Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July Progressive Freebie Challenge

Hi Everyone
I am strapped for time so here is a quick post. I am adding this card to the Outlawz Progressive Freebie Challenge for July

This cutie is ready to go fishin' at his favorite spot.

Here is a closer view of this little guy.

Stamps: Digital - Blueberry Bear ; rubber stamps all from Stampscapes
Paper/Card Stock
: Yellow, brown, purple CS
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Summer Sky, Bamboo Leaves
AccessoriesRibbon, dimensional foam, twine, ribbon, Copic Markers

I am also submitting this card in the following challenges:

  • City Crafter Challenge  #272 - Masculine Birthday Card (#13)
  • Artistic Inspirations -  Anything Goes (#211)
  • Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes (#61)
  • Crafting from the Heart -  Always Anything Goes(#130)
  • The Paper Girls - Forever in Blue Jeans (#7)
  • The Sisters of Craft Anything Goes (#210)
  • Sweet Stampin  Boys & Their Toys (#21)
  • Digitally Sweet - No. 140 - July - Anything Goes (#176)

  • Thanks for stopping in today. Have a great week, whats left of it. 

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    Winter Wishes

    Hi there
    Thanks for stopping by today. This is the 3rd card from last Saturday's class. 

    I think this card is kind of classy.  Silver and gold embossed trees and some white snowflakes are the only stamped images on the panel.

    I made my own corners out of gold card stock. I cut a square and then cut it diagonally. I then added a gold corner on two opposite corners and the sentiment was stamped and embossed  in gold on a label shape and that finishes this card off in no time.

    You will notice that as I stamped the tree, I overlapped and changed the colors of the embossing powder as I went along. Stamp from one side to the other. (I started on the right and worked to the left.) I started with the gold tree, heated that one, next stamped 2 trees and embossed with silver. Then reverted back to gold and then back to silver for the last tree. 

    After the trees were done I stamped the snowflakes and used white embossing powder

    The stamping was done on a black panel that was then attached to a cream card. The cream card seems to fade into the white background of this pic (sorry).

    Stamps: Woodware - Forest
    Paper/Card Stock
    : Black CS, Cream CS
    Dies Used: Spellbinders Labels One
    Accessories: E
    mbossing powder - Black, Gold, White detailed; VersaMark; dimensional foam

    I am submitting my card to the following challenges:
    I am finishing up on all the prep work, cutting and kitting for my 3 classes at Stampaway. I will be glad when this is finally done. LOL Stampaway classes start in less than 2 weeks. Click here to see the classes that are still available.

    Thanks for dropping by and I'll be seeing you all soon.

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015

    Have A Wonderful Christmas

    Hi there
    Welcome back to my blog.

    In my last post I mentioned that I taught a class last Saturday and the cards were Christmas themed. Here is card number 2 from that class.

    I used DP from SEI and I just love that it has a resist design built in. Coloring with a beautiful blue ink applied with a sponge applicator brings out that gorgeous design.

    I popped that on a silver mirror panel and attached the panel to a blue CS.

    Next I made a flap, this is used to open and close the card.

    Here is the card opened

    The white panel inside hides most of the hinge piece. That scalloped circle has the sentiment on the front and I added a second scalloped circle on the backside, again to finish off the flap and hide the end of the hinge.

    Stamps: Heartfelt Creations HCPC 3552 Bright Christmas
    Paper/Card Stock
    : Blue CS, White CS, Silver Mirror CS, DP SEI
    Ink: VersaMark, Memento Danube Blue
    Dies Used: Spellbinders Scalloped Circle
    Accessories:Silver Detailed
     embossing powder

    I am submitting this card in the following challenges:

    Thanks for stopping by today. Thursday, I will be showing my 3rd card from last Saturday's class. Hope you will be stopping back to take a peek.

    Have a great week

    Sunday, July 19, 2015

    Merry and Bright

    Hi Everyone,
    Hope you are having a great weekend so far. As I sit writing this, it seems to be raining/storming again here in the Greater Cincinnati area. This has been the wettest summer in 144 years. Well my grass is green and the lawn guys are here every week to mow cause that grass is growing like crazy.

    Saturday I held my regular monthly card class but since Simply Said Rubber Stamps, (the store where I teach) is celebrating Christmas in July, I taught 3 Christmas cards. So this week I will be sharing with you those three cards.

    First up is this cute card.

    Those white strips are glittery papers that the students made and then cut into 1/2" strips and applied diagonally to a card panel. I used a silver mirror card stock to cut the ovals.That sentiment is embossed directly on that silver card stock. (Sorry for the glare)  That cute penguin is stamped on white card stock, colored and then fussy-cut out and mounted directly on another silver oval. A little bakers twine as an accent and that card is ready to be sent.

    Stamps: Darcies Heart and Home  JCS221 (Penguins)
    Paper/Card Stock
    : Red CS, White CS, Mirror CS
    Ink: Various markers to color penguin ;Versamark, 
    Dies Used:  Spellbinders Ovals sm  
    Accessories: Glitter, Bakers Twine, Black Detail Embossing Powder

    I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

  • Artbymiran Challenge  No.36 - (W2 of 2) - Anything Goes (#88)
  • CAS-ual Chic July - Embossing (#16)
  • Crafting-With-Friends Anything Goes(#40)
  • Daring Cardmakers -  Christmas in July (#15)
  • PDE Linky Party -  Lots of Red (#3)
  • Simply Papercraft -  No. 9 (W1 of 2) - Anything Goes (#44)
  • Sister Act Card Challenge - No. 115  - Always Anything Goes (Cards only) (#50)
  • Winter Wonderland Traditional Christmas Colors   (#19)
  • Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything goes as long as it is Christmas (#212)
  • Live & Love Crafts Challenge #37 Christmas in July (#46)

  • Well I hope you liked this card, Easy to make and everyone who receives this cutie will love it. Stop back Tuesday as I share with you the 2nd card from this class. Hope to see you then

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    Big News

    Craft-Dee BowZ has decided to make your shopping a "one stop" retail experience! 

    With a limited start, you can now purchase not only your Craft-Dee BowZ Tool and Ribbon-Ade from Craft-Dee BowZ, but also...are you ready?  Die-cuts too!!

    Initially, there will be a limited selection of die-cuts available in the Craft-Dee BowZ Store located at the top of the blog under "The Store" tab.  Not only is this exciting news, but they will be offered at a 10% discount no matter who the manufacturer, what the size, or cost.  Craft-Dee BowZ has been working diligently to create a more affordable shipping charge and feels it has come up with the very best.  They will be shipping USPS (Domestic only...sorry no sales outside the US) for a fee of $4.95 which covers shipping from 1 to 4 dies maximum in one shipment.  Fees will go up with 5 or more.

    So, on to the exciting new inventory!
    The first dies to be carried in the Craft-Dee BowZ Store are hard to come by because they are European and sold in very few places, especially retail.  Drum roll, please.......Craft-Dee BowZ will be offering the NEWEST holiday die-cuts from SUE WILSON DIES!!  How exciting is that?  Her dies are incredible because of all the "surprise" edges, so they have a much more intricate cut than you would expect.  You can check out her videos on You Tube under Creative Expressions Sue Wilson.

    Craft-Dee BowZ will be ordering dies on a regular basis and notifying you via newsletter and Facebook when new stock is available.  So, be sure to sign up for the Craft-Dee BowZ Newsletter and follow them on Facebook for up to date news on current dies.

    As a reminder...there are limited supplies available, so don't waste any time!  Get over to the Craft-Dee BowZ Store and make your purchase now.  You won't want to miss this opportunity!

    Sunday, July 12, 2015


    Hello Everyone

    Thanks for stopping by today.

    Thought I'd share with you a project that I designed a few weeks ago. I then offered this as a class and taught this in that class today. Since the store I teach at, Simply Said Rubber Stamps is celebrating Christmas In July, this project definitely fit the bill.

    This 6"X8" panel can be used as a wall hanging or you could place on an easel and display on a table during the holidays. Also, think of this, giving this as a gift. WOW wouldn't that be an incredible gift, if you decide to part with it.(LOL)
    I call this The Santa Panel.

    Here is a closer view of the Santa image.

    This is the best Santa stamp EVER. And it's available thru Verses Rubber Stamps. This Santa is one that you will use year after year and really never tire of him. I absolute LOVE this image.

    OK let me share with you other components of the panel:

    There are snowflake brads, a monocle with a star on it, some tickets and holly, berries and a twig.

      I used silver mirror card stock to cut out the 25. Mounted on black card stock makes those numbers really stand out.

    The fir branches and the pine cones are all handmade, using dies,and are cut out of card stock.

    I had so much fun designing this panel. I also had fun teaching the students the how-to's  for the  pine cones, element placement, the bow etc. They liked this so much they want to do more panels for the different holiday/seasons of the year. So I am going to be having a blast going on a quest for components for a Halloween panel and a fall panel. This will be fun.

     To see how the students did, click here. They are all just a little different.

    Stamps:  Verses Rubber Stamps - Old World Santa
    Paper/Card Stock
    Paper/Card stock
    • Silver Paper
    • Glossy Card stock
    • White Card stock
    • Green Card stock
    • Brown Card stock
    • Black Card stock
    • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash Paper Pad (12X12) Lost & Found (Used the tickets sheet & sheet music collage sheet) 
    Ink: Staz-On black, Greens, Red, & Brown dye inks

    Dies UsedDies Sizzix –  All are Tim Holtz Alterations
    • Holly Branch
    • Tattered Pine cone
    • Wordplay Alphabet (I just used #’s 2 &5)
    AccessoriesTim Holtz Idea-ology
    • Mirrored Stars
    • Monocles
    • Gumdrops
    • Ring Fasteners
    • Corked Vials
    • Corners
    • District Market Bare Burlap Panel

    I am submitting my project in the following challenges:

  • Artbymiran Challenge  No.36 - (W1 of 2) - Anything Goes (#25)
  • Kitty Bee Designs -  Christmas in July (#37)
  • Simply Create Too - No.89 -  Get Ahead For Christmas (#58)
  • Simply Papercraft -  No. 8 (W2 of 2) - Anything Goes (#149)
  • 4 Crafty Chicks - W- #254 Christmas In July (#19)
  • DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge - #160 Christmas In July (#13)
  • Outlawz Twisted Thursday - W - Always Anything Goes
  • ABC Christmas Challenge - Christmas - N for Not A Card  (#6)
  • Inspiration Destination - W, F- #41 Always Anything Goes  (#128)
  • Penny's Paper-Crafty - W,3E -  #235 Anything Goes (#102)
  • Crafty Calendar  July - Christmas in July (#85)

  • Thanks much for stopping in today. Hope you enjoyed my project. See you soon

    Thursday, July 9, 2015

    Celebrate The Gift of You

    Hello Everyone,

    Welcome back. Not much going on here on my end.Just taking a break from getting classes ready for Stampaway. So this post will be pretty short.

    I wanted to try out the bokeh technique, have you tried it yet??? Easy peasy.

    That technique just reminds me of a happy celebration, so I used a birthday sentiment on this card. 

    The sentiment I've used is from Verses Rubber Stamps. ( I must really love this verse. because I used it on my July 1 post also. That really was not done intentionally)

    Stamps: Verses Rubber Stamps - Gift of You - BB0501-E
    Paper/Card Stock
    : Blue CS, Cream CS, White
    Ink: Black Dye Ink, White Ink, Yellow Ink, Blue Ink, Green Ink

    I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

  • Loves Rubber Stamps - #159  -  Anything Goes (#67)
  • Papertake Weekly   Anything Goes (#113)
  • Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes (#63)
  • Card Mania -- (July) Anything Goes (#204)
  • Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes or Twist of Summer (#70)
  • Crafting from the Heart -  Always Anything Goes (#136)
  • Craft Your Passion - Always Anything Goes (#165)
  • Not Just Cards -  Always Anything Goes (#67)
  • Use Your Stuff - W, JFF, use your stash - Anything Goes (#88)

  • OK now its time for me to get back to getting my Stampaway class kits ready.
    Thanks much for stopping in today
    See you soon.

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

    Just Flutterin' By

    Hi Everyone,

    Well, we are 7 days into July, already. This month is flying by so fast and so is this year. Pretty soon we will be looking at Christmas cards and such. I already have a class scheduled this month for Christmas cards. I will be sharing those cards with you after the class is held.

    Over at Craft-Dee BowZ, the theme this month for the designers  is "Out of Shape - No Square or Rectangle Card". Boy that really opens the gates up pretty wide. Well I took the easy way out I guess. I made a circular easel card.

    A few things you will see on this card are items I  have had in my stash for a while but have never used, Time to get them out and use them.When I decided on a butterfly then a few things just came together.

    Let me share with you this card:

    Here is the card closed

    And here is the card, opened

    Here is a closer view of the inside sentiment.

    A close-up of the bow.
    I just made a double loop bow for this card..
    I used two stamp sets from My Sentiments Exactly. I used the lines and swirls to make my background, it was perfect for the background. I also used another My Sentiments Exactly set for my sentiment and that smaller typed butterfly shape. 

    I have to address that large butterfly. That was made using a Tim Holtz die, Fanciful Flight. I also used some papers that I made a while back, using my Gelli Plate. After looking at the black cutouts of the butterfly wings, I thought of my Gelli Plate papers. Thought they might be the perfect paper to use as the background for the wings. Let me show you,

    This is just a pull from left overs from other Gelli Plate designs. 
    This will make a great background for a card.

    OK let me show you this paper with a wing sitting on it 

    If you move the wing around you will get a slightly different effect for the wing background. 
    So that's how the butterfly came to be.

    OK all you Gelli Plate lovers  start using those sheets you are hoarding.

    Stop in next Tuesday at the Craft-Dee BowZ blog for a post by Vicki.
     I wonder what she has in store for us???

    Stamps: My Sentiments Exactly - Graphic Backgrounds, Garden Faire Sentiments
    Paper/Card Stock
    Creamy Yellow CS, White Paper 
    Ink: Black Dye Ink
    Dies Used: Sizzix Tim Holtz Fanciful Flight
    Ribbon, Craft-Dee BowZ  tool, dimensional foam

    I am submitting my card in the following challenges:

  • Amusing - Anything Goes (all month) (#13)
  • Lil Patch of Crafty Friends -  #13 Anything Goes (W1 of 2) (#25)
  • Robyn`s Fetish - W - #271 Anything Goes (#30)
  • Stamping Sensations - July - Feature A Creature  (#21)
  • Crafty Friends Challenge  - Anything Goes (#75)
  • Scrappers Delights   Always Anything Goes (#37)
  • Artbymiran Challenge No.35 - (W2 of 2) - Anything Goes (#98)
  • Crafty Catz - #286 - Anything Goes (#181)
  • Simply Papercraft - No. 8 (W1 of 2) - Anything Goes (#89)

  • Thanks for stopping by, see you soon.

    Thursday, July 2, 2015

    Never Never Land

    Hello Everyone,

    Thanks for stopping in today. Today I want to share a card with you that I made for Verses Rubber Stamps.  I played with watercolors on a sheet of watercolor paper and then cut it into strips. Those strips of watercolor paper were placed to make the background design. 

    I love the yellows and the pinks and peaches that are on the strips, they look great together.
    I used two markers to make the ribbon the color I needed to match my card.

    The sentiment I used is from Verses Rubber Stamps and I just love the sentiment selection they have.
    They have a whole host of categories with so many Verses to choose from. 
    Click here to go to the shopping area of their site. I am sure you will find just the right sentiment you need for your project.

    Stamps: Verses Rubber Stamp -  QQ1208E Never Never Land
    Paper/Card Stock
    : White  CS, Pink CS, Yellow CS, Water Color Paper
    Ink: Black Dye Ink, Distress Markers
    Dies Used:Spellbinders LabelsAccessories: Hug Snug
    Ribbon, Handmade Flowers

    I am submitting my card to the following challenges:

    Thanks for stopping in today and have a safe and happy 4th

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    The Gift of You

    Hi Everyone,

    Thanks for stopping in today. Do you believe it!!! July 1 is here and the year is half over and now we are on our way to a lot of holidays before the end of the year. Speaking of holidays,  I have already bought a Christmas gift. (OK no groaning, please)

    Since its the first of the month, it's time for the Craft-Dee BowZ  July challenge. As always, the theme is always Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow. I would love to see your submission over at Craft-Dee BowZ

    Here is my card that I made for the CDB inspiration 

    The background paper I used is from one of my Gelli Plate sessions. I've saved lots of papers from playing with my Gelli Plate and put then in my stash, so here is a great use for one of them.

    The flowers are all my handmade designs.

    Here is a close-up of my triple loop bow.
    That ribbon is a great match for that background paper I made.

    I decided on inserting the sentiment on the inside of the card.

    This card is for a dear friend whose birthday has just passed.

    Stamps: Verses Rubber Stamps
    Paper/Card Stock
    : Pink CS, Creamy Yellow CS
    Ink:Black Dye Ink
    Dies Used: Spellbinders Fancy Tags, Octagon; Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Florals
    Craft-Dee BowZ  tool, dimensional foam, Martha Stewart Frond punch, Flower Soft

    I am submitting this card in the following challenges:

    Thanks for stopping by today, see you soon.