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.


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.

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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!


Label Me Pretty

Label Me Pretty, that’s the name of a new stamp set. I also want to label it “Practical”. It’s got a great selection of stamp sentiments that also combine some graphics. Look at the Happy Birthday sentiment. It has a sentiment AND flowers. There is also a “Thank you” sentiment, a “From My Kitchen ” sentiment and some other designs where you can add your own thoughts! Love it!



Label Me Pretty stamp set, In Color Stampin' Write Markers, Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper,Pretty Label Punch Gold Facedted Gems

Label Me Pretty Images,

And don’t you love the Designer Paper in the background? This paper come comes in a stack. All the new In Colors are in the Fresh Florals Designer Paper Stack. Very Nice!

Design Notes for Label Me Pretty Card:

I cut a piece of the designer paper to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and then cut it in two on the diagonal. Next, I ran a piece of Tranquil Tide Ribbon between the two pieces of paper. This ribbon is described as “Finely Woven”. I agree. I didn’t turn the ends under anywhere, I just trimmed. Seems fine.

After I stamped the image with Fresh Fig ink, I used some markers to color in the flowers. So easy. Finally I punched out two shapes from Tranquil Tide Card Stock with the Pretty Label Punch to create a back layer.  Last but not least, I then added a few Gold Faceted Gems

What do you think?


Supply List for Label Me Pretty Card:

Most of the products that I used for this card are in the upcoming catalog.


Please contact me if you are interested in receiving a new Stampin’ Up! catalog. Have you started making your Wish List yet? Here’s a Wish List you can print out and start writing notes! WishListCattyIndex2017-2018

Hope you are having a great day.


Vertical Greetings Meets Timeless Textures

The other day I used Vertical Greetings for part of the new home card I made. It reminded me that it had been too long since that set had seen ink. I remedied that problem yesterday. May is a month of so many birthdays that I didn’t need to think twice about which sentiment to use.

I love the Serene Scenery paper in the background. Sadly it is retiring. We know there will be new paper we will love just as much but just the same…

Vertical Greetings stamp set, Timeless Textures stamp set, birthday card, Stampin' Up!,


Design Notes Vertical Greetings Card:

I love the little potted tree in the Vertical Greetings set. I used some Stampin’ Write Markers directly on the stamp to get the three colors. If you aren’t familiar with this technique check out my Video Tutorials page. (Marker to Stamps Techniques is about 13 down the list.)

Are you wondering where Vertical Greetings meets Timeless Textures? Look carefully at the Island Indigo background piece, I was searching for something to put on that piece that would echo the circles in the Serene Scenery piece. I used Island Indigo Ink stamped off once on Island Indigo cardstock to give just a subtle look. I was pretty happy with it!


Supply List for Vertical Greetings card:

Both the Vertical Greetings and Timeless Textures stamp sets come in both clear mount and wood mount. Always nice to have choices.




Eastern Palace Deal!

Have you seen the early release item that Stampin’ Up! has offered? It’s beautiful. There are two bundles that you can purchase, both include the beautiful Eastern Beauty stamp set, the Eastern Palace Speciality Designer Series Paper and the very cool Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers as well as three In-Color inks pads (new colors!)

Eastern Palace Bundles, Stampin' Up!,


Are you thinking about purchasing the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle? If you only want to spend $99 and pay no shipping, I have a solution for you. Join my team, get the starter kit. Your starter kit can be anything you want from a current catalog or even one of the Eastern Palace bundles! AND you get to add an additional $21.50 in merchandise! Great Deal. Just call or email me and we’ll get you rolling.

Hope you are having a good day!




Are You Ready for A Cool Treat?

When I created this card, it was rainy and damp. But, I have faith. I know that soon it will be warm and sunny and I will go looking for a cool treat, a tasty ice cream cone. In the meantime, I grabbed my Cool Treats stamp set and went to town.

Cool Treat, Cool Treats stamp set, z fold card, Sprinkles Embellishments, Tasty Treats Speciality Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!

The Sprinkles Embellishments on the ice cream are my favorite part. They are just so cute.

Cool Treat, Cool Treats stamp set, z fold card, Sprinkles Embellishments, Tasty Treats Speciality Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!

Design Notes for Cool Treat Card:

To create this fun fold card, just cut a piece of card stock at 5 1/2″ by 8 1/2″. Score and fold at 4 1/4″. Then, fold back the front piece at 1 1/2″.  I cut my Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series paper at 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ and 1″ x 5 1/4″ OH, and don’t you love the Stitched Shapes ovals for the ice cream cone and it’s mat? 

After I stamped the ice cream on the cone, I dabbed just the tiniest bit of Multipurpose Liquid glue and sprinkled some of Sprinkles Embellishments. I waited until the glue dried and just shook off the excess. 

I used a sentiment from the stamp set for the birthday greeting.

Cool Treat, Cool Treats stamp set, z fold card, Sprinkles Embellishments, Tasty Treats Speciality Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!


Supply List for Cool Treat Card:

The Cool Treats stamp set and Frozen Treats Thinlits Dies are sold as a Bundle (save 10%). The stamp set and Thinlits will continue to be offered in the new catalog. However they will not be sold as a Bundle. So, if you are interest in both, please order them before May 31 and get the Bundle price.


Now, off to find ice cream!