More Loveliness – Serene Garden

This week in my card classes, we used the Serene Garden stamp set. Most everyone loved the card!

Serene Garden stamp set, Aqua Painters, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

One of the things I like about this card is that you could use it for any occasion. On the inside, we used the very versatile Itty Bitty Greetings  stamp set to customize the card.

Design Notes for Serene Garden Card:

There is no way you would ever use bright colors with this set is there? Maybe one day I’ll change my mind about that but I went right to the subtles collection for this card.


We used the Stamparatus to stamp the dove. It’s such an easy way to make sure that the stamp is consistently perfect.

I also set up the Stamparatus to stamp the Balmy Blue line across the top. The next step was to stamp the design with VersaMark then use White Heat Emboss Powder. Once that was heated, we used Aqua Painters to fill in the colors. To be honest, it was a little tedious but my gals did a fabulous job!


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Please, Please, Please…

Have you voted for my card? I hope so. Just to remind you. I am participating in a Blog Highlight this week. If you would, click here or on the image below. That will take you to the blog post. Find my card, #14, and click on the heart on the upper right hand side. You should get a message that you voted. Thanks so much. If I land in the top ten, I’ll be able to participate in a Blog Hop in early August. Thanks!

Are you looking forward to a fun weekend? I’m off to a scrap book weekend! I know that will be fun!



Eclipse with Nature’s Roots Framelits ?

I received a card in a swap a few weeks ago. The technique used on the card probably has a name but I don’t know it. It’s something like the eclipse technique but not exactly. I used the Nature’s Roots Framelits for my version.

Nature's Roots Framelits, Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature's Roots Framelits, Heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

What do you think? Maybe it should be called reverse eclipse?

Design Notes for Nature’s Roots Framelits Card:

Here’s how I made this card.

First, I cut the tree from the Mossy Meadow card stock using the Nature’s Roots Framelits.Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature's Roots Framelits, Heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

Next, I placed the piece of Mossy Meadow on my Stamparatus.

Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature's Roots Framelits, Heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

The next step was to place the stamp in the opening.

Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature's Roots Framelits, Heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

Now, to close the plate to pick up the stamp in just the right place.

Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature's Roots Framelits, Heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

Finally, remove the Mossy Meadow piece and replace with the piece to be stamped on. The stamp is in just the right place.

Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature's Roots Framelits, Heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

Now, wasn’t that easy?

Once I inked up the stamp, I replaced the Mossy Meadow ink with some Early Espresso on the trunk, using a Stampin’ Write Marker.

The last thing to know is that after I heat embossed, I added the Mossy Meadow Layer to the stamped layer with Foam Adhesive Strips. So easy.

Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature's Roots Framelits, Heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

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So glad you stopped by today. If you know what the technique is called, let me know!




Stamparatus Wreath with Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Today I am participating in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Hop. The theme is friendship. I decided to make a birthday card for one of my neighbors. She is turning 90!  I used the new Stampin’ Up! placement tool, the Stampartus and a technique using the Stamparatus to make a wreath. I’ve even made a video for you!

Happy birthday gorgeous, Stamparatus, Stampin' Up!,

Be sure to check out the rest of the hop. I know there will be lots of wonderful cards and projects.

Design Notes for Stamparatus Wreath Card:

The video will show you how I made the wreath part. Working with the Stamparatus is a joy! I hope you can overlook my little error. Had I not been filming, I would have stopped and started over!

I wanted some texture in the background and what is better for texture than an embossing folder. I used the Petal Burst Embossing Folder. The most fun was adding some embellishments from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit. The other thing I did to add some texture and interest is that I sponged the two top layers with some Petal Pink ink. Such an easy technique and one that adds so much.

Happy birthday gorgeous, Stamparatus, Stampin' Up!,


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Hope you are having a great day. Be sure to check out all of the other projects on the hop. I know it will be worthwhile.




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.

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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.




Shakin’ with Apron of Love!

Last week was Lia’s birthday. She is 5! Where did that time go? For her birthday, I am giving her “Cooking Classes with Auntie Di”.  So, of course, the Apron of Love stamp set and Framelits were just perfect. I decided to add some interest to it by making it a shaker card.

spron of Live stam set, Stamparatus, Shaker card, TSOT, Stampin' Up!,

The shaker card was also for the Try Stampin’ on Tuesday challenge for this month. You must go check out all of the great shaker cards. Plus there is a wonderful tutorial there. Just click the icon below to go to the site.

June Tachnique challenge, TSOT

Design Notes for Apron of Love Card:

I knew I wanted something to act as a background to the paper where I was going to cut out the apron. Stamparatus to the rescue. I just used the stamp with the kitchen tools and by moving the Stamparatus plate each time, I was able to perfectly place the stamp. This technique works well with stamps that are about or less than one inch wide. You can use wider stamps, just skip a hinge.

Here’s a great video from Stampin’ Up! to demonstrate this technique.

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What’s Your Favorite?

Have you picked out a favorite from the new catalog? I have a few. Next week I will feature some of them. Please let me know what you’d like to see. Remember if you place an order of $50 or more during the month of June, I’ll send you a selection of the new In-Color ribbons as a thank you gift. Here’s the June Host Code, FUECRK7R.


Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you are having a great weekend.