Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Milestone Celebrations

Hello friends and Happy Saturday!

A week or so ago I shared a couple anniversary cards that celebrated
milestone anniversaries (25th & 50th) ... seen HERE.

That led to a family member contacting me inquiring whether or not I could
make her a special card for a 65th Anniversary!  WOW!  Sixty-five years ... that's awesome!
So, of course, I told her I would get right on it and bring it with me the next
day since I was headed for Pennsylvania to see my mom and she lives
right up the road from my mother's house.

Here's what I created for her . . .


I made an inquiry on Google as to what colors represent a 65th Anniversary
and would you believe, Sky Blue & Sapphire are what popped up for this question!
So THAT is what I went with . . .

(If you have any questions on the products used, 
just leave me a comment and I'll get you the answer.)

SHE loved the card so much, she felt it was too beautiful for her to give the celebrated couple and said she should give it to her daughter and son-in-law since it was his parents who was celebrating this wonderful milestone.  I told her if that's what she wanted to do, I would be happy to make her another card but would have to send it in the mail to her since I had no plans on making another trip over (1-1/2 hr drive) before the celebration which is today.
So here's the second card I made for her ...


It was an honor to be asked to create these cards for this couple and I wish them many more happy years together!

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

Monday, January 21, 2019

Tutti Designs - Flowers for You

Hello Dear Friends!
I'm once again dipping into my older
Tutti Designs dies to create a card of inspiration for you!

Dies used on today's card are:
TUTTI-212 Stitched Heart Flower Stems

TUTTI-213 Nesting Stitched Tags

There are so many wonderful things you can do with all of the
Stitched Nesting dies available at Tutti Designs.
Just type Stitched into the Search function to see all that are available.

After laying my tags, I die cut my stitched flowers from
both green card stock and red/white polka dot designer paper.
a little fussy cutting and these beautiful heart
shaped flowers are ready to make you smile!
Scraps of polka dot and striped designer paper
called out to me to be paired with this pretty floral tag.
A touch of ribbon and VIOLA!

Please be sure to pop over to the Tutti Designs Store
and check out all of the fabulous dies available.

Need more inspiration? 
The team has something new to share on the Tutti Designs Blog  

Challenges to share in:
Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #132 - Stitches
Creative Knockouts Challenge #281 - Stitches
Krafty Chicks Challenge #438 - Tags

Pop in often and see for yourself ... what a talented group of designers!!
For your convenience, here are all the Tutti Designs quick links you will need:

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

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Cheapo Dies - Let's Escape Winter . . .

with a trip to the Islands!

Hello Dear Friends
Today I'm sharing a Winter Escape to the Islands creation 
using dies from the Cheapo Dies Store.
If you live in an area that is experiencing WINTER at the present time, then the thought promoted by this card will catch your eye!   Wouldn't it be nice to be basking in the sun on a far away island watching the palm trees sway in the ocean breeze?   THAT is where my mind was when creating this card and watching the snow flying around outside.
The die I have used on today's card is 
Cheapo Dies - Palm Trees
My vision for today's card was to have this die as my main focus so I began by die cutting from various scraps of colored card stock and my main image from white card stock.  Then started piecing my scene together.

Next came all the pieces I needed (which many were left over bits & bobs from past creations) to bring this island scene to life.

 The seashells, stamp, sentiment panel were all fussy cut from a scrap piece of Graphic45 seaside designer paper I had in my stash.

I hope you've enjoyed what I've shared today, and, if you're not familiar with Cheapo Dies, you are missing out!!!

Here's a listing of their store, blog & FB links to help you get familiar:

Thanks to all of you for stopping by today!
Here's wishing you a FABULOUS week ahead!
As always ...

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Our Thoughts and Prayers . . .

Hello Friends!
Recently I've run complete out of sympathy cards
and since I sadly get many requests for them that's what I'm 
going to be working on today since the weather is going to be
really crappy and I can't go out.

I spotted the sketch over on the Case This Sketch blog and
thought it would work perfectly for some fast cards.  Here's my first 
card to share ... 

I have had this Hero Arts stamp & die set for ages and
FINALLY found a design I really think it's perfect for!

For the word 'prayers', I have die cut it three times and glued together
THEN I used Ultra Thick Embossing Enamal (UTEE) and heat set it to get
this beautiful result.

I thought the ivy was exactly what I needed for the vertical element. 
I've used the Sue Wilson 'Greek Island Collection' (CED5102).
After die cutting from lime green card stock, 
I sponged some darker green ink over the top.

Here are a few other challenges I'd like to share in:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Clean and Simple
City Crafters Challenge #445 - Clean and Simple
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #423 - Embossing (wet embossed)

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my blog today!
If you are in the path of this HUGE SNOW STORM,
please stay safe and warm!

As always . . .

Friday, January 18, 2019

All you need . . .

Hello Friends!
Happy Friday afternoon!
While waiting for the BIG snow storm to hit, I thought I'd
play around with a couple of new stamp sets I purchased a few weeks back.

I started out by creating my background using Tim Holtz distress inks and large sponge daubers.  Then came the fun of stamping this scene using the 'Fairy Stamps' set from Joanna Sheen (England)  and a Marianne Designs stamp set called 'Silhouettes - Fairies & Butterflies'.

A couple challenges I'd like to enter into are:
Time Out Challenge #127 - Inspired by Words

That's it for me today!
Back to creating for a few more hours before
dinner hour calls upon me to cook!  LOL

As always . . .

** UPDATE **
I've used this card as an Encouragement Card and hand wrote
a personal message inside.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Double D - Looking Back in Time

Hello Dear Friends!
It's time once again for a new challenge over on the Double D Challenge Blog!
I'm hosting today and as you can see by my blog title ... the theme is

Looking Back in Time
(create something that reminds you of times gone by)
Here's the mood board I've created to help inspire you . . .

Here's what I have to share with you today ...

My card is 5.5" square and uses the following products:

Yvonne Creations - Vintage Objects - Endless Times Frame

The image is from a collage pack called 'Vintage Photographs' from TJ Designs by TweetyJill.  She used to be on Etsy but I don't see where her store is open any more.  Sorry!  I purchased my pack of sheets several years ago at the Adventures in Stamping Convention held here in Akron every Spring.

The key if from K&Company and the sticky backed lace (very old) is by Jambo.

After die cutting my frame from white card stock, I sponged a bit of Tim Holtz distress 'walnut stain' over the top to give it an aged appearance.  A 5.5 square panel of Kraft card stock was added to the back before adhering to my white card base.  

The oval dies I used for my image and white mat are the OLD (my first set of stackable dies) Sizzix Oval dies.  They were the perfect shape / size to fit in the opening on this die.

I've also added a medium size Gold Dot by Stampendous in the center of the clock hands.

REMEMBER:  We have a fun prize to give away to one lucky player,
which will be chosen by Random.org
ALL are welcome to enter ... we will ship internationally!

Today's prize offering is ...

 So be sure to pop over to the Double D Challenge Blog to see all the details and amazing samples offered up by our VERY TALENTED design team ladies!!

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

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Double D Party is OVER . . .

. . . and now it's time to announce the winner from those
who so kindly visited me here on my blog and left such kind comments.


Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Happy Birthday

Selected by Random.org, 
the winner of all three prizes is:

 #13  VERNA
Verna Angerhofer said...
Congratulations on your third year...it has been a great three years too and I must say I enjoy doing the challenges. I hope I can join in this time too. And, I love the card you made. It really looks like a celebration my friend. It is super awesome.

I will be emailing you directly requesting your snail mail address so I can get your prizes
mailed to you a.s.a.p.

Thanks SO MUCH for joining in our Double D Anniversary/Birthday Party!
I hope you will continue to join in our challenges and don't forget
come back here and say Hello!

As always . . . 

Dies R Us Challenge - Something NEW ...

Hello my dear friends!
Today I'm sharing a card created for the new challenge over on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog where the theme is:

Something **NEW**

Now this could be a new baby, a new home or in my case, NEW DIES!

The **NEW**  dies I have used are:

Sue Wilson Designs - Background Collection - Ray Of Light 
Penny Black - Dies - Birds On A Wreath 

and sentiment from an older die set ...
Sue Wilson Designs - Necessities Collection - You Are My Sunshine

I love it when you can use your dies in more ways than one as I have today with this Penny Black 'Birds on a Wreath' die.  As you see in the image above, the die is more for the holidays with the two bells hanging down from the top.  But, I decided to turn mine into a more 'everyday' wreath by snipping off the bells.  Then coloring my birds in happy springy colors.  

TIP:  You could also snip off the top bird and sit him down on the bottom with the other bird for yet another variation using this same die.

 Be sure to pop over to the Dies R Us Challenge blog and see the amazing
designs from the design team.  Then, come join in the fun!  You
have until January 28th to share your project!


Who knows ... YOU might be the winner of a DRU Gift Voucher!!

Well that's it for me today!
Here's wishing you a FABULOUS remainder of your week!!
Thanks for stopping by ...
As always ...

Monday, January 14, 2019

Tutti Designs - You're A Star!

Hello Dear Friends!
I'm once again dipping into my older Tutti Designs dies to create a card of inspiration for you!

While working on my card for today, my son in law came to my mind.
He is a guitar player/singer ... he hasn't played for a few years and only recently 'put the band back together'.  My daughter tells me they have a 'gig' this weekend and he's a bit nervous. LOL  Many of his past followers were happy to hear 'The Band Is Back' and they're expecting quite a crowd so I made this card with him in mind.  I will put it away until his birthday.

 The dies I've used are:

TUTTI-338 Acoustic Guitar
TUTTI-337 Electric Guitar
TUTTI-215 Nesting Stitched Stars

I actually die cut the guitars from three different colors of card stock because I couldn't decide.  But then I finally decided to color one of the sets of white guitars using gold metallic marker and silver metallic marker  ... then stacked/glued them together for added dimension.

Please be sure to pop over to the Tutti Designs Store
and check out all of the fabulous dies available.

Need more inspiration? 
The team has something new to share on the Tutti Designs Blog  

Pop in often and see for yourself ... what a talented group of designers!!
For your convenience, here are all the Tutti Designs quick links you will need:

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