Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ocean Breezes ...

Really sounds good right about now!  LOL!

Hello my friends!
I'm away from the cave today ... dentist appointment and visiting with Mom
over in Pennsylvania.  But, before heading out I wanted to share
a card with you that I created the other day for a few challenges that caught my eye!

The image for today's card was found online and the background paper is from the Inspired by Stamping Blog.  I did a little fussy cutting around the 'doily' and slipped my image behind.  The little nautical die cuts are from the Frantic Stamper 'Nautical Icons' die set and were cut from kraft card stock.  A touch of faux stitching with my white Gelly Roll pen and this masculine creation is ready for the mail!

The challenges I'd like to enter into today are:
Creative Colors Challenge #38photo inspiration

use ocean blue, white and Kraft and 
work around the theme ocean, maritime, summer
Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge - Something beginning with B  (color Blue)
Allsorts Challenge #317 - Blue as the Ocean

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Now I'd better get on the road!
Have a great day!
As always . . .

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Birthday Greetings

Hello All ... Happy July 1st!
Are you getting ready for the big 4th of July weekend?
It's going to be pretty quiet around here
but we did buy a rack of ribs to put on the grill.
Hopefully the weather will cooperate!
Today I have a card to share that was created for the new
challenge at Classy Cards n Such.  It's a photo inspired challenge and of
course the first thing I saw was the color purple! Imagine that!!  LOL!!

LOVE, love, love this purple bicycle and their DT has created some 
awesome, inspirational samples ... pop over and check 'em out!

Since I don't have a bicycle die (yet! already put one
on my wishlist), I went with the next best thing ... purple flowers!  
And created this little scene for you.
I hope you like it and come play along!

I actually found the floral image online and thought
it would work perfectly with my new Spellbinder D-Lites 'Asters & Poppies'
die set.  I used So... Silk Fabulous Purple to diecut the flowers and 
Champaign Neenah Pearlized Metallic paper for my background.

My picket fence and banner are PoppyStamp dies, and
my cute little bird is from the Heartfelt Creations Birds & Blooms STAMP & DIE set.  
I simply sponged a little color on him and popped him up on the fence.

I have no doubt this card will bring a smile to someone's face!
Especially if they like the color purple as much as I do!  LOL!

 Well, I have a LOT to do today so I'd best get moving!
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a FABULOUS day!
As always . . .

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cardabilities Reveal #126

Hello Dear Friends!
It is time once again for the new Sketch Reveal 
Here's my card and today's sketch ... I hope you'll come join us!

You will have until July 13th to join in our challenge and please be sure to review our rules.
One rule I'd like to mention is:  your entry can be shared with only 3 additional challenges in order for you to qualify for our prize. 

Our wonderful sponsor today is:

Please pop over and check out the amazing designs from my team mates !
These ladies sure are keeping me on my toes!!  LOL!

Challenges to share in:
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #134 - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart Challenge #66 - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards Challenge - Anything Goes
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I hope you'll come join in the challenge fun at Cardabilties!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Red cs, SU Pear Pizazz cs, Scrap of pattern paper used on ruler, Graphic45 'An ABC Primer' 8x8 design paper
Ink:  Versafine Onyx, Tim Holtz 'Tea Dye' distress ink
Accessories:  Tim Holtz distresser, dimensional tape, Fiskars swivel craft knife,  Graphic 45 'An ABC Primer' stamp set, empty tissue box chipboard for ruler stability
Dies:  Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Gemini Dies - Phoenix' and Finishing Touches 'Faux Quilled Leaves'

Quick ... and Easy Too!

Hello Friends and Welcome Back!
Today I have a QUICK & EASY Birthday card to share.
I realized I was in need of a birthday card that HAD to be in the mailbox TODAY in order to arrive at it's destination PRIOR to my friend's birthday ... vs AFTER!  LOL
So I turned to my die cuts and created this quick, easy AND beautiful card!
Whew!  Made it just in time!

I've used 1 stamp, 2 die cuts and 3 papers.
The stamp is by Inkadinkado.
Spellbinder Card Creator '5x7 Reflective Moment' #S6-011

This particular Spellbinder die is not currently available in our online store, but there are so many other die sets that can be used in place of it for this sentiment panel ... i.e. Nestabilities Valiant Honor or so many of the Sue Wilson die sets ... i.e.  Spanish Collection - Seville.

The papers are Stampin' Up 'Pear Pizazz', Whisper White, and Ken Oliver 'Watercolor Memories' design paper (bold side).  And I've used dimensional tape to pop up my panel as well as added a few Kaiser pearls at the end of the sentiment.

When you are in need of an amazing (and quick) card creation ... let your die cuts do the heavy work!
Pop over to the Dies R Us store and get your order in right now!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
As always . . .

Sunday, June 28, 2015

What fun . . .

Happy Sunday Afternoon All!
Whew ... what a busy weekend I had ... but it was SO MUCH fun!
I look forward to doing demos again in the future for Heartfelt Creations
when they are in town for the various Stamping and Scrapbooking Expos!
What a pleasure to be able to work with Heartfelt's husband & wife
team of Ben & Andrea!

Here's a peek at the card I was demoing for HFC using their 
Birds and Blooms Collection and clear card stock.

I was also thrilled to meet Judy Campbell whom I've communicated with online
for quite some time now but never had the opportunity to meet in person 
until this weekend!  WHAT A TREAT!!

Well it's lunchtime so I'd better go see if hubby's
in need of a bite to eat!  Then back to 'catching up'
here in the cave!

Thanks Heartfelt Creations for this wonderful opportunity!
Enjoy your day everyone!
As always . . .

Friday, June 26, 2015

On This Special Day . . .

Hello Dear Friends!

As my busy weekend begins,  I wanted to 
take the time and play a couple challenges that caught my eye!

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, over the next few days I'm thrilled to say I will be doing
demo's once again for Heartfelt Creations at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron, OH
for the Scrapbook Expo.  If you are in the area, please come on over and say Hello!

 The two challenges I had in mind when creating this card were:
Scor-Pal Challenge -WEDDINGS (using more than one score line)
Butterfly Challenge - BUTTERFLIES & F is for FLOWERS

I also intended to enter into the current Anything Goes Challenges at Cheery Lynn Designs, but I totally forgot they only accept one entry and I placed yesterday's wedding card in as an entry so will have to play along with them another time.

I've created for you one of my favorite fancy folds and that is a Tri Shutter card fold.
I will be sharing the measurements and scoring instructions for this fancy fold each in July.  So if you don't already have instruction on this fold, please pop back on July 6th for that information.

I recently purchased some new dies from Dies R Us and just could not wait to put them to use.  Here is a list of dies used on today's card:

Spellbinder Shapeabilities - Bitty Blossoms #S5-086
Spellbinder Nestabilities - Circle Delight #S4-511
Spellbinder Card Creator - 5x7 Reflective Moment #S6-011
Cheery Lynn Designs - Exotic Butterfly Small #DL113
Cheery Lynn Designs - Dutch Daisy Doily #DL281
Die Versions - Just Married #DVSW-038
Memory Box - Precious Wedding Rings #98860
 Every wedding card required a touch of sparkle in some manner ... so on the front of my card I have drawn a circle of Diamond Stickles around the focus sentiment as well as on each of the flourish points.

Stamps used are:
Flourishes (no longer in business) ... the inside bride/groom.
JustRite - Celebration Labels One & Bracket Borders One #CR04460

A few other challenges to share in:
Die Cuttin Diva's Challenge - Wedding/Anniversary
Everybody-Art Challenge - Multi-fold Cards
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Trio-Tastic (use 3 of the same things ... large butterfly)
CCEE Stampers Challenge - Wedding

Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by today!
I hope you've found inspiration in today's card and remember ...
if you're in the Akron, Ohio area today or Saturday ... pop on over to the 
John S. Knight Center and check out the FIRST TIME OFFERED ... Scrapbook Expo.
Hope to see you there!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!
As always ...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Girls Just Want To Have Fun!

Happy Thursday Everyone!
Another weekend is right around the corner and it's going to be a
very busy one for me!  I'll be doing demos for Heartfelt Creations at the
Scrapbook Expo both Friday and Saturday at the John S. Knight Center in 
Downtown Akron, OH.  If you're in the area, stop by and say Hello!!

But before I start practicing up for that, I want to 
share a GIRLY card with you today using a couple fabulous

The background paper I've used today is a 
Crafty Secrets digital paper called 'Pink Chenille Quilt'.

There are some AMAZING sales going on so be sure
to pop over and check them out!

And don't forget we have a new Monthly Linky Party at our 
Crafty Secrets Blog the first Monday of each month and goes for two weeks.
You could WIN some really cool stuff!!
Come join in the fun!!!

In the Pink Challenge - Shabby Chic/Vintage
Crafting with an Attitude Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Now I'd better get busy 'practicing' what I'll be demoing tomorrow
so I don't embarrass myself!  LOL
 As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Crafty Secrets dp
Ink:  Versafine Onyx, TH Spun Sugar distress
Dies:  Joanna Sheen lace, Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Finishing Touches 'Faux Quilled Leaves', Heartfelt Creations 'Botanical Rose'
Accessories:  TH distresser, Kaiser white pearls, dimensional tape

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Mr. & Mrs.

Hello Friends!
It's time once again for a new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
Have you noticed our new header/badges ... 'New Sister' Sandi created them for us and I think they are fabulous.  Truly depicts 'The Sisterhood' ...

Anyways ... today's theme since we are in the wedding month of June is

(create a wedding card/project)

Here's what I came up with ...

I had such a difficult time capturing the 'sparkle' in my photos, 
so here are a few closeups for you.
This card is SO MUCH PRETTIER IRL!!!   Uugh!

You can never go wrong with Black & White for a wedding card ... 
no matter what the wedding party colors may be ... 
so that was my thought behind today's card.

Want to know a secret?  Sssshhh ...
This card was put together with pieces that had been cut
for other projects but not used ... just laying around!  
Black background ... butterfly border ... flowers
Ok I must admit I did die cut the Bride/Groom ... but that's all one die set ... so this card came together really fast!!!  LOL!  LOVE when that happens.

Memory Box Challenge #1 - Butterflies
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge - Anything Goes
Open Minded Challenge - Vintage (final challenge)
Simon Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas - Wedding or Anniversary
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
I hope you'll pop over and see what my 'sistahs' have created for you today!
W'OW!  What beautiful wedding inspiration!
Remember our challenges go on for TWO WEEKS so please come join us!

Have a fabulous day!
As always ...

Paper:  White cs, Black cs, Marianne Designs 'French Roses' dp
Dies:  Memory Box 'Fairyland Butterflies', Sue Wilson 'Spanish Collection - Granada', DieVersions 'Mr. & Mrs.', DieVersions ' Trellis', Cheery Lynn Designs 'Tea Rose Medium'
Accessories:  Diamond Stickles, clear gems, dimensional tape, Flower Making kit/forming mat

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Die Cutting Inspiration

Morning All!
It's Tuesday once again, and that means I have a die cutting inspiration piece to share with you today for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  If you've never popped over to our Inspiration Blog, you are missing out on some awesome card samples/ideas using die cuts.  Please take a minute and stop by.

Today I decided to do not one but TWO cards
using the same dies ... just in a little different way.
Here are the two cards I made for you today:

The dies I have used on my cards are:

Inside View

The design paper I used on both cards is from and has been in my stash for YEARS!  I thought it worked well with the Ashby Corner die ... the flower patterns are very similar!  The blue card stock I used is from Stampin' Up and it's an older IN color called 'Marina Mist'.

I decided to use the 'St. Barts' die set to adorn the inside (top panel) of my card, hence leaving the 'writing panel' open for a personal note which I thought was necessary with the sentiment verse I chose for the front.

CARD #2 ...

For my second card I chose to use the St. Bart's die a little more extensively on the front bringing attention to the sentiment verse I chose ... (and find myself repeating to myself more and more as I get older! lol).   Though a little difficult to see, I popped up the sentiment panel to help add dimension to my card and still keep it mailable. 

Since the Ashby Corner die blends more with the color of the paper, I decided to add White Liquid Pearls to the flower centers which really draws your eye.  I also used it for the center on my Delicate Daisy flower.
I hope you've enjoyed today's card creations!

Remember, you can see NEW die cutting card samples on our Inspiration Blog EACH DAY Monday through Friday.  Also I hope you'll come join in our challenges.  A new challenge goes up on the 1st and 15th of each month over on our Dies R Us Challenge BlogAND ... there's a prize offered!

Thanks for stopping by!
As always ...

Saturday, June 20, 2015

June Birthdays . . .

Happy Weekend Friends ...
Do you have a lot of June birthdays to celebrate in your life?
I sure seem to!
Both of my sisters, my niece, a couple close friends AND
the little neighbor girl Emily!  Oh yes, if you follow my blog, you've
seen Emily's name (and a photo here & there) over the years.  LOL!

Well, today's is Emily's birthday party and I always try to make something SPECIAL for both her and her sister Olivia when their birthdays roll around.  Here's what I came up with for Emily this year.

 I saw the pattern for this adorable little purse over on Pinterest and thought it would be the perfect little 'something' to put some cash in for Miss Emily!

Didn't it turn out cute?

Emily is "11" this year and although in the past years I've always been sure to put the NUMBER on her birthday cards, this year I decided that was no longer necessary since she's turning into quite the 'young lady'.

Although it's cute (and course will contain $$$), it just wasn't enough of a birthday gift.
So, back to Pinterest I went and found directions for this easy to make, fabulous origami box. 
Emily ALWAYS has a flower in her hair, so I decorated the top
of the box with hair flower clips.
I love when you can decorate your gift box with something useful.
She'll love them!!

Emily is a girly, girly kind of young lady who loves the color PINK (and PURPLE)
and always has her fingernails and toenails polished!
So what better gift for her today than some purple sparkly polish and
a new pink digital watch.
And no that's not a pack of cotton balls ...
it's actually a small 'Campfire' pack of mini marshmallows! 

LOL ... let me explain!
When Emily (and sister Olivia) were younger, (they are all of 11 & 13 now) they'd come over to visit
and I always sent them home with either licorice or mini marshmallows!
I thought she'd get a kick out of them!  LOL!
(Of course, that is after she shoots me a look of inquisitiveness!)
A matching birthday card and VIOLA!~ 
We are ready to go to the party tonight!!!

Sharing in the following challenges:
Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday Challenge - Birthdays
Simply Papercraft Challenge - Always Anything Goes
Crafting with an Attitude Challenge - Anything Goes
DL.ART June Linky Party - Anything Goes

Thanks SO MUCH for the visit!
Hope you have a MARVELOUS weekend!
As always ...

Paper:  Graphic45 Botanical Tea design paper, white cs
Accessories:  Homemade flower (Heartfelt Creations Botanical Rose die),  Lace, Sue Wilson Gemini Die 'Lyra', Creative Memories Sticker Letters, Zva gems, purple grosgrain ribbon, Wilton paper doily, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Happy' and 'Birthday' dies

Friday, June 19, 2015

Appreciate Dad!!

Hello Friends!
With Father's Day this weekend, I am reflecting back
to my growing up years and all the wonderful things I learned from my dad!!
Unfortunately he passed 20+ years ago 
and I would give anything to have just one more day with him! 

There are so many Father's Day challenges out there in blogland
and even though I have no need for a
Father's Day card myself,  I just had to join in the fun!!

I have always LOVED this 'old' (Seaside Sketches circa 2003) SU stamp and
thought it would be perfect for today's card.
I created the background using a variety of Ranger Tim Holtz distress
inks and large sponge daubers (listed below) prior to stamping my image.
Then die cut and popped up each panel for dimension.
A 'Happy Father's Day' banner and this card was DONE!!!

Challenges to share in:
Mod Squad Challenge - Father's Day
Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge - Father's Day
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Use your favorite Technique and/or product

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Black cs, DCWV design paper
Dies:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'Horizon Fishtail Banners' #DL278, Memory Box 'Stitched Circle Layers' #30036, Memory Box 'Chesapeake Circle' #98449
Stamp:  Impression Obsession
Inks:  Versafine Onyx
Ranger (Tim Holtz Distress):  Scattered Straw, Spun Sugar, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, Brushed Corduroy
Accessories:  SU dimensionals, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers