Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dies R Us Inspiration Time

Hello my friends!
It's Tuesday and that means it is time once again to share a card made using dies from the Dies R Us store to hopefully inspire you in your card making efforts.

Anyone who knows me knows I love VINTAGE style and that was the direction I took for today's card.  And since I am a 'grandma' (I know! Can you believe it ... I'm so young!  LOL) this is a card I know I would love to receive in the mail.



Dies used on this creation are:
Creative Expressions Sue Wilson - Spanish Collection - Cordoba #CED1206
Memory Box - Bali Corner #98487 (RETIRED)
Joy Crafts! #6002/0258
Cheery Lynn Designs - Grandma #B286 

If you haven't already done so, please pop over to our STORE and sign up for our newsletter.  That is the only way you can be notified of our POP UP SALES and European Die Sales.  Several times a year, we offer limited time sales on dies that are not routinely carried in our store.   Dies R Us is one of the BEST ONE STOP SHOPPING locations for your die cutting needs.

Remember, if by chance the die you are looking for is out of stock ... simply click on the 'Put Me On The Waiting List' tab, add your information and you'll be notified as soon as it's once again available (which usually isn't very long at all!). 
Have you come to join in the fun at our DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG?  A new challenge goes live on the 1st and 15th of each month with one lucky winner receiving a gift prize to the Dies R Us Store.  Hope we see you there!

Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .
Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, SU Rose Red cs, the Paper Studio design paper, SU Garden Green cs, Old Olive cs
Stamps/Ink:  Paper Inspiration Rose stamp, Tim Holtz Spun Sugar distress ink, Memento Bamboo Leaves ink, 
Accessories:  Wild Orchid Mulberry Roses,  Cheery Lynn Designs - Grandma #B286 , Creative Expressions Sue Wilson - Spanish Collection - Cordoba #CED1206 , Joy Crafts! #6002/0258, Memory Box - Bali Corner #98487 (RETIRED), Offray pink satin ribbon, Craft-Dee Bowz bow maker, Image from Pinterest, SU dimensionals

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bags, Tags, Boxes and More!!!

Welcome my friends!
Today I have a fun creation to share with you that I created as my DT inspiration for the new challenge at 613 Avenue Create Challenge #95.  
Yes, we are an ANYTHING GOES challenge, but each time we have a TWIST theme.
It's to your advantage to use the twist when you can!

Today's TWIST THEME is:

BAGS, TAGS, BOXES and MORE!

Our sponsors today are:



   
            I have the pleasure of playing with a fun image from Beansie Doodles called 'HOLLY JINGLE BELLS' and decided to make a tag!  Not just any old tag, but a WINE BOTTLE TAG!
The holiday's are coming and there are a few friends on my list that enjoy receiving a bottle of the 'bubbly' for the holidays so this was my opportunity to really 'kick it up a notch' (so to speak! LOL)



Isn't this image adorable???  And SO FESTIVE!
I've enjoyed coloring her using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers then doing a little fussy cutting so I could pop her up and make her stand out a bit!
 

 I created my wine bottle tag quite simply but cutting a piece of white cardstock  11" x 3 1/4" ... score down on one end at 3 1/2" and punch/die cut a circle 1 1/4" round for the opening to slide down over the neck of your bottle.  Depending on the size of the bottle neck, you may need to adjust the size of the opening.


Of course, this would work great for ANY tall neck bottle ... no matter what the contents.  And try to make your opening centered!  NOT OFF CENTER like mine!  LOL!  (eye's must have been on crooked that day ... geesh!)

Then simply decorate it to your hearts content!  This is a great way to use up that mountain of scraps that we all have laying around and I even used up some of my white cut off scraps by doing a little tearing to create the snow she is standing in.
Though hard to see ... there is diamond Stickles sparkle on the edges of the snow and gold Stickles sparkle on all the 'jingle bells' our little holiday pixie is sporting!

Here are a few challenges I'd like to share in today:
Allsorts Challenge - CHRISTMAS
Hiding in my Craft Room #171 - Any Holiday
Little Claire's Design Monthly Challenge - CHRISTMAS
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything Goes
Polkadoodles Challenge - Christmas Fun
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long #34 - Photo Inspiration

Sweet Stampin' Christmas Challenge - Snowflakes
Crafting By Design Challenge - Get Ready for Christmas
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes

Please come join in our challenge fun at 613 Avenue Create!
And, if you need inspiration, by all means pop over and see what my team mates have created for you ... they are AMAZING!!!  Hope to see you there!

As always ...

Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, the Paper Studio dp
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Diamond Stickles, Gold Stickles, Martha Stewart snowflake punch, holiday lights from my stash (sorry don't know the mfg), pop dots, Stampin' Up 1 1/4" hole punch

Wine Bottle provided by Arbor Mist (Holiday Merlot) ... LOL!


Friday, October 24, 2014

Sending you a little prayer . . .

Hello and Happy Friday Everyone!
Today I have a new Crafty Secrets card to share with you and as my title suggests, there is always someone out there that could use our prayers.  That was the thought behind this little card ...



At my age I'm always hearing of someone close or from my past that is dealing with illness.  It really doesn't take much to help make them feel just a little better, all I (we) need to do is let them know we are thinking of them in a card.

I've once again used an image from the Crafty Secrets 'Little Blessings' Creative Scraps.  Isn't it just the sweetest little image!  I didn't do a lot of layering or embellishments on this card ... I wanted to be sure the image/sentiment were the FOCUS!

A few challenges to share in today are:
Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge - Use a Sentiment
Crafty Cardmakers and more - It's Only Words
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything Goes
Daring Cardmakers Challenge - Sentimental

If you've never checked out Crafty Secrets, NOW is the TIME!  Sandy is clearing out the warehouse and has some FABULOUS SALES going on that you do not want to miss out on.  And remember, we have a monthly linky party (1st Monday of the month) and EVERYONE is a winner!!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Hope you have a FABULOUS WEEKEND AHEAD!!
As always . . .

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sisterhood - Fall

Hello Friends ... thanks for stopping by today!
It's time once again for a new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters and this time around we are celebrating FALL.  Yep, it's certainly that time of the year and the leaves here in my neighborhood are gorgeous.  Check out the tree in my next door neighbors front yard ... isn't it GORGEOUS!?!

Diane is our hostess today so please pop over to the Sisterhood and show your love.  And of course we'd LOVE to have you join in our challenge fun!

For my card today, I've actually used this opportunity to make a birthday card for a dear friend of mine who will be actually celebrating her birthday at the beach this year (lucky girl!!).  She doesn't do much 'computering' so I'm not worried about her seeing her card before it gets to her in the mail.


A while back, I cut several base cards in this tri-shutter style and the orange base was just perfect for my Fall card.  I've actually been able to use up some scraps that were laying around on this card too!  LOVE THAT!!!
My front panel is from a Crafty Secrets booklet ... the journaling portion and I thought it made a nice background for my sentiment.  (I will add a white panel on the brown and include a personal message.)  
My leaves were die cut from a crap of the 2-sided plaid paper ... perfect!!  When I cut my Cheery Lynn Designs border, I notice the piece left over actually looked like a banner.  So, I did a straight cut and used it for my banner and added Creative Memories letter stickers for her name.

Fall is such a beautiful time of the year in my area!  When I was taking the picture of the neighbors tree, I noticed the one single purple bloom in my big pot of mums on the front porch ... it just called out for me to take a picture of it ...  lol ... so I did!
How cute is that!!!  Do you think it knew my favorite color was purple??  LOL
Here are a few other challenges to share in today:
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - Only when you 'leaf'
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Little Flag/Banner
Just Inspirational October Challenge - Fall
{Pin}spirational Challenge - Inspiration Image
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/141581982011016413/
The Cheerful Stamp Pad Challenge - Fall Leaves
Crafty Boots Challenge - Falling Leaves or Halloween
Crafty Cardmakers and More Challenge - It's Only Words
Love to Create Challenge - Anything Goes/Fall Colors

Thanks again for stopping by and I hope to see you at the Sisterhood!
As always ...
Recipe:
Papers:  Orange cs, Olive Drab cs, Reminisce 'Fall Harvest' design paper, scraps
Accessories:   Cheery Lynn Designs 'B133' Lace Deco Border, Elizabeth Craft #716 Cupcake w/candle & bow, Impression Obsession #DIE095-D leaves, Copper Stickles, Cheery Lynn Designs Happy B226 and Birthday B231

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blue Christmas . . .


Hello friends ... thanks for stopping by today!
Tuesday means another inspiration design for Dies R Us and today I have a beauty for you! 



Isn't this card just SO PRETTY!!??!!
I actually saw a card done similarly by KittieKraft and just knew I had to get my hands on that beautiful Impression Obsession die to create THIS YEARS holiday cards.
The dies used are:

Where I chose to use the Die-Namites 'Cardinals & Holly', Kittie used the beautiful Impression Obsession 'Reindeer' DIE228 on the front of her card.  That die is also available at our Dies R Us Store.  You could decorate a lot or a little when you have such a beautiful background starting point!


 Please be sure to pop on over to our Dies R Us Store for all your die cutting needs.  The list of die companies is growing and growing ... I have no doubt you'll find exactly what you've been looking for to create YOUR holiday cards!  The prices are FABULOUS and SHIPPING is more than reasonable!

 
 I would love to share this creation with the following challenges:
Party Time Tuesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Retarte 21 Challenge - Christmas and/or Vintage
Through the Class Room Door Challenge - Anything Goes
The Craft Bloggers October Challenge - Christmas
House of Cards October Challenge - Punches and/or Dies
My Craft Creations - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards Challenge - Always Anything Goes
The Paper Girls Challenge - Anything Goes

Don't forget about the Dies R Us Challenge going on ... theme this time around is:  HALLOWEEN and you have until the 28th to play along!  Who knows ... you could be the lucky DRU Prize Code Winner!!  Hope to see you there!
Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you're having an awesome week!
As always . . .

Monday, October 20, 2014

Squigglefly - SFC4214 - Halloween or Fall

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL???

Hello Bloggers!
It's time once again for another FUN challenge over at Squigglefly!
Our theme for today is

HALLOWEEN or FALL

Although we get 100+ Trick or Treaters every year and it's fun to see them all in their costumes, Halloween isn't one of my favorite times of the year.  However, FALL IS so I'm going with Fall for today's card! 
I'm a big Pittsburgh Steeler fan (I'm from Pittsburgh so it's okay!) and Fall means Fall Football Time!!!  
GO STEELERS!!
 

Isn't this little football player awesome?  It's an image by Cheryl Grant Alger called 'Touchdown'!  I just love all of Cheryl's images and this guys was fun to color up like a Pittsburgh Steeler in this black & gold!  I was also having some fun playing around with Fall colors on my Heartfelt Creations leaves and my 'scrabble styled' sentiment.

Challenges to share in:
So Artful Challenge - Leaves
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge - For the Boys
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes

I hope you'll come check out the awesome inspirational samples the team has created this week and then join in our challenge fun!

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!



Friday, October 17, 2014

Whenever I count my blessings . . .

Hello dear friends!
It's time once again to share a creation with you created with the fabulous images/papers from Crafty Secrets.  Today I've created a card using a beautiful image from the 'Little Blessings' Creative Scraps Sheet.  Remember, Crafty Secrets is in the process of switching to all digital so be sure to check out the fabulous sales going on at our store.  And, be sure to come join in our Monthly Linky Party held at our BLOG the 1st Monday of each month.  EVERYONE is a winner!


I have two more craft shows coming up in November and I'm really low on birthday cards, so Crafty Secrets is really helping me out with all their FABULOUS images.  
I'm also trying to use some of the scraps I have cut from past projects (the mountain is ever growing!) and I had this background paper laying on the table.  It wasn't wide enough for my card so I simply cut it, spliced it and added the pretty pink ribbon on the seam ... viola!

A few challenges to share in today are:
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge - Birthday
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Little Fairies October Challenge - Only One Design Paper
(requires hand colored image ... sorry!)
Seize the Birthday Challenge - Anything Goes Birthday
Miriam's Crafting Blog 17th Challenge - Shades of Pink
Scrapper's Delights Challenge - Anything Goes/Monochromatic
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you've found inspiration in my work and come back again real soon!  Happy Crafting and as always . . .



Recipe:
Papers: white cs, garden green cs, the 'Paper' Studio dp
Image:   'Little Blessings' Creative Scraps Sheet
Ink/Stamps:  Versafine Onyx, Inkadinkado, Paper Inspirations
Accessories:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'Mom' die, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Fanciful Flourish' die, TH spun sugar distress ink, Martha Stewart 'branch' punch, Offray pink ribbon, Wild Orchid Crafts pink mulberry rose, large sponge daubers

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Crafting with Friends ...

... what fun!!  I am so blessed!!

Hello friends and welcome back to my blog!  
I'm so glad you've stopped by today!
I promised to share a little more about my recent trip to Indiana/Michigan where I spent a few days crafting with friends, enjoying an Amish Tea at Lydia's and doing a little shopping too.

Lydia is an Amish lady that Joan introduced us to a few years ago at one of Joan's workshops.  She is one of the nicest and funniest people I know and we had the pleasure of attending a TEA at Lydia's Amish home.  Her home is as charming as Lydia herself!  Here is a peek at the menu and a couple of the dishes she prepared for us!  All were DELICIOUS!!!


Isn't this menu adorable!  Lydia made them and had one at each place setting.  Here we all are at the beautiful table she had set for us.  I'm so thrilled to have been able to take part in this interesting, delicious & fun adventure.




Now, as far as some of the projects we worked on, I'd like to share just a couple that we worked on while crafting at Joan's house [Joan's Touch].  Joan has a FABULOUS crafting area where we all have plenty of room to spread out and get crafty! (THANKS JOAN!)
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Is this accordion card fabulous or what?
I LOVE the red and white theme and think I'll finish it off with a touch of green holly here and there.  Joan showed us how to use the Dreamweaver Stencils and paste for the images on the red panels.  I had the product but had never taken the time to play with it.  What fun and I LOVE the outcome!  She had some very helpful tips to share with us too!!


Then Judy Studer [Back Porch Crafts by Judy] taught us how to make this adorable Treat in a Box Card.  I was very interested in this project since I've seen them online but never took the time to look for a template and give it a try.  These will be awesome for my craft shows and they hold 5 Hershey nuggets almost perfectly!!



After I got home I finished the inside and front panels and hope to make more before my Nov. 1st show.  I also want to see if I can get clear boxes that you could mail them in.  Uuugh ... so much I want to do/share ... so little time!  

 A few challenges to share in:
Deep Ocean Challenge - Christmas in October
Oldie But A Goodie Challenge - Christmas  (inside snowflake stamp & sentiment stamp are both at least 5 yrs old)
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by today.  Please come back tomorrow when I'll have a new project created for Craft Secrets to share with you.  Hope to see you then!
As always . . .

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A new trend to play with . . .

Hello my friends!
I'm back from my trip to Indiana/Michigan where I linked up with my good friends from the Midwest.  So much fun getting together and learning new and exciting techniques/projects.  

 (left - right)
back row:  Diane Hover [Nellie's Nest], Judy Studer [Back Porch Crafts by Judy], Bette Henson
front row:  Gretchen Wilson, Joan Fricker [Joan's Touch], and me

I will have more to share with you in another post but today I want to share the technique that Gretchen shared with us called OMBRE.  For those of you who don't know what ombre is, it is a shaded or graduated tone of color.  


Gretchen shared how to create this technique by wetting down a piece of watercolor paper ... then using your Gelatos and a paint brush for the color.   'Paint' it back and forth keeping it darker on one end then lighter & lighter as you go down the paper.
I used two different colors but you can use a lighter & darker shade of the same color if you'd like.  The cards everyone made were so unique and just beautiful.
We then die cut the top panel (dang I forget who makes this die ... will have to ask Gretchen again) ... and we were to FLIP the two panels so the dark portion of one is on the top and the other on the bottom ... but of course by the time I added my dimensional tape I had it upside-down and ended up with both panels having the dark on top and light on the bottom.  It still turned out to be a very pretty card I think!  And, Gretchen had a whole case filled with pretty do-dads that we could pick from to embellish our card fronts.    What fun ... I'll be using this technique more in the future!

How fabulous that I found a challenge going on over at Just Us Girls using this technique and couldn't wait to share my creation.  Maybe I can find a few more to share in today:

 Craft-room Challenge - Make Your Own Background
 Papertake Weekly Challenge - Super Fly (anything with wings)
Artistic Inspirations #113 - Anything Goes / Make Your Own Background

Well that's it for me today!  I still don't have everything put away from my trip ... hubby had a long list of things he wanted to do once I got home so I'd better get busy.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!
Your visits/comments mean the world to me!
As always . . .
UPDATE:  I didn't hear back from Gretchen but Diane remembered the die we used and it was the Chevron Pattern by Simon Says.  Looks like an order at Simon Says is in my near future!  LOL!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Love Because You Can ...

What WONDERFUL Advice!
Hello friends and thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog today!

Today's my day to share some Dies R Us love with you!
Have you popped over to the store yet?  OMG ... so many wonderful die companies to pick from and the prices & shipping costs are awesome!  Be sure to also sign up for the newsletter so you don't miss out on some AMAZING Pop Up Sales ... they come & go quickly ... you don't want to miss out!


Sue Wilson Designs - Spanish Collection - BackgroundMy card today uses a variety of fun dies and, I based the entire card around this beautiful image I found over on Pinterest recently.  The gorgeous background die is one of the Sue Wilson Designs dies from Creative Expressions ... Spanish Collection Background 'CED1201'.  Isn't it just gorgeous?  And since you can't see the center portion, here's a closeup of what the die looks like.  These dies are all so pretty you almost hate to cover them up with anything else!

Behind my bird image I had die cut the Cheery Lynn Designs 'Mandy Doily #DL276' in white card stock then die cut a blue panel using a Spellbinder Classic circle die.  Another blue panel was die cut with a Spellbinder Scallop circle die, cut in half and positioned on the bottom of my image panel.

Now that I'm looking at this background die image ... and my finished card ... I could have very easily cut the entire center part out and used it on another creation!  
Dang!!!  Oh well ... I'll remember that for next time!

OH and at the last minute I decided I needed to add this fabulous Memory Box 'Party Music' #98757 panel on the front to pull out the music background of my image.  There!  Perfect!  
I few added pearls and ribbon and my card is ready to send off in the mail!

To finish the inside, I've used a few more dies available at Dies R Us Store.
A 'portion' of Spellbinder 'Fancy Lattice' #S5-152
Cheery Lynn Designs 'Happy'  #B226 and 'Birthday'  #B231

A few challenges to share in:
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes
House of Cards Challenge - Dies and/or Punches
Melonheads Friends Challenge - Lots of Layers
My Craft Creations Challenge - Always Anything Goes
Not Just Cards Challenge #4 - Always Anything Goes
The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge - Guest Designer / Anything Goes

So there you  have it!  
With all these amazing dies available at the Dies R Us Store, you can make a beautiful card inside & out in no time at all!  Be sure to pop over and check out the growing list of dies available to you.  And if by chance it's out of stock ... simply click on the 'Put Me On The Waiting List' tab, add your information and you'll be notified as soon as it's once again available (which usually isn't very long at all!). 

Just a quick reminder also of our DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG! 
A new challenge goes live on the 1st and 15th of each month with one lucky winner receiving a gift prize to the Dies R Us Store.  Won't you come join in the fun!?!

Wishing you a FABULOUS DAY!
And, as always . . .