Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Die Cuttin' Divas #204 Seuss Inspired Challenge

Hello there wonderful crafty friends!

I hope this Tuesday finds you well :) It's nice and snowy here in Oklahoma. We even had a snow day yesterday! How often do you get a snow day on a Monday? It was awesome! My super creative daughter spent all day working on an art project for an upcoming art fair at her school. That girl has some serious crafting skills. I was lazy and just cleaned a little haha. 

This week at the Die Cuttin' Divas we are having a Dr. Seuss inspired challenge. I had a rough start on this one(I've never really read much Dr. Seuss), but it quickly turned into my favorite challenge yet. I really like when a challenge takes me out of my comfort zone... well after the fact haha. There was much frustration in the beginning. I believe there is a quote something like, "bigger the challenge greater the reward". It's cliche, and true :)  So our awesome sponsor for this challenge is Dies R US, with an awesome $10 gift card as the prize. 

For my card I used some Bazzil cardstock and some from Colorbok. The cat is from Kadoodle Bug Designs, and you can find him here

For the quote I downloaded the Grinched font and typed it out myself. I also used some chalks for edging and a sharpie for the faux stitch marks. 

I hope you all enjoyed my card. If you have any comments or questions leave them below or shoot me an e-mail :) I really hope to see all of your projects this week, don't forget the die cuts! Thanks for reading :)

~Dusty Rae

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Die Cuttin' Divas #203 Odd Card Challenge

Hello Fantastic Friends!

Happy Tuesday :) How was your 3 day weekend? I really love extended weekends and shortened weeks. Did you do anything special with the extra day? I was able to do some extra card making and play with my kiddos. We also had a little snow. It was very exciting, but it was all gone by noon. I want a true snow day where we can build a snow man and make snow ice cream. I'll keep my fingers crossed. 

This week at the Die Cuttin' Divas we are having an Odd Card Challenge . In this challenge there are no standard square or rectangle cards allowed. You can make a fancy folded card or a shaped card. I made a Z fold card. I found an inspiration card, but now I can't find it again. I hate when that happens. I used DoodleBug papers and enamel dots, and dies from Elizabeth Crafts and Avery Elle. 

This is the first Z-fold card I ever made. I love the style. I think I will need to make more.

I used Glossy Accents on the Hello. The quote bubble is from a stamp and die set from Avery Elle with Hero Arts. 

I'm having a great time crafting lately. I think you can tell my moods by my cards. Are you guys the same way? I really hope to see your odd cards entered at the Die Cuttin' Divas this week. We have an awesome sponsor this week, Dies R Us. The prize is a $10 gift certificate. So be sure to make something out of the box and don't forget the die cut :) Thanks for reading!!
~Dusty Rae

Monday, February 16, 2015

Love To Scrap! Challenge #48 Anything Goes

Happy Monday! 

To all of you here in the states, Happy Presidents Day :) Well, same to all of you not in the US, but I bet it doesn't mean as much. I trust you all had a good Valentine's Day? I stayed home made cards, and spoke to some good friends on the phone. It was a pretty awesome day. I liked being able to avoid the crowds. What about you all? What did you do to celebrate? if anything. 

This week at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog we are having an Anything Goes challenge. I truly love to see the different style that each person has. We have 3 sponsors this week also. The Stamping Boutique with a prize of 2 images, possibly a 3rd if the winner used a TSB stamp on their project. The next sponsor is Lacy Sunshine Stamps with a prize of 3 images of the winner's choosing. Our 3rd sponsor is Fred, She Said Designs with a $10 gift certificate to the winner. These are some fantastic sponsors this week, and tons of prizes :)

I have to admit when I found the image I used in this weeks card, it was completely love at first sight! My funny little lady is from Lacy Sunshine Stamps, she is Eleanor Circus Clown. I knew immediately that I wanted here to be so bright and cheerful, but once I started coloring, she took a different turn. I am quite pleased when projects sort of take over and become something other than what I had originally intended.

I used some Simple Stories patterned papers and some Colorbok cardstock.  I printed the sentiment on my computer and colored beautiful Eleanor with my Spectrum Noir markers. 

The balloon dies are from Elizabeth Crafts. I also used some Glossy Accents on the balloons in the image. 

This card definitely took on a life of it's own. I'm very happy with it though. I'm considering sending my cards to my readers, if you'd be interested send me a comment or an e-mail. I have so many that I don't give away. Don't forget to head on over to LTSCB for our Anything goes challenge. I'd love to see your projects. Thanks for reading y'all! Have a great week. 

~Dusty Rae 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Die Cuttin' Divas #202 Picture Challenge

Hey Crafty Friends!

How have you all been this past week? I know many of you have gotten a lot of snow. I hope you are staying warm. It's been so back and forth with the temperatures here. Everyone with allergies is having difficulties. I would really just like a snow day or two, and I think my kids would as well. *Fingers Crossed* I know I have mentioned it already, but I am so very excited for Valentine's Day. I'm actually sad that it's already here. I didn't want it to be over so soon. I have cards to mail out and a package to send across an ocean. I really love buying gifts for those who are special to me. This is the only day a year that I feel comfortable buying a man a present that is traditionally girly. (you know like a stuffed gorilla that says "I'm bananas for you") This takes so much of the pressure away and allows more freedom in shopping. Confession time: I love any excuse to shop! haha. 

Let's get back to the reason we are here today, A Crafty Challenge with the Die Cuttin' Divas. This weeks theme is a picture challenge. You should go check it out and see all the beautiful little "Love Day" images to use as inspiration. Please don't forget your die cuts :) For my card I used an svg from Miss KateCuttables. I really love the images here, and I purchased quite a few on sale this week. I used the Layered Valentine Overlay on this project. I really had a great time picking the papers and the details for this card. I used some Recollections patterned and solid papers and some The Paper Studio glitter paper. The bow is from a Cricut file called 3-D Bows. 

 My Cricut Explore didn't cut as well as I had hoped, but I think I need a new blade. Have any of you all tried the new blades? I'm wondering if they are really that much better. This is my first card in a long time that doesn't have a sentiment. I think it kind of speaks for itself. 

I'm really not much of a glitter fan, but I have begun to appreciate the qualities of a little shimmer in a project. I think you will be seeing more and more :)

Well I hope you all enjoyed this week's project. I had a good time creating it. Let me know what you think in the comments section below. :) I would love to see Valentine themed projects from you all at the Die Cuttin' Divas' Challenge this week. Don't forget  the die cut and to check out the inspiration picture. Thanks for reading! Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

~Dusty Rae 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge #201 Sketch Challenge

Hey there Crafty People!

I hope you all had a fantastic Monday! Mine was somewhat of a disaster, but C'est La Vie, am I right? I'm sure today will be filled with sunshine, and I hope not as much wind as yesterday. Stinking Oklahoma wind, I'm telling you, it's awful. Moving right along this week at the Die Cuttin' Divas we are having a sketch challenge. We would really love to have you come on over, but don't forget your die cut :)

I had some technical difficulties with my pictures, but I think you all will be able to still see the card alright. I will probably post some better pictures later this afternoon. I love the items used for this one :) I have a SVG title from Miss Kate Cuttables. I really love this cut. I used some neon cardstock from The Paper Studio with some Glossy Accents to give it that epoxy-like finish. The Ribbons are also from The Paper Studio. 

With this card I was lacking a little bit of my mojo, but I am still pretty crazy about the papers though. I really love neon at the moment. I definitely need to find some more patterned neon papers. If you all know of any good ones, let me know :) I hope to see all of your sketch cards linked to us at the Die Cuttin' Divas. Thanks for reading! Have a good week :)
~Dusty Rae

Monday, February 2, 2015

Love To Scrap! Challenge #47 Love Is In The Air

Hello wonderful people!

 I hope you all are having a great week. Here in Oklahoma we had a beautiful week, but it has turned cold and extra windy.The weather here is so unpredictable. I have grown to appreciate the ever-changing forecasts, and I am  loving that we are getting close to Valentine's Day. Behind Christmas it is definitely my favorite holiday. I know it's so much hype, but to quote T-Swift from the movie "Valentine's Day", "I love hype!"  I really can't get enough all the reds and pinks and hearts and flowers. What about you all? Do you love Valentine's Day? If so, what's your favorite part?

Our challenge this week at Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog  is perfect for the "love" lover like myself :) It is our "Love is in the Air" challenge where you need to make a project depicting LOVE (Valentine's Day, Anniversary, Wedding, etc.) We have three sponsors for our challenge with three separate prizes. The first is our very own fabulous Leslie Turner  with a Surprise Grab Bag as the Prize.  The second sponsor  Stamps on Fire  with a prize of 20% off their website. Our third wonderful sponsor is Your Next Stamp with a prize of a $20 gift certificate. Be sure to enter your awesome love themed project, and let me know if you do :)

 For my project, I used the small Heart Swirl stamp from Stamps on Fire. I was very happy with this adorable little stamp. It was such a crisp image and I love the size. I really had a blast creating this card, I love heat embossing and this color scheme. I hope you like it :)

The papers are all from a Paper Studio chalkboard paper pack. I heat embossed the heart swirl with Versamark and a bright white embossing powder from Recollections.  I used a stamp from Simon Says Stamp, To Thine Own Shelf, for the sentiment, also heat embossed it with pink embossing powder. 

The ribbon is from the floral section at Wal-Mart. I am in love with this paper pack and color combination. You will probably be seeing me them both quite a bit. 

I hope you all like my creation, and I can't wait to see what you can make. We'd love to see you over at LTSCB! Let me know what you all think :) Hope you all have a great week! Thanks for reading!

~Dusty Rae