For My Lovely Friends

Over the weekend I was able to see three of my dearest friends. Yesterday when I needed to do a swap card using new stamps, I immediately thought of the Lovely Friends stamp set. The sentiments are so perfect and remind me of how lucky I am to have such great friends.

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This stamp set is in the new catalog which will go live on June 1. I can hardly wait.

Design Notes for Lovely Friends Card:

I mentioned how much I love the sentiments in this set. They are so sincere. The font is also lovely. but, in addition to great sentiments and a great font, there are some flower and leaf stamps in the package. Winner! Winner! If you look closely at the card, you can see the flowers are all made with two colors, Berry Burst and Powder Pink. First I stamped with the Berry Burst then the Powder Pink on top. It is so easy to do with the clear, photopolymer stamps. For the larger flower, I stamped on a piece of scrap and then cut it out with a Framelits from the Lovely Laurel Framelits set.

 

Supply List for Lovely Friends Cards:

This set is available as part of a bundle with the Lovely Laurel Framelits dies.

Hope you are having a good day.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Dianne

Smiling With Eastern Palace Suite

“To think of you is to smile.” Isn’t that a great sentiment? It’s part of the Eastern Beauty stamp set. Even though the new catalog doesn’t go live until June 1, you can purchase the Eastern Palace Suite of products starting next week. Of course, as a demonstrator, I was able to purchase it a few weeks ago. I finally got a chance to play with it yesterday.

Eastern Palace Suite card, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

This is just the first of many cards I’ll be showing you using this suite!

 

Design Notes for Eastern Palace card:

Don’t you love the medallion? There are so many great pieces and combination using the pieces in the Eastern Medallion Thinlits set. The Very Vanilla and Tranquil Tide Designer Paper in the background is from the new Eastern Palace Speciality Designer Series Paper Package. I used a little piece I had cut off and heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Heat Emboss Powder to finish off the front of the card.

 

Eastern Palace Bundles:

Here is some information about the bundles you can purchase beginning on May 1. If you get the Starter Bundle, a package of Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes is included as a gift! (They are new.) If you purchase the complete bundle which includes the Thinlits and lots of other goodies, you get a package of the new Thick Very Vanilla Card Stock and a package of Very Vanilla Envelopes as a gift. You have a little time to think about it but don’t wait too long.

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I love so many of the products in these bundles but the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers are really at the tip of my list! Check back in a day or two for a sample.

Hope you are having a stampin’ fun day.

Dianne

 

 

Sheltering Tree Final Hello Spring Card

For two years now, Sheltering Tree has been one of my favorite stamp sets. There was something in the set for each season. But, now it is on the Retiring List. Sigh. We are having beautiful spring weather here so I decided to make a “Hello” / spring card.

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What says spring more than a bike ride and a blossoming tree? OH, yeah, there is pollen. but let’s not talk about that.

Design Notes for Sheltering Tree Spring Card:

I tried to keep this card pretty simple. A little hill, a little sky, and a bike. I used some Thick Whisper White Card Stock and a Blender Pen and added some sky in Pool Party ink. Next, the tree trunk in Soft Suede ink then the leaves in Pear Pizzazz. The bike was Basic Black ink. To stamp the frame, I used Basic Black as well but stamped off first. The sentiment is from the Crazy About You stamp set and stamped in Pool Party ink.

 

Supply List for Sheltering Tree Spring Card:

Sheltering Tree in one of the retiring set, Crazy About You also. So, if you love them, get them now!

 

 

Give Away!!!!

Did you see my post on Sunday?  I am giving away a Paper Pumpkin kit from this month. To be eligible, just subscribe to Paper Pumpkin before May 10! Easy as that. Get all the subscribing details here.

I just did Face Time with my god daughter’s 11 year old daughter. She was working on her kit while we spoke. And she was loving it!. She is donating her cards to a local woman’s shelter. Isn’t that wonderful?

 

Hope you are enjoying some nice spring weather. Maybe a bike ride?

 

Dianne

 

 

Touches of Texture for Convention Swap

One of the fun things about attending Stampin’ Up! events is swapping cards. Some people bring hundreds of cards! I’m not that ambitious. For this event in Richmond, I participated in one organized swap with 20 people. That I can handle! I used the Touches of Texture stamp set as well as the Beautiful You stamp set to create my card.

 

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Design Notes for Touches of Texture Card:

I was pretty happy with the card design till I realized I was making twenty of them. How do those people with hundreds of cards do it? The thing that took the most time was painting in all the flowers with the Aqua Painter. Nice if you are doing one card, a little tedious when you are doing 20. I stamped the flowers with Basic Gray ink first then I colored in with Island Indigo ink using the Aqua Painters. I used a little So Saffron ink in the center to give it a little pop of color.

Supply List for Touches of  Texture Card:

Interestingly, both sets of stamps that I used for this card come in both Clear mount, and wood mount. Nice to have choices, isn’t it?

 

Please use my on-line store to order what ever you need. Remember to use the Host code for April when you order.

We are heading home today so I’m sure I will have some great things to tell and show you in the days to come.

Dianne

 

 

Cucumber Crush Is Checking Out

It’s that time of year. The In-colors that we’ve come to love for nearly two years are leaving soon. Cucumber Crush is one of those colors. I know I will love the new colors when they come out in June. In the meantime, I’m just a little sad about letting the 2015-2017 colors go. I wanted to make some cards to send to some far away friends so I decided to spend some quality time with Cucumber Crush.

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Design Notes for Cucumber Crush Hello Card:

I was inspired to created this clean and simple card by this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

As soon as I saw the stripes, I thought of Washi tape. I particularly like the Affectionately Yours Washi and it has Cucumber Crush in it so, no further consideration required.  In my first version, I didn’t emboss the Whisper White card stock. I felt, as I often do, that it needed some texture. What does texture better than an embossing folder? This card seemed to call for the Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder. And do you like the Best Badge with the trim in Cucumber Crush card stock and Copper Foil?

 

Supply List for Cucumber Crush Hello Card:

 

 

Cucumber Crush Items

If you are like me and have really crushed on Cucumber Crush, you might want to stock up. Here are all of the items that will retire that contain Cucumber Crush.

 

 

Heading for fun!

Hope you are having a lovely Monday. This is a busy week for me. Classes Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Then on Thursday I leave for Richmond Virginia with some friends. We are attending a Stampin’ Up! event on Friday and Saturday. On Friday night I get to go to a special event for leaders. There will be a lovely dinner, a gift and training. I love being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!

Dianne

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