I’m on a Gift Bag Binge!

I saw a video on Facebook a week or so ago. Ronda Wade showed how to make an adorable gift bag with a hanger for a card. It goes together so quickly. I’ve made three in the last day or so! I think this one will hold some cookies for a neighbor who will be celebrating a birthday soon.

Gift bag, Petal Passion DSP, birthday, Beautiful Day stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com


Don’t you love it!? I’m finally using some of the Designer Paper that I’ve been hoarding.

Design Notes for Gift Bag and Card:

All you really need for the gift bag is two sheets of the same Designer Series Paper. One sheet is used as 12″ x 12″ and the other is cut to 8″ x 12″.  Save the 4″ x 12″ piece for the card front. I wrote up a tutorial with lots of pictures. I thought it was a bit long to add here. Designer Series Gift Bag Tutorial

The card was easy, easy. I used some of the Petal Passion Designer Paper left over from the gift bag. Next, I backed that piece with Basic Black, then I added another piece of Black and created flags at each end. The flower was fun. It’s stamped with Memento Ink  on Whisper White card stock, Next I colored it with Stampin’ Blends. Finally, I added a bit of Wink of Stella to give it a bit of glitz!

Gift bag, Petal Passion DSP, birthday, Beautiful Day stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Supply List for Gift Bag and Card:


It’s Going, Going,….

When last I looked, the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper was still available. However, things are going fast. The paper is available until May 31 – WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. If it sells out, then it’s gone for good. Be sure to check the retirement lists and the sale list and place your order TODAY! I’ll send along a spool of Gold Ribbon to anyone who places an on-line order for $50 or more this month. Be sure to use the May Host Code to be eligible to win the Host Benefits. Here’s the May Host Code: PW97UEF.

Retiring from Annual Catalog: AC Retired List-US

Retiring from Occasions Catalog: OCC Retired List-US

Items retiring and on sale: AC-OCC Retired Disc-US

Hope you are having some fun this weekend.





Happy Birthday with No Stamping!

As I was finishing this card, I realized that I had not stamped or inked anything. Talk about a quick card. I used the Happy Birthday Thinlit as the centerpiece of the card and didn’t need anything else! What do you think?

Happy Birthday Thinlit, Freshly Made Sketches, birthday, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Yes, I know, I will stamp something on the inside when I need the card.

The inspiration for the layout of the card came directly from Freshly Made Sketches. Just different enough to be interesting  but not too wild.

Fhreshly Made Sketches 

Design Notes for Happy Birthday Thinlit Card:

I’ve been pretty good about holding myself back from showing new products that you can’t purchase untill May 1st. But, I just couldn’t wait any longer. I used two new catalog products on this card. Do you know what they are? The first one is probably fairly obvious. I used part of one of the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Papers. OH, these are beautiful! And – BONUS BONUS one side is Whisper White, the other side Very Vanilla! Search a little more. Give Up? The little Berry Burst flowers are from a set of dies called Springtime Impressions Thinlits. I think this die was just thrown in as a bonus. Wait till you see the main dies. WOW! Anyway, I wanted something for just a little pop of color. I loved this little flower. Rhinestone in the middle and – PERFECT!

Here are the colors. I like the way they work together.



Supply List for Happy Birthday Thinlit Card:


Looking forward to a busy weekend? Have fun. tomorrow or Sunday I’ll be showing you some scrapbook pages from my New York trip a few weekends ago!



A Little Rose Wonder for Global Design Project

I know that in a few weeks, I won’t even remember some of the stamp sets and papers that are retiring. There are soooo many wonderful new things in the upcoming catalog that my fickle brain won’t even recall the old stuff. But, really, right now, I’m sad about some of the departing things that I’ll be missing. I love the Rose Wonder set and thought I’d make one more card with that.

Rose Wonder, #GDP138, birthday, emboss resist, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Hummm, no rose on this card is there. Well, I ended up using the sentiment!  (Maybe I do have one more Rose Wonder card in me.) The inspiration for this card was this week’s Global Design Project card sketch. Be sure to go over to their site and check out all the great cards. Global Design Project, #GDP138

Design Notes for Rose Wonder Card:

While I love the sentiment, it’s the Designer Series Paper, Sweet Soiree from the Occasions catalog, that really steals the show on this card.

Rose Wonder, #GDP138, birthday, emboss resist, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I fussy cut the cake from one of the sheets of the Sweet Soiree paper. (Yes, there are Framelits. Sometimes, I forget!) Next, I stamped the sentiment and some dots on Whisper White card stock with VersaMark and then heat embossed with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Some Powder Pink ink sponged over the sentiment and dots made them pop. I added a few Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes. Some Powder Pink Ribbon at the bottom of that piece and a bit of Silver Thread finished it off.


Rose Wonder, #GDP138, birthday, emboss resist, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com


Supply List for Rose Wonder Card:

Remember the Rose Wonder stamp set, and framelits are retiring as is the Sweet Soiree paper. All items are available till May 31 or while supplies last.


Here’s a card I made really using the rose from Rose Wonder. Looking at that might help you realize that you need this stamp set! Just go to my 24-7 on-line store to order whatever you need. Anyone who purchases $50 or more on-line, during May will receive a spool of Gold Ribbon from me as a gift.

Diannescards.com, Stampin' Up!


Thanks for stopping by today.



Dragonfly Dreams in Blue

After I created this card, I was curious about what color dragonflies really are. I had a recollection of blues, greens, something iridescent. Turns out I was fairly close. I used the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set with Pacific Point and Pool Party inks. What do you think?

dragonfly Dreams stamp set, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

The inspiration for this card came from this Week’s Try Stampin’ on Tuesday challenge. Be sure to hop on over to the site. Better yet, create something for the challenge! There are lots of ways to create.

Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge, May, 2018

Design Notes for Dragonfly Dreams Card:

The challenge was to pick three ideas from the Tic-Tac Tuesday board. I selected “Emboss, Blue, Outdoors.” For the emboss portion, I used one of the Petal Pair Embossing Folders on some Pool Party cardstock. Then I sponged the image with some Pacific Point ink. I used the same blues on the dragonfly. The other section of the card layer is Smoky Slate that I stamped with some Smoky Slate ink with a stamp from the Timeless Textures stamp set. Finally, I used some Wink of Stella on the wings of the dragonfly.

dragonfly Dreams stamp set, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com


Supply List for Dragonfly Dreams Cards:

All of the items I used today are being carried over to the new catalog.



There is still time to purchase items that will be retiring. Just click on the links below to see the lists of items that will be leaving as of May 31. Actually, items are starting to sell out so purchase soon.

Remember to use the May Host Code: PW97U9EF, then you will qualify for a drawing for the Host Benefits at the end of the month.

Discounted Items from Annual and Occasions catalog – AC-OCC Retired Disc-US

Occasions Catalog OCC Retired List-US

Annual Catalog AC Retired List-US

If you spend $50 on more on an on-line order, I’ll send you a spool of Gold Ribbon as a thank you.

Hope you are having a great day!





It’s Good To Be A Dragonfly

As I was creating this birthday card for a my good friend, I wondered about dragonflies. I looked up what they symbolize. Was I surprised! Because dragonflies are very agile and can move in six different directions, they represent a sense of power and poise, something that comes with age and maturity! My friend often has lots of projects going and amazes me with all that she accomplishes. The dragonfly is really appropriate for her birthday.

Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, birthday, Diannescards.com, Stampin' Up!

Design Notes for Dragonfly Dreams Card:

I’ve used this stamp set and set of dies before. You can see those cards here and here. The stamps are beautiful and look great in so many different colors. This time I tried a new technique. Do you follow Patty Bennett’s blog? A few days ago she showed a terrific technique I had not seen before. She used reinker on glossy card stock to create beautiful paper. I could hardly wait to try it. I used some of the soon to be retired Sweet Sugarplum Ink Refill on glossy card stock, spritzed it with water, let it dry then cut the dragonflies out from that beautiful paper. (Go to her blog post to get better directions!) What fun! I actually made two cards with the paper. For the second one, I switched the accent colors.

For both cards, I took some Whisper White Classic Ribbon and sponged it (using the ink pad) to change the color. I also added just a little Pear Pizzazz on the front of the card with Sponge Daubers.

Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, birthday, Diannescards.com, Stampin' Up!


Supply List for Dragonfly Dreams Card:


Shop Now!

Don’t you love the Sweet Sugarplum color? If you do, you had better stock up now. It is retiring at the end of this month.

Here are all the available items using that color.

When you are ready to order, just go to my 24-7 on-line store by clicking on any of the pictures above. Be sure to use the May host code,PW97U9EF.,When you place an order of $50 or more, I’ll send you a set of Spritzers so that you can create beautiful papers with your ink refills.

Hope you are having a great day!