Masculine Birthday

I don’t know about you, but it can be difficult for me to make a masculine card.  Occasionally they pop right out, but generally I have to really think about it.  I have found a stamp set that is a great resource for masculine cards.  The Rooted In Nature set is just perfect in my opinion for rugged, nature, masculine cards.  Today’s card is for my sweet husband’s birthday.  Although I did not put birthday on the front.


Rooted In Nature, 146482


I paired the trees with the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper.  If you saw yesterday’s post, it was using the Nature’s Poem DSP as well.  And it was a totally different look!!

To get the effect I did for the trees, I colored them with the Mossy Meadow and Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Markers.  The center front tree is full strength and the others are repeated without re-inking.   I did do a second re-ink.  You get three stampings with one inking.  The third is very light.  I hope you will play with this technique and let me know what you think of it.

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Treat Yourself Giftcard Holder

I love the cute matchbook type note holders and treat holders.  So I had a thought the other day for a gift card holder made along those lines.  I remembered a card from a few years ago that the bottom was folded up and stapled to look like a matchbook.  After some playing around, this is what I came up with.



Picture Perfect Birthday, 145519


The DSP is one of those sleeper pieces that is a reverse side from the Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I much prefer the brighter colors and this is right up my crazy alley!  The perfect stamp for a gift card holder is this “Treat Yourself” from Picture Perfect Birthday.  And anyone would love the little blow pipes.  A note on the blow pipes:  I “stamped off” first with Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight for the background of each pipe.

My answer to the matchbook bottom for the card was instead of stapling the folded up bottom section, I used Tear & Tape to secure it.  I then decorated with DSP and added a couple of sequins for some bling.  And here is the inside for the gift card.





The bottom of the Whisper White inside piece is folded up to make the pocket for the gift card.  There is room beneath the gift card itself for you to write your well wishes and sign the card.  This did not totally come out as I had envisioned, but that is not really uncommon either! 🙂

I have all of the measurements listed below, along with some directions or suggestions.  I hope you will give this one a try.  It really is quite simple.

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  • The card base is 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 3/4 and 6 1/8
  • The Daffodil Delight is 4 X 4 3/8 and 4 X 5/8
  • The DSP is 3 7/8 X 4 1/4  and 3 7/8 X 1/2
  • The inside White piece is 4 X 5 1/4, scored at 1 on the long side
  • On the base card for the folded up area, place Tear & Tape along the fold, leaving the top part loose.  This allows the top flap to fold under it.
  • On the inside gift card holder, fold on the score line and place Tear & Tape against the outside edge on each side.  This leaves just enough room for the gift card. NOTE:  Place a gift card or business card inside the flap as you are securing the sides.  This ensures there is sufficient room and the gift card will slide in and out fairly easily without stressing the tape.







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Country Home

I have another Country Home stamp set card today.  I really am loving this set.  For today I combined Country Home with Love What You Do stamp set.  I almost named the post Country Pitcher, LOL!  The pitcher reminds me of the old blue metal dishes that were speckled and usually had a tad of rust on them.  Am I dating myself? HaHa.  Anyway, I turned it into a vase.


Stampin' Up!, Country Home, Love What You Do, Frosted Floral, Jackie Beers

Country Home, 147678


Isn’t that Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper just beautiful?  Stampin’ Up! continues to top themselves on the beauty of the DSP.  This pack has each sheet with one side that is either pearly or copper.  It is just “WOW!!

Because I wanted a blue pitcher, I chose to focus on the blue of the DSP.  My base card is Blueberry Bushel.  I have used it before, but when I put it with this DSP it just seemed to brighten.  My coloring is with the Stampin’ Blends.  I love how they seem to blend themselves and do not leave lines.  I am definitely not a great blender!

To finish off the card I knew it needed something but I did not want to cover up the DSP.  So I added the Pearlized Doily.  It sort of blended into the paper, so I backed it with a Blueberry circle.  The sentiment is stamped and backed with Blackberry Bliss.  I added just a single pearl to go with the pearlized paper and doily.

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MEASUREMENTS: (Sorry for the funky 16th of an inch measurements.  I stamped and decided to cut it down and that’s where I ended up!  Oops)

  • Card base is 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2 , folded and burnished
  • Gray layer is 4 1/8 X 5 3/8
  • DSP layer is 4 X 5 1/4
  • Small gray layer is 4 X 1 13/16
  • White layer is 3 7/8 X 1 11/16










Tropical Wreath

I am showcasing two great Stampin’ Up! products today.  The beautiful Designer Series Paper, and the Amazing Stamparatus.  I love, love, love both of these products.  This is a card I shared with my Stamp Club yesterday to show them some special abilities of the Stamparatus.


Stampin' Up!, Stamparatus, Tropical Chic, Colorful Seasons, Jackie Beers

Stamparatus Wreath, 146276




I added the fourth color to my combination to make the flower pop.  I love Blushing Bride, but it is a bit too shy to POP!

This Tropical Chic DSP is one of my favorites.  I love bright colors and this is right up my alley.  The flower from Colorful Seasons seem to be the perfect flower for this card.  It fit perfectly with the size template I had made for the Stamparatus Wreath technique.

Here is a picture of my template. I think it pretty much explains the process to make your own very easily.  Just find the center, line up the die, cut and turn it from square to diamond and cut again.


Wreath Template for Stamparatus

I hope you will give this technique a try.  There are several videos already out there with directions so I did not create one. I would love to see your version if you decide to try it.   I appreciate you stopping by today and hope you will return tomorrow.  All of the supplies I used are listed at the bottom of the page.



  • Base is 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored and folded in hald
  • Spruce layer is 5 3/8 X 4 1/8
  • DSP is 1 X 5 1/4, and 3 X 5 1/4
  • Square Spruce layer is 3 X 3
  • White layer is 2 7/8 X 2 7/8


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Country Road for #GDP150

I came up with the layout for today’s card and had almost completed it when I saw Brian King’s card for the Global Design Project Sketch Challenge this week.  My original card did not have a sentiment on it, but that was an easy fix.


Country Road, 147469


And here is the Sketch I CASED:



I try to make a few masculine cards, even when I do not need one to send out!  It is sort of a challenge for myself.  I love this stamp set and think of it as a flexible stamp set.  I chose to use all of the pieces of the set on this card.

I love stamping and then cutting the pieces up into different shapes.  Sometimes it works wonderfully, and other times not so  much.  My only concession to this one is the offsetting layers as opposed to them being even with each other.  The star in the corner reminds me of the Conch that we used to see on chaps or a hat sometimes.  The curly-cues are the little strip of card stock that was left over.  I used my bone folder to break down the fibers and then peeled the piece into two pieces.  It did cause issues with my photograph.  The little curls wanted to leave a shadow on the card!

Thank you very much for visiting today!  I appreciate it very much.  A little directions are mixed in with the measurements.  All of the supplies are listed at the bottom of the page.



  • 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored and folded in half
  • 5 1/4 X 4
  • 3 X 4 1/4 of White to stamp on.  Then cut into strips of 1, 3/4, and 1 1/4(all are 4 1/4 long)
  • Background for strips are 1 1/8 , 7/8, 1 3/8 (all are 4 3/8 long)









Painted Glass Birthday

I have a very “Light” card for you today.  The colors are soft, yet bright, and the focal point is similar to a stained glass window.  I have become a great fan of the Painted Glass stamp set.  And it just screams for you to use the Stampin’ Blends for the coloring.


Painted Glass, 147461


I love the more subtle shades on the “stained glass”.  Last card I made with this set I went with the more Regal tones.  You can see that card HERE.  For that card I used the Graceful Glass 6X6 Vellum DSP.

On today’s card, I stamped the image using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored it with the Stampin’ Blends in Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie.  I used both shades of each color.  I spent some time debating on color the section that I left white.  Finally I decided it worked best white to lighten up the look.  I then used the 2″ Circle Punch to punch out the round window.  I think it gives it a totally different look.




I carefully chose a sentiment that easily fit in the upper corner of the Whisper White layer.  I did not want the DSP to fold back too far.  This Happy Birthday has been a “Go To” sentiment for me.  It is from the Southern Serenade stamp set.  I love the font of the greeting.

The Pearlized Doily was a perfect fit, and an unexpected background for the stained glass.  I was very pleased with the outcome of my color matching today.  I would not have considered pairing Grapefruit Grove with Pumpkin Pie.  Now I am sold that it is a good pairing.

Probably my favorite part of this card is the Designer Series Paper.  I am a great fan of Stampin’ Up!’s DSP.  I believe most companies no long do Double-sided DSP.  I am SO HAPPY that Stampin’ Up! does because cards like today must have the coordinating and double-sided DSP.

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