Epic Day Designer Series Paper

Happy Earth Day!

With the nice weather yesterday,  I took a little time and stamped a very quick and easy card using the This and That bundle that arrived the other day.  The background paper you see is called Epic Day Designer Series Paper and is perfect for that special man in your life.  By the way,  if you are not a facebook fan of mine, I did post what I was doing on Saturday and you can read about it here.

I used the Washi Tape that came in the This and That Bundle to create the divide in papers.  What is Washi Tape you asked?!  And why is everyone so in love with it?   Well, be prepared, because your Washi Tape obsession is about to begin!

Washi Tape–is a style of paper that was first made in Japan.   Washi is commonly made using fibers from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub (Edgeworthia chrysantha), or the paper mulberry, but also can be made using bamboo, hemp, rice, and wheat. Washi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper, and the term is used to describe paper made by hand in the traditional manner.

So, why have I fallen in love with it?

“Here are some things you can do with it.  Wrap a gift in simple wrapping paper — white or brown kraft paper works great — then go to town using Washi tape in the same way you would use ribbon.   You can even mix and match different tapes, widths and designs!

Let Washi tape help keep you organized — put it to work in on your calendar or day planner in the same way you’d use a highlighter!   Many Washi tapes are quite transparent, so you can use a little tag of tape to draw attention to important dates. Try putting down a piece of Washi, then using a permanent pen to write on top of it. Your calendar is going to look gorgeous!

Do you scrapbook?, Washi tape is going to be your new obsession, and we hardly have to tell you how you can put it to work when making books to hold memories. Most Washi tapes are acid-free, making them scrapbook-safe!” 

Epic Day Designer Series Paper

In the close up picture, you will notice a small metallic brad and a punched circle.  The metallic brad (119741) is perfect for a masculine card when added to the 3/8″ punched circle from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack (118309).  Oh yeah!

Epic Day Designer Series Paper

You will love the color coordination of the Epic Day Designer Series Paper (133350) and pairing it with the Washi Tape (131269)  will blow your mind!  I have seen a few sneak peaks and I will let you in on a secret.  There is more Washi Tape coming!  Just saying!

Washi Tape

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Simple Saturday

If you are looking for some quick and easy ways to make cards or just looking for NEW inspiration, look no further! Using Stampin’ Up’s! line of coordinating Designer Series Paper  is perfect for speeding up the process!  Mix and Match the various designs in each paper pack and add matching cardstock as well.

This week’s Simple Saturday uses the Parker’s Patterns Designer Series Paper (131021).  I have truly fallen in love with this paper and hope Stampin’ Up!  has more bold patterns in their upcoming Annual Catalog!

I used a variety of circle punches and arranged them so they slightly overlap.  When I was satisfied with my layout, I adhered the circles and used Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) to pop a few of up!

Parker's Patterns

Your Stamping Teacher Tip:  Remember to keep it simple for a masculine card.

I used a small font from Teeny Tiny Wishes to showcase the bold patterns in Parker’s Patterns and kept to only two colors, Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler.  Very Vanilla doesn’t count! 

Parker's Patterns

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Collage Curios, Again!

I bet you thought I was done with Collage Curios!!!  Think again!  These was a lot of  inspiration with this set, so much so, that I found it hard to put it down.  The Collage Curios Duo from Tuesday, was the icing on the cake!  What I love is the Parker’s Patterns Designer Series Paper.  This was featured with the Cherry Cobbler Chevrons on Tuesday as well.

Pretty soon you know it, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day will be here.  Why not send Mom and Dad these very easy and super cute cards using the Collage Curios stamp set and the blues patterns from Parker’s Patterns Designer Series Paper.

Collage CuriosI added the Fancy Fan Embossing background to the feminine card and the Stripes Embossing background to the Masculine card.

Your Stamping Teacher Tip:  Use the same layout for both cards to make it easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

Collage Curios

Your Stamping Teacher Tip:

Can’t use a Mother’s Day or a Father’s Day sentiment?  What makes Teeny Tiny Wishes versatile is the fact that you have 22 other sentiments to choose from.

Collage Curios

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Stampin’ Supplies:

Stamps:  Collage Curios 129102, Teeny Tiny Wishes 127802
Cardstock: Very Vanilla 101650, Marina Mist 119682, Midnight Muse126843, Parker’s Patterns DSP131021
Ink: Midnight Muse 126860
Accessories:   Fancy Fan Embossing Folder 127751, Stripes Embossing Folder 123128, Rhinestones 119246, Postage Stamp Punch 122344, 3/4″ circle punch 119873, 7/8″ scallop circle punch129404

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Collage Curios Duo

**Thank you to all who placed orders with me during Stampin’ Up’s FREE shipping days! 

The winner of the FREE Shipping workshop Hostess Benefits was Katie Y.  Look for special thank you notes in your mailbox, soon!

As you can see, I have found numerous ways to this quite versatile stamp set, Collage Curios.   Daring and adventurous with this hot trend in Chevrons.   Mother’s Day and Father’s Day will be here before you know it!   I love making cards and it is a passion.  However, life can get in the way.  So, why not make two cards and save time, just by changing up the look.

Collage Curios

Your Stamping Teacher Tip:  Think in pairs!  Make one feminine and one masculine.

Collage Curios

Another Your Stamping Teacher Tip:  Change out an embellishment for a more gender neutral look.  For example, in the photo above, I used the Blossom punch for the Mother’s Day card.  In the photo below, I used circles, instead.

Collage Curios Close Up 1

For more Collage Curios ideas-Enter Collage Curios in the search box just above the Online Ordering next to my picture.

Collage Curios

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Another Parker’s Patterns

Last week, I posted this Parker’s Patterns card and the link for the ikat trend.  This week, I am posting a similar card using essentially the same elements, however, just a few additions of embellishments and you have a stepped up card.

Parker's Patterns

When I make cards, I usually like to make two of the basic same design and them change up the second one slightly.  For this one, I added the Natural Trim (129287)  ribbon and a Neutrals button (119743) with linen thread (104199).   The Cherry Cobbler accent layer is from the Apothecary Framelit (127003).

This paper set has trendy patterns that are made with some great bold colors, including Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, and Very Vanilla.

True to Stampin’ Up’s! reputation to stay on trend, this pack includes a few chevron pattern options, which is a popular design this year.  I can’t seem to get enough of it.

Dude!  You’re Welcome

And if you still don’t have enough masculine ideas,  the Dude! You’re Welcome Kit (132807) for men is available!   You can give it to the men in your life or you use the contents yourself.

Dude, You're Welcome!

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Parker’s Patterns and Win It Wednesday!

The Spring Catalog has a beautiful NEW Designer Series Paper called Parker’s Patterns. It is patterned after the textile dyeing technique of “Ikat”. The word ikat derives from the Indonesian word mengikat ‘to tie’, hence, the tie-dyeing technique.

Parker's Patterns

Bright, bold colors dominate the Parker’s Pattern Designer Series Paper (131021) and it works well with many masculine cards.  Think TRENDY!  Lots of possibilities!  This spring, this designer series paper is a must have in your collection.   The Perfectly Penned Stamp Set (122892) coordinates nicely, giving this card a clean and simple look.

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Custom Scrapbook Layout

Masculine Valentine

Perhaps you need a masculine valentine? Or maybe even a simple valentine that is not too fussy? I created this valentine to keep the Quick and Easy theme. Pennants are all the rage right now and adding a punched heart or two really jazzes things up.

Pennant Valentine

Using just small pieces of Designer Series Paper (First Edition), I made pennants, then added three small punches hearts in Raspberry Ripple. If you notice, there are smaller punched hearts in Very Vanilla. Those are the hearts from the owl punch.

I added a sentiment in Basic Black and another small punched heart and stacked that up on a Stampin’ Dimensional.    One more thing….Linen Thread is added to the top of the pennants to look like they are hanging.

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Lovely As A Tree

Do you remember your first stamp set?   The ever-popular, Lovely As A Tree is my first Stampin’ Up! stamp set and has been a staple in my inventory for years.  Pairing it with new sentiments and Designer Series Paper (DSP), is always fun and exciting, along with techniques is a wonderful way to use this very versatile set.

Lovely As A Tree

Did you know that the images in this set can be used for many things? For example, I paired the mighty oak image for use as a masculine card shown above.  Does this card look fussy?!  No way!  Just some stamping, embossing with the Big Shot, and tearing technique.  Just layer each element onto the cardstock, add Stampin’ Dimensionals for a popped effect, and add some manly details, like our NEW Basic Designer Buttons threaded with our Linen Thread.  Add a touch of color spritzer and Voila!  This card SCREAMS masculine!

Many of the other images can be used for holidays, sympathy, thinking of you, and of course, techniques involving seasonal change.  Here are some past Lovely As A Tree cards from my previous blog. I know this set has been around a long time, however,  there is always something new and fresh about his set that one never tires of.  So, the next time you see yourself with crafting brain-freeze, be sure to take out this set and play with it.  You will never know, just what you might find in your
Lovely As A TreeStamps:  Lovely As A Tree  #115026, Perfectly Penned #122892
Ink: Basic Black #126980, Crumb Cake (#126975)
Cardstock and Designer Series Paper: Basic Black #121045, Very Vanilla, #101650, First Edition DSP #121878, Soft Suede #115318
Accessories: Basic Designer Buttons #129325, Linen Thread #104199, Apothecary Framelits #127003 Houndstooth Embossing Folder #123134, Color Spritzer #107066

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Dude! You’re Welcome!

Introducing a completely NEW kit for the man in your life!

Dude, You’re Welcome! 132807
Price: $24.95

As a guy, it’s not always easy to express himself.  He knows what he wants  to say it, but he just doesn’t know how. That’s why we’ve created the Dude, You’re Welcome! Kit.  Quickly build a card that says just what he wants it to say, whether it’s “#%&@!” because he messed up (when does that happen?),  for a Special Occasion  (you know the occasion),  “I _____ You” (love, adore, miss, see?), or a simple “Thank You.”

Stampin’ Up! has his back!  Dude!  You’re Welcome!

Dude, You're Welcome!Kit includes:

* 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!)
Still not sure! Watch the video! You’re gonna love it!

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