A Penguin Trio Says “Bon Voyage”

Some friends of ours are leaving on a cruise today. They are going around South America. They are excited about the cruise and especially about seeing some penguins. I thought that some punch art penguins would add to a cute Bon Voyage card.

Penguin Punch Art, Bon Voyage, Travel card, En Route stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Aren’t those penguins cute!?



Design Notes for Penguin Bon Voyage Card:

I guess I have been into punch art recently. If you recall, I created a card for a little boy that had a character from Sesame Street. I called it Elmo but it was really Bert, or was it Ernie. (Check out whoever it was here.) So, I’ve decided that punch art really means looking at whatever you want to create and breaking it down to basic shapes. Turns out penguins are really ovals and circles. I used Layering Oval Framelits Dies for the body and  1 1/4″ Circle Punch for the head. The feet are made with the bow from the Cookie Cutter Punch. The eyes and mouth are also from that punch. And the little flippers… Leaf Punch! Who knew!

Penguin Punch Art, Bon Voyage, Travel card, En Route stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com


I wanted the card to be a little bigger than usual. It ended up being 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Bring out the Envelope Punch Board! I used some paper from the Twinkle, Twinkle Designer Series Paper package.

Penguin Punch Art, Bon Voyage, Travel card, En Route stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com



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There is a new stamp set, All Adorned, an embossing folder, Country Floral and the Painted Season Bundle which features the Painted Seasons stamp set and a pack of Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper.

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Have a Great Trip!

My BFF left yesterday for a trip to Verona, Italy. I know she will have a wonderful time. I wanted to send her off with a few treats and, of course, a hand made travel card. It was easy to think of the Waterfront stamp set to create an Italian countryside picture. I had to search a bit to come upon the sentiment. Do you know which stamp set it is from?

Waterfront stamp set, Sea of Texture stamp set, Travel card, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I won’t keep you in suspense any longer, the sentiment is from Sea of Textures. Did you guess that?



Design Notes for Waterfront Travel Card:

I think it took me longer to select the colors than to actually make the card! It’s so easy to create a tranquil scene with the Waterfront stamps – mountains, lakes, rivers, evergreen trees, palm trees, little cottage – all are possible with this set. Here’s a close up look at the stamps in the Waterfront stamp set.

Waterfront stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

This stamp set is photopolymer and so it was easy to line up the palm tree trunks and branches. When you look at the Supply List below, you will notice that I’ve listed a Stampin’ Pierce Mat in the supplies. When you use photopolymer stamps, it’s best to stamp on a mat. You will get a nice clear image that way.


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I know you probably can’t see it, but I added some Wink of Stella on the water. It’s never a mistake to add some Wink of Stella!


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P.S. Here’s a picture of the package of goodies I sent to Janice to share with her friends in case they get hungry.

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Paper Tearing with Sea of Textures

Today I am going to show you a card made with the great Sea of Textures stamp set and also show you a video about paper tearing. I’m a designer on the Try Stampin’ on Tuesday site and today I’m presenting the technique challenge for July.

Sea of Textures stamp set, Paper tearing, Under the Sea Framelits, shimmery White Embossing Paste, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I love that octopus! AFTER I stamped and cut him out, I realized it’s not a very realistic color. However, I’m claiming artistic license and we’re going with the Blackberry Bliss.


Design Notes for Sea of Textures Card:

The octopus and the coral were easy. I stamped and then cut them out with the Under the Sea Framelits. I cut the reef out and used the piece of card stock as a mask. Next, I used some Shimmery White Embossing Paste to create the reef effect.

Did you look carefully at the octopus? At his eyes? I used two tiny pieces from the Tranquil Textures Sprinkles and the Fine Tip Glue Pen to give him eyes!

Sea of Textures stamp set, Diannescards.com, Stampin' Up!

Learn about the paper tearing techniques in the video below.

Supply List for Sea of Textures Card:

The Sea of Textures stamp set is part of a bundle. Buy both and save 10%. The stamp set comes in either clear mount or wood mount.


It’s July1!

Today the sale on Designer Paper begins. Please email me ([email protected]) with your order. Or you can go to my 24-7 on-line store.

DSP Sale


Also, don’t forget that you can now purchase the new colors of Stampin’ Blends! Just add them to your order.

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Hope you are enjoying a great weekend.

Today is the golf card parade in our community. All the kids are here. We’re going patriotic with the cart decorations this year (and keeping it simple!) Pictures to follow!




Happiest Place on Earth! What’s Your Opinion?

Name the best amusement park in the world. Disney World, right!? Disneyland, a close second. I’ve not been to many amusement parks but the Disney ones are right at the top for me. Yesterday I noticed that the theme for the Global Design Challenge was to create a card about Amusement Parks! I immediately thought of Epcot Center at Disney World and that huge globe as you enter. It’s just like the globe in the Places You’ll Go stamp set. How convenient!

Places You'll Go stamp set, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!, Diannescards.com

Here’s the challenge logo and a link to the page.

GDP079, Amusement park

I think you could use this card for travel, graduation or any new adventure.

Design notes for Places You’ll Go card:

This card is all pretty self-evident. Just a reminder about heat embossing. Be sure to use the Embossing Buddy before you use the Versa Mark. This way you won’t have any stray pieces of embossing powder on you design.


Supply List for Places You’ll Go card:


One of my Disney Adventures:

In January 2015, I traveled to Orlando for a Stampin’ Up! Leadership event. Demonstrators who were Managers or above were invited to a fabulous night at Disney World. We did not get to Epcot but had free reign at Disney’s Hollywood Studio. Don’t we look like we are having fun?

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

My husband left early yesterday morning for a golf trip to sunny Florida. I made a little gift bag filled (mostly) with Gummi Bears and little travel items. I used some of the By the Shore Designer Series Paper and the Places You’ll Go stamp set. It’s a pretty simple design but it turned out pretty nicely.

Places You'll Go stamp set, By the Shore Designer Paper, Simply Scored Board, Best Badge Punch

By the way, I snatched the tissue paper from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit. It seemed to work.

Design Notes for Places You’ll Go Gift Bag:

The bag is pretty easy to make. But, if you don’t have a Simply Scored Board, you won’t find it as easy. I also recommend that you use Tear & Tape to hold your bag together. Once I  is assembled the bag, I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla, then punched it out with the Best Badge punch. I also punched out a badge in Dapper Denim, to make it look like a border around the Very Vanilla punch, I just cut it in half then added one piece to the top and one to the bottom. Finally, to add a little color, I punched out a 2″ circle from Calypso Coral card stock and put it behind the badge. The Burlap Ribbon handles seemed to add the right masculine touch.

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Hope the Places You’ll Go this weekend will all be fun!