Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hugs and Kisses

Hi there!  Another 'free' day for me and I love it!

Today I have another card using one of the Tutti Designs dies
'Heart Garden'.

I love how you can use the heart anytime
and I also love this color combination of the lime green and pink.

I added a panel of polka dot paper ,then another polka dot paper
but this one is embossed.

The heart was cut from paper from my scrap bag
as well as the sentiment, which I used a round punch for that.

I added a cute little XOXO from a stamp I have had forever in my stash of stamps!

A bow was added with ribbon from the ribbon club at RRR.

Entering the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge .... ATG
Stampin' Royalty .... Dies
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG
Tuesday Throwdown .... Favorite Embellishment (Ribbon)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Incredible Journey

Time for a new challenge at
The Sisterhood of Crafters ,
Vickie is our hostess this week and she has chosen the theme
'Winter Blues/Travel/Vacation

I chose a very different way to go with this theme as you will
see once you scroll down below.

First to my project.
I made a little matchbox suitcase (travel theme)
with a luggage tag that says
'The Incredible Journey'
for my grandson Caiden's 16th surprise birthday on January 27th
as he has been on an incredible journey these past 4 months.

I first saw this cute suitcase on Pinterest and decided it would make
the perfect gift box for a young man
(Of course now I have a drawer full of matches with no where to

You basically just measure and cut and adhere down, pretty easy!

I bought a man's stainless steel link bracelet with a beautiful cross
and tucked it inside the  box, as his faith has been just as incredible as his journey
throughout the entire ordeal.

The Story:
You might not know, or you might recall he was in an ATV accident
back on October 14th that has him paralyzed at the waist
and from the knees down.

He was in a corn field traveling about 15mph when he
hit a drainage ditch he didn't know was there and was thrown in the ditch
with the ATV hitting him dead center in the back, breaking his back in 2 places....
a mere 6" and he wouldn't be here at all.
He was in ICU for over 6 weeks,
then transferred to a recovery/therapy hospital
and came home in December.

I won't go into all the details, but he had made incredible progress,
one I call
The Incredible Journey
as he pushes himself to recover and walk again.
Will he totally recover, will he totally walk again?
We don't know, it is all in God's hands.

He is an amazing young man, a sophomore in high school
and his 3rd year in science/math courses at a college 5 mornings a week.

Here are a few photos

The first day in ICU in Indianapolis

The recovery, his picture around the 1st of February.

His surprise birthday dinner.
(that is my daughter, his mama behind him...the blonde not the man with the

A group of his college friends at his birthday.
(check out his tee shirt)

Thank you for letting me share this with you!

Now head on over to The Sisterhood and see all the inspiring creations
my sistah's have for you...join in with us!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ginger Jar

Kind of rainy here this morning but to clear up in the afternoon...
meeting my youngest son for his birthday at lunchtime 
and am looking forward to that as I don't see him often.

Today I have a 'free' day so thought I would post a CAS card
I made using a newly released die from Tutti Designs

I embossed the left panel of the card front and added a few pearls to the flower centers.
The ginger jar was cut from a paper that I thought had an oriental look to it, then to finish a die cut butterfly from the same paper pack.

Like I said pretty CAS...but I love the clean look of it!

Entering the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations .... ATG (3/4)
Crafting From The Heart ....ATG (2/25)
Ooh La La Creations .... Die Cuts (2/24)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Paper Beads from The Cutting Cafe

My project today features the 
Paper Bead cut files from

I have to admit with my bum left hand/arm
I struggled a bit with it as my fingers just did not
want to cooperate.
I had surgery 2 years ago on both my left arm and hand
(they moved the nerve from the outside of my arm to the inside of my arm
and then carpal tunnel surgery on my hand.
(neither worked)
the result being I was left with half of my left hand numb
24/7 (tingles like it asleep)

Anyhow, with all that being said, don't judge me harshly
with my paper bead
This is a super easy thing to do (when your hand
and there are lots of different beads to make.

I made a bracelet and box, rolled my beads, then strung them with
a few beads I had in my stash and a stretchy gold cord.

The box I made is part of the Paper bead file as well as the tag sentiment.

Check in at The Cutting Cafe blog tomorrow (2/21)
and see all the other amazing paper bead projects
all in one place from the Design Team...leave a comment there for your
chance to win 3 cut files of your own!

Entering the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
My Time To Craft .... AT but a card

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Stained Glass Technique

This is my post on the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog today.

Hi, Diane with you today with a fun technique  called 'stained glass' using the new stamp set 'Pansies'.

For this technique you will need a piece of vellum to stamp on.
Stamp your image with Versamark, then emboss with  Gold Detail embossing powder.

The next step is to simply color on the BACK of the vellum piece.  I used Copic pens for mine.  I think it is such a gorgeous way to color these beautiful pansies.  Just make sure to always color on the back and not accidentally on the front (ask me how I know) as it will ruin your entire effort!

Here it is totally finished with the coloring.

Here is a close up of the detail.
I finished my card by embossing an EB folder for the side panel
and the sentiment with Cherry embossing powder.  A twine bow was added to finish.

I hope you give this technique a try as it is so easy and the results are amazing!

Entering the following challenges:
All Sorts .... ATG (2/23)
Hiding In My Craft Room .... Embossing (2/25)
Sweet Stampin .... Flowers (2/24)
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG
Simon Says Stamp .... Florals

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Have A Heart

We are having the BEST weather here in Michigan!
It was 65 yesterday and looks
like it is to be that all the way to next Friday!
Also, we have sunshine for all but 2 of the days,
then back to winter next weekend.
Trouble is much as I like that,
it confuses my poor flowers and they start
to appear, only to be frozen out...ugh!

When I made all my Valentine cards I tired to make a few
that could be used for almost any occasion and I think this one
fits the bill so to speak...a card maybe for a friend or loved one.

I just cut 3 layers/sizes of Tutti Designs 
added a red polka dot heart
and then used the new
which I cut from a metallic paper.

I am sure you will be seeing me use these a lot
in my flower cards.

Entering the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge .... 'Y' for you choose
Crafting With Friends .... ATG (3/01)
Jo's Scrap Shack .... ATG (2/23)
Simply Create Too .... Feb 'Love'

Friday, February 17, 2017

Spring Bird

Fussy and Fancy 
is back with our second challenge for the year
after our long holiday break
and let me tell you it feels 'good'
to be back and getting my 'fussy and fancy' mojo!

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge

Our theme for the next 2 weeks is 'ribbons and lace'.

One of my paper crafting New Year's resolutions was to use  (or try)
as many of my paper scraps (snippets) and pre-cut, pre-stamped things I could.
so, my entire card with the exception of the ribbon and pearls of course,
came from my scrap bags.

The background embossed piece is one I had embossed and never used,
I added a white frame, as that die is one that when you cut it you get
about 5 different size frames,leaving me plenty more to use.  
I stuck a tiny snippet of lace
just inside the bottom of the frame...can you see

Next I added a birdhouse and tulips, both rejected from a previous project.
The bird is a die cut that while a group of 'us' girlies were at at a
friends house and she had this die and cut each of us one,
I have since bought the die myself from Cottage Cutz.
To finish I simply added pearls and ribbon (bow) from my monthly ribbon club at RRR.

We would love to see your lace/ribbon cards at our 
Fussy and Fancy challenge
and don't forget to pop on over and see what my teamies
have to inspire YOU,
and remember, the FAF girls are 'fussy and fancy'
but you don't have to be!

Entering the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge .... 'Y' for YOU Choose
Really Reasonable Ribbon .... Celebrating with 'spring'
Pixie's Snippets Playground ...Snippets