Candy Corn Cookies

Candy Corn Cookies

After such a hot summer, it’s nice to get back into the kitchen and turn the oven on for some baking. This is another cookie I often baked in the Fall, and loved bringing it to my children’s school. It’s much easier to do then the Fall Leaf Cookies but uses the same basic Sugar Cookie recipe many of you probably already have. Divide the dough in four sections, put one aside, that will be the small “white” part. Take another quarter and divide into 3 pieces. Put 2 with the quarter that will be yellow, and one part for quarter that will be orange. If you are not sure how the colors on candy corn align, you’ll have to … Continue reading

When Something You Create Becomes Meaningful

Homemade donuts

Holiday traditions can be time consuming, a lot of work and very inconvenient. It becomes so easy in our busy lifestyles to say “oh, let’s just skip that tradition this year”. Yet, we said that last year too, and what about the year before? Our family, like many others, have members who not only remembered the traditions that were handed down, they kept them going faithfully through the years. Until the years got to be too many, and they were no longer able to tackle them. I didn’t want another year to go by, another party to go by, without mom’s famous donuts being served. Did they take a long time? yes, Was it kind of a pain to do? … Continue reading

Set of Handmade Cards With Storage Box

Handmade Card Set with Gift Box

It’s always nice to have some hand made gifts stashed away. It’s easy to forget a birthday, need a last minute hostess gift or have someone on your list who says “ you don’t have to buy me anything” I found this great little suitcase at Hobby Lobby and thought I’d do something with it. It was a great size to put a set of cards in so I got to work. I used a variety of different greetings stamps but stamped them all in the same color. I dry embossed a border with a brass stencil and cut ¼ from the edge. Added a strip of patterned paper over the top of the verse with enough tan paper to … Continue reading

Beach Flip Flop Card

beach card

There’s nothing like some fun in the sun! and why not bring that into your craft studio? This Beach Flip Flop card was made using a brass stencil, a rubber stamp and some sandpaper (ladies, check with your hubby first!) If you would like to create a card like this or use elements in a scrapbook layout. you can read the step by step tutorial here We’re past the summer’s half way mark, so enjoy what’s left!! All the best, Diane Long … Continue reading

Not Just Cardmaking, Create a Cherished Keepsake

Graduation card

Most of us have that box of keepsakes in our closet of cherished mementos. Filled with notes, cards, ticket stubs and the like. We hold on to the things that are important to us because they have meaning. When creating a card for someone special, take time to customize it so it speaks to them. This graduation card was done in the school colors of the recipient, and the year added. It’s a special year for them and you’d be hard pressed to find a card in the store with that detail. If you are making a special card you can incorporate the style of the decade they were married, or born in, include a scanned photo printed on vellum … Continue reading

Crafting Just For the Fun of It

stamped photo card

The Stampsmith Company was having a Black and White Tic Tac Toe challenge so I thought I’d give it a go. They have beautiful quality photo stamps and as an old movie buff, I have a number of them in my studio. Many of the poses look so serious and dramatic, but that didn’t stop me from having a little fun! I just typed up the verse on the computer, Who couldn’t use a laugh or a bit lighthearted cheer, see what stamps you have that you can turn into something funny. Photo stamps can be a little tricky to work with and their website has some good advice. I prefer stamping on glossy then and again on clear acetate … Continue reading

What Does Freedom Look Like?

open door

Today I am celebrating. My good friend Sherri will be retiring this week. Forever free from the weight that grasped her for so long. She plans to devote her time to totally immerse herself in all forms of creativity. So many things can hinder our creativity. Sometimes the burdens of life seem to steal all our focus and pull us away from our passions. What does freedom look like to you? What would you do with your time if you had the luxury to choose? Can we stash away pockets of time to do the things we love? I hope so. It makes life worth living. Today I raise a paint brush to Sherri, may we have many play dates … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Great Craft Ideas for You

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As I’m finishing some remaining work on areas of the blog, I want to turn my focus on upcoming projects. One in particular I wanted to do was a series, One Stamp, Many Uses. I haven’t decided exactly what stamp that would be and I’d like to ask you for help. Do you have a favorite stamp that is your go-to? Let me know, I may end up having a full blown challenge with PRIZES!! If you think about it, part of our creativity is stretching ourselves to see how much we can do, and how far we can go. Sometimes that’s with limited resources. We don’t always have to have the latest products and everything stores have to offer, … Continue reading

Distress Ink Easter Eggs

Distress Ink Easter Eggs

I had so much fun last year making Sticker Resist Easter Eggs that I thought I’d do it again this year. Yes, my family will be eating scrambled eggs all week but that’s a small price to pay for a holiday tradition. Using a large needle, I poke holes in the egg slowly making the hole larger (Using anything larger may crack the egg) Blow the insides out, rinse and dry. You can tape one hole and pour some thin craft glue inside the egg and let it dry. this will make it a bit more stable in case you drop it- and you will drop it. Lightly sand the egg in case their is any rough patches. I used … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading