Easier than you think Easter Eggs

Easter Egg Decorating Ideas using Stamp Ink

I have always been inspired by my sister Cathy’s Easter eggs. She would dye rice and place them on a glue covered egg one piece at a time. Beautiful scenes and little figures placed inside of an egg which had an opening carefully pricked into it.and the side of the egg removed.

My version takes much less time and effort than the eggs my sister did and easy enough for anyone to do.
I took Starform Stickers (some refer to them as border stickers- see Ecstasy Crafts from my list) Place them on an egg, then apply dye inks, remove sticker to reveal masked design, You can place additional stickers on top, ink over it with a different color, You can also place a fresh sticker back on the egg as a final touch (as done with the striped egg) Try spritzing ink in a bottle onto the egg in various colors. You can add a sticker as a finishing touch on this as well. For complete directions check out Ranger Inks Yahoo Group Inkling project.
Have a Glorious Spring!
Diane

For tutorial on how to make these Easter Eggs in PDF, Click here

Christmas in July- Easy Ornament

Beaded Clip art Christmas Ornament

This ornament is so much easier than it looks. I used clipart from Dover but you can use black and white photos as well to give a personal touch. Just print on Inkjet Printable Acetate. For complete instructions log on to Ranger Inks Yahoo Group.

The Holidays will be here before you know it!
Diane

For tutorial in PDF, click here

Homage to Chocolate

Chocolate Collage

The joy of chocolate in all its forms! This collage is full of hand stamped elements including the photograph, black mat, lace and of course the M and M’s and Hershey bar. The chocolate pieces are made of polymer clay.
Every day needs to include i bit of chocolate in it don’t you think?
Diane

Mistakes

Mistakes in your hand crafted pieces

Often what we think of as mistakes can really be usable when we look at them differently. In taking pieces of a scene, a stamped image or drawing and putting them into blocked tiles can give a whole new look. These are coated with 3 layers of clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel to give the look of an actual tile (can be seen much better in person) Try it with random pieces of your “mistakes”.


Diane

Acetate Background Technique

card

This card has a patterned, watercolor type background which I created on a sheet of clear acetate and Sharpie markers.. It’s easier than you think and can be done with simple tools in almost any color. Different color combinations can alter the entire feel.
I am working on a Youtube video to show you just how to accomplish this look. The Video shows a different card than the sample displayed. Giving you an idea of how versatile this technique can be.
Enjoy your day,
Diane

25 years and counting…..

Beaded 25th anniversary card

As I look back on the 25 years my husband and I have spent together, I can’t help but think how truly blessed we have been. My brother Eddie took this photo of us as we were rushing back to the car as it began raining. That is where our journey began.
Today I am very grateful and look forward to the road ahead as we walk it together.
(photo on this card has been covered with clear micro beads)

Diane

For a written tutorial in PDF, click here

Scenic Stamping Tutorial

sunset cabin stampscapes card

Making scenic cards can be intimidating so I showed how it’s done on Youtube
The Stampscapes company makes a huge variety of scene components that you can combine to create any scene your imagination can dream up. Watch the video and give these stamps a try.
click here

Diane

To My Valentine…Rough or Soft

Valentine collage

Traditionally, Valentines are always on the softer side. I thought I’d mixed things up this year and do a multi-textured Valentine. Rough rusted metal (achieved with Distress inks and embossing powder) mixed with feathers, pearls, canvas, faux keys and velvet (my favorite!).
Harmonious colors bring it all together. Trust your eye, move things around until it “clicks”
Lastly, don’t forget some chocolate to celebrate the Holiday! (another favorite!)
Diane

Sisters

Sisters. Cat scrapbook layout

One of the pleasures of Winter is watching the birds outside my window. I am not the only one who enjoys this pastime. My cats, sisters we got as kittens, love to watch them as well. They sometimes fight with each other to get the best view. Here is a page I did commemorating their relationship.
Enjoy Winter’s blessings,
Diane

Finally………..

Rubber Stamp Madness- Diane Long published

Finally…….after many submissions, One of my cards was chosen to be in the latest issue of Rubber Stamp Madness magazine! With fewer stamp magazines on the market these days, it’s become increasingly difficult to be published in one.
This is an offbeat style magazine and as such, my card includes a moose wearing lipstick and pearls! On paper, anything goes.
Now it’s on to Holiday cards, time is running out!
Diane