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!




Inside


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 :)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Peacock Card

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful Wednesday! We have been enjoying some absolutely fab whether here in our little corner of the world. Anyway.... I'm happy with how today's card turned out, but it really doesn't photograph well for some reason. The colors are much brighter in person & you can see that she has Stickles on the ends of each feather. Oh well, I wanted to share it with you anyway, so you'll just have to trust me that it's much prettier in person....




SIZE:  5 x 6.5"
CRICUTImagine
CARTRIDGES:  "French Manor" & "Spring Chic"
PAPER Core'dinations
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with Lifestyle Crafts folder
INKTsukineko "Platinum Planet"
PUNCHESFiskars corner punches
OTHERStickles "Star Dust", Viva Decor Pearl Pen "Ice White", foam tape


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Entering in these challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge/April Linky Party, anything goes
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday {Fun}day #8, anything goes
Hiding In My Craft Room -  Challenge #93, "Super Scraps Saturday" (I used old paper scraps, printed on my Imagine months ago)
Make It Monday -  Challenge #136, anything goes
Pink Cricut -  "Link Up Tuesday", anything goes  
Scrappy Frogs -  April Challenge, "Think Spring"
Simply Create Too -  Challenge #35, "Use Your Stash" (I used old paper scraps & my "Spring Chic" cartridge for the 1st time)
The Sisterhood Of Crafters - Animal(s)


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Thank you so much for stopping by to visit me! Have a spectacular day!

-Diana :)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Snappy Birthday!

Hello my fellow crafty peeps! Happy Tuesday! Today I'm sharing the card I made for my Dad's birthday last week (he loves jazz), using my new Cricut Circle exclusive cartridge, which I absolutely love!....


SIZE:  4 x 6"
CRICUTExpression
CARTRIDGE:  "Animal Antics"
PAPERDCWV
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug machine, Darice "Reptile" folder
PUNCHMartha Stewart
STAMPMy Pink Stamper "More Punny-licious" set
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Dutch Blue", Tsukineko "Galaxy Gold" & "Cosmic Copper"
OTHERCTMH Liquid Glass, Fiskars circle punch, Stickles "Black Diamond" & "Xmas Red", Creatology googly eye, foam tape


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Entering in these challenges:

Card Makin' Mamas -  no patterned paper
Crafty Catz -  Challenge #177, anything goes
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge/April Linky Party, anything goes
Dream Valley -  Challenge #54, "Happy Birthday"
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday {Fun}day #8, anything goes
FCCB -  Challenge Me Monday #155, use yellow & triangle(s)
Paper Playtime -  Challenge #7, use a pun
Simon Says Stamp -  "Happy Birthday" or celebration
Simply Create Too -  Challenge #34, animals
Totally Gorjuss -  Challenge #178, anything goes + sparkle
2 Sisters -  Challenge #138, anything goes


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Thank you for visiting me today!!

-Diana :)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hap-bee Birthday

Hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. It's sprinkling off & on here but it's 62 degrees & quite pleasant. The birds & frogs are out singing & croaking so it's a happy day! The card I have to share with you today is for my Aunt's birthday (she promised me she wouldn't peek at my blog until after she received it, lol). She lives in Connecticut so it's going to take a few days for it to make its way across the country. I hope she likes it & I hope y'all do too!.....






Inside


SIZE:  3.5 x 7"
CRICUTExpression, Gypsy
CARTRIDGES:  "Walk In My Garden" (card feature), "Garden Soup" (text)
PAPEREcho Park, Core'dinations, Colorbok
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug with "Honeycomb" folder
PUNCHESMartha Stewart, EK Success
TWINEThe Twinery "Charcoal"
INKTim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot", CTMH Exclusive Inks "Sunny Yellow"
OTHERStickles "Black Diamond", Scrapp'n Supplies rhinestones


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Entering in these challenges:

BBTB2Use any Cricut card feature 
Card Makin' MamasNo patterned paper
Craft Junkie Too -  TGIF Linky Party #89, anything goes, 2nd entry
DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge/Linky Party, anything goes, 5th entry
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday {Fun}day #7, anything goes, 5th entry
HIMCR -  Challenge #91, freestyle/anything goes
My Sheri Crafts -  Challenge #107, "Spring Has Sprung"
Paper PlaytimeChallenge #6, use a bee 
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #113, anything goes, 2nd entry
Pause Dream Enjoy -  Challenge #6, anything goes, 3rd entry
Shop Pumpkin Spice -  Challenge #13, Spring animals/insects, to shop click HERE
Simon Says StampAnything goes, 2nd entry
Use It Tuesday -  Challenge #52, "All About Spring", 2nd entry, my hoarded supplies: cardstock & punch


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

-Diana :)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Crazy For Daisies

Hi friends! I hope you are all having a lovely week so far. I got the idea for today's card from a similar one I saw on the Martha Stewart website. I actually bought this punch specifically so I could make this card. It was originally done in all very light pastels, but I decided to brighten it up a bit & go with these rainbow colors. I also made some other changes & additions to make it my own....




Inside


SIZE:  5.25" square
PAPERRecollections cardstock (card base), Lawn Fawn "Bright Side" Petite Paper Pack, My Minds Eye "Dwell" paper pad
PUNCHESMartha Stewart "Daisy Chain Trim" double-edge punch & "Mini Daisy" punch-around-the-page
STAMPCTMH "Say It In Style" stamp set
INKTim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot", VersaMagic chalk ink "Spring Pansy" & "Pixie Dust"
OTHERViva Decor Pearl Pen "Ice White"


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Entering in these challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge/Linky Party, anything goes, 4th entry
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday {Fun}day #7, anything goes, 4th entry
Party Time Tuesdays -  Challenge #113, anything goes
Pause Dream Enjoy -  Challenge #6, anything goes, 2nd entry
Red Carpet Studio -  Challenge #29, "The Secret Garden", use flowers
Simon Says StampAnything goes
Use It Tuesday -  Challenge #52, "All About Spring", my hoarded supplies: cardstock & Pearl Pen
Craft Junkie Too -  TGIF Linky Party #89, anything goes


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Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

-Diana :)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Hexagon Birthday Card

Hello my sweet crafty friends! I have to say that I'm kind of oblivious when it comes to following trends, but I am really liking this recent hexagon craze. Now that I've caught on, it's probably old news already, lol. I've also been obsessed with decorating the insides of my cards lately. I keep it pretty simple, but even a little bit of detail on the inside can really make a difference. Anyway, here's my card for today....




Inside

SIZE:  A2
CRICUTExpression
CARTRIDGE:  "My Quiet Book"
PAPER Lawn Fawn "Bright Side" Petite Paper Pack, CTMH
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug machine with "Honeycomb" folder
STAMPSCTMH "Say It In Style" (sentiment) & "Nature's Delight" (butterfly)
INKTim Holtz "Black Soot"


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Entering in these challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge/Linky Party, anything goes, 3rd entry
Dream Valley -  Challenge #52, Mother's Day or for a female, 3rd entry
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday {Fun}day #7, anything goes, 3rd entry
Hiding In My Craft Room -  Challenge #89, use 3 designer papers
Use It Tuesday -  Challenge #51, "Diecuts, Punches & Cutouts" (used old papers/cardstock), 2nd entry
Pause Dream Enjoy -  Challenge #6, anything goes
Craft Junkie Too -  TGIF Linky Party #88, anything goes


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Thanks for visiting me today & happy Friday to you!

-Diana :)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

My First "Creative Cards" Project

Hello all! I hope you are all having a lovely week so far. We are certainly enjoying some beautiful weather here in northern Cali! I'm so excited because I recently acquired the new "Creative Cards" cartridge & am loving it so far! Here is the first project I made with it, which is one of the tri-fold cards....


Front 


Opening front flap

Inside

SIZE:  5.25"
CRICUTExpression
CARTRIDGE:  "Creative Cards"
PAPERCTMH (card base), Echo Park, Debbie Mumm (scraps)
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug machine, "D'Vine Swirls" & "Swiss Dots" folders
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Sunny Yellow" & "Orange"
OTHERStickles "Black Diamond", CTMH Liquid Glass, Tombow velcro fastener tabs (to hold front flap closed)

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Entering in the following challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge/Linky Party, anything goes, 2nd entry
Dream Valley -  Challenge #52, Mother's Day or for a female, 2nd entry
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday {Fun}day #7, anything goes, 2nd entry
Hiding In My Craft Room -  Challenge #88, "Super Scraps Saturday", 2nd entry
Joyful Stamper -  Inspire Me Fridays #99, anything goes, 2nd entry
Paper Playtime -  Challenge #5, anything goes, 2nd entry
Use It Tuesday -  Challenge #51, "Diecuts, Punches & Cutouts" (used old papers/cardstock)

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Thank you for visiting me today!

-Diana :)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Cricut-less Thank You Cards

Hello my friends! I hope you are all having a fantastic March so far! Yes, I actually ditched my Cricuts (gasp!) to make these cards. Sometimes it's refreshing to re-visit the old school ways of crafting, before Cricuts & such. Anyway, here are a couple of simple cards I made the other day....



SIZE:  A2
PAPERMy Mind's Eye "Lucky In Love" paper pad, Colorbok (scraps), David Tutera (card base)
STAMPSCTMH "A Little Everything" (D1408) & "For Every Occasion" (D1187)
INK CTMH Exclusive Inks "Holiday Red" & "Crystal Blue", VersaMagic Chalk Ink "Pixie Dust"
OTHER Fiskars Paper Edgers "Ripple", foam tape

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Entering in the following challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge/Linky Party, anything goes
Dream Valley -  Challenge #52, Mother's Day or for a female
Every Day Is An Occasion -  Sunday {Fun}day #7, anything goes
Hiding In My Craft Room -  Challenge #88, "Super Scraps Saturday"
Joyful Stamper -  Inspire Me Fridays #99, anything goes
Paper Playtime -  Challenge #5, anything goes

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Thank you for stopping by & have a glorious Sunday!!

-Diana :)