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!



High Tide for Sympathy Card

I’m not sure why I was drawn to this stamp set when I needed to make a sympathy card. But, I think ultimately, High Tide for sympathy was a good choice.

High Tide Sympathy, Stampin' Up!,

The colors are all soft and seem to work well with the tranquil feeling of the beach and seagulls.

Design Notes for High Tide Sympathy:

As much as I love using Vellum Paper, it’s always a challenge to make sure that it is adhered well. Adhesive has to be applied where it won’t show. On this card I added a Mini Glue Dot under the sentiment at the top. I also had some Snail adhesive behind the piece with the sea gulls. Finally, I added some Tear n’ Tape under where the ribbon hides the vellum. It’s all about the adhesives!

If you didn’t know that the embossed piece was created using the Petal Burst Embossing Folder, would you think they were pebbles in the background? Well, do you think they look like pebbles now that I’ve added that little thought? I think I’ll alert Stampin’ Up! on a possible name change for this folder – maybe “Beach Pebbles” embossing folder?

Petal burst Embossing folder, Stampin' Up

Generally, when I use Aqua Painters, I use Watercolor Paper. It’s a bit heavier stock and has a texture. I knew I was only adding the briefest of color so used Very Vanilla card stock for the coloring of the beach and sky. It seemed to work.


Supply List High Tide for Sympathy Card:

The “With Sympathy” sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. You HAVE to have this set. It covers every imaginable occasion.


Year End Sale Event:

It’s not too late to take advantage of the Year End Sales Event. Some of the items are items that will are in the Holiday Catalog but are going to be discontinued as of Jan. 2.


Hope you are having a great day! Busy here. I think today I will finally be able to start on our Christmas cards!


New Baby? Baby Bear is Here!

Could there be anything cuter than a new baby? I think not. So when a good friend of mine welcomed a new granddaughter, I looked for the cutest stamp set I had. There was some competition! But, I settled on Baby Bear. Baby Bear stamp set, new baby card, Oh My Stars embossing folder, Stampin' Up!,

Didn’t I tell you! The bear is just too cute.

This month I am again participating in Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Highlights. The theme for this month is “Change in Life Circumstances” So, since I needed a new baby card, I went with that!

If my card is one of the top vote getters, I will be participating in a Blog Hop. I’d love it if you would vote for my card. Follow this link  to vote for me. You’ll also get to see lots of other terrific cards. To vote, just click on the picture of my card. In the upper right hand side, you should see a heart – click there. Thanks so much.

(Note: voting starts Wednesday at 5 PM EST.)

Kylie Bertucci International Blog Highlights,

Design Notes for Baby Bear Card:

This card was really fun to make. The bear is a three step stamping image. I stamped first with Sahara Sand ink, then Crumb Cake ink then finally, Chocolate Chip ink. The stamps are numbered to make it easy. Start with the lightest color and move to darker. Easy peasey. There is a little peek of some Powder Pink Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack behind the embossed Fresh Fig piece. The Powder Pink bow just screamed little girl and the Glitter Enamel Dot just added a touch of glimmer and glitz.

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Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you will go over to Kylie’s blog and vote for my card.


Ava’s Window Box Treat

A week or so ago I showed you a treat box I made with the Window Box Thinlits and Creep It Real stamp set. (Check it out here.) This week I decided that I’d give that to my goddaughter’s son and make something else for her older daughter, Ava. At one point I looked at the first treat box and realized it had a pumpkinish shape. (Yes, use your imagination.)  What did I come up with? A Window Box treat that looks like a jack-o-lantern!

Window Box treat, Window Box Thinlits, Halloween, treat box, Seaside Embossing folder

See, it is pumpkinish!

Design Notes for Window Box Treat:

The Thinlits for the Window Box make the box itself pretty easy. I used some shapes from Swirly Scribbles Thinlits for the eyes and nose. The mouth was pretty much guess work. I wanted it to have that “I carved it myself!” look. To get the pumpkin texture, I ran the pieces through the Big Shot with the Seaside Embossing Folder before I assembled it. For the stem, I just rolled a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock. It was easier to work with after curling it with my Bone Folder. The leaves were made with the Leaf Punch.

Here’s a picture to show you the stem and leaves. You can also see that I sponged the card stock a bit with some Crumb Cake ink.

Window Box treat, Window Box Thinlits, Halloween, treat box, Seaside Embossing folder

Supply List for Window Box Treat:

Notice, no stamps!


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Thanks for stopping by today!


Quilt Inspiration – Cards and Video Tutorial

I used to say, “When I retire, I want to learn to quilt.” Well, scrapbooking and then card making came up and no room or time (or talent) for quilting. However, a few weeks ago, I went to a local quilt show. Wow! Some of the quilts were beautiful. And so much work! But, I was hit with “Quilt Inspiration”. I am in the midst of designing some cards inspired by some of the quilts I saw there. Over the next few weeks I’ll present the cards, the inspirational quilts and I’ll show how I made the cards. Doesn’t that sound like fun? And so much quicker than quilting!

I made two versions of the card.

Quilt Inspiration, Berry Burst, Stampin' Up!, Quilt Inspiration, Dapper Senim, Stampin' Up!,

Are you wondering how to create these cards? Do you have a quilter in your life that would like a card like this? You are in luck. I’ve prepared a video to show you how I made these cards.



Measurements for Quilt Inspiration Card:

  • Dapper Denim Card Stock, 5″ x 10″, score at 5″. Also need some scraps for two pieces cut from smallest square in the Stitched Shapes Thinlits
  • Whisper White Card Stock, 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″, plus scrap for stamping sentiment
  • Pieces of Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, for smallest squares from the Stitched Shapes Thinlits
  • 4 pieces from Wood Texture Design Series Paper Stack cut 1/4″ x 4 3/4″
  • For the Berry Burst Birthday card, sentiment is cut from smallest circle in the Stitched Shapes Thinlits.


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Hope you are having a wonderful day!