Friday, January 23, 2015

Easter Silhouette


Greetings everyone, thank you for stopping bye, and for those that have time to leave a comment I appreciate the encouragement.

I have been busy tearing up the old carpet and linoleum in the two bathrooms getting ready to have them tiled.  You know things never go as planned I found that the bathroom toilet seal has been leaking, who know how long that has been going on.  We will be replacing that anyway, then discovered the new shower enclosure has been leaking and I had to postpone the tile installation until I can get that fixed. You know the saying when it rains it pours.

I thought is would be fun to design a silhouette style today, very easy to do I punched out the grass and attached it at the bottom then die cut the trees.  Flip one tree over to create a mirror image and attach, next add the bunnies the same way and then the basket with the colored eggs.   I added a touch of Sakura 3D lacquer to the eggs for  a bit of shine.

Materials:
Poppy Stamps - Bushel Basket & Fuzzy Bunnies
Impression Obsession - Wide Tree
Martha Stewart - Grass Punch & Basket Egg Punch (just the eggs)
Sakura  3D Lacquer (eggs)
Spellbinder - Matting Basics B 5 X 7

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Easter Lattice Design


Very simple to create I embossed the white card stock and then die the oval using the (3 x 2¼”).  I die cut and added the Lattice background and then dotted the center part of lattice with Viva Decor Glitter Liner Silver,  I added the vines on each side and the fun Hydrangea blooms and then doted the centers with a Gold Viva Pen and framed the design with a pink card stock.

Materials:
Spellbinders Basic Lattice
Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large
Cuttlebug Tiffany Embossing Folder
Poppy Stamps Trailing Cine, Climbing Vine & Small Hydrangea Blooms
Viva Decor Glitter Liner Silver and Gold Pen

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cupid silhouette


Hello fellow crafter's,  welcome to my blog, thank you for paying me a visit.  If you have time to leave a comment  that is always wonderful I always enjoy reading them.  I hope today's design inspires you to get out the craft paper and make your own special creation.  I went for a simple silhouette style using only 3 dies. I die cut the corner pieces, then the center heart and cupid.  Next, I used a nice cream color for the background and framed it with the card stock.

Materials:
Impression Obsession - Cupids
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Classic Heart
Cheery Lynn - Deco F Corner die

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Valentine Bear Hugs (Punch Art)



A little fun punch art design today, just die cut all the pieces and then assemble as shown on completed bear.  For the arms cut the Journal Plate & Bracket punched piece in half so it is attached behind the bear to hold the heart.

Materials:
EK Success Journal Plate & Bracket (brown arms)
Spellbinders Standard Circles Large (brown body  2¾″)
Spellbinders Standard Circles Large (cream tummy 2⅜″ )
Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large (brown head 2¼ x 1¾″)
Spellbinders Standard Circles Large (cream nose ⅞″)
Spellbinders Standard Circles Large  (brown ears ⅞″)
Spellbinders Classic Hearts (red center heart between arms 1¼ x 1⅜″)
McGill 13/16" punch (circle cream ear pieces)
Martha Stewart Heart Confetti punch (feet, nose pieces)
Fiskars 1/4" circle punch (cream feet circles)
Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Punch Around the Page
Poppy Stamps Heart Lattice Background
Cuttlebug Texile Embossing Folder


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I Only Have Eyes For You Valentine


Today's design is on the silly side, just a friendly little monster. This card really should fall into the never used dies since most of these have sat around my craft room for years.
Thank you for stopping for a visit, and a big thanks for those that take the time to leave a comment.

Materials:
Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page Cherish
Martha Stewart Confetti Heart Punch (top of antennas)
Poppy Stamps Meso Background die
Dee's Distinctively Border No 3 (antennas)
Spellbinders Nestabilities Small Classic Inverted Scalloped Circles (3" Head) (1" cheeks/feet)
EK Success Paper Shaper 1/2" circle (nose/mouth)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Vellum Decorations

Cupid
Impression Obsession Cupids
Poppy Stamps Bubble Ornament (just the hook)
Martha Stewart Confetti Heart Punch
Spellbinders Standard Circles Large (3¾” & 3¼”)
Vellum paper

Easter Bunny
Memory Box Puffy Clouds
Poppy Stamps Bunny Buddies, Bushel Basket
Impression Obsession Fir Trees. Tiny Flowers
Poppy Stamps Bubble Ornament (just the hook)
Spellbinders Standard Circles Large (3¾” & 3¼”)
Via Decor Gold Pen
Martha Stewart Easter Basket Punch
Ranger Ink Clear Rock Candy Glitter
Sakuar 3D lacquer
Vellum paper

Easter Chicks
Martha Stewart grass punch
Impression Obsession Wide Tree & Tiny Flowers
Spellbinders Standard Circles Large (3¾” & 3¼”)
Viva Decor Gold Pen
Martha Stewart Easter Basket & Chicks in the grass punch
Poppy Stamps Bubble Ornament (just the hook)
Vellum paper

While staying at my in-laws for the holidays my mother-in-law had theses vellum die cut ornaments on her tree.  I really liked them and thought maybe I could make something similar.  (If anyone knows the company or name of artist that does these let me know, I think they might be European)

First take the two biggest dies from the Spellbinders Standard Circle Large  (3¾” & 3¼”) place the smaller one in the center of larger die.  Run through machine to create the white circle.  You will need two of these, then die cut two Bubble Ornament hooks.   You will need one 3¾” vellum circle for each design. Place glue on backside of circle, add vellum then attach the other circle.  Add the hook at the top to both sides.

Whatever design you create you need a mirror image for the backside.  I just laid out the designs and created the front then used a mirror image to attach to the backside. That way you have the extact design lined up with each other.    

Have fun being creative,

Diane







Thursday, January 8, 2015

Valentine Dream House


Greetings everyone, thank you for stopping bye and for those that join and leave comments a special hello to you.  I hope you are well, staying warm and making lots of creative crafts.

As you can see I am onto Valentines because really it comes upon you so fast.  I die cut the Cute Cottage in pink card stock and all the red door & windows, then used glitter card stock for the roof and trim pieces.  I created the flower basket using the bushel baskets, tiny flowers and a dot of Viva Decor red pens.  I lined the wrought iron fence with the hearts from the Confetti punch and also the Wide tree.

Materials:
Martha Stewart Heart Confetti punch
Impression Obsession Wide Tree & Tiny Flowers
Memory Box Wrought Iron Fence
Poppy Stamps Bushel Basket, Cute Cottage & Frosted Roof & Ledges
Viva Decor Red paper pen
Viva Decor Glass Effects

Vacations Pictures

Pictures taken over the holidays our first vacation in a very long time.

Longwood Gardens 
 (1001 Longwood Road,
Kennett Square,  PA 19348)

http://longwoodgardens.org/

Longwood Gardens Poinsettia Tree Display

Smithsonian Air & Space Museum - Satellite 
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway Chantilly, Virginia 20151
Smithsonian Air & Space Museum - Discovery Shuttle
Smithsonian National Natural History Museum
10th. St. & Constitution Ave. NW, in Washington, D.C. 20560

Smithsonian National Natural History Museum

9/11 Memorial Museum
180 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007
Empire State Building (buy Express pass for no waiting in lines)
350 Fifth Avenue  New York, NY 10118

St Patrick's Cathedral
14 East 51st Street  New York, NY 10022
 The Statue Of Liberty









Sunday, January 4, 2015

I'm Head over Heals for you Valentine (Vintage Style)


Happy New Years everyone hope this year brings happiness and many great surprises.

Another Vintage style Valentine, you know how I love the Gentleman Leaping & Lady Dancing dies.

Thank you for visiting my blog and a big thanks for those who take the time to leave a comment or join as a follower.  I always try to hop over to those that have blogs to return the favor.

Before die cutting the heart I ran the card stock through the printer to create the text then die cut and added some Tiny flowers around the top.  I repositioned the arms on the Gentleman Leaping and also on the Lady Dancing.

Materials:
Memory Box Lady Dancing (retired) & Gentleman Leaping (retired)
Poppy Stamps Woodland Fawn (just the scarf)(retired)
Papertry Ink In The Meadows die
Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Heart ( 4¼ x 3⅞″)
Impression Obsession Tiny Flowers
Viva Decor Gold Pen

Saturday, December 27, 2014

I'm Cuckoo For You Valentine (Vintage Style)


Today's offering is a fun vintage style Valentine design that was pretty easy to create.

Thank you for visiting my blog and a big thanks for those who take the time to leave a comment or join as a follower.  I always try to hop over to those that have blogs to return the favor.

I started by die cutting the Brick House with brown card stock, adding a red roof trim, two maple leaves, a blue bird and the fun heart lock & key.  The clock face is just and image I downloaded off the web. To create the scalloped design under the clock I used the EK Success Real Estate punch.  For the weights I took the Acorn  die and cut the piece in half and then just shaped two acorn designs and added some Viva Decor gold to them.  To create the hearts I used the two smallest pieces from each set and die cut with glitter card stock then layered them.  For the Fancy Tag I ran red card stock through the printer to create the text and then die cut.

Materials
Impressive Obsessive Brick House & Small Leaf Set
Memory Box Gold Finch, Nutty Acorn( discontinued)  & Holiday Bells
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fancy Tags Two
Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Heart & Classic Heart (Use the two smallest from each set)
Viva Decor Gold Paper Pen
Martha Stewart Heart Lock & Key punch
EK Success - Real Estate Punch

Week 6 Paperwhites finally starting to bloom

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Beaded Ornament



Beaded Ornament Supplies
Original idea came from designs by  Susan Teare 
Best of the Holidays to everyone.

This is actually a very relaxing way to past the time, I just pored all the beads into a bowl, then plugged in the glue gun to heat it up. Turned on my favorite television show  and started stringing the beads.  I started with a dressmaker pin, a gold seed bead, a large 8mm cream bead, then either a pink or cream 6 mm bead.  Place a small amount of glue on the end of the pin to hold them in place and stick into Styrofoam ball at the top.  Next I used a gold seed bead, then either a pink or cream 8mm bead and and 6 mm bead.  Don't use more than 3 beads on the dressmaker pin because they will not stay in the Styrofoam. 

Just continue around the ball until completely filled in.  At the top I attached a chenille gold piece with my glue gun so I could hang it up when complete, you could use a nice ribbon also. Once done you can use a dressmaker pin and the smaller beads (five or so on the pin) and fill in any area that show the Styrofoam ball. 

You could use any colors and sizes I am planning on trying different size balls and colors next.

Materials:
Glue Gun
Styrofoam Ball size
Box of Dressmaker Pins  Size 17 - 1 1/16
2 bags - Darice Glass Seed Beads 8/0 Gold
2 -3 bags Darice Asst Cream Pearl beads (36g) 
2 strands Darice Lt Pink Rose beads 4mm 
2 strands Darice Lt Pink Rose beads 8mm
2 strands Darice Ecru beads 6 mm 
2 strands Lt Pink Rose beads 6 mm



Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Window



Thank you for visiting my blog and big thanks for those who take the time to leave a comment or join as a follower.  I always try to hop over to those that have blogs to return the favor.

Today's offering was created from left over die cut pieces I had but could not figure out what to do with them.  I sometimes start different designs and then find they just are not working and throw them out.  I thought is would be fun to try to use the Holly Holiday Frame which I am sure I have never used before.

Materials:
Memory Box - Holly Holiday Frame Set & Frosted Christmas
Poppy Stamps - Small Madison Arched Window
Cheery Lynn Designs Lace Corner Deco F
Viva Decor Paper Pens (tree decoration)
Spellbinders Wood Grain embossing folder
Week 5 Paperwhites they are really putting on the growth.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Cheer



Last year I made this design in all white but I thought it would be fun to update it and add just a little color.  The Grand Oak Tree is die cut in glitter card stock even though the picture may not show it very well.  I added gold bells to the Deer's antlers, a heart shaped saddle and some leftover silver circles for jingle bells around its neck and saddle.

Sadly my picture taking is really terrible.

Thank you for visiting my blog and big thanks for those who take the time to leave a comment or join as a follower.  I always try to hop over to those that have blogs to return the favor.

Materials:
Memory Box Grand Oak Tree, Woodland Deer & Holiday Bells
Poppy Stamps Small Blooming Poinsettia
Spellbinders - Grand Nestabilities - Grand Labels Four (4-7/8" x 7-5/8" & 4-3/8" x 6-7/8)
Martha Stewart Cardinal, heart & aspen snowflake punch
Viva Decor Gold Pen

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Ice Skating


Happy Holidays everyone, thanks for stopping by.  I can always find so many ways to use the Lady Dancing die. My  Pinterest page.

I re-positioned her arm so she could hold the large snowflake and coated the blue oval with Sakura 3D lacquer to give the pond some shine.  I die cut her outfit twice once in red and then the trim in green glitter card stock.  For the trees I used Sakura 3D lacquer and then coated them with Clear Rock Candy. The skates blades at just some pieces left over, I have not found a small ice skating die as yet.

Materials:
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Classic Ovals Large
Impression Obsession- Fir Trees
Memory Box - Lady Dancing(retired) & Holiday Hats
Dee Distinctively - chickadee (used tail piece for brown hair)
Martha Stewart Snowflake punch
Sakura 3D lacquer
Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy (trees)
Fiskers Deckle scissors (snowbank)
Paperwhites Week 4

Sprouted Paperwhites
Here is something interesting, I put these 6 bulbs in water for a week and they started growing roots. I then planted them in soil. They are already bigger than the original pot. 


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Down The Chimney

Hello to my newest followers and everyone that has time to stop for a visit. Thank you all for the lovely comments I really enjoy reading them, and visiting my Pinterest page.

I first made a template from the Puffy Cloud Border and then sponged a light blue ink for the background.  Basically when it comes to using inks that's the only skill I have.  For the Santa I die cut once in flesh card stock, then for the coat once in red card stock and then in glitter card stock for the coat trim.  I created the chimney using the square and then embossed it with a brick pattern, I added a glitter card stock icicle. I used a piece from the Santa hat for the collar on the deer, and deckle scissors for the snowdrift. The Santa sack was just a picture I found and cut out.

Materials:
Memory Box -Woodland Deer, Holiday Hats & Gentleman Leaping
Poppy Stamps - Puffy Cloud Border
Impression Obsession - Icicle
Cheery Lynn Designs - Santa's Laundry
Spellbinders Matting Basics B  5 X 7
Spellbinders Classic Square Large ( 2" x 2″)
Spellbinders - Wood grain embossing folder
Fiskars - Deckle scissors

Week 3 - Paperwhites - Finally a little growth


Monday, December 1, 2014

Delivering Goodies


Yes the reindeer were on strike so Santa's trusty steed filled in to get the job done.

Materials:
Poppy Stamps - Trotting Pony& Santa's Magic Sleigh
Elizabeth Craft - Season's Greetings
Dee's Distinctively - Border No 3
Fiskars Deckle scissors
Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities - Grand Ovals (4¾ x 5⅞″ &  4¼ x 5⅝″)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ringing The Bells


Greeting everyone, thank you for stopping by.  Today's' design is certainly a glittery amount of goodness.  For the dress, hat, bells and snowdrift I used white, gold and green glitter card stock.

This design made me think of the elks we saw recently. We were over at the Oregon coast several weeks ago near Seaside, Oregon there was this huge herd of Roosevelt Elk just standing near the Highway 101.  Well, the males like to have moss, tree branches or whatever hanging from their antlers to make them look larger for the ladies.   You know the old saying the bigger the antlers, the bigger the .... you get the idea.

Materials:
Memory Box Lady Dancing, Holiday Hats, Woodland Deer, Mini Holly Leaves & Holiday bells
Fiskars - Deckle scissors(snow drift)

Poinsettia Tree - Sea Port Village
Just got back from holiday in San Diego, CA  temperature was 89 degrees we stopped by Sea Port Village, where they made a display with stacks of potted Poinsettia plants into a tree.

Week 2 - Paperwhites     Not a lot of growth yet.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Greetings


While walking by a store at the shopping mall today I saw several dogs dressed in Christmas sweaters ready to get their picture taken.    So I thought I better dress my guy up so he did not feel left out.

Materials:
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Season's Greetings
Poppy Stamps - Madison Park Bench & Labrador
Memory Box -Holiday Hats & Palace Oval Frame
Papertry Ink- In The Meadow die

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Big Blue Frosty Greeting


Pouring rain here, at least it is warmer, lots of wind and power outages.  Gives me plenty of time to sit in my craft room and try to come up with designs.

I thought a slightly blue holiday design would be fun.  The background is embossed with a snowflake pattern and I added some snow to the branch.  The tree is dotted with Viva Decor pens, which I use on a lot of my cards,  I love the stuff.  I just have been going through some of my dies and embossing folders that don't get used much.

Materials:
Papertry Ink - In The Meadow Die
Cheery Lynn Designs - Frosty The Snowman
Poppy Stamps - Picket Fence & Pine Garland
Memory Box - Gingerbread Men & Woodland Branch
Martha Stewart Ribbon Bow punch
Viva Decor Gold & Red Paper Pens
Darice Snowflake embossing Folder

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas Deliveries


A big hello to my newest followers and everyone that takes the time to stop by.  Still chilly here with a rain headed my way.

Today's design used some of my favorite holiday dies and a few stickers I happen to have.  I die cut the Leaping Deer 6 times and attached them in pairs, then used some leftover red tops from the Stocking Garland for the saddles.  I dotted the saddles with Viva Decor Gold pens for a little bling.   Then die cut the icicle using glitter card stock for the top of the card. I tucked a dimensional Santa sticker into the sleigh and a few nutcrackers.

Materials:
Poppy Stamps-  Stocking Garland
Memory Box Leaping Deer
Impression Obsession Icicle
Matha Stewart Snowflake punch
Cottage Cutz - Elegant Sleigh
Elizabeth Craft - Season Greetings
Dimensional Santa sticker & nutcrackers

Today I planted a bowl of Paperwhite bulbs.   I was able to place six bulbs into the ceramic pot.  I will take pictures of the growth each week and see how long it takes for them to bloom.  Right now you can see little green sprouts on top of each bulb. Then the house will be filled with a fabulous scent. Week 1 picture.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Have A Merry Christmas


Hello everyone, a big special thanks to my new followers.  Wow has it been cold here in the Northwest.  Right after October it was like a switch was thrown, it went from being nice to bitter cold.  The mornings have been 26 and the highs around 40.

Today's design was really quick and easy, I just die cut the oval frames, embossed the white card stock and added the cute Frosty, hillside, a few rhinestones and the words and I was done.

Materials:
Cheery Lynn Designs - Frosty The Snowman
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders Die
Darice Snowflake embossing folder
Poppy Stamps Vintage Merry Christmas
Spellbinders Grand Ovals

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Up Up And Away


Greetings everyone, a big hello to my latest followers and thank you for stopping by my blog.  I still think Dee's Distinctively Small Winter Cottage die is one of the cutest house designs.  I used glitter card stock for the roof, windows, door and top of chimney.  Then I added Viva Decor dots on top of the windows for Christmas lights.  I also dotted the trees for a festive glow.  I tucked some presents, gingerbread men and a train in the snowbank which was created using my Fiskars deckle scissors.

Materials:
Dee's Distinctively Sm Winter Cottage
Elizabeth Craft Designs Season's Greetings
Impression Obsession Fir Trees & Santa
Memory Box A Batch of Gingerbread & Train Set
Spellbinders 5 X 7 Matting Basics B
Fiskars Deckle scissors
Viva Decor Red paper pen

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Poinsettia Garland


Greetings everyone, today's design was pretty fast.  I die cut the oval and the attached the Holly Vine. Next I coated the poinsettias with Sakara 3 D Lacquer for a little shine and each one is sitting on a white snowflake  I added some Via Decor red dots for berries and a few silver bells.

Materials:
Spellbinders 5 X 7 Matting Basics B & Floral Ovals
Poppy Stamps Giovanna Snowflake & Small Blooming Poinsettia
Memory Box Holly Vine & Holiday Bells
Sakara 3 D Lacquer
Via Decor Red & Gold paper pen

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Penguin Greeting


Its time again for the Penguins to come out and play.  I die cut them in black and then white card stock, to create the tummies I cut oval shapes.  I know you can not see it but I added a copper Viva Decor on the beaks.

I die cut the center circle using the Impression Obsession Circle Shaker Frame die and then added a deckle cut snow bank.  I used Glossy Accents and the Recollections Snow Glitter on the tree.  The raindrops are Viva Decor Glass Effects.  For the corners I used Cheery Lynn Designs Lace Corner Deco F die.

Materials:
Impression Obsession -  Circle Shaker Frame Die
Memory Box Playful Penguins
Cheery Lynn Designs Lace Corner Deco F die
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Season Greetings
Viva Decor Glass Effects
Recollections Snow Glitter
Fiskars Deckle scissors

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Waiting For My Folks


Welcome to my blog, I hope you enjoy today's design.  I know when I had pets they were always waiting for me as soon as they heard the car pull up.

I used Viva Decor pens on the stair case for the berries, and then again on the tree to create a variety of holiday ornaments. I tucked the cat at the top of the staircase and the dog waiting by the door.

Materials:
Poppy Stamps Leafy Garland, Curious Cat, Dachshund & Elegant Stair Frame
Memory Box Frosted Christmas Tree, Graceful Chandelier & Train Set
Viva Decor pens

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