Colorful Options February 2023

Hi Everyone…welcome to another month on the Colorful Options Blog. Thank you for joining us for last month’s challenge, and we hope you can join us this month, too, because it’s time for a new challenge.

And the theme for this month is


Why don’t you pop over to the Colorful Options Challenge and check out the amazing creations from my very talented Design Team-mates. As always, you have until Tuesday, February 28th, 11:59pm US CST time…5:59am(Wednesday, March 1st) UK time…6:59am(Wednesday, March 1st) CET to join in with the chance to win a set of Tim Holtz’s Spun Sugar Distress Stain and Distress Oxide Spray.

Park Hopping to Studio Ghibli

Happy February, everyone! I am happy to announce the beginning of a new challenge, Park Hopping My Happy Place. It is a theme park-inspired challenge. My card’s theme is Kiki’s Delivery Service. The Studio Ghibli theme park just opened in Japan in November 2022. As such, I can use the Sassy Kiki’s stamp set by The Sassy Club’s Stamps. Start with an inky background, stamp & Copic color, and then some simple layering.

Stay Magical!

Challenges supported: Craft Roulette

A New Adventure Awaits

Happy Friday, everyone! Different makers have inspired me, and we all seem to have another interest outside of crafting. Disney and/or Harry Potter. What do these both have in common? A theme park, of course. It made me think, why not create a theme park-inspired craft challenge?! So, I did. It will start on the first of February. Please stop by and give it a look!

Have a Magical weekend!

A Cup of Coffe and a Good Boook

Happy Sunday crafting, everyone! I have a quick and cute card to share with you this afternoon. The Rabbit Hole Designs provides my focal point. Hero Arts provides the background. My Cricut and a white gel pen provide the sentiment. This picture makes my cat look green; however, he is colored in C3&C1 copics. Enjoy!

Challenges entered: Critter Crazy Challenge, NBUS Challenge, The Fairy and Unicorn Challenge, Craft Roulette

Vintage Christmas Car

Happy Sunday, everyone! I have Tim Holz’s car to share with you today. I have had this paper from Carta Bella Paper Co. for a few years and fell in love with this background scene. I haven’t had the heart to cut it as I didn’t feel I could do it any justice. Then came along this vintage car. I played until I had a good layout. The blue background is a 1950s-inspired background I downloaded and printed. Other than that, simple paper piecing of the die and paper pack. Sometimes keeping it simple works best.


Challenges entered: ABC Christmas Challenge, Shop Your Stash Challenge, NBUS Challenge, Most Magical Time of the Year

Potion Making

Happy Sunday evening, everyone! I was so lucky to play along with Craft Roulette this weekend! OMG! I had too much fun creating this card. She took a little time to think through the parameters; but, that is half the fun. Witchy Poo is concocting a potion of unknown abilities. Raven, her familiar, is watching from above. Whatever, this brew is used for, I hope it does you well! Cheers, Makira

Supplies Used:

  • Papers: Arteza Watercolor paper 140lb; Black Black cardstock by Fabio 140lb.
  • Inks: Distress Oxide (Mustard Seed); Archival ink in Black Soot; Distress Ink Stain in Shabby Shutters,
  • Distress Mica Spray ( Hocus Pocus, Bubbling Cauldron,Flickering Candle)
  • Stampersannonymous’ sets: Eccentric CMS 448, Advers CMS 101, Rest In Peace CMS 435

Challenges entered: Craft Roulette, Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge, The Fairy and Unicorn Challenge, Twisted Thursday Challenge. SSS Wedndesday Challenge, Most Magical Time of the Year

A Glitch for 2023

Happy Sunday, everyone! I am just playing with a few Christmas presents today. I saw the “glitch” series of Stampersanonymous’ stamp sets and they quickly made it to my Christmas wishlist. Apparently, I was good and got a few for Christmas.

Supplies used:

  • Papers: Arteza Watercolor paper 140lb; Craft and brown cardstock from the stash
  • Inks: Distress Oxide (Saltwater Taffy, Frayed Burlap, Ground Expresso); Archival ink in Ground Expresso; Distress Ink Stain in Frayed Burlap, Distress Ink in Ground Expresso
  • Stampersannonymous’ sets: Glitch 1 CMS404, Grunged CMS402, Simple Sayings CMS155
  • 3D embossing folder: Industiuous
  • Embellishments: Metallic Wax in Firebird
  • Distress Paint in Saltwater Taffy
  • Mediums: Distress Collage Medium, Grit Paste translucent
  • Acrylic Paint: Distress Paint (Picket Fence, Speckled Egg, Antique linen); Floetrol; DecoArt in Pearl White; Golden in Interface Gold; White Gesso
  • Deckle trimmer

Challenges entered: SSS Wednesday Challenge, NBUS Challenge, Pearly Sparkles Challenge, The Alphabet Challenge,

Hello Saturday!

Happy Saturday, everyone! Here’s my creation inspired by the parameters on Craft Roulette last night: white background, light, diagonal cut, and off to the side. The only non-obvious is the “light,” which you can find if you look carefully; light bulbs are stamped as part of the grungy background.

Supplies used:

  • Paper: Strathmore Printmaking 280g, pink cardstock from the stash
  • Dies: Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems #1, Tim Holtz Friendship Words Script; Waffle flower nesting slimline
  • Distress Spray Stain: Kitsch Flamingo
  • Distress Oxide Spray: Picked Raspberry
  • Distress Mica Stain: Winterberry
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black Ink
  • Stampers Anonymous: CMS 101 Adverts, CMS 402 Grunged


Cut the white cardstock down to a mini-slim line dimension. Using the inks and some plastic, smoosh ink onto the background. Allow drying time. Stamp the background with images from Adverts and Grunged. From the white cardstock, cut a flower from Stems and a sentiment block with the second smallest slimline die. Cut the hello from pink card stock. Glue your layers and mount on fun foam. Glue to a card base, and you’re done! WOW! Fast and easy!!! Enjoy!

Challenges entered: Craft Roulette, The Color Throwdown Challenge, Allsorts Challenge (CMS 402 Grunged is new – it was a Christmas present 😁),