Valentine with Bloomin’ Love

Bloomin' Love stamp set, Valentine card, #GDP121, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comI’ll admit it, I love making Valentine cards. There’s not nearly so much pressure on Valentine’s Day as some of the other card making holidays. A card, maybe a little candy, hugs, kisses. Everyone is happy. No special meal, no wrapped gifts. Really, it’s an easy holiday. But, I digress. I do love making Valentine cards. So the other day, I pulled out the Bloomin’ Love stamp set and thought about the Global Design Project challenge for this week. I do love a color challenge and this one was challenging. Not colors I would ordinarily put together but I think I made them work.

Bloomin' Love stamp set, Valentine card, #GDP121, Stampin' Up!,

Here’s the challenge logo and link to the site. You should definitely go there to see the other amazing projects using this color combination.


#GDP121, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Bloomin’ Love Valentine Card:

As you can see, this is really a pretty simple card. First I used Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder to emboss the three hearts. Next, I used a Sponge Dauber and Sweet Sugarplum ink to color the hearts. Finally, I used a few Peekaboo Peach flowers cut from the Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits dies. The Peekaboo Peach stamped sentiment completed the card.


Supply List for Bloomin’ Love Valentine Card:


Tip For Today:

Think about the design rule of three when you are designing your cards. Three colors is often just the right amount. Three objects (hearts, circles, etc.) is generally satisfying.

Can you Vote for my Card?

If you have  a chance, could you go over to Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights and vote for my card? My card is # 28. When you go there, click on the heart in the upper right hand corner to cast your vote. Thanks so much!

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Hope you are having a great day!


Striped Treat Bag Remake

Last week I made a gusseted bag from the flat Striped Treat Bag. A few folks asked me how it was done. So, today – a video tutorial. To be honest, I’ve made the process a bit easier than the process I used in the original post. (See it here.) Here’s a peek at what I created for the video.

striped Treat Bags, Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Stampin' Up!,

Aren’t these perfect for Valentine treats?

I am pretty sure I saw this done at a Stampin’ Up! gathering a year or so ago. Nonetheless, here is my take on how to create a gusseted bag from a flat one.

I also wrote out the directions so that you could save them for future reference.

Striped Treat Bag, Stampin' Up!, diannscards.comI can’t decide which one I like the best.

Striped Treat Bags, Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, Striped Treat Bags, Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, Striped Treat Bags, Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Stampin' Up!,

Supplies for Valentine Striped Treat Bags:

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


So, do you see how valuable the Stampin’ Trimmer can be? You need one. When you order a Trimmer, I will send you an extra package of Trimmer Cutting Blades as a Thank You gift. The Trimmer comes with one blade but you’ll be prepared when the time comes to replace that blade.

Order the Trimmer, a package of Striped Treat Bags and  a stamp set like the Heart Happiness set and you will be all ready to create some great Valentine treat bags. In addition, you will earn a Sale-A-Bration item. Win! Win!



Thanks for stopping by today. Look for another blog post later today. I’m participating in an International Blog Highlight. Each participant will feature something made with a favorite item from either the Occasions Catalog or Sale-A-Bration. Sure to have lots of good ideas there!


Sharing Sweet Thoughts – Warm Thoughts, Too!

It is VERY Cold in lower Delaware. After living in Massachusetts for 30 years, I thought winter in lower Delaware would be balmy. Not so much. It isn’t like Massachusetts, I’ll give you that! The other day, I sat down to stamp and just wanted something that would take my mind off of the cold. The butterflies from Sharing Sweet Thoughts caught my eye and so the next thing I knew, a Valentine card was in the works!

Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set, Valentine, Stampin' Up!,


Design Notes for Sharing Sweet Thoughts Card:

This was  really a pretty simple card. I used Basic Gray ink to stamp the jar, the butterflies and the sentiment. Generally, when coloring with the Stampin’ Blends, you should use Memento Black ink. I knew I was only doing a little coloring of the butterflies so I just took a chance. Worked out o.k.

I stamped some hearts and thought they looked a little flat. I used the hearts Framelit from the Everyday Jars Framelits Dies set to cut a group of hearts to add to the front of the card. The little hearts are exactly the same size and shape as one of the hearts in the stamp. Nice.

Supply List for Sharing Sweet Thoughts Card:


Ronald McDonald House Charities headerDid you know that when you buy the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set, you do a good deed? With each purchase of the stamp set, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Over the years, Stampin’ Up! has donated $1.5 million dollars to The Ronald McDonald House Chariities.

Occasions catalog, Jan. '18

Are you excited yet? Tomorrow is the first day to purchase items from the new Occasions catalog and earn Sale-A-Bration items! Yea! Get your list ready!

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Window Box, part 2, Choose Your Color

You might have noticed, if you are a regular reader of my blog, that once I learn something new, I like to try it many times. Sometimes different colors, maybe change something a little. Anyway, I’ve been having fun with the new Window Box Thinlits. I showed you a little bit of a fancy one the other day (click here to see post). Here are my Valentine versions of Window Box.

Window Box Thinlits, Valentine

Design Notes for Window Box Treat Boxes:

See what I mean? Once I get started, i don’t want to stop! I was going a little crazy with the various combinations! It’s fun to select Glimmer Paper or Foil to add behind the cut out images. On one I just used two colors of card stock. You could add Designer paper behind your little window openings. The choices are endless.

For the paper behind the opening, I just traced the pieces from the Window Box Thinlits dies, used a little white glue along the edges and that was that.

Oh and don’t you love the ribbon? It was free, one of the great Sale-A-Bration choices!

Supplies for Window Box Treat Boxes:

Remember to order any of these materials, just click on the image to go to my 24-7 on-line store.



Hope you are having a great day!

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A Loveliness of Ladybugs!

Yesterday, I went to Goddaughter Anne Marie’s house to make some Valentine favors for her pre-schooler. We made lots of the ladybugs that I featured a week or so ago. (To see post, click here, to see video tutorial, click here.) We kept the Big Shot and Curvy Keepsakes Box thinlits busy!


Big Shot, Curvy Keepsakes, Valentine, treat box, ladybug


On my way home I got to thinking about what you call a lot of ladybugs in a group. (It’s a two hour + ride, I have lots of time to think.) I know that geese hang out in a gaggle, swans, in a clutch and a you can have a gam or a pod of whales. As soon as I got home, I Googled ladybugs. A group of Ladybugs is called a loveliness. Who knew?


(Google: A group of ladybugs is called a “loveliness of ladybugs.” Gardeners enjoy seeing a loveliness of ladybugs in their gardens because one ladybug can eat up to 5,000 aphids, common garden pests, in a year.)


Apparently, using the Curvy Keepsake box is pretty Valentine-ish to me. Here’s last year’s treat box! This might be an inspiration to you. I love the color combination. The stamp set has retired but you can certainly substitute any set you have. This month’s Paper Pumpkin stamp set would be perfect. .

About Paper Pumpkin:

Paper Pumpkin, Sale-A-Bration

During Sale-A-Bration, Jan 3 to March 31, you can subscribe to Paper Pumpkin for three months at a reduced price AND you get to select an item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. WIN! WIN! 3-Month Prepaid Subscription (137859) $59 $55.


Thanks for stopping by today. Tomorrow I’ll show you some other boxes I made with the Window Box thinlits. Adorbs!