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!, diannescards.com


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.

Supply List for Waterfront Sympathy Card:


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

Just click below to go to my 24-7 On Line Store.

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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.



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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Thanks for stopping by today.



Dragonfly Dreams in Blue

After I created this card, I was curious about what color dragonflies really are. I had a recollection of blues, greens, something iridescent. Turns out I was fairly close. I used the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set with Pacific Point and Pool Party inks. What do you think?

dragonfly Dreams stamp set, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

The inspiration for this card came from this Week’s Try Stampin’ on Tuesday challenge. Be sure to hop on over to the site. Better yet, create something for the challenge! There are lots of ways to create.

Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge, May, 2018

Design Notes for Dragonfly Dreams Card:

The challenge was to pick three ideas from the Tic-Tac Tuesday board. I selected “Emboss, Blue, Outdoors.” For the emboss portion, I used one of the Petal Pair Embossing Folders on some Pool Party cardstock. Then I sponged the image with some Pacific Point ink. I used the same blues on the dragonfly. The other section of the card layer is Smoky Slate that I stamped with some Smoky Slate ink with a stamp from the Timeless Textures stamp set. Finally, I used some Wink of Stella on the wings of the dragonfly.

dragonfly Dreams stamp set, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com


Supply List for Dragonfly Dreams Cards:

All of the items I used today are being carried over to the new catalog.



There is still time to purchase items that will be retiring. Just click on the links below to see the lists of items that will be leaving as of May 31. Actually, items are starting to sell out so purchase soon.

Remember to use the May Host Code: PW97U9EF, then you will qualify for a drawing for the Host Benefits at the end of the month.

Discounted Items from Annual and Occasions catalog – AC-OCC Retired Disc-US

Occasions Catalog OCC Retired List-US

Annual Catalog AC Retired List-US

If you spend $50 on more on an on-line order, I’ll send you a spool of Gold Ribbon as a thank you.

Hope you are having a great day!





It’s a Beautiful Day to Share What You Love

Today I’m showing you a card I made with a few products from the Share What You Love product Suite. It’s featured in the new Annual Catalog that goes live June 1 but you can purchase it now!

Share What YOu Love, Stampin' Up! diannescards.com

Don’t you love this beautiful paper?

Design Notes for Share What You Love Card:

The Share What You Love Specialty Designer Paper in this collection is so beautiful. Many of the pages have pearly accents. The paper is also a bit thicker than most designer paper. I cut the Tranquil Tide card stock so that just an inch of it was on the front. The designer paper was cut at 4″ x 5 1/2. That way you can see the other side of the paper from the inside. 

Share What YOu Love, Stampin' Up! diannescards.com

I added a little interest to the lovely Pearlized Doily by sponging it with some Rich Razzleberry ink. Finally, I added one of the Leaves Trinkets to the front. 

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What Can You Buy Now:

There are three choices for product bundles that you can purchase right now:


Notice each Bundle contains at least one FREE item! Also, these bundles will not be available after May 31.


To order, all you need to do is click on any of the images above.

Remember to use the May Host Code, PW07U9EF. If you place an on-line order of $50 or more, I’ll send you a spool of Gold Ribbon as a Thank You gift.

Hope you are having a great Mother’s Day!


Mark Your Place with In Colors

I received a few boxes of new catalogs late Thursday. Since then I’ve been busy delivering them to local customers and mailing to those far away. I made a bookmark for each one using some of the new In Colors, a new stamp set and some new Designer Paper. Such fun!

Varied Vases stamp set, book mark, in colors, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

These are just a few of the bookmarks. I had already delivered or mailed many of the catalogs when I remembered to take a picture!

Design Notes for In Colors Bookmark:

It was so much fun to use the new stamp set, Varied Vases. And, just to make life easy, there is a punch to go with the stamp set, Vase Builder Punch. The stamp set and Punch are a bundle. BUY THE BUNDLE! Save 10%. Well, buy it as soon as you can.

I tried to get a little of each of the In Colors on each tag. The vase on each of them was stamped with the new Blueberry Bushel and then punched out with the Vase Builder Punch. I stamped the first layer of the flowers with Pineapple Punch and used a Call Me Clover Marker for the stem. I stamped some Grapefruit Grove ink on top for the second part of the flower. The “Thank You” sentiment was stamped with Lovely Lipstick. There – all five colors! I used some of the paper from the 6″ x 6″ In Color Designer Series Paper to frame the stamped piece.

Varied Vases stamp set, book mark, in colors, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com


Supply List for In Colors Bookmark:

Guess what, you can buy the In Color Ink pads right now! Isn’t that great? There is even a bundle available when you buy all five new colors.


If you do not have a demonstrator, I’d be happy to be your demonstrator. Let me know if you are interested in receiving a catalog!

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you are havng a great weekend.