DeeDee's Digis - Christmas Cardinal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Christmas Birdhouse for Rudolph Day June 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Christmas Card Club - Pink and White

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

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


Thank You

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

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

- Sue Wilson die used for the sentiment.

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

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

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


DeeDee's Digis - Life's a Beach

Hello. Sorry for being MIA once again. We've been doing some house type chores, had some family visiting, and just generally doing other Life things besides blogs & making cards. (and remember my Missing MoJo? well, it's still hiding - makes it easier to just concentrate on other things, ya know?).

This cute DeeDee's digi had been printed for a while, and finally I took a couple of evenings to finish up this card with it. Once I got in gear, the card didn't take long to put together.

First,  let me share something wonderful that is happening. Happy Little Stampers is starting a new Christmas Challenge next month. (along with the existing Sketch Challenge, there will also be a CAS Challenge.) I am excited to have been asked to be part of the Christmas Challenge DT which will be coming in July. So please take some time to check out these challenges, enjoy the DT's inspiration cards for each - and perhaps take time to join in.

Now on to the card:

DeeDee's Life's a Beach pre-colored digi was die cut with an MFT stitched circle. Shaded with some Hero Arts Pool while still in the die, using a finger dauber. S/B scalloped circle was cut from a white snippet and colored with Memento Daffodil and a round Ranger sponge tool.  WoS pink used on Miss Piggy's bathing suit, and extra WoS to color the flower bow, and the waves around her yellow float.
- Various small dies cut all the embellishments from more white snippets which were colored with copics. Used some stickles on the turtle & sea horses. Used Opal Liquid Pearls on the shells, and spread it with my finger to get a bit of gloss to the shells. Sailboat hull had some glossy accents spread to make the hull glisten.
After all was added, then I wondered if it was 'too over the top'. ....Nah, Miss Piggy would enjoy watching all these things if she were floating on the waves at the beach!!!
The background is a Brusho piece, embossed with a Darice waves folder. This was made earlier, and looked a lot like water to me, and after embossing, thought it was perfect for this card.
There's some really cute sentiments included with this fun digi set, but for this one, the sentiment will go inside.
The current DeeDee's June Challenge is featuring another warm weather set which you can find HERE .  It's called Diver Daniel, and is just so cute.

If you participated in last month's challenge, you should have already received this set in your email. (If you participated but didn't receive the set, please contact -- sometimes things do go wrong with email). If you did not participate in last month's challenge, you can still purchase this set for just $1.25 this month at the shop. 
Thanks for joining me this evening. It's been over 100F for the past 2 days here in our part of Upstate South Carolina. So if we're not running errands, we try to do 'inside' stuff, or do the 'outside stuff' very late in the evening. So keep cool where you may be, and come again, when you have time to chat. Blessings & Hugs.


Christmas Card Club - Christmas Scene

Hello & Welcome. Two weeks have passed so it's time for another Christmas Club Card. Our theme for June 7, 2015 - A Christmas Scene - was chosen by our sweet Kate. Since we've been just a bit busy at our house of late with some house maintenance & lawn work, (which is why I've not been around this week)..decided to look through my saved stacks of old Christmas cards. Found several that would have been suitable for this challenge, but finally decided on the one below. Love it when I can repurpose a beautiful card. Hope you'll like it...and also hope that you'll have time to visit my fellow Club members to see their ideas on a Christmas Scene.

- Recycled card was die cut with a Sue Wilson Ornate Pierced Design (Noble Collection). The very top & bottom of the die cut was trimmed away, and the die pierced design was repeated on these areas with a piercing tool and a SU piercing mat. The black faux mat (snippet) was done by tracing the outside of the die, fussy cutting. Did the same top & bottom trim. Dark brown just didn't pop the color of the sepia-gold tones of the scene with the red background - black did.
- Red background was done by spraying a gold over the Winsor Newton Gallery watercolor paper to wet it, then sprinkling Red & Vermillion Brusho crystals into the wet surface. After these 2 colors had bloomed for a bit, there was still some wet surface, so Lemon Brusho was sprinkled over. Used the Ranger Spritzer tool to move the puddles around, then a heat tool. This is really a sparkling red piece, but alas, doesn't show well in the photo.
- Elizabeth Craft holly die (white snippet colored with a gold pen and then red WoS pen). Didn't think I could get a green that would look well with the sepia colors, so just used gold. Again, it's not photographing well.
- MBox small poinsettia die (same white snippet) colored with the gold pen, then a green WoLuna pen. No sentiment on the outside - the inside verse will be sufficient I think.
- Kraft card base and it's done! So that's it for me. Hope you will have a wonderful Sunday, perhaps spend it with your family. Check the sidebar for my fellow members' cards, and also check the Cards by Friends tab at the top for a new card. Thanks for joining me today. Big hugs.