Friday, September 20, 2019

My Time to Craft ~ Birds!

Hi Crafty Friends,
Our My Time to Craft Challenge # 406 is BIRDS.  We hope you have a good time with this one?
I just love The Rabbit Hole Designs caffeinated critters and the flamingo is just so much fun.
Here she is, happy with her coffee!
I used Whimsy Stamps shaker dies for this card along with a banner die from La-La Land Crafts.  
The caffeinated flamingo was colored using Copic markers and cut out using my Scan N Cut2 machine.

I hope you'll join us for our BIRD challenge.
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Cut it Up Challenge #183 ~ Into the Woods


Hi Crafty Friends,

Time for another Cut it Up Challenge.  Our theme for this week is INTO THE WOODS ~ use texture or critters for this theme.

Here's my card.


  I stamped the background using La-La Land Crafts Wood Plank Background stamp and embossed the window backgrounds with a Darice wood grain embossing folder.  My critters are La-La Land Crafts Spring Woodland Critters colored using Copic markers.  The card base is one of Whimsy Stamps card mat dies. 

Please join us for this challenge.  A surprise will be provided to the challenge winner from our sponsor, Pink and Main.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge #438 ~ Just Because or RAK


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today's project for Die Cuttin' Divas is a coffee gift card holder that I'll use as a "just because" gift for a friend.



Isn't this coffee-themed paper fabulous?  It's from Echo Park.  The Coffee Slider die set is from Jaded Blossom.  I used the scalloped sleeve die from the companion set and used JB's gift card die on the insert.  The sentiments are also from Jaded Blossom.  I can't wait to share this sweet gift.

Please join us this week and share your RAK or Just Because ideas.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge 437 ~ Birthday


Hi Crafty Friends,

We're celebrating BIRTHDAYS at Die Cuttin' Divas.

You can never have too many bday cards in your stash.
August was La-La Land Crafts 5th Birthday so the monthly Club Kit was a special edition created especially for birthdays.  I used two of the dies for this card.


There are just so many ways you can use these dies - this is just my first go at them.
The shaker window was created using Whimsy Stamps shaker maker rectangle die set.

I hope you'll play along with us this week.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

My Time to Craft challenge #405 ~ Anything but a Card

Hi Crafty Friends,

Time for Friday's second post - My Time to Craft Challenge 405.

Although it's still really hot in my part of the country it's time to start thinking about fall and Halloween.  I used Jaded Blossom's Paper Bag Die for this cute little Halloween gift bag.


I'm such a fan of Authentique papers. I loved the way these went together.  I think the graphic is perfect for the sentiment from a set I found in my stash by Bug Bites (not sure if it's available any longer.)  Just some Crafter's Spool twine and a few gems and I call it ready to gift!

I hope you'll share your Anything BUT a Card projects with us.


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Cut it Challenge # 182 ~ Farm Friends

Hi Crafty Friends,

Our sponsor, Scrappy Dew, has provided us with cute cut files to use for
Cut it Up Challenge Blog's  Farm Friends challenge.


This adorable little donkey is from Scrappy Dew's FARM Pack which is full of great farm files.

I used my Silhouette to cut the donkey and then used Jaded Blossom's Barn Dies for the rest of the scene cut out using the Gemini Jr.  The sentiment is from JB's Udderly Adorable set.

I hope you'll join us for this challenge and visit Scrappy Dew to see their fun and fabulous files.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Die Cuttin' Divas #436 ~ Sketch Challenge


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's time for Die Cuttin' Divas first challenge of the month.

You'll find the sketch for this challenge at the end of the post.

Here's my card.


I ordered an entire set of Crafter's Companion Circle Sentiments and loved that the sketch lent itself perfectly to the Birthday set.  It came with a cupcake stamp but I chose the beer mug from CC's advent calendar dies from last year instead since I wanted a masculine card.  The sentiment is from a Jaded Blossom set and the flag dies are from La-La Land Crafts.  The patterned papers are Doodlebug Designs.

Here's the sketch for you to follow.

I love sketch challenges because it's makes it easier for me to design around predetermined layout.
I hope you'll join us in this challenge.


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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Pearly Sparkles Monthly Challenge ~ Add a Ribbon and/or Bow


Hi Crafty Friends,

Welcome to September!!! Oh my, how can that be?  Guess it's time to head to the shed to start bringing out fall decorations - woohoo!

This month at Pearly Sparkles we're sharing projects that have ribbon and/or bows on them.  
I love ribbon but I seem to go in cycles using it.


Here's another card I made using Zig Clean Color brush pens..  It's simple yet I think it's really pretty.  I love purple and turquoise and the pop of pink is just an added surprise.  The patterned paper and ribbon came in one of my Crafter's Companion kits.

I hope you'll join our monthly challenge.  Just follow the link above.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge 435 ~ Thinking of You

Hi Crafty Friends,

Our challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas is THINKING OF YOU.

Along with birthday cards, I feel you can never have too many of these cards in your stash.

You know how much I love using Copic Markers for my projects but I'm trying to branch out and master new skills.  Today's card is a simple tag which I created using Zig Clean Color water color brush pens.  I love the way it turned out but I must admit that this isn't an easy technique for me because I tend to over-color! EEEK!  As Elsa says, I need to "Let it Go!"


This ribbon is some homemade crinkle ribbon which I made using bias tape and distress stain.

I hope you'll join our challenge this week.  Just follow the DCD link above.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

My Time to Craft challenge 404 ~ Fantasy

Welcome back, Crafty Friends,

Our My Time to Craft Challenge is FANTASY.  We want to see your Fairies, Dragons, Unicorns, etc.

Here's my card.


The dies are all from La-La Land Crafts.  The sentiment and image are Jaded Blossom stamps.  I colored using Copic markers both the image and the rainbow.  I added Spectrum Sparkle to the heart wreath.  The papers are Doodlebug Designs.

Please follow the link above to share your FANTASY creation with us.

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Cut it Up Challenge #181 ~ Outdoor Fun

Hi Crafty Friends,
Our Cut it Up theme is OUTDOOR FUN.  
I enjoy the outdoors but I must admit that I also enjoy being clean and comfortable.  So, our outdoor adventures involved a camping trailer at first and then a 40' motorhome- guess I'm a wuss!!
My card for this challenge reflects my outdoor style.
The patterned papers are from Authentique. I used dies from La-La Land Crafts (trees and trailer) and Sizzix (words) to finish the scene - quick and simple.
Come on over to Cut It Up and share your Outdoor Fun creation.
Our prize is a Michael's $10 gift card provided by Cut it Up Challenge blog.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Die Cuttin' Divas challenge 434 ~ School


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's difficult to realize that it's Back to School time especially since our daily temperatures have been running in the high 90's to over 100 degrees.  But, school did, indeed, begin last week so this week's Die Cuttin' Divas challenge is appropriate.

Here's a cute little tag holder that I made.  You could add a gift card any sort of tiny gift or treat to send your kiddo off to a great first day.


I used Authentique papers cut die my tag pocket holder.  The dies and stamp are from Jaded Blossom.

I hope you'll play along with this week's challenge.


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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Die Cuttin' Divas challenge #433 ~ Unicorns


Hi Crafty Friends,

Who doesn't love a UNICORN?  
That's our theme this week at Die Cuttin' Divas.

I have several sets of unicorn stamps but when I attended the La-La Land Crafts retreat I fell in love with this Unicorn die cut set.


This has become such a popular pattern for shirts and party decorations.  I love it on the card. 
The rainbow and clouds die is also from La-La Land Crafts.  It has hanging hearts but I cut them off so I could add the LLLC shooting star.  Naturally I had to use glitter and foil papers and add Wink of Stella for all the sparkle.

I hope you'll share your UNICORN projects with us.


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Friday, August 9, 2019

Cut it Up Challenge #180 ~ the focus is on SENTIMENTS


Hi Crafty Friends,

For challenge #180 on the Cut it Up Challenge Blog we are focusing on SENTIMENTS.

Our sponsor, Scrapping for Less, sent an adorable clear stamp set for us to use.  It has flip flops and a cool summer drink but I decided to only use two of the sentiments this time.


I used a card mat die from Whimsy Stamps for the base.  The clouds where inked using La-La Land Crafts new Summer is Here stencil.  I also used Jaded Blossom's Tropical die to create the sandy shore.  I had the greenery die cuts in my stash.  The sun is from a Spellbinders miniature set that I found at Tuesday Morning.

I hope you'll join us for this challenge at Cut it Up.
Scrapping for Less is provided the prize for this challenge.

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My Time to Craft challenge #403 ~ Oriental

Hello Again Friday Friends,

It's also time for a new challenge at My Time to Craft.
Our theme for this challenge is ORIENTAL.

La-La Land Crafts has some amazing dies that fit the theme perfectly.  


The sentiment, cherry blossom fan and temple are from the July 2017 Club kit.  I also used the cherry
blossom flower dies and branch dies.  I got my color inspiration from the patterned paper that I had in my floral paper stash.

I hope you'll play along with us this week.


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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Die Cuttin' Divas Sketch Challenge


Hi Crafty Friends,

Oh my goodness, I'm late with this post!  So sorry, I thought I had it scheduled - eek!

The first challenge of each month at Die Cuttin' Divas is a SKETCH challenge.

I used La-La Land Crafts March 2019 Club Kit to create this birthday card for my sister-in-law.


I used my Gemini Jr. for the die cuts and two Cuttlebug embossing folders for the texture.  The image and cake highlights were done with Copic markers.

Here's the sketch for you to follow:

I hope you'll join us for this fun challenge.  Just follow the link above.

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Cut It Up Challenges Summer Blog Hop

Hi Crafty Friends,

Welcome to Cut it Up Challenge Blog's Summer Blog Hop.

If you're arriving from Katrina's blog, you're in the right place.  

If you get lost along the way you'll find the complete lineup below.
Our blog hop is being sponsored by NS Designs.  Nathalie is a part of the
Kitten Scraps design group.  You can find her designs HERE.
I used an image and background from the Jungle Life set for my card.


My die cuts are from two different La-La Land Crafts die sets and the sentiment is part of the Things Are Looking up Clear Stamp set. The patterned papers came with Whimsy Stamps July Paper Door kit.   I colored using Copic Markers.

NS Designs is providing a prize to one lucky "hopper."  For a chance to win a $20 gift certificate for any NS Designs product you must FOLLOW and COMMENT on each blog in the line-up including Cut it Up.  The winner will be selected from the Cut It Up blog comments using Random.org. 
 
Winner will be announced August 6 on the Cut it Up blog (link below).  Good Luck!!!

Now on to the next designer, the talented Leslie.

Summer Blog Hop lineup 2019

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

August Challenge at Pearly Sparkles ~ Starts with a B


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's a new month which means a new challenge at Pearly Sparkles.

Our challenge for this month is STARTS WITH A B.  Wow!  so many ways to interpret this challenge.  


I've needed several birthday cards lately so naturally BIRTHDAY was the perfect  answer for this challenge! (along with BLUE and BROWN) I just love the stamps created by The Rabbit Hole Designs.  The image and sentiment is from one of their newest sets, Doggone.  It's such a fun set.  I also love the card mat dies from Whimsy stamps and have been wanting to use this one.  I love CAS and this card fits the bill.

I hope you'll join us for this month's challenge.  Just follow the link above.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Die Cuttin Divas challenge 431 ~ Anything Goes

Hi Crafty Friends,

I love when there are 5 Tuesdays in a month.  That means we get to have an
ANYTHING GOES theme at Die Cuttin Divas.

The hubby and I recently celebrated our 50th Anniversary.  We had a party for friends and family and I needed some thank you cards after our special event.  Our theme was Daisies and Ducks - our wedding flower and hubby's passion.  Here's what I made:





I used the same papers and stamps as I did for our invitations.  Daisy background and stamp is from La-La Land Crafts as is the Tag and pocket die.  The sentiment is from Jaded Blossom along with the scalloped rectangle die.  I colored in the daisy using Spectrum Noir Metallic pens.

Come on and join us.  Anything Goes means you can share your favorite creation!


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Friday, July 26, 2019

My Time to Craft Challenge 402 ~ Christmas in July


Hi Crafty Friends,

We're celebrating Christmas is July for this week's My Time to Craft challenge.

I've learned NOT to put away my Christmas papers, stamps, dies, or embellishments.  That way, I can work ahead whenever there is a holiday challenge or I just get in the mood.  Still hoping to avoid the last minute crunch before Christmas.


I've had this digital image run off for quite awhile (maybe last Christmas LOL) so I decided to use it for this project.  It's colored with Copic markers.  The papers and sentiment were in my stash.

I hope you'll join us.  Just follow the link above.


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Cut it Up Challenge #179 ~ Critters

Hi Crafty Friends,

We're sharing CRITTERS for this week's Cut it Up Challenge.

The design team received images from Kitten Scraps to complete our projects.  Nathalie has some adorable images so please visit her store.  She's also sponsoring a joint Blog Hop coming up on August 2 so you won't want to miss it!

Here's my card using an image from the Toad-ally Love Lemonade set.



I wanted to make another split card and felt this was a great image to use.  It's just a fun way to make the card a little more interesting and fun.  I colored using Copic markers and cut the image out using my Scan N Cut2 - I love not having to fussy cut!

So, hop on over to our blog and show us your critter.  You'll have a chance to win images from our sponsor, Kitten Scraps!


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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Die Cuttin Divas Challenge 430 ~ 3-D


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's time to share your 3-D ideas at Die Cuttin Divas.

When I think of 3-D I usually think a box or treat holder of some sort but this time I decided that I would just add extra dimension to my card.  Along with popping up the mat layers using foam tape and craft foam, I added the most dimension to my flowers by burnishing and then rolling them.  I also adhered them using Collall glue which adds dimension in and of itself.

Here's my project:


I used a Crafter's Companion stamp and die set for the flower and leaves.  I stamped on colored  card stock using Archival Inks and added Stickles to the petals before burnishing and rolling.  The sentiment mats are Spellbinders Nestabilities.  The papers and ribbon are also from Crafter's Companion.

I hope you'll follow the link and join us in our 3-D challenge.

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