Manly cards and projects

Rooted in Nature and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

This week's Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge is a perfect sketch to showcase the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper which is part of the Buy 3, Get 1 Free promotion.

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The Rooted in Nature stamp set and the coordinating Nature's Roots framelits are a perfect match for the Wood Textures DSP.  I stamped some leaves from the Rooted in Nature stamp set in Shaded Spruce to add some color and for some shine a leaf die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits in Copper Foil.



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I hope you will enter this week's challenge.  Go to the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog for all the details and to see what the other design team members created.

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Mostly Manly Monday: To a Fungi

I have been wanting to make a card using this sentiment ever since I first saw the  Stampin' Up!  Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper.   When  I saw sketch #230 on the CAS(E) this Sketch! blog everything came together.

Here's the sketch which I followed pretty much exactly!  Why mess with perfection?



Get it?  I know it is a pretty silly play on words but I like it!  Anytime I can come up with a twist on a manly card I will take it.  The Pick a Pattern DSP is so very fun to play with.  Lots of great designs to mix and match.  After a little fiddling around I finally settled on these three patterns.   I used the Brushworks Alphabet to stamp out the sentiment.  I think it is always good to have at least one alphabet stamp set in your collection, so you can customize your sentiments.  I like the Brushworks Alphabet because I like to pretend that I can brush letter.

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On the inside of the card I used another strip of the Pick a Pattern DSP and cut out some of the fungi/mushrooms.  This is a pretty simple card to make and a great way to use some of your scrap pieces of DSP.

Here are the basic measurement but you can easily change the sizes of the DSP depending on what you have in your DSP stash.

Basic Black card base 4-1/4" x 11"  scored at 5-1/2"

Crushed Curry layer 4" x 5-1/4"

Basic Black layer 3-1/2" x  4-3/4"

Striped DSP 1" x 3-1/4"

Mushroom DSP 2-1/4" x  3-1/4"

Black and White DSP 1-1/4" x 3-1/4"

Whisper White inside of the card 4" x 5-1/4"

DSP strip inside of the card 3/4" x 4"

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...June Edition

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!   This month's theme is masculine cards.   Yikes!   Fortunately, I had an idea which actually passed the masculine card judge aka as my husband. 

Marbled background 

I kept the card very simple focusing on a strong color combination and the gorgeous marbled background.  Before you go looking at your catalog to see what pack of Designer Series paper this is from, I will tell you it is a stamp!  This is the new Marbled background stamp.  I know, it is amazing!  This is going to be a fun stamp to play with.   

Marbled background

Since the card is pretty simple I decided that adding a little fun fold would make it a little more interesting.  

Marbled background

I have featured this fold before and have even written a tutorial for it!  You can see other ideas using this fold here,  here, and here.  If you are interested in the tutorial here is the link.  

Marbled background


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 Now it is time to hop on over to see what the talented  Laura Milligan has made for you.

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If you have just come from Laura's blog, then head this way to see what the creative BJ Peters has to share with you.

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Is it Manly?

I know this sounds like a game show question...Is It Manly?  Remember this blog hop post?  This is the second card I made and it didn't pass the manly test, at least according to my husband.  He said it was a nice card but wouldn't commit to manly. 

Bike Ride masc

 I questioned him extensively about specifically what about it wasn't manly.  He said the basket wasn't manly especially the hearts and also the dog just wasn't quite right.  I kind of get what he means not about the dog or hearts but maybe the overall vibe is more cute than manly.  So that leads to another question, can manly be cute?   

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Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine
Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine
Confetti Hearts Border Punch
Confetti Hearts Border Punch

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Inspire, Create, & Share Blog Hop...It's a Guy Thing

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Today I am posting a little later than usual. There is a good reason.  I am participating in the Inspire, Create & Share Blog Hop for June!  Fun right?!  The Inspire, Create & Share Blog Hop goes live on the first Wednesday of the month at 6 pm Pacific time.   The theme this month is Guy cards.  Oh my!  Yes, this is my card making kryptonite!  I made 2 other cards before making the one I am sharing with you.  One of the cards I made will never be seen and the other I liked but my husband said it wasn't masculine.  I will share that one later in the week and you can tell me if he was right.   

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We both decided or maybe he saw the desperation in my eyes and agreed that this was indeed manly or at least handsome.  Phew!  There isn't a ribbon or bow in sight.  I did add a little shine with the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper, cooper foil and embossing, and just a teensy bit of glittery goodness (I couldn't resist!).  

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What is Glittery Goodness?  This is something I utilize a lot to add a little sparkle to my cards.  I cut out the solid leaf image from the Seasonal Layers thinlits and covered it with VersaMark ink.  I heat embossed it using a mix of Clear Embossing Powder and Dazzling Diamond Glitter (start with a 1-1 mix).  Layered over the glittery copper leaf with the detailed leaf image cut in Soft Sky card stock.  

You know how I like a challenge.  I saw that the Stamps, Ink, Paper Challenge theme this week is Masculine and I thought I would submit this card to the challenge.   I guess we all have our minds on manly projects with Father's Day on the 18th.


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 Now it is time for you to hop on over to see what Cheryl has created for you!


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Remarkable You Leaves

Today I want to share with you a masculine, this is not an April Fools joke!   I admit that I do not often share very many manly cards but no fooling I  have a manly card for you.  

Remarkable You leaves

If this looks familiar it is because I first played with this color combination of Mossy Meadow and Lost Lagoon for the Stamper's Dozen March Blog Hop.   I embossed the leaves with Black embossing powder on Shimmery White paper.   Using an Aqua Painter and Mossy Meadow and Lost Lagoon ink refills I colored the leaves.   The image and the colors make for a handsome card.  


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Kinda Eclectic Western Style by Laurie

Happy Monday! I have a great card to share with you and it even fits the Manly Monday theme and Mailable Monday theme.  This card was created by Laurie Gaudette.  She is in my downline and is a great stamper and friend.  She wanted her card to be a little western and I think she did a great job!

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Lots of fun touches on her card.  I love the little embossed strip, the Lost Lagoon fringe and how she layered the silver stars.  In my opinion Laurie is a master at color combinations.  I love this combination of Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist and Soft Suede.

Kinda Eclectic western side by Laurie

I need to head out and meet up with a friend for coffee.  We are going to get dirty lattes.  Are you wondering what that is?  It is a chai latte with a shot of espresso!  Sounds kind of strange but in a most delicious way.   Hopefully with a drink like that I will be super energized and productive the rest of the day.

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You're a Star Pictogram Punches

 I am finally digging in to my box of new Stampin' Up! products.   It is most definitely a fun box!  This year instead of immediately putting everything away I decided to only put stamp sets away once I have played with them.  My goal is to make at least 4 samples for each set.  This will eliminate me finding sets that I have not inked up because i forgot about them.  I am also trying to follow the rule that I cannot place another other order for myself until the box is empty.  That is going to be tough since i already have a list of stamps and accessories for my next order.

First up is the stamp set Pictogram Punches.  I am trying to share a manly project on most (notice here I wrote most) Mondays.  I am not the best at this kind of card but I want to work on getting better.  

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I am totally smitten with the In Color  (2013-15) Sequins.  Just wish they came in all the colors. 

Here's a glimpse of the inside of the card.

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I am not sure if I will be using it for a Father's Day card or not so for now I am leaving it blank inside. 

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 Here's a little more feminine version  of the card.  

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Most of the supplies are the same except here I used Early Espresso ink for the sentiment and Crisp Cantaloupe for the card base.  

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Counting Down the Minutes...2014-15 Stampin' Up Catalog Live at Noon (MDT)

Yes, it is almost time to order from the new Stampin' Up! catalog!  Excited! I'm still not sure exactly what is going on this first real order.  My list is long so whittling it down to a reasonable size is tough.   

While I am waiting let me share this quick and simple manly and mailable card.   

World Map and Starburst Sayings

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Stamps: World Map 130345 and Starburst Sayings 133185
Ink: Pistachio Pudding 131177, Pool Party 126982, Black Stazon 101406
Paper: Very Vanilla 101650, Basic Black 121045, Pool Party 122924
Big Shot: Starburst 132967, Circle Framelits 130911
Tools: Stampin Sponges 101160

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Going to have another cup of coffee and sit down with my catalog and get ready for noon (MT).


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Sweater Weather

It has been pretty quiet here, not much ink drying so not much to tell you about.   The past month has been a busy one and October is looking like it is going to be as well.   One thing I learned is that I need to be sure to schedule in some creative time so I did just that on Sunday.  Now, I wish I could tell you that I was a stamping machine and made so many new things but that would be untrue.  I found it hard to get started.   Does that happen to you?  

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This simple card took me forever to make!  I abandoned it many times and still feel like it is missing something but it is time to move on.  

Stamps: Regarding Dahlias (sentiment), Woodgrain
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Sweater Weather DSP, Champagne Glimmer paper
Big Shot: Autumn Accents Bigz die
Extras: Linen thread, Envelope Punch Board (corner rounder)

Sweater Weather hi side

I added a few strips of Sweater Weather DSP to the inside as well.    This card fits in the Mailable Monday  category and it is pretty manly as well.  

Check back with me soon as I get back to stamping and posting regularly.  Hope to stamp with you soon!