Paper Tearing with Sea of Textures

Today I am going to show you a card made with the great Sea of Textures stamp set and also show you a video about paper tearing. I’m a designer on the Try Stampin’ on Tuesday site and today I’m presenting the technique challenge for July.

Sea of Textures stamp set, Paper tearing, Under the Sea Framelits, shimmery White Embossing Paste, Stampin' Up!,

I love that octopus! AFTER I stamped and cut him out, I realized it’s not a very realistic color. However, I’m claiming artistic license and we’re going with the Blackberry Bliss.


Design Notes for Sea of Textures Card:

The octopus and the coral were easy. I stamped and then cut them out with the Under the Sea Framelits. I cut the reef out and used the piece of card stock as a mask. Next, I used some Shimmery White Embossing Paste to create the reef effect.

Did you look carefully at the octopus? At his eyes? I used two tiny pieces from the Tranquil Textures Sprinkles and the Fine Tip Glue Pen to give him eyes!

Sea of Textures stamp set,, Stampin' Up!

Learn about the paper tearing techniques in the video below.

Supply List for Sea of Textures Card:

The Sea of Textures stamp set is part of a bundle. Buy both and save 10%. The stamp set comes in either clear mount or wood mount.


It’s July1!

Today the sale on Designer Paper begins. Please email me ([email protected]) with your order. Or you can go to my 24-7 on-line store.

DSP Sale


Also, don’t forget that you can now purchase the new colors of Stampin’ Blends! Just add them to your order.

Blends from catalog, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!,


Hope you are enjoying a great weekend.

Today is the golf card parade in our community. All the kids are here. We’re going patriotic with the cart decorations this year (and keeping it simple!) Pictures to follow!




Striped Treat Bag Remake

Last week I made a gusseted bag from the flat Striped Treat Bag. A few folks asked me how it was done. So, today – a video tutorial. To be honest, I’ve made the process a bit easier than the process I used in the original post. (See it here.) Here’s a peek at what I created for the video.

striped Treat Bags, Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Stampin' Up!,

Aren’t these perfect for Valentine treats?

I am pretty sure I saw this done at a Stampin’ Up! gathering a year or so ago. Nonetheless, here is my take on how to create a gusseted bag from a flat one.

I also wrote out the directions so that you could save them for future reference.

Striped Treat Bag, Stampin' Up!, diannscards.comI can’t decide which one I like the best.

Striped Treat Bags, Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, Striped Treat Bags, Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, Striped Treat Bags, Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Stampin' Up!,

Supplies for Valentine Striped Treat Bags:

Sa;e-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!,


So, do you see how valuable the Stampin’ Trimmer can be? You need one. When you order a Trimmer, I will send you an extra package of Trimmer Cutting Blades as a Thank You gift. The Trimmer comes with one blade but you’ll be prepared when the time comes to replace that blade.

Order the Trimmer, a package of Striped Treat Bags and  a stamp set like the Heart Happiness set and you will be all ready to create some great Valentine treat bags. In addition, you will earn a Sale-A-Bration item. Win! Win!



Thanks for stopping by today. Look for another blog post later today. I’m participating in an International Blog Highlight. Each participant will feature something made with a favorite item from either the Occasions Catalog or Sale-A-Bration. Sure to have lots of good ideas there!


All About Amazing You and Masking

Amazing You is one of the great new stamp sets from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Just purchase $50 and it can be yours. Today I have featured this great stamp set in a birthday card for a friend.

Amazing You stamp set, Stampin' Up!,, masking

There’s more about Amazing You that I’ll be sharing soon. Well, I’ll give you a hint… there is a  coordinating set of Thinlits that you can also get for FREE! Some samples next week. You are going to love it!

Amazing YOu Thinlits, Stampin' Up!,

Are you wondering about the “masking” part referred to in the blog post title? That’s how I got the great gold accent behind the flower.

I’ve been playing a lot with masking the last week or two and decided to create a video tutorial for you. I show you two types of masking. You will see they are easy and easier!

Design Notes for Amazing You Card:

First, I inked up the flower stamp with Calypso Coral and then I used a Stampin’ Write Marker to ink up the leaves. I created a mask of the flower and leaves then used that to cover the Calypso Coral and Wild Wasabi image. Next, I used VersaMark and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder with the sunburst stamp. I thought the “celebrate” repeated along side in Calypso Coral ink was a good way to finish it off. Finally, I added some Gold Metallic Thread behind the focal image. You can never go wrong adding some gold.

Supply List for Amazing You Card:


Sa;e-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!,

Don’t forget, you can get this stamp set for free. Just order $50 in products from the Occasions catalog or the Annual Catalog. For each $50 you purchase you will qualify for a Free item.

Thanks for stopping by today.



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!,

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

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!

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!

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!,

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,

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!,

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!