Monday, February 27, 2017

Uplifting and Encouraging Cards

Hello friends~  I've got some cards here today that I made using images from Stampingbella.  If you haven't yet visited them, you really must!  Their images are all so darling!!

I had a request from someone who wants 50 cards all geared toward well wishes and encouragement.  She has a wonderful card ministry of writing to people who are sick and battling cancer.  So you'll probably be seeing a lot of those types of uplifting cards on my blog in the near future.  Who wouldn't be cheered up by these sweet images!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!
Blessings~ Birgit

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #396

Cupcake Inspirations
Hello friends~  It's Sunday so that means that there's a new challenge up at Cupcake Inspirations.  This week is a theme challenge:
and who better to have as a sponsor this week than the amazing Newton's Nook Designs!  
They're offering up a $25 store credit so don't miss out on this chance to play along and win.

The kind folks at Newton's Nook allowed us to shop with a bit of a discount and I had a hard time choosing which stamp sets were coming home with me as I want so many of them!  I chose to use Happy Mail because who can resist a frisky kitty in a mailbox?  Not me!

I went postal all the way on these two cards, coloring the images up using Copic markers.

Join in on the fun at Cupcake Inspirations.  And be watching as we approach our 400th challenge...  we've got lots of surprises and prizes in store for you that you won't want to miss!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Blessings~ Birgit

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Happy Birthday Friend

Hello friends~  I've been playing around with some older sets in my craft room that have been far too overlooked lately.  It's so easy to get caught up in all the new release parties going on everywhere.  I'm cutting back and enjoying using some of my old favorites like this set from Concord & 9th
I  started by cutting a Stitched Scalloped Rectangle from MFT out of this pretty textured light blue card stock and then cutting the Layers Of Love out of the center of that .

The floral spray at the base of the heart was made using elements from Layers Of Love and an Elizabeth Craft Designs Aster.  This flower is quickly becoming one of my favorite easy to make, "go to" flowers.

The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed in silver onto a vellum Stitched Fishtail Banner and a few sequins to add some bling, finish the card off nicely.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and maybe you're inspired to pull out some of your old favorites and give them some new love.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Blessings~ Birgit

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Pretty Asters

Good morning friends~ It's my turn to post over at the Dies R Us Blog today.

ETA:  I wanted to quickly note that DRU is having a Design Team Call.  If you want to design for a very generous company and get an amazing discount on a large line of quality dies, than here's your chance!  I have enjoyed my time with DRU and the amazing gals on the design team for a year now and I have learned so much and made some lasting friendships.  You can find all the details of the design team call HERE.

Now that Valentine's Day is behind us, I'm even more eager for spring to arrive!  Since I know we're not even close here in Maine, I opted for another spring like card using a vintage image that was cut using Memory Box Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Layers.

I started by cutting the Memory Box Piestra Tile out of soft pink card stock and the Poppy Stamps Hampstead Corner out of soft green card stock and mounted them to an A2 sized white card base.

Next I cut the Elizabeth Craft Designs Asters out of white card stock and colored them using Copics.

I then molded them and glued them together using Glossy Accents.  I just love how they look when they're all put together.  So pretty!

Next, cut the Impression Obsession Love Die out of white card stock that has adhesive sheet adhered to the top of it.  Run it through the die cutting machine and gently peel off the release sheet and add ECD Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter to the top of the die cut word and polish it to give it a good shine.  
I assembled the card and added some Yellow Stickles to the centers of the asters and then added some Crystal Stickles to the petals of the asters on the image.

 A lovely spring card to brighten someone's day!

I hope you're inspired by today's card.
Here's a list of dies I used:
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Aster Memory Box - Dies - Piestra TileImpression Obsession - Dies - LoveMemory Box - Dies - Open Studio - Stitched Rectangle Layers

I'll be adding this card to the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Fantastic Florals
The Card Concept ~ Shabby Chic & Vintage
Dies R Us Challenge ~ Think Spring
Word Art Wednesday

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. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Friday, February 17, 2017

Celebrating The Past, Present & The Future with PTI

Hello friends~  We've been getting zonked with snow and power outages and I was snowed in for four days.  What else better to do than to play catch up on the anniversary celebrations going on over at PTI.  Hope you don't mind that I am posting all my cards in this one post. 
I didn't have any of the sets from 2009 so I chose to use the cherries from Still Life: Summer.
I did a bit of "kissing" by covering a polka dotted background stamp in Pure Poppy ink and then "kissing" or stamping the cherries onto the background stamp, picking up the ink and then stamping them onto the coordinating die cut.  I did the same kind of stamping for the leaves.
I didn't have any stamps from 2010 either so I used 
Fancy Folk Art to make this card.

I finally got to a year where I had a featured stamp set.  Garden Variety!

This has been a long time favorite of mine so I made not one, but two cards!

I had Embroidered Blooms from the 2012 selection and I pretty much CASEd Melissa's sweet card with just a few alterations to make it my own.

For 2013, I didn't have any of the featured sets so I went back to another favorite oldie, Out On A Limb.

Thanks so much for sticking with me while I got caught up. 

I'll be entering one of these cards into the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Fantastic Florals
Simon Says Monday Challenge ~ Favorite Tool ~ Die Cuts
The Card Concept ~ Vintage
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes

You can find all the details about PTI's 10th Anniversary over at Nichole's Blog.  
Blessings~ Birgit

Fresh Cupcakes For Sale!

Hello~  I've got a sweet card for you today using some fun products from Elizabeth Craft Designs

How about a plate of freshly baked cupcakes from your local bakery?
I used the cake plate from Joset's Christmas Pudding, adding some color using Tim Holtz Distress inks, a silver paint pen and some Ranger Liquid Pearls.  The three Small Cupcakes were cut out of White Soft Finish Cardstock and colored using distress inks.  

I added a heavy coat of clear embossing powder over the icing and some Clear Wink of Stella on the cherry.

To create the awning, I used the straight Sliders and Spinners Die and attached them to a scrap of card stock.  I then scored it to make it look like an awning.  

You can find all the products used to make this card by clicking on the affiliate links.

I'll be adding this card to the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenge ~ Favorite Tool ~ Die Cuts
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes

I'm so glad you took the time to stop in for a cupcake!  
Blessings~ Birgit

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February Die Cut Club

Good morning friends~  I've got some fun cards up for you today using die cuts from The Die Cut Club from Green Duck Sales

This is a monthly subscription  where you will receive a variety of top quality, fully colored and embellished die cuts a month. 

Now on to my cards:

You can find all the details about The Die Cut Club HERE.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  
Blessings~ Birgit