Project Thursday {Mini Series Week One}

Hi there! Are you ready to join me on a mini series all about mini projects? Awesome! For the next three weeks at least, I’ll be showing you some quick, mini projects that are perfect for cheering up a loved one’s day!Up first, a mini card using the adorable checklist stamp from the ‘Thanks‘ stamp set…

This mini card stands at ???, but sure packs a punch! I thought a mini clothespin fit the occasion perfectly, and so I used it to pin down the ribbon and twine.

I decided to check the middle box, but you could certainly use all three! For the tape, I went over some cheap white masking tape with a marker to get my custom color. A fun substitute for washi tape!

Well, that about finishes up my first post in the mini series – what do you think? I’d love to know your thoughts!

Thanks for stopping in with me today!


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Create It Wednesday {with a little heart}

The joy of card making…always a go to project for me.  There is something so amazing about layering paper, ribbon, stamps and so much more onto one basic card.  It is the combination of colors and textures that brings a smile to my face every time.  Today I am sharing a card using the new stamp set “Thanks” on a layered card that makes me a happy crafter today.

The most amazing part of creating is that it is YOUR artistic outlet.  You may be drawn to sentiments, colors, textures that speak your mood at a particular moment.  Others may not see what you see, but that is what makes each piece a personal treasure.  Enjoy the craft of creating one of your favorites today.  What color mood are you drawn to today?

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Meet Our Guest Designer!

Good Morning Stampers!!! It’s a happy morning here and just full of inspiration. The DT are just rockin’ every projects using the Thanks Stamp Set, and we love sharing them all with you!^_^ And because we want to share more adorable project ideas, why not adding one more spot for our weekly inspiration every time we have a new release? Yeah!^_^

“TUESDAY IDEAS” is our brand new day for inspiration!^_^ And to start it off, we invited another guest designer to share her ideas to us along with her first project!

Let’s all welcome, the talented Lea Lawson! Get to know her more!^_^


My name is Lea Lawson, and I reside in beautiful Missoula, Montana. I have been married to my husband, Josh, for 10 years, and we have two of the cutest dogs in the world- a yorkie named Bailey and a cocker spaniel named Sadie. I am a professional photographer, who focuses on weddings and senior portraiture, but also throw my hat in on some families and babies at times.

I have been crafting in some shape or form for as long as I can remember! When I was younger, I would use stationary items (Lisa Frank was my idol) and stickers, then cut up my photos (EEEK!) and arrange them together. The finished product would hang all over my walls and closet doors. When I graduated from high school, my aunt Amy gave me a scrapbooking kit, and my love affair with paper crafting started…

While I used to scrapbook more than I made cards, the tables have turned and I actually barely scrapbook any longer. {Although…I am going to start digitally scrapbooking this year!} The card making community is wonderful, and I have met some amazing women through it. You can see my work in publications like Paper Crafts Magazine/Special Issues, Cards Magazine, and occasionally in Scrapbook Trends Magazine.

And here is Lea’s first project for us! Adorable!!!^_^


1. Make A2 card from kraft cardstock.
2. Cut a decorative envelope from vellum. {I used my Cricut, but you can use a Silhouette or even freehand it!}
3. Add a little spray adhesive to the inside, then sprinkle sequins on it.
4. Adhere the envelope to the card front, then zig-zag stitch along each edge.
5. Adhere a diecut heart to the corner of the envelope, then accent with a gem.
6. Stamp the sentiment below it in black ink.
7. Scatter some sequins to the upper left and lower right corner.
8. Accent with pearls to finish.

There’s more projects coming from Lea soon!  Thanks for stopping by today stampers and enjoy the day!^_^

♥ Dyane

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Design It Monday {Wintery Thank You}

Welcome back to another Design It Monday! It’s Suzanne here with a wintery thank you card that I made using the Thanks Stamp Set. It has been frigid here in the Boston area and I was in the mood to make something warm and fuzzy. I started this card by using the burlap and snowflake embellished sticker from My Little Yellow Bicycle as the starting point, after which I layered and embossed a few colors of matching cardstock, as well as the clear acetate grid embellishment from May Arts:

I stamped the thank you sentiment in dark brown ink onto white cardstock, and added this as its own layer to the card front. I finished the whole look off with some extra bling in the top right corner.

I hope you are warm wherever you are! I finally caved and purchased an electric blanket and I am hovering beneath it as I type. Stay warm, friends, and thanks for stopping by! xoxo


My blog: The Card Yard

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New house thank you {saturday creations}

Hi friends!

you will all laugh, but I had my own sunshine card all set and ready to go, but after Geri and Clare’s beautiful cards this week, I thought I’d save it until next Saturday 🙂  Great minds think alike, I guess!  Instead, I created this for you:

Even though I haven’t moved, don’t plan to move, hate the thought of moving, I created a thank you card for the newly-relocated, recently-gifted person.  A new house thank you card.

I used PTI’s barn die to create my folded card, but chopped the barn roof so it looked like a regular house roof instead.

I embossed the home with a striped embossing folder – I thought it looked a little cottag-y that way, like wood planks all across the front.

The roof was the only tedious part of the project:  I cut strips of paper with a scallop paper punch, and adhered them, starting at the base of the roof and working my way up.  Before adhering them, I sponged all of the edges – I love the dimension that gives the paper.

The sentiment, (from the thanks stamp set) is one big panel – isn’t it cute?  I colored in all of the squares (thank you for… the gift, being you, everything) but I added glossy accents to the square that reads: everything.  It’s much more obvious in real life, and a nice way to accent the panel you want highlighted most of all.

I hope you like it!  Have a great weekend!

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Inspire Me Friday {Sunshine-Part II}

Hello, stampers!  Happy Friday to you! I’m here today sharing a little inspiration from the sweet ‘Thanks’ set with you.  What did you think of Clare’s card yesterday using this sentiment?…

…If you missed it, you really should take a peek!  Maybe it’s the weather here in Indiana that drew me to that same sentiment and headed me down the same road as Clare…toward some sunshine!  I pulled out some new (to me) dies (PTI) and cheery paper to create some rays, and used some vintage trim I dyed awhile back to create my ‘sun’. A little cutting, gluing and stitching later…this is what I came up with…

…another sunny card…in a totally different style!  I love how Clare and I both had the same idea of a cheery, sunny creation, but approached it in totally different ways!  Now THAT’S inspiration!!!  On my card I masked off the little heart in the sentiment before inking, and stamped it without the heart.  Then I cleaned off the sentiment and inked only the heart in pink (with the tiny corner of my ink cube!) and re-stamped. A little Glossy Accents gave the little heart some dimension and shine!  It was actually a pretty simple card, but just let me know if you have any questions!  Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I’ll see you next Friday, but remember…the rest of the DT will be creating and sharing between now and then, so be sure to check back!

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Project Thursday {Sunshine}

When I first saw the new Thanks stamp set, I knew right away I wanted to make a sunny card with the adorable “sunshine” sentiment. I just adore that font!A smiley sun and a few die cut clouds later, I came up with this bright little number…

I told you that font was adorable!

Be sure to stop in next week as I start a mini series on mini projects!



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Design It Monday {I heart YOU}

I couldn’t resist using the adorable I heart YOU image in the Thanks Stamp Set to create a Valentine’s Day card…and this one was just so fun for me to make! I love using nontraditional colors in my holiday cards, and am happy to see that lots of patterned paper collections this year have incorporated dark gray and light teal into them – I used Crate Paper’s Fourteen collection on this card.

I first stamped the image in Versafine black ink onto cream cardstock, and repeated this step using A Muse Studio cranberry ink so I could cut the red heart and adhere it to the top of the black one with some foam tape.

I used several other dies to layer and create the focal point, using some hemp twine to tie a bow, and a chipboard button and some bling to add some sparkle to the card. I didn’t thread the chipboard button because the holes were too big; I thought covering them with those rhinestones seemed like a better idea.

I think I am going to give this card to my dad for Valentine’s Day. I hope he loves it as much as I love him!

Thanks for stopping by today for my first Design It Monday post! xoxo

My blog: The Card Yard


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Meet Our Guest Designer!

Happy Sunday everyone! Are you ready for more project inspiration? We have another talented guest designer who will be showing us her amazing work every week using the new release Thanks Stamp Set! We can’t wait!^_^

Get to know her, and don’t forget to visit her blog to see some of her adorable creations!

Get ready to be inspired! Please welcome Suzanne Dahlberg for Design It Monday!^_^


Hi everyone! I am super excited to be joining Dyane and her amazing team this month. I’m a 30-something crafty girl born and raised in the Boston area, where I currently live with my husband and our dog. I am a cancer researcher in biostatistics for lung and ovarian cancers, and have been making cards for friends and family since 2005. I currently design for Neat and Tangled Stamps and run the Cloud9 blog, but I also enjoy traveling, snowshoeing, and cooking. I have so much fun with this hobby and cherish the friends I’ve made as a result of it.

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