Sunday, January 6, 2013

Challenging challenges!

    I have noticed many bloggers making changes and resolutions for 2013. The biggest change I want to make is to really take advantage of my stash (says the gal who spent $90  at just yesterday- hey-I have a cold- I was not thinking straight!)! I have some great things I have never used- mostly my monthly kits from . The kits are great, they really are! I just would open them, ohh and ahh and then close the box!

    So today- I was determined to use some of the SSS supplies and I wanted to stretch myself with some other challenges!
    Today is Marlene's first day with the Sunday Sketch at  and she picked a great sketch!
    I also found a site, new to me; and I decided to try their challenge-all white or cream! All White (or cream) challenge
    And if that was not enough, I wanted to make a card for the other OWH challenge, Our Daily Bread January challenge; include dry embossing on your card. (ODB pays for shipping of 2 boxes of cards if we make the goal-what a great sponsor!Our Daily Bread Designs)

great sketch- check!
dry embossing- check!
all white??? yikes!  a big stretch for me...but I tried!
And yes- I used stuff from my SSS kits!  OK, it was just the white paper and the gorgeous flower! The 4 embossing folders, the ribbon, the sentiment stamp, the ink and the pearls are all from my stash!

This was a hard card to make without color- but I am glad I tried it! The flower is very soft and will flatten out but I am not sure if it will be too bulky for OWH.  What do you think about me using it as an Any Hero card? Not patriotic, but I do think it is pretty and I am sure some of our female contacts could use something a little pretty during a deployment.

I spent some time early this am looking at some of the Top 10 cards of 2012. Wow- there are a lot of really talented ladies out there! I appreciate everyone sharing so much!

Take care and craft on!


  1. Wow wow wow!!! I love your all white, multi-embossed card! How elegant! Beautifully done!!

  2. Oh so pretty Diane! I have seen a lot of white embossed cards and soooo want to try this!

  3. Great take on the sketch - I love how the different embossing patterns work together!

  4. Diane, your card is stunningly beautiful. I love all whit or white and cream cards. I think it would be very well received by a female hero. I think they would love to receive something that brought out their feminine side. Quite often I do not send patriotic card for our heroes, just regular thank you card. I think it is a nice change. A job well done here.

  5. That card came out beautifully! It is a really keeper - I am glad u will send it as a hero card, I think one of the ladies will love it! The flower will puff right back up : )

  6. thanks so much everyone! I appreciate your taking the time to view and leave comments! Diane

  7. Diane, your card is stunning. I think you're right, a female hero will love to receive that as a hero card and I'm sure she will think it is extra special. Great idea to combine all those challenges into one!

  8. Gorgeous!! Love all the textures. The white on white is so feminine. I can just imagine how special that would make a deployed female hero feel!!

  9. This is gorgeous, and yes, a female hero would love to receive it, I'm sure! Great way to combine these challenges, and thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

  10. I stole it to copy later for a Mother's day or a wedding card. It is absolutely beautiful.

  11. Gorgeous...I am not good with all white cards. It will be an awesome Any Hero card! tfs!!!

  12. Donna,

    This is beautiful. I love the all white. Am I counting right that you used 4 embossing folders?
    I think this would make a wonderful female any hero card.

    Thank you for joining in the challenge and helping OWH get free shipping.


  13. WOW Diane, this is absolutely gorgeous!! The embossing folders you chose are perfect... and I love how, for the smallest squares, you alternated the patterns. It adds soooo much interest. The perfect female any hero card. Thanks for playing!

  14. Gorgeous card- lovely texture too! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

  15. Diane, this white-on-white card is simply lovely, so elegant, and would be perfect as an "Any Female Hero" card. My guess is those barracks or tents are plain and functional without much 'girliness'. I enjoy the Shopping Our Stash Challenges but apparently missed this one :)

  16. wonderful!Love all the layers and texture!
    Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

    Hugs, Alica ;)

  17. Hi Diane! Your card is absolutely beautiful! Definitely going to print a copy for my inspiration folder. Love love the combination of monochromatic with different efs, and your perfect soft flower. Fabulous! (And thanks for the tip about Absolutely to window shop, hehe.)

  18. Hi Diane,

    What a beautiful card! You did more than check off the all white challenge -- the absolutely rocked it! Love all the textures. I'm sure one of our lady heroes would love the card, but it sure would make a lovely wedding or anniversary card. :) TFS!!!

  19. What a SMALL world....AE is my LSS and I absolutely LOVE the store and take many of my classes there!! Maybe we have even been in the store at the same time.

    PS: Thanks for your wonderful kind posts and also for connection me with Furever! A fabulous Dachshund Rescue! :)



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