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!


Wishing You Well – Birthday Card

How many times have you looked through the new Holiday Catalog?  My catalog is looking a little tattered and slightly worn at this point.  But, I am very embarrassed to say that I overlooked the gorgeous Wishing You Well stamp set until recently.  A dear friend of mine and a fellow demonstrator, Anita, pointed the stamp set out to me in a recent conversation about the catalog!

I strongly recommend that you add this stamp set to the top of your wish list.  To convince you, let me share a simple, elegant birthday card that I made with the Wishing You Well stamp set.

Now, that I have your attention – Let me share a few tips to make the card.

  • The card base is 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.
  • Confession – I initially scored the card at 4″ rather than 4 1/4″.  But, I decided to make the design using my mistake!  You’ll notice that I scored each side of the card at 1/4″ from the side.  The back of the card is also scored the same way to give a little more character.  It is so much fun to figure out how to make mistakes part of the card!
  • Cut a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock to 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″.  This will be the frame around the main focal point.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock to 3″ x 4 1/4″.  This will be used to stamp the focal point.
  • Grab your Stamparatus – truly an amazing stamp placement tool!  And, grab your Wishing You Well stamp set.  The Stamparatus will make stamping this image a breeze.
  • The bouquet image is stamped with Old Olive ink.  The bow image is stamped with Pumpkin Pie ink.  The flowers are stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink to add interest to the bouquet.

  • Adhere the stamped image piece to the Rich Razzleberry frame.
  • Stamp your sentiment in the lower right of the card, as pictured.  Another confession – I used the retired Teeny Tiny Wishes set to stamp “happy birthday”.  [BTW – This card was for our oldest granddaughter, Aileen, since she is just turning 17!]

  • Use dimensionals to add the framed piece to the middle of the front of the card, as shown.
  • Add a few sequins for additional interest and a little bling.

Use different colors for the frame pieces, for the bow and flowers, and also for the bouquet.  The possibilities are endless!  And, the type of card you can make with this layout are also endless!

Yes, you can now agree — you REALLY need the Wishing You Well stamp set.  And, guess what?  All you need to do is click on the picture of the stamp set below and place your order.  Yes – it’s that easy!  The other main products that I used are also pictured below.  Click on any, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Birthday Wit – Quick Masculine Birthday Card

If you’re like me, you may have a little trouble (sometimes 🙂 ) designing masculine birthday cards.  The Birthday Wit stamp set may be the answer for you.  I have had a great time using the set and will share three designs with you.  Birthday Wit is fun, fresh, and a sassy stamp set!  If you like the set and don’t have it in your collection, don’t delay — Birthday Wit is going to retire at the end of May. 🙁

Below are two pictures of the first of three projects that I’ll share.  The picture of the front of the card showcases the stamp that caught my attention when I first saw the stamp set in the catalog.  Doesn’t the sentiment just make you smile?  The colors and background were designed specifically for a masculine card.  The inside design is very fun and easy to make especially with the soon-to-be-available Stamparatus!

The main colors for this card work together so well!   Take a look –

Here are the steps for the front of the card:

  • The base of the card is a piece of Crumb Cake card stock cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • A piece of Night of Navy card stock is cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and used to frame the focal piece.
  • The base for the focal piece is Whisper White card stock cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″.  The base is stamped with the Tree Rings background stamp using Crumb Cake ink.  In one of my next posts, I’ll share some tips on how I stamped the background on the front and inside of the card.
  • After the Tree Rings are stamped, the main sentiment from the Birthday Wit stamp set is stamped on the focal piece with Night of Navy ink.
  • The sentiment is stamped one more time on a scratch piece of Whisper White card stock using Early Espresso ink.  The “Happy Birthday” banner from this piece is fussy cut and placed over the initial stamped sentiment using dimensionals.  The banner really pops with this technique!
  • The Night of Navy frame is adhered to the card base as pictured.
  • A piece of Vanilla satin ribbon (from my retired ribbon stash – sorry!) is attached with the each end wrapped around the card.  I pinched the ribbon in half and tied a piece of blue twine onto the ribbon before I attached the second end.  After the ribbon is attached (and tape will work just fine), the focal piece is attached to the Night of Navy frame as pictured.

Here are the steps for the inside of the card:

  • Mask the left side of the card with a piece of scrap paper to make sure you don’t stamp any part of the Tree Rings backgroup stamp image on to the left side.
  • Use Crumb Cake ink to stamp the Tree Rings background stamp onto the right side.  I’ll share more tips on how to do this in one of my next posts.
  • Stamp “Happy Birthday” from the Birthday Wit stamp set three times, as pictured, using Night of Navy ink.  If you are using a Stamparatus to do this, set up the first (highest) “Happy Birthday” as close to the top of the card as you can.  Move the plate two notches to stamp the second “Happy Birthday”.  Move the plate again two notches to stamp the third and final “Happy Birthday”.

There are so many ways you could this design to make it your own!  Use different colors.  Add another background instead of the Tree Rings.  Just have fun with it!

Check back for the second design that I’ll share using the fun Birthday Wit stamp set.  In the meantime, you can click on any picture below to go to my on-line store.  REMEMBER – The Birthday Wit stamp set is on the retiring list!

Happy stamping!


Panda Party Birthday Card

Yes – I have had an absence as far as posting!  Last week, we had the privilege of having my mom as a house guest.  It was great to spend quality time with her!  I really do want to be just like her when I grow up 🙂

Today, I am sharing a card for our granddaughter’s birthday.  When I saw the Panda Party SAB stamp set, I knew that it would be perfect for Amanda’s (our granddaughter’s) birthday.  Her nickname is Panda.  How perfect is that?

Confession – I did use a non-SU! stamp set to make the double set of balloons.  The first set of balloons was masked while the second set was stamped.  Since there were six balloons in the first row of balloons, I decided to personalize the card with the letters of Amanda’s name.  The letters are also from a non-SU! stamp set.

The Berry Burst, Basic Black, and Whisper White colors worked together perfectly.  Rounded corners on all layers of the card and the off-center layers added a fun touch.  To finish the balloons, I used Wink of Stella.  At first, I was a little frustrated that the Wink of Stella smeared the Berry Burst stamped letters.  But, I decided to use the smeared letters to slightly color the lettered balloons.  The final touch was Wink of Stella on the fussy cut panda bear, which was added to the card with dimensionals.

Below are the SU! items that I used to make the card.  If you click on the picture of any product, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Remember – The Sale-A-Bration Panda Party stamp set is only available through the end of March with your $50 order (before shipping and tax).

Happy stamping,


Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set – Three Designs!

My motto is – One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities.  The Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set made it easy for me to live up to those words.  Below are pictures of three different cards that I have recently posted.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to the post for the card.  There, you will find detailed instructions and main products used to make the card.

The next stamp set that I will feature in three designs is the unbelievable Waterfront stamp set from the Occasions catalog!  I am truly amazed at how versatile the set is.

Happy stamping,