Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring Blooms~Quick Quotes Serenade layout

Good morning, Alicia with you today.  I love to take pictures of flowers.  Here I am scrapping a sequence of photos from some blooming bushes last year.  I pass them on my dog walk every day so I snapped these all within about five days from buds to full bloom.

I am fond of using all my scraps and you may notice my frame is leftover from the September 2017 past Club Q.  It provided the perfect place for my title to really pop and balance the stripes.  I cut the title with my Cricut, I have said before and I will say it again, Quick Quotes papers cut like butter in die cut machines.  The papers still hold up to shaping and distressing after die cutting as I have done with the layered flowers.


I thought adding a small flower as the dot on the "i" was a whimsical touch for my layout.

The purple mat on which I journaled was a piece from a former Club Q also.  Of course, all the flowers were cut from various scraps.  In fact, the only whole sheet I used was the Serenade 105, the striped background.

Quick Quotes products:

other products:
flower dies by Tim Holtz/Sizzix
title font by Cricut Art Nouveau font

Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Looking Sharp! Cactus Fold-a-long

I have been playing with my new Sizzix Cactus Fold-a-long die again. You can view my first one with Quick Quotes papers here.   This version uses more of a cactus green card stock with some pretty pink flowers.  I created a sleeve for this version to hold the card together.  I used kraft card stock to mimic a clay pot.

This inside definitely has that wow factor.  I did not make this version with a face.  Instead I used another cactus die set that included the lizard die.  I thought he looked cute crawling around.

I added some green print paper inside to break up the solid green card stock.

Sizzix Fold-a-long Cactus die
Spellbinders Cactus die (lizard)
card stock and papers
Quick Quotes Tropical Punch and Cactus chalking inks

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

I used fun fold, dimension and blue


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No outfit is complete without dog hair...Atlantic Hearts Challenge

It's my week again at Atlantic Hearts Challenge.  On one hand I think this card is a little too simple but on the other that grey just pops on the rusty orange.  It all came together so easy with the great sketch.

Here's this week's sketch:

A close up of my doggy.

Tim Holtz/Sizzix Dog Talk stamp and framelits
Hobby Colour Cool grey alcohol markers
Judikins clear/black embossing powder mix
Our Daily Bread Designs double stitched rectangle die
Creative Memories papers
Toomuchfun rubber stamp sentiment
Quick Quotes Cool  Grey Powderpuff chalking ink

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to play along with Atlantic Hearts Challenge this week.
Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge


Friday, March 16, 2018

Sympathy Cards with Judikins Mica gloss

I recently participated in a sympathy card swap.  These are the cards I created.  I started with my Judikins Micagloss backgrounds.  I die cut them and then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment.

Opposite the sentiment I created some large purple flowers.  I used a brad to keep all the layers together and distress with Quick Quotes Powderpuff chalking ink.   I even had some purple velvety leaves to add, they complimented the micagloss background so well.  I think they turned out very pretty.  

I recently acquired this stamp as part of a collection I purchased on Craigs list.  She had many great sentiment stamps and a couple of other sympathy ones.

I used two different Frantic Stamper Stitched rectangle shaped dies, one with cut corners and one with rounded corners.  I love them both.

Paper Inspirations Sympathy Calligraphy stamp
Judikins Mica Gloss and clear and black embossing powder
Frantic Stamper rounded and cut corner rectangle dies
black pigment ink
flowers and brads

I would like to enter these in the following challenges:

http://4craftychicks.blogspot.com/2018/03/4-crafty-chicks-394-brads.html until 3/20

http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.com/2018/03/199-bingo-sentiment.html until 3/25 (embossing, stamp, stitching)

https://scrapping4funchallenges.blogspot.com/2018/03/challenge-111-anything-goes-with-flowers.html until 3/29 http://craftrocketchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/challenge-46-something-new.html until 3/31 (sympathy stamp new to me)

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, March 9, 2018

Cup of Joe Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cup of Joe Blog Hop

This is a blog hop featuring projects full of my favorite drink, COFFEE!! So grab your favorite cup of Joe and enjoy a coffee break with  all these fabulous projects!

You should have arrived from Holli's blog but if not head over to 
Connie Can Crop, she  is the beginning of this hop!! 

This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday at 10pm to finish hopping and leaving your love for all of these talented crafters.
You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments on every blog to be eligible to win. 

One lucky hopper will win 3 free SVG files from our fabulous sponsor this month!!

What do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday 3/14/18 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Hello, I was recently challenged with a die cut gatefold swap, so I killed two birds and made them coffee related to satisfy this commitment. I hope my partners enjoy them.

I have many coffee sentiments to choose from, with this challenge I was sticking with one that would fit nicely on my band.  I chose these from a couple of my latest coffee themed stamp sets from Stamplorations and Maple & Ink.

I also embossed each side of the gatefold and distressed with Quick Quotes chalking ink.  There is a trick to it since you don't want to flatten your embossing you have to emboss last.  So...I did run each side through independently, more work but worth is for a chance at perfection. 

Here's my open gatefold.  I thought the Tim Holtz blueprint stamp was perfect for the inside which reveals the "blueprint" part.

Tim Holtz Coffee Time stamp and die set with On the Go embossing folder
Stamplorations After Coffee stamp set
Maple & Ink Espresso Yourself stamp set
Stampin Up Close to Cocoa
Quick Quotes Mocha Moma Chalking ink
vanilla and brown card stock

Next head on over to Vicky's Scrapping Passion

Here's our line up in case you get lost along the way:

Steampunk Owls for Dies R Us

Hello, Alicia on the blog today. I recently made a new purchase from the Dies R Us store and I envisioned this card before I even received the dies in the mail!  I was so excited to put all the gears and border together with the perfect gear paper.  

Part of my vision was to emboss my die cuts to give them a shiny coating.  I first die cut, then tapped on embossing ink and dipped in embossing powder before heating it to a perfect elevated shine.

I used my new Die Versions Tool set again to hold my die cuts steady while I heated the embossing powder.

Here's a close up of the layers of Memory Box Mini GearsCheery Lynn Owls with Gears  and brads.

Dies R Us products:
Tutti Designs - Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circles
Tutti Designs Nesting Scallop Stitched Circle
Memory Box - Dies - Mini Gears
Memory Box Mini Gears
Die-Versions - Tools - Picks-N-Pokes Tools
Die Versions Tools
Cheery Lynn Designs - Owls w/ Gears
Cheery Lynn Owls with Gears
Amy Design - Dies - Vintage Vehicles - Tool Border
Amy Design Vintage Vehicles Tool Border

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog. There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store. For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.

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I would like to enter this in the following challenges:
http://crafting-with-dragonflies.blogspot.com/2018/03/99-birds-feathers.html until 3/17


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Looking Sharp! Quick Quotes Special Fold cards

Hello, Alicia with you today.  I have created a couple of shaped cards with die cuts using Quick Quotes double sided card stock.  It is a great weight for the card base but with some flexibility so the card folds properly.  These cards begin with a 6x12 size sheet of card stock as the base.  I chose to use this beautiful water color green from the new Spring Showers collection.

This was the first time I played with my cactus card die set.  It was so much fun with all the cute accessories.  Quick Quotes coordinating papers provide so many options for cutting and accessorizing.  I used a punch to select just the right area to cut the flowers on the front.  I tucked the faux pot I added under the flowers to create a closure.

I cut the cactus twice and used panels from the second cut to decorate the inside.  I layered two cuts of the sentiment to make it pop!  Designing my character cactus was fun, this set came with a variety of eyes and mouths.

I also made the owl version.  I actually owned this die set first and have made a few different owls before this one.  I think this one is the prettiest yet primarily because of the gorgeous papers from the Spring Showers collection.  

The inside owl is so striking using the floral side of the paper.  I used the wing die cut and cut some of the side off to fit on the small owl.  I stamped my sentiment on the blue water color side with  Cool Gray Powder puff chalking ink.  I kept the interior of this card white for a striking contrast for the inside owl.

Quick Quotes Products:
Powder Puff Chalking inks:  Tropical PunchCapri Blue Key LargoCool GrayJade, and Midnight Confessions 
Spring Showers 100, 102, 103 and 105 (available soon)

other products:
Cactus and Owl Sizzix fold-a-long dies
Sentiment stamp from Close to My Heart Pair-a-phrase
Scalloped Circle punches from Stampin Up

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Hello Sunshine with Tim Holtz embossing folder

Hello Sunshine!  and good morning to you!  This card came together really quick because of the great sketches at Atlantic Hearts Challenge.  I started with the sentiment and decided I wanted to use the Tim Holtz sun ray embossing folder.


Here's this week's sketch:

I popped up one cloud to add dimension.

Tim Holtz/Sizzix Rays embossing folder
Stamplorations Sweet Spring Phrase die
Spellbinders Sunny Days cloud dies
gems and pearls
Quick Quotes Powder Puff Chalking ink  Cool Gray
Quick Quotes papers
yellow shimmer card stock

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to play along with Atlantic Hearts Challenge!

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge


Friday, March 2, 2018

Hello Hippo cards for Dies R Us

Hello, I have made a series of hippo cards.  I was inspired by a local celebrity Fiona the hippo.  I only live a couple of miles from this adorable baby!  She has been quite famous and even has her own show, but if you are not aware of Fiona's story you can check it out here. Isn't she the cutest hippo you have ever seen?

 After a couple of experiments, I came up with a design I liked.  I started with the Frantic Stamper Stitched Rounded Rectangles as a base.  I layered a Tutti Designs Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circle  before adding the Cheapo Dies Hippo cut from a fine glitter paper.

For embellishments, I added sequins and ribbons.  I also inked all my edges to accentuate the embossing.

I used some new Dies R Us products that aren't dies.  First I used several Distress Oxide ink pads and a few different techniques to create backgrounds.  One of those techniques was inking my mat and spritzing with water and dragging my paper through the ink. I also used the Tutti Designs Poke Tools to poke out pieces and replace them with cuts of a different color.  Adding this detail really gives the hippo some character.

I made a few more cards, the distress backgrounds were so much fun to create.   This first one was the "drag" technique.

For this card I sponged the ink on the paper and spritzed lightly.  I used did this several times to create the pale background.

Here are my first two experimental cards.  On the first one I replaced all the detail cuts with another color of paper.  It was really time consuming so for future hippos, I just replaced the face details with another color.  I also tried a different sentiment  but decided the Hello die was the perfect one.  

Dies R Us Products:
Tutti Designs - Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circles
Tutti Designs Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circle
Cheapo Dies - Hippo
Cheapo Dies Hippo
Tutti Designs - Poke Tools
Tutti Designs Poke Tools
Frantic Stamper - Dies - Stitched Rounded Rectangles
Frantic Stamper Stitched Rounded Rectangles
Karen Burniston - Dies - Greetings
Karen Burniston Greetings
Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Worn Lipstick
Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick
Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Cracked Pistachio
Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio
Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Peacock Feathers
Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers
Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Seedless Preserves
Distress Oxide Seedless Preserves

Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Hickory Smoke
Distress Oxide Hickory Smoke
Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Abandoned Coral
Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Life Is Good
Frantic Stamper Life is Good

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Please remember, each an every day of the month there's a new inspiration sample shared on the blog by this fabulous design team.  Please be sure to pop in regularly.

Also, don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.

 For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

 (sequins, circle, texture)