Hanging Garden For Global Design Project

I was excited to see a color challenge this week at Global Design Project. However, when I started to work on the card, I couldn’t get anything to work the way I wanted it to! I realized the stamps I was trying to use just didn’t lend themselves to a color challenge. Inspiration hit and I grabbed the Hanging Garden stamp set. Sometimes when a new catalog comes out, I forget about some of the other wonderful stamp sets I have. Here’s what I came up with.

Hanging Garden stamp set, #GDP141, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Here’s the logo for the challenge. Just click and you can see the designers samples and other entries.

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Design Notes for Hanging Garden Card:

I love these three colors! They are all now in the Regals Collection. But they are all very intense, saturated colors, so I had to be careful not to use too much solid color. I ended up using Stampin’ Write Markers in the three colors for the flowers in the basket. Note my addition of greens for the leaves and just the tiniest bit of yellow for the center of daffodils. I think I can be forgiven for that! But, it turns out the background piece is really my favorite. I used the Sponge Brayers to create just a light touch of each of the three colors. The Real Red bow at the top of the hanger and the mat of Rich Razzleberry seemed to pull it all together.


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Paper Pumpkin Time is Coming:

Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? If you are you know that it will arrive on your door step in just a few days. Yea! Here’s a some info about this month’s kit.

Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!

Here’s a look at the suite of things that this month’s kit coordinates with.

Your Paper Pumpkin kit will just be the exciting beginning of creating when you order some of the Broadway Bound suite products. Just contact me to order. Check out the catalog, pages 68 and 69. Let me know if you want to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin but hurry. You need to subscribe by June 10 to get this month’s kit.

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What’s a Partial Die Cut?

One of the fun things about being on a design team is that there are times when I really have to stretch myself. The Technique Challenge for this month at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday is called Partial Die Cut. I confess, I had not heard about it before. But, it turned out to be very cool. Harder to explain than to do! Here’s my sample for the challenge.

Partial Die cut, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Do you see how the umbrella is popped above the top of the card? That’s because it is only partially cut out!

Here’s the logo and link for this month’s Technique Challenge. Try it!

Design Notes for Partial Die Cut Card:

If you go to the Try Stampin’ on Tuesday web site, there is a tutorial for this technique. Essentially, you are going to place a die on the card stock so that the top of the die is where the fold would ordinarily be. Then tape the die down with a little Washi tape. Place the die at the very edge of the cutting plate so that the bottom part of the die is over the edge and doesn’t get cut.

I used the Umbrella Weather Thinlit die to partially cut the paper. Then I also cut the same die using some Sweet Soiree Designer Paper.

The little flower box at the bottom was cut from some Wood Textures Designer Series Paper with a die from the Hearth and Home Thinlits set. The sentiment stamp is from the Hanging Garden stamp set. The flowers are from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.

I liked the rain showers / flowers idea. Not sure I got it across but now you know!

Partial Die cut, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

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What should I buy?

Later this week, I’ll be heading to Hartford Connecticut for a Stampin’ Up! event. Among other exciting things, I’ll get to see the new catalog! Yea! I’ll also find out what’s going to retire. What I know now, is that the 2016-2018 In-Colors will soon be gone. Also, anything with those colors in them.


If you are interested in any of the Stampin’ Pads or Refills for the ink pads in these colors, you should purchase them NOW. They are always the first things to sell out!
Just click below to go directly to my 24-7 on-line store.
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April Ordering Bonus:

Anyone who orders on-line this month and spends $50 or more will receive a package of Metallic Foil Doilies. You will receive this directly fro me after your order has processed. Just my way of saying thanks!
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Bella & Friends Get My Vote!

Don’t you just love the stamp set, Bella & Friends? The images of puppy Bella elicit an “awww” from just about everyone. I’m participating in Kylie’s International Blog Review again this month and the theme was encouragement. The Bella set just called out to me.

Bella & Friends stamp set, Embossing Paste, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Kylie Bertucci International Blog Highlights,

If you have a minute, would you go to Kylie’s blog and vote for my card? Just go to my card, find the heart on the upper right hand corner of the card and click. You should get a message saying that you have 4 votes left. (You can only vote for my card one time!) Thanks!


Design Notes for Bella & Friends Card:

I once again, have been playing with the Embossing Paste. It is just so much fun. I used the clouds mask from Pattern Party Decorative Masks. Before I applied the paste, I did a little sponging on the piece of Soft Sky card stock. When I applied the paste, I tried to make it a little blotchy so that the clouds would have a some texture. Bella and her friend were colored in with Watercolor Pencils and then I softened the color with a Blender Pen.


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Bonus Day coupon

Remember, for each $50 you spend in July, you will receive a coupon for $5 to spend in August. If you were to buy the Bella & Friends stamp set, the Embossing Paste, masks and tools and the Watercolor Pencils you would have spent enough to qualify for the coupon.

Remember to use the Host Code when you order from me. This month’s code is UJXDBNU7. Here’s the link to my on-line store. Thank you so much for shopping with me.

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