Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Hello!  Did you notice that I shouted "embossed" there?  It's because this card I'm sharing today is embossed within an inch of its life!  :)

Ultra thick embossing powder has been around for a while but I just discovered it for myself (thank you Debbie for recommending it!) and I love it!  I used it on my Thanks die and oh, my - it's this gorgeous shiny enamel - so easy too.  Then I used it on my leaves made with Distress Inks Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, Fired Brick, and Evergreen Bough and Impression Obsession Little Leaves.  (Just be careful not to pick it up until it has cooled.  It's a bit like touching the hot glue from a glue gun.  Ask me how I know.)

Quietfire Design, Diana Nguyen, Thanks die, Thanks cuddlers, Ultra thick embossing powder, impression obsession, little leaves

I also heat embossed one of the Thanks cuddlers.  I was almost done until I realized I could dry emboss the background too with a swirl embossing folder from Cuttlebug's Wedding Suite set.  See why I emphasized the "embossed?" Everything was embossed!

Quietfire Design, Diana Nguyen, Thanks die, Thanks cuddlers, Ultra thick embossing powder, impression obsession, little leaves

Thanks Cuddlers, Set of 7 Stamps - Mounted  Thanks - Metal Cutting Die

Thanks cuddlers                      Thanks die

 Thank you so much for looking today!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CASology Guest Designer!

Good morning!  I'm so excited to be a Guest Designer at CASology this week!  I love playing in their challenges when I can - it's fun to try to make a big impact and still keep it clean and simple. 

This week's cue word was "WRITE" and I knew I had to use Quietfire's I write you letters (temporarily out of stock - sorry!).  I added some colors by embossing in black lots of little envelopes from Mama Elephant Pandemonium on patterned paper. I ended up only using five of them - which I popped up in front of some black and white twine.  (Also a perfect example of why not to get rid of itty bitty scraps of lovely paper).

Diana Nguyen, Quietfire Design, letters, I write you letters, card, Beethoven, Pandemonium, envelopes

Please check out the rest of the design team cards at CASology!  They always rock the challenges.  Thanks again to CASology for having me!

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Monday, August 31, 2015

CCNS100: Party Music

Hello!  This week marks the 100th challenge for Classy Cards 'n Such and the challenge this week is to make something bright and festive.  And what's more festive than some music - and then you have to shake to it, right? 

For my shaker card, I used MFT Blueprint 13 as my base as well as the curved bracket tag in the same set for my shaker window.  The musical elements are from Memory Box new release:  Elegant Musical Staff and Melody Music.  Because the Staff is so thin and dainty, instead of gluing it on top and getting glue everywhere on the clear card stock, I used the inlaid die-cutting technique behind the shaker elements.  This insured that the staff spacing would not be compromised also.  I used 1/8 Scor-tape and large foam tabs to adhere all my layers after I added colorful rhinestones and sequins into my shaker window.  The black music notes were cut using DCWV self adhesive black card stock and I had them arranged across the clear card stock and onto the white as well as some rhinestones.  I like the look of them flying out the window.  

Diana Nguyen, shaker, card, Poppystamps, Musical Staff, Sequins

I hope you can play along with this special week's challenge!

Don't forget that you can use the coupon code DIANAN-10 to the Classy Cards 'n Such on-line store for many of the items I used today.

Challenges I am playing in:  

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Super Boy!

I got some wonderful goodies from MFT in the mail Saturday and I HAD to ink it up immediately.  And then I just drew a blank as to what I wanted to do next...  Still excited though! So I looked up what the card challenges were for this week at MFT Card Challenge and this what I came up with.

Diana Nguyen, MFT, Super Hero, Shaker card

I combined the colors with the sketch challenge.  I had just gotten the adorable Cross-Stitched Rectangle STAX so I changed the sketch to be rectangular instead of square but kept the center focal point and frame.  I colored this little Super Boy with the soft cool colors and the teal... had no idea what to do with the Wild Wisteria so then I added a bit of shadow to him.  It worked out way better that I thought it would!  Just don't look too closely at my Copic coloring - I really need to practice more.

To make it a little more interesting, I made it into a shaker card because I had also just gotten this star shaped confetti by Recollections.   I made a night background by inking up some Distress Inks - Salty Ocean, Shaded Lilac, and Seedless Preserves.

Diana Nguyen, MFT, Super Hero, Shaker card

Thank you so much for looking and I hope you had a great weekend.

Challenges I am playing in:

Friday, August 28, 2015

Scrapbook Convention Thanks

The center has been sitting on my desk a while - it's one of those images stamped at the Scrapbook Convention from a demo at Rubber Necker stamps (I think)  But I was determined to do something with it instead of just sitting there.  Some washi tape and an Impression Obsession Thanks for a quick card.  Who likes purple?  :)

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