Friday, April 28, 2023

Spring Window ~ ScrapbookPal

Spring is my favorite season of the year.  Gardening is my second passion, next to making cards.  It would be first, if we didn’t have such long cold winters and I didn't spend so much time inside. 

This cheerful spring card was made during a snowstorm in February, using Avery Elle Arched Window, adorned with Spellbinders Be Bold Blooms

I cut the Avery Elle Arched Window out three times, gluing each layer together using Bearly Art Precision Liquid Glue to add dimension. All the flowers and stems were cut out of white cardstock and colored with Copic markers or by blending on Distress Inks.

This card brought sunshine into my day as I was creating it, and I hope it brings sunshine into your day as well. 

Here's a list of supplies I used that can be found at ScrapbookPal:

Avery Elle Arched Window
Spellbinders Be Bold Blooms
Bearly Art Precision Liquid Glue
Distress Inks
Copic Markers

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Dinosaur Birthday Box Card

Hey friends~  I have a fun box card today, that I made for one of my great little nieces, who currently loves dinosaurs.

I was inspired by my creative friend Lena of Lena's Creations card that you can find HERE.  I set out to recreate a card that was very similar to hers, but as you can see, it turned out completely different.  

To start with, I didn't have the same T-Rex dinosaur that Lena had, but I had this dinosaur die from Marianne Designs.  Lena's background was a combination of Silhouette cut files, which I could have purchased, but as I was contemplating the project, I decided to make my own box card using the dies I already had on hand.

There's space on the back of the card, where I'll write our birthday wish for my sweet little 5 year old great niece.

The mushrooms are from Sizzix designed by Tim Holtz.  To my shame, I've had these for well over a year and have never used them.  I was delighted to discover that the elongated Happy Birthday die cut from Spellbinders fit perfectly onto the front of the card.  

I just love how we can be inspired by each other and once creativity takes a hold, our projects are the same but different.  I do hope you'll pop over to Lena's blog and have a look at her amazing project.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Flying By..... ~ Double D Challenge

Hello friends.  Double D Challenges is starting a new challenge today and the theme is "Things That Fly".

I thought it would be fun to pull out this Hot Air Balloon die from Sizzix.  I haven't used it in quite some time but found that it is still available at A Cherry On Top.  I love all the banners and flower dies that are included in the set.  So cute!

The file tab card base was cut using Elizabeth Craft Designs File Folder Set 2.  This is such a cool die set for creating card bases or fun ephemera bits for your crafting.  The largest die measures the same as an A2 sized card.  

I made an interesting discovery.  While I was looking for a fun paper to use, I came across this very old, long retired paper from My Minds Eye, "The Sky Is The Limit", that had balloons on it.  I discovered that the cloud die from the Hot Air Balloon set is the same exact shape as the clouds on the printed paper.  They coordinate perfectly!  It's fun to see how styles always come back around.

I hope you'll take the time to visit Double D Challenges and see more fun inspiration from my talented team mates.
Here's the mood board to help you get started.

Here's the prize that you could win when you play along:

Here's a list of products I used today:

Thanks for flying by!

Monday, April 17, 2023

Nothing Is Impossible With God ~ Mixed Media Monday

Happy Monday friends!  I'm back to share this sweet entry in my Create Happiness Art Journal for Mixed Media Monday.  
 Life's journey is filled with mountains and valleys.  The valleys can be a difficult road to travel if it weren't for the promises of God to help get us through.   Truly, Nothing is impossible with God!

 I wanted this page to reflect the brightness of God's goodness in our dark days.  For my art entry, I did a bit of sponging on the background using a cloud stencil and deep blues DOX Inks.  The text was stamped using Leaves & Film Clear Stamp Set.  I added in some hand drawn stars using a white gel pen.  They are very faint, but if you look close you'll see them. 

The hot air balloon and flowers are from Pink Dream Ephemera.  I added a few more white gel pen details onto the die cuts.  I typed the verse from Luke 1:37 on my computer and printed it on my home printer.  In keeping with the style of other entries in this journal, I cut the sentiment into chunks and outlined them with a fine tip black marker.  

The border was stenciled on in black ink using Border 1 Stencil from the Create Happiness line.  I traced the border with a white gel pen.  This really made the border pop.  This reflects the silver lining in in the clouds.

I hope you enjoyed today's project, and maybe find a bit of hope if you're struggling through something right now.  Remember that He is with you and NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD.  

Art Journaling is a creative outlet that helps me work through my thoughts and experiences of every day life.  I'm not one to keep a written journal, though I've tried.  Starting this art journal has been a huge blessing to me.  I can get lost for hours in ink and paper, while reflecting on the Goodness of God. 

Here are some links that will bring you to the products I used today:

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Lovely Spring Dogwood Blossoms ~ ScrapbookPal

I love everything about spring, especially when all the trees and flowers start coming back to life.  Honeybee Stamps had an amazing spring release a few weeks ago, and I had the pleasure of working with the Honey Cuts, Lovely Layers: Dogwood and This One's For The Girls clear stamp set.

These Honey Cuts Dogwood Dies are pure spring delight!  Let me show you more details on how this card came together.


I started by cutting all the die elements out of 80# white cardstock. 

I separated them by flowers, leaves and flower centers and colored them using Copic Markers.  You can see the colors I used in this photo. I was inspired by this photo of a pink dogwood blossom I found online.

 I also colored the single solid die, where the small elements will be placed.  I glued the flowers, leaves and buds onto the branch using Bearly Art Precision Liquid Glue, lifting the edges of the petals and leaves to add dimension.  

Once the flower branch was assembled, I created the base of the card by die cutting a white A2 size card panel that I die cut using Lawn Fawn's Quilted Backdrop, to add more texture to the card.  I found the striped scrap of paper in my stash that fit the sentiment from Honeybee Stamps "This One's For The Girls" clear stamp set, just perfectly.  I LOVE this stamp set!  It has so many wonderful sentiments but it also has a variety feminine names, including some in Spanish.  You could use this stamp set for so many special occasions.  

Once the flower stem was adhered to the card front using liquid glue, I added some Lime Green Stickles to the centers of the flowers, just to add a bit of sparkle.

So sweet!

I hope you enjoyed today's project.  You'll find these products and so many more when you visit ScrapbookPal.  

Here's a list of products I used today:

Honeybee Stamps Honey Cuts Lovely Layers:  Dogwood

Honeybee Stamps This One's For The Girls Clear Stamp Set

Lawn Fawn Quilted Backdrop

Copic Markers

Bearly Art Precision Liquid Glue

Lime Green Stickles

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 10, 2023

A Rainbow of Hummingbirds ~ Spellbinders

Hi there creative and crafty friends!  Happy Monday to you!  I hope you had a nice weekend.  Spring is on the move and I'm delighted with the warmer temperatures.  
The designers at Spellbinders have knocked my socks off with their beautiful new release this month.  Bibi's Hummingbirds Collection speaks my bird language.
Just look at what this amazingly detailed Hummingbird Card Creator Die can do.  Seriously, a hummingbird shaped card, complete with flowers to dress them up!

I was having so much fun creating these, I just kept going and going and going.  I wanted them in every color possible!

I have a stack of shimmer paper in a variety of colors that I thought I should probably donate because I didn't think I'd ever use it.  I'm so glad I held on to it because it was perfect for creating these flying marvels.

The die set includes all these flowers.  I cut bunches of them in different colors using cardstock scraps.  I used Gold Mirror Cardstock for the beaks and centers of the flowers. 

 I stamped a few of the different Hummingbird Sentiments onto their bellies.

Not only do these make the most amazing cards, but I can see them hanging in a window to brighten a room or even being made into a mobile.  I'm not that clever as to know how to make a mobile but I'm sure someone out there is.  

Another thought I had was to make them as placard holders for seating at a spring tea gathering with your friends.  So many possibilities!

Okay, who's ready to go shopping now?? I am!!! What a joy and delight to craft with these fun new products.  Let your imagination run wild!  Who wouldn't want to receive one of these beautiful cards arrive in their mailbox??

Here is a list of products I used that can be found at Spellbinders:

Bibi's Hummingbird Collection
Hummingbird Card Creator
Hummingbird Sentiments Clear Stamps
All New Arrivals
Gold Mirror Cardstock

While you're there, check out what's Coming Soon.

I hope you have a fun-tabulous day!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 7, 2023

Earth's Gladdest Day

Happy Easter friends!  What a glorious day celebrating Jesus' resurrection and His victory over death.  It's because of Him that we don't need to fear what the future holds, and it's because of Him that we have the hope of heaven.  What a reason to rejoice!

I only made a couple of Easter cards this year but this one was my favorite.  

I used The Greetery's new nest and feathers dies and mounted them onto a piece of pre-printed paper from Honey Bee Stamps.  It was a freebie pack of paper that I received in an order a while back.  

The stamped sentiment I had in my Easter box of stamps.  I don't own the stamp but someone sent me some all stamped, at some point and I honestly can't remember who.  I love this sentiment though, and wish I had the stamp.  If you were the one who sent them to me thank you!  If you know who makes it, let me know in the comments.  I'd like to add it to my shopping cart.  

I'll be adding this card to the Card Concept Challenge ~ Happy Easter
I was inspired by the natural tones and the blue candle in the top right lantern.  My style design is clean and layered.

I hope that your Easter day is filled with the goodness of God.
He is RISEN!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Dance In The Rain ~ Double D Challenges

Hello friends ~ It's the first Wednesday in April so that means it's time for a new challenge over at Double D Challenges.  The theme is "April Showers".

I pulled out a very old stamp set from Sweet Pea Designs called "Quackers" and paired it with the "Splashing Puddles" die cut from Memory Box.

The sentiment is from "I'm Here For You, Rain or Shine" from My Creative Time, which is currently out of stock, but I found some sets similar this stamp set at Simon Says Stamp, with lots of cute rainy day sentiments.

It's a no-brainer guessing which tile on the inspiration board I was inspired by!

Here's the inspiration board to help you get started:

And here's the prize you could win when you play along:

If you'd like to make a card similar to mine, here's a list of products I used and links to similar products:

Memory Box Splashing Puddles Die
Sugar Pea Designs Quackers ~ OUT OF STOCK but you could use 
Time For Tea Designs Lucky Ducks
I'm Here For You Rain or Shine ~ OUT OF STOCK but you could use
Rain or Shine

I hope you'll stop by Double D Challenges to see more amazing designs from my talented team mates.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 3, 2023

Garden Journal ~ Mixed Media Monday

Happy Mixed Media Monday friends!  Today's mixed media offering was made in my Garden Journal.  I enjoy working outside in my flower gardens, getting my hands dirty and while it's still too cold and frozen to do so here on the east coast, I can continue playing with paper flowers inside where it's always sunny and warm.  

The Garden Journal is a handmade book that I made a few months ago and my plan is to keep all the entries garden themed, while my Create Happiness art journal is all about God's Word and His promises.

I did quite a bit of inking on the background using DOX inks, stamping background images using stamps from the Create Happiness line of clear stamps.  I recently purchased some Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish and thought I'd give it a try on this page.

You can see the gilding polish better in this close up photo above the ticket.  I love the sheen it gives, and the fact that it looks aged is a bonus.  The die cut frame, flowers and ticket are all from the Curators Botanical collection from 49 & Market.  I added more stamping using Sign Here Stamps from Spellbinders Flea Market Finds collection.

The image of the boots and flowers is a free printable that I found years ago online.  

Here's a list of products I used today:

Entire Line of Create Happiness
Spellbinders Flea Market Finds
49 & Market Curators Botanicals
Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish

Thanks so much for joining me today.  If you have any questions or comments, I'd love to hear from you.