Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Peaceful Scene

We have a new challenge at 
and it is being hosted by our very talented Terri.
She has chosen the theme 'Boys to Men'
meaning you can make any masculine card for a boy to a man.


In trying to use what I have,
I came across this already stamped card face
I made while my friend and fellow DT member Dar
was visiting me last summer and brought her
Stampscape stamps for me to play with.
She is much more talented at it then I am, 
but I am happy the way this one turned out for the most part.


This was one of the card fronts I did.
There are five different stamps used to make this card
and a few TH Distress inks...so pretty
I haven't bought any of these stamps yet, but certainly will
down the road!

Visit The Sisterhood to see all the other
fabulous designs from my 'sistah's
and we would love for you to join in with us!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Happy Retirement

I am home again, this time for two weeks before I leave once again!
Our quick 4 day vacation did not go as planned
as my son had an emergency back home and had to immediately return.
I won't go into the details, but it wasn't pleasant.
I sometimes wonder if all this turmoil in our family will ever end!

I also wanted to mention that after great thought,
I resigned from the Fussy and Fancy design team.
I have been a DT member since Nov. 2014.
I will miss the team but I just need to start spending more family time
and more time to focus on my home and gardens.

I also wanted to mention that Sparkle N Sprinkle have the new
TH Stamp Platforms in stock (hurry though)
mine came in the mail while I was gone and I am super excited to use it!
Here is the link if interested:

My today's card is a pretty simple retirement one,
perfect for a man that likes his toys!


I used a SU paper for my background that I have had for quite sometime!
I love that it has my state of Michigan on it!

I layered a couple of Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Banners
and Tutti Designs Motorcycle die.
That's it!!
CAS and easy to mail!!

Entering the following challenges:
Watercooler Wednesday ....  Masculine

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Let It Snow

This is my card on the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog today.
Go and check it out and see how this card was created!

One of the newly released stamp sets for July is
Now I don;t know about you,
but I love, love to work with silly characters like these guys,
they just have to make you 'happy'!



I first die cut a square using a Tutti Designs Nested Stitched Square die.
I stamped the image in the center, then colored with my Copics.
I added Pink Spirit Sparkle N Soft Flocking to each flamingo
by first applying Dimensional Glue to each bird.
This glue gives a bit of a 3D effect once it dries.


First applying a tiny bit of glue to each hat pompom,
I then added Sparkling Snow glitter.

I once again used the Dimensional Glue to the snow at the bottom,
then the Sparkling Snow glitter.

For the finishing touch, google eyes were added to each bird 
(sorry I couldn't help myself..lol)!


I set this aside to dry and next cut a Palm Tree die from Frantic Stamper.
The base was colored with Copics and Sakura Glue Pen was added to the fronds,
then Margarita glitter.


I die cut a Let It Snow word from Tonic,
using the Nuvo Large Glue Pen, I coated the die cut with glue,
then adding the Sparkling Snow glitter to it.


The card base is a small 'step' card.
The measurements to cut your card stock are
4 1/4" x 11" and a base panel 4 1/4" x 5 1/8".
Score the larger piece with the 11" piece along the top at
1 1/4' ~ 2 1/2" ~ 4 1/4" ~ 6" ~ 8 1/4"
Fold mountain, valley and repeat.
Use a bone folder to get good creases.


I added 1 1/2" Tear-ific Tape to each of the smaller folds,
just trim off the excess.
Sparkling Snow and Margarita glitters were added to each of those panels (as shown).

The back panel piece I added a piece of 1 1/2" Tear-ific Tape
on the 4 1/4" sides (top and bottom)
and a small piece of 1/2" Tear-ific Tape on each 5 1/8" side.
These were then sprinkled with Sparkle N Soft Pink Spirit Flocking.
I thought it would give it a fun/whimsical look!


I put all the pieces together as shown and lastly added a small
Spellbinders label die cut for a place to leave a message or sign a name.


This is the cutest and fun little step card,
I hope you will give it a try!

Entering the following challenges:
Little Red Wagon .... Christmas In July
Christmas Card Challenge .... Christmas/Winter
International Art & Soul .... Dies
A Gem Of A Challenge .... Christmas In July
Allsorts .... Fancy Folds

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fun With Silhouettes

It's that time again when all the design team members
get together to showcase all our creativeness in one place at 
The Cutting Cafe blog, so mark your calendars for the 21st!!
Our assignment this time was to use the cut file
always so FUN to see all the different takes on this!
Plus, just by leaving a comment on TCC blog
you could win 3 cut files of your own!!
  
This cut file contains lots and I mean LOTS of different images to choose from.
My plan was to make 2 or 3 cards, but since I am gone again for 4 days
it just didn't pan out ...sigh!





I did make  this quick card using the cutest lady bug image....
look at those long legs!

While digging in my 'red' bag of scrap for the die cut hearts, 
I came across this pretty red and yellow scrap of paper
(gosh, I loved the reverse side, too)!



After printing my lady bug silhouette,
I die cut it with a Spellbinders die,
added a tiny heart to him (or her as the case may be)
and a bouquet of hearts.
I had the tiniest snippet of black gingham ribbon left,
so I added a bow!
Like I said, pretty simple, but yet so darn cute!

Entering the following challenges:
Pixie's Snippets Playground .... snippets


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Black and White With a Pop of Color

New challenge is starting today at Double D Challenges
and being hosted by Team Darlene
with the theme of
Black and White with a Pop of Color
and using the wonderful inspiration board below!



One of the things I am trying very hard to do this year
is to use some of my things from my stash,
like for instance this cute, cute cat digital I won from Bugaboo.



I just colored in a few 'pink' places, added a bit of Stardust gelly roll pen
for a bit of oomph and added
Nuvo Glitter Drops Pink Champagne to the flower center.

Then used an Impression Obsession 6 in1 rectangle frame die
to cut the black and white frames.
The black frames are recycled from a shiny packaging I had saved.
The papers underneath are from my scrap bags.



I computer generated a sentiment...I just love how it turned out
and it wasn;t until I was writing this up I realized I had
'kind of' used one of the photos for inspiration...lol

So make sure and join in with us at the Double D
and pop on over to see all the absolutely wonderful creations by
the Double D girls, they are the best!

entering the following challenges:
Bugaboo Crafty Challenges .... ATG
Crafting by Designs ... Recycle~Reuse~Repurpose

Monday, July 17, 2017

Happy Birthday

Today I have a pretty easy card to mail
made of strictly die cuts!
Sometimes I like these easy cards that can be quickly popped in the mail!



I also like it when a die cut can make such a statement as this one dies.
I didn't think it need much more then a pretty background to shoe it off!
Look at those cute little hearts  hanging from the tree..love!

Dies used for this are Tutti Designs Word sets Happy and Birthday,
Tutti Designs Spring Tree.

Entering the following challenges:
Cards In Envy .... Baby Blue or Pink

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hugs

Time for a new challenge at Dies R Us.
The theme is Die Cut Sentiment.

Sometimes you just need a little hug.
That is what my card is all about today.


It is bright and cheerful and I kept it rather simple
and flat to mail so I can easily pop it in the mail when needed!

I used a very bright yellow for the card base,
different from my usual white!

I die cut a rectangle from Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Rectangle,
which I embossed butterflies on.

The HUGS is a Tutti Designs Swirly Hugs die.
I added a few gray gems here and there.

Make sure an visit the Dies R Us challenge blog to see
even more creative ideas using a sentiment as a focal point!
Join in with as you could be the lucky winner of a gift certificate to the online store!

Entering the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge .... "I" for Insects
As You Like It .... Prefer Pearls or Gems? (Gems for me today as I love the added bling...but love those pearls, too)