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Monday, April 1, 2019

Happy Easter!

Hey blogger friends!

I have an Easter card to share today.

Entering in these challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge - #6 AAG
Cardz4Galz - #93 Floral/Fauna
Crafting From the Heart - #240 AAG
Crafting With Friends - #2 AAG
Crafty Creations - #387 AAG
Crafty Gals Corner - #188 Spring is Here!
Creatalicous - #159 Anything But a Card
Creative Moments - #165 AAG
Digi Choosday - #12 AAG
Jo's Scrap Shack - #275 AAG
Polkadoodles - #13 AAG
QKR Stampede - #341 AAG (Won Top 5!)
The Paper Shelter - #376 It's a Spring Thing
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Let's Celebrate Spring!

This is an accordian card that I've been wanting to make for quite awhile now.

The dies are from Karen Burniston called Fancy Label Accordion Dies.
The glitter paper is from Crafter's Companion's Enchanted Forest Collection.
The flowers and printed paper is from Heartfelt Creations Dogwood Collection.









Hope you enjoyed stoppin' by!
Thanks to the challengers above for lettin' me play along.
Blessings!
Pam D

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Fabulous!

Hey blogger buddies!

I have a fabulous ladies card to share today.

Entering in these challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge - #5 AAG
Aud Sentiment - #223 Anything But Birthday Sentiment
Crafting From the Heart - #239 AAG
Creative Moments - #165 AAG
Dies R Us - 117 One for the Ladies*
Digi Choosday - #11 AAG
Di's Digi Challenge - Make it Girly
Jo's Scrap Shack - #274 AAG
My Time to Craft - #393 Mother's Day/Female
QKR Stampede - #340 AAG
The Paper Shelter - #375 Girl Power
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Ladies/Girls
*Dies R Us - Fabulous sentiment: Crafter's Companion die

I remade the base of this card 'cause I liked it so well and the last one I gave to a friend for her birthday.
The paper and engraved dazzles are from Paper Wishes, The Charleston Pack but the dazzles are discontinued.
The image is from Hunkydory's Deco Dreams Collection, Stylish and Fabulous.





             Inside


Hope you enjoyed stoppin' by!
Thanks to the challengers above for lettin' me play along.
Blessings!
Pam D

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Easter Blessings!

Hey blogger friends!

I have an Easter card to share today.

Entering in these challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge - #5 AAG
Aud Sentiments - #223 Anything But Birthday Sentiment
CRAFT - #506 Spring/Easter
Crafting From the Heart - #239 AAG
Crafting With Friends - #1 AAG
Crafty Creations - #386 AAG (Winner!)
Crafty Friends - #106 Spring
Crafty Sentiments - Shaped Cards (Won Top 3!)
CreativeMoments - #165 AAG
Cut It Up - #170 Flowers
Make My Monday - #92 Circles
Jo's Scrap Shack - #274 AAG
Polkadoodles - #11 AAG
QKR Stampede - #340 AAG

I've been wanting to use these Heartfelt Creations Dogwood dies, stamps and papers for quite sometime now and here's what I came up with.
-Shaped card: Crafter's Companion Create-a-Card Emma dies, largest
-Cheery Lynn Polynesian Sails Oval die
-Spellbinders Petite Oval largest & Petite Scalloped Oval smallest
-Just Rite Easter sentiment Happy Everything Tag set

You can't see it because the bow is covering it up,  but these Emma dies are made to put on the fold of a 6x6" pc of paper and it does open up.





               Inside


Hope you enjoyed stoppin' by!
Thanks to all the challengers above for lettin' me play along.
Blessings!
Pam D

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Afternoon crafty card making friends!

I have a St Patrick's Day card to share today.

Entering in these challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge - #5 AAG
Allsorts - #511 Favorite Stamp, Image or Die
Always Fun - #101 Green
Cardz 4 Guys - #125 To Die For
Crafting With Friends - #1 AAG
Crafty Cats - #453 AAG/Spring
Crafty Creations - #386 AAG
Crafty Gals Corner - #187 Shamrocks/Clovers
Creative Moments - #164 AAG
Cut It Up - #169 Hello Spring
Digi Choosday - #10 AAG
Jo's Scrap Shack - #273 AAG
Polkadoodles - #11 AAG
QKR Stampede - #339 AAG
Tuesday Throwdown - #429 Good Luck

I love St Patrick's Day and 4 leaf clovers or shamrocks. And even though I'm not Irish in anyway, I guess 4 leaf clovers remind me of my mom.
I remember as a kid, she would always be out in our yard looking for 4 leaf clovers and even though it took some time, she somehow managed to find one or two. I found this one in our yard several years ago and don't know why I taped it to the lid of one of my jar candles, but there it is and when I look at it, I think of my mom. LOVE YOU MOM!!! Can't wait to see you again in heaven!

 
Anyway, I saw a card like this, as usual, on Pinterest, thought it was adorable and decided to give it a shot. The original one was 4 1/4" x 5 1/2, but I wanted it a little bigger so I started out with a 6 x 6",  and cut one side down to 5 1/2" x 6" and I literally just eyeballed it, made a few changes, and here's what I came up with.





Hope you enjoyed stoppin' by!
Thanks to all the challengers above for lettin' me play along!
Blessings!
Pam D

Monday, March 4, 2019

St Patty's Day!

Hello blogger friends!

I have a St Patty's Day card to share today.

Entering in these challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge - #4 AAG
Always Fun - #100 Inspired By a Movie*
Crafting From the Heart - #238 AAG
Crafting With Friends - #81 AAG
Crafty Creations - #385 AAG
Crafty Sentiments - AG
Creative Moments - #163 AAG
Cut It Up - #168 Clovers
Dies R Us - #116 For the Boys/Men
Digi Choosday - #8 AAG
Digi Choosday - #9 AAG
Jo's Scrap Shack - #271 AAG
Make My Monday - #91 Something New
Polkadoodles - #9 AAG
QKR Stampede - # AAG

Always Fun - *"The Luck of the Irish" 2001

This is similar to an A2 size (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") card that I made years ago. I love the green and gold color combo so I thought I'd recreate it and change it up a bit by making it an A7 size (5"x7") with different images.

Here's the original:


              And today's:





                      Inside



Hope you enjoyed stoppin' by!
Thanks to the challengers above for lettin' me play along!
Blessings!
Pam D

Saturday, February 16, 2019

One More Valentine!

Afternoon card makin' peeps!

I have one last Valentine card to share today.

Entering in these challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge - #3 AAG
Aloha Fridays - #136 Love n Valentines
Always Fun - #97 Love n Valentines
Aud Sentiments - #220 Love n Valentines
Crafting With Friends - #80 AAG
Crafty Creations - #384 AAG
Crafty Friends - #103 AG
Crafty Gals Corner - #185 Love is in the Air/Hearts
Crafty Sentiments - Flowers
Creative Moments - #162 AAG(Won Honorable Mention!)
Digi Choosday - #6 AAG
Di's Digi Challenge - All About Love
Double D - Hearts
Jo's Scrap Shack - #269 AAG
Pinspirational - #232 Hearts n Flowers
Polkadoodles - #7 AAG
QKR Stampede - #335 AAG
The Paper Shelter - #370 Letters/Numbers
Tuesday Throwdown - #425 Falling Hearts

This is an actual original from yours truly. I just love red n black for Valentines,  a great color combo.
The center heart n flowers are dies from Crafters Companion called "Love is in the Air", the corners are from Cheery Lynn, the sentiment is from one of the heart Dazzles from Paper Wishes, the 2 gemstone hearts n fillagree on the sides are from Want 2 Scrap, and the cupid dies cuts I bought from a vendor on Ebay. This one was originally red and I glittered it black.





                    Inside:   The heart dies are from Cheery Lynn too.


Hope you enjoyed stoppin' by!
Thanks to the challengers above for lettin' me play along.
Blessings!
Pam D

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Hearts n Flowers!

Hey crafty friends!

I have another gatefold card to share today.
Snowed again yesterday and last night, about 8" w/ temps down in the 20s. We've had a pretty mild winter up till now and she hit w/ a vengence, lasting all next wk w/ 2-3" a day, yikes! Great days for stayin' inside and making cards!
Woohoo!

Entering in these challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge - #2 AAG
Aloha Fridays - #136 Love and Valentines
Always Fun - #96 AG
Aud Sentiment - #220 Love and Valentines
Cardz 4 Galz - #89 Hearts/Red, Pink n White
CRAFT - #500 Color Combo
Crafting From the Heart - #236 AAG (Won DT Fav!)
Crafting With Friends - #79 AAG
Crafty Catz - #448 Hearts n Flowers
Crafty Sentiments - AG
Creatalicous - #156 AAG/Love/Hearts
Creative Moments - #162 AAG
Cut It Up - #167 Inspired By a Song*
Dies R Us - #114 Red
Digi Choosday - #5 AAG
Di's Digi Designs - All About Love
Double D - Hearts
Fab n Funky - #426 Hearts n Flowers
Jo's Scrap Shack - #268 AAG
Make My Monday - #89 Red, Pink n White
Polkadoodles - #6 AAG
QKR Stampede - #334 AAG
The Paper Shelter - #369 For the One You Love

Cut It Up -* "My Funny Valentine"

This is another Deco Gatefold Card die by Tattered Lace with a different color combo, hearts, flowers, cupids, glitter and some gemstone bling.






 Hope you enjoyed stoppin' by!
Thanks to all the challengers above for lettin' me play along!
Blessings!
Pam D

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Art Deco

Afternoon blogger friends!
And a snowy one it is here in the Northwest! First snow all winter, yeay!! Looking out my bedroom window.


I have another gatefold card to share today.

Entering in these challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge - #2 AAG
Allsorts - #505 Love
Aud Sentiment - #219 AG
CRAFT - #499 AG
Crafting With Friends - #79 AAG (Won DT Fav!)
Crafty Catz - #447 AAG/Lots of Layers
Crafty Creations - #383 AAG
Crafty Sentiments - AG
Creatalicous - #156 AAG/Love/Hearts
Creative Moments - #161 AAG
Dies R Us - #114 Use Red
Digi Choosday - #5 AAG/Crafting
Double D - #Looking Back in Time
Jo's Scrap Shack - #267 AAG
My Time to Craft - #389 All You Need is Love
Polkadoodles - #5 AAG
QKR Stampede - #333 AAG
The Paper Shelter - #368 Dies/Punches
Tuesday Throwdown - #424 AG

The pink, white and red gatefold die is from Tattered Lace called Deco Gatefold Card that I got from Ecstasy Crafts and when I first saw this  I just had to have it. Because of it's size, (8 1/4 x 10 1/2") it was a pretty penny. ($70) I've been obsessed with this Art Deco theme lately, buying everything I can find. And I guess it's pretty big in the UK and Europe right now. The image is from Hunkydory's Mirri Magic/Deco Dreams Collection called Deco Date Night. I just love it, so pretty!


This particular image has several layers that you can stack for dimension, but not all of them do.




Hope you enjoyed stoppin' by!
Thanks to all the challengers above for lettin' me play along.
Blessings!
Pam D

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Marianne's Mirrored Heart

Happy New Year blogger friends!
This is my first post for this year.

I have a gatefold heart card to share today using Marianne's Anja's Border Elegant die to make the gatefold part.

Entering in these challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge - #1 AG
Aud Sentiments - #219 AG
Cardz for Galz - #88 Dimensional Elements
CRAFT - #498 Love/Valentines
Crafting From the Heart - #235 AAG
Crafting With Friends - #78 AAG
Creafty Creations - #383 AAG
Crafty Gals Corner - #183 Make It Sparkle
Creative Moments - #161 AAG
Cut It Up - #166 Hearts
Dies R Us - #113 Anything New*
Digi Choosday - #3 AG
Jo's Scrap Shack - #266 AAG (Won Top 3!)
My Time to Craft - #389 All You Need is Love
Polkadoodles - #4 AAG
QKR Stampede - #332 AAG

Dies R Us * A New Technique

I saw a card like this on Pinterest months ago and have been trying to find a tutorial on how to make it. I guess Marianne has one on her Facebook page, but it's from 2015 and I searched, but couldn't find it. Then I found another gal, Thea Wildeman, and she has a tutorial, but it's originally in Danish I think, (you can go here to read it) and the translation was very hard to understand and I read it over, and over, and over and finally the lightbulb went on and I figured out how they did it! And here's mine.    (Scroll down for tutorial)


                     

I tried to emphasize the heart shape a little better (and to add some bling!) by highlighting some of the embossing  around the heart with a sakura gelly roll glitter pen (clear star). A little hard to see.





The original dimensions from Thea were #1, in centimeters, and #2, I couldn't figure out where to score it, so I came up with my own.
I actually have 2 sizes and you can decide which works best for you.
The 1st size is a little easier to align the die with the paper, but it leaves a lip at the top and bottom. The card I made above is size 2 because I didn't like the lip.
You'll need 3 pcs of card stock as follows:

Size 1:                                                Size 2:
 2 - 5 7/16" x 3 3/16"                            2 - 5 1/4" x 3 3/16" 
 1 - 5 7/16" x 5 7/16"                            1 - 5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
(**5 7/16" is 1/16" over 5 1/2.)

Using the 1st size, tape the die to the right side of the paper, cutting side face down against the paper.                   
You'll notice the top, bottom, and right sides of the edges of the die align perfectly with the edge of the paper.
This is the left side of the front flap, cut and emboss as usual.
Tip: I use washi tape to adhere the die to the paper after I stuck it to my arm and took it off so it's not quite so tacky. I've ruined paper removing tape from the paper because it was too sticky.


The right side of the die will cut the right side of the paper, except for the small pieces at the top and bottom. Remove the die from the paper and snip off  at the top and bottom and tap the die to remove the cut pieces. Should look like this:


 For the right side, align and cut exactly the same as the left side, but don't emboss, yet. Again, remove the die, snip and tap and remove pieces.


Now, turn the paper over so the cut side is facing left; and turn the die over so the smooth side is facing down and the cutting side is facing up and place on the paper and align the holes in the die exactly with the holes in the paper. Check both sides, especially on the other side where you can see the holes in the paper need to be exactly in the middle of the holes of the die. (If that makes sense) Tape it down.



  








Place the cutting side of the die (with the tape) face down on the bottom plate, the rubber embossing mat on top of that, and then the top plate and run it through the machine to emboss.
**Big Tip!!** I've ruined 8 pieces of paper trying to use my electronic cutting machine (The Empress) to emboss it, because the pressure was just too much. I found the best result when I used my hand crank machine (the Evolution Advanced) which doesn't have near the pressure and it came out much better.





Turn both embossed pieces over to the debossed side and mark and score at 3/16" on the straight edge. (Opposite of the pictures)
**This is where I had to fiddle with the score lines. Before you adhere the side pieces to the middle piece, turn both pieces back over to the embossed side and make sure the two pieces are as close together as possible and the top and bottom edges are straight with the middle piece. You may have to rescore a smidge to get them to close together and align right. Once you have it aligned the way you want it, on the debossed side, use a tape runner or glue and adhere the sides to the back of the center piece.
Decorate it how you like.
For the red center, I cut another 5 7/16" x 5 7/16" pc of red paper and embossed it using the Cuttlebug small heart embossing folder.
Using gold mirror paper, I cut the center heart out with the Memory Box La Rue heart die.
I used Paper Wishes gold Dazzles for the corners and borders and the negative pcs for the front corners.
The stamp and roses are from my stash.

Whew!!! This tutorial stuff is harder than it looks!

Hope you enjoyed stoppin' by!
Thanks to all the challengers above for lettin'me play along!
Blessings!
Pam D