Love What You Do Note Cards

Note cards – what a great invention. Sometimes, I forget what a great value they are as well. The card stock is already cut and scored and the package of 20 also includes envelopes. Today’s card features these note cards and the beautiful, Love What You Do stamp set.


Love What You Do stamp set, #GDP156, Watercolor Pencils, Share What You Love Embelishment Kit, Stampin' Up!,

Isn’t this sweet? I was inspired by this week’s Global Design Project. The challenge this week was to work with a card by one of the designer and come up with out own interpretation. We could either use the same colors, the same layout or as I did, the same stamp set. Click on this logo to see the challenge page.

#GDP156, Stampin' Up!,



Design Notes for Love What You Do Note Card:

I really love the Love What You Do stamp set and when I saw that the designer, Kerstin, had used it in her inspiration card, I knew I would do the same. I went with some fall colors on my card. Isn’t Cajun Craze just the very definition of fall? I stamped the flowers in Crumb Cake ink and then used Watercolor Pencils to color them in and add a little color to the stems. It was cool to see that Cajun Craze was one of the colors in Assortment 2.

After I finished coloring, I used a Blender Pen to smooth out the color. Next, I used Layering Ovals Framelits to cut it out. The background piece, also cut with Layering Ovals Framelits, is from the  Country Lane Designer Series Paper. But, I think the best part of this card is the panel behind the ovals, It’s from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit. It’s Whisper White, but I softened it a bit by sponging it with some Cajun Craze ink.

Love What You Do stamp set, #GDP156, Watercolor Pencils, Share What You Love Embelishment Kit, Stampin' Up!,

I actually made two note cards, one with Very Vanilla and one with Whisper White. Hard to tell the difference in the pictures. Also hard to see in the picture, the Cajun Craze Card Stock is embossed with the Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder.

Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder, Stampin' Up!,

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Blissful Blooms – August Paper Pumpkin

Oh my gosh. Yesterday it was nearly 100° outside. I was glad to have such a fun project to work on. I’ve probably said this before, but… I LOVE this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit. The cards are just beautiful. The stamp set is terrific and the Ink Spot is one of my favorite colors, Blackberry Bliss. And did I mention the envelopes? Fabulous! Blissful Blooms is a winner. Here are some of the cards I made.

Blissful Blooms, Paper Pumpkin, August, 2018, alternate projects, Stampin' Up!,

The kit contains enough materials to make 10 cards. The cards above are pretty much along the lines of what the directions suggested. I might have made a little change up here and there!

Here’s a video from Stampin’ Up to show you how easily the cards go together.

Design Notes for Alternate Blissful Blooms Cards:

I put aside two of the card bases and then cut them down to 4″ x 5 1/4″. After that it was pretty easy.

Blissful Blooms, Paper Pumpkin, August, 2018, alternate projects, Stampin' Up!,

First I mounted both of the card fronts on a Blackberry Bliss Card Stock base. On the Thinking of you card, I stamped a bird from the Painted Glass stamp set. Next, I added some color to the bird by using a Blender Pen and some ink from the Blackberry Bliss Ink Spot.

Blissful Blooms, Paper Pumpkin, August, 2018, alternate projects, Stampin' Up!,

On the other card. I added a butterfly from the same stamp set. The butterfly then got dressed up with some Wink of Stella, Because I had stamped the butterfly with regular ink, the color bled a little when I applied the Wink of Stella. That’s the effect I was looking for!

Blissful Blooms, Paper Pumpkin, August, 2018, alternate projects, Stampin' Up!,

And one of my favorite parts of this kit are the beautiful envelopes. No work needed to dress these up!

Blissful Blooms, Paper Pumpkin, August, 2018, alternate projects, Stampin' Up!,

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Think About September Paper Pumpkin:

Sad to say, it’s too late to get this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit. Stampin’ Up! has something special coming up for September so be sure to sign up now to join in the fun. Click on the image below to go to the Paper Pumpkin website to sign up. You will automatically have me listed as your demonstrator. (Thanks!)

Paper Pumpkin, September kit, Stampin' Up!,

Anyone who is a new subscriber will receive a Piercing Mat from me. All of the stamps that come with the Paper Pumpkin kits are photopolymer. Those stamps work best with a foam mat under them, like the Piercing Mat. I want you to be happy with your stamping!

August Special Promotions…Act Quickly. Today is August 30!

Yes, you have only two more days, today and tomorrow!

1. Coupon Time… for every $50 you spend in August, you will receive a coupon for $5 to use in September. Do I have to talk you in to this? Really?

Bonus Days, Stampin' Up!,

2. Ink Pads! If I sell ten or more ink pads in August (I’m close) then I will get a free ink pad. If you buy one or more from me this month, then you have a chance to win the free one! No brainer.

Ink pads, Stampin' Up!,

3. The Blended Seasons Bundle. I’ve shown you a few cards using the Blended Season Bundle. You’ll have to have it. I understand, trust me. You only have a few more days to order. To see the cards that I’ve made, look here and  here, and here and here. There may even be one more coming tomorrow!

Blended Seasons Bundle



Hope your Thursday is super. Thanks for stopping by.





World Giraffe Day with Animal Outing

It’s true.Today is World Giraffe Day. I decided to celebrate this amazing animal by making a card with the Animal Outing stamp set. It’s the first time I used this set and I’m in love!

Animal Outing stamp set, Animal Expedition DSP, Animal Friends Framelits, Stampin' Up!,

Can that giraffe be any cuter?

Design Notes for Animal Outing Card:

This stamp set is part of a suite of products, the Animal Expedition Suite. The Animal Friends Framelits dies helped me cut out the cute giraffe. The Leaf Ribbon was just too tempting for me. I had to offer the sweet giraffe something to eat! I embossed the Shaded Spruce card stock with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder, a faithful standby from last year’s catalog. Here’ a look at the stamp set. I know you will see more of this. I have already stamped, colored and cut the kangaroo!

Animal Outing stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comReally, this stamp set even makes a rhino look adorable!

I think my favorite part of the card is the inside. First I stamped then sentiment, then stamped off a few leaves with Shaded Spruce ink. Then, using Glue Dots, I added a bit of the Leaf Ribbon. Almost too much cuteness!

Stitched All Around, Stampin Up!,

The Animal Outing stamp set is part of a bundle. remember, buy the bundle, save 10%, be 100% happy.


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Taking a Peek At Accented Blooms

Next week the 2018 Stampin’ Up! catalog goes live. I’ve been playing with some of the great new stamp sets. Today, I’m giving you a preview of a set called Accented Blooms. Flowers and sentiments – what more could you want? Oh, and there is a coordinating punch!

Accented Blooms stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, Shimmery White mbossing Paste, Tailored Tag Punch, Stampin' Up!,


There are so many possibilities with coloring the flowers! I know I am going to have fun with the stamp set!

Design Notes for Accented Blooms Card:

A lot of times, when I know that I am going to color in the design elements, I stamp with Basic Gray. I knew that when I used the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pen the Basic Gray Ink would not run. Since the Basic Gray is softer than Black, it lets the flowers stand out a bit more.

I tried something new here. Did you notice? The small red flowers near the bottom of the card are colored with some bits of Shimmery White Embossing Paste that I tinted with Real Red Ink Refill. (Another great reason to buy the refills each time you buy an ink pad.) I mixed some of the paste with the ink refill on a scrap of cardboard and used one of the Palette Knives and added it to the flowers. Tip – might have been easier to do it with one of the larger flowers. Live and learn. In the center of each flower, I added one of the Faceted Gems.

The last touch was to add some Wink of Stella to the other flowers. You can never go wrong adding a Wink of Stella.


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At Home With You for Christmas

The stamp set, At Home with You is in the annual catalog. It is in the Everyday Occasions section, not the Holiday section.  In fact, I’m finding it to be one of the most versatile sets I own! I’ve used it for new house cards, for autumn greetings and for birthday.
Today, I’m showing you my latest effort with this stamp set, a Christmas card.

At Home With You stamp set, Boxwood Wreath, Stampin' Up!,

I actually made two versions of the card. It is one of the cards people in my December classes will make and they may opt not to use one of the Boxwood Wreaths. Not sure how they will do in the mail. So, here is the alternate version.

At Home with You stamp set, Blender Pens, Watercolor Pencils, Stampin' Up!


Design Notes for At Home With You Card:

If you like to color, you will love making a card like this. First, I stamped the door, the planter, the package and the wreath, then colored them with Watercolor Pencils. Next, I used a Blender Pen to smooth everything out. Finally, I used the At Home Thinlits to cut out the pieces. They all were adhered to the piece of Night of Navy. I had used the Softly Falling Embossing Folder. Be sure to use lots of adhesive when you adhere things to paper that has been embossed.

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The At Home With You stamp set is part of a bundle with the At Home Thinlits. Buy them together and save 10%! Yea!


It’s Still Sale Time:

You still have time to pick up some great bargains from Stampin’ Up! Here’s what’s on sale! These items are only available while supplies last, so if you see something, GET IT!


These items will be retiring from the holiday catalog. Stamps will be produced till Dec. 21 , then no more! Pick up what you want now. (Can you bear to think about next year’s cards?)