Friday, February 12, 2016

Winter's Beauty

Happy Friday Everyone!
Time for a new inspiration sample for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.

Today I have a card created with the beautiful  die set
by Sue Wilson called 'Catherdral Background' #CED7101 (4 die set).  Also, the sentiment was stamped onto a banner from the Cheery Lynn Designs 'Horizon Fishtail Banners' #DL278 set.  I wanted to use the larger banner but didn't want it quite so long so after die cutting I simply moved the end down on my cut piece and cutting again.  Viola!  A banner just the length I needed.




I wanted to showcase not only this beautiful
Graphic45 design paper but various dies from this gorgeous set.

The 'center' die to this set is just beautiful on it's own
but I was wanting to share how you could use this set to showcase a
photo, a hand colored image or as I have done,
a panel of some of the beautiful design paper available on the market today!


This has turned into such a cold winter this year that
I thought a pretty 'thinking of you' card was in order for a friend
who really HATES the cold temperatures!
Hopefully it will make her smile!

Please be sure to take a minute and check out all the fabulous background dies available at the Dies R Us Store!  AND, don't forget we have a Dies R Us Challenge Blog too!
A fun new challenge is offered on the 1st and 15th of each month with a PRIZE VOUCHER offered to one lucky winner each challenge.  It could be YOU!

Challenges to share in:
Crafting With an Attitude Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations Challenge - Anything Goes
 Crafty Ribbons Challenge - Animals (birds?)
Moving Along with the Times Challenge - Things with Wings
PDE Linky Party Challenge - Anything Goes

Till next time ... thanks for stopping by!
As Always . . .
Recipe:
Papers:  Red cs, Garden Green cs, Graphic45 'Time to Flourish' design paper
Stamps/ink:  Stampendous / Versafine Onyx
Accessories:  Martha Stewart branch punch, Sequins, Darice red satin ribbon

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Single Layer Stamped Card

Hello Again my Friends!
Yep ... I have a second post to share with you today!
I don't do that often but I had a little time to play and wanted to create in a style that I 'RARELY' do ... that is Single Layer cards.  I don't know why I don't do more cards of this style ... guess I just love the look of the layers with ribbons, die cuts, flowers ... well you get my drift!! LOL

Okay ... here we go!


The challenge over on Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog was my inspiration today.  Their theme is SINGLE LAYER with some beautiful samples for inspiration and I just had to give it a whirl.
My mojo has been lacking lately so I was hoping this would help ... and it has!

A peek at the inside ...
I've used the very old Stampin' Up set of stamps called 'Toile Blossom' for my design and colored them in with Prisma Pencils (something else I haven't used in quite some time).  The sentiment is by Verses Inc and I chose Kraft card stock since I think it's perfect for a sympathy card ... more subtle.

Challenges to share in:
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore February Challenge - Use a digi or stamp

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

A Valentine for my Sweetheart!

Hello and Happy Thursday All!

With being so busy with my mom being in the hospital nearly the entire month of January, I haven't even given thoughts to the fact that this Sunday is Valentine's Day!  Yikes!  How'd that happen?  LOL!

So today, I decided to create a card for my sweet husband before time gets away from me (would you believe
he saves ALL the cards I've ever given him! ... what a guy!)


I've been trying to do some re-organizing down here in the cave and one thing I need to do is go through all the designer paper I have and try to compile it better.  I did get some time yesterday to go through a portion of it and decided first thing to do was put all the scrap pieces into a pile to be used first ... one way or another.

One way I like using my scraps is to create background panels using various similarly colored papers.
Here's a peek at some of those I have created and packed in clear bags for future card making.


I used one such panel for the background on today's card creation and to 'kick it up a notch' used a technique my friend Diane (Nellie's Nest) shared on a card she created recently.  That technique is simple but adds wonderful texture ... simply run your design paper through your embossing machine with an embossing folder of your choice.  I have used the Cuttlebug 'hearts' embossing folder today.



I've used Graphic45 'Place in Time' images today as well as the beautiful Memory Box 'Loveland Corner' #99117 which was purchased at the Dies R Us Store.

Challenges to share in:
Crafting by Designs Challenge - Hearts
Crafty Creations Challenge - Hearts
Frilly and Funkie Challenge - Love is in the Air!
Mod Squad Challenge - From the Heart
Die Cuttin Divas Challenge - Say it with Love
Use Your Stash Challenge - Embossing Folder
Where the Heart Is Challenge - Love
The Paper Girls Challenge - Valentine/Love
Ooh La La Creations Challenge - Love and Romance
Quick Quotes Challenge #60 - Scraps of Paper
Pixie's Crafty Workshop Snippets Playground #215 - use snippets

Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by today!
Stay warm & safe if you are getting the weather we are getting at the present time
here in Ohio ...
As always . . .

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sisterhood - Warm Thoughts

Hello my friends . . .
Well here we are in Brrrr February!
Today's card was created for the new challenge over at 
Terri is our hostess today and she asked us to
think and create 'what keeps you warm' through these cold winter months.


My first thought was a warm sweater and hot cup of tea!

Anyone who knows me knows that I wear flip flops unless there is snow on the ground! 
(call me crazy! lol . . . my sister is the same way ... must be a family thing!)

My feet don't get cold but my arms and hands sure do!
So, my first thought was a sweater and I just happened to have this
adorable Stampendous sweater stamp!
Also, through the winter months I drink a lot of hot tea and hot chocolate.
Sometimes you just need to get warm from the inside ... out!

Why not come join in our challenge fun?
WHAT KEEPS YOU WARM???

Challenges to share in:
Crafty Sentiments Challenge - Dies and/or Punches
Not Just Cards February Challenge -  Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps Challenge - Anything Goes with a Stamp
Penny Black Challenge - Anything Goes with a Stamp and Die(s)
Stamping Sensations February Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today!
As always . . .
Recipe:
Papers:  Navy cs, white cs, OLD SU red gingham dp, black cs
Stamp/Ink:  Stampendous,  Sweet Stamps / Tim Holtz 'faded jeans' , Versamagic 'Cloud White'
Dies:  Impression Obsession 'Tea Set' (DIE197), Cheery Lynn Designs 'Celtic Fire Rectangle Frame' (center die) #DL125, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Add a Flourish'  #B456
Accessories:  Michaels gingham ribbon

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Some Friendships Last A Lifetime

Hello and Happy Tuesday Everyone!
Time for a new inspirational creation for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.

It's amazing how quickly a beautiful card can come together by simply using one of the fabulous background dies available at the Dies R Us Store.  For instance, the Cheery Lynn Designs Daisy Lace Frame Die (#FRM118) that I've used on today's creation.


How pretty is this creation and it literally took me 15 minutes start to finish!

Please be sure to take a minute and check out all the fabulous background dies available at the Dies R Us Store!  AND, don't forget we have a Dies R Us Challenge Blog too!
A fun new challenge is offered on the 1st and 15th of each month with a PRIZE VOUCHER offered to one lucky winner each challenge.  It could be YOU!

Challenges to share in:
Moving Along With The Times Challenge - Things with Wings
Through the Purple Haze Challenge - Things with Wings
 Crafting with Dragonflies Challenge - Anything Goes
Craft for the Craic Challenge - Something to make you smile (friendship & butterflies)
 The Stamping Boutique Challenge - Use die cuts, punches, etc

Till next time ... thanks for stopping by!
As always . . .
 
Recipe:
Papers:  TPC Studio dp for background, white cs
Accessories:  Sentiments Bundle by Quick Quotes, K&Co 3d butterflies








Monday, February 8, 2016

Trying something new . . .

Hello Everyone!
I was talking to my friend Diane (Nellie's Nest) on Yahoo this morning
and she linked me to this beautiful creation by Birgit and
I was inspired to give her style a try.
 

 For a long time now I have seen creations by Birgit (Biggan) over on SCS
and been of awe of her amazing talent.  This might look
like an easy creation to case but take it from me ... it's not!
Unless you are very artistic and good with watercolors and a paintbrush!
(Which I must admit I'm not! lol)
But I gave it a go ... and here's what I came up with.


Inside Verse
LOL .. okay so I need a bit more practice ...
but I really like the concept 
and look forward to trying this style again soon!

The silhouette stamp set I used on this creation is actually
a really old stamp set by a company that I 
don't believe is still in business ... Flourishes.
The set is called 'Wedded Bliss'.

The inside sentiment was created
with a stamp set by Our Daily Bread called 'Wedding Blessings'
and the flower is from a very old Stampin' Up set called 'Oh So Lovely'.

The design paper I used was a scrap and the die sets
are Memory Box 'Shaker Square Frames' #30030
and Frantic Stamper 'Congrats' #9496.
 
 Of course, I couldn't stop at one creation and I must admit the following card was actually my first attempt ...
trying to build up my confidence to actually try 'painting' a background for the wedding couple.
 This card also utilizes images from that old 'Flourishes' stamp set.

(You can click on the image to enlarge.)

For this 'engagement' card, I created an outdoor scene by simply sponging TH blue ink and Memento green ink to mimic a sky & grass.
The grove of pines stamp is by Stampscapes.

Both the background embossed panel and my 'frame' have been popped up with dimensional tape.  

The dies I have used on this card are Poppystamps 'Heart Breeze' #1368 and 'Classic Ribbons' #1005.

 I encourage you to 'Try Something New' today!
There is SO MUCH inspiration all over blogland ... why not 'give it a go!'

A few challenges to share in:
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Get Creative Challenge - Include Hearts
Love to Scrap Challenge - Have a Heart

UPDATE:  I had a question on what I used for my watercoloring. 
Actually, I didn't use anything fancy.  This is a cheaper set of watercolor paints that I purchased along the way probably at Joann's or another box store and in fact, I didn't even use watercolor paper.  Afterall, I was just playing around and didn't expect it to come together quite so well first time out!  LOL
 


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

Friday, February 5, 2016

Fluttering By to Say Hello!

Hello and Happy Friday Everyone!
Today I have another creation to share that was created for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  

Since I was in need of some Easy, Peasy note cards, I thought
butterflies would lift anyone's spirits during these cold winter months.
I recently purchased a couple new butterfly dies
from our Dies R Us Store so thought I'd see what I could create quickly.


I was thrown a bit when I die cut these butterflies and saw that
the stitching remained on the portion that would typically be thrown away!
Well, you can't have that!  Right!
So I attached a panel of matching design paper behind my die cut and reinserted
the butterflies with just a dab of white glue in the middle of the bodies.
This left the wings able to be lifted up a bit.


Here are the dies I've used today:




Something I realized (after the fact) and wanted to share with you is this!

These awesome Technique Tuesday 'Say It' dies are 2 part ... the solid background die and the word die.  
I could have saved myself even more time today if I had simply die cut the word from the background panel versus die cutting a separate word and gluing it to the background.  DUH!!

Please be sure to take a minute and check out all the fabulous dies available
at the Dies R Us Store!  AND, don't forget we have a Dies R Us Challenge Blog too!
A fun new challenge is offered on the 1st and 15th of each month with a PRIZE VOUCHER
offered to one lucky winner each challenge.  It could be YOU!

Challenges to share in:
Crafting With An Attitude February Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations Challenge - Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times Challenge - Things with Wings
Southern Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
 Through the Purple Haze Challenge - Things with Wings

Till next time ... thanks for stopping by!
As always . . .

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Double D Challenge . . . 'Pretty Pink Hearts'

It's time for a new challenge at the Double D Challenge Blog.
Team Diane is hosting today's challenge 
and take a peek at this beautiful inspiration board.


 WOW!  What a beautiful board Diane has put together for us today!

I just received some new dies from the Dies R Us store
and couldn't wait to create with them.  Just so happens they were PERFECT
for today's creation.  What do you think?


I have used a very PINK card stock for my card front ... but for some reason
my camera chose to make it more 'orangey' vs pink ... uugh!
I'm sure it's just an adjustment on my camera but I have yet to sit down and read that
LARGE booklet that came with the camera .. (imagine that!).

 
Notice the hearts on the inside of
my card.  Yep, they are some of those that
die cut from the front panel.  They are so
pretty (several have stitching) that I
just couldn't help but use them elsewhere
on my card.  I even added the larger one
to the heart on the front.

The 'white heart' on this Poppystamps 
'Heart Swoosh' die does cut out but
I decided to add it back in this time.

I don't know if you can see it in the photo, but
I decided to pop up the entire front panel
with dimensional tape.  I think it gave
the Poppystamps 'Heart Breeze' a prettier
appeal and brought your eye to the stitching more too.


I do hope you'll come join in the fun we are having at our new Double D Challenge Blog.  Diane & I are just THRILLED with the fabulous show of support you have all given towards our new adventure and have truly been inspired by so many AMAZING creations.

Challenges to share in:
Crafty Creations Challenge - Hearts
Creative Moments Challenge - ATG / Romance & Love
Double Click Skittles Challenge - Use a Heart
Mod Squad Challenge - Hearts and Flowers
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Have a Heart
Crafter's Cafe Challenge - Monochromatic
Poppystamps February Challenge - Crazy in Love

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



Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, Bright Pink cs
Images:  Crafty Secrets
Dies:  PoppyStamps 'Heart Breeze' #1368, PoppyStamps 'Heart Swoosh' #1359, Technique Tuesday 'Say It - HUGS' #DIY098, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Lacy Corner Deco E' #B165

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Butterfly Flight

Hello friends!
Today I have a card to share that was created for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.
If you've not popped over to see the wonderful creations
shared by the Inspiration Team ... please do so now.   My team mates
come up with some of the most awesome creations using
dies purchased from the Dies R Us Store.


Today's card was really very easy to create and I think it packs a beautiful punch!

The first thing I did was die cut my Poppystamp 'Bellina Butterfly Collage' #1396
die onto a piece of black card stock that was 1/4" smaller than my card base.
Next, I cut a piece of white card stock 1/4" smaller than the black butterfly panel.  By randomly sponging various Tim Holtz distress inks, I've created my 'colorful' butterflies.

After 'doodling' around the outer edge of my black panel, I adhered dimensional tape between the sponged panel and the overlay butterfly panel. A couple pretty sequins and this adorable Technique Tuesday - Say It 'Hugs'  #DIY098 sentiment and my card is ready to write a note on the inside and mail.  I think it's sure to bring an immediate smile to the recipient!

Please be sure to take a minute and check out all the fabulous dies available
at the Dies R Us Store!  AND, don't forget we have a Dies R Us Challenge Blog too!
A fun new challenge is offered on the 1st and 15th of each month with a PRIZE VOUCHER
offered to one lucky winner each challenge.  It could be YOU!

Challenges to share in:
Poppystamps February Challenge - Crazy in Love
Just Keep on Crafting Challenge - Anything Goes
 The Sisters of Craft February Challenge - Anything Goes

Till next time ... thanks for stopping by!
As always . . .

Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, Black cs
Dies: Poppystamp 'Bellina Butterfly Collage' #1396, Technique Tuesday - Say It 'Hugs'  #DIY098
Accessories:  Sequins, Tim Holtz Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, White Gelly Roll Pen (doodling), Dimensional Tape

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Robyn's Fetish Challenge #301 -"WINTER CARDS WITH GLITTER" - 01/31/2016



Happy Sunday Dear Friends!
it's time for a new, fun challenge at Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog!

This week's challenge is:
WINTER CARDS WITH *GLITTER*

Fred, She Said Designs .... The StoreToday's sponsor is Fred, She Said Designs.  One lucky winner will receive a $10 voucher from the Fred, She Said Design Store. I hope you'll come play along ... that winner could be YOU!!


Today I'm playing with the sweet image called 'Emma and The Snowball'.  Of course our theme requires you to use GLITTER on your creation so I went out on a limb and tried to use something 'glittery' in all aspects of my creation.  What do you think??


















 



My background paper is old, old, old ... from a DCWV Glitter pack of paper.  The ribbon is black glitter from Michaels and of course I used Stickles on her hat as well as on the mounds of snow in front of her.


I love the look of glitter on a card ... especially a holiday card ... but I'm not typically a 'glitter girl' ... I end up with it EVERYWHERE!!  Not sure how that happens ... but it always does!  LOL!
Challenges to share in:
 Brown Sugar Challenges - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by today and please pop over to Robyn's Fetish Store and Blog.  We'd also love to have you come join in our challenge fun.   YOU could even be our WINNER!  

As Always . . .

Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, Black cs, DCWV Glitter paper
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Michael's glitter ribbon, Memory Box 'Snowflake Corner' (#98238), Sue Wilson 'Festive Collection-Peeking Snowflake' (CED3022)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Glad You're My Friend

Hello Friends!
OMG can you believe it's the last weekend of January?
Time for another inspirational sample for the

Don't you love all the amazing die cuts available today?
Sure makes card making quick & easy when life gets so busy!
 My DRU order came in the mail recently so I thought
I'd share a card with you that used 2 of the dies I received. 


This card definitely qualifies for any of the Old/New 
challenges out in blogland.  This background design paper
is OLD, OLD, OLD ... from Stampin' Up a long time ago!
But still very pretty with all the happy colors.

(CED5420).  This is a 4 die set and I have used them all!
Isn't it just beautiful? 

 
Another die I received is this precious 
I love watching the butterflies and using them on 
my cards 'just makes me happy!'

Don't forget to come join in the challenges offered at our
A new challenge is offered on the 1st and 15th of each month.
Starting on Monday (2/1/16) the theme will be:  
LOVE (use hearts)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Till next time . . .

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sisterhood - "Love Letters"

Hello Everyone!
It's time for a new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
Today Diane is our hostess and she's come up with the theme

Love L.E.T.T.E.R.S.
(use the word LOVE and/or hearts)


What fun I had with this creation and I 'love' the outcome!
With Valentine's Day right around the corner,
I just might have to send it along to my BFF in Toledo ... 
she loves my surprise cards!

I hope you'll come join in our little 'love fest'!
We look forward to seeing your interpretation of the theme!

Challenges to share in:

Scrapy Land Challenge #34 - Love is in the Air (use SL dies)
Whimsy Stamps Challenge - With Love
Word Art Wednesday Challenge - ATG
Bunny Zoe's Crafts January Challenge - Hearts
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Love is in the Air - Red
Where the Heart Is Challenge - ATG

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

Recipe:
Papers:  Red cs, White cs, the Paper Studio 'Kirby Teesdale Studio' design paper, Graphic45 'Place in Time' design paper
Dies:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'Doily Dies' (DL106), Impression Obsession 'Cupids' (DIE125), Poppystamps 'True Love Stems' (#1123), Cheery Lynn Designs 'Live, Laugh, Love' (B564)
Accessories:  White gelly roll pen for faux stitching