Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sisterhood of Crafters - LACE

Hello Everyone!
Time again for a new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
Today Anna is our hostess and she's chosen
a theme that is near & dear to my heart . . .

There's nothing I enjoy more than seeing beautiful
vintage lace used on a creation.  Whether it is in dressmaking or cardmaking
it is ALWAYS a gorgeous element!

I have had this vintage lace background paper in my stash of designer paper for probably close to 10 years.  Yes, I guess you might say I was hoarding it but more than likely after all this time I just totally forgot I had it!  LOL

My lace side panel was created with the Joanna Sheen 'Harriet Lace Edger' die then colored using Tim Holtz 'picked raspberry' distress ink.  My flowers are off cuts from a demo I did for Heartfelt Creations at the Adventures in Stamping show a few years ago.  I have SEVERAL of these sorted out on a tray and from time to time grab a few and ink them up to match a project I'm working on ... today's was one of those days!  
Nuvo white crystal drops for the flower centers and a stem cut from a scrap of green designer paper using the Memory Box 'climbing vine' die and my card was nearly complete.  Just needed to decide on a sentiment and I thought this would make a beautiful birthday card for a lady friend.  You might have noticed also that I used a pair of flat tweezers to 'cup' the leaves a touch for a more life like appearance.

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun and show us your 'lace' creation.  You have until April 2nd to get your card added to the challenge.  Hope to see you there and Good Luck!

Thanks for stopping by today
and as always . . .

Papers:  White cs, WubiePrints dp, scrap of green designer paper
Dies:  Harriet Lace Edger #SD191, Memory Box 'Climbing Vine' #99623, Heartfelt Creations Botanical Wings
Stamps:  Heartfelt Creations Botanical Rose, Inkadinkado
Accessories:  Tim Holtz 'picked raspberry' distress ink, sponge dauber, flat tweezers, Nuvo white crystal drops

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beautiful Bonsai

Happy Sunday Everyone!
 Today I'm sharing a creation using two of the new February Release Oriental dies available at the Tutti Designs Store as well as the Nesting Stitched Rectangle dies ... a set I reach for over and over again!

Dies I have used on today's creation are:

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After die cutting my Bonsai from white card stock (actually die cut it 4 times), I then colored the 'trunk' portion using Spectrum Noir alcohol marker #EB5. Extra cuts were used for stacking to create dimension.

Next I die cut just the top portion of my Bonsai tree from a scrap piece of designer paper that has a  velvet texture on the leaves.  

Snipped off any 'trunk/branch' portions and adhere to my white tree panel.

I also die cut the base portion of my die from gold foil paper and adhered to the white panel.

My background papers are from a very old DCWV paper pack and to add a little extra design behind my Bonsai focus panel, I die cut the Lotus Flower die twice and place in opposite corners.  This Lotus Flower die is so beautiful on it's own but love when I can utilize a die in more than just one way ... as I've done today!

The little gold rectangle pieces are once again from the Tutti Designs 'Oriental Screen' die that I used on my card HERE.  I thought they were a nice accent.
I've used three of the rectangle stitched rectangles today ... two for the background panels for the Bonsai and one of the smaller ones to die cut the oriental symbol I printed from the internet. 

Please be sure to pop over to the Tutti Designs Store and check out all of the fabulous dies in this latest release.  And, of course, you'll want to browse through the store to see what other dies you need to have on hand.

Need inspiration? 
The team has something new to share here on the Tutti Designs Blog EACH and EVERY DAY!   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:

 Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Tisket ... A Tasket ...

Hello All!
It's time for a new inspiration card designed for
using dies from the Dies R Us Store!

Did you know the First Day of Spring in Monday??
And, Easter will be right around the corner, so I have a fun
creation to share that will get you in the Springtime/Easter mood!

The color on this card is actually more of a rosy pink but for some reason my camera decided to make it more of an orangey/peach color... uugh!

Anyways, today I'm using up some oldies but goodies!  Which includes some old Stampin' Up papers,  dies I've never used before as well as  ribbon I've had in my stash from Really Reasonable Ribbon and have never tied a bow with until today!  Oh yea ... and the Impression Obsession bunny (DIE168) was laying on my worktable so he got included in today's design too.

Tutti Designs - Dies - Easter Flower Basket

After die cutting my Tutti Easter Flower Basket die, I colored it using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  It's a beautiful open weave die but I wanted to make the basket portion solid so the background papers didn't show through.  To do this I simply used a scrap of white card stock and sponged some color onto it using Tim Holtz 'Antique Linen' & 'Brushed Corduroy'.  Then I attached my basket to the sponged panel and fussy cut around it.  Viola!

The left side background panel is actually the reverse side of the SU design paper I used for the background.  Instead of just leaving the panel as a straight cut, I decided to use the Sue Wilson 'Gemini Die ' Phoenix' to cut along the one edge to dress it up a bit.
Sue Wilson Designs - Gemini Collection - Phoenix

Challenges to share in:
Dragons Lair Designs March Challenge - ATG w/twist-spring flowers
Jo's Scrap Shack FFC#180 - ATG
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Spring/Easter with Ribbon
Moving Along With the Times - Handmade or Die Cut Flowers

And, don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below. 
click below for:

Hope to see you there!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Ivory cs, Stampin' Up designer paper
Dies:  Sue Wilson 'Gemini Dies - Phoenix' CED4401, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Lace Corner Deco E' #B165, Impression Obsession 'Bunnies' DIE168, Tutti Designs 'Easter Flower Basket' #257, Tutti Designs 'Stitched Nesting Rectangles' #217
Accessories:  Really Reasonable Ribbon, Craft-Dee Bowz bow maker, dimensional tape, Tim Holtz distress inks, large sponge daubers,

Friday, March 17, 2017

It's Fussy and Fancy Challenge Time!

Hello Everyone!
It's time once again for a new challenge over at the 
 Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge
This new challenge is hosted by Annie and the theme she has chosen is


I haven't played with these Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies for a long time
and today's theme just called out for me to get inky!

After die cutting my images, I used finger daubers and Tim Holtz inks to color
my flowers, leaves & birds.  The flowers have been 'doubled up' for added
dimension and by doing a little shaping with a stylus, my flowers, leaves
and birds are more lifelike ... not just flat!  LOVE THAT!

I hope you've enjoyed my card today and are inspired to come join in our challenge.  And, for more awesome inspiration be sure to pop over and see what my team mates have created ... OMG, so much talent on this team!!

Challenges to share in:
DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #200 - Flowers
Moving Along With the Times Challenge #41 - Handmade or Die Cut Flowers
If you give a Crafter a Cookie Challenge #64 - Photo Inspiration

Time Out Challenge #79 - CASE

Hope to see you there!
Thanks so much for stopping by and as always . . .

Papers:  White cs, olive cs, Dovecraft 'Bohemian' dp
Stamps:  Heartfelt Creations 'Birds & Blooms' #HCPC 3644, Penny Black 'Special Wishes'
Inks:  Versafine Onyx, Tim Holtz distress inks
Dies:  Sue Wilson 'California Collection 'Corner, Border, Tag' #CED1102, Tutti Designs 'Stitched Rectangles', Heartfelt Creations 'Birds & Blooms' die #HCD1-756 and 'Leafy Branch' die #HCD1-757
Accessories:  sponge daubers, Nuvo yellow crystal drops, Heartfelt Creations flower shaping kit, Heartfelt Creations thick dimensionals

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Embossed Roses

Happy Thursday Everyone!
Last weekend there was a big Craft Event on the Home Shopping Network
and even though I rarely tune in ... I was prompted by a good friend to
check it out!  There was one particular item that she thought I might NEED
but I contained myself and didn't place the order.
during one of my periodic 'tune ins' throughout the day
I stumbled upon Anna Griffin showcasing some of her new
5x7 embossing folders.  OMG are they GORGEOUS!
So of course I just HAD to order them and they showed up at my door
yesterday!  YAY!   I just had to make a quick card to see how they embossed.

Anna Griffin Cuttlebug Decorative Scenes 4-piece Folder Set ........ Item 528-926
Cost was $19.95 + shipping and tax
Here's what I made . . .

They were a set of FOUR for under $20 ... WHAT???   How could I resist!!
Here are the other three patterns . . . (click on image to enlarge)
 OMG ... they are gorgeous!
(oh great!  now I'm repeating myself!  lol)
These will make for some QUICK and BEAUTIFUL cards!  

For my card I embossed the panel on white card stock then sponged the upper portion with Tim Holtz 'picked raspberries' distress ink.   For the other samples I die cut from different colors of card stock then sponged white craft ink over top.

I knew I wanted to create something that would be great for my spring craft show and I didn't want to hide too much of the pattern.  So, I went 'in search of ' a challenge and spotted the current Word Art Wednesday Challenge where this beautiful sentiment is a freebie!   PERFECT!

I've used the Tutti Designs 'Nesting Stitched Rectangles' to die cut my sentiment ... added pink gingham ribbon from a Really Reasonable Ribbon pack ... made a bow using my Craft-Dee Bowz bow making tool ... sponged a precut Heartfelt Creations embossed flower with the same TH ink and
Card Complete!

Challenges to share in:
Craft-Dee Bowz March Challenge - ATG w/handmade bow
Use Your Stuff Challenge - Dry Embossing
Crop Stop March Blog Challenge - ATG w/product they carry

Thanks so much for stopping by and I wish you a FABULOUS day ahead!!

As Always . . .

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Double D - Things that Fly

Hello All!  So glad you stopped by today!
I have a new, fun challenge to share with you today that is happening
Team Darlene is hosting today and we have some AMAZING
creations to share that will inspire you and want you to be a part
of this fun challenge!

Today's theme is 


and  here's the Mood Board created to help get you started!
Remember ... if it FLIES, it QUALIFIES!

Believe it or not, I created THREE different cards before I was finally happy 
with what I had made!  Some days things just don't fall into place like they should!

I've had this Cottage Cuts 'Bella Springtime Bird' (#CCE008) die for a very long time and have never used it ... until today!  I die cut it using a scrap of white card stock then colored it with various inks and finger daubers.  

 I originally cut the Spellbinder 'Fancy Lattice' (S5-152) die from the same SU pear pizazz card stock as the mat panel but then the leaves on the tree of my bird die blended in too much ... hence a recut was required ... this time using kraft paper.  Much better!   

The blue butterflies had been cut for a different card then the idea was scrapped so they were laying on my work table also begging to be loved!   I actually like the added POP of color ... love when things come together!!

Be sure to pop over to the Double D Challenge Blog and see what the team as created for your inspiration!  These ladies ALWAYS come up with the most amazing & creative designs!!!
Hope to see you there!
As always . . .
Papers:  White cs, SU Pear Pizazz cs, Kraft cs,  blue cs
Stamps/Ink:  Penny Black 'Special Wishes' / Versafine Onyx
Dies:  Spellbinder 'Fancy Lattice' #S5-152, Cottage Cutz 'Bella Springtime Bird' #CCE-008, Poppystamps 'Stitched Main Street Tags' #1268, Memory Box 'Calais Butterflies' #99333
Accessories:  Various inks, finger daubers, Nuvo orange crystal drop

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

One for the Ladies . . .

Hello Everyone!
Today I have a card 'for the ladies' to share!

I knew I wanted to start with a sketch for today's creation and decided to use the first sketch I saw when I opened the Paper Playful site of challenges ... which is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  And, it just so happens to be the sketch my good friend Diane (Nellie's Nest) was telling me about yesterday.  Mind you, if Paper Playful would have had the Tuesday challenges up ... this would have been entirely different.  LOL

Sue Wilson Designs - Ornate Oval - My Friend

Lately I've been trying to use some of my OLD  'shtuff' so I grabbed this VERY OLD (at least 5 years) sheet of designer paper called 'the girls' paperie by Margie' which is actually double sided so worked perfectly.  For my focus, I've used the Sue Wilson 'Expressions - Ornate Oval - My Friend' 4 piece die set #CED5420 which I think I've only cut once before.  

The flowers are from Heartfelt Creations.   They are left over die cuts from the Adventures in Stamping show I demo'd for them two years ago.  I simply sponged a little Tim Holtz 'picked raspberries' distress ink on to match my design.

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Leafy Branch 4For a touch of greenery around my flowers, I die cut the Elizabeth Craft 'Leafy Branch 4' from olive card stock and snipped it apart to fit in around both the corner flower cluster and the flowers atop my pretty yellow satin ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.   And, my bow was made with the help of the bow making tool at Craft-Dee Bowz.

To help accent my focus image, I went around the outside edge with a Gold Pilot Marker and popped it up with dimensional tape.

Here's a peek at the inside of my card.
I was going to leave it blank for a hand written message but this card is 5x7 in size so there was plenty of room for a stamped sentiment as well as room for a hand written message.

Challenges to share in:
Crafty Cardmaker Challenge #184 - For a Special Woman or Mother's Day
Dream Valley Challenge #151 - Lots of Layers
Craft-Dee Bowz March Challenge - ATG w/handmade bow
Crafty Purple Frog March Challenge - Lovely Ladies
Daisy Chain Challenge #6 - Make it Feminine

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
We had a couple inches of snow over night and they are calling for another 3-5" tonight.  But hey ... I am in NE Ohio ... guess I need to expect this sort of thing ... but just not so late in the year!  LOL   Come On Spring!!!

As always . . .

Monday, March 13, 2017

One for the Boys . . .

Happy Monday All!
Today I've created a card using the sketch challenge at the Mojo Monday Challenge Blog and since I'm in need of some 'GUY' birthday cards that was my theme of choice.

Here's a peek at their sketch and here's what I've come up with . . .


Masculine cards are always more difficult to create than for the ladies but with the help of today's sketch, this one came together quite easily.  Pretty much a no fuss or muss card ... just what the guys like ... something with wheels that makes noise!  LOL

The motorcycle stamp is by Stampendous and my inside sentiment stamp is from Stamp Simply.  I've used the Cuttlebug 'Diamond Plate' embossing folder for both the front banner and the inside panel.  Other dies used today are the Sue Wilson Frames & Tags Stitched Flags #CED4317 and the Frantic Stamper 'Gear Collage' #DIE-09041.  A touch of Tim Holtz 'Stormy Sky' distress ink was used around the edges of my stamped image for color without another layer of matting.

Challenges to share in:
Use Your Stuff Challenge #255 - Dry Embossing (machine or hand)
A Gem of a Challenge #189 - Use 3 B's (Blue, Bike, Banner)
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #109 - Heidi's Color Inspiration

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Not sure what the weather is in your area but they are calling for an accumulation of snow here in NE Ohio over the next few days!  That means you will find me hiding in my crafting cave playing with ink, stamps & dies! LOL

As always . . .