Sunday, January 19, 2014

Daydream Designs Blog Hop: Day 5

Join the Fun--DAY 5


What amazing hoppers we've met through this blog hop!  You have delighted us with your encouraging comments. Our last day has arrived but we have more inspiration and freebies right up to the last minute of our hop!

If you are just popping on, it's  not too late to join our Daydream Designs BLOG HOP!  But you may want to check out previous posts by our designers.  Some of them are posting new samples each of the four previous days of the hop.  We have tons of inspiration for you and lots of FREEBIES and giveaways.  You will visit 10 Dream Team designers’ blogs.  Follow the linked list below to move through the blog hop in order, so you don’t miss one.  

We have some GREAT prizes for randomly selected winners who qualify.  

**Three winners will win their choice of 

 from our Daydream Designs Store.  
If we have lots of players, more winners will be selected.

(Excludes KD-Kits)

**One winner will win this BIG BLOG CANDY**

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Blog Candy Contents: 

  • Cardstock:  2-12x12 toast textured, 3-12x12 pink textured, 3 sheets each of 8-1/2 x 11 in Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Strawberry Slush.  (8 sheets total)
  • Patterned Paper: TWO 12 x 12 sheets EACH in light floral, bright floral, stripe, and heart print.  (8 sheets total)
  • Embellishments: 7 yds. total in wrinkle ribbon: pink blush, sand, caramel (hand-dyed by Diane Noble), 5 doilies, assorted prima flowers (as shown), assorted round and heart shaped buttons as shown, bird cage with pendant, rhinestone swirls, pink glass pearls, 30+ stickers
  • 3-D alterable items: 1 set of bracket covers for a mini album, one boxed fold out album to decorate.  (See more pictures at the end of this blog post) 


Collect FREE DIGIS as you go!  There will be a free digi waiting on each designer’s blog!  Here's the one for this blog (Day 3 only).  See Day 1 and 2 for a different Freebie.  Just copy and paste to your files.

To qualify:
1.      Visit every blog on the list.
2.      Leave a comment saying you were here.  Leave additional comments on subsequent days for more chances to win.

3.      For an extra chance to win, subscribe to our newsletter (Diane’s blog, first stop on the hop.  If you are already subscribed just tell me and I'll add another chance for you).

4.      When you get to the last blog on the list, Jerusha’s blog, you will have the choice to end the hop or continue to Deedee Anderson’s blog to start another round with her team for more prizes and Freebies!  Let’s get started!


Diane  (you are here...see inspiration samples below)


Deedee Anderson (optional to continue to her one-stop-blog-hop for additional prizes and inspiration) 

My Samples:

I wanted to create a surface with lots of 3-D elements.  Digi images are so versatile in this way.  I printed out the outline version of the bird in Tweetheart Outline set, and colored it with Copic markers.  I'm a little rusty, so I need to do it more often.  It's so relaxing. 

Then I printed very small swatches of 3 patterned papers in the Valentine Tweets Digi Paper pack and punched them out with banner shaped dies (Hearts a Flutter, SU).  I scored the tops of the banners and folded them over the string.  I put dimensional foam dots under them so they would pop out on the card.  The sentiment (recolored digitally) is from Sending You Love Sentiment set.   The clouds are from My Favorite Things, and I just inked around the edges (Pool Party ink, SU).  

 My second sample was super fast and easy, but is packed with sparkly love.  The card base (Pool Party, SU) measures 4 x 4.  I printed a 3-1/2" square of the patterned paper from the Tweethearts Digi Paper pack, and layered it with a square of Riding Hood Red (retired, SU).  I added twill ribbon and some red glitter pearls and mounted the piece to the card base.  

I printed 3 of the four-point star and heart shapes from a sheet of the Valentine Tweets digi paper, and cut the first layers so some of the blue showed, the second layer is cut around the red four-point star and the third layer is just the heart.  I used clear lacquer on the heart and sprinkled some pretty pink glitter on it.  One of the advantages of digi is there is no need for waste.  If I need a 3-1/2" square I can either crop a sheet (maintains pattern size) or resize a sheet (changes the pattern size).  Getting just the size you need for your card saves on ink too.  I use digi so much, and I don't find that I use an inordinate amount of ink.  I think it's a reasonable cost compared to buying patterned paper, having waste (just don't use all those scraps).  Time after time with digis, you use just want you need....again and endless supply of paper!

My final project of the hop is this fun little note pad with decorated cover.  I used Curious Metallic Red Lacquer cardstock (110#), from  It has a gorgeous shimmer to it and I love the weight for 3-D projects.  I used digi paper to decorate the front and back, from Ticket to Bliss Digi Papers.  Your free digi for this post is a sampler of this paper.  I used an owl from Owl Always Love You outline set, and printed an extra set of wings to pop up to hold the punched heart. I mounted the owl on a punched scallop circle in Pool Party cardstock (SU). 

You can buy these skinny notepads in several places online.  Just google "skinny notepads."  

These are so fun and fast to make.  My notepads measured 2-1/2 x 8, so I cut my cardstock cover at 5-1/2 x 8-1/4. You need a 1/4 inch spine to allow for the thickness of the pad, then I like the cover to extend about 1/8" on the sides, top and bottom...just to protect the pages of the pad. 

We really hope you've enjoyed our blog hop.  Be sure to run through the blogs of our design team again just to make sure you've seen all their inspirations.  Several of us are posting on multiple days.  And Karen is offering her own blog candy today, so be sure to sign on for that!   A fun last day perk!

Head on over to Elizabeth's blog, 
Warm Harted, and enjoy the rest of the hop.  

The blog hop ends at 6:00 PM today.  I'll announce winners later this evening or in the morning.   

Thanks for hopping with us!


  1. Back for Day 5 - I've had fun! I have really enjoyed your projects, and your DT's projects, and all the inspiration.

    All three of your projects are beautiful. I love how all the elements just pop off the first card - just gorgeous - and that a great idea to ink the edges of the clouds - I'm going to try that. You definitely achieved the 3D effect. Love the sweet birds and the glitter heart on your second card - so sweet! And your third project, the skinny paper pad, is adorable - such a cute owl - and what a lovely little gift this would make.

    I love your freebie paper too - thank you! Perfect for my Valentines - with all the beautiful freebies from this blog hop I feel like I've got a nice collection of your designs for my cards. Thank you!! So grateful for your freebies and the fun blog hop. I'm off to check out the other DT's blogs for Day 5. Wishing you a blessed day!

  2. Great hop Diane.Your ideas will keep so many going strong for a while. Blessings

  3. Beautiful projects !! thank you for the freebies!! blessings and greetings from Costa Rica!!!

  4. Love all the dimension on the first card. but the second card is my favorite! Love that paper. With printing out digi paper I learned if I print the solid pieces on Bazzill white then I have perfect match of textured cardstock. Thanks for another freebie!

  5. Your projects are awesome. I love the color palettes. Thank you so much for the free digital paper!

  6. these are really nice, love the colors, nice hop

  7. Wow! Great projects! I love the first card so much. I like the tiny banner and the pop dotted items. The note paper card is great. I love this idea so much. Thanks for sharing your projects and the paper. Edwina Brown

  8. Stopping in on Day 5 to congratulate you on a successful blog hop!


  9. I totally missed this day! LOVE These!!! That notepad is uber adorable!!! Blessings! ~H


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