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Two commenters from last weeks posts will be receiving cards!

The first recipient is Marlene De Boer who said…” This card is gorgeous and I love hydrangeas. So elegant and would be honored to receive this card. But if not, will need to order this bundle”.  You can view the card here.

And second is Schanna Bodkin, This is what she said about this card...The color combination makes this tree so peaceful and inviting! What a beauty to get in the mail.

Thank you everyone for your comments.  If you don’t already have this awesome stamp set you may want to make sure you purchase it before it’s too late.  You have through August 31!

Now on to today’s post where I have two similar cards.

Cookie Cutter Reindeer

This card is my first play with the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set.  I wanted to keep it clean and simple.  I did a really quick watercolor of  the reindeer on watercolor paper with Soft Suede ink after stamping him in Black Stazon.  And then punched him out with the coordinating punch.

  •  When watercoloring Stazon is a perfect ink to use to stamp the image so there’s no chance of the outline bleeding into your image.
  • To add some interest to this clean and simple card I embossed the whisper white layer with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder making it look like snow.

cookie cutter reindeer swirly F  My second play I stepped it up a bit for a team swap.

  • I decided no watercoloring with multiple cards to make.  I stamped the image with our Archival Basic Black ink on Crumb Cake card stock and made it easy on myself.
  • To create the snow this time I used the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Catalog that will go live on September 1. Lots of really cute designs but I was excited when I saw snow!!
  • I added the die cut from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits and loved the look.  Just such a fun set of dies.

Cookie Cutter Stamp Set - Reindeer

  • Remember…you save 10% when you buy bundles.  This bundle includes the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set and the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.
  • If you have trouble glueing down intricate dies the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to the rescue.  I love it!  Here’s a tip that I mentioned last week…dot the glue on the back of the die instead of running a fine line.  And then let it sit for a very short time.  No messy glue squirting out from behind the die onto your card front.  Really…try it!
  • How many Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals do use in a week.  Me…tons!!  Love they way they pop the images but not too much like others I have used.

cookie cutter reindeer swirley CU

So which is your favorite?  I know which one is mine.  I decided that I will add it as an extra card at this week’s Quick and Cute Card Class.

quick and cute card class

If you’re local please join us for class.  Today is the last day to register!

Only one spot left for the evening class! Several for the morning class

Thursday, August 25

10:00am or 6:30 pm

We will be making 6 cards with envelopes (2 each of 3 designs)
plus the Cookie Cutter Christmas bonus card

$15 fee or a Minimum Order

RSVP Here…Right Now!

Need a Holiday Catalog?  
Click Here to Request Your Copy to Sit and Drool Over

Thanks for stopping by!

Products used it both of today’s cards:

 August 23, 2016  Posted by at 5:42 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Aug 202016
I’m giving another Thoughtful Branches Card Away Today!

Yesterday I posted a gorgeous tree and now today some beautiful Hydrangeas.  Both were created with the Thoughtful Branches Bundle.  If you didn’t comment on yesterday’s card and would like a chance to have it sent to you please Click Here, take a peek and make a comment.  I’ll be choosing a person to receive that card tomorrow morning.

I’ll be posting additional cards throughout the rest of the month using this bundle and every time I do I’ll be choosing someone to receive it.  So yes, please comment on today’s card and I’ll be choosing some lucky person on Monday morning.

  • The hydrangeas are again two die cuts adhered together slightly off set.  Just like yesterday’s tree it provides fullness.
  • One flower is Melon Mambo sponged with Perfect Plum.  The second is actually two colors…Elegant Eggplant on the bottom and Wisteria Wonder sponged with Perfect Plum on top.
  • See yesterday’s post to learn more about what Big Shot platforms and plates work best with intricate dies.

  • Here you can more easily see the Clear Wink of Stella used on the flowers.  It’s an easy way to give some shimmer and shine to your completed card.
  • The bow is Stampin’ Up’s! Very Vanilla Lace Trim.
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With a Happy Heart,



 August 20, 2016  Posted by at 3:00 am Big Shot, Thank You, Thinking of You, Uncategorized 5 Responses »
Aug 192016
Would you like to receive this card in the mail?
Learn how below.

I just ordered the Thoughtful Branches Bundle!  Gasp!!  I had actually decided not to purchase it.  I had vacation, was busy and just didn’t have time to really promote a time limited bundle.  But, after seeing all the cards and projects everyone was creating with it I just couldn’t resist.  It is such an awesome stamp set and bundle. You can use it throughout the year and even for the holidays.

  • Thoughtful Branches is an Exclusive Time Limited Bundle that will only be available through the month of August.  Yes, you can order the stamp set and dies separately but you save 10% when you purchase it as a bundle.  And who doesn’t like to save!
  • Knowing what platforms and plates to use on your Big Shot is important especially when you are cutting intricate dies.  View this Stampin’ Up! video to learn about the Precision Plate and Big Shot Mat and Die Brush.

  • Cutting the leaves twice, once the stamped image and then again in a solid card stock gives the tree a fuller appearance.
  • Adhere the stamped image to the card stock cut out with the Fine Tipped Glue Pen.  A helpful tip for not getting glue everywhere you don’t want it is to place small dots of glue on the back of the card stock instead of a line and wait about 30 seconds before adhering together.
  • Dimensionals  cut in tiny pieces were used on the back of the leaves to pop them off the card layer.

I will be posting additional projects created with this awesome bundle throughout the rest of the month.

Comment on today’s post and I will be drawing one person to receive this card in the mail.

And then stop back tomorrow to do the same on tomorrow project.




 August 19, 2016  Posted by at 5:14 pm Uncategorized 12 Responses »
Aug 182016

I’ve been playing with the Ronald MacDonald, My Hero Stamp Set this week.  This year’s set is such a cute one!  It has a cute stamp for almost all of the major holidays. And, the best part is…when you purchase this set you are donating to the Ronald MacDonald House Charities.  That’s right – every time one of these sets is sold $3 is donated to this wonderful charity that helps keep families close when a child is receiving medical treatment far from home.

The cards I created this week are the make and takes for my Happy Heart Stampers Team Gathering this Sunday.  I usually create 4 cards but this happens to be the 5th because I just couldn’t stop at 4.  That’s what I usually say about chocolate. LOL  I’ll share some of the others after our meeting.

  • I love clean and simple projects!  What does that mean?  A stamped focal point with lots of white space.  And when I say white space I really mean ’empty’ space. It can actually be any color.
  • Real Red and Dapper Denim are a fun color combination don’t you think?
  • Texture is trendy!  The netting is from the Best Birds stamp set and the splatters are from Awesomely Artistic but you could use stamps from several different sets in the Stampin’ Up! Annul Catalog or maybe something you already have.
  • Perfect hearts are cut with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits dies.  The set contains what I call regular hearts and then ‘sassy’ hearts.  And the sassy ones are my favorite!
  • The New Big Shot Platform with the raised center works so well with all our dies.  When you purchase a new Big Shot it will come with this platform but if you have the old one you might want to add this new one to your Big Shot ‘I want it’ list!

Need a copy of the Holiday Catalog and plan to place your order through me?  Request your copy here.  If you have purchased from in the past year you will be receiving your catalog by the end of the month.  The catalog goes live September 1.  Feel free to email me to check that your on the list.

Join me on my Stamp and Embellish with Diane Facebook Group.  A place to share your creativity and ask questions.

With a Happy Heart 


 Products used in today’s project:

 August 18, 2016  Posted by at 3:00 am Holidays, Uncategorized No Responses »
Aug 132016

At the end of July I attended the Chicago Gathering for Greatness with Lisa Pretto and Janet Wakeland.  It was a training weekend that covered subjects like running classes, building a team, blogging, time management, taxes and keeping your customers happy.  And I’m big on keeping my customers happy. 🙂

Whenever demonstrators get together you can bet there’s going to be a card swap.  I created 40 cards and swapped with demonstrators from all over the country.  I wanted to share with you those swaps that were created using the Thoughtful Branches Bundle.  You can view my swap card here.

  • This set is an exclusive, limited time bundle that will be available only through the end of August.
  • If you love trees you are going to love this set!  Take a look at the different kinds and how they look with and without leaves.
  • Think flowers too.  The trees leaves cut in a pretty pink or blue make a beautiful Hydrangea.
  • There are lots of sentiments included in the set which make it versatile.
  • Save 10% when you purchase this set as a BUNDLE. Everyone loves to save!
  • To make cutting with the intricate dies easy use the Magnetic Platform with the Precision Plate.  Then use the Die Brush and Mat to make it easy to remove all the little pieces from the die cut.
Seriously…you need to get this bundle!

 Lynne Ernst

Janet Wakeland

Karen Oster

 Lisa Pretto

Deb Snyder

Mary Ellen Stites


Thanks for stopping by




 August 13, 2016  Posted by at 3:00 am Uncategorized 2 Responses »
Aug 122016

Over and over I hear I love what you do but I don’t have time!  Or, I don’t now what to create, it comes easy for you.  and how about, I don’t want to buy a lot of stuff.  I don’t have the room!  I would like to make some Pinterest worthy items but where to begin?

If  this sounds like you and you have never tried Stampin’ Up!’s fun and creative kit in a box now is the time.  I know you’ve been wanting to!  BOGO means you buy the first month and the second month is on Stampin’ Up! completely FREE!!  Who doesn’t like FREE!!!

If you’re ready now CLICK HERE and enter the code:  BOGO.

Need a few more details?

Promo Dates: August 11 – Octoer 10, 2016

Offer Details:  Use promo code “BOGO” at paper  Buy the first kit for $19.95 and get the 2nd month for FREE!  You will receive the September kit and get the October kit FREE.

Fine Print:

  • IMPORTANT: Offer invalid if subscription is suspended or cancelled during the first two months. In other words, subscribers cannot cancel or suspend their subscription during their first two months—if they do, the offer is void.
  • After the first two months, the subscription will continue for $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD + tax per month (shipping included) unless cancelled or suspended.
  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only.
  • Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
  • Ends October 10, 2016 (the last day to subscribe and get the October kit)

Want to learn even more – Watch this video.

Do you like to think out of the box?  Join this fun Facebook Group to see how you can change up the kit contents to create something completely “out of the box”.
If you have questions I’m here to answer them. 🙂


 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 3:00 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Aug 112016

Flourishing Phrases Stampin' Up! Bundle has great images, dies and I love all the sentiments.  I love when I only need to purchase one stamp set and I can make tons of cards.

I decided to use the Flourishing Phrases Bundle for my Gathering for Greatness Chicago Training.  It’s a set with great images, dies and sentiments.  Don’t you just love it when one stamp set has everything you need to make tons of cards?   

So there’s a little story behind the 80 leaves I needed to cut for this swap.  My 88 year old mother doesn’t like to make cards but she does like to help me whenever there is something she can do.  So I thought I would set her to die cutting leaves.  After she had 60 cut I realized I had handed her the wrong color card stock…Dapper Denim instead of the Night of Navy.  I really didn’t want to tell her but when I did she sweetly said, well, I think this is a lovely color sweetheart.  🙂  I tried to like them in Dapper Denim but in the end I cut 80 new leaves!

Flourishing Phrases Stampin' Up! Bundle has great images, dies and I love all the sentiments.  I love when I only need to purchase one stamp set and I can make tons of cards.

  • For Best Results when using the Flourish Thinlits Die I recommend using the new and improved Big Shot Platform and the Precision Base Plate.  Here’s a Stampin’ Up! Video to show more.
  • Save 10% when you purchase the Flourishing Phrases and Flourish Thinlits Dies as a Bundle.  I love the sentiments!  The variety and font are great for both the inside and outside of your cards.
  • The little flower on the circle is cut with the smallest flower die in the set right on the circle itself and then I glued a Night of Navy smaller circle to the back to show through.
  • The largest of the pearls in the Basic Pearls adds just the right amount of bling don’t you think?
Flourishing Phrases Bundle
  • The Flourish Thinlet Dies aren’t made to cut out the images in the stamp set.  They actually coordinate with the Flourishing Phrases stamp set in the true sense of the word.  It’s been a bit confusing to some people put I really like the idea.  The dies have leaves. flowers, a pretty border and one that looks very similar to the image stamped on my card here.

Products for Today’s Card Can Be Viewed Below
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Thoughtful Branches Limited Edition Stamp Set

Products Used In Today’s Project:

 August 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:33 pm Uncategorized 2 Responses »
Jul 062016

I’m EXCITED!! And I bet you will be too!
A special summer deal and a reason to GO SHOPPING!!!

Bonus Days! For every $50 you spend between July 7 and July 31, 2016 you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use between August 2–31, 2016. This is a perfect opportunity to purchase items on your wish list, whether you buy them now or with your coupons in August.


  • An email address is required to participate in the promotion.  Why you ask…because Bonus Days coupon codes will be delivered via email
  • Every $50!  You will receive a Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $50 you spend in a single order, catalog price before shipping and tax.
  • Save your code(s)…this is very important!  Save the email and WRITE IT DOWN!  Because if you lose the code(s) they can not be recovered!
  • No Limit!  Earn as many coupons as you like from Jul 7 through July 31.
  • Use Your Coupons from August 2 – 31 during the check out process.
  • Redeem Your Coupons for any products except a Starter Kit or Paper Pumpkin Subscriptions. (You can use them on a prepaid subscription).



This is the perfect time to add the Oh Happy Day Card Kit to your order!

It’s one of my favorite products in the new catalog and it makes a perfect gift!  

Purchase it this month for someone special and tuck it away for their Birthday or Christmas.

And yes…you can be that special person on your list. 🙂

 Learn more about this awesome kit in the video below.

Coming in August!
Sneak Peak!
A limited edition stamp set and coordinating dies –  Just For You!

It will only be here a short time (August 2nd – August 31st) or while supplies last!

Best Part – You can use your earned Bonus Days Coupons towards the purchase of this fun set!!


Are you excited and ready to shop starting tomorrow?





 July 6, 2016  Posted by at 3:39 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Jul 042016

Wishing you a Happy 4th

with a quick and easy card idea using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlet Dies.
  • Swirly Scribbles Thinlet Dies are simply one of my favorite dies in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog!   I love the way the long die gives the hint of a waving flag.
  • Quick and Easy Stars can be created in 5 sizes using the Stars Framelit Dies.  Here I used the 3 smallest dies cutting the top one in Silver Glimmer Paper to add a little bling.
  • Triple Banner Punch comes to the rescue!  If you dislike cutting banner ends with paper snips and not getting them perfect then this is the punch for you.  It cuts 1′, 1-1/2′ and 2′ banners perfectly.  But I even used it for the Night of Navy 1-1/4′ banner just by centering it in the punch.
  • Celebrate! is a sentiment from the Celebrate Today Stamp Set.  I love the way it also mimics the wave of a flag.
 Surprise Visit!

I also wanted to share a surprise visit I had with my niece and her family this weekend!  When I visited them in Florida about 3 years ago their little girl Reagan even at 3 loved making cards with me and embossing with the Big Shot.  Now that she is 6 she is amazing and loved every minute of our project time.  She takes after her Aunt Diane and I love it!  

Reagan wanted to make cards as soon as she arrived.  Now that she is 6 I showed her how to cut, use the bone folder, work the Big Shot…everything.

Love the concentration when applying glue dots.  And the tongue, just like Aunt Diane when she crafted at that age. 🙂

Here’s Reagan 4th of July card using some of the same elements I used in my card today.  She made other cards and when she opened one and ask for a pen I asked who she was addressing it to.   She said her boyfriend!  It was for Sean and she wrote…I love you, will you marry me!


Reagan also wanted to cook and bake with Aunt Diane.  We had a great time making brownies and homemade mac and cheese.

Her mom said it was ok to lick the bowl. 🙂

She wanted to wear every one of my aprons and loved modeling them.  I wish we lived closer so I could craft, cook and play often.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and share.

Have a Happy and Safe 4th!




The Supply List for Today’s Project.  Click the Picture to link to my store.

 July 4, 2016  Posted by at 1:40 pm Uncategorized 2 Responses »
Jun 292016

Who says organization needs to be boring?

Not with the Fun Designer Tin of Cards Kit!

Create 16 beautiful cards QUICKLY!  The Designer Tin of Cards kit contains materials to create 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs.  The fun tin has plenty of room to store all the cards you make from the kit plus more.  It was designed with everyone in mind.  It’s perfect for the ‘newbie’ stamper but it’s great for the seasoned stamper that’s short on time!

The Tin of cards stamp set is a photopolymer set.  It’s sold separately and is a versatile stamp set that you will find yourself using over and over again!

Warning!  Watch this video and you will want this fun kit!


If you are in my local area let’s have a fun kit party at your home or my stamp studio.  Each person will only need to purchase the actual kit and I will supply the rest!


Order the $99 Starter Kit in the month of June and get 2 FREE bonus stamps sets.  
Choose $125 in products, the 2 free bonus stamp sets and get free shipping.
Don’t want to run a business.  It’s ok because I love hobby demos who LOVE a discount!
Click HERE for more details.




Supply list to make the Designer Tin of Cards Kit.  Click products to shop my online store. 

 June 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:39 pm Crafting Kits, Quick and Easy, Uncategorized No Responses »