Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Colors of Fall



I know you are all thinking WHAT a Fall design, it has rained here the past few days so I am  pretending it is a nice Fall day, you might have noticed I skipped over Spring here in the Northwest because it tends to rain on and off until July..

Greetings to all my new and continual blog followers and friends. I really have to say if any of you own the Impression Obsession small Maple leaf dies they have a beautiful detail when you die cut them

Well I have really gone out of my comfort zone to create this design.  First I sponged a light blue ink on white cardstock to create a fun background design.  I also sponged the edges of the clouds using  a different shade of blue .  Even though the picture does not show it I sponged a gold color on the wheelbarrow which makes it look antique.

Materials:
Memory Box - Alder Tree & Puffy Clouds
Poppystamps-  Massa Leaf Background
Impression Obsession - Wheat stock, small Maple Leaves & Wheelbarrow
Martha Stewart Daisy punch
Small daisy punch
Blue Ink for Clouds

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Overflowing Flower Pail


Greetings Everyone,

Thank you to all my new and old blog friends who stop by for a visit.  I hope I have gotten to everyone's blog to see what you all have been up to lately. There are such a lot of really talented and creative people with fabulous designs.

I recently purchased the Impression Obsession pail and watering can dies and they are just the perfect size for the type of cards I design.   I really like the Wheat stock also, very versatile I used it as flower stocks.

Materials:
Impression Obsession - Pail, Watering can, Hollyhocks & Wheat Stocks
Poppy Stamps Meso Background, Dianna Border & Tulip Fanfare
Martha Stewart Grass Punch

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Celebrate Spring


Good morning everyone

We are having a few sunny days here in the northwest but rain is on the horizon.  I am in such a Spring mood, can't wait until the flowers start to bloom.  I hope you enjoy this whimsical design.  A big thank you to my new blog members and those that stop by for a visit.

For the chair I trimmed off part of the Madison Park Bench and just attached the arm.  You can make a chair any size with this method , maybe someday Dave at Memory Box will design a chair.  The flowers I made using the Sizzix Accessories - Susan's Garden Tool Kit and a 1/4" circle hand punch.

Materials:
Memory Box Petite Umbrella, Puffy Clouds, Garden Tools & Garden Pots
Poppy Stamps Dianna Border, Frenchy, Dachsund, Madison Park Bench & Sitting Cat
Martha Stewart Grass


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Over The Bridge


For those that stop by my blog you probably know I enjoy whimsical designs.  I don't stamp and just the thought of coloring gives me the vapors.   Today's post started out with the idea of could I create a bridge using the dies I have.  I started first by die cutting the 3¾″ circle which I then embossed using a brick pattern.  Next I used the 3¼″ circle and cut out the arch.  After trimming the wrought iron fence I attached to the top of bridge and added the trees and houses.  I added the big splash border under the bridge and the trailing vine on the right side and honeyblossom sprig to the left.

A big thanks to all my new blog friends and everyone that has time to stop by for a visit.

Materials:Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large
Memory Box - Big Splash Border, Country House, Petal Party, Honeyblossom Sprig, Wrought Iron Fence & Puffy Clouds
Poppystamps -Brevilla Houses, Viva Tree, Berry Sprig & Trailing Vine

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Warmer Days Ahead


Good Morning everyone, just a fun spring design for today's project.  I am still using the Susan's Garden Tool kit to make the flowers for the vine and tree.  I am sure you could use any small flower punch and use the tools to create the flowers.  I just like using the Fiskars 1/4" hand punch circle and the tools which make quick flowers.

Materials:
Memory Box Brand New Bicycle
Poppy Stamps Garden Trellis, Picket Fence, Village Lamp Post, Trailing Vine, Viva Tree, Small Hydrangea Blooms & Nestled Bird
Martha Stewart Grass Punch
Fiskars 1/4" hand punch circle
Sizzix Accessories - Susan's Garden Tool Kit

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mother's Day Greetings


Good morning everyone,
A big thanks to everyone who stops by and those that have time to leave comments.  I always enjoy reading them and visiting your blogs to see your fabulous inspirations and clever ideas.

For today's project I combined the two Impression Obsession dies to create the birdhouse and then die cut a circle for the opening.  I added some punched flowers to the vine and tucked several Hollyhocks behind the house.  For the sentiment I ran cardstock through the printer and then used the Ribbon Banner die cut.

Materials
Impression Obsession Brick House, Square House & Hollyhocks
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Ribbon Banners (sentiment)
Memory Box Woodland Branch & Lavish Branch
Poppy Stamps Nestled Bird
Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch

Friday, March 28, 2014

Mother's Day Hello


Greetings everyone,

Here in the Northwest we actually had one dry day, but then the rain, wind and clouds returned.  I guess Spring just hasn't arrived yet. So far today it has rained 1.5 inches and there is rain forecast for the next 7 days.

Today's card is really easy, I punched out the cornflowers and added circles to the centers using glitter cardstock.  I placed them at the top and bottom of the Floral oval and used the Martha Stewart punch around the page Eyelet Lace set.  I ran pink cardstock for the sentiment through the printer and die cut it with the Ribbon Banner.

Materials:
Martha Stewart Cornflower & Eyelet Lace punch
EK Success Paper Shaper 1/2" circle punch
Poppy Stamp Massa Leaf Background die
Spellbinders Nestabilities Floral Ovals
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Ribbon Banners

Monday, March 24, 2014

Mother' Days Garden



Greetings Everyone,

If I came upon this flower garden I would feel like dancing also.  I really like taking the Lady Dancing and just reposition either the legs or arms depending on what you want to create.  I added a fun flower hat to her head and a small bow on the dress. I have been adding small pinched flowers to the Viva Tree and then cutting the branches and using them as flower vines.  For the birdhouse I mounted it on the Village Lamp Post for some height.

PS. For the orange and purple flowers I am using the Sizzix Accessory Tool Kit by Susan Tierney-Cockburn.  I am still learning how to use the kit and make flowers but I just punch 1/4" circles and use the shaping tools to create the small flowers.

Materials:
Memory Box Lady Dancing, Gold Finch & Tender Leaves
Poppy Stamps Viva Tree, Tulip Fanfare, Fairy Flower, Picket Fence, Village Lamp Post, Evanston Birdhouse & Ivy Tendrils
Martha Stewart Grass & Doily Lace Punch

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mothers Day Flower Cart

Greetings everyone,
A big thank you to all my followers, I really appreciate everyone who leaves comments and those that are using Pinterest to pin my projects.

I thought this might be a fun Mother's Day card or just a Spring design.

For today's card I started out die cutting two Grand Flower Box pieces and trimming the ends off and shortening on side to create the cart.  Then I filled it with a strip of grass which I realize you really can't see.  I added the Brighton Flowers, Tulips and some pinched little red circle buds.  Next I die cut two Vintage Bicycles and trimmed off everything so I only had the wheels and attached one in front and the other behind the cart.  I filled three pots with more flowers and then took the Spellbinders circle piece an trimmed it slightly less than half then added the Martha Stewart Doily Lace for the trim.  I used only the handle of the Petite Umbrella and attached the umbrella to the back of the flowers.

Materials:
Poppy Stamps Grand Flower Box, Brighton Flower Border, Tulip Fanfare & Dianna Border
Memory Box Vintage Bicycle, Garden Pots & Petite Umbrella
Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large ( 3¼″ die size)
Martha Stewart Doily Lace & Grass punch

PS for those who might be interested here is the finished wood floor in my craft room. Please ignore the hideous wall color (purple) it came with the house when we bought it.  Painting the walls will have to wait until next year.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fantasy Flight



Greetings everyone,

I thought it would be fun to add wings to the horses for a different look.  But then they sat on my craft desk for days because I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with them.   So since this is a fantasy design I added a flying sleigh with some flowers and wove the Valencia Border die as the reins.

Materials:
Memory Box Valencia Border
Poppy Stamps Trotting Pony, Tulip Fan fare, Santa's Magic Sleigh & Delaney Butterfly
Martha Stewart Grass & Doily punch

Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring Garden Blooms


Greetings Fellow Crafters,

I just discovered  that the new Swirly Curl Border Outline die lines up with each other for additional creative uses. I used it as a lattice background and added the Fairy Flower Drops and then filled two baskets with grass and flowers.

Materials:
Memory Box Woven Basket, Fairy Flower Drops & Arched Stems
Poppy Stamps Swirly Curl Border Outline, Fresh Cut Grass, Brighton Flower Border & Fuzzy Bunnies


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Poppy Stamps Blog Blitz - Bountiful Sunflower Delight


Greeting Fellow Crafters
Diane here, Poppy Stamps has released a lot of new and exciting dies and I am so excited to start using them.  We’re celebrating with great project ideas and giveaways on our blog for two weeks!  Poppy Stamps  Stop by and see whats new.
My post today features the gorgeous new Bountiful Sunflower die which can be used in so many ways. After embossing the background I popped on a few new Delaney Butterflies, grass and a little glitter to complete the card.   I hope this design makes you think of Spring and warmer days.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Catching Butterflies



Hello Crafting friends, followers and all of you who stop by to leave comments.  Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day.

I have sort of hit a snag in creating anything, the noise, smell and dust of having the wood floors installed has finally chased me out of the house.  After two days I just could not take anymore and then when they said they would have to seal off the craft area and upstairs I thought ok, enough is enough.  It will only get worse for five more days and then it will be done.

Another strange thing happened yesterday a few months ago I purchased a Spellbinder Grand Calibur because you can use a 8 ½” X 11” paper through it.  Well, right from the start is had some part loose and it rattled every time you moved it.  I ordered it online so I did not have a way of shipping it back.  Finally other things starting breaking inside of it and it really rattled, until sadly the entire handle just popped and that was it.

Materials:
Poppy Stamps Picket Fence, Curious Cat & Sitting Cat
Memory Box Grand Oak Tree, Vintage Bicycle, Lavish Branch, Adorable Posies & Puffy Clouds
Martha Stewart Grass Punch

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Pretty Posies


Greetings everyone, just a quick card design.

Materials:
Cuttlebug Polka Dot Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Nestabilities A2 Matting Basic A
Spellbinders Nestabilities Floral Ovals
Poppy Stamps Lorelai Leaf
Memory Box Twisty Stalk, Fabulous Phlox, Adorable Posies & Ting Bow

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Getting Ready For Spring



Messy Craft Space while waiting for new floors

Greeting everyone and thank you to all that have joined my blog.  It is so nice to read all the fun comments.  I just thought you would think this was funny, as you know I am having wood floors installed in two rooms and I had to move all my craft goodies into this room.  It is a mess, I can't find anything, and my card creation is certainly waning.  Can't wait for this project to be done.

Materials:
Memory Box Meridian Border, Adorable Posies, Garden Pots, Garden Tools & Petite Umbrella
Poppy Stamps Climbing Vine, Trailing Vine, Madison Park Bench & Small Hydrangea Blooms

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Birthday Greetings


Good Morning everyone, I needed a fun birthday card and the Lady Dancing always makes a great design. I added the petite cake as a hat to her head,  some candles, a few bangles on her wrists, a fashionable purse and the birthday word.

Materials:
Cuttlebug Polka Dot Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Matting Basics
Memory Box Lady Dancing & Petite Cake
Poppy Stamps Happy Birthday Background
Martha Stewart Bow punch

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Forest Evening


Greetings Everyone, I am blown away by getting all  the new followers a special thanks to all of you and those that are kind enough to leave a comment, it is always fun to read them. I am very honored to have so many of you reading from all over the world.

On a side note I am replacing the carpet in two rooms and having a wood floor installed.  Well the company quoted me a price to remove the carpet, pad and tack strip.  I thought oh heck I could do this myself.  WHAT WAS I THINKING.  It took me two days, I can hardly move from being so sore and stiff and I never realized how heavy carpet is . Never again, I have learned my lesson.

Today's card is made to look like a dusky evening in the forest.  I just made all the characters in black card stock and attached to a white card stock card.  I thought this would be a fun masculine card design.

Materials:
Memory Box Grand Oak Tree, Deer Trio, Puffy Clouds & Gold Finch
Poppy Stamps Fuzzy Bunny
Martha Stewart grass punch

Monday, February 17, 2014

Easter Purse Tutorial


Trim off sides evenly and round the bottom corners of purse

Greetings everyone, I just couldn't resist creating another fun Spring purse design.  I have used this same technique for Christmas, Valentines, Halloween and now Easter.

Take your 8 1/2" X 11" piece of card stock and score in half then fold over.  Using a cutting mat with printed rule take a rotary cutter and ruler to cut off one side of the card.  Use the cut piece as your template to trim off the other side so each side matches.  Now you almost  have a purse shape, with scissors trim off the bottom corners to give the purse rounded edges.   Emboss with Polka Dot folder.

The Purse handle is created using the two largest Classic Oval die together and attached to back of card. (I used two white and one pink oval together so it was very stiff.

Using the Spellbinders Heartfelt Creations die attach pink piece to front of card.

Die cut Memory Box Lavish Branch in green card stock trim in half and attach to both sides of card at bottom.  Add the Delicate Blossoms and Martha Stewart Double Monarch Butterfly  and you are done.

When complete the card will stand upright.

Materials:
Spellbinders Heartfelt Creations Layered Elegant Swirl
Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Ovals Large  (3¾ x 2¾″ & 3 x 2¼″) Handle
Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder  Front of purse )
Memory Box  Lavish Branch & Delicate Blossoms
Martha Stewart Double Monarch Butterfly
White Half Pearls - Michaels Recollections Brand
Rotary Cutter
Cutting mat with printer ruler (Martha Stewart)
Glue, scissors, ruler

Friday, February 14, 2014

Building a Nest


Good morning everyone,

A big thank you to all my new and existing followers as well as everyone who stops by for a visit.  Another Spring filled card,  After embossing the paper I die cut a round circle for the birdhouse opening and used a slightly larger scalloped circle on top.  For the top of the house I used the Madison House die and some mounting tape and then attached it to the embossed pink background.    I attached the Plush Curtains behind the opening and added the nest, birds and rhinestones.  To the bottom of the card I added some grass behind the fence and tucked in some Fairy Flowers.

PS I recently purchased the Sizzix Susan's Garden Tool Kit after watching several videos on creating flowers.  I really love the kit, that is what I used to create the flowers on the top of the card.  I am only just getting starting on improving my skills, but this kit has lots of potential.

Diane

Materials:
Poppy Stamps Madison House Set, Picket Fence, Plush Curtains, & Climbing Vine
Memory Box Fairy Flower Drops & Gold Finch
Cuttlebug Kassie Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Scallop Circle.
Martha Stewart branch & grass punch
 Pink Rhinestones
Sizzix Susan's Garden Tool Kit

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Singing in the Rain


Good Morning everyone, just wanted to say a special hi is all my followers and everyone who stops by and is nice enough to leave a comment.  I so enjoy reading them.

Well, we had a strong wind storm last night and lost power for eight hours, wow it seems strange not being able to turn on the lights.  Looks like I need to buy some candles just in case.

I am so looking forward to Spring so my post today started with the cute Chocolate Bunny die nestled in some grass holding the Umbrella doted with yellow stickles.  I assembled the Fairy Flower Drops, but really I am not sure they are glued correctly.  I tucked in some fun eggs, and added two Fairy Flower stems with more flowers.  I embossed the background and added the clouds.  The frame was made using the Spellbinders A2 Matting Basic A.

Materials:
Poppy Stamps Chocolate Bunny & Fairy Flower Stem
Memory Box Fairy Flower Drops, Petite Umbrella & Puffy Clouds
Spellbinders Nestabilities A2 Matting Basics A
Sickles Yellow
Martha Stewart Grass punch
Cuttlebug Polka Dot Embossing Folder
Mounting Tape

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentine Candy Caterpillar (Tutorial)


Greetings everyone,

Well here in the Northwest we have certainly had some wild weather, over seven inches of snow on the ground and then if that was not bad enough mother nature decided why not add a layer of ice. 

When I first saw the Poppy Stamp Cute Caterpillar die I thought wouldn't this be a fun project for kids.  All I did was paint a wooden clothes pin, filled a snack/sandwich bag with M & M peanuts and die cut and coated the caterpillar with my favorite Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer.  To assemble after filling the bag I pinched it in the center with the clothes pin and attached the caterpillar.  You could make these for Easter and fill it with yellow and green candies.  Oh course any of the candies that tried to escape the bag were eaten.

PS If you want to create the elongated body cut a thin strip of paper and glue the caterpillar pieces to it.

Enjoy Diane

Materials:
Martha Stewart Black High Gloss Acrylic Craft Paint (for clothespin)
Wooden Clothespins
Ziploc Snack or Sandwich bag (for candy wings)
Poppy Stamp Cute Caterpillar (center of clothespin)
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer (to coat caterpillar)
Candy of your choice

Monday, January 27, 2014

Chicks In The Grass





Hello Crafting friends and visitor’s, I hope you are all well and having better weather where you live.  Thank you all for you lovely comments on my last post, as you can see I am making Easter cards out ahead.

For my card project today I double punched the grass, added a little mounting tape behind the clouds and tree for some dimension.  I used half of the cracked egg punch piece and trimmed the chicks heads off and attached them to the eggs.  Then just added the tools, flower pots, a little foliage and flowers.

Materials:
Martha Stewart, Cherish Punch Around The Page,  Chick, grass and cracked egg punch
Memory Box Puffy Clouds, Grand Alder Tree, Garden Tools, Garden Pots
Mounting Tape

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Easter Train


Greetings everyone and thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such nice comments on my last card.  Also, a big thanks to all of you who have joined my blog it really is so nice.

My whimsical card today uses the Classic Egg which I found to be just the right size and shape for the little carts.   I used a circle punch to cut out the dip in the first cart and then added wheels and some left over pieces from the Valencia Border for the tail. For the rest of the carts I trimmed off part of the egg shape and filled the carts with the cracked eggs, nestled bird, blooming violet and petite cake.

Materials:
Memory Box Tender leaf (bird wing , Classic Egg (might be discontinued), Blooming Violet, Valencia Border (cart tail) & Petite Cake
Poppy Stamps Fuzzy Bunnies & Nestled Bird
Martha Stewart Grass, cracked egg & Doily Lace punch Pink Top border)
EK Success Paper Shaper 1/2" circle punch (Black wheel)
Fiskars 1/4" hand punch (white circle for wheel)
Crimper (for grass)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Getting Easter Supplies


Oh I am wishing for Spring, too many days with fog and gray skies.

My card today used the Grand Labels Twenty-Three to create the frame and I popped it up with mounting tape.  I die cut and trimmed off the Oak Tree and added a few flowers then punched some grass and used the crimper to give it a textured appearance. Added the bunnies, basket and (eggs from the Martha Stewart Basket punch).  Then attached the Violet flower and bird.

Materials:
Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Grand Labels Twenty-Three (Might be retired)
Memory Box Woven Basket, Blooming Violet, Tender Leaf & Grand Oak Tree
Poppy Stamps Fluffy Bunny, Fuzzy Bunnies & Nestled Bird
Martha Stewart Grass & Easter Egg Basket punch (just used eggs)
Crimper
Mounting Tape

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Spring Is In The Air

Greetings Everyone

I have wanted to use the Memory Box Trellis Border for a while but just couldn't come up with anything until recently.  I die cut three white Trellis Border pieces and glued them side by side. Then die cut the Grand Oak Tree twice and yes I trimmed off and re-glued all the branches then coated them with my favorite Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Art Glitter for a bit of sparkle.

I punched a few flowers for the tree using the Fiskars 3/4" Burst punch and added a white glitter card stock circle to the center.   I die cut a Poppy Stamps Nestled Bird and added a Memory Box Tender Leaf for a wing. To complete the design I used the Martha Stewart Cherish punch for the top and bottom border and added a small Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly.

Materials
Memory Box Tender Leaf, Grand Oak Tree & Trellis Border
Poppy Stamps Nestled Bird
Martha Stewart Cherish & Monarch Butterfly punch
Fiskars 3/4" Burst punch
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer
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