Stampin’ Blends Meets Birthday Blooms

Well today’s card combines at least two of my favorite things… heat embossing and the new Stampin’ Blends. I ended up making three of these Birthday Blooms cards, I was having so much fun!

Stampin' Blends, Sirthday Blooms stamp set, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

The flower is beautiful in any color but I especially like the fall Pumpkin Pie color.

Design Notes for Birthday Blooms Card:

The pretty border on the right hand side was made with the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch and some Copper Foil. Don’t you love the look?

Generally, when using alcohol markers like Stamin’ Blends you would use Memento Ink. That way the color will not bleed from the alcohol markers. However, for this card, I decided to use heat embossing to outline the flower parts. The petals were colored with Pumpkin Pie Light and then highlighted with the dark Pumpkin Pie Blends. I used Old Olive for the leaves and just a touch of Smoky Slate in the middle of the flower.

Stampin' Blends, Sirthday Blooms stamp set, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

Supply List for Birthday Blooms Card:

 

 

Stampin’ Blends:

Don’t you just want them all?! I had to! Here is a picture of all of the Blends in my very cool holder. I purchased that holder from Stamp n’ Storage.

stampin' blends, Stamp 'n Storage

I really love all of their storage items and am an their affiliate program. If you are interested in purchasing, please go to their website via the link on my blog.

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Hope you are having a great day!

Dianne

 

Color Me Happy with New Blends

About two years ago, Stampin’ Up! developed Blender Pens. I loved them. However, they were not perfect and Stampin’ Up! withdrew them from our catalog but continued to work with the manufacturer. (They were drying out too quickly.) I’m happy to say that they have reintroduced the pens and now they are perfect! There is also a new stamp set, Color Me Happy, to go along with them. The new Blends are so much fun to use. Here’s one of my first projects.

Color Me Happy Stamp set, Thank you, note cards, Blends, Stampin' Up! diannescards.com

These great markers go on sale on November 1 !

Design Notes for Color Me Happy Note Card:

There are lots of lovely colors to choose from but I decided to use the two Cherry Cobbler pens for the flowers. You will see that there are lots of ways to work with Blends. For this card, I choose to color a few petals with the lighter shade then go back and add some accents with the darker shade. I also used the Highlighter to give a little depth to the petals.

You may be wondering about the flowers and stems. I used a masking technique – different from the one I showed you yesterday. With this technique, I masked the “Thank You” sentiment so that I could stamp the whole stem.

To do this:

  • First, stamp sentiment that you want masked on a scrap of paper
  • Next, cut out the sentiment
  • Then, use a little adhesive on the back of the cut out sentiment and cover the card front sentiment.
  • Stamp!

Here’s what it looked like.

Color Me Happy stamp set, Blends, masking

If you look carefully at the mask piece, you can see the stems that were masked.

Supply List for Color Me Happy Note Card:

 

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Right now, if you go to Stampin! Up! Facebook page, you have a chance to win a set of Stampin’ Blends! Just like, comment or share the Stampin’ Blends post and you are in the running! (http://facebook.com/stampinup) One grand prize winner will receive the entire Stampin’ Blends Marker Collection (a $121 value), and 100 runner-up winners will receive one Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack in one of the 12 signature colors (a $9 value).

 

Hope you are having a great day!

Dianne

 

 

 

 

 

Things You Need To Know!

I have a few things I want to share with you today. First, there is a terrific sale going on at Stamp n’ Storage.

A Peek into my Stamp N’ Storage Craft Room

I have lots of their products in my craft room and love each of them. Here’s how I store my 8 1/” x 11″ card stock. Each container is designated for a color family and one container for two years of In-Colors (neutrals are in the next picture.) I slipped these into a book case I already had.

Stamp n' Storage

In this case I have a mix of 12″ x 12″ holders and 8 1/2″ x 11″ Works perfectly. I had to turn some on the side to fit in my existing book case. The 12″ x 12″ on the left bottom of the picture is for my Designer Series Papers. The one turned on it’s side is for Glimmer Paper, Foils, and other 12″ x 12″ items. The top left is for Neutrals and top right is for Whisper White Thick and Regular and Very Vanilla, Thick and Regular as well as Glimmer Paper and Watercolor Paper.

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I have also purchased many of the Magnetic Cards for Framelits and Thinlits. They come in a variety of sizes: 5 x 7″, 6″ x 7″, 8″ x 7″, and 8.5 x 11″. They are VERY magnetic and sturdy. The magnetic part is mounted on chip board. I have a few things I want to share with you today. First, there is a terrific sale going on at Stamp n; Storage.
A Peek into my Stamp N’ Storage Craft Room:

Stamp n' Storage, magnetic cards

I have also purchased the very well made Storage boxes. I have one for my Magnetic cards and one for Embossing folders.

Stamp n' Storage

By the way, I keep all of the plastic containers that the Framelits and Thinlits come in. If I want to sell them, I replace them in the plastic container and don’t give away my Magnetic Cards! Just make a new label when I purchase a new set!

Stamp n' Storage

Please click on Stamp n’ Store image above to go to their web site. I am an affiliate for them and receive a small commission when you purchase through clicking there.

Update on  CASE card from Sunday.

After I made a few of the wedding cards I showed in my blog post yesterday, I thought it needed just a little something. I added a pearl to the center of each flower. What do you think?

CASE Card, Blooms & Wishes stamp set, Stampin' Up! diannescards.com

Hope you are having a great day!

Dianne