Saturday, December 29, 2012

Love is in the air


Today's challenge at Splitcoast Stampers is to find your inspiration at a web site called WeddingBells.
Here is my inspiration : http://weddingbells.weddingstar.com/product/hearts-place-card-with-fold

I'm going to send this to my niece... this is what the inside looks like:

Now, I really need to get busy and clean up my craft room....pretty soon I won't even be able to find myself in here!!  LOL

Till next time,
Doni

Saturday, December 22, 2012


A card for Aunt Mary

 
 Aunt Mary ( who is 96 ) is  visiting  from Florida .
We went to lunch Wed. (when it was warm) and all Aunt Mary wanted
was to see some snow while she was up here....So, Merry Christmas Aunt Mary !
 
 
 
 
I just made a card to play along with the Inspiration challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.
Here's where I got my inspiration:
and here's the card I made
 
 
till next time,
Doni

Thursday, December 13, 2012



Christmas Tags

Here's what I've been doing in my craft room ....
 
 

This is the one I used for the "Fussy Cutting " Challenge on SplitCoast Stampers today..
 
 
 
even getting some presents ready...

 
 
Lots more to do.... busy busy busy...
 
Thanks for stopping by today!
 
Till next time,
Doni
 
 
 

Sunday, November 25, 2012


Cardinals

I love thes beautiful birds!

Still working on Christmas Cards...Here's todays:
 
I made this Cardinal from the Stampin UP  bird punch.
 
Here's how:
Punch the bird & wing out of red, chalk around the edges with black.
 
Punch another bird and wing out of red
cut out a tail point , shade with chalk, glue onto original bird.
from the wing cut out the point and shade with chalk and add to head.
 
Punch a bird out of orange
cut out beak part and glue it onto the orginal bird
 
Punch another bird out of black....
with pencil  ( I only used white so you could see it better)
draw the cardinal black part ( lol...OK what would you call it?!)
 and glue onto the original bird....don't forget to cut off the beak part first.
 
I added a tiny black bead for his eye
 
Thanks for stopping by
 
Till next time,
Doni
 
 

Friday, November 23, 2012



Glittered Poinsettia

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
The thing I like best is that the fridge is full of leftovers and
with that said....can Christmas be far behind?!!
 
 
This is the card I made while playing along
  on Splitcoast Stampers Free For All Friday Challenge.
The Challenge was to add Glitter and glam it up!
 
Here's how I made the poinsettia:
The stamp I used is a really old one from Heartfelt Creations..
 
First Stamp the three sizes of poinsettia  on vellum...
the poinsettia on the card was stamped with white Stazon , then glittered
using the Quickie Glue Pen and superfine glitter.
The poinsettia in the tutorial was stamped using
 an embossing pad and white embossing powder...eithe way works fine.
 
 
 
Then cut them apart like this:
 
 
Glitter them up and stack them using 3/16th adhesive foam dots...
I found mine at Michaels.
 
I added a rhinestone in the center...but, red beads would also look good!
 
Hummm....red beads....
OK I'm off to do one of these using red vellum, red glitter and red beads.
 
 
 
Till next time,
Doni
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012



Christmas is comming.....

           I have discovered that doing many many cards of the same design is not exactly what I enjoy...so this year instead of doing bunches of  cards of one design, I'm doing one each of lots of different Christmas cards. Here's some more of them.....

 
and
 
 
                                                            and then there's this one...

 
This little elf just might be my favorite!....so far!
 
Thanks for looking.
 
Till next time,
Doni

Saturday, November 10, 2012



How many weeks?

 
This is the card I made this morning to play along with the Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.
 
Here's what inspired me:
 
OK....so how wack-a-do is that! 
 
I pretty much just free hand copied (using prismacolor pencils) 
this little guy's face onto a circle I punched out of white cardstock.
 
If you don't think you can do this...here's how:
first copy your inspiration site using Ctrl c
then open up a word program.
..I used office word( came on the computer)
next open a new page and then hit Ctrl v 
and your inspiration piece will have been pasted on.
click on the edges
and you can make it whatever size you want
by dragging that little arrow out.
next...print it!
take this print....tape it to a window( in the daytime)
Put white cardstock over it and trace with a pencil, very lightly.
easy peasy!
 
Next came a larger circle punched out of blue...cut in half.
his antennae ( or whatever they are?) 
are memory box  "Package Bows"...I just cut off the two ribbon ends.
 
The words were done on the computer....just pick a funky font!
 
I went looking in my Christmas paper stash
and found this paper that had both red and blue
...gota love using up those scraps!
 
 
Hope you enjoyed this silly card. 
 Now I'm off to send it to my friend who procrastinates as much as I do.
 
 
Till next time,
Doni

Friday, November 9, 2012



Happy B-day


Is this not the cutiest Bee you've ever seen?!  .....and even better yet, it's a free digi stamp
from Paper Smooches Blog. You can find it here:
http://papersmooches.blogspot.com/p/free-digi-stamps.htm
The cool b-hive paper is from Echo Park....sure am glad I had that in my stash!
I used the computer to generate the Happy B-day....the font I used is called "air conditioner".

Here's what the inside looks like:
 
 
Thanks for stopping by.....hope you're having a great day!
 
Till next time,
Doni


Thursday, November 1, 2012



Pink Sunset


 

 
 
For Thursdays challenge on Splitcoast Stampers, Michelle challenged us to NOT use fall colors.
A pretty pink winter sunset definately isn't fall colors!
 
This was fun to do and I like the way it turned out....ya never know when you start these things!
 
Here's what I did:
first start with a cardstock blank that is a little smaller than the card base you're going to put it on..
in my card that lets the black card show as a  black border around the scene.
 
next tear a scrap of cardstock ( think rolling hills not sharp peaks)...You'll use this as a mask.
 
My friend Nancy D. showed me how to make a cheap daubber out of nylon hose...works great!
(just roll one leg into a ball and fasten with a rubber band)
I used smokey grey ink then moved the mask down a tiny bit and did a little pink.
 
Now you're ready to do the sunset...use whatever colors you like...they don't have to be pinks..
 
 
 
Keep the mask in place and add trees... use grey and make the trees different heights.
 
 
 
Now you're ready to do the foreground... switch to black ink and reposition the mask
do the same steps as beforeto create another snowy knoll...then when you stamp the trees, on one of them stamp a piece of scrap paper first (so the black ink ins't so intense)
 
 
  Almost done... add some super fine crystal glitter. with the glue pen scribble some horizontal lines and then sprinkle on the glitter... shake off the excess.
 
 
Now all that's left to do is mount onto the card blank and add the silhouette deers(they are a die from Memory Box )  I glued their feet down but use a tiny thin pop dot on their heads.
 
 
 
Thanks for looking.
 
Till next time,
Doni
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, October 29, 2012



Thanksgiving

Well, trick or treat was Last Saturday night at our house,
so the next holiday is Thanksgiving.

Here's a card I made for today's challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.
The challenge was to use woven ribbon.


It was pretty easy...cut 6" pieces of assorted ribbon ...put some dot( I use Tombro Dot adhesive because you can lift things back up if it hasn't been stuck down for long) adhesive across the center of the card.  Start in the center and weave the ribbon...under and over, under and over etc..... trim ends when finished.



Here's what else I've been working on this past week:

 
and
 
 
 
and of course another Christmas Card...
 
 
 
Thanks for checking in...
 
Till next time,
Doni
 

Saturday, October 20, 2012



Poppies in silhouette

 
My friend Nancy went shopping ... I love when she does that! So, now she has lots of cool dies from Memory Box that I can borrow....like this one of the Poppies.
 
I used patterened paper called Vintage Music ( I think I got it at Hobby Lobby)
 and the Mini tabs Die-namic from My Favorite Things.
 
Here's the inside:
 
The sentiment is a stamp from Hero Arts.
 
Till next time,
Doni
 

Thursday, October 18, 2012



Boo!
On Splitcoast Stampers today's challenge was to use crayons...
so I melted my lime green one ......


First I used my Silhouette to cut out the letters from black cardstock:
 
Then I used the heat gun to melt a lime green crayon and let it drip down from the cut out letters,
then layered lime green cardstock under the black and matted the whole shebang on orange.
 
This is what the inside looks like...
 
The cute little Ghosts are from a  Sizzix die that I've  had forever.
 
 
This was a fun and easy card to do ....now to go scrape off all the melted crayon from my desk!
 
Till next time,
Doni

Sunday, October 7, 2012


My Favorite Things
Design Team Sketch Challenge


This is my entry...wish me luck!
 
I used the MFT Christmas Ornaments Die-namics and stamp set.
 
Here's what the inside looks like:
 
Thanks for stopping by.
 
Till next time,
Doni

Friday, October 5, 2012






Splitcoast Challenge

This past week I've been playing along with the challenges on the Splitcoast Stampers web site. You can find it by clicking on the badge at the right side of this blog.

I found out that these challenges give me parameters.
This is helpfull because with too many choices I have a hard time deciding anything...like, gee...what paper ,this red or that red...red print..or red stripe..or this darker red...or maybe pink!   Anyhow you get the idea.

Todays challenge was to use a rosette.
This is what I came up with:                               
 
 
Wednesday was a challenge where they gave you a sketch to follow:
 
 
Tuesday was a color challenge using
perfect plum,summer starfruit, tangerine tango, and pool party   
Last Saturdays challenge was an inspiration challenge from this website  http://www.empiricalstyle.com/
 
 
 
Last Fridays Challenge was to use "Fall Leaves"
 
so .... that 's  what has been keeping me busy and happy in my craft room this last week.
 
 
till next time,
Doni
 

Thursday, September 27, 2012


tag card...

   Today's challenge on Splitcoast Stamper is to use tags.
Here's mine:


The black background panel was embossed using a folder from Darice.
I had stamped a panel of flowers for another card ( these were left over) and so I cut it into three parts, thinking I would use three tags horizontally up the right side of the card; however when I put
 the first tag on the card I liked it all by itself.

When I orginally stamped the flowers I colored them with a marker and a water pen, thus the watercolor look. If you've never tried this it's really easy:
smear marker on acrylic block
pick up the ink with the waterbrush
paint flower squeezing a little to release water to mix with the ink
don't forget to leave some white spaces!

Here's some of the supplies I used:

To finish I cut the corners off the flower strip and punched a hole to make the tag then added ribbons .I love that curly ribbon ...it's from creative impressions.
check them out :www.creativeimpressions.com

till next time,
Doni

Saturday, September 22, 2012



better with age.....




This is the card I created for todays Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.
Stephanie chose the store "Bella Soleil" and from there I picked this as my inspiration:
http://www.bellasoleil.com/servlet/the-1630/Tuscan-Wine-Rack-Holder/Detail

I really fell in love with the Tuscan flavor...the rich colors and the stucco textures!

.....so now I just had to figure out how to get that look with paper.
Here's what I did:
 With my inspiration piece printed out in front of me, I picked out the colors I needed from my overflowing scrap files ( love using scraps!) then they needed to be yucky smucked ... those are my own terms...could you guess! To do this I put a lot of ink on an acrylic block then scrunched a plastic bag that happened to be nearby and dabbed some of the ink off the block , then stamped the paper.

This worked but I ended up cutting out the middle man and just stamping on the paper with the scrunched plastic bag dipped in different colors of ink. This was fun and messy and ya sure didn't have to worry about messin it up...because that's what you're trying to do!


Next I cut the scraps into 3/4" by 3 1/2" strips.
 
 
 To get them to look old I used Tim Holtz's Distress ink called Vintage Photo...my friend Nancy told me how to make a dauber out of rolled up panty hose...works like a charm!



To finish I arranged the strips ...sticking four to the card front and mounting the other five strips on pop dots over top of them. The stamps are from www.skippingstonesdesign.com
Coloring the wine glass just a little bit with prismacolor pencils and adding some cool fiber and The card was done....Would I want to do 60 of these?...no, but I sure did enjoy this one!



Here's the inside:


Hope you enjoyed this post....

Till next time,
Doni

PS.... here's a card I'm working on now: