Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Spread Your Wings


 
Good Morning fellow crafters and bloggers! :)  Well yesterday was a beautiful spring day here in Scotland, and I am sooooo ready for some sunshine!
 
My card today was featured in a recent issue of  Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine showcasing the versatility of Cheery Lynn Dies, and in particular creating your own flowers.  This fits in with our new challenge theme this week and what better excuse to add a little spring and summer to your projects than with some pretty hand-made paper blooms.
 
This card is 8 x 8 inches (so quite a big size) and I hand-stitched and layered K&Co papers onto some 300gsm cream cardstock.  The image is matted onto 2 layers of the gorgeous Italian Flourish Doily die with the back layer cut in half and elongated to create a different look.  I then added a couple of strips of my favourite Lace Light Deco Border and some beautiful butterflies before creating and arranging the floral spray.
 
 
 
As you can see I made some really pretty and very delicate Carnations using lots of layers of pearly apricot paper.  This paper was almost tissue thin and so was really quick to cut lots of layers and to scrunch up in a carnation shape.  I think there are approximately 20 - 25 petals to each flower and they are backed with a couple of layers of the Sweet Williams die to make them look really full and rounded.  I used a brad to hold the layers together and once assembled I coloured in some lines to give a variegated effect to the petals.
 
I created the fringey flowers using BAF#1 and the tiny buttercups were from the Embellishment set.  I thought they complimented the dandelion image :)
 
I finally added some leaves, pearls, pearl brad, and an organza bow with a charm for a finishing touch.
 
All dies used on this project are:
 
 
 
I hope you find time to join us this week as I love to see hand-made flowers, and you still have plenty of time left to enter.  Dont forget there is also gorgeous, and fresh inspiration daily from the rest of the talented DT over on our Cheery Lynn Desings Inspiration Blog.
 
Thanks so much for visiting our blog today and have a smashing week!
 
 
 


Monday, February 25, 2013

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 69 - Die Cut Flowers

This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs is to use

Die Cut Flowers

 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 this challenge in your blog post or on your gallery 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 $20 towards shopping at the Cheery Lynn website. The challenge will end on Sunday night at 22:00 Eastern time.

Before we get to today's team inspiration, I want to welcome our newest member to the Cheery Lynn Design Team..... Debbie Brownmiller.  She was doing such a great job in our weekly challenges that Bj invited her to join us.  And now to our inspiration for today......




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


Shaped Card Challenge winner

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

#12 Marilyn
 
Congratulations, Marilyn.  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 Shaped Card challenge.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Upright Diamond Fold Card

Hi Everyone,

Today I want to share with you a fun fancy-fold card which I have anxious to try. Given our challenge theme this week is to create a Shaped card (anything but square) I thought I would give it a whirl and try to put my own little twist on it.


The card is called a Upright Diamond Fold Card and since I could only find instructions out there in Metric I have created my own and am sharing them with everyone.

Here is a closer view of the inside:


And, there is the list of dies used for this project:

B162 - Lace Corner Deco B
B248 - Hugs Mix and Match
B263 - Tags 4
B266 - Tiny Things With Wings
B280 - Orchid
DL128 - Two Of Hearts
DL238 - Sophie's Heart Mini Doily
XM-8 - Oval Scalloped

You still have time so I hope you can fit in some "crafty" time over the next few days to visit the challenge this week and put in your entry! With your entry you will have a chance to win a $20.00 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs!

Have a Cheery Day!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Not Square.....and Not a Card!


 
Hi and Good Morning everyone, Alison here today. :)
 
Well our new challenge this week is 'Shaped Card - Anything But Square', however I got carried away in the moment and ended up making an entire Keepsake Gift Box! lol. 
 
One of the things I love about papercrafting and especially die-cutting the most,  is how you can start off with just a few sheets of flat card and paper and end up with something totally 3 dimensional and created all by hand.  This box did take me quite a bit of time, but I enjoyed every minute of it. :)
 
I used 300gsm Ivory Pearl card and 3 sheets of First Edition 12" x 12" papers to create this box, and all dies were cut with this too.
 
 
 
First of all I constructed a basic shape rectangle box, (approx 6 x 9 inches and 1" in depth) and covered the sides with paper and the Lace Light Deco Border.  I then sandwiched the box between 2 Horizon Coved Reflection Die cuts to decorate the box lid and base.  The reflection dies are so versatile you can adapt to almost any size - they are brilliant!
 
I then layered smaller coved rectangles, scalloped coved rectangles and the Chasing Rainbows Doily in alternate layers of card and paper, before decorating with flourishes, butterflies and flowers. I inked all the edges in walnut stain DI, added pearls, a pearl pin, wooden embellishments and ribbon, and finally sprinkled some glitter for a bit of sparkle. 
 
Details of the dies for different flowers are listed below.
 


 
All dies used on this project are:
 
DL128 - 2 of Hearts - layered with foam pads for dimension
B147 - Olive Branches - Green leaves tucked behind the flowers
B256 - Cutie Fringe II  - Larger Fringed Flower
B258 - Cutie Fringe IV - Smaller Fringed Flower
 
I hope you find time to join us this week, and I look foward to seeing your entries.  Dont forget there is also fresh inspiration daily over on our Cheery Lynn Designs Inspiration blog.
 
Have a smashing week and thanks so much for visiting today.
 
 




Monday, February 18, 2013

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 68 - Shaped Card

This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs is a

Shaped Card
(anything but square)

 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 this challenge in your blog post or on your gallery 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 $20 towards 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.


Frame It Challenge winner

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

#22 Ann M
 
       
Congratulations, Ann.  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 Shaped Card challenge.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Best Friends

Hi Everyone and Happy Friday!

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Valentines Day!

I have a cute little picture frame I created to share with you today and I thought it fit right in with our challenge theme this week Frame It.




I just love this sweet photo and wanted to put a frame around it and send it to a good friend for her birthday last month. This also gave me the perfect opportunity to use the new Easel Angel Wing.

This die is fantastic as it gives you the ability to display your card or project. The Easel Angel Wings are available in 3 sizes, Small and Medium (which are packaged together) and the Large size is packaged by itself.

I used the Medium size for my Frame. Here is a closer pic to give you a better view:


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

B247 - Best Friends Phrases
B258 - Cutie Fringe 4
B278 - Lady Kate Edger
B282 - Small and Medium Angel Wing Easel
B204 - Butterfly Out
DL218 - Manon's Wedding Garland (flower only)
FRM149 - Mexican Tile Pattern

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

Have a Cheery Day!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Frame It!


 
Hi and Good Morning - Alison here today :)
 
First of all the DT were all blown away by the amount of fabulous entries we had last week.  Thank you so much for sharing your awesome creations with us, it seems we all like to add a bit of a flourish!
 
My card today was recently featured in the 'Cutting Edge article in 'Scrap & Stamp Art Magazine', and I was so chuffed and proud when I found out it had been chosen.  I thought it fitted this weeks theme of 'Frame It' perfectly too as it uses one of my favourite frame dies - Polynesian Sails Oval.
 
I started off with a 6 x 6 inch Kraft Card base and stitched and layered MME Paris & Co papers.  I framed this fun Lili of the Valley image with the top part of the Polynesian Sails die and used the matching Angel Wing to create the backing in Kraft card.  The border is the brilliant Pennant Die which I cut twice, once in Kraft and layered a 2nd cut in paper for contrast.  The embossing on this die is perfect and always comes out superb. 
 
I made the variety of flowers using a mix of Build A Flower dies and the larger tatty flower is BAF #2. I then added the tiny flowers using the Buttercups in Embellishment #2 set, and finished the card off with some pearls and pearly brads.
 
The corner metal embellishement was hand-made by me on a wire jig and the pins were hand-made by a blogging friend.  I printed the sentiment on my pc.
 
All dies used on this card are:
 
 
I hope you find time to join us again this week, you still have lots of time to enter.  Dont forget there is also daily inspiration from the rest of the talented DT over on our Cheery Lynn Designs Inspiration Blog.
 
Have a smashing week and thanks so much for visiting today!
 
 


Monday, February 11, 2013

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 67 - Frame It

This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs is to

Frame It
(include some kind of a frame on your project)

 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 this challenge in your blog post or on your gallery 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......

Guest Designer Karen Wallace
Remember, you MUST use a Cheery Lynn Designs die to enter this challenge.


Add a Flourish Challenge winner

The winner of our Add a Flourish challenge is 

       
Congratulations, Deneen.  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 Frame It challenge.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Garden Arbor Swing

Good morning everyone, it's Joann here with you today and I am super excited to share a project I recently made with some of the fabulous January new release dies.


This project actually made the trip to CHA in January and was on display in the Cheery Lynn booth along with many other fabulous projects created by my Cheery Lynn Designs Teamies : )

The photo below gives you a closer look so you can see the detail of the Bricks and Stones embossing for the pathway under the Arbor. To create this pathway, I embossed a piece of plain card stock with the Bricks and Stones Embossing Plate and added some distressing. I then fussy cut the shape to give it the appeal of a "winding" path.


For this Garden Arbor Swing, I created the actual arbor frame out of white card stock. Once I had the frame together, I used the new Mesh Border to fill in my frames on the arbor. The actual swing was created using the Victorian Picket Fence die and topped off with corners from the Hawaiian Luau Doily Frame. I absolutely adore this die, it tends to be one of my "go-to" dies in so many of my projects.

The lovely pink flowers on top of the arbor were made using the new Cuties Fringe 2. I am in love with these new Cuties dies, they make such a pretty flower and are a great addition to Cuties flower series! To create the vines and greenery, I weaved the Flourish Leaf Strip and the Mini Fanciful Flourish through the arbor frame.

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

B117S - Mini Fanciful Flourish
B123 - Victorian Picket Fence
B166 - Lace Corner Deco F
B178 - Flourish Leaf Strip
B188 - Embellishment #2
B254 - Mesh Border
B256 - Cutie Fringe 2
B266 - Tiny Things with Wings
DL193 - Horizon Coved Rectangle Mega Doily
E101 - Bricks and Stones
FRM150 - Hawaiian Luau Doily Frame

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

Have a Cheery Day!






Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Love is in the Air

Hello! Jodi here today with a card for this weeks challenge! The challenge is to add a flourish.
I cut the base of my card using the largest of the Scalloped Circle Stackers dies, layered with the Classic Circle Silver Stackers. To add a touch of elegance, I added the French Pastry Doily. Staggering the Two of Hearts, and adhering with foam adhesive adds texture. Love Sentiment (the set of two, this is the largest) is layered atop the Sentiment Frame #2 is perfect any time of the year! Darling Daisies are the ideal dainty finishing touch. Foliage from Mini Fanciful Flourish, Small Leaves 2, and Wreath Strip. Be sure to enter for your chance to win the $20 shopping spree!
 
Thanks for stopping by!




 


Monday, February 4, 2013

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 66 - Add a Flourish

This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs is

Add a Flourish

 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.


Tickled Pink Challenge winners

Bj, owner of Cheery Lynn Designs had a hard time picking a winner
of our Tickled Pink challenge this week so congratulations to ....

#3 Holly, #8 Debbie Brownmiller, #14 Deb and #24 Anna Lilja


 
 
      
Congratulations, Ladies.  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 Add a Flourish challenge.


Friday, February 1, 2013

It's a Girl!

Hi Everyone... and welcome to Friday! I am just "Tickled Pink" to share a fun little project with you today!


When I thought about our challenge theme, one of the first things that popped into my mind was all things 'baby girl.' So with "soft, pretty and pink" as my inspiration, I decided to create a "baby carriage" or a "pram" for everyone in the UK. I also thought that this could easily serve as a great little table centerpiece for a baby shower or even a topper for a baby shower cake. What do you think?

In an effort to make it even more useful, I decided that it should open so that a sweet little surprise could be placed inside.



To create this carriage, cut a large circle and then cut it in half for the two sides. Once the sides were made all you need is a strip of paper with a fold on each side to make the base complete.

For the sunshade of the carriage cut the Francesca Border seven times and put a small dot of glue in the middle of each one to have them all lined up and held together. Once the glue dries, start with one side and for each strip make it a little shorter where they all meet until you have the desired shape. I did this several times as a test holding all the pieces until I figured out the shape I wanted. Once you are satisfied with the shape, simply glue each one together where they meet and trim.

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

B132 - Flower Chain Border
B159 - Francesca Border
B188 - Embellishment #2
B241 - Rose Leaf Strip
B250 - It's a Boy Girl Phrases
B254 - Mesh Border
B258 - Cutie Fringe IV
B259 - Daisy Strip
B278 - Lady Kate Edger
D138 - Mini Dimensional Butterflies w Angel Wings
DL140 - Dutch Scallop Square

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

Have a Cheery Day!