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)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle July Reveal

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle
 Christmas In July 🎄🎅🤶 New Reveal Blog Hop!


We have six new Christmas themed rubber stamp sets plus two huge digi bundles being revealed this month. 

The sets are:




 Winter Greetings Birds and Wreath 855
(Digital Version DIGI855FS

Elf Peeker 858
(Digital Version DIGI858BG)


Winter Flamingos Set 1 860
  (Digital Version DIGI860SG)

Winter Flamingos Set 2 861
(Digital Version DIGI861SG)

Spirit of Christmas Poinsettia 862
(Digital Version DIGI862B - huge digi bundle)

Crystal Snowflakes 868
(Digital Version DIGI868FS)

DIGI4005FS - Winter Greetings digi papers


When you purchase the digi versions of any of the SNS rubber sets, you are getting lots of extras that aren't available otherwise.  These extras include additional images not available with the rubber version, digi papers (in some cases), and now a cut file to use with your electronic cutting machines will also be included with all digi images purchased!

You're definitely going to want both the rubber versions as well as the digi versions of all our new releases.

The new sets are 20% off until July 20, 2017.  So once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the New Store and start shopping.

On July 18th, ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected from the comments left on the Designers' blogs listed below. Please leave a comment with each Designer in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  You never know who the Mystery Designer will be that has the winning comment.

The Grand Prize Winner, which will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and the SNS Blog, will receive ALL of the new rubber stamp sets revealed this month.


The Blog Hop Order this month is:

Eret
Donna
Belinda
Anne
Chris
Shona
Jess
Diane



(*Tip: if you have difficulty with a particular link, try clicking on the Designer's blog title to send you to their Home page.)




We hope you enjoy the New Reveal Blog Hop as much as we do.  Thanks for joining us and remember to comment on each of the Designers' blogs to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  

 Wonder who the Mystery Host will be this month????


Have you checked out the SNS YouTube Channel featuring Demo Donna?  If not, then you are in for a real treat.  Subscribe today to get all the latest Demo Donna tips and techniques!



We are very happy to announce the new and improved SNS Creative Challenge is now being held on Facebook. 

 Head on over to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge group and ask to join today.  This is a closed group, but we want anyone who wants to participate to join (just trying to keep out spammers 😀).  You can join today!

 The new challenge began July 1 and will run from the 1st - 25th of each month.  Be sure to read the Challenge Rules before adding a photo.  A SNS image (either rubber or digi) needs to be used.  If you don't have any yet, no worries, there are some Freebies located on the new website.  They are located on the Home page, just scroll down a bit to see them:

The Winner and Top Three will be posted on the last day of each month.  The Winner will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to the new on-line store.  Please review all the Challenge Rules before submitting your photo.

We hope to see you soon in our new Facebook Group!

Here is MY card I created for the release!


I chose to feature the new stamp set
'Crystal Snow Flake'.
I just can't seem to resist a snowflake stamp as they are all so different!

As always, I used the Anti Static bag on my card stock,
helping to eliminate any stray EB powder sticking to the paper
where I didn't want it (finger prints can cause this
and the bag ensures this doesn't happen).
I started out by stamping the one of the largest snowflake stamps,
and two of the smaller snowflake stamps with Versamark,
then embossing all with White embossing powder.

Here it is before embossing, and


after embossing.


Next I used TH Distress inks and sponged on
starting first with Spun Sugar, then with Worn Lipstick.
After applying the ink, simply wipe off your snowflakes
with a soft tissue.....an emboss resist technique.


Once I was happy with my ink sponging,
I once again used Versamark and stamped the sentiment,
this time embossing with Black Detail embossing powder.


I added ribbon and a bow to the front card base,
then using twine, I tied a sterling silver snowflake to the bow.
I used 1/2" Tear-ific Tape to add my finished panel to
white card stock and then the pink card base.



I am last on the list, but you should of started with the very talented ERET!
Makes sure and visit ALL the blogs leaving a comment on each for
YOUR chance to win the entire release...now how fun would that be!!!

Entering the following challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon .... ATG with Ribbon
Pause Dream Enjoy .... Emboss It Wet or Dry
Aud Sentiments .... Christmas In July
ABC Christmas Challenge.... New (stamp set), Old (charm)
Dragonfly Journeys .... Christmas In July



Butterflies

Hello....I had a sleepless night for some reason
and laid in bed thinking how fast summer is flying by!
Dang, we are almost half way through July
and will be into August soon and our Septembers here in Michigan
can go any way...hot to rainy and cold...
time sure does go by quickly doesn't it?

Today's card is a bright and shimmery/metallic one.
I love the color combo, too, not one I would normally use.
Unfortunately the camera distorts the actual color and beauty of this one.
Wouldn't it be great is there was a camera, just for the purpose of catching
all the sparkle and glitter in our cards?


I used the Tutti Designs Swirly Butterfly Circles for this one.
I cut an extra butterfly and popped it up for a bit of dimension!

The butterflies were cut from a purple metallic paper as well as the
underneath paper.  The blue is a metallic paper called
Starburst Lichen Aspire Petallic....whew quite a name, but oh so pretty!

The sentiment is from Hero Arts 'Birthday Mess'.
I stamped it then used a circle punch.
I wish you could see this IRL as it is so much prettier without all that 'glare' on it!

Entering the following challenges:
Cardz 4 Gals .... Butterflies

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Happy Birthday

Boy oh boy am I having a hard time getting back into
things after being gone for 10 days.
Funny thing is too, that I took a bunch of stamps
and all my different water colors, paper and all the other supplies I needed
to work on while hubby was engrossed in the TV (I am not a TV watcher)
and never even used any of it..sigh....I still have it ALL to put away.

Any who, I have 
A fun birthday card using a Tutti Designs Elegant Love Bird die.


Pretty simple card really, just by letting the die take center stage.
A few scraps if paper were used along with a few glitter dots
and a stamped sentiment.
What you can't see is that the bird is cut from a white metallic paper
so he has a neat sheen on him!

Entering the following challenges:
Watercooler Wednesdays ....All About Birthdays

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Where In The World

Our new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters is a fun one being hosted
by yours truly.
I thought it would be fun to have a theme of
'Where In The World'
meaning to make a project that relates to your part of the world.
Goodness, there were so many ways I could of gone with this theme
but I decided to just focus on my state of MICHIGAN!


I used a Cherry Blossom EB folder for the backgrounds as that is our state flower.
I die cut a few Tutti Design Banners and stamped with Versamark
on the smallest of the 3,
then added a denim embossing powder that had glitter in it.
to finish I simply tied a twine bow for a pop of color!

Make sure and visit at The Sisterhood to see
all the interesting creations the DT did!

I have some fun facts below if interested, I think # 8 is actually quite comical
One fact my hubby just read is that Michigan has 12,000 black bear,
with 10,000 residing in the UP (upper peninsula)
and 2000 in the lower half....YIKES!!

Entering the following challenges:
Always Fun Challenges ....ATG
Cards In Envy .... Red~White~Blue
Pink and Main .... Red~White~Blue



50 fun facts and trivia about Michigan

Michigan Facts and Trivia

  1. Detroit is known as the car capital of the world.
  2. Alpena is the home of the world's largest cement plant.
  3. Rogers City boasts the world's largest limestone quarry.
  4. Elsie is the home of the world's largest registered Holstein dairy herd.
  5. Michigan is first in the United States production of peat and magnesium compounds and second in gypsum and iron ore.
  6. Colon is home to the world's largest manufacture of magic supplies.
  7. The state Capitol with its majestic dome was built in Lansing in l879.
  8. Although Michigan is often called the "Wolverine State" there are no longer any wolverines in Michigan.
  9. Michigan ranks first in state boat registrations.
  10. The Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit manufactured the first air-conditioned car in 1939.
  11. The oldest county (based on date of incorporation) is Wayne in 1815.
  12. Sault Ste. Marie was founded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1668. It is the third oldest remaining settlement in the United States.
  13. In 1817 the University of Michigan was the first university established by any of the states. Originally named Cathelepistemian and located in Detroit the name was changed in 1821. The university moved to Ann Arbor in 1841.
  14. The city of Novi was named from its designation as Stagecoach Stop # 6 or No.VI.
  15. Michigan State University has the largest single campus student body of any Michigan university. It is the largest institution of higher learning in the state and one of the largest universities in the country.
  16. Michigan State University was founded in 1855 as the nation's first land-grant university and served as the prototype for 69 land-grant institutions later established under the Morrill Act of 1862. It was the first institution of higher learning in the nation to teach scientific agriculture.
  17. The largest village in Michigan is Caro.
  18. Michigan's state stone, The Petoskey is the official state stone. It is found along the shores of Lake Michigan.
  19. The Mackinac Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. Connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan, it spans 5 miles over the Straits of Mackinac, which is where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet. The Mighty Mac took 3 years to complete and was opened to traffic in 1957.
  20. Gerald R. Ford grew up in Grand Rapids and became the 38th president of the United States He attended the University of Michigan where he was a football star. He served on a World War II aircraft carrier and afterward represented Michigan in Congress for 24 years. He was also was an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts.
  21. The Kellogg Company has made Battle Creek the Cereal Capital of the World. The Kellogg brothers accidentally discovered the process for producing flaked cereal products and sparked the beginning of the dry cereal industry.
  22. The painted turtle is Michigan's state reptile.
  23. The western shore of Michigan has many sand dunes. The Sleeping Bear Dunes rise 460 feet above Lake Michigan. Living among the dunes is the dwarf lake iris the official state wildflower.
  24. Vernors ginger ale was created in Detroit and became the first soda pop made in the United States. In 1862, pharmacist James Vernor was trying to create a new beverage when he was called away to serve our country in the Civil War. When he returned, 4 years later, the drink he had stored in an oak case had acquired a delicious gingery flavor.
  25. The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America to feature cageless, open-exhibits that allowed the animals more freedom to roam.
  26. Michigan is the only place in the world with a floating post office. The J.W. Westcott II is the only boat in the world that delivers mail to ships while they are still underway. They have been operating for 125 years.
  27. Indian River is the home of the largest crucifix in the world. It is called the Cross in the Woods.
  28. Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world.
  29. Michigan has more shoreline than any other state except Alaska.
  30. The Ambassador Bridge was named by Joseph Bower, the person credited with making the bridge a reality, who thought the name "Detroit-Windsor International Bridge" as too long and lacked emotional appeal. Bower wanted to "symbolize the visible expression of friendship of two peoples with like ideas and ideals."
  31. Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of streams.
  32. Michigan has 116 lighthouses and navigational lights.
  33. Seul Choix Point Lighthouse in Gulliver has been guiding ships since 1895. The working light also functions as a museum, which houses early 1900s furnishings and maritime artifacts.
  34. Forty of the state's 83 counties adjoin at least one of the Great Lakes. Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes.
  35. Standing anywhere in the state a person is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes.
  36. Michigan includes 56,954 square miles of land area; 1,194 square miles of inland waters; and 38,575 square miles of Great Lakes water area.
  37. Sault Ste. Marie was established in 1668 making it the oldest town between the Alleghenies and the Rockies.
  38. Michigan was the first state to provide in its Constitution for the establishment of public libraries.
  39. Michigan was the first state to guarantee every child the right to tax-paid high school education.
  40. Four flags have flown over Michigan - French, English, Spanish and United States.
  41. Isle Royal Park shelters one of the largest moose herds remaining in the United States.
  42. Some of the longest bulk freight carriers in the world operate on the Great Lakes. Ore carriers 1,000 feet long sail Michigan's inland seas.
  43. The Upper Michigan Copper Country is the largest commercial deposit of native copper in the world.
  44. The 19 chandeliers in the Capitol in Lansing are one of a kind and designed especially for the building by Tiffany's of New York. Weighing between 800-900 pounds apiece they are composed of copper, iron and pewter.
  45. The first auto traffic tunnel built between two nations was the mile-long Detroit-Windsor tunnel under the Detroit River.
  46. The world's first international submarine railway tunnel was opened between Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario, Canada in 1891.
  47. The nation's first regularly scheduled air passage service began operation between Grand Rapids and Detroit in 1926.
  48. In 1879 Detroit telephone customers were first in the nation to be assigned phone numbers to facilitate handling calls.
  49. In 1929, the Michigan State Police established the first state police radio system in the world.
  50. Grand Rapids is home to the 24-foot Leonardo da Vinci horse, called Il Gavallo, it is the largest equestrian bronze sculpture in the Western Hemisphere.