Wednesday, July 17, 2019


Today at Double D Challenges 
it is all about BIRTHDAYS!!

As usual we have a unique mood board
to get your creativity going!!

This is probably one of the easiest challenges we have had for you...
so we expect YOU to join in with us
and also as usual, we have a fabulous prize offered!!

I let the bright colors inspire me,
let alone I had recently purchased this super fun Cottage Cutz die.

I know it's hard to tell but once all the pieces were cut (and there were many)
I inked along the edges of the words (I think you can see the ink on birthday)
and also the flowers.
I gave it a nice white frame
and mounted it all on black card stock.

I love how bright and happy this card is
even with the black.

So make sure and pop on over to
 to see all the FABULOUS design team work!
See ya there!!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Paper Sweeties July 2019 New Release Rewind

Today is the Paper Sweeties Release Rewind day...
have you been having fun seeing all the amazing creations
using the new July stamps and dies?
I know I have...
so today I have a bit of past and present!

Ahoy Matey!!

I went a little out of the box and made a girlie PINK Pirate!
I first used oxide inks on a glossy photo paper....
using the bubbles from the Ahoy Matey set I stamped them with a
watermark resist ink...
then stamped the 'waves' from the same set with Nautical Blue Ink..
but then I proceeded to cover most of up with my images..hah!

My pirate girl was made using the stamp Sweeties Girl Emma and
her coordinating Sweet Cuts die.
The Palm tree and die are Island Time and Sweet Cuts Island Time.
I used sandpaper for the 'sand' and crystal drops for the pearls in the treasure chest
to add a bit of dimension.

I hope you have enjoyed my sweet little 'Ahoy Matey' pirate girl.
Make sure and click on all the links below to hop along
and see all the awesome creativeness from the entire team!!

Mr & Mrs Anniversary Cards

This is my post on the Tutti Designs blog today.

Hello, Diane on the blog today with three
different versions of anniversary cards using the
Tutti Designs die Mr & Mrs

 First up is a classic black and white.
I 'fancied' it up a bit with a strip of white ribbon rose trim and a few pearls.
This card could also be used as a wedding card.

For the next card I have die cut the Mr & Mrs from a silver metallic paper
and turned it into a 25th anniversary card.

The last card, the Mr & Mrs was die cut on a gold metallic paper.
I added a strip of  double sided tape and sprinkled gold glitter on.
I computer generated the sentiment for a 50th anniversary.

TUTTI-301 Mr & Mrs

Make sure to visit the Tutti Designs Store (link below)
for LOTS more fabulous dies!!
Come back tomorrow for more Tutti Designs inspiration!

and here are some Tutti Designs quick links:

Thank you for visiting with me today!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Paper Sweeties July 2019 New Release party

Today is the DAY of the 
Paper Sweeties July 2019 Release Party!

Let the 'PARTY' begin!!

Today my card features both the Beach Therapy AND Ahoy Matey sets!!

Since we have about five birthdays this month (if not more)
I decided it was a good time to make a gift card holder.

Don't you just LOVE this adorable little pirate starfish...I sure do!!

I added a little kraft paper bag to hold the gift card,
and funny thing is, it is to a local 'saloon' here called
The Wounded Minnow"...couldn't be any more perfect for this card!!

I just added a few papers from my stash and let the stamps and dies do all the work!

Here is the silly gift card!!

Make sure and visit all the girls below for much more creativity using these new sets...
once again they have outdone themselves...the links are below for all the
new July release, too!!
Make sure to stop by tomorrow for our 'Rewind'!!

Happy Birthday Balloons

It's the 15th of the month already
and that means the start of a new challenge theme at
Dies R Us Challenge blog
and it is a super EASY one...

Design Team Member At

I did a fun balloon birthday card using the balloon die from
I cut two from bright card stock scraps and a third 
from a metallic paper to give a myler balloon look.
I added cord for the strings and instead of adding the usual 'bow'

I die cut the Happy Birthday twice,
stacking one offset on the other using

Make sure to take a peek at the 
Dies R Us challenge blog
to see all the fun and pretty birthday cards
the team has created....and join in with us while you are there!!

Here are the links once again of products used:

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Paper Sweeties July 2019 New Release Sneak Peeks!

Hello there, I am back from vacation just in time for our
Paper Sweeties July 2019 SNEAK PEEK!!

Oh my oh my how I LOVE the July full of summertime goodness!!

For the sneak peek I used the Beach Therapy stamp set
the coordinating Beach Therapy Sweet Cuts!! 

I love how clear and precise these stamp
and so easy to color, 
then using the dies takes away all the hard work of hand cutting!!

For my background I did a fun and really very easy technique
using fingernail polish and water.
You just add a few drops of polish, swirl it around and them lay
your water color paper on top and it picks up the polish.
You get several from one bowl.
I used black, teal, lime green, a silver metallic
and there was a bit of red, too...reminded me of a 'hurricane'!
I added a water colored panel on top of that.

The little starfish below is from our fabulous June release
I also added a few  Robin Egg Sequins.

So now you have seen my 'sneak peek' make sure and visit the blogs below
for even more fabulous 'peeks'
as the team did an amazing design with these sets...
all links are below and I will be back tomorrow
with my July 2019 New Release...see you then!!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Diane Hover (that's me)
Karen Bull 
Karen Letchworth

New Products & Links:

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Birthday Cupcakes

At The Sisterhood of Crafters
it is all about BIRTHDAYS
and being hosted by our lovely 'sistah' Debbie.

I did a pretty simple card using a silver glitter paper
and a birthday designer paper for my background.

I die cut a pretty CLD doily to place underneath my
Tutti Designs Cupcake Stand.
I die cut from white card stock, then colored in the wrappers
and added SNS Cloud Nine glitter to the tops.

Need birthday inspiration?
Then head on over to The Sisterhood and see all the fabulous
creations from my 'sistahs'!