Tuesday, September 29, 2015

So Thankful

This is my post on the
For our newest challenge using the inspiration photo below.
You are welcome to use my code
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10% on your order!

Hi, Diane with you today to hopefully inspire YOU
to join our challenge this week which is Feeling Fall-ish!

I put this card together first by using a
Sizzix Susan's Garden Laurel Wreath embossing folder.
There are numerous embossing folders in the store to choose from.

I embossed it on  Champaign Neenah Pearlized Metallic card stock.
So very pretty with an elegant shimmer.

The pumpkin was cut with Memory Box Stitched Pumpkins,
using the largest of the three.
The card stock I used for the pumpkin  is Cryogen Curious Metallic,
giving the pumpkin itself a bit of shimmer.

The tiny flowers I cut using the Impression Obsession Hydrangea Set.
Each little flower was colored with Pan Pastels Flower Coloring Kit.
The colors from the kit I used are Orange and Red Iron Oxide.
I also used the  Paper Blossoms Tool Kit and
the Paper Blossoms Craft Molding Mat to form my flowers.
A suggestion if purchasing the Pan Pastels,
a good idea is to also purchase the PanPastel Lids.
These keep you colors nice and tidy and safe.

For the leaves I used an Impression Obsession Small Flower die set.
The branches are Memory Box Meadowbird Branch.

To finish I added a last snippet I had of orange ribbon
and a sentiment I had on hand.

Thank you for visiting with me today!
Entering the following challenges!
Crafty Sentiments .... Autumn Leaves
Pixie's Snippets Playground .... ATG
Die Cuttin' Diva's ... ATG
Try It On Tuesday .... Autumn 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Loads of Fun

Happy Fall to you!!
This is my post on the
Classy Cards 'n Such blog today!
You are welcome to use my discount code
DIANE-10 anytime to save 10% on your order!

Hi, Diane with you today!
It's hard to believe that Fall is almost here.....
time to start thinking about making a few Fall cards 
and with all the dies available, it couldn't be any easier!

I started my card with a cream card base
topped with paper from the Authentique Collection called Faith.
I stitched it onto my card base for a bit of a frame.

I cut three trees using Impression Obsession Fir Trees.
The Impression Obsession Truck , I wanted a metallic look, 
so I used Echo Bronze Stardream Metallic for the truck,
Silver Rhinestones were used for the hubcaps.

The pumpkins were so fun!
I used Impression Obsession Pumpkin Patch die,
which cuts several at one time in various sizes and shapes.
The pumpkins were cut from Mandarin Curious Metallic.

I added a stamped sentiment from Flourishes.

The tree, truck and pumpkins were all popped up
A little tip in using the foam pop ups,
is to use a marker the color of what you are popping up
on the foam pad sides, as then it will not be noticeable on the card!

Thank you for visiting with me today!!

Entering the following challenges:
A Gem of A Challenge .... Autumn 
Simply Create Too .... Autumn Splendor
Jo's Scrap Shack .... ATG

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Spooky Fun

This is  my card n the
hope you like it!!

Hi there and Happy Thursday to you!

I am trying real hard to get my Halloween cards made on time for once!
Dies R Us has oodles and oodles of Halloween/Fall dies to choose from.

I started my card with black card stock 
and a snippet of paper from the scrap bin!
I tied a piece of Halloween twine around it and added a little tag.

I used one die for this card, 
Die-Versions Sweet Petites "Fall Festival".
I cut this die first on craft foam, then from black card stock.

After adhering those 2 pieces together,
I cut each little image separately, then paper pieced them.
It really didn't take long at all to do it,
and it is a great way to use up those "snippets" of papers.

I think this die looks good just "standing on it's own"
without anything else to fancy it up!

There are several of these edge/border dies to choose from.
If you type in "Sweet Petites" you can see them all!

Visit us here Monday - Friday to see lots of awesome inspiration from the DT.
We have a challenge going on at the Dies R Us Challenge blog....
more inspiration to be found there, and a prize to be won for joining in!
Thank you for visiting with me today.
"I" will be seeing you next Thursday...hope to see you here!

Entering the following challenges:
Whimsy Stamps & Inspiration .... ATG/Halloween
The Crafty Addicts  .... ATG/Spots/Stripes

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Let's All Go To The Pumpkin Patch

Welcome to the first day of fall!
I have been busily decorating my house for Fall
(well when I am not raking up hundreds of pine cones that have fallen)
I love, love the fall season, not only in decorating my home,
but also in making Fall cards!

That brings us to this weeks challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters
where little oh' me is the hostess this time around and
I have chosen the theme of Pumpkin Patch for our challenge!

I had a plan all in mind for this challenge,
but right in the middle of it I have come down with a nasty flu bug.
As I write this my throat is sore and I think my head might fall off..lol...
and I never, ever get sick or it's rare...
must be one of those rare times!

So because I was feeling poorly,
I shoved my original idea aside and went with this quick and easy card!

I layered a bit of card stock, SU Cajun Craze onto cream.
The polka dot paper was laying around for another project and it was
the perfect color, so I grabbed it.
It is My Mind's Eye the Spider's web paper.

The focal image of my card is a label I bought in a set
about (hate to admit this) 12 years ago.
To that I added a few wheat die cuts cut from snippets in my scrap bag, 
a bow, a few gems for bling and called it a day!

So head on over to The Sisterhood and see what my "sistahs"
have to get your creativeness going and join in with us!!

Entering the following challenges:
Clear It Out ... Theme:  Autumn Stash:  Leaves/Foliage 
Creative Card Crew .... Fall
Deep Ocean .... Autumn
Die Cuttin' Diva's .... Pumpkin/Scarecrow
Fan-Tastic Tuesdays ... Color Me Autumn
Pixie's Snippets Playground .... Week 195

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Deer Trio

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for our challenge "Deer Season"
using the inspiration photo below.
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We have NEW~Simpler~Easy rules
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there is always a wonderful prize offered!!!

Hi, Diane with you today.
It seems fall is almost upon us and it is time
to start thinking about our holiday cards.
Classy Cards 'n Such is doing just that
with a challenge theme this week called Deer Season.

This is one of those cards with just the right dies
and papers, you could easily mass produce to send out
for your holiday cards.

I simply started by cutting out a Spellbinders Circle
from Authentique Believe 6 x 6 paper collection.
I adhered it down with 1/2" Scor -Tape.

The second circle was cut from 
Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers.

The trees were cut using Impression Obsession Birch Trees.
Once cut, I rubbed Platinum Planet ink over them for a shimmer effect.
The little red cardinals are part of the Birch Trees die set
and were cut from scraps of Stardream Jupiter Metallic paper.

Next came the deer family, cut from Memory Box Deer Trio.
Did you know if you typed the word DEER in the search box
you will find a huge selection of deer to choose from?
Try it, and you will be amazed at how many there are!

Thank you for visiting with me today!

Entering the following challenges:
Animal Friends .... Must have an animal
A Snowflake Promise .... Christmas/Winter Theme
Papertake Weekly .... Christmas
Crafting From The Heart .... ATG
Craft Your Passion .... ATG #280

Monday, September 21, 2015

News Flash

Hi All!!

I will be back later today with my The Shabby Tea Room post...
yes I dropped the ball with this one..bad me..LOL!

However, I wanted to mention that
Classy Cards 'n Such challenges have all NEW and EASY rules
for you to join our challenges.....go HERE to join in.

I will list them below and a link...
why not join in with us and you could win this FABULOUS prize!

PRIZE PoppyStamp Die
Here is the challenge inspiration photo for this week

Here are the NEW Requirements


Our few requirements to play: 

1.  This is a family friendly blog meaning NO inappropriate images,sentiments, etc will be allowed.
2.  Theme must be followed.
3.  Only NEW entries, with no back linking will be allowed.
4.  Please link to your entry post only, not your entire blog. 
5.  If using a gallery, such as Splitcoast Stampers, use code CCNS----.
6. You may enter up to 3 projects...and combine with as many challenges as you want.
7.   New challenges begin on Sundays and end on Saturdays at midnight central time.  Winners are announced on Sundays.
8. CCNS has the right to remove any entries not following the guidelines and/or entries deemed inappropriate.
9. Most of all, have FUN!!!

The Prize:
1.   While we cannot ship prizes internationally due to increasing shipping costs, international entries are encouraged. We can only ship prizes to US addresses at this time. However international entries can qualify for the Top 3.
2.   A prize will be offered to the winner and a Top 3 will be selected.
3.  Winner must claim their prize within 7 days or the prize will be forfeited. 
4.. Prizes and Top 3 will be awarded only when there are seven or more entrants.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Big Day Noted

I am joining in with Sparkle N Sprinkle for a FUN blog hop....
Please read through for a chance to win the stamp set below
and to see my projects....
It is a long post, but well worth it!!!!

Sparkle N Sprinkle is having a Mid-Month Mini Blog Hop so that we can showcase the new Big Day stamp set.

This is a planner/calendar stamp set that was included in this month's video technique kit club. This new set is 20% off until Sept 23.  So once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the store and start shopping.  

A WINNER will be selected from the comments left on the Designers' blogs and will receive this new Big Day set along with the Basic Grey calendar kit also showcased in this month's video.

  Please leave a comment with each Designer in order to be eligible for this Prize.  You never know who the Mystery Designer will be that has the winning comment.  

The Grand Prize Winner, will be announced on Sept 23 on the SNS Facebook page and on the SNS Blog.

For my project I wanted to really
"think outside the box".
I came up with this fun idea to use these stamps
for what I am calling
"tuck ins".
My idea is that each of these could be "tucked" in .....
you will see what I mean by peeking below....
Each of these are a mere 3" x 3".
let your imagination roll!!
I will list all products used below each photo,
I used 9 of the 12 stamps.
The stamp set link is above....enjoy!

I thought this would be fun to "tuck in" a child's
lunch box with a treat for all his/her good  academic work!

Have a friend, child, or spouse traveling?
A great tuck in for them!

Fun to put on a co-workers desk
to have lunch together!

I thought this would be fun for those "no school" days when your child wakes up
and your "Schools are closed due to snow today" and you can "tuck" it in his cereal bowl...
what a nice surprise that will be!

How fun to put this in your spouse's
car, briefcase, lunch....
you could include movie tickets,
or a gift card to a restaurant...your treat!

This would be cute tied to a bottle of wine!
I hope I have given you some great ideas for
more uses for these stamps!

Now lets get "HOPPIN"!!

The Blog Hop order for our Mini Reveal is:

(*Tip: if you have difficulty with a particular link, try clicking on the Designer's blog title to send you to their Home page.)

We hope you enjoy this Mini Reveal as much as we have enjoyed creating new projects for it.  And hopefully, we have inspired you as well.  

  Thanks for joining us and remember to comment on each of the Designers' blogs to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  (We love reading your comments as they inspire us as well.)  

The next stop on our blog hop is Ashley

Christmas Card Holder File Box

Happy Sunshiney Sunday to you!!

Today I have an awesome handmade File Folder Box Holder to share with you!

The Cutting Cafe has the most cutest and useful paper templates!!
One of the newest is this darling File Folder Box Holder.
This box I made is for Christmas Cards, but it will also hold your
6 x 6 paper pads....just think you could organize them by
holidays, themes, colors, etc.

I loved the size for my larger 5 x 5 and/or 6 x 6 Christmas cards!!

It is so darn cute I might have to make a few more for the other Holidays!!

This set comes in 2 different sizes, a smaller version is available!
I left my ribbon a bit loose,
so it will easily slide on and off.

Pop on over to The Cutting Cafe blog on the 21st
to see all the different projects  by the Design Team....
you will be blown away...so many different and unique versions...
LOTS of inspiration there!!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Each Day

This is my post on the 
You are welcome to use my discount code DIANE-10
anytime on your order to save 10%!

Hello, Diane with you today!
Do you ever start a card, have an idea,
then have it turn into entirely something else?
Well, that is what happened with this card.

I cut a few dies, plus the dies you see I used  here, 
and next thing you know I didn't use any of the originally planned die cuts.
However, I like the simplicity of this card.
A good one to send in the mail!

I started with a cream base, then die cut Spellbinders Cattails.
This is a somewhat intricate die and a little hint to get it
to release easily, is to place a piece of wax paper directly on
the die, then your paper, then cut.
It just pops right out and all you need to do then is peel of the wax paper.

The cattails were adhered down with  Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive,
just  on the bottom section to hold it in place.
I wanted the cattails themselves to be free standing.

Next I popped up a couple of pumpkins cut from
Memory Box Stitched Pumpkins.
There is a 3rd and larger size included I didn't use on this card.

I added a few leaves using Impression Obsession Small Leaf Set.

The leaves and the pumpkins were popped up with

The sentiment is from a Flourishes set I purchased at Classy Cards 'n Such
which is no longer in stock,
however, there are other Flourishes stamps still available,
so hurry and grab them while you can!

Thank you for visiting with me today!

Entering the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments .... ATG plus a sentiment
Creative Knockouts .... Happy Fall Y'all

Friday, September 18, 2015

Halloween Greeting

It will be that "SPOOKY" time of the year before we know it.
Do you decorate your house for Halloween?
I am more into fall decorations 
and add small bits and pieces of Halloween.
I do have a little skeleton that sits on the back of the
"ahem" toilet and holds a sign that says "EEEEK"!!!
I know, I  know, I have a warped sense of humor!

However I do love to make Halloween projects...
mostly the silly and/or vintage!

I did make a vintage card using the awesome Crafty Secrets products.
Look at that background....
I just love it and it is from Creating With Vintage HALLOWEEN CD #4.
I printed it 5 x 7 and a second time 4 x 6
to add to the inside!

The other image I used is from 
This is a little booklet chock full of Halloween images....
32 pages in all and each page has 2 images.....
and best of all it is on sale right now!!!

I used a few dies to create my spooky scene.....
check out those "eyeballs" in the tree.
I added a bat cut from a gorgeous glitter paper
my friend Dar gave me last time she was here
(she is coming back in 2  1/2 weeks...
and guess where that little skeleton is going I mentioned above...
heeheehee...yep in the guest bathroom...sorry Dar...lol)!!

The pretty ribbons I used for my bow are from Really Reasonable Ribbon
I joined their ribbon club the first of the year and I love it when each month
a new packet arrives, I am trying so hard NOT to hoard it!

So check out the Crafty Secrets blog and enter our September linky challenge and hop.
Don't forget to visit the Crafty Secrets store and see all the new things plus the BIG clearance that is going on...
Sandy is going totally digital, so ALL non-digital items are marked at a VERY low price.

Thanks for visiting!!

Supplies used besides Crafty Secrets:
SU Only Orange card stock
SU Bat punch and Small Star Punch
Google eyes and Pumpkin Button(Hobbylobby)
Really Reasonable Ribbon for Bows
Cheery Lynn Designs Birch Tree With Critters die
Cheery Lynn Designs Wreath Strip Die

Entering the following challenges:
Card and Scrap .... Dies
Really Reasonable Ribbon .... Orange with Bow/Ribbon
Digi Galore (m) .... ATG
Simon Says Stamp .... Die Crazy

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Fall Is In The Air

This is my post on the

Hi there!
I feel so lucky to live in a place that has the four seasons.
(Remind me I said that in the middle of zero temps and snow waist deep..lol).
But really, the changing into fall is so gorgeous....
all the beautiful mixed colors of trees/leaves, fall flowers, pumpkins.
It's a wonderful time of the year!

That brings me to the card I created today.
A fun fall card.
The birds are enjoying their last bath of the year....
making a splash with a few "dew drops" I added!
The squirrels are gathering their nuts.
A red squirrel sits by and takes it all in!
The leaves are slowly coming off the trees.
A peaceful and tranquil scene that goes as fast as it arrives!

The dies used for this scene are:
Cheery Lynn Designs Birch Tree with Cute Critters
Cheery Lynn Designs Bird Bath Set of 2
Impression Obsession Small Leaf Set

Thank you for visiting with me today!

Visit our challenge blog and better yet,  join in with us HERE!
Don't forget to visit us Monday - Friday right here on the
Inspiration Blog to see all the wonderful dies in use!

Entering the following challenges!
Simon Says Wednesday ...Die Crazy
Little Red Wagon .... Try Something New (new bird bath die)
Creative Knockouts .... Happy Fall Y'All