Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sketches and Challenges!

I am once again trying to play catch up with some challenges!
Today I have a card for The Male Room challenge and I missed the posting deadline but wanted to link to the site because it is fun and gets me to really think about some of the elements for a guy card!http://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/challenge-19-use-metal.html

The paper is from a DCWV stack and the stamp is by CTMH.

Next I have the 2 most recent sketches at OWH:

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And the OWH Mid-month Throwdown was to make an card with autumn colors. I made a few...and wanted to make them non-specific to fall so that they can be used anytime!

I mailed a box to Sandy at Operation Write Home this week. Now I need to decide if I should make a few more Christmas cards and get them to Sandy by October 10...or do I go with non-seasonal cards?
Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mo Manning Challenge

Welcome!  Today I am using a Mo Manning digital stamp. I typically use clear and rubber stamps but I do have a short list of favorite digital artists and Mo Manning is at the top of that list! I have a few of her artwork in 'real' stamps- I am pretty sure they are all by Penny Black- but I really like being able to re-size her digi images. I have been playing with some different challenges lately so I decided to join in with the current challenge at http://mosdigitalchallenge.blogspot.com/2014/09/challenge-237-fallautumn-with-mo-image.html

I love corn on the cob and I adore a fall harvest! I remember taking the girls (pre-Tessa) to a corn maze and having so many laughs. Yes- we do have fun- to quote my sister Denise! This gal made me think of Paige, guiding us thru the maze! Look at that face--and I love her crocs!  She is colored with Copics on X-Press It paper, the ovals are cut with Spellbinder dies. The patterned paper is from a New Bloom 6x6 pad purchased from Oozak.com. Gotta love Rusty at Oozak- he is my copic supplier and I usually get great papers, dies and stamps there, too! Fabulous selection and prices and the fastest shipping ever!
Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Male Room, Words to Scrap By & the Monthly OWH ODBD Challenges

Hi, I have a few more cards and challenges to share today.
You really should go to The Male Room and check out their challenges. Some of us struggle to make cards for the gents and this site helps us to create better guy cards! The design team is so inspirational but you also need to look at all the cards of the ladies who participate in the challenges. Loads of creativity and thinking outside the box over at http://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
The current challenge is to make an autumn card...now my first thought was to make a football card- fall, the US, football- perfect! But then I thought- I am doing these challenges to push myself creatively so I went a different route.  Since I send my cards to OWH, I wanted to stick with a useful sentiment.  I think the crimped paper and the CTMH triangle embellishments add to a more masculine feel.  I placed the Elizabeth Crafts peel offs on to Copic Xpress It paper and colored them with Copics. The sentiment was stamped on vellum.
Words to Scrap By also has a seasonal challenge this month so I went more girly this time with a MFT Pure Innocence stamp.

And finally we have this month's Our Daily Bread Designs challenge at Operation Write Home...create our own background. I used distress inks and a stencil and then cut the panel. I adhered it to black paper then used Delicata Gold ink thru another stencil.

Thanks for visiting,

Cards in Envy Challenge

Welcome! The recent challenge at Cards in Envy is a School Colors Challenge! My school colors were red and white and yes, I was a cheerleader so this Sweet November image by Amy Young called my name!  I kept the layout super simple so the cute gal can take center stage! 


Go over and join in on the challenges at
I am sure you will be inspired to create!
Thanks for stopping by...I have other cards to post- so come back soon!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Art Impressions and Julie Nutting Prima Stamp


Happy Labor Day!
I have enjoyed the long weekend- spending time with family and friends!  I managed to squeeze in a little time at my LSS Absolutely Everything and purchased some new stamps and more paper! I was going to live without the paper but Paige was with me and I told her to pick out some paper and she did a fabulous job!

I used a recent OWH sketch for the first card made with the Prima stamp. I love that these stamps are also sized for A-2 cards...even without a face- I love the images!  I rotated the sketch... this is one I will use again! I used Copic X-press it for my image, tuxedo black Memento ink and papers from American Crafts 'spooky'.  Clear glaze from Sakura on the bat and her shoes added some shine.

I could not resist the sweet images from Art Impressions Mini Front and Backs...Elf and Reindeer set along with the matching dies. And this was perfect for the challenge posted at AI http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/2014/08/challenge-143-front-back-challenge.html
My photo is crooked since the reflection from my light kept showing on the acetate window. I used papers from Jillibean Soup; winter tortellini and spinach soup 6x6 pad. The window, drapes and tree dies are all by Memory Box. I perched the cute deer on top of a snow bank....love his face!


I continue to make cards for OWH-even though they need less cards- that is a great thing! I feel like I now have more time to make cards for special people in my life.... I have a care package ready for the post office and I will be adding some cards to that box...with the hopes that the recipient sends the cards to someone very special! I do not to post too much and ruin the surprise but I will post more information soon! LOL
Have a wonderful week,

Thursday, August 28, 2014

More Cards!


I have a few more cards to share. I try to use the OWH sketches whenever they are posted and I have fallen a bit behind but here is a great sketch and I used an adorable Penny Black stamp that I received from the super generous and kind JoAnn Ross.

I am really trying to go out of my comfort zone- and playing along with Less is More is really stretching things for me. I posted a card the other day but it really did not have white space like the LIS folks promote- so I am trying again and trying to embrace that less truly can be more! This forced me to use an embossing folder- one of my most neglected tools!  Lessismoore.blogspot.com

And another site I am being motivated by is http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/ where there is a sketch for this challenge.
And can you stand one more card (OK-2)? Over at Cards in Envy the challenge is to make a card for a friend. http://www.cardsinenvy.blogspot.com/2014/08/best-of-friends-challenge.html
I made 2 cards....and I like them both for different reasons. I love the MFT die of all the people holding hands and I inked 2 of the pals with gold ink-friends are more precious than gold! And I like distress ink panel on the birds card.

And I am excited to say that my eagle card was chosen for the top 3 over at The Male Room.  I struggle to make masculine cards so this site is so inspirational- I love looking at all of the cards created for each challenge!

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, August 25, 2014

Less is More Sketch

I am enjoying what may be the last of the summer weather; the sun is nice during the day but I enjoy the cooler evenings. I adore the fall and have pulled out a few of my fall and wintery stamps.
This week I decided to play along with a sketch challenge from

I used an adorable image from Sweet n Sassy Stamps titled Snowy Hello. The papers are by Fancy Pants Designs, Winterland 6x6 paper pad and the gems are by Queen and Co. The image is colored with Copic markers and I used Hero Arts Silver Shadow Ink for the snowflakes.
I also made a card for Operation Write Home's mid-month throwdown-  http://operationwritehome.org/mid-month-throwdown-gratitude/
I used Elizabeth Crafts Peel Off Stickers for the outlines of the pumpkin and the leave and put them on DCWV glimmer paper-- this stuff is great- it does not rub off or flake!  I colored the images with Copics; the colors come out more muted over the glittery paper. While the copics blend differently on this than regular paper- it is much prettier than the picture shows! The pumpkins look splotchy-and they are much nicer in real life!  It is hard to photograph the paper!  I have to lay down the color and then add the next color on top- rather than using stokes of color. I like the effect and it comes together quickly!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week,

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sugar Pea Designs Sketch SPDSS09

Hi all, 
I am amazed that I have not posted since July 10th!  Summer has been very full, fun and hectic! I have found little bits of time to create but not time to post. I am hoping to get caught up this week... we will see!

I have 2 sets of SugarPea Designs stamps and I have several more on my wish list! You can check out the blog at  http://sugarpeadesigns.com/blog/
Here is the sketch- and you can also find it at 


And here is my card using one of their super cool images!

Over at the Male Room   http://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/ 
A pretty crazy challenge.... use pink in a card for guys.  Hmmmm, this got me thinking. I have been playing more with my distress inks so I figured I would try a sky scene and except for the die cut stars- this would have been a one layer card- something hard for me to achieve! Once I added the stars, I ended up with 3 mats.  Try this challenge and go see what the DT came up with-great inspiration!

And I would never forget about OWH!  Sandy is asking for less cards so we can all take our tine and try to create mini-masterpieces! There are less contacts to send boxes to (yahoo- this is a good thing!) but we will continue to create cards for our troops until they are ALL home!
The OWH August ODBD challenge is to create a card with stars.

I used the DCWV glittery paper- the glitter does not come off- even when cut! Love that I can use it on my OWH cards! This one will be a Hero card! 

That is all for now and I hope to post again-very soon! 

Thanks for stopping by, Diane

Thursday, July 10, 2014


I am still working on my challenges from this past weekend over at OWH and here are my cards for the Saturday challenges! 

#1. ODBD monthly challenge was first up! Things with wings...what a great category! So many things to choose from but I decided to ink up a new stamp. I love that some of the Art Impression stamps feature more 'mature and rotund' people- so fun to color!


#2. Cherie got us thinking and going in circles...use at least 1 circle and 1 banner!  Well, you know me- I really like circles so I used a few more than 1! I purchased a package of cards with the dies at the stamp show in June from ThePaperCut.com. Fun to play with- and so easy! The hardest part was deciding on the sentiments to go in the banners!

#3. Next up is Andrea wants us to use a vintage image for a guy card.  This one was a bit of a challenge for me...I do not have a ton of vintage images but I managed to find a few in my itty, bitty, teeny, tiny stamp stash! Really simple but I like the masculine feel to the card.


#4. Bobbi inspired us to make cards with lots of textures. This is my least favorite card...I love the textures and the papers,,,just not the final card.


#5.  Marilyn then came up with a modes of transportation challenge. Hmmmm, I could have used the train for that....well- I decided to use this great Stampin' Up horse. Horses used to be a main way to travel and for some people- that is still true! My 2nd least favorite card... I tried to give it a rustic, worn impression and I think I went too far!


#6. And here is my favorite card- not because it is super detailed or colored perfectly with copics- the CTMH images were simply inked and fussy cut. I love it because it has a playful aspect-fun Santa's floating off the card! I cut strips of study clear plastic and adhered the jolly guys with glossy accents for a super strong hold! Thanks for the challenge to made a red, white and blue Christmas card Tami! She has some awesome inspiration cards posted on her blog! I hope you go check out all of the bloggers who made this great party possible!


And I did not forget about the MidWeek Throw Down from 7/2...to make a flag card. I made a few of these with help for Cori and Tessa. Distress inks over a stencil for the stripes and the stars...very different for me to use a card with mostly distress inks. I like the rustic look!

Thanks for hanging in there for another long post- and guess what! There is one more to come! I am working on the Sunday challenges...I am not done but I am making a huge mess of my work space- so that means I am having fun creating!

Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by- and know I really appreciate all of your comments! Donna H- I truly love that you always take the time to leave me some good thoughts- you always bring a smile to my face!
Take care all,

Sunday, July 6, 2014


I am warning you... this is a long post! This weekend is Operation Write Home's Virtual Card Making Party! Every 2 hours from 8am til 6pm for 3 days challenges are posted!  You can check out all the great ideas at:

The first challenge on Friday, Sybrina got us off to a great start... create 2 cards from an OWH sketch-1 for a gal, 1 for a guy! I used sketch #100 and images from Paper Smooches.

#2 Michelle wants us to make a Thank You card...and I flunk the bonus because I do not have spray inks- but I am OK with that! I used OWH safe glitzy paper by DCWV.

Challenge #3: Paper piecing for kids!
I adore this Mo Manning image...I printed the camo paper, then printed the image over the camo paper, then cut the uniform and hat!    http://a2zscrapbookingblog.com/2014/07/04/virtual-card-making-party-with-owh/


#4 Lori challenged us to make a birthday card- using red, white and blue. I purchased this stamp and matching die when I was at Absolutely Everything last Sunday- taking a class with Sandy. And rumor has it she designed this set-- so cute and fun!!

#5  Next up- create a background using inks or 5 different papers.
I used a metal Spellbinders stencil and 3 shades of distress ink to create the circle background.  I am using my distress inks more lately- and really liking them!

For the final challenge on Friday, JoAnn came up with another great one- make 2 cards-1 with typical Christmas colors and the other one with colors so it can be sent anytime during the winter. I picked up this trio of snowmen at the stamp show in June-and I have not idea who makes it- sorry! I am not liking the placement of my snowflakes in the Christmas card- I think I need to move the middle one to create more of a visual triangle.

I had to angle the card so the glitzy DCWV paper would show in the photo.
I completed all of the Friday challenges and have a few of the Saturday inspirations done.....I am hoping I can make time to participate in all of the challenges! I enjoy this VCMP- I feel I am pushed to try something different!
Hope your holiday weekend has been wonderful and remember to thank those who made this land of freedom and opportunity possible!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

UR Simply the Best!

Happy July! Wow- this year is flying by so quickly!
I have 2 cards to share today.
The first card is for the midweek throwdown at OWH- to make a missing you card for a child. I do not have the Mama Elephant OWH fundraiser stamp set we were challenged to use- so I used a funny little critter from a Hero Arts fundraiser set!

My next card was created based on the sketch this week at OWH. I really like MFT stamps!

I signed up for a class at my LSS Absolutely Everything a while ago...and boy am I glad I did!  The class was on Sunday and I, once again, had a full weekend but I am so happy I made time to take the class. It was taught by Sandy Allnock and I met a few other OWH cardmakers taking the class too! I was so impressed- not only with Sandy's skill with copics- but her speed! Wow- can she color!  My card was not a masterpiece- but I learned a lot and have added a few items to my wish list! Convince me that I have room and the need for the Copic airbrush compressor! Or convince me that I do not need it! I enjoyed airbrushing- but will I do it enough to make the purchase worth it? 

Gotta run- have a wonderful and safe Independence Day weekend!
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