Merry Little Labels – Merry Little Gift Tags

I have a quick little project to share with you today. I made a little gift tag with the Merry Little Labels stamp set to attach to my customer’s new Holiday catalog. This week I’m mailing out or dropping off the catalogs. Oh, there are so many goodies in those pages! Here’s one of my first projects. I had already distributed some of the tags but still have quite a few to go out!

Merry Little Labels stamp set, Everyday Label Punch, Stampin' Up!

I did make one version of the tag that is a bit stepped up. You can never go wrong with a bit of bling!

Merry Little Labels stamp set, Everyday Label Punch, Stampin' Up!

Design Notes for Merry Little Labels Gift Tag:

Stamp, punch, adhere. Well, I guess it’s a little more elaborate that than, but not much. I used VersaMark and heat embossed the tag. Had I wanted to be even quicker, I could have used White Craft Ink. But, you know I LOVE to heat emboss. For the stepped up version, I just punched out the tag part with the Everyday Label Punch and adhered it to the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper with some Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

What’s a tag without the pertinent information? Who is it for? Who is it from? I stamped the “For / From” from the Merry Little Labels stamp set with Garden Green Ink and then used the Real Red Marker (from the Brights collection) to color the berries. Last thing, I punched it out with the 2″ Circle Punch. Be careful how you place it on the back of the tag, it just fits!

Merry Little Labels stamp set, Everyday Label Punch, Stampin' Up!

Supply List for Merry Little Labels Gift Tag:

Start your Wish List today. The stamp set and punch are from the new Holiday Catalog which will go live on Sept. 1. The stamp set is available Wood Mount or Clear Mount and both can be bundled with the Everyday Label Punch.



Some Reminders:

August International Highlights, Masculine card,

There is still a few hours to vote for my card over at Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Highlights. If I am voted in the Top Ten, I’ll get to be in a blog hop. Yea. My project is # 18. Thanks

Paper Pumpkin 50% off special, Stampin' Up!,

Paper Pumpkin – if you haven’t’ subscribed before, you can get the September kits for 50% off! Sweet! Please be sure to name me, Dianne Keough, as your demonstrator. Here’s the link.

Clearance, Stampin' Up!,

There are lots of new items added to the Clearance Section of the on-line store. Hop on over.


Thanks for stopping by today. The next few days are a little shaky as far as blog posts go. We finally decided to replace the carpet in my craft room (which is also our second guest bedroom). The carpet was long past needing to be replaced since I’ve spilled or dropped ink, glue and heavens knows what else on the floor. Laminate should be easier to keep clean! But, the process involves moving just about everything out of the room. Forced clean up, clear out, give away, etc. Tomorrow is floor installation day! I’ll share pictures soon.




No More Hoarding Eastern Palace Designer Paper

I’ve had some of the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper since late April. I’ve used lots of the papers from the packages. But It’s really called Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series paper for a reason. There are two very, very nice papers in the package that are special. Both have gold on them. Each time Stampin’ Up! comes out with a package like this, I end up hoarding the specialty paper till it’s ready to retire. Not this year. I decided to break out the most beautiful sheet yesterday. No 12-Step program for me!

I was inspired by a very special challenge. This week the Global Design Project is celebrating it’s 100th challenge. The task was to select one of the designers to CASE (Copy and Share). My favorite challenge! I decided to CASE Janneke de Jong’s beautiful card in a Mini Treat Bag. You know how I love the Mini Treat Bag! Here’s my card and Janneke’s.

Eastern Palace Designer paper, Eastern Bauty stamp set, #GDP100

#GDP100, Stampin' UP!,

Here’s the logo for this week’s Global Design Project challenge. Be sure to click on the logo and go to the site to see all of the wonderful projects!

#GDP100, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Eastern Palace Designer Paper Card:

Most of the time, I have fun making the cards and projects I show. I LOVED making this one. So much gold!! The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits make the bag so easy to create. When you make one of these bags, be sure to use something like Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape to assemble it.

My Eastern Medallions Thinlits got quite a work out for this project. I used three of them to create the flower at the bottom left.  The pull tab for the card part was made with one of the Layering Circles Thinlits and one of the pieces from Eastern Medallions Thinlits.

Just to give everything a little more sparkle, I added Wink of Stella to the petals of the flower and to the stars on the dry embossed piece. Finally, I used some of the Gold Metallic Thread behind the flower.

Eastern Beauty Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!,

Supply List for Eastern Palace Designer Paper Card:

Remember – BUNDLE! When products are in a bundle, buy the bundle. You will save money and have no regrets! In this case, the Eastern Beauty stamp set is bundled with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies. You might want to look at page 19 in the current Stampin’ Up! catalog to see the Designer Series Paper and other items that coordinate with the set.


Hope you are having a great weekend!


Clearance, Stampin' Up!,

Paper Pumpkin 50% off special, Stampin' Up!,

Clearance – One of My Favorite Words!

I almost said, “My favorite word.” but I thought words like love should take precedence. However, CLEARANCE definitely is right near the top of my favorite words list. And right now, Stampin’ Up has recently put some new items on the clearance list. Yea!!!!

Clearance, Stampin' Up!,

My Top 10 Favorite From the Current Clearance List.


Any that’s just the top ten. There are some other great things, things for Halloween, Christmas and Easter as well as wonderful everyday things. However, these things tend to go fast at these great prices so be sure to order soon. Please contact me if you’d like me to order for you.

Please do not select “No Contact” if you order online. That means I have no idea who ordered and can’t personally thank you. I promise not to bombard you with emails!

Oh and one more thing. Have you voted for my project yet? It’s easy to do. Just click on the image below and it will take you to Kylie’s Blog Highlights. My project is #18. Just click on the heart in the upper right hand corner. Thanks.

August International Highlights, Masculine card, diannescards.comKylie's Highlights, August

Hope you are having a great day.


P.S. Here’s something I made back in May using the Candles Border Punch. I was so sad when that retired! Be sure to get it now!

Clearance, Candles Border Punch, Endless Birthday Wiahes stamp set, GDP#080, Stampin' Up!,


Can Climbing Orchids Be Peach?

If you saw my blog post yesterday, you know that I made a box and note cards for a teacher gift. The note cards featured Climbing Orchids stamp set with Peekaboo Peach ink and some with So Saffron ink. After I finished everything, I wondered if there really are peach colored orchids. I can’t seem to find such things but something like that can’t stop creativity. I think they look pretty. As I promised yesterday, here’s a close up of the card.

Climbing Orchids, Note cards, Aqua Painters

Well, I think they look lovely even if peach colored orchids don’t exist.


Design Notes Climbing Orchids Note Cards:

It’s so easy to work with the note cards. For these, I just used a piece of So Saffron card stock as a mat. After that I stamped Thank You (from the Daisy Delight stamp set) and tied some Copper Trim across the top. On a separate piece of paper I stamped the orchids on Whisper White card stock using Basic Black Archival ink. I used the Black Archival because I knew I was going to use an Aqua Painter and know that if I use the Archival ink, it won’t smear. Then to the Big Shot and the Orchid Builder Dies. The stems and leaves were stamped right onto the card stock. Final step? Wink of Stella, of course! Easy right? For the other cards, I used the same techniques, just reversed the colors. I used Peekaboo Peach card stock and colored the flowers with So Saffron ink.

So Saffron Climbing Orchids, Stampin' Up!,

Supply List for Climbing Orchids Note Cards:

The Note Cards & Envelopes from Stampin’ Up! are one of the best deals in the catalog. You get 20 cards and envelopes in the package and you can purchase them in either Whisper White or Very Vanilla. You can’t pass that up!


Did You Vote Yet?

Kylie Bertucci International Blog Highlights,

In yesterdays post, (see it here) I mentioned that I am in a Blog Highlight. If I finish in the top ten, then I will be an a Blog Hop. Would you vote for me, please? My card is #18. Just click on the heart in the upper right hand side of my card. You will then get a notice that you have 4 votes left. No, you can’t vote for me again. But, I am sure you will see other lovely projects there to vote for if you wish. Just click on the image above or click here.



Time for Teacher Gifts!

The beginning of the school year is always a time of mixed emotions, especially for teachers – excitement to start a new year paired with a bit of regret that the summer has come to an end. I loved teaching and especially  loved my years as a 4th grade teacher (one of MANY jobs I held!) Occasionally I would receive a note, card, letter or even a little gift from a student or family at the beginning of the year. Nice! Perhaps you live in a part of the world where the school year is coming to a close. That’s another good time for a thoughtful gift. Today I am participating in Kylie’s Blog Highlights and the theme is Teacher Gifts. I know that when I was a teacher, I never had enough note cards. So I thought some note cards and a little box would be a good gift for either the start or finish of the year.

Teacher Gift, Note Cards, Climbing Orchid, Foil Frenzy specialty DSPOrchid

Kylie Bertucci International Blog Highlights,

I made two each of the cards for a total of four.

Design Notes for Teacher Gifts

The box was pretty easy. To be honest, I think I have a pattern somewhere but I couldn’t find it. So, I just made this one by measuring and folding and a little hit and miss. The Simply Scored Scoring Tool made It pretty quick to prepare. I loved working with the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper. It is definitely sturdy enough to hold the cards. I decorated the box with some of the orchids from Climbing Orchids and some of the lovely Copper Trim.


Card box, Teacher Gifts, Stampin' Up!, Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Paper

Can you guess where I got the sentiment for the front? It from a new set from the Holiday catalog called Merry Little Labels. The stamp I used coordinates with the Everyday Label Punch. You can’t be without that punch. Fortunately, the stamp set and punch are a bundle. You can save 10% when you purchase them together. You just have to wait a few more days.

Supply List for Teacher Gifts (the Box)

Tomorrow I will focus on the cards I made. This list is for the box, thought many materials for the cards are the same.



If you are reading this after 6PM on Tuesday, August 15, I would appreciate it if you would go to this web site and vote for my card (#18). I’d like to be part of a blog hop and need to be in the group of the top ten vote getters. In the upper right hand corner of my picture you will see a little heart. Just click there. You can only vote for my card one time. I know you will see other wonderful projects there. You will have five votes so you can vote for 4 others,