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Hi, Dare 2B Artzy friends!

Tasha here from sharing a colorful watercolor Thank You card created with the Find Your Purpose and Happiness Blooms stamp sets.

The pattern was created by stamping one large flower multiple times with black D2BA ink. The images were painted with watercolor and I layered metallic shimmer watercolor on top. The centers were painted solid black and I used white gel pen to embellish. I love this sunflower design!

To create this layered look, I cut the center from the card and layered it on pink paper. I think this looks awesome and the pink coordinates perfectly with the bright yellow flowers!

For the sentiment, I used the “Thanks” stamp from the Happiness Blooms set. Since this card has a large pattern, I wanted to keep the sentiment simple. To do this, I embossed the word in white on black cardstock and cut one end to create a banner. The black and white color combination is perfect next to all the pops of color!

To complete the card, I painted the background in a metallic shimmery blue. This color is one of my favorites and gives a sky-like appearance. Lastly, a base was created with yellow textured cardstock and the inside was left blank to allow a handwritten message.

I hope you enjoyed this fun card project and are inspired to create with the Happiness Blooms and Find Your Purpose stamp sets!

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Have a wonderful day!

Hello, Stampers!
I hope your week is starting well!  A few weeks ago, my husband and I were the recipients of a Random Act of Kindness.  Last week, the neighbors on the other side of our home surprised us with another act of kindness and mowed our lawn!  I think our neighbors feel sorry for my husband as he is the only one still using a push mower in the neighborhood!  (I think we better go purchase a riding lawn mower!) 🙂  Luckily, I had the soon-to-be released Dare 2B Artzy stamp set called “Wishing Happiness” to use to create another thank you card!

After stamping the flowers using Dare 2B Artzy’s Totally Black Ink, I colored the images using the following Copic markers:
Y00, Y06, Y18
YR01, YR04, YR68
C00, C3
I added some accents with Sakura Glaze pens XPGB #805 and #849.

Next I die cut the white panel using the stitched border from the Leaf Background Die and stamped the leaves using Margarita Lime.  The sentiment was stamped with Totally Black Ink.  After fussy cutting the flowers, I popped them up using some foam tape.  A few sequins from my stash finished the card.  We just need to purchase a restaurant gift card and give this to our neighbors!
I can’t say enough how blessed we are to have such great neighbors!

There is still time to link up your girly project to this month’s Dare 2B Artzy Challenge!  The randomly chosen winner gets to select a stamp set and ink pad!  That could be you! 🙂

Happy stamping!
Melody – Instagram and Blog

Hi Everyone! Hope you’re having a fabulous day! I’m back today to share my latest Dare 2B Artzy creation.

Today’s card was actually inspired by a relatively new product I tried out called Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. I was curious about this product so I ordered some off of Ebay because I could get several different colors in a set. I managed to get some really pretty colors to try out: Citrus Green, Indian Gold, Pacific Teal, Royal Aubergine and Orange Blush. When my package arrived, I opened it and my husband asked what it was – I told him it was my war paint. Crafting war paint, LOL! It would definitely make for some interesting, eye-catching war paint!!

I started to play with the mousse, testing it on different papers and I discovered that they looked very pretty on darker papers because they take on a bit of a metallic finish. When I used a small paint brush and applied the Pacific Teal, I was in love. It sort of looks like a black wrought iron fencing that gets a bit of a patina shimmer to it when you touch it.

I cut two pieces of black cardstock using a diagonal striped backdrop die. Ultimately I flipped one of the die cut pieces over with the strips facing the opposite direction to create the black lattice of my card. I brushed on the Pacific Teal Nuvo Mousse with a small flat paint brush, going against the direction of the diagonal strips of my cut cardstock. Note: I did not dilute the mousse at all – just dabbed my paint brush into it and then brushed straight onto my cardstock. You can add water to soften the consistency of the mousse as it’s very thick, like a clay. I’d imagine with water you could also use it to paint as well.

For my flowers, I stamped the flowers from the Dare 2B Artzy Happiness Blooms stamp set onto some Neenah Solar White Cardstock and colored them with my Copics. I used a limited number of colors for the flowers sticking with purple, teal, orange and some green for the leaves. I love the bold colors on these flowers as it makes them pop.

Once I was finished coloring, I fussy cut the flowers out and set them aside.

I’d originally planned to put some patterned paper behind my lattice but it really didn’t show up too well. Instead I decided to go with something that had texture and pulled out a burlap paper stack I had purchased quite a while ago. I found the last piece of the teal blue burlap and decided it would be perfect.

I cut the burlap down to just a bit smaller than the 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 of my lattice and used some clear all purpose glue to adhere the lattice and burlap together.

I created a cardstock base from some 110lb white cardstock that measured 4 1/4 x 6. I used the 1/2 strips of edging from the Dare 2B Artzy Medallion Bliss paper pack and adhered a section of the strip to both the top and bottom of the card base.

Next, I glued down the lattice & burlap background to the card base and positioned my flowers on opposite corners with some foam tape to give it some dimension.

For my sentiment, I used the Happy Brithday from the You’ve Got Mail stamp/sentiment set and stamped it onto a piece of vellum using some Versamark. Then I used some Blue Odyssey embossing powder and heat set it. I added the vellum sentiment flag to the card front using some Elizabeth craft tape, cut into 1/2 and placed behind the sentiment so it wouldn’t be as obvious.

I love that trying a new product can take your projects in unexpected directions. I think sometimes the best projects come from experimentation. I guess that’s the whole point of Dare 2B Artzy, right?!

Hope you’re doing some crafty, experimentation today! Remember your beautiful creations brighten someone else’s day and maybe even inspires them to create something as well.

Be sure to check out the Dare 2B Artzy store to purchase the gorgeous Happiness Blooms stamp set and the You’ve Got Mail stamp/sentiment set. The Dare 2B Artzy store has everything to fit your needs for your next craft project; from stamps and matching dies to inks and paper.

Thanks for stopping by!

Good Monday to you, Dare 2B Atrzy friends!!

Janette here sharing with you an easy peasy birthday shaker card!

Shaker cards are always so fun. Don’t be intimidated by them! If you’ve got some foam tape, a die, and clear packaging, you are good to go!

I pulled this Brusho watercolor powder on watercolor paper background piece from a stack of “just playing” pieces that I hang onto and trimmed it to A2 (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″). I always am super excited when I actually use one! I then die cut black glitter paper with the D2BA Cupcake die and another border die for a simple frame. Next, I white heat embossed “Happy Birthday” from D2BA You’ve Got Mail onto a narrow strip of black cardstock.

To assemble the card adhere the border die cut to the cupcake die cut and then add acetate to the back. You can use acetate sheets or I often simply upcycle stamp packaging. Flip to adhere sentiment strip. Next, build the walls on back by first double layering a foot or so of foam tape. Then cut into thin strips, lengthwise. You’ll want the strips thin enough to hide behind the border. Remove backing on one side and adhere to card leaving no gaps for contents to escape. Finally, add varied sequins and/or beads on top of the background paper in center area. Dust exposed interior edges of foam tape with an embossing tool or cornstarch to prevent shaker contents from sticking. Last, remove backing from foam tape and center on background paper. Press firmly around edges to adhere well and shake… shake, shake, shake! So fun and easy, right?!?


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Thanks for popping in and I hope you pop back in soon for more amazing inspiration!

Creatively Yours, Janette

Hi all, it’s Vicki here from All I Do Is Stamp.  Today I made a Get Well card.

I used one of the 2 sided designer papers that D2bA carries.  While this particular pattern isn’t available, there are many other awesome papers.  I highly recommend checking them out. 🙂

I used the Cup of Cheer stamp set, along with the matching dies.



This card is going to one of my customers who is having surgery.  I love that I have the perfect coffee image to use, and I know she will appreciate it.

See you next time~

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Hi, Dare 2B Artzy friends!

Tasha here from sharing a Mother’s Day flower pot card created with the lovely Flowers for Mom stamp set!

I used pink pattern paper to create the flower pot base, and a simple scalloped edge die gave the fold more detail. To complete the design, I attached a glitter paper ribbon with a rhinestone center. It’s so pretty when the light shines on it!

For the bouquet, I stamped four of the same flower images and colored each with markers.Three of the main flowers were layered whole, and one was cut in half and attached to each side to give a fuller look.

I also added three small flowers along the bottom that were raised with thick foam. These little flowers are actually the centers of the round flower stamp, but the coordinating die set allows you to cut out just the center layer.

The “Happy Mother’s Day” sentiment was stamped in black on yellow pattern paper and silver glitter paper was used to make the fun scalloped border. I love all the shimmer!

Unlike cards with traditional folds, this design hides your message inside the flower pot. It’s so fun to pull up the flowers to reveal your handwritten Mother’s Day greeting!

I hope you enjoyed this project and are inspired to create with the Flowers for Mom stamp set!

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Have a wonderful day!

Could you use a little cheering up on this Monday morning?  If so, these brightly layered cards may be just what you need!


I am having so much fun using Dare 2B Artzy’s NEW Playful Posies Layered stamp set.  The color combinations are endless, but I chose some really bright colors to add some spirit and whimsy to the beginning of the work week!

I used my MISTI to position my stamps so while I had them positioned, I stamped four card panels using the following Dare 2B Artzy inks: Totally Black, Wild Orchid, Paradise, Sunset Yellow, and Margarita Lime.  No Copic coloring for me today!

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I adhered this panel to a black card base, placed a layer of vellum over a section of it, and added the Thanks Layer Die.

I adhered the second panel to a lattice (basket weave) base.


Thanks to Kelly Acheson at Splitcoaststampers for providing directions and a template!  You can fine the template and directions HERE!

The new Friends Layer Die completed the front of my card!  I love the fonts on these new layering dies, and they align perfectly!

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What should I make with my two remaining panels?  I would love to read some suggestions from all of you in the comments!

Happy stamping, and don’t forget to enter the May Girly Challenge for a chance to win a stamp set and ink pad of your choice!
Melody – Instagram and Handmade Card Happiness 


Hi Dare 2B Artzy friends! Tonya here from Krafty Enchantments. Hope everyone had fun with last weekends Dare 2B Artzy 3D Spring Blog Hop? There was so much inspiration from my very talented teammates!! Hope you found something fun to try out or were inspired to create your own Spring 3D Project. I know I need to stock up on paper because there were more than a few things that I’d like to make.

I’m back today with another fun Dare 2B Artzy card to share! I’m using an older Dare 2B Artzy stamp set called Lift Your Spirits which features two gorgeous hot air balloons, some clouds and several sentiments which are perfect for several different occasions.

Personally, I’ve always wanted to go up in a hot air balloon, but just haven’t had the opportunity. I’ve also wanted to go to the Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, NM . Both are on my Life TO DO list. In the meantime, I’ll just have to settle for making cards with balloons on them.

To create the card, I started off by stamping the large balloon in the Lift Your Spirits stamp set with the Dare 2B Artzy Totally Black ink.

I knew I was only going to use a 2 color scheme on my balloon and I wanted it to be bold so I naturally I went with my Copic reds (R24, R27, R29, R59 and R89) and my neutral greys (N1, N3, N4, N7 and N9). I colored most everything leaving a bit of white on the scalloped sections of the balloon. I added just a hint of B0000 to the white sections. When the Copic coloring was dry I added a bit of clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the white areas of the balloon.

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As I was working on this project I kept thinking about the song, “Up, up and Away in my beautiful, my beautiful balloon…”. It was a song my grandma played on her record player when I would spend summers with her. Guess the song stuck with me, LOL!

Once, I’d finished coloring everything, I ran the colored balloon through my die cutting machine using the matching  Dare 2B Artzy balloon die. At the same time I cut a few of the clouds out of some white cardstock as well.

I was going to create a brand new background for this card, but since I was cleaning my craft space in my home office that I share with my hubby this past weekend, I ran across a stack of pre-colored pieces that I’d done before the holidays. I don’t know about anyone else, but many times I’ll color and image or play around with my watercolors, airbrush, stencils or whatever and create something. Those pieces may not fit with current projects that I’m working on and truthfully sometimes I don’t even like them, but I rarely ever throw them away because there may be a project down the road that I can utilize them. Also, many times I change my opinion about something I’ve created after I haven’t seen it for a while. It can save a lot of time having a background or colored piece that’s already completed when making cards. I have a paper tray that I throw them into and then when I go through it periodically, I find a treasure trove of art to be used and sometimes new inspiration as well.

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That was the case with my blue background for this card. I’d created a 8×10 wash of water-color using my Gansai Tambi water colors a few months ago and I saw it and thought it would be perfect for my backdrop to my balloon. I cut the piece down into 4 sections (saved the other 3 for later projects) and die cut one using a scalloped square die. The die actually creates a stitched square and then a scalloped frame which are two separate pieces, but I used some craft tape on the back of it to keep the frame and square together. I used a larger scalloped square frame for the bottom layer and cut one from some grey cardstock and one from white and then swapped them to create the base layer with the white scalloped frame.

For my Dare 2B Artzy die cut clouds I ran them through my die cut machine with an embossing folder called Swiss Dots from Cuttlebug to give them a bit of texture.

I layered up the blue layer and my balloon with some dimensional foam to give them a bit of pop.

I stamped the “hi!” sentiment with some Versamark ink and heat set it with white embossing powder to the blue watercolor panel. I love that lowercase sentiment – it’s so fun!

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All of my layers were matted to a piece of grey 110 lb cardstock that measured 4 1/4 x 4 1/4.

I hope you enjoyed my card today. Be sure to check out Dare 2B Artzy’s online store for the Lift Your Spirits stamp set and matching die. The die coordinates with all of the Dare 2B Artzy hot air balloon stamps so you can create your own Balloon Fiesta and send it to a friend.

Have a great week!



Hi there, Dare 2B Atrzy friends!!

Did you get a chance to hop along with Dare 2B Artzy this weekend? I have to say there were some fun 3D projects there. If you’d like to revisit, just scroll down the blog just a smidge and there you will find links to all the goodness that was shared!

Today, I am sharing with you a fun card encouraging “Be Yourself“!


I began with watercolor paper, watercolor powder and good ol’ H2O. I misted the paper and then sprinkled on a blue, turquoise and then yellow watercolor powder. I watched as it bloomed before my eyes. Mesmerizing!


Once dry, I stamped the bird and sentiment from Be Yourself in Totally Black D2BA Premium Ink.


Next, I applied a touch of watercolor pencils to a few areas for deeper emphasis and even a touch of orange to the crown of his head. Lastly, I adhered the panel to an A2 folded card base topped with Fields of Joy D2BA paper and added a few shiny sequins. If birds can be attracted to them I can too, right?

Check out all D2BA’s products here! Have you entered or viewed the current D2BA challenge? The current challenge is always posted in the sidebar to the right at the top.

Thank you for popping in for a visit today. It is so greatly appreciated! I hope you’ll be continuing your day with a bit of inspiration picked up here.

Creatively Yours, Janette

Hi!  My husband and I were recently surprised by our neighbor’s random act of kindness.  Our wonderful neighbor was out mowing his grass, had a little extra time, and decided to mow our lawn, too!  You should’ve seen the huge grin on my husband’s face…priceless!

As a little thank you to our neighbor and his family, I created this colorful thank you card attached to a box of locally made, delicious cookies!


After creating the background using distress ink blending, I stamped the butterfly and flower images using Dare 2B Artzy’s Copic friendly Totally Black ink.  I colored the images from Flowers for Mom, Butterfly Inspiration, and Butterfly using the following Copic markers:
RV10, RV04, RV09
YG11, G14, G17
BG01, B04, B05
C1, C3, C4, C5
Accents were added with Sakura Glaze pens and Wink of Stella.


The images were cut out using the coordinating dies for Flowers for Mom and Butterfly Inspiration!  The large flower and the butterfly were mounted using foam tape for extra dimension.

I hope our neighbors enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed creating it!  These stamps make crafting so much fun!

Happy stamping, and I hope you spread some crafty kindness this week!
Handmade Card Happiness