Sunday, February 1, 2015

My Valentine Wish

Happy first day of February (or Super Bowl Sunday if you prefer).
My plans for this day are to first watch "Kitten Bowl" on the Hallmark channel at noon!!
Then I will be in my creative room working away!

Have you noticed some "new" things on my blog??
I did some very much needed "Spring" cleaning.
First I went to a plain background, I just think it sets off my work better.
Then I attempted to make my own "header" in PicMonkey..
You will see the 2 side cards change out for various occasions!
I LOVE is clean and simple and not too bad for my first attempt!
I also took my numerous, numerous awards and put them in a tab at the top.
I plan to list only about 6 weeks worth of those along the side of my blog
then add those to the Top "Accomplishments" page!
It was the only way I could think to do it, to keep my blog clean.
I still have most of January's to add, so I am a bit behind in that!!
The last thing I decided to do, was to go back
to the "large" format of the size of my
photos, verses xl.
I think I like it better!
I would LOVE to hear your feedback on all of the above!

Okay on to today's card that I did especially for the challenge at "Cardabilities"
using this sketch below!

I am really getting into sketches lately, on my "off" days,
This sketch was a beautiful one to work with!!

I made my card a bigger 5 1/2 x 5 1/2
with soft suede on very vanilla.
The next layer is from a gorgeous pack of  Kaisercraft "Key To My Heart"
collection I purchased from "Classy Cards 'n Such".
I spend forever picking "just the right" paper and then as my friend Dar says
"I always cover it up" VERY true...LOL.
This paper was no exception, 
you should see all the glorious design under the hearts..oh well, it happens!!

Then comes the fun part, the hearts themselves!!
Have you seen ALL the new heart dies this year??
They just make my "heart" "flutter" ......
I purchased about 7 new ones and have been just "itching" to use them.

So what did I do, I pulled out my faithful and beautiful OLD
But, "lookie" how pretty they are, how could I not.....well I did add 2 new dies being Memory Box Loveland Corner and the second
is MB Love Connection...I love, love this die!

The graphic and sentiment are both from Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments collection.

The bigger hearts, one is cut on a corrugated paper 
(though my Big Shot rather smooched it down when
and the smaller heart is cut from the same gorgeous Kaisercraft paper pack!
My finishing "act" is a small bit of vintage
jewelry.  This piece was an earring.
I just snipped the screw on back off
and glued it on.  I hit the garage sales
in the summers looking for things like this
to use on my creations!!

The inside.

I am entering this beauty into the following challenges:

Cardabilities .... Sketch #116
Inkspirational .... #75 Rose Colors
My Sherri Crafts .... #149 Valentine's Day
Fun with Shapes .... Valentine
Simon Says Challenge .... Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter .... Lots of Layers
Word Art Wednesday .... Anything Goes


Contagiously Crafty said...

Utterly adorable card- the die cuts go so well together. So glad to have found you through Simon Says Stamp!

Contagiously Crafty said...

Utterly adorable card- the die cuts go so well together. So glad to have found you through Simon Says Stamp!

Virginia L. said...

Love the gorgeous and intricate details! Your layering and use of elements are superb! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge!

Darlene said...

GORGEOUS! Amazing how different we each interpreted this sketch! LOVE every beautiful thing about this creation! STUNNING!!! and very inspirational!
And as far as your new blog look ... yes it is VERY YOU! Clean lines that showcase all your beautiful art work. Love your new header look and thanks for inspiring me to give it a try too ... Guess we both needed to do a little 'spring cleaning'! LOL

Lisa said...

What an absolutely stunning card!! The hearts are gorgeous!! I love the vintage Valentine!! All of the details are just perfect my friend!! This is amazing!! Love, love this!! I love the new blog makeover, too!! Have a great day :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Leslie Miller said...

First of all, this card is GORGEOUS! All the elements are exquisite in their glittery shabbiness. LOVE it so MUCH! Those faithful old Spellbinders are very pretty! I'm not familiar with them. My only hearts from SB are really old and not very fancy. Love those two connecting hearts, which I gather are the new ones. Now, I do love the new look of your blog. The header is great and so is the clean background. I like the size of the photos, too. I generally click for a closer view, anyway. It's nice when it all fits in one view. Lookin' good, Diane!

Ros Crawford said...

Love your new look blog!! In fact I love all the changes so there!
Gorgeous card Diane ... I can see you love Valentines and hearts ... you old romantic!

Kim M said...

Beautiful card! So many wonderful details. Thanks for playing along with us over at Inkspirational! :-)

Cards By MI said...

Cute card lovely colours. Thanks for playing with us over at the Paper Shelter.
Love n hugs

Glenda said...

Gorgeous card! So many pretty details! Thanks for sharing with us at My Sheri Crafts!

Glenda's Cards

Pulsatilla said...

WOW - your card is very sweet!!! A wonderful creation!!! Thanks for joining us at fwSAM!!! hugs, ANDREA

Carole Wright said...

wow this is fabulous, love all the details, gorjuss. Thank you for using our sketch at CARDABILITIES. x

cohenna said...

Beautiful card. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Cardabilities :)

zetkaArt said...

Lovely card! Thank you for joining us at Cardabilities :-)

Yvonne Garner said...

How absolutely divine! Thank you for sharing with us at Inkspirational