Archive for August, 2017


I always look forward to the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges at SplitcoastStampers, even though I started late this year (and skipped the past two years due to some unavoidable circumstances). The “Dirty Girls” somehow always wake up my mojo, and the projects above are proof of that. These are treat holders and the basic template used in making these adorable monsters is one that Gem’s Cottage released 8 years ago – Gobblers, and its designed siblings, the Halloween Gobblers.

The project is still as easy to assemble (and still as fun!) as I remembered – I printed the template on colored cardstock, cut it out, scored on the dash lines, and put it together with my trusty ol’ ATG (which I did not have 8 years ago). Next, I just went crazy with the spots, LOL – cut out different circle sizes on the Silhouette (which I also did not have 8 years ago), fashioned eyes out of large white circles (about 1.75 in) and black circles (about .75 in). To make the irises “sparkle”, I swabbed the black circles with ColorBox Frost White Pigment ink, then used white acrylic paint to make a few dots. The rest of the circles were used to decorate the monsters, then added teeth to make them look more scary (they turned out looking funnier, actually, LOL).

Thank you to  Sandee and Vicki for their inspiring challenges! (I will update this post to include the details of the challenges onces DTGD week is over.) Thank you for coming over to take a peek on what I’ve been up to!

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It’s still August, so, of course, it’s hot! I’ve been grumpy and irritable for the past week, and last night I had a talk with myself:  Gem, enough already! Work on something that would get you out of this mood! Do something that would make you smile!

Well, I took the advice and went to check on SplitcoastStampers, which is currently running its Dare to Get Dirty Challenges. Then I took out one of my most favorite designer papers, Wonderful Winter Glittered Christmas Papers by My Mind’s Eye. Sigh. Just looking at the smiling snowmen and glittery colors is making me more cheerful already…I’ve used up most of the papers, but I’ve saved all scraps (that’s when I know I really like the papers, LOL, but then, I also have papers that I couldn’t even bear to cut because I just like them so much!). Using bits and pieces, and by using the patchwork template from my post 8 years ago (wow, has it been that long already?), I put together these two cards – and yes, making these definitely lifted me out of my depressed mood. Mission accomplished!

To use the patchwork template, just print it out, cut out the pieces and use them as patterns – easy, right?

These two cards are for Dina Kowal’s and Tricia’s (T. Joy) challenges. I will update this blog post to give you the details of each challenge when the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges are done! Thank you for coming over to take a peek!

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