Monday, July 28, 2014

"Take Me Out To The Ball Game"

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you are all surviving another Monday. Today starts a new challenge over at FCCB called "Take Me Out To The Ball Game". Click HERE to check it out. Now I know that the song is technically about baseball, but you can make any project with a sports theme.
  


Challenge #221 ~ SPORTS THEME
"Take Me Out To The Ball Game"
 
 
This Weeks Sponsor
SVG Cutting Files

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used.


Here is my project....





Inside 


SIZE:  5.5" square
CRICUT Expression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Create A Friend" & "Edge To Edge"
PAPERDoodlebug; Bazzill; Core'dinations; DCWV
STAMP SETCTMH "Banner Wishes"
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Holiday Red" & "Star Spangled Blue"
OTHERMartha Stewart corner punch; Jolee's soccer ball; rhinestone stars from my stash; Smooch Pearlized Top Coat; American Crafts colored pencils; 3M foam tape


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Thank you for visiting me & have a fantabulous day!!

-Diana ♥

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Just Keep Swimming

Hello & happy Sunday to you! I'm feeling blessed to be enjoying another gorgeous California weekend with my human husband & canine children. Today's card is another scene card, which I seem to be into recently. I also seem to be stuck on the beachy & oceany (is that a word?) themes lately, so I'm just goin' with it!




Inside


SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Animal Antics", "Cherry Limeade", "Create A Critter", "Pet Shop"
PAPERBazzill; CTMH; Core'dinations; Recollections
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with "D'Vine Swirls" folder
STAMP SETPeachy Keen Stamps "Critter Faces"
INKTim Holtz "Black Soot" & "Antique Linen"; VersaMagic "Sea Breeze"
OTHERCTMH Liquid Glass; Smooch Pearlized Top Coat; Fiskars punches; Sakura gel pens


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday July Linky Challenge; anything goes; 2nd entry
Crafty Catz -  Challenge #240; "Hot Summer"  
Creative Card Crew -  Challenge #66; sea/beach
Cut It Up -  Challenge #49; "Under The Sea"
Die Cuttin' Diva's -  Challenge #174; "Just Beachy"
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Peachy Keen Stamps -  Challenge #14-11; photo inspiration
Pumpkin Spice -  Challenge #78; anything goes
Simon Says Stamp -  Wednesday Challenge; "Spots & Dots"
Simply Create Too -  Challenge #66; "For A Child"


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Thank you for visiting me & have a fantastic day!

-Diana ♥

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Day At The Beach & Happy News!

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you are all surviving another Monday. Today I finally get to share some news that I've been sitting on for several weeks now....

I am now a member of the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog (FCCB) Design Team!

I'm so honored & grateful to have been chosen for this team & I look forward to a lot of creative fun! Obviously, today is my first post for the DT & it's for the challenge listed below. As you can see, we have an awesome sponsor & prize, so please come join us!....


 Happy Monday and welcome to another Challenge Me Monday!



Challenge #219 ~ Day at the Beach

This Week's Sponsor
$50.00 Gift Certificate

~This Week's Challenge~
Create a project related to the beach

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used.


 Here is my project with details listed below....


 


SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Animal Antics" & "Serenade"
PAPERBazzill; Core'dinations; Recollections
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with Darice "Wood Grain" folder
STAMP SETK Andrew Designs "Sweet July"
INKTim Holtz Distress Ink "Vintage Photo"; CTMH Distressing Inks "Chocolate"
OTHERStickles "Vintage Photo" & "Black Diamond"; Smooch Pearlized Top Coat; 3M foam tape


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

-Diana ♥

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hooray For The Red, White & Blue!

Hi everyone! It's been a few weeks since my last post, but I'm really going to try to step up my posting this month. This summer is actually turning out to be quite busy for us, which I didn't expect. Lexi is still chugging right along, which is an absolute miracle! She just turned 14 & only occasionally has a couple minor symptoms from the tumor. We are so very grateful to have this time with her. Every day is a gift.

Today I have a quick & simple card to share with you. I embossed the white base with a new folder I just got & then started messing around, putting red & blue dots in coordination with the embossing pattern. I wasn't really planning on making a card with it, but then I quite liked the way it turned out, so I went ahead & made it into this 4th of July card....




SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Artiste"
PAPERCore'dinations; CTMH
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with Anna Griffin "Matelasse" folder
STAMP SETSK Andrew Designs "Sweet July"; CTMH "Frosted"
INKCTMH Distressing Ink "Dutch Blue"; CTMH Exclusive Ink "Holiday Red"
TWINEThe Twinery
OTHERSharpie pens; rhinestone stars from my stash; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday July Linky Challenge; anything goes
FCCB -  Challenge Me Monday #217; anything goes
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
BBTB2 -  4th of July
Pause Dream Enjoy -  Linky Party #13; many layers
Crafty Catz -  Challenge #237; anything goes
My Sheri Crafts -  Challenge #136; "A Star is Born" (use at least 2 stars)
Simon Says Stamp -  Wednesday Challenge; anything goes
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #138; anything goes (must use sentiment)
Pumpkin Spice -  Challenge #77; red, white & blue
Twisted Tuesday -  Challenge #79; red, white & blue (twist: stars)


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Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

-Diana ♥

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Simple Wedding Card

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week! I made this card a few weeks ago, but never got around to posting it. I liked the simple design so I made a few extras to keep in my card stash. This one was for some friends of ours who got married after dating for 10 years! There really aren't many places better than the Napa Valley wine country for weddings, in my opinion :)  We are so fortunate & grateful that we get to call it home.




SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Elegant Edges" & "Storybook"
PAPERAnna Griffin; Core'dinations; Bazzill
STAMP SETCTMH "For Every Occasion"
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with "D'Vine Swirls" folder; CTMH embossing powder; VersaMark watermark stamp pad; Marvy Uchida heat tool
INKVersaMagic "Platinum Planet"
OTHERFiskars corner rounder; gems from my stash; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

FCCB -  Challenge Me Monday #213; replenish your card stash
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday June Linky Challenge; anything goes
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
BBTB2 -  alter a Cricut cut
Make My Monday -  weddings
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #135; anything goes with sentiment


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Thank you for visiting me & have a fabulous day!!

-Diana ♥ 

Friday, May 30, 2014

My New & Improved Craft Room!

Hello, my friends! I hope you are having a fab week! I'm so excited that my new craft room is finally finished! Thanks to my bestest friend, Megan, who helped me with the whole thing - including the motivation to get it done. As I mentioned in my last post, I had been living with a highly disorganized craft room for way too long. Our contractor friend did the built-in shelves for me, which I absolutely love! So, here it is - my new favorite place!....


View from doorway


My desk/work area


New built-in floor to ceiling shelves. To give you an idea of how deep the shelves are, the Cricut cartridge cases on the top shelf are 3 rows deep. There are about 150 total.


Lower shelves

My babies! My Imagine machine is broken, so now it serves as a $400 shelf for my Expression 2.  


My embossing desk/area (and my sleeping baby, Lexi)

My awesome view!



Well.... there you have it! Thank you so much for taking the time to check it out!


-Diana ♥

Sunday, May 18, 2014

For My Mama

Hello, my crafty friends! Hallelujah - it's the weekend! I hope you are enjoying it. Our Mother's Day celebration got put off due to my Grandparents' health issues. My mom had to be with them, which is about 2 hours away, so I didn't get to see her until later in the week. Anyway, this is the card I made for her....




Inside


SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Kate's ABCs" & "Mother's Day 2010"
PAPERLawn Fawn; DCWV; Recollections
STAMP SETCTMH "A Little Everything"
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Sunflower"
PUNCHESMartha Stewart
OTHERGypsies Moon lace trim; Scrapp'n Supplies gems; 3M foam tape


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Challenges:

FCCB -  Challenge Me Monday #210; "Celebrate Mom"
Die Cuttin' Diva's -  Challenge #165; "Wobble It" or add dimension
Simon Says Stamp -  Monday Challenge; "M"
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday May Linky Challenge; anything goes; 2nd entry
My Sheri Crafts -  Challenge #133; use at least 3 flowers
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #132; anything goes with sentiment
A Little Bit Crafty -  "Flower Power"
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Totally Gorjuss -  Challenge #236; lace


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Thank you so much for stopping by & have a great day!!


-Diana ♥

Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Heartfelt Thanks

Hello my fellow crafty peeps! I hope you are having a wonderful week! I am so excited because the remodeling of my craft room starts in a few days. This is a long overdue project & my room has become such a disaster. Since we moved here my theory has been "oh well, just put it anywhere cuz I'm gonna re-do it soon anyway." Yeah well.... that was 3 years ago, so you can imagine the disorganization that surrounds me by now! I'm just looking forward to being able to see what I actually have, since currently there are just stacks & stacks of things everywhere & so much of my stuff is just buried.

Anyway, I do have a card to share today, so I hope you like it. This is kind of a different style for me, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out....




SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Artiste"
PAPERCTMH "Cloud 9" card kit
STAMP SETLawn Fawn "Many Thanks"
INKCTMH "Sunset" & "Ocean" Exclusive Inks
OTHERCTMH washi tape & shimmer trim; Martha Stewart edge punch; Fiskars corner rounder punch; Sakura gel pen


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday May Linky Challenge; anything goes
FCCB -  Challenge Me Monday #209; patterned paper
Heart 2 Heart -  "Take 5"; CTMH products required
HIMCR -  Challenge #NSD05; "Thank You"
Little Scrap Pieces -  Saturday Linky Party; anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #171; polka dots
Simon Says Stamp -  Monday Challenge; "Five"
Word Art Wednesday -  Challenge #131; anything goes with a sentiment


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Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a fabulous day!


-Diana ♥

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Another Year Wiser

Howdy folks! I hope you all had a spectacular Easter! We went out to dinner with my husband's family, which was really fun. Today's card is one I made last week for my Dad's birthday. He reminds me very much of a wise owl. I just love this little guy so I thought he'd be perfect....




Inside


SIZE:  5"
CRICUTExpression 2 & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Wild Card 2" & "Birthday Bash"
PAPERBazzill; Core'dinations


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Challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday April Linky Challenge; anything goes; 3rd entry
Pause Dream Enjoy -  Linky Party #8; anything goes; 2nd entry
BBTB2 -  "Birds Of A Feather"
A Little Bit Crafty -  April Challenge; "The Birds & The Bees"
The Sisterhood Of Crafters -  "Things With Wings"
Cut It Up -  Challenge #43; birthday cards
Simon Says Stamp -  Wednesday Challenge; clean & simple


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Thank you for stopping by & have a fabulous day!

-Diana ♥

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. 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 ♥