Last of the Christmas Cards


Here are the last of the Christmas cards to share. Enjoy!
Have a Merry Christmas, Diane

Super Bunch of Christmas Cards


Here are some Christmas cards that have been done in my recent classes. Everyone has had a great time making cards. I had fun coming up with ideas using a variety of punches, paper piercing, eyelets and ribbon. The fourth card with Merry Christmas and the snow blossom punch was made using scraps leftover from all the cutting I had done from previous classes. I was looking at a pile of paper on my desk and I thought there looked like enough to make a card. I started picking up pieces and playing with them and I quickly had a card idea. I was so excited that there was plenty of scraps for a entire class to make the card.

Blessings, Diane

The Stampin' Up! Retired List is Here!!
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Shopping ends December 31st for the retired sets.

Santa Pants Gift Bag


I saw these cute Santa pants at Kathie's site here,

I thought they were so adorable I had to make some for myself.
I did change the pattern for the pants using a pattern I had designed myself for another project. I used 12 x 12 cardstock so my pants are larger to hold more goodies. One piece of cardstock will make both legs. I paper pierced the project and found that if you stack your cardstock you can pierce through both layers at once and save yourself tons of time.
This is a project that my stamp class will get to make this week. They will be so surprised and I know will just love it.

Aren't they just the cutest!!

Directions for my box:
Cut a 12 x 12" piece of red cardstock in half. Now accross the long width Score at 2 ½”, Score at 5 ½”, Score at 8”, Score at 11”. Next Score 1 ½ “ from bottom of cardstock. Using scissors, cut the short lines from the bottom to the mid line. Apply glue to the narrow scored edge strip, lay box flat on table. Fold box so that both ends meet on top and the glued edge adheres to inside of the other edge of the box. Apply glue to the bottom pieces. Fold them up making sure the small piece on the end is not last. Press bottom tight together to form the box.
Fur Trim
From white velveteen paper or white cardstock: Cut a strip 1” X 11”. Attach the strip to the bottom edge of each pant leg, trim to fit around box with seam in center of the side that will be the inside seam of pants. This is important because when assembling, these seams will become the inside seam on the pant legs. Apply adhesive to top of legs from edge to about 1” from edge and join together.
Cut two strips 3/4” X 11”out of red cardstock. Apply decorative stitching with either a sewing machine, paper piercing or stamp a stitched image along both edges of the suspenders.
Attaching Suspenders
Add the suspenders to the purse by applying adhesive to the back side of one suspender at the bottom edge. Attach this to the outside of the pant leg, near the waistline’s edge at back of pant’s. Apply adhesive to the opposite end of the suspender on the front side bottom edge. Bend the suspender slightly and attach it to the inside edge of the opposite pant leg. Placement should be near the top of the front pant leg (see photo)
Belt Buckle
A pre-made belt buckle can be used or you can make your own. A buckle can be made with an ordinary soda pop-top tab. A buckle can be made from a Sizzix die cut from heavy duty foil or silver cardstock. Slide buckle onto belt.
Cut a 18" length of black ribbon. Apply adhesive to the inside of the black ribbon and press it around the waistline of the pants , wrapping around both boxes just below stitching, finishing with seam in the back. Aligning buckle to front center while wrapping the ribbon.
Belt Loops
Cut two pieces of red cardstock to ¾” X 2 ½”. Apply decorative stitching with a sewing machine, paper piercing or stamp a stitched image along all edges of the belt loops. Fold the loop in half (to measure ¾” X 1 ¼”).
Add the belt loops wrapping over the top of pants. (see photo for placement)

Blessings, Diane

Christmas Santa Card


Here is a card made at my Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack class. I had a great turn out and everyone loved all the projects we made. I hope to get the other pictures up soon. My camera battery died before I could load the pictures to the computer.

Blessings, Diane

Thankful Banner


This is a banner we will be making in my card and paper craft class. We will also be making a cute turkey but since I haven't been able to find the correct size googlie eyes. I didn't want to take a picture of a really blind turkey. Using dies to cut out the squares and letters for the banner sure helped to make this project faster to put together.

Enjoy! Blessings, Diane

Colors of Fall


I have had time to make some Fall cards. These are cards that will be made in Thursday's stamp class. We will have the opportunity to watercolor, use pastels, use a rainbow pad, do some paper piercing and masking.

Enjoy and Blessings, Diane

Sweet Treat Containers


It's been awhile since I last posted. I have been busy planning classes and doing workshops.

I did have some time to make up these adorable projects for my class this week. I acutally finished ahead of time so I was able to take a photo to display.

I have so enjoyed the recent rain we had and the cloudy days. I just love Fall and look forward to the next couple of months.

Enjoy & Blessings, Diane

Class Projects & Gifts

Whew!! I have been so busy planning for this weeks class. These are the goodie bags I am giving to my students this week that attend my class. It is my Birthday gift to them.
The cards are the projects we will be making for this week. It is called "Creative Folds". So we are making cards with some fun creative folds. Thanks to ideas shared on Splitcoast Stampers.
The projects do look so much better in person. My camera is so very old but as least it does work.
Blessings, Diane

Christmas Red & Green Star Card

I spent my weekend making a Star card. I will be teaching this project at Michaels on Saturday, October 6th. Fee: $25.00 1:00 p/m. All papers and stickers were purchased at Michaels.
Check my calendar for more details.
Blessings, Diane

Florished Tin Box


Here is a project I did up this morning. I needed a gift to give a friend for her birthday. Happy Birthday Louise! We are meeting for TEA today to visit and celebrate our birthdays. I filled the box with a bunch of handmade cards. I am sure sure will like this. I just love this paper from K & Company. I used Sizzix dies to make the flowers. The box is from Provo Craft. I used Modge Podge to adhere the paper. A few of us love to go out together and have TEA. I have been collecting tea cups and tea pots. I hope to have a tea party soon at my home with my favorite friends.

Blessings, Diane

Close up of flower.

Birthday Present Give Away


It's my Birthday this month and I love to give away the presents. Check out my entire site for the message on how you can receive your Free gift from me. You must follow all directions and I will add your name to my list for you to qualify for your free gift. Good Luck!

Blessings, Diane

Star Card Class

If you would like to make a Star Card you can attend a class on September 11th. The class will be at Pinecone Press, at 7:00 p.m. The class fee is $25.00. The address is 2600 S. Harbor Blvd. Santa Ana. Phone number is 714 434-9881. Call or go into the store to register for class. You will truly like it.

Blessings, Diane

Chillin' Star Card


After making a few of these I feel like winter is almost here.
I finally have a picture of a Star Card I made. I used the Chillin' papers for this project also. Pinecone Press just designed and released their Chillin' papers as well as some really nice Halloween paper. All are 12 x 12 cardstock quality.
I made a template for this project and my boss loved it so much she made it into a company product. So if you like this project you can buy a kit with the blank to make your own. You get five folded cards and five cut-out cards. It comes complete with directions on how to assemble. You can get them by calling Pinecone Press at (714) 434-9881. Their web site is here Pinecone Press

I love how they fold flat like a card but can be opened as shown and displayed. They also fit to a tin that can be used for gift giving. You can add your own personal photos in the dangles and along the sides. The openings come in both squares and circles.

Thanks for looking,

A top view of my project.

A few close-ups of the different sides. There are five altogether to complete the project.

Winter Explosion Box


I am having fun at work using the new Chillin' papers and the Explosion Box die kit. The die kits are so nice. The paper is all pre-cut and pre-scored. You get to start having fun embellishing right away and not have to cut and score the base first. This design is also so nice as it has pockets for you to insert fun tags for more pictures and journaling. The corners are also a bonus from most I have seen for additional pictures, icons and embellishments. The corners just fold into the center of the box when closed. If you would like to make a project yourself contact Pinecone Press for materials.

Thanks for looking.

Blessings, Diane

The corners fold into center of box. I added ribbon and charms to the lid of the box so there is an extra element of surprise when the box is opened.

Top flap lifted to show second flap. The second flap lifts so show the inside, side of box.

I decorate both sides of the flaps.

Use a circle punch to cut a half circle before closing the pocket.

Enjoying our camping trip!

We enjoyed our new tent trailer. We went to Lake Skinner. Was so HOT! I think I would enjoy the place more in the Fall. A few wineries in the area that I would just LOVE to check out sometime. I saw a B&B that I thought I could get hubby to book for us.
Love the oven in the tent trailer I baked cookies and bread. Was wonderful to use my own shower and not the dirty public showers. I was able to work on some craft projects and not have my paper blow away or have dirt get into everything. I am sure were going to love this tent trailer so much we just may not be home on the weekends much. Jason enjoyed jumping the small hills but skinned himself up a couple of times.
Like all my handsome guys. My hubby Craig and two younger sons, Allan in white and Jason in blue.

Camping in the great outdoors!

After many years of tent camping, we have finally upgraded to a tent trailer. For many that may not be much of a luxury upgrade but for my family it will be great. We are hoping to take our first trip very soon. I know I will enjoy our new tent trailer. It comes complete with an oven, stove top, fridge with freezer, sink with running water, toilet, shower, two king size beds, radio with CD player, and heater. I know for me it will making camping much more comfortable. Less time setting up and taking down camp and more time to fish, hike, watch the birds, relax doing nothing. Great outdoors here we come!!


I have finally joined the world of bloggers. I plan to use this space to share my craft creations and keep my students up to date with future classes and gatherings.
I have been crafting since I was 12. I started with sewing Barbie clothes and then clothes for myself. I later enjoyed painting ceramics and taking classes with my mom. My mom taught me to crochet and later I learned to knit from some wonderful ladies I worked with. I have also enjoyed tole painting and used to sell my items to family, friends, co-workers and at fairs. I have also learned to cross stitch, which now is hard with my weakened eyesight. A couple of years ago I started to make my own jewelry and love playing with beads and enjoy wearing the jewelry I make. My favorite craft for the past 9 years has been rubber stamping. I have become addicted to paper. I have taken my rubber stamping from just making cards to all sorts of paper craft projects. I also teach classes and have a great bunch of ladies that come frequently.
I am looking forward to sharing my projects and making new friends.