Friday, January 23, 2015

Birthdays are for the birds!

. . . LOL  I'm sure some people think this way but not me!  I love it when my birthday comes around!  I only pray I can be as healthy as my Mother is 20 years from now when I'm her age!

Happy Friday My Friends!
Today I have a fun card created using an image from the Crafty Secrets Birds and Blossoms and sentiment stamp from the Bird Lovers Stamp Set.  I've also used the current Sketch Challenge #524 over at Splitcoast Stampers as my starting point.

I can never have enough birthday cards in my stash and since I was short on time getting a card created (crafting time being taken up with remodeling/painting our downstairs bathroom) these fabulous bird images are perfect to make a person smile on their birthday!

Going to be a short post this morning!
A good friend who unfortunately lost her husband has asked me to share the day with her on this 2nd anniversary of his death.  So we are going to go do a little shopping, have lunch out and who knows what else!  Just want to help her get through the day however I can.

Our bathroom remodel is coming along nicely ... photos to come soon.

Have a great day and as always . . .

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Happy Birthday Mom!

Hello dear friends!
As my title suggests, my Mom is having a birthday (on the 27th) and she will be a very young 85 years old.  It's hard for me to imagine my mom is this age since I have trouble keeping up with her, lol!  She's so busy working 2 jobs, singing, dancing.  Yep ... she's a go getter!!

So today's card was created with her in mind.
It's Mojo Monday time and I've been enjoying creating for a few fun sketch challenge blogs since the new year began.  I must say it has really made me get out of my slump and think outside the box.  LOVE THAT!!!  Anyways, this week's sketch at the Mojo Monday Challenge is ...

And here is my card ...

I am just loving some of the images I'm finding online such as the one I've used on today's card.  My mother loves the vintage/Victorian design so I think this image will be perfect.  Even though the image was square, I printed it a little larger so I could die cut it using the Spellbinder 'Lacey Circles'.  And, I thought the paper doily was perfect for this image also.

Do you enjoy working with sketches?
Well the Mojo Monday sketches are always a fun way to begin.  Give it a try why don't you!

A few other challenges to share in:
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge - Letter "B" (butterflies, birthday, bouquet)
Party Time Tuesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenge - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenge - Anything Goes
Love To Scrap Challenge Blog - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
As always . . .

Papers:  SU Pink Pirouette cs, Graphic45 'Botanical Tea' dp, White cs
Dies:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'Mom', 'Happy', 'Birthday' dies, Spellbinder 'Lacey Circles'
Accessories:  Martha Stewart 'Butterfly' border punch, Wilton paper doily

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Happy XOXOXO Anniversary

Happy Tuesday Friends!
It's time once again to share an inspirational creation using die cuts for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog using dies carried at the Dies R Us Online Store.
Even though it's getting close to Valentine's Day and we are all concentrating on making those 'loving' creations, I know there are some people who actually choose that date for their wedding day so I felt an Anniversary card was in order.
What do you think?

The dies used on this creation are:
Impression Obsession 'Layered Hearts' #DIE056
Impression Obsession 'Cupids' #DIE125
Cheery Lynn Designs 'Happy' #B226
Happy (Set of 2) - B226
Anniversary Mix and Match Words - B243

The 'heart' and the 'cupid' have been die cut twice ... once in white and once in red.
After using E6000 Spray Adhesive to attach my heart die cut to a lighter red panel, I filled in the full hearts with those die cut from the deeper red paper.  A white Gelly Roll pen was used to add the outline dots.  For the cupid I offset the white cupid atop the red cupid to give the illusion of a shadow then popped it up with dimensional tape.  I love how this came together!

A few challenges to share in:
Cards Galore Encore January Challenge - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage Challenge - Anything Goes
Die Cut Diva's January Challenge - Anything Goes
My Artistic Adventures Challenge - LOVE
Scribble and Scrap Challenge #36 - Anything Goes
Cheery Lynn Designs - Sweethearts (add a heart)
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenge - Hearts
Eureka Stamps Challenge - Color Red
The Crazy Challenge - Embossing

If you are new to DIES R US, here are some important links you'll want to check out . . .

Remember to come join in our challenge fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  Our current challenge is to use your die cuts along with an EMBOSSING FOLDER (which I have actually done on my card today).  Hope to see you there!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous remainder of your week!
As always ...

Papers:  SU Pink Pirouette cs, White cs, various scraps of red cs
Dies:  'shown above in my post'
Accessories:  Michael's Valentine's ribbon, white Gelly Roll pen, E6000 spray adhesive, ProvoCraft Hearts embossing folder, SU dimensionals, Creative Memories corner rounder

Monday, January 19, 2015

Frozen ...

... in more ways than one!  LOL!
Good Morning my friends!
It's another COLD day here in NE Ohio but I shouldn't complain, this time last week was about 30 degrees LOWER than today!  Brrrr!
I shared these photos over on my FB page over the weekend but wanted to share them here as well.  Hubby and I are in the routine of going out to breakfast early on the weekends then doing our grocery shopping.  Well, last weekend when we visited a new grocery in the area, (temperatures were in the single digits) I was thrilled to see these beautiful ice carvings on display outside the store with the characters from the Disney movie FROZEN.  Aren't they splendid ... such talent.

This past weekend was a bit warmer so needless to say they weren't as 'exquisite' as they were the weekend before when I snapped these photos with my phone.
I knew ABOUT the movie but hadn't seen it ... until this week. Our neighbor lent us their copy over the holidays and after seeing the carvings we decided to watch it.  LOVE the characters in all the Disney movies ... don't you!

I discovered these free images of Elsa online and decided to make a couple birthday cards.  Though difficult to see, there is sparkle on the snowflakes as well as the snowflakes in Elsa's hair.

Papers:  SU Bermuda Bay cs, Paper Pizazz dp, white cs
Stamps/Ink:  The Stamp Pad Co., Just For Fun/Versafine Onyx
Accessories:  Wild Rose Studio 'Snow Flurry' (cut into 3 pieces), Diamond Stickles
Papers:  SU Bermuda Bay cs, White cs, DCWV Winter Mat Stack (OLD)
Dies:  Memory Box 'Snowflake Corner', Cheery Lynn Designs 'Happy', 'Birthday', 'Daughter'
Accessories:  Waterfall Stickles, Diamond Stickles, Fiskars swivel craft knife, E6000 spray adhesive

A bit of fussy cutting and die cutting was all that was needed to create these fun cards.  I hope they'll put a smile on the little girl's face who will receive them.

A few challenges to share in ...
Red Carpet Studio Challenge - Inspired by movie Frozen

Well it's the beginning of a new week and I have a lot of things on my ToDo List today so I'd better quit 'playing around' and get busy!  LOL!
Have a great day!
Those of you in the 'Frozen' temperatures ... please be safe out there and stay warm!

As Always ...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

I'll Stay There Forever . . .

Hello Dear Friends!
It's the start of a new week and the start of a new challenge at 613 Avenue Creates!
I hope you'll come join in the fun!
Very easy ... ALWAYS ANYTHING GOES but with a TWIST.
YOU CHOOSE if you enter with an Anything Goes creation or if you go one step further and follow to create using the Twist!

 Did you know it was Winnie The Pooh Day??
Yep ... so this week's challenge 
TWIST is to use one of the Winnie the Pooh quotes provided at the challenge blog. 

Once again we have fabulous sponsors for our challenge!

What fun I had creating with one of the fun images 
from Sami Stamps called 'BIRD ON  MY TOES".

I do hope you'll come join in our challenge fun and PLEASE pop over to see what fun creations my team mates have created using a variety of Winnie the Pooh quotes.

A few challenges to share in today are:
Hiding in my Craft Room - Color It (used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers)

Thanks for stopping by and have a "Pooh"daful day!!  LOL!!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Graphic45 6x6 Secret Garden 6x6 patterns & solids dp, Black cs
Accessories:  Spellbinder classic circle dies, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Tim Holtz fine tip black marker
Technique:  Faux Stitching

Friday, January 16, 2015

Butterfly Kisses . . .

Hello Again My Friends!
Sorry for yet another post in the same day but what can I say?  I'm on a roll and lovin' it!   These 'spurts' don't happen often and I have to keep the creative juices flowing when they do!!!
I do hope you understand! 
At my age, a girl's gotta do - what a girl's gotta do!  LOL!

As you saw in my earlier post, I do enjoy a good sketch challenge!  And, I recently was introduced to an awesome one at the Cardabilities Sketch Blog.  
Here's the new sketch to create with . . .

And, here is my creation . . .

(View of the INSIDE)

I must admit these sketches are really making me THINK and be more creative!
I'm very fortunate to have all the wonderful crafting goodies I have available to me ... so many in fact, that sometimes I neglect (or just don't have enough hours in a day) to blow the dust off and use them.

Today, I did just that!  
Blew the dust off of my stencils and got creative!
As you see, not only on the front of my card, but on the inside panel as well!
LOVE when I finish a card inside & out!!

I even used a couple dies that had never been die cut yet!  OMG!  
This pretty 2 piece Impression Obsession 'Fancy Butterfly' die set that I've had for ages.
And, hiding under the Butterfly Kisses panel, the Spellbinder 'Wonderful Locket' die set.

Here are a few other challenges I'd love to share this creation with:
Brown Sugar Challenge - Birthday for a Girl
Sister Act Challenge #89 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and for all your kind words of encouragement!
I truly love what I'm doing (now that I'm retired) and so blessed to be able to share it with all of you out there in blogland!  Have a FABULOUS weekend!!
As always . . .

Papers:  Ivory cs, Cosmos Cricket dp, Paper Pizazz dp, scraps of design papers
Inks/Stamps:  Versafine Onyx, Tim Holtz Dusty Concord / Serendipity Stamps, Verses Rubber Stamps
Stencil:  Memory Box 'Texture Mesh'
Dies:  Impression Obsession 'Fancy Butterfly',  Poppy Stamps 'Massa Leaf Outline', Sizzix 'Branch w/leaves, Sweet Dixie 'Daisy Set', Spellbinder 'Wonderful Locket'
Accessories:  Pop Dots, Purple Stickles, Large sponge dauber

Butterfly Birthday

Happy Friday my friends!
Today I have a card created for the Sketch Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.
(If you're not a member of SCS, you probably won't be able to get into the site link.)
It has been SO LONG since I played a challenge over at SCS!
Well ... Today's the day!

Here's the sketch ...

And, here's my card ...

I found this beautiful image over on Pinterest and thought it would work perfectly for the focus image on today's card.  It seemed to be the right size ... all it needed was a little matting and faux stitching.

The background designer papers I've used are all from my scrap bin.  The green panel is from Cosmos Cricket, the dark purple panel is from Fabscraps 'High Tea' and the lighter purple background is from Hot Off The Press.

I knew I wanted to add butterflies but wasn't sure on the color  ...  so, created my own using Tim Holtz broken china & dusty concord distress inks onto a scrap of ivory card stock before die cutting with my Cheery Lynn Designs 'Exotic Butterflies' dies.  I also put a coat of SU Crystal Effects on them for a little 'shine'.  I knew I wanted them to match the hydrangea flowers in the image ... too bad the wing covered so much of the flower.  Guess I should have positioned it just a bit higher!  Oh well ...

Let's see if I can locate a few other challenges to share in today:

Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by!
Hope you have a fun weekend planned!
Till next time and as always . . .

Thursday, January 15, 2015

In the Pink . . .

Hello my friends ...
Brrrrr ... it sure is cold here in NE Ohio!  
Since it's too cold/snowy to do much outdoors (at my age that is), I'm staying inside and crafting.  Doing a little clean up and reorganizing along the way but today I have a pretty card to share with you.  
After watching this video over on the PartiCRaft (Participate in Craft) blog, I was inspired to purchase the main striplet die set and create some birthday cards that I think will go well at my craft shows.  Birthday cards of course are my #1 seller and I just can't keep enough on hand.  Plus, I've been wanting to make some larger cards (this one is 5x7) so this die set was perfect.

The die set I am referring to is the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Floral Meadow' Striplet die which I purchase through the Dies R Us Store and can be found HERE.  I didn't do all the layering Sue did in her video but I did die cut the 'frame' portion of this set twice ... once in color as the background for my floral panel and again as the outer 'frame' which has been popped up with dimensional tape.

 In the video Sue Wilson shows how you create the sparkly background panel using their products (of which I didn't have) so I improvised by using a few strips of my wider Scor Tape and Deco Art 'Glamour Dust'.  I have also added brads for the centers of my flowers for additional dimension. 
Here's a peek at the inside of my card.
Since I was actually using a scrap piece of designer paper for the background on the front of my card, I wanted to coordinate the inside using the same paper.  Unfortunately I didn't have enough left to cover the entire inside panel, so I cut it 2/3 - 1/3 and spaced it out to cover the panel.

Then I decided with it being a larger card, it needed a little more than just a sentiment stamped on the inside and created this 2 part flower using the Memory Box Dogwood Blossom #98475 and Memory Box Dogwood Blossom Outline #98481.  This die set is being retired so if you're interested pop over to Dies R Us right now and order them.  They are at a very good price too ... just click on the links I have provided.

A few challenges to share in today are:
Butterfly Challenge - B is for Brads (use butterfly also)
Design Team Showcase - DT Only (Jan 11-17)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle  - Include some Pink
Jo's Scrap Shack 'Fun Day Friday' Challenge #70 - It's a New Year, Bling it on!
Clear It Out Challenge  -  Pink things (pink dp is at least 3 yrs old as are the pink brads)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I hope you are have a fabulous day and if you are also experiencing this bitter cold temperatures ... stay in, stay warm and get creative!
As always . . .

Papers:  White cs, SU pear pizazz cs, SU Pink Pirouette cs, Paper Pizazz dp
Stamp/Inks:  Impression Obsession, Hero Arts, Tim Holtz 'spun sugar' distress ink, Memento 'bamboo leaves' dye ink,
Accessories:  Scor Tape, Deco Art Glamour Dust, Brads, SU dimensional tape, small sponge dauber

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Something *NEW*

Hello My Friends!
It's finally time for a new challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafter's.
It was wonderful to have a little 'time off' but now we are ready to get back on track with challenges for the new year!  Our first challenge of the year is a fun and easy one . . .

ANYTHING GOES using something *NEW*

Well, I must admit I didn't get any new crafting goodies for Christmas (I think I buy myself too many goodies throughout the year, lol) and, with that being said, here is a die set I bought at the Dies R Us store.  It is by Creative Expressions Sue Wilson ... Spanish Collection - Granada #CED1207.  Then on my trip to Indiana last October, I discovered this coordinating stamp at Joan's Gardens ... Sue Wilson 'Woven Leaves Stamp' #UMS551.  Actually found a couple different stamps that matched some of my Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Die Sets so of course I had to purchase them.  (Haven't inked them up yet though ... MY BAD!)

After stamping on white card stock, I colored in the leaves using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  Then I die cut the stamped image using the larger of the 3 dies in the set.  I've used pop dots to pop it up on the garden green base card and die cut the 'smallest' die of the set and stamped my sentiment.

Easy Peasy yet beautiful!

Since there are 3 dies in this set, I just HAD to die cut the middle size die and create a card with it.  So that is what I've done on this black card stock panel then adhered it to my white card base.  I knew it wasn't going to need 'much' so I simply created a couple homemade flowers using the Cheery Lynn Designs #B435 'Tea Rose Small' floral die strip.  This adorable image from the Graphic45 Place In Time 12x12 pack worked perfectly as my focus image. 

A touch of sparkle on the flowers and leaves using Stickles just wasn't enough for me today so I went all around the border with white Liquid Pearls.  OK ... NOW I'm happy!  LOL!

I do hope you'll come join in our challenge fun!
You will have until January 25th to play along!

A few additional challenge to share in today:
Fashionable Stamping Challenge - Something New (Stamp & Die Set)
One Stitch at a Time Challenge #228 - Something New (Stamp & Die Set)
Sister Act Challenge #88 - Anything Goes
Design Team Showcase - DT Only

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Wishing you a fabulous remainder of your week ...
As always . . .

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Just a Note ...

Hello Dear Friends and thanks for stopping by today!
The card I have to share with you today is my design team card for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  Everyday Monday through Friday one of the team members has a NEW creation to share and inspire you using die cuts from the Dies R Us online store.  Have you checked out the Dies R Us Store?  There are so many well known companies to pick from ... fabulous ONE-STOP-SHOPPING location and awesome shipping rates!  Please pop over and check it out for yourself!

Today I have only used two die sets . . .
Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Designs 'California Collection - Hollywood' ... #CED1107
Cheery Lynn Designs 'Lace Corner Deco E' ... #B165

 If by chance you do not find the exact dies I have used on my creation in the store, please check back another time or be sure to check out the similar dies available by these companies.  There are several different collections available through Sue Wilson and Cheery Lynn Designs has several other fabulous corner die sets that would work beautifully.

Also remember, if an item you desire is 'Out Of Stock', be sure to add your name to the list to be alerted as soon as it has been restocked. Really doesn't take much time at all!

A couple challenges to share in:
Design Team Showcase - DT Only 
Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge - Girly
PDE Linky Party Challenge - Blue and White

Thanks again for stopping by and please come back tomorrow when I have a creation to share for the First Challenge of 2015 at The Sisterhood of Crafters.

Till then and as always . . .

Monday, January 12, 2015

Butterfly Thank You

Hello Again my friends!
I have a second card to share with you today!
One of my New Year resolutions is to create a few cards 'just for fun' ... not any DT requirement or personal order obligation ... just because I want to and that's what this card is all about!

I have always enjoyed working with a 'sketch'.  In fact, that's where I started my card making journey ... doing the sketch challenges over on Splitcoast Stammpers (OMG I haven't joined in those challenges for so long ... must do something about that!).

So, with that being said, today's card combines two fun challenges!
The sketch challenge at the Mojo Monday Card Sketch Challenge Blog
and the Butterfly Challenge which is to make a Thank You card (using butterflies of course).

I found this beautiful image on Pinterest.  After printing, trimming, and distressing I decided to die cut a black butterfly to give added dimension over top of the black butterfly that is in the image.

I hope you are taking the time to be creative JUST FOR YOU and take the time to play some of your favorite challenges.  I can always use more thank you cards in my stash and love how this one came together so quickly by using two fun challenges.

Let's see if I can find a few other challenges to share my creation in today:
Scribble and Scrap Challenge - Always Anything Goes (c15)

Thanks so much for stopping by again today!!  And, I hope you'll stop back again tomorrow when I'll have an inspiration card sample to share using dies from the Dies R Us Store.  With all the New Releases coming out, Dies R Us shelves are full and you'll want to go check 'em out!  I'm expecting an order today and can't wait to see them/and play of course!  LOL!

Happy Day all and as always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Black cs, Basic Grey 'Basics Kraft Paper Pad' design papers
Stamp/Ink:  Hero Arts/Versafine Onyx
Accessories:  TH distresser, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Exotic Butterfly Small' #DL112, Martha Stewart Butterfly Border Punch, Pop Dots