Thursday, June 18, 2015

Elephants Always Remember Gifts -- and Timeless Twine

I'm posting today for Timeless Twine/Bella Creationz.  I love any excuse to play with the gorgeous goodies found in the Bella Creationz Etsy Shop!

I chose this cute image from Gerda Steiner, and colored it with Copic markers, then ink the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I used a Die-namics Stitched Circle Die to cut it out.  Once that was done, the Timeless Twine/Bella Creationz products took over!
I used:

There are so many great products in the Bella Creationz shop that make great little goodies.  Do some shopping and see for yourself!

*****Please note this post has been previously published on the new blog. I am in the process of switching everything back. Thank you for your patience.*****

With Sympathy -- for 3 Girl JAM

One of my good friends recently lost her beloved auntie.  She spent the last night's of her life by her bedside, helping her leave this earth, and start her journey in the next.  I wanted to make her a very special card in remembrance of this woman that meant so much to her. 3 Girl JAM products and an Aurora Wings image came to the rescue!
This is Single Stem Rose, by Aurora Wings.  I colored it with Copic markers, and cut it out with a Spellbinders die.  Behind the die, there are 2 layers of Distressed Lace from 3 Girl JAM, topped by a layer of Baby Girl Pink crinkle ribbon from the Baby Bundle.  I made the stickpin myself, and added it in.  Nice touch, huh?
The Sentiment is part of a "Simply Said" stamp set from Craftin' Desert Divas. The designer paper on this card is from Wild Rose Studio.  The card stock base is from Close To My Heart. My handy We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper got a workout again, too.
3 Girl JAM lace and ribbon layer beautifully together.  If you haven't tried it, it's one of my go-to techniques.  Give it a try!

Friday, June 12, 2015

I Love You This Much! for QKR Stampede

It's Friday, and time for a new challenge at QKR Stampede challenge blog. Our theme this week is "Father's Day Cards".  As it turns out, this was a tough one for me.  I lost my own father last year and my father-in-law a couple months ago.  My husband and I have no children, so I have no need for a Father's Day card.  This is what I came up with:
This sweet QKR Stampede image is Hug Me (digi15106). The sentiment, also from QKR Stampede, is This Much (digi15116).  I colored the Hug Me image with Copic markers. Several Die-namics dies were used on this card.  Papers and bling were from my stash.
Join us this week for our Father's Day projects challenge at QKR Stampede.  I'd love to see what you make! 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Happy Birthday Ballerina -- for SDS

I'm posting today for Snapdragon Snippets designs.  They have so many cutting files that can be used in more ways than I have an imagination for.  If you can think of it, there's a file for it. Today, I want to show you what I did with a simple Snapdragon Snippets A2 Gatefold card and matching envelope.

 I used two-sided Echo Park card stock on both the card and envelope.  It's spring green on one side, and yellow on the other, so the card and envelope coordinate beautifully.  The inside of the card is the same color as the outside of the envelope, and vice versa. The other papers on the card are also from Echo Park -- Life is Good 12x12 Collection. 

My mother-in-law recently celebrated her 80th birthday.  I made her this card because she likes cats, and because I don't think we ever grow too old to feel like dancing. The image is from Aurora Wings.  This cute digi is Ballerina Kitten -- Swan Lake. I colored her with Copic markers, and cut her out with a Spellbinders die.  The sentiment, a stamp from Hot Off the Press, is also cut out with a Spellbinders die.  The distress lace and crinkle ribbon are from 3 Girl JAM.
There are many Gatefold cards from Snapdragon Snippets in the Silhouette Online Store, with matching envelopes. Soon, they will be available in the Snapdragon Snippets Store.  I hope you choose one (or more!) and give it a try.  As I said at the beginning of this post, the possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. ARt -- June Linky party

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Birthday Wishes -- for IDCB

It's Challenge time at Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog (IDCB).  As always, it's anything goes!  This week, like many weeks, we have incredible sponsors.  I love Gerda Steiner's art, so I chose to work with one of her digis.
I colored the Bunny with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, using Canson Mi-Tientes paper.  I used a Lifestyle Crafts circle die in two sizes to cut him out and layer him.  The sentiment is a retired Close To My Heart stamp, punched out with a 1 inch circle punch (also CTMH). The cupcake-shaped card is a cutting file from The Cutting Cafe. Papers are from Pink Paislee -- the Soiree Collection.
I hope you join us this week (and every week) at IDCB.  I'd love to see what you make!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:  

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Happy Spring -- for Crafty Sentiments

It's Saturday, and I'm posting today for the Crafty Sentiments Inspirations blog.  I have a tutorial for you today.  Actually, it's more of some hints for more favorite card-making techniques.  First, I'll show you my card, using Crafty Sentiments Designs rubber stamp, Rainy Days:
I like to make shaped cards.  I think that add a lot to a card, drawing the viewer's eye to the image.  I use either an electronic die cut machine, like my Silhouette Cameo, or in this case, My Cricut Explore, &/or a manual die cut machine like my Big Shot or Grand Caliber. 
I colored the rubber stamp, Rainy Days, with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.  I've used them before on flowers and animals, but this was my first attempt on skin tones, hair, and clothing. 
Another "tip" -- I like to match elements to the theme of the image. The die cut umbrella (by Memory Box)is a perfect example of this.  As with the shaped card, I think it draws the viewer's eye TO the image, instead of distracting from it.  Using papers that match the image does the same thing.  One of the designer papers, by Pink Paislee (Hello Sunshine 6x6 pad) has rain drops on it -- sticking with the Rainy Days theme.  
One more tip -- many of my creations have crinkle ribbon on them.  I find it incredibly easy to work with.  I can tie the perfect bow almost every time.  It's very forgiving!
Visit the Crafty Sentiments Inspirations blog for lots of tutorials and beautiful work.  There's also the Crafty Sentiments Challenge blog, with chances to win charming Crafty Sentiments stamps for yourself.  Have you checked out the Crafty Sentiments Designs Facebook page?  There's even more inspiration there. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Morgan's Art World Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Morgans ArtWorld new release Blog Hop.
You should have arrived from the talented ALICIA'S blog.

If you've just happened upon this blog hop and want to start from the beginning head over to 

Here are my projects using the brand new images 
Border 2

Morgan Ragamuffin Kids 5

For the next stop and more inspiration head over to TRACI'S blog.

Just in case you get lost along the way here is the full list of blogs.

Julie:  you are HERE!
Traci:  go HERE next!

All of these images will be available for purchase in Morgan's new online store.