Nature’s Poem Card for Jerry

Have you noticed? I’ve been trying to show a card appropriate for men about once a week. Maybe I’ll call it “Manly Monday”! I know that lots of people struggle with this. So, I’ve been pushing to help you out! Here’s a card I made for my husband for our recent anniversary. I used the Nature’s Poem Designer Paper.

Nature's Poem DSP, Masculine card, Rooted in Nature stamp set, Leaves Trinkets, Stampin' Up!,

He seemed to like it. Sometimes hard to tell!

Design Notes for Nature’s Poem Card:

I think almost all of the papers in this package of Designer Paper are appropriate for a masculine card. It was really just a matter of picking one! The strip of card stock across the card is a coordinating color, Tranquil Tide. I also stamped the sentiment, from the Rooted in Nature stamp set, with Tranquil Tide ink. The Everyday Label Punch was just the right size and shape for this card. The Burlap Ribbon and one of the Leaves Trinkets added just enough texture and interest.

Nature's Poem DSP, Masculine card, Rooted in Nature stamp set, Leaves Trinkets, Stampin' Up!,


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Buy the Bundle!

A few days ago I showed you a card where I used the Rooted in Nature stamp set and the coordinating Framelits. They are all part of the Nature’s Poem Suite. You can see that card here.

Here are some cards from the catalog using the materials in this suite. There are also twines, Leaves Trinkets and a card stock pack. See page 144 in the catalog.

Nature's Poem suite, Stampin' Up!,

When you are ready to order, just go to my 24-7 on-line store. This month I am sending everyone who orders $50 or more a sampling of the five In-Color ribbons. Just a little thank you from me.

Hope your week is off to a good start.


P.S. Do you think I should make Masculine cards a weekly feature?




Heart Happiness, Not Just for Valentines

When I first looked at the new Occasions Catalog, I spied the Heart Happiness stamp set and thought, “What a great set for Valentines day!” It has lots of great heart images. But the other day, I went looking for something to use for an anniversary card and BOOM! Why not use that!

Heart Happiness stamp set, anniversary, Brusho, Stampin' Up!,

This card is also the first one where I played with another new product, Brusho Crystal Colour. OH MY! I’ll be sharing lots about that soon. As I said, this was my first time playing with that. I love it already!

Design Notes for Heart Happiness Anniversary Card:

I started with using some Shimmery White Card Stock since I knew I would need something a bit sturdy. Shimmery White is really a beautiful card stock and a great one to use when working with water. After I heat embossed the two hearts with White Embossing Powder, I covered the image and surrounding area with water using one of my Aqua Painters. Then the fun! I sprinkled some of the red and some of the blue Brusho Powders and let the water do its work! I pushed the color some with the Aqua Painter then let it all dry. The sentiment is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, stamped in NIght of Navy ink.

A few solid color layers – Silver Foil and Night of Navy – seemed to set it off nicely.

Heart Happiness stamp set, Brusho, anniversary, Stampin' Up!,

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Our friends Mark and Tricia had one of the best weddings ever! We’ve been friends for a long time so each anniversary is special. I hope they think this card is special!

Thanks for stopping by!


Anniversary Wishes – Two Versions

In the next week or so, we know two couples celebrating anniversaries. So, I make cards, it’s what I do. While making these anniversary wishes cards, I ended up making two different cards. They are the same but different. I can’t decide which one I like best. What do you think?

Anniversary wishes, Floral Phrases stamp set, Teeny tiny Wishes stamp set, Detailed floral thinlits,

See what I mean?  The same but different.

Design Notes for Anniversary Wishes Cards:

Sometimes when I start to make a card, I have a pretty good idea of what it will look like. Hummm, not the case here. I know that I have seen literally a million cards made with the Floral Phrases stamp set and the Detailed Floral Thinlits. I’ve loved them all but wanted to do something a little different. For both cards, I embossed the floral motif, one with Fresh Fig ink and Clear Embossing Powder (you have to act quickly!) the other with VersaMark and Silver Embossing Powder. Then, using the Precision Plate, I cut out the smaller floral design from Detailed Floral Thinlits on the top of the card (upside down?) Since I didn’t have room for the congratulations sentiment from Floral Phrases, I improvised. I used one of my Go To stamp sets, Vertical Greetings. Again, feeding my habit, I heat embossed the sentiment on both cards.

Version 1

Annversary Wishes, Floral Phrases, Vertical Greetings, Detailed Floral Thinlits

Hard to see but there is Dazzling Diamonds Glitter paper behind the Fresh Fig layer.



Version 2:

Anniversary wishes, floral Phrases

This one has Silver Glimmer Paper behind the Wisteria Wonder layer.


Supply List for Anniversary Wishes Cards.


Leave me a comment in the comments section below and let me know which card you like best!

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Oh So Eclectic Wedding Wishes

Yes, I am featuring the Oh So Eclectic stamp set again. I just can’t help myself. We made a card something like this is my classes this month and I tweaked it just a bit to create a wedding (or anniversary) card for the Global Design Project Theme Challenge.

Oh, so eclectic stamp set, Embossing Paste, Pretty Label Punch, GDP#099


Design Notes for Oh So Eclectic Wedding Card:

As much as I love playing with the stamp set, I think the part of the card that was the most fun, was using the Embossing Paste. I created a mask using one of the Thinlits from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits and some Window Sheet. Then used it just like I would any other mask. The flowers were stamped in two steps, first the solid flower image where I used Sweet Sugarplum ink, then the details image with Berry Burst ink. I finished it off with some Wink of Stella. The “Marriage is a journey” sentiment is from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set. I love the sentiment for the inside from that set as well.

Oh, so eclectic stamp set, Embossing Paste, Pretty Label Punch, GDP#099


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Good news, the Oh So Eclectic stamp set comes in both clear mount and wood. Even more good news, it is available as part of a bundle with the Eclectic Layers Thinlits. BUY and SAVE.


Hope you are having a great day!

Thanks for looking at my blog today.


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.”