Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Laid Back Witch

 Hello crafting friends. Welcome back. I love this time of the year. The diversity of projects available for inspiration is amazing. I could spend all day just hopping from blog to blog to oooh and aaah about the all Spooktacular and Bootiful projects out there :-)

 We have a new challenge starting today at Crafty Gals Corner hosted by the Crafty Gals :-)


Challenge # 176 ~ Fancy Fold

Our very generous sponsor this fortnight is


Prize: $15 Gift Certificate


Using the Laid Back Witch digi set, I created a twisted easel fold card.


Isn't she an absolute cutie?  I added some sparkle to her necklace, bracelets and the bows on her shoes, but it doesn't really show up on the pic.


For the front of my card, I used the background paper that came with the set. I thought it was too pretty to add any embellishments to it. So the only thing I did was to cut another witch and pop dotted it on top for a little extra dimension, and added a little spider with my sentiment. I stamped it with versamark ink and heat embossed it with black embossing powder from Stampendous. The sentiment is from the Cardz TV stamp set called October 31st.


On the inside I added a little broom and a black cat. I printed the sentiment onto the background at an angle by importing the image into my silhouette program. The broom and the black cat are both dies from Cottage Cutz. I thought I would give the cat a blue hat and bow tie to match the little witch :-)  The red eyes were supposed to make him look a little scary but in all honesty he really is too cute to spook :-)

Thank you for sharing a little piece of your day with me.  I hope that I have inspired you to make a project to link to our challenge #176, Fancy Fold.  Remember there are fabulous prizes to be won.  You have until noon, CST, on Tuesday, 9 October 2018, to link your project to the  Crafty Gals Corner blog. And while you there, take a few minutes to look at what my teamies made for your inspiration.

Till next time,
Happy Crafting!


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Masculine Birthday Card

Hello crafting friends and welcome back. It's my turn today to share a project on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.   For my project, I made a masculine birthday card for my brother. 


I decided to fancy it up a bit by making it a Spring Fold card, and looking at it now, I think that it can very well be a feminine card too :-) I have a link to a youtube video tutorial on how to make a Spring Fold card, so please click HERE to view it.


I wanted to show you how it folds flat for mailing. It's also not very bulky so it won't add extra postage. This is always an important fact to consider when mailing something overseas.


As you can see, there is plenty of space on the back to add your personal message.

Now for a quick pictorial:


Using the Tiny's Vines and Tiny's Wine Bottle dies, from Marianne Designs, I cut them out and used various inks to create some shading.  I cut out several bunches of grapes because at this point I hadn't decided yet on how to place them on the card. Next I cut out the Arche, also from Marianne Designs, and shaded it too. I visited my friend Google and printed an image of vineyards in Bordeaux in France. It was the perfect scene to place behind my arch.
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I cut the glasses out of white card stock and out of vellum. This die is from the Wine Bottle & Glass set from Lea'bilities. Using copic markers, I coloured the red wine on the white card stock and then used Glassy Accents to adhere the vellum layer on top.


I cut out the vines twice. I used the first cut as is and snipped the other to get just the right amount of leaves to fill in between. I used a pencil to roll them one way and then the other for a little dimension.

After all the bits and pieces were complete, it was just a matter of  grabbing some glue and placing all the elements together to create the scene I was looking for. 

Here's a quick recap of all the materials I used to put this card together:


Tiny's Wine Bottle

Arche

 Tiny's Vines

Wine Bottle & Glass 

Zig 2-Way Glue Pen - Squeeze & Roll


I'm so happy you stopped by today.  I hope I was able to inspire you to use your dies, create a project, and come play along 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 first and fifteenth of every month.  Be sure to Follow Us on Facebook too. 


Till next time,
Crafty hugs,

Sunday, September 30, 2018

With Christmas comes Joy and Santa :-)

It's the 1st of October!  So exciting! Only 85 days till Christmas! :-)
It's time for another challenge at Christmas Crafts All Year 'Round hosted by the Gingerbread Gals

October Challenge ~ Santa, Elf or Fairy
Prize ~  please visit the CCAYR blog.

I decided to go with Santa for this challenge and made a double lever card using a Silhouette cut file.



Crafty Ingredients:
Card Base - Silhouette design ##51580 resized to A7 card
Santa - Silhouette design #45421
Chimney - Cottage Cutz
Tree dies - Marianne Designs & Impression Obsession 
Church & village scene die - Impression Obsession 
Snowflake ornamental corner die - Precious Marieke
Snowflakes - Various size punches - Martha Stewart
Snowflakes embossing folder - Let It Snow - Embossibilities
Red, green & white card stock - GinaK. Designs
Gold and black cardstock - scraps drawer.
Oval mat for sentiment - SU! oval punches
Sentiment stamp - Very Merry - Cardz TV

Whew, that's quite a lot of supplies for this one card! But well worth it as it was a lot of fun putting it all together.

Now it's your turn to join in the fun.
You have till the end of the month to link your project to our challenge.
Looking forward to seeing your festive creations.

I'm playing along with the following:


Till next time,
Hugs




Welcome to Boo-ville!

Good morning all!  I'm so excited to be kicking off the month of October with a Halloween card, as a member of the Dies R Us design team.  Yup, y'all I'm back and couldn't be happier!   .
So without further ado, here is my U-card entitled  Welcome to Boo-ville!



  I cut an extra strip of orange card stock to place in the centre so I could attach the middle layer - like a box card :-)



This card measures 8" x 6". It folds down for mailing and fits perfectly in an A9 envelope.

And now to share a quick pictorial of  how I put this card together and the materials I used.


As I mentioned above, this type of card fold is called a U-card. It looks pretty amazing and it's so quick to put together. I've placed a pic of the template above.



Next, I used the Halloween Hill Town die set and the Halloween Landscape Layers die set from Impression Obsession, and since I wasn't too sure how it was all going to fit, I cut out multiples of  the various layers.

Now it was just a matter of putting it all together.
I cut a few extra bats to place in the background. The witch and moon is a Jolee sticker.  However, if you have small dies of a witch and a moon, you can put it together very easily. It took making this card to realize that the witches I have are all too big :-) 


I wasn't too sure where to put my greeting, but then I realized that the back was just the perfect place for it.
The sentiment is computer generated. I sponged the edges with Memento London Fog ink and added a couple of spiderwebs for good measure. :-)

Here is a quick recap of the materials I used to make this card:




Zig 2-Way Glue Pen - Squeeze and Roll



I'm so happy you stopped by today.  I hope I was able to inspire you to use your dies, create a project, and come play along 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 first and fifteenth of every month.  Be sure to Follow Us on Facebook too. 


Till next time,
Crafty hugs,


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Fall is here!

That's right crafting friends, our temps have dropped to the mid to upper 80's (30 - 32 deg C) :-)  That's Fall weather here in my neck of the woods :-) And as you know, I love it!
With the beginning of Fall, comes our newest challenge at Crafty Gals Corner which is Anything Fall Goes!

Our wonderful and very generous sponsors for this challenge are:

Prize ~ 3 Digital Images


Prize ~ 1 Image Pack


Prize ~ 1 digital image

I actually have two DT projects to share with you today.


For my first card, I used the Fall Animals set and the Fall Papers set from Pretty Grafik Designs and made this sweet double lever card. I was so happy that I could incorporate most of the cute animals on this card. Take a look ...


Brown and green card stock are from GinaK.
White card stock that I used to print the images is Neenah Bright White
Fall patterned paper is from Fall Papers - Pretty Grafik Designs


And here is how the double lever card works. Isn't it cute? I love all the sweet Fall animals.
There are a number of various coordinating patterned papers in the Fall Papers set.

 A close up of the fox.

 A close up of the owl.

 And here is the squirrel.

 And last, but not least, the cute little raccoon.

 This pumpkin is also one of the many images found in the Fall Animals set. 
I put this on the back so that I can write my message without defacing the card.

 Just a quick pic to show you the back of the card.

And best of all, it all folds flat without too much bulk which makes it perfect for mailing.
Since I used a busy background paper, I didn't add any other embellishments. I love the way this card came out and I have someone very special in mind to give it to :-)

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For my next card, I used this cute little "Trike Bunny" from Kitty Bee Designs.



Crafty Ingredients:
Card stocks - Bazzill
Backing die - Anja's Circle - Marianne Designs
Acorns die - Spellbinders
Pumpkin dies - Cottage Cutz
Greeting stamp - Mixed Messages - Cardz TV
Sentiment stamp - Very old - no info, sorry.
Memento Inks for shading and stamping.

Well crafting friends that is it for today.  I hope that I have inspired you to make a project to link to our challenge #175, Anything Fall Goes.  Remember there are fabulous prizes to be won.  You have until noon, CST, on Tuesday, 9 October 2018, to link your project to the  Crafty Gals Corner blog. And while you there, take a few minutes to look at what my teamies made for your inspiration.

Till next time,
Happy Crafting!