Christmas in July with Blended Seasons

I’m always conflicted about “Christmas in July”. On one hand, it’s way too early to be thinking about Christmas. We still have lots of summer, fall, Halloween and, my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving before thinking about Christmas. On the other hand, there are wonderful new stamp set, and papers calling out to be used. So, I gave in. Stampin’ Up! is offering a beautiful new stamp set to celebrate many seasons called Blended Seasons. As you might guess, it’s also perfect for using Stampin’ Blends as I did in the card below.

Blended Seasons stamp set, Stitched Seasons Framelits, Christmas, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

Just a reality check here. Today in July 25, 5 months until Christmas!



Design Notes for Blended Seasons Card:

There are some terrific framelits in this bundle. I know I will use them for lots of cards and tags. Stitched Seasons Framelits, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comI actually started out with the centerpiece and worked my way out. The Merry Christmas sentiment is stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Heat Emboss powder. After stamping the holly border, I colored it in with Stampin’ Blends in one of the new colors, Call me Clover. I added some Wink of Stella on the mistletoe sprigs.



Blended Seasons stamp set, Stitched Seasons Framelits, Christmas, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

The background paper is from the Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper package. You can find this in the Annual Catalog on page 95. Lots of great designs.



Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up1,



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Two Special Things:

First, there is still time to take advantage of the Designer Series Paper Sale. Under the Mistletoe is one of the papers on sale. Remember, buy 3 get the 4th one FREE! Here are the papers that are on sale.


DSP Sale


Also, there are lots of new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers that are available now, like the Call Me Clover ones that I used for today’s card.



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Remember, it’s easy to order. Just click on the Shop Now button below to go to my 24-7 on-line store to place your order. Don’t forget to use this month’s host code, RJMA2SGP. I’m happy to send you a package of Petal Pink Rhinestone Gems as a thank you for any on-line order over $50.

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Country Memories with Touches of Texture

When I was a kid, we would occasionally go to the country for a picnic. I don’t remember the town, but it was along the Perkiomen Creek. I recall once seeing a field of pink wildflowers there not far from the creek. It was the first thing I thought of when I saw the “Country” theme for the Global Design Project. The flower from Touches of Texture was perfect to portray this memory.

Touches of Texture stamp set, #GDP147, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!,


Here’s the logo and link for this week’s challenge at Global Design Project. Just click to go to the site.

Design Notes for Touches of Texture Card:

I’m not sure I’ve ever used this flower from the stamp set before. And why not? It’s lovely. I stamped the flowers with Memento Ink Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored in with some new Stampin’ Blends, Flirty Flamingo and Soft Seafoam. Did you know that there are new colors available? I just received some of them and picked these two for this card. What a great color combination.


Since I stamped the flower outline with black, I thought it would be a good accent color. That’s how I happened to tie a bit of Black Baker’s Twine at the bottom.

Touches of Texture stamp set, #GDP147, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!,


As I finished the coloring and mating of the flower piece, I realized that I needed some texture. The twine added some but I wanted a little more depth and interest. I nearly jumped with excitement when I thought of the Petal Pair Embossing Folder. It’s easy to just emboss part of the card stock layer. It was just enough.

I was prepared to leave the front without sentiment. Once I did a quick search of my stamps, I thought the “enjoy” from Tabs for Everything stamp set would be just right. I layered it with the same colors as I layered the flower piece. it seemed to all come together.

Touches of Texture stamp set, #GDP147, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!,

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Get Your Blends Here!

Maybe you missed the announcement. When the current catalog first went live, the new colors of Blends were not available. That situation has been remedied and all the colors are yours for the choosing.

Stampin' Blends

When you are ready to order, I hope you will select me as your demonstrator. This month, if you place an order of $50 or more, I’ll send you a package of Pink Rhinestones! Cool, right!

Just click on the image below to go to my 24-7 online store. Be sure to use the Host Code for this month. RJMA2SGP.

Hope you are having a great day. Thanks for stopping by.




Graceful Glass and Treat Time

Have you seen the beautiful Graceful Glass vellum? It’s wonderful to work with. The card I will show you today features this paper and coloring with Stampin’ Blends.

Graceful Glass, Stampin' Up!,

The layout of the card was inspired by this week’s Global Design Project sketch challenge. Be sure to hop over to the site and see lots of beautiful examples.

Design Notes for Graceful Glass Card:

When you color the Graceful Glass Vellum Paper, you can color on either side. The colors seem a little more brilliant when you color on the front, or the side where the black ink outline is. that’s the side I colored on for this card. I selected two different sheets and colored sections of them. After I finished coloring with Stampin’ Blends, I used one of the circles from the Layering Circles Dies to cut them out. The fourth circle is a sentiment from the Treat Time stamp set, stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

As much as I love the Graceful Glass circles, I think the part at the bottom really is my favorite part. I used Stained Glass Thinlits to cut some Basic Black Card stock. Black and white is always an appealing combination!

Graceful Glass Vellum, Stampin' Blends, Stained Glass Thinlits, , Treat Time stamp set, Stampin' Up!,

By the way, I used some Glossy White Card Stock to mount pieces of vellum. I think it adds to the crisp and clean look of the card. Finally, I put a little cutout from the Stained Glass Thinlits on the inside of the card.

Graceful Glass Vellum, Stampin' Blends, Stained Glass Thinlits, , Treat Time stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Diannescards.comGraceful Glass, Stampin' Up!,

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Are the Stampin’ Blends Calling Out to You?

There are new colors to choose from! As you can see, I use lots of colors on my project today. My new colors arrive in the next day or two. I’ll be featuring these new colors in posts soon. When you order, be sure to use the July Host Code RJMA2SGP.


Are you having a great day? I hope so. Make some time to craft, then if will surely be a great day.





Lined Alphabet at Last!

I purchased the Lined Alphabet stamp set a few weeks ago. It seems to have gotten lost on my desk (yes, entirely possible.) What a fun set. I realized as soon as I studied it that it is a perfect way to use my Stampin’ Blends.

Lined Alphabet stamp set, Garden Impressions DSP, Stampin Up!,

Design Notes for Lined Alphabet Card:

I stamped the letters with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Since they are photopolymer stamps, it was easy to line them up. To achieve the ombre look. I first with colored a letter with the lightest Blend. Then, starting at the bottom of the letter, I added a bit of the darker color. After that, I went back and blended the colors a bit with the lighter marker. Easy.

I started to add “You” that I had cut out with the Celebrate You thinlits. I realized that the letters in “Thanks” were outlined in black. So, I took a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker and just went around the edges of the “You”. Subtle but it worked.

Lined Alphabet stamp set, Garden Impressions DSP, Stampin Up!,

A little piece of Silver Baker’s Twine on the strip of Calypso Coral and I was done.

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Hope you are having a great day. This weekend is very busy for me. I’m having an event to sell my retired items and show new catalog things on Sunday. Lots of work getting samples ready, Make and Takes, Goodie Bags and of course, refreshments. However, I do plan to post something wonderful tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by today.


Waiting for Spring with Color Me Happy

I can recall my mother looking out the window and wistfully saying, “I think I can see a green haze around the trees.” To her the buds would soon come and the trees would bloom. It would be spring. I’m feeling a need for spring right now and thought this little bird and blooms from the Color Me Happy stamp set would hurry spring along!

Color Me Happy stamp set, #GDP132,, Stampin' Up!

This week’s Global Design Project., and my wish for spring were my inspiration for this card.  The challenge this week was to CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) the designer. I decided to select the bird, flowers and the colors that the designer used on her beautiful  card. Click on the image to go to the site.


Design Notes for Color Me Happy Card:

Well, what do you think of the unusual background? I thought about using an embossing folder, about just sponging the card stock and also about just using Pool Party Card Stock. None of those ideas gave me that “Yes!” feeling. So, I hit upon the idea of wrinkling up the Whisper White Card Stock and then sponging it with Pool Party ink. Different, right? The branches were cut with a thinlit from the fabulous Seasonal Layers Thinlits set.

Color Me Happy stamp set, #GDP132,, Stampin' Up!



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Color Me Happy Can Be Yours!

Did you get the Color Me Happy stamp set when it was first offered? No? Did you get it free during Sale-a-Bration? No? Well, guess what. You still have a chance to get this gorgeous stamp set. Just place your order now. Maybe you want to get the bundle. The bundle includes the stamp set and a kit to make some really great cards. The cards are beautiful. All the papers are really special.

Color Me Happy card set, Stampn' Up!,

if you order this month remember to use the April Host Code, BDPHTPDQ. Remember, if you place an on-line order of $50 or more, I’ll send you a package of Metallic Foil Doilies as a gift. Make sure you don’t check “No Contact”. If you do that, I’ll have no way of getting in touch with you to send you your gift!

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