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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Flower Power

Happy Tuesday Everyone!
Time for a new inspiration sample for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.
I just received a new order of dies from the Dies R Us Store and couldn't wait to play.


Something a little different for you today!
This card could be used for a variety of occasions and it came together quite quickly.
I've even been able to utilize some of my off cuts for today's creation.
LOVE when that happens.

Here's a list of dies I used today and they all happen to be Creative Expressions Sue Wilson dies:


 Here's the side view.  You can see how after die cutting my designer paper panel, I positioned a scrap piece of lavender card stock behind the center cut outs so that the white flourishes would be more prominent.  I've also added an extra flower to the inside corner.  Turned out I didn't need it for the front and of course I couldn't waste it!   LOL


And, here's a peek at my flower.  
By taking an extra minute to curl the edges of the petals around my flat head tweezers, this flower 'came to life'.

Please be sure to take a minute and check out all the fabulous dies available at the Dies R Us Store!  AND, don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog!  A new challenge is offered on the 1st and 15th of each month with a PRIZE VOUCHER offered to one lucky winner each challenge.  That winner could be YOU!
 
 Thanks so much for stopping by today!
As always . . .


Monday, March 28, 2016

Spring one day ... Fall the next ... Uugh!

Hello my friends ...

WOW what a beautiful Easter Sunday!  
The weather was just perfect with temperatures in the low 70s ...
awe, my kind of weather!  
And it was so heartwarming to look out my front door
to see my spring flowers in bloom all through
the flower beds at the front of the house.


Then over night a storm came through ... lightening/thunder/wind/rain
and today the temperatures have dropped 25-30 degrees,
the wind is cold and it's gloomy/Fall looking AGAIN!  Uugh ...

Anyways ... enough complaining ... I'm just glad I'm ALIVE 
and have the freedom to complain and craft my little heart out!  LOL!


 Here are a couple of cards I created this past week
for the local Tea Shoppe.  They are having an event called 
'Birds of a Feather Stitch Together'
so I've created all the ordered cards using something
stitched with birds and tea cups/pots.

 
 
I've kept the designs very 'mailable' but pretty.
They are blank on the inside so the ladies can use them for
what ever occasion/purpose they require.
The images are from the internet and Etsy.
The design paper is K&Co. and the die set used is Memory Box 

A few challenges to share in:

Thanks for stopping by today!
Wishing you a fabulous week ahead!
Can you believe April is right around the corner!  Yikes!
As always ...

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Robyn's Fetish Challenge #309 -"USE A DOILY" - 03/27/2016


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

This week's challenge is:
USE A DOILY

Today's sponsor is Lemon Shortbread
LEMON SHORTBREAD
One lucky winner will have their choice of 3 digital stamps from the Lemon Shortbread Store.
So be sure to come join in our challenge fun!  That lucky winner could be YOU!!
Today I'm creating with an image called 'Shopping Mod Girl'.
When I was creating today's card it was snowing and blowing outside
and I was longing for the green, green grass of Springtime
so my color scheme today is green!  lol

Doesn't this adorable image have the most beautiful face?
And, I love hats ... too bad we don't wear hats anymore!
Like the British do ... something SO LADYLIKE about a hat!!

My design is simple because I wanted the focus to be on
my image and the doily.  
Another item that has been lost here in the USA
but still used frequently in the decorating in Britain (at least I think they are).
Correct me if I'm wrong.

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, Lime green cs, design paper from my scrap box
Accessories:  Wilton paper doily, Kaiser pearls, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Creative Memories corner rounder, green Gingham ribbon, pop dots

Saturday, March 26, 2016

EXCITING NEWS!

The new design team members for Jo's Scrap Shack have been chosen!

I am really excited to be working with all these fabulous ladies! 
So please head on over to Jo's blog and check everyone out.

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you all a
HAPPY EASTER tomorrow!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Sweet Stamps Guest Designer - Part 2

Hello Friends!
I'm back with you today to share my second creation as
Guest Designer for the Sweet Stamps Blog!

Be sure to pop over to Sweet Stamps and be inspired by the other guest designers also.


Today's card was created with a fabulous digi named FELICITY.
My daughter is into fitness and is currently training for a triathlon!
A wife, mother, and business owner,  I am so proud of her and thought this image
was perfect to create a card of encouragement for her. 

Challenges to share in:
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge - Use Ribbon
Crafting with Friends Challenge #17 - Anything Goes
~Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #131 - Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party Challenge - Anything Goes

This is a great example of the variety of digital stamps available
at the Sweet Stamp Store ... please be sure to pop over and check it out for yourself.

Have a fabulous day!
As always . . .

Gingham and Poppies . . .

Happy Friday Everyone! 
Are you all ready for Easter weekend?
WOW!  It's hard to believe we are about to celebrate Easter already!  
Time flies when you're having fun!  LOL
Today I have a new inspiration sample for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog to share.



What fun I had creating this card!
When I received this beautiful Wild Rose Studio 'Dancing Poppies' #WRS021 die, I wasn't real sure what I wanted to do with it so I simply die cut a sample from white card stock and started laying it down on different design papers, etc. just to get some ideas.  And since my real poppies are more of a RED color, I die cut another panel from red card stock.  
I laid them both on the worktable while I looked for some different design papers and when I turned around it hit me that I liked the red flowers in behind the white flowers ... so THAT was the beginning of this creation.

Poppies remind me of being out in the country so I thought this panel of red/white gingham was appropriate.  Next I needed a panel to really make things POP so I grabbed the beautiful Sue Wilson 'Frames & Tags - Hannah' die and cut a panel from black card stock to use as the background for my poppies.  PERFECT!  
Now all I needed was a touch of sparkle which I achieve with Diamond Stickles and a sentiment.  The Cheery Lynn Designs 'Happy' #B226 and 'Birthday' #B231 worked perfectly!!

Challenges to share in:
~Jo's Scrap Shack FFC#131 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge - Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party Challenge - Anything Goes
Simply Paper Crafts Challenge - Anything Goes

Please be sure to take a minute and check out all the fabulous dies available at the Dies R Us Store!  AND, don't forget we have a Dies R Us Challenge Blog too!  A fun new challenge is offered on the 1st and 15th of each month with a PRIZE VOUCHER offered to one lucky winner each challenge.  It could be YOU!
 
 Thanks so much for stopping by today!
As always . . .

Thursday, March 24, 2016

One I forgot to share . . .

Hello Everyone!
It's the middle of the night ... 
I can't sleep ...
So here I am in my 'cave' ... catching up on commenting
and thought I'd share a card creation I made back in February
and totally forgot to share it with you all.

MY creation was inspired by this creation
It's like you just get a tiny glimpse of another world just beyond your reach...:

created by Birgit ... 
Take a peek at her blog and I'm SURE you too will
find inspiration!


By using sponges, inks and a few stamps it was
actually pretty easy to create this beautiful scene.
I used black as my foreground because I like how it now only showcased
my outdoor scene but also made this Die Versions GET WELL die that I purchased
at the Dies R Us Store stand out beautifully.

The stamps I have used for my scene are all Stampscapes stamps.
The inks I used are Tim Holtz distress inks.

Challenges to share in:
Crafting by Design Challenge - 3 or more layers
Stampotique Designers Challenge - It's All About the Birds

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day and as always . . .

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Sisterhood of Crafters - Photo Inspiration

Hello Everyone!
It's time for a new challenge over at the Sisterhood of Crafters!
Sandi Lee is our hostess today and she has a photo to inspire our creativity!

 

I must admit I really struggled with this one ... guess I just wasn't feeling these colors
but after TOSSING the first card here's what I came up with the 2nd time around.


I just could NOT get the correct color!  And actually, it looks a lot closer in real life
then it does in this photo ... maybe it's my camera?  Uugh ... I'm just not happy with this color but I am happy with the card itself so I guess it's not a total loss. LOL  

I hope you'll come join in our challenge!
I look forward to seeing what you create ... I'm sure it will be inspiring! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you have a great day!
As always . . .
 
Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, DCWV aqua cs, white vellum
Stamps/Ink:  Sprinkle & Sparkle 'Thinking of You' (sentiment), Versafine Onyx, SU Cameo Coral, Copper metallic (jar lid)
Dies:  Impression Obsession 'Mason Jar' #DIE137, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Chicken Wire Frame' #FRM144, Sue Wilson 'Pierced Tags' #CED4305, Heartfelt Creations 'Daisy Patch' & 'Sun Kissed Fleur' stamp & die sets
Accessories:  Sponge dauber, Kaiser pearl, Wilton paper doily

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Just wanting to say HELLO

 Happy Tuesday Everyone!
Time for a new inspiration sample for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.
I've received some new dies in the mail ... YAY!!  
So this card is designed from dies ONLY ... no stamps or designer paper.

(inside peek)
I'm so happy with the outcome!
What do YOU think?
The dies I have used today are:
and
 On my card front, I die cut the daisies from white card stock then colored the flowers/stems with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  For the inside panel, I die cut them out of bright yellow card stock but laid the bottom portion of the die off the cardstock to create 'freestanding' stems.

The butterflies are actually linked together on the die but I carefully snipped them apart so I could position them in two different places on my card front.  (Remember to 'think outside the box' when using your die cuts.)

Please be sure to take a minute and check out all the fabulous dies available at the Dies R Us Store!  AND, don't forget we have a Dies R Us Challenge Blog too!  A fun new challenge is offered on the 1st and 15th of each month with a PRIZE VOUCHER offered to one lucky winner each challenge.  It could be YOU!

Challenges to share in:
Dragonfly Dreams Monthly Challenge - Use a Die Cut
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #30 - Anything Goes
 The Paper Players Challenge - CAS Celebrate Spring
 
 Thanks so much for stopping by today!
As always . . .

Monday, March 21, 2016

Birds of a Feather ... STITCH together!

Hello All ...
I'm back again with a 2nd post for today.

Over the weekend I was working on several card creations
commissioned by the local Tea Shoppe for an event they are participating in 
at a local Sewing Center.  The name of the event is identified in
the title of my post and this is one of several cards I've created for them so far.

Also, while doing my DT commenting, I came upon a couple of challenges I thought 
would be great fun to participate in.  So here we go ...


One of those challenges I mentioned is the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
The theme (as you see) is SPRING and must include a tea &/or coffee inspired design.

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There's a huge amount of prizes being given away and the
inspiration at this site is AWESOME!!  Be sure to pop over and check it out!


Another theme I saw in my commenting venture is the STITCHING challenge
at the Pile It On Challenge Blog.   Since stitching is a requirement
of my card commission, it only stands to reason I should enter this sweet creation.
The challenge specifies real or faux stitching so I
chose faux stitching around my image and as you see I've also
used some double stitched (old) SU ribbon.  That counts ... right!?!  LOL

Other challenges to share in:

Clear It Out Challenge - Anything Goes/Patterned Paper Over a Year Old
Fresh Brewed Challenge - Anything Goes
Die Cut Diva's Challenge - Something Spring

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today!
As always ...

Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, Marianne Designs 'French Roses' dp
Image:  Tea Flower purchased on Etsy
Dies:  Impression Obsession 'Rectangle 6-in-1 Frame' #DIE242, Spellbinder 'Blooms 4' #S2-047), Sue Wilson 'Laurel Leaves' #CED1437
Accessories:  Fine tip black marker for faux stitching, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers for coloring of leaves, SU double stitched ribbon, White Liquid Pearls

Use Your Stuff - Quotes

Hello & Happy Monday Everyone!

There's a new challenge today at the Use Your Stuff Blog and I love the theme . . .

INSPIRED BY A QUOTE
You don't have to put the quote on your project 
but you do need to let them know what it is!

I decided to use the quote as the focus of my card.

This quote panel actually came from a 12x12 sheet of 7Gypsies designer paper called
Gypsy Moments Collection:  A Novel Thought

I reached back into my OLDIES for this 2 sided Stampin' Up background snippet.  
I have a stack of 6x6 papers that I bought at a garage sale several years ago
so I can't tell you what the actual paper pack name is/was. Sorry!   But you see BOTH sides here
because the panel I cut off I simply flipped over and used as a dividing panel.

To create my 'Bird on a Branch' embellishment, I've actually die cut the Impression Obsession 'Bird on a Branch' twice then cut snippets from the second cut for added branches.

Challenges to share in:

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun!
It's always so nice to find amazing inspiration from everyone's creativity!
Thanks for stopping by ... have a fabulous week!
As always . . .

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Robyn's Fetish Challenge #308 -"SQUARE OR RECTANGLE CARDS" - 03/20/2016

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

This week's challenge is:
SQUARE OR RECTANGLE CARDS

JULIA SPIRI STAMPS AND SCRAPBOOKING
PRIZE:  The winner's choice of 4 digital stamps from the Julia Spiri Store
HOWEVER ...
If the winner has used a digital stamp by Julia for the entry, THEN that winner
will receive a choice of 6 digital stamps!  WOW ... how AWESOME is THAT!!
 Today, I'm playing with the ADORABLE 'Girl with Cat' image.

What a sweet face this image has ... love those eyes!
Any shade of purple is a favorite of mine
so that was my choice for this little ladies outfit today
using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers for the coloring!
The designer paper I've used on today card is
Graphic45 'Sweet Sentiments'  ... they seemed to be just perfect for the image!
A few little prima flowers and a sprig of white greenery
and this precious creation is ready for the mailman.


Here's a couple closeups of the detail.
Yellow Stickles was used on the flowers as well 
as on the flower centers on the design paper.

Challenges to share in:
Creative Knockouts #133 - Spring is on the way
Crafty Enjoyments #5 - Anything Goes Easter or Spring

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 . . .

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Dogwood Time of Year . . .

Hello Everyone and Happy Weekend!
The weather is warming up and I think we all have a touch of Spring Fever ... I know I do!
We planted two pink dogwood trees last year and I can't wait to see how they bloom this year.
Luckily it wasn't a harsh winter so they should be okay! 


I saw a post over on the Twinkling Paper Studio blog about the 'Legend of the Dogwood' (a must read)
which put me in the mood to create a card using some springtime colors
and the beautiful Poppystamps 'Dogwood Blossom Corner' die.


I also saw that Poppystamps March Challenge at their blog is themed 'Spring Fling'
so I kept that in mind while creating today.  I was thrilled last month to see that I was
chosen the winner at the Poppystamps Challenge Blog and received
this beautiful 'Peppini Wreath' as my prize!

This is a 'simple' design for me but I think a very happy creation
and hopefully it will make someone smile on their birthday when they receive it!

Challenges to share in:
Creative Fingers Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends Challenge - Anything Goes
Polka Doodles Challenge - Spring Colors
Imagine That!  Creative Playground - Birthday Bash
 My Time To Craft Challenge - Flowers

I have a lot to do today (so what else is new?  lol),
so I'd better get busy!!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope
you'll take a minute and scroll through my blog and find inspiration in my creations.

As always . . .
Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, the Paper Studio dp
Stamp/Ink:  The Stamp Pad (sentiment), Versafine Onyx, Tim Holtz 'spun sugar' ink
Dies:  Popppystamps 'Peppini Wreath' #1409,  Poppystamps 'Stitched Main Street Tags' #1268, Poppystamps 'Dogwood Blossom Corner' #1446
Accessories:  prima flowers, green Stickles, small sponge dauber,


Friday, March 18, 2016

Sweet Stamps Guest Designer

Hello Everyone!
I have some exciting news to share with you today!

I recently saw a call for guest designers over on Sweet Stamps Blog and thought it would be great fun, so applied.  Well, call me 'tickled pink', they contacted me and before I knew it I had two adorable digi imagines in my mailbox to create with and share.  I am only sharing one card with you today ... the other one I will share on another day so please 'stay tuned' LOL!!

Please pop over to the Sweet Stamps Blog and check out the other guest designers!


This sweet digi is called CLAIRE
and, she's all ready for those warmer temperatures
that we are all longing for here in NE Ohio. 

I've kept my card pretty simple because I wanted you to see just how
fabulous these digital stamps are.  My background was created by simply sponging
blue for the sky and green for the grass on a white piece of card stock.  A spring time 
frame die cut and a few butterflies help set the scene for CLAIRE.

Challenges to share in:
Jade's Sparkling Butterflies - Anything Goes w/dies or punches
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts Challenge - Spring is on it's way
 Star In My Pocket Challenge - Think Spring
A Bit more Time to Craft - Anything Goes

Be sure to pop over to the Sweet Stamps Store to see all the wonderful
digis available.  The price is right too!  Check it out ...

Thanks for stopping by today!
As always . . .

Dies R Us - Get Well Soon

Happy Friday Everyone!
Are you ready for the weekend?  I know I am!
But, before the weekend fun begins, it's time to share
 a new inspiration sample for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.

Did you see there is a DT Call in process for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog?
TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!!   Ends tomorrow 3/19/16.
  Click HERE for details.

A few week's ago team mate Diane shared a beautiful creation using the gorgeous Memory Box 'Reverse Butterfly Collage' die set and of course I just had to run right over to the Dies R Us store and purchase one for myself.  You can see Diane's card creation HERE and on her personal blog for more details HERE.

What do you think?  Isn't this die beautiful?
And makes a gorgeous card in no time at all ... we all like that aspect!


I die cut the front panel from black card stock and added a blue panel behind it.  My sentiment is the Impression Obsession die 'Get Well Soon' #DIE382.  Some faux stitching and this card is ready to mail.  

I hope you will take a minute and check out all the fabulous dies available at the Dies R Us Store!  AND, don't forget we have a Dies R Us Challenge Blog too!  A fun new challenge is offered on the 1st and 15th of each month with a PRIZE VOUCHER offered to one lucky winner each challenge.  It could be YOU!

Challenges to share in:
Craft Rocket Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting with an Attitude Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge - Make a Card
 
 Thanks so much for stopping by today!
As always . . .