Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Teaming up With The Greeting Farm!


Hi and welcome to the CardMaker Blog team and The Greeting Farm blog hop! You should have arrived here from Lisa’s blog, but no fear if you just happened along…the entire hop list is on the CardMaker post. Be sure to read all the way to end of my post for info on a fantastic give-away!

Here are the 2 sets I chose for my post today, so versatile!








I stamped the fox, masked it and stamped the stump. I colored the images with Copics and a white paint marker. I used my MISTI and overstamped the images again to make them pop. I masked the images then air-brushed the background. I also added a little white acrylic paint with my finger for some puffy clouds.
With fine tip markers, I sketched in some grass and flowers.


My second sample is one for a quick, “I need a card NOW” type card. LOL


I masked off where the embossing folder would be, and sponged with inks, then embossed with the folder.

Now it’s time to hop along to Pamela’s blog.

Don’t forget to stop by The Greeting Farm’s blog, they’ll be giving away a $50 gift certificate!!

Thanks for stopping by!


New Release for North Coast Creations!


Welcome to the North Coast Creations April release!!
The design team has been busy creating some super cute samples!

Here is what I used from this release.






NCC-Regular Size Set








My first sample uses this adorable monkey and bananas from Thanks a Bunch. The sentiment is also from this set…… and how awesome to have dies to match, Monkey and Bananas!!

I fashioned my “banana tree” using the branch from the new Birdies dies, and ODBD Stitched Ovals. In order for some of the bananas to face in the opposite direction, I die cut them, flipped them over and drew the lines with a fine tip marker.

This little guy LOVES his bananas, even holding one between his toes (with the help of a craft knife and little slit), while sitting on ODBD’s Grass Border.


My next sample uses Little Birdies and Birdies dies. I love having dies that match!


It looks as if these birds are decorating their home for spring and a little friend is bringing them another decoration.
Colored with Copics, sponged clouds and background.

The sentiment is on ODBD Stitched Ovals and sponged while in the die.

You can see all the April release on the NCC blog
and be sure to check out my sister Coasters
for their fantastic creations!

Dawn(that’s me!) * Julie * Lori * Sandee

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, April 18, 2016

Something New Has Been Added!


Our Daily Bread Designs has added some new items
to the store and left me craving PIE!


This is Homemade Pie and Baking Tools dies. The Baking Tools coordinate with Apron and Tools dies.
I stamped two of the pies, colored with Copics, hand cut one then clear embossed the pie portion only and hand cut. Yum! It looks like a fresh pie right out of the oven with a beautiful lattice crust!

The Baking Tools are so cute, the measuring cup is even marked with 2, 4, 6, and 8 ounce for precise measuring!

I searched through my stash for a piece of silver mirror paper for the baking sheet, but had to settle for a piece of gray sponged with some ink.

I stamped one of the sentiments on the Doily and tucked it under the Americana Quilt Collection Dresden Quilt with a Beautiful Borders trim. 


Here is another new item, Mother’s Day Baking Tools. For this card I used the Apron and Tools dies and the Baking Tools dies along with Double Stitched Rectangles dies. The apron is cut from a piece from the Cozy Quilt Collection.


Inside, I stamped the verse from Homemade Pie.

You can see all the new additions plus more samples on the ODBD blog.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Friday, April 15, 2016

Wrap Up in a Warm Quilt….Looking Back at April with ODBD


Today the ODBD team is taking a look back at April’s wonderful quilting/sewing theme!

This is a special card for a special lady going through an especially hard time. She’s a quilter, so ODBD’s April release is just perfect for her!
husband suffered a major stroke almost 2 weeks ago and is still in ICU. I’m sorry to post, Doug passed away yesterday afternoon.


I started by cutting 3 Dresden Quilts using Cozy Quilt Collection and a piece of cardstock. I cut a piece of the green cardstock just smaller than the quilt square, and laid a good foundation of double sided tape for my quilt to stick to.
My first quilt frame is the cardstock then I added the floral piece on top of the cardstock after putting together the ‘basic’ quilt pieces. My quilt is thick, just like a real quilt!

With the extra pieces I decided to give it more of a 3D look in the center, using foam squares to pop up the outer ends.


I hand cut the center circle only from the frame of the geometrical piece and added it along with the solid cardstock piece.



The sentiment from Healing Prayers was just perfect for Katha’s situation. (even more so now) I die cut it with Double Stitched Rectangles and popped it up on the lovely lattice looking die from Lavish Layers. My quilt and sentiment are atop the largest die from Flourished Star Pattern.


For more on April’s release, stop by the ODBD blog.

Also, be sure to stop by my sister sticks!

Dawn (that’s me) * Lori * Robin * Julie 
Sandee * Cathy * Sabrina
 Diana * Lisa * Melissa (Guest Designer)

Thanks for stopping by!


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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Thinking of Doug…



When I think of Doug Dill, I think of a 4H’er that grew up to be the Champaign County 4H Extension Educator. When my kids grew up, Doug WAS 4H! And because of Doug, we’ve had llamas a part of the fair for over 15 years! He went before the fair board for 3 years before they finally gave in and let us have a ‘book’ project, then the real, live llamas at the fair!! Doug has since retired, you can take a person out of 4H but you’ll never take the 4H out of the person!Doug

Last Tuesday, Doug suffered a major stroke complicated with other health issues…he is still in ICU. He hasn’t been able to speak…

News this morning was that he said TWO words to his night nurse!! That’s monumental!! Go Doug!!

I’m sorry to have to edit this post, Doug passed away this afternoon (April 14).


About the card:
Plough the Fields and Grace’s Strength came together for this card I’ll be sending him.
I lightly stamped the image and verse then did some air-brushing. Then I colored the image and over-stamped.
Simple, and a nice ‘guy’ card. The twill and embossing folder reminds me of tractor tire tracks!


I hope this card of encouragement will help with his fight to recover. We want to see him at fair in August visiting all the 4H activities! He and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.


Thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, April 7, 2016

Fun with Tim Holtz Distress Crayons and CardMaker Blog Hop!


Crayons that you can color, smudge, watercolor, blend… say what?! That’s what the CardMaker Blog Team were sent to play with, Tim Holtz® Distress Crayons.

I love my Distress Inks, and now crayons that blend in the same way! I received the set that has Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Picket Fence.

Here is the blog hop

I needed a birthday card for an “older” guy friend and decided to put these crayons to the test!

I started by dry embossing part of my background with Tim’s Sizzix Bricked embossing folder. I scribbled the different colors over the bricks then smudged with my finger, adding some darker shades here and there for a real weathered brick look.

For the ‘sidewalk’ I lightly colored Black Soot and used my waterbrush to move the color around.


The background turned out great, but could I actually color an image with the crayons? The answer is YES!

I stamped the old guys using my MISTI, then took the crayons and scribbled them in a watercolor palette. From there I used my waterbrush to pick up color and paint my image. I did use a little marker on the cheeks for a little rosy look. When I was satisfied with how they looked, I overstamped the image with a strong black ink to make it pop, and, using scissors did some fussy cutting.

After I popped up the image, I took my waterbrush and added some shadow with the Black Soot crayon.

The quick sign is just the sentiment stamped and the Black Soot crayon taken around the edge and the waterbrush pulling the color inward. I colored a toothpick for the ‘stick’. I dry embossed a piece of cardstock cut to resemble a bucket, scribbled the Black Soot crayon over and waterbrushed. I took a sanding block lightly over the bucket to give it a ‘worn’ look.

I think the old guys look pretty good monochromatic! Now I need to get the other crayon colors available.

I hope you had fun looking at all the different ways to use these Distress Crayons! I sure had fun creating my sample!

Thanks for stopping by!