Painted Glass for Sympathy

I try to have some sympathy cards at the ready. Unfortunately, I needed one this week and though I had some, I wanted something special. I went to the Painted Glass stamp set for the sentiment and the butterfly.

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I think it’s a little bit of a different color combination for a sympathy card, but I hope my friend will like it.

 

 

Design Notes for Painted Glass Sympathy Card:

I think butterflies are a perfect symbol for a sympathy card. Originally I thought I would put the butterflies all down the side and stamped four on the piece of paper. Naturally, to stamp in a nice column like that, I used my Stamparatus, I placed the stamp, inked it up, stamped, then moved the plate down to the next hinge. This is called – you guessed it – hinge stamping! After I stamped all the butterflies, I colored them in with Stampin’ Blends.

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After I embossed the piece of Mint Macaron with one of the Petal Pear Embossing Folder, I sponged over the flowers a bit with some Mint Macaron ink. That always makes the embossed design pop.

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Finally, after I stamped the sentiment, I cut it out with one of the Stitched Labels Framelits. I also backed the piece with a piece of Mint Macaron so that the openings would all show the same thing.

 

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Specials for August:

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

Bonus Days:

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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:

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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!
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  • 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!

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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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Hope you are having a great day. How has it gotten to be August 1st already?

Dianne

Catalog CASE with Timeless Textures

I’ll admit it. Sometimes inspiration is just elusive. But, I can easily find sources to get my mojo going again. One of my favorite sources is to look in the Stampin’ Up catalog. This time I found a card I wanted to CASE (Copy and Share). I used a different stamp set and different colors than the sample. I used Timeless Textures for my card.

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Here’s the card that was my inspiration. it’s from page 125 in the 2018019 Annual Catalog.

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Design Notes for Timeless Textures Card:

Can you see which elements I copies and which I changed up? I kept the general layout of the card and added twine to the left side. (I had tried Copper Trim and didn’t like the look.) What I did change: I used different colors. I think this might have been my first time using the Merry Merlot Neutral color card stock. It surely won’t be my last. What a great color. I also changed the sentiment and how it was presented. I decided to stamp the sentiment, from Better Together, on vellum and heat emboss it. Once I had cut it out with the Layering Ovals Framelits I wanted to back it with a Merry Merlot oval.  I realized I didn’t know how I was going to adhere the Vellum piece. When you adhere Vellum, you need to hide the adhesive. There was literally no where to hide on this piece! So, I just put adhesive everywhere. It turns out, I like it since it added a little more of a textured look.

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Both the Timeless Textures and Better Together stamp set come in both Clear Mount and Wood Mount. Nice to have choices, isn’t it?

Are the Stampin’ Blends Calling Out to You?

There are new colors to choose from! I’ll be featuring these new colors in posts soon. (Mine on on their way.) When you order, be sure to use the June Host Code RJMA2SGP.

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Hope you are having a great day.

Dianne

 

Waterfront with Sympathy

I recently needed a special sympathy card. The father of a friend of mine passed away. He had been a science teacher and quite the outdoorsman. I knew the the Waterfront stamp set would be exactly what I would need for this special card.

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Design Notes for Waterfront Sympathy Card:

The Waterfront stamp set makes it easy to create a serene, beautiful card. This scene makes me think of a lakeside mountain, probably somewhere that my friend’s father would have loved.

For both the mountains and the water, I simply used the stamp two or three times, re-inking each time. The shading on the trees was created when I stamped them, then stamped again without re-inking. For the sun, I just made a mask of the mountains from a scrap of paper then stamped over it. (Go to my Video Tutorials page to find a link to my video about Masking.)

I began to put the card together and decided I need some texture or interest in the background. The Seaside Textured Embossing Folder, seemed to do the trick. Just enough texture.

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Is It Retiring?

The stamp set that I used for today’s card, Waterfront, is not on the retiring list. However, there are lots of great stamp set, Framelits, punches, inks, card stock, …Well, you get the idea, lots of stuff is retiring. So, check the lists and see what you need to order. I’d love to be your demonstrator! If you place an on-line order of $50 or more with me this month, I’ll send you a spool of Gold Ribbon as a thank you.

Here’s the link for on sale items!   AC-OCC Retired Disc-US

This is the list of items from the Annual Catalog.   AC Retired List-US

Here’s the list of items from the Occasions Catalog.   OCC Retired List-US

Just click below to go to my 24-7 On Line Store.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. Oh, by the way, thank you for voting for my card at Kylie’s International Blog Highlights. I landed in the top 10 and so will be in a blog hop sometime soon. Thanks so much.

Dianne

 

Freshly Made Sketches and Heartfelt Sympathy

I try to anticipate the need when it comes to sympathy cards. When I need one, and don’t have one, I seem lost for inspiration. Yesterday I saw the Freshly Made Sketches challenge and it helped me come up with this card using the soon to be retired Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set.

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Here’s the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. FMS333

Design Notes for Heartfelt Sympathy Card:

It seems like I had not done heat embossing in a while. How could that be? Heat embossing is one of my favorite things to do!I decided to go with the Copper Embossing Powder, gold or silver both seemed too flashy. I carried the copper theme through with the Copper Foil layer behind the Night of Navy and the Copper Trim bow.

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Retiring Stamp Sets:

As you probably know, there are many things retiring soon – stamps, inkds, papers, accessories. Today I featured the heartfelt Sympathy stamp set which is set to retire. Here are the other stamp sets that will be retiring. When you are ready to order, don’t for get to use this month’s Host Code (BDPHTPDQ) when you order.

Dianne

 

Thoughts and Prayers Swap Card

A few weeks ago, I participated in a swap organized by my awesome up-line, Alisa. The theme of the swap was Thinking of You or Sympathy. I used the Butterfly Basics and Thoughts and Prayers stamps sets to create a card that could be either sympathy or thinking of you.

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I love the color combination.

 

 

Design Notes for Thoughts and Prayers Card:

As you probably know, I love doing heat embossing. For this card, I used White Embossing Powder on the Vellum Card Stock. Then I used Sponge Daubers to color the flowers and leaves. I did that on the embossed side. The other side faced out. When I was putting the card together, I wanted some ribbon and didn’t have anything in either of the colors. I thought white would be too blah. So, using the same Sponge Dauber, I added some Marina Mist ink to the White Organza Ribbon. Easy! Have you ever tried that? I think most of the white ribbons can be used for that technique.

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Hope you are having a great day!

Dianne