Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Vintage Inspiration


Hi and Good Morning everyone - Alison here today :)  We have a fab challenge theme of Vintage this week and already some really gorgeous entries so far.  Cheery Lynn have some beautiful and very elegant dies which are perfect for a vintage creation, and I really enjoyed making this style of card.
 
I started off with an 8 x 8 inch blank card base, so this is quite big.  I layered HOTP papers onto Kraft card and pale cream bazzill card, and the same cardstock was used for cutting all the dies. 
 
I used the wonderful Sophia's Heart doily die for the background and the border lace is the stunning Anastasia Border.  I added the Fanciful Flourish die to the side panel and then matted my vintage photograph using Oval scalloped and stacker dies.  I tucked  just one from the set of 3 Lace Deco Corners around the edges of the picture and added some pearls.
 
The bottom right hand corner uses Victorian Romance Flourish.  This was the first Cheery Lynn die I ever bought and still remains one of my favourites.  I made some baby's breath flower stems (these were soooo easy!), and the larger white flowers were again nicked out of my pot pourri bowl! :D lol.
 
All dies used on this card are:

Lace Corner Deco H
Sophia's Heart
Anastasia Border
Lace Corner Deco B
Fanciful Flourish
Oval stacker
Scalloped oval stacker
Exotic Butterflies Small #2
Exotic Butterflies - Small
Victorian Romance Flourish
Embellishment #2 - Baby's Breath
Hummingbird
Love
Rose Leaf Strip

I hope you find time to enter our challenge this week, I love looking at all the creative ways everyone interprets the challenges and uses these dies, its such a pleasure.  Dont forget, there is also daily inspiration from the other talented members of the DT over on our Cheery Lynn Designs Inspiration Blog, so check back often :)

Have a smashing week, and thanks so much for visiting today.

Alison - aka 'xtglx'


Monday, October 29, 2012

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 52 - Vintage

This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs is

Vintage

 Here are the rules:
  • You MUST follow the theme and use at least one Cheery Lynn Designs die, of course, we would love to see more than one. 
  • You MUST add a link to your blog post in the InLinkz at the end of this post; no back posting, only new projects are allowed
  • You MUST link to our blog in your post
  • You may only enter the challenge ONCE per week.
The winner will be chosen based on merit by Cheery Lynn Designs. They will receive a $20 coupon for shopping at the Cheery Lynn website. The challenge will end on Sunday night at 22:00 Eastern time.  And now to our inspiration for today......


Remember, you MUST use a Cheery Lynn Designs die to enter this challenge.


Texture Challenge winner

The winner of our Texture challenge is

 
  Congratulations, Diane.  Please contact me for your $20 shopping spree to Cheery Lynn Designs.  And thank you to everyone who joined in on the challenge.  We hope to see you again in this week's Vintage challenge.


Friday, October 26, 2012

Fall Wagon

It's Friday and I am thrilled to be back with another project to share with you this week!

Our challenge this week at Cheery Lynn Designs is All About Texture.  So with that in mind, I wanted to show you a really neat technique that you might way to try.  For my project, I started by inking up my Wicker Embossing Plate with distressed black ink and embossing my card stock.  I then used my Big Weaver die to cut the card stock into strips to resemble wood.  Once I had my strips cut, I then distressed the entire sheet with several different colors of distressed inks to give the appearance of wood that looked somewhat "aged." 

One of the great things about the Wickers and Weavers dies is that they are made so that there is no cut line at one end so that you can extend the die cut to the width of your paper.  This is also the case for both the new Expandable Tiny Borders and the new Expandable Quilling Strip Die.

For the supports on the wagon and the seat bench, I simply used my Big Wicker die but did not emboss this with the Wicker embossing plate, just a bit of distressing to give the feeling of old "faded" leather.



Here is the finished Fall Wagon





Here is a closeup to see the texture I created


This was such a fun project to do and it gave me the opportunity to use my Cheery Lynn dies in some different ways.  I hope this gives you some ideas when looking at your dies.  I think you will find there are some wonderful unexpected surprises contained within each and every one of them!

For this project I used the following:
B188 - Build a Flowers Embellishment #2
B240 - Fall Pumpkins
D133 - Small Leaves #1
D134 - Small Leaves #2
D135 - Large Leaves #1
D136 - Large Leaves #2
G18 - Wicker Embossing Plate
W102 - Big Wicker 1/4" Strips
W104 - Big Weaver 1/2" Strips

Also, don't forget to visit the challenge this week and put in your entry where the theme is All About Texture!

You have a chance to win a $20.00 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs!

Of course, if you would like more inspiration please visit the other talented ladies from the Cheery Lynn Design Team.  I know you will be glad you did!

Have a Cheery Day!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Going Dotty


 
Hi and Good Morning :)  Alison here today and what wonderful entries we have had so far this week in our 'Texture' Challenge.  You still have plenty of time to join in, and you can link your entry here.
 
I really enjoyed making my card for this weeks theme, and was aiming for something fresh, light and delicate.  I usually have some kind of image as a focal point on my card, but the Celtic Heart die provided a perfect centrepiece.
 
I started off with a 6 x 6 inch blank card base and layered ice white pearl card and blue bazzil cardstock.  I then used the Dotted Swiss embossing plate on the pearl card for texture, and added the Border Carnivale and some dotty ribbon at the bottom.
 
The gorgeous Large Sunflower Doily is perfect for this size of card and creates a beautiful background to the stacked circles and Celtic heart centrepiece.  Finally I added Darling Daisies and the word LOVE from the new release sentiments.
 
All dies used on this card are:
 
 
I hope you find time to play along with the challenge this week, and I look forward to seeing more fab entries.  Dont forget, there is also daily inspiration from the other talented members of the DT over on our Cheery Lynn Designs Inspiration Blog.
 
Have a smashing week, and thanks so much for visiting today.
 
Alison - aka 'xtglx'
 


Monday, October 22, 2012

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 51 - Texture

This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs is

Texture

 Here are the rules:
  • You MUST follow the theme and use at least one Cheery Lynn Designs die, of course, we would love to see more than one. 
  • You MUST add a link to your blog post in the InLinkz at the end of this post; no back posting, only new projects are allowed
  • You MUST link to our blog in your post
  • You may only enter the challenge ONCE per week.
The winner will be chosen based on merit by Cheery Lynn Designs. They will receive a $20 coupon for shopping at the Cheery Lynn website. The challenge will end on Sunday night at 22:00 Eastern time.  And now to our inspiration for today......

 

Remember, you MUST use a Cheery Lynn Designs die to enter this challenge.


Corner Adorners Challenge Winner

The winner of our Corner Adorners challenge
picked by Bj, owner of Cheery Lynn Designs is

#9 Gaynor
 
  Congratulations, Gaynor.  Please contact me for your $20 shopping spree to Cheery Lynn Designs.  And thank you to everyone who joined in on the challenge.  We hope to see you again in this week's Texture challenge.


Friday, October 19, 2012

More fun with the New Release

Hi everyone, well it's Friday... let the weekend begin!

Today I would normally do a post for our current weekly challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs but I am having so much fun with the new release dies I couldn't help myself.  I made a project using some of my New Release dies and I was having so much fun I pulled out some of my oldies but goodies to do a second project.

For my first project, I want to show you a card I made using the new Lacey Christmas Ornaments.  They are so delicate and pretty and I know you are going to have a lot fun using them.  They even have a built-in hanger so you can actually hang them up!  How cool is that!  I also thought the Merry Christmas sentiment was the perfect accompaniment to make a lovely Christmas Card.

Here's a closer look so you can see what I mean.



For this project I used the following dies:
B215 - Expandable Tiny Borders
B216 - Wreath Strip
B160 - Queen Anne's Lace Border
B186 - Merry Christmas Set
DL227 - Lacey Christmas Ornaments
XL-7 - Oval - Classic - LG Stackers Nesting Dies

As well and in keeping with this weeks challenge theme Corner Adorners (must use a corner embellishment), my second project is a card in honor of a sweet friend.    I know she loves these colors together and the inspiration for the color combination came from her.  For this card I used the Spring Flower Burst Doily die with Angel Wing and cut it once in each color.  I then cut and layered sections of the doily with each of the colors to get this effect.  It is a little time-consuming but the results are so worth it.  I hope you will give it a try : )

Here is photo of how it came together:




For this project I used the following dies:
B117S - Mini Fanciful Flourish
B149 - Cuties 1
B165 - Lace Corner Deco E
D137 - Sweet Williams
DL221 - Spring Flower Burst Doily
XM-7 - Oval

Don't forget to visit the challenge this week and put in your entry where the theme is Corner Adorners (must have a corner embellishment)!

You have a chance to win a $20.00 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs and with all of the wonderful new dies announced this week I have no doubt you will be able to put your winnings to good use!

Also, for more fantastic inspiration I hope you can visit the other talented ladies from the Cheery Lynn Design Team.


Have a Cheery Day!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Smashing Pumpkins


Good Morning fellow crafters and bloggers, Alison here today :)  sharing my card for this weeks challenge theme of 'Corner Adorners'
 
Now there been some stunning creations made this week with the new release dies from Cheery Lynn and I thought I would showcase a few more of the new dies today on my cute seasonal birthday card.
 
I started out with a 6 x 6 Kraft card base and layered cream and green bazzil cardstock, MME papers and inked the edges with brushed corduroy DI's. 
 
I then had the most fun creating this card ever! :)
 
I joined each Corner with one of the brilliant Expandable Tiny Border dies - this is now officially my new favourite border die!  I love it! :)  I added acorns in the corners, extra leaves and I used the Quilling Strip die to make the rolled swirls in the top corners too.  The wonderful Fall Pumpkins dies cut beautifully and have great texture, but most of all I love the twiddly bits that come with them - they are so much fun! 
 
I really love the new sentiment sets in this release too and I know I will use them over and over.  I added Happy Birthday to my card using the smaller dies in each set.  Finally, the mini 3d pumpkins were nicked out of my pot pourri bowl so the card even smells seasonal too!
 
All dies used on this card are:
 
 
I hope you find time to play along with our challenge this week and dont forget there is also daily inspiration from the other very talented members of our DT over on the Cheery Lynn Designs Inspiration Blog.
 
Have a smashing week, and thanks so much for visiting today.

Alison - aka 'xtglx'



Monday, October 15, 2012

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 50 - Corner Adorners

This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs is

Corner Adorners
(must use a corner embellishment)

 Here are the rules:
  • You MUST follow the theme and use at least one Cheery Lynn Designs die, of course, we would love to see more than one. 
  • You MUST add a link to your blog post in the InLinkz at the end of this post; no back posting, only new projects are allowed
  • You MUST link to our blog in your post
  • You may only enter the challenge ONCE per week.
The winner will be chosen based on merit by Cheery Lynn Designs. They will receive a $20 coupon for shopping at the Cheery Lynn website. The challenge will end on Sunday night at 22:00 Eastern time.  And now to our inspiration for today......

 

Remember, you MUST use a Cheery Lynn Designs die to enter this challenge.


Black and Orange challenge winner

The winner of our Black and Orange challenge
picked by Bj, owner of Cheery Lynn Designs is

  
Congratulations, Theresa.  Please contact me for your $20 shopping spree to Cheery Lynn Designs.  And thank you to everyone who joined in on the challenge.  We hope to see you again in this week's Corner Adorners challenge.


Friday, October 12, 2012

The Fashion Witch

Happy Friday everyone, I'm delighted to be back again to share another project with you this week.

For me, nothing says Black and Orange to me like Halloween!  So in keeping with this week's challenge I set sights on creating a fun version of a Witches Hat and Shoes.  The Hat I thought was an obvious choice but of course, what good fashionable Witch would allow herself to be seen without a new pair of shoes to match!

If you are wondering how to make the cone for the hat it is really quite simple.  You can either go to your local craft supply store and purchase a styrofoam cone and wrap it with the paper you want to use or take advantage of the many tutorials out there that demonstrate how to make a cone.

Also, to give the hat a bit more dimension, I decided to 3-D both the Silly Spider and the Spider Web and include a "spooky-looking" flower with a flower bud that had a similar feeling to a Venus Fly Trap using the Stacker Flowers 4 and 5.

Here is a look at the Witches Hat:



Here is a closeup of the Witches Shoes:


For this project I used the following dies:
E123 - Eccentric circles Embossing Plate
B152 - Miniature Rose
B133 - Lace Light Deco Border
B200 - Celtic Band
SF-5 - Stacker Flower 5
SF-4 - Stacker Flower 4
DL162 - Spider Web
A194 - Going Batty
A189 - Silly Spider

There are just so many fun things you can do with a project like this, the possibilities are endless.  I hope this will inspire you to get creative and perhaps try something new.

Don't forget to visit the challenge this week and put in your entry where the theme is Black and Orange!

You have a chance to win a $20.00 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs!

I can't wait to see you back on Monday for the New Release and lots of inspiration from the Design Team!

Have a Cheery Day!





Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hello Pumpkin



Hi and Good Morning everyone, Alison here :)  and back again today to share a card I made inspired by this weeks Cheery Lynn Challenge theme of  'Black & Orange'.
 
I was kind of nervy making this weeks project as Orange is SO out of my comfort zone, but once I got started it was nice to dip into some much neglected orange stash and I was really pleased with how this turned out. :)
 
I layered black bazzil cardstock, MME and Prima papers onto a 6 x 6 inch card base and then went to town on the dies.  Cheery Lynn have some awesome Halloween and seasonal dies and I used the Spider Web Doily, Spooky Tree, Going Batty, and Witch Hunt themed dies on this card.  I matted my image onto the gorgeous Horizon Coved Reflection die and shadowed it in black card behind.  I also used my favourite Lace Light Deco border die on this card as its so versatile!
 
All dies used on this card are:
 
 
I hope you find time to join in this week, its such a fun time of the year to create something kooky and unusual, and I look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing some fabby creations.  Dont forget there is also daily inspiration from the other talented members of the DT over on our Cheery Lynn Inspirations Blog, so check back often! :)
 
Have a smashing week, and thanks so much for visiting our blog today.
 
Alison - aka 'xtglx'


Monday, October 8, 2012

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 49 - Black and Orange

This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs is

Black and Orange

 Here are the rules:
  • You MUST follow the theme and use at least one Cheery Lynn Designs die, of course, we would love to see more than one. 
  • You MUST add a link to your blog post in the InLinkz at the end of this post; no back posting, only new projects are allowed
  • You MUST link to our blog in your post
  • You may only enter the challenge ONCE per week.
The winner will be chosen based on merit by Cheery Lynn Designs. They will receive a $20 coupon for shopping at the Cheery Lynn website. The challenge will end on Sunday night at 22:00 Eastern time.  And now to our inspiration for today......



Remember, you MUST use a Cheery Lynn Designs die to enter this challenge.


Halloween Challenge winner

The winner of our Halloween challenge
picked by Bj, owner of Cheery Lynn Designs is

#2 Heidi
 
  
Congratulations, Heidi.  Please contact me for your $20 shopping spree to Cheery Lynn Designs.  And thank you to everyone who joined in on the challenge.  We hope to see you again in this week's Black and Orange challenge.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Brewing up a batch of good witches

Hi Everyone, Happy Friday!

I am super excited to be here with you today to share a project inspired by this week's challenge theme Halloween on this, my first "official" posting as one of the Design Team for Cheery Lynn Designs.

Halloween cards are just so much fun to make.  I just love the vibrant colors and the fact that they are so easy to add lots of texture and dimension.  For my project, I decided to 3-D the Spooky Tree.  To get this effect all you need to do is die cut the tree several times and score each tree in the middle and glue them together.  You can use as many die cuts as you like but I thought that six looked just about right for this card.

Here is the finished project:


Here is a closeup of the tree:



For this project I used the following dies:
DL193 - Horizon Coved Rectangle Mega Doily
XL10 - Coved Rectangle Classic
E164 - Burble / Cheese Cloth Texture Embossing Plate
DL162 - Spiderweb
B191 - Spooky Tree
A194 - Going Batty
A190 - Scare Me
FRM123 - Enchanted Flight

You still have lots of time so don't forget to visit the challenge this week and put in your Halloween inspired entry.  The challenge will end on Sunday night at 22:00 Eastern time.

You have a chance to win a $20.00 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs!

Have a Cheery Day!






Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Feeling Spooky!


 
Good Morning fellow crafters and bloggers! :)   Dont ya just love autumn? 
 
I adore this time of the year, the misty mornings, glorious colours, wind, rain, dark nights and things that go bump in the night! lol :)  October is also my favourite month as its my birthday - I was born 2 days early for Halloween, although my mum used to say I was quite a little witch anyway! :D lol.
 
My card for this weeks challenge uses some of my favourite Cheery Lynn Dies ever!  I started off with a 6 x 6 blank card base and layered MME papers onto black American Crafts cardstock.  This is also the same paper and card I used to cut all my dies with.
 
For the border I cut 6 of the spider web corners and then added the gorgeous French Lattice Die (which is sooo elegant) on top.  I layered the smallest of the 2 of hearts die for dimension and tucked that behind. The cute bats (yes I think bats are cute!) look brilliant when they are cut and come in 3 sizes.  The flowers are made from my favourite Roses dies and the leaves and stamen are from the increasingly useful Build a Flower set.
 
All dies used on this project are:
 
 
 
You still have lots of time to enter our Halloween Challenge this week, so I hope you find time to join in and I look forward to seeing some very spooky creations!  Dont forget there is also gorgeous and fresh inspiration from the rest of the uber talented DT over on our Cheery Lynn Designs Inspiration Blog.
 
Thanks so much for visiting our blog today and have a smashing week!
 
Alison - aka 'xtglx'


Monday, October 1, 2012

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 48 - Halloween

This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs is

Halloween

 Here are the rules:
  • You MUST follow the theme and use at least one Cheery Lynn Designs die, of course, we would love to see more than one. 
  • You MUST add a link to your blog post in the InLinkz at the end of this post; no back posting, only new projects are allowed
  • You MUST link to our blog in your post
  • You may only enter the challenge ONCE per week.
The winner will be chosen based on merit by Cheery Lynn Designs. They will receive a $20 coupon for shopping at the Cheery Lynn website. The challenge will end on Sunday night at 22:00 Eastern time.  And now to our inspiration for today......

 


Remember, you MUST use a Cheery Lynn Designs die to enter this challenge.


Keep It Krafty Challenge winner

The winner of our Keep It Krafty challenge
picked by Bj, owner of Cheery Lynn Designs is

  
Congratulations, Lori.  Please contact me for your $20 shopping spree to Cheery Lynn Designs.  And thank you to everyone who joined in on the challenge.  We hope to see you again in this week's Halloween challenge.