Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Holy Cow!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!
OMG I had so much fun making today's card!

I spotted the challenge over at the Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge Blog 
where this is the inspiration photo ...

LOL ... being a country girl raised on a small farm,
how could I not join in this fun challenge!!

I knew I had several of the animal dies offered by Elizabeth Craft and was hoping I had purchased 'Brownie the Cow' and thankfully I had!  And it just so happened that in the same paper pack I used yesterday (the Paper Studio - the Blue Barn) there was this sheet of paper with cows on it!  YEP ... it was all meant to be!

I computer generated the sentiment for the front of my card to go with this fun My Sentiments Exactly stamped inside sentiment.  Sorry ... couldn't help myself! 

Inside View
I hope you are having fun today!  
Make Everyday Count!!

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

Monday, April 23, 2018

Happy Happy

Happy Monday All!
Today's card was created with two challenges in mind and I'm
coming in just under the wire on both of them!

The two challenges I'm referring to are:
This is her creation ...

and, the Color challenge over on CAS Colours & Sketches.
Mind you ... I JUST noticed this is not only color but also supposed to be Clean & Simple,
which my card is not!  Oh well, I will share it none the less, I appreciate the color inspiration!

The paper I have used for this creation is a new paper pack 
I believe I purchased from JoAnn.com called Mintay by Karola 'Celebrations'.
I stacked the Happy sentiment for dimension
and added small bits of dimensional tape to my sprigs on the right side.

Challenges to share in:
Dare2BArtzy April Challenge - Pastel colors
 Dragonfly Dreams Challenge - Pink
Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #116 - April Showers bring May Flowers

I still have LOTS to do before leaving for our long holiday
on May 4th so I'd better get out of here and get busy.

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

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Prayers ...

Hello my friends and Happy Sunday!
Today I have a card to share that was created for a couple of challenges I spotted out in Blogland!

My color palette comes from the photo inspiration challenge over on Just Add Ink.  
Check out their fabulous mood board.

And my design comes from the wonderful sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.
If your mojo is lacking ... simply do as I did today ... find a sketch that grabs your attention and a color challenge or photo inspiration challenge.  Your card will almost come together by itself!

The background papers I have used today are from the Paper Studio 'the Blue Barn' paper pack and VERY OLD Pixie Press 12x12 paper pack.  The sentiments are a 'Prayers stamp & die set' by Hero Arts (DC183).  I die cut the Prayers die 3 times and glued them together for additional dimension.  

Confession time once again!  LOL
I had originally stamped the 'and hugs coming your way' portion directly to the background paper but in my haste messed it up so I had no choice but to stamp it onto a scrap piece of white card stock and die cut it using the matching Tutti Designs 'Scalloped Stitched Nesting Squares'  to my Tutti Designs 'Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circles' in my design.

TUTTI-419 Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circles
TUTTI-420 Scalloped Stitched Nesting Squares
That's what I get for not taking the time to do my stamping using my Tim Holtz stamping platform.  This wouldn't have happened if I would have just taken that extra minute!  Ugh ... haste makes waste!

I hope you're having a fabulous weekend!  We are to have another sunny day so I'm hoping to mow our yard for the first time this spring!  Then need to treat it for dandelions before those pesky (but cute) little yellow flowers pop up all over the place!  LOL

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

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Beautiful Inspiration . . .

Happy Weekend Friends!
Today I have a card to share that was inspired by crafting friend Ros (Mikey's Mom).  When I saw her card HERE earlier in the week, I just knew I had to case it!  So beautiful!  Ros has such a wonderful creative style!!  Here is my take on Ros's gorgeous creation ...

I must admit, I'm surprised it turned out as good as it did because, right off the bat I used the wrong paper to create the background.  

My intention was to use my Tim Holtz oxide inks with what I thought was the correct paper.  (A new paper pack I bought from Simon Says after watching one of Jennifer McGuire's videos.)  So I went about using the oxide inks and wondered why it wasn't drying properly ... only to then look at the package and see it is designed for alcohol ink ... I must have ordered the wrong paper.  Ugh!   

As I was cutting a piece to put behind my corner die cut, it was smearing so I took a cloth and wiped the excess from it.  I wasn't about to waste it so I added the piece behind the corner then die cut my butterflies & vine from the remaining piece.  With these additional elements I grabbed my alcohol inks and started playing around ... didn't turn out to shabby after all ... whew!

Then I die cut my sentiment from a scrap of light blue card stock.  Wasn't happy with how it looked so since I still had my alcohol ink dauber still laying on my work mat I dabbed over my words ... hmmm not too shabby either!  It will do!

The dies I have used today are:
Memory Box - Dies - Open Studio - Distressed Addington Collage
Sue Wilson Mini Expressions
Sue Wilson Designs - Mini Expressions - Happy Birthday
Cheery Lynn Designs Exotic Butterfly Small

Cheery Lynn Designs - Small Exotic Butterflies #1 w/Angel Wings

BoBunny Flutter Dies 12839812
Crafter's Companion Marilyn Robertson Kimono Fluttering Butterfly
Elizabeth Craft Garden Notes Ivy Vine 1297

Inside View
Again, I'm so happy with the outcome of this creation and can't thank Ros enough for inspiration.
So many times I will see a card online and think "OMG that is beautiful, I need to save it for future inspiration" ?  At that point,  I either do it right there and then or pin it to my card inspiration board for future use.   Do you do that?

Challenges to share in:
Simply Create Too Challenge #137 - Use dies
SumMore Fun Challenge #26 - Mood Board (was inspired by the blues/greens)

QKR Stampede Challenge #292 - ATG
Daring Cardmakers Challenge - Feeling Blue
Creative Fingers Challenge #145 - ATG

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

Papers:  White cs, Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink YUPO
Stamps:  Hero Arts 'Many Birthday Messages'
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks, Tim Holtz distress oxide inks, prima flowers, Nuvo white crystal drops, Scotch dimensional tape

Friday, April 20, 2018

CropStop Blog - April Guest Designer

Hello my friends!
How excited am I to once again be asked to Guest Design for the

If you are not familiar with the CropStop Blog or Store
you owe it to yourself to pop over and check 'em out!

The CropStop Blog has had to resort back to their OLD blog after having
extensive issues with their Wordpress blog back in February!
Please tell your friends who are curious what's going on with CropStop of this change.  They can not even get into their blog to make the announcement of this issue!
Thanks for your help in spreading the word!

Today I have an ocean themed card to share with you.  Hubby & I are planning a trip to the islands in May so that's what is on my mind at the present time.  

 This card all began with the background panel which I created using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Reinkers and watercolor paper.   Of course, where would I be without my Craft Sheet ... I have one designated strictly for this type of project as you will see in the photos below. 

I spritzed my paper with water first, then put a few drops of the oxide reinkers on my craft sheet and started 'swishing'  it on with a paint brush.  Spritz with a little more water then dry it with your heat gun.
I wanted to have a water bubble affect in the water so I spritzed it with  water being careful to have both little and big water droplets.  The longer the water sits on the panel, the more color it will pull up when you blot it with a paper towel.

Now comes the fun of pulling the other elements together for this underwater adventure.

 It was only after I adhered my ribbon die panel that I decided to enclose this element with clear panels cut from die cut packaging.  I find so many uses for this packaging material and this is one of them.  

So I adhered a clear panel to the back and another to the front then placed 3M dimension tape to the back.  I positioned my Angel Fish onto my 'water' background then placed my 'Graceful Branch Panel' over top.

Glue Dots were used to adhere the front clear panel so I simply snipped the flowers from another Petal Ribbon panel and glued them over top.  This coordinated the piece and hid the glue dots perfectly.

Here's another look at the finished card . . .

Crop Stop Product Used:
I hope you've enjoyed today's creation!
Thanks again to the CropStop Team for inviting me to Guest Design with them!!
Please pop over to the CropStop Blog for more wonderful inspiration!
And, be sure to check out their store!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and as always . . .

It's Fussy & Fancy Time!

Hello Everyone!
It's time once again for a new challenge over at the 
 Today's theme was chosen by our very talented Gina, and our theme is . . .

Add a Die Cut

Here's my creation . . .

I die cut the Sue Wilson striplet die from the front of my A6 card front then added a scrap piece of designer paper to the inside (back of front cover) for color.  I also die cut my Sue Wilson grape leaves from a scrap of that same designer paper and added Memento 'Bamboo Leaves' ink to the edges for a contrast in color.

Using Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks (Pistachio & Wilted Violet), I sponged ink onto a scrap of white card stock before cutting out my Happy Birthday sentiment ... laying the dies in the middle of the two colors. 

The same Wilted Violet ink was used on the upper lace panel to give it the appearance of hanging grapes (did it work?  lol).

 Dies used are:

Sue Wilson 'Greek Island' Collection

Sue Wilson Designs - Greek Island Collection - Corner. Border & Tag
Sue Wilson Designs - Striplet - Regal
Tutti Designs 'Happy' and 'Birthday' Word Sets

 TUTTI-228  Word Set - Happy
 TUTTI-229  Word Set - Birthday

Joanna Sheen Signature Dies 'Grace Lace Border' 

  - Click to enlarge

 I do hope you will come join in our challenge fun!  See you there!

Thanks so much for stopping by and as always . . .

Thursday, April 19, 2018


Hello friends ...
Today I have a quick card to share that was literally put together in about 5 minutes time from scraps and off cuts.  Hope you like it!  

This polka dot paper is the flip side of an old Graphic45 12x12 sheet.  I had this scrap left over and had totally forgotten about having it in my scrap box.  I die cut the small polka dot 'happy' the other day for a project but then didn't like how it looked so set it aside.
My word happy is from the Pink & Main 'happy' die set.
Pink & Main - Dies - Happy

  When I sat it on the larger polka dot background, It just kind of disappeared so I decided to fussy cut a red mat to help make it stand out.  
Inside View
 As you can see I used the additional left over panels of polka dot and red for the inside.  This BIRTHDAY die cut was also laying on the table ... I had actually cut it apart BIRTH    DAY but put it back together for the inside of my card.  I used Nuvo White Crystal Drops to do the outlining.

Challenges to share in:
Blank Page Muse Challenge - Black & White Plus One Color
Crafter's Cafe Challenge - World Art Day

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

Papers:  White cs, Red cs, Graphic45 dp 
Dies:  Poppystamps 'Jumbled Happy Birthday',   Pink & Main 'happy'
Accessories:  Nuvo White Crystal Drops