Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ODBDSLC248 Anything Goes with ODBD

It's the last challenge of the month at ODBD and that means anything goes!  I really love how versatile the rose is from the Fragrance stamp set.  I stamped it on watercolor paper and colored it watercolor brush pens.  I then die-cut it out using ODBD Matting Circles Dies. I embossed it, left it in the die and sponged just a bit of gray ink around the edges.  I then layered it a black Doily.  The background is made from repeatedly stamping the rose onto white card stock. 


Diana Nguyen, Our Daily Bread Designs, How Great Thou Art, Fragrance
I then embossed the song title How Great Thou Art in white.  I love this hymn - it's my dad's favorite and I remember learning to play it on the piano for him.  And no, I can't play it any longer.  :(  

I also did a bit of stamping inside the card - a portion from the hymn surrounded by more roses... my mom's favorite flower.  This card is definitely inspired by my parents.  

Diana Nguyen, Our Daily Bread Designs, How Great Thou Art, Fragrance

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

To see all the projects created for this challenge or to join in the fun click here. You have until August 2, 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.



Monday, July 27, 2015

CCNS95: Beautiful you

Hello! Diana here to share with you a card I made with some fun summer colors for this week's Colors and Patterns challenge.  I started with 2 sheets of white card stock  trimmed with the largest rectangle die from Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A.  On one of them, I sponged in a diagonal direction Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, and then Squeezed Lemonade.  I love how those colors blended together makes such a wonderful array of colors.   From the second piece of the white rectangle, I die cut out a Fancy Border Cutout by Impression Obsession and also the Memory Box Honey Blossom Sprig.  I then adhered that sheet with all the negative cuts on it to the sponged layer.  After that was done, I glued back the white honey blossom sprig - slightly offsetting it so that the sponged layer would show up as a shadow. 

Diana Nguyen, Impression Obsession, border cutout, Memory box, honey blossom sprig, Verve

 I also sponged another strip with the same colors to add a banner using some Verve stamps and white detail embossing powder. For a final touch, I added some pearl dots using the ice white Viva Decor Pearl Pen.
Diana Nguyen, Impression Obsession, border cutout, Memory box, honey blossom sprig, Verve

For the inside of the card, I also used the Fancy Cutout Border die along the bottom edge.


Thanks for looking and I hope you find some time to play along!



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Peek a boo Butterflies

As promised, here is the card I made using the Impression Obsession Square Cutout Border where the background peeks out.  I made my background by using watercolor paper and spritzed it with water using my mini spritzer so that I could control the amount of water I put on there.  I then used 3 colors from my color burst collection:  Pthalo Green, Ultramarine Blue, and Violet.  I love how vibrant the colors are and it's so fun to see the colors just come alive when it touches water.  While I set that aside to dry, I used the largest rectangle in the Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A to create my top white layer. I then cut out my squares with the Impression Obsession Square Cutout Border.  

I didn't know it when I ordered the Memory Box Rhone butterfly but it does not cut the butterfly completely out.  The wings are cut but the abdomen portion is still attached.  It's very easy to snip the butterfly out if you want it to be free floating but I just love it that is is still attached.  I didn't have to worry about gluing it down or that it might shift or fall off in the mail. The body is a separate die and I did glue that over the wings. I also added Open Scroll Leaf by Impression Obsession in two shades of green out of adhesive card stock by DCWV.  I then adhered the top layer and the watercolor layer using Scor-tape to make sure everything stayed down.

Best part about this card?  It only took 15 minutes to make if you didn't account for the drying time since I didn't have to glue down the butterflies or the leaves (adhesive card stock!!! Totally forgot I had those!) it all came together very quickly.


Diana Nguyen, Memory Box, butterfly, Impression Obsession, Square Cutout
I was so pleased with how easy it was to use the butterfly this way that I added one to the inside of my card.  ;)






Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ODBDSLC247 Floral Inspiration

Hello!  I love these new window dies from ODBD, especially the shutters.  I made my window scene using the Welcoming Window, Window Shutter and Awning, and Flower Box fillers.  I first made my a gray siding by cutting strips of half inch gray card stock.  I started at the bottom and started adhering my layers from the bottom up.  As it turned out, the last piece fitted perfectly!  



I then added my window and accessories.  The curtain inside is a small piece of from the Shabby Rose Collection and crimped.  The flowers were colored with watercolor pens and the shutters popped up with foam tape.  The welcome sign was made using paper from the same collection and the stamp set The Gate, propped up with an altered fence from the Gilded Gate Dies.





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


To see all the projects created for this challenge or to join in the fun click here. You have until July 26, 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.





Monday, July 20, 2015

CCNS94: Life is Good

Hello!  I am actually writing this while sitting lake side - and life is definitely good here!  So peaceful and relaxing - and of course, just gorgeous!  And I just decor that reflects the ocean and nautical theme.

I started with cutting a woodgrain background paper with the Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A.  I then cut two of the Grapevine wreath by Cottage Cutz in craft paper and glued them down with Art Institute glue.  Note that any wreath die would work.  I then added my nautical elements to it:  some seashell stamps and black or silver Craft Foil cut Impression Obsession Mini Nautical Set.  To add dimension to it, I popped up some of the elements with small Joy! foam pads.  My final touch is a sign from Lawn Fawn Life is Good sentiment stamped with black detail embossing powder and cut out with a rounded banner from the MFT Blueprint 13 set.

Diana Nguyen, cottage cutz, Impression Obsession, Mini Nautical set, nautical, rustic, wreath, card

And of course, I had to do some negative die-cutting for the inside of the card.


As always, thank you so much for looking and I hope you can play along with our Beach challenge!