Monday, June 29, 2015

CCNS91: Up Up and Away

Hi!  Here's my take on this week's Purple Bike Challenge at CCNS.  I don't think I would have ever tried making a bike purple until this challenge but I'm pleased with how this card turned out.

I first used the Memory Box Brand New Bicycle on a lavender foil sheet from Spellbinders Jewel Tones foil pack.  When cutting out these foil sheets and the die is intricate, I first glue the sheet down to white card stock.  I find that this gives the foil more weight and is less likely to bend or wrinkle when removing from the die.  I also die cut 7 balloons from a light purple card stock using the balloon die from ODBD Happy Birthday set.  To add dimension to the balloons, I sponged Shaded Lilac around the edges of the balloons and added a bit of white with a white gel pen.  To make my background, I used the large stitched rectangle die from MFT Blueprint 13 and sponged Broken China over masked clouds to create my sky scene.  Before adhering the balloons and after the gluing the bike down, I used a ruler and a black Micron Pen to draw 7 lines up from the bike. The balloons were glued on and the last two were popped up with small Joy! foam pads.  The sentiment is from Mama Elephant Up and Away stamped in black pigment ink and clear embossed.  


Diana Nguyen, Memory Box, Our Daily Bread Designs, balloon, bike, Mama Elephant

Thank you so much for looking and hope you can play along. I would love to see your take on this week's Purple Ride challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such!



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.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Framed Butterflies

I love my dies but sometimes it's fun to do some old fashion coloring with stamps.  I pulled out one of my favorite ODBD Faith and stamped the butterfly image with Versafine black ink.  Since it is an alcohol based ink, I could use my watercolor markers to color and not worry about the black ink smearing.  (So stamp using water based ink to color with alcohol markers like Copics and alcohol stamp pads with water based markers.  Otherwise you'll get a blended mess.)  I die cut the image out using the oval die, kept it in the die and sponged Broken China very very lightly around the edges.  I then popped that up with large foam tabs against a kraft die cut background from Spellbinders A2 Filigree Delight entwined with a couple of strands of ribbons.  After I adhered all the layers together, I went back and added pearl accents using ice white Viva Decor Pearl Pen and a generous brushing of the Wink of Stella Glitter Pen over the butterflies.  The pearl pen was perfect for this card because I could make my pearls more oval shaped to match the die. 


Diana Nguyen, Our Daily Bread Designs, Faith, butterfly, Filigree delight, Spellbinders, card

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.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

ODBDSLC244 Anything Goes

For this week's Anything Goes challenge at ODBD, I had to use the Pegboard and Hooks dies along with Workshop Tools cut from silver foil again.  I just love the look of shiny new tools!  I trimmed the pegboard into smaller pieces to frame each of the tools I used.  Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite verses and I think it just goes really well with tools.  You can find this stamp in the ODBD Good Man set and the wood grain paper from Vintage Ephemera Collection is cut with the pierced rectangle die from the Flourished Star Pattern.

I stamped the verse with Momenta Nautical Blue pigment ink and then clear embossed.  I trimmed it down using the pierced rectangle die.  I first put my stamped card stock so that the top left corner of the die lined up with where I wanted it to trim the top and left.  I then moved the same sheet and trimmed of the excess by lining up the bottom right corner to the desired size.  I hope that made sense!  


Diana Nguyen, Our Daily Bread Designs, Good man, Workshop Tools, Pegboard, masculine, scripture, Jeremiah 29:11


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To see all the projects created for this challenge or to join in the fun click here. You have until June 28, 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.


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Monday, June 22, 2015

CCNS90: Morning on the farm

 This week's challenge at CCNS is Black and Red with a rooster.  Frankly, this was a real challenge for me!  I did grow up in Arkansas and even had pet chickens but I can't say I ever made a rooster themed card.  But then I spotted the Impression Obsession Farm Girl die set from the online store and it was easy peasy!  :)

I started with a Darice honey comb embossing folder and black card base. I then used Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A to trim a piece of red card stock for my angled layer.  I had some wood grain paper that I thought would look great as a barn background.  I ripped and sponged a white piece of card stock with  Evergreen Bough  and Walnut Stain to make it look like grass and dirt in front of the wood grain paper.  I cut out the Farm Girl die set out of white card stock and also out of red card stock.  I paper pieced her dress on her instead of coloring it all red.  I used my Copics to add shading and colors to all the pieces.  I later went back and used a white gel pen to add some details to her dress.  The fence and rooster is popped up with  small Joy! foam pads. I had to google a picture of a rooster in order to color it - what would we do without google? My duck would have been lost in the white background so I added a black bracket tab using MFT Blueprint 13 - it also helped balance the card.  

Diana Nguyen, Impression Obsession, farm girl

Thank you so much for looking and hope you can play along this week.


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.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Burst of color

Hello! Diana here with another butterfly card.  I just love these dies  and I couldn't resist something really colorful.  Foiling is very trendy now but if you don't have the materials, foil papers are a great alternative.  Here I used a combination of Jewel Tones foil paper as well as Metal foil papers from Spellbinders with the PoppyStamps Delaney Butterfly.  I wanted the butterflies to have a backing but not too solid so I used the PoppyStamps Cheviot Butterfly with vellum.  I sponged the vellum to match the foil - going darker along the edges.  The background was made with Open Scroll Leaf by Impression Obsession cut twice from a green watercolor wash.  The white panel behind was embossed with a Darice Chevron embossing folder.  I also added some clear dew drops.

Diana Nguyen, Impression Obsesssion, Poppystamps, butterfly


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.