Friday, December 8, 2017

98th Masculine Birthday

Hello everyone. Today, I'm on the DiesRUs Inspiration blog sharing a card that I made for my husband's uncle who is turning 98!


 This card measures 5.25" x 5.25". To begin, I cut a piece of red cardstock 5.25" x 10.5" and scored it and folded it in half. Next I cut the patterned paper 5" x 10" and also scored and folded it in half.

I'm not too sure where I got this vintage car cut from, but I can tell you that I've had it for a while and thought it now the perfect time to use it on Oom Hans' card. To go with this image I used the Vintage Vehicle Frame die from Amy Design.


Since this card is to be mailed overseas, I didn't want to make it too bulky, so I used the Twisted Circle Pop Up die from Elizabeth Craft Designs, designed by Karen Burniston.  I think that this adds a special surprise without adding the bulk.  I have a youtube video link to share with you, where Karen Burniston teaches you how to put this type of card together using her dies.


 I cut out two of the Antique Car Border die from Amy Design, and added one to each side.
Since I still had a lot of white space left, I thought that the Gears and Mini Gears from Memory Box would add a nice touch.

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.  Be sure to Follow Us on Facebook too. 


Till next time,
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

January Calendar

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


Challenge #202 ~ Bundle Up!

I have a calendar page to share with you today. This is the one of the  January calendar pages. 


Unfortunately, I don't really have details to share with you about this calendar page layout. All the papers were from my scraps drawer and I don't keep info on scraps. 

I hope you've enjoyed your visit today.  Come play along with us and make a project to link to our challenge.  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 12 December 2017 to link your project.

Till next time,
Happy Crafting


Recycled Calendar Pics

Hello crafting friends and welcome back to
Challenge #46 ~ Anything Goes
 (as long as it's Christmas)



Crafty Ingredients:
Cardbase - 5.5" x 5.5" - Recollections
White and Navy cardstocks - Recollections
Image - Old Calendar
DP - Winter Snowflakes - Carta Bella
Image Cute - Unbranded Double Stitched dies
Snowflakes - Ai dies
Stamp - Great Impression Stamps

Now it's your turn to join in the fun.
You have till noon EST on Tuesday, 12 December to link your project to our challenge.
Looking forward to seeing your festive creations.

Till next time,
Crafty hugs,

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Last Minute Christmas Cards

Hello crafting friends and welcome back.  I have a few last minute Christmas cards to share with you today.  It's the 1st day of December and by now you should have all your cards done, written and ready to mail, but if you're like me, there are always a few last minute cards that you need.  This is where my frame dies come into play.  Here are a few ideas of how you can whip up a few cards that take about 15 - 20 minutes each :-). 

For my first card, I used Jeanine's Art Christmas Tree Frame. I dded a backing die cut with the Silhouette, a winter pic from a recycle Christmas card, a few sequins and it was done. If you want more info on how to make backing dies for your frame dies, please see this post here



My second card uses the Ice Crystal Frame by Amy Design. Since this is a straight square frame, it was easy to cut a plain square 1/4" bigger and place it as a backing mat. I then added a pair of bells adorned with holly and tiny silver glitter snowflakes to the centre of each of the bigger snowflakes on the die frame. The bells are a die from Marianne Designs.  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, and 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. The focal image is cut from an old calendar. I'm always on the look out for these types of images. You can find them on old Christmas cards, packaging, gift wrapping paper, old calendars, Pinterest and Google.



Sometimes, I look for odd pieces that were left over from previous projects, like this Vintage Minnie by Character World, for example. Do you remember her? To read about how I put her together, please see this post.  I wanted a simple frame for her, so I decided on the Christmas Card Set also by Amy Design.
I used the largest die to cut the card shape. Then cut the holly frame in green and added tiny little red gems for the berries. I think this card came out very CAS but still festive and perfect for Christmas. What do you all think?



The last card I'm sharing with you today, uses the Christmas Greeting Frame by Amy Design. In this case, I traced the outside and the inside of the die so that I could scan it and cut it with the Silhouette to create a frame backing die. I did the same thing with the Merry Christmas greeting which is by Yvonne Creations. I added a piece of burlap snowflake paper to background and called it good. Again, CAS but pretty for Christmas, I think.



I'm sure by now you've figure out why I love my frame dies. They are the best to make quick and easy cards that look like you spent a lot of time making them. I made all four cards, the fronts and the insides in a little less than 2 hours :-)

I hope I was able to help and inspire you to make your "last minute" Christmas cards by using frame dies.  Don't forget to 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.  Be sure to Follow Us on Facebook too. 


Till next time,

Snowman Sleigh Ride

Welcome back, crafting friends.
It's  the 1st of December which means Christmas is just 24 days away!
It's also  time for another challenge at CCAYR, hosted by the Gingerbread Gals.


December Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Prize ~  please visit the CCAYR blog

I was so happy when my SIL gave me this Stitch & Do kit. It has the cutest snowmen decoupage images and beautiful stitching patterns.  Here is one of the cards I made.
 

Everything is from the Stitch & Do Kit number 18 called Snowman & Reindeer
I fussy cut all the layers and adhered them to each other using SU!'s dimensionals.


Both the greeting and sentiment stamps are stamped using Brilliance Coffee Bean ink.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed your visit and will play along with us.  You have till the end of the month to link your Christmas project to the CCAYR blog.  Please take a few minutes and visit the our blog to see all the wonderful projects made by The Gingerbread Gals.  And don't forget to come back on the 15th, when the Christmas Belles will post their projects for your mid-month inspiration.

Merry Christmas
Hugs,

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

It's a Christmas Birthday

Hello everyone. How fun would it be to have your birthday on Christmas Day? Well, this is a question that is always met with mixed feelings. Some feel that it would be absolutely a joyous occasion to share your birthday with Jesus, while others feel that they would miss out on celebrating their birthday because the main focus at this time of the year is Christmas.  I can see both arguments have merit - for me it would be wonderful to share a birthday with Jesus, but I must admit I like my March birthday.  It's a little celebration at a different time of year so you don't go so long without celebrating. Having said this though, my birthday often falls during the Easter weekend!  In fact, I was born on Good Friday :-)

Well, that's enough about me! Now onto our challenge for this week, hosted by the Crafty Belles.


Challenge # 151~  Anything Goes

Our wonderful sponsor this week is:

Prize: $15 Gift Certificate

Here is the card I made for my friend, using the gorgeous pre-coloured image called Christmas Candles from Sparkle 'n Sprinkle.


I used Cricut Design Space to print the image on glossy photo paper, and then to cut it.  I printed the image twice and fussy cut the rose of the second image.  I adhered foam dots to it for dimension.
This is a 5.5" x 5.5" card from Recollections.
Red cardtock is from GinaK.


On the inside I computer printed the sentiment which translates to:
Happy Birthday
Merry Christmas
and
Happy New Year!
I added a little holly with berries stamp and coloured it with copic markers, to give it a little extra interest on the inside.

Thank you for stopping by today. Now it's your turn to make a project, and link it to our challenge #151 for your chance to win our wonderful sponsored prize. You have till noon, CST, on Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 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.

Till next time,
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Prost! Saúde! Cin-Cin! Cheers!

Hello crafting friends.
I have a fun card to share with you today at Pause, Dream Enjoy Challenges.


Challenge #200 ~ Anything Goes

So here is my card - a toast to a friend who just turned 50 years young :-)



Recipe:
 Silhouette design 94245 to create by beer stein shaped card
Cuttlebug Mesh Embossing Folder
Silver, Grey & Blue Cardstock - The Paper Studio
Munchen Pic - Google
Stamp - Cardz TV - Good Times

There are so many fun ways to say Cheers in the various different languages.
I thought I would share the ones that I have had the opportunity to learn and use :-)

Cheers - English
Saúde - Portuguese
Cin-Cin - Italian
Prost - German
Gesondheid - Afrikaans
Proost - Dutch
Na zdrowie - Polish
Salud - Spanish

Now that I've shared this with you, I want to thank you for stopping by.  I hope I was able to inspire to make a project and to come play along with us this week at Pause, Dream, Enjoy Challenges.  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 28 November 2017 to link your project.

Till next time,
Happy Crafting!





Wednesday, November 15, 2017

So Thankful for You!

Hello crafting friends. I'm here today with the new challenge from Crafty Girls Corner, hosted by the Crafty Belles team.


Challenge # 149 ~  Thankful

Our wonderful and very generous sponsors this week are:

Prize: 2 Digital Images


Prize: 2 Digital Images

Here is my DT project for this challenge.


I used this sweet little scarecrow image called It's All About Balance by
Rick St. Dennis.  I flipped it and cut it using the Silhouette.


List of supplies used to make my card:
5.5" x 5.5" card base - GinaK cardstock
White cardstock - Bazzill Linen Paper for stitching
White cardstock - GinaK for stamping
White cardstock - Copic X-Press for printing image
Copic markers to colour image & small leaves
Faber Castell Polychromos to colour stitched leaves
Cricut Design Studio to flip, print and cut image
Silhouette to cut the little leaves
Stamp from Lawn Fawn - Forest Feast

I'm so glad you stopped by today. Now it's your turn to make a "Thankful" project, and link it to our challenge #149 for your chance to win one of the prizes from our  wonderful sponsors. You have till noon, CST, on Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 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.

Till next time,
Happy Crafting!




Deepest Sympathy

Hello crafting friends and welcome back to this week's challenge at Pause, Dream Enjoy Challenges.


Challenge #199 ~ CAS (Clean and Simple)

I have another Sympathy card to share with you, today.


I used a 6.5" x 5" card base from Recollections
Purple cardstock is from scraps drawer.
Lotus Blossom stamp - Stampin' Up
Memento Lulu Lavender & Grape Jelly for flower
Memento Pistachio & Bamboo Leaves for stem
Sympathy stamp - very old stamp, sorry no info.
Ribbon and gems - my stash

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope I was able to inspire to make a project and to come play along with us this week at Pause, Dream, Enjoy Challenges.  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 21 November 2017 to link your project.

Till next time,
Happy Crafting!


Nativity Ornament

Hello crafting friends and welcome back to
As always, the challenge theme is Anything Goes, as long as it's Christmas!

If you have been following my blog, then you know that I'm donating 100 cards
to the Caring Hearts Card Drive, hosted by Vera Yates.

Here are the last 30 cards of my 100.


This is a regular size A2 card base - The Paper Studio.
White, Blue & Silver cardstocks - The Paper Studio.
Nativity Ornament is a Silhouette design - #70877


Christmas stamp - Creative Expressions - Christmas Sayings.


And here are all 30 cards.
All that's left is to sign them and ship them off to Vera.

Now it's your turn to join in the fun.
You have till noon EST on Tuesday, 21 November to link your project to our challenge.
Looking forward to seeing your festive creations.

Till next time,