Catalog Inspiration with Graceful Glass

Do you ever get stuck for a card idea? Are you ever in a quandary about designing a card? It happens to all of us. There are lots of places out there to get inspiration. Demonstrators blog entries, like this one, Challenge sites like Global Design Project or Freshly Made Sketches. But one of the best inspirations is the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog! Today I’m going to show you a note card I made using the Graceful Glass 6″ x 6″ Designer Vellum.

Graceful Glass Designer Vellum, Stampin' Up!,

If you look on page 164 in the new 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, you’ll see my inspiration. Aren’t they beautiful?

Graceful Glass Suite, Stampin' Up!,


Design Notes for Graceful Glass Card:

I had so much fun coloring the vellum! I was just going to do one or two, using my Stampin’ Blends, but I ended up doing a whole sheet.

Graceful Glass Designer Vellum, Stampin' Up!,

I used the full sized card that is on Smoky Slate card stock as my inspiration. I changed a few things! Note card instead of full size card for starters. I used different colors and didn’t add anything in the background. The thank you was replaced with a birthday sentiment. The birthday sentiment looked a little lonely so I added the bird. Using the bird gave me a chance to play with the Stained Glass Thinlits, always a fun time. All in all, making this card relieved any problems I might have had with inspiration!

Graceful Glass Designer Vellum, Stampin' Up!,


Supply List for Graceful Glass Card:

You can buy the Painted Glass stamp set and Stained Glass Thinlits dies separately or as a Bundle. buy the Bundle and save 10%!


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Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to come back late Tuesday. I am participating in an International Blog Hop with Kylie Bertucci. There will be wonderful cards from around the world!





Beautiful You – Some Things Old and Some Things New!

Well, I couldn’t wait any longer. I was able to purchase some items from the new catalog after our On Stage event in Hartford a few weeks ago. I’ve been trying to focus on things that will be retiring but I just couldn’t keep my hands off. So, today’s post features a favorite stamp set that will be continuing, Beautiful You,  but also two new things.

Beautiful You stamp set, Stampin' Blends, Share What You Love Designer Series Paper, Layering Ovals Framelits, Birthday card, Stampin' Up!,


So, did you figure out which are the new products?

Design Notes for Beautiful You Card:

Well, I sure you noticed the beautiful new Designer Paper. It’s called Share What You Love. There are two great things about this paper, aside from the fact that it’s gorgeous! First, there are four of each sheet in the package. So you can use it with abandon. No need to horde! The other cool thing is that it has pearly highlights. You have to trust me on this, it doens’t show up in the picture!

The second new product is the truly yummy Velvet Ribbon. Of course, the Rich Razzleberry color is so rich and lovely but the ribbon also feels rich!

I also stamped the inside and used a little piece of the Designer Paper there. It’s just too pretty to throw away even a scrap!

Beautiful You stamp set, Stampin' Blends, Share What You Love Designer Series Paper, Layering Ovals Framelits, Birthday card, Stampin' Up!,

Supply List for Beautiful You Card:

You will be able to purchase items from the Suite, Share What You Love, starting on May 1. Isn’t that exciting?


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Hope you are having a great day. It was raining as I wrote this post. Hopefully, when it goes up, it will be sunny and beautiful.



Diagonal Tri-Fold, The Movie!

A week or so ago, I showed a card I made with a fun fold, the Diagonal Tri-Fold. Today, I have another sample and a video to show you.

Diagonal Trifold, Blooming Basket Bundle, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comI was pretty happy with how this card turned out. If you want to learn how to create a card like this one, just watch the video below.

Here’s a link to the first card I made using this fold. Here. One of the highlights I hope you’ll take away from the video has to do with adhesive.

Tip for Today:

When adhering paper that has been embossed, make sure to use a strong adhesive.

After I finished the video, I added some Wink of Stella to the flowers and butterfly.

Diagonal Trifold, Blooming Basket Bundle, Stampin' Up!,

Supply List for Diagonal Tri-Fold Card:



Did You Vote for Me?

International Blog Highlights, Stampin' Up!,

I believe that today is the last day you can vote for my card. Thanks so much to all who have already voted. If you go to this page, Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights, find my card and click on the heart in the upper right hand corner. Thanks!




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.


Get FREE Stuff:

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”.


Supply List for Color Me Happy Card:


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.