Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sisterhood of Crafters - It's All Black & White

Hello Friends!
Today I'm happy to share a creation for a new challenge at
The Sisterhood of Crafters.
Vickie is our hostess and the theme she has chosen is:


I love making black & white creations so I was
excited about Vickie's choice!  My card actually came together in about
five minutes!!!  I had some die cuts pre cut and sitting on my work
station just waiting for the right time and today's the day!

My die cut is from Tutti Designs ... 'Happy Birthday Square'.
My card is A6 in size and it fit beautifully on my black card stock background panel.  I've had this plaid ribbon on my ribbon board for literally years ... I don't have a lot left but enough for a simple accent on this birthday wish.  Three little pearl drops created with Nuvo White Crystal Drops in the corner and Diamond Stickles in the flower centers and my card is ready for the birthday celebration!

Challenges to share in:
Daring Cardmakers Challenge - Two colors
The Crazy Challenge - Birthday
UnstampaBelles May Challenge - Layers & borders
Crafter's Cafe Challenge - Birthday

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun!

Thanks for stopping by today and as always . . .

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Tutti Designs - Mr. & Mrs.

Happy Sunday Everyone!
Today I'm sharing a quick & easy Wedding card
as my design team creation for the Tutti Designs Blog
using the Mr. & Mrs. die from the Tutti Designs April Release of wedding favorites.

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By simply using two sheets of sparkly designer paper, I was able to create this quick, easy & BEAUTIFUL wedding card. For today's card I have chosen the silver and blue sheets from the Paper Studio 'Glittered Cardstock' 4.5" x 6.5" paper pack purchased at Hobby Lobby.
To make this beautiful die stand out just a bit more I used the Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Rectangles to die cut a background panel.  I also used the 'Nesting Stitched Hearts' to add just a bit more embellishment.  Oh! and I should mention the two smallest hearts used in my design are the ones that popped out of the Mr. & Mrs. die cut.

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  After die cutting and gathering my 'pieces', I laid out the hearts where they best accented the Mr. & Mrs. die cut then added dimensional tape to the back before affixing to the silver sparkly design paper. 

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.

Challenges to share in:
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #351 - Wedding
Aud Sentiment Challenge #180 - ATG w/sentiment
Crafting with an Attitude Challenge #27 - ATG
Southern Girls Challenge #160 - Add Sparkle
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Sparkle
Daring Cardmakers Challenge - Two Colors

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!
As always . . .

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Untie the Ribbons . . .

Happy Day All!
Today I have two things to share with you!
First is a card I created this morning to satisfy a couple of challenges that caught my eye!  First is the Butterfly Challenge which requires 'Layers and the color Cream' and secondly the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge asking for a 'bit of sparkle'.  And, here's what I came up with . . .

I love using layers on my creations so the Butterfly Challenge really appealed to me!
A list of all products used will be at the end of this post. 
I was actually able to use up a few 'bits & bobs' that were laying on
my work station from other projects (love when that happens).

Close Up of the Sparkle
A few other challenges to share in:
Aud Sentiments Challenge - ATG + Sentiment
Cards 4 Galz Challenge #47 - Add some texture
The Paper Shelter Challenge #294 - Stitching (faux or real)

If you recall, a few weeks ago my friend Sandy came and stayed
with us for a week in order to attend the annual Adventures in Stamping
convention and do some family / friends visiting.  She moved to N.C. a few
years ago and you know how it is when you get back in the area ... so many things to do & people to see!

Anyways, look what came in the mail for us the other day from Sandy . . .

 I have never made a 'shadow box' card like this but I will be 
using Sandy's gorgeous card as my sample to give it a try!  The details on this
creation are AMAZING and just gorgeous!  Oh yea, and she also included
a gift card to our favorite breakfast joint inside an awesome 
gift card holder within this beautiful card!

AND . . . THIS is the awesome handmade box she
made and mailed my gorgeous card in!  It was a little 'smooshed'
but not bad at all!  She is retired for the USPS so she knows
what will mail and what won't!  I would have been afraid to do this!

Well hubby is wanting me to come sit on the deck and enjoy a bite of lunch
so I'd better skadaddle!

Thanks for stopping by ...
As always . . .

Papers:  Cream cs, white cs, DCWV dp, scraps of dp
Dies:  Tutti Designs 'Nesting Stitched Rectangles'Frantic Stamper 'Spring Ivy', Elizabeth Craft 'Butterfly Silhouette #704, Butterfly Overlay 1' #705, Sue Wilson 'Shadow Box Collection Lattice Frame'
Accessories:  RRR satin ribbon, Heartfelt Creations stamp/die set, Diamond Stickles, dimensional tape, Craft-Dee Bowz bow maker

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Double D - Flowers Galore

Hello All!
It's time once again for a new challenge at the

Today's theme is FLOWERS GALORE
and here's the beautiful mood board designed
for inspiration . . .

I'm happy to say Team Darlene is the host for this challenge
and they have come up with some amazing creations ... please be sure to
pop over and take a peek!

Here's what came together for me today . . .

Once again I'm using up some scraps and off cuts
on today's card.  I somehow end up with so many bits & bobs
that I don't want to discard so I just keep piling them up
and pull from those piles when ever I can.
Do you do that???  LOL

I began my creation with the Memory Box Calla Oval Wreath
which was colored with various ink colors that remain on my finger daubers ... then overlaid with Prima flowers.
Memory Box - Dies - Calla Oval Wreath

I first thought I would put a sentiment in the center of my wreath but then decided a birdhouse would look better.  So, I chose the Poppy Stamps Carolina Birdhouse and Memory Box Contempo Birds.

To add another layer of depth,  I die cut this pretty Memory Box Large Antilles Floral Right Corner  and popped up the flowers with small Heartfelt Creations pop dots.

Challenges to share in:
Dream Valley Challenge - Things with Wings
Country View May Challenge - Flower Power
Craftaholics R Us May Challenge - Spring colors or Flowers
Create & Inspire Challenge #62 - ATG option/ add flowers
Die Cut Diva's May Challenge - Flowers (trees, bushes, etc)
Ike's World Challenge #88 - Fairies or things that fly

I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun!
Here's what's up for grabs to one lucky random draw winner.

Hope to see you there!
As always . . .

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Never enough birthday cards . . .

Hello All!
How's the weather in your neck of the woods?
It has been fabulous here in Ohio!
Which means I've been spending more time outdoors and
less time in my crafting cave!  {sigh}

BUT ... I wanted to play along in a few challenges and have a quick & cute card to share with you today!  The first challenge is always one of my 'GoTo' challenges and that is the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge.  Here's the sketch they are showcasing this week:
Okay ... so now I have the sketch I want to follow ... next is my focus image!  And for that I decided to check out my file of digital images and found this cute image from Bugaboo called 'Frame It Balloon Boy' so I'll also be sharing in their Bugaboo May Crafty Awesomeness challenge.

I just never seem to have enough kids birthday cards in my sale box so that is the theme I'm going with today.  
After coloring my image using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, I decided to pull my paper patterns using his shirt as my inspiration.  I found these cute papers in an older American Crafts 6x6 Dots & Stripes paper pad.

 Here are a few other challenges I'd like to share my creation with:
Card Mania Challenge #92 - Life is Colorful

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Please come back tomorrow when I will be hosting a new challenge
at the Double D challenge blog.  I think you're going to like the theme and mood board I have come up with! 

As always . . .

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Tutti Designs - Forever

Happy Sunday Everyone
to all the Mom's out there!
It's my turn to share a new creation at the Tutti Designs Blog and today I'm sharing a creation using three die sets. One of which is from our latest  Wedding themed April Release.  These of course are all available at the Tutti Designs Store.

 The die sets I have used today are:

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I wanted to keep my card relatively clean & simple but I also wanted to add dimension and texture so my first thought was to add dimension by popping up this fabulous wedding car!

This was an easy 3 step process:
*  Die cut three car panels
* Add dimensional tape to the back of two of the cars
* Attach each panel together.

By using a Swiss Dot Embossing Folder for my background panel, I've achieve the texture I was looking for.  I used three of the dies from the heart set.  The smallest (#1) for my sentiment and the #4 & #6 dies for my open heart panel behind my car.    The I & U letters are from the Memory Box Classic Upper Alphabet die set.

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!
As Always . . .

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Imagine That!

Happy Saturday Afternoon All!
What a beautiful day we are having here in Ohio.
It started out a bit cool but the sun came out and it's a glorious day!

This morning I received this fabulous digi set

and couldn't wait to use it!  And it came just in
the nick of time since I need a birthday card for a little
girl.  Her party is tomorrow .. yikes!  Better late then never they say!  LOL
These PRECOLORED images help make 
for a fast card when you are forgetful like I have a tendency
to be these days!  LOL  Here's what I created . . .

I printed my image on a 4x6 scrap of white card stock then
die cut it using the Memory Box 'Cross Stitched Frame Borders' die set.
A polka dot background and a few Cloud 9 Designs 'rain drops'
and my card is party ready!!

There's a new monthly challenge going on right now at
Imagine That! Creative Playground blog and the theme is Anything Goes.
So I'm headed over to share this fun creation.  
Then it's time to make & enjoy 'Dinner on the Deck' ... YAY!

A few other challenges to share in:
Crazy 4 Challenge - Shade of Green
Simply Create Too Challenge - Use a digi stamp

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope your Saturday is going as good as mine is!
As always . . .

Friday, May 12, 2017

It's Fussy & Fancy Time!

Hello Everyone!
It's time once again for a new challenge over at the 
 Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge
I'm thrilled to say that I am your hostess for today's challenge.
The theme I have chosen is


I have several Nellie's Choice sheets of adorable Sandra Kuck images so that was my choice for today's focus image.  The Tutti Designs Nesting Stitches Circles were just the right size for cutting and left just the perfect sized matting.  My pink roses DCWV designer paper made for a beautiful backdrop which also brought focus to the trailing roses in the image.   My 'pearls' were created with Nuvo Pink Crystal Drops. 

I used a pink organza ribbon to make my triple bow then added a pink Wild Orchid rose to the center.  To add additional sparkle, I dabbed diamond Stickles here & there on the ribbon bow.  It looks so pretty in real life!

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:

Create with TLC & {Doing Life} Challenge - Anything Goes

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

Papers:  Pink 110# cs, DCWV roses dp, White 80# cs
Image:  Nellie's Choice
Stamps/Ink:  Impression Obsession / Versafine Onyx
Accessories:  JoAnn's Pink Organza ribbon, Wild Orchid paper rose, Nuvo Pink Crystal Drops, Diamond Stickles,

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sisterhood of Crafters - Encouraging Words

Hello Friends!
Today I'm happy to say I am the hostess for a new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters.
The theme I have chosen is:


With what seems to be so much hate and discontent in our world today, 
why not take a moment and do or say something to encourage your friends, neighbors or even a stranger!  
A few kind words could change someone's life! 

I found this sentiment on a sheet of 'Words of Inspiration' by Inspired by Stamping.
The background was created by simply repeat stamping a
Stacey Stamps floral stamp around the outside edge of a white
card stock panel using SU Bermuda Bay ink.

To showcase my sentiment, I've used the Tutti Designs
Nesting Stitched Tags and added a simple knotted turquoise
ribbon that I actually had laying on my work station from a previous project.

Challenges to share in:
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #241 - Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge #65 - Anything Goes w/steel dies
The Crafty Addicts Challenge #36 - Anything Goes w/sentiment
 Word Art Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

I hope you'll come join in our fun challenges!

Thanks for stopping by today and as always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Black cs
Ink:  SU Bermuda Bay, Versafine Onyx
Stamps:  Stacey Stamps, Inspired by Stamping
Accessories:  Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Tags, Turquoise Satin Ribbon

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Dies R Us - Happy Birthday Cards

Hello Friends!
Today I have not one but TWO birthday cards to share that were created for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog and they are easy, fun and VERY mailable!

 How easy is this!
I was playing around with my new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks last week and had a few panels sitting on my worktable so thought this one would look nice on a birthday card.    I also had this 'frame' which was left over from another project so why not use it too and help showcase my Poppy Stamps 'Jumbled Happy Birthday' sentiment die.  A few added Nuvo crystal drops and my card is ready to mail!

Poppystamps - Dies - Jumbled Happy Birthday

The blue frame was created using Tutti Designs 'Nesting Stitched Rectangles' dies.

Tutti Designs - Dies - Nesting Stitched Rectangles

My second card (as I said) utilizes the same Poppy Stamps sentiment die but I used it a little differently since I wanted to share this fun Tutti Designs 'Balloon Corner' die on my card and the sentiment was too long to position the word Birthday  'as a whole'! 

  So, I simply snipped the 'day' from the birthday and placed it on the bottom with 3 dots following from Nuvo crystal drops.  I also filled the little openings in the balloons with various colors of Nuvo crystal drops for a touch of color.

Remember, each an every day of the month there's a new inspiration sample being shared by this fabulous design team.  Please be sure to pop in regularly.

Challenges to share in:
Seize the Birthday Challenge - ATG Birthday
Come and Get It Challenge - Birthday
Simon Says Monday Challenge - It's A Frame Up
Crafty Cardmakers #188 - Add a Sentiment
 Ooh La La Challenge #228 - Something Beginning with "B" (Blue, Birthday, Balloons)

I hope you've enjoyed what I've shared today!  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.
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Thanks so much for stopping by today and as always . . .