Friday, May 22, 2015

World's Best Father

With Father's Day fast approaching, I have been working on cards for the men in my life.  I bet you can guess my go to set for masculine cards..... yep....Guy Greetings!

I was one happy camper when this set showed up in the Occasions Catalog and even happier now that it's going into the new Annual Catalog!  You can do something for every guy in your life, it's really got a little bit of everything!  My hubby is a carpenter by trade so the tools in this set were a no brainer for his card this year.  My inspiration???  Well, Create with Connie and Mary has a great color challenge going so that's where I started.

When the new In Colors were revealed, I started something new to help with color inspiration.  I punched circles for all the color families so I can sit down and put together great new combinations.  I have been taking pictures of the circles next to my cards whether new colors or old to show them off better.  So, here's today's colors with my card.

 I started with the tools first, they make up the background along with a few splotches from Gorgeous Grunge.  I stamped off the Smokey Slate and Blackberry Bliss for a more subtle look.

The muscle guy is stamped with Smokey Slate on an oval and layered on Soft Sky.  I didn't want a big border, so I fussy cut so just a hint of blue was showing.  "World's Greatest" and "Father" are stamped in the bold Blackberry Bliss so it will stand out the most.  Both are popped up with dimensionals to complete the look I was going for.

I am loving how cool and grungy this card turned out and sure my husband will too!!  He'll take any muscle man compliment that he can get!

So, the moral of the story here......get Guy Greetings and make some cool cards for the men in your life too!

That's it for me today, be sure to head back over here tomorrow for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Sprinkles of Life Birthday

How about another card using my favorite new set from the upcoming annual catalog??  I hope you don't get tired of seeing Sprinkles of Life cards because I can't get enough of this super cute stamp set!

When in need of a quick and easy card, this is the way to go!  You can thank Mary Jo over at Techno Stamper for this fun card idea!  I used her Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge to create a bright and happy birthday card.

When I first looked at the sketch, I immediately knew I was going to use the new Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack for my background.  There are soooooo many cute patterns to choose from!  In the end, I went with the multi-colored polka dots paired with a Watermelon Wonder card base.

What's a birthday without a cupcake??  How about a Tip Top Taupe cupcake with  yummy Pool Party frosting!  I love how great Pool Party ink and paper pairs with Bermuda Bay sequins.  I chose that color just because I knew my cupcake had to have sequin sprinkles!

So, are you in need of a birthday card??  How about giving the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge a try this week for any card you may need!  Stop over at Techno Stamper to find more details about the challenge and more gorgeous samples from the Design Team.

Mary Jo Price- Williams:  Technostamper 
Sue Root:  Stampin' With Sue2
Robbie Rubula: InkedX2 
Eileen LeFevre: Eileen's Stampin' Fever Blog 
Tanya Bell: Stamping T! 
Carolyn Bennett: Carolyn's Paper Fantasies 
Jonia Smith: Stampin for Me 
Mary Brown: Stamper Camper

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop: Punch Art

Welcome to another Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Bog Hop!! All during May we are featuring different techniques and this week's is PUNCH ART!

You should be arriving from Mary Brown's amazing blog Stamper Camper's Corner, wasn't her card wonderful??!!  If you are just starting out here, welcome and enjoy the ride!  Be sure to stop at all the blogs to check out the cool cards we have for you today.

I love punch art but don't find myself using it much in my cards.  So when I sat down to work on today's card I had to ponder it a bit!  I hope you will enjoy what I came up with featuring my favorite Berry Basket die and a heart punch!

Strawberries are a favorite of mine and I was so hungry by time I finished this card!  Aren't the heart strawberries sweet?!  I think adding embossing with the Decorative Dots folder really made them convincing!

With the strawberries being so bold, I felt like a bold greeting was necessary to balance things out.  So, in comes the awesome Hello You thinlets to the rescue!!  I can't say enough great things about these dies.  If you are intimidated at all about getting these thinking they are hard to work with...DON'T!!  Just be sure to use the dryer sheet technique and the die cut pops out easy peasy!

And of course a gorgeous card like this deserves a fun envelope, so I added a strawberry to it as well!

Now, lets hop on over to Debbie Henderson's beautiful blog Debbie's Designs to see what fabulous idea she's come up with for us!!

By the time you've traveled through I think you'll be ready to give a little punch art a try next time you stamp!  Thanks for hanging out with us again this week!  See you next time!

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