Friday, February 16, 2018

Valentines for the BIG Kiddos :-)

Hello crafting friends. I'm back today to share with you the Valentine cards I made for the BIG kiddos. I guess when you get to be my age, anyone in their 20's can still be called a Kiddo :-)  So, grab a cuppa and enjoy. I've listed the supplies used under each card.

The card I made for my daughter and her hubby.
They love to play board games, table top games, etc. so when I saw this card in the Silhouette store, I thought it perfect for them.

Crafting Supplies:
Card Design - Silhouette Design # 54929
Cardstocks - GinaK.
Stamp - Dollar bin - Michaels

Here is the card I made for my son.
He loves foxes.  In fact, the last time we got a puppy, we toyed with the idea of getting a fox. They have the cutest domesticated foxes, but in the end we decided on our Basenji instead. I'm just not too sure that foxes are meant to be kept as pets :-)  I added a little surprise to his card.


Crafting Supplies:
5.5" x 5.5" card base - Recollections
All other cardstocks - GinaK.
Hearts dies - Entwined Hearts - Elizabeth Crafts
Foxes dies - Cottage Cutz
Gift card holder die - Lawn Fawn
Embossing Folder - Heart Scrolls - Crafters Companion
Stamp - Happy Days - Cardz TV

And lastly, I would like to share the card I made for his girlfriend.
She loves Baby Groot, so that gave me the idea to make this card.


Crafting Supplies:
5.5" x 5.5" card base - Recollections
Cardstocks - GinaK.
Baby Groot image - Royalty free - Google
Heart background die - Heart Breeze - Simon Says Stamps
Greeting stamp - Dollar Bin - Michaels

I really wanted those hearts in the background, so I used the die and cut it out several times after positioning the die in the correct spot. When I placed it over the pink cardstock it looked really pretty but extremely busy, so I sat with all my bits and pieces and paper pieced the hearts back into their little cut out holes. It really was a labour of love, but I love the way it came out.  I think the little pink dots coming through are more than plenty to add some colour to the background.  What do you all think?

Thanks for coming by today. I will see you all again soon with another project to share.
Till then,
Crafty hugs,

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Valentine Cards for the lil Kiddos

Hello crafting friends. I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day.
We had a lovely meal at one of our favourite restaurants, early enough to where there was no waiting time and the service was excellent. So was the food :-)

Now that Valentine's Day is over, I can share the Valentine cards I made for my sweet Emma and my baby Derek. I'm a very blessed grandma :-)

So for Emma, I made this card using a couple of Silhouette files...

Crafty Ingredients:
Card - Silhouette Design #177826
Precious Moments Girl - Silhouette Design #74511
Embossing Folder - Heart Scroll - Crafter's Companion
Stamp - Happy Days - Cardz TV
Card stocks - GinaK.

And here is the card I made for my little guy ...

Crafty Ingredients:

Teddy Bear Card - Silhouette Design #117800
Hearts Dies - Entwined Hearts - Elizabeth Crafts
Cardstocks - Gina K.
Stamp - Dollar Bin - Michaels

So there you have it. Easy peasy but very cute cards. I was a little short on time, so these ready to cut cards from Silhouette were a pleasure to use.

I'll be back tomorrow to share another couple of cards I made for other family members.

Till then,
Crafty hugs,

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Owl Always Love You

Hello and welcome back crafting friends.
 A new challenge begins today at Crafty Girls Corner.

Challenge # 159 ~  Add a Heart

Our wonderful sponsors this week are:

Prize: 3 Digital Images

Cute as a Button
Prize: 3 Digital Images

For my project this week, I used Owl Always Love You by Scrap N Dipity.

Crafty Ingredients:
Silhouette Design No. 63383
Coloured card stock - GinaK.
White card stock - Neenah Bright White
Tree dies - Woodland Trees - Tim Holtz 
Embossing folder - Woodgrain Cottage - Teresa Collins
Image was coloured using copic markers
Little hearts - MS edge punch

Thank you for stopping by today. Now it's your turn to make a project and add a heart or two to it. You can link it to our challenge #159 for your chance to win one of our wonderful prizes sponsored by Scrap N Dipity and Cute as a Button. You have till noon, CST, on Tuesday, 27 February 2018, to link your project to the Crafty Gals Corner blog.  And while you there, take a look at what my DT teamies made for your inspiration this week.

May your Valentine's day be blessed with love
 and loads of chocolate :-)

Happy Valentine's Day ...

... to you, dear friends.
May your day be filled with love, the sweet smell of flowers and loads and loads of chocolate.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Happy Birthday with Hobby Dots

Hello crafting friends. Welcome to this week's challenge at PDE!

Challenge #7 ~ Anything Goes

I used Hobby Dots to create the background of my card and a sweet image from a 3D decoupage sheet.  Since this is going to Holland, I thought this little cow was perfect for this card.

These cards always come out so pretty :-) and they're so easy and relaxing to make.
Everything you need for the card comes in the kit. There is no time spent on figuring out card design, what papers to use, etc. It's all there for you! :-)

I continued the theme on the inside of the card. This I did on my own, as the kits do not provide for the inside of the cards.  I left mine blank because I want to write my own birthday message.

I know that this is an awful photo, but it's the best I could do to show you how beautiful these hobby dots really are. They have a beautiful shine to them! You can also see the layers of the cow ... well maybe, if you close one eye and squint with the other :-) Joking aside, if you click on any of the images, it will pull up a larger photo and you can see it better.

Well, that is all from me for today.   I hope you've enjoyed your visit and will come play along with us.  Please take a few minutes and visit our blog to see what my DT teamies came up with, for your inspiration.  You have till noon, EST on 20 February, 2018 to link your project.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Valentine's Card for Mom

Hello crafting friends. Today, I'm on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog sharing a Valentine card I made to send overseas to my mom.  She lost her Valentine (my dad) 22 years ago! I know that she thinks about him and misses him a lot on Valentine's Day, so I always make a card to let her know that she is loved by her children, grandchildren and great-grandkids :-)

I used the Entwined Hearts from Elizabeth Craft Designs to cut the hearts in red card stock. Next, I cut and embossed the Long Stem Rose from Frantic Stamper. I cut both the line rose and the backing rose in red and in green. Before making any of these cuts, since I was working with delicate dies, I used a Stick-It Adhesive Sheet on the back of the card stock before making the cuts. This also creates a firmer hold when placing delicate dies on embossed card stock.

I used Memento Lady Bug ink to shade in all the embossed areas on the rose.

I used Memento Cottage Ivy ink to shade in the stem and leaves of the line rose and the backing rose.
Once this was done, I assembled the rose and placed it over the entwined hearts die cut. I adhered the rose and the extra little hearts using a Zig 2-Way Glue Pen .  
For the inside, I used the smaller version of the entwined hearts and stamped my sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope I was able to inspire you to use your dies, create a project, and come play along at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the first and fifteenth of every month.
 For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Heart Lock Box and Card Combo

Hello crafting friends and welcome back!
I'm so excited to be posting my very first project as a design team member of Simply Crafty SVGs.
It is rather picture heavy, so grab a cuppa and enjoy!

I used the Heart Lock Box SVG and created this box and card combo for hubby for Valentine's Day.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to make all the cuts, but  you can use any electronic cutter that will work with SVG files. These files are so easy to use and the projects so easy to put together!.  But in case you still have doubts, each file comes with an instruction sheet and Sandy has made a number of instruction videos too!

 All the card stock I used is shiny. I embossed the red heart with the Heart Scrolls embossing folder by Crafter's Companion.

I used a small piece of gold satin ribbon to attach the key to the box.

I embossed the decorative ribbon pieces that come with the box. I lined them to the edge of the lid to keep them straight and equal all the way around the box.

I filled the box with Ferrero Roche chocolates, they're hubby's favourites. Mine too, which means he's going to have to share ;-)

I duplicated the heart, lock and key, and resized these cuts to fit my 5.5" x 5.5" card.
I used the same heart embossing folder on the front of the card to tie it all together.  The little hearts are the same as the little heart on the handle of the box. You can duplicate it by using your "release compound feature". Once you have the little heart on it's own, it is easy to duplicate and resize.  Just remember to attach it to your original file again. 

For the inside, I used a phrase from the Silhouette store. To make it a little more special, I added another key and a couple of the little hearts.

I hope you've enjoyed your visit today, and don't forget to take a few minutes to visit Simply Crafty SVGs. There you will find all the  wonderful files available for purchase and a few freebies too :-) While you there, you can visit the blog and meet the rest of our wonderfully talented design team.  For your convenience, I have listed all the important links below:

Crafty hugs,

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Christmas Gift Card Holder

Hello crafting friends and welcome back to

Challenge #6 ~ Anything Christmas Goes
Optional Theme this week ~ Christmas Lights

Here is what I made for this fun challenge ...

Crafty Ingredients:
Silhouette design no. 103276
Black card stock - Recollections
Red and green card stocks - GinaK.
White card stock - Neenah Bright White
Christmas lights stamp - Sorry, no info.
Sentiment stamp - Cardz TV - Naughty or Nice

This gift card holder is so easy to put together and would be very easy to mass produce.   I was able to put this together in less than 15 minutes :-)
It's such a cute and festive way of giving gift cards.

Now it's your turn to join in the fun.  Don't forget to visit our blog for more inspiration from the Tinsel Team.  Looking forward to seeing your festive creations.

Till next time,
Crafty hugs,

Sunday, February 4, 2018

So Excited!

Hello crafting friends.
 I have the honor to be a part of the Simply Crafty SVG's design team.

If you have an electronic cutting machine and enjoy making projects using SVG's then you'll love Sandy's store. She is so creative! Come take a look ...

My first team post will be on 7 February 2018,
just in time for Valentine :-)
I hope you'll come for a visit.

Crafty hugs,

Friday, February 2, 2018

More Sympathy Cards

Hello crafting friends.  I'm on the Dies R Us inspiration blog today sharing some more sympathy cards.  It's a rather long post, so grab a cup o'java and enjoy.  As I mentioned before, these are the hardest cards for me to make and having to make 3 as the New Year starts was definitely not easy.  A sweet friend told me that she always keeps some on hand because that way, when she has to send one out, it's not so heartbreaking to make them. Well, that made a lot of sense to me so I made an extra one that I'm also going to share with you.

So for my first card, I used the Garden Classic Lace Frame from Jeanine's Art.  While the cardstock was still in the die, I used a dauber to sponge Memento Lilac Posies ink on all the embossed surfaces. The image was cut from a 3D decoupage sheet.  In order to add a little bit of green to go with my image, I coloured the cutout leaves green and paper pieced them back into the frame. Lastly, I added a little gem as a finishing touch. This card measures 5.5" x 5.5".

For the inside of my card, I printed the sentiment and added a little butterfly which was cut using a die from Marianne Designs called Butterfly BorderRemember that, every so often, Dies R Us runs a big sale on international dies. During these times, you will find dies from companies such as Marianne Designs, Lea'bilities, Joy Crafts, etc. The best way to know about these fabulous sales is to subscribe to the Dies R Us Newsletter. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will be able to enter your email address and be put on their mailing list.

For my second card, I used the Striplet - Rococo Die from Sue Wilson and cut it out twice on the front of the card. I used a piece of powder blue cardstock for my backing.. Next I added two Sprigs from Spellbinders and placed them facing away from each other. Using a Zig two-way glue pen, I adhered them to the card, leaving the end leaves loose to add movement to the sprigs. Lastly, I cut, shaped and glued  the layers of the flower together and placed it as the focal point. This die always makes beautiful flowers and they're so easy to put together too!  It's a die from Marianne Designs called Anja's Flower. This card measures 6.5" x 5".

Here's a quick tip on how to line up your cuts perfectly when using striplet dies. Place the die on the one side of the card and make small pencil markings to show you the outline of where the first cut is going to be. Then place the die on the other side and use the pencil markings to align the second cut. 

For the inside of this card, I stamped the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and used another one of the butterflies from Marianne Designs. 
Now, I did mentioned that I had made 3 Sympathy cards since the beginning of the year, right? Well, if you missed the first one and want to take a peek, you can click HERE to read the post about it.

And now to share the first card I made for my stash.  I stitched the borders on this card and then used the  butterflies from Marianne Designs as the focal point. I cut them twice for a little more dimension. To finish it off I added a few lilac gems. This is a 5.5" x 5.5" card.

Like with the other cards, I kept the inside very simple. I printed this sentiment and then trimmed the cardstock to the correct size. I had a little butterfly left over, so I used it on the inside of the card to add a little more interest.

Now for a quick recap of the dies I used, with links to the Dies R Us store:

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope I was able to inspire you to use your dies, create a project, and come play along at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the first and fifteenth of every month.
 For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.

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