Sponge Brayers for My Travel Journal!

In less than two weeks, Jerry and I leave for our vacation in Scotland. We’ve made all of our arrangements – flights, lodgings, car rental. But it occurred to me that I hadn’t prepared my travel journal. I love to take trip notes in a journal so that I can easily create an album when we return. One of the reasons that I wanted to go to Scotland is that part of my heritage is Scottish. My maiden name was Kerr – a good Scots name! So I looked up the Kerr clan plaid and tried to reproduce the plaid with Sponge Brayers. My colors are a little off but it’s fairly close!

Travel Journal, sponge brayers, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Design Notes for Travel Journal with Sponge Brayers:

I feel so creative when I use the sponge brayers. Using brayers is a great way to make an ombre look or just a nice swath of color on your card. I like to use them to create a plaid. I made a video about this technique awhile back. You might want to check it out again. Here’s the link.

I wanted to keep the outside pretty simple. My journals usually take a beating. The Brushwork Alphabet stamp set came in handy here. I’ve tried putting all of the letters on a block and stamp the whole word. But, I’ve found that I don’t like the spacing. To solve this problem, just stamp one letter at a time. But keeping the letters lined up was a challenge. Solution? Washi Tape! I place a strip of Washi on the card stock and then line up the individual letters as I go along. That way I have better control of the spacing of the letters. When I’m done, I just carefully remove the Washi Tape.

Brushstroke Alphabet stamp set, Stampin Up! , diannes cards.com

Supply list for Travel Journal with Sponge Brayers:

The little date stamp is from Tabs for Everything. Isn’t it cute?



Holiday catalog cover, Stamping' Up! diannescards.com

Today is the first day that you can order from the new Holiday catalog! Yea! there are so many wonderful things, you will want them all. If you’d like a Holiday catalog, just email me and let me know ([email protected])


Hurricane Harvey Donation:

If you are like me, you have been glued to the TV to sadly witness the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. I know you are as concerned as I am to see the loss of life, of homes, the complete alteration of lives. It will take a long time to recover. I know, like me, you want to help. Here’s one little way.

Please shop with me in September, and help make a difference in the lives of those affected by the storm. I will donate 20% of your order total (before tax and shipping) to the Houston Food Bank (See Charity Navigator here. )

  • All orders must be placed between today, September 1 and September 30.
  • You can place your order by emailing me, [email protected] We can work out what you want, payment, etc. You can also call.
  • If you are coming to any of my classes you can order then.
  • You can order directly on line. To get to my 24-7 online store, just click on any item in the Supply List and that will take you there. You can then select what you’d like to order.

Thanks so much!



Giftable Greetings and Leftovers

This is what was leftover from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit, Giftable Greetings. (I forgot to take a picture before I made the extra cards. As you can see, there are still a lot of good things left!)

Giftable Greetings, Paper Pumpkin August 2017, Stampin' Up! Diannescards.com

Most every month, after I complete the project in the Paper Pumpkin Kit, I have lots of great leftover. Of course there are always the stamp set and the Stampin’ Spot (ink). But there is almost always some great things I didn’t use. This month’s kit was no exception.

The August kit came with materials to make some Congratulations cards and some Thank You cards. This month, the kit also included the most adorable gift box! (I just realized I forgot to add a leaf and flower to the tag. My bad.)

Giftable Greetings, Aug. 2017 Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

One of the stamps included was “With Much Sympathy”. So, I used it, added a bit of card stock and used up some of the leftovers to create these three cards.

Giftable Greetings, Paper Pumpkin, Aug. 2017, Stampin' Up1, diannescards.com

Design Notes for Extra Cards from Giftable Greetings:

I used some Pool Party card stock and used the flower stamp from the kit. I stamped off before stamping on the card stock to give it a more subtle look. The coral striped ribbon and the Night of Navy Twine were left over from the kit. I used some Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding on the other card.

Here’s a little video from Paper Pumpkin. You can see the box better in this video!

About Paper Pumpkin:

Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? Have you been thinking about subscribing? This is the perfect time to try it out if you’ve not subscribed before. Until Sept. 10 you can sign up to get the Sept kit for 50% off! Isn’t that a great deal?

Paper Pumpkin 50% off special, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

If you subscribe and list me as your demonstrator, I will be happy to give you a foam Piercing Mat. Since all of the stamps that come with the Paper Pumpkin kits are photopolymer, it’s good to have a piercing mat to stamp on. 50% off and a GIFT! Winner! Winner!

To subscribe, just click here to go to the Paper Pumpkin page. (Make sure to use the code, HALFOFF0917)

I Made It To The Top Ten!

Blog Highlight, August, 2017

Thanks to all of you who voted for me in the recent Blog Highlights run by Kylie Bertucci. I had the third highest number of votes. Now, I will be appearing in an International  Blog Hop on September 6. Stay Tuned! Here’s a link to my winning project in case you missed it.

Have a great day, hopefully, with some time to stamp. It’s good for you!





Quilt Inspiration – Cards and Video Tutorial

I used to say, “When I retire, I want to learn to quilt.” Well, scrapbooking and then card making came up and no room or time (or talent) for quilting. However, a few weeks ago, I went to a local quilt show. Wow! Some of the quilts were beautiful. And so much work! But, I was hit with “Quilt Inspiration”. I am in the midst of designing some cards inspired by some of the quilts I saw there. Over the next few weeks I’ll present the cards, the inspirational quilts and I’ll show how I made the cards. Doesn’t that sound like fun? And so much quicker than quilting!

I made two versions of the card.

Quilt Inspiration, Berry Burst, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com Quilt Inspiration, Dapper Senim, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Are you wondering how to create these cards? Do you have a quilter in your life that would like a card like this? You are in luck. I’ve prepared a video to show you how I made these cards.



Measurements for Quilt Inspiration Card:

  • Dapper Denim Card Stock, 5″ x 10″, score at 5″. Also need some scraps for two pieces cut from smallest square in the Stitched Shapes Thinlits
  • Whisper White Card Stock, 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″, plus scrap for stamping sentiment
  • Pieces of Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, for smallest squares from the Stitched Shapes Thinlits
  • 4 pieces from Wood Texture Design Series Paper Stack cut 1/4″ x 4 3/4″
  • For the Berry Burst Birthday card, sentiment is cut from smallest circle in the Stitched Shapes Thinlits.


Supply List for Quilt Inspiration Card:



Hope you are having a wonderful day!


Sunday CASE Belated Birthday

It’s Sunday! That means another video, this one in the CASE series (Copy and Share Everywhere). And, as an added bonus, for this one, I created a belated birthday card. But, perhaps you are one of those people who never need that kind of card. Well, you might want to watch the video anyway, just to get some hints on Caseing a card.

Here’s a picture of just the card. Isn’t it cute? I think this is a color combination worth holding on to.

Belated Birthday, Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, CASE, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Here are the colors.



And here is a close up so that you can see the cute Glitter Enamel Dots.

Belated Birthday, Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, CASE, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com


Supply List for Belated Birthday CASE Card:

A Few Things to Remember:

Bonus Day coupon

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


Hope you are enjoying a beautiful Sunday.


Blooms & Wishes for Wedding

Well, I know it’s not wedding season, but people do get married all year round. In my quest to have on hand some cards for various occasions, I made several wedding cards. I used the Blooms & Wishes stamp set. What a great set. It has both sentiments and lots of two step stamps. It turns out that it was the perfect card for me to show some other ways to CASE a card. So, in addition to showing you a card I’ve cased, I have a video for you!

As you will see in the video, I CASED one of my own cards. The stamp set I used with the original card has retired so I used another set, Blooms & Wishes. I also changed the colors.

Here’s a picture of the finished card, new version.Blooms & Wishes CASE card, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com


Supply List for Blooms & Wishes Wedding Card:

Remember, make sure you use a Stampin’ Pierce Mat when you are using Photopolymer stamps. It adds an extra layer of cushion and assures that your stamped images will be clean and crisp.


Hope you have enjoyed the video. Please feel free to leave a comment.