Have a Great Trip!

My BFF left yesterday for a trip to Verona, Italy. I know she will have a wonderful time. I wanted to send her off with a few treats and, of course, a hand made travel card. It was easy to think of the Waterfront stamp set to create an Italian countryside picture. I had to search a bit to come upon the sentiment. Do you know which stamp set it is from?

Waterfront stamp set, Sea of Texture stamp set, Travel card, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I won’t keep you in suspense any longer, the sentiment is from Sea of Textures. Did you guess that?

 

 

Design Notes for Waterfront Travel Card:

I think it took me longer to select the colors than to actually make the card! It’s so easy to create a tranquil scene with the Waterfront stamps – mountains, lakes, rivers, evergreen trees, palm trees, little cottage – all are possible with this set. Here’s a close up look at the stamps in the Waterfront stamp set.

Waterfront stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

This stamp set is photopolymer and so it was easy to line up the palm tree trunks and branches. When you look at the Supply List below, you will notice that I’ve listed a Stampin’ Pierce Mat in the supplies. When you use photopolymer stamps, it’s best to stamp on a mat. You will get a nice clear image that way.

 

Waterfront stamp set, Sea of Texture stamp set, Travel card, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I know you probably can’t see it, but I added some Wink of Stella on the water. It’s never a mistake to add some Wink of Stella!

 

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Dianne

P.S. Here’s a picture of the package of goodies I sent to Janice to share with her friends in case they get hungry.

Travel card, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

 

 

Treat Time for a Special Birthday

Do you ever have trouble getting cards out for birthdays at the beginning of the month? I confess, sometimes, I do. My dear friend Rose is celebrating her birthday tomorrow. We went to both high school and college together. I didn’t want to miss her special day. I used the Treat Time stamp set to make something special for her over the weekend and, I hope, got it in the mail in time.

Treat Time stamp set, Birthday, TSOT Technique challenge stitching, Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stitched Lables Framelits, Stampin' Up!, diannescaards.com

This card was my card for this month’s technique challenge over at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday. This month the challenge is to use stitching on your project. There are so many ways you can do this. I used a die that mimicked stitching. Go on over to the challenge site to see the great tutorial about stitching.

Design Notes for Treat Time Card:

The Stitched Label Framelits are like a hidden treasure. I used one of the dies for the Petal Pink circle. I like it because it has the openings all around the edgeand I knew I could lace some ribbon through the holes – almost like stitching, right? But the winner piece for this card was the die that cut the stitched line along the other piece of Petal Pink card stock. Doesn’t it look just like I used my sewing machine to make a row of tiny stitches?

Treat Time stamp set, Birthday, TSOT Technique challenge stitching, Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stitched Lables Framelits, Stampin' Up!, diannescaards.com

Of course, the Share What You Love Designer Series paper is so beautiful. You can’t make a bad card with it! I used it on the bottom and cut a few flowers out of some scraps. One is one the front and one on the inside. There was one extra for the envelope.

Treat Time stamp set, Birthday, TSOT Technique challenge stitching, Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stitched Lables Framelits, Stampin' Up!, diannescaards.com

 

Never one to leave well enough alone, I added a little Wink of Stella to the flower on the front of the card.

Treat Time stamp set, Birthday, TSOT Technique challenge stitching, Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stitched Lables Framelits, Stampin' Up!, diannescaards.com

 

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This and That:

Did you know that this week Stampin’ Up! is having a sale in honor of World Card Making Day? Here are the great things that are on sale. Just let me know what you want to order. Or, you can place an order yourself using my 24-7 on-line store. Be sure to use this month’s Host Code, UQQ7BE3N.

 

Do you like today’s card? Do you have a thought or comment about it? Please leave me a comment – I love comments!

Thanks,

Dianne

 

Blissful Blooms – August Paper Pumpkin

Oh my gosh. Yesterday it was nearly 100° outside. I was glad to have such a fun project to work on. I’ve probably said this before, but… I LOVE this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit. The cards are just beautiful. The stamp set is terrific and the Ink Spot is one of my favorite colors, Blackberry Bliss. And did I mention the envelopes? Fabulous! Blissful Blooms is a winner. Here are some of the cards I made.

Blissful Blooms, Paper Pumpkin, August, 2018, alternate projects, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

The kit contains enough materials to make 10 cards. The cards above are pretty much along the lines of what the directions suggested. I might have made a little change up here and there!

Here’s a video from Stampin’ Up to show you how easily the cards go together.

Design Notes for Alternate Blissful Blooms Cards:

I put aside two of the card bases and then cut them down to 4″ x 5 1/4″. After that it was pretty easy.

Blissful Blooms, Paper Pumpkin, August, 2018, alternate projects, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

First I mounted both of the card fronts on a Blackberry Bliss Card Stock base. On the Thinking of you card, I stamped a bird from the Painted Glass stamp set. Next, I added some color to the bird by using a Blender Pen and some ink from the Blackberry Bliss Ink Spot.

Blissful Blooms, Paper Pumpkin, August, 2018, alternate projects, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

On the other card. I added a butterfly from the same stamp set. The butterfly then got dressed up with some Wink of Stella, Because I had stamped the butterfly with regular ink, the color bled a little when I applied the Wink of Stella. That’s the effect I was looking for!

Blissful Blooms, Paper Pumpkin, August, 2018, alternate projects, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

And one of my favorite parts of this kit are the beautiful envelopes. No work needed to dress these up!

Blissful Blooms, Paper Pumpkin, August, 2018, alternate projects, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

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Think About September Paper Pumpkin:

Sad to say, it’s too late to get this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit. Stampin’ Up! has something special coming up for September so be sure to sign up now to join in the fun. Click on the image below to go to the Paper Pumpkin website to sign up. You will automatically have me listed as your demonstrator. (Thanks!)

Paper Pumpkin, September kit, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Anyone who is a new subscriber will receive a Piercing Mat from me. All of the stamps that come with the Paper Pumpkin kits are photopolymer. Those stamps work best with a foam mat under them, like the Piercing Mat. I want you to be happy with your stamping!

August Special Promotions…Act Quickly. Today is August 30!

Yes, you have only two more days, today and tomorrow!

1. Coupon Time… for every $50 you spend in August, you will receive a coupon for $5 to use in September. Do I have to talk you in to this? Really?

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2. Ink Pads! If I sell ten or more ink pads in August (I’m close) then I will get a free ink pad. If you buy one or more from me this month, then you have a chance to win the free one! No brainer.

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3. The Blended Seasons Bundle. I’ve shown you a few cards using the Blended Season Bundle. You’ll have to have it. I understand, trust me. You only have a few more days to order. To see the cards that I’ve made, look here and  here, and here and here. There may even be one more coming tomorrow!

Blended Seasons Bundle

 

 

Hope your Thursday is super. Thanks for stopping by.

Dianne

 

 

 

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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Do you love this card? I feel relaxed just looking at it. Would you go to Kylie’s blog and vote for my card? If I am in the top ten (as I was last month), I get to be in a blog hop in early August. Thanks!

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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Think About It… 10 FREE Stamp Pads

Stampin’ Up! is having a terrific promotion right now. If you purchase the Starter Kit and become a member of our team, you get to select a set of ink pads! The Starter Kit is already a great deal – just $99 for $125 in merchandise – no shipping on this order! Click on the “Join My Team” at the top of the page to read about all the benefits of becoming a demonstrator, either a hobby demonstrator or a more business minded one. I have demonstrators of all types on my team. All are welcome.

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So glad you stopped by today. Please remember to go on over to Kylie’s blog and vote for my card. I’d really appreciate it!

Thanks,

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