Simple Guy Greetings

Good Morning!  Happy Friday!  Did you know that Father’s Day is only a month away? It is! And it will be here before you know it. So today I am sharing a very quick and simple little project made with the Guy Greetings stamp set. This particular stamp set has some wonderful images which are perfect for making masculine themed cards.guy greetings hats off to youTo make this card, start with a piece of very vanilla cardstock for the base of your card. Stamp the little hat images across the bottom and top of the card first using the NEW Delightful Dijon ink which will be available to all of you June 2nd! But you can also use Hello Honey ink. Once you have the hats stamped on the top and bottom of the card, ink up the Hats Off To You sentiment, with Island Indigo ink, and stamp it just above the bottom row of hats as shown in the pic. Then you can go ahead and stamp the middle row of hats.  For the finishing touch, stamp the hats images on a scrap piece of very vanilla cardstock. Using the 1 1/4 inch circle punch, punch out a section of the hats that matches the section of hats you stamped in the middle row. (I looked at the section that was to the right of my sentiment). Stamp the “Dad” sentiment in the center of the hats using Island Indigo ink. Punch out a 1 3/8 inch circle with Island Indigo paper as you will be using this piece to matte out the 1 1/4 inch circle with the hats. Now line up the matted piece with the hats in the middle of your card (as shown). It gives the image a 3D look. Enjoy!

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Bokeh Technique

Today I have a video tutorial which showcases a fun little technique called Bokeh. The Japanese term Bokeh basically means an out of focus or blurred image. There are good bokeh and bad bokeh. A good Bokeh would result in blurring an image in a way that is pleasing to the eye. And of course, that’s the Bokeh that we want! If you love sponging, then this is the technique for you! All of the supplies and measurements are laid out for you in this video tutorial. So grab a pen and paper and follow along with me!

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Kinda Eclectic ~ Artisan Style

Good Morning!  Happy Monday! Need a card in a hurry? I have a beautiful, yet simple little card idea to share with you today!  This card features the beautiful Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP), a bit of ribbon, a sentiment and, of course, an embellishment. Let’s take a closer look at how to put this card together!painted blooms cardTo make this card, start with a piece of blackberry bliss cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Stamp a fun sentiment in the upper right hand corner of the white cardstock using blackberry bliss ink. Cut a 2 x 4 inch piece of one of the pretty patterned papers in the Painted Blooms DSP pack….secure this piece to the bottom of the white cardstock. Run a piece of ribbon across the white cardstock so it overlaps a bit on the DSP. I actually used 2 different sized ribbons on this card, from the Artisan Embellishment kit, but you can simply use one. Cut your ribbon long enough so that you can wrap it around to the back of the white cardstock…secure this piece to your blackberry bliss card base. For the finishing touch, add a little butterfly  or flower embellished with pearls. Easy peasy, right?  Enjoy!

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By the Tide ~ Vintage Style

by the tideSharing a fun masculine style card with all of you today! I was so happy to see this stamp set carry over into the new catalog!  It is called By the Tide and is a great set for designing more masculine style cards. So let’s take a look at how to make today’s project…

I started with a piece of coastal cabana cardstock for the base of the card. Now…just an FYI…this particular color is retired and, in fact, sold out! (sorry) But you can substitute white cardstock for your base. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of smoky slate cardstock, tear the edges and sponge them with smoky slate ink. Cut a 4 x 4 inch piece of designer paper (to coordinate with the blue cardstock you choose).  I used the Sale-a-bration designer paper on this card so if you got in on the free sale-a-bration paper then you should have some of this. If not, just look through some of the papers that you have on hand and see which one you can substitute. Stamp some of the fun images from the By the Tide stamp set on the designer paper using smoky slate, calypso coral and lost lagoon ink. Add the little nautical circle image to your design by stamping it on a piece of scrap paper and punching it out with the 1 inch circle punch. That’s it! Enjoy!

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Painted Petals Gift Set

painted petals cardAre you just lovin’ the Painted Petals stamp set? There are so many beautiful projects that have been created with this set. If you love two-step stamping, then this is the stamp set for YOU! Today I want to share a quick and simple little card and gift bag set that you can put together for any occasion.

Card:  To make this card, start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of the card. Stamp your favorite images from the Painted Petals stamp set onto the cardstock as shown. I recommend stamping the leaves first so that you have a guide for stamping the flower images. The ink colors used on this card were rose red and pear pizzazz for the flower images and elegant eggplant for the sentiment. For the finishing touch, I added a few pearls.painted petals bag

Gift Bag:  First, find a gift bag that you would like to decorate.  I decided to use some white paper bags that I had on hand. Start by stamping the leaf image onto the lower half of the bag and then stamp the flowers. The colors used on the bag are the same as those used on the card. For the finishing touches, I just added a bit of ribbon and a little clip to the top part of the bag.

Super quick and simple projects! Enjoy!

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Open Sea

Did you have a wonderful Mother’s Day?  I sure did!  And, of course, now that Mother’s Day has come and gone that means that Father’s Day will be here before you know it!  So today I have a a masculine card design to share with all of you…just to help you start getting prepared! This particular project showcases the Open Sea stamp set which is one of my “go to” stamp sets for masculine themed cards. The interesting thing about this project is the designer paper I used. It was one of the patterns in the Lullaby Designer Series Paper (DSP) Pack. Yes, I said Lullaby DSP :)  open seaTo make this card, start with a piece of Hello Honey cardstock for the base of your card.  Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of soft suede cardstock. Randomly stamp the images from the Open Sea stamp set all over the soft suede cardstock using the same color ink (soft suede). Sponge a bit of soft suede ink around the edges of the cardstock as well. Cut a 2 x 5 1/4 inch piece of the Lullaby DSP and tear one of the 5 1/4 inch sides…sponge it with some soft suede ink. Secure this piece to the center of your card as shown. Cut a 1 x 5 1/4 inch piece of hello honey cardstock and stamp a fun sentiment on it. Punch a little soft suede word window and adhere to the yellow cardstock…snip off one of the ends so it is flush with the edge of the yellow cardstock. Tie a bit of linen thread around the end of the cardstock as shown. Adhere this yellow piece to the card with dimensionals…be sure to overlap the bottom of your DSP. For the finishing touch, add a little button or embellishment. This would make a great Father’s Day card…just change out the sentiment! Enjoy!

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Crazy For You ~ Gift Set

As you might have noticed, I have been working on a variety of coordinating gift sets. It’s a lot of fun to create coordinating cards and gift packages and I bet it’s even more fun to receive them, right? :)  Today’s projects showcase some of the fun things you can do with the Crazy for You stamp set.crazy about you gift setCard:  To make the card, start with a piece of sahara sand cardstock for the base of your card.  The card measures 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches when closed (standard card size). Stamp the leaf image on the upper part of the cardstock using sahara sand ink. By using the same color ink as the cardstock, you achieve a more subtle look. Stamp your favorite sentiments from the Crazy About You stamp set on the bottom of the card. Cut a 1 1/2 x 4 inch piece of the Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper (DSP) and matte it on a 1 3/4 x 4 1/4 inch piece of blushing bride cardstock.  Now I used the rose red ribbon from the Artisan Embellishment Kit…which is, unfortunately, sold out now. But you can still recreate this card by using some of your favorite ribbon just be sure to coordinate the color of your flower with the ribbon! Secure the decorative DSP & ribbon piece to your card base to cover up part of the leaf stems. Stamp the pretty flower image on a piece of scrap paper (I used rose red ink) and punch it out with the coordinating punch. Secure it to the card as shown and embellish it with a little pearl.

Treat Box:  To make the treat box, start with one of the mini treat boxes (which actually come in a pack of 25). Stamp the leaf image on all 4 sides of the box. Embellish the top of the box with a few pieces of a paper doily and ribbon that coordinates with your card. I simply cut the doily into 4 pieces, scrunched up 2 of the pieces and tucked them under the ribbon. I tied the ribbon only around the lid of the box so that I could easily open and close the box.  The embellishments I used came from the Artisan kit (sorry) but you can embellish the top with any of your favorite embellishments. Be creative and enjoy!

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Masculine Z-Fold Card

walk in the wildDid you watch the Z-Fold card tutorial I posted the other day? If you did, then you know to put together this masculine Z-fold card! All you need is a fun masculine stamp set like this one…A Walk in the Wild.  However, this particular stamp set will be retiring this year so don’t wait too long to get it!

To make this card, start with a piece of cajun craze cardstock for the base of your card. Score the card base at 2 1/8 and 4 1/4 then fold the 2 1/8 section back onto itself (not sure how to do this…watch the video). Next, cut a piece of early espresso cardstock at 2 x 5 1/4 and a  1 3/4 x 5 inch piece of the wood grain paper from the Adventure Bound Paper Pack. Secure these 2 pieces together and adhere to the flap as shown in this pic. For the decorative flap…cut a piece 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch piece of cajun craze, a 3 x 4 inch piece of early espresso, and a 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 inch piece of whisper white (you will secure all of these pieces together to matte out your stamped images…after you complete the stamping). Stamp the moose image, using early espresso ink, onto the white cardstock and sponge some old olive and soft suede ink onto the image. Stamp a sentiment in the upper left hand corner, just above the moose, using early espresso ink. I used a sentiment from one of my other stamp sets as I was in need of a birthday card! For the finishing touch, I cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of crumb cake cardstock for the inside of the card. Enjoy!

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A Mother’s Love

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! If you are looking for a beautiful Mother’s Day stamp set then check out a Mother’s Love. There are some fun images in this set. Plus, it involves two-step stamping which is a fun little technique. Today’s projects showcase a few of the images in this set so let’s take a look…mothers love gift setCard:  Start with a piece of blushing bride cardstock for the base of your card. Simply cut an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of cardstock in half. Your card will measure 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches when closed.  Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of the beautiful flowery paper from the Something Borrowed collection. Secure this piece to your card base. Stamp one of the flowery images from the Mother’s Love set onto a 3 x 3 inch piece of whisper white cardstock….use sahara sand or smoky slate ink. Grab the coordinating stamp…the “fill in” stamp…ink it up with blushing bride and stamp the overlay onto the first image.  This second image will color in your flower. Punch out the image using the 2 1/2 inch circle punch and leave enough room to stamp a little sentiment. You can also do a bit of paper piercing around the circle if you like. Secure a paper doily in the center of your card. Add the circle to the doily with a few dimensionals. For the finishing touch, add a few roses from the Artisan Embellishment kit or just simply leave it as is!

Tag: Start with a 2 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Punch the top using the scalloped tag topper. Stamp the same image on the tag that you used on your card.  Stamp one of the sentiments using blushing bride ink. Add a bit of chevron ribbon to the top of the tag and a little flower trim. Now you have a coordinating card and gift tag…all you need is the gift! Enjoy!

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Z-Fold Card ~ Painted Petals

Today I have a quick and simple Z-fold card tutorial for you. Have you ever heard of a Z-Fold? It’s a fun way to add a bit of pizazz to your card making and it’s sure to WOW your friends and family! z fold painted petals

The video tutorial showcases the Painted Petals stamp set but you can use any of your favorite sets, inks and papers to re-create this card.  Let’s take a look…