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

 

 

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 and layering.. I use this process when I stamp the Thomas Kinkade stamps too. You can see the video here.
Have some fun!

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.

All the best,

Diane Long

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 the pink glossy paper I stamped the oval frame using a liquid Duo adhesive that dries tacky. Covered stamped image with some variegated leafing  Although it’s hard to see, I added some pink chalk around the white oval. The pink paper is mounted on some lovely black velvet paper. Who doesn’t like velvet!
Hope you find time to do something creative today.

all the best,

Diane Long

Flameless Candle Embellishing

Flameless Candle Embellishing

Embellishing flameless candles are a great way to personalize gifts and home decor. The first candle uses a rubber stamp from Impression Obsession, clear ink, sticky powder, and Martha Stewart glitter On the second I used gold vellum paper, a Martha Stewart punch, and the entire surface is covered in clear micro beads.(although it doesn’t show in photo) I also used a wedding photo covered in micro beads on a candle in a previous post. Lots more ideas on the way.

Happy crafting!.

 Diane Long

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

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

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

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

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

New classes for April

ac classes for blog

So glad to see the first glimpses of Spring! Here are samples of classes I will be
teaching  in Stroudsburg for April. The first is Polymer Clay Roses, and the second is Polymer Clay Pendants. These classes are for ANY level crafter. Hope to see you there!
Diane