Thursday, March 31, 2011


I made this for the Mag challenge and the CTO Celebrate the Occasion (New  Home) The idea for MAG was to use CAC cart and only the images on Page 50.
I knew I wanted to enter the CTO challenge to support my teammates ( the other half, Team 1) The challenge there is to make a card for a new home

I cut the volcano out 7 times to make the roof- The brown part of the roof is the bone, the columns on the side and the dark brown fence are also the bone . The fence and the bushes are made out of the dino the fence is made of his feet upside down the bushes are his back spikes , then I used copic markers to shade the bushes.

Booo Hooo  I just went over to Mag challenge, I thought the challenge ended today -- and it ended yesterday
That is OK I still had fun doing it and I'm entering it in CTO

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Hi everyone,

I got another new cartridge actually I got about 4  new cartridges and believe it or not I can not even remember which one this ticket was in. I guess if I would have purchased this before August 31, 2010--- I would have found out I was-- "Not A Winner" sooner than  later.
I thought it was pretty funny .

What is the difference between Not A Winner and A Loser?
I feel like  a winner today.  The trees a starting to get new green growth and the ground is drying from the heavy rains.
 Tomorrow is suppose to be 78 degrees. I'm looking forward to the Spring I think I will work on some springy challenges tomorrow.  I'm going out for dinner and then I will come and visit. Bye for now

Tuesday, March 29, 2011




6x6 On Bazzill card stock
Core dinations for the blue background card stock
 DCWV card stock,

I fussy cut the robot and the space ship ,
I punched the planet out with EK success round punh
I used the fiskars edge punch on the bottom paper, which I place on top of AC black card stock. The top strip is similar without the punch.
I used foam tape on the robot and the planet.
The stamping was done with Color box ink chalk using TCP Travel world stamp set
( I think the stamp looks a little messy, but that is how it is suppose to look to give a vintage look)
I inked around the edges of the robot to give him a rusty look.
The planet is embossed and so is the patterned paper on the right.
I hope you enjoy I had a lot of fun making this card.

I made this card based on the layout of MOJO Monday # 184-  and because the theme is for men or boys  that is why I also entered it in the Cards for Men challenge

Monday, March 28, 2011


The rules of this award are:
1. Post about it on your blog with a link to the sender.
2. Pass it on to  those who visit your blog and leave comments regularly.

I would like to thank these fellow crafters for visiting, commenting and inspiring me! There are so many more that I had to stop somewhere and they are not in any particular order
I received this from Jenn over at craftyfulgardens,  Thank you so much Jenn
and I have to say it is very easy to be a regular follower of hers, her site is so cute and inviting. Check it out 
for your self!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

SUNDAY -feeling better

Here is the link to Follow Your Dreams
Click HERE

Here is the link to the Bunny that was  entered into Mary's Challenge  CLICK HERE 

Thanks to all of you and your well wishes, I am feeling better. I got Anne's winnings in the mail and my  sis's B-Day card out to her

I absolutely love the way this turned out  I used AC card stock for the black, the yellow was from the g.c.d stack and  the pinkish red is from DCWV spring cs stack This is what I really wanted to use for Feb.'s layout.  It was really strange when I put it on the blue and orange card stock (back of Jan) it started looking like a face with tongues sticking out. This is when I re focused and decided to go with the traditional hearts layout-- I did not want February layout to go beyond March (meaning in the que to do list), now I am caught up and I am ready for April.
This design was Lace 1 page 24

I wonder,  do I ramble?

Long story short, 1st attempt to use Paper lace -- The power went out--when I started the machine up it spit the mat out. Sad, I could not even continue to cut again on that piece of paper I think I  can salvage some of it.

I needed multi-cut at 3 for this, it is AC card stock but either my mat is thin or the intricacy of the cut is just to delicate to cut at anything less than 3x-It took about 20 minutes to cut at 3x(multi-cut, med  speed and pressure.

Multi cut at 2 didn't get it either. It will take a long time too cut each of these little pieces out of here by hand.
I'll have to think about that. : -o

This is what I spent my day playing with yesterday.

 12 x12 album layout, I am continuing to use the g.c.d studios paper ( whoop de doo) ( yes, I was not being funny that is the name of the paper) through out this album.
This is the back side of January's layout. I do not care for this pattern that much for Feb., but I am going to make it work. That is why I used an orange-red to bled with the background pattern and the yellow to pull it all together. I  will put a journal square above the I love you ( page 60) and next to the heart border (page50).  Small pictures will go along the top and down the side.

My goal for this album and each  layout is to use the backside of the month before  from  the same stack.

I did manage to get a walk in and check out the damage from the storm, it appears the trees behind us were more like 120 feet and there were three of them down, our neighbors called it the bowling alley storm they had 6 trees down behind them and then counting the oak tree up on the hill, that makes ten, for a strike .
We have 4-5 days of sunshine, that should dry some things out.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Here is the card I made for the 200 follower give away  along with the Michael's gift card.  It is going in the  mail today.
I ended up with the flu this week. Even though I still posted I was not able to finish the painting I was working on for the juried show.  I still met the deadline, with  two others that I entered, but I had wanted to have the third one finished. I'll have to wait until I get my strength back to finish the painting. There is always another show to enter.

Looks like today is the last day of our series of storms and forecast for next week is sunshine, and Thursday is suppose to be 74 degrees.  I will probably post again later, I'll be working on something.

Friday, March 25, 2011


Today is my sister Sharon's birthday. I made this card for her, then I checked on  fantabulous Cricut. and Birthday Sundaes found the  challenge this week is  Birthday,  so I enter and I get two things done at once, (Good for me).

I may even post again later today.  I know it is my sis and all, and I can't believe it, and I'm going to post this anyway, I made it from scrap. The tag cut out was in the scrap pile so I used the fiskar punch cut along the edge, then I found a piece of brown in the pile and did the same trimmed it a little.  The happy birthday  and the orange were from the space cadet B day card.  The base is PTI vintage cream  5x7 (That was not from scrap).
The butterfly was from my M's Haul.
I hope that wasn't too much rambling on.


I designed this for 2 challenges
Cards For Men and BBTB2
Sisterhood of crafters

Recipe: 6x6 AC card stock
PTI chocolate  and Vintage cream
The rest is DCWV
Zig 2 way glue pen foam tape and ATG gun
Stamp inkadinkadoo and chalk box ink

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Click on the link below for a chance for a fantastic giveawy



I have been awarded "The Versatile Blogger" award by Donna & Natasha  over at
Donnas Dreamworks  Crafting with Natasha . The rules state I must:
1. Thank the person who sent you this blog  award. 
2. List 7 things about yourself (is that even possible ?)
3. Send this to 15 bloggers

Thank you Natasha & Donna for passing on this award to me. I am truly honored, and beside that green is my favorite color so I really like this award.
1. I like art
2. I like crafting
3. green is my favorite color
4. I am married
5. I like shopping for art and craft supplies
6. I love the spring when all the flowers are in bloom.
7.I really like going to gardens


Wednesday, March 23, 2011


This is for the challenges Getting Cricky
MOJO Mondays
RECIPE 5x7 card
white card stock
DCWV Travel
TCP stamp chalk box ink
Sukura white gel pen Ek success round punch.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Hi Everyone,
I just wanted to say a quick Hi!
A lot happening today when I came  home the tree crew were out removing a large oak tree that came down the hill above us at the end of the street.  The two trees that came down behind us were quite large, but  thank God no one was injured. My post late last night was really for today, I hope you all enjoy it. 
My WC painting is coming along very slowly  eeks!! and my deadline is Friday.

Monday, March 21, 2011


This  is my design for Celebrate the Occasion This is Design Team #2's week, hence the team I am on, the challenge was to make  a Thank You card with a Tag:
Please join in, check out all the other designers ideas and then submit your design with the Linky thing  for a chance to win a monthly prize. This months prize is  Cricut cartridge:

            " Rock Princess"

Here is the recipe for mine:
A7 card (5x7) Paper Trey Inc Chocolate/ & basic white card stock
K&Company designeer paper
Ek success corner punch
Cutlebug embossing folder
Recollections flower
embroidery floss
Tags Bags, Boxes and more
Inkadinadoo stamp, chalk box ink

Now it is your turn to design something for the challenge:              CELEBRATE THE OCCASION


The Pirate card above, I made for a little boy named Ethan, it just went out in the mail today.
Due to the Tsunami we had a last weekend  and the storm this weekend, Things have been a little unpredictable around here.  So Ethan Happy Belated birthday. 

Here is the recipe: To Follow

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Happy Sunday!! HAPPY SPRING!

 Celebrate the Occasion Challenge #5
This is my week off from designing for CTO, but to support The other half Team #1,
I 'm submitting this piece You have until 11:59 pm E.S.T  March 20.
If you are feeling up for the challenge 
This is a 5 x7 card made with
Paper Trey Ink Hibiscus & chocolate card stock 
The out fit the baby has on is cut @4"
out of SEI (chick-a-dee) flocked paper, patterned paper and lettering
the baby's face is out of recollections cream, the punches are 
MS effervescnt and ribbon
The face Is PK everyday 
w/ color box brown chalk ink

Saturday, March 19, 2011


I want to thank you all for becoming followers-- It humbles me to see some of the beautiful work out there by all of you and yet you still follow me.  I don't know how many of you watch my videos, but sometimes I think they could be improved, (a lot in some cases,) just like my cards, there is always room for improvement.  I guess that is what being  human  is all about.  My goal is to improve in that area this year.

I love reading all your comments, please keep them coming, they are always encouraging and if you have constructive criticism I am always open to anything in that area.  You can e-mail me privately,  also
HUGS to all of you ........
Without further nonsense:

Here is the NUMBER that was picked:   51


   Anne said...
Cool Giveaway Diana. I became a follower and also put your giveaway on my blog. Thanks for a chance to win. :)Anne

Friday, March 18, 2011



                                                       These are images I cut out from Serenade, just to have on hand if I needed to make a card last minute. I like doing this with cartridges when I first get them just to see what is on it.  This is  a great cartridge, very few layers, yet it looks like there are a lot because of the intricacy of the cuts.  Check out my video where I show them in conjunction with making a little notebook. Click on the link below  
              Your story & serenade images

Thursday, March 17, 2011


 Hi Everyone,

I'm off to a meeting now so I thought I would get this video posted, before I leave. I didn't think I would have time to get on here much this week, but some things ended up not needing to be done and I am able to get some videos and posting done.  Happy St. Patrick's day .


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

WEDNESDAY-- Another Award ------------and this is my 100th post

 Thank you so much Trell , Click on his name below if you want to see who else was awarded


Now I have to pass this on to 5 other peeps-- If you are the recipient of this award and you accept, then continue on -------Pass it on to 5 others.

Here are my picks:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Tuesday is always my longest day. After dinner I got in my art studio to get working and my sister in law called and I spent a good deal of time on the phone. 

Just  a reminder----The drawing for my 200 follower give Away will be Saturday Feb19th at 12 noon PST.
If you haven't already posted a comment, and you want a chance for the Michael's  gift card and the set of 4 bunny cards, click on the Michael's card to the right and it will take you there to give you the info

Monday, March 14, 2011


Rainy Monday,

I know I said you probably would not be seeing any crafting from me this week, but I realized I have a ton of family and friends  Birthdays coming up.  This one is for one of my good friends from College. So I thought I'd share it.  I'll find out how much she follows my blog if she is surprised when she gets this in the mail or not.

I did this card the way I use to do cards before my cricut paper and fussy cutting that's it !!

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Hi there,
Where did the day go?
It is 10:19p.m. right now and yesterday at this time it was 9:19-- I lost an hour- I'll get it back in November.
I've been working on some things to share.  Tomorrow I will have to begin working on a painting so you may not see a lot of crafting from me this week - although I may be able to get something done while my paint dries.
We will see how the week goes.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

SATURDAY- Flight of the Phoenix & SPRING FORWARD

This is a set of A2 cards that I made for my neighbor.
PTI: White card stock
The image is a photograph that I took of the quilt that she had on display, double click on it and look at the detail she did an incredible job. This is a gift for her. There will be a set of four Phoenix cards. She has graciously given me permission to use her image also.

Remember to set your clocks 1 hour forward

Friday, March 11, 2011

FRIDAY- My Pink Stamper ------ BLOG HOP AND --- EXTRA

The top image is the one I did for The Pink Stamper Blog-Hop- (March Blog Hop)  THE LAYOUT

Recipe:      12x12 card stock gcd studios (whoop de doo) line
                  American crafts card stock for the Black  cut 8x8 and the white circle and strip
                  The large & small  polka dot paper is from me & my big ideas
                  The black scalloped oval is black chipboard die cut

The bottom one is in celebration of Andrew's  9th  birthday I made that one today from Birthday Bash the first time I have used this cartridge.
I just finished the hop and this layout-- so I will be back later to put in all the details.
A2 size card PTI  spring rain
Punched the waves with Fiskars wave punch

Cut the seal @ 3 1/2"
kept the dial set at 3 1/2 for cutting all the other elements out

There are 5 layers to this design with a total of 12 images
The eyes and the nose were too small to use, so I used a black glaze pen which was great because it gave the nose a wet look I did the nose after the photo above.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


This is another Pagoda card

the images are from page 70 and 48.
the card is on the vertical, 5x7which is an A7 card. 
I cut the image in white for the bottom layer and the shift key image in black
the Kanji tag was cut at 2" for the shift and 1/12 for the green - the word -which means
If you have any questions about the card please let me know.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


For those of you who own a gypsy there is an update and it is pretty lengthy, so if you do the update, do it when you don't need to use your gypsy. It also includes the imagine app and update on there,  for those of you with the imagine.
I got Kate's ABCs today this was a tough cartridge to find. I got one at Joann's, lucky for me I called,  it was the last one they had so they held it for me. I'm working on something now I will post as soon as I finish.  It is really a cute cartridge--
I'm back  almost two hours later This had 5 layers and 24 pieces, plan on spending sometime, if you want to do this one.   She came out so cute, I made her in both dark and light complexion The sentiment was the easiest part. The stamp is from Autumn Leaves

I used the SEI stack that I got at my last Michael's haul

The images were cut at 3 1/2" and the card is 5x7
I'm doing 15 more of these I already have the images cut out.

This is such a cute cartridge. The image  is mounted on top of three layers of paper, each one gets a quarter of an inch larger as is mounted to the base

Leave a comment I always love to read them


Wow!!! I can't believe  it, sometime while I was sleeping in the wee hours of the morning ,  I gained a few more followers and hit 200.

The DRAWING for the GIVE AWAY will be on March 19th, which means I better get hopping on the bunny cards, pun intended.
Click here for more info on the  Give away

200 follower GIVE AWAY

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Checking out-


Good Morning everyone,

Busy day for me today I will be gone most of the day. I am 7 away from the 200 followers. The drawing will be 10 days after I reach my 200.  You will still have 10 days after I reach the 200 to enter the drawing. I will guess that the drawing will be on the 18 19 or 20th. Wouldn't it be great if it were on the first day of Spring ?

Have a great day. I'll check in later

Monday, March 7, 2011

Celebrate the Occasion Challenge #4

This is for project was designed specifically for
Celebrate the Occasion Challenge # 4
As part of the design team I would like to invite you to share your design  and join in with us for a chance to win a monthly prize. Click on the link to hop on over there and see all the creative ides by my team members and to submit your project

CTO CHALLENGE #4 celebrate the occasion
I am also using this for the   Fantabulous Cricut Blogspot Challenge # 51

Challenge #4.
  This week's theme is " St. Patrick's Day" .  So, create a card, layout or project  and post by Sunday, March 13th, 11:59pm (EST).  The winner will be selected and entered into our monthly drawing.  March's prize will be "ROCK PRINCESS" cricut cartridge!

This project was made from  an empty Finish dishwasher tab container.
I first made holes in the top with the crop-a -dial. Then I took 3/16th inch dowels and cut them down to 12"length. I made various sizes of the shamrock from Paper doll dress up cartridge. Two images were needed  for each dowel. After gluing tissue paper to the dowels I then, sandwiched the dowel between the shamrocks. I covered the container with green paper. I cut out the fence from PDDU @2 1/2" I needed two sheets to go all the way around. I then cut out the pot of gold at 6 inches and and used stickles for the gold. I used Mrs. Grossman's stickers for the rainbow. I designed the lettering from Gypsy wanderings on the gypsy at 1 inch high and welded all the letters together. The flag was made from a white piece if card stock ,cut at 21/2 by 8” then, folded in half around the dowel and glued together. A piece of green and orange card stock were cut at 2 ½” by 1 5/8” and glued at opposite ends of the white paper
The fence was cut at 2 1/2" high I needed to cut two, to go all the way around the container.
On the back there are 5 1-inch pots-of-gold on the fence, underneath a 5" shamrock which was colored around the edges with Copic markers to give dimension and there is a strip of clover cut at 2" that goes up both sides under the fence. This was a real fun project. I used my baby bug, gypsy and expression for this project.
  Thanks for stopping by Comments are always welcome. 

Monday----St. Patricks day ---next week

I had so much green paper, laying in the scrap pile, what is a person to do?
So, I made a very different St. Patrick's day card.  You ask what does a couch have to do with St. Patrick's day?  I don't know, I just liked the way it looked and the color worked.  I'm looking for a challenge to enter so I will be off.  See you soon.

I'm back I entered it into  these challenges:

Paper Variety Challenge

This is for the Paper Variety Challenge the Theme is green-- this really is mostly green, but it looks the camera picked up more of the red:
1sheet basic gray,
1 hot rock stud
stamp from Autumn leaves, green ink from studio G
and then I added copic  darker green to the stamp to give it some dimension

Monday------ Michael's haul

I posted this on You Tube on the weekend.  I hope you enjoy!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011


Rained most of the day I finished up a project that I have been working on for  a few days. I'll be posting it Tuesday. In the mean time this is the bunny card.   This will be the set of four bunny cards that I will be giving with the Michael's gift card to the lucky winner

Saturday, March 5, 2011


I'm nearing 200 followers. I have decided to do a another GIVE AWAY. I was at Michael's yesterday and I changed my mind so many times as to what colors, paper and accessories I would buy, how could I even begin to come close to what you would want not even knowing you, so I'm giving away the gift of choice. I hope there is a Michael's close to whoever wins the drawing.  I will be using
$15.00 Michael's gift card. and a set of four newly created bunny cards by me. (As soon as I make the cards I will post a picture
I will do the drawing 10 days after I have reached 200 FOLLOWERS- That gives everyone who wants a chance to win and opportunity to become a follower and leave a comment;

To be in the drawing; 1. Become a follower, if you aren't already
                                 2. Leave a comment on this post and a way for me to send you the prize             
                                 3. For an extra chance to win post the give away on your blog, and leave
                                     me a comment on this post with a link letting me know you have done so.


Hi -- Here is the VIDEO of the Alien Invasion---Space helmet glasses.
The project was posted yesterday

Friday, March 4, 2011


Hi Everyone,

Just got back from a trip to Michael's-- 50% off coupon good for today and tomorrow. It is a 45 mile one way trip for me to go to M's so obviously lunch is always involved.  I don't have a lot of time to Blog, because two hours from now I am hostessing an art Gallery Exhibit. The first Friday of every month all the art Galleries in the county are opened to the public for free. It is quite an event and tonight is my night to Man (woman) the S. C. Art League Gallery.

I'm posting  this project I made and tomorrow I planning to post the video with instructions on this project and my M's haul. It was great-
Oh yes and I have not 1 but 2  giveaways coming up check back tomorrow I'll tell you all about them

Thursday, March 3, 2011


This is the final part of episode 2.  I hope you enjoy this video and have learned to make a tri fold card. I can't wait to see what you all do.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wednesday - My Pink Stamper Challenge

I chose to do this card for the Pink Stamper Challenge even though Robyn is on a cruise she had one of her designers set up a challenge this challenge is callled feathered friends.

4 1/2 x5 card on Vintage cream card stock PTI
The 1st layer the Chocolate brown is also PTI and on top of that another layer of Vintage cream
Punched with the Fiskars edge punch,  (my punch fell apart after I made this card)
The bird acage was cut at 4" and also the bird.

The meow was from a stamp set Inkadinkadoo called cats and stamped with colorbox dark brown
I added a pearl at the top of the cage and a feather at the right hand bottom for effect.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011


This video ended up being very long, so it is in three parts.  Someone had mentioned wanting a tutorial  on a trifold card, that is why I made this video.  I will be doing at least one more in the Pagoda series and then I will move on to another cartridge. Thank you for taking the time to stop by my place.
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