Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Simple Sympathy Card

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you are all enjoying this holiday weekend! Tomorrow is Easter & I'm looking forward to spending the day with family & friends. Today I have a quick & simple sympathy card to share with you. One of my husband's Aunts passed away last week, after a long battle with various illnesses & Alzheimer's. I made this card for her husband....




SIZE:  5"
CRICUTExpression 2
CARTRIDGE:  "Creative Everyday Cards"
PAPERBazzill
STAMP SETK Andrew Designs "Sympathetic Sayings"
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Sweet Leaf"
OTHERSmooch Pearlized Top Coat; Scrapp'n Supplies rhinestones


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday April Linky Challenge; anything goes
Pause Dream Enjoy -  Linky Party #8; anything goes
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #128; anything goes with a sentiment
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #168; die cuts
Crafty Creations -  Challenge #261; white + 1 other color
Creative Card Crew -  Challenge #59; Spring
Stuck On U Sketches -  Die Cut Challenge; "Anything Spring"


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Thank you so much for visiting me! I wish you all a very happy & blessed Easter tomorrow!

-Diana ♥ 

Friday, April 11, 2014

You're Crab-u-lous!

Hello & happy Friday! It's a lovely day here in Northern Cali. I really don't know what possessed me to make a crab-themed card, other than I really love this whimsical little dude!




Inside


SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Smiley Cards"
PAPERFancy Pants; Bazzill; Core'dinations
STAMPSMy Pink Stamper
INKTim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot"
OTHERStickles "Xmas Red" & "Black Diamond"; Ranger Liquid Pearls "Onyx Pearl"; CTMH Liquid Glass; Fiskars Paper Edgers & scalloped circle punch; washi tape from my stash; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday April Linky Party; anything goes
Crafty Catz -  Challenge #226; Animals
FCCB -  Challenge Me Monday #205; "Spring Cleaning"; previously unused image/cartridge
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes


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Thank you so much for stopping by & have an awesome weekend!

-Diana ♥

Friday, March 28, 2014

You're Tweet

Hello my crafty friends! Happy Friday! It's been raining a lot here, which is absolute heaven for me. I've always been partial to crappy weather for some reason. However, when it comes to my crafting, I'm definitely more partial to Spring/Summer themes & colors. This card reflects one of my favorite Spring color palettes....


 

SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression 2
CARTRIDGE:  "Cricut Alphabet"
PAPERTeresa Collins "Spring Fling"; Recollections
STAMPCTMH "My Sunshine"
INKTim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot"
PUNCHMartha Stewart
OTHERStickles "Crystal"; Teresa Collins brad; CTMH Liquid Glass; Fiskars Paper Edgers; googly eye from my stash; Sakura gel pen; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday March Linky Challenge; anything goes; 3rd entry
BBTB2 "Spring Flowers"; Cricut only
FCCB -  Challenge Me Monday #203; "Bye Bye Birdie"; Cricut only
Exploring Cricut -  "Crafter's Choice"; use at least 1 patterned paper & 1 cardstock
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Creative Card Crew -  Challenge #58; Animals
Pumpkin Spice -  Challenge #64; Dots
Cut It Up -  Challenge #41; anything goes
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #125; anything goes; must use sentiment
My Sheri Crafts -  Challenge #129; "Celebrate Spring"
Crafty Catz -  Challenge #224; anything goes


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Thank you for visiting me & have a great weekend!

-Diana ♥

Sunday, March 16, 2014

"Crafting By Designs" Guest Designer

Hello my crafty friends! Today I am honored to be a guest designer for Crafting By Designs. There is still plenty of time left to join in their March Anything Goes Challenge. Click HERE to enter your project. Since St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow, I decided to make that the theme of my card....




Inside


SIZE:  A6
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Small Talk Frames & Tags" & "Create A Critter 2"
PAPERBazzill; Core'dinations
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with "D'Vine Swirls" folder
STAMPSStudio G; Joy's Life "Everyday Occasions"
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Sweet Leaf"
PUNCHMartha Stewart "Ribbon Threader"
OTHERStickles "Platinum"; Studio G glitter glue; Scrapp'n Supplies rhinestones; American Crafts "Colorcopia" colored pencils; Sakura gel pen; googlie eyes from my stash


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday March Linky Challenge; anything goes
Die Cuttin' Diva's -  Challenge #156; "Luck Of The Irish"
BBTB2 - St. Patrick's Day


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Thank you for visiting me today! Have a fabulous weekend!

-Diana ♥

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Colorful Thank You

Hello again my crafty friends! I hope you are all having a fabulous week! For today's post, I have a card I made without using any Cricut products (gasp!!). I've never been one for doing the coloring thing with my stamps, but when I recently got this stamp set, I just had to give it a try.




Inside 


SIZE:  5" square
PAPERBazzill
STAMPSCTMH "Alfresco" & "Banner Wishes"; Paper Smooches "Chit Chat"; Heidi Grace "Borders"
INKTim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot"; CTMH Exclusive Inks "Twilight"
COLORINGAmerican Crafts "Colorcopia" colored pencils
OTHERSakura gel pen; Fiskars Paper Edgers; Prima pearl/gem


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday March Linky Challenge; anything goes
HIMCR -  Challenge #139; Spring colors
Little Scrap Pieces -  Show It Off Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Heart 2 Heart -  "Triple Play" (I used 3 stamps); must use CTMH products
Cute Card Thursday -  Challenge #311; "What A Gem!"
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #122; anything goes with a sentiment


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Thanks so much for visiting me!

-Diana ♥

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Hunkydory Card Kit

Hi there! I have totally been neglecting my blog these past few weeks, but I'm now going to rectify that.

I wanted to share these cards with you, even though they are impossible to photograph, because I am so in love with them! They were made with the Hunkydory "Twilight Butterflies" card kit (click on the link to see better photos & a video), which I purchased from Paper Wishes. These cards have so much foiling & bling that the glare keeps me from getting a good photo, but I just had to share them anyway. In person, the colors are absolutely stunning.

I'm not going to enter these cards in any challenges because I'm basically just following their directions & anyone can do that. I hope you enjoy them!....










Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

-Diana ♥

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Nothin' But Love

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you are all enjoying this fine holiday weekend. Today is my final day as Guest Designer at FCCB. I'm featured in their Spotlight Sunday post, which you can view by clicking HERE. All the details of my featured project are listed below....




 
Inside


SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Sweethearts"
PAPERBazzill; Doodlebug
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with "Heart Blocks" folder
STAMP SETCTMH "In My Heart"
INKTim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot"
PUNCHMartha Stewart
RIBBONOffray
OTHERSmooch Pearlized Top Coat; Scrapp'n Supplies rhinestones; Sakura Glaze pen


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday January Linky Party; anything goes; 3rd entry
Crafting By Designs -  January Challenge; anything goes; 3rd entry
Die Cuttin' Diva's -  Challenge #148; "Out With The Old, In With The New"
Craftin Desert Diva's -  Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party; Winter; 2nd entry
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #115; anything goes
Simon Says Stamp -  Wednesday Challenge; "Emboss It"
Simply Create Too -  Challenge #53; Valentine's Day/Hearts
HIMCR -  Challenge #133; Clean & Simple
My Time To Craft -  Challenge #231; "All About The Love"


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Thank you very much for visiting me! Have a fantabulous day!

-Diana ♥

Monday, January 13, 2014

Winter Fun

Howdy friends! I'm super excited because I'm the Guest Designer this week at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog. Today begins their weekly challenge & my project is being featured along with the Design Team's. I would like to say a special thank you to them for including me this week! To enter the "Winter Fun" Challenge, click HERE. I hope you all enjoy this fun calendar page I made....






SIZE:  12 x 12"
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Edge To Edge", "Speaking Of Winter", "Designer's Calendar", "Paper Lace"
PAPERBazzill, We R Memory Keepers, CTMH
STAMPSRecollections
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Ruby"
OTHERStickles "Platinum", "Crystal" & "Black Diamond"; Ranger Liquid Pearls "White Opal"


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Also Entering In These Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday January Linky Challenge; anything goes; 2nd entry
Simply Create Too -  Challenge #52; anything goes; 2nd entry
Crafting By Designs -  January Challenge; anything goes; 2nd entry
Simon Says Stamp -  Wednesday Challenge; "Ice Inspiration"
Little Scrap Pieces -  Fun Friday Linky Party; anything goes
Exploring Cricut -  "Winter Wonderland"
Craftin Desert Diva's -  Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party; Winter


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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me! Have a fantabulous day!

-Diana ♥

Saturday, January 4, 2014

It's Heeeere ..... Hello 2014!

Happy New Year everyone! Well. . . .we are 3 days into 2014 & I hope it's been good to you so far. I've been busy working on my Christmas thank you cards, but I did manage to sneak in a New Year's card just for fun. . . .





Inside


SIZE:  4.5" x 5"
CRICUTExpression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Fontopia" & "Don Juan"
PAPERBo Bunny "Surprise!" Collection
STAMPSPaper Smooches "Christmas Sampler"; CTMH "Trim The Tree"
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Holiday Red"
OTHERPrima "Say It In Crystals" flourishes; CTMH "Sparkles Holiday Shapes" stars; red rhinestones from my stash; Fiskars scalloped circle punch; foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday January Linky Party; anything goes
Twisted Tuesday -  Challenge #66; "New Beginnings"
Exploring Cricut -  "Happy New Year"
BBTB2 -  New Year's Linky Party
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #153; "Party"
Paper Issues -  "Shiny & New"
Simon Says Stamp -  Wednesday Challenge; "Something New"
Simply Create Too -  Challenge #52; anything goes
Little Scrap Pieces -  Fun Friday Linky Party; anything goes
Crafting By Designs -  January Almost-Month-Long Challenge; anything goes
Crafty Creations -  Challenge #253; anything goes


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Thank you for visiting me & have a great weekend!

-Diana ♥

Sunday, December 22, 2013

There's Snowman Like You

Hello crafty peeps! I hope you are all surviving the pre-holiday madness, as we count down the hours until the big day. I am hand-making a lot of gifts this year, so I have been confined to my craft room pretty much 24/7, but I'm definitely not complaining!

One of my favorite elements to use on my Christmas cards is snowmen. I don't know what it is about them, but I just love the little buggers! This particular card started out being kind of all over the place because I didn't really have a concrete plan in my head, but I think it came together okay in the end....




SIZE:  5 x 7"
CRICUTExpression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Artiste"
PAPERMy Mind's Eye "Winter Wonderland"
STAMPPaper Smooches "Christmas Sampler" set
INKTim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot", CTMH Distressing Inks "Chocolate"
PUNCHMartha Stewart "Aspen Snowflake"
OTHERMy Mind's Eye chipboard snowman & twine, Stickles "Star Dust" & "Black Diamond", CTMH Liquid Glass, Fiskars Paper Edgers, foam tape


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Challenges:

Craftin Desert Diva's -  Linky Party #21, Christmas, entry #2
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday December Linky Challenge, anything goes, entry #2
Paper Playtime -  Challenge #25, "Winter Fun", entry #2
Die Cuttin' Diva's -  Challenge #146, "Happy Holidays"
Little Scrap PiecesFun Friday Linky Party, anything goes
Love To Create -  Challenge #96, anything goes
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday Funday #16, anything goes
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #111, anything goes w/sentiment (Isaiah 9:6)
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #300, "Celebrations"
Dream Valley -  Challenge #72, Christmas
Simon Says Stamp -  Wednesday Challenge, "Bling It On"
Crafting Musketeers -  Challenge #8, "Layer It Up" 


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Thank you so much for visiting me & have an awesome day!

-Diana ♥ 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Blue Christmas

Hello, my crafty friends! I can't believe it's so close to Christmas already! When I was a kid it used to seem like forever between Christmases, but now it comes unbelievably fast. It has been surprisingly cold here in Northern California. The other night we got down to 22° & we even had a little bit of snow, which was so exciting! I know it's no big deal for you East Coasters, but it is a very big deal here!

Anyway, for this card I used my favorite Christmas colors.... blue & white. This color combo used to be non-traditional, but now it seems pretty mainstream. I've always seen it representing winter or Hanukkah, but now I see it used more & more for Christmas, which works out great for me! I made a set of 10 of these, using the CTMH "Frosted" Paper Packet & some other embellishments....




SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Folk Art Festival" & "Lacy Labels"
PAPERCTMH "Frosted" Paper Packet
STAMPSCTMH "Frosted" & Joy's Life "Everyday Occasions"
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Twilight"
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with Darice "Snowflake Background" folder
OTHERStickles "Star Dust", CTMH Liquid Glass, sparkly snowflakes from my stash, foam tape


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Challenges:

BBTB2 -  "Winter Is On The Way" Challenge
Craftin Desert Diva's -  Linky Party #21, Christmas
Cute Card Thursday -  Challenge #299, Christmas
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday December Linky Challenge, anything goes
FCCB -  Challenge Me Monday #190, holiday cards
Paper Playtime -  Challenge #25, "Winter Fun"
Simon Says Stamp -  "Let It Snow" Challenge
Color My Heart -  CTMH Color Dare #73, "Frosted Blue" & "Frosted Turquoise"
Jo's Scrap Shack -  Fun-Day Friday Challenge #30, Winter
Little Scrap Pieces -  Fun Friday Linky Party, anything goes
All That Stickles -  "Happy Holidays" Linky Party, must use Stickles 


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Thank you so much for stopping by & have a wonderful weekend!!

-Diana ♥

Thursday, November 28, 2013

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Hello my friends! This is just a quick post to wish everyone the happiest Thanksgiving ever! I am so grateful for every single one of you! Have a fun & safe holiday!







XOXO
-Diana ♥

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Thanksgiving Critter Cutie

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you all had a great weekend! We had some seriously crazy winds but no real damage, so we're very lucky & grateful. Today's card is just a simple one, but I'm quite fond of my little Pilgrim squirrel :)




SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Create A Critter 2"
PAPERJillibean Soup, CTMH, Bazzill, My Mind's Eye, We R Memory Keepers, Recollections
STAMPSCTMH "Say It In Style", Peachy Keen "Critter Faces"
INKCTMH Distressing Inks "Chocolate", Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot"
OTHERStickles "Black Diamond" & "Star Dust", Smooch Pearlized Top Coat, Prismacolor colored pencils, Sakura gel pen, Fiskars corner rounder, 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday November Linky Challenge, anything goes
Die Cuttin' Diva's -  Challenge #142, Thanksgiving
FCCB -  Challenge #188, "Sparkle & Bling"
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday Funday #15, anything goes
The Paper Girls -  Challenge #44, "It's Time To Give Thanks"
4 Crafty Chicks -  Challenge #169, anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack -  Fun-Day Friday Challenge #27, "Thankful"
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #107 (Psalm 19:1), anything goes
Paper Playtime -  Challenge #24, anything goes
Little Scrap Pieces -  Fun Friday Linky Party, anything goes
HIMCR -  Challenge #125, Thanksgiving
Craft Your Passion -  Challenge #190, Thanksgiving/Give Thanks
Make It Monday -  Linky Party #168, anything goes


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Thanks so much for visiting me & have a wonderful week!

-Diana ♥

Sunday, November 3, 2013

A Little More Halloween

Hello friends! I hope you are having a fab weekend thus far! I am still playing catch-up from my whirlwind trip to Nashville for my brother's wedding. Since I've been traveling & very busy, I hadn't posted any of my Halloween cards, so I've decided I'll just go ahead & post them over the next couple of days. Better late than never, right?....


  

SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Create A Critter 2"
PAPERDoodlebug
STAMPStudio G
INKTsukineko Brilliance "Platinum Planet"
EMBOSSINGVersaMark Watermark stamp pad, CTMH Embossing Powder "Silver", Marvy Uchida heat tool
RIBBONDoodlebug 
OTHERPrismacolor colored pencils, Stickles "Star Dust" & "Black Diamond", CTMH Liquid Glass, Fiskars Paper Edgers, Scrapp'n Supplies rhinestones, Smooch Pearlized Top Coat, Creatology google eyes


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Challenges:

BBTB2 -  Halloween
Happy Campers -  Challenge #23, Halloween
Craftin Desert Diva's -  Linky Party #18, anything goes, entry #2
Paper Playtime -  Challenge #22, "Googlie Eyes"
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #144, anything goes, entry #2
Twisted Tuesday -  Challenge #62, anything goes, entry #2
Die Cuttin' Diva's -  Challenge #139, anything goes
Perfect Sentiments -  Challenge #98, Fall or Halloween
5 Simple Things -  Inspire Me Fridays #127, anything goes
Little Scrap Pieces -  Fun Friday Linky Party, anything goes
Simon Says Stamp -  Anything goes


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Thank you so much for visiting me & enjoy the rest of your weekend!

-Diana ♥

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Many Thanks

Hello crafty peeps! I hope you're having a great week. I just returned from a trip to Nashville, TN for my brother's wedding. Because of Lexi's health issues, I made it a very quick trip.... back & forth between California & Nashville in 72 hours! Needless to say, I'm a wee bit tired. The wedding was amazing & I had so much fun, but I'm glad to be back home with Lexi & my other babies.

For today's post, I have a set of four 4 x 4" thank you cards. I just got this stamp from CTMH & I think it is so stinkin' adorable! I also made matching envelopes, which I am very into lately....







SIZE:  4 x 4"
PAPEREcho Park, DCWV, Core'dinations, Bazzill
STAMPCTMH "Flowering Thanks"  *** Available for purchase HERE ***
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Black", VersaMagic "Spring Pansy" & "Aloe Vera"
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with "Swiss Dots" & "Simple Flowers" folders
OTHERPrismacolor pencils, Fiskars Paper Edgers, Offray ribbon, Stickles "Eucalyptus", Ranger Liquid Pearls "Baby Blue" & "White Opal", Viva Decor Pearl Pen "Lilac", We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday October Linky Challenge, anything goes, entry #2
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday Funday Link Party #14, anything goes
5 Simple Things -  Inspire Me Fridays #126, anything goes
Little Scrap Pieces -  Fun Friday Linky Party, anything goes
Craftin Desert Diva's -  Linky Party #18, anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #144, anything goes
Twisted Tuesday -  Challenge #62, anything goes
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #103 (Galatians 6:14), anything goes


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Thank you for visiting me & I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Diana ♥

Sunday, October 13, 2013

XOXO

Hello crafty friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday. I've been so consumed with taking care of Lexi that it's hard to focus on anything else. It turns out she is in kidney failure now, in addition to the liver tumor. It wasn't just an infection, like we had hoped it would be. For the most part she is in good spirits, so we just take it day by day & treasure every moment with her.

I have made numerous cards over the past few months, but have just never gotten around to posting most of them. So I'm going to start with this one....






SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Simple Cards"
PAPERK&Company
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with "Swiss Dots" folder
STAMPSCTMH "In My Heart" & "Simple Stitches"
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Desert Sand"
OTHEROffray ribbon, Ranger Liquid Pearls "White Opal", Fiskars corner punch, Scrapp'n Supplies heart gems


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday October Linky Challenge, anything goes
Happy Campers -  Challenge #22, flowers, 2nd entry
5 Simple Things -  Inspire Me Fridays #124, anything goes
Die Cuttin' Diva's -  Challenge #136, use brown
Hiding In My Craft Room -  Challenge #119, Super Scraps Saturday
Little Scrap Pieces -  Fun Friday Linky Party, anything goes
Simon Says Stamp -  Wednesday Challenge, use rubber or clear stamps 
CAS-ual Fridays -  Challenge #117, use real or faux stitching


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Thank you so much for visiting me today!

-Diana :)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Giveaway Winner!

Hello friends! I'm so sorry it has taken me so long to announce the winner of my giveaway. We found out last week that, in addition to her liver tumor, Lexi is now in kidney failure. We had a really rough few days & I was thinking it was time, but then yesterday she sprang up with bright eyes & has been eating & she's taken me for 3 walks through the vineyard since yesterday. Miracle of miracles! I know not to get my hopes up because her condition is fatal, but I'm just enjoying & treasuring these days when she is her happy self again!


And now.... on to the winner!....


Congrats to you, Diana!!

I already have your shipping info, so I will get this prize bundle on its way to you early next week. 

Thank you to everyone who entered & I'll be back soon with some more cards to share!


-Diana :)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Bear Hugs & An Awesome Giveaway!

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Hello crafty friends! My posting has been kind of sparse recently because I'm so preoccupied with Lexi. We got some more potentially bad news this week that now her kidneys might be starting to fail. We're still waiting on some more test results, so there's lots of prayin' going on in our little world! We're really hoping beyond all hope that it's just a kidney infection, which can be cleared up with a few weeks of antibiotics, but we'll have an answer in the next couple days.

Anyway, I find it helps me to make ridiculously cheerful cards (online shopping also helps but that's a whole other issue), so that's what I've been focusing on. I made this pop-out frame card for my sister-in-law's birthday. Once again, I used the Jinger Adams All-Occasion card kit, which I am still obsessed with :)









 


SIZE:  5 x 6"
CRICUTImagine
CARTRIDGES:  "Better Together" & "Teddy Bear Parade"
PAPERJinger Adams & Core'dinations
STAMPSMy Pink Stamper "Fabulous Phrases", "More Punny-licious" & "Itty Bitty-licious", CTMH "Card Word Puzzle"
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Holiday Red", Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot"
PUNCHES Martha Stewart & Fiskars
OTHER Jinger Adams cardstock stickers, CTMH Liquid Glass, Stickles "Fruit Punch" & "Star Dust", Fiskars Paper Edgers, Sakura gel pens

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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday September Linky Challenge, anything goes
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday {Fun}day #13, anything goes
Happy Campers - Challenge #22, flowers
5 Simple Things -  Inspire Me Fridays #121, anything goes
Hiding In My Craft Room -  Challenge #116, "Lots of layers"
Little Scrap Pieces -  Fun Friday Linky Party, anything goes
Sister Act -  Challenge #25, anything goes (cards only)
Simon Says Stamp -  Wednesday Challenge, anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #139, anything goes
Totally Gorjuss -  Challenge #202, "Dotty"

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GIVEAWAY!

All you have to do to enter is comment on this post. That's it! You don't have to become a follower to qualify. 
The deadline is Friday, October 4th @ 11:59pm PST
I will use random.org to pick the winner.

Here is the prize bundle....

CardMaker card kit "Simple Comfort", CTMH "Live Out Loud" stamp set, Cuttlebug "D'Vine Swirls" embossing folder, K&Company adhesive borders (pack of 28)


 Thank you for visiting me! Have a blessed day!

-Diana :)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Birthday Pop-Up Card

Hello my fellow crafty peeps! I hope you are all having a wonderfully fabulous weekend! It's been pretty warm here - 93° today - but bearable, so I'm not complaining :)  Today's card is one I made for my daughter-in-law, Kayla's birthday. I had to wait until she received it before I could post it, lol. Anyway, I used my new card kit from Jinger Adams, which I purchased from HSN recently. It is such a fun kit! The only bummer about these pop-up cards is that they're really hard to photograph well. I did the best I could but it truly does look much better in person. You'll just have to take my word for it :) ....


Front
 

Inside - flat




Inside - upright

SIZE:  5 x 6"
CRICUTExpression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Elegant Edges" & "Don Juan"
PAPERJinger Adams
STAMPCTMH "Joyful Birthday Occasions" set
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Desert Sand"
OTHERJinger Adams cupcake embellishment, Fiskars Paper Edgers "Victorian", Martha Stewart pearls, rhinestones from my stash, Sakura pen

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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday September Linky Challenge, anything goes
Paper Playtime -  Challenge #18, use 3 different papers
Little Scrap Pieces -  Fun Friday Linky Party, anything goes
Happy Campers -  Challenge #21, use a stamp
Seize The Birthday -  Birthday theme
Pink Cricut -  Link Up Tuesday, anything goes
Cute Card Thursday -  Challenge #285, "Pretty In Pink"
Red Carpet Studio -  Challenge #52, anything goes
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #96, anything goes
5 Simple Things -  Inspire Me Fridays #119, anything goes
Totally Gorjuss -  Challenge #200, anything goes
Crazy 4 Challenges -  Challenge #202, flowers & pearls

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Thank you so much for visiting me! I hope the rest of your weekend is awesome!

-Diana :)

Friday, August 30, 2013

Pretty Pastels

Hello & happy Friday to you! I hope you're all gearing up for a fabulous weekend! My stepson, his girlfriend & our 18-month-old grandson are all coming over on Sunday to go swimming & just hang out. Our pool is still in the creation phase, but my parents have a pool & they live just over the hill from us.

Anyway, moving on to today's card....I love this cardstock & how it goes perfectly with the ink colors. I absolutely love soft pastels & I'm pretty happy with how this turned out....




 
Inside

SIZE:  5.25"
CRICUTExpression, Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Art Philosophy"
PAPERCore'dinations (base), Jillibean Soup "Southern Chicken Dumpling Soup" pad
STAMPSCTMH "Just For You" set
INKTim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot", VersaMagic Chalk Ink "Pixie Dust", "Aloe Vera", "Sea Breeze"
OTHERStickles "Star Dust", Ranger Liquid Pearls "White Opal", Martha Stewart pearls

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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday August Linky Challenge, anything goes
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday {Fun}day #12, anything goes
Paper Playtime -  Challenge #17, pearls
Craftin Desert Diva's -  Linky Party #13, anything goes
Die Cuttin' Diva's -  Challenge #130, "Just Because"
Exploring Cricut -  "Cricut Choice", use at least 2 cuts
Pink Cricut -  Link Up Tuesday, anything goes
Simon Says Stamp -  Anything goes
5 Simple Things -  Inspire Me Fridays #118, anything goes
Happy Campers -  Challenge #21, use a stamp
Little Scrap Pieces -  Fun Friday Linky Party, anything goes

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Thank you for visiting me & I hope you have a spectacular holiday weekend!

-Diana :)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Anniversary Cuties

Hello friends! I can't believe that another week is just flyin' by! All the Christmas In July challenges really freaked me out - realizing that Christmas will be upon us before we know it. Really?? Please make it stop! Anyway, today's card is one I made for my parents' anniversary. They're celebarting 45 years of marriage! I'm so grateful to them for being such awesome role models for me & my brother. And, of course, they are wonderful grandparents to all 4 of their granddogs :)




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SIZE:  5" square
PAPERBasic Grey "Max & Whiskers" collection
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with Darice "Paws & Bones" folder
STAMPSMy Pink Stamper "Itty Bitty-licious" set, CTMH "For Every Occasion" set
INKTim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot", CTMH Distressing Inks "Chocolate"
OTHERBasic Grey "Max & Whiskers" chipboard embellishments, Recollections dog bone brads, Fiskars corner punch, Shibata ribbon, foam tape

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Challenges:

Mojo Monday -  Sketch Challenge #304
Paper Playtime -  Challenge #15, patterned paper, 2nd entry
Pink Cricut -  Link Up Tuesday, anything goes
Die Cuttin' Diva's -  Challenge #126, anything goes
Simon Says Stamp -  Wednesday Challenge, anything goes
Cute Card Thursday -  Challenge #280, anything goes
Crafty Ribbons -  Challenge #55, circle(s)
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday August Linky Challenge, anything goes
5 Simple Things -  Inspire Me Fridays #114, anything goes
Frosted Designs -  Fabulous Friday Challenge, embossing
Creative Corner -  Challenge #30, polka dots

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Thank you for stopping by & enjoy the rest of your weekend!

-Diana :)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Christmas In July

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you are all having a lovely weekend. I guess I spoke too soon in my last post when I said Lexi was doing so well. A couple nights ago she collapsed while we were going for our nightly walk through our vineyard. I was able to lift her back up on her feet after a brief rest & then she was fine, but it scared me to see my big strong girl so helpless & not able to control her body. I know that her leaving me is eminent, but I just can't seem to wrap my mind around the idea of losing her. I keep saying I'm not ready, but I guess I'll never really be ready.

Anyway, let's move on to a happier topic.... my "Christmas In July" card! I didn't have a plan of attack when I started it, but I guess my mojo kicked in because I'm really happy with how it came out. I love how the tree is just 3 triangles layered over each other.... super simple! The colors really don't reproduce well in this photo, so they are much prettier in person!




SIZE:  4.75 x 6"
CRICUTExpression, Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "George & Basic Shapes", "Art Philosophy", "My Quiet Book"
PAPERMartha Stewart, CTMH cardstock "Colonial White" & "Slate"
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with "Swiss Dots" & "Distressed Stripes" folders
PUNCHESMartha Stewart "Aspen Snowflake" edge punch, Fiskars corner rounder
STAMPSK Andrew Designs "Winter Wishes" set
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Slate"
OTHER:  rhinestone flourish, star & brad from my stash, foam tape

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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday July Linky Challenge, anything goes, 2nd entry
An Inky Situation -  Linky Party #1, anything goes, 2nd entry
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday {Fun}day #11, anything goes, 2nd entry
Krafty Girls -  Challenge #22, anything goes
Paper Playtime -  Challenge #15, patterned paper
Pink Cricut -  Link Up Tuesday, anything goes
Frosted Designs -  Fabulous Friday Challenge, "The Great Outdoors"
5 Simple Things -  Inspire Me Fridays #113, anything goes
Hiding In My Craft Room -  Challenge #108, "Christmas In July"
Totally Gorjuss -  Challenge #194, "Christmas In July"
Little Scrap Pieces -  Fun Friday Challenge, "Christmas In July"
Jo's Scrap Shack -  Fun-Day Friday Challenge, "Bling It Up"
Creative Corner -  Challenge #29, "Christmas In July"
Love To Create -  Challenge #75, "Hugs & Wishes"

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Thank you so much for stopping by & enjoy the rest of your weekend!

-Diana :)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Birthday Window Card

Hello friends! My gosh, it seems like forever since I've posted! I can't believe how fast time flies by. I've been busy & preoccupied spending as much time as I possibly can with my Lexi girl. I'm happy to report that she's doing well & hasn't had any major symptoms yet - thank God! I cherish every single day with her that God gives us.

Anyway, today's card isn't for anyone in particular, but I always seem to need birthday cards, so I like to keep a stash on hand. I much prefer to make a custom card for each individual, but sometimes birthdays just sneak up on me & I don't have time. I'm sure y'all can relate!




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SIZE:  5.25" square
CRICUTExpression, Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Art Philosophy"
PAPERBo Bunny "Surprise!" Collection, Core'dinations
STAMPSCTMH "Joyful Birthday Occasions" set, Anna Griffin "Essential Sentiments" set
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Holiday Red"
PUNCHESMartha Stewart "Geometric Frames", Fiskars corner rounder
OTHERRecollections gems & stars, Stampendous embossing powder "Kaleidoscope", foam tape

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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday July Linky Challenge, anything goes
Hiding In My Craft Room -  Challenge #107, "Freestyle"/anything goes
Five Simple Things -  Inspire Me Fridays #112, anything goes
An Inky Situation -  Linky Party #1, anything goes
Pink Cricut -  Link Up Tuesday, anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks -  Challenge #151, "Let's Hear It For The Boys"
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday {Fun}day #11, anything goes
My Creative Moments -  Word Play Saturday - July Challenge, Birthdays

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Thank you so much for visiting me today & have a fabulous weekend!!

-Diana :)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Tweet Wishes

 Hello crafty friends! I know it's been a while since I've posted, but life just takes over sometimes :) Anyway, I'm back with a new card today. It is part of a set I made for one of my Aunts....




Inside


SIZE:  A2
PAPERGraphic 45 "Secret Garden" Collection, Core'dinations
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with "Swiss Dots" folder
STAMPSMy Pink Stamper "Itty Bitty-licious" & "Punny-licious" stamp sets
INKCTMH  Exclusive Inks "Desert Sand" & "Chocolate"
PUNCHESMartha Stewart, Fiskars
OTHERCTMH Liquid Glass, Stickles "Patina" & "Eucalyptus", Ranger Liquid Pearls "White Opal", Fiskars Paper Edgers "Clouds", Offray ribbon


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Entering in these challenges:

Animal Friends -  Challenge #2, at least 1 animal & checkers, plaid or stripes
Celebrate The Occasion -  Challenge #110, anything goes
Crafter's Cafe -  Challenge #16, Mothers or for a female
Crafting Musketeers -  Challenge #1, anything goes
Crafty Ribbons -  Challenge #44, anything goes with ribbon
Cute Card Thursday -  Challenge #267, "Come Fly With Me"
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge/Linky Party, anything goes
Dream Valley -  Challenge #56, no squares
Five Simple Things -  Inspire Me Fridays #101, anything goes
Hiding In My Craft Room -  Challenge #96, "Name Your Colors" (pink, green, brown)
Love To Create -  Challenge #63, dies and/or punches
Paper Playtime -  Challenge #9, embossing
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #118, anything goes
Pause Dream Enjoy -  Challenge #9, "Outdoor Critters"
Pink Cricut -  Link Up Tuesday, anything goes
Scrappy Frogs -  April challenge, "Think Spring"
Simon Says Stamp -  "Happy Mail" (just because, no specific occasion)
Sister Act -  Challenge #5, anything goes
Sisterhood Of Crafters -  "Free For All" (anything goes)
Stampin' For The Weekend  -  Die cuts or punches
The Perfect Sentiment Challenge #77, feminine
Twisted Tuesday -  Challenge #49, anything goes


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Thank you so much for visiting me! Have a fabulous day!

-Diana :)