Friday, March 31, 2017

Take Time To Smell The Flowers . . .


Hello friends!
Today I'm sharing a creation I made for the current

I chose to do both ... the sketch and in spring colors/flowers.

Another nice thing was I was able to use up more scraps
from the pile!  Other than the yellow card stock ... didn't have enough
of that so now I have added yellow to my paper scraps!  LOL

This was a fun sketch and I like the happy springtime colors ... made me smile!
And I hope who ever receives this card finds a smile in it too!!

Challenges to share in:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #176 - Any sentiment except Birthday
Creates and Makes Challenge #10 - ATG w/twist - Springtime
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #185 - Spring into Spring

Thanks so much fur stopping by today!
Here's wishing you a FABULOUS weekend ahead!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, SU Yellow cs, scrap of Pink cs, Lime green cs
Stamp/Ink:  The Stamp Pad Co., Heartfelt Creations / Versafine Onyx
Dies:  Memory Box 'Climbing Vine' #99623, Impression Obsession 'Lily Trio' #DIE513, Sue Wilson 'Stitched Flags' #CED4317
Accessories:  Nuvo Yellow Crystal Drops, Heartfelt stamp/die, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers

Thursday, March 30, 2017


WOW another week coming to a quick closing!
Where is the time going?

I'm away from my crafting cave today ... finally able to get my arm up on the steering wheel after my bought with tendinitis so I'm headed to my sister's shop for some pampering. But while crafting yesterday I made this quick sympathy card that I thought I could share with you today.

I stamped this Penny Black 'Letters & Flowers' stamp for a DT project but then decided to use something else instead.  Of course this is how I end up with all these bits & pieces on my work station  ...  so, as not to add to the pile, I decided to use it on a card for the sale box and sympathy is always one of my most requested after birthday cards.

The background paper is from an OLD DCWV paper pack called 'La Creme'
and my sympathy die cut is from Tutti Designs.

On my stamped image, I simply softened the starkness of the black/white by sponging a little ink ... actually the ink that was left in one of my sponge daubers ... can't even tell you what the color is ... sorry!  LOL

I hope you're having a good day!  I always look forward to my time with my sister and I plan on linking up for lunch with my 87 year old Mom too.  Just so happens she has a hair appointment with my sister later in the afternoon so that works out quite nicely!

Challenges to share in:
The Male Room Challenge #57 - Black & White + 1 color

Happy Day to you!
Thanks for stopping by!
As Always . . .

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Pretty in Pink

Hello my friends!
After a week of no crafting due to an arm/shoulder issue,
I'm trying to get back into the swing of things and decided to play
along in this weeks Mojo Monday Challenge to get
my mojo started and here's their sketch ...

This is what I came up with ... what do you think?

It's a simple design but a classic that I will use over & over again I think!
I wanted to play around with stamping also (something I don't do enough of these days) so reached for one of my Penny Black floral stamp sets and got busy.  I've used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers for my coloring medium.

After coloring, I added a few highlights with a white gelly roll pen.

I had intended to make a nice ribbon bow as shown in the sketch but then decided on just a simple BoBunny butterfly.  The ribbon is so pretty and is from a Really Reasonable Ribbon pack.

Challenges to share in:
City Crafter Challenge #355 - In Bloom
Deep Ocean Challenge #151 - Flowers Everywhere

Thanks for stopping by today!
Hope you have an enjoyable week ahead!
As always . . .
Papers:  White cs, Pink cs, Scraps of DCWV & Hot off the Press
Stamp/Ink:  Penny Black 'Flower Gallery' #30-031,  Versafine Onyx
Dies:  Tutti Designs 'Nesting Stitched Rectangles', Bo Bunny Butterfly
Accessories:  White Gelly Roll Pen (faux stitching & highlights), Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers, Really Reasonable Pink Satin Ribbon

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Blue Bird of Happiness

Happy Sunday Everyone!
 Today I'm sharing a creation which focuses on another die from the Tutti Designs February Release, now available at the Tutti Designs Store ... as well as a few other Tutti Design dies used for accent.
 The dies I have used today are:

from our September 2016 Release ... #171 Bamboo Screen

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from our November 2016 Release ... #217 Nesting Stitched Rectangles
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 and from the February 2017 Release ... #278 Crane

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 After die cutting the bamboo screen from a tan colored card stock,
I decided to add a few touches of brown and green for a
more realistic appearance.

Once I die cut the Crane from a scrap of teal with gold foil flowers designer paper.
Also, I realized the bamboo screen was going to be too tall so simply snipped it in half and overlaid the two panels.
Using dimensional tape on the foreground panel.  OH ... and my sentiment panel was printed from the internet then die cut using one of the Nesting Stitched Rectangle Dies and sponging the edges.

Please be sure to pop over to the Tutti Designs Store and check out all of the fabulous dies in this latest release.  And, of course, you'll want to browse through the store to see what other dies you need to have on hand.

Challenges to share in:
Alphabet Challenge - A for Anything with Wings
Daring Cardmakers Challenge - Up in the Air
Making Memories Crafting - Add some Layers

Need inspiration? 
The team has something new to share here on the Tutti Designs Blog EACH and EVERY DAY!   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:

 Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Prima 'Nature Garden' dp, gold foil cs, scrap from DCWV Violet Leaf stack
Dies:  Identified and linked in the write up above
Accessories:  Sentiment is computer generated, Tim Holtz distress inks, large sponge daubers

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sisterhood of Crafters - LACE

Hello Everyone!
Time again for a new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
Today Anna is our hostess and she's chosen
a theme that is near & dear to my heart . . .

There's nothing I enjoy more than seeing beautiful
vintage lace used on a creation.  Whether it is in dressmaking or cardmaking
it is ALWAYS a gorgeous element!

I have had this vintage lace background paper in my stash of designer paper for probably close to 10 years.  Yes, I guess you might say I was hoarding it but more than likely after all this time I just totally forgot I had it!  LOL

My lace side panel was created with the Joanna Sheen 'Harriet Lace Edger' die then colored using Tim Holtz 'picked raspberry' distress ink.  My flowers are off cuts from a demo I did for Heartfelt Creations at the Adventures in Stamping show a few years ago.  I have SEVERAL of these sorted out on a tray and from time to time grab a few and ink them up to match a project I'm working on ... today's was one of those days!  
Nuvo white crystal drops for the flower centers and a stem cut from a scrap of green designer paper using the Memory Box 'climbing vine' die and my card was nearly complete.  Just needed to decide on a sentiment and I thought this would make a beautiful birthday card for a lady friend.  You might have noticed also that I used a pair of flat tweezers to 'cup' the leaves a touch for a more life like appearance.

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun and show us your 'lace' creation.  You have until April 2nd to get your card added to the challenge.  Hope to see you there and Good Luck!

Thanks for stopping by today
and as always . . .

Papers:  White cs, WubiePrints dp, scrap of green designer paper
Dies:  Harriet Lace Edger #SD191, Memory Box 'Climbing Vine' #99623, Heartfelt Creations Botanical Wings
Stamps:  Heartfelt Creations Botanical Rose, Inkadinkado
Accessories:  Tim Holtz 'picked raspberry' distress ink, sponge dauber, flat tweezers, Nuvo white crystal drops

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beautiful Bonsai

Happy Sunday Everyone!
 Today I'm sharing a creation using two of the new February Release Oriental dies available at the Tutti Designs Store as well as the Nesting Stitched Rectangle dies ... a set I reach for over and over again!

Dies I have used on today's creation are:

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After die cutting my Bonsai from white card stock (actually die cut it 4 times), I then colored the 'trunk' portion using Spectrum Noir alcohol marker #EB5. Extra cuts were used for stacking to create dimension.

Next I die cut just the top portion of my Bonsai tree from a scrap piece of designer paper that has a  velvet texture on the leaves.  

Snipped off any 'trunk/branch' portions and adhere to my white tree panel.

I also die cut the base portion of my die from gold foil paper and adhered to the white panel.

My background papers are from a very old DCWV paper pack and to add a little extra design behind my Bonsai focus panel, I die cut the Lotus Flower die twice and place in opposite corners.  This Lotus Flower die is so beautiful on it's own but love when I can utilize a die in more than just one way ... as I've done today!

The little gold rectangle pieces are once again from the Tutti Designs 'Oriental Screen' die that I used on my card HERE.  I thought they were a nice accent.
I've used three of the rectangle stitched rectangles today ... two for the background panels for the Bonsai and one of the smaller ones to die cut the oriental symbol I printed from the internet. 

Please be sure to pop over to the Tutti Designs Store and check out all of the fabulous dies in this latest release.  And, of course, you'll want to browse through the store to see what other dies you need to have on hand.

Need inspiration? 
The team has something new to share here on the Tutti Designs Blog EACH and EVERY DAY!   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:

 Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Tisket ... A Tasket ...

Hello All!
It's time for a new inspiration card designed for
using dies from the Dies R Us Store!

Did you know the First Day of Spring in Monday??
And, Easter will be right around the corner, so I have a fun
creation to share that will get you in the Springtime/Easter mood!

The color on this card is actually more of a rosy pink but for some reason my camera decided to make it more of an orangey/peach color... uugh!

Anyways, today I'm using up some oldies but goodies!  Which includes some old Stampin' Up papers,  dies I've never used before as well as  ribbon I've had in my stash from Really Reasonable Ribbon and have never tied a bow with until today!  Oh yea ... and the Impression Obsession bunny (DIE168) was laying on my worktable so he got included in today's design too.

Tutti Designs - Dies - Easter Flower Basket

After die cutting my Tutti Easter Flower Basket die, I colored it using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  It's a beautiful open weave die but I wanted to make the basket portion solid so the background papers didn't show through.  To do this I simply used a scrap of white card stock and sponged some color onto it using Tim Holtz 'Antique Linen' & 'Brushed Corduroy'.  Then I attached my basket to the sponged panel and fussy cut around it.  Viola!

The left side background panel is actually the reverse side of the SU design paper I used for the background.  Instead of just leaving the panel as a straight cut, I decided to use the Sue Wilson 'Gemini Die ' Phoenix' to cut along the one edge to dress it up a bit.
Sue Wilson Designs - Gemini Collection - Phoenix

Challenges to share in:
Dragons Lair Designs March Challenge - ATG w/twist-spring flowers
Jo's Scrap Shack FFC#180 - ATG
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Spring/Easter with Ribbon
Moving Along With the Times - Handmade or Die Cut Flowers

And, 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:

Hope to see you there!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Ivory cs, Stampin' Up designer paper
Dies:  Sue Wilson 'Gemini Dies - Phoenix' CED4401, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Lace Corner Deco E' #B165, Impression Obsession 'Bunnies' DIE168, Tutti Designs 'Easter Flower Basket' #257, Tutti Designs 'Stitched Nesting Rectangles' #217
Accessories:  Really Reasonable Ribbon, Craft-Dee Bowz bow maker, dimensional tape, Tim Holtz distress inks, large sponge daubers,

Friday, March 17, 2017

It's Fussy and Fancy Challenge Time!

Hello Everyone!
It's time once again for a new challenge over at the 
 Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge
This new challenge is hosted by Annie and the theme she has chosen is


I haven't played with these Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies for a long time
and today's theme just called out for me to get inky!

After die cutting my images, I used finger daubers and Tim Holtz inks to color
my flowers, leaves & birds.  The flowers have been 'doubled up' for added
dimension and by doing a little shaping with a stylus, my flowers, leaves
and birds are more lifelike ... not just flat!  LOVE THAT!

I hope you've enjoyed my card today and are inspired to come join in our challenge.  And, for more awesome inspiration be sure to pop over and see what my team mates have created ... OMG, so much talent on this team!!

Challenges to share in:
DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #200 - Flowers
Moving Along With the Times Challenge #41 - Handmade or Die Cut Flowers
If you give a Crafter a Cookie Challenge #64 - Photo Inspiration

Time Out Challenge #79 - CASE

Hope to see you there!
Thanks so much for stopping by and as always . . .

Papers:  White cs, olive cs, Dovecraft 'Bohemian' dp
Stamps:  Heartfelt Creations 'Birds & Blooms' #HCPC 3644, Penny Black 'Special Wishes'
Inks:  Versafine Onyx, Tim Holtz distress inks
Dies:  Sue Wilson 'California Collection 'Corner, Border, Tag' #CED1102, Tutti Designs 'Stitched Rectangles', Heartfelt Creations 'Birds & Blooms' die #HCD1-756 and 'Leafy Branch' die #HCD1-757
Accessories:  sponge daubers, Nuvo yellow crystal drops, Heartfelt Creations flower shaping kit, Heartfelt Creations thick dimensionals