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!


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.

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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.

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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!


Creativity Starts Here With Paper Pumpkin

Something I look forward to all month long is the arrival of my Paper Pumpkin Kit. It’s always a surprise. It’s always something fun. Everything is ready to go. I don’t need to cut any paper or even think about a design. (Though I sometimes change up the design!) Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? Then you understand my excitement. If you aren’t a subscriber, now’s the time!

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Who doesn’t love a sale? No one I know! From May 11 through June 10, you can get 25% off of your subscription, if you are a first time subscriber. If you are already a subscriber maybe you have a daughter, niece, college student, young Mom or anyone who likes to craft who would like a subscription.

Besides a great introductory discount, what are the other perks of having a Paper Pumpkin subscription?

  • The convenience of an all-inclusive kit arriving at your door every month.
  • Exclusive photopolymer stamp sets and the opportunity to build a collection.
  • Crafting time you can count on without a lot of prep work.
  • Trying new techniques.
  • Creating alternate projects with all the goodies in the box.
  • Getting together with friends to craft every month.
  • Purchasing past kits and refills so the fun never ends.
  • The quality of the products and variety of projects each month.
  • Sharing ideas with a community of online crafters.
  • The surprise factor!

Here’s What You Need To Do:

  1. Go to Paperpumpkin.com
  2. Enter code: STARTHERE
  3. Remember to list me as your demonstrator!


I know you will have fun!



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, Diannescards.com

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…

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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!)

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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!