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26 April, 2017

Renaissance Tag Trio

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!

At first glance you might be wondering where the tag is on the card?  I promise they are there... the die, from the Spellbinders Renaissance Jeweled Frame set, is listed as a tag, but apologies if you were expecting a different type of tag!


I love this versatile die set and you'll be seeing a lot more of it!  Grin.

Card: SU's Thick Whisper White and Pool Party
Embellishments: Rhinestones

Challenges...
#277-278 AG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
#16 AAG at Polkadoodles
#196 AG at 613 Avenue Create

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


20 April, 2017

Feathers 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 to include a feathers and or colors with this inspiration...


Here's a reminder of my card...


Full details can be found in my original post here.

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


12 April, 2017

W-O-W Butterflies

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 been WAY too long since I created a white-on-white, or as I like to call them, a W-O-W card, but I hope you'll agree this beauty is well worth the wait?


Card: SU's Shimmery White
Tools and embellishments: Butterfly Circle dies from Creative Expressions

Challenges...
#245 AG at Brown Sugar
#196 AG at Artistic Inspirations
#14 AAG at Polkadoodles

I'll be back next week with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.  In the meantime I wish all of you a very blessed Easter.


04 April, 2017

Vellum Overlay

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!

If you fleetingly saw a post from me earlier, you weren't seeing things!  As can happen, I clicked publish before scheduling it.  Oops!  You WILL see it properly later this month.

Today's cards were created with a new-to-me 2-in-1 EK Success punch and also both feature a bit of a boo-boo, which makes them doubly eligible for Darnell's latest NBUS/ April Boo-Boo challenge!




As you can see at the right side of the first and near the top of the second, I went off line, so the hole is a little bigger.  Ooops!

Card: SU's Pacific Point, Whisper White and vellum
Tools and embellishments: EK Success 2-in-1 border punch

Challenges...

NBUS/ Boo-Boo at DJKardKreations
#244 AG at Brown Sugar
#275-276 AG at Pixie's Snippets Playground

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


01 April, 2017

Feathers and/or Colors at 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.  This month we're asking you to use feathers, and or colors from the inspiration image...


I've used the inspirational feathers for my card, which unfortunately has not photographed well.  Sorry!


Card: Whisper White and Pacific Point from SU
Stamp sets: Fanciful Feathers digi from MHK Designs
Tools and embellishments: Clear Wink of Stella

Challenges...
April at MHK Designs
#116 AG at Crafty Gals Corner
#244 AG at Brown Sugar

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


27 March, 2017

Triple Lattice Inlay

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!

I love the versatile floral lattice dies from Die'sire that I used as the backdrop for this card.  There are 6 in the set, 3 detail and 3 outline.  For today's card I've used the strip die to create the triple inlay...


Card: SU's Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie
Tools and embellishments: Floral Lattice Die from Die'sire

Challenges...
#273-274 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
#243 AG at Brown Sugar
#12 AAG at Polkadoodles

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


20 March, 2017

Scene 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 to create a scene and or use colors with this inspiration...


Here's a reminder of my card...


Full details can be found in my original post here.

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


17 March, 2017

Deboss and Shine

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!

Today's card features the debossed side of the rose embossing folder, and shine from filling it with SU's Fine Tip Glue, hence the title of the post.


Card: Tip Top Taupe and Whisper White
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum
Stamp sets: Artistically Asian
Tools and embellishments: Rose EF  Scalloped Oval punch
Adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
#11 AAG at Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge
#174 AAG at Artistic Inspirations
#17 AG at Cardz TV

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


13 March, 2017

Just Because...

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!

Today's card was created during the recent barren spell of mojo when my novel draft was the main focus, so it was created just because I was trying to create something.  Grin.


Card: SU's Emerald Envy and Whisper White
Markers: Spectrum Noir EB6 (stem), CR7 and CR9 (petals), and JG3 and JG4 (leaves)
Stamp sets: Get Well Flowers from MHK Designs
Embellishments: Gold Sequins from SU

Challenges...

#6 AG at The Flower Challenge
March at MHK Designs
#174 AG at Artistic Inspirations
AG at TTCRD

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


06 March, 2017

Spectrum Noir Marker Storage Pictorial

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!

I received a lot of Spectrum Noir markers for Christmas, and didn't want to store them in the original packaging, but didn't want to buy a unit either.  Instead I took inspiration from SU demonstrator Sam Donald, AKA Pootles and created my own.

Each triangular pod uses 1 sheet of card and holds 6 Spectrum Noir markers, so the amount of card needed will depend on how many you have (I needed 16).

Cut the card to 7 1/4" x 8" and score on the long side at 2 1/2", 5" and 7 1/2", then notch at 3 3/4".  Turn and score on the short side at 2 1/4"

From the notch, score diagonally down to the scoreline.  This will form the back of the pod

Fold and burnish the scorelines, then cut off the other squares and apply tape as shown

Assemble the pod beginning with the non-tabbed side, then tuck in the tab and adhere by pressing a ruler inside.  Here I've filled it for ease of final assembly

Depending on the number of pods you need, design the desired stepped layout and use wet glue (I used Tombow) to adhere them while filled.  My assembly has  5, 4, 4 and 3 from the bottom up, with each layer stepped back about an inch.  Here they are seen before I organized the markers.

Challenges...
#195 AG at 613 Avenue Create
#149 AG at Crafting from the heart
#174 AG at Artistic Inspirations

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


03 March, 2017

For A Lovely Lady

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!

When I first saw the images in the Lovely Ladies digi set from MHK Designs, I knew I had to use one of them to create a card for my Grandmother's 95th birthday yesterday.


I've backed the image with a NBUS die, Die'sire Floral Lattice, which I think adds to the classical look.

Card: SU's Wisteria Wonder, Crumb Cake and Whisper White
Ink: Crumb Cake stencilled through the die
Markers: Spectrum Noir FS4 (skin), EB3 and EB4 (hair), HB1 and HB2 (dress and headband), HB2 and HB3 (flowers), and PP2 (lips)
Stamp set: Lovely Ladies from MHK Designs
Tools and embellishments: Die'sire Floral Lattice die, and Clear Wink of Stella for the jewels

Challenges...
March at MHK Designs
#251 AG at Addicted to Stamps and More
#240 AG at Brown Sugar

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


01 March, 2017

Scene and/ or Colors at 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.  This month we're asking you to create a scene, and or use the colors from the inspiration image...


I've used the colors and theme for my card...

Card: Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi
Ink: Emerald Envy
Stamp sets: Thoughtful Branches
Tools and embellishments: Tree Builder punch

Challenges...
#269-270 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
AG at TTCRD
#239 AG at Brown Sugar Challenge

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


23 February, 2017

The Write Stuff

Hi everyone,

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

Today's card was created last weekend in anticipation of a long awaited occasion, and I'm beyond pleased to be posting it today, two days after the first draft of my latest novel was COMPLETED!

I began the draft back in mid-October and have spent some time every working day (73) on it, so it has been quite an intense time.

Thankfully the card took a fraction of the time, thanks to the wonderful Mynn's very appropriate digi stamp set, The Write Stuff.  As both a writer and artist, I doubly love it!  Grin.


Card: Crumb Cake and Whisper White from SU
Ink: SU's Crumb Cake and Basic Black Archival
Stamp sets: The Write Stuff and Timeless Textures from SU
Adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
February at MHK Designs
AG at TTCRD
#194 AG at 613 Avenue Create

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


20 February, 2017

Love 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 to include love and or colors with this inspiration...


Here's a reminder of my card...


Full details can be found in my original post here.

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


13 February, 2017

Just A Note...

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!

I apologize for not getting a card posted on Friday or again today, but instead of totally abandoning you I wanted to let you know why... I'm days away from completing the first draft of my latest novel, so getting that finished is my priority right now.

I will be back next Monday with my regularly scheduled reminder for the latest challenge at House of Cards, and will stop by and see you in the meantime, if I get time.

Thanks for your understanding,


06 February, 2017

Colored & Embossed Spotlight

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 main feature in today's card is a gorgeous rose embossing folder that I won a while ago from Di at Pixie's Snippets Playground.  Unfortunately it was won that long ago that I can't remember which company made it, or the name.  Oops!  As much as I love butterflies, roses are a close second, so I loved playing with it...


Card: Flirty Flamingo and Whisper White
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, and Pink Pirouette and Tip Top Taupe Stampin' Write Markers
Stamp sets: Artistically Asian
Tools and embellishments: Layering Ovals framelits and Scalloped Oval punch (retired)
Adhesives: Tombow and Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
#267-268 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
#268-269 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#121 AAG at Inspiration Destination

I'll be back on Friday with another creation using some of these elements, so I hope you'll join me then.


01 February, 2017

Guest DT at MHK Designs

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!

I am sooo honored to be a Guest Design Team member for the new challenge at MHK Designs.  Here's the inspiration photo for this month...


For my card I've used the gorgeous He Is Risen digital stamp set...



Card: SU's Whisper White, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz
Stamp sets: He Is Risen digi from MHK Designs
Markers: LG1 and LG2 (leaves and buds), and CR2 from Spectrum Noir
Tools and embellishments: Botanical Builder Thinlits from SU
Adhesives: Tombow

Challenges...
AG at TTCRD
#235 AG at Brown Sugar
#145 AG at Crafting From The Heart

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


Love and/or Colors at 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.  This month we're asking you to create a card with the love theme, and or the colors from this inspiration image...


I've chosen to use both the colors and theme for my card...


Card: Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White and Smoky Slate
Ink: Smoky Slate, Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder
Stamp sets: Lift Me Up
Tools and embellishments: Up & Away Thinlits and Basic Pearls
Adhesives: Tombow and Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
AG at TTCRD
#286 Any Holiday at HIMCR
#145 AG at Crafting From The Heart

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