Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A Red, White & Blue Christmas

Hello Friends!
It's time once again for an inspiration sample for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.
Today I'm doing a Christmas card in hopes of getting ahead of the game on the number of cards I will be needing for my own person use.

I had a little fun today with ink and sponges.
On my base white card I sponged Tim Holtz 'Faded Jeans' ink around the edges.
Next I adhered my Spellbinder '5x7 Reflective Moments' #S6-011
die cut panel.
Next I colored a 4x6 white panel with the same Tim Holtz ink ...
only heavier.  Then die cut my Impression Obsession 'Snowflake Background'  #DIE211 of white card stock and adhered to the blue panel.
This panel has been popped up with dimensional tape.

Next came a little dimension decorating.
The Impression Obsession 'Fir Trees'  #DIE084
were die cut from a moss colored card stock then swiped
with white craft ink using a sponge.

I have used Frantic Stamper 'Merry Christmas'  FRA-DIE09619  die cut from red cardstock as my sentiment but I see at the time of this posting it is Out of Stock.  May I recommend Frantic Stamper 'Happy Holidays'  FRA9620 as a substitute.  Or any of the various company sentiment dies available at the Dies R Us Store.

Well, that's about it for me today!
I just got back from a fabulous visit with crafting friend Diane Hover (Nellie's Nest) in Michigan so I have a LOT of catching up to do so I'd better get busy!  LOL!

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to come check out the new challenge at our Dies R Us Challenge Blog!  We'd love to have you join in the fun and who knows, YOU could be our next winner!!
Hope to see you there!

As always . . .

Monday, October 5, 2015

Crafty Secrets October Challenge & Blog Hop

Hello Everyone!

It's the 1st Monday of a new month and that means a new challenge/blog hop at Crafty Secrets.  Today we are 'Giving Thanks' and the design team has some AMAZING projects to share with you.  So, you'll want to HOP along with us and be AMAZED!  You should have come to my blog from TERESA's blog.  And, if you get lost along the way, here's the Hop Line Up:
Kathy Clement
Ginny Nemchak
Teresa Horner
Darlene Pavlick (me)
Sheila Rumney
Shantaie Fowler
Diane Hover
Michele Kovack

The design team theme this month is:  Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart
Today I decided to create a set of THANK YOU CARDS using digital design paper from the Crafty Secrets Birds & Blooms digi papers and a sentiment from the Crafty Secrets Sing For Joy set.


I used Microsoft Word 10 and the first thing I did after selection a NEW BLANK was change the margins all to ZERO.
Then, from this beautiful collection of designs I chose the one I wanted to use for my card set.  

Next step was to insert the picture file and edit the size to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4".  If you right click on your image, select WRAP, select SQUARE ... you can move your image anywhere on the paper you'd like. 

Now move your A2 size panel into the upper left corner.
Next step is to copy/paste your image ...  grab the 'pasted image' and slide it to the right corner.  You'll PASTE it 2 more times to slide into the other 2 corners ... filling your page as seen below.

Now it's time to print. Once printed, cut into your four A2 size panels.  I was making a set of 8 so I printed mine twice.  Of course if you really like these panels, be sure to SAVE your document file for future printing.


Again I open a NEW BLANK file in Microsoft Word.  Modified the page layout size to the size of my decorative panels then began the process of choosing what digital sentiment I might like to use.  I have chosen the Thanks so Much from the Crafty Secrets Sing for Joy digital set.  I positioned the sentiment in an area of my decorative panel that I could see would be open.  I also added the single leaf digi under the sentiment which after printing was colored in with markers.

Lastly I inserted my decorative panels into my printer and printed out my card fronts.
With this method the possibilities are ENDLESS.
Give it a try ...

Remember, you need not follow the theme ... BUT YOU MUST use a Crafty Secrets product to qualify for the winner's prize.  If you don't have any of these fabulous images, papers, etc. from the Crafty Secrets Store yet, there are freebies offered so you can come join in the fun.

Here's my set of cards all ready to make someone smile!
Packaged in a clear box with pretty matching ribbon from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Store.

Your next stop will be SHEILA.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
As always . . .

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Robyn's Fetish Challenge #284 -"ADD LEAVES, REAL or FAUX" - 10/4/2015


Happy Day my friends!  I've had some HAPPY NEWS under my belt for awhile now and today I get to 'spill the beans'!!!  LOL!   I'm thrilled and honored to tell you that I've been asked to join the design team at Robyn's Fetish!  Yes ... how cool is that and today is my DEBUT!  If you're not familiar with this challenge blog and their fabulous digi images, by all means please click the link and check it out!

As you can see by my title, this week's challenge is
ADD LEAVES ... Real or Faux

The lucky winner of this challenge will receive their choice of 3 Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps from the ROBYN'S FETISH DIGITAL STAMPS AND MORE STORE!   So, you'll want to be sure and join in the fun!!

Today I have used the Robyn's Fetish digi image named "Basket of Apples" ...

This image was so much fun to color and it's perfect for any Fall occasion card you might need to create.  Wouldn't it be perfect to adorn the front of a masculine Fall birthday card?!  I decided to create a 'note' card that I can write a personal note inside to a friend who lives far away.  I think she'll be jealous knowing I'll be seeing all these wonderful colors soon as she doesn't get to experience the 'changing of seasons' in her area.  WOW I don't know if I'd be happy living somewhere that doesn't have the seasonal changes ... guess I'm just spoiled. LOL!

I've used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers for my coloring today.  Once completed, I just couldn't help but add a bit of shine to this variety of Fall apples with SU Crystal Effects and of course a cute little gold satin bow.  

I hope you've found inspiration in today's card!  If it's more inspiration you are in need of, then by all means pop over to the Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog and take a peek at the awesome creation by my team mates.  

Challenges to share in:
Melonheadz Challenge - Fall is in the Air
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge - Autumn Colors

That's it for me today!
(Truth be told, I've been out in Michigan crafting with my good friend Diane Hover - Nellie's Nest since last Thursday and we are having such a great visit!!)  Thank goodness for pre-posting!! lol
As always . . .
Papers:  White cs, Kraft cs, DCWV dp
Accessories:  Sue Wilson Greek Island Collection Ivy dies, Poppy Stamps Classic Ribbons, Satin Ribbon from JoAnns, Creative Memories Sticky letters, Pop Dots, Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive

Friday, October 2, 2015

Fall Birthday

Hello Dear Friends ...
Do you have as many Fall birthdays to celebrate as I do?
Well today's card for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog will be perfect for either my niece or her dad who both celebrate a birthday in the Fall.

Inspired by all the beautiful fall colors we have the pleasure of enjoying 
here in NE Ohio, I've created a fancy yet simple design.
The dies I've used today are:
Memory Box 'Stitched Square Layers'  #30038

The Memory Box die set is Out of Stock at the present time, 
but you could certainly substitute the center panel with a set that is similar ... 
For the color on my fall leaves I quickly created a panel of color using my new Ken Oliver Color Bursts.  I used my heat tool to dry the panel more quickly so I could do my die cutting and creating. 
Please remember to come join in our challenge fun
A new challenge goes live on the 1st and 15th of each month!
YOU could be the next WINNER!

Challenges to enter into:
Crafty Girls Creations Challenge - Anything Goes
Scrap & Craft Challenge - Colors of Autumn
Star In My Pocket Challenge - Add a sentiment

Hope to see you there and don't forget to pop over to the Dies R Us store for all your die cutting needs.  There are new companies and dies added all the time ... CLICK HERE to check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!
As always ...

Thursday, October 1, 2015

2 Crafty Girls October Challenge

WOW!!! October already! WOW!!!
Hello my friends!
It's a new month and time for a new monthly challenge 

Choose any one or a combination from  this months mood board for your creation.

Our sponsor this month is the fabulous DIES R US.
 Be sure to pop over to Dies R Us and check out all the wonderful die cuts available from more than 40 companies.  They also carry some stamps and embossing folders.  Great prices and shipping rates too!  Check 'em out!

One lucky winner will win a $10 Gift Voucher to the Dies R Us Store.
I decided upon using my die cut machine and the Fall inspiration photo.
Here's what I came up with.

The stamp set I used is very old and the company doesn't exist any longer but I just thought creating this little pumpkin patch scene would be cute for a Fall card.  I've used Spectrum Noir PENCILS for the coloring and this beautiful die is a Spellbinder Nestabilities 'Oval Regalia' #S4-492.

Ha! Ha!  I just noticed something!
In order to center my pumpkin stamped images, I laid my die on the piece of white card stock I was going to cut the die from and drew a light pencil oval on the inside of the die.  I just realized that I forgot to erase the pencil line!  Ooops, lol  ... it actually fit in with the embossing quite well.

For the inside of my card I used yet another die set from Dies R Us.
It contains leaves, pumpkins, corn and a bird.
I die cut the pumpkins & leaves from my white card stock sentiment panel.
Then used my Spectrum Noir MARKERS to color the die cuts and re-inserted them.
Here's a close up ...

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun!
We are a relatively new challenge blog and would really appreciate it if you would come play along.  Also, please tell your friends ... we'd love to have them come join in too!

Challenges to share in:
Classy Cards n Such - Feeling Fall-ish
Our Crafty Corner Challenge #1 - Autumn Color
{Pin}spirational Challenge  -  Photo Inspiration

Till next time ...
Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .

Paper:  Rust cs, white cs, DCWV Fall Leaves dp
Accessories:  Inkadinkado sentiment stamp,  H&M Stamps 'Bev Cole - Old Fashion Hayride', Spectrum Noir pencils and markers, Spellbinder Nestabilities 'Oval Regalia' #S4-492, Die-Versions 'Fall' #DWP-003