Floral Phrases Thanks for Try Stampin’ on Tuesday

Today’s card is embossed and embossed. This month’s challenge over at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday is Embossing. In addition to showing you some great samples, there is also a tutorial that talks about both heat embossing – my favorite and dry embossing – so easy! I started with the beautiful Floral Phrases stamp set for the heat embossing. I added lots of texture with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder.

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What do you think of the color combination? Not one of my stand by color sets but I like it. Feel free to copy.


Here’s the logo and link for the embossing challenge. You have until March 24 to enter the challenge. Give it a try!
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Design Notes for Floral Phrases Thank You Card:

First, I put the Wild Wasabi card stock piece through the Big Shot with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder. Next, I cut  a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock that was 2″ x 5 1/4″.  I heat embossed the floral image and the sentiment, using stamps from the Floral Phrases stamp set. To get the fancy ends, I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch on each end of the piece of card stock. A little Whisper White Organza Ribbon slipped right through the wholes left by the Tag Topper. When I placed the piece on the Wild Wasbi, I liked it but knew I needed just a bit more glitz. Half of a Metallic Foil Doilie and some gold Faceted Gems finished it all off nicely!

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Blossoming Basket Birthday with Blends!

Tomorrow new items are going to be added to the Sale-A-Bration offerings. Isn’t that exciting news?  As a demonstrator, I get to pre-order goodies like these. I’ve used one of the new stamp sets, Blossoming Basket,  to create a birthday card for a special customer of mine. The basket of flowers was just calling out for Stampin’ Blends coloring.

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Did you notice that I used some of the beautiful Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper as one of the layers? Not just for Valentines anymore!

Design Notes for Blossoming Basket Birthday Card:

This card was so much fun to make. I love heat embossing and I love using Stampin’ Blends. I first embossed the basket using Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Next I used some of the Blends to color the basket, flowers and leaves. I was happy with the basket but it looked a little lonely. So, I heat embossed a butterfly from the same set, added some color and did some fussy cutting. Finally, I added just a piece of ribbon across the bottom to ground the basket. Some layers of Calypso Coral and the Designer Series paper and it was done.

The inside was pretty easy as well. I used a stamp from Balloon Celebrations stamp set and some butterflies from the Blossoming Basket stamp sets. Butterflies also made an appearance on the envelope.

Blossoming Basket Stamp set, Painted with Love DSP, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Tip for Today

It’s always nice to add some stamped element to the card envelope. A preview of wonderful things to come!


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Flourishing Phrases for Sympathy

Oh, it was that time again. I needed a sympathy card. As much as I love making cards, it’s always hard to make sympathy cards. Of course, I pulled out one of my favorite stamp sets, Flourishing Phrases. It seems there is always a sentiment here that I can use, both for the outside and inside of the card.

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It’s a pretty clean and simple card. I was inspired by this week’s challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches. Here’s the link and logo should you want to go over to see what other great cards are there.

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Design Notes for Flourishing Phrases Sympathy Card:

I think figuring out the measurements for the layers on this card was the hardest part. I stamped the flower and the leaves so that there would still be a bit of white space near the top. I just felt it gave better balance. I experimented with adding another piece of Whisper White card stock at the bottom with the sentiment on it. But, it just looked too crowded. I’m always happy to do heat embossing so I am glad I thought of that! Here’s a look at the stamp set images.

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Number of Years – 70!

One of neighbors is celebrating a big birthday this week. He is turning 70. I loved being able to use the Number of Years stamp set to create a unique birthday card for him.

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Don’t you love the color combination? Well, gold is never a mistake.

Design Notes for Number of Years Card:

When this year’s In-Colors first came out, I think that Lemon Lime Twist was my least favorite. Now, I use it all the time and love it! The Foil Frenzy paper I selected for the background layer has some Lemon Lime Twist dots so I went with that! I heat embossed the “Happy 70th Birthday” part. (You know how I love heat embossing!) I’m not sure why I moved the sentiment piece to the left but I really  liked it after I added some Glitter Enamel Dots. A piece of Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon pulled it all together.

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By the way, I did not use them but the Number of Years stamp set goes so well with the Large Number Framelits Dies.

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Heart Happiness, Not Just for Valentines

When I first looked at the new Occasions Catalog, I spied the Heart Happiness stamp set and thought, “What a great set for Valentines day!” It has lots of great heart images. But the other day, I went looking for something to use for an anniversary card and BOOM! Why not use that!

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This card is also the first one where I played with another new product, Brusho Crystal Colour. OH MY! I’ll be sharing lots about that soon. As I said, this was my first time playing with that. I love it already!

Design Notes for Heart Happiness Anniversary Card:

I started with using some Shimmery White Card Stock since I knew I would need something a bit sturdy. Shimmery White is really a beautiful card stock and a great one to use when working with water. After I heat embossed the two hearts with White Embossing Powder, I covered the image and surrounding area with water using one of my Aqua Painters. Then the fun! I sprinkled some of the red and some of the blue Brusho Powders and let the water do its work! I pushed the color some with the Aqua Painter then let it all dry. The sentiment is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, stamped in NIght of Navy ink.

A few solid color layers – Silver Foil and Night of Navy – seemed to set it off nicely.

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Our friends Mark and Tricia had one of the best weddings ever! We’ve been friends for a long time so each anniversary is special. I hope they think this card is special!

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