Saturday, February 25, 2017

Everything ABC's Blog Hop ~ Letter 'C'

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter 'C'. This may be the name
of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has
chosen as their 'C' element will be featured in their post.


If you came from "Danielle Wagner" then you're on the right track!

Cards Cards Cards!

Been making lots of cards... using up some past paper scraps... don't worry, there is some current product as well...

here are my cards:












Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is "Darlys Recker " of " name of blog with URL link embedded".


Keep on playing with Paper!
Diana

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cross Canada Hop ~ Succulents & Flowers

Welcome to our February Blog Hop featuring Succulents & Flowers ~ we have many cartridges in which flowers and succulents appear, but Flower Market, our newest cartridge has the most choices.
To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.
We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see.
Thank you… now on to our hop!
If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle of Creations with Michelle.
If you came from Caroline of Caroline's Creations you are in the right place!
Here is a Succulent & Floral wreath I created in January ~ as part of a promo held then ~ recreating this with current product & the newest Cricut cartridge is something I will be doing at a later date ~

For the roses I use White Card stock stamped all over in smoothie ink using a word stamp... then inked the edges in the same color using a Sponge dauber...

So in the meantime...
I had a lot of fun creating this card using FLOWERS ~ as I did not have any succulents with me while staying at my Dad's
(he had Open Heart Surgery and a bypass... and is doing FANTASTIC!)




Using the stamp set Hello Lovely (C1670) that also comes as a Thin cut bundle (Z3301) for those that do not enjoy fussy cutting...
I stamped the flower cluster in Bamboo ink (Z2803) & coloring with watercolor Pencils (3505) & using a blender pen to blend the colors.
Colonial white cards & envelope Value Pack (X1410).
Several papers from a couple different collections were used...
Rustic Home Fundamentals (Z3262)
Enchantment Fundamentals (Z3254)
Dreamin' Big Paper Packet (x7218B)
Shimmer Brush in GOLD (Z3316)
Bling is Sugar Rush Dots (Z3310)



  
  


Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Carol of Crafty Carol
If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle's Blog, http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca, as she has the complete blog list.
Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring projects created using our French & Spanish stamps. So mark March 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Everything ABC's Blog Hop ~ Letter 'B'


Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter 'B'. This may be the name
of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has
chosen as their 'B' element will be featured in their post.





If you came from Jenifer then you're on the right track!

My letter 'B' is for Ballerina...


The stamp set I am using is called Safari Ballet ~ I LOVE this set!




~ I gathered my supplies & got ready to create~ 



 ~ Using our paper trimmer I cut all the pieces I was going to use  ~



Ready to stamp... 



OOPS!  Have you ever stamped & the image did not come out clearly?  
Well as you can see it happens to the best of us!  No worries,  just turn the paper over ~ Thankful that there are 2 sides!


I stamped a couple images...


Decided to try a couple of techniques using watercolor pencils



One using the Blender pen, 
one using the Shimmer pen and 
one using the water brush...



The first Hippo is blended using the blending pen 
the middle one is using the shimmer brush
the last one is using the small round waterbrush... 


The stamped image I choose for my project is the one in the centre ~ I used the clear shimmer brush on the pink... and a blending pen for the grey!

~ Now to fussy cut out the images ~
 I just LOVE my non stick Micro Tip Scissors




Putting the pieces together



 Using a colonial White card base & adding a 1 1/2" strip of polka Dot paper from the Whimsy Fundamental paper collection


I wrapped a piece of baker twine (this is a color no longer availalbe ~ the whisper color would look great) around the piece of 4 x 3 Smoothie cardstock & tied a bow.

Stamp the sentiment on the cardstock & then adding  3D foam tape to the back to adhere to the card.


The hippo is also popped up using 3D foam tape & added to the smoothing cardstock mat.

then stamp the sentiment "Tu Tu Cute"


Have you ever dropped the stamp & block after stamping ~ Let's call it being creative! 
 You will notice a faint Tu at the top of the finished card ~ I think I may stamp the entire background with second generation Tu Tu Cute random stamping 
~ What do you think? 



And don't throw away those other critters that you stamped & colored... store them in the stamp envelope so if you need to create a quick card you have some stamped images ready to go!

Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Linda's of Scrap Therapy


In case you get lost along the way…go to Darlys Recker  for a complete list of participants!

Thanks for Stopping by...
Looking forward to seeing you again real soon!

Keep on Playing with Paper

Diana







Wednesday, February 01, 2017

JOIN my Team in February


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Keep on Playing with Paper

Diana

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Everything ABC's Blog Hop ~ Letter 'A'


Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter 'A'. This may be the name
of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has
chosen as their 'A' element will be featured in their post.

If you came from Jenifer then you're on the right track!

My letter 'A' is for Artistry...

I have chosen to use a stamp set from the Cricut Artistry Collection called "Love Right Now" 
  ~ This stamp set is only available in the Cricut Cartridge Collection~



~ Here is the card that I made ~ 



The supplies used:


And again the card:


For direction along with a video on how to make Banner tails continue to read below... 
If you jump to the bottom you can see who is next in the hop ~ 

How I Made this simple card

Using a Sweet leaf card base I random stamped the LOVE stamp in Sweet leaf ink creating my own background paper.









Next I found some Background & Texture paper from my scraps... 
I used retired paper scraps, although you can very easily recreate with any of the amazing Fundamental Creative Basics Papers!

I cut various strips in widths of 1" to 2 " then created banners

 

I stamped 'Be Happy ~ Be Bright ~ Be You' onto a strip of 1 1/4" x 2 1/2" piece of White card stock using black ink.  Cut Banner tails on it then glued it to a piece of Cranberry cardstock  1 1/2" x 2 3/4"  ~ keep top edges aligned flush then banner cut the bottom of the cranberry piece.


Next attach patterned paper banners in a pleasing arrangement flush with top of card base using bonding Memories Glue ~ I really like this glue as is gives a little time to get in the correct place before it dries permanently.   


Place sentiment banner on top using foam tape for some added dimension



Supplies used for this project were:

Cricut Artistry Collection  
Sweet Leaf Card Stock 
Sweet Leaf Exclusive Ink Stamp Pad
Scraps of background paper
(alternately Fundamentals Creative Collection)
My Acrylic Block 2" x 2" 
My Acrylic Block  3" x 3" 
Spritz Cleaner
My Acrylic Stamp scrubber
Sure Cut Deluxe Craft PaperTrimmer
Micro Tip Scissors



Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Darlys of Crafty Happy




In case you get lost along the way…go to Jen's Messy Studio for a complete list of participants!

Thanks for Stopping by...
Looking forward to seeing you again real soon!

Keep on Playing with Paper
Diana