Love What You Do – Again!

It seems I just can’t help myself. I keep reaching for the Love What You Do stamp set. The stamp set images are just perfect when paired with the share What You Love Designer Paper. This time I kicked it all up a notch by adding the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Paper.

Love What You Do stamp set, Delightfully Detailed Laser-cut specialty Paper, Share What YOu Love Designer Paper, Stampin' Up!,

I was inspired by this week’s sketch at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday. You should think about adding something to our challenge! This is such a great sketch!

Try Stampin' on Tuesday, sketch challenge 368,

Design Notes for Love What You Do Card:

As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew I was going to take a bit of liberty with the design and use an oval cut opening from the Delightfully Detailed Paper. These papers are so beautiful. You just don’t need to do much to make it shine.

Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Designer paper, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comThese sheets are vanilla on one side and white on the other. They can be cut apart and used for cards or scrap book pages. Each package has four of each sheet. Lots of fun here.

I first stamped the background in Powder Pink on a piece of Whisper White card stock,. So that the background would be faint, I stamped off first.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Rich Razzleberry. The 1/4″ Velvet Ribbon was the perfect touch for the bottom of the laser cut piece. It needed just one more detail. I finally came up with using one of the Faceted Dots. Even though the Dot color is Blackberry Bliss, I thought it was just right.

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How to Order:

When you want to order, all you need to do is to click on the  button below. That will take you to my 24-7 on-line store., Stampin' Up!

Be sure to use the June host code (FUECRK7R) so that you might qualify to win the Host Benefits for June. If you purchase $50 or more, as a thank you, I will send you a sampler of In-Color ribbons. If you have any questions or need help, just send me an email, [email protected]

Hope you are having a great day. Thanks so much for stopping by.




New Colors and Abstract Impressions

I’m still getting to play around with some of the new colors that Stampin’ Up! has introduced. Today’s card uses Granny Apple Green, and Mango Melody. (Aren’t they great names?) I also got to use the Abstract Impressions stamp set. You are going to love it!

Abstract Impressions stamp set, Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper, Thank you, Stampin' Up!,

I just love this color combination. Well, there aren’t too many things I don’t like with Night of Navy!

Design Notes for Abstract Impressions Card:

I actually made this card a few weeks ago for a swap. Since i was making more than one, I wanted something fairly easy. it was for fellow demonstrators so it had to be extra nice!  I think I was able to do both things with this card.

The color inspiration was easy, I just looked at the package of the Designer paper. The colors in the papers are always listed on the package and in the catalog. That makes it so easy to coordinate the colors for a card or project.

Both the flower and the leaves were two step stamps. For the leaves, I just used one color, stamping off the Granny Apple Green for the base layer of the leaf.Then I went pack with the second layer and stamped directly on top of the other leaf image.

The stamp set, Abstract Impressions is one I know I am gong to use a lot!  Look how many great stamps there are. You can’t miss with a stamp set that includes creative images and useful, versatile sentiments.

Abstract Impressions stamp set, Stampin' Up!,

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Ready to Order?

When you are ready to order, you can just go to my 24-7 on-line store and order items to be delivered directly to your home. If your order is $50 or more, I’ll send you a gift! You will receive one yard each of the new In-Color ribbons. Be sure to use the June Host Code, FUECRK7R.


Hope you are having a great weekend.




Waterfront with Sympathy

I recently needed a special sympathy card. The father of a friend of mine passed away. He had been a science teacher and quite the outdoorsman. I knew the the Waterfront stamp set would be exactly what I would need for this special card.

Waterfront stamp set, Sympathy, Stampin' Up!,


Design Notes for Waterfront Sympathy Card:

The Waterfront stamp set makes it easy to create a serene, beautiful card. This scene makes me think of a lakeside mountain, probably somewhere that my friend’s father would have loved.

For both the mountains and the water, I simply used the stamp two or three times, re-inking each time. The shading on the trees was created when I stamped them, then stamped again without re-inking. For the sun, I just made a mask of the mountains from a scrap of paper then stamped over it. (Go to my Video Tutorials page to find a link to my video about Masking.)

I began to put the card together and decided I need some texture or interest in the background. The Seaside Textured Embossing Folder, seemed to do the trick. Just enough texture.

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Is It Retiring?

The stamp set that I used for today’s card, Waterfront, is not on the retiring list. However, there are lots of great stamp set, Framelits, punches, inks, card stock, …Well, you get the idea, lots of stuff is retiring. So, check the lists and see what you need to order. I’d love to be your demonstrator! If you place an on-line order of $50 or more with me this month, I’ll send you a spool of Gold Ribbon as a thank you.

Here’s the link for on sale items!   AC-OCC Retired Disc-US

This is the list of items from the Annual Catalog.   AC Retired List-US

Here’s the list of items from the Occasions Catalog.   OCC Retired List-US

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. Oh, by the way, thank you for voting for my card at Kylie’s International Blog Highlights. I landed in the top 10 and so will be in a blog hop sometime soon. Thanks so much.



Timeless Textures Valentine

Like most men, my husband doesn’t like fussy cards. I think the Valentine card I’ve created using Timeless Textures and Bloomin’ Love should be not fussy enough to please him. We’ll see. What do you think?

Timeless Textures stamp set, Valentine, Stampin' Up!

Design Notes for Timeless Textures Valentine Card:

Do you like the subtle accents in the background?  I used two different stamps from the Timeless Textures stamp set for the background. I used Berry Burst ink for the stamp with the lines. Sometimes the image was  stamped off. Then, the little vine element was stamped with Crumb Cake ink. The colors seem to work together nicely. The little banner was cut with a framelit the Large Number Framelits set. Next, I used the Sweet and Sassy Framelits for the Gold Foil hearts.  Berry Burst ribbon ties in with the Berry Burst stamped images. I used Crumb Cake for the back layer. Here’s a peek at the three colors.


Finally, I resisted the urge to add pearls or Wink of Stella, but you could certainly do that!

Tip for Today

When you want just a light look with stamping, you can stamp off. Stamp the image one time and then stamp again without re-inking.


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Notice that the Timeless Textures stamp set is available in both clear mount and wood mount. Nice to have choices.



If you live nearby, and attend one of my classes, you’ll see this card again! You can be the star of the class!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are having a great day.


P.S. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow as I announce my next Class to Go – Birthday version!

My Last Christmas Card – Night in Bethlehem

This was the last card I made for Christmas but really should have been the first. As soon as I saw, Night in Bethlehem stamp set in the catalog, I knew it would be mine! I actually CASed one of the cards in the Holiday catalog. (That means I copied – or was inspired by-  some of the features of the card. Check out my CASE series of videos by clicking on Video Tutorials above.)

Night in Bethlehem stamp set, Bethlehem Edgelits, stamping off, Stampin' Up!,

I have to say, of all the cards I’ve made for Christmas, this might be my favorite.

Design Notes for Night in Bethlehem Card:

I think one of the things I like the best is the color combination. The Crumb Cake ink on the Very Vanilla card stock are both soft and work with the rich Night of Navy. Then the touches of Gold Foil just pull it all together.


The first, boldest layer of the city was created by cutting the silhouette of Bethlehem from Gold Foil with the Bethlehem Edgelits. The next layers were created by stamping and then stamping again without re-inking. Since the stamp was wider than the paper I was stamping on, I needed to be careful when stamping off. I butted scraps of the same weight card stock on either side so that all the ink would be removed equally. I wanted to stagger the design so it would appear as different buildings on the horizon. Maybe a video will be in order to talk about the fine points of stamping off!

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Tomorrow is Christmas. I hope everyone enjoys the day, safe and well fed. I know we will be well fed and happy visiting some dear friends in Virginia. I’ll be posting many of the great hand crafted cards I received tomorrow.