Friday, April 24, 2015

Happy Birthday, Suzanne!

Today is Quietfire Design's owner Suzanne Cannon's birthday!  
Happy birthday, Suzanne!  
I'm horrible at posting cards in the mail in a timely manner but I scheduled this to go up right at midnight so at least this is on time. :)  Hope you have a wonderful day!

MFT, Hexagon dies, Quiefire Design, Diana Nguyen, birthday

This is another collaborative work between kids and me again.  See how we made the background here.  I took scraps, inked them for an ombre effect and then die cut them out with some hexagon dies from MFT.

MFT, Hexagon dies, Quiefire Design, Diana Nguyen, birthday

And of course I had to use one of Suzanne's beautifully lettered sentiment on the card - embossed!

Honored to be on your team, Suzanne!

Happy Family Days with Calligraphic Frame (coordinates with Spellbinders™)

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Be Still

My  Sue Wilson Spanish Collection - Seville Die Set are still out on my (very messy) desk so I went ahead and made another card with them.  This time I made a shaped card using the next largest die as my card base.  But first I made a soft green background with touches of blue for my background using the Twinkling H2O's Thankful set.  I used the next largest die from the Seville Set to trim it so that it could be my base.  I then popped up the gorgeous intricate white layer up with strips cut from the Joy! Foam Pads.  My verse from Verve is embossed with white detail embossing powder.  My final addition is a 3 layered butterfly:  PoppyStamps Cheviot Butterfly in white card stock, another on vellum colored with Copic markers and the top is the PoppyStamps Delaney Butterfly using Lovely Lavender metal craft sheet.  All were adhered using Art Institute Clear Dries Clear Adhesive.  I hope you like it!

Sue Wilson, Seville Die, Spanish collection, poppystamps, cheviot, delaney, butterfly, Diana Nguyen, craft metal sheet



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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New Mercies

I had a fun time playing with my youngest yesterday.  He wanted to play with watercolors but I couldn't find my spritzer so we tried something else.  I grabbed some cups, our food coloring and some dishwashing liquid... and a straw!  He blew bubbles into the cups until they overflowed onto the watercolor paper.  We only used the four basic colors (red, blue, green, and yellow) and I loved the results...and they looked even better once it dried.  Just let the bubbles pop on their own and dry naturally.  It was fascinating to watch the colors move as the bubbles pop.


Once dried, I used MFT Blueprint 13 large stitched rectangle to trim it down.  I added some Hero Arts butterflies and the Fancy Flourish from Cheery Lynn.  The sentiment is from Verve's New Mercies set.  I brushed my butterflies with my Wink of Stella Glitter Pen and added clear dew drops.  Since I already had the butterflies colored and cut from previous projects, this card took only 5 minutes to put together.  

Diana Nguyen, Cheery Lynn, Hero Arts, bubbles, My Favorite Things, Verve

I just love this background!  The effect is just stunning.  Good thing I have 4 boy to put to work!  :)  Hope you like it and get a chance to play too!

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ODBDSLC235 Inspiration Challenge

I am loving the show of daffodils right now.  And they are deer resistant.  :)  My tulips do no fare so well so instead of using tulips like the ones in the Inspiration Challenge photo this week, I went with daffodils that were fussy cut from Daffodil Corner.  And such a bright yellow calls for a happy little red umbrella.  This was cut out of red card stock using the Umbrella Dies.  I used the smaller pieces of the umbrella dies to mask and sponge depth for the umbrella.  I also colored the handle black and added a touch of white gel pen for some extra details.  The background are made with Layered Lacey Square Dies and sponged with Distress Ink Broken China. I also added a little tag using Mini Tag Sentiments and Mini Tag Dies.  Hope you like my take on this week's challenge and that you can play along.

Diana Nguyen, daffodil, umbrella, Our Daily Bread Designs, lacey square 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 April 22, 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, April 20, 2015

CCNS81: Thanks

One of my favorite flowering trees are cherry blossoms and I am definitely living in the right area for it.  It's beautiful in DC but there are plenty of neighborhoods throughout Northern Virginia to enjoy the short-lived blooms.

Or you could put some on a card to make it last even longer!  :)

I am IN LOVE with the Sue Wilson Spanish Collection - Seville Die.  It's so intricate and elegant - and so easy to make a card because you really don't need much else.  I used white and kraft card stock for my base layers.  The kraft layer is popped up by cutting up strips of the Joy! Foam Pads.  My center panel is a sentiment from Quietfire Design's Thanks Cuddlers and embossed with black detail embossing powder and also popped up. The clusters of flowers are made with Momenta Cherry Blossoms dies and clipped sections of Memory Box Fresh Foliage.  The blossoms were sponged with Picked Raspberry and the leaves with watercolored and then sponged with Mowed Lawn.


Isn't that elegant frame just perfect with the calligraphic stamp inside?  :)


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.