Saturday, April 25, 2015

Flowering Almond

This is my post on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog today.
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Hi there, Diane with you today.
Don't you love Springtime with all the buds and blooms?
I certainly do and in the Spring  in Michigan
we have a Blossom Queen and parade each May.
some of the beautiful blossoms here are
Flowering Almond as shown below.

I had a what you might call a light bulb moment
to make a few Flowering Almond blossoms of my own.
What is rather unique about these, is what I used to create them with.
When you receive an order from Classy Cards 'n Such,
it always arrives beautifully wrapped in pretty pink tissue.
I decided to not waste it and make a few flowers with it, recycle is always good!

To start I cut 3 layers of the tissue, stacked them
and used Heartfelt Creations Botanical Wings die to cut them.
I pulled all the layers apart,
then used a bit of Art Institute Adhesive in the center of each flower to adhere.
Once almost dry, I fluffed and crunched up the petals to get my blossoms.

I embossed a background with Cherry Blossoms EB folder by Anna Griffin.
That was topped with Joy! Crafts Billies Circle die.

I cut a few branches using Impression Obsession Large Bird on a Branch die.
I snipped the bird off on each branch, poor bird, I do that to him a lot!

I then added my blossoms, and 3 butterflies cut from Joy! Crafts Fantasy Butterflies.
The sentiment is from the JustRite stamp set Floral Basket
which was embossed using Sparkle N Sprinkle Silver Detail embossing powder.

I hope this helps you to rethink your own packaging
and recycle into something beautiful!

Don't forget we have a weekly challenge.
We would love to have you join us!

Entering the following challenges:
Dazzling Diva #72 .... ATG or Mothers Day
Crafting By Designs .... Mothers Day

Friday, April 24, 2015

Make A Wish

Happy Friday!!!
Today is the last Friday for April....
Can you believe it....where "does" the time go!

It also is my last post for April as Guest Designer at Sparkle N Sprinkle.
However ..I am still guest designing there 2 more months...yay!!

Today I have my second card I made using the beautifully detailed
"Old Well" stamp set.

I colored the image with my Copics,
then added Brushable Glue on the leaves
and dabbed on Parisian Mist glitter.

I used the same Brushable Glue for my die cut butterfly
only this time using Cherry Lemonade glitter.
I did the same for the water in the bucket and the little
die cut bird I added, using Misty Blue glitter.
The sentiment was stamped with Versafine vintage sepia
and fussy cut out.
The entire panel was adhered to a card stock with Tear-ific Tape.
This is a beautiful stamp set, one of four that were released for April.
It not only has the image and  sentiment I used, 
but two bunnies and three additional sentiments to choose from.

Make sure to stop back on the evening  of April 30th
to see our new "May Reveal"....
it is one you won't want to miss!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Love Is A Four Legged Word

Hi there, this is my post on the Dies R Us blog today...

Happy Thursday, Diane with you today!

I had a bit of "happy" mail the other day with some new
dies from Dies R Us!!

I have been "hearting" the "stitched" dies
and could hardly contain myself when they arrived.

I used Cheery Lynn Designs Horizon Fishtail Banners
for the background.

Then came my new Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers!
I cut two of these and stacked one on the other.

I cut the Graphic 45 Raining cats and Dogs image using

A few images from the same paper were "fussy cut",

then popped up for a bit of 3D effect.

To finish, I simply added a paper bow
using Cheery Lynn Designs Pretty Bows.

Thank you for visiting with me today.....

Visit our Dies R Us Challenge Blog, join in,
and you could be the lucky prize winner!!

Entering the following challenges:
Little Red Wagon ....Seeing Spots
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG/Family Friendly
Fan-Tastic Tuesday ...ATG Twist Stitching Faux or Real
Melonheadz Friends .... 2 or More Designer Papers

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Totally Teal

Happy Day All!
It's time once again for a new challenge at 
Darlene is our hostess this week and she has chosen
as our theme!

I have to admit, there are two kinds of cards I am not good at
one is "guy" cards and the other is "monochromatic".
Don't ask me why, but I think it is my "straight line"!
So did I struggle with this card?
You betcha!
I actually stamped way in advance, added the ribbon and then 
let it sit for about a week and a half, 
trying to decide if I liked it so far..LOL

Well, it was getting down to the wire so to speak, so I persevered on,
ending with what you see here!
The card base is SU Bermuda Bay.
I have a ton of color card stocks 
and I am giving them my best effort to use them!

The background stamp is a Hero Arts.
The ribbon is SU and the flowers are from Michaels.
The butterfly is a very old Stampabilities, it says 1999 on it!!
So, that is how this card came to be!

Now head on over and see the beautiful creations at
"The Sisterhood" that my "sistahs" have to inspire you!

Entering the following challenges:
Addicted To Stamps .... ATG
Crafter's Cafe .... Ribbon/Lace
Crafty Creations .... Seeing Spots...use Dots
Clear It Out ....Mothers Day/Stash Flowers

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sweet May

This is my post at the 
Classy Cards 'n Such blog today 
for our latest challenge using the inspiration photo below.

Don't forget, you can save 10% on your entire
CCNS  online order anytime by using
my code DIANE-10.

Hello Classy Friends, Diane here with you today.
This week our challenge is an inspiration photo
with an option to add Dogwoods or Cherry Blossoms.

Being Spring is finally here and I know my own Dogwood will
be in full bloom in the next few weeks, I was inspired to make
my own Dogwood blooms.
Here is a photo of my blossoms  from last year.

And, here is my card.

 I used Spellbinders Dogwood die, cutting the petals from crepe paper.
I inked the petal edges with Fired Brick Distress Ink.
The stamens were dipped in glue, then in lemon flower soft.
Tip: (I wanted to mention, you could use this same die to make a
Cherry Blossom, just by cutting and adding an extra petal.)
I set these aside to dry, then embossed my cream card stock 

I cut a pretty a panel from Bellisima A5 Paper Pack

The Sweet May words are from the Graphic 45 Time To Flourish paper pad.
A little butterfly was added, 
using the smallest die from Joy! Crafts Butterfly Trio
I simply finished my card with a bow.

Entering the following challenges:
2 Crafty Girls .... Springtime
Card Mania .... Flowers
Craft-Dee Bowz .... ATG with a handmade Bow
The Paper Girls .... April Showers Bring May Flowers
Pile It On .... April showers Bring May Flowers
Creative Card Crew #85 .... Sentiment
Little Scrap Pieces .... Show It Off Linky Party

Thank you for visiting with me today...and I hope you will join in our
challenge with us...we would love to see your creation!!

Please read the rules/requirements HERE
before entering...thank you!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Farm Chicks~A Blog Hop With Crafty Secrets

I'm taking part in the Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop along with the rest of the crazy creative designers on the Crafty Secrets Team.  Each design team member has used the new Farm Chicks Digital Art Stamps, or the new Digital Chicken Farm Print paper...or both to create a fabulous chicken themed project to inspire and delight you!   If you are coming here from Darlene's  BLOG, then you are right on track. If not, you can go back to the Crafty Secrets Blog and follow the links.

Every great blog hop needs a prize, and one lucky winner will receive their very own set of the Farm Chicks Digital Art Stamps and the digital Chicken Farm Paper, too. To win, simply visit every blog listed below and leave a nice comment.  Then, finish up this hop on the Crafty Secrets BLOG and let us know that you've visited and commented on all the designers’ blogs.  The winner will be randomly chosen from one of the blog comments on one of the designer's blogs.  How fun is that?
From here, you should strut on over to visit Elizabeth's fabulous blog.  She has a wonderful project to share with you, and is the next link on the hop!

Just a few things about my card for today.
I printed the background paper,
which is part of the Farm Chicks stamp set
on a yellow card stock.

The hen and chick are from the Chicken Farm Paper.
I printed it in a smaller 4 x 6 size 3 times,
then cut just the "chicks' out,
popped them up for a 3D effect,
but I also used Ranger Crackle accents
on the top piece for a bit of texture.

The Farm Fresh banner is from the
farm chicks stamp set,
which I printed on aqua paper.

To finish I made a few Daisy flowers
and added a bow from the April Ribbon Club Release
from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

From my "old" stash a black mini clothes pin and
3 stick on buttons were added.

Have fun on the hop...and good luck...
I hope "you" win!!!

Don't forget
Your next stop should be Elizabeth's BLOG!!

Entering the following challenges:
Great Impressions:  Eggstra Special (Spring)
Creative Knockouts .... Texture (crackled chickens)
Scrap & Craft .... Ribbon/Twine

Fragrance of Spring

Hello "Shabby" Friends, it's time for a new challenge at 
This week our theme is "Welcome Spring" using the inspiration photo below.

I used SU Pink Pirouette card stock for my card base.
A floral designer paper from scrap the bin went on next,
which I trimmed out with an SU scallop eyelet punch I have had forever!

In my stash I found some small ATC size chalkboard card stocks.
I think I bought this about 3 years ago at Hobbylobby.
It certainly feels good to get it out and actually use!

I stamped a sentiment on using Memories Unicorn white ink.

The focal image is a beautiful digital by our sponsor using Tea Flower Tag.

I printed the image twice, then fussy cut out one bird for the image
and a second bird to "perch" on the flowers.

Now it's your turn!
Head on over to "The Shabby Tea Room"
and see what other beautiful creations the "shabby girls"
have to inspire you.

Join our challenge with us, we have a lovely prize from our sponsor!

Entering the following challenges:
Pixies Snippets Playground ... ATG with snippets
Come and Get It .... Things That Start with "B" (bow,blue, birds)
Pile It On ....April Showers Bring May Flowers