas -- Christmas in July
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #292 -- anything goes



Friday, July 14, 2017

Time flies


It's time for another challenge at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie. All you have to do to join the fun is make a project inspired by the cookies. There are lots of ways to go with these fun and colorful cookies.

Two prizes are on offer from our sponsors: Sasayaki Glitter and Melonhead Illustrations. Winners are determined by random draw, so everyone has a chance.
My card features a From the Heart digi image, colored in pencils. The scarf is paper-peiced, but silly me, I used a really subtle print so the effect isn't really dramatic.  The sentiment is from A Muse,with a pearl for the dot on the i.

This card is for these challenges:
Double D -- pastel party
Word Art Wednesday #290 -- anything goes
Ribbon Girl --- July card Challenge

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cookie Challenge #72

Hi! I'm taking a brief respite from all our unpacking/recovery from a house move craziness to let you know a new challenge begins today at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie.  This week, prizes are on offer from Elisabeth Bell's Digital Collection and Cutting Cafe.  To enter, just make a card inspired by the cookies.

My card features a sweet Elisabeth Bell image.  I paper-pieced her dress using  a snippet of paper from a Martha Stewart pack, and since it's such pretty paper and matches the cookie theme, I used another snippet and a little lace to create a embellishment.  The sentiment is white-embossed.

I'm entering this card in these challenges:
Pixie's Snippet Playground #287 -- snippets
Word Art Wednesday #288 -- anything goes

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cookie Challenge #71

It's time for another Cookie Challenge, and it looks like we are heading to the beach. All you have to do to participate is make a project inspired by the cookies and link it up on the If You Give a Crafter a Cookie Blog.  There are two chances to win this time: Scribbles Designs and Lemon Shortbread are both offering digis. Winners are selected by random draw.

For my card, I used a cute little surfer girl from Lemon Shortbread. I found some fun beachy patterned paper to go with it.

I'm entering these challenges:
Crafty Sentiments -- summer
Die Cut Divas -- summer fun
Word Art Wednesday # 286 -- anything goes
Kraftin Kimmie's Wonderful Wednesday -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Non-traditional snowflakes

I love this blue and lavender color combo; I don't think I've used it for a Christmas card before. The busy panel here was made by repeatedly stamping a snowflake image to fill the space, stamping several generations before reinking. It's a technique that was featured on Splitcoast a few weeks ago, and it results in an interesting textured background..

The singular snowflake was inked in purple and clear-embossed.  The snowflakes are from Purple Onion Design.

This card is for these challenges:
Winter Wonderland -- add a snowflake
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #337 -- non-traditional colors
ABC Christmas -- More than 1
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra -- anything Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #286 -- anything goes

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Goodbye Mojo


(Well, hopefully not to my mojo), but goodbye to Mojo Monday, which is ending its run. I always love their sketches and have never been able to participate as much as I'd like to, so I made a real effort to do the final challenge.

This is the card I made; a Father's Day card for my FIL. The image is from Rubbernecker, and the sentiment is made with an alphabet set. I dug out a bunch of different blue snippets and dry-embossed the large navy panel. I also added a strip of blue-and-white ribbon.

This card is for these challenges:
Mojo Monday #500 -- sketch
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- make it masculine
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- make it masculine
Pattie's Creations #135-- masculine
Double D -- Blue and white
The Ribbon Girl -- June card challenges
Pixie's Snippet Playground #285 -- use snippets
Catch the Bug -- theme: fast and furious (cars...)
Scribbles #53-- Big wheels.
Word Art Wednesday #286 -- anything goes

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Going Fishing


It's time for another challenge at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie, and this time the theme is near and dear to the hearts of the men in my life. Yuppers, looks like we're going fishing. All you have to do to take part is create something inspired by these cookies.  You could win images from Miss Daisy Stamps just for posting a project. My card features a Miss Daisy image called Catch More Fish, which includes a couple of sentiments, too. The fish is colored with pencils. I was pretty sure it was a bass, so I found some online images and based my colors on that. The image is layered on kraft paper and framed with piercing. The sentiment is accented with a funny little dimensional sticker someone sent me.





 
 



The card is being entered into these challenges:
Die Cut Divas -- Summer Fun
Victorine Originals #3 -- Fathers/masculine
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- Circle
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday --- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #284 --- anything goes
The Paper Shelter #296 -- make it digital
Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wednesday -- anything goes

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Santa Claus


Tried the Bokeh technique for this card, using red and green inks, but when I added the white, the red turned pinkish. The Santa is from a Hampton Arts set.

This card is for these challenges:
May Rudolph Days -- Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #334 -- Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra -- Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #284 -- anything goes

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Camping fun



I found this image in a file of stamped images; someone sent it to me, and I don't know who sent it, or what company makes the image, but I think it is hilarious. Thankfully, a full-on raccoon attack has never occurred when I was camping, but there was one incident when some critters got into the Cheetos while we were sleeping, because I left the bag on the picnic table. Another time some critter literally ate thru a nylon canvas pack to get to some snack (trail mix, I think) while we were off having fun..

Anyway, every time I see this image in that file, I think "I need to use that," so this time I took action.

The image is huge, so it was simply a matter of coloring it with pencils. It is mounted on a snippet of orange paper, and there are a couple of leaves (die-cut from green snippets) in the corners (for that outdoorsy feel). The sentiment is a clear sticker, placed on a white snippet and cut with a fishtail edge.

This card is for these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday:  Little Critters
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Furry Friends.
Pixie's Snippet Playground #281: use snippets
Word Art Wednesday #284: anything goes



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cookie Challlenge #69


Image may contain: foodIt's time for another cookie challenge at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie, and this time the prize is being offered by Sherri Baldy's My Besties line of digi stamps. To join in the fun, all you have to do is create a project inspired by these very pretty cookies.
I loved how pretty and delicate these cookies are, and I used that as inspiration for a Mother's Day card. I used a white panel with an embossed frame, and embossed the sentiment with blue pigment ink and clear EP. The sentiment was cut with a circle die and mounted on a kraft colored scalloped circle. For the embellishments, I found some pretty, multi-layered chipboard flowers.

This card is being entered in these challenges:
Victorine Originals #2 -- Flowers
Die-cut Divas -- May flowers
Word Art Wednesday #282 -- anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie's Wonderful Wednesday -- anything goes
Crafty Sentiments -- Pastel colors
Creative Inspirations #275 -- Anything goes


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Golden butterflies

Today's card is sort of a snippets spectacular, with every bit of paper coming from the snippets file. There are two different gold snippets on the butterflies, which provided some nice variation on the butterflies. (the die is a yard-sale find, and I am not sure who made it.) The graph paper-style panel was the only bit I had of that, and I thought it worked so well with the butterflies I decided to keep it even after stamping the sentiment at a wonky angle.

This card is for these challenges:
CRAFT #415 -- birthday
Butterfly Challenge #78 -- gold
Cuttlebug Mania -- Have Wings, will fly
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- Going Dotty
Moving Along with the Times #45 -- Butterflies
Catch the Bug -- Anything Goes
Pixie's Snippet Playground #279 -- use snippets
Word Art Wednesday #282 -- Anything Goes
Craftyhazlenut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Cookie Challegne #68


It's time for another challenge at if You Give a Crafter a Cookie, and this time the theme is "April showers/May flowers."  To enter the challenge, simply create a project inspired by the cookies.


My card features an adorable image from The Paper Shelter. I have a hand injury that makes coloring a bit painful, so I took advantage of the fact that The Paper Shelter digis come in both a line art and colored version. I printed the colored version on glossy paper. The frame is chipboard that I rubbed Versamagic Sea Breeze ink on, then wove a skinny brown ribbon through.

This card is entered in these challenges:
Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge -- rain
Word Art Wednesday #280 -- anything goes
Crafty Sentiments -- anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wednesday -- anything goes

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Vintage Christmas

This card features Mojo Monday sketch #495. To me, the sketch doesn't have anything that is an obvious  focal point, and I usually have trouble with that kind of sketch, but I am happy with how this came out.
The papers are all from a Recollections set called Vintage Christmas. 
The wreath has a ton of bling, with two different sizes of red gems.

This card is for these challenges
Mojo Monday -- Sketch 495
Winter Wonderland -- Add some sparkle or bling
Craftyhazlenut's Christmas Challenge  #331-- use stars
Craftyhazlenut's Christmas Challenge Extra -- anything Christmas
Craftyhazlenut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- May
Crafty Sentiments -- Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday  #280 -- Anything Goes

Monday, May 1, 2017

Baking up a storm

I'm doing a swap that calls for a cooking theme. I dug out this set called Cuppie in the Kitchen from Taylored Expressions. The image is colored with pencils, with the colors picked up from the  fun background paper.
The sketch for this card is Sketch Saturday #459.

This card is for these challenges:
Sketch Saturday #461 -- choose a previous sketch
Word Art Wednesday #280 -- anything goes
Simon Say Stamps Wednesday -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- May
 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Dance the night away

When I first started stamping, I used to buy grab bags of stamps, which was a cheaper way to get images, but I ended up with a real mishmash of images.  This particular image comes from that time, and while I never would have chosen it by myself, it is a fun one to pull out occasionally.
The image is stamped using Chestnut Roan Colorbox Chalk ink. (I had a heck of a time getting the image stamped, and after several tries finally resorted to a trick I learned long ago, which is put the paper on a hard surface, ink the stamp and put it down, then use your foot to apply pressure. It works every time.)
The image is colored in pencils, with antique linen Distress ink sponged around the edges.
The layout is from Kraftin Kimmie and incorporates a bunch of snippets from a Cosmos Cricket pack.

This card is for these challenges:
Pixie's Snippet Playground # -- snippets
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- anything goes
Crafty Sentiments -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #280 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned paper Challenge for April, anything goes
Kraftin Kimmie, Wonderful Wednesday -- monthly sketch

Thursday, April 27, 2017

CAS Christmas


I received several of these die-cut pine branches tucked into a swap card recently. As part of my effort to Use Things Up, I turned them into Christmas cards the first chance I got. Happily, the branch worked perfectly with a pinecone stamp I own.  The pinecone is embossed in an EP called Pirate's Gold and has a nice sparkle in person.

This card is entered in these challenges
Rudolph Days for April -- Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #330 -- Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for April -- Christmas
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge for April -- Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #280 -- anything goes

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April showers

This card features a little paper piecing to get the bright colors on the umbrella. The image is by Crafty Sentiments, with some very light pencil coloring. The flowered ribbon is from my stash.
Random thought: I like the difference in dot patterns on the blue vs. the green paper, compared to two papers with identical dot patterns.

This card is for these challenges:
Sugar Pea Mix it Up Challenges #30 -- (inspiration photo of bright umbrellas)
Double D Challenge -- brights
Catch the Bug -- theme: Raining Cats and Dogs
Ribbon Girl -- Card challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- Hip hop
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- spring colors
Word Art Wednesday #278 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Happy together

Just a CAS holiday card. Not much to say beyond Hampton Arts image, unknown paper snippet and a Doodlebug sticker.

This card is entered in these challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #328 -- Snowman
Winter Wonderland -- Christmas birds/animals
ABC Christmas -- I is for informal
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra -- anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday #276 -- anything goes

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hopping down the bunny trail



It's time for another challenge at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie.  This challenge is sponsored by Fred She Said Designs. All you need to do to play along is to create a project inspired by these cute cookies. My card features a Studio G image and sentiment. The bunny is stamped on a snippet of ivory paper and mounted on a snippet of blue. (Actually everything on this card is a  snippet that coordinatea with the dotted paper, all of which I have been hoarding for ages.) The buttons are die-cut from an MFT die and there's embroidery floss tied on each.

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This card is entered in these challenges:
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Creative Inspirations #272 -- spring/Easter
Cuttlebug Mania -- Some Bunny to Love
Artistic Inspirations #176 -- Easter
Crafty Sentiments -- Anything Goes
Pixie's Snippet Playground #275 -- snippets
Word Art Wednesday #276-- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper





Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Sweet Snowman

I found this snowman image tucked into a swap card I received, so I don't know who makes the image, but it's a a sweet one. I simply colored it with pencils, die-cut the oval, and added piercing around the edge.
The card base has been sitting in my Christmas file for ages -- as I recall I started to do a sketch challenge ages ago and abandoned the project for forgotten reasons (realistically, probably lack of time). The snowman and a die-cut snowflake seemed to fit perfectly with what I had, and I have no idea what the original sketch called for. I am making a concerted effort to take advantage of half-made items and put them to good use.
This card is for these challenges:
ABC Christmas -- I is for Informal
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #327 -- anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra -- anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- anything with patterned paper
HLS Christmas Challenge --  anything Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #276 -- anything goes

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Spring has sprung





After a few false starts, I think spring has settled in, so I made a very springy card.
The image is from Bugaboo, colored in pencils to pick up the colors on the paisley print patterned paper. The image panel is edged in black and matted on green. The layout comes from the Stella Says Sketch Challenge going on at Bugaboo's Catch the Bug challenge.
Because of the busy image and the busy papers, I wanted to keep embellies pretty simple. Here I embossed some pale yellow cardstock and punched out a butterfly.

This card is for these challenges:
Catch the Bug: Stella says Sketch #506
Butterfly Challenge #75 -- colors of the night sky/repeat -- the varied blues on the boot are my night sky colors
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- anything goes
Crafty Sentiments -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday #276 -- anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wednesday -- anything goes

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Too fun to waste

Today's card features a recycled/upcycled image from a store-bought Christmas card I received. The bird in the hat cracks me up (and there's another image cut for the same card waiting for its upcycling).

The birds are mounted on a panel embossed with a sheet music folder, and I'm keeping it CAS to keep the focus on those birds.

This card isi for these challenges:
Double D Challenge -- Things that Fly
Simon Says Stamp Monday-- Things with Wings
Rudolph Days March Challenge -- Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #326 -- Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra -- Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #276 -- anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- anything goes

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cookie Challenge #65

This time around, it looks like the If You Give a Crafter a Cookie Challenge is going to the dogs. How cute are these inspiration cookies? All you you have to do to play along is make a project inspired by the cookies. 
There are  two prizes up for grabs: digi images from Kitty Bee Designs and All Dressed Up.
I played with diagonals in my card.  The patterned paper is a snippet, with the dog on another snippet. The bowl and bone were fussy-cut and added to the card. I thought it would be fun to add the sentiment alongside the diagonal too. 
My card is for these challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #275-- anything goes

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Look what I found


I got bit by the urge to do a little spring cleaning the other day, and I started working down the pile that has accumulated on my craft table. Among the things I uncovered: a pretty watercolored background and a lovely diecut of a tree with a birdhouse hanging from it. Bingo! I had the makings for a card.  I also found a piece of white cardstock I'd already punched the corner on. All I had to do was die-cut the oval frame out of the middle and add the sentiment.
So cleaning does have it's benefits.

This card is for these challenges:
TIME OUT #79 -- CASE
HLS March Dies Challenge -- anything goes with dies
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday -- at least 2 dies/punches
Rubber Dance -- theme: everything spring
Word Art Wednesday #274 -- anything goes