Happy Easter Basket!

Hello!  It’s Melody from Handmade Card Happiness and Instagram!

Spring is here, and it’s almost time for the Easter Bunny to pay us a visit!  I am ready for a chocolate binge with my Dare 2B Artzy Easter Basket!


I started by cutting two 6″ x 6″ pieces of Fields of Blooms paper.  I adhered them together so that the dotted side of the patterned paper would be showing on both the inside and outside of the basket.  I then scored the paper at 2″ and 4″.


I turned the paper 90 degrees and scored once again at 2″ and 4″.  The next step was to cut on the score lines from both sides to the center score lines as shown in the photo.


After using a bone folder to crease all of the fold lines, I attached the handle which was formed by cutting a strip of white card stock at 1 1/4″ x 8″.  I used a border punch along both sides of the card stock and then adhered a striped piece of paper down the middle.


To assemble the basket, I adhered the handle to the front of the middle basket section and then brought each side to the center and glued with a strong adhesive.  I repeated this process on the opposite side of the basket.

Then the stamping fun began!  I used flowers from Flowers for Mom and Doodle Flowers.  The hummingbird is from the Be Yourself stamp set.  Each of these sets has matching dies!

I colored with the following Copic Markers:
BG01, B04, B05
R14, R05, R29
YG03, YG17, G99

I added some accents with Wink of Stella and a white Signo Uni-ball pen.


I wish you could see the shimmer from the Wink of Stella!

Don’t forget to check out this month’s “Anything Goes” Challenge!  It’s always wonderful to see what all of you create!

Happy stamping!


Live By Inspiring

Happy Sunday Dare 2B Artzy Friends!!

Please help us give a warm Welcome to this month’s Guest Designer….

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I’m Vickie Yeakley (AKA Vickie Y).  I live in a small resort town in Indiana.  I am married and we have grown children and lots of beautiful grandkids!  I’m retired from the public school sector as a grant administrator for eleven school districts.  When I retired, work was replaced with paper crafting FUN!  My blog is On The Fringe (because I’m always on the fringe of discovery!)

I am excited to be the April D2BA Guest Designer!

I consider myself an eclectic crafter, creating all types of paper crafts.  I enjoy using different coloring media.


For my first card this month I used the Butterfly Inspiration stamp set.

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To create the background I inked two of the butterfly images using inks from the Dare 2B Artzy Festive and Tropical ink cubes and stamped onto watercolor cardstock.  Using a #9 round watercolor brush and lots of water I pulled the color from the stamped images, then dried the panel using a heat tool.  I stamped the larger butterfly onto the watercolored background using Dare 2B Artzy Totally Black ink.  Stamped the butterfly again on a scrap piece of watercolor cardstock then smooshed the Festive and Tropical ink cubes onto my craft mat and picked the color up with an aquabrush to color the butterfly, heat set, and then fussy cut it to overlay on the black stamped butterfly image.

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I completed the card panel by stamping the sentiment and using the paintbrush and to do a little ink splatter.

I hope you like this fun and colorful butterfly card; I encourage you to try this easy watercolor technique on your next card!


Vickie Y

Daisy Greetings


Hi Chris here from Psychotic Ramblings of a Serial Scrapper and today I am super excited to share this cheery card I create with Dare 2 B Artzy’s New Totally Tracy Find Your Purpose stamp set!

I started by stamping the flower image from this stamp set several times onto white cardstock filling my background piece. I then lightly outlined the flowers with Specturm Noir IB1 marker.


The little pop of color added so much to the flowers! I then colored the flower centers with my Y15 Copic marker and added accents with my Spectrum Noir GB8 marker!  I matted the flower background onto black cardstock.

I stamped my greeting from the Blissful Blossoms Stamp set and matted it on black cardstock.  I added a Sunshine Artzy Doodle banner and a coordinating bow to finish off the card!


Hope you are inspired to get stamping!!!


Find your bliss

Hi everyone! Leslie here to share a Dare2BArtzy DT inspiration project with you today, a fun shaped card – a to-go coffee cup complete with a corrugated wrap, fun plaid paper and sentiments! This was a blast to make but definitely trial and error, as I didn’t make a prototype and ended up tossing the first one. But it sure was worth it because I absolutely love how it turned out!


I created the cup out of white cardstock and added a decorative band made of pretty plaid paper layered on orange cardstock along with a corrugated wrap. I cut the sentiment with a stitched oval die and adhered several loops of bamboo cord behind it for a little interest. I finished it with several Dot Sparklers.


For more details and additional photos, please see my blog post at Love To Scrap 2.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! Be sure to check out all the fun stamps, dies, inks and papers at Dare2BArtzy! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,

Some Bunny Loves You!

Hello and Happy Wednesday! Tonya from Krafty Enchantments again. Hope everyone’s having a spectacular day & getting in some much needed crafting time!

I’m back with another card today for Dare 2B Artzy. I’m sticking with my spring theme and playing with that Raggity Rabbit stamp set again. I cannot get enough of this adorable bunny. I still want to petition the powers that be at Dare 2B Artzy to make a stuffed version of this bunny – he’s just that cute that he needs to be hugged.

Today’s card is sort of simple, but sometimes those are the best kinds of cards. I like to take time in my coloring and let my mind wander as I’m coloring. It’s very cathartic to just be in the moment and enjoy making something with your hands.

To start I stamped Mr. Raggity Rabbit with some Dare 2B Artzy Totally Black ink onto some Neenah Solar White Cardstock. I also stamped the basket with the pretty flowers right next to him.

I colored my bunny to be a sort of crème & tan colored with a hint of peach on his nose and ears. I used the tip of my Copic marker to create the little dots of ink for added texture for his fur. I really like the effect is has.

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Once my bunny was colored I quickly colored the basket and flowers using some bright blue-green and yellow colors.

With my bunny and basket of flowers colored, I die cut the whole image with a large scalloped rectangle.

I die cut a large fishtail flag from some bright yellow cardstock and cut a smaller fishtail flag from some bright green colored burlap that I had.

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Next I stamped the sentiment, Some Bunny Loves You in some black ink and used a half-circle diet to cut it out. I sponged on some light blue ink around the edges of the half-circle. I cut a second half-circle from a bright green cardstock. I glued them together at an offset angle so you could see the bright green cardstock underneath.

Finally, I layered some blue cardstock and blue plaid cardstock on my background and layered in the fishtail flags so they hung off the edge of the card and placed my colored bunny and basket on the top layer. I added the sentiment in the corner at a bit of an angle.

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It’s a very simple, but fun card to make and the bright colors are so cheery.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card. Thanks for stopping by.




Catch Your Dream

Hello, Hello Dare 2B Atrzy friends!!

Janette here bringing you a simple reminder to Catch Your Dreams. With 2 of my 4 girls off to college, several hours away, I like to snail mail them little encouragements here and there. This one fits the bill perfectly!

(products linked at bottom of post)


I started with navy blue cardstock and clear embossed the Dream Catcher. The clear embossing alone darkened the print for subtle contrast.

I then inked the feather and accessory stamps from light to dark with Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Candied Apple, Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks and a light mist of water onto 110# white cardstock.


Once fussy cut, I adhered the variegated images to the navy panel. I then created a sentiment strip with what was curved words. I simply manipulated the long line of words into a straight line using the guide on an acrylic stamp block and stamped with D2BA Totally Black Premium Ink. The banner was then adhered with dimensional adhesive.

You can check out all D2BA’s fabulous products here! Don’t forget about the current D2BA Challenge. The current challenge is always posted in the blog sidebar to the right at the top.

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

Creatively Yours, Janette

Anything Goes April Challenge

 Hello D2BA Friends!!

Are you ready for our April Challenge?


But before we can get to the new challenge, we have our March Challenge WINNER!!

#22 Stephanie W

She even used a D2BA stamp!!!  We love your adorable turtle!!

Have fun shopping on our website; select ONE stamp set and ONE D2BA Ink Pad!
Just send your address and selection to info@dare2bartzy.com by the end of the month.
Include “CHALLENGE Winner” in the subject so we don’t miss it.

Be sure to join in the fun for your chance at winning some great stamps!!


Our April Challenge is….

“Anything Goes”


That’s right, its’s completely up to you what you would like to create!  Share with us any Artzy creation!!

Here are the beautiful projects from our Artzy Designers:


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Stamp(s) Used: Blissful Blooms



Stamp(s) Used: Butterfly Inspiration



Stamp(s) Used: Happiness Blooms



Stamp(s) Used: Hoot Hoot



Stamp(s) Used: Butterfly Inspiration

Hope you have enjoyed our cards from our lovely designers!!

Now it’s your turn!!  We’d LOVE to see what you create!!


Some Challenge Rules:

– Our challenges are open to everyone; those entries featuring a Dare 2B Artzy image will get a second entry into the drawing! *Add D2BA to your entry title so we know you get a 2nd entry!

– Your submission must be NEW, no back linking projects.

– You must add a link to our blog in your post or mention us in your gallery.

– Leave a link to your actual blog post.

– You may enter each challenge ONLY 3 times.

We reserve the right to remove any submissions that do not follow the rules.

– Please turn off word verification so we can leave comments on your challenge entry!

 Most importantly….HAVE FUN!


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

Now Go Get Artzy…We Dare You!!

Brewing Something Crafty

Happy Wednesday Dare 2B Artzy friends, Tonya here from Krafty Enchantments. What could be better than the sheer mention of Spring? A HOP in celebration of Coffee and Spring and all things crafty, that’s what! I’m super excited to be here today to share another Dare 2B Artzy card. This one is for the Coffee Loving Paper crafters Spring Coffee HOP. Dare 2B Artzy is a Super Sponsor of this HOP for the first time ever and everyone on the Dare 2B Artzy team has been having so much fun with it!

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I’m so excited about this HOP. I’m a coffee monster! That is to say, I love my coffee and I’m a monster without it – ask my hubby! LOL! You’ve gotta start the day off on the right foot and that always includes coffee – hot or iced, espresso or macchiato, latte or just a down home cuppa’ joe. It’s the juice to fuel your brain for work (meh!) or crafting (yay!). Disclaimer: coffee was consumed during the making of this card – for inspiration.

My card for today’s hop uses the adorable Perfect Blend stamp set and matching D40 Coffee Cup Die as well as a sentiment from the Hug in a Mug stamp set. These stamps and die are new for 2017 and I love them. The sentiments are so darling and absolutely perfect for any kind of coffee related card you could ever create.

To create my card today I started off wanting to make a java bean background.  I used the little coffee beans from both the Perfect Blend and the Hug in a Mug set and stamped them randomly onto some Kraft cardstock with some Versamark ink and then heat embossed them with a couple of different shades of brown embossing powder. I continued stamping and embossing until I was satisfied with the quantity of beans.

Next, I used a scalloped frame die and die cut the Kraft cardstock to give it a little border all the way around.

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I knew I wanted to incorporate the gorgeous salmon colored paper from the Dare 2B Artzy In Bloom paper pack, but I didn’t just want the image to be used on the coffee mug. I wanted something bold.

To create a bold spring look I decided to use a new bold alphabet die set that I’d just received. I cut 4 layers of white cardstock with the letters to spell coffee and then I cut one more layer using the Dare 2B Artzy In Bloom paper. I glued the layers together for each letter with the top layer being the In Bloom paper. This gave each letter a 3 dimensional look that I really liked. You could create the same effect using craft foam sheets but cardstock works just as well with the layers. With each letter glued together, I set them aside to dry.

I stamped the coffee cup from the perfect blend onto some white cardstock and then again onto some of the Blooms Paper from Dare 2B Artzy.  I colored the cup using some bright yellow-greens from my Copic markers using YG01, YG03 and YG05 and then created a subtle shadow on the white lid using some B000. Once it was colored, I used the matching die to cut out the cup.

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For the coffee wrap, I fussy cut the wrap from the cup that I’d stamped onto the Bloom Paper. Once cut, I used a black marker to color the edge of the paper. Then I glued it in place on top of the coffee mug so that it would have a lovely floral wrap. Starbucks should make some fancy floral wraps for their coffee – it would really dress them up.

I created several layers to add to my card from some light green, light blue and copper colored cardstock. For each layer I used various scalloped dies to create the chevron borders and the scalloped borders around each layer.  On the light blue layer, I stamped the sentiment Breakfast Poured from the Hug in a Mug stamp set and heat embossed it with some brown metallic embossing powder.

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Before I could assemble the layers of my card, I first had to glue the die cut coffee letters in place. I wanted to make sure and get them onto the base in a straight line. To do this I used a grid paper pad and laid my coffee bean background onto the grid and arranged it so that it was aligned with the grid. I used a roll of thin Washi tape to tape down the bottom edge so that the tape was aligned with the grid and then folded the ends of tape around to the back.   This allowed me to butt the letters up against the edge of the Washi tape and get the spacing between the letters right. Once my placement was perfect, I worked my way from the outside letters C & E and glued them in place first before moving on to the O & E and so on until all the letters were glued down. I let the letters dry a little bit and then carefully peeled off the Washi tape from the bottom edge. The Washi tape worked wonders for aligning a straight edge.

I adhered down all of my layers using glue runner and some foam tape for added dimension. For my top layer I added the little coffee cup with some dimensional foam next to the sentiment.

My final touch was to add a few sparkly brown embellished dots to the card front. I thought that they kind of look like drops of coffee.

Hopefully you’re having a fabulous Wednesday and you’re taking some time out to enjoy and maybe even sharing your own coffee inspiration for the Spring Coffee Loving Paper crafters HOP.

Reminder that Dare 2B Artzy is offering a special HOP Discount of 10% during the HOP so you can stock up on all of your favorite dies and papers from Dare 2B Artzy. You can find all of your favorite coffee (and tea) stamp sets from Dare 2B Artzy by clicking this link below:

Coffee & Tea Lovers Stamps

D2BA Coffee Logo

Also, Dare 2B Artzy is offering $20 in store credit to one random winner, chosen at the end of the hop week!  Winners will be announced on Sunday, April 2nd on the Coffee Loving Card Makers Blog!! There’s a ton of prizes so be sure to play along and submit your Spring Coffee cards for a chance to win.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope your breakfast today was a warm hug in a mug!



Coffee Break

Hi Dare 2B Artzy friends!

Tasha here from CraftyPinkPixie.com sharing a fun coffee themed project created with the Perfect Blend stamp set!

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For the project, I used green D2BA pattern paper to create a K-Cup holder; perfect office gift idea! I used matching paper to create toppers for the K-Cups and added a scalloped frame for extra detail!

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The cups were cut from the coordinating die set and I used purple pattern paper from the same paper pack. I love purple and green color combinations, and thought it was totally trendy!

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Lastly, I stamped the sentiment on white paper with D2BA black premium ink and embellished with the little coffee beans.


I hope you enjoyed this project and be sure to check out the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop for more coffee themed inspiration!


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Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Coffee and Spring – The Perfect Combination!

Good morning, coffee lovers!  It’s Melody from Handmade Card Happiness and Instagram!
I am so excited to be participating in my very first Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  Dare 2B Artzy is one of the Super Sponsors so our entire team is thrilled!


I adore this Perfect Blend stamp set from Dare 2B Artzy!  If there was ever a stamp set created for masking techniques, this is it!
After stamping my images with Dare 2B Artzy Totally Black Ink, I stamped the coffee cup onto Inkadinkado stamping mask paper.  I fussy cut each portion of the cup apart so I could mask off different portions of the cup as needed.  Then the wild and crazy stamping frenzy began!  I pulled out a plethora of stamps that had smaller images and had a party in my craft room!  As you can see from the image above, it looks like a hot mess during the process, but once you remove the masks, the reveal is so much fun!

These are the cups after masking and a little coloring.  I used the following Copic markers:
YG13, G02
R43, R14, R24
BG01, BG02

I used the stitched rectangle from the Leaf Background Die to cut a piece of Paisley Paper which I mounted on melon colored card stock.  This was then adhered to my card base.  Some of the cups were adhered directly to the paisley paper while others were mounted with foam tape for dimension.

I hope you have a great Monday and get to spend some time enjoying this fabulous blog hop!  Dare 2B Artzy is also offering a discount during the hop!
Happy hopping!  As the sentiment from Perfect Blend says, “May your coffee be strong and your Mondays be short!”