Friday, March 27, 2015

Friendships . . .

Happy Friday Everyone!
Today's card was made for a friend of mine that LOVES working with her flowers and uses products from the fabulous Crafty Secrets Store.  Be sure to pop over and check out all the amazing sales going on ... Crafty Secrets is going DIGITAL and need to EMPTY the warehouse ... so you will certainly want to get in on these amazing prices and do some shopping!!

As you know if you follow my blog, I've been practicing with my flower making.
Using different dies from various companies, I must admit I am getting better.

The flowers used on today's card were created using the Spellbinder 'Bitty Blossoms' die. 
This is one of those 'roll up' type flower dies and even though many
say it's the easiest ... I'm going to need more practice!  LOL!

Crafty Secrets products used today are:

I love that there are so many extra 'do dads' on many of these printable sheets that can be used for wonderful embellishments or combined to created the focus of your creation as I have done here.

For instance ... this image is one of the smaller images on the Victorian Easter Eggs Style 2 Printable sheet and by simply cutting it out and using gold Stickles around the edge, it makes a lovely floral focus for my card today.  

Challenges to share in:
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Anything Goes + Sentiment
Scrap and Craft Inspiration Challenge #5 - Flowers
Crafty Ribbon Challenge - Anything Goes with Ribbon

Remember to stop over at our Crafty Secrets Store for some amazing buys!
Also, please come join in our Monthly Linky Party at the Blog.
NO theme to follow ... you just need to create using ANY Crafty Secrets products!

Thanks for stopping by today.
Have a fabulous weekend!
As always . . .

Papers:  white cs, pink cs, lavender cs, mint green cs, garden green cs, DCWV 'Nana's Nursery' dp
Images:  Crafty Secrets (listed in the body of this post)
Accessories:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'Horizontal Fishtail Banners', Marianne dies, Creative Expression Sue Wilson Scandinavian Collection Tag, Border, Corner die set, Gold Stickles, Diamond Stickles, Organza ribbon

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Birthday wishes ...

Good Day Friends!
Today I have a card to share that I created for the new sketch
at Mojo Monday Challenge Blog.  I actually made it on Monday but am
just getting around to posting it.  Hope you like it!

I've had this mason jar printed & cut out ... lying on my table for
a month now and figured that would be my focus element
for today's card.  Here is the sketch we are following this time around.

If you look closely, all the elements to the sketch are there ...
I'm just getting better at going a 'step beyond' 
and adding a few additional elements to 'jazz it up a bit'.  
What do you think?

Lots going on here so I'd better get busy!
But before I go here are a few additional challenges to share in:
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs Challenge - Flowers with a Twist
Inspiration Destination Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge - Special Birthday

Thanks for stopping by today!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Pink Pirouette cs, Vintage Floral digital paper also iralamija etsy shop,  
Stamps:  Just For Fun, Inkadinkado
Inks:  Versafine Onyx, Memento 'bamboo leaves', Color Box 'rose coral'
Accessories:  Tattered Lace 'Ornamental Rose' die, Heartfelt Creations Botanical Rose stamp set, Heartfelt Creations Botanical Wing die set, Flower making kit and forming mat, Fiskars swivel craft knife, Diamond Stickles

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Come Fly With Me

Hello friends!
It's time once again for a new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
Diane is our hostess today and since March is noted as the 'Windy Month', she has asked us to 

by creating with something that FLIES.  
(i.e. planes, birds, balloons, fairies, angels ... etc.)

 I decided on Mini Butterflies and a Fairy for my card theme.
I must admit I love how it came together!
This card could be used for any number of occasions.

 Of course, I just HAD to add some sparkle to the fairies wings!
Just helps to bring forth the 'magical' aspect.
And, as you can see, I've been practicing making my own flowers again.
These were made with the Cheery Lynn Designs 'Gardenia Small' #B433 die strip.

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun and I look forward to see what you choose as your 'flying' theme.  The team has come up with some fun creations ... be sure to pop over to see and then come play along.  


Challenges to share in today are:
Cheery Lynn Designs - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything Goes
Fairy Tale Challenge - Flower Power
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

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

Papers:  White cs, SU lavender cs, garden green cs, DCWV 'Violet Leaf' 12x12 stack dp
Inks:  Tim Holtz 'Dusty Concord', 'Salty Ocean', 'Scattered Straw'
Dies:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'Gardenia Small' #B433 die strip, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Sm Fanciful Flourishes' Left and Right, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Lg Fanciful Flourish', Cheery Lynn Designs 'Margarita Border' #B432
Accessories:  large sponge daubers, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, dimensional tape, Diamond Stickles

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sweet Songs of Spring . . .

Hello My Dear Friends ... Welcome Back!
As you know, last Friday (March 20) was officially the 1st Day of Spring and I know those of us who have been dealing with a very long, COLD, snowy winter are more than ready to see/hear the birdies singing in the trees and flowers blooming all around.
(I actually saw my 1st robin of Spring the other day!  YAY!~)

This is what I was thinking about when creating today's DT card sample

Dies R Us Store products used today are:

Other elements used:
Darice 'Clouds' Embossing Folder
Joy!Craft 'Grass' #6002/0137
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
Various distress inks & daubers
Dimensional Tape

OMG, have you checked out the long (and getting longer) list of companies available to pick from at our Dies R Us Store?  Although our primary product is DIES, we do have a variety of stamps and embossing folders available as well. 

On occasion we will run SPECIAL SALES on dies that are not routinely carried in the store but available for a limited time at great prices!!  If you want to get in on those SPECIAL SALES, you need to sign up for our NEWSLETTER on the homepage of the store.  Then you will get email notification of 
ALL Special Events and Sales!

Just a reminder that you still have a few days to participate in the current challenge going on over on our Dies R Us Challenge Blog ... the theme is a fun & easy one ... SHADES OF GREEN!

Challenges to share in:
Card Mania Challenge #66 - Spring
The Cheerful Stamp Pad Challenge - In the Garden
Crafty Boots Challenge - Spring
Crafty Cardmakers and More Challenge - Spring has Sprung!
Get Creative Challenges #11 - Must use die cut

Thanks so much for stopping in today!
I hope my card has brought a smile to your face and inspiration to your mind.
HAPPY DAY and as always ...

Monday, March 23, 2015

For the men in our lives ...

Good Monday Morning friends!
While finding a little mental solace this weekend I created a card
that would be perfect for the men in our lives.
Guy cards are probably one of the most difficult cards to make but I have found
using Stampscape Stamps and inks is one of the easiest
and most rewarding ways to create a card for the guys!

I was sharing this card creation with my friend Diane (Nellie's Nest) this morning
and she recommended I share it with the challenge going on over at Stamping Sensations 

To create the scene, I first die cut an oval out of a piece of heavy card stock to use
as my template then sponged TH blue distress ink on the top and green on the bottom.
Then leaving my template in place I stamped the Stampscapes 'Cabin with Fence' stamp using
Versafine Onyx ink and used the Stampscapes 'Sedge Filler' for the front
ground cover.
Next I colored the fence & cabin using my Spectrum Noir pencils.
Removed the template and stamped the front left corner using the Stampscapes
'Pine Row' stamp, front right corner with 'Endless Creations' birthday sentiment and
felt it needed birds in the sky so I stamped the geese ... another Stampscapes stamp.

For the inside I simply stamped my birthday greeting.
Then I thought it looked too plain ... so grabbed another Stampscapes stamp ...
this time I used the stamp simply named 'Fence'.  I thought it tied in well
with my card front scene and added a little character to the inside too.

Here are a few other challenges I found to share in:
(Stampscape scenery stamps, my GO TO for the guys)
One Stitch at a Time Challenge - Anything Goes with Nature

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I hope you enjoyed and found inspiration in my card today.
Please stop back tomorrow when I'll have a card to share with you using
more fabulous die cuts from Dies R Us.  
Till then ...

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Well Wishes . . .

Happy Sunday Evening Dear Friends!
It's been another sad weekend for me, with the passing of yet another family member.
But, today I put my mind in a happier place by joining
in the fun challenge over at Darnell's Blog.  
If you are not familiar with Darnell (djkardkreations) then you are truly
missing out on a lot of fun!  She has THE BEST, MOST UPLIFTING and FUN FILLED blog 
in blogland.  Her stories keep me in stitches!  Do check her out!

A short while back Darnell started posting a challenge to everyone to 
create something with 'never before used schtuff'! 
And I'm happy to say she has put out another challenge to us this week with

Here is my creation using a die set I've had
for a while now and never ran it through my die cutting machine.
The die is by Cheery Lynn Designs and is called "Dutch Daisy Doily".

My card is a very simple card and I was also able to use up
the scrap Crafty Secrets card stock I had printed and was left over from another project.
In fact, I didn't have enough to do an entire background
panel so simply cut it in half and spaced it equally at top & bottom.  VIOLA!

I hope you'll come join in the fun and meet Darnell ... you'll love her!!
She's a hoot!

Short & sweet tonight.  Thanks for stopping by!
As always . . .

Friday, March 20, 2015

Singing Happy Birthday . . .

Hello Dear Friends and Happy Weekend to you!
I have a fun card to share today that I've created for the Crafty Secrets Design Team.
Please be sure to pop over to our Crafty Secrets Blog
and join in our challenge the 1st Monday of every month.
There's no particular theme to follow ... just be sure to use ANY Crafty Secrets products on your entry to qualify for the prize.  AND if you don't have any CS products we have new freebies each month to help you join in the fun!  Check it out won't you??

I had a lot of fun with this one, and I even used one of my stencils (that I'm always forgetting about) on the background panel.  I first printed the 'woodgrain' print from the Digital Radiant Paper Collection then stenciled over top with a Memory Box 'garden vines' stencil using SU 'close to cocoa' ink.

My focus image comes for the fabulous Crafty Secrets Digital Flowers Printable sheet.
I cut and matted it using the Spellbinder 'Opulent Ovals' dies then faux stitched with a white gelly roll pen.  The other little bird image comes from the Digital Birds & Blossoms Printable sheet.

The musical score stamped in the corners is from the Artsy Banner Stamp Set.
 A little  organza ribbon bow, a bird cage charm and VIOLA!

Challenges to share in:
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Use a Two Word Sentiment
 Crafty Ribbons Challenge - Anything Goes with Ribbon

 Please be sure to pop over to our STORE to check out all the amazing items ON SALE!!

Thanks so much for stopping in today!
Wishing you a FABULOUS weekend ahead!
As always ...


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Just Saying "Thank You"

Hello Dear Friends!
Today I have a wonderful gift card set to share with you
that I made for my Mom.

Recently I was lucky enough to be the winner over on the My Artistic Adventures Challenge Blog and as my prize I was able to pick a collage sheet from Heather's Etsy Shop.  The collage sheet I chose was the beautiful Pink Victorian Vintage Rose Thank You Sheet.  From one of the collage sheets I was able to create this beautiful box of Thank You cards quite quickly.

 There are SIX cards in the set even though I'm only showing
you three here.  They are all equally beautiful.

 I kept the background matting simple to bring full focus
to the pretty rose thank you image.
After cutting the images from the printed sheet, I rounded the corner.
My white mat was pierced using one of the dies from the
Spellbinders 'Celebrations' Pierced Rectangles set.
And my hunter green background mat was embossed
using the OLD Swiss Dot embossing folder.

A clear box and a touch of organza
ribbon and Mom's gift pack is ready to go!!

I know what she's going to say . . .
"These are too pretty to send ... I'll just hang on to them!"
Uuugh ... really?  I can make more!! LOL

Challenge to share in:
Creative Moments Challenge - Anything Goes/Gift,Tag or Card for a Special Lady/Mom
Whimsy Stamp Challenge - Use a Die Cut

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I hope you have a wonderful day!
As always . . .

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tea Time

Happy Wednesday Friends!
Today I have another card to share that I created for the
Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge using this sketch
as my starting point.

I have dipped into another VERY OLD paper pack for
today's card.  The design paper used is from the Basic Grey
'Porcelain Paper Pad'.   I love the pink/green color combination
and thought it went well with my image (which I found on the internet).

Inside View
 I once again used the Memory Box 'Stitched Square Layers' for my 
cutting and matting.  But instead of using a handmade flower
on this card, I decided to use some (of the MANY) store bought
premade paper flowers from my embellishment.

I like the addition of a flourish around smaller flowers to add
volume and flair.  Today I used the Cheery Lynn Designs 'TINY Fanciful
Flourish'.  I have all three sizes of their 'fanciful flourish' dies and
find that to be my 'Go To' flourish die selection.

The little 'Tea Time' sentiment stamp is from Sweet Stamps
and worked perfectly with my image and design.

Challenges to share in:
Deep Ocean Challenge - Vintage
Scrap Creations Challenge - Pastels
City Crafters Challenge - Photo Inspiration

{Pin}spiration Challenge - Photo Inspiration
Crafting from the Heart Challenge - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenge - Anything Goes
Paper Sweeties Challenge - Waiting for Spring
Classy Cards n Such Challenge - Going Green (scor-tape & foam pads)

Time to get busy around here!
Have a FABULOUS day and thanks for stopping by!
As always . . .

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Hello again dear friends and Happy St. Patrick's Day!
This date has become both a happy & a sad day for me!
Happy because I'm married to a wonder man of Irish decent who enjoys celebrating the day with traditional Irish cooking and music (as we did when Mother Pavlick was alive).
Sad because this is actually the date that my father passed away 26 years ago!  I remember that day as if it were yesterday and I can't believe so much time has past since he was with us.  But I'm very thankful for the time I had with both of these amazing people!!

So today's card is in celebration of the day
and hopes of bringing a smile to my sweet husband's face for it is for him.

I found this adorable image online and knew right away I wanted to create 
a card using it as my focus!  Such a cute leprechaun!

Challenges to share in today:
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Happy Anything
Eureka Stamps Challenge - The Color Green
Get Creative Challenge - Mus have Green

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope your day is FABULOUS!!!
Not much sun shine today so we'll just have to MAKE OUR OWN!!
As always . . .

Papers:  Lime green cs, Garden green cs, White cs
Accessories:  Memory Box 'Bali Corner' die, Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Spanish Collection 'Granada' die, Spellbinder Celebrations 'Pierced Rectangles' die, Delicata 'gold glitz' ink, sponge dauber

Formal Wedding Card

Hello Dear Friends!
I have a DT card sample to share with you today for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  If you haven't check out the line of Creative Expressions Sue Wilson dies at our Dies R Us Store, then hopefully this will inspire you to give these new Sue Wilson die sets a try!  
They are wonderful ... cut beautifully and you can create the most amazing cards!

The dies I've used on today's card are:

OMG I am in love with making these roses.
You can find several tutorials on YouTube on how
Sue Wilson creates these beautiful flowers. 

Please be sure to stop back each day of the week Monday through Friday for new and amazing inspiration from my team mates.

There is always something new and exciting happening at our Dies R Us Store!  You won't want to miss out!  Be sure to sign up for our newsletter so you are notified of any New Companies coming on board ... Flash Sales ... New Product Releases ... even games & prizes on our Facebook Page!
Make this your ONE STOP SHOPPING HEADQUARTERS for die cuts!!

And, just a reminder of our bi-monthly challenges over at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog!
New themed challenge posted on the 1st and 15th of each month with a prize offered to one lucky winner!  Come check it out!

Challenges to share in:
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge - Flowers and Ribbon
Craft-Dee Bowz March Challenge - Anything Goes w/Bow 
Penny Black March Challenge - Blossoms and Bows

Thanks for stopping in today and I wish you a FABULOUS week ahead!
As always . . .

Monday, March 16, 2015

A Beautiful 'Mojo' Monday

Good Afternoon Friends!
It's a BEAUTIFUL 60 degree day here in Akron, Ohio and I'm pleased
to say that hubby & I just came back from a nice long walk!
(As I hinted I might do at the end of this morning's post.)

But before my walk I wanted to create a card using the

I think this is a nice, easy sketch that I can use for many of
the cards I'll be needing for upcoming craft shows.  In fact, I may have another
card using this sketch to share with you later in the week.
Here's what I have to share this afternoon:

Inside View
 I enjoy doing sketches and I really enjoy being able to use up my
scraps for the inside of the card at the same time ... as I have done today!

If your mojo is lacking ... try starting with a sketch!
I have found that helps me 'get started' when I just don't know which
direction I want to go.  Mojo Monday sketches are a nice way to start the week!

Some of you know that I've been practicing my flower making skills lately and
today's flower was a fun one to make using the Heartfelt Creations
'Botanical Rose' and just stacking three of the petal layers.

I stamped the image using Versafine 
Onyx ink, die cut with the coordinating Heartfelt Creations Botanical Wings die
then sponged the edges with TH 'Spun Sugar'
distress ink before conditioning and
forming my petals to create my flower.
Tiny gold beads were
added to the flower center for
a touch of sparkle!!

Challenges to share in:
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge - Flowers and Ribbon
Craft-Dee Bowz March Challenge - Anything Goes w/Bow 

Thanks for stopping by today!
I hope the sun is shining at your house today too!
Please stop back tomorrow when I'll have a new inspiration card using dies from the Dies R Us store to share with you.

Till then . . .

Papers:  SU Pink Pirouette cs, Basic Grey 'Sugared' dp
Image:  Internet
Accessories:  Heartfelt Creations 'Botanical Rose' stamps, Heartfelt Creations 'Botanical Wings' dies, Creative Expressions 'Sue Wilson' Classic Rose die set (leaves), Memory Box 'Stitched Square' dies, Offray pink satin ribbon, Flower making kit & forming mat