Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Paper Players

Happy Wednesday! Today I decided to play along with http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2014/10/paper-players-219-sketch-challenge-from.html. I love sketches and love to try out  different sites for challenges; the entries and DT samples always inspire me. I moved the embellishment but otherwise stayed pretty close to the sketch.

 
 
 
I really like the snow dude stamps from Paper Smooches! Such a cool gent!
Have a wonderful week,
Diane

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Three Cards and a Whole Lot of Other Things!

Welcome! I have a few cards to share and some links to some great products and blogs! And did you know I was the Friday Featured Cardmaker at OWH on 10/17/14?  It was a huge honor to be chosen!  http://operationwritehome.org/featured-friday-card-maker-diane-w-stoneham-ma/

Friday was the 10th anniversary of my Dad's passing and I took the day off from work. I did what makes me happy- I went to the scrapbook store, made cards and spent time with loved ones! I met my great-niece Madeline Jean- what a sweetie- and played Candy Land and Ants in the Pants with her awesome big brother Sam. Spending time with my father's legacy makes missing him a tiny bit less painful! 

I spent some time this am visiting some blogs- there is a new stamp company from Germany and they hosted a great hop featuring their products! I have a long list of things I want to purchase! Wow, the talent of the ladies showing how they used the stamps and stencils and chipboard- oh my! Please spend some time watching http://createasmilestamps.blogspot.com/2014/10/an-ah-mah-zing-video-blog-hop-and.html.

I made 2 cards for Operation Write Home;  for the sketch challenge and for the mid-month throw-down.   http://operationwritehome.org/mid-month-throwdown-winter-birthday/.

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A great image and sentiment by Sweet Pea Designs, pattern papers by Basic Grey Fresh Cut, cardstock by DCVW, card base Bazzill Card Shoppe, Copic markers, X-Press It Blending Card, Memento tuxedo black ink, Spellbinders dies.

The little boy stamp is by My Favorite Things, pattern papers by BoBunny Powder Mountain, card base is Bazzill Card Shoppe, X-Press It Blending Card, Copic markers, birthday stamp by Hero Arts CL729, Memento tuxedo black ink.


 I had some scraps of paper left over from the penguin card so I decided to make another card and play along with Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 148


       Lawn Fawn stamp and die, Queen and Co gems, MFT snowflake die, Paper Smooches 
thanks die and the same papers as my first card!
 
I hope you have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by! Try to find a little time to make cards for Operation Write Home!
Diane

 

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Male Room- Halloween

Since I make most of my cards for Operation Write Home, Halloween cards are way past the OWH deadline but I wanted to use this ghost stamp from CC Designs by Amy Young. I won the stamps last year-there is a set of 3 adorable ghosts-so I broke from my OWH mode and created a Halloween card in October~ that is frightful- lol!
I try to keep my guy cards super clean with minimal or no extra embellishments but this one seemed very plain.  After I took the first picture, I decided to add small gold dots around the circle- and while the 2nd picture shows a lot of glare from the glaze pen on the pumpkin and the eyes (very distracting!) I like the addition of the simple dots.

Thanks for stopping by and please go see all the other Halloween cards at http://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/challenge-21-halloween.html
Diane

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

 
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