Monday, September 26, 2016

Marcia, Patti and I ~ A Challenge Among Friends

It's that time once again when Marcia, Patti and I post this months challenge.
Patti challenged us to use PTI's Spring / Winter Woods, Forget-Me-Not and Inspired sets.

Card #1
"Faith" is cut from gold card stock.  I also used Hero Arts Music Background stamp and Santa's Book by Precious Marieke and a spattering of gold sequins.

I veered a little from using just sentiments from the "Inspired" series, since I only have the one set, "Inspired ~ Faith", so I used a sentiment from "A Cheerful Heart".

And then my dear friend Marcia took pity on me and sent me some of her dies and sentiments to use.  She sent me Praise, Grace and Blessed.  She sent me Faith too, but I already have that but that's ok.  I'll have dies and sentiments ready to use when needed.  Thanks Marcia!!  You're a sweetie!!  

Be sure to visit Marcia's and Patti's blogs to see their amazing works of art!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Sunday, September 25, 2016

PTI September Blog Hop ~ Not A Creature...

Hello PTI friends~  I'm joining in on the fun at the PTI Blog Hop today using this lovely inspiration piece.
Blog Hop

It's not very often that my order for the new release arrives at my house before the blog hop but this month it was exceptionally fast and it arrived on Friday. 
I couldn't have been more excited to play!

I laid in bed Friday night thinking about how I was going to use these new sets for the blog hop and came up with this shaker card.  I suppose as I was trying to remember the inspiration photo, I remembered the sprigs more than I did the gift and twine part, but it is what it is and I still wanted to share it with you.  Hope that's ok.

Lots and lots of tiny little clear beads.  They got all over my craft table and I fear I'll be cleaning them up forever!

Inks Used:  Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse, Saffron Spice, Spring Rain and Americana
I think I'm going to love working with these sets for Christmas this year!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have fun blog hopping!  
Blessings~ Birgit

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #377 ~ A Theme Challenge

Good morning friends~  A new challenge is up over at Cupcake Inspirations blog and it's a theme challenge:  Party Time

Our sponsor this week is Gerda Steiner Designs
They are generously offering up a $20 gift certificate to the winner, so you don't want to miss out on this opportunity to play along!

I loved  the fun colors in the inspiration photo and this little Frog from Marianne Designs looks like he's ready to party!
The banners are from PTI's Banner Builder and the sentiment is from Newton's Nook "Simply Sentimental".

Be sure to visit the other designers to see what they whipped up for you this week and then join in on the fun!
Birgit ~ That's me!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Thursday, September 22, 2016

PTI ~ Make-It Monday ~ Masculine Florals

Good morning friends~  Betsy had a great video this week about using floral images to make masculine cards.  What a clever idea since most stampers have lots of florals in our stash.  

Here's my card.  I'm not completely thrilled with it but I'm posting it anyway.  A girl will do anything to try to win a free prize, right?

I stamped some leaf and sprig images from First Fruits (a super old set but still a favorite) using soft stone and saffron spice inks on the background of the card base and then added flowers and leaves from Day Dreamer and Happiness In Bloom.  The sentiment from Birthday Basics is heat embossed in black and a string of twine finishes it off.

You can find Betsy's video here to join in on the fun.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dies R Us ~ A Special Boo!

Hello friends~  It feels like it's been a long time since I've posted on the Dies R Us blog but we're right on schedule !  There are so many fun fall dies at the Dies R Us online store it's hard to choose which ones go in the cart when I really want them all! 


For this card, I started by creating the background using some various landscape dies, cutting the hills out of two different shades of green.  The sky is a piece of printed scrapbook paper.  It made the perfect sky, don't you think?  Once the layers were in place I cut the whole panel using the largest Lawn Fawn's Large Cross Stitched Rectangles.  I love using this die when I don't want a border around the main panel.  It cuts the size perfectly to fit an A2 sized card.  I went on to add two of the Country Fences from Impression Obsession.  Cheery Lynn's Spooky Tree made the perfect backdrop for these funny little pumpkins from Impression Obsession.
I added some detail lines and shading to the pumpkins with colored pencils and a gel pen for their eyes.  The little swirly fronds coming off the big guy are from Quickuts.  I popped the big guy up using some foam dots to give it some dimension.

Today's Tip:  Add detail and color to your dies using markers, pencils and gel pens.  It really brings your dies to life!

Here is a list of products I used that can be found in the Dies R Us Store:

Be sure to stop by the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog daily for fresh new ideas and inspiration!

Join in on the challenges at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog and you could be their next winner!

Follow Dies R Us!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Cupcake Inspirations #376 ~ A Color Challenge

Good morning friends~ It's that time already for a new challenge going on over at Cupcake Inspirations and this week's colors are Forest, Papaya and Eggplant or something similar.

Our sponsor this week is the ever adorable Newton's Nook and they are so generously giving away a $25 store credit to the winner!

They were so kind to let us do a little discount shopping and I must say, I could not stop adding their cute stamp sets to my cart!!  This company is new to me and I'm in love with Newton and all of his friends!!

Here's my card using Tranquil Tides:
After stamping and die cutting the images in this set, I settled on using just these two sea creatures.  I was shooting for a more CAS look.  I added Perfect Pearls to the fish so they shimmer in real life.  It's awful hard for me to capture that in a photo.   

Please visit the other design team members to see their inspiration for this challenge and then join in on the fun!  
Birgit ~ That's me!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Thursday, September 15, 2016

PTI Create Along With Us ~ September

Good morning friends~  I'm playing along with this week's 
Create Along With Us challenge.  

I chose this sweet card from Betsy Veldman
I like the CAS look and Scandinavian design.  I like stamping these repetitive patterns so I turned to Make-It Market Holiday Folk set to create my card.
You can't see it in the photo, but I added some sparkle to the polar bear using a Wink of Stella pen.
The little red sprigs are from Note Niblets and the sentiment is from an older PTI set, Silent Night.

I'm so glad you stopped by and I do hope you'll leave me a comment letting me know you were here.  I enjoy reading your comments!
Blessings~ Birgit