Monday, April 24, 2017

Wedding Dies Released

Yesterday the wedding dies were released at
Tutti Designs and I have a card fr you using one of the new dies

I cut the car from a shimmery white card stock, added gems to the tires.
A strip of designer paper was placed underneath and I ran a
'chain link strip' (dazzles I have had forever) along the top and bottom,
A just married sentiment sticker was added to complete...pretty easy....
 also a good die for a man for a birthday, retirement or Father's Day!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Holly Blessings

Today on the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog I have a 
'Bounce Sheet Technique'
I think you will find a bit interesting....
pop on over to the BLOG to see how it was done!

For this card I used one of the new April stamp sets

For this project I used 

 1/4"Tear-ific  Tape on all four sides, then sprinkling with Aztec Gold pretty!

Stamped the image with Versamark and embossed with Gold Detail embossing powder.
I did the same with the single Holly image, but this time fussy cutting it with Tonic 5" mini scissors.
Both images were colored with Copics.
Sentiment was stamped once again with Versamark and embossed with the Gold Detail embossing powder.

Saturday, April 22, 2017


I am glad to see the backside of this week!!
Have you ever had one of those weeks where maybe
you should have just stayed in bed the ENTIRE week?
Well, it has been 'that' week for me.
Crazy week where a raccoon has driven my husband and I nuts!
From getting into the feeder we have for the feral cats, dirtying up
their water and damaging the lid on the feeder.
We now have to put it in the garage every night.
Next night the thing is scratching at our slider door of the bedroom at 4am.
To top it off, one of the feral cats had kittens underneath our bedroom
window behind the rose bushes, so it has been trying to get to them..
nasty things are raccoons!
NOT happy about the kittens either, it has been a nightmare,
yesterday it stormed so hard and they almost drowned,
I had to run out in the storm, bring them in and dry them off and
try and warm them up, (they will be 3 weeks today).

There's more LOTs more, but that is just the bit of it.
Well I could tell you where I drove to town to shop
for a bench I saw in the Big Lots ad for outside my kitchen slider
and got out of the car to go in, reached for my purse and had FORGOTTEN it at home!
Or how I drove into town next day with a list of stuff I need,
one being a cartridge for my Dyno Label machine
(hasn't had a cartridge for 2 years)
get home put it in, all happy to use it and the batteries are DEAD
I don't have enough on hand....on and on!

Yesterday my morning was spent in a kindergarten class with granddaughter Mena
and today starting 'soon' my morning will spent on the soccer fields.

So today I do have a card to share after all my complaining LOL.

It is a card using the Tutti Designs Swirly Rose Circle die.
This is the 3rd card I have made with this die and is one of my favorites,
not sure why, but I just love these Roses!

A little trick I found that worked pretty good for this die is that a
1 1/4" punch works almost perfectly to place under the Rose,
allowing me to punch the circles in white card stock,
then coloring it in.
I used paper and sequins from my stash of many!

Entering the following challenges:
Shopping Our Stash ..... Roses

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Get Ready to Laugh!!

This week at The Cutting Cafe is what I am going to call
'an embarrassing moment" for me...LOL!

The assignment was to show a picture of a portion of our creative spaces.
Should be easy, right?   NOT!!  I have a huge mess right now
and the only half way clean place (and even that is messy) was
my corner of the room that houses my 12 x 12 papers and my card stocks!
Want to see? Now don't be jealous...hahahahaha!!!


The paper on the left is all my 12 x 12 papers, a small portion of it anyways,
as it it from the floor up, you are seeing the top 1/3 ...and a 'collect all'
on top of that!

The other is a shelving unit (big one) form Lowes, it goes almost to the ceiling
and I have 2 of the big ones 
and one small one in the room and 
another in the closet for 'seasonal 'stuff.
The edge of the shelves easily hold my SU punches...some of them, 
the rest are on
the other unit the other side of the room and in a few dedicated 'punch' drawers!
Card stocks on the left are all SU and the ones to the right are all my 110# base card stocks.

Someday I will show my room all completed...I bought fabric for it years ago
to make skirts for my tables to hide what's under them,
curtains for the double windows and chair covers for the chairs.
It is a pretty large room with a wall of closets
and I have it set up one side for sewing and one side for paper crafting.
my work table backs up to my sewing table and I can move 
my sewing machine off when a friend come to paper play!

If you want to see a few other of the Design team Rooms,
make sure and pop on over to 
The Cutting Cafe on the 21st....
you just have o see Regina's room 
(which is why I am calling this an embarrassing)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Double D Challenges Silhouettes

New challenge starts today at Double D with Team Darlene hosting.
Darlene has chosen the theme of  'silhouettes'
and the fun mood board below for inspiration.

Since one of my many paper crafting resolutions this year was to
'use what I have'
I chose this silhouette image from Technique Tuesday
because I already had it stamped from a previous year or two. This is one of those images that the
Misti or The Stamp Platform would of come in
handy, as I could of stamped over it a few times to
get that really deep color I was going for....
on my list of 'must haves'! 

I have been liking the square cards lately and so I cut a card stock base 5" x 5".
I spent plenty of time looking for 'just the right' papers
and finally picked out 3 to use, and ended up using just one....
does that ever happen to you?

The background of my stamped image is an 'all over' cloud stamp
from Impression Obsession, which I think made the perfect
backdrop for the image.

The sentiment is part of the TT Fly stamp set.
I stamped directly onto the background (thank goodness it
and the second part of the sentiment on a little wood banner
(another bit of something I need to use up).
I really love the sentiment as I think more people in this world of ours
need to "Enjoy the little things"!

Make sure to head on over to Double D Challenges and see all the beautiful
and inspiring creations from both teams!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

More Easter Blessings

I still have a few more Easter cards I would like to share
for the month of April.

This is another of those dies that can be used for other then Easter cards.
The die I used is Tutti Designs Spring Gate.
I did however make it into an Easter card by stamping
the 'Easter Blessings' on the die itself.

I added a few punched butterflies and
a background Ken Oliver paper cut with a 
Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Rectangle die.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Birthday Cake

I had a lot of fun making this card for a birthday!
I love the fun colors and the polka dots of course!

I started out by embossing a happy birthday background,
then layered three Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Circles.

The center die is a Tutti Designs 'Birthday Topper'.
I colored it with Copics, 
added a bit of Sparkle N Sprinkle Sunny Daze glitter
to each candle 'flame'.

I topped it off with a bow made from gorgeous ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Entering the following challenges:
Alphabet .... C is for Cake 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter Sunday

Happy Easter everyone!

We had a beautiful day yesterday here in Michigan....
all sunshine and in the 80's.
I was able to spend about 4 hours outside in my gardens
and it felt so good!

I have a card today for Easter using the Tutti Designs Happy Easter Circle.
I used all scraps of paper for the card base....pretty colorful
but a great way to use up those 'snippets' of paper.

I placed the die cut on a Nesting Stitched Circle die,
added a tiny just bow and button...pretty simple!

Hope the Easter Bunny was good to you all today...have a blessed day!!

Lace Glitter Technique

This is my card on the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog today
doing a technique I call Glitter and Lace.

To make my card I used the newly released stamp set

Other products used and links are listed below.
To see how this technique is created,
please visit my post on the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog,
it is a fun technique you just might want to try.

Glitter Orchid G1097, Cloud Nine GM2000,
Mauvelous G1100
Embossing Powder:  Key Lime EP219
OtherVersamark VM001
Misc.:  Copics,
Foam Pop ups, Lace (real)
Technique:  Lace Glitter

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Pitter Patter Baby Tag

The challenge at Dies R Us is TAGS.
It can be any kind of tag you want.
It just so happened that I need a baby gift tag for May
had the cutest newly purchased baby dies from Dies R Us!

My granddaughter is expecting her first baby June 28th
and we now know it is a girl.
So exciting and bit a scary too as she is high risk
due to her juvenile diabetes.

As soon as I found out the gender,
I purchased this monster BIG gift bag from the
Home Goods store and have been filling it up month by

I based my tag on the bag to tie on for extra appeal.

The tag was started using 2 layers of  Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Tags.
I embossed the second tag with an SU Decor Dots eb folder.

Next using snippets of scrap papers I used the cutest dies
Sue Wilson Designs  Stuffed Animals
and stacked the little animals one on the other, like on the bag.

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Petite Vinery
was added next, with a few little pink star 'candi's'.

I cut the pitter patter die (part of the SW Stuffed Animals set)
twice and offset each layer a bit.
I added twine and a bow to finish.

Now, make sure and visit the Dies R Us challenge blog
to see all the other beautiful and inspiring tags....
join in the challenge with us, we would love to see YOUR tags!

Entering the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks  .... Babies of All Kinds

Friday, April 14, 2017

Fancy Folds/Shapes at Fussy and Fancy

A new challenge begins today at the
Fussy and Fancy blog and the lovely Beth is our hostess.

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge

Beth has chosen Fancy Folds or Shaped cards as the theme.

I certainly had a plan for this challenge,
a plan that I just didn't have the time for...sigh.

So I went with a super 'Easy Z Fold' card, 
or maybe it should be called a 'half Z' lol!

To make this card, it is just a regular A2 card, with the front
folding back on itself, a 2 1/2" x 5" panel is added to the front.
On the inside you ad a slightly larger panel
and just line it up with your front panel with a bit of edge showing
so when it is closed you just see a bit showing..easy.

One thing I love about the FAF challenge is that I get to use whatever supplies
I have as long as it fits the theme.
I try to use things up, or pre-cut things or things that are just sitting on my desk.
For this card I used a strip of 'Dazzles' for the front giving a lot of metallic sparkle.
I embossed the front panel, then added
a few die cut flower vines
and white and silver flowers from my stash
(and from my friend Terri) and glittery brads for the centers.
A silver Dazzle butterfly was added to black card stock,
then fussy cut out.

The inside was matted with black card stock (as mentioned above)
and a 2 1/2" x 5 white card stock stamped with a sentiment.
One of the same flower vines was adhered along the inside panel.

Here is the actual 'Z' shape of the card.

Now make sure and pop on over to the
Fussy and Fancy challenge blog and see all the beautiful inspiration there!

Entering the following challenges:
Paperminutes .... Brads and Flowers
CRAFT.... White and one color (silver)
Crafting By Designs .... Girls or Flowers
As You Like It Challenge .... Favorite Card Base & Why
I use the A2 card base mostly...why?...because I can get
2 bases from one 8 1/2 x 11 card stock with no waste.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

More Easter

I was just looking out my windows contemplating about if
I wanted to cut a bouquet of Daffodils before the rain sets in.
This is a bouquet from previous years.
I have over 36 different varieties.
I even have little miniature daffodils!

Well, I decided not to cut one, they last longer in the garden, 
but I hope the rain won't beat them down, better then snow though!!

Onto today's card.
I used the Tutti Designs Holy Crosses
which after die cutting I rubbed Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Fresh Copper on.
Gives it s nice shiny glow.
(the color is actually much darker then my photo shows).....

A few flowers and greens were added, along with my sentiment.
I still have a few more Easter cards to come...then onto Spring!

Entering the following challenges:
Crafty Creations ....ATG
Crafty Sentiments .... Flowers
Die Cuttin' Divas ....Easter/Spring

Elegant Easter

Out of all the Easter cards I have shown lately,
this is one of my favorite ones,
I think because it was so easy to make,
yet so elegant with the slight hint of black.

Pretty easy card,
White card stock base,
a pre-embossed panel from my stash on a pink card stock
and then the die itself cut twice.

The die used is a Tutti Designs Happy Easter Egg.
I added a flower to that..simple but pretty I think.

I will be back later today with another Easter card.....see ya!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Sisterhood Challenge Stamp It!

I am the hostess for our challenge at
The Sisterhood of Crafters
and I chose the theme 'STAMP IT' digitals.
I thought it would fun to stamp for a change
and use one of my very neglected stamps!

For my bright and cheerful card I choose a favorite of mine
and an oldie.
This stamp is by Stamp Happens and called
Butterbean With Carrots.
It has to be well over 10 years old!
I think he is just the cutest!!

I colored this plump little guy in with Copics,
trying to give him the look of being 'furry'.

I used a few glitter gel pens for a bit of sparkle.

The sentiment is another oldie from Inkadinkado.
I stamped it, then mounted it on a felt flower.
A few buttons were added to finish.

Make sure and pop on over to The Sisterhood and see all
the beautifully stamped cards from the team...join in with us.

Entering the following challenges:
Animal Friends .... Spring/Easter (m)
Simon Says Monday .... Hip Hop
The Cutie Pie Challenge .... Bunnies/Chicks

Guest Designing Today!

My second post today as I am guest designing this month
at Word Art fun!!
Thank you to Karen and the WAW team for having me!

We are given 'word art' to use on our cards and 
I love this beautiful verse/scripture.

I printed it out on cream card stock and
then die cut it out.

I dug into my beautiful Heartfelt papers that I thought were perfect for
the die cut verse, they look so pretty together.

I added a bit of greenery and a few paper flowers, along with
a couple of punched butterflies.

Make sure and pop on over to the
Word Art Wednesday blog and see all the beautiful work the
design team does, you won't be disappointed!!
Join in while there!!

Entering the following challenges:
Crop Stop ....ATG with Product carried (Heartfelt)
Inspiration Destination .... ATG
Path of Positivity .... The Beauty of Nature

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Happy Birthday Oval

I have another birthday card today
using another Tutti Designs die
from the Happy Birthday release.

This die is the 'Happy Birthday Oval '.

Pretty easy card with the fun background paper,
looks a bit like the birdie is singing Happy Birthday.

I tied a ribbon on with a wood heart button.
A few 'candi' dots were added as well,
can you see them....they have little roses on cute!

Entering in the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday .... Happy Birthday
Ooh-La-La .... Birthday

Monday, April 10, 2017

Springtime Cheer

April is a great month....the flowers start to bud,
the air is fresh,
it's time for the bunnies to appear and the birdies to sing!

I love this time of  the year after a long cold winter.
So that is what my card is all about.....
wishing you springtime cheer!

I used a Tuttie Designs die
'Easter Egg Scene' for my card,
cutting it from white card stock, then adding colors 
with my Copics.....
Grass was added to the bottom,
then 'painted' with Brushable Glue and Spirited Green glitter.
This is another of those dies that can be used for other
then, 'just Easter'!

To finish I simply added a few sequins for bling
and a pretty lavender bow!

Entering the following challenges:
Glitter 'N' Sparkle .... Spring

Happy Easter Blessings

Wow, can you believe it is almost time for Easter?
My Spring flowers are really blooming their pretty little heads off...
even with the snow we had AND the freezing temperatures
they are making themselves known!

Speaking of Spring AND Easter
I have a few more Tutti Designs cards to share today.

First up is one of my favorite Easter dies 

I cut the egg die from a metallic paper
and used Ken Oliver watercolor paper for the background
then added a pretty silky bow and my sentiment.

Entering the above card in the following challenges:
Dragonfly Journeys .... How Egg-citing
The Ribbon Girls .... Any Card +  Ribbon
Crafting With Dragonflies .... Easter

My second card uses another Tutti Designs Easter die

I cut this die twice, once from a designer paper scrap
and second from a purple card stock.
I embossed a background
and added a 'snippet' of ribbon to finish...
a very simple mailer, which says it all
'Happy Easter'!!

Entering the following challenges:
Always Fun Challenges ....ATG
613 Avenue Create .... ATG/Spring

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Happy Birthday

A birthday card to share...
using one of my favorite color combo's (my bedroom colors)....
I just love the gray tones and yellows together!

I embossed a background panel with a cherry blossoms EB folder,
added a strip of a pretty designer paper
and used a ribbon and bow to divide the two.

The die is from Tutti Designs
so cute and just the perfect size for my card!!

Have a wonderful evening!!

Entering the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday ....Happy Birthday
The Ribbon Girls .... ATG + Ribbon