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23 September, 2016

For Another Deer One

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments.  I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

You might have realized I have a bit of an obsession with Z fold cards?  They are so easy to create and look stunning, so I challenge anyone to not enjoy creating them!

Today's card was created in honor of a dear friend, Jim's birthday earlier this month...

Jim and his wife, Jill, are also good friends of Darnell.  Knowing they would have loved to have met with her when I did in July, I couldn't leave them out of the fun.  As soon as plans were made, I knew I would wear the same scarf that I gave Jill for her birthday last year, having bought us identical ones at the time.  Then, as I prepared everyone's gifts, I created one for them too; Port Sunlight guidebook, card and DVD.  All were sent with Jim's birthday card and I'm honored to have been able to include them in what was a wonderful day.

Card: Baked Brown Sugar and Mossy Meadow (both retired), Shimmery White and Serene Scenery DSP
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Crumb Cake and Pear Pizzazz
Stamp sets: In The Meadow
Tools and embellishments: Blender pens, Layering Squares Framelits
Adhesives: Tombow

Challenges...
#189 AG at 613 Avenue Create
#217 AG at Brown Sugar
#248-249 AAG at Word Art Wednesday

Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a great one!  I'll be back on Monday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


20 September, 2016

Bird and or Colors with HOC Team 3

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

House of Cards Design Team 3 are sharing our creations with you today for our current challenge. This month it's bird and or colors with this inspiration...


Here's a reminder of my card...


Full details can be found in my original post here.

I'd love you to take a look at what my teamies have got for you...


I'll be back on Friday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


16 September, 2016

Look Who's Turning 1

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments.  I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

It's hard to believe that my great-nephew Landon is one already!  Of course, the little man's big day, on August 31st, deserved a very special card...


The colors and background splatters were inspired by the theme I used to create everyone's albums in honor of his arrival, which can be found here.

Card: Whisper White and Soft Sky
Ink: Bear ~ Sahara Sand (base layer), Crumb Cake (2nd) and Early Espresso; Bow ~ Soft Sky (base layer and also splatters) and Pool Party (detail and also sentiment)
Stamp sets: Baby Bear, Number of Years and Gorgeous Grunge
Tools and embellishments: Numbers Framelits
Adhesives: Tombow

Challenges...
#89 Freestyle at Crafty Gals Corner
#248-249 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
Linky Party #20 AG at CropStop

Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a great one!  I'll be back soon with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


12 September, 2016

Grand Tour Gift Pouch

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments.  I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

In Friday's post I mentioned the inclusion of another gift in Darnell and Shirley's gift bags.  I didn't want Ros and Monika, who we were meeting in Liverpool, to miss out on the fun, so instead of putting everyone's cards in envelopes, I created these gift pouches for them and the DVDs I created...



It took a LONG time to create all those inlays, and to this day I have a slight numbness in the very tip of my thumb because of them, but the look on the ladies faces when they got the unexpected gift was, and is, well worth it!

Card: Whisper White, Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo
Ink: Flirty Flamingo and Pear Pizzazz
Stamp sets: Kinda Eclectic and Layering Letters
Tools and embellishments:
Adhesives:

Challenges...
#266 Super Scraps Saturday at HIMCR
#140 No squares or rectangles at Dream Valley
#246 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground

I'll be back on Friday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


09 September, 2016

Darnell's Gift Bag

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments.  I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

In Darnell's own post about her Grand Tour visit, she mentions a guidebook that I gave to both her and Shirley, about Port Sunlight village.  She also mentions how great a guide I was for them; a compliment which I very humbly accept!

Obviously I couldn't just give them the book, I had to create something to put it in!  So I turned to one of my Stampin' Sisters, Caroline Hallett, for inspiration and instructions and created some of her Big Hallet Bags; changing the dimensions to accommodate the books and a little extra gift, which I'll say more about in another post...


There are stunning rose gardens in the village, so I took my inspiration for the tag from those (they looked much better in person)...


Card: Botanical Blooms DSP and Whisper White
Ink: Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum
Stamp sets: Rose Wonder and Thoughtful Branches
Tools and embellishments: Scallop Tag Topper Punch
Adhesives: Sticky Strip (retired) and Tombow

Challenges...
#88 Let's Hear it for the Girls at Crafty Gals Corner
#215 AG at Brown Sugar Challenges
#163 AG with a sentiment at Aud Sentiments

Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a great one!  I'll be back on Monday with another Grand Tour creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


05 September, 2016

Irresistibly Artistically Asian

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The card I'm sharing with you today is one of a set of six I created early last month in honor of Darnell's visit.

Darnell is known for her NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) challenges, so it was fitting to use 3 of my NBUS products for the cards; the Artistically Asian stamp set, Scallop Tag Topper punch and Irresistibly Floral DSP; plus some favorites...


Card: Emerald Envy and Whisper White, and Irresistibly Floral DSP
Ink: Basic Black and Pear Pizzazz
Stamp sets: Artistically Asian
Tools and embellishments: Scallop Tag Topper punch, Sponge Brayer and Clear Wink of Stella (on the bamboo)
Adhesives: Tombow and Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
#91 Pastel at CAS on Sunday
#245 AAG at Pixie's Snippet's Playground
#246-247 AAG at Word Art Wednesday

I'll be back on Friday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


01 September, 2016

Bird and/ or Colors for House of Cards

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments.  I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

It's the 1st of the month and that means it's time for a new challenge at House of Cards.  Add a bird and/ or use colors from the image...


I've chosen 3 of the colors to create my Z fold card...


Card: Smoky Slate and Whisper White
Ink:  Peekaboo Peach Stampin' Write marker (from 2016-2018 In Color pack), Pistachio Pudding Stampin' Write marker (retired), and Smoky Slate ink
Stamp sets: Floral Phrases and Thoughtful Banners
Tools and embellishments:  Layering Squares Framelits
Adhesives: Tombow

Challenges...
#327 AAG at Craft your passion
#114 AAG at Creative Fingers
Thankful Thursday #187 at DL.ART
#87 AG at Crafty Gals Corner
#101 AAG at Inspiration Destination Challenges

Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a great one!  I'll be back on Monday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.