Monday, March 2, 2015

CCNS74: Hello banner

Hello, here to share you a card inspired by this week's inspiration picture from the Classy Cards 'n Such challenge.  So many things to choose from this sweet quilt.  The banners immediately drew me in and quilts always bring to mind texture.  I had quilted a while back and my favorite (and least favorite at the same time because it was so costly) was sending it off to have the top, batting, and bottom layer stitched together.  So of course I had to use my stitched die from MFT Blueprint 13.  I also cut out a fish tail banner from the same set with white card stock that I ran through with a Lifestyle Craft Dainty embossing folder.  I made the center focal point a shaker element using PoppyStamps Cheviot Butterfly with small Joy! foam pads and 1/8 Scor-tape to adhere everything together really well.  I added a layered banner using ODBD Pennant Banner dies and handwrote my hello on the banners.  Finally, I added some pink striped washi tape and purple rhinestones.  The butterflies were some stickers I had from years ago.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Trust In the Lord

Hi, I'm here again with another shabby chic card.  Whenever I try something new, I tend to keep trying and playing with it so bear with me!  Since these toys were already out from my last card, I made another card.  My base layer was made by using my largest stitched die from MFT Blueprint 13.  To add a bit of gold (and to try my new Inka Gold rub), I used Tim Holtz' Harlequin Stencil and the Memory Box Amira Flourish is cut out of metallic gold card stock.  Popped up with small Joy! foam pads is a white layer trimmed using Spellinders A2 Curved Borders.  I love that bit of the pink card stock showing through.  And I finally figured out how to make sure my flowers and bow stay glued on - use a hot glue gun!  I rarely use it on paper crafts but wow - what a light bulb moment for me!  Again I added a little tag embossed in gold with a sentiment from ODBD Ornate Frame Sentiments and cut from ODBD Mini Tag Dies.

Diana Nguyen, Inka Gold, Spellbinders, Wild Orchid Flowers, Memory Box Almira Flourish, shabby chic

 Thanks for looking!  I hope you like it.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Happy Birthday

Hello!  My stash of birthday cards run low pretty quickly so I am loving my birthday word dies from Our Daily Bread Designs.  It also comes with a balloon die so you don't need much else!  Here I used some watercolor paper washed with a rainbow of colors so that I could die-cut my words out of it.  After embossing a panel with the new (to me) Life Crafts Dainty embossing folder, I die-cut a couple of balloons out of it.  The embossed panel was then raised on foam to the card base. I glued different colors of balloons back into the empty space (in-laid die-cutting) but I also popped the other three up on some foam tape.  I love the effect it made.  I used my white gel pen to add some shine to the balloons and silver twine to finish my card.  Hope you like it!

Diana Nguyen, Happy Birthday, Our Daily Bread Designs, card

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

My planner and Bible Art Journaling

Hello!  I'm recovering from a week of snow days.  :)  I can't play and create as much when the kids are all home but I'd love to share with you something that has been nothing short of amazing for me.  It's the Confident Mom weekly household planner.  It's a game changer!  My house is getting cleaned without me being overwhelmed and for the first time in years, yes YEARS, I am on top of laundry.  I used to have 6 baskets of clean laundry in my room and the kids would dig through their basket for their clothes.  I had no problem washing and drying... the sorting was weekly, the folding... even less and the putting away ... laughable!  Now no more cringing when unexpected guests arrive... the house is not perfect by any stretch but I'm no longer running around franctically picking things up, yelling at the kids, and the kids asking, "Who's coming?" whenever we clean.  I even drink water more often with this planner.  Truly, nothing short of amazing.  She's thought of everything!  So check it out - it's free and it can't hurt.


Here are some other things I've been working on during my devotions.  

Diana Nguyen, Joshua, bible art journaling, illustrated faith

I tried gesso on this page so that my Micron pens would not bleed through too much.  Though it did the job, it wrinkled my paper more than I would like.  Also it is hard to erase pencil marks on gesso and watercolor doesn't move as well.  Not sure if I would this particular gesso again.  

Diana Nguyen, Zentangle, bible art journaling, illustrated faith

On this last one, I used ODBD On Eagles' Wings.  MUCH easier than trying to draw an eagle and since I didn't like how my previous one turned out, I went the safe route.  :)  I sponged the skies using some cloud die cuts to mask and used blue and purple Micron pens for my lettering.

Diana Nguyen, Our Daily Bread Designs, bible art journaling, illustrated faith

We're expecting a little bit more snow.  I sure do hope it's not enough to cancel school again!

Stay warm and safe!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

ODBDSLC228: No coloring

This week's Shining the Light Challenge is no coloring.  For some reason my mind translated that into no coloring and even after I realized that I could use colors, I was already stuck in a black and white frame!  I chose to highlight the last part of the verse here from Scripture Collection 13 using a music paper for my  background.  To frame my verse, I matted it in black and added dies from Gilded Gate Dies to the sides.  I also added a folded bit of satin black ribbon to the back.  It's always fun (and frugal!) to use dies in new ways.

Diana Nguyen, Scripture, Our Daily Bread Designs, Psalms

And please check out my other CT sisters for more wonderful inspiration:

  Robin * Gracie * Paula * Diana * Elizabeth * Chris

To see all the projects created for this challenge or to join in the fun click here. You have until March 1, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a  $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post. Please do not post on Flicker as many of us do not have the ability to comment on your cards nor can we spotlight your cards on the blog.

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