Sunday, January 19, 2020

Llama tell you ...

Hello Dies R Us friends and welcome back!!
Today, I'm sharing a Llama Valentine card on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.
Did you catch the wonderful sales that Dies R Us recently had on international dies? If you know me, then you know that I bought more than my fair share :-)


So here is my cute little llama.  I used Eline's Alpaca die set from Marianne Design, to create my cute llama.  And yes, this is actually an Alpaca and yes, there is a difference between an Alpaca and a Llama. In case you're interested, the main differences are Llamas have more of an elongated face, longer ears and they are quite a bit larger.  But for my Valentine card, I decided that this would be a llama, otherwise, I would not be able to use the sentiment I wanted. 😀


I used Anja's Vertical Fold Oval to create the base of the card.


Even though there are several layers on this 5.5" x 5.5" card, and the llama is foam dotted onto the oval, it is still a pretty flat card and easy to put in the mail without having to use extra postage.

Let me show you how quickly this card came together.


First I die cut all pieces in the alpaca die set, out of white card stock.


Next I used copic markers to colour in all the bits and pieces.


Once the llama was put together, I worked on the card.  I used an 11" x 5.5" piece of white card stock and scored it at 5.5".  Next I divided the front of the card in half.  In my case, since my card is 5.5" x 5.5", my halfway mark was at 2.75".  Please remember that this needs to be done on the inside of the card on the front panel.  I marked the top and bottom and drew a faint line in pencil to help me align the oval fold die.  To ensure that it was really straight and centre, I used the grid on the mat to help me position the die.  I then secured it with two pieces of washi tape and sent it through the die cutting machine.


In order to make the llama stand out more, I used Memento's Rose Bud ink to shade the edge of the oval mat, which is included in the Vertical Fold Oval die.
All that was left to do was to use some pretty papers, use foam squares to adhere the llama to the oval mat, and voila first Valentine card of 2020 is done :-)  I almost forgot to tell you that when I was taking the pics, I didn't like all the empty space around the llama, so I added a few little hearts that I die cut using the Confetti Heart Plate by Poppystamps.



Before I write the list of the supplies I used, I wanted to share some exciting news with you.  Dies R Us now has a sister store called Didi Crafts, which has warehouses located in the USA and Canada.  Didi Crafts carries some of the same products as Dies R Us, but most are different and you will be able to purchase a huge variety of crafty supplies for a variety of crafts.  Having this sister store means that our Canadian crafting friends won't have to worry about huge taxes or shipping fees.  Isn't that great?!  Go take a peek and be pleasantly surprised!

Now for the list of supplies I used,
 each linked to the Dies R Us store, for your convenience.











I'm sure you know by now, but for all the newbies to Dies R Us, I would like to mention that  every so often, Dies R Us runs a big sale on international dies. It's during these special sales that you will find dies from companies such as Marianne Designs, Lea'bilities, and Joy Crafts among others. The best way to know about these fabulous sales is to subscribe to the Dies R Us Newsletter.  However, if you want to replicate this card, and you don't want to wait for the next "Special Orders Sale",  take a look at the Dies Section of the store.  You'll be able to find many substitutes that will work just as well :-)

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope that I was able to inspired you to use your dies, create a project, and come play along with us at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the 1st and 15th of every month.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Pinterest too.


Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope that I inspired you to use your dies, create a project, and come play along with us at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the 1st and 15th of every month.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Pinterest too.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Lavinia World Challenge #18 - A Little Frozen

Hello crafting friends and welcome to challenge #18 at Lavinia World,
where the theme is always Anything Goes!


For my project today, I went with a "Frozen" theme :-)





I wanted small flakes on my background and since I didn't have any paper with small snowflakes, I made it using the Lavinia Snowflakes stamp. Before I stamped all the snowflakes, I cut all the pieces of the card stock so that I could get a proper placement as to where I would stamp the greeting. Then I stamped the snowflakes repeatedly, using Versamark ink and rotating the card stock as I went along. Once I had it all stamped, I used fine white embossing powder and hit it with my heat tool.
Next, it was time to stamp Zemira. Using the MISTI stamping tool, I stamped her several times using Memento's Paris Dusk ink.
Lastly, I used several dies and punches to cut out the white and silver snowflakes.

As up can see, this card was very easy and fun to put together and didn't use many supplies.
Here is a list of the supplies I used, each linked to the Lavinia World Store, for your convenience.




Zig 2-Way Glue Pen

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed your visit and will make a project to come play along with us.  Although our theme is always Anything Goes, you do have to use physical stamps, either rubber or clear. 

 NO DIGI stamps allowed. 


The winner of the challenge will be able to proudly display our Lavinia World winner's badge on their blog, and receive a $15 gift certificate to the Lavinia World store.  Lavinia World offers the complete range of Lavinia stamps and papers.  Although Lavinia Stamps is from the UK, Lavinia World is a US based store that ships worldwide.

Also, please note that we are not part of any other entity or Facebook group that carries Lavinia stamps.  ONLY the cards posted to Lavinia World Challenges will be entered into the drawing for the Lavinia World prize. Also note that the gift certificates are ONLY valid at Lavinia World. 

 For more inspiration, visit our Challenge Blog and see all the wonderful and creative projects my team mates made for you.
We'd love for you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram too!

We now have a public Facebook Group called Anything Lavinia, where you can share your projects, interact with the Design Team, get inspired to create your own projects,  and ask any questions you may have about the wonderful Lavinia Stamps.  There are also challenges and prizes to be won!  You have until Monday,January 27, 2020 to enter your project in either the Facebook Album or on our blog.  One winner will be picked by our Designers.

Till next time,
crafty hugs, 




Wednesday, January 8, 2020

So Much Fun with Penguin Friends

Happy New Year crafting friends and welcome to our January challenge at Crafty Gals Corner.

Let's begin this post with some fun by announcing the winner of my blog prize for the Crafty Gals Corner 6th Blogiversary Blog Hop.

And the winner (picked by Brian.son 😀) is number 3,

Please email me your choice of digi store so that I can get the gift certificate to you.


to everyone who played along and for the sweet comments you left.
I enjoyed reading each and every single one!


To all my newest followers. Thank you for taking time to join me in my creative journey.
I'll be visiting you all soon!!

Now, onto this month's challenge.


The theme for our challenge #203 is ~ Winter Fun!

Our wonderful sponsor for this challenge and to help us kick off the New Year with Winter Fun is:


Prize: 3 Digital Stamps


For my project, I used the very sweet Penguins Friends image file.  Take a look and see all the wonderful images you get. 


 I used the background paper and the pre-coloured image to make this winter mug shaped card.


I cut the sweet girl and the penguin three times and used foam squares between each layer to add a little dimension. You can't tell from the photos, but I went over each snowflake with Wink of Stella pen to add sparkle to them.  I then added a little rhinestone to the center of each.


On the inside, I used the background paper again and stamped the greeting using Versafine Onyx Black ink.  The stamp is from a set by CardzTV called Mini Messages.
I cut another little penguin and his little heart and placed near the bottom to add a little interest. Although I did use the Wink of Stella clear pen on the snow flakes, I did not add gems to the inside to prevent bulk when mailing.
The snow mug is from the Silhouette store, design number 165304 by Sweet Afton.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope I was able to inspire you to make a Winter Fun project so that you can join us at Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #203.  You have till 11 February 2020 to link  your project.

Till next time,
 

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Lavinia World Challenge #17 - Wintry Landscape Candle

Happy New Year, crafting friends, and welcome to challenge #17 at Lavinia World,
where the theme is always Anything Goes!


I've been wanting to try to decorate a candle using stamps, and thought it now to be the perfect time.
So I purchased a full wax candle at Walmart, got out a couple of Lavinia stamps, a few inks and went to work, and this was the result  For my first try, I'm quite happy with the result.😀





So I purchased a full wax candle at Walmart, got out a couple of Lavinia stamps, a few inks and went to work.  I cut a piece of white tissue paper that was almost as tall as the candle and wide enough to go around the entire candle. Then I stamped the landscape and wrapped it around the candle before using my heat tool.  When you gently heat the candle, the wax melts just enough to absorb the tissue paper and this is the result.  For my first try, I'm quite happy with the result.😀
I have included photos showing all four sides so you get an idea of how I staggered the different sized trees.  I also used the "stamp off" stamping method to create a little dimension on the background.  It was fun to make and not too hard.  I'm definitely going to give it another try in the near future.

As always, I have a list of the supplies I used, each linked to the 
Lavinia World store for your convenience.


Reindeer - Small
Fir Tree

Fir Tree 1


Fairy Fir Tree

VersaFine Clair Ink - Shady Lane

VersaFine Clair Ink - Acorn

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed your visit and will make a project to come play along with us.  Although our theme is always Anything Goes, you do have to use physical stamps, either rubber or clear. 

 NO DIGI stamps allowed. 


The winner of the challenge will be able to proudly display our Lavinia World winner's badge on their blog, and receive a $15 gift certificate to the Lavinia World store.  Lavinia World offers the complete range of Lavinia stamps and papers.  Although Lavinia Stamps is from the UK, Lavinia World is a US based store that ships worldwide.

Also, please note that we are not part of any other entity or Facebook group that carries Lavinia stamps.  ONLY the cards posted to Lavinia World Challenges will be entered into the drawing for the Lavinia World prize. Also note that the gift certificates are ONLY valid at Lavinia World. 

 For more inspiration, visit our Challenge Blog and see all the wonderful and creative projects my team mates made for you.
We'd love for you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram too!

We now have a public Facebook Group called Anything Lavinia, where you can share your projects, interact with the Design Team, get inspired to create your own projects,  and ask any questions you may have about the wonderful Lavinia Stamps.  There are also challenges and prizes to be won!  You have until Monday, January 13, 2020 to enter your project in either the Facebook Album or on our blog.  One winner will be picked by our Designers.

Till next time,
crafty hugs,