Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cardabilities Reveal #126

Hello Dear Friends!
It is time once again for the new Sketch Reveal 
Here's my card and today's sketch ... I hope you'll come join us!

You will have until July 13th to join in our challenge and please be sure to review our rules.
One rule I'd like to mention is:  your entry can be shared with only 3 additional challenges in order for you to qualify for our prize. 

Our wonderful sponsor today is:

Please pop over and check out the amazing designs from my team mates !
These ladies sure are keeping me on my toes!!  LOL!

Challenges to share in:
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #134 - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart Challenge #66 - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards Challenge - Anything Goes
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I hope you'll come join in the challenge fun at Cardabilties!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Red cs, SU Pear Pizazz cs, Scrap of pattern paper used on ruler, Graphic45 'An ABC Primer' 8x8 design paper
Ink:  Versafine Onyx, Tim Holtz 'Tea Dye' distress ink
Accessories:  Tim Holtz distresser, dimensional tape, Fiskars swivel craft knife,  Graphic 45 'An ABC Primer' stamp set, empty tissue box chipboard for ruler stability
Dies:  Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Gemini Dies - Phoenix' and Finishing Touches 'Faux Quilled Leaves'

Quick ... and Easy Too!

Hello Friends and Welcome Back!
Today I have a QUICK & EASY Birthday card to share.
I realized I was in need of a birthday card that HAD to be in the mailbox TODAY in order to arrive at it's destination PRIOR to my friend's birthday ... vs AFTER!  LOL
So I turned to my die cuts and created this quick, easy AND beautiful card!
Whew!  Made it just in time!

I've used 1 stamp, 2 die cuts and 3 papers.
The stamp is by Inkadinkado.
Spellbinder Card Creator '5x7 Reflective Moment' #S6-011

This particular Spellbinder die is not currently available in our online store, but there are so many other die sets that can be used in place of it for this sentiment panel ... i.e. Nestabilities Valiant Honor or so many of the Sue Wilson die sets ... i.e.  Spanish Collection - Seville.

The papers are Stampin' Up 'Pear Pizazz', Whisper White, and Ken Oliver 'Watercolor Memories' design paper (bold side).  And I've used dimensional tape to pop up my panel as well as added a few Kaiser pearls at the end of the sentiment.

When you are in need of an amazing (and quick) card creation ... let your die cuts do the heavy work!
Pop over to the Dies R Us store and get your order in right now!!

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

Sunday, June 28, 2015

What fun . . .

Happy Sunday Afternoon All!
Whew ... what a busy weekend I had ... but it was SO MUCH fun!
I look forward to doing demos again in the future for Heartfelt Creations
when they are in town for the various Stamping and Scrapbooking Expos!
What a pleasure to be able to work with Heartfelt's husband & wife
team of Ben & Andrea!

Here's a peek at the card I was demoing for HFC using their 
Birds and Blooms Collection and clear card stock.

I was also thrilled to meet Judy Campbell whom I've communicated with online
for quite some time now but never had the opportunity to meet in person 
until this weekend!  WHAT A TREAT!!

Well it's lunchtime so I'd better go see if hubby's
in need of a bite to eat!  Then back to 'catching up'
here in the cave!

Thanks Heartfelt Creations for this wonderful opportunity!
Enjoy your day everyone!
As always . . .

Friday, June 26, 2015

On This Special Day . . .

Hello Dear Friends!

As my busy weekend begins,  I wanted to 
take the time and play a couple challenges that caught my eye!

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, over the next few days I'm thrilled to say I will be doing
demo's once again for Heartfelt Creations at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron, OH
for the Scrapbook Expo.  If you are in the area, please come on over and say Hello!

 The two challenges I had in mind when creating this card were:
Scor-Pal Challenge -WEDDINGS (using more than one score line)
Butterfly Challenge - BUTTERFLIES & F is for FLOWERS

I also intended to enter into the current Anything Goes Challenges at Cheery Lynn Designs, but I totally forgot they only accept one entry and I placed yesterday's wedding card in as an entry so will have to play along with them another time.

I've created for you one of my favorite fancy folds and that is a Tri Shutter card fold.
I will be sharing the measurements and scoring instructions for this fancy fold each in July.  So if you don't already have instruction on this fold, please pop back on July 6th for that information.

I recently purchased some new dies from Dies R Us and just could not wait to put them to use.  Here is a list of dies used on today's card:

Spellbinder Shapeabilities - Bitty Blossoms #S5-086
Spellbinder Nestabilities - Circle Delight #S4-511
Spellbinder Card Creator - 5x7 Reflective Moment #S6-011
Cheery Lynn Designs - Exotic Butterfly Small #DL113
Cheery Lynn Designs - Dutch Daisy Doily #DL281
Die Versions - Just Married #DVSW-038
Memory Box - Precious Wedding Rings #98860
 Every wedding card required a touch of sparkle in some manner ... so on the front of my card I have drawn a circle of Diamond Stickles around the focus sentiment as well as on each of the flourish points.

Stamps used are:
Flourishes (no longer in business) ... the inside bride/groom.
JustRite - Celebration Labels One & Bracket Borders One #CR04460

A few other challenges to share in:
Die Cuttin Diva's Challenge - Wedding/Anniversary
Everybody-Art Challenge - Multi-fold Cards
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Trio-Tastic (use 3 of the same things ... large butterfly)
CCEE Stampers Challenge - Wedding

Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by today!
I hope you've found inspiration in today's card and remember ...
if you're in the Akron, Ohio area today or Saturday ... pop on over to the 
John S. Knight Center and check out the FIRST TIME OFFERED ... Scrapbook Expo.
Hope to see you there!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!
As always ...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Girls Just Want To Have Fun!

Happy Thursday Everyone!
Another weekend is right around the corner and it's going to be a
very busy one for me!  I'll be doing demos for Heartfelt Creations at the
Scrapbook Expo both Friday and Saturday at the John S. Knight Center in 
Downtown Akron, OH.  If you're in the area, stop by and say Hello!!

But before I start practicing up for that, I want to 
share a GIRLY card with you today using a couple fabulous

The background paper I've used today is a 
Crafty Secrets digital paper called 'Pink Chenille Quilt'.

There are some AMAZING sales going on so be sure
to pop over and check them out!

And don't forget we have a new Monthly Linky Party at our 
Crafty Secrets Blog the first Monday of each month and goes for two weeks.
You could WIN some really cool stuff!!
Come join in the fun!!!

In the Pink Challenge - Shabby Chic/Vintage
Crafting with an Attitude Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Now I'd better get busy 'practicing' what I'll be demoing tomorrow
so I don't embarrass myself!  LOL
 As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Crafty Secrets dp
Ink:  Versafine Onyx, TH Spun Sugar distress
Dies:  Joanna Sheen lace, Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Finishing Touches 'Faux Quilled Leaves', Heartfelt Creations 'Botanical Rose'
Accessories:  TH distresser, Kaiser white pearls, dimensional tape

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Mr. & Mrs.

Hello Friends!
It's time once again for a new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
Have you noticed our new header/badges ... 'New Sister' Sandi created them for us and I think they are fabulous.  Truly depicts 'The Sisterhood' ...

Anyways ... today's theme since we are in the wedding month of June is

(create a wedding card/project)

Here's what I came up with ...

I had such a difficult time capturing the 'sparkle' in my photos, 
so here are a few closeups for you.
This card is SO MUCH PRETTIER IRL!!!   Uugh!

You can never go wrong with Black & White for a wedding card ... 
no matter what the wedding party colors may be ... 
so that was my thought behind today's card.

Want to know a secret?  Sssshhh ...
This card was put together with pieces that had been cut
for other projects but not used ... just laying around!  
Black background ... butterfly border ... flowers
Ok I must admit I did die cut the Bride/Groom ... but that's all one die set ... so this card came together really fast!!!  LOL!  LOVE when that happens.

Memory Box Challenge #1 - Butterflies
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge - Anything Goes
Open Minded Challenge - Vintage (final challenge)
Simon Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas - Wedding or Anniversary
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
I hope you'll pop over and see what my 'sistahs' have created for you today!
W'OW!  What beautiful wedding inspiration!
Remember our challenges go on for TWO WEEKS so please come join us!

Have a fabulous day!
As always ...

Paper:  White cs, Black cs, Marianne Designs 'French Roses' dp
Dies:  Memory Box 'Fairyland Butterflies', Sue Wilson 'Spanish Collection - Granada', DieVersions 'Mr. & Mrs.', DieVersions ' Trellis', Cheery Lynn Designs 'Tea Rose Medium'
Accessories:  Diamond Stickles, clear gems, dimensional tape, Flower Making kit/forming mat

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Die Cutting Inspiration

Morning All!
It's Tuesday once again, and that means I have a die cutting inspiration piece to share with you today for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  If you've never popped over to our Inspiration Blog, you are missing out on some awesome card samples/ideas using die cuts.  Please take a minute and stop by.

Today I decided to do not one but TWO cards
using the same dies ... just in a little different way.
Here are the two cards I made for you today:

The dies I have used on my cards are:

Inside View

The design paper I used on both cards is from SandyLion.com and has been in my stash for YEARS!  I thought it worked well with the Ashby Corner die ... the flower patterns are very similar!  The blue card stock I used is from Stampin' Up and it's an older IN color called 'Marina Mist'.

I decided to use the 'St. Barts' die set to adorn the inside (top panel) of my card, hence leaving the 'writing panel' open for a personal note which I thought was necessary with the sentiment verse I chose for the front.

CARD #2 ...

For my second card I chose to use the St. Bart's die a little more extensively on the front bringing attention to the sentiment verse I chose ... (and find myself repeating to myself more and more as I get older! lol).   Though a little difficult to see, I popped up the sentiment panel to help add dimension to my card and still keep it mailable. 

Since the Ashby Corner die blends more with the color of the paper, I decided to add White Liquid Pearls to the flower centers which really draws your eye.  I also used it for the center on my Delicate Daisy flower.
I hope you've enjoyed today's card creations!

Remember, you can see NEW die cutting card samples on our Inspiration Blog EACH DAY Monday through Friday.  Also I hope you'll come join in our challenges.  A new challenge goes up on the 1st and 15th of each month over on our Dies R Us Challenge BlogAND ... there's a prize offered!

Thanks for stopping by!
As always ...

Saturday, June 20, 2015

June Birthdays . . .

Happy Weekend Friends ...
Do you have a lot of June birthdays to celebrate in your life?
I sure seem to!
Both of my sisters, my niece, a couple close friends AND
the little neighbor girl Emily!  Oh yes, if you follow my blog, you've
seen Emily's name (and a photo here & there) over the years.  LOL!

Well, today's is Emily's birthday party and I always try to make something SPECIAL for both her and her sister Olivia when their birthdays roll around.  Here's what I came up with for Emily this year.

 I saw the pattern for this adorable little purse over on Pinterest and thought it would be the perfect little 'something' to put some cash in for Miss Emily!

Didn't it turn out cute?

Emily is "11" this year and although in the past years I've always been sure to put the NUMBER on her birthday cards, this year I decided that was no longer necessary since she's turning into quite the 'young lady'.

Although it's cute (and course will contain $$$), it just wasn't enough of a birthday gift.
So, back to Pinterest I went and found directions for this easy to make, fabulous origami box. 
Emily ALWAYS has a flower in her hair, so I decorated the top
of the box with hair flower clips.
I love when you can decorate your gift box with something useful.
She'll love them!!

Emily is a girly, girly kind of young lady who loves the color PINK (and PURPLE)
and always has her fingernails and toenails polished!
So what better gift for her today than some purple sparkly polish and
a new pink digital watch.
And no that's not a pack of cotton balls ...
it's actually a small 'Campfire' pack of mini marshmallows! 

LOL ... let me explain!
When Emily (and sister Olivia) were younger, (they are all of 11 & 13 now) they'd come over to visit
and I always sent them home with either licorice or mini marshmallows!
I thought she'd get a kick out of them!  LOL!
(Of course, that is after she shoots me a look of inquisitiveness!)
A matching birthday card and VIOLA!~ 
We are ready to go to the party tonight!!!

Sharing in the following challenges:
Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday Challenge - Birthdays
Simply Papercraft Challenge - Always Anything Goes
Crafting with an Attitude Challenge - Anything Goes
DL.ART June Linky Party - Anything Goes

Thanks SO MUCH for the visit!
Hope you have a MARVELOUS weekend!
As always ...

Paper:  Graphic45 Botanical Tea design paper, white cs
Accessories:  Homemade flower (Heartfelt Creations Botanical Rose die),  Lace, Sue Wilson Gemini Die 'Lyra', Creative Memories Sticker Letters, Zva gems, purple grosgrain ribbon, Wilton paper doily, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Happy' and 'Birthday' dies

Friday, June 19, 2015

Appreciate Dad!!

Hello Friends!
With Father's Day this weekend, I am reflecting back
to my growing up years and all the wonderful things I learned from my dad!!
Unfortunately he passed 20+ years ago 
and I would give anything to have just one more day with him! 

There are so many Father's Day challenges out there in blogland
and even though I have no need for a
Father's Day card myself,  I just had to join in the fun!!

I have always LOVED this 'old' (Seaside Sketches circa 2003) SU stamp and
thought it would be perfect for today's card.
I created the background using a variety of Ranger Tim Holtz distress
inks and large sponge daubers (listed below) prior to stamping my image.
Then die cut and popped up each panel for dimension.
A 'Happy Father's Day' banner and this card was DONE!!!

Challenges to share in:
Mod Squad Challenge - Father's Day
Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge - Father's Day
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Use your favorite Technique and/or product

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

Papers:  White cs, Black cs, DCWV design paper
Dies:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'Horizon Fishtail Banners' #DL278, Memory Box 'Stitched Circle Layers' #30036, Memory Box 'Chesapeake Circle' #98449
Stamp:  Impression Obsession
Inks:  Versafine Onyx
Ranger (Tim Holtz Distress):  Scattered Straw, Spun Sugar, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, Brushed Corduroy
Accessories:  SU dimensionals, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Good Friends are for keeps . . .

Hello Dear Friends!
I have a sweet card to share with you today using digital images/paper from

I am blessed to have so many friends here in Blogland
and proud to say several LIFE LONG friends
(from high school days) that I'm still in touch with and
enjoy sharing present and past stories with.

This adorable focus image comes from the Digital Download 'Vintage Photos'.  
The little postage stamp size image & word 'smile' come from the Digital Download 'Mini Vintage'.
The background paper is also a Digital Download 'Radiant'.

There are some AMAZING sales going on so be sure
to pop over and check them out!

And don't forget we have a new Monthly Linky Party at our 
Crafty Secrets Blog the first Monday of each month and goes for two weeks.
You could WIN some really cool stuff!!
Come join in the fun!!!

Challenges to share in:
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Summertime
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - Anything Goes

Well that's it for me today!
Hope you're having a fabulous week!
It's been a really busy June so far for me but I'm having fun
so I'm not complaining!!  LOL

As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Black cs, Medium Blue cs, Crafty Secrets 'Radiant' dp
Accessories:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'Horizontal Fishtail Banners' die, Die Versions 'Independence Kids' die, Spellbinder Classic Scallop Ovals

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Memory Box Butterflies

Happy Hump Day Everyone!
Last week I told you about a new monthly challenge by Memory Box
and today I have another card to share with you that
I'll be submitting to this 1st challenge which is themed 'Butterflies'.

Inside View
 I love the colors on my new Ken Oliver 'Watercolored Memories' 6x6 double sided paper ... one side is muted and the other side is bold.  As you can see, today's card utilizes the bold side of the paper.
The colors are so beautifully vivid I didn't want to cover them up ...
but rather ACCENT them and by using the fabulous Memory Box Fairyland Butterflies (#99078) 
I was able to achieve the look I was going for.

I die cut the MB Fairyland Butterflies TWICE then spot glued them
here and there so I could lift the outer wings and give the illusion of flight.

A simple sentiment is all that was required on
the front of my card so I chose a vertical sentiment stamped
in India Ink since the paper has a bit of a glossy finish.

Other challenges to share in:
A Gem of a Challenge - Something Blue
Crafty Catz Challenge - Clean and Simple
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
The House that Stamps Built Challenge - Photo Inspiration

 Inky Chicks Challenge - Butterflies
CropStop Linky Party #5 - ATG with product carried at their store (Memory Box)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Have a FABULOUS day!
Till next time and as always . . .