Monday, July 30, 2012

Artiste Project #2

Hello everyone! Well, I got so excited about receiving my Artiste bundle last week that I may have overdone it a little. I think it was when my husband actually had to carry me into bed because I kept falling asleep sitting up with sharp objects in my hands & refused to leave my craft room, that I realized I might be a little too obsessed. So, after sleeping for the past 2 days, I'm back! I have a fun little card to share with you that I made right before I experienced the aforementioned unconsciousness....

SIZE:  4" square
CRICUTExpression, Gypsy
CARTRIDGE:  "Artiste
PAPERCreative Imaginations, DCWV "Madly In Love" Stack
STAMPS K Andrew Designs "Southern Sayings", CTMH  "Perfect Fit Frames - Flair"
INKTim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot", CTMH  Exclusive Inks "Slate"
OTHER: Stickles "Black Diamond", Smooch, Sakura pen

I hope you enjoyed my card & thanks for stopping by!

-Diana :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

First ARTISTE Project

Hello friends! I hope you are enjoying your week so far. I have literally been planted in my craft room because I've been playing with my new Cricut/CTMH Artiste cartridge! I just became a CTMH consultant (more on that later, I'm still getting set up) so I was able to get it early. Let me just say that I thought they topped out with Art Philosophy, but I stand corrected. This cartridge is soooo amazing! Let's just say that there is a new Big Papa in my craft room!

Usually when I get a new cartridge there are maybe a few images that I want to make right away, but I literally want to make every single one on this cartridge! If I could have only one cartridge for the rest of my life, it would be this one. Okay so (breathe) ...... my head has been swimming with ideas & I've been messing around with some images & the coordinating stamps (yes, you get 3 stamp sets included when you buy the cartridge!), but I am now moving on to some complete projects, lol. My ADD is in overdrive right now!

I will be posting new projects throughout the next week (or maybe month .... or year, lol) & today I have the first one....

Envelope front....

Envelope back....

SIZE:  4.6" square
CARTRIDGES"Artiste" (pgs. 54, 56) & "Elise" (color palette & patterns)
EMBOSSINGCuttlebug "D'Vine Swirls"
PAPERCore'dinations white cardstock
INKCTMH Exclusive Inks "Chocolate"
OTHEREK Success adhesive gems, Studio G glitter glue

I really hope you enjoyed my first project & I'll be back shortly with more! Thanks for stopping by & have a fabulous day!

-Diana :)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Getting Cricky Blog Hop - "Celebrate This"

Hello friends! Welcome to this month's Getting Cricky Blog Hop! If you've hopped along from my fabulous DT sister, Jennie then you are in the right place. If you are just joining me & would like to start at the beginning with Kristal's blog, please click HERE.

The theme this time is "Celebrate This". This was actually perfect timing for me because my parents are celebrating their 44th wedding anniversary today! 

Here is the card I made for them & to share with all of you....

PAPERCore'dinations white & black cardstock, The Paper Company "Mulberry" linen paper
INKTim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot"
OTHER Fiskars corner rounder & scallop scissors, Sakura pens, foam tape

These are the K Andrew Designs stamp sets I used....

I Heart You
K Andrew Designs

Southern Sayings
K Andrew Designs

To purchase these stamp sets, just click on the previews above. To check out all of the stamp sets, click HERE.

Thank you so much for hopping with us today! Now it's time to hop along to your next stop, my super talented DT sister, Christel

Enjoy the rest of the hop!

Monday, July 16, 2012

It's Flashback Time!

Hello & happy Monday! If you came here via the Getting Cricky blog, then you saw a picture of my featured "flashback" project for today....

If you want to see the details of this card, you can go to my original post by clicking HERE

For the next 12 days (from today until July 28th), Getting Cricky will be featuring flashback posts from all of my fellow DT members, so make sure you stop by each day to check it out! There will also be some guest designers & tutorials in the mix on a few of the days, so you definitely don't want to miss those!

Thanks so much for visiting me today! Have an excellent week!

-Diana :)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

More French Fun

*** My challenge entry is card #2 (please scroll down) ***

 Hello my friends! I hope you're having a fabulous weekend! Today I am one of the featured design team members at Getting Cricky, along with my super-talented DT sister, Lisa from A Mermaid's Crafts. We only feature the photos of our projects on Getting Cricky, so I'm posting all the details here. I have 2 cards to share with you today. I hope you enjoy!....

SIZE:  6.5"

CRICUT:  Imagine & Expression

CARTRIDGES:  "Four Legged Friends", "Art Philosophy", "Nursery Tails" (patterned paper & color palette)

PAPER:  Core'dinations white cardstock

INK:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot"

OTHER:  Glossy Accents, clear rhinestones, dew drops, black Sakura pen 

And here is Card #2....

SIZE:  5 x 7"

CRICUT:  Imagine

CARTRIDGES:  "Art Philosophy", "Bubblegum Stripes" (color palette)

EMBOSSING:  Cuttlebug "Swiss Dots" folder

PAPER:  Core'dinations white cardstock

INK:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot"

RIBBON:  Offray "Antique White"

OTHER:  Darice rhinestone flowers

Entering this card into the following challenges: 

Party Time TuesdayChallenge #76, "Let's Get Punchy", use punches or die cuts
4 Crafty ChicksChallenge #98, "Stripes", use any kind of stripes
Joyful StamperInspire Me Fridays #67, Anything goes
Little Scrap Pieces -  Fun Friday Challenge, Anything goes
Frosted Designs -  Fabulous Friday Challenge, "Stamping"
Stampin' Sisters in ChristChallenge #148, "Sparkle"
Challenge Up Your LifeChallenge #73, "Rainbow"

For both of my cards I used this mini stamp set by K Andrew Designs....
French Thanks

For a limited time you can get this stamp set FREE with any $25+ order at K Andrew Designs!!

Thank you so much for visiting me today!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

A French Thank You....

Hello friends! Or should I say bonjour? And that represents the extent of my French language proficiency, lol. Anyway, I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend so far! I have made a cheery little card to share with you today.... (I just realized it looks very similar to my blog background, so it's safe to say that I love bright/cheery/pastel flower designs!)....

SIZE:  4.25" square

PAPER:  White Core'dinations cardstock, Echo Park "Hello Summer" 6x6" paper pad

INK:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Black Soot"

TWINE:  The Twinery "Charcoal", "Blossom", "Pink Sorbet", "Honeydew"

OTHER:  CTMH chipboard, Fiskars scalloped circle punch, black Sharpie pen, Stickles "Star Dust"

For the sentiment I used this K Andrew Designs stamp set....

Isn't it adorable?! This set could be yours FREE with any $25 minimum purchase!
There is a cool new thing going on at K Andrew Designs right now....
You can save $1 off any $20 minimum purchase if you skip the plastic packaging.
That's right!'s our contribution to a greener Earth!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

DL.ART -  Thankful Thursday Challenge, "Thank You" project

Go Fish -  Challenge #20, "Thank You" card

Critter Sketch Challenges -  Challenge #122, use sparkles

Scrapbook Sisters -  Card Challenge # 91, use one stamp

4 Crafty Chicks -  Challenge #97, use red & white

Pause Dream Enjoy -  Challenge #27, use sunset colors

Joyful Stamper -  Inspire Me Fridays #66, Anything goes

Thank you for visiting me today!!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Thank You Shawn & Jeff at "My Cut Search"!!

Hello! I have a crafty post coming later today, but right now I want to take the time & show my appreciation for two amazing people! By now I'm sure most of you know about the website My Cut Search, the FREE searchable database for Cricut images. This genius site was created by Jeff & Shawn Mosch.

Well, I had been using it faithfully for many months, but then for some reason I wasn't able to access the site & it's been like that for several months now. Anyway, I was totally bummed out but I just kind of accepted it after a while. Then I started thinking how weird it was that it was the only site I couldn't access, plus I was driving myself nuts constantly looking through my handbooks to find an image!

Shawn & I became DT sisters in April, so I mentioned my problem to her a few weeks ago. Next thing I know I'm getting emails from her & Jeff with some possible solutions. The first few didn't do anything, but they kept at it. Jeff had me do some things to my computer, which I don't even pretend to understand, but finally we found a solution that worked! Hooray!

I wanted to write this so people can know how amazing they are. It goes way beyond typical customer service because they were genuinely concerned that I wasn't able to utilize their site. They didn't have to help me as much as they did, but they happily took on the challenge & carried it all the way through. I was ecstatic when I finally got to see that little green cricket with his magnifying glass on my screen again, lol. Oh how I missed that little bugger! I could tell that Shawn was excited too because she said: "Now go put all those handbooks away!" Lol.

Anyway, I just wanted to share with everyone about their spectacular customer service! And the most unbelievable thing is that the whole site is FREE for everyone! If you haven't tried it out, you absolutely must! It's such a major time-saver & it's super fun!

Thank you My Cut Search!! You guys are the best!!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge - "Summer Celebrations"

Hello there friends! It's the first Sunday of the month, which means it's time for another Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky! Our theme this month is "Summer Celebrations", which can be interpreted in so many ways. Click HERE to join in on the fun & show us your interpretation!

I have chosen to go with the 4th of July theme. I hadn't made any patriotic cards yet this year, so I was eager to get going on some! I will have more projects to show you this week, but for the Challenge this is what I came up with....

CRICUT:  Imagine
SIZE:  5.25" square
CARTRIDGES:  "Florals Embellished" (image), "Hopscotch" (color palette), "Art Philosophy"
PAPER:  Colorbok white cardstock, Debbie Mumm paper pack (cloud paper)
INK:  Rubber Stampede, Studio G chalks
OTHER:  Stickles "Star Dust" & "Waterfall", Glossy Accents, Scrapbook Adhesives pop dots

For the sentiment I used this stamp set from K Andrew Designs....

Sweet July
K Andrew Designs

To order this set for yourself, simply click on the image above.

To check out all of the stamp sets, click HERE

Thanks so much for stopping by today! And please come join us in the Challenge by clicking HERE. I'm so looking forward to seeing what you create!


I am also linking up to the following challenges:

Hiding In My Craft Room -  Challenge #52, Anything goes
My Sheri Crafts -  Challenge #88, "Oh I love America"
Simply Create Too -  Challenge #16, "Country where you live"
BBTB2 -  "Patriotic"
Love To Create -  Challenge #21, Anything goes
Party Time Tuesday -  Challenge #74, Anything goes
Use It Tuesday -  Challenge #34, "Be a patriot", must use old supplies (cloud paper & red ink)
Charisma Cardz -  Challenge #25, Anything goes
Scrapbook Sisters -  Card Challenge #90, Anything goes
Joyful Stamper -  Inspire Me Fridays #65, Anything goes
Cricut Cardz ChallengeChallenge #111, "Summer Fun"