Wednesday, May 20, 2015

As You Graduate...

It's GRADUATION TIME! Here is one of my favorite Graduation Quotes:
'Graduation is only a concept.  In real life -every day you graduate.  Graduation is a process that goes on  until the last day of your life.  If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference.'
 ~Arie Pencovici

~As you Graduate ~ Card Recipe
Stamps: ODBD - As You Graduate Set
Ink: Graphite Black
Paper: The Paper Company Cool Metallic Ruby Jewel, White CS, Gray CS
Accessories:  Frantic Stamper Precision Die Star Card Panel; Creative Expressions Pierced Flags dies by Sue Wilson, Cuttlebug Mini-Stars EF, Gray Satin Ribbon, Silver Pearls
Techniques: Dry Embossing, Layering

The FRA-DIE-09412 Stars Card Panel die makes this great background.  Not only do you get this fun background that's perfect for so many themes, but you also get the mini stars that cut out of it. How awesome is that??  The front stars on the card were cut with Spellbinders Dies and given texture with the Mini Stars Cuttlebug embossing folders then layered for dimension.
 Frantic Stamper Precision Die - Star Card panel
This FUN Frantic Stamper Precision die can be found at; Frantic Stamper Inc., 
 
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The sentiment Panel was cut with the CE Pierced Flags Die by Sue Wilson, found here.
http://www.creative-expressions.uk.com/diesbysuewilson/frame&tags/piercedflags/index.php
You'll LOVE the Creative Expressions dies!!!
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Find them at Ecstacy Crafts
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More fabulous Shops offering Sue Wilson's Products;
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Id like to also enter this Card into the following challenges:
Inspiration Destination - Always Anything Goes
 Little Red Wagon
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Red, White, and, or Blue w/ribbon 
WordArt Wednesdays - Anything Goes Family Friendly 

Wonderful Wednesdays - Always Anything Goes
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Thanks for stopping by today.  I love hearing from you and hope to have inspired you!
America

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello Summer, BLOG CANDY

Welcome back!  
I have a Summer Hello as my mid-way Reminder for the current "Summer Fun" challenge #HMFMC194, at HMFMC.  Check it out for loads of DT inspiration and join the fun for y0ur chance to win great prizes, including the Blog Candy pictured below.
 Here is my * Summer Fun * take with a Happy Hoppers flying his kite...
* Hello Summer * CARD RECIPE
Stamps: Stampabilities, Happy Hoppers, "Gone with the wind" #HMPR1806
Ink: Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: White CS, Paper Studio Blue & Making Memories Red
Accessories: Frantic Stamper Precision Dies; Bracket labels In-Betweens FRA-DIE-09436 and Bubble Border FRA-DIE-09505; I added punched layers to the Sticker Sentiment (from Michael's) , String Bling (also from Michael's Floral Section), Sizzix Bubble EF
Techniques"  Dry Embossing, Paper Tole, Layering
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These are the FS Precision Dies Ive used. The bubbles border was cut multiple times in different colors for the background look here. Aren't these versatile and so FUN?? 
Frantic Stamper Precision Die - Bracket Labels In-Betweens (set of 5 dies)Frantic Stamper Precision Die - Bubble Border
You can get find them at Frantic Stamper Inc.,
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http://housemouse-challenge.blogspot.com/
We have amazing sponsored prizes up for grabs at HMFMC.  I am including this pictured BLOG CANDY (includes bag full of charms, a Stampa Rosa, House-Mouse Designs stamp "Jalapeno Peppers". #90M, from the year 1999 (very rare stamp), and a Spellbinders "Simplicity" Embossing Folder) . This CANDY along with the others amazing prizes that will go out to those LUCKY players who enter a House-Mouse project HERE. The Challenge #HMFMC194 theme is Summer FUN, but we also have the "Anything Goes" option too, so join the House-Mouse FUN for your chance to WIN!  Hurry, it ends this Saturday.

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I'd also like to enter this card into the following challenges
Allsorts Challenge Blog - No Squares Allowed 
Crafting From the Heart  -  Anything Goes 
Craft Your Passion  - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card - Anything Goes
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TFL  Happy Creating!
America

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Majestic Butterfly

Happy Sunday Crafters! 
I've created a Butterfly card using the new and-oh-so-fabulous Creative Expressions Majestic Monarch Butterfly Craft Die by Sue Wilson. I love it for its beautiful lines Have you seen Sue's incredible NEW Spring Release?  If not, do yourself a favor and go check it out the gorgeous craft dies HERE.
CARD RECIPE
Brand NEW craft dies from the Creative Expressions Spring Release. I'm totally addicted to Sue Wilson's gorgeous collections. All dies are quite elegant and seem to coordinate beautifully - so design combinations are endless.  

Stamps: none
Paper: DP, White, Black CS
Paper Size: 5x8
Ink: none
Accessories: Creative Expressions Portugese Collection Background and Lisbon Dies, Finishing Touches Majestic Butterfly and Expressions 'Just A Note' Dies by Sue Wilson, SW Textures-Scored Lines Embossing Folder, Green and white ribbons, Bling

Techniques:  Dry Embossing
      
  
 Combined, matted and, or layered, these dies work so well together. I LOVE the intricate designs and LOVE the versatility. You'll LOVE them too! :)
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Find Sue Wilson's products at Ecstacy Crafts http://www.ecstasycrafts.com/assets/images/ECLOGO/EC%20logo-best.png   
Other Direct LINKS to more Shops offering Sue Wilson's Products;

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I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
SCS- Featured Stamper -  Challenge - Fs493 - Naomi W.
We're to choose a project of hers to CASE. I chose this colorful Butterfly card HERE;
Allsorts - No squares allowed 
Crafty Calendar - Things with wings 
Scrappers Delights  -  Always anything goes 
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Thanks for stopping. I so love hearing from you! :)
America

Friday, May 15, 2015

A Floral Thanks with Newly Released CE Craft Dies by Sue Wilson

Have you seen the New Creative Expressions Spring Release by Sue Wilson?  Her new Craft-Die Collections are incredibly gorgeous. Check them out HERE. For loads of inspiration, visit Sue Wilson's Blog "Particiape In Craft" HERE -  you'll be WOW-ed by her gorgeous samples.  Sue also demonstrates how to create elegant Cards at the Creative Expressions "Crafting My Style" You Tube Video Channel HERE

You will want these gorgeous sets for your collection too!  I'm absolutely addicted and here is my first card using the New Canadian Background for my Floral Thanks;
I love the Daisies in this Gorgeous 2 part Background (die comes in 2 separate parts for loads of layering loveliness) and has beautiful piercing all around. The vertical "Thanks" sentiment is just so beautiful with all those fab swirls!

CARD RECIPE
Stamps: None
Paper: DCWV Flower Shower Spring Stack DP, White Heavy CS
Paper Size: 5x7
Ink: none
Accessories: Creative Expressions Canadian Collection Background and Expressions "Thanks" Dies by Sue Wilson, Cuttlebug Daisy Embossing Folder, Pink Tulle, Pink Rhinestones, and a Silver Rhinestone Flower Brad
Techniques: Dry Embossing, Layering
   
 Really, the possibilities with these fantastic Dies are endless. They look so elegant and delicate, yet cut intricate designs well and coordinate beautifully. Hope you'll give these a try.  Sue Wilson's other die Collections can be seen HERE:
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Find Sue Wilson's products at Ecstacy Crafts
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HERE are other Direct LINKS to Shop Sites offering Sue Wilson Products;
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Hope to have inspired you today. I love hearing from you! 
Happy Creating!  :) 
America

ODBD - May Release Reminder

Hello and welcome back! Have you seen the fabulous May Releases at ODBD?  If not, CHECK them out HERE!   I've got 2 sample cards to share - using these lovely May sets. 

First Sample; Put God first, and you'll never be last.
The lovely ODBD Custom Vintage Flourish Pattern Die was used for the background - cut down to create a smaller rectangle shape to hold my sentiment here. The DP is also by ODBD - "Blushig Rose Collection", surrounding pearls really make it stand out.  This rose border and edge were punched out with a lg EK Success edge Punch. Pink Tulle, adhesives pearls, a wedding Pearl brad and some MS glitter finish off the sparkly look. The sentiment is part of the newly released, mega gorgeous, Belles Vignes stamp set.
VINTAGE FLOURISH PATTERN DIES - CSBD56 BELLES VIGNES - H607

Other Products used: MM Sky Blue CS and Black textured CS, Creative Expressions/SW Embossing Folder, Recollections Silver half pearls, wired baby blue ribbon.
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My next sample PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
Featuring the same ODBD Custom Vintage Flourish Pattern Die for the background, and combined with the "Aster Flower" Dies  and "Fancy Foliage" dies. The Stamps used here are from the Belles Vignes stamp set. (for the sentiment and the faint Glorious Green flourish background).
VINTAGE FLOURISH PATTERN DIES - CSBD56   ASTER DIES - CSBD57 FANCY FOLIAGE DIES - CSBD33BELLES VIGNES - H607
Aren't these does awesome? I have a thing for layers and there are Lots of Layers on this card for dimension. Other Products used: MM Sky Blue CS and Black textured CS, Creative Expressions/SW Embossing Folder, Recollections Silver half pearls, wired baby blue ribbon.

For more on these May Releases, please be sure to check out the ODBD Blog. You're sure to be inspired by the amazing DT's gorgeous REMINDER makes HERE: 
Lori *  Julie *  Sandee *  Dawn *  Cathy *  Amy *  America (that's me!)Wanda 
 Our Daily Bread designs 
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I'd also like to enter into these cards following challenges:
Sister Act Card Challenge - Always Anything Goes
The Stamping Boutique - Die Cut or Punch 
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Thanks for stopping. I so love hearing from you! :)
America

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Art Deco Birthday Card to stay "Forever Young"

Happy Tuesday Folks!  How about an Art Deco'ish Card?
 May is one of those busy Birthday Months for us, how about you?  I'll need a Birthday Card for my SIL who happens to stay "Forever Young" so this Bday sentiment was fitting for her. Her fave color is Purple and she's  a huge fan of ART Deco style and Home Decor, so this card was created with her in mind.  What do you think?
 Can you see the fab crisp, deep embossing that the CE/SW EF leave?  The one used here is called "Beaded FanFare" and its dry embossed onto Black CS. So lovin' the polk-a-dots on this!  For my card, I took the middle of the Caribbean St Kitts die and diecut it several times to lay and layer as my Background and for the center panel.  Can you see the ornamental Corners peeking out from the sides of the sentiment.

CARD RECIPE
Stamps: Sentiment by Fiskars Clear B-day Stamp set
Ink; Brilliance Black Archival
Papers; Black and White Heavy CS, Striped DP (brand unknown)
Accessories:  Creative Expressions Embossing Folder by Sue Wilson, CE Caribbean Island Collection -St Kitts die set and Ornamental Corner die sets also by Sue Wilson, Purple Square Bling, Purple Bling Ribbon, Black Ribbon, White Ribbon
Techniques:  Dry Embossing, Layering
Festive Collection  Festive Collection
The possibilities with Sue's amazing Die collections are endless. They look so elegant and delicate but cut intricate very well and coordinate beautifully. Hope you'll give these a try. They can be found HERE:
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You can also visit Sue Wilson's awesome BLOG "Participate in Craft" for great ideas, gorgeous samples and loads of inspiration.
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Thanks for visiting my blog today. I love hearing from you! 
Happy Creating!  :)
 America

Monday, May 11, 2015

One for Dots and one for Summer

Hello Crafty Friends! Im back with 2 NEW cards to share. 
The first is for last week's Dotty Challenge at HMFMC. I never got around to posting this card -but it could easily still fit into our *Anything Goes* theme. :)
Card Recipe
I wanted subtle coloring to go easy with the black and white. This lovely SW beaded fanfare embossing folder really pops here. The Doily was created by adhering using multiple corner cuts from the Caribbean Islands Dies set (pictured below) to a lg cut oval then topped with another cut oval cut from the polkadot wrapping paper.
Stamps: Stampendous!, House-Mouse Designs, Cling "Jewelery Making", HMCR29,
Paper; Black Textured CS, White CS, Michael's Polkadot Wrapping Paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories: Creative Expressions Austrian Collection - Innsbruck Oval; CE Caribbean Islands Collection / Corner Border and Tag Dies by Sue Wilson, CE Beaded Fanfare Embossing Folder by Sue Wilson, Stickles, adhesive Rhinestones, Ribbon Bling, Bling Button, Black Polkadot Ribbon
Technique: Layering 
  
         Festive Collection  

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There are lots of gorgeous samples and always loads of great inspiration.
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Next Card is my take on the "SUMMER FUN" theme for  
Challenge # HMFMC194, found HERE.  Check it out!

Card Recipe
This funky, but fun Summer/Beach scene was created with the following fun FS Dies that came together beautifully; Palm Tree with Fronds ‪#‎FRA‬-DIE-09504 , Bracket Labels In Betweens #FRA-DIE-09436 , Stitched Bracket Edger # FRA-DIE-09404. The cuts are multi-layered for depth. The sand was created by tearing pieces of DP and the water sparkles with Stickles Glitter Glue.  he sentiment panel was also cut with these labels dies, then dry embossed.


Stamps: Stampabilities, House-Mouse Designs, "Relaxing", HMER1016, from 1998. Sentiment is by Stampa Rosa, HMD, #b11-2259.
Paper; MM Blues, White CS, Beach Sand DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories: Frantic Stamper Precision Dies, Stickles
Technique: Layering
Frantic Stamper Precision Die - Tall Palm Tree w/ Fronds (set of 5 dies)Frantic Stamper Precision Die - Bracket Labels In-Betweens (set of 5 dies)   Frantic Stamper Precision Die - Stitched Bracket Edger
Arent these fabulous Precision themed Dies FUN??  You can get them here; 


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Hope you can play with us this week as we have great prizes from these fabulous Sponsors
The One and ONLY,  the Official Mousey Family...
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Offering one Lucky player a $20 Gift Certificate to HMD.

Also the wonderful Heidi and Simon Says Stamp
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Be sure to Stop by HMFMC/ House-Mouse BLOG to see what my amazingly talented Teamies have created to help inspire you,  HERE;

I'd like to also enter my cards into the following challenges;
Craft-Dee BowZ - Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow 
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes 
Crafty Boots -  Ribbon or Lace
Cutie Pie Challenge - Cute / Layers
Mema's crafts - Anything goes
Natalie and Amy - Animals
Not Just Cards - Always Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Paper Creator - Animals
Pile It on - Cute Animals
Penny's Paper-Crafty  - Anything Goes
Southern Girls - Animal Crackers
Sister Act - Anything Goes
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Thanks for stopping by today! I so love hearing from you.
Happy Creating!
America

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Here's to a very Happy Mother's Day for all you wonderful Moms out there! :)
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If you're looking for the current ODBD May Release Blog-Hop, please Click HERE.
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Today Im sharing a have a Black and White Card that was created  for the Inspirational Challenge over at SCS #IC492I'm using the Creative Expressions Greek Island Collection dies by Sue Wilson.
CARD RECIPE
I love the opening of the Trellis mid section here. So many possibilities as it is a separate die itself. Ive layered it multiple times for the depth. This great checkered paper is from a (fax-size- type of large roll) that I found at a Goodwill a couple of years ago and its still going. The CE Greek Collection matching Tag die holds this ODBD "Mom" sentiment perfectly. The white satin bow was hand made and pearls were adhered to the center.
Stamps: ODBD - "Mom", from Year 2010
Paper: White CS, Checkered Roll
Paper Size: 5x7
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black Archival pigment ink
Accessories: CE/Creative Expressions Greek Island Collection Background; Corner, Border and Tag; CE Finishing Touches Trailing Ivy dies by Sue Wilson, White Satin Ribbon, Pearls
Techniques: Layering, Dry Embossing
These gorgeously detailed CE/SW Cutting Dies can be FOUND at CE, HERE.
  
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There are lots of gorgeous samples and always loads of great inspiration.
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I'd also like to enter card this into the following challenges:
SCS - Inspirational Challenge # IC492
Get Creative - For ladies/Mother's Day
Just Us GirlsEmbossing 
Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers - Monochromatic Mama
Kitty Bee Designs - In The Garden
Lunagirl Moonbeams  Mother 
Simply Create Too - Favorite Color Combo
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes or Clean & Simple 
Sister Act Card Challenge - Always Anything Goes  
The Stamping Boutique - Die Cut or Punch
Die-Versions -  Mothers Day Blog-Hop
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Thanks for stopping by today!  Enjoy your special weekend with family and great loves!
America