High Tide for Sympathy Card

I’m not sure why I was drawn to this stamp set when I needed to make a sympathy card. But, I think ultimately, High Tide for sympathy was a good choice.

High Tide Sympathy, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

The colors are all soft and seem to work well with the tranquil feeling of the beach and seagulls.

Design Notes for High Tide Sympathy:

As much as I love using Vellum Paper, it’s always a challenge to make sure that it is adhered well. Adhesive has to be applied where it won’t show. On this card I added a Mini Glue Dot under the sentiment at the top. I also had some Snail adhesive behind the piece with the sea gulls. Finally, I added some Tear n’ Tape under where the ribbon hides the vellum. It’s all about the adhesives!

If you didn’t know that the embossed piece was created using the Petal Burst Embossing Folder, would you think they were pebbles in the background? Well, do you think they look like pebbles now that I’ve added that little thought? I think I’ll alert Stampin’ Up! on a possible name change for this folder – maybe “Beach Pebbles” embossing folder?

Petal burst Embossing folder, Stampin' Up diannescards.com

Generally, when I use Aqua Painters, I use Watercolor Paper. It’s a bit heavier stock and has a texture. I knew I was only adding the briefest of color so used Very Vanilla card stock for the coloring of the beach and sky. It seemed to work.


Supply List High Tide for Sympathy Card:

The “With Sympathy” sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. You HAVE to have this set. It covers every imaginable occasion.


Year End Sale Event:

It’s not too late to take advantage of the Year End Sales Event. Some of the items are items that will are in the Holiday Catalog but are going to be discontinued as of Jan. 2.


Hope you are having a great day! Busy here. I think today I will finally be able to start on our Christmas cards!


Sympathy Card with Climbing Orchids

I love making baby card, new home cards, congratulations and wedding cards. Birthday cards are always fun. Most cards I look forward to making. Not so much with sympathy. Right now I am participating in another International Blog Preview. The theme this month is sympathy. It forced me to prepare some cards to have on hand. Climbing Orchids seemed to match what I was thinking – something soft and soothing, no fuss.

Climbing Orchid stamp set, Orchid Builder Framelits Dies, Kylie Bertucci International Blog Highlights, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

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Design Notes for Climbing Orchids Sympathy Card:

I love the Climbing Orchids stamp set and thought it would add a sophisticated, tasteful look to the card.The layers of Chocolate Chip and Powder Pink set off the white flowers on white card stock. I stamped the center of the flowers in Sweet Sugarplum ink on Powder Pink Card stock. The only additional thing I did was add a layer or two of Wink of Stella to the centers of the flowers.


Climbing Orchid stamp set, Orchid Builder Framelits Dies, Kylie Bertucci International Blog Highlights, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Supply List for Climbing Orchids Sympathy Card:

Good news, the Climbing Orchids stamp set is part of a bundle with the Orchid Builder Framelits Dies. Save 10%, be 100% happy!


Vote for Me?

If you have a moment, could you hope over to Kylie’s page and vote for my card? If I am in the top ten, then I get to be in an International blog Hop. I was number three last month because of your votes. Thank you so much.

Remember, you can only vote for my card one time. I believe my card will be #7.  Look for the heart in the upper right hand corner of my card and click there to vote.

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Heartfelt Sympathy and a New Technique?

Fortunately, I guess, I don’t need a sympathy card at the moment. I decided to make some cards ahead of the need. Not always that organized. I love the Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set. The font is so different. I decided to try something I THOUGHT I had read about, using  drops of ink and Wink of Stella. After I did the cards, and loved the look, I found out I hadn’t read very carefully and it was about Watercolor Pencils and Wink of Stella. Sounds interesting, I will try it. In the meantime, I might have invented a new technique! Do you like the look behind the dragonflies?

Sympathy, Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set, Wink of Stella, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits

My inspiration for this card started with this week’s Global Design Project Challenge. This time the challenge was to CASE the Designer. If you saw my blog post a few days ago, you know all about CASEing. Here’s a link to that post and the video tutorial. You will also want to look at the Global Design Challenge and see how others have interpreted this CASE. Click on the photo to go to that website.

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Design Notes for Heartfelt Sympathy Card:

Don’t you love the card from the challenge?  It’s really not complicated but is really lovely.

For my card, I used the colors, (more or less) and the dragonfly elements. My background was created by putting a drop or two of  Soft Sky ink refill on a Silicon Mat. Then I took a clear Wink of Stella pen and squeezed it until a few drops came out. (You are generally, not supposed to do that!) I mixed the color in with the Wink of Stella brush and painted it on the front of the card. I’m calling this technique, Wink of Ink.

Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits, Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set, Wink of ink

I also added some of the Wink of Ink to the Dragonflies. By the way, when you are cutting out the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, be sure to use a Precision Plate. In addition to making it easier to release the thinlit from the paper, it will extend the life of your thinlit by preventing it from bowing.

Supply List for Heartfelt Sympathy Card:


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To order, just click on any of the items above and it will take you right to my 24-7 on-line store. Is it time to buy the beautiful Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits? You will love them. Buy the Thinlits and the Precision Plate and you will earn your coupon.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Stay cool. It is supposed to be in the mid 90° range here today!


Kinda Eclectic for Any Occasion

Seems like there are some sets that you think of for certain occasions. I don’t know that I would have thought of Kinda Eclectic for a sympathy card. But when you look at the stamps, why not? I am involved in a swap group  and for this month we were to create a sympathy or get well card. The stamp set was just calling out to me. You gotta go with it when a stamp set is calling out. Here’s what I did.

Kinda Eclectic stamp set, sympathy, Better Together Stamp set, Butterflies Thinlits, stamping off

You may wonder why I didn’t use one of the Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Papers. By the time the other folks receive this card, Sale-A-Bration will be just about over so I didn’t want to use something they couldn’t get. However, if you have some of the other Glimmer Papers lying around, or place an order in time, you could use one of those papers if you want to CASE this card.

Design Notes for Kinda Eclectic Sympathy Card:

Well the color selection was really easy once I decided to use the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper. A butterfly seemed perfect for a sympathy card. I selected one of the border designs and the leaves for some background for the butterfly. The Butterfly was cut from the Butterflies Thinlits.


By the way, when using very detailed Framelits or Thinlits like the butterfly, it’s best to use the Precision Plate with your Big Shot for a nice, clean cut.

Supply List for Kinda Eclectic Sympathy Card:



Sale-A-Bration. Stampin' Up!

Just about two weeks left for Sale-A-Bration. That means it’s a good time to shop. For each $50 you purchase, you get to select a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. There are so many great things to choose from! Here’s a link to the brochure .SAB_2017_US and to the Supplement SAB_2017_2nd Release_US

OH, Happy St. Patrick’s Day. If you missed my St. Patrick’s Day card, just check out my post from Monday, click here.

Have a great day!