Monday, March 30, 2015

Hat's Off To You!!

Happy Monday!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!! It's my turn to post on the Die-Versions blog and I have a card to share with you using the Straw Hat die from the newest release. I also have some information to share with you...I'll do that after I show you my card.


I wanted my new Whispers Straw Hat die to have some dimension, so I cut it four times and then cut the center circles out, popping each layer up with teeny-tiny bits of foam tape. I mounted the hat on a Whispers Heart Burst die so it looks like it has a lacy edge :)


I cut a few Whispers Daisy Flair dies and tucked them among the Wild Orchid Crafts flowers. The button on the bow is a Wee Petites Button die. Hat's off to you is from an old K Andrew Designs Fashionable Friends stamp set. Also, I've been sewing on most of my cards again. I had quit for a while because I was always having trouble with the thread. My Mom suggested that I get more expensive thread (I had like the cheapest you could get!) and it made all of the difference!!


This is the first time I've used the new Straw Hat die, so that qualifies for Darnell's NBUS Challenge!! If you aren't familiar with the amazing Darnell or her "Never Before Used Schtuff" challenge, head on over to her blog, DJKardKreations for all the details!! I'm also entering it in Diana's DLArt March Linky party.


NOW, about the info I want to share...I'm going to try something new this week. Real life is seriously cutting into my crafting time and I have less and less time to blog. I've pretty much given up Facebook except for DT commitments already, and I'm still cramped for time. Visiting your blogs is one of the highlights of my day...I love seeing what everyone is creating. However, commenting is taking up between 1 1/2 - 2 hours a day!! I'd been trying to leave comments both in the morning and evening when I get the chance but it is still taking up too much time. So I'm going to see if commenting once a week will work, probably on Sunday. I'll go back and hit all of the projects you've created during the week. I wanted to let you know since I won't be around as often, BUT I will still be around and still comment on your projects :) Thanks for your understanding!! Have a wonderful week - it's almost April :)

58 comments:

  1. Hi Lisa what a gorgeous card and I like the die you have used and your design is wonderful xx

    Debs xxx

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  2. Another fine art piece from you Lisa! Amazing! Have a lovely week! Hazel xx

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  3. Another beautiful card!!! I love all your cards, Lisa!!!! You are awesome, my friend!! Have a great day.
    Gerda

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  4. Beautiful...what a wonderful new die.....I love the "lacey" look underneath...so creative...and as always love all your beautiful details!! I can fully understand about the commenting....and I know you do a lot of it...I am on 8 design teams..can you believe that...wow...it take sup ALL my time and then I have commenting to for for most of those, too...but I am still hanging in there as not to get behind..lol..I am thinking of spending less and less time in my "creative" room...as my gardens will soon be "blooming: and they need a massive cleanup...so anywho...I will still be back here when I see you have a new post..I love your "stuff"!!!

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  5. Pretty blooms..love the stitching and layering.. :)

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  6. Such a beautiful card Lisa, your blooms are amazing! You always give such visual interest with your work.

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  7. What a beauty Lisa. I love all the blooms. You always give such visual interest with your work!

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  8. Lisa your card is gorgeous my friend! Love that sweet straw hat and all those gorgeous flowers!!! And everyone should know that life comes first. You do what you need to do... my blog is not going anywhere :)
    Hugs,
    Jo
    xox

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  9. Lisa this card is so beautiful! Your hat looks amazing and I love all the pretty flowers and details! Don't worry about posting on my blog! Your time is more important!!

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  10. So so Beautiful Lisa......love your card, the dies are amazing! Totally understand about the commenting thing....I have often wondered how you do, because I struggle and I don't do as much as you. I love be inspired by your creations.....and will still be stopping by when I can. Have a wonderful week!

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  11. Absolutely beautiful love the choice of dies you used and the flowers are beautiful - love everything about this card - great job thanks for sharing!!!

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  12. Hats off to you with this pretty card. Has wonderful dimension layers & colors.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  13. Very creative and original design!! Beautiful colours!!! Lovely details!! Great card!

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  14. Beautiful card! I love how you did the hat with all the dimension. Fabulous idea. I so understand how life gets in the way. Hope you have a great Easter! Hugs, Robin

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  15. Love your card. Pretty colours and lots of dimension. Glad you found some thread that worked. Sometimes we have to put out a little more $$$ for the best results. And I hate when real life gets in the way! Anyways have a teriffic week!

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  16. Gorgeous colours here, Lisa! What a beautiful card and beautiful flowers! Your die cuts look amazing! Wishing you a wonderful day!

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  17. Gorgeous project and I love how you've given dimension to the straw hat and of course the colors (red is my favorite). I agree with you about how long it takes to comment. I used to do it daily and am now lucky if I can visit everyone once a week. Hope your new schedule works for you and I know everyone will understand.

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  18. This is a beautiful card Lisa! I am in love with that straw hat, and I love how you put a doily under it to look like it has lace going around it. Gosh, I didn't know that having better quality thread would make a difference on paper! Good to know that. I know what you mean Lisa, I try commenting daily. in the mornings and evenings, but I still don't get around to everyone and end up behind. It takes forever and if I miss a day well I'm so far behind I can't see my way to getting caught up, so I just start commenting on new stuff. I think I should try something new too. lol I hope it works out for you Lisa, like you I love visiting blogs. I think for me I just need to keep the commenting shorter!!!! lol Hugs, Brenda

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  19. Simply gorgeous!! This reminds me of Scarlett O"Hara and her hat - love the birdie stamped onto the sentiment tag, too! Just beautiful, Lisa!
    Thank you for the birthday wishes! Blessings!

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  20. Hi, Lisa! Another beautiful card! I have noticed that you beat me to commenting on most blogs, and I've always wondered how you do it. Due to cognitive and physical neurological health issues, I've also had to cut back on my comments. It hurts my finger tips so much to press on the keyboard, and I have a super light-touch keyboard! I try to do it every other day, but miss lots of posts even that way. So I've used Bloglovin to put everyone in a folder, and try to comment at least weekly on everyone's blog. More and more people are talking about having trouble with the commenting eating into their family life and crafting time. I think we all know that people see our projects, but that commenting is just not doable for lots of people. I'm hoping to play in challenges beginning in May, which will mean more cards showing up on my blog - but I don't want my friends to feel they must take time to comment. I just want to play. Maybe we should post something on the top of our blogs that says something like "so happy you popped in - please do not feel you must leave a comment, although I love reading them" LOL LOL

    In the meantime, I love this card! xoxoxox

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  21. This is so sweet. I love all the dimension and your flowers.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes MARCH Linky Party. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com http://dianamlarson.ctmh.com

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  22. Wow looks amazing Lisa~ love all the fun detailing you did to this card. lots of patience, huh!

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  23. GORGEOUS card my friend! Wow, love the dies which you always do such an amazing job on your designs! The papers are so pretty and love the cluster of flowers:) Ofta, so pretty!!
    I am with you on trying something new...it is hard to keep up with commenting, blogging and projects at times. I haven't spent as much time lately commenting as I just haven't had the time lately. I am thinking 1 day a week sounds great...let me know how that works for you! Hugs my friend!
    Sherrie K

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  24. I'm loving this new creation of yours. I really like the hat and the dimension. I can relate to the comments. I don't get back to everyone for several days. It is time consuming and I love commenting but if I do that I don't have time to make a card. I love the fellowship of other bloggers and would almost rather comment than make the cards sometimes! Come by when you can and don't feel bad about it. We have to live and be with our families first.

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  25. This is so pretty love all the flowers and trim! I unfortunately have also had to cut out some of my commenting time and it's been a hard adjustment but we all understand!

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  26. Hello Lisa!
    Love your card and those warm tones!
    Thank You~

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  27. Beautiful Lisa, I like the hat and the gorgeous flowers
    Kevin xx

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  28. So super cute card. The hat is just the cutest and I love those pretty papers and flowers! I also love checking projects by bloggers. I do my best to stay up on comments but sometimes I have to play catch up. Just so you know, I truly appreciate all of the bloggie love you leave for me. Have a great day!

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  29. This hat and bow are so cute and the flowers add a lot of charm to your beautiful card! I do most of my commenting on Tuesdays my day off and it works nicely, good luck!

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  30. Love your dimension on the hat and your gorgeous red flowers... so pretty!
    I totally understand about the comment issue. There have been times I've gone through the same thing.
    Big hugs!!!

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  31. Beautiful card Lisa, those red flowers are just gorgeous!!

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  32. Wonderful card, Lisa. I love the hat, especially the layers to make it look dimensional. The flowers are lovely, too. I have fallen down on my commenting, especially since I must do so with the design team. I look forward to hearing from you whenever you have the time.
    Best Wishes, my friend,
    Mindy

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  33. Beautiful hat I love the dimension you got with all of the layers. You are so quick at commenting. I think obce a week is a good idea. Right now I am sitting on the coach commenting, ignoring housework. Have a great week.

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  34. What a beautiful card! I love the dimension of the hat! Looks like a lovely Easter bonnet!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  35. Oh wow LISA!!! This is GORGEOUS!!!! I LOVE Die-versions dies... The straw hat is really cool! And you always find the perfect paper & Flowers to add so much Pop & Color.... I just LOVE it! And I totally get what your saying about leaving comments... Between blogs & Facebook... I've spent almost 4 hours today leaving comments... and I'm not done yet.... I try to leave blog comments on M, W, Fri. and Facebook I try the other days.... so that I'm not online ALL day long.... Just enjoy life & crafting and get to it when you can... :) Have a fabulous evening! :)

    Theresa

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  36. WOW Lisa!! this is gorgeous!!!!!!
    Another amazing project my friend!
    LOVE it!

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  37. What a great die! I love the flowers you added too. The intricate hat is cool : ) I am with you- I try to comment on Sundays and get around to blogs, but I have to spread it out a tad. This hobby is supposed to be fun- good for you to make some changes when it starts to become 'cumbersome'!

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  38. I am loving the deep, rich colors of this stunning card! The straw hat is so, so cute! What a fun, creative die and I love the dimension you achieved by adding extra layers. This is really just gorgeous my friend.
    I know exactly how you feel about "real life" getting in the way of crafting. There are just never enough hours in the day...sigh. So much to do and so little time. Don't stress over it too much my sweet, kind friend. This should be your relaxing, fun hobby - enjoy your crafting time and if you don't get around to leaving comments, we all know where to find you...lol! And, we all understand because life gets in the way with all of us at some time or another ♥

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  39. I always wondered how you found the time to comment my love! It would not hurt my feelings if you just left me a comment that just said "hi" every once in a while, I know that "hi" would be filled with love. This project is too cool! Love it!

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  40. Oh this is so beautiful, love the colors and the details. Fabulous.

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  41. What a beautiful card! Love the colors and dimension of the hat.

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  42. This is a really pretty card. What a unique and pretty die...Nice job using it.

    In regard to your sewing comment... I used to sew all the time, and finally got tired of thread breaking in my machine all the time...I blamed the sewing machine, and just stopped sewing. It wasn't till I did a little bit of hand sewing and had the same problem that I noticed my thread would break even with hand sewing. Okay, I know, I should have realized way before I did, that thread ROTS! (don't know how else to put that) I was using thread that had been passed onto me by grandmother and many other family members...the thread was very old.

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  43. Hats off to you my friend for creating this beautiful card. Love the die, the papers and as always your stunning flowers. I know what you mean about commenting. I have cut my days of commenting down to several days a week unless I find a few minutes here and there. I just go back and catch up on all the post for the blogs when I do comment. Hope this new way allow you more time for crafting.
    Have a creative day.
    Hugs Nana
    ♥ My Crafting Channel ♥
    ♥ Nana's Rag Quilts ♥
    ♥ 2 Creative Chicks ♥
    ♥ Silhouette Challenges ♥

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  44. This is gorgeous! What a fun hat die! That little bird is just the perfect touch! Please don't stress about commenting. I try to visit my favorite blogs once a week. I consider it my down time to absorb creativity but I too am not able to always comment. Hope you have a wonderful week!!

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  45. So Gorgeous! I love the hat and the colors are just gorgeous! that pink!

    Lisa, I know how awesome you are at commenting and life does get in the way. Please never worry about me, my blog with still be here :) I typically try to catch up once or twice a week too. I hope you find it works for you :)
    Have a SUPER day!
    Shelly

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  46. Oh my! Check out those yummy layers! Delish! :)

    P/s: Don't get stressed out by commenting. I gave up the daily commenting too because there are just not enough hours in the day! Notice I'm playing catchup on commenting on your blog? lol

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  47. Beautiful card and die cuts! Fabulous. Also re-commenting. I too was just finding it too much to try and do every day. And now (like today) come by every few days or so and catch up on what everyone has been up to. So, truly understand :-)

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  48. WOW! The hat dies is BEAUTIFUL!!! Love all the red!!!Love the gorgeous flowers!!!
    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!
    I had to slow down on FB and now I comment once or twice a week. That is when I play catch up!
    I enjoy commenting but I would like to play more (crafting)..LOL
    I completely understand my friend!!
    Have a wonderful day,
    M'
    Crafting With Creative M

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  49. This is absolutely gorgeous! Love it!

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  50. Your card is so pretty, love the dimension you did with the hat :)
    As for visiting our much loved blog friends, it does take up time…but as you will agree it is so worth it :)
    I check out blogs in the evening when my husband and I watch TV, then I spend a good time on Sundays catching up on the ones I missed. :)

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  51. I love the vibrant colour of this card, real eye-catching! Great jobs!

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  52. How have I missed so much over here?! Shame on me! Love the whimsy of this with that die cut hat. There's so much texture and dimension. Gorgeous!

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  53. Your cards are works of art to be treasured, Lisa! I'm always awe-mazed! I'm glad your Mom came to your rescue with the thread tip and thank you for sharing it with the rest of us!! I hear you with the commenting and totally understand! In fact, I'm very sorry to be this late in coming by to comment and thank you for playing in my NBUS Challenge #4! Life and Easter company just got in the way for me this time. Hugs, Darnell

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  54. Wow, love the pop of the red and your lovely card my friend! TFS
    Hugs,
    Norma

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