Make Waves!! Swirly Scribbles Thinlits

Make Waves! Swirly Scribbles Thinlits We enjoyed a fun 2016-17 Annual Catalog Launch Party on Friday night.  I promised my ladies that as part of the party, we would make four cards.  Naturally, I came down with cardmakers block – it’s a real thing, I tell ya! – and for the life of me I just couldn’t come up with a fourth design.  Finally, after several failed attempts at different designs, I decided to make waves with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits and I settled on this card: I use the phrase “make waves” because I made waves in more ways than one.  Not only did I use the thinlit to make literal waves on the card, but I also made waves within myself.  This card design is completley out of my comfort zone.  Nothing about the card is representative of my personal style, and frankly, I was afraid to present it! Shame on me, though!  I decided that I wasn’t going to mention anything about the card during the party.  I just wanted to sit back and listen for the ladies’ reactions.  Guess what?  They loved it!  I’m so happy that I decided to “make waves!” _________________ Another fun detail about this card is that the background paper with the stripes is from the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.  How wonderful is it that these two completely different card creations were made using paper from the exact same package of paper?            So fun, right?!  

Easy Masculine Valentine Card

Easy Masculine Valentine Card Here is an easy masculine Valentine card that you can whip together in just a few minutes.  It’s always a challenge for me to make masculine cards, probably because of the lack of bling that I can use.  However, with this easy masculine Valentine card you’ll see that I was able to sneak in a little bit of bling by adding a couple of sequin hearts. 🙂 To make the card a little more interesting, I used the Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to add texture to the front of the card.  Additionally, instead of adhering the airplane and sentiment directly onto the front of the card, I used the Ovals Collection Framelits.  I centered one of the larger ovals on the Smoky Slate card stock and die cut the oval in the center.  If you look closely in the photo below, you’ll be able to see that the red layer and the airplane/sentiment are actually attached to the inside of the card.  More interesting than just a regular card, right? So you see, it IS possible to make a masculine card while still being creative.  What a relief! I also love, love, love the Sky is the Limit stamp set that I used!  Look at the variety of stamps that come in this FREE SET! Yes, I said FREE SET! Just place an order of $50 or more before tax/shipping and you can select the Sky is the Limit stamp set as your Sale-a-Bration promotion set.  Act quickly, though.  Even though Sale-a-Bration runs until March 31st, the Sky is the Limit stamp set is only available until February 15th.  Isn’t that little trailing smoke/heart adorable?! Check out the 2016 Occasions Catalog for more Valentine’s Day products and projects.  Don’t forget about our Annual Catalog, too! (Link in sidebar)  Check out Paper Pumpkin, too!  Take advantage of the current three month/$55 special and not only will you receive three monthly surprise kits in the mail, but you’ll also qualify for a Sale-a-Bration item! Take a look at the slideshow below to see the products that I used to make this easy masculine Valentine card. Also, as you can see from the stamp set, you can easily change the sentiment to make this a birthday card, an encouragement card, or a congratulations card.  So fun! Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper

Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper Stampin’ Up!’s Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper is so versatile!  Most of the designs in the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper pack incorporate Blushing Bride and/or lots of, well, flower bouquets. However, I like how the balloon design is perfect for a masculine birthday card. A friend of ours was wearing a Mint Macaron t-shirt and Smoky Slate surfer shorts  when we saw him last week and his outfit is what gave me the color inspiration for this card.  (I get my color combination inspiration in the strangest of places.)  It’s always been a challenge for me to make masculine cards, but when the paper design and the colors are right, the card comes together so easily.  That was definitely the case with this Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper card. The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is from Stampin’ Up!’s new “Party Wishes” stamp set found in the 2016 Occasions Catalog on Page 5.  Speaking of the “Party Wishes” stamp set, check out the adorable Party Punch Pack that is shown on Page 4.   Buy it!  The Punch Pack is on sale this week for $12.75 as part of Stampin’ Up!’s Weekly Deals.  Once I’m finished showing you all of the projects that I made with the “Bloomin’ Love” product suite, I’m going to move on to the “It’s My Party” product suite and I’ll be using those little punch A LOT. And who says there can’t be bling on a masculine card?  Check out the gorgeous Pool Party Glitter Ribbon that I attached to the top of the banner. I incorporated the Smoky Slate by adding Smoky Slate Thick Baker’s Twine and Silver 1/8″ Ribbon. I just love making cards!  If you love making cards, too, NOW is the perfect time to join Stampin’ Up!  Find our more HERE.  You can receive $155 worth of product for only $99 with free shipping, and there is no obligation to order anything else, EVER.  You’ll want to keep ordering, though, because you’ll be able to order at a discount, and who doesn’t love saving money on things they love? ___________________________________ Click on an item in the slideshow below for ordering information on the supplies I used to make the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper masculine card. Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

What to Make with the Extra Pieces from the To You & Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit by Stampin’ Up!

What to Make with the Extra Pieces from the To You & Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit by Stampin’ Up!:  Part I Have you ordered the To You & Yours Shaker Cards Kit by Stampin’ Up! yet?  If so, you will find that you will have lots of goodies left over after you assemble the 18 cards that are part of the kit.  Over the next three days, I am going to show you three different card styles that you can make with the leftovers.  They are all fun and very easy to make.  After you use the extra pieces, you’ll end up with 18 additional cards! Take a look at my short video that describes the first card: Honestly, it really is always a personal challenge for me to make masculine cards, but with the extra pieces from the To You & Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit, this card came together very nicely.  I love putting every little piece of paper to good use. Come back tomorrow for the second card. If you would like to receive an email update whenever I post a new entry, enter your email address in the little box at the top of the right sidebar.  I’ll never spam you. Promise!

Greeting Cards for Men: A Great Father’s Day Gift Idea

My husband has been asking me for awhile now to make a set of thank you notes for him that he can have on-hand to send to his clients.  He would like something more personal than ordinary tacky store-bought cards, and he happens to know someone who makes cards for a living.  😉  But as the story goes, the shoemaker’s children never have shoes, and in this case, the card maker’s husband never has cards.  Until now! I made this fun stationery box with matching thank you notes and coordinating envelopes.  It was so easy and fun to make!  (I will post a free tutorial later this week.  In the meantime, please subscribe to receive blog updates by email by registering for free at the top right of my sidebar so you won’t miss it!)  The box  is masculine enough for my husband to keep the on his desk.  He can just grab a card when he needs one. It has always been a challenge for me to make masculine cards, but with the 2014-2016 In-Colors from Stampin’ Up! and the retiring  Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack from the current 2014-2015 Annual Idea Book and Catalog, it is was breeze to whip up cards appropriate for men.  I used the “Thank You” stamp from the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit, but any stamp will do.  Be sure to order both items right away, because after June 2nd they will be gone for good when they retire.  (boo-hoo!) Don’t you just love the shirt on the outside of the box?  It was so fun to make.  I love the little pocket-protector, which I made with the end of the Word Window Punch. In addition to the cute shirt, my favorite part of this masculine stationery box are the cards themselves and the coordinating envelope liners.  The  Paper Stack is sized at 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″.  All I had to do was trim the 6-1/2″ side down to 6″ and use the Envelope Liners Framelits Die to make the liners. Once again, be sure to subscribe to receive free email updates to your inbox so that you will be able to view the tutorial and get the measurements and scoring guide.  Make sure you order the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack now before it retires on June 2nd so you will receive it in time to make this Masculine Stationery Box in time for Father’s Day. **** I came up with a really fun way to store the scraps that you will have left over when you trim the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack down to 6″ for the envelope liners.  Just use a Standard Clear-Mount Stamp Case!  Look!  The case is the perfect size to hold not only the scraps, but the Paper Stack, too.        Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog