Sunday, March 29, 2015

Celebrate Your Birthday


When I think of spring, I think yellow and orange and flowers and butterflies so I tried  to incorporate those in this spring BD card.  I saw a video on this type of card and have been wanting to try making one.  It is not difficult, but it is time consuming  and you need a good paper cutter. If you want to give it a try,you can see the how to video HERE . The flowers from IO are basically flat except the spiral ones, but they are small enough that I will be able to mail this with a sheet of heavy card stock on top to protect it.


I will enter this in he following challenges.

IO Happy Flowers

Scrappyland Spring/Easter

Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes.

I used the following IO dies and stamps
Silhouette 7 - B5557

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Green

I just got this zinna die from Spellbinders so, of course, I had to make a flower. I used yellow card tha I sponged with marigold distress ink,  This is going to be a hand carried card or mailed in a box. The butterfly and doily are from Cheery Lynn, the lady bug is from Elizabeth Crafts and the leafy braches are Die-namites. The greeting is from Gina K Designs which is stamped on a Spellbinders Label.

Scrapy Land Spring/Easter

Dies R Us Green

Anything Goes

Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes

Friday, March 20, 2015

Screen Divider Gold

This is the first of the screen divider cards  I have tried.  Mine is not as fancy as some, but it turned out ok for a first effort. I used Gina K gold card for he base and used Labels 4 Spellbinders die to cut the legs. I could not get a good picture of this card to show the shimmer of it.  The Cherry Blossoms is a stamp from Flourishes illustrated by Marcella Hawley. I stamped with Versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder and colored with Spectrum Noir markers then I cut he panel into four sections,layered on black and put it on the base card. The different sentiments came from a variety of stamp sets.

I will enter this in the following challenges

Power Poppy Give it a little shimmer with gold.

 SSS Pinterest challenge

Simon Says Work it Wednesday

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Easter Eggs

When I was a kid, I remember dying Easter eggs as a family. It was so much fun to use the wax crayon on the egg to make designs before you dipped them into the die.  Of course, that was before I knew the term RESIST. Later they introduced a type of die that speckled the eggs instead of making them  a solid color which I thought that was soo cool.   I tried to recreate that memory with some water color paper which I smooshed and then cut with Spellbinder classic ovals.  I used some scrap pieces of paper that I had around to add to the layout.   One of them was a piece of gingham that I had stamped with IO gingham cover a card stamp. I used it for the cute little bucket. I tore some branches from the Bird on a Branch and used the top of the the hydrangea die to mimic some grass, added a few eggs and a mini butterfly and wallah... I was done.  I had no idea where I was going when I started but ... I like how it turned out. 

I used the following IO products

Insect Die  DIE139-I
And matching stamp

Lg. Bird on Branch - DIE161-N

Pail - DIE164-A  

Hydrangea Set - DIE044-Y

I am entering this in the 
Impression Obsession Think Spring Challenge

Happy Birthday Wreath

I decided I wanted to enter PTI  Watercolor Smooshing challenge so earlier this week I experimented with some different colors and used the techniques that BetsyVeldman showed on the video. here
I have used the happy from Phrase Play 5 several times but I had never used the whole die on a card so I chose a piece of the smooshed paper cut it with the phrase play. I stamped the sentiment from the matching Phrase Play stamp set. Then I remembered that I had just gotten this die from Die-Namites and thought they would work together and they did.  I cut the happy part a second time so I could glue them together and have the second cut sit on the top of the wreath. My Swiss dot  embossing folder was still on my desk sooo why not.  I am trying to use some of my dies more often so I dug out this Spellbinder die to finish the bottom of the card.

I will enter this in the following challenges.

 Die-Namites Bird Wreath

Friday, March 13, 2015


I used the sketch from Die-namites Sketch and Dare Challenge for this card.  The Dare part was to add a cut out. The focal image is a Sunflower from Melanie Muenchinger's Stately Flowers Five. I colored it with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut it.  I used some water color paper to cut out an oval and backed it with the lattice cover plate die by Spellbinders.  The sentiment is from Gina K  I cut the swirly butterfly apart and used it on opposite corners. 

Die-namites Sketch and Dare

I used the die=namites swirly butterfly.

Mod Squad Flower challenge

Scrappyland Any Thing Goes

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Things that Fly

Stamp TV  Color and Emboss

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Friends are Flowers 2

I cut the parts for this card yesterday when I was making Yesterday's card so that is why they are so similar.  I love this large sentiment with the frilly font and  the Bird With Branches die from IO.  I water colored three of them, tore them apart and made and arrangement around the sentiment.  The flowers are a gift from a friend. Thanks, Judy. Nothing fancy, but I like the results.

I will enter this in the Think Spring challenge at IO
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge  Things That Fly

IO Products

Lg. Bird on Branch - DIE161-N  

Friends are Flowers - F4157

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Happy Easter

I used Spellbinders Classic ovals to cut the main pieces.  The butterfly and Happy Easter are Cheery Lynn the leaves are from Die-Namites and the little flowers are from IO.

I will enter this in the following challenges

Cheery Lynn easter

Dies are Us Monochromatic

Scrappy Land  Anything Goes

Simon Says Monday Challenge The Letter B I used a butterfly.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Carol's Birthday

I love purple and so does a special friend of mine so I made this for her birthday.  The paper is from ODB.  the sentiment is IO and flower dies are Spellbinders bitty blossoms the leafy flourishes are from Die-Namites. Tucked in the corner is part of the hydrandgia die from IO.  I really like how it worked and will use this idea again.  It make a nice filler and it gives me another way to use the die. 

I will enter this in the following challenges Dies R Us Monochromatic

Through My Window 2

I am taking inspiration from my friend, Verna.  I had scraps of paper left over from yesterday's card and was going to put them in my scrap box...but then I thought why not make another card. Glued the pieces on some black card and then  I sponged another scene using a beach set that I bought from Flourishes years ago. Popped it behind the Madison window and wallah a second card in minutes.

I will enter this in

Poppy Stamp  

Scrappy Land  Anything Goes

Through my Window

My friend,Donna Phelan,is hosting the challenge at Stamp TV this week so I made this card for  What Shell we Create? .  I stamped some kraft card with Melanie Muenchinger's Year of Borders in white, bleached the inside and the water colored the bleached part with blue.  The bottom portion is scored on my Score Pal and the  inked with  distress inks.  The light house scene  is from By the Sea by Theresa Momber and the window is from Poppy Stamps. Lately I have been challenging mysel to create cards that work for more than one challenge so I will enter this in the follow challenges

Friday, March 6, 2015

Spring Flowers

I found the inspiration for this card from Linda Palder at Pinterest . Yellow is so crisp and cheerful and reminds me of spring when the daffodil, forsythia and tulips bloom. I started with a pale yellow card base and a Cheery Lynn doily. I used some buttercup liquid pearls on the doily. The flourish on the side is the IO heart flourish which I topped with some Spellbinders bitty blossoms.  I found the pussy willow chip board cut outs in a box when I was cleaning out a few boxes.  I don't remember when or where I got them.

I will enter this in the following challenges Dies R Us Monochromatic