Friday, April 17, 2015

Gardening time of year ...

Happy Friday Everyone!
Well with the April Showers, we will soon have May Flowers, so it's time to get out in those flower beds and get busy!  

With that thought in mind, I decided to make a fun shaped card using the Gardening Boot image from the Crafty Secrets 'Garden Style DAS-117' Digital stamp set.

I simply brought this image into a blank Word10 document and resized it to the card size I desired.  Then I proceeded to have fun coloring with it laying open so one side mirrored the other.  The bottom portion of the boot has a lighter shade background and a shine (like real garden boots) from the Crystal Effects used.  Sorry, I could seem to get a good photo but you get the idea.

Since my alcohol markers could be seen on the inside of my card (used the wrong paper when printing ... oops, lol) I simply laid my open boot on white card stock, traced the image with a pencil then fussy cut it and adhered each side panel to the inside.  

I used the 'Just Because' sentiment on the inside because I thought this card would be perfect to JUST brighten someone's day ... no special occasion necessary.

The only embellishment my 'Garden Boot Card' needed was a flower & a butterfly.
Luckily I had made up some paper flowers a few weeks back in various colors so I just grabbed one the color I wanted ... added the little Martha Stewart punched butterfly and VIOLA!  Ready to go!

Challenges to share in:
Moo Mania & More Challenge - Feelings of Spring
Whimsy Stamps Challenge - Color an Image 
As You Like It Challenge - Favorite? Alcohol markers or Distress Inks and why.
( I love my alcohol markers for coloring images ... like these boots!  I really like how they blend.  
And, I like my distress inks mainly for my sponging techniques.)
Moving Along with the Times Challenge - Anything But a Square Card

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  
I hope you've had a nice week and are looking forward to an even better weekend ahead!
As always ...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cardabilities Reveal #121

Hello Dear Friends!
It is time once again for the new Sketch Reveal 
Today's reveal is #121and here's the sketch ...

You will have until April 28th to join in our challenge and please be sure to review our rules.
One rule I'd like to mention is:  your entry can be shared with only 3 additional challenges in order for you to qualify for our prize. 

We have the wonderful Dies R Us as our sponsor this challenge.  
And the prize is a $20 gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.


 Here are a few additional photos of my card creation:

There is a list of all product used on this card at the end of my post.
Several of the dies came from the Dies R Us Store.   Please be sure to pop over and check 'em out!

I am LOVING these sketches!
I know I've said it before but I will say it again!
If your mojo is lacking ... just try one of our sketches and you'll be amazed at how quickly your creativity will 'kick into gear' and when you're finished you will have a card creation I'm sure you'll be thrilled with!!!

A couple little helpful hints to share today!
I've used both 'purchased' pattern paper AND 'digital' (printed) pattern paper on today's card.
By modifying the color of my 'digital' paper, I could color coordinate it with my store bought paper.
Digital -  Embossed Yellow/Green Papers - DP-209
The Crafty Secrets Embossed Digital Paper I have used is actually YELLOW but by modifying the color in WORD, I was able to match it almost perfectly with the DCWV 'Coral Couture' store bought pattern paper.

Secondly, notice the 'cupping' of the leaves.
You can achieve this at least 2 different ways that I'm aware of.
1 - on a soft, molding mat, drag your stylus down each petal from the TIP of the leaf inward ... OR
2 - using a flat pair of tweezers, place your tweezers down the center of your leaf then with your thumb and forefinger, squeeze the leaves inward toward each other.
By shaping the leaves just a little, it's amazing how much life and realism it will give your creation.

Challenges to share in:
Craft-Dee Bowz April Challenge - Anything Goes using a Bow
 Crafty Catz Challenge - 2 or more patterned papers

 Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I hope you'll come join in the challenge fun at Cardabilties!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Crafty Secrets Embossed Digital Paper, DCWV 'Coral Couture' SU Pear Pizazz cs
Stamps:  Endless Creations, Hero Arts
Ink:  Versafine Onyx, SU Groovy Guava
Dies:  Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'California Collection' CED1102, 'Italian Collection' CED1503, Finishing Touches 'Petite Vinery' CED1418, X-Cut Leaves 'XC503194', Spellbinder Nestabilities 'Lattice Rectangles' S4-319, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Horizontal Fishtail Banners' DL278
Accessories:  Really Reasonable Ribbon 'Diamond Satin Light Coral' ribbon, Bakers Twine, Old button, Flat tweezers,

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Forever . . .

Morning Crafters!
I just received a few new dies and couldn't wait to create and share what I made with you.
So I've created a card for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog and yes ... it's another Wedding themed card.  LOL ... what do you think?

That one word ... FOREVER ...very powerful!
And, if you're lucky, you will find that one person you want to spend your life with FOREVER the first time around!  (I'm a slow learner ... 3rd time was the charm for me!  LOL!)

The dies I've used today are:
Spellbinder Classic Hearts

My main die (Sophia's Heart) was die cut on light yellow linen card stock then I clipped all the little connecting pieces to the 'inner heart circle' so I could sponge with a darker shade of yellow (SU More Mustard) ink for dimension.  I popped up a die cut heart (which was also sponged with ink) and adhered the FOREVER across the center.  PERFECT!

Pile It On Challenge - Fancy Frames/Beautiful Borders
Scribble and Scrap Challenge - Anything Goes
 Ink On My Fingers Challenge - Freeze Frame (inking done on the inside)

Please be sure to pop over to the Dies R Us Store and check out all the fabulous dies available for your purchase.  Dies R Us has new product coming in all the time and their shipping rates are VERY reasonable! A fabulous One-Stop-Shopping place for your die cutting needs!

And, don't forget about the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  New challenges posted on the 1st and 15th of each month.  YOU could be our next prize winner!  Check it out!

Thanks so much for stopping by ... hope you have a fun filled day!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, American Craft Textured 'Neutrals' cs, Prima 'Sparkling Spring' dp
Dies:  Listed above
Accessories:  Really Reasonable Ribbon Creme Binding Ribbon, SU More Mustard ink, Heartfelt Creations 'Botanical Rose' stamp/die set, Flower making kit & forming mat, JustRite 'celebration' stamp set, dimensional tape, gold Stickles

Monday, April 13, 2015

Fire Fighter Fancy Fold ...

Hello Everyone!
Today I have a card to share that would not only make a fabulous card for a little boy ...

Cheery Lynn Designs - Fire Department - B538

 But, I created this side step card last month for my granddaughter, MOrgan's 23rd birthday.
Yep ... she's a fire fighter ... working for Medic Rescue ... going for her EMT license and very proud of what she's doing and accomplishing!  In fact, she and her fiance Mark are both fire fighters. 

Needless to say, when I saw that Cheery Lynn Designs had a die set specifically for the fire department, I knew I had to get it for her birthday card and so glad I did ... she loved it.  They have other similar sets:  i.e. Police, Navy Seals, Marines, Army, Air Force, Dog Tags.  Great for making cards of encouragement for the young men & women defending our country and homeland.

Come and Get It Challenge - Make a card for a Child
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge - Anything Goes

Keeping this short ... going to be a busy day!
Thanks for stopping by and as always ...

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Going 3D ...

I know, I know ... Sunday is supposed to be a DAY OF REST!
And it will be ... as soon as I show you these two gorgeous cards I made the other day!  LOL!

I have had several of these 3d images put together ready to turn into cards for about 2 years (at least) now.  After putting each sheet of images together, I put them into several clear boxes to keep them nice and neat until I got around to card making.  
Well, with 2 craft shows coming up the end of the month I thought it was a good time to 'throw' a couple of these cards together.  With them already 'compiled' it took no time at all to create the cards!

Oh my goodness ... I just looked and I have another DOZEN PLUS (make that 28 Plus 8 Christmas) sheets of these beautiful images that haven't been 'complied' yet!  Guess I need to take a day (some day when I can't find anything else to do ... ha ha) and put more of these together.  

They sure make a striking card and I hope will be well received!

Challenges to share in:
~Jo's Scrap Shack Fun Day Friday Challenge - Florals & Butterflies
Simply Create Too Challenge - No digis or stamped images
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes

Okay ... time to RELAX!
Have a WONDERFUL day everyone!
God Bless and as always . . .

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Butterfly Kisses

Happy Saturday Friends!
Do you have something exciting planned for this weekend?
I have a busy 'crafting' month ahead so you'll most likely find me in my 'cave'
 if by chance you are looking for me!  LOL!

Today I have a card to share that I created for a couple fun challenge blogs.
I LOVE ribbon so of course I had to partake in the latest challenge offered at Really Reasonable Ribbons called 'Things With Wings' ... and, another favorite of mine is butterflies so I'd also like to share in the latest Butterfly Challenge which is Butterflies + M for Music Notes.
Here's what I came up with ...

Although I have several butterfly dies, I chose this beautiful K&Company chipboard butterfly for my focus today.  I love how it has the printed acetate layer to give it more dimension.

And I'm thinking with the musical notes, this card is perfect for a birthday, 
so that is what the inside reflects.  
By simply die cutting the Spellbinder Framabilities 'Scallop Edge Frame' from white card stock, it showcased this pretty butterfly perfectly.  Of course with butterflies you'll always find a touch of sparkle from the sunshine or dew on the flowers.  So, I decided to add a touch of sparkle with Diamond Stickles around my frame as well as on the wings of the little Martha Stewart punched butterflies I used to adorn the centers of my ribbon bows.  So pretty IRL!

The new April Ribbon Club Assortment over at Really Reasonable Ribbons is just beautiful and worked perfectly to pull out the touch of blue on my butterfly.
Like my cute little ribbon bows?
I made them with my Craft-Dee Bowz bow making tool.  Easy to use and a perfect bow every time!   I would also like to enter this card into their current Craft-Dee Bowz April Challenge.  I'm honored to tell you I was their March winner ... thanks so much Craft-Dee Bowz ladies!

A few other challenges:
Mod Squad Challenge - Butterfly Focal
 The Paper Shelter - Birthday with Sentiment
Scrapy Land Challenge - Anything Goes with dies sold at ScrapyLand
Digi Choosday Challenge - Use a Die
Moving Along With The Times Challenge - Photo Inspiration

Scrap & Craft Challenge #6 - Frame It
~Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge - Florals and Butterflies

Well, as I said, I have a busy month ahead plus I have a group of ladies coming to purchase cards this afternoon so I'd best 'tidy my crafting cave up' a bit!  LOL   There are pieces of paper everywhere ... goodness!  how does that happen?  LOL

Have a WONDERFUL weekend everyone and as always . . .

Papers:   White cs, the Paper Studio 'Kirby Teesdale Studio' dp
Stamps/Ink:  Stampabilities, Serendipity Stamps, Versafine Onyx
Dies:  Spellbinder Framabilities 'Scallop Edge Frame', Memory Box 'Party Music', Cheery Lynn Designs 'Whistle A Happy Tune'
Accessories:  Martha Stewart '3 in 1 Butterfly Punch', Diamond Stickles, Really Reasonable Ribbons 'April Ribbon Club Assortment' satin ribbon, K&Co dimensional butterfly

Friday, April 10, 2015

Waiting for the flowers to bloom!

Happy Friday Friends!
As my title suggests, it's early April and I'm anxiously waiting for flowers to bloom in my flower beds, but in the meantime I'll just keep creating with flower images and paper flowers!
If you follow my blog, you are already aware of the Crafty Secrets Linky Party going on through midnight (PT), Sunday, April 19th.  We are partnered up this month with Really Reasonable Ribbon and you'll want to be sure to check out all the amazing inspiration from BOTH teams!

Today I have used more of the same beautiful Crafty Secrets digital papers and RRR gorgeous ribbons to create these two cards (that could be used for a variety of occasions) that I used on my Linky Party Spring Wreath project!

Besides using the beautiful Crafty Secrets Digital Papers, I used one of the smaller images available on the Victorian Easter Egg Printable Sheet.  I positioned it in the center of one of the dies in the Spellbinder 'Heirloom Legacy' card creator die set.
 The RRR ribbons I have used from the fabulous April Club Assorted Pack are:

For my second card I have selected an image I found online as my focus.  
I felt the colors were just perfect!

The design is very simple but the ribbon treatment is 'doubled up' on this card.
The TWO ribbons I've used (one on top of the other) are:

Please be sure to pop over to both of these companies to find FANTASTIC 
images, papers, ephemera, ribbons, lace, twine and much, much more!

Thanks for stopping by today!
As always . . .

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Blue Bird Birthday

Hello Friends ...
Can you believe another week is drawing to a close!
WOW!  The days are FLYING by ... what's up with that? 
They need to slow down ... I'm getting too old ... too fast!  LOL!

Anyways, I have a sweet card to share today that I made earlier in the week 
for the new sketch challenge at Mojo Monday.  
Here's the sketch . . .

and, here's my card.

I'm happy to say I was actually able to use up some bits & pieces that were laying on my work table.  Over the Easter weekend I was demonstrating to my mother how die cuts work and cut out this bird on a branch ... so figured THAT would make a nice focus for my card and quickly colored it with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

I spent a few hours last week just making flowers using various dies and colors.
This flower was made using the Heartfelt Creations 'Botanical Rose' stamp & dies.
 All products used in making this card will be listed at the end of my post.

Also, I've been trying since the start of the new year to finish the inside of all my cards as I finish the fronts.  That way I usually have a scrap or two that was used on the front that can be used to coordinate the inside.  Otherwise I end up using it on something else and this card would be left plain on the inside.

Challenges to share in:
Artistic Inspirations Challenge - Anything Goes with a twist of FLOWERS
Mema's Crafts April Challenge - Anything Goes + Die or Punch
Pile It On Challenge - Dies and/or Punches

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Teal cs, Orange cs, Black cs,  DCWV 'Violet Leaf' stack dp,
Dies:  Spellbinder 'Classic Circles', Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Frames & Tags 'Refined Rectangle Frames' CED4303, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Polynesian Sales Oval' DL153, Impression Obsession 'Bird on a Branch' DIE161, Impression Obsession 'Fence Trio' DIE034, PoppyStamps 'Classic Ribbons' #1005, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Happy' B226 and 'Birthday' B231, Heartfelt Creations 'Botanical Wings'
Accessories:  Heartfelt Creations 'Botanical Rose' Stamp set, Martha Stewart Butterfly punch, Gold Stickles, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Scotch mounting tape, Flower making kit and forming mat, Tim Holtz fine tip black marker (faux stitching)