Monday, December 31, 2012

Sandy Hook Sympathy Cards #1

Hey There everyone!

I had mentioned before that I was going to be making some sympathy cards for the victims of Sandy Hook elementary. Here is the first set that I made. I have not taken pictures of the rest, as soon as I have them I will post them.

I used Pemberley Paper pack and the Card chatter (Sympathy) on the inside is stamped  " you are in my prayers"

Tried to to keep it simple, but nice Plan on making more of these for the families.

If you are interested in making some and mailing out, please message me for details.


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Live Love Laugh NEW coasters!

Hello there fellow Crafters!!!

I wanted to post this up REAL quick... since I have been such a bad girl about posting. So I figured a quick post is better than NONE at all!

I had an order for coasters for Christmas gifts and I was VERY pleased with our NEW alcohol based markers. I used them to color in the flower and they DID NOT bleed when I put the mod podge over it!!! TRIPLE SCORE!!!! :) yes that is very important!! Last thing you want is to color in something so beautiful and have it bleed when your sealing it! ;)

Here is the final product! I have to admit... I am keeping these for me, as I made extra! Shhhhhh dont tell.

Hope you enjoyed my quick post!

Here is a Video Tutorial I created a while back on how to make these SUPER easy Coasters. :) 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Anything Goes with Artiste!

Welcome to our "Anything Goes with the Artiste" Blog Hop where we are showcasing  the exclusive Artiste Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant. This will be our last Artiste blog hop for 2012.

Our "theme" for this hop was to create anything we wanted with the Artiste Cricut cartridge. And honestly, you can pretty much create anything and everything with the Artiste so this was not a difficult thing to do.

If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog - Love 2 Create.  If you came here from Darla's blog, Caution: Crafting is Contagious then you're in the right place!

Today I have a project that I have had all made up in my mind since I got the Cricut Artiste Cartridge way back in July! I just never got around to making it. As soon as I saw this cute little box I knew I would use it for Christmas time.  This cut is on Pg 56 in the Artiste Hand book under the 3D object. It is cut at 2.5" and its just one cut, Fold and glue. I left the top unglued so that I can put in an LED candle inside. I almost glued the whole thing shut! I get carried away with the glue sometimes... LOL! but I caught myself just in time!

Ok enough chit chat here it is:

I used the Pear and Partridge Paper pack and I embellished it with some Reg Glitter gems. I wanted to keep it simple since the cuts were so intricate and the paper had enough going on.

Here it is with the LED candle and the lights off:

I wanted to get a QUICK video of it in action... :)

 The next stop on your blog hop fun is Jennifer 4 Hearts Scrapboooking

 Here's the entire blog hop lineup in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Lucy Love 2 Create
  2. Darla ~ Caution:  Crafting is Contagious 
  3. Diana ~ Diana's Free Moments  ----->  YOU ARE HERE
  4. Jennifer 4 Hearts Scrapboooking   ------> NEXT STOP
  5. Laura Scrappinsweetie's Escape
  6. Penny It Makes Total Cents
  7. Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Family And Friends

Welcome to our "Family and Friends" Blog Hop where we are showcasing  the exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant. This will be our last Art Philosophy blog hop for 2012.
We will be showing you creations made using the Art Philosophy cartridge for our family and friends.
If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog - Love 2 Create (link URL to blog hame:  If you came here from "  Darla's" blog, CAUTION: CRAFTING IS CONTAGIOUS!!! , then you're in the right place!

    This most adorable snowman! you may ask what does that have to do with family and friends? Well in My "Family" we love Snowmen for this time of year... we consider them our special Friends for the holiday! lol Seriously, we have them everywhere!! so to honor my families tradition I made one. 


Here it is in its New home :)

I used 3 different size "branch" Wreaths that I got at my local Dollar Store. I made a cute little scarf for it out of spare fabric I had lying around. The hat was made with a Square and rectangle. I Used the "Holly" on page 46 I cut the leaves at 2" and the Circles also at 2". Jazzed them up with some Glitter Gems I had left over from my Christmas card WOTG kit, and some Glitz glitter around the edges. 

I thought it might need something more, say like buttons. So I made 3 Rosettes in black ascending in size and also used the Glitter gems and added them to the middle. I used my handy dandy Glue Gun to adhere the 3 wreaths, the hat and buttons. This Project is SUPER easy and So SIMPLE!

I hope that you have Enjoyed my spin on my "Family and Friend" Creation!
 The next stop on your blog hop fun is Jennifer Kramer   4 hearts scrapbooking
 Here's the entire blog hop lineup in case you get lost along the way:
  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create 
  3. Diana Diana's Free Moments  <------ YOU ARE HERE
  4. Jennifer Kramer ~4 hearts scrapbooking  <----- NEXT STOP
  5. Laura Wolff ~ Scrappinsweetie's Escape
  6. Priscilla~ Priscilla's Paperie
  7. Stephanie ~ The Quilted Scrapper
  8. Kindred Hearts ~ it makes total cents

Thanks for joining us - have a wonderful and safe holiday with your friends and family.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Advent Calendar/ current promotions

Quick post, 

I apologize for my absent-ness. Its been REALLY busy in this house. 

So here is my advent calandar that I made for ALL the kids in my family. That means ONE calendar that houses "goodies" for ALL the kids! 

WE like to Jumble up the numbers and look for the number that night. Its the first year that the kids are all excited to be doing the Advent calendar! I am so thrilled that they are enjoying it as much as they are. It was lots of work, Thank goodness for the Advent Calendar WOTG and the Artiste Cartridge which made this project So doable!

Feel free to share your thoughts on this and check out my latest Promotion:

Current Promotions

Free Gift with EVERY Purchase this month on my CTMH site. All you have to do is Join my December 2012 gathering at check out and I will Mail you out your Gift!

Also if you Spend $50 or more this month Close to My Heart is giving you a FREE Bonding memories Glue pen!!! That's 2 free gifts this month!!!

So hurry up and take advantage of all this Great stuff!!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Week Sale!

Did someone say SALE!!!!!!!!!!!!

I missed out on Black Friday, BUT I am offering a Cyber Monday sale All WEEK!!!!

To all my wonderful loyal readers and customers I have a Free gift with purchase!! Please use the link below to place your order so that I may keep track...

USE THIS LINK: Shop Diana's CTMH site

Free Gift with purchase guide:

  • $0 - $49.99 ~ ink pad (your choice)

  • $50 - $99 ~ paper pack (your choice)

  • $100- $150 ~ any A, B, C, D stamp set

Email me with your Gift of choice!! Click to  Email

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Christmas in November

Hi there! Its that time again... for a Blog Hop... can you believe there are only 37 days left until Christmas!!!

**Sorry** didn't mean to Alarm you... lol

Welcome to our Christmas in November Blog Hop where we are showcasing  the exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.

It's hard to believe that it's already November and that Thanksgiving is less than a week away.  And well, that means, it's almost Christmas!   We have created Christmas themed projects for you and hope to inspire you to get started on YOUR Christmas creations.

If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog - Love 2 Create .  If you came here from "  Darla's" blog, ~ Caution: Stamping is Contagious, then you're in the right place!

So Finally onto my Project:

I have made this Beautiful Christmas card using the Snowflake cuts on Pg 22 of the AP guide and Pg 27. I created a Poinsettia out of snowflakes! I also used the Leaf on Pg 46.

I then used 2nd generation stamping for the background in Olive ink, and then used Holiday Red in the same Stamp and popped it out with some 3D foam tape.

Super Simple and So VERY Pretty!!!

Thanks For Stopping by our Blog hop!

 The next stop on your blog hop fun is Carolyn ~ Nuts 4  Scrappin' .

 Here's the entire blog hop lineup in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create   
  2. Darla ~ Caution: Stamping is Contagious 
  3. Diana ~ Diana's Free Moments        <===== YOU ARE HERE
  4. Carolyn ~ Nuts 4  Scrappin'   <======  NEXT STOP
  5. Kindred Hearts ~ It Makes Total Cents
  6. Tammy ~ Closer 2 My Heart
  7. Arlene ~ Arlene's Creative Space
  8. Traci ~ Paper Crafting 101

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I am Back! with Carnival News!

 Hello Everyone!!!!

(If your looking for the post for Artiste/Art Philosophy Cartridges at 50% off ! Click HERE)

I have missed you all! I apologize for my absence....  I was very busy at the end of October and beginning of this month. I had to get ready for my first Carnival craft table, and then I had unexpected guest visit and stay for a week. Right after that my son got really sick and we have been in and out of the hospital, but all is well now  and I can update you all with the Carnival and Latest Promotions.

First up all my Goodies that were made for the Carnival... This was my first attempt at a table, and here in Miami there are not a lot of "crafters" out there so I was not sure which way to pursue my display or what to even sell. I did a lot of research the weeks prior and looked at best sellers in the craft fair business and Made a few of those "must have" items (details to come). I decided to put out some items that I had on hand from CTMH and have my catalogs, along with Business cards available. I brought PLENTY of my Crafts that I have made with My Art philosophy and Artiste to sell and show off the cartridge possibilities. I also brought   several Altered Frames to show off the possibility of crafting, not just for Scrapbooks.

Ok so here are some of the items that I found through internet search that were Must have sat a craft table:

Mini "altered" Notebooks. I sold these at $2 each and people did not flinch to buy them!

The Hello Kitty ones Flew out of the baskets faster than I thought! 

Next up I have the infamous Post it note Holders (these are so cute and EASY)

I decided to "Package" these since I heard that kids like to come and flip threw ALL of the ones on the table. SO to minimize the damage I bought Clear envelopes/bags from Amber Shaw over at Its $8.00 for 100 and its Free S/H and its Super FAST! Plus all the proceeds go to helping her get more cards out to the Troops over seas!

Here are some that I thought would sell well for teachers.

All the post it note holders sold for $4 each

Here are some Hello Kitty ones I figured the girls would go crazy over (boy was I right!)

I kept the Men/boys in mind when making these...

These were kept simple... 

These I loved! I used my favorite paper pack Dotty for you! 

 Here are some Orange Print also from Dotty

 Last but not least some Peacock Feathers and with some Bling

 Next up are some Holiday gift tags

These first ones are my FAVORITE!!! aren't they cute!!

Santa Gift tags: sold for $3 each Unit (4 tags)

These next set of tags each sold for $1.50 each Unit (5 tags each)

Here are some Simple Gift Card holder I made: sold these for $1 each... went Really well :)

Sorry the Picture quality is not great had to take a quick pic with phone, forgot camera for this one.

Next are some Altered Frames I decided to put together last minute:

I also had some pumpkin poop that Sold out quick! had them 2/$1 and the kids LOVED them!!!
unfortunately did not remember to take a picture :(

Here are some pictures of my set up, keep in mind that it was at a local Small elementary School and the space was very limited...



Hope you enjoyed my post, If you have Any questions on any of the items that I have here ask away!

If you would like to purchase any of these items feel free to check out my Etsy shop HERE

Also Dont forget about getting in on my "get Artiste Cartridge for 50% off" giveaway!! for every $25 you Order on my CTMH site you will get one Entry and then I will use to pick a lucky winner... Already have the Artiste? you can choose any item in the Idea Book for 50% off! You MUST join my gathering "November2012" In order for it to count. you can do so at the home page, scroll to the bottom OR during check out. If you do not join your order wont count. Running through November 30th.

Go shop My CTMH site,  Click HERE

Thanks for stopping by.....~ Diana

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Someone Say SALE?

Hey there everyone!!! Sorry been MIA, in the process of writing a Blog post on all that has been going on. Thought I could do a quick post and Offer a SALE!!!!

Cricut Artiste Cartridge at 50% off!!!! yes you heard that right!!!! Already have it get the Art Philosophy Or any Item in the Idea Book at 50% off!!

Two things you must do to enter:

  1. Place a $25 order  (to include tax and S/H) on my CTMH website Click HERE
  2. If you use the Link above then you will automatically join my November 2012 gathering. Which is the #2 thing you MUST do to enter the drawing.

    At check out make sure that it says "Leave" Next to Gathering. If it says "Join" then click on it. This will ensure that your order counts. =)
IF you do NOT join the gathering or use the link above then your order WILL NOT count. so make sure you do.

For every $25 spent you will get one entry...  REMEMBER I am including TAX and S/H in the Order TOTAL!!!! =)

So who wants it for 50% off!!

This will run through November 30th. Winner will be announced on December 1st!

 Dont forget to check out the Stamp of the Month get it for $5 when you spend $50

To show our support of Red Cross relief efforts for those areas of the US severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, Close To My Heart will donate $1 for every Stamp of the Month set sold as a part of this promotion during November.
In November, you’ll get something extra when you buy the Stamp of the Month—50% off another stamp set! When you qualify for and buy the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, you’ll receive another stamp set* of your choice for 50% off—it’s like two promotions in one! The versatile Capture the Date stamp set is great for any layout, card, invitation, or calendar, and now you can choose another stamp set at half-off for more wonderful papercrafting. Get Capture the Date and then capture the savings today!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Happy Harvest Wreath

Welcome to our Autumn Art Philosophy Blog Hop!  Each month we are showcasing our amazing Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.

It's the time of year where leaves are changing colors, temperatures are dropping, the days are shorter, and the holidays are quickly approaching. This month we will be featuring projects with an Autumn theme made using the Art  Philosophy Cricut cartridge!  

If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog - Love 2 Create If you came here from Darla's Blog - Caution: Crafting is Contagious then you're in the right place!

I have seen so many of my fellow CTMH consultants create such beautiful Wreaths that I just had to give it a go! I thought Halloween is almost upon us and will be over soon... So I thought  A nice Harvest theme one will last longer.

 I used a flat wooden flower wreath (base) from Michaels and I covered it with leaves. I used the cut on pg 29 in the AP guide book <Banner2> . I used this cut twice, The 1st time around I welded the letters onto each individual banner piece so that I would save my self the time (I think). Then I cut the same banner with out the letters and 1/4" bigger on all sides to mat it under the "Letter" banner.

I thought that adding the Burlap Ribbon was the perfect touch to this Autumn Theme! I used the Burlap Ribbon as the backing for my banner, I pleated it in between each "Banner" piece for an extra effect. I also created a Burlap Ribbon Flower to place at the top. I originally wanted to create a regular Loop to hang it from, but it was going to be too much and take away from the Banner which I wanted to be the focal point. So I made a small "Hanger" from the burlap and hot glued it to the back of the wreath. It now hangs comfortably on the wall. 

 Hope you enjoyed this simple Project. I do apologize that this blog post is not as elaborate as all my other ones, but I have been a bit under the weather this past week and Just cant get out of this "sickness" rut. I Promise the next post will be MUCH MORE detailed. ;)

The next stop on your trail of falling leaves is Stephanie ~ The Quilted Scrapper

Here's the entire blog hop lineup in case you "fall" off the path:

  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create 
  2. Darla ~ Caution: Crafting is Contagious
  3. Diana ~ Dianas Free Moments <----- YOU are HERE
  4. Stephanie ~ The Quilted Scrapper  <----  NEXT stop
  5. Amie ~ Mimi, Myself, and I
  6. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
  7. Rebecca ~ Stamp and Scrap Studio
  8. Kindred Hearts ~ It Makes Total Cents
  9. Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts
  10. Arlene ~ Arlene's Creative Space
  11. Amanda  ~ Scraps of Love
  12. Priscilla ~ Priscilla's Paperie
  13. Ginger ~ Ginger's Creative Cottage
  14. Michelle ~ My Flights of Fancy

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pumpkins with Artiste

Just a VERY quick post to share my latest creation. I made this ADORABLE Pumpkin with the Artiste cartridge!! Took me less than 5 minutes to put together!!

Now I have gotten into trouble.... I have to make about 20 more! (some for orders) :) 

Hope you like this. you can get the Cricut Artiste Cartridge today with me Order HERE

Email me for more questions and details... 

 Cute right????

Here is a Video in detail on how to make your own.

Here is what you get when you order the Artiste Cartridge:

And here is this months Stamp of the month, yours for only $5 when you order $50 or more!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Avonlea 9x9 Accordion Album

Well here it is.... I am finally done! I think I completed this rather quickly? I started this on  Monday and I finished it yesterday. You can click on all the Pictures to View Larger

I have created a 9x9 accordion Album to use at my next workshop. I set out with a goal. I only have a half a pack of Avonlea paper pack and I was determined to make this ENTIRE album with that. I of course used some odd and ends that you would normally have on hand. So this Album has of course the Front and back covers. Depending which way you open it, it will have 4 pages on one side. When you flip it over it will have 2 pages on the back side, along with the covers. So which EVER way you choose to lay it open you will see 4 complete pages!

Ok enough talk lets Show you some Pictures!  Bear with me I took several.


Ok, so this here is what I made as the front "main" cover. I titled it "memories". I also wanted to be able to place a picture on the front cover to maximize photos since this is a 9x9 and not a typical 12x12 lay out.


Up next is the first set of pages if you were to open this cover up like you would a Book.

These are technically pages 1 and 2.

Page one is on the left and is directly behind the front cover. Just want you to get a good "visual" on placement of everything.  

And these are pages 3 and 4. 

and like page 1, page 4 here is on the right side and is directly behind the back cover. Which is coming up Next.


but first here are a few shots of the entire 4 pages opened up. I couldn't decide which shot I liked best so you get all of them.

Up Next are the Back 2 pages which would be directly behind pages 2 and 3, again for "Visual" purposes... ;) So if you look at the picture above it would be behind the middle 2 pages... see "visual" lol.

So these I will call pages 5 and 6. These are my FAVORITES!!! I am really in LOVE with this paper.  So I wanted to make these pages appear as one big layout. So instead of 2 seperate 9x9 pages, I made it into 1 18x9 layout. 

Now onto the last part, the Back cover. Here I wanted to make it simple and elegant (well at least I think it is). I left the top Slate rectagle blank on purpose. This way my guest can choose the "title" or "Sentiment" that they want to put, or they can Just embellish it with some bling if they want. Or just leave it as is! 

Here is a shot of it opened up with the covers in view. 

Here are the Covers Side by Side :

Can you believe I did All this with just Half a paper pack!!! YUP all I added was a couple sheets of Colonial white, Chocolate, and White Daisy card stock, Chocolate  and Colonial white Grosgrain Ribbon, some Bitty opaque Pearls ,  and Sparkles. Of course I used my Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge and the Hooray Bouquet stamp set.

 One Final look at both sides:

So what do you think???

This workshop will be Available in the next weeks $25 all materials will be provided! 
Email me if your interested for dates if you are in My (Miami, FL) Area.

Thanks For stopping by feel free to leave your thoughts. :)