Category Archives: cards, etc.

sew thoughtful

Hello friends!  Where has June gone?  I can’t believe the month is almost over.

Today I have a card to share with Sweet ‘n Sassy’s sweet Cocoa mouse.  I made this card quite some time ago but never got around to sharing it.  This image and sentiment is from Sew Happy Cocoa.

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The stitching was done on my sewing machine…it was acting a little wonky at the time but I ended up liking the not-so-perfect stitches.  The button border is a punch.

If you like Cocoa Mouse, check out all the sets available in the SNSS store.

Hope you have a fabulous week!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Sew Happy Cocoa; paper- white, brown, SU! Crumb Cake and Pool Party, K& Company Sweet Nectar; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, sewing machine, EK Success Button Chain punch.

here’s to laughing

Hello friends!  Art Impressions is having a special hop today with the awesome new Ai stamps at Hobby Lobby!


You should have arrived here from Dana Warren’s blog.

For my card today I used the single lady laughing in the Live Laugh Love clear set.  I love these ladies!

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I sponged ink over a ray stencil to create my background and draw attention to her infectious laughter.  Here she is a bit closer.

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And a simple inside…

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Now check out the other designers’ creations…they’re fabulous!  But before you go, here’s the link for a great Ai prize give-away!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Your next stop on the hop is Karen Day‘s blog. 

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Live Laugh Love; paper- white, black; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Pink Pirouette and Regal Rose; accessories- Copics, Tim Holtz Rays stencil, corner rounder, ribbon, Bow-Easy, Scor-Tape, rhinestones.

celebrate red, white, and blue!

Good morning!  The current Art Impressions challenge is all about color.  Check out the Ai Red, White, and Blue Challenge!

I used a new image (it’s a wood mount!) exclusive to the AC Moore store called Celebrate (PS0919).

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Her dress was paper pieced with a red/white/blue patterned paper from the Pebbles Americana collection.  A few other papers from this pack were added to the background and banner.  I used a Tiny Stars embossing folder from The Paper Studio to add some dimension to the white.

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What a fun image!  She is supposed to be for a birthday but works great for a patriotic card as well!

Be sure to see all the great DT samples on the Ai blog and join us in the Red, White, and Blue Challenge.  Check it out and play along…you could win some awesome Ai stamps!

Diane Signature Medium sizestamps- Art Impressions- Celebrate (PS0919) AC Moore exclusive; paper- white, SU! Midnight Muse and Poppy Parade, Pebbles- Americana; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, The Paper Studio- Tiny Stars embossing folder, MFT Banner Strip die, Crystal Stickles, Sweet ‘n Sassy Stars dies, rhinestones.

you’re spec-tacular

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am sharing a card with a super sweet little mouse from Art Impressions.  Isn’t he the cutest?!  He is from the Spectacular Set (4290).

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I just love this little guy.  He looks so smart in those huge glasses!  Of course, I had to cover the lenses with Crystal Effects so they look shiny like glass…

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This set is great for graduations but also for just saying thank you or “way to go”!  It was definitely on my “must have” list. lol.

Be sure to also check out the new Ai Challenge starting today!  Thanks for popping in…have a great day!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Ai Spectacular Set (4290); paper- white, berown, SU! Crushed Curry, My Mind’s Eye- Gertie; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Crystal Effects, Spellbinders Big Scalloped Squares- Lg. & Sm., ribbon, Scor-Tape, Bow-Easy, adhesive pearls.

Ai hop with Chameleon & PPC!

Hello friends!  Art Impressions is having a special hop this week with Chameleon pens & Perfect Paper Crafting!  What a fun combination!  From June 15th-21st we are having a mini blog hop each day between the three company blogs.


If you stumbled across my blog, go the Art Impressions’ Blog to start!

I used one of Art Impressions’ NEW wood mount stamps exclusive to AC Moore to create my card…Still Have Teeth (PS0921).  What a fun image to make a masculine card!

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All except his skin and hair were colored with Chameleon Pens- Primary Tones.  These pens are a bit different than what I am used to but it only took a few tries to get the hang of it.  The colors were very vibrant.  These unique pens give a gradation of color so you only need one pen to achieve the results.

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The layers for my card were cut with the Mini Perfect Layers tool and a Perfect Paper Crafting Cutting Mat.  I used a mix of 1/16th (black layers) and 3/16th (yellow layer) on my card.  The tool is very easy to understand how to use and helpful in quickly achieving various sizes of mats for your project.

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The finished card…

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Thanks for popping in!  Check out the full hop by starting on the Art Impressions blog.  But first be sure to click on the Rafflecopter link below to win a prize from Art Impressions!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions- Still Have Teeth (PS0921) AC Moore exclusive; paper- white, black, SU! Daffodil Delight and Marina Mist, DCWV Dots, Stripes, & Plaids Matstack; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Chameleon Pens- Primary Tones, Copics for hair & skin, Mini Perfect Layers, Perfect Paper Crafting Cutting Mat, craft knife, tracing wheel, buttons.

you & me

Today I am posting on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog and I have 2 cards to share using the cute set called You & Me.  On my first card I used the matching dies which makes cutting them out & popping them up a snap!

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I started with a pre-printed card base and added a short banner cut with the Bookmarks & More dies.

My second card was made for an anniversary so the image was stamped onto a heart diecut.  I masked off the “& ME” in the sentiment on this one.

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I am not a coffee drinker but that is making me hungry for a doughnut!  lol.

Have a great start to your week!

peas & carrots:  stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy You & Me; paper- white, DCWV The Spring Fling Box of Cards; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy You & Me dies and Bookmarks & More dies, Copics, foam dots, button, Stickles.

coffee & donuts:  stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy You & Me; paper- white, SU! Baja Breeze, Kaiser Craft- Utopia; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories-  Copics, Heart Nestabilities dies, SU! Scalloped Edge punch, Clear Wink of Stella, Baja Breeze seam binding, adhesive pearls.

six layer cake

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am using one of Art Impressions’ new Vintage sets called Six Layer Set (4592).  I like the way this gal thinks!

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I wasn’t sure where I wanted the sentiment and thought about putting it on the inside.  Then I decided to diecut an oven mitt to add to the front and realized that the sentiment would fit perfectly on it!

Her apron was paper pieced to coordinate.

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Six layers…this gal knows how to bake!  LOL.

Thanks for popping in…have a great day!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions- Six Layer Set (4592); paper- Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, white, Authentique- Latest & Greatest; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Spellbinders Stately Circles, Sweet ‘n Sassy Baked For You dies, baker’s twine, button, 2 1/2″ circle punch, Copics, Zig 2 Way Glue Pen, foam dots, adhesive pearls.

Rest in the Lord

Are you enjoying the flowers that are blooming?  I sure am!  So I brought the flowers to paper today.

I am sharing a card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog and I used the Decorative Plaques dies as a starting point in my design.  I then made a soft colored floral background and stamped the words over top using Thankful Blooms and Wait on the Lord.  Then I filled in the background with some accent butterflies from Parisian Postcard.

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The white Decorative Plaques panel was centered over the white square layer and both pieces were stamped together.  Then I diecut the pink Decorative Plaques layer to place underneath the stamped piece.  A few accent pearls were added to the lower corner.

Have a wonderful day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps- Thankful Blooms, Wait on the Lord, and Parisian Postcard; paper- SU! Primrose Petals, white; ink- SU! Primrose Petals, Blushing Bride, Pistachio Pudding, Versamark Black; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Decorative Plaques dies, pearls, tracing wheel.



king of the green

Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps is having a “Let’s Hear It For The Boys” blog hop today to celebrate the men in our life.  With Father’s Day coming up this month, it’s a perfect time to feature the great SNSS masculine sets.

I used the Hole in One set to create my card…

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The background was embossed with a dotted embossing folder to mimic a golf ball.  A CAS design keeps the focus on the club & tee with a simple banner to announce that dad is the “King of the Green”!

Now go check out the other DT cards and get those masculine sets for your own special guy!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Hole in One; paper- SU! Wild Wasabi, Pistachio Pudding, Smoky Slate, white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, QuiKutz Polka Dots embossing folder, circle punch.


for the fellas

Good morning!  Art Impressions has a new challenge starting today and this one is all about the guys in our lives!  Check out the Ai For The Fellas Challenge.

For my card, I used the Sports Fan Shaker (4527) and the Happy Birthday sentiment is from Out To Lunch (3576).

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This guy is just too cute!  ♥

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I love, love, love the Ai Action Wobbles!  Cards that shake and move are so fun!  This guy’s “hand” is raised up on a wobbly spring so it moves!

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Too fun!  Now be sure to see all the great DT samples on the Ai blog today.  And join us in the For The Fellas Challenge.


Check it out and play along…you could win some awesome Ai stamps!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Sports Fan Shaker (4527) and Happy Birthday sentiment from Out To Lunch (3576); paper- white, black, SU! Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, and Basic Gray, DCWV dots, stripes, & plaids matstack; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Art Impressions Action Wobbles, Copics, tracing wheel, Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Banner dies and Stars dies.

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