Saturday, December 15, 2018

A Christmas Rose

Hello everyone

Christmas is right around the corner, isn't it?? Hope you have all your cards made out and mailed. I still have a few to mail.  I will be doing that Monday.

Here is a card that I made for the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge. Hope you like it.

I used the Christmas Rose image from Fred She Said.

I used a pink color - I know, not the traditional Christmas colors we are used to seeing. I like thinking outside the box now and then.
I colored the rose a pink shade and used green for the greenery. Those red berries are a great addition to this pretty image. When I started assembling the card, I printed the image on cream CS and colored it and decided to use an oval die. I then accented the oval shape with a gold oval that just peeks out on the right side. On the left side of the oval, I added punched and die cut greenery. To balance the gold from the right side of the oval, I added a few gold sprigs in the greenery. Next, I used some red rhinestones and some gold outline sticker dots to finish this card

Here is a peek of the inside of the card

Stamps:  Digital - Fred She Said - Christmas Rose.
Paper/Card Stock
: Pink CS, Cream CS, Gold
Dies Used:  Spellbinders Ovals, TSizzix Thinlets - Holiday Greens  
AccessoriesOutline sticker dots, Red Rhinestones, MS Punch - Branch 2, Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers

I am submitting my card in the following challenges:

Hope you submit a project to the latest challenge over at Lil Patch of Crafty FriendsThe theme is always Anything Goes. We'd love to see what you've been working on. See you soon.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

And the stockings were hung.....

Hello everyone and thanks for stopping back.

You know Christmas is approaching FAST!! I seem to always be making cards at the last minute. However this year I am more prepared. (YEA!!!)  All of my Christmas cards are done.

Today is the 1st Tuesday of the month and that means its time for me to post a fun inspiration project for Craft-Dee BowZ.

Since we are really getting closer to Christmas, I decided to spotlight another Christmas card.
I have used an image from Bugaboo and I hope you like this one.

I have been on a foiling kick lately. I decided to foil this image so I printed this image out 3 times using my laser printer. I foiled each of the images in a different color. I used blue, green and red foils. I used my Heidi Swapp Minc Machine to apply the foil to the laser printed areas.

I used blue foil for the base image. That made the snowflakes and the sentiment foiled in blue.

For the next image, (I foiled it in green foil) I took the green foiled piece and added some green alcohol marker coloring between the foiled lines, fussy cut just the two green foiled stockings and attached them with dimensional foam, over the original stockings.  Lastly, I took the 3rd image, I foiled it with red foil and also colored between some of the lines with some red alcohol marker. I fussy cut just the red foiled stocking and attached it over the green image with dimensional foam to pop this up

Here is a closer view that will show off those foil colors. 

I intentionally left the glare on the image to show off the foiling and the colors.

Here is the finished card.

For all you challenge lovers, Craft-Dee BowZ has a monthly challenge. It begins on the 1st of each month.  So you have plenty of time to enter your project in this months challenge. I am looking forward to seeing your submission. The theme is always the same - Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow. You could be the December winner.

Stamps:  Digital - Bugaboo
Paper/Card Stock
Blue CS, White CS, DP, Green CS
Ink: None
Dies Used:  Spellbinders circle die sm, Diamond Dies Pine Branch 
Ribbon, Craft-Dee BowZ  tool, dimensional foam, Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, Heidi Swapp Minc Machine. Heidi Swap Foils, 

 I am submitting my card in the following challenges:

I hope you've enjoyed this project and will link up with Craft-Dee BowZ challenge this month! 
Remember, the theme for all of our challenges is always
Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow

I will be back soon

Saturday, December 1, 2018

A Reindeer Silhouette

Welcome back, everyone.

Holy cow, it's December 1 already. This year has flown by, hasn't it? 
Christmas will be here in 25 days., and that is just a little over 3 weeks.
Now, since it's the first of the month, it's time for the new monthly challenge over at 
Craft-Dee BowZ. And it's the last one of 2018

Of course, the theme is always Anything Goes with a Handmade bow.
(That makes it easy to enter your creations, doesn't it)

And this months sponsor is 

They have a huge array of images to choose from. Please make sure to check out their site.

The Craft-Dee BowZ challenge is a monthly challenge
Theme is always Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow

If you love challenges please make sure you enter the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge. 
You could be the next winner!!
I will be looking for your submission.

Here is the card I made using the darling Snowflake Reindeer Silhouette
from Bugaboo

I printed it out on my laser printer onto a light blue cardstock. Next, I foiled the image using my Minc machine, using a gunmetal colored foil. Next I fussy cut it out and mounted it onto layered ovals.

I also used some snowflakes outline stickers and some silver washi tape.
 That blue bow is a blue sheer double loop bow (looks great with the blue cardstock I have used) 
and the sentiment is another outline sticker.

Hope you get some inspiration from my card 
especially if you are in the midst of making your Christmas cards.

Stamps:  Digital - Bugaboo - Snowflake Reindeer Silhouette
Paper/Card Stock
: White CS, Blue CS
Ink: None
Dies Used: Spellbinders Ovals sm  
Ribbon, Craft-Dee BowZ  tool, dimensional foam, Washi Tape, Outline stickers (Sentiment & Snowflakes), Heidi Swapp Minc Machine, Gunmetal foil

I am submitting my card in the following challenges:

I will be back Tuesday with the 1st Tuesday of the month inspiration piece.
Hope to see you then

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Merry Christmas

Hello Everyone and hope you are doing well.
Currently, we have really cold weather here in N. Ky and I think it is going to be a long and cold winter. I hope not but the Farmers Almanac says a warmer winter is on the way. Well, time will tell.

Next week here in the US. we will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day on Thursday.

Yum - Turkey and dressing and all the trimmings. Looking forward to that.

And you know 4 weeks later we will be celebrating Christmas.

Speaking of Christmas, do you have your cards finished??

This year I am prepared (for a change).

Today is the start of the latest challenge over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
The sponsor for this challenge is The Paper Shelter

And I chose to use the Holy Night image. 
What a wonderful set.
The image of the girl and the deer and the background of the wintry trees, beautiful.
Let me share with you how my card turned out.

I  layered my blue base card with a beautiful blue glitter paper and I then cut an oval out on the card front. I positioned the girl and her deer on the edge of the oval with snow studded pine trees right to the side of her.

Next, I added some pinkish poinsettias on the opposite side of the oval,
 giving some balance to the card front. 

Opening the card, you see the lovely wintry snow scene.

The sentiment really says it all.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card and will link up a project at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!  We'd love to see what you create!  Don’t forget, the theme is always – Anything Goes

Have a great week and see you again soon.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Joy, Wonder and Peace

Well, how's your day going???

Mine.... well not too good. I am so late with this post. I am so sorry. I usually have my posts up at midnight. Seems that my days have gotten away from me. LOL (Maybe it's because of the time change)

Since the Christmas holidays are arriving soon, I made a super Christmas card and a few of my friends will be receiving this little, easy to make, card.

I usually like to make A-7 cards or 6"X6" square cards but this smaller A-2 card is perfect for this design and packs a lot in a smaller card size.

This card design also lets me use some of the paper pieces that I just seem to love to save/hoard. 
I have so many scraps saved, I have enough for lots of cards,
 probably will last me for the rest of my life. LOL 
 I think we are all like that.

Anyway, to open this card, flip the bird back and then the card will open. 

I added the sentiment to a cardstock piece, positioned the same way as the bird on the flap.

The bow on the front is placed on the flap. I made it smaller and not too puffy.
 I didn't want to overwhelm this card. 

Here is a closer view. 
The bow is just a smaller double loop bow.and is the perfect size for this card. 

The Craft-Dee BowZ bow maker tool lets you choose the size of the bow and also how many loops you want the bow to have. 
Now that's flexibility

Order yours today over at the Craft-Dee BowZ blog.
The order button is on the left sidebar. 

I hope you've enjoyed this project and will link up with us this month for the November Challenge! 
Remember, all of our challenges are Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow

I will be back soon with more inspiration for you.

Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Tickling Snowman

Hello everyone!!!
Are you believing it. It's November and pretty soon we will be celebrating Thanksgiving and then Christmas will be following!! Time is going by way too quick.

I have been working on making cards, keepsake boxes, pop & twist cards, ornaments and bag toppers for a show that takes place in downtown Cincinnati this weekend at the Duke Energy Center. I have a spot in the L&M Busy Hands booth. Myself,  and about 17 other crafters, will be having our handcrafted items for sale. If you are in the greater Cincinnati area, I hope you can stop by and check out all the vendors and stop by at the L&M Busy Hands booth and say "Hi". We'd all love to see ya.

Since I worked on bag toppers for the show,  I decided to use a bag topper as my inspiration piece for the November Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge. I love bag toppers. They really dress up a plain gift bag.Bag Toppers show off your creative side and really make that gift extra special.

I used the cutest snowman image from Kinda Cute by Patricia, this months sponsor at Craft-Dee BowZ. Let me show you how this project turned out.

Here are some closer views of this project

The digital image from Kinda Cute by Patricia is
Tickling Snowman and can be found here

My bow

I added some snowflake ribbon in keeping with that snowman image.

Of course, I used my Craft-Dee BowZ bow making tool to make my bow.
I also used Hug Snug seam binding for my ribbon. 

You can order your very own tool over on the Craft-Dee BowZ site.

Well, I have to get back to the booth to add the finishing touches to my fixture and to assist where needed with the other crafters in the booth.

Hope you enjoyed my project and I will be back real soon with more fun projects.

Have a great week.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Happy Halloween

How's it going?? Hope your weekend is off to a great start.
WOW, this month is shooting by fast. Halloween will be here in about 11 days. 
Time for all the trick-or-treaters to don their costumes and to come out begging for candy. 

I guess I better get my candy stocked or I will have some unhappy kids.

Well, do you send out Halloween cards?? 
Bet the little ones just love getting a handmade card.

Are you a challenge lover?

If you are, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends has a new challenge that runs from Oct 21 thru Nov 4
The theme is always Anything Goes

The sponsor for this challenge is Bugaboo
 and the prize is 4 images

So if you are a  challenge lover, then here is some Halloween inspiration for you.
I am sure there are lots of Halloween themed or Anything Goes Challenges out there

Lil Patch theme is always Anything Goes
We'd like to see your submission. Just think, you could be the next winner.

Stamps:  Digi - Bugaboo - Happy Halloween
Paper/Card Stock
: Orange, Purple, Lime Green, Black, White CS
AccessoriesGlitter - White & Purple, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers - various colors, Quickie Glue Pen, Spider Web Embossing Folder, Googlie Eyes

Well, I hope you liked my Halloween card. I will be submitting it to the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by today.

I will be returning soon with more inspiration just for you.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

A Fall Birthday Card

Hi there! How's your week going so far? 
                 Well the months are going by fast, aren't they??? We just rolled into October. You know what that means.......Christmas will be here in no time flat. I have already started my Christmas shopping. (Uh oh, you haven't....... I'm sorry I brought it up.) OK, let's talk cards and challenges.

Hey, did you know, not only does Craft-Dee BowZ host a challenge, but they also post weekly inspiration projects each Tuesday?
Hope you will stop over at Craft-Dee BowZ and check out their Tuesday inspiration posts. 

Since it's the 1st Tuesday of the month, it's my turn to share an inspiration project. 
The Craft-Dee BowZ challenge has already started and will be running until October 30

. I'm still working on Christmas cards, (for a show in Cincinnati in November.) but  I decided to take a break from Christmas and work on a fall birthday card. 

Let me share my inspiration piece 
and I hope it gives you some ideas to design a card or two with the fall theme in mind.

I love the design of this card.
 Very simple and those leaves were perfect for the top area of the card. 

I bet you are wondering where my usual big bow is. Yes, I usually add a fluffy bigger bow, however, I thought that type of bow would overtake the leaves and their stems 
I am using on this card. 
So I opted for a triple loop Bakers Twine bow.

Here is a closer shot of that bow. 

A Bakers Twine bow is the perfect size for this card.
Of course, the Craft-Dee BowZ tool is the perfect bow making tool, 
 whether you are using bakers twine bow or ribbon for your bow.

Just a reminder- The sponsor for the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge this month is Bugaboo
The prize will be  4 digital images

Don't forget -  the challenge theme is always 
Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow

Paper/Card Stock: Burgandy CS, Creamy Yellow CS, DP
Ink: Momento - Lady Bug, Peanut Brittle, Bamboo Leaves
AccessoriesBakers Twine, Craft-Dee BowZ tool, dimensional foam, Mini Words Peel off's,  Dots peel offs.Spellbinders Leaf Die (REALLY OLD). MS small leaf punch

I am submitting my card in the following challenges:

I hope you will enter a project in the  Craft-Dee BowZ challenge.
 The challenge closes on October 30.  

I'd love to see what you've been working on. 
Your creative project could be our next monthly winner

Thanks for visiting my blog today, and I'll be back soon,
 sharing another fun and creative project. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Thinking of You

Hello everyone!!!

Welcome to October!!! Now I think we will see a shift to the fall season and temps. I can't wait to see the leaves change and all the beautiful colors on the trees.

I took a break from making Christmas cards and made a fall card for an inspiration project for the start of the October Craft-Dee BowZ challenge. 

Craft-Dee BowZ hosts a month-long challenge 
and the theme is always "Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow"

The sponsor this month is 

The prize will be 4 digital images 
awarded to the winner

Let me share my card with you.

This image is perfect for the fall season. Leaves piled high in a wheelbarrow, a rake, and stacked pumpkins. I added a fence behind the image but, it's really hidden pretty much. 
I also added some leaves to the card, just to jazz it up. 

The bow - I made a triple loop stacked bow. 
I found some plaid ribbon and used that to make my single loop bow for the bottom.  Then I used sheer ribbon and made two additional single loop bows and stacked them on top of each other and on top of the plaid bow.

Here is a closer view of the bow.

Three single loop bows stacked on top of each other. 

My digital image is called
Pumpkins and Leaves
and available here

Since there was so little room on the front for a sentiment,
 I added the sentiment to the inside

Make sure to visit Bugaboo for a great selection of digital images. 
I am sure you will find an image that you will just love and be perfect for your project.

Stamps:  Digital - Bugaboo Pumpkins & Leaves, Rubber Stamps (sentiment) Great Impressions
Paper/Card Stock
: White CS, Orange CS, Brown, Craft CS, DP's
Ink: Brown Ink
Dies Used:  Spellbinders Ovals, Leaves
Ribbon,  Craft-Dee BowZ  tool, dimensional foam, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Martha Stewart punch Small leaf punch 

I am submitting my card in the following challenges:

I hope you have enjoyed my card and
you will submit a project in the Craft-Dee BowZ October challenge.
 The challenge will close October 30 so you have plenty of time.
I would love to see what you are working on.  So, submit a project.
Don't forget, your project could be our next winner. 

Well that's it for now, please stop back here on Tuesday for my Craft-Dee BowZ
Tuesday Inspiration post

Thanks for stopping by today