More Masculine Birthday Wishes

12-22-2013

There are so many great cards for the women in our lives – flowers, ribbon and bling are often part of these cards.  So when I see a card that can be tweaked for a masculine card I Pin-It on Pinterest. This card was inspired by a card by Paula Dobson.

Night of Navy is the base of this standard A2 card.  Then I embossed the front of the card using the Stylish Stripes Textured Embossing Folder from the holiday catalog*.  I cut a piece of Whisper White card stock 3-3/4" x 5" and placed a light pencil line about 1-3/4" from the top.  Then I stamped the sentiment from the Four You Stamp Set.  Next using the numbers from the Memorable Moments Stamp Set I randomly stamped numbers in the following colors –  More Mustard, Night of Navy, Gumball Green, and Pumpkin Pie.  I covered my pencil line with Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon.  The Whisper White card stock was then adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals to add more depth to the card.

I love how this turned out. Where do you get your ideas for masculine cards?

*Remember items in the holiday catalog are only available through the end of the December! If you have been holding off purchasing something you only have a few more days.

Cheers,

Michelle

 

Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge #184

Happy Thursday!  I am so excited because I am officially on vacation for two weeks!!!!  It has been a long time since I took two weeks off of work.  I have a tough time taking two days off on the weekend.  So this is a much needed break for me and my entire family.

Here is the sketch for this week's PPA Sketch Challenge challenge:

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Confession – I am not good at creating these diagonals.  I tried and started ruining some of my favorite NEW Deisgner Series Paper.  So I took creative liberty with this sketch. I put my center rectangle on the diagonal and used the chevron pattern to create illustrate the movement of the sketch.

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I did use the new Watercolor DSP from the Occasions Catalog as well as a new stamp set/framelit bundle called Starburst Sayings with the coordinating Starburst Framelits.  I am a push over for Framelits.  I purchase the bundles whenever they are available. 

As I have mentioned previously we are traveling for the holiday – not to visit family but to take a vacation.  We decided as a family to create memories rather than get more things.  We leave this evening for Paris!  Our sons have never been abroad so they are over the top excited.  I have set up some posts for you to enjoy and I may even post while on the trip.

Cheers,

Michelle

Best of Sale-a-Bration

12-16-2013

When I saw the Best of Sale-a-Bration stamp set I fell in love with these two images – the flower and Bliss.  I could not wait to get it.

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Last week I received my order with items from the new Occasions catalog. (Demonstrators get a pre-order period before the items are available to customers.  This is one of my favorite perks of being a demonstrator!) It was in this order that I received the Best of Sale-a-Bration stamp set and the new Watercolor Washi Tape I used on this card. Woo Hoo!

Using the Gold Metallic Encore Pad I stamped the flower and the sentiment. The photo cannot display  how crisp the gold looks against the white card stock. Stunning!!! Here is a close-up of the flowers:

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There are so many great projects, papers, stamp sets and accessories in the new Occasions catalog. Orders open to customers on January 3rd!   I will be showcasing items from the new catalog the next couple of weeks.

If you enjoy my blog please tell others about it.  And of course I love to hear from you!

Cheers,

Michelle

 

Hello Lovely for Pals Paper Arts

Last Thursday I had a card ready to post for the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge and when I went on the website I saw that one of the resident designers made a card very similar to my card.  While great minds think alike, I really did not want to post a card so close in style to one of the designers. Unfortunately, I have not had the time to make another card until today. 

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The Color Challenge gave me the inspiration for this card:

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A quick and easy card for this week's challenge.  Using my BigShot and the Top Note Bigz die, I created the background with Rose Red card stock.  Then I cut a 2" x 4" piece of Wild Wasabi DSP and created a tag with my new Scallop Tag Topper punch from the new Occasions Catalog (available for ordering on January 3rd!).  Making tags with this punch is a cinch!  Then I stamped the sentiment from the the Hello Lovely stamp set in Rose Red, trimmed it and added to the tag with Stampin' Dimensionals.  A little ribbon gave the card its finishing touch.   

So here is my original card and you can see how it resembles the card by Ginger Toivonen…

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Isn't it funny how that happened!  Now I have two great cards with this color palette.  This card was made with a new stamp set called Another Great Year available in the new Occasions Catalog as well.

I hope your holiday activities have been fun and enjoyable.  We are traveling for the holiday which we have never done, and it is adding to an already hectic pace.  I am feeling like I am running out of time to get everything done.  Then again, I somehow always seem to get it all done.  I make lists and enjoying checking off what I accomplished.  How do you get everything done this time of year?

Cheers,

Michelle