Saturday, August 30, 2014

Tag You're It!!

Good Morning! Hope those of you that live in the US are enjoying your long WE. I had the chance to play in the Tag You're It Challenge.... love to make tags but, don't think of it very often.
This time we are casing these sweet tags by Donna Mikasa.

My interpretation...

 For my inspiration I went with a similar combination of colors and flowers, any excuse to use flowers :) The kraft base was embossed with Top Dog Dies Modern Mosaic 2 die.

The white tag is a folding tag from Waltzingmouse stamps- here you can see it opens up and I added a couple flowers and sentiment inside. The flowers are from WPlus9- Fresh Cut Florals, Banner and sentiments are WPlus9- Written On Ribbon and Written on Ribbon sentiments. Added seam binding and twine from The Twinery.

Have a great Saturday. It's pretty warm here- well, actually hot!!

Thanks for stopping by!! Love when you do and appreciate all the kind words!!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Top Dog Dies- Guest Designer!!

Good Morning!! Today I'm thrilled to be guesting over at Top Dog Dies!!

This is a long post as I was sent several dies and had a blast playing!

FYI: Top Dog Dies is a new online store that offers their own brand of wafer-thin and steel-rule dies, along with dies from brands you already know, including Little B, Tattered Lace, My Favorite Things, Impression Obsession, Little B and other top brands.

I had the pleasure of receiving several dies from the latest release. Today- I am showing you several projects I made.

First up- the adorable new DRAGON die and...

I have to admit when I first saw this die... I was thinking along the lines of a Birthday card, wouldn't that be wonderful!! BUT, as soon as I die cut the dragon with sparkly green paper, my mind shifted to Halloween!!

Isn't he fantastic- well, it could be a she- fantastic too!! This die has some fabulous detail and is perfect for a Halloween card.

Next up is an invitation to a Halloween party. How fun, right!!

 It was created like a "note" card so that you can turn it around and add all the details... where, when etc.

Two more projects using the new dies from the recent release...the images are sweeeet!!

First up is Winston (my daughter's dog) and that is not the official name for this die but, immediately what I thought of- Oh, Winston is an older dog but, so refined, reticent, and tolerant of us "humans" and he two other dogs in the household!!!

Then... there's Bella- she's also a mixed breed but, eeeks the poodle is there- "in charge, sassy, everyone do as I say"...

Made a couple treat bag tags for their stockings this year using the TDD Dog Days #2 die set. Used DCWV glitter paper and a combination of PTI and MFT dies for the tags. The bottom layer was embossed using the Modern Mosaic A2 Mat die... did you know that you can emboss with wafer thin dies? Here's a close up so you can see the detail in the die.

Oh and by the way... these dies cut like buttah!! Head on over to Top Dog Dies.... browse around... I'm know you'll see something you need :)

Many thanks to TDD for inviting me!! I had a blast creating with these dies!!


Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop!!

Happy, Happy Friday!! Welcome to the first of a few Serendipity Stamps Blog Hops featuring some of the new stamps and dies available now at Serendipity Stamps. These stamps and dies are available now for purchase... the DT are hopping today to provide a little inspiration.

Today we are focusing on Halloween/Fall.

You should have arrived here from Miriam's blog but, if you happened along or got lost along the way, go to Mary's blog to start the hop or see the link list below.

I have a couple cards for you today using the new goodies.

Fun Halloween card... Halloween is just around the corner!! For this card I stamped the Kitty and Jack image with Memento Tuxedo Black onto XPress It blending cardstock and colored with copics. Added some stars with a SSS Falling stars stencil and Wendy Vechhi Black Modeling Paste. The pumpkin receive a thick layer of SU crystal effect for a little shine.After that was mounted and layered I added the new "Boo!" die.

I finished off the inside by layering some panels with designer paper and the Don't Be a Fraidy Cat sentiment.
My second card uses some fall stamps and dies..

The SU early espresso background was stamped "tone on tone" with SU early espresso ink using the Wood Background stamp and heat embossed with clear. Love all the detail in this background stamp. The leaves were die cut using Oak Leaf Scroll die and Oak Leaf Outline and Acorn die. I die cut them in contrasting colors- Oak Leaf Scroll with the bottom layer the Oak Leaf Outline die. Left some "scrolls" in place and removed some for a little contrast between the two dies.

 Finished off the inside by layering papers in coordinating colors and a sentiment from the Acorns Cling Set- the Autumn Leaves sentiment is also from this set. They can also be purchased individually.

AND as always... with a HOP there are prizes... You have until Sept. 1 to leave a comment on the DT blogs to win a $20 gift code off your next order.  Mary will announce the winner on the Serendipity Stamps blog on Sept 2nd. 
There's another chance to win... Like Serendipity Stamps and Share on facebook... there's another $20 GC for one lucky winner.

We are also thrilled to have Kecia Waters joining us again as a Guest Designer. So glad you joined us!!

The hop list: 
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Color Throwdown #307 -Smile!!

Hey- it's time for another Color Throwdown challenge. This week Monika picked these fabulous colors!!

Oh... I did a little watercoloring. You may be thinking my colors aren't as "bold" as the colors in the swatch, but watercoloring softens the colors somewhat. Stamped the largest butterfly from WPlus9's Flora & Fauna 2 onto TH watercolor paper- I like that way it absorbs the colors. Added a sentiment from Strictly Sentiments 5. The background was created using Fresh Cut Florals.  The layout is this week's CAS(e) this sketch.

Our New Designer is Jodi Collins from Stampin a Latte! Yep, you read that right Jodi is joining the DT!! WOOT WOOT!!

Beverly Daw is our Guest Star Stamper - Thrilled to have you joining us! Click on her name to go directly to her blog.

Don't forget to visit the other CTD DT blogs for more inspiration.

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Joan Ervin - Stamping With Passion
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Monika Davis- MAD Stamper
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
Cindy Lawrence- The Creative Closet
Remember, if you don't have the exact colors, use whatever you have that's close...this is all about having fun!  If you upload to a public gallery, please use the key words CTD307.  Also, when linking up your card using the linky tool at the bottom of the post, please link to your specific post, not a generic link to your blog.  

When you are finished with your creation, head over to the Color Throwdown blog to add your entry to the Inlinkz tool.

My layout is based on the sketch at CAS(e) this sketch. Love this sketch- so versatile I have already started working on another card using it!!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Happy Tuesday...

Now that life is slowing down a little bit, I have been able to spend more time stamping, even though I have had no problem buying :)

The colors this month for the Reverse Confetti challenge

Love the classic blue and red with gold thrown in!

Here's my card

Used several RC dies on this card...Class Act, Love Note, and Diagonal Stripe. The sentiment is from You Make Me Smile. The background is a gold dot embossed vellum from SU. Added a few enamel dots and "popped up" some layers for dimension.

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