Saturday, March 21, 2015

Day 6!! Oops I missed a day!!

  Where does the time go!!  I can hardly believe it's Saturday and Day 6 in the Stretch Your Dies Class!!

    Today, I have two new cards to share!  The first was also inspired by the SSS Wednesday Challenge where we have the fun photo collage!

SSS Pinterest challenge

Featuring Meadow Rue Die by Simon Says Stamp
And Happy Every Day Stamp Set

   My next card was inspired by today's border dies class!  I used a variety of dies on this cards includes this border die set by Mama Elephant, the Wild Sunflower die by Memory Box and and these by Lil Inker Designs.  Along with the sentiment from this Hero Arts set!!

And that's it for today!! 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Another class card and two Challenge cards!

   Day 4 - In Stretch your Dies!   I found that today I was really inspired by an older die cut Shaker Card that Jennifer linked to from her blog   It's one I really LOVE!

Jennifer's Card

My Card

My go to store for all MY hero Art Products!

   For the longest time I could not make shaker cards, I cute the pieces all wrong and they totally frustrated me!  Grrrr!!  That all changed thanks to Impression Obsession and their Shaker card overlays and pouches --  now they are a breeze!!

  Back to share two more cards, both of which were inspired by some of my favorite challenges.  The first is this week's Muse Card!
Marion's Card

My Card

   And one more, which is the current challenge at Cas(e) This Sketch!   Where this is our sketch for this week:

CTS #115

My Card

  Both cards would also work well for the Stretch Your Dies Class!   Basic shapes and Word Dies!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Another fun day in class!!!!

   Despite losing power here for about four hours this morning, I was very happy to manae to create a card for Day 3 - in the Stretch Your Dies Class!

   Today's card was inspired by a couple of fun designs that Carissa Wiley shared!  Loved her designs and wanted to give her ideas a shot.   I must admit I always struggled with "Partial" die cutting and today was no exception,   I've done my best to cover my mistakes, which included cutting through the back of my card -- OOPS!   But, I think you'll get the idea of the fun Hingled Window Card!

   I created the colored strip using Distress Inks, which I then stamped over with this fun Border Die by Avery Elle!  

   I cut my little "Window" with a Circle Die, leaving part of the die uncut to created the hinge.   I added a few thin black strips and finished off my card by stamping my Sentiment, which s is from Hero Arts.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Day 2 - Stretch Your Dies...

   Another really fun and creative day in class!   Today was a busy day for me, but I did manage to create a new card for class.   This one was inspired by a card that Jennifer McGuire shared in class today.

    The dies I used for this card are "Hollyhock Stem" an 'oldie but goodie' from Memory Box and the "Love You" die from Simon Says Stamp.  

   I also colored parts of my die cut with my Copic Markers, making this card eligible for Kathy Racoosin's - 30 Day Coloring Challenge!    


 And lastly I am also submitting this to the newest challenge over at CASology -- where this weeks' Cue is "Blossom"

   See you again tomorrow!   Hope you are enjoying the class as much as I am!

Monday, March 16, 2015

A Happy Monday!!

  Today's an extra fun day for me and I am very happy to be back to creating and also excited to be taking the brand new Stretch Your Dies Class!

    I have already watched today's videos and am excited to share three new cards that were inspired the this class, as well as some of my favorite challenge.   It's been a LONG time since I have been able to play in the challenges, and I was very happy to start again today!   All three cards use die cuts and all three all also being submitted to new challenges.

   My first card was inspired by a card that Debby Hughes, who is one of the guest designers in class and also one a designer I love to follow.   I loved the idea of created an "inlaying" my die cut, a technique I have seen many times, but never tried.  For some reason, I always thought it would be a challenge, but Debby's steps made it very easy to follow!

   In addition to the class gallery I am also submitted with card to the "Addicted to CAS" challenge where the theme this week is GREEN!!

  I was quickly able to create a second card, with the "negative" pieces toe the Hello Die Cut, which is from Simon Says Stamp,

  My next card is one and that I colored up with my Copics, and this card was inspired by Kathy Racoosin's - 30 Day Coloring Challenge, as well as the current "Fusion" Challenge.  


    Loving the color purple the way that I do, I knew right away that I would be playing in the Fusion Challenge, and I was very happy to break out a gorgeous new stamp from Penny Black, called Divine. 

   I inked up my stamp with black Versafine ink and stamped it onto some Neenah white cardstock.  I then went to work with my Copics using the same colors as in the Fusion image -- Love them.  I added a few highlights with a white gel pen and then complete the card with adding a die-cut "Love" sentiment -- another favorite from my SSS collection.

  That's it for now as I need to get ready for my "in-home" - Physical Therapy.   I have one of the best therapists I have ever had the pleasure of working with.  His name is Darren, and he's young guy, probably about  the same age as my oldest son, Brian.  He's so personable and what I really like is that he doesn't PUSH me to a pain level....something many others did over the years and why I ended up hating PT!   Thank goodness times have changed!

    Well that it's for now -- time to get ready!   Hope you have a wonderful day!

A Little About Me

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Northeastern, Massachusetts, United States
Purple is my favorite color and ironically - Purple is the Awareness Ribbon color for Fibromyalgia, a chronic illness I now live with. I am a Mom to two grown sons, Alex who is now 22, and Brian amazingly is 27, now happily married to Meghan, my new "daughter" and living across the country in beautiful San Diego. I miss them so much and am looking forward to visiting them again soon. Hubby, me and our three "Pups" (Scout, a Senior Male Dachshund, along with Skye and Zeva, two adorable Chiweenies, who we rescued in 2013), all live very happily in a tiny coastal town in Massachusetts. I am very lucky to be blessed with wonderful friends and I adore and cherish each of my friends as much as my family! I am an avid card-maker and totally love every minute I can spend in my craft room. It's become my passion, a wonderful way to relax and my own little form of therapy. I also enjoy taking online card classes and technique classes at my LSS. Some day, I hope to get away from the cold New England winters and would love to live in a much warmer year round climate. Maybe even San Diego, but never too far from the ocean.