Wednesday, April 16

DeNami Design April Inspiration!

DeNami Design hosts a link up where customers can share their creations using DeNami Design products. The design team then chooses a project to inspire them each month, then they create something based on it. I won't lie folks...I linked up a LOT of cards! Paulina contacted me to say that my card had been selected by the DT for the month of April and I've been grinning ever since!

I have numerous DeNami Design cards, but I was especially proud that DeNami Design chose this one, a personal favorite. The original card was created for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge's Love Letters challenge back in February. DeNami Design was the sponsor and was so generous to provide each member of the Curtain Call Crew with a selection of love themed stamps. Here is the original card...

I was invited to create my own Inspired By project and jumped at the chance. I used some of the same stamps, pattern papers, dies and accents. I was in the mood to incorporate a LOT of sequins in my design so a shaker card seemed like a great choice. Without further ado, here's the new card! It's very different, but definitely inspired by the original.

A piece of wood veneer sheeting was die cut and stained with green ink to match the subtle floral pattern of the paper backing the shaker window. This paper comes from the same 6x6 paper pad as the original card (In Bloom by MME). Aside from green, the pattern also has pinks, corals, yellows and creams. I dug through my sequin collection to find some colors to match and added clear and gold for even more sparkle and shine.

I pulled out two of the stamp sets used on my original card, Fancy Flutters and Teeny Heart Background. The butterflies as well as the Hope Blooms sentiment were inked with Cotton StazOn and stamped on the acetate sheet. A stamp positioner helped center the sentiment perfectly.

The stamped acetate sheet was trimmed to 1/4" larger than the window opening and adhered to the frame. A double layer of foam mounting tape was adhered along the edges of the window and the sequin mix was added. A quick tip...rub an anti-static bag on the pattern paper and acetate sheet so the shaker's contents won't clump.

A scrap of canvas was die cut with a smaller version of the original card's tag. The Teeny Heart Background stamp was inked in coral, stamped off once, then pressed into the fabric. A wrinkle ribbon bow, die cut tag and upcycled "m" label (perfect for a card for Mom!) are held in place with a mini clothespin over the doily accent. Here are the two cards together...definitely different but definitely linked. I have to say, I love how the intensity of the pinks and greens are reversed in each design.

Here are the DeNami Design stamps used in the new design...

As a sequin addict, I'd be remiss if I didn't share today's sequin mix with you! ALL of the sequins used today are available at the Pretty Pink Posh happy place...*sigh*...

And there you have it! If you have any DeNami Design creations to share be sure to link them up HERE. Your project could be selected for a future Inspired By feature! A huge thank you to the DeNami Design DT for selecting my card...what an honor...huge hugs to each of ya's! :)

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!
Barb xx

Stamps: (Fancy Flutters, Hope Blooms, Teeny Heart Background) DeNami Design
Dies: (small tag from Tag Me) Reverse Confetti (rectangle) Spellbinders
Pattern Paper: (In Bloom) My Mind's Eye
Inks: (Pale Tomato, Field Greens) Hero Arts (Cotton White StazOn) Tsukineko
Accents: (Sequins - Woodland Mix, 6mm Sparkling Clear, Marshmallow, Pink Peonies, Pink Blush) Pretty Pink Posh (Confetti - Gold Heart) Pretty Pink Posh
Embellishments: (mini clothespins) Micheals (doily, wrinkle ribbon) Etsy

Saturday, April 12


I needed a break from chores and thought I'd make a card. I've vowed to not shop until I use more of my NBUS (never before used stuff - Darnell's a genius) and this card uses two such stamp sets, both from Reverse Confetti; Freida Fox and Peacock Pretties. Since I was using these RC sets I popped over to the RC blog to check out the SFYTT challenge which is open until Apr 14th at noon CST.

The largest heart strip from Whole Lotta Hearts was inked in kraft and stamped across the card front three times. The scalloped frame from the Love Note die set was used to cut piece pattern paper, white vellum and wood veneer sheeting. Three vellum hearts were cut using the larger heart die from the Love Note set. These were adhered over random hearts in the stamped rows so they would frame the focal point.

The center panel was cut from the wood veneer die cut frame. The scalloped edge was colored with a R05 Copic marker for a pop of color to match the hints of color in the pattern paper background. The scalloped edges of the vellum panel were masked and Freida Fox was stamped inside the center panel. The three scalloped frame layers were adhered together (vellum directly to pattern paper along the scalloped edges...wood veneer to vellum with foam adhesive).

The solid 'beYOUtiful' sentiment from Peacock Pretties was inked in coral and kissed onto a wood grain stamp. Once stamped out, a 1" paper punch was the perfect fit. A strand of hemp twine was looped and stapled to the corner of the frame and covered with the beYOUtiful sentiment. A piece of canvas was die cut with the banner from the Tag Me set. It was stamped repeatedly with the 'picture perfect' sentiment from Tinsel 'n Trim.

It feels so good to craft with products from one of my favorite manufacturers. I used these stamp and die sets...

It's back to chores for me! I hope you have a fabulous day, week...everything! xx

Happy crafting,

Stamps: (Freida Fox, Whole Lotta Hearts, Peacock Pretties, Tinsel 'n Trim) Reverse Confetti
Dies: (Love Note, Tag Me) Reverse Confetti
Paper: (Classic Kraft, Linen Vellum) Papertrey Ink (floral pattern from In Bloom) MME
Inks: (Classic Kraft) Papertrey Ink (Pale Tomato) Hero Arts (VersaMark) Tsukineko (R05) Copic
Embossing Powder: (Seafoam White) Ranger 
Miscellaneous: (natural canvas) Ranger (hemp twine) Hemptique

Friday, April 11

Top Dog Dies Guest Designer

I'm so happy to have a crafty project to share with you today! It comes to you courtesy of the kind folks at Top Dog Dies. They invited me to join them as a Guest Designer. You can find a detailed post including photo tutorial HERE

Top Dog Dies is a new online store that offers their own brand of wafer-thin and steel-rule dies, along with dies from brands you already know and trust, including My Favorite Things, Lawn Fawn, Taylored Expressions. Savvy Stamps and Cheery Lynn Designs. Top Dog Dies is also the leading U.S. retailer for Tattered Lace, a new line of intricate dies designed by British designer Stephanie Weightman.

Top Dog Dies will also be hosting a guest designer GIVEAWAY for the whole month of April! Make sure to register via the Rafflecopter app at the link above to enter. The deadline for entries will be Wednesday, April 30 at midnight Central Standard Time. The winner will receive $50 worth of exclusive dies from Top Dog Dies (their choice!). 

I was sent the Photo Mats Die, Photo Props Die Set and Vintage Alphabet Die. My first project is a CAS card. I went stampless relying solely on the die cuts to create a cuddly couple. The little hearts are courtesy of a paper punch.

I used these adorable dies, the Photo Props Die Set...

My second project, a framed shadowbox (8x8) uses all three die sets and I LOVE how it turned out...

Here are the dies (including the lips from the Photo Props die set again) that I used...

While that's all I have to share with you today, please head over to Top Dog Dies for project details and that awesome giveaway! 

These dies are high quality, versatile and so fun to create with. Thank you Top Dog Dies, it's been a pleasure!

Happy Crafting!!

Snuggly Couple Card:
Dies: (Photo Props Set) Top Dog Dies
Card Stock: (Classic Kraft, True Black, Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Fizz, Sweet Blush) Papertrey Ink Other Paper: (cork, white glitter foam, pink glitter) Michaels
Misc: (Glossy Accents) Ranger

Polaroid Love Shadowbox:
Card Stock: (white woodgrain) Simon Says Stamp (Linen Vellum, Pure Poppy) Papertrey Ink
Pattern Paper: (stitched hearts) KI Memories
Accents: (rhinestones) Stampin' UP
Misc: (shadowbox frame) Michaels

Saturday, March 22

proof of life

I'm popping in real quick to report that I'm still alive! I'm not sure if anyone stops by the blog anymore. I wouldn't be surprised if no one did though, it's been pretty dull around here ;) I have a few crafty posts coming up in April and I'm looking forward to sharing those with you.

Work is busy, travel is exciting but my little Rosie isn't handling separation well. Cats may be more independent than some pets but they still crave affection and routine. I do spoil her while home, but she's obviously distressed anytime I leave and I can hear her little heart break when I have to pull out the suitcase.

I am able to visit your blogs from my work laptop but the proprietary security program blocks me from commenting or clicking on any embedded links :'( (the IT guy explained it as the same thing as pop-up blocking software) isn't. My apologies if my lack of reciprocation has made anyone feel unappreciated.

Sending hugs to you all. Thank you for everything.


Saturday, March 15

you bring sunshine on a cloudy day - farm fresh challenge

Hello there! It's time to pop in with another project for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge...this one reminds me of home.

We have a fabulous new sponsor, Taylored Expressions, for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Farm Fresh challenge!  The LEAD of this challenge will receive their choice of TWO PETITE SETS from Taylored Expressions!

Taylored Expressions was so kind to have sent each of The Crew a stamp set and matching die from their Petite collection. I chose to work with Big Delivery, a perfect match for our inspiration photo.

My choice of patterns, colors and textures were inspired by challenge graphic. I thought these bold dots were a perfect take on the colorful bunch of flowers, but wanted to brighten up the creamy base a bit so I randomly dripped Calico White Mister Huey. White CS clouds were die cut and adhered to this 8x8 background piece.

Nothing says country to me like texture...painted metal, worn woods, soft fabrics and of course vivid colors and beautiful gardens of flowers and veggies. A 4x4 burlap "canvas" was dyed with Tumbled Glass distress stain to create a sky of sorts. It was a stroke of luck that this matched one of the dots in the background paper! A scrap of cork sheeting was trimmed to a curved edge and adhered as a road on the burlap with Glossy Accents.

The truck was stamped then colored with Copics to match the graphic. It was then die cut with the matching die...I love the perfect white border! The sun image, also from Big Delivery, was stamped, fussy cut and given a wink of glitter courtesy of Stella ;) It was loaded into the back of the truck...

The sentiment banner was die cut and stamped with the sentiment. To further accent the word 'sunshine', the sunshine image was stamped over top. The burlap panel was then adhered with thick adhesive dots to make it stand out from the background even more.

That's all I've got for you, but I hope you'll join the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge with your take on our Farm Fresh challenge!

Be well,

Stamps: (Big Delivery) Taylored Expressions
Dies: (Big Delivery) Taylored Expressions (clouds) Papertrey Ink (banner) Reverse Confetti
Card stock: (Solar White) Neenah
Pattern Paper: (dotted text from Boarding Pass 8x8) October Afternoon
Inks: (Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko (Summer Sunrise) Papertrey Ink (various colors) Copic
Accents: (Clear Wink of Stella) Zig
Misc: (cork) Darice (burlap canvas, shadow box frame) Michaels