Friday, September 19, 2014

Ride through life with me . . .

 . . . the best is yet to be!!

Isn't that a wonderful sentiment?!
Hello my friends!
I'm back today with my weekly Crafty Secrets DT card to share.
I've been consumed by the PBS Masterpiece Theater series 'Downton Abbey' (watching Seasons 1-4 through Amazon).  So, of course I'm in a 'vintage', 'loving' frame of mind in my card making today!  LOL!
Did you know Season 5 will be on PBS in January 2015?

ANYWAYS . . .
I just love this vintage image so that is where this creation began!

The background paper today is the Digital Embossed Yellow & Green papers DP-209.
I however, took the liberty of changing the color to pink (using Word10) for my card.  This beautiful paper really gives the illusion of embossing ... you actually will want to run your finger over it to feel the embossing!!

A peek at the inside completes my loving thought on this card using a second cut from the Creative Scraps 'Love Mail' sheet.   A bit of distressing and sponging on the edges using Tim Holtz Tea Dye distress ink ... helps to give it that old time vintage feel.

With being able to print my own 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of design paper via these wonderful Crafty Secrets DIGITAL papers, I had plenty left over to die cut and make my flower for the front.  I've used the Cheery Lynn Designs 'Chrysanthemum'  #B311 die for the flower, Marianne 'leaves' #LR0156 cut from a scrap of green card stock and the word 'LOVE' (both inside & outside the card) is by Cheery Lynn Designs #B227.  And, of course a vintage creation requires a pearl or two ... here I've used Kaiser pearls for the flower center and as a lower corner embellishment.

A few challenges to share in:

Crafty Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge - Vintage
Scrapper's Delights Challenge - Anything Goes w/Twist - handmade flower
Word Art Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

If you haven't been over to the Crafty Secrets Store lately, you are missing out on some AMAZING SALES!!!  Here's the link ... pop over RIGHT NOW!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Hope you have a FABULOUS weekend!
As always . . .


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A card for Grandma . . .

Happy Hump Day my friends!
I recently got the bright idea to purchase some of the Cheery Lynn Designs dies that would help me 'personalize' some cards for my craft show stash ... i.e. Grandma, Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, Daughter and today I've made my first card using one of these dies.



The current challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs is 'Things with Wings' and I thought this beautiful bird image from the Crafty Secrets 'Little Blessings' Creative Scraps sheet would be a perfect image for Grandma!  

I've also used one of my 'go to' butterfly die sets from Cheery Lynn Designs ... #DL112 'Exotic Butterflies Small'.   I love this set ... just the right size and the fact that there are THREE different styles of butterfly in one set is awesome!  Today, I die cut them using clear matte vellum then colored them on the BACK side using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  The vellum gives them a more 'delicate' appearance (LOVE THAT!).  I've also used the CLD 'Anastasia Border' #B136 for my paper lace panels.  ALL items used on today's card will be listed at the end of this post!
 
If you love this image and other beautiful vintage items, NOW is the perfect time to hop on over to the Crafty Secrets 'Crafty Vintage Girl Store' ... they are switching over to all digital so there are some AMAZING sales going on to help clear out the warehouse of stamps, creative scraps, and much, much more!!!

Other challenges to share in today:
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - Anything Die Cut
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge - Butterflies and Bows
Crafty-dee Bowz September Challenge - Anything Goes with homemade bow

Well ... I'd better get busy ... my 1st Fall Craft Show is only a week away and although I'm in 'pretty good shape' ... there are still some finishing touches to do and if time permits, a few other things I'd like to showcase ... just in case the ladies would like to place an order for closer to Christmas.

Have a great day!
As always . . .


Recipe:
Papers:  White cs, Teal cs, First Edition Papers 'Love Letters' dp, Vellum
Image:  Crafty Secrets 'Little Blessings'
Dies:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'Grandma', 'Anastasia Border', 'Exotic Butterflies'
Accessories:  Offray white satin ribbon, Craft-dee Bowz bow making tool

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Pink & Purple Happy Birthday . . .

Happy Tuesday All!
It's time once again for an inspiration card using Dies R Us products!  You can see this card and a new card made by the design team each & every Monday thru Friday at our Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  Please come check it out!
Today I'm not only using one of the dies available at the store, but also an embossing folder available through the Dies R Us store now.  Come take a peek ... we've also expanded to handling a few stamps as well!  New companies and product added ALL THE TIME!!!

I also have a nifty little coloring idea (which I'm sure many of you already use) to share with you today so let's move along . . .

Here is my finished card creation and I've linked back to the 
Dies R Us store the products I have used:


NOTE:  If by chance any of the dies you are desiring are Out of Stock, simply click on the PUT ME ON THE WAITING LIST tab and you'll be notified by email when it arrives back in stock. 

Coloring Tip Photo Tutorial:



While your white card stock is still in the die, color in your flowers using your favorite brand of ink & sponge.  Once removed from the die, you can also color in the stems using your favorite brand of markers.  I've used Tim Holtz distress inks and Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

I did a little fussy cutting on the second floral stem to use three of the flowers across the top of my card.  Adding the remainder of the floral stem to my 'bouquet'.  A few pearls from Flourish With A Bling and a cute little pink satin ribbon was all that was necessary to complete today's creation.
OH!  And I did take the liberty of a few 'swishes' from the pink sponge I used on the flowers to give a hint of color to the Happy Birthday embossed wording.

I hope you've enjoyed today's card and will come visit us at the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  And, why not come join in the fun at our Dies R Us Challenge Blog ... YOU could be the lucky winner of a gift voucher from Dies R Us!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!
As always . . .

Monday, September 15, 2014

Let's have some tea . . .

Hello my friends and welcome to Monday!
How was your weekend?  Mine was quite busy but very productive I'm happy to say!!

While strolling through Pinterest recently, I came upon the most adorable vintage tea pot images and just couldn't wait to create a card using one (or all) of them.  Today's the day since Joan at Joan's Touch has started up her challenges again and today's requirements are:

  • Do a vintage theme
  • Distress the edges
  • Add several layers



  • I'm just thrilled with how quickly this card came together for me this morning since I have another very busy day ahead of me!  
    With the Fall feeling in the air, it certainly has a way of putting you into a 'holiday' frame of mind so I went with a holiday theme for my Christmas red tea pot image.  And as luck would have it, I had several little things laying around from previous projects that fit right in to this card.  I.E. the paper doily which was cut in half as well as the corner die cut that didn't work the way I wanted it to on a previous card.

    Here are a few additional challenges I'd like to share in today:
    613 Avenue Challenge - Anything Goes
    Crafting When We Can Challenge - Christmas Come Early
    Make My Monday Challenge - Tea and/or Cake

    Thanks for stopping by today!  Gotta run!
    Have a great day!
    As always . . .

    Recipe:
    Papers:  White cs, BoBunny dp
    Image:  Pinterest
    Stamps:  Marion Smith Designs 'Tea Party'
    Accessories:  Wilton cake paper doily,  Graphic45 Twelve Days of Christmas Stickers, Tim Holtz 'Berry' distress ink, Wright lace, TH distresser, Poppy Stamps 'Katie Corner' die, pop dots, TH 'tea dye' distress ink

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    WOW! Where did summer go???

    Happy Weekend my Friends!
    What are you working on today?

    With my first Fall Craft Show only a week and a half away, I'm busy, busy trying to be sure I have enough goodies available to sell.  Besides my cards, I try to have a few 'little items' for folks to purchase for those folks that they want to give a little something too but not spend a lot of $$$. 
    So, today I'm working on gift card holders and finger nail file holders.  
    Both were great sellers at past shows.

















      I decided to makes these in 'mass production' form this year. 
    These gift card holders will fit in a 5" x 3 5/8" envelope.
    •  Cut my base cards (4 15/16" x 8 1/2"), score at 3" & 6 1/2".
    •  Round all edges with Creative Memories corner rounder.
    •  On the lower portion, (card holder panel) edge with a gold Pilot Marker.
    •  Punch the 'easy pull' opening in the bottom panel using a circle punch.
    •   Stamp my name/info on the back.
     TIME TO DECORATE THE FRONTS
    •  Go through my holiday scraps to find pieces large enough for front panels.
    •  Top Panel - 4 3/4" x 2 3/4"
    •  Lower Panel:  4 3/4" x 1 3/4"
    • Corner round the edges to match base card.
    • Scor-tape left & right sides of lower (card holder) panel.
    • Embellish front panel to your liking.

    The Fingernail File Holders were a great hit last year so I'm making a few more and a couple different sizes this year!  This is another fabulous project to use up those scraps!!!

    I shared a tutorial on making these holders awhile back and if you're interested, you can click HERE for those instructions.  I purchase my emery boards at a local beauty supply house but I'm sure you can find them other locations such as Walmart, Target, etc.  
    To display this handy little item, I have decorated a couple Bushes Beans cans with holiday pattern paper.  Another great use for those scraps that keep piling up!












    Here are a few challenges I'd like to share in today:
    Bloggers Challenge - Alter It (Bushes Beans cans)
    Craft for the Craic - Something with Circles on it (sentiment circles on nail files)
    Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge - More than one fold
    Dream it up Challenge - Christmas and the Holidays

    Well, enough chit chat ... I'd better get back to work!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend and thank so much for stopping by!  I truly enjoy your visit & comments!

    As always . . .

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    School is in Session!

    Ready for the weekend??
    I sure am!  
    But before 'taking a break' for the weekend, I wanted to share with you a card I have created as a member of the Crafty Secrets design team.  There are so many fabulous papers, images & ephemera available through Crafty Secrets ... I sometimes don't know where I want to start! LOL!


    For today's card I have used several Crafty Secrets elements ... many were already cut and just waiting for me to create with them!
    The background papers I have used are from the Radiant Paper Collection.  The adorable images are from the Childhood Booklet and the numbers are from the Altered Alphabet & More booklet.  Many of these items are on sale so be sure to pop over to our STORE for some amazing sales going on now!!  You DON'T WANT TO MISS OUT!

    A touch of gold Satin ribbon, border punching and faux stitching were used to accent these beautiful papers & adorable images!  Hope you like it!

    A few challenges to share in today:
    Freshly Brewed Challenges - School Days
    Inky Impressions Challenge - ABC's
    Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - Stitching (faux or real)
     The Paper Girls Challenge - Back to School
    Use Your Stuff Challenge - Border Punch (OLD Martha Stewart border punch)
    Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Back to School
    Kitty Bee Designs - School
    Classy Cards 'n Such - Chevrons, Stripes & Dots

    That's it for me today!  
    Enjoy your weekend ... 
    I'm headed out to sit on the deck!  Fall is certainly in the air and we won't have many more weekends where we can sit outside ... without a winter coat that is!  LOL!  In fact, the temperatures have dropped considerable (only in the 60s for a high) after Wednesday's storms and I'll definitely have to put on a light jacket or sweater.  But that's okay ... I love the change of the seasons!!
    As always . . .

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    Live Everyday To The Fullest . . .

    WOW!  Is it Thursday again already?  
    My goodness!  Where is the time going?
    Hello Dear Friends!

    Last evening I took a little 'ME' time and created a card for the Our Daily Bread Challenge which is Stitch It (faux or real).  Since I have YET found time to set up last years sewing machine Christmas present, it will once again be faux!  LOL!


    I really had a lot of fun creating this card and it consists of both NEW and OLD stash.  
    This beautiful Our Daily Bread Stamp is new (to me at least), and the Creative Expression Susan Wilson oval die set is also new.  However, the stitched ribbon and the Paper Studio design paper is old.  In fact, I've probably had that ribbon for at least 5 years!  It was 'lost' and when I redid my ribbon wall recently, it was found ... yah!!

    I've kept today's card relatively simple because I wanted to draw focus to this beautiful verse!

    Here are a few challenges to share in today:
    Craft-room Challenge - Something Old, Something New
    Inky Chicks Challenge #37 - Stitching (faux or real)
    Die Cut Diva's September Challenge - Something New (Susan Wilson Die Set & ODB Stamp)

    Thanks so much for stopping by today!  
    I hope you'll come back tomorrow when I'll have a new Crafty Secrets project to share with you.  
    Till then . . .

    Recipe:

    Papers:  White cs, Black cs, Red cs,  the Paper Studio 'Harper's Boutique' dp
    Stamp/Ink:  Our Daily Bread 'Each Minute', Versafine Onyx
    Accessories:  Creative Expression Susan Wilson 'Australian Collection' #CED2204, Double Stitched Grosgrain Black ribbon, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Pretty, pretty bows' #B422, Tim Holtz fine tip black marker
    Technique:  Faux Stitching

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    Sisterhood of Crafters - Single Layer Cards

    Hello All!
    Yep ... it's time once again for another challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters.
    Today hostess is Micki and she is asking us to create

    SINGLE LAYER CARDS

    Now mind you, I'm one for all the fuss, muss and layers so this was truly a challenge for me!  But I did my best and here's what I have come up with:

    I decided the best way for me to create such a card was by playing with my ink & stamps.  Something I haven't done a lot of lately due to all the amazing dies, stencils and paste out there on the market today!  LOL!!

     And, I decided while I was getting 'inky' I'd make more than just one card so I have TWO to share with you today!  This first card was simply created by sponging 'swishes' of Tim Holtz Distress inks across the card front then stamping my old Stampin' Up stamps over top to decorate.  I've then used Spectrum Noir markers to color in my flower.  The inside was finished off with the coordinating SU stamp and a scrap of pink cardstock die cut oval that was in my stash.
      

    I love how this 2nd card came together.  
    I'm working on some card sets for an upcoming craft show and thought something like this would make a nice set.   I used a larger piece of white cardstock to create my 'stencil' by die cutting one of the larger Spellbinder Scallop Oval dies.  The same Tim Holtz 'picked raspberry' distress ink was used on my stencil as well as sponged around the outside edge.  A little 'faux' stitching was created with my Tim Holtz fine tip black marking pen.  I just love this sentiment stamp ... it is by Verses Rubber Stamps.

    A few challenges to share in:

    A Random Fan Challenge #14 - Bright Colors
    Cards and More - Clean and Simple
    Cardz 4 Guys Challenge #35 - Clean and Simple
    Inky Chicks Challenge #37 - Stitching (faux or real)

    I must end by saying this was truly a LOT OF FUN and I think I'll be working on a few more while I still have inky fingers!  LOL!

    I hope you'll come join in our fun and play along in Single Layer Challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters.  IF you need more inspiration, by all means pop over and see what my Sistahs & Step Sistahs have created!  They are AMAZING!!!   Hope to see you there!

    HAPPY DAY ALL!
    As always . . .

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    Dies R Us Inspiration Time!

    Hello my friends!
    Tuesday means another inspiration card from me using Dies R Us products!
    If you haven't been to the Dies R Us Store, you are MISSING OUT!
    There are SO MANY NEW dies now being carried in the store ... DO CHECK IT OUT!!!

    With the leaves falling off our trees already, I must admit I'm not quite ready for summer to be over yet so I've created  (NOT A CHRISTMAS CARD) but more of an upbeat, pretty day, 'wishful' card for you today.  I hope you like it!



     All dies are from the Dies R Us Store ...
     Spellbinder Classic Circles

     I've created the background by simply sponging the top part of my white card stock panel with Tim Holtz distress blue ink (Tumbled Glass & Faded Jeans) and the bottom portion using Memento 'Bamboo Leaves'.  My birds were colored using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and the sentiment is from JustRite. 

    I've had a request for some Christmas Fairy cards and I think this pretty fairy will work perfectly!  There are other fairies available at the store too ... it was hard to choose which one I liked the best (guess maybe I'll have to go back and get the others! lol).

    Please take a moment and pay a visit to our Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  Each of the 5 team members shares a new creation Monday - Friday!  Such a helpful way of getting your mojo going if it's been on vacation like mine has lately!  LOL!!

    A few challenges to share in today are:
    Crafting From The Heart September Challenge - Anything Goes
    Craft It Up and Link It Up - Anything Goes
    The Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge - Anything Goes

    Fitztown Challenge #52 - Anything Goes
    Lunagirl Moonbeams Challenge - Fairyland
    Melonheads Friends Challenge - 2 or more dies

    OH! And don't forget we have a new challenge on the 1st & 15th of each month over on our Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  Hope you'll come join in the fun!!  Would love to see what you create!

     Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
    As always ...

    Monday, September 8, 2014

    SFC3614 - How About Some Stripes?

    Hello my friends!
    It's time for another fun challenge over at Squigglefly and our theme today is

    HOW ABOUT SOME STRIPES?

    I have chosen to gather my 'stripes' via the design paper I have used.  I wanted to be sure and showcase this cute image by Fawn Palmer called 'Hurt Bunny' properly, so kept my design fairly simple on this front step card.

    The sentiment is also a part of this fun digi set.
    I simply printed cut and shaped to create my banner.


    I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun!
    The team has offered up some fabulous inspiration ... be sure to pop on over to Squigglefly and check it out.  Our SHOP has images from a variety of artists ... I have no doubt you will find what you are looking for to create with.  Take a peek!

    A few challenges I'd like to share in today are:

    Thanks for stopping by today!
    As always ...

    Recipe:
    Papers:  Charcoal Grey 12x12 cs, White cs, American Crafts 'Classic Calico' dp, Paper Pizazz dp
    Accessories:  Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Pretty, Pretty' Bow die #B422, Basic Grey brad, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Front Step' die, Kaiser pearl

    Friday, September 5, 2014

    Thinking ahead and a Birthday Wish . . .

    Happy Friday My Friends!

    Before I share my crafting project with you, I'd like to extend a very HAPPY 17th BIRTHDAY to my grandson Jonathan!  My goodness where has the time gone??
     
    Jonathan is a loving young man and a typical teenage boy!  One of his great loves is RACING (like his Dad) and he's very good at it!  He has a bedroom FILLED with trophies to prove it!

    Jon is a high school SENIOR this year and we are so proud of him!
    He's a wonderful grandson, son, brother & friend!  We all wish him a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY today and many, many more to come!

    LOVE YOU JON!!


     Now ... as for today's crafting project!
      The months are flying by so quickly I thought it best I get started on a few little Halloween treat containers and cards.  We will have plenty of candy to hand out to the many Trick-or-Treaters we receive each year but I wanted a few 'special' treats for the young neighborhood children.  


    Crafty Secrets has a wonderful Halloween CD available at their Store that is filled with everything one would need to create sweet or spooky projects!
    Papers, images, ephemera,  ... all on one CD ... you can find it HERE.

    And don't forget to check out the AMAZING BLOWOUT SALES going on now!!
    Several different packages worth nearly $80 for a mere $19.95 plus S/H.

    If you love Crafty Secrets as much as I do ... you WON'T WANT TO MISS this fabulous bargain!

    I love the capability of printing out my own paper with these digital files.
    Today I've not only made a fun (though a little scarey with that red-eyed crow!) Halloween card, but these fun boxes that will hold some yummy treats come next month!  Think I might have to make a set for hubby but he'll not be getting chocolates (doing so well on his diet, don't want to tempt him) ... I'll have to come up with a different treat idea for him!

    A few challenges to share in:
    Aud Sentiments Challenge #114 - Any sentiment other than Birthday
     Eclectic Paperie September Challenge - Fall
    Crafting by Designs September Challenge - Anything Goes

    Well, that's about it for me today!  
    I wish you all a wonderful weekend ahead and thank you for taking the time to stop by!
    But, before I go, I just want to remind you that you still have time to enter our Crafty Secrets Linky Party! You have until Midnight - Sept. 14th.  NO theme to follow ... simply create using ANY Crafty Secrets products and join in the fun!  Hope to see you there!
    As always . . .