Beauty of Friendship — Birthday Cards

Do you struggle with masculine cards?  My most requested cards are masculine birthday cards. So, today I’m bringing you two, yes two, masculine Beauty of Friendship birthday cards.

The Beauty of Friendship bundle, which includes the Beauty of Friendship stamp set and Beautiful Trees dies, is perfect for masculine cards. Even though I did not use it on either card, the coordinating Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper (DSP) is equally perfect for that ever-elusive masculine card.

Beauty of Friendship-Masculine Birthday

I love how the repetition of images and textures can enhance your cards. For a very subtle touch, I used the Tasteful Textiles embossing folder on the Basic White cardstock.  Additionally, I cut a 1-1/2 x 4-1/4 piece of Soft Succulent cardstock and stamped it repeatedly with Soft Succulent ink, cut it into three 1/2 inch pieces, and applied them to the card front. Finally, with Wink of Stella on their wings, the two birds add just the right pop of color.  

Beauty of Friendship - Masculine Birthday

I added some visual interest on my second card with a die-cut oval, a scalloped edge made with the Penned Flowers die, three Matte Black dots, and a strip of In Good Taste Designer Series Paper (DSP). All of these items help to highlight the tree focal image. Sometimes, it is the little thing that helps bring everything together into one cohesive card.  As a result, I’m sure your special fella would love to receive either one of these Beauty of Friendship birthday cards!

 

Cutting Details:

  • First Card
    • Early Espresso (card base) — 4-1/4 x 11; score and fold at 5-1/2
    • Basic White (1st layer) — 2-1/4 x 5-1/4; stamp the sentiment and emboss
    • Soft Succulent (1st layer) — 1-1/2 x 5-1/4; stamp and cut into three 1/2 strips
    • Crumb Cake (2nd layer) — scrap; die-cut tree trunk
    • Soft Succulent (3rd layer) — scrap; stamp and die-cut tree top
    • Real Red (4th layer) — scrap; die-cut two birds
    • Inside:
      •      Basic White — 4 x 5-1/4
  • Second Card
    • Gray Granite (card base) — 5-1/2 x 8-1/2; score and fold at 4-1/4, cut 1-1/4 off of one side
    • Basic Black (1st layer) — 3 x 4; die-cut oval
    • Gray Granite (2nd layer) — scrap; die-cut tree trunk
    • Soft Succulent (3rd layer) — scrap; stamp and die-cut tree top
    • Basic Black (with the scalloped edge)  (place behind the shortened front of the card) — Finished Size 3-1/4 x 5-1/2; die-cut with Penned Flowers die
    • Inside:
      • Basic White — 3-1/2 x 5-1/2
      • In Good Taste DSP — 1-1/2 x 5-1/2
      • Basic Black — 1/8 x 5-1/2

 

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Masculine Sailing Home Birthday

Sailing Home Masculine Birthday Card

Isn’t it amazing just how difficult it can be to create a masculine birthday card?  Well, I’m here to help!  Whether they love the sea or not, this Masculine Sailing Home Birthday card is perfect for that special guy in your life. 

First, I like how the three Layering Oval die-cuts highlight the Smooth Sailing lighthouse die. Second,  the Painted Texture 3D embossing folder evokes the feeling of ocean waves. Finally, the Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Silver Foil, and Basic White cardstock combine for an overall masculine look.  This card is not only attractive but also quick and easy. 

Sailing Home Masculine Birthday Card

I love that the Sailing Home stamp set includes an image of a “Reef Knot”.  I stamped it on the inside of my card along with a “Happy Birthday” sentiment.  Are you ready to create your own Masculine Sailing Home Birthday card?  Watch my video, click on the product links below to purchase the necessary supplies, and go make one for your special fella.

 

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Cutting Details:

  • Black cardstock (card base) — 4-1/4 x 11; score and fold at 5-1/2
  • White cardstock (1st layer) — 3-3/8 x 4-5/8
  • Smoky Slate cardstock (2nd layer) — 3-14 x 4-1/2 (emboss with Painted Texture 3D embossing folder)
  • Scraps: Basic Black, Silver Foil, Basic White (die-cut with Layering Ovals dies)  AND   Basic White cardstock (die cut with Lighthouse Smooth Sailing Die
  • Basic White cardstock (inside) — 3-3/8 x 4-5/8

 

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Sweet Ice Cream “Happy Birthday” Card

Birthday Card using the Sweet Ice Cream stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Who doesn’t love a Sweet Ice Cream Birthday Card?  I don’t know about you, but I LOVE ice cream.  It doesn’t matter if it is the dead of winter or the middle of a sweltering summer; I’ll eat ice cream at every opportunity.  Do you have a favorite flavor?  My all-time go-to favorite is vanilla chocolate chip.  Of course, Cherry Garcia is a very close second choice.  

Check out the new Sweet Ice Cream stamp set/punch bundle from Stampin’ Up!, It is part of the Ice Cream Corner Suite in the Jan-June 2021 Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalog.  The suite is filled with luscious Designer Series Papers, Ribbon, and last but not least, Sprinkles that can top your scoops of ice cream.  Obviously, this suite of products is perfect for the lover of everything ice cream.  Click HERE to check out the full suite of mouth-watering Ice Cream Corner products. 

Birthday card using the Sweet Ice Cream bundle from Stampin' Up!

 

Learn to create your own Birthday card using the Sweet Ice Cream Bundle from Stampin' Up!

Are you ready for a Sweet Ice Cream Happy Birthday Card?  I know I am.

Now, watch my video, click the various product links below to purchase the necessary supplies, then go and make this yummy Sweet Ice Cream Happy Birthday card for your family and friends.

 

Cutting Details:

  • Granny Apple Green cardstock (card base) — 4-1/4 x 11; score and fold at 5-1/2
  • Basic Black cardstock (1st layer) — 3-7/8 x 5-1/8
  • Balmy Blue cardstock (2nd layer) — 3-3/4 x 5
  • Basic Black cardstock (3rd layer) — large Layering Ovals Scalloped die
  • Basic White cardstock (4th layer) — large Layering Ovals die
  • Basic Black cardstock (5th layer) — 1-1/8 x 3-5/8 (backing for sentiment)
  • Basic White cardstock (6th layer) — 1 x 3-1/2 (sentiment)
  • Basic White cardstock (inside of card) — 4 x 5-1/4
  • Basic White scraps for the cone and three scoops of ice cream

 

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Masculine Birthday Card

Masculine Birthday Card

Do you struggle with creating masculine birthday cards?  I know this is a common complaint.  I have that same difficulty.  However, the planning of this masculine birthday card came together quite quickly.

Masculine Birthday Card

As I had not made a masculine card for quite some time, I was a little apprehensive. In particular, I wanted my masculine birthday card to have a high contrast of colors, a repetition of design, a Stitched So Sweetly die, and a subtle Elegant Faceted gem.  So, I gathered my supplies, and much to my surprise, the card almost designed itself.  I especially like the pop of color the Cajun Craze cardstock adds.

Masculine Birthday Card

To provide a little continuity and additional interest to the inside of the card, I added a small strip of the In Good Taste DSP, with a smaller border of Basic Black cardstock.  Don’t forget that decorating the inside of your card provides a more cohesive look.

My SU! Color Palette

 

Card Dimensions

  • Basic Black cardstock (card base) — 4-1/4″ x 11″; score and fold at 5-1/2″
  • In Good Taste Designer Series Paper (1st layer) — 2-1/2″ x 4″
  • Banners — Gray Granite cardstock 7/8″ x 4-1/4″; Basic Black cardstock 3/4″ x 4-1/4″; Whisper White cardstock 1/2″ x 5-1/2″
  • Cajun Craze cardstock (2nd layer) — 2-3/4″ x 4″ (die-cut with Stitched So Sweetly dies)
  • Whisper White THICK cardstock (3rd layer) — 2″ x 3-1/8″ (stamp with tree image)
  • Whisper White THICK cardstock (inside of card) — 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Basic Black cardstock (inside of card) — 5/8″ x 4″
  • In Good Taste Designer Series Paper (inside of card) — 1/2″ x 4″

 

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Rooted In Nature Cling-Mount Stamp Set

 
Itty Bitty Birthdays Cling Stamp Set

 
Stitched So Sweetly Dies

 
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock

 
Cajun Craze 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

 
Gray Granite 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

 
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

 
In Good Taste Designer Series Paper

 
Whisper White Medium Envelopes

 
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

 
Linen Thread

 
Elegant Faceted Gems

 
Banners Pick A Punch

 
Floral Grid Paper

 
Simply Shammy

 
Black Stampin' Dimensionals Combo Pack

 
Stampin' Seal

 
Multipurpose Liquid Glue

 
Paper Snips

 
Paper Trimmer

 
Cutting Blades Multipack

 

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Simply thankful for all the good things

Simply Thankful card

Let’s make a Simply Thankful card.  Sometimes we just need to stop and take the time to be thankful for all the good things.  With everything that is currently going on in the world, being thankful can be difficult.  However, if we take a moment and ponder the small blessings that touch our lives every day, we can become simply thankful.

Simply thankful for all the good things

I am so looking forward to Autumn and all the beautiful colors of that season.  For this card, I used Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, and Bumblebee inks from Stampin’ Up!  I also used the Rooted in Nature and Country Home stamp sets and the Ornate Frames and Nature’s Root dies.

Simply thankful for all the good things

When I first started on my card making journey, I never decorated the inside of my cards.  Despite that misstep, I have learned just as in life, that often the inside is much more important.  We choose the right sentiment, write the heartfelt message, and add a little something to reflect the front of our card.  These steps make our cards more memorable and often touch the hearts of our recipients. 

 

Card Dimensions

  • Basic Black (card base) — 4-1/4″ x 11″; score and fold at 5-1/2″
  • Very Vanilla (1st layer) — 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Basic Black (2nd layer) — 5/8″ x 5-1/4″
  • Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Bumble Bee (scraps) — die cut with Ornate Frames die
  • Very Vanilla (scraps) — stamp leaves — die cut with Nature’s Root die
  • Very Vanilla (inside) — 4″ x 5-1/4″

 

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Rooted In Nature Cling-Mount Stamp Set

 
Country Home Photopolymer Stamp Set

 
Ornate Frames Dies

 
Nature's Roots Dies

 
Very Vanilla 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

 
Cajun Craze 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

 
Mossy Meadow 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

 
Bumblebee 8-1/2X11 Cardstock

 
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

 
Whisper White Medium Envelopes

 
Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad

 
Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad

 
Bumblebee Classic Stampin' Pad

 
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

 
Floral Grid Paper

 
Simply Shammy

 
Black Stampin' Dimensionals Combo Pack

 
Stampin' Seal

 
Multipurpose Liquid Glue

 
Paper Trimmer

 
Cutting Blades Multipack

 

 

 

 

Sailing Home — Masculine Birthday Card

Sailing Home Masculine Birthday Card

The Sailing Home stamp set from Stampin’ Up! makes such a perfect masculine birthday card!

Who doesn’t love a lighthouse?  Every lighthouse I’ve seen is located in a beautiful location, and they serve such a magnificent purpose. I am hoping this Masculine Birthday Card using elements of the Sailing Home stamp set from Stampin’ Up! evokes the feelings of the calm from the lighthouse beacon and a compass directing you to your destination.

The Sailing Home stamp set, the Smooth Sailing dies, and Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper can be found on pages 144-146 in the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! annual catalog, however, they can be purchased individually or as a bundle and save 10% — gotta love that deal!  You can check them out in my ONLINE STORE.

Sailing Home Masculine Birthday Card

I love how all the elements of the card (lighthouse, compass, sailboat, birds) come together.

Sailing Home Masculine Birthday Card

Check out the neat Reef Knot (square knot) made with the Braided Linen Trim.  Be sure to watch my video, below, to learn just how easy it is to make this knot.

Sailing Home Masculine Birthday Card

Don’t you love the compass needle made with Silver Foil, it adds that touch of bling that every card needs.

 

Cutting Instructions: 

  • Night of Navy cardstock (base card)  4-1/4″ x 11″; score at 5-1/2″
  • Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper (DSP)  2″ x 5-1/2″
  • Whisper White cardstock (layer under DSP)  2-1/8″ x 5-1/2″
  • Real Red cardstock  3″ x 4-1/4″, die-cut with Stitched Rectangles dies
  • Whisper White cardstock  2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, stamp compass and punch with 1-1/2″ circle die
  • Silver Foil paper  scrap to die-cut compass needle
  • Whisper White cardstock (inside of card)  3-3/4″ x 5″

 

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