Sunday, August 5, 2018

Aloha!

Aloha
and Happy Sunday to everyone!
If you were wondering if I took a trip to the beautiful
Islands of Hawaii the answered sadly is "NO",
however I took a trip to Michaels and found a bunch of 
tropical goodies which inspired me to make this adorable
Pineapple card
"Aloha".
 I have a current obsession with foil paper, gold, silver anything shiny, just can't resist.
Golden pineapple was cut with a Momenta die set.
"Aloha" was cut with Cricut cartridge "Life is a Beach".
Foliage is an assortment of  a bit of everything I had laying in the studio.
Well what do you think?
Cutting all those pineapples sure wants me to take a trip to the Islands,
I think I will put that on my Bucket list!

 Thank you for stopping by!
Hope you have a creative week!
Aloha!

Diana



Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Earth Laughs in Flowers!

Hello
 and 
Happy weekend to you all!

Today I would like to share with you two cards I made with
the Spellbinders "Large Die of the Month -June",
one is a Birthday card and the other just a little card for any occasion.
I decided to name the post after the sentiment stamped on the general card
"The Earth laughs in Flowers .--E.E.Cummings"
because it fits both cards beautifully.
 On this card I decided to inlay some of the fowers and leaves with different colored card-stock.
 Sentiment stamped with Stampin'Up! set "Watercolor Trio.
 Butterfly was cut with Cricut cartridge "Sentimentals".
 The background panel was dry embossed with the Cricut embossing folder "Poppy" by Anna Griffin.
 No inlay on this one, just a little rose in the corner to give it balance.
 Sentiment stamped with Stampin'Up!  set "Fabulous Florets".


The Spellbinders "June Large Die of the Month"
 came with two different dies which are both beautiful,
however I learned very fast that inlay is a very time consuming technique!
Here is a link to a video tutorial by Yana Smakula 
which might helps you speed up the process a bit.

Thanks so much for stopping by 
and 
I hope you enjoyed looking around!
Have a wonderful week!

Diana


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sugar skulls!

Hello 
and 
Happy weekend to everyone!
Hope you all had a great 4th of July,
we spend ours with the kids and the
Queen Bee (grand baby #1)!
It's been awhile we had everyone under one roof at the same time, 
so this was a special treat for us!
Sadly everyone it hitting home this weekend
and it will be another 6 month before we all be together again!
Christmas hurry up and get here, LoL, just kidding!
Anyway we had a great time and even so this has been a busy week I found a few minutes
here and there to finally put the finishing touches on my 
 "Sugar skull" card.
 This was one of the first cards I made,
I liked the layout but was not very happy with the colors.
 Another prototype, still playing with the layout.
 Sometimes it takes awhile to get the final product rolled out,
but with a few color, pattern paper changes and settling on the right layout ,
I finally was happy with the finished card...
... meet "Sugar Skull".
 Flowers are punches and the leaves where cut with
Spellbinder Die of the Month "January".
 Lace back panel was cut with Spellbinder Die of the Month "September". 
 Skull was stamped with Recollection stamp set "Halloween",
I know, they should have named the set "Sugar Skull".

What do you think?
The card is on it's way to it's final destination and
I hope the recipient will love it as much as I loved making it.
 Back to the stamp-room to make one, two or three more of these beauty's 
for a few more "Sugar Skull" loving friends!

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend
and thank you for stopping by!

Diana

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Traveling Yarn, Part 2!

Hello and Happy Weekend to everyone!
As promised in my last post,
here is the next installment of pictures 
from our amazing trip to 
Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
I promise I will get back to more crafty posts next time.
 Just a little road sign which caught  my eye!
No sighting of Sir Hissalot, thank God, LoL.

 What a beautiful country we live in,
I wished we would have had more time to explore more
of Saguaro National Park, Arizona, maybe next time.
Breathtaking and amazing at the same time.

 Saguaro cactus


 "Purple Mountain Majesty" beautiful sunset in the park.
 On our way back to El Paso we decided to take a little side tour to
White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.
 It looks like snow but it is almost blinding bright white sand.
 Amazing that anything can grow out here.

 More sand banks.
 This sure was an amazing adventure,
so  much beauty,
Mother Nature never fails to amaze!
Beautiful memories made,
great visit with family and friends,
hoping to do this again one day!

Thanks for stopping by,
I hope you enjoyed the pictures!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Diana







Saturday, June 9, 2018

Traveling Yarn, Part 1!

Hello
and 
Happy Weekend to everyone!
Sorry, nothing craftzy on the blog today,
just lots of pictures from our 
Memorial Day trip to beautiful
Texas, New Mexico and Arizona to visit
our son and catch up with some old friends.
And yes, as the title already is hinting,
this will be a 2 part posts, lol,
I didn't want to overwhelm you with to many 
pictures in one post.

El Paso Airport
 Well, the knitting went with me,
however the breathtaking view and all the sightseeing
kept me from getting much done.
This was the view from our hotel room.
 Franklin Mountain State Park,
McKelligon Canyon.



The local wildlife.
 If you ever visit El Paso, this is one stop you have to make
"Wyler Aerial Tramway"
you won't regret it!

 The 360 degree view is amazing.
El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarec, Mexico.
 Can you see the Sun Bowl Stadium, University of Texas? 
We also visited the Old Ysleta Mission, 
 the oldest parish in the State of Texas.

We had a great time visiting El Paso and the surrounding area.
It sure is a different kind of beautiful but we enjoyed every minute of it.
In my next post I will take you to 
Tucson, Arizona and the Saguaro National Park
and a few pictures of White Sands, New Mexico.
Hope to see you back soon!
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a wonderful week!

Diana

Friday, May 25, 2018

Variations!

Hello
and
Happy Memorial Day Weekend 
to everyone!
Hope you are as lucky as I am and enjoying this 
gorgeous long weekend.
With that said, I don't want to keep you to long 
from your Holiday celebrations,
so I will keep this post short and sweet.
Here are a few pictures of the cards I made the last few days.
And "Yes" they are "Variations" of some previous cards
all made with Spellbinder dies and the Cricut machine.







All cards are made with Spellbinder monthly die sets November, January and April.
Letters and number where cut with the Cricut cartridge "Sophisticated" and the layered panels are from the "Art Philosophy" cartridge.
The sentiment was stamped with Stampin'Up! set "Watercolor Trio".

Thank you for stopping in on your busy Holiday weekend.
Hope you enjoyed what you seen.
Happy Memorial Day!
To next time!

Diana