Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy New Year

Crafty friends,

I can't believe 2014 is coming to an end.  It's been a good year and I'm looking forward to making 2015 even better.  So with that in mind I created this spinner card to celebrate:



I'll be giving this card to my Sister-In-Law and Brother-In-Law along w/a cute New Year's Eve hostess gift :)

I started this card by die cutting the LIFE IS GOOD onto a piece of 5x6.5 black card stock.   Next I die cut two circles into the black card stock to house my Sun and Earth stamped and die cut elements. The Sun and Earth stamps are from Die-Versions' newly released Out Of This World Stamp Set and Out Of This World Die Set.  

I took my die cut black card stock element and lifted it off the card base with foam squares.  I took the middle black card stock ring that was create when I die cut the two circles and glued that directly onto the card base.  Next I took the center black card stock circle section and attached it to the card base on foam squares.  

I took my stamped and die cut Sun elements and attached it directly to the center black card stock circle section.  I took the stamped and die cut Earth element attached it to a penny and inserted it in-between the two lifted sections of black card stock.  The penny helps it spin and move within the channel.  

Next I die cut the GOOD TIMES in red glitter paper and inserted it behind my sentiment.  I added a foam square lifted die cut Star Cluster from the Out Of This World Stamp Set and Out Of This World Die Set.    Here's a close up of the spinning element:


I LOVE how this card turned out and I know my crafty Sister-In-Law will love it too.   Have a safe and fun New Year's Eve everyone.  See you next year :)




Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Anything Goes Blog Hop with Die-Versions and Repeat Impressions

Welcome to the Die-Versions and Repeat Impressions Blog Hop

our theme is Anything Goes
We hope you are ready for some great inspiration and prizes.
  
one $20 gift card from Repeat Impressions
one $20 gift card from Die-Versions

You should have arrived here from Joy Hadden's blog.
If you didn't, and you'd like to start at the beginning,
you can find the entire hop list on the Die-Versions and Repeat Impressions blogs.
  
Remember, the more you comment along the way, the more chances you have of winning!
You will have until midnight CST on Saturday, November 15th, to comment.
Winners will be announced on the Die-Versions and Repeat Impressions blogs.
on Sunday, November 16th

Let's get hopping!


For my featured card, I selected a beautiful sunflower stamp and lovely sentiment by Repeat Impressions.  The sunflower stamp can be found in here.  The sentiment stamp can be found here.  


I started by stamping three sunflowers with distress inks and using glitter pens to color the flowers and stems.  It was at this point that I lengthen the flower stems, by coloring the stems longer with my brown glitter pen...  I wanted them would reach the bottom of my jar.  
The jar is a Die-Versions' Whisper die called Bug Jar and can be found here.  I die cut the jar out of non texture thick black card stock. I placed a line of tape behind the jar seal to keep my flowers positioned.   Once I liked the flower arrangement, I added thin foam tape to the backs of all three flowers, doubling the tape on the center flower.  

I hand cut each of the flowers and just so you know, I didn't worry about keeping the leafs attached to the stems.  It was super easy to just insert the leafs into the arrangement after the flowers were taped down.  You really can't tell on this photo, but I added a layer of glossy accents to the inside of the jar covering the stems.  

Once my flower element was down, I stamp my sentiment on a piece of while non texture card stock, which I inked w/distress inks and turned into a hanging fish tail banner. 




Thanks for stopping by today

We hope that we have inspired you to be creative, and that you'll do a bit of
shopping at the Die-Versions and Repeat Impressions' websites!

Your next stop on the hop is Melissa Cash's Blog.

Happy hopping! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Think Pink Blog Hop

Welcome to the Think Pink Blog Hop!! 


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so the Die-Versions Design Team wanted to bring Breast Cancer Awareness to our crafty friends. We want to get the message out to all women about the importance of early detection with regular self-breast exams and mammograms.

We want all of you to Hop with us!!  Link up as many new projects (no back-linking) that fit the theme of Breast Cancer Awareness to the Die-Versions Blog for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate generously provided by Die Versions.  Die-Versions manufactures low profile dies made right here in the United States. You can see all of the dies Die-Versions has to offer and do some shopping at the Die-Versions store.





Many of the designers today will be using images generously provided by Doodle Pantry. Doodle Pantry provides a diverse selection of images. There is something for everyone, so be sure to stop by to see all they have to offer.


We have also joined with Fighting Pretty to donate cards to be delivered to breast cancer patients. If you would like to donate your cards we would love to pass them along to brighten the days of needed recipients. Please email Lori at mulchlady(at)aol(dot)com for the address to send your cards.
On my first card, I used a little bird that comes in a digital image set called I will survive from Doodle Pantry.  The images come color and uncolored.  

I used the colored version... it doesn't get much easier than that. I fussy cut the bird. Added glossy accents to the ribbon and foam squares for dimension.

From Die-Versions, I used the gorgeous Whispers-Lucky Scallop die, which I die cut from pink card stock.  












On my second card, I used two dies from Die-Versions.  The Whispers Diva Crown and the Sweet Frame Smile.  



I also used a Julie Netting die and stamp set for the girl in the frame.  I kept her hairless to stress how fabulous we are at our core.  














I hope you have enjoyed your time here and good luck in the contest.  

Your next stop on the Think Pink Blog Hop is Irit. So keep hopping, celebrate courage and strength, and most importantly spread some Pink Hope.

Here's the entire line-up in case you get lost along the way:

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Christmas is on my mind

Hello crafty friends,

Even thou I spent a good portion of this weekend working on my Halloween cards, I have been thinking about my Christmas cards for several weeks now.   I haven't yet focused on my design, too many different ideas still going through my mind, thanks to Pinterest.

And speaking of Pinterest... last weekend I found a card by Yana Smakula on Pinterest that I like so much I ended up scrap-lifting the idea and creating my own version of it.   Here's my version of the card:

I used the Die-Versions' Whispers - Polished Diamond die, which I die cut from Green, Red and Purple glitter paper.   The Merry & Bright text is from the Stampin Up "Merry & Type" stamp set.

I used wood grain pattern paper, because I currently obsessed with the stuff :)

Nothing went to waste on this card, because I used all the little pieces from the die cuts.  

I'll post my Halloween cards here a few days after I mail them and people have received them.

Until next time... take care.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Die-Versions + Great Impressions: A Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Die Versions + Great Impressions designers' blog hop! 


We've got both talented teams hopping today with a chance to win prizes from both of these craft suppliers! Our theme for this hop is "Tis the Season" so get ready to see some beautiful holiday creations! You should have arrived here from Mynn Kitchen's blog. If you haven't and would like to hop with us, please go back to the Die Versions blog to see the entire hop list and to start at the beginning for the maximum chances to win! There will be two lucky winners – Die Versions  & Great Impressions are each giving away one $25 Gift Card! The more you comment, the more chances you have of winning!

Today I have two cards (both measuring 5"x6.5') for you. The first card is a Fall theme one using the Great Impressions Argyle Owls Stamp, the Die-Versions Patterned Pumpkin Whispers and Celebrate Express Edges dies. 

This card has a fall theme, but the inside sentiment can easily include a Fall birthday greeting. To make this card I started w/a piece of background pattern paper that had yellows, greens and browns.  It wasn't a fall theme pattern, but it didn't have to be for my purpose.  

I die cut the pumpkin in both orange and green.  Trimmed the stalk and vine off the orange die cut and glued it over the green die cut.  I used a copic to color the flowers and the stalk of the pumpkin die cut. Next I die cut the celebrate in brown and after adding dimensional tape behind it, I attached it and the pumpkin to the card.  I added some green twine and started working on my cute little owls.  

The owl stamp has the owls attached, but I wanted them separated, so I cut around their joined areas.  If you notice on the card, I hide one of my cut owls behind the pumpkin just enough to hide the missing wing section.  On the second wings open owl, I add a tiny piece to the missing area and I'm good w/how it looks.   Because the third owl is looking right, I placed him at the far left.  I loved working with these little owls.  They were super easy to color and in my case cut apart.






My second card is a winter theme one using the Great Impressions Frolicking Penguins Stamp, the Die-Versions Enhanced Spots - Snow Much FunCorner Concepts - I Love You and Express Edges - Winter Fun dies.
For this card I started with some winter pattern paper, which I cut to leave a 1/4 of an inch white card border. Next I die cut the snow much fun, the winter fun and the I love you dies all from white card stock. I only used portions of the the winter fun and the I love you die cuts.  I copic colored the winter die cut and I inked the snow much fun circle.  I also die cut the middle snow flake from the background pattern paper and glued it over the white snow flake.  I set the die cuts aside and starting working on my stamped imaged.  

I stamped this super cute three penguin stamp onto white non-texture card stock.  I used a 3.5" circle punch to create my circle image.  Very little copic coloring was needed on the penguins, but I wanted to create a blue sky, so I used two shades of blue on my sky.  

I have a cool tip for you that I just picked up from watching a Kristina Werner video. Use a copic colorless blender marker to remove color.  I used this trick to create tiny dots (snow).  I finished the circle element by inking the edges. 

I attached my elements to the card using three layers of dimension.  The winter and love words are flat against the card.  The circle penguin image in popped up on a thin layer of foam tape and the snow much fun circle is popped up on a thicker layer of foam squares.      

I hope you have enjoyed your time on my blog and that you come back to look around.  
Thank you for stopping by today! Your next stop in the hop is Patti Gilliam's blog! We hope you're inspired all along the way, and that you grab all the goodies used from the Great Impressions and Die Versions stores!


Until next time... take care.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Another BDay Layout

Hello crafty friends,

I had a nice relaxing Saturday in my craft room where I created two layouts.  The first layout has a large (6x8) photo of Peter just after desert arrived at our table on his birthday.



My journalling says... Thursday, 9-4-2014, a normal weekday made extra special because it's your BDAY!  Dinner at Red Robin.   For his real birthday meal he asked for Texas De Brazil, an expensive all you can eat Brazilian steakhouse, which we took him to the following Saturday :)

On this layout I used a sheet of birthday text pattern paper from the Pebbles Birthday Wishes 12x12 pad Wendy Antenucci sent me.  I used the Die-Versions Happy Birthday Solo Sentiment die, which is truly my favorite birthday die and the Wee Petite Super Stars die.  I also used the Quickutz Nesting Balloons dies.  

My second layout of the day was this one...



Rusty has been a member of our family since January 2014.  He turns 1 in November.  We had cats before and they were great cats, but Rusty is an awesome cat.  We are so very lucky to have him in our family.  His foster family had five kids and they must have held him all the time, because he loves to be held and to be near people.

My Journalling  says... You are such a great cat.  You love to be held.  Most nights you sleep in our bed between our pillows, but after we fall asleep.   You love pencils and will go crazy until you get them on the floor.  You are a little swiper and love to steal my earrings.  I'm excited to see how you handle xmas and all our xmas trees.

Here's a cute photo of Rusty keeping me company while I scrapbook this layout :)


I printed photos for three layouts, but didn't get to the 3rd one yet.  Hoping to work on it tonight. Until next time, take care.

Monday, September 1, 2014

BDay Party Layout

Hello crafty friends,

My baby boy will turn 14 in a few days.  We had a family party on Saturday for him.   I took Thursday and Friday off, which I used to get ready for the party.  I used Sunday, to recover from the party (I don't really like parties).   Today I got up and went right into my craft room.  I was on a mission to scrapbook.

Honestly, it's been a while since I've been in the frame of mind to scrapbook.  Kind of lost my mojo there for a while and I'm not sure I have it back.   But with a handful of newly printed (kudos to my new printer) birthday photos.  I pulled out the Pebbles Birthday Wishes 12x12 paper pad Wendy Antenucci sent me a while ago.   Was it really back in June?  WOW!  This summer has just flown bye me. 

Those who know me, know I love pattern paper and I love designs with text.  When I saw Wendy's layout on the Pebbles blog a while ago, I fell completely in LOVE and asked for a tutorial, which she very kindly gave us on June 23rd (here).  I still love Wendy's original layout with all the color and embellishments she added.  My plan was to copy (scrap lift) her layout, but when I sat down, I ended up going in a different direction.  

Here's a photo of Wendy's original layout:

























Here's my layout:






















I think it's a teen friendly layout  and I'm happy with how it turned out... although I just noticed that I didn't include his age, so I'll have to find a place to insert that important piece of info.    

Thanks for stopping bye.  Stay tune for more bday layouts in the coming weeks.  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

LOL

Every BDAY party needs one of these guys...


Die Cuttting & Baking

Yes,

I did some baking this weekend.  I made some cookies and a large pan of brownie cake for my son Peter's 14th bday party on Saturday.   And guess what, when it came time to decorate the brownie cake, I went into my craft room and pulled out one of my favorite birthday die.  The Solo Sentiments - Happy Birthday die.

Before I show you how I added die cuts to the brownie cake, let me back up and give you a little back story.  While in the baking section, looking for candles and inspiration that were "boy like" and "teenage like", I found sugar sheets like this one in a couple of colors.   I was excited and right away I was thinking of my favorite big bold birthday die, so I picked up the gold one and walked out of the store a happy Mom :)


I cut the sugar sheet in half, so I was working w/two 6"x8.5" pieces, which gave me 4 Happy Birthday die cuts.
I instructions said to remove the sugar paper from the plastic backing, but I ended up not doing this.  I kept the sugar sheet on it's plastic backing when I cut the sheet in half and when I made my die cuts.  The plastic backing did not die cut.
Noticed how the sugar paper die cut stayed within the die. Trust me it wasn't stuck.  It was super easy to lifted a corner and pulled the die cut out.

I was able to die cut four, which I placed (at Pete's request) on each corner.














LOVE how it turned out.  I'm so going to do this again.  I'm picturing a two maybe three layer cake with white frosting and these same die cuts in different colors all the way around the cake :)

Now, it's out of the kitchen and back into my craft room to scrapbook some of the bday party photos! Until next time... take care.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Die-Versions/Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop

Welcome to the Die-Versions and Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop!

The joint blog hop with Die-Versions and Sparkle N Sprinkle begins today (7am EST) and goes until Aug 17th (5pm EST), so there will be plenty of time to check out all the great projects created by both teams. The theme is Christmas, so you'll get lots of great inspiration for your upcoming Holiday cards.

Die-Versions manufactures low profile dies made right here in the United States and Sparkle N Sprinkle manufactures rubber stamps, glitters, embossing powders, and flocking, also made in the US. This is like a match made in heaven - low profile dies combined with lots of bling! Doesn't get much better than that.

One winner will receive a Grand Prize consisting of a $50 gift certificate from Die-Versions and a $50 gift certificate from Sparkle N Sprinkle, for a total of $100. The winner will be announced on Aug 17th on both the DV Blog and the SNS Blog as well as their Facebook pages.

In order to be eligible for the Grand Prize, please:
• Leave a comment on each Designer's blog
• Follow both companies on Facebook (DV Facebook page; SNS Facebook page) if you haven't already so you can keep up to date on all the latest goings on. (I'm sure that all of the Designers would love for you to follow them too, but that isn't a requirement to win this prize.)

You should have arrived here from Eret's blog. If not, then you should begin at the Die-Versions Blog and end at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog. If you get lost along the way, you can go to either the DV Blog or the SNS Blog to see the complete list of participants.

We'd love it if you'd like to leave a comment at either the DV Blog or the SNS Blog telling us which projects were your favorites. :-)



Now that we got all the official rules out of the way, lets have some fun :)

As you probably know by now, the Die-Versions Designers received the same set of supplies from Sparkle N Sprinkle. Here's a photo ...







Using the Die-Versions Whispers - Seasons Greeting Script die, Sparkle N Sprinkle Pine Forest Stamp and Cloud Nine white glitter I created this card.

I started by stamping the pine trees twice, side-by-side on a piece of white smooth card stock.  I fussy cut around the tops of the pine trees and colored the white trim with a copic maker. Next I added glue and the Cloud Nine white glitter everywhere I wanted "snow".  I set this aside to dry.

I took a plain white card base (5"x6.5") and covered the front with a piece of blue "snowy" pattern paper from the Polka Dot Party paper pad by American Crafts. Next I die cut the Whispers - Seasons Greeting Script die from sliver glitter paper.

Once I had all my components, I adhered my stamped pine tree element at the bottom of the card and trimmed the access.  Finally, I adhered the season's greeting die cute and my card was done.


I wanted to show the versatility of the Pine Forest Stamp, so I created this other quick card, this time using the pine tree as bushes on either side of my winter cabin door :)














We hope you enjoy this blog hop and it gives you lots of inspiration!  Don't forget to leave each of us a comment and follow both Die-Versions and Sparkle N Sprinkle on Facebook.  Your next stop on the blog hop is Irit.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Crafty Sundays

I love spending Sundays in my craft room playing with my stuff.

I currently working on Die-Versions design team projects featuring the Christmas release dies. 32 dies were release, so prepare yourself for lots of wonderful projects from all the designers in the coming days.

I'll also be working on projects for Die-Versions' blog hop with Sparkle N Sprinkle on Aug 15th - Aug 17th.  I just received my package of goodies from them... here's a picture:


Doesn't all the sparkle make you smile?  It makes me smile and I can't wait to start playing with all the goodies.  Come back Aug 15th - Aug 17th to see what I end up making with all this sparkle magic.

Until next time...

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July Crafty Friends!

I made this card last night for my Mother-In-Law to go along w/her 4th of July hostess gift.

I used my Mixed Media stamp and die set to make my doll, who I "dressed" in blue and red. I even added a little lace trim at the bottom of her dress. I used the Elizabeth Craft Rose and Four Bows dies to make my red and blue roses and to add a little extra dimension to my red ribbon. I use the Pride D sheet of Authentique's Pride 6x6 pattern paper pad, because it had mini patriotic posters and postcards. The music sheet background is also from the same paper pad, but since this card is a sheet of 8.5x11 folded, I used to sheets to cover the front. I'm hand delievering the card, so I ok w/it being large than normal.



I like how the card turned out so much that I'm tempted to keep it, but no... it's meant for my MIL and that's who it going to get it :)

Thanks for stopping bye.  Have a safe and fun weekend. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Some Red, White and Blue Oldies

Not much crafting took place this weekend. But with 4th of July just around the corner, I really wanted to put a little RED, WHITE and BLUE on the blog, so how about a few older cards.

Here I started with two cards (5x6.5 and 4x5.5). Using a black marker I created rays using The Crafter's Workshop 12 x 12 Sunburst Template.  Next I filled the rays with doodles.  I have zero drawing skills, so this was definitely outside my comfort zone. I made the POW die cuts four layers high, so that they would have more impact.  The top layer was cut from glitter red card stock.  The color on the rays is Copic R85 Rose Red. 

Here, I started with my dry embossed background.  I used a piece of white card stock and the Sizzix daisy blast embossing folder, because it looked like fireworks to me.  I swiped a red ink pad directly onto the embossed card stock. 

I created my "lets CELEBRATE july 4th" banner by combining four layers. From top down... white Die-Versions "a hint of lime" die cut letters, blue fussy cut banner for letters to sit on, red Die-Versions "celebrate" die cut, white fussy cut banner around the complete element.  I mounted my Die-Versions "hip hip hooray" die cut on an open back red Quickutz star die cut, which i first backed with white. 


Wishing American a Happy Birthday wasn't my intent when I created this card a few months back for a OWH blog hop, but I think this card would make a great 4th of July card. 

I started by stamping a wood background in red. Next I dry embossed a star designed onto a 3 3/4 x 5 piece of red glitter paper and using a sharp craft knife I fussy cut a few of the stars out. I taped the star embossed red glitter paper directly onto my card and in each of the star openings I inserted a glossy blue star sticker. The final step was to add my happy bday matted die cut ticket.

Until next time...

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Still in Love w/my Halie Media Doll

This month's Die-Versions LIFE AS A DIVA release has me thinking of all things that sparkle and shine.  For my first project I knew the perfect pairing for my design team dies would be my Halie Media Doll stamp and die set.

I incorporated all three of my dies into my tag:




The Whispers - Diva Crown die, which I cut three times out of silver card stock and used on the right side of my tag. I also used a small piece of the crown die in my girl's hair.  I started with the middle die cut and them trimmed the top and bottom die cuts to fit the remaining area.  I was careful to mirror the two end pieces. I included close up photos of this step down below.   

The Whispers - Polished Diamond die, which I cut three times out of silver card stock.  I used double sided tape (after die cutting) to keep all the little pieces together.

The Sweet Spots - Girly Girl die, which I cut out of red glittery card stock and placed over the diamond die cuts.


These photo shows how I used the crown die to make my border.



How Do You Feel About Yellow?

I'm not a big fan of yellow, but lately I have been reaching for it a lot.   Case in point, this card that I featured on the Die-Versions blog a few days ago.  I went with a mostly white background, which I hardly ever do, because I just don't seem to be able to keep whites white AND I used yellow as pretty much my only color... what's up with that?  

Maybe stepping outside my comfort zoom was a good thing, because I have to admit that I LOVE this card.  It's so girly :)

The card was very easy to create.  I started by stamping my bride (uptown girl BRIGGITTE the bride) directly onto my card base.  I gave her dress a pale blue color wash and her hair and flowers a yellow color wash.  I also stamped the "once in a while" Stampabilities stamp sentiment directly on my card base.

Next, I die cut the Diva Crown - Whisper die from gold card stock and arranged it on the card base so that is framed the sentiment.  I added some pearls, small white flower and three bigger white flowers that I first color washed w/yellow distressed ink (same ink I used on the stamped hair and flowers).  My final step was adding Stickles to all the yellow color washed items.

Thanks for stopping bye. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Introducing...

Die-Versions' June 2014 LIFE AS A DIVA release...


My 3 top favorites are...

The Whispers - Nice Heels



Now you know my faves.  I would love to know your faves, so leave me a message.



Sunday, June 8, 2014

Happy BDAY/Mother's Day

I scrapbooked two separate occasions this weekend.

The first layout showcases a cropped photo of my father-in-law.  It was taken at a restaurant during our May2014 celebration.   May is a very busy and expensive month for us, because not only does Mother's Day fall in May, but both my mother-in-lay and father-in-law have May birthdays... in fact only three days apart.  Usually we all get together to celebrate all the events the Saturday following Mother's day.

This year our dinner destination was the recently relocated/reopened Damiani's Pizza.  A south side pizza place that my husband grew up on and which to the great disappointment of all the Moisans,  the owner closed several years ago.   I was only there twice, so I don't have the same attachment to the place that they do.  And I'll go on record and say that I don't care how good the pizza is, if I can't get a diet Pepsi or at the very least a diet Coke w/dinner it will never be a favorite of mine.

On this layout I used this Die-Version Happy BDAY die to make those tickets.   I'm not sure if this layout is finished.  I think it needs a title, but I'm not sure.
   



The second layout is of us and my Mom at Arlington Race Track during the first part of our Mother's Day celebration.   This was the first year in four/five years that the weather hasn't been cold and rainy.  It was a gorgeous sunny day in the 70s.    The big winners of the day were Mom and LP.  


Thanks for stopping bye.  Until next time... take care.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

You are NEVER to old to play with dolls

Hello Crafty Friends,

As my post title says... you are NEVER to old to play with dolls.  Several weeks back I saw a video featuring the Prima Mixed Media Doll Stamp and Die combos and I fell in LOVE.  I looked online, but found them sold out.   I put myself on a waiting list at Simon Say Stamps and a couple of weeks ago I got my doll.  I purchased the Halie doll, because of dress.


Yesterday, I finally had the time and energy (it's been a bad week full of sinus headaches) to sit and play with my new doll stamp and die set.  I created two layouts (more on those later) and four dolls.   Here are my babies:


Starting from left to right...

Halie 1 has a pattern paper dress and I gave her "tights", but coloring her legs w/a green copic that matched the pattern paper.

Halie 2 has a pattern paper dress, but what you can't see on this picture is that I separated the bottom part of the dress and inserted a couple of foam squares for dimensional layers.  I also colored the bottom part w/a gray copic that matched the pattern paper.

Halie 3 has the same pattern paper dress as Halie 1, but I cut off the flares of the dress die cut to get a different shaped dress.  I colored the bottom part of the dress w/a green copic that matched the pattern paper and added a large (for her) bow stamp to the front of the dress.  I made a green colored t-shirt, by tracing her upper body onto a white piece of paper, which I hand cut and colored w/the same green copic. Halie 3 also got a new hair do... I used the bangs die cut as intended and made my own pixie cut back hair piece.

Halie 4 has a pattern paper dress and white crop pants I made by tracing her legs onto a white piece of paper.

I LOVE how all four of my Halies turned out.  They each have their own "look".  And I love how super easy it was to make extra stuff for them, like the hair, the t-shirt and crop pants.   Here's another look at them:



Until next time...


Friday, April 25, 2014

It's Hop Time

Hi everyone! 
Welcome to the Inspired by Stamping and Die-Versions Blog Hop.  Twenty two talented designers have united to celebrate the new season and shake off the malaise of a snowy winter.  Inspired by Stamping, which designs and manufactures the highest quality of photopolymer stamps that bring superior stamping to all crafters, has teamed up with Die-Versions, makers of low profile metal dies which works with virtually every machine out there and cuts through most materials, to create this special eye candy of Spring themed projects.


One lucky "hopper" will get a total prize package of $100 in gift certificates, a $50 gift certificate from Inspired by Stamping AND Die-Versions, so you can stock up on some awesome products both of these companies have to offer.

For your chance to win the grand prize, visit all of the participating blogs, leaving a comment at each, then leave a comment telling us what you like the most about Spring at the Inspired by Stamping blog.  All comments entered between now and April 28th at 10pm (Pacific time) will be eligible for the grand prize. 

Here's a photo of some of the items I started with. Some Die-Versions dies and some great stuff from Inspired by Stamping. 
On my first card I used the following: two sheets of Inspired by Stamping pattern paper from the 6x6 Spring Lilacs Paped Pad for my background, a die cut of the Whispers Houndstooth Background die, a die cut "HAPPY" from the Corner Concepts Happy Birthday die, the Whispers Hay Rack die, the Express Banners Anniversary die, small pink flowers, and a piece of Victorian Satin Ribbon. 

I used the ribbon to hide where my two pattern papers joined and glossy accent to glue all my heavier elements, like the flowers, ribbon bow.
On my second card I used the following: One sheet of pattern paper for my background, the Inspired by Stamping Happy Birthday fish tail banner stamp from the Chalkboard Birthday Stamp Set, a few of the Wee Petites Super Stars die and two die cuts of the Corner Concepts Good Times die.   

On this card I cut off an inch from the right hand side of my card front. I covered the card front and the now visible part of the inside card with the pattern paper, but first I insert the Good Times die cuts, so they were tucked between two layers and the joints were not visible from either the outside or inside of the card.  I glued the stars directly onto the pattern paper, but I used dimensional squares on the Happy Birthday banners.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my blog and that you are having fun on this hop.  Your next stop on the hop is Nicole Picadura.  If you ever get lost in the hop, you can always go back to the beginning, Die-Versions blog, for the complete order list.   

Until next time...