World Giraffe Day with Animal Outing

It’s true.Today is World Giraffe Day. I decided to celebrate this amazing animal by making a card with the Animal Outing stamp set. It’s the first time I used this set and I’m in love!

Animal Outing stamp set, Animal Expedition DSP, Animal Friends Framelits, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Can that giraffe be any cuter?

Design Notes for Animal Outing Card:

This stamp set is part of a suite of products, the Animal Expedition Suite. The Animal Friends Framelits dies helped me cut out the cute giraffe. The Leaf Ribbon was just too tempting for me. I had to offer the sweet giraffe something to eat! I embossed the Shaded Spruce card stock with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder, a faithful standby from last year’s catalog. Here’ a look at the stamp set. I know you will see more of this. I have already stamped, colored and cut the kangaroo!

Animal Outing stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comReally, this stamp set even makes a rhino look adorable!

I think my favorite part of the card is the inside. First I stamped then sentiment, then stamped off a few leaves with Shaded Spruce ink. Then, using Glue Dots, I added a bit of the Leaf Ribbon. Almost too much cuteness!

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The Animal Outing stamp set is part of a bundle. remember, buy the bundle, save 10%, be 100% happy.

 

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Thanks for stopping by today.

If you’d like to learn more about the giraffe, here’s a link: https://giraffeconservation.org/world-giraffe-day

Dianne

 

Taking a Peek At Accented Blooms

Next week the 2018 Stampin’ Up! catalog goes live. I’ve been playing with some of the great new stamp sets. Today, I’m giving you a preview of a set called Accented Blooms. Flowers and sentiments – what more could you want? Oh, and there is a coordinating punch!

Accented Blooms stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, Shimmery White mbossing Paste, Tailored Tag Punch, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

There are so many possibilities with coloring the flowers! I know I am going to have fun with the stamp set!

Design Notes for Accented Blooms Card:

A lot of times, when I know that I am going to color in the design elements, I stamp with Basic Gray. I knew that when I used the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pen the Basic Gray Ink would not run. Since the Basic Gray is softer than Black, it lets the flowers stand out a bit more.

I tried something new here. Did you notice? The small red flowers near the bottom of the card are colored with some bits of Shimmery White Embossing Paste that I tinted with Real Red Ink Refill. (Another great reason to buy the refills each time you buy an ink pad.) I mixed some of the paste with the ink refill on a scrap of cardboard and used one of the Palette Knives and added it to the flowers. Tip – might have been easier to do it with one of the larger flowers. Live and learn. In the center of each flower, I added one of the Faceted Gems.

The last touch was to add some Wink of Stella to the other flowers. You can never go wrong adding a Wink of Stella.

 

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Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Dianne

 

At Home With You for Christmas

The stamp set, At Home with You is in the annual catalog. It is in the Everyday Occasions section, not the Holiday section.  In fact, I’m finding it to be one of the most versatile sets I own! I’ve used it for new house cards, for autumn greetings and for birthday.
Today, I’m showing you my latest effort with this stamp set, a Christmas card.

At Home With You stamp set, Boxwood Wreath, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I actually made two versions of the card. It is one of the cards people in my December classes will make and they may opt not to use one of the Boxwood Wreaths. Not sure how they will do in the mail. So, here is the alternate version.

At Home with You stamp set, Blender Pens, Watercolor Pencils, Stampin' Up! diannescards.com

 

Design Notes for At Home With You Card:

If you like to color, you will love making a card like this. First, I stamped the door, the planter, the package and the wreath, then colored them with Watercolor Pencils. Next, I used a Blender Pen to smooth everything out. Finally, I used the At Home Thinlits to cut out the pieces. They all were adhered to the piece of Night of Navy. I had used the Softly Falling Embossing Folder. Be sure to use lots of adhesive when you adhere things to paper that has been embossed.

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The At Home With You stamp set is part of a bundle with the At Home Thinlits. Buy them together and save 10%! Yea!

 

It’s Still Sale Time:

You still have time to pick up some great bargains from Stampin’ Up! Here’s what’s on sale! These items are only available while supplies last, so if you see something, GET IT!

 

These items will be retiring from the holiday catalog. Stamps will be produced till Dec. 21 , then no more! Pick up what you want now. (Can you bear to think about next year’s cards?)

 

 

This Little Piggy – Channeling Charlotte’s Web

If you are a fan of E.B. White’s writing, you may recognize my version of Wilbur from White’s Charlotte’s Web. I’m not sure who will get this Halloween card but I think This Little Piggy will be a hit!

This Little Piggy stamp set, Halloween, Spooky Cat stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Paper

Am I imagining it or is Wilbur smiling at me?

Design Notes for This Little Piggy Card:

I guess I am still a little girl at heart. I love to color. So, whenever I can, I like to use our Watercolor Pencils. The pig was colored first with the pink Watercolor Pencil then I used the Blender Pen to soften and blend the color. The witch’s hat stamp is from Spooky Cat stamp set. The little spider hanging off of the hat almost didn’t make it. But, since I was convinced the card was a reminder of Charlotte’s Web, it had to stay. My Paper Snips made it not awful to cut out!

And, don’t you love the Foil Frenzy Paper as the first layer? I needed something to perk up the barn look. Foil Frenzy did the trick for me. The final touch was the yummy Peek-A-Boo Peach Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.

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Designer Series Paper sale

Are you thinking about Christmas cards yet? I know that I’m planning our card as well as cards for my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack. With that in mind, I’ll be putting in an order in the next few days so that I can get another round of Designer Series Paper. This order, for me, will include some packages of Be Merry Designer Series Paper. Perhaps some Christmas Around the World will be another choice. In any event, I’ll be getting 4 packages since I can get 1 free with each 3 that I order.

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Thanks for stopping by today.

Dianne

Sugarplum Dreams for Swap Time

Yesterday I went to a Shoe Box Swap. Do you know what that is? A group of demonstrators get together and everyone brings the materials in a box to make a card. We each get to make each others cards.* Always a fun time. We all used some products from the Holiday Catalog. I used the Sugarplum Dreams stamp set and a few other goodies.

Sugarplum Dreams stamp set, Stampin' Up! diannescards.com, Card Front builder Framelits, Metallic Enamel shapes,

Design Notes for Sugarplum Dreams Card:

As soon as I saw this stamp set in the Holiday Catalog, I knew I had to have it. The images are so delightful, right from the Nutcracker Ballet. Is there anything that says “Holiday” more than the Nutcracker? I think not. I started by stamping the nutcracker on card stock with Black Archival ink. Next I colored him in with our Watercolor Pencils and then blended the colors with one of my Blender Pens. We do love to color. The Stitched Shapes framelits just seemed to be the right touch here with the gold oval giving the regal look. The frame on the Real Red card stock is made with a Framelit from the Card Front Builder Framelits. That’s also something new and wonderful in the Holiday catalog.

I thought the Nutcrackers headpiece needed a little special attention. O.K., I might have gone overboard, but I do love me some bling. In this case, Metallic Enamel Shapes.

Sugarplum Dreams stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

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Hope you are all safe and having a good day.

Thanks,

Dianne

  • I know there were some of you out there wondering if we swapped shoe boxes.