Thursday, September 13, 2012

Please Feel Better Soon…

Hi again!  I’ve let my get well and thinking of you cards get a little low. So I decided to get a few done.  This is such a cute image and is one of the first that I ever purchased. It is from Di's Digital Challenge

It is colored with Prismacolors and Gamsol.  I’ve decorated it with several dies from Cheery Lynn Designs.  The paper is by Paper Studio, sold by the sheet.  I made the flower and topped it with a decorative button.  And the gems are by Reflections.  

I’m entering it in the following challenge:

Sketch Saturday – sketch
Sunday Sketch and Stamp – sketch
Allsorts Challenge – layers
Little Claire’s – best friends
Pile It On – patterned paper
Creative Stamp Friends – distressing
Cheery Lynn Designs – borders
Kaboodle Doodles – flowers
The Squirrel and The Fox – anything
No Matter Which – die cuts and/or punches
Ladybug Crafts – anything
Crafty Bloggers – purple
Unique Crafters – anything
Bunny Zoe's Crafts – distressing
Bearly-Mine Challenges – anything
Papertake Weekly – things that make you go aww
Tuesday Throwdown – gems
Divas by Design – for a child
My Mum’s Craft Shop – buttons
Paper Pretties – punches
The Paper Shelter – punches
Stamp-n-Doodle – stitching
Whimsy Stamps – anything
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - anything

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.


dj1952 (Debra)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

1st Explosion Box…

I thought this would be a fantastic project to give one of my best friend’s for their 50th anniversary; but I don’t think I’ll attempt it again.  It’s much more challenging than I thought. And it took me much longer than I thought it would take.  There will be several photos, so bear with me.

Some of the supplies I’ve used are:

Cheery Lynn dies
Digi – Mo’s
Papers from stash and open stock
Flowers and Gems by Recollections
Lace, starfish,and additional embellishments from miscellaneous sources. Pearl flower is by Basic Grey. Gold words by Paper Words.

I’m entering this in the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs: – anything
Bearly Mine – glitters
Crafty Sentiment – sparkle
Scrap Creations – off the edge
Paper and Such – wings
Crafting For All Seasons – stitching (on photos on center layer
Divas By Design – celebrate
Flutterby Wednesday – decorate inside
Paper Shelter – layers
Penny’s Paper Creation – sparkle and shine
The Poodles Parlour – wings
Art Impression – lace
Mo’s Challenge – layers
QKR Stampede – anything
Stamping For The Weekend – pearls and swirls
Southern Girls – flowers
Card Making Mamas – hearts
Basic Grey – punches
Anything But a Card - anything but a card
Desert Islands Crafts  
The ABC Challenge - "W"
Unique Crafters Challenge - anything
Crafty-emblies - picture perfect
Ladybug Crafts Challenge - anything

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will leave me a kind word or two.



Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Just an update…

Hi, to all my followers.  Sorry I’ve being absent for so long.  I’m just burned-out and I've had a  few additional health issues lately.  I do have a few things in the works, but I know it will probably be a bit longer before I get anything posted.
When I return, I’m planning on having a small candy give-away to thank the 30,000 visitors to my blog.  (Probably not much for several of you, but I’m thrilled.)


dj1952 (Debra)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Sad Occasion - 3

Finally I’m through with sympathy cards for one family. This is for the sister.  She’s taking it hard, too, because he was younger than she is.  I hate that it took me so long to get the cards done, but my health was giving me more problems than usual.

orange tulips card with wm

I hope she will like this because I took a chance in doing tulips and used what I would consider non-traditional colors.

orange tulips close-up with wm

I was going to use soft colors, but I just couldn’t find papers in my stash that I really needed, so I decided to us distress inks. As in the last card, the image is by Fred She Said. They do such pretty flowers, as well as other images.  The papers are DCWV and the image is colored with Prismacolors.

orange tulips inside with wm

The die cuts are Nestibilities and the punches on the inside are MS.  The ribbon and pearls are from my stash.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

That Craft Place Challenge – sketch
Corrosive Challenges – punches
Great Impressions – dies or punches
Crazy Challenge – recipe: ribbon,pearls,dies
Bearly-Mine Challenges – flowers
Paper Playtime – sentiment
Divas By Design – dies
Pattie's Creations Challenge -- monochromatic
Phindy's Place Challenge -- plaid or gingham
2 Sisters Challenge Blog -- anything
Allsorts -- dies
Truly Madly Crafty Challenge -- monochromatic
Sweet Stampin' Challenge -- bows and ribbon

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Sad Occasion - 2

This is the second of four sympathy cards I’ve needed to make the last couple of weeks. This is the hardest of the ones I’ve made, because it’s for my friend who has now become a widow. It is really sad for me to now think of her in this manner. She is only about four or five years older than I am, which isn’t really that old.

She loves African Violets, but I didn’t have any, so I hope she will enjoy these pansies just as much.  They are by Fred She Said.

pansy close-up with wm

The background paper is done with an embossing plate by Cheery Lynn Designs that has been rubbed with distress ink. Inside I’ve used MS punch-around-the-page, pansy punches.

I’m entering this in the following challenges:

The Sweet Stop – sketch
Corrosive Challenges – punches
Great Impressions – punches or dies
The Crazy Challenge – recipe – ribbon, pearls, dies
Shelly’s Images – anything
Little Miss Muffet – layers
Pattie’s Creations – monochromatic
Truly Madly Crafty – monochromatic
Daisy Doodles – anything
Lollipop Crafts – flowers
Hotshot Crafts – distress inks
Aud Sentiments -- bingo: flowers, embossing, thinking of you
Ladybug Crafts -- 2 of something: stamped sentiment - 1 inside, 1 outside
Divas By Design -- dies 
Paper Play Challenges -- dies
Delightful Challenges -- anything
Paper Playtime -- sentiments 
For Your Inspirations -- photo inspiration - lavenders 
Bearly-Mine Challenges -- flowers 
Everybody-Art-Challenge -- thinking of you
Cutie Pie Challenge -- real or faux stitching

Thanks for stopping by.



Thursday, June 14, 2012

For a Sad Occasion…

It’s always hard for me to do a sympathy card.  I guess part of it is because I hate to think the person has died, and for the grief of the family. 

 Here’s one of a couple that I did for a dear family member’s son.  I’m not that great doing plain and simple, but since this is for a male I felt it would work.  The stamp and sentiment is heat embossed and the paper is actually a burgundy color, not purple.  I also used a technique by Gina K. Designs on embossing the gold edged paper.  

I’m entering this is the following challenges:

Just Keep on Creating – anything
The Paper Shelter – anything
Amusing Challenge – heat embossing
Pattie’s Creations Design – male
Crafting For All Seasons - for men
Do You Stack Up - masculine

Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Purrrfectly Sweet Couple

Hello.  Well, so much for trying to post more often. LOL.  I just can’t stay motivated, or know what I want to do anymore. Sad smile  This is a card for a couple’s anniversary tomorrow.  She really loves cats, so I thought this would be appreciated.  The image is by Robyn's Fetish, called Pussy Cat Love.

I decorated the inside of this style card after I saw Sandy Hulsart of Cheery Lynn Designs do it.  She’s a fantastic designer.  All of my Dies are by Cheery Lynn Designs. The two largest purple roses are made using the Small Rose die, the large white flower, using “Sweet William”.  I’ve also used the Tropical Flourish,Grass Border, the Kiwi Oval Frame and the Small French  Lattice frame, that I cut down and used on both sides of the card. The paper is called Jelly Bean by Basic Grey

The other items are silk flower buds with buttons in their center and MS butterfly and punched flowers around the sentiment on the inside.  Oh, and I did use two colors of Tim Holtz distressing inks.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs – shades of purple
Bunny Zoe’s Crafts – use ribbon or twine
Forever Friends –  Fortnight challenge -- flowers and animal
Craft Your Passion – distressing
Paper Makeup Stamps – May flowers
Creatalicious Challenge – butterflies + flowers
Alota Rubber Stamps – animals
Creative Crafts – anything
Crafts-Room -- embossing
Papers and Such – May Flowers
Papertake Weekly – cute, cute, cute
Sassy Cheryl’s Challenge – stitching
S J’s Crafts – favorites – dies
Crafting For All Season – handmade flowers
Crafts and Me – die cuts and punches
Paper Pretties – things with wings
The Paper Shelter – anything
Whimsy Challenges – dimension
Shelly’s Images – makes you happy
Delightful Challenges – distressing
Digi Doodles Shop Challenges – bingo – buttons, ribbon, flowers
Little Miss Muffet – May Flowers
Clearly iStamp – what goes up, must come down – butterflies
Crafts 4 Eternity – color inspired
Fussy and Fancy – butterflies, ribbon, punches
The Poodles Parlour – anything
Catch the Bug – wings
CES – anything
Daisy Doodles – May flowers
Ladybug Crafts Ink – anything but square
Milk Coffee Challenge – buttons, bling (glitter)
Crafty Ribbons – flowers
Delicious Doodles – try something new – adding an inside to this style card
Hooked on Crafts – flowers
Card Makin Mammas – May flowers
Basic Grey Challenges – anything, paper is BG
Craft Your Days Away – creatures
Forever Friends –  May challenge - spring
Hot Shot Craft – die cuts
Just Keep on Creating – anything
Platypus Creek Digitals -- flowers
Great Impressions -- anything
Fashionista Challenge -- anniversary, etc.
Paper Playtime -- die cuts

Thanks so much for stopping by; I hope you enjoyed seeing my work.



Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thinking of You Card Set…

Hi again.  I needed a couple of sympathy cards last week, and while I have cards that I could have used for that purpose, I thought they were a little too cutesy.

I'm not much on making simple cards, because the ones I've made just seem unfinished with the one layer. After giving it some thought I decided to turn to someone I consider the master of such cards; Gina K. Designs, of Stamp TV.  After searching through some of her recent posts, I found I liked this card. (This link will take you to her video.)

It’s easy to make, and I really like the results. I did these cards assembly-line style.  As you can see I used green and blue distress inks. The stamp is by Stampability, and the ribbons are from Michaels' dollar bin; and of course you can use any sentiment you want.

I’m entering these in the following challenges:

Karen’s Doodles – spring
Lollipop Crafts – spring
Love to Create Challenge – friends
Die Cuttin Divas – garden
Shelly’s Images – anything
Craft Us Crazy – flowers
Wags ‘n Whiskers – anything
Craft Room Challenge – ink it, no digis
Crafty Boots – no girls allowed
Bunny Zoe – ribbon or twine

Thank you for stopping by again to see my work. If you'll leave me a comment, I'll try to get by and check your's, too.  


dj1952 (Debra)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

To a Berry Special Couple…

No, you’re not imagining anything; I’m really posting a new project finally.  I’ve just had issues, which I know many can understand.

I was invited to be a guest designer over at Paper Creations Ink this week for their challenge number 23, “April Showers Bring May Flowers”.

Their sponsor this challenge is Tiffany Doodles, and this is my use of the image.  These flowers are special they bring mouth-watering fruit, too. It has been colored a couple of times and some pop-dotted on top of some, and others are just in the background.  Some are even behind this “small French lattice” by Cheery Lynn Designs.

Here’s a close-up of the strawberries:

The supplies used on my card are:

Image – Tiffany Doodles
Dies – Cheery Lynn Designs
Punch – Martha Stewart
Ribbons, Button, Gems – Stash
Glossy Accent and Open Stock papers

I’m entering this in the following challenges:

Crop Stop – button and bows
Do You Stack Up – glitter, bling – Glossy Accents and gems
Paper Play Challenges – things with wings
Prairie Fairy Fridays – anything
Sweet ‘n Sassy – button and bug
Totally Papercrafts – things with wings
The Squirrel and The Fox – things with wings
Phindy’s Place – food or drink
Sketch Saturday – sketch
Totally Gorjuss – bling
Pile It On – pop it up
Platypus Creek Digitals – fancy folds
Cupcake Craft Challenges – die cuts
Karen’s Doodles – spring
Incy Wincy Designs – digis
Lollipop Crafts – spring
My Craft Spot – make it pop
Southern Girl's Challenge – fancy folds
Crafty Sentiments – digis
Die Cuttin Divas – garden
Scrap Creations – April showers bring May flowers
Party Time Tuesdays – red, black and rose
Sassy Cheryl's Challenge – butterflies
Tip Top Challenges – spots
Paper Crafting Journey – 3 or more layers dp
Shelly’s Images Blog – anything
Crafty Ribbons Challenge – wings and opt. ribbon
Craft Us Crazy – flower
Delicious Doodles – layers
Wags ‘n Whiskers – anything
A Gem of a Sketch – sketch
Really Reasonable Ribbon – black, white and one other color, plus ribbon
Sunday’s With Crissy – favorite color combo
Alota Rubber Stamps – easel card
Lexi’s Creations – punches
Hotshot Craft – young love
Bunny Zoe’s Crafts – ribbon or twine
I hope that you’ve enjoyed something from me again, and will stop by again soon.



Sunday, March 11, 2012

Last But Not Least…

I’ve been waiting on posting this framed work, because I’m not sure if it has been received yet.  However, I'm pretty sure it has by now.  So, here's the last of the framed work I did for my Pay-It-Forward projects

This is using another image that I adore; those by Prairie Fairy.  She’s been colored about three times and then pop-dotted to give depth.  Isn’t she so scholarly? LOL.

Black and pink is one of the favorite color combinations of this friend.  The contrast is fantastic.

I’m entering this into the following challenges:

The Pink Elephant Challenge – layers
Craft Your Passion – anything
Kaboodle Doodles – spring: flowers
Incy Wincy Designs – something old: butterfly punch; something new: digi
Sparkles Forum – wings
Ladybug's Crafts Ink – pink and girly
Party Time Tuesdays – bling
The Stamping Boutique – pearls and swirls
Deep Ocean Challenge – spring
Papertake Weekly – anything
Divas By Design – favorite things: die cuts
Paper Crafting Journey – anything
Crafty Ann’s Challenge Blog – anything but a card
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge – song: “Just A Swinging”
Wags ‘n Whiskers – spring
Totally Papercrafts – favorite things: die cuts
2 Sisters Challenge Blog – spring colors
Cutie Pie Challenge – pearls and swirls
Gingerloft Challenge – spring
Paper Creations Ink – spring
Hotshot Craft – ribbon (used for bow)
One Stitch At A Time – digi
Crafter’s Companion – spring
That Craft Place – anything

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment; they are much appreciated.


dj1952 (Debra)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Fourth Wall Hanging

This is the fourth of five wall hangings I did as my Pay-It-Forward projects.  Sometimes I don’t know why I take on some of the projects that I do, other than the fact that I really like to surprise people with my work.  I don’t think I’ll be doing any more of these for a while, unless I decide to do one for myself. 

I’m not going into a lot of detail, as most of the items I used are self-explanatory.  As in the card posted before this one, the dies are all by Cheery Lynn Designs. The image is one of those adorable images by Wee Stamps. The way the oval frame is made to stand out a little more, is by tracing the die in a darker color,cutting it out and adhering it to the frame.  

On each project I used one of the favorite Bible Scriptures that each person likes. 

I’m entering this project in the following challenges:

Scrapper’s Delights – bling
Deep Ocean Challenge – spring
Papertake Weekly Challenge – anything
Divas by Design – favorite things: flowers
Flutterby Wednesdays – springtime
The Paper Shelter – anything
My Mum’s Craft Shop Challenges – spring colors
The Pink Elephant – 3 or more layers
Craft Your Passion – anything
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges – color
Kaboodle Doodles – spring – flowers
Incy Wincy Designs – something old: butterfly punch; something new: digi
Sparkles Monthly Challenges – wings
Ladybug Crafts – pink and
Top Tip Tuesday – stitching
Party Time Tuesdays – bling
Crafts and Me – wings
Paper Crafting Journey – anything
C.R.A.F.T. – song (Flower Girl by the Cowsills)
Wags 'n Whiskers – spring
Totally Papercrafts – favorite things – flowers
Gingerloft Challenge – spring
Paper Creations Ink – spring
Gingersnap Creations – faux technique – stitching
Hotshot Craft – ribbon (used for bow)
Jellypark Challenges – craft month
Crafters Companion – spring

Thanks for stopping back again.  I look forward to seeing your projects, too. 


dj1952 (Debra)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Love Begins with Friendship

Well, as you can see, I have another anniversary card; and no puns this time around.


This is for a couple who we’ve known the husband since he was a young brat, I mean boy. LOL.  They have been happily married for eight years now.  I did this card in one of my favorite colors, I’m not sure if you can see, but the red background paper is lightly embossed with hearts.  The image is by Digi Doodle Shop; I thought they were so sweet.  Her dress and his shirt is paper pieced and then shaded over, to add depth.

All of the doilies are by Cheery Lynn Designs.  I love, love, love their die cuts.  The paper at the top of the card and the bottom doily under the image is by Basic Grey. The doilies top might have looked better if they were cut a little darker, or backed with a dark color, but at this point I decided not to trash it and start over. And don’t you just love the Victorian Romance Flourish?  How do you like the idea of using them like a frame?

The pearls there and on the lace are a very deep red, even though they look a little more like black. The bow is another one that was made with the Bow-Easy. The flowers and lace are from my stash.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

Paper Play Challenges – something old (lace), something new (digi)
Jellypark Friends – favorite film: Grease
Crafts 4 Eternity – digi 
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge – dies or punches
Totally Paper Crafts – song: Grease
CES Challenges – flowers
Digi Designs Challenge – lace and pearls
Our Creative Corner – music: Grease
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle – scraps – roses, lace
Sketch Saturday – Sketch
Scrapper's Delight – bling
Cheery Lynn Designs – doilies
The Pink Elephant Challenge -  layers
Craft Your Passion – anything
Bunny Zoe’s Crafts – celebration
Kaboodle Doodles – spring (flowers)
Love to Create – monochromatic
Incy Wincy Designs – something old (lace), something new (image)
Paper and Such – paper piecing
Paper Take Weekly - anything
Deep Ocean - spring
Party Time Tuesdays – bling
Divas By Design - favorite thing: flowers
The Stamping Boutique – pearls and swirls
Little Darlings Challenges – pearls
Creatalicious Challenges – lace
Paper Crafting Journey – anything
Delicious Doodles – Grease
Fairy Tale Challenge – paper piecing
Saturated Canary Challenge – doilies
Hotshot Craft - ribbon
Little Claire’s Designs – romance
Basic Grey Challenges – spring photo inspiration
The Cutie Pie Challenge – swirls and pearls
Corrosive Challenges – paper piecing
Gingerloft Challenge – spring
Paper Creations Ink – spring
Hooked On Craft Challenges – more than one fold
Stamp and Create – paper piecing

Thank you for stopping by.


dj1952 (Debra)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Third Hanging Project…

So here’s the framed wall hanging I did for some of my friends in the Pay-It-Forward project I took on last year.  This is one of my favorites, mostly because it used the colors I like the best.  I really love lavenders and all its shades.  This is also one of the favorite colors for my friend, too.

I just love the Wee Stamps image and all of the Cheery Lynn Designs dies that I’ve used.  The glitter that’s on the doily, behind the image was a happy accident.  I sprayed what I thought was the back of the die cut to adhere it to my paper, instead I had sprayed the front.  So the only thing I could think to do was to pour glitter over it and heat seal it.  And yeah!  It worked.  All of the gems by Recollections were added to have lots of bling, too, since I know my friend loves bling.

The flourish worked perfectly for the flowers and bow I made with my Bow-Easy. Stitching, faux or real seems to add so much to a project, so I finished it off with that.

My friend really enjoys this scripture, so it’s even more personal to her.  I’m hoping it will be enjoyed for years to come.

I’m entering this in the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge – anything
Truly Madly Crafty – ribbon and bling
Fairy Tale Challenge Blog – spring
Lexi's Creations – monochromatic
Love to Create – stitching
Nettie G’s Digital Gems – anything
The Cutie Pie Challenge – flowers
Kaboodle Doodles – shades of purple
The Crazy Challenge – anything
Die Cuttin Divas – feathers, flowers or fabric + dies
Everybody-Art-Challenge – monochromatic
Party Time Tuesday's – anything
The Sisterhood of Crafters – digi
Stampin For the Weekend – bingo: bow, glitter, flowers
Daisy Doodles – colors (purples)
Top Tip Tuesday – stitching
Gingersnap Creations – faux technique (stitching)
Paper Crafting Journey - anything
4 Crafty Chicks - anything but a card (ABC)
Crafty Ann's - ABC

Thanks for stopping by again.  I look forward to hearing from you again soon.


dj1952 (Debra)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

We Fish You A Happy Anniversary

Well, it’s been a while since I mentioned that I had at least one more puny anniversary card to post.  Now that I’ve finally finished it, I hope you will enjoy it.  I think the little brads really add to the card.

This is an image by Digi Doodle Shop, isn’t it cute?  I know the male of the species is supposed to be better looking (LOL), but I think this lady is much prettier.  How do you suppose she keeps her eye shadow on? :-)

I used Basic Grey paper on the inside and the punches are by MS.

I’m entering this in the following challenges:

Truly Scrumptious – all creatures great and small
Aud Sentiments – “happy” on card
Craft Us Crazy – favorite embellishment – brads
Divas by Design – bling
Paper Creations Ink – favorite technique – embossing
Crafty Ann’s – bold and bright
Moving Along With the Times – three or more layers
Crafty Calendar – love
Hooked on Craft – something bright
Allsorts Challenge – anything
Stamp and Create – love
Sew Many Cards – punches
My Craft Spot – make us laugh
Get Hippity with Ippity – music – If I Were A Fish (children’s song)
Creative Stamp Friends – inspired by a song: If I Were A Fish
Paper Playtime – sentiment and pet
Crazy Challenge – anything
Critter Challenge – color challenge
The Sisterhood of Crafters – digi
Jellypark Challenges – movie – Finding Nemo
Bunny Zoe’s – celebration
Little Claire's – romance
Incy Wincy Designs - sketch
Creative Card Crew – Humor
Party Time Tuesdays – anything
Stamp-n-Doodle – embossing
I Brake for Challenges - love

Thank you for stopping by again.  I hope you will leave me a comment if you’ve enjoyed the card. 


dj1952 (Debra)