Monday, February 21, 2011

a new web site

i did it today.. i out grew the number of photos that my blog spot would allow me to post. please continue to follow my journey at


see you there!!!

til then


Ezee Pzee Reveal - February

Welcome to the Ezee Pzee Dezign team Reveal for February.

We were sent the Ezee Pzee birdhouse kit along with some little extras like butterflies and flowers. Take a boo at what I created with this wonderful product then head on over to the Dezign Teams blogs and check out their wonderful creations as well!!!

So for me it was again a combination of two products.. Ezee Pzee and Ranger.

I didn’t take step pictures this time but I will give you a brief run down of what I did do!

So let’s begin.

For the building of the bird house I ran the pieces through my Big Kick Machine using Tim's embossing folders to give them definition. The roof panels went through the brick folder and the sides and front/back panels through using the woodgrain folder. Now as much as i loved how they turned out I figured they needed a little something extra. So out came Claudine Hellmuths GESSO!!!

What is a bird house with a post really.. what could I use for that…. well i did have that empty ribbon holder on the table.. hmm.. that will make a nice post i'd think. just add a bit of Tim paper to the top and bottom, a little bit of color wash (okay a lot!) and tada a post.

And what is a bird house with out a weathervane!!! I used Distress Embossing Powders and embossing ink to colour the bird, alcohol ink for the holder. A bit of glossy accents to hold it all together. LOVE IT!!!

So what should i sit the post on well a box of course!!! Out came the box and it too was covered in GESSO and sprayed with a bit of color wash.

Okay well the box couldn't just be a box; what a perfect place to plant some flowers!! I color washed the flowers, added a bit of bling and planted them in the tissue paper (which was sprayed with color was) on top of the box! For the gate around the top I used the extra pieces of Ezee Pzee product that I had laying around from the outside of their photo strip.. made a nice fence!!

Okay so the box was empty and that just isn’t right so I decided to make a mini album to put inside.. oh my mind wanted to add more and more and more but time just wouldn't allow.

The mini is filled with pictures of my first meeting with Tim and Mario!!! A very special day for me!!!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.. don’t forget to go check out the rest of the dezign team reveal!!!

Til next time…


Friday, February 18, 2011

I am beyond excited..

i just purchased tickets to Melissa Etheridge!!!! She is touring again!!!!! and she is coming to Moncton, NB!!!! and it just happens to be the only night i could see her!!! Here is a little write up from her website:

Fearless Love expands on the multiple strengths that have made Etheridge one of the most beloved figures in rock. It follows The Awakening, her revealing album of 2007, with a rousing tone at once tough and tender, as only she can be. It is that force of presence which has earned her, among other accolades, the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song, two Grammy Awards, and a Juno Award for Best International Artist.

Etheridge will be joined on the tour by special guest, 3 time Juno Award winner, Serena Ryder. Currently working on her follow up to her previous gold-selling records, If Your Memory Serves You Well and is it o.k, Serena is anxious to get back on the road and test out new material as well as play selections from her previous bodies of work including her latest EP release, Serena & The Beauties available in vinyl and online.

I just had to share!!!!!
i hope they allow cameras... i can't imagine scrapping this event in my life but i would sure give it a try!!

til next time my friends...


Sunday, February 13, 2011

February Inspiration Team Reveal at APOS!

So for this month over at APOS!we were given a plain canvas apron and asked to spin our magic!

at first i thought what in heck am i to do with an apron!! how do i go about decorating it? Alissa (the owner of the store who i love to refer to as my 'dealer') suggested i visit Donna Downey's site and see what she has created.
Well i did and though i like her stuff but it really isn't my style or the kind of thing i would create.
So then i thought why not look at it as a large canvas, make it into a piece of art. make it something that says Diana's style.
okay i said to myself what would be the first thing a great artist would do, well cover it with GESSO of course and then what.. well let us add a bit of Tim to it... oh and some funky flowers... and finally i found a place to put those wonderful dodad's i had purchased eons ago!!!
 i added a bit of ribbon which i had stamped with script and some staz-on ink, glimmermisted the heck out of and then layered it with some crinoline and some tulle and i sewed!!! i haven't used a sewing machine in forever!!!! the brads that were included in our inspiration team package were a little too pink for me so what did i use to diminish the pink, a little bit of alcohol ink!!!!
 and what project would be finished really with out a bit of grunge!!!!  i ran the grungepaper through the tattered floral die cut and then the swirls embossing folder and then distressed with some ink and finished off with a bit of glimmermist!!

and TADA!!!! my very first of many designer aprons. i printed off and altered a bit the Ranger logo and printed it off on to a piece of sticky back canvas.. i am such a RangerU wannabe!!!!! the stamp on the tim tag is a Studio 490 stamp; it too is printed on to sticky back canvas

i think that is it. thanks for stopping by and taking a peak
til next time...


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Heidi Swapp - Fastenation Folder Class

Well this happened to be a  very VERY busy evening for the lovely ladies who joined me in the Glimmer mist album class featuring the Heidi Swapp Fastenation Folder and inserts. We sort of ran out of time so i told them i would post pics of my finished album for them to see. If any of you have ANY questions please just leave me a message and i will get back to you as fast as i can.

We used many techniques, some technical some not so much!! and lots of Glimmermist (i think the class favorite ended up being Fully Purple) We had used colors from the mini kits Winter Wishes and Sundance .. LOVE THEM!!!

Sticky back canvas was used to create the beautiful flower on the first page of this album!! As well the same die was used to create the grungeflowers on the cover; Tattered Florals
how did we make these circles.. why with a Starbucks cup of course!!!

One of my favorite stamps from the Tim Holtz Good Thoughts set

Who doesn't love the Tim Holtz Distress Powder Walnut Stain!!
One of my new favorite loves Claudine Hellmuth's. GESSO!!!

another stamp used from the Good Thoughts set by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Isn't this the cutest ever!!! it is the bird from the Caged Bird Die as well as the page is embossed with the Branch tree

Well that was the class. For all those who took it THANK YOU!! and hopefully we will see you in my next class coming up on February 22nd!!!! We are playing with Glimmermist again and aprons!!!

til next time


Monday, January 31, 2011

a quote

i happened upon this quote this morning and it so states exactly how i am feeling in my life at this moment. My job i love; those around me; not so much. I am going to make this into a lovely piece of art to hang/stand at my desk.

There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and the people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy.

Falling down is part of LIFE ...

Getting back up is LIVING ..

Til next time...


Sunday, January 30, 2011

SAME - let's go green

or should i say, let's get rid of green. Remember this.....  well i hate to throw anything out because you never know what can be done with it right!!

So i removed the metal plate (i am going to see what i can do with it) and replaced it with a piece of vanilla cardstock. i coated the card stock with Tattered Leather glimmermist followed by a bit, okay a lot, of walnut gold.

i then enlarged and printed a stamp of the Artfully Said collection by  Wendy Vecchi's on to a piece of watercolour paper and used rusty hinge and broken china to colour it in. The flower is made out of a piece of material that i had left over from curtains. i tore it, twisted and glued to a circle backer. The butterfly of course is from the Tim Holtz big dies collection, Fanciful Flight. For that i coloured the main wings with rusty hinge, placed a screen on them and sprayed with Patina glimmer mist. and for the body i used one of the  Game Spinners Tim's collection. For the edge of the plaque i used Tim Holtz tissue tape!!!

i think that is it everyone. it was a pretty fast and easy project. So look around your house and see what you can alter instead of trash


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Fastenation Folder Class

i am so addicted to glimmermist right now it isn't funny. This is the front cover of the Fastenation Folder we put together on Tuesday night during the class. it was a wonderful class 9 wonderful women (though some were quite demanding and they know who they are!) LOL

i am currently working on two other projects both of which the main ingredient is glimmer mist... one is using this.. i wonder what it will be.....

the other well, i am still not able to share but it too has  A LOT of glimmermist!!!

til next time


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

the Ezee Pzee blog hop winner is........

OK, we had 33 entries (people who commented at every stop on the blog, posted candy on their blogs). Shelley put the number into the randomizer and the winner is:

Michelle you need to send your information to so we can get your blog candy out to you!!!

A huge Congratulations to Michelle and thank you to everyone who participated!!

be sure to pop in often and see what is going on!! 

til next time...


Sunday, January 23, 2011

SAME... sugar i can't tell you!!

Today i have been working on a few things one being putting class kits together for the Glimmer Album class i am teaching at APOS! on Tuesday night.

the other thing i have been working on i really can't share yet. it is the project for the inspiration team kit but reveal isn't til February 13th!!  but here is a quick sneak peak!! but remember i didn't show you ..and can i just say GLIMMERMIST!!!!.

but i wanted to post something for those of you who do follow me and look forward to (I hope!) my SAME each week. So here is a project that i am still working on. i have never done a paper bag album and thought i would try it. i had a blast. i love the embellishments (my first ebay purchase ever those little bottles!)

that is it for today's SAME. thanks for stopping by


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ezee Pzee Dezign Team Reveal/Hop

Welcome to the very first Ezee Pzee blog hop!
If you arrived here from Rena  then you are on the right track. If you’ve arrived here by accident, then go here Ezee Pzee Facebook page discussion  to start at the beginning. I think you're really going to enjoy seeing the new products from Ezee Pzee as well as the exciting projects that the Dezign Team has made.

To participate in the blog hop (and maybe win some candy) is ezee! Visit each design team member's blog and leave a comment. You will get one entry into a draw for some pretty amazing blog candy just for visiting and leaving a comment at each Dezign Team Member's blog. Posting the picture of this candy on your own blog, along with a link back to Ezee Pzee will earn you another entry into the draw (just make sure to leave a comment letting us know that you added the link!).

Do you want to know what you're hopping for? Take a look to the right .. isn't that a fantastic prize pack!!

For my project, I chose to combine 3 loves; my family, Ezee Pzee and Tim Holtz products.

We were given these supplies:

and here is a run through of what i created (picture heavy!)

When i first started doing the whole mini album I was struggling because I don't do mini albums. The last time i was given an Ezee Pzee project mini album kit I turned it into a calendar!!! So for me to sit down and figure out what to do with this wonderful product i said i struggled. I knew the theme was to be My Family but which family do i chose. my immediate, my extended, my family of friends.. and what pictures would I use and and and....(the pictures in my mini were all taken by the talented Sandie Dunn!)

So i sat down last week and knew i had to start somewhere and honestly it came to me in the song that kept running through my head by Bruno Mars!! that is exactly what i think of my family, including myself.. we are amazing and wonderful and perfect in our own way so here is my project.

so we were given a feather.. how to use a feather.. To write my story how else!!!! the little bottle is filled with black paint from the Ranger Paint Dabbers and the feather will come out!!!and the little flower, it is made with the wrapping that the wonderful package came to me in!

the lyrics that kept running through my head

a piece of slate.. hmm.. we are strong, solid and a touch on the hard side... perfect !!

all sayings, stamped images belong to Stampers Anonymous!!!

and i loved using my dyno machine for all the journaling lines!

the ribbon on the side of this page... it is the ruler ribbon from Tim Holtz line.. i just used the back instead

a piece of 'wheat' is another ezee pzee product we were given which is kind of funny. I have celiac so wheat is a no no for me....i thought this was a perfect saying to go along with it. I eat for my health.. if others understand and get it good.. if not no matter, i do it for me!!

All papers are from the Tim Holtz line Lost & Found!

now these little flowers.. how freakin cute did they turn out!! i used picket fence crackle paint on two and Tim Holtz Mustard Seed  distress ink covered in glossy accents.. perfection!

November 18th.. my mom and my son share this birthday. These two pieces of ezee pzee were perfect. Nanny had told me once that my mom was born on a beautiful fallish day and my monkey, he chose the first ice storm of the year!!!

isn't the paper rosette by Tim  a wonderful thing!

these corner accents.. well it was really hard to decide what exactly to do with them... i wanted some for every page!!!! aren't they spectacular! once again, a bit of distress ink  followed by a splash of glimmer mist and a lot of glossy accents!!!

the first thing i saw in this swirl was a swan!!! i used picket fence crackle paint with a bit of linen distress ink to colour and a gem for  an eye!!

i absolutely love the Tim Holtz Fanciful Flights! butterfly

this adorable little flower had so much added to it, wiped off and then more added but I LOVE how it finally turned out.. the sparkles are a bit of stickles wiped across into the crackle paint/glimmermist/gesso !!!

this flower you have to feel it to get it totally!! it is covered in distress embossing powder faded jean!!! love it!!
and of course the leaves, ezee pzee leather.. aren't they gorgeous!!

i stamped a Tim stamp and then used THOSE PAINT THINGIES to colour it in. isnt' that cool!

A Tim Holtz Ornate Plate frame filled with glossy accents !

this little 'tree' needed nothing more then a tad of sparkle. it is beautiful just as it is. so i only added a bit of rock candy crackle to it!!

and i made this one to match as it was on the back of the original tag!

I am not sure if this little ezee pzee swirl was something you would notice. it is such a cute little piece. i covered it in aged mahogany distress ink and covered in icicle stickles!!!

my last ezee pzee item to use was the leather. I had thought of using it to tie it all together but i may be (okay i will be )adding more pages and tags to this wonderful album so i needed to use rings. So i added a Tim Holtz Curio Knob to it and tied the leather to the back ring and just looped it around to the front!!!

so there it amazing family album. i hope you enjoyed going through the many pictures (i did warn you it was picture heavy!!)as much as i really enjoyed making it.

i have added links to various places to show you the actual product but i want to encourage you to shop at your LSS!!! Our local is A PILE OF SCRAP! and the owner Alissa can work magic. if you want anything, hop  on over to the on-line store, APOS!  If you don't happen to see what you want, contact her directly either by email or by phone. She is the bestest dealer ever!

So, what are you waiting for? The blog hop starts January 19th (today) and ends on January 25th. If you lose your way at any time here is a full list of all of the Dezign Team blogs with links:

* Shelley

* Jennifer

* Katie

* Rena

* Diana (that's me!)

* Dana

Good luck, and good hopping!


Simon Says.... Bingo! (Buttons Flowers Glitter/Glimmer row - front cover of my album)