Sunday, January 25, 2015

Top Dog Dies Love Bird Card

Welcome back to another Top Dog Dies weekly post! I have an awesome Valentine's card to share with you.

This card uses a lot of different dies (see supplies list below for names/links)! The bird is from the brand new TDD release last week, Little Birds die set. The love banner and note is being 'carried' by the bird with the silver cord. The bird and envelope is popped up with foam tape for dimension. Hope you enjoy!!

Dies: Top Dog Dies - Little Birds, Signature Emerson Die, Vintage Alphabet Die, Heart Mini Album Finishers Die Set
Patterned Paper: Amy Tangerine - Plus One; Lawn Fawn - Let's Polka; Echo Park - Be Mine collection

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Top Dog Dies January Release!

Hi crafty friends! I'm popping in for an exciting post. Top Dog Dies has released 6 new exclusive dies! I've been having fun playing with the new goodies over the past week, and you can see what I've created down below, after I introduce the new dies to you!



Aren't they just awesome?!?! I'm loving the little details of the pierced holes around the edges of a lot of these dies. It gives them such character!

I hope you enjoy my cards using the new stuff! I've included the supply list at the end of the post for each card. If you are looking for even more inspiration, make sure to check out the Idea Gallery on the TDD website!


Happy Birthday card:
Dies: TDD - Feathers, Dotted Tags  
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Sketched Shapes (sentiment)
Cardstock: PTI - White
Patterned Papers: Amy Tangerine - Plus One; MME - Moments
Other: Twine, Washi Tape, Foam Tape

You and Moi card:
Dies: TDD - Corset, Corset Background, Dotted Borders, Elephants (small hearts) 
Cardstock: PTI - Rustic White, True Black; Stampin' Up! - Lavender Lace
Other: Patterned Paper: Pebbles

Thanks card:
Dies: TDD - Little Birds, Dotted Borders 
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Mini Blooms (sentiment)
Cardstock: PTI - Rustic Cream; Stampin' Up! - Kraft
Other: Patterned Paper: Poteeka Souflee - The Paper Studio; Sequins; Rainstones (PTI)

Baby Elephant card: 
Dies: TDD - Elephants, Dotted Tags
Cardstock: PTI - White, True Black
Patterned Papers: Lawn Fawn - Let's Polka; Pebbles
Other: SU Corner Rounder Punch, Sizzix Embossing Folder - Stripes, Foam Tape

Friday, January 16, 2015

Uniko Studio Challenge #17

Hi! Welcome to the first Uniko Studio Challenge of 2015!! To start our year, we've revamped the challenges to bring more variety and make it possible for everyone to participate. Yay! Here's the deets:

  • Challenges will run for 2 weeks only and will begin on the 3rd Friday of each month
  • You can use ANY stamps in the challenges
  • You can enter as many times as you want and enter as many other challenges as you want combined with ours!

We are happy that we have some very creative Guest Designers joining us for this challenge! Just click on their names to take a browse around their amazing blogs.

So this month our theme is Love and Friendship

Isn't is fun to create Valentine's Day cards?! I just can't get enough of hearts, hearts, hearts! I created the background pattern with the hollow heart and randomly stamped inside some of them with a smaller solid heart. Then, all the sentiments are embossed using black EP.

You have until Friday, January 30th, 2:00am CST, to link your card up on the Uniko Blog

How to WIN some Uniko gift vouchers!!
  • The DT will choose a winner who will get a £20 Gift Voucher for Uniko Studio plus be invited to be a Guest Designer for our next challenge
  • Our DT will also choose a top 3 and they will each get a £5 Gift Voucher
  • If you do use a Uniko product we will do a random selected prize to win a £10 gift voucher

Stamps: Uniko Studio - All Occasions Sentiments #5, Always & Forever, Flower Power #3
Cardstock: PTI - White

Ink: PTI - Hibiscus Burst
Other: Black Embossing Powder

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Top Dog Dies Love You Card

Hey there! I've got a giant-sized card to share today, LOL! (it measures 7.5" x 5.25")

As part of my DT duties for Top Dog Dies, I will be posting a card/project every Thursday here on my blog! I know it's Saturday today, but let's just say it slipped my mind! I hope you will stop by for a visit every week and let me know what you think!

I used the Top Dog Dies Lace Heart Border die and die cut it three times using different shades of pink. Next, I mounted them to a dark grey card stock base.

The large heart was die cut twice using vellum. I stamped the "Love You" sentiment on one of them, adhered dark grey sequins around it, then attached the piece to the other vellum piece. The panel was adhered to the base using foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by! Are you creating any fun things for the upcoming Valentine's holiday??

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Always & Forever
Cardstock: PTI - Smokey Shadow; Stampin' Up - Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red; Vellum.
Dies: Top Dog Dies - Heart Border Die, Heart Doily Die
Miscellaneous: Sequins, Foam Tape

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Uniko Studio Sponsors TIME OUT

Hello! So glad you stopped by today because Uniko Studio is sponsoring the first challenge of the year over at TIME OUT Challenges!

Since this one is a photo challenge, you should have plenty of inspiration to get you started! Check out the cool pic below...

There are 2 ways to win £15 UNIKO gift voucher:
  1. By leaving a comment on the main Uniko blog - chosen at random
  2. By entering the TIME OUT Challenge - chosen at random
There is also TWICE the inspiration from the design team because BOTH the TIME OUT DT and the Uniko Studio DT are participating in this challenge. So be sure to stop by both blogs to see all the lovely eye candy!!

The challenge closes on Jan 21st at 5pm GMT (11am CST). Any stamps/supplies can be used, but we'd LOVE to see you use those Uniko Studio goodies! ;) Let's see what you can come up with!

Thanks for the visit!

Stamps: Uniko - All Occasion Sentiments #2, Flower Power #6, A Gift for You, Time
Cardstock: PTI - White; Stampin' Up - Only Orange
Dies: Uniko Studio - Graphic Flowers from Today, Tomorrow, and Always Time Collection
Miscellaneous: Sequin, Foam Tape

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Top Dog Dies Tutorial - Valentine's Day Banner

So for all these years that I've been blogging about my cards, I've never done a tutorial. I love watching video tutorials and reading other people's tutorials, but I thought I could never do that! Well, now that I'm on the Top Dog Dies design team, I am required to do one tutorial a month! So, my first one was posted the other day on the TDD blog. Be sure to check it out! I'm very proud of the project and the photos. Thanks to my hubby and his awesome camera for helping me out! ;)

Here's a few shots!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

BIG news!

Hello all! I'm popping in today to share some very exciting news....

I have been chosen to be a part of the fabulous Spring 2015 Design Team over at Top Dog Dies!!! Check out TDD blog post to read a little info about each designer. I'm so excited to get started and work with these awesome ladies! Congrats to the rest of my teammies, and cheers to a great year!

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you all have a FABULOUS Christmas with your family and friends!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I'm back with the Uniko Studio Xmas Release!

In case you missed my last post, I wasn't able to have cards ready for the big Uniko Studio Countdown to Christmas blog hop last week since my stamps arrived late. Good news....the stamps are in my possession and have been inked up!! ;)  So now I have some cards to share. All the stamps used here are now available to purchase on the Uniko Studio website. I've included links to the sets at the bottom of the post in the supply list.

My first card uses non-traditional Christmas colors, but I'm really happy with how it turned out! I based the colors off of the current Cure for the Monday Blues Challenge #36. I even scored a few horizontal lines at the top of the card to mimic the lines in the wooden xmas tree (it's really hard to see though!).

My next card uses a new sentiment that I really love. It's stamped on vellum and adhered to the card base, which I created using this technique by Jennifer McGuire. I LOVE this technique! Creates such a beautiful background (the picture does NOT do it justice!) so I didn't want to put much over it! A couple strips of gold foil paper gives it a very special finishing touch.

Here's a closeup where you can see the sparkles on the bkgd, and the shimmer of the gold foil.

The last card is super CAS and I'm loving it ;) Building that wreath was so fun. I love watching it transform from a plain white card to a delicate, beautiful wreath! The sentiment is stamped separately and popped up with foam tape.

I hope I've inspired you to finish up those Christmas cards if you haven't already!! Be sure to hop on over to Amber's & Nath's blogs to see their creations with the new sets! Make sure to leave comments for a chance to win the entire December release! Check out Bev's blog post for more details, and to find the links for the other designers' blogs too!

Tree card:
Stamps: Uniko - Rustic Christmas
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! - Close to Cocoa; PTI - Rustic White
Other: Tim Holtz Distress Marker (Vintage Photo), Sweet Stamps White Embossing Powder, AC Cork Star, Martha Stewart Scoring Board, Foam Tape

Joy card:
Stamps: Uniko - Simply Said Christmas
Cardstock: Strathmore Watercolor paper; PTI - Rustic White
Ink: Staz-On - Black; TH Distress - Fired Brick, Victorian Velvet, Pumice Stone
Other: Pearl Ex, Water, Mini Mister, Paintbrush, Vellum, The Paper Studio Gold Foil patterned paper

Happy Christmas card:
Stamps: Uniko - Background Builders: Vines Winter Additions, Simply Said Christmas
Cardstock: PTI - White
Ink: Stampin' Up - Real Red, Mellow Moss, Cherry Cobbler; Tsukineko VersaMagic - Green, Brown
Other: Foam Tape