Masculine Get Well Card

Hello Everyone,

The card I am showing you today is one I made to send to a twenty-something guy who had been in the hospital.  I used my color coach to get me started on my color combination.  I like using the color coach to give me a quick set of colors to pull together when I need a quick start to a project.  I was looking for something that would give me a masculine feel.  I ended up using Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, and Night of Navy.  I at least think these are the colors I used.  I could have used Midnight Muse as the blue.  I am working off of a picture and can’t remember which color I used for sure.  I needed the card and had to make one to fit the occasion.  Several color combinations would work depending on what you or the person you are sending it to might enjoy.  I keep telling myself I am going to make better notes but time seems to get away from me or I get interupted and end up sending the card before I get my notes made.  I also felt like the buttons mounted on the Riding Hood Red card stock pennant strip kept the card masculine rather than adding ribbon.

I have really liked adding this trend of the pennant strip.  It became really easy to do once I learned the trick of using the corner of a square punch to get the pennant look on the end of the strip.  It was a simple trick but one I had not thought of myself.  That is what I love about looking at other people’s blogs is picking up those tricks.  If I don’t think to share those tricks and you wonder how I did something please ask because I don’t always think to explain everything.  I also used baker’s twine in the buttons.  I was told never to leave a button naked.  It helps to finish the card.  I would agree with that advice.  I love the baker’s twine to finish my buttons.  I added some texture to the card using embossing folders and the different layers.  The sentiment I used is from the Word Play stamp set which is also available for a limited time as single stamps.

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Here is my supply list for this project.  All items listed are from Stampin’ Up and include their item numbers.

Stamp Set: Word Play Stamp Set Wood #120308 — Clear #120651 or Single Stamp Word Play: Sick Clear-Mount Stamp #132294 (Only available as single stamp until January 2, 2013.)

Ink:  Midnight Muse Classic Stampin’ Pad #126869 or Night of Navy Classic Stampin Pad #126970

Card Stock:  Old Olive #100702, Night of Navy #100867 or Midnight Muse #126843, Riding Hood Red #111348 and Regals Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stacks #117154

Tools/Accessories:   Designer Frames Folders #123130, Perfect Polka Dots Folder #117335, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, 1″ Square Punch #124094, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Glue Dots #103683, Anywhere Glue Sticks #104045, Brights Designer Buttons #119747, Whisper White Baker’s Twine #124262 and 3/16″ Corner #119871

I hope you enjoyed seeing this masculine get well card.  I made this card for a twenty-something and I think it came out on the trendy side as well as being masculine.

Jenny

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Lovely as a Tree Sympathy Card

Today’s card is one we all wish we didn’t need to make but unfortunately we all need to have sympathy cards.  I needed to make a card that would work for couples.  I just pulled some paper from my retired folders that looked soothing together.  I don’t have a sympathy stamp set(it is on my wish list but I always find myself buying other sets) so I always seem to have to pull something together.

I started by embossing my card using the perfect polka dot embossing folder and the big shot.  Then I needed a stamp set and I picked the Lovely as a Tree set.  I am really beginning to like the Lovely as a Tree stamp set I inherited from my Grandma’s house.  It is becoming a very versatile stamp set for me.  I simply stamped the image in a slightly darker green on to my light green card stock.  I added the dark green behind everything to give the card an anchor and to hide the ends of the trim and the back side of the brad.  I used the Easy Events Stamp Set for the sentiment.  I used tape to mask the part of the stamp I didn’t want while inking the stamp and then just removed the tape before stamping.  I think the “sending you love” on the front ties in with the words on the inside of the card.  I added the tiny butterfly from the Beautiful Wings Embosslits just to finish the look with a pop of color and elegance with the tiny pearl jewel in the center.  I just pulled the butterfly out of my stash of saved butterflies as I always seem to have some leftover from other projects.

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I wanted to make sure that the people receiving these cards know they are getting something special in the mail the moment they get the mail out of the mail box. I added stamping to the front of the envelope and embossed on the flap in the back.

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I hope this sympathy card has inspired you to make some of your own because if anyone needs or deserves a handmade card it is when they have suffered the loss of a loved one. See you tomorrow.

Jenny

Angel Christmas Card I’ve got the blues

Here I am trying to get my post done again in the evening.  It was a busy day at the house. We had the internet repairman come which took time but we have internet again at the house.  My daughter got her cast off so that was time spent at the Doctor’s office.  We are thankful her arm has healed well.  I also had to run to the grocery store.  I did get the card finished but not posted til now.

The card I made today is using the Rejoicing With You stamp set.  I used the angel and the verse from Psalms stamps.  My card stock colors are Midnight Muse, Bashful Blue, and Whisper White.  I started the card by stamping the angel using Versa Mark ink on the Midnight Muse.  I then used Silver Embossing powder to heat emboss the angel image on the Midnight Muse.  I then added a silver edge around the angel by thwacking Illuminate Ink around the edges.  Illuminate is a brand new watermark  ink in the Holiday Catalog.  I then used the Big Shot and the Top Note die to cut a top note out of Whisper White.  I wanted to add a little color so I thwacked the edges this time with Midnight Muse.  My card base is the Bashful Blue.  I then used a background stamp and stamped the card using the Illuminate watermark ink to just give the card front a little shimmer (I hope you can see it in the pictures).  Finally, I stamped my sentiment in Midnight Muse on Whisper White.  I finished it by rounding the corners and attaching it to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I added the ribbon and tied the bow to finish it all off.

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I wanted something different for this card so I made it a Z-fold card.  The top note forms part of the front and it unfolds as you open the card. The bow helps hold the card shut till your ready to open the card. I finished the inside of the card with more illuminate ink and my background stamp and another sentiment from the Rejoicing With You stamp set stamped in Midnight Muse.

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I added some extra pictures so you could see the detail of this card.

Internet went down again so I will have to post supply list when it is working again.

I hope you enjoyed this Angel Christmas card in shades of blues and silvers. I will see you tomorrow.
Jenny

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Another Brown and Pink “for baby” Card

I wanted to share the other card that I designed while working on my entry for the Less is More Brown and Pink Color Challenge from yesterday.  This was actually the first card that I designed but once I finished it and looked at the rules again for the challenge I decided I needed to go back to the designing table.  This card also used the Top Note die cut but I use the whole top note on this card rather than just half of the top note.  I also choose to use Whisper White as my card base and add the Pink Pirouette as a layer under the soft suede top note.  All the layering didn’t fit the rules of the challenge but I think this card is more my normal style.  I do think this card is more simplistic than some of my other cards.  The ribbon is my only embellishment and no embossing.  I like the card because it is simple and sometimes less really is more.  It was also a very quick card to make as there were not a lot of fussy elements and sometimes we all need quick and easy.

Here is my supply list for this project.  All items listed are from Stampin’ Up and include their item numbers.

Stamp Set: Easy Events Wood #116958 — Clear #123225 (This is my Stamp Set of the Month for September.)

Ink: Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad #126978, Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker #119703 (this number is for the Neutrals pack of 8 markers), So Saffron Stampin’ Write Markers #119700 (this number is for the Subtles pack of 10 markers), Pink Pirouette Stampin Write Markers #119700 (this number is for the Subtles pack of 10 markers), Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Markers #119679, Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Markers #105115

Card Stock:  Pink Pirouette #111351, Soft Suede #115318, Whisper White #100730

Tools/Accessories: Top Note Bigz Die#115463, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Sticky Strip #104294, Glue Dots #103683, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Stampin Dimensionals #104430, Anywhere Glue stick #104045, 5/8″ Organza Ribbon Whisper White # 114319 (I used 5/8″ Satin Ribbon in Whisper White which is now retired but the Organza Ribbon would give you the same look.), Corner Rounder Punch #119871

I hope you enjoyed seeing  this Pink and Brown Baby Card and how small changes can make a completely different card.  See you again tomorrow.

Jenny

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Less is More Brown and Pink Challenge Entry

Sorry this post is so late in being posted.  I had the card made and was going to write the post last night once the kids were in bed but as I was working in the kitchen getting ready to make some Strawberry Shortcake and I ended up running the middle of my forehead into the corner of a cupboard door.  I can actually say I think I really saw stars.  According to my husband, I even bent the hinges on the cupboard door.  I am not sure I believe him he is prone to exaggeration but needless to say I hit the door with a lot of force. So last night instead of writing this post I spent a couple of  hours at urgent care getting some very fancy pictures of the inside of my head.  The verdict is just a concussion but some very strong warnings from the Doctor to take it easy today, so I am at home writing this while my Mom is taking the kids to school.  If it gets really pretty with lots of different colors I may post pictures right now it is really just a crease in the middle of my head.  OK now onto the important stuff today’s card.

I am doing a first for me.  I am entering a challenge on a website.  “Less is More” is a challenge blog site and they have a challenge every week.  I am entering their Brown and Pink Week 83 Colour Challenge (this site is out of England so they use the British spelling of color it is not just that we can’t spell).  I am nervous and excited to enter.  Their minimal style is different from my normal style but I thought it would be good for me to expand outside my comfort zone and I am competitive enough that the idea of a challenge appeals to me as well.  I am also hoping to get some feedback on my design and card.  I enjoy designing but I want to expand my talents and get better and the only way to do that is to hear others opinions about your work.

I choose to make a card for a baby gift.  The colors pink and brown remind me of the cute outfits my daughter would wear as a baby.  I used Pink Pirouette as the card base.  Soft Suede cut into half a top not using my Big Shot and the Top Note die.  I then used the “for baby” stamp from the Easy Events Stamp Set stamped in Soft Suede on Whisper White.  I colored in the outline stamp using my Stampin’ Write Markers.  I love my markers.  If I had to choose between an ink pad and a marker I would choose a marker.  The markers are so versatile.  The umbrella and hat on the duck again repeat the pink and brown theme.  I finished the card with a simple Whisper White satin ribbon.

Here is my supply list for this project.  All items listed are from Stampin’ Up and include their item numbers.

Stamp Set: Easy Events Wood #116958 — Clear #123225 (This is my Stamp of the Month Club Stamp Set for September.)

Ink: Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad #126978, Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker #119703 (this number is for the Neutrals pack of 8 markers), So Saffron Stampin’ Write Markers #119700 (this number is for the Subtles pack of 10 markers), Pink Pirouette Stampin Write Markers #119700 (this number is for the Subtles pack of 10 markers), Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Markers #119679, Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Markers #105115

Card Stock:  Pink Pirouette #111351,Soft Suede #115318, Whisper White #100730

Tools/Accessories: Top Note Bigz Die#115463, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Sticky Strip #104294, Glue Dots #103683, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Stampin Dimensionals #104430, Anywhere Glue stick #104045, 5/8″ Organza Ribbon Whisper White # 114319 (I used 5/8″ Satin Ribbon in Whisper White which is now retired but the Organza Ribbon would give you the same look.), Corner Rounder Punch #119871

I hope you enjoyed seeing  this Pink and Brown Baby Card and my first Less is More Challenge Entry.  See you again tomorrow.

Jenny

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Summer Afternoon Thank You Card

Good Morning.  Today is the first day of school for my kids so I am hoping this gets posted correctly.  I am writing it the night before and scheduling this post to go live in the morning.  I know there will not be time to post anything in the morning otherwise.

I took yesterday’s card and tweaked it to have a more masculine look.  I used Island Indigo instead of the Primrose Petal and replaced the Soft Suede with Chocolate Chip.  I also changed the very vanilla and used whisper white for the card background and to stamp on.  I changed the direction of the card and cut down the size of the layers to fit.  Instead of the crochet trim and brads, I used a Chocolate Chip Button and Baker’s Twine in Whisper White and Island Indigo.   I chose not to add color to the wagon and dog stamp this time.  It just seems cleaner this way.  The stamp is again from the Summer Afternoon Hostess Stamp Set.  The words are from a retired set called Note of Thanks.

Here is my supply list for this project.  All items listed are from Stampin’ Up and include their item numbers.

Stamp Set: Summer Afternoon Hostess Set Wood #126425 — Clear #126427 (Hostess sets are only available if you host a workshop or place a qualifying online order.  Contact me about hosting a workshop.)

Ink:  Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pad #126979

Card Stock:  Whisper White #100730, Island Indigo #122923 Chocolate Chip #102128

Tools/Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Corner Rounder Punch #119871 , Anywhere Glue Stick #104045, Sticky Strip #104294, Glue Dots #103683, Designer Buttons Neutrals #119743 or Naturals Designer Buttons #127554 ( I didn’t realize that the buttons I used were from a retired set and that Stampin’ Up no longer offers buttons in Chocolate Chip.  If you chose the Neutrals buttons I would use the same color paper instead of the Chocolate Chip.), Island Indigo Baker’s Twine #125575

I hope you enjoyed seeing  this masculine twist on a card.  See you again tomorrow.

Jenny

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Summer Afternoon Birthday Card

Today’s post is one that I was inspired to create from another blog post.  I find that I need some sort of inspiration to get the creative juices flowing.  The blog with the inspiration is Me, My Stamps and I and she actually CASEed the card from another blog Yvette’s Paper Garden.  I am including these links because even though these sites served as an inspiration the cards are different and have their own character and the character of the designer.  I can usually tell which cards were created by certain people because we all develop our own style. I created this card last night with the help of Lainy.  We had lots of fun stamping for the first time in my new craft area just her and I.  We spent most of the night sitting next to each other on an old organ bench that had come out of my Grandma’s house.  We looked at the inspiration design and got out a piece of paper to sketch on as we looked at what we had to recreate the design.  We didn’t have a current stamp set with the long stemmed flowers so we picked out a stamp from the Summer Afternoon Hostess stamp set that Lainy liked because of the dog.  We pulled out our embossing folder since we didn’t have one with flowers we used the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing folder.  We choose Primrose Petals for our pink layers and Soft Suede for the brown layer and used Very Vanilla for the card itself and to stamp on.  We did use the same crochet trim Victoria.  The small brads are the Silver brads 1/8″.  The brad holding the Happy Birthday is from the Antique Brads set.  This card really was a work in progress as we added each element we played with it until we liked the card.  I had been wanting to use the pennant shape on a card as well and I am really excited about how nice it looks on this card.  This was a great project to create after not stamping since June and I am so glad that I got to share the time with Lainy.

In keeping with yesterday’s theme of before and after embellishments I took a picture of this card as well before I added the brads and crochet trim.  It is a nice card in its own rights but I like the second one better.  I am going to try and recreate this card and make it more masculine and that card may not have as many embellishments we will see.  

Here is the finished card. I would love to hear back from you about what you think.  I forgot to mention earlier that I used Stampin’ Write Markers to color in the flowers and other greenery on the wagon to add more color.  I was making this card to send to a friend who lovers flowers and plants so I wanted to highlight that part of the stamp for her.  I enjoyed coloring the flowers and am really pleased with how they turned out.  I have not done this much on my cards but I like the ability to personalize images like this.  It also can really change the look of an image.

Here is my supply list for this project.  I am listing everything only for the second card shown.  All items listed are from Stampin’ Up and include their item numbers.

Stamp Set: Summer Afternoon Hostess Set Wood #126425 — Clear #126427 (Hostess sets are only available if you host a workshop or place a qualifying online order.  Contact me about hosting a workshop.)

Ink:  Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad #126978, So Safron Stampin’ Write Marker#119700 (This is for the set that includes all 10 Subtles Collection colors the So Saffron marker is not sold separately), Certainly Celery Stampin’ Write Marker #105106, Garden Green Stampin’ Write Marker #119701 (This is for the set that includes all 10 Regals Collection colors the Garden Green marker is not sold separately), Certainly Celery Stampin Write Marker #105106, and Wisteria Wonder Stampin’ Write Markers #122973 (This is for the set that includes all 5 2011-2012 In Colors colors the Wisteria Wonder marker is not sold separately).

Card Stock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Primrose Petals #126841, Soft Suede #115318

Tools/Accessories: Antique Brads #117273, Silver Brads #122941, Crochet Trim Victoria #118481, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Corner Rounder Punch #119871 , SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Sticky Strip #104294

I hope you enjoyed seeing how you can be inspired by someone else’s creation and still create something that truly reflects your own personality and style.  See you again tomorrow.

Jenny

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