Monday, July 24, 2017

Who Doesn't Love the Ocean . . .

Happy Monday All!
I recently received an adorable digi set from Imagine That! Creative Playground and found time over the weekend to do some coloring!  This time around I decided to blow the dust off my Spectrum Noir Pencils and had a go at it.  And of course I had to create a coordinating background using my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink (I'm addicted to those things!  LOL)

Inside View

Isn't this image just adorable?  And it was easy to color.  Of course, I had to go with the colors of the ocean and I used pencils from two different Spectrum Noir pencil sets ... Marine & Nature.  The Tim Holtz Oxide inks I used for my background were Broken China, Wilted Violet and Cracked Pistachio.

It's been a long time since I used the technique where you sponge the edges while your image is still in the die so I thought that would add nice contrast today and used the same TH Wilted Violet for the sponging as I used in the background panel.   I've used the Tutti Designs 'Happy' & 'Birthday' for the sentiment on today's card.  There are two sizes in their word sets.  I've used the smaller one here.

Summer seems to be slipping away quickly and I see so many making Christmas cards but I love making 'beachy' cards so I'll try to put off Christmas as long as I can LOL!  (I must admit, I do have some DT commitment cards coming up that will be Christmas {sigh} lol)

Let me see if I can find a couple other challenges to share in today:
Everybody Art Challenge #407 - Summer or Tropical
Fairytale Challenge #172 - At the Coast

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a FABULOUS week ahead!!

As always . . .

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Living Life to the Beat of a Different Drum . . .

Hello All!
 Today I'm sharing another musical creation for the Tutti Designs Blog!
OMG this June release has been so much fun to create with ... especially if you have musically inclined people in your life.  There was always music around our house growing up but with only 3 girls in the family (until brother was born when I was 15) there were no drum sets ... mainly piano, clarinet ... you know the 'softer side' of things.  LOL
But then I remember my younger sister's boyfriend came into the picture and he was a drummer! OH MAN could he make happy music with those drum sticks!

So today I was thinking of him while creating this card.
Do I ever see this young man you ask?  Oh Yes!  He's been married to my younger sister for 43 years!  Yep, high school sweethearts who have been together ever since!  But sadly he gave up his drum set some 20 years ago.

Is there a drummer in your family?
If so, you NEED this die and here the link where you can get it!

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I chose to die cut my drum set from Silver Metallic paper.  It only seemed fitting!
My card is relatively simple in design because I wanted the drums to 'shine'! (lol excuse the pun)
A little faux stitching around the outside edge of my drum set panel also brings nice focus to this fun die cut.

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 . . .

Friday, July 21, 2017

You Are A Star!

Hello Everyone and Happy Friday!

I spotted a couple of challenges yesterday that I thought I'd like to create for and join in.    The sketch inspiration came from the Sketch-N-Scrap Challenge Blog 

and the theme/technique from the Seize the Birthday Challenge where I chose to do a Birthday card and use their Topping option which is . . .


Since I was already inky I decided to create my background and splatter panel using Tim Holtz oxide inks (Faded Jeans, Amber & Fired Brick).  I actually had this strip of scrap watercolor paper laying on my work station so I figured "Let the Splattering Begin!"
Oh my word ... when I was done, I noticed I had splatters the whole way across the table!  Luckily they wiped up easily with a wet paper towel.  

I created the splatters by applying some oxide ink directly to my craft mat ... spritzed with water then used a large flat artist brush to pick up the color ... then 'tapped' the brush across the top of my other hand to spread the splatter of paint across the paper.

For the background panel I used the same three colors and simply applied the ink using the same large wide bristled artist brush to create the three panels of color.  Using a white Gelly Roll pen I added some additional 'stars' to the upper panel.

The actual stars were die cut from a scrap of goldenrod card stock I spotted in my scrap pile and I used the Technique Tuesday 'Nestled Stars' die set.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from 'The Stamp Pad Co.' and the sentiment on the Sue Wilson Stitched Flag banner was computer generated.

Challenges to share in:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - We're Seeing Stars
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #487 - Summer Colors

Quick ... Easy & Fun was the theme for today's creation!
Hope you liked it!
Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

As always . . .

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Double D - Black & White w/Pop of Color

Hello Friends!
Time for another fun challenge over at the

Team Darlene is our host today and the theme is

Black & White with a POP of COLOR

Here's the mood board to help get you inspired . . .

My eye was drawn to that beautiful orange butterfly
so I got busy with my Ken Oliver color burst and created a
colorful panel for which to die cut my butterflies.
What do you think?

Yep ... that's where it all began and I'm thrilled with the outcome!

Here's a peek at the inside.
I left it blank for a personal note since
the main sentiment is simply Hello!
A few little butterflies were added to bring it all together.

For more inspiration please pop over 
to our blog and check out what the design team
has created!  These ladies are SO talented and inspiring!

You will have until the 30th to join in the fun!
Remember,  one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a prize!
Here's what is up for grabs this challenge ...

What are you waiting for?
Come join in the fun!
YOU could be our lucky winner!!!!

Challenges to share in:
Scrapy Land Challenge  #70 - ATG using product they carry
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #251 - ATG
Crafty Creations Challenge #346 - ATG
CropStop July Challenge Linky Party #30 - ATG using product they carry
Country View July Challenge - Things with Wings

Thanks for stopping by!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Black cs
Stamps/Ink:  Heartfelt Creations 'Open Vintage Floret Stamp / Versafine Onyx
Dies:  Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret, Decorative Leafy Frame, Technique Tuesday 'Hello', Bo Bunny 'Butterflies'
Accessories:  Martha Stewart '3-in-1' Butterfly punch, Nuvo orange crystal drops, Ken Oliver color burst, watercolor paper, water spray bottle,

Word Art Wednesday Guest Designer

Hello dear friends!
How honored am I to have been asked to Guest Design in July for the
Word Art Wednesday Challenge Blog!  Thanks so much to Karen (and the rest of the team) for this invitation!

The message they are sharing this time around is as follows:


 And, here is the card I created using this beautiful passage:


When I began paper crafting years ago, it started with scrapbooking to help my daughter in her Creative Memories business.  So of course my first purchase was 12 x 12 scrapbooking paper and the sheet I have used today for my background, came from one of those large DCWV variety 12x12 packs that we all have purchased at one time or another.  It is simply clouds in the sky and I thought it was perfect for this beautiful passage.

After printing my sentiment, I die cut it using Memory Box 'Cross Stitched Frame' die (#99124).  While my panel was still in the die, I sponged lightly around the edge using Tim Holtz broken china distress ink and a large sponge dauber.

I must confess . . .
I have this 'thing' about an empty sky!
Hubby laughs at me all the time!  He says I can't make a card that has a sky (or even the illusion of a sky), without putting a bird or butterfly in it!  LOL ... hence the birds in the upper right corner of my sentiment panel.

I've added this beautiful Memory Box Evershan Branch to the left side of my card for added dimension.  This die has beautiful embossing on the flower portion but I was having difficult with that so just gave up and left it plain.  Okay ... here's another confession . . . since I failed at having the pretty embossing on the branch panel as it should, I added a bit more dimension with a flourish of white Nuvo crystal drops across the sentiment panel.   NOW I'm happy!  LOL

I hope you'll come join in the fun at Word Art Wednesday Challenge Blog!
They same a beautiful passage with each challenge ... be sure to pop over and check it out!

Thanks for stopping by today and
As always  . . .

Papers:  White cs, medium blue cs, DCWV dp
Accessories: Dimensional tape, Jambo Lace Roll Tape, Nuvo white crystal drops, Magenta birds stamp, Versafine Onyx ink, Tim Holtz broken china distress ink, large sponge dauber

Sunday, July 16, 2017

What a fabulous birthday . . .

I had such a wonderful birthday yesterday!
I received so many wonderful cards & gifts from friends & family ... how blessed am I!!
It was so much fun!

Anyone who knows me is aware of my 'flip flop fettish' ... hence my current blog header ...  lol

OMG ... I received cards with flip flops ... pajamas with flip flops ... coasters with flip flops ... dishes with flip flops ... towels with flip flops ... even a CHOCOLATE flip flop !!!

Here are cards I have received from my CRAFTY friends ... 

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Thanks Everyone!
You certainly made my birthday EXTRA special!

Music Heals the Soul . . .

Hello my friends and Happy Sunday!
Today I'm  sharing another musical creation using dies from  the new June Release at the Tutti Designs Store.  This release is so much fun to create with and has brought back many memories of my days in the high school band!  (yes ... I can remember back THAT far! lol)

The dies I have used today are Trombone and Saxaphone.

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My card was quick and easy to create.  By die cutting my 'instruments' from gold and bronze metallic papers, it gives the feeling of the real instruments.

And, if you are a music lover as I am, the sentiment is so true.  
I can be in an 'off' mood but put on some 'oldies' and I'm back in my youth dancing around the room and feeling much better!

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 . . .

Papers:  Ivory cs, Forrest Green cs, Gold Metallic cs, Bronze metallic cs, the Paper Studio dp
Dies:  Tutti Designs Trombone, Tutti Designs Saxaphone, Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Rectangles, Frantic Stamper 'Spring Ivy',   
Accessories:  Prima flowers, Nuvo Copper Crystal Drops  

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Happy Day All!
It's a HAPPY day for me today ... it's MY birthday!
Yep ... they sure do come faster with each passing year!  LOL

So, since today's all about birthdays, I decided to join in the fun new challenge over on the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog where the theme is

Here's what I've created and I think it could be used for kids or adults ...
who doesn't like a puppy!  LOL

I wanted a simple background to create my relaxing scene so once again I turned to my new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks.  I actually used a wide artist brush and a lot of water to create my watercolor background.  Using Faded Jeans and Broken China for the 'sky' portion ... then Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo for the ground.  Guess I should have used the green inks and made grass ... but my first thought was to do a 'beach' scene then switched gears when I saw this Spellbinder 'Garden Bench' in my die cut album.

Inside sentiment

A simple greeting is all that was required for the inside.

Here are a few other challenges I'd like to share in today:
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge - Summer Celebrations (my birthday, lol)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Before I go, check out what hubby gave me for my birthday ...

YEP!  That's a whole CASE of Snyder's White Cheddar Puff-n-Corn! 
I'm addicted to these things and the local stores have quit carrying them ... uugh!  
So he surprised me by going on Amazon and bought me a whole case!  LOL
That should hold me for awhile!  LOL

(You know you're getting old when you buy each other FOOD items for birthday gifts!)
But that's okay ... he knew it would be something I would ENJOY ... and believe me I will!  LOL

Hope your day is a happy one!!
As Always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Carmel cs, Green cs, Black cs
Dies:  Spellbinder 'Garden Bench' #S2-085, Impression Obsession 'Split Tree' #DIE454, Frantic Stamper 'Oscar-Spot and Trixie' #FRA10076
Stamps: Stampscapes (birds), Endless Creations, Rubber Cottage (inside sentiment)
Inks:  Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks ... Faded Jeans, Broken China, Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo,  Versafine Onxy
Accessories:  Wide bristle artist brush, spray bottle, fine tip black marker (dogs eyes), Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker #PP2 (dogs nose)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sisterhood of Crafters - Where in the World!

Hello Friends!
It's time once again for a new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters and 'Sistah' Diane is our hostess today!  She has come up with a unique and fun theme for her challenge to you this time around.  Check it out . . .

Where In The World
.... anything that represents the part of the world, country and/or state where you live...what fun!

I was born and raised in the Pittsburgh, PA area and that is where most of my family still resides.  But, it is really close to the Ohio state line and several family members have 'crossed the border' into Ohio over the years.  Including one of my sisters and my daughter.  Hubby's job brought us to Ohio (Toledo to be exact ... then Akron) so I guess we have been transplanted into Ohio too!  LOL

My card represents just a few of the 'high points' about Ohio.

Known for their 'THE Ohio State University', I have downloaded their logo paper from the internet to use as my background.  The Ohio silhouette also came from the internet.
The State Bird is the CARDINAL (sorry I couldn't find a cardinal die in my stash so just pretend that's what this bird is ... okay?  LOL
The State Flower is the SCARLET CARNATION ... I have used the Elizabeth Craft 'Bunch of Flowers 4' to create my cluster of carnations.

I think this will be a fun challenge to learn more about all the amazing people out in blogland that share this wonderful paper crafting / cardmaking hobby!   I hope you'll come join us!

As always . . .

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Garden Note . . .

Hello Crafty Friends!
Today I have a fun creation using a variety of dies from the Dies R Us Store to create a beautiful 'pot of flowers' to send along to a friend of mine with a few container gardening tips.   The idea for this creation started with the purchase of an Elizabeth Craft 'Garden Notes Potted' die.

I just love the look of an old patina pot so I  thought I'd try to recreate that look on my pot today by using some oxide distress inks and watercolor paper.

After creating my background (patina look) paper, I die cut my pot.  Well I actually was able to die cut THREE pots from this one 4x6 panel!  How much fun is that!  

Now it's time to 'Fill' my container with flowers.  As I said, I've chosen a variety of dies and here is the list of flower dies I used:

 Impression Obsession - Dies - Lily Trio

Impression Obsession - Dies - Lily Of The Valley
As you can see I didn't use the leaves from this die ... only the flowers.

Memory Box - Dies - Glorious Gerber Daisies
(Remember, if Out of Stock, add your name to the Waiting List)

I added a couple little pieces of double sided tape to help hold my flowers in place during arranging.  Once I had all stems where I wanted them, I placed a few more strips of double sided tape to the back of my pot ... die cut another pot from a scrap of white paper and placed it over all the stems on the back to keep them secure.

I used foam tape behind my pot and a few of the flowers to add a little dimension.  It still needed 'something' and luckily I had JUST ENOUGH patina paper left to die cut these pretty Cheery Lynn Designs 'Lace Corner Deco E' corner decorations.  A couple little Nuvo Bronze Crystal Drops where my ivy joined and this card is ready to be mailed!
OH and did I mention I quickly created another oxide ink panel using shades of green that I used to die cut my Frantic Stamper 'Spring Ivy' ivy panels.

Challenges to share in:
A Bit More Time to Craft Challenge #47 - ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft July Challenge - ATG
Crafty Girls Creations Challenge #38 - ATG
Daisy Chain Challenge #10 - Floral
Love to Craft July Challenge - ATG

I hope you've enjoyed what I've shared today!  And, 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.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.
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Thanks so much for stopping by today and as always . . .