August Thank You Card

Happy Monday morning, everyone! 

Like you, the weekend is always half busy and half relaxing and this one was no exception.  I love to take the time during the summer to garden, check on the hives, and believe it or not, shop the farmer’s markets for organic produce and look for local  sources of grass fed beef, chicken, cheeses, breads….etc.  But, I also like to bake fresh biscotti and pick and cook the goodies from my garden.  I guess you could say that I am somewhat of a homebody.

Yesterday morning, the hubs and I took a bike ride through the Rail Trail here in Monroe.  The best part of this ride is that you can take it all the way down to Trumbull and back, roundtrip for 14.5 miles.  We have been doing this most Sunday mornings and to tell you the truth, the earlier we get out the better, since it makes for some very quiet time.  It is a nice break from my usual exercise routine.

Today’s card is totally Gorgeous Grunge with Four You.  It is my August Thank You card and it is yours if you place an order with me during this month.  The best part about this card is it is gender neutral.  Switch out the Thank You for Happy Birthday and you have a terrific masculine card.

Gorgeous Grunge Thank You
Up close you will notice the 7/16″ Trim, a burlap inspired ribbon made of flax and cotton.  I love the earthiness of this ribbon, don’t you?!  I just took a piece of it and folded it in half,  tied some linen thread around it and attached with glue dots.  (You don’t want your embellishments falling off your card, right?!)
Colors used were, Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla.

Look for the hostess code when placing your order for the month of August.  You can find it to the right under hostess code.  Be sure to use by the 28th of each month for the chance to earn hostess benefits!

August Thank You close up

7/16″ Trim

7/16" TrimGorgeous Grunge

Gorgeous GrungeFour You

Four You

Enjoy your day today and thanks for stopping by…..

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Masculine Six Sided Sampler

Today’s card is earmarked for a very special member of my family.   Yikes!  I sent out the card and realized that when I took the pictures, I did not turn on my photo lights.  Wow!  I  apologize for the clarity on the photo.  What was I thinking?!

Using just three colors, Very Vanilla, Basic Black and Smokey Slate makes for a very manly card.  Yup!  You guessed it!  I broke into my Modern Medley Designer Series Paper.  I intend to play with that some more this week.  With the humidity outside, I have been holed up in my studio during the afternoon hours.

Six Sided Sampler
That close up shoes you the Gorgeous Grunge! That stamp set and I have become very good friends lately as you will see in more projects to come.

Birthday Wishes comes from the NEW Four You Stamp Set.
Six Sided Sampler Close Up
Your Stamping Teacher Tip: When you have a dark color cardstock, be sure to add a lighter color cardstock layer inside to write your sentiment. Of course, you can always use a white gel pen.
Six Sided Sampler Inside

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Dude, You’re Welcome!

I came across this funny video about the Dude, You’re Welcome! Kit.

Dude, You’re Welcome

A very manly stamping kit: the Dude, You’re Welcome! kit.

Guys don’t always have the easiest time expressing themselves, but with the Dude, You’re Welcome! kit, they’ll have

  • Four wood-mount stamps (double-mounted) with the perfect sentiment for every occasion
  • Twelve 4″ x 6″ postcards in four different (manly) colors
  • Twelve gray envelopes
  • A Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • An instructional guide (for the most novice stamper!)

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Masculine Monday

With Father’s Day fast approaching, I thought I would share a card that I made using the Chevron Embossing Folder and Midnight Muse Ink.

When making masculine cards, remember, nothing fancy schmancy!  I kept it to one ink.  Those stars are from the Merry Minis Punch Pack (126882).  Yes, they are still available as they are carry overs from the  2012 Holiday Catalog.

I made a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of embossed Chevron background and cut it down to 3″ x 4″  With the extra pieces, I just punched out a few with the striped center.

 Happy Father's Day

Up close you will notice that I used a rhinestone for the center of the solid punched star.    Happy Father’s Day is stamped from Delightful Dozen.  Lots of sentiments for every occasion.

Your Stamping Teacher Tips: 

  • When using the Chevron Embossing Folder, brayer your ink onto your embossing folder.
  • Be sure to hold the cardstock very still even when putting it through the Big Shot.  If it moves, you will get a double inked image where you do not want it.

Happy Father's Day

Merry Minis Punch Pack

Merry Minis Punch Pack

Chevron Textured Embossing Folder

Chevron Embossing Folder

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Circle Circus And The Masking Technique!

One thing I am going to miss about Circle Circus is all the great circles,  flowers, bubbles and accents that make this set a must have in your collection.

Thank you once again Pinterest for the inspiration on today’s card!

Do you need masculine cards or can’t think of what to make that is not girly?  Then this set is for you!

Circle Circus

Using the masking technique and a few of the stamps in the set, you can create a collage that is both quick and easy to make.

Your Stamping Teacher Tip:  The inside measurements of the stamped piece are 3 1/4″ x  4 1/4″.  Measure a piece of copy paper at 1 1/4″ x 4 1/4″.  Lay across the cardstock and adhere with the TINIEST bit of adhesive.

Stamp your images over the copy paper so that they are staggered.

Circle CircusYour Stamping Teacher Tip:  Lift off your copy paper VERY gently and use our Adhesive Remover to clear and remaining adhesive.

Colors used:  Island Indigo, Gumball Green, and Summer Starfruit

If you do not have our Adhesive Remover, it is the BEST $3.50 you will ever spend as a card maker.

Adhesive Remover

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Masculine Monday

This card is destined for a manly birthday in my family.  I love the color combination of Gumball Green, Calypso Coral and Pool Party from the Epic Day Designer Series Paper.

Be sure to purchase Circle Circus soon, it is a retiring stamp set!

Circle Circus

Up close, you will notice that I added rhinestones to the sentiment!   Adding rhinestones doesn’t diminish the masculine look, in fact, it enhances it.

The Epic Day Washi Tape is transparent enough for the chevrons from the DSP (designer series paper) to show through.

Circle Circus

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Circle Circus

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Collage Curios!

By now, most of you should have sent out your Mother’s Day cards in the mail so Mom can enjoy them. So let’s talk Father’s Day!

In addition to Collage Curios, using Parker’s Patterns, an Apothecary Label and the Chevron Embossing folder, create the perfect card to send for that  important man in your life!

Collage Curios

Your Stamping Teacher Tip:  Get Parker’s Patterns  soon!  It is currently in the Spring Catalog and that catalog expires at the end of May!  It has a wonderful mix of the NEW iKat trend which makes it particularly great for making EITHER masculine or feminine cards.

Parker's Patterns Designer Series Paper

Your Stamping Teacher Tip:  Use a pair of scissors to make pennant ends to the strips of Designer Series Paper.

Collage Curios

Stampin’ Supplies:

Stamps:  Collage Curios 129102 , Teeny Tiny Wishes 127802
Ink:  Midnight Muse 126860
Paper: Very Vanilla 101650, Midnight Muse 126843, Daffodil Delight 119683, Parker’s Patterns DSP 131021,
Accessories:  Chevron Embossing Folder 127749 , 1 1/4″ scallop circle punch 127811, 1″ circle punch 119868, 3/4″ circle punch 119873, Apothecary Framelits 127003

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Circle Circus

Today’s card features Circle Circus, one of our retiring stamp sets.  Paired with Midnight  Muse, Summer Starfruit and Lucky Limeade you can swap out Best Wishes from Petite Pairs for a perfect Father’s Day card.  What makes this set so versatile is that it can be used for masculine, feminine and even kid’s cards too!

Circle Circus

Adding the Stripes Embossing to the background continues with the masculine theme.

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Beyond Plaid

A very simple card using the Beyond Plaid stamp set and the retiring set, Curly Cute.   Beyond Plaid (129204) really lends itself to making quick masculine cards just by switching out the colors.

You know, the papercrafting industry caters to us, girls!   Of course, they do silly?!  We love lots of girly things, but our men don’t really love that stuff.   I am always on the lookout for male inspired cards, and I think this one is perfect!

Beyond Plaid

Our square punches are being retired, so if you haven’t purchased them yet, now is the time.   I stamped four times using the plaid stamp and Midnight Muse and then I used the 1 3/8″ square punch (119877) to punch out four squares.

By the way,  if you look closely, I brought the Chevron trend onto the Whisper White cardstock using the Simply Scored Border Plate (126192).  Gotta love that one!

Beyond Plaid

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Simple Saturday Goes Masculine!

Today’s card assembles in just minutes!  With just a layer of Epic Designer Series Paper, Happy Birthday from Perfectly Penned, and some super-duper Washi Tape, you have a very Simple Saturday kind of  card.

Birthday Epic DSP

Your Stamping Teacher Tips:

Basic Gray cardstock base measures 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″

Pool Party Layer is cut at 3 3/4″ x 5 3/8″

Epic Designer Series Paper measures 5 1/4″ x 3 5/8″

This card is cut a little differently as I wanted just a little hint of Pool Party to peak out.

Epic Day Designer Series Paper

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