Monday, October 23, 2017

More Gift Card Holders

Happy Monday All!

WOW!  The weather is about to make a drastic change this week so I think I'll just stay inside and get more creations made for my upcoming High School Craft Show.

Over the weekend, I shared dimensions and samples of the gift card holders I'm making for this show.  Each one will be packed separately with an envelope in a fitted zip top bag.   Here are a few more I made on Saturday while waiting for my friends.  We were supposed to meet for lunch but they got behind (looking for a new car) so we decided to meet for dinner instead.

Keep in mind, each of these samples is a SET OF 6.  Using 12x12 designer paper made mass production far easier and faster.  Still more to go but at least I've got them started!

Sentiment:  Tutti Designs 'Nesting Stitched Rectangles' dies
Impression Obsession Stamp

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek!
Wishing you a fabulous week ahead!

As Always . . .

Sunday, October 22, 2017


Hello Friends!
Today I'm  sharing another fun creation using dies from the Tutti Designs Store.  A beautiful holiday card can be made quickly by simply using two of the fabulous dies from Tutti Designs ... as I have done today.

Today I've used the 'Holiday Wreath' from our July 2017 Release 
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and the sentiment 'Celebrate' from our December 2016 Release.

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Here is how this card came together.
I began by die cutting my holiday wreath from watercolor paper.  Then I started laying down color using artist brushes and water color paints.  Once the colors I wanted, I sat it aside to dry.

Next it was time to add the sparkle.

 My background panel is from an older Graphic45 12x12 pack called 'A Christmas Carol'.  I'm matted it with red card stock to help pull it all together.  My sentiment was die cut from gold foil paper.

Here's another peek at the finished card!
 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 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:
The Merry Christmas Challenge #39 - ATG Christmas
 A Snowflake Promise Challenge #45 - ATG
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #17 - ATG Christmas
ABC Christmas Challenge - ATG Christmas

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

 Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Gift Card Holders

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Over the weekend I plan on working on more goodies for the 2017 Craft Show. 
Yesterday I started on the gift card holders I will be needing.
Plus, my mother called and said she needed 5 so I'll do those first!

This is an easy to make gift card holder.
I've share the dimensions before but I will share it with you again.

(You can get 2 holders from one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock.)

Base card:
CUT: 8 1/2" x 5"
SCORE: 3 1/2" and 7"

Decorative panels:
Front:  4 3/4" x 3 1/4"
Holder Flap:  4 3/4" x 1 1/4" 

I have used various 6x6 Christmas paper packs
for today's card holders.
TIP:  You can decorate SIX holders with one sheet of 12 x 12 designer paper (if you're careful ... need more
info let me know!

On the lower section for the holder,
I typically use a Gold or Silver Pilot Marker to
create a defining edge.  This way, once
you adhere your ends, you can easily see where
the opening is for your gift card.

Sometimes I've used a circle punch and
punched a  half circle in the middle of that flap for 
even more definition.

1/8" Scor-tape is used to adhere the ends.

I completed 10 yesterday and cut & scored 14 more to finish today before our
friends come for lunch and a visit.  Yikes I'd better get busy lol!

Here are a few more of those I finished yesterday.

Decorate to your liking.  Either very fancy or very plain.
Since I have small envelopes for each holder so they are mailable,
I've kept the designs pretty simple.

The ovals are actually 'scraps' left over from the holes
I cut in the lid of my tissue box covers.
'Waste Not ... Want Not' ... lol

Challenges to share in:
QKR Stampede Challenge #266 - ATG
Simply Papercraft Challenge #51 - ATG
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #438 - Christmas
 Little Miss Muffet Challenge #174 - ATG
The Merry Christmas Challenge #39 - ATG Christmas

Well I'd better get busy ... only a few hours before friends are here.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a FABULOUS weekend!

As Always . . .

Friday, October 20, 2017

CropStop Blog - October Guest DT Spot

Hello my friends!

I'm so happy to be the October 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's creation was fun to make and I'm so happy with the end result!
Anxious to hear your thoughts!!!

For the focus of my card, I have used the beautiful Memory Box Airin Bird Background (die cut from red glitter paper) and Memory Box Airin Snowflake Bird (die cut from white card stock) as the focus.

The background for my bird was created using Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks (Broken China & Faded Jeans).  On my craft sheet I stamped down both colors side by side, spritz with water using the Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer and began dragging my watercolor paper through the ink ... this way & that.  Spraying with water again and drying with my heat gun.

The last step was to spritz again with water, but this time, dabbling dry with a dry paper towel to achieve the white spots.

Now I have the basis for my card.  I felt a framing of some sort was needed and this Memory Box 'Scattered Snowflake Frame' worked perfectly.

NOW I'm ready for assembly!

To make it all POP, I cut a mat from black card stock 1/16" smaller than my white base card.  The bird has been popped up using Scotch foam mounting tape and a die cut holiday sentiment was attached at the bottom.

Here's one more look at the finished card.

I'll be back next Friday with another creation to share as the CropStop Guest Designer!
I hope you'll come join in the challenge fun!

Challenges to share in:
 C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #438 - Christmas
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #500 - Snowflakes
Scrapy Land Challenge #76 - ATG using product carried in their store
Connie Can Crop Challenge #63 - To DIE For
The 12 months of Christmas Linkup #34 - ATG

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Masculine Scenic Creations

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Today I have more (yes sorry ...) birthday cards to share.
This time I went with more masculine birthday cards since they
seem to be the hardest to create but quick to sell out at the shows.

When it comes to masculine cards, I'm always safe using
my Stampscapes stamps.  Here I've used three different scenic
stamps to create similar but different cards.

I've used my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to add a little color in the foreground
but left the background black & white.  The background paper is from
a huge 12x12 DCWV stack that my friend Linda gave me before she
moved to South America.  I've added a simple embellishment by die cutting
the largest tree from the Impression Obsession 'Fir Trees' set.

Another background paper from the same 12x12 pack and I think it
worked beautifully with this Stampscapes stamp. Coloring was done the same way
but colored the entire scene this time.  Chalk was added to the color the sky.
The embellishment is Memory Box 'Leaping Deer'

Once again, same background paper pack, different Stampscapes
stamp and touch of coloring.  No added embellishment this time.

I've used the same Hero Arts inside sentiment and added a little
Stampscapes 'rocks' stamp underneath. 

Challenges to share in:

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Double D - 'LEAVE' it to me!

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:

'LEAVE' it to me!
(Use leaves on your card/project.)

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

 If you happen to live in an area (like me) where the leaves change color,
WOW what a treat each and every year!  I love the bright green of early spring leaves then in the Fall you are treated to such a beautiful array of color ... red, orange, yellow, green, brown ... some trees seem to glow in the dark they are so bright in their fall color.
Mother nature is amazing!

Here's what I came up with today ... hope you like it!

I started out by embossing a panel of watercolor paper using one of my new 6x6 We R Memory Keepers embossing folder for texture,  then used a variety of Tim Holtz oxide distress inks to brush on the background color.

Next came my 'fall' tree of color.
Starting with the Impression Obsession 'Split Tree' then I die cut various colors of leaves using the Impression Obsession 'Small Leaf' set (same set as today's prize offering).

I felt my scene needed a picket fence so reached for my Cheery Lynn Designs 'Victorian Picket Fence', which then required some pumpkins (Cheery Lynn Designs 'Fall Pumpkins').  And of course, you can't have a Fall/Halloween design without a black cat (Impression Obsession Cats).

Now that I look at it closer, I guess my cat would have been more comfortable down on the ground next to the pumpkins.  Oh well LOL ... you know you can find a cat laying around just about anywhere!!  Why not on a picket fence!  LOL
Lastly I needed a sentiment so I went with the Tutti Designs Word Set - Hello.  Which makes this card useful as just a note card or even a Fall Birthday card.

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!

Challenges to share in:
CropStop October Challenge #33 - ATG using product carried at CropStop 
 Alphabet Challenge - P is for Pumpkin
 Brown Sugar Challenge #271 - Orange, Brown & Green
Scrapy Land Challenge #76 - ATG using product carried at their store
 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #7 - ATG with a critter (cat)
Animal Friends Challenge #55 - Autumn/Halloween must have animal (cat)

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 . . .

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Matching Birthdays

Hello Everyone and Happy Tuesday!
I'll be out and about this afternoon, linking up with a half dozen of my 1st cousins for lunch but before heading out the door, I wanted to share a few more birthday cards with you.  These are truly QUICK and EASY card creations but sometimes that's all that's necessary.

The design paper I have used on all three cards is from this beautiful DoveCraft 'Bohemian' 6x6 paper pack.  Since I'm using A6 size for my cards, I have a narrow strip of paper left over once I've cut for the front background panel.  With those strips of paper, I have die cut the words Happy & Birthday  (both from Tutti Designs) for my 'matching' sentiment.

The white panels I have used on the front were actually in my pile of scrap shapes and worked out beautifully.  Here are close up photos of each card.  I think they will work perfectly for my upcoming show.

So there you have it!
Now I'm off to enjoy the company of these fabulous ladies!

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

Good Friends . . .

Monday Again ... 2017 is ticking away quickly!!
Hope you all had an enjoyable weekend!

Today I have a trio of cards using the same sentiment that I purchased recently at the semi-annual Scrapbook Expo held in Akron.  The images were found online (no copyright rules were broken) and I think they could be used for a variety of occasions ... from a birthday to just a note card.

I'm not a big reader (bad eyes) but if I do decide to read a book, it has to grab me in the first chapter!  Then once it does, I can't put it down ... NOTHING else gets done till I've finished it.   My sister is a big reader and several years ago (before my crafting days) she introduced me to the author Judith McNaught. Well, I couldn't get enough of her stories and I'm serious when I say NOTHING else got done when I started one of her books.  Another reason why I don't read today ... that would be time away from my crafting!  Can't have that!!  LOL

 I was intrigued by some of the titles on the row of books in this image.

 The background paper I used on these cards has a 'leather' textured feel to it and thought it would coordinate perfectly with these leather bound books.

A touch of Nuvo crystal drops was used just as a small accent.  I didn't want to take away from the image or this fabulous sentiment which is from Rubbernecker Stamps.

I hope you've enjoyed today's post and find a touch of inspiration in my designs.
My collection of cards for the upcoming show is finally starting to look closer to what I need to have prepared for November.  Probably after this week I'll have to switch over to other projects ... gift card holders, tissue box covers, Hershey boxes ... you know those 'goodies' everyone is looking for at a craft show.

I'll be sure to share!  LOL

Challenges to share in:
Artistic Inspirations Challenges #188 - ATG
Crafting from the Heart Challenge #179 - ATG
Path of Positivity Challenge #52 - Surround yourself with Literature (10/2 - 11/5)
As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!