Saturday, May 18, 2019

Just Because

Hi, just popping in to share another version of a card I made a while back because I thought of another word die combination: Just because. I went with blues and greens for my color combination and added a stitched circle but otherwise it's a very similar card.

Friday, May 17, 2019

My first Quilling project

For Mother's Day, my boys got me a quilling kit so I spent some time playing with the basic shapes.  I made enough to form a very simple bouquet.  I definitely need more practice and less glue but despite being super time-consuming, it was rather addictive.  Oh, dear, like I need another hobby.  Let's just call this an extension to paper crafting.

Diana Nguyen, quilling, handmade card

I used Tombow Multi-media glue on a white card base I used MFT Stitched rectangle die.  I think quilling on a card is great because it's not really thick and all those layers should hold up pretty well if I were to mail it... except maybe those stems.

Diana Nguyen, quilling, handmade card

If you have any favorite youtube videos or instagrammers, please share!  I'd love to be better at this.

Challenge I am playing in:

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Something wonderful is about to happen

There must have been a challenge on Instagram about butterflies and rainbows - I saw a lot of cards on there with that theme - or I'm just drawn to those!  Here's my take on that theme - inspired by those same cards.

I made a rainbow wash with Zig clean color brush on watercolor paper and die cut the Butterflies spray from it.

 After stamping in the center of the panel, I die cut out the wreath to help place the butterflies in a circle.  I initially planned a circle without a wreath but I liked how the wreath tied the blank space together.

To fill in more of the blank spaces, I used my Copic markers to color some pearls in different colors.

This came together very quickly- lots of white space but colorful and with butterflies - my kind of card!

Always Believe - Mounted

Butterflies & Stars Sprays - Metal Cutting Dies

Rosebud Wreath & Elements - Metal Cutting Dies

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Love you, Mom

My mom is a wonderful gardener - her entire hand is green, not just her thumb.  She can stick a cutting into the ground and it will take root and bloom.  It's a bit ridiculous actually.  But she loves flowers and they bloom like mad for her.  

Me... well, let's just move on to paper crafting where even I can get those cymbidium orchids to bloom in any color I like.  For this card, a 5x7 card which is a bit bigger than my normal, I went with a very pale palette.  I wanted it very soft so I kept everything very neutral and even the orchids are a soft white/pink.  

I stamped "love you" in black Versafine ink and then clear embossed a heart over it.  I then sponged a soft light green to bring out the heart.  The wood panel is a Tim Holtz new 3D embossing folder that I sponged in a soft tan and green ink to bring out the grains.

Lots of matting layers and then inside is a sweet note for mom sponged in the same green.  There are a few videos out there on how to make the orchid by Susan's Garden Notes (a line of beautiful flower dies in Elizabeth Craft Designs) but I chose very pale pink for the flowers and used Zig Clean color brush for the inside of the flowers.

Don't you love the sentiment from A Mother's Greatest Mastepiece by Quietfire Design inside?  
Happy Mother's Day to you!

Love & Hearts Collection - Clear Stamps

A Mother's Greatest Masterpiece - Set of 4 Stamps