Friday, June 19, 2015

Vintage Shabby Chic - a Simply Create Too challenge

Hi there folks!

Happy Friday and welcome to my first posting as DT member for Simply Create Too challenge blog!  I am excited today to be showing you my vintage/shabby chic creation for today's challenge.  I hope you are able to pop on over and join in!

I used an adorable set of stamps from Maya Road for this card - aren't those birds just the cutest!  I added gesso around the edges of the card and papers to give some extra shabby chic style!  The embellishments are all from my stash.

I hope you enjoy my card today and if you are feeling vintage/shabby chic creative be sure to link up your card to the Simply Create challenge here.

Thanks for stopping in today.  I'm heading up to Canada today for the next two weeks - the boys finish up school and we have a wedding to attend next weekend!  I get to hang out with my girlfriends for the next couple of weeks - so excited!!

Until next time ... happy crafting!!

Danielle x

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Teacher Thank You!

Happy Wednesday folks!

It's that time of year again when teacher cards & gifts are needed.  With only one son left in Elementary school the number of teacher gifts/cards is minimal.  Jacob's teacher loves coffee (who doesn't!!) so I bought a gift card loaded with caffeine!  I always try to buy/make the teachers something that they will use and appreciate.  

The card design is pretty straight forward.  I don't have any of the typical teacher type stamps so I went simple with my card and haven't used an image.  The coffee stamps are from a Fiskars set and the sentiment on the tag is from Verve.  Papers are all from my scrap pile (great way to use up those pesky scraps)!!  Buttons and twine finish off the card.  I also inked up all the edges with some brown ink to add interest.

I have a few more things to get done before we head up to Canada on Friday for a couple of weeks.  The boys finish up school for the summer on Friday - good thing as they have already "checked out" and are ready for summer vacation to begin!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:-

Craft your Passion Challenges - Always Anything Goes #266
Inspiration Destination Challenge - Always Anything Goes #38
Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes
Scribble & Scrap Challenge - Always Anything Goes

That's all for today folks!  Hope you have a fab day and thanks for stopping by - always appreciate your visits!  Until next time ... happy crafting!

Danielle x

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Friends are the Flowers of Life

Hello there!

Apologies for my little mini disappearing act!!  I have picked up my crochet hook again and was busy having loads of fun with that last week!  I made my first baby beanie hat & flowers and now I'm working on a baby blanket.  I'm teaching myself so it's a slow & steady process.  I am loving it though.

Anyways, some friends are off to pastures new so this is a card I made for them.  Her favourite colours are red & black and I used a gorgeous new stamp, recently added to my collection, from Tiddly Inks.  She is adorable and so easy to colour with my copics.  The rest of the card just fell into place quite nicely.  The sentiment comes with the stamp.  DP is from MME Reds, absolutely love it! The swirl in a die cut and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  

I'm going to enter this into the following challenges:-

Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge - Seeing Spots
Scribble & Scrap Challenge & Blog - Always Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping in today.  Always lovely to see you and I appreciate your visits very much.  Until next time ... happy crafting!

Hugs, Danielle x

Friday, May 29, 2015

Beautiful card .... plus some exciting news!!

Happy Friday folks!

It has been a gorgeous week of weather here in Massachusetts so I've been sunning myself by the pool and whilst that has been fabulous, my crafting does tend to take a bit of a back seat at this time of year!!  However, I have this lovely card to show you today.  I have also been very lucky this past week and have won two challenges so am excited to add some new digi images to my collection!  Thank you Creative Moments and Crafting from the Heart!

First off though, I want to share my exciting news which is I have been selected to join the DT for the challenge blog Simply Create Too.  I am thrilled to be a part of this fun team and look forward to sharing some fun challenges with you all.  Be sure to check out their current challenge and join in!

Back to the card, the sentiment is Verve and is one of my favourites!  It's a pretty simple design with the main focus being on the sentiment.  Papers, ribbon, lace & flowers are all from my stash.

Challenges I will enter this in:

Craft your Passion - Always Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

That's all for today!  I did get happy mail this week from Tiddly Inks so I think I'll have a play today and hopefully have something to share with you in the next couple of days.  Have a wonderful Friday and until next time, happy crafting!!

Hugs, Danielle x

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Boxed Card Set

Hi folks!

I'm sitting here with a numb mouth after just having had two crowns done at the dentist!  So I figured I may as well blog and try and keep my mind off the drooling mouth, haha!!

I made this sweet little boxed set of cards the other day.  I went clean and simple with the design and essentially just stamped an image onto a piece of white Spectrum Noir colouring paper to fit the size of a 4.25 x 8.5 card.  Each image is coloured with copics.  I have used LOTV images for the complete set.  The white panel is matted with a co-ordinating colour cardstock before being adhered to the card.

Image is now retired from LOTV (I believe) and the sentiment is Verve.

Mille stamp is now retired from LOTV and the sentiment is Verve.

Another retired LOTV image (I believe) and the sentiment is TPC Studio

This is the box envelope that I made using my SU! punch board!  Love this tool and definitely couldn't craft without it now!!  I think I will be saving this item and gifting it to one of my son's school teachers as an end of year thank you gift.  Everyone needs a handy little stash of gift cards, right?!

Thanks for stopping in today!  I always appreciate your visits and your comments are so welcomed and enjoyed.  Until next time ... happy crafting!

Danielle x

Thursday, May 14, 2015

It's wedding season ...


The days just seem to be flying by and even though I don't work outside of the home now I am amazed at just how quickly the hours in the day go by!!

I was commissioned to make a wedding card with red & black being the predominant wedding colours.  I love this Greeting Farm stamp - so fun to colour!  I used my copics to colour.  Papers are all from my stash and the pretty roses background is from an old DCWV pad I had stashed away!  The embellishments are all from my stash - I really love adding the single sequins - they make such a fab touch.

This is the inside of the finished card.  All sentiments are from SU! and I paper pierced around the border to give some added interest.

This is the custom made envelope and belly band I made for the card.  I used the SU! Envelope punch board to make this.  I used the same roses background paper on the belly band to compliment the card and stamped a fun sentiment on the front.

Some challenges I'm entering:-

Craft your Passion Challenges - Always Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart Challenges - Always Anything Goes
Ribbon Girl Challenge - A Shaped Card or Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes

That's all for today folks!  Thanks for stopping in - always appreciate your visits here!  Until next time ... happy crafting!

Danielle x

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Tilda Peek-a-Boo card ...

Happy Saturday peeps!

Thanks for popping by and taking a peek today!  I made this card on Thursday and decided to try out the sweet Peek-a-Boo tutorial posted on Splitcoatstampers here.  Super easy to follow and just a delight to put together.

My two Tilda's are coloured with copic markers and Tilda with Spring Heart has her dress paper-pieced (I haven't done that in a while either)!  The papers are K&Co Watercolour Bouquet.  I added some new flowers to my stash that arrived last week from Wild Orchid Crafts - first time I'm using the gorgeous chrysanthemums.  Lace, punches and twine are all from my stash.

As you open the card the second images slips into place and for that I chose Tilda with Spring Heart - isn't she just adorable!  The sentiment is a $1.50 find from Michaels.  I dedicate this card to my mother as tomorrow we celebrate Mother's Day here in the USA/Canada.  

A few of the challenges I will enter:-

Allsorts Challenge - At least 2 die cuts (nestabilities, frame & leaves)
Simply Create Too - Favourite Colour Combo (pink/green)
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Challenge #58 Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl Challenge - Create a Mother/Female card
Time for Magnolia Challenge - Flowers Everywhere
Magnolia Mania Challenge - In the Garden

That's all for now folks!  Appreciate your visit as always and I do hope you can spare a minute to leave me a comment as to how you like my post today!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Danielle x

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Love You to the Moon ... and Back!


Apologies for the last few days of silence - I have started a 30 day detox & cleanse and the first few days are always pretty tough!  I am thankfully now past the worst of the headaches & yucky feeling ... really makes you realise how easily your body gets addicted to sugar & caffeine!  I am 4lbs down after 3 days and feeling much perkier, so hopefully my crafting desk will get some attention today!

I have this card to show you today though.  This is an adorable LOTV image which has been sitting in my "coloured" stash for ages so I figured it was about time I did something with him!  It's a very clean & simple card.  I embossed the back panel to give the impression of the moon.  I found the adorable sentiment stamp in the $1.50 at Michaels "love you to the moon & back".  Image is coloured with copic markers.

A couple of challenges I'm entering:-

Craft Your Passion Challenges - Always Anything Goes #260
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes (with optional no patterned paper)

Thanks for stopping in today - it's always great to see you and I appreciate each & every comment that is left - thank you!  Hope you enjoy the rest of your day - it's a scorcher here today (29oc)!

Danielle x

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I'm back ... First Communion Tilda


I'm back after a lovely 10 day break back in Ottawa!  The boys had April Break from school so we headed back to Canada to visit friends.  My eldest son actually took his first solo flight to Vancouver and visited with friends on Vancouver Island - a very successful visit!

So, we're back and and enjoying the beautiful signs of Spring that are surrounding us; birds chirping, trees budding, flowers blooming, warm sunshine ... just love this time of year!

I was commissioned to make a First Communion card so put in a special order to add this gorgeous little Special Day Tilda to my collection!  I love her!  I coloured her using my copic markers and used the light C grays to add shadows on her dress and veil.  The sentiment is computer generated and I blinged the rest of the card up with pearls & gems, doily & flower.  I drew in the little wooden cross.

A couple of challenges for this card:-

Papertake Weekly - Take your Pick (Colour Theme - White plus one)
Craft your Passion challenges - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Girlz Challenges - Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl - April Magnolia Only Challenge (Children)
Allsorts Challenge - Bring on the Bling

Thanks for stopping in today - it's good to be back and I look forward to catching up on everyone's blogs!

Danielle x

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Be Strong ....


Thanks for stopping in today.  I have this card which I was asked to make for a friend of mine.  She has a friend who is coping with the return of her cancer.  She wanted a card to reflect her strong faith and to encourage her in her ongoing battle with the Big C.

I found this beautiful verse which pretty much sums it all up.  I have to admit to making this card with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat - it was very emotional, as I do know the lady concerned too.  The sentiment was computer generated and then inked gently with a sponge.

I used a muted calming colour palette, the papers from MME Lost & Found.  I added a MS punched border, bird and leaf.  The addition of the twine finishes it off.

Here is the finished inside of the card too.  Same bird punch but the silhouette version (I love these punches by MS).  The sentiment inside is from SU!.

I am going to enter these cards into the following challenges:-

Papertake Weekly - Words, words, words
Craft Your Passion Challenges - Always Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart Challenge - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Add a Sentiment

That's all for today folks.  Thanks for stopping in.  I'm off to take Jasper to get a trim and his nails clipped before our road trip on Thursday!  Have a wonderful Tuesday and until next time ... happy crafting!

Danielle x


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