Three Cheers for Confetti Celebration

Got an occasions that calls for a loud Hooray? Or even three Hoorays? Confetti Celebration is what you need. But, get it soon. It is retiring at the end of this month. My May card classes made this card using this great set last week.

Confetti Celebration stamp set, Graduation, Stampin' Up!,

This card is for graduation but could easily be for Birthday for a favorite guy. I actually CASed this card from Heather at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday. She originally made it as a birthday card.

Design Notes for Confetti Celebration Card:

Don’t you love the colors on this one?

Sad to say, these colors are also leaving at the end of this month.

After embossing a piece of Whisper White card stock, I topped it with a small strip of paper from the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper (yes, also retiring). I wrapped some Silver and White Bakers Twine around both pieces before adhering to the Emerald Envy card base.

Next, I used the Teeny, Tiny Wishes (retiring) stamp set for the Happy Graduation sentiment. I punched it out with the Duet Banner Punch. There are two possible punches with this. I used the larger one for the background Emerald Envy banner. The Emerald Envy piece makes the sentiment pop.

Confetti Celebraton, Graduation, Masculine birthday, Stampin' Up!,

I finished off the card with a few Metallic Enamel Shapes. Just right.

The inside sentiment seems to work for birthday or graduation, don’t you think?

Confetti Celebraton, Graduation, Masculine birthday, Stampin' Up!,


Supply List for Confetti Celebration Card:



Retiring, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comAre you ready to pick out what you want from the retiring products? Then all you need to do is click on any of the icons above  or on the Clearance list to be connected with my 24-7 on-line store. You might also want to look at the Clearance Rack while you are shopping. Remember the cool paper I used yesterday or the great foil paper I used a few days ago? They are both on sale on the Clearance Rack.

Here are the Retirement Lists and the Sale list as well as the Clearance List. Lots of great things to choose from.

Annual Catalog:

AC Retired List-US

Occasions Catalog:

OCC Retired List-US

Discounted items:

AC-OCC Retired Disc-US

Clearance Rack:

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Birthday Gold with Clearance Rack

Once again, I needed a birthday card for a guy. Believe it or not, I was rescued from this problem with some paper that is currently on the Clearance Rack! Even more amazing, it’s a Holiday paper, Year of Cheer! Finally, there is no stamping on this card!


Design Notes for Clearance Rack Birthday Card:

The Happy Birthday Thinlit is one I use frequently. And, why not. It’s just a nice size, the font it clear and even a bit whimsical. When I use this Thinlit, I first cut a piece of paper the size of the Thinlit. In this example, I used Gold Foil. Next, I attach the paper to the sticky part of some Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet. Then I just run the paper through the Big Shot as usual. When I remove the paper from the Thinlit, I have the Gold Foil, backed with the Adhesive paper. Pull off the Adhesive backing and the Happy Birthday is already to go on my card.

I wanted to break up the gold and white a bit so I added a 1″ strip of Tranquil Tide card stock, wrapped some Gold Thread around it and added some gold starts I cut using the Quilt Builder Thinlits.

Clearance Rack, Year of Cheer DSP, Masculine Birthday,, Stampin' Up!

Fortunately, all of the products except the beautiful gold and white foil paper are returning to the new catalog. Just click on the picture of the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Paper and you can snap up some of this great paper for just $5.20!


Supply List for Clearance Rack Birthday Card:



When you are ready to order, remember to use this month’s Host Code, PW97U9EF. If all on-line orders total $150 or more, you will qualify to win the Host Benefits for this month. Yea! FREE stuff!, Stampin' Up!

Hope you are having a lovely Sunday! Is the weather good where you are?





Guy Card Quandary Solved

Well, I actually checked the meaning of quandary. It means a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation. So it may be a bit of an exaggeration to say I am in a difficult situation. However, birthday cards for guys do pose a bit of a perplexing time. I love all of the stamps and papers that have flowers and butterflies so the search for something for the men in my life is always somewhat of a quandary. Recently, I’ve found that my guy card problem can often be solved with the Picture Perfect stamp set. Here’s my latest solution.

Picture Perfect Birthday, Guy Card, Stampin' Up!,

I do love this color combination. Don’t you. Here are the colors I used.


Design Notes for Picture Perfect Guy Card:

Well, even though I used the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper, this card has a masculine look. I suppose if you look carefully at the paper I used, you might see a flower at the intersection of the lines. Personally, I prefer to think of it as a stylized motif. Know that I just made that up. Anyway, I don’t think it takes away from the “guyness” of the card. I also just made up the word “guyness”. I’m on a roll.

Well, I used the Simple Stripes Embossing Folder to give a little texture to the background. Next to heat embossing, using an embossing folder is almost my favorite thing to do! Lots of impact, not lots of work. And, this embossing folder, Simple Stripes, is one of my favorites.

It might be hard to see in the picture, but I sponged around the edges of the sentiment piece with Night of Navy ink. Again, easy technique, lots of impact.

I used one of the sentiments from the Picture Perfect stamp set for the inside as well. The candle adds a bit of whimsy.

Picture Perfect Birthday, Guy Card, Stampin' Up!,

Supply List for Picture Perfect Guy Card:


Color Revamp:

Speaking of colors….In addition to the usual new In-colors, Stampin’ Up! is bringing in some new colors, reintroducing some colors that you loved and missed and reorganizing the color families.

Here’s a peek at the new and current In-Colors:

In-ColorsColor Revamp, Stampin' Up, diannescards.comHere’s a look at the new  Colors:

The New Colors, Color Revamp, Stampin' Up, diannescards.comAnd here are the Color Families. Notice some reintroduced colors, like Mint Macaron, one of my all time favorites! OH, and there is a new grouping, Basics,  which includes Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black.

New Color Collections Color Revamp, Stampin' Up,

These will all be available on June 1.

More soon about the new ink pads!



Help! I Need Guy Birthday Cards!

Wow, have you ever been in this situation? I just looked at my calendar and realized that next week there are three guys who are having birthdays and will need cards. (Two have birthdays on April Fool’s Day but we won’t go there!) So, my quest for guy birthday cards led me to this card using the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set from the Occasions Catalog.

Guy Birthday Card, Picture Perfect stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Can you go wrong with a z- fold card?

Design Notes for Guy Birthday Cards:

When I started planning this card, I realized that there are, sadly, some things that we know will be retiring soon. The 2016-2018 In-Colors have had their time. This card features two of the retiring colors, Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy.  If you like these colors, and I know that you do, you might want to stock up on all things Denim and Emerald.

Guy Birthday Card, Picture Perfect stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Here are the items that will likely be retiring since they are in those colors.

Emerald Envy:

Dapper Denim:

Supply List for Guy Birthday Cards:



Sa;e-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!,

Why not stock up on these color items and earn something from the Sale-A-Bration choices as well?

Hope you are having a good weekend.




Badges and Banners for A Guy Get Well

Making card for men is sometimes challenging. A get well card, even more so. A neighbor of mine recently had surgery and I wanted to make a card for him – cookies, too! I decided while I was at it, I’d make two versions. Here’s what I made with the Badges and Banners stamp set.

Badges and Banners, get well, masculine, Stampin' Up!,

My neighbor is a big Green Bay Packers fan so the green and gold card is for him.

Badges and Banners, get well, masculine, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Badges and Banners Card:

As you can see, the card is really pretty simple. I love the striped background I created with the Simple Stripes Embossing Folder. I used a little Snail to adhere the 1 1/2″ strip in the middle before I ran it through the Big Shot. After that, I added a piece of Washi Tape. I also added some Washi to the inside of the card and on the envelope.

Badges and Banners, Stampin' Up!,

For each card, I stamped the sentiment first in Versamark then used either gold or silver heat embossing powder.

Badges and Banners, get well, masculine, Stampin' Up!,

Tip for Today

I do love heat embossing and can’t emphasize enough how important it is to use an Embossing Buddy on the card stock first. This swipe removes any oils from you skin and eliminates static.


Supply List for Badges and Banners Card:


A Few Reminders:

  • Look for my Birthday Card Class to go at the end of the week.
  • Don’t forget if you are ordering on line the January Host code is VB3QSM9H. Use the Host Code in order to be eligible to win Host Benefits (at least $15 in FREE merchandise of your choice).
  • Thinking of getting the Starter Kit? Call or email me with your questions. From now until the end of Mark, you will be able to get 2 extra stamp sets when you join!

Thanks as always for stopping by.