Baby Bear in Shades of Gray

So, I guess I’ve used the Baby Bear stamp set quite a few times. How could I not? It is just too cute. My neighbors welcomed a new granddaughter last week so I wanted to make something special.


Design Notes for Baby Bear Card:

In the past, when I’ve used Baby Bear, I’ve made the bear in shades of brown. This time I wanted to use grays so that it would coordinate with the Twinkle, Twinkle Designer Paper. The Stamparatus made it so easy to do the three layers.

I don’t always make a belly band for a gate fold card but thought it would be a cute way to display the bear. Here’s what the inside looks like.

Baby Bear stamp set, new baby card, Twinkle, Twinkle Designer Paper, Oh, My Stars Embossing Folder, Gate Fold card with Belly Band, Stampin' Up!,

The sentiment and stars are from the Better Together stamp set.

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Some Special Things for August:

Want to Win a Free Stamp Pad?

Stampin’ Up! is rewarding demonstrators who sell 10 stamp pads or more during the month of August. I sell ten ink pads, I get a FREE ink pad. If I sell ten ink pads, I’m giving away the one I earn to someone who purchased an ink pad in August.

So, purchase a regular ink pad (not Versamark, Memento, Staz-On or uninked Craft Pads) and you have a chance to win another one!

August Bonus Days:

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In August, you will receive a coupon for $5 for each $50 you spend. The coupon will be good in September.

To order, all you need to do is to click on the logo below and that will take you to my 24-7 on-line store. Remember, your order needs to total $50 before tax and shipping to qualify for a Bonus coupon. ADD AN INK PAD OR TWO!


Hope you are having a good day.

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Animal Outing for New Baby

I think that the Animal Outing stamp set is one of my favorites from the new catalog. I decided to make a new baby card, just to have on hand and think the kangaroo is just too cute. this month over at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday, the featured technique shows ways to add dimension with out Dimensions. so I wanted to demonstrate that.  Here’s a card I made as a sample.

Animal Outing stamp set, Animal Friends Thinlits, Adding Dimension, new baby card, Balloon Bouquet Punch, Petal Burst Embossing Folder, stampin' Up!,

Here’s the banner from Try Stampin’ on Tuesday. You should go over there and see the tutorial. Better yet, try it yourself!

TSOT banner for August technique


Design Notes for Animal Outing Baby Card:

I stamped the kangaroo and used Watercolor Pencils to color her in. The Animal Friends Thinlits made it easy to cut out the kangaroo and about 8 more of that shape from Crumb Cake card stock. I glued the colored kangaroo on top of the stack of plain, Crumb Cake ones.

And what do you think of the background? I embossed a piece of Crumb Cake Card stock after I inked up the inside of the Petal Burst Embossing folder. Isn’t that an interesting effect?


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Specials for August:

Stampin’ Up! has some special things for you in August!

Bonus Days:

Bonus Days, Stampin' Up!,

For every $50 you spend in August (before shipping and tax), you will receive a coupon for $5 to spend in September.

Color Your Season Items:

Colorful Season Promotion, Stampin' Up!,

Get in the mood to create something full of colors and seasons! Introducing the all-new, limited-time Color Your Season products:

  • Blended Seasons stamp set, an exclusive 10-piece wood- or clear-mount stamp set with images for every season!
  • Stitched Season Framelits Dies, a coordinating stitched die that includes stitching on both the positive and negative images!
  • Watercolor Pencils in 10 new colors! Note: These Watercolor Pencils may be available in a future publication.
  • Please note: The bundle includes the stamp set and dies only. It does not include the Watercolor Pencils.


Paper Pumpkin

The Paper Pumpkin Special is still in effect. You have until August 10 to subscribe (if you have never subscribed before. This would be a great gift for someone going away to college!

Paper Pumpkin special, Stampin' Up!,


Order in August:

The Host Code for August is TDSUFUR6. Remember, when you place an on-line order of $50 or more with me, I will send you a package of Colored Doilies!


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It’s a Joy Fold Card for New Baby!

A young friend of mine, Emma, recently gave birth to baby # 3, a sweet looking little girl, Phoebe. Emma provided my first experience with Stampin’ Up! I’ve made so many friends and had so many great experiences because of Stampin’ Up! I am forever grateful to her. So, her new baby calls for a special card. It’s been ages since I’ve made a joy fold card and I thought a new baby was a perfect reason for a joyful joy fold card!

Better Together stamp set, joy fold card, Everyday Label Punch, Petal Burst embossing folder, Stampin, Up!,, #GDP137

I confess, it’s not a color combination I might have thought of, but I love it! This week, the Global Design Project has a color challenge and that was the color inspiration for me. Click on the image below to go on onver to their site to see lots of beautiful projects inspired by this color combination.


Design Notes for Joy Fold Card:

A joy fold card is not hard. However, it takes a bit of thought and planning. The basic cuts are pretty straightforward but there are lots of sides that need either a layer of card stock, or Designer Paper or minimally, some stamping. I love the soon to be retired, Fresh Floral Designer Series Paper and had a bit of the Lemon Lime Twist left to use. I like the combination of Melon Mambo and Lemon Lime Twist but felt I had to be carefully that the Melon Mambo didn’t overwhelm the other two colors. Since I was using the Lemon Lime Designer Paper that had a lot of white in it, it was especially important to give it some prominence and not let it be overwhelmed by the Melon Mambo. I think it worked out o.k.

I brought in some touches of Melon Mambo with the flowers. First, I stamped, then colored with Stampin’ Write Markers and then fussy cut. For the flower on the inside, I stamped right on the card stock. I have some extras that I cut out. Perhaps I’ll put one on the envelope.

Better Together stamp set, joy fold card, Everyday Label Punch, Petal Burst embossing folder, Stampin, Up!,, #GDP137


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Tonight I will be having another post go out. I am participating in Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Highlights. I hope you will look at my blog tonight or tomorrow and then go to Kylie’s blog and vote for my card.



P.S. Earlier today, Stampin’ Up! released a list of retired items that are now on sale. Here’s the list.AC-OCC Retired Disc-US

This Little Piggy Baby Card (?)

It probably seems a little strange to use This Little Piggy stamp set for a new baby card. But, really, it makes sense. My friend and down line, Vicki, welcomed a new grandchild. The parents of the new baby raised a pig before expecting the new baby. So, see it really does make sense. Not sure I would do it for any new baby, but it worked for this one.

This Little Piggy baby card, Watercolor Pencils, Stampin' Up!,

Anyway, who wouldn’t want a card with this adorable pig on it?

Design Notes for This Little Piggy Baby Card:

I used Thick Whisper White Card Stock when I stamped the pig because I knew I’d be using my Blender Pen to soften the coloring. I would probably have been okay on regular Whisper White but the blending with the Blender Pen might have created a bit of pilling. I love using the Watercolor Markers and then to go over the colors with the Blender Pens. It hides any inconsistent coloring I might have done.

I used the Better Together stamp set for the sentiment and added a few sequins to add a little sparkle to the card front. Have you used the Tutti Frutti Adhesive Sequins yet? They are the BEST! So much fun.

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I’m always happy when stamp sets come in more than one form. I personally like the photopolymer or clear but I know lots of you are fans of wood mount. Both stamp sets I used for this card come in clear mount and wood mount.


Fast Fuse Sale

Fast Fuse SaleThe Fast Fuse 5-Day Sale starts today February 8 and runs thru Feb. 12th. When you buy ONE Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get TWO Fast Fuse Adhesive Refills for FREE. YEA! Free, my favorite price! This deal is ONLY five days—while supplies last. Be sure to order today!

Have a great Thursday!


Foil Frenzy Meets Baby Bear?

Foil Frenzy for new baby card? Well, Foil Frenzy for a baby card seems a bit out of the box, but I think it works. The daughter of my high school friend, Margaret, had a baby girl and since I’m a bit behind with the greetings I wanted to make it special! What’s more special than some glitz? What do you think?

Baby bear stamp set, Foil Frenzy DSP, baby card, Stampin' Up!, envelope punch board


Design Notes for Foil Frenzy Baby Card:

I really had fun making this card. (scroll to the bottom of this post to see my desk when this card was finished.)

And how about those layers? Some might think it’s too many but I couldn’t seem to stop myself. When I was planning the card, it was going to have a simple soft pink background. So much for that idea.

When I finished with the layers, I added the Crinkled Seam Binding bow but it still needed something. I stamped the ‘hello, baby..” sentiment twice, each time covering part of the sentiment with clear tape. That was I could stack the greeting rather than having it in a straight line. Then, since I had stacked the sentiment, I was able to cut it out with one oft he Sweet & Sassy Framelits.

Finally, since I had made the card 5″ x 5″, I needed an envelope. I love using the Envelope Punch Board. The striped Foil Frenzy paper worked!

Envelope Punch board, Baby Bear stamp set, Foil Frenzy DSP, New baby card, Stampin' Up!,

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Hope you are having a great day!

thanks, Dianne

Oh, here is a picture of my desk after all the layers!

desk disaster,