Picnic Paradise – Perfect for Heat Wave!

Our upstairs air conditioning unit has died. The entire system needs to be replaced. And, of course, we are in the midst of a string of really, really, hot days. My craft room has just gotten a bit too hot for me. So, working on the new Paper Pumpkin downstairs is perfect. This month’s kit, Picnic Paradise was just lots of fun.

Picnic Paradise, July '18 Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I thought about using the little baskets for candy or treats and keeping the cards separate but have decided to keep them together. They are just too cute.


Picnic Paradise, July '18 Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

It’s Time to Join!

Recruit incentive

This week I’ve been able to welcome two new people to our Stampin’ Up team, Di’s Divas. They are both so excited to be part of Stampin’ Up! One gal plans to be a hobby demonstrator. She’ll buy things for herself and maybe some family members or friends. She told me she wants to come home from work and do something creative! Sounds like a good plan to me. The other gal was a demonstrator years ago and now wants to have classes again. I know she will be a success, she already has great plans for her first class. I welcome both of these folks into our team. Being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator can be whatever you want it to be (with at least a 20% discount!)

Think that it’s time for you to join? Or rejoin? Just click on the image below . Remember you get $125 in merchandise for just $99 with FREE shipping. And, of course, that’s not all! This month only, you can select a set of ten ink pads for FREE! Call or email me if you have any questions or if I can help you in any way. I’d love to have you join our team.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.


P.S. Just in case you didn’t believe me, here’s a shot of the upstairs thermostat yesterday afternoon.

upstairs temp


Sweet Soiree Memories & More Cards

Monday Memory Keeping

For the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to devote part of my weekends to catching up on my scrap booking. I think I am like most scrapbookers and am a bit behind. This past weekend, I worked on updating my Stampin’ Up! scrapbook. I keep a book with pictures and memorabilia from all of the terrific Stampin’ Up! events I attend. Here are a few pages from the On-Stage Local event in Richmond I attended last April. The highlights are from the Sweet Soiree Memories & More Cards.

Sweet Soiree Memories & More Cards, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Doesn’t it look like a lot of fun!? I always a have a great time at a Stampin’ Up! event.

Sweet Soiree Memories & More Cards:

These cards are perfect if you like to work quickly. Paired with the Variety Pack of Photo Pocket Pages you can preserve your memories quickly. Sometimes I like to do large layouts, with lots of details but more and more, I am finding it’s more about the memories and less about the elaborate pages.

Oh and here’s the best part, the Sweet Soiree Memories & More Cards are FREE. Well, at least for a few more days.

Sa;e-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

This great pack of cards is one of the items you can select if you purchase $50 or more. But you have to hurry, Sale-A-Bration will be over Saturday night!

Sweet Soiree Memories & More Cards, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Remember, you can also use these cards to create VERY QUICK greeting cards!

Sweet Soiree memories & More Cards, Sweet Soiree DSP, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Really, this card took me no time!

Supply List for Sweet Soiree Memories & More Pages and Card:




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Are you thinking “Wow, that event sure looks like fun.” Stampin’ Up! events offer an opportunity to connect with other demonstrators, learn new techniques, get opportunities to play with new products. Often you get to visit cities you’ve not been to before! Want to join in the fun? Just purchase the Starter Kit and become part of my team. If you join before Saturday night, you get two additional stamp sets for FREE. That’s in addition to getting $125. in merchandise for just $99. Oh and shipping is free! Call or email me for more information.

Happy Monday!





Vertical Greetings Meets Timeless Textures

The other day I used Vertical Greetings for part of the new home card I made. It reminded me that it had been too long since that set had seen ink. I remedied that problem yesterday. May is a month of so many birthdays that I didn’t need to think twice about which sentiment to use.

I love the Serene Scenery paper in the background. Sadly it is retiring. We know there will be new paper we will love just as much but just the same…

Vertical Greetings stamp set, Timeless Textures stamp set, birthday card, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com


Design Notes Vertical Greetings Card:

I love the little potted tree in the Vertical Greetings set. I used some Stampin’ Write Markers directly on the stamp to get the three colors. If you aren’t familiar with this technique check out my Video Tutorials page. (Marker to Stamps Techniques is about 13 down the list.)

Are you wondering where Vertical Greetings meets Timeless Textures? Look carefully at the Island Indigo background piece, I was searching for something to put on that piece that would echo the circles in the Serene Scenery piece. I used Island Indigo Ink stamped off once on Island Indigo cardstock to give just a subtle look. I was pretty happy with it!


Supply List for Vertical Greetings card:

Both the Vertical Greetings and Timeless Textures stamp sets come in both clear mount and wood mount. Always nice to have choices.




Eastern Palace Deal!

Have you seen the early release item that Stampin’ Up! has offered? It’s beautiful. There are two bundles that you can purchase, both include the beautiful Eastern Beauty stamp set, the Eastern Palace Speciality Designer Series Paper and the very cool Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers as well as three In-Color inks pads (new colors!)

Eastern Palace Bundles, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com


Are you thinking about purchasing the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle? If you only want to spend $99 and pay no shipping, I have a solution for you. Join my team, get the starter kit. Your starter kit can be anything you want from a current catalog or even one of the Eastern Palace bundles! AND you get to add an additional $21.50 in merchandise! Great Deal. Just call or email me and we’ll get you rolling.

Hope you are having a good day!




Paper Pumpkin Bonus for Sale-A-Bration

OH, there are so many exciting things about Sale-A-Bration. Now, there is one more thing to add to the list! There is a special price for 3 month pre-paid subscriptions to Paper Pumpkin!


Paper Pumpkin, Sale-A-Bration

Get a discount on 3-month prepaid subscriptions and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! The special price for 3 months pre-paid is now just $55. – three months of fun delivered right to your door! You could also get a 12 month pre-paid subscription for just $215 and qualify for 4 FREE Sale-A-Bration items! This price saves you over $2. per month. You also qualify for Host Benefits! Yea!

Are you already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber?

Don’t you love it? Pass the love along and get a gift subscription for someone. Perhaps a shut-in?  How about a daughter, granddaughter, or niece living in a dorm? How about someone who has limited craft space or is a new crafter? Paper Pumpkin is such a good way to begin accumulating a few craft supplies. Remember, each month you get a new ink spot, a set of stamps and there are always a few bits and pieces of ribbon or other embellishments left over.

The price below for the three month subscription is not the sale price. However, when you click through and order, you will get the Sale-A-Bration special price.


How about getting a FREE Paper Pumpkin Kit!

A FREE kit? Yes, I said a FREE kit. All you need to do is sign up for the Starter Kit and in addition to getting $125 of items of your choice for just $99. and TWO FREE STAMP sets, you also get a FREE Paper Pumpkin kit! There are all sorts of other perks when you get the Starter Kit and Join My Team. Click on the “Join My Team” above and learn more about it. This is a great time to join, as a hobbiest or business builder. Paper Pumpkin is another great reason to sign up!

Here are a few recent Paper Pumpkin Projects I’ve completed.

Card from 11/16 Paper Pumpkin kit, winter, holiday, Stampin' Up!

Grateful Season, Paper Pumpkin kit, Thanksgiving card


Have a great week end. Snowed in? If you have a Paper Pumpkin kit ready to go, then you are all set!



What Did I Do On Friday?

On Thursday I had four teeth pulled. Pretty much a lost day. So, what did I do on Friday?  More ice, some rinsing, nothing too strenuous. But, I was, according to my husband, “more alert”. I enjoyed some soup that good neighbors brought me. But, I was itching to do something “stampy”

Here’s task one. I’m reorganized my Paper Pumpkin stamps in my Project Life Album. I have a book set aside for that but decided to reorganize the stamps by category, rather than by just putting in the next month. Putting the stamps in a Project Life Album is such a great system – not original to me but one I embrace.

Organizing Paper Pumpkin Stamps:

Once I finish with my monthly Paper Pumpkin kit, I put the stamps in a Project Life Photo Pocket Page. Up until now, It’s been pretty random. I decided to organize them by occasion, holidays, birthday, etc.

    Old System:

Organizing Paper Pumpkin stamps, Project Life Album

Organizing Paper Pumpkin stamps:

If you are going to organize you stamps, first, gather them all together,Then sort them. Sometimes the sets cover multiple holidays or events, like thanks and birthday in the same set. So, some sets are broken up.

Here are the categories I ended up with:

  • Birthday
  • Thank You
  • Hello/Get Well / Thinking of You
  • Christmas / Fall Holidays
  • Valentine / Mother’s Day/ Father’s Day
  • Sympathy / Miscellaneous

Next I took some white board that you get in the packages of Designer Paper and created dividers.

I labeled the dividers, punched holes on the side,  and inserted them in the book.

Organizing Paper Pumpkin stamps, Project Life album

paper Pumpkin stamps organization, Project Life Albums

You may want to cut some card stock to place behind the stamps so that you can see them better.


Organizing Paper Pumpkin stamps, Project Life album

If you have the stamps organized in a way that makes sense to you, you will use them more often. I like to have my book out for all of my classes so that if folks want to change the sentiment, it’s easy for them.

What’s on for tomorrow?

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