Manly cards and projects

Gorgeously Made Congrats

Ready for another Festive Friday challenge?   What is the Festive Friday challenge?  The Festive Friday challenge is a bi-weekly challenge that is inspired by a holiday/festivity.  An Inspo list of 10 items is created using the festivity as its inspiration.  To play in the challenge you need to use 3 items from the Inspo list on your project and enter it in the Festive Friday gallery.  We love seeing what you choose from the Inspo list and look forward to seeing what you create.


What a fun Inspo List.  I chose Brown, Gold, and a Cheers sentiment from the list.   


The card base is Early Espresso (my brown) and the gold layer is the Distressed Gold Specialty Paper.  The next brown is a new Core Color, Pecan Pie.  I did a little light stamping to create a background using Pecan Pie ink and a stamp from the Gorgeously Made set.   The beautiful branch of leaves were cut in Distressed Gold paper with a die from the Gorgeously Made bundle.

The sentiment is from the Phrases for All stamp set.  Isn't it a fun one?  This would be a great one to use to tie on some sparkling wine or champagne.


Inside  is another sentiment from the Phrases for All set.  This is another one that I know I will use often.  

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the creations made by the Festive Friday design team.  We look forward to seeing what you create from the Inspo List.


Mostly Manly Monday: Tasteful Textures Bundle

This week I am focusing on the Tasteful Textures bundle.

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You can see this bundle on page 11 and page 135 of the 2019-20 Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalog.  


Simple, clean and hopefully masculine card even though there is a bit of sparkle.

Here's how to make this card.

    1.  Cut a 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" piece of Basic Black card stock.  Place the largest stitched circle die from the Stitched Shapes set (145372) on the card stock.  Place the Tasteful Background die inside of the stitched circle shape and run it through a die cutting machine.

    2.  Cut a 3" x 3" piece of Sparkle Glimmer paper (146957) and use the #7 circle die (#8 being the largest circle-Layering Circle dies 141705).

    3.  Adhere the Sparkle Glimmer paper to the back of the Stitched Circle using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Place the circle under something heavy to help with adhesion.

    4.  Cut a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock.  Cut using the 2nd to the largest Stitched Rectangle die (148551).  Stamp the sentiment found in the bundle in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

    5.  Cut a 4-1/4" x 11" piece of Thick Whisper White card stock(card base) and score at 5-1/2".  Cut a 3-1/2" x 5" piece of Basic Black card stock.  Adhere the Stitched Rectangle piece (step 4) on to the Basic Black card stock.  Layer the Basic Black piece on to the card base.

    6.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals and attach the Stitched Circle on to the front of the card base.


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All the Good Things for Simple Sunday

Taking a little break from Christmas projects to share a quick and easy card.  I finally got  the All the Good Things stamp set in the Stampin' Up! Annual catalog.  The koi remind me of my father.  At one time we had a koi pond in our backyard  that was filled with beautiful fish.  

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The images in this stamp set are Distinktive style stamps.  They are made in a special way so that there is a lot of shading and detail created with just one stamp.  Yes, the koi images were made with just one stamp.  This sure makes for an easy card.


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I think this card should have taken me 10-15 minutes to complete but it seems I can make anything more difficult than it needs to be.  Ready for a little peek behind the blog?


Ooops!  I guess I wasn't paying close enough attention to where I was gluing the stamped panel.  So my quick and easy card took a little longer since I had to carefully peel it off and attach it the right way.    Please tell me I am not the only one who has done this!

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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. 

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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.   

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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.  

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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. 

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 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
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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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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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