Congratulations With Oh So Eclectic

A high school friend of mine recently receive an impressive promotion. Yes, some of my classmates are still working! I wanted to send her a congratulations card and also wanted to try out a new technique I saw called Middle. You’ll figure out the reason for that name pretty quickly! Since I love the Oh So Eclectic stamp set, I decided to use that.

Oh So Eclectic stamp set, Congratulations, middle technique, diannescrds.com, Stampin' Up!

So, do you see why the technique is called “Middle”?

Design Notes for Oh So Eclectic Card:

This was definitely a fun card to create.

  • Stamp sentiment in the middle of layer.
  • Place some Post-It notes over the sentiment, leaving room above the sentiment.
  • Stamp images, in this case flowers from Oh So Eclectic.
  • Replace Post-It Notes, covering the sentiment, but exposing the space beneath the sentiment.
  • Stamp more flowers.
  • Add lines above and below the sentiment using a Stampin’ Write marker. I used Dapper Denim.

Didn’t I say it was fun? It’s pretty easy also.

Please email me if you’d like a more detailed tutorial. ([email protected])

For the final touch I added some Wink of Stella to the flowers. I do love my Wink of Stella!

Oh So Eclectic stamp set, Congratulations, middle technique, diannescrds.com, Stampin' Up!

Supply List for Oh So Eclectic Card:

Note that both stamp set I used are available in both clear mount and wood mount. Take your pick.

Reminders:

The World Cardmaking Day sale is nearly over. You need to order by tomorrow evening. The Fast Fuse is not longer on sale but will be offered again (on sale) for a short time soon.

Here are the items on sale. Click on any image to see it a little better!

Designer Series Paper sale

Luckily, you still have some time to order your favorite Designer Series Papers. Here’s the list of what’s on sale.

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If you order online, please use the Host Code, unless you are order $150 or more – then YOU will get Host benefits. At the end of the month, I’ll select a name from those who placed online orders using the Host Code. If orders total $150 or more, that person will win the Host benefits – at least $15 in Free merchandise.

This month’s code is ZCDNA69A.

Thanks for stopping by to read my blog today.

Any comments? I love comments!

Dianne

International Blog Hop – Teacher Gifts

Kylie Bertucci Internatinal Blog Hop,

Thanks to all of you who voted for my project a few weeks ago. Now I am participating in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Hop. Pretty Exciting. Our task was to create a teacher gift. Turns out this was well timed. My goddaughter, Anne Marie, asked me to make some cards for her daughter Lia’s new pre-school teachers. What makes a card better? Candy! I got a chance to use the new Acetate Card Boxes. The boxes hold eight pieces of Ghirardelli Chocolate nicely!

International Blog Hop, Acetate Card Boxes, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Here’s a peek at the goodies!

International Blog Hop, Acetate Card Boxes, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

Design Notes for Teacher Gifts

These box fronts were really pretty easy to create. I wanted to make something that looked like a chalk board. (Does anyone use chalk boards anymore?) So I stamped the Thank you with White Craft Ink and wrote the names with A Stampin’ Chalk Marker.

I’ll bet you have already figured out where the apples came from. I used petals from one of the flowers from the Flower Shop stamp set. Carefully cut out one and you have an apple for the teacher. May sure you’ve shined your apples with a little Wink of Stella.

International Blog Hop, Acetate Card Boxes, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

More Stops on the International Blog Hop!

There are other fabulous stampers on this hop. Be sure to check them out. The hop goes live at 6 PM (EDT).

Hurricane Harvey Help:

Remember, for all orders placed in September, I will contribute 20% of that order to the Houston Food Bank. On-line orders or any order will count! Thanks so much!

Dianne

No More Hoarding Eastern Palace Designer Paper

I’ve had some of the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper since late April. I’ve used lots of the papers from the packages. But It’s really called Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series paper for a reason. There are two very, very nice papers in the package that are special. Both have gold on them. Each time Stampin’ Up! comes out with a package like this, I end up hoarding the specialty paper till it’s ready to retire. Not this year. I decided to break out the most beautiful sheet yesterday. No 12-Step program for me!

I was inspired by a very special challenge. This week the Global Design Project is celebrating it’s 100th challenge. The task was to select one of the designers to CASE (Copy and Share). My favorite challenge! I decided to CASE Janneke de Jong’s beautiful card in a Mini Treat Bag. You know how I love the Mini Treat Bag! Here’s my card and Janneke’s.

Eastern Palace Designer paper, Eastern Bauty stamp set, #GDP100

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Here’s the logo for this week’s Global Design Project challenge. Be sure to click on the logo and go to the site to see all of the wonderful projects!

#GDP100, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Design Notes for Eastern Palace Designer Paper Card:

Most of the time, I have fun making the cards and projects I show. I LOVED making this one. So much gold!! The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits make the bag so easy to create. When you make one of these bags, be sure to use something like Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape to assemble it.

My Eastern Medallions Thinlits got quite a work out for this project. I used three of them to create the flower at the bottom left.  The pull tab for the card part was made with one of the Layering Circles Thinlits and one of the pieces from Eastern Medallions Thinlits.

Just to give everything a little more sparkle, I added Wink of Stella to the petals of the flower and to the stars on the dry embossed piece. Finally, I used some of the Gold Metallic Thread behind the flower.

Eastern Beauty Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Supply List for Eastern Palace Designer Paper Card:

Remember – BUNDLE! When products are in a bundle, buy the bundle. You will save money and have no regrets! In this case, the Eastern Beauty stamp set is bundled with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies. You might want to look at page 19 in the current Stampin’ Up! catalog to see the Designer Series Paper and other items that coordinate with the set.

 

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Dianne

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Heartfelt Sympathy and a New Technique?

Fortunately, I guess, I don’t need a sympathy card at the moment. I decided to make some cards ahead of the need. Not always that organized. I love the Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set. The font is so different. I decided to try something I THOUGHT I had read about, using  drops of ink and Wink of Stella. After I did the cards, and loved the look, I found out I hadn’t read very carefully and it was about Watercolor Pencils and Wink of Stella. Sounds interesting, I will try it. In the meantime, I might have invented a new technique! Do you like the look behind the dragonflies?

Sympathy, Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set, Wink of Stella, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits

My inspiration for this card started with this week’s Global Design Project Challenge. This time the challenge was to CASE the Designer. If you saw my blog post a few days ago, you know all about CASEing. Here’s a link to that post and the video tutorial. You will also want to look at the Global Design Challenge and see how others have interpreted this CASE. Click on the photo to go to that website.

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Design Notes for Heartfelt Sympathy Card:

Don’t you love the card from the challenge?  It’s really not complicated but is really lovely.

For my card, I used the colors, (more or less) and the dragonfly elements. My background was created by putting a drop or two of  Soft Sky ink refill on a Silicon Mat. Then I took a clear Wink of Stella pen and squeezed it until a few drops came out. (You are generally, not supposed to do that!) I mixed the color in with the Wink of Stella brush and painted it on the front of the card. I’m calling this technique, Wink of Ink.

Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits, Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set, Wink of ink

I also added some of the Wink of Ink to the Dragonflies. By the way, when you are cutting out the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, be sure to use a Precision Plate. In addition to making it easier to release the thinlit from the paper, it will extend the life of your thinlit by preventing it from bowing.

Supply List for Heartfelt Sympathy Card:

 

Bonus Day couponYou still have time to earn a Bonus Coupon to use in August. Spend $50 or more and receive an email with the code to use in August – $5. off your August order. Isn’t that nice?

To order, just click on any of the items above and it will take you right to my 24-7 on-line store. Is it time to buy the beautiful Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits? You will love them. Buy the Thinlits and the Precision Plate and you will earn your coupon.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Stay cool. It is supposed to be in the mid 90° range here today!

Dianne