Treat Time for Manly Monday

Yes, it’s Monday again. Today, I have a masculine version of a collar card. I used the Treat Time stamp set for this card. I think it’s bright and happy!

Treat Time stamp set, Manly Monday card, Broadway Bound Designer Paper, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

The Broadway Bound Designer Paper has definitely become one of my favorites .


Design Notes for Treat Time Card:

I love how the collar fold lets you see both sides of a sheet of Designer Paper. If you follow my blog, you recall that I used the collar fold a few days ago. (Click here to see that post.) This time, I placed the fold on the side of the card, rather than the top. The opening allowed me some space to heat emboss the Happy Birthday sentiment. I added some Black Shimmer Ribbon and still felt it needed just a little more pop. Since there were gold circles on the designer paper, I punched out a few more from some Gold Foil Sheet with a 1/2″ Circle Punch. That did it for me.

While I had that great paper out, I used some to create a very cool envelope decoration. I think this will make anyone feel special.

Treat Time stamp set, Manly Monday card, Broadway Bound Designer Paper, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,



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Happy Monday!




A Teacher Gift That is Rooted In Nature

This month, the theme for the Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Highlights is “Teacher Gift”. As a former teacher, I can tell you, any expression of thanks is appreciated. I thought I’d make something practical that could be used by any teacher. I thought a fall theme would be appropriate. The Rooted in Nature Bundle is just chock full of things that can be used for fall. I dressed up a little notepad and added a “thanks” to it.

Rooted in Nature, heat embossing, Nature's Poem, DSP, Nature's Roots Framelits, gift, Stampin' Up!,

Here’s the link so that you can vote for my card, if you would, please. My project is # 7.



Design Notes for Rooted in Nature Teacher Gift:

Did you know that there are some Framelits sets that also have dies that can emboss? Nature’s Promise is one of those sets. If you see a set that has a blue box with some of the dies pictured, you have found one of the sets. (There are lots!)

Rooted in Nature bundle, Natures's Roots thinlits, Stampin' Up!, I used a few of the embossing dies to create the leaves in Copper, Soft Suede and (the purple one) from a piece of the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper. You can see, there are also Framelits to cut them out.

Covering the notepad was easy. Just a bit of measuring and adhering. I always like to use Tear n’ Tape for something like this that will take a lot of use. I decided to add a little layer of Copper and Soft Suede since I had the room. Here’s a peek at how it all looked on the inside.

Rooted in Nature Bundle, Stampin' Up!,, teacher gift

The Copper embossed sentiment is my favorite part, but you know how I love heat embossing!

Rooted in nature Bundle, Stampin' Up!,, teacher gift

The last touches to add some texture and dimension – some Copper Trim and one of the fabulous Leaves Trinkets.



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There are two special things going on in August.

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Bonus Days… for each $50 you purchase, you will receive a coupon for $5. to spend in September. FREE, my favorite price!

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There is a very special stamp set and Framelits bundle available for just a limited time. If you purchase the Blended Seasons bundle, you will also earn a Bonus Coupon.

If you place an on-line order of $50 or more with me this month, you will also get a package of Colored Doilies as a thank you gift.  That’s three for one – bundle, coupon, free doilies!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.



Thanks with Bouquet Blooms

I recently received the Bouquet Blooms stamp set and have been wanting to find an excuse to play with it. The Gatefold Blooms Framelits go with them and I used one of those as well. I needed a thank you card so this set was great. It has both floral images as well as a few sentiments. That’s something I always look for when purchasing a new stamp set.

Bouquet Blossoms stamp set, TSOT373, Heat embossing, Faceted Gems, Stampin' Up!,

I was inspired by this week’s sketch over at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday. Here’s the challenge and link.

Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch challenge373

Design Notes for Bouquet Blooms Card:

Well, the sketch made it easy to get started. This may be hard to believe, but the yellow circle is actually Designer Series Paper. It’s from the Garden Impressions package. It has a subtle pattern to it. The design was heat embossed with Blueberry Bushel Embossing Powder. There is a set of new embossing powders in the catalog. Did you see them? You can get a set that has a powder for each of the 2018-2020 In Colors. I also heat embossed the sentiment on a piece of so Saffron Card Stock.

Bouquet Blossoms stamp set, Subtle Embossing folder, TSOT373, Heat embossing, Faceted Gems, Stampin' Up!,

I used one of the Framelits from the Gatefold Blooms Framelits set for the little flower. Next, I topped off the flower with a Clear Faceted Gem.

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Hope you are having a great day.


Manly Monday – Sea of Textures Birthday

I’m on a roll. I think this is three weeks in a row that I have presented a masculine card on Monday. Yea me! This week I’m using the Sea of Textures stamp set for a decidedly sea worthy card. I’m also using my favorite technique, heat embossing.

Sea of Textures stamp set, heat embossing, Under the Sea Framelits, emboss resist, masculine, Stampin' Up!,

Turns out that heat embossing was the technique challenge over at TGIF Challenges this week. Click on the image below to go over to their site and see lots of other great cards using heat embossing.

TGIF Challenge #169, Sea of Textures stamp set, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Sea of Textures Card:

Hard to know what I like most about this card. The color combination is really a favorite. I think that the Calypso Coral mat and Night of Navy card base pulled the colors together well.


But then, there is heat embossing – my favorite technique! This time I took heat embossing a step further and did emboss resist. Do you know that technique? I embossed the texture in the background, I guess it’s fishing nets, with Clear Heat Emboss Powder then sponged over it with some Balmy Blue ink to bring out the embossing. Easy and impressive, what more could you ask?

Sea of Textures stamp set, heat embossing, Under the Sea Framelits, emboss resist, masculine, Stampin' Up!,
 The “Happy Birthday”  sentiment is from the Better Together stamp set, one of my ‘Can’t live without” sets. You NEED it!

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Thanks so much for dropping by today. Hope you have some time to craft and create today.



More Loveliness – Serene Garden

This week in my card classes, we used the Serene Garden stamp set. Most everyone loved the card!

Serene Garden stamp set, Aqua Painters, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!,

One of the things I like about this card is that you could use it for any occasion. On the inside, we used the very versatile Itty Bitty Greetings  stamp set to customize the card.

Design Notes for Serene Garden Card:

There is no way you would ever use bright colors with this set is there? Maybe one day I’ll change my mind about that but I went right to the subtles collection for this card.


We used the Stamparatus to stamp the dove. It’s such an easy way to make sure that the stamp is consistently perfect.

I also set up the Stamparatus to stamp the Balmy Blue line across the top. The next step was to stamp the design with VersaMark then use White Heat Emboss Powder. Once that was heated, we used Aqua Painters to fill in the colors. To be honest, it was a little tedious but my gals did a fabulous job!


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Please, Please, Please…

Have you voted for my card? I hope so. Just to remind you. I am participating in a Blog Highlight this week. If you would, click here or on the image below. That will take you to the blog post. Find my card, #14, and click on the heart on the upper right hand side. You should get a message that you voted. Thanks so much. If I land in the top ten, I’ll be able to participate in a Blog Hop in early August. Thanks!

Are you looking forward to a fun weekend? I’m off to a scrap book weekend! I know that will be fun!