Friday, January 15, 2021

Dies R Us #161 ~ Anything Goes

 Hello everyone. Time to start working on those Valentine cards.
More than ever, this year, we'll have to SEND some love, so why not do it via a card?  
Being the 15th of the month, it's time for a new challenge at Dies R Us.
Not sure if I already mentioned this, but as from the beginning of 2021, all our challenges will have an "Anything Goes" theme.  Easy peasy, right?


Challenge #161 ~ Anything Goes!

I made this Valentine card to send across the miles.  Isn't it cute?
Just a few die cuts, adhere them together and voila, a pretty card done.

Now for the list of supplies I used to make this card, linked to the Dies R Us store for your convenience.
Crafter's Companion - Love is in the Air
(Currently out of stock but if you click HERE, you will find numerous other options)
Marianne Design - Eline's Raccoon - Special Order Sale

Did you all catch the latest Special Order sales, Dies R Us had last weekend? I did and as always, I got a few new goodies to play with when they arrive. It was through one of these sales that I got this cute Raccoon from Marianne Designs.  The best way to know about these International dies sales is to subscribe to the newsletter. You will find the subscription box on the home page at Dies R Us.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope I was able to inspire you to create a project, and  play along with us at the Dies R Us Challenges for your chance to win a gift certificate to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the 1st and 15th of each month. Visit our challenge blog, where my team mates showcase their creations to give you a little more inspiration.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Pinterest too.

Before I go, I'd like to remind you that Dies R Us' sister store,  Didi Crafts, is now open. It has warehouses located in the USA and Canada.  It has some products that are the same as Dies R Us, but in addition, it carries international dies,  and other crafty supplies for a variety of crafts.  Go take a peek and be pleasantly surprised!

Till next time,
stay safe and healthy!

Fairy Stamper #11 ~ Sending Love

  Hello crafting friends.  I hope you are all keeping well.  I have a card to share with you today that I made as my Friday share for  Fairy Stamper.

 

Who better than Oscar to carry so much love across the pond?
Yes, that's right! It's going to be a loooonnnng swim! :-)



I began with a piece of Sea Breeze paper, from Lavinia Stamps, and stamped the various seaweed, bubbles and seahorses to create my background scene.  Next I worked on my cute Oscar.  I scanned the stamped image from the acetate sheet and turned him into a cut file. I adhered him to the card using foam dots. I wanted him to stand out so you could see that he is carrying all the hearts - thus sending "lots of love" as is mentioned on the inside :-) Since the card was done, it was time to bling it up a little. I used several glitters from Fairy Hugs, glassy accents for all the hearts, and gave him googly eyes for an element of fun.  

Here is the list of supplies I used to make this card, each linked to the Fairy Stamper store, for your convenience.


Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you will join us on our Fairy Stamper Facebook group and share with us all your beautiful and creative projects.

Till next time,
stay safe and well!


Thursday, January 14, 2021

Lavinia World #44 ~ Mushroom House

  Hello everyone and welcome to challenge #44 at Lavinia World, where the theme is always Anything Goes!


I have a card to share with you today, that is larger than what I normally make, but I do like the way it came out.  This is an 8" x 8" card.




I started by using Lavinia papers for the background. I love their 8" x 8" paper pad. There are so many beautiful designs in a variety of colours to suit multiple occasions.
Next, I figured out where I wanted my mushroom to be, and stamped the wreath around it. Before I coloured in all the berries, I stamped the mushroom.  All that was left was a little bit of colouring with polychromos and glaze pens. I also added a little glitter here and there for a bit of sparkle.  Lastly I used a die cut to frame the image. 
On the inside I used some of the same paperscape background and stamped the Spiral of Spells in the centre, and little bit of the Berry Wreath on the corners on the right hand side. I felt I needed a little something to balance the white swirls on the left.  These are part of the patterned background.  And that was it.  Now all I need to do is to make an envelope to fit this size card and hand deliver it.  I already have the recipient in mind :-)

Here is the list of supplies, each linked to the Lavinia World store, for your convenience.


Thank you so much for coming by.   Now, it's your turn to make a project and 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 the Lavinia World store

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

We also 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!  One winner will be picked by our Designers.

Till next time,
stay safe and well!


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #215 ~ Snow Much Fun!

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


Challenge # 215 ~ Snow Much Fun!

Our wonderful sponsors for this challenge are ...
(listed in alphabetical order)

Prize ~ 3 Digital Images



Twinkle Lane Designs
£8.00 Gift Certificate

Using the sweet Snow Family & Falling Snow Paper Pack from Twinkle Lane Designs, I made this center fold card.




List of crafty supplies:
Card base - Recollections
Card fold - Silhouette
Patterned paper - Twinkle Lane Designs
Mirror cardstock - Marianne Designs
Image - Twinkle Lane Designs
Snowflakes - Aubrey Snowflake - Simon Says Stamps

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you liked my card, and feel inspired to get crafty and come play along with us. You have until 12:00 pm, CST, on 9 February 2021, to link your project to our challenge.

Stay safe and healthy!
Hugs,

Friday, January 8, 2021

Fairy Stamper #10 ~ Fairy Village

   Hello crafting friends and welcome back to another Fairy Stamper Friday DT share.



Would it be fun to live in a little fairy village amongst the Dancing Mushrooms 😀
Such a happy place!



I used a combination of stamps and die to create this scene. First I used distress oxide inks to shade in the background.  Next, I stamped the mushrooms stems. Then I masked the stems and stamped the mushroom heads. I had previously made an SVG for these mushrooms, so I used that to cut them out with my Cricut.  Of course you can also fussy cut them if you don't have an electronic cutting machine.
I made a few die cuts and after assembling and colouring them, I adhered them to the card, slotting the mushrooms in between the grass borders. I used foam dots to add a bit of dimension.
On the inside, I continue with the design by stamping the mushrooms and the greeting.
For the final touch, I added sparkle by using various colours of Fairy Hugs glitter.
Listed below are the supplies I used, each linked to the Fairy Stamper store, for your convenience.


Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you will join us on our Fairy Stamper Facebook group and share with us all your beautiful projects.

Till next time,
stay safe and well!



Friday, January 1, 2021

Fairy Stamper #9 ~ Ciana

Hello crafting friends. It's Friday, so you know what that means ... yes, that's right, I have my Fairy Stamper Friday DT project to share with you today.  My 3rd project for this New Year's day!  May 2021 shower you with many Blessings, especially Love, Joy, Peace and Good Health!!!


Now, I would like to introduce you to Ciana from Fairy Hugs Stamps! Isn't she just lovely?


I used Raven Black ink from Fairy Hugs to stamp her onto a piece of paper from my scraps drawer and created a little floral scene around her mushroom.
Sometimes, papers can help create quick cards when in a pinch.
All that was left to do was a few simple die cuts using Anja's Folding Circle, from Marianne Designs. Once I put it altogether, I added a small pearl to the tip of her ha, and added sparkle to her wings by using Translucent Arctic glitter from Fairy Hugs.


I love this die and thought it would showcase Ciana beautifully. It's such a wonderful surprise when you open the front of the card, isn't it?
I made this card for the debut show at Hochanda for the Fairy Hugs stamps.

I hope you like it and will want to create a project of your own, and join in the fun on our Fairy Stamper Facebook group

Till next time, 
stay safe and healthy and ...







Dies R Us #160 ~ Snowman Collage

Happy New Year crafting friends. Let's pray and have faith that 2021 will see the end to this virus and families can visit each other very soon. 

Now for today's challenge at  Dies R Us


Challenge #160 ~ Anything Goes!

If you enjoy paper piecing, then this is the die for you. It was so much fun to put together and it's a great card for mass producing  because it doesn't take up much time at all.



So you start with a piece of cardstock cut to the size of how big you want your card to be, and then you place your snowman where you want him to go.  Run it thru your die cutting machine.  Next, using scraps, cut your snowman out of the various colours of cardstock you want to use to decorate him.  Then it's just a matter of doing a little paper piecing and voila, you're all done.  I did cut out a few birds and snowflakes as well to add to my scene.  Other items I used to make this card are listed below, linked to the Dies R Us store, for your convenience.


Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope I was able to inspire you to create a project, and  play along with us at the Dies R Us Challenges for your chance to win a gift certificate to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the 1st and 15th of each month. Visit our challenge blog, where my team mates showcase their creations to give you a little more inspiration.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Pinterest too.

Before I go, I'd like to remind you that Dies R Us' sister store,  Didi Crafts, is now open. It has warehouses located in the USA and Canada.  It has some products that are the same as Dies R Us, but in addition, it carries international dies,  and other crafty supplies for a variety of crafts.  Go take a peek and be pleasantly surprised!

Till next time,
stay safe and healthy!



Thursday, December 31, 2020

CCAYR ~ Silver Bells

 Happy New Year crafting friends.  May 2021 be all that you wish for! 
To kick off 2021, we have a brand new challenge at 
Deanne has come up with some awesome challenges for us this year.
Each month you will be required to make a Christmas project starting with one of two letters of the alphabet. Put your thinking caps on and come play along with us.  It's going to be loads of fun!!!

This month our letters are A or B. 

I chose B and this is what I came up with.


Using an embossing folder that I have had for a while and never used, I decided to make a couple of cards using Bells. On the card on the left, I embossed the piece of the cardstock and then shaded it using a sponge dauber.  I used Metallic Silver Leaf Rub 'n Buff to colour the bells silver, and a red Sakura Glaze pen to colour the berries.  I used letter and star stickers to finish the card.
On the card on the right, I embossed a piece of navy blue cardstock and then lightly brushed the Metallic Silver Leaf Rub 'n Buff all over the raised areas.  I stamped the greeting with Versamark and heat embossed it using fine silver embossing powder.  You can see more of the shine in the pic below.


   

On the inside I used a very old stamp that I have and heat embossed it using the silver embossing powder. Coloured it using copic markers to match the colour of the card.  These cards were made using the Ring Out the Bells 3D Embossing Folder by Crafter's Companion.   It's awesome to batch produce when you need many cards in a small amount of time.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Now it's your turn to make a Christmas project and come play along with us.  You have till the end of the month to link your project to our blog at Christmas Crafts All Year 'Round.

Crafty hugs and 



Lavinia World #43 ~ Secret Garden

 Happy New Year crafting friends. May 2021 bring you all that makes you smile and see the end to this virus!!! 

 Today begins challenge #43 at Lavinia World! As always, our theme is Anything Goes!



Have you ever been visiting a botanical garden or a beautiful countryside and come upon a beautifully ornate but closed gate?  Well, there is a reason for that ... it's a Secret Garden where fairies reside. Come inside and take a look ...



Somehow, Pipin found his way in and amongst all the lavender, he is trying to find his fairy friends.

You can really let your imagination run wild and come up with all sorts of magical scenarios beyond that gate, can't you? 😀

One of the things I love about crafting is how you can use stamps and dies together and this card clearly shows how beautifully they work together.  So now let me tell you how I made my card.  I started with a 5.75" x 5.75" white piece of cardstock and used a die cut/embossing folder to create the wall with the gate. I also die cut a grassy border, a few lavender bunches and a few pieces of vines. Next, I coloured in all the pieces and rubbed the gate very gently with a copper glaze. I then adhered all the bits and pieces to the garden wall. 
Now to work on the inside of the card.  I got a 5.50" x 5.50" piece of smooth white cardstock, placed it behind the wall, and very lightly traced the entrance.  I then used the various stamps in various ink colours to create my scene.

Lastly I placed thin foam squares (2mm) on the reverse side of the wall and adhered it to the garden image. These thin foam squares give it just a tad of dimension but enough to create a beautiful effect. I then adhered the two mats to a moss green 6" x 6" card base and it was done.

As always, I have linked each product that I have used to Lavinia World, for your convenience.

Lavinia Stamps:

Dies:
Studio Light - English Garden No. 3 Die Cut & Embossing Folder
Marianne Designs - Vines
Marianne Desings - Lavender
Precious Marieke - Grassy Border

Inks:

Thank you so much for coming by.   Now, it's your turn to make a project and 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 the Lavinia World store

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

We also 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!  One winner will be picked by our Designers.

Till next time,
stay safe and well!




Friday, December 25, 2020

Fairy Stamper #8 ~ O Christmas Tree

  Merry Christmas, crafting friends. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I know that some of you are going to be missing your family, but staying safe and healthy will ensure that we will visit them sooner rather than later.

I would also like to use this post to show you a card I made for my Fairy Stamper Friday DT share.


I fell in love with this little Angel from Nellies Choice stamps. Isn't he/she adorable?
A little Angel decorating a little tree, so cute!  And of course, some of the woodland creatures came to watch and learn about the Christmas story!



I used several stamps from different companies to put this card together.
I also used a variety of inks from different companies because I wanted to get the right colours :-)

Here is the supply list I used, each linked to the Fairy Stamper store for your convenience.
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you will join us on our Fairy Stamper Facebook group and share with us all your beautiful projects.

Merry Christmas!

Crafty hugs,
 


Friday, December 18, 2020

Fairy Stamper #7 ~ Three Kings Ornament

   Hello crafting friends and welcome back to another Fairy Stamper Friday DT share.


 I made this card using some of the very first dies I purchased back in 2010 and some of the very new ones I  got about a week ago.  Not only have I used old and new dies, but I also used a stencil and stamps.  Oh, and let's not forget the glitter :-) Love it when I can mix and match various crafty supplies to create a card. 



I began by using an ornament die to make a mask. Using the negative part of the mask, I adhered that to the front of the card. Next I began building my scene by blending in the snow banks and sponging in the night sky.  Once I had the snow the way I wanted, I stamped the 3 Kings.
Once my scene was done, I used the positive cut of the masking sheet an covered the ornament while I blended in the background using the Laurel stencil. All that was left to do on the front was to add a couple of little bells, holly and a piece of baker's twine, to finish off the ornament.
On the inside of the card, I first used the stencil to create the background and then stamped the sentiment.  Here I added a few pinecones, some foliage and a few berries.  
I think it turned out pretty well.  It measures 6.5" x 5" which fits into an A7 envelope.  Since there is no bulk to it, it will be easy to send overseas without having to pay an arm and a leg in postage :-)

For your convenience, here is a list of all the crafty supplies I used, each linked to the Fairy Stamper store.


Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you will join us on our Fairy Stamper Facebook group and share with us all your beautiful projects.

Merry Christmas!

Crafty hugs,