Saturday, December 29, 2012

Just A Little More Christmas....

Hello friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season! I haven't posted in a while because I was just too busy with getting ready for Christmas, as I'm sure many of you can relate. My Christmas was awesome & I wanted to share my most favorite gift, which my husband gave me....


Yes, it's the new teal Cricut Expression 2! Isn't she beautiful?! It's a Michaels exclusive & it comes with the "French Manor" cartridge. Of course it also comes with the 2 pre-loaded cartridges: "Cricut Alphabet" & "Cricut Essentials". Since I already have 3 Cricuts in my craft room, I have to do some rearranging before I hook it up. I'm in the middle of remodeling my craft room so I just have to wait to find the perfect spot for it, but I can't wait to try it out!

Anyway, I do have a card to share with you today. I made it before Christmas, but haven't had a chance to post it until now....


SIZE:  5.5" square
CRICUTImagine
CARTRIDGES:  "Mr. Frosty", "Art Philosophy", "Create A Critter 2"
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with "Distressed Stripes" folder
PAPERCore'dinations white cardstock
OTHERStickles "Star Dust" & "Xmas Red", CTMH Liquid Glass


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Entering in these challenges:

Card Makin' Mamas -  Christmas or New Year's
Craft Junkie Too -  TGIF Linky Party #78, anything goes
Cute Card Thursday -  Challenge #249, anything goes
Die Cuttin' Divas -  Challenge #95, "More Holiday Spirit"
Divas By Design -  Challenge #66, anything goes
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge/Linky Party, anything goes, 2nd entry
Dream Valley -  Challenge #47, Christmas, 2nd entry
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday {Fun}day #4, anything goes, 2nd entry
Go Fish -  Challenge #31, anything goes
Hiding In My Craft RoomChallenge #78, "Freestyle"
Little Scrap Pieces - Fun Friday Challenge, "Winter"
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #100, anything goes
Pause Dream Enjoy -  Challenge #52, anything goes
Simon Says Stamp -  Anything goes
Simply Create -  Linky Party #15, anything goes
Stuck On U Sketches -  Die Cut Challenge, "I Deer-ly Love Christmas"
Totally Gorjuss -  Challenge #164, "New" ("Create A Critter 2" cartridge is new)


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

-Diana :)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Thoughts & Prayers

Hi everyone. I just want to do a quick post to express my condolences to the victims & families in Newtown, CT. It's so hard to accept that one very ill person could cause so much heartbreak to so many. There's really nothing I can say to make it better, but I want to offer my prayers & love to those affected by this tragedy.

It's times like this when our faith in God can be challenged, but it's times like these when we need Him most. I wish for everyone to have faith & know that prayer does work & God can ease the suffering if you let Him into your heart. My love, prayers & thoughts go out to all the dear people suffering from heartbreak tonight & always. May God be with you....





-Diana :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Giveaway Winner!....

Hello friends! I hope you are all having a lovely week! I apologize for not doing this earlier today, but I have a winner for last week's CTMH Inspirational Wednesday giveaway. And the winner (selected using random.org) is....


Congratulations Lisa!! Please email me at: leeleecarddesigns@gmail.com with your mailing address so I can get your CTMH Idea Books right out to you :)

One more thing.... We will be taking a short break from our CTMH Inspirational Wednesday posts until after the holidays. We will resume our normal posting schedule on 1/9/13. Of course, I will still continue to have regular posts during this time. As usual, you may shop for CTMH products anytime at my online store by clicking HERE or the icon at the top left of this page. 

Thank you for stopping by & have a fabulous day! 

-Diana :)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Fabulous "Folk Art Festival"

 ***To check out my current giveaway, please click HERE ***

Greetings crafty friends! I hope everyone is surviving the holiday madness, lol. My biggest challenge around this holiday time is to stop buying stuff for myself & start focusing on others. I know it's really selfish, but is it still bad if I'm confessing it? I know - clearly I have issues, but who doesn't, right? I'm just sayin'....

Anyway, enough about me (at least for right now). I have a Christmas card to share with you today, which I'm very excited to say that I made with my new "Folk Art Festival" cartridge. I saw this cartridge when it first came out on "Hello Thursday" & I have been obsessed with getting it ever since. So, after going to 3 different Michaels stores (it's a Michaels exclusive), I finally found one! And it was on sale for $34, so merry early Christmas to yours truly! So, here is the first card I've made with it....


SIZE:  4.5"
CRICUTImagine
CARTRIDGES:  "Folk Art Festival" & "Mr. Frosty"
PAPERCore'dinations
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Hollyhock"
OTHERJoAnn glitter, Zig glue pen, foam tape


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Entering in these challenges:

Crafty Friends -  Challenge #12, CAS
Cricut Cardz -  Challenge #122, "Tis The Season"
Die Cuttin' Diva's -  Challenge #94, "Holiday Spirit"
Divas By Design -  Challenge #64, "Let It Snow"
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge/Linky Party, anything goes
Dream Valley -  Challenge #47, Christmas
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday {Fun}day #4, anything goes
Go Fish -  Challenge #30, Christmas
Joyful Stamper -  Inspire Me Fridays #88, anything goes
Little Scrap Pieces -  Fun Friday Challenge, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas"
Scrappy Moms StampsTerrific Tuesday Challenge, "Christmas Time"
Simon Says Stamp -  Snowflakes
Totally Gorjuss -  Challenge #161, "Oh No Snow"
2 Sisters -  Challenge #121, Snowflakes
Use It Tuesday -  Challenge #45, Christmas/Hannukah, (stash item is "Mr. Frosty" cartridge, which I haven't used in over a year)


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

-Diana :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

CTMH Inspirational Wednesday #4 ***With A Giveaway***

Hello & happy Wednesday to you! It is, once again, raining like mad here & we're anticipating more power outages, flooding, washed out roads & fallen trees. I love the rain & winter is my favorite season, but it scares me a little when we have this much rain. I hope everyone is managing to stay safe & at least somewhat dry!....

Today's post represents the 4th week of a new venture that two of my CTMH sister consultants & I are doing. We're calling it CTMH Inspirational Wednesday & it is simply us showing you projects we've made with some of the fabulous Close To My Heart products.

For some more awesome inspiration, please check out Patti's projects HERE & Linda's projects HERE.

To see all the wonderful products CTMH has to offer, please click HERE to visit my store.

Today I have another card I made using the CTMH card kit "Around The Holidays"....



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And now.... onto the giveaway!....


These are CTMH Idea Books (Autumn/Winter 2012 & Spring/Summer 2012). These are so much more than just a catalog! Each 144 page book contains tons of inspirational project ideas, tutorials & tons of pictures of amazing cards, layouts, home decor, etc.

All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment on this post by 12/11 at 11:59pm PST. I will use random.org to pick the winner, which I will announce on my next CTMH Inspirational Wednesday post on 12/12.


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

-Diana :)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Fun With New Stuff

Hello everybody out there in blog-land! I hope you are all surviving the madness that is December, lol. We had some outrageous storms over the weekend, which left its mark on our property with washed out roads, flooded vineyards, fallen trees, etc. I am very grateful that it's all fixable stuff & I know I'm so lucky compared to so many who had real life-changing damage from Superstorm Sandy. I don't even dare to compare, but being in California my whole life, this storm was definitely a big deal for us!

Moving on.... I do have this "Thank You" card to share with you today. I recently acquired some Anna Griffin & David Tutera items & have been having a lot of fun playing around with them....Here is one of the first cards I've made....


Below is the inside of the card, which is hard to read due to the glare from the gold embossing, but it says "You're The Best".....


SIZE:  A2
PAPERAnna Griffin, David Tutera, Core'dinations
STAMPSCTMH "Kudos" set, Inkadinkado single stamp
EMBOSSINGVersaMark watermark stamp pad, Recollections embossing powder "Clear Gold", Marvy Uchida heat tool
PUNCHMartha Stewart 
RIBBONAnna Griffin
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Desert Sand"
OTHERFiskars Paper Edgers "Victorian" & "Clouds", adhesive gold dots from my stash 



Thank you for visiting me!!

-Diana :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

CTMH Inspirational Wednesday #3

Hello my crafty friends! Is it seriously Wednesday again already?? And another week has flown by just like that.... sheesh!

Today's post represents the 3rd week of a new venture that two of my CTMH sister consultants & I are doing. We're calling it CTMH Inspirational Wednesday & it is simply us showing you projects we've made with some of the fabulous Close To My Heart products.

For some more awesome inspiration, please check out Patti's projects HERE & Linda's projects HERE.

To see all the wonderful products CTMH has to offer, please click HERE to visit my store.

This card is a quick little cutie I whipped up using the CTMH card kit "Around The Holidays"....



I just love this kit & will be featuring some other creations from it throughout the month of December, so stay tuned!


Thanks so much for taking the time to visit me & have a fabulous Wednesday!

-Diana :)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Kick Off Your Shoes!

Hello friends! Happy belated Thanksgiving to you all! I hope it was yummy & wonderful! I'm sure you will all agree with me that we are truly so blessed in this beautiful country of ours. I'm so grateful to have so many relatives around & to be able to see the ones who don't live close by, during this festive time of year.

This is a quick post to share some signs I made for our guest house. We recently had one of our guest houses completely remodeled & we had guests in it this week for the first time. So, I made these 2 cute little signs to put up by each of the main entrances. I made them in a winter theme, which will give me an excuse to make new ones each season. Like I need an excuse to craft!.....





SIZE:  6 x 8"
CRICUTExpression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Songbird"
PAPERCore'dinations cardstock, DCWV "The Winter Matstack"
PUNCHMartha Stewart "Aspen Snowflake"
INKVersaMagic "Platinum Planet"
OTHER:  snowflake embellishments from my stash

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Thank you so much for stopping by today!! Sending BIG holiday love to everyone!!

-Diana :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

CTMH Inspirational Wednesday #2 & Giveaway Winner

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you are all having a good week & getting ready to enjoy some yummy festivities! Today's post is the 2nd week of a new thing 2 of my CTMH sister consultants & I are doing. We're calling it CTMH Inspirational Wednesday & it will just be us showing you projects we've made with some of the fabulous Close To My Heart products.

For some more awesome inspiration, please check out Patti's projects HERE & Linda's projects HERE.

To see all the wonderful products CTMH has to offer, please click HERE to visit my store.

Since things have been really crazy in my world this week, I'm re-posting a couple older cards of mine. To see the original post with all the details & more photos,  please click HERE





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And now.... it's time to announce my giveaway winner from last week!!....

Leslie Hanna

Leslie - I have already sent you an email notification, but please contact me at:  leeleecarddesigns@gmail.com if you haven't received it. Congratulations!!


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Thank you for stopping by & I wish all my U.S. friends a happy Thanksgiving!!

-Diana :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

CTMH Inspirational Wednesday With A Giveaway

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you are all having a good week so far. Today's post is a new thing 2 of my CTMH sister consultants & I are introducing. We're calling it CTMH Inspirational Wednesday & it will just be us showing you projects we've made with some of the fabulous Close To My Heart products.

For some more awesome inspiration, please check out Patti's projects HERE & Linda's projects HERE.

To see all the wonderful products CTMH has to offer, please click HERE to visit my store.

I have several "Thank You" notes to send out - most of them long overdue, so I decided to make some mini cards. So far I have this set of 4 cards....





                                      

SIZES: 3.5 - 4"
CRICUTExpression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Fontopia"
PAPERCTMH paper packet "Cherry-o" 
STAMPSCTMH "Say It In Style" & "Kudos" stamp sets
INKCTMH Distressing Inks "Chocolate" & Exclusive Inks "Indian Corn Blue" & "Hollyhock"
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with "Swiss Dots" folder, VersaMark Watermark stamp pad, Recollections clear embossing powder
OTHERCTMH Liquid Glass, Stickles "Star Dust", Martha Stewart pearls, Darice rhinestones, foam tape


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***GIVEAWAY***

CTMH "Nature's Delight" mini stamp set


All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment on this post by Tuesday 11/20 at 9pm PST. I would love it if you became a follower but it is not required. I will be using random.org to pick the winner. I will announce the winner on next week's CTMH Inspirational Wednesday post.


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Entering in these challenges:

Heart 2 Heart -  "Gratefulness" 
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge/Linky Party, anything goes
Cricut Cardz -  Challenge #120, "Attitude of Gratitude"
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday {Fun}day #3, anything goes
Scrappy Frogs -  November challenge, Thanksgiving or "Thank You" card
Dream Valley -  Challenge #45, anything goes
My Sheri Crafts -  Challenge #98, "Give Thanks"
Use It Tuesday -  Challenge #43, "Be Thankful", use stash (old patterned papers)
Simon Says Stamp -  Thanksgiving/"Thank You"
Simply Create Too -  Challenge #26, "Use Your Stash" (old patterned papers)
Shopping Our Stash -  Challenge #77, "Thank You" or Thanksgiving, use stash (old patterned papers)


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Thank you so much for visiting me today! Have a wonderful day!

-Diana :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

So Thankful

Hello my sweet friends! I hope you are having an awesome start to your weekend! It's gotten really cold here the last few days. I know I know..... I'm a wuss from California, but 35 degrees at night is cold for us, lol.

I made this card & then discovered that it fit in with several challenges this week. I love it when that happens!


 
Inside

SIZE:  5.25" square
CRICUTExpression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Fontopia", "Art Philosophy"
CARDSTOCKCore'dinations, Jillibean Soup "Apple Cheddar Soup" mini pad
STAMPCTMH "Say It In Style" set
INKCTMH Distressing Inks "Chocolate"
PUNCHESMartha Stewart 
OTHER CTMH Opaques Adhesive Gems "Mocha", foam tape


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Entering in these challenges:

Little Scrap Pieces -  Fun Friday Challenge, Thanksgiving
FCCB -  Challenge Me Monday #136, Fall leaves
Go Fish -  Challenge #28, yellow & orange
Creative Cutter Room -  Design Time Thursday, use Gypsy
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge/Linky Party, anything goes
Cricut Cardz -  Challenge #120, "Attitude of Gratitude"
Paper Playtime -  Challenge #88, Autumn colors
Stampin' Sisters In Christ -  Challenge #164/Colossians 1:3-5, thankful or prayer
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday {Fun}day #3, anything goes
Joyful Stamper -  Inspire Me Fridays #84, anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #93, "Thank You"
Simply Create -  Linky Party #10, anything goes
The Crafter's Cafe -  Challenge #10, "Thank You"
Scrappy Frogs -  November challenge, Thanksgiving or "Thank You" card
The Paper Girls -  Challenge #19, "Thanks"



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Thank you for stopping by!!

-Diana :)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Spotlight Sunday Baby!


Hello my crafty friends! This is just a quick post to let you know that I'm the subject for today's FCCB Spotlight Sunday.

If you would like to check me out, click HERE.

I would especially like to thank my sweet friend & DT member, Arin for putting this together! I'm really honored to be featured today!

Thank you for stopping by!


-Diana :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Save The Pitties

Hello & happy Halloween! I would first like to say that my prayers are with those of you who have been affected by hurricane Sandy. Unfortunately, every now & then nature reminds us just how powerful she is. Yikes!

Now I would like to give you a little insight into today's card. Besides crafting, my other obsession is dogs (Pit Bulls specifically, but I love all breeds). I love this breed & believe they are tragically mistreated, misunderstood & misrepresented by humans. I will spare you from my preaching today, because this is a crafting blog, but if you would like more info or have questions feel free to email me (contact info on left sidebar). However, I would like to share just one quote that pretty much says it all, in my opinion....

 "In the 70s we blamed the German Shepherd.
In the 80s we blamed the Doberman.
In the 90s we blamed the Rottweiler.
And today we blame the Pit Bull.
 When will we blame the humans?"
-Cesar Milan


                        

SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression, Gypsy, Imagine
CARTRIDGES:  "Pet Shop", "Something To Celebrate", "Lori's Garden"
CARDSTOCKTPC Studio "Paws & Claws", Echo Park "Dots & Stripes", Core'dinations, David Tutera (card base)
PUNCH EK Success
INK CTMH  Distressing Inks "Chocolate"

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Entering in these challenges:

DL.ARTThankful Thursday Challenge/Linky Party, anything goes, 6th entry
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday Funday #2/link party, anything goes, 6th entry
Joyful Stamper -  Inspire Me Fridays #82, anything goes, 2nd entry
Simply Create -  Linky Party #8, anything goes, 2nd entry
Die Cuttin' Diva's -  Challenge #89, anything goes
FCCB -  Challenge Me Monday #135, polka dots
Paper Playtime -  Challenge #87, anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #92, anything goes
Twisted Tuesday -  Challenge #30, anything goes
Use It Tuesday -  Challenge #42, orange & hoarded supplies (old TPC Studio cardstock, first time using "Pet Shop" cartridge, very old paw print punch)

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Thank you very much for visiting me today!

-Diana :)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sympathy Card

Hello my friends! I always feel like I'm jinxing myself when I make a sympathy card with no intended recipient. However, they are nice to have on hand just in case. Truthfully, I actually enjoy making them when I don't have to, lol. Anyway, here is today's card, which just happens to be Cricut-less (gasp!). Please note that the orange flower looks uneven, but it's just the glare from the Liquid Glass messing with me & keeping me from getting an accurate picture....



SIZE:  A2
CARDSTOCKCTMH & Core'dinations
STAMPK Andrew Designs "Sympathetic Sayings" 
INKTim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot"
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with Crafts-Too "Hearts & Frames" folder
PUNCH Martha Stewart
RIBBON:  from my stash (unknown)
OTHERCTMH flower embellishments & Liquid Glass, Martha Stewart pearls, Sakura gel pen, foam tape


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Entering in these challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge, sympathy/get well
Joyful Stamper -  Inspire Me Fridays #82, anything goes
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday Funday #2, anything goes, 5th entry
Simply Create -  Linky Party #8, anything goes


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Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

-Diana :)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ewe Are The Best!

Hello friends & happy Monday! First of all, I would like to say happy birthday to my Mom! I'm very lucky & blessed that my mother & my best friend are one & the same. Secondly, I am a happy girl right now because it's supposed to rain this week :) Winter is my favorite season & I absolutely love the rain! Thirdly, I have a quick & simple card to share with y'all today....


SIZE:  5"
CRICUTExpression & Imagine
CARTRIDGES:  "Art Philosophy" & "Imagine More Cards"
CARDSTOCKCore'dinations
STAMPS:  My Pink Stamper "Even More Punny-licious" stamp set
INKTim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot"
OTHERSmooch pearlized top coat, Sakura micro pigment ink pen, foam tape


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Entering in these challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge/Linky Party, anything goes, 4th entry
Little Scrap Pieces -  Fun Friday Challenge, use blue 
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday Funday #2, anything goes, 4th entry
Cricut Cardz -  Challenge #118, anything goes, 3rd entry
Simply Create -  Linky Party #7, anything goes
Charisma Cardz -  Challenge #41, clean & simple
Joyful Stamper -  Inspire Me Fridays #81, anything goes


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


-Diana :)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Oh Ship!

Hi there! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! Today's card was inspired by the FCCB challenge (see link below), which is to use a ship image in honor of Columbus Day. A ship is not something I would normally choose to make, but I guess that's why they call it a challenge, right? Anyway, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out....


SIZE:  A2
CRICUT Expression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Wrap It Up"
CARDSTOCKCore'dinations, Paper Layerz, Recollections, scraps
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with "Distressed Stripes" folder
INKCTMH Distressing Inks "Chocolate"
RIBBONCelebrate It
OTHERCTMH pearls & Liquid Glass, Stickles "Candy Cane" & "Eucalyptus", Studio G glitter glue, foam tape


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Entering in these challenges:

FCCB -  Challenge #132, use ship image
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge/Linky Party, anything goes, 3rd entry
Crafty Friends -  Challenge #8, dry embossing, 2nd entry
Craftymess -  Challenge #19, anything goes, 3rd entry
Joyful Stamper -  Inspire Me Fridays #80, anything goes, 2nd entry
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday Funday #2, anything goes, 3rd entry
Hiding In My Craft Room -  Challenge #67, Super Scraps Saturday, use scraps
2 Sisters -  Challenge #113, anything goes, 2nd entry
4 Crafty Chicks -  Challenge #111, "Tag! You're It!"
Cricut Cardz -  Challenge #118, anything goes, 2nd entry

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Thank you for visiting me today! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

-Diana :)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Happy Owl-oween!

Hello & happy weekend, my friends! Today I have another Halloween card to share (I'll spare you a repeat of the pun in the title)....



SIZE:  5"
CRICUTExpression, Gypsy
CARTRIDGE"Artiste"
CARDSTOCKCore'dinations, Echo Park "Dots & Stripes - Homefront" paper pad
OTHERCTMH Liquid Glass, Stickles "Black Diamond" & "Orange Peel", EK Success dew drops, Sharpie pen, foam tape


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 Entering in these challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge Linky Party, anything goes, 2nd entry
Joyful Stamper -  Inspire Me Fridays #80, anything goes
Totally Gorjuss -  Challenge #152, anything goes, 2nd entry
Simply Crafts -  October 2012 challenge, Halloween, 2nd entry
Craftymess -  Challenge #19, anything goes, 2nd entry
Paper Issues -  "Halloween Harvest Time", 2nd entry
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday Funday #2, anything goes, 2nd entry
My Sheri Crafts -  Challenge #96, Halloween
2 Sisters -  Challenge #113, anything goes
Challenge Up Your Life -  Challenge #80, Halloween/Autumn 
Cricut Cardz -  Challenge #118, anything goes

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Thank you for visiting me today! Have a fantastic weekend!....

-Diana :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Boo To You!

Hello friends! I hope you are all having a spectacular week so far. For those of you who don't know, we have 18 acres of vineyard on our property. Yep, it's harvest time! The workers arrived at 5am this morning & will hopefully be done in 2 or 3 days. It's weird because whenever I look out my window I see a sea of about 30+ people picking in the vineyard. It really is amazing how fast they get it done though! Anyway, I do actually have a card to share today, so I'll stop my rambling & get on with it :) ....

SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression
CARTRIDGES:  "Art Philosophy" & "Artiste"
CARDSTOCKCTMH, Core'dinations & Echo Park "Chillingsworth Manor" paper pad
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with Darice "Spiderweb" folder
INK Tim Holtz "Black Soot" & Inkadinkado "Linen White"
TWINEThe Twinery "Charcoal"
OTHER CTMH chipboard, Stickles "Black Diamond", Smooch topcoat, Fiskars paper edgers, EK Success dew drops & Sharpie ultra fine point marker

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Entering in these challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge Linky Party, anything goes
Paper Playtime -  Challenge #85, "Trick or Treat", use die cut or punch
Little Scrap Pieces -  Fun Friday Challenge, Halloween
Die Cuttin' Diva -  Challenge #86, use 3 favorite fall colors (black, green, orange)
Joyful Stamper -  Inspire Me Fridays #79, anything goes
Simply Create -  Linky Party #5, anything goes
Totally Gorjuss -  Challenge #152, anything goes
Simply Crafts -  October 2012 challenge, Halloween
Craftymess -  Challenge #19, anything goes
Crafty Friends -  Challenge #8, dry embossing
Paper Issues -  "Halloween Harvest Time"
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday Funday #2, anything goes

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Thank you for visiting me today! Have an amazing day!

-Diana :)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Cupcake Card

Howdy folks! I hope you are all having a fabulous week! Today I have this quick little card to share with you....


SIZE:  5"
CRICUTExpression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Wrap It Up" & "Art Philosophy"
PAPER Martha Stewart "Modern Festive" paper pad & Echo Park "Dots & Stripes - Homefront" paper pad
OTHERStickles "Star Dust", Studio G glitter glue, Darice rhinestones


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Entering in the following challenges:

FCCB -  Challenge Me Monday #130, "Birthday Celebration", must include a candle
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge, "1000 Posts Linky Party", anything goes
My Sheri Crafts -  Challenge #94, "My Family" (for Auntie's birthday)
Dream Valley Challenges -  Challenge #41, "Celebrations"
Joyful Stamper -  Inspire Me Fridays #78, anything goes


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Have a wonderful day!


-Diana :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Mini Cards

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far! Today I'm sharing some mini cards I made last week. I've been so busy I just haven't gotten around to posting them until now....







SIZE:  3.5"
CRICUT:  Expression & Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Everyday Pop-Up Cards", "Wild Card" & "Art Philosophy"
CARDSTOCKCTMH "Avonlea" collection
STAMPSCTMH "Everyday Life" 
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Chocolate" & Exclusive Inks Marker "Twilight" 
OTHERCuttlebug embossing strip, Stickles "Star Dust" & CTMH Liquid Glass 


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 Entering in the following challenges:
Heart 2 Heart -  Mini cards, use CTMH products
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge, "1000 Posts Linky Party", anything goes, 3rd entry
Joyful Stamper -  Inspire Me Fridays #77, anything goes
Simply Create Too -  Challenge #22, anything goes
My Sheri Crafts -  Challenge #94, "My Family" (cards are a gift for one of my Aunties) 
Cooking With Cricut -  Wonderful Wednesday Cricut Challenge #104, texture (embossing & Stickles on flower pot, Liquid Glass on teapot) 
Shopping Our Stash -  Challenge #69, embossing                                     


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Thank you for visiting me today!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 

-Diana :)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Giveaway Winner!

Hello my sweet friends! I'm sorry, I know I said I would do this yesterday but time just got away from me & it turned into a very busy day. So without further adieu, the winner of my giveaway is.....

The winner was determined by random.org

Here is the stamp set you won....

Of Mice & Lil Men

Please email your mailing address to me at:  leeleecarddesigns@gmail.com & I will get this out to you right away.

Congrats & thanks for taking the time to comment!


-Diana :)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Window To My World

Hello everyone! Happy Thursday! I hope your week is going well. We are finally getting some cooler weather up here, which is so nice. I am so over the heat, lol. I do have a card for you today, but first I have to share these photos from last night's sunset! I know pictures don't do it justice but I just had to show you anyway....

North vineyard



North vineyard


Main barn

Doesn't that almost look like the barn is about to be engulfed in flames?! Thank goodness it was just the sun & clouds, lol.

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Sorry about my little diversion there, but here is my card....


SIZE:  A2
CRICUT Imagine
CARTRIDGES:  "Spring Cottage" & "Hopscotch"
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug "Distressed Stripes" & "D'Vine Swirls" embossing folders
PAPERCore'dinations cardstock
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Chocolate"
OTHER:  vellum, brads, fabric trim & flowers are all from my stash

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Entering in these challenges:
Joyful Stamper -  Inspire Me Fridays #74, anything goes, 2nd entry
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge, "1000 Posts Linky Party", anything goes, 2nd entry
Little Scrap Pieces -  Fun Friday Challenge, use pink
Craft Your Passion -  Monday Challenge #126, use flowers

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

-Diana :)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Happy Fall Y'all & A Giveaway

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Hello friends! Ok... so I got a little ahead of myself on my last post. That wasn't my last design team post for Getting Cricky, but today is. Anyway, it's the first Sunday o' the month, which means it's time for another Simply Sunday Challenge. Our theme this month is "Happy Fall Y'all". Here is my contribution....


SIZE:  4 x 8"
CRICUTExpression
CARTRIDGES:  "Designer's Calendar" & "Straight From The Nest"
CARDSTOCKCTMH & Core'dinations
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug machine, Darice "Spider Web" folder (leaves), Recollections Embossing Powder "Clear Bark" (sentiments), VersaMark Watermark stamp pad
PUNCHMartha Stewart
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Chocolate"
OTHERCTMH Liquid Glass

For the sentiments, I used these K Andrew Designs stamp sets....

Southern Sayings
K Andrew Designs

Winter Wishes
K Andrew Designs

To order these sets for yourself, just click on the images above. To check out all of the stamp sets, click HERE.

If you would like to participate in this challenge, click HERE to join in the fun!

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Also entering in these challenges:
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge, 1000 Posts Linky Party, Anything goes
Joyful Stamper -  Inspire Me Fridays #74, Anything goes
Craft Your Passion -  Monday Challenge #125, "Emboss It"


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GIVEAWAY!!
Since this is my final post as a design team member, I thought I should do something fun to commemorate it. So.... I am giving away this brand new K Andrew Designs stamp set (one of my favorites!)....

Of Mice & Lil Men

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. You don't have to become a follower to qualify (but I would love it if you did). The deadline to enter is 11:59pm on 9/7 (Friday). I will use Random.org to select a winner, which I will announce on 9/8.


Thank you so much for visiting me today! Have a fantastic Sunday!


-Diana :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Bittersweet Day

Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well on this lovely Wednesday! Today's post is a little bittersweet for me because it is my last official post as a member of the Getting Cricky Design Team. As much as I have LOVED these last 5 months, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for the next DT term. This was my first design team experience & I have learned so much! I truly cherish the relationships I have developed with my DT sisters & I appreciate & admire each of them so very much. What a talented & special group of ladies!

Okay, before I get too emotional, let's move on to today's projects, lol. I am a featured DT member again today at Getting Cricky, along with the awesomely talented Lisa from A Mermaid's Crafts. If you haven't already, give yourself a real treat & check out her blog. She is truly one of the most brilliant crafters I've ever seen.

I have 2 projects to share with you - this card is new & the second card is a "flashback" from an earlier post....



SIZE:  5.25" square
PAPER:  from my scraps (mostly Core'dinations)
PUNCHMartha Stewart
INKTim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot", VersaMagic Chalk Ink "Pixie Dust"
OTHERCTMH chipboard, purple Smooch, Fiskars paper edgers "Victorian", Stickles "Star Dust"

For the sentiment, I used this K Andrew Designs stamp set (my favorite!)....

Owly Hoo Sentiments
K Andrew Designs

To purchase this stamp set, click on the image above. To check out all of the stamp sets, click HERE


Entering in the following challenges:
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge; "Birthday Linky Party"; anything goes
Joyful Stamper -  Inspire Me Fridays #73; anything goes
Hiding In My Craft Room -  Challenge #60; Mix It Up Saturday; "Share A Challenge" (use any listed here)
Frosted Designs -  Fabulous Friday Challenge; use chipboard 
Stampin' Sisters In Christ -  Challenge #154; use punches, dies or shapes; inspired by Isaiah 64:8
Krafty Girls -  Anything goes, final challenge

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Here is my "flashback" card, which features the same stamp set....

To see my original post with all the details, click HERE



Thank you so much for visiting me today! I hope the rest of your week is fabulous!


-Diana :)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sympathy Card

Hello friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far! Monday is over - whoo hoo!! Anyway, I am one of the featured design team members at Getting Cricky today. For my project I made this multi-fold card (at least I think that's what it's called). I only make sympathy cards when I have to, but sometimes they're just necessary. It's a sad but true part of life. I made this for a friend of ours who just lost her 108-year-old grandfather. Personally, I think making it to 108 is cause for celebration, but I realize this is still a sad time for the family. As far as sad sentiments go, I really love this one....



SIZE:  5x7" (outside card), A2 (inside card)
CRICUTExpression
CARTRIDGE:  "Elegant Edges"
PAPER:  Kraft cardstock, K & Company "Bailey" paper pad
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Chocolate"
OTHEROffray ribbon, Fiskars corner punch, Martha Stewart mini pearls, Scrapbook Adhesives pop dots


The lovely sentiment came from this K Andrew Designs stamp set....

Sympathetic Sayings

To order this set for yourself, click on the image above. To check out all of the stamp sets, click HERE.


Entering the following challenges:
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge, Birthday Linky Party, anything goes
Joyful Stamper -  Inspire Me Fridays #73, anything goes
Hiding In My Craft Room -  Challenge #60, Mix It Up Saturday, "Share a Challenge" (any listed here)
Stampin' Sisters In Christ -  Challenge #154; use punches, dies or shapes; inspired by Isaiah 64:8


Thank you for stopping by today & I promise my next post will be a happier one!


-Diana :)