Monday, October 31, 2016

1st Car Layout

Hi Friends:  I just scrap-booked my daughter's first car - what a change in our lives that was!  It was a truck, of course, because my husband thought it would keep her much safer.   I enjoyed creating this layout, even though it was years ago that she got that car - since I don't scrapbook chronologically (less stress that way), I don't feel behind!   Please see below for photos, process, challenges, and supplies.  Enjoy this blast from the past and have a super day!




Process:
I started with a blue background paper prepped with clear gesso and used creative medium with a stencil to add texture - I used the Treads stencil since it's a new car theme!  I sprayed with varying shades of blue LSG sprays to create my ombre background.  For more texture, I randomly stamped with a Prima text stamp using archival ink.  For the chipboard and wood pieces, I used Versamark ink and LSG & other embossing powders in various shades of blue to continue the ombre look.  I added the photo over a die-cut doily, then added the chipboard frame on top.  I found various shades of blue flowers, some colored with the LSG sprays, and arranged them around the picture.  The journaling tags were cut from ephemera pieces, and the title words are from Tim Holtz's alpha parts.  I found the mirrored banner and the license plate in my stash and added them as shown.  As with all my mixed media projects, this was lots of fun to create!

Challenges Entered (Click on the Caption for the link):
Change And Ombre

Supplies Used:
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Treads (SSS)
Alpha Parts - Ranson - Amazon
Flowers by:  Spareparts - The Paper Studio, Recollections, Prima
DCWV Adhesive Mirrors - Banners
MME All Things Boy Ephemera
Creative Medium - Iridescent Blue (SSS)
LSG Sprays (SSS):  Blue Hawaiian Blue, Azure Sea Asters, Hydrangea Blue, Bachelor Button Blue
Embossing Powders:  LSG Hydrangea Blue Mauve, Stamp-n Stuff Blue Embossing Tinsel, Stamp-n Stuff Pacific Blue
Archival Jet Black Ink (SSS)
Blue Fern Studios Chipboard - Postage Frames (Amazon)
Basic Grey - Hey Boy metal stickers
Papers:  MME, black cardstock
Tonic Studios - Trellis Circle die
Momenta Wood gears
Liquitex Clear Gesso (Amazon)

CYP - One of A Kind Card

Hi Friends:  There is a new challenge today over at the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog, where the challenge is Always Anything Goes, and any handcrafted items are welcome.

Please visit our fabulous sponsor this week, Rick St. Dennis, to see all of his wonderful products!

My creation for this week is a card using the digital stamp Ascot Hat.



I hope that you are inspired by my creation and will join us over at the CYP blog to see the creations of the other design team members and enter for your chance to win a great prize from our sponsor.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great CRAFTY day!


Process:
I printed the image onto Spectrum Noir cardstock and colored her with my Spectrum Noir markers.  I fussy cut her and added her to a die cut shape cut from the Prima papers.  I trimmed the Prima papers to fit the card base, distressed the edges, and edged them with Black Soot ink.  Before gluing them to the card base, I added some sheer black ribbon to the center panel.  I added a black bow to the bottom and pink gems to the edges of the center panel.  On the focal panel, I added feathers and a charm to adorn her hat, small gems for her earring, and a bit of SN glitter pen to the flowers in her hair and dress.  To finish, I stamped the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and attached as shown.

Note:  I made the layered bow with my Bow-It-All - it really does help me to make lovely bows - it's hard to see it in the photo, but it is multi-layered and very fluffy!

Challenges Entered (Click on caption for link):
Anything Goes


Supplies Used:
Ascot Hat Digital Stamp by Rick St. Dennis
Distress Ink - Black Soot (SSS)
Memento Inkpad, Tuxedo Black (Amazon)
Spectrum Noir Markers (Amazon):  skin - FS1, FS2, FS3, CR3; dress/hat - CR1, CR2, CR3, CR4, CR6, LV3, HB1, HB2, HB3, TB3, OR1, CG3, CG4, IG1, IG5, IG9;   hair - EB2, EB3, EB5, EB8;  other - TB4, Blender
Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush Pens (Amazon) - clear
Prima Distress Tool (Amazon)
Zutter Bow-It-All (Amazon)
Stampin' Up! sentiment stamp - One of a Kind
A7 card base
Prima papers - Something Blue
Crafter's Companion Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock (Amazon)
Other: ribbon, feathers, charm, adhesive gems, Nesting die (I think it's from We-R-Memory Keepers/Lifestyle Crafts).


Sunday, October 30, 2016

CWWC - Sketch Card - Fairy Christina

Hi Friends:  Are you all ready for Halloween?  I love to watch see all the kids dressed in their costumes!  Maybe I'll see a few fairy princesses that night!

There is a new challenge today over at the Crafting When We Can Challenges Blog, where the current theme is to use this sketch:



Please visit our fabulous sponsor this week, Nikki Burnette, to see all of her wonderful products!

My creation for this week is a card using the Fairy Christina digital stamp.



I hope that you are inspired by my creation and will join us over at the CWWC blog to see the creations of the other design team members and enter for your chance to win a great prize from our sponsor.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great CRAFTY day!

Process:
I printed the image onto smooth white cardstock and colored her with my Colour Blend pencils, blended with Gamsol.  I cut her into an oval shape using my Creative Memories cutting system, then attached some lace, colored with LSG sprays, to the back.  For the gems on her dress, I added sticky-backed gems and some Glossy Accents.  I added some glitter pen to her wings for extra sparkle.  Around the edge of the oval, I colored a bit with the LSG sprays, but wanted a bit more texture, so I dotted a frame using a silver Pearl Pen.  I cut the Prima background papers into the desired shapes from the sketch, sewed around the edge, then attached them to my card base.  I added some more of the lace to the diagonal edge of the paper, then sprayed the entire card with some Perfect Pearls Mist for more shimmer.  I used fun foam to attach the oval image to the card front.  I painted the flowers with LSG sprays to adjust the color, then attached them to the bottom of the oval.  I cut some vines from the same Prima papers and added them around the flowers.  To finish, I stamped the sentiment onto white cardstock, colored it with some more of the LSG sprays, and attached it to the bottom of the card.

Challenges Entered:  (Please click on caption for the link)
Anything Goes


Supplies Used:
Fairy Christina digital stamp by Nikki Burnette
Stampin' Up!: Stamp - A Little Bit of Magic; circle punch
Viva Decor Pearl Pen (Amazon) - Silver
Spectrum Noir Colour Blend Pencils (Amazon)
Glossy Accents (SSS)
Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush Pens (Amazon)
Gamsol (SSS)
Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays (SSS):  Gag Me with a Spoon Gray; Steel Shimmer
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad (SSS)
Prima Nature Garden 6X6 papers
Recollections Floral Embellishments
Creative Memories Cutting System - Oval
Prism Smooth White Cardstock
Jillian Vance Swirly Vine Die
Other:  lace, charm, sewing machine, A7 Card Base

Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween ATC

Hi Friends:  I created an ATC for Halloween - it was lots of fun to get out my sprays and pastes and make this little gem.  Please see below for photos, process, challenges, and supplies.  Have a super scary day!



Process:
I recycled a piece of cardboard packaging for my ATC and prepped it with black gesso.  I don't have a spider web stencil, so I used the Treads stencil from Tim Holtz because it looked almost web-like, and added texture using black molding paste.  Once dry, I added some cheesecloth, then sprayed the ATC with the LSG purple spray, then added the spider glitter tape and the spider adornment.  I added the moon in the top right corner using a Halloween themed sticky rub-on and orange glitter.  I cut the skeleton picture from the Midnight Magic paper pad, and added it to the ATC.  I covered the skeleton with crackle paint  and crazing medium to get it to look like old, cracked picture glass.  I added the glitter frame over the picture, then toned down the bright silver by painting it with the black LSG spray.  I finished off the ATC with the transparency "boo" tag attached with a purple brad.

Challenges Entered (Click on the Caption for the link):
Mini Challenge - Boo

MMMC #29 - October Mood Board
Anything Goes


Supplies Used:
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil TREADS (SSS)
Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays (SSS):  Prima Donna Purple and Screamin' Banshee Black
Tim Holtz Crackle Paint ROCK CANDY (SSS)
Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium CRAZING (SSS)
Making Memories Clears - Halloween
Recollections Bling tape - spiders
Recollections Midnight Magic Halloween papers and brads
Tim Holtz Halloween Adornments
Art-C Molding Paste - black
Other:  silver glitter frame, Halloween sticky rub-on with glitter

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Dream, Wish, Play Canvas

Hi Friends:  Today's post is a canvas called Dream, Wish, Play.  I really enjoy working with canvas projects and I had lots of fun using my sprays, pastes, flowers, and beads.  Why is it that I don't mind getting my hands all sticky and messy with my supplies, but absolutely hate touching raw meat or having messing cooking hands?



Please see below for process, challenges, and supplies.  Have a super day!


Process/Tutorial:
  1. Place the stencil onto the canvas in various places and use a palette knife to spread the pink and purple Creative Mediums to add shine and texture.  Set aside to dry.
  2. Using the dies, cut the clock and flourishes from Grungeboard and the butterflies, gears, and bird from Sheet Metal.  
  3. Emboss the butterflies and gears with the Interlocking Circles Die.  Rub one of the butterflies with the Cherry Pink StazOn to highlight the raised areas.
  4. Cover the clock, butterflies, gears, and bird with VersaMark Ink and sprinkle them with Walnut Stain embossing powder; heat until the powder melts.
  5. Cover the flourishes and wooden words with VersaMark Ink and sprinkle with Venus Violet blue embossing powder; heat until the powder melts,
  6. Color the flowers and lace with the Fireworks! Sprays and let them dry.
  7. Going back to the dry canvas, add interest and texture by stamping with StazOn ink in random places on the canvas.  Once dry, randomly add color with the Fireworks! Sprays,
  8. Using VersaMark Ink Pad and VersaMarker, add ink around the edges of the canvas and around some of the stenciled areas.  Sprinkle with Walnut Stain embossing powder and heat until it melts, adding more texture and visual interest.
  9. Add more texture to the canvas by both randomly spraying and painting the canvas with GooseBumps Shimmer texture spray – be sure to paint the entire clock to give it extra shine.
  10. Glue the clock, flourishes, wooden words, lace, and flowers to the canvas, then add the butterflies, bird, and gears.  
  11. Glue the gems to the canvas using the Matte GlazOn, then glue the seed beads and micro-beads around the flourish and flowers.  
  12. Enhance the color of the words with the Vibrant Violet StazOn ink using a Fantastix,
  13. Add some highlights by dry brushing the tips of the flowers and lace with gesso.

 Challenges Entered (Click on the Caption for the link):

October Plum Passion Challenge
For this challenge, I was inspired by the purple flowers, the little girl playing in the water (I got to play with my sprays), and the rustic feel of some of the elements in the mood board.
Nature

























Supplies Used:
Imagine Crafts / Tsukineko products:
Purple Iridescent Creative Medium
Pink Iridescent Creative Medium
VersaMark Ink Pad
VersaMarker
Fireworks! Sprays - Juicy Purple
Vibrant Violet StazOn Ink Pad
Cherry Pink StazOn Ink Pad
Matte GlazOn
Sheet Metal
Fantastix
GooseBumps Texture Spray - Shimmer

Prima Berry Microbeads
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Lace
Walnut Stain Distress Embossing Powder
Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder - Venus Violet Blue
Studio Calico wooden words
Recollections Flowers
Finnabair Clear Stamps - Messy and Wire Net
Liquitex Gesso
Sizzix Embossing Folder - Interlocking Circles
Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies:  Weathered Clock, Elegant Flourishes, Movers and Shapers in Mini Butterfly, Mini Bird, and Mini Gears
Tim Holtz Grungeboard
Other:  Seed beads, lace, brad, jewels, 8X10 Canvas, glue

Monday, October 17, 2016

CYP - Holiday Joy

Hi Friends:  There is a new challenge today over at the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog, where the challenge is Always Anything Goes, and any handcrafted items are welcome.

Please visit our fabulous sponsor this week, Digital Delights, to see all of their wonderful products!

My creation for this week is a Christmas card using the Trimming the Tree digital stamp.



I hope that you are inspired by my creation and will join us over at the CYP blog to see the creations of the other design team members and enter for your chance to win a great prize from our sponsor.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great CRAFTY day!

Process:
I printed the digital image onto smooth white cardstock and colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers, then added some glitter pen to the star and the ornaments.  I cut the image into a panel using a pierced squares die and glued it to a red glitter paper.  I covered the card base with a red and gold foiled paper, then added foiled poinsettia paper that I cut with the Antique Corner die.  I popped the focal image up in the center with some foam dots.  To finish, I colored a Mirrored Star with a yellow Spectrum Noir marker, added it to the tree, then added a bow to the bottom of the center panel.

Supplies Used:
Trimming the Tree digital stamp from Digital Delights
Spellbinders Antique Corner Die (Amazon)
Spectrum Noir Markers (SSS): Reds:  DR5, DR7, CR8, CR11; Greens:  JG6, DG3, CG4; Yellows:  CT3, CT4, GB4; Browns:  EB3, EB5; Grays:  IG1, IG3, IG4, IG5, IG7; Skin:  FS2, FS9, TN2, CR3; Other:  BGR1
DCWV Glitter Paper
PRISM Smooth White Cardstock
Other:  Papers are from a card magazine free gift set, ribbon, A7 card base, foam dots

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Thank You Girl

Hi Friends:  There is a new challenge today over at the Crafting When We Can Challenges Blog, where the current theme is No Square Cards.

Please visit our fabulous sponsor this week, Julia Spiri, to see all of her wonderful products!

My creation for this week is a Thank You card using the Girl With Hair Wrap digital image.



I hope that you are inspired by my creation and will join us over at the CWWC blog to see the creations of the other design team members and enter for your chance to win a great prize from our sponsor.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great CRAFTY day!

Process:
I printed the image onto smooth white cardstock and colored her with my Spectrum Noir markers (listed below).  I die-cut the image using the Blossom Tags die set, colored the border edge, then used my piercer to put a stitched edge along the colored border.  For dimension, I used Glossy Accents on the flower, butterfly, and cherries, then added some purple gems at the point of each scallop edge.   I colored the edges of the scallop circle card with a matching SN marker, then added the pearl pen dots in each scallop.  I cut a circle from the Stella and Rose dotted paper and glued it to the card center.  I used foam dots to attach the focal image to the card.  To finish, I colored some white ribbon with the SN markers and attached it above a stamped Thank You sentiment that was punched with a tag punch.


Supplies Used:
Julia Spiri Girl With Hair Wrap Digital Image
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth White Cardstock (Amazon)
Spectrum Noir Markers (SSS):  Hair: GB2, GB8, GB5, GB11; Skin: TN2, FS2, FS3, CR3; Other: BG1, TB2, TB4, IG5, DG2, DG5, PL1, PL2, PL4, PL5, CR11
Glossy Accents (SSS)
Spellbinders Blossom Tags and Accents Die (Amazon)
Spellbinders TOOL 'N ONE (SSS)
Viva Peal Pen - Silver (Amazon)
MME Stella and Rose paper pad
Darice Gemz (Amazon)
Stampin' Up!: Thank You stamp and tag punch
Creative Memories Circle Cutter
Other:  Scallop Circle Note Card, ribbon, foam dots

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hallowedding Tag

Hi Friends:  Today's post is Halloween tag using the Day of the Dead 2 stamp set from Tim Holtz. It's a spoof of a Halloween wedding.  Please see below for photos, process, challenges, and supplies. Have a super day!



Process:
I covered the manilla tag with black molding paste and used my spatula to create texture on the background.  I added some Brushed Pewter paint in all the cracks and crevices in the textured molding paste.  I added some cheesecloth to enhance the spider-web feel of the texture.  I found some older white flowers in my stash and stamped them with a spider web and little spiders, then sprayed them with some LSG sprays to make them black and shimmery.  I stamped the wedding couple image onto white cardstock with Jet Black Archival ink and fussy cut it.  The flowers in her dress and bouquet were painted with some of the Nickel LSG spray.  I layered the image onto the tag with foam dots, then arranged the flowers on the tag.  I found the vellum tag in my stash - it's black and silver and matched my Halloween Wedding theme, so I stapled it to the edge of the tag.  I added some white flowers (tipped with the Nickel LSG spray) to balance out the white in the stamped image, then shaped some wire into spiral flowers and added them around the tag.  I wrapped some wire around the wishbone and added it to the tag using more wire strips that I stapled throughout.  I finished off with a black bat die-cut and some black ribbon - deliberately frayed to match the theme.

Challenges Entered (Click on the Caption for the link):

Halloween Inspiration
Supplies Used:
Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps 2016 DAY OF THE DEAD #2 (SSS)
Manila Tag (SSS)
Distress Paint BRUSHED PEWTER (SSS)
Tim Holtz Idea-ology WISHBONES (SSS)
Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK (SSS)
Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays (SSS):  Screamin' Banshee Black and Brushed Nickel 
Spooks2Scare stamp set from The Stamps of Life
Art-C Molding Paste - black
Making Memories Vintage Findings - Mini Kit Halloween
Colorbok Norturne Foil Vellum - Music and Dance
Recollections Flowers
Other:  Flowers, wire, black brads, cheesecloth, black ribbon, white cardstock, foam dots

Monday, October 3, 2016

Autumn Hi Card

Hi Friends:  There is a new challenge today over at the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog, where the challenge is Always Anything Goes, and any handcrafted items are welcome.

Please visit our fabulous sponsor this week, Imagine That Digistamp, to see all of their wonderful products!

My creation for this week is an Autumn Hello card using the digital stamp Pumpkin Bunny.



I hope that you are inspired by my creation and will join us over at the CYP blog to see the creations of the other design team members and enter for your chance to win a great prize from our sponsor.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great CRAFTY day!

Process:
I printed the Pumpkin Bunny image onto smooth white cardstock and colored it with my Spectrum Noir Markers and used the AI tall grass stamp to add some depth to my grassy area.  Then I stitched around the edges with my sewing machine.  I covered my card base with the KI papers - selected for their nice fall colors.  The base striped layer was embossed with a We R Memory Keepers folder.  I used the Distressed Doily die to cut the side stripes and the Border Punch for the bottom strip that covers the paper seam.  (The 6X6 papers don't exactly fit the A7 card base - lol!)  I wrapped some twine just around the bottom of the card.  I wanted to add some texture and a bit more of an autumn feel, so I added the burlap on top of the paper layers, then added the focal panel to the top with some pop dots.  I cut the "hi" sentiment from the same KI papers and added it as shown. To finish, I added some Glossy Accents to the bunny's eyes and some microbeads to the center of the flower.

Supplies Used:
Pumpkin Bunny digital stamp
Art Impressions FOLIAGE SET (SSS) - Tall Grass
KI Vintage Charm paper pad
Recollections Microbeads - Champagne
Stampin' Up Border Punch - Pinking Hearts
Spectrum Noir Markers:  Fur:  EB2, EB3, EB5, EB6, EB7, CR3, Blender; Tail:  BG1, BG2, BG5, IG1, Blender; Flower: CT4, GB5, OR1, EB8; Hat: BT2, BT4, BT5; Pumpkins: TN6, TN7, OR1, GB3, CT4; Leves:  GB3, DR1, DT7, Grass:  DG4, GB10, GB11
PRISM Smooth White Cardstock
We R Memory Keepers Embossing Folder
Other:  Sewing machine, hemp twine, burlap, A7 Card Base, pop dots

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Time to Fly tag

Hi Friends:  Today's post is a tag called Time to Fly - it uses my favorite LSG sprays, Magicals and embossing powders.  I hope you like the tag and that you will look below for the process, challenges, and supplies.  Have a super day!



How To:
I started with a manila tag and used the Tim Holtz Harlequin stencil with Versamark ink to create my base layer.  I sprinkled it with LSG embossing powders in Madonna Robe Blue Gold and heat set it with my heat gun.  I also used the Madonna Robe Blue Gold and Stardust Candy Rose powders with Versamark ink on the chipboard.   I colored my flowers with a combination of the LSG sprays and magicals, then tipped them with some gold from the Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist.  I layered some lace over the tag, then arranged the flowers with the chipboard which I cut into leafy shapes.  I added the clock face and the top butterfly charm.  I glued some seed beads to the edges of the Prima butterfly and glued it to the top of the flowers.  The tiny butterfly under the clock face started as a plain metal butterfly - I added the seed beads then shaped the butterfly antennae and body from silver wire and added it to the center.   The center blue flower looked a little base, so I added some blue seed beads to the center.  For the sentiment, I used some Chit Chat stickers colored with the LSG sprays and edged with my Stabilo ALL pencil.  I colored a bit of white ribbon with the LSG spray, then tucked them into the flowers at the top and bottom.  I edged the tag with Black Soot Distress Ink and finished off with some lovely fibers from my stash, then I dangled 1 last butterfly charm from the fibers.  This was so much fun to create - I love using the LSG products.

Challenges Entered (Click on the Caption for the link):

Powder Power
Anything Goes














Supplies Used:
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil HARLEQUIN (SSS)
Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD (SSS)
Lindy's Stamp Gang DRINK ME SILLY Magicals (SSS), Embossing Powder (Amazon), and Sprays (Amazon)
Prima Flowers GRUNGY BUTTERFLIES Finnabair Mechanicals (SSS)
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 1088 CHITCHAT STICKERS (SSS)
Distress Mini Ink Pad BLACK SOOT (SSS)
Blue Fern - Novelty Trims chipboard (ACOT)
Stabilo ALL pencil (Amazon)
Perfect Pearls Mists, Heirloom Gold (Amazon)
Recollections flowers
Hero Arts Hero Hues flowers
Other:  lace, heat gun, white ribbon, brads, charms, fibers, silver wire, seed beads, clock face sticker

Christmas Come Early

Hi Friends:  There is a new challenge today over at the Crafting When We Can Challenges Blog, where the current theme is Christmas Come Early.

Please visit our fabulous sponsor this week, Lacy Sunshine Stamps, to see all of their wonderful products!

My creation for this week is an angel Christmas Card using the Peace On Earth digital stamp,



I hope that you are inspired by my creation and will join us over at the CWWC blog to see the creations of the other design team members and enter for your chance to win a great prize from our sponsor.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great CRAFTY day!

Process:
I printed the image onto PRISM Smooth White cardstock and colored her with my Spectrum Noir markers.  I added some of the clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to her dress and wings.  I wanted to keep this card pretty simple, so I added a green embossed foil paper to my A7 card base, bordered with gold DCWV foiled paper.  I cut my sentiment from the gold foil paper using the Spellbinders Holiday Sentiments die, then used the Grand Scalloped Ovals dies to cut the focal image and the gold layer beneath her.  The gold scalloped layer was embossed with an Anna Griffin embossing folder, then the focal image was glued to it and added it to the base layer using foam dots.  I added the sentiment to the bottom of the card, then finished it off with a gold bow.  The colors are a bit more true Christmas green and red than the picture - it's been pretty gloomy and rainy here, so the photo colors aren't as true as they could be.


Supplies Used:
Peace on Earth - Angel Kisses Collection Digital Stamp
Spellbinders Holiday Sentiments die (SSS) - Joy and Christmas
Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Ovals (Amazon)
PRISM Smooth White cardstock
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen - clear overlay
DCWV Foiled Cardstock Stack
DCWV Embossed Foil
Anna Griffin Christmas Holly Damask embossing folder.
Spectrum Noir Markers:  Wings / Sash:  CT2, CT4, GB5; Dove:  IG1, IG4; Leaves:  DG3, DG4; Hair:  GB2, GB5, GB8; Skin:  FS2, FS3, TN2, CR3; Other:  DR7, BGR1
Other:  Ribbon, A7 Card base, foam dots