Good morning and welcome to Card Cafe Thursday!  Today's guest is a wonderful cardmaker we found on Instagram.  A few months ago we saw a card someone reposted and we clicked over to see who had created the exquisite card and then met Colleen Dietrich.  A quick email introduction was made and we invited Colleen to share some of her card designs with us today!  

"Hello everyone!  Colleen Dietrich here for Card Café Thursday, and I’m so excited to join you!  I’ve been crafting in one way or another all of my life (including wreath-making and quilting), but nothing compares to the joy that stamping brings to me.  When I attended a card making class in 2007, I was hooked!

I’d like to share with you a few cards that feature some of my favorite embellishments:  sequins and pearls.  These little beauties always add pizzazz to a project.  I’ve long been a fan of pearls on my cards, but admit that my recent addiction to sequins might have taken over.  :0) I add ‘em to nearly everything lately!


Imagine this baby card without its deep orange and white sequins

When I first created the card, I thought the butterflies-in-a-jar motif added such a fun touch, and I thought it was finished…until I spied new-to-me Pretty Pink Posh sequins on my work table.  By adding a smattering of these little gems, this card suddenly came to life.


I love making black cards because they are dramatic, and very eye-catching.  On this example (my very first shaker card, woohoo!), I’ve got several details that take it to the next level.  A My Favorite Things / Die-namics ‘Fancy Flourish’ die cut, also in black, provides subtle texture, as does flocked patterned paper and a black seam binding ‘Colleen Bow.’  (P.S., I have a bow tutorial on my blog here.)


The stitched rectangle frame adds more subtle interest, and how about that dotted acetate?  There are iridescent hearts, and even some lip sequins in this shaker.  Initially, I had trouble deciding where to put a sentiment on this card, and I put the project away to think it over.  The next day, the idea of a little tag at the top of the shaker popped into my head.


One of my most favorite card-making styles is a shabby chic / vintage vibe.  And you know what I love to pair with that?  PEARLS! 


The inspiration for this card was a piece of packaging from some stickers.  It’s pink, with text all over it, and I just couldn’t throw it out!  I had die-cut a spiral notebook page from it for another project, and saved the negative, which happily fit this card perfectly.  I backed it with some lined patterned paper, added an Altenew sentiment, a couple of buttons, and scattered pearls.


The rooster image, as well as the flowers, were trimmed from patterned paper and added with foam tape for dimension.  And do you spy even more pearls in the bower of flowers?  I’m telling ya, they make everything better!


Since I tend to use gem and pearl stickers quite often on my projects, I keep a pretty box full of them near my work table.  Inside, gems and pearls are separated by color family in zip-top plastic sandwich bags.  My absolute favorite brand is Queen & Co., not only for the variety of colors, but also their budget-friendly price.

Thank you so much for joining me here! If you would like complete supply lists for each card, please visit my blog today!"

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