Waiting for Spring with Color Me Happy

I can recall my mother looking out the window and wistfully saying, “I think I can see a green haze around the trees.” To her the buds would soon come and the trees would bloom. It would be spring. I’m feeling a need for spring right now and thought this little bird and blooms from the Color Me Happy stamp set would hurry spring along!

Color Me Happy stamp set, #GDP132, Diannescards.com, Stampin' Up!

This week’s Global Design Project., and my wish for spring were my inspiration for this card.  The challenge this week was to CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) the designer. I decided to select the bird, flowers and the colors that the designer used on her beautiful  card. Click on the image to go to the site.

GDP132, Diannescards.com

Design Notes for Color Me Happy Card:

Well, what do you think of the unusual background? I thought about using an embossing folder, about just sponging the card stock and also about just using Pool Party Card Stock. None of those ideas gave me that “Yes!” feeling. So, I hit upon the idea of wrinkling up the Whisper White Card Stock and then sponging it with Pool Party ink. Different, right? The branches were cut with a thinlit from the fabulous Seasonal Layers Thinlits set.

Color Me Happy stamp set, #GDP132, Diannescards.com, Stampin' Up!



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Color Me Happy Can Be Yours!

Did you get the Color Me Happy stamp set when it was first offered? No? Did you get it free during Sale-a-Bration? No? Well, guess what. You still have a chance to get this gorgeous stamp set. Just place your order now. Maybe you want to get the bundle. The bundle includes the stamp set and a kit to make some really great cards. The cards are beautiful. All the papers are really special.

Color Me Happy card set, Stampn' Up!, diannescards.com

if you order this month remember to use the April Host Code, BDPHTPDQ. Remember, if you place an on-line order of $50 or more, I’ll send you a package of Metallic Foil Doilies as a gift. Make sure you don’t check “No Contact”. If you do that, I’ll have no way of getting in touch with you to send you your gift!

Hope you are having a great day.



Flourishing Phrases for Sympathy

Oh, it was that time again. I needed a sympathy card. As much as I love making cards, it’s always hard to make sympathy cards. Of course, I pulled out one of my favorite stamp sets, Flourishing Phrases. It seems there is always a sentiment here that I can use, both for the outside and inside of the card.

Flourishing Phrases, sympathy, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

It’s a pretty clean and simple card. I was inspired by this week’s challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches. Here’s the link and logo should you want to go over to see what other great cards are there.

Freahly Made Sketches FMS322

Design Notes for Flourishing Phrases Sympathy Card:

I think figuring out the measurements for the layers on this card was the hardest part. I stamped the flower and the leaves so that there would still be a bit of white space near the top. I just felt it gave better balance. I experimented with adding another piece of Whisper White card stock at the bottom with the sentiment on it. But, it just looked too crowded. I’m always happy to do heat embossing so I am glad I thought of that! Here’s a look at the stamp set images.

Flourishing Phrases stamp set images, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

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February Host Code:

Did you notice that there is a new Host Code for February? When you want to order on-line through my 25-7 on-line store, be sure to add the Host Code (if your order is less then $150). By using the Host Code, you become eligible to win FREE merchandise at the end of the most when I select one name from all of the on-line order folks. Host Code for February is WZQPZ4D7. Click on the link below to go directly to my on-line store. Diannescards.com, Stampin' Up!


Hope you had a great weekend.


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

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Notice, no stamps!


If you would  like to purchase any of these items, all you need to do is to click on the picture of the item. That will take you directly to my 24-7 on-line store. If you are placing an order greater than $150, you will earn Host Rewards – Terrific!  If your order is less than $150, I’d love for you to add the Host Code to your order so that I can bundle your order with others. October Host Code: ZCDNA69A. At the end of the month, someone will receive the Host Rewards.

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Designer Series Paper saleDSP Sale, diannescards.com, Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Make Me Smile with Colorful Seasons

Do you have any friends who make you smile? You know that when you get together with them, you are in for lots of laughs. I’m blessed to have a number of this type of friend. I’m sorry now that I made just one of these cards with the Colorful Seasons stamp set. I could send it to lots of people. Maybe I’d better get busy.

Colorful Seasons stamp set, sponging, Seasonal Layers Thinlits

This was the first time I used the Colorful Seasons stamp set. What was I waiting for?

Design Notes for Colorful Seasons card:

I have to confess, this was a pretty easy card, especially for someone like me who loves to sponge. After sponging with Crumb Cake (beach) Soft Sky (sky) and So Saffron (Sun) I stamped the beach chair frame. On a separate piece of paper I stamped the rest of the chair, cut it out and added it to the card. A couple of layers and some Linen Thread later, I was finished. Oh, yes, I stamped the sentiment, then I was done.


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Just a little note, you can purchase the stamp set and Framelits as a bundle and save 10%.



Just a Few Days Left…..

This is a perfect time to purchase the Starter Kit.

Christmas in July, recruiting promotion, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

In addition to getting your choice of $125 in merchandise for just $99. (and pay no shipping) you get some very nice basic supplies. But only until the end of this month, that’s Monday.


Plus Two Clear Blocks! Oh and did I mention a FREE stamp set from the new Holiday Catalog!

preview Carols of Christmas stamp set



Also, there is still time to earn a $5. coupon to use in August for every $50 purchase.

Bonus Day coupon


Hope you are having a great day.

Remember to come back on Sunday for my next video tutorial about CASEing cards.