Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Milestone Day

It's time for a little milestone celebration!  This is the 1600th post I've made on my blog and I also noticed that the hit counter has passed 1,750,000.

It's been quite a journey since I started the blog in 2008.  I've learned a lot and I have enjoyed sharing my projects, files, tutorials, photos and bits and pieces from my life with a great group of followers, readers and subscribers. Lately I've been thinking about some new ideas for the blog that I hope will be in place by the beginning of next year. Thank you for all of your comments and support - I truly enjoy connecting with fellow crafters from around the world through my blog. 

I was trying to sort things out in my craftroom and I came across a card that I started back in July (it certainly has been a hectic year!).  I designed the file for the card base from a Dover Publications free sample image (I'll add the name of the book when I figure out which one it came from).

I cut the card base from textured dark green Bazzill cardstock and used papers from this mat stack for the decorative layers.

Here is the base card cut - I think I posted this a few months ago as a "sneak peek" so it may look familiar.  I measured the center rectangle and cut papers to fit for the card front and for a message inside.

The area for the message inside is perfectly aligned with the openwork cut in the front of the card.  I added a layer of the green cardstock to create a thin line around the mat for contrast.

After the layers were added the card was pretty but a little plain.

I decided to add gems to give the card some sparkle.  The card sat around on my worktable for a long time, just waiting for me to be inspired to finish it.

I recently found the Magic of Oz stamp set from Graphic 45 on sale at one of the larger craft stores.  The green gems I had added to the card made me think of the Emerald City and the "There's no place like home" sentiment was a perfect fit for the front of the card.

I stamped  a piece of white cardstock with Versamark ink and then applied some clear embossing powder.  After I heated the powder (one of my favorite things to do is watching the magic of heat embossing...) the sentiment was preserved in white.

I inked the cardstock with several shades of Distress Ink (crushed olive, ripe persimmon, pine needles and vintage photo) using a blending tool to create a mottled background.  The ink wipes of the embossed words very easily.

The lacy frame around the edges of the card front cut very cleanly with the Cameo.  I also did another version of this design with the card in a square shape.

If you have any questions about how I adapted the Dover file to cut with the Cameo, be sure to leave a question in the comments below.

Here is a peek at something that I used on my "secret" project while I was at my sister's house last month.  I'll share a few photos of the finished product soon.

Today is also a special day for my great nephew.  He is turning 6 on the 6th so it is his "Golden Birthday."  Have a wonderful day Ben!

The final milestone for today is the Presidential Election.  The race is close and I think we will all be glad to have the ads and phone calls come to an end.  Be sure to get out and vote!

Stay tuned to hear about the giveaway I have planned to celebrate 1600 posts and so many visits...

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  1. Congratulations Diane for you 1600th blog. That is a truely remarkalbe accomplishment. I can't wait to read your blog every morning. So informative and inspirational! Enjoy your day!

  2. Thanks for sharing great ideas with us :)

  3. Thanks for sharing great ideas with us :)

  4. Congratulations! I've enjoyed all of your posts.

  5. Congratulations! I was feeling pretty good about reaching 100 posts, so I can imagine how you feel. I really enjoy reading the variety of topics you post about. Thanks for sharing it all with us.

  6. Such a beautiful card!! Congrats on 1600 posts. Love seeing what you have to show us each day.

  7. this card is stunning. i'm on the fence with the cameo. hearing so many good reviews, and i'm so disappointed in delecate cuts being ripped, torn, fuzzy with the cricut. i just have so much invested i'm leary of another investment.

  8. Not sure if my comment was picked up but love your card and kudos to you on your 1600th blog. Do you share your card file from today, it is awesome!!!!

  9. Congratulations on reaching this milestone! I absolutely love to read your blog daily and I would also love to learn how you took the Dover Sample and turned it into a cut file?!?! I have the designer software for my Silhouette but I'm just learning so have no idea how this could be done. Thank you again!

    Melitta Ball
    BC Canada

  10. Love this card cut. Will be getting a cameo for Christmas. Been looking at art in a new light.
    Need to get in to clean the craft room and sell what I will never use. My wheel chair came in and its comfy. All I can say is having disabilities is not fun. One can miss out on alot. Love all your bling and congrats on your milestone....
    Dawn RI

  11. Congrats Diane, I love the blog and have followed for as long as I started my blog. I thank you were one of the first 5 peoples blog I became a follower of.........I truly enjoy it and Congrats on the 1600th. I hope to follow you for a long, long, time. Have a great Tuesday. Yes I hope that everyone voted..........

  12. Congratulations Diane. That is quiet a milestone. I believe I've been following you since I got my Cricut in 09. You've taught me so much.

  13. What a milestone!!!. I have read and completly enjoyed every one I have read and look forward to each and every one you post in the future.

  14. Congratulations on your 1600 post. I appreciate all the hardwork and dedication you have to your blog! Also wanted to say a special Happy Birthday to Ben. Today is also my DD's B-day but she is 17 today! Can't believe it! She was just 6 herself yesterday it seems!

    Melanie (MeFlick on Forums)

  15. Congrats on your Milestone Day! I have been a follower since very nearly the beginning and look forward to what you share every day! I respect your product reveiws and have often followed up on your recomendations. Thanks for all that you share!

  16. Congratulations Diane. Your blog was an inspiration to me when I found it. I had never read a blog before. I learned so much from you about crafting!

  17. congrats on reaching such a milestone. i've been a follower for several years (maybe since the beginning even)and enjoy all your creativity.


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