Watercolor Pencils and a Friday Fun Fold

You have probably figured out that I love the Blended Seasons stamp set and Stitched Seasons Framelits. I’m trying to show you as many samples as I can since you only have a short time left to buy them. Today I’ve paired them up with the new set of Watercolor Pencils. Yes, it’s true, new Watercolor Pencils. All new colors in this set. More about that later. I decided to send a thank you using the Blended Season Bundle to each customer who purchased this bundle this month. Here’s one version.

Watercolor Pencils, z-fold, Blended Seasons stamp set, Stitched Seasons Framelits, Thank you card, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Design Notes for Watercolor Pencils Thank You Cards:

I think this is really a z-fold card with a little twist. I’m called it, Z-Fold with a Framelit! The Designer Paper is cut to 5 1/4″ x 8″ and mounted on a piece of card stock (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″). I saw this on a video that Ronda Wade did. Wish I could say that I thought of it myself.

I stamped the flowers on Whisper White card stock with Memento Ink. When you use Memento ink, the ink won’t run when you use the Blender Pen. I was able to use my new Watercolor Pencils to color the flowers. After that, I went over the coloring with a Blender Pen. It seems to smooth out the coloring. I ended up using all three of the label framelits from the Stitched Seasons Framelit set.

I used a similar technique on a fall themed card. Can you see the fold in this picture? Score the Designer paper at 2″ and at 4″ .

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Supply List for Watercolor Pencils Thank You Cards:

The Blended Seasons Bundle is available in both clear mount and wood mount stamp sets. Nice to have a choice, right.


Here’s the scoop on the new Watercolor Pencils Assortment. it is avaliable now. It will probably be available again in the future. Stampin’ Up! is being a little mysterious about that!

Watercolor Pencils, assortment 2, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

The colors are:

  • Balmy Blue
  • Cajun Craze
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Crushed Curry
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Garden Green
  • Gorgeous Grape
  • Granny Apple Green
  • Night of Navy

And did you know that Stampin Up! Watercolor Pencils are Acid Free and Lignin Free? Feel free to use them when you scrapbook.



Just for August:

For each $50 you spend in August you will receive a coupon for $5 to spend in September. Yea!

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The Blended Seasons Bundle is available only in August or while supplies last.

Blended Seasons Bundle

Don’t forget to order the Watercolor Pencils, Assortment 2 while you are ordering. If you place an order of $50 or more in August, I’ll send you a package of Colored Doilies as a thank you.


Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you are looking forward to some fun this weekend.






Birthday Wishes for You – Two Ways

I started out making this a masculine card and ended up making both a masculine card and a feminine one. That’s just how clever I am. Well, more that the stamp set is pretty versatile. Birthday Wishes for You is one of those hidden gems in the catalog. Check out these cards.

Borthday Wishes for You stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, DaisyPunch, Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder, Stampin' Up!, Diannescards.com


Cute and simple, right?


Design Notes for Birthday Wishes for You Cards:

As I mentioned, I started out thinking I would make a masculine birthday card for my card class. I used Watercolor Pencils to color in the Birthday part and finished it off with Blender Pens. I stamped the sentiment a second time on a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock and cut out the “Happy” part of it. A few Mini Dimensions and just the right touch of color. I mounted the sentiment on a piece of Rich Razzleberry and placed that on a piece of Old Olive. Have you used the Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder? It’s wonderful but, predictably, subtle. It doesn’t show up well in a photograph but looks great when you have the card in your hand. Trust me!

Borthday Wishes for You stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, DaisyPunch, Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder, Stampin' Up!, Diannescards.com

While I was cleaning up and feeling pretty smug that I had a great card for class, I saw my Daisy Punch. Next thing I knew, I was changing up the card. What do you think?

Borthday Wishes for You stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, DaisyPunch, Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder, Stampin' Up!, Diannescards.com


It’s pretty much the same card. I moved the sentiment piece, and added the daisy. If you were coming to my class, which one would you make?


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Notes and News:

There are lots of great things going on with Stampin’ Up!

Paper Pumpkin first time subscribers deal. Click here for details.

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Designer Series Paper Sale. Check it out here.



FREE set of ten stamp pads when you purchase the demonstrator Starter Kit. Find out all the details here or email me with your questions ([email protected])

Recruit incentive



Remember, when you place an online order with me for $50 or more, this month I’ll send you a package of the Petal Pink Rhinestone Gems. Just a little thank you from me.


So glad that you stopped by today.


Going On An Animal Expedition!

It’s aI think this title sounds like I’m off to a safari in Africa! I wish! Animal Expedition is the name of a package of fabulous Designer Series Paper. I used it for my card for this week’s sketch challenge over at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday.

Animal Expedition DSP, Animal Outing stamp set, TSOT, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com


I’m not sure if the frog looks happy or scared! Maybe all the alligators have him a little worried.

Here’s the sketch from this week’s Try Stampin’ on Tuesday challenge.


Design Notes For Animal Expedition Card:

Well, as usual, I changed the challenge up a bit. I changed the orientation of the card, but that’s okay!

The Animal Outing stamp set is really one of my favorites. I used one of the cute sentiments and the stamp of the frog on a branch. A little coloring with Watercolor Pencils and I was finished most of the card. I wrapped a bit of Black Baker’s Twine across the top. A layer or two, placed it on the Animal Expedition Designer Paper and done! Sometimes the best cards are the easiest!


Animal Expedition DSP, Animal Outing stamp set, TSOT, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

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Sale! It’s A Sale! Sale!

Remember, designer paper is on sale. Buy three get the fourth one FREE! Animal Expedition is one of the papers on sale.

DSP Sale

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Thanks for stopping by today.


Taking a Peek At Accented Blooms

Next week the 2018 Stampin’ Up! catalog goes live. I’ve been playing with some of the great new stamp sets. Today, I’m giving you a preview of a set called Accented Blooms. Flowers and sentiments – what more could you want? Oh, and there is a coordinating punch!

Accented Blooms stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, Shimmery White mbossing Paste, Tailored Tag Punch, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com


There are so many possibilities with coloring the flowers! I know I am going to have fun with the stamp set!

Design Notes for Accented Blooms Card:

A lot of times, when I know that I am going to color in the design elements, I stamp with Basic Gray. I knew that when I used the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pen the Basic Gray Ink would not run. Since the Basic Gray is softer than Black, it lets the flowers stand out a bit more.

I tried something new here. Did you notice? The small red flowers near the bottom of the card are colored with some bits of Shimmery White Embossing Paste that I tinted with Real Red Ink Refill. (Another great reason to buy the refills each time you buy an ink pad.) I mixed some of the paste with the ink refill on a scrap of cardboard and used one of the Palette Knives and added it to the flowers. Tip – might have been easier to do it with one of the larger flowers. Live and learn. In the center of each flower, I added one of the Faceted Gems.

The last touch was to add some Wink of Stella to the other flowers. You can never go wrong adding a Wink of Stella.


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Hope you are having a lovely weekend.



Bye-Bye Bird Banter

The other day I realized that the Bird Banter stamp set was retiring. Well, I knew it was but I hadn’t really thought about it. I know I will find something just as cute to replace it but I need to use it one more time. There’s something I really appreciate about the just the tiniest bit sarcastic sentiments. For that matter, maybe the birds even look a little sarcastic. I have a friend who shares my sense of sarcasm and had a birthday recently. This card is for her. (The sarcasm shows up on the inside.)

Bird Banter stamp set, Birthday, Heat embossing, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Here’s a picture of all of the images and sentiments. Don’t you love it?

Bird Banter Stamp Set


Design Notes for Bird Banter Card:

Well, here is another sad, retiring item story. I love the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper. I’ve saved all the scraps from various projects. When I realized I had a few 1″ wide strips I wondered if I could weave them together. Well, it’s probably not my best weaving job but I thought it turned out okay! I seemed to be in a gold mood. To pick up the gold highlights in the Designer Paper, I used Gold Heat Embossing Powder to stamp the bird, backed the peace with Gold Foil and added some Gold Ribbon! Did I over gold? I think not!


Supply List for Bird Banter Card:


Going, Going, Gone…

Here are the Retiring Lists. Be sure to order what you want soon. Things are beginning to run out.

Annual Catalog:  AC Retired List-US

Occasions Catalog:  OCC Retired List-US

Discounted: AC-OCC Retired Disc-US

Remember, if you place an order of $50 or more on my 24-7 on-line store, I’ll send you a spool of Gold Ribbon as a thank you gift. Just the perfect touch for any project.

Thanks for stopping by today.