Masculine Birthday cards

Do you struggle with creating masculine cards?  I think many of us do.  But there are some new products in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog that make it easier to create them.  I have two versions of this quick card for you.  Both use the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper.  You could use any of the prints in the paper pack for these cards.  I’ve made a stack for a swap and I’ve been using them in classes.  And they use a stamp set that you might have missed!  In the very front of the Occasions catalog on the page by the table of contents is the Birthday Wishes for You stamp set.  The sample in the catalog is very feminine because of the color but there is nothing feminine about the set at all.


The card base is Chocolate Chip.  Then add the Designer paper and then the stamped Very Vanilla strip.  To give it just a little more color I used my Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends marker to color in the birthday.  Did you know that you can stamp with the classic ink – I used Chocolate Chip here – and it works great with the blends.

Here is another version of this card.


For this one I added the banner – stamped on another piece of Very Vanilla card stock and cut out.  Then pop it on the front with some mini dimensionals.  These are quick cards.



Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my youngest son Ryan today!  He is 21.  Oh my – the baby is 21.  While we aren’t with him to celebrate we will do that once we get back together in August for a family vacation.  I did make a card for him that I sent to his girlfriend early so she could give it to him.  He will go visit her for his birthday.


I love this card!  And it is so easy and fun to make.  I used the brand new Embossing Paste to create the background.  So if you could touch the card you can feel and see the texture from the embossing paste.  To make this background I used the diamond patterned mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Mask set.  I colored my embossing paste (which is white) with the Lemon Lime Twist Reinker.  I put just a little bit of paste in an empty embellishment container and added a drop of reinker and used one of the palette knives to mix it up.

Put the card base on the table, place the mask over the top and secure with some old washi tape.  Then use the Palette Knife to spread the colored paste onto the card base.  I did a very thin layer and then put the lid on my container so I could make some more cards with what I had mixed.

You do need to clean the mask and the palette knifes right away – or drop them into a container of water until you can clean them.  The paste dries very quickly so make sure you keep the lid on your jar.

I used the Milestone Moments stamp set – it’s a perfect set for making all kinds of birthday cards.  I also needed one for a 70th birthday but that wasn’t one of the stamp in the set.  But don’t worry – if you are careful you can create what you need – I inked up the SEVENT – part of the Seventy-fifth stamp and then the IETH part of one of the other stamps (there are several) and made one that said SEVENTIETH.


I also used a little bit of paste that I had left for the envelope.  And I added the card to a bottle of wine that was wrapped up in 6″ x 17″ Gusseted Cellophane Bag and tied with Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon.


All ready for a masculine birthday!

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Something Old, Something New – Last day!

It’s the LAST Day!

Today is the LAST day  that you can order from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and 2017 Occasions Catalog.  At midnight tonight they officially retire!  Do a quick check and make sure you have not missed anything.

It’s one more day until the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog begins!  Ordering begins June 1st at 2:00 PM ET (12 noon MT).  If you don’t have your new catalog yet let me know.

Here is my last Something Old project for you:


A clean and simple card made in Neutral colors for Father’s Day.  But you can easily change the greeting for some other occasion.  I used the Crazy About You Stamp Set which has a big variety of words in it.  The card stock is Tip Top Taupe which is one of our retiring In Colors.  And the embossing folder – I’m so sad – I loved those big polka dots.  The Neutrals Designer Paper stack is also retiring.



And today’s something new project –


It’s the Daisy Delight Bundle which has been extremely popular among the demonstrators during our pre-order.  Yes one of the perks of being a demo is we get the chance to order some products early.  I made this card for a swap and punch lots of daisies.  It’s the daisy punch that has been so popular and won’t be available right on June 1st – but will be back in stock later in the month.  Those gemstones (see it in the center of my flower) are so much fun – I’ve been using those up too – they come in two colors – gold and clear.

Remember to SHOP NOW for the retiring items and make your shopping list for new items to order in June.  If you live local be sure to come to my Catalog Kickoff Party & BOGO Sale on Saturday, June 17 – visit my calendar HERE.

Coming June 1 is a new promotion for hostesses – you can earn an extra $35 in free product – contact me to schedule your party and earn brand new free stuff!


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Artfully Exotic

The Moroccan Suite in the Stampin’ Up! catalog is artfully exotic.  The suite includes a stamp set, Designer Paper, Washi Tape and coordinating ribbons.  You can find it on pages 66-67 in the Annual Catalog.  For today’s card I took another idea from the catalog samples and used that with some minor modifications to create a stunning card perfect for lots of occasions.  I find that the Moroccan Designer Paper has a masculine feel to it so I can create cards that aren’t so girly.


I used Emerald Envy card stock for the base and stamped the large image from the stamp set in Emerald Envy ink for the background.

At the base is a strip of the designer paper and then its tied with the new Emerald Envy Baker’s Twine.

The sentiment is from the Suite Sayings stamp set – it was a carry over from the Occasions catalog and has an assortment of sayings in a variety of fonts.  It is stamped in Delightful Dijon and then cut with the Tags & Labels Framelits.

To finish the card add a couple of the Enamel Dots – I used Emerald Envy for my card, but I think the gold or the Delightful Dijon dots would work too.

Enjoy the day and come back again for a visit.

Remember if you earned Bonus Days Coupons in July that you need to redeem them in August!


A Banner Father’s Day

One of the brand new sets in the catalog is called Thoughtful Banners.  It’s on page 73 and coordinates with the Duet Banner Punch.  You can even buy them as a bundle and save 10%.  The set has a ton of words so you can create cards for many different occasions – I made one for Father’s Day.


This could easily be changed for just about anything – just choose different words.

I used my grid paper as a guide when I stamped my lines – just line it up and then you can use the lines as a guide for placement.  The lines are Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate.  I used the little double arrow head to just scatter some accents around.

The words are stamped in Basic Gray ink with Father’s Day on a scrap piece that was punched out.  This set is photopolymer and one of the fun things to do with this style of stamp is that you can bend it.  So I bent the words Father’s Day to fit inside my curved banner!  The other words are stamped directly on the stripes.

I tied a bit of linen thread around the top and then attached it to a Crumb Cake card base.  Play around with some other colors and change the words to make lots of fun cards.

Don’t forget to play along with my scavenger hunt – I posted it on Monday.

Also don’t miss the two specials that Stampin’ Up! has going on right now:

  1. More Stamps Please – get 2 free stamp sets added to your starter kit if you join my team in June.
  2. Extra Stampin’ Rewards – earn an extra $35 in Stampin’ Rewards with a qualifying party (or order).

Learn more about both of these by visiting my website HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sail Away Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up this weekend.  Do you have a card made yet?

I have a few designs that I have created lately that I was going to share with you this week.  The first one uses the new Swirly Bird stamp set.  The name of the set doesn’t give you any idea that there is a sailboat – or rather the parts to create a sailboat.


I used the new Dapper Denim In-Color (its’ the one I’ve been using the most) along with Real Red, a little bit of Pool Party and Tip Top Taupe.  I used the Circle Framelits to create the ring.  The Swirly Scribbles Thinlits are the waves inside the ring.

I used the new Thick White Baker’s Twine.  And the words are from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  There is a lot of new on this card.



Sale-A-Bration Countdown – 5 more days

The days are going so quickly.  It’s hard to believe March is almost over and Easter is this weekend!  It just snuck up on me!  I’ll be getting ready for lunch for 30 people on Sunday as our family comes in from all over the SouthEastern US to join us for the day.  I have a few littles this year so there will be an Easter egg hunt but probably inside as the weather man is predicting rain.

But back to Sale-A-Bration – there are 5 more days – so hurry and place an order if you have any of them on your wish list.  Today’s set is the Perfect Pairings stamp set.  It’s a perfect set for every stamper even the beginner – pair up the different words to create a bunch of different greetings for all of your cards!

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This is a perfect graduation card or a congrats on landing a job or completing a goal – achieving a new title or other accomplishment.  And it’s a fun card with a short front and a peek-a-boo strip of Designer Paper.  It’s actually on the inside of the card and peeks out under the star when the card is closed.

I received this card idea in the mail and just made a few minor changes to it.  I love that demonstrators share ideas.  On line and through swapping.  I’m preparing now for swapping with my demo friends in Salt Lake City at the OnStage Live event in April.  I have a lot to do over the next few weeks!

So here is a $50 order suggestion: the three punches come to exactly $50!

Here are the supplies for this card:

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Sky is the Limit

The Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration promotion has started and something a little different this year is there are a few items in the back of the brochure that are only available for a limited time!  Two stamp sets and a paper pack that will be available as a free choice through Feb. 15th.  These are on pages 16-19 in the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  They are the Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper, Hello stamp set and Sky is the Limit stamp set.  Today I’m going to share a few cards I’ve made with Sky is the Limit.


Choose $50 in product (before shipping and tax) and you can select this stamp set for free.  The supplies used for this card would get you to that limit.

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Here are a couple of other card ideas using this stamp set – it works as a Valentine, for birthdays, for graduations and congratulations on a new job or opportunity.  It’s a nice masculine set.


For the birthday card I added the Sweet Lil’ Things washi tape, the small star punch, and the circle framelits.  Colors are Baked Brown Sugar, Hello Honey and Pool Party.


On the congratulation card – I made this one for Tyler when he graduated college in December – I added Linen Thread and the Circle Framelits.  Colors are Soft Suede with the Very Vanilla.

Be sure to order now while you can get this set before its gone.  Just click on one of the products up above and it will take you to my online store.


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Tap, Tap, Tap

Are you in need of another masculine card this month – maybe for Father’s Day or a birthday.  I created this card for a class I had this week – change up the words for the occasion you need.

tap-tap-tapI used the Tap, Tap, Tap and Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets.  Early Espresso and Crumb Cake are the main colors.  The typewriter is stamped on one of the Project Life Grid Cards.  It was more white than I wanted it to be so I stamped it and sponged it with Crumb Cake until it was toned down quite a bit.

Other ideas for this card were to use as a Retirement card – since someone retiring would know what the typewrite was.  I never thought about the fact that our kids may not even know!  I should ask my boys if they know what it is.  Sometimes its hard to imagine how things have changed since we were kids and how some things don’t even exist anymore!  And all the things we have now that have been invented since we were born!

Here is a full supply list:

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Thanks for stopping in today!  I hope you had a great week and placed your first order from the new catalog!  I did and now its the wait for it to get here…..


Only one more week

Only one more week

That’s right there is only one more week left to order from the 2014-2015 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog and the 2015 Occasions Catalog.  One more week to get the deals on the retired list. So it’s almost time to say our goodbyes including a big good bye to My Digital Studio – at least to new downloads, software support and the print service through Stampin’ Up!.  You can still use your program, add digital content from other sources and print through other services.

CM3073BJune 2nd is the last day for ordering physical product from the catalogs.  Additionally here is some information about My Digital Studio:

New Dates
We have extended the availability date for, the digital download manager, and our MDS YouTube, Facebook, and Pinterest pages through midnight, June 9, 2015. Demonstrators and customers may call Demonstrator Support for assistance with MDS until Demonstrator Support closes at 7:00 PM (MT) on Tuesday, June 9.

A few things to note regarding the change in catalogs – on June 2, 2015 you will be able to order from the old catalogs and the new catalogs – for just one day!  If an item is a different price in the new catalog on June 2nd the old pricing will apply and on June 3rd the new pricing will apply.  The new catalog will go to an Even-Dollar pricing structure – so things that were *.95 will be a nickel more in the new catalog in most cases.  There are a few items with a little more change –

  • Embossing Folders are going down in price in the new catalog from 7.95 to 7.50
  • The Standard Crease Pad and Cutting Pads for the Big Shot are going from 8.95 to 11
  • The Big Shot is going from 99.95 to 110
  • The XL punches are going from 16.95 to 18
  • The Project Life grid cards are going down from 3.95 to 3.50
  • Ink Pads are going from 5.95 to 6.50
  • Ink Refills are going from 2.95 to 3.25
  • Mini Glue dots going from 4.95 to 5.25
  • Craft White ink pad and refill are going up a little 7.50 to 8 and 4.25 to 4.50
  • Background stamps are going from 17.95 Wood & 13.95 Clear to 20 Wood & 15 for Clear

Those are most of the changes that I found when comparing the catalogs today.

Now on to something crafty…..

tape-it-stripHere is a card that features one of the retiring stamp sets – Tape It.  The stamps all look like different pieces of washi tape.  The great thing is you can stamp them in any color ink that you want.  So now you have “washi tape” in all our our Stampin’ Up! colors!

tape-it-cardI used the And Many More stamp set to add a greeting to this card which could be used for just about anything.  Stamp what you need on a strip of white card stock and staple it to the front of the card.

There is also a Paper Pumpkin Special right now through JUNE 10th –

blog_header_su_5-2015Offer Details: Use the code SAVE50 to join Paper Pumpkin before June 10, 2015, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included). It’s for new subscribers on a month-to-month subscription.  Click here for more info and to join.

Come back tomorrow for an alternate idea using the stamp set from the May Paper Pumpkin kit.

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