Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ivy Vine Wreath

This is my post on the Dies R Us blog today.
I encourage you to "pop" on over
and not only see my post, 
but what the other Design Team girls
have as well...
 beautiful creations and inspiration for sure!!

Welcome Thursday and Dies R Us Friends!!
Diane with you today to hopefully inspire "YOU"
to get creative with the dies!!

I LOVE the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson dies
and after "seeing" Sue Wilson "herself" use this die
to make a wreath, I knew I wanted to make one as well!


To start, I first used two of the circle dies from
to cut a "frame" of sorts to build my wreath on.
I can't draw a free hand circle, 
so this was a very handy way to form my wreath.
By laying one circle die inside the other, I had an "open"
frame to work with, allowing the paper to show underneath!

I cut 3 of the Creative Expressions ivy vines from the
I cut them apart in about 4 pieces each,
then sponging  shabby shutters distress ink on.
I arranged them on the frame, (TIP:) slightly gluing here and there
 allows the leaves to pop up!


The card seemed a bit plain, so opted to add a few of
the ivy corners, pearls and a butterfly cut from Joy! Crafts butterfly die.

Thank you for visiting with me today.....take a peek at the Dies R Us store.
It is amazing how many different dies are in stock!

Don't forget we have a weekly challenge with a fabulous prize.
Come back and visit weekly to see all the beautiful designs the other
Dies R Us girls have to show you!!

Entering the following challenges:

Dazzling Diva Challenge #67 & 68 .... ATG or Spring
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG
Tip Top Tuesday .... Buttons or Bows
Monday Morning Challenge .... Think Spring




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Come Fly With Me

Hello Friends!
I am the hostess for our challenge at "The Sisterhood of Crafters"
and the theme I chose is "Come Fly With Me"!



When I chose this as our theme my idea was a hot air balloon
or something to that nature, but then remembered I had this
"hadn't been used" and "much neglected"
 Stampin' Up elegant bird die!!

I cut my bird from a scrap of SU paper, 
and had a great time embellishing it with a feather,
My Favorite Things flourish, tiny yellow crochet doily,
yellow Rose, and a few tiny leaves.


The background is from an Impression Obsession gingham stamp,
stamped with SU Groovy Guava ink.
I stitched this onto SU So Saffron card stock a couple of times.

The sentiment, I love!
It's from B-Line Designs.


I finished with a bow and a few large sequins.
I really love how this card turned out!

Pop on over to "The Sisterhood" and see what my
teammates have to inspire YOU to join in!!

Entering the following challenges:
NBUS .... Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon .... Bright Spring Colors
Papertake Weekly ....A Cut Above~(Die Cuts)
Monday Morning Challenge .... Think Spring
Monday Mood Board #8 .... Inspiration Board


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Garden

This is my post today for our weekly challenge
"Fancy Pearls"
using the inspiration photo below.



Remember, you can use my code
DIANE-10 anytime to receive a 10%

Hello, Diane here with you today
with my card for this weeks challenge
"Fancy Pearls".


I created a fun garden scene!
I loved the tiny butterflies on the background paper I saw
as it reminds me so much of my own garden in the summer
full of butterflies.
This pack is full of soft and subtle designs.

No garden is complete without a bench, 
to rest your weary bones on after a day of gardening,
cut from Luminized Curious Metallic 92 # card stock. 

Behind the bench I tucked a birdhouse using
Three little birdies were added using
Impression Obsession Small bird Set.

The flowers are Blooming Violet by Memory Box.
Yellow pearls were added to the flower centers,
which are actually White Pearls, colored with a yellow marker.


My own garden usually has a cat or two roaming around in it,
so to make the card complete I added a cat from
Impression Obsession die set.

Thanks for visiting with me...!!!

Entering the following challenges:
Card Mania ....Spring
Crafty Card Makers .... Spring Has Sprung
One Stitch At A Time .... ATG With Nature




Sunday, March 22, 2015

Little Goosey Gander

Spring is right around the corner, well actually it is here
but for some reason Michigan doesn't seem to know it yet...lol!!

Maybe I should of said Easter is right around the corner!!
Which is far by more true!!


Which ever, I made a pretty Easter/Spring card for Crafty Secrets this week!
I love this adorable image of a little girl and her goose friend!!
The image came from Creative Scraps Spring/Easter
I added a bit of glitter to the image, which I know you can't see.
But all the flowers and the goose himself are nice and "sparkle-y"!
I used a what I call an embossing panel,
one of those "strip" type folders,
and Cherry Lynn Designs  Horizon Fishtail Banners on
digital papers from Crafty Secrets Pastel Paper Pad and


I dug in my mountains of already cut "stuff"
and pulled out a little picket fence and a hopping bunny.
The little flowers are from my "do-dads" drawer.

I added a sheer polka dot bow, 
(I only have a small piece left...boo hoo..I love this ribbon)
and a butterfly!!

Thanks for visiting....
I'll have a new Crafty Secrets post on March 29th...
you won't want to miss it!!

Entering the following challenges:
Come and Get It .... Things With Wings
Robyn's Fetish .... Add A Bow
A Gem of A Challenge .... Pretty In Pink
Send A Smile For Kids .... Pastel Colors
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge .... Pastel Shades
 Cupcake Inspirations #302 .... Color Inspiration

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Egg Hunt

This is my post for Classy Cards 'n Such today.
See anything you like?
You can use my code DIANE-10 at the Classy Cards 'n Such Store
anytime to get 10% off!!

Hi Diane here with you today!

It seems Easter is earlier this year,
but still plenty of time to order your Easter stamps and dies!


I made a cute little Easter egg hunt scene.
I cut about five sets of Impression Obsession Grass.
This grass die is a taller grass, perfect for adding to the back of a scene.
I layered it on, one over the other.
In front I added a smaller strip of grass using

Now, the fun part!
I used a new die from Impression Obsession
This is a two die set, the little girl and the eggs.
I cut her a second time to paper piece her dress
and a third time to paper piece her basket.
I added a bit of blush to her cheek.


The eggs were cut twice and I colored them with markers.
Some I put in her basket, the rest I hide among the grass.
This is where the tweezers from Paper Blossom Tool Kit come in handy,
to pick up those little eggs, dip in glue and put them where you want them.
A good glue to use for this is Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.

I added a few little extra grass pieces and bunnies from

To add a bit of color and fun, I cut 5 small clouds from

Don't forget to join us for our weekly challenge,
we have an inspiration photo to get you inspired
and a fabulous prize offered each week...
just be sure and read the challenge rules!

Entering the following challenges:
Simply Create Too #81 .... Easter/Bunnies
Cute Card Thursday .... Spring Fever
Double Click Skittles .... Bunny~Basket~Easter
Fresh brewed Designs  .... Eggs
ScrapyLand .... Spring or Easter~Dies
Simon Says Wednesday  .... Spring Pinterest Inspiration


Friday, March 20, 2015

You Sparkle

Hello Sunshines!!
Today is the first day of Spring and a new challenge at

"Celine'" is our lovely hostess and she has chosen
"Girly" as our challenge theme!



I have been in the lilac/lavender mood lately and
once again went with those colors.....
I think it must be the colors of  hoping for
Springtime!!

I used a pretty metallic background paper
and for the life of me, can't remember the name!

I cut a glittery lattice die background using


My little sparkle "girlie girl" is Paper Sweeties Emma
die and stamp.
I hand sewed her a little glittery tutu and cut her a tiny crown!

Two twinkling stars were added along with the little Roses!

See those little ballet slippers?
I embossed them with some yummy lavender glitter!!

Pop on over to the Fussy and Fancy blog and see all the gorgeous
creations my teamies have for you...you will be "WOWED"!!

Entering the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments .... Two Word Sentiment
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge .... Mother's Day/Female
Scrap & Craft .... Flowers
2 Cute Ink .... Glitter

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Lambs

Welcome Spring!!
Are you as ready for Spring as I am??
This is my post on the Dies R Us blog today.

I went with a cute "Spring Scene" for my card today!



I couldn't resist this adorable die set from Frantic Stamper " Easter Icons".
It's the cutest set that comes with the lamb and tulip I used,
plus a carrot, bunny and basket!!

I cut 3 little lambs and added a tiny bit of black and pink card stock
behind the eyes and  mouth!


Every little lamb needs some grass to munch on,
so I added Impression Obsession Grass  which I cut six times!

I tucked six little red tulips in among the grass....
I sure hope these little guys don't munch these up!!!

Behind the grass, I added an Impression Obsession Large Fence,
we wouldn't want those little lambs to escape, now would we?

A few fluffy clouds were added using Memory Box Cloud Bank.

Take a few minutes and pop on over to the Dies R Us store.

There are so many dies there to choose from, all at fabulous prices!!

Don't forget we have a Dies R Us challenge blog,
where you could win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store!!

Entering the following challenges:
Scrapyland #14 ....Spring/Easter
Crafters Cafe .... Season You Are In (Spring)
Fab 'n' Funky .... Spring Into Color
The Paper Shelter .... Spring Delights
Word Art Wednesday ....ATG
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge .... Spring Pinterest