Happy Celebrations for Any Guy!

Are you always in a quandary when it comes to creating cards for guys? Me too. However, I think the Happy Celebrations stamp set is the answer to your problem. I know it helped me! Combine this stamp set with some Wood Textures Designer Series Paper and you’ve got it made, well, almost.

Happy Celebrations birthday card, masculine, Wood Textures Designer Paper, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

And here is a peek at the inside. I love this particular stamp. I can see using it for other celebrations as well.

Happy celebrations stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannecards.com

Design Notes for Happy Celebrations  Card:

This is really a clean and simple card. The only stamping was the sentiment on the front. It is actually two stamps and I carefully placed them on one block (E). I like to use grid paper when I am lining up stamps on the clear blocks. That way I know that everything is straight.

Align stamps on grid paper, Stampin' Up! diannescards.com

So, first stamp on the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I choose one of the lighter pieces so that the sentiment would stand out. Next I adhered to the Very Vanilla piece and then added the Copper Trim. That’s really about it. Oh, and finally, I added the sentiment inside. Really, that’s it! Easy, right?

Supply List for Happy Celebrations Card:

Notice, I used both the Thick card stock and regular. Thick is great for the card base.

 

 

Another day, I will use this set for a different occasion and you will see how versatile it is. In the meantime, look on page 34 in the catalog!

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.

Diannescards.com, Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking at my blog today.

Dianne

 

 

 

 

Custom Tee for a Classy Guy

On Sunday, Jerry and I attended a benefit concert at Neumann College in Aston, PA. Our good friend Jack Giamplami sang with the Brass Tacks Orchestra. It was a great event for a great cause. At one point the orchestra played the theme from “Rocky”. Jack then came out and showed an “Italian Stallion” tee shirt. He then threw the shirt out into the audience. Guess who caught it! Since Jack’s birthday is coming up, I thought I’d use Custom Tee to make his birthday card and throw it his way.

Custom Tee stamp set, T-shirt builder Framelits, Wood Texture Designer Series Paper Stack

Here’s Jack’s t-shirt.

Jack's T-shirt

Jack, sort of, wearing the shirt!

Jack with T-shirt

Design Notes for Custom Tee Card

I understand that the t-shirt was part of a long ago Halloween costume. It reminded me of a basketball t-shirt and so I used the Wood Texture Designer Series Paper to simulate a basketball floor.(Obviously not the parquet of The Boston Garden.)  I cut the paper into 1 3/4″ in strips so that it would look more like a floor! It was a little bare looking so I added some stars from one of the stamps.that made me happy.

Supply List for Custom Tee Card:

This is really a “Hello” and “Goodbye” card. The Wood Texture Designer Series Paper Stack will be available in just a few days, June 1. It’s one of the many great Designer Series Papers in the new catalog. The stamp set, Custom Tee and T-shirt Builder Framelits are retiring in just a few days. So order NOW! In fact, both items are on sale (Stamp set $19.50 and Framelits $15.)

I’ve listed only the things that are available now.

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Only 6 Days left!

I know there are many items like the stamp set I showed today that you want. Don’t wait any longer! Retiring items are only available until May 31. If your order is $50 or more, I will include a little gift for you as a thank you.

On June 11, that’s a Sunday, at 1:30, I am holding my New Catalog/ Retirement Party at my home. It’s something you don’t want to miss!

  • BoGo,
  • Make and Takes
  • Goodie bags
  • Refreshments
  • Door Prizes
  • Lots of samples

Be sure to let me know if you are coming so that I can prepare enough goodie bags and Make and Takes, and of course, enough refreshments!

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Dianne

Hey Guys, Party With Cake!

I’m participating in a Blog Highlights Event today. The challenge was to make a masculine themed card. Party With Cake called out to me. I was inspired to go with the double Z fold card. I think that kicks this card up a notch.

Party with Cake, double z-fold card, Kylie Bertucci Internation Blog Highlight, masculine card, birthday

 

May International Highlights, Masculine card, diannescards.comIf you would, could you go to this blog post and vote for my card? Voting begins at 6PM this evening. (The organizer is in Australia!)

Design Notes for Party With Cake Card:

The z fold card is really pretty easy.

  • Card base measures 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
  • Second z measures 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″ and 6 1/4″
  • Remember to adhere inside mats and DSP before you adhere the second Z.

The only really fancy thing I did was to add a touch of Wink of Stella to the tops of each candle.

 

Supply List for Party With Cake Card:

The Party With Cake stamp set will retire in just a few weeks so be sure to grab it up now. It is available in either Clear Mount or Wood Mount.

Got a little off schedule, so tomorrow will be Ribbon Share day!

Dianne

Fond Farewell Wetlands Stamp Set

Whenever the Retirement List comes out, there are always some stamp sets on the list that cause me to be just a little sad. Wetlands is one of these sets. I like to use it for birthday cards for men or a nice, beach themed “Thank you” or “Thinking of you” card for just about anyone. Here’s a birthday card I made for a friend.

Wetlands stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

This card was also inspired by the challenge for this week over at Global Design Project. Here’s the logo and link for this challenge.

Gloibal Design Project, challenge #082

Design Notes for Wetlands Card:

I love the image of the goose on the grass. I thought just some soft color would be appropriate. Since I knew I would color the image with Blender Pens, I stamped in Basic Gray Archival Ink. I use gray when I am going to color an image so that the emphasis is on the colors and not just the outline. I also wanted to use Archival ink so that it would not bleed when I used the Blender Pen. Here’s the image with just the Watercolor Pencils

wetlands stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Here’s the image after I went over the colors with the Blender Pen. I also rounded the corners with the Project Life Corner Punch. Can you see the difference? The colors just become a bit more vibrant, but still soft. I really like the effect.

Watercolor Pencils, Wetlands stamp set, Blender Pen, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Supply List for Wetlands Card:

Notice that the Wetlands stamp set is retiring. The Scenic Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack is also retiring. So sad.

 

Retirement List:

2017 Retirement List, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I’m adding a link again for the retirement list. It is accurate to last night at about 10PM. Please call or email me or order directly using my link. Most items are available only while supplies last. Stamps will be produced until May 22.

Retiring_List_US

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Coming Soon:

I am re-instituting Stamp Club. This one will be exclusively birthday cards. Don’t we always need them! But this Club will be even better than before. If you live locally, great – come on over. However, if you are not local or can’t make the dates I schedule, you can do the class on-line. I’ll give you more details soon! We will begin in May.

 

Thanks,

Dianne

 

Super Swap Time!

Last night was our monthly downlne meetining. Always a fun evening. One of the things we do is a swap. Our theme this month was to make a card suitable for a man.

Here’s what we saw.

One Wild Ride

This is Marsha’s swap. Love that she used the One Wild Ride set.

 

Serene Scenery.

Jeanne used one of my favorite paper stacks, Serene Scenery. And what a great touch with the twine!

 

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We all enjoyed Maria’s humorous theme! Good to celebrate those anniversaries. Nice touch using the Number of Years stamp set.

 

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This is one of two great cards that MaryAnn sent. It would be perfect for my golfer husband!

 

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Love Jenna’s classy looking card with the Vintages Leaves in blue.

 

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MaryAnn’s second great card.

 

Stylized Birthday, Diannescards.com

Here’s my card. I love the Stylized Birthday stamp!

 

Aren’t they great swaps? Please leave comments for the gals and IU’ll pass them along.

See you tomorrow.

Dianne