Monday, July 25, 2016

Where have all the butterflies gone??

Happy Monday Everyone!
Well, here we are in the LAST week of July ... where oh where is the time going?

Uncommonly HOT here in Ohio this month which has been keeping me indoors more than I'd like to admit!  That means my flower beds are starting to look a little 'unattended' and I have notice fewer butterflies than normal too.

Growing up we had a semi-circle driveway with a big flower bed right in the middle of it.  My dad made sure there were flowers planted that would create a continuous bed of color and variety of height.  The front row was always one of the first flowers of spring, Daffodils and around the semi-circle were Sweet Williams of all colors!  The butterflies LOVED these flowers and as a child I remember watching all the beautiful butterflies in flight around my dads lovely flowers.  So today I'm paying tribute to the beautiful butterfly with my card creation.


I had this Ken Oliver Color Burst panel laying on my work table from a previous project and thought the colors would make a beautiful butterfly.  The rest of the card just came together as time went along.  I didn't have enough of the panel left for much more than an accent so that's exactly how my design was developed.

Inside view:

Challenges to share in:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Things with Wings 

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!  I need to get busy on some design team work so I'd better get movin'!  Thanks for stopping by today!!  

As always . . .

Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, Bright Pink cs
Dies:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'Small Lace Faerie Queen w/angel wings' #DL161, Sue Wilson 'Pierced Flags' #CED4304
Accessories:  Martha Stewart 3-in-1 butterfly punch, Ken Oliver color bursts, Provo Craft 'Swirls' embossing folder'


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tutti Designs . . . Candles in the Night

Happy Sunday All!
It's time once again to share a creation I've made for the DT

I'm having so much fun with this July release of holiday dies from the Tutti Designs Store.  And, excited to know that I will should have plenty of holiday cards completed early this year.



TUTTI-138 Shinning Candles


This die can be used in SO MANY
ways but today I chose to bring it 'front & center'
on this picturesque card.

Here are a few steps that were taken in creating today's card inspiration.  I hope you like it.

First I created my 'picture panel' by die cutting an oval then cut another oval of the same size + one size larger to create my outer frame.   By using some clear packing acetate from other crafting products, I was able to create my 'window'.  Double sided tape was used to adhere it to the BACK of my oval cut panel.


Next I created my winter scene with inks & stamps, which I adhered once again to the
BACK of my oval cut window panel.


Using dimensional tape around this panel, adhere it to my white card base.


Now comes the fun with our SHINING CANDLES die cut!

First I die cut it from white card stock.  Then, carefully colored the poinsettia pieces & greenery with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers while it was still in the die ... hence the little white edges.


 After adhering my 'Shining Candles' in front of my winter scene, I started
'reassembling' my poinsettia & greenery.

A few touches of sparkle and my card is ready to mail.

Make sure and check out all the great places to see this new line of dies. 



Thanks for stopping by today and here's wishing you a FABULOUS week ahead!

Challenges to share in:
Challenge up your Life Challenge:  Christmas in July
 No Time to Craft Challenge - Christmas in July
The Artistic Stamper July Challenge - All things Bright & Beautiful
Die Cut Diva's July Challenge - Make it Glitter
Happy Little Stampers Challenge - Anything Goes with Dies
Just For Fun Rubber Stamps July Challenge - Christmas in July
One Crazy Stamper July Challenge - Christmas in July
Sparkles Forum July Challenge - Christmas in July

Don't forget, a design team member has a brand new sample using Tutti Design dies posted here on the blog EACH & EVERY DAY for your inspiration.  Please stop back often!

As always . . .
Recipe:
Papers:  White cs
Dies:  Tutti Designs 'Shining Candles', Lawn Fawn 'Large & Small Stitched Ovals' #LF910 & LF909
Stamps/ Ink:  Inkadinkado Cabin stamp, Versafine Onyx, TH 'Broken China'
Accessories:  large sponge dauber, dimensional tape, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Gold Stickles, Holy Stickles, Clear Acetate (packing material recycled),

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Butterflies in Flight . . .

Happy Weekend Everyone!
OMG!  What is going on with this weather?  It's not supposed to be THIS HOT 
for THIS LONG in Ohio, USA!!!  It's so hot & steamy outside, it 
feels like I should be able to hear the waves crashing on the shore!!  
What the heck!!  LOL!

So, with that being said ... you can find me crafting away in my very cool 
(sometimes cold) crafting cave!  We are so bless to have central air!  Today I'm playing 
catch up with some design team work but I wanted to create something to share 
with you today that also fits a few fun challenges out in blogland.


Over on the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, they are looking for 'Things with Wings' and over on the Imagine That! Creative Playground Challenge, they are looking for 'Fancy Folds or Shaped Cards'. So I decided on a gate fold card with butterflies.

I had already die cut my Memory Box 'Fairyland Butterflies' from white card stock
so decided to achieve color from the background panels which I created using 
Ken Oliver Color Bursts. 

Here's a peek at the inside . . .
After die cutting my Memory Box 'Thicket Frame' I used the same three Ken Oliver Color Burst colors to achieve my inside frame to house the simple Inkadinkado sentiment.

Other challenges today's card fits:
Crafty Calendar July Challenge - Dies and/or Punches
Cardz 4 Galz Challenge - No Patterned Paper
Creative Knockouts Challenge - Birthday Wishes
Seize the Birthday Challenge - Birthday, Bold and Bright

Thanks so much for stopping by ...
I hope you're having a fabulous weekend . . .
As always . . .




Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, Marine Blue cs,
Stamps:  Inkadinkado (sentiment & swirls on blue panel)
Inks:  VersaMagic Cloudwhite, Versafine Onyx
Dies:  Memory Box 'Thicket Frame' #1407, 'Fairland Butterflies' #99078
Accessories:  Ken Oliver Color Burst 'Ultra marine Blue, Sepia, Yellow Ochre'
Various colors of sequins, dimensional tape, white gelly roll pen (faux stitching)



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Double D Challenge - Shades of Purple

Happy Wednesday All!
It's time for a new, fun challenge at the 

Today's theme is:

SHADES OF PURPLE

and here's a peek at our Inspiration Board ...


Anyone who knows me, knows that PURPLE is my all time favorite color!
My phone is purple, my purse is purple, my wallet is purple,
my crafting cave is purple ... heck even my 30 year old bowling ball is purple!  LOL
I'm sure you get the picture!


 The main focus die I have used today is the
Sue Wilson 'Frames & Tags - Hannah' #CED4309

And the sentiment die I've used is the
Sue Wilson 'Just A Note' #CED5407















There are so many ways you can create with a die set such as this Hannah set ... but today I chose to use only a couple of the
dies to create my focus panel.

The little hearts cut out so I saved them and colored them with my Spectrum Noir
Alcohol marker PL3 to help achieve a variety of purple colors.
After die cutting my sentiment, I also used the same marker to color it
and tie in with the corner hearts.


Another die set I used is the Elizabeth Craft Designs
Bunch of Flowers 4  #1030

*NEW - Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Bunch Of Flowers 4


As you can see, there are 3 different styles of flowers in this set
and by simply sponging the edges with Tim Holtz 'Wilted Violet' distress ink
before shaping ... I have once again achieved another shade of
purple as well as added dimension.

So there you have it!
Now it's your turn and I can't wait to see YOUR purple creation!

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 international!


Today's prize is this fabulous Crafty Secrets
Words from the Heart
Love and Friendship Booklet

So be sure to come join in the fun!  YOU could be our winner!!
See you there!!

Challenges to share in:
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Retarte Challenge #81 - Anything Goes
Craft-Dee Bowz July Challenge - ATG w/handmade bow
Use Your Stuff Challenge - Die Cuts and/or Punches

Thanks for stopping by today!
Wishing you a fabulous day and week ahead!
As always . . .

Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, deep purple cs, DCWV purple gingham dp
Accessories:  Dies as mentioned above, Kaiser purple pearl, Michael's purple gingham ribbon, HFC pop dots, Spectrum Noir alcohol marker


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Our Beautiful World Challenge

Hello Friends!

Over on the Our Beautiful World Blog the new word prompt challenge is GREEN!
It just so happens I snapped a few awesome photos that fit this challenge while on vacation a couple weeks ago and would love to share them with you today.

This beautiful green sunflower was among the various GREEN  glass sculptures at the Chihuly Garden & Glass in Seattle, Washington.
 

While walking through some of the outdoor gardens near the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, I spotted the dew on these leaves and just had to snap a photo (via my phone).  Love the end result.

These next two photos were taken while walking through the rain forest on our way to the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska.  This first plant is called Devil's Club and it is one of Alaska's poisonous plants.  You can also see the Hemlock in the background which is also poisonous.  Yikes ... need to be careful walking through this rain forest ... I was careful to stay on the path and use my zoom!  LOL

Absolutely beautiful foliage and moss walking through the rain forest.  
Isn't Mother Nature amazing!! 

I hope you've enjoyed my photos and I look forward to seeing what everyone shares for this challenge.  Each and every challenge at the Our Beautiful World Blog shares some AMAZING & BEAUTIFUL peeks into what a beautiful world we live in.  Come see for yourself!!

 Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Wishing you a fabulous day and even better week ahead!
Until next time and as always . . .

Tutti Designs - Happy Fall Ya'll

Hello Everyone and Happy Sunday!
Sunday's are my day to share a new creation using the fabulous new dies from Tutti Designs on their Tutti Designs Blog.  The design team shares something new each & every day!!  If you haven't taken the time yet to check out this new line of dies ... please do it NOW!  They just put out their second release the beginning of July and there are some AMAZING dies for Fall and the upcoming Holiday season!

Today I decided to create a card for Fall.  I know it's early to be
thinking about Fall but time just goes by so dang fast and I'm always a step behind
it seems!  LOL  


The two dies I have used on today's creation are from the latest July release. 
They are:



and


I had a lot of fun creating with both of these dies today and went a little crazy!



Here's a quick peek at some of the steps that went into today's card.

After die cutting the Elegant Pumpkins from white card stock, I did a quick coloring with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  I didn't like how the die cut seemed to 'disappear' when I placed it on my background paper so I decided to cut out around the die design with my swivel craft knife.


Then there was too much white space (for me) and since I now had this cut out panel of my designer background paper, I decided to die cut my Elegant Pumpkins one more time and 'paper piece' the pumpkins on my card front...


 ... as seen below:

That's better ... really helps pull it all together and my pumpkins look like one of those hand made cloth pumpkins that you see at the craft fairs in the Fall.
 Next came this adorable Owl Family.
After die cutting from white card stock, I once again turned to my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and started playing around with coloring.  Lastly I used a fine tip black marker to 'give them a face'. 
How cute are these little guys (or girls) . . .


Lastly I added a hand written sentiment panel in which I also incorporated a few little pieces from the die cut piece of background paper that I used for the paper piecing on the pumpkins.

Voila! Ready to make someone smile this Fall!

Make sure and check out all the great places to see this new line of dies.

Tutti Designs Store

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

Friday, July 15, 2016

Dies R Us - Water and/or Beach

Hi Everyone!
HAPPY FRIDAY!

Today I'm doing something a little different, I'm joining in with the Team B ladies over on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog and playing along in today's challenge.  We are a little short on DT members for this team so I thought I'd join in the fun ... why not right!!  (Coordinators have to have some fun too!  LOL)

 So anyways, the challenge for the next 2 weeks at Dies R Us is

WATER and/or BEACH

I love creating a scene (only in the good sense that is) so here's what I came up with:


The dies I've used for today's creation are:
Impression Obsession 'Sea Birds' DIE078
Frantic Stamper 'Tall Palm Tree w/Fronds' FRA9504
Memory Box 'Beach Toys' #99122
Memory Box 'Sandal Border' #98332
Sue Wilson 'Happy Birthday' CED5406
Sue Wilson 'Pierced Flags' CED4304

 To be honest, some of the die cuts used on today's card are pieces that had been cut and then not used.  They were laying on my craft table so it felt good to finally 'give them a home'.

The background was created with ink & sponge daubers.  I love being able to create my own background, especially for a beach scene ... so easy and effective.

I hope you enjoyed my card and will come join in the challenge fun!

Now let's see if I can find a few other challenges to share my creation with . . .
Fab n Funky Challenge (7/19) - Add a Sentiment
 Try It On Tuesday (7/18) - Favorites Vacation/Holiday Place

If you go to the Dies R Us Store and don't find what you're looking for ... come back again because there's a lot going on right now with being in the midst of moving their warehouse from one location to another.  Several items are 'hidden from site' temporarily until all the stock can be put back on the shelves ready to ship.  
Please bear with DRU during this move.  Thanks for your understanding.

Thanks for stopping by today and as always  . . .
Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, Black cs, Olive Green cs, SU Bermuda Bay cs, scrap of designer paper, Copper metallic,
Dies:  Listed above
Accessories:  Various TH distress inks & SU inks, large sponge daubers, pop dots,

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sisterhood of Crafters - Animals

Hello Everyone!
It's time once again for a new challenge over at

Today's theme, chosen by sistah Vickie is:

ANIMALS!
(Please make an animal the focus of your project.)


I chose horses as my 'animal of choice'!
My daughter loves horses ... in fact she has a couple of her own
and there was always a horse in the barn when I was growing up!!  NO NOT MINE!
My younger sister was the horse person.  I was just as happy with a goldfish!  LOL

As this card starting taking shape, it reminded me of the opening clip for the 
'Pioneer Woman' on Food Network.  Ree Drummond!  
In fact, here's one of the photos she has taken & posted to her blog.


 Aren't they beautiful?

People who know me, know that I am not an 'animal person'!
Not that I don't like animals, I've had my share of dogs, etc.  over the years ...
It's just that at this stage in my life, I don't want/need to be
bothered with the attention & clean up necessary to be a pet person.  
I guess that's being a bit selfish ... but I'd rather be that
then have an animal that I can't give my full attentions too!  
LOL ... right now CRAFTING is my PET OF CHOICE!!

Challenges to share in:
Through The Craft Room Door Challenge (7/12 - 7/18) - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #160  (7/17) - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft Challenge (7/14) - Anything Goes 
Animal Friends Challenge (M) - Animal + die/punch
Happy Little Stamper July Challenge (M) - Anything Goes w/Dies



 Be sure to pop over to see what the team has created for this fun challenge.
What talented ladies ... 
Then I hope you'll come join in the fun and share your inspirations with us!!
See you there!
Thanks for stopping by ...
As always . . .
Recipe:
Papers:  White, Brown, Black, Kraft cs, Paper House 'Country Girl' designer paper
Dies:  Technique Tuesday 'Hello' #DIY0383, Memory Box 'Galloping Horse' #996
Accessories:  burlap