Monday, July 6, 2015

There's A Whole Lot of 'Shakin" Going On

Hi All.

I hope you all had a pleasant and safe 4th of July.
Ours was uneventful except we had "drop ins"
all 3 days the hubby was home.
I was a bit annoyed by some of it as I have a ton to do
not only for design teams, but for a family cookout I am
hosting next Saturday...I mean it was crazy busy here!

So that brings me to my card I made today for
This week it is Christmas In July.
I made a shaker snow globe...that actually was very quick and easy.
I had to use the PDF file and cut it by hand.....
I just haven't had a minute to use/learn my Cricut Explore,
but Regina has great information on it on her site.
I plan to spend an entire day learning it after the cookout!
But. lucky for me, these files not only come in SVG, but PDF as well!

I used  Impression Obsession dies for the inside, 
along with a bit of "snow" glitter.
Can't you just imagine how many different scenes you can create with this?
I can hardly wait to make more!
The cut file comes with an entire set of files to make
a mitten, tree, snowman, the snowglobe, gift box , stocking, bulb, and bell.
It is called Christmas Shape Shaker Cards Set.....
you can also purchase them individual.

on the 7th all the designers will have their Christmas In July projects
all in one place to inspire you!
Just by leaving a comment, you could win 3 cut files of your choice!

"Time For Fun" Linky Party With Crafty Secrets

Hello All,
Being the first Monday of July,
it is the day of our new challenge at
Crafty Secrets!

Our theme for the designers this month is
"Time for Fun"
meaning Travel and Vacation....
or as I like to call it....
Summer Fun!!

In keeping with the theme
I decided to make a "faux" alligator suitcase!
How fun is that!!!

I used Digital Radiant Paper Collection
for the base of the suitcase....
such a pretty, pretty color!
The little luggage tags were cut from 
Heartwarming Vintage Cuts "Adventures & Travel".

Now let's get started on how I made it!

First I used a Sizzix die.
I bought this die right after Christmas
on the Sizzix sight.   It was originally
$59.95 on sale for $5.00
wow...who doesn't love a sale

Now just finish/assemble your project....have some fun with this,
it is so EASY!

Here is a side view.

View from the top

Back view

Now it’s your turn! Visit each of the design team blogs listed below and leave them a nice comment. . Then create a NEW project of your choice featuring ANY Crafty Secrets product and link it up to the blog ( no later than 11:59PT, Sunday, July 19th. 

You do not need to follow this month’s theme to play along, but it’s always fun if you do. You may use the free paper and image found on the Crafty Secrets blog, or dig into your Crafty Secrets goodies and create your own challenge. You MUST use Crafty Secrets products to eligible to win the prize.

Be sure to link to the Crafty Secrets Blog in your post, and let us know what Crafty Secrets product you are using in your project. One lucky player will be randomly selected to win a wonderful digital prize package. 

The winner will be announced on the Crafty Secrets Blog on Wednesday, July 22nd.

Now go get your craft on!

'Sweet As Sunshine" Challenge At The Shabby Tea Room

Happy Monday and welcome to a new challenge at 
This weeks challenge is "Sweet As Sunshine"
using the inspiration photo below!

Our sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps.

I chose "Yummy Cupcake" for my digital stamp to work with.

Looks good enough to eat doesn't it?
I printed the cupcake 3 times, then paper pieced it.
For the frosting I used my Marvy Snow Marker.
You just apply it, then heat set it and it puffs up.
I think this is a pretty cool thing to have and
you can find one HERE if interested.

I added Sparkle N Sprinkle Gypsy Red glitter for the cherry.
The doily and fishtail banners are Cheery Lynn Designs dies.
The banners were cut from "snippets" of paper
from my "red" scrap bag.
Yes, I have all my scrap papers sorted by color,
organized, aren't!!

I embellished with a few sequins, buttons and a bow.The bow is made from SU Real Red Satin Ribbon
I have had in my stash forever (and it's almost gone now)!
The little square button is from a SU
Simply Sent card kit from 2006...
yikes, that button is 9 years old!

Now head on over to The Shabby Tea Room
and see all the other creations my "shabby"
teammates have to inspire you. 

Entering the following challenges:
Pixie's Snippets Playground .... Week #184
Shopping Our Stash .... Baubles, Buttons or Bows
Craft-Dee Bowz .... ATG With a Handmade Bow
Scrapy Land .... ATG
My Time To Craft .... Paper Piecing
Sparkle N Sprinkle .... Loose Glitter

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Hello Daisy

This is my card today at the
You can use my code DIANE-10
anytime to save 10% on your order.

Hello, Diane with you today!
I have a bright and cheerful card to show you.

I stamped a Heartfelt Designs Daisy Flourish,
then colored it in with  Copics.
Even if you are not the best color-er (like me),
this stamp is super easy to color in!

Once the image was colored, I used a Wink of Stella glitter pen
here and there for a bit of sparkle!

The frame was cut using Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight.
I like to stamp my image, then cut the label
so as to get perfect placement.

A Joy! Crafts Butterfly trio butterfly was cut from
I added a bit of bling to that.  I used the polka dot
butterfly in the trio, which I thought was a perfect
match for the background paper which is
Authentique Latest and Greatest.

The sentiment is from JustRite Hello Daisy stamp set.

To finish I added a ribbon from RRR and

Thank you for visiting with me today!

Entering the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge .... "J" is for Jewels
Butterfly Challenge .... Butterflies & G is for Gems
Little Tangles .... Die Cutting
Mod Squad .... Pattern Paper
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge .... We're Going Dotty

Friday, July 3, 2015

Just some Stuff

Howdy!  I didn't have a scheduled post today, so am using this opportunity to
tell you about a blog hop "coming soon" and show you a few of my "kitchen garden" flowers!

First about the hop.
Die Versions and Sparkle N Sprinkle have joined forces for a "cancer awareness"
blog hop to start on July 31st at 9pm and will end August 3rd.  
There will be a prize awarded
just for  leaving comments along the way.  

When in selecting my supplies, 
we were given a link to a calendar of different cancers
we could select to make awareness of.  
I chose the month of September, as I have known
someone with every one of those cancers.  I found the list to be very shocking!
I think the first thing we (I) think of when doing a cancer awareness is always breast cancer....
maybe because I have known many people 
that have survived this (and some not) terrible disease!

So please mark your calendars for July 31st - Aug 3rd and hop along with us!

I also wanted to mention 
that while leaving a DT duty comment today, 
I came across"THIS POST"....give it a read, 
and why not at least buy the digital to help....
it is so cute and very useful too!

These are just a few of my flowers in what I call
my "kitchen garden"....
this garden has all my herbs in it
which I love as I can just open the slider
and "harvest" what I need!

Have a great Friday!!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Summer Days

This is my card on the
Dies R Us Inspiration blog today!

I have another "summer" card today.  
I stamped a scene using a "never been inked"
Sheena Douglas Peaceful Lakeside stamp set.

Using  Tim Holtz Distress Markers,
I water colored the image.

A few fun "details" were added using 
for the Lighthouse, Ship's Wheel and the Anchor.
I cut the lighthouse twice,
once from a navy blue card stock
and again from a recycled piece of packaging,
then offset it a bit.
The anchor was cut from a silver shimmery paper.

No beach scene is complete without a few beach birds, 

A piece of twine was tied to finish it off!

Don't forgot to visit Monday-Friday, as we have a new
inspiration creation each day!

Join in our "Dies R Us" challenge blog and "YOU" could be our next
winner for a gift certificate to the Dies R Us store.

Thank you for visiting with me today....

Entering the following challenges:
Allsorts .... Blue as The Ocean
Cards 4 Guyz .... Something Beginning with "B" (birds)
City Crafters .... Nautical
Addicted To Stamps .... ATG

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Petunia Basket

This is my post at the
for our current challenge using the inspiration photo below.
Don't forget, you can use my code DIANE-10 anytime
to save 10% on your order!

Hi, Diane with you today!
This week our challenge theme is Purple Ride.
Now, doesn't a purple bike sound like fun?

I started my card using a pretty A5 Bellisima designer paper pack
for my background.
Using  So Silk Fabulous Purple 130# card stock,
I cut a bike with Impression Obsession Bicycle Die Cut Set.

I added a Memory Box Woven Basket die cut from
Pearlized Esse White 105# card stock.
An alternative basket die cut you could use is 
Memory Box Bountiful Basket.

I filled the basket with tiny Impression Obsession flowers,
that had been colored with PanPastels Flower coloring kit-Susan's Gardens,
using the Magenta color included.
The center of the flowers have tiny Black Pearls.

For a pop of color I added a tiny butterfly cut from
Memory Box Butterfly Heart.
A quick note on this die, is I die cut it, then I just
snipped off tiny butterflies as I needed them,
making this die useful in a very different way!

A few greens were added to the basket, then I finished with a sheer
bow that I added a Lavender Pearl to the center.

Thank you for visiting with me today!

Entering the following challenges:
Pixies Snippets Playground .... Week #183
Simon Says Stamp .... Summer