Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tim Coffey Antique Roses

Have you ever bought something that you thought at the time was so pretty and then when you went to use it you didn't like it!!! Well, that happened to me with this Tim Coffey Special Punch Pad filled with gorgeous flowers. The trouble is, if you use the flowers as is and layer them, they have no "life". This is what happened to me while I was playing with these roses. I just didn't like them. So I took them apart, misted them with water, scrunched them up, let them dry, sponged distress tea dye ink all over them, put them together, and outlined them with Star Dust stickles. Now I love them. The next thing I tried was taking my dp, scrunching it up in a ball, then unfolding, and running a distress ink pad all over it. I like the results. I was going for a really vintage looking card. So I had a blast putting this together. I played along in the Technique Lovers Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. You are suppose to cut away part of your card along the edge. I cut away my card along the leaves. It is so pretty. I used the Spellbinders nesties, Martha Stewart deep edge punch, rhinestones, ribbon, star dust stickles, spellbinders die for the key, and rangers tea die distress ink. Thank you so much for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon this week. I have been in the mood to create these past few weeks!!

Challenges Entered Tuesday Throwdown - Florals Incy Wincy Designs - Sparkle and Shine NettieG's Digital Gems - All About Roses Shabby Tea Room - Color Flower Pallet Creative Inspirations Paint - Inspired by Flowers Let's Ink It Up - Die Cuts and Punches Scrappy Frogs - Flowers and Lace

Friday, March 25, 2011

Fred She Said Blog Hop-Hey Chickie

Welcome to the FRED SHE SAID SPRING BLOG HOP! If you got here by way of Donna, you are on the right track. If you just happen by my blog, please start at the beginning at Tracy Lynn-Fred She Said Blog. You are to collect a word along the way to be eligible for the prizes. One random winner will receive a $25 CAD (Canadian Dollars) from FSS Store, $25 GC for CropStop, and 2 Digi Paper Sets from Bearly Mine Designs.
We would love if you would leave a comment so we know you were here!!!

Here is the order of the blog hop in case you lose your way along the way:
Tracey-Lynn, Donna, Carol (that's me), Tracey McD, Darsie, Robin, Danielle, Nancy, Anne, Marlena, Michelle, and the Fred She Said Blog.

My creations for the blog hop were made with the new colored Easter Chicky which you can find here at the Fred She Said Store. One of the fun things about being on Tracey's design team is that she will ask for requests. Well last year I just loved the freebie chick that she did and asked if she would do it with the chick cracking out of the egg.

Well be still my heart. This is what she sent us and I am just over the moon for this image....can you tell. I have created a egg shaped Easter Basket, and an Egg shaped easel card, and an envelope to put this cute card in. This is the Easter Basket. I was able to find some really cute little chocolate chicks made by Lindt that you can see peeking from inside that match it perfect.

Here is a close up of this very cute image. I used some tiny prima flowers, the Martha Stewart frond and branch punch as well as the butterfly punch. I attached tiny gold rhinestones to the flowers. I punched the lacy part of the egg with the Martha Stewart corner Gothic Arches and fence border punch. I used lots of stickles to make this sparkle and shine....my favorite embellishment!!! The edges have been distressed with Rangers tea dye distress ink.

This is the very sweet easel card. As you can see, it matches the Easter Basket perfectly. This little set will be going to my Mom for Easter. I know she will love it.

I made an extra egg to slip under the bottom. It is attached with a brad and swings out so I can sign the card. I have a hard time signing my cards as I don't like messing them up!!! lol So I like the added feature and try to make something to write my message that is hidden in all my easel cards.

My word for the blog hop is - Hippety

Make sure to gather your words from each blog and follow the directions at the end of this blog hop to be eligible for the prize and email Tracey with the phrase.

Your next stop is Tracey McD- just click HERE

Thanks for join us for the Fred She Said Blog Hop. Good Luck in winning the fabulous prizes!!!

Challenges Entered:
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Ribbons & Bows
Do You Stack Up - Shine On
Paper Play - Distressing
Southern Girls - Add an Animal
Stamp Insanity - Punch it out
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
The Creative Cottage - Spring has Sprung
Flutter By Wednesday - Must include Butterly, Fairy, or Angel
Freshly Brewed - Two or More Embellishments
Little Red Wagon - Use Butterflies
The Pixie Cottage - Sparkle
Stamping Vacation - Easter
Your Next Stamp - Make It Sparkle
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Ribbons, Pearls/Rhinestones, Flowers
Claudia & Company - Color Challenge
Creative Craft - Lacey
Going Grey with Scrap Creations - Spring has Sprung
The Crazy Challenge - No Square Cards
Happileigh Scrappin' - Spring has Sprung
Aly's Sunday Challenge - Spring
Creative Inspirations - Easel Cards
Creative Inspirations Paint - Easter
Gingerloft - Die Cuts and Punches
I Did It Creations - Hello Spring
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything But Square
Little Claire's - Pink & Green
One Stop Craft - Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend
Sugar Creek Hollow - Anything Goes

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fred She Said Lily of the Valley

Lilly of the Valley remind me of my Grandmother. My Gram had Lilly of the Valley growing in her garden every year. I can remember the beautiful fragrance of this flower like it was yesterday. I haven't seen Lilly of the Valley for years in anyone's garden. As a matter of fact, I don't think it can grow here in Georgia. This beautiful Lilly of the Valley is from the Fred She Said collection and can be found here.
I had a great time working with this ribbon. I usually do just a bow, but I was in the mood for something different sort of lacy and feminine. I colored my image with Copic markers. I used the Spellbinders fancy tag for embellishment and the border punch is from Martha Stewart. I distressed all the edges with a Tim Holtz distressing tool.
This is the inside of my card. I made the panel on the top to be removable so that you could include a picture with the card. I always think of things like that as my Mother lives so far away and that is nothing that makes a loved one happy as receiving a picture of the family.This is a side few to show the dimension of the ribbon. I attached it to the card with red line sticky tape. It was very easy.

Thank you for stopping by today. Again, I will have more this week. Be sure to mark your Calendar for our Fred She Said Blog Hop for March 25. I made my project this weekend and I can hardly wait to show you. It is just adorable. Hope you have a great week!

Challenges Entered:

Charisma Cardz - To "Die" For
Crafty Purple Frog - Going Green
Delightful Challenges - Delightful Green
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet - Brads, Gems, or Pearls
Paper Romance - Black, White, and One more Color
Pixie Dust Studios - Go Green
Stampin With the Dragon - Bring on Spring
Wags 'n Whiskers - Spring

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fred She Said Spring Flower-Tulip

Today, I have the third in a series of the Spring Flowers collection from Fred She Said. If you would like to see these images, they can be found here. I have one more flower to complete on these 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" cute little easel cards.

Don't you think these little easel cards are just so sweet? I used the Spellbinders Lotus Die for this card along with the Spellbinders Fancy Tags and Large Circle Nestabilities. The edges were distress inked with Spun Sugar.The Martha Stewart Punches are Branch, Frond, and Small Butterfly. The flowers were in the clearance section at Micheal's. I glittered this up and used ribbon and pearls for embellishment. As you can see in the picture above, I made this card with an extra piece as well for writing my sentiment.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you found some inspiration to do some spring cards for your collection. They make wonderful Birthday cards that are sure to be enjoyed for many years to come.

Challenges Entered
Creative Cottage - Spring
Simon Says - Happy Birthday
Cheerful Stamp Pad - Spring
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Happy Birthday plus Pearls
House of Gilli - Pastel Colors and Bling
Karen Doodles - Spring
Shabby Tea Room - Birthday or Celebration
Squigglefly - Spring Theme
Woodware - Spring is coming
Creative Inspiration - Easel Card
Little Claire's - Flowers
Stamp Scrap Doodle - Spring has Sprung
Anything Goes - Die Cuts
Flourishes - Butterflies
Going Grey - Anthing Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Birthday

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Vintage St. Patrick's Day Angel for Mom

Greetings Bloggers and welcome to my blog. Today, I wanted to show you a card that I am sending to my dear Mother in Connecticut. I have been itching to do a Vintage inspired card for a while and thought this would be perfect for my Mom. She loves and collects Angels, so I know she is going to love this. Plus it was time to put some more of her new favorite chocolates in the mail since she has eaten the chocolates I had sent her for Valentine's day.

Here is a nice closeup of the Vintage Angel I found. I cut is out with Spellbinders Nestabilites Labels 13. I cut out to two Angels and popped it for dimension. All the edges are glittered. I just Distress Ink Antique Line on the edges that I distressed with my Tim Holtz distress toll. I dry embossed the white papers. The clover bling is from Micheal's. Some of the flowers I made and some are purchased. I don't remember where I got the Sentiment. I have had it for a few years and may have won it in an auction on ebay! I used the Martha Stewart Frond and Branch for accenting the flowers. On the top portion near the Angel I intertwined some flourishes that I cut with some spellbinders dies.Thank you so much for stopping by today. May a little luck of the Irish rub off on you today. I would like to leave you picture of my Mom's new favorite Chocolates. I sent her these at Valentines day and they disappeared first!!! lol I love them too!!! Hope to see you soon. I have more cards to show this week.Challenges Entered
Cupcake Craft Challenge - Up in the Air with Optional Green
Stamp Fairy - Show Us Your Green
Stamp-N-Doodle - Use at Least Two Things with Green (Green Cardstock, Glitter)
Ally's Sunday Challenge - Anything Goes
Card Cupids - Green
One Stitch At A Time - Glitter & Gems
Scrappy Frogs - Good Luck
Sentimental Sundays - Lets Go Green & a Sentiment
Allsorts - The Luck O' The Irish
Easy Craft Projects - Green
Card Makin Mama - Something Green
Delicious Doodles - Use Something Green for St Patrick's Day
Fairy Knoll - St Patrick's Day
Fashionista Friday - St Patrick's Day
Sew Many Cards - St Patrick's Day
Sweet Sketch Wednesday
Charisma Cardz - Easel Cards
Air Factory - Luck of the Irish
Craft Purple Frog - Come Fly With Us

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fred She Said Crocus Card

Don't you just love spring flowers. I am so enthralled with the Fred She Said Spring Flower set found here, that I have decided to do a series of 4-1/2 inch ease cards in each of the flowers. I have the Tulip one already done and will show that to you in the next day or two. I will be working on the Snow Drop Flower next.
So you know me, I always have to work things up a little different. I hate to write on these cards so I created a way to have a tag that slips out to write my sentiment on. I decorated the top as you see here that slips out. It is plain on the back so I can just write my greeting.
This sentiment was something I picked up in the dollar bin at Micheal's. I just love the Ranger Distress Inks and this one is the color Sage. Recipe
Spellbinders - Square Eyelet Nestabilities, Fancy Tag
Martha Stewart - Small Butterfly Punch
Paper - DCWV Pocket Full of Posies
Pearls, Stickles, Ribbon
This image was colored with Copic Markers.

Challenges Entered
Bunny Zoe's - Spring Flowers Everywhere
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge - Purple
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes with a Digi
Aly's Sunday Challenge - Anything Goes
Card Cupid - Anything Goes
Catered Crop - Follow the Recipe
Stamping Vacation - Inspiration Photo

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Gingerloft Guest Designer-Use Those Flowers

Hey everyone! I am so excited today as I am a guest designer for the "Use Those Flowers" at the Gingerloft Challenge. This is the second time I got to be a Guest Designer and play with Tami's fabulous digis. I chose this Gingerloft digi called Playground. Isn't he just darling. I colored him with my Copic markers. Here is a nice close up of how cute this little guy is. Not only did I have fun coloring and creating my focal point, but I finally had a chance to play with my Birthday present. I made these flowers with my Cuttlebug Quilling Kit. These are so much fun to make and so easy. You just run your dies through the bug and then roll the pieces on a special quilling tool that is included in the kit.Here is another close up of the flowers and the butterfly I used to embellish this card. The following is a list of supplies I used for this drawer easel card.

Spellbinders-Beaded Circle Nestabilities, Fancy Tags
Sizzix - Leaf Die
Martha Stewart Punches: Branch, Frond, Large Butterfly, Fleur de Lis, Hydrangea Punch-Around-the-Page
Cuttlebug - Fancy Corners, Chrysanthemum Quilling Kit
Stickles, and Pearls

This is a whopping 6 x 6 Easel Card with drawer. I found a tutorial here to make this card. Wanted to make extra something big enough to put extra flowers in the drawer. I thought this would be a great gift to give to someone who scrapbooks or is a cardmaker and fill the drawer with those handmade flowers. The other idea I had was to give it to a dog lover and put dog bones in the drawer...lol
Thanks for stopping by today. Please join us in the "Use Those Flowers" Challenge over at the Gingerloft Challenge Blog and check out Tami's fabulous Digi's here.

Challenges Entered

Delicious Doodles Challenge - Make the Card "You" Want
Polka Doodles - Flower Power
Simply Create - Power of Flowers
Stamp Something - March Digi Day
Charisma Cardz Challenge - Four Legged Friends
Meljens - U R Such An Animal
Die Cut Dreams - Spring Garden Theme
KB Cute Monday - Anything Goes Using a Digi
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes With a Digi
Desert Island Crafts - Make it Square, Inspired by Nature, Handmade Flowers, Hand Colored Image, Pearls, Birthday Theme
Tip Top Tuesday - Use Your Favorite
By the Cute and Girly - Springtime
Creative Belli Challenge - Animals