Watch Out for the Spooky Cat and Spooky Night!

Did you notice the Spooky Night Suite of products in the new holiday catalog? The items are on pages 52 and 53. The Suite contains a stamp set, paper, a punch and more. (Detailed pictures at the end of this post.) I used lots of those products here!

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Is there anything else that screams Halloween as well as candy corn?

Design Notes Spooky Night Card:

This card features a little bit of a fun fold, a gate fold. I decided to make a band to go around it to add a little more interest to the card.

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I stamped the card stock with one of the stamps from Spooky Cat. Next I embossed a piece of So Saffron Card Stock with the Seaside Embossing Folder and punched it out with the 2″ Circle Punch  to look like a moon behind the cat. I tied a little Black Baker’s Twine around it for interest but my favorite part is the three Rhinestones for the cat’s collar! Pretty elegant for a Halloween cat! By the way, the cat image is not stamped. He is  punched from some of the designer paper. Isn’t that cool?

On the inside, I punched out another cat from the designer paper and added a “Happy Halloween” sentiment from the same stamp set.

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Supply List Spooky Night Card:

OH! Goodie, goodie, this is a bundle! The stamp set and the punch come together. Save 10%, be 100% happy!

Help for Hurricane Victims:

Please think about anything you might want to order from me. Even if you are not a crafter or card maker, there are things you might want to order. Perhaps a pair of Paper Snips, or maybe some ribbon. This month I am giving 20% from each order to donate to Houston Food Bank. All order will count, on-line, in class, call or email me!

We are still exploring Scotland but will be home soon.

Dianne

Here’s a close up at the whole Spooky Night Suite of products!

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Sympathy Card with Climbing Orchids

I love making baby card, new home cards, congratulations and wedding cards. Birthday cards are always fun. Most cards I look forward to making. Not so much with sympathy. Right now I am participating in another International Blog Preview. The theme this month is sympathy. It forced me to prepare some cards to have on hand. Climbing Orchids seemed to match what I was thinking – something soft and soothing, no fuss.

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Design Notes for Climbing Orchids Sympathy Card:

I love the Climbing Orchids stamp set and thought it would add a sophisticated, tasteful look to the card.The layers of Chocolate Chip and Powder Pink set off the white flowers on white card stock. I stamped the center of the flowers in Sweet Sugarplum ink on Powder Pink Card stock. The only additional thing I did was add a layer or two of Wink of Stella to the centers of the flowers.

 

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Supply List for Climbing Orchids Sympathy Card:

Good news, the Climbing Orchids stamp set is part of a bundle with the Orchid Builder Framelits Dies. Save 10%, be 100% happy!

 

Vote for Me?

If you have a moment, could you hope over to Kylie’s page and vote for my card? If I am in the top ten, then I get to be in an International blog Hop. I was number three last month because of your votes. Thank you so much.

Remember, you can only vote for my card one time. I believe my card will be #7.  Look for the heart in the upper right hand corner of my card and click there to vote.

Click here to find the link.

Thanks,

Dianne

P.S. Voting begins at 6 PM on Tuesday September 19 (EST)

Let’s Try Every Good Wish

Maybe you don’t need to know all my inner stamping thoughts. This is just a tidbit. The other day, I stood in front of my selection of stamp sets and said – out loud – “Let’s try Every Good Wish.” Like someone was going to argue with me about it! But, nonetheless, that’s what I did. No arguments here!

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Well, because I was in a great mood, of course I heat embossed it. Why not?

Design Notes for Every Good Wish Card:

There are three bits of bling on this card. Can you see them?

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To be honest, I had just a bit of the Eastern Palace Paper left (I’ve since ordered more). I was doing this card for a swap and originally wanted to do a complete layer behind the “be merry” piece. Since I was making multiples, I didn’t have enough. As it happens, I think I like this better than my original idea! I love the Tranquil Tide Finely Woven Ribbon. It’s so nice to work with. After I added it, I felt it still needed something. Hard to imagine after gold heat embossing and the gold in the Designer Paper. A little snip of the Mini Sequin Trim finally made me happy.

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We are still driving around Scotland. Who knows, at this point we may be driving each other crazy.

Thanks,

Dianne

Coffee Cafe for Christmas

Oh, am I doing too many Christmas cards too soon? I know I hate seeing things in the stores for Christmas before Halloween. And really, why do we need Christmas music or movies before Thanksgiving? Nonetheless, here I am showing Christmas cards in September. It’s called “planning”. Lots of thought and planning need to go into your holiday cards so you need to see lots of examples. Well, is that justification enough? I hope so. I couldn’t resist adding some Christmas to the Coffee Cafe stamps. You might want to use Coffee Cafe for Christmas!

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While I was at it, I created another one!

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And if that’s not enough, the Holiday catalog has another set to compliment Coffee Cafe called, Merry Cafe. You can make your coffee appropriate for fall, Hallowe’en, Thanksgiving even Valentine. But more on that another day.

 

Design Notes for Coffee Cafe Christmas Cards:

Well, once you have the Coffee Cafe stamp set, the Coffee Cup Framelits and the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, there are no end of possibilities! For the first card I added one of the nifty Boxwood Wreaths Embellishments from the annual catalog. So cool. The oh so appropriate sentiment is from the Merry Little Labels stamp set. Really, could it be any better?

The second card uses lots of the same elements, though I confess, I cut out the coffee cup with my snips since the holly bough from Sugarplum Dreams went outside the shape of the cup. Are you wondering about the holly berries? When you have permanent markers, you have color Pearls (or Rhinestones). Yep, just use the permanent marker on the pearl, give it a minute to dry and add it to your card. Magic ensues.

Supply List for Coffee Cafe Christmas Cards:

Guess what! The Coffee Cafe stamp set is part of a bundle with the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies. What do I always say? Buy the bundle! Save 10% be 100% happy!

 

12 Weeks of Christmas Newsletter Fun!

Remember, soon, I will start sending out my Weekly, 12 Weeks of Christmas Newsletter soon. Each week will feature a different project with complete directions, measurements, photos and tips for assembly. To receive this you need to have checked “Newsletter” as part of your subscription. You can do that now if you haven’t already done it!

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Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog today. When this post goes live, we will still be in Scotland, and I’m guessing enjoying every second! If you leave a comment below, and I hope you will, I may not respond immediately. Forgive me. As we are preparing to leave, the discussion about taking the lap top has not finished!

Dianne

 

Water Aerobics Thanks With Seaside Shore

Each summer one of my neighbors brings her gigantic boom box and a water aerobics CD over to the pool a few mornings a week. We all follow along with the CD and get some exercise and have lots of fun. Yesterday we had a little brunch to finish off the year. (Exercise and food, the perfect combination.) So, I created this thanks with Seaside Shore stamp set.

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Are you wondering about those funny looking bits? They are supposed to be our swimming noodles!

Design Notes For Thanks With Seaside Shore Card:

Making a pop-up card is not hard if you can follow directions and not get ahead of yourself. I’ve made them before (see this post).  I used the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper to decorate the various panels and the cut some waves from Silver Glimmer Paper. The fish, of course, are from the Seaside Shore stamp set. Since I wanted to add a nice sentiment on the back, I used one of the larger sentiment from the All Things Thanks set.

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Because lots of people were going to sign the card, I made a folded panel in the back. I also made it a little taller than usual so I made my own envelope! Gotta love the Envelope Punch Board!

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Supply List for Thanks With Seaside Shore Card:

 

 

 

Hope you are having a splendid day!

Dianne

Here’s Sharon with her special card.