Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sisterhood of Crafters - B is for Butterfly

Hello Everyone!
Today begins a new challenge over on The Sisterhood of Crafters!
Terri is our hostess today and she's come up with the theme:

(use something that starts with the letter "B"
i.e.  Birds, Butterflies, Buttons, Branches)

I decided on BUTTERFLIES . . .

I've had several old packs of the DCWV  'Mariposa' designer paper
in my stash and thought that would be a good starting point.
This sheet even has a BIRD on it and I'm using the color BLUE
as my accent color.

The little butterflies scattered around are those that
popped out of this fun Memory Box 'Beloved Butterfly' die.

This is going to be a fun challenge ... I hope you'll come join us!

And, by all means, if you need inspiration, pop on
over to see what my Sistahs have created!  They are amazing!!

Challenges to share in:
Inky Chicks Challenge #82 - Butterflies
Path of Positivity Challenge - Beauty of Nature
 Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge - Put a Bow on it

Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .

Papers:  White cs, DCWV Mariposa dp, scrap of dp for sentiment
Dies:  Memory Box Beloved Butterflies #99136,  Technique Tuesday 'Hello' #DIY0383
Accessories:  Teal Blue Satin ribbon, Nuvo crystal drops

Monday, April 24, 2017

Retirement ...

Hello my friends and welcome back!
Can you believe we are in the last week of April already!
Wow!  Time sure flies when you're having fun!  LOL

I have a show coming up next week so I'm trying to go through my boxes of cards to be sure I have what the ladies might be looking for.

I think I have plenty of cards for birthdays, sympathy, get well, etc but thought I'd add in a few for retirement so here are a couple I came up with.  These are geared more towards the guys so I'll have to work on a few for the ladies!

 I think a lot of men today find GOLF as one of their
most enjoyed retirement activities.
Personally, I'd be horrible at golf!  I've been on
the course ... only as a score keeper mind you ...
but have no idea how they keep track of where
that ball goes once they hit it!  LOL
I would spend most of my day looking for the ball
that is if I was able to hit it far enough 
for it to get lost!  LOL

Another sport I know the men
in my family have always enjoyed
was hunting ... but, upon retirement
I think they enjoyed just sitting
in the cabin or going on nature walks
more than the hunting aspect.

For the background panel on this
card I simply sponged a few of the new
Tim Holtz distress oxide inks
in hopes of mimicking the color of the
fall leaves in the image.
I'm VERY happy with the outcome.

Now to think about those retirement cards for the ladies ... hmmm wonder what themes I should use?  Gardening maybe ... if you have ideas please feel free to share them in a comment.  
Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!
My friend Sandy will be here from NC this evening to spend the week with me so I'd better make sure I have my crafting cave in order ... she's a fabulous crafter and we will be crafting up a storm this week I'm sure!  What fun!!

As always . . .

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tutti Designs ... Easter Card for Far Away Friends

Hello Friends! 
It's Tutti Design Time!
Today I'm  sharing a creation using a die from our January Release called Happy Easter.  I actually made this card a couple of weeks ago (obviously since Easter was last weekend, lol) to send to good friends of ours that live far away.    Why is it I'm the card maker but SHE is always the one to be sure to get her cards in the mail early and mine are always late?  Ugh!  LOL!    This is the beautiful die I'm talking about ... 

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And here's my card creation . . .

I recently purchased the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks and while I was playing around with them I thought the panel I had created would be beautiful for an Easter card.  Immediately I knew this Tutti Designs die would be perfect for the job!  And I'm thrilled with the outcome.

I wanted the Happy Easter sentiment to POP on my card front so needed to create a solid backing but didn't want to mat the entire circle ... I still wanted the matte Easter colors to show through the design.  So I simply took a scrap piece of purple card stock ... cut/glued it to the straight strips above & below the sentiment then lifted the left & right sides to trim away.  A little dab of glue on either end and it was ready to adorn my card front.

Once I had it positioned where I wanted on the card front, I added a few Nuvo Crystal drops here & there on the flowers, a purple gingham ribbon / bow and it's ready to mail.

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 here 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:
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge - Easter and/or Spring
Let's Craft and Create Challenge #124 - Easter/ April Showers/Spring
 Scrap From Your Heart Challenge #124 - Spring/Easter

For your convenience, here are all the Tutti Designs quick links you will need:

 Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Deep Purple cs, Lavender cs
Dies:  Tutti Designs Happy Easter
Accessories:  Nuvo crystal drops, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Craft-Dee Bowz bowmaker tool

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A City Crafter Casing . . .

Hello my friends and Happy Weekend!

What a busy week I have had and I have another busy week next week!
I have one good friend from NC coming to visit with me all week and another awesome friend from ILL coming the end of the week for a few days.  The Adventures in Stamping is next weekend so we will all be attending and hopefully doing some amazing crafting with our goodies!  I can't wait ... going to be fun crafting with these friends again!

Anyways, I've shared so little on my blog this week that I wanted to create something new and share it with you today.  Last week I played in the 'casing' challenge over at City Crafter Challenge Blog when I created THIS fun card casing Ros's card.  Today I'm casing this sweet CAS card created by Stella.  
City Crafters is celebrating their 7th anniversary and they are having a CASE ME IF YOU CAN challenge for seven weeks where you case one of the DT ladies cards.  Sadly I missed the very first casing challenge but I hope to do the rest of them.  I love being inspired by other crafters and this is an awesome way to get your mojo going.  Here's what I came up with.

Anyone who knows me knows I don't do a lot of CAS (clean and simple) designs.   I prefer more layers, embellishments, scenes ... that sort of style but I must admit every time I case someone's CAS design I'm always pleased with the outcome.

I pretty much stayed true to Stella's design with the exception of using a die cut sentiment which I double layered for a shadow effect.  In fact, while I was downloading my photo I realized Stella had a little star on her balloon so I quickly added a sequin and redid the photos.  I have a variety of baker's twine which I rarely think to use ... so this was yet another wonderful inspiration element to today's creation.

I sponged a little blue ink around the edge of the clouds to make them stand out a bit.  Also, I've added dimensional tape to the middle size cloud and balloon for added dimension.  What a fun creation this was to make ... thanks Stella!!

As I mentioned, I have guests coming so I'd better quit playing around and get my house in order lol!  After all, I will be busy having fun all next week so I'd best get my house cleaning done now ... Lord knows when that will happen again!!  LOL  
(priorities ya know!)

Challenges to share in:

Thanks so much for stopping by!  
Hope you're having a fabulous weekend!
As always . . .


Papers:  White cs, Red cs, Recollections grey polka dot dp
Dies:  Impression Obsession ' Clouds', Impressions Obsession 'Balloons', Tutti Designs 'Happy', Tutti Designs 'Birthday'
Accessories:  Dimensional tape, sponge dauber, TH broken china distress ink, Baker's Twine, sequin, Nuvo white crystal drop

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Double D Challenge - Silhouettes

Hello Dear Friends!
It's time once again for a new challenge over on the Double D Challenge Blog!

Team Darlene is hosting today and we've come up with a fabulous
theme and mood board.

The theme is:  SILHOUETTES

There are so many beautiful silhouette stamps and dies
on the market today and I think it makes for such an impact on a card.

Today I chose to use a new die I purchased at the Dies R Us Store called 'Reading Tree' from Die Versions.
 Die-Versions - Whispers - Reading Tree
As you may have noticed, I modified it a bit by cutting the 'book' out of the little boys hands to make it look as though he is just sitting under the tree 'thinking'.

I hope you'll come join in our challenge!  I look forward to seeing your creations!  If you are not aware, there are badges offered for a Favorite and Top 3 designs which are chosen by the team ... AND ... one pick will receive a prize!  The prize I am offering for this challenge is the sweet Frantic Stamper 'Silhouette Kids' seen here:

 You have to PLAY to WIN ... so what are you waiting for??

For more inspiration be sure to pop over to the Double D Challenge Blog and check out what the team has created!  These ladies are amazingly talented!!

Thanks for stopping by . . .
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Black cs, Kaiser Craft 'Sweet Nothings' dp
Accessories:  Martha Stewart 3-in-1 butterfly punch, Nuvo black crystal drops

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Tutti Designs - Happy Birthday Circle

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Today I'm sharing a creation using a new March Release Birthday die that you will definitely need for your own!  I've also used another die that I find myself using over and over again ... the Nesting Stitched Circle.  Only a couple of the so many fabulous dies available at the Tutti Designs Store.

 The March Release die I'm referring to is this beautiful 'Happy Birthday Circle'.

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How excited was I to find that the largest circle of the Tutti Designs 
 'Nesting Stitched Circle' dies fit perfectly for a matting panel.

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 I die cut my Happy Birthday Circle from white card stock
then decided to color in the vines using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

As you can see ... I also decided to give the tulips some color
so I once again reached for my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.
 I've used some very old Basicgrey design paper called 'sugared' for my
background and positioned my pretty Really Reasonable pink
ribbon in gift wrapped fashion and added a bow.

Since I had a narrow strip of the design paper left over, 
it's always fun to use it on the inside of your card as I have done here.

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 here 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 and as always . . .

Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Pretty Pink Birthday . . .

Happy Saturday All!
Before I get busy with Easter fixins' I wanted to share a card with you that was actually inspired by a couple of friends.  Donna (Crafting By The Beach) shared a card for the current Power Poppy Stamp challenge which I found to be unique by giving you a choice of three different sketches to choose from for your creation and Barbara (My Creative Room) who shared a card for the current challenge at Seize the Birthday where you are to use two patterned papers and of course, birthday themed.  
Here's what I came up with:

For the Power Poppy 'Pick-a-Sketch', I chose Sketch #1.

I have had the fabulous Tutti Designs 'Nesting Stitched Banners' for awhile now and hadn't used them so that was the defining decision maker on which sketch to choose.  The background paper I used is by Doodlebug Designs called Petite Prints and the color is Bubblegum.  I wished I had noticed I had this sheet when I was creating my card for the current Neon/Brights challenge at Double D ... would have been PERFECT!  Oh Well... LOL!

I was thrilled to see I did have a stamp set from Power Poppy called 'Sassy Succulents' to use on today's creation.  I must admit I think this is the first time I inked up this set and I'll be using it more often ... love the images and especially the sentiments in this set.  

A few touches of ribbon and sequins and my card is complete.
Inside View
As you can see, I also used one of the Tutti Designs banners for my inside sentiment.  
I must confess . . .
remember the other day I mentioned all those cards I received from organizations we make contributions to?  Well this is the inside sentiment from one of those cards.  In fact, I received two of the same set of cards so I still have a set to give to my Mom for the church to use and can upcycle the inside of the other set for myself.  Works for me!!  LOL

Challenges to share in:
Crafting with Friends Challenge #41 - ATG
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge #184 - ATG
Morgan's Art World Challenge #7 - ATG

Well I'd best get busy!
Thanks for stopping in ... have a great day!
As always . . .

Friday, April 14, 2017

A Birthday 'Case'

Good Afternoon All!
It's a beautiful day here in Ohio today so I will be outside mowing the lawn before the Easter festivities begin.  But before heading out, I wanted to share a card I created (thanks Diane) for the current challenge at City Crafter Challenge Blog.  They are celebrating a birthday and we are casing projects from their DT.

Today we are casing a cute card by Ros.
Here is my card . . .

and here's is the inspiration card by Ros.

I just love Ros's style.  Her cards always inspire me but I must be honest I struggle with CAS design.  You wouldn't think that would be a problem but I'm getting better at it thanks to designers like Ros.

I liked the 'framing' around her focus panel but I think I did mine just the opposite of Ros.  Her FRAME is popped up where my focus panel is popped up.  Either way works I think.
I recently purchase a variety of the cute 'animal' pop up dies by Elizabeth Craft so today I chose to use 'Baker the Beaver'.  
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Baker The Beaver 
With it being a birthday celebration and he is holding a birthday cupcake, what could be more perfect.  OH YEA, and I went into my scrapbook stickers drawer and found this adorable birthday hat sticker ... Now he's ready to PARTY!!

 In recent posts I have commented about all the cards I receive in the mail from organizations we make donations to ... well today I have once again used one of the inside panels for the sentiment on my card.  Even though I give a lot of these cards to my mom & the church, sometimes I upcycle some of them for myself ... as I have done today.

Challenges to share in:
Alphabet Challenge - C is for Cake (cupcake)
Crafty Catz Challenge #366 - ATG twist/animals
Jo's Scrap Shack #184 - ATG

Well, time to zipping by ... I'd better get moving!
Thanks so much for stopping by and please leave a comment ... I love hearing your thoughts!
As always . . .

Papers: White cs, Brown cs, Black cs
Dies:  Elizabeth Craft 'Baker the Beaver', Memory Box 'Party Music', Lawn Fawn 'Large & Small Criss Cross Stitched Rectangles"
Accessories:   Nuvo crystal drops, large sponge dauber, TH broken china distress ink, dimensional tape

It's Fussy and Fancy Time!

Hello Everyone!
It's time once again for a new challenge over at the 
 Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge
This new challenge is hosted by Beth and the theme she has chosen is


I decided on a Z-fold card I spotted on the Heartfelt Creations newsletter recently.  I bought a big stack of their beautiful paper last year and totally forgot I had them ... so here goes!


Didn't it turn out beautiful!  I'm so happy with it!
I rarely make square cards because even though I think they are gorgeous
and love the extra crafting space, I sell my cards and I have found
people don't want to pay the extra postage required to send a square
card in the USA so they don't buy them.  HOWEVER, that doesn't
mean I can't send them for myself and I know exactly who's getting this one! LOL

I hope you've enjoyed my card today and are inspired to come join in our challenge.  And, for more awesome inspiration be sure to pop over and see what my team mates have created ... OMG, so much talent on this team!!

Challenges to share in:
Ooh La La Creations Challenge  #226 - Birthday
Crafting with an Attitude #26 - ATG
Stinkin' Inkers Challenge #1 - Shower of Flowers
Crafting by Design Challenge - Girls or Flowers
CropStop April Challenge - ATG w/product carried at store

Hope to see you there!
Thanks so much for stopping by and as always . . .

Papers:  Heartfelt Creations
Dies:  Tattered Lace 'Kensington Corner'
Accessories:  Nuvo White Crystal Drops