Monday, September 1, 2014

Crafty Secrets September Linky Party "Time For Halloween"

Hello Friends....
My goodness, can you believe I have now been a designer
an entire month at "Crafty Secrets"...
It has been so much fun, but the month of August has certainly flown by!!

This month our theme for the "September Linky Party is"Fall & Halloween"
The challenge starts today and goes until Sept 14th....
The random winner of the challenge receives a $50 gift to the store
and ALL entrants get one $6 store coupon to use on anything!!

We also have a lovely "guest designer" with us this month
 "Glenda Brooks", make sure and visit her blog and see her wonderful creation!!

For my project I went with the "Halloween" theme and made a 
"Time For Halloween" clock!

I purchased this clock for $3.97 at Walmart..
On the back are 6 Philips head screws...
I took the screws out and the front face of the clock comes off....
and to my surprise the face is glass!!
I also removed the clock hands.

for all of my Halloween papers and figures...
I had a hard time choosing, as this CD is full of wonderful papers and images!!
The bats you see were from a punch....

Using the clock glass face as a guide, I traced a circle on my 
Crafty Secrets printed digital paper, cut it out and glued it down.
A "tip" is to run a black marker around the inside of the clock
along the edge to cover any of the white clock face underneath
that might still be showing!
 The October 31 was then added to the clock center and popped up for a more 3D look.
I decided to glue my hands down as I wanted them to stay at the midnight hour

Three glittered bats were also added to the inside..
The glass was placed back on and then the cover and it was once again screwed in place...
Very easy to do.

I wanted a more vintage look, so I printed and cut out my figures and added glitter
to various spots of each figure.

I had on hand some tissue paper garland I had purchased from Ebay and very quickly
hot glued it around the front edge.
You could also make your own by layering tissue paper, sewing down the middle and
cutting to just the stitching line on both side.  There are also special scissors that will do the
cutting for you if you prefer!

I attached my cute little vintage figures to the tissue garland
and 3 glitter bats that I had  mounted onto a spiraled craft wire.

This was a very inexpensive and fast Halloween project...
I hope you have enjoyed it enough to try one of your own

My "Tip" is to make sure you have the clock "hanging piece" at the very top
of your clock, right where the midnight hour would be. (ask me how I know

Now, head on over to the "Crafty Secrets" blog and see what my teammates
have created...OMGoodness,...wait until you see all the wonderful projects....
Here are the direct links to their blogs:

Before you go, ...Crafty Secrets is going entirely digital and has amazing
deals going on for HUGE packets of non digital projects, stamps, papers, stickers, etc....

go and take a peek!!  You can read about the HUGE Blow Out sale HERE

and here is a sample of the Halloween and Autumn sale packet with the link HERE

Entering the following challenges:
All Crafts Challenge .... Anything but a card
Left of Center .... Alter It

Backpack Treat Box

Hello All,
Today I am "Guest Designing" at "Craft and Smash"
I feel so honored to have been asked and thank the entire DT  for having me!

 This week the challenge at "Craft and Smash" is "September Holiday".....
Meaning to create something for "Back To School"

I have seen these cute little "backpack" treat boxes and just had to make one!

I found some perfect paper from SU with numbers all over it and wonderful
colors, just perfect for school!!

The little blackboard attached is from 

The directions for the backpack box can be found at "Splitcoast Stampers"
if you would like to make one of your own.

I invite "you" to visit "Craft and Smash" and join in the fun!!

I have 2 other posts today I would love for you to visit....
An awesome "Halloween" project at "Crafty Secrets"!!

Entering the following challenges:
Sweet 7  Designs .... Back To School
Wags 'n Whiskers .... Back To School

Scones & Tea

Hello my "Shabby" friends....
Today at the "Tearoom" Rebecca is our hostess and she has chosen the
photo below for inspiration and asked us to do a project with the
"Pleasures of Reading"

I am not much of a TV watcher, but I do LOVE to read.
I recently finished a series of 16 books by Robyn Carr...
Yes, I love to read fiction, and if they are a good writer you can certainly
learn a lot....
But, I have to admit this challenge had me stumped as what to create!
I thought of "back to school", but I have been doing those projects
and really wasn't ready to create

Then it hit me!! 
A recipe book (sort of)...I also LOVE recipe books and have lots of them....
I have a nice Marianne Die that just so happens to be a "book".....
Being our sponsor this week is the lovely "Paper Sweeties"....
I went with an open book of Tea and Scones recipe book!!
Perfect for the addition of the "Sweet Cuts-Tea For Two Bundle"
I used all Melissa Frances papers and love how soft and pretty my card is.
I printed a Scone Recipe  in word, then  lined up my die to cut it out.
The edge of my book, I rubbed Viva Inca Gold on.

I also made 2 of the bigger Roses, which you can't see well in the picture
and speaking of my pictures, it was a gloomy, dark picture taking day......

Visit "The Shabby Tea Room" and see all the other beautiful projects the
"Shabby Girls" have for you...join in the challenge with us!!

I have 2 other DT posts today...sometimes it just works that way!
Take a peek....
I am guest designing at "Craft and Smash"
and also have an awesome Halloween project for "Crafty Secrets"

Entering the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks .... Something New (tea pot die) Something Old (MF papers)
I have had these Melissa papers for a long time and they are almost all gone now...sigh!!
Crafty Girls .... Anything Goes

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Frame It!!

Good Morning Friends!
It is a very dark and gloomy morning here
and looks like that is to be our weather for the entire Holiday!!

I decided to "lift" my spirits by making a pretty "sparkley" card!!
I struggled to get a good picture in all the gloom and wish you could
see how gorgeous this really is...oh well, "nuthin" I can do about that!!

I made this card for the "Frame It" challenge at "Cherry Lynn Designs" .
When looking through my Cheery Lynn dies, I came across my
"Dutch Scallop Square Frame".
I love all the detail in this and thought how pretty it would be made out
of a silver glitter paper!!
Plus I hadn't used this die a awhile and it "felt good" to get it out!

I framed a piece of a print from the gorgeous "Graphic 45 Botanical Tea" papers!
You probably can't see it, but I embossed underneath first and added a piece of
scrap lace to the top as it was sitting on my desk and fit perfectly!!

I added a pink satin bow with gem and finished off with a 
layered butterfly from
Cheery Lynn Designs Tiny Things With Wings set.

I will be back tomorrow with another project...stop in!!

Don't forget Monday Sept 1st is the Crafty Secrets linky party....
you won't want to miss 
that as you could win (with random draw) a $50 gift certificate just for entering our challenge!!
Also my "The Shabby Tea Room" project will appear on Monday
along with a "Guest Design" spot at "Craft & Smash"..
Monday will be a busy day on my blog, that's for sure!!

Entering in the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs .... Frame It
Chocolate Coffee and Cards ....Bingo (Die Cut~Bow~Blue)
Crafty Creations .... Something old from your stash ( lace, ribbon, gem)
Simon Says Stamp .... Anything Goes
Craft-Dee Bowz .... Anything Goes With a Bow
Card Mania .... Butterflies & Bows

Friday, August 29, 2014


Hello bloggie friends!!!

I actually have 3 "free me" days in a row
and I decided to do a few of my favorite challenges
starting with the "Gift of Friendship" challenge from Impression Obsession!

I made a smaller 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square card.
I used a wood grain background using papers from Doodlebug.

as they reminded me of two friends getting together for
what do you suppose they are singing?

Underneath my birds I used Impression Obsession Twig Wreath DIE023-X
for my two feathered friends to perch on.
I finished off my card with a little trinket leaf stick pin and little rose on my bow!!

I think it is a cute little friendship card!!

Entering in the following challenges:
Impression Obsession .... Gift of Friendship

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Have A Great Day

Welcome Classy Friends...this is my blog post on
I hope you will join us in our fun challenge this week...
there is always an awesome prize awarded to the winner!!!

Hello Sunshines, Diane here with you today with my card for our
fun challenge this week "Sunflower Inspired" using the photo below for inspiration!
What inspires you??  
The sunflower, the colors, the letters or maybe even the background??

I went with several things for my card....
the red, the sunflower, the words and the watering can!

My background paper is from the beautiful 6 x 6 Simple Stories "Vintage Bliss"
Then  I got real creative and turned the JustRite "Hello Daisy" stamp into a Sunflower
I fussy cut it out, and because of it's size it was super easy to cut!

I added an Impression Obsession Wonderful Watering Can...isn't it cute??
Then stamped my sentiment from the same "Hello Daisy" stamp set
and cut it out with a Spellbinders Floral Ovals die...

To finish I added a red satin ribbon/bow and a small bow made with

The Design Team and I would love for you to join in the challenge with us....
We would love to  see YOUR project and tell us what inspired you to create it...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fancy Fold Flower Flip Card

It seems August has flown past us in a hurry.....
kids are getting back to school.....

and it's almost Sept..... seems to move by so quickly!!

Which brings us to another new challenge at  "The Sisterhood of Crafters"
This week our hostess is "TERRI" and she has asked us to do a "Fancy Fold" card.

I bought a Sizzix flower flip card die on clearance at Hobbylobby about a year ago
If you know me, you would know that whenever I purchase a new die, 
I immediately cut it to see how it performs...
(which leaves me with a ton of die cuts for later)
I was a bit disappointed when I cut this die as it cut clean through on the score lines...
but I remembered Sizzix had suggested when that happens to flip your die over
and cut with it facing down (that takes some of the pressure off the die)
I did that and it cut perfectly!!

I used some SU paper I had in my stash, but I also cut it in white card stock and lined
my card's back side for more stability..
I LOVE this color combo of the deep blue and the coral!!

I think I kind of "cheated" on this challenge LOL, as I used a die....
but the challenge gave me a chance to use something I have had for awhile at least!!

Head on over to "The Sisterhood" blog and see what the other "Sistah's" have for you!!
I hope you will join in with us this week, we would love to see your "fancy fold" cards!! 

Entering the following challenges:
Clear It Out ....Anything Goes from stash (old paper & Die) and
favorite color combo (Blue and Coral)
Through The Craft Room Door .... Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesdays ... Use Your Stash (Old SU Paper and Die I have forever)