Wednesday, June 21, 2017

We're a Great Pair


Hi Crafty Friends,

I'm sharing this card over on the Paper Crafting World blog.

Today is our 48th Anniversary so I made this simple card for the hubby using a retired file from Paper Crafting World.


Besides cutting the file on my Silhouette, I also designed the sentiment and then sent it to my printer.
The base for the sentiment is from Jaded Blossom's newest die set, Label Shape Dies.

Happy Anniversary to us and Happy Summer to you!!


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Always Fun Challenge #11 ~ Follow a Sketch


Hi Crafty Friends,

When I first began card making I used sketches as inspiration until I found my own preferred style for card layouts.  Sketches can be lifesavers when the creative mojo takes a vacation.

Our Always Fun Challenge for this is to follow a sketch and this one was fun.

I just bought this Echo Park paper that I thought it was so cute.  I also had this flamingo die (one of those "no name" ones from China) so this is what I came up with following the sketch below.

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So, come on over to Always Fun and show us how you used this sketch for inspiration.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Cut it Up Challenge #124

Hi Crafty Friends,

Are you ready for summer picnics?  It's that time and the weather is finally cooperating.
Our Cut It Up Challenge theme for this challenge is PICNIC - and be sure to include a die cut.

Here's my card.
I found this adorable ant at Miss Kate's Cuttables.  I think he's adorable!
The patterned papers are from PhotoPlay Summer Dreams.  I've had this sentiment set since I designed for Getting Cricky, but it's no longer available.  I used dies for the sentiment flags and my Silhouette for the ant.

This challenge is being sponsored by
Newton's Nook

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Besties International Challenge Blog REMINDER

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today's post is to REMIND you that there is still time to join our My Besties International Challenge.

You can use ANY image by ANY artist and the theme (Steampunk) is optional. 
 Anyone may enter enter our challenge.  There will be two prizes awarded:  one for Besties DT members and the other for non-DT members, so everyone has a chance of winning some amazing Sherry Baldy images!!

Here's my project using one of Sherry's Besties Boys.

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The image may be found HERE.
I found these fabulous Steampunk papers in a Graphic 45 6x6 stack I had in my stash.  The image was colored with Copic markers with a little added distress inking on the edges.  The flower is also from my stash and the "leaves" were punched using the Martha Stewart Branch punch.

Follow the link above to join in our challenge.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Always Fun Challenge #10

Hi Crafty Friends,

The Always Fun Challenge for this week is Father's Day or something for a Man.

Here's my card.


I was organizing my dies and I came across a set from Sizzix with the banner, shield, and deer head.  I think this made a great Father's Day card!  I used Jaded Blossom Border dies to create the frame and their Father's Day stamp set for the sentiment.  

We've had such wonderful response to our Always Fun Challenges.  I hope you'll play along.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Digital Delights June Release

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's new release time on the Digital Delights by Louby Loo blog.

The new image I was given is Whale Riding Mickey.


I colored the image using Copic Markers.  I also used several Jaded Blossom die set: Tropical Dies, Stitched Circles and Scalloped Circles.  Then I added some sequins, that's it!

Here's the entire release.


To see all of them, just follow the blog link above.


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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Always Fun Challenges - Summer Fun

Hi Crafty Friends,

I hope you've started your Summer Fun activities!
That's what were doing at Always Fun Challenge Blog - creating projects with the Summer Fun theme.  I belong to the Club La-La Land Crafts Club and the kit for May was perfect for this challenge.  Take a look and you'll see why.

Who doesn't love going to a carnival or faire, especially when a carousel is involved?
All of the stamps and dies are from La-La Land Crafts.  The yummy papers are a new theme from Authentique.  I colored Marci using Copic Markers.  This card is 6x6.

Come on over to Always Fun Challenge blog and show us your summer fun project.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Cut it Up Challenge #123

Welcome Back, Crafty Friends!

Today I'm sharing a project for Cut It Up Challenge #123.
Our theme is "Summer School" and your challenge is to follow a tutorial - 
be sure to include a DIE cut!!

I LOVE all the wonderful tutorials shared by Jennifer McGuire.  She is so amazingly talented and creative and her tutorials are so easy to follow.  She shared this tutorial for Stacked Die Cutting not too long ago and I love the way this card turned out.


I used the Sizzix nesting hearts for the stacked hearts.  The sentiment is a die from China which I cut out using chipboard and then La-La Land's adhesive foil.  The cute heart banner is from Jaded Blossom - Banner Dies.  I love this technique.  Oh, I used the cut out hearts to embellish this inside.  The great thing about this technique is that you wind up with cuts to create two cards (or the inside, in my case.)

Come on over to Cut it Up Challenge Blog and share a project you've made following a tutorial.  You can follow the link above.

This challenge is being sponsored by
Heartfelt Creations

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

My Besties International NEW Challenge ♥


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's June 1st so that means there's a new My Besties International Challenge ready for you.
This month's optional theme is STEAMPUNK!  LOL, the very first time I was given this theme (several years ago) I had to look up what it meant.  I think it's such a fun theme so I hope you like the Bestie image I selected and the way I designed the card.


I've had these papers in my stash along with the Tim Holtz gears.  The die cut is an old Sizzix die - the fat type - I've had for several years.  The image is colored using Copic Markers then I added some Glossy Accents to his glasses and clock face.

Our challenge is open for a month.  You can share your project using the link above.

You'll find this fun image HERE.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Always Fun #8

Hi Crafty Friends,

This week's Always Fun Challenge is Graduation.

I'm in the middle of making several cards and gift holders since we have a number of friends who have kiddos graduating.  I was exploring the Silhouette Design Store and found this interesting mini-shadow box style card.  I would have liked to increase the size but I hadn't received my 12x24 mat yet.  Anyway, I think it's cute and it would be fun and easy to attach a gift card on the back.


The folds are mountain/valley so I increased the file as much as I could for my mat.  The only thing I added were the high school initials.  The school colors are green and silver.  Like I said, I'll probably attach a gift card to the very back before placing it in the envelope.  The back is also the only place to write since you can see all the layers.  Sometimes it's just fun to try something new and different, right?

I hope you'll visit the Always Fun blog to see more graduation ideas and then join in our challenge.



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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Delightful Challenge #22


Hi Crafty Friends,

We're opening our next challenge at Delightful Challenges.  
Our challenges are always ANYTHING GOES using a digital or stamped image.

I made a sweet gift using the Spa Betty Set from Digital Delights by Louby Loo.


I colored the image using Copic markers.  For the bottle hanger I used Jaded Blossom Wine Tag dies.  I also embellished with leaves from JB's Tropical Flowers dies and Flower Dies.
I tied the sentiment tag, which I just hand cut, with tulle.  

Spa Betty set

Our challenge is open for three weeks.  You can see more design team projects and link your own by clicking on the link above.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Always Fun #7 ~ Anything Goes

Hi Crafty Friends,

Our Always Fun Challenge this week is Anything Goes.

I designed this card for my bff's daughter's wedding.


You've probably noticed how much I love using classic linen pearl card stock.  I think the papers make a simple design so elegant.
The lattice is a Cherry Lynn die.  All the other die cuts are from La-La Land Crafts.  I cut an extra dove and sentiment out of chip board to add dimension to the die cuts - something I learned at
 a La-La Land Make and Take.  I also added Stickles to the Cherry Blossom branch.

I hope you'll join our Always Fun "Anything Goes" challenge.


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Hostess Monday at Digital Delights


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's my turn to share a Hostess Monday project for Digital Delights by Louby Loo.
When I saw this large double bow cut file in the store, I knew I wanted to create a project using it.


There is a hexagon card base under the bow so this could double as a card AND package decoration!  I thought Starz the Unicorn was the perfect addition!

Bow card template

Starz the Unicorn

I colored Starz using Copic markers.  The bow papers are from Doodlebug Designs.  Because I used card stock I chose to staple the bow parts using Terrifically Tacky (red) double sided tape to adhere the bow to the card base.  I used Jaded Blossom Stitched Oval and Scalloped Oval dies for the unicorn and mat.


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Friday, May 19, 2017

Fun Folds


Hi Crafty Friends,

I was so excited to make this card for Cut It Up Challenge Blog, challenge #122 (fun folds) because I LOVE this type of window card but creating it on my own was no easy task.  Our wonderful sponsor, The Cutting Cafe provided the file for this style and it was so EASY to cut and assemble - yay!!!





The papers are all from Doodlebug Designs.  The flowers are Jaded Blossom Flowers Dies.  The image, which I colored using Lyra Polycolor pencils, and sentiment is from the Best Friends set by Clearly Besotted.  I also added Doodlebug Designs Sprinkles.

Head on over to the design team blog to see even more fun fold cards.  The Cutting Cafe files make them so easy to cut out and assemble.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wonderful, Beautiful YOU!


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's my design team day on the Paper Crafting World Design Team Blog.

I have been wanting to try water coloring with Distress Inks and I found the perfect Paper Crafting World image on which to try.

Here's my project using the Wonderful Beautiful You Digital Printable stamp image.


I just smeared Distress Inks onto an acrylic block, dipped my brush in water and then the ink and began to paint.  I also used a water brush to help blend the colors.

The papers are from a K & Co stack I had in my stash.  The sentiment is a part of the Digital Printable set.  All I added was some American Crafts ribbon, and Queen&Co and Doodlebug Designs adhesive flowers and dots.  

Thanks for visiting!

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Monday, May 15, 2017

My Besties International Challenge REMINDER


And Hello Again Crafty Friends,

My second post is to remind you that the My Besties International Challenge is still open so there's plenty of time for you to play along.

Our optional theme is ribbons and lace.  I used one of Sherry's cute "fluffy" image for my project.
You can find the image HERE.


I hope you'll visit the design team blog (link above) and join in our crafty fun!!!


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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Always Fun Challenge #6 - Dry Embossing

Hi Crafty Friends,

Embossing folders were some of the first tools I purchased when I began making cards but, like so many things, I find new techniques and push others aside.  Today's challenge reminded how easy embossing folders are to use and what simple, yet pretty cards can be made using them.

Here's my dry embossing project for Challenge #6 at Always Fun Challenges:

I used my go-to folder, Swiss Dots and added a bow banner from Anna Griffin.
The rose and leave are dies cuts from China (no manufacturer named).  All it needed was a few sequins to be finished.  

I hope you'll join this fun challenge.
Grab our button

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Digital Delights New Release


Hi Crafty Friends,

Digital Delights by Louby Loo has a new release for May.

Here is my project using Butterfly Pat.


The patterned papers are from Echo Park.  The butterflies and tulip are a part of La-La Land Crafts April Club Kit and the grass is from Jaded Blossom Spring Dies set,  I colored Pat using Copic Markers.


You can see projects created with the new release images HERE.


There's still time to enter our Delightful Challenge.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Always Fun Challenge #5

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's Monday so that means it's time for our next Always Fun challenge.

The theme for this challenge is MOTHER'S DAY or something for a FEMALE.


I made this simple thank you card using a rose die from China (it had no brand but was purchased from a local scrapbook store which is now closed,(  I do love the way it cut and am glad I purchased quite a few dies when the store was clearing everything out!   I cut it once in green and then again in pink so I could pop the rose on top of the green for a little dimension.  A touch of lace, some adhesive pearls and a heat embossed sentiment finished the card.

We've had such wonderful participation for our challenges.  I hope you'll continue to support this fun new challenge blog.

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