Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pretty in Pink


 
Hi and Good Morning everyone - Alison here today :)
 
My card this week was inspired by our new challenge - 'Tickled Pink', and it was lovely to play with some light floral colours and shapes, especially in January! lol.
 
I used a 6 x 6 blank card base and layered First Edition papers onto 300gsm ice white pearl card.  This cardstock was also used for the doily, border and corner die cuts,  and it gives a brilliant clean cut, even on the most intricate dies.  The 2 corner dies are from the  Lace Corner Deco I  set, and the beautiful border at the bottom is the Border Carnivale Die trimmed with some spotty pink ribbon and a bow.
 
I then matted an adorable Mo Manning image onto the gorgeous Sunflower Doily die.  This is a fabulous size, as it fills a 6 x 6 card pefectly, but still gives you lots of room to add other embellishments.   The large flowers use both sizes of the Judy's bloom dies held together with pearl brads.  The smaller flowers are Darling Daisies, and the leaves are a mix of Pine Branches and Olive Branches
 
All dies used on this card are:
 
 
 
I hope you find time to enter this week, we love seeing your Cheery Lynn Creations! :)  Dont forget there is always fresh daily inspiration from the rest of the talented DT over on our Cheery Lynn Designs Inspiration Blog
 
I hope everyone has a smashing week and thanks so much for visiting today.
 
 


Monday, January 28, 2013

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 65 - Tickled Pink

This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs is

Tickled Pink
(pink must be a prominent color on your entry)

 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.


Sweethearts Challenge winner

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

 
      
Congratulations, Lindsay.  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 Tickled Pink challenge.


Friday, January 25, 2013

Heart Shaped Box


Good Morning, and Happy Friday Everyone!

WOW, where does the time go? It's hard to believe that we are already past mid-January. Seems like yesterday we were getting ready for Christmas and before we can blink, Valentines Day will be upon us!! So with this week's challenge theme in mind, I have a fun heart-shaped box I made to share with you.

It's been really great to play with the new release dies and I was able to incorporate a few of these new dies into this project, but I pulled out some of my favorites dies from my stash as well : ) I used the DL106 Heart to Heart Doily as the focal point of my heart-shaped box. This is such a gorgeous set of dies! You get a set of 4 dies, 3 of which die-cut heart-shaped lace doilies and the 4th gives you a solid shape backing for the largest doily. I bet you are thinking what I am..., there are lots of uses for this gorgeous set all through the year not just Valentines Day! : )

For a bit of a different twist, I decided to build long-stem roses and used the Miniature Rose die and my flower tool to form the rose buds. The BAF #2 Embellishments provided the stems and the baby's breath accents.


If you want to make this box yourself it is actually quite easy. You can use this method for any box that you want to make. Simply have a die cut for the top and bottom of the box. (Hint: I normally do at least 2 die cuts for both the top and bottom for stability) After that, all you need is a strip of paper in whatever height that you want with a 1/2 inch fold to glue it to the top or bottom. When making the bottom simply make the side a little smaller so that the top fits on. If your need to bend the side simply put relief cuts on the 1/2 inch fold to allow you to form it in whatever shape you desire.


Here's a list of the dies used for this project:

B107 - Frills & Hearts Border
B152 - Miniature Rose
B187 - Build a Flower #2
B188 - Embellishment #2
B227 - Love (Set of 2)
B235 - You (Set of 2)
DL106 - Heart to Heart Doily
DL238 - Sophie's Heart Mini Doily

The entries for last week's challenge were just fantastic! I really enjoyed looking in on your wonderful creations and visiting your blogs. I hope you can find some time to visit the challenge this week and put in your entry where the theme is Sweethearts! With your entry you will have a chance to win a $20.00 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs!... Now that's a "sweet deal"!

Have a Cheery Day!



Wednesday, January 23, 2013

With Love....


 
Hi and Good Morning :) 
 
What gorgeous entries we had last week for our snowflakes challenge - there were some absolute beauties and it was such a pleasure seeing what everyone created! 
 
My card today is for this weeks challenge theme of 'Sweethearts'.  Valentines day is just around the corner, but hearts also make a lovely addition to any card for someone special.  
 
I used a 6 x 6 inch blank card base and stitched MME papers onto pink Bazzill card.  I layered the beautiful  Lady Kate Edger border and the waste from the Celtic Heart Border onto the horizontal paper panel, and then added the Large Heart to Heart Doily Die.  This die is really versatile, with lots of layering components, and so I used the inner heart shape to mat my image too.  I then cut the smallest die from the Two of Hearts, and also the Celtic Heart Die in white for some contrast.  The tiny flowers are made from the BAF embellishment sets and I added some pearls from stash.
 
All dies uses on this card are:
 
 
I hope you find time to join us this week,  and you still have plenty of time to enter.  Dont forget there is always fresh inspiration from the rest of the talented DT over on our Cheery Lynn Inspirations Blog.
 
Thanks so much for visiting our blog today, and have a smashing week!
 
 
 


Monday, January 21, 2013

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 64 - Sweethearts

This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs is

Sweethearts
 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.


Snowflake Challenge winner

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

      
Congratulations, Debbie.  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 Sweethearts challenge.


Friday, January 18, 2013

Flower Vase with Tutorial

Hi Everyone,

I hope that all of you are finding loads of inspiration with the January new release dies. I have been having a blast and I just had to show you another project that I have put together using some of the new dies as well as some 'oldies but goodies!'

I have had so much positive feedback from the last flower vase I did that I decided to try my hand at another version. This one with a bit of a twist : )

Here is a look at the finished vase, instructions are at the bottom of this post:




To make this vase I simply created a template by drawing a rectangle 4" wide by 7" tall. I then drew a line down the middle so I could find the center. Since I wanted the vase to be tapered I marked a line 1.5" on each side of center at the bottom of the rectangle and joined the top and bottom. Now I have my basic shape for my vase 4" at the top and 3" at the bottom.

Once I had the basic shape I simply needed to add a flap on the right and the bottom so I could glue it all together.

Here is what my template looks like:

Vase Template

I actually cut this 6 times, 3 with DP and 3 with card stock. Once all the pieces are cut, I scored each piece in the middle (2" from the left side) with the paper aligned at the top of my Scor-Pal.

My vision for this vase was to use the gorgeous Canadian Kaleidoscope Tiny Doily at the top so I layered 1 piece of DP and 1 piece of card stock together and centered the doily in the center and cut through both layers. After all 6 doilies are cut, place a piece of acetate between the layers to give something to attach the doily to.

Here is what the pieces look like before you start to assemble:


I hope you have as much fun with this as I did!

Here's a list of the dies used for this project:

B147 - Olive Branches
B151 - Cuties 3
B155 - Large Rose
B278 - Lady Kate Edger
C184 - Judy's Blooms
DL128 - Two of Hearts
DL235 - Canadian Kaleidoscope Tiny Doily
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 Snowflakes! With your entry you will have a chance to win a $20.00 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs!

Have a Cheery Day!



Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Icy Beauty


 
Hi and Good Morning - BRRRR!!!! Its Freezing here in the UK, and most of the country has had snow, so this weeks theme was right up my street! :) lol.
 
Our new challenge is Snowflakes, and they are a gorgeous addition to winter greetings cards, giving the effect of lace and flowers all in one go!  Cheery Lynn make some of the most delicate and intricate snowflake dies, so you cant fail to make a stunning card with them.
 
My card uses a 6 x 6 scalloped blank card base, and I layered white bazzill card with icy blue paper.  I matted my image with scalloped and classic circle stackers, and centred it onto the gorgeous Italian Flourish Doily die.  This is one of the most delicate doilies, and looks like a beautiful snowflake in itself.  The pretty border is the stunning Lady  Kate Edger (from the awesome New Releases), and I cut both sides of a strip of card to make this a double border.
 
I mixed and matched snowflakes in different sizes, but I also added the Italian Flourish Tiny Doily to the back of the sentiment and also the large snowflake. 
 
All dies used on this card are:
 
M4 - SM Silver Stackers (sentiment circle)
 
I hope you find time to join in the challenge this week, and I look forward to seeing some gorgeous, icy creations.  Dont forget there is also daily inspiration over on our Cheery Lynn Inspiration blog too, where you can see more of the wonderful new release dies being used.
 
Thanks so much for visiting today and have a smashing week,
 
 


Monday, January 14, 2013

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 63 - Snowflakes

This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs is

Snowflakes

 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.


Winter White Challenge winner

The winner of our Winter White challenge is

     
Congratulations, Linda.  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 Snowflakes challenge.


Friday, January 11, 2013

Winter Whites Fancy Fold Card

Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone has enjoyed a wonderful week so far. Today I would like to share a card I created in keeping with this weeks challenge theme - Winter Whites. But, before we get to my card, I hope you all have had an opportunity to check out the fantastic inspiration that has been posted on both the Cheery Lynn Inspiration Blog and here on our Challenge Blog this week by some of my fellow DT members. They have posted some definite beauties that you just don't want to miss!

For my card today, I wanted to show you one of my favorite shapes to make. I just love this fancy fold. I think it's because it reminds me of opening a present for some reason LOL!... I also like it because it's different and has a little flair. To give my card more of that "Vintage" flavor, I added some light distressing which seemed to do the trick leaving a slightly antique look and feel.

Here are some pretty straight-forward instructions on how you can get this fold. Just a FYI - the card measures 6.5" wide by 7.5" high.

1. Cut a piece of cardstock 6.5" x 7.5" for the base
2. Cut 2 pieces of cardstock 7" by 7" for the folding flaps
3. Cut a piece of cardstock 6" x 7" for the inside of the card
4. Score both the 7" x 7" pieces at 3" and 6"
5. Attach the 1" piece of the panels you just scored to each side of the 6" x 7" inside. When you are done you will have one large piece that you simply attach to the base
6. Decorate and enjoy!


Here's a list of the dies used for this project:

A196 - Darling Daisies
B162 - Lace Corner Deco B
B187 - Build a Flower #2
CM-4 - A6 Metric Card Stackers Rectangle Scalloped
DL136 - Japanese Garden Lace Oval with Angel Wing

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

Also, just a gentle reminder to come back and visit us tomorrow (Saturday, January 12th) when all of the Design Team will be here to provide you with some fantastic inspiration created using the super exciting January release! I know you are going to just fall in love with these new gorgeous dies!
Have a Cheery Day!


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Warm Winter Wishes


 
 Hi and Good Morning everyone :)
 
Our challenge theme this week is 'Winter Whites', and so this is a lovely excuse to brighten up a dark January with a sparkling fresh card.
 
I started off with a 6 x 6 blank card base and used American Crafts textured cardstock for all the matting, layers and die cuts. 
 
I cut the elegant French Lattice Frame for the background as it added depth and always looks really stylish.  The borders are the beautiful Anastasia lace border, and to hide the join to the frame I cut a delicate strip from the Expandable Tiny Borders die plate.  This is a really useful multiple border die.
 
I coloured a cute Sylvia Zet digi image and layered onto circle stackers and the gorgeous Pinwheel Doily die.  The snowflowers are a mix of different snowflakes layered up and secured together with pearl brads.
 
All dies used on this card are:
 
 
I cant wait to see what everyone comes up with this week, and you still have plenty of time to enter our challenge.  Dont forget there is always fresh and inspirational ideas to be found on our Cheery Lynn Designs Inspiration blog too.
 
Have a smashing week, and thanks so much for visiting today,
 
 



Monday, January 7, 2013

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 62 - Winter White

This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs is

Winter White
(you may use color on your image)
 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.


Friends Challenge winner

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

    
Congratulations, Hussena.  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 Winter White challenge.


Friday, January 4, 2013

Pretty in Pink

Hi everyone, It's so nice to be back with you today after our lovely little break. I hope everyone had a great holiday!

I can't believe I am saying this but it actually feels really good to step away from all of the holiday cards and projects LOL! So, with that in mind, and dreaming about sunshine and warmer temperatures (we are in a deep freeze here at the moment with temperatures of -13 degrees Fahrenheit!)... I wanted to share with you a pretty Spring/Summer card that has recently been published in the March 2013 issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts Magazine. SSA has an exciting new section entitled “The Cutting Edge” and in this issue Cheery Lynn Designs is featured!

Here is a look at one of my cards that was published in the March issue:



For this project I used the following dies:

B117S - Mini Fanciful Flourish
B181 - Build a Flower # 1
B187 - Build a Flower #2
B193 – Hummingbird
DL128 - Two of Hearts
FRM132 - French Lattice Small Frame
L-10 - Coved Rectangle Classic
XL-10 – Coved Rectangle Classic
XM-7 Oval Classic

I hope you can find some time to participate in our challenge this week. With your entry, you will have a chance to win a $20.00 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs!

Also, just a gentle reminder that on January 12th we will be unveiling the new release and all of the DT will be back with some fantastic inspiration to share with you. This release is absolutely HUGE and we are all very excited to have such lovely dies to create with.

Have a Cheery Day!




Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Small Friends



Hi and Good Morning, Alison here today :) I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and New Year holiday.  Its great to be back blogging after a wee break, and its also nice to be able to share someting light, fresh and not at all christmassy! lol.

My card today uses a 6 x 6 blank card base,  on which I have layered MME papers and salmon pink bazzil cardstock.  This cardstock was used for all the matting and die cutting, and it cuts beautifully!
 
I centred my image onto scalloped and circle stackers and then onto the gorgeous Italian Flourish Doily die.   I added some Lace Corners, Butterflies and one of the cute squiggly borders from the  expandables set.  The sentiment was cut out and matted onto coved rectangle stackers - these are brill! - the smallest ones look just like tickets and with 6 sizes in each set they go big enough for most sentiment stamps too.
 
All dies used on this card are:
 

You still have lots of time to enter this challenge and the winner will be announced next Monday.  Dont forget there is always fresh and inspirational projects uploaded daily by the rest of our talented DT over on our Cheery Lynn Designs Inspiration blog too.
 
Have a smashing week and thanks so much for visiting today,