Thursday, July 30, 2015

Black and White Elegance

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

Hello All, Happy Thursday to you!!!

I have been making so many summer and scenic cards,
that I decided to switch gears so to speak and create
a bit more of an elegant card!


The bottom glittery layer and the black layer on top
were both cut with Spellbinders Romantic Rose dies.
Now this was out of stock for a bit, but what I did was click on the tab
that says "Put me on the waiting list" and what this does
is email you when the product is back in stock.
Makes it so easy, and since this has been a very popular die,
is goes in and out quite frequently.

I stamped a beautiful sentiment from JustRite 
with white embossing powder.  I love how pretty
it looks with this card!

The flowers were made in two sizes using
Cheery Lynn Designs Gardenia Small and
Cheery Lynn Gardenia Strip.
I glittered each flower with 
Sparkle N Sprinkle Twinkling Clouds glitter.

The butterflies are Wild Rose Little Butterfly
which I heavily coated with a crystal coarse glitter.

The ribbon bow was made with gorgeous ribbon
from the ribbon club at Really Reasonable Ribbon
 and decorated with a TH button!

Check out out challenge we have going on at the
There is always awesome inspiration there!

Visit us here Monday -  Friday to see daily inspiration here, too!

Thanks for visiting!!

***Diane***

Entering the following challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon .... Black/White/One Color/Ribbon
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge .... ATG
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG/Family Friendly
Mod Squad .... ATG Plus A Die
Cheery Lynn Designs .... ATG



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Trims and Edges

This is my post at the
for our challenge using the inspiration photo below.
You can always save 10% on your order by using the code
DIANE-10 any time!


Hi, Diane with you today.


Our challenge this week is Colors and Patterns.
I used my very favorite embossing folder from Darice called Quilt Blocks.
I embossed two different color card stocks,
cut each one into squares,
then adhered them down in the order of the design on the folder,
alternating the colors. I used Scor-Tape 1/4 to adhere them.

I cut 3 pieces of trim using Impression Obsession Border Duo 1 dies.

Next, I stamped Sweet & Sassy Stamps Parisian Postcard for the flowers,
which I colored with my Copics

A Spellbinders scalloped circle was used to cut the flowers out.
I used  one of the tools from the Cheery Lynn Designs Crafter Tools
to poke a hole around each scallop.
I finished up with a sentiment from the same Parisian Postcard
stamp set, added a ribbon from RRR and a button.

I invite you to join in the challenge with us,
you could win a fabulous prize!!

Entering the following challenges:
Fan-Tastic Tuesdays .... ATG/Twist Feminine
Crafting From The Heart .... ATG
Craft Your Passion .... ATG


Sunday, July 26, 2015

All "Dressed" Up

What a beautiful day it is here in southwest lower Michigan!
All sunny and pretty and "at this moment" a perfect temp!

I had a bit of fun with a sweet chipboard dress from
Crafty Secrets!
and guess what?
It is on clearance for only $1.50!!


I printed two different papers from the Crafty Secrets
"Birds and Blooms" digital papers collection.
Traced around the dress, cut them out
and adhered with modge podge.
I love, love this paper, and I used it for my last 4 projects
for Crafty Secrets...gorgeous I tell you, gorgeous!!

While the dress was  drying, my husband and I went to a pool party!
Some friends and co-worker of ours just put in a new
and gorgeous pool...gee, I want one...lol!
We didn't stay real long, but  long enough for
my modge podge to dry by the time we got home..LOL!

Once the dress was dry,
I sanded and inked all the edges

I added a bit of crochet trim from RRR around
the neckline, pocket and sleeves.


I fussy cut a little birdie on a branch
from Digital Birds &  Blossoms 4 page download,
then "perched" him on the pocket.
A bit of diamond Stickles was added to the blooms.

I added a tiny bow and an "awkward" gem.
I was drinking my morning coffee and dropped
a splash of it right where you see the gem...go figure!


I kept it rather simple as I did not want to cover up the beautiful scripture at the bottom of the dress
which says "Nature is the Art of God".

there is always, always great inspiration there.

Don't forget to visit the online Crafty Secrets store...
Lots of bargains there you won't want to miss!

See ya!!!  


Entering the following challenges:
The Alphabet Challenge .... "L" is for Lavender
Brown Sugar .... ATG
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG/Family Friendly

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Paris Chic

Happy Saturday!!
This is my post at the
Classy Cards 'n Such blog today!!
You can save 10% on your entire order by using my code
DIANE-10

Hi, Diane with you today.
I made what I am calling a Paris Chic card.


I had some left over scrap pieces of the beautiful
I used it for my background,
for the background of my sentiment and
for the butterflies!

I stamped the tower and butterflies using
Sweet 'n Sassy Parisian Postcard stamps.
All were then fussy cut out.
Once cut, I used a Wink of Stella glitter pen
to add some sparkle and shimmer.
I wish you could see this in person,
as it adds so much to the images!

I popped the tower and butterflies up

The sentiment is another favorite of mine from
Impression Obsession called Leap of Faith.

I finished with a pretty white sheer bow
which I added Memory Box Beloved Hearts

There is still time to join in our challenge with us...
and we have a new one starting on Sunday!!

Allsorts.... Add A Butterfly
Dragon's Lair Designs .... Shabby Chic
Just Add Ink .... Butterflies

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Butterfly Layers

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

Hi, Diane with you today!

Did you see all the NEW dies at the Dies R Us store?
Wowzers, there are so many and I want them all!!
I orderd some right away and have a couple to show you today!


I did a pretty much clean and simple card
by using 2 new Memory Box dies.

I started with Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance for my
base for the butterflies.

The next die is one of the new Memory Box dies
This die first cuts the butterfly "free"
and is attached only in the middle,
allowing it to "flutter".
Then you simply emboss it...
leaving "angel wings" next to the cut out part.
Make sense?....
When you purchase it, you will see right off what I mean.
I would suggest using removable tape to hold it place
while cutting and embossing.

Then I made a nice discovery.
The new Memory Box Stitched Vivienne Butterfly die
fits perfectly on top of the Angel Wing Butterfly!
(As soon s I can find the link, I will add it, 
for some reason it will not show up...sorry)!


So I first cut the Angel Wing Butterfly in white,
then cut a second one in red, this time snipping it off,
then cutting the stitched butterfly in blue.

I slightly staggered them, as it was the look I wanted.

A few pearls and a sentiment were added to finish!

Come back tomorrow and every day Monday-Friday for more inspiration!
Visit the Dies R Us challenge blog for a chance to win !

See you next Thursday!!

Entering the following challenges:
Memory Box Outside The Box .... Red~White~Blue
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG Family Friendly
Crop Stop .... ATG


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Summer Heat at The Sisterhood of Crafters

Hi There,
It certainly has been busy around here, how about you??
And can you believe that in about 6 weeks 
the kiddos will be heading back to school?
Summer sure does fly by!!

Our new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters
is "Summer Heat" and hosted by Vickie!


Well, you have been seeing my flip flop cards the last week
or so, and you might of read I mentioned
I am addicted to making them.
Well, this beauty is actually the first one I made before the other two.
You might say this one was what inspired me to do two more.

I once again used the wonderful flip flop digital file
Did you know you can purchase this cut file for a mere $1.50?
And it is so easy to make.!!

I used some paper I have had in my stash forever it seems.
I cut it down from it's 12 x 12 size to 8 1/2 x 11 to fit my printer
I didn't use the Explore for this one, just cut it by hand...easy!!


I stitched around my flip flop with a multi color thread.
The little sequin flowers are from Paper Sweeties and called Tuti Fruiti.
The ribbon is from the ribbon club I belong to at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I added a little tag punched with a tiny SU tag punch, 
the "hello" is also from SU.
To finish I adhered a flower 
with a "snippet" from a silk flower I had been saving!

Take a peek at what my "sistahs" have created to inspire you at 
The Sisterhood....and join in the challenge with us!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Beach Wreath

This is my post at the
for our newest challenge
using the inspiration photo below.
You can use my code DIANE-10 any time
to save 10% off your order.



Hi, Diane with you today.
This week our challenge theme is A Day At The Beach.
Isn't that a pretty beach scene?
I wish I were there right now!


I started my card with an 
Impression Obsession Cracked Paint Cover A Card stamp
stamped with Unicorn ink for the background.

The wreath was made with Impression Obsession Twig Wreath,
which I cut twice and layered.
The cute little shells, starfish, and sand dollar are
Impression Obsession Mini Shell Set.


to form both the starfish and the sand dollars,
it just gives them both a nice, natural look.

The sentiment is one I have had from Technique Tuesday.

The bird is Impression Obsession Shore Birds.

Thank you for visiting with me today...
I hope you will join in our challenge with us!

Entering the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers .... Water
Artistic Adventures .... ATG
Simon Says Stamp Monday .... "I" Scream For (ink)