Friday, September 20, 2013

YPP Craft Swaps-September 2013

Well, I sent off another round of crafty swaps. This time the theme primarily centered around Halloween. I chose three swaps, but a couple I did two sets for each one. If you click on the art tab, I have pictures of what I did.

Of course I did the note card swap, my fav. I also did salt cookie dough ornaments. A new challenge for me. I threw out several batches, before I was satisfied enough to send my ornaments for swapping. I also did the embellishment swap, but again picked two I have never done before, bottle caps and mini banners. The banners I truly struggled with, as I just could not get the imagine in my head to turn out the way I wanted, but I think the end result is pretty good.

Go check out all the fun to be had at YPP, there is something for everyone. If you are lone crafter, this is the perfect place to make crafty friends, from all over, and share ideas and get inspiration. Link is below.

See you guys next time when I post more stuff, also I will be posting videos to my youtube channel on goodies I have done and received.

Stay Crafty,

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

YPP Craft Swaps

Greetings everyone,

Hope everyone is having a crafty Summer, I know I am. I have been having so much fun over at Your Paper Pantry. The ladies there have gotten me to do crafts I have never done before. 

Here are my latest swap entries. I did two this month 3x3 note cards and my first ever stickpins.

If you are interested please go visit YPP for yourself:

Elegant Cards Submission-1

Elegant Card Submission-2

Halloween Stickpins Submission

Saturday, July 20, 2013

YPP Embellishment Swap

H Everyone,

Just wanted to share with you, that I completed my first crafty swap ever, over at Your Paper Pantry. I made altered clothespins and paperclips; which I have neve done before, but I think I did okay for my first attempt. I did do a video and it is posted to youtube. It not my best video, but you can still see my swap items.

I will also do a video when I get my swap items from the other crafters.

If you love to craft and you love participanting in swaps YPP has something for every crafter. I am so glad I joined this great group of talented crafters.

Link to YPP is posted on my blog page to the right. Click Videos tab to see youtube videos.

Hope everyone is doing well.

Stay Crafty,

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Just A Note...

Hi Everyone,

Haven't done an actual post in awhile. So let's catch up. On Monday I joined a wonderful group of crafters at Your Paper Pantry.  They have every type of crafter you can think of and great swaps. I just joined my first one ever. I am doing an embellishment swap, hosted by Cari. I choose paper clips and clothespins. Never done altered crafts before, but I think I did okay. I finished them up this weekend and I will do a video and post pictures before I mail them off tomorrow.

So stop on by YPP and see all the wonderful things they have to offer, there is something for everyone. The link is attached to my blog on the right side.

I also been busy setting up for The Close To My Heart, 8/1/2013 launch of their Fall/Winter Idea Book. So please visit my website and browse the idea book. You can also join as consultant and get up to $155.00 in product for just $49.00. No strings attached, if you are a hobbyist and just want the product it is great deal. If you interested in a side business this kit is a great starting point. Come check it out; any questions let me know...

Third task I am try to complete is my heritage scrapbook. I see light at the end of the tunnel, but still have lots to do.

Any way hope all of you are doing well and remember to take a little time to create, even if it's a random doodle...creating is a great release.

Until next time...Stay Crafty,

Friday, July 5, 2013

Newsletter-Close To My Heart

July 2013A newsletter from Diane
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Work the Workshop
50% off Workshops on the Go® canvas art kit!
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Get the gorgeous Workshops on the Go® canvas art kit for half price in July — no qualifying purchase required! From July 1 to July 31 you can get this trendy kit to create your own canvas art to hang in your home, regularly priced at $39.95, now discounted to $19.95 — more than 50% off! Take papercrafting to the next level with this adorable home d├ęcor piece that you can display for all to see.

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Stamp of the Month: Sweet Life
Celebrating the sweet things in life
July Stamp of the Month: A Flowering Bunch
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What makes your life sweet? Celebrate the sweet things in life with the delectable images and fruity sentiments of the Sweet Life stamp set. Perfect for your summer memories, the Sweet Life stamp set is ideal for cardmaking, gift-giving, and scrapbooking your sweetest summer moments.

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Let’s Get Patriotic—Stamp Style!
A portion of every sale of our new patriotic stamp sets will be donated to support the military
Patriotic Stamp Sets
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Hurry up and get your limited-time patriotic stamp sets before July 31! During this patriotic time of year, there is no better time to get a unique stamp set and benefit the military.

The My Acrylix® Strong and Free (D1575), Home of the Brave (D1576), and Courage (B1437) stamp sets were designed specifically for this campaign and are only available from June 1 to July 31. Five dollars from every patriotic D-size stamp set and $3 from every patriotic B-size stamp set sold will benefit a military-support charitable organization.

Donations in the US will be made to the USO, the leading, most recognized military-support and services organization in the country. Donations in Canada will be made to the Canadian Hero Fund, which supports spouses and children of fallen Canadian military troops by helping provide post-secondary education funds.

Show your support with your own patriotic stamp set today.

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Have a crafty day,
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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Card Making

Hi Everybody,

I posted a video on YouTube, challenging myself to put to use all my scrap card stock. Well I decide to try and make some mini mote cards.

Please let me say, as I did in my video I am not a professional crafter, I have had no formal training/classes in any type of art. I see things I like and get inspired and try to recreate or put my on unique stamp on things. I hope these little cards inspire you also, to tap into your inner crafter, we all have one.

I think these little cards would be great hostess gifts, secret Santa, or just to have on hand when you need to package a last minute gift.

Any positive feedback or helpful suggestions would be welcome.

Stay Crafty,

Card One-These are nature inspired-sentiments, thanks, congrats, thinking of you, and just because, embellished with a little bling, and matching stamped envelope.

Card Two-Flower, premade embellishments, on plain white card stock with a one inch strip of patterned paper to ground them, and coordinating ric-rak to finish off.

Card Three-Fruit Card-Close To My Heart Stamp-when seen up close looks like an actual sketch...beautiful stamp...each little quote matches the Apple...Love you to the core...super cute. I did note do anything elaborate with these as they look really nice all by themselves.

Card Four-Caffiene Inspired-All made from scrap card stock,  stamped a little glitter gel to emphasize the heart. I stamped the envelope and the inside of card with a strip of coffee beans. I also made a pizza box with coordinating band so cards/envelopes could fit inside.

Card Five-Birthday- I had some colored balloons with glitter, so I did a picture window, with postage stamp punch, on front each card stamped with coordinating color ink with candles and sentiment "make a wish", in side, 'happy birthday". I also stamped envelopes to coordinate.

Friday, June 28, 2013

CTMH-Upcoming Fall/Winter Idea Book

Who is Excited and ready to JOIN Close To My Heart on July 1?!?! That's when the new Autumn/Winter Kit goes live!! It's only $49 for $155 in products -- that 70% off!! You earn a 22% discount on all your orders!! And You Have FUN!! Want more information -- email me at

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Stay Crafty,