Monday, January 15, 2018

Helium Bear Balloon

I am finally getting back in to the creative mood,
good thing too since I have many DT obligations to fulfil!

Speaking of, it's time for a new challenge at 
Dies R Us and the theme is Kids Kards
 I made my own little bear 'helium' balloon using the cutest
new die from Dovecraft called , well, simply BEAR

I cut him from white card stock, then stuck him down
on a piece of sticker paper, then colored in his cheeks,
and his other 'parts' with Copics, then inlaid them.  !
I left the pieces off the hat band and pompom and added glitter (Gypsy Red)
to the exposed sticker paper.
Once I had all that done
I fussy cut him out and then coated him with Nuvo Crystal  Glaze.
It made him real shiny, just like a real balloon

The Balloon Bouquet is a Tutti Designs.
I die cut these from white card stock and colored them with Copics as well.

The Happy and Birthday are both words from Tutti Designs.

I added an embossed confetti background and a big twine bow!

Make sure and visit the Dies R Us challenge blog
to see all the beautiful and creative cards from my teammates!!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sparkle N Sprinkle January 2018 Blog Hop Reveal

Come along and hop along with us at Sparkle N Sprinkle....
all the details about the hop and my card can be found by
scrolling's a hop you won't want to miss!

Welcome to the January 2018 
Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal Blog Hop! 

We are pleased to reveal the following new stamp sets this month.

The sets are:

Cherished Moments - Bride 875
Digital Version: DIGI875B

Roses In My Heart 879
Digital Version: DIGI879FS

Ornate Greetings 880
Digital Version: DIGI880DE

Cara and Mouse Friend 881
Digital Version: DIGI881SG

Hello Foxy 882
Digital Version: Digi882B

You are definitely going to want both the digi version as well as the rubber version because when you purchase the digital versions, there are lots of extras that aren't available otherwise.  These extras can include additional images, additional sentiments, digi papers (in some cases), and a cut file.

The new sets are 20% off until the 20th of the month.  Head on over to the SNS store once you've finished the Blog Hop and start shopping.

SNS is always adding new products and new product lines to the store.  So stop by often to see what's new! 

One GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced on the 17th of the month.  One of the Designers is our Mystery Host and the winner will be selected from comments left on her blog.  You must leave acomment on each of the Designers' blogs in order to be selected as the winner, as you never know who the Mystery Host will be.  This is checked for compliance.

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and on the SNS Blog and will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to the shoppe!

The Blog Hop order is:
(Tip: if you have difficulty with a particular link, try clicking on the Designer's blog title to be directed to their Home page.)


We hope you enjoy the New Reveal Blog Hop as much as we enjoy creating new projects for it.  Be sure to visit the SNS Blog for even more inspiration.  Something new is posted most every day.

Did you know that SNS has a You-Tube Channel?  If not, then you are in for a real treat.  Subscribe today to get all the latest tips and techniques!

The Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge group is on Facebook.  

This is a closed group (just trying to keep out spammers), but we want anyone who to participate to join.  Click on the link and join in on the fun today! 

The Creative Challenges run from the 1st - 25th of each month.  A SNS image (either rubber or digi) is required.  If you don't have any yet, there are freebies located on the Home page of the SNS website.  Just scroll down the page a bit to see them.

The Creative Challenge Winner and Top Three will be posted on the last day of each month.  The winner will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to go shopping at theSNS store.

Please review all the Challenge Rules before submitting your photo 😀.  We can't wait to see what all you create using SNS images.

Now onto my card.
I used the Digital Version of Roses In My Heart
and printed the image 5 times.  
I adjusted the size to fit my largest die in Microsoft Word.
(I don't have  a fancy program to print digitals, but this works fine).

The dies I used for this card are the Tonic Ribbons & Bows Layering set.
I started by placing first the largest die on (I have them shown cut side up so you can see the cut lines of where they cut.  To cut you will of course want the cut side down.
You will want to make sure that the largest die is placed so you don't cut off any of
your image.  Then place the next die, the next and so on until you have the last die on (the smallest)
adjusting the other 4 as needed.

Once you have the dies where you want them,
turn the smallest over and carefully remove the other four.Tape the die down
with removable tape  and die cut.
Take the cut piece and line up to match on the next printed image and place the next size die.
Remove the smallest image.
Keep doing this in order until all pieces are cut.

Line up each image one on top of the other using foam tape to pop them up.
I started with the largest and built up to the smallest.

I stamped the sentiment using the stamp Rose In my Heart.
I added the next largest of the dies from the same 
Tonic Ribbon and Bow Layering die set, but this time using the more detailed
die in the set along with a solid back piece (also from the same die set).
I then added Sticker Paper to the solid piece and added the intricate piece on top.
This allowed me to sprinkle it with Hyacinth pretty.
I simply (and carefully) cut around the outer edge of the back piece.
This was then placed and adhered to the other die cut layered pieces.

I used a Sakura Quicky Glue pen on various places on the Roses and added more
Hyacinth glitter, I did the same on the leaves but this time added Gecko glitter.

A small heart punch was used to punch a heart, coated with Nuvo Glue Pen Medium Tip, sprinkled with Hyacinth glitter and glued to a ribbon bow.

I hope you have enjoyed my card and give this technique a try!
Next on the hop is the our lovely and very talented  SHONA!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Twofer Challenge

I have a couple of fun cards I made specifically for a new challenge today.
The challenge is Twofer Card Challenge.....
you can read all the rules by visiting there,
but basically it is you use the same die or stamp in two very different ways.
The theme is feathers.

I knew I had a feather stamp an  hunted it down and then never used it.
While I was in the LONG process of re-organizing my dies
I found a Cheery Lynn Designs Feather with ink well die

That set my mind going and I came up with these two 'twofers'

The first one I die cut from a scrap of a paper that I had used
Ken Oliver powders pretty IRL.

My second card was made with the same die and to change it up
I made it a Thanksgiving Turkey card!
I used the same feather die (of course) and cut them all
from scraps, then made myself a little turkey!!

With so many challenges closing (things are a 'changin' in blogland thas is for sure),
it is nice to see a new challenge 
and also one that really is what I call a challenge.

So pop on over to the Twofer Card Challenge #1 and see all the great DT creations!!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Bee Happy

It's been kind of fun switching gears from making Christmas cards
to now a sort of  'anything goes'  cards.

Today I have a card using the first ever stamp and die set 
from Tutti Designs.

I started my card with a honeycomb background paper
from a new  12 x 12 paper pad I purchased called
Tell The Bees by Hackney & Company.
I don't buy a lot of the 12 x 12 paper pads as I am usually imtimidated
by the large prints, but this one I purchased for a few reason,
being it was not only beautiful but it was half off at

Good enough reasons for me (plus I had no paper...hahaha!)
But all kidding aside, it is a beautiful pad of paper and superb quality!
You will see it here again.

I made a frame from Tutti Designs Nesting Cross Stitch Squares.
Have you seen these dies?  The price is amazing for what you get...
check it out!

Then simply stamped, colored, and die cut my images.
I found the best way to match the dies to the stamps to cut
was to first die cut, then used the negative part of the die
to line up over the image, tape down with removable tape,
then fit the little die in (kind of like a puzzle piece), then also tape that
down, then run thru my Big Shot.
Save the negatives for later use.

What you can't see, is I used a Gelly Roll Stardust pen
on all the images, giving a bit of sparkle.
Just a fun little card!

On another note, does anyone know what is going on with blogger?
I can't comment as it takes too long and then times out
AND it tells me all the challenges I visit is NOT secure, even
my own at times???  Is anyone else having these troubles?

Entering the following challenges:
Southern Girls .... Stitching (cross stitch)
Shopping Our Stash  .... In With The New (stamp set new)
Sunny Day Crafting .... 'B' is for Bumble Bee
Simon Says Wednesday .... Patterned Paper

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


I am the hostess today at 
The Sisterhood of Crafters
for our first challenge of 2018!
I chose the theme of 'Frame It'
meaning you have to have some sort of frame 
on your creation somewhere...easy peasy.

I decided to make a somewhat CAS card
with a stamp set I just love from Sparkle N Sprinkle
called Spring Sprigs which isn't in store anymore.

I stamped the leaves with Memento Dew Drops Bamboo Leaves ink
and the flowers with Nuvo Hybrid Ink Metro Grey.

I layered a Tutti Designs cross Stitch Nesting Squares die to make my frame.

The sentiment is from Stampendous.
I also added a little hemp bow.

Why not pop on over to
The Sisterhood and see what the 
sistahs' have created to inspire you...join in with us!!

Entering the following challenges:
Addicted To Stamps and More .... CAS
Fab 'n Funky .... Let's Be Happy
Watercooler Wednesdays .... Occasions (birthday) 
Word Art Wednesdays .... ATG

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Happy Tuesday morning!
It's snowing/sleeting here right now and
A good day to just stay in my creative room is windy!
For those of you that ask how Mack is doing,
well, I think we almost have him potty trained,
he barks now when he wants to go out.
He is the cutest little 'monster' anyone could own!

I have a simple and CS card today using a die from 
Tutti Designs Electric Guitar.

This is a pretty simple card with ragged edges and I used a
gold embossing paste and a star stencil behind the foil guitar...that's it!

Entering the following challenges:
Addicted To CAS .... Music

Sunday, January 7, 2018

2018 PLanners

It's 'planner' time at The Cutting Cafe.
The design team has gotten together with a post up TODAY
and it's all about planners.

I went with a password planner of sorts
and called it 
Caught Up In The Web.

I don't know about you but in 2018 I like to start the year off
with new passwords for the sites I use the most.

This was an easy easy password planner to make
using the My Password Keeper from the add on file 
You can find all the planners HERE
and the add ons HERE.
Take a peek at them as there are a ton of then to choose from.

I started with a fun 'web' paper and few little spiders.
I added ribbon scraps to the binding.

I wanted some happy and bright colors
and had a lightweight card stock that would run through my printer
and printer many, many copies of these in various colors.

Here are a few more of the colored pages.

Here is a nice close up of the details...awesome!!

I will get a ton of use out of this!!

Thanks for visiting with me today...and pop on over to The Cutting Cafe blog
and see all the variations the DT came up with!!