Beautiful Day for Beautiful Day!

On Tuesday, I was stamping with a friend. Always a good day! I have been anxious to work with the Beautiful Day stamp set from the new Occasions Catalog. To be honest, I started out making a birthday card but found out that my BFF has bronchitis.A quick change of sentiment and I had a ‘feel better’ card!  Hopefully by the time the card reaches her, she will be feeling much better.

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this butterfly – so, much I did two of them.

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Design Notes for Beautiful Day Card:

Well, I knew I wanted to use the butterfly and use the Stained Glass Window technique but after that it was all figuring it out as I went along!

I think I tried the stained glass technique a few years ago but saw something about it recently and wanted to try it again. It’s actually pretty easy.

Step 1. Heat emboss image on Vellum Card Stock with White Heat Emboss Powder.

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Step 2. Turn the paper over and color the image. I used Stampin’ Blends. You could use an Aqua Painter or Stampin’ Write Markers.

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Step 3. Use Paper Snips to cut out image. Could it be any easier?

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This great stamp set is available now in the new Occasions Catalog. to order, all you need to do is click on the image above. That will take you to my 24-7 on-line store. Remember, this is also Sale-A-Bration! That means for each $50 you purchase (before tax and shipping) you get to select a Free item from the Sale-A-bration brochure.

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Thinking of You With Lots of Love

I have a friend who is going through a rough time. My first thought – “I’ll make and send her a card.” That’s what I do. You can probably identify with that. The Lots of Love stamp set seemed perfect for the task of reminding her that I am thinking of her.

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Design Notes for Lots of Love Card:

I wanted to have both flowers and leaves on the front of the card. So, first, I stamped a few flowers. On another piece of paper, I stamped and cut our another flower. I used the cut out flower as a mask so I could add leaves that looked like they were behind the flowers. Can you see how the top flower has lots of leaves stamped on it? That’s the mask.

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The mask flower had just a tiny bit of SNAIL adhesive on the back so it would not move while I stamped the leaves.

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Hope you are having a wonderful New Year’s Day!


National Cat Day, Just a Bit Late

Well, yesterday was, apparently, National Cat Day. Who Knew? Many years ago, we had a cat, Mickey. I’m generally not a cat person, but he was a pretty good cat. But since I have lots of friends who would identify as ‘cat people’, I thought I’d honor their devotion. The stamp set, Pretty Kitty does have some cute cats. Here’s my autumn-like cat card.

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The layout was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches challenge for this week. Isn’t it interesting? I would say, I wouldn’t have thought of that arrangement of layers, but, I like it!


Design Notes for National Cat Day Card:

I think I was killing a few birds with one card here. I wanted to make a card for Cat Day, I wanted to use the Freshly Made Sketches layout and I wanted a Thanksgiving card. While the sentiment isn’t really Thanksgiving, I’ll include Happy Thanksgiving inside and magically transform the card to Thanksgiving. I have some friends in distant places that will like this as a Thanksgiving card.

I stamped the kitty with the Basic Gray Archival ink. Next, I colored the kitty with the Smoky Slate Light Blends pen. I know that you are supposed to use Momento Ink and I generally do. But, ok, I forgot. The pumpkin is cut from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper. The other background paper is the same package.

The last little touch was to add some Linen Thread to the piece of Tangerine Tango card stock. I think it added just the right texture and dimension.


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The Pretty Kitty stamp set comes in both Clear Mount and Wood Mount. Take your choice.


Stampin' Up! Blends,

Starting Thursday, Nov. 1, the Blends will be available. They are so much fun to work with. I’ll post specifics – colors, etc. on Wednesday.

Hope you are having a great day.

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Lots of Love Meets Painted Autumn Designer Paper

We sometimes had WI-FI while we were in Scotland.  I realize now why my husband was so happy to make all of our hotel reservations. He selected wonderful places.  All of the hotels offered free WI-FI, some better than others! One day I saw this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. I knew right away I wanted to use the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper and the Lots of Love stamp set. Lots of Love sounds like it is a stamp set for Valentine cards. You certainly can use it for that but there are lots of other uses for this stamp set as well. I chose to use it for a Thinking of You card. Don’t you like having some of those cards your stash?

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Here’s the sketch that inspired this card. Go over to the web site and see all of the cool cards people have created from this sketch.

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To be honest, I just followed the sketch. The Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper gave me some hints about the colors – primarily Cajun Craze and Pear Pizzazz. Lemon Lime Twist and Garden Green are the greens in the paper. I went rogue and used Pear Pizzazz. I’m just wild like that sometimes. After I chose the colors, then I stamped the sentiment. I used markers to get the two colors on that stamp. I used the stamping off technique for the leaves.

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Just a Reminder about the Hurricanes…

Houston Food Bank

Remember, if you order from me in September, I will donate 20% of the sale (before tax and shipping) to the Houston Food Bank. For information about the Food Bank, click here. I’d like a few more orders this month so that I can make a nice sized donation! Houston Food Bank received a score of 100 from the Charity Navigator.



Thinking of You with Colorful Seasons

A friend of mine recently underwent a procedure. She’s doing fine and feeling better. Of course, I wanted her to know that I have been thinking of her. I was stunned when I realized that I had not posted anything with the Colorful Seasons stamp set and the accompanying, Seasonal Layers Framelits Dies. A definite oversight. So, it was meant to be that I used these for my friend’s card.

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Do you like the layout? It’s this week’s challenge from TGIF Challenges. Here’s the sketch I (more or less) followed as my inspiration. Click on the icon below to go over there and see some other great cards.

Design Notes for Colorful Seasons Card:

“Hi, my name is Dianne and I’m a heat embosser.” Do I need a 12 step program for heat embossing? I hope not. I just love stamping, adding powder then watching the powder melt and become something so beautiful. In this case, I used Copper Heat Emboss Powder. Next, I used an Aqua Painter to add color to each of the leaves. Each leaf is a mixture of Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke inks. (Not all on the same leaf.) After I cut them out with the Seasonal Layers Framelits Dies, I sponged around the edges just a bit to extend the leaf colors.

I tried to keep the rest simple since the leaves were taking center stage. I did stamp the sentiment piece with the smaller leaf and some stamped off ink. Some Copper Trim was the final touch to pull it all together.

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Lots of fall colored inks here!



Hope you are having a great day!