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Jeepers Creepers

Here is my latest design team project for Eat Cake Graphics. When I first saw this haunted house stamp, I wanted to color the “stripes” on the house the colors of a candy corn…but I decided to go with a violet color instead. It was a simple card, I just stamped, embossed, colored, matted, and attached with pop dots to a card base. I added an orange moon above the roof by punching out a 1″ circle and using the negative paper as a moon “template”. A sponge was used to swirl in the ink color inside the circle. I have a sentiment stamp “Jeepers Creepers” that I think fits the card perfectly. I stamped the sentiment, cut it to size and stapled it on. Stardust Stickles was added for a little bling on the rooftop. And there you have it!

jeepers

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Guadalupe

On a recent trip to New Mexico, I walked by a store downtown in Santa Fe called “Guadalupe’s Fun Rubber Stamps” (http://stampafe.com/shop). The store was closed, but I was there the next morning waiting for them to open! One of the stamps I bought was the one I used to create the card shown below. The StampaFe rubber stamp line reflects the quirky nature of New Mexico, and the stamps are all made in Santa Fe. I love to buy rubber stamps that are made in the USA! This card pulled together quickly. I used a sheet of watercolor paper, a few watercolor pencils and my AquaBrush to create the striped layered background. After the paper was dry, I stamped the Guadalupe with black ink on to the paper, trimmed it out, added a lime colored mat, then adhered to a card base. Diamond Dust Stickles were added to the angel wings for a little sparkle. The whole process took less than a half an hour and I love the way it turned out. I’m so happy I got this rubber stamp with the namesake of the store that I bought it at. I couldn’t have picked a better souvenir for myself!

Guadalupe

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Little Ladybug Stamp

5029-A Ladybug (front) - Click Image to Close  This little ladybug stamp measures only 0.4 x 0.5 inches. I made the postcard below stamping the bug once, while the other picture is a card made stamping the bug multiple times.  The postcard features a little branch with some tiny paper flowers and the cute little ladybug. The card with the red flowery print reminds me of an easy, breezy summer. l randomly stamped the ladybug on Stampin Up Whisper White cardstock, colored her in, then used a circle punch. I layered the circle with foam dots to a larger punched circle for some added dimension.  To sum it all up, I used the sentiment “Happy Everything”! Have a great day.

Diana-Kaufman-Lady-bug-postcard

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Always Wear Your Invisible Crown!

We probably all have our own way of interpreting what “always wear your invisible crown” means. To me, it means that we can’t all wear sashes & crowns and be queens or princesses, but we can act like them and wear invisible crowns!  We can show it by maintaining self-confidence, by being aware of our own self-worth without flaunting it, and by being humble. Maybe it means that we should imagine our worth through different eyes so we can have a confidence that we have never experienced before. Whatever this quote means, I love the way it sounds and the way it makes me feel!  Hold your head high and have a glorious day!

Always Wear Your Invisible Crown

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Lord Give Me Coffee

I love the sentiment on this Eat Cake Graphics stamp and I love that the text has a cool shaped outline like a label. Normally I stamp sentiments inside a card, but this one is just so cute it deserved to be showcased on the front. This card was so easy to make. Scraps of Stampin Up’ designer paper was used and layered with foam dots for dimension. Gold Stickles were added to the edges of the sentiment after it was stamped and cut out. I think at some point in life, most of us can relate to these words. Can you relate? I know I can! Hope you have a great day.
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Be An Angel

This May it will be 10 years of me being cancer-free! I am lucky that my cancer was diagnosed and treated early, and I feel fortunate that I did not have to undergo any  chemotherapy. With that being said, I think that no one should fight cancer alone. For anyone who has ever has faced a life-changing disease like cancer, you quickly discover that you need to rely on others for support & encouragement. I think a key to fighting cancer is to surround yourself with positive people. A couple of years ago I discovered a fantastic resource – a group called Chemo Angels. The Chemo Angels program offers support to those who are battling a cancer diagnosis and undergoing chemo treatment. Volunteers (a/k/a Angels) support an assigned “buddy” throughout their journey with cards, inspiration, supportive words, and lots of positive energy. The encouragement Angels provide helps give patients the comfort and confidence of knowing they are not alone in their fight. The goal of Chemo Angels is to help fuel a positive attitude and aid in the road to recovery. As a volunteer, I can say that providing emotional support is one of the most heartwarming experiences I’ve ever had.  The Chemo Angels program matches anyone undergoing chemotherapy with his or her or own “angel.” The angels send notes, cards, and occasional small gifts to their assigned recipient, sharing good cheer and encouragement. Patients are not required to respond to their angels. The idea is to focus on their treatment and recoveries, and to not have them feel obligated to send a thank you note for each instance of support.  As a “Card Angel” I am 100% dedicated to my assigned patient for however long the treatments continue. My commitment is to send my buddy at least one card, letter, or note a week.  I send a small gift every now and then – even though gifts are not required for Card Angels. And, as a personal commitment, I make all the cards I send.

If you are looking for a new volunteer opportunity, and think this kind of program might be a good fit for you, check out their website. Or, if you know someone who is going through chemo, please encourage them to apply as a patient so they can be “adopted” by Angels who can provide support to them throughout the course of their treatment. To learn more about this awesome organization, please visit http://www.chemoangels.net.  Here are a couple of cards I have made and sent to my buddy. I love being an Angel!

    Crush1Crush

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Cheers to this New Year

It’s hard to believe that this is the first day of February! Time sure has flown by in this new year. I am posting pictures of cards and tags I have made over the past couple of months. Pictured are:

  • New Year cards using a rubber stamp titled Cherry Blossom by Saturated Canary, along with pretty Japanese paper
  • A couple of fun wine bottle tags
  • Christmas gift tags using black chalkboard paper stamped with white pigment ink and a large round scallop punch
  • Happy owl card, using Hero Arts rubber stamp titled Big Owl
  • Sweet little lamb tag, attached to a baby shower party favor

I wish I was the kind of person who makes new year resolutions so I could resolve to keeping my blog updated more often. I  will get back on track, so please stay tuned for more of my paper craft projects. Hope your 2015 is off to a fantastic start!

asian new year2    asian new year  Big Owl by Hero Arts rubber stamp; Martha Stewart heart punch

    wine bottle tag       Wine bottle tag    Thank ewe; baby shower favor

Chalkboard tag on Christmas giftChalkboard paper with white pigment ink