Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Begins

Good Monday Morning!  Spring begins today!  Yippee!
Back on the Dies R Us Blog to share a pretty Spring Garden card with you all. 
I can't stress this enough, if you have the best dies that our Dies R Us Store sells, then you can surely create a beautiful doubt!

This card will be entered into the Challenges at; Simon Says Wednesday, Bit O Green and Paper Smooches, Greenery ( Pantone's Color Of The Year 2017)
Here's today's feature:
Many, many dies used on this creation.  Let's start from the beginning.  I created my rolling hills using the Stitched die from Paper Smooches.  I then added the Burlap Border by Cheery Lynn.  I always try to look at dies from every angle.....sure it's a great die for adding texture, but turn it all around and see the different it is now a pretty white trellis for my Spring flowers.  I then topped my 'trellis' with this fabulous Ivy Corner Flourish also by Cheery Lynn.  I die cut several and then snipped them apart, placing them where I wanted them to grow.    

Then I added a white picket fence, isn't that every one's dream?  This Picket Fence is perfect, it's by Amy Design.  Adding a wheelbarrow full of pretty posies just made sense to me.  The Wheelbarrow is by Impression Obsession and was cut in silver and black card stocks, which were just layered together.  After stamping my sentiment, I still felt this needed a bit more, so I added the Lace Corner Deco H die by Cheery Lynn.  Sentiment stamped in Black Licorice ink, by Gina K Designs
 And now for some planting!  

The pretty posies in the wheelbarrow are from the Large Madison Window set from Poppy Stamps.  I die cut the flowers and vines from different color card stock and filled my wheelbarrow.  All of the flowers, large and small, have seed bead centers.

The larger flowers on my trellis are Cherry Blossom Branch by Cheery Lynn.  I could have used the 'vine and branch' that came with this die but decided to use that pretty Ivy instead.   Adhesive Pearl accent, Flower Punch on inside.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Roses Of Green

Good Morning!

This card will be entered into the Challenges at Power Poppy, Let's Go Green, Simon Says Wednesday, Bit O Green and WOW! Embossing Powder, Spring.

I used the Power Poppy stamp set, Everything's Even Rosier.  Stamping in Versa Mark ink and Black Embossing Powder I heat set my images. I then water colored them using Distress Inks and a water brush.  Spellbinders Decorative Labels 8 die cut panel.

Sheer Green Ribbon, Gold Twine and Wheelbarrow Charm for accents.  I also added some Sakura Glitter Pen and lots of Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter for sparkle and shine.  This thing glistens!
Thanks so much for dropping by.

Friday, March 17, 2017

You Make Me Happy

Good Morning!  Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

This card (a non-St. Paddy's card) will be entered into the Challenges at;  Altenew, Inspiration Photo WOW! Embossing Powder, Spring and Simon Says Wednesday, Bit O Green.

I used 2 stamp sets from Altenew, Beautiful Day and Painted Poppy.  I stamped the flowers in Versa Mark ink and then heat embossed with White Powder.  I water colored the images using my regular Stampin' Up! inks.

Stamped my sentiment and proceeded to spritz Heidi Swapp's Color Shine in Blush and Butter all over.  These add a pretty little sparkle and shine and a touch of color.  Iridescent Sequins for accents.
A quick and easy creation.
Thanks for stopping in!  Now go get your green on!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hello Sunshine

Good Morning!

Today's card will be entered into the Challenges at; Power Poppy, Let's Go Green and Simon Says Wednesday, Bit O Green.

I used the pretty sunflower stamp by Power Poppy, In Praise Of Sunflowers.  I stamped the image using Versa Mark ink and Green Embossing Powder and heat set it.  Water Colored the image with inks in Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz

MFT Stitched Traditional Tags and Bracket Edge Duo dies and Penny Black Border Edgers die.  Eyelet and Sheer Green Ribbon, Twine and Sunflower Charm for accents.  Nuvo Crystal Drops in Dandelion Yellow.
Thanks for popping in.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Dandelion Fluff

Good afternoon!

This card will be entered into the Challenges at; Stamp TV, What's That You Say? (to use a quote for your card) and Simon Says Monday, Hand Made Flowers (you can of course use die cut flowers, stamped and cut flowers.

This happens to be my most favorite quote:

If We Could See The Miracle Of A Single Flower Clearly, Our Whole Life Would Change ~~Buddha

I used the Gina K Designs stamp sets; All Occasion Tags and Botanicals.  Image and sentiment stamped in Black Licorice ink.  PTI Fabulous Frames, Elizabeth Craft Dandelion Fluff and MFT Stitched Traditional Tags dies. 


Black and White Gingham Ribbon and Ribbon Tag.  Baker's Twine and Flower Button.  Adhesive Pearls colored with a Black Copic Marker.  (and we won't be talking about that little smoochy smudge on the top left).
Thanks for blowing by.....make a wish!


Double D, Things That Fly

Good Morning!

A brand new Challenge starts at The Double D Challenge Blog, and here is your Inspirational Tile:

Things That Fly

Here is what I created:
I drew my inspiration from the balloon colors, Black and White.  I started with some pretty Designer Pape found in my stash.  The black center panel was embossed using a Sizzix folder.  Underneath that I added an MFT Dizzy Border die cut, splitting it down the middle, half for each side.  Topped each edge off with a thin White Ribbon.  Tying the whole panel on to the DP and card base with Sheer White Ribbon.  

That gorgeous butterfly is by Cheery Lynn, Small Lace Butterfly With Angel Wing.  Cut in White and backed with Black card stock.  I then doused the whole thing in Dazzling Diamonds Glitter by Stampin' Up!  Ooooh that sparkle!!!  My sentiment is from Gina K Designs, Take Flight and was heat embossed in White Embossing Powder.  I hand cut the sentiment flag and only adhered it on the left side, letting the right kind of take it's own flight.  Butterfly Punch on inside.
Please come on over to the Double D Blog and join in all of the FUN!  You'll be glad you did!
Thanks for flying by.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Back again!

I made this card and envelope for one of PTI's Anniversary Challenge, and for this last Challenge, Transformation, I decided to re-do my envelope.

Previous Challenge:


I used the Papertrey Ink products; Garden Gate stamp and dies and Shaker & Sprinkles stamp sets.  I started with an ivory envelope that measures 5 1/4 x 7 3/8 inches.  Using inks in; Black Licorice, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Perfect Plum, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango and Wild Wasabi I created my Hollyhocks and Wisteria.  Die cut the Garden Gate and matching Lattice in White card stock.

I covered my flowers with Versa Mark Ink and Heat Embossing Powder, which I then heated and doused with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  Heating once again to seal all of that glittery goodness in!  These products are AMAZING and are from Stampin' Up!  Cut my grassy knoll with an MFT die, Snow Drifts.  Assembled all of the pieces and decorated with Iridescent Sequins.  Yes, this will be hand delivered! 
Thanks for popping in.  The lights are flickering.......

Bird House

Good Morning!

Just a lot of wind and rain so far.  Hopefully this storm will be a bust!

This project will be entered into the Papertrey Ink Challenge, Create And Decorate A Bird House.

A template is supplied on the PTI Post. 

This was a nice way to spend a winter afternoon.

I have been obsessed with this Designer Paper from Papertrey Ink, Green Boutique.  It must be because of the 'sea like' colors.  It is beautiful!  I used the stamp and dies sets, also from PTI, Daydreamer and Garden GateSwiss Dots Embossing Folder for texture.

I created the roof panel by using 2 Spellbinders die sets; Fanciful Lattice and Long Classic Rectangles.  I had to crop the Lattice one just a bit.  Inks in; Black Licorice, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Tempting Turquoise.

Cheery Lynn Fancy Flourish die.  Thick Twine, Sparkly Ribbon and Iridescent Sequins for accents.
6 days til Spring?  Hope I can hold on!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Favorite Florals

Good Afternoon!

This card will be entered into the Challenges at; Papertrey Ink, Favorite Florals and Simon Says Monday, Home Made Flowers.  Simon Says, you can of course use die cut flowers, stamped and cut flowers.
Yesterday's card could have easily been used here too, but I decided to make another one, why not, right?  :)

Pretty Papertrey Ink products used here, Vintage Linens stamp and die sets and the beautiful Designer Paper, Green Boutique.  Love those colors and prints!  I stamped and die cut my pretty flower and leaf, inks in Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz and Always Artichoke.  A perfect match to this glorious paper!

My sentiment is by Gina K Designs and from the Spring Blessings set, which is half of the Shabby Spring STV Kit.   Added a pretty Green Sheer Ribbon, Button and Twine (when don't I use these???'s probably getting old).  Candy Dots and a bit of Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Pen for some sparkle and shine.

Sweet.  Pretty.  Simple.

Thanks for dropping by, love it when you do!


Yellow Posies

Happy Monday!

This card will be entered into the Challenges at Papertrey Ink, Multiply and Simon Says Monday, Home Made Flowers.  For PTI you must stamp, die cut, use at least 3 of the same images.  Oh believe my, I have!   And Simon Says, you can of course use die cut flowers, stamped and cut flowers.

I just wanted to garden.  So I took out one of my most favorite Papertrey Ink stamp sets (with matching dies), Daydreamer and without getting my hands dirty, only inky, I created my trellis garden.  I die cut several of the different flowers numerous times, then stamped them in inks in; Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight and So Saffron, I thought the brighter the better!

Grabbing PTI's Garden Gate Kit I cut the Trellis in White.  Placed it on a backdrop of this beautiful Green Tea Leaves Designer Paper and then started arranging all of those beautiful blossoms.  I also die cut and stamped all of the different sized leaves, inks in; Garden Green, Old Olive and Wild Wasabi.  I tucked them in here and there.  Some of the flowers have an Iridescent Sequin center for accent.  And that was it.
Love to garden, whether outdoors or in!
Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Spring Blessings

Good Morning....missing that hour yet?

This card will be entered into the Challenges at Stamp TV Kit Addicts, Color Challenge and Simon Says Wednesday, For A Special Lady/Gal.  Personally, I like to think that all of the ladies and gals I know......ARE special!!!

I don't know how I managed to do it, without looking too garish, but I used every color.  WOW!!!
And I only took one photo....weird.  You'll have to squint to see the Spring Blessings sentiment stamped in Pink Pirouette ink.
I used 2 Kits from Gina K Designs,  Petals And Wings and Shabby Spring.  Remember that awesome frame from the P&W Kit?  A Sizzix Labels And Stitched Frames die almost fits it perfectly, there's probably a Spellbinders die out there that does, but I do not own it.
I stamped the frame in Tempting Turquoise ink and die cut it with that Sizzix die, then I centered a Spellbinders Standard Circle die in it and cut that out, leaving me this fabulous frame, which I popped up using 3D dots.  A 2nd Spellbinders die, Fancy Ribbon Threader was cut and this is what I stamped my beautiful flowers on to in Black Licorice ink.  Then colored with Copic Markers adding a bit of a Sakura Glitter Pen to the buds.  These were both layered onto some pretty polka dot Designer Paper and a white doily which I cut in half.
Sheer Green Ribbon and a few Hot Red Enamel Dots for accents. 
Spring Blessings here come with a shovel....8 inches on the ground and more over Tuesday and Wednesday.  Good crafting weather.
Thanks for coming by......don't slip!


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Baby JOY

Back once more!

This project was a true labor of LOVE!

I am entering it in the Challenges at; Papertrey Ink, Photo Finish and Simon Says Wednesday, For A Special Lady/Gal.

This is my baby almost 33 years ago.  It was Lori's 1st birthday and she sang along with us all.  So happy, so JOYful!  And I hadn't messed with her bangs as yet lol.  I used the Papertrey Ink products; Polka Dot Parade #4, Love & Marriage, Fabulous Frames and the Simple Valentine Designer Paper.  Inks in Pink Pirouette and Rose Red.

My favorite word, for my most favorite girl.....JOY!  Pure JOY! 
Penny Black Heart Strings die, how appropriate.  Sheer Pink Ribbon, Heart Button and Twine accents.  Using Pink Craft paint I painted my wooden letters.   

Oh that precious, precious face!
Thank you so much for stopping by.

Sending Sunshine & Smiles

Hello again!

I will be entering this card into the following Challenges; Papertrey Ink, Altered Envelope, Simon Says Wednesday, For A Special Lady/Gal, Stamping Sensations, Close To Nature and Penny Black , Anything Goes!

I used the Papertrey Ink products; Garden Gate (stamp and dies) and the Shakers And Sprinkles stamps for my envelope.  Inks in; Black Licorice, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red and Wild Wasabi.

Garden Gate and Lattice.  Hollyhocks and Wisteria.  Sheer Yellow Ribbon to keep it closed.

A true Gate Fold card.

Inside I used one of the pretty pieces of printed card stock.  Adding a Birthday Sign and some flowers and Bleeding Hearts on the right.
This card screams Spring and really makes me HAPPY!  Off to shovel.....sigh.

Nail Polish Technique

Good Morning!

This card will be entered into the following Challenges; Papertrey Ink, Nail Polish Marbling, Stamping Sensations, Close To Nature, Simon Says Monday, Make Your Own Background, and Simon Says Wednesday, Special Lady/Gal.

My background was made with Nail Polish you can check out Lizzie's Video HERE!

I made this panel in pinks and blues (why I have blue nail polish is beyond me).

And then I made a pretty blue panel which I used on my card.  I also added a little bit of a pretty green Pearl Ex to the panel while still wet.

I used the Papertrey Ink stamp and die sets, Vintage Linens.  Flowers stamped in Island Indigo and Marina Mist and the Leaves were stamped in Garden Green and Wild Wasabi inks.  

Die Versions Curly Words-Hello die cut.  Enamel Dots for accent.  Inside Designer Paper, Green Boutique by PTI.
I like the way the marbling looks, the white kind of POPS!
Thanks so much for popping in.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Fancy Tag

Good Afternoon!

This sweet little Tag will be entered into the Challenges at; Papertrey Ink, Packaging Inspiration, Penny Black, Anything Goes and Simon Says Wednesday, Special Lady /Girl.

I used the MFT Stitched Traditional Tags dies.  I cut one out of a neutral chip board and one out of a pale pink card stock.  Layered the large tag with a strip of Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet Designer Paper and some sparkly Gold Washi Tape.  I found a Vellum Envelope in my stash and trimmed the top off using an MFT Bracket Edge Duo die.  Spellbinders Hearts dies cut twice.  One was stamped with a little heart and the other with a Mother's Day sentiment, both from Papertrey Ink, Pretty Petals and Tag Its #2 sets.  The pink tag fits nicely into the sweet little envie.

Then I just added a bunch of accents.  Heart and Gold Glitter Brads.  Paper Doily and Flouncy Pink Ribbon.  Mini Clothes Pin.  Gold Twine and Iridescent Sequins.  Adhesive Pearls.  Brutus Monroe White Alabaster ink.
Now to think of her gift. 
Thanks for popping in.

Always In Bloom

Good Morning! 

A little weather update, yesterday it was 50 degrees, today it is snowing and we can expect up to 8 inches.  Oh March!

Today's card will be entered into the following Challenges; Papertrey Ink, Stitching, Stamping Sensations, Close To Nature, Penny Black, Anything Goes, WOW! Embossing Powder, Spring and Scrapy Land, Anything Goes.

I was inspired by the #6 swatch, love the soft blue.

This card measures 5.5 inches squared.  If you look closely you'll be able to see I stitched all around the border adhering my blue Designer Paper to my pale Pink card stock.  After doing that I just went wild!  Lots of dies and card stocks in soft pale colors creating this Shabby Chic design. 
Spellbinders Dies; Fancy Ribbon Threader, Captivating Squares and Hearts.
MFT, Fancy Flourish.
Cheery Lynn, Cherry Blossom.
Crafty Ann, Butterfly #6.

My sentiment is from the Garden Gate Kit by Papertrey Ink.  I stamped it in Marina Mist ink and then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  My Cherry Blossoms were die cut twice, once in a neutral card stock and then again in blue, which let me layer the blossoms. I die cut the center of the Threader panel and backed the frame with Fun Foam to add a bit of depth.

The large heart was embossed with a Sizzix Love Bird embossing folder.  I really do that a lot and love it!  A strip of soft ribbon rosettes.  Lots of Adhesive Pearls for accents. 

I die cut the butterfly and then traced it to hand cut a backing piece.  I added double sided tape to that, allowing me to add some pretty Martha Stewart Glitter.  This sparkles and shines! 

Sheer Pink Ribbon, Pink Gingham Ribbon, and Ribbon Tabs added.  Pop Dots.
This was so much fun to create, I really got lost in the process.  I had to add a heavy card stock backing to the inside to support all of these lovelies. 
Thanks so much for coming by, LOVE it when you do!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Shamrock On


This card will be entered into the Challenge at Simon Says Work It Wednesday, Green.

I love this card and it was so easy to make!  I sprayed my white card panel with Heidi Swapp's Color Shine in Gold.  Then I made my Shamrock by cutting 4 of the pretty 'striped' hearts from the Stampin' Up! die set, Love Notes.  I assembled them and topped with an Adhesive Rhinestone.  I then stamped the Hampton Art sentiment in Garden Green ink.   So easy!!!

It's almost flat.  If I flip it inside out I can probably mail using one stamp right from my own mailbox.
And it's that time of year so I think I will post that delicious Corned Beef Recipe I have been using for the past several years.  Once you make it this way, you will never boil again!  (thankfully!).
It is scrumptious and has turned me into a Corned Beef & Cabbage lover.....used to HATE it.  I also make a Rustic Cole Slaw to go with this.  YUM!!! 
May the Luck Of The Irish be with you!