Mocha Morning for Dad

Quick post before I head out the door to go grocery shopping! Stampin’ Up!’s Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper is great for making men’s cards too, like this one for Father’s Day. The colors are great – Soft Suede and Early Espresso, and this was one quick card too. To make this card especially manly, I pulled out my Big Shot and embossed the strip of Soft Suede CS behind the wording with  the Houndstooth Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  See you tomorrow with another Mocha Morning DSP card!

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Delightful Dozen; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, and Soft Suede; Ink:  Early Espresso; DSP:  Mocha Morning Specialty; Accessories:  5/8″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Large Oval Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Houndstooth Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Mocha Morning Valentine

This is a just a quick blog entry to show you the card I made for my hubby for Valentine’s Day.  It is an Easel Card and was very easy to make.  I viewed Brian Pilling’s video from Stampin’ Up! to get all my measurements and scoring lines for construction. This card went together quickly especially when I could use my Simply Scored Tool to make all my scoring lines. Easel cards are great because it allows you to display your card creation, but it can also fold flat for mailing. No special mailing required. My hubby loved the fact that he could keep the card out for display on his dresser. I used my Perfect Bow Maker to make the bow on this card.

Supplies:  Stamp Sets: Loving Thoughts, Take It To Heart and Style Beautiful; Cardstock:  Whisper White, Crumbcake, and Basic Black; DSP:  Mocha Morning; Ink:  Craft Black Ink; Accessories:  Simply Scored Tool, Embossing Heat Gun, Clear Embossing Powder, Large Pearl Basic Jewels (8 mm), Hearts Collection Framelit Dies, Big Shot, 5/8″ Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals.

Here is  Brian Pilling’s Easel Card Video from Stampin’ Up to help you with measurements and construction of an Easel Card.

Rember the Soldiers this Holiday Season!

My neighbor, Jillian, recently approached me about a citizenship project she was doing with her son, Cooper’s, kindergarten class and asked me if I could come up with something we could do for the soldiers overseas. While away at retreat last weekend I came up with an easy card idea that all the kids could do and Jillian took them into her son’s class this week to complete. My daughter, Lindsey, who’s husband, Jake, has been to Iraq twice and once to Afghanistan gave me the name of a soldier in her husband’s unit we could send them to. It was very heartwarming to see what the kids drew and wrote in their cards for Scott. The teacher also asked them if there was anything else they wanted to add the inside of the cards so that is her writing in the top inside of each card.  My card is pictured above and you can check out the kids’ cards in a slide show below.  It was an inspiring project for us all. We also sent a couple of boxes filled with goodies for Scott to share with his buddies! Jillian and I definitely want to try this again. If you would like to send a holiday card to Scott or members of his unit, I am sure they would be delighted to get even more! Please leave me your e-mail in the comment section below and I would be happy  to forward you his address.  Aren’t the kids’ cards just adorable!  Each one of them put the stars in different places on the cards – too cute! Jillian and I couldn’t stop aaaawwwwing with each one we read.

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Supplies: 

Kids’ Card – Cardstock:  Real Red and Brushed Gold; Accessories:  Large and small star punches (retired), “Hero” Stampin’ Around Jumbo Wheel, Stampin’ Around Jumbo Wheel Handle, Basic Black Jumbo Ink Cartridge and Glue Stick.

My Card:  This was a card I made last year for my display and some of the products used in the making of this card are now retired, but there are similar ones in the new catalog that can be substituted. Not sure of the substitute – leave a comment below and I will let you know which product).  Stamp Set:  Courage and the dove stamp from A Wish for Peace (retired) and Itty Bitty Backgrounds; Cardstock:  Old Olive and Very Vanilla;  Ink:  Real Red, Brilliant Blue (retired), Old Olive, and Creamy Caramel (retired); Accessories:  Gold Brads, Stampin’ Sponges, “Hero” Stampin’ Around Jumbo Wheel, Stampin’ Around Jumbo Wheel Handle, Jumbo Old Olive Cartridge (retired), and Aqua Painter.

Published in: on November 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm  Comments (1)  
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Asheville, NC Stamp/Scrap Retreat

I finally arrived at my Stamp/Scrap Retreat yesterday afternoon. I flew into the Greenville/ Spartansburg Airport in South Carolina and then rented a car to carry me and all my STUFF to the Ridgecrest Retreat Center in Asheville, NC. The drive to the retreat center was beautiful with all the changing foliage along the way. I managed to squeeze my clothing and all my supplies into two large suitcases and one small carry-on.  All arrived safely without incidence, except for a brief inspection of one of my suitcases by the TSA as indicated by this tag. They were probably wondering what all those scissors and blades were doing in there. LOL!  I have been having alot of fun meeting new friends, sharing ideas and attending classes.

I’ve included some of the projects I’ve been working on so far – holiday gift tags using the Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper and a gift card that will be offered  in my Holiday Gift Card Stamp a Stack on December 8 and 15 from 6-10 p.m. Take one class or both. Cost is $20.00 for each class. This gift card holder is perfect for the men in your life. Very manly with the woodgrain paper from the Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper pack along with the stately deer from the Winter Post stamp set. When open, the gift card sits in a pocket on the left and your word saying is on a small card to the right.

Will try to post again later tonight with more projects from my retreat. Thanks for checking in with me!

Tag Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Bright Hopes, Winter Post, Tags Til Christmas and Short & Sweet; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Marina Mist, and More Mustard; Ink:  Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler; DSP:  Letters to Santa; Accessories: Big Shot, Two Tags Die, Punches: Extra Large Oval, Boho Blossom, Decorative Label, 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle, 1/8″, 1-1/4″ & 1-3/8″ Circles and Postage Stamp, Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbon, Chantilly Crochet Trim, Basic Pearls, Linen Thread, Rhinestones, Sponge Daubers, Distressing Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Manly Gift Card:  Stamp Set:  Winter Post and Christmas Greetings; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler and Winter White; Ink:  Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso; DSP:  Frostwood Lodge; Accessories:  Extra Large Oval Punch, Early Espresso 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Early Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbon, Big Shot, Petals A Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Sponge Dauber.

The Open Sea is Neverending

The Open Sea Trio

Yes, neverending in the number of cards you can create using this stamp set!  Once again you can see how versatile this stamp set is!  These three cards I created for my baggie sampler with my Sherindipity Stampers Group.  We all created three cards with new stamp sets from the Summer Mini Catalog.    I wanted to make cards that were easily duplicatable for my downline to use in their workshops.  As most of my customers know, I have a very hard time making “easy” cards.  I love techniques and adding embellishments so most of my cards are not this easy! LOL!

I used bits of the Nautical Expedition Designer Series Paper on two of them.  But mostly, I stamped my backgrounds with just plain old stamping.

Remember When

This first card uses one of my favorite embellishments – an Antique Brad as well the new Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine. The wording says it all for this card – it’s from the stamp set Word Play.

The World

The second card was quick to come together by randomly stamping the images from The Open Sea stamp set all over a Basic Gray card base in Night of Navy ink.  Such great stamps to work with in this set to do random stamping.  This is how I first started stamping.  Didn’t really have a great selection of designer background papers like we do now so we had to make our own backgrounds with stamps.  I stamped the wording again in Cherry Cobbler so I could punch out the “world” and popped it up on a dimensional. 

Perfect Adventure

The third card combines random stamping of the compass using Whisper White Craft Ink and paired it with Designer Series Paper in rich Cherry Cobbler striping.  I did however pull a word stamp from another stamp set featured in the Summer Mini Catalog – On the Grow.  Used that awesome Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine Again.  It’s a great deal at 25 yards for only $2.95!

 
Card 1 Supplies:  Stamp Set:  The Open Sea and Word Play; Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White and Basic Gray; Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, 1″ Circle Punch, Antique Brads, Dimensionals
 
Card 2 Supplies:  Stamp Set:  The Open Sea and Word Play; Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White and Basic Gray; Ink:  Night of Navy and Cherry Cobbler; Designer Series Paper:  Nautical Expedition; Accessories:  3/4″ Circle Punch and Dimensionals.
 
Card 3 Supplies:  Stamp Set:  The Open Sea and Word Play; Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White and Basic Gray; Ink:  Whisper White Craft Ink and Night of Navy; Designer Series Paper:  Nautical Expedition; Accessories:  Dimensionals and Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine.
Published in: on August 5, 2011 at 8:00 am  Comments (3)  
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Sailing “The Open Sea”!

On the Open Seas

Love, love, love this stamp set!  These projects are great for Father’s Day.  The first is a card using the Mosaic technique which I taught at my last  Technique Tuesday class. It’s so easy to make the mosaic stamp for this project by using all the remnants of your leftover rubber from your stamp sets and the largest of Stampin’ Up!’s acrylic blocks.

Mosaic Acrylic Block

 I tried using the clear mount stamps when Stampin’ Up! first released them and purchased several of the acrylic blocks, but found out I am a die hard wood block stamper so I have a few acrylic blocks available now to use for this technique.  Just cut up the remnants and adhere them close together on the acrylic block. Stamp your image in black ink and color in with chalks, ink or markers. Apply Versamark Ink to the large mosaic stamp you made and stamp over the entire  image. Apply clear embossing powder and heat dry with your heat tool. Allow to cool and then with a sponge dauber rub Basic Gray or Basic Black over your entire image (i.e., apply your grout) and then wipe off any excess ink from the embossed areas with a kleenex.  I used the new Baker’s twine in Cherry Cobbler/White to embellish. I finished off the card on the interior with this beautiful saying from the stamp set “Word Play”.

Inside of Card - Word Play

Add a restaurant gift card along with a movie gift card to go see the “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” to this double-sided box for Dad!  The boxes are  made with the Box #2 Sizzix Die and the Big Shot. Not Quite Navy and Cherry Cobbler are great nautical colors to use with this stamp set.

The last project is a hidden Kit Kat bar.  I love this trick to hide candy! Wrap your designer paper around your candy bar and crimp the ends with your crimper for decoration.

Kit Kat Bar Candy Wrap

Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  The Open Sea, Word Play, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Cardstock:  Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler Whisper White and Basic Gray; Ink: Stazon Black, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake,  Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze; Designer Series Paper: Regals Collection Patterns Stack; Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals and Sponges, Vintage Brads, Crimper,  Small and Medium Oval Punches, 3/4″ Circle Punch, 2-3/8″ Circle Scallop Punch, Circle Scissor Plus and Glass Mat, Paper Piercing Tool and Pad, Aqua Painter, Big Shot with Standard and Extended Cutting Pads, Scallop Circles #2 Die and Box #2 Die.

A Manly Birthday

Manly Happy Birthday Card

It’s a rare occasion that I make a manly card. For one thing I don’t own many manly stamps and for another I have a hard time not adding ribbon to a card!  Frankly, I just don’t find them as much fun to make as one that includes ribbon or glitter. LOL!  In the Punch Bunch stamp set you will find an assortment of stamp images for different occassions, but this great Happy Birthday image fits the bill and makes for a quick birthday card.  The bold HB stands out along with the Not Quite Navy cardstock.  I think the strips of cardstock could count as ribbon, don’t you?  To add texture I ran some striped Designer Series Paper from the Springtime Vintage paper pack through my Big Shot using the Textured Impressions “Square Lattice” Embossing Folder and then sponged Certainly Celery across the embossed image to add more depth.  Added an antique brad to complete the manliness.  What do you think – is it manly enough?

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Punch Bunch; Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, and Certainly Celery;  Designer Series Paper:  Springtime Vintage; Ink: Not Quite Navy; Accessories:  Big Shot, Textured Impressions Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Antique Brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Sponges, Scallop Square Punch and 3/4″ Circle Punch.

Published in: on February 28, 2011 at 12:03 am  Comments (2)  
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