Sunday, December 4, 2016

Tutti Designs - Through the Ivy Gate

Happy Sunday Everyone!
Today it's my turn to share a new, inspirational creation using dies from the Tutti Designs Store.  Tutti has come out with so many amazing dies recently and today's I'm using a die from their October release called Garden Trellis #TUTTI-183.

I love creating 'scenery' card and I thought this 'Trellis' could also be used as a gate with a few little snips of the scissors.  Here's what I've created:

My background was created using Stampscape stamps and ink.
I love how this 'gate' opens onto the path.
Here's a few steps I took in creating today's card:

 First I colored the ivy on my trellis using various green Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

Next I colored in my 'trellis' pieces using another alcohol marker of a different color.  I probably should have used a gray or black color but I remembered the flower trellis we had at home when I was growing up and it was never a dull dark color.  

My dad had a green thumb and not only were the flowers he grew beautiful but so were the containers or trellis they grew on.  He liked color and I guess I do too!

 Next came the 'snipping' to turn my trellis into a gate that opens.  Note the white dotted lines on my image ... that is where I made my cut then gently rolled the 'gate' back around a pencil to give it a bit of a curve.

Positioned my trellis gate onto my card front and VIOLA!

I've seen some of my team mates use their dies in 'different' ways 
so today I thought I'd give it a try too.  I must say, I'm very pleased with myself right now!  LOL

Please be sure to pop over to the Tutti Designs Store 
and check out all of these fabulous dies. 

Need inspiration?  
The team has something new to share on the Tutti Designs Blog EACH and EVERY DAY!   Pop in often and see for yourself ... what a talented group of designers!!

I'll be back again next Sunday with a new Tutti Designs project.
In the meantime, here are all the Tutti Designs quick links you will need:

 Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Medium Blue cs
Dies:  Tutti Designs 'Garden Trellis' #183
Stamps:  Stampscapes, Stampers Anonymous
Inks:  SU Soft Sky, Versafine Onyx, Memento Bamboo Leaves
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers,  Sponge daubers

Saturday, December 3, 2016

So much to do . . .

 . . . so little time!  

Hello Friends!
I was beginning to panic because I didn't have enough holiday cards made yet for family and friends so last evening I decided upon a design and today (when I should have been cleaning/decorating for next weeks annual Christmas party), I buckled down and got them ALL DONE!  Whew!  Forty-eight in all.

 Four images ... 12 cards using each image.
I've used various background designer papers and snowflake die cuts.
 Nuvo crystal drops were used on each card as an extra dimensional element.


Now tomorrow when I'm watching Steeler football I can get the envelopes addressed and they will go postal on Monday!  Whew!  Then I can check that this one off the list and concentrate on the party.  
Hubby has the menu well in hand ... doing some shopping tomorrow then the remainder on Wednesday.  Needless to say we will once again be making WAY TOO MUCH food but he hates to run the risk of running out of anything LOL!  He even made himself a list after last years party stating 'CUT BACK ON THE AMOUNT OF FOOD' but from what I just saw on the table, his list is just as long as past years!  OH WELL ... that's okay ... everyone likes taking left overs home with them ... guess I'd better put 'take out containers' on my shopping list.

Challenges to share in:
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Christmas Time
Crafty Friends Challenge - Merry Christmas (* Inlinkz not working)
Creative Corner Challenge - Vintage/Retro Christmas
Jingle Belles Challenge - December Wrap Up

Thanks so much for stopping by.
I hope you're having a fabulous weekend!
As always . . .

Paper:  110# White cs, various designer papers
Dies:  Spellbinder 'Create-a-flake- S4-340, Sweet Dixie 'Snowflakes' SDD007, Impression Obsession 'Snowflakes' DIE-100F, Sue Wilson 'Pierced Flags' CED4304
Accessories:  Nuvo White crystal drops

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Dreaming of a White Christmas

WOW I need to hurry!
My friend Diane (Nellie's Nest) shared this challenge blog with me this
morning and I've been trying all day to get the time to finish 
my card and get it posted and now the challenge ends in 24 minutes!  YIKES!  

It's the Dreaming of a White Christmas over at Jingle Belles Challenge Blog.
Here's their beautiful mood board ...

I also saw the Monday challenge at Simon Says is 'O Christmas Tree' 
so I'll be joining in that fun too!

Here's what I've come up with ... and yes this was a quick card!

I love a white on white card but I just had to add  a touch of blue for the evening sky.  The Sparkle of snow was added by applying Nuvo glue to the die cut and sprinkling on Deco Art Glitter dust.  The background  frame was popped us as were the reindeer.

I'll be back with all the details but first I really need to get this
entered to the challenge before it ends or my rush with be for not!!  LOL

Okay I'm back ... whew! got it shared just in the nick of time.  All product used is listed below.  Most of my delay yesterday was the fact that hubby decided we were going to put up the Christmas tree and add a few more outside decorations since the weather here in Ohio was so pleasant .

Other challenges to share in:
Sweet Stampin' Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes Christmas
 Crafty Creations Challenge #329 - Christmas
Fab n Funky Challenge #329 - Christmas
A Snowflakes Promise Challenge #34 - Winter theme
Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #294 - Make it Sparkle
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge #86 - Part One - Anything Goes Christmas

Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .

Papers:  White card stock
Dies:  Spellbinder 5x7 Holiday Frame #S6-040, Frantic Stamper Reindeer Duo #FRA-DIE-09083, Memory Box Fresh Pine Landscape #99507
Accessories:  Nuvo glue, Deco Art Glamour Dust, Tim Holtz distress inks, large sponge daubers, dimensional tape

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dies R Us - Pretty Packages

Hi Everyone!
Today I have a creation made for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog!
The card I have made is designed using dies from the Dies R Us Store.  If you've not popped over to the Dies R Us Store recently, DO IT NOW!  So many newly released dies that you won't want to miss out on.  

And, OH MY GOODNESS the sales they've been having!!  Of course if you aren't already signed up for their newsletter, you'll want to do that because that's they only way you will be informed of the AWESOME unadvertised sales that you can participate in and get some amazing deals ... great for gift giving too!!!

Anyways onto today's card . . .

The dies I have used in the creation are:

Sue Wilson Frames & Tags - Stitched Flags - CED4317

Sue Wilson Designs - Frames & Tags - Stitched Flags

Memory Box - Gift Wrapped Poinsettia - #99478 which is unavailable at the present time but very similar to 
Memory Box - Poinsettia Ribbon - MBD-99182
 Memory Box - Dies - Poinsettia Ribbon

Cheery Lynn Designs - Poinsettia Strip - #B324

Cheery Lynn Designs - Poinsettia Strip

AND Cottage Cutz - Elegant Poinsettia Spray - CCE-036 which was purchased through one of those special Newsletter Sales I was telling you about at the start of this posting.

Sorry I have no photos of the 'process' in making this card!  Hubby was working on my computer when I was creating and I totally forgot to take some photos along the way ... so distracting when he's in my cave but sometimes it's necessary!  LOL

Here are a couple close ups that you might like to see . . .

Even though the Memory Box Poinsettia ribbon has the poinsettia as part of the die, I did two things ... I colored the pieces that cut out (petals) using Tim Holtz distress inks and reinserted them into the die cut ... but also die cut, sponged and shaped a poinsettia from the Cheery Lynn Designs die strip and placed on top to give it more texture and dimension.  

The little green viney pieces were cut from the Cottage Cuts die (didn't use the flower ... just the vines).

I used two of the stitched flags from the Sue Wilson set to create my 
sentiment panel.  A touch of gold stickles add the sparkle that is always necessary
for a holiday card!  

Challenges to share in:
Crafting from the Heart Challenge #138 - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenge #340 - Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge #236 - Christmas
Use Your Stuff Challenge #243 - Christmas card or Scrapbook page
 613 Avenue Creates Challenge #191 - Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenge #50 - Anything Goes Christmas

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.

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!
As always . . .

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Tutti Designs - Flower Cart Fun

Happy Sunday Everyone!
Today it's my turn to share a new, inspirational creation using dies from the Tutti Designs Store.  Have you seen the Tutti Design October Release?  So many beautiful dies ... you'll want to check it out for yourself.  I'm using one of those newly released dies for today's creation.

Today's card was created with the October release die
Flower Cart - TUTTI-182

 I decided to do a little 'paper piecing' today.  A technique I don't do often but always love the outcome when I do.  Here's how it all began . . .

Typically when I receive my dies, I quickly die cut each one from white card stock.  Not only can I see how it looks once cut, but can also then decide if I want to color it with markers ... inks ... cut again from colored papers or use it as a base as I have done today.

Next I die cut the body of the die image from scrap designer paper.  A few snips here and there and I was ready to 'paper piece' over my white die cut panel.

I wanted to color the handles and wheel of the cart as well as the flowers using my markers.
You want to do that before you paper piece that way you can be sure
to get your color up 'under' the panels that will be paper pieced and
have a smoother look.

After getting my flower cart just the way I wanted it,
it was time to 'showcase it'.
By simply die cutting some ovals and doing a little
ink sponging for the sky and around the outside edge,
I was ready to compile my card onto my pink embossed background
panel and white base card.

Oh and I forgot to mention ... see those adorable little butterflies?
They pop out from the die cut and of course we can't waste them!
I simply colored them with whatever marker was laying on my work table
then added them into the sky on my finished product!

Please be sure to pop over to the Tutti Designs Store 
and check out all of these fabulous dies. 

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!!

I'll be back again next Sunday with a new Tutti Designs project.
In the meantime, here are all the Tutti Designs quick links you will need:

 Thanks for stopping by and as always . . . 

Papers:  White cs, Black cs, Purple cs, Scrap of designer paper
Dies:  Tutti Flower Cart #182, Lawn Fawn Stitched Ovals (large #LF910, Small #LF909), Impression Obsession - Cat #DIE083, Sue Wilson Scandinavian - Corners, Borders & Tag #CED4202
Accessories:  Cuttlebug Honey Comb embossing folder, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Memento Bamboo Leaves ink, Tim Holtz Broken China distress ink, Large sponge daubers, Dimensional Tape

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Sisterhood of Crafters - Use Some Pearls

Hello Friends and welcome back!
Today is a new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters
and Agata is our hostess.  The theme she has asked us to follow is:

 What an easy and fun theme  ... here's what I came up with:

I spotted a package of K&Co. embellishments hanging on my pegboard
and within this package were some beautiful blue acetate image that I thought
would work perfectly with my Melissa Francis 5th Avenue designer paper.

When I cut the end of my designer paper to fit my card base it left
this scallop edge design scrap so I simply fussy cut around the scallops
to create a panel that worked perfectly to adorn the top of my card.
 It was difficult to capture the color on these acetate panel
so here's another angle so you can hopefully see how pretty they really are.

I added dimensional tape to the back of my scallop top panel
to add a bit of dimension  ... the theme required pearls and VIOLA!
My card is ready to go postal.

I didn't add a sentiment yet because I think it could
be used from anything from a birthday to a simply note card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope
you'll come join in the challenge fun at

As always . . .

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Love Vintage Santa's

Happy Tuesday Everyone!
Thanksgiving is nearly here and since I don't have to do all the cooking this year,  I'm busy creating holiday cards for friends and family.  I have found that the best way to get my mojo started is with a challenge ... whether it be a sketch ... color ... mood board ... there are so many wonderful blog challenges out there it's easy to find inspiration.

Today I'm going with the current Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge ...

I struggled a bit with what image to use but then I spotted this wonderful vintage Santa in one of the many Graphic45 paper packs I have and it was PERFECT!   Isn't he just fabulous?

The designer papers I used are Graphic45 and  Kaiser Craft.
My banner is from the Sue Wilson 'Pierced Flags' #CED4304 die set purchased from the Dies R Us store

Sue Wilson Designs - Pierced Flags

 and the snowflake is an old Spellbinder set I've had in my stash for awhile now.   I have covered it with glue using the Nuvo Large Glue Pen purchase from Sparkle & Sprinkle and Deco Art Glamour Dust.  So festive & pretty!

Did you notice the gold edge around my papers?  That was done freehand with a Gold Pilot Marker.  It has a large rounded tip and if you carefully run it down the edge of your paper, you get a beautiful look of a 'layer' without the bulk.  I learned this trick several years ago from a friend who was a retired art teacher and had a stamping store.  I use this method all the time ... especially during the holidays.

Challenges to share in:  
Simon Says Monday Challenge (ends 11/28) - Use 3 of something.
(3 Nuvo Pearl Drops)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #46 - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #168 - Anything Goes
 Crafting From the Heart Challenge #137 - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenge #339 - Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge #236 - Christmas

 Well I guess that does it for me today.
I hope you'll stop back tomorrow when I will have a creation to share for the new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters.  This will be their last challenge for 2016 ... and it's a fun one ... please come join us.

Papers:  White cs, Graphic45 dp, Kaiser Craft dp
Dies:  Spellbinder, Sue Wilson
Accessories:  Nuvo glue pen, Nuvo Crystal Drops, Deco Art Glamour Dust, Gold Pilot Marker, dimensional tape