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Friday, October 17, 2014

Gecko Galz Song in My Heart

Hi All, sorry I have been MIA a bit here, too much going on and not enough hours in the day to handle it all.   Here is a card I made for the Gecko Galz cross promotion with Song in my Heart papers.  Sorry I could not find the exact set we were given for the cross promo, but there is a link to the shop and all of the papers there are quite beautiful.

3 pearls, white glitter ribbon, poinsettia and white flock

Directions
Print Song in my heart 5 x 7 on Staples matte photo paper and 4 x 6 on copy paper for envelope.
Bring image into Pic Monkey, crop then add decorative borders Print on Staples matte photo paper, cut and mount onto card stock.  Add ribbon, pearls, flock and poinsettia.
That's it, thanks for looking.~Diane
 
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A lot of Sparkle.

 Hi All, just a quick post today as I am behind in catching up with all of you and your blogs.  I made this card for the Gecko Galz DT using the Gecko Galz Chalkboard Sentiments,
tiny 2mm rhinestones and some glitter tape.  I framed it with a refractive metallic shirt box cardboard using my Perfect ruler .  For the background I used  one of Monica's Creative backgrounds, cut on white card stock, mounted on black card stock.  For the envelope liner I made a copy with my printer of the page before I added everything else.  That's it for today, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Honing my skills

 Hi All, sharing a Gecko Galz DT card I made in Word.  I have found that I can make a black frame and also I can print in white.  I love learning new ways to do my editing in Word. 
 Products used:  Gecko Galz Fall color Jewel it and pearls.  
Instructions:  Bring image into Word, add sentiment and black border
print on Staples matte photo paper mount on to 5 x 7 card base add pearls
print paper liner for envelope and glue in place. easy peasy!
Well, that's it for today, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fun Fall colors

Hi All, I am sharing my DT piece for Gecko Galz today.  I love this image, the colors are so vibrant!  Here is the recipe to make this card.  Products used:
Gecko Galz Fall color Jewel it
Yellow Stickles
Yellow rhinestones

I am linking to the challenge at Three Muses, Autumn Colors.

Also linking up to Addicted to Stamps, their challenge is Anything goes with a get well twist for their teamie Marie.  Hope this makes you feel better Marie!

Instructions:
Bring image into Word and add sentiment and black border.
Print card cover on Staples matte photo paper
glue to 5 x 7 card base
add yellow Stickles to flower center
add rhinestones
print envelope liner and cut and glue to envelope.

Well that's it for today, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The last of the baby shower cards

 Hi All, sorry for more Baby shower cards and also I apologize for not stopping by.  I will catch up with your blogs later this week.  These are the finals for my daughter to choose from.  She has a choice of a polka dot giraffe or the other slight pattern. The patterned papers I used are from Erin Bradley Designs and the lime green are from LaBoutiqueDeColori both are Etsy shops.  Sorry I do not know who to credit on the  Small Request poem, and the purple stripe box around it, both are from Pinterest. 
Thanks for stopping by, have a great day.  ~Diane
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

More baby shower cards

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hi All, sorry for the picture heavy post, I want to show my daughter some of the card ideas for her baby shower and I want to Pin them on her board from here so she can get a better look.
Can you tell which one is my favorite?  I was trying so hard to keep all 3 of her colors at once before, now I decided to just go with what I am comfortable with color wise. 
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I am entering the first one in the
  challenge at 
here is the inspiration photo.
  I think you will agree, this one fits the inspiration a bit better than the last one I did.  Well, if you are still with me, I posted them in the order that I liked them, my favorite is at the top.  That's it for today, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane

Friday, August 22, 2014

Baby Shower card 1

Hi All, just a quick post today, I wanted to get this card in the challenge over at City Crafters, but this will not be my final piece.  I am making the invites for my daughters baby shower, so you can see why I am so picky about it.  The colors are lime green, pink and purple and of course I am wracking my brain to come up with something perfect.  I am back at the drawing board so to speak again today.  The patterned papers I used are from Erin Bradley Designs .  Maybe something with a Onesie in it?  Well, that's it for today, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane
I am entering this into the challenge at 
here is the inspiration photo.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The many beautys of Japan

  
 Hi All, hope you are enjoying what is left of the summer where you are.  I am sharing my Gecko Galz DT card with you today using some old and some new products.  Products used: Gecko Galz Solarium paper the green house, both images from  Japanese Traditions and rhinestone jewels. Instructions:  Print Solarium paper the green house 4 x 6 on copy paper for envelope liner, cut and glue into envelope.  Insert 5 x 7 Solarium paper the green house, and both images from Japanese Traditions in Word, add black border and print on matte photo card stock, cut and place on card front along with rhinestones.  That's it for today, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Raspberry Roses

Hi All, I made this card with 3 challenges in mind.  City Crafter is looking to see Roses,
 Craft Hoarders Anonymous is looking for us to up-cycle something,
 and I used the sketch inspiration from sketch #26 at  Seize the Sketch.  
For the paper I used Gecko Galz Floral Symphony papers, printed the sentiment from Word.  The lace was an old faded pink from my stash that I dragged through some Vivid raspberry ink to get the right shade.  The up-cycled item is the Fleur de Lis, I bought a while back from Salvation Army thrift store for, it was a paint-able wallpaper border in its last life, I was sure I could make it into a card somehow.  I fussy cut this piece from the border as it was quite large, I love the texture on it.  I tried spraying it with Tattered Angels Glimmer mist but it did not grab the color that well so I then used some of the Vivid raspberry ink on it too..
Well, that's it for today, thanks for stopping by,  ~Diane
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Itkupilli Imagenarium meets Gecko Galz

 
 Hi All, this month we get the opportunity to work with the wonderful Itkupilli Imagenarium company and show how beautifully their products work with Gecko Galz products. 
 Products used
Itkupilli primavira papers
Primivera Icons Flower 06, Parrot 01, Shadowbox
Female Image from Gecko Galz Japanese Traditions
Tim Holtz worn lipstick pink distress ink
Instructions:
Print Itkupilli primavira paper 4 x 6 on copy paper, cut and glue into envelope
In Word Insert image of Itkupilli primavira papers re size to 5 x 7.  Insert Shadowbox click on place image in front of text, insert image from Japanese Traditions, click on place image in front of text and place in shadowbox, do the same with the Parrot 01.   Insert the Primivera Icons Flower 06, click on flip horizontal, then click on place image in front of text.  Right click and copy
Primivera Icons Flower 06, drag it off to the side of the page and print on matte photo card stock.  Fussy cut the flowers, edge petals with Tim Holtz worn lipstick pink distress ink and attach with foam dots to front of image.  Cut image to 5 x 7 place on card front and glue down. 
That's it, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane

Just want to say thanks to Amy @ All things Beautiful for putting this in her Feature Friday post, she is such a sweetheart, pop on over and say hello. 

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Very Vintage

 
 Hi All, here is my Gecko Galz DT piece for the August Very Vintage customer challenge.
Products used
Image from Gecko Galz La vie en rose
Paper from Gecko Galz Mori Girl paper pack
ribbon from my friend Valerie and die cut borders made using Make the Cut and my KNK Zing.
Instructions
Print Paper image on copy paper for envelope liner, printed another on Matte photo paper.  Glue die cut border on background, tie ribbon on, mount onto a folded card.  Print image with border glue to front of card.
Thats it, thanks for stopping by.  ~Diane


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Monday, July 28, 2014

Who's the Boss?

 
 
 Hi All, this month I have the honor of guest DT on Gloria Stengel's Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge   Gloria has a fun challenge using our hoarded items, if you're like me you should have plenty of of those!   I hope you pop over and meet Gloria and her talented design team they are such a sweet group, I am you will love them, so come join the fun. Thank you Gloria for inviting me to be a part of this.
Show some embossing on your project. You can use dry embossing or heat embossing. You can use an embossing folder or a stencil. You can emboss with embossing paste or embossing powder. You can even create something with ultra-thick embossing enamel. You probably have some sort of embossing apparatus in your hoard! Pull these embossing tools out and put them to use!
This was really fun, I cut out a stencil with my KNK Zing  using one of Monica's Creative backgrounds, (can you believe I hoard cut files too!)  I smeared on some hoarded embossing paste onto black card stock, then used some of my hoarded Recollections embossing powder with glitter in it.  Heated it up and I have this really cool background.  The image is an old one from Gecko Galz called Between the Lines.  I used my Perfect Paper Crafting Mini Rulers to get the perfect black background trim around my image.  The pearls on a roll were purchased at Christmas last year and the little black satin bow with a pearl was from My Craft store customer garage sale 1 year ago!  How funny is that, it was put in the garage sale because someone hoarded it before me and I bought it and added it to my hoard!  It really feels good to start using up some of my stash.

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., (she has some awesome prizes) and have some fun while your at it too.
That's it for today, thanks for looking.  ~Diane

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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
Updated to add, this card was chosen in the Top 3 at 
Thats Crafty!  Thank you!


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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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