Monday, October 24, 2016

Coffee please

Happy Monday morning!  Who else needs to start with a nice big cup of coffee in the morning?  This little guy probably doesn't need a cup that big but I sometimes wake up thinking I need one super sized - right after thinking "When can I crawl back into bed?"

I used Mama Elephant's Up and Away.  Instead of hanging onto balloons, this bunny is holding up something much more practical - a coffee cup take out by Impression Obsession!  Perfect for this week's CASology COFFEE challenge.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

More Falliday Fest cards with ODBD

I've been busy playing along with Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest so there will be a flurry of cards (see what I did there with these cards) for the next few days.  

For my first card, I used Heather Telford's technique to make some snow covered trees using the tree from Joys of the Season.  I stamped in clear Versamark and then moved the paper a bit so that the black stamping would be slightly below and off.  I then clear embossed all of it and sponged a moonlight snowy scene.  The embossed image resisted the inking.  I love the effect!

For the second card, I went with a purple color burst background.  I decided to use the set Sending You Sunshine which is a "summer set" complete with a sandcastle.  But the "Warm Wishes" sentiment is perfect for this snowy card using the Snow Crystals dies.

For the last card today, I made a blue Christmas card using the new Snowflake Sky die, small bow die, and the Noel ornament stamp.  The background was sponged with blue distress inks and the stamp is embossed in silver. 

In other news, I am on Instagram now!  Follow me at @yourstrulybydiana.  Thank you!

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Give Thanks

I love fall colors and the changing leaves.  I had die cut this leaf background (Spellbinders Falling Leaves) a while back and I finally added more colors to it to use as this background for this stamp from Quietfire Design.

I white embossed one of the stamps from Quietfire Give Thanks set and framed it with an oval die.  I added a wooden heart and a crimson double bow.  I tried a variety of colors for the card base until I settled on this shade of brown.

Give Thanks, Set of 2 Stamps - Mounted

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

New York inspired fall

Do you remember the wedding scene in Sweet Home Alabama where all the guests from New York were dressed in black?  I thought that was hilarious and that scene came to mind when I read the challenges for the Falliday Fest over at Splitcoaststampers.  So here my 3 cards for the first three challenges all using dies from Quietfire Design:

For Lydia's challenge Start Spreading the News, I sponged fall colors on white card stock and then stamped some French text on top of the colors.  I then popped up a negative layer of a leaf die cut on top of it and added a Merci die cut  to continue with the French text.

Continuing with my black background, I used the same die to mask the same distress inks for Dina's Masquerade challenge.  I used the Hello die cut on some pewter metal craft sheet and popped up a leaf on this card.

On this last card, I used Impression Obsession's Wheat Die on yellow card stock and sponged the edges in Marmalade Orange.  I did the same for the Thanks die cut and added some ultra thick embossing powder on the die cuts.  I decided to use some burlap behind the Thanks.

Hello - Metal Cutting Die   

Merci - Metal Cutting Die

Thanks - Metal Cutting Die

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Christmas is the day

I can't help but go back to the classic colors for Christmas cards - especially when I want to frame something as elegant as this lettered stamp.  I cut the Spellbinders Swirl Bliss pocket out of metallic gold card stock.  The mounted Christmas is the Day was stamped on black Versafine pigment ink and then clear embossed.

Diana Nguyen, Christmas is the day, Quietfire Design, Christmas, Spellbinders, bliss pockets

After die cutting it out with a pierced rectangle die and matting it with a fine thin red layer, I wrapped the gold pockets and then added a poinsettia die cut out of felt. 

Diana Nguyen, Christmas is the day, Quietfire Design, Christmas, Spellbinders, bliss pockets

Diana Nguyen, Christmas is the day, Quietfire Design, Christmas, Spellbinders, bliss pockets

Christmas Is the Day - Mounted

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