Sunday, September 24, 2017

Celebrate the Fall Season . . .

Hello All!

Pumpkin season is upon us and today I'm sharing a card that celebrates the Fall Harvest!  There's nothing I love more this time of year then going to the Farmer's Market and seeing all the beautiful vegetables on display along with pumpkins, gourds, bales of hay and corn stalks!

I've used three dies for today's card.  
Two you can see right away but the other die I used to 'EMBOSS' my background panel.  Have you ever done that?  I've seen it done by others but never think to do it myself ... that is until today!!

 By using one of those tan spongy mats under your paper, you are able to EMBOSS with your dies vs cutting. 

Here I've used the new Tutti 'Vines' #395 to emboss my background panel.  Keep in mind, after you do your first emboss run through, if you run it through completely again for your second embossing ... your first one will be flattened.  So be careful to run it through just until it embosses that portion, then back it up so you don't run over parts that are already embossed.   (Ask me how I know ... lol)

Here's my finished panel.
Pretty cool!!

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I also had some fun with the Tutti Pumpkin Cart #397.

After die cutting from 110# white card stock, I carefully popped out the cut outs from the wagon but left the pieces in tact for the pumpkins.  

To keep them from falling out, I flipped it over and added narrow Scor Tape leaving the protective cover ON.  

The I colored my Pumpkin Cart using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

To take it one step further, I had a sheet of 'burlap' designer paper, from which I cut a small piece, outlined my wagon with a pencil then did a little fussy cutting to give my wagon some texture.

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I used a few scrap strips of paper to create my background accent panel then popped up my wagon using 3M dimensional tape.  Now all I need is a sentiment.  For that I selected the Tutti 'Celebrate' #243 from our December 2016 Release.  But die cutting it twice ... once in pumpkin & once in black ... I was able to achieve a 'shadow effect'.  So easy and so eye catching.

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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!!

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

 Thanks for stopping by!
As Always . . .

Saturday, September 23, 2017


Happy Saturday All!

Whew!  What a whirlwind week it was!
For those who don't follow me on Facebook, I wanted to share a couple
photos from this past week's Country Club Show.

I've brought myself down to only doing 3 shows a year now.
This is my hobby and it was getting too close to being a business ... and being retired, I didn't want another business so I've cut myself back to a Spring & Fall private show at the local Country Club and a public craft show at the local High School in November.  That keeps me plenty busy I assure you!  LOL

Anyways, since I share with you some of the 'treats / projects' I have created for these shows, I thought you might like to see my 'set up'.  I always have requests for cards of course, but also the tea cups & tissue box covers that I make so those are a 'staple' ... but each show I try to create a few different little gift type things so here's this years offerings.

The Hershey Chocolate Boxes and the Notecard/Chocolate box sets SOLD OUT!!
I made both everyday patterns and Christmas patterns and both were a bit hit I'm happy to say!

Last show I sold out of the tea cups so I made twice as many this time around and only sold half of them!  You just never know what the ladies will be looking for!!

The Tea Bag Booklets (a booklet w/ one tea bag & a msg + envelope) were actually left over from the Spring show (basically the same group of ladies) and all but a couple sold!  Like I said . . . you just never know!  LOL

Well that's my share for today!
Time to get busy creating for the November 4th show!
You know how fast time can fly by!  LOL

Thanks for stopping by today and here's wishing you a FABULOUS weekend!!
As always . . .

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sentiments or Quotes

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

I've gone with a very simple design but I think
the sentiment speaks volumes!
And, it's one of my daughter's favorites!!

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

Challenges to share in:
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #300-#301 - ATG
 Moving Along With The Times Challenge #54 - Sentiment as the Focal Point

Hope to see you there!
As always . . .
Papers:  White cs, Black cs, DCWV 'The Basics' dp, Recollections 'water' dp
Stamp:  Inkadinkado
Ink:  Versafine Onyx
Dies:  Lawn Fawn 'Large Cross Stitched Rectangles' (LF1178), Lawn Fawn 'Small Cross Stitched Rectangles' (LF1179)
Accessories:  3M dimensional tape, Platinum Stickles

Monday, September 18, 2017

It's A Girl!!

Happy Monday Everyone!!

I'm very close to being ready for my country club show on Wednesday so thought I'd take a few minutes and create something to share here on my blog this morning!

I recently purchased a set of We R Memory Keepers 6x6 embossing folders called 'Next Level' and the dimension achieved is awesome!  The set is called WAVE but the one looks like a quilted blanket so that's the one I chose to create with today.  

An online friend is expecting her FIRST grandchild in November and it's a girl (how exciting) ... so that was the direction I went with for this soft quilted looking background.

The color on this card is actually PINK but for some reason my camera doesn't see pink ... it sees more of a peachy color ... ugh!  I know it's a setting of some sort but I just don't have time to read that instruction manual right now so just know it is REALLY pink ... not peach!  It's actually Stampin' Up 'Pink Pirouette' card stock  (and the ribbon is bright pink ... not coral).    LOL

Here's a peek at the inside:

The chair, the bows and the ribbon strip were all 'left overs' from other projects (love using up 'scraps' like this),  I simply went through my book of Baby/Children dies and this is what I came up with.  Yes, I have a separate book just for Baby/Children dies ... also a book for Leaves, one for Flowers, one for Hearts/Wedding, one for Squares/Rectangles, one for Circles/Ovals ... etc. etc.  Some day maybe I'll share how I 'house' my dies and yes, I do have A LOT of dies!  What a Lucky girl I am!!!  

Challenges to share in:
International Art & Soul Challenge #17 -  Special Day (Birth of a Baby)
Let's Craft and Create Challenge #129 - ATG option Child's Play
Scribbles Design Challenge #57 - Embossing (Wet or Dry)

Well, that's it for me today.  I must get things wrapped up here and I actually think I might get out of my cave this afternoon and make a run to the local mall for a little ME shopping!

Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .

Papers:  White cs, SU Pink Pirouette cs
Stamp: Fiskars 'Precious Baby Quotes'
Accessories: Really Reasonable Ribbon Hot Pink satin ribbon, JoAnn's googlie eyes, 3M dimensional tape, Versafine Onyx ink, We R Memory Keepers Embossing Folder

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Fall Birthday . . .

Happy Fall Ya'll

For my posting over on the Tutti Designs Blog today,  I'm  sharing a Fall birthday card I created for my niece using one of the beautiful Fall dies in the latest August release found in the Tutti Designs Store as well as the Happy Birthday dies from our December 2016 collection.

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We all love those quick & easy cards and this certainly falls into that category.  The most time spent was creating the background panel of fall colors which I made using Tim Holtz oxide distress inks.  Then I simply die cut the corner die twice and the sentiment dies with the remaining piece of the background panel.

I'm not one for a 'plain solid' background so I grabbed my Nuvo 'Copper Penny' crystal drops and added a bit of texture!  THERE ... that's better!  LOL

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:
Allsorts Challenge #433 - Feels like Autumn
Crafting with Dragonflies Challenge #89 - Special Occasion
Crafty Friends Challenge #66 - Dies and/or Punches
Hiding in my Craftroom Challenge #318 - It's Fall Ya'll
Scrap and Craft Inspiration Challenge #7 - Autumnal Colors

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

 Thanks for stopping by!
As always . . .

Friday, September 15, 2017

Make a Wish . . .

Happy Friday Everyone!
And, what a beautiful Friday it is here in NE Ohio!
We are having new doors put on our home so I'm hiding in the cave today! 
 (photos coming soon)
I need to get back to making show projects but just wanted to take a break and create something for fun.  When I spotted THIS CARD while looking through my blog feed,  I knew immediately I wanted to create something similar that I could then add to my sale box of Birthday cards for next weeks show.  What do you think?

Really an easy & quick card but I think it packs a lot of ooohhs & aaawww's too!
Once again I got to play with my TH Oxide inks to create the background panel, but I really love how the Tutti Designs Layered Stitched Square dies made such a quick and pretty frame to show it off!

Clean & Simple design is NOT my forte but I'm trying!  LOL

Challenges I've found to share in are:

 The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #181 - Stitching (faux or real)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I hope you have a FABULOUS weekend ahead!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, the Paper Studio GLITTER 6x6 card stock
Dies:  Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched SquaresImpression Obsession 'Balloons', Penny Black 'Celebrations'
Inks: Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Amber
Accessories:  3M dimensional tape, TH spray bottle

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Another 2017 Craft Show Goodie . . .

Hello All!
If you follow my blog, you know I'm preparing for this Fall's Private Craft Show at one of the local Country Clubs.  This is basically the same group of ladies I see at their Spring show, so I always try to have a few new 'goodies' for them to purchase along with my usual supply of cards, tea cups & tissue box covers.  

Earlier in the week I spotted this stack of gold boxes with clear covers that I've had in my stash for a good 5 years and thought 'Now what could I do with these that would be different?'  Well, here's what I've come up with:

A holiday gift idea of 4 note cards with envelopes & 5 wrapped Hershey Milk Chocolate Nuggets. Oh yea ... and I made the cute little snowman guys too!  I spotted them on THIS YouTube video.  Easy and SO CUTE!!

Okay ... back to my gift boxes.
Here's a photo TUTORIAL for you.

Product used:
4 1/2 x 5 3/4 gold box with clear lid

4 - 4 x 4 envelopes
4 - 3/4 x 3/4 blank note cards (card stock cut 7 1/2" x 3/4")

2 sheets - 6 x 12 patterned paper
(These papers are actually left over pieces from last years holiday projects!
So, I'm cleaning up some scraps along the way!  HOORAY!!)
You can use 1 sheet of 12x12 patterned paper for everything to match!

Peel & Stick Felt Stickers (decoration of your choice)

Step 1:  Cut  panel for the inside of your box 6 1/4" x 4 3/8".  Score at 1", 1-1/2" and 2" and fold to create a 'mountain divider' to separate note cards from chocolates.

AFTER SOME TWEAKING:  To cover the entire bottom of your box and have a taller 'dividing' panel, cut your paper at 7 5/8 x 4 3/8 ... scoring along the long side at 1 1/2,  2 1/2 and 3 1/2.

Step 2:  Adhere to the bottom of your box with double face tape.  Add a strip of double face tape (I used Scor Tape) to the middle of your 'chocolate side' to keep the nuggets securely in place.

Step 3:  Use the remaining paper that you used for your box bottom 
to cut 1 card panel & 2 wrappers
card panels are: 3 -1/2"  x 3 -1/2"
wrappers are:  3" x 1" 

TIP:  In order for FIVE nuggets to fit in the box,
 you will need to alternate them top side up and bottom side up.  
So be careful in your wrapping to be sure the
wrapper 'joining' is always on the bottom of your nugget piece.

Step 4:  From your other patterned paper, cut 3 card panels each 3 - 1/2" x 3 - 1/2"
and 3 wrappers each 3" x 1"

Adhere patterned paper to your note cards and decorate as you wish.

Step 5:  Inside your box place your envelopes & note cards on the one side.
Next remove the paper cover from your Scor tape and carefully position your nuggets.
Remember to alternate them (using the different colored papers helps to remind you of this fact).  They are a tight fit but if you position them as in the photo below, keeping the 2nd one down LAST, you can squeeze them together and they will stay due to the Scor tape.

Step 6:  Put the clear lid on and decorate with ribbon, etc. to finish.
I have chosen various ribbons I have from Really Reasonable Ribbons


I hope you've enjoyed this little holiday project!
Now I need to get back to work ... I still have another 15 boxes to do!

Challenges to share in:
Sweet Stampin Challenge - Anything Christmas
 The Merry Christmas Challenge #34 - ATG Christmas
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #14 - ATG Christmas
Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Oh Boy!!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!
It's time for a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters and today,
Agata is our hostess.  She would like us to create with the theme
What makes you say "OH BOY!"

(Could be a masculine creation, a baby card,  a pregnancy announcement, even a new job!  
Something that would make you say OH BOY!)

I went with a baby boy card since I just got in some new adorable dies
for baby cards and couldn't wait to use them.

My DCWV (dots, stripes & plaids) designer paper is simple but has a touch of sparkle that adds extra texture.  And the dies I have used are:

Yvonne Creations 'Train' ... Die Versions 'Stork' (DV-615)... Sue Wilson 'It's A Boy'

Be sure to pop over to see what the 'Sistahs' have created to
inspire you.  Then, come join in the fun.

Challenges to share in:
Crafty Creations Challenge #350 - ATG
Crop Stop September Challenge - ATG using product carried in their store.
Day Dreamer Challenge #2 - ATG
Scrapy Land Challenge #73 - ATG using product carried in their store.
 Stampotique Designs Challenge #282 - Only Blue

Our challenge will run through Sunday, September 24th
and you can enter up to THREE new entries.

Hope to see you there!!

Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .