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Birthday Cheers for the Black and Red

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My brother-in-law, Jamie is an alumnus of the University of Georgia. And he really lives, eats and breathes Black and Red. So I wanted to give him a card that represented UGA without being overtly bulldogish.  And here is what I came up with.

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I used the Mighty Bloom- Coverplate die from Papertrey ink to create leaf burst red portion of the card. And I used the Hero Arts – Magical Background stamp for the heat embossed area on the black card. The bullseye medallion was made using four different circle punches and then layering the papers together. I topped it all off with a black enamel dot.

 

Here is a close up view of the heat embossing. I love adding heat embossed elements to my cards. It always seems to make them seem so much more professionally finished.

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I am going to enter this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Die Crazy  and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – M (anything relating to M words) My take on the M challenge is that this is a Masculine card for my brother in law.

Happy Stamping,

Mo

Hats Off to You, Grad

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My good friend Kim’s daughter, is graduating High School in a few days. Her name is Katie and she is brilliant, beautiful and super sweet. Katie received a full scholarship to USF and she deserves every bit of it.

I made a fun card for her. She has an infectious smile just like the little Yeti on the card. (the Yeti is from the Lawn Fawn stamp set Yeti, Set, Go)

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The school’s colors are Green an Gold, so I colored the mortar board accordingly. And I drew a little diploma in the Yeti’s hand. For the background of the card I used the mortar board from Lawn Fawn: Hats Off to You stamp set. The Yeti is mounted on a green circle that is mounted on top of two die cut stars. For further definition Ilined the edge of each star point with a deep green marker.

Iwill be entering my card into the Lawnscaping Challenge: Create Your Own Background

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Congrats to all of the soon to be grads and to all of their happy, moms and dads!

Mo

 

That’s a Wrap!

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There is a challenge going on over at Nichole Heady’s blog, Make it Monday #163: Envelope Wraps. I love Papertrey Ink products and I wanted to play along for a chance to win a $25 gift card!

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Here is the back of the envelope. I die cut some clouds from sticky notes and used them to make the areas that I wanted to keep white. Then I sponged on some light blue ink to create the sky.

 

 

 

 

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For the front of my card I used my Fly Away Mini Stamp Set and the coordinating Fly Away Die  to stamp and cut out the plane. For the heart banner I used the Simon Says String of Hearts die that I won in a blog hop a few weeks ago. I cut the banner out twice. Once on black paper and once on red polka dot paper. Then I simply cut the hearts away from the polka dot version and glued them on top of the black.

I will be entering my envelope into the Make it Monday #163: Envelope Wraps challenge.

Happy Stamping,

Mo

Dudes Thinking of Dudes

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Just a quick post so that I can play along at Operation Write Home: Masculine Thinking of You  I pulled out and dusted of a stamp set that included gears. After I stamped the gears I cut out the spaces between each one so I could mount them separately. The black background paper is dry embossed with a diamond plate folder. (Like the diamond plating you see on truck bumpers and tool boxes)

I kept it all very clean and simple cuz real men don’t like fluff. But I couldn’t resist adding one tiny little bit of bling in the center of the largest gear.

Why not create a manly “Thinking of You” card and link it to the OWH blog. There are no winners or losers in the blog challenge. They just want you to create cards for them to mail to our troops in the field.  I send batches of 20-40 cards a couple of times per year.

You can find out more at Operationwritehome.org

I will be entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes This one has a prize and the challenge is open until late night next Tuesday.

Happy Stamping,

Mo

 

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I was a blog hop winner a few weeks ago and I had won the Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit. I included a really cute stamp set call Watts Up

 

watts up Simon Says Stamp Super cute, right?

 

I created a few cards with it so far. This first one is definitely my favorite so far.

Watt Up Simon Says Stamp

I heat embossed some clear powder over a background stamp to give the card a little more texture and interest but, otherwise I kept the card clean and simple.

Watts Up card idea

The second card I made was a little more involved. I strung some word stamps together and repeatedly stamped them to create a background for the card. Then I cut squares from patterned paper and slit them nearly all the way from corner to corner to create photo tabs. And finally I paper punched a heart and then coated it in Glossy Accents and hung it from some baker’s twine.

Watts Up stamp set

This card is similar to the one I made before it but, I decided to simply mount the image and sentiment onto patterned paper rather than making photo tabs.

I am entering my first card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Keep It Clean and Simple

Happy Stamping,

Mo

 

 

Hippity Hoppity with Papertrey Ink

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My own children are 15 and 18 this Easter and suffice to say some of the mystery of the Easter Bunny is gone. But I still enjoy all of the cute images of chicks, bunnies and eggs that go along with Easter. So thank goodness for nieces, nephews and grandnephews and grandnieces!

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I made two versions of this card featuring a rabbit from Hippity Hoppity by Papertrey Ink. The first card featured this cute bunny in blue for one of my grandnephews. I used the matching Hippity Hoppity die set to cut out the bunny and the eggs. The trees are from Lawn Fawn’s Critters Down Under and the birds are from Lawn Fawn Home Sweet Home. And the grass is made with a paper punch.

Hippity Hoppity Papertrey Ink

I made a pink bunny for my brother’s daughter. As  you can see the two cards are similar but, not the same. This second card also includes the chick from the Hippity Hoppity set.

Easter Bunny Punch Card

 

I also made a ton (125 to be exact) of these Easter Bunny Punch Cards for the Council on Aging too. The assembly of them was pretty easy since I had Peggy and Joan and a few other ladies helping me out. The woodgrain paper is made with a woodgrain stamp on brown cardstock and the circles and ovals can be taylored to create whatever sized bunny you would like.

Happy Easter,

Mo

It’s Kind of a Big Deal

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Recently one of our good friends, who also plays poker with my husband, turned 40. He is the last of our group of friends to do so and so it really was a big deal.

I had seen a card in a crafting magazine a year or so ago that featured a big poker chip on the cover with the words “50 It’s a Big Deal”. Although it was cute, I knew I wanted to feature a hand of cards as well as poker chips.

Poker themed card

 

I cut out the numbers using Paper Trey Ink By the Numbers die and By the Numbers Mat die sets. I cut out the wider mat set a second time in gold to give the 40 a little more sparkle. The chain of circles is stamped in a shiny gold ink to add even more glitz.

I snagged a couple of images from Google images to create the Royal Flush hand of cards and the poker chips. In order to make the playing cards pop up, I simply cut two vertical slits in the center of the card and then pushed the cut portion forward from the back of the card.

Follow this link for a detailed view Pop Up  Card Instructions

The sentiment was created using individual letters from a Martha Stewart clear alphabet stamp set.

If you haven’t attempted to make a Pop Up card before, you really should try. This card is a good illustration of just how easy it can be.

Happy Stamping,

Mo

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