Crafting Forever Thank You Cards

January is a busy thank you card month! I seem to have just finished my Christmas thank you cards and now, happily, need to start on thank you cards for everyone who is purchasing this month (and getting some great Sale-A-Bration items). I pulled out one of my favorite sets – Crafting Forever. It is a great set! It’s perfect for a card to send to a fellow crafter/card maker.

Crafting Forever stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, Stampin' Up!,

Did you recognize the Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper? I guess you would call these pages the B side! The other side has more photographic images that are especially good for birthday cards – candles, balloons, etc.


Design Notes for Crafting Forever Cards:

I had such fun creating these cards. I started with the Very Vanilla Note Cards. They are just the right size for a quick note. I stamped the pot of brushes and tools onto a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. Coloring the brushes and tools was fun with my Watercolor Pencils. I also stamped the pot part on some of the Picture Perfect Designer Paper. Next, I just cut out the pot section from the Designer Paper that I had stamped and adhered it to the pot that I had stamped on the Very Vanilla. A sentiment and some Circle Punch layers finished off the card.


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I have a few more thank you cards to make. I am always so grateful to everyone who selects me as their demonstrator. If you’d like to purchase through me, just click on the Shop Now button below.Remember, this is Sale-A-Bration time! For each $50 you spend, you get to select something from the Sale-A-bration brochure.

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Flora and Flutter – Paper Pumpkin Fun

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with my friend and fellow demonstrator, Janet. We talked and worked on stamping projects. I pulled out my previously neglected December Paper Pumpkin, Flora and Flutter. What a fun kit! I got to make 8 cards. It took a little longer than it might have had we not been talking and laughing! What a great afternoon! Here are two of the cards. The kit contains materials to make 4 of each.

Paper Pumpkin 12/17, alternate project, flora and flutter stampin' Up!,

I made mine all thank you since I needed a bunch of thank you cards for my generous friends! There are some other great sentiments in the set like “Happy Birthday” and “Have a Great Day”. I have to say, the picture does not do them justice. There is Glimmer Paper in the background and they just sparkle!

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Paper Pumpkin is a kit that comes right to your door each month. The cute box contains everything you need to complete the projects. Most months the projects are cards but sometimes it’s a home decor items or some treat holder. But it is always fun!

The kit comes with written directions and pictures. In addition there is always a video available to show you exactly how to put every thing together. On top of that, there is a Pinterest page showing you alternate things to create with the kit materials. Very often there are extra materials in the kit. Put them together with some of your own things. Here’s a little Post-It note holder I made with this month’s extra goodies. All I needed to add was a scrap of Lemon Lime Twist cards stock and a 3″ x 6 1/2″  piece of Crumb Cake card stock.

Paper Pumpkin Flora and Flutter, Stampin' Up!,

One of the things I like best is the fact that you get a photopolymer stamp set each month to add to your collection. I have mine in a special binder (see this blog post). Each month you also get an ink spot. At the end of a year, you have at least 12 different ink spots. (Some months you get two inks.) In no time at all, you’ll have a variety of stamps and ink to use on other projects. In addition, your first kit includes a free clear stamping block that you’ll use every month.

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If you subscribe through me, I will send you a Pierce Mat. Since each Paper Pumpkin kit contains clear, photopolymer stamps, it’s a good thing to use a pierce mat to get a nice, clear image with those stamps.

Have a great day!


Color Me Happy with New Blends

About two years ago, Stampin’ Up! developed Blender Pens. I loved them. However, they were not perfect and Stampin’ Up! withdrew them from our catalog but continued to work with the manufacturer. (They were drying out too quickly.) I’m happy to say that they have reintroduced the pens and now they are perfect! There is also a new stamp set, Color Me Happy, to go along with them. The new Blends are so much fun to use. Here’s one of my first projects.

Color Me Happy Stamp set, Thank you, note cards, Blends, Stampin' Up!

These great markers go on sale on November 1 !

Design Notes for Color Me Happy Note Card:

There are lots of lovely colors to choose from but I decided to use the two Cherry Cobbler pens for the flowers. You will see that there are lots of ways to work with Blends. For this card, I choose to color a few petals with the lighter shade then go back and add some accents with the darker shade. I also used the Highlighter to give a little depth to the petals.

You may be wondering about the flowers and stems. I used a masking technique – different from the one I showed you yesterday. With this technique, I masked the “Thank You” sentiment so that I could stamp the whole stem.

To do this:

  • First, stamp sentiment that you want masked on a scrap of paper
  • Next, cut out the sentiment
  • Then, use a little adhesive on the back of the cut out sentiment and cover the card front sentiment.
  • Stamp!

Here’s what it looked like.

Color Me Happy stamp set, Blends, masking

If you look carefully at the mask piece, you can see the stems that were masked.

Supply List for Color Me Happy Note Card:


Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!,

Right now, if you go to Stampin! Up! Facebook page, you have a chance to win a set of Stampin’ Blends! Just like, comment or share the Stampin’ Blends post and you are in the running! ( One grand prize winner will receive the entire Stampin’ Blends Marker Collection (a $121 value), and 100 runner-up winners will receive one Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack in one of the 12 signature colors (a $9 value).


Hope you are having a great day!







October Class Sneak Peek – Vintage Leaves

The first week of the month, I hold my monthly card classes. This month I’ll be teaching a technique that will be new to many, using Baby Wipes as an ink pad. I chose to use the Vintage Leaves stamp set for this since fall leaves just call out to be multicolored.

Vintage Leaves, baby wipe technique, #GDP107, Stampin' Up!,

I added the Thank You sentiment, from the Rose Wonder stamp set as I always need thank you cards. In addition, I wanted this card to be part of the Global Design Project this week. Their theme is Grateful.

#GDP107, Vintage Leaves, Diannescards.coom, Stampin' Up!

Design Notes for Vintage Leaves Card:

The baby wipe technique is fun and easy.

  • Place a Baby Wipe on a paper plate or other flat surface.
  • Add 4 or 5 drops of ink refill for each color you want to use. In this sample I used Cajun Craze, So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie.
  • Stamp as you would with an ink pad.

Didn’t I tell you it was easy? I love that each leaf turns out looking different.

Do you recognize the Thinlit behind the sentiment? It’s from Eastern Medallions Thinlits. There is just no end of uses for that set of Thinlits!

Supply List for Vintage Leaves Card:

Each time you order an ink pad, it’s a good idea to also order the refill. There are lots of techniques for using the refill ink in addition to keeping your ink pads nice and juicy.


October Specials!

DSP Sale,, Stampin' Up!

So exciting! If you love Designer Series Paper the way that  I do, you will be excited too. Most of the standard Designer Series Papers are part of a “Buy 3 get 1 FREE” sale.


DSP Sale,, Stampin' Up!

World Card Making Day,, Stampin' Up!

There is also a Sale to celebrate World Card Making Day. What a great sale it is! For ten days (October 1–10), you  get 15% off Notecards & Envelopes and select stamp sets. Also, when you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get two refills for FREE! These items will help you celebrate the best hobby of all—cardmaking!

Let me know if I can help you order. If you’d like to order on line, just click on this button to go to my 24-7 on-line store., Stampin' Up!

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Copper Fest with Daisy Delight

I pulled out just about everything I have that is copper for this card – Copper Foil, Copper Trim, Copper Heat Embossing Powder. There is one other copper item that I did not use. Do you know what it is? I paired all of this copper loveliness with the Daisy Delight stamp set.

Daisy Delight stamp set, Copper Foil, Thank you card, #gdp106

I’m making many of this card as a thank you for my customers who ordered in September.

I was inspired by this week’s Global Design Project sketch. Doesn’t it look like fun? Click on the logo and go over to the blog to see some other great cards using this layout.


Design Notes for Daisy Delight Thank You Card:

The daisy is clearly the focal point of this card. I just love that stamp set and the Daisy Punch. For this card, I first stamped the daisy twice using Pumpkin Pie ink. Next I used a Dauber and added some color to the leaves. For the center, I used Soft Suede ink applied with a Dauber. Finally, I punched out the daisy with the Daisy Punch. Oh, I used my Bone Folder to curl the petals just a bit. After than, it was all just adding the layers – Early Espresso circle, Copper Foil Scalloped Circle. The Thank You sentiment was heat embossed with Copper Powder. I like the decidedly fall look to this card.


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Guess what! The Daisy Delight stamp set and Daisy Punch are available as a bundle! Buy It! Save 10%, be 100% happy!



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P.S. Copper Thread is the copper item I did not use.