Sunday, May 16, 2021

Beautiful Basket

 Happy Sunday Friends

I've been wanting to share this project with you for awhile now but was waiting because I wanted to add some butterflies or bumble bees to it but I haven't yet taken the time to do that so figured I'd share it anyways!  LOL   

My friend Sandy (used to be a neighbor but now lives in NC) came up the end of April to attend the Adventures in Stamping convention here in Akron and happily we spent several hours over that week playing in my crafting cave.  She brought her Heartfelt Creations stamps & dies and showed me how to create this gorgeous basket.   We used the Lattice Flourish Dies & Classic Rose Stamp and Dies.

Sandy had taken the online class with Emma Lou and how lucky was I to have Sandy show me how this was done.  I'm already knew how to condition & create the beautiful flowers but putting the basket together without her help would have been disastrous!  LOL

I used Derwent Watercolor Pencils for the coloring on my flowers before conditioning & shaping them.  And of course had to add glitter!  Sandy is the Glitter Queen ... me, not so much!  LOL  But I must admit the added glitter really is the perfect touch!

Not sure what I will use this basket for ... (don't have the heart to give it away) but think I'll add some butterflies & bees and just admire it!  LOL

Challenges to share in:
A Bit More Time to Craft May Challenge #140 - AG
A Perfect Time To Craft May Challenge - AG
Let's Craft & Create Challenge #171 - AG + No Patterned Paper
The Crafting Challenge May - Flowers and/or butterflies
The Flower Challenge #56 - Use Your Favorite Flower (any & all)
Taylor Made Cards 4 U May Challenge - May Flowers
Creative Knockouts Challenge #401 - Flower Power

Hope you have a great day today!  

I'll be back tomorrow with a new creation for the Make The Card Challenge Blog ... you won't want to miss it!  Hope to see you then!

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Dies R Us Challenge - Anything Goes with Dies

  Hello Friends!

It's time for a new challenge over on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.
Remember, our challenges are now ANYTHING GOES as long as you used dies carried by companies at the Dies R Us Store!

 Dies & Stencil used on today's creation are:

Tim Holtz Bubbles Stencil

Tim Holtz - Stencil - Bubbles

Tutti Designs - Coral Reef Scene

Tutti Designs - Dies - Coral Reef Scene

Impression Obsession - Mermaids

Impression Obsession - Dies - Mermaids

Paper Rose - Under the Sea Border

Paper Rose - Dies - Under The Sea Border

Karen Burniston - Sea Animals

 Karen Burniston - Dies - Sea Animals

 I've created the background using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink.  Then after die cutting my Coral Reef Scene from dark green card stock, I spotted a scrap panel I had created for a past project using oranges & yellow distress inks and decided to cut the fish from that scrap and paper piece them onto the entire scenic panel.  I also used a scrap of purple card stock to recut the sea horse.  The mermaid was die cut from white card stock and colored using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

Challenges to share in:
Fun Friday (YNS) Challenge #164 - Scraps
Just Add Ink Challenge #554 - Just Add G!  (Green Sea Grass)

Art Impressions Challenge - Under the Sea
Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #405 - Die Cuts and/or Stencils (I used both)
Little Red Wagon Challenge #601 - Sand and Sea
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Stencil It

 Dies R Us now has a sister store with warehouses in USA & Canada called Didi Crafts 

It will ship to both the US and Canada. Didi Crafts will carry some of the same products as DRU, but most will be different. Now our Canadian friends don't have to worry about huge taxes or shipping fees. How great is that!?!

 I hope you will come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  

 For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below. 
click below for:

  Hope to see you there!!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
As always . . .

Friday, May 14, 2021

Perfectly CAS Challenge #15 - Repeat Stamping


  Hello Friends!

Today starts a new challenge over on the Perfectly CAS Challenge Blog. 
Here's our theme for the month of May:


 The stamp set I have used for my focus image & repeat stamping is
an older Penny Black stamp called 'Flower Gallery'.

I've used old Stampin' Up More Mustard ink to stamp my background
the stamped it again onto a scrap of white card stock which
I then colored using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
and fussy cut before popping up on my card.

I hope you will join in the challenge - just make sure you understand the rules.
For all the rules check out the 'How To Play' TAB under our challenge header.

The challenge is all about helping you stay
within 1/3 of your card to make sure it is CAS.

I look forward to seeing what you create.
 Thanks so much for stopping by!
As always . . .


Two Old Bats Mid Month Reminder

Hello Friends! 
OLD BAT Darlene
here to remind you we are half way through the month and you don't want to miss out on joining in the fun over on the Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge Blog.

I've created a card to help inspire you  ... what do you think??


Main focus is a die from Tutti Designs called 'Witch Scene'.  My bat & sentiment are from a very old Crafty Secrets (no longer in business) Halloween stamp set.

 I've die cut from black, green & orange then glued them together in an offset design to tie in with my Pink & Main Halloween designer paper.


Thanks for stopping by!



Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Sisterhood of Crafters - Stripes & Dots

 Hello my friends!

Today I have a card for the new challenge over on The Sisterhood of Crafters!
Our theme this time around, is:

 I had SO MANY ideas for this card but after a look around Pinterest for inspiration, I decided on this design.   I thought this birthday card could be used for male or female ... young or old.  

Here's what was used on it's creation:

Echo Park 6x6 Stripes & Dots paper
Gina K 'Wild About You' stamp set
The Paper Studio - La Petites Dimensional Stickers (Safari Animals)
Sue Wilson Stitched Flags dies
Tutti Designs Scalloped Stitched Nesting Squares

 I've had this pack of dimensional stickers for a long time ... FINALLY spotted them 
in my stash and used one of the 6 in the pack.  I think I'll make up a few 
more cards similar to this ... quick, easy & cute I too!
Challenges to share in:

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!

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


Monday, May 10, 2021

Make The Cards Challenge #15


 Welcome back friends!

It's time for a new challenge over on  Make The Cards Challenge.
Today we are having a themed challenge ...


We are so excited to have Donna Phelan as our guest designer today! 

I have used the following to create today's scenic creation . . .

Impression Obsession - Beach Chairs

 Impression Obsession Steel Die Beach Chairs

 Impression Obsession - Beach Umbrella

Beach Umbrella

 Impression Obsession - Sea Birds

Sea Birds

Tim Holtz distress oxide inks and large dauber sponges were used to create the background.

Challenges to share in:

Allsorts Challenge #623 - Create a landscape or scene
Creative Knockout Challenge #400 - ATG
The Male Room Challenge #150 - Water/Beach

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun ... here's the link for you one more time ...

Make The Cards Challenge

 As always . . .


Tutti Designs - Friends

Hello Friends!
Over the next several weeks I will be sharing cards created using various dies from the Tutti Designs Store that were showcased in March on the UK Hochanda TV show.  The Tutti Designs dies I'm using today are Scallop Stitched Nesting Circles (419), Best Friends (486) and Word Set Friends (234) .

 TUTTI-486 Best Friends


 TUTTI-419 Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circles

 TUTTI-234  Word Set - Friends

 How today's card was created is pretty self explanatory!

I've simply die cut the three larger sizes of this circle set from black, white, black card stock and adhered my white die cut focus image to the center of the smallest die of the three. I chose a background designer paper that I thought complimented the image.  Lastly I die cut the largest Friends word die in both black & white to give the same 'shadow' appearance as my main image.


 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  EVERY DAY MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY!

  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:

Wishing you all an AMAZING day ahead! 
As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Double D Challenge - Flowers of the Month (Jan - June)

 Hello Friends!

It's time once again for a new challenge at the Double D Challenge Blog and, it's another fun theme chosen by Diane ... also check out the amazing mood board she has designed to inspire you!

 Our theme is: 
Flowers of the Month (January thru June)

January - Carnations or Snowdrops
February - Violets or Primrose
March - Daffodils~Jonquils~Narcissus
April - Daisy~Sweet Pea~Gerber Daisy
May - Lily of the Valley or Hawthorne
June - Rose or Honeysuckle

Here's the mood board Diane has created . . .
 As you can see in the photo, I decided upon Lily of the Valley.
No particular reason other than I think they are so pretty and I had this fabulous Tutti Designs Lily Heart Panel die that had never been used and worked perfectly.
 TUTTI-423 Lily Heart Panel
 After cutting the panel from white card stock, I die cut again (just the center section), colored it with a darker green Spectrum Noir alcohol marker and layered it over top the original panel.  A sentiment and a few butterflies and VIOLA ... ready to brighten someone's day.

Diane has this fabulous prize offered to one lucky winner.
But, you have to play to win!!
 Be sure to pop over to our Double D Challenge Blog and check out what the design team ladies have created ... they are amazingly talented and I'm sure you'll find more wonderful inspiration!

Hope to see you there!

As always . . .

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The Same but Different


Hello Dear Friends ... Happy Weekend!

Last week I shared 'Screen Door' cards (seen HERE) using some new goodies I purchased from the end of April's Adventures in Stamping convention.  Today I'm using the same images but minus the screen door stamp/die.  You can do so many quick & easy cards once you have these amazing images.  Here are a couple more cards to inspire you . . .

Inside sentiment . . .

Just by adding a few die cuts or punched elements, you can create (in the case of these last two cards) quick & easy masculine cards.  Which is typically something many of us struggle with!

The weather here in Ohio is supposed to be beautiful this weekend so I think I'll spend as much time outdoors as possible.  The sunshine is good for the soul!  Especially after the past year + that we all have been suffering through.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my blog ... greatly appreciated!!

 Please help us end this pandemic by getting your vaccine when eligible and
please, please wear a mask when out in public!


Monday, May 3, 2021

Make the Cards Challenge #14


 Welcome back friends!

It's time for a new challenge over on  Make The Cards Challenge.
Today we are having a themed challenge ...

We are so excited to have Leslie Turner as our guest designer today!

 I have used the following to create today's scenic creation . . .
1 - Stamped Image
Divinity Designs (formerly Our Daily Bread) 'Anchor'
2 - Die Cuts 
Tutti Designs 'Scalloped Stitched Nesting Rectangles'

TUTTI-418 Scalloped Stitched Nesting Rectangles

 Impression Obsession 'Ocean Border'

Impression Obsession - Dies - Ocean Border

3 - Embellishments

 EK Success - Cutter Bee Die Set - Nautical


Memory Box - Open Studio Die Set - Over the Moon & Stars

Memory Box Die Over The Moon And Stars

 Poppystamps - Shooting Star

 Poppystamps Shooting Star Die

Impression Obsession - Shore Birds  

Impression Obsession - Dies - Shore Birds

Silver Sequins, Bakers Twine, Silver Mirror Paper, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks (background)


I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun ... here's the link for you one more time ...

Make The Cards Challenge

 As always . . .