Saturday, November 18, 2017

Create Along With PTI ~ Give Love

Hello friends ~ Today's card was made for PTI's Create Along With Us challenge.  You have two more days to play along! 
 My card was inspired by Keeway's sweet card found here

I used PTI's Give Love set to create a window card like Keeways' darling card seen below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Three Tags for 12 Tags of Christmas

Hello friends~ It feels good to be getting creative with paper, stamps and dies again.  I've got some tags that I made for Loll's 12 Tags of Christmas.  It's almost over so I'm glad I found time to play along.

Day 8 is inspired by Loll's "tweet" tag found here.
I started by creating my own stencil by cutting the Snowfall Reverse Cut Die from Frantic Stamper out of a piece of acetate.  Then I added some Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter to the embossing paste before stenciling the snowflakes onto the background of the tag which was cut using MFT's Stitched Tag Stax.  The images from "For The Birds" by Sweet N' Sassy Stamps are stamped and colored with Copics.  The bells and holly images are from Avery Elle's "Kitsch Christmas".

Day 7 is inspired by Loll's guest designer Karen found here.
I started by cutting two Main St. Pinpoint Tags from Poppystamps in two graduating sizes.  The woodgrain patterned paper is from ECD Wood Effect from Moda Scrap.  The double cut word JOY is from PTI's Holiday Double Cuts.  The top layer is cut from silver cardstock and mounted on top of a strip of silver glitter paper.  The snowflakes are cut from white cardstock on which two of them were covered in Teal Silk Microfine Glitter from ECD.

Day 6 is inspired by my dear friend Marcia as she was Loll's guest designer for that day.  You can find her darling tag here.
I pretty much CASE-d Marcia's tag, changing it up just a little bit using what I had.  I cut a tag using PTI's Tag Sale #3 out of aqua mist cardstock and stamped some snowflakes from random sets in aqua mist ink.  I then cut another tag out of white cardstock and cut the center out using the Wildwood Collage die from Memory Box.  I added some Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter to the snowy edge at the bottom and throughout the trees.  I cut the tree using Impression Obsession Fir Trees and went around the edges using a silver paint pen.  The deer is cut using Impression Obsession Small Deer.  He is colored with a copic and then edged with a bit of distress ink.  The tiny tag was stamped using Hero Arts Color Layering Snowy Tree.

You can find all the details of Loll's challenge here.

I'll be adding one of these tags to the following challenges:
Dies R Us ~ Snow
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Furry Friends
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Super-Sized Snow Globe

Hello friends ~ I've got a super sized Snow Globe card for you today using dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

I started by cutting snow drifts using a die from the Reindeer die set and adding some Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter to the top edge using a glue pen.

I repeated the process on the church die from the Snowglobe Scene die set.

I cut a partial circle using a scrap of printed paper and a die from the Stitched Circles.  I didn't worry about it not being complete as the bottom is covered by the snow drifts.  

I cut a handful of houses out of different colored scraps of cardstock and backed the windows and doors using yellow cardstock.

The trees and snowflakes are all cut from the Snowglobe Scene die set.  The sentiment is from Holiday Cheer Stamps.

You can find all these fun products and more at Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Monday, November 13, 2017

A New Look and Heartfelt Thanks

Hello blogging friends~  I know I've been absent for a while and I haven't been around to comment much either.  It's been difficult trying to get back into the rythm of life after losing my dad but God is good, gracious and loving in all He does and I'm thankful to have such a wonderful support group of friends and family that have lifted me up in prayer.  To everyone who prayed, left comments and sent cards, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Each loving gesture brought a smile to my face and more grateful thanks to my heart.
Through the last week or so, dear sweet Loll Thompson reached out to me as well, as I had been wanting her help to make my blog be a reflection of me; and she did just that.  It was such a positive experience working with her and I think she captured my style perfectly with this new blog design.  Thank you Loll for this amazing  new blog design!  I just love it and have so enjoyed working with you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Saturday, November 4, 2017

We Love YOU ~ Dawn McVey!

Hello friends~  I didn't want to miss out on this opportunity to honor PTI's most optimistic designer Dawn McVey.
  For those of you who are fans of PaperTrey Ink like me, you know that Dawn has struggled with health issues for the last few years.  She is such a delight to everyone, through her blog and Instagram.  She's always a shining light to others through her faith, sunny attitude and her incredible creative style.  She just underwent a rare small intestine transplant and is on the long road to recovery.
In honor of Dawn, PTI is hosting a week long blog hop using her stamp sets, to make cards of love and encouragement to be sent to her while she is in recovery.  
The sets I used for  my card are Holiday Greens, Spruce & Sprigs, Peaceful Pinecones and the sentiment is from A Cheerful Heart.

I do hope you'll take the time to visit Nichole's blog for all the details and join in on sending some love to Dawn.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Friday, October 27, 2017

Hidden Message ~ THANKS

****This is a pre-scheduled post****
I will be away from blogging for a period of time while I deal with the unexpected loss of my dad.  Thanks for your love and prayers. ~ Hugs, Birgit

We're nearing the end of October but there's still time to take advantage of the awesome sale on all Royal Sundance products at Cut Cardstock.  Today's project features a hidden die cut message using these wonderfully textured cardstocks.

 Here's a snapshot of the products I used today:
I started by creating two A2 size, top folding card bases using 80# Royal Sundance Linen cardstock in both Natural and Bright White.
I also cut two A2 size panels using the same linen cardstocks  and stamped this beautiful Painted Rose image from Altenew onto each panel using a Misti to line them up exactly.  

Using the Bold Alphabet Dies, cut the words Thank You through each of the stamped panels using tape to hold the dies together.  Cut the letters four more times out of 80# Neenah Solar White Classic Crest Carstock.  

Adhere the Linen panels to the cardbases using Score Tape, then glue the blank letters into the negative spaces using Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.  The added layers will give dimension to the finished cards.  
For the final step, glue the stamped Bright White letters onto the Natural cardstock and the stamped Natural letters onto the Bright White cardstock.  This gives you a cohesive image on the card fronts but mixing up the colors of the Linen Cardstocks.

I added some Clear Droplets to the finished cards.  Look how pretty!

I hope you're inspired by today's project.  You can find all the latest updates and inspiration on the Cut Cardstock Facebook Page and be sure to sign up for the CCS Newsletter so you'll be among the first to be notified about upcoming sales and discounts.  There's always great deals to be found at Cut Cardstock!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Christmas Candle Light

****This is a pre-scheduled post****
I will be away from blogging for a period of time while I deal with the unexpected loss of my dad.  Thanks for your love and prayers. ~ Hugs, Birgit

Good morning~  Elizabeth Craft Designs is having a new designer's challenge starting today and the theme is Christmas.  They have a boat load of wonderful new dies for winter!  I used two of them on my project today.

Let's get started:
I inked the center of a piece of A2 sized white Soft Finish Cardstock with a bit of Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.
I cut some of the smallest Snowflakes out of white Soft Finish Cardstock and attached them, using glue only in the centers so the flakes would have some movement.
Next I cut this lovely candle called Festive Glow out of white Soft finish cardstock and again, added color using Distress Inks.  The Festive Glow die set has a beautifully detailed overlay.  I covered the Soft Finish Cardstock with Double Sided Adhesive before running it through my die cutting machine.  After removing the negative spaces and the release sheet, I added some Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter and assembled the candle.  

It's so pretty and sparkly in real life.  

If you haven't seen the new line of Christmas dies, you can find them HERE.  I promise they don't disappoint!

Here's your chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to the ECD store.  There's three of them up for grabs!  Pop by the ECD blog to see how the other designers were inspired and leave a comment to win.  It's that easy!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Two Cards.... Two Challenges

Good morning ~  It's not very often I get to post on a Saturday and I really should be outside painting our house but I'm popping in real quick to post two cards that I made for challenges this week.  If I don't post them now, I'll miss the deadline and that always seems to happen to me. So here I am with two cards for two different challenges.

 The first card is for the Make It Monday Challenge.  Dawn has us creating sentiment windows.  Her cards are always so inspiring and beautiful, I just couldn't let this challenge pass by!

I used Holiday Greens, Spruce & Sprigs and a sentiment from Happiest of Holidays.

My next card is for the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge using their sketch and this darling image from Art Impressions Sparkle & Cheer.

I'll also be entering one of these cards into the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!   Blessings~ Birgit

Thursday, October 12, 2017

One Die Four Ways

Good morning friends~  I've got 4 cards for you today using just one die.  What a great way to extend the use of your dies!

The Frantic Stamper Dresser Card Panel Die is so dalring used as it's intended.
But here are some other ways to use this die:
I used the die that's used to make the top ledge of the dresser as a clothes line pole and hung those sweet little dresses in the set out to dry.

There are two rectangle dies in the set so I used them to make a frame and added those darling little baby embellishments that are also included in the set to the bottom.  The baby embellishments are colored using copics.  You could also use this frame to create a shaker card and use the little embellishments as shaker elements.  That little peanut in the frame is a picture of my very first grand child, due in May 2018.  Just had to share my joy with you!

For my final card, I used the die elements to create a rolling tool chest.  I cut the chest out using the smaller rectangle and added four of the large drawers and used the trim piece to cut silver metalllic carstock for the trim on the drawers.  I had these old tool stickers from Mrs. Grossman's that fit perfectly in the drawers.

So there you have it!  Four cards using one die!

I hope you're inspired to look at the dies you have and think of different and unique ways to use them.

Don't forget to join in on all the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sentimental Succulents

Good morning crafters~  This month at Cut Cardstock they are having a sale on all their Royal Sundance Cardstocks.  Have you seen or tried their Linen cardstock?  It has a wonderful texture and is just perfect to show off your stamping.  I tried to capture the detail of the cardstock in the photo's but my photography skills are very limited but believe me when I say the detail is exquisite and is great for any project from elegant to casual.

Here's a snapshot of products I used today:

I started by cutting an A2 size panel using 80lb. Royal Sundance Linen in Natural.  I also cut a 1" strip of POW Glitter Paper in the color of Cricket and attached it to the left side of the linen panel using Score-Tape.  I adhered the entire panel onto an A2 sized cardbase using 110lb. Neenah Solar White Classic Crest Cardstock.  This cardstock is super sturdy and perfect for card bases.

 I stamped the Simply Succulents from Pink Fresh Studio onto the linen and wasn't too fussy about getting full coverage.  I really wanted the linen to show well on this card.   

Be sure to visit Cut Cardstock to find all kinds of great deals on all your card stock needs.    

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Blessings~ Birgit

Hello Pumpkin

Hello friends~  I've got a fun fall card for you today using Elizabeth Craft Designs dies and stamps.

Here's how I made it:
Create a large moon and sky background on a piece of A2 sized White Soft Finish Cardstock using distress Inks.  I used a large Stitched Circle to make a mask for the moon.  Splatter with white craft paint and set it aside to dry.

 I die cut the Pumpkins out of white Soft Finish Cardstock and added color using distress inks and then assembled the pumpkins.

I cut the Iron Fence out of Rich Black Soft Finish cardstock and the Ghost out of polka dotted vellum.  I stamped a sentiment from Spooky Sentiments on white Soft Finish Cardstock and cut it using the coordinating Labels 1 die.

A quick and easy Halloween card!

You can find all the products I used linked above or by visiting Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit