Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sisterhood - Die Cuts and/or Punches

Hello my friends!
It's time once again for a new challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters.  And, as you can see by  my post title, the theme this time around is

I wasn't really sure which direction I was going today but since I had the Graphic45 Botanical Tea paper pack laying in front of me, that was my starting point!

I am so blessed to have a nice array of dies & punches to create with!  The hard part is getting started with a theme in mind.  But when I saw this image cut and laying there, I thought immediately that it would be nice for a sympathy card.  So, now I have my paper & my theme. 

Here's a close-up of the dies/punches used on my card front ... and they are:
Cheery Lynn Designs - Tiny Fanciful Flourish (B387)
Cheery Lynn Designs - Mini Fanciful Flourish Reverse (B291)
LeCrea Designs - Multi Die Flower 005
Elizabeth Craft - With Sympathy #737

I'm really happy with how quickly this card came together.  Sometimes I struggle with sympathy cards, only because of the nature of them ... what can we as crafters create, to help ease someone's pain after suffering the loss of a loved one.

Challenges to share in:
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge #45 - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesday Challenge - Anything Goes
 Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Well, that's it for me today!  I hope you'll come join in our challenge fun at The Sisterhood where Lisa is our hostess and the team has some wonderful creations made to inspire you!

Thanks for stopping by ... you know I love it when you do!!
As always . . .

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hope is an Anchor . . .

Happy Tuesday Everyone!!!
It's my turn to share an inspiration creation for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.
I have a friend who could use an uplift right now, so I made this card with her in mind.


Dies R Us product used:
Memory Box Stencil - Bubbles (MBD-88574)

For the background paper on this card, I used Colorbok 'water' patterned paper and sponged white craft ink over the Memory Box 'Bubbles' stencil in the upper right corner to add a little extra dimension.  You could also use one of the several other stencils available in the Dies R Us store to add this fun dimension.

I hope you are inspired by my creation today and if you are in need of some fabulous dies at a very good price & shipping price, Dies R Us is the place you need to check out! 
Need more inspiration using die cuts?  Check out our Dies R Us Inspiration Blog!
In need of a fun challenge using die cuts?  Check out our Dies R Us Challenge Blog!

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

Paper:  White cs, Colorbok dp, Black cs, Gold metallic cs, 
Inks:  Adirondack 'snowcap' white, Versafine 'onyx'
Sentiment:  Our Daily Bread 'Anchor' stamp set

Monday, July 21, 2014

What are you working on today???

Hello my friends!
Not sure what you are working on today but I'm still working on fancy fold cards and other crafty items for my upcoming Fall Craft Shows ... (first one Sept. 24).  Time goes by so darn fast I thought I'd better get started!

Today I have another Tri Shutter Card, this time using Graphic45 'French Country' design paper.

I just love the "WOW" factor this card fold has!  
I haven't shown one person a card like this that they don't say WOW ... that is so cool!  And, open and close it a half dozen times!  LOL!

There are no additional embellishments on this card other than the design paper.
A little bit of fussy cutting gave me all the detail and design I was looking for.

A few challenges to share in ...
Scribble and Scrap Challenge #23 - Always Anything Goes
So Artful July Challenge - Colorful Feathers

That's it for me today.  I'll probably be staying in my 'cave' all day, for the next few days.  Going to be in the upper 80s near 90 and our A/C is broken.  We've gotten a few estimates on replacing our central air system and in fact, the guy is on his way over right now to sign the papers and get the job lined up.  HOWEVER, I don't expect it will be soon enough to deal with the high temperatures predicted!  SO ... I'll just keep 'playing in the cave' and hope for the best!

Back to work!
I've switched over to Post-It note booklets and 3x5 Note Pad Booklets so I'd better get busy!  Thanks for stopping by and hope you're have a fabulous start to your week!

OH AND GOOD NEWS to report!
Hubby just came back from his Oncologist appointment where he received the results of last week's CT Scan and I'm thrilled to tell you it was a THUMBS UP! 
He continues to be CANCER FREE!
We are SO BLESSED!  Thank you Lord!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bye ... Bye ...

Hello Friends!
Do you love Crafty Secrets products as much as I do?  
Such a beautiful variety of images, papers, sticker, and ephemera that your creativity can go crazy!!  Pop over to the Crafty Vintage Girl Store to see what strikes your fancy!
FABULOUS sales going on now too ... you don't want to miss out!

How about this sweet creation that would be just perfect for a friend who is headed out on an ocean cruise.  The perfect card to wish them well on their journey!

The Crafty Secrets products used on today's card are images from the Crafty Secrets 'TRAVEL' Creative Scraps and Radiant Digital Paper. 

I've added a few die cuts to give that 'ocean voyage' feel, to go along with these sweet vintage images.  A little distressing on the ship image and repurposing of the pieces that came out of the Memory Box 'Box Splash Border' #98438 helped add a little extra texture.  And I just love this Anchors Away die from Spellbinders in'spire collection.

I hope you've found inspiration in today's card and will pop over to the Crafty Secrets store to see what fabulous products are just waiting for YOU!
OH and DON'T FORGET ... we have a MONTHLY LINKY PARTY the 1st Monday of Each Month that we'd love to have you come play in.  EVERYONE'S a winner on this challenge ... check out all the details on our Crafty Secrets Blog.  And if it's inspiration you need ... this team is AMAZING and SURE to inspire, no matter what your style!

A few challenges to share in:
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge - The Great Outdoors
Crafty Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz Challenge - Anything Goes
Frilly and Funkie Challenge - Cool Water
Little Red Wagon Challenge - I need a Vacation
Paper Pretties Challenge - Red, Black and White
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Spots and Dots

Thanks for your visit ... means so much to me!
As always ...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Do What You Love!

Happy Day Everyone!
Today's card extends some really good advice  ...  at least I think so!

My friend Diane (Nellie's Nest) is a guest designer for the current challenge at the Butterfly Challenge blog and inspired me to play along in their 'Spots & Stripes + your butterfly' challenge.
This card was a really quick put together since I have several purple butterflies already die cut and in a container that I made for my neighbor's baby shower a few months back.  And, it seemed that every time I was in need of a striped or polka dotted paper, I couldn't find one so ... I purposely stopped at the local craft store recently and bought a couple different paper packs with ONLY stripes & dots for those occasions.
The background paper on this card is actually more of a plum/raspberry color but for some reason my camera just doesn't like to give me truer color on purples.  Always wants to go more to the blue or red ... oh well, whatever.  'Don't sweat the small stuff ... right!'

I was also able to use up a few 'scraps' that were laying on the worktable.  
  • The sentiment panel is from the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Designs 'Spanish Collection - Seville' (CED1203) that I had die cut for another card then decided to do it in another color.
  • The Spellbinder classic ovals were in my 'extra circles & ovals' box.
  • As I said ... still have several different sizes and shades of purple butterflies from the shower.
Always a good thing to be able to use up some of those scraps.

Here are a few other challenges to share in:
Creatalicious Challenges - Monochromatic
TokBobok #14 - Monochromatic
Crafting By Designs Challenge - Use a Sentiment
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Spots and Dots
Word Art Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you're having a great day!  Please stop back tomorrow when a have a fun Crafty Secrets project to share with you!
I'm working again this afternoon at the JoAnn Fabrics Headquarters so better cut this short and get moving!  Happy Day All!

Papers:  White cs, American Crafts 'Dots & Stripes' dp
Accessories:  Paper Smooches 'Group Hugs' clear stamp set, Versafine Onyx ink,  Bakers Twine, Kaiser pearls, Cheery Lynn Designs butterfly dies, pop dots, Spellbinder Classic oval dies, Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Designs 'Spanish Collection - Seville' die set (CED1203)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Awww ... a day at the Beach!

Hello my blogging friends!
First let me express a huge THANKS to all my wonderful online friends who shared Birthday wishes with me yesterday!  You truly helped make my day a very special one!!

I'm working on some fancy fold cards for an upcoming show I'll be doing at the local country club in September.  And I was thinking, if the ladies liked my 'everyday' cards ... they're going to LOVE what I have to share this time around with these fancy fold creations!

I have left several of them blank inside with the thought that they could be used for various occasions versus limiting it to just the one I decided upon.  I will let the buyer make that choice.

Here's another one that I thought would also be great for the Men in our lives.
Could be for a birthday, or even Father's Day.

I just LOVE these Graphic45 papers for this type of card.  So many beautiful papers that all match as well as images and little this & that's to add.  The only EXTRA I've added to these cards are a few die cuts ... Cheery Lynn Designs 'Lighthouses' #B384 and Spellbinder in'spire 'Anchors Away' #IN-014.

A few challenges I'd like to share in today are:
Cards 4 Guys Challenge - At the Beach
Die Cuttin Divas - Just Beachy
Classy Cards n Such Challenge - Day at the Beach (NO PEOPLE IMAGES)
Lunagirl Moonbeams Challenge - Vintage Seashore/ Bathing Beauties
Live & Love Crafts Inspiration Challenge - By the Sea
Reves 2 Scrap Challenge #2 - Anything Goes

Well it's back to work for me ... actually, it's OFF TO WORK for me today through Friday.  Yep, even though I am 'retired', I do some freelance crafting for JoAnn Fabrics Headquarters and they've asked us to come to the store to work on a LARGE project for them this time around vs doing it in my home.  So I agreed to come up in the afternoons the rest of the week.  Should be interesting & fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you're having a FABULOUS day!
Till next time ...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me ... Happy Birthday to Me ...

I know ... call me crazy!  

Morning Everyone!
Yes, today's my (ssshhh 64th) birthday (OMG how did that happen?) and since it's also my turn to create an inspirational card for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog, I decided to make a birthday card for myself!  LOL!!  And, since it is for me, I made it in my favorite color ... purple!

Today I've actually used two dies I've had in my collection that I've never used before!  And thought I'd share a little tutorial on how I did the center flower.  So easy and would work with any of your 'outline' dies.  Here we go . . .

(BTW ... there is a background die that goes along with this Peony outline die [Memory Box Lovely Peony Background] ... I just totally forgot to order it so had to come up with my own rough version, LOL!)

Step 1:  Die cut your outline die using black cardstock.  Using a strong adhesive spray such as E6000 spray, adhere it to a piece of white cardstock, glossy paper or vellum.  
HINT:  Hold your die with a pair of tweezers inside an old box to apply the spray.

Step 2:  Color with the color medium of your choosing.  I love my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  The outline die will keep the colors from running into each other and really makes them POP!

Step 3:  Once fully colored, you can either cut your image into a square and mat it with a coordinating color OR you can do as I did and fussy cut it with scissors or swivel craft knife, then pop it up on your card front.

JUST AS SIMPLE AS THAT!  And, I love how it looks!  I've used a dimensional to pop it up in the center of my card which also left me room for my birthday sentiment and gem.

Here are the dies from the Dies R Us Store that I used today:

Cheery Lynn Designs - Cathedral Lace Frame (DL148)
Cheery Lynn Designs - Happy (B226)
Cheery Lynn Designs - Birthday (B231)

Any time you need a bit of inspiration using dies, please pop on over to our Inspiration Blog!  The team has a new project to share each day of the week, Monday through Friday!

Have you signed up for our newsletter yet?  NO?  Then you missed this fabulous announcement!

Don't forget about our bi-monthly challenges at our Dies R Us Challenge Blog!
A new challenge started just TODAY, with the theme of DAY AT THE BEACH!
What fun ... please come join us!

Well, that's it for me today!  
Now it's time to P-A-R-T-Y!!  
Okay ... maybe just a little!  LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!
Till next time ...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Squigglefly - Over the Edge . . .

Happy Monday Everyone!
Today's challenge over at Squigglefly is called "OVER THE EDGE".
Lately I've been so darn busy I feel like I'm ready to jump over the edge, lol!
But I won't because I have more cards to make and hopefully share with you lovely people!

Of course, 'over the edge' refers to going over the edge of your card, LOL!
Here's what I came up with using a fabulous image by new artist Norma Burnell called 'Magical Ride' (available in the store after July 5th).

With all the detail in this beautiful image, I found my new Spectrum Noir pencils worked best for my coloring.  They made it easy to get into those small spaces and blend the colors just the way I wanted them.  I actually Googled the Fuschia plant to get close to the correct colors.

You'll want to be sure to check out all the amazing creation by my team mates and don't miss JenLee's creation (and amazing coloring) using this same image!  A good example of how the same image can look so different when used by different artists (and Jen is definitely an artist in her own right!!!).

Other challenges to share in:
Crafting At The Weekend - Always Anything Goes
Pumpkin Spice Challenge #78 - Anything Goes
So Artful July Challenge - Feathers
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #37 - Anything Goes
Time 4 Scrap Challenge #43 - Anything Goes

I hope you'll come check out our challenges and play along.
Thanks for stopping by today and if you have any questions on this creation please leave me a comment and I'll get an answer to you a.s.a.p.
As always ...

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The BEAUTY of Mother Nature . . .

Happy Weekend Everyone!
I don't have a card to share with you today but I would like to share a few photos that I quickly took the other evening when I was finishing up my yard work.  I hope they make you smile as much as they did me . . .

My lilies this year have been just BEAUTIFUL!  I have a few different varieties and now wish I had planted a few more ... maybe I'll check the greenhouse for end of the lily season discounts.  Then next year will be even prettier!

The petunia pot in the corner next to the front door has really grown (and have only FED it once).  It was actually already potted with light pink petunias in the middle and darker around the edge ... then came what I believe to be morning glories in the middle ... which as you can see have taken over  the lighter pink petunias.  As long as I keep it watered each morning ... it seems to be very happy to greet our guests as they come to the door.

 My front porch petunias have also gone CRAZY and I LOVE IT!  I typically plant a lot of pinks & purples around my house (you all can guess my favorite color).  In these large pots I plant one pink & one purple.  It's fun to see how they intertwine as they grow.  In one pot the pinks have taken the lead ... and in the other pot the purple ... Mother Nature sure can be whimsical!

Now how about this guy!  

 A couple of years ago we had the front of our house completely re-landscaped and they planted 3 plants in the front bed with Gerber Daisies and Coneflowers.  Well, it appears the Coneflowers have taken over.  In fact, last year there were too many new starters that I dug them out and replanted some in and around the shrubs across the front of the garage and they too have gone CRAZY and look FANTASTIC!  They've gotten so tall this year I actually had to stakes them up and gather them around with velcro strapping to keep the wind from destroying them.

Now here are a couple NEWBIES I planted this year along the side of the garage when I had the landscape guys dig everything out and 'start anew' ... (morning glories & ground cover completely took over and it was looking like a jungle!)

This pretty plant is BeeBalm and yes ... the bees love it and that's 'A Good Thing!'

 In fact, one came to visit while I was taking the photo.
And, he or she, was really busy bouncing from one flower to another as I was taking pictures, collecting that sweet nectar.

A couple more NEW PURPLE PLANTINGS to the beds are the beautiful Foxgloves (on the left) and Delphinium (on the right).   I wish I had taken a photo of the Foxgloves earlier when there were more blooms up the stem ... but you can get the idea.  Also known as Digitalis, you can read about them HERE.   The Delphinium is one of my favorites!  I don't know if you can see all the new shoots coming up around it ... going to be beautiful with the yellow lillies.  You can read more about them HERE if you're interested.

Well I guess I've taken up enough of your time today!  Thanks for sticking with me and I hope you enjoyed the little stroll through my flower gardens.

I seem to be having some computer issues ... grrrrr ... hate when that happens.  So, I'm trying to run a full scan and it keeps shutting down on me!  Hopefully I can get it to run the entire scan so I can see what 'varmit' has crept into my files!

As always . . .

Friday, July 11, 2014

Are We There Yet???

Hello my friends and Happy Friday!
Do you remember saying that phrase when you were a kid and headed to some unknown (but going to be fun) destination with your family?  OMG ... my sisters and I would say this ALL THE TIME!  I'm sure my parents got tired of hearing it!  LOL!

Anyways, today's card is showcasing a few images (of days gone by) from the Crafty Secrets Digital Summer Time Printable sheet found HERE.  Check out the swim wear ... my how times have changed!  LOL!

I've created my own background paper by tearing various pieces of Crafty Secrets printable paper and adhering them to a white card stock panel.  The inked edge was an afterthought but I like the look!  The sentiment pieces are also a part of this fabulous printable sheet!  Talk about convenient!!??!!

Let's see if there are a few other challenges out there that I can share in:

4 Crafty Chicks Challenge - Inspired by a Song (Beach Boys - Catch a Wave)
Crafty Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
Time Out Challenge - Fun in the Sun
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge - Feels like Summer
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - Anything Goes
Scrapper's Delight Challenge - Anything Goes with Summertime
A Creative Need July Challenge - Vacation/Travel

Thanks so much for stopping by and before I go please remember, the JULY CRAFTY SECRETS LINKY PARTY is still OPEN!  You have until Midnight Sunday (7/13) night to join in the fun!  You are guaranteed a $6 voucher to the store and you could also be the $50 winner!  
Check out all the details  HERE.

Thanks again ... and until next time ...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Love You **THIS** Much . . .

Happy Thursday Friends!
Today I have a fun creation to share with you, showcasing one of the many new images from Sassy Cheryl's Stamps.  " It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood" ... Sassy Cheryl Neighborhood that is.  It's new over on Facebook ... check it out!  Cheryl has been going CRAZY creating several new/fun images.  Including the image I used on my card today called: Hello There Neighbor.

I'm happy to say I actually used up several scraps today while creating this fun birthday creation.  Love when that happens!  And I've also used a new set of dies that I purchased from the Dies R Us store a short while back and finally took the time to die cut using even more scraps!

The 'wood sentiment panel' in the doggie's mouth is actually BLANK, so, you can insert any phrase you'd like ... depending on the theme of your card.  WELCOME! would be perfect to welcome that new neighbor with open arms ... but my kids have often times expressed how much they love me with their arms wide open (like this cute image) and saying "I love you this much"... hence my birthday themed card today.

Here are a few additional challenges I'd like to share in ...
Craft-Dee Bowz July Challenge - Anything Goes with homemade bow
Everybody Art Challenge - Monochromatic
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes

As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by my blog today!  
It truly 'MAKES MY DAY!!!'
Please come back tomorrow with I'll have a new Crafty Secrets creation to share with you!
Till then . . .

Papers:  White cs, SU Lilac and Lavendar cs (scraps), Fab Scraps 'High Tea' dp (scraps)
Image:  Sassy Cheryl's 'Hello There Neighbor'
Dies:  Memory Box 'Cheshire Branch Background' #98596, 'Cheshire Branch Outline' #98599
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Offray satin ribbon, Viva Decor 'Susan's Garden - Ladybug' set, Endless Creations rubber stamp, Versafine Onyx ink, Tim Holtz black distress marker for dooling, Craft-dee Bowz bow making tool