Thursday, March 22, 2018

It's Twofer Time once again ... yeah!

Hello my friends!
 Darnell has her Third TWOFER CHALLENGE

up and running and I must admit ... this one had me a
bit stumped for awhile but I finally came up with an idea!!

What do you think???

I chose to create my two different cards using one of the 
floral stamps in the BoBunny Floral Stamp set shown below.

First I used it to create my background panel for this soothing sympathy card.  Also fussy cut
a flower to use as accent on the sentiment panel.

Then used it as the focus on my second card.
On a scrap of white card stock, I stamped the flower 4 times then stamped it again separately so I could fussy cut it to create a focus panel.  I shadow stamped my flower on a scrap of goldenrod card stock and fussy cut around to create a mat for the focus flower.

This new Echo Park 6x6 Dots & Stripes paper is double sided so the piece I had to cut off I simply flipped over, stamped my sentiment, matted with a scrap of black card stock and VIOLA!

So there you have it ... a fun new challenge and now I have TWO additional cards to add to my stash!  YAY!  Plus it helped get my mojo going.  Can't wait to see what Darnell has up her sleeve next!!  She's such a HOOT!

Challenges to share in:
Craft Rocket March Challenge #46 - Something New (stamp set & designer paper)
DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #225 - Flowers
Southern Girls Challenge - Die Cuts

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

As always,

Other product used on my cards:
Scotch dimensional tape
Martha Stewart 3-in-1 butterfly punch
Sympathy Sentiment:  Verses Rubber Stamps 'Love Becomes A Memory'  #SY0519-E

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Double D - 'Just Wing It'

Hello Friends!
It's time for a new challenge over on the Double D Challenge Blog!
Team Darlene is hosting today and the theme is:

Just Wing It!

Here's the inspiration board I have created to help you get started . . 

For my creation today, I have actually used the same die
as I am offering up as the prize for this challenge.
No! No!  I have my own die ... I didn't use the prize die!  LOL


I still had a scrap of the Ella & Viv 'Ethereal Kit' designer paper from 
making a set of cards shared on my blog HERE ... so I used it
 and die cut my Tutti Designs 'Scallop Stitched Ovals' to showcase

I die cut the Fairy three times from white card stock, coloring only the one
that would be on top when I stacked them.   I've used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
for my coloring.   Then I positioned one of the flowers in her hand and 
gave her wings sparkle using Nuvo glue stick and ultra fine gold glitter.


I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun!
 YOU could be the lucky winner of this fun die set!

So be sure to pop over to the Double D Challenge Blog
to see all the details and amazing samples offered
up by our VERY TALENTED design team ladies!!

Challenges to share in:
Get Creative Challenge #67 - Fantasy, Mythological
Scrapy Land Challenge #86 - ATG using product carried at their store
 Die Cuttin Diva's Challenge  #361 - Flowers

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hope to see you at Double D!
As always . . .

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Using Up Scraps . . .

Happy Day All!
The past couple of days I've shared with you card created
using flowers and today I'm using up some scraps that were left
over from those creations and a few others.
To me, making flowers takes additional time and I certainly don't want
to be throwing any scraps away so I created this card . . .

I pulled a scrap of designer paper out of my scrap box for the background
(DCWV I believe) and these leaves & flower were laying on the table.
When I have left over 'frames' that I've cut and not used, I always
hang them on a hook on the pegboard for future use.  I thought these
would work well today.  

I must admit, I DID have to die cut the inside white panel
for my sentiment and I dug a couple of the tiny pieces of watercolor paper
from the trash to punch the butterflies.

All in all, I think it pulled together to made a nice card!
What do you think?

Challenges to share in:
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #162 - Thank You
 Crafter's Cafe Challenge #192 - Handmade Flowers
heARTful stamping Challenge - ATG + stamp
Pile It On Challenge #140 - Circles and/or Squares
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Use up your Paper Scraps

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I have an eye appointment this morning so I'd better scoot!
As always ...
Altenew stamp set called 'Adore You'
Tutti Designs Scallop Stitched Nesting Square dies
Martha Stewart 3-in-1 Butterfly punch
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks

Monday, March 19, 2018

Flowers Galore!

Hello Everyone!

I had so much fun creating a floral card yesterday for the
challenge posted over at The Flower Challenge,

I just couldn't help but create another one to share today!
This time I used my favorite color combination to create the background on which I stamped my Altenew stamp set called 'Adore You' and then fussy cut the flowers.  I also created a green watercolor panel to stamp/cut the leaves from.  I am very pleased with the outcome.

In order to get added dimension with the flowers I decided to use a couple frames I had left over from other projects and pop them up on the card base.  The image in the center is from an older Graphic45 8x8 paper pad called 'Botanical Tea'.  I had originally intended on just leaving the image as it appeared but then as I started arranging my flowers I realized I could use a couple of them over the flowers in the image and add even more dimension.  

The Tutti Designs Happy and Birthday sentiment are the smaller cut from the same set I used for yesterday's card.  They were still laying on my work table so I simply colored them using the Spectrum Noir PL4 alcohol marker and adding them to the upraised from with a dab of white glue.

I have to admit, I have so many pieces & parts laying around from other projects that I could probably spend the entire day creating cards with just what was left over from other projects.  Hmmmm maybe I'll do just that and see what I can come up with ... now there's a challenge!!  LOL

Challenges to share in:
Crafter's Cafe Challenge #192 - Handmade Flowers
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge #225 - ATG
QKR Stampede #287 - ATG
Simply Papercraft Challenge #55 - ATG
Dare 2B Artzy March Challenge - Favorite Colors (shades of purple)
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #161 - All About Occasions

Wishing you a fabulous week ahead and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!

As always ...

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Pretty Pink Flowers . . .

Happy Day All!
I hope you're off to a GREAT start!

Today I have a card to share that was created for the 'new to me' challenge over on
The Flower Challenge Blog where, flowers are the focus!

I have had this Heartfelt Creations 'Sunkissed' Flower Stamp & Die set for several years now and always forget to play with them!  Well, today's the day and they worked perfectly for what I had in mind for this challenge.
What do you think?

After stamping my flowers with Versafine Onyx ink, I ran them through my vagabond using the coordinating die cut.  BUT, before removing them from the die, I used Tim Holtz 'picked raspberry' oxide ink, water & an artist brush to apply the color.  I like how it leaves a bit of white space on the edges.  After stacking, I've used Nuvo yellow crystal drops for the flower centers.

Memory Box - Dies - Peony Oval Frame
Even though I have plain oval dies, I originally cut the Memory Box 'Peony Oval Frame' (had a different design idea) and didn't want to waste it so 'ran with it' by turning it on it's side and inlaid it back into the cut panel.  The background panel is the last scrap piece of a beautiful 12x12 sheet that I though would make a nice coordinating background to my flowers.  The Tutti Designs Happy and Birthday (the larger of the set of 2 for each word) pops out nicely die cut in white on the black floral background.

What a fun challenge and I'm very pleased with the outcome of my card.

Challenges to share in:
Crafter's Cafe Challenge #192 - Handmade Flowers
 Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper March Challenge - ATG with Patterned Paper
Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #105 - Make it Feminine
CCC Digi Creations Challenge #90 - For the Girls

Wishing you a fabulous week ahead and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!

As always ...

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Get Well Sets

Hello Friends!
Over last weekend I was working on addition cards for an upcoming show and since I had a lady come to buy cards earlier in the week and she was looking for Get Well sets (of which I hadn't prepared yet), I thought I'd better get busy.

While rummaging through designer papers to decide what I wanted to use, I came across this stack of Heartfelt Creation 12x12 papers that I purchased a few years ago when they were reducing old stock.  These sheets had 6 images sized perfectly for A2 cards so that is what I went with.  By simply adding a Get Well to the front and a verse to the inside, these sets came together lickity split!!

What do you think??

I'm very happy with the outcome and now need to look through and see how many other similar sheets I have so I can make even more.  These could be turned into just about ANY occasion.  I love this poppy paper ... SO PRETTY ... sure to lift the spirits of someone who is ill I think. 

I hope you have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping in.
As always ...

Friday, March 16, 2018

Dies R Us Inspiration - Happy Birthday

Hello friends ...
 Today I have a card to share for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog
and it's a birthday card that I think could be used for either a man or a woman!

I recently purchased this Memory Box Cat Tail Sunrise die and couldn't wait to create with it!

Memory Box - Dies - Cat Tail Sunrise

The first thing I did was die cut it from white card stock then color it using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

Next I wanted to create my background.  So, using a 4x6 panel of watercolor paper, I die cut a large rectangle using the Tutti Designs 'Cross Stitched Nesting Rectangles then got busy with watercoloring both panels.  The outside panel using Tim Holtz Oxide 'Amber' and the center panel using Tim Holtz Oxide 'Broken China'.

YES ... did you know DRU now carries inks, papers, adhesives, etc?
Be sure to pop over and check it out!!!

Once I put my panels together and adhered the Cat Tail Sunrise panel,
I decided to make it a birthday card and used the Penny Black 'Your Day' birthday greeting die.

Penny Black - Dies - Your Day

Next came the Cheery Lynn Designs 'Lace Corner Deco E' corner embellishments.  This set of corner dies happens to be one of my favorites.  They are just the right size and there are THREE different patterned dies in the set.  How cool is that!!

Cheery Lynn Designs - Lace Corner Deco E

Remember, if you ever find the die you want is Out Of Stock ...
Click on the 'Put Me On The Waiting List', fill out the form and you will be notified as soon as that die is back in stock!

So there you have it!!
I hope you've enjoyed what I've shared today!

Here's one more peek at the finished card . . .

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

Also, 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.

Challenges to share in:
Always Happy Birthday March Challenge - ATG
Creatalicious Challenge #135 - ATG option/birthday
The Creative Crafters Challenge #2 - ATG

 For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.

click below for:

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Dies R Us Challenge - Frame It

Hello All...
Well here we are at mid-month and of course
that means it's time for a new challenge

And, the theme is:


 I had a lot of fun creating today's card  ... what do you think?

Dies used today are:

 Frantic Stamper - Dies - Oscar, Spot, and Trixie
Amy Design - Dies - Dog House
Tutti Designs - Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circles
Tutti Designs - Scalloped Stitched Nesting Squares
Tutti Designs - Scalloped Stitched Nesting Rectangles
Tutti Designs - Dotted Nesting Squares

I even used the rectangle die for the edging on my sentiment.
I simply stamped it on a scrap of white card stock, die cut the top,
then moved the bottom of the same die up under the sentiment and
die cut again.  Viola!

Here's another view of my finished card . . .

I hope you'll come join in the FRAME IT challenge fun!

Challenges to share in:
2Crafty Critter Crazies March Challenge - ATG w/critter
 Always Happy Birthday March Challenge - ATG
Crafty Animals Challenge #12 - ATG w/animals (ends 3/27)
Creatalicious Challenge #135 - ATG option/birthday
The Creative Crafters Challenge #2 - ATG

Don't forget about the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog DT Call running through March 16, 2018.

You can find all the details by clicking HERE.

Thanks for stopping by ...
As always ...
Papers:  White cs
Stamps:  My Sentiments Exactly!
Dies:  See above
Accessories:  Tim Holtz 'broken china' distress spray (to create background panel), 3M dimensional tape, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sisterhood of Crafters - Birds

Happy Wednesday Everyone!
It's time for a new challenge over at the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge Blog
and I'm happy to tell you I am your hostess today!  The theme I have chosen is:


It won't be long now before the birds are singing their spring song
and I can tell you ... I AM READY!  LOL

Today I have once again 'repurposed' a card I received in the mail from
one of the charities we contribute to.  And by doing so, have a beautiful matching
envelope to go with my 'redesigned' card creation.

I have used scraps of hot pink and turquoise blue to mat my photo
and embellished the corners using the Frantic Stamper 'Heart & Loop Corners' die set.

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Heart & Loop Corners

Using just the 'heart corner' die this time around.
My background paper is from the Paper Studio 'Country Road' paper pack
and the sentiment is an Art Impressions stamp.

I hope you'll pop over to see what my 'sistahs' have created to inspire you ...
Then come join in the fun ... can't wait to see what you create!

Challenges to share in:
Always Happy Birthday March Challenge - ATG
Crafty Animals Challenge #12 - ATG w/animals (ends 3/27)

Don't forget about the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog DT Call running through March 16, 2018.
You can find all the details by clicking HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and,

As always . . .