Springtime Foils Gift Bag

I needed a gift bag. I wanted something really special. Springtime Foils to the rescue.

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If you are curious about some of the Sale-A-Bration items, like this beautiful paper, just hop on over to the Global Design Project for this week. All the entries will feature some Sale-A-Bration item.

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Have you seen this paper? it is so beautiful!

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Design Notes for Springtime Foils Gift Bag:

I have prepared a little tutorial for the gift bag. Here is a tutorial for gift Bag It’s really pretty easy. (Just click to open.)

Once I cut the paper, but before I scored it, I used the Stampin’ Blends to color the leaves and flowers. Talk about a way to chill. I love coloring and coloring with the Blends is just like therapy! Once I finished coloring, I assembled the bag and added the ribbon and punch border across the top. Important to use a good adhesive to both assemble the bag and add the ribbon. Tear n’ Tape was perfect for both jobs.

I decided I needed a tag and found a nice sentiment in the Color Me Happy stamp set. Since I didn’t want to use the entire message (so happy for you) I masked part of it with clear tape to just get the “for you” section of the stamp.

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The flower is colored and cut out from some of the paper I had left from the bag. The paper is too pretty to throw anything away!

Supply List for Springtime Foils Gift Bag:



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Do you know about this paper? it’s one of the choices for Sale-A-Bration. Purchase $50 and you will qualify for one of the items like the Springtime Foils paper.


Hope you are looking forward to a great weekend!




Striped Treat Bag Remake

Last week I made a gusseted bag from the flat Striped Treat Bag. A few folks asked me how it was done. So, today – a video tutorial. To be honest, I’ve made the process a bit easier than the process I used in the original post. (See it here.) Here’s a peek at what I created for the video.

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Aren’t these perfect for Valentine treats?

I am pretty sure I saw this done at a Stampin’ Up! gathering a year or so ago. Nonetheless, here is my take on how to create a gusseted bag from a flat one.

I also wrote out the directions so that you could save them for future reference.

Striped Treat Bag, Stampin' Up!, diannscards.comI can’t decide which one I like the best.

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Supplies for Valentine Striped Treat Bags:

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So, do you see how valuable the Stampin’ Trimmer can be? You need one. When you order a Trimmer, I will send you an extra package of Trimmer Cutting Blades as a Thank You gift. The Trimmer comes with one blade but you’ll be prepared when the time comes to replace that blade.

Order the Trimmer, a package of Striped Treat Bags and  a stamp set like the Heart Happiness set and you will be all ready to create some great Valentine treat bags. In addition, you will earn a Sale-A-Bration item. Win! Win!



Thanks for stopping by today. Look for another blog post later today. I’m participating in an International Blog Highlight. Each participant will feature something made with a favorite item from either the Occasions Catalog or Sale-A-Bration. Sure to have lots of good ideas there!


You’re So Sweet – Really!

Recently one of my neighbor had surgery. He’s doing well and has recovered nicely. I made a card for him earlier but wanted to send along a little treat for him this week. I made some spiced pecans. With a little fussing, I made one of the flat Striped Treat Bags into a big that sits flat. The tag was an easy choice, I used the You’re So Sweet stamp set.

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Do you like the color combination? It’s this week’s challenge from the FabFriday site.

FabFri128, diannescards.comI just love these colors together and knew I wanted to do something with them.

Design Notes for You’re So Sweet Gift Tag:

I first stamped the sentiment with the Emerald Envy ink. Looked pretty good. But I thought that it needed a little something. So, I stamped the sentiment again on a piece of scrap paper, this time with Lemon Lime Twist ink. Next, I cut it out, added some Dimensionals and replaced it on the tag. Voila. The rest is obvious. The Berry Burst Ribbon and Glimmer Enamel Dots make it all pop. I decided to soften it a bit and used the Envelope Punch Board to round all of the corners.

Here’s another view of the bag. You can see in this picture how it sits flat. I saw this once at a Stampin’ Up! Convention. I think if you search on YouTube, you can find a video. It’s not hard, honest.

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Supply List for You’re So Sweet Gift Tag:


The pecans that I put in the bag were a hit. Let me know if you’d like the recipe.

Hope you are having a great day.


Ava’s Window Box Treat

A week or so ago I showed you a treat box I made with the Window Box Thinlits and Creep It Real stamp set. (Check it out here.) This week I decided that I’d give that to my goddaughter’s son and make something else for her older daughter, Ava. At one point I looked at the first treat box and realized it had a pumpkinish shape. (Yes, use your imagination.)  What did I come up with? A Window Box treat that looks like a jack-o-lantern!

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See, it is pumpkinish!

Design Notes for Window Box Treat:

The Thinlits for the Window Box make the box itself pretty easy. I used some shapes from Swirly Scribbles Thinlits for the eyes and nose. The mouth was pretty much guess work. I wanted it to have that “I carved it myself!” look. To get the pumpkin texture, I ran the pieces through the Big Shot with the Seaside Embossing Folder before I assembled it. For the stem, I just rolled a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock. It was easier to work with after curling it with my Bone Folder. The leaves were made with the Leaf Punch.

Here’s a picture to show you the stem and leaves. You can also see that I sponged the card stock a bit with some Crumb Cake ink.

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Supply List for Window Box Treat:

Notice, no stamps!


If you would  like to purchase any of these items, all you need to do is to click on the picture of the item. That will take you directly to my 24-7 on-line store. If you are placing an order greater than $150, you will earn Host Rewards – Terrific!  If your order is less than $150, I’d love for you to add the Host Code to your order so that I can bundle your order with others. October Host Code: ZCDNA69A. At the end of the month, someone will receive the Host Rewards.

Take Note!

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Thanks for stopping by today!


International Blog Hop – Teacher Gifts

Kylie Bertucci Internatinal Blog Hop,

Thanks to all of you who voted for my project a few weeks ago. Now I am participating in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Hop. Pretty Exciting. Our task was to create a teacher gift. Turns out this was well timed. My goddaughter, Anne Marie, asked me to make some cards for her daughter Lia’s new pre-school teachers. What makes a card better? Candy! I got a chance to use the new Acetate Card Boxes. The boxes hold eight pieces of Ghirardelli Chocolate nicely!

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Here’s a peek at the goodies!

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Design Notes for Teacher Gifts

These box fronts were really pretty easy to create. I wanted to make something that looked like a chalk board. (Does anyone use chalk boards anymore?) So I stamped the Thank you with White Craft Ink and wrote the names with A Stampin’ Chalk Marker.

I’ll bet you have already figured out where the apples came from. I used petals from one of the flowers from the Flower Shop stamp set. Carefully cut out one and you have an apple for the teacher. May sure you’ve shined your apples with a little Wink of Stella.

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More Stops on the International Blog Hop!

There are other fabulous stampers on this hop. Be sure to check them out. The hop goes live at 6 PM (EDT).

Hurricane Harvey Help:

Remember, for all orders placed in September, I will contribute 20% of that order to the Houston Food Bank. On-line orders or any order will count! Thanks so much!