Winter is Coming – Really!

Do you remember the game, Tic – Tac – Toe? Well, over at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday, we are doing a card making version, Tic – Tac – Tuesday. I made this Winter card as a sample for this challenge.

Winter, Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set, Under the Mistletow Designer Series Paper, Softly Falling TIEF, Large Letter Framelits, Sweetly Stitched Framelits, Stampin' Up!,

Here’s the banner for the challenge, I did the vertical – Foil, Winter, and Plaid.Go on over to the site later today (yes, Monday) and see all the other designer samples.

Tic - Tac - Tuesday #6, Stampin' Up!,


Design Notes for Winter Card:

It all started with plaid. I knew I had some of one of the plaid papers from Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper package. Winter? BRRR just came to my mind. I love using the Large Letter Framelits, so it all just fell together.

With this picture you can see the sentiment from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set on the inside.

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And can you ever go wrong with a z- fold card? This is actually a double z fold. I guess I just needed more room for all the r’s! I used the Softly Falling embossing folder on the Garden Green Card Stock to add a little texture. After the embossing, I added just a hint of white with a dauber and some Craft White ink. A few Silver Glimmer snow flakes finished off the card.

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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!,

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!,

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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!


Watercolor Pencils and a Friday Fun Fold

You have probably figured out that I love the Blended Seasons stamp set and Stitched Seasons Framelits. I’m trying to show you as many samples as I can since you only have a short time left to buy them. Today I’ve paired them up with the new set of Watercolor Pencils. Yes, it’s true, new Watercolor Pencils. All new colors in this set. More about that later. I decided to send a thank you using the Blended Season Bundle to each customer who purchased this bundle this month. Here’s one version.

Watercolor Pencils, z-fold, Blended Seasons stamp set, Stitched Seasons Framelits, Thank you card, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Watercolor Pencils Thank You Cards:

I think this is really a z-fold card with a little twist. I’m called it, Z-Fold with a Framelit! The Designer Paper is cut to 5 1/4″ x 8″ and mounted on a piece of card stock (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″). I saw this on a video that Ronda Wade did. Wish I could say that I thought of it myself.

I stamped the flowers on Whisper White card stock with Memento Ink. When you use Memento ink, the ink won’t run when you use the Blender Pen. I was able to use my new Watercolor Pencils to color the flowers. After that, I went over the coloring with a Blender Pen. It seems to smooth out the coloring. I ended up using all three of the label framelits from the Stitched Seasons Framelit set.

I used a similar technique on a fall themed card. Can you see the fold in this picture? Score the Designer paper at 2″ and at 4″ .

Watercolor Pencils, z-fold, Blended Seasons stamp set, Stitched Seasons Framelits, Thank you card, Stampin' Up!,



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The Blended Seasons Bundle is available in both clear mount and wood mount stamp sets. Nice to have a choice, right.


Here’s the scoop on the new Watercolor Pencils Assortment. it is avaliable now. It will probably be available again in the future. Stampin’ Up! is being a little mysterious about that!

Watercolor Pencils, assortment 2, Stampin' Up!,

The colors are:

  • Balmy Blue
  • Cajun Craze
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Crushed Curry
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Garden Green
  • Gorgeous Grape
  • Granny Apple Green
  • Night of Navy

And did you know that Stampin Up! Watercolor Pencils are Acid Free and Lignin Free? Feel free to use them when you scrapbook.



Just for August:

For each $50 you spend in August you will receive a coupon for $5 to spend in September. Yea!

Bonus Days, Stampin' Up!,

The Blended Seasons Bundle is available only in August or while supplies last.

Blended Seasons Bundle

Don’t forget to order the Watercolor Pencils, Assortment 2 while you are ordering. If you place an order of $50 or more in August, I’ll send you a package of Colored Doilies as a thank you.


Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you are looking forward to some fun this weekend.






Fun Fold Friday with Pick a Pennant

I know, it seems like I’m obsessed with alliterative titles – Manly Monday, the occasional Scrapbook Sunday and now, Fun Fold Friday. I promise, no more. But, different folds really are fun and there are so many! I’ve decided to feature one each week for awhile. To start off with, I’ve selected an easy one, a Z-fold.

Pick A Pennant stamp set, christmas, Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set, Cookie Cutter Builder, Playful Pennants Framelits,

Oh, yes, it’s a Christmas card. I’ve resisted the urge to do “Santa Saturdays”!

Design Notes for Pick a Pennant Christmas Card:

Well, of course the most interesting thing about this card is the fold! Here are the directions for the fold:

Z-fold, Stampin' Up!, Diannescards.comif you want to you can print out this sketch ,z-fold illustration.

I added some of the terrific Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper to each panel. Isn’t it cute? The Santa was stamped with Versamark, heat embossed with Black Stampin’ Heat Emboss Powder then colored with Stampin’ Blends. I made the pennants with the Playful Pennants Framelits and some more of the Under the Mistletoe Paper.  I stamped the Ho Ho Ho  with the Pick A Pennant stamp set.

Do you like the little tag I stamped on the inside?

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For each purchase of $50 that you make in August, you will get a coupon for $5. in September. Yea!


Hope you are having a great day.




Vacation Memories with Colorful Seasons.

My husband and I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed many wonderful vacations. Some packed with touring and sightseeing, some with much needed relaxing. The theme this month for Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Highlights is vacation. It didn’t take much thought for me to think about the wonderful relaxing vacations Jerry and I enjoyed in Maine. We’d go to Southport Island, a little place near Boothbay Harbor. I recall spending a lot of time sitting on our deck or down by the water watching activity in the nearby inlet. So, I set out with Colorful Seasons to make a card to remind me of those great days.

Colorful Seasons stamp set, Sea of Textures stamp set, Lilypad Lake stamp set, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Stampin' Up!,

Do you love this card? I feel relaxed just looking at it. Would you go to Kylie’s blog and vote for my card? If I am in the top ten (as I was last month), I get to be in a blog hop in early August. Thanks!

Design Notes for Colorful Seasons Card:

Can you believe it? I used three different stamp sets for this card. I began with Colorful Seasons and the “just breathe” sentiment. After some paper tearing and sponging, I added a few beachy things with a stamp from the Sea of Textures stamp set. Next, I used the Lilypad Lake stamp set for the distant sail boats.

And about the chairs… I love the Adirondack chairs from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.The Wood Textures 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack seemed perfect. I thought it gave the chairs a rustic, Maine, look!

Finally, I added some Wink of Stella to the beach area to represent the sun shining on the sand. Is anything ever harmed by adding a little Wink of Stella?

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