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!


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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.


Hanging Garden for TSOT Color Challenge

Color Challenge! My favorite! This week there is a great color challenge over at Try Stampin; on Tuesday. I used the Hanging Garden stamp set to create my sample for that challenge.Here’s my card and the color challenge inspiration.

Hanging Garden stamp set, TSOT color challenge, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

TSOT color Challenge, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comDesign Notes for Hanging Garden Card:

Well, I love this color combination – Fresh Fig, Old Olive and Sweet Sugarplum. I decided to combine those colors with the beautiful Hanging Garden stamp set. For this card, I used the Watercolor Pencils to color in the flowers and butterflies. The leaves came from the Leaf Punch. I began to assemble the card and felt it needed a few things. First, I decided to round the corners of the Sweet Sugarplum piece with the Envelope Punch Board. Next I added a few leaves. Hummmmm. still something missing. Should I emboss the Fresh Fig layer? Should I add some stmping to that layer? What about – wait, I still have some of the Naturally Eclectic Card Overlays.! Eureka!

Hanging Garden stamp set, TSOT color challenge, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Do you notice the background? So cool, one side is silver one side gold.

Naturally Eclectic Overlays


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Bird Banter for On Stage Swap

Yesterday was so much fun! I love being a demonstrator and being able to go to events like Stampin’ Up!’s On Stage event in Hartford, CT. One of the most fun things to do is swap with other demonstrators. You gotta love the Bird Banter stamp set right? Here’s the card I made with that set for a swap I participated in.

Bird Banter stamp set, wood Textures Designer Series Paper, Pretty Label Punch,tutti Frutti sequins, Stampin'Up!, diannescards.com

Here are all of the cards, ready to go in clear plastic envelopes.

Bird Banter stamp set, wood Textures Designer Series Paper, Pretty Label Punch,tutti Frutti sequins, Stampin'Up!, diannescards.com

Design Notes for Bird Banter Card:

What to do? If I had stamped the bird first and then the background I would have lines through the bird. Same problem if I had stamped the background first. I wanted no unsightly lines through my bird!. The answer? Masking. First, I stamped the bird on the card stock. Then I stamped the bird again on a scrap of paper, cut it out and lightly adhered it on top of the bird I had stamped. Next, I stamped the background. When I removed the cut out bird, I had a bird on the cardstock with no lines! After that I colored it with Water Color Pencils and a Blender Pen.

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This Little Piggy Baby Card (?)

It probably seems a little strange to use This Little Piggy stamp set for a new baby card. But, really, it makes sense. My friend and down line, Vicki, welcomed a new grandchild. The parents of the new baby raised a pig before expecting the new baby. So, see it really does make sense. Not sure I would do it for any new baby, but it worked for this one.

This Little Piggy baby card, Watercolor Pencils, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Anyway, who wouldn’t want a card with this adorable pig on it?

Design Notes for This Little Piggy Baby Card:

I used Thick Whisper White Card Stock when I stamped the pig because I knew I’d be using my Blender Pen to soften the coloring. I would probably have been okay on regular Whisper White but the blending with the Blender Pen might have created a bit of pilling. I love using the Watercolor Markers and then to go over the colors with the Blender Pens. It hides any inconsistent coloring I might have done.

I used the Better Together stamp set for the sentiment and added a few sequins to add a little sparkle to the card front. Have you used the Tutti Frutti Adhesive Sequins yet? They are the BEST! So much fun.

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I’m always happy when stamp sets come in more than one form. I personally like the photopolymer or clear but I know lots of you are fans of wood mount. Both stamp sets I used for this card come in clear mount and wood mount.


Fast Fuse Sale

Fast Fuse SaleThe Fast Fuse 5-Day Sale starts today February 8 and runs thru Feb. 12th. When you buy ONE Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get TWO Fast Fuse Adhesive Refills for FREE. YEA! Free, my favorite price! This deal is ONLY five days—while supplies last. Be sure to order today!

Have a great Thursday!