Thoughts and Prayers for Get Well Card


Recently a friend of mine had surgery. He’s doing pretty well but I wanted to make a card for him. Guy cards are a challenge for me and get well cards are also a challenge. But, I was up to the challenge! I dug out one of the first stamp sets I ever purchased from Stampin’ Up!, Thoughts and Prayers. It’s a set of mostly sentiments that are appropriate for so many occasions. Why has it been hiding on me?

Thoughts and Prayers, Get well, Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack,

I think that looks pretty manly, don’t you? In the photo, I also showed the other side of the paper. Isn’t it nice?

Design Notes for Thoughts and Prayers Get Well Card:

This is really a pretty clean and simple cards. I think using the Stitched Shapes Framelits added just enough interest to the center of the card. The only somewhat tricky thing was stamping the sentiment. The entire sentiment read: ” Wishing you a quick and complete recovery. Get Well Soon.” Since I wanted to put the “Get Well Soon” part on the inside, I had to be a bit creative. I remembered a technique called masking – you mask off the part you don’t want

It was really pretty easy. All I did was to cover the part of the sentiment that I didn’t want with Scotch Tape.

Thoughts and Prayers stmp set, masking, Get Well, Color Theory DSP stack, Stampin' Up!,

So this is what is looks like after you ink up, remove the tape and stamp.

And this is what it looks like if you forget to remove the tape!

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October International Highlights, Masculine card,

Are you enjoying the weekend? I hope so.


Enjoy Your Day with Badges and Banners

Do you ever get stuck on creating cards for men? I know that sometimes I do. So, I was glad to participate in this week’s Global Design Project challenge to create a masculine card. As I started thinking about it, the Badges and Banners  stamp set came immediately to mind.  Here’s my card and the Global Design Project logo. Be sure to go over there and see all the other great cards for men. Inspiration will follow.

Badges and Banners, Global Design Project, masculine card, Stampin' Up!,


Global Design Challenge, #GDP103, Badges and Banners, masculine card, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Badges and Banners Card:

It’s always amazing to me how much difference it can make to run a piece of card stock through the Big Shot with an embossing folder. A little crafting magic! In this case, I used the Seaside Embossing Folder  The stars are from the Mini Treat Bag set of Thinlits.

Badges and Banners stamp set, Stampin' Up!,

Supply List for Badges and Banners Card:

The Badges and Banners stamp set comes in both Wood Mount and Clear Mount. Always nice to have choices!


Hurricane Harvey Relief:

Please think about anything you might want to order from me. Even if you are not a crafter, there are things you might want to order. Perhaps a pair of Paper Snips, or maybe some ribbon. This month I am giving 20% from each order to donate to Houston Food Bank. All order will count, on-line, in class or call me!

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Paper Pumpkin 50% off special, Stampin' Up!,

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Cool Treats for GDP Challenge

When you look at this card you will wonder, “Where are the Cool Treats?” I can understand that. I used just the sentiment from Cool Treats stamp set to make this birthday card for my good friend, Lee. Seems like a pretty nice birthday card for a guy, don’t you think.

Cool Treats stamp set, #GDP98, masculine card

I kind of like the contrast between the rustic Burlap Ribbon and the more spohisticated Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers.

Design Notes for Cool Treats Card:

I started out with the sketch for this week’s Global Design Challenge. I thought the sketch was very cool and called out masculine card to me. #GDP098Once I picked out the sentiment, I thought I would turn the design on it’s side. The colors were easy to pick once I decided on the first layer as Tranquil Tide. The Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder added just the right amount of texture along with the Burlap Ribbon. Once I’d added the Gold Foil flag. I thought the little circle designs from Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers would pull it all together.

Here’s a little close up of the Vinyl Stickers. I placed them right on the dots created by the Embossing Folder.

Cool Treats stamp set, Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers, Stampin' Up! ,

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Hope you are having a great day.


Happy Celebrations for Any Guy!

Are you always in a quandary when it comes to creating cards for guys? Me too. However, I think the Happy Celebrations stamp set is the answer to your problem. I know it helped me! Combine this stamp set with some Wood Textures Designer Series Paper and you’ve got it made, well, almost.

Happy Celebrations birthday card, masculine, Wood Textures Designer Paper, Stampin' Up!,

And here is a peek at the inside. I love this particular stamp. I can see using it for other celebrations as well.

Happy celebrations stamp set, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Happy Celebrations  Card:

This is really a clean and simple card. The only stamping was the sentiment on the front. It is actually two stamps and I carefully placed them on one block (E). I like to use grid paper when I am lining up stamps on the clear blocks. That way I know that everything is straight.

Align stamps on grid paper, Stampin' Up!

So, first stamp on the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I choose one of the lighter pieces so that the sentiment would stand out. Next I adhered to the Very Vanilla piece and then added the Copper Trim. That’s really about it. Oh, and finally, I added the sentiment inside. Really, that’s it! Easy, right?

Supply List for Happy Celebrations Card:

Notice, I used both the Thick card stock and regular. Thick is great for the card base.



Another day, I will use this set for a different occasion and you will see how versatile it is. In the meantime, look on page 34 in the catalog!

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Custom Tee for a Classy Guy

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.

Custom Tee stamp set, T-shirt builder Framelits, Wood Texture Designer Series Paper Stack

Here’s Jack’s t-shirt.

Jack's T-shirt

Jack, sort of, wearing the shirt!

Jack with T-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.

retirement/new catty logo

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!

  • BoGo,
  • Make and Takes
  • Goodie bags
  • Refreshments
  • 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!

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