Monday, December 19, 2016

December DCWV Stack-aholic Challenge---3"x3" Gift Cards

The December DCWV Stack-aholic Challenge is to create a project using the colors in this mood board.
I created five 3"x3" gift cards using DCWV's DIY Project Stack Favor Boxes and Summer Dream Glitter Cardstock Matstack.

Thanks for stopping by....................................................Paulette

The Snow Queen

I used a Penny Black die called Silhouette Lady as my focal point.   I added two metallic snowflake charms to her hair as embellishments.  I used Diamond Dust glitter on her hair.  The embossing folder is Softly Falling from Stampin Up.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge:  Winter or Christmas

Dies R Us:  Challenge #63:  Snow

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

DCWV Stack-aholic Challenge for November 2016

I used this sketch to design a card for DCWV's November Stack-aholic Challenge.

The paper I used is DCWV The Pumpkin Patch stack.  The leaves were cut with  dies by Gina Marie Designs.  The twigs were punched with a punch by EK Success.  The frame was cut with a Couture Creations die.  

Thanks for stopping by.........................Paulette

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Mini Photo Album

The Penny Black Saturday Challenge for November is Anything But a Card.  I chose to make a mini photo book using a Penny Black die called silhouette lady.  I first created the book covers by covering cardboard rectangles with some silk tie fabric.  I added pages to the inside an attached the pages with gold cording through holes I punched on the pages.  I added some beads and extra cording as decoration.  I added a gold flower and some leaf sprigs as hair decoration.

My "Anything But a Card" book will make a little stocking stuffer........Paulette

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Remember to Give Thanks

The theme for Dies R Us Challenge #60 is Thankful for Nature.  It's always nice to have a stash of Thank You cards on hand.  I used some paper from DCWV's The Guilded Orchard.  I used a Gina Marie Designs die to cut the leaf.  I cut it from some red DP and also from the light colored DP.  I embedded the red leaf in the negative space created by the leaf that was cut from the light colored DP.  I mounted the light colored panel onto a gold foil card.  The "THANKS" was cut with a Memory Box die out of  a glittered gold foam sheet.  I added this to a red banner that I cut free-hand.  The flourishes behind the banner were cut from the gold foam sheet with dies from Marianne Creatables.  I fussy cut the tiny bird and added it to the leaf stem.  I highlighted the flowers and bird with a clear Wink of Stella pen and added gems to the flower centers.

Thanks for stopping by..........................Paulette

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

And the Winner Is...

To celebrate my cards being published in the Autumn 2016 issue of The Stampers' Sampler I sponsored a contest.  From the comments posted here on my blog and over on my Facebook page, a random drawing was done yesterday.  The winner of the drawing is Deb Willier.  Thanks for playing.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Happy Birthday Kitty

 The Penny Black Saturday Challenge Blog for October is to use Fall Colors.  This Penny Black kitty stamp is actually a Christmas stamp.  The wreath around her head is holly.  I adapted it to be flowers punched from a Martha Stewart hydrangea punch.  I added a lacy border I made with a Tonic Studios punch.  The leaves were made with a Joy! Crafts die and the twigs with a Memory Box die.   I used gold Stickles for the flower centers.  My granddaughter has an October birthday and Fall colors seemed the way to go for this birthday card.

Happy Birthday, Chelsea!.................................Paulette

Monday, October 17, 2016

Spooky Delights

This my submission for the DCWV Stack-aholic Challenge for October.  The challenge uses this sketch:

I used papers from the DCWV "Spooky Delights."   I fussy cut the spider  and fashioned flowers from the ghost circle design paper.  The flower sprigs were cut with a Memory Box die.

Thanks for visiting...check out my give-away in my previous post today....................................Paulette

Help Me Celebrate!

On Wednesday, October 5th, I posted the news that I was published in the Autumn 2016 issue of The Stampers' Sampler.

My cards were published in one of my favorite features: Tempting Templates.  A new template is presented each month to challenge readers.  The template for this issue was a ladybug.  It is always so interesting to see all the submissions and unique designs created using the template.  

To share in my celebration Stampington is giving me a free copy of this issue of The Stampers' Sampler to share with one lucky reader of my blog and/or Facebook page.  My apology to my friends outside of the USA---The issue can only be shipped within the USA.

On Nov. 1st I will randomly choose the winner from a reader who posts a comment here on my blog or over on my Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by....................................Paulette

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Autumn Kitty

The Dies R Us Challenge #58 is The Leaves on the Tree
I chose a Spellbinders label die on which to stamp my kitty as my focal point. I sponged the label's edges with copper Inka-Gold by Viva Decor. I added leaves cut with a Joy! Crafts die.  Added veins to the leaves with a gold Wink of Stella pen.  I also cut some floral sprigs cut with a Memory Box die.  I used a Darice embossing folder to create the tan background.  I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and added orange Stickles to the floral head lei.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Happy News! I've Been Published in The Stampers Sampler

I just received the news that four of my card designs were chosen to be published in the Autumn 2016 issue of The Stampers Sampler.  I haven't received my issue yet but I'm anxious to share my exciting news.  

The designs are all based on a "Tempting Template Challenge."  The template was a ladybug.  I used the actual template to create the Halloween card.  As luck would have it, I own a ladybug stamp and used it in the design of the other three cards.

Thanks for stopping by to share my news............Paulette

Monday, October 3, 2016

Autumn Leaves

The Dies R Us Challenge #58 is The Leaves on the Tree.   I chose this wheelbarrow die from Die-namites as my focal point.  I added leaves cut with a Joy! Crafts die.  Added veins to the leaves with a gold Wink of Stella pen.  I used a Darice embossing folder to create the tan background.  I added an edging of gold with a Krylon pen.  Also added some gold cording and an Autumn sticker.

Hope you are enjoying the change of colors and cooler temps...Paulette

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Blue Ribbon Pie

The Dies R Us Challenge #-57 is County Fair.  I used the Apron die from Die-namites, Circle Nestabilities from Spellbinders and Iron Works Accents for the scalloped circles.  The "1st" emblem is from a plastic button.  The pie and blue ribbon are popped up on Pop-Dots.  I also added a bit of lace to the apron.

Thanks for stopping by.........................Paulette

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

DCWV September Stack-aholic Sketch Challenge

I made this Halloween card for the DCWV Stack-aholic Sketch Challenge for September.   This is this month's sketch:

I won a craft kit from DCWV designed by Lia Griffith called "Cupcake Spiders."  The kit includes die cut black spiders and white webs to decorate cupcakes.  The webs are wrappers and the spiders go on top of the frosting.  I added some rhinestone eyes to the spiders and added them as embellishments to my card.  The papers I used are all designs from DCWV's "Spooky Time" Stack.

Thanks for visiting my blog.................Paulette

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

DCWV Stack-a-holic Sketch Challenge for August 2016

I used DCWV's Magnolia Way stack to design my card for this month's
 DCWV Stack-a-holic Challenge.  I used both the sketch and added the "sparkle" too for the twist.

I love the sheen and glitter on the flower papers.  The butterfly and the blossoms beneath the butterfly were fussy cut from papers that are also from the Magnolia Way stack.
Thanks for stopping by......................Paulette

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Kitty

The weather here in Madtown is sporting heat index values in the 100's.  Time to think of cooler temps.  There's a "Christmas in July" challenge over on the Hiding in My Craft Room blog HIMCR#260. 

Meet Rudolph!  He's a stamp I acquired back in the 90"s.  I think he's from All Night Media.  I added a bit of glitter to the snow and a dark pink rhinestone nose.  I think the sentiment is also from the same era and also All Night Media.  I punched out the snowflake, added a bit of glitter and a rhinestone center.

I've entered this in the "Christmas in July" Hiding in My Craft Room challenge HIMCR#260.

Thanks for visiting my blog---Keep cool!................Paulette

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

DCWV Stack-a-holic July 2016 Challenge

This month's DCWV Stack-a-holic Challenge uses this sketch:

I used the gorgeous papers from DCWV's "The Magnolia Way" stack.  I cut the flowers with some QuicKutz cookie cutter dies.  I added a paper butterfly and a paper flower from Michael's $1.50 bin.  The butterfly and edges of the large die-cut flower were sponged with some Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet Distress ink.

Thanks for visiting my blog today........................Paulette

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Thinking of You...DCWV Stack-a-holic Challenge for June 2016

I used papers from DCWV's Garden Charm stack to create this Thinking of You card for the June Stack-a-holic Challenge.  I used a Memory Box die to cut out the tiny butterflies from 4 different papers from the Garden Charm stack.  I added some ruby Stickles to the fussy-cut flowers on the left and added yellow rhinestone centers.  Using other papers from the stack, I cut out the sentiment and matted it with the dotted red paper.  I trimmed the edges of the sentiment panel with lace and mounted the panel on the card with pop-dots.  Some rhinestone flourishes complete the design.

This is the sketch that the challenge is based on:

Thanks for stopping by...................Paulette

I've Been Published in the Stampers' Sampler!

The Stampers' Sampler has published three of my Halloween cards in their Summer 2016 issue.  It's always exciting to see your work and name in print!  Here are the cards they featured in an article titled Frightful & Delightful:

Spooky Cat in the Hat

 Stamps: Hampton Arts 
Ink :Black Stazon
 Accents: Hat Sticker by Recollections, ribbons
Paper “Spooky Delights” by DCWV
Instructions:  Stamp cat on purple panel.  Add hat sticker.  Attach ribbons.  Mount purple panel on metallic layer and then onto orange layer.  Attach spider ribbon to black layer and mount the cat panel to this layer.  Mount on orange layer.

Hocus Pocus

 Stamps: Hampton Arts 
Ink :Black Stazon
 Accents: Firefly Stickles
Paper “Spooky Delights” by DCWV
Cut a strip of “graveyard” paper and attach to bottom of orange “Halloween sky” paper.  Stamp cat on white cardstock and use die to cut out cat.  Glue to card.  Add Stickles to eyes.  Stamp “hocus Pocus” directly to orange cardstock.

Spidey Sense

 Stamps: Stampendous
Ink: Black Stazon
 Accents: Spiders Ribbon
Paper:  DCWV
Image is stamped and colored with Prismacolor pencils.  Hat portioned stamped on orange and green pattern papers and fussy cut.  Hat and hat band are paper-pieced on image.  Eyes are accentuated with  Crystal Effects.  Mat main image and added background layers.  Add spider ribbon.

I apologize for the poor quality of the photo of this last one---I forgot to take a picture before sending this card in.  This is a photo of the magazine page and unfortunately the photography in the magazine was a bit substandard too.

Thanks for stopping by.................................Paulette

Saturday, May 14, 2016

DCWV May 2016 Stack-a-holics Challenge

The DCWV Stack-a-holics Challenge for May uses this sketch:
For my paper selection I chose DCWV's Garden Charm stack.  The die I used for the circle flourishes is by Memory Box.  I punched the center circle with a 3" punch.  I added some lace, flowers and a butterfly as embellishments.

Wishing you a bright and colorful Spring................Paulette

Monday, April 25, 2016

Black and White Challenge

Dies R Us Challenge #47 is Black & White.  This black butterfly was hiding out under my craft table today.  I used a die by Marianne Creatables to cut it out.  As usual any opportunity to divert my attention from cleaning up my craft area is a welcome diversion.  I remembered this B&W cardstock from DCWV and found some black rhinestone flourishes I had recently purchased at a stamp show.  In less than 5 minutes this easy-peasy card was done.  I'm out of the mood now for clean-up chores but I love my card!

Have a great day............................................Paulette

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Inspired by Temperley of London

The Saturday Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers is to be inspired by the Temperley of London online catalog.  My inspiration is this scarf:

The roses are cut with a Tattered Lace die.  The die I used for the border is one I got from a used stamp sale and I don't know the manufacturer.  The stamp is from PSX.  I added some half pearls to the flowers.

I am entering this card in Dies R Us Challenge #47 Black & White.

Thanks for visiting............................Paulette

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Let's Eat!

The April DCWV Stack-a-holic Challenge uses this sketch:

The cardstock I used for this card is from Nana's Kitchen stack and the Textured Jewels mat stack.  I used a Die-namites die to cut out the apron.  I distressed the edges of the apron with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink by Ranger.  I added spoon and fork brads as embellishments.

This card could be used as an invitation or by adding a birthday cake to the inside, it could be used as a birthday card.

Bon appetit.............................Paulette

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Love---Irish Style

The Rubber Dance Art Stamp challenge for March uses these colors and a St. Patrick's Day theme.

I continue to use my favorite couple stamp from Rubber Dance.  I used an embossing folder from Teresa Collins to dry emboss the white layer.  After stamping on white cardstock, I tore the edges and then added some Viva Gold in yellow green to the edges of the torn layer.  I layered this onto orange cardstock and tore the edges of this layer too.  The green shamrock doily completes the layers beneath the stamped image.  I added some tiny orange flowers punched with a Martha Stewart hydrangea punch and shaped with a stylus.  Green Stickles were added as centers.  The leaf is a partial die-cut cut from a Cottage Cutz die.  On the right is a strip of green glitter tape and layered flowers from Michael's dollar bin.  A green gem is used as a flower center.

Wishing you a Happy St. Pat's Day..................Paulette 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A Happy Birthday!

This is my card for the DCWV Stack-a-holic Sketch Challenge for March.  The sketch is pictured HERE:

The DCWV stacks I used are the Jet Black Stack and the Cherry Limeade Stack.  The birthday stamp is from Scrappy Cat and the punches are from Stampin Up.  I used a pink half pearl and several black rhinestones as well as B&W gingham ribbon for embellishments.

Happy Birthday to my daughter, her hubby and my other friends who have March B'days......................................Paulette

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Pretty Protea

I design Hawaiian cards as a fundraiser for the Hula Assn. of the Midwest. A friend sent me a bunch of index pages from old Hawaiian calendars.  I used a Cottage Cutz die for the hula girl and added a lei and flower to her hair cut from tiny flowers from a pink flower ribbon. I added yellow Stickles to the flower centers.

Have a great day...........................Paulette

Monday, February 22, 2016

Forever in My Heart

The challenge this month at Rubber Dance Art Stamps uses this group of colors and a "Romance" theme. 

 I used Rubber Dance Art Stamps for the background.  I stamped on the tan cardstock with Ranger Distress Barn Red ink.  I also sponged the edges of this layer.  For the heart I used a die from Die-namites.  I cut the heart out of red glittered fun foam.  I traced the edge of the die onto white cardstock and fussy cut the white heart.  I added some heart shaped pearls to the center.  I added three rows of white lacy trim to the tan layer and then attached the heart.

Hope you had a great Valentine's Day.......................................Paulette