Wednesday, October 19, 2016

PTI ~ Make-It Monday ~ Die Cut Stencils

I'm playing along with this week's Make-It Monday over at Nichole's blog.  Melissa Phillip's has a great video on using your die cuts as stencils.

Here's my card:
I used the same snowflake die that Melissa used in the video 1. because I loved her background and I totally wanted to CASE it and 2.  I couldn't think of another large scale detailed die that I could use.  So my background looks similar to Melissa's and then I used the new Post and Parcel kit to finish off the card.  I'm completely smitten by this sweet set!!  There's a "snow" stamp in the set that you can use to heat emboss with white to make it look like snow on top of the mailbox,  but the first time I saw it in the release, I instantly thought of rust (hence my vintage loving heart).  So I tried making the mailbox look rusty using Canyon Clay and Americana inks instead of white.   

I also have a bonus project to share with you.  I made a wedding themed mailbox card for a wedding that we went to over the weekend. 
The colors were gold and Marine Corps blue.  The groom looked so handsome in his dress blues!  So those are the colors I used to create the mailbox using Gold embossing powder and Enchanted Evening ink.  I also used the leaves and a flower from the Garden Gild Make it Market Mini Kit.  I ran the flower through the xyron and added some Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter
I stamped the gifts in Enchanted Evening and heat embossed the gold ribbons.  The sentiment is heat embossed as well.  Their monetary gift slipped right under the die cut ribbon.  Betsy truly thinks of every little detail to make these kits so special.

This was the other side of the postage insert.  I left space at the bottom to sign our names.

You can find all the details and Melissa's video HERE

I'm so happy that you stopped by to visit me today. 
 Your comments are always read and so much appreciated.

Blessings ~ Birgit

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Dies R Us ~ A Candle For All Seasons

Good morning friends~  I'm up over at the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog and I've got some ideas on using one die for many different occasions.  

Today's focus is on using Dee's Distinctively Dies ~ Candle Set.
First, let's talk about this fabulous candle!  I love the options with this set as there are two different styles of drips.  You can use only one or stack them for a more layered look.  The same with the flame.  Having the smaller flame adds even more dimension to this already awesome candle!! 

Lets get started with the first card.
Shedding light on a Halloween-ish card:

 A Festive Christmas Card:
I used Elizabeth Craft Leaf and Berry BranchesDee's Distinctively Dies Wreath BuilderCheery Lynn Floral Bouquet and Elizabeth Craft Designs Pinecone.  The gold sprigs are cut using Impression Obsession Small Grass.  I added some red and gold stickles to the various berries on this card.
Edited to add:  because of the plaid background and good timing, I'll also be adding this card to the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge

 A Pretty Springtime Card:
I used Cheery Lynn Floral Bouquet on this spring colored card and added more colorful stickles to the berries and main flower. 

A festive Thanksgiving Card:

 A Wintery Snowflake Card:
I used Poppystamps Crystal Snowflake Corner Frame and Cheery Lynn Olive Branches on this card.  I added some gems to the centers of some snowflakes and added clear glitter to the dove.  

Today's Creative Tip:  I cut all of the candles out of white card stock and colored them in using Copic Markers.  On some of the candles, I added heat embossed details according to what occasion the card was going to be used for.  The Christmas candle got a gold swirl treatment, the Thanksgiving candle got some gold stripes and the snowflake candle got some pretty silver snowflakes.  Look at the detail on each of the candles to see how they are "dressed up" for the occasion.  I also added some Wink Of Stella to the flames on each candle to make them sparkle.  

Here's a list of products I used that can be found at Dies R Us:

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. 
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    I'll also be adding one of these cards to the following challenge:
    Word Art Wednesday

    Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

    Sunday, October 16, 2016

    Cupcake Inspirations #380 ~ Celebrate

    Good morning~  It's time for another challenge from Cupcake Inspirations.  This week's challenge is a COLOR challenge.  Here's the tasty inspiration photo using the colors Blush, Ruby and Forest or colors like them:

    Our sponsor this week is Waffle Flower Crafts
    They are generously giving away a stamp of the winner choice to the winner of this week's challenge so please join in on the fun.  You could be our next winner!

    Here's what I came up with using these colors:

    I used MFT's Scribble Roses to create the front of the card and then cut the word "celebrate", from PTI, out of the stamped card front.    

    The rest of the sentiment is stamped from PTI's Over, Under, Easy.  Some ruby colored sequins finish it off.

    Please visit the other designers to see how they were inspired by these colors:
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    Thanks so much for stopping by!  Your comments are always appreciated!  Blessings ~ Birgit

    Thursday, October 13, 2016

    Playing Along with Merry Monday ~ Vintage / Retro Christmas

    I couldn't pass up the opportunity to play along with this week's Merry Monday Christmas Challenge as it's a vintage / retro theme and I just adore anything vintage!!
    Here's my card:

    I started by stamping a Christmas Script background on water color card stock, using a stamp from Sweet N' Sassy Stamps and then did some ink blending using distress inks.  I used PTI's Out On A Limb to stamp the tree branch by inking up the stamp and then spritzing it with water.  I then did the same type of stamping using the pine sprigs from Bells & Boughs.  I stamped and die cut the vintage bells from Bells & Boughs and added them to the card front.  The greeting is also from Bells & Boughs and was stamped using Versamark ink and heat embossed in gold.  

    I'll also be adding this card to the following challenges:

    Thanks so much for stopping by!  Your comments are always much appreciated.  Blessings~ Birgit

    Sunday, October 9, 2016

    Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #379 ~ A Theme Challenge

    Happy Sunday folks!  It's time for another sweet inspiration challenge from Cupcake Inspirations.  This week is a theme challenge and the theme is...

    Our sponsor this week is Sugar Pea Designs 

     they're generously giving a 
    $20 gift certificate to the winner of this fun challenge so be sure to join in for your chance to win!

    And now on to my card:
    I started by scoring a piece of white card stock at every 1/2" and then attached it to an A-2card base.  I added a 1/4" strip of white paper across the top to create the look of a beadboard wall.  I then added some lightly colored printed paper for wall paper.  The bathtub and duck are both from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I cut the faucet spout out of shiny silver cardstock to give it a realistic look.  The sentiment is from a retired set from Sweet N' Sassy Stamps.

    Please take the time to visit each of the designers to see their fabulous cards using this weeks inspiration.
    Birgit ~ That's me!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

    Die's R Us ~ Celebrate

    Good morning friends~  It's my turn  to post over at the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog and today I've got a Bridal Shower gift set to share with you.  
    The neat thing about this gift set is that the grooms last name is Swan so I thought the Swan from Quickuts would be a perfect starting point.  Act fast if you want to pick up one of these beautiful dies from Dies R Us as they are currently on closeout so it's a really good deal!

    I started by cutting the frame using Sue Wilson Australian Collection Background Die out of shiny gold card stock.  This card measures 5x7" and the frame fits it perfectly.  I then stamped a polka dotted background onto a piece of blue card stock using versamark ink and then heat embossed the polka dots in gold.  After cutting, coloring and assembling the Quickutz swans I added a die cut "Celebrate", also cut from shiny gold card stock.  The card came together very quickly.
    You can't give a gift without a tag to match.  As you can see it the photo, I used the gift bag as my jumping off point for colors and design.

    The "bride to be" loved the gift and especially the card.  Big smiles all around!
    Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Swan!

    Here's the dies I used to create this card that can be found at Dies R Us
    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!

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      Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

      Friday, October 7, 2016

      Dashing Fall Dachshund

      Good morning folks~  Today's card was made for the Marianne Design Challenge  to make an easel card and since it's using just dies, I'll be entering it into 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge as well.

      I started by making the card base using this pretty doily frame and doily designed by Petra Van Dam, cut out of white card stock.  The Daschaund is so adorable in his little fall sweater!  A cluster of oak leaves and an acorn from the Creatables collection finishes off the front.
      I was inspired by the colors from City Crafter Challenge ~ All neutral tones.  His sweater is fashioned after the copper tub.

      On the inside is a gourd from Tiny's Creatables.

      I'll also be entering this card in to the following challenges:
      Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
      The Sisterhood of Crafters ~ Fall / Harvest

      Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit