Soaring High

I have a difficult time making cards for men.  Especially ones that are not so young.  (Isn’t that a nice way of phrasing the age?)  One stamp set that is perfect for this age group, or anyone who loves flight, is the Soar Confidently stamp set from the Mini Catalog.




The Well Suited Designer Series Paper has been a “Go To” for masculine cards.  I love the simple patterns and the surprise of the Poppy Parade in some of the sheets.   To frame the airplane I used three different sheets of the DSP.  The touch of Poppy Parade peeking out behind the Navy layer is the same as the top layer of DSP.  My thought with these layers was similar to multiple mats in the framing of a picture.


Let It Shine

For the airplane, I stamped it in Night of Navy Ink and did nothing else.  I love the extreme details in the drawing of this stamp.  It has all it needs simply with the stamped image.

To add the finishing touch, I used the tag from the Hydrangea Haven Bundle.  It is the perfect size for a small sentiment.  The “for you” is from the Hydrangea Hill stamp set.  To add the tag, I used the Navy Twine from the Well Suited Twine Combo.  A simple little bow was the finishing touch.

Thank you very much for stopping by here today.  I hope you enjoyed this simple card.  The layers may appear more difficult, but it is definitely not!  A few layers of paper and a stamp is all you need.


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Pocket Card

I have another Fun Fold to show you today.  It is one that I have done a few times, or at least it is the same beginning to previous ones.  This one I kept very simple.  It is a Pocket Card that could also be used as an Invitation.  The time for needing these is almost upon us.  At least I hope most can begin having showers, graduation, and other special occasion parties now.



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The High Tide stamp set is such a great one to use for quick and easy cards.  Or it can be layered and become more advanced.  I stuck with quick and simple for this card.

All of the stamps on the pull out card are included in the stamp set.  The lighthouse is a 2 step stamp.  However I chose to just do the base layer without the detailed stamp.  Letting the Light shine, 🙂 , was my idea as it pairs so perfectly with the sentiment.  Was that too corny????

The Happy Birthday is from the Happy Thoughts stamp set.  I love the mixed font and especially the beautiful script of the Birthday!  To go along with my quick and simple card, I used two punches for the focal sentiment layers.  Punches are my go to when I need a quick card.  The stamped sentiment is cut with the Tailored Tag Punch.  The background is the Label Me Lovely Punch.  They fit very well together.

The DSP beneath the sentiment was chosen to go along with the Smoky Slate cardstock.  I think it looks sort of stormy!  It is from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper.  I am thrilled that paper is carrying over to the next Annual Catalog!  It has a little bit of everything needed for backgrounds.

Inside Card

How To Create

To make the card base I began with a strip of Daffodil Delight Cardstock cut 4 1/4 X 11.  It is scored at 5 1/2 and then 3″ is cut off of one end.  My previous cards made similar to this, I would only cut off 1″ and then fold that end over to create a gift card pocket.  So that is an option for you to try.  If you take that option however it is not able to be a pocket card.

Adhere the Smoky Slate cardstock (cut 4 X 5 1/4) to the back panel.  Lay the stamped white piece (3 1/2 X 5) in place to give the bulk to make ease of pulling out.  Same as you do for a gift card holder.  Place Tear & Tape on each side of the small front panel and press down.

Add the DSP (2 1/4 X 4) to the front of the small panel.  The rope is another great product, the Braided Linen Trim.  To make it easy on myself, I add a small piece of Tear & Tape in the center of the small panel  where the sentiment will be placed.  Lay one end of the ribbon down and wrap it around the back of the card and back to the front.  Adhere the other end.  Cut a piece approximately 4 ” and double it.  We are making an upside down bookmark pull.  Start the looped end from the top and run under the rope.  Pull the loose ends through and flatten out, being careful not to pull loose your ribbon ends from the tape.

The finishing touch is simply adding the layered sentiment.  I used adhesive putting the two pieces together.  Then add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back one to adhere to the panel.  You have a cute card and the area you would write on is covered down inside the pocket.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed the Pocket Card and will give it a try.  It can be a Beginning Stamper card or an Advanced if you prefer adding more stamping and details.

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World Double Fold

If you follow my blog, and I hope you do!!, then you know how much I love different folds.  I have a couple of new ones to share this week.  I had a doctor’s appointment last week and forgot my book.  So I spent quite a while looking at Pinterest and seeing different ideas to CASE.  I generally case layouts and folds, but as stampers we are always getting ideas from different places and things.  Today’s Fun Fold is a Case of fellow Demonstrato Patty Bennett.  She actually shared her version of this card last Tuesday.



For my version of the Fun Fold, I used the Beautiful World Bundle, and paired it with the World of Good Designer Series Paper.  The left side of the front is a new Sneak Peek DSP it is the Classic Christmas Designer Series Paper.  It paired perfectly with the other DSP.

Actually the Classic Christmas DSP is part of a bundle of products that will be available for purchase in November.

Here is another view of the Fun Fold.


I love how this fold allows the continuity of this gorgeous DSP.  It would work with any paper, but a pattern, that is cut correctly, really looks great.  And it is simple to cut once you see the card.  I chose the map and the simple black globe from the Beautiful World for a clean and masculine look.  The globe layer is a Crumb Cake layer cut using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.

Here is a totally opened up view.

There is not a lot of room to write your note, but I believe it is adequate.  This sentiment seems just perfect for the narrow piece of Whisper White.

Here are the measurements for the card and the cutting.

  • Base of card is 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 1 1/2 and 4 1/4
  • Fold and burnish all of the score lines.  The short fold, folds backwards onto the front.
  • Cut the DSP to the proper orientation. In this case to landscape (sideways) and cut to 6″.
  • Then cut the height to 5 1/4.
  • Now place back in landscape mode and cut at 2 3/4, and 1 1/8.  This leaves the last piece at 2 1/8.  All are 5 1/4 high.
  • Look at the closed photo.  You  will see that the front DSP goes from the small folded flap over to the right edge of the card.  It does not just fit on that narrow flap.
  • Adhere the pieces beginning with the 2 3/4.  Open the card and adhere the 1 1/8 on the right side of the center section.  Adhere the last piece to the left side of the back section.
  • The Whisper White layer with the sentiment is 1 7/8 X 5 1/4.
  • I added the front left DSP because my focal layer was the same as the base layer.  It is the Classic Christmas DSP and is cut 2 1/2 X 5 1/4


Thank you for visiting today.  I hope you enjoyed this new fun fold and will do a CASE yourself.



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Winter Woods

I have a woodsy, masculine card to share today.  Yesterday was our 40th Anniversary!  Wow!  When you are first married, you never think of reaching a large number.  Anyway, I have been playing with the Skinny Cards and that is what I made.


Stampin' Up!, Winter Woods, Tasteful Touches, Jackie Beers


This card does not scream romance!!  But my husband likes peace and quiet.  So that was where I was going with my idea.  That said, this card would work for a lot of people in your life.

The background is sponged using Old Olive and Balmy Blue Inks.  I stamped the Winter Woods trees in Soft Suede.  They are a group of trees. So I started with the ones to the left of center, then added a couple further left, and finally the ones to the right.  I did use the little grass stamp to define them and give some texture to the ground.

The sentiment is from Tasteful Touches stamp set.  I added the 2020-2022 In Color Dots in Cinnamon Cider for a highlight.  The ribbon is the Faux Suede Trim.  This is the first time I have used it and I Love it!!!  It is soft and very easy to work with.

Here are the measurements for today’s card:

  • base is 7 1/2 X 8 3/4, scored at 3 3/4
  • layer is 3 1/2 X 8 1/2
  • white is 3 1/4 X 8 1/4
  • sentiment base is 3 3/4 X 1 1/2
  • sentiment is 3 1/2 X 1 1/4


Thank you for stopping in today.  I hope you had an enjoyable weekend and ready for a week of new projects.


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Granny Apple Green card pack contents
8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ (21.6 x 14 cm) Granny Apple Green Cardstock
3″x 4″ (7.6 x 10.2 cm) Bermuda Bay Cardstock
3″x 4″ (7.6 x 10.2 cm) Coastal Cabana Cardstock
3/4″x 4″ (1.9 x 10.2 cm) Daffodil Delight Cardstock
5-3/4″ x 4-3/8″ (14.6 x 11.1 cm) Whisper White Envelope

Coastal Cabana card pack contents
2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ (5.7 x 8.9 cm) Whisper White Cardstock
2-3/4″ x 4″ (7 x 10.2 cm) Daffodil Delight Cardstock
3″ x 4″ (7.6 x 10.2 cm) Bermuda Bay Cardstock
8-1/2 x 5-1/2″ (21.6 x 14 cm) Coastal Cabana Cardstock
5-3/4″ x 4-3/8″ (14.6 x 11.1 cm) Whisper White Envelope





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Masculine Nature

The card I am sharing with you today is very nature / rough / woody and fairly masculine.  It started out as an idea from a sketch I saw.  And as happens fairly often, it became totally different than intended.  I like it anyway.



All of the stamped elements are fromthe Rooted In Nature stamp set.  I also used the matching dies for the leaves.  The background DSP is from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper.  All of those sheets are gorgeous and are either stone or wood.

The sentiment is from the stamp set and is the three wordings one above the other.  I stamped them and then cut them out with my paper snips.  To give them more oomph I layered them on a piece of Cajun Craze card stock and then fussy cut again.  These are great for fussy cutting because they are simply straight lines, and not very long either.

Thank you for stopping in today.  This card was a bit different than my normal, but that can be a good thing!



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Be Happy


I am playing along with a sketch challenge today.  In looking through my stamp sets for the one to use, I ran across one that I have not used in quite a while.  It is carrying over to the new catalog so I did not feel too bad for having snubbed it lately.



Yes the stamp set is Rooted In Nature, and it has the matching dies of Nature’s Roots.  This is for the Case This Sketch challenge #374.  It is a Retro Challenge, so the sketch has a different number on it. And here is the sketch.


I really think this is a great sketch.  It leaves a lot to the imagination.  The background could be very busy or very clean.  I went with the clean look.  And that is very different for me!

I used two of the new 2020-2022 In Colors, Cinnamon Cider is the card base, and Bumble Bee is the background layer.  I embossed the background using the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.  I love the little bit of definition that folder gives.

The tree is from the stamp set.  I colored it using my Shaded Spruce and Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Markers.  Markers are the must have for coloring directly onto the rubber.  The tree is cut out using the matching die.

The sentiment is one solid sentiment from the stamp set as well.  It is stacked on top of each other and I wanted to spread them out to give more focus on the sentiment.  So I used my sharp Paper Snips and cut each word out and then glued them down.

The embellishments are from the 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots.  You know how much I LOVE and use little embellishments like this!  I chose to go with the Cinnamon Cider ones here.

I hope you will give this sketch a try as well.  I could do another one that would totally different.

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you have a good Monday!


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