Sunday, November 26, 2017

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Hello friends!
Welcome back to my second post for the day!
  I have a cute card to share for the upcoming holiday season using dies from the Dies R Us store and it was created to share on our Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  If you need inspiration ... be sure to check out our blog!
 This was so much fun to put together.  I just received my Dies R Us order so used several of those dies for today's fun winter scene.    The dies used are listed below and the technique I used for the trees, branch & fawn was die cutting multiple times and gluing them together to give a 'chipboard' affect.

After die cutting my focus 'Ice Crystal Frame', I brushed the center section with TH 'broken china' distress ink and reinserted it into the die cut.  On the back I added tiny pieces of scotch tape at the points to keep it together.

To add more texture to the plain blue card stock base, I used the same paint brush and 'pounced' the brush onto the card using the same TH distress ink.  Then I added a few pounces of white pearl paint and set aside to dry.  While my base card was drying I started creating my scene and stacking those elements that I wanted to use for dimension (trees, branch, fawn).
Here are the dies used on today's creation:

Amy Design - Dies - Wintertide - Ice Crystal Frame
Jeanine's Art - Dies - Winter Classics - Winter Birds
 Yvonne Creations - Snowy Tree
Sue Wilson Designs - Festive Collection -  Winter Wonderland
Poppystamps - Dies - Cute Fawn
 Another look ...
 I hope you've enjoyed what I've shared today!  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.

Challenges to share in:
A Gem of A Challenge  #208 - Animals in the Snow
Allsorts Challenge #443 - Inspired by Christmas Carol or Winter themed Song (Walking in a Winter Wonderland)
Challenge Up Your Life Challenge #80 - Trees
Crazy 4 Challenge - Christmas or Winter
Di's Digi Challenge - Things with wings, tails and/or feathers

For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.
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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Wishing you a FABULOUS week ahead!
As Always . . .

Happy Birthday Puppy

Hello friends!
Today, for the Tutti Designs Blog, I am sharing another fun creation using one of the 'stained glass' dies from our October Release in the Tutti Designs store.    You can use so many different techniques with these dies and each one comes out a beautiful work of art!  
Today I've used the 'Dog Stained Glass' die for my card.

I once again chose the coloring on vellum technique to add color to this sweet image but I did a little something different to bring dimension and attention to the dog.

 I first die cut my image using white card stock ... then again from black card stock.
Saving the 'neck scarf' pieces from the black die cut.
Wasn't sure exactly how, or if, I was going to use them but saved them till the end.

After adhering my white cut to a panel of vellum, I continued with my coloring.  Using ZIG markers as my coloring medium once again.  Then I carefully snippet the outline of my dog from the black panel to adhere on top of the white panel for added dimension and attention.

A gold metallic marker was used to color the border panels.
And, as you can see, I colored the upper portion of the scarf red but used the black die cut piece for the outer portion of the scarf.

** REMEMBER**  coloring is done on the BACK SIDE of the vellum.

I've used a western themed, paisley designer paper for the background on my card and added a few fun sentiments. The Happy Birthday sentiment are also Tutti Designs dies and the fun stamped sentiment is from Rubbernecker Stamps.
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 so much for stopping by!  Wishing you a FABULOUS week ahead!
As Always . . .

Friday, November 24, 2017

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 Tone is:

Blue & Brown/Beige Winter

Here is what I've come up with...

I have had this pack of Thomas Kinkade 'Christmas Series' 8x8 designer papers in my stash for many years.  It was purchased from Cornish Heritage Farms and I don't believe they have been in business for a few years now.  It is gorgeous paper of some of his winter images and there are varies sized image sheets which is really nice for card making or scrapbooking.  There are also some coordinating papers in this pack and I've used the dark navy and added snow flakes with white Nuvo Crystal Drops.

The dies I've used to showcase this pretty image are
Sue Wilson - Festive Collection 'Snowflake Corner, Border & Tag ...

Sue Wilson Designs - Festive Collection - Snowflake Corner, Border & Tag
Precious Marieke 'Icicles' ...

Precious Marieke - Dies - Icicles

and Yvonne Creations 'Holly Jolly Nesting Frame'.

Yvonne Creations - Holly Jolly - Nesting Frame

Diamond Stickles was also used to add sparkle.

Challenges to share in:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #193 - ATG w/sentiment
CCEE Stampers Challenge #1747 - Holiday card for your stash
Starz Stamps Challenge - Add Some Sparkle

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

See you there!

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

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Giving Thanks

Happy Wednesday Everyone!
It's time for a new challenge over at the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge Blog
'Sistah' Vickie is our hostess today and the theme she has chosen is:

Giving Thanks
(anything showing Thanks)

I don't use my embossing folders nearly as much as I should so today I decided that would be the basis for my thank you card.  This is an Anna Griffin (Cuttlebug) embossing folder called ROSA.  It comes with a border strip embossing folder to match  ...  which I've used across the bottom portion of my sentiment panel.

The die I've used for my 'thank you' is a Retired Memory Box die which if you act fast you can still purchase at the Dies R Us Store.  HERE's the link.

RETIRED - Memory Box Dies - Grand Thank You

Pink satin ribbon, a few petite flowers and my card is ready to mail.

Quick ... Easy ... Beautiful!!

I hope you'll pop over to see what my 'sistahs' have created to inspire you ...
Then come join in the fun ... can't wait to see what you create!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and,
As always . . .

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pretty Poinsettia from Tutti Designs

WOW have you seen the latest 
October Release dies at the Tutti Designs store?
They are stained glass style and they are fabulous!
  You can use so many different techniques with these dies and each one comes out a beautiful work of art! 

 With the holidays right around the corner, I chose the 'Poinsettia Stained Glass' die for my creation today!
 And, the technique I chose to use today was coloring on vellum.

First I die cut 2 stained glass panels from white card stock.  The first one was adhered to a panel of light pink vellum (couldn't find my white, lol) then once colored (on the back side), I adhered the second die cut to the top of the first one for added dimension.

 Then, the coloring fun began.  As mentioned, for this technique you will want to do your coloring on the BACK  of your vellum panel.  Today I've used ZIG markers but you can use Copics, Spectrum Noir ... any type of marker medium.

Next I filled in with a Gold Metallic marker so it would coordinate with my gold foil background.
The white panel I used was actually the panel I die cut my stained glass die from.  I simply used a Cuttlebug Holly & Berries embossing folder on it to give it a bit more dimension.

Here's another view of the finished creation!

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!!

Challenges to share in:
 Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #105 - Glamour Gold
A Bit More Time to Craft Challenge #56 - ATG
 Card Mania Challenge #98 - ATG
Craft Rocket Challenge #43 - Christmas is Coming
Do-Al(l) Creative #11 Challenge - Christmas

For your convenience, here are all the Tutti Designs quick links you will need:

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Wishing you a FABULOUS week ahead!
As Always . . .

Friday, November 17, 2017

CropStop Blog - November Guest Designer

Hello my friends!

I'm so happy to be back once again 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 I have a winter/holiday card to share and a fun technique for creating dimension on your creations.

Can you see the dimension on the faerie & the winter scene?
I will share close ups a little further down in this write up.

But first,  to create the background for my Poppystamps 'Winterland Faerie', I used the panel that popped out of the Memory Box 'Gentle Horizon Oval' and colored it using Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks (Broken China, Faded Jeans).  I stamped the 'broken china' oxide ink onto my Craft sheet, spritzed with water and dragged my panel through ... dried with my heat gun then dragged it through again the other direction and dried again.  Around the outside edge, I used Sponge Daubers with the 'faded jeans' oxide ink to add the touch of darkness.  This background panel will be 'reinserted' into my 'Gentle Horizon Oval' die AFTER I have created my dimensional oval.

To create the dimension I've referred to above, I simply die cut my scenic die 4 times and glued them one on top of the other.  This not only saves on adding all those little bits of dimensional tape but it also helps me use some of the mountain of white scraps I have in my stash.  Plus, the ENTIRE die cut has EVEN dimension.

Next I reinserted the blue (pop out panel) into my dimensional die and held it in place with just a few narrow strips of Scotch tape.  Once attached to my card front it will be adhered securely with strips of Scor Tape.

Here's a close up view so you can see the dimension.

The 'Winterland Faerie' was done basically the same way but I did however do something a little different with her wings.

I die cut the faerie twice.  Once from red glitter paper and a second time from white card stock.  I actually die cut from white card stock a total of 3 times.  Glued the white panels together then adhered the red glitter faerie to the top.  Again, giving dimension.

In order to keep the red glitter wing panels solid, I simply smeared a touch of white glue on the back with the pop out pieces still in place.   Once dry, I glued the white wing panel on top of the red.

I used a small piece of dimensional tape to the back of the faerie to which I adhered the wings ... then I added more dimensional tape to the wings & faerie to adhere to my winter scene card front.

Before adding my faerie, I created some snowflakes in the night sky using a white Gelly Roll pen.

For the background panel on my card, I cut a white card stock panel 1/4" smaller than my base card and embossed it with a Cuttlebug 'Snowflakes' embossing folder.  Using a large sponge dauber and Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Ink
(Broken China), I sponged around the edge of the embossed panel as well as the edge of my winter oval scene panel.

On a scrap piece of white card stock, I quickly sponged some 'Broken China' oxide ink and then die cut my sentiment using Sponge Daubers.  This way all the colors matched perfectly.

Here's another look at the finished card:

Product used:

Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks (Broken China, Faded Jeans)
Poppystamps 'Winterland Faerie'
Memory Box 'Gentle Horizon Oval' 

I hope you've enjoyed today's creation!
Thanks again to the CropStop Team for inviting me to Guest Design with them!!
Please pop over to the CropStop Blog for more wonderful inspiration!
And, be sure to check out their store!!

Challenges to share in:
Fabrika Fantasy Challenge #15 - Wintertime
Daisy Chain Challenge #14 - Christmas/Winter
Noor! Designs November Challenge - Winter
The Paper Shelter Challenge #318 - Snowflakes

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Playing with Nail Polish . . .

Hello Friends!
Have you missed me?  LOL
I was in Michigan from Wednesday (8th) until Monday (13th) visiting with my crafting friend Diane Hover (Nellie's Nest)  and we had a GREAT time.  We didn't spend as much time crafting this visit as we usually do, too close to Christmas so  shopping was on our agenda most days!  BUT she did want us to try the 'Nail Polish Technique' ... so before heading back to Ohio, we gave it a go!!

The first video we watched made it look so easy by simply flicking the nail polish onto the surface of the water then moving it around a bit with a tooth pick or skewer ... but we found we had difficult with that method.  SO moving onto to a few other videos & blogs, we found one where the lady 'gently poured' the polish in a zigzag motion and somewhere along the line it was also mentioned what we believe was the CLUE to the entire process ... YOU HAVE TO BE QUICK!!!

 Here's my panel using two polishes ... Black and Gold Glitter.
Below is the card I created using this panel.
I've purchased these cute penguins stamp from convention a
few months back but had yet had a chance to ink them up ... 
today was the day!  After coloring I fussy cut them and
popped them up.  I also die cut this Cheery Lynn bow die
from black and from gold foil ... using the gold as an outline panel.

Catching the beauty of the sparkle on this card is next
to impossible!  But believe me ... it's SO PRETTY IRL!!

Challenges to share in:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #8 - ATG w/critter
 Animal Friends Challenge #56 - Christmas + animal
Daisy Chain Challenge #14 - Christmas/Winter
Little Red Wagon Challenge #420 - Penguins and Polar Bears

Here's another panel I created and turned into a quick card.
I used red, green and the gold glitter polishes to create this panel.

Wait until you see the panels Diane created!  They are gorgeous!
Believe me when I tell you, it is very difficult to 'cover up' these panels with
images & sentiments ... lol ... they are SO PRETTY on their own.

Thanks for stopping by ...
As Always . . .