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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring brings flowers!

April 1 brings a new monthly challenge of ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW at Craft-Dee BowZ.  I've chosen to do something different than my usual 'coloring' and have taken out my old faithful rubber stamps from the early 1990's by Art Impressions and my Tombo watercolor markers. I've stored these markers for 15 years in a plastic container with their sketch tips down and every single one I picked up still worked!


I colored each rubber stamp with a watercolor marker and then stamped it. Sometimes I'd stamp more than once to get 'generations' of stamping. After I finished stamping, I took a small watercolor brush and would 'paint' some areas with water so the colors would bleed. Although I didn't learn my technique on-line, since those were the days we all took classes at our local stamp shops, you can see the technique here.  I saw kits by Art Impressions at the latest convention in Mesa, Arizona where they sell an unmounted rubber stamp and also 2-3 small greenery or flowery stamps together to make a project. In the 90's, each stamp was bought separately so I've collected a varied assortment of stamps to use.


That's a button in the middle of my bow, but I've 'adjusted' it a bit. I didn't have the perfect color that I wanted so I took my Versamark pad and inked the top of the button and sprinkled some purple pearl embossing powder on it and then kept adding more and more embossing powder until it was nice and soft and then I took a watering can charm, cut off the top loop, and pressed it into the hot embossing powder so it became embedded in it. Then I heated it up one more time to be sure that nothing short of an atom bomb could dislodge it. I made this birthday card for my friend, Roxie, who loves different techniques and it has to travel from Arizona to Michigan and I refuse to have someone open up a card and it's falling apart.


And this is my bow. It's a double loop and you can see how pretty it turned out. I'm super happy with my new bow tool by Craft-Dee BowZ.  I was a 'hand' bow maker for years and then when I wanted bows with more than one loop I experimented and tried nails in a piece of wood (BTW even clean nails leave a mark on the ribbon). And then when I got my Craft-Dee BowZ tool and now double and triple loop bows are so easy to make!

I attempted to use my solid papers to make a frame around this watercolor, as if it were matted. I didn't want to over-embellish this, but I had these perfect pearls which I used to continue the "framing" of this picture.

The challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ this month is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW.  I hope the cards you've seen today at Craft-Dee BowZ by the Design Team have inspired you to add a bow to your project and enter it in our challenge.

                                                                                 Hugs,
                                                                         Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafting with an Attitude, Fussy and Fancy, QKR Stampede, Throwback Thursday, Sister Act, Creative Corner, Crafty Calendar, 613 Avenue Create, Come and Get It, Sentimental Sundays, Stamp and Create, The Pink Elephant, Amusing Challenge, Whoopsi Daisy, Crafting from the Heart, Eureka Stamps, Craft Your Passion, Aud Sentiments, Little Miss Muffet, Di's Digi Designs, Simply Create Too, Little Claire's Designs, One Stitch at a Time, Corrosive Challenge, Melonheadz Friends, Not Just Cards, Scrappers Delights, TimbroScrapMania, Art by Miran, Monday Morning Challenge, Natalie and Amy's, Crazy Challenge

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Springtime Blooms

The challenge this week at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog is BLOOMS.  There are so many images with flowers available at The Paper Shelter that I had a tough time picking just one. The sweet little girl images are my favorites and I love color, so this image is the one I chose and she's named The Florist.


I used my favorite punch along the bottom from Martha Stewart...again. With all the punches and diecuts borders I have, this punch continually calls to me. The sentiment is a stamp by Lili of the Valley and I used a Stampin' Up punch on it. The butterfly diecut is by Memory Box. We embellishers have been introduced to self-adhesive rhinestones, pearls and now these enamel dots. I don't know how you all feel about them, but the colors they come in are outstanding! And for those who mail their cards, they mail easier than rhinestones and pearls! My enamel dots are by Doodlebug and they have the BEST colors available! My papers are from Doodlebug, too. I have a helpful hint: when you can't find a flower to match your card, take a colored one close to what you have and use your markers to color it with the same colors as you used on your image. That's what I did, and I added a little leaf from a Martha Stewart punch in the center of the bow. And thank you to Craft-Dee BowZ for their wonderful bow tool since that's all I use to make my bows now! I used my glue pen and covered the overlay of the butterfly and then sprinkled my loose glitter on it. I love my glue pen by Sakura...it doesn't make the paper too wet so it doesn't warp or wrinkle. I also added a touch of glitter to my little florist's flowers.


I love color. I used nice bright colors for the feeling of spring (or summer!). I'm still practicing coloring on things like hair and this is the first time I've attempted black hair. I'm not completely happy with it, but you can't get better if you don't keep trying!

The prize this week at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog is phenomenal if you use an image from The Paper Shelter with a $30 gift voucher.  If you don't use an image from The Paper Shelter and you win, you get 3 images of your choice.

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The team have made truly gorgeous projects for the challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog with the topic of BLOOMS. Take a look and I hope you'll be inspired to join us this week!


                                                                                   Hugs,            

Monday, March 23, 2015

Happy Bird-Day to You!

It's time for me to share my March card with you at Craft-Dee BowZ where the challenge for the Design Team has been pets, bugs or animals and we've used the colors green, brown and yellow. You don't have to use animals or any special colors in our challenge since our challenge for you is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW. I used a pre-colored image from The Paper Shelter for my toucan that is over 2 years old now and I enhanced him a bit with my Copic markers. I cut out three Sizzix Hawaiian leaves, colored them with my markers, used assorted flower punches in oranges and yellows and added teal green glass flat back uncut jewels in the center of each (on the tiny flowers I used teal green paint and made my own centers). Now, I don't live in Hawaii or somewhere tropical, but I do live where it's hot already with our temps rising to 90 degrees this week!

The yellow background paper was made with a fern stamp that I bought in the 1980's from Hero Arts when they sold all individual stamps. I unmounted it from the wood when the foam decayed but will never forget buying this stamp since it was one of my first. I stamped it all over the yellow paper with my Versamark pad and then used yellow pearl embossing powder. My helpful idea is: when you don't have paper to match your image because you didn't pick the paper first, make your own background paper with stamps that you have! The die around my image is by Spellbinders.


My bow is made of yellow satin ribbon and is a double loop with an extra tail tied within the knot. It adds so much to my card and the yellow polka dot button and white embroidery thread finished it off. I used my Craft-Dee BowZ tool for this bow and adding the extra tail within the knot was easy peasy since I didn't have to hold the bow in my hand and try to do it. My little bow maker is so easy to use and saves me so much time!


I'm glad you stopped by to see my card and I hope it inspires you to join the challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ where ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW. I hope you've enjoyed seeing the Design Team's creations this month and you've got a few more days to get your card posted here before the drawing!

                                                                                      Hugs,
                                                          Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafters Cafe, Crafting by Designs, Inspiration Destination, Doodle Pantry, Little Miss Muffet, Catch the Bug (Bingo:  Button, No Designer Paper, Die Cut), Sister Act, Brown Sugar, Retro Rubber, Robyn's Fetish, Come and Get It, Not Just Cards, Corrosive Challenges, Top Tip Tuesday (TIP), Country View, Eclectic Ellapu, Love to Scrap, Hiding in my Craft Room, Memas Crafts, Dragonfly Dreams, Emerald Faeries, Crafts Galore Encore, Crafting with an Attitude, Scrap & Craft Inspiration, Crafty Ribbons , Crafts for the Craic (Bingo:  Flowers, Sentiment, Image), Reasonable Ribbon, Sentimental Sundays, Whoopsi Daisy, Party Time Tuesdays, Whimsy Inspires, One Stitch at a Time, Melonheadz Friends, Sparkle n Sprinkle

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Girly Girl Shopping

It's time for a new challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog. The topic is one of my favorites of all times.  Please make a GIRLY card. I used this image named Spring Trends by The Paper Shelter. I love this image and it reminds me of my sister who loves to shop and is always dressed stylishly. I think I'm going to save this card for her next birthday!


I loved making this card...it contains everything I love: lace, pearls, flowers, and although it doesn't have a 'ribbon', I did use some pretty off-white embroidery thread and made my own little bow around the stem of the flowers. I used an embossing die by Marianne, used chalk on the embossed area and then applied Ranger Glossy Accents to it. The sentiment is by Stampin' Up, as is the punch I used to cut it out. My lacy butterfly, flowers and dew drops are from the Ribbon Girl. I have two different types of lace, layered, on the side of my card and both are from my stash.


I added washi tape in the bottom corner of my image and the dots around the image are made with my Viva Decor Pen and then I used a pink Copic to give them a touch of color. I put a touch of Warm Glitter Ritz on the lacy ruffle of her shirt.

As usual, we are sponsored by the fabulous company The Paper Shelter who is offering this wonderful prize:

http://www.thepapershelter.com/

The team at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog have enjoyed this challenge as much as I have, and if you'll take a look at their projects made for your inspiration, I'm sure you'll agree.  We hope you'll join us and use an image from The Paper Shelter since the prize is a $30 voucher if you do so and win! Using another image will win you 3 images of your choice.

Thanks for looking at my GIRLY card and hope you join us at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog this week!

                                                                           Hugs,
                                                Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday, Crafty Catz (These Boots Were Made For Walkin' by Nancy Sinatra), Sister Act, Allsorts, Catch the Bug, Di's Digi Designs, Brown Sugar, Lacy Sunshine, Robyn's Fetish, Sentimental Sundays, Not Just Cards, Crafting from the Heart, Eureka Stamps, Top Tip Tuesday, Inky Chicks, Crafting for all Seasons, Craft Your Passion, Crazy Challenge, Hiding in my Craftroom, In the Pink, Simon Says Monday Challenge (B is for Bags, Blue Bird, Butterfly, Bow), Art by Miran, Fairytale Stamper, Quirky Crafts, One Stitch at a Time, Monday Morning Challenge, Tuesday Taggers, Scrappers Delights, Country View, Dragonfly Dreams, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Cardmania, Paper Nest Dolls, Crafts Galore Encore, Die Cut Divas, Craft for the Craic (Bingo:  Flowers/Sentiment/Image), Stamp and Create, Whoopsi Daisy, Crafts and Me, Bunny Zoe's Crafts, Crafty Sentiments, Digi Choosday

A Blue Christmas

Do you think the color blue is fabulous for representing cold? I do, so when Christmas at Sweet Stampin' announced that the next challenge was BLUE CHRISTMAS, I knew that my card would have snowflakes on it.


I made my background paper with an embossing folder. I inked inside it with a brayer and then put my white paper in and then used my Cuttlebug to emboss. After that, I took my brayer and went over the raised side of the paper again with the same ink. I had 2 sided paper to chose from and I used this side. The banner on the right is made with 4 washi tapes on white paper and then cut and mounted on blue paper. My sentiment tags are by Whimsy. I LOVE shaped buttons so this little green Christmas tree button was perfect to 'hold' the tags. Oh, and those silver sparkly flat backed pearls are by Queen & Co. and were given to me by Lillian. Thanks Lillian! My bow is a double looped and I put 2 iridescent snowflakes, with a white brad in the center to hold it all together.


This adorable image is by Limited Runs and she's colored with Copics. I used my Viva Pearl paint pen on all the fur of her outfit and then sprinkled Cool Glitter Ritz over the wet paint. I love the look because of how it's slightly 3-D and the pearl ink shows a bit through the glitter. The glittery snow is Star Dust Stickles. I added touches of Glossy Accents to the ornaments on the tree, the star and the snowflakes.

This month the Christmas at Sweet Stampin' blog is sponsored by Flat Friends who is offering two free digital images to the winner.

I hope you'll visit the blog at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' to see the other awesome cards made by the Design Team. Our challenge is the second Wednesday of each month, so you have plenty of time to make a card or project for our challenge of BLUE CHRISTMAS.

                                                                                      Hugs,               
                                                          Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Sister Act, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas ChallengeCrafting from the Heart, Eureka Stamps, Incy Wincy Designs, Hiding in my Craft Room, Love to Scrap, Craft Your Passion, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (B is for Blue, Button, Bow, Brad), Art by Miran, Crafting by Design, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Country View, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Dragonfly Dreams, Craft for the Craig (Bingo: Flowers/Sentiment/Image), Copic Marker Spain, Whoopsie Daisy, Party Time Tuesdays

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Snow much fun!

It's that time again...time for some inspiration from Craft-Dee BowZ for the month of March. I know that a lot of you live in snowy areas and want to put this season behind you, but I couldn't resist making another winter card. I love the season since I live in the desert of Arizona and we cherish these couple of months of temps in the 70's knowing it's going to increase by another 50 degrees for the summer. When asked what my favorite season is...it's winter! I hope my card inspires you to come on over to Craft-Dee BowZ and join us for our monthly challenge. And no, you don't have to make a winter card. Our challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW. 

 
I used this adorable Elisabeth Bell image and fussy cut around her. I've used Bridal white glitter by Sprinkle n Sparkle on the fur of her coat and a dab of Stickles Star Dust on her bow and berries on her hat. While adding the glitter, a tiny drop of glue dripped and when I tried to wipe it off, I gave my poor little girl a scar on her cheek. It's always so upsetting when this happens and it's the last step of the card you've made. Sigh. She's sledding down a hill made with an edge die by Spellbinders.
 
The shaker circle by Impression Obsession is filled with Stampendous purple Fragments and assorted beads and I stamped inside with two little Stamps by Judith--one is a star and the other is 3 dots. I used a Spellbinders scallop edge die to back the shaker circle and embellished it with purple pearls.  
 
My paper is by Doodlebug Frosty Friends pad and this has been my favorite winter pad this year and I've used numerous pages from it and even purchased a second pad at an after Christmas sale for next year! My purple bow was the finishing touch and, of course, I used my awesome bow maker by Craft-Dee BowZ. I don't know how I would have managed this bow without it. I went ahead and left the tails of the ribbon long and wrapped them around my card front before attaching it to my heaviest white card base. I did it like this because I didn't want the 'tails' to hang off the bottom of this card. I love how the double bow came out and it reminds me of a bow tie. ;)
 
My teammates at Craft-Dee BowZ have created some awesome projects for this March 1 inspiration post kicking off our March ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW challenge. I hope you'll join us this month!
 
                                                                            Hugs,
                                                                      Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Monkeying Around

There's a new challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog starting today and the topic is MAKE IT DIGITAL. Your projects must contain a digital image. With so many digitals available at The Paper Shelter, it was difficult to chose just one!  My card is made with the image named Monkeys! I used the pre-colored digital image, including the background, and cropped it to fit my oval cut-out on my card. For perspective, my card is 5"x7".


The larger jungle leaf is a Sizzlit diecut and the small green vines are a die by Spellbinders. The yellow flowers were white and I colored them with my Copics and used their stems as tendrils by wrapping them around a wood skewer. I then inked the flowers with a touch of yellow glitter by Art Glitter. The dragonflies are a die by Elizabeth Craft Designs and I colored the brown overlay with my brown Wink of Stella and used brown pearls from Queen & Co. for their heads. The tag sentiments are by Lili of the Valley. The bow is a three loop and I used my Craft-Dee BowZ bow maker which was great since holding all those loops in my fingers and tying it would have been difficult.


I enhanced my digital image by adding Ranger Distressed Pink Glitter to her hat, shirt and socks, along with the bow on the baby monkey. I also added some Ranger Distressed Blue Glitter to her shoulder bag. I added White Flower Soft to the green on the tree and used refill inkers and a cotton swab to multi-color the Flower Soft.
 
The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog Team have had a great time this week picking a favorite digital image to use for this challenge. I think you'll be delighted with the projects made this week to inspire you to join the challenge!  As usual, our wonderful sponsors, The Paper Shelter, have provided us with this awesome prize.
 
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Please stop by the Challenge Blog, take a look at the projects, and then head to The Paper Shelter to buy an image you can use in this challenge to win a $30 voucher! You'll never be disappointed with the images at The Paper Shelter since you can color it yourself, or use the colored image and/or background (like I did), for your card! Hope to see your entries in this MAKE IT DIGITAL challenge!

                                                                              Hugs,
                                                                       Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
QKR Stampede, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, ABC Challenge, Corrosive Challenges, Open-Minded Crafting Challenges, Creative Moments, Love to Scrap, Cut It Up, Whimsy Inspires, Art by Miran

Monday, February 23, 2015

Hello Little Butterfly!

Being that today is the 4th Tuesday in the month, it's my day to post on Craft-Dee BowZ. This month we all shared a fancy fold card. I used this adorable image by Di's Digi named Hello Butterfly. For those of you surrounded by snow, I hope my card makes your toes feel warmer.


I don't make many fancy fold cards so this was my attempt. The paper is by Doodlebug, the fence die is by Magnolia; the cloud die is by Die-Namics, and the sentiment die is by Cheery Lynn. The flowers (and I added tiny rhinestones in the middle of each one) and leaves (I painted over each with my Wink of Stella green pen) are miscellaneous punches and the grass die is by Memory Box and was cut 4 times in 4 different green papers (yes, the grass is very lush!). Below is a side view so you can see my fold and how I layered my card with the fence on top of the flower paper, 4 layers of grass with the flowers and then the back layer was my image.


And here's a close up of this adorable Di's Digi image. I colored my image with Copics, but this time I used a different paper and am disappointed with it. My usual paper, Neenah Super Smooth, didn't bleed like this paper did. I really did color within the lines, honest! So, I'm off to purchase more of my Neenah.


And I HAVE to show off my bow. I used my Craft-Dee BowZ tool and made this very pretty bow with it.  I added this cute orange enameled metal butterfly with a piece of embroidery thread. I love embroidery thread since it comes in so many different colors and is easy to tie a bow, unlike some of the wax coated threads. I thread embroidery thread in all my buttons, too (on other cards).


I don't do many CAS cards and enjoy this type of cardmaking with the many layers and embellishments. I'm not sure why, but I think getting really involved in making a fussy card is what helps de-compress me from work and other things that weigh on my mind.

Since this is the 4th and last Tuesday of the month and our challenge is monthly, guess what...you need to get your cards posted on the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog where the topic is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW this week by February 28.  I hope you'll join in since the prize is a reel of ribbon and who doesn't want a reel a ribbon!

                                                                              Hugs,
                                                                        Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner (tic-tac-toe: rhinestones/flowers/ribbon), 4 Crafty Chicks, Sister Act, Di's Digi Designs, As You Like It, Inspiration Destination, Lacy Sunshine, Crafts Galore Encore, 613 Avenue Create, Come And Get It, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Corrosive Challenges, Artistic Inspirations, Party Time Tuesdays, Scrap-Creations (bingo: Flowers/Diecuts/Digi Image), Creative Moments, Crafting for All Seasons, Simply Create Too, Love to Scrap, Open-Minded Crafting Fun, Cuttin' and Stampin', Fussy and Fancy (tic-tac-toe: Charm/Ribbon/Sparkle), Crafty Calendar, Bunny Zoe's, Scrappers Delights, Crafty Boots, Whimsy Inspires, Art by Miran, We Do Doobadoo, My Creative Moments, Cheery Lynn Designs

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day to My Valentine!

So, I suppose I can post this card now that it's so close to Valentine's Day and I don't believe my Valentine will ever come and look on my blog and find it. ;)  This is me. Yep, this little image from The Paper Nest Dolls is me. My hair is this color and I wear it long and with bangs..but I usually keep it all pulled back in a ponytail. I tried to make a card that my husband would recognize as me...guess I'll find out on Valentine's Day if my idea worked. 


I loved this paper and thought that using the red and pink would be a great combination. I used my set of nested ovals by Quik Cutz and the embossed and inked diecut on the side is by Marianne. I love the red felt heart border that is on a roll and came from a local craft store. My flowers are a combination from I Am Roses and Wild Orchid Crafts. Oh, the pink metal "MINE" heart in the bouquet is a charm with the ring cut off and it was silver but I wanted it pink so I colored it with my Copics.


I have a hidden Magnolia diecut tag that I embedded a little gold key with ultra thick embossing powder and I added some loose glitter and mica chips for shine within the embossing powder. This is the key to my heart.  Okay, everybody all together now, AWWWWWWWWW.  I used my Cuttlebug for all my die cuts.


This image is colored with Copics and I added some clear Wink of Stella to her bows, collar and striped socks for extra shine. I added Glossy Accents to the string of hearts. The little dots around my image are from my White Pearl Pen. I love fussy and fancy cards because I love embellishments!  If I ever gave my dear husband a CAS card, he'd wondered why I don't love him anymore. 

Happy Valentine's Day, Tim

                                                                           Love,
                                                                           Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps, Lacy Sunshine, Crafting From the Heart, Melonheadz Friends, Not Just Cards, Incy Wincy Designs, My Craft Creations, Ooh La-La Creations, Crafty Sentiments, Creative Card Crew, Clear It Out, Papertake Weekly, Scrap-Creations, Tuesday Throwdown, Top Tip Tuesday, The Pink Elephant, Crafting for All Seasons, Crafty Gals Corner, Through The Craft Room Door, CuttlebugMania, Craft Your Passion, Crafty Creations (I chose hearts), Creative Moments, Crafter's Cafe, Pile It On, Penny's Challenges, Inky Impressions, Hanna and Friends, In the Pink, 4 Crafty Chicks, Scrap & Craft, Crafting by Designs, Inspiration Destination, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Brown Sugar, Sister Act, My Creative Moments, Inky Impressions, Little Miss Muffet, Digitally Sweet, As You Like It, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Card Mania, Our Creative Corner (Tic-Tac-Toe, diagonal: embossing powder, stamp, ribbon)Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, The Paper Nest Dolls, Emerald Faeries, V's Sweet Ideas, Digi Choosday, Crafts and Me, Simply Create Too, Abusybee, A Paradise of Stamps

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hip Hip Hooray!

It's a new week and a new challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog.  The topic for this week is RECYCLE SOMETHING ON YOUR CREATION and please name what it is for our benefit! I've used this terrific image named Cheerleader that is an image from The Paper Shelter for this birthday card. I made up my own clever (don't burst my bubble, I thought it was clever) birthday sentiment on the computer.


Looking at this card you would never imagine what I have reused and recycled....the purple foil background. It's wrapping paper from a present this past Christmas! It was so pretty that I saved the part that hadn't gotten wrinkled!

I've used my favorite punch on this card and have used it many times in the past! It's a border punch by Martha Stewart and it's called "Doily Lace". I used silver glitter paper, doing both sides of my strip of paper, and then put rows of red rhinestones on top of it. The rhinestones are in rows of 2 so I ended up cutting down the middle of one row to get the 5 rows you see here.  I used a set of round and scalloped punches by Marvy on the sentiment.

I used a Spellbinders die to cut out the red metallic diecut around the image, as well as another one out of white cardstock, and I used an oval diecut on the image itself. My tip on this card is that when I put the red diecut against the purple wrapping paper, I needed something between the two for the color red to pop. So, I die cut another fancy oval Spellbinder die out of white cardstock, cut it across the middle and then slid the upper half of the white paper up a bit under the red die cut and then slid the lower half of white paper down a bit so there's a white shadow border behind the red fancy die. I love the color red and when pairing it up with this purple, it's a combination that really pops. 


My image is colored with Copics and I added Stickles to her pom-poms, the red stripes on her socks, hair scrunchie and cheer outfit. The 3 ribbon flowers below were absolutely perfect to use on this card since they reminded me of pom poms! I can't tell you how many years I've had these 3 ribbon flowers and they've been waiting to be used. I'm sticking to my 2015 resolution about using my beautiful craft items that I keep saving for the perfect project! Did anyone else make a resolution to do the same thing?

Are you someone who reads these posts or someone who flies through them to look at the photos and then leave a comment by choice or by no option? I'd like to award someone a free digital image (your choice) from The Paper Shelter if you read all this and leave a comment below. For me to know you've read the post, however, answer my question in the paragraph above in your comment. I'll pick the winner (on the 18th) only from those comments that answer the question. Sorry TPS DT, but your name won't be entered in this little drawing for obvious reasons.

My bow is made of pure silk and is tied using my Craft-Dee BowZ tool. I can't tell you how easy it is to make bows with this little tool, but I can tell you that I will never again struggle to make beautiful bows. Anyone can use this fabulous tool!


We're sponsored by our favorite digital company, The Paper Shelter, who has offered this fabulous prize. Do you have any idea how many images a $30 voucher can get you? Ten OR MORE!!! It's definitely an awesome prize if you use an image from The Paper Shelter and win!

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There are fabulous inspirational projects made by the talented Design Team for this challenge and you can cruise through them at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog.  The topic is RECYCLE SOMETHING ON YOUR CREATION and please name what it is for our benefit. I hope you'll join us this week and I love looking at your projects!
 
                                                                                                   Hugs,
                                                                                                   Gail
 
This card is entered in the following challenges:
 
Oh, the cupcake colors that inspired me at Cupcake Inspirations is this one: