A Fun Fold with Heartfelt Blooms

A few days ago I saw a card with a different fold. It’s called a diagonal tri-fold. I get the diagonal part, and I guess it’s called tri-fold because there end up being three sections. Anyway, I thought it was pretty cool and decided to try it out. The Heartfelt Blooms stamp set had not seen ink yet so it seemed a good marriage!

Heartfelt Blooms stamp set, Diagonal fold, Springtime Foils DSP, Pretty Label Punch, Stampin' Up!, Diannescardscom

I’ve been on a fussy cutting kick lately, can you tell?

Design Notes for Heartfelt Blooms Card:

The fold is not hard. As with most a2, standard cards, it uses half of a sheet of card stock. The key is the scoring.

Here are the key elements of the card base.

  • Score a sheet of card stock along the length at 4 1/4″
  • Next score the width at 5 1/2″

diagonal tri-fold card

  • Position the diagonal with corners in the cutting channel of the Stampin’ Trimmer.

Diagonal Tri-fold card, diannescards.com

  • The result is a triangular piece with two score lines. (Actually 2 pieces!)
  • Finally, fold on the score lines.

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You can add layers on the folded triangular pieces as you like. The other part to this card is to add pieces so that one can overlap the other and keep the card a bit closed.

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Can  you see that the tag section is what will hold the card closed? When the card is closed, it slips under the flower piece.

Maybe I need to do a video for you!

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Hope yu are having a great day!



Shimmery White Embossing Paste Sees Daylight!

When the Occasions catalog came out, I HAD to have the Shimmery White Embossing Paste. Have you seen all of the cards and projects I made using it? NO, neither have I. Somehow, it got a little lost and I forgot about it. I rediscovered it yesterday and am so happy that I did. Something different was called for in making a card for this week’s Global Design Project challenge.

Shimmery White Embossing Paste, Eastern Beauty stamp set, Thinking of You, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

It’s a bit of a different card for me!

Here’s the inspiration chard for this challenge. I think it is so beautiful!

GDP 128

Just click on the image above to go to Global Design Project and see the other wonderful cards.

Design Notes for Shimmery White Embossing Paste Card:

Can you see the elements of the inspiration card that I used? The shape appealed to me. I really just cut down a standard A2 card. The card base for my sample measures 3 1/2″ x 11″ and is scored at 5 1/2″ . I also centered my design on the right side and left some open space on the left side.

I pulled out the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and used the Shimmery Paste. The paste really does shimmer! Next, I wanted to add some more shimmer and shine so I looped some Silver Baker’s Twine behind the sentiment. Finally, I added a few Glitter Enamel Dots over on the left. I debated with myself about stamping the sentiment in Basic Black or adding just a hint of color. Cherry Cobbler won the debate.


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Paper Pumpkin March Surprise:

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Sometimes as demonstrators we get a peek at upcoming new stamps or other catalog items. This month, the 5th Anniversary Paper Pumpkin Kit has a special box and a special, extra crafting gift. I have no idea what it is and can’t wait to get my March kit. You can still subscribe in time to get the March kit with all of its surprises. Anyone who signs up in time to get the March kit will get a gift from me as well. Since all of the stamps are photopolymer, I’ll send you a Piercing Mat to use with your stamps. Win, win, win! Right?


Hope you are having a great day and the weather is being cooperative!





Petal Passion, I’m On a Roll Again!

Well, it seems I just kept rolling with my Sponge Brayers. This time I used some Pear Pizzazz ink on the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper. It’s getting to be one of my favorite papers.

Oh So Eclectic, Sponge Brayers, Petal Passion, Stampin' Up!, Diannescards.com

The layout for this card was inspired by this week’s sketch over at Global Design Project. Go over there to see some great cards using this sketch.

#GDP126, Stampin' Up!

Design Notes for Petal Passion Card:

The Petal Passion paper is great. Black drawings on white paper. Some sheets have more black than white. All perfectly lovely. I chose a sheet that had lots of white. A little sponge brayering with the Pear Pizzazz ink and – transformation!  It totally softened the look of the paper. Next, I stamped the flower with Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral on Whisper White card stock. After I stamped the flower, I thought the contrast was a little stark so I rolled a little Pear Pizzazz on the flower and on the sentiment. Finally, I picked up the Calypso Coral from the flower by using some of the FREE Shimmer Ribbon from the Sale-A-Bration package. I topped it off with a little piece of Vintage Crochet Trim. It was my last piece. It’s retired now.

Oh So Eclectic, Sponge Brayers, Petal Passion DSP, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com


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Sa;e-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

This is the best time of the year to purchase anything from Stampin’ Up! For each $50 you purchase, you get to select something from one of the Sale-A-Bration Brochures. Like the ribbon I used today? That’s a Sale-A-Bration choice. It’s part of a package with two other, great, shimmery ribbons.

Please call (302.945.1370)  or email me )[email protected]) if I can help you with your order. Let me know if you need a catalog. I’d be happy to send one out to you.

Hope you are having a great day. Any time for stamping today?


Oh How I Love Climbing Orchid!

Each time I work with the Climbing Orchid stamp set, I realize that it is really one of my favorites. I also think, “Why don’t I have orchids?” Hummm…. I think they are flowers that take some specialized care, not my strong suit with flowers. Think I’ll just leave my orchid love to stamping them. Here’s my most recent orchid creation.

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The layout was inspired by this week’s Global Design Project sketch challenge.

GDP122 http://www.global-design-project.com

Can you tell that I’ve been playing with my Stampin’ Blends? They are perfect for coloring things like flowers, especially orchids.

Design Notes for Climbing Orchid Card:

The orchids are so easy to color. I first colored with the light Pink Pirouette Blends Marker then accented with the dark. Do only one or two leaves at a time if you are going to blend colors. Be sure to stamp with the Memento Ink if you are gong to using the Blends alcohol markers.

Climbing Orchid stamp set, thinking of you, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I know it may not look like it but I added Wink of Stella to each of the flowers. It is hard to see in a photograph! I may add another layer or two.

The background piece is cut from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits. I just trimmed around the edge so that it was a separate piece.

Tip for Today

When using Wink of Stella, shake before you remove the cap! Let dry and apply a second or even third time for more obvious glimmer.


Supply List for Climbing Orchid Card:

The Climbing Orchid stamp set is part of a bundle with the Orchid Builder Thinlits. You know what I say: Buy the bundle. Save 10%, be 100% happy.


Hope you are having a splendid day!




Wanna Do Some Kissing?

That’s a stamping technique, You knew that, right? It’s a fun way to use your stamps in a different way. A few months back, I did a video showing the technique. Just click here to go to my list of Youtube videos and click on Kissing. For this card I used the Lots of Love stamp set.

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And here is another version.

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Do you notice that the flowers on the two cards are different? I used the kissing technique for both, but added a twist to one of them.

More about Kissing:

Traditionally, when you use the kissing technique, you have one more or less solid stamp and one that has a pattern.

Ink up the solid stamp (for this card, the flower),

Stamp it onto the pattern one (in this case, the large heart from Heart Happiness).

Use that same stamp to stamp on your paper.

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In my change up, I inked up the pattern stamp  (the heart).


Then ink the flower from the heart, as if it were a ink pad.

Do you notice the difference?

Hope you enjoyed this little extra tutorial about the kissing technique.

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Tip for Today

When you are fussy cutting with Paper Snips, remember to move the paper more than the scissors.

International Blog Highlights, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

There is still time for you to hop on over to Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Highlights and vote for my card. I’d love it if you did! I’m hoping to land in the top ten vote getters. That would qualify me to particiapate in an International Blog Hop.

Blog Highlights, Jan. 18, diannescards.comHappy Monday!