Saturday, March 31, 2018


ANNOUNCEMENT to my crafting friends! 
If you are wondering what happened to the CropStop Challenge Blog, they have experienced terrible issues with their current Wordpress blog and can't even get in to announce that they are having to resort back to the old blog beginning Monday 3/26. Here is a link to the blog they will be using for their new challenges & posts ...
Please help spread the word since they are unable to do it by themselves on their current blog ... thanks!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Masculine Birthday

Hello All & Happy Weekend!

I always have a need for masculine cards in my stash
for the craft show so when I see the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge
is 'Masculine', I just have to jump right in and play along.

Design team member Kath Ricks creation caught my eye
and I was inspired to do something similar so I reached for
my Stampscape stamps and here's what I came up with:


The background paper is from a very old DCWV 12x12 pack and it is a mutted green color.  
After stamping my image on the white panel, I marked where it would be positioned on the background paper and then stamped my trees so they would be on either side of my image.  I used Tim Holtz distress oxide 'salty ocean' and sponged the top portion of both panels (for the sky) as well as a little in front of the cabin for the water.  The remaining coloring was done with Prisma pencils.

I have used a stamp set from 'My Sentiments Exactly!' for both front and inside sentiments.

I find this is the easiest way for me to create a masculine card.
What guy doesn't like a cabin in the woods?  
(or girl for that matter!)

Challenges to share in:
Creatalicious Challenge #135 - ATG option - Birthday
 Dream Factory Challenge #54 - Cast Away
Just For Fun Rubber Stamp March Challenge - Die Cuts
Mix It Up Challenge #11 - ATG - Make Your Own Background

Hope you've been inspired by today's creation and hope you'll come join in.
I LOVE being inspired by my crafty friends!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

As always,

Friday, March 23, 2018

Dies R Us Inspiration Blog - Sympathy

Hello friends ...
 Today I have a card to share for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog
and it's probably my least favorite card to create! 
Only because it means someone has lost a loved one ... so sad!
Anyways ... here's what I've created . . .

Very simple yet with a touch of style.

I've used three dies on today's creation . . .

Memory Box - Dies - Tree Blossom Stitched Circle Frame
Tutti Designs - Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circles
Tutti Designs - Word Set - Sympathy

Here are a few steps taken in the creation of this card.

First I die cut the Tree Blossom Circle frame from white card stock.  Then I realized the Tutti Designs circles were the perfect size to use for matting this circle frame so I spotted a scrap of 'sky/clouds' designer paper in my stash and thought it would be the perfect background.

I also used the next size larger Tutti circle die to cut a white matting panel.

Before adhering together, I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers JG1 & PL4 to color my leaves/flower.
Then I decided to add another floral panel so die cut just that portion of the Memory Box die, colored it with the same alcohol markers and snippet it from the frame.
And, adhered it below the flower in the original die cut panel.

When all was said and done, I added a Prima flower at the base of my flower stems, used Nuvo white crystal drops for the flower centers and added my sentiment.

This could be used for a man or a woman I think.  Hopefully I won't need to mail this card anytime soon!!!

Another look at the finished card . . .

Please remember, each an every day of the month there's a new inspiration sample shared on the blog by this fabulous design team.  Please be sure to pop in regularly.

Also, don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme 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:

Thanks for stopping by!
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 ME ... lol, and that theme is . . .


Here's my creation . . .

I must admit, the bases for my 'spring flower' card came from one of the many cards I have from companies we make contributions to.  I've mentioned this many times before I know but I just can't throw these cards away because I make my own cards.  I try to share them with neighbors churches, my mother & her church, friends ... anyone who can use them but I get so darn many that I have to come up with other ways to repurpose them so that's exactly what I've done today.  Below is what remains of the original card . . .

It's amazing what a little fussy cutting will do!  LOL
I did however create the background 'sky' panel by using Tim Holtz 'broken china' Oxide Distress Ink.
 Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Broken China 
And the pretty topper lace panel is Sue Wilson - Configurations 'Graceful Lace Trim'
Sue Wilson Designs - Configurations Collection - Gracefull Lace Trim

 I popped up the hummingbird using 3M dimension tape and my sentiment (one of my favorites) is an oldie but goodie by The Stamp Pad Co.

Another peek at the finished card ...

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

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

Thursday, March 22, 2018

It's Twofer Time once again ... yeah!

Hello my friends!
 Darnell has her Third TWOFER CHALLENGE

up and running and I must admit ... this one had me a
bit stumped for awhile but I finally came up with an idea!!

What do you think???

I chose to create my two different cards using one of the 
floral stamps in the BoBunny Floral Stamp set shown below.

First I used it to create my background panel for this soothing sympathy card.  Also fussy cut
a flower to use as accent on the sentiment panel.

Then used it as the focus on my second card.
On a scrap of white card stock, I stamped the flower 4 times then stamped it again separately so I could fussy cut it to create a focus panel.  I shadow stamped my flower on a scrap of goldenrod card stock and fussy cut around to create a mat for the focus flower.

This new Echo Park 6x6 Dots & Stripes paper is double sided so the piece I had to cut off I simply flipped over, stamped my sentiment, matted with a scrap of black card stock and VIOLA!

So there you have it ... a fun new challenge and now I have TWO additional cards to add to my stash!  YAY!  Plus it helped get my mojo going.  Can't wait to see what Darnell has up her sleeve next!!  She's such a HOOT!

Challenges to share in:
Craft Rocket March Challenge #46 - Something New (stamp set & designer paper)
DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #225 - Flowers
Southern Girls Challenge - Die Cuts

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

As always,

Other product used on my cards:
Scotch dimensional tape
Martha Stewart 3-in-1 butterfly punch
Sympathy Sentiment:  Verses Rubber Stamps 'Love Becomes A Memory'  #SY0519-E

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Double D - 'Just Wing It'

Hello Friends!
It's time for a new challenge over on the Double D Challenge Blog!
Team Darlene is hosting today and the theme is:

Just Wing It!

Here's the inspiration board I have created to help you get started . . 

For my creation today, I have actually used the same die
as I am offering up as the prize for this challenge.
No! No!  I have my own die ... I didn't use the prize die!  LOL


I still had a scrap of the Ella & Viv 'Ethereal Kit' designer paper from 
making a set of cards shared on my blog HERE ... so I used it
 and die cut my Tutti Designs 'Scallop Stitched Ovals' to showcase

I die cut the Fairy three times from white card stock, coloring only the one
that would be on top when I stacked them.   I've used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
for my coloring.   Then I positioned one of the flowers in her hand and 
gave her wings sparkle using Nuvo glue stick and ultra fine gold glitter.


I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun!
 YOU could be the lucky winner of this fun die set!

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!!

Challenges to share in:
Get Creative Challenge #67 - Fantasy, Mythological
Scrapy Land Challenge #86 - ATG using product carried at their store
 Die Cuttin Diva's Challenge  #361 - Flowers

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

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Using Up Scraps . . .

Happy Day All!
The past couple of days I've shared with you card created
using flowers and today I'm using up some scraps that were left
over from those creations and a few others.
To me, making flowers takes additional time and I certainly don't want
to be throwing any scraps away so I created this card . . .

I pulled a scrap of designer paper out of my scrap box for the background
(DCWV I believe) and these leaves & flower were laying on the table.
When I have left over 'frames' that I've cut and not used, I always
hang them on a hook on the pegboard for future use.  I thought these
would work well today.  

I must admit, I DID have to die cut the inside white panel
for my sentiment and I dug a couple of the tiny pieces of watercolor paper
from the trash to punch the butterflies.

All in all, I think it pulled together to made a nice card!
What do you think?

Challenges to share in:
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #162 - Thank You
 Crafter's Cafe Challenge #192 - Handmade Flowers
heARTful stamping Challenge - ATG + stamp
Pile It On Challenge #140 - Circles and/or Squares
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Use up your Paper Scraps

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I have an eye appointment this morning so I'd better scoot!
As always ...
Altenew stamp set called 'Adore You'
Tutti Designs Scallop Stitched Nesting Square dies
Martha Stewart 3-in-1 Butterfly punch
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks

Monday, March 19, 2018

Flowers Galore!

Hello Everyone!

I had so much fun creating a floral card yesterday for the
challenge posted over at The Flower Challenge,

I just couldn't help but create another one to share today!
This time I used my favorite color combination to create the background on which I stamped my Altenew stamp set called 'Adore You' and then fussy cut the flowers.  I also created a green watercolor panel to stamp/cut the leaves from.  I am very pleased with the outcome.

In order to get added dimension with the flowers I decided to use a couple frames I had left over from other projects and pop them up on the card base.  The image in the center is from an older Graphic45 8x8 paper pad called 'Botanical Tea'.  I had originally intended on just leaving the image as it appeared but then as I started arranging my flowers I realized I could use a couple of them over the flowers in the image and add even more dimension.  

The Tutti Designs Happy and Birthday sentiment are the smaller cut from the same set I used for yesterday's card.  They were still laying on my work table so I simply colored them using the Spectrum Noir PL4 alcohol marker and adding them to the upraised from with a dab of white glue.

I have to admit, I have so many pieces & parts laying around from other projects that I could probably spend the entire day creating cards with just what was left over from other projects.  Hmmmm maybe I'll do just that and see what I can come up with ... now there's a challenge!!  LOL

Challenges to share in:
Crafter's Cafe Challenge #192 - Handmade Flowers
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge #225 - ATG
QKR Stampede #287 - ATG
Simply Papercraft Challenge #55 - ATG
Dare 2B Artzy March Challenge - Favorite Colors (shades of purple)
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #161 - All About Occasions

Wishing you a fabulous week ahead and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!

As always ...

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Pretty Pink Flowers . . .

Happy Day All!
I hope you're off to a GREAT start!

Today I have a card to share that was created for the 'new to me' challenge over on
The Flower Challenge Blog where, flowers are the focus!

I have had this Heartfelt Creations 'Sunkissed' Flower Stamp & Die set for several years now and always forget to play with them!  Well, today's the day and they worked perfectly for what I had in mind for this challenge.
What do you think?

After stamping my flowers with Versafine Onyx ink, I ran them through my vagabond using the coordinating die cut.  BUT, before removing them from the die, I used Tim Holtz 'picked raspberry' oxide ink, water & an artist brush to apply the color.  I like how it leaves a bit of white space on the edges.  After stacking, I've used Nuvo yellow crystal drops for the flower centers.

Memory Box - Dies - Peony Oval Frame
Even though I have plain oval dies, I originally cut the Memory Box 'Peony Oval Frame' (had a different design idea) and didn't want to waste it so 'ran with it' by turning it on it's side and inlaid it back into the cut panel.  The background panel is the last scrap piece of a beautiful 12x12 sheet that I though would make a nice coordinating background to my flowers.  The Tutti Designs Happy and Birthday (the larger of the set of 2 for each word) pops out nicely die cut in white on the black floral background.

What a fun challenge and I'm very pleased with the outcome of my card.

Challenges to share in:
Crafter's Cafe Challenge #192 - Handmade Flowers
 Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper March Challenge - ATG with Patterned Paper
Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #105 - Make it Feminine
CCC Digi Creations Challenge #90 - For the Girls

Wishing you a fabulous week ahead and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!

As always ...

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Get Well Sets

Hello Friends!
Over last weekend I was working on addition cards for an upcoming show and since I had a lady come to buy cards earlier in the week and she was looking for Get Well sets (of which I hadn't prepared yet), I thought I'd better get busy.

While rummaging through designer papers to decide what I wanted to use, I came across this stack of Heartfelt Creation 12x12 papers that I purchased a few years ago when they were reducing old stock.  These sheets had 6 images sized perfectly for A2 cards so that is what I went with.  By simply adding a Get Well to the front and a verse to the inside, these sets came together lickity split!!

What do you think??

I'm very happy with the outcome and now need to look through and see how many other similar sheets I have so I can make even more.  These could be turned into just about ANY occasion.  I love this poppy paper ... SO PRETTY ... sure to lift the spirits of someone who is ill I think. 

I hope you have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping in.
As always ...