Brushstroke Alphabet to the Rescue for Happy House-a-versary

The other day my husband and I were talking about how amazing it was that we have been in our current house for 10 years. Jerry then asked, “Is there a card for that?” Well, that was all the prompting I needed. I formulated the card in my head but wondered about the sentiment. Then, an “Aha” moment – Brushstroke Alphabet to the rescue. House-a-versary in the works! (I think I’ve created a new card making occasion. I’m sure I should notify someone.)

House-versary card, Brushstroke alphabet, Stampin' Up! diannescards.comHouse-versary card, Brushstroke alphabet, Stampin' Up!

Design Notes for House-A-Versary, Brushstroke Alphabet card:

Well, can you well that I am having fun playing with the new Embossing Paste and the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. I told you yesterday that you would see something with the paste and masks again soon! (See this post for my first Embossing Paste card.)

The house itself is made from Whisper White card stock with some Embossing Paste that I colored with So Saffron Ink Refill. I used the Home Sweet Home Thinlits to create the house itself. The background needed a little something so I added the Hardwood Background stamp with Crumb Cake ink. Just enough, I think. this card could also be made as a new house card (minus the “House-A-Versary sentiment!)

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Hope you have something to celelbrate today! As my mother always said, “Life is short, celebrate everything.”





Retirement – One of Those Milestone Moments!

One of our neighbors is retiring soon, after many successful years in education. As a former teacher and administrator myself, I recognize what a Milestone Moment this is. What will he do with all those early morning hours? No meetings? Will you miss those endless hours of preparation? No courses to take or teach? I’m sure he will find ways to fill those hours, hopefully with fun! The stamp set Milestone Moments called out for this card.

Milestone Moment stamp set, Timeless Textures stamp set, Embossing Paste, Stampin' Up!

I also used the stamp I call broken ring from the Timeless Textures stamp set to add a little color and interest . But, the really important feature in this card is the Bermuda Bay pattern in the background. It’s created with the new Embossing Paste and one of the masks from Pattern Party Decorative Masks. I had so much fun with the Embossing Paste. First just using it from the jar. Then I tried adding some color. I also tried it on different color papers and tried sponging after it dried. All fun!

Embossing paste samples

Here’s a little video from Stampin’ Up! to show you how to use the Embossing Paste and masks. You will see for yourself how easy it is!

Supply List for Milestone Moments Retirement Card:

Milestone Moments comes in photopolymer while Timeless Textures comes in moth clear mount and wood mount.


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Butterfly Basics for Global Design Project

I always like a good challenge. This week’s Global Design Project was to copy the designer. I started out trying to use the same colors – I did deviate a bit from that. I sort of followed the general sketch of the card but really needed to add the butterflies. What’s a card using Butterfly Basics without butterflies? Anyway, I like my card, a lot. I may or may not have followed the lead of the designer but I was definitely inspired by her card. Here’s my card and the logo and link for this week’s Global Design Project.

Butterfly Basics stamp set, heat embossing, GDP, Stampin' Up!

Design Notes for Butterfly Basics Card:

To achieve the two colors on the flower, I used my Stampin’ Write Markers with Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide directly to the stamp. I decided I wanted it to have a little sparkle so I then restamped the flowers and leaves  with VersaMark and used clear embossing powder. Even though the stamps are clear, I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to help me position them accurately.

The butterflies were a last minute addition. I made all three butterflies from one inking, just kept stamping off. The one at the top is actually also heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder to give it a little sparkle. Oh, and using the new Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals was great for these tiny butterflies.

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Hope you are having a great day.


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Happy Birthday Gorgeous!

I wish I could say that I made this card for some gorgeous friend of mine. We made this in card class last week- with all my gorgeous friends!. The Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set is new and has so many great sentiments and terrific two step flowers. You can get a good look at the stamp set a little farther down the page. Here’s the card we made.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Don’t you love this color combination? They are all new In-colors – Powder Pink, Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide. Aren’t they nice together?



Design Notes for Happy Birthday Gorgeous Card:

If you look carefully at the the little flower stamps (and I know you will) you will see that both the flower base and the swirly layer have an extra little piece of clear polymer on them. This is to help you line up the flower layers. Remember, stamp the solid, less detailed image first with the lightest color. Then, use a darker color for the detail layer. The little tabs will help you to line up the parts of the flower.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamps, two step, Stampin' Up!



Here’s the whole stamp set.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, Stampin' Up!,

I loved the little swirly flower so much, I used it inside the card and on the envelope.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comHappy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, Stampin' Up!,


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Happy First Birthday, Luca!

On Saturday, we got to spend some time with goddaughter Anne Marie and her family. We were celebrating Luca’s Birthday! Happy First Birthday, Luca!

A few weeks ago, Anne Marie came down for a day while we designed the invitation for this very important party.

Happy First birthday, Stampin' Up!,


Here’s a picture of our little lion with his cousin, Aidan. Not too happy about the party hat.

Happy birthday Luca,

Notice the banner on his chair? That was fun to make. Here’s a close up.

Happy First Birthday,

Here’s Luca at a happier time, before the hat! Is he not one of the cutest babies ever! Our own little Gerber Baby!

Happy First Birthday,

I also made a banner. Anne Marie is so good at taking pictures each month. So each flag has his official picture for that month.

Happy First Birthday,

Each picture was more adorable than the next. Here’s one of my favorites..

Happy First Birthday,

Supplies For Happy First Birthday Luca Invitation and Banners:

Sadly, a few of the items I used are currently retired but here are some of the things I used that are still available.


Hope you are having a great day.

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