Friday, November 17, 2017

CropStop Blog - November Guest Designer

Hello my friends!

I'm so happy to be back once again as the Guest Designer at

If you are not familiar with the CropStop Blog or Store
you owe it to yourself to pop over and check 'em out!

Today I have a winter/holiday card to share and a fun technique for creating dimension on your creations.

Can you see the dimension on the faerie & the winter scene?
I will share close ups a little further down in this write up.

But first,  to create the background for my Poppystamps 'Winterland Faerie', I used the panel that popped out of the Memory Box 'Gentle Horizon Oval' and colored it using Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks (Broken China, Faded Jeans).  I stamped the 'broken china' oxide ink onto my Craft sheet, spritzed with water and dragged my panel through ... dried with my heat gun then dragged it through again the other direction and dried again.  Around the outside edge, I used Sponge Daubers with the 'faded jeans' oxide ink to add the touch of darkness.  This background panel will be 'reinserted' into my 'Gentle Horizon Oval' die AFTER I have created my dimensional oval.

To create the dimension I've referred to above, I simply die cut my scenic die 4 times and glued them one on top of the other.  This not only saves on adding all those little bits of dimensional tape but it also helps me use some of the mountain of white scraps I have in my stash.  Plus, the ENTIRE die cut has EVEN dimension.

Next I reinserted the blue (pop out panel) into my dimensional die and held it in place with just a few narrow strips of Scotch tape.  Once attached to my card front it will be adhered securely with strips of Scor Tape.

Here's a close up view so you can see the dimension.

The 'Winterland Faerie' was done basically the same way but I did however do something a little different with her wings.

I die cut the faerie twice.  Once from red glitter paper and a second time from white card stock.  I actually die cut from white card stock a total of 3 times.  Glued the white panels together then adhered the red glitter faerie to the top.  Again, giving dimension.

In order to keep the red glitter wing panels solid, I simply smeared a touch of white glue on the back with the pop out pieces still in place.   Once dry, I glued the white wing panel on top of the red.

I used a small piece of dimensional tape to the back of the faerie to which I adhered the wings ... then I added more dimensional tape to the wings & faerie to adhere to my winter scene card front.

Before adding my faerie, I created some snowflakes in the night sky using a white Gelly Roll pen.

For the background panel on my card, I cut a white card stock panel 1/4" smaller than my base card and embossed it with a Cuttlebug 'Snowflakes' embossing folder.  Using a large sponge dauber and Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Ink
(Broken China), I sponged around the edge of the embossed panel as well as the edge of my winter oval scene panel.

On a scrap piece of white card stock, I quickly sponged some 'Broken China' oxide ink and then die cut my sentiment using Sponge Daubers.  This way all the colors matched perfectly.

Here's another look at the finished card:

Product used:

Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks (Broken China, Faded Jeans)
Poppystamps 'Winterland Faerie'
Memory Box 'Gentle Horizon Oval' 

I hope you've enjoyed today's creation!
Thanks again to the CropStop Team for inviting me to Guest Design with them!!
Please pop over to the CropStop Blog for more wonderful inspiration!
And, be sure to check out their store!!

Challenges to share in:
Fabrika Fantasy Challenge #15 - Wintertime
Daisy Chain Challenge #14 - Christmas/Winter
Noor! Designs November Challenge - Winter
The Paper Shelter Challenge #318 - Snowflakes

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Playing with Nail Polish . . .

Hello Friends!
Have you missed me?  LOL
I was in Michigan from Wednesday (8th) until Monday (13th) visiting with my crafting friend Diane Hover (Nellie's Nest)  and we had a GREAT time.  We didn't spend as much time crafting this visit as we usually do, too close to Christmas so  shopping was on our agenda most days!  BUT she did want us to try the 'Nail Polish Technique' ... so before heading back to Ohio, we gave it a go!!

The first video we watched made it look so easy by simply flicking the nail polish onto the surface of the water then moving it around a bit with a tooth pick or skewer ... but we found we had difficult with that method.  SO moving onto to a few other videos & blogs, we found one where the lady 'gently poured' the polish in a zigzag motion and somewhere along the line it was also mentioned what we believe was the CLUE to the entire process ... YOU HAVE TO BE QUICK!!!

 Here's my panel using two polishes ... Black and Gold Glitter.
Below is the card I created using this panel.
I've purchased these cute penguins stamp from convention a
few months back but had yet had a chance to ink them up ... 
today was the day!  After coloring I fussy cut them and
popped them up.  I also die cut this Cheery Lynn bow die
from black and from gold foil ... using the gold as an outline panel.

Catching the beauty of the sparkle on this card is next
to impossible!  But believe me ... it's SO PRETTY IRL!!

Challenges to share in:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #8 - ATG w/critter
 Animal Friends Challenge #56 - Christmas + animal
Daisy Chain Challenge #14 - Christmas/Winter
Little Red Wagon Challenge #420 - Penguins and Polar Bears

Here's another panel I created and turned into a quick card.
I used red, green and the gold glitter polishes to create this panel.

Wait until you see the panels Diane created!  They are gorgeous!
Believe me when I tell you, it is very difficult to 'cover up' these panels with
images & sentiments ... lol ... they are SO PRETTY on their own.

Thanks for stopping by ...
As Always . . .

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

DD - Here Comes Santa Claus!

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:
Here Comes Santa Claus
(Use SANTA on your card/project)

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

For my card creation today, I have jumped into
some very old Graphic45 Christmas papers and images.
I just LOVE vintage styled Santa's
and this is one of my favorites.
I have used Sue Wilson 'Snowflake Background' to help showcase Santa and
Sue Wilson Designs - Festive Collection - Snowflake Background
and panel from a different 12x12 Graphic45 holiday paper pack
called 'Christmas Emporium' peeks through from the back.

The sentiment was included on the original photo of Santa in the paper pack
but I did a little fussy cutting, added red stickles to the berries
and Wink of Stella to the holly to use as my accent panel.

Challenges to share in:
Sweet Stampin November Challenge  - ATG Christmas
Mod Squad Challenge - Merry & Bright
The Merry Christmas Challenge #43 - ATG Christmas
 Scrapy Land Challenge #78 - ATG using product in the store
The Paper Shelter Challenge #318 - Snowflakes

Please be sure to pop over to see the amazing creations the ladies
have made to inspire you today!
I'm always so impressed with these ladies!!!
They leave me in awe with each & every challenge theme!

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun!
Here's what I have up for grabs to one lucky random draw winner.
But, you need to play to win!!  LOL
 Hope to see you there!
As always . . .

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Birds on a wire . . .

Hello Friends!
WOW have you seen the latest October Release dies at the Tutti Designs Store?
They are stained glass style and they are fabulous!

Today I've used the 'Birds Stained Glass' die for my creation ...

TUTTI-400 Birds Stained Glass

I decided to use the Inlaid technique for my card.
It took a little time and patience but I LOVE the outcome!!
It actually looks like a stained glass piece!!

I first die cut my image from black card stock to use as my base.
Then I cut a red panel to use for the birds and a green panel
to use for the leaves.

I adhered my black outline onto white card stock using the Nuvo
medium glue pen.  Then I started inlaying the birds.
Once they were completed I inlaid the leaves.
Then cut my white frame to create my focus panel.

Once my inlaid was completed, I matted the entire panel
onto the same green card stock as the leaves and
centered it onto my red card stock background panel.
Using a ruler and white gelly roll pen,
I created my faux stitching.

Here's another peek at the finished 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 here on the Tutti Designs Blog EACH and EVERY DAY!   Pop in often and see for yourself ... what a talented group of designers!!

Challenges to share in:
Crafty Catz Challenge  - No Designer Paper
 A Perfect Time to Craft November Challenge - ATG
 Card Mania November Challenge - ATG
 Happy Little Stamper November Dies Challenge - ATG w/dies

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

Thanks for stopping in ... have a great week ahead!
As Always . . .

Friday, November 10, 2017

Birthday cards for the Wee Ones!

Happy Friday Everyone!

I'm in Michigan visiting with my crafting friend Diane Hover (Nellie's Nest) and we are having a FABULOUS time!  Participated in a 'Paddle Auction' Wednesday evening where I actually WON a cool prize, went shopping in Shipshewana Indiana yesterday (weather was cold and windy) but we had a great day!  Today we are doing a little cookie baking for a charity event, shopping at a local bizzare then crafting!  Then tomorrow the highlight of the week ... taking the train into Chicago Christmas Shopping ... going to be great fun!

Anyways ... since I have a few minutes this morning I thought I'd share a few cards I created for my craft show last weekend that I didn't have time to share until now.  The show was a huge success I'm happy to say!

I have used Frantic Stamper - Cute Dino on each of these cute kids cards.
And, the Happy & Birthday are from Tutti Designs.
The background designer papers are from various companies that I had in my stash!

Well Diane's ready to go shopping so I'd better cut this short!
Happy Day All!
We are 'off and running' ... LOL!

Challenges to share in:
Crafting with Friends Challenge #54 - ATG
Creative Fingers Challenge #140 - ATG
 Simply Papercraft Challenge #52 - ATG
Seize the Birthday Challenge  - Birthday Option - Circles

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

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Winter Fun at the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge Blog

Hello Friends!

I'm so excited today!!
Last month my cards (here) were chosen as the #1 pick in the Top 3 for the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #436!  Yes, how cool is that!  And, that means I was asked to be their Guest Designer for today's challenge!  What an honor and what fun!!

Their challenge theme is:

** WINTER **

AND, they have two fabulous sponsors for this challenge . . .

Sponsor 1:Scrap N Dipity
Scrap N' Dipity
Prize is 3 images of choice from Scrap N Dipity.

The prize is 3 digital stamps of choice from Lacy Sunshine Stamps.

I have created with the Lacy Sunshine Stamp called 

This image was so much fun to color and create with!
I actually used my 'old' ZIG markers for today's coloring.  Tutti Designs 'Nesting Stitched Rectangles' were used to showcase Eleanor.  DCWV Glitter paper was used for the matting.  The icicle panel was punched using an old Martha Stewart icicle punch from white card stock ... then sponged with Tim Holtz Mermaid Lagoon distress ink which was then coated using the Nuvo Wide Glue Pen & Deco Art Glamour Dust for the sparkle.  Same process was used on Eleanor's 'fuzzy' elements.

Now I have a CONFESSION to share!

When I first read the guest designer instruction email, I missed one very important element of that email!  The THEME!  Yep, I created the card below before realizing what I had done!  LOL  SO, today is a 2 for 1 share day!  And I now have 2 cards for mailing this upcoming holiday season!  YEAH!!!

The same basic coloring & sparkle were used on both images.  However, I really should have had that snowflake charm on my WINTER card but it was my last one so it is what it is!  LOL!  Still looks cute on this card I think.  OLD OLD scraps of designer paper were used for the background on this card and touches of Stickles & Nuvo Crystal drops helped to add an extra touch of sparkle and texture.

Challenges to share in:
Craft Rocket Challenge #43 - Christmas is Coming
Daisy Chain Challenge #14 - Christmas/Winter
One Crazy Stamper Challenge - Christmas / Winter
I hope you'll come join in this fun challenge at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge Blog.
And, if you need inspiration ... come check out what the design team has created!  

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

Celebration time is near . . .

Hello Friends!
Today's card was created for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog and I think it will be perfect  for the upcoming holiday season.

I wasn't sure where this creation was headed but I knew I wanted to use these cute 'baby deers ... aka fawn'!  LOL  The dies I have used for today's card are as follows:

Poppystamps 'Curious Fawn'

Poppystamps - Dies - Curious Fawn
Poppystamps 'Cute Fawn'

Poppystamps - Dies - Cute Fawn
Poppystamps 'Evangeline Floating Square'

Poppystamps - Dies - Evangeline Floating Square

Memory Box 'Fresh Pine Landscape'

Memory Box - Dies - Fresh Pine Landscape (NEW)

Tutti Designs Word Set 'Celebrate'

Tutti Designs - Word Set - Celebrate

When I die cut my Floating Square, I realized there was enough room on the end of my paper scrap to die cut another panel.  So I did, then cut & glued them together.  Even though I had planned on popping this panel up, I like that this method gave my square more stability.

I've had this sheet of shiny blue film paper in my stash for a long time ... in fact, I think a friend gave it to me along with a lot of other papers etc when she was moving out of the country.  It was perfect to create the cold winter's day sky background for today's card.

Now that I have my pieces all cut, I'm ready to start creating my wintry scene.  OH and BTW ... ignore that cute snow covered fence panel in the upper right corner, you'll be seeing it on another creation ... it didn't really work out well for today's card.

You've seen me do this before with my sentiment dies and I'm sure you'll see it again in the future, but I love the effect you get when stacking your die cut words.  If you haven't tried this technique yet ... give it a try ... you'll love how it looks.

The little blue glitter snowflakes were left over on my work table from a previous project.

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

Before I go, I thought you might like a closer look at these cute little baby deer.  I've added a little white to their ears and tails, gave them eyes and a cute red nose.  I think they might be future Rudolphs in training!

Challenges to share in:
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #503 -  Sparkle
Movin' Along with the Times Challenge #58 - Trees
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #8 - ATG w/critter
Animal Friends Challenge #56 - Christmas w/animal
Create and Inspire Challenge #68 - ATG

 For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.
click below for:

As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!