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

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



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Dies R Us - All Things Baby

Hello Everyone!
Today's card is my inspirational sample for the 
I'm sure a lot of you (like myself) have
spent a good part of January doing clean up
and reorganizing!  Today's card is a part
of that 'clean up' process and was a lot of fun to create!

Yep ... it was created with all sorts 
of pieces and parts laying around on my work
tables from past card creations.

If you recall last week's Tuesday post, you will see
just in a different color ... another Ken Oliver play time
sample panel. lol


 Other dies used:
Spellbinder (old) Classic Oval

Whew that's a lot of pieces and parts but I think it's cute!
Are you up to the challenge?  
Take a look around in your work space ...
Gather those 'left overs' and see what you can create!
I must admit ... it really made me scratch my head a few times!

 A little doodling and VIOLA!  

Challenges to share in:
Cheery Lynn Designs - Anything Goes
 Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes
 Crafty Cardmakers Challenge - Punches & Dies

Don't forget about our fun challenges offered at
Current theme (runs through the 28th) is STITCHING (real or faux)
Come join us ... YOU could be our next winner!

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

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Robyn's Fetish Challenge #300 -"PINK, GREEN, YELLOW & BLUE" - 01/24/2016

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

This week's challenge is:
PINK, GREEN, YELLOW & BLUE

Today's sponsor is ODDBALL ART CO.


One lucky player will win their choice of 3 digital stamps from the Oddball Art Co

The fun image I am creating with today is called 'Skylar & Friends - Signs of Spring'.
I am in dire need of birthday cards so I decided that would be the theme of my card today.  The inside sentiment is also a part of this stamp set (actually 4 different sentiments).


Inside View

I have used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color this adorable image and really haven't used many embellishments because I wanted the image to be the focus of my card.
Our challenge colors were sponged across the inside panel after printing the sentiment.  I really like how it pulls it all together.

Challenges to share in:
2 Creative Chicks Challenge - Anything Goes
ARTastic Challenge - Summer Theme
 Crafts Galore Encore Challenge - Anything Goes
Imagine That! Creative Playground - Coloring Contest
Creaine Challenge - Bingo (ribbon, flowers, pink)

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, Pink cs, (old) SU dp
Accessories:  Impression Obsession 'Rectangle 6-in-1 Frame' (DIE242), Really Reasonable Ribbon 'Spring Rainbow', Prima flowers, Green Stickles, Tim Holtz 'Broken China' distress ink, Memento 'Bamboo Leaves', 'Angel Pink', 'Dandelion' inks, large sponge daubers

Friday, January 22, 2016

For A Man or Woman

Hello Friends!
Another weekend is upon us
but before I get busy and loose track of time,
I wanted to share with you another
creation I've made for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.

As I mentioned before, I am always
in need of birthday cards!  And, of course the hardest
to design for are the men in our lives.
I think today's card could be used for either a man or a woman!

What do you think?

The colors of black & kraft lend themselves to a masculine
card, but the fanciness of the Sue Wilson 'Spanish Collection - Cordoba' die set (3 dies in this set) as well as the Sue Wilson Expressions - Happy Birthday sentiment die  
would work perfectly for a lady.



With spring craft shows right around the corner,
I think I'll whip up several of this
design in different colors ... sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Please remember you still have a week to play
along in the current challenge at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.
The theme is: use the color STITCHING (real or faux).

Hope you'll join in the fun!
Thanks for stopping by today ...
Till next time . . .

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Double D Challenge ... Brrrr!

Hello Friends!
It's time for a new challenge over on the new 'Double D Challenge Blog'.
Today Team Darlene (teeheehee that's me!) is hosting and these ladies have created some amazing projects!  Please come check it out and play along!  (I've even offered a prize to the winner!)

Our theme is:  BRRRRR!!!
and here's the Tile Board offered to help get your mojo started!

Well it is JANUARY and even though December was VERY mild, it looks like Old Man Winter will catch up with us sooner or later.  I remember winters growing up ... what fun!  My Dad always had a really cool sled riding path created for us (and all the neighborhood kids) to enjoy.  
I can remember one year when he made a 12 foot snowman (he actually made it a 'snow woman' ... WOW was my mom mad and made him 'fix' it!  lol)  From then on they were always your typical snowmen!

A couple of things caught my eye on this tile board ... 
obviously the snow & snowman ... but also the trees with the beautiful red cardinals.
So here's what I came up with.


I actually was able to use some of the scraps that were laying on my work table 
left over from the holidays.   For instance, the large snowflake panel.  I saw it laying there and decided that would be used for the center focus ... and went on from there.
This little sprig of snowflakes where cut off from the entire 'Snow Flurry' die cut piece so I accented my ribbon with it.  (Good Golly!  You would have thought I would have just thrown it away!  REALLY!!  Do I need to keep every little bit and piece???  Obviously I do!  LOL)


So there you have it ...
I do hope you'll come join in the challenge fun at Double D Challenges.

Challenges to share in:
 Creative Moments Challenge - ATG Twist/Let It Snow
Inspiration Destination Challenge - ATG
A Snowflakes Promise Challenge - ATG w/Winter or Christmas
 Clear It Out Challenge - Winter -add a snowflake
 
Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .


Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, Medium blue cs, Red cs, Black cs, BoBunny 'Altitude' Collection dp
Dies:  Spellbinder 'Snowflakes View'  (S6-015), Marianne 'Snowman' (LR0246), Wild Rose Studio 'Snow Flurry' (WRS032), Memory Box 'Forest Crows' (99197)
Accessories:  Penny Black 'Snowy Park' stamp, Versafine Onyx ink,  Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, RRR 'Beautiful Blues' December collection,