Saturday, November 1, 2014

Holly Jolly Shaker Card

Here is my post on the "Classy Cards 'n Such" blog today!!

Hello Classy Friends,
Diane here with you today with my latest creative project!
I have been seeing lots of "shaker" cards lately 
and have been wanting to make one for quite sometime!!

When I first saw the Memory Box Have A Jolly Christmas die,
I immediately envisioned a shaker card in my head!!



This card was so "easy" to do....
With the beautiful die cut on  Cryogen White Curious Metallic paper,
glued down with E6000 adhesive spray on Vellum paper,
I then stitched 3 sides of the vellum on a white cardstock
Using "My Favorite Things Sequins" die, I cut lots of
red and green sequins from Red Metallic  and  Green Metallic
These Shimmer Sheetz make the best sequins,
 and how FUN to make your own sequins!!!

Once I added my sequins, I stitched the last side shut.
mounted my shaker on a piece of  designer paper, added a bow
and my card was complete!!

Here is the card after I gave it a good "shake"!!


I hope you have enjoyed today's project and will try a "Shaker" card yourself!!

Don't forget we have a "weekly" inspiration challenge
 and would love to see your entry!!

Friday, October 31, 2014

My GOOD News!!

Just taking a quick moment to tell you my wonderful news!!
I have been invited to become on the very, very talented team at

Woowho...I feel so honored and a tiny bit intimidated as these girls are good!!

MY first project will be "debuting" on November 14th
and wait until you see it....I absolutely love it!!

Check back on Monday the 3rd, as I have my
The Shabby Tea Room and Crafty Secrets posts going live.
They both are awesome projects and you won't want to miss them I am sure!!!

Happy Halloween!!!!

Can you believe it is already Halloween and October is OVER!!!
Actually I am kind of glad as I am done making Halloween for this year..lol.
But, before I go on to other great things I wanted to finish up the month
with another Halloween project from my Crafty Secrets supplies....
after all, after today, I will have to  put it all away for another year!!


I decided to use up some of the Crafty Secrets pieces of papers I had
left over from my other projects that I printed from the Vintage Halloween CD#4..
I think this image is so adorable with all those little black kitties running helter skeltor!!
I wonder if this little witch is a "cat hoarder"...lol!!
 I used a metallic paper, that speaking of hoarding, I am hoarding this as it has
been discontinued and I love the color!!!  I embossed it with a  "timmie" Eb folder
topped with a doily cut from the beautiful Crafty Secrets digital papers...
added some little black kitties of my own, from an Impression Obsession die
a couple of banners and a bow!!

I hope you have a safe and fun Halloween and don't eat too much candy!!
I will see you here next Monday on the 3rd with our new 
That is where you can enter our challenge and see all the wonderful tutorials
and creativeness the Design Team has for you!!
Be sure to stop by the Crafty Secrets blog and take a Peek-a-boo, as it is outstanding!!


Oh and don't forget to check out the incredible SALE packets !!!
There are 2 new packets that have been added, so now EIGHT to choose from!!!

Entering in the following challenges:

DL Art October linky party .... Halloween/anything goes
and 
If You Gave A Crafter A Cookie .... Halloween


 and
Crafting by Designs .... Halloween
and
Scrapyland .... Halloween

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Winter Centerpiece

Here is my post that is on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog today.
Remember, you can use my code DIANE-10 at any time
to receive 10% off at the store.

Hello Classy Friends,
Diane here with you today on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog.
This week our challenge is Candy Cane Christmas
using red, white, and a touch of green.


I have to say I have had this idea for this card for quite some time,
so it was fun when I finally got to pull it all together!


I started with a Memory Box Winter Large Snowflakes stencil.
If you haven't tried stenciling yet, give it a go as it is a
beautiful way to make backgrounds!

I applied it to my stencil with a Palette knife.
I quickly removed the stencil and immediately covered my
stenciled image with Crystal Ice glitter.
A tip when stenciling is to have a small pan of water nearby to
drop your knife and stencil in.
The embossing paste dries very quickly, and this way it protects
your tools and stencils until you can clean them up!


For the centerpiece I cut Memory Box Vintage Apothecary Jar
and filling it with Impression Obsession Fir Sprig Set which I coated with 
a chunky, snow-like glitter.

The candy canes are from Impression Obsession Christmas Icons.
The white twigs I cut a tree die, then cut it apart to give me twigs.
The holly was a die I had on hand.
I finished with Christmas Red Pearls and White Pearls.

Are you inspired to join in our challenge?
We would love to see your creation!

Entering the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers .... Cut It Out
and
Christmas Card Challenges .... Anything Goes
and
Allsorts .... Christmas
and
Festive Friday .... Inspiration Photo
and
Fab 'n Funky .... Christmas
and
The Paper Shelter .... Is it too early for Christmas?
and
Simon Says .... Anything Goes
and 
Word Art Wednesday .... Anything Goes

Monday, October 27, 2014

Spooky Pumpkins

Hello Monday!!!
I just had to do a few more Halloween creations...
I bought this  Stampendous stamp a few years ago
and can you believe this is the first time it has seen ink???
Of course you can, as I would imagine YOU have several
that has never seen ink, too..lol


I stamped  the image on water color paper and used
TH Distress markers to color it a bit.....
Black Stickles was added to the pumpkin faces.....

I used a MS punch for my black cat....
doesn't it look like the jack-o-lanterns are laughing at scaring him?

All the rest of the items I used were from my very BIG
stash of Halloween!!

Over the years I rarely have the time for Halloween cards/projects,
but this year, I was able to squeeze a few things in.....
and I hope to have a few more done before the "big day" ends!!

On another note...come back on Friday...as I have some
wonderful and exciting news to share!!

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Stampendous .... Halloween Haunt
Just Us Girls .... photo challenge

and
Crafty Cardmakers ... Cut It Out..die cut/punch
and
Dream Valley ....Halloween

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cute Friends

This is my post on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog today!!

Hello Classy Friends
Diane here with you today on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog.
Is the weather getting cooler in your neck of the woods?
It is here in Michigan (known as the winter wonderland).....
but before winter sets in, we have Fall...
my favorite time of the year, and what better way to celebrate
then to have a Fall Kitty Picnic!!!

Using our newest challenge inspiration photo below,
I came up with the following card!



When I purchase my products from Beverly, I try to look
at each item in many ways, getting lots of use out of them for each season.


 The Wild Rose Studio Kitty Picnic stamp was no exception.
By using fall colors, I was able to turn a summer stamp into fall!!
I paper pieced both the picnic basket and dress.


This cute stamp has both lady bugs and a butterfly on it.....
being fall I covered them up by first using
Twinkling H2O's Autumn Brilliance painted on card stock


I love the shimmer the H2O's give the leaves...just like real ones!!
I placed the small leaves over the butterfly and ladybugs and
viola' I have a fall card!!

For my background, I cut strips of paper from "Kaisercraft" Lady Rose paper pad.
For a bit of interest I used Stickles on the flowers and hat!!
Adding a satin bow, a button (and a few more of those shimmery leaves)
and my card is complete!!

Did you know we have a weekly challenge??
It is always a fun inspiration photo and you could be our weekly winner!!!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Entering the following challenges:
Color Throwdown .... #315
and
Red Rubber Inspirationals .... Anything Goes, Focus on Stamping
and
Cards and More ....Leaves
and
Just Inspirational Challenge .... Fall

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Autumn Days

Hello All, it is my turn to "host" the new challenge this week
at "The Sisterhood of Crafters" and our theme is "Fall Colors"

My first thought went right away to fall leaves, but I have been having this "urge"
lately to use some of my very neglected stamps.....
Nothing speaks fall like a "Ring Necked Pheasant"....
We used to see lots of them, I think I have seen one here in maybe 10 years...
we think the fox are the cause of that...so sad!!


I used a Stampin Up set "Autumn Days" for my wheat and pheasant
The pheasant was colored with SU markers Early Expresso, Soft Suede and Cajun Craze
The wheat was stamped in SU Crushed Curry and So Saffron

I have lots of scraps as I am sure you all do
and my first instinct was to grab a pad of paper instead of "digging" through my scraps....
but I grabbed my "brown" bag of scraps and this piece of paper is the first I pulled out...
perfect!!  But, I still have a scrap of the scrap left...lol!!

The little leaves were just "floating" around on my desk, so I added them
along with some sequins and the ribbon, which is also from SU!!

Well, I have to tell you, it felt "GOOD" to get some of those old stamps, pens and inks
out and put to use, so good I just might have to do it again!!

So my sweet friends, why not head on over to "The Sisterhood" and see what my
"Sistahs" have created to inspire you!!
We also have two visiting guest design "step-sisters" which have some awesome
projects as well!!!

Entering the following challenges:

Just Inspirational .... Fall
and
Craft-Dee BowZ .... Anything Goes With A Handmade Bow
and
Love To Create .... Anything Goes With Fall Colors
and
Simon Says Monday Challenge .... Anything Goes
and
The Crazy Challenge .... Autumn Gatherings