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.


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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!

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Outlawz Twisted Thursday

    Happy Thursday Friends ...
    another week drawing to a close!
    I'm thrilled again this week to be sharing a card I've created as guest designer at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge.   Remember this is an ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE with a TWIST.
    This week's TWIST is to create a GATE FOLD CARD!

     I really enjoy creating gate fold cards but I must admit, I don't do it often enough.
    Today's challenge was a great opportunity to get back into making a few fancy fold cards for my stash!  And of course, with flowers in the image, I just HAD to make some homemade flowers that matched in.  So easy but such a great embellishment!

    Our sponsor this month is Nicecrane Designs and once again I chose one of the lovely bird images from the FASCINATING BIRDS sheet for the focus on my card.


    The inside of today's card has slightly decorated to match in with the front panels
    and can be used for a variety of themes!  By simply 'notching' around the circle pattern on my design paper scrap piece, I was able to achieve a divider line for my sentiment/signature.

    Earlier I mentioned the flower embellishments.  They and my faux stitching are actually the only embellishments on this card.  Of course this beautiful image speaks for itself and doesn't need much more in the way of embellishment.
    For the flowers I have used the Memory Box 'Petal Party' #98304 die set which I purchased through Dies R Us.  By simply die cutting them on white card stock, sponging a bit of SU 'more mustard' ink in the center and conditioning the petals lightly with a stylus ... these 'matching' flowers were created in no time.  The centers were adorned with Kaiser ivory pearls.
    The faux stitching was created with a white Gelly Roll pen!

    Hope you'll give this fancy fold a try!
    Have a fabulous day!
    Until next time ...

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    White On White . . .

    . . . is today's theme for the new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters!

    Welcome back friends!
    Today Micki is our hostess at the Sisterhood and she's asked us to create 
    using white-on-white as our theme!


    I could not believe how fast this card came together!
    The fact that I had my new Cheery Lynn Designs 'Thank You' #B213 already cut and laying on my worktable may have helped speed up the process just a little bit!  LOL!

    Base card is A6 in size ...
    Panel 1 was embossed using the Cuttlebug 'swirls' embossing folder ...
    Panel 2 was die cut using Spellbinder 'Labels 17' #S5-025...
    Paper Pierced around the embossed edge
    Added the 'Thank You'
    Added the Memory Box 'Vivienne Butterfly' #98265
    and VIOLA!

    I hope you'll come join in our fun at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
    AND REMEMBER ... if you'd like to be chosen as our STEP SISTER, just place an SS after your name when uploading your challenge card!  It's easy ... and a lot of fun!

    OH ... and if you need more inspiration ... check out what my 'sistahs' have created!
    They are AWESOME!!!

    Have a fabulous day ...

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    Singing Springtime Praises and a DT Call!

    Happy Tuesday Bloggers!
    Time for me to share another inspirational sample card using dies purchased at Dies R Us!  Have you checked out the new Dies R Us Store yet?  Oh what are you waiting for ... it's your ONE STOP SHOPPING SITE FOR DIES (great prices too)!

    Before sharing my card with you, I wanted to make sure you heard the news!
    There's going to be a *NEW* Dies R Us Challenge Blog beginning May 1st and we
    are looking for a DESIGN TEAM!   
    Do you like to create using dies on your cards/projects?
    Well  why not give it a try!  
    You can find all the details on our Dies R Us FB Page
    in our Dies R Us Newsletter or on DTcalls.com.  
    I've also posted all the information HERE on my blog!
    Come give it a try!

    Now ... on to today's card!
    Today I am once again praising the arrival of Spring!
    I've actually been watching the birds going in & out of our birdhouses, building their nests and getting them all ready for those young ones!
    That was my inspiration for today's card using birds, branches and bird houses!


    Memory Box - STENCIL - VinesAs you know, the main product line at Dies R Us is DIES ... BUT, they do have some other goodies available like the fabulous Memory Box Stencils that are also in stock now!  For instance, this 'Garden Vines' #88523 that I have used for the background on today's card.
    By simply placing the stencil on a piece of white cardstock, I gently sponged various Tim Holtz distress inks over the stencil to create this sunset background for my card.
    Another fun technique I used today was 'paper piecing' on the birdhouses.  I have so many scraps that I've been trying to use some of them every chance I get and since my ACTUAL birdhouse are decorated I thought why not do the same for today's card.

    The dies used today are:
    Impression Obsession #DIE058 - Love Birds
    Cheery Lynn Designs #B178 - Flourish Leaf Strip
    Joy! Crafts #6002/0137 (available during European Die Sale)

    I just love watching the many birds we have here in N.E. Ohio, USA ... AND I love creating cards with the fabulous dies that are available at Dies R Us!

    A few challenges:
    Papertake Weekly - Spring has Sprung
    Shopping Our Stash - Paper Piecing
    2 Cute Ink Digital Stamps - Anything Goes
    The Crafty Blogger April Challenge - Die Cuts or Embossing
    Melonheadz Challenge - Time for Spring

    Remember, you can pop over to the Dies R Us Inspirational Blog for new samples of creations made by the team using dies from Dies R Us every week ... Monday through Friday!

    Have a FABULOUS DAY!!!