Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dies R Us Challenge - Giving Thanks

Hello All...
It's time once again for a new challenge
at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.

And, the theme is:

 The dies I have used today are:

Tutti Designs - Dies - Pumpkin Frame

Tutti Designs - Word Set - Thanks
 Also from the Dies R Us Store, I've used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks 
to create my background panel.

Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Candied Apple
Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Spiced MarmaladeDistress Oxide Ink Pad - Walnut Stain
 I die cut my Pumpkin Frame twice.  Colored one using Spectrum
Noir alcohol markers then glued the two together for 
added dimension.

I do hope you'll come join in this fun challenge and
if you need more inspiration ... be sure to pop over and see what 
our design team has created for you!

Hope to see you there!

Thanks for stopping by ...
As always ...

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Sisterhood - Inspiration Mood Board

Hello dear friends!
Wow!  Time is sure flying by!
It's already time for a new challenge over

The theme today is to draw inspiration from the mood board below:

My eye was drawn to the beautiful pumpkins so that's where my card began!
THIS was my original card when I began this post ... 

I chose to create with an older but fun die from Tutti Designs called Elegant Pumpkins.

TUTTI-150 Elegant Pumpkins
 I die cut it from white cardstock ... then before the pumpkin pieces fell out, I colored them (while still in the die) using a darker Spectrum Noir alcohol marker.  Then I let the pieces fall out of the die onto my table where I colored them again using a lighter orange color.  After coloring my entire 'white' die panel with the green & orange colors, I placed a piece of scotch tape across the back side of the pumpkins in order to give the popped out panels a way to stay in until it was adhered to my card front.

The background paper is a cut from a VERY OLD DCWV Halloween 12x12 sheet of designer paper and I think was all that was needed.

For my sentiment I used the Frantic Stamper 'Fall Words' die set.  I actually used the word 'Thanksgiving' and cut it apart to have it say 'giving Thanks'

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Fall Words

THEN I spotted another new die set I hadn't put away yet and decided to ADD JUST A LITTLE SOMETHING MORE, and my card turned into THIS ...


The die set I'm referring to is Karen Burniston 'Autumn Elements'

Karen Burniston - Dies - Autumn Elements

I'm very happy with the FINAL version ... hope you like it too!

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
My 'sistahs' have created some fabulous creations to help inspire you ... 
be sure to pop over and check them out!

 See you there!

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

Monday, November 12, 2018

From this Day Forward . . .

Hello Friends!
Today I decided to take a look back into the Tutti Designs Archives
and came up with two beautiful dies that when put together
created a quick, easy & beautiful Wedding card!

These two dies are:

TUTTI-170 Garden Background

I simply adhered the white Garden Background to my
base card then after die cutting the couple from
black card stock, I popped them up using dimensional tape.

My only added adornment are the hearts that popped
out of her dress after die cutting.  With just a little
dab of white glue, these precious hearts add the touch
of added love to this card.

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!

Sunday, November 11, 2018


Hello All!
Today I'm sharing another fun creation using dies from the Cheapo Dies Store.
 The dies I have used on today's card are:

Cheapo Dies - Font - Newsprint
Cheapo Dies - Merry Branch
I began my card by die cutting THREE 'Merry Branch' panels
from green card stock then added touches of red and bronze Stickles.
Then I grouped them all together on the top of my card and
added a small red ribbon bow.
By die cutting your 'word' using any of the Font Dies available in
this latest release, you can add any holiday sentiment you wish!
I chose Celebrate and as you can see, I also decided to use both upper
and lower case for my word ... just for a little added fun.
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, November 10, 2018

Let It Snow!

Dear Me ... what am I saying??
We are actually supposed to see our first snow fall today
so I guess this card is appropriate!  LOL

Hello Everyone and thanks for stopping by today!

My BFF Diane (Nellie's Nest) recently lost her Mom and is having a difficult time 'getting her crafting mojo back' so I challenged her to join in a challenge with me and have fun seeing what each other make using the same theme.

The challenge she chose is the Tuesday Throwdown and the theme is a  
Recipe ... 1 Image, 2 embossing folders & a word sentiment.

Here's what I came up with . . .

The image I used is actually one of the cards I received in the mail from a company we send contributions to.  Here are the other two cards from the set.  As you might be able to tell, I have already cut into the Santa card to use to create another fun holiday card.  The little circle was cut from the back of the card and will go on the inside of the card 

just as I will do with this card back.

Here are the two embossing folders I've used . . .

I've used the Sizzix snowfall embossing folder directly over the image and used the Cuttlebug snowflake folder for my background.  I light sponged over the embossing so it would show up better.

And my sentiment is one of the dies in the Hunkydory 'A Holly Jolly Christmas' set.

Hunkydory - Moonstone Dies - A Holly Jolly Christmas

What a fun challenge to play and was actually pretty quick & easy!
Thanks Diane for joining me for a fun time ... 
You'll want to be sure and pop over to Diane's Blog to see what she came up with!  It's sure to be totally different from mine!  What fun!

As always . . .

Friday, November 9, 2018

Q is for Quads

Hello Friends!
It's time once again for a new challenge over on the Alphabet Challenge Blog.
Today's letter is
Q is for Quads
(four of anything)

 I have used FOUR gifting fairies and FOUR+ gifts.

The die set I have used to create my holiday scene is

Hunky Dory Moonstone ' Festive Fairies '
 Hunkydory - Moonstone Dies - Festive Fairies

and, the corner snowflake is an older Sue Wilson die from her Festive Collection (#CED3019) called Snowflake Corner, Border and Tag' set.

I've used an older snowflake designer paper from JoAnn's and created my snowdrifts by tearing scraps of white card stock.  The presents were die cut using DCWV glitter paper pieces and Gold Foil paper (also DCWV).  The tree was also cut from the DCWV glitter paper then various colors of Stickles was added for the ornaments.

Challenges to share in:
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #490 - Christmas Present (all the presents under the tree)
 Craft Rocket Challenge #54 - Christmas is Coming
 Crimbo Crackers Challenge #171 - Anything Goes Christmas
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #555 - Snowflakes
Daisy Chain Challenge #25 - Christmas/Winter

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun and 
I look forward to being inspired by your creation!!  See you there!
Thanks so much for stopping by...
As always . . .

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Double D - Wishes

Hello Dear Friends!
It's time once again for a new challenge over on the Double D Challenge Blog!
Diane is hosting today and as you can see by my blog title ... the theme is
(Anything with 'wish' in it ... i.e.  Wishing you a happy birthday, wish you were here, Best Wishes, etc)

Here is the fabulous mood board she has created to help inspire you . . .

 I went with a relatively CAS design today ... hope you like it!

 With the help of my Tim Holtz stamping platform, 
I stamped this pretty Inkadinkado 'Meadow' floral image and

Memory Box - Dies - Open Studio - Wrapped Stitch Frames
After putting the panels in place for my sentiment,
I wasn't happy with the narrow white space between the panels
so covered it up with a bead of Black Stickles.  (It looks a little
messy in the photo but that's because it wasn't dry yet ... impatience lol)
After it's dry, I might add a little butterfly above the sentiment.
What is it about too much white space that drives me bonkers??  lol
Anyways, I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun!

Here's what Diane has up for grabs to one lucky random draw winner.
Cheery Lynn Designs Make A Wish dies

What a fun prize!  
So, come play along using our theme and YOU might be our random winner!!
   Hope to see you there!
As always . . .
UPDATE:  I warned you I just couldn't leave it alone!  LOL

 What are your thoughts?  Better WITH or WITHOUT the Butterflies???
Thanks everyone!!  Happy Day to you!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Getting those holiday cards created . . .

Hello my friends!
Well, now that I have that 400 candy box order DONE,
the 20 white on white holiday cards for a lady in NC DONE
and the last craft show of the year is behind me,
now I can concentrate on my own holiday cards of which I still
need at least 40.  Yikes I'd best get busy!  LOL

So, today  I decided to join in one of the fun sketch challenges
out in blogland to get my mojo started.
Today's challenge of choice is the Feeling Sketchy Challenge.

Here is their sketch to follow . . .

I love a good sketch and this one helped
me to use up some of the very old Graphic45 Christmas
papers I've had sitting around.

The sentiment panel is also from that same 12x12 paper pack.  
Since it had a narrow bordering, I decided to get out
my Gold Pilot Marker and give my background panel a narrow
border also.  Love doing that!  Looks like
a matting layer without the extra weight.

I've used one of the dies from the Sue Wilson 'Poinsettia Flourish & Corner' die set
as the accent between the two lower panels.

Sue Wilson Designs - Festive Collection -  Poinsettia Flourish & Corner

A touch of red Stickles on the holly berries added just a
little touch of sparkle that every holiday card deserves.  LOL

Here's another angle ...


Hope you're having a wonderful day!
As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!