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.


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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!



Beautiful Day for Beautiful Day!

On Tuesday, I was stamping with a friend. Always a good day! I have been anxious to work with the Beautiful Day stamp set from the new Occasions Catalog. To be honest, I started out making a birthday card but found out that my BFF has bronchitis.A quick change of sentiment and I had a ‘feel better’ card!  Hopefully by the time the card reaches her, she will be feeling much better.

Beautiful Day stamp set, Stained glass window technique, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!,

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this butterfly – so, much I did two of them.

Beautiful Day stamp set, Stained glass window technique, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Beautiful Day Card:

Well, I knew I wanted to use the butterfly and use the Stained Glass Window technique but after that it was all figuring it out as I went along!

I think I tried the stained glass technique a few years ago but saw something about it recently and wanted to try it again. It’s actually pretty easy.

Step 1. Heat emboss image on Vellum Card Stock with White Heat Emboss Powder.

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Step 2. Turn the paper over and color the image. I used Stampin’ Blends. You could use an Aqua Painter or Stampin’ Write Markers.

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Step 3. Use Paper Snips to cut out image. Could it be any easier?

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This great stamp set is available now in the new Occasions Catalog. to order, all you need to do is click on the image above. That will take you to my 24-7 on-line store. Remember, this is also Sale-A-Bration! That means for each $50 you purchase (before tax and shipping) you get to select a Free item from the Sale-A-bration brochure.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Color Me Happy! – It’s For The Birds!

A few weeks ago, a friend and I held our annual Craft Fair. She paints beautiful items and I sell (what a surprise) paper crafted items. I’m always on the lookout for cute things to create and sell there. A while back I saw write-up describing a Scandinavian tradition about  scattering seeds for the birds on Christmas morning. It’s apparently good luck. When I saw the new, Color Me Happy stamp set, I immediately thought of creating some holders for birdseed and decorating it with one of the birds from the set. Any reason to use my new Stampin’ Blends makes me happy!

For the birds, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!

The little box/packet I made from a retired Pillow Box Die.  All of the other items are current. I actually sold out and had to make more for someone who wanted 18 of them!

I’ve included the text of the legend at the end of this post.

Design Notes for Color Me Happy Packets.

I typed up the tradition on our computer, printed it out and then stamped one of the birds from Color Me Happy stamp set. I used both the Light and Dark Soft Suede and Light Daffodil Delight. Stampin’ Blends. After coloring him with our new Blends, I  attached it to the front of the container. Finally I closed it up, then just added some Quilted Christmas Ribbon for a more festive look.

Color Me Happy seed packets, Blends, Stampin' Up!,

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Clearance Rack, Stampin' Up!,

By the way, the Clearance List has been updated. Go check it out. Click on the image above to you directly to the Clearance list. Talk about great bargains!


It is a Scandinavian tradition to feed the birds on Christmas Day. This ensures good luck in the year ahead. Spread birdseed on your doorstep on Christmas morning for luck in the New Year.


Stampin’ Blends Meets Birthday Blooms

Well today’s card combines at least two of my favorite things… heat embossing and the new Stampin’ Blends. I ended up making three of these Birthday Blooms cards, I was having so much fun!

Stampin' Blends, Sirthday Blooms stamp set, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

The flower is beautiful in any color but I especially like the fall Pumpkin Pie color.

Design Notes for Birthday Blooms Card:

The pretty border on the right hand side was made with the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch and some Copper Foil. Don’t you love the look?

Generally, when using alcohol markers like Stamin’ Blends you would use Memento Ink. That way the color will not bleed from the alcohol markers. However, for this card, I decided to use heat embossing to outline the flower parts. The petals were colored with Pumpkin Pie Light and then highlighted with the dark Pumpkin Pie Blends. I used Old Olive for the leaves and just a touch of Smoky Slate in the middle of the flower.

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Stampin’ Blends:

Don’t you just want them all?! I had to! Here is a picture of all of the Blends in my very cool holder. I purchased that holder from Stamp n’ Storage.

stampin' blends, Stamp 'n Storage

I really love all of their storage items and am an their affiliate program. If you are interested in purchasing, please go to their website via the link on my blog.


Hope you are having a great day!