Friday, August 23, 2019

Card Chain Challenge Reveal

I sent my CCC partner, Greta, a card on our Card Chain Challenge (CCC) and I love the sunset, made just from sponging distress inks across some card stock starting with blues on the bottom.  I already sent the card off so I'm afraid I can't take another photo, but the sentiment looks great in real life.  A friend traded some die-cuts with me and I love this scene.   Just not happy with my photo.

Hero Arts Beach Frame Fancy Die
Hero Arts Stamp set "Friends"
Distress inks broken china, spiced marmalade & ripe persimmon
Vagabond die cut machine

Thursday, August 22, 2019

I love the new Christmas Critters from ECD

I purchased the whole set of Elizabeth Craft Designs (ECD) christmas critters and was busy die-cutting for the season.  I haven't made any cards yet, but wanted to get familiar with the dies and how to put them together.  They are now waiting for their turn to be made into cards.

These reindeer are quite adorable.  Be sure to put the wreath around the neck before putting adhering the head.

This is the cutest raccoon and the closest I want to come to one.

Next on my list are the owl, birds and fox.  I love the eyes on that owl.  The birds are without legs as I am going to pop them onto tree limbs.

These birdhouses are fun and I can't wait to make a card with them.

Even though the sleigh and trees are not critters, they are included in the entire critter set of dies.  Happy card making for me.

I had already made a card with the door dies here.  Have a wonderful time crafting and enjoying the time.   Arlene

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Happy Birthday on the Feminine Side

I think this is my favorite birthday card I made this month.  I had sponged all different colors of distress inks on 8" X 18" paper from 20 years ago so I could put all my sponges in one place and see the colors.  Using the paper here was definitely the best thing ever.  The colors are fun and summery.  I sent this card to my daughter-in-law as it's a feminine cheery card.  I kept the images in black and white for balance.  I  hope you like it too. 

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  • Hero Arts Digital BIrthday Bash - digital heart balloon & candles
  • Sentiment "Happy Birthday to you" is from my stash (I thought it was Sugartree Digital, but it's unknown now)
  • Gina Marie Designs Block Style Quilt Die # 6
  • QuicKutz Nesting Scallop Squares
  • Distress Inks
  • Kat-Scrappiness White Snowflake Sprinkles
  • Vagabond die cut machine

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Swim Party Thank You Parrot

This parrot is really so very cute that's I've had to make cards using this cutie, not just for inspiration for our Die Cut Divas' challenge this month, but to send a cute hello for the summer.  Be sure to visit Die Cut Divas challenge of "hot" and enter your"hot" card in a "hot" challenge

You have to love this parrot.  Any color and he's just adorable.  I wanted to use the new door die because a friend opened up her house for swimming to a small group of us who work/worked in the same offices.  I wanted to be sure we had a thank you that was fun and summery.  I think this filled the bill.

I used a black striped card for the background and used the door frame the new Christmas Door die set, (which I personally think looks great against the stripes) and a limb from the new Winter Bird die set with my fun parrot die.  The sentiment is perfect as a description of our day floating and relaxing.



Elizabeth Craft Designs  Parrot
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Safari Words stamp set
Elizabeth Craft Designs  Winter Bird
Sizzix Framlits Banners #3
Distress  inks spiced marmalade and wild honey (I think these were the colors)
Scrap papers
Diamond Stickers
Vagabond die cut machine

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Let's Have A Birthday Party At A2Z

This card flowed from the colors.  I colored the cake in, set aside and looked for a stencil.  I think I used Tattered Rose distress ink to color in the stencil.  I believe I colored the cake in RV colors and used the same color for the flames as the "Happy" die-cut.  I know flames are usually yellow, but I just couldn't use yellow here.  Using the cake as a backdrop, I die-cut "Birthday" in white.  The background makes this card feel and look so feminine.  This turned out better than I thought when I first started with its creation.

Close-up below

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Happy Birthday Month at A2Z Scrapbooking

When I have scraps on my desk, my mind creates and puts things together, things I would never have thought of, if not glimpsing the little bits and pieces that may litter my desk after a day of card making, die-cutting and stamping.  That's exactly what happened with this card.  You can give this to someone you want to tease about their age (black and white card) or a guy card.

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Hero Arts Digital Birthday Bash at A2Z Scrapbooking (candle & sentiment)
Film strip and leaves from my Silhouette Studio images (not sure of artist
Nuvo Crystal Drops Dandelion Yellow
Black cardstock

Hakuna Matata

Hakuna matata roughly translates to "there are no troubles" in Swahili. The phrase was popularized in English by the 1994 Disney movie The Lion King, where it's translated as "no worries."

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This is a birthday card for a friend at work.  Inside the card, I stamped the sentiment "Wishing you many happy moments of discovering new things in life.  Have a Wonderful Birthday!"

Elizabeth Craft Designs Parrot
Elizabeth Craft Designs Wheelbarrow (may be sold out, however there is another one
Elizabeth Craft Designs Safari Sayings
1997 Stampdous sentiment stamp
Distress Inks Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin,  Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover
Black Enamel Accents for the eyes
Wood grain paper for the wheel borrow
Vagabond die cut machine