Friday, October 21, 2011


Hi, I’m been given the privilege to join Fairy Fun Fridays this week as their guest designer.  Isn’t that cool?  I chose this cutie pie to use for my card.  I named it “Swingin” because it reminds me of the song by John Anderson.  You know, it starts out “Me and Charlotte Johnson…” Of course, now I have the music stuck in my head. LOL

Their challenge this time is heat embossing.  Now, I’m not very good at this genre, but I gave it a go.  My attempts to just emboss a word here or their didn’t work out any better than I thought it would.  So I tried a different approach.  I took the corner decorations and the swirled leaf and stamped them and then saturated them with a glittered embossing powder.  I think the effects tuned out pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. I hope you feel the same.


As you can see, I also decided to go button crazy.

I took the crochet thread and poked holes on both sides of the tire and tied it like a real rope would be done. I secured it with finger nail polish. I also made a real bow by tearing one of the ribbons you get on balloons until it was small enough and, voila.

The inside of the card is nothing spectacular, however since I’m joining some challenges with the leaves as the theme I decided share this also.

I have a tip that may interest those of you, like me, whose inventory of dies keeps growing and you're not sure how to store them.  I found a small beautiful accordion box that doesn't let small pieces slide around out of the bottom of each pocket and I now store my dies there.  It only has 19 pockets, but I found a way around that by placing card stock in between three or four different die sets ( i.e. oval designs) so it holds lots of dies.  I only use it for my larger dies, like the frames, etc.  (I'll post a picture of it later this week.)

My recipe for this card is:

Dies and Punches – Cheery Lynn, Spellbinders, Sizzix and MS
Papers – Basic Grey, Frances Meyer and stash
Roses and pearls (earrings) – Recollections (stash)

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

Totally Gorjuss – bingo: flowers, swirls & bling
Di’s Digital Designs – girly
Just Some Lines – song – “Swingin”
Sketch and Stash – sketch (buttons, stash)
Pile It On – fall
Heart Song Inspirations – flowers or felt
Simon Says Stamp and Show – stripes
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog – fall colors
The That Stamps Built – fall
Little Darlings Challenges – use score pal
Shelly’s Images Blog – anything
Lily Pad Cards – bling
Cardmad Fairy’s Digi Days – spots and stripes
Stamping With the Dragon – buttons and bows
Bunny Zoe’s Crafts – lace (paper)
Tip Top Tuesday – layers
Charisma Cardz Challenges – embossing
Crafty Ribbons Challenge – ribbon and lace
Totally Paper Crafts – layers
Cupcake Craft Challenges – buttons and bows
Scrapbook Sisters – circles
Art Impressions Stamps – lace
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge – fall
Southern Girls Challenge – stripes and polka dots
Crafty Boots Challenges – fall colors
The Squirrel and the Fox - for the girls

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Don’t forget to stop by Fairy Fun Friday and see the rest of the DT’s beautiful cards this week, too.  Oh, and check out the store to purchase any of these fantastic images.


dj1952 (Debra)


Denise and Louise said...

Oh wow Debra, what a stunning card. Love all the colourful buttons and that sweet image.
Denise xx

Ulina /Apricot Bubbles said...

Hi dj,
your card is pure joie de vivre!!
I love those rich colors and that you used such a buch of buttons :-)
Great job!
Have a nice weekend!

bettand said...

This was super duper cute:) Love all the buttons btw;) I think you've coloured her fantasticly and I just love that bow in her hair. Thanks for playing at Totally Gorjuss this week and good luck. Hope to see you back tomorrow for a new challenge. Hugs Bettina

McCrafty's Cards said...

Gorgeous card, i like the image, great take on the sketch, Thanks for joining in with us at Sketch N Stash.
Kevin xx

Dorcas said...

Congratulations, Debbie! Your card is real cute, love the idea of the rope. Very cool.Thanks so much for playing with us at Bunny Zoe’s!

Dee's Craft Room said...

Now that looks so much fun, don't you want to have a go? Lovely card Debbie and congratulations.

Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Boots Challenge.


Sheryl Hare said...

I love all the attention to detail on your card - perfect for our challenge over at CRAFT this week. Thanks for playing. Sheryl xx

Elizabeth Hart said...

Love, love the buttons! Thanks for sharing this darling card with us at Pile it On this week.

Dot said...

Hi Debra!
So glad you joined us as a GD this time at FFF.
Your card is lovely, and your embossing so creative. It looks great.
hugs Dorte

Anne Fenton said...

Your card is amazing, beautiful coloring, I love your color scheme ..Thanks for sharing this amazing card with us at Art Impressions this week.

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

Wow Debbie, this is fantastic! Love the buttons, and your embossing is great! The perfect amount! Also love the ribbon in hair and the tire swing rope. Quite crafty! Congrats on your guest spot!

Terry said...

Hey there thank you for joining the DT from Simon Says Stamp and Show with your fabulous card, your card really and the colors are just fabulous. And I just love Gillian Wow. Hugs Terry xxxx

Caroljenks said...

This is just gorgeous - that rope is amazing as is her hair bow - love it!

You have linked over at Top Tip Tuesday with (TIP) but I am unsure which part of your creation you are wanting to share as your Top Tip - if you could mention what your TTT Top Tip is in your post you can be put forward for the Top Tipper prize :)

Thanks for joining us over at Top Tip Tuesday this week for our 'Layer it up' challenge.

Carol x

Kelly said...

Debra, thank you so much for joining FFF as a GD, you work is beautiful and I love what you did with your card and embossing. Thanks for the idea.

JustYolie said...

Adorable image! Love your card!

Samantha said...

You have put a lot of effort into your card and O love all the embossing too!

Thanks 4 joining us this week @ Top Tip Tuesday for our Layer it up! Challenge, As Carol has said we would love to see your Tip highlighted so we could what part of your post is your tip.... Hugs Samantha

Renlymats World of Family & Crafts said...

What a fun card! I love the coloring. Those buttons must have taken forever to glue down! Your flourish with the flowers is beautiful too. Thanks for joining us at Art Impressions this week. Hope to see you again soon!

Cor* said...

Amazing! I love the idea of the embossed corner adornments! Way to go! And yes, woooweee all those lovely buttons are smack on! GREAT job with our Gilly. Thanks so much for creating a wonderful card as a GDT for us this time round!

Craftyanny said...

Fabulous card. Great use of buttons too. Love it
Thanks for playing along with Totally Paperscrafts and good luck
Anne x

Vicky said...

What a cute card! Thank you for joining the fun at lily pad cards.

sharon said...

What a wonerful card, I love you idea of the button frame. Thanks for playing along at CRAFT challenge. Sharon x

Tessa en Anke said...

Beautiful card. I love the button frame. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons.
Tessa & Anke

downrightcrafty said...

gorgeous use of the buttons and bows theme on this lovely creation, thank you so much for sharing with us at Stampin with the Dragon
Hugs Kate xx
ps I have some candy if you are interested :)

sara said...

gorgeous card love all those buttons around your image thanks so much for joining us at deep ocean and little darlings this week
hugs sara x

Shannah said...

This is just adorable! Love the cute image, fab colouring and clever use of buttons! Thanks for joining our Heart Song Inspirations Challenge! Hugs, Shannah xox

Caroljenks said...

Thanks for highlighting your Top Tip for us Debra - great storage solution :) I find my Dies one of the hardest items to store efficiently! But I DO have one of those accordion folders ;)

Carol (TTT)

scrappergrl said...

FABULOUS card!! Your heat embossing technique is pure genius!! Thanks for playing with us at Southern Girls!!

cebelica said...

Congrats on your GD spot! I really like your card, it's so fun! Love the image and all the buttons. Wonderful! Thanks for plying with us at Crafty ribbons! Hugs!

Catherine said...

Fab image and love what you have done with the buttons. Thanks for joining us at Cardmad fairys digi days this week...

Jacq said...

Hi DJ,
Oh this is Absolutely Gorgeous!!! Love the fabulous image, the dps, the colour scheme is fab. Love the layout and the embellishments look gorgeous. Coloured perfectly. Thanks for joining us at The Squirrel and The Fox and Good Luck. Hope to see you joining us again.
Hugs Jacqui xxx

Carol Ann said...

Great fund card Debra the orange colour scheme is gorgeous and lots of fab buttons yum. Thanks for playing along at Cardmadfairy this time.
Carol Ann xx

Shanna Shands said...

Awesome card. I cannot believe how many challenges you found to go along with this card. Thanks for playing with us at Southern Girls!!