Friday, May 25, 2018

Peace in Purple

My sweet friend Alice sent me some of these beautiful delicate white die-cuts that are probably flowers, but I saw them as snowflakes, so I used one on a Christmas card here. The royal purple mirror card was embossed with a SU! Winter Wonder ef and cut to fit the white card base. I adhered the white die cut over the top and added some sparkly clear Nuvo drops all over. The Peace sentiment is a MB die cut that was cut from the same purple mirror cardstock and I called this one done.

Here's another one made with gold mirror card and a Die-Versions matching die-cut sentiment. Thanks for sharing these beautiful diecuts with me Alice :)

I'm entering the first card into the May Rudolph challenge to make a Christmas card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day everyone!


Thursday, May 24, 2018

For Dad

With Father's Day just around the corner, I made this card from snippets lying on my table. The kaisercraft die-cut stag and shimmery mat beneath it were from a previous card I made that I just wasn't crazy about, so I carefully cut that panel from the card and re-purposed it here. I placed it on a gray Recollections piece of dsp, cutting with a Lil Inker stitched rectangle die set- which was used on the image panel and cardstock base as well. The blue sentiment panel was heat-embossed with white ep using a MFP stamp, and I die-cut that with a Crealies Text Tag die. I attached it with 2 white mini brads. The word "For" was done with a SNSS stamp on white and fussy cut. The card base is heavy royal blue, purchased from a local store.

I will share this with the following challenges:

 Simon Wednesday challenge which is to use more than one stamp.

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day!


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

TMS #454

Hello and a very happy Tuesday to everyone. This week we're working on sketch #454 over at the Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge and it's an easy one too. The prize this week is a bottle of Nuvo Crystal Drops in the color of Red Berry.

I started my card with a Penny Black image and colored it with Copics. I matted it with early espresso and placed it on a powder pink panel that was embossed with a Sizzix damask ef. The matching cardbase was dotted with pale pink Nuvo crystal drops, and I added a bit of matching twine to the SU! sentiment panel just for fun. Now it's your turn, but first, you can check my DT member's creations for some great inspiration:

I'm also entering this into the PBSC Anything Goes challenge with an option to use your favorite Penny Black image

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day whatever you do!


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Firefighter Birthday

While rummaging through my stash, I found this forgotten MFP (store now closed) firefighter stamp set and set out to make a card with it. I colored the image with Copics and die-cut it with a GMD stitched square die, placing it on a red panel where I heat-embossed the sentiment with white ep. I matted that with black and placed it on top of a stenciled background, done with a TCW flames stencil and some red, orange and amber inks. For the final touch, I added 2 mini gold brads and stamped a birthday sentiment at the top. The inside reads "You are my Hero!"

I'm sharing this over at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge for May #14 where all you have to do is add a critter to your card.

The sun must be confused here in PA today. It wasn't supposed to make an appearance but there it is shining brightly, even if only for a moment! I'll take it! I'm so tired of the dismal drearies and rain :(

Rain or shine, have yourself a wonderful Sunday and thanks for stopping by!


Friday, May 18, 2018

Playing with Colors

I had a play with my distress inks and 2 coordinating Dahlia stencils from Altenew. I used worn lipstick, squeezed lemonade and citron to create the background. I die cut the GMD birthday wishes sentiment from citron and worn lipstick, adding black die-cuts beneath them to help them stand out a little more. I went with some light summery colors and needed the touch of black so they didn't blend completely into the stenciled background. I added some tiny black gemstones to finish this card. I'm not so sure I like this - I'm thinking it may have looked better if I'd done the sentiment words in black. I may die-cut them in black and layer them on top before I'm ready to mail this card.

Thanks for stopping by and do have yourself a wonderful Friday!


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Amazing You

I love yellow and black together, so I made this card with that great color combination. I started with a Daffodil cardbase, and made a horizontal border with a Martha Stewart doily punch. I added a black embossed panel, done with a SU! petal burst ef, then added a SB scalloped petite oval die in black, then added white and daffodil panels die-cut with Gina Marie Designs stitched ovals. The stamp set used was SU! Amazing You, and the dsp is from DCWV. I added some black and clear rhinestone bling, along with a daffodil ribbon bow and called this one done.

I'm sharing it with the Double D Challenge to "Bling it up!"

Thanks for the visit and it's always nice to have you here for a moment or two. Wishing you a wonderful day!


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wedding Card

I was recently asked to create some wedding cards, and this is one design of 3 that I made. I started with a piece of white cardstock that was embossed with a SU! Falling Petals embossing folder, and die-cut a circle in the center. I used a SB scalloped circle and regular circle die to cut the frame and inserted a panel of vellum dsp into the center. The lovebirds were made with a SU! bird punch, and the wings were embossed with a SU! square lattice ef, and I added tiny black gemstones for eyes. I die-cut 2 stems with an older Sizzlits Little Leaves die, and covered them with frosted lace stickles for a little sparkle. The sentiment is from the SU! Beautiful Bouquet set and was heat-embossed with silver EP and popped up on foam tape. I added 2 Hero Arts red heart-shaped gemstones to the top. The inside reads "May you grow a beautiful life together - Happy Wedding Day!" - Also from the SU! Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Snippets Playground #326 - must use snippets

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great week ahead!


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

TMS #453

Hello stampers - another Tuesday has rolled around again, and this week we're working on the Tuesday Morning Sketch #453 by Melissa.

I found this pre-colored image in my stash and I have no idea how it landed in my hands, but I decided it would make a cute birthday card for a child. I die cut the image with a stitched oval, and placed it on a MFT fishtail banner cut from turquoise. I added a lemon-lime horizontal panel that was embossed with a square lattice ef by SU! and placed it on a Berry Burst card base. The little curlyQ's are strips of dsp that were wound around a knitting needle and adhered to the top of the panel. I added some random Nuvo drops to add to the festive party theme of my card. 

Here's the prize up for grabs this week just by playing along...

And here's the sketch for you to work with....

Here are my DT members blogs where you can check out their creations for some inspiration...

I'm also entering this card into the Shopping our Stash #354 challenge - "for the kids."

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find time to come and play along with us! Have a great Tuesday!


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Butterfly Challenges

I haven't been as diligent in playing challenges lately as I have a few of my own personal challenges to contend with, but I decided to take time to make and combine 2 cards to play along with 2 challenges.

First up is the Twofer challenge # 5 and this month the challenge prompt is Butterflies.

One of my cards for the Twofer is this birthday card, done with Altenew layering dahlia stencils and sponged with Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry distress inks. I used MB Darla and Vivienne butterfly dies, adding some tiny pink gemstones. The sentiment panel was done with a SU! Beautiful Bouquet stamp, heat-embossed with white. The fern is a die-cut from the Beautiful Bunch coordinating framelit die set.

The 2nd of my Twofer cards was also made for the Butterfly Challenge #100 which includes different challenges for the letter "H." I haven't played in this challenge in a long, long time, so it was fun to enter a card into Valerie's 100th celebration. Here is the prompt for her challenge:

and here's my card...

I managed to include all of the requirements shown on the wheel, and although it's not my favorite card I've ever made, it was fun to take the challenge and use all the required elements. I also used the MB Darla and Vivienne butterfly die, using a piece of harvest gold striped dsp for the bottom layer, and added a top layer that was colored with a hot pink fluorescent Copic marker. I added a heart-shaped gemstone to the body, but there is also a heat-embossed panel of golden hearts at the top of the card. The hearts, along with the gold-heat-embossed sentiment are from a Clear Stamps set. The hexagon dsp is from SU! (retired) and the grassy border was done with a Sweet n Sassy die and a remnant strip of hunter green cardstock from my stash. The card base is powder pink with a snippet of soft suede. The top was done with a SU! scalloped border punch.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a great weekend. All of you moms out there deserve a day of pampering and I sure hope each and every one of you gets it too!


Friday, May 11, 2018

Masculine Birthday Card

While making this card recently, I decided to make a 2nd one using the same SU! dsp for the background. The paper just screams masculine to me. I die-cut the dsp, black panel, and kraft card base with Lil Inker stitched rectangles and then added a SNSS stamped birthday sentiment to a panel of vanilla and die-cut that with a MFT stitched die. I added a few brads and some brown and white twine to finish this card.

I'm sharing it with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is "for the boys." My card is for one of the big boys :)

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day whatever you do!