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 … Continue reading

Gift Idea for Mother’s Day…Father’s Day too

Key chains made from polymer clay

It’s been a while since I dug out my polymer clay stash and I had been wanting to play so out they came. I set up my pasta machine, but don’t let that scare you, you don’t need to have one to create with polymer clay. Buy some of the softer clay brands that you can kneed by hand (they are usually marked Soft) if you find you do enjoy it, look for a pasta machine at a thrift store or ebay. Mother’s Day Gift Idea I always like to include something handmade when gift giving. What better time than Mother’s Day. Maybe it’s the old school memories of painted hand prints or noodle artwork that we gave as children, … Continue reading

Thomas Kinkade Rubber Stamps

Thomas Kinkade rubber stamps, Cornish Heritage Farms

I just love using the Thomas Kinkade rubber stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms. They can be challenging to say the least. Especially for someone like me who doesn’t have the best eyesight. Through trial an error I found a way to color the scenes in, yet keep all the brilliance that Thomas Kinkade is known for. I made 2 videos to show you how. The first video is how to stamp them. The second video is how I color them. Here are a few samples.     If you have these stamps I hope you try this technique. I would love for you to email me or tweet me a link to your card. Happy Stamping! Diane Long   … Continue reading

Alcohol Ink Easter Eggs

Alcohol Ink Easter Eggs Image

Well I’ve done it again, I don’t know why I am obsessed with Easter Eggs but I am. Perhaps it’s the challenge of the surface not being flat or that its fragile nature can, shall we say, make or break the project. By the way, I could really use some more recipes for all the scrambled eggs I’ve got! Maybe these first projects of Spring are so cherished, not only for the blessed Easter holiday they represent but the celebration of natures beauty coming alive again after such a cold dark Winter. It probably won’t be long before we start taking all the warm weather and scenic glory for granted! How to Make Easter Eggs As always, you want to … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Valentine Keepsake Box

Valentine Keepsake Box

The thought of Valentine’s Day can be a little daunting since most retailer’s put all the Valentine merchandise on the shelves the very day after Christmas! With so many back to back events during the holiday season, a bit of a break is most welcome. Valentine Keepsake Box I do love receiving valentine’s and have accumulated a number of them, especially from my son and daughter. I wanted someplace special to keep them- aside from my other keepsakes, cards, and letters.  I had a bunch of cigar boxes someone gave me and had been meaning to use them for quite some time. If you don’t know anyone who smokes cigars, many cigars shops are willing to give, or sell boxes … Continue reading

ONE WORD for 2014

one word for 2014

Looking at the year ahead Now that the holidays are over, it gives us a chance to reflect on the year behind us and look to the fresh new start a brand new calendar can give. I’m not one for resolutions per say. but I have been reading and hearing about the concept of embracing a single word philosophy for the year. A motto, a call to action, to give clarity and direction to our steps for the year. I like to take the month of January and refrain from shopping and even going to the store as much as possible. With all the rush, spending and eating out of the last few months, striving for simplicity is a welcomed … Continue reading

The PINcentive Blog Hop: Week 16 Co Host

Guess what?  We’re baaaaaaaaaaaaaccck!  Did you miss us?  We missed you!  Hope you all had a wonderful holiday.  Mostly, though, we hope you are ready to get your party on! Welcome to the sixteenth week of the blog hop!  As always, a BIG THANK YOU is in order to everyone that has been linking up.  More so for making it EXTREMELY difficult for our co-hosts to choose winners each week and providing us with such great recipes, crafts, tips, parenting advice, tutorials, (you name it)!  Your content has truly been a pleasure to read, and it keeps getting better each week! If this is your first time linking up; WELCOME!  I am extremely excited to provide this link up for … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Fall Leaf Tablescape

Metal Fall Leaf Tablescape

Why is it that I can never get enough of fall leaves? The real ones last such a short time so I love to try to reproduce them by any craft means possible. Today I’ve done a larger version of a maple leaf out of metal. I found a cut out shape that I liked on the internet and printed it out. Increasing the size to 150% worked well for the leaf I selected. You can just print a few draft copies until you like the size based on the plate you will be using. Craft Metal comes in sheets or rolls of varying thickness and can be found in most craft stores. For this technique you don’t want a … Continue reading

Beaded Photo Ornament Sneak Peek

handmade ornament Diane Long900

UPDATE Since I participated in the Holiday Extravaganza I was playing around and decided to do one more photo ornament. this time printing the image on clear acetate as I did with the tree ornament here Just to show them all together, you can see the 2 printed on photo paper on the left and the two printed on clear acetate on the right. I’ve added a step by step instruction sheet PDF HERE   Hey, wanted to let you know about an exciting Holiday extravaganza happening soon over at rukristin.com. I’m so thrilled to be guest posting during the event with instructions to my Beaded Photo Ornament!! It will begin at midnight Friday. There will be a new guest … Continue reading

Cross Stitch Bookmark

cross stitch bookmark

Don’t know if it was the colder weather setting in, the holidays coming or what, but I had an itch to do some needle work. I had some cross stitch patterns in books and found this easy design.. Of course any color combination can be used. I added the monogram at the bottom, not following any pattern. Thought it could make a quick gift to go with a book, add on a package, or include with a gift card. I was able to do the stitching while watching an old movie (another thing I like to do when the cold weather sets in) The canvas I used was called Perforated Paper by Bucilla which felt a bit thinner than the … Continue reading