National Cat Day, Just a Bit Late

Well, yesterday was, apparently, National Cat Day. Who Knew? Many years ago, we had a cat, Mickey. I’m generally not a cat person, but he was a pretty good cat. But since I have lots of friends who would identify as ‘cat people’, I thought I’d honor their devotion. The stamp set, Pretty Kitty does have some cute cats. Here’s my autumn-like cat card.

Pretty Cat stamp set, Blends, Freshly Made Sketches 310, Stampin' Up!,

The layout was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches challenge for this week. Isn’t it interesting? I would say, I wouldn’t have thought of that arrangement of layers, but, I like it!


Design Notes for National Cat Day Card:

I think I was killing a few birds with one card here. I wanted to make a card for Cat Day, I wanted to use the Freshly Made Sketches layout and I wanted a Thanksgiving card. While the sentiment isn’t really Thanksgiving, I’ll include Happy Thanksgiving inside and magically transform the card to Thanksgiving. I have some friends in distant places that will like this as a Thanksgiving card.

I stamped the kitty with the Basic Gray Archival ink. Next, I colored the kitty with the Smoky Slate Light Blends pen. I know that you are supposed to use Momento Ink and I generally do. But, ok, I forgot. The pumpkin is cut from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper. The other background paper is the same package.

The last little touch was to add some Linen Thread to the piece of Tangerine Tango card stock. I think it added just the right texture and dimension.


Supply List for National Cat Day card:

The Pretty Kitty stamp set comes in both Clear Mount and Wood Mount. Take your choice.


Stampin' Up! Blends,

Starting Thursday, Nov. 1, the Blends will be available. They are so much fun to work with. I’ll post specifics – colors, etc. on Wednesday.

Hope you are having a great day.

Thanks for looking.


Lots of Love Meets Painted Autumn Designer Paper

We sometimes had WI-FI while we were in Scotland.  I realize now why my husband was so happy to make all of our hotel reservations. He selected wonderful places.  All of the hotels offered free WI-FI, some better than others! One day I saw this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. I knew right away I wanted to use the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper and the Lots of Love stamp set. Lots of Love sounds like it is a stamp set for Valentine cards. You certainly can use it for that but there are lots of other uses for this stamp set as well. I chose to use it for a Thinking of You card. Don’t you like having some of those cards your stash?

Lots of Love stamp set, Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!,

Here’s the sketch that inspired this card. Go over to the web site and see all of the cool cards people have created from this sketch.

FMS 306, Lots of Love stamp set, Painted harvet DSP, Petal Burst Embossing folder, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comDesign Notes for Lots of Love card:

To be honest, I just followed the sketch. The Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper gave me some hints about the colors – primarily Cajun Craze and Pear Pizzazz. Lemon Lime Twist and Garden Green are the greens in the paper. I went rogue and used Pear Pizzazz. I’m just wild like that sometimes. After I chose the colors, then I stamped the sentiment. I used markers to get the two colors on that stamp. I used the stamping off technique for the leaves.

Supply List for Lots of Love Card:


Just a Reminder about the Hurricanes…

Houston Food Bank

Remember, if you order from me in September, I will donate 20% of the sale (before tax and shipping) to the Houston Food Bank. For information about the Food Bank, click here. I’d like a few more orders this month so that I can make a nice sized donation! Houston Food Bank received a score of 100 from the Charity Navigator.



Thinking of You with Colorful Seasons

A friend of mine recently underwent a procedure. She’s doing fine and feeling better. Of course, I wanted her to know that I have been thinking of her. I was stunned when I realized that I had not posted anything with the Colorful Seasons stamp set and the accompanying, Seasonal Layers Framelits Dies. A definite oversight. So, it was meant to be that I used these for my friend’s card.

Colorful Seasons stamp set, thinking of you, Seasonal Layers Framelits Dies, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

Do you like the layout? It’s this week’s challenge from TGIF Challenges. Here’s the sketch I (more or less) followed as my inspiration. Click on the icon below to go over there and see some other great cards.

Design Notes for Colorful Seasons Card:

“Hi, my name is Dianne and I’m a heat embosser.” Do I need a 12 step program for heat embossing? I hope not. I just love stamping, adding powder then watching the powder melt and become something so beautiful. In this case, I used Copper Heat Emboss Powder. Next, I used an Aqua Painter to add color to each of the leaves. Each leaf is a mixture of Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke inks. (Not all on the same leaf.) After I cut them out with the Seasonal Layers Framelits Dies, I sponged around the edges just a bit to extend the leaf colors.

I tried to keep the rest simple since the leaves were taking center stage. I did stamp the sentiment piece with the smaller leaf and some stamped off ink. Some Copper Trim was the final touch to pull it all together.

Supply List for Colorful Seasons Card:

Lots of fall colored inks here!



Hope you are having a great day!



Sunday CASE – Eastern Palace Suite

Today I am starting a new Video series. In each video I will take a card that I have seen or perhaps received in a swap and CASE it. Do you know what that means? CASE means Copy And Share Everywhere. Sometimes you want to case because you love something you’ve seen and want to make it yourself. Other times, you are in a valley of inspiration and need a kick start. Today I am going to CASE a card I received in a new catalog swap using the Eastern Palace Suite of products.. I’ll give you some tips for CASing as I go along.

Unfortunatly, I can’t tell you who made the original card. There isn’t a name on it and if something was enclosed, I’ve lost it.

I am sure that you can imagine some other ways that you could case this card. I’d love to see them. Why not email me and send a picture of what you make. Perhaps I’ll post them here!

Supply list for Easter Palace Suite:



Please leave my comments about the video or about CASing! I love to hear from you!

Have a great Sunday.


P.S. You still have a little time to vote for my card on Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights.

Click on the image below to go to her blog to vote.

Kylie Bertucci International Blog Highlights,



Step It Up Sunday- Lovely Inside & Out

Yes, you are correct, it is not Sunday. We’ve had loads of company in the last week and a half and no time to do a video till last night. My craft room doubles as a second guest room so it was hard to manage the video! For this, probably last in the series, Step It Up video, I selected the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set. As you will see, the stamp set is great but even better when you pair it with the Lovely Words Thinlits.

Lovely Inside & Out Stamp Set Cards Supply List:

Remember, you can purchase the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set and Lovely Words Thinlits separately, but you save when you buy the bundle. The stamp set, and bundle, are available with either wood mount or clear mount stamps. If you purchase clear mount, remember to have the appropriate clear blocks – c, b, and h. See page 217 in the catalog.

Bonus Day coupon


If you were to buy either the wood mount or the clear mount bundle this month, you could earn a coupon for $5 to spend in August just by adding some little thing to your order. The Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder is just $7.50 (item # 133709). The Calypso Coral 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon is $7.00 (item # 144235).

Just go to my 24-7 on-line store to place your order. Click below., Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by today.