Mother’s Day Lace Frame

Mother Lace Frame

After going to a recent trade show, I fell in love with this new (to me) craft called Hasty Lace. Such a relaxing craft. Can be done almost anywhere including watching TV. Pity I found this at the end of this dreadfully long, cold Winter. None the less, the sample shown were amazing! I just had to give them a try. Since Mother’s Day is coming up, I thought it would be nice to do something to show my appreciation that was more than just a card. You basically have two options. The main technique is using a very tiny ball tool with the stencil. You can attach it to a light box and just start poking. If you want to add more detail and refinement you can use a single needle tool on certain areas of the design. This is similar to Pergamano but with much less work.  One nice thing about these stencils is they come in relatively small sizes so you can finish one in about 20 minutes. An added bonus of the stencils is that many can be extended to create a larger design, creating bookmarks, photo mats etc. They have larger designs and scenes as well. I hope you check out the Some-Assembly-Required website (SAR). They are a wonderful couple with great products and lots of helpful advice. Have you discovered any new crafts lately? All the best,

Diane Long

 

Snow Day Frame

Snow Day Frame

Wow, it’s been quite awhile since I sat down to write a post. Every time I’d start something, I’d get distracted, (or do more shoveling…) and I just didn’t feel like it.

Finally had an afternoon to myself so play I did. Loving these clear frames from Deflecto. Because the back is clear, you can play around with the different layers sandwiching things in the middle, attached to the back or adding dimension right on the front.

What better theme than a snow day! There are so many great paper punches to use and a tried using several different papers, glossy, vellum and even a few covered in translucent glitter.

Sure hope the cold doesn’t last much longer. Who’s ready for Spring??

All the best,

Diane Long

 

Garden Tile Card

Garden Tile Card image

 

I really think that July is my favorite month. Seems to be the only month on the calendar where there are no major events to plan, deadlines, back to school, holiday prep (well, fourth of July is an easy one) There seems to be less cars on the road, everyone seems a bit more laid back, Things are growing, the corn is sweet, The days are sunny and the water is refreshing. So on one of these lazy days I wondered off into the craft studio.

Garden Tile Card

It is a pity this time of year is so brief, The flowers leave too soon. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy making flower themed cards, It lets me hold on to them a little bit longer.

You can use this technique with most any stamp and it’s fairly easy to do. For this particular flower stamp. (Outlines- no longer available) I stamped on glossy paper with India Ink. I colored the flowers with Prismacolor Markers. On the back I found the center and measured for four equal pieces and cut. Of course, you could do smaller tiles depending on the size of your stamp, being a square or rectangle design. I could have done this piece in 9 tiles for example. I would just take the measurement of the design and divide by 3 giving me 3 tiles across and 3 tiles down.

I went over all the edges of all the squares with a black sharpie marker. I just like not seeing white edges on the paper when I cut something out. Then I pressed the stamped side of the tile down on to a Versamark ink pad. Covered with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Powder) that I placed in a tray. heat set. I did this with 2 more layers of UTEE. The final layer though, I didn’t completely heat with the heat gun, I placed them in the toaster oven at about 350 degrees on a ceramic tile. This helps the UTEE lay more evenly on the surface. After they cool completely, attach to a card with strong double sided adhesive.

Although I didn’t use the UTEE on this card, here is an example of using smaller tiles with words. It’s a great way to salvage a card you’ve made mistakes on. This is a Antique tile card using the UTEE.

Keep summer alive by creating something with flower tiles, and brighten someone’s day.

All the best,

Diane Long

 

Dad Scrapbook Layout

Our Dad Scrapbook Layout image

Our Dad

Although my dad has been gone many years now, I wanted to make this page in honor of Father’s Day. These are a few of my favorite pictures of him and I wanted to keep the page simple as to not distract from the photos.

I especially love the one of my mom and dad together. That was their engagement picture. I remember it beautifully framed on the mantle of my grandmother’s house and just staring at it. Such a glamorous shot. They looked like movie stars.

Our Dad Scrapbook Layout

Our Dad Scrapbook Layout

It’s amazing to think of it but my dad and all three of his brothers were in the war at the same time. All my grandparents had to hold onto was four framed photos of their beloved sons- their whole world. As a parent, I couldn’t imagine such a thing.

Dad Scrapbook Layout

I wanted to capture the vintage feel and the glamour of the time so I settled on this frosted brown paper from DCWY Luxury Stack. After stumbling on this solid pewter-ish paper I knew they had to be together. Again, I wanted to keep the layout simple and focus on the photos, Couldn’t bear to even crop them.

Whether or not you will be with your dad this Father’s Day, I hope that you can find some way to honor him, and celebrate his importance in your life.

All the best,

Diane Long

 

 

Mason Jar Card – Fireflies in a Jar

Mason Jar Car fireflies in a jar

Fireflies in a jar

I’d had this mason jar rubber stamp on my desk for ages, trying to think of something to do with it. It has been 2 years since I lost my brother and I was thinking about how incredibly funny he was. I started recollecting about all the many summer nights we used to catch fireflies: or lightning bugs as we called them. Well, one night our mom called us in as it was getting late. We’d collected so many fireflies that we brought our jars inside for show. My brother was older, so I really didn’t know any better than to listen to him when he said “take the lid off”

You can imagine what the house began to look like as these tiny blinking beings were spreading throughout the rooms. When I saw what was happening, I quickly jumped into bed and pretended to be asleep. Needless to say, that was merely one of the many, many pranks he pulled on us.

Mason Jar Card

Working with inkjet printable acetate. I stamped the jar (Inkadinkado) and the fly (unknown) with India Ink. Also stamped the jar on a piece of white cardstock. Colored the flies in with a yellow Painty marker on the front of the fly. Went over it with iridescent watercolor. Painted the lid with a silver Sharpie marker.

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When the flies were dry I outlined the bottom with yellow sharpie marker and took a bit of Blending Solution on a brush and blended the color outward.

On the white card, I ripped a piece of scrap paper to use as a mask and added various blue inks shown (lighter to darker) with a Color Box applicator, also added a bit of pink. Did the same with the greens. Cut out the jar shape with a utility knife.

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To layer the card, I taped the acetate pieces on the back of the cut out. then a piece of white vellum behind it, followed by a gold piece of vellum. This helps give the illusion of light shining through glass.

What summer memories can you recreate?

All the best,

Diane Long

 

 

 

Stamped Winter Scene Card

Stamped Winter Scene Card

Had enough of winter yet?

It seems with a winter of back to back storms ice and cold, it can begin to wear on anyone. Maybe it’s the Turning Lemons into Lemonade motto or what but when the snow is falling, it looks spectacular. When the light hits the snow a certain way, it actually does look like falling glitter. You would have thought with all the days that I was actually snowed in, I would have gotten so many projects done. Truth be told, it takes a LOT of time to remove all that snow!

I did manage to make this winter scene card for a friend, somewhat different from the grey snowy card I’d done last season. It’s amazing how these stamps let you create nature’s beauty in every season. Here’s a video tutorial on using Stampscapes stamps  Their website is also a source of great information.

As 2014 is chugging along, I continue to hold onto focus, keeping my One Word in the forefront of my mind. Pursuing order, although at times I’ve fallen short, has made a tremendous impact on my life.

I guess we just have to keep remembering that in another month we’ll be turning the clocks ahead. Spring can’t be far off. right?

All the best,

Diane Long

 

 

Christmas Poinsettia Tag

Christmas Poinsettia Tag

Wow is Christmas coming quickly this year! I just might finish everything on my to-do, to-make, to-buy, to-clean list. Of course back to back snow storms on the east coast are not really helping. I think it’s vital to keep tons of supplies on hand so you can execute a Plan B or even a Plan C.Couldn’t make it to the mall to get some shopping done but had lots of baking supplies on hand. I was able to prepare several batches of cookie dough to freeze for later. Always try to keep a stock of craft supplies and grab when they are on sale. Then the cabin fever is not likely to set in if I get inspired to create something and have plenty to work with.

Gift Tag

I love dressing up a bottle of wine, gift card or a batch of cookies with a handmade gift tag. You can purchase pre-cut ones or trace your own out of card stock. This tag is done with some gold embossing powder and a poinsettia painted with iridescent watercolors. Not as hard as you may think.

Add a personal note on the back. If you add a ribbon it can be hung from the Christmas tree. If you’d like step by step instructions, you’ll find them HERE

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All the best,

Diane Long

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Butterflies

butterfly card

Once again, I had a wonderful time at the Heirloom Paper Craft Festival this year. I spent time with Greg from Marco’s Paper and Susan Pickering Rothamel from USArtQuest. Susan has a fabulous book The Encyclopedia of Greeting Card Tools and Techniques that is a treasure to have in any crafter’s library.
Inspired by some goodies I took home from the festival, I made this card which I hope my mom will enjoy for Mother’s Day.

I started with a gold butterfly sticker, placed it on a sheet of double sided adhesive  added clear mirco beads and some shimmery Crystal Effectz I painted some beautiful iridescent watercolors on a sheet of paper and added to the back of adhesive. On the pink glossy paper I stamped the oval frame using a liquid Duo adhesive that dries tacky. Covered stamped image with some variegated leafing  Although it’s hard to see, I added some pink chalk around the white oval. The pink paper is mounted on some lovely black velvet paper. Who doesn’t like velvet!
Hope you find time to do something creative today.

all the best,

Diane Long

The Long Grey Days of Winter

Grey Day stamped scene

It always seems like the dull grey of winter will never pass. but it always does eventually. There are not only grey days of our seasons but also grey times in our lives. I decided to take this opportunity while being stuck indoors to tackle some of my html computer monsters. An overhaul of my blog was well over due and took longer to figure out some aspects of it. That being said, I hope you find it enjoyable and please let me know if there are features not working properly (and how I’m supposed to fix them!!)

Here is another card using Stampscapes stamps. Making a scene in black and white actually takes a number of colors to achieve the depth to tone. I usually use Marvy Matchables Inks A subtle blue called Salvia Blue, Pale Orange, and Grey with a bit of Black on the edges.
March isn’t so far away.

Diane Long

More Flameless Candle Embellishing

Flameless Candle Embellishing

With so many stickers, stamps and art supplies now available, the decorating possibilities are endless. I just can’t get enough of micro beads and once again I covered the Love words printed off the computer, wrapped around the candle and added the beads. The second candle couldn’t be easier. Simply take letter stickers of your choice, and add stickers such as these to have as a sweet accent for a baby’s room. Perfect idea to keep a variety of craft  supplies and candles in various sizes on hand for a last minute, yet personalized gift.

All the best,

Diane Long

Flameless Candle Embellishing

Flameless Candle Embellishing

Embellishing flameless candles are a great way to personalize gifts and home decor. The first candle uses a rubber stamp from Impression Obsession, clear ink, sticky powder, and Martha Stewart glitter On the second I used gold vellum paper, a Martha Stewart punch, and the entire surface is covered in clear micro beads.(although it doesn’t show in photo) I also used a wedding photo covered in micro beads on a candle in a previous post. Lots more ideas on the way.

Happy crafting!.

 Diane Long

Serendipity

Handmade Stamped Bookmark

I just love using Stampscapes stamps. You just never know how the finished project will turn out. Coloring is done with regular dye ink. Applied with foam pads, nibs and even an applicator stamp. Bookmarks are such an inexpensive way to give a personalized gift or pick-me-up to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. You can also include a poem or inspirational verse on the back.
All the best,

Diane Long