Farewell to Lovely As A Tree!

As much as I love to make cards, and I do love to make cards, I don’t enjoy making sympathy cards. It’s not as hard if I make them ahead as I did this card. I can hardly believe that the stamp set I used, Lovely As a Tree, is going to retire! I think it is one of the first stamp sets I bought. It never has failed to be part of a lovely card.

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Design Notes for Lovely As A Tree Card:

Well, as you might know, I love to heat emboss. This card shows a technique called emboss resist. When I was a kid, I recall creating a Halloween picture with crayons and then painting over it with black paint. The crayon drawing resisted the paint and showed through. I thought that was the greatest! Emboss resist is the same principal.

  • Use Versamark to stamp image.
  • Cover image with clear embossing powder and heat.
  • Use Daubers or sponges to go over the image.
  • Lightly wipe the image to remove any color.

I used Daubers to color over the image. Here are the colors.

I like this color combination. Remeber, Tranquil Tide is retiring so get any ink, card stock or ribbon now while it is in stock.

Purchase List for Lovely As A Tree Card:

Tranquil Tide is not the only retiring product I used. Lovely As a Tree will retire, sad to say. It is currently available in either wood mount or clear mount. Buy it today!

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It’s Bouquet Blooms and Thank You

Bouquet Blooms is a lovely stamp set. Lots of nice images and some good sentiments. I realized that it had been sitting on my stamp shelf and was prbably feeling a bit neglected. I remedied that today.

Bouquet Blooms stamp set, Gatefold Blossoms Framelits dies, Country Lane Designer Series Paper, Try Stampin' on Tuesday, thank you card, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

The sketch from this week’s Try Stampin’ on Tuesday challenge was the inspiration for this card. Check out the rest of the design team samples by clicking on the image below. Maybe you’d like to try your hand at a card for this challenge!




Design Notes for Bouquet Blooms Card:

I took a little spin on the sketch by turning it on its side. As I often do, I selected the colors based on the piece of Designer Paper I had selected with. Don’t you love that combination of Blackberry Bliss and Crushed Curry? Wish I could say I thought of it myself but, I did get it from the paper. I little stamping and some die cutting and I was done. #simplestamping!

Are you familiar with the Bouquet Blooms stamp set and Framelits. here’s a look. There’s so much there! It’s a great Bundle, very versatile.
Bouquet Blooms stamp set and Framelits
Of course, I decorated the envelope as well.
Bouquet Blooms stamp set, Gatefold Blossoms Framelits dies, Country Lane Designer Series Paper, Try Stampin' on Tuesday, thank you card, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

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Sincerely Santa Project Kit

This weekend I am at a scrap booking crop. I’m only two vacations behind! Hopefully, after the weekend, I’ll only be one behind! In the meantime, I wanted to share a terrific kit with you, the Sincerely Santa Project Kit. It’s a terrific kit that makes lots of Christmas tags.

Here’s a sampling of the tags. The kit makes 6 of each one – that’s 30 tags!

Sincerely Santa Kit, christmas, gift tags, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

The kit includes all the papers, ribbons, twines, jingle bells, gold stars (even extra of those!) doilies, and more. All you need to purchase in addition to the kit is the stamp set and the inks. You will need adhesive too. Oh, I nearly forgot, there is a darling tin to hold all of your tags or to gift later on in the season.

You will probably want to buy the Sincerely Santa stamp set as well. It comes either clear mount or wood mount. It’s just really cute and you can make same terrific cards with it as well as the tags.

Sincerely Santa stamp set, tags, kit, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

If you live nearby, you can come to my tags class. For $25 you can get the kit, use my stamps and ink and I’ll even prep the kit for you! If you don’t live nearby, here’s a video that Stampin’ Up! has prepared to show you how easily the kit goes together.



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Twelve Weeks of Christmas

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