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Sunday, May 28, 2017

CAGI #168 Nautical

Good Morning Dreamers

Today starts a New Challenge and theme over at the 
Our theme this go around is Nautical.  I have chosen an adorable image from Paper Nest Dolls titled Mermaid Amara with Octopus


I look forward to seeing your entries into this fun theme.
Have a great day Dreamerz
MaryAnn

Friday, May 26, 2017

Victorine Originals Challenge # 3 ~ Father's Day

Good Morning Dreamerz,

Today is the start of Challenge #3 The theme for this challenge is: "Father's Day"on the Victorine Originals Blog Be sure to join us for a chance to win! Here's my inspiration for you using CORVETTE (2526-C)


So, now on to the details on how to play along with the challenge...
Head on over to the Victorine Originals blog and check out their challenge post. You have two weeks to enter your project/s that follow this theme. They do not have to use Victorine Originals stamps on them. We can't wait to see what you create!  
Show your "Fathers Day" projects for a chance to win. I look forward to visiting your blogs.

Thank you for visiting today and have a great day!
~
Design Team Member MaryAnn



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Cutting Cafe Pop Up Card

Good Morning Dreamerz,

Today I am sharing with you my Design Team project for The Cutting Cafe
We were given the theme of POP UP Cards.

 Front of Card

 Inside of card (top view)

 Side view

Inside of card front view

Card Recipe:
Front panel of card was die cut using My Favorite Things Happy Birthday Centerpieces from Kraft cardstock then a sheet of silver glitter paper adhered underneath, orange marker applied to candle tips.
I used a black piece of paper for the inside as I really wanted the present to POP when the card was opened, I will use a white jelly roll or metallic jelly roll pen to inscribe it when the time comes. All paper is from my stash 

Thanks for looking Dreamerz, I hope you also take the time to pop over to
The Cutting Cafe Blog to see what other fun projects my fellow design team has created.

Have a Great Day
~
MaryAnn








Thursday, May 18, 2017

Flamingo's are AWESOME!!!!

Good Morning Dreamers,
Today is my day to post over on the KaDoodle Bug Designs Blog

 So I am sharing with you a couple summer cards.  I used the file Endless Summer. I created 15 cards in total just switching out the background patterned paper







Thanks for stopping by the Blog today and have a great day!
~
MaryAnn

Sunday, May 14, 2017

CAGI #166 Mother's Day

Good Morning Dreamerz

Today is the start of the Come And Get It Challenge Blog challenge #166, the theme is Mother's Day.  Here is my project using a very pretty digi stamp from Pickled Potpourri Designs called Floral Heart 


Card Recipe:
I printed my design onto kraft card stock and colored it using Prismacolor Pencils. Then I die cut the border using Jaded Blossom Border Dies.  Lastly I affixed a few gems from my stash to complete the card.

I do hope you will join us over on the Come And Get It challenge blog and link up your creations.

Have a great day Dreamerz.
~
MaryAnn









Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sassy Kitty

Good Morning Dreamerz,

Today I am sharing some super cute cards that were actually very fast and easy to make.  So easy in fact that I created a total of 6 in 3 different color schemes.  I cannot wait to mail these off to my "Sassy" friends.




Card(s) Recipe
Sassy Cat stamp and sentiment from Technique Tuesday Sassy Cat
A Gina Marie Cross Stitch die was used on the white cardstock
Sentiment die cut from MFT Blueprints #27
Cat stamped using the negative die cut window from an earlier blog post Flowers, Flowers, everywhere Flowers!! 
Colored card stock is American Crafts from my stash
Washi tape and Enamel Dots are also from my stash
Original card layout CASed from Theresa McKinney 
Thank's for stopping by and taking a look Dreamerz.

Have a great day and remember to "Stay Sassy"
~
MaryAnn



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Coffee + Unicorns = Magical Energy!!

Good Morning Dreamerz,

Today is my day up on the KaDoodle Bug Designs Team Blog and I am sharing 2 cards with you.  Both were done using the same image and layout except I used my laminator to apply silver foil to one of them.

 Foiled Front

 Foiled Front (Side View)

Non Foiled Card front

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and have a great day!
~
DT MaryAnn


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Happy Birthday CAS-ual Fridays Stamps! project # 3 shaped tag

Good Morning Dreamerz...

CAS-ual Fridays is turning 6 years old this month. 
A big congratulations to Michele!

Today I want to share a project I made in honor of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and am entering it into their revamped CAS-ual Fridays challenge blog

front of tag

Inside of tag

Card Recipe:

I used Full On Floral on a piece of bristol vellum paper stamped Versamark and heat embossed using Ranger Super Fine White embossing powder. I used Ranger Distress Inks to blend to some soft pinks and purples. Once I was happy with the color I created a #6 shaped card in Cricut Design Space and cut it using my Cricut Explore Air 2. 1 hole punch and some pretty silver cording and my tag is ready for a gift or gift bag.

If you would like to participate in the Birthday Challenge please click the following link to be directed to the Challenge Blog
CFC173 - Celebrating CAS-ual Fridays Birthday!

Again a huge congratulations to Michele! 

Have a great day Dreamerz, and thank you for stopping by.
~
MaryAnn








Monday, May 8, 2017

Happy Birthday CAS-ual Fridays Stamps! card #2

Good Morning Dreamerz...

CAS-ual Fridays is turning 6 years old this month. 
A big congratulations to Michele!

Today I want to share a project I made in honor of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and am entering it into their revamped CAS-ual Fridays challenge blog



Card Recipe:
6 stamped flowers from the stamp set Flower Power that I stamped in purple ink and added little pearl dots with a perler pen.
I used Full On Floral on a piece of bristol vellum paper stamped Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Soft Granite.
Sentiment is from Jaded Blossom So Many Birthdays 3 set I then used Jaded Blossom Border Dies to give the Ric Rac edge for this layer
Black paper is American Crafts
Silver paper is Michael's brand open stock
All other card layers were die cut using Kat Scrappiness Stitched Rectangle Dies

If you would like to participate in the Birthday Challenge please click the following link to be directed to the Challenge Blog
CFC173 - Celebrating CAS-ual Fridays Birthday!

Again a huge congratulations to Michele! 

Have a great day Dreamerz, and thank you for stopping by.
MaryAnn







Sunday, May 7, 2017

Masculine Birthday card

Good Morning Dreamerz,

Today is my Design Team project for the Cutting Cafe and our Theme this time was "Pinwheels" How fun right?! The Cutting Cafe has many Pinwheel cards to choose from and even a treat cup pinwheel set where you can add candy, money, or make into a fun shaker card, I will post links to these sets at the end of my post. 
Today I am bringing you a card that can be used for either a male or female but I am saving it for a male as finding a good masculine card is a hard task. 


Card Recipe:
For the Pinwheel Embellishment I took a very thin piece of cardstock 60lb and used distress inks all over the front and back trying to use the same color family as the hero arts ink pad colors as my guide, once I was happy I heat set the ink and then applied thin strips of silver washi tape to the front and back of the card stock. I uploaded the SVG From The Cutting Cafe to Cricut Design Space and cut 3 pinwheels, I will be using the other 2 on future cards. You can grab some super cute Pinwheel card patterns right here:The Cutting Cafe

For the base layer I stamped a piece of Neenah Solar Crest all over using a new stamps set from Jaded Blossom called Origami Fun using Hero Arts Ombre Ink pads in Mermaid and Lime to Forever Green turning the stamp as I went so the ink was hopefully never the same color on the cardstock. The Sentiment is also from Jaded Blossom and is from the set So Many Birthdays 3 lastly for the card base I die cut it using the Nested Rope Dies from Kat Scrappiness and added Nuvo Glitter Drops in Silver Moon Dust to the centers of the pinwheels.


I do hope you will pop over to The Cutting Cafe Blog and see what the rest of the Design Team has created with Pinwheels.

Until Next time Dreamerz,
Have a Great Day,
MaryAnn





Saturday, May 6, 2017

Happy Birthday CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!

Good Morning Dreamerz...

CAS-ual Fridays is turning 6 years old this month. 
A big congratulations to Michele!

Today I want to share a project I made in honor of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and am entering it into their revamped CAS-ual Fridays challenge blog

Card Recipe:
Candles are actually the "I" from the stamp set Flower Power that I stamped in various colored ink's and added little flame tips using pen and copic markers, I then added a little sparkle using my Spectrum Noir Sparkle in Clear
Sentiment is from Jaded Blossom So Many Birthdays 3 set
Black paper is American Crafts

If you would like to participate in the Birthday Challenge please click the following link to be directed to the Challenge Blog
CFC173 - Celebrating CAS-ual Fridays Birthday!

Again a huge congratulations to Michele! 

Have a great day Dreamerz, and thank you for stopping by.
MaryAnn







Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Prancing Unicorn

Good Morning Dreamerz!

Today I have a Unicorn card to share with you (big shocker I know right? LOL) 
A few weeks ago one of my fellow DT sisters Lisa started a new challenge blog, so in support of this undertaking I showed her some blog love and did not even know there was a drawing for a prize pack.  Random.org picked my comment and I got the cutest papers, embellishments, and most stunning card in the mail. I decided to use those papers and some of the embellishments to create a card for this new challenge blog.  I do hope you will join in on the challenge with me. Don't forget to give their page a like and while you are at it like their DT pages also.  I am providing links after the picture for you to make it easy..


Card Recipe:
All papers with the exception of the doily is CTMH from the Little Dreamer line. So darn cute!!!
Base layer and smaller rectangle die cut using
Rainbow Flag Banners die cut using Die-Namics Stitched Sentiment Strips

PLEASE VISIT THESE BLOGS



I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Well that is my card today, I do hope you enjoyed it.  Have a great day Dreamerz!








Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Flowers, Flowers, everywhere Flowers!!!

Good Morning Dreamerz,

Today I am sharing with you some more cards, yes I said cards! Using some more of the flowers from my post a few days ago

I hope you enjoy today's cards.


This is the sentiment on the inside


As you can see I still have quite a few flowers left to use.

Have a great day Dreamers...

Sunday, April 30, 2017

It's a guy card!!!

Good Morning Dreamerz!

I am super excited to share today's card with you.  If you are a crafter/card maker do you struggle with making "Guy Cards"? I know I do, and I usually end up stamping a few gears and sprockets on some black card stock and calling it a day.  Well I got a new stamp and this is a game changer in the craft room.  The stamp is from Concord and 9th and is called Triangle Turnabout. I knew when I saw this stamp from all my favorite designers using it during sneak peek week I just had to have it. So after watching one of my favorite designers  Jennifer McGuire's video tutorial on how she uses this stamp I thought I can do this! and I did!! The result was perfect the first time, no lie this is going to quickly become my go to stamp for all kinds of projects but especially masculine cards.


Card Recipe:
Neenah Solar Crest cardstock
Vellum and Green card stock from my stash
Happy Birthday sentiment stamped with Unicorn White pigment ink from Hero Arts and heat embossed with clear embossing powder
Finally I attached the vellum layer to the green under layer in the corners with micro glue dots and added the green enamel dots from my stash to cover up the glue dots in the corners

Well that is it, pretty simple, super fast and easy to make and already off to it's new home for my uncle Gary's birthday in a few days.

I hope you all have a great day Dreamerz

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Because Smore ~ KDB

Good Morning Dreamerz and KaDoodle Bug Design Fans!!! It's my turn up on the KaDoodle Bug Designs blog today.  I want to share with you a super cute card using the
Digi Stamp S'More Bear.



Thanks for stopping by my blog today and have a great day!
~
DT MaryAnn

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sunshine and Smiles for The Squirrel

Good Morning Dreamerz!!

It is a bright and sunny day here in Southern California.  All the flowers are in bloom and the weather is so nice, just perfect for spending time outside and with friends.
Today I want to share a card I made for "The Squirrel" aka Heather, my crafty BFF, sister from another Mr.. We usually try to see each other at least once per week, but with conflicting schedule and cooties we have been unable to do so. I sent this card off to the Squirrel just as a I miss ya kind of thinking about you card.  I hope you enjoy it and the card recipe is below.


Card Recipe:
Simon Says Stamp Spring Flowers and More Spring Flowers stamps and dies
I stamped the flowers using versamark then then used Clear, White, and Grey embossing powders to heat emboss the images.  I then used various colors of Distress Inks to each sheet of flowers to see what I was going to like best, once I was happy with the results I flicked the images with plain water and waited for the magic we all know and love to happen.  the end result was very subtle and what I think is very shabby chic. I then die cut all the images (see picture below).  Since I do not own a 3 panel die I used what I had to create 3 panels in a 4in x 5.25in piece of Neenah card stock. I used a stem and leaf set from the spring blooms and stamped them to each panel and colored in with copic marker and added a lil white accent to the stitch on the leaf with a UniBall Signo pen in white that the Squirrel gifted me.  Lastly I attached each blossom to the panels with a foam dot and then adhered everything to a folded card of Neenah card stock.  I added the sentiment after because I thought the card was missing something, the sentiment is from Altenew Oriental Orchid stamp set.  Base layer was die cut using Stitched Rectangle dies from Kat Scrappiness

Here is a picture of all the blossoms I made, I will have plenty for so many cards in the future

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Well that is all for me today Dreamerz, I hope you enjoyed my card and have a great day.

Monday, April 24, 2017

What if I fall?

Good Morning Dreamerz,

Today I am sharing a card that I finished this weekend.
The Image is from Lizzy Love aka Oddball Art Co.  Why did it take a whole weekend to complete? and why do I feel so accomplished?
The card actually took longer than a weekend.  The feathers have layer upon layer of different colored watercolors in an effort to simulate the texture of feathers and give them depth, waiting for watercolors to dry is tedious! and I really dislike applying a heat tool to my paper.  The pictures really do not do this card justice! I have tried to capture the detail for you as best as I can, enjoy!!!


Close up detail of the feathers

Card Recipe:
Feather Digital Stamp from Lizzy Love aka Oddball Art Co. Uploaded to my design program and then center feather was flipped to face downward. Painted exclusively with Gansai Tambi Starry Watercolors and a #2 Silver Black Round brush. Die cut using a dies from KatScrappiness Stitched Rectangles. The base layer with sentiment was created in my design program. I flicked black Gansai Tambi watercolor on the feather layer and Red Gold from the Starry watercolor set on the base layer.

Thank you for stopping by to have a look.
Have a great day Dreamerz!!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Where the magic and chaos collide

Good Morning Dreamerz, 

EDITED TO ADD: my blog has been acting up and this was supposed to go live yesterday but instead went into DRAFT Mode.  

This is my DT post for the Cutting Cafe.  We were tasked with showing where we craft.  This is a picture showing my work area.  As you can see I am in the middle of cutting down cardstock to make the cards I like to show you here.  Also within reach is my Copic Markers, Zig watercolor, Prismas, Kuretake Watercolor, Faber Watercolors, adhesive, and so so much more.




I know most of you know I have a small addiction to coffee, do you see my vintage Starbucks Coffee Mug? There is almost always coffee on my crafting desk.  I have spilled many things like glitter, sequins, bottles of adhesive, dirty watercolor water, but I have somehow managed to never spill a drop of coffee, priorities right!!!

I do hope you pop over to The Cutting Cafe blog to see what my crafty sisters have posted up.

Have a Great Day Dreamerz!!!

Tickle you PINK

Good Morning Dreamerz

Today I want to share a really PINK card with you.  Like most of my crafty friends I have lots of product in my craft room that I have never used, who me? yes ME! So I have been on a mission to start using these stamps, dies, inks, supplies.  Today is one of those projects. full card recipe including a review and tips to follow picture.


Card Recipe
Card Base and foiled layer I used Neenah Solar Crest 80lb cut to 8.5 x 8.5, for the foiled layer I first used Distress Ink in Spun Sugar to give it a light blush of color. For the foiling I took the Pineapple stencil from Echo Park and taped it securely on top of the distress colored using painters tape. I then broke out my new jar of DecoFoil Transfer Gel and an old credit card I keep on hand for all sorts of uses in the craft room. I applied a generous layer of Transfer Gel then set about spreading it over the whole stencil going back and forth side to side to make sure I had all the nooks and crannies of the stencil filled in. Once I was happy I untaped the stencil and immediately took it to the kitchen to give it a good wash, the transfer gel cleaned up perfectly in warm water from the stencil and left no residue at all! I set the project aside to wait for it to dry which took a few hours because of the thickness. I fired up my laminator and picked a bright pink foil for the pineapples, ran it thru 2 times because not all areas picked up the foil the first time. Since I knew this was going to be a pretty thick card with layers I decided to instead of placing the solid pink layer on top I used a die and cut out from the foiled layer and then inserted my pink layer in securing it with double sided tape.  Now the pink layer looked plain so I broke out the pineapple stencil again and used the new Distress Oxide inks in Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio using a sponge dauber to color in the pineapples. Now all my card needed was something for the pineapple emblazoned pink layer!! So I dug thru my stamps and dies and came across this set from My Favorite Things called Tickled Pink and the dies are called Flamingos, I had not used this set yet but loved the sentiments. The Flamingo was die cut using paper from my stash in 2 different shades of patterned pink paper and plain black card stock. The Sentiment was stamped on vellum using Stampin Up Blackberry Bliss which I then sandwiched between a sheet of plain copy paper and ran thru my still warm laminator to speed up the drying of the ink.  This is so much easier than using a heat gun which will definitely warp your velum.

Review: DecoFoil Transfer Gel is easy to use, cleans up beautifully with plain water, but takes a while to dry completely and you need to have a laminator to use it. Distress Oxide inks are quickly becoming my new favorite, I only own 5 colors because I could not commit to buying the whole set, but I will be buying the set a few pads/colors at a time.
TIPS: Keep old Credit Cards, Gift Cards on hand, these are perfect for spreading things like ModPodge, Transfer Gel, paint, you can also use them to scrape off cricut cutting mats, craft surfaces that have dried on bits on the surface, and they work great for helping to flick/remove a super tiny die cut that is stuck to your cutting plate.

Well that is my project in a very long nutshell today.  I am hoping to have my GoPro set up soon for video which will be a whole lot easier and much more fun for you all.

Have a Great Day Dreamerz!!!!







Sunday, April 16, 2017

2 months of projects.

Good Morning Dreamers,
Today is Easter morning and as I sit in my craft room I am reflecting on how very blessed I am to be able to craft and create. Then it struck me how while I almost always (there is the famous Easter card incident of 2017) take pictures of all my creations I very rarely lately post anything except my Design Team projects to this blog.
So here you go Dreamers 2 months of most of my creations.. I do hope you enjoy them.





































Well there you have it, just a sprinkling of some of the projects that should have had more attention but did not. 

Have a Blessed day Dreamers..
 

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