Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Just a quick post to wish you all a very blessed and
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

I have 3 cards to share all using the same
Tutti Designs die Cornucopia.

All are using various card stocks, designer papers
and a few embellishments.

Card #1


Card #2


Card #3



Have a great day everyone!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Give Thanks

Today is a new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters
and is being hosted by our lovely 'sistah'  Vickie
and she has chosen the theme of 
'Give Thanks'.

One of the things I love about being on 'this team'
is we can use anything/any product we want
which gives me plenty of opportunity to use my
very neglected stamps!


I love using up scrap and even have a Pinterest board
just of cards with scraps....
so we can say this card was 'Pinterest' inspired!

When I make a card, I usually have a small strip of paper left
and I just bag them all up for this very purpose.
This is where those 6 scraps you see came from
making a pretty 'scrappy' background!


I layered 2 of the Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Rectangles,
stamping on the top one.
The stamp set I used is a very  old one from SU 'Falling Leaves'.
I stamped the leaves and sentiment with
SU So Saffron~Dusty Durango~Old Olive.

So head on over to The Sisterhood and see what fabulous creations
my 'sistah's have made.
Join in with us!!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Poinsettia Tissue Box Cover

Do you have a hard time finding a gift for someone that is 90?
I mean just what do they need at 90, like my Mom,
she has everything she could possibly use,
and most of the time whatever you give her,
about 3 months later she gives it back to you...lol.

So I try to buy practical.
One of the things she uses is tissues,
so what better gift then a pretty tissue box cover?

So, how very perfect that our 'assignment' at 


I made my box with a pretty 12 x 12 piece of paper
on my Cricut Explore.
(But did you know that each cut file comes with a PDF file as well?
Perfect if you don't have a cutting machine!)
The paper I used is called Merry and Bright by BoBunny.


I decorated it with a handmade Poinsettia
using a   Cheery Lynn Designs die.
I think she will like it!
Or if she returns it to me in 3 months,
then I will have a pretty tissue box cover...lol!


Make sure to stop by The Cutting Cafe blog on the afternoon
of the 21st (today)to see ALL the different tissue boxes by the Design Team.
Each one is so unique and different and of course amazing!
Plus, just by leaving a comment there, you could win 3 cut files of your own!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

This is my post at the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog today.

Hi my 'Merry' friends!
Diane with you today using a cute stamp set
that would be not only perfect for the Holidays but also
for a friends winter birthday or anniversary!

I am using a digital from the newly released stamps for November
'Snowman Couple Christmas'


I printed out the image in the size I wanted
then begin coloring the snowmen bodies with
 Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss.


It was very easy to do and really gave the snowmen a lot of shine.


The snowmen were then colored in with Copics.
I 'scribbled'  Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive on the bottom
and added  Shaved Ice glitter for the snow.
I also outlined various parts f the image with a
Gelly Roll Stardust Pen, giving even more 'sparkle'.
was added for the snowmen buttons.


I printed the digital sentiment from the set
and used it for the simple easel card I created.
It was adhered to the card with Tear-ific Tape ½”
The background paper is a new product being carried by SNS
and it is gorgeous!
I adhered it to my easel card with Tear-ific Tape 1 1/2"


Here is the finished card closed.


And here it is opened.


Thank you for visiting with me today.

For your convenience, here is a list of products used:

GlitterShaved Ice SH101
Misc.:  Copics
Technique:  Simple Easel

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Happy Birthday

Well, gee, most bloggers are posting Christmas and/or Thankful cards,
but not me, I have a great masculine card to post today...lol!


I stamped the background image with a soft gray ink SU Going Gray.
The stamp is a Cover A Card Stamp 'Mesh Circles' from IO.

I embossed a scrap of black card stock with a SU Decor Dots EB folder.

Using a Tutti Designs Trombone cut from
silver glitter paper, it was added to the black dots.

Last, but not least, I stamped a Happy Birthday.
Perfect card for that masculine guy in your life!
Oh, don't forget the sequins...lol!

Entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Wednesday .... Masculine
Craftaholics R Us .... Masculine
Fab N Funky .... Masculine
City Crafter .... For The Boys
Cuttlebug Mania .... Masculine

Friday, November 17, 2017

Giving Thanks

Taking a break today (for a minute anyhow..lol)
and entering a challenge at Paper Sweeties.
I LOVE Paper Sweeties and have several of their stamps...
hmmm, I might need to order a few more..maybe after the holidays!


This is the challenge inspiration,
isn't it cute?
I couldn't resist.


I used a pretty dotted gold paper and a scrap of another for this card.
I topped it with a couple of stacked 
Nesting Stitched Squares from Tutti Designs
along with a Fancy Pumpkin also from Tutti Designs.
Pretty simple, pretty cute!

Also entering the following challenges:
Cardz For Galz .... Thank You Thanksgiving
Crafty Gals Corner .... Thankful
Crafting By Designs .... Let's Be Thankful 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Nail Polish Marbling

Any of you that 'know me' or follow my blog
knew that my friend 'Dar' was coming from Ohio to
visit with me while the hubs was out of town.

We did many things,
took a train to Chicago (that's a story in itself) but had fun,
went to Amish land in Indiana,
went to an open house for Christmas,
and to another well decorated store to shop in Indiana,
and on Sunday I took her to our mecca shopping area...
we also ate a lot...but I didn't cook too much this time
as I look forward to the break of the hubs not being here to cook for,
but we managed to eat...a lot!

So after all out running around we needed to just relax a bit
and work on some fun crafty things.
We decided to do the nail polish technique,
However, most of my polish was pretty old,
and for this technique you have to 'flick' the polish on water,
but mine was so thick it wouldn't flick fast enough and
the polish would be dry too soon.
 We decided to 'dump' it straight out of the bottle
and then used a skewer to move it around.
You have to work very quickly with this technique as the polish dries FAST!

I made 6 panels and this card is from one of them.


I love how on the left it ended up looking like a leaf and flower 
and in the middle, love that four color swirl going through.
I added a Tutti Designs Hello die (cut 3 times and stacked).

Here are the other 5 panels I can use later.
You can see the one on the right is the first one I did by 'flicking the polish,
just not a great result.
No two will ever look the same that is for sure!


On another note we caved (after almost 3 years) and got a new puppy.
He is the calmest and sweet pup...yep a HE
and I have never had a male dog, so this will be all new to me.
(I didn't edit any of these pictures)

Here he is snoozing away in my craft room.


Trying out his temporary kennel, which he hates with a passion!


Granddaughter Mena holding him.


We got him on Tuesday (Goldendoodle) and he was 8 weeks yesterday.
His name is Mackinac (Pronounced Mack-in-naw)
and we call him Mack...easy!

So that's it for now, but make sure and visit my friend Dar's blog 
as she will have her nail polish card up today too...(kind of planned that way)!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Just some Info For You

Morning all,
for some reason none of my THREE blog posts
 posted this morning and all were scheduled...sigh.
I have been having a bit of blogger issues but this one
'takes the cake' for sure!

My Sparkle N Sprinkle blog hop can be found HERE.
You don't want to miss it as  just by leaving a comment
on each of the designers blogs, you could be the winner of our entire
November stamp release!
Also did you know SNS has a Creative Challenge on Facebook?
It's a private page that you can easily join.
An image either digital or stamp from SNS must be used, 
but there are 3 free ones for you to choose from.

My Double D challenge post can be found HERE....
you must see all the beautiful creations by the DT!
there is a prize to be won just by entering a creation of your own.

And last, but not least is my post for Dies R Us,
you can find it HERE.
A wonderful gift certificate is up for grabs by entering the challenge!

I hope you will give them all a look
and better yet, join in with us!

Snow Challenge

Happy November 15th....mid month already
and counting down to Christmas...I know 'hush my mouth'...lol
The 15th brings us to a new challenge at
and the theme is 'SNOW'!

Back when I was making Halloween cards I cut quite a few 'moons'
from card stock leaving these nice empty circle panels for future use.
I decided to build my card around one of those panels.


I ran the panel through with a Snowfall embossing folder.
A panel of blue was added behind the circle,
adding birch trees using Impression Obsession Birch Trees.
The little red cardinals are part of the birch tree die set.

I cut three trees using Impression Obsession Evergreen Trees.
Two of the trees were popped at various heights.

The deer were die cut using 


Once done I stamped the sentiment using a SU Four The Holidays stamp
in SU Midnight Muse ink.

The design team has some fabulous creations
so make sure to visit the Dies R Us challenge blog to take a 'peek'
and join in with us!!

Entering the following challenges:
Crop Stop .... ATG with product carried
Crafty Sentiment Designs .... Winter
Make My Monday .... Snow Fun
Animal Friends Challenge ....Christmas (m)

Here Comes Santa

New challenge today at
Double D challenge blog and is being hosted by Team Darlene.
I decided (as usual) to join in
as the challenge is
'Here Comes Santa'
and who can resist Santa anyhow...right?

We have the beautiful mood board to inspire you to join along with us
and you just have to see ALL the gorgeous Santa cards both teams created...WOW!



I used a stamp I have had for a very long time.
I remember this stamp was so popular and was selling on Ebay
at one time for a crazy amount, only to find it later myself at Michael's
and then even later in the clearance bin at Hobbylobby.
Crazy how sometimes people will pay about anything for something they want,
but not cheap little ole' me, LOL!


I stamped him on vellum  using Sparkle N Sprinkle Silver Detail embossing powder (love this powder as it is fine for such an intricate design)
and then colored on the backside, just giving a hint of color.
I ran 1/4" Tear-ific double sided tape around the outer edges, then added
Sparkle N Sprinke Sparkling Snow glitter.
Using a holly die from Impression Obsession and Berry Red Nuvo crystal drops,
I added it to the corner top.
The die cut snowflake panel was already cut and in my stash
just waiting to be used.
It is from the Memory Box Distressed Snowdrift Collage set.
I stamped the sentiment from Kaisercraft Xmas Quotes set
in a very old Excelsior green ink pad,
(do they even make those anymore? 
I am surprised it even works still...lol


So head on over to the Double D Challenge blog and join in with us,
there is a fabulous prize to be won!

Entering the following challenges:
Scrapyland ... ATG
Mod Squad .... Merry and Bright
Addicted To Stamps and More .... Holiday
Word Art Wednesday ....ATG

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle November Reveal


Welcome to the November
Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal Blog Hop! 

We are pleased to reveal the following new stamp sets this month.

The sets are:



Cat's Meow 870
(Digital Version: DIGI870B)





You are definitely going to want both the digi version as well as the rubber version because when you purchase the digital versions, there are lots of extras that aren't available otherwise.  These extras can include additional images, additional sentiments, digi papers (in some cases), and a cut file.

The new sets are 20% off until the 20th of the month.  Head on over to the SNS store once you've finished the Blog Hop and start shopping.

SNS is always adding new products and new product lines to the store.  So stop by often to see what's new!


One GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced on the 17th of the month.  One of the Designers is our Mystery Host and the winner will be selected from comments left on her blog.  You must leave a comment on each of the Designers' blogs in order to be selected as the winner, as you never know who the Mystery Host will be.  This is checked for compliance.

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and on the SNS Blog and will receive all the rubber stamp sets revealed this month.

The Blog Hop order is:
(Tip: if you have difficulty with a particular link, try clicking on the Designer's blog title to be directed to their Home page.)

Chris
Diane (you are here)
Shona
Belinda
Anne
Donna
Eret
Jess


We hope you enjoy the New Reveal Blog Hop as much as we enjoy creating new projects for it.  Be sure to visit the SNS Blog for even more inspiration.  Something new is posted most every day.



Did you know that SNS has a You-Tube Channel?  If not, then you are in for a real treat.  Subscribe today to get all the latest tips and techniques!





The Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge group is on Facebook.  
This is a closed group (just trying to keep out spammers), but we want anyone who to participate to join.  Click on the link and join in on the fun today!

The Creative Challenges run from the 1st - 25th of each month.  A SNS image (either rubber or digi) is required.  If you don't have any yet - no worries - there are some freebies located on the Home page of the SNS website.  Just scroll down the page a bit to see them.

The Creative Challenge Winner and Top Three will be posted on the last day of each month.  The winner will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to go shopping at the SNS store.

Please review all the Challenge Rules before submitting your photo 😀.  We can't wait to see what all you create using SNS images.

Now onto my card.
I used the new adorable stamp set a Cat’s Meow .
Let me tell you how I made it.


I started out by stamping six kitties.


Each kitty was then colored with Copics and fussy cut with
I used one of the glitter pens on two different kitties for the eyes (green pen)
The kitties were then set aside.


We were each sent 3 samples of and crafted papers and I thought one of mine looked
like a basket weave..
Well, low and behold it just happened to have the name
so I made a basket for all my kitties to set in.


Well, low and behold it just happened to have the name
so I made a basket for all my kitties to set in.
I made a background by stamping one of the sentiments
with Versamark.
Then embossed with Coffee embossing powder.
I ran Tear-ific Tape ¼”  down each side and then added 
Sunset glitter down each edge, using the Glitter Brush  to brush off any excess.
 NuvoGlitter Drops Golden Sunset were then added in each corner.
The panel was then adhered down to black card stock


I added a flower to the basket by first stamping the flower in Versamark,
then embossing with Red Apple  embossing powder and coloring with Copics.
I did the same for the leaf but this time using Key Lime embossing powder.
Both were fussy cut using the Tonic Mini Scissors 5”.
A tiny bow was added to one of the kitties.


Here is the finished card once again.



Next on the hop is our very lovely and talented Shona.

Entering the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday .... Fury Friends
Addicted To Stamps .... Use more then one stamp (I used 3)

For your convenience is a list and links of products used.

StampsCat’sMeow 870,
GlitterSunset G1040
Embossing PowderKey Lime EP219,
Coffee EP459, Red Apple EP276
Versamark VM001
Misc.:  Copics, Ribbon scrap