Sunday, May 15, 2022

Je T'aime -- for Dies R Us Challenges

 Hello, hello!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Are you enjoying May?  I think it's my favorite month of the year, but it's going way too fast!  In fact, we're 1/2 way through the month already.  May 15 -- not only is it the 1/2 way point for this beautiful month, it's also time for a new challenge at Dies R Us Challenges.  This month, the challenges are anything goes!  Just use a brand of die sold in the Dies R Us Store.


I've had this set of dies for years, but have never used them.  I decided it was time!  Visiting Paris is on my bucket list, and I'd love to get there sooner than later.  We'll see.  In the meantime, I'll dream of traveling again, and make pretty cards:


This couple are enjoying the sights of Paris, while also enjoying each other's company and their very French dog.  What's more French than a French Poodle, after all? You could argue it should be a French Bulldog on the card, but a poodle die is what I have.

I made this card with dies from Crafter's Companion and Impression Obsession.  Both companies dies are available at the Dies R Us Store. The Paris dies from Crafter's Companion are part of the Parisian Collection.  They are the Je T'aime die set (couple on the bench and the poodle).  The Eiffel Tower is a die called "Purely Paris".  I used 2 products from Impression Obsession dies. The grass is 'Small Grass Border', cut twice and layered. The heart that I used for the sentiment is part of the Layered Hearts Trio die set.

I found the most appropriate papers for this card at We Are 3 Digital Shop. I used 2 papers from the Paris Cafe Collection. The sentiment is also from We Are 3 Digital Shop. It is part of the Heart Love sentiments set. 

I hope you can join us this next 2 weeks for the Anything Goes Challenge at Dies R Us Challenge Blog. There will be a gift certificate to the store awarded to one lucky winner, and 3 designer choice awards.  

If you are one of our Canadian friends, check out the Didi Crafts Store for a great selection of crafty supplies and reasonable shipping rates. 


Sunday, May 1, 2022

Hello, Spring! For All Dressed Up Stamps

 Ah, spring!  It's a favorite time of year for many of us!  The ice goes off the lakes, the birds return, and the temperatures supposedly warm up.  We had one of the coolest Aprils on record where I live, even experiencing a little snow a couple days ago, so I'm still waiting for the warmth.

Spring also means an abundance of flowers, and that's our theme this month for the All Dressed Up Stamps Facebook challenge.  We want to see your flower creations, featuring an All Dressed Up Stamps image.  The challenge will run the whole month of May. 


I used the darling Springtime image for this month's flower challenge.  It's so sweet, don't you think? 


I colored Springtime with Copic markers, computer generating the sentiment. 

I used a piece of digital paper from We Are 3 Digital Shop.  The teal, embossed looking paper is from the Touch of Teal Collection

The floral border is a die from Crafter's Companion.  It is one of their edgeable dies. I used some 1/2 backed pearls from my collection to finish off the card.

I hope you can join us this month in the All Dressed Up Stamps Facebook Group for our monthly 'Flowers' challenge.  You'll find another challenge in the All Dressed Up Stamps Challenge Blog

I'd love to see your creations!


Butterfly Sympathy Card -- For Dies R Us Challenges

It's the first of May, and it's time for a new challenge at Dies R Us Challenges. For the month of May, the challenges are "Anything Goes", as long as you use a brand of die sold in the Dies R Us Store

One of my  best friend's mothers died, and I needed to make a sympathy card.  I wanted it to be very special, because they were/are both such special ladies.  Here's what I created:



The butterflies are all from the same die set.  It is called Delicate Butterflies, by Spellbinders. I inked the base of the card and the wings of each butterfly with Tim Holtz Distress oxide ink in Picked Raspberry.   The gold 1/2 pearls are also from Spellbinders, and finish off the card. 

I hope you can join the Anything Goes challenge this next 2 weeks on the Dies R Us Challenge blog. A gift certificate to the Dies R Us Store, and 3 designer choice awards will be given out. 

If you live in Canada, check out Didi's Crafts for wonderful products and reasonable shipping.

 


Friday, April 15, 2022

Shaped Card for Mother's Day -- and for Dies R Us Challenges

 It's the middle of April already!  Since it's the 15th, we're starting a new challenge at Dies R Us Challenges. It will run for 2 weeks. The theme all this month is "Flowers and/or Spring.  

We are partnering with the Double Trouble Challenge Blog again this year and having a joint challenge collaboration.  It's fun and easy and you have a chance to win prizes both here on the DRU Challenge as well as the Double Trouble Challenge #108! The Double Trouble Challenge runs from April 18 - May 1 and their theme is "Frame It" - use a basic metal die in your project.


Here are the options to include if you want to join the Double Trouble challenge. You can enter the Double Trouble "Frame It" challenge #108 here.

Thing 1:  Trouble Maker (Double Trouble Challenge)
says, "How many of us have a Cricut or similar machine that sits idle?  Since the world of metal dies has emerged how often do you pull out your Cricut to cut a basic shape?  It seems most of us have accumulated some dies and now use a die cutter (Cuttlebug, Big Shot, Gemini).  I'm challenging you to select a basic-shaped metal die from your stash and use it on your project, e.g. frame, square, rectangle, triangle for your image and/or sentiment...  you get the idea.  

You can stop here... 
OR  
play along with Twisted Sister's optional twist below to earn another chance in the Double Trouble random draw.  


Thing 3:  Twisted Sister  (Double Trouble Challenge)
says, "It isn't difficult for me to pick out a shaped metal die for a frame and/or sentiment but I have accumulated so many other pretty metal dies.  

"Mother's Day is around the corner... this is a good time to honor your Mom or someone special who has had an impact on your life.  My optional twist is to include flower(s) and/or butterfly(s) on your project. I'm going to use some of my pretty dies, however, if you don't have floral or butterfly dies, just use patterned paper, stenciling, or embossing.   

Optional Twist:  If you have included flowers and/or butterflies on your project you will earn another chance in the Double Trouble Random Draw. 


Thing 2: Double Dare (DRU Challenge)
says, "If you have included at least one metal die on your project you are eligible to enter at Dies R Us #191 HERE. There is a limit of three entries and make sure you post your entry on or before April 28th and you will be eligible for an extra Double Trouble random draw chance. The theme is Flowers/Spring.
      
AND... 
If you have used any brand of dies that Dies R Us sells in their store, you will be eligible for an extra Double Trouble random draw chance as well as a chance to win the DRU $10 gift code prize.  Your die may already qualify. Click HERE to view the dies on their left-hand sidebar. Be sure to mention in your post if you used a die that is sold at DRU's store for a chance the DRU random draw. 


SO basically the options for winning prizes are: 
  Thing 1: Use a basic shaped metal frame die to enter the Double Trouble challenge. 
  Thing 2: Use a metal die that DRU sells and include the theme Spring/Flowers to enter the DRU challenge and the random draw from Double Trouble. 
  Thing 3: Use a metal frame die and add a flower or butterfly to project for another entry to the Double Trouble challenge.




If you used a metal die to join our DRU Challenge and it's a basic frame shape, you have already completed all the requirements for both challenges.  If you've only used a die (but not a basic shape), you are still eligible for our DRU Challenge, but it won't qualify for the Double Trouble Challenge. 

(remember, you MUST use at least one metal die to qualify for the DRU prize... and please tell us the die company you have used in your project.)

Here's the card for the challenge.  It is my mother-in-law's Mother's Day card:


Most of the dies on this card are by Spellbinders.  I used the Butterfly Card Creator for the base of the card.  The 2 smaller butterflies are part of the Delicate Butterflies Collection.  The flowers and leaves are from 2 different Spellbinders collections -- the Butterfly Card Creator and the Painted Blooms set.  For a basic shape to meet the Double Trouble challenge, I used a small square die for the "Mother's Day" phrase.  It is part of a Tonic Studios Tags & Labels set. The "Happy" is a die cut from Tutti Designs Word Die - Happy. Also available in the Dies R Us Store, and used on the butterfly base is Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide Ink

I hope you can join in the challenges these next 2 weeks.  Enter them both for more of a chance to win!

Friday, April 1, 2022

Friendly Florals -- for Dies R Us Challenges

Here we are, galloping through the 2022 calendar year.  I can't believe it's April 1 already.  There's still ice on the lakes here, and the temperatures feel very much like winter, but spring is officially here.  I also know that it's time for a new challenge at Dies R Us Challenges!  The challenge will run for 2 weeks, but the theme for the whole month of April is Flowers &/or Spring.  Follow that theme, use a brand of die sold in the Dies R Us Store, and and link up!  It's that easy.

I am anxiously awaiting the first flower of spring where I live, but the growing season hasn't started yet.  There's still too much snow!  But, when I create a springtime card, I can dream, right?

I've jumped into the slimline trend with today's card. The featured die is from Spellbinders


The die is called Blossoming Slimline from Spellbinders Paper Arts.   It's a 2-part die.  You can either use it as a panel, like I did here, or cut it into your card front.  I wanted several shades of blue on the card, so opted for the panel option.  The "Hello Friend" sentiment clear stamp is also from Spellbinders. It's part of a stamp set called Essential Sentiments.  I embossed it with white embossing powder from Hero Arts.  It's available in the Dies R Us Store

Are you from Canada?  Then check out the Didi Crafts Store.  You'll find a wonderful array of craft products, and reasonable shipping rates. 

I hope you can join us this Dies R Us challenge! Remember, the theme is Flowers &/or Spring.  They'll be a gift certificate given away to one lucky winner and 3 designer choice awards.


Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Hooray! It's Your Birthday! For Dies R Us Challenges

Hip, hip, hooray!  It's time for a birthday!  AND, it's time for a new challenge at Dies R Us Challenges.  This month, the challenge is Anything Goes, as long as you use a brand of die sold in the Dies R Us Store

I have a good friend who celebrated her birthday a couple days ago.  I needed a card for the occasion, and she'd expect something handmade.  Here is what I sent her:

I started out by blending a white panel with Distress Inks.  I blended quite a few colors together to make it colorful and happy.  Then, I placed a Frantic Stamper card panel called, Hip Hip Hooray and cut it out of the Distress Inked panel.  Then, I pulled out some of the colors in the panel, and used papers that matched to die cut some Birthday Icons, also from Frantic Stamper. Then, all I needed was some happy looking background paper (from Crafter's Companion), and my card was ready to send.

The Dies R Us Challenge starts today and runs for 2 weeks.  A gift certificate to the Dies R Us Store will be awarded, plus 3 designer choice awards. I'd love to see your pretty creations!



Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Sweet Birthday Wishes -- for Dies R Us Challenges

 It's March 1, and although I'm not doing much creating these days, the months are still going too fast!  March 1 -- that means a new challenge is starting today on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog. In March, the theme is "Anything Goes" -- just use a brand of die sold in the Dies R Us Store

I have a young friend who is celebrating her 11th birthday in a couple days.  She & I have been pen pals since she was 8, and although we've never met, she is near and dear to me from all the letters and cards we've exchanged over the years.  She loves my homemade cards, so I wanted a special one for her birthday.  Here's what I created for her big day:


I love shaped cards, and hope she does, too!  I made this card using a Crafter's Companion Create-a-Card die set, Sweet Treats.  The stitched heart, with the sentiment on it, is from Lawn Fawn. It is one of the Just Stitching Hearts die set

I hope you can join us this next 2 weeks for our Anything Goes (as long as you use a brand of die sold in the Dies R Us Store) challenge at Dies R Us Challenges. One random winner will receive a gift certificate to the Dies R Us Store.  There are also 3 designer choice awards each challenge. 

For our Canadian friends, check out the Didi Crafts Store for a large selection of dies and crafting supplies, with reasonable shipping rates. 



Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Forever Yours -- for Dies R Us Challenges

 It's the 15th of the month, and I am hoping you had a lovely Valentine's Day.  I had to start the day at the dentist.  Not the most romantic way to get the day going, but it was nice to get my teeth cleaned. 

It's time for a new challenge at Dies R Us Challenges. The theme is Valentines/Love.  Use a die sold in the Dies R Us Store, follow the theme, and you are all set to link up. 

My husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary, and this was the card I made him for the occasion:

I did both some inking and some paper piecing on this Create-a-Card die from Crafter's Companion.  It's called Forever Yours. I inked the trees, fence, flowers, and hearts using Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I paper pieced both outfits. I tied the swing to the tree using some jute twine from May Arts. Although you can't see it in the picture, there is a piece of clear acetate that I used for the card front.  The scene is glued to it to give it stability. 

I hope you join us these next 2 weeks at Dies R Us Challenges for our Valentines/Love challenge.  Valentine's Day may be over, but we can always send some love around. 



Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Shine with Love -- for All Dressed Up Stamps

 It's February 1, and the month of love is upon us!  A new challenge begins today in the All Dressed Up Stamps Facebook Group. The themes Romance, Red, &/or Hearts. Just use an All Dressed Up Stamps image, have your project fit the theme, and you're ready to enter the challenge! 

I've loved All Dressed Stamps for many years now. The digi that I used on today's card is the first ADU image that I ever acquired.  It was back in January, 2015.  My collection has grown since then, lol!

Here's my lovely Abi Ballerina...

I colored Abi Ballerina with Copic markers, using some shades of red that I don't normally use.  The stitched oval and hearts dies are from Queen & Company. 

The background paper is from We Are 3 Digital Shop. It is one of the Sweetheart papers. 

I computer generated the sentiment and added the flowers from my stash. 

I hope you visit the All Dressed Up Stamps Facebook group and join us for this month's Romance, Red, &/or Hearts challenge. 


Scent with Love -- for Dies R Us Challenges

 It's the first of the month, and it's time for a new challenge at Dies R Us Challenges.  This month, the theme is Valentines/Love. Just use a brand of die sold in the Dies R Us Store, use the theme, and you are good to go! 

I picked up some of the recent new release from Lawn Fawn in the Dies R Us Store and thought I'd have a play. This card is for you, and it's scent with love!


I used elements from both the Scent with Love and Scent with Love Add On. I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I colored them with Copic markers, them used the matching Lawn Fawn dies to cut them out.  I cut out the giant XOXO twice.   It is also a new release from Lawn Fawn. I placed all this in front of a nested stitched heart die from Tutti Designs.

The background paper is by AMB Illustrations. I thought it fit the card very well, with it's small hearts and "stitched" appearance. 

I hope you join us this next two week's for our Valentine's/Love challenge.  There will be a gift certificate awarded and 3 designer choice awards.

For our friends in Canada, check our Didi Crafts. They have a great selection of crafting supplies and reasonable shipping rates!


Poppy Love -- for Ching Chou Kuik

 It's Tuesday, and it's my day to post on the Ching-Chou Kuik inspiration and challenge blog. I love my days when I get to color up and share the beautiful Ching-Chou Kuik images

The current challenge is just getting underway with the theme of "All You Need is Love." I hope you join us with your Valentine/love creations.

For my inspiration card today, I used the beautiful image, Red Poppies.  It is a black & white image that I colored with Copic markers. 

After I colored Red Poppies, I fussy cut it.  I found the perfect background paper for our "All You Need is Love" challenge in the We Are 3 Digital Shop. It is from the Touch of Teal Collection.

The giant XOXO die is from Lawn Fawn.  The filigree heart is from Cheery Lynn.  They were both purchased in the Dies R Us Store

Check out the Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration and challenge blog often for great inspiration. For more great ideas, and another challenge, visit the CCK Facebook Group.


Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Happy Chocolate Cake Day! For The Paper Shelter

 It's National Chocolate Cake Day, and that is certainly worth celebrating!  The Paper Shelter is using it as this week's challenge theme.  Bring on those glorious chocolate confections! The Paper Shelter has many images in the store that will work for this challenge, and we'd love to see them in the challenge.  If you win the challenge, and you use a Paper Shelter image, you receive a $30 gift certificate to the Paper Shelter Store. Otherwise, you win any 3 images of your choice.  Great prizes, any way you look at it!


For today's challenge, I used Birthday Cupcake.  It's a chocolate cupcake, of course!


I colored Birthday Cupcake with Copic markers, then fussy cut it.  I created the stepper card using a deform Sizzix. The gingham and dotted papers are from We Are 3 Digital Shop. I used both Gingham Pastel and Dotted Swiss. The twine is by Tonic Studios.  I also used some Nuvo Drops to finish off the card.

I hope you join in on our Chocolate Cake Challenge this week at The Paper Shelter Challenge. I think I might be craving cake all week!



Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Winter Warmth -- For Ching-Chou Kuik

It's Tuesday, and it's my day to post on the Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration & Challenge Blog. If you haven't entered the January challenge yet, there still plenty of time.  The theme is "New".

I used the beautiful Ching-Chou Kuik digital image, Winter Warmth today. 


I colored Winter Warmth with Copic markers.  To fit the "new" theme, I used a new set of dies to create the card from Crafter's Companion. The sentiment is also from Crafter's Companion, but has been used before.

The background paper is from We Are 3 Digital Shop. It's one of the new Salvaged Textures papers

I hope you visit the Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration & Challenge blog frequently to see all the wonderful talent there and to enter the challenge. For another challenge, and even more inspiration, visit the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook Group. 



Saturday, January 15, 2022

Time to Dream -- for Dies R Us Challenges

 It's the 15th of the month, and a new challenge is starting over on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog. It's an Anything Goes theme this month, as long as you use a brand of die sold in the Dies R Us Store, so very easy to join in the fun!

I don't like new year's resolutions, but I do like goals.  January is generally a quieter month, with more days spent entirely inside because of the bitter cold weather (its -5 degrees Fahrenheit, with a windchill of -23 right now). I just converted the temperature, and that's -20.6 degrees Celsius, so cold on any thermometer! Anyway, I find January to be a good month to reevaluate and set new goals, its a time to dream about the year to come....

I started out by inking my background.  I used Distress Inks in shades of Dusty Concord, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, and Villainous Potion. I made the moon by first inking with the lightest shade (Shaded Lilac), then cutting out a circle from acetate with the Jeanine's Art Landscape Circle dies.  I then used darker colors around this circle and removed it. 

The rest of the card was created with a Create-a-Card die from Crafter's Companion. It's called Garden Retreat. I created the sentiment by using the negative space of the cutting die. 

I finished the card by adhering it to a black panel and adding some gems from my stash.

I hope you join our Anything Goes, with a brand of die sold in the Dies R Us Store challenge at Dies R Us Challenges.  It will run for 2 weeks. 

For my Canadian friends, check out the Didi Crafts Store for a wonderful selection of products and reasonable shipping costs. 


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

A Cheerful Snowman -- For The Paper Shelter

The Paper Shelter design teams have had a bit of a break, but we're starting up today with an easy challenge to get us started for 2022.  The theme this week at The Paper Shelter Challenge is "Color It".  If you color up a Paper Shelter image and win the challenge, you get a $30 gift certificate to the Paper Shelter Store.  Otherwise, it's any 3 images of your choice.  Either way, that's a great prize!

It is very much winter in Wisconsin (where I live). Today, we started the day at -12 degrees Fahrenheit.  That is waaaaaayyyyy cold!   Neither myself or my dog spent much time outside until it warmed up to above zero.  Then, we ventured out on a couple walks. I love being outside in all types of weather and enjoy participating in winter sports -- even making snowmen!  This is one of the cutest I've seen in a long time, and is named, appropriately enough, A Cheerful Snowman:

I colored A Cheerful Snowman with a combination of Copic and Spectrum Noir markers.  I made the easel card with a set of dies from Crafter's Companion.  The papers and sentiment die are also from Crafter's Companion.

You have all week to enter our "Color It" challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenges. I'd love to see what you create!


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Tender Cuddle -- For Ching-Chou Kuik

 It's Tuesday, and it's my day to post on the Ching-Chou Kuik Inspiration & Challenge Blog.  I love any chance I can get to color up these wonderful images!

I want to start by reminding you of the January challenge.  The theme is "New" -- new year, new home, new baby, new job, new crafty supplies.  Interpret it however you'd like!

The design team was given the opportunity to use not just the "New" theme, but also to add some sparkle.  I used one of the 4 digis in the Animal Set of 4.  This is Tender Cuddle:

I colored Tender Cuddle with Copic markers. Then, I added some highlights with a clear glitter pen.  I used a set of dies from Crafter's Companion to create the easel card (these were new).  More sparkle was added with some foiled snowflake paper, some glitter card stock, and some sequins (also new). The sentiment is also from Crafter's Companion. 

Thanks for stopping by today!


Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Strength -- for Ching Chou Kuik

 It's Tuesday, and it's my day to post on the Ching Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge Blog. I love a chance to color up these Ching-Chou Kuik images!

Our theme for the January challenge is "New": new house, new job, new baby, new crafty supplies -- however you want to interpret it. 

I wanted to start the year off with a powerful word and image.  That word and image is Strength. It comes in 2 versions.  Both are Black & White.  One has more roots and vines, and that's the one I colored:

I colored Strength with Copic markers, then used a new Z fold die set from The Stamps of Life to create the card base.  The papers are from Crafter's Companion.  The sequins are from my stash, but I used a new Crystal Katana to attach them with.  It improves my blinging skills!

I hope you visit the Ching Chou Kuik blog often to see what the other talented designers create, and there's also the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook Group


I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
D.L. Art -- January Linky Party

Saturday, January 1, 2022

New Year's Resolution -- Whatever the Weather, Enjoy it!

 Happy 2022, my blog friends!  I really don't make new year's resolutions, but it seems like a good idea to try to be more like my dog this year.  No matter what the weather is, he just enjoys it!  Since he and I are outdoors for hours everyday, I might as well adapt his philosophy!  As my boy Winter would say, "Whatever the weather, whatever!"

Today isn't just the start of a new year, it's also the start of a new month, which means it's the start of a new challenge at Dies R Us Challenges.  Challenges will be a little different this year.  Every other month, they will be Anything Goes, and then the next month, there will be a theme.  We're starting out the year with a month of Anything goes to ease us into the changes.

Snowmen have the right idea about winter -- just enjoy the snow while it lasts.  So, to go along with my new philosophy, I created a snowman card for today's challenge....

I started by inking my background with Distress Oxide inks in Victorian Velvet, Villainous Potion, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Spun Sugar, and Kitsch Flamingo. Then, I constructed the snowman.  It is a die set by Karen Burniston. Then, I created the snowbanks, using Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside border dies. The inked background and pink layer were cut out with Memory Box Wrapped Stitched Rectangles.  The "Let it Snow" sentiment is by Crafter's Companion

The pretty snowflake paper on the base of the card is by We Are 3 Digital Shop.  It is one of the Winter papers

I added some snowflakes on my inked background with a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen. I used a Viva Decor Anthracite Pearl Pen on the eyes and mouth. I piece of ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon tied like a scarf finishes off the the card.

I hope you join in on our Anything Goes challenge at Dies R Us Challenges. It will run for 2 weeks.  I'd love to see what you create!