Let’s Try Every Good Wish

Maybe you don’t need to know all my inner stamping thoughts. This is just a tidbit. The other day, I stood in front of my selection of stamp sets and said – out loud – “Let’s try Every Good Wish.” Like someone was going to argue with me about it! But, nonetheless, that’s what I did. No arguments here!

Every Good Wish stamp set, Mini Sequin Trim - gold, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, heat embossing, Christmas, Stampin' Up! Diannescards.com,

Well, because I was in a great mood, of course I heat embossed it. Why not?

Design Notes for Every Good Wish Card:

There are three bits of bling on this card. Can you see them?

Every Good Wish stamp set, Mini Sequin Trim - gold, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, heat embossing, Christmas, Stampin' Up! Diannescards.com,

To be honest, I had just a bit of the Eastern Palace Paper left (I’ve since ordered more). I was doing this card for a swap and originally wanted to do a complete layer behind the “be merry” piece. Since I was making multiples, I didn’t have enough. As it happens, I think I like this better than my original idea! I love the Tranquil Tide Finely Woven Ribbon. It’s so nice to work with. After I added it, I felt it still needed something. Hard to imagine after gold heat embossing and the gold in the Designer Paper. A little snip of the Mini Sequin Trim finally made me happy.

Supply List for Every Good Wish Card:



We are still driving around Scotland. Who knows, at this point we may be driving each other crazy.



Trick or Treat With Creep It Real!

I think that “Creep It Real” is one of the funniest names for a stamp set that I’ve heard. It just makes me smile. Given that, it was not originally on my list to purchase. But, after seeing some great samples from other great blogs, I decided I HAD to have it. So, yesterday when I saw the challenge over at Global Design Project, I figured this was my chance to put ink to the  Creep It Real stamps.

Creep It Real Stamp Set, #GDP104, Halloween, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Given the title of the stamp set, I think this is a cute, not creepy card!

Design Notes for Creep It Real Halloween Card:

Here’s the lovely card that was the inspiration for my card. When it is a CASE (Copy and Share) challenge, you can copy any element of the card presented – the color scheme, the stamp set, the sketch, whatever. I chose to CASE the sketch as I thought it was a perfect layout. I also copied Alison’s technique of repeating the small image in the background, using a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.


If you click on the image, it will take you the the Global Design Project site and you’ll see lots of great cards from the design team and from people working the challenge.

I actually like working with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig. It’s a great tool to make sure an image is where you want it and is especially helpful when you are repeating an image as I did with the candy corn. Once I finished the background, I was onto the main image. I stamped the “trick or treat ” sentiment with VersaMark and used clear embossing powder. A sponge and some Pumpkin Pie ink brought out the sentiment. A little adornment with some Vintage Crochet Ribbon and Black Rhinestones finished off the project!

Supply List for Creep It Real Halloween Card:

The stamp set, the ribbon and Black Rhinestones are all items from the new Holiday catalog. If you don’t have one, let me know and I’ll get one to you.


Hope you are having a wonderful day!

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Thinking of You with Colorful Seasons

A friend of mine recently underwent a procedure. She’s doing fine and feeling better. Of course, I wanted her to know that I have been thinking of her. I was stunned when I realized that I had not posted anything with the Colorful Seasons stamp set and the accompanying, Seasonal Layers Framelits Dies. A definite oversight. So, it was meant to be that I used these for my friend’s card.

Colorful Seasons stamp set, thinking of you, Seasonal Layers Framelits Dies, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Do you like the layout? It’s this week’s challenge from TGIF Challenges. Here’s the sketch I (more or less) followed as my inspiration. Click on the icon below to go over there and see some other great cards.

Design Notes for Colorful Seasons Card:

“Hi, my name is Dianne and I’m a heat embosser.” Do I need a 12 step program for heat embossing? I hope not. I just love stamping, adding powder then watching the powder melt and become something so beautiful. In this case, I used Copper Heat Emboss Powder. Next, I used an Aqua Painter to add color to each of the leaves. Each leaf is a mixture of Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke inks. (Not all on the same leaf.) After I cut them out with the Seasonal Layers Framelits Dies, I sponged around the edges just a bit to extend the leaf colors.

I tried to keep the rest simple since the leaves were taking center stage. I did stamp the sentiment piece with the smaller leaf and some stamped off ink. Some Copper Trim was the final touch to pull it all together.

Supply List for Colorful Seasons Card:

Lots of fall colored inks here!



Hope you are having a great day!



Anniversary Wishes – Two Versions

In the next week or so, we know two couples celebrating anniversaries. So, I make cards, it’s what I do. While making these anniversary wishes cards, I ended up making two different cards. They are the same but different. I can’t decide which one I like best. What do you think?

Anniversary wishes, Floral Phrases stamp set, Teeny tiny Wishes stamp set, Detailed floral thinlits,

See what I mean?  The same but different.

Design Notes for Anniversary Wishes Cards:

Sometimes when I start to make a card, I have a pretty good idea of what it will look like. Hummm, not the case here. I know that I have seen literally a million cards made with the Floral Phrases stamp set and the Detailed Floral Thinlits. I’ve loved them all but wanted to do something a little different. For both cards, I embossed the floral motif, one with Fresh Fig ink and Clear Embossing Powder (you have to act quickly!) the other with VersaMark and Silver Embossing Powder. Then, using the Precision Plate, I cut out the smaller floral design from Detailed Floral Thinlits on the top of the card (upside down?) Since I didn’t have room for the congratulations sentiment from Floral Phrases, I improvised. I used one of my Go To stamp sets, Vertical Greetings. Again, feeding my habit, I heat embossed the sentiment on both cards.

Version 1

Annversary Wishes, Floral Phrases, Vertical Greetings, Detailed Floral Thinlits

Hard to see but there is Dazzling Diamonds Glitter paper behind the Fresh Fig layer.



Version 2:

Anniversary wishes, floral Phrases

This one has Silver Glimmer Paper behind the Wisteria Wonder layer.


Supply List for Anniversary Wishes Cards.


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Flower Shop – I’ve Missed You!

Sometimes, in the excitement around a new catalog, stamp sets get a little lost on the shelf. Yesterday I realized I couldn’t recall the last time I’d used the Flower Shop stamp set. When I saw this week’s Global Design Project was a color challenge, I knew where I wanted to start. Flower Shop is the center of attraction, the colors are definitely supporting some adorable flowers. Here’s the card and the logo and link for Global Design Project.

Flower Shop stamp set, #GDP101, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comGlobal Design Project #GDP101

After I finished the card, I realized I hadn’t put a sentiment on the outside. I’d intended it as my thank you card for August customers. I just didn’t want to add anything else to the front, so I added a sentiment to the inside.

Flower shop, Thank you, #GDP101, Stampin' Up! diannescards.com

Design Notes for Flower Shop Card:

I tried a few versions of the flowers, Flirty Flamingo ink on Flirty Flamingo card stock, nice but too blah. Flirty Flamingo on Whisper White, no. Finally, I tried heat embossing with White Embossing Powder on the Flirty Flamingo card stock. Yes! The background piece is a combination of stamps from Timeless Texture, mostly stamped off. The flourish was stamped in Calypso Coral and the dots in Night of Navy. The piece of Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding just sort of pulled everything together.

I was happy with the flowers when I put them on the card but decided to add a little jazz with some Wink of Stella. I ended up doing three coats and I think it gave the flowers some real shine. Then everything was highlighted with some Glitter Enamel Dots.

closeup Flower Shop, Wink of Stella, Glitter Enamel Dots

Supply List for Flower Shop Card:

All of the stamp sets I used today are available in both clear mount and wood mount.


Hope you are having a good day. Feel free to comment about my project. I love hearing your thoughts!