Monthly Archives: July 2016

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Hi all!  Chris here and today I am sharing this beach-y card I created using Dare 2B Artzy’s new Stamp Flip Flops Stamps set!  My sister and I try to have lunch about once a week. What does that have to do with this card?  Well, there is this little shop right near the Pub we hit for lunch and outside that shop they have these chairs!  and they are red!!!  So as soon as I saw this stamp set, I knew my chair HAD TO BE RED!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, I starting my using my Distress inks to create the “beach” and the “Ocean scene”.  I stamped my sentiment onto the scene and then matted my scene onto the Artzy Doodles paper.  I stamped the chair using Dar 2B Artzy inks and fussy cut out my image! The starfish is created using my Modge Podge Molds and that tiny shell is a real  shell.

Hope you are having a great summer!

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Hey all!  It’s kel from Scraps and photoGRAFFS here today to share a super fun card with you!!  I’m so sorry I’ve been MIA this summer… summer school has been kicking my butt but I think I’ve got it back under control and now I’m back!  Today’s card is using one of the newest releases in the Dare 2B Artzy Store, Witches Shoes.


I actually made a shaker with this one… I stamped the super fun boots three times and made it into a shaker box.  And yes, I know it’s July and the usual is Christmas in July, but I absolutely love Halloween and couldn’t help myself!!  These are so super cute… absolutely love this set and can’t wait to make more!!

Thanks for stopping by, see you again soon!!

lovies, =o) kel

Hope you enjoyed our Relaxation Blog Hop

LakeRelease2016Our design team had some great projects to share with you
and they were so happy you stopped by their blogs to say hello.

Our lucky winner this week is Denise Bryant!

Just email us at Include your address and choice of a free stamp set and ink pad.
Here is one more card to share with you.
I’ll be sitting on the dock with my friends from Legacy Paper Arts in Ohio tomorrow, so this one is for them!
I’m hoping for sunshine.


Welcome to Dare 2B Artzy‘s New Release Blog Hop!!

Yup, you read that right!

We recently released 17 new stamp sets! and 6 Dies!


The designers are so excited to share some fun projects with you, using some of the new stamps!!

Which is why we decided to have a blog hop!

Our theme:


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!!

Blog Hop will end Sunday evening at 7:00pm Central.  We will then post a winner!!


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

Here is the entire hop list:

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We hope you are inspired all along the way!

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Happy Hopping!


Welcome Dare 2B Artzy fans!!  Karen N here from Craftily Yours!
I make and send between 100 and 150 Christmas cards each year.  I usually make them all year long, but this year, I am getting a very late start.  Fortunately, I got my hands on the ALL NEW Dare 2B Artzy Penguin Fun stamps! Love!

I love penguins!  In the set, there are three really cute fun-filled penguins, some great sentiments and a tree too!  I used the following Copics:

Greens:  G43, G46
Reds:  R56, R59
Tree trunks:  E33, E35
Nose and Feet:  YR12, YR14
I love the way the sentiment fits the circle.  Here’s a close-up:
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Thanks for stopping by!
Craftily yours,

Hey there Dare 2B Artzy fans! Hope everyone’s having a great week. I’m back today to share a fun card that really has my toes longing for the feel of some sand between them. I’m overdue for a real vacation far, far away – preferably someplace where there’s no cell phone access so work can’t find me, LOL!

For now, I’ll have to settle for sharing this fun card with you. Today I’m using the brand new Flip Flops stamp set from Dare 2B Artzy. I love all the cute summer images in this set and the sentiments are so fun.


I was drawn in by the decks, docks and flip flops sentiment and decided to play on that to create a deck scene. To start I sponged on several shades of blue, teal and greenish-yellow to a piece of 4 ¼ by 5 ½ white cardstock. I blended the colors from darkest at the bottom on my cardstock to lightest at the top.

Next, I scoured my patterned cardstock for a piece that had a woodgrain background that I knew I had stashed away (because we keep everything -just in case… am I right?!). Once I found it, I used a slotted background die to cut it. The size of this die matched the size of my previous cardstock at 4 ¼ by 5 ½. Once my woodgrain background was cut, I adhered it to my sponged background.

My die cut has a small area on the die cut which is the perfect space for a sentiment. I cut a piece of white cardstock and used the decks, docks and flip flops sentiment and stamped it with some Versamark ink and heat embossed it with an orange embossing powder. I sponged a small amount of my mid-tone blue around the white sentiment to pull it together with my background. I used some dimensional foam to glue it in place on my background.

I stamped the Adirondack chair also with some Versamark and used the same orange embossing powder on it and heat embossed it as well. Once I was done, I fussy cut the chair out

For the flip flips, glass and lemons (or oranges) I colored them all with my Copics and fussy cut them out. I wanted to make it look as though there was liquid in the glass so I used my Glossy Accents and covered the area inside the glass up to the top of the lemon. I was careful not to get any air bubbles in it. Once I had covered the area I set the piece aside overnight to dry. The result makes it look as though there’s liquid in the glass which is pretty cool.

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Once all of my images were completely colored and fussy cut I used some more dimensional foam to adhere them to my background.

I added a few green sequins to the background as well.

This card is so bright and fun and the catchy sentiment just makes whole scene. That’s all I’ve been able to think about lately; decks, docks and flip flops. Sign me up!!

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I hope this card brings you some sunny, summer inspiration. Please check out all of the amazing new stamp sets that were recently released at Dare 2B Artzy’s online store. I know you’ll love all the fun new stuff as much as I do. Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check out all the inspiration from the other fabulous Design Team ladies. We’re all having fun with the new release stamps.

Have a wonderfully crafty day!




Hello!  Chris here and today I would like to share my layout that I created using Dare 2 B Artzy’s brand new On the Dock Stamp set!  I was so excited to get my new stamps, I sat down and immediately did a bunch of sketches using the new sets!

To create this layout I started by adding a background block using the Artzy Doodles paper. I then created a border strip by stamping the Lake Word block using the Paradise ink. I matted the stamped border using the coordinating Artzy Doodles paper. I added the photo mats to the background. I stamped the dock directly onto my layout, and stamped then fussy cut the oars.   Both of these were colored with a combination of Copic (YR04, BG45) and Spectrum Noir (TN3, TN5, IB5) Markers.

I created the title block by stamping the words Lake and then I snuck in the “adventure” stamp from another brand new set called Live Love Lake!

I hope you are inspired to use stamps on you layouts as well as cards!


Hi Artzy fans! Simply Monica here sharing a nice cool summer card using a new release called “Flip Flops” cute right?!!I then took a variety of the Dare 2B Artzy inks to make a fun cool background.

I used: Midnight Blue, Paradise, Pumpkin and Sunset Yellow I then stamped 3 identical images of the lawn chair and staggered them topped off with a “note to self… relax” sentiment from the stamp set which is just perfect!
I hope everyone enjoyed my post and be sure to join in our  challenge this month which is all about
Get “artzy” with your layers and win some great Dare 2B Artzy products!
The prize this month is a stamp set of your choice and a new D2BA Premium Ink Pad!

Welcome Dare 2B Artzy fans!!  Karen N here from Craftily Yours!
I really LoVe the Dare 2B Artzy Turtle Couple!  So cute and so much fun to color!

I masked and added some green ink splatters.  Then, I added a couple of left-over strips of Dare 2B Artzy paper from the In Bloom Collection.  I used the Dare 2B Artzy Totally Black Ink.  Here are the Copics I used on these cute lil turtles.

YG03, YG06, B93, B95, R81, R83, YG61, YG63, BG53, BG57
Here’s a close-up of the sweetie girl turtle with the flower on her head:
Have you “liked” us on Facebook yet?!  You should!  There’s all kinds of beautiful inspiration.  Be sure to also check out all D2BA’s products here!  And be sure to check out the Dare 2B Artzy Lots of Layers Challenge for a chance to win a fun prize!
Thanks for stopping by!
Craftily yours,

Happy Wednesday Dare 2B Artzy fans, it’s Tonya.  Hope everyone’s having a great day! I’m super excited to get to share a card today that features a brand new stamp set from Dare 2B Artzy! This set is called Shine on Lighthouse and I love it.



I love lighthouses so I was really excited when Cindy shared the sneak peeks of the new stamp line with the Design Team and it included lighthouses.  Immediately the little squeaky wheels inside my brain started churning, LOL!

To create this fun card I started off with a panel of white cardstock that was about 5 x 7. I took a ruler and drew a faint pencil line which would be my horizon line for my background.


I started off with several ink pads in shades of blue and blue green and started gently sponging on what would be water. I tried to create depth by using the various shades to make it look like water. I used a larger panel of cardstock to begin with because I find that when I’m sponging on inks, I can tend to get round “sponge-looking” images if I’m not careful. With the larger panel that gave me lots of surface area to color and then I could easily cut down the sections that I didn’t like.

I deliberately left an area to the left of the cardstock white because I knew I’d be putting my lighthouse on a strip of land/beach.  When I was satisfied with my water, I started sponging on a couple of shades of brown and tan ink. I went for a nice even base of color and carefully blended out to the edge of the water to make it look like a shoreline. When I was finished sponging, I used my Copic markers and dotted on some texture to make it look more like a beach or shore.

Next stop was creating a sunset/sunrise – depending in which you prefer. Personally, I love watching a good sunset over the ocean or lake. They’re just stunning.  Living in a land-locked state like Colorado we don’t get enough time on the water.

To create my sunset, I used a sunset distress stencil that I had. I carefully placed it so that it lined up on the horizon line. Of course it wouldn’t match perfectly because there is about a ¼ inch border around the stencil, but I had a plan for that also. I was just going for alignment to make sure it was straight. Once I was satisfied with placement I taped it in place using a roll of 3M Post It Tape. Many times it’s my go-to masking tape for holding things in place temporarily and it doesn’t leave a sticky residue on your cards and it removes really easily.

With everything taped down, I once again sponged in my sunset using some yellow, orange and a hint of salmon pink. The colors look so pretty together. I carefully removed the stencil to make sure I’d gotten an even coverage. Next, I used a light blue ink and sponged in the white spaces left by the stencil to give the sky a hint of blue. I didn’t take the blue all the way back down towards the center, but rather picked a lighter shade of yellow and gently sponged it out to meet the blue – being careful not to overlap too much for fear of a green sky.  I also sponged a little of the yellow along my ¼ inch border that was left from the stencil. That would give the appearance that the sunset and water line were meeting at the horizon.

The distress stencil doesn’t really have a clearly defined sun, so I made one which actually ended up giving the card more dimension. I die cut a circle with some white cardstock then cut it – not quite in half. I sponged it with some darker yellow and a small amount of orange and then glued it in place over where the center of my sunset stencil would be.

Since I still had my full 5 x 7 panel at this point, I decided to cut it down. I used a stitched square die and cut the panel down to a square that is about 4 ¾ x 4 ¾ – it cut off one end of my sun but I thought that made it a bit more interesting.

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With my background done I was finally able to stamp and color my lighthouse. I stamped it onto some white cardstock and colored it with my Copics. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a colored lighthouse. I’ve only seen a few on the coast of North Carolina and they were all black and white. I’m sure there’s a reason for that, but for this card we needed some color. I chose red and teal with a hint of gray trim and then a couple of brown shades for the rocks beneath the lighthouse. Once it was colored, I fussy cut it out, added some dimensional foam and placed it over the beach/shore I’d sponged on next to the water.

Once my lighthouse was in place on the background, I also used the little bird silhouette stamps flying off into the sunset just above the lighthouse.

For the sentiment I used some Versamark ink and heat embossed the Shine On sentiment with some shimmery teal embossing powder.  It was really pretty. I love it when an embossing power surprises you with its shimmer.

I die cut the sentiment with a fishtail flag and lightly sponged on some green/blue ink and placed it onto the card with some dimensional foam.

For a finishing touch, I used some clear Wink of Stella in the water to give it a bit of shimmer and also on the lighthouse light and window.

I added two more layered panels to my card and then placed everything onto some Kraft cardstock.

I love how this whole card came together. It really makes me want to head to the ocean and seen a sunset again soon.

I hope you found this card inspiring – even if it’s just inspiring you to visit the nearest body of water and relax this summer. Maybe relax while playing with one or two of these new Dare 2B Artzy stamp sets that have just been released. Check out the Dare 2B Artzy store for all the latest stamps.

Have a wonderfully crafty week!


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