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.

Happy New House – a Happy Occasion

My mother used to say, “Life is short, celebrate everything”. I love to make cards, especially for happy occasions. One of my favorites is to make new home cards. It’s such a significant time, the beginning of so many memories. So, I was pleased to be able to make a card for a lovely friend who is buying a new home. I know that she and her family will make many great memories there.

At Home with you stamp set, new house card, Stampin UP!, diannescards.com, embossing paste

This was my first official creation with this At Home With You stamp set and Framelits. I love it. I can see Thanksgiving cards and Chtismas cards created with this as well.

Design Notes for New House Card:

My newest favorite technique is using Embossing Paste. I took a little paste and dyed it with some Crumb Cake Ink Refill for the bricks. One of the masks in the Pattern Party Decorative Masks set worked perfectly for that. The front door was a little trickier. I stamped the door image with Cajun Craze ink and quickly added some Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. That made it easier to paint in the sections of the door with an Aqua Painter and some Cajun Craze ink. The darker sections I colored with the Early Espresso Watercolor Pencil and then blended with a Blender Pen. My desk was full of tools by the time I finished!

I even did a little something on the inside. Don’t you love that little basket of flowers?New house, At Home With You stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

 

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Remember that you save 10% when you buy a bundle like the At Home With You Bundle.

 

 

I hope you are having a great day in your home. Remember, there is always something to celebrate!

Dianne

Bella & Friends Get My Vote!

Don’t you just love the stamp set, Bella & Friends? The images of puppy Bella elicit an “awww” from just about everyone. I’m participating in Kylie’s International Blog Review again this month and the theme was encouragement. The Bella set just called out to me.

Bella & Friends stamp set, Embossing Paste, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Kylie Bertucci International Blog Highlights,

If you have a minute, would you go to Kylie’s blog and vote for my card? Just go to my card, find the heart on the upper right hand corner of the card and click. You should get a message saying that you have 4 votes left. (You can only vote for my card one time!) Thanks!

 

Design Notes for Bella & Friends Card:

I once again, have been playing with the Embossing Paste. It is just so much fun. I used the clouds mask from Pattern Party Decorative Masks. Before I applied the paste, I did a little sponging on the piece of Soft Sky card stock. When I applied the paste, I tried to make it a little blotchy so that the clouds would have a some texture. Bella and her friend were colored in with Watercolor Pencils and then I softened the color with a Blender Pen.

 

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Bonus Day coupon

Remember, for each $50 you spend in July, you will receive a coupon for $5 to spend in August. If you were to buy the Bella & Friends stamp set, the Embossing Paste, masks and tools and the Watercolor Pencils you would have spent enough to qualify for the coupon.

Remember to use the Host Code when you order from me. This month’s code is UJXDBNU7. Here’s the link to my on-line store. Thank you so much for shopping with me.

Diannescards.com, Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you will go over to Kylie’s blog post and vote for my card.

Dianne

Take a Peek at This Little Piggy

Oh my gosh! Wait until you see this stamp set, This Little Piggy. It is just so cute. I played with it all day yesterday. Two swaps were on my “To Do” list so I used this stamp set for both. I wanted to do one more card and “Hogs & Kisses” just called out to me.

This Little Piggy, Watercolor Pencils, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack,

Fun Things About This Little Piggy Card:

First, I got to use this adorable stamp set. You have to smile when you see this, right?

This Little Piggy stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Next, I got to use my Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pen. Always fun.

Third, I made this card using one of our Whisper White Note Cards. Guess what! In the new catalog, there will also be Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes. Happy Dance!

My final touch on this card was a little strip of ribbon. The new Berry Burst In–Color Woven Ribbon is great to work with. It’s light and pliable but not going to fall apart.

So, there are four things on this card that are new. Can you figure out what they are? I’ll tell you at the end of the blog post.

 

Supply List for This Little Piggy Card:

 

 

In-Color Ribbon Share:

Did you see my post the other day about the In-Color ribbon share? You can see that post by clicking here. I am still taking order for ribbon shares. Get 2 yards of each of the five new colors of the Woven Ribbon for just $7.00 plus shipping.

In-Color Ribbons, ribbon share, diannescards.com, Stampin' Up!

 

Here are the new items that I used in this card. Did you figure them out?

  • This Little Piggy stamp seet
  • Berry Burst 1/2″ Woven Ribbon
  • Tranquil Tide Card Stock
  • Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack

 

Don’t forget to vote for my card on Kylie’s Blog HIghlights. Thanks!

May International Highlights, Masculine card, diannescards.com

Have a great day.

Dianne

Paper Pumpkin, “It’s a Sara Thing”

***Read the whole post. There is information about a Paper Pumpkin give-away near the end!***

So excited! I always look forward to receiving my Paper Pumpkin kit. I knew it would be a special kit because our CEO, Sara Douglass, was involved in designing it. The kit definitely lives up to it’s promise! In addition to being very cool and edgy, there is a gift enclosed, FREE Watercolor Pencils! Does it get any better? I think not! This month’s kit contained lots of goodies. I couldn’t get them all in one photo!

Paper Pumpkin April 2017, Stampin' Up! diannescards.com

 

Here’s the video from Paper Pumpkin that will show you all the assembly tips. They managed to get everything in one photo.

 

My Paper Pumpkin Cards:

I had so much fun with this kit! Notice my cards are a little different from Sara’s. I don’t always follow directions well!

 

Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com, watercolor pencils

 

Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin:

There are two different ways you can subscribe. You can get a subscription month to month. (Just go to paperpumpkin.com for this type of subscription.) Each month you will automatically be billed for your kit. It will come to your mailbox each month almost like magic You can stop or pause at any time. The second way to subscribe is to sign up for a Prepaid subscription. Kits will come for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or even a year. All paid at once with no worries!

Extra Perk for subscribers! Subscribers have access to a selection of past kits and refills.

 

Give Away!!

I have one extra of this Paper Pumpkin Kit. If you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin before May 10, you could win this kit! Just subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, list me as your demonstrator and you are in the running. The only way to get this month’s kit is to currently be a subscriber. You had to have been subscribing by April 10. I am sure that refills for this kit will be limited, so this might be the only way you can get this kit. Good luck!!! (US residents only.)

Thanks,

Dianne