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?

Bonus Days, Stampin' Up!, Diannescards.com

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.

Ink pads, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

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 nearby 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?

Supply List for Colorful Seasons Card:

 

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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Recruit incentive

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

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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International Blog Highlights, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Can you take just a minute to vote for my card? I’m hoping to land in the top 10. If that happens then in a few weeks, I’ll be in an International Blog Hop.

Just go to this website.

Find my card, #3.

Hop card

Click on the heart to vote for my card.

It’s as easy as that!

Thanks,

Dianne