Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cuttlebug Mania Embossing Challenge

Hello and welcome here!  It's been a lovely May long weekend here in Southern Manitoba, most times you can count on rain or even snow but not this year.  But alas it's back to work and school today.  There's also a new challenge over at Cuttlebug Mania, it's an Embossing Challenge!  And don't forget to use your Cuttlebug.

Challenge - Embossing
For a chance at winning an awesome prize, link your creation over at Cuttlebug Mania.

Challenge runs for 2 weeks. 
Don't forget to let us know how you used your Cuttlebug

Card Size:  4.25" x 5.5"
I've been doing lots of watercolouring lately!  It's my new fave thing to do.  The piece behind my image is embossed using a Spellbinder die.  I explain how to do that HERE.

 Here's a close-up of the embossing.


Inside:
 
I used Strathmore Watercolor Paper 140lb cold press for my watercoloring.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks to watercolour with.  For the flower I used Faded Jeans and Walnut Stain, the stem is Forest Moss.  The background is Scattered Straw and Spiced Marmalade.  The image is stamped with Memento Black Ink.  Once everything was dry I stamped the sentiment.

Recipe: PP-My Mind's Eye Howdy Doody "Lovely" Wallpaper, blue piece (?), CS-Bazzill Mono Splash & dark blue, Martha Pinking Scallop Border Punch, Spellbinders-Fancy Lattice & Radiant Rectangle, CTMH SS-You Are Beautiful, Taylored Expressions SS-Many Minis Occasions, Distress Inks-Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade & Forest Moss, Memento Black Ink, Strathmore Watercolor 140lb Cold Press Paper, Verve Stamps-Wishing You, CTMH Ink-Black & Moonstruck, Foam Squares.

Cuttlebug Items Used:
Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles Die
Spellbinders Fancy Lattice Die

Hope you can join us for the challenge!
Deneen

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Cuttlebug Mania Flowers Challenge

Hello and welcome here!  It's the first challenge of May at Cuttlebug Mania and we all know April showers bring May flowers, so it only makes sense to have a flower challenge!  Don't forget to use your Cuttlebug!

Challenge - Flowers
For a chance at winning an awesome prize, link your creation over at Cuttlebug Mania.
Challenge runs for 2 weeks. 
Don't forget to let us know how you used your Cuttlebug

Card Size:  4.25" x 5.5"
I've been seeing and enjoying all the watercolour images out there and wanted to give it a try too.  And the Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp set I used 2 challenges ago with Copics was the perfect image to use too.   So I watched a few videos out in blog land...one of my favourite bloggers is now Sandy Allnock, she uses watercolours, Copics, etc. and has great informative and easy to understand videos!!...and then gave it a try myself.  Not bad for my first attempts if I don't say so myself, lol, thank-you Sandy for giving me the confidence to try it myself.

Here's a LINK to my Pinterest board Tips and Techniques for Card Making,  I've posted some of the videos from Sandy I found most helpful here in one spot.

I kept the rest of the card fairly clean and simple so that the flower was the main focal point.

Inside:

I stamped the flower onto watercolour paper using Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  I then used Faded Jeans to colour in the petals.  For the leaves I stamped them with Shabby Shutters  and coloured them in using Peeled Paint. 

Recipe:  PP-Authentique Faith "Gentle" Paper, Strathmore 140lb. Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper, Bazzill CS-navy, SS-Altenew Peony Bouquet & Circular Sentiments, Verve Stamps-Circular Sayings, CTMH Ink-Black, Tim Holtz Distress Inks-Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass & Faded Jeans, Martha Stewart French Scroll Punch, My Favorite Things Inside/Out Stitched Circles, Xcut Ornate Frame, Foam Squares, Pearls.

Cuttlebug Items Used:
My Favorite Things Inside/Out Stitched Circles Die
Xcut Ornate Frame Die

Hope you can join us for the Flower Challenge!
Deneen

Friday, April 29, 2016

Washi Tape Organizer

Hello and welcome here!  I just had to pop in today to share with you an amazing organization tip/find.  Now, I can't take all the credit, lol, my friend Tracey (hi Tracey!!  If you haven't checked out her blog, rush there now...she's crazy talented and makes amazing projects for Heartfelt Creations!) bought some clear 3 drawer containers from Amazon to store her Washi Tape.  Well, I'm not an Amazon shopper and was excited that she found something...mine were just smushed into a plastic container.   Well, without even trying...isn't that the best when it happens...I was browsing at Home Sense (sort of like Winners) and saw this:

It's a coffee pod organizer.  I love clear containers for my craft area so that I can easily see what's inside.  Now, it only had 2 drawers (Tracey's had 3 drawers) but I was SURE that my Washi Tape would fit.  There were only 2, so I snatched up both.


 Well, I was just tickled pink when I fit them in!!!

 It fits even the larger rolls.

And the bestest part (yes, I just typed bestest, lol), it was only $7.99.  I'm not sure how much the ones Tracey got were, but I'll take $7.99 for an awesome organization idea!!!!


The good news is I fit all my Washi Tape in, the bad good news is I have another whole container to fill!!!! 

Enjoy,
Deneen

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Cuttlebug Mania Butterflies Challenge

Hello and welcome here!  It's almost the end of April...just thought I'd throw that out there.  I can't believe it has blown by so fast.  Today is the start of another challenge over at Cuttlebug Mania...butterflies.  And don't forget to use your Cuttlebug.

Challenge - Butterflies
For a chance at winning an awesome prize, link your creation over at Cuttlebug Mania.


Challenge runs for 2 weeks. 

Don't forget to let us know how you used your Cuttlebug


Card Size:  4.25" x 5.5"
I die cut a window and tucked in some flowers.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on vellum as well as using vellum behind the butterfly.

Recipe:  PP-BoBunny Secret Garden Greenhouse, Bazzill CS-purple, Vellum, Tim Holtz Brick EF, Spellbinders Standard Circles Lg., My Favorite Things Stitched Scallop Frame, Memory Box-Prim Poppy, Isabella Butterfly & Pippi Butterfly, White Satin Edge Organza Ribbon, Pearl Brad, Stampendous Winter Wonderland Embossing Powder, Sweet Roses Stamp Set (came free with a craft magazine)  Foam Squares.

Cuttlebug Items Used:
Spellbinders Standard Circles Lg. Die
Tim Holtz Brick Embossing Folder
My Favorite Things Stitched Scallop Frame Die
Memory Box Prim Poppy Die
Memory Box Isabella Butterfly Die
Memory Box Pippi Butterfly Die

Hope you'll join us for the Butterfly Challenge!
Deneen

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Cuttlebug Mania April Showers Challenge

Hello and welcome here!  It's time for another Cuttlebug Mania Challenge.  And since it's April, April showers bring May flowers...April Showers is the challenge.  Anything that has to do with rain.  And don't forget to use your Cuttlebug.

Challenge - April Showers
For a chance at winning an awesome prize, link your creation over at Cuttlebug Mania.


Challenge runs for 2 weeks. 

Don't forget to let us know how you used your Cuttlebug
Card Size:  4.25" x 5.5"
I wanted to use my new stamp set and try adding drops to the flower petals.  The stamp set is Peony Bouquet from Altenew and the drop video I watch is by Jennifer Dove.  I coloured the peony with Copic Markers and the center I stamped and fussy cut and added with foam squares.


Inside:


I should have tried the drops on just a plain background first, but hey, I like to live on the edge, lol.  Using a coloured background (the flower petal) it made it a bit difficult shading the shadow for my first time trying it.

Copics Used:
Flower - R81, R83, R85, 0
Droplets - R83, R85, 0, BV23, BV20

Recipe:  PP-Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Collection March Cut Apart & My Mind's Eye On the Bright Side "Sawyer", Bazzill CS-purple & Prismatics Herbal Garden Dark, CTMH CS-White Daisy, CTMH Ink-Black, Memento Ink-Black Tuxedo, CTMH SS-Say It In Style, Altenew SS-Peony Bouquet, Hero Arts SS-Huge Hugs, Spellbinders-Fancy Lattice & Labels 17, Memory Box Tiffany Frame, Cheery Lynn-Mini Fanciful Flourish Right, My Favorite Things Inside/Out Stitched Rectangle, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Copic Markers, Foam Squares, Raindrop Accents.

Cuttlebug Items Used:
Spellbinders Fancy Lattice Die
Spellbinders Labels 17 Die
Memory Box Tiffany Frame Die
Cheery Lynn Mini Fanciful Flourish Right Die
My Favorite Things Inside/Out Stitched Rectangle Die

Hope you'll join us for the April Showers Challenge.
Deneen

Challenges Entered:

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Cuttlebug Mania Monochrome Challenge

Hello and welcome here!  This week it's a Monochrome Challenge over at Cuttlebug Mania.  I hope you can join in the fun and don't forget to use your Cuttlebug!

Challenge - Monochrome
For a chance at winning an awesome prize, link your creation over at Cuttlebug Mania.


Challenge runs for 2 weeks. 

Don't forget to let us know how you used your Cuttlebug

Card Size:  4.25" x 5.5"
Have you ever started a card and think, 'meh' it's okay but it's nothing to write home about, but when you finally finish adding the details you're like 'Wowzers'??  This card was like that.  I thought it was just okay but when I finished adding the sequins and held it at arms length I thought 'Not too shabby if I say so myself,' lol. 


Inside:
Recipe:  PP-BoBunny Secret Garden Greenhouse & misc. scraps, Bazzill CS-purple, CTMH CS-White Daisy, CTMH Ink-Black, Gypsy & Blush, Creative Memories Hexagon Punch, Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday, Memory Box Perched Reed Bird, Sequins, Foam Squares, CTMH SS-Say It In Style, Penny Black SS-Spinkles and Smiles, Copic N3.

Cuttlebug Items Used:
Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday Die
Memory Box Perched Reed Bird

Enjoy,
Deneen

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Inspired Stamps Easter Card 2

Hello and welcome here!  This week it was Inspired Stamps Design Team choice and I chose to make another Easter card since Easter is this Sunday.

Card Size:  4.25" x 5.5"
I used the Hymn Girls March stamp set which is Easter themed.  I threw on a bit of watercolour behind the image and finished off the card with bright, happy, green colours.


Inside:
I added a simple sentiment from Perfect Sentiments inside.

Recipe:  Inspired Stamps SS-Hymn Girls March & Perfect Sentiments, PP-Doodlebug Designs Sunkissed Green Grass, Bazzill CS-Prismatics Classic Yellow Green, Versafine Ink-Black, CTMH Ink-Black & Topiary, My Favorite Things Stitched Oval Scallop Frame, Spellbinders Marvelous Squares, Foam Squares, 7/8" Cream Organza Ribbon, Pearl Brad, Derwent Inktense Pencils-Apple Green, Sun Yellow, Carmine Pink & Dark Aquamarine.

Inspired Stamps Used:

Inspired Stamps Blog
Inspired Stamps Store
 
Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT creations!
 Chere 
Kary  

Enjoy, 
Deneen

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Cuttlebug Mania Easter Challenge

Hello and welcome here!  It's time for another Cuttlebug Mania Challenge and with Easter just around the corner we decided an Easter Challenge is what's needed.  Don't forget to use your Cuttleubug.

Challenge - Easter
For a chance at winning an awesome prize, link your creation over at Cuttlebug Mania.
Challenge runs for 4 weeks. 
Don't forget to let us know how you used your Cuttlebug

Card Size:  4.25" x 5.5"
I used Spring colours and thought the oval looks sort of like an egg, then I added a simple sentiment and flourish.


Inside:
Recipe:  PP-BoBunny Secret Garden, Bazzill CS-Mono Leapfrog & Mono Pansy, CTMH CS-White Daisy, CTMH SS-Say It In Style, Eastertime & Easter Eggs, CTMH Ink-Black & Spring Iris, My Favorite Things Stitched Oval Scallop Frame, Spellbinders Classic Ovals Sm., Simon Says Stamp Happy, Cheery Lynn Mini Fanciful Flourish Left, Foam Squares, Martha Stewart Pinking Scallop Punch, Mini Flowers & Pearls.

Cuttlebug Items Used:
My Favorite Things Stitched Oval Scallop Frame Die
Spellbinders Classic Ovals Sm. Die
Simon Says Stamp Happy Die
Cheery Lynn Mini Fanciful Flourish Left Die

Hope you'll join us for the Challenge!
Deneen

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Inspired Stamps Spring Card

Hello and welcome here!  Spring is right around the corner and the Inspired Stamps DT are inspiring you with Spring cards today.

Card Size:  4.25" x 5.5"
The flower and sentiment are from the Flowers Value Pack stamp set.  I used the same greenery die I used last time...it's new, can you tell, lol...and cut put it against an embossed background.  For the flower I used Distress Inks and my mat, I added ink to my mat and then spritzed with water and then dipped my paper into it.  I dried it and then stamped the flower and cut it out.  I added a little more colour to the center of the flower to finish it off.


Inside:
For the inside I used Perfect Sentiments and then stamped the same flower inside that I had used on the outside.

Recipe:  Inspired Stamps SS-Flowers Value Pack & Perfect Sentiments, Bazzill CS-Mono Pear, CTMH CS-White Daisy, CTMH Ink-Black, Distress Inks-Wilted Violet, Poppystamps Hampstead Oval Frame, Martha Stewart Scroll Lace Border Punch, Foam Squares, Viva Decor Pearl Pen Ice.

Inspired Stamps Used:

Inspired Stamps Blog

Inspired Stamps Store




Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT creations!


 Chere 


Kary  





Enjoy,

Deneen




Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Cuttlebug Mania Welcome Spring Challenge

Hello and welcome here!  What better way to celebrate Spring than with flowers.  Why don't you join our Welcome Spring Challenge over at Cuttlebug Mania??  And don't forget to use your Cuttlebug or other manual machine.

 Challenge - Welcome Spring
For a chance at winning an awesome prize, link your creation over at Cuttlebug Mania.
Challenge runs for 4 weeks. 
Don't forget to let us know how you used your Cuttlebug


Card Size:  4.25" x 5.5"
Flowers are a lovely sign of Spring, so I chose to use a flower and light Spring-y paper.  I embossed my green cardstock using my die to give it a soft feel.


Inside:
Recipe:  PP-Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses Starry Night, CTMH White Daisy CS-Bazzill Mono Pear, Taylored Expressions SS-Many Minis Occasions, CTMH Ink-Black & Blush, Poppy Stamps Hampstead Oval Frame, Tattered Lace Long Stemmed Rose, Pearls, Foam Squares, 3/8" White Organza Ribbon, Papertrey Ink SS-Signature Greetings, CTMH SS-Unscripted.

Cuttlebug Items Used:
Poppy Stamps Hampstead Oval Frame Die
Tattered Lace Long Stemmed Rose Die

Enjoy!
Deneen

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