Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Lily was a bumble bee this year for halloween, believe it or not she actually likes the costume!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I'm Still here!

Yes, I am still around, sorry I've been so quite. I have been trying to create some samples of Christmas cards for my brother. Every year for the past 9 years I have made the Christmas cards for his business and he has asked me to make them again this year.
This is one of the samples I created for him to choose from. It is hard to see but I added some stickles to some of the pine needles to look like frost. I think I might add some Liquid applique also to give a snow effect on the pine cones.
I hope to post a new sample everyday for the next week.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies used: Stamps~ Peaceful Wishes, Linen background.
Paper~ Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla.
Ink~ Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke.
Accessories~ Chocolate Satin Ribbon, Vintage brads, Photo corner punch, Ticket corner punch, Stickles - Frosted Lace, Paper Piercer.

Monday, October 29, 2007


I’ve been tagged by NANCY RILEY, ISTAMP!
Here are the details:
1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog. You can see NANCY RILEY'S inspiring blog here:

2. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself (on your blog, we all want to know them).

3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.

4. Let each person know that they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Seven Random Things About Me:

1. I am the oldest of eight children, my seven youger siblings are all boys! Yes, that's right I have seven younger brothers!

2. My favorite color is green, Certainly Celery, Mellow Moss & Wild Wasabi are my favorite Stampin' Up! colors.

3. Just like Nancy Riley who tagged me, I am a homebody also. I love my time alone at home during the day (that's when I get most of my stamping done)!

4. Fall is my favorite season, I don't like winter that much as it gets too cold.

5. Even though I don't like winter that much, that is when the hockey season is in full swing! I LOVE watching my kids play hockey!

6. I LOVE Dove chocolate's. I have to hide them from my husband or he would devour them and I would be left without any!!! There is nothing worst than not having any chocolate when you have the craving!!!!! Right?

7. I LOVE my little dog LILY, she has been best little dog! Isn't she just the cutest?

I tag these seven gals:

Jennifer - Jennifer's Sweet designs

Lynda - Stamp Act
Kim - Clearly Inspired
Laurie - Just give me Stamps
Jennifer - The Buck Stamps Here
Heather - Polka-Dot Inspired Creations
Wanda - My Creative Corner

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

And the winner of the blog candy is.....

Kim from Clearly Inspired! WooHoo, Kim email me your address and I will get these goodies out to you right away! This is what Kim had to say:

Clearly Inspired said...
Wow! I don't think I can pick just one. I like too many of them. Here is one of my favorite cards that I made on your hits!
October 19, 2007 7:56 AM

Thank you to everyone that sent me all the nice comments on my cards! I really do appreciate it!

The reason I asked which one of my cards was your favorite was so that I could send the winner of the blog candy that card! I have so many cards I need to find a way to use them all and I thought this would be perfect! So If I ever ask that question again, you know why!!! Kim, your card will be a surprise!!!!

Go check out Kim's blog, she has some really great idea's!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

ULAS Challenge - Alter this or that ....

This week I am the host for the 'Up Late & Stamping' challenge and I am inviting all of you to play along!

My challenge for you this week is to alter something, weather it be a DVD holder, Tin Lunchbox or like mine, a Art Journal turned Photo album. The sky is the limit, so let's see what creative ideas you come up with. Everyone is invited to play along just remember to upload your creations to SCS using the keyword: ULAS so we can all see what you made!

Let's see what my other friends have been up too!




ULAS Gallery

Friday, October 19, 2007

Want a chance at some Blog Candy?

Check out my post, 20,000 hits for a chance to win some blog candy!

RAK from Nancy Riley

Look what showed up in my mailbox yesterday from Nancy Riley! Isn't it just BEAUTIFUL? I was so excited when I saw this beauty. I was drooling all over it when I first saw it on her blog and she was so kind to mail it off to ME!
Nancy and I have recently become friends thru SCS and our blogs, she is such a nice person! If you haven't been to Nancy's blog you need to go check it out, she does beautiful work, you won't be disappointed!
Thank you Nancy, I just LOVE it!!!

ULAS Chipboard Challenge

As some of you may already know, a few of my SCS friends and myself have been doing challenges together. The latest challenge was hosted by Lynda at Stampact aka: lbenden at SCS. Lynda's challenge was to have us use Chipboard. This is the card I did using a chipboard snowflake on the front.

To create the sparkle on the snowflake I first covered the snowflake with three layers of white craft ink. Before the third layer dried I covered the snowflake with Dazzling Diamonds glitter and set with my heat tool.
If you would like to play along in our challenges, feel free, anyone can play! I will be posting the next challenge here on my blog on Monday. If you play remember to upload to SCS using the keyword - ULAS so we can all see your creation.
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Merry & Bright.
Paper~ Ballet Blue textured paper, Four Season's DP, Whisper White.
Ink~ Basic Black & Ballet Blue classic ink, White Craft Ink.
Accessories~Snowflake chipboard, Brocade Blue 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Diamond Stickles, Silver brads, small oval punch, 1" circle punch, Designer Label punch.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

20,000 Hits!!!

Wow, my counter says that I have had 20,000 hits!!!! That is soooo AWESOME! Thanks to all of you that visit my blog, I really do appreciate it!

Does anyone want to celebrate with me? You do! How about some yummy goodies? Well if you would like to win these goodies this is what you need to do:

Leave a comment on this post telling me which one of my cards is your favorite and add a link to show me a picture of your favorite card that you have made. I love seeing all of your creations! If you don't know how to add a link, that's ok leave a comment anyway!
I will chose a winner on Wedenesday 10-24-07 at 10:00 am CDT. One entry per person please.
Next Blog Candy giveaway will be at 30,000 hits!
Blog Candy includes: Four seasons DP by SU, Very Punny Stamp set, Vanilla envelopes (20), cooper vintage brads, 2 microspools of ribbon, Prima Daisy's - Victoria, Brend Walton Adhesive Rhinestones.

3 in 1 challenge!

Sorry I've been so quite the last few days! I haven't had alot of stamping time this week (poor me)! I hope you don't mind that I made a card combining three challenges in one.

First challenge was the 'Way's to Use It' #135 - Bring out the Glam! This challenge called to use anything that glitters.

Second challenge was the color challenge #136 - Pinks repeat, as you can guess, make it PINK.

Third challenge was the Sketch challenge #146.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Garden Silhouettes, Linen & Floral backgrounds.
Paper~ Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White.
Ink~ Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive.
Accessories~ Pink rhinestone brads, pink crystals, Pink Taffata ribbon.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Featured Stamper Challenge

This is my card for this week's featured stamper challenge over at SCS. This week's featured stamper is 'StamperTammy', Tammy has a beautiful gallery, I chose this card of Tammy's to case.

The Challenge has us change at least two things from the original, I changed the colors, stamps & ribbon on my card.

This is also a two for one challenge for me. A few of my SCS friends, Jennifer , Cindy & Lynda have started a weekly challenge for the 'Up Late & Stamping' group that I am a part of. I chose 'Chocolate & Pink' as my main colors because that was the theme for the last ULAS Challenge.

If you would like to participate in the 'Up Late & Stamping' Challenges check out this week's challenge that Lynda has for us! Anyone can play along just remember to upload your entry to SCS using the keyword 'ULAS'.

Check out all the entries for the ULAS challenges HERE.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Serene Sunflowers, Sanded background, Many Thanks.
Paper~ Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, White Glossy, Au Chocolat.
Ink~ Real Rose, Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss.
Accessories~ Pink Organdy 5/8" ribbon, Silver cord, corner punch, sponge.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

WSC #23 - Season of Joy

I am sorry but I can't help it! I'm lovin' this Purely Pomegranate! I actually made this card a few week's ago for a Holiday Mini swap that I was asked to do with one of my new blogging friends Jennifer (Jennifer's Sweet Designs) aka: Lovetostamp6 on SCS. This card was the start of my purely pomegranate craze that I seem to be in right now!

I just LOVE the richness of this color and I LOVE the satin ribbon! If you haven't tried it yet, OMGosh you have to get some of this awesome ribbon!!!

My sketch also fits into Beate's weekend sketch challenge #23 for this week, wow how about that! I hope to actually stamp something else this weekend for her challenge but until then, this will have to do

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Season of Joy.
Paper~ Purely Pomegranate textured CS & DP, Very Vanilla.
Ink~ Purely Pomegrante.
Accessories~ Rhinestone & Vintage Brads, Purely Pomegranate Satin Ribbon, Ticket punch, Slot punch, sponge.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Sketch Challenge - Holy Triptych

As soon as I saw this week's sketch challenge I knew right away what stamp set I wanted to use! I have had the 'Holy Triptych' set for a few week's but haven't had the chance to use it yet (shame on me).

I just LOVE this angel image and the satin ribbon is BEAUTIFUL! It was hard to photograph, but if you click on the picture, you will be able to see the glitter on the wings much better.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Holy Triptych, Graceful Words (retired).

Paper~ Purely Pomegranate CS & DP, Gold Brushed Metallic, Whisper White.
Ink~ Stazon Black, Purely Pomegrante, Barely Banana, So Saffron, Bashful Blue.

Accessories~ Purely Pomegranate Satin Ribbon, Vintage Brads, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Glue pen, Ticket punch, Large Oval punch, Key Tag punch, Blender Pen, Aqua painter.

Thankful for Fall

Fall is my very Favorite time of the year! I just love the changing of the leaves and the cooler weather. I wish it would last all year long!

I wanted to make a card with my new 'Thoroughly Thankful' stamp set. I'm still working on my watercoloring technique, but for the most part I am happy with the way this turned out. This is definately a stamp set made for watercoloring!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Thoroughly Thankful, Sanded background.
Paper~ Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, More Mustard, Watercolor paper.
Ink~ Stazon Black, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue.
Accessories~ Blender pen, Aqua Painter, Twill Tape, Hodgepodge hardware, Photo Corner punch, paper piercer.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Color Challenge Basic Rocks

My stamping time was a little less then I wanted the past few days with all of the activities and everyday life. I decided to combine a couple of challenges, the color challenge and Beate's weekend sketch challenge #22.

This week's color challenge 'Basic Rocks' over at SCS was to used these three colors: River Rock, Basic Gray & Basic Black. This was quite the challenge using these three colors, this is what I came up with.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Garden Silhouettes, Hugs & Wishes.
Paper~ River Rock CS & DP, Basic Black, Whisper White.
Ink~ River Rock, Basic Gray.
Accessories~ River Rock stitched ribbon, ticket punch, black brads, silver brads, sponge.

Monday, October 8, 2007

FS Sweet Miss Daisy

This week's Featured Stamper Challenge over at SCS is Anna Wight aka 'Sweet Miss Daisy'. Anna has an awesome gallery you must check it out! I chose to case this Card of Anna's. The guidelines state that you must change at least two things when creating your card. I changed the stamp set, the DP and the ribbon.
I have to admit that I also cased a part of this card from Beate. I wanted to use my 'Serene Sunflower' set for another challenge but just could not get it together. Beate had the same set in mind for her challenge and she pulled it off perfectly! I loved the way she stamped her sunflowers and I just had to try it again!
Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Serene Sunflower, Blossoms Abound, French Script.
Paper~ Chocolate Chip, Glossy White, Apple Cider DP, Spring Flowers DP.
Ink~ Chocolate chip, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue, River Rock.
Accessories~ Vintage brads, Paper Piercer, River Rock Stitched Ribbon.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

More Festive Friends

I was cleaning up my desk today and came across a couple extra 'Festive Friends' images that I had stamped the other day. Well instead of putting them in my basket of extra's I thought I should use them up, so I did! I have been finding myself drawn to the 'Holiday Harmony' DP lately and of course, today was no exception.
Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Festive Friends, Short & Sweet.
Paper~ Purely Pomegrante, Basic Black, Holiday Harmony DP, Whisper white.
Ink~ Basic Black, Purely Pomegrante, Basic Gray, Bashful Blue.
Accessories~ Pumpkin Pie Marker, Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Oval Punch, Black Brads, Purely Pomegrante Stitched Ribbon, Blender Pen.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Festive Favorites Sketch Challenge

This is my card for this week's sketch challenge. The minute I saw this sketch I thought of the 'Festive Friends' set. I decided to turn the sketch horizontal. My card didn't quite turn out the way I invisioned it would, but I like it anyway!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Festive Friends, Short & Sweet.
Paper~ Purely Pomegranate CS & DP, Gold Metallic, Whisper White.
Ink~ Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate,
Basic Gray, Bliss Blue.
Accessories~ Black Brads, Ticket punch, Dazzaling Diamonds Glitter, glue pen, Purely Pomegranate Satin Ribbon.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Think Fast

Monday's Try a New Technique Challenge on SCS, was called Think Fast. The challenge was to take a card that was already in your gallery and only change the stamp set to make a different card. I couldn't decide which set to use at first but finally decided on this one.

The card on the right is my original using 'Sassy Stems', the card on the left is my re-make using the 'Priceless' set.

If you haven't already, give this challenge a try and see what you can do to make one of your cards!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Sassy Stems, Priceless, Linen background, Riveting.

Paper~ Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Flowers for You DP, Whisper white.

Ink~ Basic Black, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Bliss Blue.

Accessories~ Black brads, Certainly Celery Brads, Wild Wasabi Stitched Ribbon, Circle punches, paper piercer.

Color Challenge - Chocolate Bayou

This week's color challenge at SCS was to use Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou and River Rock. I really like this combination! I can see so many possibilities with this color combo!
I had the Bronc Buster set in mind right away when I saw the challenge. My only challenge was to find a sentiment to fit on my tag. I looked though every set I had to find something but nothing was working for me. I decided to print out my own sentiment from my computer on to a sheet of cardstock.
Thanks for Stopping by!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Bronc Buster.
Paper~ Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou DP, River Rock, Very Vanilla.
Ink~ Chocolate Chip.
Accessories~ Vintage brads, Photo punch, Ticket punch, Small Oval punch, Designer label punch, 1" circle punch, Hodgepodge hardware buckle, Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, paper piercer, sponge.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Happy Mail from Charmaine!

Look what came in the mail box yesterday! This little beauty is from my blogging friend Charmaine Ikach over at Oodabug Alley.
I had sent Charmaine one of my Flaky Friends Slider cards and she was so sweet to send me this thank you!
I don't have this set yet, but Charmaine has me thinking about getting it, she has made some gorgeous cards with this set.
Thanks Charmaine!

Winner of the 15K blog candy is.....

Emily Weems at Stampin Expressions

Emily said:
Congratulations on the hits Diane! My favorite DSP are tied between Cutie pie and Dashing. I love them!
September 28, 2007 8:46 PM

Emily send me your snail mail and I will get these goodies out to you right away!! Even though Cutie Pie and Dashing are your favorites, I hope you enjoy the Petals & Paisleys too!

Thank you to everyone for your kind comments. Next blog candy giveaway will be at 20K so keeping coming back!

Thanks for stopping by today!
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