Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Spirit of Christmas

Hello crafting friends and welcome to challenge #7 at Lavinia World,
where the theme is always Anything Goes!


I have a Christmas ornament to share with you today.


I purchased the heart shaped mat ceramic ornament at Hobby Lobby.
I stamped Mary in the center using StazOn Jet Black ink.
Then, taking the Mini Holly stamp, I randomly stamped around the edge of the ornament, this time using Versafine Clair Shady Lane ink.
All that was left was to add a few red gems for the berries.


On the back of the ornament, I stamped the  Spirit of Christmas sentiment using StazOn Jet Black ink.  For the holly border around the edge of the ornament, I did the same as the front.  I didn't add gems thinking that it would probably always face the tree, but I'm having second thoughts about it and may just go back and fill in all the berries with the same small red gems.  
To finish it off,  I used a small piece of gold threaded tartan ribbon to hang the ornament.  

I think these will be perfect as small gifts, or add-ons to all those extra special gifts we need at Christmas time, for teachers, colleagues, mail carriers, etc.  I'm sure that family and friends would appreciate them too.

Here is a quick recap of all the products I used,
 each linked to the Lavinia World store, for your convenience.


I must admit that I really like the way this ornament came out and since it's a mat ceramic, it wasn't difficult to stamp on it. 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. 
We prefer that your submissions use Lavinia stamps, but it's not a requirement.  However, if you do use Lavinia stamps in your project, your chances of winning are doubled.


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. 

 In need of inspiration?  No problem!  Just 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!

Till next time,
crafty hugs, 


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Cocktail Chilly

Hello crafting friends and welcome back to another fun challenge starting today at Crafty Gals Corner! 


Challenge # 198 ~ Emboss It!
(You can use any form of embossing on your project)

Our wonderful sponsors for this challenge are ...

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Prize ~ 3 Digital Images




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Prize ~ 3 Digital Images

To make my W-Fold card, I was inspired by my very creative friend, Patti.  If you're looking for inspiration, stop by Patti's blog.  She's got tons for you!
For the front of the card, I used a super cute, pre-coloured Cocktail Chilly image from Polkadoodles.  I love pre-coloured images, especially when you're in a bit of a hurry, you can whip up a card in no time.




In keeping with our challenge theme, I used an embossing folder from Embossibilities called Let It Snow.  I embossed the front panel as a background for my image, and the two inside panels to tie it in altogether.
The snowflakes were put together by cutting snowflakes in various sizes using various MS punches.

That was it. This card looks so pretty and didn't take too much time to put together at all.  Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you liked my card and feel inspired to get crafty and come play along with us.

In case you don't know, Crafty Gals Corner is now a monthly challenge blog.  We post on the second Wednesday of every month.  This means that you have until 12:00 pm CST on 10 September  2019, to link your card to our challenge.

Till next time,










Sunday, August 11, 2019

Welcome back crafting friends. I'm on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog today sharing a Thinking of You card.  I had the pleasure of attending one of Karen Burniston's classes last week, and the Family Room Pop-up was one of the cards we made. I'm a great fan of her dies and this new release is just amazing.  So many fun and interactive cards just perfect for every occasion!  To look through all of her dies at the Dies R Us store, please visit HERE.




This is such a generic pop-up die that the possibilities are endless.  I can see Santa sitting on that couch with a Christmas tree on the other side, or how about a Halloween themed card with a little ghost popping out from behind the couch or from under the rug?  And how easy would it be to add a few presents here and there, put a party hat on the cute little dog and voila, you'd have an easy and fun birthday card.  Did I mention, that the possibilities are endless? 😀
Since no matter how hard I tried, I could never explain how to put this card together as well as Karen, I will link to her instruction video HERE.

As always, here is a  quick guide to the crafty supplies used,
 each linked to the Dies R Us store for your convenience.















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Before I end this post, I'd like to remind you that Dies R Us are having a DT call!   If you enjoy being a part of an awesome team and enjoy crafting using your dies, then this might just be the DT for you, so apply and come join us. You'll find all the information you need HERE

That is it from me for today, crafting friends.   I hope you enjoyed your visit and that I was able to inspire 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.


I hope you're all enjoying your summer.
  It won't be long before FAll is here :-)
  Till next time,

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Christmas Ornament Card

Happy Monday crafting friends.  I hope it's the start of a great week!

I would like to start this post by mentioning that Dies R Us are having a DT Call.  Do you work well with others and enjoy making projects using dies?  If so, this DT might just be for you.  We have an awesome team at Dies R Us, so apply and come join us!  You'll find all the details HERE.

It's my turn today, to share a project with you.  Can you believe that it's only 4 months till Christmas?  With that in mind, I'm sharing a Christmas Ornament card with you. 



It was very easy to put together.  Just cut all your bits and pieces out of the coloured card stock of your choice and then it's just a matter of putting them all together on the card.  Easy, peasy, right?



The Christmas Ornament die from Marianne Designs comes with the base ornament die and another couple of extra pieces.  These allow you to cut the tress, the stars and the ornament hanging bit out of different colours.



Because I wanted to put my own bow on the ornament, I snipped off the bow that comes as part of the die cut.



Here is a closer look at the bauble with my image which is from a Marianne Designs cutting sheet, but of course you can use any image you want.  You can even use your favourite rubber or clear stamp or even a digital one.  The possibilities with this versatile die are endless.  You can also see that I cut the trees out of green stock and the stars and ornament hanger out of gold card stock.


For my little Christmas twig arrangement, I used Petra's Twigs and Petra's Larix, both also by Marianne Designs. The poinsettia flower was from a gift packet that I received from a bloggie friend. But there are numerous beautiful dies at the DRU store that you can choose from.  I've listed a few later on in this post.



This is a close up of the Label Ornament die cut, from Precious Marieke, that I used on the inside of the card to stamp my greeting.  It's such a beautiful die. If you look closely you can see that it comes with an embossing and stencil feature.  After embossing, you can sponge a bit of ink to create accents on your label.

That was it. Like I said it all came together very easily.  You can cut almost all of your bits and pieces at the same time.  I have a Gemini die cutting machine and managed to put all my dies, with the card stock,  down on the cutting plate at the same time.  Then I removed the dies that did not need to be embossed, placed my embossing mat over the remaining dies and sent it through the machine again.  So  it was all cut and embossed in two passes.

Here is a quick guide to the dies I used, each linked to the Dies R Us store for your convenience.


     



And here are a few links to beautiful poinsettia dies that you can find at the store:





Before I leave you, 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 :-)

That is it from me for today, crafting friends.   I hope you enjoyed your visit and that I was able to inspire 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, August 1, 2019

"Under the Sea"

Hello crafting friends and welcome to challenge #6 at Lavinia World,
where the theme is always Anything Goes!


It's August and I'm in full Summer mode :-) With that in mind I made an ocean themed card using the lovely Guinevere mermaid.


I started by making my sea shell shaped card using the Sea Shell die from Marianne Designs.
I used Memento inks to shade in the embossed areas - Desert Sand and Angel Pink.  Then I added a few burlap flowers and pearls from Petaloo.


When  you open the card you see a pretty "under the sea" scene :-)
Here are a few close ups of the inside of the card.


First I stamped Guinevere and made a mask for the entire stamp.  Then, using Broken China and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks, I created the background using blending brushes.  For the sand at the bottom of the ocean, I used Memento Desert Sand ink.  Next I filled in my scene by stamping the little seahorse, seaweed and fairy barnacle. To finish it off, I added Stickles to her dress/tail and a few bubbles.
I coloured the rock with copic markers being very careful not to go over the black lines.  Pigment inks do not do well with copic markers, but I only remembered that after it was all done.  Colouring the rock was the last thing I did.  I'll have to try to remember this next time :-)


I continued the scene by stamping the jelly fish, shoal of fish and more seaweed, barnacles and bubbles, using Versafine Clair inks - Shady Lane, Acorn, Nocturne, and Monarch.
I also added Glassy accents to the bubbles to give it some dimension without making it more bulky.


Since I didn't want to ruin the scene with my written message :-), I created this mat for the back of the card and stamped the Fairy Birthday message in the center giving me plenty of space for my message
If you're wondering why my stamped image looks different than the original stamp ... well, the stamp was longer than my mat, so I cut it in half.
Oh boy, I can hear your shocked gasp from here :-)  These stamps are made of very good quality material.  You can cut them in half and use them as you wish, and then use them again as it was originally intended by placing the two pieces side by side.  You won't ruin your stamp as long as you don't cut any piece of the actual words or stars.

Here is a quick recap of all the products I used,
 each linked to the Lavinia World store, for your convenience.


Well, crafting friends, that is it from me for today. 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. 
We prefer that your submissions use Lavinia stamps, but it's not a requirement.  However, if you do use Lavinia stamps in your project, your chances of winning are doubled.


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. 

 In need of inspiration?  No problem!  Just 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!

Till next time,
crafty hugs,