Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Little Camper

This is my card on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog today
for our current challenge "Let The Photo Inspire You".


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Hello classy friends, Diane with you today.
this week we have a super, fun challenge for you,
using a colorful and fun inspiration photo to inspire you,
which you can find by clicking on the right tab
under "current challenge"!


For my card I chose the cute little campers and
a few of the bright colors to work with.

I started out by lightly sponging TH Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
onto white card stock for my sky.
From a piece of green scrap, I cut rolling hills.

Now for the fun part, all the die cuts!!
for the base of the camper.
The door of the camper was cut using Stardream Jupiter Metallic card stock.
The trim, window, hub cap and hitch were cut using
The tire was cut using the Pluto Onyx Stardream Metallic which also comes
Nothing better then metallic card stocks for this little camper!!

Because there is nothing like camping in the pines,
I cut a tree from Impression Obsession Fir Trees, using the largest in the set.

I cut a few clouds from the new Memory Box Cloud Bank die set
and a few birds from Impression Obsession Sea Birds.

To complete my card I couldn't resist adding a little lab/golden retriever puppy
Do you think he is sitting there waiting for the camper door to open?

I want to show you (just in case you missed it before)
another card I made using this same little camper die awhile back,
just another idea for a camper card!


You can read about all the details HERE

Entering the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion .... Anything Goes
The Sisters of Craft .... Anything Goes
Crafty Catz .... Dies/Punches
Creative Corner ....Country
Jo's Scrap Shack .... Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting with me...see you soon!!


Monday, March 2, 2015

Simple Easter Treat Baskets

It's the first Monday of the month and that means it's time for the
This month our challenge is 
"Go Green" meaning create a Gardening/Botanical theme
with an up-cycling twist!
Use an "up-cycle" item in our project!

Each Design Team member will have a tutorial on their project.
YOU, can participate in the challenge using any Crafty Secrets product.
We have lots of free digitals to choose from
and you can win the top prize by random draw, but everyone is a winner!
You don't even have to follow our theme, it can be any project you want,
just be sure to use a Crafty secrets product!


Let's get started!
My tutorial is a very fun and easy one.
How to transfer one of the Crafty Secrets digitals to a peat pot.
I don't know about you, but I have a real love for those little pots!

First you will need to paint your pots, I chose to work with 3 colors, Lemon Custard, Vintage White and Orchard.


Set your pots aside to dry, it doesn't take long at all.


While they are drying you can print your digitals.
Print your digitals on plain copy paper.
If there is writing on the design, you will want to "invert" or "reverse" your print.
You can see by the photo below, that the word mother is backwards, 
that is what you want.


Cut your images out, nothing fancy, 
I just cut around the birds, leaves and such.
I just didn't want straight lines.

Decide which image is going on what pot, 
then apply a good amount of "Modge Podge"
to the FRONT of the image (the print side).

Lay your image on your pot face down, 
press down, and work all the bubbles out.
If you need a bit more modge podge around the edges, go a head and apply it,
it won't hurt anything.


The next step is probably the most important.
Let them totally dry, overnight is best!

I don't show this next part , as I assume you all know what a sponge
or wet cloth looks like..lol!
Take a damp sponge or cloth and apply to the image, get it nice and wet,
gently start to rub the paper off, you should start seeing the image appear...
just like magic!


Once all the paper is off, apply another coat of modge podge and let dry completley


Then just decorate as you would like.
I added chenille stem handles which I glued paper fringe over,
and also glued paper fringe around the top edge.


That's it...very easy, the longest it takes is to be patient and let them dry!


Take a peek over at the Crafty Secrets blog and see all the creative project
my teammates have created.....visit each blog for a tutorial of their creations!

Design Team Members:


We have wonderful guest designer this month
Karen Letchworth

Did you know Crafty Secrets is going ALL digital?
That means there is a HUGE warehouse sale going on for all non-digital products!


You will be seeing me use several of these non-digital items this month!!

Entering the following challenges:
ABC Challenge .... "E" is for Exceptionally Cute
Altered Eclectics March .... Anything Goes
Recycle~Repurpose~Re-Invent .... Anything Goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit .... March Challenge
Not Just Cards .... Anything Goes
2 Creative Chicks .... Anything Goes

Blossom Brightly

It's March...yippee.... Spring will be here before we know it!!
It's also a new challenge week at "The Shabby Tea Room"
and our theme is "Pop of Pink" using the inspiration photo below!


We have a "new to us sponsor" this week, "Dies R Us"!
Woowho, you could win a $10 coupon to the store!


I love the pretty inspiration photo and had a plan right off!
I pulled an already die cut Cheery Lynn Chicken Wire Frame
from my stash, and built my card on that.



I had lots of fun rolling my flowers using Memory Box Small Pinwheel
which I colored with PanPastels Permanent Red Tint and Magenta colors.


The greenery was cut using a Marianne die
and the Pail (bucket) is from Impression Obsession.
To finish, I added a few Joy! Craft butterflies,
 a pink gingham bow (my favorite),
the sentiment and a bit of "bling'!!

I "invite" you to head on over to "The Shabby Tea Room"
and see what the other "shabby girls" have to inspire you.
Join in our challenge....
YOU could be the winner of this fabulous Dies R Us prize!!

entering the following challenges:
Butterfly Challenge .... "H" is for hexagons
Quirky Crafts .... Pretty In Pink
Sentimental Sundays .... Anything Goes
The Paper Players .... Think Spring
The Ribbon Girls (March Monthly) ....Add Flowers
Card Mania (M) .... Spring




Saturday, February 28, 2015

Hippity Hop

Hello Saturday!!
It is colder then a freezer here, but the  sun is out and shining brightly!!
Puts me in a mood to make a Spring card.
With Easter sneaking  upon us,
I decided to make a cute Easter card
using the fabulous digital 


I embossed the background with a fun button embossing folder.
I added a few gingham "candi" dots here and there.

The pretty oval is a die my hubby got me for Christmas
by Nellie Snellen.


I added a gingham ribbon, daisy flower button
and a daisy trim from my stash.

I am entering my card in the challenge at 
My Artistic Adventures ..... Spring
My Sherri Crafts .... Welcome Spring
Crafty Catz .... Dies/Punches
D.R.S. Designs .... All Ears
In The Pink .... Cute

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Soft and Pretty

This is my post at the
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Hi, Diane with you today!!
I am so excited as I received the new and beautiful
Heartfelt Creations Botanical Rose stamp set
and Botanical Wings die Set 
and I couldn't wait to start creating with it!.


There are so many different flowers you can create with these sets.
Just think of all the pretty colors, too..it is endless!!

I stamped my flowers with Versafine vintage sepia ink.
Using the Botanical Wings die set, I cut them out.
The die fits perfectly over the stamped flowers for cutting,
I love that feature!!


I then chose Versa Magic Dew Drop chalk inks to color
my flowers using Key Lime on the inner part of the flower
and Persimmon on the outer petals, blending as I applied.


and Paper Blossom Tool Kit,, I began forming my flowers.
I added Cloud Nine Velvet (microfine)glitter to the tips of the petals
then stacked the flowers, adhering them with Art Institute Clear Adhesive.

The background paper is from Joy Crafts Romance 6 x 6 collection.
to that I lightly adhered Leafy Sprig Border by PoppyStamps,
then adhering the flowers to that.

I could of easily added much more to this card, 
but I decided to let the flowers and the gorgeous paper "speak for themselves"!!


You will be seeing me using more of this beautiful flower die and stamp set
in the weeks to come...I am quite loving it...a lot!!

I am entering my card in the
Power Poppy Spark challenge.
You are to "look to the sky"
for inspiration.
The other morning after a night of snowfall, 
it was cold and crisp, and the orange sky was just peeping
out over the tops of the snow covered trees.
it was gorgeous, I didn't get a picture of it, 
as it was just too dang cold to step outside that early!

Entering the following challenges:
Mod Squad .... Spring Forward
Simon Says Stamp .... Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday .... Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash ...Out of a Jar (Glitter)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Flutter Away

Good Morning!!
Today is the first day of our latest/newest challenge at "The Sisterhood"
Darlene is our hostess and she has chosen Paper Piecing and/or Piercing
for our theme!!


I gave this one a lot of thought and decided I would do "piercing".
You might have to look hard to see it, but it is the "butterfly motion"
that I also added tiny sequins to!!


This card is a mix of old and new.
I purchased this Wild Rose Butterfly die before Christmas
and this is the first chance I had to use it.
I actually thought it would be a little more "doily like",
but I think it is pretty!!
I cut it twice, once in black for the underneath and again,
using some very old "scrap bin" SU paper.
The background paper is SU Pale Plum, another "oldie"

I got in the scrap bags once again and pulled out three pieces for the bottom.
Added a black and white gingham bow with a few very old mulberry
flowers I stacked together.  In fact these are so old, one
fell apart in my hand while I was trying to put the brad in..lol...
Of course it also could be because of the cat, as she destroyed 2 die cuts
and totally undid a bow I had just finished!

Pop on over to the blog and see what the "Step-Sisters" and my Design Team
Sisters have to inspire you to join us.  We have new Step-Sisters this month.

Please note we will be looking for  a few new Design Team members.
You may submit your applications beginning March 1st.
Instructions will be on the blog at that time...Good Luck!!

 Be sure to join in the challenge with us!!

Entering the following challenges:
Pixie's Snippets Playground ....Week 165
City Crafter .... Use It Up
Craft-Dee Bowz .... Anything Goes With A Handmade Bow
Allsorts ....The Color Purple

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I "LOVE" Tea

This is my post today at
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Hello Classy friends, Diane here today
with my "I "LOVE" Tea" card for our challenge this week
"Tea Party"!

I just love the pretty Spring colors of this card!
It was a little bit of fussing around with it,
but I think well worth the effort!!


Let me tell you how I made it.
I started by adhering Double sided adhesive Scor-tape sheets
to Pearlized Esse White Metallic card stock before I die cut.
I then placed my PoppyStamps Teapot Stack die on
and ran it through my Cuttlebug a couple of times using the
This gives you a nice sticky backing to adhere down to your card.
 I embossed a panel using the  Darice Doily Lace embossing folder.
then adhering the teapot die cut  to that.
Then I decided to get real creative, and picked out a few scrap pieces
of paper, adhered them the same as I did the die cut, to the Scor-tape sheet
and ran each color through my machine.
I carefully "picked" each piece out and adhered it in it's place.
so easy using one of the picks from the set!


Lastly, I added some flowers.  If you saw one of my previous posts
Botanical Wings die set, you will remember I cut several "extra"
flowers, thinking they would come in handy later.
Well, they certainly did!

I used 5 of the smaller flowers and using the Paper Blossom Tool Kit
and Paper Blossoms Craft Molding Mat, I formed my flowers.
The flowers were colored with Susan's Garden PanPastels coloring kit,
and finished off with Lavender Pearls.
The tiny Leaf Clusters are from Impression Obsession.


I encourage you to join in the challenge with us this week, 
we would love to have you!!

Entering the following challenges:
Poppystamps Challenge .... #5 My Love
Simon Says Stamp .... Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps .... Must use stamps~Embossing
Crafty Calender .... Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' .... Must use Stamps~Spring Flowers