Friday, February 15, 2019

Dies R Us - Birds and/or Bees

Hello All...
It's time once again for a new challenge
at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.

And, the theme is:
Birds and/or Bees
 Today, I'm inspired by the feeling of HOPE when I see
the beautiful red cardinals flying around through these cold
February days and they remind me that there is hope of better days ahead!

The Dies R Us dies I've used on today's card are:
I enjoy the ability to mix & match these word dies to many times
be able to say exactly what I'm feeling!
 And, how much fun is the 'twiggy' stitching around these Penny Black rectangle dies!
Something a little different from the usual straight or criss cross stitching I use so often.
I've also sponged a bit of white craft ink onto the blue panel to give
the illusion of winter time clouds in the bright blue winter sky.
I do hope you'll come join in this fun challenge and
if you need more inspiration ... be sure to pop over and see what 
our design team has created for you!
Hope to see you there!
Thanks for stopping by ...
As always ...

Turner Syndrom Blog Hop Winner

Happy Friday All!
It's time to announce the winner of my prize package for the Turner Syndrome Blog Hop.
I kept a running numbered  list of all those wonderful
people who supported TSA and left a comment here on my blog.

Selected by ... our winner is:
Beautiful cards. Love the colors and the butterflies.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com


Email me at
with your snail mail address and I'll THIS PRIZE PACKAGE in the mail right away.
Thanks for helping spread the word about TSA and playing along in the hop.

You can see ALL the winners over on the Turner Syndrome Blog.
Have a great day all!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Sisterhood of Crafters - Non Traditional Valentine

Hello dear friends!

A new month means it's time for a new challenge over
on the Sisterhood of Crafters Blog!

 Our hostess today is Vickie and the theme she has chosen is:

Non-traditional Valentine Card/Project
(no flowers, no hearts)
After some deep thought, here's what I came up with:

To be quite honest, I ended up making more than one card with 
this theme in mind and couldn't decide which one to share
so here on MY blog I decided to share them both!
They are similar ... but different!  LOL
I jumped over to Pinterest for inspiration and when
I saw this chalkboard art I thought it would
work perfectly along with my die cuts.

Product used for Card #1
Online sentiment
Echo Park 'Happy Birthday' 6x6 paper pad
Elizabeth Craft 'Cupcakes'

 Product used for Card #2
 Online sentiment
DCWV designer paper

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
My 'sistahs' have created some fabulous creations to help inspire you ... 
be sure to pop over and check them out!

 See you there!

As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

A Springtime Birthday . . .

Happy Tuesday Friends!
Well, once again we have snow on the ground but I
keep telling myself Spring is right around the corner!  And,
to lift my spirits, I went in search of a few challenges to
enter into.  Here's what I came up with.

To start with, I've been wanting to get back into play along at the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge Blog. Here's this week's sketch if you'd like to follow along ...
 And, here are a couple of other challenges I had in mind while creating ...
Pile It On Challenge #151 - Pretty in Pink

Here's a peek at the inside ...

The inside of your card is always a good place to use some of
the extra tidbits left over from the front of your card.

The sentiment is a stamp set from Penny Black and I've stamped it onto

Other products used on my card are:
Memory Box 'Share the Happiness' (#30007)
Mintay by Karola 'Springtime' 6x6 designer paper (double sided)
Martha Stewart 3-in-1 butterfly punch

As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by! 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Tutti Designs - Thinking of You!

Welcome Back Friends!
 I'm having lots of fun with newly released  January dies from the Tutti Designs Store.
 If you've not seen them yet, you really need to pop over and have a look!
There are some really cute dies to create your cards for the upcoming holidays ... Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day and Easter.  Cute Cute Cute!!!

One of the newly released dies I've used today is the 'Envelope & Bouquet'
TUTTI-488 Envelope & Bouquet

The large background heart was die cut using an older Tutti die ...'Stitched Hearts'

TUTTI-216 Nesting Stitched Hearts

The sentiment banner is one I had laying on my table from a previous project but thought would work nicely on today's card.  I've also embossed the background panel which you could use a variety of embossing folders to create.

A few steps in today's card making porcess ...

After die cutting the envelope from white card tock, I colored it using my DR5 Spectrum Noir alcohol marker.  Next I glued it down to a scrap of Kraft card stock and cut around the edges to give my envelope a solid background.

To achieve my Love sentiment coming out of the envelope, I used another newly released Tutti Designs die called  'Script Heart'
TUTTI-513 Love Script Heart
 As shown below, I die cut it from a scrap of white card stock then colored in the hearts (those that would pop out) and the word Love using the same DR5 alcohol marker.  (sorry my camera plays tricks with pinks & reds).

 I've used the 'popped out' hearts as embellishment on my card and added a few of them to the center of the heart on the envelope for added dimension.

Need more inspiration? 
The team has something new to share on the Tutti Designs Blog  

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:

Challenges to share in:
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge - Include a Heart
CCC Digi Creations Challenge #100 - Valentine's Day / Love

As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by! 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Feel Better

Hello friends!
It's time once again for a new challenge over on the Addicted to Stamps Challenge Blog.
Today, Aussie Annie is our hostess and the theme she has chosen is:

Anything But Square

I decided to use one of my newer Sue Wilson dies (Avery) for my shape 
Sue Wilson Designs - Frames & Tags Collection -  Avery
and my stamped sentiment comes from a Lawn Fawn stamp set called 'Our Friendship Grows'.

Lawn Fawn - Our Friendship Grows Stamps

The background paper comes from an Echo Park 6x6 paper pad called 'Have Faith'.

Echo Park - 6

I must admit, I don't make many 'shaped' cards so this challenge
made me stretch my boundaries ... thanks Annie!

After stamping my sentiment onto a scrap of white card stock using
Versafine Onyx ink, I die cut my banner using the Sue Wilson
'Stitched Flags', then popped it up with dimensional tape.
Sue Wilson Designs - Frames & Tags - Stitched Flags

A few little yellow Nuvo drops were added to pull it all together!

I hope you'll come join in this FUN challenge
and there are prizes offered too!
Hope I'll see you there!!

As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by! 

Cheapo Dies - Thanks for reaching out!

Hello Everyone!!
Today I'm sharing a fun card of thanks using dies from the Cheapo Dies Store.  And, having a little fun with a 'play on words'. 
 The Cheapo dies I've used on today's card are:



This card was fun & easy to create!
As you can see I die cut the octopus twice in order to create a shadow effect.
My sentiment is computer generated and I have used a couple other dies to create my scene.

Tutti Designs 'Fishing Net'

Tutti Designs - Dies - Fishing Net

Little B 'Mermaid'

Little B - Dies - Mermaids

I hope you've enjoyed what I've shared today, and, if you're not familiar with Cheapo Dies, you are missing out!!!

Here's a listing of their store, blog & FB links to help you get familiar:

Thanks to all of you for stopping by today!
Here's wishing you a FABULOUS week ahead!

As always ...

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Happy 70th

Hello Friends and Happy Saturday!

I'll be headed out the door soon to spend some quality time with my daughter & granddaughter for a 'surprise' girls night out!  The surprise is granddaughter Morgan put this all together and she won't tell us what the destination is.  Going to be FUN!

BUT, before leaving I wanted to share a card I just completed that was I was commissioned to create for a friend's upcoming milestone birthday.  Come to think of it, my own sister will be celebrating this milestone in June so guess I'd better get busy and create another similar creation for her.

I've used a large dotted metal die to 'emboss' the front of my card,
then created a frame using two smaller dotted dies.
The frame is cut twice, then put together using dimensional tape.

I've used both Foil paper and Glitter paper for my
sentiments and balloon for a punch of sparkle & shine.

Here's a peek at the inside:


My card is clean & simple in design but I felt that
simplicity was the way to go for this lady!!

Please let me know what you think!
Should I have a few cards like this with different milestone
years and different colors on them for my Spring Show?  

If so, what years would you recommend??

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to your comments!

As always ...

Friday, February 8, 2019

happy Everything

Hello my friends and Happy Friday!

Today I have a card to share that uses the 'paper piecing'
technique and it just happens to be the theme over on

I love the look of a card with paper piecing, but I just don't think to do it
and that's probably because I've been using more dies vs stamps 
in the past year or so.  Well today I'm breaking that habit and I had fun doing it!

For my focus, I've used a very old (circa 2004) wooden block stamp
from Impression Obsession called 'Dogwood 3'.  Now bear with me, I know
dogwood blossoms are not variegated in color but we're being a
little 'artsy' here today!  LOL  I had a long, narrow scrap of designer paper
in my scrap box and I liked the spring colors so that's where it began.

I like how the dogwood flowers have a LARGE pattern and a designer
paper which I thought coordinated nicely with my flowers is
of a smaller print.  I think that really makes my dogwood flowers
pop even more ... what do you think?

Before gluing down my dogwood petals, I colored the
branches/leaves using my Spectrum Noir DG3 alcohol marker.
My sentiment die is from Penny Black 'You Are Awesome' (#51-333).

After matting my focus image, the white corners
'bothered' me so I did a little faux stitching with a fine tip black marker.
Hey, what can I say?  I can be weird that way!  LOL

Challenges to share in:
Crafting with Friends Challenge #79 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge #157 - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede Challenge #334 - Anything Goes

I hope you liked today's share and I hope you
will create something today that you haven't thought about
doing in a long, long time ... like I did!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend ahead!
As always ...