Saturday, October 28, 2017

Please help spread the word ...

THIS POST WILL REMAIN AT THE TOP OF MY BLOG FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS!  Please scroll down for newer posts & shares.

Hello Crafty Friends!
I've been asked to help spread the word that there is a young 7 year old boy suffering from brain cancer that could use a smile.  Here is a LINK to the full story.  Our mission is to 'shower him with Halloween cards' and I know we can do it! His information is here:

Brock Chadwick
11 McKenney Drive
Biddeford, ME 04005

Let's make this the best Halloween he's ever had!!

Friday, October 20, 2017

CropStop Blog - October Guest DT Spot

Hello my friends!

I'm so happy to be the October Guest Designer at

If you are not familiar with the CropStop Blog or Store, you owe it to yourself to pop over and check 'em out!

Today's creation was fun to make and I'm so happy with the end result!
Anxious to hear your thoughts!!!

For the focus of my card, I have used the beautiful Memory Box Airin Bird Background (die cut from red glitter paper) and Memory Box Airin Snowflake Bird (die cut from white card stock) as the focus.

The background for my bird was created using Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks (Broken China & Faded Jeans).  On my craft sheet I stamped down both colors side by side, spritz with water using the Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer and began dragging my watercolor paper through the ink ... this way & that.  Spraying with water again and drying with my heat gun.

The last step was to spritz again with water, but this time, dabbling dry with a dry paper towel to achieve the white spots.

Now I have the basis for my card.  I felt a framing of some sort was needed and this Memory Box 'Scattered Snowflake Frame' worked perfectly.

NOW I'm ready for assembly!

To make it all POP, I cut a mat from black card stock 1/16" smaller than my white base card.  The bird has been popped up using Scotch foam mounting tape and a die cut holiday sentiment was attached at the bottom.

Here's one more look at the finished card.

I'll be back next Friday with another creation to share as the CropStop Guest Designer!
I hope you'll come join in the challenge fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by and as always . . .

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Masculine Scenic Creations

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Today I have more (yes sorry ...) birthday cards to share.
This time I went with more masculine birthday cards since they
seem to be the hardest to create but quick to sell out at the shows.

When it comes to masculine cards, I'm always safe using
my Stampscapes stamps.  Here I've used three different scenic
stamps to create similar but different cards.

I've used my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to add a little color in the foreground
but left the background black & white.  The background paper is from
a huge 12x12 DCWV stack that my friend Linda gave me before she
moved to South America.  I've added a simple embellishment by die cutting
the largest tree from the Impression Obsession 'Fir Trees' set.

Another background paper from the same 12x12 pack and I think it
worked beautifully with this Stampscapes stamp. Coloring was done the same way
but colored the entire scene this time.  Chalk was added to the color the sky.
The embellishment is Memory Box 'Leaping Deer'

Once again, same background paper pack, different Stampscapes
stamp and touch of coloring.  No added embellishment this time.

I've used the same Hero Arts inside sentiment and added a little
Stampscapes 'rocks' stamp underneath. 

Challenges to share in:

As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Double D - 'LEAVE' it to me!

Hello Friends!
It's time for a new challenge over on the Double D Challenge Blog!

Team Darlene is hosting today and the theme is:

'LEAVE' it to me!
(Use leaves on your card/project.)

Here's the inspiration board I have created to help you get started . . .

 If you happen to live in an area (like me) where the leaves change color,
WOW what a treat each and every year!  I love the bright green of early spring leaves then in the Fall you are treated to such a beautiful array of color ... red, orange, yellow, green, brown ... some trees seem to glow in the dark they are so bright in their fall color.
Mother nature is amazing!

Here's what I came up with today ... hope you like it!

I started out by embossing a panel of watercolor paper using one of my new 6x6 We R Memory Keepers embossing folder for texture,  then used a variety of Tim Holtz oxide distress inks to brush on the background color.

Next came my 'fall' tree of color.
Starting with the Impression Obsession 'Split Tree' then I die cut various colors of leaves using the Impression Obsession 'Small Leaf' set (same set as today's prize offering).

I felt my scene needed a picket fence so reached for my Cheery Lynn Designs 'Victorian Picket Fence', which then required some pumpkins (Cheery Lynn Designs 'Fall Pumpkins').  And of course, you can't have a Fall/Halloween design without a black cat (Impression Obsession Cats).

Now that I look at it closer, I guess my cat would have been more comfortable down on the ground next to the pumpkins.  Oh well LOL ... you know you can find a cat laying around just about anywhere!!  Why not on a picket fence!  LOL
Lastly I needed a sentiment so I went with the Tutti Designs Word Set - Hello.  Which makes this card useful as just a note card or even a Fall Birthday card.

Please be sure to pop over to see the amazing creations the ladies have made to inspire you today!  I'm always so impressed with these ladies!!!  They leave me in awe with each & every challenge theme!

Challenges to share in:
CropStop October Challenge #33 - ATG using product carried at CropStop 
 Alphabet Challenge - P is for Pumpkin
 Brown Sugar Challenge #271 - Orange, Brown & Green
Scrapy Land Challenge #76 - ATG using product carried at their store
 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #7 - ATG with a critter (cat)
Animal Friends Challenge #55 - Autumn/Halloween must have animal (cat)

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun!
Here's what I have up for grabs to one lucky random draw winner.

But, you need to play to win!!  LOL

Hope to see you there!
As always . . .

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Matching Birthdays

Hello Everyone and Happy Tuesday!
I'll be out and about this afternoon, linking up with a half dozen of my 1st cousins for lunch but before heading out the door, I wanted to share a few more birthday cards with you.  These are truly QUICK and EASY card creations but sometimes that's all that's necessary.

The design paper I have used on all three cards is from this beautiful DoveCraft 'Bohemian' 6x6 paper pack.  Since I'm using A6 size for my cards, I have a narrow strip of paper left over once I've cut for the front background panel.  With those strips of paper, I have die cut the words Happy & Birthday  (both from Tutti Designs) for my 'matching' sentiment.

The white panels I have used on the front were actually in my pile of scrap shapes and worked out beautifully.  Here are close up photos of each card.  I think they will work perfectly for my upcoming show.

So there you have it!
Now I'm off to enjoy the company of these fabulous ladies!

As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Good Friends . . .

Monday Again ... 2017 is ticking away quickly!!
Hope you all had an enjoyable weekend!

Today I have a trio of cards using the same sentiment that I purchased recently at the semi-annual Scrapbook Expo held in Akron.  The images were found online (no copyright rules were broken) and I think they could be used for a variety of occasions ... from a birthday to just a note card.

I'm not a big reader (bad eyes) but if I do decide to read a book, it has to grab me in the first chapter!  Then once it does, I can't put it down ... NOTHING else gets done till I've finished it.   My sister is a big reader and several years ago (before my crafting days) she introduced me to the author Judith McNaught. Well, I couldn't get enough of her stories and I'm serious when I say NOTHING else got done when I started one of her books.  Another reason why I don't read today ... that would be time away from my crafting!  Can't have that!!  LOL

 I was intrigued by some of the titles on the row of books in this image.

 The background paper I used on these cards has a 'leather' textured feel to it and thought it would coordinate perfectly with these leather bound books.

A touch of Nuvo crystal drops was used just as a small accent.  I didn't want to take away from the image or this fabulous sentiment which is from Rubbernecker Stamps.

I hope you've enjoyed today's post and find a touch of inspiration in my designs.
My collection of cards for the upcoming show is finally starting to look closer to what I need to have prepared for November.  Probably after this week I'll have to switch over to other projects ... gift card holders, tissue box covers, Hershey boxes ... you know those 'goodies' everyone is looking for at a craft show.

I'll be sure to share!  LOL

Challenges to share in:
Artistic Inspirations Challenges #188 - ATG
Crafting from the Heart Challenge #179 - ATG
Path of Positivity Challenge #52 - Surround yourself with Literature (10/2 - 11/5)
As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by! 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Thanks . . .

Hello Friends!
Today I'm  sharing another fun creation using dies from the Tutti Designs Store.  Specifically a die from the August Fall/Halloween Release called Acorn Frame (#390).  This card didn't come together exactly the way I had envisioned, but I'm very happy with the end result.
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Here's how it all began . . .

I spotted this fall variegated paper in my stash and thought it would work perfectly for the leaves around this beautiful frame.

The paper was very light weight so I decided to die cut two more panels out of a heavier, leather look card stock as a base for the fall colored panel.

Then I thought I would die cut just the upper portion of the die from the leather look paper for the acorns so they would stand out.

A bit of fussy cutting and gluing I felt my frame was all set to go ... WRONG!!

Once I chose my background papers I wasn't happy with the fact that my fall colored panel really didn't show the beautiful 'cut lines' in the leaves as much as the brown die cut panel did ... SO ... I decided to use the entire brown upper panel!  Much Better!! 

 The other Tutti Designs dies I used for today's creation are:

 November 2016 Release
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December 2016 Release

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The sentiment die was cut from both the brown card stock and a scrap of orange card stock then glued together with an offset to create a shadow.  I also decided to pop up the frame a bit more by adding small pieces of dimensional tape behind each of the leaves.  

To create a little more definition, I sponged Tim Holtz 'Antique Linen' distress ink around the edge of my stitched rectangle frame.   LOL ... NOW I'm happy!!

 Please be sure to pop over to the Tutti Designs Store and check out all of the fabulous dies in this latest release.  And, of course, you'll want to browse through the store to see what other dies you need to have on hand.

Need inspiration? 
The team has something new to share on the Tutti Designs Blog EACH and EVERY DAY!   Pop in often and see for yourself ... what a talented group of designers!!

Challenges to share in:
Dare 2B Artsy October Challenge - Fall Colors
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge - Fall
Mod Squad Challenge - Fall Fest
Moving Along With the Times Challenge #56 - Autumn/Fall
For your convenience, here are all the Tutti Designs quick links you will need:

 Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Twin Birthday Cards

Happy Weekend Everyone!

I have a couple more birthday cards to share with you today but these were made for a special set of twin girls.  A customer (now friend) of mine has asked me for the past several years to create special cards for her twin granddaughters.  The girls like Faeries so I always try to come up with something a little different (because they are different) but yet the same (because they are identical).  

Here's what I came up with this year ...


 The background paper is by American Craft and the solid card stock is Recollections from Michaels.  For my sparkle faeries, I've die cut from DCWV Glitter Pack card stock.  I taped the back of the wings that were cut from the glitter paper then die cut again from white card stock and overlaid to give definition.

The die I have used is Poppystamps 'Perched Faerie' and also the Tutti Designs 'Nesting Stitched Rectangles' to create my frame work.  The Happy and Birthday dies are also from Tutti Designs.  A few little touches of Nuvo Crystal Drops for the finishing touch.

The inside sentiment is from Rubbernecker Stamps.  Purchased at last weeks shopping adventure in Akron at the Scrapbook Expo

Challenges to share in:
 CropStop October Challege #33 - ATG using product carried at CropStop
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #304-#305 - ATG
Always Fun Challenges #27 - Lots of Layers
Daisy Chain Challenge #13 - Happy Birthday

As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sprinkled with Fun!

Happy Friday All!

WOW!  The weather is so confusing here in Ohio right now!
One day it's rainy and very Fall feeling ... the next day it's like summer is back in swing!
Can you say FLU SEASON?  lol

Today (as mentioned in my last post) I have a couple more birthday cards to share.  Once again using older design papers from Kaiser Craft and Basic Grey which are 6x6 paper packs that have not been loved in quite some time!

I've also used the same Technique Tuesday 'Umpteenth Birthday' stamp set for my front focus image but used a sentiment from the Hero Arts 'Many Birthday Messages' stamp set.

The dies I have used are Tutti Designs 'Nesting Stitched Rectangles', 'Nesting Stitched Ovals', and for the corners on the 2nd card, I've used the next to the smallest die in the 'Nesting Stitched Squares' die set and cut them in half.

I grabbed an old McGill flower punch to create the flowers on the 1st card.  Nuvo Yellow Crystal drops were added for embellishment.  The 2nd card is embellished with beautiful pink satin ribbon from the Really Reasonable Ribbon store and the front focus panel is popped up with dimensional tape. 

Challenges to share in:
Daisy Chain Challenge #13 - Happy Birthday
Digistamps4Joy Challenge #141 - ATG w/optional Happy Birthday

As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!