Hand Made Cards

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
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.
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

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 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.


Oh my goodness, I almost forgot to mention -- there are only 9 days left of Sale-a-Bration AND Stampin' Up! just added 7 NEW items for you to choose from.  I love surprises. 
Do you love designer papers -- you have some great choices to choose FREE with a $50 order.
Check out these new items -- I love it!!!

Spring Flower for Easter

Yesterday was the first day of Spring so I thought this card would be perfect to share.
The Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies are the featured product and to me this is a must have item.
I also used the coordinating That's the Tag stamp set -- purchase both items together in a bundle and save 10% -- I love a sale, don't you.
Timeless Tags Easter
Card Tips:
I started with my favorite spring color -- Sweet Sugarplum (I know, I never thought I would say this was a favorite color but I am loving it for spring).
I added Whisper White and Basic Black accent colors.
1.  Emboss Sweet Sugarplum layer with Elegant Dots embossing folder
2.  Cut out flower tag from Black cardstock
3.  Cut out two Whisper White plain oval tags -- I adhered these together with the hole at opposite ends so the hole didn't show as much
4.  Adhere the black tag to the white tags -- I sponged Multipurpose Glue ("green" glue) on the back of the black tag to adhere to the white tags
5.  Color flower as pictured with markers -- Pear Pizzazz and Sweet Sugarplum
I added a little Clear Wink of Stella to the flower center
6.  I stamped the label from That's the Tag stamp set with Memento ink and added
Happy Easter (Teeny Tiny Wishes) with Pear Pizzazz ink
I colored the little flowers with the markers

Such a stunning card without a lot of work.


Make a Medallion

Make a Medallion is wonderful stamp set that is
so fun to use.  It's a two step stamp and I used the
Bermuda Bay and Tip Top Taupe color combo for this card.
I love how it turned out and I added a few fun embellishments
from the Occasions Catalog.
Make a Medallion
Card Tips:
1. Softly Falling embossing folder on the Bermuda Bay cardstock
2.  Stamp Bermuda Bay stamp first
3.  Stamp Tip Top Taupe stamp next
4. Cut medallion out with layering circles framelits
5.  Cut out Tip Top Taupe scallop circle for center
6.  Cut out circle of glimmer paper (Sale-a-Bration item -- sold out)
7.  Add Falling in Love embellishment with Glue Dots
8.  Attach medallion to Vanilla side of Lace Doily with dimensionals
9.  Wrap 1/4" Vanilla Satin Ribbon over Bermuda Bay layer -- attach to back with Glue Dots
a.  Slip second piece of ribbon under ribbon and tie a knot

10.  Attach doily to Bermuda Bay layer with dimensionals over ribbon
11.  Stamp Thanks or Friend on Sahara Sand scrap with Tip Top Taupe ink -- punch out with Classic Label Punch -- attach to card front with dimensionals

Reminder that you can choose the Make a Medallion stamp set FREE with a $50 order through March 31st -- only 11 days left.  Don't miss out on this great stamp set!!


Stampin' Sisters Retreat Farewell

Stampin' Sisters Retreat is over until next year.
I wanted to share a few final quick pictures.
These are just a few of the fabulous swap cards that were made this year.
The ladies did an outstanding job -- do you agree?
Dragonfly Dream
Dragonfly Dreams -- this is a favorite Occasions Catalog stamp set.

Love the outdoorsy look of this fox card.
Hey Chick
This Hey Chick just cracks me up.
Moon Baby
I love this stamp set -- I had to have it but haven't used it yet -- must get it inked up.

And finally our farewell picture of everyone waving good bye.
Bye  Bye Retreat
Until next year ladies -- I can't wait to see you all again.


Stampin' Sisters Project 8 -- Window Box Cards

Oh my, we are on the final project from our Stampin' Sisters Retreat -- so sad....
I think this was my favorite project.
I love the white on white or vanilla on vanilla look and we added a bit of silver and gold.
Such an elegant project and what a great gift this would be.
I love the soft look of this birthday card -- the little dots and hearts and the tiny cupcakes with the greeting -- so cute.
I love this candle cut out -- so simple but looks great.  The ribbon is a FREE Sale-a-Bration item (you can choose this with a $50 order)
Aren't these little flower cutouts adorable?
Now on to come Very Vanilla and Gold cards.
I like this cutout -- we use the same framelit to cut two times -- one each direction.

Fun, fun, fun!!!  We stamped the flower image four times with Tip, Top Taupe ink and layered on Gold Foil squares
And finally the very elegant floral cutout -- love it.
Then we created a cute box to put all the cards into.
We used the floral cutout for the front of the box
I love the coordinated look with this project -- simple but elegant.

I'll share a few final farewell pictures tomorrow and then life moves away from Stampin' Sisters Retreat until next year.