Saturday, November 30, 2013

Christmas Bell

Today at Classy Cards 'n Such lots of dies
 are 17% off)
and don't forget to check the clearance section for even more savings!
Below is my post for today at Classy Cards 'n Such!

Hi, Diane here with you today on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog.
Do you have your Christmas cards done yet??  I am still working on mine.
I made a simple, fast, but "classy and pretty" card to show you today.
Embossing on plain white card stock, I added an intricate bell from
Cheery Lynn Designs "Bow and Bell".  Not only do you get the bell die,
but the bow as well.  Being the delicate die it is, I recommend using the
cuttlehug when running it through your die machine.
Now, I have to tell you about the bow.  You know the red velvet ribbon
you see sold on rolls for your outside wreaths?  This is what my "bow" is
cut from, giving a "velvet" texture to the card. don't you love the look of it?
I also added a sentiment from the Flourishes set "Country Time Christmas".
I added a real jingle bell , but for easy mailing purposes you might want to add
one of the "Jolly Jingle Bells" from Memory Box.
I hope you have enjoyed todays post and will be back again soon.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday Sale at Classy Cards 'n Such

Why go out in the crowds, when you can sit in your "jammies" like me
and shop the Black Friday sales online......
speaking of....
Classy Cards 'n Such is having a great BFS....
for 23% off your entire order use code 2013BlackFriday, ends midnight tonight
for free shipping on your entire order use code FREESHIP-ALL
good through Monday Dec 2nd.
plus don't forget to check all the other sale items...
like those Cherry Lynn dies 40% off...
go on, head on over, what are you waiting for...
you know you want to!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas Candle ~ A Gift

This is my second post for today....
I should be cleaning my house for my guests since we had to move
our Thanksgiving to here...
but I like to live on the edge so to speak..LOL
I saw this challenge at Stampendous Impressions....
to make a "handmade gift"
I have a "love" thing for their stamps...
I have been doing my best at "collecting" them...
Last year around Christmas time I picked this one up....
a Christmas background!!
I decided to do the easy peasy "stamp" on a candle technique...
well, easy, but I always seem to "heat up my hand" along with the wax paper.
These make such perfect gifts...and I love how this one turned out!!

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas's cold outside here in Michigan....
We were to go to the lake house for Thanksgiving...
We had guests coming to stay...
After much debate due to the weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow...
we will have to cancel and stay home...
weather?.....7 to 12" of snow here......
not good driving conditions at all, especially when traveling with a dog and 3 cats!!
I made this card for the challenge at

Joan's Gardens

I like the simplicity of it.....
I always seem to have a cat at my tree at one time or another...
so I just had to add a "purrty" kitty!!
I sponged TH tea dye ink on my kitty, adding a few stripes.
the challenge is....
any colors
use a tree
use a window
use a product sold at Joan's Gardens.
I visited with Joan a few weeks ago and picked up this yummy pad of paper
by Authenique called "glistening" is the prettiest 6 x 6 pad of soft tones
of blues and tans which is what I used for my "wallpaper" and
my window....
The outside scene is a poppy stamp...
The kitty is an IO die
and the tree is a Memory Box die
the clock was added to my wall as I felt it just needed something in that spot.
That's it...hope you like it...stay warm!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Snow Scenes Ornament

My card below is on the blog today at
Classy Cards 'n Such
and there is a sale going on with select
Cheery Lynn dies 25 to 40% off...
and while there you can purchase the beautiful Flourish set
I used on my card below and save 10%
on your purchase using my discount code DIANE-10.

Hi, Diane here with you today on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog.
One of my favorite color combinations for Christmas is silver and pink.
However, those colors don't fit in my home, being a log home, at all.

But I can pacify my love of it by creating cards in those colors.  Which brings us
to today's card!  I love a vintage look and when I saw the Flourishes "Snow Scenes"
stamp set Beverly has in her shop, I knew it was for me.
I started my card with a plain white card stock, adding a piece of design paper I
had on hand.  It was adhered with 1/2" Scor-tape.  On top I layered a gorgeous
doily cut from Cheery Lynn Designs Pinwheel Doily with Angel wing
(and this doily is on sale in the shop right now).
I cut an ornament for Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornaments.
I stamped my cute little children building a snowman from the Flourishes set "Snow Scenes"
with Versamark, then heat set with a silver embossing powder.
Around the edge of the ornament I added Art Institute Adhesive and sprinkled
that with the gorgeous Tim Holtz Distress Glitter Spun Sugar!  I tied a real jingle bell
to the bottom, but you could use the Memory Box Jolly Jingle Bells for mailing purposes
To finish off my card I added 3 snowflakes from
Cheery Lynn Designs Snowflowers set #1 and Snowflowers set #2 I covered with glitter..
I think it turned out beautifully. 
I hope you enjoyed today's post and will "see you" again soon!!

I am entering this in the Cheery Lynn Designs challenge
 "non traditional" Christmas colors


 in the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge "Winter Scenes"

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Christmas Wreath

We have our power back...yeah!!!
After four long days, I can finally have a somewhat "normal" life again.
It's amazing how our lives revolve entirely around "power"

I have many wreath dies, which I love, as you
can "season" them up (as I call it) for any season you choose
I love the simplicity of this wreath, actually wish
I had a real one to hang in my home for the holidays.
Can you believe how soon Christmas will be upon us?
What is your favorite memory for Christmas?
One that maybe you still carry on yet today?
Mine is how on Christmas Eve we always went to the candlelight
service at church...
I loved that, it was so peaceful, so beautiful, so what Christmas
is really about.
Today, my husband and I still go
to a candle light service at this small country old church.
A church we don't belong to, but they open their arms to us on this special night
It is usually snowing, blowing, but so worth the effort.
After the service we all stand in a circle around the entire walls of
inside the church with lit candles and sing Silent Night...
now that is Christmas!!!

Anyhow, entering my card in the challenge at City Crafters...
which is week #186 and "decorate it" make a project or card with a wreath.

I did a very CAS card.....easy to mail...
Products used are SU card stock Tempting Turquoise
Impression Obsession Wreath die
Memory Box Precious Stars

Saturday, November 23, 2013


Okay, first I have to say, this is not my usual style, not by any means...
but when someone puts a challenge out there, I had to jump right in!!
Not only is there a challenge at Papercrafters Corner for Magazine Monday
using the cover shown below, but my friend Dar challenged me to do it....
how can a girl resist.
I looked and looked at this cover, and it had to be one of the hardest yet!!
But, then I remembered years ago, before our wonderful scrapbook store
shut it's doors, they had a paper crafters "garage sale" of sorts.....
you could bring in all your  unwanted stuff, they gave you a number and you sold it...
I had picked up this HUGE bag of old labels and vintage prints and such...perfect
for this here it is...
I focused on the words, colors, the photos  and just the vintage feel of it...... 
the center photo is an old playing card, the jack of hearts to be exact!!

Fall ~ Holiday Wreath

Sharing with you my post  that is on the
Classy Cards 'n Such Blog today.
Go to the "Store" and take a peek at all
she has on sale this week and
don't forget by using my code DIANE-10
you can get 10% off your purchases!

Hello, Diane here with you today on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog.
Today I have a fast and easy card to share with you, though it looks as
if you spent hours creating it!!  It took me about 30 minutes to create!

I first embossed my white card stock, then drew a light circle on so I would
have a starting point for my wreath.  I had a button jar sitting on my table,
 so I just traced the lid from that.
I used the Cheery Lynn Designs Wreath Strip to cut my twig branches.
I cut 6 strips, you get 3 large branches and 4 small, all from one Wreath Strip die cut.
Each twig branch has a little piece on the end to connect one to the other with a brad
if you want, but for this design, I snipped each off, it only took a couple of minutes to
do that.  I placed all the bigger branches on first, then filling in with the smaller ones.
To adhere the branches, I put some Art Adhesive glue on my mat and dipped the ends
only of the branches in it.
I know it does not show in the picture, but I "painted" Stickles here and there to give a
bit of  "sparkle" to the wreath.
I added a bow and left my wreath, as is, but you could decorate anyway "you" want
by adding Pearls or Rhinestones to change the look.

I am entering this in the challenge at City Crafters to "decorate" a wreath.
Hope you have enjoyed my quick project for today, and try one yourself.
See you soon!!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tags for Christmas and The Power Outage

First up I made a couple of quick tags for the challenge at Impression Obsession
using two of their new dies I just received.   I had been wanting that little sled one
"forever"...but it was "forever" sold out where I came in the mail yesterday....
 perfect timing, as it was a nice "pick me Up" I needed just about then!
and the cute little igloo I picked up a week or so ago.  the sentiment on the sled tag
is also an IO stamp from one of their grab bags of stamps I purchased
The challenge is to make a card, tags or gift.......due to my not so wonderful start
of the week I choose to make tags....
Now onto the power outage.
I am sure you all have seen the terrible storms the Midwest had on Sunday, and the homes
destroyed in Illinois and Indiana....I feel terrible for them...we lost our power
and though it is an inconvenience, we at least still have our homes!
Our power went out on Sunday around 3:15pm and it is to be on no later then Saturday is/has been a hard week.  We heard the storm go over and about 8 miles straight
east of here they had a F1 tornado touchdown.   
We were lucky.
I am sharing a few photos of my week so far (don't laugh)!!
The first is after the storm early Sunday morning around 5am I saw this in the sky...
it put on quite a show...beautiful...
I did not alter this photo in anyway....
Next picture is Sunday night...self explanatory
Then is the wire mess of a generator...
Monday the DH had had it, and bought this...this is what we are living with for the week.
So there you have life as it is right water, no toilet (ahem)..nothing to
cook with...but I do have our lives, home and we are safe...I am grateful!!!

Country Time Christmas

Sharing with you all today, my post up on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog today.
There will be a sale there soon I will let you all know about...but right now if you sign up
for her newsletter, you will receive a one time 20% discount off your entire order...
please tell her "Diane" sent you!!
Hello Friends,
It's Diane with you today on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog.
After making  more involved cards lately, I decided to share with
you an easy card today.....easy, but it still "packs a punch" so to speak".

I started out with a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" white card stock.
Sponging TH Distress Inks Spun Sugar on first, then Evergreen Bough next.
Using a black ink I stamped an image from Flourishes Country Time Christmas
on top of the sponged ink.  I like how it gives a soft, muted look to the card front.
I went over various parts of the trees with a Sakura Gelly Roll Pen, giving a bit of
shimmer to all the trees...
I used 1/2" Scor-tape to mount the card front to a black piece of card stock,
and 1/2" Scor-tape once again to mount the piece to the front of my card....
To add a bit of texture, I cut my deer from cork,
 using a die from Memory Box called Deer Trio, only using the Doe and Fawn.
I used a gelly roll  pen to make a few spots on the fawn.
To finish the card I added a bit of twine, tied on a bead
and had a fast and pretty holiday card.
I wanted to mention the Flourishes Country Time Christmas set has several
beautiful Christmas sentiments included with it, which will help making your Christmas
cards fast and easy.
Thank you for visiting and hope to "see you" back here soon!!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Nutcracker Gift Card

I took some time out of my creative room move this morning to do a few
fun challenges...
I have to say though, that I LOVE my room moved to where it is now.
I have my computer right before much better....
the only downside is the crazy cats!  Now that this room has carpet in it
they like to hang out with me...a lot!!
That's okay, but they get into everything!!
For today I made this cute little nutcracker card, that will hold a gift card
in it's envelope...these little envelopes are from Webster's Pages new line
"a Christmas story" well are the papers and the little button I tied on...
The rosette was made with the TH mini rosette die from a SU scrap piece of DP
I am entering this into the challenge at "The Kraft Journal" to use any sketch
which brings me to the challenge at "Seize The Sketch #8"....a perfect fit for my card!!
I hope you all had a good week, mine was productive in the sense
 that I got more things moved into my room, the hubs got one of my two lights hung,
and he took my paper stacker apart and rebuilt it for me, I got all my November
design work done and submitted for Classy Cards 'n Such (whew... a relief) and they turned out wonderful (pat on the back), talked to Dar of Dar's Crafty Creations on the phone....
yep, it has been a pretty good week...
see you to Home Depot!! (I'll show you what for later)!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thanksgiving Traditions

HI, just wanted to share my post that is on the Classy Cards 'n such blog
today...I made a bit of fun décor for Thanksgiving...if you could,
I would love for you to pop over there and "leave me some love.
Also don't forget, by using the code DIANE-10 you can save 10% on
your orders there, and she also has a great sale going on, too, check out the home page
and the clearance items.
Hello, Diane here with you today on the Classy Cards 'n Such blog
to talk and share a bit about one of my favorite Holidays..."Thanksgiving"!!
It's the time of the year where you can sit down with family and friends,
count your blessings, be "thankful" for what you have before you,
 and let your creativeness flow.
I love to make most of my holiday decorations and with all the wonderful
dies and beautiful papers available to us, it is an easy task!!
We have good friends coming to stay with us over the holiday, so I decided to
make a group of Thanksgiving décor.
First is the invite itself.....if you "know" me, you know I love to think of ways to
use my dies for other ways then they were intended for....
I started with the gorgeous Champaign Neenah Pearlized Metallic 
paper Beverly stocks in her store.
I love this paper, it is a nice weight and  quality that has metallic shimmer for
making classy and elegant cards.  I embossed it first, then added a Fanciful flourish from
Cheery Lynn Designs.  My turkey was made with one of the leaves/petals from the
Cheery Lynn Designs Build A Flower #2...I used 12 of the larger leaves, and 2 of the smaller
just building the turkey as I went...easy...easy!! ( I have a little pattern at the end of the post so
you can see what the body looks like.)   The sentiment is from the set Autumn Blessings by
Flourishes.  Adding a couple stick pins and a snippet of a bow and my invite was finished.
Next is a candle ring made with Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas  6x 6 paper pad and Authentique Tradition  6 x 6 paper fact, all the designer papers used in all the projects are from these 2 collections.  I cut out numerous fall leaves from the Impression Obession leaves dies
 It might look like it took long, but in reality it was only about 10 minutes or less of cutting.
I traced a small plate for my base and just started adding flowers around it, leaving room for the candle.  When I had all the leaves I wanted, I just cut an X in the center, big enough to slide
the candle in.  This could be decorated more if you wanted, with berries and such.
Using some of the left over leaves I made my napkin ring by cutting a strip of paper and
gluing a few leaves around it...very quick and easy.
Last are just simple little candy cups to set at each place setting...a few left over leaves glued on as well.  I will use these items for my dinner with friends.
  I hope you enjoyed my post and it has inspired you to get creative for the Holidays yourself!!
Here is the turkey body pattern.

I am entering this into the challenge at

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Coffee With Friends

Hello All,
I am still working on my creative room "exchange"...
tonight the DH is going to move my lights, yeah, then maybe I can see what I am doing!!
I had to put it off for a bit to do some DT am not sure when I can get back to it.
I did manage to get a black eye from my "moving" event.
My "laziness" caused me to have my paper stacker fall over on me and hit me
in the eye, let alone dumping ALL my DS paper helter skelter.....
AND...the fact that the entire thing came apart and not so mechanical "me"
had to figure out how to put it back together....ugh...
So, last night, just to pacify myself, I actually put a card together for a challenge.
I used to never, ever miss the Flourishes challenges, but it has been awhile
So, I came up with this card for the challenge "Grab A Cup"
I don't know about you, but I love any kind of coffee, teapot, cup stamps!!
I started my card on SU Very Vanilla cardstock with a piece of paper that
I received in a package of goodies I won from Simon is so pretty!
I already had my Cheery Lynn Designs Fanciful Flourish cut, and the bow
was one I had made up..that ribbon came from gingham ribbon!
My birds are a MS punch...and the coffee cup is a Flourishes Stamp from the set
"Coffee With Friends"...I think this might be one of the very first stamp sets
I purchased from Flourishes....I stamped it and fussy cut it out.
I even finished the inside of my card!!
Well, that's it for now...back to work !!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

A Fall Gathering

Hello Friends, it's Diane here today with you on the
Classy Cards 'n Such blog to share my latest fall creation!
I don't know about you, but fall is "my" favorite time of the year.
All the pretty colors, crisp, fresh air, pumpkins, flannels, and just being outside to
harvest what you can.  Have you ever taken a walk through the woods and "gathered"
bits and pieces of fall??  That is what my card is about today.  The "simple things in life"!

The first thing I found on my "walk" was a "pine branch" by Impression Obession....
then there were a couple of discarded "feathers" by Cherry Lynn Designs...aren't they pretty?
This is a brand new, just released die called "Quills & Ink Pot"
A few more steps and I found the most beautiful "Maple and Oak" leaves by Impression Obession
and laying close by was a "nutty acorn" by Memory Box!
My pine branch, leaves, acorn, and feathers were all painted the colors of fall with
 Autumn Brilliance Twinkling H2O's.  Have you tried these yet??  Once you use them, you will be pulling them out to use over and over.  There is a wonderful selection in the store here!  a quick "tip" for their use....they will arrive "dry", just lightly spritz with water, then paint them on....when done, just leave the lids off until they are dry...just that simple!!
The pretty ribbon I used is textured two-tone by May Arts, and the beautiful sentiment is from the Flourishes
set "Autumn Blessings" which I stamped with Dew Drop Brilliance Cosmic Copper.
I hope you enjoyed your walk in the woods with me.....see you soon!!


Good Sunday Morning to you my friends!!
If you read yesterdays post, you know what I have been up to.
I decided to take a much needed and quick break from the project
I mentioned in yesterdays post that I am working on.
I have enjoyed the blog "Our Wonderful World" since the day it began.
I don't always have time to comment or post, but I ALWAYS have time to look
at the lovely photos of our beautiful world.
I had every intention to submit photos last week, even made an effort to take them...
but that darn old time factor got in the way again...
So this week I am sharing a few of my own "ETHEREAL" photos with you
from Michigan...I hope you enjoy them!!
The first photo is of the Mackinac Bridge, if you are not familiar with Michigan
this bridge connects the lower half of Michigan with the upper.
The bridge is 5 miles long one way.

This next photo is one I took last winter from my window in February....brrr!

this photo was taken in February as well.
I stepped out my slider to capture it.
and lastly I wanted to share with you a beautiful video I hope you will
watch, listen carefully and enjoy as much as I did!!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Michigan Wonders

So if you all have been wondering where I have been lately...
come on I "KNOW" you miss
I have been switching my creative room to a back bedroom...and it has been a HUGE job
plus the fact, that I have almost killed myself in the process.  My DH is gone, has been since
Wed and will back tomorrow afternoon, so I have been hustling to get this done...
well, guess what, "it ain't gonna happen".....!!!
What a BIG job, what a BIG mess I have created.....
yesterday while moving an 800 pound table, (I know it weighs at least that much)
I used those mover thingies you see on TV....all good, but when I came thru caring a big load,
including my Big Shot, I stepped on one and went a** over applecart you might say.
Hit my shoulder on the window sil, slammed my good hand and the knee I had already
injured a month ago, into the HARD ceramic tile floor, and my Big Shot went "sailing"
as well....lets just say it came out of the "mishap" better then me....
I just can hardly stand it, I have 6 November DT projects to turn in (due Nov 1)
and several challenges I wanted to do, and I here I sit in my mess that looks like
right now a hoarders house that blew up (or maybe that's threw up)!
So I am leaving you with a bit of Michigan humor (sadly it's all true)
to get you thru what I am sure you are having (Diane withdrawal)....
to be 58 to 60 here today, and artic weather starting on Monday...that's Michigan my friends!!
MICHIGAN, according to JEFF FOXWORTHY: If your local Dairy Queen is closed from September through May, you may live in Michigan. If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don't even work there, you may live in Michigan. If you've worn shorts and a jacket at the same time, you may live in Michigan. If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you may live in Michigan. If "vacation" means going anywhere North of Grand Rapids for the weekend, you may live in Michigan. If you measure distance in hours, you may live in Michigan. If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you may live in Michigan. If you have switched from 'heat' to 'A/C' in the same day and back again, you may live in Michigan. If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you may live in Michigan. If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both doors unlocked, you may live in Michigan. If you carry jumpers in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you may live in Michigan. If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you may live in Michigan. If the speed limit on the highway is 70 mph -you're going 80 and everybody is passing you, you may live in Michigan. If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, you may live in Michigan. If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, you may live in Michigan. If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car, you may live in Michigan. If you find 10 degrees "a little chilly", you may live in Michigan. If you actually understand these jokes, repost this so all of your Michigan friends and others can see, you definitely do live - or have lived - in Michigan

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Winter White Bendi Card

Just wanted to share with you my post at the Classy Cards 'n Such
blog today.
Hello, it's Diane here today at Classy Cards 'n Such blog
to share with you a wonderful card I have made using
the "Bendi Card" tutorial that is on "Splitcoast Stampers", there is also a video  
that is by the designer of the tutorial.  I suggest you watch the video as it is very informative.

I have seen a few versions of this card, in fact while visiting with
my friends from 3 other states to share ideas, not only did I bring this idea along,
but so did one of the other girls with a different version!!

This is really an easy card to do, I did learn a few tips along the way I will share with you.
I think the hardest part is deciding which dies to use!

For my card, I started with white cardstock and covered both the front and back pieces.....
For the outside I used a glitter paper, but it was a very thick paper Tip: I would choose a
thinner piece next was hard to get it to bend.  The inside was covered with a piece
of paper that I  had on hand...that is what  is so fun, you can use anything you choose!
The dies I used on the front of my card are Winter Cabin Landscape by Memory Box
 and Tall Birch by Memory Box
Inside I used

I am giving you a quick tutorial of the measurements to start with.  The way you decorate it
is up to you.  The ideas are endless with all the wonderful die cuts we can purchase.  I will list a few links below for ideas.
You will need to start with a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock.

Cut this piece at 4 1/4", leaving you with 2 panels measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

Cut one of the panels at 2 1/2".  You will now have 1 piece for the base and two pieces for the swinging flaps.

Score 1/2" on each end of the swinging flaps.
Trace a line lightly with pencil at 1/2" at the opposite side of the scored line. Tip:  I made my line slightly wider as I wanted my flap a bit bigger.

  Hand "free cut" two notches. 

Trace a line with pencil on the base piece of cardstock 4" from the end. Tip:  I made mine slightly in more, as I wanted a bit more of a "bend".  Trace a line on the left swinging flap (the bigger one) 2"
from the end.  Mark with pencil on top of those two lines where you will make the slits for the notches to be inserted.  Cut the slits with a hobby blade.  Tip:  I lined up my flaps even with the bottom, and the notches to the markings, so I knew exactly where to cut my slits.

Erase all your pencil lines and marks.  Add Scor-tape to the end of flaps on the scored side.
Hand draw the "valleys" at the top of each flap.  Cut "inside" the trace line, adhere flaps to the
base card.  Decorate as desired.

   A tip for decorating, when covering your slits with paper,
remember to flip your card over and recut them, and also don't cover up your slits with tape, pop ups, etc. when decorating.  Most of all have fun!!

Here are a few links for suggestions for your own Bendi card:
these are just a few suggestions, there are many, many more!!!
Thank you for visiting with me, I'll be back with more inspiration soon!!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Santa Bingo

I just finished this card by the seat of my pants to get it posted to
the challenge at "Merry Monday" which is "Santa"
you can see my glue isn't dry yet!!
The little Santa Bingo card is from October Afternoon.

I am also entering this in the challenge at "City Crafters"
which is "game night"