Monday, October 18, 2021

Sailing Home with Smooth Sailing Dies


 Here's another masculine card for you.  The Sailing Home
stamp set on page 51 is a must have.  I love the coordinating 
Smooth Sailing dies on page 165, that enable you to layer
elements from the stamp set.  I shaded the background a bit
with a Blending Brush and then cut the sentiment out with
the Taylor Made Tag dies on page 166.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Stamp Off Nuts about Squirrels


 And, we're back again for another Stamp Off Challenge
with Susan, Buffy and me.  Today, our challenge is to make
a masculine card.

I really like making masculine cards because they do not
have to be fussy or fancy.  I do get comments from some guy
relatives, but I think that they know that I put a lot of effort
into making the perfect card for them.

I think that the Nuts about Squirrels on page 49 of the
July-December 2021 Mini catalog is perfect for guys.  It's 
cute, cartoon-ish, and has great sentiments.  The font is also
"of sturdy stuff."



I fussy cut the squirrel and layered it over an opening in
the tree, layered with DSP from the In Good Taste pack on page 132.  In order to make it look like he was up in a tree,
I used a Blending Brush to add some limbs from the 
Basic Patterns Decorative Masks on page 128 in the 
annual catalog.  

Thanks for stopping, and please enjoy the cards offered
by Buffy and Susan.  They are amazing artists.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Clever Cats


 Clever Cats, on page 53 of the July-December 2021,
is a darling set.  You get both cats and pumpkin... bonus!
I used the Hostess Pattern Party (page 171) to create the background,
including adding Pumpkin Pie to the dotted pattern.
All of the images come from the set, enabling you to 
layer up a fun card design!

Monday, October 11, 2021

Hat Builder Dies



I really like the Hat Builder dies on page 159, for either
male or female cards.  Nowadays, baseball hats have
become the norm.  What I like about these dies, is that you
can personalize the hat for the recipient.  In the sample above,
I used DSP from the Pattern Party pack, on page 171.

I added a couple of stars, to dress it up.  
 

Friday, October 8, 2021

Plentiful Plants with Beauty of Friendship


 The Plentiful Plants set (page 81), with coordinating 
Perfect Plants dies (page 160) is a great bundle to play
around with.  In this example, I stamped the plant and pot
in order to place them in front of the "window".  The window
was formed with Beauty of Earth DSP; the curtains from
Pattern Party DSP (cut out with the retired Swirly Snowflakes dies).  
I opted not to add a frame around the 
window, because I assumed that people would figure it out!

The sentiment comes from Beauty of Friendship.
Have a wonderful weekend, that might include some crafting?! 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Hand Penned Bundle


 The Hand Penned Bundle (set on page 105, dies on 
page 159) is a great set of product to work with.  It is
kind of effortless, in terms of knowing what you are going
to do with it, given our delightful Stampin' Blends.  
I love using a Blending Brush to color the
background, before placing the flowers.  In this example,
I ran the outline through the Brushed Metallic cardstock,
adding a layer to the background as well.