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

Laughter is the best…

Today’s card is one I made back in June for our Relay for life team fundraiser. I am using this card because I was busy on Friday with a job interview and a garage sale. I didn’t get downstairs to design anything on Friday and why I am so late in posting today.

I really like the ease and simplicity of this card yet feel it makes a bold statement because of the color combination. I used Riding Hood Red for the card base and Baja Breeze for the next layer. I ran the cardstock through the big shot using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. The flower is two punches from the Fancy Flower Punch and the 1″ Circle Punch. I finished off the flower with a silver Mini Brad. The sentiment is stamped inside an embossed oval from the Designers Frames Folders. I then cut it out free hand. The pleated ribbon is from the Spring mini and is retired now but we have 3/8″ Taffeta ribbon that could be used instead.

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I also added a little something special inside the card as I don’t like to write on a color as dark as the Riding Hood Red so I add So Safron on the inside. To jazz it up i used the scallop corner punch and the added a flower in each corner.

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I will add my supply list when I can use my computer. I typed and posted this from my smart phone at the garage sale.

Hope you enjoyed this fun card. See you tomorrow.

Jenny

3-D Happy Birthday Card

Well it worked I managed to successfully schedule yesterday’s post so I am at it again writing the night before. In fact, I am writing this as I am settling my daughter down for bed. She thinks mom’s blog is a bedtime story.

Today’s card is one I used for a workshop I did back in June. I got the idea for the card from a swap made by my upline Donna Pelon. It is not your traditional side or top fold card. It is a 3-D card that is a kind of shadow box. I used the Four Seasons Hostess stamp set.  Of course, I couldn’t make a card without using my Big shot machine and both the Beautiful Wings Embosslits and the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing folder.  The colors for this card are Pretty in Pink, Riding Hood Red, and Very Vanilla.  I also used several punches.  I again finished the butterfly with a couple of the small pearl jewels.

The design inside the circle is stamped in Riding Hood Red on Very Vanilla and is then mounted on a circle of Riding Hood Red.  The Happy Birthday is stamped in Pretty in Pink on Very Vanilla and then mounted on Riding Hood Red.  I made another version of this card using two smaller circles instead of the one large circle and that can be seen on my blog post Vintage Vogue Class Preview.


I hope you can see how this card is 3-D and how it is constructed from two pieces of card stock that are scored at the ends adhered together and then folded to make the card stand up.  You can write on the back of the card instead of on the inside.  I have flattened and puffed my card a number of times and it stands every time.

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

Stamp Set: Four Seasons Hostess Set Wood #126830 — Clear #126832 (Hostess sets are only available if you host a workshop or place a qualifying online order.  Contact me about hosting a workshop.)

Ink: Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin’ Pad #126968, Pretty in Pink Classic Stampin’ Pad #126955

Card Stock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Pretty in Pink #100459, Riding Hood Red #111348

Tools/Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439,Beautiful Wings Embosslits #118138, Sticky Strip #104294, Glue Dots #103683, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Stampin Dimensionals #104430, Pearls Basic Jewels #119247, 2 1/2″ Circle Punch #120906, 2 3/8 Scallop Circle Punch #118874, 1″ Circle Punch #119868

I hope you enjoyed seeing  this 3-D card.  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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Vintage Vogue Class Preview

I was saddened by the retirement of one of my favorite stamp sets. This inspired me to offer a class using that stamp set before it is retired. I am still looking to do this class and would love to get a group together yet before the end of May and spend some time making these beautiful cards inspired by the Vintage Vogue stamp set by Stampin’ Up. 

The first card is very different from a traditional card it does not open but is more 3-D. The card stands up and gives a shadow box effect showing off the designs through the holes.

The next card is more traditional and elegant. The very delicate crocheted lace and vine stamp with tiny pearl accents make this card a lady’s card perfect for Mother’s Day sentiments.

The third card also use the vintage vogue set but also features Butterflies made using Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die.  This is a favorite of mine.  It also has pearl embellishments and a small ribbon bow at the top.

If you like these cards contact me for more information on how to attend a class or you could even host a private class with your friends.  For specifics on the cards and what was use to make them from the Stampin’ Up Catalog check out my Stampin’ Up Website projects page at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/jennyoneal/distPages/projectList.soa?easyTemplatePageType=1

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