A Little Rose Wonder for Global Design Project

I know that in a few weeks, I won’t even remember some of the stamp sets and papers that are retiring. There are soooo many wonderful new things in the upcoming catalog that my fickle brain won’t even recall the old stuff. But, really, right now, I’m sad about some of the departing things that I’ll be missing. I love the Rose Wonder set and thought I’d make one more card with that.

Rose Wonder, #GDP138, birthday, emboss resist, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Hummm, no rose on this card is there. Well, I ended up using the sentiment!  (Maybe I do have one more Rose Wonder card in me.) The inspiration for this card was this week’s Global Design Project card sketch. Be sure to go over to their site and check out all the great cards. Global Design Project, #GDP138

Design Notes for Rose Wonder Card:

While I love the sentiment, it’s the Designer Series Paper, Sweet Soiree from the Occasions catalog, that really steals the show on this card.

Rose Wonder, #GDP138, birthday, emboss resist, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I fussy cut the cake from one of the sheets of the Sweet Soiree paper. (Yes, there are Framelits. Sometimes, I forget!) Next, I stamped the sentiment and some dots on Whisper White card stock with VersaMark and then heat embossed with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Some Powder Pink ink sponged over the sentiment and dots made them pop. I added a few Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes. Some Powder Pink Ribbon at the bottom of that piece and a bit of Silver Thread finished it off.


Rose Wonder, #GDP138, birthday, emboss resist, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com


Supply List for Rose Wonder Card:

Remember the Rose Wonder stamp set, and framelits are retiring as is the Sweet Soiree paper. All items are available till May 31 or while supplies last.


Here’s a card I made really using the rose from Rose Wonder. Looking at that might help you realize that you need this stamp set! Just go to my 24-7 on-line store to order whatever you need. Anyone who purchases $50 or more on-line, during May will receive a spool of Gold Ribbon from me as a gift.

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Valentine with Bloomin’ Love

Bloomin' Love stamp set, Valentine card, #GDP121, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comI’ll admit it, I love making Valentine cards. There’s not nearly so much pressure on Valentine’s Day as some of the other card making holidays. A card, maybe a little candy, hugs, kisses. Everyone is happy. No special meal, no wrapped gifts. Really, it’s an easy holiday. But, I digress. I do love making Valentine cards. So the other day, I pulled out the Bloomin’ Love stamp set and thought about the Global Design Project challenge for this week. I do love a color challenge and this one was challenging. Not colors I would ordinarily put together but I think I made them work.

Bloomin' Love stamp set, Valentine card, #GDP121, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Here’s the challenge logo and link to the site. You should definitely go there to see the other amazing projects using this color combination.


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Design Notes for Bloomin’ Love Valentine Card:

As you can see, this is really a pretty simple card. First I used Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder to emboss the three hearts. Next, I used a Sponge Dauber and Sweet Sugarplum ink to color the hearts. Finally, I used a few Peekaboo Peach flowers cut from the Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits dies. The Peekaboo Peach stamped sentiment completed the card.


Supply List for Bloomin’ Love Valentine Card:


Tip For Today:

Think about the design rule of three when you are designing your cards. Three colors is often just the right amount. Three objects (hearts, circles, etc.) is generally satisfying.

Can you Vote for my Card?

If you have  a chance, could you go over to Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights and vote for my card? My card is # 28. When you go there, click on the heart in the upper right hand corner to cast your vote. Thanks so much!

Blog Highlights, Jan. 18, diannescards.com

Hope you are having a great day!


You ARE Amazing!

Encouragement is defined as the act of giving someone support, confidence or hope. We have a friend who is currently studying for a big exam and I wanted to offer her lots of support. She is bright, hardworking and will undoubtedly be successful in this venture as she has been in others. Good luck, Tricia!

So, since my M.O. for just about any occasion is to send a card, I naturally made a card for her.

Youare awesome

I was motivated by this week’s Global Design Project Challenge. This week the challenge was to select some element or elements of the inspiration card and design our own project. I chose to use the colors from the inspiration card and elements of the layout as well. Here’s the challenge logo and the inspiration card.


Global Design Project #048 http://www.global-design-project.com

Technique Tips

One of my favorite techniques is to heat emboss and then sponge over the image (emboss resist). I embossed with clear powder. Then, I sponged with the colors from the inspiration card, pink (Blushing Bride,) yellow (So Saffron) and green (Pear Pizzazz). The medallion is from the Moroccan Nights stamp set. Moroccan Nights is from the new catalog and hadn’t seen ink yet! I’m thinking I’ll be using it more, I especially love the border stamp.

Card Supplies:

They go together

You know there are some things that go together, peanut butter and jelly, bacon and eggs, sequins and Fine Tip Glue Pen. Before we had the Fine-Tip Glue Pen, I avoided using sequins. I’m not even sure I bought any (gasp). But I find it so easy to just drop the tiniest bit of glue on the paper, then put the sequin down. I love the little pop it gives this card. Oh and speaking of things that go together, how about Embossing Buddy, Versamark and Heat Tool. The Embossing Buddy ensures you will emboss a nice, clean, image – no stray embossing powder that gets heated and detracts from your fabulous work. Stampin’ Up!’s Heat Tool is the best. What more can I say? It has two speeds and melts embossing powder like a dream. I sometimes use the low speed to quickly dry craft ink or other slower drying inks.

Thoughtful Branches

I’m working on the cards for my Bonus Gift for this month. If you purchase the Thoughtful Branches bundle, only available this month, I will send you a packet of materials to complete three cards using the bundle!
Enjoy your day. Stop back tomorrow.

Color Me Irresistible!

There’s something about the name of this Specialty Designer Series paper, Color Me Iresistibe, that makes me think of Frank Sinatra’s song, Call Me Irresponsible. The word irresistible is not in the song but in my memory it is. Oh well.

Nonetheless, I really love playing with this paper and in fact, it will be the focus of my next Technique Class. Here’s the first card we’ll be making. (more…)

A Happy Accident

I was in the midst of designing a card for a swap I am involved in this week. I’d been avoiding it for a few days because I just couldn’t come up with anything. Finally, I decided to bite the bullet and get on with it. I cut some paper from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack, 4″ x 5 1/4″. I had only a vague idea of what I was going to do. I set the remainders of each sheet aside. I decided to practice the heat embossing on one of the left over pieces of paper and – voila! I liked the look. Happy accident. Here’s the card.

It's Your Day

I have been challenging myself lately to try stamping on paper other than Whisper White or Very Vanilla card stock. Here I really stepped out of my comfort zone and not only stamped on Designer Paper but used Clear Heat Embossing Powder and sponged it to bring out the sentiment (emboss resist). Big day for me.

I used some new products for this card, did you notice? The Designer Paper is from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack and the stamps are from the Party with Cake stamp set. Both of these items are from the new Occasions Catalog and are available today!

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