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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Play Ball, Just for Fun!

Well, the fun was mine. Aidan, my goddaughter Caroline’s son, is pretty serious about baseball. His team is doing a fund raiser for new uniforms and such. I wanted to send him a little check. Heaven forbid, I just put a check in an envelope! Considering how little I know about baseball, “Play Ball” is really the only baseball phrase I know. So, blog post and card are called Play Ball.

Play Ball card for Aidan, Stampin' Up! diannescards.com

I think the interesting thing is that I didn’t use any stamps with this card. Lots of cutting and some embossing but no stamps. The Woodgrain Embossing Folder added some texture and wood look to the bat. Then I use one of the Sponge Brayers to add a little more color to the bat. The rest was just punching and cutting and trying to figure out how to get the baseball diamond look!

Supply List for Play Ball Card:


Here’s a picture of our guy at one of the first games of this season. He’s pretty athletic and I’m sure he will be very successful for his team.

Aidan playing baseball, Play Ball


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Christmas cards swap # 2

As promised, here is my second swap from the Stampin’ Up! convention. I needed to create this card before I was able to get anything from the new Holiday Catalog. So, I had to be creative. You will notice, I used a TON of punches. I think it is pretty cute! DSCN0268The tree was made from alternating strips of Garden Green card stock  punched with the Scallop Edge Border Punch and the Scallop Trim Border Punch. I went over the scallops with White Gel Pen and then Dazzling Details. The base of the tree is an upside down cupcake using the Cupcake Builder Punch. Two more punches for the sentiment, Ticket Duo Builder and Modern Label punch. I topped the tree off with a star punch from the Merry Minis Punch set (Merry Mini Punch Pack is available from last year’s Holiday Catalog. Check out the holdover items here. )

Here’s the inside. This sentiment is from the More Merry Messages set from last year’s catalog. A great set! Notice the sprinkling of little trees, another punch from the Merry Minis Punch set.

DSCN0271So, it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas! It’s less than 5 months away!  In a few days I will start to show you some thing from the new Holiday catalog. You are going to love it! You can start purchasing on August 1. Get ready!!!!

Here’s a list of what was used in today’s swap.

Stamp sets:





Hello Kitty! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day to my Ava, daughter of Goddaughter Caroline! Ava loves Hello Kitty and when I saw this bag of Hello Kitty Jelly Beans, I was inspired! (Shout out here to my other Goddaughter, Anne Marie, who was here for the weekend and quickly figure out the punch art!)

Inspiration for Hello Kitty card!

Inspiration for Hello Kitty card!

The little tag Kitty is holding is from a retired (boo hoo) set,  It’s a Wrap, Holidays. I am sure there are lots of other sentiments around that would work if you want to make this card for your favorite Hello Kitty fan. Everything else I used is current.

Hello Kitty Valentine

Hello Kitty Valentine!

Just a few tips. First, use our Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the Silver Glimmer Paper hearts and border. You could use Sticky Strip for the border. I find it holds the Glimmer Paper more successfully than SNAIL, which is my usual go to adhesive. Second, use one of our Glue Dots to adhere the bow. Remember, take the bow to the dot. Don’t try to peel off the dot with your fingers…. it’s very sticky!

Here’s a list of the materials I used. Be sure to check out my 24-7 on line store, email ([email protected])  or call me (302.945.1370) if you need anything.

Stamp Sets:

  • It’s a Wrap Holidays (retired)





Thanks for looking. Happy Valentine’s Day and happy stamping!

Owl Punch Santa…. Really?

Well, I was playing around with my Owl Builder Punch and thought the owl might make a cute Santa. Here is the result!

Owl Punch Christmas

I think he looks pretty cute! My Big Shot got quite a work out on this card. I used the Argyle Embossing Folder with a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock for the background. The gingham look on Whisper White card stock was achieved by inking up the Stripes Embossing folder with Gumball Green, running it through the Big Shot, and then after cleaning the folder, inking it up again with Cherry Cobbler and running it perpendicular to the first run. (I first saw this technique on Dawn Olchefske’s site.)

To create the Santa hat, I  used petals from the Blossom Builder Punch, one in Cherry Cobbler and one in Whisper White. I just trimmed the Whisper White one to look like fur on Santa’s hat.

What do you think? Does he make it as a Santa?

Here’s a complete list of materials and tools to create this card. Be sure to go to my 24-7 On Line store to order what you need.

Stamp Sets:

  • Chock Full of Cheer
  • Inks:
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Gumball Green


  • Whisper White Card Stock
  • Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
  • Gumball Green Card Stock
  • Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper


  • Owl Builder Punch
  • Blossom Builder Punch
  • 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch
  • 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
  • Extra Large Oval Punch
  • Scallop Trim Border Punch
  • Stripes Embossing Folder
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thanks for looking. Happy Stamping. Dianne