Easel Card for Fun Fold Friday

Well, it’s two special days all rolled into one. A fun fold and a Christmas card. I love making easel cards and realized it had been too long since I’d made one. And, I just received the Timeless Tidings stamp set and wanted to play with it. Presto – an easel card with Timeless Tidings.Timeless Tidings, easel card, Stamparatus, Dashing Along Designer paper, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Do you recognize the Designer Paper?

Design Notes for Easel Card:

Well, the easel card is really easier than it looks. I’ve prepared a step by step tutorial for you. Tutorial for Easel Card – Portrait

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I used some of the Dashing Along Designer Paper here. FREE designer paper! It’s a promotion that ends soon so read more about it at the end of this post.

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I also used some of the very fun Santa’s Workshop Enamel Shapes. The most fun, however, was created the pointsetta wreath with the Stamparatus. If you want to learn more about using the Stamparatus to create a wreath, just check out my video, here. The final touches were to add some Wink of Stella to the flowers then finally, to add a Polka Dot Tulle bow to the wreath.

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Broadway Birthday Bundle for Manly Monday

Yes, it’s Monday again. That means it’s time for another masculine themed card. Although, I think this one would be fine for just about anyone! I had fun using the Broadway Birthday Bundle for this card. I didn’t use the coordinating Broadway Lights Designer paper (though I love it!) Study the card and see if you can figure out which package of Designer Paper I used.

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Are you running to get your catalogs to see which paper it is?

Design Notes for Broadway Birthday Bundle:

I love the color combination of Black, White and Poppy Parade, don’t you?



I think it’s a classic color combo.

When I thought about stamping on the Poppy Parade, I was worried that I wouldn’t get a clear image with the Basic Black ink. The ink seems to soak into paper that is not Whisper White or Very Vanilla. Stamparatus to the rescue. Using the Stamparatus, I knew I could stamp the image multiple times without messing up!

Here’s the first stamping.

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You can see, especially on the “S” and “H” that it’s just not making it. I stamped again, actually a total of four times (Three times probably would have been fine, I never know when to quit.)

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Nice, right? the Stamparatus also made it easy for me to go back and stamp the white dots on “WISH”.

The rest of the card was just a matter of cutting out with the Framelits.

Oh, have you solved the mystery? The paper is from the Tropical Escape 6″ x 6″ Designer Paper Stack. Surprise!


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Baby Bear in Shades of Gray

So, I guess I’ve used the Baby Bear stamp set quite a few times. How could I not? It is just too cute. My neighbors welcomed a new granddaughter last week so I wanted to make something special.


Design Notes for Baby Bear Card:

In the past, when I’ve used Baby Bear, I’ve made the bear in shades of brown. This time I wanted to use grays so that it would coordinate with the Twinkle, Twinkle Designer Paper. The Stamparatus made it so easy to do the three layers.

I don’t always make a belly band for a gate fold card but thought it would be a cute way to display the bear. Here’s what the inside looks like.

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The sentiment and stars are from the Better Together stamp set.

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Some Special Things for August:

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Stampin’ Up! is rewarding demonstrators who sell 10 stamp pads or more during the month of August. I sell ten ink pads, I get a FREE ink pad. If I sell ten ink pads, I’m giving away the one I earn to someone who purchased an ink pad in August.

So, purchase a regular ink pad (not Versamark, Memento, Staz-On or uninked Craft Pads) and you have a chance to win another one!

August Bonus Days:

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In August, you will receive a coupon for $5 for each $50 you spend. The coupon will be good in September.

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Painted Glass for Sympathy

I try to have some sympathy cards at the ready. Unfortunately, I needed one this week and though I had some, I wanted something special. I went to the Painted Glass stamp set for the sentiment and the butterfly.

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I think it’s a little bit of a different color combination for a sympathy card, but I hope my friend will like it.



Design Notes for Painted Glass Sympathy Card:

I think butterflies are a perfect symbol for a sympathy card. Originally I thought I would put the butterflies all down the side and stamped four on the piece of paper. Naturally, to stamp in a nice column like that, I used my Stamparatus, I placed the stamp, inked it up, stamped, then moved the plate down to the next hinge. This is called – you guessed it – hinge stamping! After I stamped all the butterflies, I colored them in with Stampin’ Blends.

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After I embossed the piece of Mint Macaron with one of the Petal Pear Embossing Folder, I sponged over the flowers a bit with some Mint Macaron ink. That always makes the embossed design pop.

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Finally, after I stamped the sentiment, I cut it out with one of the Stitched Labels Framelits. I also backed the piece with a piece of Mint Macaron so that the openings would all show the same thing.


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Specials for August:

Stampin’ Up! has some special things for you in August!

Bonus Days:

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For every $50 you spend in August (before shipping and tax), you will receive a coupon for $5 to spend in September.

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Get in the mood to create something full of colors and seasons! Introducing the all-new, limited-time Color Your Season products:

  • Blended Seasons stamp set, an exclusive 10-piece wood- or clear-mount stamp set with images for every season!
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  • Watercolor Pencils in 10 new colors! Note: These Watercolor Pencils may be available in a future publication.
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Paper Pumpkin

The Paper Pumpkin Special is still in effect. You have until August 10 to subscribe (if you have never subscribed before. This would be a great gift for someone going away to college!

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Order in August:

The Host Code for August is TDSUFUR6. Remember, when you place an on-line order of $50 or more with me, I will send you a package of Colored Doilies!

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Hope you are having a great day. How has it gotten to be August 1st already?


More Loveliness – Serene Garden

This week in my card classes, we used the Serene Garden stamp set. Most everyone loved the card!

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One of the things I like about this card is that you could use it for any occasion. On the inside, we used the very versatile Itty Bitty Greetings  stamp set to customize the card.

Design Notes for Serene Garden Card:

There is no way you would ever use bright colors with this set is there? Maybe one day I’ll change my mind about that but I went right to the subtles collection for this card.


We used the Stamparatus to stamp the dove. It’s such an easy way to make sure that the stamp is consistently perfect.

I also set up the Stamparatus to stamp the Balmy Blue line across the top. The next step was to stamp the design with VersaMark then use White Heat Emboss Powder. Once that was heated, we used Aqua Painters to fill in the colors. To be honest, it was a little tedious but my gals did a fabulous job!


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Are you looking forward to a fun weekend? I’m off to a scrap book weekend! I know that will be fun!