Falling For Leaves – One More Time

How could I not love a stamp set that has coordinating dies and create things for my favorite season? That’s the case for the Falling  For Leaves Bundle. It’s just the best stamp set and just to make it all better, a great set of coordinating Thinits.

Falling for Leaves stamp set, Detailed Leaves Thinlits, Sprig Punch, Pretty Label Punch, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com, #GDP160


The layout for this card was inspired by a beautiful card presented over at Global Design Project this week. Isn’t it beautiful? #GDP160



Design Notes for Falling For Leaves Card:

Well, to say I followed the plan/sketch of the card might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but I think it’s close enough. The copper leaf is probably my favorite part. After I cut that one out, I did the solid shape leaf with Merry Merlot. A few sprigs, some lacy trim and a sentiment to finish off. I started to put it together and realized that background piece needed something. I used the large leaf stamp from Falling for Leaves but stamped off some of the ink before stamping. It was such fun to put together. Perhaps, I will make a bunch more to send to my customers for October orders.

Falling for Leaves stamp set, Detailed Leaves Thinlits, Sprig Punch, Pretty Label Punch, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com, #GDP160


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You know, I received the Falling for Leaves stamp set long before the Occasions catalog went live. That’s because I am a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator. It’s just one of the great things about being a demonstrator. You get the good things first!

Another advantage to being a demonstrator, and it’s a big thing, the discount. You start with 20% and work up from there.

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Frosted Floral for Fun Fold Friday

I think that you know that each Friday I try to feature a different fold for a card. In addition, I write up a photo tutorial to go along with it so that you can try out the folds yourself. This week I have a variation on a fold I did a few weeks ago. The fold is a Z fold but it’s a bit different because of the way I used the Designer Series Paper. In a spate a real creativity, I’m calling it Designer Series Paper Z fold.

Frost floral Specialty Designer Series Paper, Abstract Impressions stamp set, z fold, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I was also inspired to create this by this week’s challenge over at Global Design Project. Hop on over there to see some beautiful cards!


I think this card is both fallish and shows some love!


Design Notes for Frosted Floral Card:

Z fold cards are just fun. This one is a little tweek on that and is equally fun. I used Designer Paper to create the z fold. This works fine with most Designer Papers but is especially good with the more sturdy papers. I must say, this card is perhaps a little busier than I usually present. The Designer Paper has a great pattern of flowers, then I stamped flowers on the sentiment piece. But, I think it works! Good to step outside my box from time to time! The flower stamps from the Abstract Impressions stamp set are simple stamped. the set has other stamps that you can use to add more depth and details but I went with just the single stamping. Call me a rebel. The directions for the fold are in the tutorial. Designer Series Paper Z Fold Card

Frost floral Specialty Designer Series Paper, Abstract Impressions stamp set, z fold, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

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Just a Little More…

Have you voted for my card over at Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights? I hope you will. If I land in the top 10, I’ll be part of a blog hop later this month.


To vote, just click here and then click on the heart on my card, #11.


Thanks so much!


Fun with Shimmer Paint

Who knew!?  I’m loving Shimmer Paint. It’s been sitting on my shelf for a few weeks and yesterday was the day. Now I’ll have to stop myself from using it for everything.

Frost White Shimmer Paint, Daisy Delight stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

The color combination for this card came from the Global Design Project challenge for this week. You know, I can never turn down a good color challenge. Click on the banner below to go to the GDP website to see all of the great card made with this color combination.

#GDP157, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com


Design Notes for Shimmer Paint Card:

Well, I really did have fun with the Shimmer Paint. I tried stamping then adding Shimmer Paint, adding the Shimmer Paint after the stamping, Then I tried stampin with Shimmer Paint. Oh Yeah! Here are some of my trial efforts!

Frost White Shimmer Paint, Daisy Delight stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com


I ended up liking all of them but for this card, I used some of the daisies that I made by actually stamping with the Shimmer paint. The Paint comes in a little bottle. Shake it well, then you can use a Dauber to add the paint to the stamp.

Frost White Shimmer Paint, Daisy Delight stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com


The other daisies on the card were stamped off before I stamped onto the Whisper White card stock. I used the “Thank You” sentiment from Daisy Delight stamp set with some Mint Macaron ink. After I cut it out with a Framelits from the Lakeside Framelits set, I sponged around the edge to give it a little pop.

The final touch was to scatter some Faceted Gems around the card.

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Double Time Stamping With Tropical Chic

Well, it’s time for a video! Yes, I used the double time stamping technique in my class this month and everyone seem pretty pleased with it. So I decided perhaps a video for the world was in order! The technique is really an adaptation of a bit more elaborate technique called Triple Time Stamping. Here’s what we are made this month.

Double time stamping, Tropical Chic stamp set, thank you, video tutorial, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Hard to miss with the colors and the Tropical Chic stamp set!
I love this color combination!


Design Notes for Double Time Stamping Card:

Well, really, the video says it all.

I promised the measurements!
Card Base (Granny Apple Green) 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
First layer (Highland Heather) 4″ x 5 1/4″
Large Whisper White Panel, 3 3/4″ x 5″
Granny Apple Green Panel (small) 2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″
Small Whisper White Panel 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″
Panel for inside card, 4″ x 5 1/4″


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This ‘N That:

Paper Pumpkin, September kit, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

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Bonus Days Redemption

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Painted Harvest for Global Design Project

Color challenge! Yea! I love a color challenge and this week at Global Design Project the colors were super – Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo and Soft Suede. I went to the  Painted Harvest stamp set without blinking. Here’s what I came up with.

Painted Harvest Stamp Set, two step stamping, thank you, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com, #GDP153

Here’s the challenge banner and link. Just click on it to go over to Global Design Project and see all the great projects!

Global Design Project Challenge 153


Design Notes for Painted Harvest Card:

I experimented a little bit with the colors for the flowers. Should I stamp off first? Which color should go down first? All the choices looked pretty good but decided to stamp the first layer with Daffodil Delight and the second layer with Flirty Flamingo but stamped off first. Using Soft Suede for the center part of the flower just seemed right.

I needed something to give a little texture and dimension to the card. First step – sponge the edges of the Very Vanilla piece with the flowers. Good, but not enough. Next, I did some paper tearing on two of the edges of the Soft Suede mat. Better, almost there. A little Linen Thread wrapped around part of the card added just the right amount of texture. I ended up also sponging around the Daffodil Delight mat. That made it all seem to go together.

Painted Harvest Stamp Set, two step stamping, thank you, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com, #GDP153


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August Specials, Just a Few Days Left!

  1. There is a fun Paper Pumpkin kit in the wings for next month. If you are a fan of Halloween, you won’t want to miss this. Click on the image below to subscribe.

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2. 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!, Diannescards.com

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

Ink pads, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

4. 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.

Blended Seasons Bundle


Hope Tuesday is a great day for you!