Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Happy September!

Hi all! Can you believe it's already September?!  Things have been pretty hectic on the home and work front for me, but in a good way.  Alas, my blog suffered as a result.  Lots of stuff going on at the Diehl household.  For the last month or so, it's been a combination of home improvement projects and general work business.  But, August was also a momentous month for our little man.  He started Pre-School!  Time has been going by quickly here, so while it may have seemed quite here on my blog, it has been quite a busy time in the background.

Now, let me share a few things:

First of all, one of the home improvements that has been a work in progress has been my craft studio. Here's a glimpse of my new storage holders from Stamp-n-Storage - I love the stamp pad holder and my new punch holder, too! They fit the Stampin' Up! stamp pads and punches perfectly.

Here's a look at the full wall:

The room just got a fresh coat of paint, too! It went from an egg shell color to this new Lemon Sorbet color, which I just love!

Here's a closer look at my framelits and embossing folder holders, too.  LOVE these!

I'm so pleased with how my stamp room is coming along.  But I'm going to have to leave you hanging for the rest.  It's still a work in progress, so stay tuned!  I'll share the rest when it's ready for showtime! :)

In the meantime, here's my little guy on his first day of school:


This is a picture of a happy moment.  He was not the biggest fan leading up to this, but as you can see behind him, he found a new fun toy....numbers and pegs that he put together, in order, from 1-10!  This is his cute little proud face.  I love him!

And lastly, here's a pic from our weekend at the beach...such a beautiful way to spend Labor Day!
The weather was gorgeous and the day was fabulous!


Hope you all enjoyed your weekend.  I'm looking forward to reconnecting with you all this month and share more of the goings on in my life and of course, more crafting, which just has a way of sprinkling a little bit of happiness on everything ;)

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Stampin'Up!'s Weekly Deals {Jul 22}

Hello friends!  I wanted to pop in and share Stampin'Up!'s weekly deals this week!   There's lots of great bargains to check out. I personally am excited about the Celebration Basics kit and the Celebration Add-on Kit.  They're great staples for any party :) Enjoy!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Birthday wishes from a Stormtrooper

Hi all! I think I'm in one of those modes where Birthday cards are becoming an area of specialty for me...purely based on my personal quirk of having to create the cards based on the theme of the party.  So, for today's share, I've created this Stormtrooper card for our friend Luke's 6th birthday.  It was a little daunting for me, but with the help of my hubby, who drew it out on paper first, I then translated the drawing out of punches and dies.

Here's a few more pics for you:

I created the head out of the new Party Pennants Bigz Die, his eyes were made from the Triangle punch cut in half, his mouth was from the Oval punch, and his gills were made using the Fringe scissors.  Then, for the circles, I used the 3/4", 1", and 3/8" circle punches.  For his ears, I used 2 strips of cardstock that were 1 1/4"x1"  and 3/4" x 1". For the background, I used the cool Tiny Triangles embossing folder, which totally looks like the Death Star background, don't you think?

All in all, I was quite pleased with the outcome!  Here are some of the new products I used:

Party Pennants Bigs Die:

Tiny Triangles Embossing folder:

Fringe Scissors:

I'd love to hear what you think about the card! Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Bad Piggie Birthday

Happy Monday, blog friends!  Hope you guys had a great 4th of July weekend!  I had a very nice and relaxing one...though it sure did go by quick!  I've got a birthday card share today - it's the birthday card I created for my God son's Bad Piggie themed birthday party.  I knew I wanted to create a punched out piggie as soon as I found out the theme.  This was so much fun to make!  Lots of circles, as you can see.  I used the Circle Framelits along with an assortment of circle punches.  The eyes and nostrils actually came from the SU! Owl Punch.  I also used the owl "feet" for the balloon stems. That Owl punch definitely worked overtime on this card!

Here's a couple more pictures for you...
For the background, I used the Large Circles embossing folder, which is one of the NEW embossing folders in the SU Catty.  I just love these big circles!
Hope you liked this little card!  Here's the recipe for you:

{Bad Piggie BIRTHDAY FUN}!
Stamp Set: Endless Birthday Wishes
Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Gumball Green, Tangelo Twist, Whisper White, Basic Black, Retired DSP scraps
Accessories: Large Circle Embossing folder, Circle Framelits, 3/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, Owl Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes (retired) circle punch, Petite Pennants Builder punch,
Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Lost Lagoon
Thanks for visiting today. I wish you all a great week! By for now!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th! Pinwheels and Stars - Oh My!

Hello there blog friends!  Wishing you all a very Happy 4th of July! It's a bit overcast here in Southern California, but it's supposed to be in the 80's today! I made these festive pinwheels from the June My Paper Pumpkin kit - aren't these so fun?! 
Here's some more pinwheels that I supplemented with the Star Framelits.  I embossed them with the Large Polka Dots and Tiny Triangles embossing folders from the new Stampin'Up! catalog.  Love the texture that these circles and triangles add! They make my stars all the more festive, don't you think?

Well, dear friends, thanks for hanging in with me. I know it's been quiet on my blog these last few weeks. Just want to give you guys an update on my computer situation - I'm almost all set up - YAY! I've reinstalled most of my programs, but still need to download my fun fonts. One casualty that I'm super sad about is that I lost all the pictures that I edited that were on my laptop.  I learned a valuable lesson - while I was saving all of my pictures from my camera, it's the edited images like the pics I posted on my blog, my watermarks, and my MDS files that I lost.  Huge bummer. :( So, dear blog friends, I encourage you to back up all of your docs and images either on an external drive or in the cloud.  It's a good precautionary thing to do in case you lose your computer or if it gives out at some point.  Be safe!

And on that note, I'm gonna sign off here so we can get our 4th of July festivities under way.  We'll be heading down to the beach soon!  Hope you enjoy your day!  Thanks for stopping by.  Ciao for now!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day to all the dads!

To all the dads out there, Happy Father's Day to you, from our home to yours! 

Hope you all had a great day celebrating the special fathers in your life, be it your own father, husband, brother, uncle or friend. Cheers!

On a blog note, I'm happy to report that I did get my new computer this weekend.  Woohoo! I should be up and running soon. :)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hey you! greetings and a quick update..

Hi all! I've got another fun video to share with you today - it's on the Greeting You Simply Created Card Kit that really makes card giving super quick and easy!

I also wanted to share some not so great news for me - I'm currently without my personal laptop. :(  So sad to report that it was stolen this week while I was on a work trip.  Needless to say, it's put a little bit of a snag on my ability to post and edit pictures for my blog.  I'm hoping that I can be up and running in a week or so, but will keep you posted on the progress.

In the meantime, I appreciate you bearing with me.  Hope you enjoyed the video!

Thanks for popping by and I'll see catch up with you all soon.