High Tide, Stamparatus – a Great Combination!

About two weeks ago, I attended a celebration for a friend of mine who had been elevated to Abbot. When I was thinking about his card, I remembered that his shield bears the motto, “Christ Our Light”.  So I thought the lighthouse from the High Tide stamp set would be appropriate for a card for the new Abbot.

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I’m also having folks make this card in my card classes in May. There are some other sentiments that can be used, though this one is pretty good for graduation or Mother’s Day.

Design Notes for High Tide Card:

The light house was stamped with two different stamps. I thought this might be a good time to break out the Stamparatus. I was close to being giddy at the thought! It worked beautifully. I used both plates since the placement of the sand, the basic lighthouse and the detailed lighthouse were important.Stamparatus, High Tide stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

It was so easy to get everything lined up correctly! I made two cards! I used another sentiment from the High Tide set on the second one.

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And, did you notice that I added a little Wink of Stella on the sand? It think it added just the right about of sparkle!

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Supply List for High Tide Card:

The Stamparatus positioning tool will be available for purchase on June 1. Add it to your Wish List!

Hope you are having a lovely day.


Here’s is Abbot Domenic Rossi’s shield.


Abbatial Shield for Abbot Domenic Rossi

Tranquil Tulips, Final Inking?

Yes, I guess I was striving for tranquil today. In our community, they plant thousands of tulips in a variety of colors. They are just blooming now and yesterday morning I noticed some purple, plummy colored ones. So when I went to use the Tranquil Tulips stamp set, I gravitated to the Perfect Plum ink.

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Here’s a picture of one of the tulip beds here that was my inspiration.

Now if only we’d get some warm, spring like weather.

Design Notes for Tranquil Tulips Card:

After I stamped the stems and tulips, I thought the Tranquil Tide card stock would make a nice background. However, against the Whisper White card stock, it just wasn’t working. I found a piece of the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper that had just the right colors. The Petal Burst Embossing Folder  gave the paper a little texture. Next,  I used some Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon. A Sponge Dauber helped me change it from Whisper White to Perfect Plum. If you have Whisper White ribbon, ink and daubers, you can have any color ribbon!

I added the “congratulations” sentiment from the Beautiful You stamp set but this card could fill in for lots of different occasions: birthday, thank you, even sympathy. I often leave the cards I make without a sentiment until I know what I need them for.

Supply List for Tranquil Tulips Card:

The Tranquil Tulips stamp set is a Hostess Set, That means you can only purchase it if you host a party or place an order of $150 or more. Study the Retirement Lists. You can probably come up with things you want to get to total $150 or more! Then, you can purchase the Tranquil Tulips set for just $10 with your Hostess Benefits!



Retirement is Calling:

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Have you looked over the Retirement Lists? There are two lists for items that will no longer be available after May 31 (or while supplies last). One list is for items from the Annual Catalog and one is for the Occasions Catalog.

Annual Catalog Retired List-US

Occasions Catalog Retired List-US


Hope you are having a splendid, tulip filled day!










Ava, You are Amazing!

I’ve long thought Ava was pretty amazing. (Ava is the 12 year old daughter of my goddaughter.) She began middle school in the fall. New school, new teachers, new friends. Lots to deal with. Despite all of that, she earned all A’s on her latest report. AWESOME!  So, naturally a card was in order. Celebrate You Thinlits were the perfect thing

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This is a pretty simple card but I think it suits her. Nothing to distract from AMAZING!

Design Notes for Celebrate You Card:

I finally broke out my Petal Passion Designer Series Paper. What have I been waiting for? This black and white paper has several sheets that call out for coloring. I used the Stampin’ Blends to color in the flowers. You know. I love to color. Here’s a good look at the paper.

Petal Passion Designer Series Paper

Really, is there anything better than the combination of black and white?

Supply List for Celebrate You Card:


Sale-A-Bration Continues:

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Did you notice the price of the Thinlits? – FREE! During Sale-A-Bration, you can earn items for FREE. There are many items that are free with a $50 purchase and a few that are free with a $100 purchase. The Celebrate You Thinlits are one of the items available with a $100 purchase. And, they will be available in the upcoming 2018 annual catalog – but not for FREE! There is also a coordinating stamp set, Amazing You. It’s free with a $50 purchase. I’ll be featuring that set next week.

Blog Hop Coming:

Remember when I asked you to vote for me in Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Highlights? Well, thanks for all your votes. I landed in the top ten and so will be participating in a Blog Hop. Look for it late Tuesday.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Congratulations With Oh So Eclectic

A high school friend of mine recently receive an impressive promotion. Yes, some of my classmates are still working! I wanted to send her a congratulations card and also wanted to try out a new technique I saw called Middle. You’ll figure out the reason for that name pretty quickly! Since I love the Oh So Eclectic stamp set, I decided to use that.

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So, do you see why the technique is called “Middle”?

Design Notes for Oh So Eclectic Card:

This was definitely a fun card to create.

  • Stamp sentiment in the middle of layer.
  • Place some Post-It notes over the sentiment, leaving room above the sentiment.
  • Stamp images, in this case flowers from Oh So Eclectic.
  • Replace Post-It Notes, covering the sentiment, but exposing the space beneath the sentiment.
  • Stamp more flowers.
  • Add lines above and below the sentiment using a Stampin’ Write marker. I used Dapper Denim.

Didn’t I say it was fun? It’s pretty easy also.

Please email me if you’d like a more detailed tutorial. ([email protected])

For the final touch I added some Wink of Stella to the flowers. I do love my Wink of Stella!

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Supply List for Oh So Eclectic Card:

Note that both stamp set I used are available in both clear mount and wood mount. Take your pick.


The World Cardmaking Day sale is nearly over. You need to order by tomorrow evening. The Fast Fuse is not longer on sale but will be offered again (on sale) for a short time soon.

Here are the items on sale. Click on any image to see it a little better!

Designer Series Paper sale

Luckily, you still have some time to order your favorite Designer Series Papers. Here’s the list of what’s on sale.

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If you order online, please use the Host Code, unless you are order $150 or more – then YOU will get Host benefits. At the end of the month, I’ll select a name from those who placed online orders using the Host Code. If orders total $150 or more, that person will win the Host benefits – at least $15 in Free merchandise.

This month’s code is ZCDNA69A.

Thanks for stopping by to read my blog today.

Any comments? I love comments!


Painted Harvest Premier Posting

Can you wait? Tomorrow you can begin ordering from the new Holiday Catalog. Today I am featuring one of the stamp sets from that catalog, Painted Harvest. It’s my first time using it and I LOVE IT! What’s not to love? It’s fall, it’s two step-stamping, it could also be spring. Heck, I could probably make a Christmas poinsettia with it! (I’ll get back to you about that.)

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Painted Harvest Card – Is it Triple Time or Two Step?

Well, it’s both. The technique for stamping is two step. First, I stamped the background part of the flower in a light color, in this case, So Saffron. Then the next layer of the flower, slightly smaller, I stamped in a darker color, Cajun Craze.  Finally, there was also a third part, the center of the flower, which I stamped in Soft Suede.

The layout of the card is actually described as triple time. Here’s how that goes.

  • First, cut three layers of the card stock you will be stamping on in graduated sizes. (Suggested measurements at the end of this post.)
  • Use some temporary adhesive to center one on the other.
  • Stamp the flowers so that they overlap one of the pieces of card stock. Don’t worry that there are some missing areas near the edges.
  • Next, cut card base and then two other layers in sizes to mat the pieces of stamped card stock.
  • Assemble. Now do you see why you didn’t need to worry about the edges?

Confession time. When I stamped the leaves on the front of the card, I didn’t realize that the leaf was also a two step stamp. (Obviously, it doesn’t HAVE to be.) On the inside I stamped first with the solid image in Old Olive but stamped off first for a lighter image then stamped the second leaf on top – no stamping off.

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The Most Important Thing!

How could I have nearly forgotten? The reason I created this card! One of my wonderful down line, Jenna, has recently been appointed to be Assistant Principal at one of our local school. She is such a wonderful person – so supportive and kind to everyone. I know she must be a terrific administrator and will be wonderful in her new position. Congrats Jenna. We are so proud of you!

Supply List for Painted Harvest Card:

The Painted Harvest stamp set also comes in a bundle with an adorable leaf punch. (You’ll see that in action next week.) So, you know what I’m going to say…. BUY THE BUNDLE! You will save 10% and be 100% happy!


Remember, all you need to do is click on any of the item images above and you will be taken directly to my 24-7 on-line store.

Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy your day!


Measurements for Triple-Time Stamping

Very Vanilla (or Whisper White, your choice):

  • 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″
  • 2 3/4″ x 3 1/3″

Background mats:

  • 5 1/” x 8 1/2″ (card base)
  • 4″ x 4 1/2″
  • 3″ x 3 1/2″