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Saturday, October 31, 2015

A Working Girls Birthday Card



Happy Weekend Everyone!
I'm busy, busy creating cards for next week's craft show at the local High School and thought I'd share one with you today that I truly enjoyed creating.  
I love all my DT work and special orders, but sometimes it's just fun to design something out of your own head!  No sketch ... no theme ... no special colors ... just ME pulling pieces together and turning it into a card.  THAT is what I have for you today!


Inside View
As always, the cards I have requested most are birthday cards.  Specifically card for the 'ladies'.  Since I'm in need of so many, I turned to my wonderful design papers for inspiration.  Graphic45 has some amazing images/papers that make a quick and fabulous card.  So, that was the direction I went with today.  The paper pack I used today is Graphic45 'Domestic Goddess.

Now let's see if I can find some fun challenges to share my card in:
 PDE Linky Party - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge - Anything Goes
Julia Spiri Challenge - Use something Old (Graphic45 paper circa 2009)

Well that's it for me today! 
Now I really must get ready for those 150 Halloweeners I'm expecting this evening!  Gosh ... I sure hope I have enough candy!   OH!  And don't forget to TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK tonight!!
As always . . .



Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, Graphic45 'Domestic Goddess' dp
Accessories:  Fiskars swivel craft knife, Baker's Twine, Pop dots, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Happy' and 'Birthday' dies

Friday, October 30, 2015

Another FRIENDS card . ..

MORNING!  HAPPY FRIDAY!
I have a card to share with you today for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog and I'm happy to say it also fits the Classy Cards 'n Such challenge where the theme is Squirrel-y Friends (squirrel being optional). 

This has to be one of my favorite 'Friends' stamps
and it's perfect for this time of year!

The dies I've used today are:
 Die Versions 'Wee Petites' FALL #DWP-003
Memory Box 'Pinpoint Square Layers' #30060
Poppystamps 'Frisky Squirrels' #1134

The background panel was created from scraps of fall paper and the
leaves were die cut from a small portion of paper I had left that I created using Ken Oliver's Color Burst.

The 'Diamond' Stickles across the top stands for the True friends mentioned in the sentiment.  And, this time I added the 'optional' squirrels ... LOL!  Aren't they cute!
The squirrels in our back yard have been VERY busy lately ... something tells me the know more of what's coming then we do!!

Challenges to share in:
Crafting with Friends Challenge - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge - Anything Goes
 Jo's Scrap Shack Fun Day Friday Challenge - Anything Goes
 QKR Stampede Challenge - Harvest Colors

Thanks for stopping by today!
Hope you have a FABULOUS day!!
As always . . .


Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, Various Fall dp, Red cs, Brown cs
Dies:  Die Versions 'Wee Petites' FALL #DWP-003, Memory Box 'Pinpoint Square Layers' #30060, Poppystamps 'Frisky Squirrels' #1134
Accessories:  Diamond Stickles, Decorative Scissors

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Friends . . .

Hello Friends ... I'm back a second time today to share a card 
I wanted to create to satisfy a couple of my favorite challenges.


The challenge blogs I'm referring to are Cheery Lynn Designs where this weeks challenge is Anything Goes and Classy Cards 'n Such where the theme is Squirrel-y Friends (squirrel being optional).

I'm busy working on cards for an upcoming craft show as well as a few cards for the local tea shoppe.  This card will go to the tea shoppe for an upcoming event they have scheduled.

Now I really need to quit fooling around and get busy!
It's a chilly, rainy, windy day here in NE Ohio so what better time to hide out in my cave and get crafty!

As always ...
 
Recipe:
Image - Pinterest
Sentiment Stamp - Morning Star Stamps
Dies - Cheery Lynn Designs #DL125 'Celtic Fire Rectangle Frame', Memory Box 'Crossed Stitched Frame Borders' #99124
Accessories - Darice flowers, green Stickles, TH 'frayed burlap' distress ink, Versafine onyx ink

Sisterhood of Crafters - FALL

Hello Friends!
It's time once again for a new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
I'm honored to be your hostess this time around and since FALL is in full swing here in N.E. Ohio, I decided that would be our challenge theme .
Don't you just love the crisp smell of Fall air and the beautiful trees when they are in beautiful Fall color?  I know this means that winter & cold weather is coming soon but for now I'm really enjoying the change of seasons!


For today's card I created my own background paper using Ken Oliver 'Color Burst' then once dried, the Bokeh technique using a homemade circle template, sponge dauber & white craft ink.
My image is colored with Copic markers and the sky background was created with a large sponge dauber and Tim Holtz 'broken china' distress ink.

I created this card while visiting my Michigan crafting friend Diane Hover (Nellie's Nest) and she was kind enough to let me rummage through her stash and I found this fabulous fall image to color.  I also borrowed her Copics to color with since I totally forgot to bring anything to color with myself!  DUH!!!  lol

Peek at the inside.

I hope you'll come join in our SISTERHOOD CHALLENGE and if you need inspiration, by all means come check out what my 'sistahs' have created!  I'm telling you they are one creative group!!  Keeping me on my toes for sure!!

Remember ... as long as you follow the theme of FALL, you can create anything!  Cards, scrapbook layout, mixed media ... whatever strikes your fancy!

Challenges to share in:
Shopping Our Stash Challenge - Go Paperless (No Patterned Paper)
Crafty Boots Challenge - Fall or Halloween
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #150 - Autumn Colors
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Hand Colored Images

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I always enjoy hearing what you have to say about my creations!
As always ...
Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, Orange cs, Olive cs
Image/Sentiment:  Flourishes
Accessories:  Ken Oliver Color Burst, homemade circle template, white craft ink, small and large sponge daubers, Die-Versions 'Wee Petites - Fall' #DWP003, pop dots

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Holiday Card Making Time . . .

WOW!  These weeks are just FLYING by!!
Hello friends!
Today I have a card to share that was created for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog using dies from the Dies R Us Store.


I am just LOVIN' all the new holiday dies available at the Dies R Us Store.
Here is just an example of two ...
Sue Wilson 'Festive Collection - Snowflake Mini Striplet' ... #CED3036
(SORRY at the time of write up this die was already out of stock ... but be sure to check out all the other amazing Sue Wilson 'striplets' ... 

I took a few liberties with this design!
The background (inside) of the ornament 'pops out',
 so I die cut my ornament in one color, 
glued it down to a piece of card stock that would match the background BoBunny design paper
 and 'fussy cut' around the ornament ... giving it a solid look vs outline.

I also 'clipped' the top swirl from the left & right ornaments
and reattached them to the middle ornament top.  This gave the ornaments a different look (one from the other) and a little more festive flourish in the center.  Then a dab of light blue Liquid Pearls was added here and there.

It's never too early to get those holiday cards started so be sure to run right over to the Dies R Us Store for all your holiday card making dies.  SO MANY companies are showcased, I'm sure you'll be happy you stopped by!

Challenges to share in:
A Snowflakes Promise Challenge - Winter/Christmas
Try It On Tuesday Challenge - Lots of Layers
Crafting From the Heart Challenge - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges - Use the color Blue
Use Your Stuff Challenge - Dies and/or Punches

Don't forget about our Dies R Us Challenge Blog!
New challenges offered on the 1st and 15th of each month.
YOU could be the next lucky winner of a store gift voucher!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and please come check out DIES R US ... you won't be sorry!
As always ...

Monday, October 26, 2015

Love is a Canvas . . .


Happy Monday Dear Friends!

I'm sorry to say that this will be my last card shared as a Design Team member of Crafty Secrets.
After many years and much pleasure creating for Sandy Redburn and her Crafty Secrets team, I feel it is time for me to step down and make room for some 'new, fresher creative minds'. 

If you're not familiar with the Crafty Secrets STORE or BLOG,
you owe it to yourself to pop over and check 'em out!  
WONDERFUL products at FABULOUS prices ...

 Today's card uses digital paper from their Birds & Blooms Digital Paper (DPK-26) and the sentiment panel is from their Words from the Heart booklet 'Love and Friendship'.


 I was thrilled to see that the largest die from the Spellbinder Celebrations 'Pierced Rectangles' (SCD-012) set fit perfectly around my booklet image ... I think it added just that little extra 'vintage' flair I was looking for.
The beautiful ribbon came from Really Reasonable Ribbons Blog and the only other addition was a touch of blue chalk around the songbook in my image ... just to tie in with the beautiful digital paper.

Please be sure to stop over at Crafty Secrets and remember they have a challenge on the 1st Monday of Each Month with FABULOUS PRIZES offered to the winners.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Here's wishing you a fabulous week ahead!!
 As always . . .

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Robyn's Fetish Challenge #287 -"ANYTHING FOR HALLOWEEN" - 10/25/2015

Happy Sunday Everyone!
It's time for another fun challenge at Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog
and today's theme is

ANYTHING FOR HALLOWEEN

Our fabulous sponsor today is

Limited Runs Digital Stamps
Limited Runs Digital Stamps

 Prize:  Winner's Choice of 3 Digital Stamps

I had the pleasure today to create with their fun image called 'Pumpkin Boy'.
Isn't he just the cutest little guy!!


Inside View

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun!  
I look forward to seeing your ANYTHING FOR HALLOWEEN creation.

Challenges to share in:
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge - Halloween
Crafts4Eternity Challenge #249 - Halloween
Crafty Catz Challenge #298 - Monsters Spooky or Cute
Dragons Lair Designs Challenge - October - Halloween
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge - Halloween
Morgan's Artworld Challenge - Halloween
QKR Stampede Challenge - Halloween

Thanks so much for stopping by ...
As Always ...

Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, Black cs, JoAnn's Harvest & Holiday dp
Accessories:  Recollections pop dots, Spellbinder Celebrations 'Pierced Rectangles' dies, Impression Obsession 'Bats' #DIE331, Fiskars swivel craft knife (fussy cutting)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Dies R Us ... Winter Wonderland

Hello Friends!
It's time once again for a new inspirational card sample using dies from the Dies R Us Store over on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  If you're not familiar with Dies R Us ... you are missing out on some fabulous die cut products & prices!!  Pop on over and take a peek ... I'm sure you'll find exactly what you're looking for!!

Today I have a Winter Wonderland Shaker card to share with you.

The dies I have used on today's creation are:

These Memory Box dies make it so easy to create a shaker card!
Something I've been wanting to do for a very long time!


 My background scene was created with an 'old'  Inkadinkado stamp.
The background design paper is BoBunny 'Altitude Collection' purchased at Hobby Lobby.  I've sponged a bit of Tim Holtz 'Frayed Burlap' distress ink onto my kraft deer and popped up the 'buck' using Recollection pop dots (they pop up a little higher than most).

Here's a peek at the inside of my card using the TAG die from the  Sue Wilson 'New York Collection' Border, Corner & Tag set ... #CED4102.


Please remember to come join in our challenge fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog!  A new themed challenge goes live on the 1st & 15th of each month and YOU could be the lucky winner of a Dies R Us Store Voucher! 
 Hope to  see you there!

Challenges to share in today are:
Crafting by Design Challenge - Getting Ready for Christmas - October Edition
Little Red Wagon Challenge - Home is Where the Heart is!
A Snowflakes Promise Challenge - Anything Goes (Christmas themed)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I hope you have a FABULOUS weekend ahead!
As always . . .
Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, Kraft cs, Clear Acetate (for window), BoBunny dp
Accessories:  Dies mentioned above, Foam tape, Pop dots, Inkadinkado stamp, Versafine Onyx, SU green marker, Tim Holtz 'broken china' & 'faded jeans' distress inks (for sky),  shaker snow from Michaels, small sponge daubers, white gelly roll pen

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tea Time

Happy Tuesday Everyone!
It's time to share another inspirational card using dies from the fabulous Dies R Us Store over on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  Today I'm working on some cards for the local Tea Shoppe and came up with this simple, yet elegant design.

Another quick & easy using 1 image, 1 die and a touch of sequins.


As you see, I actually made two cards today.
For the one on the left I used colored card stock for my die cutting to pull in the color from my image.  And, for the one on the right I used a colored card stock base card and die cut in white.
A few sequins sprinkled around and VIOLA!


Isn't it elegant?
My bird in a tea cup images came from Etsy.


Please be sure to pop over each weekday to see what my
die cutting team mates have to share with you!
I have NO DOUBT you will pick up a few very clever ideas from this group of ladies!

And you'll want to be sure to pop over to the Dies R Us Store to see all the
newly released dies available.  Lots and lots of awesome dies for your holiday cards too!

Then, why not come join in the challenges offered at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog?
A new theme offered on the 1st & 15th of each month with one lucky winner & TOP 3 for each challenge.
Hope to see you there!

Now I'd better get back to work ... 
Thanks for stopping by today!
As always ...

Monday, October 19, 2015

Nature is the Art of God!

Happy Monday Everyone!

Today I have a card with a lovely message for us all!
The sentiment image comes from the Crafty Secrets Garden Printables (T-21) and I've also used the Crafty Secrets Birds & Blooms Digital Papers (DPK-26) for today's creation.


There are so many wonderful images w/verses available at the Crafty Secrets store which makes it so easy to create a BEAUTIFUL card in just minutes!  Be sure to pop over to see what they offer!  The prices are fabulous too!  We all love that!

Challenges:
2 Creative Chicks Challenge - Anything Goes
 ARTastic Challenge - Vintage

Card and Scrap Challenge - Vintage/Shabby Chic
CCC Digi Creations Challenge #35 - Anything Goes
The Sisters of Craft October Challenge - Anything Goes

Hope you have a fabulous week ahead!
Thanks for stopping by today!
As always . . .

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Robyn's Fetish Challenge #286 -"MORE THAN 2 PUMPKINS" - 10/18/2015

Happy Sunday Everyone!
It's time for another fun challenge at Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog
and today's theme is

MORE THAN 2 PUMPKINS ON YOUR CARD OR PROJECT

Our fabulous sponsor today is

Prize:  $15 gift coupon to the DeeDee's Digis Store

Today I had the pleasure of creating with a beautiful image called 'Bounteous Blessings'.


I've used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color this beautiful image and the sentiment is also a part of this wonderful set!  My ADDITIONAL pumpkins come in the form of the two in the corner which is a die set from Cheery Lynn Designs and the Pumpkin Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbons.  My background 'doily' panel is Spellbinder Nestabilities 'Oval Regalia'.  Recollections pop ups were used for additional dimension.

Inside View


I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun!  
I look forward to seeing your MORE THAN 2 PUMPKINS creation.

Challenges to share in:
Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge - Feeling Sentimental
Doodle Pantry Digi Challenge - Anything Goes (use a digi)
 Craftin Desert Diva's Challenge - Photo Inspiration Challenge
Thanks so much for stopping by ...
As Always ...

Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, Orange cs, Green cs, JoAnn's Harvest & Holiday dp
Accessories:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'Pumpkins', Recollections Pop Dots, Really Reasonable Ribbon Halloween Ribbon Pack, Fiskars swivel craft knife (fussy cutting)

Friday, October 16, 2015

Friends

Hello FRIENDS!
Today I have a card to share with you that was created for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  Yep ... they have an INSPIRATION BLOG that has a team of talented ladies who showcase a brand new creation for you each day of the week, Monday through Friday using dies and other products from the Dies R Us Store.


Talk about a quick & easy creation with a WOW factor ... this is it in my mind!
I've created my background panel with a piece of white card stock and some of the new Ken Oliver 'color burst'. 
The overlay die I used is one of my favorites ... Poppystamps 'Luxe Background' #1081.  Then I added my Inspired by Stamping sentiment onto this beautiful Spellbinder 'Fleur de Elegance' #S4-475 which I'm sorry to say is Out of Stock at the present time ... but there are several other dies available that would work just as well.  Scroll through all the beautiful dies from Spellbinder Nestabilities or Sue Wilson for instance ... I'm sure you'll find something that catches your eye.

 Here's a close up ...
 

I only adhered the outside edge of my Poppystamp frame so the inside swirls are uplifted from the background colorful panel.  It looks SO AWESOME IRL ... a photo just doesn't do it justice.  I'm sure you've experienced that along the way too!

I used THICK pop dots from Heartfelt Creations to pop up my sentiment panel and left the inside blank for an encouraging message to be added.

Challenges:
Crafting with an Attitude #8 - Anything Goes
 Crafty Girls Creations Challenge - Anything Goes
Julie Spiri Challenge - Die Cuts and Punches
Word Art Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

I hope you'll check out not only the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog, but also our Dies R Us Challenge Blog and OF COURSE the Dies R Us Store

Until next time ... thanks so much for stopping by!
As always ...

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sisterhood of Crafters - "Die-lirious and Punchy"

Hello Friends!
Time for a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters! 
Terri is our hostess today and she has selected a fun theme ...


"Die-lirious and Punchy"
(use your dies and/or punches)


I must say I had a lot of fun with today's creation!
I received some new dies in the mail recently and just couldn't wait to play with them!
Had a few too many 'bats' hanging around so added a couple to the inside of my card too ... love it when I can add just a little something that matches to the inside.


I hope you'll come join in the fun at our SISTERHOOD CHALLENGE and if you need inspiration, be sure to check out what my Sistahs have created!  What an amazingly talented group of ladies!!

Challenges to share in:
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge - Orange and Black
Crafting When We Can Challenge - Whimsical with Wings
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Halloween
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - Black and Orange
Simon Says Stamps - Color Inspiration
fall-halloween-inspiration
Crafting By Design Challenge - Halloween
Double Click Skittles Challenge - Halloween colors (orange/purple/green)
Scrapy Land Challenge #27 - Anything Goes with dies sold at Scrapy Land

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous day!
As always . . .


Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, purple cs, black cs, lime green cs, orange cs, borrowed scrap of Halloween dp
Dies:  Poppystamps 'Stitched Main Street Tags' #1268, Impression Obsession 'BOO' #DIE325, Impression Obsession 'Bats' #DIE331, Memory Box 'Forest Crows #99197, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Fall Pumpkins' #B240