Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sisterhood - Things with Wings

Hello Everyone!
It's time once again for a fun challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
Today's challenge is Things With Wings and I had such fun creating my card for your inspiration!


Not only was I digging through my scraps of design paper for this card (love using up those scraps), but also used a die that I've had in my stash for some time now and hadn't created anything with yet.

Isn't this main die cut image pretty?
It's by Cottage Cutz ... #CCE-030 'Fancy Cattails and Butterflies'.

My yellow gingham paper has been hanging around for a l-o-n-g time and when I saw a recent creation by fellow sister Diane H., and realized I also had yellow gingham ribbon ... I knew that was where this creation was to begin!  Recently I die cut several different styles/sizes of butterflies in shades of purple, for my neighbors baby shower ... so you'll be seeing a lot of butterflies flying off my cards throughout the spring/summer months!  LOL!  OH and I nearly forgot to mention my beautiful bow (thanks Donna!).  It was so quick and easy to make using my Craft-Dee Bowz bow making tool.

A few challenges to share in:
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge - Include your favorite color (purple)
Craft-Dee BowZ April Challenge - Anything Goes with a homemade bow
The Crafty Blogger April Challenge - Dies Cuts or Embossing

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and I hope you'll come join in our challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters.  My step sisters and sisters have created some amazing cards to share today ... come on over and take a peek! 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Having fun with stencils & dies . . .

Happy Tuesday my Friends!
It's time once again to create a little inspiration for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  Today, I decided to play with some of the new Memory Box STENCILS I recently purchased  to create a unique background for this adorable Nellie's Choice vintage image along with dies from the Dies R Us Store.


These are the two Memory Box stencils I chose to use today.
Memory Box - STENCIL - Ornate
#88514
Memory Box - STENCIL - Bubbles
#88574
By simply positioning your stencils (tape down with removable tape to keep them from sliding) and sponging with various colors (going from lighter shades to darker on the edges), you can come up with some of the most wonderful pattern paper.  In fact, the background paper I used was a very subtle polka dot printed paper.  I used Tim Holtz distress inks and sponge daubers to create today's fun background.

Remember ... if something happens to be 'out of stock' at the Dies R Us store, click on the PUT ME ON THE WAITING LIST tab and you will be notified when the item is returned to stock. 

I've also added a little ink sponging to my kraft colored kitties ... aren't they cute!

A few challenges to share in:
Aurora Wings Challenge - Monochromatic
Classy Cards n Such - Musical Motiff
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
The Crafty Bloggers April Challenge - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs - Furry Friends

Just a reminder about our new Dies R Us Challenge Blog being launched May 1st!
Why not pop over right now and meet the designers,
then come back on the 1st and 15th of each month for a new fun themed challenge. 

Thanks so much for visiting me today!
I hope you're having a fabulous week!

Recipe:
Papers:  SU Very Vanilla cs, Melissa Francis dp
Inks:  Tim Holtz distress inks: vintage rose, tea dye, vintage photo

Monday, April 21, 2014

Flutterby - Butterfly at Squigglefly

Wow that title is kind of a tongue twister!!  LOL!
Hello friends and thanks for coming to visit me today!!!

The new challenge at Squigglefly this week is to 'Add a Butterfly' to your card.
It could be a die cut, a brad, sticker, in your image/paper ...
Well, you get the picture!!

 How cute is this image by Carmen Gamble called 'Easter Peeps'!

 I wanted to bring focus not only to my butterfly for the challenge but to this adorable image, so I tried a little different coloring/design scheme.  After printing, cutting and coloring my original image, I laid it on another large piece of white card stock and began coloring the grass and sky with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

Then I matted each panel with black card stock and POPPED up the focus image using pop dots.
The cute bunny on the left appeared to be looking up at 'something' so I decided it must have been a butterfly that had his attentions!  Looks like his buddy is trying to figure out exactly what is popping out of that egg!!!  What fun!

I really like how this card came together!
Even though the WHITE SPACE around the edge looked just fine ... 
it bothered me so I grabbed my TH black distress marker and started doodling!
{sigh}  that's better!!!  LOL!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and please, won't you come join in
our challenge fun at Squigglefly?  At least take a quick pop over and check out what my team mates have created to inspire you today!  They would sure appreciate it!!
Have a GREAT day!!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter's Past ...

HAPPY EASTER!

Yep!  That's me (on the left) with my sisters, all ready for church on
Easter Sunday 1957.

We may not have had 'a lot' when I was growing up, 
but we ALWAYS had a new dress for Easter!


I'm so blessed to be able to spend another Easter Sunday with these lovely ladies today!
Everyone is bringing food to Mom's house after church ... yum!
I hope you're enjoying the love of  family around you today also!

UPDATE:  Getting ready to head to Grandma Great's house (my mother)!
Potato salad made with my homemade picalilli (family recipe) is in the fridge and here's a peek at the colored deviled eggs Mark & I just finished to take along.  I did the coloring while Mark worked his magic on the filling.  So Yummy!  Oh ... and the idea for coloring eggs this way came from Pinterest!


 
GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

New Life Time of Year . . .

GOOD FRIDAY my Friends!
With Spring in the air, 'New Life' is all around!
The yards are turning green with new spring grass, the birds are busy making their nests in my trees and birdhouses and even our young couple neighbors are expecting 'new life' in their house next month!

So with that being said, I was in the mood to make something for a 'little one' and this is what I've come up with using Crafty Secrets Sweet Chips Chipboard 'Little Girl Outfit'.



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 I am hoping to make a series of these adorable little pinafores in different colors/papers, so I decided to use the original chipboard, trace around and cut it out of an empty Rice Krispies box for today's project.  It worked okay, but not as cleanly folded as the original chipboard panel from Crafty Secrets.

I have used the Crafty Secrets Pastel Papers (no longer available) but there are SO MANY beautiful papers available on any of their CDs that would work beautifully!  The image I have used on the front of the pinafore was actually fussy cut from one of the sheets of paper ... the remainder of that same sheet was used for the back cover.

Here are a couple close-ups showing the dimension by using pop dots and the vintage staining around the image using a sponge and Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink.

  

Here's a close up of the collar (another chipboard piece in the set) that I traced and cut out of a scrap of paper in the same paper pack.  I created the little flower with the same paper and the Spellbinder Shapeabilities 'Bitty Blossoms' die.  Down in the center is a teeny tiny pearl ... hard to see in the photo.

Of course I had to add some vintage lace as well as Stickles sparkle along the top, collar and lower scallops.

A few challenges to share in:
Crafty Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
It's all about the Vintage - Shabby Chic
Addicted to Stamps n More - Anything Goes
 Crafting by Design April Challenge - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes/Girly
Divas by Design - Bundle of Joy
Whimsy Stamps Challenge - Anything Goes

I hope you've enjoyed today's project and have been inspired to try something 'a little different'.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you
all (here in the states) have a fabulous Easter weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pretty in Purple

Hello again my friends!
I had hoped to post this card yesterday ... but with all the computer issues I'm having at the moment, it didn't happen ... so I'll share it as a second posting for today!

I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how this card came together.
My main purpose in creating this card was for the current 'Pretty In Purple' challenge going on at Cheery Lynn Designs.  With purple being my favorite color, OF COURSE I had to play along!


 I was thrilled to have won a recent challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and my prize choice was the beautiful FRM 135 Swedish Spring Oval Frame I have used behind the focus image.  Speaking of the focus image, it comes from a Nellie's Choice Vintage sheet #NEVI019-Waiting that I purchased from Joan's Gardens during one of my visits last year.  Sandra Kuck is the artist behind these images and she's actually a native of Ohio.  LOVE her images ... I could design with them everyday!


 The beautiful bride in this image actually reminds me of my older sister Linda.
It makes me smile every time I look at it!

Anyways ... a few other challenges I'd like to share in are:
 Baffies Kreativladen - For a Woman
Creative Moments - Anything Goes/Girly
Frilly and Funkie - Flights of Fancy
Whimsy Stamps Challenge - Anything Goes
Joan's Touch Challenge - Any color/ dies only / at least 2 layers

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Are you ready for Easter weekend?  
Oh dear ... I'm not ... really must get my ducks in a row on that one!


Recipe:
Papers:  white cs, lavender cs, Graphic45 'Secret Gardens' 6x6 patterns & solids
Cheery Lynn Dies:  B291 'Flourish', DL112 'Exotic Butterflies', B289 'Congratulations', FRM135 'Swedish Spring Oval Frame'
Accessories:  Nellie's Choice Vintage Images 'NEVI019-Waiting', Spellbinder classic circles dies, pop dots, Art Glitter glue


Birthday Blessings . . .

It's time for a new Twisted Thursday over at The Outlawz.
Today's challenge is Anything Goes - Twist/ Birthday
 and today's sponsor is NiceCrane Designs.


INSIDE
The cute image used on today's card is from Nice Crane Designs 'Sweetie Kids II' sheet.

The colorful papers I chose to use with this cutie pie image are from Basic Grey ... Marrakech and June Bug paper packs (one from each).  As you can see, I cut them both the same size then cut them diagonally so I could repeat the pretty patterns on the inside of the card as well as the front.

Once again I've been able to use up some of the scraps on my work table.  After stamping my JustRite sentiment and die cutting using Spellbinder classic ovals die, I grabbed a few 'scrap' oval cuts (have a box full) and layered a few behind my sentiment for matting ... turned out kind of cute don't you think??

I used my Craft-Dee BowZ tool to create my bow today.  
Works so great when I'm trying to make a SMALL bow with a little wider/heavier ribbon!!
I like using my Bow Easy also ... but sometimes I have trouble pulling the ribbon tight because the plastic tool flexes.  It's nice to have OPTIONS!!!

A few challenges to share in:
Feeling Crafty Challenge #27 - Anything for a Child
Digi Chooseday Challenge #15 - Use 2 papers
 Everybody-Art-Challegne - Anything Goes
Pause Dream Enjoy Linky Party #8 - Anything Goes

I hope you'll come join in the challenge fun over at The Outlawz!!
They offer a different challenge each day of the week!!
Can you say FUN!!

Thanks for stopping by ... see you again real soon!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NEW CHALLENGE BLOG COMING!!!

WOW!  What a crazy morning!  Hello My Friends!

I'm thrilled to share some EXCITING NEWS with you today!
You all know that I'm a part of the new Dies R Us Inspiration Team ... well now, Dies R Us is going one step further and beginning May 1st will have a CHALLENGE BLOG which will offer challenges on the 1st & 15th of each month.  Please pop over, check out the teams then come join in the fun on May 1st.

Do you love working with dies as much as I do?  Well then, this is the place for you!
AND, you could win a voucher for the Dies R Us Store!


Don't forget! There is a new inspirational creation EACH DAY OF THE WEEK 
offered at our Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  Sharing tips, tricks and inspiration for using all these fabulous dies available at the Dies R Us Store.

I hope to be back later in the day with a card to share!
I've been dealing with computer issues the past 3-4 days ... so frustrating!
Okay!  {big sigh} I'm going to take a deep breath ... and dive into some card making!
Have a fabulous day everyone!
DARLENE

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wedding Season Coming Soon . . .

Good Day my Friends!
It's time once again to share a card creation for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.
Have you popped over to take a peek yet?  Oh please do ...
My team mates are creating such beautiful cards using various dies 
from the Dies R Us Store every day of the week to help inspire you!
Please pop over and show them some love!


What fun it was to create this Wedding Scene!

First, let me give you the list of dies I used ...

Frantic Stamper 'Wedding Day' #FRA-9121
Memory Box 'Party Music' #98757
Poppystamps 'Grand Gothic Iron Work' #850
Cheery Lynn Designs 'Victorian Picket Fence' #B123


The walls of the 'church' were created by embossing the upper portion of a white panel using the Sizzix Tim Holtz brick wall embossing folder and sponged over top with Tim Holtz Tea Dye ink.
The  [ 'Party Music' ] music notes (there's always beautiful music at a wedding) were die cut from black card stock and popped up with pop dots.

To create the 'stained glass' panel, I simply scribbled various pastel colors with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers onto white vellum.  Die cut my 'Grand Gothic Iron Work' using thin gold metallic card stock and glued the reverse side of the vellum to the back side of my gold die cut.
 After the glue dries, simply cut away the excess vellum with either your scissors or craft knife.


For the fencing, I simply die cut my 'Victorian Picket Fence'  with white card stock.
BUT ... I did cut the lower portion off because it was a bit too high for the scene I was trying to create.  And, I also cut a small section out of the center, as an opening so they could walk into the church!

There are SO MANY things you could do with this fabulous 'Wedding Day' couple. 
I die cut the entire die with white card stock first,
then die cut the groom again in black card stock,
and the bride in ivory card stock and paper pieced over the white panels.
A little coloring was done for the hair, face, headpiece, dress accents with alcohol markers.

Tip:  You could add lace, tulle, pearls ... so many things for the brides dress.
And you could make the grooms tuxedo any color you want. 
If you know the wedding coloring you can coordinate your card to match the bridal party!

A few challenges to share in:
Party Time Tuesday #168 - Die Cut
Pause Dream Enjoy Linky Party #8 - Anything Goes
2 Cute Ink Digital Stamps Challenge - Celebration
 Classy Cards n Such #28 - Die Cuts
Crafting From The Heart #14 - Anything Goes / Use Yellow
The Crafty Bloggers April Challenge - Die Cuts or Embossing
Joan's Touch Challenge - Any color, Dies Only (no stamps),  at least 2 layers, JG products
The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge #8 - Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze Challenge #37 - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I hope you find inspiration in my work!
Remember ... we'd LOVE for you to come visit us at the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog!
NEW projects shared EVERY DAY Monday through Friday!!

And, you'll want to be sure to check out the LONG LIST of dies for sale at very reasonable prices, at the Dies R Us Store.  More companies will be added to the list as time goes by!  Come take a peek!

EXCITING NEWS!
Beginning May 1, 2014 ... 
Dies R Us will be hosting a new CHALLENGE BLOG!
I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun!

Have a FABULOUS DAY and PLEASE stop back again tomorrow!

Monday, April 14, 2014

DT Call for NEW Dies R Us Challenge Blog

LAST DAY TO APPLY!
For all the information on the DIES R US
*NEW* Challenge Blog DT CALL ... click HERE.
Ends April 14, midnight PST

Craft Hoarders Anonymous April Guest Designer

HAPPY MONDAY MY FRIENDS!
I am SO EXCITED TODAY!!!  
I have been asked by the wonderfully talented Gloria Stengel at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog to be their April Guest Designer!  How FABULOUS is that!!!  Let's get started . . .

 This is Challenge #5 for Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog

Challenge #5 Pick a Stamp, Any Stamp!
You don't have to be a card maker to hoard stamps! With the popularity of pocket-style scrapbooking (Project Life and Photo Freedom) and the explosion of journaling stamps on the market, many scrapbookers have also become stamp hoarders. Digital stamps are more popular than ever. I am sure that most of us have at least one stamp in our stash! You may "collect" wood mounted stamps, clear stamps, cling rubber, or even digital stamps! Get one out, dust it off, and make it the STAR of your project! We want to see a stamp (sentiment, word art, image, etc.) on your project! Feel free to use more than one stamp, but you must have AT LEAST ONE stamped item on your project. 
One talented participant will receive this prize, donated by Hampton Art! The GoGo Crafter Rolling Tote is collapsible, allowing it to be shipped and stored flat. It comes with two wheels and a sturdy retractable handle for transporting. It also has interior dividers that are adjustable and removable, two interior pockets, three exterior side pockets for supplies, and a zippered front area. This tote can hold enough items for an evening crop or be a helpful "companion" at trade shows or expos. 

Over $100 Value  - Product is NOT included

Hampton Art, founded in 1980 in picturesque Long Island, NY, has been inspiring stampers, crafters and papercraft enthusiasts for over 20 years. One of the earliest “art stamp” companies, Hampton has transformed over the years to become a complete provider of creative products such as stamps, inks, papers, kids crafts, stationery, scrapbooking supplies, and card making accessories for crafters of every age and skill level. We focus on working together with other companies through strong, personal relationships and licensing partnerships to consistently bring fun, inspiring products to market. We have a portfolio of brands including Hampton Art™, Studio G™, Diffusion, Ditto™, and our latest addition, Ki Memories®, acquired in 2012. Our products can be found via most national craft retailers at over 5000 stores across the US and Canada. We also ship to 20 different countries across the globe. Hampton was acquired by National Spinning Co, Inc. of Washington, NC, our current home, in 2008. For more information, visit our Website

If you've seen my recent post sharing my 'crafting cave' you would have seen that I have a LOT of STUFF!  Stamps of various types included.  Since the theme of this challenge blog is 'Craft Hoarders' I dug around and would you believe I have an entire drawer full of LaBlanc stamps that have never even seen ink!  Yikes!  So that was my STAMP OF CHOICE for today's creation.


Isn't she pretty and so vintage (love that!)
















 My favorite color is PURPLE and with Easter on the way I thought it was the perfect color for today's card.  Here's a peek at the inside of my card as well as the beautiful corner ribbon treatment.  Graphic45 design paper is one of my all time favorites so of course that was my first choice to go along with this pretty lady!


Challenge Rules are HERE.  
Make sure to link your project using the Link Tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.  Please be sure you visit the Guest Designers and the Design Team to see what they have to share!

Guest Team Links:

Design Team Links:

Well, that's it for my project today.  I hope you'll come join in the challenge fun at Craft Hoarders Anonymous.  You will have until Sunday, April 20th at midnight, PT to enter your creation.

Thanks so much for stopping by ... it's always such a thrill to have you visit!



Recipe:
Papers:  Graphic45 'Sweet Sentiments' dp, white cs, lavender cs
Stamp/Ink:  La Blanche stamp, Memento 'tuxedo black' ink
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, Kaiser pearls, White wedding organza ribbon, Craft-Dee Bowz bow maker, Cheery Lynn Designs 'fanciful flourish' die, pop dots, Creative Memories corner rounder

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Joan's Touch

Good Sunday Morning Friends!
WOW! It was so beautiful yesterday that I spent most of the day outside trying to get some Spring cleanup underway.  Didn't get nearly as much done as I had hoped (when did I get this old & weak?) but hopefully will get out there once again today to do a little more.

But before I venture outdoors, I wanted to share a card with you that I quickly (last day for challenge) made for the current challenge at Joan's Touch.  

Here are this week's requirements:

  • Use a plaid, check or striped paper -
  • Put a border around an image
  • Use any color
  • You must use a product sold at Joan's Gardens


  • A while back I spotted this paper pack while out shopping and just knew it fit my daughter/granddaughter perfectly, so put it in my cart!  It is called 'Country Girl' and is by Paper House.  I believe I bought it at Hobby Lobby.

    A few challenges to share in:
    Sister Act Card Challenge #52 - Anything Goes
    The Stamping Boutique #12 - Distress It
    As You Like It Challenge - Favorite style of stitching (faux or real) ... Faux because I don't have my new sewing machine set up yet ... but once I do, my favorite will be real I'm sure!
    Aud Sentiments Challenge #104 - Sentiment for a Friend (born/raised in the country, this card would suit many of my life long friends)
     Southern Girl Challenge - Earn Your Stripes
    Flat Friends Challenge #19 - Include a Sentiment

    Now I'd better get breakfast made and get back outside. 
    Actually supposed to be in the HIGH 70s today ... but windy ... so we'll see how quickly I'm back in my cave.  LOL!  Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a FABULOUS day!!!

    Recipe:
    Papers:  White cs, Chocolate cs, Paper House 'Country Girl' dp
    Accessories:  TH Tea Dye distress ink, TH distresser, Kaiser pearls, Fiskars swivel craft knife, TH fine tip black marker for faux stitching



    Friday, April 11, 2014

    Mother's Day - Crafty Secrets Style

    Happy Friday Friends!
    Today I'd like to share with you a card I have created for Mother's Day 
    using a beautiful Crafty Secrets rose image.




    Does this beautiful Garden Printable sheet of images look familiar? 

    Digital - Garden Printables - T-21


    I used images from this Garden Printable sheet  for my card w/matching boxes for the Linky Party last week ... as well as that sweet birthday creation I shared for you last Friday!  And, now here I am AGAIN using yet another image from this very same sheet for today's creation.




    I thought this beautiful rose image would be perfect for a
    'vintage' styled Mother's Day card.
    By distressing the edges, sponging a little TH tea dye ink and adding the Mother's Day stamp
    this 'seven sisters' rose just screams LOVE YOU MOM!!


    Did you notice the white rik-rak on the corners?
    I've had that in my stash for 'ever' and thought it would be a nice touch on today's card.

    A few challenges to share in:
    Brown Sugar Challenge #89 - Mother's Day
    Crafty Hands Challenge - Anything Goes
    Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
    The Stamping Boutique - Distress It
    Paper Crafting Journey - For that Special Lady
    It's All About the Vintage & Beauty - Shabby Chic
    4 Crafty Girlz Challenge #15 - Anything Goes
    Crafty Ribbons Challenge - Flower Power
    Little Miss Muffet Challenge - Distressed

    I hope you've enjoyed today's card!
    Remember, Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11th.

    Thanks for stopping by today!