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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Butterflies A Flutter...

Welcome crafty friends!
 
August...half way through the "dog days of summer".  It has been exceptionally hot here in SE Pennsylvania with more days above 90 degrees than ever before.  Hot, hazy and humid!  The flowers are loving this weather with butterflies and hummingbirds taking over the blooms.
 
That brings us to a new challenge at the Double D....our theme for the next two weeks is butterflies!  Show us how this colorful mood board inspires you.  Link up your project to the Double D Challenge Blog "Butterflies" post by Sunday, August 16th. 
 
 
One entry, chosen by random draw will win this Creative Expressions' Die Set.
 
Sue Wilson Petite Butterflies
 
Here's my butterfly inspiration...
 
"Best Wishes"

This six inch square card of many layers was a quick assembly.  There are two card stock mattings and a layer of floral patterned paper in each of the three layers.  They are stacked using foam tape for added dimension.  I die cut the butterfly from the top layer, popped out the negatives and adhered it back in the cut out area.  I fussy cut a flower cluster to embellish and added pearls for the butterfly body.  The sentiment tag is a very dark purple although it looks black in the photo.  I matted it with a flower die that I cut in half and then used the other half under the fussy cut bouquet.
 
From my stash...
Bazzill Cardstock
Kaisercraft Amethyst Papers
Queen & Co. Pearls
Memory Box, Paper Trey Ink Die Cuts

Come on by the Double D Challenge Blog and play along with our "Butterflies" Challenge.
 You could be one of our Top Creative or prize winners. 

Thanks for stopping by today...hope to see you again soon!

Vicki
 

Monday, July 20, 2020

All Aboard....

Welcome crafty peeps... 

Happy Monday to you.  Today, I have Christmas inspiration with you.  I am seeing Christmas in July projects everywhere and thought I would get on board too.  It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas card designs.  I typically go with four basic designs when creating our cards, making 10 to 15 of each.  This will be a good start for me!
 
Here's a simple and fun card to get you started using the die cuts below...
 
 
Featured Product
 Frantic Stamper Steam Train
Tutti Designs Believe Word Set
Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Circles
Tutti Designs Wreath With Bow

All available in the Dies R Us Store.

"Believe"

The Steam Engine reminds me of the popular Christmas Story, "The Polar Express".  The engine bursts perfectly out of the tunnel and through the wreath on it's way to the North Pole.  The "Believe" sentiment is a great finishing touch to this magical Christmas card.


I selected coordinating papers and die cut all of the images.


I created the tunnel effect by cutting a circle in the middle of the patterned paper.  Initially, I was going to use black backing, but the ivory was a better contrast to the surrounding colors.


This will make a quick, easy to assemble Christmas card.
 
Thanks for stopping by...
I hope I've inspired you to use die cuts on your creative projects.
 
Don't forget to stop by the Dies R Us Challenge Blog and play along.  There's a new challenge posted on the 1st and 15th of every month.  One lucky entry, chosen by random draw, will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  Check out the links below for easy access...


Vicki

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Beach Birthday!

Hey there blogger buddies...

Here we go with a new challenge over on the Double D Challenge Blog!  It's summer time and that means fun in the sun on the beach.  Not everyone is taking a trip to the beach in real life, but in my mind, I am there!
 
Our challenge theme is...
 
"Let's Go To The Beach"
 
The mood board is full of beautiful colors and beach inspiration...
 
 
  And there's a fun prize for one lucky winner chosen by random draw...
 
 
Impression Obsession Single Beach Chair
 
"Happy Birthday"
 
I love the sound of the waves and the turquoise color of the water and was inspired by the photo on the lower left of the mood board.  The sun makes everything golden at the beach so it was an obvious accent color for this kraft and turquoise card. 
 
From my stash...
American Craft Metallic Cardstock
Bazzill cardstock
Dress My Craft Sequins
Frantic Stampers Stitched Currents Background
Tutti Designs Fishing Net
Yvonne Creations Shells Border
 
Stop by the Double D Challenge Blog and play along with our "Let's Go To The Beach" Challenge.  You could be one of our Top Creative Winners.
 
Thanks for stopping by.
Hope to see you again soon!
 
Vicki

Monday, July 13, 2020

Let's Rock & Roll

Welcome crafty peeps...

Today, I'm sharing some fun inspiration with you here and on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  I was recently inspired by a challenge about music and wanted to play along with the theme.  And, not just any music...but the music of Elton John.   As a teen of the 70's, I remember the glam pop and rock icon as a great entertainer.

I've used the die cuts shown below to create a collage card using Elton John song titles.


Cheery Lynn Rock & Roll Jukebox
Cheery Lynn Whistle A Happy Tune
Poppystamps Sugar Plum Faerie
Precious Marieke Candles
Tutti Designs Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circles

*Select Cheery Lynn Die Cuts are available in the Dies R Us Store.

 I did a little research and created a card with a few of my favorites.


I went with retro colors of red and turquoise, included a black base and images along with silver metallic accents.   The jukebox is already assembled in this photo to prevent me from losing pieces!

Here's the finished collage card...

"Rock & Roll"

I used an oldie, but favorite background stencil and yellow distress ink.   Maybe a clue. ; ; (wink, wink) The sentiment is three layers adhered together for dimension.

There are eight songs in all...can you  name them?
 
Thanks for stopping by...
I hope I've inspired you to use die cuts on your creative projects.
 
Don't forget to stop by the Dies R Us Challenge Blog and play along.  There's a new challenge posted on the 1st and 15th of every month.  One lucky entry, chosen by random draw, will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  Check out the links below for easy access...


Vicki

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Ink It Up!

The Sistahs and I are back today with a new challenge for you. Our challenge theme for the next two weeks is "Ink It Up"!  Now through July19th, share your inspiration with us.  Link up your project and you could be one of our Top Sistahs!  Check out the guidelines and details on the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge Blog.

Ink it and link it!!

Here's my inspiration...

"cherish"

The design on this 6" x 6" card was created using a background stamp, embossing powder and distress inks.   I stamped and inked the design twice so I could give dimension to the card.  The puffy sticker sentiment is matted with a die cut in three sizes that worked perfectly with the stamped background design.  A couple of hearts complete the embellishing.

From my stash...
Hero Arts Marble Bold Prints Stamp
Paper House Sculpted Stickers
Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder
Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks
Spellbinders Wonky Squares
Versamark Embossing Ink

 Join us on the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge Blog and play along with our "Ink It Up" Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by...
Hope to see you here again soon.

Vicki 

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