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.

    Saturday, November 7, 2015

    Frustration is Part of Success

    Hi Everyone and Welcome Back,

    Here is a card that I made a while back and it's been sitting waiting to be posted. So I thought I share this now, before we get really far into the Christmas season.

    Do you like things, cards, that are outside the norm?? I know I do especially if they are easy to do.

    Well I was looking at Pinterest the other day and spied a card that was a little different so you know it caught my eye.

    I decided to change it a tad and make it mine, so to speak.

    Here is the card that I came up with

    And here it is opened

    I love this design, It has a front that gets opened but that card front is just a portion of the card. Just a little different but easy to do and you can use some leftover paper if need be. This would make a darling Christmas card design as well, hmmm.... I have the coolest tree that would fit perfectly on the card front. I may have to make one and show you in a post later this week.

    Stamps: Art Gone Wild - Whimsical Floral Background CSCS-2748
    Paper/Card Stock
    : Orange CS, White CS, DP
    Ink: India Ink
    Accessories: Dimensional Foam, Markers, Flat Back Pearls

    I am submitting this card in the following challenges:

    This is a quick and easy card and a little different but a lot of fun.

    Have a great week 


    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

    The Autumn Tree

    Welcome back!!!

    It's the first Tuesday of November and its time for my Craft-Dee BowZ post.

    This month the designers were asked to use burlap with some Festive Fall Foliage. Burlap, hmmmm it just reminds me of fall don't you agree??  
    Of course burlap really can go with so many things besides fall.
    Well let me show you what I came up with.

    This card is a very simple card with burlap and some silk leaves in the glorious fall colors. But the bow, well it kind of took center stage. This ribbon is so beautiful with the vibrant fall colors, and since the ribbon is wired, this bow really maintains its shape.

    Let me show you a closer view of the bow.

    OK I admit I could not make this bow, without my trusty Craft-Dee BowZ tool. This tool lets me make lush bows with ease. 

    This little tool lets me make bows like the one above. 
    Easy peasy!! REALLY!!
    And you can use it for your gift packages too. 
    It isn't just for cards. 
    Click here to order yours!! 

    Don't forget Craft-Dee BowZ has a challenge every month and you have plenty of time to make a project and enter it before the month of November is over. 
    The theme is always, Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow.
    I am going to be looking for your entry.

    I am submitting my card in the following challenges:

  • 613 Avenue Create -  #147 Anything Goes or Thank You (#79)
  • Dragonfly +Dreams - Ribbons & Bows (#1)
  • Scrappy Hands -  #51 Autumn/Fall (#4)
  • The Corrosive Challenges #235 Autumn Splendor (#34)
  • The Ribbon Girls - must use ribbon – Anything Goes (#47)

  • Thanks for stopping by today. I will be back soon with a new project, just for you.

    Sunday, November 1, 2015

    Have a Bountiful Season

    Hello Everyone

    Well did you get a lot of Trick or Treaters?? I sure did!! Did you turn your clocks back 1 hour??

    Can you believe it, we just crossed right into November. The last 2 months will fly by.

    Since its the 1st of another month, its time for the new challenge over at Craft-Dee BowZ. That means you have the whole month to get a project made and entered in the challenge. As always the theme is Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow.

    Let me share my inspiration card with you today. (All of the CDB designers make an inspiration piece to share with you all. The CDB post on the first of each month shows all of the DT inspiration projects.)

    Here is a closer view of my bow, made with the Craft-Dee BowZ bow making tool.

    The striped ribbon is just 2 loops staggered one on top of the other. The center bow however is a triple loop bow, made with the Craft-Dee BowZ tool and I just attached it to the center of the staggered loops.

    Since we are in the fall season, I added the silk leaves as added interest and added texture. 

    Just think, this little tool made that bow on my card. And it makes bow making so easy.
    You can order your very own here

    Stamps: Pumpkin - Eureka Stamps, Sentiment - Hero Arts (Very Old -no longer available,)
    Paper/Card Stock
    : Orange shimmer, Orange, Corrugated Box remnant
    Ink: India Ink Black.
    AccessoriesRibbon, Craft-Dee BowZ  tool, dimensional foam, silk leaves.

    I am submitting this card in the following challenges:

    Thanks for stopping by today, hope you have a great week and I will be back on Tuesday with my regular monthly post for Craft-Dee BowZ. Hope to see you then.