26 Feb 2015

Simple But Stunning Masculine Cards

Today I have three really quick and easy, but 'male approved' cards for you. I was inspired by a card designed by Nicole Tugrul.

Quick and Easy cards using Adventure Bound paper stack, Hello You Thinlits dies, Basic Black, Whisper White, and Mossy Meadow Cardstock, with Big Day stamp set and Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I love the Adventure Bound (4 1/2" x 6 1/2") paper stack. It is ideal for masculine cards, or Project Life scrapbooking or just about anything when you need an outdoorsy look.

The 'Hello' card uses Mossy Meadow card stock for the base and the die cut sentiment.

The first Happy Birthday card uses Basic Black for the card base and Whisper White for the sentiment.

The last card uses Mossy Meadow as the card base and Whisper White for the sentiment.

I'll be making more of these as every man I've asked prefer these cards to others I've shown them, plus - they're easy!!

I've added something new today and I hope you'll let me know if you like it. Besides listing the dimensions of the card, I will be showing you the products that I've used to make it, along with the item number and price (scroll down to see them all - and you can print them by clicking on 'supply list' at the bottom.

If you prefer this system I will continue it for you!

Happy Stamping!

Card Base - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper Stack Design - 5 1/4 x 4
Sentiment Whisper White Card stock - 1 x 3


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24 Feb 2015

February Team Meeting Fun!

We had a lot of fun at our team meeting on Saturday! 

There are always goodies for everyone, and sometimes we don't know how they got there!

Stampin' Up! Treat bags Confetti Stars Border Punch Thinlit Dies, gold glimmer paper, hand made, cards, treats

After oohing and ahing over those we waded through updates about the compensation plan that I brought home from Leadership. It looks good!

Then we shared projects each of us had made over the last month or so - always inspiring!
This was followed by prizes for different business categories, as well as prizes for a challenge I had put out last month.

Finally we got to the best part - stamping!

Carolyn was responsible for bringing the first project and she delighted us with this adorable Mickey and Minnie punch art card:

Here we are, hard at play!

And then Linda surprised us with this 'travelling gift box'.

It's a "Berry Basket" filled with goodies - tea, coffee, chocolate, and a candle in a sweet holder. It was also accompanied by a lovely card.

The objective of the gift is to take out something you like and replace it with something else, then pass the gift along, writing something special on the card. When the card is full it comes back to Linda. Goodness knows what she will do with it then! :)

Aren't the flowers beautiful!

Our final Make & Take was this card:

Thanks for coming everyone - and for those who couldn't make it this month, we missed you!

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Happy Stamping!

15 Feb 2015

Another Challenge...

Well, the weather outside is frightful... another 30 - 40 cm (or 6 - 8 in.) on top of what we already had.

So I went to my craft room and had some fun creating this card for the Freshly Made Sketches #173

I liked using the spring colours on a day like today, it really did make it Happy!

Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
DSP: Painted Blooms
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Ribbon: Blackberry Bliss
Stamp Set: Cheerful Critters
Embossing Folder: Spring Flowers

Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Daffodil Delight layer: 4" x 5 1/4"
Blackberry Bliss Large Mat: 3" x 4", Small Mat 2" x 1"
DSP: Leaves 1 1/2" x 5 1/4"  Flowers 2 7/8" x 3 7/8"
Whisper White: 1 3/4" x 3/4"

I hope you're having fun today too!

Happy Stamping

14 Feb 2015

Cheerful Critters Birthday Card

I think this stamp set from the Occasions Catalog is simply adorable!

Cheerful Critters Photopolymer Stamp Set137932

There are so many possibilities, many sentiments from other stamp sets would also fit in the posters!

And here is the card that I made with it.

The colours of cardstock used are Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, and Daffodil Delight.
Inks are Strawberry Slush and Memento Black.
I used Blendabilities (Daffodil Delight, Skin Tones, & Melon Mambo) to colour in the bunny.
DSP is from All Abloom Paper Stack
Stamp Set Cheerful Critters
Embossing Folder is Spring Flowers

Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Large Strawberry Slush Mat: 4" x 5 1/4"
DSP: 3" x 5"
Small Strawberry Slush Mat: 2 1/2" x 4"
Large Whisper White: 2 1/4" x 3 3/4"
Daffodil Delight Mat: 2 1/2" x 1"
Small Whisper White:  2 1/2" x 3/4"

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping

10 Feb 2015

Masculine Mojo Monday Card

Yes, I realize it's Tuesday... but with my record I'm still early! :)

I've decided to use the Mojo Monday #384 sketch design to inspire my card today. And because I had some Soft Suede card and ink on my crafting table I went with that.

Here is the finished card:

And here is the Mojo Monday sketch:

It's a regular 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Soft Suede card base. The Desginer Series Paper is from Park Lane (4" x 3"), the Ribbon is Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon. The largest layer is Crumb Cake (4" x 3") with Whisper White (3 7/8" x 2 7/8") embossed with the Arrows Embossing Folder.

The smaller layers are Soft Suede (3 1/2" x 2"), Whisper White (3 3/8" x 1 7/8") stamped with a sentiment from Moon Lake. The feathers are stamped with the stamp set Four Feathers and cut with the Feathers Framelits Dies. And of course I had to have a feather cut from the Gold Glimmer Paper sheets for some pizzaz!

I hope you liked my interpretation of the sketch, and I'd love for you to leave a message below!

Happy Stamping!

8 Feb 2015

A 3-month Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscription is a perfect way to give Paper Pumpkin a try!

For the first time ever, Stampin’ UP! is lowering the price of the 3-month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription.  During Sale-A-Bration, you can save money and instantly qualify for a Sale-A-Bration FREE product of your choice!

Why did Stampin’ UP! choose to discount the 3 month subscription? Because all good things come in threes! Here are three things I, and you’ll, love.

1.Save $6.00 on your subscription.
2.The price point instantly qualifies for a FREE Sale-A-Bration product.
3.Skip to the fun for three months with all the stamps, ink, and paper ready to go for amazing papercrafting projects.
At Leadership they gave us a sneak peak of the next few monthly kits and they looked so fun, the first thing I did when I got home was to double my order!  

Here are a few samples of projects made with past kits:

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Happy Stamping


7 Feb 2015

Featured on Scrapbooks and Cards Today Blog

Hello Everyone!

I'm thrilled to be featured on the Scrapbooks and Cards Today blog for "Stampin' Up! Inspiration Saturday". Here are the projects that I sent in, and they chose three of them.

The first one uses our new Mini Treat Bag dies to make a Wedding Favour. Tucked inside is the sentiment "Cheers to Love and Laughter and Happily Ever After" from the Cheers to Love stamp set, along with two tickets from That's The Ticket stamp set for free drinks at the reception.

Then using the cute little pirate from the Hey, Valentine stamp set, I made a birthday card, using the Blendabilities to colour it.

This card also uses the Hey, Valentine set and Blendabilities to make a Get Well card!

I also made some smaller Valentine cards with the Hey, Valentine set.

Here are larger bags made from the Mini Treat Bag dies, using the banner and word dies that are also in the set.

If you have any questions about the projects please leave a comment and I will get back to you with the answer.

Now, hop on over to the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog and you could win the Hey, Valentine stamp set, the Mini Treat Bag dies, and some Blendabilities!

Happy Stamping

5 Feb 2015

Warped Cutting Pads?

Hello Everyone

I just had to share this tip as I've had plenty of warped Big Shot Cutting Pads in the past and it makes it difficult to use the Magnetic Platform properly.

Here is the link for the pictorial instructions for straightening/flattening the pads, although the ones shown are for another die cutting machine, it works the same for the Big Shot:


Happy Stamping

3 Feb 2015

Relax and Create!

Sometimes you just need some time to yourself, to laugh or learn or feel the satisfaction of creating something. 

If so I'd like to invite you to enjoy spending time at one of my classes. You can have some herbal tea, or coffee, and there's always chocolate! 

And we'll create something beautiful. Whether you think you are crafty or not, I'll show you with rubber stamps, paper, and ink how you can be an artist!

My next class is on Monday, February 9th, from 7 - 9:30 pm. We'll be making eight quick & easy Birthday Cards along with a case in which to store them. The fee is $25.

Here's a sneak peek of your projects:

CONTACT ME now to save your spot, classes are limited to six participants.

Happy Stamping!