Author Archive | Diane

Easter Message

I love this stamp set which depicts the true meaning of Easter in all it’s glory.  The Easter Message is the perfect verse from Matthew!

This card base is Wisteria Wonder that was passed through the BIG Shot with the largest scallop oval die. First the Wisteria Wonder was scored at 4-1/4″ and the ovel die was placed a little over the scored line, so the card would open up like an egg.

Another oval was cut from the next size oval die and on this the cross was stamped on Basic Black Ink. The cross was stamped toward the top of the oval, so the bible verse could be stamped where shown.

Once stamped the cross and cloth was colored in and adhered to the Wisteria Wonder card base.

Using a Paper Piercing Tool, a hole was made in each scallop around the edge of the card.

 

Have a Blessed Easter as you celebrate the true miracle of it all,

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Basket Bunch Easter Card

This Stampin’ Up! set, “Basket Bunch” is adorable!  And, it’s not only for Easter! The basket and flowers can be used for Mother’s Day, Birthdays and anything Spring or Summer. The little basket can be made into a standing basket too. Check back on the “How To” next week.

CUTTING:

A Daffodil Delight Scallop Oval card base was made by Scoring the card stock at 4-1/4″ and running it through the BIG Shot, so the oval die hung over the scored line a bit. 

The next size oval was cut from Pear Pizzazz.

And, the top oval layer was cut from Whisper White.

 

STAMPING:

Various flowers, eggs, bunnies chicks and the basket was stamped on Whisper White, as well as Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede.

Once the parts were all stamped and colored, they were passed through the BIG Shot using the coordinating dies in the Basket Builder Framelits.

The grass was cut from the grass framelit using Pear Pizzazz.

 

 

Just sharing another cute card for you to make!

Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it!

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Antonie the Bunny: Easter Card

Another quick post to show you the card I made  for my Grandson Jackson. Today’s share is Antonie the Bunny Card. It’s pretty straight forward. If you love to color than this is the card for you. Please note this isn’t a Stampin’ Up! stamp.

For the card base a 10″ x 7″ piece of Whisper White was cut and scored at 5″

A 4-1/2″ x 6-1/4” piece of Tempting Turquoise was cut for the first layer.

A 4″ x 6″ piece of Smokey Slate was cut for the next layer.

For the top layer a 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″ piece of Whisper White was cut and used for the stamped image.

STAMPING:

On the top layer of Whisper White, Antonie the Bunny was stamped on Basic Black Ink.

Then on a piece of Designer Series Paper the jacket and head band were stamped on Basic Black Ink. 

COLORING:

Colored pencils were used to color in Antonie. Gray was used for his body and turquoise for his knickers. Pink was added to his cheeks and ear highlights.

FINISHING:

Once the coloring was done, the stamped jacket and egg stripe was cut out and adhered as shown. Isn’t he adorable?

 

Thanks for dropping by,

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Kate the Bunny: Easter Card

A quick post to show you the cards I made  for my Granddaughter Adeline and Grandson Jackson. Today’s share is Kate the Bunny and this card was made for Addie. It’s pretty straight forward. If you love to color than this is the card for you. Please note this isn’t a Stampin’ Up! stamp.

For the card base a 10″ x 7″ piece of Whisper White was cut and scored at 5″

A 4-1/2″ x 6-1/4” piece of Melon Mambo was cut for the first layer.

A 4″ x 6″ piece of Smokey Slate was cut for the next layer.

For the top layer a 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″ piece of Whisper White was cut and used for the stamped image.

STAMPING:

On the top layer of Whisper White, Kate the Bunny was stamped on Basic Black Ink.

Then on a piece of Designer Series paper the jacket and head band were stamped on Basic Black Ink. 

COLORING:

Colored pencils were used to color in Kate. Gray was used for her body and pink for her dress, cheeks and ear highlights.

FINISHING:

Once the coloring was done, the stamped jacket and headband was cut out and adhered as shown. Isn’t she adorable?

 

Come back tomorrow to see the Antonie Bunny version. 

Embrace the day!

                                                                                                          

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Stampin’ Up!: Retiring 2016-2017 Products

Be sure to check out the Stampin’ Up! retiring items list from the 2016-2017 annual and 2017 occasions catalogs, before the sun sets on these items May 31!

These items are going away forever, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to order these retiring products.

Many have discounts of up to 50%!

Retiring items will be available through May 31 or while supplies last.

To see the list, click on the link below:

RETIRED STAMPIN” UP! PRODUCT LIST

If I can help you in any way or answer any questions you may have, don’t hesitate to contact me.

And, If you would like to receive a Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, you need to EMAIL ME. If you placed an order with me in the last six months, you’ll receive one automatically.

I’m here to keep you informed!

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Celebrate: Beautiful You

Oh, my! Although I fall in love with many of the Stampin’ Up! stamp sets, once in a while one stamp set comes along that I absolutely love even more than average. This Beautiful You stamp set is one of those sets! Celebrating women, friendships, relationships, Mother’s  and Daughters. Just pure joy and freedom. So alive. This stamp set I’ll never tire of nor will I ever get rid of it!

CARDSTOCK & DIMENSIONS:

  • Wisteria Wonder 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/2″
  • Whisper White 5″ x 3-3/4″ and 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″
  • Wild Wasbi 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″

On the top layer of Whisper White stamp the dancing lady  from the Beautiful You stamp set in Basic Black Ink. Stamp “Celebrate” in Basic Black below and parallel to her out stretched leg. On a piece od Designer Series Paper. stamp the dancing lady again, then cut out her dress and hat . With Multi-Pupose Glue, adhere the floral dress and hat to the stamped image on the Whisper White layer. You can stamp her on any DSP and have her in all sorts of patterned dresses or you can simply water-color her dress and hat.

Use this color inspiration adn see what you can come up with. And, do yourself a favor and purchase this exciting stamp set celebrating women! You can buy it HERE

Thanks for stopping by.

Embrace the day,

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Happy Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)

 

Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” and is celebrated on the day before Ash Wednesday. Fat Tuesday is the last day of indulging for Catholics before Lent begins. Mardi Gras is the final day of Carnival, a celebration which begins on January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany.


Mardi Gras is observed in cities around the world, but the biggest and most famous Mardi Gras celebration in the United States takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana.  With big celebrations come great foods, such as beignets.  Beignets, in French literally means, “Bump.”  I can’t help but think of Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther Moveies  saying, “Bimp.”  Beignets are fried yeast dough squares, yum, which are then sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar. In the U.S., beignets are associated with the city of New Orleans, where they are served at all cafes. These beignets are also the state doughnut of Louisiana. Must be wonderful to live in a state where you have a state doughnut! Here’s the recipe I have and will be serving my gang…

 

New Orleans Sweet Beignets                                                
1 teaspoon plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided

1 envelope active dry yeast

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

4 cups flour, plus extra for work surface, divided

1 cup whole milk

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 large egg, at room temperature

Peanut or vegetable oil for deep-frying

At least 2 cups powdered sugar for dusting
1. In a small bowl, combine one-fourth cup warm water and 1 teaspoon of the sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture. Let sit 5 to 6 minutes; if the yeast is not absorbed, stir lightly until the mixture is creamy.

2. Combine the remaining one-half cup sugar, salt and 3 cups of the flour in a large bowl with a whisk, or in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment.

3. Combine the milk and butter in a small saucepan and heat over low heat just until the butter is melted.

4. If you are using a standing mixer, swap out the whisk attachment for the dough hook. In a slow, steady stream, mix the milk mixture into the sugar-salt-flour mixture. If mixing by hand, stir with a fork or wooden spoon. Add the egg, the yeast mixture and the remaining 1 cup of flour. Mix until a soft dough forms (you may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula). Cover tightly with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm spot until the dough doubles, 1 to 2 hours.

5. Heat about 3 inches of oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven until the temperature reaches about 370 degrees.

6. Divide the dough into thirds. Working in batches on a floured work surface, knead each piece briefly. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a rectangle less than one-fourth-inch thick. Cut the dough into roughly 3-inch squares and gently drop them, 2 or 3 at a time, into the hot oil. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, until golden brown, then flip them over carefully with a slotted spoon. Cook 1 to 1 1/2 minutes longer, until the beignets are puffed and evenly browned. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beignets to paper towels to drain off excess oil. Dust with powdered sugar and serve hot or warm.

Embrace the day,

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Gifts From the Garden: Wall~Hanging

  • This was a project we made at my last workshop. . Again, Spring was on everyone’s mind and  new sprouting gardens. This wall-hanging would be a nice decor to any wall. What a thoughtful and pleasing gift this would make too. Once the component pieces were stamped they were then matted and adhered to this canvas panel. These panels can be found in any local craft store. They come in bundles of six for a very small price. 

Stamp all the components on Whisper White Cardstock in the following inks:

WATERING CAN~ 2″ x 2″ Stamp in VersaMark then heat emboss with Silver Embossing Powder    Basic Gray Mat is 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″

WELLIES~ 2″ x 2″  Sweet Sugarplum Ink         Sweet Sugarplum Mat 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″

GARDEN GLOVES~1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ Marina Mist Ink   Marina Mist Mat 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″

GARDEN SAYING~2-1/2″ x 1″ Pear Pizzazz Ink       Pear Pizzazz Mat 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″

FLOWER POTS~ 3″ x 2″ Pear Pizzazz Ink and another in Calypso Coral Ink Cut out the Calypso Coral pots and glue them on to the Pear Pizzazz ones.  Calypso Coral Mat 2-1/4″ x 3-1/4″

GARDEN SPADE~1″ x 2-1/4″ VersaMark, then Silver Embossing Powder.  Basic Gray Mat 1-1/4″ x 2-1/2″

Adhere all the stamped garden components with Tear and Tape which works like a charm! Add a pretty ribbon hanger by stapling it on the back.

Embrace the day and it was great of you to stop by!

 

 

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February 23: Banana Bread Day

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The addition of mashed, ripe bananas to a cake-like batter is what gives banana bread its distinctive taste and moistness. What better opportunity to enjoy a slice with a cup of tea or coffee than on Banana Bread Day?

Banana bread first started to become popular back in the 1930’s, during the Great Depression. Cultural historians suggest that resourceful and creative housewives of the era created the recipe as a way of not wasting over-ripe bananas. In fact, the riper the bananas, the better the taste of the banana bread, so it ended up being a very clever creation! It is traditionally known as a “quick bread”, but is actually more like a cake in both texture and flavor.

Extremely easy to make, banana bread is still a favorite way to quickly bake up a special treat for the family. Modern-day breads also include the addition of chocolate chips, nuts, or even dried fruit. Why not experiment and come up with a bespoke banana bread recipe that everyone will love?

BANANA BREAD RECIPE

IngredientsBananaBread
1 cup granulated sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
2 large eggs
3 ripe bananas
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
 
Directions
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.Cream the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Mix in the milk and cinnamon. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.Add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until combined. Add dry ingredients, mixing just until flour disappears.Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove bread from pan, invert onto rack and cool completely before slicing.dashed-blog-divider
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Circle of Spring: Birthday Card

With Spring approaching fast, this would be a perfect card to make for that special someone born this season of renewal! Fairly straight forward, this card would still be a lovely card to receive–as well as make.

Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral and Whisper White was used to create this card. (The card is not pink-ish in real life-sorry about the bad exposed photo! ) The layers are as follows:

CARDSTOCK & DIMENSIONS:

  • Calypso Coral 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″
  • Whisper White 5″ x 3-3/4″ and 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ plus a 4″ x 4″ piece for wreath
  • Wisteria Wonder 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/2″

 

STAMPING & CUTTING:

  • Stamp the wreath, from the Circle of Spring stamp set, in Old Olive Ink, color it in with Watercolor Pencils and with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits and Big Shot cut it out.
  • Stamp the bow from the Circle of Spring stamp set, color it and cut it out with the same framelits.

 

FINISHING TOUCHES:

  • Line the wreath up over the top Whisper White layer and in the middle of the wreath stamp “Happy Birthday to You” in Basic Black iInk.Layer it all like the photo using Dimensionals behind the wreath

 

Spring is closer than you think, so make dure to make up some of theses cards for all those loved ones born in the Spring!

Remember to make what you love and love what you make!

Embrace today,

 

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