Friday, June 30, 2017

Wish You Were Here . . .

Hello Friends!
Before all the 4th of July festivities begins, I wanted to play along
with the fun challenge over at the Pause Dream Enjoy blog where the theme is

Ch# 179 Summer Fun

Optional: Fun Fold Cards

I really had fun creating my background using some of the new Tim Holtz oxide ink colors, masking medium and a paint brush.  After the panel was dry, I went in with another paint brush and added Delta Creative 'Ceramcoat Pearl Finish' to create the waves in the ocean and shoreline.  Here's a better photo so you can see the waves.

And, as you can see I made an EASEL card  for the optional 'fun fold' portion of the challenge.  I was going to use seashells to for my front panel to rest upon but then spotted this cute 'Memory Box Sandal Border' and thought 'How Fun would that be!' ... I'm kind of a flip flop junkie!!  LOL

I die cut my flip flop border 6 times, coloring only one of the panels using a variety of Spectrum Noir alcohol markers then glued them all together ... looks so cool in real life!  LOL

And, here's the card closed.

Well, it's time to make the Grilled Chicken Salads for dinner so I'd better get moving!

Challenges to share in:
City Crafter Challenge #368 - Let's Go Outside and Play

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

Papers:  Ivory 110# cs
Inks:  Tim Holtz oxide distress inks: Broken China, Amber, Vintage Photo, Faded Jeans, Worn Lipstick
Dies:  Impression Obsession 'Adirondack Chairs #DIE177, Impression Obsession 'Umbrella' #DIE181, Memory Box 'Sandal Border' #98332
Stamps:  (OLD) Flourishes 'Beach Life', Stampscapes 'Crane in H2O' #163A, Stampendous (seagulls)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Sisterhood of Crafters - Buttons

Hello Dear Friends!
It's time once again for a new challenge at

Our hostess today is Anna and she has chosen the theme ...


I must admit I rarely use buttons on my cards.  
Probably because it might add bulk which then adds costs for mailing.  I sell a lot of my cards and the ladies either want one stamp creations or they don't give a hoot and go for the ones with lots of layers &  embellishments!  LOL

But today, when I saw Anna's theme, my mind went immediately went to the old 'button jar' my mom & grandmother both had.   
Back in the day ... (giving away my age) ... we did our laundry with the old wringer washer.  Well, it never failed, if you didn't get the blouses & shirts started through the wringer proper, you were sure to pop off a few buttons.  When this happened Mom would simply add them to the jar along with all the buttons that were cut from older garments that were being discarded.  And trust me ... nothing was 'discarded' until it was WELL WORN by several in the family!  
Do you remember the days of HAND ME DOWNS?  LOL

And the jar we used was usually a quart size canning jar (aka Mason Jar).
There were always a lot of those around because we home canned everything under the sun!!  We had a huge garden and with three of us girls, we spent many hours helping Mom do the canning every summer/fall.

Challenges to share in:
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #129 - ATG
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - ATG
Crafty Creations Challenge #344 - ATG
Little Red Wagon Challenge #400 - Three of a Kind (buttons)

I hope you like my card and will come join in our fun challenge.
The design team has some amazing creations to share so please pop over to the BLOG and check it out!

Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .

Papers:  White cs, light pink cs, dark pink cs, Crafty Secrets 'pastels' dp, Scrap of green foil paper, white vellum
Dies:  Tutti Designs 'Nesting Stitched Squares', Yvonne Creations 'Spring-tastic Corner', Impression Obsession 'Mason Jar'
Accessories:  Buttons, Dimensional tape

Sunday, June 25, 2017

My Pa Pa . . .

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Today I have a truly FUN creation that took no time at all
to create and makes me smile every time I look at it!  

This is for the Tutti Designs Blog showcasing more
So many fun masculine dies in this release
you'll want to be sure to check it out!!!

Today I've used the Mr. Set

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You could use this card for ANY occasion and it is sure to 
bring a smile!

I've simply used a herringbone design paper for my background panel 
from an older DCWV paper pad and added black enamel dots 
for the eyes and corner embellishment.  
Oh yea ... and this time I remembered I wanted to add a 'hat band'
so snipped a piece of red satin ribbon and adhered to the hat.

A peek at the inside:
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 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!
As always . . .

Paper:  White cs, Black cs, Red cs, DCWV 'Dots, Stripes & Plaids' mat stack dp
Dies:  Sue Wilson 'Australian Background' #CED8101, Black enamel dots, red satin ribbon

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Double D - Wedding

Hello friends!  
I'm so happy you've come to visit!

Today I have a fun creation made for the new challenge at the Double D Challenge blog where Team Darlene is hosting and the theme is ANYTHING WEDDING!

Here's the fabulous mood board created for your inspiration ...

While at the Adventures in Stamping Convention back in April, I saw this die cut by Our Daily Bread and just had to have it!  I can think of so many things to do with it but first and foremost was a wedding gazebo for my Tutti Designs Dancing Couple.  
What do you think?

I've die cut the Tutti Designs Dancing Couple twice in order to create a 'shadow' which makes them stand out from all the white background.  The corner flowers were created using the Cheery Lynn Designs 'Sweet Williams' strip die and  Frantic Stamper 'Spring Ivy'.  All cut from white card stock, shaped & formed into my corner floral accent.  Nuvo Ivory Seashell crystal drops adorn the flower centers.

You will LOVE the creations our design teams have to share today! 
I tell you ... these ladies are SO creative!
Please come join in the fun and remember, one lucky drawn
entry will win this awesome prize.  

Pop on over to our Double D Challenge Blog to see for yourself!

Challenges to share in:
{PIN}spirational Challenge #193 - Photo Inspiration

 Deep Ocean Challenge #157 - Die Cuts, Chipboards and/or punches
Use Your Stuff Challenge #268 - Try Something New (new multi cut die to create 3d project)
A Bit More Time to Craft Challenge #46 - ATG
Classic Design Team Open Challenge (June) - ATG
 Creatalicious Challenge #117 - ATG w/die cuts and/or punches
Happy Little Stamper June ATG Dies Challenge - ATG

Scrap from your Heart Challenge #10 - Wedding
A Gem of a Challenge #196 - Wedding or Anniversary
Thanks for stopping by today!
As always . . .

Sunday, June 18, 2017

DAD . . .

Happy Sunday All and Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!
Unfortunately I lost my dad many years ago but was still sure to wish him a 
Happy Father's Day as my day began today!

Anyways ... today's card for the Tutti Designs Blog is a card
of simplicity showing one of any man's favorite toys ... the CAR!  LOL

Today I'm using two of the new dies from the  
Tutti Designs May Release of masculine themed dies.

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LOL ... it's funny but I can't look at this Vintage Car without thinking of the old cartoon "Mr. Magoo" ... do you remember that one?

There's a little mental side track for you!

Today's card is a simple design primarily
to showcase these adorable cars and something that
has made DAD happy over the years!

I popped up the sports card, added a few gears/banners and it's all set for Dad!

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:
Connie Can Crop Challenge #59 - It's a Guy Thing
Crafty Girlz June Challenge  - ATG option/Masculine
Crafty Purple Frog June Challenge - Make It Manly
Cute as a Button Challenge #35 - For the Boys
Happy Little Stampers June Challenge - ATG w/dies

Crafty Calendar June Challenge - Boys will be Boys
Craft Rocket Challenge #38 - Boys/Men
Star Stampz Challenge - Make it for a Man
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #347 - For the Men

Need inspiration? 
The team has something new to share 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!
As always . . .

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Best Day Ever . . .

Hello Everyone and Happy Weekend!

We are headed out to another graduation party today
and this one is over in my family stompin' grounds of Darlington, PA.
But before we head out I wanted to create &  join in some of
the fun 'underwater challenges' I've seen going on in blogland.

OMG!  I had so much fun making this card and I think it could be used for a variety of occasions! 

The first thing I did was create my 'water' background using the new Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks.  I've used only two colors ... Pistachio and Broken China.  I love creating backgrounds with these new inks ... so much fun!
My 'sea creatures' are from the Frantic Stamper 'Sea Creature Icons' and I cut from light gray card stock then after viewing these creatures on Google, I did some coloring with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

I don't have much time so I'll make this short & sweet.  If you have any questions please leave me a comment and I will get back to you with the answer.  All products used is listed below.

Challenges to share in:
The Cutie Pie Challenge - All Creatures Big & Small

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

Papers:  Turquoise cs, green cs, red cs, black cs
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks, Dimensional Tape, Nuvo 'Carribean Ocean' crystal drops, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, My Craft Spot 'Build a Birthday' stamp set, Versafine Onyx

Friday, June 16, 2017

Happy Everything ...

Happy Friday Everyone!

Today I've created a card that could cover a multitude of occasions!
With this sweet Imagine That! Creative Playground 'Pretty Petunias' digi image and this 'Awesome' Penny Black die set, it took no time at all to create this fun & functional card.
What do you think?

 The background paper I have used is 'as old as the hills' and was in a stack of 6x6 cuts I purchased from a SU rep years ago.  I must admit, that was a really good idea she had.  She took all the old 12x12 SU designer paper she had left over in her paper packs ... cut they 6x6 and sold them as a variety pack.  That made for a wonderful variety and who doesn't like a reasonable price to top it off??

I've created this card for the Imagine That! Creative Playground June Challenge which is Anything Goes AND if you use any of their Imagine That! digital stamps as the main focus on your creation, you will receive the Featured Digi Set (outlines & color) FREE!  What a deal and these digis are awesome!  Be sure to pop over to see the ADORABLE stamp set being featured for June!

For today's card, I have printed the 'outline' stamp of the petunia and inserted the 'colored' hummingbird into the scene before printing and coloring.

After printing my image and doing the coloring with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, I didn't like all the 'white space' (I really struggle with white space, lol) so I grabbed a few of my new Tim Holtz oxide ink pads, speared some on my craft mat, sprayed with water and proceeded in drawing some onto a paint brush and FLICKING the background.  Cool ... I'm happier with that!  LOL

I had this scrap of  turquoise cardstock laying on the top of the scrap bin from an earlier project so thought it would be a pretty contrast color to use as my mat panel.  THEN when I decided on my sentiment, there was just enough left to die cut my sentiment panel ... YAY!!  Don't you love it when a plan comes together!  LOL

I popped up the focus panel with dimensional tape, added a few vines and VIOLA!

Challenge to share in:
Crafting by Design Challenge - Things with Wings
 CropStop Challenge #29 - ATG w/product carried at store
The Crafty Addicts Challenge #37 - ATG option/use dies
Color Inspiration Challenge #23 - ATG w/hand colored image
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #150 - Flowers
Love to Craft June Challenge - ATG

I hope you'll come check out this fun challenge.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Here's wishing you 

As always . . .

Papers:  SU dp, Turquoise cs, White cs, Olive cs
Dies:  Tutti Designs 'Nesting Stitched Rectangles' #217, Penny Black 'Awesome' #51-333, Frantic Stamper 'Spring Ivy' #FRA9451
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks - Amber, Pistachio, Worn Lipstick,   Dimensional tape, paint brush, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sketchabilities #149

Happy Thursday All!
Another weekend is upon us and another graduation party ... 
my how time is flying by!  I'm really starting to feel old!  LOL

Anyways ... a few years back, Karan Gerber had a sketch challenge blog
called 'Sketchabilities'.  I was fortunate enough to be a member of her DT for a term or two and loved every sketch she challenged us with.  Her life got VERY busy so she had to close her challenge blogs but she's had so many requests and lovely comments about how much they were missed that she's offering up a new sketch for us to create from, share and be inspired by.  You can see all the details HERE . . .

The sketch I'm working from today is #149

Here's what I came up with . . .

What fun I had diving into one of Karan's sketches again!  I haven't had my stencils out in month, not to mention the Tim Holtz tissue tape ... it's been a few YEARS since I last used that!!   I really had to 'think outside the box' to come up with elements I was happy with but knew I wanted to do something with one of the many 'vintage' images I have from the TJ Designs company that I purchased at the Adventures in Stamping Convention several years ago.

Do you enjoy a challenging sketch?  
If your answer is yes, then by all means come play along!
I always enjoy seeing what others envision when looking at the same sketch!

Busy day today so I really must cut this short.
All products used on my creation are listed below!
Have a wonderful day everyone . . .
As always . . .
Papers:  white cs, ivory cs, brown leather cs, pink cs, purple cs, black cs
Dies:  Tutti Designs 'Nesting Stitched Squares' #218, Penny Black 'Best Day' #51-335, Spellbinder Classic Circles, Spellbinder Classic Scallop Circles, Memory Box 'Climbing Vine' #99623, Sue Wilson 'Pierced Tags' #CED4305
Stamps:  Flourishes, Inkadinkado
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Distress ink, Tim Holtz Oxide Distress ink, Tim Holtz 'Splatters' stencil, Tim Holtz 'Symphony' tissue tape, Versafine Onyx, Nuvo Violet Galaxy Crystal Drops, Prima flowers

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sisterhood of Crafters - Use Your Imagination

Hello dear friends ...
It's time again for a new challenge at the
Today's hostess is Agata and her theme is:

(Anything Goes ... Be creative)

In mid-May I spotted a tutorial for this cute little
treat box and immediately thought I'd like to give it a try
for today's challenge.  I'm not really good (at least I don't think I am)
creating 3d type projects so when I see something that appeals
to me I just have to give it a whirl.

This tutorial was on the Scor-pal blog and was shared by Patti J Gilliam.
I won't bother rewriting all the measurement & details 
since Patti did an awesome job of that on the blog.

I've used a 12x12 sheet of double sided Heartfelt Creations paper
and decorated with a Wild Orchid flower and red Stickles.

Challenges to share in:
Love To Craft June Challenge #11 - ATG
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #246 - ATG
Crafty Creations Challenge #343 - ATG
Paperminutes Challenge #491 - Anything BUT a card

Be sure to pop over to the Sisterhood to see the
amazing designs my 'sistahs' have come up with ... then join in the fun!

Thanks for stopping by!
As always . . .

Butterflies in Flight

Hello my friends!
How excited am I to share a creation with you today
that was designed for the Crafting By Design Challenge Blog!
Back in April, I was chosen as a Spotlight Winner
and was asked to be a guest designer for June ... what an honor!
Thanks so much Doris!

The theme for this weeks challenge is:


and the sponsor is:

Prize - $10 gift certificate to store

Here's what I have created . . .

Yep ... some of you may have guessed,
I am playing with my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks again to create my background panel and my butterfly spray.  I used various colors for the background panel but only the Broken China and Wilted Violet for the panel I die cut this beautiful Memory Box 'Fairyland Butterflies' die.

To create a 'backdrop' for my butterflies, I used the Memory Box 'Cross Stitched Frame Borders' die set.  I used various sizes to create these two panels then popped up the outside panel with dimensional tape.

A couple drops of Nuvo White Crystal Drops were added to the body of the butterflies to add more dimension.  The sentiment I have used today is from a very old Stampin' Up set (circa 2006) called Song Birds.  A few coordinating sequins and my card is ready to send.

Here's a peek at the inside:

If you are not familiar with the Crafting By Design Challenge Blog
please pop over and check them out!  Then of course, join in the challenge fun!

Challenges to share in:
Mix It Up Challenge #2 - ATG + Stamping
City Crafters Challenge #366 - Frame It
Glitter 'N' Sparkle Challenge #243 - Bright Colors
Animal Friends Challenge - Animals with wings
Ching-Chou Kuik June Challenge - Butterflies (2)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
As always . . .
Papers:  White cs
Inks:  Tim Holts Distress Oxide Inks:  Amber, Pistachio, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Broken China, Spiced Marmalade
Dies:  Memory Box Fairyland Butterflies #99078, Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders #99124,
Accessories:  large sponge daubers, sequins, dimensional tape