Vacation Memories with Colorful Seasons.

My husband and I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed many wonderful vacations. Some packed with touring and sightseeing, some with much needed relaxing. The theme this month for Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Highlights is vacation. It didn’t take much thought for me to think about the wonderful relaxing vacations Jerry and I enjoyed in Maine. We’d go to Southport Island, a little place near Boothbay Harbor. I recall spending a lot of time sitting on our deck or down by the water watching activity in the nearly inlet. So, I set out with Colorful Seasons to make a card to remind me of those great days.

Colorful Seasons stamp set, Sea of Textures stamp set, Lilypad Lake stamp set, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Stampin' Up!,

Do you love this card? I feel relaxed just looking at it. Would you go to Kylie’s blog and vote for my card? If I am in the top ten (as I was last month), I get to be in a blog hop in early August. Thanks!

Design Notes for Colorful Seasons Card:

Can you believe it? I used three different stamp sets for this card. I began with Colorful Seasons and the “just breathe” sentiment. After some paper tearing and sponging, I added a few beachy things with a stamp from the Sea of Textures stamp set. Next, I used the Lilypad Lake stamp set for the distant sail boats.

And about the chairs… I love the Adirondack chairs from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.The Wood Textures 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack seemed perfect. I thought it gave the chairs a rustic, Maine, look!

Finally, I added some Wink of Stella to the beach area to represent the sun shining on the sand. Is anything ever harmed by adding a little Wink of Stella?

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For My Best Friend – Dragonfly Dreams

Today I’m participating in Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Highlights. The theme this month is Friendship. Of course, I immediately thought of my best friend and wanted to make a special card for her. Dragonfly Dreams is such an elegant stamp set so I knew I would be able to make something suitable for my friend.

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  • Go to the The HIghlights site. Find my card, #20.
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Design Notes for Dragonfly Dreams Card:

Do you love all the copper accents on this card? I first heat embossed a dragonfly with Copper Heat Emboss Powder. Then I cut another dragonfly from Vellum Card Stock that I had colored with some Pool Party ink and a sponge. The heat embossed sentiment was also highlighted with some Pool Party ink and just a smidge of Copper Thread was wrapped at one end.

I used a piece of Copper Foil Paper behind the Pool Party card stock. Lastly, I took a piece of Copper Trim and pulled it as my final touch of copper.

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Blooms & Wishes Thanks in Triple Time

Today I am participating in Kylie Bertucci’s monthly Blog Highlights. Each month Kylie picks a theme, we create cards to go along with the theme and she displays them on her blog. This month the task was to create a card to thank Stampin’ Up! CEO, Sara Douglass for all that she does for demonstrators. She is awesome! So, I was happy to create something I hope she will like. I decided to use triple time stamping. It seems ages since I’ve done that technique. I used the Blooms & Wishes stamp set.

Blooms & Wishes stamp set, Triple Time, Glitter Enamel Dots, Stampin' Up!,

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Design Notes for Triple Time Card:

I love the colors I used for this card. If you like these colors, and I know you do, buy them now. They will be unavailable after May 31.At this moment, the card stock, ink pads and refills are all available for these colors but they usually go fast!

have you ever tried the Triple Time stamping technique? It’s fun and easy.
first, stack three pieces of card stock that you will be stamping on. When you stack them and stamp, some of the image around the edges of the card stock doesn’t get stamped. Not to worry.
Next, separate the three layers and add in some color card stock.
Adhere all the layers.
The color card stock will cover up any area that was not stamped. No problem.
Here are the measurements I used. there isn’t anything sacred about these numbers but they work well for me.
Whisper White or other neutral:
  • 2″ x 3 1/4″
  • 3″ x 4 1/4″
  • 4″ x 5 1/4″
Contrasting Card Stock:
  • 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″
  • 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″
  • 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Card Base)

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Remember many of the items I used are going to retire so grab them up soon.

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You’re The Best, Really!

Today I’m again participating in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights. The theme this time is love. This past weekend I was with my BFF, Janice and her family. We always have fun together and I always feel so blessed and loved when I am with them. So, it was a no brainer that I would make a card for Janice. The sentiment from Watercolor Words describes her perfectly, “You’re the best”

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I love the designer paper on this card and took Kylie’s advice to use it! #LoveItChopIt

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I hope you will go on over to Kylie’s blog and vote for my card. If I am in the top 10 vote getters, I’ll be in a blog hop next month, something I love to do. All you need to do is find my card, and then click on the heart on the upper right hand corner. Here’s the link: Just click here.

Design Notes for Watercolor Words Card:

It was fun making this card! I found a little piece of the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Paper and cut it down just a bit to fit the layer I was planning. Next, I just did some same color stamping with a flower from the stamp set on the Marian Mist piece of card stock.

The sentiment was stamped with Marina Mist ink and then cut with the Layering Circles Thinlits. I popped it up with some Dimensionals. Finally, I added some rhinestones to echo the glitz in the Designer Paper.


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You’re Inspiring for International Blog Highlights

This month’s Blog Highlights theme was to select our favorite stamp set or item from the Occasions or Sale-A-Bration catalogs. WOW, what a hard choice. I finally settled on the You’re Inspiring stamp set. How could you not love the daffodils in this set and the great sentiments?

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January International Highlights, Masculine card, diannescards.comDesign Notes for You’re Inspiring Birthday Card:

I actually made this card for a friend who is a devoted gardener and has a birthday coming up in a few days. Do you think she will like this card? I knew that I wanted to use my Stampin’ Blends to color in the flowers so I started with stamping the image on a piece of Watercolor Paper. You know how much I love coloring and this was just lots of fun! I did just a little shading on the daffodils. To finish it off, I did two layers of Wink of Stella on the daffodils. I find that if I do one layer, it’s hard to see. When I let it dry for a minute and add another. it makes all the difference.

While I was at it, I made a second card using many of the same materials.

You're Inspiring stamp set, International Blog Highlights, Stampin' Up!

For this card, I used a different stamp from the same set. I also used the Petal Burst Embossing Folder to add some texture to the background. A few Glitter Enamel Dots finished this card. Hummm, maybe I will send this card to my friend. Which do you think she would like best?

By the way, when adhering layers that are embossed, it’s important to use a good adhesive like Fast Fuse.


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