Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Cuttlebug Mania Midsummer Challenge

Hello and welcome here!  It's time for another Cuttlebug Mania challenge and this time it's Midsummer.  What is midsummer you say?  June 21st is the longest day of the year...or I should say the day with the longest daylight.  In Scandinavia they celebrate this as midsummer.  Flowers, often wreaths, sunbathing, BBQ, campfire, playing together and dancing during the whole night are part of this traditional midsummer celebration.

Challenge - Midsummer 
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'm having lots of fun watercolouring the flower from Altenew Peony Bouquet.  I love this colour combo of pink, grey and black, it just seems to make the pink pop off the page. I used Distress Inks to colour the flower and background.


Inside:
Recipe:  PP-GDC Studios Rose Coloured Glasses-Light Stripe & grey piece was unlabelled, Bazzill CS-Thunder & Black, Strathmore 140lb Cold Press Watercolor Paper, SS-Altenew Peony Bouquet, CTMH SS-Say It In Style, Versafine Ink-Onyx Black, Distress Inks-Weathered Wood, Antique Linen & Picked Raspberry, Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday Die, My Favorite Things-Four Corners Die, Viva Decor Pearl Pen-Cream, Foam Squares, SS-Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday, CTMH Ink-Slate, Baby Pink & Garden Green.

Cuttlebug Items Used:
Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday Die
My Favorite Things Four Corners Die

Hope you can join us for the challenge!
Deneen

Friday, June 10, 2016

Inspired Stamps Character Card

Hello and welcome here!  It's been a while since I've posted an Inspired Stamps inspiration post but we're back to share with you today.  And today the DT are sharing cards made with some of the characters Inspired Stamps carries. 

Card Size:  4.25" x 5.5"
I wanted to ink up a set I haven't used before and this cutie I can't believe hadn't seen ink, it's called Hymn Girls:  Sitting to the Left.  And how amazing is that sentiment!!  I felt that the need to showcase it with a rainbow which I added using Distress Ink and water.  Her dress is stamped on a piece of patterned paper that had a soft, watercolour look to it, and I fussy cut it out.


Inside:
I used 2 other stamp sets for the inside:  Perfect Sentiments and Background Stamps.

Recipe:  Inspired Stamps SS-Hymn Girls:  Sitting to the Left, Background Stamps & Perfect Sentiments, PP-Frances Meyer Blue Damask, Strathmore Watercolor 140lb Cold Press Paper, Distress Inks-Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple, Shabby Shutters & Dried Marigold, EK Success Wrought Iron Corner Punch, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Sequins, Foam Squares.

Inspired Stamps Used:

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

Deneen


Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Cuttlebug Mania Wedding Challenge

Hello and welcome here!  June is well on its way and school will be out before you know it.  June is also wedding time...well, anytime is wedding time, but June feels like the start of the wedding season.  June is also when I married my hubby, it's been 22 years for us.  So the challenge this time around at Cuttlebug Mania is Wedding.

Challenge - Wedding
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 am loving my new Altenew stamps.  This time instead of watercolouring I used the different layers that come with the set which is called Peony Bouquet.  The inspiration for this card came from one of the Altenew DT members and you can see hers HERE.


I used silver cardstock for the sentiment to match the silver in the paper.

I stamped and die cut the big peony.  I love that the stamp set has matching dies.

Recipe:  PP-Echo Park Dots & Stripes Silverfoil Lt. Pink, CS-Bazzill Silver Foil, White CS-Staples, Altenew Inks-Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Grapevine, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Evergreen & Jet Black, Martha Stewart Scroll Lace Border Punch, SS-Altenew Peony Bouquet, Dies-Altenew Peony Bouquet & Elizabeth Craft Designs Best Wishes, Foam Squares.

Cuttlebug Items Used:
Altenew Peony Bouquet Die
Elizabeth Craft Designs Best Wishes Die

Hope you can join us for the Wedding Challenge,
Deneen

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Colour Wheel for Copics

Just me colouring colour wheels for Sandy Allnock's Copic Jumpstart class.





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

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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

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