More Masculine Birthday Wishes


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.




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:


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.


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.



Best of Sale-a-Bration


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.

Best of Sale a bration


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:


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.

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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. 

PPA 12-11

The Color Challenge gave me the inspiration for this card:


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…


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?