Friday, August 18, 2017

Guest Designing for Crop Stop

Hello friends ~ I'm so happy to be guest designing for Crop Stop Blog today.  Thanks so much Esther, for this fun opportunity!
I chose to do a little collage style card using lots of wonderful products found in the Crop Stop store.
I started by doing some ink blending for the background using Distress Oxide Inks in Fossilized Amber, Broken China and Wilted Violet, spritzing it with water mixed with a tsp. of bleach, as I continued to add color.  I just love the mottled look it creates.
I stamped this wonderful Heidi Swapp background stamp using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

I cut the panel using an Elizabeth Craft Design Stitched Rectangle and then sponged more Frayed Burlap around the outside edges.
I used Poppystamps Delicate Dogwood to cut one out of a scrap of background paper I had created previously that was left sitting on my table and one out of black cardstock.  I also cut the Elizabeth Craft Designs Small Butterfly out of the same.
I adhered the flowers on to the front of the card using Glossy Accents, shadowing the flower with the black die cut.  I layered the butterfly and added Black Diamond Stickles to the body.
The sentiment from Altenew's Fresh Freesia was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed using white embossing powder onto a scrap of black cardstock.  I raised it up just a tad by running a piece of chipboard that was cut slightly smaller than the sentiment strip and running it through my Xyron sticker maker.

I hope you'll take a jaunt over to the Crop Stop blog and say hello to Esther.  While you're there be sure to visit the Crop Stop Shop to see what's new!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Saying Thanks ~ Beach Style

Good morning friends.  Today's card was inspired by a trip to Florida that we took a number of years ago where I had brought home some beach sand, starfish and shells.  I put them into a mason jar and set a votive candle on top and gifted it to my daughter.  It was a fun way to make a pretty memento of our trip and it was functional as well.  

Here's a snapshot of the dies I used to create this:

I started by cutting the largest jar from the Poppystams Jar Collection and blending in some color while it was still in the die.  This gives the jar a clean border and adds definition to the jar.

I  cut the Frantic Stamp Tall Palm Tree with Fronds and the Memory Box Seaside Treasures out of Elizabeth Craft Designs White Soft Finish Cardstock and added color using distress inks and a blending tool.  If you haven't tried using the Soft Finish Cardstock yet, you really must.  The colors blend so smooth and easy and I love the texture!  I wish you could see it in the photo. 

Once the pieces were all colored, I assembled the contents inside the jar, popping a couple of the palm tree fronds up using foam squares for added dimension.

I cut the Marianne Designs Fishing Net out of kraft and adhered it to an A2 card front and trimmed the edges.

The Marianne Designs dies are offered up as special order dies through Dies R Us a few times a year.  If you sign up for their newsletter, you'll be the first to be notified about these special order events.  You can get many European dies at a great price!    

Once the card was assembled, I added a layered tag and some bakers twine to finish it off.  What a fun way to say "thanks" to someone special and preserve those precious summer memories!

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Tall Palm Tree w/ Fronds  Poppystamps - Dies - Jar CollectionImage result for memory box seaside treasuresImage result for Marianne designs net

I hope you're inspired by today's project.  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, August 16, 2017

Tons of Ombre Love

Hello friends~  I've just gotten my very first order in from Pink Fresh Studio and I couldn't be more thrilled with my new stamp and die sets!  

 This card was made using Love Scale.  Isn't that scale fabulous?  

 I stamped the image and colored it using Copic Markers in an ombre style knowing that I wanted to stamp the hearts using Hero Arts Ombre Ink.  I used the Light to Dark Peach color.  I then cut the image using the coordinating Love Scale Die Set.

I stamped a striped border along the bottom using Your Next Stamp Striped-tastic Edge and added a strip of black cardstock to ground the scale filled with Tons Of Love!!
I can see many things sitting on this scale from candles to fruit to Christmas trees!  What other ideas do you have?  I'd love to give them a try!

If you've never visited Pink Fresh Studio, I do hope you will. 
I'll be adding this card to the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
City Crafter Challenge ~ No Flowers
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Add A Sentiment

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Blessings~ Birgit

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs August Designer Challenge ~ Gift Giving

Elizabeth Craft Designs has a new Designer Challenge up on their blog today and it's all about Gift Giving!  

I created a coordinating tag and star pillow box for my gift giving inspiration.  The tag can be tied to a pretty gift bag and the Star Pillow Box can be filled with something sweet or a small gift.

Here's a list of products I used:

Be sure to check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog to see all the gift ideas from the Die Cut Design Team and the Coloring Design Team.  Simply answer this question for your chance to win a $20.00 Gift Card to Elizabeth Craft Designs.  There will be 3 lucky winners! 

What are some homemade and crafty gifts you have created over the years?

3 lucky winners will win:

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Nautical Birthday Cards

Hello friends~  I'm going nautical today with a few cards that I made using some of my mom's old craft supplies as well as using some dies that my dear friend Marcia sent me last year that never got used up.  I was in desperate need of masculine birthday cards so these cards definitely fill the bill.

This card uses a Jolee's sticker and a couple of added dies from Poppystamps.

Another Jolee's sticker and a cute little anchor tag from Taylored Expressions that was a freebie in one of my orders.  Sweet!

These last two cards use some dies that my sweet friend Marcia sent me as well as some Elizabeth Craft Dies.  

I'll be entering one of these cards into the following challenges:
Dies R Us ~ Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
AAA Cards ~ Summer Fun
City Craft Challenge ~ No Flowers

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit 

Monday, August 14, 2017

PTI-Create Along With Us ~ Sunflower Card

Good morning and happy Monday!  I'm actually home on a Monday and am playing along with PTI's Create Along With Us.  I fell in love with Lizzie's sweet sunflower card and just had to CASE it.  The soft blue plaid background made the sunflower really pop!
Here's my version using PTI's Simple Sunflower.
I stamped the sunflowers using Harvest Gold and added details using Copics.  

Have you been keeping up with their new release posts each day?  I'm loving all the wonderful new fall sets!  Heather's scarecrow is darling!!  You can find all the details on Nichole's blog.
I'll be adding this card to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters ~ Harvest Hoe-Down
Seize the Birthday ~ Tie One On

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Faerie Note

Good morning friends~   Today's card is a darling little note from the fairies.

Here's a snapshot of the products I used to make today's project:

Here's how I made it:
 I started by cutting the Memory Box Wildflower Oval Frame out of soft green cardstock and a scrap of fun polka dotted printed paper.  I inlaid the printed paper into the soft green oval frame, using washi tape on the back to hold it in place.  

I die cut the Poppystamps Mushrooms and Toadstools out of white cardstock, adding color using Distress Oxide Inks and then assembled them together using Glossy Accents.

I cut the Poppystamps Magnificent Mini Faeries out of white cardstock that had double sided adhesive attached to the top.  Once they were die cut, I peeled the release sheet from the top of the dies and added Elizabeth Craft Silk Microfine Glitter to the bodies and their wings and then assembled the faeries.  They're so magical in real life! 
See the tiny hearts?  Those are actually negative pieces cut from the wings.  I added those to the mushrooms.  

I assembled the card and added a sentiment banner from Marianne Designs.  Dies R Us offers special order events when you can order amazing dies from several European companies.  Marianne Designs is one of them.  Be sure to sign up for their e-mails so you can be the first to know about these special  order events.  

Here's a list of products I used that can be found at Dies R Us:
Memory Box - Dies - Wildflower Oval Frame  Poppystamps - Dies - Mushrooms and Toadstools  Poppystamps - Dies - Magnificent Mini Faeries

I hope you're inspired by today's project.  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, August 9, 2017

Water Colored Fruit Card Set

It's time to be thinking about back to school and I've got a great way to let your kids teachers know how much you appreciate them throughout the year.  Here's a set of water colored note cards that can be used any time to share your appreciation.  And they're not just for teachers!  

Here's a snapshot of the products I used today:
There's a big sale going on for the month of August on all white and ivory colored cardstocks at Cut Cardstock.  For today's projects I'm using Cougar 80lb Natural A-2 Folded Note Cards.  These come all cut to size, scored and ready to use.  What a great time saver and so handy to have on hand when you need to whip up a card in a jiffy!  
I started by cutting all the fruits out of water colored cardstock and water colored them using Gansai Tambi Water Colors.  I used Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to assemble the fruits.

I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles to cut a printed paper panel and a smaller panel of Cougar 80lb Natural Cardstock.  I layered the cards using Score Tape and attached the fruit to the front of each card with Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Adhesive.  

Cougar Natural A-2 Envelopes complete this colorful set of note cards that can be used for any occasion.

I hope you enjoyed today's project and will take advantage of the sale this month on all white and ivory cardstock at Cut Cardstock.

Other products used linked below:
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit