Friday, February 23, 2018

Dies R Us Inspiration - BEE HAPPY

Hello friends ...
 Today I have a card to share for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog
and I truly had fun creating this card!  I had this idea in
my head when I purchased these dies and I'm very 
happy with the outcome!  I hope you like it too!


The dies I have used are:

Memory Box - Dies - Honeycomb Square
Memory Box - Dies - Intricate Bee
Tutti Designs - Word Set - Happy
Memory Box - Dies - Classic Upper Alphabet

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Click on the 'Put Me On The Waiting List', fill out the form and you will be notified as soon as that die is back in stock!

Now, here are a couple of tips on how this card was put together.
Distress Ink Pad - Fossilized Amber
I used yellow gingham designer paper as my background, but sponged the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink to add depth.  I die cut the honeycomb twice.  Leaving some of the area pieces in place and removed others, I glued (and linked them together) on my designer paper background.


I used this same paper for the wings & body of the bee.  Adding ink to only the body part of the bee ... not the sections used for the wings ... giving them more of a transparent look.


Here's another peek at the finished card . . .


I hope you've enjoyed what I've shared today! 

Challenges to share in:
Scrapy Land Challenge #84 - ATG using product carried in their store
Aud Sentiments Challenge #197 - For a Friend
 Moving Along With the Times Challenge #65 - Things from my chosen song (Things of the sky)
Southern Girls Challenge  - Nature

Please 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.

Also, 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 for stopping by!

It's Fussy and Fancy Time . . .

Hello Everyone!
It's time once again for a new challenge over at the 
Fussy and Fancy Challenge Blog!


Today's theme chosen by our very talented Beth is:

Your FAVORITE Color

 LOL ... anyone who knows me, knows what MY favorite color is!  
Yep ... ALL THINGS PURPLE (any shade)!
Here's what I created today . . .


Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Wilted Violet
Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Seedless PreservesI began by creating my watercolor background panel using Tim Holtz oxide distress inks.
  Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Cracked Pistachio
Next I die cut the Cheery Lynn Designs 'Daisy Lace Frame' from white card stock and adhered it over my watercolor background panel.

The image is from one of the many cards I receive in the mail from organizations we contribute to.  I used the Tutti Designs 'Dotted Nesting Rectangles' to cut the image and the purple matting frame which I created using the Tim Holtz Distress ink in the same color (Wilted Violet).  My card is A7 (5x7) in size and I also created my background purple panel using the Wilted Violet oxide ink then did the edges in the Wilted Violet distress ink.

 I have had this deep purple lace in my stash for a long time (hoarding it if you must know, lol) as well as the pretty floral daisy lace.  But I thought they went so well with this image, I just HAD to use some on today's card.  The Memory Box 'Calais Butterflies' are my only other embellishment.  And, they were die cut using the INSIDE (middle) of my purple background panel.

Challenges to share in:
Moo-Mania and More Challenge - Think Spring
The Paper Shelter Challenge #327 - Things that Fly (butterflies)
Scrapy Land Challenge #84 - ATG using product carried in their store

I do hope you will come join in our challenge fun!
See you there!

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

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wild Birthday

Hello Friends and welcome back!
Today I thought I'd join in a couple of fun challenges and created
a card that will go in the sale box under the Men's Birthday category.  I never
seem to have enough masculine birthday cards when it comes show time
so I'm going to get a jump on it this year.



Product used in this creation:

Amy Design - Dies - Wild Animals - Wild Animals


Sentiment is from the Gina K 'Wild About You' Stamp set.
3M dimensional tape
paint brushes & Tim Holtz water spritzer bottle
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers were used to color the animals

Other challenges to share in:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #11 - ATG with a Critter
2 Sisters on the Blog Challenge #12  - Masculine
Creatalicious Challenge #133 - ATG with optional boy/man
Tinker-Dream Challenge #62 - Birthday

Thanks for stopping by ... hope you've found inspiration in my designs!
As always . . .

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Double D - Woodland Creatures

Hello Friends!
It's time for a new challenge over on the Double D Challenge Blog!
Team Darlene is hosting today and the theme is:
 
Woodland Creatures

Here's the inspiration board I have created to help you get started . . 


Even though I live in the 'suburbs' we have a small wooded area
in the back that houses some critters who live there year round and some 
others (like fox, raccoons, deer) that show up from time to time.

The critters that entertain us the most are the squirrels ...
hence my choice for Woodland Creatures to focus on today.


We have gray squirrels (and a few black squirrels from time to time) that frequent our wooded area.  They love to hang out with our birds since they know there will always be sunflower seeds to be found where ever the birds are.  During the winter months I put out corn & peanuts on one end of our wooded area for the squirrels & deer but as soon as they have gobbled it up, they head to the bird houses & feeders looking for left overs. LOL
We've even named a few of our squirrels over the years ... for instance there was BOB ... he got his name because his tail was 'bobbed' ... either he had a close call with a hawk or had a fight with the wife and lost!  LOL   Then there is SPAZ ... this crazy squirrel would jump & spin for no reason at all.  Then dart from one tree to another and do a little more jumping & spinning around.  I'm thinking he may have gotten into  some fermented corn at another location! LOL

Today's card uses the adorable Karen Burniston 'Woodland Animals' die set 
(the same die set that is offered as the prize at our Double D Challenge Blog) as the focus. 

I die cut my FRAME using the Lawn Fawn Lg & Sm Cross Stitched Rectangles (LF1178 & LF1179), once from white then once from black.  Using the inside panel from the white die cut, I created my 'background scene'.  First by sponging with Tim Holtz Oxide Distress 'broken china' ink  to create the sky.  Then used the Tim Holtz 'Falling Snow' embossing folder to create the snowy weather feel.  Torn scraps of white card stock were used for the mounds of snow.

Other dies used in my scene are Poppystamps 'Carolina Birdhouse' which was cut from navy blue card stock and a white Gelly Roll pen was used to create the 'snow' on the the roof & perch.  The sentiment is from the Impression Obsession 'Everyday Top Edgers' die set.   

Of course my husband will tell you I can NOT have a sky without a bird in it so today I have used an old Martha Stewart bird punch to create my bird. LOL


I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun and YOU could win this adorable die set to create with for yourself!

Challenges to share in:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #11 - ATG w/critter
Crafty Animals Challenge #11 - ATG w/animals
Happy Little Stampers February Challenge - ATG w/dies


Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hope to see you at Double D!
As always . . .

Monday, February 19, 2018

Precious Little Ones

Happy Weekend All!
The other day I took the opportunity to step away from my design team work and upcoming craft show projects, to join in a couple fun challenges out in blogland ... (thanks Diane).  


The sketch I have used for today's creation comes from the Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 Challenge Blog and my theme comes from the Tic Tac Toe Challenge Blog.

Here's the sketch ...

And, here's the Tic Tac Toe Board


I chose BABY ... PLAID and ENAMEL DOTS.

Recently I purchased some new designer paper packs (like I need more paper!  Geesh!) from the Dies R Us Store  ... did you know they are now carrying papers, inks, etc.? ... and what fun I had using these coordinating papers from the Carta Bella 'Rock-a-Bye Baby' 6x6 pack.

In following the sketch, I used the Tutti Designs 'Stitched Hearts', Sue Wilson 'Passion Flower' and 'Maiden Fern' dies.  The enamel dots I believe are by Cloud 9 and were purchased years ago at Joann Fabrics.  


 My sweet image is from a sheet of vintage images by Nellie's Choice.  The artist is Sandra Kuck.  Did you know Sandra Kuck is from a small town here in Ohio (East Liverpool).  Yep!  And fun fact, my sister who has been a hair dresser for years, did the hair of the one little girl that Sandra Kuck was using as a model for her designs.  Small world isn't it!  LOL

I love it when I can put two challenges together and create such a sweet card!  A huge thank you to all those folks out there that create challenges that keep us inspired and help us 'push' our limits.

Challenges to share in:
613 Avenue Create Challenge #206 - ATG twist/Love (this is love between a Mother & her children)
 Angie's Digital Stamps Challenge #17 - ATG twist/Love
Dragonfly Dreams February Challenge - Flowers

Have a great day and week ahead!  
Can you believe it?  It's supposed to be 66 degrees here in Akron, OH on Thursday!
Yikes and it's still February!  But that's how the weather rolls here in Ohio. 
Snow one day and warm sunshine the next!  

Thanks for stopping by ... hope you've found inspiration in my designs!
As always . . .


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Butterfly Kisses

Happy Day All!

Today I'm excited to share a card with you that was created
using one of the new Cheapo Dies and I'm honored
to have been asked to be a Guest Designer for their new Blog launch.

This new Cheapo Die company has some fun dies and as
the name implies, they are very reasonably priced. 
They cut so nicely, and that is always a plus in my book!!


I have created a very simple design to showcase this pretty die.
My background paper is from the Ella & Viv 'Ethereal Kit' 12 x 12 paper
pack.  I have used Lawn Fawn 'Cross Stitched' Rectangle dies to create
my frame and purple sequins to embellish.

I die cut the Sideview Butterfly 4 times.  Twice in black and
twice from Recollections floral patterned paper.  Then
adhered them together off setting the black cuts to
create a shadow affect.


You'll want to be sure to check out this new CHEAPO DIE company and
don't forget to check out their BLOG.  They have a fabulous design team
who will be sharing daily inspiration using a variety of dies carried in the store.

A few challenges I'd like to share in:
Butterfly Challenge #95 - Spin the Wheel 'P' ... I used purple & patterned paper
Mix It Up Challenge #10 - ATG - Clean & Simple

Thanks so much for stopping by today
and I hope you have a FABULOUS week ahead!

As always . . .



Saturday, February 17, 2018

It's Twofer Time . . .

Hello Everyone and Happy Saturday!
What is she talking about you ask (after reading the title of this post) LOL?


Well, Darnell has started a new challenge blog and it's a FUN one!
It's called the Twofer Card Challenge and you can find the details HERE.


Sounds pretty easy right?
Crazy as it sounds, it had me stumped for awhile but then a light bulb came on and I FINALLY figured out what I wanted to create for this fun challenge. The one rule I found interesting in this challenge is that we are to include both cards in one photograph!  So, here we go . . .


The SAME die I used is the Memory Box 'Loveland Corner' die #99117.

Image result for memory box die loveland corner

My first card is a wedding card and besides the corner die, I have created an oval frame using the Tutti Designs 'Scalloped Stitched Nesting Dies' for the Sparkle 'N Sprinkle sentiment.  Adding a few extra popped out hearts from the die cut and this card is ready to mail. 


INSIDE

Secondly, using the same corner die, is a Get Well card that I think will lift the spirits of anyone dealing with an illness.  And Lord knows there's enough of that going around right now!


INSIDE
This time after die cutting my corner panels from black card stock I covered the 'heart' locations with Prima flowers.  A few of the hearts that popped out of the die cut were used on the inside panel.

Challenges to share in:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #197 - For A Friend
Crafting with an Attitude February Challenge - ATG

So there you have it ... a fun new challenge and now I have TWO additional cards to add to my stash!  YAY!  Plus it helped get my mojo going.  Can't wait to see what Darnell has up her sleeve next!!  She's such a HOOT!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

As always,

Friday, February 16, 2018

Dies R Us Inspiration - Mr & Mrs

Hello Friends!
How was your Valentine's Day?
Can you believe we are already half way through February?
 Today I have a card to share for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog
  and, since I was in need of some wedding cards in my show stash,
that's the direction I went in today!
  


 One of the dies I used on this card I've had for quite some time and never think to use it and the other two I purchased recently.  This was so quick & easy, I think I will created a few more in different colors.  You never know what folks will need for this years wedding season, but I figured you are always safe with this elegant color combination.


Sue Wilson Designs - Gemini Collection - Phoenix

Impression Obsession 'Mr & Mrs'
Impression Obsession - Dies - Mr. & Mrs.


Poppystamps 'Gentle Hearts'

Poppystamps - Dies - Gentle Hearts
Here's the quick & easy steps taken to bring this card together...

I began with a white A6 card base, then die cut another white panel 1/4" smaller than my card base.  Using this panel I die cut my Gemini die about 2/3  in from one end.


Next I cut a black card stock panel 1/8" smaller than my white card base.
I adhered my white Gemini panel on top of the black panel then once again laid the 'edge cutting' portion of this die set (there are 3 dies in this set) slightly down from the white panel and die cut it.  This gave me the 'matting' panel I was wanting to achieve.


To add the touch of color, I used the hearts that popped out of this panel that was die cut for another project (seen here).



Here's another peek at the finished card . . .


I hope you've enjoyed what I've shared today! 

Challenges to share in:
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie Challenge #87

Daisy Chain Challenge #16 - Add a Heart
Die Cut Diva's February Challenge - Love is in the Air
Paru's Card Making February Challenge - Love
Craftaholics R Us Challenge #7 - Use Red
Crafty Gals Challenge #159 - Add a Heart
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #157 - Occasions (Wedding)

Please 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.

Also, 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 for stopping by!