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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Project Life Happens


Life Happens
Oh boy! At a swim meet with Aubrey all morning. Came home to find my husband running late for work. Packed his lunch and got him out the door. Got a text from Katie. She was working a double shift lifeguarding and needed food. Brought her some lunch. Came home, tidied up the house and settled in to get some work done. The power went out. Now it's 7:00 and I'm just starting work I had planned to have finished 4 hours ago. I guess that just goes to show, despite our best laid plans...sometimes life happens!

Project Life
Speaking of life, today's super cute card was created using the Happiness Is Project Life card collection. That's right, you can use your Project Life cards and accessories for more than scrapbooking. All the coordinating patterns and accessories make card making really quick and simple...so you can fit it in even when life happens :-)

Bonus:  The Happiness Is Project Life Card Collection is on the retiring list and is 50% off while supplies lasts until June 2.


Just Sayin'...Word Bubbles
In addition to the Project Life cards, I used the Just Sayin' Stamp Set and coordinating Word Bubbles Framelits Dies...both on the retired list.  The Word Bubble Framelits Dies are also 50%.  Be sure to grab these up...They are awesome for making cards.

Stampin' Up! supplies used to create today's project:
(Items marked with R are on the retiring list and will only be available until June 2 while supplies last.)
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Happy Crafting!
Diana

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Double Challenge and Triple Thanks


A Double Challenge
My allergy induced brain fog is starting to lift thanks to lots of Sudafed and Allegra. But I am still feeling the need for a little inspiration.

For today's card, I combined two challenges. I turned to the Pals Paper Arts challenge for my layout and for my color palette I referred to the ColourQ Challenge.


Tone on Tone
For the tone on tone butterflies I combined:
  • Strawberry Slush and Rose Red
  • Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay
  • Tangerine Tango and Cajun Craze

Bakers Twine and Candy Dots
I wrapped Whisper White Thick Bakers Twine from the Occasions Catalog around the card and secured it to the center of each butterfly with a Daffodil Delight Candy Dot. I had to use an extra glue dot under the twine to keep it in place and stop it from flipping over.

Triple Thanks
I stamped "Thanks" from the Crazy About You stamp sets (one of my new faves) below each butterfly in the matching color. The Whisper White strip of cardstock is 1 1/2" wide which is the exact width to accommodate the butterflies and stamped greeting.

Stampin' Up! supplies used to create today's project:
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Happy Crafting!
Diana

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bohemian Work of Art - Color Throwdown


Thinking is a Challenge
Since getting back from Becca's graduation, my allergies have been terrible. My head is so stuffed. I feel like I'm thinking through mud! To avoid taxing my struggling brain anymore than necessary, I am taking advantage of some challenges for ideas and inspiration.



Color Throwdown:  Today I am playing the Color Throwdown Challenge. I used the colors, Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Delightful Dijon and Early Espresso. As soon as I saw the color combination I thought of Bohemian Designer Series Paper...one of the sneak peek papers from the new catalog.


A Work of Art
The stamped images are from the Work of Art stamp set. I glued down strips of ribbon, twine and paper and lifted the stamped piece of the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I think the random strips of ribbon and paper reflect the "work of art" theme in the sentiment.


Stampin' Up! supplies used to create today's card:
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Happy Crafting!
Diana

Monday, May 18, 2015

It's Another Birthday Bash Card!


So Many Birthdays
I know I've been making a lot of birthday cards lately but it seems like half the people I know have birthdays between mid April and mid May. In fact today is my Mom's birthday...Happy Birthday Mom!

Another Birthday Bash
I've used Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper again on this card. Can you tell I love that swirly blue pattern. I think I've used it on three or four cards this past week. While my last card with this paper had a nautical feel, this card is fun and flirty. I think the seam binding bow and the scallop border really dress it up!


Adding Dimension
I go through Stampin' Dimensionals like water! I love to "pop" elements off my card. It adds so much interest with so little effort. My newest trick is to stack them. By stacking the dimensionals on the back of my card elements I can acheive multiple heights.

Stampin' Up! supplies used to create today's card:
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Happy Crafting!
Diana

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Label Love - Nautical Birthday Card


Nautical or Crazy?
Today's card is a gender neutral birthday card in what I like to call a modern-nautical style. (Although my daughter looked at me like I was crazy when I called it that)

I think the layout, colors, patterns and the white twine detail give it a nautical feel. What do you think? Am I crazy?

Love that Label Love
I used my beloved (and retiring) Label Love stamp set and Artisan Label punch for the sentiment. The papers are coordinating patterns from the Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper pack. I love mixing and matching patterns.

Envelope Liners
We spend so much time making special cards why settle for plain old envelopes. Why not make our envelopes as fancy as our cards.  

With  the Stampin' Up! Envelope Liner framelit dies it is super easy to make matching envelope liners.  And they are sold in a set of three so you can make liners for the Mini Square, Note Card or Medium envelopes.

Stampin' Up! supplies used to create today's card:
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Happy Crafting!
Diana

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hostess Set Birthday Card - Bloom With Hope


Today's card is another birthday card using some soon to retire products. This card features Park Lane Designer Series Paper and the Bloom with Hope Hostess stamp set.

I stepped up this card a bit by adding scallop trim pieces, punched from Hello Honey cardstock. I really like the color combination in this card. The Old Olive and Hello Honey look great together!

For more detail, I tied Hello Honey ribbon around the stamped layer and added a matching envelope liner.

Retiring Products
Bloom With Hope Stamp Set, Park Lane DSP, Scallop Edge Punch and Hello Honey Stitched Ribbon are all on the retiring list. You only have until June 2 (or while supplies last) to get your hands on these great products!


Hostess Sets
Bloom with Hope has been one of my favorite Hostess sets yet!  Not everyone can purchase a hostess set. They are only available to Hostesses...that's probably why the call them hostess sets :-)

You can get a hostess set in a few ways...

  • Host a workshop with orders totaling at least $150
  • Make an order yourself of at least $150
  • Get together with a group of friends to place a $150 minimum order.


Then use your hostess dollars to purchase one of the hostess sets (or anything else from one of the current catalogs or clearance rack)

Here is a chart to show the available hostess rewards:






Stampin' Up! supplies used to create today's card: 
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Happy Crafting!
Diana

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It's a MOJO Birthday Bash





MOJO Monday
Today's card is inspired by the MOJO Monday Sketch Challenge. Every now and then I need a little help getting started and I find a creative challenge is just the ticket.


Birthday Bash
I used Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper for this card. I bought it out of the Occasions Catalog back in January but just opened it today...And boy am I kicking myself for not opening it sooner...I love this paper. I made four cards with it this morning. I'm not sure what inspired me more the MOJO Monday sketch or the Birthday Bash Paper...my money's on the paper.

I am really partial to the Night of Navy patterns. I think they give the cards a nautical feel, which I love.

A Couple of Notes:

  • Use matching paper and the Envelope Liner Framelit Dies to line your envelopes. It gives them a luxurious look.
  • The Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper is in the Ocassions Catalog and only available until June 2.


Itty Bitty Banners
The flags were cut out with my Big Shot and Bitty Banners Framelit die and stamped with the coordinating Itty Bitty Banners stamp set. The banners are actually pointy on both ends but I wrapped one end around the edge of the card to match the challenge. I also added pearls to the navy banner to lighten it up.

NOTE:  The Itty Bitty Banners Stamp set is retiring and is only available until June 2.


Lots of Circles
All of the circles for this card were cut out the the Circles Collection Framelit dies. The circle framelits are invaluable...there are 10 dies which cut circles varying in size from about 1 5/8"  up to 4 3/4". Absolutely terrific for layering!


Stacking the Dimensionals
I wanted my circles to be lifted off the page at different heights. To achieve this, I used Snail adhesive to attach the blue patterned circle, then I used Stampin' Dimensionals on the yellow circle. To lift the stamped cake circle up even higher, I doubled up on the Dimensionals, stacking two on top of each other.


Stampin' Up! supplies used to create today's card:
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Happy Crafting!
Diana