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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Animal Outing for New Baby

I think that the Animal Outing stamp set is one of my favorites from the new catalog. I decided to make a new baby card, just to have on hand and think the kangaroo is just too cute. this month over at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday, the featured technique shows ways to add dimension with out Dimensions. so I wanted to demonstrate that.  Here’s a card I made as a sample.

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Here’s the banner from Try Stampin’ on Tuesday. You should go over there and see the tutorial. Better yet, try it yourself!

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Design Notes for Animal Outing Baby Card:

I stamped the kangaroo and used Watercolor Pencils to color her in. The Animal Friends Thinlits made it easy to cut out the kangaroo and about 8 more of that shape from Crumb Cake card stock. I glued the colored kangaroo on top of the stack of plain, Crumb Cake ones.

And what do you think of the background? I embossed a piece of Crumb Cake Card stock after I inked up the inside of the Petal Burst Embossing folder. Isn’t that an interesting effect?


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Specials for August:

Stampin’ Up! has some special things for you in August!

Bonus Days:

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For every $50 you spend in August (before shipping and tax), you will receive a coupon for $5 to spend in September.

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Get in the mood to create something full of colors and seasons! Introducing the all-new, limited-time Color Your Season products:

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Birthday Wishes for You – Two Ways

I started out making this a masculine card and ended up making both a masculine card and a feminine one. That’s just how clever I am. Well, more that the stamp set is pretty versatile. Birthday Wishes for You is one of those hidden gems in the catalog. Check out these cards.

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Cute and simple, right?


Design Notes for Birthday Wishes for You Cards:

As I mentioned, I started out thinking I would make a masculine birthday card for my card class. I used Watercolor Pencils to color in the Birthday part and finished it off with Blender Pens. I stamped the sentiment a second time on a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock and cut out the “Happy” part of it. A few Mini Dimensions and just the right touch of color. I mounted the sentiment on a piece of Rich Razzleberry and placed that on a piece of Old Olive. Have you used the Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder? It’s wonderful but, predictably, subtle. It doesn’t show up well in a photograph but looks great when you have the card in your hand. Trust me!

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While I was cleaning up and feeling pretty smug that I had a great card for class, I saw my Daisy Punch. Next thing I knew, I was changing up the card. What do you think?

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It’s pretty much the same card. I moved the sentiment piece, and added the daisy. If you were coming to my class, which one would you make?


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Notes and News:

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Remember, when you place an online order with me for $50 or more, this month I’ll send you a package of the Petal Pink Rhinestone Gems. Just a little thank you from me.


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Hello Easter! Happy to see you!

Once Easter is here, it HAS to feel like spring, right? Well, I have known some times when that wasn’t true but I have high hopes for this year. We NEED spring. And the Hello Easter stamp set is perfect for bringing spring on.

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I  joined in on the challenge over at Global Design Project this week as well. You should hop on over and see all the great cards there. (Get it, “Hop on over.”)

Design Notes for Hello Easter Card:

The stand out portion of this card has to be the Basket Weave embossed piece. This is the most amazing embossing folder. It is very thick and creates a very deep impression on the paper. Love it! I even sponged it with some Berry Burst Ink to make it stand out just a bit more.

And the chocolate rabbit, how cute is that? I stamped it on some Whisper White card stock, punched it out with the 1 1/2″ Circle Punch. Next, I stamped him again and cut it out with Paper Snips. Finally, I popped him up with some Mini Stampin’ Diminsionals.

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Would you like to get the terrific embossing folder that I used for this card? I thought you would. You only have a few days left. You need to place an order by Saturday night. This item is bundled with the beautiful Blossoming Basket stamp set. Purchase $100 in stamping goodies and you can select this bundle.

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You’re Inspiring for International Blog Highlights

This month’s Blog Highlights theme was to select our favorite stamp set or item from the Occasions or Sale-A-Bration catalogs. WOW, what a hard choice. I finally settled on the You’re Inspiring stamp set. How could you not love the daffodils in this set and the great sentiments?

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Just click on the image below to go to the Highlights site. Would you vote for my card while you are there? I’d really appreciate it!

January International Highlights, Masculine card, diannescards.comDesign Notes for You’re Inspiring Birthday Card:

I actually made this card for a friend who is a devoted gardener and has a birthday coming up in a few days. Do you think she will like this card? I knew that I wanted to use my Stampin’ Blends to color in the flowers so I started with stamping the image on a piece of Watercolor Paper. You know how much I love coloring and this was just lots of fun! I did just a little shading on the daffodils. To finish it off, I did two layers of Wink of Stella on the daffodils. I find that if I do one layer, it’s hard to see. When I let it dry for a minute and add another. it makes all the difference.

While I was at it, I made a second card using many of the same materials.

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For this card, I used a different stamp from the same set. I also used the Petal Burst Embossing Folder to add some texture to the background. A few Glitter Enamel Dots finished this card. Hummm, maybe I will send this card to my friend. Which do you think she would like best?

By the way, when adhering layers that are embossed, it’s important to use a good adhesive like Fast Fuse.


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Be sure to go over to the Blog Highlights page. I know you will see lots of great cards. And, please, vote for me!