Friday, September 4, 2015



Are you a TEA or COFFEE drinker?
Well, I happen to be both!  
Coffee in the A.M. and Tea in the P.M.
Today I have two cards to share with you that were created for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.
I've recently been commissioned to make some cards/projects for a local 'tea shoppe' and I LOVE that I can go to the Dies R Us Store and find a variety of 'Tea Related' dies to create with.
Here's a couple of cards I made recently ...

Isn't this Taylored Expressions Eventful Tea Party Die (TE605) set adorable??
WOW!  These dies go in and out of the store SO FAST!
Every time I think I'll share something really cool .... everyone else thought it was cool too and bought them out!!  LOL!   YEP ... this die is OUT OF STOCK but check out this Trimcraft First Edition Tea Party die set ... how cut is that!!!  Guess I'll be adding it to my next order before it disappears too!  LOL!

For the inside I stamped this fun Rubber Cottage sentiment onto a scrap piece of design paper used on my card front ... added this adorable little bird  (Memory Box 'Contempo Birds' #30017) and a Martha Stewart 'Vine Trim' punched panel.

Now, how about this card creation ... talk about QUICK & EASY!!
I've used a piece of design background paper from a 6x6 Graphic45 pack ... stamped 'Tea Time' all over it then added my Poppystamps 'Tea Cup Stack' (POPPY-1086) panel.

I've created my tea cup stack panel but first die cutting the teacups from white card stock.  Adhered them to a scrap piece of medium blue card stock THEN I die cut a frame using the Impression Obsession Rectangle 6-in-1 Frame (DIE242).  How awesome is this die ... SIX different frames that cut all at the same time!  LOVE IT!!

Impression Obsession Dies - Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames

Since I already had my tea cup panel cut and laying on the table to be turned into a card, I actually got lucky that THIS particular frame panel fit ... well, ALMOST fit!
It wasn't quite perfect,  so I created a border with gold Stickles and VIOLA!

Well, there you have it!  Remember, if there is a particular 'themed' die you're needing to work with, simply go to the SEARCH box at the store and type it in.  You'll be AMAZED how many awesome dies will pop up in front of you ... I'm sure you'll find exactly what you'll need!!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend ahead!
REMINDER:  You still have plenty of time to join in the current challenge at our Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  Our theme this time around is BACK TO SCHOOL.  
We'd love to have you come join us!! 
As always . . .

Thursday, September 3, 2015

White Wash #3

I'm BACK again!  Promise ...  last time today!
I just couldn't wait to do another card using the same 'White Wash' technique
 required for the challenge over at the Mod Squad Challenge blog 
and this time, as mentioned in my last post, I did it on black paper. 
I actually made TWO cards ...
 This one using the white ink first ... then blue & purple.
The green on the leaves is difficult to see ... maybe should have used a lighter shade!

On the second card I used the same white ink but then ONLY the blue with same green for the leaves.  

Both of these cards are beautiful IRL and will be wonderful additions to my birthday craft show box.  
Can you tell I really like this technique?  LOL!!
 I've really enjoyed my crafting day today!
Playing with a new, fun technique using various background papers.
I hope you've had a good crafting day too!

Now I'd better go spend a little time with my other half!
Don't want him to feel neglected!  LOL

Thanks for taking a peek and please let me know what you think.
Which posting was your favorite with this technique??
As always . . .

White Wash #2

I'm BACK ...
I just couldn't wait to do another card using the same 'White Wash' technique
 required for the challenge over at the Mod Squad Challenge blog 
and this time I did it on white paper.

 Although beautiful ... the white wash technique does 'loose a little something'
when done on white paper.
(lol ... think I'll try black paper next and see what that looks like)

 I'm still VERY happy with the outcome of this card and it will be
a fabulous addition to my birthday sale box for the craft show.

Inside Sentiment

Crafting with an Attitude - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations Challenge #3 - Anything Goes 
Time Out Challenge - Make Your Mark - Monochromatic Colors

Back to work ... LOL!
Just had to share!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, SU Old Olive cs
Stamp/Ink:  SU 'Morning Soft', Stamp Simply 'Birthday Blessings' / Versafine Onyx, VersaMark, craft white ink, TH 'broken china', TH 'picked raspberries', Momento 'bamboo leaves'
Accessories:  JoAnn Craft Essentials 'White' embossing powder, water brush, large sponge dauber, Really Reasonable Ribbon satin ribbon from the June Ribbon Club Assortment

Birthday Blessings ...

Hello Dear Friends!
Today is a special day for my sweet daughter, Carolyn!
It's her birthday and words can not express what this lovely lady means to me!!
Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!
The card I have prepared to share with you today is to satisfy the challenge over on the Mod Squad Challenge Blog.  The theme is to use the 'white wash' technique and thankfully, they offer a video by Melanie Muenchinger of GinaK Designs.  Check it out!

This was a fun and easy technique and I really like the soft looking outcome.
I will be using this technique on a few more cards since I have a lot to get done for upcoming Fall craft shows and this is something a little 'different'!
I chose an OLD SU stamp for my focus image from the 'Morning Soft' set.  And, my sentiments are from the 'Birthday Blessings' set I won recently over on the Stamping Simply with Sharon Johnson blog (thanks Sharon!).
Don't ask me why ... but I truly struggle using 'kraft' paper.  I'm just not in love with it  ...  but since that's what Melanie used in her video I thought I'd give it a whirl.  HOWEVER ... I'm going to use white card stock next time and see if I like the outcome as much (color wise).
Challenges to share in:
Card Mania Challenge - Pastel Colors
Guess I'd better 'get back to work' ...
Thanks so much for stopping by today ...
Hope you are having a fabulous week!
As always ...

Papers:  White cs, Baby Blue cs, Kraft cs, Black cs
Stamp/Ink:  SU 'Morning Soft', Stamp Simply 'Birthday Blessings' / Versafine Onyx, VersaMark, craft white ink, TH 'broken china', Momento 'bamboo leaves'
Accessories:  JoAnn Craft Essentials 'White' embossing powder, Kaiser white pearls, water brush,

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

2 Crafty Girls Challenge

Hello Everyone and Happy September!

WHAT?  September already!!

Today I have a card to share that was created for the new, 'revamped' challenge blog called 2 Crafty Girls .  We kind of got off to a s-l-o-w start last month and would reallyappreciate your help in spreading the word and PLEASE ... come join in the fun!

Today our fabulous sponsor is:

And here's our September Mood Board ...

You can choose 1, 2 or all three as your inspiration!
The fun photo ... the technique ... and/or the sketch!

I loved the photo inspiration AND was quite intrigued by the BOKEH EFFECT technique.  
So, I went 'in search of' instructions and actually found two different versions.
WHAT does a crafter do in that situation?
WHY OF COURSE ... create a card using each of the technique versions!

This first version is my favorite and probably closest to the true technique form.
I have used reinkers, watercolor paper, and a waterbrush to create the background. THEN created my own stencil of circles by repurposing the packaging from a recent die purchase and sponging white craft ink over the background once it was dry. It's actually a bit difficult to see in my photos but the card IRL is BEAUTIFUL!

The image I chose is a VERY OLD Stampin' Up set called 'Summer By The Sea' (circa 204) and the sentiment I chose is from Impression Obsession.
I stamped the image once onto my bokeh background panel ... then again onto a piece of what card stock.  After coloring my image using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, I did a bit of fussy cutting and paper pieced the main image onto the stamped image on the bokeh panel.

I had a scrap of my bokeh paper left so decided to make a matching tag ... 'waste not want not' they say!  LOL


 The second set of instructions had me using watercolor paper, Gelatos, water-based ink and a rubber stamp.  After outlining my stamp with a blue Gelato, I wet it with my water brush and stamped an image onto the watercolor paper (under the foreground butterfly).  Then using the water brush 'colored' in the edges of the stamped image ... going a bit outside the lines ... since it would be used as the 'shadow effect' of the main butterfly once completed.

The second butterfly was stamped in black then colored in with markers and gelatos. Fussy cut, curled the wings then added over top the first butterfly. The eraser of a pencil was used to create the bokeh dots but first stamping in ink ... then gelatos .. making sure to keep the first 'stamp' closest to my image and fade out to the sides.

I actually found this version over on Splitcoast Stampers ... if you're a member, just go to the Tutorials ... then techniques and look for bokeh.

Our challenge runs through SEPTEMBER 30th ... 8 PM EST.
Part of the team is sharing inspiration today and the other half of the team, as well as our Guest Designer, will share inspiration mid-way through our monthly challenge!  Please pop over HERE and check it out!

Challenges to share in:
Color My World Challenge - Anything Goes
Love to Create Challenge - Anything Goes/Mixed Media
Alphabet Challenge - N for NO designer paper

I can't wait to see what you create!
Thanks for stopping by today and have a FABULOUS day!
As always . . .

One Die ... Two Cards

Hello Friends!
SEPTEMBER!!  Can you believe it??

Today I have not one but TWO cards I've created using one die set as my main framing focus!  I have created these cards for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  If you've not checked out this site, please take a minute and pop over now!  This team creates inspirational cards for you Monday thru Friday using dies from the Dies R Us Store.

Now, onto my cards!  UNFORTUNATELY, the die set I am referring to is sold out at our store at the present time, but I will share the information with you, in hopes of it coming back on the shelf and you can get this fabulous set for yourself.  Here are my cards and all the 'particulars' ...

Primary framing die set I mentioned is:  Spellbinder Nestabilities 'Romantic Rose' #S5-230

Other dies used on this first card are:
Memory Box:  Stitched Square Layers #30038 (Inside)

Also used on the creation of this card:
Martha Stewart 'Monarch' & '3 in 1' Butterfly punches, Butterfly Border punch
Stamps:  Endless Creations and Hero Arts

 For my second card I have used the two 'inside/smaller' dies in this set for the front cover frame as well as the inside sentiment panel.

 The other die used on this quick & easy to make birthday card is the Spellbinder 'Fairy Cierra' #S2-103.   Once again I'm sorry to report that this particular fairy die is Out of Stock but the Spellbinder D-Lites -Fairy Ariana #S2-102 is in stock and would work beautifully as well!

The stamps used on this card are:
Just for Fun and The Stamp Pad Co.

Please don't forget about our Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month with one lucky entry winning a gift voucher to the DRU store.
Why not come join in the fun ... just follow the theme and use at least one die cut on your creation.

Lots to get done today so I'd better get busy!
Have a fabulous week and thanks so much for stopping by!
As always ...

Monday, August 31, 2015

Mojo Monday Time ...

Hello Everyone and welcome to a new week and nearly a new month!
Since it is Monday and my mojo is lacking (again!)
I thought playing the Mojo Monday Challenge just might help
get my creative juices flowing.

Here's the sketch they have for us this week ...

And here's what I've created ...

My aunt is in visiting from Texas and is staying with my mom over in PA.
At the family reunion yesterday she asked about cards
and I told her I would make her up a variety before
she heads back home next week.
I think this card will be No. 1 of a dozen or so for her.

Everyone likes butterflies so I thought these would make
the perfect focus embellishment.
The design paper I have used is from the Prima 'Princess' 6x6 pack and even though this sheet is gorgeous (in my mind at least), it is a bit busy and can be difficult to use.  I this this particular sketch design worked perfectly to showcase this pretty paper.  As you see, a strip of images I needed to cut from the front panel was repurposed onto the inside sentiment panel. Love when that sort of thing works out so beautifully!

I hope you are having a wonderful start to your week!
Going to be VERY hot around N.E. Ohio this week (upper 80s all week)
so I'll probably just keep creating here in my 'crafting cave'!  LOL

Challenges to share in:
 Amusing Challenge - Anything Goes
 Blogger's Challenge - Come Fly with Me!
Julia Spiri Challenge Blog - Anything Goes w/twist - something new

Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Kraft cs, Prima 'princess' dp
Accessories:  Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Memory Box 'stitched circle layers' #30036, pop dots, gold Pilot marker (for edging), Jambo lace roll tape, Rubber Cottage sentiment stamp, versafine onyx ink, white gelly roll pen

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Cardabilities Reveal #130

Hello Dear Friends!
It is time once again for the new Sketch Reveal 
Here's my card and today's sketch ... I hope you'll come join us!
You will have until Sept. 13th 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. 

Our wonderful sponsor today is
The beautiful Stamping Boutique image I chose to create with today is called 'Daisy Rope'.  I used my Spectrum Noir alcohol marker PL2 to color my image/accents then tied in the other pieces and parts.  All items used will be listed at the end of this post.
Please pop over and check out the amazing designs from my team mates !
These ladies sure are keeping me on my toes!!  LOL!
You only have a few more chances to join in our Cardabilities Sketch Challenges.
Come the end of September, Karan will be closing the Cardabilities & Sketchabilties blogs due to personal time restraints.
I hope you'll come join in our fun at Cardabilties!

Challenges to share in:
Crafty Friends Challenge - Use a Sentiment
 Di's Digi Challenge - Include a Sentiment
The Pencil Case Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
As always . . .
Papers:  White cs, SU Rich Razzleberry
Stamps/Ink:  Hero Arts, AMuse / Versafine Onyx
Dies:  Le'Crea' Multi Die 'Flower 5', Sue Wilson Finishing Touches 'Petite Vinery', Memory Box 'Stitched Scalloped Circles', Cheery Lynn Designs 'Horizon Fishtail Banners', Spellbinder 'A2 Scallop Borders #S5-214' 
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir PL2 alcohol marker, Ruler, SU dimensionals, Tattered Angels 'Raspberry Zing'

Friday, August 28, 2015

A better place with FRIENDS!

Welcome Friends!
I don't know what I would do without my FRIENDS!
Someone to confide in when life's troubles have you down, a shoulder to cry on when you are at your breaking point and someone to laugh with when life treats you well.  
We ALL need our FRIENDS!
Today I'm sharing another quick & easy card creation using dies from the Dies R Us Store!
The inside was left blank so I could write a personal note to the friend 
I'm sending this too and as you may have noticed ... I tend to 'talk a lot' so need
all the white space available for what I have to say!  LOL!

I recently received my DRU order and must confess I was surprised to find this Poppystamps 'Super Squares' die was not exactly what I was expecting!  My bad ... didn't look at the size dimensions offered on our website ... just 'assumed' they were larger.

Poppystamps - Dies - Super Squares  (NEW)
But what a wonderful surprise when I simply laid them out onto a piece of designer paper and achieved this AWESOME background.   Now I can think of SO MANY other ways to use this ONE DIE SET!!

By adding a sentiment die cut, my card was complete!  VIOLA!!
The sentiment die I used is Penny Black 'Friends Frame' 51-041 and sorry to say not available in the store at the time of this posting.  BUT, there are TONS of sentiment word dies available from a wide range of companies ... simply go to our STORE and in the SEARCH box type the word you are looking for!  

This card literally came together in about 10 minutes!
Minus the time spent coloring & fussy cutting my Sassy Studio Designs image.

Remember to come join in the fun at our Dies R Us Challenge Blog!
A new challenge on the 1st and 15th of each month.
I hope you'll come join us!!
Have a fabulous weekend!!

As always . . .

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sisterhood of Crafters - School Time

Hello Friends!
It's time once again for a new challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
Agata is our hostess today and she has asked us to create with SCHOOL TIME in mind.  Yep ... it's that time of year and Agata is looking for 'anything school related'.

Here's what I came up with . . .

With not having children in school any longer (or grandchildren for that matter!  LOL)  ... I don't really have a lot of stash relating to school or school projects so I really had to go "IN SEARCH OF"!
I found this image in a Crafty Secrets  'Little Ones' Words from the Heart booklet of Heartwarming Expressions, Quotes and Words.  I thought this would work quite nicely with the colorful 'eraser' design paper I found while digging around!

After coloring my image with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, I decided to keep my card relatively clean and simply by doing a bit of fussy cutting then popping it up using Heartfelt Creations extra thick pop dots onto a white panel cut using my new Spellbinder Celebrations 'Pierced Rectangles' dies.
I love the dimension this achieved!

I hope you'll come join in the fun and share your 'SCHOOL TIME' creations with us. In need of inspiration?  Please pop over to our challenge blog to see what my 'sistahs' have created ... some really cool ideas from these ladies!!

Challenges to share in:
 Scrap Creations Challenge - Back to School
Creative Colors Challenge #42 - Photo Inspiration
{Pin}spirational Challenge - Photo Inspiration
Crafter's Cafe Challenge - Back to School
Crafty Creations Challenge - Back to School

You have until September 6th - 8PM EST to share your creation!
Hope to see you there!
As always . . .