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a few thank you cards

I recently made a few quick thank you cards for some companies that donated to our local Stamp & Swap event. Many thanks to them for supporting us! I always like to use each companies’ products when making their thank you card. For Art Impressions, I used the cute 5112- Hedgehogs stamp set. I also used MFT’s Stitched Arch Stax.

Here I used Avery Elle’s The Scoop stamp set and matching dies, along with MFT’s Stitched Rectangle Frames.

The cute little boat is from Clearly Besotted. The wave dies are Lawn Fawn Stitched Wave Borders.

And for MFT I used the lovely Stitched Blooms dies along with Blueprints 31.

I’ll be back to share my swap projects. Have a great day!

swap cards

Hello! A few weeks ago I attended a swap with friends. Here are the two cards I took…one was for a masculine swap and the other was my “shoebox” project that I prepared for everyone to make.

The first card was for the masculine swap I participated in. This was semi-cased from a card by Tina Wardell. The background was masked and sponged. After stamping the boat from the SU! Sailing Home set, I colored it in with a black Sharpie. I also used the High Tide set and the sentiment is from Wonderful Moments. The embossing folder is Darice- Nautical Theme.

For my shoebox project, I used a freebie stamp set from MFT- Jumping Giraffe. I knew I wanted to mount him on an Ai Mini Action Wobble to make him “jump”! I also used the Die-Namics Blueprints 20 and 31 die sets. Since the giraffe was a bit smaller than the action wobble, I first placed him on a orange circle cut with a Spellbinders Pinking Circles die.

Have a great day!

a few thank you’s

Good morning! I mentioned before that we (our local stampers) had a shoebox event in the beginning of November. We all get together to swap and make each other’s projects….such a fun day! We had several companies that were generous and sent products for door prizes so I wanted to make special thank you cards for each of them. I already shared the card I made for Art Impressions. Here’s the rest of them…

The first one was for Unity Stamp Company, using Lil’ Smartie Pants. Love that bird! I put Crystal Effects on his glasses. I also used the Stitched Arch Stax dies by MFT. The paper is Pebbles- Garden Party.

The next one was for Gina K. , using her fabulous Wreath Builder set. So fun to create with! Her stencil works great the MISTI!

Here’s one for MFT with a retired image that I still love…Because You’re Special from the Pure Innocence line. I also used their Stitched Rectangle Frames and Blueprints 20 dies.

This card was for Paper Smooches. I love the snowy guy from Warm Hearts! It’s fun and easy to create CAS cards with Paper Smooches!

This cutie is called Bunny Balloon (which also may be retired) and was for Whimsy Stamps. I also used MFT’s Stitched Scallop Basic Edges and Taylored Expressions’ grateful die.

Many thanks again to these great sponsors! It truly helped make our event a success!

whooo wants cake?

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a masculine card using the Ai Birthday Whoot Set (4125).  I don’t make enough masculine cards so this was a different change of pace!

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The owls in the Whoots sets are so cute…I think I need some more!  It is super easy to paper piece them in fun patterns.  I then popped the owl up to give it some dimension.

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I hope you are inspired to make some masculine cards too.  Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Birthday Whoot Set (4125); paper- white, brown, SU! Kiwi Kiss, Pool Party, Colorbok 6×6 Carnival; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 15, foam dimensionals.

to go, please

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with this card using one of my favorite Ai People… Maude (1238)!  I am not a morning person so I can totally relate to her attitude!  Funny thing is…I enjoy making coffee themed cards but I don’t drink it myself!  lol.  The sentiment is from the Giraffe Set (4190)…cracks me up every time I read it!

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Here’s a close up of Maude.

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I carried the theme to the INSIDE of the card with Maude stamped in light brown and a sentiment from the Cathy Caffeine Set (4322).

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The elements on this card were originally made for a Card Candy Swap that I had with some stamping friends.  The pieces were all layered and embellished, then adhered to a piece of clear acetate (or use vellum or wax paper) with a removable glue dot.  I thought it would be fun to emboss a background piece as well to slip in the baggie behind the acetate.

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This is a 4×6 clear bag with the topper attached.

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If you’ve never made card candy, I would encourage you to give it a try!  It’s a great way to trade or share with your friends and so fun to see what you create with the pieces!

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Maude (1238), Giraffe Set (4190), and Cathy Caffeine Set (4322); paper- white, brown, SU! Crumb Cake, Soft Sky and Pink Pirouette, American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, Distress- Tea Dye; accessories- Copics, Sizzix On The Go embossing folder, clear acetate, removable glue dots, 1 1/4 and 1 3/4 circle punches, Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Banners Dies, MFT Blueprints 22, Stitched Speech Bubble Edges, Cross Stitch Circles, Stitched Rounded Squares, and Oval Tab die, foam tape, Cinnamon Stickles, Prima Flowers, SU! Word Bubble dies, Memory Box Coffee On The Go dies.

need a crown

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the hilarious Ai People sets… this one is the Crown Set (4370).  This lady is sure to crack a smile on the recipients face!

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She is perfect for one of my favorite techniques…paper piecing.  I could have easily pieced her top but decided to just do her skirt in patterned paper.  Then I gave her a fun background and sassy red shoes to match her personality!

Isn’t this gal a hoot?

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Be sure to check out all the fun Ai People stamps!  Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Crown Set (4370); paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake and Poppy Parade, Colorbok Beach House; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 22, SU! Large Oval punch, rhinestones.

His peace journal

Just popping in with a super quick journal I decorated.  I used the Sweet ‘n Sassy sets called Wildflowers and His Peace.

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This was reaaallly a quick project…I had about 20 minutes to make it.  LOL.  I started with a pre-purchased journal and picked out the sentiment I wanted to use.  Then I found a pretty flower image to stamp as a background.  Since I was short on time, I turned to my MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 14 for the layout.

I snapped a quick pic and sent it on it’s way.  Later I realized that I forgot to add some pearls or bling!  ugh.

I am sharing this project and 2 others on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog today!

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Wildflowers and His Peace; paper- Vanilla, SU! Riding Hood Red, Peach Parfait, Early Espresso; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Peach Parfait; accessories- MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 14, ribbon, Scor-Tape, pre-purchased journal.

Scor-Pal and DCWV

This past week the Scor-Pal team hopped with one of my fave paper companies, Die Cuts With a View!  I love their papers.  The leaves have changed colors here and the weather is turning cooler.  It was perfect timing to work with the Autumn Melody paper stacks!

I don’t drink coffee so for me, cooler weather brings cups of hot tea, spiced cider, or hot cocoa.  Yum!  For my project today I made a Tea Dispenser Box and matching card…perfect for a little gift.  The Scor-Pal and Scor-Tape make it oh-so-easy to create!

There are a few different tutorials on the net to make a tea dispenser box.  One of the easiest (and having the least waste of paper) is from my friend, Heidi…you can view her tutorial here.  She altered some instructions that were in metric to create her own version.  For the tea box that I made, I used Heidi’s directions and slightly changed the measurements so I will include those below.  I just prefer to have the 1/16″ measurements in my cutting rather than my scoring.

Here’s a few close-ups…for the box base I used a patterned paper with a gorgeous gold leafy/flourishy pattern on it and some matching cardstock.

The lid has a coordinating patterned paper around the edge, a tag cut from one of the papers, some leaf brads, and a rosette made from coordinating paper.  You can find all you need to know about creating rosettes in the new Scor-Pal book, Score, Fold, Create! I scored a 5/8″ x 12″ piece of paper every 1/4″.

The lid comes off to fill the box with tea.  I had an extra teapot so I added it to the inside of the lid.

The left side of the box didn’t have as much gold foil design so I dressed it up by adding some little teacups diecut from the same papers.  The bottom teacup and teapot are popped up on dimensionals.

Last, I made a simple 4 1/4″ square offset gatefold card.

The patterned paper was heavy enough to use for the card base…love that!  I started with a 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 piece and scored the 8 1/2 side at 1 1/2 and 5 3/4.  The bottom cup is popped on a dimensional.

For my tea box, I used the following measurements:

I started with 6″ x 12″ and scored the 6″ side at 1″ (same as Heidi’s).  Then I scored the 12″ side @ 3 1/8, 5 3/4, 8 7/8, and 11 1/2.  I cut a segment from the second section per her directions.  Then I adhered the patterned paper layers and assembled the box.  Additionally, I cut a 2 5/8 x 3 1/8 inch piece of patterned paper and adhered it inside the box to line the bottom and cover the flaps from the base.  Then I attached the box to a chipboard base which was covered with cardstock.  My chipboard base measures 2 7/8 x 3 3/8.

For the lid, I used a 4 3/16 x 4 11/16 inch piece and scored it at 3/4″ on all sides as directed.

Thanks for looking and be sure to check out all the projects on the Scor-Pal and DCWV blogs!

stamps- MFT Always Time For Tea; paper- DCWV Autumn Melody stack & Cardstock stack, shimmery white; ink- Groovy Guava, Cajun Craze; accessories- Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, leaf brads, 3/4″ circle punch, MFT Always Time For Tea Die-namics, Liquid Pearls.

basket boxes

Happy Friday!  Are you ready for the weekend?  I have a busy one ahead but today I’ll share a few basket boxes I made with my new toy…the Big Shot Pro!  I have been wanting one for a year and a half…ever since my friend, Michelle, convinced me that I needed one.  LOL.  But I waited until I found a really good price…and then DH encouraged me to get it.  He’s the best!

Anyway…I got *one* die…the basket box.  And here’s what I made…

The bright green box is how it is originally supposed to look…love it!  But then I wanted a box to hold my little MFT strawberries…so I left the lid off the second one and only used one handle.

The green one was made with Momenta paper and stickers.

And the strawberry box was made with K&Company papers and various dies and punches.

These boxes just might show up at a party this weekend.  🙂

My friend told me the BS Pro was big, but it’s hard to tell the size without seeing it in person.  Here’s a quick pic or two for comparison…

It’s HUGE….heavy too!  lol.

I’m off to clean…bleh…have a great weekend!

paper- Red, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, K&Company Lovely, Momenta Kaleidoscope, SU! Real Red dsp; accessories- Sizzix Big Shot Pro, Sizzix Bigz Pro die- Basket Box, brads, Momenta Kaleidoscope stickers, SU! Elegant Butterfly punch, Martha Stewart traditional scallop punch, Scor-Tape, white gel pen, brads, pop dots, Sizzix Strawberry die and Vine #2, Baker’s Twine, buttons, Die-namics Strawberry Box die.

’tis the season

I finally got a chance to get my July cards done for the SCS Dirty Dozen Christmas card challenges!  I can’t believe that I’ve actually stuck with this for 7 months now.  LOL.  This month Stacy challenged us to use pennants.  My card also fits Bar’s DTGD challenge for today…be sure to check it out!

It’s a pretty clean & simple card.  If you want to play along in the monthly Christmas card challenge, use the keyword SCSCCJUL12 when you upload to the SCS gallery.  And check out the Dare To Get Dirty challenges for today too…be sure to copy & paste the keywords for each of those too.

stamps- AmyR Holiday Greetings; paper- SU! Crumb Cake, KaiserCraft December 25th; ink- Artichoke; accessories- Sizzix Merry Christmas #2 folder, MFT Die-namics Banner Day, sewing machine, Spellbinders Tags Trio, brad, Prima flower, Stickles.