Monday, October 11, 2021

Celebrate Sunflowers Card

 Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 8 months since I have posted any of my cards. I guess life has got the best of me and I haven’t felt very creative lately. Today’s card is one I designed with inspiration from the Freshly Made Sketches 506 sketch. I actually made 25 of theses cards for a card swap I am participating in.





I started with a card base from thick Basic White. I then took a 5 1/4 by 4 piece of Soft Sea Foam and ran it through my Stampin Cut and Emboss machine using the Bark 3D Embossing Folder. On top of this I layered a Sunflower from the Sunflower Dies with the base cut out of Soft Succulent and the outline cut in Basic White. I cut the middle out of Gold Foil. For the stripe I cut a 2 inch strip of Painted Christmas DSP and then layered it with a 5/8 in strip of Basic White. I stamped the sentiment from Celebrate Sunflowers in Evening Evergreen. I added a few of the 2021-2023 In Color Jewels to finish off the front.

The inside is a 5 1/4 by 4 piece of Basic White stamped with the sentiment stamped in Evening Evergreen and the small sunflower in Soft Succulent. 

Hope you like the card and I’m planning on posting more frequently.

Here is the sketch the card was based off of.



Tuesday, March 16, 2021

One Day only sale

The in colors 2019-2021 will be retiring soon. Make sure to order your paper, ink pads, ink refills before they are sold out and gone forever. Rococo Rose, Terracotta Tile, Pretty Peacock (my favorite), Seaside Spray and Purple Posy.

Tomorrow would be the perfect day to order them since Stampin Up is having a one day only sale with free shipping for all orders over $50.00!



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Monday, February 15, 2021

Hey chick

I love the images and sentiments in these two bundles.Sometimes it only takes something super simple to make you smile. Today, let that simple thing be the Hey Chick and Hey Birthday Chick Bundles.  If they make you laugh and you want a chance to stamp with them, let me know or buy them here: www.mcsquaredstampers.stampinup.net








Monday, February 1, 2021

One More Valentine card with Kangaroo & Company

 I still had all the stamps and paper from yesterday’s card on my desk so I decided to enter this week’s Freshly Made Sketches #470 challenge. I just got it in under the wire.




I enjoy participating in this challenge every week, it’s a good place to set inspiration. The sketches are great! Here’s the sketch I based it off of:

The stamp set used was the Kangaroo & Company, the dies were the Kangaroo Dies. The DSP was some retired paper from last year. Trying to clean out my stash. I think it turned out cute. Not sure who I will give it to yet!

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Kangaroo & Company Valentine Cards

 It warmed up a little this weekend and our snow is all melted. Looks like it’s going to be dry for the next week. This weekend sure flew by, I did manage to make a couple of my valentine cards. Still have many more to go. 

I used the same sketch from my last two cards to make these cards for my grandchildren. 





For this card I started with a Heavy Basic White 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 card base. I then ran a piece of Basic White 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 through my Cut and Emboss machine with the Brick and Mortar embossing folder #149643.I then layered a piece of old retired DSP (sorry I don’t know the name of the paper) that was cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 that I cut on a diagonal about 1/3 down. The xoxo stamp is from this month’s Paper Pumpkin. I emboss it with white embossing powder on a 5/8 in strip of Basic Black paper. I then layered it on a diagonal across the card and trimmed the ends. 
I stamped two of the kangaroos and hearts from the Kangaroo & Company stamp set #154502 with Memento black ink. I stamped the little Love you much in Basic Red. I colored these with Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Real Red Stampin Blends. I die cut all the shapes using the matching Kangaroo Dies #154334. 
I glued the hearts to the top of the sentiment die cut. I then cut a small slit along the top of the pouch so the sentiment would be covered until you pull the hearts up. I used dimensionals on the back of the Kangaroo, avoiding the area where the sentiment slips in. I finished off the front with three small resin hearts embellishments #154578.

I stamped the little kangaroo on the bottom right corner of a piece of Basic White cut to 4 x 5 1/4 and then colored in with the same Stampin Blends as the big Kangaroo. I then stamped the inside sentiment from the Meant To Be stamp set #148626 with Basic Red ink. To finish off the envelope I glued a matching piece of DSP cut to 6 x 2/14 to the back flap.


This card was basically the same except I used the Painted Texture 3D folder #154317 to emboss the front Basic White sheet with. The DSP was the retired From My Heart. For the inside I used a 3/4in strip to match the front and layered the Basic White on a piece of Real Red.



I think my grandchildren Eli and Josie with enjoy these cards. I’d love to know which one is your favorite.


Thursday, January 28, 2021

Stampin Up Well Suited Suite #2 Masculine Cards

 Hi friends. It’s another cold and dreary day here in Nevada. We had about 1 inch of snow last night with more predicted for today. I guess it will be another stay in craft day. Oh darn! Haha.

I had the Well Suited DSP on my desk from yesterday and decided I would make another couple of masculine cards to add to my stash. These were so easy to make. 

My first card I went with a grey and black scheme and the 2nd card I went with a blue color scheme. I tried to use up my scraps as much as possible.



I started each card with a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Heavy Basic White card base. I then cut two piece of Basic White to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I ran one sheet through my Cut and Emboss machine using the Tasteful Textile 3D folder #152718 and the other using Dainty Diamonds 3D embossing folder #152702. I then cut two pieces of the Well Suited DSP to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and then cut each on a diagonal about 1/3 down. I then cut two strips of scraps at 6 in x 5/8. I choose Basic Black and Seaside Spray. I then punched the largest oval from the Double Oval Punch #154242 in Smoky Slate and Night of Navy. I then stamped the sentiment from the Handsomely Suited Stamp #154444 in Black and then Night of Navy on a scrap of Basic White. I punched these out with the smallest oval. It’s always easier to stamp then punch or die cut! 

Since I had all the pieces ready it was just a couple of minutes to put them together. I added the embossed sheet to the card stock, then layered the colored DSP. I then laid the 5/8 in solid color strips along the diagonal and then trimmed the edges to match the card base. I then glued the sentiment to the larger oval. I popped this up with dimensionals over the solid strip. I added three of the matte black dots #154284 on the grey black card and dug in my stash for some retired blue holiday rhinestones to go with the blue theme card.

I added some matching paper to the envelope flap and another strip to the bottom of a piece of Basic White cut to 4 x 5 1/4 for the inside.



So easy to make! I think this design could be used for i birthdays, masculine cards, holiday cards and more. You could always add a die cut in place of the ovals and stamp your sentiment on the diagonal strip. Endless possibilities.

Hope you enjoyed these cards today. I’ll probably be back tomorrow with my Valentine cards. I know I’m running out of time if I’m going to mail them. I’m thinking I might use this same layout with some valentine paper and a couple of hearts with Happy Valentine’s Day stamped on the diagonal. 


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Stampin’ Up! Well Suited Masculine Card

 It’s a cold and snowy day here in Nevada. A good day to stay in and craft. Today’s card was inspired from a You Tube live video by Lost in Paper I watched this afternoon. Therese lives in Australia and was making a masculine card based on an old sketch by Case this sketch!


I started with a Heavy Basic White card base cut to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored and folded in half. I then cut a piece of Night of Navy to 5 3/8 x 4 1/8. I cut a piece of Basic White to 5 1/4 x 4 and used the Dainty Diamonds embossing folder #152702 to give the piece some texture.
I then cut two 1 inch strips of Well Suited DSP #154562.  I cut one for the card front down to 4 inches and then I punched the flags out with the Banner Triple punch #138292. I cut three flags and then trimmed them down to 2 inches.
I popped up the paisley side of the strip with dimensionals and then glued two flags navy side to the top of the strip and then placed the middle flag underneath the strip. I added a dimensional under the two top flags to keep them the same height as the paisley strip. I added 3 of the very popular new matte black dots #154284 to finish it off.
I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink from the Handsomely Suited stamp set on a scrap of Night of Navy and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I used the Classic Label punch #141491 to punch it out. I added some mini dimensionals to pop it centered between the edge and the strip.




For the inside I duplicated the front with a piece of Basic White 4 x 5 1/4 glued to a piece of Night of Navy cut to 5 3/8 x 4 1/8. I stamped the sentiment from the Handsomely Suited stamp set in Night of Navy. I added a 1/2 strip of the paisley print DSP up about 1/2 inch from the bottom. I then added a piece of the navy print cut to 6 by 2 1/4 to the envelope flap and trimmed it down.

Here’s the sketch the card was based off of. CTS#25 retro or new CTS#405.




I’m sure you will agree with me that it is always a challenge to make masculine cards! I feel like this sketch lent itself well to a masculine card. 

We are expecting more snow tonight and tomorrow so I might just have another card for you tomorrow. If so it will probably be a Valentine’s card. I’m running out of time to get them made in time to mail.