Hello, and welcome back for my post joining Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Tuesday Blog Hop for May! This time we’re focusing on cards for the men or boys. I intended to make mine a masculine card (and it has been approved as such), but I’ve also been told by three women that it is “pretty.” So I guess it’s up to you as to how you feel about it. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know. 🙂 Maybe I’ve finally achieved a perfect unisex card! 🙂
I first got the idea by thumbing through the remaining double-sided cards in my Come Sail Away Memories and More Card Pack (#149552), which has been put on the retiring list (first come, first serve, and they won’t last long!). I really love this card pack and am sorry to see it go. Since I fulfill orders for a gift shop (with a second shop upcoming, after things finally return to some normalcy), I’m always looking for quick and easy cards I can make. Even though I love fussy details and spending agonizing amounts of time on card masterpieces 🙂 I do have to create some that are just simple and fast. So when I saw this 3″ x 4″ “Any Day with You Is the Best” Project Life–style card, it just worked. I quickly found a matching 4″ x 6″ background piece that matched it, and then it was just a matter of finishing with details.
I have three sets of retired or almost-retired “Cards and Envelopes” pack that are card bases and matching envelopes that I keep dipping into. For this card, because the shades in it are grey and black, a white card base and envelope from the retired Whisper White Large Memories and More Cards and Envelopes pack looked the best.
To add a layer before gluing everything together, I considered using Stampin’ Up’s retired Corrugated Cardstock between the two paper pieces, but it just didn’t look right, with stripes going both ways. I chose some lightweight mulberry paper I had in my stash, instead, tearing it to leave a border around the smaller card. And then I found my roll of retired Halloween Night Baker’s Twine, which is entwined Basic Grey and Basic Black colors, so I looped it around vertically twice and tied a bow. There still weren’t enough details to suit me and just a little more white space to play with, so I used my last remaining large adhesive heart sticker from the retiring Heart Epoxy Droplets (#148583) under the words on the front piece and then added four frosted gems from the Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets (#147801), which is carrying over to the new catalog (hooray!).
I haven’t decided what to put on the inside of this card yet, so it’s still blank for now. I’m open to suggestions if you have a fit of brilliance. 😉
Somehow I did manage to use both retiring and current products in my card, which is the theme of month for our team on our private Facebook page. 🙂 But this is a good example of why I keep or buy up retired products too, when I can get them. I literally use them for years on all kinds of projects. (And yes, the floor may fall through my craft room soon, as my husband fears. But then my craft room would be bigger! 😉 )
If you love a good sale like I do, please feel free to take advantage of the lower prices of the limited retiring stock (or carryover goodies) on Stampin’ Up’s website by shopping through my personal link at https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/default.aspx. Supplies really are limited and things are already selling out. Use host code 6EFSC3TZ and get a free gift. (If your order is over $50 before tax and shipping, you can choose an item of up to $8 and I’ll ship it to you as my thanks, and you’ll earn one reward point toward a free $40 order. If your order is over $150 before tax and shipping, do not put in the host code because you’ll earn your own rewards before you confirm your order.)
And because my team is so awesomely creative, you’ll want to “hop” through the rest of the list to see what they’ve made for men or boys this month. (If you want to join my team and become a Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator like us, go here: https://ida.stampinup.com/en/?demoid=2202334.) Thanks for joining us today!
Press the Previous button to view Karen Finkle’s project or the Next button to see what Akiko created for us!
- Mary Deatherage – https://wp.me/p5snyt-cPT
- Karen Ksenzakovic – https://wp.me/paaNf4-2ap
- Sue Prather – https://wp.me/p5yitZ-1Ua
- Jaimie Babarczy – https://wp.me/p79UhD-3Rf
- Leslie Larkin – https://leslielarkin.com/friend-like-you-bundle
- Karen Finkle – https://karenscardkorner.blogspot.com/2020/05/stampin-up-tropical-oasis-masculine.html
- Connie Troyer – You are here!
- Akiko Sudano – https://wp.me/paOv8E-1bb
- Julie Johnston – https://wp.me/p8SzmQ-2kc
- Terry Lynn Bright – https://wp.me/p8fxPh-tt
- Amy Koenders – https://wp.me/p2SFwf-juR
Exciting news today—Stampin’ Up just released the retiring lists for the current Annual and Mini catalogs! Supplies are only while supplies last through June 2, so don’t delay! Items like In Color products, inks, cardstock, dies, and more will go quickly. The individual lists are below for your use. 🙂
If you wish to order, please feel free to use my monthly host code (PDPCRPUF) and let me know if you need something! I’m happy to help! The new Annual catalog begins on June 3. 🙂
Missing friends lately? Here’s an easy card you can make to remind your special relationships that they’re not forgotten!
Welcome, welcome! Despite coronvirus and economic shutdown and crazy March/April weather nationwide, it is somehow once again time for the Tuesday Blog Hop hosted by Stamp with Amy K (Amy Koenders). I’m back today with a friendship card that’s perfect for reaching out during this very odd time in our lives. Today’s blog hop is “for the ladies,” so it was created with my best friends in mind, to celebrate those relationships we’re grateful for and miss having in person right now. Thanks for following along today and stopping in on my page.
I woke up with a layout idea in my head about corner designs that I’ve never really tried before, and I was determined to give it a go. I’ve been working on an editorial project this week, so I didn’t have a lot of extra time to play around with creativity. It was more like “I only have [this much time], so I need to come up with something doable the first time around, and I need to do it now.” No pressure, right? With the layout and only the sketchiest of ideas in mind, I set to finding things that fit. I knew I wanted flowers. I always go to flowers, especially for women. They just brighten up my whole day and make me smile, and who wouldn’t want to make their friends smile?
Side note: you know, it’s always interesting to think about the creative process. At which points do you make decisions and proceed with them regardless of what happens during the interim? When do you redirect and try a different idea, after the first one brings contention? That’s sort of what happened to me here. In my head, I saw a landscape card with the top left and bottom right holding the flowers with the sentiment piece in the middle of the front. I had different options I could use for the background, embossing folders and stamps alike. And though the creative soul in me wanted to try several of the options to see what I liked best, I just kind of had to start with something and go with it.
I tried the Birch background stamp in Sahara Sand first since flowers make me think of trees and the rest of nature. (And because the embossing folder I really wanted to use is no longer current.) Here’s where I had to decide whether to proceed or redirect. I just could not get that stamp to line up correctly to do two beside each other in a horizontal fashion—the pattern on birch trees go horizontally, but the stamp is a portrait. The stamp isn’t big enough to cover one horizontal card front. And it’s not a photopolymer stamp to be able to line it up correctly. I tried to stamp it freehanded. I tried to do it using the Stamparatus. I both eyeballed and measured and frowned when necessary. I came close—but not close enough. And I decided I was tired of ruining cardstock. So rather than waste more time, I picked the one that came out the best and decided it was time to head a different direction.
The cardstock happened to be Very Vanilla, so that determined which shade and style I was going to be using. I cut off the cardstock and glued it on top of a new portrait card base (because I’d gotten ink on the other side of the first card base, of all things). I was suddenly stumped about how to arrange the rest of this card. It shouldn’t have been that hard, but the layout flip was messing with me and I couldn’t agree with myself about what would look like my original idea or what to use. I didn’t like any of it. The size was wrong. There was too much white space behind where I imagined the flowers (that I couldn’t commit to). Or the flowers were warring with the Birch background. All I knew was that I wanted to visibly set off the corners and perhaps also see a smaller diagonal strip and edge border extending from them. So I redirected again.
I kept the card base portrait style but started looking for Designer Series Paper to cover up the corners instead. As a longtime scrapbooker, I tend to fall back on DSP. I grabbed my 6×6 paper shares of current DSP, looking for something that would provide balance and grounding behind flowers. I thought one of the designs in the Perennial Essence DSP—one of the ones that remind me of a galaxy—would work for that job. So I took my little 6×6 square and looked for two blue corners that didn’t include many flowers on it, lopped off a corner where it worked, and then measured that corner against the rest of the DSP square to mark off and cut another for the opposite side. I glued down the blue corners on top of the birch background and stared at it. And decided that I didn’t like the stark color difference of the light background and the very dark corners. Any flowers I tried on top just didn’t please me. Frustration was building once more.
And then I saw it—paper that is so pretty, I almost want to weep. I’ve barely used it myself, other than cutting up some of the papers to give away at a party I demoed last fall. The Pressed Petals Specialty DSP has a paper in it with gorgeous blue flowers on burlap. Blue flowers that matched my Perennial Essence corners. …And then I realized that my last two little squares of that paper had flowers on them. Yes, I know I just said that. Light bulb moment—problem solved. No stamping needed! (This is why I love paper. 🙂 ) Rather than stamping and/or die-cutting flowers, I could merely cut out the ones in front of me and use those on the card, saving time and frustration! And so I did. I rough fussy-cut around one of the smaller blue flowers on my paper and one of large focal flower bunches. Usually I’m much more precise but the non-exactness went well with the rustic feel of the paper and I didn’t worry about it.
Then I had to finish the corners. With the blue galaxy already glued down, I did some mental aerobics and finally decided to offset the corners to show some of the blue and also work in the burlap. I took the square I’d cut into and sliced off the parts of the burlap paper left for the corners (which had a little bit of flowers too) by measuring it up against the corners already on the card. I then left a quarter of an inch margin showing when I glued them down. But that left a jagged edge on each side of the two corners, which felt odd. Here I went back to the layout in my head—I had already been thinking of using vellum to provide another smaller border coming out of the corner toward the center, along with some sort of decorative edge. But the elements were starting to fill up the card, and I wasn’t sure the sizing would work. Since I couldn’t quit looking at the jagged edges of both corners together, I decided to fill in those places with Petal Pink vellum from the Perennial Essence Vellum pack instead, so that’s why the corners are a little different. Accidentally on purpose, I guess. I also used that same vellum shade for the decorative border extending from the corners, and the die is from the Painted Labels dies.
After that it was just a matter of arranging where the bouquet and smaller flower went. I’m still not wild about my final placement of the large bouquet and my tags, but I love the location of the smaller flower next to the tag. In the end I saw that the large bouquet had a straight edge on it from where the paper was cut, so I just lined that up against my card edge, popped it up with 3D foam dots, and stuck it down, after figuring out the placement of the two tags from the Stitched So Sweetly dies with the smaller flowers. I should have brought the tags to the left a little more but I liked how the smaller flower sizes fit neatly into the corner and overlapped the tag. I did pop up the top layer of the tag with the sentiment. 🙂 I cut a piece of the Petal Pink vellum for the larger sentiment tag to give the Very Vanilla sentiment a bit of border and color as well.
I stamped the “Friendship refreshes the soul” sentiment from the Beautifully Braided stamp set in Sahara Sand ink as well as the inside sentiment (“Here’s to always finding joy in one another’s laughter, warmth in one another’s embrace, and love in one another’s love”) from the Path of Petals stamp set. I’ve used the inside sentiment for wedding cards before, but tonight, at least, I think it works for special friendships too. I “painted” the fussy-cut flowers with Clear Wink of Stella to give them some sparkle and added a little bow with our Linen Thread. And I used the Night of Navy Noble Peacock Rhinestones on the card front as well as little Gold Glitter Enamel Dots for the flower centers just for fun.
In the inside of the card, I used the Petal Pink vellum as a background for my sentiment. I just put a little bit of liquid glue underneath the words so that the glue wouldn’t show through. The glue on the back side of the Petal Pink, attaching it to the card base, doesn’t seem to be showing at all because of the layers. The inside sentiment is actually stamped in Blueberry Bushel ink on the tiny-flowered vellum and was heat-set on both sides briefly so that the vellum wouldn’t warp. And then I fussy-cut one last little flower and glued it with a Gold Glitter enamel off the side of the sentiment.
It was nice to feel that my forward progress and my redirections finally made something I actually liked to see. The card has a shabby chic sort of feel to it, which I haven’t made for a while. I may make more of these now that I’ve worked out all the kinks in placement logistics. Hope it inspires you to do one of your own (without all the creative grief!). You can find all the supplies I used on my card in my online store at https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/default.aspx.
Please continue through the hop to see the awesome projects some of my teammates have made for you this week! It’s a very talented team. Pressing the “Previous” button will take you back to Karen, and “Next” will move you on to Mary. Thanks again for visiting!
- Karen Ksenzakovic–https://wp.me/paaNf4-1V2
- Connie Troyer–You Are Here!
- Mary Deatherage–https://wp.me/p5snyt-cpO
- Akiko Sudano–https://wp.me/paOv8E-13G
- Leslie Larkin–https://leslielarkin.com/young-at-heart/
- Karen Finkle–https://karenscardkorner.blogspot.com/2020/04/stampin-up-garden-lane-quilted-card-for.html
- Julie Johnston–https://wp.me/p8SzmQ-2jk
- Amy Koenders–https://wp.me/p2SFwf-j9H
Some Stampin’ Up “housekeeping” updates for my readers… Back with projects soon!
Hello there! I know I haven’t posted a lot recently, and I promise I’ll be sharing more soon. Thanks for keeping up with me in the meantime. I appreciate every one of my readers! For now, though, I wanted to give a quick reminder about Sale-a-Bration, show a new suite of products that you’ll be seeing more of soon, and let you know about April’s Paper Pumpkin details!
First, Sale-a-Bration (or SAB, as I often refer to it). News flash—it’s ending shortly! March 31 is the last day to order $50 or more in product (before tax and shipping) and receive a free something from Stampin’ Up in return. (There are items available for both “free with $50” and “free with $100” orders.) We have three free SAB products that have sold out already, since they are offered only as long as they last: 1) the Metallic Baker’s Twine and Sequins Combo Pack; 2) the Kerchief Card Kit; and 3) most recently, the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper. In addition, the Birthday Dies, which were with a Coordinating Product release, have also sold out.
Stampin’ Up did just release new SAB freebie products to choose from alongside the first batch, though, at the beginning of March. They are still available. And the Coordinating Product release that came between the first and second Sale-a-Bration freebie releases are products that (as you may have guessed) coordinate with something in the freebie brochures. So that I don’t slow down your internet that is increasingly important these days, I won’t attach the flyer pictures here. But here are links to access if you want to see the products in question (and I encourage you to do so!):
First and second SAB release brochure items: https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/category/110100/sale-a-bration
Coordinating Products release items: https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/products/111029/coordination-product-release
In addition, if you join up as a new demonstrator during Sale-a-Bration (through March 31, 2020), you get the brand-new mini guillotine trimmer, a free stamp set, and a 6×6 sampler pack of most of the DSP packs available in the current Mini catalog. Great deal! And I’d love to have team members! My join-me link is https://ida.stampinup.com/en/?demoid=2202334 if you’re interested!
Second on my updates list is “New Product.” That’s always fun, right? Stampin’ Up has just given demonstrators info about the new Ornate Garden Suite. It will be in the next Annual catalog and we are allowed to preorder items from it or the suite in its entirety for the rest of the month. And then it will be available for customers on April 1 as an early release!! I will add a flyer about that for you so you can see it and plan ahead. 🙂 There are two separate bundles in it along with separate embellishments, ribbon, Specialty DSP, and an embossing folder that can be purchased individually—or you can purchase the entire suite at once for $136.75! And let me tell you, I can’t wait to use those dies! Click on the link to see details about all the items and prices (really, do. I think the flyer is better than the image below!).
My third update is about April’s Paper Pumpkin kit, available by subscription only. Here’s the news: it is a “fam-tastic” kit (focused on family: mom, dad, daughter, son, sister, and brother, or anyone who feels like family) and contains supplies for eight A2 cards (envelopes included). It uses the colors Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron, Pear Pizzazz, Shaded Spruce, Soft Sea Foam, and the stamp set includes stamps for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day along with an “I’ll always be here for you” stamp too! (Based on the image below, I’ll bet it has something to do with a tree—and maybe a bird too!) Subscribe through me at https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2202334 for your own by April 10. Subscriptions are available in 1-, 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscriptions (you must call Stampin’ Up after your subscription ends or it—and the charges—will continue…though that’s more fun kits to play with…. 🙂 ). More good news is that the 3-, 6-, and 12-month subscriptions will earn you free Sale-a-Bration rewards (through March 31), and all will give you access to past kits and refills! Hooray! More free stuff! 😀
Okay, that’s it. I’m sure this has been long enough. Thanks for reading! Now go make some cards or play with other crafting! There can never be enough crafting—or kindhearted crafters—in this world. Go be a blessing! 🙂 ❤