Monday, July 12, 2021

Lies Beneath

 Howdy y'all!

This is my last post as guest designer for the Clever Dexter blog this month! If y'all would like to keep in touch with my crafting projects please visit my blog Creative Time With M.E.

This month's challenge Sponsor is Stampers Delights! And the challenge is ...


Remember we want to see your interpretation of this challenge!

Directions to create this card!
  1. I started this card by printing it on both cardstock and masking paper
  2. Then I colored the image 
  3. Next I used Stampendous! Golden Sand Embossing Powder on the card
  4. After that I used the White Paint Pen on the mermaid tail
  5. Following that I cut out the mask
  6. Then I placed the mask over the image
  7. And to complete this piece I brought out the inks and brushed them onto the card
A complete list of the supplies is under the picture. The list, contains compensated affiliate links. If you wish to create a similar card. There is no cost to you for using the links. But it does provide funds to help continue this blog.

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Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Crafting,
M.E.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

I Want More

Howdy!

Mary Ellen Driggs here from Creative Time With M.E.!

It my honor to be a guest designer for Clever Dexter this month!

Don't forget this month's challenge Sponsor is Stampers Delights! And the challenge is ...


There is still loads of time to work on the challenge!




Directions to create this card!
  1. I started this card by printing it on both cardstock and masking paper
  2. Then I used my fussy cutting scissors on the masking paper
  3. Next, I applied the masks to the card front. 
  4. After that I doodled out where I wanted the background.
  5. I achieved the look by using Post-Its as masks/stencils
  6. Then I brought out Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Oxide
  7. The ocean and the sand are done in Distress ink
  8. As for the coral reef that is done with Distress Oxide
  9. The rays of light were done after I blended the colors of blue ink to create the look of the ocean
  10. To create the rays of light. I started out with a stencil
  11. Once the stencil was in place.
  12. I brought out the white ink and applied it over the top of the stencil
  13. After that I removed the masks from the images and started to color
  14. The fish is done with colored pencil and the mermaid is done with alcohol markers.
  15. I then preceded to take a Distress Crayon and draw a few under water plants. 
  16. And to complete this piece, I used a pen to draw the white lines on my mermaid
A complete list of the supplies is under the picture. The list, contains compensated affiliate links. If you wish to create a similar card. There is no cost to you for using the links. But it does provide funds to help continue this blog.

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Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Crafting,
M.E.

Friday, July 2, 2021

You made me INK!

Howdy y'all!

It's me once again! For those of y'all who don't know who I am! My name is Mary Ellen Driggs and my blog is Creative Time With M.E.

I am so excited to be a guest designer for the Clever Dexter blog this month!

This month's challenge Sponsor is Stampers Delights! And the challenge is ...


Y'all still have a ton of time to work on the challenge!



Directions to create this card!
  1. I started out by doing some ink smooshing onto watercolor paper!
  2. Then I went downstairs to pickup the print jobs!
  3. I then brought out my fussy cutting scissors and started cutting the squid!
  4. Next I brought out some Distress Oxide ink and Distress Crayons.
  5. I started this leg of my journey taking some Distress Oxide ink in Spun Sugar and applying it to the squids legs. 
  6. Then I brought out Distress Oxide in Kitsch Flamingo and using a makeup brush I applied the color.
  7. Next I brought out Distress Crayons in See dless Preserves and applied it using a paint brush. 
  8. I then finished up with the fussy cutting
  9. Next I put foam tape behind the squid.
  10. Then I took a conversation bubble die and cut out the sentiment
  11. Added foam tape to the back. 
  12. And to finish the card off I took tear tape and attached it to my legs.
A complete list of the supplies is under the picture. The list, contains compensated affiliate links. If you wish to create a similar card. There is no cost to you for using the links. But it does provide funds to help continue this blog.

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Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Crafting,
M.E.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Mermaids make me Smile

Howdy y'all! 

Mary Ellen here from Creative Time With ME! Today I will be sharing with y'all how I created this fun slimline mermaid watercolor shaker card using The Robin's Nest Dew Drops!



Materials
Ranger Heat It Craft Tool
  1. Bring out the surface you paint on. I use a small wooden cutting board.
  2. Next bring out your watercolor paper
  3. Then you can take your spray bottle and spritz onto the watercolor paper
  4. Pick up your paintbrush and do a wash of colors in ombré order from lightest to darkest
  5. Take your Heat It Craft Tool to dry your watercolor paper
  6. You will then bring out your MISTI, Mermaid Tail stamp and MFT Extreme Black Ink Pad
  7. Ink up your stamp and stamp image
  8. Bring out your Sizzix Sidekick
  9. Now you can bring the Mermaid Tail die and place over the image on watercolor paper
  10. Place some Post-Its or washi tape down to secure your die over the image
  11. When that is done you can run the Mermaid Tail die through the Sizzix Sidekick
  12. You will use the die on both the watercolor paper and acetate sheet
  13. Once that is done you will bring out your Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue
  14. Glue the watercolor paper to the acetate sheet
  15. It's now time to bring out the Foam Tape
  16. You will want to double up on the Foam Tape so that you have enough room for the shaker bits
  17. Any excess doubled up on the Foam Tape you will place under the mermaid tail
  18. Now you will bring out some patterned paper that resembles the ocean
  19. Fussy cut the patterned paper
  20. Place doubled up foam tape behind the patterned paper. Enough so you can tuck part of the mermaid tale under the paper
  21. Now you can put The Robin's Nest Dew Drops inside the shaker element
  22. Next begin to remove the backing from the doubled up foam tape enough so you can place the mermaid tail down
  23. After placing the mermaid tail in the middle of the card front. Remove the remaining backing from the doubled up foam tape
  24. Then place the water/scale patterned paper a little on top of the mermaid tail. Enough to cover the section of the stamped image to hide the bottom of the mermaid tail body
  25. Die cut a sentiment out of black cardstock
  26. Place glue on the back of the sentiment and attach to the water/scale patterned paper
  27. Your card is now complete! And ready to give to a recipient.
Later today on the Robin's Nest blog you will find a video tutorial of this process.

A complete list of the supplies is under the picture. The list, contains compensated affiliate links. If you wish to create a similar card. There is no cost to you for using the links. But it does provide funds to help continue this blog.
Stay Safe!

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Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Crafting,

M.E.


Thursday, June 3, 2021

Jewelry making fun!

Howdy y'all! 

Mary Ellen from Creative Time With ME is here! I have a fun jewelry making tutorial to share with y'all!


Materials
  1. Start out with your Ring Base Blank
  2. Cut Scrapbook Adhesives 12 by 12 Adhesive Sheets into the shape of your ring base
  3. Peel the backing from your cut Scrapbook Adhesives 12 by 12 Adhesive Sheets and attach it to the ring base
  4. Now peel the front backing from your cut Scrapbook Adhesives 12 by 12 Adhesive Sheet
  5. Take your Ribbon and twist it 
  6. While you are twisting the Ribbon attach it to the front of your ring.  
  7. Do this by placing it onto the exposed Scrapbook Adhesives 12 by 12 Adhesive Sheet
  8. Continue to twist the ribbon around the top of your Ring Base Blank
  9. Once the top of your ring is covered bring out the Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue 
  10. You will use the Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue  to attach any remaining twisted Ribbon onto your ring
  11. When this part is done your ring will appear to be a twisted ribbon rosette
  12. Bring out The Robin's Nest Mardi Gras Dew Drops  to place in the center of your rosette
  13. Use the Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue  to attach The Robin's Nest Mardi Gras Dew Drops
  14. The ring is now complete so let's party!
On the Robin's Nest blog you will find a video tutorial of this process.

A complete list of the supplies is under the picture. The list, contains compensated affiliate links. If you wish to create a similar card. There is no cost to you for using the links. But it does provide funds to help continue this blog.
Stay Safe!

Stay Crafty!

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Crafting,

M.E.

Friday, May 28, 2021

May Card Hoppin' 2021

Howdy!

I am so excited to be taking part in today's 

Y'all I can't wait to see what everyone has created for the hop! I know there are a lot of YouTube videos taking place.  

The Hop List is
Mary Ellen Driggs >>> That's ME!







These cards are from a few of the gel prints I created! I'm hoping to have a video to share with y'all later. The prints y'all are seeing were created from using a heart shaped plate from the Gel Press Petites line. These prints were pulled by way of book paper and printer paper. On 3 of these cards, I used dies to create the heart shapes. I also used dies to help create the sentiments. Two of which have fun foam backing on them. And I used a brayer on all my prints. Although I did use a variety of paints, stencils and other materials to create prints. 

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Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Crafting,
M.E.


Thursday, May 20, 2021

Celebrate You

Howdy! 

Mary Ellen from Creative Time With ME is here! I have a super cute watercolor slimline card perfect for any occasion!

Stamps: Waffle Flower Succulents
Paper: CTMH White Daisy, Black, Arches Watercolour Cold Pressed   
Ink: VersaMark Dazzle Frost
Accessories: Ranger Embossing Powder Vintage Pearl, CTMH Watercolor Paints, Spellbinders About Us, SU! Amazing You, Scrapbookcom Celebrate 
  1. This card starts out by cutting some cardstock and watercolor paper into a slimline card. 
  2. For me that means we cut the watercolor paper to 3 5/8 x 8 1/2
  3. You do the same for the cardstock with the exception that you set the remaining 7 3/8 x 8 1/2 aside
  4. Now take the 7 3/8 x 8 1/2 cardstock and fold it in half on your scoreboard. 
  5. Next, pull out the stamp set. 
  6. Create masks for the 3 succulents that you want to use. 
  7. Then fussy cut the masks out. 
  8. Now take those masks and use them to help you figure out where you want to place the stamps on your card front. 
  9. Take your We R Precision Press Advanced and 3 of the stamping plates for it
  10. Use the plates for your stamps. 
  11. Bring out your powder tool to clear away areas that might have moisture on them
  12. Stamp apply embossing powder.
  13. Heat up the embossing powder.
  14. Place mask over stamped image. 
  15. Repeat until all 3 stamps have been used. 
  16. Then flip the card front over and repeat the stamping and embossing steps. 
  17. Die cut a sentiment
  18. Place on card front
  19. Glue the card front to the base. 
  20. When that is done place The Robin's Nest Dew Drops onto your card.

A complete list of the supplies is under the picture. The list, contains compensated affiliate links. If you wish to create a similar card. There is no cost to you for using the links. But it does provide funds to help continue this blog.

Stay Safe!

Stay Crafty!

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Crafting,
M.E.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Slimline Gatefold Pop Up card? Yup

Howdy y'all! 

It's Mary Ellen Driggs here from Creative Time with ME! I've got a fantastic card to share with y'all! It's a slimline gatefold card with a pop up when it's open! Below you will find the recipe on how I created this awesome card! And below that is the video tutorial if you are more of a visual learner


Materials

Best Dad stamp set by Maymay Made It

Nailed It stamp set by Maymay Made It 

Patina stamp set by Maymay Made It 

Ranger White Embossing Powder

T-square 12 inch ruler

Finger Dauber

Brutus Monroe Pigment Ink Alabaster White

VersaFine Clair Nocturne 

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Salvaged Patina

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Crackling Campfire

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Weathered Wood 

VersaMark Watermark

Prismacolor Premier Pencils 

Fantastix

Baby Oil

Spray Bottle with Water

Sharpie

Fiskars Micro-Tip Easy Action Scissors

Fiskars Stamp Block Set

Elizabeth Craft Double Sided Adhesive Tape

MISTI

Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper - Stub & Scallop Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue

Scor-Pal 12x12 Scoreboard

White Cardstock for stamping the tools

Cutting Guide

Kraft cardstock cut at 7 3/8 x 8 1/2

White cardstock cut at 3 5/8x 6 7/8

Black cardstock cut at 2 x 1 1/2

Assembly Instructions

  1. Start by stamping the tools from the Nailed It stamp set by Maymay Made It. 
  2. Next color the tools with colored pencils.
  3. Once done with coloring, bring out the Baby Oil and Pencil Coloring Tool. Use the tool to soak up the baby oil then use it as a pencil and color over the tools. Set aside until needed. 
  4. Move onto the card base. Which is the Kraft cardstock cut at 7 3/8 x 8 1/2. Score the cardstock at 2 1/8 and 7 1/2.
  5. When that part is done. You can now bring out the Salvaged Patina ink and Patina stamp set and stamp all over using the Fiskars Stamp Block Set.
  6. After stamping spray a little water to activate the Oxide ink. Then dry it off with some kitchen towel. 
  7. Now move onto the White cardstock which is cut at 3 5/8x 6 7/8. And score it at 1/2 and inch on both sides. Then move the cardstock to the 2 inch mark on the Scoreboard. And score at the 3 1/2 and 4 inch marks. Repeat the is step on the opposite side.
  8. When you are done with that part. Bring out the Crackling Campfire and Weathered Wood  inks. Swink them onto the white cardstock. 
  9. Next bring out the Sharpie and T-square. And draw horizontal straight lines.
  10. Then do vertical lines staggering where those lines are. This will help create the illusion of wood paneling. 
  11. Now bring back those colored tools and fussy cut them.
  12. After that you will bring the Sharpie out so you can color around the edge of the tools. 
  13. When that is done. You will bring out the wood paneling piece and using the Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue attach the tools onto the cardstock piece. 
  14. Once the tools are all on the wood paneling piece bring out the Elizabeth Craft Double Sided Adhesive Tape. Place the tape on the ends of the piece which is the 1/2 inch mark on both sides. 
  15. Then remove the backing from the adhesive tape and place the panel onto the card base.  
  16. Now take the black cardstock and stamp a sentiment using the MISTI and VersaMark Watermark.
  17. Next bring out some white embossing powder and your heat gun and emboss the sentiment. 
  18. When that is done bring out the Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper and use it on all 4 sides of the cardstock. 
  19. After that bring out the Brutus Monroe Pigment Ink Alabaster White and a finger dauber. And create a chalkboard looking image
  20. Then attach the cardstock to the front of the gatefold card. But only apply adhesive to one side of the gate piece. 
  21. Now use the MISTI stamp Happy Father's Day inside the card using the Best Dad stamp set by Maymay Made It.
  22. Now stamp the front of the card using nail stamps from the Nailed It stamp set by Maymay Made It.
  23. To complete the card stamp with Salvaged Patina ink and Patina stamp set on the front of the card. 


A complete list of the supplies is under the picture. The list, contains compensated affiliate links. If you wish to create a similar card. There is no cost to you for using the links. But it does provide funds to help continue this blog.

Stay Safe!

Stay Crafty!

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Crafting,
M.E.

Using Distress Oxide Inks on Black Cardstock

 Howdy y'all! 

I've got some awesome cards to share with y'all today!!!

Stamps: Altenew Graphic Brushstrokes
Paper: Stamp Me Some Love cardstock Black Suede, Ballerina Pink, Watermelon Pink, Cyber Grape, Tropical Sea   
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Peacock FeathersWilted Violet, Kitsch Flamingo, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry
Accessories: Simple Stories Scattered Hearts Stencil, CTMH Love die, My Favorite Things Happy Hellos, Spellbinders About Us, Industrial 2 


The gorgeous cardstock I used!!!

This is a video tutorial on how I created these cards

A complete list of the supplies is under the picture. The list, contains compensated affiliate links. If you wish to create a similar card. There is no cost to you for using the links. But it does provide funds to help continue this blog.

Stay Safe!

Stay Crafty!

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Crafting,
M.E.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Happy Mother's Day Frame

Howdy y'all! 

Well Mother's Day is fast approaching! So your girl Mary Ellen from Creative Time With ME is here to help y'all out! I have a wonderful way to decorate a picture frame using The Robin's Nest Dew Drops!

  1. I started out by grabbing a raw wood picture frame.
  2. Next I brought out some Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Ground Espresso
  3.  After placing the paint in my palette. I used a foam brush to apply it to the frame.
  4. When the paint was dry I brought out The Robin's Nest Dew Drops and some Bearly Art Craft Glue.
  5. I then proceeded to glue down one of the small green Dew Drops and 7 red tear drop shaped Dew Drops.
  6. This process continued until all the flowers were on the frame.
  7. Then I brought the green Dew Drops back in and using the small circular and tear drop shaped Dew Drops. I created the look of leaves and  stems for the flowers. 
  8. Next in the top and bottom center of the frame I brought out the red heart Dew Drops and gold large circular Dew Drops.
  9. And I proceeded to glue them onto the middle top and bottom portions of the frame.
  10. Once that was all done and dry. I was able to place a picture inside for my mom. 
  11. Now it is ready to be a Mother's Day present. 

 On the Robin's Nest blog you will find a video tutorial of the process.

A complete list of the supplies is under the picture. The list, contains compensated affiliate links. If you wish to create a similar card. There is no cost to you for using the links. But it does provide funds to help continue this blog.

Stay Safe!

Stay Crafty!

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Crafting,
M.E.





Thursday, April 1, 2021

Somebunny Loves You

Howdy y'all! 

Mary Ellen here from Creative Time With ME! I have an adorable bordering on elegant Easter card to share with you!




  1. I began creating this card by bringing out some white cardstock that had adhesive sheet on the back
  2. Then I brought out my Martha Stewart bunny punch
  3. After punching out about 10+ bunnies I stacked them onto each other
  4. Then I stamped the sentiment onto the card front
  5. Going back to the paper bunnies. I brought out my T-square ruler to help me make sure that my bunny was straight
  6. Next I glued the tear shaped Dew Drops onto the card front to create a heart shape
  7. I then brought out a pen to help create the illusion that the Dew Drops were carrots
  8. Finally I put the second bunny onto the card front
  9. And to finish things off I attached the card front to the base

Stamps: Colorado Craft Company Bunnies & Robin
Paper: CTMH White Daisy
Ink: MFT Extreme Black
Accessories: Martha Stewart Medium Sitting Bunny punch, The Robin's Nest Plumeria Dew Drops, ARTEZA Inkonic Pens

If y'all are interested in watching the video tutorial for this project! It's up on the Chattering Robins Blog!

Challenges Entered
As You Like It Challenge Favourite Springtime Critter (& why) - my favorite would have to be a bunny because they're so cute and they remind me of Spring time and Easter
NBUS Challenge #25 - I have never used the Colorado Craft Company Bunnies & Robin stamp before this
Inspired By 168 I Carrot About Spring - I was inspired by Easter



A complete list of the supplies is under the picture. The list, contains compensated affiliate links. If you wish to create a similar card. There is no cost to you for using the links. But it does provide funds to help continue this blog.

Stay Safe!

Stay Crafty!

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Crafting,
M.E.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Radiant Rainbow Chalkboard

Howdy! 

Mary Ellen here from Creative Time With ME! I have a super cute mini chalkboard to share with y'all!


  1. Began by placing painters tape over the chalkboard 
  2. Applying white acrylic paint to the chalkboard
  3. Once paint dried remove painters tape
  4. Bring out The Robin's Nest Dew Drops in rainbow colors
  5. Use washi tape to map out where the Dew Drops will go
  6. Then use glue to adhere the Dew Drops onto the chalkboard
  7. When the glue dries you can find the perfect spot for the Dew Drops

Challenges Entered



If y'all are interested in watching the video tutorial for this project! It's up on the Chattering Robins Blog!

A complete list of the supplies is under the picture. The list, contains compensated affiliate links. If you wish to create a similar card. There is no cost to you for using the links. But it does provide funds to help continue this blog.

Stay Safe!

Stay Crafty!

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Crafting,
M.E.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Getting ready for Easter

Howdy y'all!

Mary Ellen here from Creative Time With ME! We're going to turn a cereal box into an Easter basket!

I have had a fantastic time being on the Dies R Us Design Team! Did you know that right now they're hosting a Design Team call! Check it out HERE!

I started out by cutting the pattern paper and cereal box to the size of the die! Then I used Scrapbook Adhesives 12 by 12 Adhesive Sheets  on both sides of the cereal box (chipboard)! Following that I placed the pattern paper on the chipboard! After that I used my die cutting machine to cut out the pieces to create the basket! Next I brought out the Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue  and began to use it on the die cut pieces to create the card!


Paper: Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Starlight
Accessories: Stampin' Up! Berry Basket Bigz L Die, Cereal Box

The process video for this card! 





Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.



click below for:
FRIENDS OF DIES R US PINTEREST PAGE

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Wish for this Forever

Howdy! 

It's Mary Ellen from Creative Time With ME! I have an elegant slimline card to share with y'all!

For this slimline card, I started out with a flower stencil and some Distress ink. Then I used my stamping platform to put some sentiments on my card. At this point I attached the card front to the base. To complete the card I used Bearly Art glue and attached some Dew Drops. 


In case y'all are interested in watching the video tutorial on how I created this card! It's up on the Chattering Robins Blog!

A complete list of the supplies is under the picture. The list, contains compensated affiliate links. If you wish to create a similar card. There is no cost to you for using the links. But it does provide funds to help continue this blog.


Stay Safe!

Stay Crafty!

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Crafting,
M.E.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Sending a Little Magic

Howdy y'all!

Mary Ellen here from Creative Time With ME! I've got a magical shaker card to share with y'all today!

Speaking of magical! I have had a fantastic time being on the Dies R Us Design Team! Did you know that right now they're hosting a Design Team call! Check it out HERE!

I started out by taking some Distress inks and blending on top of my card panel. Then I die cut the panel and the clouds. After that I stamped the unicorn and colored her! As for the sun panel I glued transparency film onto the back. When that was dry I attached foam tape to the back and put Sparkle Blends inside to create a shaker card! And then I used my MISTI to align the shaker front to the card base. To complete the card, I took all the clouds along with the unicorn and sentiment and placed them onto the card!  

Stamps: TCP Grab the Unicorn
Paper: CTMH White Daisy, 3M Write-on Transparency Film
Ink: MFT Extreme Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Crackling Campfire
Accessories: Crayola Washable Glitter Glue, SU! Rainbow Builder Framelits, Queen & Co Sunburst, Joy Crafts Clouds, MFT Puffy Clouds, Lifestyle Crafts Genius Bonus

The process video for this card! 


Challenges Entered
C.R.A.F.T. Anything Goes Challenge #589

These are similar dies you can find on the Dies R Us site.







Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.



click below for:
FRIENDS OF DIES R US PINTEREST PAGE

Thank you for stopping by!

Stay Healthy! 

Stay Safe!