Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Retro Rubber Challenge with Mama Elephant Stamps RRCB46

Welcome,
A new to me challenge blog- Retro Rubber- is based on a great idea--you have to use stamps at least 1 year old!  What a great motivator to bring out some loved but lonely stamps! The current challenge is to create a card with a critter.

I used a Mama Elephant stamp- of 2 adorable rabbits. I am not sure of the exact date but I know these are over 2 years old because I used them on a card in March 2014!   http://dianecreateswithpaper.blogspot.com/2014/03/bunnies-bunnies-and-bees.html

I paper pieced sections of the bunnies and colored a few sections with copics. And I just noticed I lost 2 of the Queen and Co rhinestones between creating and photographing....or I just missed putting them on- LOL.
Stop by Retro Rubber-- there are some fabulous cards!
Thanks for visiting,
Diane

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Non-traditional Colors With The Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge

I know, it is barely September...but have you started making your Christmas cards? I have a tiny pile- but what I have completed is thanks to the great challenges out there!  I love to make cards but sometimes I need a little push! Challenge #79 at the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge is to create a card using non traditional colors.    http://hjcchallenge.blogspot.ca/

I used a great stamp set from My Favorite Things and the pink cardstock is also by MFT. And yes, I put Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers on her coat and the fire; it photographs funny...I love it in real life!


Have a wonderful week!

Diane

Frosty Sends Warm Fuzzies!

Hello!
The challenge at http://cardz4guyz.blogspot.co.uk/
this time around is to create a card featuring something with an F. I decided to use this very friendly Frosty snowman who is sending warm fuzzies!  

I paper pieced his hat and scarf and it is hard to see but the snow banks and the fur and pompom on his hat are glistening from Spectrum Noir glitter markers. I love the patterned paper- it looks like the snow is actually moving!
Thanks for stopping by, 
Diane

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Combining 2 Challenges

Hello- I found my mojo and finally some time to color and create so this is my second post for today!
Over at Cards in Envy- the theme is wings. 
http://cardsinenvy.blogspot.com/2016/08/wings-card-challenge.html

And Tuesday Morning Sketches has a classic sketch to try, I love when an image can take center stage!
                                                     
http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.com/2016/08/tuesday-morning-sketches-364.html

I rotated the sketch- but otherwise used it as is-- I love the crispness of the sketch!And the bird stamp by Whipper Snapper Designs is so stinkin cute- and one of my favorites!
Enjoy your day,
Diane

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer- A Challenge of RED!

Welcome,
The current challenge at http://jinglebellesrock.blogspot.com/
is to use red- a lots of it!  How could I resist this happy Santa by My Favorite Things- colored with Copics and Spectrum Noir glitter markers on the belt, boots and beard! Oh I wish the shimmer showed in the photo...so shiny and cheerful!The areas that look white are glittery goodness!  I colored white ribbon with 2 shades of red copics for my final touch of red. 


Thanks for stopping by,
Diane

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge

Hello! Every year I want to start my Christmas cards early and enjoy the process and not rush at the end of the year! I want to play along with Christmas challenges all year long so I am participating in a Traditional Colors challenge at the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge blog.  http://hjcchallenge.blogspot.ca/
I chose red, green and gold for my colors-- and the cute elf's outfit comes across more as a blue/green instead of a true Christmas green. I just tried out a shotbox-- love it- but I think I need to practice more with the lighting! The elf stamp is from My Favorite Things- a wonderful set of stamps!  


I have been absent from blogland for a while. Life got super busy and my mother and father decided it was time to be together again. My mom passed in May after a sad struggle with Alzheimers.  My comfort is knowing they are together again.
I am off to the first tournament softball weekend of the season. The weather should be nice and in between games I plan to do some coloring of Christmas images. I hope to be posting more often.
Enjoy the weekend!
Diane

Friday, October 9, 2015

Male Room Autumn Challenge

Hello-
Happy Fall!  I love the cooler air and the gorgeous colors of the leaves! Living in New England, I am so lucky to experience autumn in it's full glory!
I was happy to play along with the Male Room Challenge Blog this week:
                                 
                                     http://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

I used a Hero Arts stamp set and a bunch of different colors of memento dew drops ink pads. The large leaf in the background is from American Crafts and I just smooshed inks all over it. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your weather is enjoyable!
Diane

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Another Ghost Card

Hi! 
I have another shaker Halloween card- and this time the ghost is from the Booyah set by Lawn Fawn-- so stinking cute! There are stamps of hats, wigs and a variety of facial expressions so the ghosts can be dressed up to go Trick or Treating!
I used a ship stamp from Simon Says Stamp and used white embossing powder--my thought was to make it look like a ghost ship....it just looks like a white ship-LOL. I also heat embossed the sentiment. The skull on the pirate hat is colored with a yellow glitter pen- so very cool in person.

Ahoy Matey (in honor of talk like a pirate day!) is the theme for this month's challenge at Words to Scrap By
http://words2scrapby.blogspot.com/2015/09/w2sb-21-ahoy-
matey.html
and Cards 4 Guyz is looking for cards with embossing http://cardz4guyz.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/challenge-88-embossing-heat-or-dry.html.

Thanks for stopping by!
Diane

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Finally- a Card!

Hello!
It has been a long time since I created a card--- and where did the summer go? I felt like just yesterday I was packing my last batch of cards for OWH!

Today's card is for http://sendasmile4kidschallenge.blogspot.com/. The challenge is to create a fall or Halloween card- but not too scary!   My ghost is a sweet, friendly ghost. The stamps are from CC Designs by Amy Young-- oh how I wish she was still designing stamps!!
I made a shaker card and put the sentiment inside the shaker.
And yes, I kept shaking it...very fun!
 
Thanks for stopping by and I am hoping to get back into my card making groove soon!
Diane

Monday, July 27, 2015

Happy Birthday

Hello!
The challenge at http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.ca/ is anything goes- as long as it is a birthday theme!  Here is my first non- Operation Write Home card and it is for my niece Tessa. The Prima stamp is colored with Copics and I covered the balloon with a clear glaze pen- lots of shine but it dries quickly. And then I used a clear star glitter pen on her shoes, gifts and parts of her party dress (the ruffles do not show the shimmer but it is there!). I put the sentiment inside the card so the image can be the focus- she is a cutie- and quick to color.

Thanks for visiting,
Diane

Saturday, July 25, 2015

My Final Operation Write Home Box

After making my card for the final OWH sketch this morning, I took my package to the post office and sent my final box to Sandy for Operation Write Home. It is exciting to know that most of our troops are either home or will be soon and therefore there is not a huge need for a non-profit like OWH.....mission accomplished! Sandy has posted a few pictures of the boxes sent in before the final deadline (8/1/15) and she reports she has more than enough cards for the rest of the year and into 2016.... and I am guessing beyond!
Here is the final OWH sketch:
Sketch 259

I rotated it and kept my card very simple-(no coloring!) I wanted the image and the sentiment to be the important aspects of the card. I also created this with the recent challenge in mind-- to create a love card without a heart...in honor of past shipper Dixie! 
I did make a card colored with copics- and I just did not get the serene feeling I was looking for- so I tried again without any coloring!


And my 2 final OWH cards- happy winter cards:


I will miss the consistent contact with the group of wonderful ladies who made OWH what is was- a fantastic organization- with such dedicated volunteers- and lots of creative talent! I used to look forward to the Sunday morning sketch each week-it definitely motivated me to create and I loved to see what others made. I am so happy that many OWH ladies have blogs and participate in lots of challenges....so I am not saying good bye to this group....we will continue to cross paths in so many ways! And of course, sandyallnock.com is going to continue to teach and inspire us!
Thanks to Sandy, Fabre, Kris, Dixie and Caro for all your sorting, packing and shipping over the years! And Marlene, Sybrina, Paula, Jan, Kristie and so many more who taught us, challenged us, inspired us, shared with us over the years and prompted us to create our best for our troops!
I know I am going to continue to 'craft on' but now maybe my family will get homemade cards! LOL
Thanks for stopping by,
Diane

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Summer Fun Challenges with Krafting Kimmie Stamps

I am back with 2 more cards- yup-I am posting 2 days in a row!
My first card is for the Cards 4 Guyz sketch challenge:
                                   

And the next beach babe is for the Cards in Envy challenge  http://www.cardsinenvy.blogspot.com/2015/07/just-beachy-challenge.html and Top Tip Tuesdays Summer Fun challenge.http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.com/

                                                     
Thanks for visiting- make sure to wear your sunblock at the beach!
Diane


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