Monday, October 21, 2019

Tutti Designs - Winter Cottage

Hello Dear Friends!
Have you ever spend a day or two in a cottage in the
winter time when the snow is falling and the fire is crackling cozy?
Well, think along that line when you view the card I have created for you today using one of the latest dies released (as well as an older die set)  at the Tutti Design Store.

I have used the following dies to create my card ...

Winter Cottage
 TUTTI-585 Winter Cottage

Scalloped Stitched Nesting Rectangles

Here's how it came together . . .

First I die cut my Winter Cottage twice being sure to save the 'snowflakes' that popped out of the bottom portion for later use.  After popping out the remaining pieces, I glued these two panels together using white glue.

Next, I die cut the largest scalloped stitched circle from black card stock and the next size down from white card stock.  On the white panel I carefully sponged on some blue ink to create my sky.

And lastly, I popped up my winter cottage onto the white panel to create added dimension, and then added those little popped out snowflakes around the top of my cottage.

Viola!  Add a sweet holiday sentiment to the inside and my card is ready to mail!

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:

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

Artsystamper Challenge Time

Hello my friends!

It's time for challenge #2 over on the Artsystamper Challenge  for Artsystamper Digitals by Beverly Cole.  We have a new challenge on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month and we would love to have you come join in the fun!

Today's theme is ...


Now remember, it's NOT required that you use Bev's amazing images to join in the challenge (of course if you have them we'd love to see them).  But, the very talented design team will be not only following the theme but will be using Bev's paper, images, etc. for their creations.

Here's what I have to share using one of the beautiful holiday papers . . .

The set I've used on today's card is the lovely
Poinsettia Pair Digital Stamp & Paper Set

Here are the steps I took to create my card ...

Using Word10 I created my entire background ... starting with the paper design, then added the poinsettia and lastly the words.
Next I removed the background paper from my file and printed out just the poinsettia and words onto glossy photo paper twice.

I fussy cut the first poinsettia in it's entirety.  I used dimension tape to attach it over top of the poinsettia that is in the center of my background paper.
Then on my second glossy print, I cut out the poinsettia flower ONLY and once again popped it up atop my focus flower.  This added beautiful shine and dimension to my focus poinsettia.

The winner of our challenges will receive the stamp set of their choice from TheArtsystamperShop.  Beverly Cole's selections offer stamps and sentiments in each set as well as pre-colored images for easy, last minute cards.  Why not take a moment and check out what she has in the store!!

I hope you will hop on over to the Artsystamper Digitals Challenge Blog and enter!
You will also see more inspiring designs from the Artsystamper Addicts DT ... so much fun!!

Challenges to share in:
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #460 - ATG Christmas twist-Add a flower or 2 or 3
QKR Stampede Challenge #368 - Anything Goes

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

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Craft Show projects . . .

Happy Sunday Everyone!
What a beautiful Fall weekend we are having here in
N.E. Ohio.  I spent half the day yesterday in my crafting cave working
on projects for upcoming Fall craft shows and the other half  of
the day outside doing Fall clean-up and cut down.  You
know all those cone flowers, sedum, roses, etc. that require trimming
so they will be beautiful again next year.  

I'll be doing the same thing today but before I go I wanted to share
the 'projects' I'm working on.   I shared the pop up cards on my FB page yesterday
(here's a peek at a few of them)

and today I have Decorated Gift Bags with matching Tissue Box Covers to share.  I have made several of these Decorated Gift Bags for the show but then I realized if I used 2 sheets of 12x12 designer paper cut at 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 for the gift bag, that leaves me with just enough left over to create a matching tissue box cover.  How cool is that and I thought 'what a fabulous gift set' for the holidays (I hope so anyways!  LOL)

For the front (and back) decorations on these particular sets I've actually UPCYCLED Christmas cards that have come in the mail from companies that we make donations to.  Using the pretty image from the front of the card on the front of the bag and also die cut the inside sentiment, matted it and added it to the back of the gift bag.  Turned out really nice I think!

Adding a few die cuts, punched panels or 3d stickers embellishments,
I think these sets turned out pretty cute ... what are your thoughts?

Well I only have a couple more hours in here before I need to get back outside for another
beautiful Fall day to finish my cut down clean up projects.  Winter will be here before
we know it I'm afraid!  And from what I hear, it's going to be a BAD one!  Fingers
crossed they are wrong on that one but with the way the weather has been this
year ... who knows?  We just have to do the best we can to be ready for whatever happens.

Have a great day ... hope you have some sunshine in your life today!

Challenges to share in:
Winter Wonderland Challenge - Merry & Bright
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Box or Bag
Crimbo Crackers Challenge - ATG must be Christmas related
ABC Christmas Challenge - U is for Upcycle
Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge - Holiday
Inspire, Create Challenge - Die Cutting
Moo-Mania Challenge - Die Cuts and Punches

Thanks for stopping by and thanks too for your comments ........ always warms my heart to hear what you have to say!  

As always . . .

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Double D - Silhouettes

Hello Dear Friends!
It's time once again for a new challenge over on the Double D Challenge Blog!
I'm hosting today and as you can see by my blog title ... the theme is:


Here's the mood board I've created . . . 

Which image inspired you the most??

I was torn between the kids and Santa but went with the kids today,
since I know I'll be using Santa a lot in the days to come.

While my sister-in-law and niece were visiting for the day last month, 
they were curious about what I do in my 'cave' and I was
showing them how much fun it was to create background panels
using oxide inks and since this panel was laying on the table
just BEGGING to be used, that is where my SILHOUETTE card began.

I just adore this Die Versions 'lovely kids' die so that was my
silhouette of choice for today's creation.  By using a Stampscapes
tree branch stamp, I've created the illusion of these youngins'
swinging on a 'swing built for two', high up on a hill among the trees.

My background hillside was created using one of the Lawn Fawn 

Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Borders Dies

The ropes for the swing were created by using Bakers Twine.
 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 . . .


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Dies R Us Challenge Time

Hello All...
YEP!  It's the 15th of the month and that means it's time once again for a new challenge
at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.

And, the theme is perfect for this time of year . . .
 Image result for Fall Harvest
I just had to join in on the fun this time around.  I love
seeing everyone's porch decorations this time of the year and
stopping by the local apple orchards!  SMELLS SO GOOD!!
Here's what I've created for this fun challenge . . .
I had a small scrap of Paper Pizzazz apples design paper left over in
my stash and thought it would be the perfect backdrop for this fun stamp set.

Coloring was done with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.
 The Dies R Us products I've used today are:
 Lawn Fawn - Thanks A Bushel Stamps
 Impression Obsession - Dies - Wheelbarrow
I do hope you'll come join in this fun challenge!   Hope to see you there!

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

Monday, October 14, 2019

Tutti Designs - Fall Leaves

Hello Dear Friends!
Today I'm sharing a Clean & Simple Fall card using old AND new dies 
The die I have used for the focus of this card is the new 'Oak Sprig'.

TUTTI-589 Oak Sprig
And, I created a frame to showcase it's beauty using the 
 I've die cut my sprigs from scraps of white card stock then added color using some of my favorite coloring mediums.

THIS was my original design and even though quite nice, as I was taking the photographs it looks like it was missing something.  Hence another sprig in the upper corner.  I felt it need the balance of THREE but didn't feel it needed to be in color like the focus sprigs.  What do you think??

I have used dimensional tape to pop up my sprigs and DOUBLE dimensional tape to pop up the frame.  I'm very happy with the outcome and needless to say, it was very quick & easy!!

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:

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

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Addicted to Stamps Challenge - Add a Pumpkin

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

Believe it or not, we are already in pumpkin season (where is the time going???) and almost time for me to start decorating my front porch for those trick-or-treat kiddos.  Speaking of kiddos ... I've used a couple VERY OLD stamp sets from Stampin' Up.

This precious little guy pulling the pumpkin wagon is from a set called Sweet Seasons.  I've used Spectrum Noir markers for my coloring and Tutti Designs Stitched Ovals for my framing.

The pumpkins along the bottom are from a SU set called Autumn Harvest.  After stamping onto orange card stock I did a bit of fussy cutting. These two stamp sets are probably from around 2007 (do you have either of these in your collection??  lol).

My background paper is from JoAnn's and my Hello is by Frantic Stamper.

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

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

Saturday, October 12, 2019

It's almost SHOW TIME . . .

Happy Weekend my friends!

My November craft shows are right around the corner and
I still have a few categories in my sale boxes that are
kind of 'thin' on card options so I'd better get BUSY!!!  

This morning I noticed the Get Well category only had a couple of cards
so I'm going to try and concentrate on Get Well cards today.  Here
are a few I've made so far this morning ... more needed but it's a start!



(inside for these last 2 cards)


 Products used:
Papers:  Penny Black Painted Blooms dp, Echo Park Dots & Stripes dp
Stamps:  Cornish Heritage Farms, Wordsworth,  Verses Rubber Stamps, Stamps 'N More
Dies:  Tutti Designs Cross Stitched Nesting Rectangles, Memory Box Blushing Bouquet, Sizzix Classic Ovals
Others:  K&Co butterfly, TH distress ink, Prima flowers

It's amazing how quickly the temperatures changed here in Ohio ...
literally overnight!  80s yesterday ... 40s today!
Oh well guess I should expect that this time of the year ... after all,
we are in the middle of October!!  LOL

Back to crafting ... raining outside so it's a good day to hang out in my crafting cave!

Thanks so much for stopping by...
As always . . .

OH and here's a couple photos of Great Grandson Charlie
taken yesterday at Quaker Valley Race Track (yep they are a racing FAMILY)
It's Fall Roundup and Great Pumpkin Race Time.

So glad they brought ear protection for him ... it can get really LOUD there!