Saturday, July 2, 2016

A Little Bit of R&R

Just a quick post to let you know that the hubby and I
are on vacation until the 11th or so.

However I have several scheduled posts I hope you will stop by and visit.
I will visit you all when I return and see all I have missed.
I will have sparingly internet
so this is a big  rest and relaxation for me.

I will be sitting on THIS porch on the shores of Lake Huron
enjoying the peace and quiet.

And enjoying this view.
(Too bad I still have to cook!
Oh, and see all those rocks,
they are now completely covered by water,
the lake is very close in to the house now, 
where it should be!

I decided not to take any 'stamping' stuff with me
so I can read and just take a much needed break
and hopefully come back with all sorts of 'mojo'.
The hubs, well he needs it too, between work and his
2 month fight with a 'woodchuck' ( woodchuck wins every
it will be fabulous to just do 'nothing'!!

So see you all when I get back!!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Winner Winner of the Tutti Die Drawing

I want to thank all who entered my drawing for the new Tutti Designs die.

All eligible names 
(meaning all that met the requirements...the ones without a blog were
however entered too)
were put in a bowl and a name drawn randomly.

The winner of the die is
Robin from Robin's Reflections.
Congrats to Robin!

Robin if you will send me you snail mail address I
will get your die shipped to you.
(I am on vacation until the 11th,
but will ship it as soon as I return!)

To all the rest of you, I wish so bad you all could of won!
But there will be other giveaways at other times.
 I thank each and every one of you!

Have you seen the new July Tutti Designs die release yet?
WOW...they are amazing...wonderful fall and Christmas dies
You need to check them out HERE.


When this posts I will be gone on a weeks vacation!
The first week long vacation my hubby
has had in over 15 years!
So if I don't get around to visit you while gone
I certainly will when I return!

The new challenge at 
Fussy and Fancy is being hosted by our lovely Sheryl.
she has chosen the theme
Lace and Flowers.
We have the perfect sponsor which is

Once again I made my entire card from things
from one of my 'scrap' bags of pre-cuts and such.
This all came from the 'lavender' bag, 
the tiny paper lace doily, the heart paper locket, last little Rose, the image and the 2 butterflies .

I used a lace doily embossing folder for the card base.
The ribbon is some I died with re-inkers several years ago.

The celebrate tag is a G45, I found a little lavender pin,
so I pinned it onto the ribbon.

I did add a bit of 'wink of stella' to the image
which I am sure you can't see in the picture.

Take a peek at the
Fussy and Fancy blog as the design team
has done an outstanding job (as always) of creating
to inspire YOU!

PS:  Fussy and Fancy is also looking for a few new
ladies to join us, if interested enter a card into the
challenge and add DT after your name!!

Exciting News AND A Give Away

I have a bit of exciting news to share today.
I am joining a lovely group of designers to represent a NEW die company

WOW..have you seen these dies yet?
So beautiful and so reasonably priced, too!
Full of gorgeous intricate details.
I can hardly wait to work with them.
You will see my designs every Thursday
beginning June 2nd at the Tutti Designs Blog .

I would love for you to help spread the word
about this new die company,
so I am offering up a prize to one lucky random winner.
The prize is ONE die of MY choice depending what is
'in stock' at the closing of this offer.

All you have to do is
1.  Follow MY blog and the TUTTI DESIGNS blog
2.  Add a blurb on your blog and add the picture  (below) to your side bar.
3.  Leave me a comment here so I know you did both.
(please no 'candy' only blogs)
4.  IF you have a Facebook account, head on over to our
Facebook page and LIKE us! Though this is not one of the requirements to enter
for the prize :>) !

You have from now until midnight June 30th
when ONE lucky person will be chosen to win  ONE die  (my choice) from
the picture shown above.
Good luck!!!

Oh, and guess what?
Want another chance at a prize....
yes, of course you do!!
Go to Darlene's blog , read the rules and enter there for a 2nd chance to win!!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sparkle N Sprinkle July Release

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's
 July 1 New Reveal Blog Hop!

We have five new stamp sets to share with you today.  These new sets are 20% off until July 5.  So once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the store and start shopping.  All of the new sets are available on cling mounted rubber or as a digital image.  

We are so happy to announce that with this Reveal, we have begun a new partnership with Bugaboo Digi Stamps.  So now you can get some of your favorite Bugaboo digi images in rubber!

The sets are:

Milton Catching Snow Flakes 787 
(digi version DIGI787)
  Christmas Skates 789 (digi version DIGI789)
  Wetlands #1 790 (digi version DIGI790)
Wetlands #2 791 (digi version DIGI791)
Deer Duo 797 (digi version DIGI797)

On July 3rd, ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected from the comments left on the Designers' blogs listed below. Please leave a comment with each Designer in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  You never know who the Mystery Designer will be that has the winning comment.

The Grand Prize Winner, which will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and on the SNS Blog, will receive ALL of the new stamp sets released this month (or the digi versions, if preferred).

The Blog Hop order this month is:


(*Tip: if you have difficulty with a particular link, try clicking on the Designer's blog title to send you to their Home page.)

We hope you enjoy the New Reveal Blog Hop as much as we do.  Thanks for joining us and remember to visit and comment on each of the eight Designers' blogs to be eligible for the Grand Prize. (Checked for compliance.) 
 Wonder who the Mystery Host will be this month????

The Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge also begins today.  There are lots of prizes and recognition badges.  Come check out how you can become a SNS Featured Artist as well.  The theme is always Anything Goes using Loose Glitter, Embossing Powder, and/or Flock.

Have you checked out the SNS YouTube Channel featuring Demo Donna?  If not, then you are in for a real treat.  Subscribe today to get all the latest Demo Donna tips and techniques!

Now on to my project.

Christmas in July is what I am all about with this new
release for July from Sparkle N Sprinkle!

I love it when companies come out  with holiday stamps early,
early enough that you have plenty of time to work on  them
before all the holiday hustle and bustle!

That being said, one of the new stamps released is

I loved this set as soon as I saw it...
well heck, who can resist a giraffe stamp anyhow??

I decided to make a 'faux' leather background for Milton.
You will need a roll of masking tape for this.
First start by tearing off small pieces of tape and
sticking down to your card stock.
(smaller pieces work best)

Completely cover your card stock without any of it showing.

Next sponge on your inks.
I used all Distress Inks, Wild Honey, Tea Dye, and Old Paper.

Once you are satisfied with the color,
completely coat with Clear Detail Embossing Powder.
(It will stick to the ink)
then heat set.

Now you have a finished background piece!
(sorry I didn't get a picture of just the finished background..sigh)!

I colored Milton with Copics and added Lemonade glitter to his scarf
then fussy cut him out.

I added Sparkling Snow glitter to

I stamped the sentiment in Versamark,
then embossed with Coffee embossing powder.
It was then die cut with a 
Memory Box Stitched Circle.

was applied to  card stock, then using a
Wild Rose Snowflake die,
I die cut it out.
The adhesive was then exposed, and I added the sentiment to the center.
Then I added Sparkling Snow glitter to it.
To finish I used little dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops 'Morning Dew'.

Thank you for visiting with me today
and make sure to visit 'Chris' next 
and leave a comment for  each designer along the way for
your chance to win the entire release!

Friends Are Flowers

This is my post live today on the
Have you see the new 
Tutti Designs July release yet?
It's in-store, the link is below....
You will want these, they are gorgeous and so very reasonably priced, too!

Happy Thursday to you!
Diane with you today with a beautiful Poppy Edge die.

Our blog leader and my friend Darlene is in Alaska as I write this
and I thought how fun to create a
Himalayan Blue Poppy in honor of her trip!

I have tried to grow these in my garden to no avail, 
so I guess the next best thing is having a Blue Poppy Card!

I cut the poppy die once from green card stock,
then once again from white card stock
but this time only cutting the flowers.
I easily trimmed them to  fit over the green base die cut.

I also punched 2 gold glitter circles to place under the flower heads.

The flowers were then colored with Copics, then adhered to
the green die cut base, and slightly curled up.

A sentiment was stamped using JustRite stamps
and a few sequins were added.

Make sure and check out all the great places to
visit the new Tutti Designs dies.

Thank you for visiting with me today.....
"I" will be here each and every Thursday!!
Come back tomorrow for more fabulous inspiration!

Happy creating!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Tea For Two

I had another 'free' day today and decided to create
something for the challenge at
which is 'pocket cards'.

I made a double pocket card which I think
would be great to send to a friend!

The entire card is made with a piece of
8 1/2 x 11 double sided paper.
It is mostly just folding
and it takes mere minutes to make.
Now you can really decorate it up
anyway you want, but I chose to keep it simple and focused and easy to mail.

The die I used is Cottage Cutz Teacup & Flowers,
such a pretty die!

Keeping this short today as I have guests coming for dinner!
Have a great day everyone!!