Sunday, April 5, 2020

Thinking Of You

Bleaching~Stamping~Embossing~Paper Piece~Die Cut

Dar from Dar's Crafty Creations asked me once again if I wanted to
join her in a challenge and I said...okay kind of hesitantly as
wasn't sure I would have the time.

I have to say this was really a challenge for me as I am totally cleaning
out my creative room and it is tore up and what I would nicely say
'under construction'.

That being said, nothing is anywhere it should be and all 
my stamps are in a big mess waiting to be organized
which will happen once the room is clean!

I have yet to find my water brushes which I needed for this challenge
and had to 'make do.

I will probably give this a shot again at a later date
once I can find my brushes....
I have stuff stacked in the hallway so I can thoroughly clean. (what was I thinking?)

The stamp set used is a very old one from
Stampin UP set 'Itty Bitty Buds"
not sure of the year but it did retire in 2009.
The ink I used is Distress Ink Ripe Persimmon.
The biggest hint I can give you if trying this 
is to make sure your ink is totally dry
before moving onto the stamping and
embossing part...oh the clear EB powder I used
is Clear Super 
Fine Detail from Ranger.

If you want to know how to do the bleaching technique
CAS Mix Up has a video link on their blog.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Happy Spring

Like I mentioned on Thursday
Dar (Dar's Crafty Creations)asked me to do a couple of challenges
with her and we each pick one,
this is the challenge Dar picked and it is a good one!!

This card took about 10 minutes to make
(it took me longer to decide on what stencil to use).

I used a daffodil stencil that was from Dreamweavers a long time ago
and has never been used.

I stenciled my card with inks from both
Altnew (Marigold~Firefly~Grass Field) and
 Memento Dew Drop Dandelion.

The sentiment is from Stampendous Spring Sentiments.

Make sure to go to Dar's BLOG to see her creation!!

Entering the following challenges too:
NBUS .... Never Before Used Stuff
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday April .... Bugs~Blooms~Butterflies
Mod Squad .... Spring

Friday, April 3, 2020

Spring Tulips

Having some fun today testing once again my
CAS skills and decided to join 
Addicted to CAS challenge which is TEXTURE.

My card is pretty CAS for sure!

For the texture I used a tiny little embossing folder
I picked up in a set ages ago.
I inked the background first with Oxide ink Abandoned Coral,
then ran it thru my EB folder.

I die cut the tulips from Memory Box Dancing Tulip dies.
I have a love of the delicate looking tulips
but have a hard time growing them here due to the fact the
darn deer eat the bulbs, and the Tulips themselves.

Here is the picture of the little EB folder...cute?

The sweet die cut was laying on my table rejected
from another project and it fit well,
so that finished off my card.

Make sure to visit their challenge as there are amazing designs
from the Design Team, which encouraged me to enter!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Sweet Easter Wishes

My dear friend Dar from Dar's Crafty Creations
asked me if I wanted to join in a few challenges with her for fun,
that I pick one and she picks one 
and of course I said yes.

So I chose
The Paper Players

My card uses the down row... ribbon~die cut~pink
the diagonal row... patterned paper~spring~pink 

A year (or two) ago I had seen this cute~cute egg die by Poppystamps
and 'just had to have it' all know how that is, right?
So I purchased it and of course it has been waiting for it's debut...NBUS
(that's how bad I needed it).

It is an outline die so I cut it twice and paper pieced it..
What really drew me to the die was the big ribbon/bow.
I just think it is so pretty!!
I added a bunny from Frantic Stamper Easter Icons,
also NBUS.
I wonder what that bunny is thinking with
that big egg overpowering him lol!

I sponged Dew Drop New Sprout under the egg.
The sentiment is from an old Flourishes Easter Baskets set.
The paper for the egg is Penny Black.

Make sure to stop back on Saturday when we will have Dar's choice!!

Also entering the following challenges:
NBUS .... never before used schtuff
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Hello Sunshine

Happy April Fools Day!!

Design Team Member At

Being the 1st of April also brings us to a new
challenge at Dies R Us
and our theme is 
'Anything Goes'!

My last order to Dies R Us
had this beautiful
Floral Ball Collage in it....
I have a great love for the 'collage' dies
and this one is no exception.
But, unfortunately this die is no longer in-store.
I do however, have links to numerous
more collage dies below.

There isn't a lot to tell you about this card
as you can see I basically used all the
dies I have linked below.
I did use a tutti nesting circle die cut
from yellow card to use under the
collage die, added designer paper
for the background and added little gems.

Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Circles (under the collage circle)

Make sure to visit the Dies R Us challenge blog
for more inspiration from my teammates!

Entering the following challenges:
Watercooler Wednesdays .... ATG with a Feminine Twist

We have some exciting news to share with you.  Dies R Us now has a sister store with warehouses in the USA and Canada called Didi Crafts 

It will ship to both the US and Canada.  Didi Crafts will carry some of the same products as DRU, but most will be different.  Now our Canadian friends don't have to worry about huge taxes or shipping fees. How great is that!?!

Banners Challenge

Happy April Fools Day!!
We are hanging out at the Double D Challenge blog today
with a new mood board and challenge theme
and can you tell below it's all about

I was in need of a few more baby cards
so I decided why not make a banner baby's a girlie one...
bet you couldn't tell that could you lol!!

For this card I was able to use a few new things from my stash....
the paper, bunny die and scalloped rectangle die.
I just added three different papers kind of random,
and the edge die under the stripe piece.
I placed my banner over all that and the rest is kind of self explanatory.
I do love the bunny die and have been wanting to use him.

We would love to have you join us for our challenge
and we have a very cool prize to give away.
Head on over to the Double D blog if you will
as there is always plenty of beautiful inspiration there!

Entering the following challenges:
Creations In Pink .... PINK Mostly (m)
The Players Challenge ... Pink~Spring~Patterned Paper

Supplies used:
Paper:  Pebbles Lullaby
Memory Box Banner Parade

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Bamboo Screen

This on the Tutti Designs blog today.

Hi, Diane with you today and I have a fun card using the Tutti Designs
Bamboo Screen.
I stenciled a moon for the background.
stamped a bit of a grassy images underneath the bamboo.

Once the bamboo was die cut, I inked it up with some oxide ink.

I'll be back next month with more FUN Tutti Designs creations!

TUTTI-171 Bamboo Screen

Make sure to visit the Tutti Designs Store (link below)
for LOTS more fabulous dies!!
Come back tomorrow for more Tutti Designs inspiration!

and here are some Tutti Designs quick links:

Thank you for visiting with me today

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Birthday Card

Today I am joining the purple challenge at

This card was made with a Tutti Design die, which is now discontinued
but I love it and had to show it.

Pretty easy as I just used a piece of purple mirror card stock for the underneath 
panel as well as the die cut.  I added a few purple gems to the flowers.
I used a basket weave embossing panel under the die cut.

Now I have a question for all of you.
How do you sort (sort not store) your stamps?
Most all of mine are stored in the Avery Elle
stamp/die storage bags
(which BTW I absolutely love)
but not sure how I have them sorted (by company)
is working for me....
and was wondering what works best...thanks!!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Congrats Little One

So how is your day going?
Since we are 'semi locked up', I have been trying to join in more challenges 
which I haven't done much for quite sometime.
I like CAS, but I am trying to also do a few more sketches and found this one:

Looks simple, but for me it wasn't lol

I need a few more baby cards for my stash and came up
with this simple one and an easy mailer!

I used some yellow papers I have had forever from my yellow
12 x 12 stash.  I thought the paper on the right looked like
water so I chose that to go along with the yellow duckies.
I also used a Stardust pen 
(which I am sure you can't see)
on the ducks eyes and wings for a bit of sparkle.

The sentiment is from Pink & Main.
I had intended to use it for a grad card,
but somehow came up with this!

Just something to pass my time until I can get
back outside for clean up in the gardens...
next four days of rain, so I have to be productive in here!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Wooly Good Day

So what have you all been up to with all the 'craziness' going on?
I have been redoing/cleaning my creative room from top to bottom.
It's a pretty big room but it has a lot of stuff in it
and I mean a lot which makes it seem smaller but it's not.
About 1/4 of the room is dedicated to sewing,
not that I do much of that anymore.
I have been working on it forever, with LOTS of interruptions
and almost to the point where I am ready to build a wall
and close the other half off so I don't have to clean or see it LOL!

So, I took a little break to try to get me back into the creative mood
and created this CAS card for the challenge at 
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge which is SHEEP.

I have this cute little Darcie's stamp set for awhile now
'Wooly Spring' and it was just Baaa'ing to be used!

Pretty simple card really,
as I just stamped her and her sentiments on a die cut
Cottage Cutz Scalloped Circle die
then colored her in with Copics.
I did add a bit of sponged Dew Drop Summer Sky on the
card front base and stamped the sentiment in Dew Drop London Fog.
I also added a bit of Nuvo to her flower centers.

Hope you are all doing well and staying safe and staying in!!

Entering the following challenges:
Addicted To CAS .... Circle
Cardz 4 Gals .... Cute Animals
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge .... ATG

Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Though we have had a pretty mild winter here in Michigan
I am/was so ready for Spring to arrive.
The last month or so I have been hearing the birdies chirping their little heads off...well not really,
but you know what I mean!!

It is also time for a new challenge/theme at 
The Sisterhood of Crafters
and Dar is our hostess and she has chosen...
yep, you guessed it...SPRING!

On one of my sleepless nights
this fun card came to mind.
I think it is really cute!

The frog is one from the Cottage Cutz clearance sale and he was only 95 cents!!
How could I resist?
He only has two pieces, body and eyes...easy peasy!
The best part is I was able to use scraps of card stock
for this card, even the wonky die cut background is
a scrap piece!

I encourage YOU to join the 'sistah's at The Sisterhood
for our Spring challenge...there is beautiful inspiration there!

Entering the following challenges:
Little Red Wagon .... Leftovers

Supplies Used:
Cottage Cutz Wacky Rectangles
Stampendous Spring Sentiments
Carta Bella Summer Splash DS paper

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tulip Corner

This is my post today on the Tutti Designs blog.

Hi Tutti Fans, Diane with you today using a pretty die from Tutti Designs
Tulip Corner'

I have three cards all different which will hopefully give
a bit of  Inspiration for this gorgeous die!

Card #1, I die cut the tulip corner die twice from a patterned paper
and placed it in two corners on an embossed background.
A butterfly was added from my stash as well as a little
twine bow and sentiment.

Card #2 was simple enough just by cutting from a yellow card
with a designer paper background,
a pretty bow and a wood button.

Card #3 I did a bit different by cutting the tulip corner twice and placing them back to back
for a very different look.
I added a few pearls, bow and flower,
all on a pretty designer paper.

TUTTI-254 Tulip Corner
Make sure to visit the Tutti Designs Store (link below)
for LOTS more fabulous dies!!
Come back tomorrow for more Tutti Designs inspiration!

and here are some Tutti Designs quick links:

Thank you for visiting with me today

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Almost Springtime

We are just a few days away from Spring and what could be a 
better challenge theme at Double D then

We have a pretty Spring mood board to get you inspired.
I bet if you are like me and live in a cold winter region
you are VERY ready for Spring to appear!!

I totally used the mood board for MY inspiration...
can you guess which one?
Yep, the top right corner with those pink tulips.
I LOVE tulips but can't grow them much in my gardens
as the critters eat them all, bulbs in winter and the tulips themselves in Spring.

So, one way to have pretty tulips is by putting them on a card and that is just what I did.

I used a NBUS die from Cottage Cutz 'Watering Can Tulips'.
I also used a die I purchased from a scrapbook store about an hour from here.
It's the only die I have from Gina Marie Designs and funny thing is
they are located in Michigan I believe.
I also used mostly scraps for my die cuts,
I love to use those up which will probably be never lol!

Visit Double D Challenges and see what the Design Team has created...
it certainly is always, always fabulous!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Easter Tulips

Hi Tutti Fans this is my post on the 
Tutti Designs blog today!

Today I am using the pretty Easter Tulips die.
For the first card I die cut the tulips from a shiny
Patterned paper  and adding a twine bow.
I love how the various colors make each tulip stand out.
I also added a scrap piece to one  side.
The Tutti Designs Hello word set was die cut twice,
once from yellow and then from a light teal,
then sticking one on the other with a slight shadow effect.

I used some of same shiny paper for the next card,
but this time placing it on a different section for
a totally different look.
A few butterflies were added along with a pretty red bow.

Make sure to stop back by next Tuesday as I have some pretty
Spring cards to show you!!

TUTTI-255 Easter Tulips

Hello Word Set

TUTTI-240  Word Set - Hello
Make sure to visit the Tutti Designs Store (link below)
for LOTS more fabulous dies!!
Come back tomorrow for more Tutti Designs inspiration!

and here are some Tutti Designs quick links:

Thank you for visiting with me today