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

Celebrate You thinlits, Congratulations, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

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.

Oh So Eclectic stamp set, Congratulations, middle technique, diannescrds.com, Stampin' Up!

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!

Oh So Eclectic stamp set, Congratulations, middle technique, diannescrds.com, Stampin' Up!

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.

DSP Sale, diannescards.com, Stampin' Up!

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.)

Painted Harvest stamp set, congratulations card, triple time stapming, two step stamping, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com


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.

Painted Harvest stamp set, two step stamping, triple time stamping, congratulations card, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

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″


Happiest Place on Earth! What’s Your Opinion?

Name the best amusement park in the world. Disney World, right!? Disneyland, a close second. I’ve not been to many amusement parks but the Disney ones are right at the top for me. Yesterday I noticed that the theme for the Global Design Challenge was to create a card about Amusement Parks! I immediately thought of Epcot Center at Disney World and that huge globe as you enter. It’s just like the globe in the Places You’ll Go stamp set. How convenient!

Places You'll Go stamp set, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!, Diannescards.com

Here’s the challenge logo and a link to the page.

GDP079, Amusement park

I think you could use this card for travel, graduation or any new adventure.

Design notes for Places You’ll Go card:

This card is all pretty self-evident. Just a reminder about heat embossing. Be sure to use the Embossing Buddy before you use the Versa Mark. This way you won’t have any stray pieces of embossing powder on you design.


Supply List for Places You’ll Go card:


One of my Disney Adventures:

In January 2015, I traveled to Orlando for a Stampin’ Up! Leadership event. Demonstrators who were Managers or above were invited to a fabulous night at Disney World. We did not get to Epcot but had free reign at Disney’s Hollywood Studio. Don’t we look like we are having fun?

Places You'll Go stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Diannescards.com, Leadership, Jan. 2015

Join, Sale-A-Bration

You can join the fun anytime by purchasing the Starter Kit. It’s only $99 and you get $125 worth of merchandise of your choice. In addition, if you sign up before March 31, you receive two free stamp sets. It doesn’t get any better than that! Just click where it says “Join My Team” or click here.

Thanks for dropping by to look at my blog today, And Marcia, I hope you and others will stop back to see my blog again tomorrow.


Congratulations Card – Freshly Made Sketches

As you know, I love to participate in sketch and design challenges like Freshly Made Sketches. Also, a friend of mine recently received a promotion. So I merged the challenge and the card need to create this Congratulations card using Flourishing Phrases stamp set, one of my new favorites.

Congratulations card, Flourishing Phrases, heat embossing, FMS273

Here’s the logo for the challenge. You should go over to Freshly Made Sketches, to at least look for inspiration. Maybe even try a challenge. It’s fun.

FMS273, challengeDesign Notes for Congratulations Card:

I recently saw a live video broadcast by the Sara Douglass, the CEO at Stampin’ Up! She showed a very cool technique where you just use reinkers and an Aqua Painter to brush blocks of color on the card stock. I tried it here and love how easy it is to really make a colorful statement! Next, I embossed the message with Gold Embossing Powder. Never one to leave well enough alone, I  then decided I needed just a bit of glitz and stamped and heat embossed some dots with a stamp from Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. Finally, I was satisfied.

You might think I went a little overboard with the mats. I started with a Whisper White Note Card. Next, I used the same three colors that I used with the reinkers (Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Pool Party) and made each of 1/8″ smaller. The Shimmer Paper in the center is actually 1/4″ smaller.

Supplies for Congratulations Card:


I hope my friend Jim likes this card. His new position is important and I know he is just the right person for the job. Congrats, Jim!

Thanks for stopping by today. When you are ready to order Stampin’ Up supplies, please email me ([email protected]) or call ( 302.945.1370) and let me help you discover your creative side! Know what you want? Then just click on the Shop Now button to the right and order on line. Remember to use the February Host Code, 9WUEV9CS.