Follow Your Heart Farewell Card

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to share this card with you that is slightly different from some of my normal cards but it was made with a very specific person in mind and was well received.  I made this card for my sister’s office who needed a card for a staff member who was leaving after working for the company for a number of years.  The person who the card was made for favorite colors are red and black so that is where I started along with a sentiment that seemed appropriate as she was not leaving to retire but for personal reasons.

I utilized Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, and Basic Grey for my card stock and then used the Regals Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stacks.  I also used 3/16″ brads in basic black and the 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon in Riding Hood Red.  I used my largest circle punch and largest scallop circle punch as well as the Appothecary Accents Framelits and the coordinating Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack,  This card really is about creating repeating layers of color and shapes as I have the colors repeated in the rectangle layers as well as the round layers in the center.


This card design would work well for a mascaline card as well and could easily be personalized with simple color changes.  I want to make more cards using this design for my personal card box.  I am trying to keep cards on hand so that I can easily send cards out to people when they need a little pick me up or I just want to let them know I am thinking about them.  Social Media lets us stay connected with what is going on in friends and families lives but I think a hand made card sent through the mail really makes people feel special and cared for.



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.


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.


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Masculine Sympathy Card

Hello Everyone,

I am back.  I am sorry I have been silent for the last month.  I started a new job and it has taken me a lot more time than I expected to get adjusted and figure out how to better manage my time.  I have not stopped stamping.  In fact I have managed to do quite a bit of stamping.  I just couldn’t keep up with both.  I am hoping now that I have a number of projects finished that I can blog about I will be able to post more regularly.  I going to work towards posting 2 to 3 times per week.

The project I have for you today is a Sympathy Card.  I am working on building a supply of cards that I can use when needed.  A sympathy card is something we all need. I have to admit that my husband helped me design this card.  He is always an asset when I am designing something that I really want to appeal to a man.  This card was a definite work in progress that took many twists and turns before we finalized the project.

I started with the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set from the Annual Catalog page 54.  I used the tree stamp for my image and decided to play a little and used my Stampin’ Write markers to color the leaves in fall colors.  I used More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, and Bravo Burgundy.  I just colored different leaves with the different markers in a random fashion.  Some leaves got colored with two colors.  I also used my Chocolate Chip marker for the branches.  I then stamped the design on a piece of Very Vanilla Card stock cut to fit on the front of the card.  I also used my Big Shot and the Apothecary Accents Framelits from the Annual Catalog pg 191.  I cut the design out and saved the cut out piece and used the frame that produced.   I used another framelits from the same set and cut out from Chocolate Chip as the background for the sentiment.  I used a sentiment from the Thoughts and Prayers stampset and stamped on Very Vanilla Card stop with Chocolate Chip and then used my Large Oval punch.  I popped the very vanilla oval up using a Stampin’ dimensional and another set to pop the background cutout as well.  This was a total of two layers of dimensionals.  I also added the four brads from the 3/16″ Neutrals Brads from the Annual Catalog page 174.

Since the card base was Chocolate Chip which is so dark I added a simple piece of Very Vanilla card stock to the inside.  This allowed me to stamp a saying on the inside also from the Thoughts and Prayers stampset.  This I stamped in Wild Wasabi the same color green from the front of the card.  I didn’t add anything else to the inside as I would have done had I been intending to give this card to a female.  My husband reminds me to keep things more simple to maintain the male appeal.

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

Stamp Set: Thoughts & Prayers Set Wood (Double-mounted) #113252 — Clear #127805

Ink:  Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pad #126979, More Mustard Stampin’ Write Marker, Bravo Burgundy Stampin Write Marker, and Cajun Craze #119701 (This is for the set that includes all 10 Regals Collection colors these markers are not sold separately), Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker #119681, Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker # 119703 (This is for the set that includes all 10 Regals Collection colors these markers are not sold separately), and Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin’ Pad #126959

Card Stock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Wild Wasabi #108641, Chocolate Chip #102128

Tools/Accessories:  3/16″ Neutrals Brads #119736, Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Large Oval Punch #119855, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Sticky Strip #104294

I hope you enjoyed seeing this Sympathy Card with a more masculine twist.  I will be posting some more cards soon using this same set.  I have needed several sympathy cards recently.  See you again soon.


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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.



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.


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.


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.


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