Custom Tee for a Classy Guy

On Sunday, Jerry and I attended a benefit concert at Neumann College in Aston, PA. Our good friend Jack Giamplami sang with the Brass Tacks Orchestra. It was a great event for a great cause. At one point the orchestra played the theme from “Rocky”. Jack then came out and showed an “Italian Stallion” tee shirt. He then threw the shirt out into the audience. Guess who caught it! Since Jack’s birthday is coming up, I thought I’d use Custom Tee to make his birthday card and throw it his way.

Custom Tee stamp set, T-shirt builder Framelits, Wood Texture Designer Series Paper Stack

Here’s Jack’s t-shirt.

Jack's T-shirt

Jack, sort of, wearing the shirt!

Jack with T-shirt

Design Notes for Custom Tee Card

I understand that the t-shirt was part of a long ago Halloween costume. It reminded me of a basketball t-shirt and so I used the Wood Texture Designer Series Paper to simulate a basketball floor.(Obviously not the parquet of The Boston Garden.)  I cut the paper into 1 3/4″ in strips so that it would look more like a floor! It was a little bare looking so I added some stars from one of the stamps.that made me happy.

Supply List for Custom Tee Card:

This is really a “Hello” and “Goodbye” card. The Wood Texture Designer Series Paper Stack will be available in just a few days, June 1. It’s one of the many great Designer Series Papers in the new catalog. The stamp set, Custom Tee and T-shirt Builder Framelits are retiring in just a few days. So order NOW! In fact, both items are on sale (Stamp set $19.50 and Framelits $15.)

I’ve listed only the things that are available now.

retirement/new catty logo

Only 6 Days left!

I know there are many items like the stamp set I showed today that you want. Don’t wait any longer! Retiring items are only available until May 31. If your order is $50 or more, I will include a little gift for you as a thank you.

On June 11, that’s a Sunday, at 1:30, I am holding my New Catalog/ Retirement Party at my home. It’s something you don’t want to miss!

  • BoGo,
  • Make and Takes
  • Goodie bags
  • Refreshments
  • Door Prizes
  • Lots of samples

Be sure to let me know if you are coming so that I can prepare enough goodie bags and Make and Takes, and of course, enough refreshments!

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


For My Lovely Friends

Over the weekend I was able to see three of my dearest friends. Yesterday when I needed to do a swap card using new stamps, I immediately thought of the Lovely Friends stamp set. The sentiments are so perfect and remind me of how lucky I am to have such great friends.

Lovely Friends stamp set, Lovely Laurel Framelits, Friend card, Stampin' Up! ,

This stamp set is in the new catalog which will go live on June 1. I can hardly wait.

Design Notes for Lovely Friends Card:

I mentioned how much I love the sentiments in this set. They are so sincere. The font is also lovely. but, in addition to great sentiments and a great font, there are some flower and leaf stamps in the package. Winner! Winner! If you look closely at the card, you can see the flowers are all made with two colors, Berry Burst and Powder Pink. First I stamped with the Berry Burst then the Powder Pink on top. It is so easy to do with the clear, photopolymer stamps. For the larger flower, I stamped on a piece of scrap and then cut it out with a Framelits from the Lovely Laurel Framelits set.


Supply List for Lovely Friends Cards:

This set is available as part of a bundle with the Lovely Laurel Framelits dies.

Hope you are having a good day.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.


Take a Peek at This Little Piggy

Oh my gosh! Wait until you see this stamp set, This Little Piggy. It is just so cute. I played with it all day yesterday. Two swaps were on my “To Do” list so I used this stamp set for both. I wanted to do one more card and “Hogs & Kisses” just called out to me.

This Little Piggy, Watercolor Pencils, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack,

Fun Things About This Little Piggy Card:

First, I got to use this adorable stamp set. You have to smile when you see this, right?

This Little Piggy stamp set, Stampin' Up!,

Next, I got to use my Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pen. Always fun.

Third, I made this card using one of our Whisper White Note Cards. Guess what! In the new catalog, there will also be Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes. Happy Dance!

My final touch on this card was a little strip of ribbon. The new Berry Burst In–Color Woven Ribbon is great to work with. It’s light and pliable but not going to fall apart.

So, there are four things on this card that are new. Can you figure out what they are? I’ll tell you at the end of the blog post.


Supply List for This Little Piggy Card:



In-Color Ribbon Share:

Did you see my post the other day about the In-Color ribbon share? You can see that post by clicking here. I am still taking order for ribbon shares. Get 2 yards of each of the five new colors of the Woven Ribbon for just $7.00 plus shipping.

In-Color Ribbons, ribbon share,, Stampin' Up!


Here are the new items that I used in this card. Did you figure them out?

  • This Little Piggy stamp seet
  • Berry Burst 1/2″ Woven Ribbon
  • Tranquil Tide Card Stock
  • Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack


Don’t forget to vote for my card on Kylie’s Blog HIghlights. Thanks!

May International Highlights, Masculine card,

Have a great day.


Hey Guys, Party With Cake!

I’m participating in a Blog Highlights Event today. The challenge was to make a masculine themed card. Party With Cake called out to me. I was inspired to go with the double Z fold card. I think that kicks this card up a notch.

Party with Cake, double z-fold card, Kylie Bertucci Internation Blog Highlight, masculine card, birthday


May International Highlights, Masculine card, diannescards.comIf you would, could you go to this blog post and vote for my card? Voting begins at 6PM this evening. (The organizer is in Australia!)

Design Notes for Party With Cake Card:

The z fold card is really pretty easy.

  • Card base measures 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
  • Second z measures 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″ and 6 1/4″
  • Remember to adhere inside mats and DSP before you adhere the second Z.

The only really fancy thing I did was to add a touch of Wink of Stella to the tops of each candle.


Supply List for Party With Cake Card:

The Party With Cake stamp set will retire in just a few weeks so be sure to grab it up now. It is available in either Clear Mount or Wood Mount.

Got a little off schedule, so tomorrow will be Ribbon Share day!


Greatest Greetings for a Great Get Well

A young woman I know has been in the hospital for over a week. She was in ICU for a week. A terrible infection brought on a fever of almost 107°. Thanks to prayer and good care, she is recovering. I knew that there would be an appropriate sentiment in the Greatest Greetings stamp set. I paired that stamp with Kinda Eclectic to come up with this card.

Greatest Greetings, Kinda Eclectic, get well, sponging, Stampin' Up!,

She is a strong person and I know will get well as soon as she can. A little encouragement never hurts!

I also was looking a little inspiration and used this week’s Global Design Challenge as a kick start. Sketch Challenge are always fun for me.

Global Design Project o86


Design Notes for Greatest Greetings Card:

Do you like the background? After I heat embossed the butterflies and the sunburst with Clear Embossing Powder, I used Sponge Brayers to apply some Flirty Flamingo ink to the images. I was trying for an ombre effect. I think I was somewhat successful!

Have you tried the Sponge Brayers? They are so much fun!

Regrettably, both stamp sets are going  to retire in a few short weeks. Make sure you order now to get those sets. Greatest Greetings is a real go to set for me.


Supply List for Greatest Greeting Card:


The new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog goes live on June 1. If you’d like a copy, please let me know. If you are in the area, remember that I am holding my annual BOGO sale on June 11 at 1:30. There will be Make n’ Takes, Goodie Bags, Door Prizes and refreshments as well. You will get to see samples of lots of items from the new catalog. Purchase retired items, get new catalog items for FREE. Please let me know if you will be attending.

Details about ribbon share tomorrow!