You’re Inspiring for International Blog Highlights

This month’s Blog Highlights theme was to select our favorite stamp set or item from the Occasions or Sale-A-Bration catalogs. WOW, what a hard choice. I finally settled on the You’re Inspiring stamp set. How could you not love the daffodils in this set and the great sentiments?

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Just click on the image below to go to the Highlights site. Would you vote for my card while you are there? I’d really appreciate it!

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I actually made this card for a friend who is a devoted gardener and has a birthday coming up in a few days. Do you think she will like this card? I knew that I wanted to use my Stampin’ Blends to color in the flowers so I started with stamping the image on a piece of Watercolor Paper. You know how much I love coloring and this was just lots of fun! I did just a little shading on the daffodils. To finish it off, I did two layers of Wink of Stella on the daffodils. I find that if I do one layer, it’s hard to see. When I let it dry for a minute and add another. it makes all the difference.

While I was at it, I made a second card using many of the same materials.

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For this card, I used a different stamp from the same set. I also used the Petal Burst Embossing Folder to add some texture to the background. A few Glitter Enamel Dots finished this card. Hummm, maybe I will send this card to my friend. Which do you think she would like best?

By the way, when adhering layers that are embossed, it’s important to use a good adhesive like Fast Fuse.


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Be sure to go over to the Blog Highlights page. I know you will see lots of great cards. And, please, vote for me!



Birthday Brusho Fun!

A week or so ago, I posted an anniversary card. (Check it out here.) It was my first use of our new product, Brusho Crystal Colour. In the meantime, I’ve played with it a bit and had my January card classes try it out.  Here’s one of the cards I made.

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Don’t you love the bursts of yellow and orange?

Design Notes for Brusho Birthday Card:

There are lots of different ways to use Brusho. They all seem to involve the Brusho Crystals and water. Water first, powder first, more water, not so much water. All the combinations give a different look. You can also add in the variable of heat embossing as I did in last week’s card. I wanted to start my class off with something easy. Everyone started with a piece of Shimmery White Card Stock. Wet it well with water from the Spritzer. Next, add the powder. Some added more water after that, some didn’t. It all depended on the look you were going for. Next we used the Heat Tool to dry the paper. (You can let it dry naturally but none of us had the patience for that!) I also reccomend that when it is nearly dry, hit the paper with some heat from the back to make it lie flatter.

When it is time to put the Shimmery White Card Stock on the next layer, be sure to use a strong adhesive, like Fast Fuse. The paper wants to curl but will be prohibited from doing so if you anchor it down well. I think Tear n’ Tape would work well also.

We used Memento ink for the sentiment. I used a stamp from the Thanks for Everything set for some of the samples below.

I think this picture gives you a good idea of the variety of looks you can get from this technique. Some have more intense colors, some lighter.

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Let me know when you are ready to order the Brusho Crystal Colors. If you add just a few things to your order, you’ll be able to select an item from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Click on the image below to go to my 24-7 on-line store, Sale-A-Bration page.

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Thanks for stopping by today. Get some Brusho and let me see what you’ve done with it!


All About Amazing You and Masking

Amazing You is one of the great new stamp sets from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Just purchase $50 and it can be yours. Today I have featured this great stamp set in a birthday card for a friend.

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There’s more about Amazing You that I’ll be sharing soon. Well, I’ll give you a hint… there is a  coordinating set of Thinlits that you can also get for FREE! Some samples next week. You are going to love it!

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Are you wondering about the “masking” part referred to in the blog post title? That’s how I got the great gold accent behind the flower.

I’ve been playing a lot with masking the last week or two and decided to create a video tutorial for you. I show you two types of masking. You will see they are easy and easier!

Design Notes for Amazing You Card:

First, I inked up the flower stamp with Calypso Coral and then I used a Stampin’ Write Marker to ink up the leaves. I created a mask of the flower and leaves then used that to cover the Calypso Coral and Wild Wasabi image. Next, I used VersaMark and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder with the sunburst stamp. I thought the “celebrate” repeated along side in Calypso Coral ink was a good way to finish it off. Finally, I added some Gold Metallic Thread behind the focal image. You can never go wrong adding some gold.

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Don’t forget, you can get this stamp set for free. Just order $50 in products from the Occasions catalog or the Annual Catalog. For each $50 you purchase you will qualify for a Free item.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Message in a Bottle or Genie in a Bottle?

I recently purchased the Message in a Bottle stamp set. I wanted to make a birthday card and thought what I really wanted was a genie to grant wishes! So, I masked off the bottom of the mermaid and made her into a genie!

Message in a Bottle stamp set, Masking, Stampin' Up!,

Design  Notes for Message in a Bottle Card

Well, I stamped the bottle then stamped another bottle to use as a mask. But it didn’t turn out the way I had hoped. It looked like a mermaid behind a bottle. Not what I wanted. Take 2.

Message in a Bottle stamp set, Masking, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comTurns out, there was an easier way to do it. Since the top of the bottle was flat, all I needed to do was put a scrap of paper across the top and stamp. That way I eliminated the extra stamp image on the sides.

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Did you notice the little drops of water around and in the bottle? I used some of the new Glimmer and Clear Epoxy Shapes. Aren’t they perfect?

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Hope you enjoyed today’s post. Remember, to purchase any of the products from today’s card, just click on one of the images above and it will take you right to my 24-7 on-line store. When you purchase $50 or more, you will be asked to select a FREE Sale-A-Bration item. Yea!


Number of Years – 70!

One of neighbors is celebrating a big birthday this week. He is turning 70. I loved being able to use the Number of Years stamp set to create a unique birthday card for him.

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Don’t you love the color combination? Well, gold is never a mistake.

Design Notes for Number of Years Card:

When this year’s In-Colors first came out, I think that Lemon Lime Twist was my least favorite. Now, I use it all the time and love it! The Foil Frenzy paper I selected for the background layer has some Lemon Lime Twist dots so I went with that! I heat embossed the “Happy 70th Birthday” part. (You know how I love heat embossing!) I’m not sure why I moved the sentiment piece to the left but I really  liked it after I added some Glitter Enamel Dots. A piece of Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon pulled it all together.

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By the way, I did not use them but the Number of Years stamp set goes so well with the Large Number Framelits Dies.

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