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Monday, April 30, 2012

Fun Weekend

Happy Monday Everyone!

Well, it's raining here in N.E. Ohio so I'll be spending the day in my 'cave' playing with some of the new 'stuff' I bought at the Adventures in Stamping yesterday in Akron.  This event is a 2 day affair ... and I used to go both days ... but it's so crazy busy on Saturday, that's the past few years I've limited myself to only going one day.  Sunday is less crowded and you can actually get close enough to see the demos and partake in some of the make & takes.  (And I spend half the money! LOL)
Here's a few things I purchased this year.
(See I was a very good girl!)

Although I really didn't need any new 'toys' to play with ... I always enjoy looking around and running into crafting friends while there too.  It's exciting to hear what they learned in some of the classes that they took on Friday and/or Saturday as well as where there's something new that I just HAVE TO SEE!!

But the best part of this years convention was getting to meet BECCA Feeken (Amazing Paper Grace) in person. (Silly me ... didn't think to take a camera!)  What a wonder, gracious lady!  We actually sat down together at concessions and enjoyed some chatter while eating our hot dogs!  If you've never seen Becca's work (OMG where have you been?) ... then you really need to click on the link to her blog and take a peek!  She is VERY TALENTED and I have been in AWE of her designs since I started paper crafting some 7-8 years ago when I joined up with Splitcoast Stampers.  If you need inspiration ... Becca can provide that for you!

Well I guess I'd better get busy.  
Have a wonderful day and don't forget to hug the ones you love!
HUGS
Darlene

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Joan's Gardens Challenge #16

Happy Weekend Everyone!
It's a bit dreary and rainy here in NE Ohio but that's okay ... I need to spend a little time on indoor projects anyways.  I got a call on Thursday from Joann Fabrics Headquarters and they've ask me to do another project for them ... YEAH!! ... it involves decoupaging and it's a Christmas creation!  It's proving to be INTERESTING to say the least since I've never really done actual decoupaging!  Between the glue and the glitter ... yikes ... what a mess I have created!  LOL  But the project is turning out really pretty!!

Anyways ... now that I have that done and it has to dry, I thought I'd get my card done for Joan's Gardens Challenge this week.  Here are the requirements:
  • Use any size or kind of butterflies on your card
  • Use some type of scallops or lattice
  • Use yellow or gold colors
  • Use a pattern paper back ground
Well ... yellow is not a color I use a lot on my cards so this was fun!  I actually really like yellow for decorating (you should see my YELLOW kitchen) but just never think to use it as the base color for cards.  Of course, I will after today!  Here's what I came up with:


My background paper comes from the Echo Park Paper Co. 'Victoria Gardens' 6x6 pack.  I used a buttercup yellow cardstock for my Martha Stewart 'doily lace' border punched panel as well as the Cheery Lynn Designs Butterflies (DL112 & DL113 Exotic Butterflies).  I then sponged the butterflies with Delicata 'Golden Glitz' pigment ink to give them a bit of sparkle and make them pop a little more from the page.  The sentiment and little Versafine black inked butterflies are from the JustRite Clear 'Botanical Butterflies' stamp set.  Those items highlighted in red were purchased at Joan's Gardens.  I have use a Creative Memories fine tip black pen to do the faux stitching and the yellow gingham ribbon is from Michaels

Joan and Selma are always coming up with the most wonderful, unique challenges.  I hope you'll come join in the fun!  And while you are at Joan's Blog checking out the challenge, be sure to check out all the products she offers in her store (sidebar listings) ... and her shipping rates are exactly what it costs her to ship ... what a deal!!  OH and she's QUICK too!

Here are a few other qualifying challenges I found at Feline Playful:
Glitter Geeks #17 - Stitches
PaperPlay Challenge - Monochromatic & Ribbon
Stampin' Royalty - Monochromatic

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope to see you over at Joan's Gardens!
Hugs,
Darlene

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Shelly's Images Challenge

Time for another challenge at SHELLY'S IMAGES 
and today we are FEATURING Shelly's adorable 
"HONEYBEE" digi image.

HONEYBEE
Remember, you can get this adorable image at a REDUCED PRICE - TODAY ONLY!

Our challenge is:

HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
 Use PASTELS, KRAFT and FLOWERS on your card/project.

Here's what I have come up with:

Won't be long before I see a lot of these critters around my flowers on the deck (once it's warm enough to plant them that is!  LOL)

Recipe for my card:
Papers:  Kraft cs, gold cs, white cs, K&Co. dp
Accessories:  Prismacolor markers, SU Crystal Effects, MS border punch, MS branch punch, Prima flowers, Stickles

I hope you'll pop over to Shelly's Images and check out the fun creations my team males have created to inspire you ... then come join in our fun!  Remember to check out Shelly's Images NEW STORE FRONT also.  HERE'S A LINK to make it easy for you!

A few qualifying challenges:
Little Darlings Challenge - Flowers
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge - The Great Outdoors
Stampavie and more Challenge - Spring
My Time To Craft Challenge - Garden Gems

Hope to see you there!
Darlene

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sisterhood of Crafters - Shake It Up!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!
It's time for another fun challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters!

Our challenge this time around is:

SHAKE IT UP!
Create a shaker card.

Well ... since I had never made a shaker card, this was a real challenge for me and I'm NOT real happy with the outcome but I will share it with you anyways and maybe you can give me a few pointers!


I chose this adorable Shelly's Images "Spring Lamb" image for my shaker card.  The product I used for inside my shaker is an embossing tinsel and the problem with that is the static made the silver particles stick to the acetate panel ... like I said ... this is my 1st shaker card!

My team mates at the sisterhood have some fabulous samples to share with you ... so be sure to pop on over to The Sisterhood of Crafters ... be inspired ... and come play along!  We also have a SPONSOR this time around.  

Hope to see you there!
Have a wonderful day!
Hugs,
Darlene

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Z-Fold Cards

Good Evening Everyone!  
I hope you are enjoying a restful weekend!

I was taking a peek at the challenges listed over at Feline Playful and came across a few that caught my attention.  I made a decision last week to create a variety of 'fancy fold' cards for the upcoming local Fall Craft Show and as I was doing a bit of investigating over at Splitcoast Stampers as well as online (YouTube, etc.), I found that there can be more than one card design that falls under the same name.  i.e. Z-Fold Cards

Here are a couple that I have created.  
(My post is a bit lengthy ... might want to grab a comfy chair.)

This is what I initially called a Z-Fold card and is the style they were looking for at the Come and Get It Challenge. So following the guidelines that they provided by Linda Duke (here) I've created this lovely z-fold card in purples & greens.  The double sided designer paper is from K&Co and the focus image if from JustRite Stamps.

I have stamped this sweet image from the JustRite Clear 'Botanical Butterflies' (CR-02245) set several times and popped up the flowers & the outer word ring with dimensional tape.

My flower was created from a scrap of designer paper, Best Creations Inc 'A Walk in the Garden' (AW012) and the medium PunchBunch 'Ovoid' floral punch.  The center stamen is the PunchBunch 'Big Skye' punch and the leaves are Marianne (LR0156) die.  Martha Stewart 'branch' leaf punch and purple Stickles were also used in the creation of my flower.  Ooops nearly forgot to mention the PunchBunch Flower Making Kit and McGill black mat were also used.

The other items used on this card are the Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Kaiser pearls, Michael's satin ribbon and the SU scallop border punch.

(Items identified in RED were purchased at Joan's Gardens.)

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The other style of Z-fold card I found looks like this:

It is this style that I have cut out several 'base cards' and started to decorate for the upcoming show.  I will be using this particular card as a SAMPLE to show the people what I mean by 'Z-Fold' instead of them wanting to take the cards out of their protective sleeves.  I will share the other cards made in this style at a later date.

On this card I have used a cute sticker from Crafty Secrets, SU red gingham paper (very old), Spellbinder scallop rectangle dies, and the sentiment is from Verses Rubber Stamps.  Pretty simple design but still cute I think!

SO ... WHICH STYLE DO YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU HEAR "Z-FOLD"?

Here are a few challenges I'd like to enter these cards into:
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
 PanPastel UK Challenge - Add a Flower
That Craft Place Challenge - Anything but a Square or Rectangle
Hiding in My Craft Room - Homemade Flowers
Joan's Gardens - Homemade Flowers from punches and/or dies
Just Some Lines - Give a Gift of Flowers
Prairie Fairy Friday - Anything with Flowers
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Punches & Dies

Since it's getting late (nearly bedtime), I guess I'll bring this post to an end.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I'd really LOVE to hear your opinion on this fancy fold style ... or any comment you may have for that matter!  LOL!

Big Hugs to you all and I wish you a FABULOUS week ahead!

Darlene

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Joan's Gardens Challenge #15

I look forward to Thursdays because that means I get to play another challenge at Joan's Gardens.  She & Selma always come up with the most wonderful challenges for us and today is no exception!  Here's what's going on this week.

We are planning a blog hop May 15th and are looking for 6 Guest Designers to participate.
We are asking everyone who would like to be considered as a guest designer for the blog hop, to create a card or project that includes one or more flowers that you have created with either punches or dies.  You will submit your entry in this week's challenge.  You can create any type of  flower/s you wish.  There are no other requirements other than you will want to make your entry the prettiest you can make it.

How about that!  As many of you have noticed, I've been like a crazy woman making homemade flowers on so many of my projects lately ... so this was awesome fun!!!  Here's what I've created ...

 Here is a list of items used to create my card.  Those items in PINK were purchased at Joan's Gardens.


Papers -  grape, lavender, white cardstock, scrap of polka dot designer paper
Ink - Versa Magic 'cloud white' chalk ink
Accessories - PunchBunch punches:  Begonia, Ovoid (med), Ovoid (sm), Snowflake, Big Skye . . . Cheery Lynn Designs (B117) Fanciful Flourish die . . . Marianne (LR0156) leaves, (LR0157) flourish . . . Cuttlebug 'textile' embossing folder . . . Joy Crafts swan dies . . . pop dots . . . Kaiser pearls . . . Diamond Stickles . . . Michaels gingham ribbon


Here is a close-up showing how I popped up the swans.


Other qualifying challenges:
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - Things with Wings
Craft Us Crazy - Mother's Day and/or Flowers
Forever Friends Monthly Challenge - Embossing
Sassy Studio Designs - Flowers & Flourishes
For Your Inspiration - Photo Inspiration
Cards and Scrap - Flowers

Thanks for stopping by today!
I hope you'll come join in the fun at Joan's Gardens!  
Hugs,
Darlene

Shelly's Images Challenge

WOW!  Is it Thursday again already???  
Well, that means that it's time for another challenge at Shelly's Images!  
We have an EASY one for you today along with a FABULOUS new digi image ... 
AND, I am thrilled to be your hostess!!

Remember you can purchase this image today only at a reduced price ... so jump right over to the store (remember to register - there are perks for doing that) and grab this image for yourself.

This beautiful image is called 'Beach Path' ...

and the theme of today's challenge is ...

SHOW US WHAT YOU GOT!
(anything goes)

My creation tells you what I'd like to be doing right now!!

That's right!  How would you like to look out the window and see this view! Aaahhhh, I can feel those warm ocean breezes already!  (yea right ... dreaming of course!  I live in OHIO!)

Anyways ... please pop over to the blog and check out some of the creations my design team mates have created using this wonderful image ... they are quite the talented group!

Other qualifying challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you'll come join in the fun at Shelly's Images!

Hugs,
Darlene

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mother's Day Creations

Hello my friends!

Before I share today's creations with you, I'd like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of you who take the time to stop by my blog and leave such kind, encouraging words.  I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate your kindness. 

With Mother's Day right around the corner (May 13th) ... and after spending the day on Monday helping my Mom do some 'spring cleaning' ... I thought I'd better get started on her Mother's Day card.  I wanted to make her something a little different ... she is always so thrilled with the unique folded cards I create and when I saw the 'Double Dutch Fold Challenge' over at the Sweet Stamps Blog, I knew that was a good starting point.

Here is my finished card.  
Keeping in mind my Mom loves the 'Vintage' style (must be where I get my love for it), I decided to use the new designer paper and die cuts from the Melissa Frances [c'est la Vie collection] that I purchased while attending the workshop at Joan's Gardens last month.

Here is what it looks like opened.  I will be sure to attach my personal message under the bottom 'doors'.  The other items I've used on this card are Prima flowers, Kaiser pearls & a Wilton paper doily.  The Mother's Day stamp is from A Stamp In The Hand and the sentiment verse if from Serendipity Stamps (D154).

Other qualifying challenges are:
Can You Dig It - Secret Garden (photo inspiration)
City Crafter Challenge - Just a hint of Pink
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - From the Past
The Shabby Tea Room - Aqua, Pink, Neutrals & Flowers (photo inspiration)

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On Monday I shared my Altered Framed Mirror creation with you ... shown here.

Well I'm thrilled to say this item is SOLD!  How cool is that!  When I went over to Friendly's on Monday morning for breakfast, I took it along to show my waitress friend, Gretchen.  She thought it was beautiful so she called her manager, Tammy, out of the office to see it and she (Tammy) immediately asked if it was for sale.  She said it would be the perfect Mother's Day gift for her Mom.  Of course I said yes ... but I wanted to apply an extra coat of paint to the back before selling it to her and she was in agreement.

Then today (while the paint was drying), I decided to use the remainder of the matching designer paper to make a Mother's Day card for her to accompany the mirror.  Nothing real fancy but the fact that it matches I thought would be a nice touch.  She can add her personal message inside.  I'm sure she'll like this idea!

Well, that's it for today!  Please stop back tomorrow when I will have another creation for the challenge at Shelly's Images to share with you.  Hope to see you then!

Hugs,
Darlene

Monday, April 16, 2012

Challenge time again . . .

. . . with my friend Lana Edwards (Blest With Stamps).

A while back, Lana and I decided to challenge each other to alter the same items that we purchased together at the Goodwill Store.  Well, we are at it again!  Here is the item we have chosen to alter this time around . . .
(more to come ... LOL)

It's a FLAT painted framed mirror that cost us $2.50.

I must admit Lana had hers done (and sold) before I even got around to thinking what to do with mine but with a little 'nudge' from Lana (thanks girlfriend), I got the old brain whirling and this is what I came up with.


SO ... What do you think???

Here are a couple close-ups to help showcase the details on this project.

 I'm not sure if you can see it in the photo, but I have used a 2nd sheet of the same designer paper ... cut out the roses and popped them up with pop dots to add dimension to the lower corner of the frame.
 
I've become addicted to making homemade flowers after attending a few workshops at Joan's Gardens.  One of these days (when I get much better at it) I will share the technique ... but in the meantime, be sure to pop over to Selma's blog (Joan's designer) where she can instruct you on how she makes the most GORGEOUS flowers ever!!!  And, before I forget, I wanted to point out that the 'mirror corner' of the Wilton's paper doily has actually been cut out and positioned directly on the mirror while the remainder of the doily is on the wooden frame.

Here's a list of items used on this creation:

Paper -  Colorbok 12x12 'Rosewood' pattern pack, forest green cs, rose cs
Ink - Memento 'cantaloupe' dye ink
Accessories - K&Co. Flora & Fauna Butterfly Adhesive Chipboard (code # 30-599635), Marianne dies (LR0156 & LR0157), Cheery Lynn Designs Fanciful Flourish die (B117), Lime Green Stickles, PunchBunch Flower Making Kit, McGill Flower Forming Mat, PunchBunch Begonia punch, PunchBunch Snowflake punch (stamen of flower), 7Gypsies vintage tag, Wilton paper doily, pop dots

(items in RED were purchased through Joan's Gardens in North Liberty, Indiana)

 Other challenges this project qualifies for are:
365 Cards: Day 45 - I've Been Framed
Hiding in My Craft Room - Super Scraps Saturday (scraps were used for flower, leaves & flourishes)
Sugar Creek Hollow - Die Cuts and/or Punches
Ditzy-craftymess Challenge - Anything but a Card
Prairie Fairy Friday - Anything Goes
Fun with Shapes and More - Dies & Punches
Totally Paper Crafts - Things with Wings
Wags 'n Whiskers - Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - Things with Wings
Cute Card Thursday - Spring Flowers
Digi DoodleShop's Best - Paper Lace (lace doily behind homemade flower)
PaperPlay Challenge - Things with Wings
Rainbow Lady's Challenge - A Touch of Vintage
Inky Impressions - Make Your Own Embellishments (homemade flower)
Just Keep on Crafting - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon - Spring Colors
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge - 2 or more designer papers (1 on the frame  - 2nd to make the rose)
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
 Truly Madly Crafty Challenge April - Homemade Flowers
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Anything Goes
Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent - Anything Goes + Bonus Question
     What’s the strangest thing you have been hoarding for the purpose of using it in your art and how do you plan to use it?  Feathers from an old feather pillow which I hope to someday create a large bird wall hanging and use the feathers on his wings & body.

Well, there you have it!  Remember ... be sure to pop on over to my 'partner in crime's blog' ... BLEST WITH STAMPS ... and see what Lana did with her yellow painted framed mirror!  

This is always great fun and so inspiring!  Why not link up with one or two of your crafting friends and challenge each other to a fun time altering the same (or similar) item!  It can be amazing how different the same item can be!  AND, if you do this, PLEASE let me know ... I'd LOVE to see what you've created!!

Have a wonderful Monday!
HUGS,
Darlene

NettieG Challenge #6

Happy MONDAY Everyone!

There's a new challenge starting today at

Nettie is having a new RELEASE of Vintage Bridal Images and not only can you purchase this GORGEOUS 1909 Bride image for $1.50 through the 1st week of the challenge ... BUT, one lucky challenge participant could WIN her for FREE!!  Be sure to pop over to the challenge blog for all the details!

There's also a TWIST to the challenge ...

USE LACE ON YOUR CREATION


I chose to alter a composition book and turn it into a 'Bride's Journal'.
So many details go into planning a wedding ... I thought it would be nice to have all of those ideas located in one place for quick & easy reference.

 Did I mention this adorable 'Flower Girl' image will ALSO BE A PRIZE?
Again ... be sure to pop over to the challenge blog for all the specific details on winning these images!  I thought this beautiful bride deserved TWO flower girls and with the magic of computers, was able to not only rotate the bride from left to right ... but also give her these two beautiful young ladies to share in her special day!


Here is a close-up showcasing a little more detail.
Speaking of DETAILS ... here are the products used in this creation:

Papers:  Wubie Prints 'Lace' designer paper, white cardstock, pink cardstock
Inks:  Tim Holtz 'Antique Lace' and 'Tea Dye' distress inks, Colorbox 'Berrylicious' chalk ink
Accessories:  Composition Book, Wilton 'Lace Paper Doilies', Martha Stewart 'Butterfly' punch, Wright's Lace purchased at JoAnn's and inked with TH distress ink, pink grosgrain ribbon (on binding), white satin ribbon (on binding), PunchBunch 'Begonia' punch, Marianne LR0156 & LR0157 dies (leaves & flourish), pink Stickles, Kaiser pink pearls, Cheery Lynn Designs DL101 'English Tea Party' doily die, pop dots, McGill flower making kit and forming mat, 'diamond' Stickles

I hope you like my creation and will come join in our challenge at Nettie G's!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Other qualifying challenges:
One Stop Craft Challenge - Three Circles (three doilies under images)
Sugar Creek Hollow #7 - Die Cuts or Punches
Totally Gorguss #127 - Bling
Ditzy-Craftymess Challenge - Anything but a Card
Polka Doodles #15 - Pretty in Pink
Stampin with the Dragon - Weddings
Totally Paper Crafts - Things with Wings
Crafty Purple Frog Challenge - Lets Get Distressed
Digi Doodle Shop - Paper Lace
Moving Along With The Times #144 - Shabby Chic and/or Vintage

HUGS,
Darlene

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tulip Time . . .

WOW!  Everything is blooming SO EARLY this year!  
My crocus & daffodils are already finished blooming and now it's TULIP TIME!

We had new landscaping done last fall and I was so anxious to see where they planted the spring bulbs I provided for them to include in the landscaping. It's been a lot of fun watching them pop out of the ground and look so beautiful in their little groupings. Before it starts raining too hard (calling for rain the next few days) ... I thought I'd grab a few photos.



Also, while mowing the lawn last evening I noticed a few more tulips in bloom at the back of the house.  Since no one can really appreciate them back there, I decided to cut them and put them in a vase so we could enjoy them for a few days.  I'm sure if we get hard rain it would have knocked a lot of the petals off if left outdoors.


Aren't they just the prettiest thing!  As much as I LOVE cut flowers in the house, it's always sad to cut them from the outdoors!  I guess I'll just need to plant MORE so I can have them both places without feeling bad about it!  LOL!

I didn't plant these tulips ... they were original to the house.  If you know me at all, you know I love PURPLE and tend to do a lot of my decorating ... inside & out in that color.  Hence the new tulips in the front of the house are in shades of purple ... along with purple lavendar and iris's that are yet to bloom.

In fact, I just might have to invest in purple petunia's this year to adorn the somewhat 'naked' areas in the landscaping.  But that will have to wait for awhile ... still too much of a chance for frost here in NE Ohio.  Maybe that would be a good Mother's Day gift to myself!!

I love placing the 'wave petunias' in both the planter boxes on the back deck and in large pots at the front of the house ... they bloom all summer long and give such wonderful color.

Well, it seems I've lost track of the time (been in my cave playing with an altering project) ... and I'd better go see what hubby wants for lunch before it turns into dinner time!  LOL!

Have a wonderful day/weekend and thanks so much for stopping by!  
And, don't forget to TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE FLOWERS!
Hugs,
Darlene

P.S.  Just wanted to let you know that my friend Lana & I are at it again!  Challenging each other to alter yet another item from the Goodwill!  Hopefully we'll be sharing that project with you over the next couple of days!  Please stop back!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Joan's Gardens Challenge #14

WOW ... what a great challenge idea Joan & Selma have come up with week!
Here's what this week's challenge is all about at Joan's Gardens!
  • Make or use a flower pot
  • Make flowers for flower pot
  • Use some trailing greenery
  • Use any color combination
Pop on over to Joan's Gardens and check it out!  They've even given you a link to some directions to help you get started!  What Fun!!

Here's mine:


Here's a list of products used in my creation:

Papers:  olive green cs, garden green cs, mint green cs, white cs, black cs, kraft cs, Memory Boutique designer paper (green pot - blue background)
Inks:  ColorBox 'rose coral' chalk ink, SU Old Olive
Accessories:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'fanciful flourish' die, Sizzix #656064 'leaf' dies, MS 'leaf' punch, Cuttlebug 'Floral Borders' die, PunchBunch floral punch, Punch Bunch 'big skye' punch, McGill flower making kit & mat, copper Stickles, Michael's satin ribbon

Why not join in the fun!  
Hope to see you at Joan's!!
Hugs,
Darlene

Shelly's Images Challenge

Yep ... it's time for another fun Terrifically Thrilling Thursday 
challenge at Shelly's Images!

Today's theme is:
"Seize the Cupcake"
(use cake in some way on your project)

and, our FEATURED IMAGE ... 
available at a REDUCED PRICE ... TODAY ONLY ... is: