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 . . .

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Young Love . . .

Hello Everyone!
Today, as my design team card for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog,   I have a cute card to share that could be used for a variety of occasions!     OH! and did you know they have a DT Call out for this team?  If you're interested, you'll have to hurry ... ends this Friday, Sept. 15th ... details HERE.

It actually all started with this Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks background panel that I had left over from an earlier card.  From there I started looking through my dies and spotted this cute couple.  I thought the colorful panel would make a good 'sky' for their silhouette and viola ... my card was born!

I really wanted the focus to be on this adorable couple so other than my colorful panel representing the sky, I kept my card pretty clean & simple by simply scoring at 1/4" & 1/2" on all four sides of my card front.

The dies I have used are:

Die-Versions - Whispers - Lovely Kids

Impression Obsession - Dies - Clouds

Impression Obsession - Dies - Split Tree

Tutti Designs - Dies - Nesting Stitched Rectangles

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.
click below for:

Challenges to share in:
Crafty Sentiments Challenge - Dies and/or Punches
 Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - ATG with Die Cut and/or Embossing
Lemon Shortbread Challenge #50 - ATG
Try It On Tuesday Challenge - My Friend

Thanks so much for stopping by today and as always . . .

Monday, September 11, 2017

Thinking of You . . .

Hello Everyone!

Over the weekend my friend Diane (Nellie's Nest) guided me to the current challenge at the  'Just Us Girls' Challenge Blog where they are using the 'Block Watercolor Stamping' technique.  Now I had viewed this video by Jennifer McGuire before but didn't take the time to try it.   Diane & I both decided to give it a whirl and what a fun & quick technique it is!  With this sentiment on the front, I feel this card could be used for Sympathy, Get Well, or even for someone who has just gone through these terrible hurricanes in the south and are now having to rebuild their lives.

 For my first card I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks Mermaid Lagoon, Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio.  My flower stamp is by Inkadinkado called Meadow and my sentiment is by Stampendous.  I popped up my water colored panel by adhering two cereal box panels (which were cut a 1/4" smaller) to the back of my water colored panel.  This saves on using so much of my dimensional tape on a larger panel such as this.

 The butterfly accent was an extra I had cut from scraps of other watercolor papers I used on past projects (can't waste that pretty paper you know!  lol)


This second card is a bit more dramatic!
I used the same Tim Holtz Distress Inks but switched out the Fossilized Amber for Abandoned Coral.  The stamp sets used are the same.  As you can see, I've used two different clear blocks for this technique.  I also sprayed this panel and let it run a bit before drying it with my heat gun.

I like how they both turned out ... now to remember this technique for the future!

Challenges to share in:
HeARTful Stamping Challenge -  ATG + a stamp (9/17)
The Artistic Stamper September Challenge - Take a little colour
Creative Craft Cottage Challenge - Get Well / Thinking of You
House of Cards Challenge - Add Text and/or colors  (TEXT)

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you're off to a great start to your week!
Prayers going up for all those dealing with the Hurricane Irma devastation!

As always . . .

Sunday, September 10, 2017

If the shoe fits . . .

Hi Everyone!
Today I have a fun card to share but oh my goodness,
I must have 'been in a mood' when I put this one together!  LOL

Hmmm ... wonder what had me stirred up this day?  LOL
You must admit ... there are times when you'd like to send a card like this to someone who's not being very nice!  LOL  But of course I never would, so I'll just keep this card on my desk to remind MYSELF ... NOT to be a witch unless I'm dressing up for a Halloween party!  

This awesome Witch Shoe is from the August Release at Tutti Designs!

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My design today is pretty self explanatory!

As stated, my sentiment is computer generated and I've die cut it using a Sue Wilson 'Pierced Flags' die.  A few little Nuvo White Crystal Drops was all that was required to accent this fabulous shoe.  

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 9, 2017

2017 Fall Craft Show Goodies + Tutorial

Happy Weekend Everyone!

The past week or so I have finally gotten serious about creating for an upcoming show I have on the 20th at the local Country Club.  It's the same group of ladies I see for both Spring & Fall shows so besides having a variety of cards available for them to thumb through, I try to have a few little extra goodies.  They are always looking for the tissue box covers and tea cups I have for sale and they are usually on the look out for some smaller gift giving goodies.

Here is the EXTRA little goodies I've come up with this year (so far):

 Tea Lights



Both in everyday designs and holiday designs.

I spotted the original tutorial for the box HERE then expanded on her idea and turned it into a 'window box'.

Here's the details if you'd like to try it yourself!

Are you like me and save that clear packaging some dies come in?  Well if you do, you're in luck because they make fabulous WINDOWS!!

I use a pair of kitchen (heavy duty) shears to cut off the thick edged sides, then square them up on my cutter.  That way,  when you need 'windows' (works great for shaker cards too), you simply have to cut them to the size you need ... VIOLA!

I used 1/8" Scor Tape around the edges to adhere my windows to my boxes. 

 This small rectangle box will hold 3 tea lights or 5 Hershey Nuggets (if you position every other one upside down).  

TIP:  You can get THREE boxes out of one 12x12 sheet of heavier grade designer paper.  I've used double sided paper since it is usually a heavier grade.

1.  Cut a piece of cardstock 3 1/2" x 12".  Score on all four sides at 1".  Score on the long side at 5 1/2" and 6 1/2".  

 2.  Before folding, cutting & assembling my box, I created my window.  To do that,  I cut a scrap piece of white card stock 3 1/4" x 1" and used that as my window template.  Using a pencil, I outlines my template and cut out the opening with my Fiskars swivel craft knife.

3.  After cutting out the window, I adhered my clear window panel ( which was cut at 4" x 1 7/16")  to the 'INSIDE' of the lid end of your box.  NOW you can fold on the score lines, cut up to the score lines to create the gluing tabs and assemble your box.

Decorate as you wish!

You can make a tag, or simply use pretty ribbon and a charm as I have.  Your choices are endless ... be creative!   In fact, for the everyday tea light boxes, I used some fancy buttons I had in my stash.

 I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and will give it a try! 
Makes a great little gift for that someone special you don't want to spend a lot of money on but want them to know they hold a special place in your heart!  After all, it shouldn't be about how much you spend on a person ... it's the fact that you just want to show them that you care!!

Challenges to share in:
Scor-pal More than One Score Challenge #41 - Bags & Boxes
The Merry Christmas Challenge #33 - ATG Christmas
Creates and Makes Challenge #14 - ATG
The Holly and Ivy Challenge #14 - ATG

 Thanks so much for stopping by today! 
Have a great weekend!
As always . . .