Friday, August 18, 2017

New Christmas Dies

I am filling in over at the Tutti Designs blog while someone is away...
kind of like a substitute

I have three cards using the newly released Tutti Designs Christmas dies.

First up is the gorgeous Fancy Holly die.
I simply embossed a background, die cut an ornament die and added the holly.

Next is a fun fun die 'Festive Reindeer'.
He was die die cut, then I adhered him to a Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Circle.
Copics were used to 'color' him in.
I added 'ornaments' (sequins) to his antlers and

The last card is also using a new beautiful die 'Holiday Wreath'
It was simply die cut, then layered on a scalloped circle with a doily underneath.
Sequins were added for color along with the sentiment.

All of these cards were made as samples for the Tutti Designs store
and you are the first to see them!!
I would love for you to visit the Tutti Design blog and leave me some love there...thanks!!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Rock On

Because I am working so diligently on the next Tutti release,
I haven't a moment to spare but wanted to put a little something on my blog!
I have had mostly pretty, girly cards on so today have a card
that would be great for a teen boy.

I used a embossing folder from Cuttlebug that honestly I didn't
know if it would ever get used.
I had purchased a Cricut 'Mystery Box' a few years back
and it had over 30 embossing folders in it and this was one of them...FUN!

I die cut a Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Banner,
then embossed it.

To that I added a Tutti Designs Musical Stave with a tiny glitter heart
and a Tutti Designs Acoustic Guitar with a gem.

That's it ....  easy peasy!

Entering the following challenges:
Watercooler Wednesdays  ....Masculine ATG

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

All White Challenge at Double D

Today at Double D Challenges Team Darlene is hosting
and the theme is an ALL WHITE challenge
using the gorgeous mood board below for inspiration!

I love these mood boards and I love these challenges as sometimes
they put me a bit out of my comfort zone,
which is what a challenge is all about...right?

I knew right away the creation I was going to make for this challenge though.
Several years ago I had purchased a Christening Dress die from Cottage Cutz
and absolutely love the sweetness of it.
Plus the fact that this summer I am expecting my 4th great grandchild (a girl)
and will be needing a card for her christening.
(I know, you don't have to mention it, I am waaaay too young to be a great-grandma...LOL)

I used a Spellbinders Labels Four die to cut an opening in my card stock.
Once cut out, I embossed with a Sizzix EB folder.
I computer generated the sentiment, one I love,
and placed under the opening (window).
Then I added my christening gown and bonnet,
a few CLD Leaf Flourishes and branches from the CLD Wreath Strip dies.
These are two of my 'go to' dies most of the time, I just love them!
Three little white Roses were then added!

So, make sure and visit (and join in with us) the Double D
and see all the gorgeous, gorgeous creations from the Double D girls!!

Entering the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG
Ooh La La .... Flowers
The Paper Girls .... Flowers
Use Your Stuff ... For The Love of Children
Scrap and Craft ....  New Baby

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Anything Goes Challenge at Dies R Us

Can you believe we are half way through August already?
It seems that time honestly is going fast and faster
or maybe 'I' need to slow down more!

Well, since it the 15th of the month it means it is
time for a new challenge beginning at Dies R Us 
and our theme is a super easy one
Anything Goes.

I have had this die sitting here in my stash just waiting
for it's chance to appear.....
and today is the day!

The die I used is Memory Box Dizzy Butterflies.....
there is a story behind this die  but I will tell that at another

For the panel underneath I used
Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Rectangles
that I water colored with my Zig pens...look how bright these colors!

Now I could of added to this card, cut extra butterflies and popped them up,
added to the flowers etc....but I wanted this card to be an easy mailer
and I think it is just fine the way it is.

So, pop on over and visit the Dies R us challenge blog and join in with our
super easy challenge....
plus my teammates have some beautiful creations that are sure to inspire YOU!

Entering the following challenges:
Cards In Envy .... Bugs (8/21)
Dragonfly Journey's .... Keen On Neon
Crop Stop ... Products Used: Memory Box~Zig
Little Red Wagon .... Bugs~Slugs

Monday, August 14, 2017

August Reveal At Sparkle N Sprinkle

Welcome to the August
Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal Blog Hop! 

We are now revealing our new stamp sets on the 15th of each month.  On the first of the month, a new video kit club will be revealed.


We are continuing to add new product lines, so be on the look out for them.  

We have four new rubber stamp sets, a new digi-only stamp set, a new digital paper pack, plus one huge digi bonus bundle being revealed this month.  

The sets are:

Elf Sitter 859
Digital Version: DIGI859BG

Dream Catcher Maiden 865
Digital Version: DIGI865LS

Basket of Hope 866
Digital Version: DIGI866J

Autumn Berry Wreath 867
Digital Version: DIGI867

DIGI3131M Christmas Spirit Fairy (digi only)

DIGI4007LS Saguaro Desert Landscape Paper Pack

DIGI867-815-3128B Four Seasons Digi Bonus Bundle (combines Autumn Berry Wreath with lots of additional colored images, sentiments, and digi papers) 

You are definitely going to want both the digi version as well as the rubber version because when you purchase the digital versions, there are lots of extras that aren't available otherwise.  These extras can include additional images, additional sentiments, digi papers (in some cases), and a cut file.

The new sets are 20% off until the 20th of the month.  Head on over to the SNS store once you've finished the Blog Hop and start shopping.

One GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced on the 17th of the month.  One of the Designers is our Mystery Host and the winner will be selected from comments left on her blog.  You must leave a comment on each of the Designers' blogs in order to be selected as the winner, as you never know who the Mystery Host will be.  This is checked for compliance.

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and on the SNS Blog and will receive all the rubber stamp sets revealed this month.

The Blog Hop order is:
(Tip: if you have difficulty with a particular link, try clicking on the Designer's blog title to be directed to their Home page.)


We hope you enjoy the New Reveal Blog Hop as much as we enjoy creating new projects for it.  Be sure to visit the SNS Blog for even more inspiration.  Something new is posted most every day.

Did you know that SNS has a You-Tube Channel?  If not, then you are in for a real treat.  Subscribe today to get all the latest tips and techniques!

The Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge group is on Facebook.  

This is a closed group (just trying to keep out spammers), but we want anyone who wants to participate to join.  Click on the link and join in on the fun today! 

The Creative Challenges run from the 1st - 25th of each month.  A SNS image (either rubber or digi) is required.  If you don't have any yet - no worries - there are some freebies located on the Home page of the SNS website.  Just scroll down the page a bit to see them. 

The Creative Challenge Winner and Top Three will be posted on the last day of each month.  The winner will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to go shopping at the SNS store. 

Please review all the Challenge Rules before submitting your photo 😀.  We can't wait to see what all you create using SNS images.

Here is my project for the reveal.
I used the stamp set Autumn Berry Wreath,
making a tag.
I love giving a special tag with a gift for a friend or family member,
in hope they will keep it and treasure it.

For my tag I stamped the Autumn Berry Wreath 
but first using  an anti-static bag on my paper.
I embossed with Gold Fine detail embossing powder,
then began coloring the image with Copics.

Once completely colored,'I used Tonic Mini Scissors to fussy cut the image out.

Next I used a Darice Snowflake embossing folder,
die cut a tag with Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Tags
then used a Nuvo Glue Pen Medium tip to go over
each snowflake (you can do several at a time),
then sprinkled with Sparkling Snow glitter, and
repeated the process until all the snowflakes were done.
This is actually very easy to do and takes no time at all.
Once completely dry, I used my Glitter Brush to clean away all excess glitter.
Tip:  I use a scrap paper, folded in half to glitter over,
then use it as a funnel to put the glitter back in the bottle,
then just toss the glittery paper away!
Another quick glitter clean up tip is to use a Swifter cloth and
run it over your work area, it cleans up all the glitter!!
I just cut mine in half and use one at a time when needed.

I die cut a smaller version of the Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Tag die,
then stamped the sentiment with Versamark and 
embossed with Apple Red embossing powder.
I achieved the perfect placement of the sentiment by using the new
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform (LOVE that thing)!!

A ribbon was added to the tag top.

Make sure and leave a comment on each and every designers blog
for YOUR chance to win the entire release!
Next on the hop is the very talented and lovely DONNA.

StampsAutumn Berry Wreath #867
GlitterSparkling Snow G1003
Embossing PowderRed Apple EP276
OtherVersamark VM001,
Misc.: Trim/Ribbon
Snowflake EB Folder (Darice)
Tutti Designs Nesting Tag Dies

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fresh Bloom

Last month each of us girls on the SNS design team
were treated with a 'surprise to us'  extra stamp to create with,
none of us having any idea of what we would receive.

I have to admit mine was the perfect choice for me
as I love, love flower stamps and was truly excited when I saw it.

The stamp I received was a Stampendous Fresh Bloom Rubber stamp.
I created the card below.

I stamped on vellum using Versamark, then embossing with Gold Detail embossing powder.
(Make sure and use an anti static bag first, this gets rid of any finger prints)

I simply then, just flipped the card to the back and colored with Copics,
something you have seen me do many times before.
Next I stamped the sentiment using  a stamp from 
SNS stamp set True Beauty,
tied it to my bow and button flower,
adhered it to a card stock base and it was done.

I think the card turned out so pretty,
so pretty that I may have to make several more of these!
Thank you for visiting with me today!

Entering the following challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon .... ATG with Ribbon
Dare 2b Artzy .... Pastel Colors (m)
Stamping Sensations .... ATG (m)
Crafting With Dragonflies .... Embossing wet/dry
Just Us Girls .... Shine

Thursday, August 10, 2017

I'm A Travelin' Man

Remember the song by Ricky Nelson...
Travelin' Man?
I think I just really aged
anywho, I have a 'travlin' mans card today.

I have to admit, I am not the best a making 'male cards,
but I made around 60 plus for Tutti
and this is one of them...first time on my blog!
Those cards sure took me out of my comfort zone,
but now I have LOTS of manly cards when I need them.

This one was pretty simple, 
but I love how it came together.
I used a cogs wheel paper and map paper along with an atlas paper (whew)
all three which had been in my stash for years...ahhh it feels so GOOD to use them!

I popped up the atlas paper, 
then added my Tutti Designs Vintage Car
cut from a bronze metallic paper.

This will be an easy card to grab for a guy when needed
and an easy mailer, too!

Entering the following challenges:
The Male Room .... (8/15)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Harvest Hoe Down Challenge

We are having a 'Harvest Hoedown" at The Sisterhood of Crafters
so if you ever wanted to hoedown, now is your!!

The theme was chosen by our 'Sistah' Dar and the design team certainly had fun with it!

One of the things I love about being on The Sisterhood team
is, as long as we stick with the theme
we can use any products we want, making it so fun to create
with some rather neglected things from my stash.
Only thing that is hard, is which 'thing' to choose to work with.

I went with a very 'intense' die (as I like to call them)
from Cottage Cutz.
The reason I say 'intense' is that this image I used has 36 die cut pieces,
even the little candle wicks!

The die is called 'Autumn Centerpiece'.
A few times a year Cottage Cutz has half off sales,
and let me tell you, I jump right in and stock up on some pretty neat dies!

I am the 'snippets' queen when it came to this card,
as all those little die cuts were from scrap pieces of papers.
I sat on the floor and Freckles and I (my crafting kitty...she crafts if I want her to  or not)
cut all the little 36 pieces out!

The entire centerpiece was adhered to a Spellbinders die cut background.
Once done, I felt it still needed 'something',
so I added a few sequins!

So, head on over to The Sisterhood and see what my Sistahs'
has to inspire 'YOU" with to join our challenge!

Entering the following challenges:
Crafting From The Heart .... ATG
Ooh La La .... ATG
Come and Get It .... Die Cuts

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Be Merry and Bright

Today's card is one that I needed to do
to get my mind back in the creating mode.
I have been working the last week with the hubby
getting ready for a cancer fund raiser golf outing that
is in it's 35th year, and I think he has been volunteering
for the last 25 at least.
(Somehow when he volunteers I am very involved,

So, I saw this challenge at CAS Watercolour and thought it
was a technique I had yet to try,
and plus the fact I had won a gift certificate to Scrapyland
and decided my 'gift' would be the perfect die for this challenge.

The challenge is to create a CAS watercolor card using salt.

My above card is my first attempt to try this technique.....
The die I used is a Poppystamp Evangeline Floating Square.
I used some of the first water colors I ever purchased (cheap and
I have some really nice watercolors now and think when I have time
(whenever that might be) 
I will try this again to see if I can get a much bolder look.

Entering in the following challenges:
Connie Can Crop .... Watercolors (m)
Cas Watercolour .... Salt Technique (8/24)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Christmas In August At The Cutting Cafe

I am so late getting this post up, 
I think I will be late for my own funeral when the time comes
as they say...but hey that's okay with me

Also since nothing seems to go smoothly lately
I am lucky to get this done at all....
my virus protection and the new Cricut software
are having a running non-stop battle it seems!

Anywho, today I do have my project for
and our theme is
Christmas In August.
We could choose any file we wanted and I chose two,
neither of which I

I ended up with this super quick, easy and CUTE

I used a chunky~snowy glitter from my stash
that gives a bit of a furry look to the mitten trim.
A pretty ribbon bow was added using RRR ribbon and a snowflake button.

I stamped a sentiment using my new Stamp Platform...
look at how perfect it fits on my punched circle....
OMGoodness how I love that thing...if you don't have a stamp platform,
you might want to check this one as it is amazing!!

So take a hop on over to 
The Cutting Cafe blog and see all the pretty and 'fab'
projects created the entire TCC team!!

Entering the following challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon .... ATG with Ribbon
Always Fun Challenges .... Let It Sparkle
Crafty Calendar .... Shaped Card
Craft-Dee Bowz ....ATG
Crafty Hazelnut's .... Patterned Paper Challenge
ABC Christmas Challenge .... P,Q,R People~Quick~and/or Red

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Holiday Wishes

This is my post on the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog today.
To see how it was made, please take a peek there!

Hi, Diane with you today using another beautiful stamp set
from the July release 'Winter Greeting Bird and Wreath'.

I stamped the wreath image with Versamark
then embossed with Irish Spring embossing powder.
This EP powder has glitter in it, so it gave the wreath lot of sparkle.
The holly leaves were colored in with copics.
The birds were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink,
colored with copics, 
and Copper Penny glitter was added to their wing tips and tail feathers.
The sentiment was embossed with Black Detail embossing powder.
I fussy cut all the pieces out, 
then added Nuvo Crystal Dots Autumn Red to the berries on the wreath.
I set these all aside to dry.

The technique for the background of my card is
embossing on an already embossed card stock.
For this you will need Versamark and a Brayer.

I choose TH Alterations poinsettia embossing folder,
ran my card stock through my machine,
use the Anti Static bag to go over your card stock
(don't miss this step, it is very important)
loaded the brayer with Versamark, then with a 'light' pressure
ran it over the folder both diagonally and vertically.
This insures you pretty much get most of it covered.
You don't want to have a heavy hand or you will get embossing powder
where you don't want it.

I used Apple Red embossing powder.

I adhered my finished embossed background to a white card stock base,
then added my fussy cut stamped pieces and a bow to finish!

Thank you for visiting with me today!

Entering the following challenges:
Sparkles Christmas Challenge .... Festive Sentiment
The 12 Months of Christmas .... Tradional Christmas Colors