Home to Roost – Birthday Card

Do you have challenges with masculine cards? Well – I certainly do. It’s much easier for me to get creative with flowery stamps 🙂 But, I have a great solution for you and masculine cards. The stamp set is called Home to Roost, and it’s available as a FREE SAB gift. Take a look at the great, masculine birthday card that I made with the set.

Here are the instructions for the card:

  • Start with a card base made with Thick Whisper White card stock, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side. Thick Whisper White card stock adds a special feel and finish to your card. You’ll love using it.
  • Use Soft Suede ink to stamp the rooster stamp from the Home to Roost stamp set onto a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock.
  • Color the rooster image with the amazing Watercolor Pencils. You’ll see from the picture below that each rooster you color will have its own personality since the coloring on separate images will always be a little different.  I have a great time using the Watercolor Pencils and really enjoy blending and layering the colors.

  • Use the second largest circle die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies set to die cut the colored rooster image.  Use the largest circle die from the same set to die cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock to use as the frame piece around the rooster die cut.
  • Cut a piece of Early Espresso card stock to 4″ x 4″.  Emboss this piece with the Tin Tile
  • Dynamic Embossing Folder.  This EF folder carried over from the Holiday catalog!  It is amazing.  Confession – I used a piece of retired Early Espresso card stock that has a white core.  When I sanded the embossed piece, the effect is a wonderful weathered look.  You can get the same look by sponging some white ink onto random parts of the embossed piece.
  • Use Early Espresso ink to add the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Detailed with Love stamp set onto the bottom right of the card front, at pictured.
  • Adhere the embossed Early Espresso piece to the top of the card front.
  • If you would like, add faux stitching to the die cut circles with an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write marker.  You can also add a a button and Early Espresso baker’s twine to embellish the die cut circle pieces.
  • Adhere the two die cut circles together.  Use dimensionals to put the die cut circles in the middle of the embossed Early Espresso card piece.

I think you’ll find this design to be very useful as a masculine birthday card.  You can easily change the sentiment to make the card appropriate for many additional occasions.

Happy stamping!


Meant to Be – Narrow Valentine Note Card

It has been incredibly easy to live up to my motto of One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities with the incredible Meant to Be bundle.  Today, I would like to share a fun, quick narrow Valentine’s Day note card that is perfect as a gift card for someone special.  Take a look at the picture below.

This card is very quick to put together.  Here are the steps to make the card:

  • Start with a Whisper White Narrow Note Card as the card base.  This size card is great for special notes and also for gift cards.  The envelopes that come with the note cards feature a semi-circle flap that can be decorated for any occasion.
  • In the bottom right corner, stamp “To the best friend a girl could ever ask for.” using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  This stamp is from the new Meant to Be stamp set.
  • Use the continuous hearts die from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Die set to die cut a piece of Whisper White card stock.  The die cut is a delicate piece that has many hearts linked together.
  • The frame for the focal point is a piece of Basic Black card stock cut to 1 3/4″ x 4 1/8″.  The focal point, colorful piece is from the amazing Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper (DSP).  The DSP is cut to 1 5/8″ x 4″.
  • To choose the piece of DSP that you’ll use, lay the die cut hearts over the pattern to make sure you like the effect.  You definitely want the die cut hearts to stand out when they are placed on the DSP.
  • Use a few pieces of scrap Basic Black card stock, Silver Foil paper, and Gold Foil paper to die cut the continuous hearts piece.  Same some of the hearts that you will have from the die cut.
  • Use your favorite adhesive to attach the Basic Black frame to the Whisper White Narrow Note Card, as pictured.  Then, adhere the DSP to the center of the Basic Black frame piece.
  • Next, adhere the Whisper White hearts die cut onto the DSP.
  • Add the Basic Black, Silver Foil, and Gold Foil hearts into the die cut and also on a few areas of the card.  Adhere some of the hearts directly to the card.  For others, use the Mini Dimensionals to add some interest and variety to the focal point.

You will find many uses for this design.  If you change the sentiment that you use on the card, you’ll have a card that can be used for just about any occasion!

Below you’ll see pictures for the main products I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Meant To Be – Valentine Card

As promised, here is the second card featuring the amazing, new Meant to Be Bundle.  The card has texture, great die cuts, and a wonderful color combination.  Check below for full instructions to make this card.

Here are the instructions to make this card:

  • Start with a card base of Very Vanilla card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  Very Vanilla is a subtle, rich color to use for card backgrounds.
  • The first (bottom) layer is a 4 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ piece of Lovely Lipstick card stock.  Lovely Lipstick works incredibly well with both reds and pinks!
  • The second (top) layer is a 4″ x 4″ piece of Powder Pink card stock.
  • Use the heart die from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies (also part of the bundle) that has a scalloped edge and a straight heart inside die to die cut a heart in the center of the Powder Pink piece.  The die I’m referring to is the larger die pictured on page 7 of the Occasions catalog.  You’re going to find that it also die cuts a scalloped heart frame.
  • Now, use the gorgeous, amazing, beautiful (yes – it really is that nice!!) new Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to emboss the Powder Pink piece.
  • It is very important that you die cut before you emboss.  The result will be a much deeper, cleaner embossed piece.
  • Use the same heart die to die cut the center of the Lovely Lipstick piece.  You will want to save the heart frame for this card.  Keep the heart die cut piece for another project.
  • Get a scrap piece of Very Vanilla card stock (about 4″ x 4″).  Use Soft Suede ink to stamp the heart and flower stamp from the Meant to Be stamp set onto the Very Vanilla card stock.  You can also stamp the “you make me happy” stamp with Soft Suede ink onto the same piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  Make sure you’ll have enough card stock around the sentiment to cut a flag, as pictured.
  • Center the Soft Suede stamped heart behind the heart opening on the Powder Pink piece.  Secure with washi tape until you know the placement is correct.
  • Also, tuck the sentiment stamped flag under the right side of the heart opening, as pictured.
  • Next, take the Lovely Lipstick frame piece and fit it into the Power Pink piece.  It will fit perfectly around the stamped heart.  Adhere the frame piece with your favorite liquid adhesive.

  • Now, you can better adhere the stamped heart and sentiment to the Powder Pink piece.
  • Next, adhere the Powder Pink piece onto the Lovely Lipstick piece, as pictured.
  • To finish the card, adhere the Lovely Lipstick piece onto the card base.  As you can see, I chose to adhere the Lovely Lipstick piece in the center of the card base.

The combination of textures, colors, and stamped images in this card are really a great way to send a Happy Valentine’s to someone you love.  I hope you enjoy making the card.

The main products I used to make the card are pictured below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Meant to Be – Valentine Note Card

This past Sunday was the day for our January Stamp Club.  As usual, we had an absolutely great afternoon stamping, catching-up, and enjoying some delicious snacks.  This month, our stamping focus was the amazing, NEW Meant to Be Bundle from the Occasions catalog.  We made three cards from this bundle!!  Below is a picture of the first card that I’ll share.

Don’t you love the non-traditional colors for a Valentine’s Day card!?!?  The colors are so bold and bright.  They really capture your attention.

Here are the directions for making this card:

  • The base is a Whisper White Note CardThe Note Cards are available in Whisper White and Very Vanilla.  They are great to have on hand.  A package of 20 cards and envelopes is only $6.50!!
  • The base layer on the card is a piece of Flirty Flamingo card stock cut to 3 3/8″ x 5 1/8″.  The “Happy Valentine’s Day” sentiment is from the new Meant to Be stamp set.  The sentiment is stamped with Blueberry Bushel ink.
  • After the sentiment is stamped, the Flirty Flamingo piece is embossed using the Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder Actually, the piece is embossed twice.  Once to have horizontal lines from the embossing folder.  Then, the piece is turned 90 degrees and embossed again to give vertical lines.  The result is a striking linen effect!

  • You can round the corners of the Flirty Flamingo piece, as pictured, if you like.
  • The frame for the floral focal point is a 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ piece of Blueberry Bushel card stock.  Again, you can round the corners of this piece if you would like.
  • The beautiful floral piece is from the gorgeous set of Garden Impressions 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I absolutely LOVE this collection of DSP.  It is beyond beautiful.  The floral piece is cut to 3″ x 3″.
  • Use the filigree heart die from the new Be Mine Stitched Framelits dies to cut a heart outline in the middle of the Garden Impressions piece.
  • Use the same filigree hear die and a piece of Whisper White card stock to die cut a filigree heart.
  • Don’t adhere the DSP piece to the Blueberry Bushel piece just yet.  But, use a piece of washi tape to gently hold the DSP in the center of the Blueberry Bushel piece.  This will give you perfect placement to adhere the Whisper White filigree heart die cut onto the Blueberry Bushel piece.  Use your favorite liquid adhesive to adhere the filigree heart.
  • Adhere the Flirty Flamingo piece to the card base.
  • Adhere the Blueberry Bushel piece to the Flirty Flamingo piece, as pictured.
  • Use Mini Dimensionals to add the die cut DSP onto the Blueberry Bushel piece and perfectly centered around the die cut filigree heart.

You’ll be proud to give this beautiful Valentine card to someone special!!

Pictured below are the products that I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

My next post will be the second card that we made using the amazing, new Meant to Be bundle!

Happy stamping!


Paper Pumpkin Alternate Project – December 2018 Kit

I do admit that I wasn’t particularly happy with the suggested project in the December 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit.  But, I was able to create a very useful perpetual calendar that will help me track birthdays and anniversaries for family and friends.  One of my resolutions for this year is to be much better at sending cards in a timely fashion, and this calendar will definitely help me toward that goal!

There are several pictures below that walk through the steps I used to create the calendar.  I hope the pictures inspire you!

A few more crafty resolutions that I have are being more frugal with my crafty purchases and “shopping my stash” to use the items that I already have.  My frugal nature shows in this calendar project since I used the chip board from the Paper Pumpkin kit to create the back of the calendar!  The picture below shows the measurements that I used to make the chip board.  I then placed on of the calendar pieces on each side of the marked up chip board and drew circles where the holes needed to be to hang the calendar pieces.

My Crop-a-Dile came in super handy to punch the holes in the chip board.  What a great tool!

Then, I “shopped my stash” to find some retired DSP and washi tape that I thought went well with the colors in the calendar.  It was fun to look at the possibilities that I had, and I bet you’ll find several options when you “shop your stash”.

There are a few tricks that I used when I attached the DSP to the chip board.  First, I put the chip board in the middle on the top of the DSP (on the side that would be glued to the chip board) and marked where the holes would be.  To strengthen the area where the holes would be, I put a few pieces of scotch tape. Then, I used Tombo glue (on the marked side of the chip board) and adhered the chip board to the DSP, making sure I lined up the marks for the holes.  “Whimpy women’s weights” (as my husband likes to call them) were used to help set the glue.

After the glue was dry (doesn’t take long), I cut off the excess DSP with the chip board facing me.  My Crop-a-Dile came in handy again to punch the holes in the DSP.

The kit includes gorgeous Pool Party colored ribbon.  I cut two pieces of 18″ ribbon to use to tie on the calendar pieces.  Since I new I would untie and tie the ribbons each month, I turned the ribbon ends into ones that mirror shoelace ends.  I folded each end in half and wrapped each end with scotch tape.  To finish the calendar back, I added washi tape.  Before adding the tape, I put the calendar pieces onto the ribbon and tied the ribbon.  This allowed me to know where to place the washi tape.

The final touches were selecting the stamp set that I wanted to use to make the calendar into my birthday and anniversary reminder.  A few months ago, the Paper Pumpkin kit focused on male cards.  The stamp set that came with the kit is incredibly versatile and works perfectly for my calendar.  I used “anniversary” and “birthday” to mark the backs of each calendar page.  The ink colors I chose are Soft Suede and Grapefruit Grove.

As you can see, the calendar for each month is shown on the left side of my project.  The back of the previous month is stamped and shown on the right side of my project.  I used the circle stamp from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit to identify anniversaries and birthdays for each month.  The colors correspond to the colors of “anniversary” and “birthday”.  By the way, I used the back of the June 2020 calendar as the right side of my project for January 2019.

I hope you have found this project and pictures inspiring.  Why not take a few minutes to make yourself a lovely calendar that will take you through June 2020!!

My next post will feature cards from the new Occasions Catalog!

Happy stamping!