National Puppy Day With Bella and Friends

I How could I have missed it? Apparently, yesterday was National Puppy Day! Can there be any cuter stamp set with a puppy than Bella and Friends? i just love this set! Here’s my tribute to national Puppy Day. (March 23 is the annual observation of National Puppy Day. Just so you know)

Bella and Friends stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, thank you, Stampin' Up! siannescards.com

I think looking at Bella would make anyone want to get a puppy. Well, almost anyone.

Design Notes for Bella and Friends Card:

Well, when you start with the Bella and Friends stamp set you know the card can only be cute. I stamped the image with Basic Gray ink then colored in with the Watercolor Pencils. I like to use Basic Gray ink when I color things since it draws the attention more to the colors rather than the outline. After coloring, I used the Blender pen to smooth out the colors. then I added the cloud for a little color and to tie the sentiment part with the Designer Paper. The paper is from the Carried Away Designer Series Paper. And guess what… I got it for FREE. Carried Away is one of the choices for Sale-A-Bration.

Supply List for Bella and Friends Card:

Do you notice that I’ve listed Bella and Friends stamp set twice? That’s because you can buy it as a clear mount stamp set. Just put the rubber stamps on clear blocks when you are ready to use them. They also come in wood mount. Mount them on wood blocks when you get them and they are always ready to go.

Sale-A-Bration is winding down. Did you like the Designer paper I used, Carried Away? Here’s a better look at the package. I think it is so cute!

Carried Away DSP, Saleabration, Stampin Up! diannescards.com

Just place an order for $50 or more and you can select this for FREE.

Hope you are having a nice day. Be sure to say “Hi” to all the cute puppies, and grown up puppies, in your life.

Dianne

Playful Palette Happy Birthday for BINGO!

Last night one of my downline and I had a Stampin’ Up! Bingo Night. It’s like any other Bingo night except all the prizes, including Prize Patrols, are Stampin’ Up! items! We also gave everyone a goodie bag, mostly featuring Floral Bouquet suite items. And we did two make and takes. Here’s the one I designed using items from Playful Palette suite.

Playful Palette suite, Painters' Palette stamp set, birthday, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Here’s a peek at the inside. I used the Stylized birthday stamp for this and a row of Washi tape.

Stylized birthday, Playful Palette Washi Tape, birthday card

Design Notes for Playful Palette Birthday card:

 

We wanted our Make and Take cards to be pretty simple. First they stamped the easel and then the sentiment on some Very Vanilla card stock. That was followed by stamping the brushstrokes around the easel. Some Playful Palette Washi tape completed that part. Each person chose a piece of the Playful Palette Designer Paper and put it all together.

A hint I always give is to make sure that the inside of your card is completed before you add the front piece. If you make a mistake stamping the inside (so unlikely!) you can try again by folding the paper the other way and making the error side the front. It will be covered by designer paper, etc.

 

Supply List for Playful Palette Birthday card:

Notice that the Painter’s Palette comes in both wood and clear mount. It’s always nice to have choices, isn’t it?

 

 

We had lots of fun at the Bingo Night. What’s better than stamping, playing, refreshments and fun?

Here are some pictures from the event.

I’m sorry I didn’t get pictures of the other table. The ones I took turned out very dark.

Thanks,

Dianne

 

 

Easy Cards with Hello You Thinlits

I seem to be in a phase where I am making cute but easy cards. Not a bad thing. Yesterday I wanted to make a thank you card and used just Washi Tape and the Hello You Thinlits Dies. It was so nice, I did it twice, the second card was a Hello card, Same design, different Washi, different word.

Hello You Thinlits cards with Washi, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

What do you think? Aren’t they cute?

On this one I used Affectionately Yours Washi.

Hello You Thinlits, Affectionaetly YOurs Washi, Stampin' Up1, diannescards.com

 

This one is probably my favorite. I used the Floral Boutique Washi on this one.

 

Hello You Thinlits, Floral Bouquet Washi, Stampin' Up! diannescards.com

Design Notes for Hello You Thinlits Cards:

There isn’t a lot to say here!. I placed a few strips of Washi in a symmetrical pattern down the middle of the front of the card.  No layers – gasp! The only remotely tricky part was the sentiment. I cut the word out twice in Night of Navy. I carefully glued them together, Remember to pour a little Multipurpose Liquid  Glue on your Silicone Craft Sheet. Then use a Stamping Sponge to spread the glue. Next, I cut one more of the sentiment from Gold Foil. Glue them all together. The two Night of Navy layers give it some depth. I could make these all day.

Supply List for Hello You Thinlits Cards:

 

Guess What, Guess What, Guess What!!!!

(When I want to drive my husband crazy, I say that. I love it.)

Sale-A-Bration, final days

Anyway, Sale-A-Bration is in it’s final days. Two really popular items have run out, Glimmer Paper and the Card Box. Stampin’ Up! just raised the bar however. There are new items to select from during these last days. Here’s a peek and the list.

Final SAB items

Yes, your eyes have not deceived you. The designer papers and the Washi are items from the Occasions catalog! Yea! Yea! and Yea! (See, the three times thing can be annoying.)

Sale-A-Bration items, final

Pretty exciting, right! When you are ready to order just click on the “Shop Now” icon below.

Diannescards.com, Stampin' Up!

Thanks,

Dianne

 

Happiest Place on Earth! What’s Your Opinion?

Name the best amusement park in the world. Disney World, right!? Disneyland, a close second. I’ve not been to many amusement parks but the Disney ones are right at the top for me. Yesterday I noticed that the theme for the Global Design Challenge was to create a card about Amusement Parks! I immediately thought of Epcot Center at Disney World and that huge globe as you enter. It’s just like the globe in the Places You’ll Go stamp set. How convenient!

Places You'll Go stamp set, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!, Diannescards.com

Here’s the challenge logo and a link to the page.

GDP079, Amusement park

I think you could use this card for travel, graduation or any new adventure.

Design notes for Places You’ll Go card:

This card is all pretty self-evident. Just a reminder about heat embossing. Be sure to use the Embossing Buddy before you use the Versa Mark. This way you won’t have any stray pieces of embossing powder on you design.

 

Supply List for Places You’ll Go card:

 

One of my Disney Adventures:

In January 2015, I traveled to Orlando for a Stampin’ Up! Leadership event. Demonstrators who were Managers or above were invited to a fabulous night at Disney World. We did not get to Epcot but had free reign at Disney’s Hollywood Studio. Don’t we look like we are having fun?

Places You'll Go stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Diannescards.com, Leadership, Jan. 2015

Join, Sale-A-Bration

You can join the fun anytime by purchasing the Starter Kit. It’s only $99 and you get $125 worth of merchandise of your choice. In addition, if you sign up before March 31, you receive two free stamp sets. It doesn’t get any better than that! Just click where it says “Join My Team” or click here.

Thanks for dropping by to look at my blog today, And Marcia, I hope you and others will stop back to see my blog again tomorrow.

Dianne

Lighthouse at High Tide

One of the first things I loved about living in Delaware was the proximity to some lighthouses. Somehow I’m always relaxed and happy around a lighthouse. Since I’ve had the High Tide stamp set, each time I use the lighthouse stamps, I’ve felt just about the same. Here’s a card I made yesterday for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

High Tide stamp set, two step stamping, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Here’s the icon for the challenge and a link. There are some great cards there.

Freshly Made Sketches 279

Design Notes for Lighthouse at High Tide Card:

As anxious as I am for spring weather to arrive this color combination is decidedly fallish. I started with the Cajun Craze then just picked colors that seemed to have the same intensity. I think they go together pretty nicely.

I didn’t have any problems following along with the sketch until I got the the elements on either side of the center. Also thinking that the card needed a little texture, I went to my ribbon box. Low and behold, there was the burlap ribbon, a true inspiration. The color was right, the feel was right. I cut a v in each end and it was perfect!

High Tide stamp set, burlap ribbon, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

This stamp set, High Tide, is called a two step stamp set. That’s because, for elements like the light house, you have two stamps to create the image.  Often times people stamp with two different colors. However, what I did this time with the light house was to stamp the first image with Cajun Craze that had been stamped off. The second layer was Cajun Craze, not stamped off. There really aren’t any hard and fast rules about light color, dark color. You need to experiment and see what you like best. But using photopolymer stamps makes the whole process pretty easy.

High Tide stamp set, two step stamping, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Supply List for Light House at High Tide Card:

 

Oh, hard to notice in the picture but I added some Wink of Stella to the beach area. I couldn’t resist!

Hope you are having a good Monday.

Please stop by tomorrow.

Dianne

P.S., By the way, here’s a link to a lighthouse card  I made using two different shades