Saturday, May 28, 2022

Sending Hugs

 At Can You Handle The Pressure
our embossing twist this time is BUTTERFLIES!
But remember you can use ANY embossing folder if you so choose!

I had a fun Darice butterfly embossing folder I used for my card!
I inked up a piece of photo paper with a few TH Oxides in
lilac and yellow colors.
I added a Cottage Cutz flower and a Pink Fresh Studio sentiment.


Join us over at Can You Handle The Pressure for our
embossing folder challenge and check out all the pretty
inspiration form the team!


Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Graduation Gift Purses

At The Sisterhood of Crafters  our 'sistah' Annie is our hostess and
she has chosen the theme of Bag It for our challenge!

I made two purses for graduation money for a graduating granddaughter Sophie
and one for a graduating niece Caitlin.

Sophie's was what I called a 'selfie' purse as that was the paper I chose.
She was very pleased with it (or the money in it lol)


Caitlin's was all about sunflowers as her entire grad party was all Sunflowers.
I changed the handles a bit for hers but think I like the first sample better!

These were very fun to create using the 
Concord & Ninth Everyday Purse Builder and Stamp Set!

To see even more fun and inspiring 'bags' be sure to visit 
The Sisterhood and see all the fun designs from the DT!

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Sending Birthday Blessings

 Time for a new challenge at Double D

and the theme is MONOCHROMATIC!
Dar has created this mood board for inspiration
but you can use ANY monochromatic color choice as you choose!

Not sure what monochromatic is?
Here is a definition of it for you:

Monochromatic colors are all the colors of a single hue. Monochromatic color schemes are derived from a single base hue and extended using its shades, tones and tints. Tints are achieved by adding white and shades and tones are achieved by adding a darker color, grey or black

 

For MY card I chose to go with lavenders!
I used one of my favorite stencils from
Taylored Expressions Butterflies Stamp and Stencil combo
and Altenew Enchanted Garden ink set.
There are four inks in the set and I used three of the four.


I'm sure you have seen me use this set before and surely will
again as while at the lake house this summer I spent many a day
stenciling and stenciled 4 of this set, all in glorious different color combos!

I once again used my favorite Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Strips die for
a place to stamp my sentiment, which is from
The Greetery Sentiment Suite Birthday  which I embossed with SNS white detail EB powder.

Join us at Double D and see all the 'pretties' from the design team!

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Peace On Earth Anything Christmas

 Time for  a new challenge at Peace On Earth and it is as always
ANYTHING GOES as long as it is Christmas themed!

We have a fun and colorful mood board for inspiration,
so many different options to choose from if  you desire!!

 Anything Christmas 


I always try to let the mood boards inspire me, they just give a great starting point!
Back in the winter months I did a little  fun shopping,
after all what else there to do to entertain yourself , right?

I purchased this fun stencil TCW of penguins to make a slimline card.
It is a perfect sized stencil for slimlines!!
I inked them with Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.
The sentiment is from Altenew Holiday Flower stamped in Memento Love Letter.


I encourage you to join our challenge, come Christmas holiday time
you will be glad to have some of your Christmas cards ready to go!
Visit us at
Peace On Earth and see all the pretty inspiration from the design teams!!

Celebrating You Today

We ae to our second challenge of the month for 
Dies R Us
and once again the theme is ANYTHING GOES
as long as you use a die company that Dies R Us carries.


The flower for May is Lily of the Valley and was also the month of my
Moms' birthday so this card makes me think of her, I miss her so!
I used a couple of Tutti Designs Nesting dies,
the Cross Stitched Nesting Ovals and Cross Stitched Banners.
The flowers are Cheapo Dies Lily of the Valley Bunch
That were cut from green card stock scraps and then from white
card stock and paper pieced on.
I also added a few fun Nuvo drops and a twine bow to finish!

Tutti Designs Cross Stitched Nesting Oval
Tutti Designs Cross Stitched Nesting Banners
Cheapo Dies Lily of the Valley Bunch

We would love to have you join us at the Dies R Us challenge!!
Take a peek at all the inspiration from the Design Team while there!

For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below. 



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!?!

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Just A Note

Time for a new embossing challenge at 

Can You Handle The Pressure and the 'twist' is FLOWERS!

I used a TH Roses embossing folder on a piece of 
cardstock that was inked with various distress inks,
I added a die cut Rose from Cheapo dies and a
Pink Fresh Studio Perfect Sentiments Stamps and Dies


Take a peek over at Can You Handle The Pressure and see all the pretty
designs from the rest of the team, join in with us too as it is a good
way to put those embossing folders to use!

Two Old Bats May Challenge Reminder

We are halfway thru the month of May
and we have a reminder of our challenge at
Two Old Bats Halloween year round challenge!

A mood board has been provided for inspiration 
but anything is fine as long as it is Halloween themed! 

I used the bottom left corner for my inspiration
and stamped a funky and spooky hat with Inkadinkado stamps.
The background die is a wacky rectangle die from Cottage Cutz.
The creepy spider is from my stash.


I had purchased some pre-printed sentiments from Simon Says
and this is one of them, they are printed in toner so they could be
foiled too!

Pop on over to the Two Old Bats challenge blog
and see al the spooky fun by the Design Team and get your Halloween
out and join in with us!





Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Birthday Wishes

I am hosting today's  challenge at 
The Sisterhood of Crafters
and I chose  THINK PINK for our theme!

I purchased this two part die from
Altenew Dog Rose Panel A and B Bundle.
I created four different panels with this die in four different colors and
have used the pink one for this particular challenge.

The background floral paper is from Lawn fawn Spring Fling 6 x 6 pad.
The sentiment is Pretty Pink Posh Simple Sentiments.


Make sure to visit The Sisterhood to see all the pretty PINK creations from the team!

Entering the following challenge:
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG
Little Red Wagon .... Make It Bloom
Craft Rocket Challenges .... Birthday
Moving Along With The Times .... Birthday
Seize The Birthday ....
ATG Birthday


Friday, May 6, 2022

Mermaids

Our new challenge theme at Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenges is: 


Our sponsor is Leigh SB-Designs and I have used a digi provided
MerWitch.
I printed her on a bubbly soft background paper,
then used a stardust gelly roll pen to give her sparkle her and there,
added some sequins, a few tiny fish and a couple of seahorses. 
I used a homemade paper for her background.


Here is a closeup of all her sparkle!


Make sure to visit the Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenge blog to see all the other
pretty mermaids form the design team.



Wednesday, May 4, 2022

It's All About The Birds

Time for a new challenge theme at
Double D Challenges and our theme is: 

BIRDS - NESTS - BIRDHOUSES/CAGES

We have a fun mood board for inspiration
but you can create anything as long as you use
one of the themes mentioned above!


Long ago I made a card using a Cottage Cutz Bird Trio die
(which just so happens to be our prize for this challenge)
and saved the 'negative' part of the die.
That is what I used for this card and by placing it on a piece of scrap (snippet)
paper I was able to achieve getting a small heart showing on each bird!
The heart background paper I found in my bag of red scraps and seemed
the perfect choice to show off my birds!
I heat embossed a sentiment from 
Altenew Sentiment Strips 2.


Make sure to visit the Double D Challenge blog and see all the 
beautiful inspiration from our very talented team...join in with us too!!

Entering the Following challenges:
Snippets Playground .... Snippets
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG
The Paper Players .... Birds and/or Bees



Monday, May 2, 2022

Pretty Pink

Today is the start of challenge at Colorful Options and this month of May
our color is PINK!  You also have the option of using a rainbow of colors
but how can anyone resist this pretty pink mood board?
I know I couldn't! 

How excited are we to be partnering with DOUBLE TROUBLE today!!!

 We are partnering with the Double Trouble Challenge Blog for a joint collaboration the first two weeks of this month.  It's fun and easy and you have a chance to win more prizes! The Double Trouble Challenge #109 runs from May 2 - May 15 and their theme is "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."  Thing One asks you to use a rainbow of colors (or predominately pink) and Thing Two would like you to include a fantasy element of your choice.  Below is their cheerful and whimsical inspiration board.


I once again used a panel I had stenciled this summer while
at the lake house.  It is from Altenew Sweet Spring Stencil.
Altenew has weekly sales starting every Monday and this stencil
happened to be in their weekly sale.  I just love it,
it is only a two layer stencil, so very easy to work with.
I also used Altenew ink cubes Cherry Blossoms.
I think this is only the second mini slimline I have made.


The sentiment is The Greetery Suite Birthday.
A few white pearls were added.
Take a peek at all the pretty pink creations at
Colorful Options and join in the fun with us!

Entering the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge .... ATG
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG
Cupcake Challenge .... Inspiration Challenge (pink flowers)
Creations In Pink .... ATG PINK
{PIN}spirational
.... Inspiration Picture

Altenew .... Inspiration Board/Screams Summer(pink~green~floral)






Two Old Bats May Halloween Challenge

We are into May for our Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge
and have a fun mood board for inspiration!
You can create anything you want as long as it is Halloween!

Inspiration Board


I used the Ravens for my inspiration and knew I had this BIG old stamp
that has never seen ink (Stampendous Raven Background 2012). 
I was a bit worried getting a good impression
with it since it's on a wood block and so large,
but with the use of a foam stamp pad and my favorite black ink
Hero Arts Hero Hues India Ink Black it stamped
beautifully first time!
I matted it on some orange card stock then adhered it to a 
black card stock base.


We would love to have you join our year round Halloween challenge at 
Two Old Bats
and just think, I will have 24 Halloween cards done for the year
which is a first time ever for me!


Sunday, May 1, 2022

Four Seasons May~Anything Goes Spring

 We are still in the SPRING mode at
Four Seasons
and have a fun mood board to inspire you, I mean look at all
those pretty things to choose from lilacs~mother's day~peonies~even Memorial Day
if you so choose, but anything is okay as long as it is about SPRING!

Last year I  wanted to try out some new inks besides my TH Distress and Oxides
and ordered several different brands to see which I liked best.
I started with Altenew cubes that come in sets of four, varying the colors 
light to dark, perfect for the new layering stamps and stencils!
I also bought Wendi Vechi~Simon Hurley~Hero Arts Hero Hues~Fairy Hugs~
Versa-Fine Clair and Simon Pawsitively Saturated.

I have to admit I loved them ALL, but ended up buying more of the Altenew and the Simon inks!

With a craft show coming up I created this card for Mother's Day in mind.

For this card I used my new Simon inks in pinks,
lovely colors of Bubblegum~Sweets~Taffy.
The greenery was stamped with Altenew Firefly and Shadow Creek.

Being peonies are a favorite garden flower of mine (of which I have many)
I used the Altenew stamp set Peony Bouquet and the sentiment from the 
stamp set Beautiful Day stamped in the clear precise black ink from Hero Arts 
Hero Hues India Ink Black.  This ink will stain your stamps but not harm them
and I am loving the crisp look!

The die cut added butterfly just happened to be flying about my desk!

Please visit our blog at Four Seasons and see all the beautiful SPRING
creations from the team, join in with us too!!

Entering the following challenges:
Stamping Sensations .... Floral and Fauna

Die Cut Diva's .... ATG
Altenew  .... Inspiration Board/Screams Summer (I used pink, green and floral)


Simon Says Wednesday Challenge .... ATG
Shopping Our Stash ....  (what A difference You Made In my Life)

Peace On Earth Anything Christmas

We are already into May for our
Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge
and have a fun mood board to inspire you below! 
You can create anything you want as long as it is Christmas!

Anything Christmas

 

I was originally going with the bottom left corner but decided to
go a bit simpler and let the bottom right corner inspire me instead!

I used a never been used before Sizzix die 'Christmas Tree'.
I paper pieced each of the tiny stars in, the larger star and the heart
on the base of the tree.  Those stars are not uniform in size so it was quite picky
to place them in correctly!
The doily underneath is an oldie from Cheery Lynn Designs 'Pinwheel Doily',
I am not sure if they are even still in business now, does anyone know?

The sentiment is from Altenew!


Please visit our Peace n Earth challenge to get lots of inspiration
from our teams, join in with us too, you will be one card ahead for he holidays!!


Tulip Window

Happy May 1st!  time for a new challenge theme at
Dies R Us and it is anything goes!
 


We still have tulips blooming here in early May in my part of Michigan
and as much as I love tulips I decided to base my card around them!
I also long gingham and use that as a background by die cutting a
Tutti Designs Nesting Scalloped Rectangle.
The tulip frame is also by Tutti Designs and is Tulip Window.
It was cut from a green card stock scrap then I cut just the flowers
from a card stock leftover inked piece giving me some fun colors for  the tulips.
These were paper pieced on along with the butterfly, which is part of the
window frame.


Tutti Designs Tulip Window
Tutti Designs Scalloped Stitched Nesting Rectangles

We would love to have you join us at the Dies R Us challenge!!
Take a peek at all the inspiration from the Design Team while there!

For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below. 



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!?!

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Sending Birthday Wishes

 Time for a new challenge theme at
The Sisterhood of Crafters and is hosted by our 'sistah' Darlene.
She has chosen the theme of
'April Showers Bring May Flowers'.

This card was created by once again using one of my
stenciled panels I did last summer, feels good to make them into a card!

The stencil is a Tim Holtz Floral Layering stencil
using Altenew inks!
I didn't want to cover up the pretty flowers
so I used a Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Strip to stamp the sentiment on
which is from The Greetery Sentiment Suite Birthday.


Make sure to visit The Sisterhood to see all the beautiful
floral cards from my 'Sistah's!!

Entering the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG
Crafty Gals Corner .... Spring/Easter
The Paper Shelter .... Birthday
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge .... ATG
Make My Monday .... Happy Birthday
Use Your Stuff .... Spring/Easter
All Sorts .... Something that begins with a B (Blossoms)


Saturday, April 23, 2022

Hold More Promise

A new embossing challenge starts today at 
Can You Handle The Pressure and the 'optional' twist is PASTELS

Co-Owner and Design Team Member

I used an emboss and cut folder from Spellbinders Rose Flourish.
I chose pale pink and a mint green for my Pastels.
The embossed Roses were colored in with a dauber and  Pan Pastels
The sentiment was stamped with Altnew Firefly ink.

Another one that was hard to photograph and I tried my best to get rid of
the shadow my camera insisted on picking up, but to no avail!

I would love to have you join us for our latest challenge at
Can You Handle The Pressure
and be sure to see all the beautiful inspiration from the teams!



Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Double D Challenge Building Theme

 Time for a new challenge theme at Double D and it is 
BUILDINGS!
As always we have a mood board totally for inspiration only
you can have any kind of building you want!


Though I have several dies/tamps to choose from, I went a whole
different route!
One of my plans this years was to use what I have so I did just that
and used some fun Spring stickers I had picked up from Hobbylobby.
I love the bright and cheerful houses, tree, and the little clouds.
I embossed a blue cloud strip to place my stickers on and used a
paper from Doodlebug Designs Bunnyville paper pack,
and I only have a few sheets left in this pack, also another plan this year,
to use up some of these pads!!

The sentiment is from Creative Expressions Wordies sentiment sets!

Pop on over to the Double D Challenge blog to see lots more
of fabulous inspiration and join in with us too!

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Peace On Earth Anything Christmas

 A new challenge starts today at 
PEACE ON EARTH 
and as usual it is an ANYTHING GOES as long as it is Christmas themed!

There is always an inspirational mood board,
just for that... INSPIRATION!

 Anything Christmas 


I totally let the mood board inspire me with the bottom right photo
with the perfect Creative Expressions Holiday Wreath stamp set.
I used Nuvo gold and silver glitter pens to color in the baubles.
A  bow was die cut from Tutti Designs Fancy Bows set in a silver metallic paper.
It is way more sparkly in real life, just hard to capture in a photo!


Head on over to Peace On Earth to see all the pretty creations
from our fabulous design team, we would love to have you join in with us!


Friday, April 15, 2022

Hello

We are partnering with the Double Trouble Challenge Blog again this year and having a joint challenge collaboration.  It's fun and easy and you have a chance to win prizes both here on the DRU Challenge as well as the Double Trouble Challenge #108! The Double Trouble Challenge runs from April 18 - May 1 and their theme is "Frame It" - use a basic metal die in your project.


Here are the options to include if you want to join the Double Trouble challenge. You can enter the Double Trouble "Frame It" challenge #108 here.

Thing 1:  Trouble Maker (Double Trouble Challenge)
says, "How many of us have a Cricut or similar machine that sits idle?  Since the world of metal dies has emerged how often do you pull out your Cricut to cut a basic shape?  It seems most of us have accumulated some dies and now use a die cutter (Cuttlebug, Big Shot, Gemini).  I'm challenging you to select a basic-shaped metal die from your stash and use it on your project, e.g. frame, square, rectangle, triangle for your image and/or sentiment...  you get the idea.  

You can stop here... 
OR  
play along with Twisted Sister's optional twist below to earn another chance in the Double Trouble random draw.  


Thing 3:  Twisted Sister  (Double Trouble Challenge)
says, "It isn't difficult for me to pick out a shaped metal die for a frame and/or sentiment but I have accumulated so many other pretty metal dies.  

"Mother's Day is around the corner... this is a good time to honor your Mom or someone special who has had an impact on your life.  My optional twist is to include flower(s) and/or butterfly(s) on your project. I'm going to use some of my pretty dies, however, if you don't have floral or butterfly dies, just use patterned paper, stenciling, or embossing.   

Optional Twist:  If you have included flowers and/or butterflies on your project you will earn another chance in the Double Trouble Random Draw. 


Thing 2: Double Dare (DRU Challenge)
says, "If you have included at least one metal die on your project you are eligible to enter at Dies R Us #191 HERE. There is a limit of three entries and make sure you post your entry on or before April 28th and you will be eligible for an extra Double Trouble random draw chance. The theme is Flowers/Spring.
      
AND... 
If you have used any brand of dies that Dies R Us sells in their store, you will be eligible for an extra Double Trouble random draw chance as well as a chance to win the DRU $10 gift code prize.  Your die may already qualify. Click HERE to view the dies on their left-hand sidebar. Be sure to mention in your post if you used a die that is sold at DRU's store for a chance the DRU random draw. 


SO basically the options for winning prizes are: 
  Thing 1: Use a basic shaped metal frame die to enter the Double Trouble challenge. 
  Thing 2: Use a metal die that DRU sells and include the theme Spring/Flowers to enter the DRU challenge and the random draw from Double Trouble. 
  Thing 3: Use a metal frame die and add a flower or butterfly to project for another entry to the Double Trouble challenge.

 A new challenge at Dies R Us and our theme is 
Flowers/Spring! 


I don't know about you  but I am certainly ready to see Spring AND flowers!
It's been a long hard bitter cold winter here in Michigan so I went with a happy yellow card
 with some pretty daisies from Cheapo dies.
I first die cut from a green card stock then again in white and paper pieced
the flowers on,  I used the Tutti Designs Dotted Ovals for my
pretty daisies to frame them with!
The sentiment is a Tutti Designs Hello word set which seems to be
discontinued but I have provided a link below for ALL the Hello dies
carried in the store!



Tutti Designs  Hello Word Set
Hello (all)

We would love to have you join us at the Dies R Us challenge!!
Take a peek at all the inspiration from the Design Team while there!

For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below. 



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!?!

Entering the following challenges:
Mod Squad .... Anything Goes
Double Trouble Challenge .... Frame It
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