Thursday, August 27, 2015


This is my post on the
Dies R Us blog today!!

Hi there, it's time for me to share with you another
card using the wonderful dies carried in the

I went with something a bit different today,
as I seem to make mostly "girlie" cards
(my favorite to make)
and went with one for the "boys"

If you grew up with brothers or had/have sons of your own,
I think you can relate to this!

I remember growing up with my brother and his endless
"critters" he brought home to "torment" his sisters with.
Even to put a snake in the washing machine!

So my card is a bit of a childhood memory,
starting with a great and detailed pocket die
from Frantic Stamper called Jeans Pocket.
Can't you see this being a "girlie" pocket, too?

I cut the pocket from a blue paper and added brads
for a more authentic "boys" jeans pocket look!

The frogs you see leaping out of the pocket
are from PoppyStamps Pond Frogs
which are no longer in stock, BUT
did you know Dies R Us has their own brand of dies?
They sure do and you could use Dies R Us Frogs.
I cut the frogs from a handmade mulberry paper,
then used an embossing folder for their "warts"

Make sure and visit us Monday-Friday for more Dies R Us inspiration.
Join us at our Dies R Us challenge blog for a chance to win
a gift voucher to the Dies R Us store!

I will see you next Thursday,

Entering the following challenges:
Deep Ocean .... For The Boys
Oh La La Creations .... One For The Boys
Quirky Crafts .... Embossing (Frogs)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

OH Happy Day

We are back with another new challenge at
and Agatha is our hostess.
She has chosen "Back To School" as our theme.

How many of you are ready to see "back to school"?
Come on, raise your hands, now don't be shy,
really.... that many of!

Fortunately, I don't have to deal with school issues anymore,
as all my kiddos are grown.
I know it sounds silly, but I always loved taking them school shopping
and sort of miss that.
They were always so excited to pick out their own school supplies
not so much about the clothes!

My card today is made first with an embossing folder I have had forever
it seems, and I am not sure if I have ever used it before!

The school bus image is one I won from Stitchy Bear Digitals.
When picking out my free images I kept a few of the upcoming
challenges in mind and loved this one!
I "doctored" up the bus a bit with button glittery wheels,
added stardust to the flamingo, sparkle head light
and sequins exhaust!!

The "happy day" (funny, isn't it?) ticket I also have had forever
and the same for the felt sun!
The inside of the card is finished just as cute as the outside!

Now head on over to  "The Sisterhood" challenge and see
what my "sistahs" have created, and why not join in with us
while you are there!!

Entering the following challenges:
Going Grey With Scrap Creations .... Back To School
Robyn's Fetish Challenge .... Use a Digi
The Crafter's Cafe .... Back To School

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Teacher's Pet

This is my post on the
For our next challenge using the inspiration photo below.
Please use my discount code DIANE-10
anytime to save 10% on your order.

Hi, Diane with you today with a card I made for our
latest challenge Back To School
I think this will be a cute card to send to one of the grand-kiddo's!

I started by using Dreamweavers White Embossing Paste
on Kraft card stock and Memory Box Texture Dots Stencil.
The paste was applied with a Palette Knife.
A fun way to add a bit of texture to a project.

I used an embossing folder I had for the ruler strip you see,
which I ran black ink over once it was embossed.

I cut a bushel basket and several apples using
Impression Obsession die Bushel of Apples.

The blackboard is Canvas Corp paper called Chalkstock,
which I used a white Signo pen for the words.

I added the "pets" using Impression Obsession Squirrel Set.

Entering the following challenges:
Going Grey With Scrap Creations .... Back To School
Shopping Our  Stash .... Splish Splash ( texture paste)
Amusing Challenge .... Back To School
Crafty Creations .... Back To School (using inking EB folder technique)

Thank you for visiting with me today!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Sun-shiney Yellow

Hi there!
Is it starting to feel like fall in your neck of the woods??
This is the month where we start to have crazy weather 
in Michigan.
You can go from flipflops and shorts in one day
to a hoodie and jeans the next,
and back to hot and humid days in a blink of an eye!
I actually kind of love it though.
You can just "smell" fall in the air.
a nice clean, crisp smell.....
one I look forward to every year!

Speaking of fall, sunflowers seem to scream fall to me!
I have yet to be lucky enough to have some sprout up
from leftover, dropped birdseed.
But I have a super cute sunflower image from Crafty Secrets
that is just as nice!!
The image is from 
Crafty Secrets Digital Flowers Printable Sheet DPS-11.
There are nine wonderful images in this set for a mere $1.95!!

I mounted the image on yellow/gold card stock,
added glitter to the flowers for a bit of sparkle!

From the Crafty Secrets  Mini Vintage Scraps Digital Download DPCS-818,
I punched out an image and coated it with Glossy Accents
and adding a TH clear "facet" on top.
After adding a ribbon bow, I added it to the center of the bow!

The pretty lattice underneath, I used
Crafty Secrets Pastel Paper Designs.

Pop on over to the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage blog and see some
wonderful inspiration!
Don't forget to "shop til you drop"
at the Crafty Secrets store....there is a HUGE sale going on right now!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Lazy Days

Hi there.....boy am I a doodoo bird....
this was suppose to post on Friday.....
I don't know what happened...
so here it is now....geez!!

I used the cutest image from Crafty Secrets
called Sweet Kids Digital stamps.
The sentiment is from the same set.
I colored in the cute little napping girl
with Copics.....
I am so envious of her hammock...
sounds good right now to be doing just that!

I somewhat fussy cut her out,
then cut a heart from Pastel Paper Pad
added a pretty double ribbon bow, a heart button
(It's purple, though it looks green)
a bit of fun rick rack at the bottom and I had a
pretty card to send!!

and the Crafty Secrets online store,
so as not to miss a thing.

If you want to pop back by around "noonish" or so tomorrow,
I will have another Craft Secrets project for you!

See ya!!!

Entering the following challenges:
My Sherri Crafts .... Long Time No See

Birthday Wishes

This is my post at the
You can use my code DIANE-10 anytime to save 10% on your order.

Hi Diane with you once again.
As I promised last Saturday I have another
card to show you , using the new
Ken Oliver Color Bursts.

I once again used the smooth side of water color paper.
Using the Spritzer Bottle, I lightly spritzed water
on, then using Ken Oliver Lemon Yellow  Color Burst first,
then followed by Orange, I lightly squeezed the bottles
to get it to puff on.

Using the heat gun I totally dried my piece,
then used the Anti Static bag to go over it.

I stamped the B-Line Large Butterfly with Versamark ink,
then embossed with Sparkle N Sprinkle Black Fine Detail embossing powder.

I layered yellow, then white card stock and adhered my image

A sentiment was added using Sweet 'n Sassy Companion Words Stamps.
These are a great sentiment set, as you can mix and match the words!

This is a quick and easy way to make a beautiful card
that is quite easy to mail!

Thank you for visiting with me today!!

Entering the following challenges:
Crafty Friends ....Clean and Simple
Alphabet Challenge .... "N" for no design paper
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards....Use A Sentiment
Seize The Birthday .... Anything That Flies
Fab 'n Funky .... Things With Wings
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Star Dust

Hi there!
I have a very quick card to show you today
using one of the new release dies from PoppyStamps
called "Stacked Stars".
Now I hate to say, but at the time of this posting,
this star die just flew out the door,
but if you can't wait for it to return,
try typing Star or Stars into the search button
and you will be amazed at how many there are to choose from.
Heck, I put the links in for you, so it couldn't get any easier!

I first applied a piece of sticky back paper to my gold foil paper,
then cut it out, making it super easy to attach to my base.

Speaking of the base,
I stenciled it with Gold Embossing Paste and
using one of the many stencils in store.
I used Memory Box Texture Splatter Spray,
would be good choices, too...depending on the look you want.

I finished with a gold bow.
I think this would make a great golden anniversary card,
just by adding the numbers.
I am using it for my granddaughters 21st birthday
and on the inside it will say celebrate!

Don't forget to visit our challenge blog,
not only is there great inspiration to see,
but it's loads of fun to join in and maybe win a prize!!

Entering the following challenges:
Southern Girls .... Shine
Ruby's Rainbow .... Die Cuts/Punches
Tuesday Throwdown .... Texture (texture paste)