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.

Lovely as a tree stamp set, sympathy card, emboss resist, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

This card is also my entry in this month’s International Blog Highlights. Will you vote for my card? Just click here or on the banner below. Then, click on my card, #25,  on the upper right hand to vote.

 

 

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!

This and That:

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Floral Phrases Farewell

The Floral Phrases stamp set and Detailed Floral Thinlits have been in the catalog for a few years. It was pretty predictable that this year they would retire. Nonetheless, I am sad to see them go. Such lovely detail and interest. I decided to use the Thinlits for this month’s card class door prize. I also made this month’s thank you card using the Floral Phrases stamp set.

Flourishing Phrases stamp set, Detailed Floral Thinlits, treat box, thank you card, Twinkle, Twinkle Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

tThe card is actually CASed (Copy and share) from a recent post by Candy Rattray. I just loved it and had to make my own.

 

 

Design Notes for Floral Phrases Card and Box:

The box is just like one I made last week. Did you see my post about attending the tea and the favors I made? Check out my post here to see what I made and the tutorial for the treat box.

Here’s a close up of the box I made for my classes. I think the ribbon to close it is so pretty. The silver edge on the ribbon goes so nicely with the Silver Foil Paper behind the cut out.

Flourishing Phrases stamp set, Detailed Floral Thinlits, treat box, thank you card, Twinkle, Twinkle Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

 

Purchase List for Floral Phrases Card and Box:

This and That:

Just about all of the products that I used for these two projects are retiring: the Floral Phrases stamp set, the Detailed Floral Thinlits, the Berry Burst ink, the Berry Burst card stock, the Powder Pink card stock, the Berry Burst Ribbon and the Twinkle, Twinkle Designer Paper!

retiring

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Pick a Pennant – It’s a Party!

Whenever a new catalog comes out, that means some things are retiring. I get excited about wonderful, new things but also a little sad about some of the things that will be retiring. Pick a Pennant is one of the retiring stamp sets. I’m glad I had one more chance to show it to you before it departs. I made some birthday party invitations for Goddaughter Anne Marie’s daughter Lia who will turn 6 very soon. She wanted a cat themed party. What do you think of my punch art cat?

Pick a Pennant stamp set, Playful Pennants Framelits dies, party invitation, Ginghma Gala Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

You can see some other cards I made using the Pick a Pennant stamp set here, and here.

Design Notes for Pick A Pennant Invitation:

I think if you are almost six, like cats and purple this invitation is a hit! I had fun figuring out how to make the cat. Lots of punches, some sponging and a little drawing.

  • Head- 2″ Circle Punch
  • Ears – Cut free hand
  • Eyes – White part, 1/2″ Circle punch, Black part from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch
  • Nose – Also from Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, half of the bow!

Pick a Pennant stamp set, Playful Pennants Framelits dies, party invitation, Brushwork Alphabet stamp set, Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I used the Stamparatus to stamp the banner with the Brushwork Alphabet stamp set.

Purchase List for Pick A Pennant Invitation:

Remember, lots of these items are retiring (Pick A Pennant stamp set, Playful Pennants Framelits, Pick A Pennant Bundle, Brushwork Alphabet stamp set and Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper). Order now so you will not be disappointed.

 

 

This and That:

Just click on the banner above to go to my 24-7 on-line store to see what’s retiring and what you need to get before it’s gone.

Please use the Host Code for May, which is JTAPEHHY If on-line orders total $150 or more, you will be eligible to win the Host Benefits for those orders. I’ll also send along a little gift with your thank you card for any purchases over $50.

 

 

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Tea Together Treats

Yesterday I went to a lovely tea. It was a fund raiser for a group my BFF is involved with. In addition to tea and lovely treats, there was a terrific a capella group. All in all, a lovely afternoon. Of course, I wanted to make some treats for everyone at the table and created these little boxes. I used the Tea Together stamp set from the Occasions catalog.

Tea Together stamp set, treat box, Tea Time Framelits, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

The box held three Ghirardelli chocolates.

Tea Together stamp set, treat box, Tea Time Framelits, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

 

Design Notes for Tea Together Treat Box:

It’s never a bad day when I get to use my Stampin’ Blends markers. The tea cups and flowers were stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink then colored in with the Blends. The Framelits made them easy to cut out. I used some Old Olive card stock to make a belly band around the little container I made.

The box was really easy. Here are the measurements and directions if you’d like to make one.

  • Cut card stock to 4 1/2″ x 7 1/2″

treat box, Tea Together, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

  • Score along long side at 2″, 2 3/4″, 4 3/4″ and 5 1/2″.

treat box, Tea Together, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

  • Score along short side at 3/4″ and 3 1/2″. (3/4″ from each side.)

treat box, Tea Together, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

  • Fold on score lines.
  • Cut as shown below, red lines indicate cutting.

treat box, Tea Together, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

treat box, Tea Together, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

  • If you want to add Designer Paper use two pieces cut 2″ x 3″ and one piece cut 3/4″ x 3″ (Cut slightly smaller if you want a little card stock to show. )
  • Adhere Designer paper.
  • Use Tear & Tape to hold box together.
  • Create a belly band from 1″ x 8 1/2″ piece of card stock.
  • Decorate as you wish.

Tea Together stamp set, treat box, Tea Time Framelits, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

Purchase List for Tea Together Treat Box:

The stamp set and Framelits I used will carry over to the new catalog. However, the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper is going to retire. Be sure to add some to your order.

 

This and That:

retiring

Just click on the banner above to go to my 24-7 on-line store to see what’s retiring and what you need to get before it’s gone.

Please use the Host Code for April, which is FHUCZP6P. If on-line orders total $150 or more, you will be eligible to win the Host Benefits for those orders. I’ll also send along a little gift with your thank you card for any purchases over $50.

 

 

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Amazing Life Birthday

There are some great stamp sets in the Annual Catalog that will retire soon. But, there are also some great sets in the Occasions Catalog that will soon be gone. One of these great sets is the Amazing Life stamp set. I made a birthday card with that set and know this is a set I’m going to miss.

Amazing Life stamp set, heat embossing, #GDP186, Layering Squares Framelits Dies, Candle Embellishments, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I also made the card for this week’s Global Design Project sketch challenge. Click on the banner below to see other great cards.

#GDP186

 

Design Notes for Amazing Life Card:

When the opportunity presents itself to use heat embossing, I generally take it! It’s probably my favorite technique. Sometimes, embossing on black card stock is challenging. But, if you are sure to use your Emboss Buddy to remove static, you will be fine.

Amazing Life stamp set, heat embossing, #GDP186, Layering Squares Framelits Dies, Candle Embellishments, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Just in case there was not enough gold … heat embossing and gold foil, I added some gold Candle Embellishments. Oh and there is gold in the Designer Paper. Hard to overdo on gold, don’t you think?

Amazing Life stamp set, heat embossing, #GDP186, Layering Squares Framelits Dies, Candle Embellishments, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Purchase List for Amazing Life Card:

 

 

This and That:

Well, there’s good news and not so good news here. The Amazing Life stamp set is retiring. It’s part of a bundle. The good news is, buy it now with the Stitched Rectangles Framelits. The Framelits will continue to the new catalog but not as part of a bundle. If you buy the bundle now, you save 10%.

Here are the Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies and the stamp set. The bundle # is 150624, ($50.25) Look at all those Framelits!!!!

Oh, the super Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper is also retiring. GET IT NOW!

Here’s a good look at that paper.

Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper

 

 

retiring

Here are links to the retiring list, both from the Occasions Catalog and the Annual Catalog.

AC 18-19 Retiring List_US (Annual catalog)

OCC 19 Retiring List_US (Occasions Catalog)

Remember to use this month’s host code when you order. (FHUCZP6P)  Then you will be eligible to possibly receive host benefits at the end of the month.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Dianne