Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Happy Birthday Dies R Us Inspiration Blog!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!
I can't believe it was a year ago (March 1st) that we began sharing inspiration samples at the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  Each day Monday through Friday the ladies of this wonderful team have shared a new & exciting creation to help spark your mojo in creating with die cuts.  I can remember how excited I was to be selected as a member of this talented team!  I've learned so much from each one of them in their unique styles and use of die cuts on their card creations.

So, to celebrate the occasion, I've created this special card!
 Birthday cards are supposed to be bright and cheerful so I decided to create my own colorful background panel to use for my die cutting selections and place them on an all white card to really make them POP!  And, the dies used on this card are:  Creative Expressions Sue Wilson - Spanish Background #CED1201, Memory Box - Madera Corner #98237, Elizabeth Craft Designs - Balloons #726, Memory Box - Happy Birthday Extravaganza #98765

How much fun is it to turn a plain piece of white card stock into a colorful panel by simply sponging on a variety of ink colors
I chose to go in a circular motion with each color and fill in any white gaps between colors.  Of course, you could also do this in a striped pattern if you want to use the entire panel as your background. 

 Here is a side view so you can see that I popped up the center pieces of the balloons as well as the Sue Wilson background panel.   Just that little bit of added dimension can really add character to your cards!  

You may remember seeing this card on my blog last week using the opposite scheme ... colorful background and white die cuts (same Memory Box die).
 I really like both versions ... which one is your favorite???

 Reminder ... when you are shopping at our Dies R Us store and find that the dies you are looking for are Out of Stock ... simply click on the 'Put Me On The Waiting List' tab ... fill in the information and you will be notified via email as soon as it's back in stock.  It has been my experience that this typically doesn't take much time at all!

OH and don't forget to join in our new challenge over at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog ... this time around the theme is MONOCHROMATIC (and die cuts of course).

Well it's time for me to go get a piece of that Birthday Cake! LOL!
As always . . .

Monday, March 2, 2015

Crafty Secrets March Linky Party . . .

With Spring right around the corner (YAY!), our theme at Crafty Secrets is
The team is showcasing Gardening/Botanical themed items with an UPCYCLING twist!

Remember, you DO NOT have to follow the theme to join in our challenges ... the only thing you ARE REQUIRED TO DO is use any Crafty Secrets products.  AND ... if you don't have any, just pop on over to our blog ... each month we are sharing something FREE that you can use to join in the challenge fun and have the opportunity to be our BIG WINNER!!!

With that being said, I'd like to share with you my recycling 'GO GREEN' project ...



So what do you think?  
I love being able to reuse stuff that would otherwise end up in a landfill somewhere!

By simply decoupaging the baby wipe container with a few of the beautiful design papers available in the Crafty Secrets Digital Garden Papers file, this plain white plastic container becomes a snazzy holder for my 'empty bean can' coordinating containers.  These containers are also usable for starting new planting ... that way you will be ready to put them in the ground once it thaws!  LOL!
I'm sure there are various ways to 'decoupage' but here's how I did it!
Mod Podge
Sponge Brush
Design Paper
Ribbon, Lace or Upholstery Trim (as I have used).
Hot Glue Gun (to adhere the trim).

Just so you know, I AM a fan and DO recycle everything I can.  I don't understand people who have the availability to recycle and don't take advantage of it!!   Grrrr!  How hard is it!!

Anyways ... off my soapbox ... this was a lot of fun to create and I am really happy with the outcome!  I had NO IDEA what I wanted to do until I started looking through my pile of 'stuff' ... then it hit me! I've added strips of burlap which I had left over from another project as filler.

Please be sure to pop over to see the amazing GO GREEN projects my team mates have created for you today!  AND ... we are thrilled to have Karen Letchworth as our March Guest Designer!
Links to our fabulous TEAM:
Darlene Pavlick (you are here)  
and, this month's Guest Designer Karen Letchworth

Challenges to share in:
Anything But a Card Challenge - Green with Envy (I'm going GREEN in more ways than one)
Glitter and Sparkle Challenge - Anything Goes
Great Impressions March Challenge - Go GREEN
Altered Eclectic March Challenge - Anything Goes (no cards)
Recycle, Re-Purpose, Re-Invent Challenge - Anything Goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit March Challenge - Altered Art/Mixed Media (no cards)

Now it’s your turn! Create a NEW project featuring any Crafty Secrets goodies and link it up on the Crafty Secrets BLOG by Sunday, March 15th at midnight PT. 
 One lucky participant will be randomly selected to win a lovely prize package from Crafty Secrets valued at more than $25 ... pop over to the blog to see what YOU could win!

Thanks for playing along! 
We can’t wait to see what you bring to the party!
 As always . . .

Other:  Crafty Secrets Spring Cut-Out Kids, Mod Podge, sponge brush, hot glue gun, upholstery trim, Fiskars swivel craft knife (for fussy cutting), strips of burlap, silk daisy stems

Sunday, March 1, 2015

613 Avenue Creates with Dr. Seuss

Hello friends and welcome back!
Today I have a DT card creation for 613 Avenue Creates to share
and WOW did I have fun creating this one!
Did you know that tomorrow, March 2nd is Dr. Seuss's Birthday! 
Well it is so we not only get to play with some fun images from our sponsors, 
but we also are sharing some fun Dr. Seuss sayings!
The sponsor I'm showcasing today is Melonheadz  and an image from the adorable set called Four Seasons Lucy Doris combo pack.

OMG how cute is Lucy!!
It looks like she's already for those April showers that are right around the corner!

This is as CAS (clean and simple) as my designs get!  LOL!
  My background panel was created by simply scribbling the lower portion (grass) with my DG3 Spectrum Noir marker and the upper portion (sky) with my TB1 marker. 
After printing her out at 5" tall, I simply colored her using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, fussy cut out her silhouette then popped her up.  

She looks so happy I figured rain or shine she was having fun so I chose 
THIS particular Dr. Seuss sentiment.
If you're looking for some fun today, why not come join in our challenge!
Remember, we are an ANYTHING GOES challenge that offers a TWIST!
So whether you choose to use the twist or not, you are welcome to come join in the fun!!!

A few challenges to share in today are:
Die Cuttin Diva's Challenge - Seuss Inspired
Mod Squad Challenge - Spring Ahead

Thanks for stopping by!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs
Inks:  Memento 'Cantaloupe'
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, SU dimensionals, Spellbinder Labels 17

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Spring's around the corner . . .

Happy Weekend Everyone!
I hope you have something fun planned for this weekend.
Not much going on around here today and since my friend (Waiving Hi to Diane [Nellie's Nest]) told me she was going to play a challenge JUST FOR FUN today I thought I'd join in.  The challenge is over at My Artistic Adventures Blog and even though you can play using any images, the prize and GD spot is only offered if you have used her images.  
SO ... that gave me a good excuse to pop over to her Etsy shop and make a purchase.  
I mean come on ... my hands were tied ... I just HAD to do it!  Right???  LOL!

And there are only a few hours left to play so I QUICKLY created this card:
The challenge theme is "THINK SPRING" (oh my gosh ... am I ever!).
The collage page I selected for today's card is called 'Vintage chic Victorian Roses ATC Backgroundss Spring Digital Collage sheet' and I just LOVE it!  Some of the imges have flowers, some have birds but each one is beautiful and vintage ... you all know I LOVE VINTAGE anything!!!
I cut each image from the sheet then decided which two I wanted to use on my card front.
Added a little of this and a little of that and VIOLA!

I hope you'll come check out this fun challenge.  
You probably don't have time to play the current challenge but a new one is coming and I hope to play again ... why not join me (and Diane! lol).

Challenges to share in:
Brown Sugar Challenges - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Challenge - Dies/Punches
Digitally Sweet Challenge - Anything Goes
Fun with Shapes Challenge - Flowers of Spring
My Sheri Crafts Challenge - Welcome Spring

Well, I'd better get this linked up before time runs out!
Stay warm and safe out there if you live in any of the areas that are expecting another snow storm over this weekend.  Here in Ohio they are calling for another 4-8" of snow (oh joy!).  
And then ... in the mid 40s come Tuesday!  
WHAT???   This weather is crazy ... no wonder everyone is sick!
Okay .. gotta go!
As always ...

Papers:  White cs
Stamp images:  Crafty Secrets
Accessories:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'Chrysanthemum' die #B311, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Exotic Butterfly Small' #DL112, Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Finishing Touches Classic Rose' #CED1407, Couture Creations EF, Tim Holtz 'Brushed Corduroy and Dusty Concord' distress inks, sponge daubers, Offray dotted organza ribbon

Friday, February 27, 2015

More Birthday Greetings ...

Happy Friday!
Today's card creation satisfies both my need to do a sketch challenge (this time around the Wednesday sketch at Splitcoast Stampers) and a DT commitment card for Crafty Secrets.  Love when I can combine things I enjoy together in one creation.

This adorable little girl as well as the birthday scroll sentiment are from the Birds and Blossoms Printable Sheet and the cute little kitty is from the Altered Fairies Creative Scraps.

The sketch I'm using today is from Splitcoast Stampers (need to be a member to view & play).
I have flipped the sketch vertically for my card.  And of course added a few 'extras'.

After sitting my panels in position, I realized my focus image covered the pretty flower in this design paper so quickly grabbed my Fiskars Swivel Craft Knife and did a bit of fussy cutting so I could slide the image panel behind the flower.  Awwww that's better!
Little kitty was fussy cut and popped up also to give a little added dimension.
All the COLOR panels on this card were created with ink and a sponge dauber.

A few challenge to share in today are:
DoubleClick Challenge - Use an Animal
Inspiration Destination Challenge - Anything Goes
Scrapper's Delights Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by ... I hope your weekend is fabulous!
I'm looking forward to NEXT week since the temperatures are supposed to be much higher!
I sure hope so ... I'm getting tired of these frigid temperatures!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Black cs, Prima 'Jodie Lee designs' Nature Garden Collection design paper
Ink:  SU groovy guava, SU More Mustard
Accessories:  Pop Dots, White Liquid Pearls, Fiskars swivel craft knife, large sponge dauber

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Playing with Paper . . .

Morning Everyone!
It's time once again for a new challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters
and "I" am honored to be your hostess today!
I discovered there were two techniques that I haven't used in a very long time so decided to make those our theme for today's challenge.  Those two techniques are:

Paper Piecing and/or Paper Piercing
(you can use one or the other ... or both).


I wanted to use a LARGE image stamp to give you the full effect but not sure this was a good choice ... although, I do like how it came together.  I am always in need of Sympathy cards so decided to use that as the theme for today's technique card.  AND, as you see, I chose Paper PIECING.  I was actually going to do Paper Piercing in the corner of my background paper but DUH!  FORGOT and adhered it to my card base before doing it!  Went with faux stitching instead! 
Oh well ... next time!  LOL!

I wasn't sure if you could tell in the full card photo how I had 'fussy cut' parts of my flower and stacked them with dimensional tape for extra dimensional paper piecing ... so here's a close up of that detail.
Papers:  Black cs, Lavender cs, Lilac cs, Colorbok 'Sorbet' dp
Stamps/Ink:  Heartfelt 'Blossoms', Versafine Onyx
Dies:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'Exotic Butterflies Small' #DL112, Spellbinder Nestabilities 'Labels 17', Elizabeth Craft 'With Sympathy' #737, Memory Box 'Geneva Vine' #98595
Accessories:  Dimensional Tape, TH fine tip black marker, Spectrum Noir alcohol marker 'LV1'
Technique:  Paper Piecing, Faux Stitching

At the last minute I decided to do a second card.
Here I've simply grabbed a sheet of Graphic45 'Sweet Sentiments' 8x8 paper (doubled sided) and a floral stamp (by Just for Fun) and make a thank you card.  Another very 'simple' card but a little special with the paper piecing.
Please pop over to the Sisterhood to see the fabulous creations my 'sistahs' have created for you then come join in the fun!  We draw such amazing inspiration from all you crafters and truly enjoy being ooohhh'd & aaahhh'd by your amazing talents!

A few challenges to share in today:
Creative Moments Challenge - Anything Goes/Paper Piecing
Digi Chooseday Challenge - Anything Goes

 Thanks so much for stopping by!
Can you believe we only have a few days left in this month!  
WOW!  Time is FLYING by!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Heart of my Heart . . .

Hello Blogging Friends!
Can you believe we are already to the end of another month!  
WOW!  As they say ... Time flies when you're having fun!!

It's Tuesday and that means that it is time once again for me to hopefully inspire you with a new card sample I've created using dies available at our Dies R Us Store and shared over on our Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  Each day Monday through Friday the team shares a BRAND NEW sample ... please be sure to pop over and see what my teamies have been creating ... simple awesome!

I am loving all these new 'heart' dies (and have added several to my stash, lol) but today I'm using one I've had in my collection for awhile now.  I just think it's gorgeous and can certainly be used for a variety of occasions.   I think this card might be turned into a Wedding or Anniversary card.  
What are your thoughts on it?? 
SEE!  Isn't it beautiful!!
This is the Cheery Lynn Designs 'Lattice Heart with Vines' #B368 die and I've paired it with another GORGEOUS die set from the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Spanish Collection - Cordoba #CED1206 for the background panel.  I actually die cut all three of the Sue Wilson dies at the same time then proceeded to use each panel on a different card.  How cool is that!!  And time saving too!
(peek at the inside)
Both panels have been popped up onto the background panel, Kaiser pearls added to the corners then it was time to add a few more embellishments.  I decided a touch of organza ribbon and a 'floral bouquet' were in order.  So, to accomplish my bouquet, I turned to my Cheery Lynn Designs 'Sweet William Strip' #B307 to create today's flowers.  A few sprigs of flourish from Marianne #LR0157 and a touch of sparkle to the floral centers ... VIOLA!  bouquet was complete.

Challenges to share in:
Cheery Lynn Designs - Anything Goes

Just a reminder that Dies R Us also has a challenge blog and,
a new challenge is offered on the 1st and 15th of each month!
You can get all the details here on our 
There's still time to join in our current challenge ... it runs through the 26th.

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

Papers:  White cs, Pink linen cs, SU Rich Razzleberry cs
Dies:   Cheery Lynn Designs 'Lattice Heart with Vines' #B368, Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Spanish Collection - Cordoba #CED1206, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Sweet William Strip' #B307, Marianne #LR0157
Accessories:  White Liquid Pearls, Deco Art Glamour Dust, Kaiser Pearls, Dimensional Tape, White Organza Ribbon, Craft-Dee Bowz Bow maker,
INSIDE card:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'Margarita Border' #B432, Memory Box 'Stitched Circle Layers' #30036, TH Spun Sugar distress ink, Versus Rubber Stamps

Monday, February 23, 2015

Never Enough Birthday Cards . . .

Happy Monday my friends!
DANG is it cold here in Ohio!  Overnight temperatures below zero and the high today is only going to be 8 degrees!    Uuugh ... I think everyone is really ready for Spring this year!!!  And we've had record breaking snowfalls too!  Our extra 4 or so inches of snow on Saturday were really pretty ... BUT ... enough already!!!!!  LOL

So needless to say, I spent the weekend either in my cave crafting (when my mojo was present) ... or in front of the TV watching a few movies with my dear husband (when it wasn't)!
I have an order for a dozen Birthday cards for a friend of my mother's so decided to get started on those.  She doesn't want anything 'too fancy' ... so here's what I've created so far.

This was a quick and easy card to create, and I LOVE the outcome.
I created the background panel using various inks and sponge applicators.
Then die cut Memory Box 'Happy Birthday Extravaganza' sentiment using  white card stock
and VIOLA!!!   The butterflies were created with a Martha Stewart punch and I
sponged the edges of their wings with coordinating inks.
I dipped into some of my Graphic45 design papers for this card.
Simply some cutting and distressing and this card was pronounced DONE!!

Although cute, I'm not real sure this would be good for a birthday so will include it in the pack as a BONUS card.  I found this image out on Pinterest and just thought it was adorable (but a bit sad!).
I've added a touch of diamond Stickles to her wings as well as the center of the butterfly.

Well, I still have a lot of cards to create so I'd better get busy.
And, of course, with a new month approaching ... I have new DT obligations to see to as well.
You know what they say ... "Time flies when you're having Fun!"

Wishing you all a FABULOUS week ahead!
As for me ... I'm just trying to stay warm and creative!
As always . . .

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Birthday Time at 613 Avenue

Hello Dear Friends!
How are you this fine Sunday??
As my title suggests, it's time for a new challenge at 613 Avenue Creates and today's theme is

(card, gift, packaging, etc., etc.,)

We are thrilled once again to have these two three fabulous sponsors:

and a new sponsor for 613 Avenue Creates . . .
Crafty Secrets

So, today, I will not have just ONE creation to share ... but I will have TWO!
For my first card, I get to play with a fun image from Bugaboo Stamps called Frame It - Balloon Boy.   I can always use more children's birthday cards in my stash and I just thought this little guy was so darn cute!

I was right ... how cute did this card turn out!
Not a lot of fuss or fancy but perfect for any kids birthday party!
This birthday background paper has been in my paper drawer for years!  The colors worked just great with this little balloon offering fellow!  How do you like that cupcake?  Looks good enough to eat huh!  Or maybe I'm just hungry for something sweet, lol!

Papers:  white cs, ocean blue cs, lavender cs,birthday dp (?? too old to remember)
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Elizabeth Craft #716 'Cupcake w/candle & bow die, Stickles - Lavender, Firefly, Orange Peel
Inside:  Mrs. Grossman cupcake sticker, Penny Black stamp, Versafine onyx ink, scrap of birthday dp (opposite side)

For my second card I have created a more feminine birthday card using one of the images from the Crafty Secrets 'Victorian Floral Easter Eggs' printable sheets.

Papers:  White cs, Brown cs, Graphic45 'Botanical Tea' 6x6 solids/prints, scrap of Floral dp (mfg?), 
Dies:  Elizabeth Craft 'Happy Birthday', Lea'bilities 'Fancy Oval Frames', Memory Box 'Meadowbird Branch'

If by chance you are not familiar with the 613 Avenue Creates Challenge blog, we are an ANYTHING GOES challenge WITH AN OPTIONAL TWIST.  You can enter your creation either way!  WITH or WITHOUT the twist.
Challenges to share in today:
Scrap & Craft Challenge - Birthday
Seize the Birthday Challenge - I chose 'Anything Goes Birthday'
A Gem of a Challenge - Children's Playtime (birthday party)

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