Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WEDNESDAY-MORNING more challenges

Good Morning everyone,

Check out how I was inspired by this photograph. Then, try your creativity with  this  very fun challenge.

Recently I got an HP touch pad, mainly so I could keep up with posting comments on all of your blogs while I'm away.  What is really interesting is the touch-pad sometimes finishes words for you . I just realized that-- I hope I didn't say anything I didn't mean to on anyone's blog. I have been away almost two weeks this month, some vacation and visiting with family.  Now I can leave comments from my PC which is much better because the keyboard is so much easier to use.

 I am entering this in the Birthday Sundaes (Click Here) challenge
The Paper Variety (Click Here) is celebrating Abby's B-Day:
It also qualifies for the CC magazine challenge :

The card stock is PTI vintage cream
All the other paper is Cosmo Cricket Hopscotch
I cut six images of the muffin Cricut imagine stock image 3different patterned ones and then three in blue, cuttle-bugged  (I made this word up, and I like it) it, with Polka Dots folder.  Then, cut the top off so I could use it as a muffin cup, I decided to sand it so the dots would show up and give it some dimension. I used Jenni Bowlin, Spice tin ink and Inkadinkadoo stamp for the happy birthday. The label is cut out of the stock imagine 1"

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

TUESDAY AFTERNOON a challenge for fall

Hope you are all having a great Tuesday.  I don't normally post twice on a Tuesday,
but my schedule revs up next month, so I thought I better get some things done around the house like  
early Fall cleaning- yes I know it is suppose to be called spring, I do Spring cleaning to .
I wanted to get this card done and in some challenges because, there are quite a few I like to do on Wednesday. So I used Echo Park paper Apothecary Emporium, I really like this set the colors are so "fall" I used 4 different sheets for the front of the card.
The black paper card stock is from the Michael's (recollection), it is a pretty good weight, but I just had to place an order with paper trey ink.  I have been out of the white for quite awhile, so it was time. I have never tried their patterned paper I will let you know when I get it.

for this one -the tree was suppose to be from the heritage cartridge, but I don't have that one so I used October 31. I think this came out great I printed the tree form the imagine cartridge Heirloom, I think it gave the tree a very creepy look, also as it was cutting because the image is so intricate some of the edges stuck to the mat, that even made it look creepier, and I just love the black tree on the Echo Park paper behind it. I am pretty happy with this. This is going in the 
Bitten By the Bug 2 (Click Here)challenge :tree
Die Cutting Divas (Click Here): Fall 
More Than Favors (Click Here): Halloween
Echo Park need to use Happy days or Apothecary Emporium
This card is 5X7


This is going to be so much fun!!!! We have a sketch challenge for you.  Make sure you go by and see all the designers work and be sure and link up your  own project by Sunday September 4th @ 11:59 pm EST, so that you may have a chance at our monthly drawing  at CTO
I used white card stock as my base this card is 4.25x4.25 (it will fit in a standard A2 size envelope)
I cut a piece of Basic grey patterned paper 4.25x2.25, I then ATG'ed (I made this word up, and I like it) it down.
I used extreme adhesive to hold the ribbon, I then stamped in the corner with an Inkadinkadoo stamp Happy Birthday using Jenni Bowlin "soap powder", I just love the names she gives her colors. I then used "chicken Feed" for the Stampendous butterfly.  I used a white sakura gel pen for the stitching on the top and a blue whispers /strokes pen on the bottom.

To check out all the other designers go to CTO

Constructive criticism on my card from me

This was my first attempt, I was not real happy with how this card came out, but I thought I would share it with you any way. On the right side at the bottom I was using a template and my ink bled and spread underneath, so I thought if I used stickles I could cover it up, it didn't work.  The card stock I used was a textured Bazzill and the stamp did not look crisp it also looked like it puddled within the texture of the cardstock.  The colors were ok, but it just didn't look cheerful enough to me to be a birthday card. Now you have my take on my mistake -- I always learn from mistakes-- I hope this sheds some light for you, before you make this mistake.  Oh yes it is a 6X6 which is difficult to find envelopes for unless you make your own.  Postage is always more on this size card.

I did not use a cricut for this card - It seems strange when I don't. 
I also entered this in FBW (Click Here)
I entered this in My Craft Spot (Click Here) 

Monday, August 29, 2011

MONDAY AFTERNOON -AGAIN ( my third post today)-----------three more CHALLENGEs

I wanted to create a very simple card I think I achieved that here. The images are from the "blossom cart", the flower is from "Yummy". I used cuttlebug embossing folder swirls on the flower to give it dimension. Believe was from Ashlyn' s alphabet. I used blue and orange for the stitching around the card. I used brown on the star. The star is one of the stock images built into the imagine machine.

I am entering this into these three challengesso far
PAPER CUTZ#106  (Click Here)            Theme: Wish upon a star
Sisterhood of crafters: (Click Here)           Theme: Use a flower
Whimsical Wednesdays: (Click Here)       Theme:Use one of the words in the picture-- I chose Believe


This is for the Cricut 360 Challenge (Click Here) THEME: Relax

Don't most people say Chill (same thing) I really like the way this came out
I used the imagine to print all the papers from the ancestry cartridge and  Life is a beach
I used Tim Holtz distress ink antique linen to give the pineapple-y drink some dimension and it also made it look chilled at the top The card base is Vintage Cream PTI 4.25x5.5


I wanted a crisp bright no nonsense kind of image here with primary colors I think I achieved my goal.  This was made for Frosted Designs  (CLICK HERE) the challenge  THEME is : SCHOOL PAPERS
I'm also entering this in FCCC challenge (CLICK HERE)         THEME: A SPLASH OF COLOR

A2 sized card with all images printed from Blast off cartridge (imagine)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

SUNDAY-AFTERNOON- cooking with cricut

Came home after church and watched a movie called "Amistad" on TV that I have seen before in parts,  and fell asleep. The movie was excellent movie, I highly recommend seeing it. The falling asleep had nothing to do with the movie I am really dragging today-these health clubs are wearing me out. I need to make a decision by August 31--

On to my challenge.
the theme: Peach
the site Cooking with cricut(CLICK HERE)

A while back my neighbor was placing an order for art supplies and I got 5 sheets of this Rives 100% cotton 140 # 22X30 Kraft paper I was able to get 14 A2 cards out of it
All my elements and patterned   paper were printed on AC white card stock.

I love how it came out
I hope you do to.

Saturday, August 27, 2011



It looks like it is time for a giveaway I am 32 away from 500 so I thought I would start posting the giveaway  now-- You have all been great I really appreciate the support and encouragement you have all given me, since I began my blog on Jan 1st.  This cartridge is so cute. The fact that it is so girly makes me want to also add girly paper, so I am adding 36  6x6sheets of handmade cotton and silk paper to the package in pinks and neutrals.

Here is how it works:
Be a follower or become a follower
leave a comment and a way for me to get a hold of you in case you are the winner
for  a second chance post it on your blog with a link back to my blog.

I will use for the drawing 10 days after I reach 500 followers

Friday, August 26, 2011


I hope you are all geared up for a wonderful weekend. I was pretty excited to make this for a few challenges. I am falling in love with create a critter, the cutest-easiest  images are on this cartridge.

I have a crazy, busy day today. I am still researching health clubs in the area.I am so sore, I have done Zumba, reformer Pilates,stair stepper, treadmill, spin class, elliptical weights-- the steam and the sauna were the easiest.
I did get a complimentary massage, that was pretty nice. Oh well, back on the treadmill of life today my search continues, in between grocery shopping laundry and hair appointment

I used 4 cartridges to make this card
Beyond birthdays, wild card, create a critter and blossom.
I am entering this into
Cricut Cardz challenge #89 :Jungle Animal
Celebrate The Occasion : round birthday
Birthday Sundaes : pink, green, white

I cherish your comments hugs, Diana

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Way back when I started my blog, I made a few of this style card. This is the time of year they come in handy so I will be making a few more.  It was also perfect timing that a nurse has requested Robyn of my Pink Stamper to post a need of 1500 of such cards for an event that will be held in WI. I think it is a grreat cause so I am posting this on Robyn's site and then sending it to the Nurse in charge here is the info as to where to send it -- Thanks for putting this out there Robyn, your the best lots of LOVE headed your way.

To read the info head over to Robyn's : (click here for the link)

Kathy Mortl
10261 N. Sunnycrest Drive
Mequon , WI. 53092

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


I have been busy checking out the health clubs in my area, am I exhausted--so this is all I will post today.  I am so excited to be receiving an award from Amy @  Amy Thank you so much fro sharing your award with me.Her blog is really great and I hope everyone takes the time to stop by and give her some love. Thank you AMY for thinking of me!You are a sweetheart  This is such a pretty  award I've never seen it before.... Oh also, I got this award from AMY over at (CLICK HERE) Amy's crafting spot her blog is also a must see---and SANDY  at -- Sandy from UKIAH (CLICK HERE)Love you gals--
To receive this award, I need to: answer several questions,
award this 'Butterfly Award' to 10 other bloggers,
contact the 10 bloggers to let them know they have been
 given this award, and  I also need to show a link to the
 person who gave me the 'Butterfly Award'.  So here goes...

Q1) Name your favorite colour?
Q2) Name your favorite song?
“In my life” by John Lennon

Q3) Name your favorite dessert?
Spumoni  Ice cream

Q4) What wizzes you off at the moment?
It takes a lot

Q5) Your favorite pet?
I like all animals

Q6) Black or White?

Q7) Your biggest fear?
being afraid

Q8) Best Feature?
My husband

Q9) Everyday attitude? 

I am giving this award to and in no particular order:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


I Made this card for the MAG challenge.  I also made it from scraps. I had the R left over from the word PARIS from my Paris Layout (CLICK HERE for that post)
cut out of Coredinations.
 Everything else was just pieces I had I do believe the green plaid is from Echo Park and the paper behind it is Basic Grey, Everything else is PTI. I used Sakura neon green pen which glows in the dark under Black light -- I don't have a black light so I can not confirm that it works.

Monday, August 22, 2011


Hi All,
Almost 5:00 here -- where has the day gone?

Here is a card I've been working on for a few challenges. My nephew is an avid Tigers fan and I love the BBTB2  Click Here challenges so I was happy to incorporate the two. Now this will go out in the mail tomorrow.

I'm also entering this into Frosted Designs  Click Here  Challenge: to have a clock - I put mine on the inside I hope it fits the challenge.
 Cards for men -challenge: anything goes click here

I used Tim Holtz distressing ink in Antique linen to give the ball the look like it had been used. I wrote Al Kaline on the ball as close as possible to the way he wrote it, when he autographed the base balls
I used coredinations and AC card stock.
I used Lifes a party for the baseball and Blackletter for the "D"

iris blue ink-- chalkbox
stamp: stampendous
sakura white gel for the inside
I also cut the bottom so the card would sit flat for display
I hope He likes it.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Happy Sunday!! and a few challenges

This is a farm scene that I put together from Country life cartridge
A2 Card PTI dark chocalte
Patterned paper Cosmo cricut and Imagine more (IC)
Staz on Timbor brown ink
TCP stamp set: sentiment.

Bitten by the bug 2Challenge: RED
This qualifies for Paper cutz Challenge: THEME: Down home on  the farm
Circle: Theme: create a scene

Saturday, August 20, 2011


I made this for a few challenges:
Bitten by the Bug 2- Challenge :RED
Die Cutting Divas-THEME: 3 ribbons,3 Rhinestones and the color red
Cricut Cardz Challenge-THEME: Back to school
Cricut 360-THEME: Back to school
Cricut circle THEME:abc123
I used EK success border punch on the Red AC card stock
The red, white, and blue ribbons are cut from AC card stock, except the blue is coredinations ( also used for the glue bottle)
Rhinestones from Pizzazz a plenty
All images are cut from Locker Talk
I used Tim Holtz antique linen distress ink on the bottom of the glue bottle to give it a bit of dimension against the PTI vintage cream card stock that I chose for the card base
I used sakura neon orange for the ridges on the glue bottle

Saturday--------GUEST DESIGNER SPOT- -----My Sheri Crafts------this is a sneak peak of the top right hand corner of the layout

Happy Saturday Everyone,

I am so excited to share with you that I was chosen last week to be guest designer at my Sheri crafts and the challenge this week is VACATION. To me vacation (equals) = you need  a layout to preserve the memory of the fun time.   I had really wanted to do a layout anyway, so I decided to do one for a trip we took to Paris for my birthday, one year.  I just love the summer in Paris cartridge, it has such elegant shapes and they remind me of that birthday.  This is a 12x12 scrapbook page.
 In the top right hand corner of this layout I chose to place an envelope, which I made with the MS scoreboard from Tim Holtz ideology paper vintage shabby stash , I added a Prima (recollection copy) flower as an accent. I then,  laid a strip of stamps from various places in Parisover  the envelope, this is from Graphics 45 Curtain call
 When you open  the envelope you will see lined paper for journal ling- that to is from the graphics 45 collection
 On the bottom right I used Tags, bags, boxes and more to make a mirrored tag.  The latches are from fabulous finds and cut from Coredinations paper, the frame (ready for a photograph)  is from Cindy Loo and cut out of DCWV paper stack . There is also a journal-ling tag that can slide out in either direction.

 The arch is cut from coredinations and the paper company card stock

The Eiffel tower and the lettering for Paris are both cut from coredinations card stock the lettering is from Storybook  and the Eiffel tower and the arch are from "Summer in Paris Cartridge"

Here is the layout in its entirety-- I can't believe I used 5 cartridges on this, but it is a fact.

I hope you enjoyed this project, I had so much fun making it and it really brought back the memories of the fun birthday.

Have a great day! I cherish every comment thanks for visiting my blog.

Friday, August 19, 2011

FRIDAY- MORNING--guest spot reminder!!!

Good Morning Peeps,

I'm off to spend some time with a friend I have not seen in a while and then off to the gym It has been awhile going to my gym since they changed owners.  I'll be back to let you know what has happened and to enter a few challenges.  Looking forward to seeing all your work too.  I just got that HP touch pad and just found out HP is going to be dropping the WEB OS , because they don't want to compete with I-pad-- What do you think should I get the I-pad and return the HP???  Just a reminder-- I have a guest Designer spot over at My Sheri crafts-- Be sure to check it out.

See you all later,
Hugs, DIANA L.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


This is for the Cricut cartridge chaos challenge over at  More than favors
THEME: to use the winter wonderland cartridge
more than favors (clickhere)

DCWV paper
Hero art stamp
Jenni Bowlin :Brown sugar
This was fun to do-- I'm using a lot of my pretty papers I thought these went beautifully together.

Keep enjoying your day!!


I was feeling so thankful for everything yesterday that I wanted to carry that feeling on today.  Hope you are all having a great grateful day today.
That winning over at Frosted design was super I have so much lace buttons and bling I don't know if I can use it by the end of the year although I will try.
This is for the Paper Play challenge theme: 3 different embellishments, 2 patterns, 1 lace.

A2 card PTI vintage cream
DCWV patterned paper
The paper Company chocolate brown
Pizzazz a plenty- stick pin,yellow thread,pearls
Little red cottage, button and lace
Jenni Bowlin ink Soap powder
sentiment inkadinkadoo
Ek success punch for label

Have a great day - Do not dwell on what you don't have, but be thankful for what you do have.
hugs to you all.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I saw a challenge I just had to do, just because I have some work coming up that this may just fit the assignment.

So here it is hope you enjoy!  These are favor boxes, which I had never made before, they were super easy and I think they will be a great hit.
My craft spot (Click here):       THEME:  Bags or boxes
Scrapalicious (Click here)        THEME: Anything goes
The PaperVariety (click Here)  THEME: add threads to your project ( ribbon etc.

WEDNESDAY- morning

Good Morning Everyone,

This is one of my favorite days of the week especially for the challenge blogs- I love looking at everyone's work.
There are so many talented people on these blogs, sometimes I am just in awe of the abilities and ideas you all come up with, which springs new ideas in me. This is the day I just want to say thank you to all who create, those who visit me and those I visit, I want to say we have all been blessed in a very special way and this is the gift we have been given to share with others. Have a blessed day and on that note here is my entry for a few challenges.
I used the Yummy cart changed the banners to the colors I wanted
the brads are from making meories
the thanks is from inkadinkadoo
The ribbon is from  Sheer apple green
the ink is chiken feed from Jenni bowlin

Paper Variety theme: orange, green, yellow    - I missed it!! this was closed this morning when I went to enter. boo hooo------ Always another challenge
Whimsical Wednesday theme: 3 is a charm
Paper playtime anything goes.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

TUESDAY-EVENING- Throwback Thursday-- Paper Cutz

I did this for two challenges Throwback Thursday challenge: to  use a retired cartridge.
I used "Tags Bags Boxes and More" It is the shifted tag on page 91 using the mirror creative button for the red and the on plain shift for the black and Turquoise  animal print The sentiment is on white with red trim

I also made this for Paper Cutz Challenge: color challenge: Red, Black Turquoise, and White.
The red ribbon is from my winnings at Frosted designs and the sponsor was Little red cottage.

It is also entered in the Stamping Sisters in Christ Blog: Music------ Laaaaaaaaaaaa

I hope you enjoy this!!! I can't believe this is my fourth post for today. Go figure.  Feast or famine, I guess I have just missed being in here creating.


I did not plan on posting so much today, but I had this idea in my head before I left on our trip last week and today is the last day to enter this challenge. So You may be seeing quite a few posts from me in the next few days and some visits because I am feeling the creative juices going.  I've also been missing visiting all the blogs and saying hi. I find it much easier to type on the keyboard than then the little touch pad-- but it serves the purpose

The dotted background paper is DCWV
The green and blue woven is from K& Co.
the Yellow heart  and the green plaid behind the sentiment is from Echo Park Little girl

The stamp is Inkadinkadoo and the ink is Jenni Bowlin Stick candy #6

Cricut Cardz Challenge: heart
Birthday Sundaes: Three brads

TUESDAY- MORNING- Artful Delight sketch challenge and More than Favors

I made this Following  the sketch  for  Artful Delights August challenge.
This  also qualifies for MORE than FAVORS  challenge: friendship (CLICK HERE)

The paper is Echo Park little girl
The black is AC card stock and the elements are from Better together IC

TUESDAY --Celebrate the Occassion Challenge #26

Here is The first easel card I have ever made- The theme is: Birthday and easel card.  We would like to see your project , if you are feeling creative Please join us at Celebrate the occasion  (click here)-----you have until Sunday  August 21st @ 11:59 EST  to upload your project.

Also make sure to go by and see the rest of the teams projects - They will all have Easel cards with the Birthday theme, hopefully you will be inspired and try one.  It was a lot of fun I really enjoyed making this one.

Paper trey inc.
Aqua mist, vintage cream, dark chocolate.

DCWV sweet stack
imagine more cartridge for the cake.  I made the cake in three different sizes and then layered them.
inkadinkadoo stamp set
Jenni Bowlin brown sugar

This also qualified for the Fantabulous Cricut  Challege (CLICK HERE)   Theme: cake

Monday, August 15, 2011


Good Morning everyone,

I'm still out of town should be back late tonight. I'll try to visit some more blogs a little later. We are up north celebrating my mother In- laws b-day.  We have the same day but last weekend my family were celebrating with me.

Sunday, August 14, 2011


This is  a sneak peak of what I am up to I will share more later. Have a great day.

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