Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Die Cut Club ~ Post #2

Hello friends~ Here's the second of my posts using the some wonderful die cuts from The Die Cut Club of Green Duck Sales
 This is a monthly subscription  where you will receive 10 to 15 top quality, fully colored and embellished die cuts a month.  As you can see in the photo below, you get a lot more than 10-15 die cuts and they're all super adorable!!

Each month is a different theme and all these dies are professionally cut using 100lb card stock. You can purchase one month of dies or a subscription of dies throughout the year.  The dies are sent out at the beginning of each month.  
My project for today was these cute cupcake picks, or in this case Whoopie Pie picks.  ;0)
I created the paper medallions using white card stock and my score board.  Once they were finished I simply adhered these adorable die cuts  from The Die Cut Club December kit and added a toothpick to each one.  Done!  

A fun and festive treat for the whole family to enjoy!  And yes, we DID enjoy them!!

Melinda, the owner of the Die Cut Club has generously given me an entire extra set of die cuts to give away to one winner from comments left on the first three posts on my blog using her dies.  So if you comment on all three posts, you'll increase your chances of winning.  I will draw the winner three days after my third post so you'll just have to keep checking back, become a follower of my blog or subscribe by e-mail so you don't miss a post.

You still have time to leave a comment on the first post found HERE to increase your chances of winning.

You can find all the details about The Die Cut Club HERE.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win all the die cuts from the December kit.
Blessings~ Birgit



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Chocolate Dipped Ornaments

Good morning friends~ I've got a post to share that does NOT include a card.  Can you believe it??
This is a set of Chocolate dipped ornaments that my daughter and I made to hang on our Christmas trees.
I found these cheap inexpensive plastic ball at Michael's Craft Store last year on clearance for .50 cents a box.

We dribbled hot glue over the tops of the balls and let them cool.  After all the balls were dripped with glue we spray painted them using Krylon Chocolate Brown spray paint
This took a bit of time, allowing the paint to dry and making sure that there was no original color showing through.   
Once they were all painted and dried, we used a small paint brush to brush glue onto the dripped part of the ball and added glitter that looked like sugar coating from Martha Stewart and finished them off with a little red gingham bow.  My daughter had to leave before they were dry so I got creative and made a candy box to put them in. 
I made the box out of printed paper and cut a window out of the center using a spellbinders die and added a piece of acetate for the window.

Each of the balls were place in cupcake papers, like individual little chocolates.

I made a tag using Clearly Besotted Little Pudding and a sentiment from MFT.

When I brought these to church to deliver them to my daughter, her husband thought they were real chocolates and wanted to open them up and eat one!

What a fun craft to share with your kids, young and old!
I'll be adding this project to the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenge ~ Christmas Gifts

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit


Die Cut Club ~ Post #1

Hello friends~ I've got some fun news to share with you.  I've joined the designers of The Die Cut Club of Green Duck Sales
 This is a monthly subscription  where you will receive 10 to 15 top quality, fully colored and embellished die cuts a month.  As you can see in the photo below, you get a lot more than 10-15 die cuts and they're all as cute as can be!

 Each month is a different theme and all these dies are professionally cut using 100lb card stock. You can purchase one month of dies or a subscription of dies throughout the year.  The dies are sent out at the beginning of each month.  

Here's the first of my posts using their fun products!
My first kit from them came with all of these magnificent Christmas tree dies in these fun colors.  They came all glittered up and ready to use, which made making these four cards a breeze!

I added my own sentiment using colors that matched the colors of the Christmas trees.

A spattering of coordinating sequins finished these cards off in a jiffy!

Melinda, the owner of the Die Cut Club has generously given me an entire extra set of die cuts to give away to one winner from comments left on the first three posts on my blog using her dies.  So if you comment on all three posts, you'll increase your chances of winning.  I will draw the winner three days after my third post so you'll just have to keep checking back, become a follower of my blog or subscribe by e-mail so you don't miss a post.

You can find all the details about The Die Cut Club HERE.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win all the die cuts from the December kit.
Blessings~ Birgit




Sunday, December 4, 2016

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #387 ~ A Theme Challenge

Hello friends~ it's time for a new challenge over at the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Blog.

This week's challenge is a theme challenge: 
SNOW GLOBE

Our sponsor this week is Digital Delights
They're kindly giving away a $5.00 gift certificate to the winner.

My printer has been out of commission now for several weeks and Digital Delights kindly gave us images to use for this challenge, but since mine isn't working I had to go in a different direction.  With that said, here's my card:
I started by stamping the sweet deer image from Avery Elle's Kitch Christmas and colored him using copics.  The two trees are cut using Impression Obsession Fir Trees.  I made my own snow globe using a Spellbinders circle and hand cutting a base out of brown card stock.  I added a strip of festive red gingham to the bottom of the card front and added a stitched scalloped border.  The sentiment from this set is stamped on an MFT banner.

Be sure to visit each of the designers to see what they've whipped up for you using this week's inspiration photo.

Birgit ~ That's me!


Kamila

I'll be entering this card into the following challenges:
AAA Cards ~ Christmas

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit



Dies R Us ~ Winter Woods Shaker Card

Hello friends~  It's my turn to post over at the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog and today I've got a snowy shaker card for you.



I started by creating a night sky background by blending some distress inks, splattered with water and then splattered with white paint.
 
Next I cut some Impression Obsession Mountain Landscape Layers and laid them out and added the distressed panel behind the mountains.
Then I cut the panel using a Memory Box Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Die and attached that to the front of a white A2 card base.

 
I cut all the parts for my card, including the Frantic Stamper Vertical Birch Trees, which I cut twice out of white card stock.  I layered the two birch tree dies to add a little thickness.
Next I created the window panel for the shaker card by adding a piece of clear acetate to the largest rectangle frame from Impression Obsession All In One Rectangle Frames.  I adhered the birch trees to the back of the acetate and then added 1/4" foam tape around the frame to give it dimension.  (oops!  Confession time... I quite often use recycled card stock.)
Some icy cold snowflakes were sprinkled onto the card front and then I adhered the window panel over the top.  There's the shaker part of this card all compete!

I added the largest fir tree from Impression Obsession Fir Trees and a Dee's Distinctively Dies Deer.  I rubbed a little bit of distress ink around the deer and his antlers.

And two smaller fir trees on the right side.  I couldn't decide if I liked the card better with just one tree or all three.  
Which one do you like better??
One tree                or three?

Either way, here's the list of products you can find at Dies R Us:
          Don't forget to play along at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the first and fifteenth of every month.  Be sure to Follow Us on Facebook too. 
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    I'll be entering this card into the following challenges:
    AAA Cards ~ Christmas

    Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
    Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

    Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit
         

    Saturday, December 3, 2016

    PTI's Make-It Monday ~ Double Layer Tags

    Good morning ~ I'm finally able to post these tags I made for PTI's Make-It Monday challenge with Dawn McVey.  It's so wonderful to have Dawn back and watching her sweet video.

    Here are my tags:
    I used both the Window Cut Tag Die and Basic Cut Tag Die to create my tags.  I used paper from the Vintage Linen Patterned Paper Collection and Sweet Holiday Wishes stamps and dies.

    You can find all the details for this challenge HERE.

    Thanks so much for stopping by!
    Blessings~ Birgit

    Thursday, December 1, 2016

    The Polar Express

    Good morning my friends~  I've got a couple of cards here and a bit of a story to share with you if you have a moment to spare.

    Here in Maine we have the wonderful opportunity to share in the Polar Express experience by visiting the Maine Narrow Guage Railroad.  Each year they put on the Polar Express for young and old to come and enjoy a magical train ride.
    You can find an intro video that you really must watch HERE

    My dad has been a volunteer at the railroad for the past 13 years and each year takes on different roles with the Polar Express.  This year, my daughter, her husband and I went on the Polar Express when my dad was Mr. Conductor.

    My son-in-law, my dad and my daughter

    Me, my dad and my daughter.

    Sorry for the poor quality photo's.  It was dark and rainy that night and these were taken with my cell phone so not great quality but great memories.
    As we were riding to the North Pole, I wan enchanted by all the happy children, dressed in their pajama's, just waiting for Santa Claus to arrive.  When we weren't being entertained by the chef's serving hot chocolate and cookies or by Hobo Joe, we enjoyed Christmas music being played over the speakers in each car.  All the people in the car would break out in song, singing Christmas Carols.  What joy!  What fun!

    It made me realize that despite the struggles we all face each day in our lives, we awake every day with a choice to make.  We can choose each day to let this day be our best day ever.  We can overlook our circumstances and like a child, find joy, laughter and a reason to smile and in return bring a smile to someone else's day.  

    My niece and her sweet little family were on the train that night too, although they were in a different car.

    I went to sleep that night with such warmth in my heart for the magic and hope that Christmas brings.
    A time for giving because of the greatest gift that was ever given, the gift of Jesus, a babe, God's own son, God in the flesh sent to bring the hope of eternity with Him in heaven someday.  

    I made these two Christmas cards, one for my dad and one for my niece and her family as a reminder of the wonderful gift of hope given to all humanity.
    This one goes to my dad, in hopes that we always hear the bell and believe in the Hope of Christmas.

    And this one goes to my niece and her family.  I thought the North Pole would be a fun touch to their card.
    I made gold tickets by heat embossing the sentiment in gold on shiny gold card stock.  The train is from Frantic Stamper.

    I'll be adding one of these cards to the following challenges:
    Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
    Dies R Us Challenge ~ Christmas

    Thanks so much for joining me today and sticking with me through this thought filled post.
    Blessings ~ Birgit