Life Is So Much Better With You In It

“Life is so much better with you in it.” Isn’t that a great sentiment? It’s part of the Petal Palette stamp set and it’s something I’m going to miss. Petal Palette retires soon and I wanted to make one more card before it departs.

Petal Palette stamp set, #GDP189, Stamparatus, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I also wanted to create something with the fabulous color combination in this week’s Color Challenge over at Global Design Project. Just click on the banner to see the other cards and projects made with this fun color cimbination.

Global Design Project, #GDP189, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

Design Notes for Petal Palette Card:

This was a pretty easy card to make! I used the Stamparatus to make sure the yellow pattern was even. Made it so easy! After that, I stamped the sentiment and then added some Gorgeous Grape Striped Ribbon. Then I recalled that I had three rose embellishments left from my Share What You Love Embellishments kit. Perfect! I added some stamping to the envelope and I was done.

Petal Palette stamp set, #GDP189, Stamparatus, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

Purchase List for Petal Palette Card:

 

This and That:

First, a big “Thank You”. So many of you voted for my card in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights that I came in 4th! At the end of this month, I will now be able to join in an International Blog Hop! Yea!

The Petal Palette stamp set that I used for today’s card is retiring as are so many other stamp sets, papers, inks and accessories. Be sure to get what you want soon before things sell out.

retiring

Just click on the banner above to go to my 24-7 on-line store to see what’s retiring and what you need to get before it’s gone.

Please use the Host Code for May, which is JTAPEHHY If on-line orders total $150 or more, you will be eligible to win the Host Benefits for those orders. I’ll also send along a little gift with your thank you card for any purchases over $50.

 

 

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Dianne

 

 

 

 

 

I’m Just Humming Along

In the winter, I seem to need a fair number of get well cards. Right now, everyone in my world seems to be doing okay. Hopefully, it will stay that way. But since the Humming Along stamp set is going to retire soon, I decided to make a few more cards for get well with that set.

Humming Along stamp set, Get Well card, Stampin' Blends, #GDP188, stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I also wanted to make a card for this week’s Global Design Project challenge, to CASE the designer. Turns out, the designer this time is my friend, Brian King. So, I knew the card would have to have a layer or two! Layers seem to be his M.O. I also noticed that he made a get well card so I used that idea as well.

Just click on the banner below to go over to the Global Design Project site and see all of the great cards.

 

#GDP188

Design Notes for Humming Along Get Well Card:

As you can see, I once again, had fun with my Stampin’ Blends. That flower just calls out to be colored. I could have used markers or Color Pencils, but I was on a roll with the Blends. I also used this card in my card classes this month and everyone enjoyed using the Blends. Such as easy way to get some very spiffy looking color!

Humming Along stamp set, Get Well card, Stampin' Blends, #GDP188, stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

When I made my sample for the class, I had layered the Highland Heather and then the Soft Sea Foam card stock. I added the flower, sentiment and ribbon. Looked good to me. However in class, someone suggested that we emboss the Soft Sea Foam layer with the Subtle Embossing folder. Winner! I think you can see the texture it added in the picture below.

 

Humming Along stamp set, Get Well card, Stampin' Blends, #GDP188, stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

Purchase List for Humming Along Get Well Card:

Speaking of retiring… the stamp set and the ribbon are on the Retirement List. Get them now and don’t be disappointed.

This and That:

retiring

Just click on the banner above to go to my 24-7 on-line store to see what’s retiring and what you need to get before it’s gone.

Please use the Host Code for May, which is JTAPEHHY If on-line orders total $150 or more, you will be eligible to win the Host Benefits for those orders. I’ll also send along a little gift with your thank you card for any purchases over $50.

 

 

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Have you thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator? It does NOT mean that you have to hold classes or sell millions each year! What it does mean is that you can purchase whatever you want for 20 or even 25% off. It means you  get to see and purchase items before everyone else. It means you can be part of a fun team. Call or email me if you have questions. I have many hobby demonstrators on my team. Want to be one too?

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Thanks for stopping by today!

Dianne

 

P.S. Have you had a chance to vote for my card over at Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights? I’s really appreciate it. My card is #25. Click here, find my card and click on the upper right hand corner. It’s as easy as that! Thanks!

 

Amazing Life Birthday

There are some great stamp sets in the Annual Catalog that will retire soon. But, there are also some great sets in the Occasions Catalog that will soon be gone. One of these great sets is the Amazing Life stamp set. I made a birthday card with that set and know this is a set I’m going to miss.

Amazing Life stamp set, heat embossing, #GDP186, Layering Squares Framelits Dies, Candle Embellishments, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I also made the card for this week’s Global Design Project sketch challenge. Click on the banner below to see other great cards.

#GDP186

 

Design Notes for Amazing Life Card:

When the opportunity presents itself to use heat embossing, I generally take it! It’s probably my favorite technique. Sometimes, embossing on black card stock is challenging. But, if you are sure to use your Emboss Buddy to remove static, you will be fine.

Amazing Life stamp set, heat embossing, #GDP186, Layering Squares Framelits Dies, Candle Embellishments, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Just in case there was not enough gold … heat embossing and gold foil, I added some gold Candle Embellishments. Oh and there is gold in the Designer Paper. Hard to overdo on gold, don’t you think?

Amazing Life stamp set, heat embossing, #GDP186, Layering Squares Framelits Dies, Candle Embellishments, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Purchase List for Amazing Life Card:

 

 

This and That:

Well, there’s good news and not so good news here. The Amazing Life stamp set is retiring. It’s part of a bundle. The good news is, buy it now with the Stitched Rectangles Framelits. The Framelits will continue to the new catalog but not as part of a bundle. If you buy the bundle now, you save 10%.

Here are the Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies and the stamp set. The bundle # is 150624, ($50.25) Look at all those Framelits!!!!

Oh, the super Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper is also retiring. GET IT NOW!

Here’s a good look at that paper.

Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper

 

 

retiring

Here are links to the retiring list, both from the Occasions Catalog and the Annual Catalog.

AC 18-19 Retiring List_US (Annual catalog)

OCC 19 Retiring List_US (Occasions Catalog)

Remember to use this month’s host code when you order. (FHUCZP6P)  Then you will be eligible to possibly receive host benefits at the end of the month.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Dianne

 

Itty Bitty Greetings for Easter

There’s still time. If you want to make a quick Easter card that is. I used the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set  to make this card to send to some friends.

Itty Bitty Greetings, Springtime Impressions Dies, #GDP185, Country floral Embossing folder, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I also made this card for this week’s Global Design Project. I have to admit, it was a real challenge for me, The task was to create a monochrome card, not something I would ordinarily do!

Click on the banner below to go to the site.

Global Desing Project 185

 

 

Design Notes for Itty Bitty Greetings Card:

This card contains some of my favorite things! I love the butterfly die from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits set. The Country Floral is currently my favorite, most versatile, embossing folder. I’m generally not a fan of purple but I think with all of the white, I like the Gorgeous Grape here. The card itself is pretty straightforward. It occurred to me while I assembled the card, that is a real lesson in using adhesives.

First, I used Tear & Tape when adhering the embossed piece to the Gorgeous Grape layer. Whenever you have an embossed piece, but sure to use a sturdy adhesive to adhere the bumpy layer.

Next I used some Glue Dots to adhere the ribbon. Really, it’s the easiest way to add ribbons.

Finally, I used some Mini Dimensions to adhere the sentiment. It’s pretty narrow so the Mini Glue Dots were perfect.

I also used some SNAIL to adhere Gorgeous Grape piece to the card base.

Oh, my final step was not an adhesive but a way to add just a touch of glimmer. I used Wink of Stella on the butterfly just to add that feeling of lightness.

Itty Bitty Greetings, Springtime Impressions Dies, #GDP185, Country floral Embossing folder, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

Purchase List for Itty Bitty Greetings:

Notice that Itty Bitty Greetings is currently available in both Wood mount and clear mount. If you like wood mount stamps, time is running out. In the new catalog, very few stamps will be available in wood mount.

 

This and That:

retiring

On June 3, we will have a wonderful new catalog go live. In the meantime, things that are retiring are available for a short while.

Here is a link to my web page and the lists of retiring products. Note that some items are retiring, some will be available but not in wood mount. Many items that were bundled in the current catalog will not be available as a bundle. So, if you are interested in those items, get them now!

 

Thanks for stopping by today.

Dianne

 

Farewell Fresh Fig

I know, I know, it’s a little early to say good bye to any of the 2017-2019 In colors. But, let’s face facts, they are not going to around that much longer. I decided that I needed to give Fresh Fig a little love before it departs. Such a great color.

Fresh Fig, 2-17-2019 In Colors, Masculine birthday, #GDP182, Piece of Cake stamp set, Gingham Gala Sequins, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Did you notice? I paired the Fresh Fig with another soon to depart color, Lemon-Lime Twist.

I also made this card for this week’s Global Design Project. What a great sketch. Click on the banner below to go to the site and be inspired by some great cards.

#GDP182

 

Design Notes for Fresh Fig Card:

I like quick and easy cards. I  t’s fun to fuss and add layers and heat emboss and go on but lots of times, I make quick and easy cards. This is one of them. The only – easy – special thing I did was to emboss the two layers with the Oh My Stars Embossing Folder. A little sprinkle of sequins and some Wink of Stella on the candles and I was done.

Fresh Fig, 2-17-2019 In Colors, Masculine birthday, #GDP182, Piece of Cake stamp set, Gingham Gala Sequins, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Oh, yes, there was the stamping. The Piece of Cake stamp set is filled with fun sentiments and images. Here’s what I selected for the inside.

Fresh Fig, 2-17-2019 In Colors, Masculine birthday, #GDP182, Piece of Cake stamp set, Gingham Gala Sequins, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

And here’s a close up look at the stamp set. It’s from the Occasions Catalog so you still have until June 3 to get this one.

Piece of Cake stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Purchase List for Fresh Fig Card:

This and That:

Sale-A-Bration:

Sunday, March 31 is the last day to earn some very cool items with Sale-A-Bration. For each $50 you purchase, you earn one item. Click on the Sale-A-Bration flyer over on the right.

Are you ready to purchase? To go to my on-line store, just click on the “Shop Now ” icon above. Please use the Host Code for March, which is BD6UQ44Y. If on-line orders total $150 or more, you will be eligible to win the Host Benefits for those orders. I’ll also send along a little gift with your thank you card for any purchases over $50.

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diannescards.com - Join My Team https://ida.stampinup.com/en/?demoid=2087538Have you thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator? It does NOT mean that you have to hold classes or sell millions each year! What it does mean is that you can purchase whatever you want for 20 or even 25% off. It means you  get to see and purchase items before everyone else. It means you can be part of a fun team. Call or email me if you have questions. I have many hobby demonstrators on my team. Want to be one too?

Sale-A-Bration is the best time of year to become a demonstrator. For $99 you receive $175 in items from either the Annual Catalog or the Occasions catalog. Also, you pay no shipping on this order! But hurry, there are only a few days left for this deal.

Hope you are having a great day.

Dianne