Masculine Crazy Cakes

Do you struggle making Masculine cards?  I have a great solution for you.
I actually saw this card on my sister, Tina's blog and I fell in love with it. 
It uses the Cake Crazy stamp set and is so much fun to make.
I adjusted the layer sizes a bit but the rest of the card was perfect.
We did this at my Team Meeting the other night.
I really love two step stamping with the photopolymer stamp sets.

Crazy CakesHere's how the card was made:
1. Stamp the "Tiny Dots, Row of Dots & Line" image using Basic Black ink
2.  Stamp the "Wavy Line & Argyle" image on top using Soft Suede ink (love how you can see through the stamp and it matches up so well)
3.  Stamp the "just argyle" image on top using Crumb Cake ink (look how it lines up)
4. Stamp the "up & down lines with top and bottom lines" using Soft Suede ink
5.  Stamp the "up & down only lines" on top using Crumb Cake ink -- they fit right between the Soft Suede lines

6.  Stamp “Bow Tie” using Memento ink
7.  Stamp the single candle using Crumb Cake ink
8.  Stamp the flame using Soft Suede ink
9.  Add a Pearl to the Bow Tie

I was a little intimidated by this card but it was so much fun to make.
I can't wait to try it with fun, bright girl colors too.


Easter Message

Can you believe there is only one week left in March?
That means Easter is rolling up on us quickly.
It's time to get some Easter cards made and ready to send out.
I love playing with the fun, cute Easter stamp sets
but like Christmas the real reason for Easter is Jesus Christ.
Today I have a religious Easter card for you is
quite simple but very moving.
Easter Message
Tips:
Card base is Sahara Sand -- 5 1/2" x 6 1/4" -- score at 2"
Copper Foil Sheet -- 1 7/8" x 5 3/8"
Falling in Love designer paper -- 1 3/4" x 5 1/4"

Stamp greeting with Versamark -- heat emboss with Copper embossing powder
Stamp cross with VersaMark on Very Vanilla -- heat emboss with Copper embossing powder
Cut out with Layering Ovals Framelits
Cut out scallop oval from Copper Foil Sheet
Color in cross with Soft Suede Marker
Add Clear Wink of Stella to the draped cloth

This card made me stop for remember why we celebrate Easter.
I hope you will give it a try.


High Tide Coasters

I love making gift items -- do you?
At my High Tide Class we stamped on cork coasters.
It was so much fun -- the ladies were all thrilled with
their finished project and were ready to go home
and stamp a bunch more for gifts.
Coasters
Aren't they awesome -- very simple to make though.

I found cork coasters at a kitchen store in a mall -- Kitchen Collections.
I did a little Amazon search and found these which I believe are similar.
Amazon Cork Coasters

Tips:
I used Archival Basic Grey ink -- you could also use Archival Black.
Don't use Stazon with the Photopolymer stamps!

I stamped the lighthouse and then added the sand and a few patches of grass.
You could also add some sea gulls if you wanted to.

I did spray the coasters with an Acrylic Sealer to help seal the ink.
These coasters are not completely water proof -- the sealer helps
but you do want to avoid a lot of water dripping on them.

Give it a try -- you will be amazed at how easy they are to make.


High Tide Fun!!!

Last night was my Stamp of the Month Class.
This month we used the High Tide stamp set.
This is a MUST have stamp set -- oh my gosh is was so much
fun to work with.  I felt like an artist -- though I had lots of
Pinterest inspiration when designing the projects.

Check out the fun these ladies are having -- a bit of concentration
and direction giving going on.
Stampers
Stampers 2
They're working so hard on the third project of the night.
We did two cards and two 3-D items.
Here is the first card -- I let them get warmed up a bit.
High Tide Hope
Kind of soft and mellow and very heart felt.

Card Tips:
1.  Lighthouse -- I started by stamping the fuller image of the lighthouse (3 section piece) with Night of Navy ink
2.  I stamped the second light house image over the first -- inked with Night of Navy and stamped off then stamped on the card
3.  Stamp sand with Crumb Cake -- I love how this stamp fits around the lighthouse base
4. Stamp birds with Smoky Slate
5.  Stamp words with Night of Navy

Everyone loved this simply but meaningful card -- then we started moving up to harder projects.  Come back tomorrow to see what we made next.

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