Sunday, January 21, 2018

A Quick Birthday card . . .

Happy Sunday All!
Today I have a card to share that literally took 10 minutes to create.
The inspiration for this card is the current Seize the Birthday Challenge 
which of course is 'birthday themed' but the topper is 'One Layer'

and the CAS (Clean & Simple) Challenge over at
the Moving Along With the Times Challenge Blog.

Now, those who know me & my creative style, know
that a CAS card is not my 'usual' ... but it was really fun to think
outside the box today!  And, if I want to build up my stash,
this is the way to go!!  Plus, I need THREE birthday cards
for the end of the week ... 1 down, 2 to go!  LOL

I created a template using an older Spellbinder
scalloped heart die set.  I just had to choose the size
I thought would work the best for my A6 size card.

Next I grabbed my Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks and
their coordinating sponge daubers and applied my rainbow
color.  All I needed now was a sentiment and I 
thought this fun curvy birthday sentiment from My Sentiments Exactly!
would work beautifully!

You have NO IDEA how difficult it is for me to STOP right there!!!
I just want to keep adding ... but I will refrain!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
The temperatures are to be in the 40s today ... OMG Heat Wave!
I hope you are having a fabulous day!

After writing up this post (on Friday) I was cleaning up my station, and as I
was about to toss out the heart template I had made for the above card, I
decided it still had enough life in it to create another card ... here ya go!

I actually like this second card better than the first!  WHO KNEW!!  LOL

Other challenges to share in:
Crafter's Castle January Challenge #1 - ATG
Brown Sugar Challenge #274 - Birthday
Aud Sentiments Challenge #195 - ATG
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Add a Sentiment
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #318-#319 - ATG
Mod Squad Challenge - Rainbows

Once again, thanks for stopping by today!
As always . . .

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Power & Spark Challenge - Take 2

Happy Day to you all!!
I'm having so much fun playing in the Power & Spark Challenge, I just had to create
a second card using a different sketch from the ten sketches (maps) offered!

You can check out all the fabulous sketches & the teams samples HERE.

For today's card I chose the map used by DT member Katie Simms.
And this is the page map I chose:

Here is my interpretation of the map . . .

I can guarantee you if I hadn't had this sketch to begin, I would have
NEVER come up with a beautiful design like this on my own!!
I really do LOVE how this card came together.  

I've used the same Power Poppy stamp set called Sassy Succulents
for my sentiment and I think the font goes so well with the over all design.

 Product used:
Papers:  White cs, Basic Grey 'Marrakech Paper Pad'
 Accessories:  Jambo Lace Roll Tape, 3M dimensional tape, Art Glitter glue, Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers

After cutting my designer paper to a 3" width (card is A6 in size), I then die cut the striplet and bordered it with lace.

Then to add dimension, I die cut the daisies 4 times from white card stock, stacked them together and colored the top panel using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers before attaching to the 'stack'. 

Another fun crafting day!

Challenges to share in:
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge - ATG (colored the flowers)
Crafting with Friends Challenge #58 - ATG
QKR Stampede Challenge #279 - ATG
Cardz 4 Galz Challenge #63 - Anything BUT square

Thanks for stopping by and thanks in advance for your comments!  They always warm my heart!

As always . . .

Friday, January 19, 2018

Keeping Cozy . . .

Hello Friends!
How is your January going so far???
 Today I'm sharing a wintertime card over on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog
 that was great fun to make!

I live in Ohio and we are having a true winter this year!  I have pulled out all my winter sweaters that haven't seen daylight for the past couple of winters due to us having very mild temperatures in comparison to this year.    Guess I should pay more attention to that old Farmer's Almanac ... they predicted this to be a COLD year!!

Anyways, since I was in 'sweater mode', I thought I'd keep it going with a card which was created using the fun Elizabeth Craft 'Sweater' die.

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Winter Sweater

One sweater was made using design paper from the Authentique Tradition Collection and the other one was created using the Tim Holtz 'Holiday Knit' Layering Stencil.
The designer paper sweater was easy ... I simply die cut the sweater from the patterned side of the paper and the extra pieces from the flip side of that same paper which happened to be a coordinating solid ... easy peasy.
  To create the 'sweater' pattern on the other one, I used a scrap of white card stock and Tim Holtz 'Faded Jeans' distress ink along with the stencil.  Then die cut my sweater.

I first die cut the collar, bottom band and cuffs from white card stock but didn't think it stood out enough so I quickly used the other end of this scrap of white card stock ... inked it with the same distress ink and die cut the same pieces.  I actually already had the white pieces adhered so simply layered the blue pieces on top of the white.

For the sentiment I used another Elizabeth Craft die ... 'Cozy'.   It was die cut twice from the scrap piece (above) used for the cuff & collar panels ... once in white and once in blue.  Then off set to create dimension.

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Cozy

 I hope you've enjoyed what I've shared today!  
Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.
Here's another peek at the finished card . . .

A hand drawn border and Nuvo white crystal drops were the only embellishments needed to complete my card.

Challenges to share in:
CCEE Stampers Challenge - Baby It's Cold Outside
Craft Rocket Challenge #44 - Winter
DL.Art Challenge #220 - Winter
Moo-Mania and More Challenge - Frosty Winter
Cards 4 Galz Challenge #63 - Anything But Square

 For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.
click below for:

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

January Power & Spark Challenge at Power Poppy

Hello Friends!
I just received my newletter from Power Poppy and discovered there is a fun new challenge for January.  It is the Power and Spark challenge and they want you to grab a map.  WHAT?  I know, lol, confused me for a minute too but after reading further I discovered  a Map is just a sketch.  And, there are TEN maps (sketches) to choose from ... I love a good sketch so got busy creating.  What fun choices ... check 'em out HERE.

I chose Allison Cope and her 'map' for today's card.  
(little secret ... I'm working on different one for tomorrow!)

Be sure to take a peek at all the amazing designs by the DT using these fabulous sketches!

This was great fun to create and I was actually able to use up some of my very old 6x6 paper that I vowed to start using vs stacking new paper packs on top of them.  (I think they have a name for that?  Hmmm ... can you say HOARDING? lol)

Product used:
Papers:  white cs, rust cs, apricot cs, med blue cs, black cs, Basic Grey 'Marrakech Paper Pad'
Accessories:  White Nuvo crystal drops, Really Reasonable Ribbon

Please be sure to pop over and see all the beautiful designs and 'maps' !  I'm sure like me, you won't be able to resist and will just have to start creating!

Challenges to share in:
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #513 - Something Fun!  (I think these little critters are hysterical)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
It's another single digit day here in Ohio, so what better way to spend my day then in my crafting cave getting crafty!  

Thanks in advance for your comments and 
please check out this challenge ... awesome fun!

As always . . .

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Double D - The Kitchen is Where the Heart is!

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:
The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home!

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

This is going to be a fun challenge to see what you all come up with!

Don't Forget!
We are still celebrating our Birthday at Double D
and that means you have MULTIPLE chances to win!
You'll want to be sure to join in the fun!

While in search of the main prize for this challenge, I spotted this adorable Elizabeth Craft Apron die at the Dies R Us store.  My daughter LOVES these old time aprons so I couldn't help myself ... I not only ordered one for the challenge prize but ordered one for myself too!  LOL   I know what her birthday card will look like this year!  (In fact, maybe I'll save this card for the occasion).

The background paper for my card is from the Paper Studio 'The Blue Barn' paper pack purchased at Hobby Lobby.  I created the 'apron rack' by die cutting a scrap of white card stock using a Marianne Designs (LR0300) border die and used a blue zig marker to create the look of a hook for my apron to hang on.

The sentiment is from the internet (same as I used for the mood board).  I reduced it in size, printed it out then die cut the image and the navy blue matting using the Tutti Designs Scallop Stitched Nesting Squares.

I hope you'll come join in our celebration fun!    YOU could be the lucky winner of one of these two prizes from the Double D Challenge Blog
Die-Versions - Whispers - Happy Birthday To You 
AND be sure to pop over to the DT blogs ... some of the ladies are also sharing a prize on their blogs in honor of our birthday!

Challenges to share in:
Daisy Chain Challenge #15 - Use Something New (apron die)
Die Cut Divas January Challenge - Do/Use Something New (apron die)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Add a Sentiment

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

As always . . .

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

OWL have some fun . . .

today, playing in the new challenge Darnell just started called

The idea is to make two completely different cards for different occasions using the exact same stamp or die.  Sound like fun???  I thought so too!  There are a few specifics, but they are easy and the rules are clearly stated.  The one rule I found interesting is we are to include both cards in one photograph!  So, here we go . . .

The theme for this first challenge is FEATHERS.
And yes, it's okay if the feathers are 'attached' to a bird, or in my case, an OWL!  LOL
As long as the same stamp or die is used for both cards.

First I made a birthday card using the Amy Designs 'Wintertide - OWL

I had a scrap of 'sky' designer paper laying in my scrap box so thought that would make a great 'backdrop' for my branch sitting Owl.  I die cut the Impression Obsession 'Songbird Branch' from brown card stock and 'snipped' off the birds to create just the branch for Mr. Owl.  Then I die cut it again in green card stock ... snipped off the leaves and glued them over top the brown leaves.  I've used a Carta Bella embossing folder for my background panel.  I computer generated the sentiment then die cut it using one of the Sue Wilson 'Stitched Flag' dies. A touch of gold & bronze Stickles gave the owl some facial character.

For my second card I created a simple note card ... of course using the same Amy Designs 'Wintertide - OWL.   A scrap of ivy designer paper created the 'woodsy' background I was looking for and a bit of doodling filled in the extra space vs using another layer of matting.

The panel behind my Spectrum Noir colored owl was an extra that was laying on my work table from a previous project that was just begging to showcase Mr. Owl.  It's from the Sue Wilson Canadian Collection - Toronto.   My Hello sentiment is from the Tutti Designs Hello Word Set and the remainder of my sentiment was also computer generated and die cut using the Sue Wilson 'Stitched Flag' dies.

So there you have it ... a fun new challenge and now I have TWO additional cards to add to my stash!  YAY!  Plus it helped get my mojo going.  Can't wait to see what Darnell has up her sleeve next!!  She's such a HOOT!  (pun intended!)

Challenges to share in:
Stinkin' Inkers Challenge - It's a BANNER year
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Birds of a Feather
 CropStop January Challenge - ATG using product carried in their store

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
If it's as cold at your house as it is at mine,
take my advice ... stay inside and craft!
Safer ... Warmer ... and a whole lot more fun!!!  

As always,

Monday, January 15, 2018

Dies R Us Challenge - Kids Kards

Hello Everyone!
It's mid month and that means time for another challenge 
over at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog
With the start of a new year, I thought it might be nice if I joined the DT and played along from time to time.  So here I am today sharing a card for the new 'Kids Kards' challenge.  I hope you'll come join in the fun and remember to use dies carried by companies represented at the Dies R Us Store.

The dies I have used on today's card are as follows:
 I can't seem to keep enough little girl birthday cards in my stash so that's the direction I went in today.  What little girl doesn't dream of being a princess and of course Cinderella in particular.  Dies R Us has a wonderful collection of Disney dies for both girls and boys ... be sure to check it out.  This die even comes with a stamp to create her beautiful face.  As you can see, a bit of fussy cutting was done to give her this beautiful gown and hair piece.  The main body die was cut from ivory card stock for a more realistic feel ... but she sure looks really white in these photos. LOL

For Cinderella's dress, I used (even though it looks red) a bright berry pink colored glitter paper from the Paper Studio Glitter 6x6 paper pack.   And the top edger was die cut from mauve foil paper.

The background paper I chose to use with my Cinderella & Sparkle theme is from the First Edition Paper 'Love Letters' 6x6 paper pad.  I've had this paper pad for a long time and it worked perfectly today because some of the papers are doubled sided and some papers have touches of sparkle on them ... perfect!

Challenges to share in:
Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #109 - Hooray for Birthdays!
Brown Sugar Challenge #274 - Birthdays
QKR Stampede Challenge #278 - ATG
A Gem of a Challenge #210 - Happy Anything
Di's Digi Challenge - Birthday

For more 'kids kards' inspiration, be sure to pop over to our challenge blog to see the fabulous designs the team has created!  Such a talented group!

Here's another view of my finished card.

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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Frame It!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!
It's time for a new challenge over at the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge Blog
'Sistah' Diane is our hostess today and the theme she has chosen is:


Sometimes you just need a card that fits a multitude of feelings you want to express and by using Diane's Frames theme I was able to create this quick & easy ... yet 'says it all' card.  Hope you like it!

I have used the large & small Lawn Fawn Cross Stitched Rectangle Frames (LF1178 and LF1179) for the main design on my card.

Lawn Fawn - Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables Dies

Lawn Fawn - Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables Dies

And the 'You Are Awesome' sentiment by  Penny Black (51-333) says it all!!
I hope you'll pop over to see what my 'sistahs' have created to inspire you ...
Then come join in the fun ... can't wait to see what you create!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and,
As always . . .

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Quick Sympathy Cards

Happy Sunday All!
I'm busy today trying to get some of the Christmas decorations brought back downstairs and put away but since I'm taking a 'cooling off' break, (that running up & down the stairs will get you overheated and tuckered out!)  I thought I'd share the quick cards I created yesterday. 

I will have a craft show coming up in April and as I looked through my card stash I noticed I was short on sympathy cards.  So, here are a few quick cards that I thought came together beautifully using one sheet of 12x12 Ella & Ivy (Ethereal) designer paper.

I was able to get four A6 cards out of one sheet and I simply used the same stamp (old SU set) and a few different die cuts (mainly Sue Wilson) for my designs.  (The sheet I used is the one 2nd in from the left on the top row in the above photo.)

A simply inside verse was used, leaving room for any additional personal condolences.

 Okay ... I guess I'd better get back to work before I lose my steam! LOL  (I LOVE decorating for Christmas ... don't like having to take it all back down and put away! ugh)

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a fabulous day!
As always . . .