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 to you for a small fee. They come in so many shapes and sizes, I know I will find uses for the others throughout the house.

I took some red velvet paper and lined the inside bottom to give it a finished touch. I took some clip art (the couple on the lower left) printed it on acetate then layered it over gold vellum. In addition to the other vintage clip art, I used a doily, Floral stickers, LOVE sticker, and edged the picture of flowers with an edge punch. I didn’t have any antique keys at the time so used a punch and gold paper for that.

The center was done by typing Valentine’s Keeper on the computer, cutting out and layering with a Spellbinder’s die. I bet you have bits and trinkets that you could use on a keepsake box. Keep those loving sentiments in a special place in a box that’s pretty enough to leave on display.

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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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 other cross stitch canvas I had but not sure if it is still sold. I counted the squares on the pattern to judge how big the design will be on the canvas. I allowed room for the border and decided how long I wanted it. Marked where the center of the design would be and began stitching.

When I was done, I found some black velvet paper sometimes called suede paper and I scored it on a score board about a quarter inch all around and then a second quarter inch. This allows the raw edge to be folded under, taped, then folded over again. I used a white chalk pencil on the score lines so you could hopefully see them a bit clearer.. I mitered the corners, and taped them down with Wonder Tape 

bookmark lines

 bookmark folds

If you have someone on your gift list who is a reader, why not spend part of your day crafting a handmade gift that they will cherish.

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All the best,

Diane Long

 

Fall Leaves in Rustic Metal

Metal Fall Leaf Candle

Although it’s always sad to see Summer go, it’s not so hard to replace it with a season as beautiful as Autumn. Here is a project to keep the look of fall leaves around just a little bit longer. Using a Leaf Punch, and some Alcohol Inks, this can be done in no time.
We are gearing up for the busy Holiday Season but please remember to slow down long enough to enjoy the simple things all around us.
Diane

For tutorial in PDF, click here

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

Art & Food

sunflower cookies
There’s nothing like bringing two passions together, and for me it’s anything crafty and food!  The warm weather last weekend brought crowds to the Pocono State Craft Festival. What a way to celebrate the last remaining sunny days of summer than with some Sunflower cookies. Talent takes many forms and looking at the selection of mediums people enjoy working with is quite inspiring. Take time to create, eat a bit, and enjoy the momentary treasures around us.
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