Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Elegant Poinsettia Card

Hello and welcome back crafting friends.
 A new challenge begins today at Crafty Girls Corner.


Challenge # 157 ~  Anything Goes

Our wonderful sponsors this week are:

Pretty Grafik Design
Prize ~ 1 Image Pack 


Sparkle N Sprinkle
Prize ~ $15 Gift Certificate


Lacy Sunshine
Prize ~ 3 Digital Images


Oddball Art Stamps
Odd Ball Stamps
Prize ~ 3 Digital Images

Using the beautiful pre-coloured Christmas Poinsettia by Sparkle N Sprinkle, I created this card.



I stitched a border around to showcase this gorgeous flower.
I cut out the poinsettia 3 times and fussy cut 3 different layers. By adhering each layer to each other with foam squares, I was able to create beautiful dimension on my flower.
All that was left was to add some gems and adhere it to a 5.5" x 5.5" (when folded) cherry red card stock base from GinaK.



On the inside, I printed the sentiment that comes with the Poinsettia flower set. This is an awesome image set. It comes with a pre-coloured image, a non-coloured image and a couple of sentiments. To add a little colour to the inside, I stamped the holly and berries twice and coloured them with copic markers.


I'm so glad you stopped by today. Now it's your turn to make a project, using anything you like, and link it to our challenge #157 for your chance to win one of our wonderful sponsored prizes. You have till noon, CST, on Tuesday, 30 January 2018, to link your project to the Crafty Gals Corner blog.  And while you there, take a look at what my DT teamies made for your inspiration this week.

Till next time,

Friday, January 12, 2018

With Deepest Sympathy

Hello crafting friends.   Today I would like to share a sympathy card I made for a friend who recently lost her brother.  These are without a doubt the hardest cards for me to make. 



These are the dies I used to put this card together.



I began with a 5.5" x 5.5" square card and centered the Paris border on it. I normally use the grid on my craft mat to help me centre my card and then the dies on my card.


Now it's time to cut the other pieces. I used all five layers to make the flower and cut a few flourishes for the leaves. I always tend to keep Sympathy cards on the plain and simple side and this one was no different.
Once the front of the card was made, I worked a little on the inside. I cut a mat of the same paper as the flower and adhered it to the card. To finish it off, I stamped the greeting with Memento Tuxedo Black ink

As I've mentioned before, every so often, Dies R Us runs a big sale on international dies. During these times, you will find dies from companies such as Marianne Designs, Lea'bilities, Joy Crafts, etc. The best way to know about these fabulous sales is to subscribe to the Dies R Us Newsletter. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will be able to enter your email address and be put on their mailing list.

Also, in case you haven't heard, Dies R Us now sells a great variety of crafting products, not just dies!  You really need to take a few minutes and see what there is available. I bet you will find something from your wish list :-)

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope I was able to inspire you to use your dies, create a project, and come play along at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the first and fifteenth of every month.
 For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.


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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Three Wise Men

Hello crafting friends and welcome back to


Challenge #2~ Anything Goes
 (as long as it's Christmas)
Optional Theme this week is "Wise Men"


Instead of using layers of card stock for my project this week, I used layers of fondant :-)  I made this cake to celebrate King's Day.  It is a tradition in Portugal, to bake a little gift and a bean in the cake.  When you're sitting around the table celebrating, whoever gets the gift, keeps it, and whoever gets the bean ... well they have to buy/make the cake for the following year :-). Of course the cakes look nothing like this one, they are rich in fruit and brandy, but in my family no one really likes fruit cake, so I made this cake which was all chocolate as per my son's request. Yup, he is definitively his mommy's boy!
I used the Winter Frolic Cricut cartridge and cut these cute wise men with my Cricut Cake. The key to get sharp cuts on the fondant is to roll the fondant to about  1/16" and keep it in freezer till you're ready to use it.  I find this works for me every time. I have several Cricut cake mats and roll out the different colours of the fondant on the different mats. I place a piece of parchment paper in between each mat and keep them in the freezer till I'm ready to make the cuts.
I sprinkled light brown sugar over the top of the cake not only  to resemble the desert sand, but more importantly, to prevent the moisture of the icing from making the fondant soggy.

Now it's your turn to join in the fun.  Don't forget to visit our blog for more inspiration from the Tinsel Team.  Looking forward to seeing your festive creations.

Till next time,
Crafty hugs,

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary

Hello crafting friends. I'm on the Dies R Us Inspiration blog today sharing a card I made for my aunt and uncle who recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary.  Gold being the traditional colour, I kept my card simple by using just two colours, white and gold, with a few pearly accents just for good measure :-)



Here is a quick pictorial of how I put this card together using the following dies:






I began with a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" card base. I then folded the front in half in order to make it a Z-fold card
I cut a piece of gold shimmer cardstock 1/8" smaller and placed it on the inside of the card with a removable glue dot. This was to hold it steady while I positioned my die. In order for all the cuts to align perfectly, you have to ensure that the fold of the front of your card is perfectly aligned with the die underneath.


Once you have found the correct position, place a small piece of removable tape (I used washi tape) to hold your dies together while you send it through your die cutting maching.


Now all that is left to do is to align the left half of your heart with the score line on the front of your card.  Adhere it with a small piece of tape and cut it.  I added a piece of white and gold cardstock behind it so that  it would stand out more. When I was done, I felt that there was too much white on the left hand side of the card, so I cut a few flowers in gold and placed them on top of the white flowers.
Next I cut the Darla butterfly out of vellum and the Vivienne butterfly and wedding rings out of the gold cardstock.  Remember, that every so often, Dies R Us runs a big sale on international dies. During these times, you will find dies from companies such as Marianne Designs, Lea'bilities, Joy Crafts, etc. The best way to know about these fabulous sales is to subscribe to the Dies R Us Newsletter. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will be able to enter your email address and be put on their mailing list.
To finish it off I added a few pearls, gems and the numbers. 

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope I was able to inspire you to use your dies, create a project, and come play along at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the first and fifteenth of every month.
 For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.


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Till next time,

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Young Couple Anniversary Card

Hello crafting friends. A new challenge begins today at Crafty Girls Corner.
It's a new year and with it came a few changes. We are all one team now and will only post bi-weekly.  I do hope you will continue to visit and support us. Samantha, our team leader, has a line up of many wonderful and generous sponsors for this coming year and our team is ready to offer you loads of tips, tricks and inspiration.  To kick off the year, our challenge this week is an easy one :-)


Challenge # 156 ~  Anything Goes

Our wonderful sponsors this week are:

Prize: 7 Digital Images


Prize: 2 Digital Images


Prize: $20 gift Certificate

Now before I show you my card, I have a winner to announce from last week's 3rd Blogiversary blog hop.

And the winner is ...

Sarah  ~
from

Congratulations, Sarah!
 Please email me at lenfon@msn.com so that I can give you your US $10  gift certificate to Beccy's Place.

Now onto my card. I used and image called Young Couple - Person to Annoy from Bugaboo Stamps and made this cute anniversary card to send to a very special couple. The sentiment used on the inside of the card is included with this very cute young couple image set.



Recipe:
Card base - Recollections - 6.5" x 5"
Stitched Nesting Hearts dies - Unbranded
Embossing folder -
Lil hearts - MS Punch
All cardstock used - GinaK.
Off white pearls - Marianne Designs
Anniversary Greeting - Cardz TV stamps - Happy Days

I'm so glad you stopped by today. Now it's your turn to make a project, using anything you like, and link it to our challenge #156 for your chance to win one of our wonderful sponsored prizes. You have till noon, CST, on Tuesday, 16 January 2018, to link your project to the Crafty Gals Corner blog.  And while you there, take a look at what my DT teamies made for your inspiration this week.



Till next time,

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A Christmas Thank You!

HAPPY NEW YEAR crafting friends.
May 2018 bring you all you wish for!

To start the year, we have a brand new challenge at CCCAYR hosted by the Gingerbread Gals.


January Challenge ~ Thank You
Prize ~  please visit the CCAYR blog



For my card I used a stitching pattern and the 3D image I had left from a kit.
The white linen cardstock is from Recollections. The red cardstock is from GinaK.   I stitched little corners on the inside of the card to tie it altogether.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed your visit and will play along with us.  You have till the end of the month to link your Christmas project to the CCAYR blog.  Please take a few minutes and visit the our blog to see all the wonderful projects made by The Gingerbread Gals.  And don't forget to come back on the 15th, when the Christmas Belles will post their projects for your mid-month inspiration.

Till next time,


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Crafty Gals Corner turns 3!

Welcome to the Crafty Gals Corner 3rd Blogiversary!! We are so excited for you to join in the fun this week as we celebrate three years of friendship, fun, and of course challenges! To help us celebrate we have TEN amazing sponsors who have blessed us with some amazing images, and are offering prizes. 


Challenge # 155 ~  Anything Goes

Our wonderful sponsors for our celebration are:

All Dressed Up
Prize: 2 Digital Images


Prize: 3 Digital Images

Prize: 2 Digital Images


Prize: 1 digital image


Prize: 3 Digital Images


My Besties
Prize: The following 3 images


Prize: $20 gift Certificate


Polkadoodles
Prize: $15 Gift Certificate


Sparkle N Sprinkle
Prize: $15 Gift Certificate




Melonheadz
Prize: 1 Bundle of your choice - no combo packs

Isn't it a wonderful list of sponsors? I have four cards to share with you.

My first card uses Beer Background Papers and Beer Mug from Dr. Digi.


The card base is from a pack of 50 of  6.5" x 5" from Recollections.  The white and black cardstocks are also from Recollections.  Inside stamp is called Good Times and it's by Cardz TV.

My second card is made with the Winnie Winterland Polar Friends image from Polkadoodles


I started off with a 5.5" x 5.5" card base from Recollections and turned it into a twisted easel card.
Then I designed the snowflakes around the edge of a piece of navy blue linen cardstock.
I used snowwhite and silver embroidery floss but was a little disappointed with the results as I feel there isn't enough contrast between the two. 


I coloured the image using copic markers and then stamped tiny snowflakes to represent snow falling.
This is what the card looks like when flat and ready to mail.



On the inside, I also continued with the tiny snowflakes and stamped the sentiment using a stamp from Christmas Sayings by  Creative Expressions. I punched out a snowflake, using MS punch, several times and stacked them to give me an adequate stopper for the easel part of the card.

For my third card, I used Easter Chicky image from Sparkle 'n Sprinkle.
As you know by now, I enjoy using pre-coloured images and this was one of them.
Isn't this the cutest little chick?


The base of the card is Silhouette design number 75800.
I used the pre-coloured chicky image and added the greeting to the half of the cracked egg.


I cut out the pre-coloured swag of flowers and adhered it to the base of the egg.
I went over them with Wink of Stella clear pen and added a gem to centre of each flower for a little something extra.


I enlarged the half cracked egg and cut it out. Then I stamped my Easter sentiment on it.
This stamp is from the Cardz TV Easter Punnies stamp set.  I also cut a bunch of the flowers to fill up the black space on my card.

And last, but not least, here is my fourth card made with the very cute Rory Ski Slopes from Lacy Sunshine.





Recipe for this card:
Card base - 6.5" x 5" - Recollections - White
Cross Stitch Semi-Circle Dies - Unbranded Dies
Ice Skate die - Marianne Designs
Snowmen Border die - Cottage Cutz
Trees die - Marianne Designs
Christmas Greeting die - Cheery Lynn Designs
Snowflakes - MS Punch
White & Navy cardstocks - Recollections
Snowflake Paper - my scraps drawer

Well, that is it from me today, but before I go, I would like to share the list of our designers. Should you get lost along the way, you can always come back and see where to go next.

Annie
Lena ~ You are here!
Tracy

And of course, when there is a bloghop, there is blog candy to be won :-)
I will send a surprise package of crafting goodies to one lucky friend who leaves me some love on this post. I would love for you to become a follower of my blog too, but it is not necessary to be entered in the draw. I will pick a winner next Tuesday, 2 January 2018 and announce it on the very first Crafty Gals Post of 2018 which will be on the 3rd of January.  International entries are welcome and will be entered in the draw but instead of a package of goodies, you will receive a gift certificate to an online store.

  I hope I have inspired you to make a project or two and join in our celebration fun.  You have till noon, CST, on Tuesday, 2 January 2018 to link your project to the Crafty Gals Corner blog.  As we come to the end of 2017, I want to wish you and yours a very Happy New Year and thank you for your friendship and support.

Hugs,
Lena