Friday, November 30, 2012

Santa Kitty

Hi everyone, it's Friday and I am happy to be here with you to share a cute little Christmas card with some non-traditional colors which fits right in with our challenge this week!  : )

I saw this adorable little Christmas kitten stamp by Stampendous at one of our local scrapbooking stores and I just knew I had to have him.

The Swedish Spring Oval Frame die is one of my favs and I thought it was just the perfect frame for this sweet little image.

Here is a look at my card:




For this project I used the following dies:

B151 - Cuties 3
B183 - Holly Leaves
DL189 - Lace Square Heart Mega Dolly
FRM135 - Swedish Spring Oval Frame
XL-7 - Oval Classic Large Stacker Nesting Die
XM-7 - Oval Classic

I hope you can find some time to visit the challenge this week and put in your entry where the theme is Non-traditional Christmas Colors!  With your entry you will have a chance to win a $20.00 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs!

As always, if you are in need of more inspiration, why don't you take a moment and pop-in to see what my fellow Team mates have been up to.  I know you will be glad you did!

Have a Cheery Day!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sparkly Pink Christmas


 
 
Hi and Good Morning everyone, Alison here today, sharing a card inspired by this weeks challenge theme of 'Non Traditional Christmas Colours'.  As always there is a fab prize on offer and you still have plenty of time to enter HERE:

Now I love to see light and fresh looking christmas cards, they can really stand out amongst the darker, more traditional colours and its quite nice to have a break from all the reds and greens too.

I started off with a 6 x 6 scalloped card base and layered K&Co papers from my scraps box onto American Crafts white textured cardstock.

This stunning Lace Christmas Tree die cuts beautifully and is so ornate and swirly it has a real wow factor!  I layered it on top of the matching Angel Wing for dimension and then added lots of sparkle and bling.  The gorgeous snowflakes were layered snowflowers from set 1 and 2 held together with moonstone brads, and the smaller snowflakes were made using embellishments from the BAF embellishment sets.

The beautiful border is the Anastasia die with 2 staggered layers and topped off with pink dotty satin and organza ribbon.  This was a pretty quick card to make, and would work well with any colour combo and scraps of papers :)

All dies used on this card are:

Lace Christmas Tree + A/W
Anastasia Border
Snowflowers #1
Snowflowers #2
Snowflakes plate (the 3 mini snowflakes, top left)
BAF - Embellishment set  #1
BAF - Embellishment set #2
Square Classic Silver Stackers
Scalloped Square Stackers

I cant wait to see how you interpret this  weeks challenge and dont forget this is always fresh and inspirational projects uploaded daily by the rest of our talented DT over on the Cheery Lynn Designs Inspiration blog.

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



Monday, November 26, 2012

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 56 - Non Traditional Christmas Colors

This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs is

Non Traditional Christmas Colors
(no red or green)

 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.


Tag you're it! challenge winner

The winner of our Tag you're it! challenge
picked by Bj, owner of Cheery Lynn Designs 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 Non-Traditional Colors challenge.


Friday, November 23, 2012

Fun With Tags

Welcome to Friday everyone! 

Today I wanted to share with you a couple of tags that I have made.  I used the DL193 - Horizon Coved Rectangle die to make the base of the tags instead of using a pre-made tag.  This gave me the flexibility to make the size I wanted.

If you have not had the chance to use these Reflection dies yet I highly recommend that you try them out.   They are so versatile and I keep finding another use for them.

There is a post by my very talented team mate Kianel here that shows you how these dies can be combined to make different shapes.  Check it out for more cool ideas : )

Here is a look at my tags:




For my first tag I layered 3D DL225 - Snowflowers Set One on top of the B238 - Love You More and used the B215 - Expandable Tiny Borders to hang the Snowflowers as ornaments.

A close-up of Tag 1:


For my second tag I made a 3D DL228 - Lacey Angel and finished it off with some of the pieces from B242 - Special Occasions.

A close-up of Tag 2:



For this project I used the following dies:

Tag 1 - Red Ribbon
B183 - Holly Leaves
B190 - Sentiment Frame #2
B215 - Expandable Tiny Borders
B216 - Wreath Strip
B238 - Love You More
B241 - Rose Leaf Strip
DL193 - Horizon Coved Rectangle
DL225 - Snowflowers Set One
XM-5 - XM Scalloped Circle

Tag 2 - White Ribbon
B189 - Sentiment Frame #1
B242 - Special Occasions
DL193 - Horizon Coved Rectangle
DL228 - Lacey Angel

I hope you can find some time to visit the challenge this week and put in your entry where the theme is Tag You're It!  With your entry you will have a chance to win a $20.00 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs!

Of course, if you would like more inspiration be sure to pop-in to see what my fellow Teamies have been up to!
Have a Cheery Day,







Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bow & Bell Tag


 
Good Morning - Alison here today :)  I hope everyone is having a really good week so far.
 
Our challenge this week is called 'Tag - you're it', and you still have lots of time to enter here:
 
This was a really fun project for me, as I dont often think to make tags this size.  I used a blank manilla parcel tag (6.5 x 3.5 inches) and covered it with MME xmas paper.  I then backed it onto some kraft card and inked the edges. 
 
I layered 2 of the Holly Lace Flourish dies and made the border from the Queen Anne's Lace following some of the pattern design on the paper.   I chose to make the centrepiece out of the beautiful and very elegant lacey Bell Die which comes with the fabby bow too, and layered it onto cream cardstock.  I decorated the bells with pearls and fixed it to the oval stackers.  For a fabulous finishing touch I added 3 snowflakes from set 1 and 2 of the snowflowers dies, I absolutely love these and seem to be using them on almost everything at the moment! :)
 
All dies used on this tag are:
 
 
I hope you find time to join in this week, and I look forward to seeing more lovely entries.  Dont forget there is always fresh daily inspiration over on our Cheery Lynn Designs Inspiration blog too.
 
I hope everyone has smashing Thanksgiving and a brilliant week, and thanks so much for visiting our blog today,
 
 


Monday, November 19, 2012

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 55 - Tag you're it!

This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs is

Tag you're it!

 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.


Autumn Colors challenge winner

The winner of our Autumn Colors 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 Tag you're it! challenge.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Elegant Fall Centerpiece

Welcome to Friday everyone!   : )

Making the bread basket last week was so much fun that this week I decided to stay on the same theme and make a Fall Centerpiece for the table to feature all of our favorite Autumn Colors.  Autumn has to be one of my most favorite seasons as I just adore all of the vibrant colors that this time of year brings.

For this week's project, I wanted to create a table display that I could fill with all of the gorgeous Cheery Lynn flowers I could fit!  As you can see I may have went a bit overboard but I just couldn't help myself... LOL!  All of the flower dies are just so versatile and easy to use.  I tend to try various combinations when making flowers and honestly the possibilities are truly endless.  Once you get started playing with the flower dies it is hard to stop!

My vision for the centerpiece was to have a candle in the center of the display.  I took that thought and made a lantern to hold the candle (actually a LED tea light).   Once I had the lantern created, I decided to surround it with these  gorgeous Cheery Lynn flowers.  Of course I needed a base to hold the flowers so this took me to my next step.

Here is how the the base of the centerpiece is made:  I started with a 5” by 7” rectangle and added 2 ½ inches to each side for the depth.  The overall dimensions are 10” by 12” before shaping.

To shape the base I scored on the 2 ½ inch mark on all 4 sides and then cut on a 45 degree angle both on both ends of the longer side to give it a tapered shape.





And this is a close-up so you can see the details easier.  I trimmed the lantern using the the frame of the Wedding Vows die and adhered it to clear acetate so that you could see the illumination from the flameless candle.



For this project I used the following dies:

B147 - Olive Branches
B156 - Cuties 4
B178 - Flourish Leaf Strip
B181 - Build a Flower # 1
D135 - Dimensional Large Leaves #1
D136 - Dimensional Large Leaves #2
D137 - Sweet Williams
DL129 - Border Carnivale
FRM138 - Wedding Vows
SF-2 - Stacker Flower 2
SF-3 - Stacker Flower 3

I hope you can find some time to visit the challenge this week and put in your entry where the theme is Autumn Colors!  With your entry you will have a chance to win a $20.00 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs!

Of course, if you would like more inspiration be sure to pop-in to see what my fellow Teamies have been up to!






Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Inspired by Autumn


 
Hi Everyone :) Alison here today, sharing my card inspired by this weeks challenge theme of  'Autumn Colours'.
 
Now I have been dying to use some more of the gorgeous celtic borders on my cards, and so I chose to start off with an 8 x 5 inch card base, as the borders really work well when used in 8 inch strips.
 
My cardstock for this was 300gsm Kraft and Ivory, so really heavy weights and as you can see they cut the most detailed dies beautifully.   I coloured a fab Crafts & Me digi image as my focal point and used HOTP papers from my scraps box.
 
The gorgeous border dies are the Celtic Chain and the Celtic Heart Border.  I added a cross section of the Tiffany Border die towards the bottom and embellished that with 2 mini doilies taken from the centres of the Polynesian Sails and Nautical Wheeler dies.  These are so useful! 
 
The leaves are a mix of Dimensional Small Leaves,  Olive Branches and Pair of Ferns  I finally added twine, a wooden button and a few more bits and bobs glittered up from my pot pourri bowl - lol! :)
 
All dies used on this card are:
 
B237 - Celtic heart border (tucked behind the image)
Polynesian Sail - mini doily taken from the centre of the main die
Nautical Wheeler Doily - mini doily taken from the centre of the main doily
 
I hope you find time to play along with our challenge this week, and I look forward to seeing some fabulous creations.  Dont forget there is also daily inspiration from the other talented members of the DT over on our Cheery Lynn Designs Inspiration Blog.
 
I hope everyone has a smashing week, and thanks so much for visiting today.
 
 


Monday, November 12, 2012

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 54 - Autumn Colors

This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs is

Autumn Colors

 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.


Give Thanks challenge winner

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

 
Congratulations, Karen.  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 Autumn Colors challenge.


Friday, November 9, 2012

A Bountiful Table

Hi everyone, it's Friday and I am so happy once again to be here to share a project with you...

I was preparing a nice dinner for my family last weekend and I needed a basket for my dinner rolls.  I went looking and after pulling out all of my baskets and discovering that they were  all in need of replacement I decided on my project this week.  My thinking was, why buy a basket when I can make one and customize it to the occasion?  The basket turned out to be quite sturdy so I could have easily put apples in it but I decided on rolls.  I cannot take credit for the rolls, they came from my local baker.  Hey, a girl has to have priorities, right??

Here is my basket:


I had a ton of fun putting this little beauty together and it took no time!  Oh, by the way, the tiny pine cone, is made from the Cuties 2 die.  I really wanted to add a pine cone so I simply used my quilling tool and just cascaded the strip to make it  look like a pine cone.  Not so bad in a pinch huh??

Here are the dies you will need for this project:

B117 - Fanciful Flourish
B146 - Pine Branches
B150 - Cuties 2 (for the Pine Cone)
B181 - Build a Flower # 1
B201 - Celtic Weave
B215 - Expandable Tiny Borders
B240 - Fall Pumpkins
DL121 - Sunflower
D135 - Dimensional Large Leaves #1
XL-13 - French Flair - Scalloped LG Stackers Nesting Dies

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



Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thank you


Good Morning fellow crafters and bloggers, Alison here today.  Our challenge theme this week is 'Give Thanks' and this can be interpreted in so many ways.   You have plenty of time left to join in this week so it will be great to see what you come up with.
 
I started off with a 6 x 6 blank card base and layered MME papers on American Crafts white cardstock.  I coloured a sweet Sylvia Zet digi-image to match my papers and then set about playing with my dies.
 
The borders down the sides are the elegant Lace Light Deco border, which I think goes with just about anything and everything - its fab!.  I then  used for the first time the Nautical Wheeler Doily - this is a fabulously styled and lacey design and you even get a mini doily that pops out in the middle to use later.  I made my own flowers using Sweet Williams and Roses dies and added some Olive branches to the spray.
 
The sentiment was printed on my PC which I cut out using the coved rectangle and scalloped rectangle mini dies.
 
All dies used on the card are:
 
 
I hope you find time to play along and 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 - 'xtglx'


Monday, November 5, 2012

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 53 - Give Thanks

This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs is

Give Thanks

 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.


Vintage Challenge winner

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

 
  Congratulations, Ilene.  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 Give Thanks challenge.


Friday, November 2, 2012

My Vintage Box

Welcome to Friday everyone!   : )

When I was thinking about our challenge theme this week I remembered a keepsake box that my Grandmother had many years ago.  She kept various pieces of her jewelery and things that had special significance in this box.  My plan was to attempt to replicate that box as the unusual shape and opening always intrigued me.  Although the box my Grandmother had was larger, this miniature version gives you an idea of it's shape.

For the top of the box I layered a Sophia's Heart Doily which is just so pretty and elegant and then added some vintage roses that I made using  Build a Flower 2.  The Ribbon Eyelet Border and the Victorian Romance Flourish (and a few pearls) were the perfect accents to give this box that true vintage feel.

Here is a look at the box open:




And this is what it looks like closed:


For this project I used the following dies:

B122 - Ribbon Eyelet Border w/Piercing
B160 - Queen Anne's Lace Border
B187 - Build a Flower #2
DL151 - Victorian Romance Flourish
DL184 - Sophia's Heart
DL193 - Horizion Coved Rectangle

I hope you can find some time to visit the challenge this week and put in your entry where the theme is Vintage!  With your entry you will have a chance to win a $20.00 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs!

Of course, if you would like more inspiration be sure to pop-in to see what my fellow Teamies have been up to!
Have a Cheery Day!