Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Hello Everyone!
WOW!  Yesterday was such a beautiful day here in Ohio that I spent most of it outside enjoying the sunshine!  Today, however, is a different story with April Showers in full force ... including thunder.  But I love it!

SO ... I'm in my cave creating just for fun, and there's a story behind today's card.  
Here's my card share for today . . .


STORY . . .
My husband is a very giving and generous person, so each month after paying the bills, we send contributions to a wide range of organizations.  We are blessed to have the ability to share and help other people but one thing that annoys him is the fact that in return, we are always receiving 'something' in the mail from these different groups.  Anything from actual coins (nickels, dimes, even quarters) ... to dream catchers ... to pens & flat calculators ... but most of all we receive CARDS!  Yep ... me a card maker receives a ton of cards of which I typically give to my mother for the church and a few friends who enjoy sending a lot of cards.  WELL ... this image was actually on the front cover of a packet of said cards and hubby tore it out and said it looked like something I would put on a card front.  

I fussy cut around the image then chose my background to showcase it.  It's a rather large image so my card is actually A7 (5x7) in size.
I've been playing around with my new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks and had a couple panels laying on the work station that I thought might work nicely since they were in spring colors.  My colored panel was only 4x6 in size and I knew I needed some type of 'overlay' for the colors to actually stand out a bit.  
Well, low and behold, I just happen to have a die set that would work perfectly.  That set is the Sue Wilson 'Shadow Boxes Stitched Lattice Frames'
Sue Wilson Designs - Shadow Boxes -  Stitched Lattice Frames

Believe it or not, I actually have TWO sets of these dies.  Obviously I liked it because I ordered it twice!  Yikes!  LOL  Don't be surprised if you see this set up for grabs on my blog sometime soon.

I used dimensional tape behind my image to give it some lift.  Then simply added a few colorful sequins and then I spotted the Tutti Designs 'Celebrate' die cut laying on my work station and thought WHY NOT!!  LOL

Challenges to share in:
Over at the Path of Positivity Challenge their April challenge is
'Beauty of Nature'.  How could you not smile and have your spirits lifted by the beauty
of the flowers in bloom and birds singing!  I know it makes my heart sing!!
Connie's Can Crop April Challenge - Reuse, Reduce, Recycle
Crafts and Me April Challenge - Things with Wings
Creative Craft Cottage Challenge - Dies and/or Punches
Daisy Chain Challenge #7 - Spring is in the Air
Die Cut Diva's April Challenge - Birthday + dies
Happy Little Stamper April Challenge - ATG + Dies

Sunny Day Crafting April Challenge - Spring

That's all I have for you today.
Tomorrow I will have a new Sisterhood challenge creation to share with you.
So until then and as always . . .


Katydid Cards said...

What a super idea! Now I know what to do with all those cards we get. A lovely card, too! Thank you for joining us at Connie Can Crop's monthly challenge, Recycle. Good luck!

Linda S. said...

Well finally, a good use for all those "unwanted" cards that come in the mail before/during/and after a contribution. You have done this one proud!

Leslie Miller said...

Wow! You took that image and made it into a card 1000 times more awesome than the original. Got to give the artist credit, though -- it's a very pretty image! Love the lattice behind it. We get all that stuff in the mail, too. I use the note pads and address labels, spend the nickels, and give away the cards. Some have been really cute, though, and I've kept a few. Sometimes I've thought about die cutting the inside sentiments. You sure did a perfect job of cutting this out!

Lia said...

It was so nice reading the story behind this card. And I must tell you that I love the design of it: it looks all like summer which we are so much waiting for....(last weekend sunny with 23 degrees Celsius and now just 9....with rain).
Lia xx

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

Well my friend you have knocked this one out of the park! Just lovely! I love all the wonderful layers!

Donna Phelan said...

It's a beautiful image that you have upcycled into an even more beautiful card! How wonderful! I hope you stamped his name on the back too! lol

sue k said...

Beautiful card and wonderful way to recycle. Thank you for joining us at Connie Can Crop.

Sue - Connie Can Crop DT

ann van dijk said...

Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage challenge.
Succes have a nice day.

Arlene said...

I love the story and the card is just gorgeous - design and colors, wow. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my goodness it is just gorgeous, great eye that man of yours has it makes for a lovely card front and you had a great idea to use that fantastic frame with it, I can see why you ordered it twice :)

Cindy C. said...

Beautifully put together!! Thanks for sharing your story and your card with us at Die Cut Divas.

Janis Lewis said...

Gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Sunny Day Crafting.
~Owner/DT Janis

Angela Corcoran said...

Gorgeous card! Thank you so much for sharing and entering in Connie Can Crop's monthly challenge!

Angela DT

Deb said...

Wow!! Stunning card. I am so envious of your card making skills. thank yuo for linking up at Sunny Day Crafting
~DT Deb xx

Marji Franklin said...

This is stunning! I'm so glad you linked up with us at Connie Can crop!!
Marji DT

Veronica Tovar said...

Great recycling idea. I have toyed with that idea myself. I might have to give it a try it. Love your card. TFS and for joining us at Connie Can Crop challenge "recycled or reused". Good luck

Deepti Aggarwal said...

WOW!! Gorgeous..Love the way you have arranged all the elements..Thank you so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes with dies Challenge. Hugs xx Deepti Aggarwal

Pat said...

Awesome card, and very clever upcycling of material! Beautiful piece of art. Thank you for sharing with us at the Path of Positivity challenge blog.