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Diana Nguyen

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Quick and Easy Masculine Recycled Keepsake Box

May 12, 2018

Do you know who packages their products really well?  Tech companies.  Imagine the iPhone or iPad box – or any other electronic gadget… it’s usually in a really nice box – complete with that little magnetic flap.  So when my husband asked if I wanted his headphone box, of course I said yes!  I pulled out all my flower dies, thinking I was going to just pile on those 3D flowers for a really cute box and then I ended up with this super quick, clean, easy masculine recycled keepsake box.  Go figure! But it’s perfect because I have little boys who fill their pockets (and the washing machine) with little rocks, game pieces, and whatever else they find – and one can hope they will use something like this.  Read on to see how my plans got all turned around…

 

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Collect Moments with Flowers and Distress Oxide Background

April 7, 2018

Spring is so close I can almost feel it!  And with spring comes the cherry blossoms.  I live in Northern Virginia, quite close to DC where we have the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, but I admit that I have not been there in a while.  I would love to go except I don’t like crowds and my little boys just aren’t that excited to go see flowers in bloom.  Fortunately, there are plenty of cherry blossoms in the suburbs here but one of these days… This momma is going to get a picture of the family under the cherry blossoms again.  I love pictures and that is how I collect moments in our family life. Christmas ornaments from where we go is another way.  How do you collect the special moments in your life?  So as you can see, the cherry blossoms inspire my card today.  Please read on to see how I made it!

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Clean and Simple Butterfly Birthday Card

March 10, 2018

Hello!  I’m back with my favorite component on cards – butterflies!  I just think they are the prettiest and most wonderful creatures, and so easy to play with on cards.  They can be any shape, design, colors… so versatile.  I must say though that my favorite butterflies for papercrafting are the more delicate die cuts.  Read on to see how I created this simple but elegant card.

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You’re All Mine with Distress Oxides

January 27, 2018

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?  It’s Diana here today with a quick and colorful card that is perfect for Valentine’s Day or anytime you want to send some love.  This card is great with any colors but I love just adding all the colors – especially since the distress oxides blend so beautifully.  The sentiment “Mine! You’re All Mine!” was a perfect fit in the white space.  Please read on to see how I made this clean and simple card.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Go Bold with Lilies

January 20, 2018

Hi, Diana here! Have you ever seen one of those time lapsed videos of flowers blooming?  It’s quite amazing. This quote from the Where My Flowers Bloom Collection stamp set reminded me of those videos. Flowers open ever-so-slowly, but then they’re in full bloom! And it’s quite beautiful to behold.  I combined this quote with one of my favorite flowers – Stargazer Lilies. They are so vibrant and bold – and a lot taller than you would think!  Read on to find out how I made this card.

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Even Watercolor Roses have a Bit of Fragrance

December 23, 2017

Hello, it’s Diana here to share a card with you featuring roses.  It’s snowing outside right now and I need a bit of summer for just a bit, though I do love the snow.  Roses always make me think of summer and my mom  – it’s not as easy to grow roses as one would think but my mom loved them because they were one of the few perennials that would bloom all summer long.  And she was so generous with her plants – so this quote is perfect for the flower lover in your life – especially if they love roses!  Below are the directions to make this card.

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Just for You with Silk Microfine Glitter and Distress Oxide Background

November 18, 2017

Hello!  Diana here today to share with you a card that is just fun to make.  One of the best things about card making is how personalized you can get with it if you know your recipient well.  And just in case the color combo, dragonflies, and glitter don’t make the person I have in mind know that this was especially made for her, I added “Just for You” for good measure.  Subtle, right? Read on to find out how I made this soft and dreamy card.

 

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Be Bold with Gerbera Daisies on Oxide Photo Paper Background

October 7, 2017

Good morning!  Diana here with a fun card for you.   Fall is finally making an appearance with the cooler weather here in Northern Virginia.  Most of my flowers have started to fade but my Gerbera Daisies actually prefer the lower temperature.  I love how bold and pretty they are – bigger than my other daisies and definitely more colorful.  So when I saw the new Quietfire Design A Way With Words dies I knew I would be combining “be Bold” with the Gerbera Daisies.  I also used my (current) new favorite technique for making backgrounds – Distress Oxide inks on coated photo paper.

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Dream BIG with Dahlia and Woodgrain Background

September 2, 2017

Hello, fellow crafters!  Diana here today to ask that you dream big and to have fun while doing it!  Personally I find this hard to do as I like my little comfort zone but I’m hoping to be more daring this year and take some risks.  And I know some like-minded folks so I though this card would be a great way to encourage one another.  As always, I kept it pretty clean but I think that wood grain background photographed by Els really ties it all together.  Read on for the instructions on how to make this encouraging card for someone in your life.

 

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Happy Birthday Card – Two Cards with one Die cut using Washi Tape and Silk Microfine Glitter

August 12, 2017

 

Hello!  Diana here today with not just one but two cards to share with you using just one die.  The initial setup takes a bit more time but it makes for two fun and shimmery cards.  I chose to use the A Way With Words Happy Birthday die as my focal point.  Sometimes you just don’t want to cover up the background too much, right?

 

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