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Birthday Beer Card for Mike

My son, Mike, is celebrating his 21st birthday today. At a recent stamp camp, I shared this card with my stampers.

My stampers really loved the fun card and the Bermuda Bay/Crumb Cake/Chocolate Chip color combination.  Our new Bubble Over stamp set is in the Occasions mini catalog.  You can create beer bottles or soda bottles in two different sizes and use framelits so you don’t need to fussy cut!

There is coordinating Designer Series Paper you can get for free during Sale-A-Bration!  Just spend $50 to get your free pack!

Happy birthday, Mike!  Can’t wait to share a cold one with you!

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Thankful*Grateful*Blessed Pretty Paisley Card

November is a month of important dates for my family.  My husband and I celebrate our wedding anniversary and both of our birthdays.

We have another event to celebrate – my father’s successful heart surgery!  We are so *thankful*grateful*blessed* that he came out of it and is working hard in recuperation and recovery.

My customers made this card a while ago and were surprised how much they loved the color combination.  It is a little more masculine with the Early Espresso and Copper, but I always love our Elegant Eggplant card stock in fall-themed cards!  The copper embossing powder and copper foil sheets make this card pop and shine.

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Mixed Drinks Step It Up Saturday

I sound like a broken record.  Wish I could put more time into my blog, and I do have good intentions.  I certainly am stamping; in fact, October is my busiest month for stamping.  However, with my other jobs and family commitments and then my major vices Facebook and Pinterest, it is hard to focus on working this part of my business.

Today’s Step It Up card features the stamp set Mixed Drinks.  Love, love, love it for fun and whimsical cards.

Here is my first extremely simple card –

I transformed it into a Z Fold Card and added some DSP and card stock layers.

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I should have colored in the umbrella and the straw.  You could add bling of course.

Hmm…is it too early for a cocktail?

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Throwback Thursday – Classic Pick-Up Trucks

I live in a house full of men.  Yeah, sounds great, but sometimes not so much.  But I love them, even down to their grease monkey ways.

When Stampin’ Up! has a car-themed stamp set, I am usually ordering it right away.

Classic Pick-Ups is a stamp set from the early 2000s, and I still have it.  When my boys were younger and wanted to make me really happy, they would create birthday cards for their dad and other brothers with this set.  Here is an example of one of our creations:

Now Guy Greetings has a great classic car in the set.  Some stampers have a tough time with this stamp set as there are some images that are not easy to work a card around.  Try using the stamp set with a collage format, and you will love it.

However, I kind of stuck to the same type of image – the Model T.  Of course now we have my all-time favorite tool, the Big Shot.  Lots of Labels framelit set and silver paper help this card pop more this time around.

 

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Technique Tuesday – Tear N’ Tape Embossing

Sometimes the simplest techniques make me happy.  I just love this one.  Heat embossing is one of those wow techniques that every stamper loves to do, but oftentimes doesn’t take the time for.  It’s not that the technique is difficult or even new.  For gosh sakes, I remember heat embossing in a workshop as a guest before I had kids.

I taught my stampers the Tear N’ Tape embossing technique last week.  Tear N’ Tape is a great tool for securing 3D projects, and now I think I will have to buy even more rolls of it.

Supplies

  • Tear N’ Tape
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Card Stock
  • Stamps/Ink

For this card, I used the Fresh Fruit stamp set and embossed the pear the traditional way.  Colors include Old Olive, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla.  The stamp set is a two-step style, but I also sponged over the edges of the embossed image.

For the embossed stripe, here are the instructions:

  • Rub card stock with Embossing Buddy.
  • Tear off a piece of Tear & Tape.  Take off protective layer
  • Dump embossing powder all over strip of tape.  Tap off excess.
  • Heat until set.

 

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Step-It-Up Saturday Graduation Card

Today we attended a graduation party for my niece.  I was playing with a few ideas and thought it would be the perfect card to use for my step-it-up Saturday post.

Here is the first card I came up with:

Actually not a bad card.  I love the black, red, white, and gold color combination.  There is some glitter, but I also see a little messy adhering and cutting on this one.  Oops.

Here is the stepped up card I finished with:

A little more glitter, another layer, and some ribbon truly did make this card stand out a little more.  I love those number framelits.  So many ways to use them!

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Nail Polish Technique

Starting off with a bang, I have a card created last month using the Nail Polish Technique.  I’ve known about this technique for years, but just didn’t have the gumption to try it.  My stampers LOVED it – and everyone’s background came out different.  *WARNING – it is messy.  Please protect your hands, countertops, etc.

Here is the card:

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I was thinking of Father’s Day when we created these cards.  Men and nail polish, crazy right? Kind of cool that is Flag Day too with the patriotic colors scheme.

I usually keep my Technique Tuesday cards pretty simple as I want to show off the technique.  I do love the star theme though!

Here are the supplies you need for the Nail Polish Technique:

  • Throw-Away Container
  • Water
  • Throw-Away Stirrer (chopstick/plastic knife/drinking straw)
  • Nail Polish (2-3 colors)
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Gloves/Scrap Paper (DEFINITELY USE GLOVES)

Here are the instructions for the Nail Polish Technique:

  • Fill container about 1/3 full of water.
  • Prepare your work area – protect surfaces and hands.
  • Drizzle in a few drops of nail polish, one color at a time.  Do not take too long.  Briefly stir colors.
  • Dip watercolor paper in to container and leave on top for about 2-3 seconds.  Check what is left on the watercolor paper.  If you want more design, dip again.
  • Take out of container and let dry.  If it curls, keep it under a heavy book once it is dried.

Use as a background on a card or tag or even for a scrapbook page.

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Rosie the Maid (The Jetsons) Punch Card

Happy National No Housework Day!

 

National No Housework Day

 

My recent punch class featured this little beauty – I’m calling her my Rosie the Maid card.

Rosie the Maid Card

The phrase is from Celebrate Today.  I love the Pacific Point, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, and Smoky Slate color combination.  This is perfect for a little boy’s card or scrapbook page!

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Happy Pi Day!

Outside of my stamping life, I am a math instructional aide for a local middle school.  I work with a fantastic group of teachers.  In a very short amount of time, I believe I have become a math geek (so late in life too!).

Well, today is like a cherry pie bubbling over in math geekiness.  It is Pi Day.  March 14 or better known as 3.14……

With those fabulous new Large Number Framelits, it was easy to make a card to celebrate the occasion.   Actually I call it my Pi in the Sky card!  Love that new Global Places Designer Series Paper Stack!  A few quick punches, some pearls, and Stampin’ Dimensionals, and you have a fun card to claim your piece of the math geekiness pi(e).

Pi Card

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Lovely as a Tree One-Layer Card

One of the difficulties when I design a card is my tendency to layer.  I love layers of card stock on cards, and I guess I am a bit of a traditionalist.  Sometimes, however, it is time to break out of a pattern and try something new.  When creating cards for my All About Men Stamp Camp, I wanted to focus on less layers and different styles.  Well, this is one I came up with that was a big hit with my stampers.

Lovely as a Tree One Layer Card

 

You fold a base piece of card stock in half and then cut off about 3/4″ -1″ of the front piece.  You then layer a 1″ strip of DSP on the back piece.  The new Going Places DSP is filled with interesting and masculine designs, which made it a perfect back liner for this card.  Stamps I used included the pine tree from Lovely as a Tree and the background from You’ve Got This.  Colors were Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow.  The card was finished off with a button and thread.

Simple, classy, masculine, and economical!

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