You’re Inspiring for International Blog Highlights

This month’s Blog Highlights theme was to select our favorite stamp set or item from the Occasions or Sale-A-Bration catalogs. WOW, what a hard choice. I finally settled on the You’re Inspiring stamp set. How could you not love the daffodils in this set and the great sentiments?

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Just click on the image below to go to the Highlights site. Would you vote for my card while you are there? I’d really appreciate it!

January International Highlights, Masculine card, diannescards.comDesign Notes for You’re Inspiring Birthday Card:

I actually made this card for a friend who is a devoted gardener and has a birthday coming up in a few days. Do you think she will like this card? I knew that I wanted to use my Stampin’ Blends to color in the flowers so I started with stamping the image on a piece of Watercolor Paper. You know how much I love coloring and this was just lots of fun! I did just a little shading on the daffodils. To finish it off, I did two layers of Wink of Stella on the daffodils. I find that if I do one layer, it’s hard to see. When I let it dry for a minute and add another. it makes all the difference.

While I was at it, I made a second card using many of the same materials.

You're Inspiring stamp set, International Blog Highlights, Stampin' Up!

For this card, I used a different stamp from the same set. I also used the Petal Burst Embossing Folder to add some texture to the background. A few Glitter Enamel Dots finished this card. Hummm, maybe I will send this card to my friend. Which do you think she would like best?

By the way, when adhering layers that are embossed, it’s important to use a good adhesive like Fast Fuse.


Supply List for You’re Inspiring Birthday Cards:

This list includes materials for both cards:



Be sure to go over to the Blog Highlights page. I know you will see lots of great cards. And, please, vote for me!



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!


Crafting Forever Thank You Cards

January is a busy thank you card month! I seem to have just finished my Christmas thank you cards and now, happily, need to start on thank you cards for everyone who is purchasing this month (and getting some great Sale-A-Bration items). I pulled out one of my favorite sets – Crafting Forever. It is a great set! It’s perfect for a card to send to a fellow crafter/card maker.

Crafting Forever stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, Stampin' Up!,

Did you recognize the Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper? I guess you would call these pages the B side! The other side has more photographic images that are especially good for birthday cards – candles, balloons, etc.


Design Notes for Crafting Forever Cards:

I had such fun creating these cards. I started with the Very Vanilla Note Cards. They are just the right size for a quick note. I stamped the pot of brushes and tools onto a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. Coloring the brushes and tools was fun with my Watercolor Pencils. I also stamped the pot part on some of the Picture Perfect Designer Paper. Next, I just cut out the pot section from the Designer Paper that I had stamped and adhered it to the pot that I had stamped on the Very Vanilla. A sentiment and some Circle Punch layers finished off the card.


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I have a few more thank you cards to make. I am always so grateful to everyone who selects me as their demonstrator. If you’d like to purchase through me, just click on the Shop Now button below.Remember, this is Sale-A-Bration time! For each $50 you spend, you get to select something from the Sale-A-bration brochure.

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Birthday Brusho Fun!

A week or so ago, I posted an anniversary card. (Check it out here.) It was my first use of our new product, Brusho Crystal Colour. In the meantime, I’ve played with it a bit and had my January card classes try it out.  Here’s one of the cards I made.

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Don’t you love the bursts of yellow and orange?

Design Notes for Brusho Birthday Card:

There are lots of different ways to use Brusho. They all seem to involve the Brusho Crystals and water. Water first, powder first, more water, not so much water. All the combinations give a different look. You can also add in the variable of heat embossing as I did in last week’s card. I wanted to start my class off with something easy. Everyone started with a piece of Shimmery White Card Stock. Wet it well with water from the Spritzer. Next, add the powder. Some added more water after that, some didn’t. It all depended on the look you were going for. Next we used the Heat Tool to dry the paper. (You can let it dry naturally but none of us had the patience for that!) I also reccomend that when it is nearly dry, hit the paper with some heat from the back to make it lie flatter.

When it is time to put the Shimmery White Card Stock on the next layer, be sure to use a strong adhesive, like Fast Fuse. The paper wants to curl but will be prohibited from doing so if you anchor it down well. I think Tear n’ Tape would work well also.

We used Memento ink for the sentiment. I used a stamp from the Thanks for Everything set for some of the samples below.

I think this picture gives you a good idea of the variety of looks you can get from this technique. Some have more intense colors, some lighter.

Supply List for Brusho Card:

Let me know when you are ready to order the Brusho Crystal Colors. If you add just a few things to your order, you’ll be able to select an item from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Click on the image below to go to my 24-7 on-line store, Sale-A-Bration page.

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Thanks for stopping by today. Get some Brusho and let me see what you’ve done with it!


Belated Birthday with Bird Banter !

Really, I should make a dozen or so of these cards. It’s embarrassing how often I need a belated birthday card. I figure if it’s cute enough, like this one with Bird Banter, maybe people will overlook the fact that it is late.

Bird Banter stamp set, belated birthday, Picture Perfect Designer Series paper Stack, Stampin' Up!,

How cute is that bird!

Design Notes for Bird Banter Belated Card:

To tell you the truth, I do love the birds in this set, but the touch of sarcasm in the sentiment really appears to me. Now you know.

The card went together pretty easily. I stamped the bird and then used some of my Stampin’ Blends to color him in. No real blending, just coloring. After I stamped the first part of the sentiment, I realized I didn’t have lots of room for the second part. Yes, I could easily have put that part of the sentiment on the inside but wanted it on the front. I stamped it onto a scrap, punched it out with the 2″ Circle Punch then just cut it in half and added it under the Lemon-Lime Twist card stock layer. but, really the scene stealer on this card is the layer of Picture Perfect Designer Paper. You have to see this paper. Order it, you will love it. Trust me.  One side of each page is a photographic image!

Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!,


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Hope my friend like s the card.

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