Sunday, April 19, 2015

Relaxing Kind of Weekend

Hello!  I did not have lots of plans for this weekend so I was able to read, watch Outlander and create some cards!{Yup, my laundry is still waiting to be done...later, later!}

The Male Room's current challenge is to use letters or numbers on our projects. My Favorite Things recently showed several ways to make shaker cards and that inspired my card. A super simple layout with masculine papers and colors and I am pleased with the results!
http://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/new-dt-members-and-challenge-08-using.html



And the ladies from Cards 4 Guyz came up with another fun challenge....Challenge # 66 Exotic/Jungle Wildlife

I used an Inky Antics image and colored it with copic markers. What a sweet duo- the hippo and the bird....well- and the stamp and copics too!



Try Stamping on Tuesday has another sketch for us to use:
                                      
I do not usually combine challenges but Cards in Envy's challenge is Child's Play -so I decided to use the Penny Black stamp for both challenges.

http://www.cardsinenvy.blogspot.com/
http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com/

And I always enjoy the theme at Words to Scrap By and April's theme is The Earth has Music. I combined a few stamps to create the creating to go with the adorable elephant by Avery Elle.  I have a special place in my heart for elephants- as does my niece, Tessa.
So- this one is made with Tessa in my thoughts! She is pure joy to me!


http://words2scrapby.blogspot.com/2015/04/w2sb-challenge-16-earth-has-music.html

OWH's mid month throwdown is stitching.  So- this is kind of a cheat- but I adore the dies with the stitched edges....love the little extra detail.  And the foam finger is on an Action Wobble--so fun!

April Mid-Month Throwdown – Stitching


Thanks for stopping by,
Diane

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Post #2 Cardz 4 Guy4

I have another card to share today! It is for the Super Hero challenge at http://cardz4guyz.blogspot.co.uk/.

I am not sure if I mentioned that I love Sugar Pea Designs stamps and dies and Wendy and the DT....well- they like me too--lol! I won a $100 gift card for their birthday celebration- oh my- I was in heaven. You will be seeing creations with their stamps over the next few weeks- here is a picture of the huge amount of goodies I selected with my prize:
The stamp I used for this card is a Sugar Pea Designs set I purchased a while back and boy is this a great set! The image is adorable and there are a lot of sentiments you can create.  I love stamps for the guys!
I kept the layout simple and added NO embellishments- just let the image shine! And speaking of shine- can you see the clear glaze (Sakura pen) on his glasses and lightening bolt?  I love this pen- gives a nice shine but dries super fast and the pen makes application in tiny spots a breeze!
Have a wonderful week-- and how about creating a card? 
Diane
Hello, I have a few cards to share. I am a devotee of the OWH challenges and I am a bit behind.
My first card is for the monthly ODBD challenge and this month we are to make masculine cards. Cards for Fathers Day are due to OWH by the end of this month so I am in the masculine mind set.

I combined several stamps from Avery Elle's 'The Man' set to create the focal sentiment. 



I went in a feminine direction and tried out some IndigoBlu leafing flakes- oh so pretty in real life- not easy to photograh! I have 2 jars of flakes. One container is full of flakes in a variety of colors: copper, silver, blue, & green but mostly gold and the other is silver, silver and  just silver! Gorgeous!

I tried using OWH sketch #250 but I just could not find a way to put the bottom strip across my circle-- it cut off the body of the CTMH stamp of a celebrating/dancing gal in unpleasant ways no matter how I positioned it!

OWH Sketch 250


Try Stampin on Tuesday (Trystampinontuesday.blogspot.comalso posted a sketch- and oh no- that dreaded bottom strip again- LOL.  I was more successful with this strip! The silver leafing is stunning in person! Different from heat embossing-which I struggle with- especially on solid images- so the flakes make me happy! 

                                                

Thanks for stopping by,
Diane

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Paper Players #238 and Operation Write Home

Hello!  
I often plan to play along with the challenges at The Paper Players...and today I was successful! I chose the diagonal option of yellow-sequins-polka dots for my card and a super sweet Mo Manning digital image. Go check out the fun at  http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/

                                    


And even though it is April 1st-- I wanted to join in on the Mid Month Throwdown at OWH. http://operationwritehome.org/march-mid-month-throwdown-red-white-and-blue/ 
Our challenge is to use red, white and blue on a card. I like to make patriotic cards-but I also like to use the colors on other cards. And who can resist this cute little puppy by Purple Onion Designs?  I love to watch Therese ( https://lostinpaper.wordpress.com/) create her cards and I adore the Purple Onion stamps she often uses. The pooch was super quick to color with Copics and I love the simplicity of my card.



Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the week,
Diane

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Words to Scrap By

I continue to struggle to find significant time to create cards but since the deadline is almost here at Words to Scrap By, I wanted to make sure I finished this card in time!
http://words2scrapby.blogspot.com/
The theme for this month is weather- and boy have we experienced some interesting weather lately in New England! I was pelted with hail coming out of the post office the other day! For 3 minutes it came down-crazy- then it was gone! Here is my sweet gal who just survived a hail storm and is happy for some sunshine!


Have a wonderful week and hope that spring brings us some nice weather...soon!
Diane

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Bunch-O-Cards

Well, here I am-playing catch up...again!
Work has been very busy lately so by the time I get home..my creative juices and energy are gone!
I was able to create today so I played along with some of my favorite challenges.

The Male Room has a sketch for this challenge:
http://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
                





The Crooked Stamper is a new challenge blog and I think it is going to one of my favorites!
http://thecrookedstamper.blogspot.com/2015/03/cssc-2.html

                        

My interpretation is a little different from the sketch but I kept the main elements that same. I colored a die cut piece of Vertigo plastic with yellow and gray copic markers to give the lightbulb a warm glow and for the metal base. I love the texture in this 'paper'. It also gives a holographic type of shine- something I could not capture with my camera!

Keeping with my lightbulb theme, I used a MFT stamp and a sketch from last week's Tuesday Morning Sketches and used a bow for the Cards in Envy Challenge- anything goes with a bow!    http://www.cardsinenvy.blogspot.com/


And for the ODBD challenge at OWH for March- it is all about the sentiment.  I purchased this ODBD stamp at the stamp show about 2 years ago- and I really like it but do not use it often..I need to play with it more often. It has a chalkboard effect when you stamp in colored ink onto white paper. The stamp does all the work for a super simple card.

http://operationwritehome.org/march-odbd-challenge-3/

OWH card makers know that we have to work a few months ahead of the holidays so I am trying to make some Mothers Day cards- these need to get to Sandy by the end of March.... so I am making it my mission for this week... make more cards for Moms!!

I hope you have a wonderful week and I plan to post more cards soon!
Thanks for visiting,
Diane

Monday, February 23, 2015

Three Cards

Hi,
Thanks for stopping by my blog!  Today I have 3 cards to share.
The first is a sketch from Operation Write Home   http://operationwritehome.org/sketch-challenge-248/
Even though Sandy made a card and talked about element sneeze and then made a second video showing the steps of creating the original card that inspired the sketch...I struggled with this one! I thought I had a good idea for the smaller circles... I planned to use the little birds to spell out a greeting- but it really was too hard to read- so I used just 2 of the birds. Now what to do with the other circles? I ended up using enamel dots.. overall- not my favorite card. I love the colors and the birds.... but that is it!


                                    OWH Sketch 248


The challenge at Try Stampin' on Tuesday is another sketch but I had a much easier time with this one!        
                    http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com/

                                 
              
Admit it- this one is way better! LOL!  I love this adventurous boy hanging from the tree branch! I put a foam dot behind his head to give him more dimension- and I placed it so his head was outside of the circle-- no daring boy would stay within the boundaries!!

And my last card is another attempt with those chirpy little birds! They are so stinkin cute-- just little balls of fluff!
Thanks for visiting- have a wonderful week!
Diane

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Mo Manning Image for Try Stampin' on Tuesday

Hi again!
When I purchased the lazy mutt, I also got this great image! I am not a coffee drinker but I really love her face and hair! And I really wanted to try coloring her right away. I want to try lots of hair and skin Copic combinations-so you may be seeing more of her!
 I added some clear glaze to the cup and her lips and nails--a little gloss and shine for this friendly gal!

This week's challenge at Try Stampin' on Tuesday is a sketch:
                          



If you want to join in the fun of challenges please check out  http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com/.
Thanks for stopping by,
Diane

Really Mother Nature?

Well, I guess I moved to Siberia but forgot to tell everyone except for Mother Nature! The snow continues here in Massachusetts and the East Coast! Luckily the snow has not been wet and heavy but the big issue with this storm is the crazy wind and where to put all the snow! The snowdrifts are pretty incredible! 

The February ODBD challenge at Operation Write Home is to create a card with animals.
http://operationwritehome.org/february-odbd-challenge-2/ 
I really like Mama Elephant stamps so I used the very adorable pandas.


And puppy love is the theme for the Cardz 4 Guys challenge this time.  I downloaded some of Mo Manning's great images and used the lovable dog- it comes in a set of 3-titled 'lazy mutt'! 
My dog could be dreaming of his owner and the owner is also thinking of the dog--- or they could both be just resting and enjoying some time to relax, also know as just being lazy!   
http://mosdigitalpencil.com/

Please go and check out the sample cards and the challenge entries for more of man's best friend at:
http://cardz4guyz.blogspot.co.uk/



I am debating if I should clear the snow off my car again or wait until the snow slows down.....or maybe just make some more cards???  Oh the hard decisions- LOL!
Have a wonderful week,
Diane

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Snowstorms+Housebound=Card Making

OK- so I am not truly housebound but the snow continues and we are getting more-lots more- right through Tuesday! I do not have to go into work tomorrow so I think more card making is in my near future!

OWH challenged us to make a card with our team colors. This card was made with the Superbowl Champion NE Patriots colors- as well as the colors of our nation! Since I had out a pad of great red-white and blue papers- I decided to make another card.
Check out what the other ladies at OWH created at http://operationwritehome.org/team-challenge/




Those crazy gals at Words to Scrap By want us to try something different. 

http://words2scrapby.blogspot.com/2015/02/w2sb-challenge-14-do-something-different.html

Huh?? Like- I should make a card with lots of dimension and bumpy or something that is truly vintage and distressed? What- get out of my comfort zone?   I thought about this- and realized I usually color an image on the majority of my cards. Can I make a card without copics or images that beg to be colored? And something different for me- try to use a whole pad of 6x6 paper? OK-- I failed on using the whole pad-- but I did use several papers- like 5 or 6-all at the same sitting- from the same pad! And I stamped my sentiment in something other than black!!!  Do I love the cards? I like them- a lot...do I feel like they are missing something...not really- but I feel like I missed something....have no fear my lovely copics... I promise to be back soon! And since I used lots of snippets to create 5- yup 5- cards from the same pad, on the same day.... I am going to link up my card at Di's- Pixie's Playground.

 http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com/2015/02/pixies-snippets-playground-week-163.html










The Male Room challenge #3 for 2015 is to create a Valentine.
http://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/challenge-03-valentine.html
 Most of you know that I make 99.99997322567% of my cards for Operation Write Home and the deadline for Valentine cards has long passed so I made a love card- one that could be a Valentine or an any-time card. The gold paper is by DCWV--I love that is it so elegant. I kept the card super simple so the paper and the sentiment are the focal points.  You can see the shine of the foil better in the bottom picture. And look- another card without coloring!! I love the gold ink...Delicata- yummy!


 I have been having an exceptionally good week-- aside from snow-snow-snow.... the Patriots won the Superbowl, Tessa got accepted to a private high school, Paige celebrated her birthday in a big way, I am in vacation planning mode for possibly 3 trips...and I won a super generous gift card to Sweet Pea Designs! You really need to check out the awesome stamps and dies! I love the quality of the products, the fast shipping, the inspiration from the blog-- just a wonderful company and Wendy is talented, generous and down right fun!  I love to support newer, smaller companies ( I love the big ones too) and I hope you will go see what Wendy (creative director and owner!)  is up to-- I think you will be happy!
http://sugarpeadesigns.com/blog/

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!
Diane

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Cards in Envy... Going Gray

Hello! It has been a wicked week with our New England weather..snow, snow, snow, wind and cold!
The weather is gray and so is the challenge at
 http://www.cardsinenvy.blogspot.com/.  We are inspired to use mostly gray on our cards.  I really like this hippo by Avery Elle....he has some fun accessories- like his glasses. I coated the glasses with Sakura black Glaze pen. I used a stencil and Hero Arts shadow ink to create the background with the squares. I paper pieced his blue face then toned down the blue with more of the ink.



Thanks for stopping by!  I am very excited about the SuperBowl tomorrow night--go Patriots!!!
Diane

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's A Sugar Pea Designs Day! SPDSS19

After all the snowfall and shoveling here in New England, it just felt like we could use some sweetness so I opened up my new stamps from Sugar Pea Designs and got busy.SPD is celebrating their first birthday-go check out the great inspirations!
http://sugarpeadesigns.com/blog/

There is a great sketch for challenge #19. I rotated the sketch and used the wonderful postman penguin stamp!


                           SPDSS19




The OWH sketch this week seemed perfect for this next stamp....love it! Perfect for Catniss fans but also great for love cards- there are some fabulous sentiments in this stamp set.
                OWH Sketch 247
 For my final card of the trio- I decided to make a shaker card, Shaker cards are so fun for kids so this also goes into my OWH box....like all my cards! I do not have the best photography skills but boy what a challenge to not get any glare on the acetate of the shaker or shadows of the sequins on the  adorable image!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!
Thanks for stopping by!
Diane
01 09 10