Friday, July 19, 2019

Everyone needs a little magic . . .

Hello Friends!
WHEW!  I hope you all have a cool place to hang out
until we get through this crazy heat!   It's in the 90s here in Ohio
with a heat index of 100+ so I am hiding out in my crafting cave.

There is a new challenge up over on the Lavinia World Challenges so
of course I had to create something and join in the fun.

It appears 'Freya' needs a bigger house so she's using a little
magic dust to make that happen!  LOL
Oh if it were only that easy!  

Lavinia Stamp - Freya

Lavinia Stamps - Mini Leaf 1 Miniature
Lavinia Papers - A6 - Pink Equinox

ScrapMan - Dies - Fairy House

So, there you have it!  These cute scenes are so quick and
easy to create, especially with you have these fabulous
backgrounds available.

Stay safe out there!!  Going to go call my Mama and make sure she's okay.
Keep an eye on the older folks and your pets during this heat!
Dehydration sets in very quickly!

Have a great day all!!
As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by! 

Alphabet Challenge Time . . .

Hello Friends!
It's time once again for a new challenge over on the Alphabet Challenge Blog.
Today's letter is "I"
Insects (not spiders)
I chose butterflies . . .

 I've had  this Stampabilities stamp for YEARS and
had not used it ... what is wrong with me??
Obviously I have way too much 'stuff' but I do eventually get around to using ALL my goodies!  LOL

I started with a blank white card base then created a 'mask' using masking medium paper so I could sponge the colors I wanted to use before stamping my sentiment.

This technique is not only easy but quick and fun!

After removing my mask and adding my sentiment stamp, I decided it needed something more (I really struggle with white space lol) so grabbed my Waterfall Stickles and created the 'background'.

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun and 
I look forward to being inspired by your creation!!  See you there!
Thanks so much for stopping by...
As always . . .

Wednesday, July 17, 2019


Hello Dear Friends!
It's time once again for a new challenge over on the Double D Challenge Blog!
I'm thrilled to be your hostess today and since I just had a birthday on Monday,
 I thought it would be the perfect theme for today's challenge


Here's the mood board I've created to help inspire you . . . 

 I needed a birthday card for the young lady next door who
just turned 15 (I remember when she was born right after we moved here)
and each year I try to make special birthday cards for her
and her sister when their birthday's roll around. 
Here's what I came up with for Ms. Emily.

I sure hope she likes it!  She loves pink & sparkle
so I think she'll like it!

And, the fact that it's different from just an ordinary card ... I think she'll be surprised!

I've use the Pink & Main Box Card die for my basic card.
I have a couple other box card dies but I think this one is my favorite!

Pink & Main - Dies - Box Card

I went through my 6x6 paper pads to find a few different
black and white panels and came up with these two.
DCWV - The Dots, Stripes & Plaids mat stack (polka dots)
the Paper Studio - Harper's Boutique (music)

Many of the pieces used were actually off cuts from other projects.
For instance, I wasn't planning on using the lime green color but this sentiment was laying on my stand up work table so I added sparkle to it and added it as a topper.  The fairy was also laying on another table (I bet you all think I have bits & bobs laying all over the place, lol ... ssshhh I do!).  The Heartfelt bird (also laying around) but the flower/branch panel although it was already stamped & colored, I did have to fussy cut it before I could use it.

I die cut the Tutti Designs Happy Birthday sentiment from lime green card stock and added glitter to tie in with the header.  The balloon is from the box card die set so I simply added the die cut numbers and some bakers twine for the balloon strings.

Lime green Stickles was added to the flower centers and also used to 'dot' the 'I' in the word Birthday.

The prize being offered this challenge is this fun
Yvonne Creations 'Balloons' bouquet die.

 REMEMBER:  We have a fun prize to give away to one lucky player,
which will be chosen by
ALL are welcome to enter ... we will ship internationally!

So be sure to pop over to the Double D Challenge Blog
to see all the details and amazing samples offered
up by our VERY TALENTED design team ladies!!

 Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hope to see you at Double D!
As always . . .

Monday, July 15, 2019

Dies R Us Challenge Time

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

And, the theme is:

 Well, it just so happens today is my birthday ...
good grief, these birthdays sure come around faster than they used to!  LOL

I have a fun card that was created 'thinking outside the box' (so to speak) ...

I've created this card using an 'ADD ON' to be used with the Lawn Fawn 'Box Card' but since the box card die set is out of stock at the present time, I figured I'd see if I couldn't just make a scene using these cute add-on pieces.

This die set is called 'Shadow Box Card Park Add-On' by Lawn Fawn.

Lawn Fawn - Shadow Box Card Park Add-On Dies

Even though I've used this set in an unconventional way,
I still think it made for a fun birthday card.

Added a few Prima flowers with Nuvo centers and my card is ready to mail.

Challenges to share in:
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Animal Magic
AAA Birthday Challenge Game #3 - For the Girls

Crafty Cardmaker Challenge - Here Comes Summer
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge - Things with Wings

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 ...

Tutti Designs - B Happy

Happy Monday Dear Friends!
Today I'm sharing a fun card  themed 'B Happy'!
Over at the Tutti Designs Store, we had a new May release and you really owe it to yourself to check 'em out!  Not only are they 'magical' but they are 'summertime' awesome!!

Here's my 'B Happy' card . . .
 Do you know someone that could use a 'pick me up'?
This card along with some encouraging words would be PERFECT!!

The dies I've used are:

TUTTI-552 Honeycomb
 Believe  (I've used just the 'B' from the larger die)
 A touch of color using you favorite coloring medium
and a few embellishing Nuvo drops and my card is ready to bring a smile!

Challenges to share in:
Dream Valley Challenge #205 - Use the colors Yellow & Black
Crafty Cardmaker Challenge - Here Comes Summer
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge - Things with Wings

Please be sure to pop over to the Tutti Designs Store
and check out all of the fabulous dies available.
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:

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

Saturday, July 13, 2019

It's a Boy!

Hello friends and Happy Saturday!
Lots of things going on around here today ... the big Firestone Golf Tournament is this weekend and that's only a couple of miles from our house so we will be seeing the blimp over head all day covering that event!  

Daughter is doing an even called the Headwater Adventure Race which involves running, bicycling and kayaking.  She amazes me with her drive for good health & mental wellness!  Such an inspiration to others!!

As for me, I had such a fabulous day with my granddaughter (Morgan) the other day that I was inspired to create the following card.  Great Grandbaby Charlie is due in October!  Mo's not having an easy pregnancy so if you would, please keep her (and Charlie) in your prayers.

Morgan (aka MO) has decided on an elephant motif ... well really, more the colors here with and elephant or two thrown in LOL.  Anyways, I purchased this adorable Stampendous stamp/die set a few weeks ago and just couldn't wait to create using it.  
Isn't it adorable??

Stampendous - Stamp/Die Set - Elephant

The background designer paper I've used is from the Doodlebug 'At the Zoo' 6x6 paper pack.  My sentiment is a die by Sue Wilson called 'It's a Boy'.  I die cut it twice that overlapped to give a shadow effect.
Sue Wilson Designs - New Arrival Collection - It's A Boy

My matting circles are from the Tutti Designs 'Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circles' die set.

After popping up my adorable elephant using dimensional tape, I've added a few pearly drops using Nuvo Gloss White Crystal Drops for embellishment.
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Gloss White

I'm sure you'll be seeing more cards using this adorable image in the future.

Another peek ...

Hope you enjoyed today's share!
Now, I'd better get some 'real' work done ... LOL!

Wishing you a happy remainder of your weekend!
As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by! 

Friday, July 12, 2019

Sympathy Cards

Hello All & Happy Friday!

Yesterday was a busy day with visiting many folks back home in Pennsylvania.  First was breakfast with some high school chums, then a nice visit & shopping with granddaughter Morgan, a visit & lunch with Mom (also Morgan & hubby Mark) ... onto a personal visit with another life long friend Judy and my last stop was to deliver a boxed set of sympathy cards that my cousin Corky ordered.

Now that she has her cards, I can share a few here on the blog with you all.

I took the opportunity while designing cards for her to make a few more of each design and add to my sale boxes for upcoming Fall Craft Shows.

Here is the one I made for Corky's set:

and here are two more in different colors.

and here's a peek at the inside:

A very simple design but appropriate none the less.

The die I have used is one of the fabulous Memory Box corner die sets called 'Addington'.  The sentiment stamps I have used are My Sentiments Exactly (H166) and Stamp Simply 'Sympathy Sentiments Set 1 (SS-039).

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps - Sympathy Sentiments SET 1

 Wishing you a happy weekend ahead!
As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

I'm a little 'horse' . . .

Hello Dear Friends!
I'm off and running this morning!
Headed over to Pennsylvania to have breakfast with some of my high school classmates.  Then onto granddaughter Morgan's for a little 'Nana/Granddaughter' time.  She's expecting little Charlie in October and she's been feeling a little 'rough around the edges' so to speak ... or I should say A LOT 'rough around the edges' ... maybe a little visit from her favorite Nana will get her mind off her whoas.

Anyways ... I've created a card for the current Mojo Monday Sketch that I'd like to share with you.  Here's the sketch we are working with this time around, and you have until August 4th to join in.

AND, here's my take on the sketch:

I have had this Technique Tuesday 'Hanna the Horse' stamp & die set for awhile now and FINALLY put it to use.  I've actually stamped & colored 'Hanna'  in three different colors so you'll be seeing more of her as time goes on!  LOL  Just sayin'

Do you recognize the birds?  It's a really OLD Martha Stewart punch!  With all the amazing dies I have to play with these days, I totally forget about the shelf full of old punches that need love too.  So, I blew the dust off this cute birdie and put him to use.  There are ALWAYS birds around the barnyard ... right!?!

I hope you've enjoyed today's share!

Challenges to join in:
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge - Dies or Punches
Use Your Stuff Challenge - Birds, Bees or Butterflies

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

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Sisterhood of Crafters - Birthday

Hello dear friends!
It's time once again for a new challenge over

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


Here's what I have to share ...

Older Sue Wilson die cut from winter green card stock.

 For some reason I had a difficult time creating a card for today ... it's crazy!
I make birthday cards ALL THE TIME!
Guess I just wasn't in the mood ... does that ever happen to you??

Anyways, I finally got this card pulled together and actually like it LOL!
The background paper is from an older BoBunny paper pack called Garden Party.
Again, I've blown the dust off my punches and used this Martha Stewart punch to create my 'doily' lace topper.

I've used a new Serendipity by Impression Obsession 'teapot' die as the focus for today's card.

Serendipity Dies - Teapot

Isn't it amazing how your camera can play tricks on you!!

I've used my new Cottage Cutz 'Nested Stitched Eyelet Oval Set' to create the 'gold tray' for my teapot to sit on.  In the above photo it looks like a gold edged tray with a black felt center ...

 ... but in this photo you can see that it was die cut from gold foil card stock.  LOL

I've also used the Cottage Cutz 'Nested Stitched Eyelet Rectangle' set to die cut my sentiment panel.  With my sentiment being long and narrow ... I would have had to use a larger than I wanted die so I simply die cut around the top of my sentiment ... then reinserted my cut panel into the die half way up and cut again to create this long/narrow panel.

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!