Congrats on Your New Home

We have some neighbors who moved from one home to a smaller home but still in our neighborhood. So glad they are still in ‘our ‘hood’. Of course, a new home card was in order. And where else would I turn but At Home with You stamp set? This time, I used the Vertical Greetings stamp set as well. It’s all about the right sentiments.

New hoe card, At Home With Yu stamp set, Stampin' Up!

What do you think of the Wood Texture Designer Series paper as one of the layers? I thought it was sort of house looking.

Design Notes for New Home Card:

What a fun card to create! First, I stamped the door and flower pot on some Very Vanilla card stock. The “Welcome” mat was cut from the Soft Suede mat behind the Wood Texture paper. I call it hidden punching/cutting. Stamp and cut out in the middle of the paper and no one knows!

New home, hidden punching

Next, I had some fun coloring the door and flower pot with Stampin’ Blends – one of my favorite things to do! Here’s a close up of the flowers, a mix of Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral.

New hoe card, At Home With Yu stamp set, Stampin' Up!

There is a congrats sentiment in the At Home With You stamp set but I thought it was a bit small and really liked the idea of stamping a sentiment along side the door. That was a perfect spot for the congrats from the Vertical Greetings stamp set.

Supply List for New Home Card:

The At Home with You stamp set is part of a Bundle! Buy the stamp set and Thinlits as a Bundle and save 10%. Oh and the Vertical Greetings stamp set is available both in clear mount and wood mount. Always nice to have choices.


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If you were to purchase the At Home Bundle, you would qualify for a FREE item from one of the Sale-A-Bration brochures (click on the brochure images over to the right.) You can make lots of different cards with this stamp set, not just new home cards. Here is another card I made using this stamp set and the Framelits.

Happy Wednesday!


Two Birds Tweet “Thank You” With Color Me Happy

When we lived in Massachusetts, our house was nestled in a mass of trees. Each season, we had lots of birds in our yard. A few times we participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count. This week marks this year’s count. I miss all of our birds but like that I can stamp some when I need to! My current favorite bird stamps are in the Color Me Happy set that was issued when the Stampin’ Blends were announced. I needed a thank you card and thought this might be a good time to remember the birds!

Color Me Happy stamp set, Stampin' Blends, thank you, Stampin' Up!,


Design Notes for Color Me Happy Card:

I decided to use one of my Whisper White Notes cards for this. I stamped the birds and the “thank you” with Memento ink then used my Stampin’ Blends to color in the birds and the sentiment. A bit of fussy cutting, some Burlap Ribbon and I was pretty much done. I think the birds look like they are tweeting to one another. The original “Twitter”.


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New Sale-A-Bration Items!

Yes, there are new items to pick from when you earn FREE Sale-A-Bration items. The other items are still available but now there are a few more choices for you. There is even a bundle! Recall yesterday that I used the Blossoming Basket stamp set. (See it here.) It’s actually part of the bundle. I’ll show you something with the embossing folder next week. It’s amazing! And – the Basket Weave Dynamic Embossing Folder will appear in the next catalog, but not for free, of course.

SAB Basket BundleSpringtime Foils DSPEclectic Expressions stamp set

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


Blossoming Basket Birthday with Blends!

Tomorrow new items are going to be added to the Sale-A-Bration offerings. Isn’t that exciting news?  As a demonstrator, I get to pre-order goodies like these. I’ve used one of the new stamp sets, Blossoming Basket,  to create a birthday card for a special customer of mine. The basket of flowers was just calling out for Stampin’ Blends coloring.

Blossoming Basket Stamp set, Painted with Love DSP, Stampin' Up!,

Did you notice that I used some of the beautiful Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper as one of the layers? Not just for Valentines anymore!

Design Notes for Blossoming Basket Birthday Card:

This card was so much fun to make. I love heat embossing and I love using Stampin’ Blends. I first embossed the basket using Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Next I used some of the Blends to color the basket, flowers and leaves. I was happy with the basket but it looked a little lonely. So, I heat embossed a butterfly from the same set, added some color and did some fussy cutting. Finally, I added just a piece of ribbon across the bottom to ground the basket. Some layers of Calypso Coral and the Designer Series paper and it was done.

The inside was pretty easy as well. I used a stamp from Balloon Celebrations stamp set and some butterflies from the Blossoming Basket stamp sets. Butterflies also made an appearance on the envelope.

Blossoming Basket Stamp set, Painted with Love DSP, Stampin' Up!,

Tip for Today

It’s always nice to add some stamped element to the card envelope. A preview of wonderful things to come!


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There are lots of benefits with purchasing the Starter Kit and becoming a demonstrator. You don’t need to hold classes unless you want to. There is really no obligation. If you don’t meet your quota after 3 months, you are dropped. No problems. We’re still friends!

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Catalog CASE Time with You’re Inspiring

Do you remember what CASE means? Copy and Share Everywhere. Today I’m going to share a card I CASEd from the Occasions catalog. I used the You’re Inspiring stamp set, one of my current favorites.

You're Inspiring, CASE, Stampin' Up,

And here is the card that was shown in the catalog.

Catalog version, You're Inspiring, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for You’re Inspiring CASE Card:

I love the daffodils. Doesn’t it just make you think of spring? We’ve had some snow here, not totally unusual, but somewhat unwanted! After nearly 30 years in Massachusetts, I’ve had my fill. Anyway, any card that makes me think of spring is welcome. I was intrigued by the area where the daffodils are. Clearly, it was done with Blends since they are advertising Blends on that page (Page 30). My first attempt was to heat emboss the daffodils and then add the color.

As you can see, the heat embossing is not showing up very well. Learn from my mistake my friends. Do the colors first, blending as you go, then heat emboss. Here’s a close up of my finished (correctly done) card.

You're Inspring CASE, Stampin' Up!,

Makes all the difference, right?

I have to say, it was really pretty easy. I just ran the blends along the card stock, starting with the Light Old Olive at the bottom and worked my way up, blending each color with the last. After the Light Old Olive I used the Dark Daffodil Delight, then the Light Daffodil Delight and finally,  the Light Calypso Coral. Once I had them blended to my satisfaction, I did the heat embossing. I stamped some of the bubbles or dots from the same stamp set on the top to add a little interest. Finally – sentiment, ribbon and DONE!

Tip for Today

Be sure to use an Embossing Buddy on card stock before you stamp with VersaMark. This prevents extra powder or glitter from sticking where you don’t want it!


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There are so many great products in the new Occasions catalog.( If you don’t have one, let me know.) Remember that if you order $50 or more from either the Occasions catalog or the Annual catalog, you will be entitled to select something from the Occasions brochure for FREE ! When you are ready to order, be sure to use this month’s Host Code. Using the Host Code means that you are eligible to win the Host Benefits ($15 or more in FREE stuff!) if all online orders total $150 or more. The Host Code for this month is VB3QSM9H. if you are purchasing $150 or more, don’t use this host code, you will get benefits for your own order. Be sure to call or emal me if you have any questions.

Have a great day.


You’re Inspiring for International Blog Highlights

This month’s Blog Highlights theme was to select our favorite stamp set or item from the Occasions or Sale-A-Bration catalogs. WOW, what a hard choice. I finally settled on the You’re Inspiring stamp set. How could you not love the daffodils in this set and the great sentiments?

You're Inspiring stamp set, International Blog Highlights, Stampin' Up!,

Just click on the image below to go to the Highlights site. Would you vote for my card while you are there? I’d really appreciate it!

January International Highlights, Masculine card, diannescards.comDesign Notes for You’re Inspiring Birthday Card:

I actually made this card for a friend who is a devoted gardener and has a birthday coming up in a few days. Do you think she will like this card? I knew that I wanted to use my Stampin’ Blends to color in the flowers so I started with stamping the image on a piece of Watercolor Paper. You know how much I love coloring and this was just lots of fun! I did just a little shading on the daffodils. To finish it off, I did two layers of Wink of Stella on the daffodils. I find that if I do one layer, it’s hard to see. When I let it dry for a minute and add another. it makes all the difference.

While I was at it, I made a second card using many of the same materials.

You're Inspiring stamp set, International Blog Highlights, Stampin' Up!

For this card, I used a different stamp from the same set. I also used the Petal Burst Embossing Folder to add some texture to the background. A few Glitter Enamel Dots finished this card. Hummm, maybe I will send this card to my friend. Which do you think she would like best?

By the way, when adhering layers that are embossed, it’s important to use a good adhesive like Fast Fuse.


Supply List for You’re Inspiring Birthday Cards:

This list includes materials for both cards:



Be sure to go over to the Blog Highlights page. I know you will see lots of great cards. And, please, vote for me!