Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Just 'Putt Puttin' by to say Hi!

Hello friends!
Today I have another quick Masculine card to share
that came together using up some of the 'extra' die cuts
I had laying around on my work station.

I must confess, when I starting pulling these 'pieces' together,
I did create the watercolor background using watercolor paper, watercolor 
paints and a wide artist brush.

The Tutti Designs 'Vintage Car' had been die cut from a 'leather look' brown
card stock so it adds nice texture to my car.  (I still say this looks
like Mr. Magoo's car!) lol  The sentiment dies are also by Tutti Designs ...
Happy and Birthday (smaller of the two in the sets) and were die cut from a scrap of 
gold foil card stock.

Lawn Fawn - Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables DiesLawn Fawn - Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables DiesI knew I wanted to keep this card simple so I thought maybe just framing the car would be enough.  Yep ... I was right!   I actually had several frames that I had cut awhile back for a project that ended up not being to my liking so scrapped the idea.  They were created using the Lawn Fawn Large Cross Stitched  Rectangle Stackables Dies and the Lawn Fawn Small Cross Stitched  Rectangle Stackables Dies.  I like how you can use these two sets together to create even more mats & frame work.

And of course, as I've confessed to before, I can't seem to have an 'empty' sky on my cards ... hence the Stampscapes flying geese.

Here's another look at the finished card ...

Challenges to share in:
  613 Avenue Creates Challenge #202 - ATG / twist Masculine 
Daring Cardmakers Challenge - Blended Backgrounds
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge #196 - ATG

Well that does it for me today!
Back to finishing projects for Saturday's craft show.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed my card.

As Always . . .

Monday, October 30, 2017

Masculine Fall Birthday

Happy Last Monday in October Everyone!!

Today I have a quick card I created yesterday to cover a few challenges.  The Anything Goes/Masculine challenge at 613 Avenue Create ...add a charm or tag at the International Art & Soul Challenge blog... Fall Colors over at the Dare2BArtzy Blog ... add a charm or tag at the Moving Along With the Times Blog ... All Creatures Great & Small at the Simon Says Monday Challenge and Animals for the Southern Girls Challenge.

I can never have enough masculine birthday cards in my stash
and I think this sentiment is a perfect phrase for any hard working soul
(man or woman!).  If there's ever a day you should be able to rest & relax,
it should be on your birthday!  Am I right!!!

I had two WHITE Spellbinder leaves laying on my work station
so I decided to give them some fall color by sponging on some Tim Holtz oxide inks.
Spritz them with water to help them blend a bit then when dry added
some Crystal Glaze to the top.

Yvonne Creations - Dies - Reindeer

Nuvo Crystal Drops in Fall colors was used as an accent.

I hope you've enjoyed today's share!
Now I must get back to working on projects for this weekend's
craft show.  I'm running out of time!  Eeeks!  LOL

Thanks for stopping in ... have a great week ahead!
As Always . . .

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Peace on Earth

Hello Friends!
Today  I'm sharing another fun creation using dies from the fabulous Tutti Designs Store.  
My Christmas cards will be done in no time this year thanks to all the fabulous holiday dies available at the Tutti Designs Store.  Today I've created a quick and easy card that says a lot for what is needed in our world today.

The dies I've used today are
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 Here's how this card came together:

After die cutting my beautiful focus die from a 4.5" x 6.5" the Paper Studio Glitter paper, I decided I wanted to use the same glitter paper for my matting.  

TIP:  So as not to waste an entire sheet behind my focus die cut, I used the largest Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Rectangle Die and die cut a panel out of the center.  Now I have another beautiful panel to use on another quick holiday card creation.

To create even more holiday shimmer, I've used a pearlized white card stock as my matting behind my die cut.
  Lastly, by cutting the next to smallest Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Square die from the same glitter paper, and then cutting each square from corner to corner, I have created these beautiful corner embellishments.   It all ties together so beautifully and was easy peasy!  

Here's another look at the finished card!

 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:
Christmas Card Challenge #24 - ATG Christmas/Winter

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 in ... have a great week ahead!

As Always . . .

Saturday, October 28, 2017

More Get Well Cards

Happy Saturday All!

Well this evening is Trick or Treat around here
and I'm expecting 100-150 kids.  I hope I have enough
candy!  LOL

I'm still working on Get Well cards for the upcoming show so that
is what I have to share with you today!

I have had a few of these doilies (Cheery Lynn Designs 'Swedish Spring Oval Frame) cut and in my stash for AGES!  I simply added the Verses Rubber Stamps sentiment, popped it up with dimensional tape and added a few Nuvo crystal drops in the corners and it's ready for mailing.

This Impression Obsession die is beautiful in any color and I just happened to have a few extra butterflies (Martha Stewart punch) laying around that were the same color!  Perfect finishing touch!

Now this scrap of DCWV designer paper has a shine to some of the flowers and, I just happened to have a 6x6 sheet of DCWV foil paper that matted perfectly!  SO of course I had to die cut this Frantic Stamper 'Get Well Soon' die from the foil paper as well as white card stock which I used to add layers/depth to my sentiment.  Obviously, I left the word 'soon' off this time.  The Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Squares was used for my frame panel.

I've used the same dies as above but just in a different orientation.

So, which one is your favorite???
Hope you have a fabulous weekend ahead!

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

Friday, October 27, 2017

CropStop Blog - October Guest DT Spot

Hello my friends!

I'm so happy to be back for a second week as the Guest Designer at

If you are not familiar with the CropStop Blog or Store
you owe it to yourself to pop over and check 'em out!

Today's card started out a bit 'inky & messy' but I always LOVE  the end result with using the Ken Stewart  Color Burst to create a background or colorful panel for die cutting as I have done today.
What do you think??

Like I said ... a bit messy (at least I'm messy LOL) so be sure to use a designated Craft sheet when using this sort of product.  I use this same work area when creating with Tim Holtz oxide distress inks.

I first spritz my 6 x 4 1/2"  Watercolor Paper  with water then sprinkled on the color burst of various colors from the set.  Next came more water.  Letting it run, dabbing up the excess with paper towel, heat drying ... this was my end result.  Oh yea, once I had it heat dried, I spritzed again but quickly dabbed with a dry paper towel to achieve the water spots.

Next I positioned my Memory Box 'Dizzy Butterfly' die onto my colorful panel and die cut.  Positioning it in such a manner that I could use the outside edge of this panel as a matting for my focus image.   I also die cut the Memory Box 'Blooming Flower Frame' from teal green card stock to use as a background.

 Once I got started putting my design together, I decided to CUT both of these panels in half.  The frame was cut to extend the size and my Ken Oliver panel was cut in half and attached back together just at the border to make it a smaller panel for my dizzy butterflies.

I punched a few small butterflies from the excess Ken Oliver panel using the Martha Stewart '3-in-1 butterfly punch'.

Product Used:
Memory Box 'Dizzy Butterfly' die
Memory Box 'Blooming Flower Frame'
Martha Stewart '3-in-1 butterfly punch'

Here's another view of my finished card.  Nuvo white crystal drops were also used on the focus panel for added  texture.

Challenges to share in:
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge #43 - ATG
Crafting With Friends Challenge #53 - ATG
Creative Fingers Challenge #139 - ATG
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge #43 - ATG

I hope you've enjoyed today's creation!
I'm pleased to tell you that I've been asked to guest design for CropStop again on November 17th.   How exciting!   I'm honored and thrilled! 

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

It's Fussy and Fancy Time . . .

Hello Everyone!
It's time once again for a new challenge over at the 
Fussy and Fancy Challenge Blog!

Today's theme chosen by our very talented Sasha is:
Here is what I've come up with. 
I must admit I don't make or send many Halloween cards these days but I sure do enjoy seeing the MANY (I live in a housing development) children who come trick or treating in our neighborhood.  There are some who come up with some pretty elaborate costumes!  It's a fun evening for the entire neighborhood and we look forward to it again this year.

The background designer paper is OLD and I believe is DCWV.
The bat is left over from another project and my moon is also a 'scrap' from
a watercolor panel I used on another project .  I simply die cut a circle
using the Tutti Designs Stitched Nesting Circles to create the moon.

My witches are also Tutti Designs.
TUTTI-382 Flying Witch

Challenges to share in:

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

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

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Get Well Cards

Hello All!
Hope you're having a fabulous Thursday!

I realized I was down to ONE Get Well card in my stash and, since
I have an upcoming show I figured I'd better get busy creating cards
for this category.

Last week I had an order for a dozen tea cups which left me with 
twelve scraps that would be perfect for card fronts ... 
specifically, ladies get well cards.  Here's what I came up with today!

Using Die Versions 'Express Edges Get Well Soon'

 I still have many more to make but this is a good start!

With that being said, I'd better get back to work.
Thanks for stopping by today!

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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Seeing SPOTS . . .

Hello Everyone!
It's time for a new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters!

'Sistah' Terri is our hostess today and she has chosen the theme

 (embossed dots, dotted paper, dotted ribbon, etc)

WOW What a fun time I had creating this card!
Of course I started with finding the background dotted paper I wanted to use and trust me ... I had a lot of papers to go through before I made my choice!  But then I thought all these happy colors would make a fabulous birthday card for children and adults alike!  Then everything else fell into place after that!

The ribbon and metal dots I've had for AGES!!  It was so nice to use them today!
My sentiment banner is popped up with 3M dimensional tape to add a little extra pizazz!

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!  You have until November 5th to join in the fun!!

Challenges to share in:
Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge - ATG
Creates and Makes Challenge #15 - ATG
Ike's World Challenge #100 - ATG twist/Celebration

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

Papers:  White cs, Kelly Green cs, DCWV 'dots, stripes & plaids' mat stack dp
Stamps:  Impression Obsession 'Special' (MC661)
Ink:  Tim Holtz 'Peeled Paint' Distress Ink, Versafine Onyx
Dies:  Impression Obsession 'Special' (DIE374), Tutti Designs 'Stitched Nesting Banners' (#214), Michaels grosgrain ribbon, Joann's organza ribbons
Accessories:  Colorbok Metal Dots, Craft-Dee Bowz bow maker, 3M dimensional tape

Monday, October 23, 2017

More Gift Card Holders

Happy Monday All!

WOW!  The weather is about to make a drastic change this week so I think I'll just stay inside and get more creations made for my upcoming High School Craft Show.

Over the weekend, I shared dimensions and samples of the gift card holders I'm making for this show.  Each one will be packed separately with an envelope in a fitted zip top bag.   Here are a few more I made on Saturday while waiting for my friends.  We were supposed to meet for lunch but they got behind (looking for a new car) so we decided to meet for dinner instead.

Keep in mind, each of these samples is a SET OF 6.  Using 12x12 designer paper made mass production far easier and faster.  Still more to go but at least I've got them started!

Sentiment:  Tutti Designs 'Nesting Stitched Rectangles' dies
Impression Obsession Stamp

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek!
Wishing you a fabulous week ahead!

As Always . . .