Manly Monday with Better Together

While it hasn’t been every Monday, it seems about once per week, I’ve given you a sample for those sometimes challenging cards for men. This Monday a bright birthday card fits that bill. I think you will like the color combination and the layout that I used with the Better Together stamp set.

Better Together stamp set, Frehly Made Sketches, Stampin' Up!,

The layout was inspired by this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

Freshly Made Sketches #344,

Design Notes for Better Together Card:

I love the color combination!


Are you wondering about the middle part? I used a Sponge Brayer and some Blueberry Bushel ink on the inside of the Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder. After you ink up one side of the folder, carefully place the card stock and run it through the Big Shot. I inked up the front part of the folder, where the title is. I thought the dots echoed the dots on the In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Paper.

The rest of the card is pretty straightforward – clean and simple is good!

Better Together stamp set, Frehly Made Sketches, Stampin' Up!,

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Designer Series paper Sale, Stampin' Up!,

Hope you are having a great day with some time to create!



Stamparatus Wreath with Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Today I am participating in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Hop. The theme is friendship. I decided to make a birthday card for one of my neighbors. She is turning 90!  I used the new Stampin’ Up! placement tool, the Stampartus and a technique using the Stamparatus to make a wreath. I’ve even made a video for you!

Happy birthday gorgeous, Stamparatus, Stampin' Up!,

Be sure to check out the rest of the hop. I know there will be lots of wonderful cards and projects.

Design Notes for Stamparatus Wreath Card:

The video will show you how I made the wreath part. Working with the Stamparatus is a joy! I hope you can overlook my little error. Had I not been filming, I would have stopped and started over!

I wanted some texture in the background and what is better for texture than an embossing folder. I used the Petal Burst Embossing Folder. The most fun was adding some embellishments from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit. The other thing I did to add some texture and interest is that I sponged the two top layers with some Petal Pink ink. Such an easy technique and one that adds so much.

Happy birthday gorgeous, Stamparatus, Stampin' Up!,


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Hope you are having a great day. Be sure to check out all of the other projects on the hop. I know it will be worthwhile.




Broadway Birthday Gift Bag and Card!

Confession time – when I first looked at the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, Broadway Birthday was not on my Wish List. And believe me, my Wish List was pretty long! But, for the month of June, the Paper Pumpkin kit featured stamps and projects that coordinate with the Broadway Bound Suite. (See my cards and scrap book projects here.)  That was all I needed. The Broadway Bound Suite items moved to the top of my list! I recently saw a video that Ronda Wade made where she demonstrated how to create a gift bag and card from two pieces of designer series paper. It seemed perfect for this paper. What a fun project.

Broadway Birthday stamp set, Broadway Bound Suite, Broadway Lights Framelits, Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series paper, Birthday, Stampin' Up!,


Design Notes for Broadway Birthday Gift Bag:

The bag went together so quickly! There was a piece of paper left over for a card. I saved it for another time and used a different paper from the same package, Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper. The coordinating Framelits, Broadway Lights,  made it easy to cut out the “Wish” and marquee pieces. I finished off the “Wish” with the stamped  “Make A” and one of the Candle Embellishments. The Candle Embellishments are so cute and even have adhesive on the back.

Broadway Birthday stamp set, Broadway Bound Suite, Broadway Lights Framelits, Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series paper, Birthday, Stampin' Up!,

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There are two things you need to know about

New colors of Stampin’ Blends are now available!

Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!,

Here’s a list of all of the Blends available. The ones with the Red “N” are new.

Blends from catalog, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!,

The other big news is that starting tomorrow, there is a SALE on Designer Paper. Buy 3 packages, get 1 for FREE!

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Hope you are having a great day.

Thanks so much for stopping by.



Sheltering Tree for Birthday Greetings

Yesterday was my good friend Wendy’s birthday. To make her birthday card, I decided to pick something that I would like and hope she enjoys it too. I realized that one of my favorite sets has been neglected. Lots of energy has been going to new stamp sets!  Sheltering Tree is such a classic set. Just right for a classy friend!

Sheltering Tree stamp set, heat embossing, birthday, Stampin' Up!,

This week’s Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Sketch challenge was part of the inspiration for this card.


TSOT 370,, Stampin' Up!

Design Notes for Sheltering Tree Card:

I think my favorite part of this card, as much as I love the stamp set, is the color combination.


To stamp the tree, I first stamped the trunk and branches with Crumb Cake ink. Then the leaves of the tree were stamped with the lovely Mint Macaron ink. Next, I used one of the small stamps and added some Flirty Flamingo ink to the tree to look like flowery blossoms.
As you probably know, I love heat embossing. I thought that the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from Balloon Celebration would look great heat embossed with copper.
I decided that some of the copper trim ribbon would add just the right finishing touch.
Sheltering Tree stamp set, heat embossing, birthday, Stampin' Up!,


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Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you are having a great day!




Birthday Wishes Stitched All Around

“Enjoy your Special day” Is there a nicer birthday wish? This particular one is from the Stitched All Around stamp set. I’m putting this card in the mail today for someone who I don’t see often but she often emails me with lovely comments about my blog. I really do hope she enjoys her special day.

Stitched All Around, Stampin Up!,


Design Notes for Stitched All Around Card:

I depended on one of my usual strategies to select the colors for this card. I saw the piece of Tranquil Textures Designer Paper and then went from there. (Each pack of Designer Paper lists the colors right on the package. The colors are also listed in the Annual Catalog.)

I’m not sure I would have selected these colors myself, but I do love the way they work together.

I was feeling it had been too long since I’d done any heat embossing. It’s a habit I’ll never give up! I think the white embossing shows up so well on the Fresh Fig centerpiece.

Stitched All Around, Stampin Up!,

Are you wondering how I cut out that center piece? It was the Stitched Labels Framelits. The Stitched All Around stamp set is part of a bundle with the Stitched Labels Framelits.

Stitched All Around Bundle, Stampin' Up!,

One other thing I wanted to point out to you. Did you notice the Rhinestones? They started out as basic rhinestones but I colored them with the Dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blend. Such a neat trick. You can have Rhinestones or Pearls in whatever color you want, just use one of the Blends and you have color!


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