Friday, July 14, 2017 Guest Designer Spot #2

Hello Crafty Friends! I'm back today with another card made especially for the Cropstop blog! This is my 2nd week as Guest Designer! I consider that quite a privilege!

This time I "built" my card around an unusual item: some antique, pink, dotted Swiss vellum stationary that I found at an estate sale. It is behind the die-cut circle. I began with the ivory card base and added layer upon layer, ending with the flower arrangement and tucking in the twine bow last of all. I call this one "my little summer bouquet".

And here is my list of ingredients:
-print card stock is from K&Company called "Julianne", and
ivory card base is Paper Studio
-dies: Spellbinders "Anglaise Lace Circles" & "Standard Circles",
Elizabeth Craft Designs "Garden Notes Sm Poinsettia",
Joy Crafts "Vintage Flourishes", Gina Marie Designs "Fronds"
-flowers: StampingScrapping "Micro Rose" & "Gardenia", 
I Am Roses "Mulberry Paper Flowers", Pizzazz Aplenty "Mulberry Rose Buds"
-twine is Karen Foster "Scrapper's Spools, Tawny"
-adhesives: Zots glue dots, Scor-Tape tape

Challenges I'm entering this card in: - #192 Tic, Tac, Toe (twine, stamp, papers)

Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy crafting!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Thinking of You.....Red, White and Blue

There are so many great challenges going on right now...I just have to participate!
Here is the card I made using a sketch and color requirements.

Craft card stock is from Paper Studio, the print papers are Studio G
Dies used- FSJ "Tags-Pierced", Spellbinders "Rose Creations"
Star ribbon is from Hobby Lobby and the twine is FSJ
(the bow was made using my Craft-de Bowz bowmaker!)
The sentiment stamp is from a set called "Wistful Wishes", Clear Dollar Stamps
Button and mini stamps(heart and stars) are from my stash
Also from my stash is the white textures paper that the flower is die cut from,
I have no idea where I got it but I love it!

Challenges: - #192 Tic, Tac, Toe (ribbon, stamp, papers) - June Challenge #29 - #127 "Just Beachy &/or Red, White, Blue" - #7 AG...but not a square

Well, that's all for today! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Have a lovely evening!

Friday, July 7, 2017 Guest Designer Wedding Card

This week I have the privilege of being a Guest Designer for!
***Special Note: the Cropstop website is down because of technical issues and hopes to be back up and going very soon!*** Yes, they're back!
My hubby and I recently attended the wedding of a young relative so, of course, I had to make a special card! I really enjoy making wedding cards because I have the perfect excuse for frills and flowers and elegance! ( I actually kept this one kinda tame.)


To create this card I chose some pale pastel card stock called "Boogie Board" from Bazzill Basics Paper and I punched the Martha Stewart "Doily Lace" borders from both the pale blue and the ivory. The embossed layer was created using a Cuttlebug folder called "Poppy" by Anna Griffin (one of my very favorites!) The sentiment, a Bildmalarna stamp, is stamped in Memento "London Fog" dye ink and die cut using the Spellbinders "Labels 20" die. The flowers and leaves are a combination of four punches: McGill "Birch Leaf" and "Star Flower", and Martha Stewart "Flower" and "Frond". I like to "cup" the flowers a bit so I used my McGill shaping tools and mat. The final "tweaks" are the Ranger Stickles "Star Dust", Doodlebug Designs "Sprinkles" glitter dots, and lightly sponged color on the die cut. For that I used one of my many Tsukineko sponge daubers (another favorite!). Many of these products are available at the CropStop shop! And please check out their blog to see all of the DT's lovely cards this week!

Challenges I'm entering this card in: - #290-291 AG - #69 AG - Choose Joy - #192 Tic, Tac, Toe (Gems, Stamps, Die Cuts) - July Elemental Inspiration

(The elements I used: pastels, wedding, flowers, sparkle) - #134 AG - #172 Photo Inspiration (wedding) - #46 Sketch:

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Come again soon!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Half Birthday!

Yes, in our family we celebrate a few half-birthdays...the ones that fall too close to Christmas. We feel that the kids get kind of robbed of their fun day when we simply celebrate their birthdays along with other holiday gatherings.
This card is for my granddaughter Lilly who was born on Christmas day! Her half-year birthday was June 25 but we are celebrating it this Saturday when we get together for our monthly Family Night.

Since Lilly is such an "outdoorsy" girl and loves bugs, frogs, flowers, etc. I thought she might enjoy this bright summery card.  The big blue flower is heat embossed. To make this card I used
Spellbinders die: "Make a Wish"
Poppystamps die: "Lyndon Butterfly"
Close to My Heart stamps: "Treasures"
Stampin' Up stamps: stem & leaf
Memento Ink: "Bamboo Leaves" & "New Sprout"
Stamp-N-Stuff embossing powder: "Vivid Blue"
Card stock, vellum, rhinestones and cord are from my stash
The tag sentiment was computer generated

Challenges being entered: - #192 Tic Tac Toe (summer, stamp, embossing)

Thanks for stopping by again! Happy 4th of July!! 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Summer Beauty

Today is the First of July...already! Summer is speeding along, as usual! I hope you are all enjoying summertime wherever you are...the warm, balmy evenings, the cool mornings with hundreds of happy chirping birds, and the sun-filled days ready for boating, swimming, gardening, camping...all those things we wait all winter for! 
Here is a card I made for my daughter, Chris, whose summer birthday is the end of July.

Ingredients List
Spellbinders dies: "Fleur de Lis Accents", "Elegant Ovals"
Twine: Karen Foster "Bone"
DP: The Paper Studio "Textured Damask"
Card stock: Georgia Pacific Basic, white
Ink: FSJ "Green Olive"
JustRite Stamps: "Birthday Sentiments" & circle border
Embellishments: Pizzazz Aplenty Flatback Pearls, white; seam binding from my stash; "Color Me flowers" from StampingScrapping, metal leaves...from a gaudy pair of earrings!  

Challenges - Linky Party #29 - #6 AG "Bingo Board: die-cut, pearls, sentiment" - #37 AG/"Summer colors"

Thanks for stopping by today! I won't be back until after the to celebrate the birthday of our nation with family and friends! Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"Just for You"

Several weeks ago I tea-dyed some seam binding and have been waiting for just the right card to use it. So here it is!

I'm not sure what the problem is with my phone camera but it is not taking true-color photos right now. It is either the bright daylight or I accidentally changed some settings. The "pink" print background paper (DCWV "Nana's Nursery- Baby Girl") is actually more of a coral which goes better with the tea-dyed binding.
To make this card I used Spellbinders dies "Fleur de Lis Square", "Make a Wish" & "Luscious Labels One". The flowers are die-cut using Sizzix TH "Tattered Flower Garland" and shaped with my McGill tool set. For the sentiment I stamped with my FSJ "Coffee Bean" ink using JustRite "Birthday Sentiments" & "Decorative Border Variety Set". The seam binding, lace and pearls are all from my stash. To make the double bow I made two separate bows using my Craft-dee Bowz bow-maker and sort of stacked them together and added the flower and leaves last.

I plan to participate in the following challenges with this card- - #29 June Challenge - #126 "Girls, Girls, Girls"

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy crafting!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Fishy Hello

Yes, there's something fishy going on here!
The inspiration photo at House of Cards makes me think of an underwater ocean scene, probably because of the lovely aqua color and the glass ball...tropical beaches, waves and fishes come to mind. Love it! Here is the photo:

And here is my card:

And here's my list of items I used to make this card-

Card stock: Bazzill (aqua), Paper Studio (white)
Stamps: PrariePeddlers "Angel Fish", Inkadinkadoo "Angel Fish", 
Stampin' Up "Hello"
Adhesive foam: Scrapbook Adhesives
Watercolor pencils: Crayola
Die: Spellbinders "Labels 3"
Punch: EK Success "1" Circle"
Sequins: FSJ "Blue Skies"
Glitter: Ranger Stickles "Star Dust"

Challenges I'm entering-

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hello Spring!

Today I'm showing one of the 3 cards we made for my card-making class last week...a "special-fold" card. This one is a Center Step Card. I like to decorate both small side pieces as well as the main center panel. I did part of the prep work for the ladies in my class or this one would have taken far too long! I do want them to have fun and not get discouraged even when making fairly complicated cards. 
And, yes, Spring is here in full force! My early flowers are blooming, the Orioles are back and I have seen several beautiful butterflies already!

Center-Step Card...

...folds flat for mailing.

To make this card I used the following-
Inks: Studio G aqua & dark turquoise, Memento Tuxedo Black & London Fog, FSJ Pineapple Smoothie
Card stock: "Floral Dreams" by Fabscraps
Stamps: FSJ Enjoy the Journey, Hero Arts Saying Hello, Inkadinkadoo Sketchy Flourishes, and some mystery flower stamps*
Dies: FSJ Journey Circles & Butterflies, Spellbinders Circles
Punch: Martha Stewart Scallops w/Dots
Embellishments: FSJ Sequins- Blue Skies, Stickles Star Dust, ribbon bow made with my Craft-deebowz bow maker!

*I got a small set of blue rubber stamps (flowers and leaves) with gray cling foam from a friend but have no idea what brand they are. If you recognize them please let me know! Thanks!

Challenges: - May: Sequins and/or colors
(I used sequins & only the aqua) - May, AG w/handmade bow - #189 Floral Profusion - #28 AG - #282-283 AG

Once again, thanks so much for visiting my blog!
Hope you come back again soon!