Free As A Bird Says Thanks

Thank you. Two little words that can mean so much. I seem to always need some thank you cards. I just love the Free as a Bird stamp set and knew it would be perfect for a sweet thank you card.

Free as a Bird stamp set, Hello card, Bird Ballad Designer Paper, masking

I’m not sure what kind of bird I created here. I didn’t have any special bird in mind, I just liked the colors!


Design Notes for Free As A Bird Card:

This is actually a card we made in my July card classes. I think everyone liked it! Do you notice the bird and the branch behind him? We used masking to add the branch. (Otherwise it would have looked like the bird was being impaled by the branch! )

Using a mask is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Stamp the bird on a piece of Whisper White card stock.

Free as a Bird stamp set, masking, Stampin' Up!,

2. Place a mask over the stamped bird. A mask in this case is another stamped bird that has been cut out. Use just the tiniest bit of SNAIL adhesive so that the bird won’t move.

Free as a Bird stamp set, masking, Stampin' Up!,

3. Stamp with branch. When you remove the mask, the bird will have a branch behind him, not in him.

Free as a Bird stamp set, masking, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comFree as a Bird stamp set, masking, Stampin' Up!,


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This and That:

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Bird Banter for On Stage Swap

Yesterday was so much fun! I love being a demonstrator and being able to go to events like Stampin’ Up!’s On Stage event in Hartford, CT. One of the most fun things to do is swap with other demonstrators. You gotta love the Bird Banter stamp set right? Here’s the card I made with that set for a swap I participated in.

Bird Banter stamp set, wood Textures Designer Series Paper, Pretty Label Punch,tutti Frutti sequins, Stampin'Up!,

Here are all of the cards, ready to go in clear plastic envelopes.

Bird Banter stamp set, wood Textures Designer Series Paper, Pretty Label Punch,tutti Frutti sequins, Stampin'Up!,

Design Notes for Bird Banter Card:

What to do? If I had stamped the bird first and then the background I would have lines through the bird. Same problem if I had stamped the background first. I wanted no unsightly lines through my bird!. The answer? Masking. First, I stamped the bird on the card stock. Then I stamped the bird again on a scrap of paper, cut it out and lightly adhered it on top of the bird I had stamped. Next, I stamped the background. When I removed the cut out bird, I had a bird on the cardstock with no lines! After that I colored it with Water Color Pencils and a Blender Pen.

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Color Me Happy with New Blends

About two years ago, Stampin’ Up! developed Blender Pens. I loved them. However, they were not perfect and Stampin’ Up! withdrew them from our catalog but continued to work with the manufacturer. (They were drying out too quickly.) I’m happy to say that they have reintroduced the pens and now they are perfect! There is also a new stamp set, Color Me Happy, to go along with them. The new Blends are so much fun to use. Here’s one of my first projects.

Color Me Happy Stamp set, Thank you, note cards, Blends, Stampin' Up!

These great markers go on sale on November 1 !

Design Notes for Color Me Happy Note Card:

There are lots of lovely colors to choose from but I decided to use the two Cherry Cobbler pens for the flowers. You will see that there are lots of ways to work with Blends. For this card, I choose to color a few petals with the lighter shade then go back and add some accents with the darker shade. I also used the Highlighter to give a little depth to the petals.

You may be wondering about the flowers and stems. I used a masking technique – different from the one I showed you yesterday. With this technique, I masked the “Thank You” sentiment so that I could stamp the whole stem.

To do this:

  • First, stamp sentiment that you want masked on a scrap of paper
  • Next, cut out the sentiment
  • Then, use a little adhesive on the back of the cut out sentiment and cover the card front sentiment.
  • Stamp!

Here’s what it looked like.

Color Me Happy stamp set, Blends, masking

If you look carefully at the mask piece, you can see the stems that were masked.

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Thoughts and Prayers for Get Well Card


Recently a friend of mine had surgery. He’s doing pretty well but I wanted to make a card for him. Guy cards are a challenge for me and get well cards are also a challenge. But, I was up to the challenge! I dug out one of the first stamp sets I ever purchased from Stampin’ Up!, Thoughts and Prayers. It’s a set of mostly sentiments that are appropriate for so many occasions. Why has it been hiding on me?

Thoughts and Prayers, Get well, Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack,

I think that looks pretty manly, don’t you? In the photo, I also showed the other side of the paper. Isn’t it nice?

Design Notes for Thoughts and Prayers Get Well Card:

This is really a pretty clean and simple cards. I think using the Stitched Shapes Framelits added just enough interest to the center of the card. The only somewhat tricky thing was stamping the sentiment. The entire sentiment read: ” Wishing you a quick and complete recovery. Get Well Soon.” Since I wanted to put the “Get Well Soon” part on the inside, I had to be a bit creative. I remembered a technique called masking – you mask off the part you don’t want

It was really pretty easy. All I did was to cover the part of the sentiment that I didn’t want with Scotch Tape.

Thoughts and Prayers stmp set, masking, Get Well, Color Theory DSP stack, Stampin' Up!,

So this is what is looks like after you ink up, remove the tape and stamp.

And this is what it looks like if you forget to remove the tape!

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Oh, would you go over to Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights and vote for my card? I’d appreciate it! My card is #12.

October International Highlights, Masculine card,

Are you enjoying the weekend? I hope so.


Having Fun With Seaside Shore

Saturday was a beautiful day, the temperatures in the low 70’s. then Sunday was cold and low 40’s. I’m ready for spring and consistent temps in the 70’s. I’m already daydreaming about the beach. So, I just grabbed for Seaside Shore stamp set when I was thinking about this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

Seaside Shore card, birthday, masking, By the Sea Designer Series Paper, FMS280

FMS #280

I love this stamp set and the By the Shore Designer Series Paper. Did you know that it will no longer be available after May 31. Generally, all of the Designer Papers retire after one year. I’ll miss this one. If you like it as well, buy up now! Retiring items like this often sell out early when the retirement list comes out.

Design Notes for Seaside Shore Card:

Are you wondering how I got the seaweed background without getting it on the fish? Here’s how I did it. It’s a technique called masking.

  • First, I stamped the fish on the Designer Paper.
  • Next, I stamped the same fish on a piece of Very Vanilla Card stock and cut it out.
  • I put a little adhesive on the back of the fish I cut out and placed it on top of the stamped image.
  • Then I inked up the seaweed with Chocolate Chip ink and stamped over the fish.
  • Finally,I removed the card stock fish and revealed a fish with seaweed around but not on him (or her).

Here’s a snapshot of my masking.

Seaside Shore stamp set, masking, birthday, Stampin' Up!

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The Seaside Shore stamp set is available in either wood mount or clear mount. Clear mount are rubber stamps that you use with clear acrylic blocks.


Hope it is warm and sunny where you are!