Saturday, November 30, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude Card Challenge: Day 30

Happy Saturday and welcome to the last day of November, can't believe it!  I'm so glad you've joined me the past month and I hope you've enjoyed and been inspired by the ideas and cards I've shared.  The great thing is that showing your gratitude isn't unique to Thanksgiving and is something we should be doing all year long.  Also you can take most of the cards I've shared this month and could easily change the greeting to anything you need.  I've really enjoyed trying out some of the new Photopolymer Stamp sets Stampin' Up' has been releasing and while these sets have always been released as a "while supplies last" item we haven't had an issue purchasing them, until the release this month of the Endless Wishes Photopolymer Stamp set.  This set is full of fun snowflakes and prefect greetings that are so fun and this set has been flying off the shelves, so quickly in fact that the day before the set I order was delivered we received official notice that the stamp set has sold out and is no longer available.  Well after debating I decided to still show this set for those of you who were lucky enough to get it and once again you could change this up with other stamps for an equally perfect card.
 
The cardbase is Very Vanilla and I stamped all over the back with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in Crumb Cake ink.  Next I cut the tag out with the Big Shot and the Chalk Talk Framelits.  I used Whisper White craft ink to stamp the snowflakes on the tag and added little rhinestones randomly over the tag.  The greeting is from the Express Yourself Hostess Stamp set and is stamped in Cherry Cobbler link.  The ribbon accent was created using Cherry Cobbler Chevron Ribbon and I tied a bow around it with Whisper White Baker's Twine (so fun and a great way to keep the bulk down on the card and you can really let the ribbon shine.
 
I really like this card and you can just as easily make this a Christmas card, in fact, this is one of the cards we'll be making at next weekends Holiday Just Cards Class.  The class is on Sunday, December 8 at 2 PM and you still have time to register.  I would love for you to join us so just let me know.
 
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and if you're traveling please be safe!
 
Diana
 
Pin It!

Friday, November 29, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude Card Challenge: Day 29

Good morning and Happy Black Friday!  How many of you are just getting back from shopping?  We're in the group that shops overnight and are usually done about now so I should be just about done with my Christmas shopping now.  I know that everyone is super busy with family and recovering from Thanksgiving so I wanted to share a really simply and pretty gratitude card.  I believe in sending thank you card's for gifts I receive so I always need to have a stash of Christmas thank you's ready to go.  For this card I used the note card set as the cardbase and added a layer of Island Indigo Textured Cardstock under the Whisper White stamped layer.  The tree is from the Special Season stamp set and was stamped in Smoky Slate ink.  The greeting is from the Another Thank You Photopolymer stamp set and was stamped in Island Indigo.  The final touch was just to wrap some Island Indigo Baker's Twine around the cardfront and tied a pretty bow.
 
This card is nice and simple so you could make a lot of them in a short amount of time and be all set.  They're also very mailable which the post office will appreciate.  Are you crafting this weekend?  I'm excited to make lots of snowflakes from the new Snowflake Ornament Kit that are all so sparkly and pretty.
 
Have fun!
 
Diana
Pin It!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude Card Challenge: Day 28 Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you are all spending the day relaxing and enjoying friends and family.  We're spending the weekend with friends from college that we get together with every year, the kids enjoying playing together and we always go out shopping for Black Friday after the big feast.  I decided for today's gratitude card I would share the card I made for our family.  I really like to send cards to our family for most holidays (St. Patrick's Day is about the only I don't do) since our family is spread out and can't always get together.  This card starts with a cardbase of Cajun Craze and then adds a piece of Pool Party cardstock and then Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper.  The greeting is from the Truly Grateful stamp set and is stamped in Soft Suede.

For the leaves I cut one out of Soft Suede cardstock with the Autumn Accents Bigz die and the Big Shot and then embossed it with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder.  I also stamped the leaf from the Magnificent Maple stamp in Cajun Craze and cut it out with Paper Snips.  The final touch was a cut little acorn that was cut out with the Autumn Accents Bigz die, twice, once in Chocolate Chip cardstock and then with the Champagne Shimmer paper for the top (I love this treatment to add a little sparkle).  I did run the Chocolate Chip piece through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing folder for some additional texture and used a dimensional to attach the acorn so it pops up.

The great thing about this card is not only is it simple and pretty but it's pretty flat and "mailable" which is perfect.  Well I'm off to watch some football and relax, enjoy and I'm so thankful for all my friends, family, and customers for all your love and support, it really means a lot.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Diana
Pin It!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My Digital Studio Make Gift Giving So Easy!

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving Eve!  I've got double the fun today and I'm back to share some fun projects I'm sharing over on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog today.  So we're going to spend our Christmas Holiday this year on a Disney cruise (whoo hoo!) and if you know anything about Disney cruises, the cruise fanatics have created all sorts of fun onboard activities, including Fish Extender exchanges.  Basically families sign up in advance and bring this fish extenders (these are kind of like shoe organizers that are personalized with your family information) and then throughout the cruise you randomly drop off gifts for the other families in your group.  It's lots of fun to come back to your room and see what kind of fun surprises await.  So we've signed up for these and I decided to make fun cruise survival kits for the families and used My Digital Studio to design the cover and end used a full wood mount block case for the holder. 

This was so easy to do and I love that I was able to get them printed through Stampin' Up's professional print services and just cut them down and it fit perfectly.  I designed the case so that after the cruise families could use the cases as a keepsake from their trip.

This is the back of the case that lists of the information on the contents and fun things that can be used with it.

This is the inside of the case.  I had to really cram everything in (and then realized that I forgot the tissues, so they'll be separate).  Lots of great fun and useful things for the cruise.

I also designed bookmarks and key chains using MDS also.  For the bookmark I used the kid's bookmark template, shrunk it down and then modified it for the cruise.  For the keychain I added a 1" circle punch in MDS and filled it in with the Disney Cruise graphic.  After printing it out all I had to do was punch out the image and attached it to a flattened bottlecap.  I did use an epoxy sticker to cover the image so it's nice and sealed.

I also decided to give gifts to each of the kids in our fish extender group (I think I'm going to need a whole suitcase just for these gifts).  I simply used the gusseted cellophane bags (currently on the clearance rack) and added lots of candy, glow bracelets, a bookmark, and key chain. 
The gift tag was designed in MDS.  All I did was pick out a tag punch, filled it in with cardstock, stamps, text, and embellishments and printed it out.  I'm also working on gift bags for the crew members and I just enlarged this tag, and changed up the words.

It's so easy to make gift elements in My Digital Studio and you can still take advantage of Stampin' Up's 30% off select digital download and professional print product specials through the end of the month (there are several other projects I'm working on to get printed to take advantage of the sale) so there's still time.
 
Enjoy and happy digital crafting!
 
Diana
Pin It!

30 Days of Gratitude Card Challenge: Day 27

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving Eve!  I guess I have to admit the holiday is officially here, even if I'm not ready.  I'm so looking forward to heading out this afternoon to visit friends (it's our tradition) and it's so fun to catch up and the kids have so much fun playing today.  Before we head out I wanted to share today's gratitude card, which is also a combo again, this time with the Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge.  I really liked all the geometric elements to this sketch and knew I had to play along.
 
The cardbase is Crumb Cake and I added a layer of Pool Party Core'dinations Cardstock that was embossed with the Big Shot and the Alphabet Press Embossing Folder and lightly sanded.  Next I added a piece of Etcetera Designer Series Paper for the tag and an accent with an In Color Boutique Details element, in Pistachio Pudding with a small piece of Strawberry Slush cardstock punched out with the 1" Circle Punch

For the hexagon images I used the Six Sided Sampler stamp set and stamped the different images in Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party, and Crisp Cantaloupe (anyone hungry yet?) ink and then punched them out with the matching Hexagon Punch.  I did use a dimensional to attach just the hexagon with the greeting on it so it really stands out.
 
Nice and easy peasy, hope you enjoy!  Well I better get going still have a few things to do before we head out.  Everyone who is traveling, please be safe and I hope everyone has a Happy and Restful Thanksgiving.
 
See you back here tomorrow!
 
Diana



Pin It!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude Card Challenge: Day 26

Good morning!  Are you in full on Thanksgiving prep?  We always spend the holiday with friends but I still have a lot to do.  I used Thanksgiving as inspiration for today's gratitude card that I combined with this Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge.  The cardbase is Sahara Sand and I added a piece of Burch Paper Ribbon, from the Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit, that was matted with Chocolate Chip cardstock.  I used Sahara Sand ink and a sponge to sponge all over the burch ribbon to help distress it.  For the stamped image I stamped a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock and stamped the chevron woodgrain image from the Truly Grateful stamp set in Sahara Sand ink.  I also stamped the wheat bushel in Crushed Curry ink.   

Next I added two paper flags using the Sweater Weather Designer Series paper.  The greeting is from the same Truly Grateful stamp set and I stamped the circle wood image on Very Vanilla cardstock with Sahara Sand ink and the greeting is in Chocolate Chip.  I punched this piece out with the 1 1/4" circle punch and crumpled it up to distress it.  This piece was matted on a scallop circle that was punched with the Scallop Circle Punch that was also crumbled and distressed.  The final element was to attach a cute knot made out of the Natural Trim Ribbon.
 
I love how nice and soft this card turned out, and it's not overly "Thanksgivingish" and could also be used for a more masculine card.  I hope you enjoy and good luck with all your preparations and if you're traveling, safe travels. 
 
Diana
Pin It!

Monday, November 25, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude Card Challenge: Day 25

It's another Monday, but at least this is a short work week and I'm looking forward to several days of relaxing and spending time with friends and family, that's what I truly love about this holiday.  Can you tell I'm hard at work on Christmas projects?  Today's gratitude card is awesome in how easy it is but I love all the patterns and dimension.  I used one of the notecards as the cardbase and added a layer of Smoky Slate Textured cardstock before adding a strip of Winter Frost Speciality Designer Series Paper as well as a piece of Whisper White cardstock that was stamped with the Festive Flurry stamp set in Smoky Slate, Island Indigo, and Coastal Cabana ink.  I added a piece of Coastal Cabana Ruffled Ribbon across the center.
 
The greeting is from the Lots of Thanks stamp set and was stamped in Coastal Cabana ink before punching it out with the 1" Circle Punch.  I matted the greeting with some Island Indigo cardstock that was punched out with the Label Bracket PunchDimensionals are the perfect way to attach the greeting over top the ruffled ribbon.
 
The Winter Frost product suite is so soft and elegant it's fun how the patterns are kind of retro and playful but really work together.  What's your favorite product suite from the Holiday catalog?
 
Have a fabulous day,
 
Diana

Pin It!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude Card Challenge: Day 24

Good evening!  Starting to wrap up the end of a very fun and successful weekend, I loved being able to spend several hours in the studio playing around today.  Unfortunately I'm just getting around to posting today's gratitude card but I wanted to make sure you know I didn't forget.  This is a nice and simple card using the Friendship Preserves Stamp set (can you believe this is the first time I used this stamp set).  After stamping the image on Very Vanilla cardstock with Elegant Eggplant ink I cut the image out with the Big Shot and the Window Frames Collection Framelits and I used the same framelits, one size up to cut the mat in Basic Black.  The designer series paper is Modern Medley DSP and it's matted with Elegant Eggplant before adding it to the Very Vanilla layer.  Before adding the cardbase I paper pierced in the corners with the paper piercer and Essentials Paper Piercing Pack.
 
I really like how elegant this simple card is and would work equally well with other color combinations.  We're starting the last week of the month so we're wrapping up this challenge, but make sure to check out the projects this last week, they're great!
 
Good night,
 
Diana

Pin It!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude Card Challenge: Day 23

What a great start to the weekend!  I've already gotten my run in and now I'm getting ready for a studio full of ladies and we'll be working on Holiday gift wrapping projects, I can't wait!  Plus, this evening we're heading up to Baltimore to see the musical, ELF, lots of fun holiday spirit.  Before all the festivities I wanted to share today's gratitude card with you, and I'm back to Thanksgiving.
 
The cardbase is Sahara Sand and I added a layer of Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper that was matted on Chocolate Chip cardstock.  Next I used the Truly Grateful stamp set and stamped with chevron woodgrain image in Sahara Sand ink on Very Vanilla cardstock before being matted on Tangerine Tango cardstock.  I carried the chevron theme over and used some Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon (it really is awesome!) 
 
For the stamped images I took the turkey label stamp and stamped it once in Chocolate Chip on Sahara Sand cardstock (and cut it out with the Big Shot and Deco Label Framelit and again in Crushed Curry ink on Very Vanilla and punched it out with the 1 1/4" circle punch.  I used the 1 3/8" circle punch to punch out a piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock for a mat.  The greeting is from the same stamp set and was stamped in Chocolate Chip on Crushed Curry Cardstock.  Once again I used a framelit to cut out the greeting, this time it was the Itty Bitty Banners FramelitsDimensionals were used to attach the banner greeting and the turkey label to the final card.
 
 I hope this card has helped get you in the Thanksgiving spirit and getting ready to eat that yummy turkey, can't wait. 
 
Have a great day and hope you get to get crafty!
 
Diana

Pin It!

Friday, November 22, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude Card Challenge: Day 22

Happy Friday, whoo hoo!  I always get excited for the start of the weekend but I really can't believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away.  I decided to use the Fab Friday Sketch challenge for today's gratitude card, and once again it's a Holiday card.   The cardbase is Cherry Cobbler and I added a layer of Baked Brown Sugar cardstock that I embossed with the Big Shot and the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder.  Next I added a layer of Season of Style Designer Series Paper and wrapped some Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine around the DSP. 

For the main piece I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut the corners to create a tag before stamping the greeting from the Lacy and Lovey stamp set in Baked Brown Sugar.  The ornament is from the new Christmas Collectibles stamp set and is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink and punched out with the Christmas Ornament Punch.  I used a dimensional to attach the ornament to the card and then added a rhinestone to the center for a little sparkle.  An Old Olive Simply Styled Embellishment is the perfect finishing touch (these little guys are too cute and the bow is already tied so it's perfect!)
 
This card is nice and simple and full of lots of little details that are sure to please, you could also easily change this out and make it your Holiday card instead.  You still have plenty of time to make your Holiday cards this season, I can help you come up with a design and help you order everything you need, just ask me how.
 
Have a great weekend!
 
Diana

Pin It!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude Card Challenge: Day 21

Where is this week going?  I swear the days seem to go faster and faster as the year goes on, I guess that's what happens as we get closer to the holidays.  I have another quick and easy Christmas thank you card for today's gratitude card.  This is another card I designed for my Christmas card class last month and I just changed out the greeting on this card.  The cardbase is a Whisper White note card and I added a piece of Island Indigo Textured cardstock behind a layer of Whisper White.  I used the Special Season stamp set and stamped the tree in Smoky Slate and then dressed it up with Dazzling Diamonds with a two way glue pen.  I used the little greenery stamp from the same set and stamped in Island Indigo.  The greeting is from the Lots of Thanks stamp set (this set is absolutely necessary if you make a lot of thank you cards) and I used the Bermuda Bay Stampin' Write Marker so I could just get part of the words on the stamp.  The final touch was to add a piece of Bermuda Bay 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon for an elegant touch.
 
I'm so excited to have so many Christmas thank you cards already made, it will really make it easier when it comes time to write all my notes to friends and family in appreciation of all they do.  Do you sent hand written thank you notes?  I really think it's a lost art, which is sad, it really does mean a lot to someone to receive an actually hand written note, I'm working on passing down the importance of this small act to Aidan so he continues it on.
 
Enjoy the rest of your day!
 
Diana

Pin It!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

30 Day Gratitude Card Challenge: Day 20

Good afternoon!  Can't believe it, three posts in one day, it's definitely your lucky day.  This afternoon I'm sharing my gratitude card.  I decided to go back to a fall theme today since Thanksgiving is almost here and I want to take advantage of the last few days to share all the fun.  The cardbase for this card is Very Vanilla and I sponged around the edge with Sahara Sand ink.  Next I added a layer of Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper that I matted on Chocolate Chip cardstock.  Next I added a coordinating strip of DSP from the same package but matted it with Tangerine Tango cardstock that was also sponged with Sahara Sand ink.
 
I wrapped a piece of Victoria Lace Ribbon around the DSP and then added the greeting from the Best of Fall stamp set that was punched out with the Large Oval Punch and matted with a Chocolate Chip piece that was punched with the Decorative Label Punch.  The main stamped image is from the same, Best of Fall, stamp set and I stamped on Sahara Sand cardstock and then colored the image in with Stampin' Write Markers.  I sponged around the edge with Sahara Sand ink and then matted it on Crushed Curry Cardstock.  Of course I used dimensionals to attach both stamped images to the final card.
 
This card is so full of texture and dimension, I love it!  Are you finished with your Thanksgiving cards and projects?  You still have plenty of time this weekend to whip up anything you need, if you need inspiration feel free to check out my blog or give me a call and I can help.
 
Enjoy the rest of your day,
 
Diana

Pin It!

Holiday Sale and One Day Door Buster, Today Only! Plus the Latest Weekly Deals, there's something for everyone.


Set Your Alarms and be ready – Stampin’UP!’s big holiday sale begins November 20th an kicks off with a 24 hour door buster.  Today only you can save 30% off on the items below.


During the rest of the sale, today through December 2 you can also save 20-50% off some fabulous products.

See all the sale items here.


Also, I wanted to let you know about the latest week deals that were announced this week, now through Monday, November 25 you can purchase any of the items below and save 25% off, no limits.

 
This is a great time to stock up on holiday gifts for all the special crafters on your list or get yourself those items that have been on your wish list, it's always great to save a little money.  You can order online or email and I can take care of your order.
 
Happy shopping!
 
Diana
Pin It!

Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog: New Year's Table Decor

Good morning peeps!  One of the things I love about crafting and all the wonderful products Stampin' Up! offers is that you can do so much more than make cards and scrapbook pages.  I love being able to make gift wrapping, and home decor as just a few other projects I'm able to create.  Today over on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog I'm sharing this fun New Year's framed piece to celebrate this fun, once a year event.  This frame was super simple by using My Digital Studio.  I used the Midnight Cheer digital download and included in it is an 8 1/2" x 11" framed piece.  All I did was shrink the whole thing down so it would fit in a 5" x 7" frame (this way you can actually print 2 on each page for double the fun) and changed the date to 2014 before having it printed using Stampin' Up's professional print services.   

When my order arrived all I had to do was cut it down to size and added some fun rhinestones and a Neutrals Glimmer Grads as fun accents.  Around the frame mat I randomly stamped stars from the Simply Stars stamp set in Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake, and Summer Starfruit ink (note:  since my mat was shinny I had to carefully stamp so it didn't smear and then set it aside to dry but you could also use the heat gun as well to speed up the process.  The final touch was to add some ribbon accents down the top right side so I added some 1/8" Silver Ribbon, Basic Black Chevron Ribbon, and Midnight Muse 5/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon for fun.
 
I love to make different framed pieces for all the holidays as fun decor on my mantel, the next project is for Valentine's Day and has some of the same elements as this item.  I hope I've shown you another fun way to use My Digital Studio and how easy it is to create fun projects for any need (these would also make great gifts).
 
Happy Crafting!
 
Diana

Pin It!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

30 Day Gratitude Card Challenge: Day 19

Good morning!  Boy is cold, I enjoyed our nice mild weather we had yesterday and then was smacked in the face this morning on my run with a reminder that it is indeed fall and winter is coming.  I decided to do another combo for today's gratitude challenge card and mix it with the Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge for another soft wintry Thank You card. I had the Winter Frost Speciality Designer Series Paper sitting out on my desk from another project I was working on and just knew I could come up with a simple and pretty card. 

The card base is Smoky Slate and I added a layer of Pool Party cardstock that was embossed with the Big Shot and the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder.  Next I took a piece of Island Indigo Textured cardstock and used it as a mat for a strip of the Winter Frost Speciality Designer Series Paper.  I wrapped a piece of Silver 1/8" ribbon around the DSP piece and tucked a piece of Silver Glimmer paper that was punched out with the Label Bracket punch for some sparkle.

The greeting is from the Another Thank You Photopolymer stamp set and was stamped in Island Indigo ink on Whisper White cardstock before being matted with a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock.  I used dimensionals to attach the greeting and the final sparkly touch is a Frosted Finished Embellishment attached with a glue dot on the bottom right corner.
 
I have to admit this card came together in about 5 minutes (which was good since I was running behind and didn't start working on this until 10:30 last night and needed something quick before I fell asleep.  It just goes to show you can make beautiful and heartfelt cards in no time.  I love it!!
 
Hope this gives you some inspiration, you could very easily change out the greeting and make this a Christmas card that people would love to receive.
 
Happy stamping!
 
Diana

Pin It!

Monday, November 18, 2013

30 Day Gratitude Card Challenge: Day 18

Good afternoon!  I'm splitting up my post today since I had a fun scrapbook page layout to share this morning, hope you were able to check it out and got a new idea.  This afternoon I'm sharing a fun and simple Christmas thank you card.  I had a Christmas card class a couple of weeks ago and I always use this class to create a second set of cards for myself that are thank yous so I'm all set with all the cards I need after the holiday.  Basically I use the same layout and products and just change up the greeting.  The other great thing about these cards is that we use the note card sets as the base so they're a little smaller than the standard A2 cards and already come cut and scored (with matching envelopes, all in one).
 
To the cardbase I added a layer of Smoky Slate Textured cardstock and then a piece of Whisper White.  I added a strip of Winter Frost Speciality Designer Series Paper along the bottom.  The snowflakes are from the Festive Flurry stamp set and I stamped the bottom layer in Pool Party ink.  Next I stamped the smallest snowflake in versamark and then heat embossed it with a mixture of Silver Embossing Powder and Silver Glitter (love how sparkly this combination is).  After embossing the snowflake I cut it out with the Big Shot and the Festive Flurry Framelits.  A dimensional was used to attach the snowflake to the card so it pops.  The final touch was the greeting, which is from the Lots of Thanks stamp set and was stamped in Island Indigo ink.

I know things are really busy getting ready for the holidays but it's a snap to create matching thank yous while you're making your Christmas cards so you only make the mess once and you're ready to go.  There's plenty of time to make these so please let me know if you need any of the products used in this card, or others and we'll get it to you to begin crafting.

Enjoy,

Diana

Pin It!

Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration November Scrapbook Sketch Challenge

Happy Monday!  After another busy week it's back to work as we're heading full steam into the Thanksgiving Holiday.  I have two projects to share with you today so you'll have to come back this afternoon to see today's gratitude card, this morning I want to share a fun scrapbook page I made for this month's Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog sketch challenge.  As I looked back through my scrapbooks (those that are finished) I noticed that there aren't a lot of pictures with me in them or pages that include things that I did.  I read an interesting article recently about the importance of mom's being in the family pictures and documenting all aspects of your life, not just your kids so I'm working hard to include pages about myself as well as a living record of all that goes on in our lives.
 
Once again I broke out my laptop and My Digital Studio for this sketch and was able to make this page in now time.  This page documents the first 10K run I finished this past April, I trained really hard for it and it felt great once I was done.  One of the fun aspects of this page is I decided to use the image of the course map as the background for a fun change and just lowered the opacity of the picture so it wasn't so bold.  Other than that all I did was add some pictures, text, and some from hexagon elements, along with the title.  Below is a list of all the supplies used on this page.
 
Supply List:
Embellishments
    Staple & Stitching\Chocolate - Simple Stitches corner 2
    Staple & Stitching\Chocolate - Simple Stitches corner 2

Stamps
    Sprinkled Expressions\Sprinkled Expressions - you did it, Color = 244,131,112
    _Designer Kits\Neon Notes\Neon Notes - awesome day, Color = 244,142,123

Punches
    Extras\Summer Possibilities - punches\Summer Possibilities - large hexagon,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\This And That Epic Day - designer series paper\This And That Epic Day - 6
    Extras\Summer Possibilities - punches\Summer Possibilities - large hexagon,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\This And That Epic Day - designer series paper\This And That Epic Day - 11
    Extras\Summer Possibilities - punches\Summer Possibilities - large hexagon,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\This And That Epic Day - designer series paper\This And That Epic Day - 6
    Extras\Summer Possibilities - punches\Summer Possibilities - large hexagon,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\Be Awesome Today - designer series paper\Be Awesome Today - 2
    Extras\Embark Graduate - punches\Embark Graduate - banner 2, Fill Color = 222,211,192

It's fun to remember that your scrapbooks don't just need to document the major vacations and milestones, they can cover anything including how your feeling on a given day and it'll really help you remember down the road all that you experienced.
I hope this page gave you some inspiration and motivated you to play along with this, or any of the other sketches we've been playing with.
Happy crafting,
Diana 
Pin It!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

30 Day Gratitude Card Challenge: Day 17

Happy Sunday!  I'm so looking forward to a nice relaxing day with the boys today (we're having friends over to watch the Eagles game which is always a lot of fun).  I've come to the realization that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away so I wanted to share another great fall card before the season is over.  This card has a Tangerine Tango cardbase and then a layer of Sahara Sand cardstock that I embossed with the Big Shot and the Pretty Print Embossing Folder.  Next I added a couple of strips of Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper along with a piece of Victorian Lace Trim Ribbon.
 
I had a leaf cut out of the Sweater Weather DSP using the Autumn Accents Bigz die sitting on my desk so I decided to use it and just crumpled it up for texture.  For the stamped images I used the Harvest of Thanks Stamp Set and stamped the main image twice, once in Crushed Curry and cut it out with the Big Shot and the Deco Labels Framelits, and again with Chocolate Chip ink and punched out just the turkey center with the 1 3/8" Circle Punch (a dimensional helps the circle pop up from the label).  The gratitude flag is from the same stamp set and was cut out with the Itty Bitty Banners Framelits (I love how easy the framelits make cutting elements out, awesome!).
 
This little turkey is so cute and perfect to let someone know you're thinking of them and appreciate them.  How are you coming along with the challenge, we're half way through and I'm amazed at the card collection I've got, time to get writing and mail these out.
 
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
 
Diana

Pin It!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

30 Day Gratitude Card Challenge: Day 16

Good evening!  Did you think I forgot to post today's card?  We have been on the go non-stop today but managed to get our family Christmas pictures taken and hung up our outdoor Christmas lights (taking advantage of the mild weather).  This is my first chance to share my card but I do have one and it's a nice and simple one.  I'm back to fall colors and started with a cardbase of Sahara Sand and added a layer of Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper (this paper is so fabulous, I love all the patterns and how they work so well together).  I added another small strip of DSP from the same package and matted it with some Tangerine Tango cardstock. 
 
I wanted to add some texture so I added a piece of Burlap Ribbon (this stuff is one of my favorites, and it's on sale for 25% off now through Monday so make sure to stock up).  The greeting is from the Harvest of Thanks stamp set and I stamped it with Chocolate Chip ink on Crushed Curry cardstock before cutting it out with the Big Shot and the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  I used dimensionals to attach the greeting so it stands up over the burlap.

I like how understated this card is and the texture is so great.  This is a card that you can make several of in no time and by changing out the colors it could be for any occasion, not just Thanksgiving.
 
Enjoy and I have another fun card for you tomorrow that uses the same stamp set so you get lots of ideas for this versatile set.

Thanks,

Diana
Pin It!

Friday, November 15, 2013

30 Day Gratitude Card Challenge: Day 15

Welcome to another Friday, we made it!  I was talking to Aidan yesterday about Thanksgiving and we realized we are now less than 2 weeks again, can't believe it.  For today's gratitude card I decided to play along with the Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge.  This is such a soft, soothing combination which is a nice change.
 
The cardbase is Crumb Cake cardstock and then I added a layer of Whisper White that was stamped with the Creative Elements stamp and Soft Sky ink before matting is on a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock.  Next I used the large flower image from the same stamp set and Crisp Cantaloupe ink to stamp the next layer that was matted with both Crumb Cake and Blushing Bride cardstock.  I added a piece of Soft Sky 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon and a knot in Crumb Cake 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon.
 
For the greeting I decided to frame it with the ornamental piece from the Creative Elements stamp set, stamped it in Soft Sky ink and cut it out with Paper Snips.  Then I stamped the greeting from the Heard from the Heart Stamp set, stamped with Blushing Bride ink and punched it out with the Large Oval Punch.

This card is nice and pretty and really a change in pace from what I've been working on.  How are you doing with your gratitude card challenge?  Hope you're making progress on your cards, would love to see them.
 
Enjoy and have a great weekend!
 
Diana
Pin It!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

30 Day Gratitude Card Challenge: Day 14

Good afternoon!  Today is bonus day, you get to posts with projects.  I hope you enjoyed this mornings projects for the Stylin' Stampin' Blog Hop.  Now I wanted to share a coordinating thank you card for my 30 Day Gratitude Card Challenge.  The cardbase is Pool Party and I added a layer of Whisper White cardstock.  The greeting is from the Lots of Thanks stamp set and is stamped in Island Indigo ink.  I took several small pieces of Winter Frost Speciality Designer Series Paper to create flags and then covered up where they're glued with a piece of Smoky Slate Chevron Ribbon.
 
I decided to add a fun decorative snowflake to the center using the Festive Flurry stamp set and coordinating Festive Flurry Framelits.  Between the two layers of snowflakes I added a  glitter circle using the Silver Glimmer Paper and the 1 3/8" Circle Punch.  A rhinestone attached to the center of the snowflake adds the final layer of bling.
 
This card is so pretty in person and easy to put together so you could definately make multiples of this card, either for a Christmas card, thank you, etc.  Hope you enjoy the rest of your day, we only have one more day until the weekend.

Pin It!

Stylin' Stampin' Squad November Blog Hop: Christmas


Thank you so much for joining us for the November Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad Blog Hop! This month our projects focus on Christmas. While we yet have to give thanks this month, some of us are already thinking about sending Christmas cards, what kind of packaging to present gifts in and how we want to deck our halls. On this month’s blog hop we are showcasing many of the Stampin’ Up! products that are available in the Holiday Catalog. You will see everything from cards to gift tags to 3-D d├ęcor and gift packaging. We hope you enjoy seeing how we use the products to create our projects and feel inspired to come up with some great projects of your own.
Remember you can order all of the products showcased from your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

You should have just left stop number 8 on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad blog hop – Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya.  If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn’t work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

I absolutely love the Winter Frost product suite in the Holiday Catalog.  My first project is this beautiful Christmas card that uses the Special Season and Christmas Messages stamp sets.  The cardbase is Pool Party and I added a piece of Winter Frost designer series paper that was matted on Island Indigo cardstock (I used the new Envelope Punch Board to corner round both layers).  I stamped the tree in Smoky Slate and used a Two Way Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds glitter to add some bling on the tree.  For the greeting I just inked up the stamp with Stampin' Write Markers so I have all the colors.  This layer is matted with Bermuda Bay cardstock.  The final touch was to add a piece of Smoky Slate Chevron Ribbon along with a Bermuda Bay Button and a bow of Island Indigo Baker's Twine.

Of course I had to make a coordinating treat holder and I love these metal tins that are perfect for 12 nuggets (that I wrapped in DSP).  This tin came together really quickly, I added some DSP along the edge of the tin and created a belly band with Island Indigo Textured Cardstock, Winter Frost DSP, and some Whisper White Organza Ribbon.

For the tag I stamped the snowflake from the Festive Flurry stamp set and cut it out with the Big Shot and Festive Flurry Framelits.  I cut the smaller snowflake out of Silver Glimmer Paper.  The greeting is from the new Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamp Set and it was punched out with the Artisan Label Punch.  A little Whisper White Baker's twine is perfect to attach the tag to the tin. 
 
This tin is so cute and they make perfect gifts for neighbors, coworkers, mailman, etc.  Anyone on your list would love to receive it!  I hope you enjoyed this month's blog hop projects.  Remember you can continue on the rest of the blog hop, and if you just started here, don't worry, you can work your way around the full hop.  I love these turned out and I definitely have more on my to do list.
 
                                                                    
Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

http://stuckonstampin.blogspot.com/2013/11/stylin-stampin-squad-blog-hop-christmas.html

Blog Hop Participants:
    1.Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun
    2.Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
    3.Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
    4.Annie L. of Love Me Cards
    5.Cynthia R. of Ink-a-Doodle Creations
    6.Jamie H. of Unique Ink
    7.Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
    8.Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
    9.Diana E. of Stampin' Fun with Diana
    10.Heidi B of Stuck on Stampin'
    11.Bree R. of Craft-Somnia
    12.Anastasia R. of Stampin' Blondie
    13.Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
    14.Jennifer B. of NW Stamper
    15.Kristina M. of Mama's Sanity
    16.Shellie G. of Craft SmashUp
Pin It!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

30 Day Gratitude Challenge: Day 13

Good morning and welcome to the midway point of the week!  I decided to make another combo card for today's gratitude card (killing two birds, you know) and as soon as I saw this weeks Create with Connie and Mary Color challenge I fell in love and knew I had to play along.  I decided to make a bright and cheery thank you card perfect for every day.  The cardbase is Coastal Cabana and I added a layer of Real Red and Whisper White cardstock.  The greeting is from the Perfectly Penned stamp set and was stamped on the Whisper White layer.

Next I added a piece of In Color Designer Series Paper that was matted with Smoky Slate.  One of my favorite flower stamp sets (perhaps since it has a coordinating punch) is the Mixed Bunch stamp set and I stamped the outline flower twice in Real Red before punching it out with the Blossom Punch.  I used a bone folder to curl up the petals before gluing them together.  For the center I stamped the circle piece and punched it out with the 3/4" Circle Punch and added a Real Red Candy Dot to the center (these candy dots are so fun and easy to use, plus you can get them in all our core colors, love it!)

This card is so cheery, it would certainly brighten up any one's day, and you could certainly change out the greeting to make it a birthday, thinking of you, etc. card, so easy!

Enjoy and have a great day!

Diana
Pin It!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Festive Flurry Ornament Kit (Only Available While Supplies Last), and New Set of Weekly Specials

 
Just announced....add a little festive flare to your holiday decorating with our new Festive Flurry Ornament Kit! Top presents, embellish cards, create a wintery garland, or trim the tree. How you use them is up to you!

The kit includes everything you need ...(minus adhesive) to create 10 snowflakes, including: 10 feet of Soft Sky Ribbon, Printed cardstock - die cut and scored, ready to be assembled (Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Cardstock and Silver Glimmer Paper),
Large Rhinestone Basic Jewells (40).

Festive Flurry Ornament Kit item #135813 $14.95

These are only available while supplies last so order yours today (last years version of this kit sold out in hours). This is also a great project if your traveling for Thanksgiving that you can work on with your family and friends (that's what I'm planning on doing!) You'll want to get your order in early so you have plenty of time to make them for Christmas gifting-or for their family tree!

Also, there's a new set of weekly specials so check them out, get items for gift giving!  These are some of my favorite items, and things we'll be using in the upcoming gift packaging class so now's the time to stock up while they're 25% off.
 
1-1/4 Burlap Ribbon
1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon
Price: $7.95 $5.96
Extra-Large Gift Box
Extra-Large Gift Box
Price: $3.95 $2.96
Gift Bow Bigz L Die
Gift Bow Bigz L Die
Price: $32.95 $24.71
Mini Muslin Bags
Mini Muslin Bags
Price: $9.95 $7.46
Orchard Harvest Swatchbook Template
Orchard Harvest Swatchbook Template
Price: $12.95 $7.77
Pumpkin Pie Goodie Gear Simply Created Kit
Pumpkin Pie Goodie Gear Simply Created Kit
Price: $4.95 $3.71
Real Red Goodie Gear Simply Created Kit
Real Red Goodie Gear Simply Created Kit
Price: $4.95 $3.71
Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper
Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper
Price: $10.95 $7.11

 
This month's Hostess Code is: BJJM3KMZ. Remember when total orders, using the hostess code, exceed $150 for the month all the customers who placed an order using the hostess code will be entered into the drawing to receive the hostess benefits for FREE. This is a great way to take advantage of all the sales going on, and you can have your orders shipped directly to you anytime during the month.
Please let me know if you have any questions or need help ordering!
 
Thanks,
 
Diana
Pin It!

Search This Blog