Thursday, November 7, 2019

Winter Wonderland

Hello crafting friends and welcome to challenge #13 at Lavinia World,
where the theme is always Anything Goes!


If you a follower of my blog, then you know that I'm very much a tropical kinda gal who would be quite happy if the only season we had was SummerπŸ˜€ Now having said this, I do admire the beautiful warm and rich colours of Fall and even the serene beauty of a snowy landscape, just as long as it's a picture and I don't have to be it πŸ˜€  While making this card, I can't tell you how many times I thought of  hot cocoa with marshmallows, one of my  highlights in winter, but living with temps in the high 80's / lower 90's is not really conducive to drinking some right now, so I settled for iced coffee instead πŸ˜€  Now that I've shared all this with you, let's take a look at the card I created for this challenge.





Using one of Marianne Design's newest dies, Anja's Folding Circle, I cut out the card base and all it's layers. Then it was time to create my version of a Winter Wonderland which was inspired by the background DP.
I began by cutting out a circle of  light blue paper. Next I mirror stamped one of the small Fairy Foragers using Mirror Blocks, and one of the hares from the Whimsical Hares set.  After creating a mask for the hare, I stamped Fir Tree 1 several times using Memento London Fog ink.   All that was left was to adhere a bit of Soft Snow to make the snowy bank.  Taking a white Signo pen, I drew in a few snow flakes.
On the inside of the card, I cut a circle from the same blue paper. I stamped a few snowflakes from the Snowflakes set and the greeting using Fairy Merry Christmas  stamp.  The snowflakes were stamped using Memento Summer Sky ink while the greeting was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. 
I must admit that I like the way this card came out.  Only one die and a few stamps and inks and voila, a winter wonderland πŸ˜€

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















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 and ask any questions you may have about the wonderful Lavinia Stamps.

I would like to play along with the following challenges:

As You Like It - Cute or Traditional
I think fairies make any card look cute, sweet and whimsical πŸ˜€

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes

Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes


Till next time,
crafty hugs, 

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Thanksgiving Greetings

Hello and welcome back crafting friends.
It's my turn today to share a project on the Dies R Us inspiration blog.
Here is the card I made for my DT project.






I love putting little pieces together to create a scene or a puzzle, etc.,
so putting this wreath together was a lot of fun πŸ˜€


I began by working on my shaped card. I used Anja's Butterfly from Marianne Designs.  Remember, friends, Dies R Us often have Special Order sales. If you love international dies or are just looking for some to complement the dies you already have, the best way to know about these amazing sales is to subscribe to the Dies R Us Newsletter. Using the base die, I traced it onto a piece of white card stock.  Then I scanned it and uploaded the image to my Silhouette.  I then duplicated, flipped, welded and offset until I had my shaped card base.


If you don't have an electronic cutting machine, don't worry.  You can just grab a piece of card stock that is about 5.5" by 11", score it in half and then position the base die just a tad off the fold.  When you run this through your die cutting machine, you'll have a shaped card.


 Next, I die cut all my other bits and pieces.  While the card stock was still in the die, I used Memento Desert Sand ink to highlight the embossed areas.


As you can see, I cut Frantic Stamper's Fall Icon Wreath several times, all in white. Then I used copic markers to colour it all in. 


Before gluing it all down, I always position  my cuts to see if I'm happy with it or if I need to add or remove something. In this case, I felt like it needed something else, and that's when the cute lil critters from the Lawn Fawn's Forest Feast stamps and dies set came into playπŸ˜€ I stamped the raccoon right onto the card, and the squirrel and hedgehog onto a piece of scrap card stock. I also made a little mask for the hat that I used on the raccoon.  I then cut out the little guys and adhered everything together to create the look I was going for on my card.

To finish it off,  and bring it all together, I cut another wreath and two little pumpkins and adhered them to the inside. I stamped the greeting right in the center, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. And that was that, another Thanksgiving card done πŸ‘

Here is the list of the crafty supplies used,
each linked to the Dies R Us store  for your convenience.













I hope you enjoyed my Thanksgiving card and 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, October 31, 2019

The Stockings were hung ...

Hello and welcome to November's challenge at 
November Challenge ~ Stockings or other Winter Clothing
Prize: Please see the CCAYR blog for prize details.



This card was so easy and fun to put together. Since the image is so sweet and festive, I decided to use a fancy frame and not add any more embellishments that would take away from the image.

Here are the crafty ingredients I used to make this sweet Christmas card:

Card base - Recollections - 6.5" x 5" - white
Red and white card stock - The Paper Studio
Embossing folder - Swiss Dots - Cuttlebug
Decorative Frame - Spellbinders - Romantic Rectangles
Image - Hunkydory - Little Book of Snow is Falling
Glitter Dots - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Stamped sentiment - Great Impression Stamps

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I'd love for you to create a project and join in the fun by linking it to our blog at Christmas Crafts All Year 'Round 
You have till the end of the month to link your projects.

Till next time,

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Christmas Birds

Hello crafting friends. I'm on the Dies R Us Inspiration blog today, sharing another Christmas card with you.




As you know by now, I'm a huge fan of Marianne Design dies and when Dies R Us have their Special Order Sales, I tend to buy more than my fair share :-) If you love international dies or are just looking for some to complete the dies you already have, the best way to know about these amazing sales is to subscribe to the Dies R Us Newsletter.

So using one of Marianne's newest dies, Petra's Winter Circle, I cut out all the layers in the different colours that I had planned.

  

This die is gorgeous and comes with a few embellishment pieces.


   After die cutting and embossing them, and while the card stock is still in the dies, I used Memento Desert Sand to add a bit of shading.


Once that was done and I had all my bits and pieces together, it was very easy and quick to assemble the card.  


I picked a small greeting stamp and curved it on the stamping block so that it would take the same curve as the greeting space on the banner of the die. I could have stopped right here, but felt that I wanted to add something to the bottom of the card to balance it out.  So I grabbed another few dies, listed below, and made the little poinsettia arrangement.  I added a few gems here and there and adhered the image, which is from a die cutting sheet by Amy Design, called Warm Christmas Feelings.  For the inside, I used the fancy circle from the die to cut out the circle.  The stamped greeting from the Festive Greetings stamp set by Creative Expressions.

Here is a list of the crafty supplies used,
each linked to the Dies R Us store  for your convenience.





Petra's Twigs - Marianne Designs







I hope you enjoyed my Christmas card today.  Christmas will be here before you know it, so I hope 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.