On Sunday, Jerry and I attended a benefit concert at Neumann College in Aston, PA. Our good friend Jack Giamplami sang with the Brass Tacks Orchestra. It was a great event for a great cause. At one point the orchestra played the theme from “Rocky”. Jack then came out and showed an “Italian Stallion” tee shirt. He then threw the shirt out into the audience. Guess who caught it! Since Jack’s birthday is coming up, I thought I’d use Custom Tee to make his birthday card and throw it his way.
Here’s Jack’s t-shirt.
Jack, sort of, wearing the shirt!
Design Notes for Custom Tee Card
I understand that the t-shirt was part of a long ago Halloween costume. It reminded me of a basketball t-shirt and so I used the Wood Texture Designer Series Paper to simulate a basketball floor.(Obviously not the parquet of The Boston Garden.) I cut the paper into 1 3/4″ in strips so that it would look more like a floor! It was a little bare looking so I added some stars from one of the stamps.that made me happy.
Supply List for Custom Tee Card:
This is really a “Hello” and “Goodbye” card. The Wood Texture Designer Series Paper Stack will be available in just a few days, June 1. It’s one of the many great Designer Series Papers in the new catalog. The stamp set, Custom Tee and T-shirt Builder Framelits are retiring in just a few days. So order NOW! In fact, both items are on sale (Stamp set $19.50 and Framelits $15.)
I’ve listed only the things that are available now.
Only 6 Days left!
I know there are many items like the stamp set I showed today that you want. Don’t wait any longer! Retiring items are only available until May 31. If your order is $50 or more, I will include a little gift for you as a thank you.
On June 11, that’s a Sunday, at 1:30, I am holding my New Catalog/ Retirement Party at my home. It’s something you don’t want to miss!
- Make and Takes
- Goodie bags
- Door Prizes
- Lots of samples
Be sure to let me know if you are coming so that I can prepare enough goodie bags and Make and Takes, and of course, enough refreshments!
Thanks for visiting my blog today.
I’m participating in a Blog Highlights Event today. The challenge was to make a masculine themed card. Party With Cake called out to me. I was inspired to go with the double Z fold card. I think that kicks this card up a notch.
If you would, could you go to this blog post and vote for my card? Voting begins at 6PM this evening. (The organizer is in Australia!)
Design Notes for Party With Cake Card:
The z fold card is really pretty easy.
- Card base measures 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
- Second z measures 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″ and 6 1/4″
- Remember to adhere inside mats and DSP before you adhere the second Z.
The only really fancy thing I did was to add a touch of Wink of Stella to the tops of each candle.
Supply List for Party With Cake Card:
The Party With Cake stamp set will retire in just a few weeks so be sure to grab it up now. It is available in either Clear Mount or Wood Mount.
Got a little off schedule, so tomorrow will be Ribbon Share day!
Whenever the Retirement List comes out, there are always some stamp sets on the list that cause me to be just a little sad. Wetlands is one of these sets. I like to use it for birthday cards for men or a nice, beach themed “Thank you” or “Thinking of you” card for just about anyone. Here’s a birthday card I made for a friend.
This card was also inspired by the challenge for this week over at Global Design Project. Here’s the logo and link for this challenge.
Design Notes for Wetlands Card:
I love the image of the goose on the grass. I thought just some soft color would be appropriate. Since I knew I would color the image with Blender Pens, I stamped in Basic Gray Archival Ink. I use gray when I am going to color an image so that the emphasis is on the colors and not just the outline. I also wanted to use Archival ink so that it would not bleed when I used the Blender Pen. Here’s the image with just the Watercolor Pencils
Here’s the image after I went over the colors with the Blender Pen. I also rounded the corners with the Project Life Corner Punch. Can you see the difference? The colors just become a bit more vibrant, but still soft. I really like the effect.
Supply List for Wetlands Card:
Notice that the Wetlands stamp set is retiring. The Scenic Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack is also retiring. So sad.
I’m adding a link again for the retirement list. It is accurate to last night at about 10PM. Please call or email me or order directly using my link. Most items are available only while supplies last. Stamps will be produced until May 22.
I am re-instituting Stamp Club. This one will be exclusively birthday cards. Don’t we always need them! But this Club will be even better than before. If you live locally, great – come on over. However, if you are not local or can’t make the dates I schedule, you can do the class on-line. I’ll give you more details soon! We will begin in May.
Last night was our monthly downlne meetining. Always a fun evening. One of the things we do is a swap. Our theme this month was to make a card suitable for a man.
Here’s what we saw.
This is Marsha’s swap. Love that she used the One Wild Ride set.
Jeanne used one of my favorite paper stacks, Serene Scenery. And what a great touch with the twine!
We all enjoyed Maria’s humorous theme! Good to celebrate those anniversaries. Nice touch using the Number of Years stamp set.
This is one of two great cards that MaryAnn sent. It would be perfect for my golfer husband!
Love Jenna’s classy looking card with the Vintages Leaves in blue.
MaryAnn’s second great card.
Here’s my card. I love the Stylized Birthday stamp!
Aren’t they great swaps? Please leave comments for the gals and IU’ll pass them along.
See you tomorrow.
My good friend Lee celebrated his birthday the other day. I confess, I was a little late getting his card in the mail, but I believe he has received it by now.
I sometimes struggle making cards for men, but I was inspired here. When I saw the paper, it just reminded me of the beach and I know he and his family are headed to the beach soon. It just all fell together. The Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack has so many great images, many are almost photo-like. I didn’t want to go overboard with layers, or embellishments so that I could show off the paper. The sentiment and Burlap Ribbon are really the only additions (well, there is the Bermuda Bay mat). But really, it was a pretty clean and simple card.
The Stylized Birthday stamp is a single stamp. It’s really an essential if you only make a few cards a year or if you make hundreds. It’s just that nice. Order it today along with some of the Serene Scenery paper. You will be off to a good start on making some great birthday cards.
- If you made a purchase of $50 or more in July, you should have a coupon code from Stampin’ Up to redeem this month.
- I am offering all the materials for making three cards for FREE when you purchase the Thoughtful Branches bundle this month. Remember, Thoughtful Branches is ONLY available this month, until supplies last. I’ve sold quite a few this week, so if you want it, don’t delay.
- If you order online, use this month’s Host Code, MUCPSXQ6.
Have a great weekend.
Happy Birthday Lee! See you soon!