Dare 2B Artzy 3D Holiday Blog Hop!

November 17, 2017 |  by  |  Announcements, Challenges  |  17 Comments

Welcome to Dare 2B Artzy‘s 3D Holiday Blog Hop!!

Can you believe the Holidays are right around the corner once again?!

We at D2BA are so excited!!  We decided to have a fun holiday blog hop featuring 3D projects!!  We hope we inspire you to get artzy this holiday season!!

You should have arrived here from Melody blog!  If you haven’t and would like to hop along with us, please go back to the Dare 2B Artzy Blog to start at the beginning!

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!!

Winner will receive a stamp set and ink pad!!

Blog Hop will end Sunday, November 19th at 7:00pm Central.  

We will then post a winner!!

For our hop I created a decorative piece for my counter using the Poinsettia Die cut! I die cut both the small and large flower portions out of red and white felt.

Then I cut small holes in the centers of all of them with a craft knife:

Next I found these small posts in the jewelry making aisle and stuck 4-5 in to each small bloom and added a dollop of hot glue on the back:

Next came the larger part of the bloom:

I trimmed of the excess wire and bent over the ends and used more hot glue to attach my Poinsettias onto my bucket:

I LOVE LOVE LOVE how this piece turned out! I am thinking teacher gifts!

Thanks for stopping by!  

You have actually reached the end of our hop loop!

Your next stop in the hop is the Dare 2B Artzy blog!  

We hope you are inspired all along the way!  

Check out all D2BA’s products here!

Happy Hopping!

Have a Happy Colorful Weekend!!

New Challenge over at Dare 2B Artzy – November Grateful

November 5, 2017 |  by  |  Challenges, Copics  |  No Comments

This month we are celebrating gratitude at Dare 2B Artzy! Create a piece signifying something or someone you are grateful. 

Make sure to head over to the blog for all the rules and regulations so you can enter for a chance to win D2BA goodies! I know I would be grateful for those! 

For a little inspiration I am sharing a gratitude journal I started last year and will be trying to continue this year as soon as UPS returns it to me. (GRUMBLE) I know not a very thankful attitude, I am a work in progress and I am working on re-focusing after a few bumps in my personal journey through life.

Here is a quick peak at what it looks like inside. I really was just attempting to write down one thing I am grateful for each day. Sometimes a single word or name other times a phrase or thought. 

The outer cover is a recycled leather that I love the feel of, and the book I chose has graph paper inside so perfect for a little daily hand lettering practice. Which I also need to get back to…the list is long. I decided to take some old art work off the cover, you can still see the remains, but I am OK with that. I then stamped the cover with several stamps from the Tangle Leaves set from Dare 2B Artzy.

The Totally Black Premium Dye Ink worked incredibly well on the cover and turned out a rich black. I then colored the images with my Copics. I tested color first to find the colors I wanted to use:

Then started in on the leaves:

The colors blended extremely well on the unique surface and the Ink sat solid!

My journal needed a new look and the beautiful stamps from D2BA were absolutely perfect! Make sure to check in again on Thursday as I will be sharing some cards made with the same beautiful set!

As you begin your November begin to count your blessings and find joy in all that surrounds you.

Have a Happy Colorful Week!


D2BA September Challenge!

September 4, 2017 |  by  |  Cards, Challenges, Copics  |  No Comments

Ship Shape is the name of game this month at D2BA. So I am off to create a “shaped” card. I was a little at a los here as I do not have many die cuts and in fact only have 5 or so total. None of them are base shapes so I was really unsure where to go with this challenge. I happened to be playing fo
r the weekend with crafty friends and Amanda encouraged me to look through her wonderful stash. As I was looking through though I just was not seeing something that I wanted. I figured I could start with a shaped die cut and then add my flowers or stamped image hanging off the edges, and when I described this to the amazing Amanda she said why not just make the shape of the stamp the card?

Hmm…now why didn’t I think of that. I am a fussy cutter extraordinaire!  So I started with one of my larger stamps from Dare 2B Artzy out of the Big Bloom set and used my stamp platform to get it onto my paper.

Next I did A LOT of masking and stamping:

I did about 4 rounds of stamping total with masking in between to coverup the edges of the already stamped areas. I used post-its to do my masking. Then I added a sentiment and since this is black just added this layer right on top!

On to coloring, yay! Here come the Copics!

All the doodled images at D2BA work great for Copic and very little shading goes along way. Next I fussy cut my image and adhered it to a yardstick base and fussy cut again!

I cut one more layer using this last step as a guide. I cut out a piece of patterned paper from the Fields of Joy set since I used those colors for my inspiration. I trimmed this piece down further so it will be able to sit inside the card. Don’t adhere it yet though!

I folded a piece of white cardstock and placed the fold just below the top edge of the flowers then traced and trimmed my card base.


Next trimmed down the patterned paper and added it to the inside.


Woosh! all done! Lots of trimming, masking and coloring but boy do I love how it turned out! Thank you D2BA and Amanda for the inspiration!!

Thanks for checking out the whole process, and make sure to head over to D2BA for all the details of this mount’s challenge!

Have a Happy Colorful Week!





30 Day Color Challenge!

March 1, 2017 |  by  |  Challenges, Copics  |  No Comments

Come join the fun and Color 30 days in a row starting today!

Thank you Kathy at the The Daily Marker!


What is a 30 Day color challenge you ask? Well you COLOR for 30 DAYS in a row 🙂 yeah it is really that simple! You can share or not share, on blogs, Instagram, Facebook etc…You can use any medium, do small pieces of a larger project or smaller projects each day. no matter what it is Fun Fun Fun! I will be coloring as I can but March is a CRAZY month for the Houghton Household so we will see how many days get done. The lucky part is there is NO pressure, no now is keeping score YEAH!

Some come play! I will be posting on Instagram and Facebook when I get things done. So you can see what I am up to if you want 😉

Have a Happy Colorful 30 DAYS!

30 Days of Coloring ramping up!

September 29, 2015 |  by  |  Announcements, Challenges, Copics, Doodling  |  No Comments

It is here again 30 days of coloring, brought to you by Kathy at The Daily Marker!


I am trying desperately to clear some time to play along!  I want to color, color, color too!

Happy Colorful Month Ahead!