Embrace The White Space With Picture Perfect Birthday

Sometimes, the folks who come to my class are skeptical about a card that has more than a touch of white space. My reply? “Embrace the white space.” Usually they end up being happy with the result. This month, we made a card using the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set and the Sweet Soiree Designer Series Paper.

Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set, Sweet Soiree DSP, birthday, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comI think this may qualify for the world’s easiest card!

Design Notes for Picture Perfect Birthday Card:

I’ve resolved to use more of my Designer Series Papers! I often love them too much and don’t want to cut them up. Not good. For this card, I needed only a 3″ x 4″ piece of the paper. Each piece of this Sweet Soiree  Designer Paper is 12″ x 12″ so I got lots of pieces from each sheet! I stamped on a piece of Whisper White with Fresh Fig ink. Stamp first. If you make a mistake, just turn the paper around. You’ll cover it with the Designer Paper. (Not that I think you would make a mistake but….you can tell your friends.) So, stamp, add the paper, then wrap the ribbon around. I like to add my inside snetiment before I complete the assembly. Again, just in case I make a mistake.

And did you notice the cute bow stamp on the envelope? Always good to dress up the envelope.

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Coffee Cafe for Global Design Project

I think that the first thing I notice is color. Maybe card colors, clothing, furniture or decor items. So, when I saw that this week’s challenge from  Global Design Project was a color challenge, I knew that I would participate. The choice of Coffee Cafe stamp set was totally random!

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Isn’t this a great color combination? Here’s the challenge logo. Just click on the image below  to go to the site.


Design Notes for Coffee Cafe Card:

One of the first things I did was to look in the Annual Catalog to see what colors were in the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper. Once I saw that Soft Suede was one of the colors, it was an easy decision to use that paper on my card. I stamped the cup, lid and wrapper with Soft Suede ink and cut them out with the Coffee Cups Framelits..And isn’t the shimmery ribbon a fun touch? Finally, I added a little Wink of Stella on the words to make them stand out a bit.

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You’re The Best, Really!

Today I’m again participating in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights. The theme this time is love. This past weekend I was with my BFF, Janice and her family. We always have fun together and I always feel so blessed and loved when I am with them. So, it was a no brainer that I would make a card for Janice. The sentiment from Watercolor Words describes her perfectly, “You’re the best”

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I love the designer paper on this card and took Kylie’s advice to use it! #LoveItChopIt

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I hope you will go on over to Kylie’s blog and vote for my card. If I am in the top 10 vote getters, I’ll be in a blog hop next month, something I love to do. All you need to do is find my card, and then click on the heart on the upper right hand corner. Here’s the link: Just click here.

Design Notes for Watercolor Words Card:

It was fun making this card! I found a little piece of the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Paper and cut it down just a bit to fit the layer I was planning. Next, I just did some same color stamping with a flower from the stamp set on the Marian Mist piece of card stock.

The sentiment was stamped with Marina Mist ink and then cut with the Layering Circles Thinlits. I popped it up with some Dimensionals. Finally, I added some rhinestones to echo the glitz in the Designer Paper.


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Window Shopping Box for Try Stamping On Tuesday

This week I have another Try Stamping On Tuesday challenge sample to show you. I used the Window Shopping stamp set to help me create a cover for one of the Acetate Card Boxes.

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Here’s the link and challenge logo. Hop on over, take a look then create a card using this sketch.

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Design Notes for Window Shopping Box:


This is actually not a card but just a front piece I placed on an Acetate Card Box. I made some cards for a friend of mind and wanted to put them in something cute. The Acetate Card Boxes fit up to six cards and envelopes nicely. You might recognize the cards as some that I featured in a post a week or so ago.


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Since the design had lots of white, or unstamped space I wanted something to add a little interest. I could have used some designer paper but opted to use regular card stock and emboss it. The Quilt Top Embossing Folder is from the Holiday Catalog but is still available. Isn’t it a nice design?



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Inspired Events And Amazing Grace!

This weekend was Confirmation for Ava, the daughter of my goddaughter. She is pretty amazing and took the name Grace for her Confirmation, Amazing (Ava) Grace. For her amazing card,  I found that Inspired Events stamp set in the Annual Catalog had a lot of sentiments including “Confirmation” .

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You can see, I’ve been having a good time coloring, this time with Stampin’ Markers.

Design Notes for Inspired Events Card:

A week or so ago, I made a gift bag for her using the Springtime Foils Designer Paper. For that, I used Stampin’ Blends for the coloring. If you’d like to see the gift bag and tag, just click here.

For this card, I decided to try using the Stampin’ Write Markers. I think it turned out just fine. You can’t get the same blending that you do with the Stamping Blends but I am still pleased with the results. For the foil paper layer, I just colored the leaves with Old Olive. On a different sheet of the Foils paper, I cut out a flower after I had colored it. Thanks to my Paper Snips, it was an easy job.

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Hope you are having a great day and looking forward to a productive week ahead.