Friday, October 21, 2016

Shades of Autumn

The challenge at 
Fussy and Fancy 
is being hosted by our very talented and creative Jo
and she has chosen the theme
'Shades of Autumn'.

Out sponsor is Wild Orchard Crafts.

I love Autumn
(well most of the time, once the leaves fall it's kind of 'ugh' then,
not near as much fun raking them as seeing them in all their glorious colors)!!

But I also love to create for the Fall months,
So many pretty colors to work with!

This card came together very quickly
by using a few of my favorite die cuts (listed below)
and flowers I bought on clearance this Spring.
Thought it was about time to use a few
put together in layers along with a few 'neglected' brads!

I added a strip of burlap form my stash on a newly
purchased EB folder called 'Heather's Lace'
of course I managed to cover most of it up
with my flowers and leaves.
A little birdie (can you see him?)
was added that I had snipped off another die
and saved for further use, guess this was!

So head on over to the Fussy and Fancy blog
and see all the beautiful and creative projects
my teammates have created!

Entering the following fun challenges:
Cardz 4 Gals ....Use At Least One Die (10/27)
Word Art Wednesday .... ATG
Crafty Catz .... ATG/optional Embossing
Die Cut Diva's .... Emboss (m)
D.R.S. Designs .... Color Challenge

Products Used:
Stamps:  SU Happy Harmony
Dies:  Poppy Stamps Sylvan Sprig, 
         Cottage Cutz Large Leafy Flourish,
          Memory Box Tiny Tendril
Flowers:  Recollections
EB Folger:  Cuttlebug Heather's Lace
Punch:  SU Round 1 1/4"
Other:  Hemp Cord, Brads

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Think Pink At The Cutting Cafe

Tomorrow  (10/21) at
it is all about 'Breast Cancer Awareness'
and a time where all TCC design team gets together
on the blog with our creations.

This one really hits home to me,
as my Mom (89) was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer
this year in Feb.

I used the Ribbon Shape cut file
and this time I used the PDF file it comes with
other then my Cricut (my Cricut was being naughty)
plus it shows you just how easy it is to use a PDF.

I decorated my ribbon with a rub on
as Regina shows in her video
(yes, she has videos on putting this fun)!!
I don't think I have even looked at my rub ons in over 5!

Then I used the 'Think Pink' printable stamp set.,
added  green gems for the owl eyes and a real snippet of ribbon.

A few little flowers from my stash were added
and the sentiment is from the printable set as well.

I would give my Mom this card,
but honestly I don't think she would know what

Pop on over to The Cutting Cafe blog and see all the
rest of the design team creations....
it will be live later in the day on the 21st!

Entering the following fun challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday .... Think Pink
All Sorts .... Pink October (x)
In The Pink .... Ribbon and/or Bows
Daisy Chain .... Pink for Breast Cancer

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Halloween Plaids

The new challenge starts today at
Double D
and being hosted by Team Darlene
and the theme is
and using the mood board below  for inspiration!

Well, to me plaids make me think of flannel shirts, cool autumn nights
and a nice toasty blanket to curl into.

However, I went an entirely different way with my!

A few years back I made a few fun witches boot cards for Halloween that I had seen on Pinterest early on,
and while looking for a 'plaid' paper to start off with
I found a Halloween one, so right away I thought of making
a witch boot with it!

I used my Cricut Explore to cut it out,( though I made this one a bit
larger then the two I did in previous years),
and  Cricut Design Space using Happy Hauntings cartridge.

I cut the boot 3 times, twice in black card stock
and once in the Halloween plaid.
The other pieces were cut from black glitter paper and orange card stocks.

I used a purple twill ribbon that I had dyed myself.
when a few years back the rage started 
(and is still going strong)with those beautiful
shabby, died twill ribbons, I made several of my own.
I think it is much less messy and easier to just buy them
ready made though!

That about sums it up..pretty easy really as my Cricut Explore
did most of the work for me!

Make sure and head on over to the Double D blog to see  all
the design teams projects.  One thing I love about our teams
is the versatility of the designs from CAS to Shabby Chic
and everything in-between!!

Entering the following fun challenges:
Shopping Our Stash (twill) .... Hey, Ghoulfriend (10/24)
Crafting by Designs .... Halloween (10/25)
Crafty Gals Corner .... Be-Fab-BOO-Lous (10/25)
Crafty Calendar .... Halloween (m)
Bitten By The Bug .... Halloween (10/23)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fall Birthday

It has been a rough week for this grandma around here.
If you read a previous post you saw that we were
headed out for a little 'mini' vacation to see the colors in
northern Michigan.
We had no sooner arrived then I received a phone call
that my grandson Caiden (15) was seriously injured in an ATV accident
so we had to head right back home.
We spent 11 hours on the road that day.

He is in ICU for the next 7 days with a broken back in 2 places
and was airlifted to a hospital in Indianapolis.
We then drove there to be with him.
He had a 3 1/2 surgery and now it is just a waiting game to see how he improves.
I have to say though that everyday since Friday has been a progress.

So, I needed something to get my thoughts collected
and what better way then to create.

I made a very CAS fall birthday card using some of the
leftover 'snippets' of the watercolor paper using the Nuance powders and water.
I love how these leaves turned out, such pretty colors.

The leaves were cut with the 'large' Impression Obsession leaf dies 
then popped up along the side.

The background is just simply a scrap of paper
that I embossed with a Happy Birthday Cuttlebug embossing folder.

A piece of orange hemp cord was added.

Like I said very simple but so pretty!

Entering the following challenges:
Impression Obsession .... Fall Birthday (x)
Pixie's Snippets Playground .... Snippets
CAS Watercolor Challenge ...Autumn

The Paper Players .... Leaf

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Autumn Girlfriends

This my post on the
Sparkle N Sprinkle blog today!

Hi, Diane with you today to share with you a tutorial of sorts for
my 'Double Z' fold card using the new stamp set
This card is really very easy to do and I will give you simple
directions, but there are great tutorials on youtube for it as well.
Autumn Girlfriends
You want to start with an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of card stock.
Cut one piece 4 1/4" x 11"
Score this piece (with the 11" piece along the top)
at 2 3/4" and at 5 1/2" (this is the main base of the card)
Cut the next piece 3 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Score this piece (with the 8 1/2" piece along the top)
at 2 1/8" and at 4 1/4".
Fold as I have shown below.

Autumn Girlfriends
Next you want to cut some pretty paper 'cover' pieces.
For the larger Z part of the card,
cut 1 at 4" x 5 1/4"
and cut 2 pieces at 2 1/2" x 4"
For the smaller part of the Z card,
Cut 1 at 3 1/4" x 4"
and cut 2 pieces at 1 7/8" x 3 1/4"
and 1 piece 3 1/4" x 4"
Autumn Girlfriends
adhere to each z panel as shown
Autumn Girlfriends
Using the photo below for reference, attach the smaller z panel to the larger z panel
Autumn Girlfriends
Now we will make leaves for our card using a Mini Mister,
watercolor paper and the colors of Nuance listed below.
Spray your watercolor paper with water, lightly tap on the nuance color,
spray a bit more and repeat until you are happy with the colors
Autumn Girlfriends
Once dry, cut out the leaves with your desired dies
(I used Impression Obsession small Leaves Dies)
Autumn Girlfriends
I colored the Autumn Girlfriends image with Copics,
then applying a bit of glue with Nuvo Small glue pen
I added Fall Leaves Glitter to the image leaves.
I then attached my 'Nuance" colored leaves.
Autumn Girlfriends
I stamped the rake and the sentiment with Versamark,
then embossed with Gold Fine Detail embossing powder.
I used Spellbinders Label Four to cut out the sentiment.
I also stamped the basket of leaves and used the same
Fall Leaves glitter as I used above.
Autumn Girlfriends
I hope you will give one of these double z folds a try as they are really fun
and turn out so beautifully!
Thank you for visiting with me today!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Season of Blessings

A new challenge is up and running at the 
Dies R Us challenge blog and the theme is

I started out my card with a black card stock base.

I save all my circle negatives for inking up moons
and that is just what I did for this card.
I used TH Distress Inks wild honey and spiced marmalade.
I placed the moon so my little owl could sit on his branch
right over the moon.

I die cut a tree using
which, by the way is where the little owl came from,
part of the birch tree set.

I cut leaves (lots) using a small leaf from
and adhered them to the tree here and there.

I added a few pumpkins at the bottom of the tree
using die cuts from
A few of the same leaves from up above were added around a few pumpkins.

A black cat was die cut  from black metallic paper
Do you suppose he is eyeing up that little hoot owl?

Once all that was done, I became very brave and stamped
my sentiment right on the card stock with SU Soft Suede ink.
The sentiment is a very old one from Unity,
I love how nice and large it is!
Whew, I didn't mess it!

I wanted to mention that ALL the papers used
other than the card stocks
were from my scrap bags of papers.

Join in the challenge with us,
there is always a gift certificate to be won by one lucky entrant
and a Top 3 is also picked by the team!

entering the following challenges:
Cheery Lynn Designs .... Halloween

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Spooky Halloween

Happy Birthday To
Yep, today is  my birthday
and I am celebrating by doing what ever I want....
well that is kind of not true as I am headed out of town soon
for a weekend at our lake house....
headed 'north' to see all the pretty Fall color
(ours has just started here...amazing the difference 5 1/2 hours can make)

I did however purchase my own birthday present.
I was outgrowing my present 'storage' of my Copics
and had ordered 2 sets of these from Joanns online as they were 40% off
Crafter's Companion Spectrum Noir Marker Storage Trays Black
But then, they had Copics for $3.14 I ordered 24 pens
only of which 18 have shipped.....
but that meant I needed MORE I went back to Joann's online
and they no longer have them...but I found them at 
Consumer Crafts for just slightly more....and best yet,
I ordered them on Tuesday and they will be here on Thursday (today)
they have $2 shipping all week...
like I said ...Happy Birthday to me...
and I am sure in awe of the FAST shipping...WOW!!

But, before I leave I had to join in this fun challenge  at
as what an awesome photo inspiration
that will allow me to use some of my very many and very neglected
Halloween stamps!

I have had 'creators disaster' all week,
so I did this card 3 times and am still not satisfied with it....
I guess I need that little 'mini' vacation!

It is what it is...
I used 2 very old sets of Stampin Up for this card
House of Haunts
and Home is Where The Haunt Is

Well have to run as we have a birthday dinner in Indiana tonight.

Tomorrow (Thursday)..(can you tell I wrote this the day before)
I have to pack and grab us some food to take
and make sure all the animals will be taken of while we are gone

Have a great week/weekend everyone!

Entering the following challenges:
Crafting By Designs .... Add A Sentiment
Make My Monday Challenge.... Photo Inspiration (10-23)