Friday, September 22, 2017

1st Day of Senior Year at University

It's been a tradition that I started many years ago to give my kids a back to school card at the beginning of every school year. That continues even when they go to college.  Both my son and his girlfriend are Seniors at their respective universities this year, so I made a card for each of them.


This is the card I made for my son. I love this little book worm!
The card is a Silhouette design #45956.
The words were weld and cut using my Cricut Explore.


And here is the card I made for my son's girlfriend. I had to add some pink to it :-) 
The card is a Silhouette file - design #87105.
I tweaked the beige backing of the books from the same file as I used for my son's card and added it to this one. It made the books pop more :-)  The words were welded and cut using my Cricut Explore.

I wish them both loads of success this Senior Year and pray that God guides them as to what comes next so that they are able to kick start their careers.

I will share my last back to school card with you tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by.



Thursday, September 21, 2017

1st Day of Pre-K3

Hello bloggie friends. I have a card to share with you today that I made for my little granddaugher Emma.
To make this card, I used a couple of Silhouette designs, School House #64923 and Greeting #63435.  Since she loves Minnie and Daisy, I imported these royalty free images from Google into my Cricut Design Space and print 'n cut them. I used foam tape on the back of each to make them pop up.



I printed all the cuts on glassy photo paper so it would be sharp and bright.
My little Emma love her card, so mission accomplished!
And I'm happy to say that although she only started last week, due to Hurricane Harvey's visit, she is loving it!

I would like to play along at the following challenges:
Createful Hearts - Anything Goes
Let's Craft and Create - Anything Goes - Option Child's Play
D.L.ART - Back to School

I have a few more back to school cards to share with you in the next few days.
Till then,
Happy Fall!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

It's Magic!

Hello crafting friends.  Welcome to this week's challenge at Crafty Gals Corner, hosted by the Crafty Belles.


Challenge # 141 ~ Fancy Folds

Our wonderful sponsors this week are:


Prize: $20 gift Certificate


Prize: 2 Images DT Used


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Using Warlock Owen from the The Paper Nest Dolls, I made this magic slider card.  It's so cool! As you pull the tab on the card, little Owen appears in colour, and when you push it back, he becomes black and white again :-)





I used copic markers to colour the image as well as the little Halloween die cuts decorating the card at the bottom. Papers and cardstock are all from my scraps stash.

I had so much fun making this card, that I'm looking forward to making another one soon, so look out for that.  If you want to learn how to make a magic slider card, here is the tutorial by Dawn - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d4r9mEqSxk

Thank you for stopping by today. I would love it if you all made a card using a fancy fold and played along with us.  You have till noon, CST, on Tuesday, 26 September 2017, to link your project to the Crafty Gals Corner blog.  And while you there, take a look at what my DT sisters made for you inspiration this week.

Happy Fall y'all

Friday, September 15, 2017

It's a Mickey Christmas

Hello and welcome back crafting friends.
Today, I'm sharing this card on the DiesRUs Inspiration Blog. It's a Christmas card featuring Mickey Mouse, my favourite character of all time!



I started by cutting Mickey and Minnie in black as the base to build up my characters.

Then I cut them again in red, white and green.

Here is a quick pic showing you how I cut out the pieces and paper pieced them together. 


Now, if you have a steady hand and enjoy colouring, you can just cut one layer in white and then colour the various sections of the die. I tried, but I much prefer the die paper pieced version.  You could also cut out the little pieces, colour them and paper piece them, but I figured, if I was to do that then I would just cut out additional layers in the different colours :-)  Having said that, I did take the left over white pieces of his face and shoes and coloured them using E00 for his face and Y17 and Y38 for his shoes.

Here is Minnie Mouse to give you an idea of the paper pieced version, on the left, and the coloured version which is on the right. I feel that the version on the left is a lot sharper.  I again used E00 copic marker to colour Minnie's face.  I'm planning on using Minnie on another card with this same background die.

Now to tell you about the background of this card.  I used Jeanine's Art Christmas Tree Frame die and cut it out in white.

 I wanted a little green behind my tree, so taking a pencil I traced the outer openings onto a piece of green cardstock.  I then took my cutterbees and trimmed it just on the outside of the markings and adhered it to the back of the base die.


I also wanted to add a little colour to the top right hand corner, so I used YG63 and coloured the little cutout flourishes and then paper pieced them back using glassy accents as my glue.


 I adhered red sequins and little yellow stars to the tree and using some flower soft I gave Mickey's had some texture.  Now he looks more like Santa :-). I used Wink of Stella pen on all the stars and the ribbons of the presents to give it a little Christmas sparkle.

I also stitched the circle for a little extra interest. I stamped my sentiment, from Cardz TV's Very Merry stamp set, using Versafine Black Onyx ink.
I then adhered the whole thing to a 5.5" x 5.5" white card.


On the inside I stamped a sentiment from Creative Expressions' Christmas Sayings stamp set,  and added a few extra yellow stars for good measure :-)

Now for a recap of the dies I used:

Character World - Vintage Mickey

Character World - Vintage Minnie


I hope I was able to inspire you to use your dies to start working on your Christmas card stash.  Christmas will be here before you know it :-)  Don't forget to 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,

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

More Exciting News :-)

Hello bloggie friends. Yes, it's true! I do have some more exciting news to share with you today.
I'm also a new DT member of The Merry Christmas Challenge DT.  Yay! 


If you're one of my followers, then you now how much I LOVE Christmas, so I'm thrilled to be a part of this team too.

These challenges also run weekly.  The team is divided into two groups and they post on alternate weeks.
Please take a few moment to visit our new team and don't forget to join in our fun challenges.

Janis (Owner), Pause Dream Enjoy
Maryvonne, Prendre le temps

Remember, it's never to early to start working on your Christmas card stash! :-)

Till next time, happy crafting!

Exciting News :-)

Hello crafting friends.
I have some very exciting news to share with you today.
I'm now a DT member of Pause, Dream, Enjoy Challenge Team.


Please come visit us for a new challenge every Wednesday, and while there take a few minutes to meet our wonderful team of designers.

Janis (Owner), Pause Dream Enjoy
Jackie, Get the JC Look
Lori, A Happy Life
Vivian, Vivian's Desk

These wonderful ladies are split into two teams. Each team will host the challenge every other week.
I'm sure they would love for you to visit their blog and become a follower.

Till next time, happy crafting!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Christmas Gift Tags

Hello crafting friends. It's my turn today to share a project on the DiesRUs inspiration blog. For my project, today, I made a few Christmas gift tags.





I began by looking through my stash of dies and deciding on a base tag shape.  I thought that the Spellbinders Heirloom Ornaments 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 were the way to go.


 I placed the shapes and sizes I wanted on my magnetic shim.  Next I took the Impression Obsession Christmas Circle Cutouts dies and placed them neatly centered inside the base dies. At times like these, I really find that the magnetic shim is wonderful as it keeps all the dies in place.  If you don't have one, no problem, you can just adhere the two dies together with some removable tape and cut them as normal.


Next, I removed the circle cutout dies and cut the same base shapes again out of the same white cardstock. These will be used for the backing of the tags.


After deciding what colours I wanted to use as the background for the circle cutouts, I used a circle die from the Spellbinders Circle Dies set and cut out various circles in red, green, navy, sky blue and silver glitter cardstocks.


Once I had my backing pieces cut out, I stamped the "To" and "From" on the back of each using Versafine Black Onyx ink.  I love the sharp crisp images you get with this ink, even if it does take a little longer to dry.  Remember that this ink is not alcohol marker friendly.  If you're going to use your copic markers or other alcohol based markers, you should probably use something like the Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I've shared with you before, that I keep all my dies on the little pink bucket (you can see it on one of the pics above) in order to prevent them from getting lost amidst all the other supplies or even thrown away.  Well, I do a similar thing with my cling stamps.  I purchased a cheap acrylic photo frame and that is where I put all my stamps until I'm finished with my project. This helps me because I know that they won't get lost or damaged.  It also helps that they're all in place when it comes to cleaning them before putting them away.


Once I had all my bits and pieces, I started assembling them. I glued the colour circle to the back of the cutout die and then the backing on top. When they were all done, I felt they needed a little more embellishing, so I cut out a few more of the shapes in glitter cardstock and used the little cut out pieces to paper piece some additional colour onto my tags. You can see this on the tags with the holly, the bells and the Christmas tree.  The tag with the candy cane, I used red stickles to make it sparkly and give it dimension. On the bauble and snowflake tags, I simply added a few rhinestones.

Lastly, I took an assortment of ribbons and twine and finished off my tags.
These are very simple to make and the possibilities are endless.  You can change shapes, colours, bling, ribbons, etc. to make them unique and fun.

Here is a quick recap of the dies I used:

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Spellbinders Nestabilities cut emboss stencil 2012 Heirloom Ornaments Die S5-116

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Image result for spellbinders heirloom dies 2012

Image result for spellbinders heirloom dies 2013


If you don't have the Heirloom Ornament dies, it's not a problem.  All you have to do is visit the DRU store and enter "Ornaments" in the search bar.  There are so many options that pop up, and these will all serve as a great background for your circle cutouts in addition to creating other beautiful ornament projects.

I hope I was able to inspire you to use your dies to create some Christmas tags for the gifts for those special people in your life. I hope you will 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,