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!, diannescards.com

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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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Dianne

Bye-Bye Bird Banter

The other day I realized that the Bird Banter stamp set was retiring. Well, I knew it was but I hadn’t really thought about it. I know I will find something just as cute to replace it but I need to use it one more time. There’s something I really appreciate about the just the tiniest bit sarcastic sentiments. For that matter, maybe the birds even look a little sarcastic. I have a friend who shares my sense of sarcasm and had a birthday recently. This card is for her. (The sarcasm shows up on the inside.)

Bird Banter stamp set, Birthday, Heat embossing, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Here’s a picture of all of the images and sentiments. Don’t you love it?

Bird Banter Stamp Set

 

Design Notes for Bird Banter Card:

Well, here is another sad, retiring item story. I love the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper. I’ve saved all the scraps from various projects. When I realized I had a few 1″ wide strips I wondered if I could weave them together. Well, it’s probably not my best weaving job but I thought it turned out okay! I seemed to be in a gold mood. To pick up the gold highlights in the Designer Paper, I used Gold Heat Embossing Powder to stamp the bird, backed the peace with Gold Foil and added some Gold Ribbon! Did I over gold? I think not!

 

Supply List for Bird Banter Card:

 

Going, Going, Gone…

Here are the Retiring Lists. Be sure to order what you want soon. Things are beginning to run out.

Annual Catalog:  AC Retired List-US

Occasions Catalog:  OCC Retired List-US

Discounted: AC-OCC Retired Disc-US

Remember, if you place an order of $50 or more on my 24-7 on-line store, I’ll send you a spool of Gold Ribbon as a thank you gift. Just the perfect touch for any project.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Dianne

Dragonfly Dreams in Blue

After I created this card, I was curious about what color dragonflies really are. I had a recollection of blues, greens, something iridescent. Turns out I was fairly close. I used the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set with Pacific Point and Pool Party inks. What do you think?

dragonfly Dreams stamp set, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

The inspiration for this card came from this Week’s Try Stampin’ on Tuesday challenge. Be sure to hop on over to the site. Better yet, create something for the challenge! There are lots of ways to create.

Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge, May, 2018

Design Notes for Dragonfly Dreams Card:

The challenge was to pick three ideas from the Tic-Tac Tuesday board. I selected “Emboss, Blue, Outdoors.” For the emboss portion, I used one of the Petal Pair Embossing Folders on some Pool Party cardstock. Then I sponged the image with some Pacific Point ink. I used the same blues on the dragonfly. The other section of the card layer is Smoky Slate that I stamped with some Smoky Slate ink with a stamp from the Timeless Textures stamp set. Finally, I used some Wink of Stella on the wings of the dragonfly.

dragonfly Dreams stamp set, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

Supply List for Dragonfly Dreams Cards:

All of the items I used today are being carried over to the new catalog.

 

Remember…

There is still time to purchase items that will be retiring. Just click on the links below to see the lists of items that will be leaving as of May 31. Actually, items are starting to sell out so purchase soon.

Remember to use the May Host Code: PW97U9EF, then you will qualify for a drawing for the Host Benefits at the end of the month.

Discounted Items from Annual and Occasions catalog – AC-OCC Retired Disc-US

Occasions Catalog OCC Retired List-US

Annual Catalog AC Retired List-US

If you spend $50 on more on an on-line order, I’ll send you a spool of Gold Ribbon as a thank you.

Hope you are having a great day!

Dianne

 

 

 

Coffee Cafe for Global Design Project

I think that the first thing I notice is color. Maybe card colors, clothing, furniture or decor items. So, when I saw that this week’s challenge from  Global Design Project was a color challenge, I knew that I would participate. The choice of Coffee Cafe stamp set was totally random!

Coffee Cafe stamp set, Cpffee Cups Framelits Dies, Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, Global Design Project, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Isn’t this a great color combination? Here’s the challenge logo. Just click on the image below  to go to the site.

GlobalDesingProject129

Design Notes for Coffee Cafe Card:

One of the first things I did was to look in the Annual Catalog to see what colors were in the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper. Once I saw that Soft Suede was one of the colors, it was an easy decision to use that paper on my card. I stamped the cup, lid and wrapper with Soft Suede ink and cut them out with the Coffee Cups Framelits..And isn’t the shimmery ribbon a fun touch? Finally, I added a little Wink of Stella on the words to make them stand out a bit.

Coffee Cafe stamp set, Cpffee Cups Framelits Dies, Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, Global Design Project, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

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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.

DSP Sale, diannescards.com, Stampin' Up!

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