Party Hearty

Let’s take a look at two more masculine cards we will be creating at the Mostly Male Stamp Camp on March 4th and 5th.

Party HeartyLet’s all Party Hearty!  I’ve chosen this set for our manly showcase of cards.  The color scheme used here was Bravo Burgundy, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.  I rubbed the burgundy ink pad over my texture plate several times before running it through the Big Shot with the Crumb Cake cs.  Can you see how the burgundy ink brings out the crevices in the paper?  We will use 6 brads on this care – 1 antique or round brad through the center of the “b” and 5 on top of the party hats. 

This card uses new 3 and 3 1/2 circle dies found in the new Occasions Mini Catalog.  Let’s look at the same card using the scallop circle die

Scallop 1 I’ve cut 2 scallop circles, 1 Very Vanilla and 1 Bravo Burgundy, and sponged the scallop edges in burgundy.  Both cards use the wide Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon tied with copper cording or linen thread.  The extra-large espresso photo corner helps balance the card by drawing the eye from the large “b-brad” on the right to the left hand corner.   You can choose either the circle or scallop dies when you craft your card!






Nature Silhouettes is another very masculine stamp set.  We will be wet embossing this set in order to see these silhouettes jump out against the plain background..Elk best

Debbie’s color scheme for Nature Silhouettes is Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler and Pumpkin Pie.  Use of the Red Riding Hood 1 1/4” striped grosgrain softens the card  and ties the colors together.  Two Night of Navy brads in the right hand cord also carry the color thru.  If you are making your card for someone who prefers wolves, you can make the alternate card web embossing the wolf instead of the elk

Wolf even better

There is one more card to view and it will be published tomorrow – so remember to check back.  And don’t forget – our Mostly Male Stamp Camp is March 4th and 5th – 4 cards, lots of fun and camaraderie for $10.  If possible, let me know if you plan on attending – 630-759-3089 or  Talk to you tomorrow!

New Things

I can’t believe February is almost over!  However, I can’t wait for spring to arrive – green trees, flowers, grass, warmth!!!  As I have mentioned so many times, I hate winter! 

I wanted to share a few new things.  First – there is now lots of light in my craft room.  Son Brian, the electrician, and my husband installed these wonderful lights.  It is so much easier now to tell Real Red from Red Riding Hood!  Thank  you Brian and Norb!


Now in order to install the lights, we had to clean off the work desks in the craft room.  As you will probably never see this again, BEHOLD:


IMG00231-20110221-1615And for those of you who never wandered back to see my new floor, we’ve included a picture here.  This is much easier to clean than the carpet that had been in this room for years.  Many thanks to all my kids and my Mother for this wonderful Christmas present ,and to son Russ and son-in-law Bill for the installation.  It pays to have talented children!

Now, for some other new things – name stamps.  As you know, the theme for our March Stamp Camp is Mostly Male – A stamp camp dedicated to making manly greetingsMy first card is entitled simply Masculine Birthday and I’ve used 2 new stamps – one on each version of the card.

Airplane 3Several of you have asked to work with the metal sheeting that I have used on cards in the past that have been posted to this blog.  This masculine card uses metal sheeting sized to 4 X 2 3/4”  on the bottom and Basic Gray cs on the top.  I stamped the plane from my new set Plane and Simple (new Occasions Mini Catalog) in Basic Black on Whisper White, cut it out, and used Stampin’ Dimensionals for that “jumping off the page” effect.  I ran the metal sheeting through the Big Shot with the Square lattice embossing folder.  I punched out the cogs using my new Cogs punch.   The small red cog gives just a touch of color to this manly card.

Owl 2

This second version of Masculine Birthday is very similar to the first version, but here, we use the owl from my free set Punch Bunch.  This is one of the free sets you can receive by purchasing $50 in Stampin’ Up merchandise.  I stamped the own in black on Whisper White and punched him out with the Two-step Owl Punch.  Instead of adding a red cog, I punched out a red vest for Mr. Owl to add that touch of color.  On both cards, I ran a piece of 5/8” grosgrain ribbon across the joining point of the metal sheeting and the Basic Gray cs.  This is definitely a manly card!


Check in tomorrow to preview more masculine cards for our Mostly Male Stamp Camp which will be held on Friday March 4th from 3 – 9 PM and Saturday March 5th from 9 AM – 4 PM.  We will be crafting 4 masculine cards this month.  Debbie is going to teach us the mirror image technique and we are also going to do wet embossing.  We’re using the wide 1 1/4” striped grosgrain ribbon on two of the cards – I love this wide ribbon – and we will also be using multiple brads on our Party Hearty card.  The cost for the March camp will be $10.00.  If you can, let me know if you will be attending so we have plenty of card stock cut.  See you tomorrow with more cards,,,,

Be Still My Heart – more Stamp Camp projects

Are you enjoying the sound of the wind whipping around?  I’ve shut all the blinds so I can’t see the snow as it swirls and twirls through the yard.  Have I ever mentioned that I hate winter in the Midwest?  While waiting for a conference call to start today at work, many of us were telling tales about our weather.  One woman piped in, “Well, I live in Los Angeles and it’s 75 and sunny!”  Then someone else commented, “How many days of spring do you have in the Midwest – 3?”  Oh well, guess I need to just wait until those 3 spring days hit!

Silhouette B 2

This is Valentine Silhouette done in Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip, and Whisper White – a bit different from the card we saw yesterday.  The brown tends to bring out the silhouette more.  Debbie feels the bow is too big, but I thought it gave a soft impression.  Each stamper can do what they wish.  I did give this Valentine a bouquet of pearls instead of hearts.  As I did with the other card, I embedded pearls in the center of the flowers of the Vintage Wallpaper embossed background.

Friend Card 1This is our Best Friend Valentine card using the Heart to Heart stamp set.  Debbie used Chocolate Chip, Rich Razzleberry, and Pretty in Pink, as her color combination.  The Swiss Dot embossing folder is used for the Chocolate Chip and Whisper White card stock.  The scallop trim border punch was used here, but the eyelet border punch could also be substituted.  A bit of Rich Razzleberry grosgrain ribbon finished off the card.  This is perfect for a best friend!






Kiss Me 1Some of you may remember the Love You Much stamp set.  I know we used it last year, and possibly the year before that.  This popular set has been around for quite some time.  This card is entitled “KISS ME” and is perfect for your spouse or lover, but hopefully, not both.  I’ve used a Blushing Bride card with Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip card stock, and the Sending Love designer series paper which is on sale at the Clearance Rack for $4.99.  A decorative brad highlights the “O” and hearts replace the flowers that perch from the “V” vase.  Jet Black StazOn was the ink used; I also have dark brown StazOn but it was “juicy” when I tried to use it.  I thought the Pinking Hearts border punch was perfect trim for the Chocolate Chip cs.  A bit of Pretty in Pink satin ribbon layered with Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon carries through the pink/brown color scheme.  Now if the “Kiss Me” card is just too lovey-dovey for you, you can use the heart stamp from the Love You Much stamp set and make the Big Heart card.  Large Heart 2We’ve used the opposite side of the Sending Love designer series paper and reversed the ribbon – Chocolate Chip layered with pink.  This side of the designer paper has some sparkle to it which doesn’t show on this picture.  I did sponge the Very Vanilla background card stock with Early Espresso to bring out the brown coloring.  Tiny pearls and Smooch accessorize the heart.  Big Heart is another card that is perfect for a best friend.   




I hope you can make time to stop by for our Hearts and Flowers (AKA Be Still My Heart) on February 4th and 5th.  The cost is $10 for 5 cards.  Give me a call at 630-759-3089 if you have any questions and remember – March is our “Mostly Male” Stamp Camp.  We will be creating 5 manly greetings – no little flowers or pink ink in March!  More news to come. 

Happy Shoveling and Stay Warm!!!!!