Naturally Eclectic Thank You

I recently needed some thank you cards. Actually, I needed them quickly. I thought some designer paper would be a solution. I went to one of my new favorites, Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper. Nice patterns already made, color choices, already made. No brainer.

Naturally Eclectic Designer paper, vertical Greetings stamp set, thank you card, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Naturally Eclectic Thank You Card:

I love working with designer series paper. I often start with that when I am planning the card design, because, the colors are already selected for me. The particular piece I used had both Lemon Lime Twist and Rich Razzleberry as well as a touch of Fresh Fig. Isn’t that a great combination?

It made it so easy to make the rest of the design decisions. A card stock mat with Fresh Fig was an easy choice. I stamped, using the Vertical Greetings stamp set, with Rich Razzleberry and Lemon Lime Twist. Oh, the leaf and flower center are from the Oh So Eclectic stamp set.


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Beautiful You – It’s a Mystery

I started out making this Beautiful You card for something else. Something told me it wasn’t going to work for what I wanted but I liked it any way. I have no sentiment on the inside. So, the purpose of the card is a mystery. But, I will find a purpose for it. In the meantime, I really like it.

Beautfiul You stamp set, aqua painters, Stampin' Up!


Don’t you think this card just says “Yea, summer is here and I want to dance.” Well, something like that. I think the thing I really like about this card is the color combination. It’s mostly Berry Burst and Pear Pizzazz with a touch of So Saffron and Soft Sky.

Design Notes for Beautiful You Card:

When you are planning to color in an image with Aqua Painters, you should probably use Watercolor Paper. I threw caution to the wind and used regular Very Vanilla card stock. I knew I wasn’t going to do lots of layers of color. If you try to color too much, the paper gets too wet and wrinkles. We can’t have wrinkles. So, just use a soft touch. The other thing to be careful about with Aqua Painters is to be sure to use an ink like Stampin’ Up!’s Archival Black Ink. That way you know that the black won’t run when you get close to it with the water.

The sentiments in the set are lovely, but all I really wanted was the word “dance”. So, I took the stamp with a longer sentiment, the last word is “dance”, and just used a Stampin’ Write Marker to color the word I wanted.

Beautfiul You stamp set, aqua painters, marker to stamp technique,Stampin' Up!

If you’d like to know more about this technique, I have a video about it. Just go up to the top of the page, click on Video Tutorials and then click on the tutorial you want to see. I have a growing library including a series on how to step up your cards.

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Step It Up Sunday – Coffee Cafe

Have you been waiting for the next Step It Up Sunday video and blog post? This week I am featuring the Coffee Cafe stamp set. This set if from the new 2017-2018 catalog and is part of a bundle of products. I’ve used a few of them in the video, well just about all of them I think.

Here are the three cards. I had so much fun making them!

Coffee Cafe stamp set, Step It Up, Stampin' Up!,

When you watch the video you should get all of the design details and some ideas on how to step up your cards.


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The Coffee Cafe stamp set can also be purchased as part of a bundle with the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies. Way to save money!



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One in a Melon Bonus Card

Very often, there are extra pieces and bits from the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit. This month’s One in A Melon was no exception. I admit that while I was completing the project, I was already thinking about what I would do with the extras, my bonus card. Here’s what I came up with.

Paper Pumpkin Kit, One is a Melon, Stampin' Up!,

Do you like the watermelon stripes in the background? I used Sponge Brayers on a piece of Whisper White Card Stock. Then I added a bit of Melon Mambo and a bit of Emerald Envy card stock to back the brayered piece. Easy! The little black dots are White Perfect Accents that I colored with a Sharpie Marker. (Did you know that you can do that?) Otherwise, everything was from the June Paper Pumpkin kit.

Oh, here are all the things I made with this month’s kit. There are 4 bags, I just showed one. By the way, I still have some extra twine and a few tags!

One in a Melon, Paper Pumpkin, June, 2017, Stampin' Up!,

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Well, first you have to have the Paper Pumpkin kit for June!


About Paper Pumpkin

Remember when you get a Paper Pumpkin kit, you get everything you need! if you have some supplies of your own, you can use up any extra things. AND, you will always have the stamp set and the ink spots. What’s not to love? This month the spots were two great colors (yes, two) Melon Mambo and Emerald Envy. Over a twelve month period, the colors are not repeated. When you first subscribe, you will get a clear block to use with the stamps. All stamp sets are photopolymer. If you subscribe with me, I will send you a FREE Piercing Mat, that makes your stamping with photopolymer stamps so much better!

Here’s a link to my Paper Pumpkin page. Just go there and sign up!

paper Pumpkin Logo, Stampin' UP!

Well, I hope you are having a great day. Tomorrow is Sunday so be sure to come back and see my next “Step It Up Sunday” adventure!



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.”