Tropical Chic for Global Design Project

This week Global Design Project is celebrating it’s 150th post. How could I not participate? I love the sketch. Here’s my take on the sketch using the Tropical Chic stamp set and Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper.

Tropical Chic stamp set, Tropical Escape DSP, Friend/encouragment card, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Here’s the sketch for this challenge. Just click on the sketch to go to Global Design Project web site.

#GDP"150, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

Design Notes for Tropical Chic Card:

Don’t you just love that Tropical Escape Designer Paper? I think the colors are just terrific. Here’s what I picked out from the paper:

 

 

There are some small dots of Blushing Bride on the Designer paper that I used on this card. I tried to bring them out a bit by using some Blushing Bride card stock for the banner and behind the leaf. I also added some Blushing Bride ink to the Glimmer Paper. Have you ever done that. It’s really easy to color Glimmer Paper. It just takes a sponge or Dauber and ink. I did a video about this a while back. You might want to check it out.

 

 

Supply List for Tropical Chic Card:

 

August Specials:

Want to Win a Free Stamp Pad?

Stampin’ Up! is rewarding demonstrators who sell 10 stamp pads or more during the month of August. I sell ten ink pads, I get a FREE ink pad. If I sell ten ink pads, I’m giving away the one I earn to someone who purchased an ink pad in August.

So, purchase a regular ink pad (not Versamark, Memento, Staz-On or uninked Craft Pads) and you have a chance to win another one!

August Bonus Days:

Bonus Days, Stampin' Up!, Diannescards.com

In August, you will receive a coupon for $5 for each $50 you spend. The coupon will be good in September.

To order, all you need to do is to click on the logo below and that will take you to my 24-7 on-line store. Remember, your order needs to total $50 before tax and shipping to qualify for a Bonus coupon. ADD AN INK PAD OR TWO!

https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/default.aspx

Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Stop back on Monday to see the second collar fold card, this time for a man.

Thanks,

Dianne

Paper Tearing with Sea of Textures

Today I am going to show you a card made with the great Sea of Textures stamp set and also show you a video about paper tearing. I’m a designer on the Try Stampin’ on Tuesday site and today I’m presenting the technique challenge for July.

Sea of Textures stamp set, Paper tearing, Under the Sea Framelits, shimmery White Embossing Paste, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I love that octopus! AFTER I stamped and cut him out, I realized it’s not a very realistic color. However, I’m claiming artistic license and we’re going with the Blackberry Bliss.

 

Design Notes for Sea of Textures Card:

The octopus and the coral were easy. I stamped and then cut them out with the Under the Sea Framelits. I cut the reef out and used the piece of card stock as a mask. Next, I used some Shimmery White Embossing Paste to create the reef effect.

Did you look carefully at the octopus? At his eyes? I used two tiny pieces from the Tranquil Textures Sprinkles and the Fine Tip Glue Pen to give him eyes!

Sea of Textures stamp set, Diannescards.com, Stampin' Up!

Learn about the paper tearing techniques in the video below.

Supply List for Sea of Textures Card:

The Sea of Textures stamp set is part of a bundle. Buy both and save 10%. The stamp set comes in either clear mount or wood mount.

 

It’s July1!

Today the sale on Designer Paper begins. Please email me ([email protected]) with your order. Or you can go to my 24-7 on-line store.

DSP Sale

 

Also, don’t forget that you can now purchase the new colors of Stampin’ Blends! Just add them to your order.

Blends from catalog, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

Hope you are enjoying a great weekend.

Today is the golf card parade in our community. All the kids are here. We’re going patriotic with the cart decorations this year (and keeping it simple!) Pictures to follow!

Dianne

 

 

Striped Treat Bag Remake

Last week I made a gusseted bag from the flat Striped Treat Bag. A few folks asked me how it was done. So, today – a video tutorial. To be honest, I’ve made the process a bit easier than the process I used in the original post. (See it here.) Here’s a peek at what I created for the video.

striped Treat Bags, Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Aren’t these perfect for Valentine treats?

I am pretty sure I saw this done at a Stampin’ Up! gathering a year or so ago. Nonetheless, here is my take on how to create a gusseted bag from a flat one.

I also wrote out the directions so that you could save them for future reference.

Striped Treat Bag, Stampin' Up!, diannscards.comI can’t decide which one I like the best.

Striped Treat Bags, Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com Striped Treat Bags, Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com Striped Treat Bags, Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Supplies for Valentine Striped Treat Bags:

Sa;e-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

So, do you see how valuable the Stampin’ Trimmer can be? You need one. When you order a Trimmer, I will send you an extra package of Trimmer Cutting Blades as a Thank You gift. The Trimmer comes with one blade but you’ll be prepared when the time comes to replace that blade.

Order the Trimmer, a package of Striped Treat Bags and  a stamp set like the Heart Happiness set and you will be all ready to create some great Valentine treat bags. In addition, you will earn a Sale-A-Bration item. Win! Win!

 

 

Thanks for stopping by today. Look for another blog post later today. I’m participating in an International Blog Highlight. Each participant will feature something made with a favorite item from either the Occasions Catalog or Sale-A-Bration. Sure to have lots of good ideas there!

Dianne

All About Amazing You and Masking

Amazing You is one of the great new stamp sets from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Just purchase $50 and it can be yours. Today I have featured this great stamp set in a birthday card for a friend.

Amazing You stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com, masking

There’s more about Amazing You that I’ll be sharing soon. Well, I’ll give you a hint… there is a  coordinating set of Thinlits that you can also get for FREE! Some samples next week. You are going to love it!

Amazing YOu Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Are you wondering about the “masking” part referred to in the blog post title? That’s how I got the great gold accent behind the flower.

I’ve been playing a lot with masking the last week or two and decided to create a video tutorial for you. I show you two types of masking. You will see they are easy and easier!

Design Notes for Amazing You Card:

First, I inked up the flower stamp with Calypso Coral and then I used a Stampin’ Write Marker to ink up the leaves. I created a mask of the flower and leaves then used that to cover the Calypso Coral and Wild Wasabi image. Next, I used VersaMark and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder with the sunburst stamp. I thought the “celebrate” repeated along side in Calypso Coral ink was a good way to finish it off. Finally, I added some Gold Metallic Thread behind the focal image. You can never go wrong adding some gold.

Supply List for Amazing You Card:

 

Sa;e-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Don’t forget, you can get this stamp set for free. Just order $50 in products from the Occasions catalog or the Annual Catalog. For each $50 you purchase you will qualify for a Free item.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Dianne

 

Sponge Brayers for My Travel Journal!

In less than two weeks, Jerry and I leave for our vacation in Scotland. We’ve made all of our arrangements – flights, lodgings, car rental. But it occurred to me that I hadn’t prepared my travel journal. I love to take trip notes in a journal so that I can easily create an album when we return. One of the reasons that I wanted to go to Scotland is that part of my heritage is Scottish. My maiden name was Kerr – a good Scots name! So I looked up the Kerr clan plaid and tried to reproduce the plaid with Sponge Brayers. My colors are a little off but it’s fairly close!

Travel Journal, sponge brayers, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Design Notes for Travel Journal with Sponge Brayers:

I feel so creative when I use the sponge brayers. Using brayers is a great way to make an ombre look or just a nice swath of color on your card. I like to use them to create a plaid. I made a video about this technique awhile back. You might want to check it out again. Here’s the link.

I wanted to keep the outside pretty simple. My journals usually take a beating. The Brushwork Alphabet stamp set came in handy here. I’ve tried putting all of the letters on a block and stamp the whole word. But, I’ve found that I don’t like the spacing. To solve this problem, just stamp one letter at a time. But keeping the letters lined up was a challenge. Solution? Washi Tape! I place a strip of Washi on the card stock and then line up the individual letters as I go along. That way I have better control of the spacing of the letters. When I’m done, I just carefully remove the Washi Tape.

Brushstroke Alphabet stamp set, Stampin Up! , diannes cards.com

Supply list for Travel Journal with Sponge Brayers:

The little date stamp is from Tabs for Everything. Isn’t it cute?

 

Reminders:

Holiday catalog cover, Stamping' Up! diannescards.com

Today is the first day that you can order from the new Holiday catalog! Yea! there are so many wonderful things, you will want them all. If you’d like a Holiday catalog, just email me and let me know ([email protected])

 

Hurricane Harvey Donation:

If you are like me, you have been glued to the TV to sadly witness the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. I know you are as concerned as I am to see the loss of life, of homes, the complete alteration of lives. It will take a long time to recover. I know, like me, you want to help. Here’s one little way.

Please shop with me in September, and help make a difference in the lives of those affected by the storm. I will donate 20% of your order total (before tax and shipping) to the Houston Food Bank (See Charity Navigator here. )

  • All orders must be placed between today, September 1 and September 30.
  • You can place your order by emailing me, [email protected] We can work out what you want, payment, etc. You can also call.
  • If you are coming to any of my classes you can order then.
  • You can order directly on line. To get to my 24-7 online store, just click on any item in the Supply List and that will take you there. You can then select what you’d like to order.

Thanks so much!

Dianne