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!, diannescards.com

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

Freshly Made Sketches #344, diannescards.com

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!, diannescards.com

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There’s a SALE!

Have you purchased your Designer Designer Series Paper? There is sale going on right now. When yo  u purchase three packages of Designer Series Paper from the list below, you get a fourth one for FREE! Yes, FREE, my favorite price!

DSP Sale

Designer Series paper Sale, Stampin' Up!, diannescrds.com

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

Dianne

 

Manly Monday with Rooted In Nature

In our constant search for great cards for men, I think I’ve hit on a winner. I love this gate fold card made with the Rooted in Nature stamp set. I hope you agree. It’s only made better by using the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper.

Rooted in Nature, Masculine, Nature's Poem DSP, Stampin Up!, diannescards.com

This card could be for any occasion, birthday, hello, Get Well, whatever.

Design Notes for Rooted in Nature Card:

Does it look like two different pieces of designer paper? That was what I was going for. The piece on the right is, in fact, some of the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper. The piece on the right is Soft Suede card stock stamped with Soft Suede ink and one of the stamps from Rooted in Nature stamp set,

Rooted in Nature, Masculine, Nature's Poem DSP, Stampin Up!, diannescards.com

I made the belly band a bit wider than I would ordinarily. The tree stamp is tall, so I made the belly band a little bigger to accommodate it. I added a thread I cut from a piece of Burlap Ribbon to the belly band to give the card front some depth and texture. Just the right touch, don’t you think?

The tree stamp is pretty amazing. I inked up the stamp with Tranquil Tide then used an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker to add some color to the tree trunk.

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The Rooted in Nature stamp set is part of a bundle. Remember, if you buy the Bundle you save 10%! Yea!

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A Darling Label Punch Card for Guys!

Well, my thought of making a masculine card once a week is still on track. Though, “Masculine Monday” seems a day late this week. When I saw the challenge on Try Stampin’ on Tuesday, I knew it could be the layout sketch my guy card for this week. The Darling Label Punch added the colors and tools.

Darling Label Punch Box, Masculine card, TSOT 369, Stampin' Up!, Diannescards.com

OK, so we don’t usually think of things that are “darling” qualifying as masculine. But the Darling Label Punch is  perfect for anyone. The punch is part of a kit that you will love. The kit contains the punch, two ink spots, six fabulous stamps and a clear acrylic block. Oh and then there is the beautiful tin that everything comes in. Love it!

darling Label Punch Box, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Design Notes for Masculine Darling Label Punch Card:

The sketch was such a good start for me. First I tried Night of Navy stripes in the background and it just wasn’t working. I thought about using color on color with the Grapefruit Grove and finally hit upon the idea of tweeking the Grapefruit Grove just a bit. Next, I embossed the card stock with the Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder. Then I sponged the card stock with some Grapefruit Grove ink. I think that added just enough contrast.

For the little tag, I stamped the “Hello” first in Grapefruit Grove, then Night of Navy, then Grapefruit Grove. I wanted the sentiment to stand out so I made sure when I punched it out, the Night of Navy was front and center.

 

Darling Label Punch Box, Masculine card, TSOT 369, Stampin' Up!, Diannescards.com

i wanted to pop in one more color. Pineapple Punch to the rescue. The ribbon and background square were perfect accents. I added a little pizzazz to the square by cutting it out with one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

Nice color combination, isn’t it?

 

 

 

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Ready to Order?

When you are ready to order, you can either order on line or email me with your order ([email protected]) I know you really want the Darling Label Box! If you add something to your order, maybe the embossing folder or some card stock, they your order will reach at least $50. Remember that if your order $50 or more on line during June, I’ll send you a sampler of In-Color Ribbons! Just a little thank you gift from me to you!

Hope you are having a nice day. maybe working in some stamping? I hope so!

Thanks for stopping by.

Dianne

 

Nature’s Poem Card for Jerry

Have you noticed? I’ve been trying to show a card appropriate for men about once a week. Maybe I’ll call it “Manly Monday”! I know that lots of people struggle with this. So, I’ve been pushing to help you out! Here’s a card I made for my husband for our recent anniversary. I used the Nature’s Poem Designer Paper.

Nature's Poem DSP, Masculine card, Rooted in Nature stamp set, Leaves Trinkets, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

He seemed to like it. Sometimes hard to tell!

Design Notes for Nature’s Poem Card:

I think almost all of the papers in this package of Designer Paper are appropriate for a masculine card. It was really just a matter of picking one! The strip of card stock across the card is a coordinating color, Tranquil Tide. I also stamped the sentiment, from the Rooted in Nature stamp set, with Tranquil Tide ink. The Everyday Label Punch was just the right size and shape for this card. The Burlap Ribbon and one of the Leaves Trinkets added just enough texture and interest.

Nature's Poem DSP, Masculine card, Rooted in Nature stamp set, Leaves Trinkets, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

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Buy the Bundle!

A few days ago I showed you a card where I used the Rooted in Nature stamp set and the coordinating Framelits. They are all part of the Nature’s Poem Suite. You can see that card here.

Here are some cards from the catalog using the materials in this suite. There are also twines, Leaves Trinkets and a card stock pack. See page 144 in the catalog.

Nature's Poem suite, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

When you are ready to order, just go to my 24-7 on-line store. This month I am sending everyone who orders $50 or more a sampling of the five In-Color ribbons. Just a little thank you from me.

Hope your week is off to a good start.

Dianne

P.S. Do you think I should make Masculine cards a weekly feature?

 

 

 

Lots of Tranquil Tide for Cards for Men Blog Hop

Today I am participating in a blog hop with the  Try Stampin’ on Tuesday website. The theme is masculine cards. Aren’t we always looking for great cards for men? This is sometimes hard when we survey our stamp sets and see LOTS of flowers! But, I think you will be really happy when you see all of the cards in this hop. Here’s my entry. You’ll see, lots of Tranquil Tide!

Here is a list of other stops along the Hop. (Some may not be live until later today, Monday, May 28.) I hope you will visit the other stampers and see what they have prepared. I know you will get lots of great ideas!

Blog Hop, TSOT

Design Notes for Tranquil Tide Card:

To be honest, this is one of the easiest cards I’ve made in a long time! The background is not stamped. It is a piece of the Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper. I cut two pieces of card stock, one Fresh Fig (1 1/2″) and one Tranquil Tide (2″) and used the Triple Banner Punch to add the flags at the end. The sentiment, from the new  Detailed with Love stamp set, is stamped with Tranquil Tide ink and also flagged with the Triple Banner Punch. The final touch was to wrap a piece of Burlap Ribbon around the card front pieces and tie it with a strand of the burlap. That’s about it!

Burlap ribbon, detailed witth Love stamp set, Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper, Tranquil Tide, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

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