Friday, August 22, 2014

It's A Butterfly Day

Hi, Diane here with you today. 
Seems like summer is just "fluttering" away, doesn't it?

Speaking of summer, I have been spending a bit of time in my gardens
and have noticed numerous gorgeous butterflies....

I based my card on those that I have been seeing...
I started my card with a background I made from stamping a
B Line Designs stamp.  I used one that is now out of stock, but
the B Line Designs My Garden of Flowers would work just as well!
I stamped the words 5 to 6 times, basically just to make a "word" background.

Next I stamped B Line Designs Large Butterfly on card stock with Versamark
which I had first rubbed with an Anti Static bag to keep fingerprints off....

Using Tim Holtz Distressed Inks, I sponged color on my butterfly with

I wanted to break up the background a bit, so I added
Memory Box Chesapeake Circle die under it, cut from

To finish I added an orange gingham bow.

Don't forget we have a weekly challenge we would love to have you join in.....
just click on the "challenge" button on the side to be taken there....thanks for visiting me!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fall Crate

Good Morning My Friends.....

I have a handmade paper crate to show you I made using Crafty Secrets products.....

I started with an SVG Cuts file I cut on my new Cricut Explore.....
let me say this has been a learning experience for me....
the files cut perfectly and beautifully, 
but the assembly worker (me) has a lot to!!

I used Kraft paper for the base of the crate and decorated it with digital paper
you get 32 beautiful sheets in this collection!!
I added vegetable labels to the ends using
Crafty Secrets digital Garden Paper "Vegetable Seeds"....

I added a matching bow with a leaf I had left from a previous Crafty Secrets project..
the print of the leaf is from paper included in the Thanksgiving Collection.

There is a wonderful SUMMER sale going on you can read about it HERE
You will receive approximately $80 of product for $19,95 plus shipping...WOW!!
You won't want to miss out on this, look at all it includes:

Head on over to the Crafty Secrets Blog, there is always something fun going on
and see what the other Crafty Secrets girls have been up to!!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Riding Pretty

I usually try to fit a few fun challenges in when I can
and saw that one of my favorite challenges "Impression Obsession" 
was "Clean and Simple" and ending today...
so I decided to put my other "work" aside and join in.

I bought this stamp set (and matching dies) a few months back...
and though I didn't use the die, I did use all IO products...
I started by using a section of the "Cloud Background" stamp...
I tore paper and "masked off" some of the stamp to just use a portion...
I like how it just gives an illusion of clouds.

Next I first stamped my bike in silver and then again in black, 
slightly offsetting to give a shadow around the bike...
I also sponged a bit of green/ blue ink around the tires....

I had to add a tiny bit of dimension and remembered as a child
we had "streamers" on the handles of our bikes, so added those.

IO products used:
CL255 Riding Pretty (bike and sentiment)
CC091 Background stamp Clouds

Pretty clean and simple......

Entering in the following challenge:
Impression Obsession: .... Clean and Simple

Window Box

Hi my dear friends....
this is my post today (this morning) at the
Classy Cards 'n Such blog for our current challenge...
won't you "Pretty Please" join in our challenge...
it would mean so much to us!!!

Hello my classy friends, Diane here with you today
with my card for our "Heart and Home" challenge.

Using the photo above for inspiration, I stamped a brick background  
using one of the many background stamps Beverly carries.

Using the PoppyStamps Small Madison Window die I added "wallpaper" and a little "valance"
cut from from KaiserCraft "On This Day 6 x 6 paper pad

The shutters are PoppyStamps Small Madison Shutter die, 
cut from a piece of black metallic paper from the Classy Fall Card Stock Bundle   
I love how the shutters have a pretty, shimmery look!

then with little Roses cut from Impression Obsession Spiral Flowers
The tiny hearts are from a small heart punch.

Hurry on over and join in our challenge, we would love to see YOUR project....
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 and help support us by telling your friends!!

Entering the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly .... To Die For
PDE Linky Party ....Metal Dies
Through The Craft Room Door .... Anything Goes

Monday, August 18, 2014

Thinking of You Tag

Hello "Shabby Friends"...
Can you believe it already Monday again and August is half gone....
since it is Monday, you all know what that means...
time for a new challenge at "The Shabby Tea Room"!!!

This week "Tina" is our hostess and she has provided us with the lovely photo below

  and asks that we not only get inspiration from the photo,
but to use a home and/or garden theme, colors from the photo and flowers!!

Our sponsor this week is Creations by AR and I chose this adorable

The file comes in PDF and SVG.....
I treated myself  to a Cricut Explore back in June and decided to finally get it out of the box
and give the SVG files a first time try for me....
I learned a lot making this tag.... 
and you will be seeing more SVG files on my blog in the coming days/weeks.

One of the things I loved about this tag is not only is it so darn easy, but the house is 3D!!!
It comes, with the tag base (which is a perfect size for any kind of tag), the banner,
all the house trims, lamp post, wreath, fence and a bit more I didn't use.

I added a kitty and a pretty little gal I had all made up and just sitting on my desk
all "dressed up and no where to go"
She finally found her destination!!

I would love for you to  "hop" on over to "The Shabby Tea Room" and see what the other
"Shabby Girls" have to show you....
Join in with us if you can, Creations by AR has a lovely gift to the winner this week!!

Entering in the following challenges:

All Crafts Challenge.... Anything but a card
Classy Cards 'n Such .... Home Is Where The Heart Is
Monday Mood Board .... 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lavender Perfume

Good Sunday morning to you!!
I am headed outside to weed a bit and put in a few new plants...
Before I go, I wanted to share with you my card I did for a challenge

I loved the sketch and though mine is "nothing fancy" I loved the layout of it!

I used some gorgeous papers called Bellisima as my background...
The panels were embossed with much neglected panel EB folders
though I have almost covered all of the butterfly one up...oops!!

The sentiment and the lavender sprig are from  Our Daily Bread "Lavender"
I added a sheer lavender bow to finish it off.....
sorry this is a "short and sweet" post as they say...
but I need to get outside before the hot sun pokes it head!!

Also entering the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday .... Anything Goes

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fancy Fold Z Card

This post is on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog today...
hope to see you there!
There is still time to enter our 1 2 3 challenge!!

Hello Classy Friends, Diane here with you on the blog today.
I have been making so many A2 cards that I decided to step a bit out of the box
and get slightly more creative!

Today I have a very easy and fun card to show you, a "Z" card
I am sure you have seen these here and there and I noticed there are
several versions of them.....
I went for  the "simple" version!!

My card was started with a cream card stock base.
I covered the front and back of the card for a more professional look,
starting with the front using Stardream Serpentine Pearlized Metallic paper
which I embossed with a Crafts Too Mini Fans embossing folder.
The rest of the card was covered with beautiful papers from
 Prima Zephyr 6x6 paper stack.

Before adhering all my papers down with 1/2" Scor-tape,
on all edges of my papers...
I think it gives a more finished look to the card, blending all the papers together.

I used a ribbon from my stash on one of the panels of the card, 
which I glued a resin Whimsy Heart to the bows center.

To decorate the front of my card I cut two sets of Memory Box Blushing Bouquet
that I colored with copics.
The little bow on the front is so precious!!

The inside of the card I used a sentiment from JustRite Poppies Label Twenty Nine
which was stamped and cut on Spellbinders Floral Ovals

If you would like to try one of these cards, I have a "rough" diagram for you
this is very easy using a 8 1/2" x 11" card stock...
save the upper piece to make a smaller version of the "Z" card!!

I hope this has inspired you to try one of these cards...they are so fun and easy...
the hard part is deciding how you want to decorate them!
Don't forget we have a weekly challenge, just click on the current challenge tab
and join in with us.....have a great day!!

Entering the following challenges:

Hiding In My Craft Room .... Ribbon
Color Me Scrappy .... Ode To Summer (summer garden) and colors

The Crafting Cafe .... Photo Inspiration