Monday, August 31, 2015

It's Masculine Monday -- How about a shiny birthday card for your fella?

Finally, cooler weather has started arriving and I'm now all about the crisp, cool, days and nights of autumn.

I am finding that the Vintage Leaves stamp set from Stampin' Up! is just perfect for fall and masculine cards.

I just love how the gold embossed leaf and sentiment, the Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum, and the gold foil paper add such a classic, sophisticated look to this card.  Your fella is going to LOVE it!

Have you embossed a card lately?  Many years ago I think I heat embossed every card I made.  I just loved the look and was so very intrigued and spellbound the way the image became so shiny and beautiful when heat was applied.

If you haven't used this technique in a while . . . now is the time!  Go get that heat gun, versamark pad, some embossing powder and go to town on your next card.

Now, sit back and enjoy my how to video . . .

Don't really need a birthday card?  Well, you could also change the sentiment from Happy Birthday to Give Thanks and this would be a fabulous Thanksgiving card.

Whatever type of card you need.  I do hope you will give this a try!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

It's Masculine Monday -- Are you ready for a vacation?

Are you ready to pack you bags and take a trip?  What if you could spin the globe and go anywhere you want?  Where would you go?

I think I would go back to Walt Disney World.  Mother and I went there in 2006. Wow, I can't believe it was 9 years ago!  We stayed at the Wild Animal Park, how amazing was it to have giraffes roaming around just outside our hotel room.  Such wonderful memories. . .would definitely do it again!!

You can check out a couple of my previous posts using the Traveler stamp set from Stampin' Up! here and here.

Maybe, it is time for you to pack you bags and plan your perfect trip. . . Well, until you can actually go on your dream vacation, why not sit back and enjoy my how to video

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Copic Markers I used:  B21, 34, 37 | YG 93, 95, 97 | E41, 43, 44 | N2, 5 | 0 Colorless Blender

Looking for some additional inspiration?  Be sure and check out these great card ideas:

  • I am loving how Ann Schach of The Stampin' Schach used dimension on her card.  Just Gorgeous!!
  • Brian King is definitely the King of clean and simple!  Love, love, love his cards.  Be sure and stop by his Stamp with Brian blog.
  • As you know, from many of my previous posts. I love to sponge!  So, I was immediately drawn to this beautiful card by The Serene Stamper, Tina Weller

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!!  I do appreciate it!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Vintage Leaves meets Gold Embossing

Oh my goodness! I am so in the mood for shiny, sparkly, gold. How about you?

As usual, I went internet hunting for inspiration.  You can see some of that amazing work below.

Well, I gathered my supplies and decided to glitz up my cards with some gold embossing and a gold foil sheet from Stampin' Up!

Sit back and enjoy my how to video . . .

Looking for a deal?  Did you know you can save 15% on the purchase of the Vintage Leaves stamp set and the Leaflets Framelits, when you purchase them as a bundle? Be sure and check out the link in my supply list below

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Check out these amazing cards I found on the web!  Every one has used gold in a different, but stunning way!  LOVE them!

  • Allison Okamitsu of Nice People Stamp used gold in her designer series paper and sentiment
  • I found Shadow's card on Splitcoaststampers. She is using a technique called "Faux Cloisonne". She used the gold in a variety of ways:  embossing, card stock, stamping and a button embellishment.  Oh my goodness. . .isn't her card just stunning?
  • Finally, I just love Donna Mikasa of Three Umbrellas use of gold on the tip of the feather and sentiment.
All in all, such lovely examples of how to bring some gold and glitz to your cards!

Hope all of this is inspiring to you!  We all need a little sparkly in our lives!!  So, grab a variety of gold products and go to town on your next card.

Thanks for visiting!  Got a comment, I would love to hear from you

Monday, August 17, 2015

It's Masculine Monday - Wishing for Autumn

Welcome to today's "It's Masculine Monday" card and video

Yep, it true! I am so done with Summer!  So . . . here is my ode to Fall.

In an effort to avoid this relentless heat (both day and night) I am diving into autumn, come, join me.

I am thinking of slightly warm days with cool, crisp nights, comforters on the bed, fires in the fire place, NOT in the surrounding community.  Oh my gosh, every day smoke, smoke and more smoke. Now back to my day dream . . . leaves turning beautiful colors, fragrant candles burning, apple cider warming on the stove, I think you get my drift.  Fall simply cannot get here soon enough!

For this card, I did a lot of burnishing work.  Some may call it sponging, but when I am really working the colors into the card stock, I call it burnishing.

I cut the leaf out with the coordinating Leaflets Framelits by Stampin' Up!, covered it with Versamark ink, ultra thick clear embossing powder and embossed it with my heat gun. Then, while still warm, I lightly sprinkled it with Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

I especially like how the black lines set off the burnished area.

Sit back and enjoy my how to video . . .

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While meandering around Pinterest I found some interesting cards using leaf images.  Enjoy!

  • I really like Nance's use of the corrugated paper it is such a great backdrop to the leaves! You can see her work at Canopy Crafts 
  • Do you like the "splodge" background on Clare's card. I have never heard that term, but I like it!  You can find additional details on her blog Crafting Clare's Paper Moments.
  • Julie used one of my favorite stamp sets, Gorgeous Grunge, to give interest to her background she colored the leaf with Pumpkin Pie ink. . .so striking. Stamping with Julie Gearinger 

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Monday, August 10, 2015

It's Masculine Monday -- Sponging and Copic Coloring Card and Video

Hi Stampers :-)

Welcome to "It's Masculine Monday" so glad you stopped by.

I knew the moment I saw the From Land to Sea stamp set from Stampin' Up! that I had to have it. This is one of the most perfect stamp set for making masculine cards. So many great designs for that special guy in your life!

The card design really gave me the opportunity to sponge a great background and to get out my Copic markers and color the sea turtles.  I am so very pleased with the outcome.

The sponged background may seem a little daunting, but I KNOW you can do it!! Just give it a try!

Are you new to the world of Copics? Check out my video to see just how easy they are to use.

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Copic Markers Used:  E 00, 49 | YR 21, 24, 27 | YG 93, 95, 97 | 100 |  0 Colorless Blender

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, today. I hope I have inspired you to stamp a card. 

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Monday, August 3, 2015

It's Masculine Monday Birthday Card and Video

Hi Stampers  :-)

Welcome to today's "It's Masculine Monday" birthday card and Video

Browsing the web again to find some great inspiration for this week's masculine card. And all I have to say is Pinterest does not disappoint!!!  Such amazing work by such amazing artists. Be sure and check out the photos posted below. . .

I think the new Brick Wall embossing folder from Stampin' Up! really added that special touch to my card, such a great background!!

I colored the fish, from the By the Tide stamp set, and the anchor, from The Open Sea stamp set, with a variety of Copic Markers (see the list below) then finished with the Zig Wink of Stella clear glitter brush marker.  So sparkly!!

This will be a great card to give to your favorite angler!  Looks complicated, but it really wasn't.

Sit back and enjoy my video. . .

Supplies used on my card.  To order from my Online Store, just click on the images below

Copic Markers Used:  B21, 24, 26 | YG 93 | R20, 22, 27 | W1, 5 | 0 | 100

Here are three cards I found on Pinterest . . .

  • Oh my goodness, Julie Gearinger's background is completely amazing. Be sure and check out her blog Stamping with Julie Gearinger
  • Lisa Young's lobster card is so bright and cheerful, why not stop by her blog Add Ink and Stamp to see her great card designs
  • Melissa Cochran did such an amazing job coloring the fish and ombre background. They look so life like!! You can see more of her work at her blog Crazy Paper Freak

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, today. I hope I have inspired you to stamp a card.  Have a comment?  Please leave one, I would love to hear from you!!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Stampin' Up! Kits, Kits and More Kits

Hi Stampers :-)

Do you love to make cards?  Do you like to make your cards FAST?  Do you want everything planned out for you?  Then, a card kit might be just the answer. 

Today, I am going to introduce you to a variety of awesome card and project kits from Stampin' Up!

First, let's look at the Tin of Cards Project Kit!  The kit includes all the supplies to make 16 cards, 4 of each design PLUS the striped tin to hold your cards. You can add the coordinating Tin of Cards stamp set or use stamps that you already have.

Check out the Tin of Cards Video from Stampin' Up! . . .

Our second kit is the Cottage Greetings Card Kit. It makes 15 cards, 5 of each design you can complete the kit with the Cottage Greetings stamp set, Bermuda Bay and Delightful Dijon Classic Stampin' Pads.

Cottage Greetings Card Kit video from Stampin' Up! . . .

The third kit is the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit. This all-inclusive kit includes the supplies necessary (even the acrylic block) to make 20 unique cards, you only need your adhesive of choice to complete the kit.  WOW!!

Watercolor Wishes Card Kit video from Stampin' Up! . . .

Finally, let's look at Stampin' Up!'s monthly card/project kit:  Paper Pumpkin.

Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and every month a fully designed project kit arrives at your door, all you need to provide is adhesive and a little time!

Check out this video showing July's Paper Pumpkin Kit . . .

After watching the Paper Pumpkin video, don't you want to join the fun?

Well, now through September 10th you can save 50% on your first two months.

Offer Details: Use the code  HALF OFF  to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2015, and get 50% off the first two months!  After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included). 

  • For new month-to month subscribers only (not prepaid subscriptions)
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month's kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • Enter the Promo Code, HALFOFF when you sign up here

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