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Monday, July 21, 2014

Letting go of some of the hoard.

 
Hi All, I made this background while I was working on my gdt piece for Gloria Stengel's Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge Who's the Boss.  I will show the one I made for the challenge on Friday, once I made the background I could not decide what to do with it, until today.  The background is from Bird, I cut it into a stencil so I could use up some of the beautiful embossing glitter I bought last year with birthday money.  I bought 2 jars of this beautiful Recollections embossing powder, but it also had some big pieces of glitter in it so I could not find a place for it to work out in the past.  It works beautifully on this stenciled background though. I laid out some embossing paste then the glittered embossing powder on top so it has a lot of dimension to it.   The other die cut is as old as the hills also ( 9/11/09 ) it came from the Vintage Moth blog, it was just a picture but I brought it into my Make The Cut program and did a pixel trace to turn it into a cut file for my electronic cutting machine the KNK Zing.  The lovely netting goes back to when my daughter worked for Zainy Brainy while she was in high school (she's now 29 yrs old), I have a jumbo roll we bought when they went out of business.  And to my surprise, when I went to peel off one of the rhinestones for her earrings I found out they were actually brads, ha ha, I grabbed them at the Customer Garage Sale at My Craft Store 1 year ago.  I paid 25 cents for a full card of them, they were in someone else's stash for quite a long time too.  Well, I am not that good at coloring so I used some Tim Holtz distress ink in antique linen along with a little worn lipstick pink for the skin tones and then weathered wood for her hair.  I wove the netting in and out of the cuts in the hat, then cut some of the stencil pieces out of the envelope liner to make it match. 
It would be great if you could join in at Gloria Stengel's Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge Who's the Boss.  Great way to push yourself to use up some of that hoarded stash., and have some fun too.

I just found a fabulous challenge site called COUNTRY VIEW CHALLENGE and they are looking for something "Stenciled" for their challenge STENCIL IT, perfect for my stenciled background.

And 1 more fun challenge I found called VINTAGE CHALLENGE, they are looking for me NOT TO USE STAMPS  So this die cut and stenciled piece will fit perfectly in that challenge.

That's it for today, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Christmas card a week catch up

 Hi All, I am behind in my Christmas card a week entry's, so here is week, 18, 19, and 20.  
 I made this for the challenge at Winter Wonderland calling for 3 of 3  .I made these using an SVG cut file for the ornaments from Bird called Baubles.  I layed it out using MTC software, then cut it on my KNK Zing onto white card stock.  I mounted 3 different colors of foil behind the 3 cuts and added a piece of glittered tape to the bottom. To round out my 3 of 3 I added 
3 glittered rhinestones to the tops of the 3 ornaments.  The envelope is lined with a matching embossed foil. 
I made the next 2 cards, (Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings) for the Thats Crafty challenge calling for Masks, Templates, Stencils.  Since I loved the pretty ornaments so much I cut a stencil from the same arrangement onto some clear polyester sheet,  I placed the stencil over some red card stock, then applied some embossing paste over the stencil, removed the stencil and added some Stickles fine dry glitter in Stardust.  I let them dry together and the glitter stuck quite well to the embossing paste.  I added the ribbons made from embroidery floss and some rhinestones to finish the look, these are all 5 x 7 cards.  For the envelopes on these 2 I used the same SVG cut and added a foiled ornament to the cut out.  That's it for today, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Tag, you're it!

Hi All, I am so excited to be a guest designer over at Gloria Stengel's Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge this month.  Gloria has a fun challenge using our hoarded items, boy I have lots of those!   I hope you pop over and meet Gloria and her talented design team they are such a sweet group, you will love them, so come join the fun. Thank you Gloria for inviting me to be a part of this too.

Gloria Stengel's Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #11 Tag, You're It!
Use a tag on your project. Create a handmade gift tag. Create a tag mini album. Add tags to your scrapbook layout or your card. You may use some hoarded tag-shaped packaging or you may cut tags from scrap paper using a die cut template. Maybe you hoard shipping tags of all sizes. As long as your project contains some sort of tag, you will meet the requirements to play along!
 
It was so much fun digging through my stash looking for some hoarded items to make this.    The little fishes and seaweed are from a scrapbook border I bought 2 years ago, the string goes all the way back to 2000, when I first started playing with paper.  The beads in my shaker are part of a grab bag of jewelry find I bought for $2.50 because I wanted the dice for DD's classroom.  I used a plastic box for the shaker that had some really old hardware pieces in it.  For my papers I used an old set of Gecko Galz Beachy Keen papers and 1 new piece from La Isla Bonita Papers.  My sweet little beachcomber is from a Gecko Galz July 2013 free newsletter collage sheet.  I cut the tag on my Zing using a die cut design from Krewella Kreations.  Well that's it, thanks for stopping by and thank you for your sweet comments too.  ~Diane
 
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Sharing happy mail

Hi All, I want to share the beautiful and thoughtful gifts my sweet friend Valerie sent me for my birthday. Thank you Valerie, your friendship means so much to me as do these lovely treasures you made for me.  The beautiful card has so many gorgeous details, it is an easel card, and she loops the little beads into flowers on the wire herself, I love the gold leaf and the pretty pink rhinestones in the center of the flower that is embossed along with the embossed border, this is gorgeous!  I am the proud owner of one of her stunning journals now too, which is equally stunning, love the gold leaf flakes and background stamping on this, I could look at this for hours admiring all the fine details on it!  Love all the generous crafting goodies you sent with this too, thank you sweetie, you are the biggest treasure!  That's it, thanks for stopping by, if you don't know Valerie and her beautiful work, you are missing out, stop by and say hello.  ~Diane

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Art Deco Vamp

 Hi All, today I am sharing my Gecko Galz DT piece using an image from this months Deco Art Collage sheet along with the papers from Gatsby The beautiful card jacket was cut with my KNK Zing from a free SVG cut file from Monicas Creative Room,   I used these same card jackets for bridal shower invites I cut for my daughters friends shower.  I adjusted the size slightly with the MTC software as they wanted a 5.5 x 8.5 card.That's it for today, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane

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Monday, June 23, 2014

And the Winner is.....

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Hi All, so happy to see you all participate in the giveaway.  The winner of the free stamp set of your choice is:  Nancy!  Congratulations, and thanks to all of you for stopping by and participating!
 Please contact me by email (my sidebar) and I will get you in contact with the very generous Kimberly of My Craft Spot  to choose your prize.
I just had to show you 1 more card I made with this fun Birthday Wishes clear stamp set.
For this card I used Cromwell Digital paper along with my favorite image from the Gecko Galz Retro Style collage sheet.  Different paper and sentiment, but I do love that image and that color combo too!  It seems that the sentiments in the  Birthday Wishes clear stamp set. 
really inspired me to make these fun cards!
Be sure to stop by My Craft Spot and see all the gorgeous designs done by the talented Design Team over there, be sure to check out all the items they have like the sweet metal dies that match up with the stamps and the awesome deals on twine too.  That's it for today, thanks for stopping by.    

Sorry I have been absent all week, our daughter came up for a visit and spent the week with us so I have not had a chance to stop by and see any of you.  I spent the whole week just enjoying her company, I'm sure you all will understand.  ~Diane

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

My Craft Spot Giveaway Day 3

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Hi All, so I told you I just love this  Birthday Wishes clear stamp set. from My Craft Spot, I just can't stop creating with it!  Today is the last day to enter the contest for your chance to win one of these gorgeous stamp sets too.  All you have to do for a chance to win a free stamp set of your own is check out all the gorgeous stamp sets over at My Craft Spot, then leave me a comment and tell me which stamp set you like best (a difficult decision, I know) and you may be chosen as the winner on Monday!
For this card I used Crafty Secrets Classic papers for the background and envelope liner both along with a Gecko Galz image from Birthday Bash set.  I think the Birthday Wishes clear stamp set. sentiment worked perfect with this image.  I added some rhinestones, a flower and glitter from my new glitter stash and voila, done deal!
Be sure to stop by My Craft Spot and see all the gorgeous designs done by the talented Design Team over there, be sure to check out all the items they have like the sweet metal dies that match up with the stamps and the awesome deals on twine too.  That's it for today, thanks for stopping by and best wishes in the draw!   Remember you can enter all 3 days to increase your chances of winning!   ~Diane

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

My Craft Spot giveaway day 2

 
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Hi All, I am so excited to have one of my favorite stamp company's My Craft Spot, sponsor a giveaway here on my blog, and today is day 2.   In case you did not read yesterday, I will be sharing some of the cards I made with the  Birthday Wishes clear stamp set. .   All you have to do for a chance to win a free stamp set of your own is check out all the gorgeous stamp sets over at My Craft Spot, then leave me a comment and tell me which stamp set you like best (a difficult decision, I know) and you may be chosen as the winner on Monday!  I got really carried away with this set so I will be posting more cards using this versatile set tomorrow for more chances to win!  (Contest open to US residents only).
The minute I saw this set I had a ton of ideas for all the great Gecko Galz collage sheets that would work perfectly with this set!  I love the this picture, something really speaks to me here I think it must have been an advertisement from the late 60's or 70's, I remember seeing it in my youth, I guess that is why it is so fun to work it into a really fun card.  I used Birthday Wishes clear stamp set. for the fab sentiment, Gecko Galz Retro Style collage sheet for the fab ladies and their "Party Hats".  I printed the image on Staples matte photo card stock twice, fussy cut the middle hat and added some foam dots underneath for added dimension.  I trimmed the cut edges of the hat with distress ink, added some liquid pearls for the earrings and a big silk flower and some beads!  The stamped sentiment has been cut with a spellbinder die and trimmed with a coordinating Staples gel pen.  The back ground paper is the Windsor digital paper pack from Sassy Designs.  I used my Perfect Paper Crafting Mini Rulers to get the blue background trim around my image.
Be sure to stop by My Craft Spot and see all the gorgeous designs done by the talented Design Team over there, be sure to check out all the items they have like the sweet metal dies that match up with the stamps and the awesome deals on twine too.  That's it for today, please stop by tomorrow, thanks for stopping by and best wishes in the draw!   Remember you can enter all 3 days to increase your chances of winning!   ~Diane

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Friday, June 20, 2014

My Craft Spot sponsoring a cool giveway here!

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Hi All, I am so excited to have one of my favorite stamp company's My Craft Spot, sponsor a giveaway here on my blog.  Not only that, but I am the Guest Designer on their blog today too, how cool is that!  All you have to do for a chance to win a free stamp set of your own is check out all the gorgeous stamp sets over at My Craft Spot, then leave me a comment and tell me which stamp set you like best (a difficult decision, I know) and you may be chosen as the winner on Monday!  I got really carried away with this set so I will be posting more cards this weekend for more chances to win!  (Contest open to US residents only).
On to the card I made using one of the 11 awesome stamps that came in the Birthday Wishes clear stamp set.  I really love how these stamps are perfect for mixing with my digital hybrid printing, they take to ink really well too, I used Memento tuxedo black ink, I love the clean crisp look.   I printed the background paper from Gecko Galz ATC Papers In Dreams along with the image from the Ever After set on to Staples photo paper.  Those life like flowers were printed from the Optic Illusions Measure of Time set.   I added a little bling with some Waterfall Stickles and printed my envelope liner in the matching paper.  I used my Perfect Paper Crafting Mini Rulers to set the Night of Navy trim and to space out the area to trim around my stamp too.
Be sure to stop by My Craft Spot and see all the gorgeous designs done by the talented Design Team over there, be sure to check out all the items they have like the sweet metal dies that match up with the stamps and the awesome deals on twine too.  That's it for today, please stop by tomorrow for another card and another chance to win!  Thanks for stopping by and best wishes in the draw!  ~Diane

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Stars and stripes, glitter and spice

 Hi All, I am sharing this card I made for the Gecko Galz design team using this months image from Little Miss Firecracker, this image really spoke to me.  I added some lace Stickles to the stars, I cut a few extra stars for embellishments then sprinkled with some clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter.  I mounted it to a Night of Navy blue card stock with my Perfect Rulers, then mounted that to my white card base.  For the envelope I used some tissue paper to make the matching liner.

So where is the glitter and spice you say?  My friend Debbie saved these awesome spice containers from her husbands clearing out spree.  I'm so happy he decided she did not need them any more, but even happier that she knew I would find a way to re-purpose them.  I packaged up the spices and passed them on to my son and his girlfriend, washed out the jars and filled them with GLITTER!  The tops are perfect for sprinkling or pouring and the nice wide mouths make them perfect for pouring the glitter back in.   I just love looking at them, I even mixed a few glitters together, I love the new blue I came up with!  Next week I will show you a card I made with the new blue glitter too.  Well that's it for  today, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane
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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Playing with Embossing Paste


Hi All, this is another Gecko Galz DT piece I made this month trying to incorporate the use of some Dreamweaver embossing paste. This works out perfectly with the NBUS 1st challenge at at djkardkreations, since this is the first time I have used this "Schtuff".  The theme is anything goes with the emphasis on Friendship, I like to keep some cards in my stash that I can send to friends for no reason at all, other than the fact that I am thinking of them, so this will do for the theme I think. I am a bit new to working with it, so it will take me some time to get comfortable with using it I think.  I should also mention the more "virginal schtuff" I used also being the Bubblegum Stickles, that Martha Stewart bow I bought on sale at Walmart about 5 years ago, but I have used a few of them I think before.
For this 5 x 7 card I used the Carnival paper for the envelope liner and the card itself, it was such a strong and beautiful paper I felt it could hold it's own on this card.  I printed the card on Staples matte photo paper, printed an additional piece of the paper with the flower, fussy cut it and mounted it with foam.  I used some Dreamweaver embossing paste, added 3 flowers from a stencil I cut, added some pink bubblegum Stickles and clear rock candy distress glitter along with a tiny bow.  The envelope liner was printed on copy paper and glued into the envelope.  That's it for today, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Time is on our side.


Hi All, I am sharing a card I made for the Gecko Galz DT using some of the amazing items from our partner this month Optic Illusions.   We want to show you how easy it is to blend other products with the beautiful Gecko Galz products.  This month the theme was Time, using Optic Illusions Measure of time set.  There were so many wonderful papers and pieces to this set I had a hard time choosing what one to use first, so you will be seeing a lot more of this set!
Here are my directions for this 5 x 7 card.   I used the clock charm and rusted bird cage from Optic Illusions along with the Gecko Galz image from June Dreams and the paper liner printed from the Carnival paper pack.  I printed the image on to Staples matte photo paper then added some Stampin Up crystal effects to the watch charm. I mounted this on to a piece of black card stock then on to my white card base.  The envelope liner was printed on copy paper, trimmed and placed inside the envelope. 
Well, that's it, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane

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Friday, May 23, 2014

May Flowers

 
 
 Hi All, today I am sharing a card I made for the Gecko Galz DT.    For this 5 x 7 card I used the image from May Days along with the Floral Symphony paper.  I printed them both on to Staples matte photo paper, distressed the edge with Ranger Weathered Wood, added some tiny pearls to surround the medallion and some Stampin Up Crystal Effects to the medallion itself.  My bottle of Crystal effects is very old and it has started to yellow a bit which made it work perfectly on this medallion.   I used a little pink lace to finish it off.  I printed the envelope liner on regular copy paper and glued it inside the envelope.
Don't forget there is still time to enter the Gecko Galz Mothers Day May challenge at the Gecko Galz blog.  I hope to see some of you there.   
That's it, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sharing some Happy Mail

Hi All, today I am sharing a card "I received" from my sweet and talented friend Lynne from Adorn.  I must say her cards are more beautiful close up and in person than I had ever imagined!  She made this beauty for me to say thanks for sharing some digital image tips with her, isn't that sweet?  If you have not stopped by her blog now is a good time, she is very talented and has been published numerous times, I am sure you will love her and her work as much as I do.  Thank you Lynne, the card is beautiful and truly a treasure for me, just like your friendship.

On another note, I am slowly catching up on my correspondence and blog visits which I am sorely behind on.  I have been busy making some large volume items for my daughter and a close friend of mine.  I will soon be finished and all caught up. 
That's it, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

CHNC Extra Guest DT

 Above uses Bugaboo Stamp Merry Christmas Tree, Millstream Cottage Christmas Cookie papers.   

 Above card uses Bugaboo Stamp Merry Christmas Tree and Krewella Gingham papers     

  Above card uses Bugaboo Stamp Merry Christmas Tree and Bearly Mine papers   

Hi All, I am the guest DT at CHNC Challenge Extra this month, this is my second, mid month post and I had so much fun working with these Bugaboo Stamps  that I made 3 different cards with this one called Merry Christmas Tree.  Along with the papers I used from 3 different designers I double printed the Merry Christmas Tree image and fussy cut it and mounted it over the 2nd print.  2 of them were printed on green card stock 1 was colored in with my Letraset markers.  I used a combination of gel pens and Stickles to color in the ornaments.   
 We would love for you to join us at CHNC Challenge Extra.  This is also card #13, 14 and 15 for for my Christmas card a week challenge, Whoo Hoo!  That's it, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane
I am entering these in:
 Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - Let it shine
 
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sweetly Singing

 
Hi All, this is another piece I made for the Gecko Galz DT using a combination of  Gecko Galz Floral Symphony paper and Vintage by Me  for the bird image. 
For this 5 x 7 card I printed the Floral Symphony paper and Vintage by me image (twice) on to Staples matte photo paper.  I fussy cut the daisy's and mounted them with a foam dot, added some lace.  I distressed the image by tearing all 4 edges and a center split, I then rolled the center split, added a piece of the image back in, I then used Ranger distress ink on all the torn edges.  I added glue and Flower Soft flowers to the tear in the image and some straw and baby's breath above the daisy's.  I printed the envelope liner in the matching Floral Symphony paper on regular copy paper and glued it inside. 
I am entering this into the challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous using the new items of the papers along with the lace, Flowersoft and baby's breath I have been hoarding for ages.  


                                                     That's it, thanks for looking.  ~Diane
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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Gecko Galz meets Vintage by Me

 
Hi All, I am sharing a card I made for the Gecko Galz DT Vintage by Me cross promotion featuring Vintage by Me products along with Gecko Galz products.
For this 5 x 7 card I printed the Gecko Galz Floral Symphony paper and Vintage by Me bird image (twice) on to Staples matte photo paper.  I mounted the image on to a piece of black card stock and trimmed a 1/16" edge around it with my Perfect Layers Mini Tools.  I then mounted both pieces on to a die cut frame and a doily (that I sprayed with turquoise blue Glimmer Mist).  I fussy cut the little bird and mounted him with a piece of foam on to the image.   I added a spray of pale blue and white pearls and 3 large pearls. I added the thought bubble with the words sweet sweet cut and printed on my Zing.  I printed the envelope liner on copy paper using the same Floral Symphony paper.
That's it, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Gecko Galz Mothers Day May challenge

Hi All, this is my Gecko Galz design team card featuring this months newly released digital products.  I made this for the Gecko Galz challenge for Mothers Day, pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to join us and see all the beautiful work done by the design team too!  For this 5 x 7 card I printed  Heartfelt Creations Papers along with the image from the Within the Pages collage sheet on to Staples matte photo paper.  I cut the purple card stock frame with my Zing and added lots of Stickles and lace.  The matching envelope liner was printed on plain copy paper and glued into the envelope.  The May challenge is anything goes, we would love for you to stop by and join the fun!   That's it, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane
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Christmas Card a Week #13

 Hi All, trying to catch up on my late start to the Christmas card challenge and also meet my personal challenge to enter more challenges.  So this is my second Christmas card this week.  
  For this 5 x 7 card I used digital paper from Sassy Designs along with a simple star cut from my KNK Zing.  I also used another one of the stamps from My Craft Spot  Merry Christmas set.  I framed it with some rhinestones from the Dollar Treasure.  The bow was a pale lavender gingham that I colored with my Letraset marker then covered in rhinestones.  I made this card to fit the bill in a few challenges so here goes.
So that's it, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Guest DT at CHNC Challenge Extra

 
Hi All, I am the guest DT at CHNC Challenge Extra this month and I made this cute little 5 x 7  Penguin card with the digital stamp from Bugaboo Stamps.  I colored this in with my Letraset markers and  added some silver Sakura gelly roll ink and Crystal Stickles.  For a little added texture I added the white flock to the hat and some rhinestones from my stash.  I also used some free paper from the Coffee Shop blog to make the card and the envelope liner.  We would love for you to join us at CHNC Challenge Extra.  This is also card #12 for for my Christmas card a week challenge.  That's it, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane

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