Thursday, May 23, 2019


Have you seen the new magical challenge blog that
is offering their first challenge today?  It's called
Lavinia World Challenges ... check it out!

It just so happens I ordered a few of these Lavinia papers & stamps over at the Dies R Us Store (thought they were unique and intriguing) before Lavinia started up their own store here in the US and today launched their new challenge blog.  So I was all set to create and share when it came live.  This was a lot of fun and their new DT has some amazing inspiration to share on the blog ... like I said ... don't forget to check it out!!

Here's what I came up with . . .

Product used:

Lavinia Papers - A6 - Pink Equinox

Lavinia Stamp - Sky
Lavinia Stamp - Mia

Lavinia Stamp - Slender Mushrooms Miniature

Lavinia Stamps - Mini Leaf 1 Miniature

I could have added a bit of sparkle to the wings (didn't think about it until just now) but it still looks pretty cool just the way it is.   I wanted to add a sentiment but got carried away with my overall scene so simply die cut the Memory Box Fancy Believe (#1280) from white card stock and added it to the bottom.

I've added the item NUMBERS to the end of each linked description above so you can also find these stamps at the Lavinia Store.

I think these stamps would be awesome for kids birthday cards!
What little kid doesn't believe in magic & fairies!!

Be sure to check 'em out and come play along!  I can already see my wishlist growing LOL!!  This was so much fun to create.

Have a great day all!!

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

Summertime Parties

Hello Friends and Happy Thursday!

Today I'm sharing a couple of Tissue Box Covers that I received an
order for with summertime party themes.
This lady is having a couple of gatherings coming up and these will be the prizes. 
I believe one theme is Summertime Tropics
and the other is a Watermelon Luncheon ... so here are her prizes.

 Believe it or not, I had more success finding Flamingo
papers then I did the Watermelon paper!
I actually had a scrap piece of watermelon paper from years ago that
I wish I could have found now ... it was perfect but I hope she
likes what I was able to find.

If you are interested in making tissue box covers yourself,
and need some help, please feel free to check out my instructions
located under my header, in the tab titled TUTORIALS.

A few challenges to share in:
Color Throwdown Challenge #544 - Inspiration Photo

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Sisterhood of Crafters - Weddings

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 ...
Clean & Simple is the design I went with for today's creation.  I recently purchased this die from Dies R Us and actually didn't realize it was an 'edger' die ... but it worked beautifully!

Creative Expressions - Paper Cuts Collection - Best Wishes Edger
As you can see in the above image, there are little flowers incorporated into the
die design ... BUT ... of course, that wasn't quite enough for me so I had a few
Heartfelt flowers laying on my work table ... quickly colored them up and added them over top.  A little dab of Nuvo Yellow Crystal Drops to the flower centers and VIOLA!
NOW I'm Happy!  LOL
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!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Tutti Designs - Happy Unicorn Birthday

Happy Monday Dear Friends!
Today I'm sharing a cute creation that would make any little Unicorn lover squeal in delight.  And of course it was created using dies from the Tutti Designs Store.
Next week I will have a card created sharing some of our newly released dies but for today I've chosen a die from our January release as my focus.

And that die is Unicorn.

See those little 'open spaces' on the image above?
Well the mane & tail pieces pop out so I colored them up and then put them back in place before gluing my unicorn down to my Nesting Stitched Circle background panel.

Little dabs of Nuvo white crystal drops were added for a starry appearance.

My thought was, since every little girl like unicorns, I thought this would be a cute birthday card for my sale box and add the Tutti Happy & Birthday to finish it off.  I've used the 'larger' of the two dies this time around.  They are actually die cut from Hot Pink card stock even though in the photo they look red.  (hate when that happens lol)

So Quick, Easy & Adorable!!

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  

Other challenges to share in:
Allsorts Challenge #520 - Birthday
The Fairy and the Unicorn May Challenge - ATG Mythical & Mystical
Kitty Bee Designs #143 - Fairytale / Fantasy
QKR Stampede Challenge #348 - ATG

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, May 18, 2019

Sending Smiles

Hello Friends and Happy Saturday!

The rain has stopped and I'm headed outdoors for awhile but before I do, I wanted to find a fun sketch challenge to play along in and share with you.  I found that fun challenge over on the Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 Challenge Blog.  Here's what I have to share ... hope you like it!!

Here is their sketch:

I recently purchased some of the new Mintay paper packs over on Frantic Stamper and just had to dive into one of the packs before putting them away.  I chose the 'Berrylicious' 6x6 paper pack.
Mintay by Karola - Berrylicious Collection - 6

I used 2 of the sheets and used fronts & backs to create my card.
I'm not a cat lover ( I know ... please don't hate me)!   I know many people are, and I still think the image on this sheet is just adorable.  I'm sure this card will bring a big smile to someone's face.

I've also used Prima flowers, Nuvo Crystal Drops and  the following dies:

Penny Black - Elegant Stitching Dies
 Penny Black - Dies - Elegant Stitching
Impression Obsession - Everyday Top Edgers
 Impression Obsession - Dies - Everyday Top Edgers

Well here I am ... lunchtime ... time to grab a bite and get outside.  Hubby is already out there power washing the deck so we can get out table & chairs set up.  We enjoy sitting out there in the morning watching the squirrels and birds while enjoying our morning coffee  (many dinner hours too).

Challenges to share in:
Crafty Friends Challenge #110 - ATG
Crafting with Friends Challenge #3 - ATG
Creative Fingers Challenge #164 - ATG
Cut It Up Challenge #174 - Picnics (picnic basket in the image)
Simply Create Two Challenge #149 - ATG

Here's wishing you a WONDERFUL weekend!!

For those of you who do not follow me on Facebook ...
Power Washing was interrupted when we discovered this sweet fawn hiding next to our deck, up against the house.  So I did the mowing and Mama Deer kept an eye on me until I was done then she came and retrieve her youngin'.

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

Friday, May 17, 2019

You Are Special

Hello Dear Friends!

As we approach the end to yet another week, I took the time
to play with another new die I received and haven't had the chance to play with yet.
And to showcase this cute die I looked for a sketch and found

Here's the sketch I followed today . . .

and how cute is this Cottage Cutz  'Party Puppy'.

Image result for cottage cutz party puppy

To create the sentiment, I've used the Simon Says Stamp! 
Simon Says Clear Stamps THOUGHTFUL MESSAGES SSS101740 Cherished Preview Image
and the
Impression Obsession - Dies - Special
My multi colored dog paws designer paper is
by the Paper Studio and purchased at Hobby Lobby.

A few other challenges to share in are:

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

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Your Special Day

Hello Friends!

Today I decided to get creative but had nothing in particular in mind.  So, while taking a  look through the challenges over on Paper Playful, I spotted a challenge that caught my eye!   And that is the challenge over on the Cardz 4 Guys Challenge Blog.   The theme is 'Man Cave' and even though some guys have a designated 'room', there are those guys who really want to 'get away' and head for the wide open spaces.  THAT is where my mind went for today's card.

 I recently received some new dies and this die works perfectly for what I had in mind.  I know many of the guys in our family are 'outdoors men' and love to go fishing to relax'  I must say, I've been fishing a few times in my life and I truly did enjoy it (with the exception of having to put a worm on the hook ... I wouldn't do that ... yuck ... lol).

 The die I chose for my focus is the Impression Obsession 'Good Day Fishing'

Impression Obsession - Dies - Good Day Fishing

As you can see, the outline circle does go the whole way around the die.  But, I decided to snip the upper portion of the circle off and mount it onto the largest in the set of Tutti Designs Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circle dies and use it as my background.

Tutti Designs - Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circles

In order to be able to use this card for a variety of occasions, I decided to use one of the Impression Obsession Top Edgers sentiment dies.
 Impression Obsession - Dies - Everyday Top Edgers

 Before adhering my die cut panel to the circular background, I did a little light sponging of Tim Holtz distress oxide 'distress blue' on the section that is to be the water ... just to give some definition.

I also spotted this white star laying on my work table that had popped out of the balloon die I used on THIS creation so decided to put it in the sky.    I could have stopped there but there was too much 'plain' space for my liking so I grabbed my bottle of Nuvo Crystal Drops and added a few dots ... ahhh that's better!  LOL

Nuvo Crystal Drops - Gloss White

Here are a few other challenges I'd like to share in:
Send A Smile May Challenge - For Dad from Kids
Time Out Challenge #135 -  Inspired by Words

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

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Double D - Frames

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

(any shape or size)
Here's the mood board I've created to help inspire you . .


 I can't wait to see what everyone creates!
I love creating frames for my cards ... sometimes simple and
sometimes very elaborate!  Today I started out with
elaborate in mind but ended up with a card that
quite simplistic.  Who knew!  LOL

I had a need for some Thinking of You cards so I knew
right away that was going to be the sentiment used but wasn't
exactly sure where I was headed from that point and
as I was cutting frames using a very OLD Spellbinder labels die set,
I came up with this idea.

I did however once again turn to my stacking & UTEE technique
for my die cut words.  Which are from the Sizzix Thinlet 'Celebrate' set.
Sizzix - Sizzlits - Tim Holtz - Celebration Words: Script
 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!

Today's prize offering is ...


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 . . .