Friday, May 6, 2016

FCC #137 - Anything Goes

Hello my bloggy friends!
It's time for another Funday Friday Challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack

Today's theme is:

ANYTHING GOES

 Our sponsor this week is:

 Sami Stamps

 One lucky winner will receive a $12 gift voucher to their store !!
 So make sure to play along this week~
Starts: Friday, May 6th 12:00AM (EST)
Ends: Friday, May 13th  6:00PM (EST)

Today I created with the sweet 'Umbrella Splash' image from the 'Umbrellas and Rain Collection'.  The perfect image to create with today since it's raining outside and what fun it would be to go 'splashing about' in the puddles.  Oh to be a kid again!  LOL!

Anyways ... here's my creation:


The design paper I used for the base of my background is very, very old and probably a 12x12 sheet from one of my DCWV packs left over from my scrapbooking days.

I tried hand cutting 'clouds' but that just wasn't going well so I resorted to my Ala Art 'clouds' stamp and stamped off my cloudy looking sky using Tim Holtz 'Stormy Sky' distress ink.  Die cut a few layers of grass from a scrap of bright green card stock using the Joy Craft grass die and my background was complete.

I've used Spectrum Noir for my coloring medium today and my trust Fiskars swivel craft knife for the fussy cutting.  A few dimensional behind her upper body & umbrella gave a bit more dimension to this fun creation.

Challenges to share in:
Creative Moments Challenge #92 - Anything Goes/Option Showers and/or Rainbows
Mod Squad Challenge - April Showers Bring May Flowers

Well my friends, it is YOUR turn to show us what you can do for this challenge!  
And I can't wait to see!!
Challenge Rules
1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your challenge,using the linky tool below.
2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge
3. THREE entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.
4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.
5. You may combine with other challenges as long as you link back to us in your post.

* All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements Will not be eligible for top 3 or random/monthly wins.
The monthly prize drawings will only be mailed within the US and Canada.
You have until Friday, May 13th by 6:00Pm (Eastern) time to link up.
All winners will be announced on Monday, May 16th.

Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!
Thanks for stopping by!
As always . . .

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Sharing DT Call info . . .

Hello All ...

Sorry I don't have anything crafty to share today ... but I was looking through
the listing at dtcalls.com and spotted a new die cut manufacturer / DT call
that I thought you might like to check into also. 

So, here's my share ...


Company Name:  Tutti Designs


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Double D - Happy Mother's Day / Happy Birthday!

 (If you're looking for Day 2 of the Jo's Scrap Shack Blog Hop, please scroll down!)

Hello Everyone!
Today begins a new challenge at the Double D Challenge Blog!

Team Diane is hosting today's HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY / HAPPY BIRTHDAY 
challenge and check out this fabulous board Diane has created for your inspiration . . .
 
Not only does the team choose their TOP 3 Favorites and a WINNER
but there is also a prize being offered for one lucky winner drawn via Random.org!
What is the prize for this challenge you ask . . .
 
 Be sure to pop over to the Double D Challenge Blog to see all
the fabulous, inspiration shared by the team
and then of course join in the fun yourself!!  
We'd love to see what you create!
As for me, the tulips are what caught my eye right away and here's my design:


I love pink & purple flowers and actually that's the basic color palette for my summertime flowers.
And, even though I do have a few purple tulips sprinkled here and there throughout my landscaping, the tulips in my front flower bed which are also in bloom right now, are the color of those in this photo.
Hence my decision to use this image as the focus for today's card.
This will be my Mom's Mother's Day card.  She's 86 and NOT an internet person
so I don't run a risk of her seeing it before it comes in her mailbox!  LOL

This was actually a very easy card to create since the image is the main focus.  I found this beautiful image online and brought it into Word10 to size it down to fit my card front.  After printing I simply cut it to be sure I had a white frame around it.   I wanted to pull the GREEN from the image so after die cutting the beautiful Cheery Lynn Designs 'Cathedral Lace Frame' #DL148  from white card stock, I cut a panel of forest green card stock and placed behind it.  My Memory Box 'Grosgrain Ribbons' Set of 3  #30077 ribbon is also cut from the same forest green and I've popped up the Cheery Lynn Designs 'Mom' Set of 2 #B411  sentiment.

Challenges to share in:
Deep Ocean Challenge - Flowers Everywhere
Scrap-Creations Challenge - Spring Flowers
Paper Minutes Challenge - Mother's Day / Father's Day

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun!
Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .
 

 Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, Hunter Green cs

Jo's Scrap Shack Blog Hop - Day 2

Welcome Back!
It's Day 2 of the TWO DAY Birthday Blog Hop at Jo's Scrap Shack!
Jo is celebrating FOUR fabulous years with hopping fun and prizes too!
If you've come from Christina's blog, you are on the right track.

If you've gotten lost along the way, both Day 1 and Day 2 hopping list can be found at the end of my post or just pop over to Jo's Scrap Shack to find your way.

Check out this fabulous list of prizes:
Sponsors & Prizes
  1. Jo's Scrap Shack - $15 Silhouette Store 
  2. Scrapper's Delight's - 3 Digital Stamps
  3. DoubleClick Connections- 3 bags of Skittles
  4. Sunny Studio Stamps- $20 gift voucher
  5. Little Blue Button Stamps- $15 gift voucher
  6. Lawn Fawn- 1 Stamp Set & a 6x6 paper pad-
  7. Bugaboo Digital Stamps- $30 gift voucher
 Remember: 
(You must subscribe and leave a comment on EACH DESIGNER'S blog 
to qualify for these prizes!)

I am in the midst of Spring Crafting Events and one of the favorite
items on my event table are these adorable paper tea cups.


The teacup is created from an older Sizzix Die the I go one step further by
cutting a 'saucer' from chipboard which I adhere the 'decorative paper saucer' panel to
for extra sturdiness.  I also die cut a 'doily' for under each teacup ... in this case
I've used a Sue Wilson die set and this is actually the 'label' of the set.
 

After decorating the front of the teacup with a variety of embellishments, some have a 'lacy panel', some have gems, some just have a simple butterfly.

After filling each teacup with an individually packaged teabag and chocolates, it's time to package and seal with a topper. 

 The ladies at the shows I participate in are always on the look out for a unique little GIFT IDEA
and these are always the first to fly off the table! 

Your next stop on the hop is Kellie's blog.

 As promised ... here's the hop listings:

Day 1- May 3rd

Day 2- May 4th

 Thanks for joining in the fun and good luck!!
As always . . .

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Jo's Scrap Shack Blog Hop - Day 1

Hello Everyone!
EXCITEMENT IS MOUNTING!
They say time flies when you're having fun and that's certainly true at ~Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge Blog where she is celebration with a TWO DAY Birthday Blog Hop.
Jo's Blog is celebrating FOUR YEARS of fun times and I'm thrilled to be invited to the party again this year.

What's a celebration without prize goodies?
Check out this awesome list of prizes being offered!
(You must subscribe and leave a comment on EACH DESIGNER'S blog 
to qualify for these prizes!)

Sponsors & Prizes
  1. Jo's Scrap Shack - $15 Silhouette Store 
  2. Scrapper's Delight's - 3 Digital Stamps
  3. DoubleClick Connections- 3 bags of Skittles
  4. Sunny Studio Stamps- $20 gift voucher
  5. Little Blue Button Stamps- $15 gift voucher
  6. Lawn Fawn- 1 Stamp Set & a 6x6 paper pad-
  7. Bugaboo Digital Stamps- $30 gift voucher

 LET THE PARTY BEGIN!

Day 1
Blog starts off -Jo's Scrap Shack 

You will have until 11:59 PM on May 6th to leave comments and winners will be announced on May 7th on Jo's challenge blog (Jo's Scrap Shack)

PLEASE BE SURE TO STOP BACK TOMORROW 
when I will be sharing MY PROJECT for DAY 2 of this fun Birthday Hop!
 Hope to see you then . . .

Monday, May 2, 2016

Use Your Stuff - Sketch

Hello Everyone! 
It's time for a new challenge at the Use Your Stuff Challenge Blog
and today Tina has an awesome sketch for us to create with . . .




Now as you noticed ... this sketch is designed to be used in your scrapbooking ...
but hey, who says you can't use it for a card too?  
I did ... LOL ... please see below.


I love using sketches and I must admit this is the 1st time I've used a scrap booking sketch
for a card but I can guarantee you it won't be the last!  LOL
And, while I'm 'confessing' I have a 'boo-boo' to own up to!

See how the 'journaling' panel is two different paper patterns?
Well ... It was all the cute little floral pattern and I drew the lines on it (after thought)
and had the brilliant idea to stamp words on it to look like journaling ...
AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT ... I stamped it UPSIDE DOWN ... yep, silly me!
Of course I didn't have another panel of that paper to fix my 'boo-boo' so covered it with
a coordinating paper, redrew the lines and FORGOT about the words!  Uugh!

Turning a negative into a positive . . .
Other than my base card, various scraps were used to create today's card
which 'lowered the mountain' of scraps on my work table!

Challenges to share in:
Crafting When We Can Challenge - Add Flowers
 Great Impressions May Challenge - Blinged Birthday
 Di's Digi Designs Challenge - Pastel colors

Thanks for taking a peek and I hope you'll come join in the fun at the

Have a great day and as always . . .



Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, Dark Green cs,  various K&CO designer papers
Accessories:  Sequins, Heartfelt Creations flower (off cut left over from demo at convention last month), portion of the Sue Wilson 'Greek Island' #CED5102 (ivy), Cheery Lynn Designs 'Two of Hearts' #DL128 


Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Robyn's Fetish Challenge #314 -"MOTHER'S DAY CARDS" - 05/1/2016

Happy Sunday Friends ...
it's time for a new, fun challenge at Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog!

This week's challenge is:

MOTHER'S DAY CARDS
 Today's sponsor is Sami Stamps
SAMI STAMPS

 One lucky winner will receive a $12 gift certificate from the Sami Stamps store.
So be sure to come join in our challenge fun!  That lucky winner could be YOU!!

I had so much fun creating a card today using the 'A Rose for Mom' digi stamp
and used my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers for my coloring.

 What a precious image and it could be used for
Mother's Day, a Birthday or Just Because.

I colored and fussy cut this sweet image then built my card around it.
I wanted to bring focus to the yellow rose ... hence the yellow polka dot background panel.

 After die cutting the largest circle and decorative inner ring from the Sue Wilson 'Italian Collection' die set from white card stock, I cut it once again (minus the decorative ring) using red card stock then attached the two together.  The little white hearts on the word YOU are from those that popped out of the inside ring.

I hope you'll take a minute and swing by the Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog
to see all the fabulous creations the team has designed to inspire you.

Challenges to share in:

 Thanks so much for stopping by today and please pop over to Robyn's Fetish Store and Blog.  We'd also love to have you come join in our challenge fun.   YOU could even be our WINNER! 

As Always . . .
 

 Recipe:

Papers:  White cs, Cherry Red cs, Recollections dp
Dies from Dies R Us:  Sue Wilson 'Italian Collection decorative frames' #CED1503, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Love' #B227, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Mom' #B411, Memory Box 'Amazing You' #30015
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Fiskar swivel knife

Friday, April 29, 2016

A little bird told me . . .

My goodness, April has been a busy, busy month for me!
Where has the time gone?

I feel I've neglected my blog a bit lately so I have a FUN TIME card creation
to share today and using up some off cuts/scraps at the same time!  Love when that happens!
I have had not ONE but TWO of these Impression Obsession 'Bird on a Branch' cuts laying on my work table for months now and finally today I decided to use one of them!  This is NOT AT ALL what I had in mind when I started making a card for today but you know how that goes . . . .

The other day I was visiting with the neighbor and her little 2 year old was pushing her bubble making machine on the driveway making ALL SORTS OF BUBBLES ... which was really cute!  But, then I noticed a cardinal sitting on the tree branch in the side yard and it appeared he was enjoying the bubbles as much as I was!  LOL!   Hence the bubble background paper used for today's card.

I am always in need of birthday cards so that will be the theme for today!
I think this could be used for a man, woman, young adult ... what do you think??

Challenges to share in:
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Animals & a sentiment (I hope birds count!)
Creative Knockout Challenge - Lots of Layers

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I'm TRYING to get all my goods gathered up for tomorrow's show ... luckily I can set up this evening!
So, with that being said, I'd better get busy!
Have a fabulous weekend ahead and as always . . .
Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, Red cs, Olive cs, DCWV dp
Accessories:  Sue Wilson 'Greek Island' #CED5102, Poppy Stamps 'Thicket Frame' #1407, Impression Obsession 'Bird on a Branch' #DIE161, Woodware, USA 'Birdsong' stamp, Versafine Onyx, pop dots

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Sisterhood of Crafters - Birthday

Hello Everyone!
I hope you're having a wonderful day!
It's time for a new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters 
and 'sistah' ANNA has chosen our theme.

BIRTHDAY

Heaven knows we can never have enough Birthday cards in
our stash so this challenge will be helpful in keeping a few extras on hand.


I actually created this card from bits and pieces that were laying
on one work table or another.  And, was put together in no time at all since
it consists of primarily die cuts which were purchased from the Dies R Us Store.

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun and be sure to at least
pop over for some awesome inspiration from my 'sistah' designers.

Challenges to share in:

Cards in Envy Challenge - Another Year Older - Birthday

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
As always . . .



Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, Red cs, Marianne Designs 'French Roses' dp
Dies:  Die Mentions 'Birthday Balloons' #DME-042, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Lace Corner Deco E' #B165, Impressions Obsession 'Square All-in-1 Frames'  #DIE294
Accessories:  Red Sequins

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Robyn's Fetish Challenge #313 -"ANYTHING GOES" - 04/24/2016

Happy Sunday Friends ...
it's time for a new, fun challenge at Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog!

This week's challenge is:

ANYTHING GOES
 Today's sponsor is A Lil Digi Heaven
A LIL DIGI HEAVEN

 One lucky winner will receive 3 digital stamps of their choice from the A Lil Digi Heaven store.
So be sure to come join in our challenge fun!  That lucky winner could be YOU!!
I had so much fun creating a card today using the 'Dani' image.
Isn't she just adorable!!


I began by coloring this sweet image using my Spectrum Noir
alcohol markers then built the card design around her.

I hope you'll take a minute and swing by the Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog
to see all the fabulous creations the team has designed to inspire you.

 Thanks so much for stopping by today and please pop over to Robyn's Fetish Store and Blog.  We'd also love to have you come join in our challenge fun.   YOU could even be our WINNER!

As Always . . .

Recipe:
Papers;  White cs, Brown cs, Peach cs, Paper Pizazz dp
Dies:  Poppystamps 'Simple Banner' #836, Impression Obsession 'Large Bow' #DIE-063, Memory Box 'Cross Stitched Frame Borders' #99124
Accessories:  sequins, prima flowers, green Stickles


Friday, April 22, 2016

FCC #135 - "Sketch"

Hello my bloggy friends!
 Welcome to another Funday Friday Challenge.

 This week's challenge is a sketch:
 Our sponsor this week is:


 One lucky winner will receive 3 digis of their choice !!
 So make sure to play along this week~

Starts: Friday, April 22nd 12:00AM (EST)
Ends: Friday, April 29th  6:00PM (EST)



I had so much fun creating with this digital image called 'Magic is in the Air' along with today's sketch.  What do you think?  I just love how it came together!!


 I love beginning a card with a sketch and this one really intrigued me and I can
guarantee you I'll be using it again.

 After printing out this sweet image onto a 4x6 piece of white card stock I
decided on my background paper to use as the basis for my coloring.  Then I got busy using a combination of Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Spectrum Noir pencils.  I wanted the wings to appear translucent to of course a touch of paper glaze was required (see image below).
 
 Next my trust Fiskars swivel craft knife came into play.
A few perfectly positioned pop dots helped to give this little fairy flight.
I just received a new grass die cut and it worked perfectly across the bottom of my card.

Challenges to share in today:
Crafty Creations Challenge - Stitching (real or fake)
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge - Winged Things

Well my friends, it is YOUR turn to show us what you can do for this challenge!  And I can't wait to see!!

Challenge Rules
1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your challenge,using the linky tool below.
2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge
3. THREE entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.
4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.
5. You may combine with other challenges as long as you link back to us in your post.

* All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements Will not be eligible for top 3 or random/monthly wins.
The monthly prize drawings will only be mailed within the US and Canada.
You have until Friday, April 29 by 6:00Pm (Eastern) time to link up.
All winners will be announced on Monday, May 2nd.

Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!
Thanks for stopping by!
As always . . .

Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, DCWV Brights Pink cs, K&Co designer paper
Dies:  Sue Wilson 'Pierced Tags' #CED4304, Memory Box 'Stitched Circle Layers' #30036
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Spectrum Noir pencils, SU dimensionals,



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Spring Time Craft Show

Hello Friends ...
Well, it looks like Spring has finally sprung here in Ohio and if the weather
is not enough of an indication of that ... the Springtime Craft Shows I'm involved in are!  LOL!
I've decided this year to only do 2 shows in the Spring and 2 shows in the Fall.
There are just too many other things I want to be sharing & doing with my favorite guy that
I don't want to be chained to my crafting table all summer long. 

Yesterday was my first Spring show which is actually a 'private' show vs your usual
open door crafting show.  This group of ladies are the same ladies I see in the Fall at one of
the local country clubs and they are fabulous.  
There are only a dozen hand picked vendors at these functions and I'm honored
to have been chosen to showcase my paper crafting for them.

Not only do the vendor's have the opportunity to showcase their products but
are also invited to partake in the luncheon and program.  FABULOUS!!
Yesterday's program was all about Weddings of Yesteryear!
Here's a few photos of some of the authentic gowns, shoes, under garments, wedding photos
and oh my goodness ... so much more!  I wish I had taken the time to grab
photos of the other vintage gowns ... they were AMAZING!!!

This lady 'knows her stuff' and the facts/information she shares is AWESOME!

Well that's it for me today ... lots to catch up on ... just wanted to share!
Hope you're having a fabulous day!
As always . . .