Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Good friends are like snowflakes

Hello!  I'm still playing with some of my new Quietfire stamps.  I love this one!  I thought it would be  great with some golden snowflakes because good friends are worth more than gold.  :)

Diana Nguyen, Impression Obsession, snowflakes, Quietfire Design

I used a strip of paper from Recollection Rustic Luxe on the side and a row of snowflakes die cut from Golden Glimmer Metal Sheet.

Diana Nguyen, Impression Obsession, snowflakes, Quietfire Design

Thanks for looking!

Paper:  Rustic Collection Rustic Luxe

Don't forget that the Winter Wonderland Hop is still happening!  Today we are highlighting Wanda's and Teresa's  blogs!
All Quietfire rubber stamps are on sale 25% off the regular price during this event!

Challenges I am playing in:

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CCNS63 And the Stockings were hung

Hello!  Today I'm sharing a card I made for this week's The Night Before Christmas challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such.  Would you believe that I started out with a very clean and simple design - just some stockings on one of my favorite simple layout?  But then I wanted to add a fireplace - but didn't have the die for it.  I die-cut Poppy Stamps Grand Madison Window out four times, trimmed off the window lines, stacked them up, and cut off the bottom.  Voila - I now have a fireplace!  But then my fireplace needed a wall - and I do love wainscoting.  The Darice Stripe background embossing folder is perfect for that.  Added some black card stock in the fireplace, hung up some stockings using Poppy Stamps cute stockings (using a bit of felt for die-cutting the top of the stocking).  I love having a wreath over my own fireplace so I had to add one here also using Martha Stewart pine branch punch.  And what Christmas scene would be complete without a little tree.  I fussy cut out a tree from Verve's Holiday Greetings, colored with copics, added some white dots with my gel pen, and then brushed over the tree with my  Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.  I also cut a little bit of gold foil from my stash of SB Precious Metals Craft Foil for my star and pot at the bottom of the fireplace. 

Diana Nguyen, Memory Box, fireplace, stockings, Martha Stewart, Christmas, Verve

 Since I have little kids, I used Memory Box rounded fence as my fireplace covering (I know there is a name for that but I am drawing a total blank as to what it's called!) after I cut some logs inside the fireplace.  I also added a little signage on top of the mantel to fill up the space.  The card is no longer clean and simple but it was a whole lot of fun to make!  Hope you find new ways to use your dies also!

Accessories:  Ribbon, Martha Stewart pine branch punch, gold foil,  felt, Wink of Stella Glitter PenDarice Stripe background embossing folder

The Gate

Hi!  Today I am sharing a card with one of ODBD's new release this month The Gate.  I think the image goes perfectly with the Blushing Rose Papers.  Combined with the last challenge this year of a sketch, I came up with this card.  I also added a couple of tags cut from metal craft sheets - so cute and such a nice touch.  I hope you like it! 

Diana Nguyen, Our Daily Bread Designs, The Gate, Blushing Rose Collection, mini tags

Stamps: ODBD The Gate
Dies:  ODBD Mini Tag Dies
Ink: Versafine black and SU Old Olive
Accessories:  Twine, Metal Craft Sheets

And make sure you check out my fellow CT sisters for more wonderful inspiration:

To see all the creations in one place or join the challenge, click here.  You have until December 30, 2014 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to be placed in a monthly drawing 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 the first challenge of each month.We would love to see your creations.

ODBD is also running a special on gift certificates right now until December 20, 2014, 11:00 PM EST!  
FREE $5.00 ODBD Gift Certificate with every $50.00 in ODBD Gift Certificates purchased! 

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Quietfire Hop: Blessed by the Christmas Sunshine

Welcome to Quietfire Design's Winter Wonderland Blog hop!  And what would be a hop without some prizes?!  

We’ll be giving away a stamp or set on each of our designers’ blogs. All you have to do to enter is leave a sweet comment on each of the designers' Winter Wonderland Blog Hop post! 

Have all your comments in by midnight on Friday December 19, 2014 to be eligible. The winners will be announced on Quietfire Creations on the weekend.  Happy hopping and Merry Good Luck!

I'm so excited to start off my first hop with Quietfire today and share one of Suzanne's amazing stamps. I love this quote by Helen Keller.  I remember learning about her and her amazing teacher Anne Sullivan.  As I grow older, the more incredible and inspiring they became.  I knew I wanted to do a card with texture in it - to feel as pretty as it looks.  First, I stamped with black pigment ink and then clear embossed it.  This is a great way to emboss if you don't have super fine embossing powders.  You still get the beautifully elegant raised lettering and not lose the crispness of the stamped lettering.

Diana Nguyen, Quietfire Design, Blessed by the Christmas Sunshine, Helen Keller, Christmas, card

I then threaded some glass beads with a very thin gauge wire - much easier than using thread!  Now here's a quiz for the observant... can you guess the pattern for the beads I used?   I like my cards' embellishments to go with the sentiments - even if I'm the only one to "get" the connection.

Diana Nguyen, Quietfire Design, Blessed by the Christmas Sunshine, Helen Keller, Christmas, card

 It's Morse code for the words "love" and "Christmas" where the rounded beads are the dots and the longer cylinder are the dashes.  And yes, I totally googled Morse code!  :)  Hope you like it!

Please leave a comment for a chance to win!  Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful week.  Only 10 more days until Christmas!

Blessed by the Christmas Sunshine - Mounted

Dies:  Spellbinders Matting Basics A
Accessories:  Darise Damask embossing folder, glass and silver beads, and wire

The rest of the design team will be hopping throughout the week.  Here is our schedule starting today... I hope you have a chance to visit everyone!

All Quietfire rubber stamps are on sale 25% off the regular price during this event!

Monday: Diana (that's me!)
Tuesday: Robyn,  Yvonne  
Wednesday: Wanda,  Teresa  
Thursday: Kathy Jo, Suzanne  
Friday: Sherry,  Yogi

Challenges I am playing in also:

Saturday, December 13, 2014

December VLV Sketches and OSW

I tried starting really early thinking of teacher gifts... like at the beginning of summer but even then, I find myself behind on the execution of said gifts.  It's a lot of teachers... I used to have a spreadsheet to keep it all organized.  (4 boys) x (Sunday School teachers) x (2 services) x (Awanas) x (school)... It's a good thing we don't really do much for sports!  And there is only one piano teacher (whew!)  So when Julee shared her One Sheet Wonder for the December Viva La Verve Challenge, it was like rays of sunshine bursting through the clouds.  Haha!  I think these would make great set of notecards for gifts and I like how they coordinate.  I try not to give the same cards - even in a set.

Verve, Scripture, Diana Nguyen, One sheet wonder

Verve, Scripture, Diana Nguyen, One sheet wonder

Verve, Scripture, Diana Nguyen, One sheet wonder

Verve, Scripture, Diana Nguyen, One sheet wonder

Stamps:  Verve Scripture Medley 1Happy Hello, and Sip and Savor 
Paper:  Simple Stories Documented and ODBD Patriotic Collection 
Acessories:  Copics, embossing folders (Chevron, Courtyard, Flourishes, and Damask), 2 1/4 circle punch

Challenges I am playing in: