Sunday, July 15, 2018

Happy Birthday

It's the 15th of the month and that means a new challenge
theme at the Dies R Us challenge blog.

Our theme is BIRTHDAYS...pretty easy!

I made a square card that is just slightly larger then a 5" card.

One of my latest die purchases is this pretty Jeanine's Art Flower Frame.
I die cut if from a white card stock.  It is a 2 piece set, allowing you to cut it
three different ways, the main die itself, or with the blank die (the green piece you see)
which will cut an opening in the main piece, or as I did, cutting first the main die, then cutting
the blank piece as I did in the green, then adhering it on top of the main piece 
(I hope this all make sense lol)
It is a very unique and detailed die.

For the words I die cut
cut from a white card stock that I had first adhered a small piece of Stick It Adhesive Sheets ,
 then sponged with Distress Ink Pad Picked Raspberry

Nuvo Crystal Drops Party Pink were added to each flower center
and I finished the card with three Precious Marieke Butterflies die cuts.

I would encourage you to join in with this challenge
as there is always a gift certificate to win at a random draw
and  a Top 3 chosen.
Check out all the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team

Products used:

When Black Cats Prowl

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

All the products I have used are listed below for your convenience,
just click on the links:

GlitterGalaxy Night G1131
Embossing PowderGreen Apple EP167,
TonicTim Holtz Stamp Platform 1707E
Misc.:  Copics
Impression Obsession Fence Die
Round Punch

 One of the first things I did was to stamp the bats then fussy cut them out.
I added Versamark to each bat then sprinkled with Fleur De Lis embossing powder
and heat set from below.
This is a nice thick embossing powder and it is so fun to work with,
I just love how these turned out.


I stamped all my images (cat and pumpkin and single cat) using the 
Tonic Tim Holtz Stamp platform.
then cleaned all the stamps
with the new Nuvo Stamp Cleaning Pad and Nuvo Stamp Cleaning Solution.
All my images were then fussy cut out.

The background of my card has been spritzed with Nuvo Mica Mist Violet Lustre.
While that was drying I used a large round punch for my moon, then inked it with 
Nuvo Diamond Hybrid Ink Pads, Rose Garden and Sunset Serenade.
I die cut a fence using an IO fence die, then applied Versamark and Apple Green embossing powder.
All of elements were adhered down with 1/2" Tear-ific Tape and 1/4" Tear-ific Tape.

The sentiment was stamped with Versmark 
then embossed with Black Fine Detail embossing powder.
I colored the pumpkin with Copics then added some sparkle using 
Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glimmer Gloss.
The black cats were coated with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive craft glue, then sprinkled
with Galaxy Night Glitter.  This glitter is fun as it has other colors in besides just black.
For the cats eyes I added a touch of green using the pen form the set of Nuvo Glitter Markers Northern Lights.

Once again here are all the links to products used...thank you for visiting with me today!

Glitter:  Galaxy Night G1131
Embossing Powder:  Green Apple EP167,
Tonic:  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform 1707E
Misc.:  Copics
Impression Obsession Fence Die
Round Punch


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

What's Your Favorite Color?

Today is a new challenge theme at
and our hostess Darlene
has chosen
What Is Your Favorite Color?

It might sound a little crazy,
but I don't have one, kind of depends on my mood at any given moment
but if you happened to look in my closet you would see lots of
blues~grays~lime green....
so I chose YELLOW...see,
doesn't make sense does!!
I do like yellow though as it is a HAPPY color to me,
how can it not make you happy?

I also chose it as I had this little duck die cut (Cheapo Dies)
already sitting on my work table just waiting to be used
and when I went through my yellow stack of papers
I found this cute little duck print, it's old let me tell you...
about time I pulled it out and used a smidgen of it!

I tried to give my little duck 'feathers'
by first using a Versamarker pen here and there
and then embossing with SNS Daffodil embossing powder.

The sentiment both inside and out 
(yep I even finished the inside of my card (barely) which is a big accomplishment for me) is from SU, stamped with
Dew Drop Memento Danube Blue ink.
The bow is a scrap I had left.

So, pop on over to The Sisterhood of Crafters
and see all the pretty colors my 'sistahs' have used...
join in with us, we would love to see your favorite colors!!

Simple Step Card

Hi All, enjoying your summer?
It's been pretty darn hot here but I am NOT complaining,
much better then snow/cold!!

Our challenge at Back To Basics and Beyond is to make
a simple 'step card'.

I used a video HERE for mine.

Since it is summer, I decided to go with a fun summer card.
I had a lot of fun making this card and it was very simple!

I had a piece of watercolor paper that I was messing around with
Nuvo Shimmer Mist Nebula Blue
quite awhile back and it actually is what started this card.
I used a wave die and cut it from that paper,
and it worked out pretty good, all nice and shimmery,
just like waves are!

I also added six sail boats to the step parts on the waves....
My lighthouse die fit perfectly on the front panel
and of course what is a lighthouse without seagulls?

We would love to have you join us at 
Back To Basics and Beyond.....
make sure to visit to see all the different variations the team has designed
to inspire YOU!

Entering the following challenges:
Crafaholics R Us .... Turquoise 
Simon Says Monday Challenge .... Summer Fun
International Art & Soul .... Summer Fun
Simply Create Too ... No Patterned Papers (m)
Crafty Catz .... Summer Fun
Get Creative .... Shaped Cards (m)

Dies:  Cheapo Lighthouse
Impression Obsession Lake Birds and Sailboats
Stamp:  Bo Bunny Life's A Beach

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Life Is A Song

These are my cards featured today at the Tutti Designs blog using the

The first card is bright and cheerful.
I die cut the stave in 3 bright colors,
stamping a background behind.
I added a cute sentiment and a little heart for fun!

The second card I cut an oval negative and backed it with a scrap of pretty paper,
added the glittery die cut Musical stave over it on an
embossed panel.  It was finished by simply adding a sentiment!

Visit the Tutti Designs blog daily for fabulous inspiration from the Design Team,
you won't be disappointed!!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Summer At The Beach

First I want to say Happy 4th of July.
This week you will find me at our beach house on Lake Huron
so what could be more perfect then the challenge theme at
The theme is 'Nautical'!

I have put together a fun 'mood/inspiration  board'
just full of summertime goodness!

I bet you can't guess which part of the board inspired me?
I actually had something else in mind but this card just fell together so easily
and I LOVE it!

Using a Tutti Designs Banner die cut from a white linen paper,
I die cut the anchors and captions wheel from paper scraps several times
and added them to it.
The sentiment is from Bo Bunny's 'Life's A Beach' stamp set.
This is the stamp set I purchased with this challenge in mind.
At least I used the sentiment from it!
I finished with a red and white twine bow.

It is a MUST SEE at Double D as the Design Team has once again
knocked it out of the park...I just love our team!

Entering the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday .... Red~White~Blue
Simon Says Wednesday .... Red~White~Blue
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Koi Fish

This is my post on the Tutti Designs blog today featuring the
Tutti Designs Koi Fish die.

The first card is very quick to make just by die cutting the Koi from
a patterned paper, which gives it a bit more detail
and using a second paper for the background.
I stamped the sentiment directly on that,
then added a few big sequins.
The Koi was then popped up. 

Second card I am using a Koi embossing folder I had in my stash,
embossed in white and an added strip of orange down one side.
The Koi was cut from a glitter paper.

The last card is a tad bit darker then it shows,
once again using an embossing folder,
adding a few pearls, a ribbon
and the cutest little fish button.

I hope I have given you some ideas to use with this Koi die
and have inspired you to create!

Koi fish die
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Life Is A Garden

It's the first of the month
(can you believe it is already July?)
and that brings us to a new challenge at
This time is an 'anything goes' challenge.

I decided since I had so many new dies I hadn't used yet to pull one out
and create with it.
One of the newer Sue Wilson dies is the
The sentiment, butterflies, garden glove, rake and flowers are
all from this die set (and there are more dies included).

I backed my card stock with Stick It Adhesive Sheets,
then die cut the sentiment, these sheets put a nice 'sticky' backing on,
making it easy to adhere an intricate die cut piece.

and Precious Marieke Grass Border behind the flowers.
The entire upper card stock panel was inked with
Distress Oxide Ink Salty Ocean for the background.

The card is much brighter then it shows, my camera went to camera heaven
so I had to rely on my phone for pictures for now
and that is still a learning work in progress!!

Make sure and visit the Dies R Us Challenge blog
to see all the rest of the beautiful creations my 'teamies' have made,
and join in with us too, there is always a 'prize' up for grabs!!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Christmas Blues

Tomorrow I will be leaving on a much needed vacation,
so my friends I will not be leaving comments on your fabulous creations
until I return, but will certainly play 'catch up' when I am back.

We are to get extensive heat while I am gone and what better way to 'cool off'
then with a Christmas card, 
plus I had wanted to join in the end of the month challenge
It happens once a month on the 25th and ends last day of the month.
This is only the second time I have played as it seems I am always 
either too busy or too forgetful lol.

I wish my 'picture taking' could capture the pure beauty of this
as IRL it really is a beautiful card.
A bit deeper blue and the scrap of paper (snippet) behind has a bit more sparkle.
It was just a small piece, but so pretty I couldn't toss it out,
now I am glad I didn't 
(truthfully, I keep ALL my paper scraps).
My camera died and I have been relying on my phone for pictures for now
(that's a whole other story)!

I do have a some scheduled posts for next week...
so hope you will 'visit' me while I am gone!

Entering the following challenges:
Rudolph Days .... ATG Christmas
Pixie's Snippets Playground .... Snippets

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Today is a new challenge at
The Sisterhood of Crafters and our hostess is Darlene.
she has chosen the theme of 
Something you might see in the sky.
Well, there are a ton of possibilities there.

I went a little outside of the box and used a fabulous skyscraper die
my friend Ros sent me quite a long while ago.
I had commented on a card she had made using this die
and  how much I liked it and next thing you know I received the die
in the mail...all the way from how cool is that??
I think when in big cities and you look into the sky
what you see mostly is skyscrapers!

It was a pretty simple card to make using TH Distress Inks
on glossy card stock.

I then stenciled random stars using Dreamweavers Gold Embossing Paste
and a Memory Box stencil Star Dust.
Before the paste dried I quickly sprinkled it with 
which led me to hear all evening from the hubby
'You have glitter on your face'...oh well lol.

I am using this for a grad card for a friends daughter.

Make sure to visit The Sisterhood of Crafters
to see all the lovely creations my 'sistahs' have created!

Spotlight Technique

Today on the challenge blog
our challenge is
the Spotlight Technique.

If you are unsure of what this technique is
you can find samples on Pinterest HERE
and a tutorial on You Tube HERE.

But basically, you stamp your image,
then stamp it again, coloring only the small section you
want to 'spotlight'.

You then use a circle die or whatever you prefer
to cut it out.   You can die cut a bit larger to circle from
black card stock to go under if you wish.
I didn't do that as my next size circle die was just too big,
so I just ran my black Copic around the circle edge
to highlight it a bit more.
Then simply line it up with your uncolored image...easy!!

To finish I added a scrap of pink card stock underneath, a few sequins
and a small twine bow.
I also added a bit of shimmer to the flower centers.

To see more of this technique done by the Design Team,
please visit our blog
we would LOVE to have you join us!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Birdhouse Stained Glass

These are my cards on the Tutti Designs blog today
 using a beautiful 

I have 3 very different cards using this die
showing 3 fabulous ways this die can be used.

First is the glitter card, I die cut , then adhered down on a sticker paper,
then sprinkled with a fine white glitter, then colored it in with Copics...easy

Second card was die cut then adhered to a piece of vellum,
flipped over and colored on the back once again with Copics.

The third card, I used Ken Oliver color Burst and water,
then adhered (and trimmed) my die cut to fit.

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Dies also used in the making of these 3 cards were:

Visit here daily for fabulous inspiration on how to use your Tutti dies!!

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