Monday, June 30, 2014

June Blog Candy

Here is my June blog candy....
To be in the running, all you have to be is a follower of my blog....
it's that simple.....
The first name I draw is the winner, even if you have won before,
even if you are international...what could be any better....
This month the lovely prize is the "Ranger Mini Blending Tool....
I have a couple sets of these...and love them....
that is what I give away...what I love to use....
Good luck!!

The May winner can be found HERE.....

"Sketch This" at "The Shabby Tea Room"

Good Monday morning to you...
or maybe it's afternoon or evening depending where you live.....
Can you believe it is already the last day of June....
I sure hope we have a long summer and fall!!

This week at "The Shabby Tea Room" our challenge is "Sketch This"
using the sketch below....

 We have a new (to us) sponsor this week "Bossy Joscie"
I chose the pretty "blueberry flair button" for my card.....

I flipped the sketch around a bit to suit my design...
which is one nice thing about a sketch.....
you can pretty much do what you want with it!!

I used the gorgeous Graphic 45 Botanical Tea papers
and stitched around both panels....
I love how the pretty blue satin bow makes the "Bossy Joscie" button the focal point!!
You will see me using several more of these "flair" buttons in the weeks to come...

I encourage you to visit "The Shabby Tea Room" 
and see what all the other shabby girls have
to inspire "YOU" to join in with us....
my goodness, so much pretty talent there, not just with the DT, 
but with the entries as well!!!

Entering in the following challenges:
Inspirational Challenge .... Blue With White/Cream
Crafty Ribbons ....Stitching Real or Fake and a Ribbon
Cute Card Thursday .... Circles

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hello To Sequins

Hello Sunshine!!!
Isn't this just the neatest die?
I LOVE it!!
I cut it out of a "velour" yellow card stock.....
so fun!!

This week at the Friday Mashup the challenge #166 is 
Sequins and Hello/Hi.....
use one or mash them up and use both as I did!!

since I have suddenly acquired a fair amount of sequins
I figured this was a great challenge to play in!!
These pretty little sequins came from Lawn Fawn

My paint spatters are an SU that thing, too!!

Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday.....
we are headed out this afternoon for a grad party for twins!!

I will see you all here tomorrow for my Shabby Tea Room post
and don't forget, my blog candy ends tomorrow!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Friend Will Always Be There

Happy Saturday Everyone...
I hope you are having a fun and creative day.....
It is a bit gloomy here today and a whole lot humid...
with a bit of "sprinkles" in the air...
we are to have T-storms later this afternoon.....

I have lost my mojo it seems,  I often wonder where it goes....
I guess we all need a "vacation" at

I have a HUGE list of things I need to be doing
but decided to look through my challenge list,
pick one and maybe that would give me a "jump start"....

I chose the "June" monthly challenge at Viva la Verve.....
I used the "week 4" sketch and created my card with bits and pieces
and a few little "Nature Walk" journaling cards from" Pretty Little Studio"

here is the sketch if you would like to join in.....

I also wanted to share a few of my surprise  lilies...
I call them that as last year I purchased a bunch of them color unknown
at a markdown of 50 cents a pot at Lowes.....
I actually had forgotten about them until they started coming up...
most of these are from my "kitchen" garden....
I call it that as I planted herbs and such outside my kitchen deck
and it grew into a full fledged

I also have a "Clematis I am showing....growing in the same garden....
I'll be back tomorrow hopefully with more flowers to share if you "want to take a peek"!!!

Friday, June 27, 2014


Classy Cards 'n Such is looking to add a few new designers to the team
If interested you can find all the info HERE.....the last day to apply is
June 27th...good luck
This will remain at the top of my blog until the closing date!!

Don't forget to sign up for my blog candy...
all you have to do is be a follower!!

Beautiful Baby

Here is my card that is posted today at the
"Hop" on over a leave a comment if you would like...
better yet, why not join in the challenge before it ends!!

Hello Classy Friends....
Diane here with you once again with my "Beautiful Baby" card
I did for our challenge this week at Classy Cards 'n Such
"Sweet Baby"....

If you know me, you know I like to get a lot of "mileage" out of my dies....
always trying to think of unique ways to use them besides what they
were intended for...
it's like a personal challenge all of my own...LOL!!

So, all that being said, I came up with the idea to use a Spellbinders Heart Circle die
and making it into a baby "buggy" by cutting a "wedge" from one side...
I used the smallest die in the same Spellbinders  Heart Circle die for the "wheels"....
I added a bit of braid trim I had on hand and added the cutest little bunnies
bunnies can be for more then Easter!!

The gorgeous papers I used are as follows:

We would love to see YOUR creation in our challenge this week....
tell your friends...there always is a "FAB" prize!!

Entering the following challenges:

The Card Concept ... Oh Baby .... Clean and Layering

Southern Girls .... Punches or Die Cuts
4 Krafty Girls .... Anything Goes
As You Like It Challenge ....Your Favorite Die and Why.....
my favorite is Spellbinders (all of them, actually) this one for the sweet little
hearts around the edges!!!
Aud Sentiments .... Use a "Two Word" Sentiment
Cute Card Thursday .... Circles
Little Red Wagon .... Animal Antics

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Thinking of You

Hello Friends.....
The weeks seem to be flying by as it is already time for another 
This week our hostess is Micki and the challenge theme is "MONOCHROMATIC"

I seem to not have a problem doing this type of card without trying...
but give me a challenge where it is required and I seem to draw a
I had some old, and I mean old textured SU card stock, which I ran through my
Zutter DIA and some of it distressed well, but not all, I went with it anyways!!

I stamped Memories Unicorn white ink using another very old SU stamp "Baraque Motifs"
Last year I had purchased a Heartfelt stamp and die flower set I "just had to have"
and just finally used
I layered my flowers and you can't really see it in the photo, but all the flower tips have
Stickles lavender on them!!
The bow is a last of of a scrap I had...hurray!!
The sentiment is from a set I won called "Precious Rememberance Shop" "Friend"

So, come on over to "The Sisterhood" and see what the DT has to inspire you this week!!

Entering in the following challenge:

The Crafters Cafe .... Polka Dots and Ribbon

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

~~~~~~ Enjoy The Journey ~~~~~~

Rain rain go away....
come again some other
It has rained nonstop here for 2 days....
I am thinking of going shopping for an "ARC"!!!
But, at least I can sit in my "room" and create for a bit!!

I made this "somewhat" monochromatic card for the challenge at 
"The Butterfly Challenge and the NBUS challenge Darnell has
going at her blog..

I am hoping my card meets the "monochromatic" rules...
but most will let you include "neutral" colors as I did (black and white)

Quite awhile back I bought these lovely KaiserCraft papers and ephemera
and have somewhat been hoarding them, why I don't!!
I have to admit putting this card together using these was extremely fast....
however, it took me forever it seems to choose the layers I wanted to use.

 I also want to mention, be sure to sign up for my blog candy HERE....
Classy Cards 'n Such is having a DT call
 (if you like FREE supplies and discounts, you might want to apply)
there is a fabulous prize being awarded!!!

Entering in the following challenges:
The Butterfly Challenge .... Monochromatic and of course use a Butterfly
NBUS ....Never Before Used Stuff and a card for a friend
Word Art Wednesday .... Anything Goes #137

Monday, June 23, 2014

"Party Time" at The Shabby Tea Room

Hello my "shabby" friends....
This week at "The Shabby Tea Room"  "Debbie" is our hostess
and the theme is "Party Time"!!!
Debbie has asked us to use the photo below for inspiration
and create a "Birthday" card or project using pink, green and polka dots!!!

Our sponsor this week is Digital Papers by Janet

Wait until you see what the "Shabby Girls" have come up with to inspire you.... don't want to miss the awesome inspiration!!!! 

I love the beautiful, vintage look of the digitals Janet has in her shop....
I choose a Rose print paper that I stitched onto a piece of Graphic 45 paper....
Isn't it pretty??

I used a much neglected MS punch for an edge underneath and then started building
my flowers on top.
I used various dies which I will list below.....
but check out that paper bow...I used the same digital paper ....
just love the soft, pretty look of it!!

I invite YOU to join in with the shabby girls this week.....
we would LOVE to see your projects!!

Dies used:  Cheery Lynn Mini Flourish, Stacker Flower #1 Leaves, Pretty Pretty Bows,
Tropical Leaves, Wreath Strip, Gardenia Strip Small, Memory Box Tall Chloe Stem

Entering the following challenges:
Sugar Creek Hollow .... Floral
Crafting From The Heart .... Anything Goes
613 Avenue .... Anything Goes / optional "Pink"
Cupcake Inspirations .... Inspiration Photo

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Make It Monday at Papertrey Ink

It is a nice hot and sunshiney day here today!
A good day to stay in and create I think!!

Okay on to today's card.....
I haven't participated in a challenge in a very long time at Papertrey Ink....
but I do subscribe to them as well as "Melissa Phillips" blog.....
and this week Melissa is hosting the challenge....
I also saw on my friend "Ros's" blog that she had done an awesome card
with the technique and last minute I decided to give it a try...

I have to admit, most of the Papertrey stamps I have weren't suited too well for this...
but I used what I had (maybe it is time to purchase a few new Papertrey stamps)!!

Items used to make this card are as follows:
Papertrey Ink Items:  simply chartreuse luxe satin ribbon and vintage buttons
                                 stamps Friendship Jar Fillers and Garden Variety
Anna Griffin Embossing Folder
Pebbles Chalk Ink
Melissa Frances Vellum Tag Pocket

~~~~Wedding Bells~~~~~

I am not suppose to be here....
I was out of town for our anniversary and had a little mishap
at our "North" house....
coming down the stairs Friday night, I "mis-stepped" and fell down
the steps, landed on a half wall and injured my ribs....
so much for us going to Mackinac Island, we packed up the car
and headed home on Saturday.....
I am better now...sore, but better and so mad at myself for screwing up our plans!!

I got up early as it is hard to get comfortable to sleep, so I put together
a wedding card.....

I kept it more simple, making it an easy "mail-able" card....
I used the GORGEOUS Cheery Lynn Designs Beautiful Bells Doily die....
I used a Sizzix Frame EB folder called Scallop Oval Lace....
I thought it was  perfect with all it's little embossed  hearts on it....
I added a few pearls and a sentiment from Heartfelt creations....

I know you can't see all the "glorious" shimmer, but the entire card is
made with SU "Shimmery White" card stock...I love this stuff!!

Entering in the following challenges:
Cheery Lynn Designs .... Wonderful  Weddings
CCEE Stampers .... White

Friday, June 20, 2014

In My Garden

at Classy Cards 'n Such
you can find all the info HERE
Hurry, it ends June 27th

Hi All....
Here is my post that is "live" today
at Classy Cards 'n Such.....
go take a peek!!

Hello Classy Friends, 
Diane here with you today, and do I ever have something pretty to show you!

I remembered a technique I did a year or so ago
where you stamp an image on Heavy Weight Vellum Card Stock
using Versamark ink then emboss with a White Fine Detail Embossing Powder.

Once you have heat set your embossing powder, then you can start coloring
with a few shades of ink, starting with your lightest shade and adding darker
for a contrast.  The color is applied with a Q-tip....wiping your image with a paper towel
as you color (this step just takes the ink off the embossing only.)

The image I chose is a new "in store" stamp by Stacey Stamps called "Roses"
I used only two colors of inks on my image, as I wanted a soft look.

The sentiment is one I love, being a gardener myself.
It is a B-line Designs stamp called "My Garden of Flowers"

I finished off my card with a pretty sheer bow and a gorgeous Heart Ribbon Slide
and added a few Silver Rhinestones at the bottom!!

I hope you will give this technique a try as it is so fun.  Be sure to sign up for the
Classy Cards 'n Such newsletter and you will receive a one time 20% off your order...
plus will get weekly specials delivered right to your email!!
Don't forget we have a weekly challenge , why not join in with us!!!

Entering the following challenges:
Our Creative Corner .... Orange 
Wow Embossing Powder ... Gardens~Must use a Heat gun or Wow product
YNS Challenge .... Color inspiration photo

Creative Knockouts ....Embossing
Word Art Wednesday .... Anything Goes

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Feeling A Little Bit "Krafty and Shabby Chic" Today!!

How is YOUR day going???
I am getting ready to head out tomorrow for a few days
so am trying to work on a few things before I go..... 

I created these very sparke-ly Roses yesterday....
let them dry overnight and just had to use them today.....
I have to admit I am "sort of" addicted to the Cheery Lynn Designs "Gardenia Strip"....
it makes the most easy and gorgeous Roses!!!

I "built" my Roses using a SU paper and added "Tropical Tangerine" Stickles
however, I think I got a bit carried away with the!!

The base of my card is "KRAFT" card stock...
which I embossed before adding all the other details!!
I used Cheery Lynn Designs Olive Branch die and Margarita Border
and a bit of lovely twill ribbon from Paper Sweeties
The papers are from Classy Cards 'n Such and are Prima Zephyr
The vintage image is from Crafty Secrets
to finish I added the little heart's a Prima, too
and a few MS mint pearls....

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs .... Keep It Krafty
The Kraft Journal .... Shabby Chic
Divas By Design .... 3 or More Layers
Craft Your Passion .... 3 or MOre Embellishments
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge .... Anything Goes


Are you all enjoying your summer (almost) weather??
I know I am, the warm temperatures sure can put me in a good mood...
(and I need all the help I can

On the hot days I spend time looking at all the new "goodies"
there are to goodness how do they keep coming up with all
these new ideas??

I did a card for the challenge at "Joan's Touch" this week.....
it was a super quick and fun card....
you can find all the info HERE if you would like to join in....
and also for the challenge at
Stampendous .... Dads and Grads
and for 
Darnell's blog...have you ever been there?
My goodness she is such a "hoot"....
I sometimes read her posts to my Mom as they make us both laugh....
go and take a visit there, you won't be disappointed!!

I used one of the wonderful Memory Box stencils "Stars Star Flash"
which I sponged some TH Distress inks on for my background
so very easy...have you tried these?...

My stamp is a (are you sitting down?) 1998 Stampendous ....
really, I have had it that long 
and I think this might be the first time I have used it!!!
But I LOVE is going to stay out for another card or 2!!

I added some MS punch anchors and then decided it was done....
drawing the attention to the stamp as the focal point....

Don't forget I have BLOG CANDY going until June 30th....
just read the simple rules at the top of my blog and sign up....
Also Classy Cards 'n Such is having a Design Team Call ....
go HERE for all the details

Entering in the following challenges
NBUS ....Anything Goes

Stampendous .... Dads and Grads
Joan's Touch ..... Scenery Stamp, Layer as Shown, Any Color
Addicted To Stamps .... Outdoors
Craft A Scene .... By The Sea
ABC Challenge .... "N" is for "Nautical"

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Just Because

I wanted to mention that Classy Cards 'n Such is having a 
Do you want to be a "CLASSY GIRL"
Go HERE for all the info and good luck!!
(hurry though, it ends June 27th)

This is my post live on the Classy Cards 'n Such  blog today.
Take a peek at what the design team has to inspire you!!
Don'r forget to sign up for my June blog Candy too,
the post is always at the "top" of my blog!!

Hello Classy Friends, Diane here with you today with my card for 
this weeks challenge to use "Rub Ons or Stickers"

Beverly has a wonderful supply of both the outline sticker sheets and rub ons
I chose an outline sticker for my card called "Daffodils - Various in gold
These are also available in a silver outline if you prefer.
I have really grown a fondness for these stickers and find them very easy to use
and when finished they are stunning.

 For my outline stickers I peeled them off 
(and a little hint, they are a bit static-y so if you slightly
wet them with your finger ...very slightly...they will relax and stick on perfectly)....
I stuck mine on a piece of Scor-Tape Sheet (this is like scor-tape but comes in a sheet)
then covered it with micro-fine warm white glitter.....
Once I was satisfied I had the glitter down good, 
I colored on top with permanent markers
then I peeled it off and stuck it onto white card stock and hand cut around it.

I set these aside and cut an A2 size card from
Banana Split Pop Tone 100# card stock...
I covered the front of my card with paper from Prima "Zephyr"  6x6 paper stack
I used a 1 3/4" round punch and punched two circles from the front of my card....

Using Joy! Crafts Foam pads small, I "popped" up my finished sticker pieces......
Stamping my sentiment on one of the left over circle pieces, I mounted it onto my card....
The card was finished with 2 layered butterflies from "Butterfly Trio", cut in leftover
pieces from my card front and a scrap of velum and a scrap of black

I would love for you to join us for this  weeks challenge...
we would love to see YOUR creation!!

Entering in the following challenges:

Butterfly Challenge .... Butterfly bingo...die cuts~butterfly~ designer paper
Crafting From The Heart .... Anything Goes
Craftin Desert Diva's .... Craft It Up Linky Party..Favorite Color "Yellow"
Crafty Card Makers .... Circle Cards and/or Circles On Card
Love To Create .... Anything Goes
Sparkle  N Sprinkle .... Loose Glitter and/or EB Powder and/or Flocking
Word Art Wednesday .... Anything Goes

Monday, June 16, 2014

Mini Bakery

Happy Sunshiney Morning to You!!!

This week at "The Shabby Tea Room"
our hostess is Rebecca and her theme is "Pretty Gifts and Packaging" 
using the gorgeous inspiration photo below

  Our sponsor is "Creations by AR"....
I chose this adorable little "mini bakery"....
oh my, it is so cute and so easy to make...

I used the PDF file for mine and hand cut it......

I love how the top opens and the front flips down...
leaving the entire decorated top "undisturbed"!! 

I purchased Ferrero Rocher chocolates to fit in mine...
I used a 1 3/8" circle punch and my candies fit in perfectly...
it will also hold mini cupcakes if you prefer!

I had fun decorating the top of my box with some Graphic 45 Botanical Tea paper,
a handmade Rose...a few leaves, gorgeous gingham ribbon and my
"spiral" stars!!

I invite "YOU" to join in our challenge this week...we would love to see your projects
and you just could win a lovely prize from "Creations by AR"!!

Entering the following challenges:
Emergency Crafters .... Not A Card
Flat Friends Challenge ....Anything But A Card
Really Reasonable Ribbon .... Anything But A Card and Ribbon
A Gem of a Challenge .... Gingham Ribbon and/or Design Paper