Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sisterhood of Crafters - Ribbons

Happy Wednesday Everyone!
It's time for a new challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
Anna is our hostess today and she's chosen the theme:  RIBBONS

I won a Queen & Co. 3 ribbon strand prize a few years back (sorry, can't remember from where) and when I saw it hanging on my pegboard I thought that would be a good place to start today's RIBBON creation!  I also just received this adorable Tattered Lace 'Roxy' fairy die from Dies R Us and couldn't wait to see it cut!  

It's beautiful ... here's a close-up:

 The fun little butterflies were punched from black card stock and  an
old '3-in-1' butterfly punch by Martha Stewart.  

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun!

Challenges to share in:
Creative Moments Challenge #100 - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge #316 - Anything Goes
 Inspiration Destination Challenge #100 - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts Challenge #22 - Anything Goes / Use Die Cuts
Inky Chicks Challenge #71 - Lots of Butterflies

Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .
Papers:  White cs, Black cs
Dies:  Tattered Lace 'Roxy'
Accessories:  Three different Queen & Co ribbons, 3M dimensional tape, Martha Stewart 3-in-1 butterfly punch, Serendipity stamps, Versafine Onyx, Craft-Dee Bowz bow maker

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Tutti Designs - Let It Snow

Happy Sunday Everyone!
With all the heat we've been having the past
couple of months, I thought maybe a 'snowy' creation 
would help 'cool things off' ... LOL!


Today I have a creation to share using the fabulous new dies available at the Tutti Designs Store and showcased on their Tutti Designs Blog.  The talented team shares a new sample using this new line of dies each and every day of the week ... be sure to pop over and take a peek!

The die I'm using today is the Tutti Designs 'Snowglobe Scene' - Tutti-145

Here's a few tips on how my card was created . . .

Step 1:  This photo shows you the negative and positive pieces once die cut.
I wanted to 'reassemble' the scene, so I did a little coloring
on the trees, house & sky with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

Step 2:  In order to 'reassemble', I used (recycled) packing material
from a die set and my piercing tool, to scribe around
my die in order to have the perfect shape.  I actually cut TWO.

Step 3:  I glued one acetate panel to the back of my die cut
in order to have a surface to 'reattach' the negative pieces ...
then  after adding a little Martha Stewart snow,
glued the front acetate panel,creating a true snow globe.

Step 4:  I recut the bottom portion of my die
from gold metallic card stock to create the base.
And once again reinserted the negative pieces.

A little time and patience ... but what a fun, fabulous 
end result that hopefully will make someone
say "WOW"!

Make sure and check out all the great places to see this new line of dies. 

Challenges to share in:
Crafty Friends Challenge #38 - Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #295 - Cute or Anything Christmas
Creative Corner Challenge - 3 Layer Card 
A Bit More Time to Craft Challenge #26 - Always Anything Goes 
ABC Challenge - N is for Noel (Christmas creation)
Crafts and Me August Challenge - Anything Goes
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up Challenge #20 - ATG Christmas

Thanks for stopping by today and here's wishing you a FABULOUS week ahead!

As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Gold Metallic cs, Brown cs, acetate packing material
Dies:  Tutti Designs 'Snowglobe Scene - TUTTI-145, Sue Wilson Festive Collection 'Peeking Snowflake' CED3022 (set of four)
Accessories:  Provo Craft 'Snowflakes' embossing folder, Tim Holtz distress inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, dimensional tape, large sponge daubers

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Winter's Day . . .

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Today I have a new inspiration card for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  
With all the HOT weather we've been having, I'm 'cooling it off' a bit with a snowy scene!
I hope you like it!

The dies I have used on today's creation are:

This is NOT what I originally had in mind for my design today!  But, when I die cut the MB Snowflake Oval Frame, TWO pieces of my 5x8 white card stock  were stuck together so I ended up cutting out TWO frames and a few of the intricate snowflakes torn off the one frame before I realized what was going on ... DUH!

With that being said, I knew I would be wasting the panel with a few little missing snowflakes and decided to layer one panel on top of the other for added dimension and less waste!  (I'm getting so fickle in my old age, lol.)   The birds were die cut twice ... once in white and once in red card stock.  The branch on the white panel was colored using my Spectrum Noir alcohol marker (TN7) and the red birds were fussy cut & glued onto the white panel.

I cut off the bottom portion of the die cut and just used the snowflake portion.
A few small pieces of 3M dimensional tape and we're ready to go.

Once my focus panel was created, the 'scene' just started coming together.  
Once completed, touches of Diamond Stickles was added for sparkle.

Please don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below. 
click below for:
and we are now on Pinterest . . .
You want to be sure to stop back each and every day for amazing inspiration from my team mates!!

Challenges to share in:
Craft Rocket Challenge - Things with Wings
Crimbo Crackers Challenge - Blue Christmas
Mod Squad Challenge - The Die's The Thing

I will be back tomorrow with a new Tutti Designs creation but for now I need to get moving!  My high school class reunion is this evening over in Pennsylvania and I haven't a clue what to wear.   I hope to see you again tomorrow!  
Till then and as always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Red cs, Hunter Green cs, DCWV 'The Winter Matstack' dp, Bo Bunny 'Altitude' 6x6 dp
Dies:  Listed above
Accessories:  3M dimensional tape (Lowes), Diamond Stickles

Friday, August 19, 2016

Another busy day . . .

Happy Friday Afternoon Blogging Friends!
Yesterday I shared with you a few photos of what's going on in
my Crafting Cave in preparation for this years Fall Craft Fairs.  Some
of you requested seeing these items when they were completed
so today I spent the day decorating and packaging
the Ghiradelli boxes and the Tea Cups.

Here ya go . . .

As I stated yesterday, each little box holds THREE Ghiradelli chocolate squares.
(When creating an 'edible package like these, 
be sure to verify the shelf life date on the candy before packaging!!)

Here's a peek at the tea cups once filled and then again packaged...

 Each tea cup contains TWO different Teas and TWO different DOVE'S Chocolates

I will be making more Christmas tea cups for my November show 
but for the September show I decided to use 'everyday'  patterns that 
can be used for a variety of occasions ... here's a peek . . .

Thankfully, I still have a few weeks before show time
and already have a good head start on my goodies inventory!  

As soon as I get a few of the tissue box covers completed, I'll be back to share!

Challenges to share in:
Morgan's ArtWorld Challenge - Anything But a Card
Jo's Scrap Shack Fun-Day Friday - Anything Goes
 C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Christmas
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge #316 - Anything Goes
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge #78 - Anything But a Card (Christmas)
Craft-Dee Bowz August Challenge - Anything Goes with Handmade Bow

But that's it for today and probably the weekend since I'm headed to Pennsylvania tomorrow afternoon for my  high school multi-year class reunion. 
I'm not even going to admit how many years ... LOL!!
HOLY MOLY ... where has the time gone?  
Dang!  Old age can sure sneak up on a person!  LOL!!

Till next time and as always . . .

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Fall Craft Show Goodies . . .

Hello Everyone!
Fall Craft Shows are right around the corner
so I thought this week I'd better get busy creating some of
my old 'stand by' goodies and some new things to share again this year.

So with that being said, here's what I've been working
on this week  . . .

 In the past I have made boxes very similar to this one (although these seemed to go together faster) that I would fill with Hershey Nuggets.  This time around they will be filled with 3 Gharadelli Chocolates (2 carmel & 1 dark chocolate ... or visa versa).  

Keep in mind, all of these projects need embellished & packaged.  I will share photos with you once that step is completed.

Next are my Tea Cups ... this project is always a hit with the local Country Club show I do in the Spring & Fall.  I will fill them with chocolates  and/or  gourmet teas, decorate and clear package them.  Of course, each package will be tied with a pretty ribbon and tag.  

I'm getting a head start on my tissue box covers!
This is always my #1 seller, so I try to have a variety of themes for customers to choose from.  I will probably need at least another dozen or so holiday themed covers before the shows begin, but this is a good start.  Again, they still require the opening in the lids and decorated but I can 'assembly line' that process one day next week.  Everyone likes the fact that they can be folded down and stored for future use and so I display some over the tissue boxes and the rest are folded down, placed in a ziplock bag and stacked one behind the other in media boxes so they can thumb through and find the one that fits their decor or occasion. 

And of course CARDS ... 

I will need lots and lots of cards because I'm pleased to say I have repeat customers who come to my table and go through all of my cards looking for the cards they will need to send over the next year.  THAT is why all the cards I make for my design teams get finished on the inside, packaged in clear sleeves and go right into the sale boxes.   The week before show time I look to see what category is 'thin' and spend a few days working on cards just to fill that slot.

It seems that Birthday & Sympathy are my biggest requests so will concentrate on those categories first.  There are a couple other projects I have in mind for this years shows.  I just getting my thoughts together on those and will share in another post.  

I'm always interested in seeing what you are working on and thought maybe you'd like to see what's going on in my Crafting Cave today!  Hope you're having a good week.  Now I'd best get upstairs and get dinner on the table!!!   LOL

Till next time and as always . . .

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Double D - Neutrals

Hello Everyone!
Thanks for stopping by today!
It's time at the Double D Challenge Blog for a new challenge
and the theme this time around is 


Check out this awesome tile board they have created
to help inspire you.

 I wasn't sure what direction I wanted to go with today's card
so I just started looking through my neutral toned images and spotted
this beauty from PION Design 'French Ladies' (PD3111) collection to use as my focus.

I also purchased some 'Paris' type dies to use for creations
commissioned from a local store I create cards for.  So when I saw
this image had Paris 1889 imprinted on it, I just knew
I had to die cut a few of these Paris style dies for embellishments.

I hope you'll come join in the challenge fun
and by all means pop over to see what the design teams 
have created!  Such talented designers!!

OH and there's also a prize being offered . . .
pop over HERE for all the details. 

Challenges to share in:
Ike's World Challenge #70 - Travel/Holidays
Lemon Shortbread Challenge #22 - Anything Goes
Shopping our Stash Challenge - What's the Good Word (word dies)
 Through The Class Room Door - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge - Anything Goes
Stamps & Fun = Creativity Challenge #283 - Holidays/Traveling/Summer

Till next time and as always . . .


Papers:  Brown Suede cs, Ivory Suede cs, Gold metallic

Dies:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'Paris Eiffel Tower' #B657, Spellbinder 'Ooh La La' #S2-219

Accessories:  Jambo Lace Roll Tape, Gold Sequins, dimensional tape, Tim Holtz Tea Dye distress ink, sponge dauber

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Through The Craft Room Door Guest Designer

Hello Friends!
Today I'm excited to share a creation that I made as the Guest Designer

Last month I was honored to have my card chosen as winner  ...
and if that wasn't exciting enough, they also asked me to be a guest designer
and the card I share today will also be in the Through The Craft Room Door Magazine.
 How cool is that!!!  Thanks so much to Deonna and team for this opportunity!

The theme is ANYTHING GOES and the sponsor is Morgan's Art World
Today I'm creating with the image titled 'Cat in Flowers'

I have a lot of friends who are cat lovers so I'm sure I'll be
using this image over and over again for various occasions.  
I must admit ... this is a really cute kitty!!

Here's a close up of my coloring ... it's not perfect ...
but not too bad either.
 I've used both Spectrum Noir alcohol markers (kitty) and Spectrum Noir pencils (flowers) for the coloring on today's image.  I haven't taken the time to color with the pencils very much but I will be now because I REALLY liked working with them!!

I do hope you will check out the Through The Class Room Door blog
and then come join in the fun.  It's a great place to be ... lots going on!

Challenges to share in:
Lacy Sunshine's Challenge - Anything Goes
Come and Get It Challenge - Punches and Dies
Crafting When You Can Challenge - Things with Wings (butterflies)
Eclectic Ellapu August Challenge - Pink Team - Floral
C.R.A.F.T. Challenges - Anything Goes
Dragonfly Journeys Challenge - A Rose is a Rose is a Rose 

 Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by today and as always . . .

Papers:  White card stock, Black card stock, Eggplant card stock, Paper Pizazz designer paper
Dies:  Elizabeth Craft 'Bunch of Flowers 4' #1030, Memory Box 'Pinpoint Square Layers' #30060, Spellbinder 'Card Creator - 5x7 Reflective Moment' #S6-011, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Kitty Kitty Meow Meow' #B417, Sue Wilson Finishing Touch 'Laurel Leaves' #CED1437, Memory Box 'Garland Greenery' #99229 
Accessories:  Martha Stewart 3-in-1 Butterfly Punch, Spectrum Noir pencils, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Tim Holtz distress inks: Broken China, Tea Dye, Scattered Straw, Barn Door, Memento 'Bamboo Leaves' ink, large sponge daubers, dimensional tape

Monday, August 15, 2016

Mid Month Gracielle Designs Release, Blog Hop Reminder

Hello Everyone!
Just had to share a mid-month reminder about all the excitement 
going on at Gracielle Designs this month!
She has a NEW AUGUST RELEASE to share, along with a Blog Hop that I'm THRILLED to tell you I was invited to be a part of!   I hope you'll come join in the fun and check out these fabulous new stamps!  
Here's a peek at her new, 6 stamp set release ... it's AWESOME!!

And, there's even a coordinating Special Edition Paper Pack to go along with these awesome new stamps!
Today I have created another card using the 'Thankful Lilies' stamp set.  These lilies are beautiful, and with so many wonderful sentiments to choose from, this set gives you some fabulous options.  You can see my original post/card HERE.

I've used the same process of 'posing' these beautiful, digital lily images using Word10 as I did on my first card.  Again, pop over to my post HERE for those instructions.

You'll want to be sure to hop on over to the other blogs involved in this hop for some amazing inspiration using these beautiful new stamps and papers. 

  ... the GIVEWAY WINNER is Marty Fishman!

Challenges to share in:
Cheery Lynn Designs - Back to Nature
Crafts and Me August Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge - Use a Digi or Stamp
Crafty Awesomeness Challenge - Anything Goes w/ hand colored image
Happy Little Stamper August Challenge - Anything Goes w/dies
Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by today and I look forward to hearing your comments!
As always . . .
Papers:  White cs, DCWV 'The Basic Pack' 6x6 dp
Dies:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'Exotic Butterfly Sm' #DL112, Sue Wilson 'Frames & Tags - Pierced Flags' #CED4304
Accessories:  NUVO Crystal Drops - Dandelion Yellow & Ripened Pumpkin, Fiskars swivel craft knife, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers - OR2, GB2, GB4, GB6, JG1, LG4