Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thanksgiving Day card for Dies R Us

We have a few new team members for this term and you will be so inspired by them and the others on this amazing team. I am so excited to be one of them. 
I though it was time to get a few Thanksgiving cards done and I did this one for you today.
It is a simple wreath on a panel with fall colored accents.  Let me show you how I did this.
Base is Tomato Soup card stock from Gina K designs.  Then a layer of White card stock,  with the Frantic stamper Elements #16 Stitched Rectangle Frames. I have used this die many times, but this time, I embossed it with the soft pad on my Big Shot.  Then I cut down the panel to a 3 3/4 X 5.  That way you can see all of the stitching on the edges.

To make the wreath, I used two of the stitched circles from Tutti Designs to make the right size for my wreath. 
 Then I die cut some white for the leaves on my wreath from IO Leaves.
 I used Elizabeth Craft dies Hydrangea to cut a lot of little flowers to decorate my wreath. I used scraps of paper in fall colors. Green, gold and red.  You get the idea.
Cut apart the leaves into smaller pieces and glued them on the wreath and added the flowers, and some little gold beads in the middle.
Don't forget to put something on the inside too. 
I finished the card with a gold heat embossed sentiment. 
Frantic Stamper - Dies - Elementals #16 - Stitched Rectangle FramesFrantic Stamper Rectangle #16
Tutti Designs - Dies - Nesting Stitched CirclesTutti Designs stitched circles
Impression Obsession - Dies - FoliageIO Leaves
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Hydrangea 2Elizabeth Craft Hydrangea

    I hope you're inspired by today's project. 

   Don't forget to join in on all the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sieze the Birthday - No Toppings

                                              Our "Toppings" option this time is...

No Toppings!"


Time for another Seize the Birthday Fabulous Challenge and it is no toppings!  You can do anything Birthday themed that you would like.  Here is my example for your inspiration. 

The supplies for this card are:
Gina K Designs card stock and inks in Sweet Mango, Black Onyx, and White
I also used Gina's new Lovely Lillie stamp  It is a multi layered stamp.
Diamond embossing folder by Darice
I just finished it with Judy Dots and some Wink of Stella black ink, and gingham ribbon.  

We have a new Special Party Guest too.  Her name is Becca Cruger and you can see her blog Here!
     Please check out what all of the other designers have done at Seize the Birthday.
Thanks for stopping by, your comments are very much appreciated. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

MSC - October - Fall Fest!

It is my turn to be the challenge host at the Mod Squad this week. I love the fall time of year with it's cooler weather and beautiful colors and lots of yummy food.  I went all out with two cards as examples for this challenge.
I just want you to do a project that reminds you of FALL.

 Both of these cards are done with the same stamp set, Feeling Fall, by Power Poppy.
The supplies for this card are:
GKD card stock in Sweet Mango and Turquoise Sea
Dies Simon Says Postage Stamp Edge Frame
distress ink in Antique Linen
Pearls from my stash.  I stamped and colored the image of the boots and fussy cut out a few leaves.
You get a peak at the inside of this card above.


 I used some gold twine around the die cut and I just love how the large letters look done this way. 
Recipe for this card:
GKD card stock in Tomato Soup, design paper from PTI Autumn Abundance
Dies: Spellbinders Scalloped Border Two and Simon Says. Lunch box Notes and Altenew Alphabet
Wink of Stella and gold twine.

                       I used a strip of design paper on the left side
                   and stamped a few leaves on the top for the inside.


I sure hope that you are inspired and I am excited to see what you will do for this challenge.

Thanks for joining in the Mod Squad Challenge this week.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Sieze the Birthday - Script or text background

We have a new challenge for you at Seize the Birthday,  As a matter of fact, we have one every two weeks.  This one has a topping of using a script or text background.

 Our "Topping" option this time around is...
"Script or text background"
(It seems to still be ever so popular.)

Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!
If you're not a toppings kinda person, well.....you can just
stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!

The choice is yours!
For my example, I used the option of Script 

I heat embossed the script with clear powder and then sponged with a Distress Oxide ink in Iced Spruce.  The die on the side is a Memory Box, Weeping Willows and I layered a few dies to make the label  Fancy Tags and a scalloped oval Spellbinder die. A few flowers and pearls from my stash finished it off.  The Sentiment is one that I used often, and is Gina K Designs, Birthday Greetings. 

Remember to check out the inspiration from  the other design members at Seize the Birthday 
We also have Special Design Guest to inspire you too.  Her name is Becca Cruger  and you will find her blog Here
Thanks for stopping by.  I love your comments.  
 

DRU - Backyard Tree

For my inspiration card this week, I have chosen to stick with a fall card.  I decided to make it a clean and simple card that you can make in an hour of your time.  I used dies from the Dies R Us store to complete it.
To make this card, I used these dies

 Impression Obsession - Dies - Picket FenceIO Picket Fence DIE 206
 Memory Box - Dies - Arboscello TreeMemory Box Arboscello Tree


I cut both dies and then put some flower soft on the leaves of the tree.  Do you remember flower soft?  It comes in many colors and I chose the one that looks like fall leaves.  I created a sun in the background with a sponge dauber and some yellow and raspberry ink. With my copic marker  I sketched in some ground for the tree and also put in some fallen leaves there.  Next the fence is popped up with some foam squares.  A simple, Hello makes it useful for any type of card.  That is it!  Clean and Simple.

I hope you're inspired by today's project.  Don't forget to join in on all the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.

Thanks for you comments, they certainly make my day better.  
 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dies R Us - Happy Fall

I am on the Dies R Us Inspirational Blog today with this fall card.  I just love the colors of fall.  Not just the colors, but the feel of the cool air and the smell of home cooked foods that go along with it.  
I decided to make this card with all of the delicious color and leaves.  
I pictured the leaves blowing and tried to show that on this card.  
I used water color paper and die cut the Leafy Breeze die from Memory Box in white.  I left the leaves in the die and colored them.  This worked much faster, as I didn't need to be careful  about my coloring. Sorry for the out of focus picture.

 Next I cut the die again and trimmed the sides like this. 
Then I channeled my best Jennifer McGuire and placed each leaf back into the die that you see here.  
It took a bit of time, but I think the finished card was worth it. 
Along the right side of the die that I trimmed, I glued some gold cord and then heat embossed the sentiment in gold, from a set by Power Poppy. I then added more leaves and vines to the upper left and lower right corners. The are from Poppy stamps Stitched Pumpkin Leaves. 
Here is a tip.  After heat embossing the sentiment, my card was warped.  To make it better, I sprayed lightly with water and put the card under a heavy book.  That fixed that. 

Thanks for stopping by and if you left a comment, I really do appreciate them.  They make my day much better. 


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Seize the Birthday - Balloons!

Yes, it is time for another Seize the Birthday Challenge and the toppings is BALLOONS!   Yeah! 
What better way to celebrate a birthday, than with balloons.  Lots of balloons!

" Our "Toppings" option this time is...

                                                               "balloons"
       If you're not a toppings kinda person, well.....you can just
 stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!
  The choice is yours!
Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!  
Here is my example for you. 
 You got it!  I went with BIG balloons for this challenge.  I had the chance of a life time to ride in one of these Hot Air Balloons and it was something on my bucket list.  I would do it again in a heart beat.  When you are floating in the air, it is a wonderful feeling. 
I got a free digital print for the front of my card.  I wanted a lot of big balloons and this free print gave me just that.  I colored them, using a picture of hot air balloons that I found on the internet.  They are so colorful and different.  I sponged Distressed Oxides in Broken China for the sky and let it all dry.  I used glossy accents on all of the balloons, you can see some shine on my first picture.  The sentiment came with the digi, and I just put the Happy Birthday greeting on the inside.  I forgot to say that the front panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle die after printing the digi out. I used fun foam as a backing because the glossy accents made for a rather heavy card and it needed stabilizing.  Otherwise, I think the balloons would take it away.  
 Here is a look at the inside.  I used the Gina K Designs stamp, Up and Away for this.
  
I want to welcome a new Surprise Guest Designer , her name is Becca cruger  and you can find her blog HERE
Remember to look at what all of the other designers have made for your inspiration too, at Seize the Birthday
 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

MSC for September - The Heat is On!

You guessed it, the Heat is On challenge, that I have for you today over at the Mod Squad is to use heat embossing on your project.  I hope that you use a lot of heat embossing, like I did on my example card.  Not just the sentiment.  Here is my example for you.


 I have used the stamp from Power Poppy called Farmer's Market for the front of my card.  I stamped the background images of vegetables with Black Onyx ink and then again over the top with Versamark ink before putting on the clear embossing powder.  This is a trick that I like to use, as it gives me a better results, than using black embossing powder.  I only do this with black.  Using the MISTI is great to make sure that you get the stamp in the exact place as the first time that you stamped it.  Then I used Distressed Oxide ink in Peeled Paint to sponge over the images. 

This is a better view of the texture and the embossing.

The crate of apples was stamped in the same way, and then colored with my copic markers.
I used R24, R46, R57, G21,G94,G99, and Y11

 Here is a peek at the inside.  My goal recently is to finish the inside with some detail. In this case, I used another Power Poppy stamp, called Apple of My Eye.  I stamped the single apple in light gray ink down the left side of the card.
I am really excited to see what you all bring to this challenge.  I hope that you go all out, and put the HEAT ON!
Thanks for stopping by to see more detail of this card.  I hope to inspire you and I appreciate your comments.  



Thursday, August 31, 2017

Seize the Birthday - Ocean Colors, Blue, Green and Aqua



Are you ready for another challenge at Seize the Birthday?  I sure hope that you join us for this challenge. 

"Ocean Colors " Blue, Green and Aqua
 
    If you're not a toppings kinda person, well.....you can just
 stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!
  The choice is yours!
 I went for the toppings this challenge and used my Distressed Oxides in Peeled Paint, Broken China and Faded Jeans to make a background.  This inks are amazing and react with water and blend very well.  After making the panel, I die cut a Four Way Chevron die from My Favorite Things. I took out some of the chevrons and placed it on a base of Blueberry Sky card stock from PaperTrey Ink. 
The banner on the top, and the swirl on the bottom are a die from Memory Box called Banner Parade and I used some letters from My Favorite things die.  It was a freebie and the letters fit perfectly on the banner. 
The Birthday die is from Simon Says and I used this often on my birthday cards. I finished with some Wink Of Stella clear, and stickles on the stars.  


Those saved chevrons work well on the inside too.  

We have a new Special Party Guest, her name is Lindsey and you can see her blog Here!
 
     Please check out what the other designers have done at Seize the Birthday.

Thanks so much for stopping by, your comments really brighten my day!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Dies R Us - Arched Loop

Hello, and welcome today.  It's Barbara and I have a card for your inspiration.  I purchased this lovely border die, but decided to use it as a main focal point on this card.  Here is what I mean.
 I just cut this die twice to make a lattice background for my flowers to be displayed on.
 
 On the base of black card stock, I place a frame from the Frantic Stamper Stitched Rectangle Frame.Then I place the lattice white piece on top of that.  It gave me a nice background to place the flowers that I die cut from Penny Black, Gaiety.  The flowers are colored with copic makers and I added some black detail with my black copic pen.  I thought it need some bling, so I added a few sequins from my stash.
I am really trying to finish the inside of each card that I make, but leave the sentiment for later.  This was easy, as I just die cut another flower and colored it lighter than the ones on the front.

Here are the dies that I used for this card.  You can purchase them at the Dies R Us store.
                               Frantic Stamper - Dies - Elementals #16 - Stitched Rectangle FramesFrantic stamper Stitched Rectangle Frame

                           Frantic Stamper - Dies - Lovely Arched Loop Edger & Lattice InsertFrantic Stamper Arched Loop Edger
                             Penny Black - Dies - GaietyPenny Black Gaiety 

I hope that you have been inspired and find out for yourself how easy it is to make a beautiful card that someone will love and cherish.

Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below. 
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Dies R Us Silve and White

Hello again! Back on the Dies R Us blog with with card. 
Here is my card

I started with White and Silver foil card stock.  I have a base of white, then a layer of silver and then more white. On the top white layer, I laid the dies a little wonky.  Like this. 

After that was die cut, I put it on the silver layer, so that it was peeking through. Then I just added the swirls and the circles in a way that I liked.  this really came together quickly and I think it could even made in to a Christmas card.  
I finished the inside too, keeping the same design.  

You can see all of the dies that I used to make this card Here

This can be made into a Christmas card very easily by changing the greeting. 
Thanks for stopping in and i love your comments.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Seize the Birthday - No Toppings

Has is been two weeks already?  Boy, this summer is really flying by.  We have been traveling and I have the grand kids every Thursday.  That makes for a busy summer.  We have had some nice weather to enjoy the outdoors as well.

For the challenge this week, there are No Toppings.  Just remember to make it a Birthday card.
Here is my example.  I saw this done  by Teresa Calvert, this is my take on her card.

 For this card, I used the Altenew stamp, Bamboo Rose.  Colored with copic markers in  BG72, BG75, BG78 ,BG96.  The EF is Darice Wire Fence.   Spellbinder large scalloped rectangle die. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Greetings and it was stamped on Avery Elle build a banner die.
Once again, I finished the inside with a panel of blue and white.  I added some sequins from my stash, as well. Don't forget to take a look at what the other designers have done for this challenge
at Seize the Birthday. 
 Our Party Guest,  is Lindsey and you will find her blog Here.    Her blog title is Bashful Blogging, but she is anything, but bashful.

Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate your comments, they do brighten my day.