Monday, July 27, 2015

Jack O Lantern Coach


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I think my favorite card design in making scenes. I really am not good at making flowers and I can't color or stamp at all.

Materials:
Lawn Cuts - Stitched Hillside Borders
Memory Box - Perfect Pumpkins & Olde Halloween
Poppy Stamps - Gothic Gate, Rustic Wagon & Frenchy
Impression Obsession - Pumpkin & Trick Or Treaters
Spellbinders Matting Basics A

Friday, July 24, 2015

Brewing Up Magic

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I found of piece of card stock with fun Halloween words on it for the background.  Then framed it with the Matting Basics A.    I added the fence to the front and tucked the graveyard behind.  Then added the witch, cat and tree. To complete I attached the web at the top and finished with the three punched bats.

Materials:
Martha Stewart Bat Punch
Poppy Stamps - Cozy Kitties & Spider Web Border
Memory Box - Graveyard Landscape & Weathered  Fence
Impression Obsession - Witch Brewing & Wide Tree
Spellbinders Matting Basics A


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Cat Stencil Face

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Wow, how cute is this cat face, I hope Poppy Stamps creates a whole line of these type of dies.  So simple to use, I die cut the face after selecting and die cutting the black from the Matting Basics and then used a larger one from the set for the orange background and another larger size for the purple.

Materials:
Poppy Stamps - Trick or Trick & Kitty Cat Face
Spellbinders 5 X 7 Matting Basics A

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Trick Or Treat If You Dare


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Materials:
Spellbinders - Standard Circles & A2 Bracket Borders One
Spellbinders - Brick Embossing Folder
Cuttlebug - Textile embossing folder
Lawn Cuts - Stitched Hillside Borders
Memory Box - Medium Steampunk Pipes & Ghastly Ghosts
Impression Obsession - Witch Flying, Door & Window, House 


This doe actually has three fawns but I could not get all of them together.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Why, oh why think Christmas in July!?

  • Dash Away Candlelight Santa Figure
I was delighted to write a Christmas in July article for those of you thinking about the holidays.  For some fun holiday ideas check out the Patience Brewster Company for those not familiar with them stop by their website and see all the fabulous creative holiday products and Christmas ornaments.

Well, June has already flown by and I keep thinking Christmas will be right around the corner.  With the long hot summer days we are having in the northwest I start to long for cooler days and crisp nights.  I tend to stay indoors more to avoid the heat and spend my time creating holiday cards, crafts, reviewing recipes and surfing the web for ideas.  If I am going to make my cards by hand I have to start early. It also gives me time to update my Pinterest page with holiday ideas and decorations from people that have a lot more talent and creativity than me.   

I start saving grocery coupons and look for sales for the Boy Scouts of America annual (Scouting for food drive).I find I can purchase a lot more food and sundries for those in need if I start early.  I start several boxes and each trip to the grocery store pick up items and start filling the boxes.  I always get a laugh at how excited the boys are when they come to the front door and pick up the heavy boxes.  Each troop receives a patch for their uniforms and competes to see who picked up the most pounds of food.

It really is true the saying it’s better to give than receive.

I hope this year so far has brought you joy, happiness and lots of creativity.

Diane

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Halloween Wreath

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Just a fun little Fall wreath makes a very quick and simple card design.

Materials:
Impression Obsession - Tiny Flowers, Tiny Pumpkins & Halloween Hill Die
Poppy Stamps - Breezy Wreath & Grand Madison Door
Spellbinders Ribbon Banners
Sakara Crystal Lacquer
Viva Decor Orange

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Cascading Bouquet

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I hardly use punches anymore, but I thought the Floral Vine Punch would make a lovely card design.  I used the Fiskars 4 in 1 corner punch on the left edge of the white and pink card stock.  Die cut the Fabulous Phlox flowers and added a fun half pearl.  To finish I punched two Martha Stewart Monarch Butterflies.  I should call this card the 5 minute design because that is how long to took to create.

Materials:
Martha Stewart - Floral Vine Deep Edge Punch & Monarch Butterfly
Memory Box - Fabulous Phlox
Half Pearls
Fiskars 4 in 1 corner punch

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Howling At The Moon

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Super simple design, I die cut the stitched hillside border and tucked the two Alder trees behind it, then added the wolf. I die cut the circle moon and embossed with Cassie embossing folder and added the bats that come with the Spooky Tree Accessories.

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Materials:
Taylored Expressions - Spooky Trees Accessories
Lawn Cuts - Stitched Hillside Borders 
Memory Box - Small Alder Tree
Spellbinders - Standard Circles
Spellbinders - 5 X 7 Matting Basics B
Cuttlebug - Cassie Embossing Folder

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Fall Scene





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I got this idea from a tutorial on Tonic Studios website.  They have a wonderful how to but all I had was a Poppy Stamp die so I just made do.

I stretched the window die shape to make either a long window or door.  To create the window I die cut twice and attached so it gave the overall shape one more bottom panel.  To create the wreath I first punched a 1" circle and then used the 1 1/2" circle punch to create the round base for the wreath. I then attached the leaves around the circle.  I punched the four corners and added the sentiment and leaves to the bottom and mounting tape to the back of the window frame.

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Rachel of Knee deep in paper


Materials:
Poppy Stamp - Small Madison Arched Window
Impression Obsession - Small Leaf Set
Elizabeth Craft - Season's Greetings 
EK Success Corner Victorian Lace Punch
Mounting Tape
Viva Decor Black
Gold Rhinestones
1 1/2" round and 1" round punch

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Delicate Butterfly


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Another quick card design.  

It has been ages since I used the Small Lace Butterfly die.  I first die cut the Decorative Labels Eight (3¼ x 4⅜”) size and embossed it with the Cassie Folder.  Then I die cut the largest one and attached them. I used a gold card stock behind the butterfly and added gold rhinestones.  I tucked the Massa Leaf and Border No 3 piece underneath the butterfly and framed it in black card stock.

Materials:Cheery Lynn Designs Small Lace Queen Faerie Queen with Angel Wing
Poppy Stamps - Massa Leaf Outline
Dee's Distinctively - Border No 3
Spellbinders - Decorative Labels Eight
Gold Rhinestones
Cuttlebug Cassie Embossing Folder

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Butterfly Flight & Up-cycled glass birdbath



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Another quick card design.  

I have had this piece of rhinestone sticker forever and finally found a way to use it.  The Delaney butterfly was coated with Sakura 3D Crystal lacquer and then I dusted it with red glitter before attaching it to the base.

Materials:
Poppy Stamps - Delaney Butterfly (top)  & Cheviot Butterfly(bottom)
Spellbinders 5 X 7 Matting Basics
Sakura 3D Crystal lacquer
Red Glitter
Rhinestone sticker

I thought this was a fun project, I stopped by a thrift shop and purchased a cut glass candy dish and a green vase.  I cleaned all the glass and thoroughly dried them and then used E-6000 glue and generously applied glue to the bottom of the vase and centered it in the clear glass base and let dry for 24 hours.  Next I glued the top of the green vase to the lid and set aside to dry.  I filled the vase with some flat green marbles from Michael's craft store.  I filled the bottom of the vase with water and I am using it out in the yard for the bees, birds and butterflies.  By using the flat marbles when the bees stop by they do not drown in the water.

Materials:
Thrift Store glass candy dish with lid (my was $4.00)
Thrift Store green glass vase (my was $1.50)
Michael's Flat green marbles ($1.00)
E-6000 glue

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Springtime Blooms


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Another quick card design.  

Materials:
Memory Box Cherry Blossom, Fabulous Phlox & Lovely Lady Bugs
Poppy Stamps - Lorelai Leaf & Massa Leaf Background
Cuttlebug Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Spellbinders - 5 X 7 Matting Basic A
Viva Decor Glass Effects
Gold Rhinestones

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Using Negative Die Stem

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Another quick card design.  
I very seldom use the negative die, not sure why I just don't think about putting it to good use. I first used the Spellbinders Matting Basic die and cut out the white card stock, then placed my Lavish Branch on it and die cut again.  I glued the layers of the flowers together and dotted them with the Viva Decor Gold.  For the Willow Dragonfly I coated the wings with the a Pearl Pen then after drying I dotted the wings with a Gold Pen.   

Materials:
Memory Box - Lavish Branch, Primula Blooms & Willow Dragonfly
Spellbinders 5 X 7 Matting Basics A
Viva Decor Gold & Pearl Pen

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Pink Hydrangea


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Another quick card design.  

This time I used the Martha Stewart 3 in 1 Hydrangea punch to create the flowers. Then framed them using the Spellbinders Matting Basics A.  I tucked a  few leaves into the flowers and added a little mounting tape to the back of each leaf.  To finish the flowers I dotted the centers with Viva Decor Glass Effect in Pink. I just could not imagine die cutting all those flowers.

Materials:
Martha Stewart Medium 3 in 1 Hydrangea Punch
Viva Decor Glass Effects -Pink
Memory Box Tall Bamboo & Tender Leaves
Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics A (framing)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota Mini Vacation Trip

Just outside Rapid City, South Dakota
Currently admission is $11.00 per vehicle pass good all year
It is hard to believe they just used dynamite and tools to create the likeness of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,  Theodore Roosevelt & Abraham Lincoln out of a mountain.

Drive through wildlife park
Currently admission is $16.00 per person
Wonderful collection of South Dakota wildlife

Cold War Era missile site tour need to arrive early tour passes are limited
Looking down inside the Minuteman Missile

Lots of cave tours to visit

While driving around the area you will see lots of wild antelope, mule deer and even big horn sheep. The Badlands which are off in the distant are a stark contrast to the green lush valley floor with its meandering streams.   A word of warning, you have to drive through a small town called Keystone on your way to Mt Rushmore, the speed limit is 20 miles per hour,  you will notice a police car stationed on either side of town.  Do No Speed.






Sunday, May 31, 2015

Birthday Surprise




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Today's design was very quick and easy for anyone needing a birthday card design.

Materials:
Memory Box - Lady Dancing (dress only), Petite Cake & Crisp Bows
Poppy Stamps - Aston Side Table
Impression Obsession - Girl With Easter Basket
Spellbinders - Resplendent Rectangles (pink frame)
Spellbinders -  5 X 7 Matting Basics B
Viva Decor Silver Pen
Martha Stewart - Balloon Punch


This picture was sent to me but I thought it was just adorable
Not sure who actually created it.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Deer Old Dad

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Another masculine design.

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Lynne of Sketching with Dogs & Sally of Sallysbitz2

Materials:
Memory Box - Small Alder Tree & Valley Deer Trio
Spellbinders Standard Circle Large & Classic Scalloped Circles Large
Impression Obsession Tiny Flowers
Viva Decor Peridot (flower centers)
Cheery Lynn Designs Lace Corner Deco F.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Life is a magnificent ride



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This design was so easy and quick, I just glued a black circle behind the spokes then added the various colors. I used a polka dot embossing folder on the bottom half of the cream card stock. I thought it made a fun masculine design.

Materials:
Cuttlebug polka Dot embossing folder
Memory Box - Vintage Bicycle
Spellbinders Ribbon Banners 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tool-Tally Awesome Dad

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Still working on masculine card designs.

Materials:
Memory Box Gentlemen Leaping, clouds & Handy Man Tools
Poppy Stamps - Garden Step Ladder
Spellbinders Matting Basics A
Martha Stewart Grass punch

Saturday, May 16, 2015

What's Cooking Dad

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I really struggle to make masculine cards but I thought this would be fun for Father's Day.

Materials:
Poppy Stamps - Patient Pup & Antique Lamp Post
Memory Box - Party Grill & Grill Masters
Spellbinders Matting Basics B

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Little Mermaids

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I have been trying to create mermaids for a while but do not have a large fish die so I glued two seahorses together and added the blue glitter on their tails and Viva Decor Blue pen for the tops.  I thought the wide tree sort of looked like coral.

Materials:
Impression Obsession -  Girl With Easter Basket & Wide Tree
Memory Box - Swimming Seahorses & Seaside Treasures
Blue glitter
Viva Decor Blue pen
sticker bubbles

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Wheelbarrow Ride & Blueberry Oatmeal Bars



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I know as a kid we had an old wheelbarrow and took turns pushing one another around the yard.  

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Julie of One Craft Chick & Diane of DL. ART 

Materials:
Spellbinders - 5 x 7 Matting Basics B
Memory Box - Puffy Clouds, Gentlemen Leaping (hat only) & Petite Umbrella
Poppy Stamps - Large Garden Cart & Leafy Sprig
Impression Obsession - Boy with Flowers & Girls With Easter Basket
Martha Stewart Grass Punch
Viva Decor Peridot (flower centers)


I found this delicious recipe for Blueberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars on  Averie cooks
These are a wonderful and get eaten fast.

Ingredients:

Crust and Crumble Topping
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup old-fashioned whole-rolled oats (don't use quick cook or instant, they're finer and behave like flour and will make mixture too dry)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
pinch salt, optional and to taste

Blueberry Layer
12 ounces (2 cups) blueberries (fresh or frozen; I used frozen and didn't thaw)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray; set aside. Lining the pan helps with cleanup and is recommended.
  2. Crust and Crumble Topping - In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  3. Add the flour, oats, sugars, optional salt, and stir to combine. Mixture will be dry and sandy with some larger, well-formed crumble pieces.
  4. Set 1 heaping cup mixture aside to be sprinkled on later as crumble topping.
  5. Transfer remaining mixture to prepared pan, and using a spatula or your fingers, hard-pack the mixture to create an even, smooth, flat crust; set aside.
  6. Blueberry Layer - In a large mixing bowl (same one used for crust and crumble is okay), add all ingredients and toss to combine. If sugar hasn't dissolved fully that's okay because it liquefies while baking.
  7. Evenly distribute blueberry mixture over the crust.
  8. Evenly sprinkle with the reserved heaping 1 cup crumble topping mixture. Before sprinkling, I squeeze the mixture in my palm to encourage bigger crumble pieces to form.
  9. Bake for about 55 minutes, or until edges are set and center has just set. Crumble topping should appear set and very pale golden. I used frozen berries without thawing and the pan was very cold going into the oven. If using fresh berries, baking time will be reduced, but I'm not sure by how much, I'd guess at least 10-15 minutes, possibly less. Bars may take longer than 55 minutes if blueberries are very juicy. Watch your bars, not the clock, when evaluating doneness. Place pan on a wire rack and allow bars to cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving. If you try to slice bars before they've cooled completely, they'll be extremely messy and could fall apart. Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, in the fridge for up to 10 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Strolling With Friends (Dedicated to Spencer)

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Jennifer of Just Coffee Please & Stamps& Ribbons & Paper

Materials:
Poppy Stamps - Leafy Sprig & Curious Cat
Impression Obsession - Tiny Flowers & Girl With Easter Basket
Spellbinders - Decorative Labels Eight
Mounting Tape (under frame)
Viva Decor - Peridot (flower centers)
Martha Stewart Grass Punch


Spencer 
I would like to dedicate this card in memory to my daughter's cat Spencer who recently passed away on April 29, 2015.  He was a ripe old age of 15 1/2 years old.  Spencer was a very clever cat, he could open door latches and let himself in or out of a room.  Just for fun he would go into the kitchen and pull open all the bottom cabinet drawers.  It was like living with a naughty two year old, you never knew what he was up to. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Elegant Stem



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Christine of Preferably Prim, Shoregirl of Shore Girl's Creations & Mags B of Mad Cap Manor

Today's design was very simple I die cut the frame using Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight and then added the Evershan Branch to the center and created the flowers using the Primula Blooms. I then added mounting tape to the back of frame to give it a little dimension.

Materials:
Memory Box - Evershan Branch & Primula Blooms
Spellbinders - Decorative Labels Eight
Mounting Tape

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring Planting

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Verna of VA's Creative Clutter

Materials:
Spellbinders 5 X  7 Matting Basics A (blue card stock frame)
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Borders
Poppy Stamps - Leafy Sprig & Fence
Memory Box - Garden Tools,  Clouds & Garden Pots
Impression Impression - Boy with Easter Basket, Girl with Easter Basket & Hollyhocks
Viva Decor - Peridot (flower centers)
EK Success Daisy punch
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