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blessings ornament

Sooo…the big question this time of year is always… “Are you ready for Christmas?”.  Umm…No. We finally got our tree up Sunday night. I still have baking and shopping to do. But on Christmas Eve, I hope I can say “Yes, I’m ready.” ha.

I was playing around, though, with some salt dough ornaments using my Poinsettias & Candles stamp set and one of my Christmas cookie stamps.

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I mixed my dough and rolled it out on freezer paper, then cut the hearts by hand.  I used 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup salt and 1/4 cup warm water but my mixture was sticky and needed more flour. Next time I’ll add more salt or less water. Use a toothpick or straw to make a hole.

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The hearts were stamped with Versafine ink.

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I baked them in a toaster oven at 200 degrees and flipped them a few times (not sure how long) but my toaster oven runs hot so next time I’ll use the regular oven.  The toaster oven browned them a bit…so I sponged some Distress Vintage Photo on to “age” them.

This might be my last post before the holiday so I hope you all have a blessed Christmas!

wheelie special birthday

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Shake A Little (use a wobble)” and we are showcasing the NEW Non-Holiday Mini Shakers!  There are three new sets, each designed to use with the Mini Action Wobbles and boy are they fun!  I am sharing today how I made this Partial Die-Cut Z-Fold Card with the new Wheelie Mini Shaker (4794) stamp set.

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The upper body and left leg on this guy are die cut and layered on a Mini Action Wobble. I know if I were on that skateboard, I would be super wobbly! Lol. The word “zoom” and the stars are dies which are also included in the set!

Here you can see the part of the image that wobbles…

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With careful placement of the die, he hangs out over the fold.

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To create my Partial Die-Cut Z-Fold Card, I started with a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 piece of cardstock and scored it at the 4 1/4″ mark.  Then I used a pencil to mark the top and bottom of the card front (to the left of the fold) at 2 1/8″.

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Next I positioned the die for his body so the left side of it, including his leg, was to the left of my pencil marks. It is held in place with low-tack tape.  Then I placed the top plate so the edge of the plate was in line with my pencil marks. (By doing so, the die will only cut the area underneath the top plate.  Now run it through the machine.

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The die cut area will be cut as shown below. I then scored at the 2 1/8″ mark, above and below the cut.

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Mountain and Valley fold your card and the base will look like this.

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Add layers, your image with the Action Wobble, and embellish as desired.

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Now it’s your turn to make a card and join us in the “Shake A Little” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Wheelie Mini Shaker (4794); paper- white, black, MME- Happy Day; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Art Impressions Mini Action Wobble, Scor-Pal, SU! Designer Label punch.

panda slider

Hello friends!

The current Ai Challenge is “Slide on By” …and we are featuring three new super cute Slider Sets (to use with the Slider Die) plus two new Stackers Sets (which also coordinate with the Slider Die)! 

Here I used the Panda Slider Set (4801) to create a cloud shaped card.

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I love making shaped cards and thought he’d be cute on a big cloud so I kept my card base and slider pieces all white.  I did add a smaller patterned paper cloud, though, for a whimsical accent.  Part of the plane was paper pieced with some matching paper.  The little “hi” is a cute die included in this set (there’s also a balloon)!

When the slider piece is pulled, the plane slides across the card and reveals the sentiment.

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I just quickly sketched my cloud card and cut it by hand.  Here’s the pattern if you would like to make one too.  Click on the photo and then right click to save.

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Now it’s your turn to make a card and join us in the current Ai Challenge!  We would love to see your creations!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Panda Slider Set (4801); paper- white, MME fine and dandy boy; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Art Impressions Slider Die (4764), Copics, foam dimensionals, ribbon, staples, Scor-Tape.

snow much fun

Hello friends!

Last week I was on the Art Impressions blog with a tutorial for our current Challenge… The Perfect Pairs (use a stamp and die combo).  We are also featuring the new Ai stamps exclusive to Michael’s and AC Moore.  Here I am using the AC Moore clear set called Snow Much Fun (0736) which includes matching dies!

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On my card today, I used the penguin die to cut a window in my card front.

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The cute penguin and a few flakes are stamped on the INSIDE.  :)

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To begin, I diecut a partial circle from white cardstock.

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Next, I added 2 strips of patterned paper scraps to a black card base and then adhered my white circle.  I placed the penguin die where I wanted it to cut a window and ran it through the die cut machine.  Note- depending on your machine, you may need to run it back & forth a few times to cut through the layers.

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Once my penguin window was cut, I placed a white layer of cardstock on the inside of the card and lightly traced the penguin opening with a pencil.  The pencil lines are used as a guide to position your image when stamping.  I usually “wing it” but you can use a stamp positioner for exact placement.  After the image is stamped on the inside, gently remove the pencil lines with an eraser.

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Now your penguin is visible from the card front!

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Color the penguin and complete your card as desired.  I added a banner sentiment and a few stamped & diecut flakes (with rhinestone centers)…both from the same stamp set!

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Now it’s your turn to make a card or project using a stamp & die combo and join us in the Ai Challenge!  We would love to see your creations!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions AC Moore exclusive- Snow Much Fun (0736); paper- white, black, Echo Park Wintertime; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Midnight Muse; accessories- Circle Nestabilities, Copics, Die-Namics Mix and Match Banners, foam dots, rhinestones.

lucky ducky

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the Bunny & Ducky Mini Set (4404) and the coordinating Bunny & Ducky Mini Dies (4537) .

I cut a circle window in the front of my square card for ducky to peek through.

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On the inside, ducky’s back side is on the left and I folded a little pocket on the right to slip in a gift card, note, or cash!  This card is really simple to make…start with a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of cardstock and score @ 4 1/4 and 8 1/2.  The last section is cut on a diagonal and folded in…then adhere the bottom edge with strong tape.  I cut a layer for this triangular section by cutting a piece of 2 1/4 x 4 patterned paper diagonally in half.

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Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Bunny & Ducky Mini Set (4404); paper- white, SU! Baja Breeze and Peach Parfait, DCWV Nana’s Nursery Baby Boy; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Ai Bunny & Ducky Mini Dies (4537), Copics, Circle and Big Scalloped Squares Nestabilities, Scor-Tape, ribbon, EK Success Retro Flower punch.

the older you get…

Hello friends!

The current Ai Challenge is “Aging With Attitude” and we are featuring the NEW Ai People and Girlfriends stamps!  I decided to create a Side Step Card and here I used the Ai Flaunt It Set (4756) . 

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Everywhere you go now, there seems to be a photo booth at every event. A fun sign of the times, for sure!  These gals are kicking it up and having a great time!

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I wanted to put some of the photo props on the side steps so I pulled out some dies that matched the image. The stick on the glasses is actually a princess wand from the set with the crown.  Stickles was added for some sparkle.

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Another sentiment from the set was stamped on the inside and another pair of sparkly glasses was added to fill the corner.

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Edit: I had some questions about measurements so here you go… I started with 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. On the long side, I measured in 2 1/4″ and then cut from 7/8″ to 6 3/8″.  Then I scored that 2 1/4″ section @ 7/8, 1 3/4, 3, 4 1/4 (this one all the way across), and 6 3/8″.

Now it’s your turn to make a card or project and join us in the new Ai Challenge!  We would love to see your cards about Aging With Attitude!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Flaunt It Set (4756); paper- white, black, SU! Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Basic Grey, Basic Grey- Urban Prairie; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Scor-Pal, Paper Smooches Glasses die, Echo Park Princess Set #1 dies, Stickles, gemstone.

it’s ok…

Hello friends!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a tutorial for our NEW Challenge… Laughing WITH you!  We are also featuring the new stamps exclusive to Hobby Lobby with a Blog Hop. 

You should be hopping here from Dana’s blog.  Thanks for joining us!  Ai is giving away 1 grand prize of all the new Hobby Lobby stamps!

There are 5 new wood mount stamps and 5 new clear sets which is quite a variety!  I am using the Jealous Too (4713) wood mount stamp on my cards.  I like to make shaped cards and I’ll show you two ways to easily create them.

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If the shaped card you want to make has a flat edge like my hexagon card, then you can simply die cut your card base by keeping the fold slightly below the straight edge of your die. This leaves the fold of your card intact.

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If your desired shape does NOT have a flat edge, as my flower die, it is still very easy.  Die cut 2 shapes and set one aside (for the front). The second one will be the back…simply score a line close to one edge.  (This scored line will be your card fold.)  Note: I kept 2 “petals” along the left edge for my card bottom so it will easily stand up.

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Apply strong adhesive to the smaller scored part and adhere the 2 flowers together.

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It will look like this when opened…

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I also love to use up small scraps of patterned paper by paper piecing the Ai character’s clothing.  I decided to make 4 cards so I’ve stamped and cut out the elephant’s dress 4 times.  I matched the hexagon patterned dresses with the hexagon shaped card, and the same with the florals!

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Smaller shapes were cut from white cardstock, stamped, colored and the dresses were adhered.  I omitted the sentiments and stamped them separately.

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The finished cards…

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The inside sentiment is another wood mount block from Hobby Lobby, Happy 29th (4597) .

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Now it’s your turn to make a card or project and join us in the new Ai Challenge!  And don’t forget to hop along with us for a chance to win the grand prize of all the new Hobby Lobby stamps!!

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Just click below for your chance to win.  Happy stamping!
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Here are the blog links & hop order:

Art Impressions Blog

Cheri Burry

Dana Warren

Diane Zechman

Karen Day

Kerry Kung

Reneé Matarese

Sharon Caudle


Your next stop is Karen’s blog!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Hobby Lobby exclusives- Jealous Too (4713) and Happy 29th (4597), paper- white, SU! Poppy Parade and Daffodil Delight, MME- The Sweetest Thing; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Spellbinders Blossom and Circle Nestabilities, Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Hexagon dies, Scor-Tape, 1/2″ circle punch, Sweet ‘n Sassy Speech Bubbles Dies, foam tape, rhinestones.

a clear bookmark

Good morning!  Today Sweet ‘n Sassy is releasing two new sets for their bible journaling line, Creative Worship!  This month, SNSS is offering a Bible journaling KIT which includes the two stamp sets PLUS some extra goodies that will only be sold for 2 weeks or until they are gone.

Since I haven’t ventured into the bible journaling yet, I decided to create a clear bookmark which would give a somewhat similar look.

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I used the new sets called His Book and Decorative Banners.  I also used the Majestic Monarchs stamp set.

I began by cutting a piece of clear acetate to 2 1/2″ x 6″.  Then I used a black Sharpie marker on the edges using a piece of cardstock as a mask.  Each image was stamped on the FRONT of the acetate with Stazon ink.  Then they were colored on the BACK of the bookmark with various colors of Sharpie markers.

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A hole was punched at the top for some twine and that’s it.  Very easy!

Now pop back to the blog to keep hopping and be sure to check out the KIT…only available for a short time!  Krista Hamrick illustrated both stamp sets and Rebecca Rios illustrated the bookmark!  Cute!


Thanks for popping in…happy stamping!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- His Book, Decorative Banners, Majestic Monarchs; ink- Stazon Black; accessories- clear acetate, Sharpie markers, hole punch, twine.

I paws-itively love you

Hello!  January is flying by and my thoughts are turning to Valentine’s Day.  It will be upon us quick!

Today I am sharing a card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using my Valentine Critters stamp set which also has coordinating dies.

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This is a 4 1/4″ square card with some Box Pleats on the strip of floral patterned paper.  I started with a strip that is 1 1/2″ x 12″.

Using a Scor-Pal scoring board, I scored the strip at the following marks- 1, 1 1/2, 2 1/2, 3, 4, 4 1/2, 5 1/2, 6, 7, 7 1/2, 8 1/2, 9, 10, 10 1/2, and 11 1/2 inches.  You will fold with a mountain/valley/valley/mountain pattern to look like this:

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I made this card before the matching dies were available but now I love being able to cut the images so quickly and cleanly!

Thanks for popping in…happy stamping!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Valentine Critters; paper- white, Fancy Pants- Hopscotch (Grove & Jump Rope); ink- Memento Tuxedo Black & Rich Cocoa; accessories- Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, American Crafts Orange Lace Crochet Ribbon, Copics, foam dimensionals.

Santa Spinner

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with another spinner card from the CHA release, this one using the Santa Spinner stamp set (4678) and matching Santa Spinner dies (4697).   I also have a little tutorial on how I put together the spinners and attach the thread so it sort of gets “locked” in place.

Here’s the jolly fella on a string…

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…and here’s the back of Santa as he spins!

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First I held my red cardstock layer to the black base with removable tape and die cut an opening through both layers.  (The red layer is not attached yet.)

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Next I measure to find the center of my opening and draw a vertical line with a pencil to use as a guide for placing my string.

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This line can later be erased but mine will be covered with an inside layer.  Now the red layer can be removed.

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I like to use crochet thread but you can use other thread or fishing line if you like.  On the card front, place a piece of strong double sided tape above and below the die cut opening.  Remove the paper backing on the tape, add the string to the top, and cover with another piece of tape.

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Remove the backing from the second piece of tape and adhere the string down over it.

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Gently pull the string taught, adhere and repeat the layers of tape on the bottom.  Trim the excess string.

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Now lay the back side of your spinner underneath the string so it fits nicely in the opening and will spin freely.  Tape into place.

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Adhere the front of your spinner image, aligning it with the back spinner image.  Now the spinner is completed and you may adhere the red layer to the card front.

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Finish your card as desired and enjoy!  These spinners are SO fun!

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Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Santa Spinner stamp set (4678); paper- white, black, SU! Real Red, metallic silver; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Art Impressions Santa Spinner dies (4697), Spellbinders Small Circle Nestabilities, C.C. Designs Santas Belt die, crochet thread, Scor-Tape, rhinestones.