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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year, friends!

I know I am a couple of days early, but since this is my final post before the big day, I wanted to wish you all a fantastic New Year!  My wish for all of you is a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!  So, of course, I have to share a Happy New Year card today!

The dies I chose for this Mo Manning digi image are: Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame BordersLa-La Land Random Flags with Hearts Banner Memory Box Curled Ribbons.

Enjoy your celebrations tomorrow & please be safe!  For those of you celebrating at home, you may want to visit the store & do some celebrating of your own!  ha ha

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 25, 2015

QKR Stampede Challenge # 171 - Snowman or Snowflake


I'm guessing most of you won't have a spare minute to check blogs today, you will be much too busy with family & friends enjoying the true meaning of the day.  So, if you are getting to this post a week later, I completely understand.  Christmas SHOULD be about family, friends and the celebration of Jesus.  Too often we get caught up in everything else & forget the real reason we celebrate.

Since there is still a QKR Stampede challenge today, I will post my entry for this week's theme: Snowman or Snowflake.  I used digi # 14214 Selling Snowflakes.  I decided I couldn't go wrong with a snowman selling snowflakes!

If you need a last minute card for someone you left off your list, this one is about as quick to color as you will find!  You could easily make one in time to give yet and nobody would be the wiser!

I want to wish everyone a totally awesome and fantastic Christmas!  I love Christmas & I always feel that at this time of the year, people are just a little bit kinder, a little bit more considerate and a lot more thoughtful than at any other time of the year.  For me it is a time of reflection on all the blessings I have been given.  This year will be hard for all of us.  When Mom passed away, it changed Christmas forever.   With Dad gone now too, we will have to find a new tradition...a new way to celebrate all the blessings & love that still remain. Change is just part of growth.  So whether you are celebrating the same way you have for countless years or celebrating your first Christmas with new traditions, I wish you health, happiness & peace! No matter HOW we are celebrating this day, we are still celebrating the most wonderful gift God could ever have given us!


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas from my house to yours!

Merry Christmas!

I know that none of you will be checking blogs tonight, but when the presents are all unwrapped and you finally have a few minutes to sit down & unwind from the hectic weeks just past, you may just pop in.  If you do, I want to wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!
When I count my blessings, I always count all of you who have encouraged me, visited my blog & shared your lives with me via "blog land"....I have come to think of so many of you as dear friends over the years & am so thankful I met you.  I wouldn't have missed this for the world! And I'm so grateful to my grandson Josh for telling me I needed a blog (and helping me start it).

I hope your Christmas was joyous and your new year will be filled with everything wonderful!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Merry Christmas, everyone!

Can you believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve?  Time rushes past faster & faster every year!  By now, I'm sure everyone is busy doing last minute things to get ready for the big day & you may not have a lot of time to work on your cards.  If you still need a quick card for that someone special, this is an easy one to create. The digi is from Sassy Cheryl and colors quickly.  I used only 3 dies:  Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Oval Stackables, Poppy Stamps Holiday Winterberries Memory box Stitched Star Layers.  If you are pressed for time, you could go with the stitched oval & still have a darling card.

Since this is my last post before Christmas, I want to thank everyone for stopping by each week and to wish you all the most blessed of holidays!  MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!


Friday, December 18, 2015

QKR Stampede Challenge # 170 - Christmas

Happy Friday!

I can barely believe that this time next week will be Christmas Day!  Where did the time go?  I hope you are more prepared than I am and can just sit back & enjoy the holiday the way it was meant to be enjoyed!  The theme for today's QKR Stampede weekly challenge appropriately enough is "Christmas" and I chose digi # 24238 Old Time Santa as my choice of image.

There was just something so quaint about him I couldn't pass him up.  And instead of the traditional red coat, I decided to go with green.  In some of the old paintings of Santa he wore green and I thought it looked a bit more "old world" instead of the red.

If you are one of the lucky ones who is caught up with your Christmas preparations, we would love to have you join in this week's challenge blog!  Some new digi's would make a wonderful Christmas gift to yourself!

Catch you soon,

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Sharing Love at Christmas!

Hello, friends!

The closer it gets to Christmas, the more love you feel in the air!  And this little snowman is definitely feeling it!  With his arms around the puppy and outstretched to welcome the birds, he is ready to share his love! This cute digi is from Sassy Cheryl and one of my favorites.  Her snowmen are not only adorable, but quick to color so your cards will be done in a snap!  By adding only 2 dies to this image, you have a handmade Christmas card you can give with pride.  The two dies I used were Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Square Stackables and Memory Box Dancing Snowflake Frame.  Since the snowflake frame is rectangular in shape, I decided to cut it in half & use it for my bottom frame.  Don't be afraid to use just portions of your dies!  You will be amazed at the many versions you can create doing this!

Christmas is just around the corner, but you still have time to pick up some amazing dies to create your own cards! And I don't know about you, but I can't think of anything better than a gift card to Dies R Us under the tree!

A new challenge just began yesterday at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog!  Head over there & you may be the lucky winner of your own gift card & you won't have to wait for Santa!

See you next week!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

DRU Challenge - Let It Snow!

Hello, friends!

Although the theme for today's Dies R Us Challenge is "Let It Snow!" & a winter theme with snowflakes is what you need to enter, I am REALLY hoping it is NOT snowing!  Lol  If there was some way to have it snow just on Christmas Eve (and only in the grass, not the sidewalks or roads) I would be all for it!  I love looking at snow, but not shoveling it or driving in it!  ha ha  So it was easy to choose a favorite digi from Sassy Cheryl for my card & concentrate on all the FUN things you can do in snow!

The dies I used for this card are as follows: Sweet Dixie Snowflake Corner, Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes & Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders.   I used pop dots to raise the snowflakes but it is difficult to see in the photo.

So gather your winter images & your snowflakes & head on over to the Challenge Blog & enter your own winter card!  You could be the winner of a gift voucher to the amazing Dies R Us Store!

And be sure you also check the daily inspiration from our talented design team on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog as well!

See you tomorrow with another fun card!

Friday, December 11, 2015

QKR Stampede Challenge # 169 - Snow Scene

Hello, friends!

Time for another QKR Stampede weekly challenge and your chance to win fabulous digi stamps!  The theme this week is "Snow Scene" and there are so many different images that you could choose for this one that it will take you forever trying to make up your mind.  This funny little guy caught my eye almost immediately and I just had to go with him!  I think if I lived at the North Pole, I'd be finding some way to keep warm too!   Hot water bottles tied around your middle certainly should do the trick! This is digi # 16815 North Pole.

Head on over the the QKR Stampede Blog with YOUR entries!  I can't wait to see which ones are your favorites!

Enjoy your weekend!


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Double the Value!

Hello, again!

Well, the countdown is definitely on & it won't be long before Christmas is here!  Last week, I shared a feminine birthday card with you & this week, I am sharing a masculine birthday card.  No matter what the holiday, we still need birthday cards for those dear to us.  I thought a quick & easy country themed card would be perfect for this time of the year.   And the best part about this design is that by cutting it in white, you can also create a gorgeous Christmas card! Double the value!!

The dies I used for this great card are all from Memory Box!  I used Memory Box Deer TrioMemory Box Grand Forest Archway Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders.  Grab these dies & see what fabulous Christmas or birthday cards you can make!

Here is the gorgeous Christmas card you can make by adding Cheery Lynn's Merry Christmas die for the sentiment! I wish you could see the card in person.  The glitter paper makes it just beautiful!

Don't forget to check out the Dies R Us Challenge Blog!  You could be the winner of a gift voucher! And don't forget to tell Santa that he could make you deliriously happy with a gift card to the Dies R Us Store! I can't think of anything better than that!

See you next week!  Have a great week!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A Helping Hand!

Hello again!

Back with another Christmas card!  As I promised you yesterday, I DO know where I got this image! It's another beauty from Sassy Cheryl!

I decided the image was perfect for this great tree paper I've had awhile.  I don't think you can ever have too much paper.....especially Christmas paper!  I have a REALLY hard time walking past it, especially if it is on sale half off!  Isn't there some rule in the universe that says you HAVE to buy it then?

Back again tomorrow for Dies R Us!  See you then!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Santa's on his way!

Happy Monday!

I hope your week is starting off well & it will be a great one!  Another Christmas card, of course!  What else, this close to Christmas!  Lol

I have to "fess" up!  I have pulled out so many Christmas stamps & printed so many digi's while making cards, that I can't tell you whose this is right now!  Hopefully, I will come across it before this posts!  If not, my apologies.

I'll be back tomorrow with another card that I actually DO know the origin of!  ha ha

See you then!

Friday, December 4, 2015

QKR Stampede Challenge # 168 - Add Some Glitter

Happy Friday!

Ready for another fun weekend?  Or are you now getting into the Christmas spirit and thinking about all the things you need to do before the big day? If you are starting to work on your cards, you may want to check out this hilarious image from QKR Stampede!  It is digi # 16709.  As an Elvis fan....(crazed nut would also work)...I couldn't pass this one up!  If you click on the photo, you can see poor Santa talking to someone and saying "No, no, Not ELVIS....Elves, I need more ELVES!"   If you have anyone in your family or among your friends who is an Elvis fan, this would be the perfect Christmas card!

Check out all the other entries and while you are at it, be sure to add one of your own to this week's challenge!  You could be the lucky winner of some great digi stamps!  Head on over to the QKR Stampede Blog now!

Until next time,

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Have a Fairy Happy Birthday!

Hello, again friends!

December has rolled around and in the midst of all our holiday preparations we still need birthday cards!  Yup!  Those pesky birthdays just keep rolling by don't they?  So as a break from Christmas cards, I am sharing a fun fairy inspired birthday card today.  The digi image is from one of my favorite places "A Day for Daisies" and she is adorable!  I added just two dies to this card: Memory Box Bloomington Border & Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders.

The Bloomington Border also embosses these beautiful flowers  and I have a closeup of that below.

Be sure to visit our Dies R Us Challenge Blog!  We just started a new challenge yesterday and by playing along, you could be the next winner of a gift voucher to our fabulous store!  Prepare to spend some time once you get there, however, because we have the largest selection of dies, stamps & embossing folders you will find anywhere! It's my absolute favorite place to shop!!!

See you again same time next week!  Try to make some time in your day to create something fun!


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Hitching a Ride!

Happy December!

Counting the days until Christmas?  Me too!  And with that in mind, I'm sharing another Christmas card today.  This one is an image from Tiddly Inks that caught my eye.  I love the whimsy of this image!

I kept everything pretty much white because the image just looked "cold" to me.  Anywhere you find Polar Bears has to be a little chilly, right?  lol

A Memory Box Dancing Snowflake Frame & some Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes layered in the corner & it was done!

I'll be back tomorrow with something from Dies R Us!

Enjoy your day!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Happy Feet!!

Hello, again!

I hope everyone recovered after last week's Thanksgiving feast!  Tomorrow is December already so I'm sharing another Christmas card.  This is one of Sassy Cheryl's latest digi's and one I HAD to have! Have you ever seen cuter faces than these?

Don't you just want to get up & dance along with them?  ha ha  I'll be back tomorrow with another favorite digi.  ( I have a LOT of favorites, don't I?)

Have a great week!

Friday, November 27, 2015

QKR Stampede Challenge # 167 - Angels

Hello again!

Are you all ready for a fun challenge this week?  Well, the QKR Stampede challenge for today is "Angels" and there are tons of them for you to choose from if you head on over to their store.  I decided on digi # 13103 Pigtail Angel because she was just so darned cute!

I know you will be able to find something perfect for YOUR card if you head on over to QKR Stampede.  And if you don't want to do that, you can use any stamp of your choice as well!

Have a great time creating your very own angel card!


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Quiet Country Morning....

Hello, again!

While you are getting ready for your Thanksgiving celebration tomorrow, you can take time to picture yourself in this tranquil winter scene.  You can almost hear the birds singing as they sit on the fence by the water.  This card was made with the following dies: Spellbinders Elegant Ovals (currently out of stock), Memory Box Country Fence Oval FrameImpression Obsession Small Deer & Impression Obsession Cardinals.  

The Country Fence Oval Frame is beautiful with just sky behind it, but I wanted to add some winter trees to complete the scene & give it more depth. I grabbed an old Stampin Up tree stamp for the background.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow!  I won't say not to stuff yourself, as I know we all will! If you are one of the lucky ones who also has Friday off, happy shopping!  I can't think of anywhere better to start Christmas shopping that the Dies R Us Store!

See you all next week!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Christmas "Selfie"

Hello again!

What could bring a bigger smile to your face than 3 adorable snowmen taking a "selfie" for Christmas? I can't think of anything any cuter than this!  The digi is from Sassy Cheryl.  The dies are: Cheery Lynn Holly Corner & Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders. They are both available at Dies R Us!

I bet you are smiling now, aren't you?  That was my reaction the minute I saw this digi!

I'll be back tomorrow with something for Dies R Us!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


Monday, November 23, 2015

Skating by with Christmas Wishes!


You aren't used to seeing a post from me on Mondays are you?  Well, I am finally catching up a bit & have so many Christmas cards made that I decided to start sharing some of them.

Today's card was made using a Sassy Cheryl penguin.  You all know how much I love & use her digi images, especially her snowmen, but her penguins are equally adorable!

I wish you could see the glitter paper I used and the Wink of Stella I added to the penguin, but in person, there is a whole lot of glitter going on!

The beautiful die is Memory Box Dancing Snowflake Frame and can be found at Dies R Us.

Catch you again tomorrow!


Friday, November 20, 2015

QKR Stampede Challenge # 166 - Snowmen

Happy Friday!

You have worked hard all week & now is your chance to kick back, relax & enjoy some crafting time!
The QKR Stampede challenge this week is "Snowmen" and boy, do they ever have a lot of cuties to choose from!  I decided on digi # 13801 Picking a Tree.

How cute is this little guy?  Head on over & enter your card today!  You could be the next big winner!  You won't know until you try!

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Country Christmas!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

I hope your week is going well & life is good in your corner of the world!  If you have looked at the calendar you know that Thanksgiving is next week & I'm sure you are already making plans for your celebration. And by now, you probably have your Thanksgiving cards already done & ready to drop in the mail.  So, with that thought in mind, I am sharing a Christmas card today!  It all started because I fell in love with the Memory Box Pinecone Frame.  I just knew I wanted to make some of my cards with this beautiful die.  After playing around with it for a bit, I decided to add some pine needles using my Impression Obsession Pine Cone & Fir Branches die which is one of my "go to" dies for winter.  Unfortunately, we are out of stock on this one at the moment, but you could easily substitute Memory Box Pine Needle Twigs if you don't want to wait.  To finish it off, I added a sentiment using Cheery Lynn Merry Christmas.  This is also a must have!  You get 2 sizes of the Merry Christmas sentiment and can decide which size looks best on your card.  It's so much easier to use a die for your sentiment than to finish a card & smudge the sentiment you try to stamp on it!

Here is what I came up with!  I thought it needed some of my favorite gingham paper to complete that country look along with a little burlap bow.  I hope you agree!

I know you are getting some wonderful ideas from our daily Dies R Us Inspiration Blog, but don't forget to drop in on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog too!  Share some of those fantastic ideas YOU have and you could be the winner of a gift voucher to our amazing Dies R Us Store!  

Until next week, have a wonderful week!  Take some time out of your busy schedule to create something! Creative people are HAPPY people!  


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Dies R Us Challenge - Thankful

Hello again!

Time for another Dies R Us Challenge for Team B.  The theme for this one is "Thankful" so get creative & see what amazing cards you can come up with to incorporate the things you feel thankful for... ...pumpkins, harvest, falling

I decided to go for a Thanksgiving theme to kill two birds with one stone, creating one of my needed cards to fulfill the challenge theme.  I used the following dies:  Memory Box Stitched Pumpkins, Impression Obsession Wheat, Memory Box Grape Vine & Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers.  The last 2 dies are out of stock right now but should be back soon!

I love gingham papers and thought they would be perfect for the country feel of this card.  And with the stitched pumpkins, I went with stitched circles.  (LOVE all the stitching dies DRU carry!!)  The sentiment is from MSE.

Be sure you stop by the Dies R Us Daily Inspiration Blog where you will find lots of inspiration from our talented group of gals Monday through Fridays!  And don't forget the store for the largest selection of dies anywhere around! (And don't forget their embossing folders & stamps too!)

Head on over to the Challenge Blog & enter YOUR entry! You could win yourself a gift voucher to the store!

Happy Creating!

Friday, November 13, 2015

QKR Stampede Challenge # 165 - Give Thanks

Hello, friends!

Another Friday has rolled around & it's time for the QKR Stampede weekly challenge!  Today's theme is "Give Thanks!"  If you are like me, you have much in your life to be thankful for and since one of the things I am most thankful for is friends, I decided to go with digi # 14810 Dancing Angel and # 15808 Good Friends.

Good friends are God's Blessings!  YES, they are!  I would be lost without mine!

It's your turn now!  Head on over to the QKR Stampede blog and enter today's challenge for your chance at some fantastic new digi stamps!

Catch you later!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Snowmany Thanks!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

I know a lot of you are already working on your beautiful Christmas cards.  I am too!  But I am also working on my Christmas thank you notes.  Yup!  From the time I was small, my mother always taught me that a gift of any kind deserved not only a verbal thank you, but a hand written one as well.  A custom I have passed to my daughter and she has passed to her son.  When I saw this darling digi from Sassy Cheryl, I knew he would be perfect for a thank you note!  He was easy to color and I needed only 3 simple dies:  Poppy Stamps Stitched Holly Leaves & Berries, Memory Box Stitched Star LayersLawn Fawn Large Stitched Square Stackables.

For those of you who haven't yet entered the DRU challenges, there is still time left to get in on the current one and a new challenge begins on the 15th!  Head on over to the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for a chance to win a gift voucher to our fabulous store!

I'll see you again next Wednesday!  Have a fantastic week and don't forget to do something creative!


Friday, November 6, 2015

QKR Stampede Challenge # 164 - Turkeys

Happy Friday!

Ready for a relaxing weekend or too tired from a long week to even think about it yet?   I just realized that Thanksgiving isn't really that far away & boy am I behind on my Thanksgiving cards!  Since today's challenge theme is "Turkeys" I decided this little guy would be perfect for my card!  I used QKR Stampede digi # 14515 - Hunting Turkey.  Have you ever seen a happier bird?

He looks totally at ease and without a care in the world!  But with that cute musket on his shoulder he probably thinks he is safe from the Thanksgiving table!

Head on over to the QKR Stampede Blog and join in on the fun!  You could easily find yourself the recipient of several new digi stamps if you are the winner!

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello, friends!

Not only is it Wednesday again & my turn to post a bit of inspiration, but it is only 3 more Wednesdays until Thanksgiving is here!!  Time seems to be flying by at warp speed these days, doesn't it?  For those of you who send Thanksgiving cards, I found this darling digi image from QKR Stampede that just made me smile.  If I were a turkey, I would probably be looking for my musket too!  Lol !  I used three of my favorite dies on this card:  Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Leaves, Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Layers & Tonic Studio Acorn Swirl.  Unfortunately, all three of these are currently out of stock, but should be back soon.   If you don't want to wait, you can find replacement dies by just doing a search at the Dies R Us Store.

These Lawn Fawn stitched leaves are some of my favorites because of the beautiful stitching detail.  I have a closeup of the leaves below so you can see for yourself!  Even with patterned paper, the detail is easy to see!

Be sure you head to the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  We just started a new challenge on the first and you could be the winner of a gift voucher to the store!  I can't think of anything more fabulous than that!

Hopefully, this post will have given you some ideas of your own!  I'll see you again next Wednesday.  Happy crafting until then!


Friday, October 30, 2015

QKR Stampede Challenge # 163 - Harvest Colors

Happy Halloween!

Ready for another fun challenge from QKR Stampede?  The theme this week is Harvest Colors, which should be really easy and fun for everyone.   I decided to go with digi # 8807 Scarecrow for my card.

How cute is this digi?  Check out the store & see which is YOUR favorite!

See you back shortly with another fun project!  Enjoy your weekend and don't eat too much candy tomorrow!  Enjoy your Halloween!!!!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Silent Night, Holy Night!

Hello again, friends!

Another Wednesday has rolled around and since October is nearly over and November is only days away, I thought I would share a Christmas card today.  If you are buying your cards already made, you can wait until the week before Christmas & still get them there on time.  If you are making them by hand, you all know that is quite another story!  I'm already working on mine, & I know a lot of you are doing the same thing!  I'm really you choose one card you have made and make all of them like that one or do you make every card different?  I have to do each one differently!

Today's card was an easy one to put together & reminded me of a quiet little house in the woods being visited by carolers sharing the joy of the season with their voices raised in song.  These are the dies I used:
Memory Box Dancing Snowflake Frame 

Although the Snowflake Frame is currently out of stock, you will want to put it on your must have list! It is really a versatile die and can be used several ways.  I was originally going to use it as it was, but when I realized it was 5 1/2 inches tall, I decided to cut it in half & use it as a top & bottom frame for my square card.

I also included a closeup of this beautiful brick house so you could see the embossed detail on the bricks! There are 7 dies in this set, including 2 versions of the cute "gingerbread" trim.  This is one of the cutest houses out there!

Don't forget to check out the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for a chance to win a gift voucher to the amazing store!  A new challenge begins on November 1st!

And when you are thinking about Christmas, remember to think about gift cards to the store for your crafting friends!  Believe me, there is nothing that will bring a bigger smile to their faces!  Especially when they see the selection available! And be sure to tell Santa that YOU would like one too!

Until next week, have a wonderful week!  


Friday, October 23, 2015

QKR Stampede # 162 - Halloween

Happy Friday, dear friends!

Ready for another great weekend?  We need to enjoy the weather while we can.  Winter always seems to sneak up on us when we least expect it!  Today's theme for the QKR Stampede weekly challenge is Halloween!  Which happens to be one of my favorite involves CANDY!!  I have learned (the hard way) not to buy my Halloween candy until the day before.  For those of you who don't have my sugar/chocolate  addiction and are wondering why, it's because I will eat it all before Halloween and have to replace it!  Not something I like to admit, but if you know me you aren't surprised!  ha ha

I chose digi # 14314 Riding for my card today.  Who knew witches could be so cute!

See what you can come up with and you could be the winner of some awesome QKR stamps!
Hop on over to the store & pick your favorite little witch to win even more stamps!

Enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Can you believe Halloween is next Saturday?  Where did the summer go!  If you are still looking for a great idea for your Halloween cards, I have the perfect dies for you today!  I used Impression Obsession Halloween Landscape Layers, Impression Obsession Happy Halloween & Memory Box Stitched Pumpkins for this card.

When you order the Halloween Landscape Layers die, you actually receive 2 fabulous dies!  I've used both of them on this card.  By sponging a little white ink along the edges of the tombstone die, it was easy to create a spooky graveyard scene perfect enough to scare anyone! You could also use just one of these awesome dies for your card too for a completely different look.  Although the Happy Halloween die is currently out of stock, don't stress!  Just type in "Happy Halloween" in your search & you will find other dies you could substitute until this one comes back in stock.

I hope this has encouraged you to begin (or finish) your Halloween cards!  Be sure to check out the Dies R Us Challenge Blog as there is still time to enter the current challenge & win a gift voucher to the amazing store!

Until next week, have a wonderful week!


Friday, October 16, 2015

QKR Stampede Challenge # 161 - Make Your Background

Hello, friends!

Ready for another fun weekend?  I sure am!  It's hard to believe that Halloween is only a couple of weeks away.  It seems like it was the 4th of July just last week!

The theme for QKR Stampede's weekly challenge this week is to make your own background.  You can use anything you like.  I decided to try out a neat digi (#24235 Haunted House) and make THAT as my background!

Head on over to QKR Stampede & join in the fun!  You don't know how much fun you are missing!


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Dies R Us Challenge - Ghoul Friends

Hello again, friends!

Can you believe it is the 15th of the month already and time for the next Dies R Us Challenge?  I have to confess, this one kind of sneaked up on me!  Which is what Halloween is doing to all of us, I'm sure!  Time to start thinking about what cards you are sending out to all your favorite "ghoul friends" (which also happens to be the theme this time!  I decided that one of my favorite Sassy Cheryl digi images would be the perfect choice.  To that, I added Impression Obsession Trick or Treat, Impression Obsession Cat Die Set, Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Layers and Memory Box Corner Cobwebs.  The Corner Cobwebs die is the only one currently in stock right now, but if you just type in Trick or Treat, Cats, or Stitched, you will get a multitude of choices to choose from in other companies!  That is one of the joys of shopping at Dies R Us.  They carry so many companies that whatever you are searching for you will be able to find with one or more of them.  I've actually typed in a word when looking for a die & ended up finding one I liked better than the original one I went searching for!

There are always some dies that you take one look at & just automatically hit "add to cart" immediately! This cobweb corner was one of those!  The possibilities are endless with this gorgeous die.  On this card, for instance, I also put it on the inside as I like to decorate that too.

Head on over to the Dies R Us Challenge Blog and add your Halloween card!  You could be the lucky winner of a $10 gift voucher to the amazing store!  And don't forget to check out the Monday thru Friday Dies R Us Inspiration Blog where you will get amazing ideas from some really crafty ladies!

Happy Creating!!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Beautiful Way to Say Thank You!

Hello, dear friends!

It's Wednesday again & time for my turn to share a bit of inspiration for you.  For that, I am turning to one of my newest dies, Poppy Stamps Cottage Corner. The minute I saw it, I was reminded of a beautiful vintage handkerchief or cut work pillowcase.  My grandmother used to have a lot of this kind of thing & I always loved it.  Since I needed a special thank you card for someone, I knew immediately that I would begin with this die.  I also grabbed Memory Box Thank You Garland for my sentiment. 

Since I wanted the beauty of this die to really show off, I backed the front of my card with some soft pink cardstock & used the same paper for my sentiment.  How beautiful is this!

I know my photography skills leave a lot to be desired at times, but I tried to show you the embossed detail this beautiful cottage corner die gives you.  In person, it is just beautiful!

If you have never entered our Dies R Us Challenges, be sure to head over there to join in on the fun.  If you are the lucky winner, you could win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us store!  Life doesn't get any better than that! 

Have a fantastic week!  I'll see you back here next Wednesday!


Friday, October 9, 2015

QKR Stampede Challenge # 160 - Scarecrows

Hi, all!

You made it through the week and I know you are ready to relax and enjoy the weekend.  If you find yourself with some extra time, why not head on over to the QKR Stampede website and join in their current challenge?  The theme for this week is "Scarecrows" and boy did I ever have a hard time choosing mine! Once you get to the store, you will see what I mean!  I finally decided on # 24243 Scarecrow & Friends.

Head on over to the store & see what fun things you can find!  I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Enjoy your weekend!


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Pawsitively Perrrrfect!

Good morning, everyone!

I hope you are having a wonderful week!  I'm also hoping I can add to it by sharing a new die I just got that I am "pawsitively" in love with!  (I know, I say that a lot!)   If you are like me and love anything connected to our four legged fur-people ( cats AND dogs) then you will LOVE the Frantic Stamper Reverse Paw Print Border die!  The minute I saw it, I decided it should come home with me and from the minute I opened the package, I have been having the most fun creating all kinds of cards.  I pulled out my Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Layers die (an absolute MUST have!) and created my first birthday card with it. The cat is a Penny Black stamp and the sentiment is from Great Impressions.

Next, I decided to make a couple of get well cards with a favorite Judith stamp.  I think either of these would bring a smile to anyone under the weather!

And finally, I pulled out another Great Impressions stamp for some additional birthday greetings.
Anyone who loves cats would be thrilled to get these cards.  If you are more in to dogs than cats, you can add your favorite doggie stamps for the same awesome results!

Be sure to hop over to the Dies R Us Challenge Blog!  A new challenge just started on the first and you could be the lucky winner of a gift voucher to the amazing store!  Low, low prices, low shipping and absolute best selection of dies, embossing folders and stamps you can find anywhere!

Be sure to check out the rest of our awesome inspirations as we have a new posting every day Monday through Friday! Our designers are sure to give you lots of ideas!

See you next week!

Friday, October 2, 2015

QKR Stampede Challenge # 159 - Anything Goes

Happy Friday!

Can you believe October is here already?  Where did the summer go?  All this means it's time to get ready for all your fall themed cards.  And for today's challenge at QKR, I decided to do something a bit different. Normally, when the challenge is "anything goes" I browse thru all the amazing digi stamps & choose something fun & cute to color up.  This time I decided to try using one of the many background type digi stamps they carry instead.  I chose digi # 22101 and #22103 (both titled "Trees") and used those for my background.  A couple of deer from one of my favorite dies and presto, a great guy card!  What could be faster or easier?

Head on over to QKR Stampede to join the fun!  You could be the winner of some great digi stamps!

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Quick & Easy!

Hello, again!

Can you believe tomorrow is October already?  Each month seems to go by more quickly than the last! And if you are like me, there is never enough time to get everything done that you want to.  So today, I'm sharing a really quick and easy way to make a beautiful card with just one die!  I used Frantic Stamper Floral Card Panel for these cards.  I chose to make one into a birthday card & the other into a thank you.  But this beautiful die would be equally suitable for a sympathy card, get well, thinking of you......the possibilities are endless.  Right now this die is out of stock, but should be back soon.  You could easily substitute one of the other beautiful panels such as Impression Obsession Floral Panel CutoutTattered Lace Butterfly Panel, or Tattered Lace Rose Panel.

I hope these cards will show you that just one beautiful die can create a card you will be proud to give!

Don't forget to check out the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for a chance to win a gift voucher to our fantastic store!  You won't find a bigger selection of dies anywhere and we also offer stamps and embossing folders as well!

Enjoy the rest of your week and create something beautiful!


Friday, September 25, 2015

QKR Stampede Challenge #158 Dogs or Cats

Hello again!

I bet when you saw the title of this post you were expecting a cat from me weren't you?  Yes, I adore cats, but I also really love dogs!  And this digi # 9207 titled "Shoveling" was just too cute to pass by!

I LOVE the characters that QKR Stampede has and this guy is one of my favorites! He looks the way I feel when I have to go out to shovel....gloomy, tired & like he would rather be doing ANYTHING but shoveling!  He is such an easy image to color & fits into so many scenes.

Come join us for the weekly QKR Stampede Challenge and see if you may be the lucky winner of several new digi stamps!

I'll be checking in each day to see who has joined in on the fun!  Until later, have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Boo to You!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Can you feel that touch of fall in the air yet where you live?  That means it won't be long until Halloween and we will need to start thinking about all those cute Halloween cards we need to make!  If you LOVE Halloween like I do, you may already have tons of Halloween stamps and dies.  If you are relatively new to using dies, your selection may be more limited, but don't think that means you can't create an awesome Halloween card!  Using only one die, I came up with this cutie!  The die I chose was Impression Obsession Halloween Hill and the cute "mummy" is a QKR Stampede digi.

The possibilities with this die are unlimited!  It just makes such a perfect spooky background for whatever you want to add.

Be sure you check out the Dies R Us Challenge Blog!  There is still time to join in on the latest challenge and possibly win a gift voucher to the fantastic Dies R Us Store!

Enjoy the rest of your week and I'll see you here again next Wednesday!


Friday, September 18, 2015

QKR Stampede Challenge # 157 - Three's a Crowd!

Happy Friday, gals!

Time to relax and enjoy a couple of days doing something fun.  And once again, it's time for the weekly challenge at QKR Stampede!  Today's challenge is "Three's a crowd" and there a lots of stamps that would qualify for this theme. Just use three of something on your card to qualify.  I decided to go with one I could also turn into a Halloween card and kill two birds with one stone.  I chose digi # 12912 Halloween Fun.

I have to say this is the happiest little ghost I've seen in a long time! I'm guessing he takes his job of yelling "Boo!" VERY seriously!    Check out QKR Stampede for the rest of their adorable stamps & join in the fun! There is nothing like the lure of free digi stamps to get you motivated!

See you later with something fun!  Enjoy your weekend!


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Play Time!

Hello again, everyone!

It's play time today!  Have you ever gotten a new die & spent the afternoon happily trying out all the different ways you could use it?  Yup!  That's exactly what happened when I got Taylored Expressions Block Party-Baby the other day.  I knew I could move the die around to different areas on my card so I started with this one first.  I added the darling Di-Namites Rocking Horse on a Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Square Stackable and loved the effect.  The rocking horse is out of stock at present, but you could substitute any number of other dies for it.

That got me wondering what it would look like if I moved the die to the bottom of the card & cut it completely through the entire card.  Add a pink oval cut with Spellbinders Oval Bliss and a darling Tattered Lace Elephant and you have the next card!

And finally, I moved the die to the middle of my card for yet another look.   A couple of Cheery Lynn Choo Choo dies and another whole look!  These too are out of stock at present, but I'm sure they will be back soon.

 Don't be afraid to "play" with your dies when you get them!  Sometimes you create the most amazing things when you do!

Hop on over to the Dies R Us Challenge Blog & join in on all the fun!  A new challenge just started yesterday & you could be the winner of a gift voucher to the amazing store!

See you next week with a Halloween card!  Until then, happy play time!