Friday, October 17, 2014

Words to Scrap By October Challenge

Just a quick post today... a fun challenge at http://words2scrapby.blogspot.com/   The inspirational words are
"The road to my heart is paved with paw prints."   Awwww, so sweet!  
My card came together quickly- love the little pup!

Have a wonderful weekend and go make some cards!
Diane

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Male Room Sketch

Greetings! The sketch posted at The Male Room is super clean and crisp. It lets the image or the sentiment take center stage. I rotated the sketch and used a Paper Smooches dino and Lawn Fawn sentiment and came up with an easy, fun card for a little boy. Have you visited the Male Room yet? Go check it out!
http://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks for visiting my blog,
Diane

Sunday, October 12, 2014

OWH Sketch and ODBD Challenge

Hello!  Today I am sharing 2 cards for Operation Write Home.
The October ODBD challenge is to create a card with snowflakes but not a Christmas card.  I used MFT stamps for both of my cards.
The snowflakes are die cut from DCVW glitter paper- it is great because the glitter does not flake off and it is very shiny (not that I can ever capture that in pictures!).


 
This week's sketch is a fun one...I like the different layers and the tilted image. I paper-pieced this image-something I enjoy doing!
 
 
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Have a wonderful week and go make some cards!
Diane

Saturday, October 4, 2014

World Card Making Day--Post #2


Welcome! I hope you spend some time over at OWH- this group of ladies is mighty talented and creative! I love when OWH has a blog hop so I can see all the great cards made for our troops to send home. Today we are all making love cards. Here are my 2 cards: 
 
 


I am keeping this short as I know there are so many sites to visit today!
http://operationwritehome.org/starsandstamps

And please read this post when you at OWH- it will explain a lot!

http://operationwritehome.org/operationrollingtapegun

Have a wonderful weekend!
Diane

 

World Card Making Day 2014


Good morning! I hope today is a card-making, fun filled creative day! I plan to play with stamps and visit lots of blogs to get ideas and inspiration to create more cards!
I want to share my card for the current Cards in Envy challenge...twine!  I adore My Favorite Things stamps and this cowgirl is no exception!  I used copics on her skin, hair and dress and paper pieced the hat, vest and boots. I also used a white sign pen to add some interest to her dress. Head on over to http://www.cardsinenvy.blogspot.com/2014/09/entwined-challenge.html because this challenge ends soon!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to have another post later today to join the other Operation Write Home card makers create LOVE cards for our troops! Make sure you visit OWH this weekend!
 

http://operationwritehome.org/starsandstamps

 




 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sketches and Challenges!

Hello,
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!
Diane 


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!
Diane
 

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,
Diane


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!
Diane

 

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.
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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,
Diane

Thursday, August 28, 2014

More Cards!

 


Hello,
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.
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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!
http://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/make-pink-masculine-top-3-winners.html

Thanks for stopping by,
Diane

Monday, August 25, 2014

Less is More Sketch

Hello! 
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
http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.com/

 
 
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,
Diane


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