Graceful Glass and Treat Time

Have you seen the beautiful Graceful Glass vellum? It’s wonderful to work with. The card I will show you today features this paper and coloring with Stampin’ Blends.

Graceful Glass, Stampin' Up!,

The layout of the card was inspired by this week’s Global Design Project sketch challenge. Be sure to hop over to the site and see lots of beautiful examples.

Design Notes for Graceful Glass Card:

When you color the Graceful Glass Vellum Paper, you can color on either side. The colors seem a little more brilliant when you color on the front, or the side where the black ink outline is. that’s the side I colored on for this card. I selected two different sheets and colored sections of them. After I finished coloring with Stampin’ Blends, I used one of the circles from the Layering Circles Dies to cut them out. The fourth circle is a sentiment from the Treat Time stamp set, stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

As much as I love the Graceful Glass circles, I think the part at the bottom really is my favorite part. I used Stained Glass Thinlits to cut some Basic Black Card stock. Black and white is always an appealing combination!

Graceful Glass Vellum, Stampin' Blends, Stained Glass Thinlits, , Treat Time stamp set, Stampin' Up!,

By the way, I used some Glossy White Card Stock to mount pieces of vellum. I think it adds to the crisp and clean look of the card. Finally, I put a little cutout from the Stained Glass Thinlits on the inside of the card.

Graceful Glass Vellum, Stampin' Blends, Stained Glass Thinlits, , Treat Time stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Diannescards.comGraceful Glass, Stampin' Up!,

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Are you having a great day? I hope so. Make some time to craft, then if will surely be a great day.





Vacation Memories with Colorful Seasons.

My husband and I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed many wonderful vacations. Some packed with touring and sightseeing, some with much needed relaxing. The theme this month for Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Highlights is vacation. It didn’t take much thought for me to think about the wonderful relaxing vacations Jerry and I enjoyed in Maine. We’d go to Southport Island, a little place near Boothbay Harbor. I recall spending a lot of time sitting on our deck or down by the water watching activity in the nearly inlet. So, I set out with Colorful Seasons to make a card to remind me of those great days.

Colorful Seasons stamp set, Sea of Textures stamp set, Lilypad Lake stamp set, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Stampin' Up!,

Do you love this card? I feel relaxed just looking at it. Would you go to Kylie’s blog and vote for my card? If I am in the top ten (as I was last month), I get to be in a blog hop in early August. Thanks!

Design Notes for Colorful Seasons Card:

Can you believe it? I used three different stamp sets for this card. I began with Colorful Seasons and the “just breathe” sentiment. After some paper tearing and sponging, I added a few beachy things with a stamp from the Sea of Textures stamp set. Next, I used the Lilypad Lake stamp set for the distant sail boats.

And about the chairs… I love the Adirondack chairs from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.The Wood Textures 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack seemed perfect. I thought it gave the chairs a rustic, Maine, look!

Finally, I added some Wink of Stella to the beach area to represent the sun shining on the sand. Is anything ever harmed by adding a little Wink of Stella?

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Happy Birthday with No Stamping!

As I was finishing this card, I realized that I had not stamped or inked anything. Talk about a quick card. I used the Happy Birthday Thinlit as the centerpiece of the card and didn’t need anything else! What do you think?

Happy Birthday Thinlit, Freshly Made Sketches, birthday, Stampin' Up!,

Yes, I know, I will stamp something on the inside when I need the card.

The inspiration for the layout of the card came directly from Freshly Made Sketches. Just different enough to be interesting  but not too wild.

Fhreshly Made Sketches 

Design Notes for Happy Birthday Thinlit Card:

I’ve been pretty good about holding myself back from showing new products that you can’t purchase untill May 1st. But, I just couldn’t wait any longer. I used two new catalog products on this card. Do you know what they are? The first one is probably fairly obvious. I used part of one of the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Papers. OH, these are beautiful! And – BONUS BONUS one side is Whisper White, the other side Very Vanilla! Search a little more. Give Up? The little Berry Burst flowers are from a set of dies called Springtime Impressions Thinlits. I think this die was just thrown in as a bonus. Wait till you see the main dies. WOW! Anyway, I wanted something for just a little pop of color. I loved this little flower. Rhinestone in the middle and – PERFECT!

Here are the colors. I like the way they work together.



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Looking forward to a busy weekend? Have fun. tomorrow or Sunday I’ll be showing you some scrapbook pages from my New York trip a few weekends ago!



Birthday Gold with Clearance Rack

Once again, I needed a birthday card for a guy. Believe it or not, I was rescued from this problem with some paper that is currently on the Clearance Rack! Even more amazing, it’s a Holiday paper, Year of Cheer! Finally, there is no stamping on this card!


Design Notes for Clearance Rack Birthday Card:

The Happy Birthday Thinlit is one I use frequently. And, why not. It’s just a nice size, the font it clear and even a bit whimsical. When I use this Thinlit, I first cut a piece of paper the size of the Thinlit. In this example, I used Gold Foil. Next, I attach the paper to the sticky part of some Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet. Then I just run the paper through the Big Shot as usual. When I remove the paper from the Thinlit, I have the Gold Foil, backed with the Adhesive paper. Pull off the Adhesive backing and the Happy Birthday is already to go on my card.

I wanted to break up the gold and white a bit so I added a 1″ strip of Tranquil Tide card stock, wrapped some Gold Thread around it and added some gold starts I cut using the Quilt Builder Thinlits.

Clearance Rack, Year of Cheer DSP, Masculine Birthday,, Stampin' Up!

Fortunately, all of the products except the beautiful gold and white foil paper are returning to the new catalog. Just click on the picture of the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Paper and you can snap up some of this great paper for just $5.20!


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Hope you are having a lovely Sunday! Is the weather good where you are?





Retiring Soon – Lovely Friends

Last weekend, I was in Hartford, CT for Stampin’ Up!’s fabulous On Stage event. From there I went to Massachusetts to visit a dear friend. I stayed a few days and had a great visit. We haven’t seen much of each other since I moved to Delaware, so the visit was that much sweeter. Of course, a thank you card is in order and the soon to be retired, Lovely Friends stamp set was most appropriate.

Lovely Friends stamp set, #GDP133, Lovely Laurel Framelits, Stampin' Up!,

The color combination was inspired by this week’s Global Design Project challenge. Click on the image below to go over to the challenge and see some other great cards.

Global design Project challenge 133, Stampin' Up! ,


Design Notes for Lovely Friends Card:

Don’t you love the color combination? I think anytime you have Night of Navy and Tranquil Tide together, you can’t miss.

The card was pretty simple to construct. I first cut out the wreath from some Tranquil Tide card stock using the Lovely Laurel Thinlits. The two pieces are kind of cool. They are reflections of each other and have a little slot of the top to join them. I stamped a few flowers on the background layer to add a little texture. I also stamped some flowers on the sentiment part. The Night of Navy ribbon seemed to add the right finishing touch.


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Retiring, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comThe stamp set, Lovely Friends and the Thinlits, Lovely Laurel are a bundle that will only be available for a little longer. You can buy the stamp set or the Thinlits but you save 10% when you buy the bundle. Don’t wait, it’s only while supplies last.

Here are the lists of retiring products from the Annual Catalog and from the Occasions Catalog.

AC Retired List-US

OCC Retired List-US

When you are ready to order, just click here to go to my 24-7 on-line store. If you have any questions, just email me, [email protected]

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