Happy Birthday to my Hubby! SU!

Hello Everybody!

My hubby’s birthday was on Sunday the 12th and I made this card for him! As you saw at Christmas time, he has a lovely mustache…so I really couldn’t pass up on using my friend’s mustache embossing folder! Especially when I needed a pattern paper for this sketch challenge! It’s not a Stampin’ Up one, it’s from Darice, just too dang cute to pass up, though!

Here is the sketch for the challenge that I started with to make this card. It comes from a new challenge blog that I discovered…well, new to me, anyway, called Catch The Bug Challenge Blog.

I chose Dapper Denim as my card base, used the line stamp from Gorgeous Grunge in Dapper Denim ink for the back ground since my “patterned” paper was not overpowering. I used Whisper White to emboss the mustaches on and then used my Black dauber to color the mustaches. Tempting Turquoise is my base for both Whisper White pieces. Instead of ribbon, I chose the Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine and wrapped it around the mustache cardstock instead of the whole card. I also tore the edges versus using a scalloped edge. It seemed more masculine to me. Don’t you agree?

I punched the balloons in Cherry Cobbler and Tempting Turquoise and added the little white marks to help make the balloons look 3D. That was my friend’s idea and she was right! What a huge difference it made! I will have to remember that in the future!!

I edged the white cardstock with my Cherry Cobbler dauber and then hand drew the border in! I really like that border method! I have started using it more! It just finished off that piece perfectly, I think! I also hand drew the strings from the balloons. I need to work on that skill to make them more swirly or curly, I think. Although, it kinda looks like the wind is blowing the balloons to the left, so then the strings would not be so curled. The lines in the background kinda make me think of wind. Hmm…

The sentiment is from another Paper Pumpkin kit called Everything. It was a special, extra stamp set last year in the anniversary box. I find I use stamps from that little set quite often.

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That’s about it for this card. He liked it and it suits him, so that is all that matters, right?!

Enjoy your day! Happy stampin’!

Blessings, June

Challenges this card is entered into:

 

 

Materials used for this card:

Stampin' Trimmer
Price: $30.00
Balloon Bouquet Punch
Price: $18.00

Happy Birthday! SU! style

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

I finally had a chance to play with my Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies! WooHoo!! I saw this card on Pinterest from Closet Stampin’ with Jayme Ziemer. I can’t seem to find the picture of the card because it was from way back in May of last year. Found it on the challenge site, just not on hers. I saw the card through a challenge group she participates in called Try Stampin’ On Tuesday  and thought it was a perfect jump-start for me to get a feel for this thinlet set! I have been pinning all kinds of cute cards for this set and really hadn’t jumped in yet. This was my first attempt.

I did end up altering colors a little bit and used a different sentiment as well. I also used the Stitched Shapes Framelits. LOVE< LOVE< LOVE those framelits for sentiments!!! As I look back at these cards…I am being critical here…I see that lighter colors on the pink background paper were not the best way to go! I was attempting to conserve paper and sometimes that makes me do too many of one color/size and not enough of the other. I just really dislike wasting paper! I really need to challenge myself to use up all my dang scraps that I refuse to throw away! Haha!

Back to the cards…the sentiment was from a Paper Pumpkin box and was part of the free Everything anniversary set last March. That’s a great one I should play with more, too!

Overall, I have some very nice Birthday Cards to send out and am happy for the inspiration to use that Swirly Scribbles set!

So, what do you think? Be honest! I can take it! I already was critical myself, so you can make suggestions as well!

Happy stampin’ and crafting! Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!

Blessings, June

PS. I will be checking out the challenges on Try Stampin’ On Tuesday! They look fun! Stayed tuned to see what they inspire!

Materials used for these cards can be purchased  HERE or

SU! 18th Birthday!

Hello, Folks!

I trust all is well for you! I have been subbing quite a bit and was also sick for a week. My hubby was kind enough to share his head cold with me, after he had it for a week. Ugh! Not fun!

Now I am back and ready to do some more blogging!

Here is a card I made for my God Daughter in Berlin. She just turned 18 and I wanted a special card for her. For the main card I used one of my Paper Pumpkin cards that had a banner to go with it. I know she loves to hang things on her walls and knew she would love the banner. It says ‘Happy” and I know she is quite happy in her life right now!

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For the inside, I did a pop up card. This was my first attempt and I think it is something I need to work on more often! I used a diagram that I found on Pinterest to make it. Not the best, will need more practice on it, but overall, I think it turned out pretty nice. At least I got the 18 to jump out at her when she opens the card.

I distressed the edges, because, well, it’s just a thing I like to do to feel like it is finished. I do it especially when I am dealing with white or light colors. To me, it frames it in and finishes the card or scrapbook page off. I then added more of the washi tape from the front to tie it all in.

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This was just a quickie to share her card with you. Time for bed!

Enjoy your Friday tomorrow! WooHoo! TGIF!!

Blessings, June

SU! Sale-A-Bration has Started!

WooHoo! My favorite time of year has begun!! Sale-A-Bration! Here are some product samples from Stampin’ Up! to show you the variety of items they have for sale these next 3 months! Amazing stuff and some of it is so darned cute! Can’t wait to get my hands on it! Benn so busy with the holidays and school and such, that I am behind!

If you order $50 worth of product you get an item Free out of a special catalog! We all love Free, right?!?! You can check it out HERE! There is also the new Occasions catalog that many of these products came from!

Thanks for checking it all out! Enjoy!

Blessings, June

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Patriotic Birthday Card

Good Morning!

Yesterday I had to whip up a birthday card for the neighbor boy across the street that wants to be President some day! He was having a Patriotic Birthday Party! My son was invited. We gave him 2 books on President Lincoln, one of his favorite Presidents. His cake was a decorated as the American flag, so in keeping with that theme, I made this card for him. He turned 8.

I used a number of stamps from different sets. I started with Real Red cardstock for the base and Whisper White to stamp on. I used the Dapper Denim for the blue, and Real Red for the swash. The swash came from Work of Art, the star came from an old camping set called Under the Stars that I had on my counter, since I am working on a camping gift album. The ‘For You’ came from a Paper Pumpkin set, August or September of this year. I distressed the Whisper White cardstock with the Dapper Denim using a dauber.

I just kept it simple and stayed within the theme of his party. I like how it came out!

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Enjoy your Monday!!

Blessings, June

 

Double Z card

Hello!

This was a really cool card that I pinned on Pinterest and then later came across the You Tube video when I was watching some Stampin’ Up! videos. It was evening, I was home alone, so I thought, “I should just make this with her right now!” And I did! The “her” is Jan B. from the UK. I have seen a few of her videos over the past year. She made hers with flowers and butterflies, but I needed a masculine birthday card for another brother-in-law. Yes, my husband has a few brothers. I missed 1 of them this year…as well as a few other friends, but have really been making an effort to get cards out every month!

This card is called the Double Z and is really quite easy! I’ll post the measurements for the card stock at the end of this post.

I will be changing a few things when I make my next one. For example…I would start with a bigger card since the balloons are so big or use a different stamp set with smaller balloons. Then, on the front where the white strip is, I think I would go ahead and stamp the banners across there as well. On my card, it looks too blank. I would also put the patterned paper under the banner on the inside where it is all white currently. You can’t really write there, so I think the patterned paper would look better. I would also only use 1 stamp on the top to give myself some writing space, or use white on the other side where the balloon is. Although, really, there isn’t a need to write much and the starkness of the white would probably throw it all off. Of course, her card used different colors and had a different theme, so really, it just depends on what you want from this card. As a simple birthday card, this works for me…with the banner stamped on the front, I would be completely happy!

The measurements for this card are all in inches. If you need the metric measurements, or want to see the original, you will want to go look Jan B. up on You Tube here.

The stamp set I used is called Celebrate Today, which you can find HERE. For the inside blurb, I used some retired stamp sets, however, I am sure you can find something in your stash or on the website that you could use.

Measurements:

  • 11 x 4 – base color of card stock of your choice, Score at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2
  • 11 x 1 1/8 – strip of base color with same scoring as above
  • 5 3/8 x 3 7/8 Whisper White card stock
  • 2 5/8 x 3 7/8 Whisper White (2 of these)
  • 2 5/8 x 1 Whisper White (2 of these)
  • 5 3/8 x 1 Whisper White
  • 2 1/2 x 3 3/4  DSP (Patterned paper that matches your base color – a small print is best)
  • 5 1/4 x 3 3/4 DSP (same patterned paper)
  • left over Whisper White from cutting previous pieces
  • base color scraps for layering (I used for making the balloons)
  • a 2nd matching solid color for layering (I used this to make the other color balloons)

I challenge you to make this card and let me know how yours turns out! I am always curious as to what others create! I like to be the foundation and bring an idea to you and then see what you end up creating!

I’m going to make some more and see what I come up with! I’ll post the others for inspiration! Enjoy!! Have fun!