Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sisterhood of Crafters - Let's Take A Vacation

Hello Everyone!
Time again for a new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
Today Vickie is our hostess and she's chosen
a fun theme to ease our Winter Blues . . .

Our next stop is.....anything destination or travel related.

With the help on inspiration from DTSistah & BFF Diane,
here's what I've created . . .

This card was actually hubby's Valentine's Day card.  Last summer we took a cruise to Alaska and it was AMAZING!  He has shown me so much of our country since we met and each time we travel it is more & more delightful!  Mainly because he's by my side and I wanted him to know this!

 If you look closely, you will see I originally die cut the heart shape with the next to largest die in the set.  Then I decided I wanted it larger but my printed image had no more room at the bottom for the entire largest die.  So, I could only die cut the upper portion with the largest die (see the double set of stitches under the word LOVE?).  But, by doing this, I think I've actually added addition character to my card as well as showing more of the mapped image of this beautiful state.

Challenges to share in:
City Crafter Challenge #350 - A Few Stitches
Ooh La La Challenge #222 - Die Cuts
 Path of Positivity Challenge #46 - Expression of Love
Dare2BArtzy Challenge - All You Need is Love

I hope you'll pop over to the Sisterhood of Crafter and check out what my Sistahs have created to inspire you!  You will be in awe of their designs.  Then of course we'd love to have you join in the fun!

Thanks for stopping by today!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Medium blue cs, K&Co dp, computer generated map of Alaska
Accessories:  Computer generated sentiments

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Craft Show Projects . . .

 . . . are underway!

Hello Friends!
Over the weekend I got busy thinking & creating for the upcoming Spring
Shows I'm signed up for.  The first show of the year is a private show
which entertains about 150 - 180 ladies.  Since I see this group twice a year
I try to have something a little 'different' to share with them
along with my usual cards and tissue box covers.

Here's what I worked on for this years Spring Gala . . .

These are Tea Bag Booklets that can also double as a gift card holder. 

I was able to create 5 dozen of these including a dozen I made for those ladies who attend this function supporting the Red Hat Society. I will also be working on Red Hat single cards and card sets for these ladies as they are always expecting me to have them available to them.  

Another little giftie item are these Reese's Mini Pouches.
Created with springtime ribbons and papers.

 I usually make these pouches in the Fall using Hershey Nuggets
and Christmas papers/ribbons but I thought this might be a cute little
Springtime 'something ... something' .
I was able to create 18 pouches from 1 family size bag of Reese's ... 
not sure this will be enough so I might go back out for a 2nd bag.

My mojo's & drive have been lacking a bit lately but with the beautiful
weather we had over this past weekend, I've been rejuvenated!!
Got some windows washed, a little yard clean up started and went
to town on these little projects ... YAY!!!  I was started to get worried!  LOL

Challenges to share in:
We Love To Create Challenge #4 - Anything Creative / Mixed Media
My Time To Craft Challenge #339 - Anything But A Card
Allsorts Challenge #403 - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge - Y for You Choose

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you're having a wonderful week!
Please stop back tomorrow when I'll have a card to share
for the new challenge over on the Sisterhood of Crafter's Blog!

Till then and as always . . .

Monday, February 20, 2017

CAS Birthday

Happy Monday Everyone!
Here's another attempt at the CAS (clean and simple) design style.
If you know me, you know I like layers, embellishments, etc. on my cards 
so doing a CAS design is really difficult for me ... always seems
like it needs something more!  LOL

Today I'm using the sketch from the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge
for my card
and also the Clean & Simple with Sparkle theme for the

Here's my creation . . .

 I used the Technique Tuesday 'Stars' die set for my stars
and I kept the smaller stars to reinsert atop of the
added Stickles Diamonds layer.

The sparkle is beautiful and I really like the simplistic design!
My sentiment is a stamp by Inkadinkado
that I use a LOT ... love the font!

I'm going to keep practicing this style and have a selection of CAS cards available 
for my craft shows this year.  It's nice to have a variety of styles ...
even if creating them is a little out of my wheelhouse!

Thanks for stopping by!
 As always . . .

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Tutti Designs - Sympathy

Happy Sunday Friends!
Today I'm sharing a card of Sympathy.
Sadly I find I'm in need of sympathy cards more and more as the years go by.  Using a couple of the beautiful dies available at the Tutti Designs Store, I can create a sympathy card and have it in the mail all on the same day when the need arises.  

The Tutti Designs dies I've used today are:

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I didn't do anything 'special' on today's card other than add a little color sponging to the flowers and the center cross.

The background die used today is Sue Wilson 'Indian Ocean Background' #CED10011.

Since this lady really liked a touch of sparkle in her life, I felt it was appropriate to add a little touch of sparkle using Nuvo crystal drops to this creation.

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!!

For your convenience, here are all the Tutti Designs quick links you will need:

 Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Dies R Us - B Happy!

Hello Dear Friends!!
Today I'm sharing a card of encouragement over on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.
With all the crazy things going on in today's world, sometimes our burdens get a bit heavy and we forget what's really important in life.  I have learned through the years to PUSH through the negative and EMBRACE the positive.  So today's card will hopefully encourage someone to 'B Happy' ... life is too short to be anything else!!!

The dies from the Dies R Us store that I've used on today's creation are:

Sue Wilson Caribbean Island Collection  CED-5201
Sue Wilson Designs - Carribean Island Collection - Background

Sue Wilson Spanish Collection- Cordoba CED-1206
Sue Wilson Designs - Spanish Collection - Cordoba

Sue Wilson Scandinavian Collection  CED4201
Sue Wilson Designs - Scandinavian Collection - Background
Sue Wilson Laurel Leaves   CED1437
Sue Wilson Designs - Finishing Touches - Laurel Leaves
Memory Box 'Classic Uppercase Alphabet'  #98361
Memory Box - Dies - Classic Upper Alphabet
 Tutti Designs 'Easter Tulips'  Tutti 255 
Tutti Designs - Dies - Easter Tulips
Tutti Designs 'Happy Word Set'  Tutti 228
Tutti Designs - Word Set - Happy

 I have used the outer die from the Caribbean Island die set for my background.  Once die cut I used various Tim Holtz distress inks to sponge on some happy colors.  I have used the inner dies from the other Sue Wilson sets to create my oval sentiment panel.  I just learned that a lot of her similar 'collection' sets are interchangeable so that's where I came up with the idea for today's sentiment panel.
Remember, if by chance these dies are Out of Stock (as a couple of today's dies are) ... check back again because things turn around quickly!  Just because you can't find it today doesn't mean it won't be there next time. 
EDIT:  When I originally wrote up this post there were FOUR dies Out of Stock at the store BUT when I checked before publishing this post they were ALL BACK IN STOCK so I have shared the links for you.
See What I Mean!!!  LOL   Dies move in & out of the store quite quickly!!

I die cut the Easter Tulips twice and simply turned the one over so it would be facing the opposite direction.  I had originally thought about die cutting from different colors and replacing the tulip heads but then changed my mind and went with achieving my color on the background.
So with that being said, these yellow tulip heads were laying on the work table and I just didn't have the heart to throw them away!  You know how that is!!  LOL!!
I've used Nuvo crystal drops to accent the 'B' on my sentiment panel as well as adorn the center panel behind the flowers.  By using a pair of flat tweezers and a little squeeze, I gave these laurel leaves a bit of life.

 Remember, each an every day of the month there's a new inspiration sample shared on the blog by this fabulous design team.  Please be sure to pop in regularly.

And, 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:

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

Friday, February 17, 2017

It's Fussy and Fancy Challenge Time . . .

Hello Everyone!
It's time once again for a new challenge over at the 
 Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge
This new challenge is hosted by Gina and the theme she has chosen is

Ribbon & Lace

What a fun time I had creating this card!
I was actually even able to use a few items that were laying around on my work table begging to be created with.  I really need to take a day and just create cards from the items I have stacking up on my table ... or quit changing my mind midway through a creation which results in extra cuts of ribbon, stamped images & die cuts!  LOL!

Challenges to share in:
Crafting With an Attitude February Challenge - Anything Goes
As You Like It Challenge - Ribbon or Lace??  (must be ribbon because I have a TON of it!! )
Craft Rocket Challenge #33 - Anything Goes
  I hope you've enjoyed my card today and are inspired to come join in our challenge.  And, for more awesome inspiration be sure to pop over and see what my team mates have created ... OMGoodness ... so much talent on this team!!
Hope to see you there!
Thanks so much for stopping by and as always . . .
Papers:  White cs, Black cs, Pink cs, Lavender cs, BoBunny dp
Stamp/Ink:  Old Stampin Up / Versafine Onyx
Accessories:  Really Reasonable Ribbon butterfly ribbon, Jambo White Lace Tape, Prima Flowers, Sequins, Nuvo crystal drops, Craft-Dee Bowz bowmaker

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Clean and Simple . . .

 . . . is definitely NOT my style 
but maybe some practice will help me improve!

Hello All and Happy Afternoon!

While working on some design team work today I thought possibly I could create
something in the CAS (clean and simple) style for a particular project ... but although I like the card, it just wasn't what I was looking for.

I used a circle punch of Eclipse Masking Medium for my 'moon' before 
sponging the upper part of my panel with Tim Holtz 'broken china' distress ink.
The lower portion was sponged with Tim Holtz 'tea die' distress ink and 
then I created my scene with the following stamps:
Seaside Stampin' 'Single Dune' #D236
Inkadinkado Sentiment #5626-M
Stampendous 'Sea Gulls'
Stampscapes 'Gulls' #302A

Not bad!  But I'll keep practicing and hopefully get better.

A few challenges to share in:
Ike's World Challenge #82 - Anything Goes w/twist - Nature
Inky Chicks Challenge #78 - Clean and Simple

I'll be back again real soon with another ATTEMPT at this style
but until then ... thanks so much for stopping by and
as always . . .

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Double D - Ric Rac / Zig Zag

Hello my friends!
How was your Valentine's Day?
Were you lavished with roses & chocolate?  
Or just a lot of heart warming LOVE like I did?
Either way works for me!!  LOL
Anyways ... today begins a new challenge at the Double D Challenge Blog.

Team Darlene is hosting today and the theme is RIC RAC / ZIG ZAG
here's a peek at the mood board . . .

We all have patterned paper or actual ric rac that would fit this
challenge theme so why not come join in the fun!  YOU could be our winner!!
Here's what I came up:

I have had a sheet of 3D owl stickers hanging around my pegboard wall for several months and they just kind of jumped out at me today so I decided that would be the basis for my card.   Then I just started looking through my stash to see what I had available that fit the theme/board.  

I found a DCWV Basic 6x6 paper pack that fit for the background.
A wheel of OLD single zig zag stitched ribbon from Michaels.
And,  I also found I had two packs of Wrights Ric Rac ... one pink, one purple.  
I went with the purple for today's accent.

With so many OWL lovers out there today, I'm sure someone at one of my craft shows will squeal in delight when they see this card available.  Just might have to whip up a few more owl cards for the sale box too ... this was fun!

Challenges to share in:
Stampin' Royalty Challenge SR#363 - Dies
Word Art Wednesday Challenge 270-271 - Anything Goes
Words 2 Craft By Challenge #38 - Celebrations (birthday)
Jo's Scrap Shack Fun-Day Friday Challenge #175 - Anything Goes

Be sure to pop over to the Double D Challenge Blog and see what the team as created for your inspiration!  These ladies ALWAYS come up with the most amazing & creative designs!!!

Hope to see you there!
As always . . .

Papers:  DCWV Basics dp, white cs, black cs
Sentiment:  Computer generated
Accessories:  Wright ric rac, Prima flowers, Nuvo crystal drops, Michael's zig zag single stitched ribbon

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Tutti Designs - Easter Gate

Happy Sunday Friends!
Today I'm sharing a card of Easter and the hope of Spring using a beautiful new die from the fabulous Tutti Designs Store called 'Easter Gate' .  This die is among the 22 new dies available in our latest January Release ... be sure to pop over and see for yourself!  They are fantastic!

I've actually used two Tutti Designs dies on today's card.  The Easter Gate as mentioned above and also from our October Release a beautiful die called 'Flower Symphony Corner'.

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No automatic alt text available.I was wanting to add some dimension to my Easter Gate, so instead of die cutting it 3 or 4 times, I die cut it once from white card stock and again using 3mm fun foam.   Adhered them together and Viola ... I have the dimension I was looking for.

When I die cut the Flower Symphony Corner,
I realized the one side was a little too long for my corner
and hit up against the gate arch.
A little snip and now it was the perfect size for
my corner and the snipped off piece worked beautifully
with my added flowers on the gate front.

Here's a peek at the dimension on the gate die using the fun foam . . .

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.

Challenges to share in:
Crafty Friends Challenge #51 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge #124 - Anything Goes
Cut It Up Challenge - Bendy or Scene cards (mine is a scene)
Morgan's ArtWorld Challenge - Add flowers
Simply Papercraft Challenge #43 - Anything Goes

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!!

For your convenience, here are all the Tutti Designs quick links you will need:

 Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Lime green cs, Pink Pirouette cs, Hot Off The Press 'Botanical Etchings' dp
Dies:  Tutti Designs #188 Flower Symphony Corner and #262 Easter Gate, Sue Wilson #CED1437 Laurel Leaves, Heartfelt Creations Botanical Wings
Stamps:  Heartfelt Creations Botanical Rose 
Accessories:  3mm Fun Foam, Flower forming stylus/mat, white embossing powder