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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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)









Watercolor Notecards

It helps if you put the correct date on the scheduled post.  Sorry about that!!

Today I have a one layer card.  That is super unusual for me.  I do love my layers!  But I hope when you see this one, you will consider these great notecards as quick and easy cards to have on hand.  Half of the work is already done for you.  Take a look and then I will explain what is already on the card.


Delightfully Detailed Notecards, 146911



I love how this card turned out!  These notecards are delivered with the watercolor wash look already on them.  They are half in Mint Macaron and half in Blackberry Bliss.  I love the subtle watercolor look which screams for you to just stamp on top of it.  The Blackberry Bliss has a darker background and is maybe even more beautiful.

These notecards would be the perfect way to make and have on hand some quick Thank You type cards, or for a beginner crafter to not have to worry about doing layers.  You get 20 notecards and envelopes for $9.50.

I stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede and the tree by coloring with my Stampin’ Write Markers in Shaded Spruce and Soft Suede.  And that is the completed card!  It cannot get much simpler than that.  The stamp set is Rooted In Nature, a wonderful set, especially for more masculine cards.

I also stamped on the envelope to give a little “something special is in here” look to it.  I try to always remember to do that.  It is a leaf from the same set stamped in Mint Macaroon.

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146338 Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper 189 $11.00 $15.00
146284 Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper 189 $11.00 $15.00
146921 Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper 189 $11.00 $15.00
146902 Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper 190 $11.00 $15.00
146897 Best Route Designer Series Paper 190 $11.00 $15.00
146913 Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper 190 $11.00 $15.00
146331 Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper 190 $11.00 $15.00
146289 Garden Impressions 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper 191 $11.00 $15.00
146916 Tropical Escape 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper 191 $11.00 $15.00
144177 Wood Textures 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper 191 $11.00 $15.00






Double Z Fold

One of my favorite parts of card design is the fold. I love any fold that is a tad different.  Today I have a different take on the Z Fold, which is my favorite.  This one is the Double Z Fold.


Stampin' Up!, stampinup, Country Road, Z Fold, Double Z Fold, Jackie Beers

Country Road, 147469


For a country type card, mine is a tad on the bright side.  But I love the look of Crumb Cake, Real Red and the new Blueberry Bushel.  I utilized most of the stamps in the Country Road stamp set.  I discovered  the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch matches the wheel perfectly!  I love those kind of discoveries.

Here is a picture of the open card so you can see the Double Z.



I probably needed a better angle for the photograph, but I believe you can see the strip that is the second Z of the fold.  And did you notice the Happy Birthday sign on the top right?  The “Nail” is a brad.  I LOVE brads, and Stampin’ Up! has brought them back!!  Yippee and Happy Dance!!

Thank you so much for visiting today!  I hope you like different folds as much as I do and will give this one a try.  If you have any questions I would be thrilled to help you out.  All of the supplies I used are listed at the bottom of the page.


  • 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and 6 3/8
  • 8 1/2 X 1, scored at 4 1/4 and 6 3/8



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You Are Wonderful

Wasn’t yesterday’s Blog Hop wonderful?  There is always a great variety of stamps, colors, and embellishments.  Today I have used the same stamp set as yesterday. I am on a more masculine streak it seems.  Today’s card would be perfect or Father’s Day.


Rooted In Nature, 148353


I made yesterday’s card over a week ago, and as I was writing this post realized how very alike these two cards are.  I am not sure if that is good or bad!!

This card is quite a lot of green.  I used he Handwritten stamp as the background and stamped in Soft Sea Foam.  The sentiment is stamped in Mossy Meadow.  I used Stampin’ Write Markers in the Mossy Meadow and Soft Suede for the tree.  The leaves/branches are Old Olive both full strength and stamped off.

To give the sentiment layer some depth without trying to cut and piece the punch to create a background, I have a very easy method I use.  I simply run my Stampin’ Write Marker around the edge of the punched piece a time or two.  My holding the marker almost flat, I touch the fatter part of the large tip end on the edge of the cardstock.  Give it a try, I believe you will like the result.

Thank you very much for hopping yesterday and for coming back today.  I promise to use a different stamp set tomorrow! LOL…   All of the supplies I used are listed at the bottom of the page.



It is still a great time to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  I would love to have you join my team.  A great perk for demonstrators this time of year is getting to see the new catalog first.  Then we get to order and play with the new products a month early.  For me, that is one of the best parts of being a SU Demonstrator.  Of course, the discount helps!  If you are interested, please contact me and let’s talk.





Masculine Birthday for Pals Blog Hop June 2018



Welcome to the Pals June, 2018 Blog Hop. This month we’re going to Pick a “B”. Projects for Babies, Birthdays or Brides, that is. Be on the look out for creations using new products from Stampin’ Up!

You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

For today’s Hop, I chose to do a Masculine Birthday.  I send more Birthday cards than any other and sometimes masculine ones are just really difficult to get the right look I believe.  Well, now that is a little easier!  There are a couple of stamp sets in this new SU catalog that are great for anyone, but especially for creating masculine cards. The Rooted In Nature set and bundle is one of those.  Here is the card I made.


Stampin' Up!, Rooted In Nature, Handwritten, Timeless Texture, Sunshine Sayings, Jackie Beers

Rooted In Nature Bundle, 148353

There is quite a lot of background design going on.  It seems more in the photo than in person, LOL!!!  I was going for a bit of vintage/rustic look. Did you catch my innuendo on the card?  The slice of tree with the rings showing which means the age of the tree and then the sentiment “One More Year”.  Okay, sometimes I am not as humorous as I think I am  🙂

I did use a great little trick on the sentiment though.  The full sentiment is “On one more year” from the Sunshine Sayings , which is a builder type word set.  I used masking tape to cover the “ON” while I was inking and then removed it and stamped to get only the wording I wanted.

I will say that this is the first time in ages that I have torn and sponged the edges of the paper.  I remember why I like that look and added texture it gives.  This was my first time using the Shaded Spruce color from the revamp.  I have to say that I love it.  It is a deep, but bright, green.

Thank you so much for visiting my page on the Blog Hop.  I greatly appreciate it.  All of the supplies I used are listed at the bottom of the page.

Now it’s time to use the Blog Hop Line-up below to see which “B” the rest of my Pals are using. Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations.

Mark your calendars for July 11, 2018 for our annual Pattern Party featuring projects using favorite Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Papers and coordinating embellishments.. Don’t miss it!


Blog Hop  Line-up:

    1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
    2. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
    3. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
    4. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
    5. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
    6. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
    7. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
    8. Su Mohr at AromasAndArt
    9. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
    10. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
    11. Nina King at Ink Paper Sequins
    12. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
    13. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
    14. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
    15. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
    16. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
    17. Leah O’Brien at Stamping By The Bay
    18. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
    19. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
    20. Terri George at Stamp Me Crafty




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