Friendly Expressions for Big Congratulations

Goddaughter Caroline recently told me that her son Aidan made the Philadelphia Archdiocesan band and is first chair for the trumpet. Pretty big accomplishment for a ten year old! So, of course, a congratulations card was in order. I decided to use the Friendly Expressions stamp set and the Sheet Music set for this #simplestamping card.

Friendly Expressions stamp set, sheet Music stamp set, heat embossing, congratulations, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I think this is a pretty easy card although I did use heat embossing. Still….

Design Notes for Friendly Expressions Card:

Well, isn’t the Sheet Music backgrond stamp really the only thing that would work on this card? It’s a little hard to see but the card base is Tranquil Tide and so I used Tranquil Tide ink for the music. The sentiment was stamped with Versa Mark and then heat embossed with black powder. The think the Gold Foil really sets the card front off nicely.

Friendly Expressions stamp set, sheet Music stamp set, heat embossing, congratulations, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Here’s a picture of our budding musician.

 

 

Purchase List for Friendly Expressions Card:

Both of the stamp set I used today come in both clear mount and wood mount. Choose which ever you prefer.

 

This and That:

I am sure you are going to be ordering on line today to take advance of the Cyber Monday sales. Stampin’ Up! is also celebrating Cyber Monday. Both of the stamp sets that I featured on today’s card are on sale! Don’t forget to order today!!!! But, get you list ready for Tuesday and Wednesday. That’s when the Tools and Ink go on sale.

Online Extravanganza

November 26 – Today

STAMPS & KITS

  • Stamp sets (clear-mount, wood-mount, and photopolymer)
  • Project kits
  • Card kits
  • Kit refills
  • Memories & More
  • Punch box kits

November 27–28 – Tuesday and Wednesday

TOOLS & INK

  • Adhesives
  • Applicators
  • Cleaners
  • Cutting tools
  • Embossing folders
  • Framelits and thinlits
  • Ink Pads
  • Ink refills
  • Markers
  • Punches
  • Scoring Tools
  • Stamp blocks and cases

Be sure to use this link  – http://diannescards.stampinup.net – to order on line at my 24-7 store or email me with your order ([email protected]). If you order on line, remember to use this month’s Host Code, 4AGCW3KA. If your order is $50 or more, I’ll send along a little gift including a hand crafted card.

Dianne

 

Have a comment or question about today’s project? I love to hear your comments.

 

Joyous Noel and Joy Fold Christmas – Why Not?

Today’s fun fold is a repeat of joy fold card! I spent a long time avoiding making joy fold cards. I had convinced myself that it was too complicated. Look at me now. I love the Joyous Noel Specialty Paper and knew it would be great to make a joy fold card with. What do you think? Can you have too much joy?

joy fold Christmas card, Merry Christmas to All stamp set, heat embossingJoyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

Here are links to some other joy fold cards that I’ve made. Here, and here.

Design Notes for Joy Fold Christmas Card:

I always think of a joy fold card as card with little card on top of it! For the little card on the top of this crd, I did some heat embossing, as you know, one of my favorite techniques. If you want to learn more about joy fold cards, check out this tutorial. Joy Fold Tutorial

Here’s a peek at the inside of this card.

joy fold Christmas card, Merry Christmas to All stamp set, heat embossingJoyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Supply List for Joy Fold Christmas Card:

 

 

 

This and That:

If you looked at the tutorial, you know that this is really an easy but impressive card to make. So, are you ready to order the materials you need to make this joy fold card? Just click on any of the images in the Supply List and that will take you to my 24-7 on-line store. Remember to use this month’s Host Code, 4AGCW3KA. If your order is $50 or more, I’ll send along a little gift including a hand crafted card.

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You Dazzle Me !

On Sunday, I went to West Chester to see Ava in a horse show. Though I don’t get to see her ride often, I do love it. I was really impressed with how great she looks! I don’t know anything about horseback riding but I was dazzled! So, the You Dazzle Me sentiment from the Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set seemed perfect to make a little card for her.

You Dazzle me, Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set, heat embossing, congratualtions, Pretty Label Punch, Stampin' Up! diannescards.com,

You Dazzle Me

Two second place and a fourth place! Go Ava and Briggs!

 

I also decided this would be a great card for this week’s Global Design Project. It is a sketch challenge and I think this card fits the bill. Just click on the design and it will take you to the site so that you can see other great cards using this sketch. You Dazzle Me, #GDP162, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

 

Design Notes for You Dazzle Me Card:

What a fun challenge this was. The designer samples are terrific. I was all ready to cut some card stock with the Triple Banner Punch when I saw the Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set and inspiration hit. The pocket was a perfect shape- well, sort of! Blueberry Bushel card stock is reminiscent of denim and the Grapefruit Grove put me in mind of the orange stitching on jeans. Since I always look for an opportunity to do heat embossing, I used some of the In Color 2018–2020 Stampin’ Emboss Powder for the stitching and for the sentiment.

 

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This and That:

Ready to order? Just click on any of the images in the Supply List and that will take you to my 24-7 on-line store. Remember to use this month’s Host Code, UQQ7BE3N. If your order is $50 or more, I’ll send along a little gift including a hand crafted card.

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Sorry for Everything

Today I am participating in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights. The theme for this month is “Sorry”. I had to think about this one for a little while but realized I could combine this with another card on my “To Do” list. One of my neighbors is moving soon and I’m really sorry to see her go. Here’s what I made for her with the sorry for everything stamp set.

Sorry for Everything stamp set, Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper, Decorative ribbon Border Punch, heat embossing, Sprig Punch, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

Here’s a link to go to Kylie’s site and see all the cards. Also, you can vote for my card while you are looking! My card is #11.

http://bit.ly/VoteForMeKyliesHighlightsAugust

 

 

Design Notes for Sorry for Everything Card:

As I was about to begin working on this card, I saw a package of designer paper I had just received. the top sheet in the pack seemed just perfect… light background, some touches of copper. Lo and behold, it was a package of Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper. So, never discount any holiday paper (or stamps for that matter) as only appropriate for that holiday. I may be biased but I think the paper I chose looks just right for this card.

I think my current favorite color changes day by day. Today my favorite is Merry Merlot. It’s so rich and beautiful. The copper embossed “Sorry” stands out so nicely. I added another few touches of copper just to seal the deal. A strip of copper foil at the top, punched out with the decorative Ribbon Border Punch made me happy. And of course, the Designer Paper has copper in it.

As I put the card together, I felt like it was missing something. Here’s version one.

Sorry for Everything stamp set, Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper, Decorative ribbon Border Punch, heat embossing, Sprig Punch, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

I thought it needed a pop of color and so added the spring of Tranquil Tide (also a contended for “my favorite color”). Never one to leave well enough alone, I added just a touch of copper to some of the sprigs.

Sorry for Everything stamp set, Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper, Decorative ribbon Border Punch, heat embossing, Sprig Punch, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I tried to figure out how I could add just a little touch of Versamark so I could heat emboss and ended up using the end of the new Take Your Pick tool!

Sorry for Everything stamp set, Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper, Decorative ribbon Border Punch, heat embossing, Sprig Punch, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

The inside of the card was pretty simple but I managed to use up a little left over sprig

 

Supply List for Sorry for Everything Card:

Isn’t it nice when you have a choice about stamps. The Sorry for Everything set comes in either wood mount or clear mount.

 

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Dianne

 

 

Detailed Trio Punch Meets Beautiful Day

Sometimes I have things I love but don’t give enough credit. The Detailed Trio Punch is one of those things. It just adds so much to a card, tag or other project. Here’s a card I made yesterday that really shows off how lovely it is.

Detailed Trio Punch, Beautiful Day stamp set, heat embossing, Aqua Painters, Stampin' Up!, diannecards.com

And do you love the colors? I saw a color challenge on Splitcoaststampers and just loved it.

 

Design Notes for Detailed Trio Punch Birthday Card:

The flower from the Beautiful Day stamp set has to be one of my very favorite images. It’s just fun to color in, either with pencils, Stampin’ Blends, or as I did today, with ink and Aqua Painters. I like using the Black Heat Emboss Powder so the the colors stay in the areas. The heat embossing seems to act as a little corral to keep the water and ink inside. Makes this technique easy for a beginner!

The Happy birthday sentiment is from the Beautiful You stamp set. The stamp actually says, “Happy birthday, gorgeous”. For this card, I just wanted a simple, “Happy birthday.” So, I used a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to ink up the parts of the stamp that I wanted to use.

Marker st stamp technique, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

The Detailed Trio Punch has three different punch capabilities.  (I know, that’s a surprise.) For this card, I used two of the three, the corner rounding part and the lovely open work part. The punch also helps you create tags by punching a slot for ribbons or twine.

Detailed Trio Punch, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

I washed the background with some Coastal Cabana ink and Aqua Painter. After mounting that piece on the Coastal Cabana card stock, I added a few Glitter Enamel Dots just to finish things off. I thought about adding some Wink of Stella but restrained myself. Maybe one source of glitter/glimmer is enough. What do you think?

Detailed Trio Punch, Beautiful Day stamp set, heat embossing, Aqua Painters, Stampin' Up!, diannecards.com

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Don’t forget!

There is still a day left for you to vote for my card in Kylie’s International Blog HIghlights. If I land in the top ten, I will be able to participate in an International Blog Highlights in early October.

  1. All you need to do is click on this link.
  2. Find my card, It’s #8.
  3. Click in the upper right hand corner. You’ll see a heart.
  4. If you voted successfully, you will get a message saying you have 4 votes left. (You can only vote once from a location for my card.)

Kylie's highlights, Daisy Delight, SeptemberThanks so much!

Dianne