Color Me Happy with New Blends

About two years ago, Stampin’ Up! developed Blender Pens. I loved them. However, they were not perfect and Stampin’ Up! withdrew them from our catalog but continued to work with the manufacturer. (They were drying out too quickly.) I’m happy to say that they have reintroduced the pens and now they are perfect! There is also a new stamp set, Color Me Happy, to go along with them. The new Blends are so much fun to use. Here’s one of my first projects.

Color Me Happy Stamp set, Thank you, note cards, Blends, Stampin' Up!

These great markers go on sale on November 1 !

Design Notes for Color Me Happy Note Card:

There are lots of lovely colors to choose from but I decided to use the two Cherry Cobbler pens for the flowers. You will see that there are lots of ways to work with Blends. For this card, I choose to color a few petals with the lighter shade then go back and add some accents with the darker shade. I also used the Highlighter to give a little depth to the petals.

You may be wondering about the flowers and stems. I used a masking technique – different from the one I showed you yesterday. With this technique, I masked the “Thank You” sentiment so that I could stamp the whole stem.

To do this:

  • First, stamp sentiment that you want masked on a scrap of paper
  • Next, cut out the sentiment
  • Then, use a little adhesive on the back of the cut out sentiment and cover the card front sentiment.
  • Stamp!

Here’s what it looked like.

Color Me Happy stamp set, Blends, masking

If you look carefully at the mask piece, you can see the stems that were masked.

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October Class Sneak Peek – Vintage Leaves

The first week of the month, I hold my monthly card classes. This month I’ll be teaching a technique that will be new to many, using Baby Wipes as an ink pad. I chose to use the Vintage Leaves stamp set for this since fall leaves just call out to be multicolored.

Vintage Leaves, baby wipe technique, #GDP107, Stampin' Up!,

I added the Thank You sentiment, from the Rose Wonder stamp set as I always need thank you cards. In addition, I wanted this card to be part of the Global Design Project this week. Their theme is Grateful.

#GDP107, Vintage Leaves, Diannescards.coom, Stampin' Up!

Design Notes for Vintage Leaves Card:

The baby wipe technique is fun and easy.

  • Place a Baby Wipe on a paper plate or other flat surface.
  • Add 4 or 5 drops of ink refill for each color you want to use. In this sample I used Cajun Craze, So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie.
  • Stamp as you would with an ink pad.

Didn’t I tell you it was easy? I love that each leaf turns out looking different.

Do you recognize the Thinlit behind the sentiment? It’s from Eastern Medallions Thinlits. There is just no end of uses for that set of Thinlits!

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Each time you order an ink pad, it’s a good idea to also order the refill. There are lots of techniques for using the refill ink in addition to keeping your ink pads nice and juicy.


October Specials!

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So exciting! If you love Designer Series Paper the way that  I do, you will be excited too. Most of the standard Designer Series Papers are part of a “Buy 3 get 1 FREE” sale.


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There is also a Sale to celebrate World Card Making Day. What a great sale it is! For ten days (October 1–10), you  get 15% off Notecards & Envelopes and select stamp sets. Also, when you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get two refills for FREE! These items will help you celebrate the best hobby of all—cardmaking!

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Copper Fest with Daisy Delight

I pulled out just about everything I have that is copper for this card – Copper Foil, Copper Trim, Copper Heat Embossing Powder. There is one other copper item that I did not use. Do you know what it is? I paired all of this copper loveliness with the Daisy Delight stamp set.

Daisy Delight stamp set, Copper Foil, Thank you card, #gdp106

I’m making many of this card as a thank you for my customers who ordered in September.

I was inspired by this week’s Global Design Project sketch. Doesn’t it look like fun? Click on the logo and go over to the blog to see some other great cards using this layout.


Design Notes for Daisy Delight Thank You Card:

The daisy is clearly the focal point of this card. I just love that stamp set and the Daisy Punch. For this card, I first stamped the daisy twice using Pumpkin Pie ink. Next I used a Dauber and added some color to the leaves. For the center, I used Soft Suede ink applied with a Dauber. Finally, I punched out the daisy with the Daisy Punch. Oh, I used my Bone Folder to curl the petals just a bit. After than, it was all just adding the layers – Early Espresso circle, Copper Foil Scalloped Circle. The Thank You sentiment was heat embossed with Copper Powder. I like the decidedly fall look to this card.


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P.S. Copper Thread is the copper item I did not use.

Water Aerobics Thanks With Seaside Shore

Each summer one of my neighbors brings her gigantic boom box and a water aerobics CD over to the pool a few mornings a week. We all follow along with the CD and get some exercise and have lots of fun. Yesterday we had a little brunch to finish off the year. (Exercise and food, the perfect combination.) So, I created this thanks with Seaside Shore stamp set.

thanks with Seaside shore, Pop-up card, Stampin' Up! ,

Are you wondering about those funny looking bits? They are supposed to be our swimming noodles!

Design Notes For Thanks With Seaside Shore Card:

Making a pop-up card is not hard if you can follow directions and not get ahead of yourself. I’ve made them before (see this post).  I used the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper to decorate the various panels and the cut some waves from Silver Glimmer Paper. The fish, of course, are from the Seaside Shore stamp set. Since I wanted to add a nice sentiment on the back, I used one of the larger sentiment from the All Things Thanks set.

Seaside shore Thanks,, Stampin' Up!, pop-up box, All Things Thanks stamp set

Because lots of people were going to sign the card, I made a folded panel in the back. I also made it a little taller than usual so I made my own envelope! Gotta love the Envelope Punch Board!

thanks with Seaside shore, Pop-up card, Stampin' Up!,


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Here’s Sharon with her special card.

Quick Thank You with Pop Of Paradise

I needed a few thank you cards, quickly.  Quick card tip #1, find a sentiment you like and work from there. I love the thank you banner from Pop of Paradise so that’s where I started. Quick card tip #2, use Stampin’ Up!’s Note Cards and Envelopes.The card stock is thick and so if you don’t want to add layers, you can just stamp right on the note card. Thus, a formula for quick cards.

Pop of Paradise stamp set, Note card, thank you, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Pop of Paradise Card:

As you can see, this is a pretty basic card. I’d like to think easy but elegant. The only clever thing I did was to wrap the piece of Powder Pink Woven Ribbon around a piece of card stock so that I could adhere it to the front without worrying about the ends of the ribbon showing. The Linen Thread, one of my favorite accessories, added a little interest and texture to the card front. And yes, I fussy cut the thank you banner. Really, not hard at all. You just need good scissors like our Paper Snips!

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Paper Pumpkin 50% off special, Stampin' Up!,

If you subscribe and list me as your demonstrator, I will be happy to give you a foam Piercing Mat. Since all of the stamps that come with the Paper Pumpkin kits are photopolymer, it’s good to have a piercing mat to stamp on. 50% off and a GIFT! Winner! Winner!

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