Tag Archives: Masculine card

Happy Celebrations

We had lots to celebrate last week!  Two birthdays and Easter!!!  Not only did my daughter have her birthday, but so did her boyfriend that she’s been dating for almost a year.  He’s a great kid that we’ve really enjoyed getting to know. For his birthday card, I used the new Happy Celebrations stamp set and coordinating Celebrations Duo embossing folder.  I again got my inspiration from a card on… Read More »

Happy Celebrations

I have a great stamp set to share with you today.  It’s perfect for masculine cards, something I struggle with.  But not any longer, because now I’m flooded with great ideas!!! This stamp set coordinates with the Celebrations Duo Textured Impression Embossing Folders: one that says “HAPPY” and another that says “Celebrate.”  You can see a subtle impression of the HAPPY in the background of my card below. I stamped the… Read More »

Keep It Simple

Last week, I participated in a card challenge to design a simple birthday card, and then duplicate it twice.  No problem, right? Well, maybe a problem for me.  I rarely make simple cards.  I always feel like I need to add detailed watercoloring, or something to make the card look like I spent time and effort.  But, I also realize that’s not always practical.  In fact, I have a bunch of guy… Read More »

Challenging Myself

First off, I want to give a big shout out to my mom who’s celebrating her birthday today!  Happy Birthday Mom and I love you!!!! Now on to my card.  Last week, there was an amazing Artisan Blog Hop featuring the Sent With Love stamp set and Love Notes Framelits.  If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you might have noticed that I really like that bundle of products and… Read More »

Mountain Adventure

For Christmas, I always give my nephews money.  (It’s what they want!) Since I don’t put much effort into their gifts, I like to put a little extra effort into their cards.  This year, I decided to use the Mountain Adventure stamp set.  It’s perfect!  As a family, we frequently gather in Mammoth Lakes for the holidays, so I think this stamp set will make my nephews think of the… Read More »

Bear Happy Birthday

One of my husband’s best friends is about to turn 60!  (Yikes, I can’t believe we’re all approaching another big milestone!)  They’ve been friends since grammar school and have enjoyed lots of skiing and hiking trips in the back country of the Sierra. Meanwhile last weekend, we happened to be wine tasting in Lodi with my mom (which was so fun), and my husband discovered this great bottle of red… Read More »

Get Better Soon!

Last week, my daughter’s boyfriend had knee surgery:(  Poor guy!  He hurt it playing football for Delta College. Shannon is currently in Southern California attending Loyola Marymont University, so she couldn’t be with him and was feeling really bad.  She wanted to do something special to make him feel better.  So, we talked … she knew she couldn’t take off school to travel home, so she decided to buy his Christmas… Read More »

Fall Anniversary

Last week was our 26th wedding anniversary!  When I think back on the day we were married, it was a crisp Fall day in Yosemite National Park.  The scenery was gorgeous, and it was especially beautiful because of the Fall colors. For my husband’s card this year, I decided to re-create that memory using the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  This is one of my all-time favorite stamp sets.  I used it… Read More »

Special Offers/Special Birthday

It’s week two of Stampin’ Up!’s September Special Offers!  Selected items are 25% off!!!  Get them while you can.  Also, be sure to check back on September 15th for more special offers. Here are links to my online store for each item.  (The reduced price will appear at checkout.) Sprinkles Punch $18.00 Cupcake Cutouts Framelits Dies $27.00 Very Vanilla 1/2″ (1.3 Cm) Lace Trim $7.00 Gold Binder Clips $7.00 Fabulous… Read More »

Gorgeous Serene Scenery

The Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack is one of my favorite products.  The papers are unique and gorgeous, and they make incredible backgrounds for cards.  On top of that, you can purchase the whole stack of 48 sheets (4 each of 12 double-sided 6″ x 6″ designs) for only $10. I used one of those gorgeous papers for the background of this card.  I have to admit that I saw… Read More »

More Paper Pumpkin

Today, I have two more alternative Paper Pumpkin cards to share with you.  I have to admit that I had a lot of fun designing cards with this month’s kit called Many Manly Occasions.  I absolutely adore the laser cut card bases that came in the kit!  They are so beautiful, and it was so fun to think of different items to layer behind them. For my first project, I… Read More »

Weekly News / Paper Pumpkin

Weekly News: Everyone’s excited about the new Annual Catalog!  There are so many great new products.  You’re just going to love it.  Contact me to receive your copy, and start ordering on June 1, 2016. Also, be sure to check out the Clearance Rack at my online store.  Items are up to 60% off while supplies last!   Many Manly Occasions – May Paper Pumpkin: This month’s Paper Pumpkin is… Read More »

May Paper Pumpkin!

It’s Paper Pumpkin time!  I got my surprise red box in the mail last week, and I spent Sunday making six cards.  Over the course of the next week, I’ll share them all. First, let me show you the contents of the box.  This month, Paper Pumpkin subscribers received the Many Manly Occasions Kit, including supplies to make eight masculine themed cards including Father’s Day and birthdays.  The kit included… Read More »

How To Sponge a Scene

A dear friend of ours recently lost his life partner.  He worked with me for many years in the Internal Audit Department of Washington Mutual Bank and then later became a client of my husbands.  Since then, he moved to Texas, but we’ve kept in touch over the years, and my husband still does his taxes every year.  We were so sad to learn that his partner had passed away.… Read More »

Weekly News

It’s a new week and I have lots of fun things to share with you today.  First off, I have a sneak peak of the amazing tutorials that I sent off to all my Paper Pumpkin subscribers last week.  This month’s document included 11 individual tutorials for alternative projects to make with the February Paper Pumpkin Kit.  One of the projects did not require any additional supplies.  The exclusive projects… Read More »

Picture Perfect Seashore

Today, I’m making another get well card for one of my brothers-in-law.  It hasn’t been a good month for two out of three of them:( I wanted to make a cheerful and heartfelt card.  So, I broke out two new stamp sets and went with a beach scene.  I was inspired by a card made by Michelle Zindorf (one of my favorite demonstrators/designers.)  She recently combined the Picture Perfect and… Read More »

Sponging & Shading

You can do a lot with a plain piece of white cardstock.  It is truly amazing!  Who needs lots of layers and fancy embellishments?  Well, actually I tend to LOVE both, but you don’t always need to add them to make an amazing card.  Case in point, how about this simple card?  I created the main section on piece of white paper, by simply adding sponging and shading. I can’t… Read More »

Weekly News

Hope you’re having a great week.  If you live in the Stockton, California area, I’m having a Stamp Club meeting this week.  We’re looking for new members, as well as welcoming one-time guests.  It’s a great night of paper crafting and fun.  To learn more or sign up, leave me a comment below. Paper Pumpkin: Just as a reminder, today at midnight (MST) is the deadline to sign up for… Read More »

Skywriting Thank You

I’m veering away from my normal Monday scrapbook or Project Life post and instead, sharing a limited edition Sale-A-Bration card. This weekend, I needed to create a masculine thank you card for a very special friend.  This guy is so thoughtful and does so many nice things for my family.  I really needed to create a special card for him.  He’s an old friend of my husband’s from childhood.  Every… Read More »

Sale-A-Bration Sneak Peek

Today, I have another nephew Christmas card to share.  This time a used a new Sale-A-Bration product that will be available to earn for FREE starting January 5, 2016.  For those of you that aren’t familiar with Sale-A-Bration, it’s totally awesome!  From January 5 to March 31, 2016, each time you spend $50 at a workshop, club or online, you can pick a product from the Sale-A-Bration catalog for free. … Read More »