Dragonfly Dreams in Blue

After I created this card, I was curious about what color dragonflies really are. I had a recollection of blues, greens, something iridescent. Turns out I was fairly close. I used the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set with Pacific Point and Pool Party inks. What do you think?

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The inspiration for this card came from this Week’s Try Stampin’ on Tuesday challenge. Be sure to hop on over to the site. Better yet, create something for the challenge! There are lots of ways to create.

Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge, May, 2018

Design Notes for Dragonfly Dreams Card:

The challenge was to pick three ideas from the Tic-Tac Tuesday board. I selected “Emboss, Blue, Outdoors.” For the emboss portion, I used one of the Petal Pair Embossing Folders on some Pool Party cardstock. Then I sponged the image with some Pacific Point ink. I used the same blues on the dragonfly. The other section of the card layer is Smoky Slate that I stamped with some Smoky Slate ink with a stamp from the Timeless Textures stamp set. Finally, I used some Wink of Stella on the wings of the dragonfly.

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Supply List for Dragonfly Dreams Cards:

All of the items I used today are being carried over to the new catalog.



There is still time to purchase items that will be retiring. Just click on the links below to see the lists of items that will be leaving as of May 31. Actually, items are starting to sell out so purchase soon.

Remember to use the May Host Code: PW97U9EF, then you will qualify for a drawing for the Host Benefits at the end of the month.

Discounted Items from Annual and Occasions catalog – AC-OCC Retired Disc-US

Occasions Catalog OCC Retired List-US

Annual Catalog AC Retired List-US

If you spend $50 on more on an on-line order, I’ll send you a spool of Gold Ribbon as a thank you.

Hope you are having a great day!





Lots of Love Card for Global Design Project

This week’s challenge over at Global Design Project is to CASE (Copy and Share) the designer. Since I seem to be on a farewell tour with my soon to be retiring stamp sets, you won’t be surprised that I used the Lots of Love stamp set. Yes, it will retire at the end of this month. Here’s my take on the sketch.

Lots of Love stamp set, Global Design project, Petal Pair Embossing Folder, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Here’s the image and link for Global Design Project. Go on over there for some inspiration.


Design Notes for Lots of Love Card:

I think the bright colors here just about pop off of the page! One color, Emerald Envy is an In-color and the other two are  in the Brights collection. Sadly, Emerald Envy will be leaving us but Daffodil Delight and Real Red are staying!. Yea!


I stamped each of the little flowers on a scrap of Whisper White then punched them out with the really cute 1 1/8″ Scalloped Circle Punch. The next layer was punched out with the 1 3/8″ Scalloped Circle Punch. Can you see the background paper? I embossed the Emerald Envy Card Stock with one of the Petal Pairs Embossing folders. The folder is narrow so I ran it through the Big Shot twice. It, of course, matches the Designer Paper in the background, Petal Passion. I love it when everything comes together.

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To get the two colors on the stamped flowers, I used Stampin’ Write Markers directly on the stamps rather than using ink pads. If you are interested in learning how to do that, here’s a video I made that demonstrates that technique.

Supply List for Lots of Love Card:


Remember, the Lots of Love stamp set and everything Emerald Envy will be retiring soon. So get out your wish list and place that order!

Hope you are having a fun day.


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Guy Card Quandary Solved

Well, I actually checked the meaning of quandary. It means a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation. So it may be a bit of an exaggeration to say I am in a difficult situation. However, birthday cards for guys do pose a bit of a perplexing time. I love all of the stamps and papers that have flowers and butterflies so the search for something for the men in my life is always somewhat of a quandary. Recently, I’ve found that my guy card problem can often be solved with the Picture Perfect stamp set. Here’s my latest solution.

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I do love this color combination. Don’t you. Here are the colors I used.


Design Notes for Picture Perfect Guy Card:

Well, even though I used the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper, this card has a masculine look. I suppose if you look carefully at the paper I used, you might see a flower at the intersection of the lines. Personally, I prefer to think of it as a stylized motif. Know that I just made that up. Anyway, I don’t think it takes away from the “guyness” of the card. I also just made up the word “guyness”. I’m on a roll.

Well, I used the Simple Stripes Embossing Folder to give a little texture to the background. Next to heat embossing, using an embossing folder is almost my favorite thing to do! Lots of impact, not lots of work. And, this embossing folder, Simple Stripes, is one of my favorites.

It might be hard to see in the picture, but I sponged around the edges of the sentiment piece with Night of Navy ink. Again, easy technique, lots of impact.

I used one of the sentiments from the Picture Perfect stamp set for the inside as well. The candle adds a bit of whimsy.

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Supply List for Picture Perfect Guy Card:


Color Revamp:

Speaking of colors….In addition to the usual new In-colors, Stampin’ Up! is bringing in some new colors, reintroducing some colors that you loved and missed and reorganizing the color families.

Here’s a peek at the new and current In-Colors:

In-ColorsColor Revamp, Stampin' Up, diannescards.comHere’s a look at the new  Colors:

The New Colors, Color Revamp, Stampin' Up, diannescards.comAnd here are the Color Families. Notice some reintroduced colors, like Mint Macaron, one of my all time favorites! OH, and there is a new grouping, Basics,  which includes Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black.

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These will all be available on June 1.

More soon about the new ink pads!



Swirly Bird at Sea!

I’m happy to report that Swirly Bird stamp set is NOT going to retire. I know that I have been using lots of sets that are going to retire so I thought I’d let you know the good news about this set. Today’s card was inspired by a challenge at Global Design Project. The theme is “Show Me The Sunshine”.  Wow, we can use a few sunny days here.

Swirly Bird stamp set, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, #GDP135, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I feel warmer just looking at this card!

Here’s the inspiration image and link from Global Design Project.



Design Notes for Swirly Bird at Sea Card:

So, of course, the first thing I thought about was the sun. I cut out some Daffodil Delight card stock with one of the Swirly Scribbles dies. I added a little color to it by just placing it on the Crushed Curry ink pad. When I placed it on the card stock, it didn’t look sun-like. So, I replaced the center piece that was cut out by the die. Major improvement, don’t you think?

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I embossed part of the Soft Sky piece in the Seaside Embossing Folder. Later I added a little glitz with some Shimmery White Embossing Paste.

The sentiment is from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set. I just stamped “hello” about five times then punched it out with the Classic Label Punch.


Supply List for Swirly Bird at Sea Card:


Order on-line:

When you have decided what you want to order, just go to my  24-7 on-line store and click on Shop. When you are completing your order, be sure to add this monhth’s Host Code, BDPHTPDQ. That way you will be eligible to possibly win this month’s Host Benefits. Also, when you place an order of $50 or more, I’ll send you a package of Metallic Foil Doilies as a thank you gift.

Hope you are having a sunny day!


Tranquil Tulips, Final Inking?

Yes, I guess I was striving for tranquil today. In our community, they plant thousands of tulips in a variety of colors. They are just blooming now and yesterday morning I noticed some purple, plummy colored ones. So when I went to use the Tranquil Tulips stamp set, I gravitated to the Perfect Plum ink.

Tranquil Tulips stamp set, Naturally Eclectic DSP, Congratulation, Stampin' Up!, diannecards.com

Here’s a picture of one of the tulip beds here that was my inspiration.

Now if only we’d get some warm, spring like weather.

Design Notes for Tranquil Tulips Card:

After I stamped the stems and tulips, I thought the Tranquil Tide card stock would make a nice background. However, against the Whisper White card stock, it just wasn’t working. I found a piece of the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper that had just the right colors. The Petal Burst Embossing Folder  gave the paper a little texture. Next,  I used some Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon. A Sponge Dauber helped me change it from Whisper White to Perfect Plum. If you have Whisper White ribbon, ink and daubers, you can have any color ribbon!

I added the “congratulations” sentiment from the Beautiful You stamp set but this card could fill in for lots of different occasions: birthday, thank you, even sympathy. I often leave the cards I make without a sentiment until I know what I need them for.

Supply List for Tranquil Tulips Card:

The Tranquil Tulips stamp set is a Hostess Set, That means you can only purchase it if you host a party or place an order of $150 or more. Study the Retirement Lists. You can probably come up with things you want to get to total $150 or more! Then, you can purchase the Tranquil Tulips set for just $10 with your Hostess Benefits!



Retirement is Calling:

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Have you looked over the Retirement Lists? There are two lists for items that will no longer be available after May 31 (or while supplies last). One list is for items from the Annual Catalog and one is for the Occasions Catalog.

Annual Catalog Retired List-US

Occasions Catalog Retired List-US


Hope you are having a splendid, tulip filled day!