Thursday, May 05, 2016

Tingling Slime! (Dies R Us}{Tiddly Inks}

Greetings, Crafty Friends!
Welcome to my blog for a little Dies R Us Inspiration!
Yikes! This morning we had a fierce thunderstorm bringing an unusually strong amount of lightning and thunder and LOTS OF HAIL! It beat the vegetable garden down pretty badly, but other than that, all is well.

In the Ellis Household, we are celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversary,
so today I'm showing a humorous card for my husband,
who prefers Simple and Silly.

(Noooo, I'm pretty sure that is NOT why he married me, giggle)

That being said...

          Have you ever tried combining... 

                    elegant, ornate elements... 


                                        silly, humorous pieces?

Dies R Us  is an on-line store carrying a huge assortment of amazing dies by several manufacturers.
I hope you enjoy today's project

click below for:


My card uses the following Dies R Us Products:

Sue Wilson Spanish Collection Seville CED1203
Darice Dies - hearts (plain and scallop) nesting dies

We live on a mini-farm, and my husband is constantly battling the buggies and ickies around the place here in central, rural Florida. Hence, the characters of my card. 
Wouldn't this card would be so sweet even without the easel effect?

But I liked the sentiment so much, that an easel card was the only option.

How my multi-dies are held together:

(this is what my work area REALLY looked like before cropping the above photo): LOL

Will those buggies NEVER stop?

How to make the border for the "stop":

Use the same border to create cohesiveness on the top panel.
Be sure to distress-ink the border for interest!

I discovered the slug on a freebie site! It's eyes are just perfect for the theme. The clip art site is called Clipart Panda by Ron Leishman

The silly, love-smitten slug has been paired with the cutest ever snail digi set called 
Snails Galore by Christy Croll at her store called Tiddly Inks. Would you believe her fantastic 9-piece set is only $1? 
I used some of Christy's "slime" behind and round the clipart slug. 
Christy, thanks for such a fun image!

Other Products Used:
Submitted to the following fabulous challenges:
  1. Crafting a Beautiful Mess #2 Anything Goes 5/26 (last Friday M) (3rd entry)
  2. Crafting by Designs (May 4) May Anything Goes, M (1st Wed)
  3. Ellibelle's Creative Moments Let's Color Saturday Linky Party #9 (images are colored with Copics)
  4. Fab N Funky Challenges #303 "Three Or More Layers" 5/11
  5. Inspiration Destination #84 "Anything Goes" 5/11
Our winter herbs have flowered and are now seeding:

The lush, thick densely-green parsley, suddenly spiked upward with elongated, straight leaves, and then blossomed, barely resembling green Queen Ann's Lace:

The aromatic Basil struggled through the winter but provided lush, yummy leaves. Then it flowered a salmony-coral color, bursting open with seeds this week!

wishes that you enjoy an interesting-but-sweet week-end,
and lots of stamping hugs,

Monday, May 02, 2016

Flowers for You {Our Crafty Corner #9}{Bugaboo}

Hello Sweet Blogging Friends!

Today begins challenge #9 for Our Crafty Corner!
It continues until the end of the month.

OCC is a month-long challenge, beginning the first Monday of each month.
Every month's theme: ANYTHING GOES

This Month's Sponsor is Karleigh Sue Digitals

My card features Bugaboo Stamp's "For You From Me Flower"

A little twist for my project today...

I've used Bugaboo's Stella Says Sketch #408 on BOTH cards.
In fact, both cards are using...

          the same image,

                    the same colored pencil and distress ink hues,

                              and the same sketch.

                                        But are they EVER different!

(white card = 6"x6"    ----    green card= 7.5"x 5.5")

The first card is highlighted with darker blue tones because the flowers are shaded in Blue Print Distress Ink, and a frame around the edge which has been distressed with the same ink and glitter. The top and bottom of the card are also distressed with the same glitter mixture.


With 3 layers of hydrangeas, the white card is distinctive to have the petal layers distressed with Blue Print Distress Ink, and also inked in the centers, to match the frame surrounding the scene. The white panels of the sketch may be difficult to see even though they are distressed with Worn Lipstick Ink. I should have used dimensional adhesive for the layers. Each layer has a different embossed shape.

The butterfly has also been layered, and then glittered to match the image frame and distressed borders of the card. Prills adorn the hydrangea centers.

Inside of the card:

The second card has a dark green background, with a hint of white around the sketch panels, making them more easily seen. The hydrangea in the corner takes the place of the flower in the corner of the Sketch Pattern.

The hydrangea petals sport pink highlights with more prills.

Because there are so many layers, I die cut leaves and flowers from the layers where only an edge can be seen. This helps with bulk and postage costs.

There is glitter in the self-adhesive lace since some of that clear tape would show.
Once again, glitter comes to the rescue! 

I prefer the white highlights and bright magenta centers in the hydrangeas, compared to the bold blue look in the white card:

Thanks for stopping by today!

Now it's your turn to link up to the 
Our Crafty Corner Challenge!

Products Used:
  • Image: Bugaboo Stamp's "For You From Me Flower"
  • Dies: Spellbinders: Scallop Labels One, Classic Scallop Squares, Grand Decorative Labels One, Grand Labels One (card one), Cheery Lynn Tropical Flourish (card 2)
  • Embossing Folders: Craftwell "Quatrafoil", Counture Creations "Flamingos and Hedgehogs", Craft Essentials "Basket Weave". (card one)
  • MS Flourish Lace Punch Around the Page (card two)
  • SU printed papers (card two)
  • colored pencils, distress inks, prills, glitter mixtures, lace, ribbon

Challenges I'd like to play in please:
  1. Stella Says Sketch #408 - 5/6 (check 5/9)
  2. Crafting a Beautiful Mess #2 Anything Goes 5/26 (last Friday M)
  3. Ellibelle's Creative Moments Let's Color Saturday Linky Party #8 (both cards and images are colored with colored pencils and distress inks) 5/5
  4. Jade's Sparkling Butterflies (2 Crafty Girls )- #18 Anything Goes 5/12
Lastly, a share from our front pastureland last week. Ribbons of dew rise from the ground. Sometimes colors are reflected in the layers as the sun sheds light on flowers and its own sunrise hues. The layers are usually caused by the rapid rise of temperature in the morning, depending on the season. This time, the layers are not noticeable. The trees show off their dangling Spanish moss, and their leaves have not yet emerged:

warm hugs,

Sunday, May 01, 2016

{Crafts Galore Encore}{Christina Hor Memories Crafter}

Hello, sweet crafting friends!
It is time for the May Crafts Galore Encore Challenge!

The Rules to the Challenge are easy! 
Just create your projects (using any crafting medium) according to this month's theme, and link your blog posts directly to the linky on the CGE Challenge site!
This month's challenge theme is  

"Anything Goes"

Our Sponsor this month is Di's Digital Stamps.

My images are freebies from
Christina Hor's Digi Arts for Healing at Memories Crafter!

The first card is for a sweet friend who has been diligently caring for her Mom the past several years, who sadly suffers from Alzheimer's Disease. This year it was time to find a professional home for her Mom, and my friend has begun making doctor appointments for herself, only to learn she has breast cancer. So this sweet card is going her way - she loves children and has such infinite patience with them. It seems only fitting that Christina's "Arts for Healing" should be used.

Colored with Copics on Express-It Paper.  Computer-Generated Sentiment.
This is one of the very few A2 size cards I've made over the years.

My next card is for a blogging friend who lives and breathes Kindness and Generosity.
I met her through Sparkle N Sprinkle's Bingo Games and Blog Hops.
This year she has learned her husband is in early stages of Alzheimer's Disease.
Instead of being upset that they cannot do the things they had planned on, she is busy developing plans to help maintain her husband's dignity, while striving to help manage his health.
She is one of the most beautiful women I've ever met.

The image is flipped and the little girl is sporting pink hair:

Colored with Copics on Express-It Paper.  Computer-Generated Sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Now it's your turn to play at

First Green Beans from our spring garden.
We will be thigh high with them in the coming weeks!

Products Used:

  • Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance (ornate oval) (second card)
  • Spellbinders Grand Big Scallops and Grand Ovals (second card)
  • Spellbinders Labels Ten (oval),  (second card)
  • Spellbinders Floral Ovals (first card)
  • Sue Wilson Dandelion Clockworks (for the sun)
  • Images: Christina Hor's Digi Arts of Healing -  "Sending Hugs" and "Fenced Tree"
  • Dotted Embossing Folder
  • Crystal Effects on the Balloons
  • Sparkle N Sprinkle White Nuvo Drops (on first card), Bubblegum Glitter (on little girl's dress)
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon (two sided ribbon)

Playing in the following Challenges Please:

  1. Crafting a Beautiful Mess #2 Anything Goes 5/26 (last Friday M)
  2. Crafty Girls Creations #18 Anything Goes 5/5 (sep post)
  3. Creative Fingers Challenge #108 - Anything Goes 5/12 (shown on chal 110)
  4. Dragonfly Dreams -(May) Summertime 6/5
  5. Ellibelle's Creative Moments Let's Color Saturday Linky Party #8 (image is colored with Copic Markers) 5/5
  6. Glitter n Sparkle #186 Shaped Card 5/8
  7. Little Miss Muffet Challenges #136 Anything Goes 5/3 (sep post)
  8. My Time to Craft #320 Get Well Soon - my 1st card - 5/5
  9. PDE Linky Party #121 Anything Goes 5/5

Monday, April 25, 2016

To My Friends

The Big Risk

Dearest Blogging Friends,

A number of factors caused me to "hide" my true self, and try to be as low key and wordless as possible.

Among friends, family, and on-line, I used to enjoy sharing a bit about my "little life" 
("little", because I am home-bound). 
Unfortunately I regressed due to continued hostilities you know nothing about. 

I was made to think my Real Self was Ugly and Unacceptable.

Among the "things" and events which have helped free me,

is a healthy dose of you, 

my sweet internet friends.

Like a hibernating turtle, I am re-emerging from my shell,
and discovering that maybe I am not so unworthy that I have to hide in order to protect others from myself.

Some events especially this month have afforded even more liberty to my soul.


for allowing me to be "me", 

and for helping me see that it is acceptable to be my real self, 
and to no longer hide.

You are the right combination of Encouragement, Friendship, and Support -
and the right combination of dear personalities come together.
Your artwork also is a healing balm - because it is who you are.

I am blessed...

and so...

You never know how your words and actions will affect another life.
You certainly have affected mine positively.

Again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Some names in particular have helped, and your names are listed below.


I probably have left some names out inadvertently,
but please know how much you have influenced me, and helped me over this terrible hurdle.
My life is different because of you.



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