Saturday, January 6, 2018

A very Merry Thank You!

Hello 
and welcome to the 
first blog post of 2018!
Hope everyone had a good start to the
New Year.
We sure did, with frigid temperatures 
  outside we were snug inside
and fell right asleep before midnight.
I know it doesn't sound like much fun
but it is all good,
we always open our bottle of
Champagne the next day and
have it with our traditional 
New Years day meal
"Cabbage, Boudin and Black-Eyed Peas"
YUMMY!
And since the weather was so..o cold I also had some 
extended playtime in my stamp-room
and all the "Very Merry Thank You" cards were made and mailed 
before I had to go back to work on January 2nd.
 The card was cut with the Spellbinder "Botanical Bliss" die set.
 Holly leave is the Sizzix "Holly & Berries" die.
 Sentiment from Stampin'Up! "From the Heart" set. 
 The background panel was dry embossed with Sizzix 3-D 
Winter Snowflake folder.
 I decided to reuse some of the elements
of the Christmas card and carry it over to the thank you card.
The snowflake embossing folder for the background,
holly leaves and colored card stock 
are exactly the same in both cards.
My goal was to accomplish the feeling that they 
belong together as a Holiday set and
I think it turned out fairly well,
what do you think?

And last but not least,
with a few days off and being stuck inside 
I finished the "Star Baby Blanked".
This one is for a dear friends "First" Grand-baby
due to arrive in February.
Can you guess what they are having???
I love the color and yarn so much I will have
to make another one,
this one for our
"First" Grand-baby
due to arrive in March!!!
Well looks like 2018 will be an exciting year
with Grand-babies everywhere!  

Hope your year will be filled with lot's of
excitement too but most of all
peace, health, happiness and lot's of
creativity!

Happy New Year
and
thank you so much for stopping By!

Diana

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Hello everyone
and
Happy Holidays
to y'all!
I think it is finally safe to post the Christmas card,
since they went out  in the mail a while back and
hopefully made it to their destinations.
Sorry it took so long but I didn't want to spoil 
the surprise for the recipients.
So with no further do here is our
Happy Holiday Snowflake Christmas card.

 Holly leaves are a Sizzix die and berries are different size red rhinestones.
 Snowflake is part of a Spellbinder die set called "Holiday" and the 
large and small back panels where dry embossed with 
Sizzix 3-D Winter Snowflake embossing folder.
 Sentiment stamped with Craft smart. 
I decided to simplify the cards a bit this year 
but I think they still turned out quiet well,
what do you think?

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Hope you have a wonderful and safe
Holiday season!
Wishing you and yours
a very Merry Christmas
and a very
Happy New Year!

Diana

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Holly Jolly Snowman Tag

Hello everyone!
I'm hoping you all enjoy the 
Holiday Season
and 
"YES" it's crunch time,
9 more days to
Christmas.
For us it's just 8 more days since
we keeping the German tradition alive
and celebrating Christmas on
Christmas Eve. 
It's sure been crazy busy in the stamp room
and I have to apologize for not posting
but there were to many projects and
non were quite ready jet to post.
 One of the projects was this
"Holly Jolly Snowman Tag"
which was made with
Novembers Spellbinder
Die of the Month kit.
 The Snowman Tag idea came from the 
 Just a few rhinestones for a bit of sparkle.
 Sentiment is from the Recollections stamp set called "Christmas". 

 Perfect tag for a small gift of appreciation.
 Spellbinders November Die of the Month.
 Hope you have a Holly Jolly Christmas!
 Sadly in all this crazy crafting frenzy my 
Ara Shawl got put on hold.
Hoping to get it finished before the New Year,
keep the fingers crossed.  
Last but not least...
...another little crocheting project I been working on.
This one is a Star Baby Blanket.
Just a few more rows and it's done.

Still waiting on everyone to receive our 
Christmas cards before publishing it.
So please stay tuned
for the next post.

Wishing you all a
Holly Jolly Christmas Season!
Thank you so much for visiting!

Diana

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Old Books and Silhouettes!

Hello everyone
and
Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!
I hope everyone had a blessed Holiday
with family and friends.
For us it was the traditional turkey dinner
with our oldest son and wife.
And no we did not join the Thanksgiving
shopping craze,
just enjoyed a few peaceful days at home, 
me in my stamp room,
working on Christmas cards and a little
project I had planned on doing last Christmas
"Old Books and Silhouettes"

You will need an old book,
mine is a discard from work, rescued before it went 
into the dumpster,
a little yellow and smelly but perfect for this project. 
 The fold is very easy, I found mine on Pinterest,
no glue needed, just tuck in the corners.
However I glued the upper corners of the
book pages together so they would not open up.
 Silhouettes were cut with Cricut cardritge
"A Child's Year".

 Ribbon and sparkly snowflake to decorate the tree.
 The bow was made with my bow maker.

A very simple but beautiful Christmas decoration made
out of a re-purposed old book.

What are you crafting for Christmas?

Hope you liked this little Christmas craft and try it yourself!
Thank you so much for stopping by,
have a wonderful week!

Diana

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thank a Soldier!

 Hello everyone
and
Happy Veterans Day!

Sorry, no craftsy post today!

Today I would like to take the opportunity
to thank all the Veterans
who proudly served this country
and defended our freedom,
and all the men and women in uniform who 
are still serving and are laying their live on the line
every day to maintain our freedom
 and keep us safe!
Thank you 
from the bottom of my heart
for your dedication and sacrifices!
My two favorite veterans,
my sweet husband of 28 years
and our youngest son!

Adding Army mom to my titles
after being an Army spouse for over
25 years was a very proud day,
however it also comes with lots of worries,
anguishes and a lot of other feelings 
which are hard to describe.

So, to all the Mom's, Dad's
and Spouses out there
Thank you for
supporting your soldier
 and all the sacrifices you have to endure 
by being a military family!

Thanks for stopping by
and 
don't forget
Thank a Soldier!
Happy Veterans Day!

Diana

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Autumn Foliage Card

Hello
and
welcome to another
Fall blog post.
The Spellbinder October small die of the month
arrived in the mail last week, 
of course I was dying to try it out
and since it included some cute leave dies
out came another 
"Autumn Foliage" card.
 I kept the card very simple
with brown and off white colors. 
 Little leave dies.

 Center and background panels are dry embossed with
QuicKutz embossing folder "Leaves".
 I think they turned out nice for a quick and easy fall card.
 Spellbinders October small die set.
Still doing Pumpkins...
...LoL, they are a little addictive!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Wishing you a great week ahead 
and
a wonderful and safe
"Happy Halloween"!

Diana

Sunday, October 15, 2017

If you dare...

...Beware...
Hello
and welcome to a
little taste of 
HALLOWEEN.
Halloween card production is in
full swing in my stamp-room,
hoping to get them all done today
and in the mail tomorrow
so they all make it to there destination,
as far as Germany, in time.
Happy Halloween with
"If you dare...".

 Spooky house was stamped with Recollections stamp set "Halloween".
 Scary cat was cut with Cricut cartridge "Chic and Scary".
 Sentiment from Recollections set "Halloween".
 Ornate fence from Cricut cartridge "Potions and Spells".
 Tree and crow were cut from Cricut cartridge
"Chic and Scary".
"If you dare..."
Would you ring that doorbell on trick or treat night
???

  Pumpkin knitting again this year.
I'm hocked on this adorable
fall decor.
They are wonderful stash busters
for all the leftover yarn I accumulated over time...
...And they make wonderful little fall gifts
for family and friends.

Thank you so much for stopping by.
I hope you liked my Halloween preview.
Have a wonderful week! 

Diana