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more recent cards

Good morning! This is a very image heavy post today but I have quite a few cards to share. Thanks for sticking with me! I’ll try to keep the text short. ūüôā

The first card uses the Art Impressions 5319- Birthday Set, 5317- MB Template Dies, 5318- MB Envelope Dies, 5323- MB Wall Accessories, and 5324- MB Cat Accessories. I made this one a few months ago and overlooked it in my files. These are so fun to create and fold up so tiny!

My second card was made in support of Ukraine and was given to someone who has family in shelter there. Praying for everyone in this horrible situation. I used SNSS Beautiful Bouquets Bundle, SNSS Script Background, Sunny Studio Frilly Frames- Lattice, and SU! Stitched So Sweetly dies.

A masculine birthday card using Sizzix Circuit embossing folder and MFT Block Happy Birthday die. The small sentiment is Sweet ‘n Sassy Birthday Wordfetti.

I made a set of CAS thank you cards for a friend who’s father passed away. SU! Punch Party, Trio of Tags Dies, and Evergreen Forest embossing folder.

The next two cards use SU! Forever Fern, The Paper Studio- Eucalyptus paper, MFT Stitched Basic Edges and Scalloped Stitched Basic Edges, and Sizzix Layered Ovals. Colors- Soft Sky, Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, Certainly Celery, Blue Bayou, Soft Seafoam.

A special card for a birthday girl! MFT Friendly Unicorns & Dies, Color Blast Die, and Grassy Hills Die, Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Borders, Sweet ‘n Sassy Birthday Wordfetti and Puffy Clouds Stencil.

I made a cute gnome shadow box card with Lawn Fawn Shadow Box Dies, and MFT Hanging With My Gnomies.

Next is two cards with SU! Hand-Penned Petals and Hand-Penned Memories & More cards & envelopes. I also used the SU! Stitched So Sweetly Dies. On the first card I also used a sentiment from SU! Friendly Hello and SSS Stitched Circles Dies. On the second card I also used SU! Here’s A Card, SU! Brick & Mortar embossing folder, and Gina Marie Stitched Rectangles. It was semi-cased from Elizabeth Price (Seeing Inkspots).

Simple black & white versions of a card using word dies… Hero Arts- Hello There stamp & die set.

I went with blue and browns for my bee card… SU! Honeybee Home, SU! Hive embossing folder, and circle punches.

A few alternates from the SU! January 2022 Paper Pumpkin kit. The embossed hearts are from an old Cuttlebug Love Language embossing folder. These were scored to change them from a trifold card to a gatefold. I love shaped cards!

Altenew is known for their florals and the Simple Beauty set was used here to make some sympathy cards. The diecut edge is from MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2.

I am late getting a start on this year’s Christmas cards but I squeaked out a few with the TH Snarky Christmas Cat set.

Another masculine birthday card. These are harder for me! SU! Snowfront used here with some woodgrain paper.

And lastly, some diecut birthday cards using Sweet ‘n Sassy Sweet Treats Stamp & Die Bundle, Sizzix Happy Birthday Drop-Ins Card Dies, Lawn Fawn Double sided adhesive sheets, and a bunch of 1/2″ cardstock strips!

Thanks for scrolling this far and have a great day!

snow friend like you

I have another card to share today. I was asked to guest design for the Art Impressions blog today and the theme is “Get In Shape…shaped cards…no squares or rectangles”. Well, I do love a shaped card! ūüôā

I used a sweeeet snowman, bunny, and bird image from Ai 4935- Sparkle & Cheer Set, along with an old mitten shaped die (Spellbinders Nested Mittens) to create my “cold weather friends” card.

If you don’t have a mitten die, you can easily draw your own pattern or use clip art to make one. Keep the top fold of the card base slightly below the top of the mitten to create the fold. Then add an additional mitten to the front. I embossed the front mitten with Sizzix Knit Set embossing folder and sponged some ink (SU! Pool Party) on it before adhering it to the card front. The images were colored with Copics.

Have a great Thursday!

Cabin Circlet MTF

Hello friends and happy Tuesday! I am posting on Tuesday this week instead of Monday and today I have a masculine card to share using¬†one of the new¬†Ai¬†Circlet MTF sets. Here I used the¬†4981- Cabin Circlet MTF¬†set. I have already shared 2 ways that I used the new Circlets and here’s the third card I made. I‚Äôll share one more style later!

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I wouldn’t normally make a circle shaped card for a masculine card, but by incorporating some masculine papers and cross-stitched dies, I think it works. First, I stamped and colored each image. The first two were not fully colored where the matching dies¬†will cut them.

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Next, each image was die cut with circle dies and the inside of the first two were die cut with the dies included in the set. Then 3 blue layers were die cut. They are not attached yet here.

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Some patterned paper layers were added to the first two and then the circle images were adhered. The matching dies were laid back inside the images and held in place with low-tack tape. These were run through the machine again to cut a window through the first two blue layers.

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Now each layer is ready to be assembled. (I decided to add some paper scraps and die cut holes on that first one!)

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Using my Scor-Pal, I scored a half inch line at the top of the SECOND and THIRD circles. I didn’t want the top of my card to have score marks, for a nice finished look. Then I adhered the layers together using Scor-Tape on those top 1/2″ scored areas.

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I love how you can peek through from the top circle to the back one!

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This circle card opens sort-of like a book.

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Great masculine images!

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Have a great Tuesday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4981- Cabin Circlet MTF; paper- white, SU! Bermuda Bay, MME- Hello Gorgeous; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Large Circle Nestabilities, Die-Namics Cross Stitched Circles, Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, enamel dot.

Cottage Circlet Set

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with¬†a¬†card using¬†one of the new¬†Ai¬†Circlet MTF sets. Here I used the 4982- Cottage Circlet MTF set. Instead of using the new Circlet¬†MTF sets to create fun trifold cards,¬†I created 4 different card styles to give you extra ideas. Keep checking back to see the other¬†3 card styles I made…I’ll share another one on Thursday.

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For this card, I pulled out some circle dies and used them on each of my three layers. I diecut my images and also patterned papers to layer on the white diecut bases. The first two layers (the fence and cottage) also have a portion of the images cut out with matching dies that are included in the set. When layered, you can peek through each layer to the next image!

I used¬†two Ai mini white brads to attach my circle layers together and placed them on opposite sides so you see each one when¬†they are¬†turned to¬†open. Here’s the first, top layer, turned to open.

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When you also turn the second layer, you see all three.

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Here’s a few close ups.

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Such sweet images!

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4982- Cottage Circlet MTF; paper- white, Pebbles- Garden Party; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Small & Large Circle Nestabilities, Lg. Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, Die-Namics Cross Stitched Circles, Ai mini white brads, adhesive pearls.

a little carrot house

Hello friends!¬† The¬†current¬†Ai Challenge is¬†‚ÄúFeel the Love!‚ÄĚ and we are featuring the NEW Holiday Mansion Valentine & Easter¬†Sets, Valentine Bear Clear Set, & the Critter Cups Release!

Here I used the 4976- Holiday Mansion Easter Set to create a carrot shaped card for a cute bunny house.

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I drew a carrot shape and traced it onto a scrap of cardstock for a pattern. Then I traced it onto Crumb Cake cardstock twice. The second one is folded at the top for my card base…I just kept the top of the carrot above the fold.

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I made a slightly smaller pattern to cut the patterned paper layers. After everything was adhered, I die cut a few circle windows for the bunnies to peek through. I drew a few “faux stitches” around the windows with a black pen.

Now it‚Äôs your turn to break out your favorite stamps,¬†make a card, and join us in the¬†‚ÄúFeel the Love!‚ÄĚ Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4976- Holiday Mansion Easter Set; paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake, doodlebug kraft in color; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Small Circle Nestabilities, Scor-Tape.


throwback to 2015…

Happy *cold* Sunday! Brrr…it was -7 again this morning! I am staying warm and while I was typing¬†on the computer, I found a¬†bunch of photos¬†that were never shared so¬†I guess I¬†will be¬†catching up with¬†some forgotten projects! Here’s a few and I’ll pop in with more later.

We’re going back 3 years to 2015 here…lol.¬† First, a card made with the SU! Lotus Blossom set. The sentiment was from a little SU! incentive stamp.

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A thank you card which was a shoebox project for a stamping event that year. I love shaped cards! This one uses flowers from SU! Too Kind and a sentiment with the SU! Greetings Thinlits dies.

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An ATC which was for a swap (probably at the same event). This is Art Impressions’ Sitting Lovelle and Heavenly Bodies.

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A card I made with supplies at my friends’ craft store for their display. I can’t recall who makes the flower. Hero Arts??

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A little paper purse, dress,¬†and shoe gift set…I don’t remember what I put in the purse but I’m guessing there was chocolate in the dress!

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And the last one for today is a card with the SU! Animal Talk set. It was inspired by a card I received for my birthday one year.

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and the inside…

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Oh, but that’s not all I found. ūüėȬ† Stay tuned…

sweet wishes mini trifold

Hello friends!¬† The¬†current¬†Ai Challenge is¬†‚ÄúLots of Love” and we are featuring some of the fabulous new Art Impressions¬†Mini TryFolds (yes, there will be more later! yay!) These new sets are amazing! Love them.

Here I used the Sweet Wishes MTF- 4848 to make my valentine trifold card.  This time I gave it a curved top edge by die cutting while the card was closed.  Then I made sure my die was lined up correctly to cut my patterned paper layers to match.

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When I make my Mini¬†TryFold cards, I usually start with 4 1/4 x 11 cardstock and score 3 5/8″ in from each end.¬† The¬†TryFold sets¬†come with 3 images and¬†matching sentiments, plus 2 dies to coordinate so you can peek through the layers to the last image on the inside. So cool!¬† The largest image (floral wreath¬†here) goes on the card front and I die cut the inside of the wreath.¬† Instead of stamping the wreath on a panel, I decided to fussy cut the outer edges as well.

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When you open the first fold, there‚Äôs a¬†mailbox¬†on the second panel.¬† The inside of this was also die cut.¬† The door to the mailbox does not completely cut with the die, though…the bottom edge has perforations in the die so it stays attached and opens!¬† CUTE!¬† Can you see the bird peeking through?

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When completely open, the smallest image is on the inside.  This set has a tiny bird with some love letters!

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Now it‚Äôs your turn to make a card and join us in the¬†‚ÄúLots of Love‚Ä̬†Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Sweet Wishes MTF- 4848; paper- white, black, MME- Lost & Found- Heirloom; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Stitched Basic Edges, Stitched Rounded Rectangles, gemstones.

panda slider

Hello friends!

The¬†current¬†Ai Challenge is ‚ÄúSlide on By‚ÄĚ ‚Ķand we are featuring¬†three new super cute¬†Slider Sets (to use with the Slider Die) plus two new Stackers Sets (which also coordinate with the Slider Die)!¬†

Here I used the Panda Slider Set (4801) to create a cloud shaped card.

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I love making shaped cards and thought he’d be cute on a big cloud so I kept my card base and slider pieces all white.¬† I did add a smaller patterned paper cloud, though, for a whimsical accent.¬† Part of the plane was paper pieced with some matching paper.¬† The little “hi” is a cute die included in this set (there’s also a balloon)!

When the slider piece is pulled, the plane slides across the card and reveals the sentiment.

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I just quickly sketched my cloud card and cut it by hand.¬† Here’s the pattern if you would like to make one too.¬† Click on the photo and then right click to save.

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Now it’s your turn to make a card and join us in the current Ai Challenge!  We would love to see your creations!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Panda Slider Set (4801); paper- white, MME fine and dandy boy; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Art Impressions Slider Die (4764), Copics, foam dimensionals, ribbon, staples, Scor-Tape.

hello gardener

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a¬†card¬†using one of my all-time favorite Ai sets…His & Hers Gardeners (SC0650) .¬† In fact, this was the first set I used when I joined the Ai design team…you can see my first card here.¬† What a fun memory!

This set, along with several others, was exclusive to the Michael’s stores but if you don’t have a local Michael’s, you are in luck!¬† These sets can now be ordered through the Ai website!¬† yay! Click here!

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My images were colored with Copics and cut out by hand, then added to a diecut card base.  I knew I wanted to use that cute bee so I went with black & yellow!

I love this gal!¬† Here’s a close up…

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And the cute bee and flowers… (I dotted over the “trail” with a white pen).

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Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps-His & Hers Gardeners (SC0650) ; paper- white, black, SU! Daffodil Delight, Studio G paper scrap; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Sizzix Scallop Card w/ Banners & Greetings Drop-Ins, Sharpie white extra fine water based paint pen, rhinestones.

it’s ok…

Hello friends!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a tutorial for our NEW Challenge… Laughing WITH you!  We are also featuring the new stamps exclusive to Hobby Lobby with a Blog Hop. 

You should be hopping here from Dana’s blog.¬† Thanks for joining us!¬† Ai is giving away 1 grand prize of all the new Hobby Lobby stamps!

There are 5 new wood mount stamps and 5 new clear sets which is quite a variety!¬† I am using the¬†Jealous Too (4713) wood mount stamp on my cards.¬† I like to make shaped cards and I’ll¬†show you¬†two ways to easily create them.

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If the shaped card you want to make has a flat edge like my hexagon card, then you can simply die cut your card base by keeping the fold slightly below the straight edge of your die. This leaves the fold of your card intact.

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If your desired shape does NOT have a flat edge, as my flower die, it is still very easy.¬† Die cut 2 shapes and set one aside (for the front). The second one will be the back…simply score a line close to one edge.¬† (This scored line will be your card fold.)¬† Note: I kept 2 “petals” along the left edge for my card bottom so it will easily¬†stand up.

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Apply strong adhesive to the smaller scored part and adhere the 2 flowers together.

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It will look like this when opened…

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I also love to use up small scraps of patterned paper¬†by paper piecing the Ai character’s clothing.¬† I decided to make 4 cards so I’ve stamped and cut out the elephant’s dress 4 times.¬† I matched the hexagon patterned dresses with the hexagon shaped card, and the same with the florals!

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Smaller shapes were cut from white cardstock, stamped, colored and the dresses were adhered.  I omitted the sentiments and stamped them separately.

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The finished cards…

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The inside sentiment is another wood mount block from Hobby Lobby, Happy 29th (4597) .

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Now it‚Äôs your turn to make a card or project and join us in the¬†new Ai¬†Challenge!¬† And don’t forget to hop along with us for a chance to win¬†the grand prize of all the new Hobby Lobby stamps!!

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Just click below for your chance to win.  Happy stamping!
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Here are the blog links & hop order:

Art Impressions Blog

Cheri Burry

Dana Warren

Diane Zechman

Karen Day

Kerry Kung

Reneé Matarese

Sharon Caudle


Your next stop is Karen’s blog!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions¬†Hobby Lobby¬†exclusives- Jealous Too (4713)¬†and Happy 29th (4597), paper- white, SU!¬†Poppy Parade¬†and Daffodil Delight, MME- The Sweetest Thing; ink-¬†Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics,¬†Spellbinders Blossom and Circle Nestabilities, Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Hexagon dies, Scor-Tape, 1/2″ circle punch,¬†Sweet ‚Äėn Sassy¬†Speech Bubbles¬†Dies, foam tape, rhinestones.