Monday, June 30, 2014

Masculine Monday

When I talk to people about stamping and what they find the most challenging, the number one answer is always "creating masculine cards".  Those of us who love to stamp have no problem making pretty flower riddled, butterfly swarmed cards.  We all get excited when we can add ribbons and rhinestones to any project we please.  But, the day comes when we realize we need a "man card".  For me it typically happens t the last possible second before I rush out the door to a function, or know I need to get it in the mail RIGHT NOW before the mail lady comes.  So, for the better of all stamp kind, I have decided to dedicate Mondays to Masculine stamping!  I will share a manly project with you each and every Monday!  I promise to keep them relatively simple and pain free.  This way we will have some man cards ready to go the next time we have a need!  So here we go, Masculine Monday #1!
Two of my favorite manly colors together are Basic Gray and Crushed Curry.  I'm not sure what it is about them together, but I just love it.  This card is beyond quick and easy to create and only uses a couple stamps.  The hip hip horray is from the new photopolymer stamp set, Bravo.  I love all of the large sentiments in this set and being that it's photopolymer, getting them straight is a breeze.  Gorgeous Grunge makes an appearance in lovely Crushed Curry.  I find myself using Gorgeous Grunge for a lot of masculine projects.  There is no punching or Big Shot work on this card.  Just stamps, ink and paper.

To add a little 'something-something" at the top of this card I put a small snippet of ribbon and tied a knot with some pieces of Burlap Ribbon.  If you have never seen me do the Burlap Ribbon trick before, all I do is pull threads from the ribbon and use it just like Linen Thread.  Cut the one side off and just pull away.  Love to do this with this awesome ribbon!

I hope you guys find some inspiration from this super quick manly project and I will have another one for you next Monday!  Let me know if you have any questions!

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Baby Room Divider Card

This precious card is an eye catcher and easy enough to make for everyone you know having a baby!
Both of these cuties feature the new Something for Baby stamp set and matching framelits.  Don't forget if you buy them together you get a 15% discount!
I'm not sure which one of these cards I like better, they are equally as cute!  How adorable would this be on a the shelf in a new baby's nursery?!  

The little tie in this set just cracks me up!  And with matching framelits, it couldn't be easier to cut these cute little pieces out perfectly!
I wanted to layer the "it's a boy" sentiment but couldn't find a punch that I liked the way it was.  So I altered our Artisan Label Punch by cutting it in half and then layering it on top of itself a bit to shorten it.  I thought it added more interest to the sentiment without being to big or bulky.

Could those booties be any cuter?!  Seriously!

The card base starts with a piece of card stock measuring 5 1/2 X 11.
With the 11" side at the top, score it at 2 3/4", 5 1/2" and 8 1/4".
Then you will accordion style fold it.  The panels are constructed of card stock and  Designer Series Paper.
The card stock measures 2 1/2" X 4"
The DSP measures 2 1/4" X 3 3/4"

You will need four of each to make a panel for each section.  Then just decorate it how you wish!
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Sweet and Simple

This card is beyond simple, but oh so cute!  Easy to create and really showcases the stamp sets!
The color scheme is Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Tempting Turquoise, on Whisper White of course.
When you start stamping the flowers start with the one in the center.  It will help you align where the other two need to go.  I did not use a Stamp-a-ma-jig, but you certainly could if you were concerned about the spacing and such.

To add a little special something to this card I added a punched flower to the one on the right with a Rhinestone in the center.  Super simple, but makes all the difference!
This card would be great for thank you notes or mass produced cards because of the simplicity and easy stamping.  No fancy techniques or measurements, just simple, clean and pretty!

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