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

Old World Charm

Old World Charm Card

 

The look of an old world tile can be made with some stamps, ink and paper. Inspired by a friend and their love of Italy. Love of food, family and fond memories. Things to be cherished in the everyday.
For compete directions on this project, check out Ranger Inks Yahoo Group.
Diane

For tutorial in PDF, click here

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

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

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

Fall is here

fall leaf card
Fall is here whether we like it or not. Instead of getting depressed at the thought of the upcoming Holiday madness or the blistery snow. I chose to celebrate by making this card.

All the best,
DianeFor tutorial in PDF, click here

Time

august collage

Time seems to be getting the best of all of us. As the summer winds down and we look ahead. We all wonder where the time has gone. We need to remember to not waste a
moment of time. Time is precious and it’s something we can never retrieve once it’s gone. Take time to make a difference in someone’s day, A hug, a smile, a word of praise or appreciation. “teach us to count our days, make our days count”

the Photograph is actually a stamp as well as the faux wallpaper panel.
* for step by step instructions of this stamped collage, visit the Yahoo Group for Ranger Inks
Diane

For a written tutorial in PDF, click here

It’s a New Day

Stamped Scene Sunrise Card

Here is a card I made using Stampscapes stamps. The card was made for my brother-in-law Philip, who just have quadruple bypass surgery and has a new lease on life. The doctors are amazed at his recovery! “you can’t keep a good Irishman down!”
Diane

My cousin’s stamp store

kims store

Check out an addition to the Websites of Interest section. I added my cousin’s stamp store in Seattle WA.
She also has an online store for stamps, inks and supplies. I hope to make it out there someday but until I do, it’s nice to know that she can fix me up with whatever I need.

Looking forward to March and to see begining sign of spring.
Diane

The language of text messaging

Text Message card design

I’m not big on text messaging but it’s funny how our vocabulary is reduced to the point where you can communicate a whole sentence in just a few letters , BRB (Be right back) JK (Just kidding) IDTS (I don’t think so) OMG (Oh my God!) So I thought it would be fun to use my monogram stamper from Justrite Stampers to create a sentiment using some texting shortcuts.
Have a nice week (despite the fact that Mr Groundhog is giving us 6 more weeks of Winter!!)

Diane

A new Journey

first post

My creative journey began in 2001 when a friend introduced me to the world of Rubber Stamps. I was instantly addicted. Although I had been a life long crafter, there was something different about this. My mind was constantly flooded with ideas. My hands could not keep up with what was in my head.

Two years later I received an offer to work at a Rubber Stamp store. What a journey that has been. I have grown tremendously and met some super people. I have had a blast , I’ve traveled, learned and laughed a lot. It has truly been a privilege.

Now, in 2009, as I say good-bye. My journey continues to destination unknown. I know that God has given me this gift of creativity. I don’t know what my next steps will be but hope you join me on the road to creative destinations.