Lovely As A Tree For Manly Monday

Do you own the Lovely As A Tree stamp set. It’s been around for ages. It a beautiful selection of trees and works for lots of occasions. I hadn’t used it for awhile so I decided, today is the day. It’s a perfect stamp set to create a birthday card for a guy.Lovely As A Tree stamp set, masculine birthday, Sponging with mask, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

 

Design Notes for Lovely As A Tree Card:

I saw a card similar to this on another demonstrator’s website (Thank you, Ronda Wade). It’s okay to copy a card, it’s called CASing, Copy and Share. Of course, you give credit to the originator but most demonstrators consider it a compliment if you copy their work, I know I do! I changed up a few things. One of the most interesting parts of this card is the subtle background behind the trees. I used Mango Melody ink and a circular mask and gently sponged the area.

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Cut a circle out of a piece of thick card stock the same size as the card front. I used one of the Layering Circles Framelits. You could use a 2 1/4″ Punch. Sponging with a mask, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com
  2. Layer the card front and mask on the Stamparatus.Sponging with a mask, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com
  3. Sponge lightly!

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Easy, right?

I finished off the card with some Linen Thread and a button from the True Gentlemen collection.

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Reminders:

 

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Thanks for stopping by today.

Dianne

Just a Little Glimmer for Manly Monday

I guess I tend to think that masculine cards need to be subdued and tame. Today, I stepped out of that box. Here’s my card, enhanced with some Gold Glimmer Paper.

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It also has a fall look don’t you think? Here’s the color palette.

 

Design Notes for Gold Glimmer Card:

The three strips of card stock in the background were run through the Big Shot with the Polka Dots Basics Embossing Folder. To adhere the card stock to the Glimmer Paper and then to the card base, I used Tear & Tape. This is such a great adhesive. Perfect for heavy duty but also great for adhering Glimmer Paper.

All the little scalloped circles were stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink and images from the Tabs for Everything stamp set. So many great images in this set. I sometimes overlook it. I shouldn’t it! It’s a gold mine! There are 53 stamps in this set!!!!

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Hope your week is off to a good start.

Dianne

Tailored Tag Punch for Manly Monday

Sometimes we need to remember and recognize someone in our life who is really wonderful. I think I forget this a little too often. I’ve made a card that can meet this need with the Tailored Tag Punch. Now to find the man for the card…just kidding.

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Could this be any easier?

Design Notes for Tailored Tag Punch Card:

I used some pretty unlikely materials for this Manly Monday card! First, the designer paper is called Twinkle, Twinkle. When I first saw it in the catalog, I thought about baby cards. I think I have not made a baby card with it yet! Next, the Twinkle Builder Punch. It’s part of a bundle with Little Twinkle stamp set (think  “Babies”) So, the lesson here, don’t relegate stamps or papers or punches to certain kinds of cards!

Stamping on Designer Paper or card stock that isn’t Whisper White or Very Vanilla is always something I approach with some trepidation. However, I think this time stamping on the Gray Granite was pretty successful. I wanted the sentiment to pop a bit, so I backed it with some Night of Navy card stock. After punching some hexagons from the Twinkle, Twinkle Designer Paper and one from Soft Sea Foam card stock, I just had to arrange the shapes. The final touch was to add a few stars punched with the Twinkle Builder Punch.

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Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you are having a pleasant Labor Day.

Dianne

Itty Bitty Greetings for Get Well Wishes

Hello! It’s Monday! I have another masculine card for you. This one will make anyone feel better. The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.

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Not sure why, but somehow, alligators make me smile. At least these do. (Or are they crocodiles?)

Design Notes for Itty Bitty Greetings Get Well:

Well, the terrific Animal Expeditions Designer Series Paper certainly takes center stage on this card. I just added a few layers behind in Basic Gray and Poppy Parade. Then, I echoed those colors in the tag on the front. It all needed some texture, so I did a bit of embossing with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder on the Basic Gray piece.

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Finally, I stamped and punched. One more bit of texture was called for so I added the Basic Black Baker’s Twine.

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Just a Few More Days for August Special Promotions:

  1. There is a fun Paper Pumpkin kit in the wings for next month. If you are a fan of Halloween, you won’t want to miss this. Click on the image below to subscribe.

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2. Coupon Time… for every $50 you spend in August, you will receive a coupon for $5 to use in September. Do I have to talk you in to this? Really?

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3. Ink Pads! If I sell ten or more ink pads in August (I’m close) I will get a free ink pad. If you buy one or more from me this month, you have a chance to win the free one! No brainer.

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4. The Blended Seasons Bundle. I’ve shown you a few cards using the Blended Season Bundle. You’ll have to have it. I understand, trust me. You only have a few more days to order. To see the cards that I’ve made, look here and  here, and here and here.

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

Dianne

Rooted in Nature for Manly Monday

To be honest, I’m calling this card a masculine card, but, really, I think you could send it to anyone. I used the Rooted in Nature stamp set for the beautiful leaves.

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Don’t you agree? Could be sent to anyone?

Design Notes for Rooted in Nature Card:

I’ve noticed that over the last week or so, I’ve made a number of projects using fall colors. I guess I am ready for fall. But, really, aren’t these colors beautiful together?

 

To create the background part of the card, I first heat embossed the leaves using Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder.Then I just, somewhat randomly, sponged sections with the colors. (You could use Sponge Daubers.)

I added two copper accent with the Copper Trim wrapped around the stamped piece and the Copper Foil leaves. The leaves were first embossed then cut with pieces from the Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies. So cool.

When I started to add the stamped sentiment I knew the card needed one more touch. I decided to sponge with some Cajun Craze ink so that it would tie in with the Cajun Craze mat behind the leaves piece. Don’t you think the sponging brings out the stitched edge of the sentiment piece I cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelit?

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Things About August…

  1. There is a fun Paper Pumpkin kit in the wings for next month. If you are a fan of Halloween, you won’t want to miss this.

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2. Coupon Time… for every $50 you spend in August, you will receive a coupon for $5 to use in September. Do I have to talk you in to this? Really?

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3. Ink Pads! If I sell ten or more ink pads in August (I’m close) I will get a free ink pad. If you buy one or more from me this month, you have a chance to win the free one! No brainer.

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4. The Blended Seasons Bundle. Tomorrow I have a really special card using the Blended Season Bundle. You’ll have to have it. I understand, trust me. You ony have a few more days to order.

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Thanks and I hope your week is off to a good start.

Dianne