A Trusty Masculine Happy Birthday

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My masculine birthday card is showcasing the Trusty Toolbox Designer Series Paper. It’s free for just about another week during Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration promotion.

As you can see, I mixeed color and patterns using a neutral Gray Granite cardstock card base. My color palette is inspired by the Designer Series Paper. The neutral base colors, Gray Granite and Crushed Curry, give the top colorful layer a little more depth. The top layer is attached to the card base with glue, but it almost looks as though I attached it with Dimensionals.

The large “Happy Birthday” sentiment is attached with Dimensionals.

This is a quick and easy card design you can use with any patterned paper you have. Remember to keep the background patterns simple, and make the top layer bolder. It’s fun to play with your patterns this way.

So, let’s make a card!

  • I cut a Gray Granite cardstock card base 4 1/4″ x 11″, amd scored it at 5 1/2″ on the long side.
  • The Gray Granite and white patterned paper layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.
  • I cut a long Gray Granite mat layer 2 1/8″ x 5 1/8″.
  • The long Crushed Curry patterned paper layer is 2″ x 5″.
  • The Gray Granite mat layer for the top patterned paper layer is 3 1/8″ x 4 1/8″.
  • The patterned paper layer for the top layer is 3″ x 4″.
  • The Basic White “Happy” sentiment layer measures 1 1/2″ x 1 1/4″.
  • I cut the Basic White “Birthday” sentiment layer 2 3/8″ x 1 1/4″.
  • I stamped the inside of the card with a sentiment from the He’s All That stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, and today’s card as much as I enjoyed putting it all together.

So, find some fun patterned paper, add a large sentiment, a few layers, and create a masculine birthday wish.

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February Host Code – JYARZNJF

The February cards are showcasing the Everyday Details Dies along with the Delightfuly Eclectic Designer Series Paper.

  • You will receive everything you need to put the cards together as I’ve designed them.
  • The kit will include the card bases, layers, die cuts, embellishments, sentiment layers, and envelopes.
  • I cannot send stamped images, but you will have a sentiment layer you can customize to a stamp you already owm.
  • You will also receive a printed PDF Tutorial, along with a video link so you can put the cards together along with me.
  • You will automatically receive the kit with a minimum product purchase of $50.00 through my online store. When completing your purchase, you MUST use the Monthly Host Code that I provide in every blog post. (Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have).
  • If your order is more than $150.00, plese don’t use the Host Code. You will receive rewards directly from Stampin’ Up!, and you will also receive the mini kit from me.

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Nature’s Sweetness Product Premier And A Fun Inking Technique

I hope you’re enjoying some crafty time this weekend. Here’s another Product Premier Post for your inspiration.

Did you know that the images on the top layers of these cards are cocoa beans? I actually looked up a picture of a cocoa bean and was amazed at the accuracy of Stampin’ Up!’s concept designers’ drawings. The Product Suite I’m showcasing today is called (and appropriately named), Nature’s Sweetness! It’s on pages 40-43 in the new January-April 2024 Mini Catalog.

I’m featuring the Notes of Nature Bundle, and the star of my cards is the Nature’s Sweetness Specialty Designer Series Paper. This Bundle and patterned paper pack was on top of my Wish List.

You can click on the thumbnail images at the end of this post for the product details.

  • I cut a Pecan Pie cardstock card base 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored it at 5 1/2″.
  • The Pretty Peeacock cardstock layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.
  • The cocoa bean patterned paper layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″. You can click on the blue botton below to download the PDF Tutorial for tips on how to cut the patterned paper layers.
  • I stamped the sentiment onto a die cut Deckled Circle.
  • The element cluster under the circle combines three strps of the Faux Leather Trim (part of the Nature’s Sweetness Product Suite), and a Pretty Peacock die cut leaf sprig.
  • I die cut the Pretty Peacock element using one of the dies in the Notes of Nature Bundle.
  • The Pecan Pie ink splatter on the patterned paper layer was my inspiration to add some Pretty Peacock ink splatter.

These cards were quick and easy. There are two sheets of the cocoa bean drawings in the Nature’s Sweetness Specialty Designer Series Paper. By strategically cutting the patterned paper, you will have 12 card layers. You can coordinate the cocoa bean drawings with cardstock layers, or cut them to create a 3 1/2″ x 5″ note card set. Wouldn’t this be a beautiful gift?

The layer cutting measurements are in the PDF Tutorial below. Click the blue buttonto download a copy.

So, cut a few cocoa bean drawings, add a cardstock layer and a “leather” element cluster, splatter some ink, and celebrate the sweetness of nature!

Now that you’ve seen the amazing new products in the Mini Catalog, take a look at the Sale-A-Bration Brochure and get even more crafty inspiration. All of the products in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure are free with a qualifying product purchase.

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January Host Code – MB9N2AD9

  • During the month of Januaryr, with a minimum product purchse of $50.00 from my Online Store, you will receive all of the supplies to create these two cards as I’ve designed them, along with a PDF Tutorial and video tutorial to make the cards along with me.
  • You will need your favorite adhesive and sentiment stamp.
  • To receive this FREE Card Kit, you must use the Host Code above when placing your order.
  • If your order is $150.00 or more, please don’t use the Host Code. You will receive Stampin’ Rewards directly from Stampin’ Up!, and you will also receive the FREE Card Kit from me.

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One Horse Open Sleigh December Card Kit

Here’s my December Mini Card Kit featuring the One Horse Open Sleigh Designer Series Paper. The images celebrate beautiful winter nature scenes. I thought it would be fun to make this month’s Mini Kit masculine themed Birthday cards. These cards are perfect for your special men who have Winter birthdays.

The cards are designed to be quick and easy to put together. You will receive the Free Kit with a minimum product purchase of $50.00 from my online store using the Host Code below. Each Mini Kit includes:

  • The cut cardstock and patterned paper to complete both cards.
  • Sentiment layers so you can customize each design using sentiments you already have.
  • Embellishments and Dimensionals to complete the cards as I’ve designed them.
  • Envelopes.
  • A printed PDF Tutorial with photos and measurements.
  • A video link to make the cards along with me.
  • And … There’s always a little extra surprise in the mail from me.
  • You will need your favorite adhesive.
  • This Kit is available to customers now through December 31st.

To receive your kit, please use the Host Code below. You will be prompted to add the Host Code when your order is placed. If your order is $150.00 or more, please don’t use the Host Code. You will receive Stampin’ Up! rewards, and you will also receive the card kit from me.

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Once I am notified of your order, I will send you an email letting you know when you can expect your Kit.

So, browse my online store, find your favotire Bundle, think about how much you can create with it, and treat yourself to fun, creative time.

If you have any questions about the Card Kit, please reach out to me. I will respond. Remember …

You can click the button below to download the September-December, 2023 Mini Catalog Last Chance List. Save up to a 60% discount on select products. As always, the products are only available while supplies last. The Last Chance Sale runs today through January 3, 2024.

Also, there are several products currently in the Mini Catalog that will be carried over. They’re not leaving us. Click the button below to download the PDF version of the Carry Over List.

You can easily access all of the products by going to my online stors and clicking “Last Chance Products”. There, you will see the products, a description, and the discounted price, if applicable.

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Amazing Inspiration With Love For You

After seeing this card, I don’t think a Valentine’s Day card has to have a heart on it. Lee, one of my Team members, shared this card with me. It’s simple and stunning! She certainly showcased the Love For You Bundle beautifully. Adding the watercolor art from the Fancy Flora Designer Series Paper truly makes this card special.

I don’t have a “Pieces And Parts” photo for you, but I can show you how easy this card is to put together.

Let’s Make A Card

  • Cut an Evening Evergreen card base 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and score at 4 1/4″.
  • Lee used the beautiful Distressed Gold Specialty Paper to create her base layer. It measures 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″.
  • The Fancy Flora Designer Series Paper layer measures 3″ x 5″.
  • There is a Basic White writing layer on the inside of the card.
  • The large, shadowed sentiment is cut from the dies included in the Love For You Bundle.
  • Evening Evergreen cardstock hosts the shadow die and “love you” is die cut using the two word dies and the Distressed Gold DSP.
  • Lee used one of the Foam Adhesive Sheets to die cut the words.
  • This is a great idea, since the Adhesive Sheet would make it very easy to adhere the Distressed Gold patterned paper on the top, and to the shadow die on the bottom. No Glue! This little technique also gives texture and dimension. Brilliant!
  • The two-(or three)step stamping on the little flowers is perfectly done using Soft Succulent for the flower base, Evening Evergreen for the flower shading stamp, and Crushed Curry for the center of the flower.
  • The flowers are all die cut using the matching die from the Bunbdle.

The Fancy Flora Designer Series Paper has so many beautiful patterns. Imagine this card done in Starry Sky, Pool Party, Petal Pink, and Fresh Freesia? I think I’ll try it with the Two Tone Flora Bundle. Stay tuned! My version of this card might turn up here this week. Thank you for your inspiration, Lee.

So, find that amazing piece of patterned paper, add a little Diestresed Gold, a few flowers and a beautiful shadowed sentiment, and create something to send love.

… the only limitation is your imagination!

Today’s Product Details

February Free Mini Card Kit

FREE February Mini Card Kit

From now through February 28th, with a product purchase of $50.00 (before shipping and tax), you will receive a FREE Mini Card Kit along with a Video Tutorial link and Project Sheet to help you assemble the cards. The card bases, layers and elements are all included. You add your sentiments and assemble.

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If your order is $50.00 (before shipping and tax), please use the Host Code above when prompted. You will receive Rewards from me along with the Mini Card Kit featured above. If your order is over $150.00 (before shipping and tax), please do not use the Host Code. You will receive Stampin’ Rewards. You will also receive Creative Coins and the FREE Mini Card Kit from me.

 

 

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In The Country And It’s FREE

Hello!

I’m still unpacking from this past weekend. Having much of my stamps, ink, and paper with me, I now have to put it all back in its place. The silver lining to this is that my craft room will be organized and ready to go. I’ll have lots of fresh inspiration for you. Stay tuned!

Lisa’s Watercolor Art

I think we have a watercolor artist in our Group! Lisa brought life to thhese beautiful, stamped country scenes using Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen. If you can keep a secret (and I know you can), this is my favorite way to add color to a stamped image. I also enjoy using ink and a Blender Pen. It’s not that I don’t absolutely love Stampin’ Blends (these are Stampin’ Up!’s alcohol markers). If you have a larger, linear stamped image, the Stampin’ Blends are the perfect answer. They provide smooth, even, blendable color to the image.

The “In The Country” stamp set is the perfect choice for watercolor pensils or ink, and a Blender Pen. This is one of the FREE stamp sets you can earn with a qualifying purchase during Sale-A-Bration. The stamped image without color would be beautiful, as well. Add a few mat layers to a white layer samped with black ink and you have a stunning card for a note card set, or add a frame and hang a small grouping on your wall.

Lisa definitely captured the essence of “country” with her warm toned, nature inspired layers and color choices. Both of these cards are beautiful. My favorite is the country hilltop scene. Which is your favorite?

Today’s Card Pieces and Parts

  • Lisa stamped each image onto Basic White cardstock using Memento Black ink.
  • The Deckled Rectangle Dies created her mat layers.
  • These dies are sized to cut a few perfectly spaced layers.
  • She added color with the Watercolor Pencils and shaded using a Blender Pen.
  • The Blender Pen contains a special solution that helps move the color (pencil or ink) to add darker or lighter shading, precisely where you want it, on a stamped image.

So, grab your watercolor pencils, a Blender Pen, some white cardstock and a fabulous “country” stamp. Attach a few layers, and create amazing personal art!

… the only limitation is your imagination!

Today’s Product Details

Free Gift From Me

From now through January 31st, for a minimum product purchase of $50.00 (before shipping and tas), you will receive a FREE Mini Card Kit along with a Video Tutorial link and Project Sheet to help you assemble the cards. The card bases, layers and elements are all included. You add your sentiments and assemble.

FREE Mini Card Kit

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If your order is $50.00 (before shipping and tax), please use the Host Code above when prompted. You will receive Rewards from me along with the Mini Card Kit featured above. If your order is over $150.00 (before shipping and tax), please do not use the Host Code. You will receive Stampin’ Rewards. You will also receive Creative Coins and the FREE Mini Card Kit from me.

 

 

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