Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Fun With New Dies

I took a few minutes to play with a new set of dies that I won this past week.  I love all these pretty wild flowers.

Dies are Sizzix by Tim Holtz.  I received these from 7 Kids so here is the site if you are interested.
Sentiment is Power Poppy (digital).

Challenges:
Scrapyland - anything with die
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Stamploration - warm colors
Stamploration CAS

Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Cardz TV- anything 
Mailbox Smiles - anything

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Liberty

A new challenge begins today at Words 2 Craft By and it is my privilege to be a guest this week.  The quote for this month's challenge is:
"Liberty when it begins to take root,  is a plant of rapid growth."  George Washington
This is my interpretation:

For the main panel I used a digital print offered by Crafting With Jack.  It is pictured below.
I love this print but I wanted the flowers to stand out a bit more so I used Copics to color in the flower as if the image were a no line image, darkening most of the flower and adding a bit of gray on the leaves and stem.
Before printing the poppies, I added the verse which was offered at Word Art Wednesday.
Final touches - black liquid pearls in the center of the flowers and a few sequins.
After backing the print with black, the card base is Stampin Up's Sahara Sand.

Thanks for looking.  Head over to Words 2 Craft By and enter the challenge.

Challenges:
Joy Clair - anything
Crop Stop - anything
Virginia's Summer Challenge
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Stamploration CAS
 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Flowery Heart

Here with another heart die cut by Die-Namites.  Last Monday I showcased a card and used the  Love Heart 2 Die that contained stars.  This die, Fancy Hearts, includes beautiful flowers, leaves and the word Love all in one die.  Once again I used Copics to color the different parts of the die cut.

I started with a piece of glossy paper.  Then using the ink pad to paper technique with  pink distress ink onto the paper.  I tried quite a few angles to capture how beautiful the background turned out but never could get an accurate photo of it.  You will just have to try it - it is lovely!
The word "you" is a Simon Says Die.  The centers of the flowers are filled in with Liquid Pearls. 
Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Scrapyland - anything
Double D - pastels
Stamploration - CAS

 Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Crop Stop - anything

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Happy Birthday Surprise Box

When I was wrapping up a birthday gift, I realized I had not posted one of the birthday cards I made a while back - before summer and grandkids descended in force!  It took a bit of time so it is a good thing I made it when I did!

The pop up box is made to fit into an A2 envelop.  All the inserts are made with die cuts.   The cake, candles and balloons are stamped and then cut with Paper Sweeties.   Happy Birthday is an Elizabeth Crafts die cut.  The banner is a die that I received in a prize package so I am not sure of the company.
Here is one more view
Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Scrapyland - anything
Time Out - celebration (optional layers)
Deep Oceans - lots of layers
ScorPal - more than one fold and die cuts
7 Kids - anything
Joy Clair - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Send a Smile 4 Kids - birthday fun for kids

Monday, July 3, 2017

Put a Little Love In Your Heart

Tomorrow is the 4th of July so while I was playing with some of my dies, I decided to make a Valentine in red, white, and blue.  I always make a Valentine for each family member (26: hubby,  children and grandchildren) so it is good to make a few before February!

This one will go to my dear husband.  I love both the Die-namites Love Heart 2 and the Unity sentiment.  This die is currently out of stock at Dies R Us but there are other similar heart dies available.  In fact, I will be featuring another Die-namites Heart die right here next Monday.
After cutting out the die cut,  I used Copics to color the red swirls and blue stars then added some Stickles to the stars for sparkle.
Here is the second half of the sentiment on the  inside of the card:

 Thanks for stopping by.  Have a fun, safe 4th of July as you celebrate our wonderful country.

Challenges:
Simon Monday - red, white, blue
Words 2 Craft By - keep love in your heart
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Simon Wednesday - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Cut It Up - red, white, blue

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Me Time

Summer time is Crazy Time.  Tuesday I had six grands here.  Wednesday only three which seemed like a breeze from the day before.  Hahaha.  Really I am very blessed to have so many living close by and actually wanting to come to G and G's house.  I took the chance for some "me time" while the three were outside playing  and colored up this beautiful digital image by Power Poppy.  I added a digital butterfly (qualification for this month's Power Poppy challenge).

I used the MFT sketch:
The green frame is cut with my Silhouette.
Image colored with Copics 

Challenges:
Power Poppy - add a bug
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Stamploration - CAS



Simon Wednesday - anything
MFT - sketch 
Word Art Wednesday - anything


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Strong Coffee

Coffee must be hot and strong.  Especially decaf.  Why do so many people make decaf coffee weaker than caffinated coffee?  (Just a little mini-rant.  I'm over it.)
A fun Summery coffee card using Verve digital image and sentiment.
Capitalizing on the flower on the cup, I used a Spellbinder embossing folder, rubbing just a hint of yellow ink on it first before running it through my Cuttlebug.
I printed the cup image four times so I could fussy cut some of the flowers and add them coming out of the cup.  I cut one blue leaf with an Elizabeth Crafts Design die.  The sentiment is cut with MFT Stitched Rectangles and the yellow backing was cut with a Die-namics Rectangle Stax die.

Challenges:
All Sorts - flower power
ScrapyLand - emboss
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Coffee Lovers Bloghop 
Simon Wednesday -  anything