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The countdown has begun to Stampin’ Up!’s 2009 Convention!   This will be my first convention so I’m incredibly excited!  We stampers love to SWAP!  I’ve been told that there will be mad swapping going on in Salt Lake City in August.  That it starts as early as when you get to the airport in your home town (if there’s any fellow SU demos flying out at the same time).   Yesterday, I realized that it’s 7 WEEKS to convention!  AUGGH!  I haven’t started my swaps yet!

We’ve been doin g alot  of work around the house lately, so I haven’t had time to stamp –  Last night, I took the evening off to start working on ideas for my convention swaps.   I like the 3 cards I made, but I don’t think I like them for convention. lol.   These cards are pretty masculine and have  a fall feel to them.

I just got the set Lovely as a Tree (LAAT) –  I know, it’s been around for ever, but I was slow to get it.  It is in the new catalog so we have it for at least another year!  All of these cards use LAAT.   The sentiments in these cards are a preview of a new set “Teeny Tiny Wishes.”   It’s a great set with greetings for most occasions – It has 24 different greetings and they AREN’T double mounted!

So here’s card number 1:

LAAT Just for You Card

LAAT Just for You Card

The background for this card is Sahara Sand.  I took the small leaf stamp from LAAT and stamped a random pattern using Chocolate Chip, More Mustand, Mellow Moss and Dusty Durango (one of our new in colors!).   The main image is stamped in Mellow Moss on Very Vanilla cs and mounted on a layer of Mellow Moss and Chocolate Chip.  I used the Small, Large, and Scallop Oval punches to create the layered sentiment.  I used Mellow Moss and Chocolate Chip 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon.

Here’s card #2

LAAT Thank You Card

LAAT Thank You Card

This card uses one of our new in colors for it’s base:  Soft Suede.  Isn’t it a gorgeous brown!    The image again is from LAAT and the sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.   I used markers to ink the tree so that the trunk would stand out among the branches.   The trunk is soft suede (YES!  The in colors are available in Markers!!) and the branches are Old Olive  and the image is stamped on Very Vanilla.   The stamped image is layered on Old Olive and More Mustard cs.  The sentiment is stamped with Soft Suede and layered using the oval punches in card one.

Card # 3

LAAT Happy Retirement Card

LAAT Happy Retirement Card

I love this tree.  It makes me think of an old Oak tree sitting in the middle of a pasture surrounded by tall grass, and sometimes some cows wandering around.  This card shows Dusty Durango again – the ribbon is the new in color ribbon.  It’s polka dots on one side and plain on the other side, allowing it to be used for many different styles.  The tree is inked with markers, soft suede for the trunk and always artichoke for the leaves and stamped on Very Vanilla cs.  It’s layered on Dusty Durango, Always Artichoke, and More Mustard.  The base of the card is Soft Suede.   The sentiment is Dusty Durango stamped on Very Vanilla and layered on More Mustard.

That’s all for today  for something old – the set Lovely as a Tree and something new – the stamp set Teeny Tiny Wishes, and 2 of our new In Colors, Soft Suede and Dusty Durango!

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It seems that we’ve just finished mother’s day and it’s time to start thinking about Father’s Day. Tonight is the monthly meeting with a group of demonstrators that I’m part of. We’ll be swapping, OF COURSE, and tonight’s swap is a Father’s Day or masculine card.

I find masculine cards really hard to create. So, I started thinking about my Dad. He’s retired, living at the beach, building boats and hanging out on the beach watching the wildlife. I really like the sentiment in the set Sense of Time. It’s a quote by Bonnie Friedman, ” An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth.” This quote really makes me think of my dad. Living on the Outer Banks of NC is definitely a slower pace of life than I have here in Atlanta. I think he would agree with that quote. As I tend to do when I get stuck, I grabbed my go-to set Thoughts & Prayers. I used the tree stamp from it with the sentiment and some of our wonderful Designer paper – I’m still in paper mode after the blog hop last weekend! When I look at this card, I can imagine my dad sitting in the swing under the tree in is front yard, sipping a beer, and all seems right with the world. Hope you like it. (And Dixie, if you see this, don’t tell him! lol!)

Father's Day Card - Inside

Father's Day Card - Inside

Father's Day Card - Inside of card

Father's Day Card - Inside of card

Recipe:  Stamps:  Thoughts & Prayers, Sense of Time;  Paper: Parisian Breeze Designer Series Paper, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Whisper White; Ink: Chocolate Chip;  Accessories:  Jumbo Pewter Eyelets.

I’ve almost finished a new set of cards and pen holder using Urban Oasis DSP – I’ll post it later this week, so be sure to check back.  It’s really cute!!

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Birthday card for my fil

Birthday card for my fil

It’s always a challenge to make a masculine birthday card.  But I think this one worked well.  It’s using the retired set Organic Grace, but it would work well with Lovely as a Tree or Le Jardin Botanique (both of which are available in the current catalog).  The silver frame around the sentiment is from the silver Hodgepodge Hardware.  I think the Hodgepodge Hardware is great for adding masculine touches to a card.   The sentiment is from On Your Birthday, which is my favorite birthday set.  There are 12 different birthday sentiments in this set.  It’s awesome!   I used the Sahara Sand,  Old Olive and Very Vanilla Card Stock, Versamark and Old Olive Ink and the 3/16″ corner rounder punch.

I made this card early in February for my father-in-law’s birthday.  I hope you enjoy it!

Happy Stamping!

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I don’t know about you, but I find it really hard to design a birthday card for men.  This is a design I cased from stamp? on Splitcoaststampers.  I thought it was pretty close to a masculine card even though my dh says it’s kind of cutesy!   Oh, well, I guess we do what we have to do. . .  . .

Manly Bday Card?

Manly Bday Card?

 

I also stamped the packages on the envelope!  I’ll be giving this card to either my dad-in-law or bro-in-law later this month!  I hope they like it.  Inside, I embossed  the message  ” Live, Laugh & Love  happy birthday” 

Inside of manly bday card

Inside of manly bday card

This card uses the Big Bold Birthday set, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, and Whisper White CS,  Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery and Old Olive ink and white embossing powder. We’ll be making this card at my Stamp-A-Stack later this month!  For details, check the list of upcoming events on my Stampin’ Up! website.

Have a great day!

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