Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Wishing You The Merriest

Hi Everyone
WOW do you believe it, we are now welcoming in December!!!. And next it's Christmas - are you ready? Do you have your cards finished?? no!!??!! Well Craft-Dee BowZ is here to offer inspiration

Since it's the first of December, there is a new challenge over at Craft-Dee BowZ. And the challenges over at CDB are always Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow. But since we are in the Christmas season, there are a whole host of Christmas projects that the designers are anxious to show off. We hope you will visit the Craft-Dee BowZ blog every Tuesday for some new design team inspiration .....and....we'd love to see your entry this month in the challenge.

Speaking of projects, let me share mine with you.

This is a 6"X 6" card and it's one of my favorite sizes for cards.  

For this card, I layered CS bottom to top - Red CS, Green CS and DP. Next, I used 2 panels of cardboard, one of which I cut with the Holly Frame die. I pulled some of the top layer off the corrugated cardboard panels. Next I painted both  panels with white gesso. After the gesso dried, I used the Rhubarb Stalk Memento ink to cover the raised areas and left the depressed areas white.  

I adhered these 2 panels over the DP. I cut an oval and stamped the sentiment and inked the edges. I made my bow and attached it to the card. Then I made 3 poinsettias using a white shimmery text weight paper and added Flower Soft to the centers. I attached some of the stars to finish the card.

Here is a close-up of the bow. 
I actually made a 4 loop green sheer bow and layered it on top of a triple loop white ribbon bow. 

I wanted my green bow to pop and layering it on the white ribbon, made it POP. (IMHO)

Stamps:  My Sentiments Exactly Merriest Christmas Y495
Paper/Card Stock
: Green CS, Red CS, White CS, DP, White shimmer Paper (poinsettias)
Ink: Memento- Rhubarb Stalk
Dies UsedSpellbinders Ovals S4-116; Wild Rose Studio - Holly Frame and Poinsettia
Accessories: Cardboard sheet;White Gesso; Flower Soft - Yellow; Craft-Dee BowZ  tool; ribbons dimensional foam

I am submitting my card in the following challenges:

  • AAA -  #53 Anything Goes (W2 of 2) (#136)
  • Amusing - Anything Goes (#9)
  • Christmas Card Challenges - must be Christmas / Winter – #52 Anything Goes (#67)
  • Glitter n Sparkle -  #165 Include a bow (#28)
  • Lil Patch of Crafty Friends -  #22 Anything Goes   (#233)
  • Penny Black and More – November- Anything Christmas (#260)
  • Pile It On - W #97 Use Red and Green (#28)
  • Quirky Crafts -  #24 Anything Christmas  (#93)
  • We Love 2 Create  - #24 Anything Creative/ Mixed Media Goes (#20)
  • Stamping Sensations - Festive Flowers and Foliage - (#83)

  • Well you have a few weeks to finish your cards. I decided to make most of my cards the same design this year. I will share later this month.

    One last thing..... stop back Thursday nite for the last Craft-Dee BowZ Blog Hop this year. There will be a winner and you could be our winner of a reel of ribbon.

    Thanks for stopping by to see my project

    Wednesday, November 25, 2015


    Hello everyone,
    It's time for a new challenge over at Crafty Creations Challenges. The theme for this challenge is Paris. I know we have all been saddened by the horrific event
     that took place on Friday November 13.

    If you are like me, I truly do not understand the whys of events like this one and I can only hope and pray that this madness ends, sooner vs. later. Let's keep Paris and all the other area's in distress, in our hearts and prayers.

    In honor of our friends in Paris, I put together a 9" X 12" panel that highlights some Parisian items.

    The French flag is blue, white and red, so I decided to incorporate their colors in my piece.

     I have a great Paris themed stamp set that contains all the stamped images I used on the panel. I picked this up a year ago and this is the 1st time I used it. Interesting, I had this all this time, unused, just waiting.

    Let me show you a closer view of some of those smaller stamped images.

    Did you check out that background, I used a map of Paris.
     I also added 3 fleur de lis, using gold CS. 
    The national flower of France is the iris 
    and is represented in the fleur de lis emblem,
     the symbol of the French monarchy.
    The French government today is a republic.

    Stamps:  Paris Stamps - Invoke Arts
    Paper/Card Stock
    : White CS
    Ink: India ink - Black; Memento - Danube Blue, Love Letter
    Dies/Punches Used:  Martha Stewart  punch - fleur de lis
    Accessories: Winsor & Newton -9" X 12" Artist Canvas Board, Cardboard with the top layer pulled off in a few areas, Decoupage, Gesso, K & Co. - adhesive Gems, Ranger Dina Wakley - Heavy Body Acrylic Paint - White, Ruby, Lapis.

    I am submitting my panel project in the following challenges:

  • Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes (#84)
  • Craft Your Passion -  Always Anything Goes (#84)
  • Love to Scrap -   Anything Goes (#165)
  • Not Just Cards -  Always Anything Goes (#429)
  • The Crazy Challenge - Everything Goes (#36)
  • Use Your Stuff -  Lots of Layers (#17)
  • Brown Sugar – No. 173 - Anything Goes ( #217)
  • Crafting-With-Friends - Always Anything Goes (#111)
  • Creative Fingers -   No.99 -   Always Anything Goes  (#135)
  • Daring Cardmakers -  Anything But a Card (#23)
  • Simply Papercraft - #18 - Always Anything Goes (#128)

  • Thanks for stopping in today and I want to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving

    Friday, November 13, 2015

    Winter Wonderland

    Hello Everyone,
    WOW, Tuesday nite was the monthly get together for the stamping club of which I am a member, and the time flies by between meetings. Well each month we are given a challenge, We are given something to use in making a card or some other project.

    We were given this:

    Its a card that folds into a 5X5 square with half circles on each of the edges of the square.

    I decided to make this a winter wonderland themed card.

    Let me share some more pics.

    First I cut circles using blue CS, and cut those in half and ran them thru an embossing folder that has snowflakes on it. I attached the half circles on both sides of the half circle card flaps. You will notice that I made a belly band and added 2 white punched snowflakes. That belly band holds the card closed.

     Sliding the belly band off allows the card to be opened .........

    to reveal a darling snowman. I used a beautiful die - Snow Corner, placing two of them in opposite corners.

    I added a snowman and just added a bit of color to his scarf. Then the sentiment gets added and lastly I used a glue pen to add glittery falling snowflakes, a snowbank and some highlights to the snowman.

    Notice those embossed half circles are on the inside of the card as well as the outside. 

    Stamps:  Great Impressions - H188 - Snowman Fun
    Paper/Card Stock
    : Blue CS, White CS
    Ink: Black India Ink, Purple, Spectrum Noir.
    Dies/Punches Used: Wild Rose Studio - Snow Corner , MS  1.25" Medium Alpine Snowflake Punch, Spellbinders Grand Circles. Accucut, Petal Card
    Accessories: Glitter, Glue Pen, Embossing folder Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations - 656944- Snowflake

    I am submitting my card in the following challenges:

  • Crafting for all Seasons - #114  Embossing  (#25)
  • Crafting By Designs -   Frosty Snowman (#10)
  • Creative Moments - #80 Always Anything Goes  (#44)
  • Inspiration Destination - #59 Always Anything Goes (#71)
  • The Crafty Addicts #4 - Anything Goes/ Use A Die Cut (#109)
  • 2 Creative Chicks Anything Goes (#117)
  • Country View Crafts' Challenge #33 The Colour Blue (#53)
  • Crafts Galore Encore Use a stamp or digi + DT call (#128)
  • Creative Craft Cottages Challenges #51 Anything Goes (#71)
  • Cute as a Button #16 Winter (#25)
  • Natalie and Amy's Challenge (M,P30) #38 Winter Scenes (#64)
  • One Crazy Stamper Christmas/Winter (#31)
  • Sunsational Stamps (M, P last day of M, E3) Anything Goes with Glitter (#5)
  • The Sisters of Craft (M,P1) Anything Goes
  • World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Anything Goes
  • Your Scrapbook Place (M,P1,E3) Anything Goes ($46)

  • Thanks for stopping in today, I will be back soon with another project.

    Wednesday, November 11, 2015

    Thankful Hearts

    Hello Everyone and welcome back.

    Time for a new Crafty Creations Challenge

    Crafty Creations Challenges always have great sponsors and the sponsor for this challenge (#302) 
    is Fresh Brewed Designs

    Crafty Creations Challenges last 2 weeks and the theme for this challenge is Give Thanks

    Since we have the Thanksgiving holiday coming very soon, 
    I decided to use the Fresh Brewed Designs pumpkin image. It's #70 - Fall Pumpkin, 
    click here to check it out and/or order it.

    Let me show my card.

    Those pumpkins I used on my card are the same image. I just changed the shape somewhat when I printed them out on my card stock.

    Here is the original image right after I colored it. I sized this one at about 2" 

    And below is the second image.
     To print my saved images, I use Word software and insert the saved digital image on the Word document. On this second image I made it larger, to do that I used the arrow in the bottom center and pulled the image downward instead of using the corner arrow. Using that corner arrow keeps the image size in perspective. I wanted this pumpkin to be taller and skinnier.

    Let me share with you info on that center portion of the card, I used some corrugated cardboard  and pulled some of the paper off the front side to make it look distressed and colored with Pan Pastels. I then placed that corrugated piece on the card center.

    I attached the pumpkins to that center panel.( I know this looks wet but it really isn't.)
    For a little added texture I added a vine which is Boxwood twine and its bendable. Love it!!

    Stamps:  Digital Pumpkin - Fresh Brewed Designs, Sentiment - Hero Arts (old)
    Paper/Card Stock
    :White CS, Brown CS, Corrugated box piece
    Ink: Black India Ink
    Dies Used: Accucut Die - Center Step Card
    Accessories:Pan Pastels, Colored Pencils, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Boxwood bendable Twine

    I am submitting my card in the following challenges:

  • Crafty Cardmakers -  (Week 2) Thank You (#34 )
  • Eureka Stamps -  The Colors of Fall (#13 )
  • Not Just Cards -  Always Anything Goes (#187)
  • Colour Your World with Lucy Sunshine - Always Anything Goes (W2 of 2) (# 33)
  • Dragonfly +Dreams – Let's See Those Fall Colors (#11)
  • Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #21 Anything Goes   (W2 of 2) (#207)
  • Scrappy Hands -  #51 Autumn/Fall (#14)
  • Scrappers Delights  Always Anything Goes (# 35)
  • Crafting-With-Friends Always Anything Goes (#145)
  • Polkadoodles – No.43 - (W1 of 2) Autumn/Fall Colors (#24)

  • Thanks for stopping by today. I will have another card for you on Saturday. Hope you can stop back.