Farewell to Lovely As A Tree!

As much as I love to make cards, and I do love to make cards, I don’t enjoy making sympathy cards. It’s not as hard if I make them ahead as I did this card. I can hardly believe that the stamp set I used, Lovely As a Tree, is going to retire! I think it is one of the first stamp sets I bought. It never has failed to be part of a lovely card.

Lovely as a tree stamp set, sympathy card, emboss resist, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

This card is also my entry in this month’s International Blog Highlights. Will you vote for my card? Just click here or on the banner below. Then, click on my card, #25,  on the upper right hand to vote.



Design Notes for Lovely As A Tree Card:

Well, as you might know, I love to heat emboss. This card shows a technique called emboss resist. When I was a kid, I recall creating a Halloween picture with crayons and then painting over it with black paint. The crayon drawing resisted the paint and showed through. I thought that was the greatest! Emboss resist is the same principal.

  • Use Versamark to stamp image.
  • Cover image with clear embossing powder and heat.
  • Use Daubers or sponges to go over the image.
  • Lightly wipe the image to remove any color.

I used Daubers to color over the image. Here are the colors.

I like this color combination. Remeber, Tranquil Tide is retiring so get any ink, card stock or ribbon now while it is in stock.

Purchase List for Lovely As A Tree Card:

Tranquil Tide is not the only retiring product I used. Lovely As a Tree will retire, sad to say. It is currently available in either wood mount or clear mount. Buy it today!

This and That:


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Rooted in Nature for Manly Monday

To be honest, I’m calling this card a masculine card, but, really, I think you could send it to anyone. I used the Rooted in Nature stamp set for the beautiful leaves.

Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature's Roots Framelits, emboss resist, Stitched Shapes Framelits, sponging, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Don’t you agree? Could be sent to anyone?

Design Notes for Rooted in Nature Card:

I’ve noticed that over the last week or so, I’ve made a number of projects using fall colors. I guess I am ready for fall. But, really, aren’t these colors beautiful together?


To create the background part of the card, I first heat embossed the leaves using Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder.Then I just, somewhat randomly, sponged sections with the colors. (You could use Sponge Daubers.)

I added two copper accent with the Copper Trim wrapped around the stamped piece and the Copper Foil leaves. The leaves were first embossed then cut with pieces from the Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies. So cool.

When I started to add the stamped sentiment I knew the card needed one more touch. I decided to sponge with some Cajun Craze ink so that it would tie in with the Cajun Craze mat behind the leaves piece. Don’t you think the sponging brings out the stitched edge of the sentiment piece I cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelit?

Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature's Roots Framelits, emboss resist, Stitched Shapes Framelits, sponging, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Supply List for Rooted in Nature Card:


Things About August…

  1. There is a fun Paper Pumpkin kit in the wings for next month. If you are a fan of Halloween, you won’t want to miss this.

Paper Pumpkin, September kit, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

2. Coupon Time… for every $50 you spend in August, you will receive a coupon for $5 to use in September. Do I have to talk you in to this? Really?

Bonus Days, Stampin' Up!, Diannescards.com

3. Ink Pads! If I sell ten or more ink pads in August (I’m close) I will get a free ink pad. If you buy one or more from me this month, you have a chance to win the free one! No brainer.

Ink pads, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

4. The Blended Seasons Bundle. Tomorrow I have a really special card using the Blended Season Bundle. You’ll have to have it. I understand, trust me. You ony have a few more days to order.

Blended Seasons Bundle


Thanks and I hope your week is off to a good start.




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.


#GDP121, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

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.