Manly Monday with Better Together

While it hasn’t been every Monday, it seems about once per week, I’ve given you a sample for those sometimes challenging cards for men. This Monday a bright birthday card fits that bill. I think you will like the color combination and the layout that I used with the Better Together stamp set.

Better Together stamp set, Frehly Made Sketches, Stampin' Up!,

The layout was inspired by this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

Freshly Made Sketches #344,

Design Notes for Better Together Card:

I love the color combination!


Are you wondering about the middle part? I used a Sponge Brayer and some Blueberry Bushel ink on the inside of the Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder. After you ink up one side of the folder, carefully place the card stock and run it through the Big Shot. I inked up the front part of the folder, where the title is. I thought the dots echoed the dots on the In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Paper.

The rest of the card is pretty straightforward – clean and simple is good!

Better Together stamp set, Frehly Made Sketches, Stampin' Up!,

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There’s a SALE!

Have you purchased your Designer Designer Series Paper? There is sale going on right now. When yo  u purchase three packages of Designer Series Paper from the list below, you get a fourth one for FREE! Yes, FREE, my favorite price!

DSP Sale

Designer Series paper Sale, Stampin' Up!,

Hope you are having a great day with some time to create!



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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If you’d like to learn more about the giraffe, here’s a link:



A Darling Label Punch Card for Guys!

Well, my thought of making a masculine card once a week is still on track. Though, “Masculine Monday” seems a day late this week. When I saw the challenge on Try Stampin’ on Tuesday, I knew it could be the layout sketch my guy card for this week. The Darling Label Punch added the colors and tools.

Darling Label Punch Box, Masculine card, TSOT 369, Stampin' Up!,

OK, so we don’t usually think of things that are “darling” qualifying as masculine. But the Darling Label Punch is  perfect for anyone. The punch is part of a kit that you will love. The kit contains the punch, two ink spots, six fabulous stamps and a clear acrylic block. Oh and then there is the beautiful tin that everything comes in. Love it!

darling Label Punch Box, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Masculine Darling Label Punch Card:

The sketch was such a good start for me. First I tried Night of Navy stripes in the background and it just wasn’t working. I thought about using color on color with the Grapefruit Grove and finally hit upon the idea of tweeking the Grapefruit Grove just a bit. Next, I embossed the card stock with the Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder. Then I sponged the card stock with some Grapefruit Grove ink. I think that added just enough contrast.

For the little tag, I stamped the “Hello” first in Grapefruit Grove, then Night of Navy, then Grapefruit Grove. I wanted the sentiment to stand out so I made sure when I punched it out, the Night of Navy was front and center.


Darling Label Punch Box, Masculine card, TSOT 369, Stampin' Up!,

i wanted to pop in one more color. Pineapple Punch to the rescue. The ribbon and background square were perfect accents. I added a little pizzazz to the square by cutting it out with one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

Nice color combination, isn’t it?




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Ready to Order?

When you are ready to order, you can either order on line or email me with your order ([email protected]) I know you really want the Darling Label Box! If you add something to your order, maybe the embossing folder or some card stock, they your order will reach at least $50. Remember that if your order $50 or more on line during June, I’ll send you a sampler of In-Color Ribbons! Just a little thank you gift from me to you!

Hope you are having a nice day. maybe working in some stamping? I hope so!

Thanks for stopping by.



In Every Season for FMS

I guess tulip season is over. Nonetheless, I do love them. The colors are so often vivid and cheery. With the In Every Season stamp set, you can have tulips (and lots of other flowers) whenever you want and in whatever color you want. Cool, right.

IN Every season, Stampin' Up!,

It was a easy choice to make some thing for this week’s sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches using the tulips. It’s a great sketch! Check it out.

Freshly Made Sketches 340, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comDesign Notes for In Every Season Card:

I knew right away that the sentiment in the center would be from the beautiful Detailed with Love stamp set. So many nice sentiments. Here’s a look at that set.

Detailed with Love stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comThe other fun things about this card was that I got to use my Stamparatus! Fun! I used the hinge technique. Since the image was larger than the distance between two hinges, I used every other hinge.

Stamparatus, Stampin' Up!,

I did a second row along side but added a shim at the top so they would be staggered.

Stampin' Up!, Stamparatus,


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More About the Stamparatus:

Stamparatus is Stampin’ Up!’s new positioning tool. There are lots of great ways to use it. I highlighted a card using the hinge technique a few days and. Here’s a link to that post. In that post, I also have a video produced by Stampin’ Up! about the technique.

I you buy a Stamparatus during June, I am offering FREE shipping. However,to do this you need to order directly through me (not on-line). Email me ([email protected])

Hope you are having a great day and looking forward to a great weekend.




Itty Bitty Greetings for TSOT Challenge

When I first saw the list of retiring item, I was disappointed that the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set was being retired. However, I quickly recovered when I saw the new set, Itty Bitty Greetings. The fonts are clean and modern and the phrases just perfect. When I saw this week’s Try Stampin’ on Tuesday (TSOT) sketch challenge, I knew I’d want to use one of the sentiments from the new Itty Bitty Greetings.

Itty Bitty Greetings, TSOT367, Garden Impression DSP, Petal Burst Embossing Folder, Layering squares Framelits, Stampin' Up! ,

Here’s a look at the challenge, Be sure to go over to the page and see the samples. Create a card yourself and enter the challenge!

Design Notes for Itty Bitty Greetings Card:

Don’t you love the colors? The first layer is a sheet of paper from the 6″ x 6″ Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper. I used the colors that were in that sheet. That’s one of the things that I love about Stampin’ Up! products, it’s so easy to coordinate everything. The card stock pieces are Melon Mambo, So Saffron and Mango Melody, a new color!

I decided that I needed a little texture so I used the Petal Burst Embossing Folder with the piece of So Saffron card stock. After I put the adhesive on, I realized I’d put the  adhesive on the embossed side rather than the debossed side. But, when I looked at it I rather liked it. Happy accident! There is no rule saying that one side is better or more proper than another.

Itty Bitty Greetings, TSOT367, Garden Impression DSP, Petal Burst Embossing Folder, Layering squares Framelits, Stampin' Up! ,

I could have used all circles. But I wanted to challenge myself and create a hexagon. First, I cut a square using the Layering Squares Framelits, Then I turned the Framelit so that I could trim off each corner and form the hexagon. Clever, right?

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Time is Almost Up!

Yes, there are just a few more days to order from the Retirement Lists. If there is something you want, get it today!

Here are the lists:

Annual Catalog: AC Retired List-US

Occasions Catalog: OCC Retired List-US

Discounted Items: AC-OCC Retired Disc-US


Hope you are able to order what you want, Some things have already been discontinued.

Have a great day.