Thursday, 26 July 2012

it's D'Arcy day and Challenge #10

Good morning blogland and welcome to D'Arcy's Diaries today
We have a brand new challenge today for you.
The winners from our last challenge are still our secret, as they were all so fabulous that we need some more time to decide and pick our winner. So in a few days we will give you the winners of the fantastic
The challenge today is a really tricky one!
But I guess all you ladies don't get scared of it
We want to see your

 Monochromatic creations

Here are the easypeasy rules:
  • You must use a D'Arcy's Diaries image
  • Your entry must be with us by Tuesday 7th august at midnight UK time
  • You must link back to your actual blog post, otherwise it makes it harder for people to find your beautiful cards
  • You must stick to the challenge theme to be in with a chance of

Papers from leftovers
Spellbinder Flowers
Spellbinder butterfly
QK numbers
Cheery Lynn Swirl



Coloured with Copics

Papers from FabScraps, so looovley

Magnolia swirl
Seambinding and twine from WOC
Bling from Prima and sentiment stamped on a cloud from MFT


prima flowers
card stock
colored with promarkers
gellyroll clear star
distress ink-walnut stain


Items Used
Darcys Dairies No 64 Flower Girl.
Papers are from Sassy Designs.
Butterfly is a Spellbinders Die.
Flowers from Mulberry Crafts,
Ribbon from Crafty Ribbons,
Pin i did myself.


I have used D'Arcys Diaries 064 - Flower Girl for this card, she has been coloured with Warm Grey Promarkers. I have layeres her on white card that I have run through my embosser with a cuttlebug folder. I have just added a few pearls and layered it onto a white card blank that I have then coloured the edges with the same promarker.


Image DD_02 - My Heart
Papers - Grayscale - Sassy Designs
Wordart - Moments in Time - My Memories
Swirl #4- Joy Crafts die
Flowers - Scalloped Posie - Memory Box
Silver pearls and ribbon - Meiflower 


Isn't that just fabulous!
I hope you find some time to join us for this challenge, as you know we love to see what you do with D'Arcy!
Take care everybody and take time to do some crafting between looking at the Olympics :)
Happy crafting
Lots of hugs from
the D'Arcy girls

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Blast from the past :)

Hope you are all enjoying a better summer than we are here in the UK, everybody is starting to look a little rusty it is so wet and miserable here, I'm sure somebody up above has left a tap running LOL! The boss is definitely in the right place, sunning herself somewhere nice and warm, let's hope she brings some of that sunshine back with her!

As we have no new images while the boss is enjoying the sunshine, a few of us have made cards using some of the older ones.

I've used the gorgeous Gabriella for this card, I've turned a 8x8 card blank into a stepper card, and embossed Co-Ordination paper and sanded back. I've then used a scrapbook paper to make the flowers and added ribbons along the bottom with a sentiment - You're the Best of the Bunch.



I haven't been feeling too great this week, suffering badly with a chest infection, but have added a couple of cards which I've just had published in Creative Stamping magazine - Issue 5.

Image DD_032
Papers - Echo Park - Splash
Martha Stewart half daisy border Punch
Spellbinders grand nesties - Scalloped Oval
Marianne designs - Rose and Foliage dies
Gems, Pearls Ribbon and Anchor charm - Meiflower

Image DD_034
Playdate papers - Dani Mogstad
Buttons - Stash
Cord and charm - Meiflower

Image DD_015
Papers - Echo Park Springtime
Magnolia Doohickey - Swirly butterfly
X-cut butterfly punch
ribbon and Pearls - Meiflower



This beautiful "Flower Girl", I have colored with Promarkers.
Pattern sheets I have used is the pioneer Design's latest series
"Grandma's school"
Flowers from WOC and Kort & Godt.
The text says "Follow your dreams"
I have also used one of my newest punches from Martha Stewart that I bought this summer.


There is still time to enter our challenge as it has been extended until the boss comes back from her holidays.


The D'Arcy Dollies

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Some summer projects from us

Good morning blogland :)
Hopefully the sun is shining at your place and you are enjoying your summer days.
The design team have some more projects to share with you today!
Normally it would have been a new release today, but we have decided to let the big boss have some time off, and instead we are showcasing some of our favourites from the earlier relases :)

Hope you like them!

Made a china inspired lantern
Fiber papers
brown card stock
die cuts, swirl by hazel, mft die-namics circle flower,die cut 5 petal flower.
flatbacked pearls, stickles
LED tea light


Made cards for the preschool staff for her sister's daughter.

papers from Panduro
Homemade rose
Tha text says: happy summer
Coloured with Promakers


Has made a fantastic shaped card with her absolute favorite DD image :)
When Jill said I could use any DD for next week there was only one I could go with as she's my fave - Under My Umbrella. She's been coloured in with Promarkers and the papers are from Debbie Moore's Shabby Chic Vintage CD. I've added pearls and gems as well as a beautiful metal butterfly. The card shape is from Krafty Karens shop.


Has made a card outside her normal colouring comfort zone :)
And what a card!
Items Used:
Darcys Dairies No 64
Kay & Co papers
Flowers from Mulberry Crafts
Ribbon From Crafty Ribbons
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch
The Pin I did myself



Hard to choose a favourite image as I love so many of them, but I have a thing for fantasy, mermaids, fairies etc., so chose to use the mermaid image for this weeks card.

Image - DD_32 with bubbles
Papers - Always There - Eve Kipler
Large circle - Lifestyle nesting lace circles die
Flourish - Freemont Crest - Memory Box dies
Swirl - Die-namics Fancy Flourish
Rolled Roses - Marianne Designs Chinese Rose
Shells - Marianne designs Sea Shells
Border Punch - Martha Stewart Half daisy
Ribbons, Pearls, gems - Meiflower



This image I like very much is colored with Copic marker.
 Image can be found here.
Text Stamp from NSS.


Wow, what a talented team!!
We love to see your creations with D'Arcy's Diaries so come on and join our challenge which is
pearls and swirls
Have a wonderful day all!
Lots of hugs
Jill and the rest of the DT

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Fan Project!

Renee on the design team made this wonderful fan with one of the newest images from D'Arcy's Diaries. The image is called "Little china girl" and with her fan she is just perfect for the project!

Hope it inspires you to join our current challenge which is Swirls and Pearls

watercolor paper
watercolor markers/waterpen
gellyroll clear star pen
aged seam binding

Have a nice day friends!

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Pearls and swirls, reminder

Goood morning friends!!
Hopefully the summer has reached your part of the world and you are having a lot of those long, lazy, sunny, summer days!
Even though some of us here at D'Arcy's Diaries are having vacation, we've still had time to create a bit!
If this was a normal challenge we would have been half way through our current challenge which is
-and what a glorious combination that is!
But we decided to give the big boss and the design team some vacation to spend with friends and family so this challenge will run to 24th july. That mean you still have plenty of time to play and get your wonderful entries in. Remember you can participate as many times as you wish!

The design team have really outdone themselves with this one, just take a look

Colored with Copics.
I'm not sure where the papers come from.
Pearls from Kort&Godt and Magnolia swirl.
Stamped text from NSS.



DD_064 Flower Girl
Coloured with Promarkers
Paper, Sentiment and Blue ribbon from Debbie Moores Shabby Chie Vintage
Brown Spotty Ribbon from stash
Swirls cut from gold pearl paper on my silhouette.


-I have made a colouring tutorial for the Copics white colouring on this image.
You find it here in my blog
Image is DARCYSDIARIES_064 "Flower girl"
Coloured with Copics
Papers from Maja design
The wonderful swirl is a MB die and the butterflies from Cheery Lynn
Rolled flowers, charms and pearls from Kort og Godt


DD_064 "Flower Girl"
Maja design papers
Magnolia swirl
Coloured with promakers


Hope the dotty swirls in my paper count as I forgot to add any. Oops!
Image - DD_064 "Flower Girl" (seems to be popular this week LOL!)
Papers - Eat Cake Digital Scrapbooking kit 
Senitment - freebie - Create with TLC
Ribbon and Pearls - Meiflower


Items Used
Darcys Dairies image No 63
Papers are Promises Too from Nit Wits
Ribbon from Crafty Ribbons
Butterflies and Leaves are Memory Box Dies.
Flowers are from Crafts and Me and Mulberry flowers.

Ok friends, now it is your turn!
have a nice day and enjoy the summer :)
Hugs from the D'Arcy girls