Sunday, April 05, 2020

Owl and Lumberjack Masculine Cards


“Owl Always be there for you” 

This was such a fun card to create!  Its grungy, shaped and so masculine!  The hexagons are on dimensional foam take to frame the Owl scene over the die-cut quilted background. The tree branches and owl were die-cut multiple times, embossed & colored with chalks. All cuts are multi layered for depth. The Owl was hand-cut to separate each section of the body, then bent, then pieced back together adhering with foam tape for added dimension. 😉

All die Products by Sue Wilson; Necessities Coll-Wise Old Owl and Moonlight Owl die sets. Noble Collection-Dbl stitched Hexagon. Quilt Essentials Coll -Cubes.

Other Products: Chalks, ultra-fine clear Glitter (for background texture), black Sharpie (to color owl's eyes), Colorbok “Wild Roses” Premium Paper Pad.

Are you a Sue Wilson fan?? 
Stop by Facebook and check out this fab SW FAN group HERE;
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Masculine Card

same card, two views.



This masculine card uses awesome Card Creator/Card Dies from John Lockwood's Collection set #JND069. What fantastic cutting dies for quick cards! Lumberjack dies by Richard Garay.
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 Do you ever find yourself struggling to come-up with creative ideas for making those masculine cards?  We all need these types of cards for the men, guys, young boys we love. 
 Calling all *SUE WILSON* FANS
Soooo, I’ve started a new private Facebook Group called “Masculine Cards”.  Come join us and upload your male themed projects there to share that you've created with any products from any brands!  Just have a go at it and have fun. Hope you'll take a moment to check it out HERE. The main goal is to gather an engaging community where crafty members provide one another with creative inspiration on male themed projects.  
Let's inspire each other's creative flow with a little encouragement!
 Masculine Cards INSPIRATION
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I'd like to also enter these projects into the following Fun Challenges;
A Bit More Time to Craft -Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft -Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. -Add A Charm

Crafter's Cafe - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude - Anything Goes
Crafting Happiness Chall - Anything Goes (opt For Him)
Classic Design Challenge -Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's - Anything Goes w/ Patterned Paper
Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Dream Valley - One for the Boys
Daisy Chain - Use Dies
Dies R Us - Anything Goes
Fab ans Funky - Masculine
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes w/Dies
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Lavinia World Challenges - Anything Goes/ Rubber or Clear Stamps
Scrap and Doodles - Masculine card
Southern Girls - Anything Goes
The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes

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Thanks for stopping by today and happy creating!Hope you can stop back by tomorrow - as I'll have 2 NEW Projects for APG/ Spellbinders. :)

Please be safe, stay healthy and informed.  {{{Hugs}}}
America

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Wedding and Mother cards



It's Your Wedding!
This Wedding card may be a little bright, but it was super fun to create. I first diecut and played with the die-cut layouts in various ways to come up with new looks. This APG Rosa Diamante die set is absolutely gorgeous and one of my faves from this release! I so love the mini roses that are within this fabulous die design.

I cut out multiple sets then snipped-off the mini roses to use on background. Its so neat for continuing the design throughout the card All cuts are multi-layered for depth. Sentiment was stamped with StazOn Red ink then die-cut using the APG "All occasions" sentiments frame from the die set. Vellum backs the cuts to soften the look. Satin Ribbon and adhesive pearls are the finishing touches. I colored these pearls with alcohol markers to better match the cream colored cardstock. The background panel was dry embossed with a roses embossing folder by creative expressions.

Amazing Paper Grace Products by Spellbinders;
Shapeabilities Rosa Diamante Etched Dies
Flourished Fretwork Collection by Becca Feeken


All Occasion Sentiments Stamp and Die Set
Flourished Fretwork Collection by Becca Feeken


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Praying for you, Mother ...
CARD RECIPE
This card was totally inspired by the foiled DCWV patterned papers. I began by cutting out the large Roses and placing them onto the background. I then diecut multiple sets of the sentiment die to frame over the "Mother" word taken from another patterned DP.

The flower was created with the Sweet Cottage Flowers Die Set, spritzed, crunched to shape, brushed with homemade shimmer, glue spotted and sprinkled with ultra-fine glitter for added texture and sparkle that is not too visible in this photo.

Amazing Paper Grace Products by Spellbinders;
All Occasion Sentiments Stamp and Die Set
Flourished Fretwork Collection by Becca Feeken


Shapeabilities Sweet Cottage Flowers Etched Dies
3D Vignette Mini Album Collection by Becca Feeken


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AMAZING PAPER GRACE IS ON FACEBOOK!


If you are not familiar with the NEW FACEBOOK GROUP for Amazing Paper Grace,
you might want to go check it out HERE for loads of inspiration;


Proudly Designing for APG Creative Team
APG is also implementing a brand new "Monthly Sketch Share" that (yours truly), will run on the 25th of each month.  :) We hope you will join and share your creative fun with your own projects (using only APG products of course), based on these fab Sketches.
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I'd like to also enter these projects into the following Fun Challenges;
As You Like It Challenge -Favorite- Buttons Or Pearls, Why)
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft - Always Anything Goes
ARTastic - Girls Only
Crafter's Castle - April - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes , Opt Twist; One for the Girls
Creative Fingers -Anything Goes
Classic Design Challenge -Anything Goes
Crafter's Cafe - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper -Anything Goes w/ Patterned Paper
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Flowers
Creatalicious - Anything Goes/ opt Wedding
Crafting With an Attitude - Anything Goes
Daisy Chain - Use Dies
Dies R Us - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers Dies - Anything Goes w/Dies
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Love to Scrap - For the Girls
Southern Girls - Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze - Anything Goes
Lavinia World Challenges - Anything Goes/Rubber Or Clear Stamps
The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes

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Thanks for stopping by today. Happy creating!
Please be safe, stay healthy and informed. {{{Hugs}}}
America

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

You're a True Friend, Sketch Share

You're a True Friend
This card was based off of this fabulous Card Sketch by the amazing Karan Berger. 
It is for the new monthly Sketch Shares happening at the new APG Facebook Group HERE. Hope you will join us and give the fun sketches a go!

I have used a single die in 4 different ways.
1- for the focal point, 2- an edger, 3- the corners, 4- and as a background.

Hope you will give this fun sketch a try and enter it into the New Monthly Sketch Share album at APG Facebook Group HERE.

The mini flowers are diecut from the following cutting die set;
March 2020 APG - Die of the Month
MBR-APG - Elegant Infinity


If you are not familiar with the NEW FACEBOOK GROUP for Amazing Paper Grace, you might want to go check it out HERE for loads of inspiration;
 Our Team loves seeing your uploads and we are super excited you are here. Thank you! Starting today, APG is implementing a brand New Monthly Sketch Share that will run on the 25th of each month. We hope you will join the fun! Simply create a project (using APG products), that is based on the monthly Sketch and upload it to the appropriate Group Album for "Monthly Sketches". You may interpret the Sketch anyway you'd like and just have fun!
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I'd like to also enter into the following challenges

All Fun Challenges - Anything Goes
Arty Divas - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Use Flowers
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes/Opt; add Buttons
Dare 2B Artzy Challenges - Anything Goes
International Art and Soul - Use Green as your Main Color
Paper Shelter - Flowers of the Spring
Paper Funday - Anything Goes
Paperminutes - Frames
Stamping Sensations - Spring Florals
The Corrosive Challenges - Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Spring
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
House That Stamps Built - Anything Goes
Unicorn Challenge - Flower Power
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Thanks for stopping by today!
America

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Thanking you, Masculine Card

Hello, Hello awesome Crafters!
I sincerely hope you are staying safe and making the most of this quarantine time. :)

Today I'm sharing a multi-layered and dimensional masculine card. This is my vision for a first take with this Richelieu Square fab die from new Flourished Fretwork Die Collection by Becca Feeken, for Amazing Paper Grace at Spellbinders. I've basically framed and layered up around the stamped sentiment to keep it as the main focal point. I love that this wallpaper (backed by adhesive sheet then die-cut) gives this a little pop of color!
All Occasion Sentiments Stamp and Die Set Flourished Fretwork by Becca Feeken
Nestabilities Candlewick Squares Etched Dies Candlewick Classics Collection by Becca Feeken
Nestabilities Hemstitch Squares Etched Dies Romancing the Swirl Becca Feeken
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Other Products used include:
Vintage Wallpaper on adhesive sheet, Heavyweight Black/White Cardstock, foam adhesive.

Hope you will give these cutting dies and ideas a try!
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Did you know that APG is NOW on Facebook?   Come check out the new Group HERE.
Amazing Paper Grace  - Creative Encouragement Community
https://www.facebook.com/groups/APGCreativeEncouragement/
Won't you stop by and join us today? We have a new member survey for everyone to fill out after joining and two lucky "Graceletts" will win new dies.
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Masculine Cards Facebook Group
Speaking of Masculine cards, are you like me who also needs masculine cards for the men, guys, dudes, boys, baby-boys., etc..., but seem to struggle with creating them?  Well then, guess what?   I'm excited to announce that here is a BRAND NEW Facebook community with a brand new Group called "Masculine Cards"!  Come be inspired to create those male themed projects by other crafters just like you!  :)  Here is the direct link to this NEW Group.
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/APGCreativeEncouragement/
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I'd like to also enter this masculine card into the following Fun Challenges:
Arty Divas - Anything Goes 

All Fun Challenges - Anything Goes
Artsystamper  - Lots of Layers 
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Anything Goes
Crafting Happiness -Anything Goes opt;For Him
Dream Valley - One For The Boys
Dare 2B Artzy  - Anything Goes

Fab n Funky - Masculine 

Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenges - Anything Goes

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Be well my friends! {{Hugs}}
America

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Hope Your Day is Wonderful!

Hope your day is wonderful!
Hello Friends! Hope you are doing well, staying healthy and safe indoors! For those of you in the UK, I hope that you can find ways to celebrate your special Mum's Day/Mother's Day/ today! :)

We are doing OK here in Colorado, USA, so far, thankfully.  My school aged kids are getting bored. Even though we stay busy now with homeschooling (as they are still responsible for academics with e-learning).  I'm like a guiding tutor. Yikes. Wish me luck for recalling my learning years and some patience. Ha!   Still feeling so blessed in a non-stop household!   I do manage to sneak away to craft and that’s been really fun, so yay for me! Hope you are also finding time to craft and adjusting to the circumstances to help you keep calm during these trying times.
Sending you all cyber {{hugs}}. 😊

Now on to my card; It is shimmery with lots of depth and several layers. I've used some fabulous older collections of cutting dies by Sue Wilson, for Creative Expressions. SW is ONE of my absolute favorite die designers on the market. 

TIP 1
I’ve used a wax paper roll for the flowers!  
This gives the flowers a softer, more delicate look and was crumbles so much better than vellum.  There are many variations of wax papers and brands out there but I get mine from the $1 store for crafting. The bonus doing is that you can mess up lots because it's a whole roll! So keep on trying. 

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Heavy Golden Gift Wrapping Paper
I've die-cut both the background and top panels out of the wrapping paper that was backed by adhesive and card-stock for stability. The background die-cut leafy frame was then cut into 4 sections to extend/enlarge the leafy design. I used the same die for the front panel to continue to design, and left it as a single layer. 

 These are just ideas I wanted to try and both types proved to cut beautifully with the Dies!


Sue Wilson Products;
I have included link to shops still carrying these items;

Noble Dies Collection; Ornate Pierced Rectangles 
Sue Wilson Dies - Noble Dies - Ornate Pierced Rectangles


Frames and Tags Collection Leafy Frame
Creative Expressions - Frames and Tags Collection - Dies - Leafy Frame
Finishing Touches Collection Orange Blossom
Sue Wilson Dies - Orange Blossom - Open Petals

Mini Expressions Collection;  “Hope your day is wonderful”
Creative Expressions - Mini Expressions Collection - Craft Dies - Hope Your Day is Wonderful
Other Products;
Self adhesive gold gems, Black & cream card-stock, Satin Ribbon, Glitter, Wax paper & Gold wrapping paper.
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INSTAGRAM
https://www.instagram.com/cardsbyamerica/
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Are you a Sue Wilson fan?? 
Stop by Facebook and check out this fab SW FAN group HERE;
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I'd like to also enter into the following fun Challenges;
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Daring Cardmakers Floral focus
Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends  - Ladies / Girls
A Perfect Time To Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes

Creatalicious - Anything Goes, opt/ layer it up
Creative Craft Cottage - For the Girls
Daisy Chain - Use Dies

Die Cut Divas - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies
Let's Craft and Create  - Anything Goes, opt Easter
Morgan's ArtWorld Open Challenge - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
Pearly Sparkles  - For the Ladies / Girls
The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes
The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes
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Thanks for stopping by!  Please stay healthy and safe during these trying times. {Cyber Hugs}
America