Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Cards

Christmas is over, but the memories will not soon be forgotten. Just wanted to share some of the Christmas cards I made.
 
For the grandchildren in Kentucky, I made these cards.
For Alex


For Chloe


For Maddie
 
These cards were made for family and friends. 



 
 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Thank You--Judie

My friend Judie has helped me out with two of my surgeries over the past few months that I have had to have on my nose after having a skin cancer removed. Because I was not able to drive myself after the surgeries and with my husband not driving in unfamiliar places due to his Parkinson's, Judie offered to go with us and be our driver. I wanted a special thank you card for her. After making the flower, I found all the other pieces in my "trial and error" box. I was pleased with the way the card turned out.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gift Boxes for Chocolate Squares


This past week end I found the Spellbinders layered poinsettia dies at Micheals, and, of course, I just had to have them. With instructions and ideas from one of my favorite blogs, I had so much fun playing with the dies. I was needing some gifts for friends that I meet with for breakfast each week. I had gotten a variety of Ghirardelli Chocolate squares and  was trying to come up with a unique way of packaging them. I created a simple box that was just large enough to hold 8 chocolate squares. With the dies I made a small poinsettia to go on top and added a little bit of greenery using a die from Impression Obsession and a Martha Stewart punch. Tiny pearls were used to finish the flower.

Friday, December 14, 2012

My First Window Card

I just got this die a couple of weeks ago. These are my first two cards that I have just made with it. I have learned so much from reading the blog of Kittie Caracciolo called Kittie Kraft. She is so very talented and has created some wonderful tutorials. These cards represent things that I learned from her blog. I used SU's Lovely as a Tree stamp set to create the scene inside the window.



Saturday, December 8, 2012

Mojo Challenge #270

My time for making cards has been rather limited these past few weeks. I have had several projects lying on my desk for some time, but I did want to get this posted. Thursday night some friends and I were making valentine cards to send to From Our Hearts. We made 116 cards that I am mailing to them on Monday morning.These cards will then be sent to the troops overseas.  This challenge fit right in with what I was doing. The sketch was so much fun to work with.

 
 
I love seeing everyone's cards. I am always amazed by the fact that we all start at the same point--with the same sketch and we all see it a different way. Each card is an inspiration to me.
 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I Love the "Garden Collage" Stamp Set

What a beautiful stamp set. It often gets hidden and then when it comes out-------  It makes such beautiful cards. Here is one that I made a couple of weeks ago. I stamped the images on white card stock, found the base already cut and the orange piece was in my scrap  box. I sponged Tea Dye distress ink around the images. The background seemed too bright so I used one of my background stamps from Impression Obsession with Memento Rich Cocoa ink. Wow! What a change. The small image is popped up with dimensionals and organza ribbon finishes the card.




Monday, November 5, 2012

Mojo Monday Challenge

This is my first time to get a card finished and uploaded on the Mojo Monday challenge. I have printed the different sketches off for several months now but never seemed to get a card finished. I did it today. This is a copy of the sketch.
 
I went to my box of scraps and pulled out several pieces that I thought might work together. When I found the the background paper, things started to come together. It was fun getting everything to work together. For the card base I used SU Pink Pirouette. I found the die cut circle in my scrap box as well and I thought of the SU stamp set "Of the Earth". The image fit perfectly. I colored it with SU markers--Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, So Saffron, and black. I love how easy this stamp is to color and how beautiful it turns out.
 
 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Halloween

Halloween is not one of my favorite holidays, but I always try to send the grandkids a card with a treat inside. I try to create cards that have a fun theme to them. These are the cards that I made this year. Each card had a small envelope inside with a treat (a few dollars that they can use as they want). Two grandkids live 200 miles away and three live 300 miles away. Grandpa wanted to help so he came up with a "joke" for each card.
 

1. Why do spiders like computers? 
 


 2. Why don’t witches wear a flat hat? 
 
 
3. How fast can Ebony fly on his broom?
(Ebony is the name of our long-haired dachshund.)
 
 
4. What is the favorite dessert of these
Jack O’ Lanterns?
 
The answers--
1. They can use them to get one the Web!
2. Because there would be no point to it.
3. At the speed of hound!
4.  Boo-Berry Pie!

Friday, November 2, 2012

November Is Here

It seems that October was lost for me. After having surgery for a basal cell skin cancer on my nose on August 15 and again on September 11, my creativity left me. For a month I could not wear my glasses which I found very frustrating. I will probably have at least one more surgery to complete the reconstruction on the side of my nose. My next Dr's appointment is November 30.

This morning, I needed a get well card for a friend at church. Here is the card I created and then I saw the challenge at Joan's Garden. I would like to share my card with you. The snowman is a stamp I got a few years ago and always have fun using it when I get it out. The background was created using the SU set--Lovely As A Tree.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I Love A Challenge

A friend of mine gave me these flourishes that she had cut using her Circut and asked if I could think of ways to use them on a card. That set my mind thinking. What could I do with them?


After looking around and then through my scrap box, I started getting some ideas. After I got one card made, ideas kept popping into my head. The bird was on my work space just waiting to be used. Since I needed some thank you cards, that is what this one turned out to be.

 
Next I found this background that I had made when I was trying out the new background stamp I had gotten from JustRite Stamps. Looked in my flower jar and there were the flowers. Perfect! Now I have two cards.
 
 
 In August, I attended the Heirloom Rubber Stamp Show in Novi, Michigan. I was able to get some new background stamps from Impression Obsession. So I had to try some of them out. Grabbed a piece of card stock and tried out the flourish stamp using Memento Ink's Grape Jelly. Then laid it aside. When I came across this background, I knew that I had to use it--went perfect with the smaller flourish. Found the embossed piece of card stock near my paper cutter--leftover from another project. Now I had my third card.


WOW--three cards and all so different.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

SC404

Seems like I have been working on this card all day. Every time I would start, I would get called away. But I finally finished. It uses the same paper that I used last week. The scraps were still on my work space so I decided to use them instead of just putting them away.

The stamped image was created using stamps from "Stamps by Judith". So much fun to work with. The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs Mini Tag Set 3. These mini tag sets are awesome. Use them all the time.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

CHF10--Use Twine on Your Project

Another two weeks has passed and it is time for another Cornish Heritages Farms challenge. This week Holly Brown is our hostess and she has asked us to "use twine on our project". So lets get started.

 
My card base is Soft Suede by SU. The next layer is Crumb Cake by SU which was stamped with the CHF brick wall backgrounder using Soft Suede ink. I then sponged a little Soft Suede ink on the edges to create a softer look. I used one of Spellbinders labels to create the focal image with stamps from CHF Time to Stamp. The brown and white twine is held in place with an antique brad. You are invited to visit the Cornish Heritage Farms blog to get all the details on how to play along. I will look forward to seeing your creation.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

SC403

Finally got my card ready to post for the sketch challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. I guess that I don't work as fast as others do. I loved working with this sketch. May try using it again. I am also trying to use more designer paper. These papers by Cosmo Cricket were from a new pad that I got from a local scrapbooking store. Then I found a pink paper (in my collection) that went with the prints perfectly. Love it when that happens.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

CHF09--Shaped Card

Time for another callenge at Cornish Heritage Farms. Kris Chirhart is hostess and she has challenged us to make a shaped card. I have only made one other round card so I decided to try that for my card. Very simply but fun. The digital image is from Cornish Heritages Farms. Love this little guy.

Please visit the Cornish Heritages Farms Blog for all the details as to how to play along.Looking forward to seeing your card.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

SC401

Here is my card for this weeks sketch challenge at SCS. It is very simple but I enjoyed working with this sketch. The stamp was from the dollar bin at Michael's.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

SC400 At SCS


Here is my card that I made for SC400 at Splitcoast Stampers this week. I chose to make a card using SC321. This is a sketch that I have enjoyed using numerous times since the original challenge. I used SU Perfect Plum card stock and ink along with the stamp sets "Fabulous Florets" and "Happiest Birthday Wishes".
 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

CHF08 Challenge--Circles, Circles, Circles

We are ready for a new Cornish Heritage Farms Challenge. I am hostess for this challenge and I have chosen the theme -- Circles, Circles, Circles.

I used the digital stamp "Floral 11" , printed it out three times, colored each image with copic markers and used a 1 3/4 inch circle paper punch. Then I backed each circle with a black circle and a scalloped circle cut with spellbinders nestabilities.

On the white background I printed the "Happy Anniversary" image, embossed the background leaving a 1-inch strip at the bottom. I trimmed the background with a multi colored ribbon that I purchased at my local fabric store. The middle image has dimentionals behind it.

Hope that you can play along with us. for all the details please visit the Cornish Heritage Farms blog. I will look forward to seeing your card.




Tuesday, August 14, 2012

CHF07 Challenge -- Animals

Cornish Heritage Farms challenge this week is to use an animal on your card. The challenge hostess is Barb Gmitro-Best. Go to the Cornish Heritage Farms Blog to get all the details.You could win a $10 gift certificate.

For my card, I chose the digital image of a wolf which you can find here. What a handsome fellow. I printed out a fairly good size image, cut it out with a Spellbinders Nestabilities and sponged around the edges before taking it out of the frame. For the background, I used a piece of gray cardstock and embossed it in a folder that I had inked with  Memento London Fog. That makes the embossing really pop. Both the image and background were matted with black cardstock and attached to a white card base. I used the computer to print the sentiment. Hope you can play along with today's challenge.


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CHF Challenge--Black, White and Your Color Choice

Its time for another Cornish Heritage Farms blog challenge--CHF06. Today's challenge hostess is Michele L. Michele has challenged us to use three colors--black and white with a third color (your choice). I love using black and white with lots of different colors. So which one did I want to use? Well, my choice was red. I used a digital image from the Cornish Heritage Farms store called "3 Chirstmas Kittens". I printed it twice with one image flipped horizontally. I colored only the kittens Christmas hats with a red copic marker, added a red layer of card stock and then a black layer. The sentiment was made on the computer, cut out and layered on black card stock. What a fun challenge--

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

SC395


This is my card for SC395 at SplitCoast Stampers. The sketch is simple but interesting at the same time. The card base is SU Bashful Blue. Then I used white card stock and ColorMates med Hawaiian Blue. The ribbon was purchased from JoAnns. I used the Bow-Easy to make my box. The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs Mini Tags 2.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Scrap Paper to Sunbrust

I saw instructions on how to make a "sunbrust card" using paper scraps on Splitcoast Stampers. This is so much fun and each card turns out very differently. I would like to share the cards that I have made using bits of paper from my scrapbox.




Monday, July 23, 2012

From My Desk

My desk seems to get covered with bits and pieces of "stuff". It is usually new things I have tried. Maybe its pieces that I cut out with dies that I did not use. Maybe they are from playing with a new toy. I find it exciting when I can make a card from that "stuff". Here is my card.


The leaves were cut from a Cheery Lyn Die that I got in May. The flower was made from a punch that a friend gave me. The white embossed paper was in my scrap box along with the black card stock used as a layer. The only thing that I had to cut new was the card base.

Hope you are have a great summer.
Dianne

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

SC394--Pretty in Pink

Here is the card that I made for this week's sketch challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. It is fun to be able to use things that have been lying on my workspace for several weeks--the digital image (already cut out and colored) and the background paper.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

CHF Challenge 5


It’s time for another CHF challenge today. Our hostess this week is Anne Harmon and she has chosen  “summer” as our theme. Yes, this is a favorite time of year for me. I am not fond of the very hot weather, but there are so many things that I love about this time of year.  I love the flowers and working in my gardens. I decided to do a very clean and simple card and spotlight the basket of flowers from the digital stamp called “Garden Chair”. You can find all the details about how to play along in the challenge at the Cornish Heritages Farm blog. We will all be looking forward to seeing your creation. You might even be the winner!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

SC393


What a fun sketch. I went to my supply of paper and found just what I needed. I then searched to my flower jar and found the perfect flowers. The card base is made with SU Always Artichoke. The design paper was purchased at Hobby Lobby. Large flower stamp is from Purple Daisy Designs. The greeting is from Our Daily Bread Designs. Punches are from EK Success and Martha Stewart.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Sketch Challenge # 392

This is the card that I designed for the SCS Sketch Challenge # 392. Once I got started, it was a fun sketch to work with. I used SU Rose Red card stock and a small piece of the matching SU designer paper. The stamps are from Gina K Designs stamp set -- Spring Mix. The flower stamp was colored with SU markers. Hope everyone is coping with the heat.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Technique--Sponging


The sponging technique fascinates me. I love how simple it is and yet so elegant. With just a little ink and some type of sponge, you can change the basic cardstock in just a matter of minutes. These two cards are a result of watching a video on StampTV and following the blog of Heather Telford. I used Memento Ink colors: Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue and Tuxedo Black.
On this card I used Hero Arts stamp--Exotic Bloom. I had to add the butterfly to cover up an ink spot from my finger.

For this card I used stamps from SU Fabulous Florets.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Today's Challenge--Create A Birthday Card

It’s time for a new challenge from Cornish Heritage Farms. The challenge this week is to create a birthday card and our hostess is Lisa Silver. I am always in the need of one more birthday card. For my card today I used the Cornish Heritage Farms birdhouse digital stamp and a greeting image. The image was colored with copic markers, matted on deep yellow card stock and then on Kraft Card stock. The card base is also the Kraft card stock. The designer paper is from Heidi Grace Designs and was sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink.
Hope you will be able to play along with this challenge. For more details please visit the Cornish Heritage Farms blog, design your own card, and post a link to your card.