DeeDee's Digis to Celebrate July 4th

Good evening, and to all my American friends, HAPPY JULY 4th!  Apologies for not having this card up last evening, but the downstairs printer would not connect to the Wi-Fi and print. We had a thunderstorm yesterday, so don't know if that affected anything. This morning, I checked plugs, all the other stuff you troubleshoot, then later in the afternoon, booted up, tried again...Voila, I'm connected to the Wi-Fi. Began to wonder if there is a limit on how many electronics we can connect to the network, with the 2 new Smart phones in mind.

You need a fast card? You wanna think DeeDee's Digis? Well, I certainly did. This is the first year, since I've been involved in this stamping/card making hobby, that no 4th of July cards were made & sent. However, DeeDee's Digis to the rescue with this really patriotic set...American Teddies. Absolutely nothing was done aside from printing the image, finding a die to cut the elements, hunting up some papers, and Done! I wanted to at least get a post up to commemorate the day that is so special for the United States of America.  So here goes:

- MFT Xstitched rectangle die to cut Betsy Ross Bear and the sentiment. (Psst...there's another cute bear in the set, along with some nice patriotic sentiments)
- MFT Stitched Fishtail banners
- patriotic colors of sequins and some BoBunny from an old 6x6 pack (perhaps last year's?) and some really VOS from the Paper Studio.
It doesn't get any easier (or faster!) to make a card than this. If you're ever in a situation where you need a cute image, that basically makes the card all by itself, do check out DeeDee's Digis. The prices are so very reasonable, super fast downloads and there's a really cute set available for July Set of the Month. If you participated in last month's challenge, you should have already received this set in your email. (If you participated but didn't receive the set, please contact DeeDee at -- sometimes things do go wrong with email). If you did not participate in last month's challenge, you can still purchase this set for just $1.25 this month at the shop. You can find it HERE.
Hope you'll have a few moments to check out the Cards by Friends tab, and see the lovely cards sent by some very sweet friends for my birthday. Also, I'd like to thank all those who were kind enough to take time to leave so many good wishes for my day. Of course, my very best loved present was our DD coming up for a few days. We had lovely visit, just enjoyed having some precious time together.
Also be sure to check out the new HLS Christmas Challenge  which has its very first appearance today and is open for the month of July. There's some DT cards to inspire you, and remember, the countdown to Christmas is closer than you may think.
Thanks for joining me this afternoon. I hope if you celebrate our country's Birthday, you have a happy, safe and most enjoyable day. Big hugs. 

Happy Little Stampers July Christmas Challenge

Hi, and welcome to my first post as a proud DT Member at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge. Our assignment for the July Challenge was "Trees" without further blah-blah, here we go:

- green background was created with Brusho water crystals {or Dylusions! I have a bunch of these backgrounds, and never remember exactly what I used :-) }.Obsession Impression Fancy Tree die cut the base, and there is an overlay in the same set that cut the gold vellum paper. Added some clear crystals for some bling.

- Adhered to white mat die cut with an MFT cross stitch rectangle die.

- pearlized green card base was embossed with a Sue Wilson pierced die from the Noble Collection.

- Starform sticker for the sentiment, to keep this one rather CAS. What do you think?

Why not join in with the new HLS Christmas Challenge for this month? There will be lots of inspiration to get us all ready for the big day that is fast approaching. C'mon along, have some fun.

Thanks for joining me today. Come again when you can, and in the meantime, Big hugs from me to you.


Hedgie says Happy Birthday

Good morning, and it's a lovely sunshine day in my part of the world. Not so hot (but would be if you wuz outside working). DD has been here for a few days, and we're just back from the local airport, and I'm in my usual blue mood. Just do NOT  handle goodby well when it's someone I love. Bless her heart, I think she spent the 2 days teaching us how to use the new Smart phones that everyone has been telling us we MUST upgrade to. (and she was one of them). We waited until she was here, to help us pick out the best features for our use of it. On our old 'dumb' phones, I had texting turned off, due to an unhappy experience with some kids playing pranks, and we had to pay for the messages. Being ignorant I opened these, as I didn't really know WHO would be texting me, but I know the DD does lots of that. Anyway, after getting our provider to dismiss the charges, I asked them to turn it off, so neither of us made that mistake again (They had said they would only honor iggerance ONE time!) This new plan - and yes we had to sign a 2 yr contract  which will be expensive to break if we're unhappy with this - provides unlimited talk & text. We got 1G of data, as it would be nice to do email while traveling - although I'd use the laptop at night. But it has really re-inforced our knowledge of the fact that we are woefully lacking in the technology dept. I did manage to get our contacts added into both phones - which the girl at the Costco kiosk was supposed to have done. She only got a few of them. Now just trying to learn some of the things and one thing I must get someone to show me, is how to do the coupons from the various stores. (I don't want to get more stuff we have to pay for unless I am aware up front that I'm doing it! DD said she doesn't do that, and couldn't help with it). Anybody else out there, feeling so dumb with this kind of thing????

Today's card has been received, so here goes:

- PBlack wood mount Hedgie, some years old, but I love it! Tiny dragonfly was in a sweet gift pack from the person who received this card, so thought appropriate to use on this card. Of course, image was Copic colored, some WoS. One booboo...when picking the WoS, thought I had clear. It was white, which I didn't realize at first. After all the WoS touches were added, I noticed the brilliant colors of the orange tones looking somewhat foggy. Hmm...what is wrong? Then I looked at the WoS marker, and dang - it was white! I was able to go back over with another coat or 2 of the same copics, and don't think the nib was bothered. But if you have white WoS, just watch when you are selecting...cuz it DOES make a difference.

-Sue Wilson Noble Collection Ornate Pierced Design die and then same die for the faux mat.

- Brusho background - previously done...with orange, yellows and some gold spray. But doesn't it look nice with the orange tones of the flowers in the bouquet?

- SU punch and sentiment. Ta Da.

One comment I keep intending to share, and forget, is this: got the Sizzix Precision Plate with the  Big Shot Plus (yes I got a good buy on it and free shipping - and while I'm still using the old beat up B/Shot, the Plus is handy for the bigger dies). I've been using the precision plate with some of the more intricate dies (f'r instance, the Cheery Lynn doilies that I have so much trouble with sometimes.) It works very well I'm pleased to say. Recently I used w/c paper with a die and even though I did several passes, changed the position on the plates one time - the die cut beautifully. So if anyone is waffling on the precision plate...I can testify that it is helping my frustration a great deal!!! Just sayin'.

Ya'll have a grand day and come back when you can sit a spell in the porch swing. Today would be a lovely day to enjoy the swing, as the humidity is low, and there's a breeze too. We had a spot of rain earlier, and predicted to get some more later today. Big Hugs.


DeeDee's Digis - Christmas Cardinal

Hello and welcome. Hope things are going just fine at your house, and everyone is feeling tip-top. It's been a bit cooler here today, after a nice little rain late yesterday afternoon. Think the temp is low 90-s instead of the high 90-s, but what seems to be making the difference, is the lower humidity. It's been a quiet Sunday here. Getting a few small house chores done.

Today's card is a cute DeeDee's Digi (Christmas Cardinal). I'm sure it will be no surprise to reiterate that I love cardinals, and this one was extremely easy to use...just as it printed out. The only thing added to the image was black spica pen around his black bib & under his feathers, to darken the print just a smidgeon. A little white gel pen on the branches...easy does it.

- green brusho background, using Lime, Emerald and Leaf greens. Sprayed the mixed media c/s with a gold spray lightly before dropping the brusho crystals over the surface. The spray wasn't quite wet enough for the crystals to spread nicely, so just spritzed a bit of plain water & watched the magic happen.

After drying the piece, die cut the oval aperture with an MFT xStitch die (stitching is on the cut out oval, which will get used later). There is a set of dies that have double stitching - can't remember what company. That would have been nice on this one as edge trimming. I'm trying to put a little moratorium on my die purchases. We'll see how long I last. :-}

- Inked up a Sheena Douglas branches EF with Memento Northern Pine ink (and boy did that get inky all over my fingers too). Then embossed. Liked the slightly mottled look of the inky background, but the brusho colors still show quite well.

- Impression Obsession twig branch cut from white snippet, colored with several of the Copic G dark greens. MBox pine cone branch cut from another snippet, colored with greens. Snipped the greenery apart, and placed strategically. Pine cones were colored with various Copic E browns, and dotted with some white gel pen, then tucked in among the pine branches.

- Sentiment is part of the digi set, and when it was printed, added a red line box around it, & cut out with scissors.

The Diver Dan June Challenge over at DeeDee's Digis still has a few days left this month. This is a cute set (I have it, but haven't used it yet.). So you still have time to get this summertime fun set and play along. It's priced at $1.25, a bargain for sure. Do check it out if you have time.

While I've been missing MoJo, I've been doing a bit more organizing of dies, stamps, etc. Have found more duplicates - so if some new followers' faces show up, I will be doing some candy. It's been a while since I saw some new faces - but also I've been lax in posting every day too. So hopefully that's gonna change!

In the meantime, take care, come again when you can, and big hugs.


Christmas Birdhouse for Rudolph Day June 2015

Good evening, and thanks for coming by. We are currently having a little rain & thunder storm, and so hoping it will cool off our temperatures of the past 2 weeks. Our area is under a thunderstorm alert just now, but so far, we've only had some rumbles & rain.

June 2015's Rudolph Day opened yesterday, and here is the card I'm going to submit. The image has been colored for a few days, just had to decide on papers. Here we go:

- Wild Rose clear image stamped with Tudexo Black, so that it could be colored with Copics - also used Copic X-Press paper.  Once colored, it was die cut with the S/B Gold Label 4.  Although the photo doesn't show well, there is a light blue background with silver snowflakes falling. This one was very easy to color.

- DP from 6x6 packs - VOS. Used an Avery Elle double stitch die to cut the curved border. Added some double side tape over the join, with the idea of adding some Ritz Red micro glitter. After seeing the results, I wish I had just left the stitchy edges showing. The tape did not curve well, and even though it was burnished, the glitter sheen just didn't gleam as nicely as it should have. Also the tape is rather old, so don't know if that contributed to the lack of sheen.

- Elizabeth Craft die sentiment, cut from 2 white snippets. Colored both layers, glued, then applied clear WoS over the surface. Other than the tape & glitter disappointment, an easy card.

Be sure to check out all the inspiration cards that are already linked over at June's Rudolph Day Challenge, which is open until the end of the month. There's a nice stamp set as the prize this month.

Have a super weekend, and come again when you can. Big hugs.


Christmas Card Club - Pink and White

Good Afternoon and Happy Father's Day. Apologies to my Christmas Card Teamies for being tardy on getting this post done. So let's get started! Today's CCC challenge was selected by our Miss Karen P.  who wanted to see Pink and White, with possible accents of black, silver or gold. I don't use a lot of pink (although I do like pink). Since some of the new brusho colors finally arrived in the mail, and among these was the Rose Red...that's where I started.

First sprayed the card stock with a frost spray that I thought would be sort of was sort of a frosted blue. Well, ok, I can work with that  :-); so while it's still wet, sprinkled Rose Red & white brusho crystals over and let the magic happen.
- MBox Pine Trio Background die cut out the pink. A Darice Snowflake EF was treated with Versamark, and then embossed the pink piece. Sprinkled Ranger Silver Pearl EP over and this created  a lovely silvery sheen - which still allowed the brusho background to show through.
- Cut the Pine Trio again with plain white c/s, and inlaid that into the opening, once the pink piece had been adhered to the top fold white card base. Cut the Pine Trio once again, after applying some glitter white c/s to a piece of Easy Cut Adhesive sticky paper (product is made by iCraft). Removed the backing paper, and it was very easy to inlay over the first white inlay, and this created a bit of dimension.
- MBox Vintage Merry Christmas die cut the sentiment from the same white glitter adhesive paper. Since these letters are quite delicate, I see that the M in Merry got just a bit wonky, which I didn't catch until I saw the photo. Oh well, that's my Amish mistake - LOL.
- Added some Starfoam sticker lines for a bit more bling, and lastly - some rhinestone centers to the snowflakes.
The original thought when approaching this pink & white challenge was to use the pink brusho background and work with a vellum poinsettia. You know what the old saying is about Good Intentions, right?
Do please check the cards my team members' shared on this challenge - their links are over on the right side bar. Thanks for joining me on another very hot Sunday afternoon, that has been rather lazy at our house. In a bit we'll be going out for a Father's Day dinner with the family. Hope the day has been a pleasant one for you as well. Big hugs & come again when time allows.


Thank You

Good evening again, after another very hot day. Thank Heavens for air conditioning. We're still hibernating in the coolth, unless we have errands. I've been trying to finish up some cards that were UFO's and here's another one. This beautiful card by Kate sent me on the hunt for this lovely Altenew Vintage Roses stamp.  The Misti came in quite handy for doing these layered roses, but I still need a bit of practice!

- Altenew layered roses were inked with Memento shades of pink, and the leaves with Memento greens.

- Sue Wilson die used for the sentiment.

- Sizzix corner rose embossing... and that's it.

I didn't get the leaves placed as well as I would have desired, but I still liked the card. This is a nifty stamp set, so thanks Kate for the inspiration of your gorgeous card.

Thanks for popping by to visit and come again when you can. In the meantime - stay cool if you're in the heat, warm if it's cold where you live, and Big hugs from me.