You Dazzle Me !

On Sunday, I went to West Chester to see Ava in a horse show. Though I don’t get to see her ride often, I do love it. I was really impressed with how great she looks! I don’t know anything about horseback riding but I was dazzled! So, the You Dazzle Me sentiment from the Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set seemed perfect to make a little card for her.

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You Dazzle Me

Two second place and a fourth place! Go Ava and Briggs!


I also decided this would be a great card for this week’s Global Design Project. It is a sketch challenge and I think this card fits the bill. Just click on the design and it will take you to the site so that you can see other great cards using this sketch. You Dazzle Me, #GDP162, Stampin' Up!,



Design Notes for You Dazzle Me Card:

What a fun challenge this was. The designer samples are terrific. I was all ready to cut some card stock with the Triple Banner Punch when I saw the Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set and inspiration hit. The pocket was a perfect shape- well, sort of! Blueberry Bushel card stock is reminiscent of denim and the Grapefruit Grove put me in mind of the orange stitching on jeans. Since I always look for an opportunity to do heat embossing, I used some of the In Color 2018–2020 Stampin’ Emboss Powder for the stitching and for the sentiment.


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Congrats and Keep Crafting Forever

It’s always fun to make a Congratulations card. I have a downline who is close to promoting. I want to be ready with congratulations!  The Crafting Forever stamp set was a natural choice for this card.

Crafting Forever stamp set, Share What You Love specialty DSP, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Stampin' Up!, diannescrds.comToday I am part of a Blog Hop! (Thanks for your votes!)

Design Notes for Crafting Forever Card:

Well, I had fun with some of my favorite products when I made this card. First, I heat embossed the sentiment and the pot of brushes – always a fun time for me. Then I used Stampin’ Blends to color in the brushes. But, my newest fun item also showed up. I used some of the Shimmer Paint on the card stock. You may know that many of the sheets of paper in the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper pack have a pearl finish. I love that. However, I realized that the two papers I chose for this card did not have the pearl finish. Shimmer Paint to the rescue. Shake, dauber – pearl finish! Now I have Pearly paper whenever I want with the swish of a dauber.

Crafting Forever stamp set, Shimmer Paint, Stampin' Up!,

I also added some of the Designer Paper to the inside and to the envelope.

Crafting Forever stamp set, Share What You Love specialty DSP, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Stampin' Up!,

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Bye Bye Blended Blooms

Today is absolutely the last day that you can order the Blended Blooms stamp set and coordinating Stitched Season Framelits. I decided to combine a fun fold with the Blended Blooms stamp set for my project for today. Today’s fold is a fun one. It’s called Double Gate Fold.

Blended Seasons stamp set, Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies, Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2, Congratulations, Stampin' Up!,

Because you see both sides of the paper, this is a great card to make with Designer Paper, especially when you can’t decide which side you like best.

Design Notes for Blended Seasons Double Gate Fold Card:

So, it’s called Double Gate Fold because you fold the opening part twice. I’ve written up a tutorial which you can look at and print out Double Gate Fold Card. It’s really pretty easy. Probably the hardest part of this card is not to adhere the Framelit part to both sides!

I stamped the Very Vanilla piece with the wheat sheaf and some Soft Suede Ink. Next, I colored the wheat with the So Saffron Watercolor Pencil. It’s from the new Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2. (That may also not be available after today.) After I sponged around the “Congrats” piece. Finally, I added a little piece of ribbon to add another pop of color on the front.

The inside was pretty simple. I stamped off some of the leaves so that when the card was closed it wasn’t so bare looking.

Blended Seasons stamp set, Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies, Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2, Congratulations, Stampin' Up!,

Because you can get two cards from one piece of designer paper, I made two. One is the reverse of the other. Do you have a preference?

Blended Seasons stamp set, Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies, Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2, Congratulations, Stampin' Up!,

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Last Day for August Promotions:

1. Coupon Time… for every $50 you spend in August, you will receive a coupon for $5 to use in September. Do I have to talk you in to this? Really?

Bonus Days, Stampin' Up!,

2. Ink Pads! If I sell ten or more ink pads in August (I’m close) then I will get a free ink pad. If you buy one or more from me this month, then you have a chance to win the free one! No brainer.

Ink pads, Stampin' Up!,

3. The Blended Seasons Bundle. I’ve shown you a few cards using the Blended Season Bundle. You’ll have to have it. I understand, trust me. You only have a few more days to order. To see the cards that I’ve made, look here and  here, and here and here. Of course, there is also today’s card.

Blended Seasons Bundle

Hope you are looking forward to a great weekend.

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Manly Monday – Darling Label Punch Version

If it’s Monday, it’s a masculine card. Today I am showing a Congratulations card I made for my friend Lee, who achieved Top Salesman for the country in his company! Way to go, Lee! Even though it doesn’t sound very masculine, I chose the stamp set from the Darling Label Punch Box Kit to use for this card.


Unfortunately, Lee may see this card here on line before it reaches his mailbox. Sorry.



Design Notes for Darling Label Punch Card:

Don’t you love the color combination? I was inspired by the colors in this piece of Broadway Bound Designer Series Paper. Then I added the Merry Merlot Card Stock to emphasize the masculine intent of the card.


This card was pretty simple once I selected my papers. I used the Layering Squares Framelits to create the squares and opening. Here’s a little tip for you that will help you save paper. I call it “Hidden Punching”. It work with punching and cutting out with dies. Just cut from a piece of paper that will be hidden by other layers. Here’s what I did on this card.

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The piece of Merry Merlot was the perfect background for the label. I cut it from the middle of the Merry Merlot card stock layer. No one is the wiser, well, until now.



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August Bonus Days:

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Don’t forget, during the month of August, for each $50 you purchase, you will receive a coupon good for $5. to spend in September. If you purchase the Darling Label Punch Box Kit, you are nearly there! Add some adhesive or card stock and you’ve done it! Here’s a close up look at the Kit.

Darling label Punch Kit, Stampin' Up!,

Also, during August, if you place an on line order of $50 or more at my 24-7 on-line store, I’ll send you a package of Colored Doilies as a thank you. You will love them! Use the Host Code for August to be eligible to win the Host Benefits at the end of the month.


Hope your week is off to a good start.


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.

High Tide stamp set, Stamparatus, Congratulations, Stampin' Up!,


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!,

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.

High Tide stamp set, Stamparatus, Stamparatus, Congratulations, Stampin' Up!,

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!

High Tide stamp set, Stamparatus, Congratulations, Stampin' Up!,

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