Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Swirly Butterflies

This is my post on the Tutti Designs blog today.

Hi, Diane with you today using one of my favorite dies

I actually have two cards using these dies in very different ways.



The first card is simple yet elegant,
created on an embossed background.
I simple die cut first in a gold and white metallic patterned paper,
then cut once again in a solid gold metallic.
I hand cut the solid gold butterflies off, then popped them
up on the first die cut.
Three gold 'candi's were added to the card to finish.
I sure wish you could see this IRL, as it is much more 'gold' then it shows!


For the second card, I die cut from a colorful metallic paper,
added it to a solid white metallic paper,
this time turning it a slight different way from the card above.
I used an edge punch for the top and a pretty ribbon bow for the bottom!


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Make sure to visit the Tutti blog everyday for even more inspiration.
I will see you next Tuesday!

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Thank you for visiting with me today.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Beach Flip Flop

Hello all!!
As always, every month at The Cutting Cafe Blog on
the 7th and the 21st the design teams come together
with our projects all to be seen in one place.
So make sure and visit The Cutting Cafe Blog on the 21st
to see ALL the fun designs...mark your calendars!!

For my project I chose one of my favorite cut files
Do you like it?
Would you like this file?
Well, it just so happens that each designer will be giving away
the file they used for their 21st project to a lucky
random winner by just leaving a comment here on my blog,
so be sure to leave me a comment HERE
and on the other blogs as well for your chance to win.
(You will find a list of the design team HERE on the 21st.)


I used a cute summer/beachy paper I have had forever.
The card base and flip flop strap are cut from a 110# orange card stock.
I added some faux stitching, ribbon, flower, and the cutest
little fish button.

I just love these cute flip flop cards and just sit and make dozens of them...so FUN!!


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Discover Beauty

This is my card today on the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog
using the gorgeous stamp set 


I had a lot of fun with this card.
I used the new Nuvo Shimmer Powders in the colors of
You basically mist your paper with water
(I used watercolor paper)
then lightly and I mean lightly tap the colors on
until you are satisfied with the results.
You can add more water if needed/wanted.
Set it aside to dry of heat dry it.


Once it was dry I used my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform,
and White Detail  embossing powder and stamped onto
my finished Shimmer piece. 
Then I die cut it with Tutti Designs Stitched Scalloped Circles Die.


I wanted to add a bit of sparkle (or a lot of sparkle_
so I die cut a larger 
Tutti Designs Stitched Scalloped Circles Die
and using a Nuvo Glue Pen Large, I ran it around the out edge of the circle.
Then Sprinkled with  Lator Gator glitter.
This was then added to the bottom panel of my stamped shimmer image.


Wanting even more sparkle, I coated the front side of an embossing folder folder
with  Versamark, added my white card stock and ran it thru my Big Shot,
then embossed it with Tequila Sunrise embossing powder.


Using Tonic 12” Guillotine cutter (I LOVE this thing)
I trimmed it to fit my card front.


Once again using Versamark, I embossed the sentiment using Flashy Flamingo.
(don't you just love the names)



Supplies I used to create this card are:

GlitterLator Gator GM2008
Embossing PowderWhite Detail EP166
Nuvo Shimmer PowderSolar Flare 1210N,
Green Parade 1214N ,
OtherVersamark VM001
Misc.:  EB Folder
Tutti Designs Stitched Scalloped Circles Dies
Technique:  EB Folder~Versa~Glitter


Thank you for visiting with me today!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Summertime Fun

Hello All, today a new challenge theme is
up and running at the Dies R Us challenge blog
and the theme is 'Summertime Fun'!

Well, that is a pretty wide open choice, making this challenge a super easy one!

I went with 'bird watching', 
a bit different then the usual.
I don't know about you, but I just love when all the birdies
return back in the Spring/Summer and love to just sit and watch all their antics,
let alone their chit chat and song!

A perfect die for my card I thought was 


I colored the die in with Copics, 
added a bit of blush to her cheeks, 
gems to her dress and pearls to the flowers.
I backed the die cut using
which almost fit perfectly behind it.


Tucked behind, I added
and a few flying birds from the 


Make sure and head on over to the
Dies R Us Challenge blog and see what
the Design Team has to inspire you
and why not join in with us, after all
YOU could win a gift certificate to the DRU store!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Just a Bit of This and That

I don't have a card today but a few fun photos of life around here
in 'my neck of the woods'.

I have huge flower gardens and they are a MESS!
It has rained here for over a week not allowing me to work in them, prior to that we had a huge heat wave, too hot and sticky to work outside
and guess what, rain is gone, finally some sunlight and here comes the heat wave again.
But I do have a few garden pictures to share from a few weeks ago before all the rain.

My Nine Bark bush


Painted Daisies...funny story, years ago I had several of these and my Mom
would come and help me clean up my gardens and once said
"I got all those wild carrots pulled out for you"...except thing is,
they WERE'NT wild carrots, they were painted daisies...LOL!


Mock Orange


False Indigo, in yellow


One of my many Peonies


Knock Out Roses


Mack, will be 8 months on the 27th, we were visiting a friends
Doodle.  This is his 'summer' haircut.


Mack meeting another Goldendoodle "Smokey" for the first time.


Okay gotta run..enjoy!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Animal Crackers Challenge

Today is a new challenge at 
and our lovely hostess is Terri and she has chosen the theme of
"Animal Crackers".

A super fun and EASY challenge as I am sure you all
have some sort of an animal stamp or die!

A few months back when it still was cold and 
'wintery'  here in Michigan,
I was feeling sorry for myself so went on a shopping spree.
For some reason I focused on lions, tigers, and leopards
and bought several cute stamps featuring these critters!

Out of my purchases I chose to use this adorable leopard (I call him Leo)
stamp from the  My Favorite Things Lovable Leopards stamp set.
There are 3 different leopards in this set,
plus numerous other stamps and sentiments!


I kept the card pretty simple, stamping him on a stitched rectangle
then coloring with Copics.
I added another stitched rectangle layer under him
and a paper I had won from a challenge a year or so ago!


I hope you like him as I think he is just the cutest!
Geez, how I would love to put in a HUGE order to MFT as they 
have the cutest stamps!!

So, why not head on over the The Sisterhood and see all the fun
animals my 'sistahs' have created and join in with us!!

Entering the following challenges:
City Crafter .... Safari So Good

Heat Embossing Challenge

Today is my 2nd card as a new DT member for
Our theme is Heat Embossing.
Like I mentioned in my last BBB post,
I love this team as it gives me a great opportunity to use my 'stuff'
that just seems to sit and sit.


I randomly  sponged on TH Oxide inks using colors
spiced marmalade, abandoned coral, seedless preserves,
and wilted violet.


I sponged on two layers, spritzing with water in-between.

Then using Versamark
I stamped a stamp I have had for quite a few years from 
Heartfelt Creations Dream In Beauty.
I heat embossed with Ranger Black Embossing Powder.


Then I had a little fun with it using 
Sparkle N Sprinkle Lacey Lilac glitter
and Sticker Paper.
This is a big card, 6", but it was a large stamp!


We would love to have you join us,
so please stop by and see what the Design Team has created at
Back To Basics and Beyond!