Friday, April 30, 2021

'Screen Door' cards

Hello Friends and Happy Friday!

A few other goodies I purchased at the Adventures in Stamping convention last weekend here in Akron, Ohio were the following. . .  I couldn't wait to play and share with you!

This company is called Too Much Fun Rubber Stamps.  I've seen them at convention before but back then there were 100 vendors to visit & purchase from so I never invested in this brand but with Covid, this year there were only 25 vendors and I decided to explore this company a little further. 

This is the Large Screen Door STAMP ...

This is the DIE that cuts out the opening on the screen door where you can add Acetate or they even had fine mesh screen material you could purchase.  Since I have acetate on hand I didn't purchase any screening (though cute idea I thought!).

Another items they had were these sheets of images which you could position behind the opening in your screen door.  They had several various packs ... this is 2 of the 6 I purchased.  You of course can also use these by themselves on a card front.  There are 2 sheets in each pack ... I also bought a pack for Fall, a couple for Christmas/Winter and one for Baby.  Here are the two I used on today's cards.

For my first two cards I measured my card to fit the stamp and created an acetate window.  The fishermen scene is attached to the back of the front cover, leaving the inside of the card totally open for your sentiment/message.

This second card I have put the image on the inside panel but there is still room across the bottom of both inside panels for your sentiment/message.

For this third card, I used my usual size card (A6) and the screen door fit perfectly (top to bottom) so I finished off the sides by creating hand drawn brick walls.


The image is adhered behind the 'window opening' on the cover of this card so your inside is totally open for your sentiment/message.

I actually stamped the door onto the front of my card base and die cut the opening.  I then stamped again onto a piece of Kraft card stock, die cut the opening, did a few outline accents with a Tombow marker, then adhered my image & acetate before adding it to the inside card front panel.   

I stamped a different sentiment in the lower portion of the door but got it off center so had to do a quick fix but cutting a scrap of kraft paper a little larger than the panel on the stamp ... inked the edges, added a smaller sentiment and adhered.  Whew!  No one will know!  LOL

Challenges to share in:

Hope you're having a wonderful start to your weekend!
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my blog ... greatly appreciated!!

 Please help us end this pandemic by getting your vaccine when eligible and
please, please wear a mask when out in public!


Thursday, April 29, 2021

Beautiful Gold Finch

 Hello my friends ... happy Thursday!

Last weekend I was thrilled to have a crafting friend who used to live a mile away but then moved to North Carolina, come visit and we attended the Adventures in Stamping convention in Akron together.   Of course, last years convention was cancelled due to Covid but they managed to have it this year although far different from past years.  With only 25 vendors vs 100 ... lots of space between and everyone was required to wear a mask.  

One (of many) things I purchased were a few sets of these Hearty Crafts - Easy 3D Toppers.

After getting home from convention,  I spent the evening putting together 2 of the 3 packs (10 in each pack) of toppers so I'd have them ready when I was ready.  Of course, being a bird lover and truly enjoy seeing the gold finch at my feeders, I just had to make a card using this beauty.

 A couple of them I used dimensional tabs between the layers but then decided that might be a little too much dimension for easy mailing so went with just adhering the layers together and I think it looks just fine!

The dies I've used for my design are:

Tutti Designs Scallop Stitched Nesting Circles

TUTTI-419 Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circles

 Sue Wilson - Frames & Tags - POPPY (ced4342)

Sue Wilson Dies - Poppy CED4342 - 123Stitch

I've also used Mintay by Karola - Springtime designer paper, Prima flowers and Nuvo crystal drops.


I've created the circle in which to perch this pretty bird topper by die cutting the Tutti scallop circle three times.  One for the back panel and two for the stacked frame.  The frame was created by die cutting 2 larger circles then die cutting them again with the next smaller die and using just the frame portion which was glued together for dimension.


 I'm sure you'll be seeing more cards using these toppers in the weeks to come.  They are fabulous for any occasion!  I also have FLOWERS & HORSES to play with so that will be fun!!

My crafty friend Sandy & I also spent several days during the week she was in Ohio creating together in my crafting cave.  She was kind enough to bring along her latest Heartfelt Creations dies and showed me how to make an AMAZING basket.   As soon as I get some good photos I will be sharing that with you.  Wait until you see it ... 

Well, that's it for today ... hope you're having a fabulous week!

 Please help us end this pandemic by getting your vaccine when eligible and
please, please wear a mask when out in public!


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Sisterhood of Crafters - How Does Your Garden Grow?

 Hello my friends!

Today I have a card for the new challenge over on The Sisterhood of Crafters!
You'll want to come join in the fun as our theme is a fun one chosen by Sistah Vickie ...

How Does Your Garden Grow?
(Create using something you'd find in a garden!)

 Well I don't know about you, but I find all sorts of things in my garden ... I'm referring to CRITTERS!  And they are not picky about what they nibble on!  Can be veggies or flowers ... they don't care!  LOL  And, even though they are not on my card scene ... DEER!  I tell ya,  every spring my flowers just start blooming and BAMM! They come through in the night and chew them down to nothing!  Grrrr

The squirrels ... the rabbits and of course those dang chipmunks (or as my Dad called them ... grinnies).  And they are all represented in this VERY OLD Cheery Lynn Designs set called Birch Tree with Cute Critters (B370).

 Cheery Lynn Designs Die Birch Tree W/ Cute Critters, 4.3/8”x5.3/8”

 I began by creating my background on an A7 white card base.  I used TH oxide 'Broken China' for the sky and 'Mowed Lawn' for the grassy area.  I used an old scallop oval die to create my cloudy sky. 

 Impression Obsession 'Watering Can' was colored using TH oxide inks.

 Watering Can

 Impression Obsession 'Wheelbarrow' also colored with TH oxide inks.


The little flowers I've had for YEARS ... not sure of the maker but the sentiment stamp is by The Stamp Pad Co. (also very OLD and well loved).

Did you notice the second little grinny in the flower patch?

 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!

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

Monday, April 26, 2021

Tutti Designs - Anchors Away


 Hello Friends!

Over the next several weeks I will be sharing cards created using various dies from the Tutti Designs Store that were showcased last month on the UK Hochanda TV show.  The dies I'm using today are Ship in a Bottle (#442) and Fishing Net (#444).   I've used a third die that wasn't showcased on the TV show but comes in very handy all the time ... Cross Stitch Nesting Rectangles (#410)

TUTTI-444 Fishing Net

TUTTI-410 Cross Stitch Nesting Rectangles


Here's how this card came together ...

 I die cut the ship in a bottle die THREE times ... White, Kraft & Blue.  The ship is actually separate from the bottle, so I was able to do some fussy cutting and gluing and then paper piece it back into place after putting the blue panels back into the white frame on my black background panel.  I used a small sponge & ink to add some color to the coral (at least I think that's supposed to be coral) inside the bottle.  The rope & cork were also inked for added dimension color.

 The fishing net was cut from Kraft paper and simply positioned behind my focus image.  I've added a simple sentiment and VIOLA ... ready for mailing.


Please be sure to pop over to the Tutti Designs Store and check out all of the fabulous dies available. Need more inspiration?  The team has something new to share on the Tutti Designs Blog  EVERY DAY MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY! 

Challenges to share in:
International Art & Soul Challenge  #107 - Card or Gift for a Man
Creative Fingers Challenge #206 - ATG
Cut It Up Challenge #224 - Masculine

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:

Wishing you all an AMAZING day ahead! 
As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!

Dies:  Ship in a Bottle (442), Fishing Net (444), Cross Stitch Nesting Rectangles (410)
Paper: Black cs, Medium blue cs, Kraft cs, White cs, The Paper Studio Water dp
Stamps:  Just Rite 'Anchors Away' (CR03710)
Other:  various TH distress oxide inks

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Double D Challenge - April Showers

Hello Dear Friends!

It's time once again for a new challenge over on the Double D Challenge Blog!
I'm happy to say I am hosting today's challenge and today's theme is:
(Anything Water Related)

and here's an inspiration board I've created to help get you started . . .

 Looking at the mood board and through my stash, there were so many different directions I could have gone but I spotted a new stamp/die set I had in my (NBUS) basket so grabbed it and here's what I ended up with.  

Now mind you, the umbrella is from a Fun Stampers Journey 'Flower Shower set' which is actually designed as a wedding set purchased at Spellbinders awhile back, but worked perfectly for what I had in mind for today's card.
 Flower Shower Stamp Set
 The background 'rain' was created using a very OLD stamp by CC Rubber Stamps and the sentiment die is by Sue Wilson called 'Rain or Shine' (#CED23017)


 I used dimensional tape to pop up the umbrella and then added a couple acrylic dots by Cloud 9.
So be sure to pop over to the Double D Challenge Blog to see all the details and amazing samples offered up by our VERY TALENTED design team ladies!!

 Remember, it's a random draw for the winner so it could be YOU!!  Here's the prize offered for this challenge . . .

Cheapo Dies - Rainy Day

Cheapo Dies - Rainy Day

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hope to see you at Double D! 
As always . . .