When did words like 'dapper' go out of style? I'm glad to see it used in the Truly Tailored stamp set. And while I didn't use the Tailored Tag Punch from the bundle, I did make a tag! How fun to have a gift tag that matches the card. Pretty spiffy!
I love a bundle with punches! They're so quick and easy to use. No getting out your Big Shot; no time spent searching for framelits. Just stamp, punch, and you're good to go. Bundles with punches often have a lower price point, too, them great for those of us watching our crafting budget.
May's Sweet & Simple Class (May 6th) features the Truly Tailored Bundle. We're going to make 4 masculine cards that are sure to appeal to even the most discerning of gentleman. (Please note: this is on the FIRST Sunday, not second Sunday due to Mother's Day).
Base: Crumb Cake, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Night of Navy, 1 7/8" x 5", punched with Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. Round bottom corners with Envelope Punch Board.
Layer 2: True Gentleman Designer Series Paer, 1 3/4" x 5"punched with Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. Round bottom corners with Envelope Punch Board.
Layer 3: Tranquil Tide, Scalloped Layering Circle
Layer 4: Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, Stitched Circle Framelit
Does anyone else struggle with cards for guys? I tell myself to be conservative with embellishments, but oh it's so hard not to add a bow or glimmer dots somewhere. I guess that's why I like the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper. It adds just enough design without needing a whole lot of extra stuff to jazz it up.
Speaking of bow ties...the Lad used to love to wear ties and sweater vests when he was very young. Oh...he'd go to kindergarten and first grade all decked out in a little dragon tie. He was super adorable.
I did have fun with this week's CASE-ing Challenge. Using designer series paper as your focal point, really makes quick, Sweet & Simple cards, that don't require a lot of extra work. Truly...this came together from start to finish in 10 minutes or less.
Why don't you give this week's challenge a try? Create a card based on this week's sketch and post it on our CASE-ing Challenge Facebook page. I can't wait to see what you create!
Base: Night of Navy, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Crumb Cake, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: True Gentleman Designer Series Paper, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: True Gentleman Designer Series Paper,
5" x 1 3/4"
Layer 4: Night of Navy, Tailored Tag Punch, cut in half lengthwise
Layer 5: Crumb Cake, Tailored Tag Punch
Introducing....Masculine Mondays! I've been organizing my cards, with the help of a dear friend and fellow demonstrator Rosie Smith, and it's come to our attention that I'm in dire need of some masculine cards. It's not as easy as it sounds, either. I remember when the Lad turned 6 or 7, and I took him shopping for clothes. I came back sad and upset. Where were all the 'cute' clothes? It seemed that he'd grown out of the dinosaur & airplane turtlenecks and overalls section of the stores and had moved into the 'big boy' section of the clothing department. We now had three choices: striped, solid, or plaid. And where were the bright primary colors? Nope, brown, forest green or navy blue. And let's not even talk about the disappearance of light-up sneakers! Oh, it was a sad, sad day for both of us.
I don't want that to happen to masculine cards. Come on! Boys need cute stuff, too! So, I'm going to ramp up my masculine card efforts. And who says guys don't need bling? Have you seen the dragon on theMyths and Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper? His tummy is glitter paper!!! That' right, there are iridescent glittered designs featured throughout the entire pack! And speaking of cute, the little knights on this paper remind me so much of Lego Knights. And we certainly had our share of Legos in our house!
That's why this paper makes the perfect card for my son. Today, he starts a new job and I wanted to make him a card to wish him well and to say, "You've got this". As a matter of fact, look what I found for inside the card, from the You've Got This Stamp Set! Is that perfect or what?
Now, since he didn't send me his new address until last night, he may see the card on the blog before he receives it in the mail. But it's the thought that counts, right? (And now, I'll know if he's reading my blog or reading my Facebook pages!)
I love you, Dude-ski. I hope you have the best first day at work ever. You certainly deserve it!
We have a winner!
Last Friday, I asked if you liked Rich Razzleberry or Dapper Denim flowers from the Heartfelt Blooms Sale-a-Bration Stamp Set. Rich Razzleberry was the #1 favorite. Congratulations to Nola Morrison. Thank you for leaving a comment on last Friday's Blog.
Base: Dapper Denim, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Basic Gray 5 1/2" x 2 7/8"
Layer 2: Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper, 5 1/2" x 2 3/4"
Layer 3: Whisper White, 5 1/4" x 4"
Layer 4: Tranquil Tide, Scalloped Layering Circle Framelit
Layer 5: Dapper Denim, Scalloped Layering Circle Frameli
Layer 6: Whisper White, Stiched Shape Circle Die
1. Adhere Layers 1 & 2 and add to card base.
2. Wrap Dapper Denim Baker's Twine around the top several times and tie in the front with a knot.
3. Add 3 Dapper Denim Enamel Dots.
4. Stamp sentiment in Dapper Denim onto Layer 3.
5. Adhere all inside layers and add to card.
Wow! What a weekend! It was the perfect combination of busy and friends and family. I'm teaching at a big retreat in Boston in November, but I have to get everything ready to ship next week! So two of my Stamping Bee team came over to help stuff envelopes and make sure I had enough supplies ready. We had great fun, sipping on wine (in spill proof glasses, of course) and munching on some pears and Vermont Cheddar and a nicely aged blue cheese. We had so much fun, and I'm just about ready. I'm just waiting on for UPS to deliver 1 more box of paper.
Then, The Lad and His Lady came home from Charlotte for a quick weekend. Neither of them had to work Sunday. We went out for pizza on Saturday night, then spent all day at the NC State Fair yesterday. It was hot and crowded, but a lot of fun, too. I was proud of myself as I walked away with only had some Eastern Carolina chopped bbq and a few bites of funnel cake!
It's always so good to have them home, but sad when they have to leave. They were only here under 24 hours. Not long enough for me, but I know she had homework and he had to be up early to go to work. So, to keep the blues away, I went up to my studio. I wanted a simple, masculine card I could send the Lad. An avid photographer, I grabbed some Pick a Pattern paper and my Great Big Greeting stamp set, neither of which I've used in a while, and got to work. And since I was too tired to be too creative, I used a design in the catalog to CASE, too. All I have to do is find a stamp and it's ready to mail. I hope it brightens his day up as much as it having him home did for me.
And we have a winner!
Jeannine Rachot, congratulations! Pleaseemail me your address and I'll be happy to send you the Happy Halloween card from Friday.
Base: Crumb Cake, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Pick a Pattern, Cameras, Designer Series Paper, cut with largest Layering Circle Framelit.
Layer 2: Pick a Pattern Washi Tape
Layer 3: Crushed Curry Layering Circle
Mark your calendars for the rest of this season's holiday stamping events!
Sunday was Father's Day. For many years, that's meant going to the movies and then grabbing a bite to eat. This year, was no exception as we spent the day watching Pirates of the Caribbean and feasting on sushi as we tried to stay cool in the Southern heat.
Some people have dads, some fathers, some Pops...we have a Fom. My dad has a great sense of humor and is always quick with witty repartee. So, when in a rush to sign a check for my sister's piano lessons, he crossed the "T" in Thomas, and got frustrated at having to void that one and start again. A little harmless and hilarious teasing, had us calling him "Fom". "Fom" soon became a term of endearment and everyone who was in the "in crowd" called him that. All of our friends did, and even our boyfriends. My maternal grandmother did, too! And 35 years later, we still do! In fact, when my son was born, he didn't want to be called Grandpa, but "Fompa".
When they moved to North Carolina ten years ago, my father decided to reinvent himself and introduced himself to everyone in the new neighborhood as "Thomas" instead of Tom. I have to admit, it's still strange to me to hear someone refer to my father as Thomas. It's too stiff and formal. They will never know the kind, loving, funny, gentle-giant of a man who is the rock upon which our family is built. A man who taught and modeled the core values that hold us together.
So, my card today celebrates and honors The Man, They Myth, the Legend that is my Fom. I love you, Daddy.
Base: Island Indigo, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Whisper White, 5 1/4"x 4"
Layer 2: Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper, 5 1/8" x 3 3/8"
Layer 3: Island Indigo 1/4" Ombre Ribbon
Layer 4: Island Indigo cut with Large Letter Framelits, and sponged with Whisper White Craft Ink
Layer 5: Regals Enamel Shapes
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