CTC227 – Favourite Retiring Bundle

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Okay, so I always find it really hard to choose favourites, I mean, really, isn’t everything a favourite one way or another. This week the Caseing The Catty crew are focussing on favourite bundles. So sit back and grab a cuppa for some last inspiration using these retiring favourites.

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For this challenge I decided to go with this bundle – Floral Frames. It’s made up of the Floral Frames stamp set and the Foliage Frame framelit dies. I’m really sad they are retiring, they were new additions to the current catalogue and I kind of feel like they haven’t had enough time to shine. I love the stamp designs, they are just so lovely, you can create a simple stunning card, But my favourite things is the way the stamps and dies overlap making it really easy  to create depths with layers. My inspiration came from the card featured on page 135 of the Annual catalogue.

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Here is my card.

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I love the die with the foliage that emerges from the side of the circle. It’s just so lovely and creates a great frame for a circle centre feature. Whether that be a sentiment or more imagery.

Here I decided to create window to peak through. With the sentiment stamped on the inside, a window brings to the front of the card too.

First, I stamped the large circle stamp with foliage on the card front in Tranquil tide. I coloured some of the leaves with my Lemon Lime Twist marker and then overlayed the die-cut, but offset the foliage so that you can still see many of the elements.

Using one of the layering circle framelits, I punched the window through the centre of the layers. This allowed me to stamp the sentiment through the window so that it aligns nicely in the centre.

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Then I decorated the top with some stamped, punched and coloured flowers plus a couple of additional leaves punched from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. I added some Wink of Stella to the flowers and to the Lime leaves (it’s always hard to photograph!), which adds a lovely shimmer. To finish off, I scattered some pearls from the Share what You Love Artisan Pearls pack.

This design works for many occasions, I have even made a Mothers Day card.

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Next up in the hop, is the amazing Elizabeth Gross.

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After you’ve enjoyed the awesome hop with the team, I’m looking forward to seeing your CASE over in our challenge group. Be sure to load up your creation by 6pm next Sunday night, May 12.

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Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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CTC226 – Case a Layout

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And I’m back again today, hoping in my regular spot with the amazing Casing the Catty Crew. It’s been a few weeks since my last hop with this crew, life has just been too busy. But I’m so glad to have had some time to create. Plus… I love a great sketch….

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Welcome if you are joining me here, or if you have just hopped over from Lauren. Our catalogues are full of great sketches to case and today, I opted for this one on page 31 of the Occasions catalogue…

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What grabbed me about his was the use of the flower thinlit die from the Springtime Impressions die set. It’s one I own and I love very much, but I haven’t used as much as I would like. So today…. I created this card….

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Same white cardbase and a layer of Designer paper – here I went with the pink hearts from the All My Love suite. Next is that lovely thinlit die layer in whisper white cardstock over the top.

I punched a rectangle from the Rectangle Stitched Framelits – they have quickly become my “go to” set!! The stamp set I opted for is the new Vibrant Vases stamp set from this Occasions catalogue. Which coordinates with the Vases builder punch available in the Annual catalogue! This being another Photopolyer set, makes it so easy to line stamps up, from the infill vase colouring to the tulip sitting on the stem!

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I finished off the card with a sentiment stamped in Lovely Lipstick ink on some Flirty Flamingo cardstock, this sentiment is from the Petal Palette set. This is layered over some of the double-sided ribbon, here I have the Coastal Cabana side showing. I added a simple “Thanks” on the inside.

Next up in the hop is the amazing Sandra Collett.

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After you’ve enjoyed the awesome hop with the team, I’m looking forward to seeing your CASE over in our challenge group. Be sure to load up your creation by 6pm next Sunday night, May 5.

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Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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CI45 – Happiness Blooms at OnStage III

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So sometimes it takes looking at something in a different colour to know if it’s going to work for you. That’s what I have done with today’s Happiness Blooms at OnStage post. I’ve created a card in this fortnights colour challenge for Colour INKspiration.

Welcome if you are joining me here or if you have hopped over from Tanya Bell. Our colour challenge this fortnight centres on 2017-2019 InColour range. I can’t believe we only have a little over six months before these awesome colours retire….

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I’ve used the Bloom by Bloom stamp set to show you how it these stamps can work in a different colour combination. Take a look…

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So here I have used the large Tulip stamp and inked it in Powder Pink, then I used a sponge dauber to apply some Berry Burst ink to the top of the flower and down the sides a little. I stamped this first and then stamped the large stem in Tranquil Tide. Next was the smaller stem, off to the side followed by the smaller tulip coloured the same way.

That a great tip too by the way…. I found, in some cases, stamping the flower image first was easier. It would allow me to position it and angle it just the way I wanted it to sit. Then adding the stem later fitted in easy.

I finished off my tulips by adding some stamen in Lemon Lime Twist ink. I layered the Whisper White stamped cardstock on some Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and wrapped a piece of the Ombre ribbon around before apply dimensions. Then attached it to my Berry Burst cardbase.

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I tied a separate bow in the Ombre ribbon and attached it to the card with a glue. Then stamped the the sentiment in Tranquil Tide ink beneath the raised feature.

I really enjoyed making these, so made a few…

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#simplestamping and layering techniques really are winners!

Next up in the hop is amazing Denita.

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Once you have enjoyed all the amazing inspiration in this hop, pop over to our Facebook Challenge group and load up your creation using these colours. This challenge is open until 6pm, Monday, November 26th. Look forward to seeing you over on the group.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Happiness Blooms at OnStage II

Seriously, look at all those image stamps in the Bloom by Bloom stamp set! I bet your wondering what on earth to do with some of them. I know I was… at first…

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Like I mentioned in yesterday’s post, which I kicked off this series of posts, this set features 17 different stamps and they are all images – no sentiments here. Again, this creates versatility as we are not locked in to any one occasion.

With so many images featuring bold strong shapes, you can create flowers with some by teaming them up with either of the stems. Or you can do what I have done here and create a background pattern.

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Here, I stamped images randomly over some Whisper White cardstock in coordinating colour ink. I layered this over some of the Happiness Blooms designer paper, I used the pattern design that is shades of Call Me Clover so that is blended rather than competed.

 

That’s a good tip I tend to employ when using Designer Paper packs like this one. An effective way to use paper that features bold colours and/or busy patterns, is to team them up with a monochromatic. This way, the patterns blend together and the colours stop competing with each other. Like this…

I think the 2018 InColour Designer Paper stack is going to be a BFF to the Happiness Blooms pack… just take a look at the monochromatic coordinating happening here…

 

I offset the stamped layer and the DSP so they sit on angles to each other over the cardbase in Call Me Clover. I embossed the front with the Dot to Dot textured impressions embossing folder.

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I love this fun polka-a-dot pattern, it coordinates with patterns in the DSP and the Memories and More cards too. But I also like how other existing trims, like the Polka-a-Dot Tulle ribbon, coordinate too.

I used some of the gorgeous Calypso Coral satin ribbon from the suite and some more DSP under the sentiment, which came from the Tropical Chic stamp set. Here I have stamped Calypso Coral ink on the same colour cardstock, to help it blend.

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Then to top it off, I have punched a flower from the DSP with another shape in the Bitty Bloom punch pack and topped this off, and some of the stamped flowers, with my favourite the enamel dots.

I’ll be back tomorrow with some more sneak peaks of this amazing suite.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Colour INKspiration – CI41

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I’m back hopping with the Colour INKspiration Crew and this hop is all about the new Regals colour collection. Welcome if you are joining me here or if you have hopped over from Nikki Spencer.

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We have mixed up a few of our colour palettes this half year, allowing ourselves to be inspired by Stampin’ Up! new colour range. The three colours from the Regals range I have chosen to focus on are Blackberry Bliss (so happy to see this one back!!) and Old Olive and Crushed Curry.

Here is what I came up with.

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I thought I’d show so love to a couple of my favourite stuff, waiting patiently on the shelf for me to get over my Holiday catalogue excitement – like that is going to happen soon huh?!

Starting with a Blackberry Bliss cardstock base, I have layered some Crushed Curry cardstock around some of that yummy new Festive Farmhouse Designer paper. This is new in the Holiday catalogue but has a great couple of woodgrain pieces which have become my favourites. Me thinks, I could use a whole pack of these two designs on their own!

First I stamped the DSP with the large leaf image from the Petal Palette stamp set with some Old Olive ink and adhered these three layers together. I die cut the thank you from some Blackberry Bliss cardstock and adhere this over the top. Finishing with a stamped flower from the same stamp set and colouring it with Crushed Curry Marker, I layered this on some Blackberry cardstock – punching both using Layering Circle framelits. Before adhering I applied a little snail adhesive and arranged some of that lovely polka-dot tulle ribbon to the back, so it framed the punched circle on three sides, then allow some extra length to flow from one edge to act like an underline of my sentiment.

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I was having so much fun creating this, plus I needed a few more Thank You cards, I created some in a couple of different colours (ok so not all of these are form Regals! Sshhh – don’t tell Bronwyn, she’s up next!) and used Tropic Chic stamp set.

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Why not join in this challenge and show us what you create with this collection. Remember choose 3 colours from Regals and you can use the Basics collection (Black, White and Vanilla) to compliment.

Next up on the hop is the amazing Bronwyn Eastley.

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Once you have enjoyed all the amazing inspiration in this hop, pop over to our Facebook Challenge group and load up your creation using these colours. This challenge is open until XXX. Look forward to seeing you over on the group.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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CTC181 – It’s a new catalogue

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Such an exciting time… new catalogue… it always brings new inspiration and fun to our projects. Welcome if you are starting here with me or if you have just hopped over from Rachel Palmeri – Caseing The Catty are celebrating this awesome time.

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Today, I am sharing two cards – one design, one technique used two different ways. I’m showcasing this using the Accented Blooms stamp set, featured on page 19, which coordinates with Tailored Tag punch, which carried over from the Occasions catalogue.

This stamp set, has one hero image and then has several secondary sentiment stamps, which fit into the main image. It’s gorgeous and clever. It offers such flexibility by allowing you to create some quick and simple or something a little more involved. Today, I’ve gone for a little more involved and used a white wash technique.

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Here I have embossed the image in white embossing powder on some Crumb Cake cardstock. Using my blender pen (or you can use an aqua painter for a lighter look), and coloured the image completely using Whisper White craft ink. (This is a pigment ink, so more of a paint style, rather than regular water colour ink).

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After this initial colouring in, you need to allow the craft ink to dry completely. Once it is dry, then you can colour it using some Classic ink colours – here I have used Berry Burst, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Balmy Blue and Blushing Bride for my flowers and a mix of Garden Green and Old Olive for my leaves.

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Once this was dry, I painted my flowers with some Wink of Stella to add some sparkle (which is always impossible to show in a photo!). I finished my card, using one of the large sentiments shaped to fit the punch. I used Berry Burst ink to reflect the layering of the cardstock on the card – so your eye bounces around to the same colour, giving it a coordinated look.

While making this first card, I wondered how this would work on a really dark coloured cardstock. So out came some Blackberry Bliss cardstock, which is the most beautiful dark purple (which has red undertones).

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I embossed in white powder and coloured the same way – blender pen and white craft ink. To my surprise, the dark ink within the cardstock blended with the white craft ink to create a lightly berry coloured tone to the embossed image.

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It subtle but lovely. I can’t wait to try this technique with other different dark coloured cardstocks. I added a sentiment in Blackberry Bliss, so that it allowed the colouring of the stamp to shine through. I fussy cut the sentiment, as straight lines are the easiest to cut!!, and layered it on some Lemon Lime Twist cardstock, which I punched out.

Next up in the hop is the incredibly talented Bronwyn Eastley.

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After you’ve enjoyed the awesome hop with the team, I’m looking forward to seeing your CASE over in our challenge group. Be sure to load up your creation by 6pm next Sunday night, June 10th.

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Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Colour INKspiration – CI34

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Welcome to another awesome blog hop with the Colour INKspiration crew – whether you’re starting here or hopped over from Julia, you’re in for a treat.

So the colour we are playing with for the next three weeks are:

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Pool Party, Basic Gray, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight.

As I was playing around with my supplies, I realised we had those colours in our Stampin’ Blends range, so the choice to play with some new products became an easy one.

This is my first play with some of the Graceful Glace suite coming in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue on June 1st.

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Here I have used Stampin’ Blends (Stampin’ Up!’s alcohol marker collection) in Pool Party, Daffodil and Calypso to colour some printed vellum. This pack comes in 6×6” size and has a huge 12 different designs to choose from.

Using a 3×3” square from one design and then colouring it, not only creates stunning effects, it’s quite therapeutic! I like this design as it reminds me of some of the stained glass windows you would see in architecture scattered all over Europe, just like those building in the inspiration image.

What I really like about alcohol markers is that if you happen to “accidently” colour outside the lines, it’s easy to fix. Just use the colour that is meant to be in that space and colour over it. If it’s a darker colour than the marker you are using, you can easily clean off the transfer of colour by scribbling on some scrap paper.

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I layered my card with some Whisper White and Basic Gray cardstock then created a frame in Gray to hold the coloured vellum. I finished the card with a simple sentiment in the coordinating Painted Glass stamp set and a butterfly stamped in Calypso Coral and punched with the coordinating framelit.

Simple but stylish, which these designs need given they can be quite busy.

Next up in the hop is the amazing Jackie Aitken.

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Once you have enjoyed all the amazing inspiration in this hop, pop over to our Facebook Challenge group and load up your creation using these colours. This challenge is open for three weeks and closes June 11th. Look forward to seeing you over on the group.

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Share What You Love – Sneak Peak

I am loving this new early product suite release from the upcoming 2018-19 Annual Catalogue. There are three amazing bundles of products available this month with free products included too. See this post here for all the details on this promotion.

Today, I’m focussing on the “A Little More, Please” bundle and sharing a card design idea of what you could make using products in this suite. But first let’s take a look at the bundle…

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Here is the card I made using these these products…

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I’m so loving the return of Mint Macaron to the collection. I love how it has a new lease on life now it’s teams up beautifully with the new Grapefruit Grove and Rich Razzleberry. The cardbase is Mint Macaron cardstock, which comes in the cardstock pack. I re-inked my ol’ ink pad and stamped some flowers down one side.

I stamped the trio of flowers in Grapefruit Grove on Whisper White cardstock. Then, using the fill stamp, I stamped off the Grapefruit ink before stamping inside my flowers to create a lighter shade of colour. I fussy cut these with my paper snips.

I stamped the Thank You sentiment to the right side, in Rich Razzleberry ink, on to one of the lazer cut labels that comes in the Embellishment kit (one of the free items in this bundle!).

I then used the flowers to help me position the leaf stamps that appear around it on the label. The I applied some snail adhesive to the back of the label and adhered the pearlized doily. Apply a little more snail, I then adhered these in place on the cardbase.

I cut a length of the Velvet ribbon to stretch across the width of the card, and used glue dots to adhere them in place. I used some dimensionals to adhere the flowers in place.

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I finished off this card with some embellishments – the gorgeous metal rose is just stunning. These come in the Embellishment kit too and the best bit… they are self adhesive! The last item on the card are those gorgeous coloured pearls – I used Rich Razzleberry pearls on each of the flowers and dotted a few more colours on the mint flowers to coordinate.

I’m just loving these new products available in these bundles this month. There is something for every level crafter and budget. I’m sure I’ll be back with some more ideas using these great items.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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CTC136 – Thanks

I’m so excited!! This is my first blog hop as part of the Case-ing The Catty Design Team Crew! Welcome if you are joining me from talented Julia. If you are a regular follower of mine and are starting here, you are in for a treat.

The Case-ing The Catty team focuses on drawing inspiration from different sections and themes within Stampin’ Up! catalogues. The team look at ways to give you new ideas based on ideas found in current catalogues. I encourage you to hop through the teams blogs and see all the amazing ideas. But it doesn’t stop there – you can join in the creative fun too. All the details are given later in the blog.


But for now, let’s get things rolling by introducing this week’s section. It’s the Thanks section featured on pages 126 to 131.

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I drew inspiration from this same image from the catalogue, which is featured on page 131. Here I have focused on the card on the left of this main image. It features the stamp set One Big Meaning which provides you many different stamp designs to help you create that perfect card or gift to convey your sentiment.

I specifically chose this card as I knew I didn’t have those gorgeous Hearts & Stars Embellishments yet – sadly they are still on my wishlist. So, I wanted to show how I thought about a substitute for them.

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First, I looked at what elements I had available to use and decided on the Copper trim in place of the Linen Thread, as this was more substantial and the darker colour commanded more attention. Next, I looked at paper. Whilst I had the Naturally Eclectic pack that is used in the catalogue sample, I opted for one that suited the Copper trim a little more. I went for the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, as it featured Soft Sky which is the colour used in the original card, but it also had the neutral tones I was looking. I wrapped a piece of the trim around the overlapped papers, then I created a separate bow to adhere over the top of the sentiment to help the create impact of the embellishments.

While making this card, this sparked another idea for another card. Here is what I created.

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I used the same Pinewood Planks embossing folder for the background. I started with some Washi tape at the very back, then layered Burlap Trim and some Designer Series Paper from the Coffee Break pack in a similar way to the original card. I love how the busyness of this design with the vertical and horizontal lines and the circles all work together.

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This design used another stamp in that same stamp set. With the design of this stamp being a stacked layout, it allowed me to make it a feature in a medallion style setting. I finished off the card with a heart shape from the Corrugated Elements embellishment pack – those I do have! LOL.

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Next up on the blog hop is my stamping friend – Fiona Cobbin. Hop on over and check out her ideas.

When you have finished hoping through the teams creative inspiration, please jump over and Join our Facebook Challenge group. We’d love to see what has inspired you from this section of the catalogue. Simply snap a pic of your project and load it up by 7pm Next Sunday (16th). Anyone can enter. We choose a community “most liked” project and the Crew choose their favourite each week – so you just may be a top pick. I can’t wait to see what you create.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Wood Textures thank you

This week, I needed to make a Thank You card and to make things extra challenging, this was to go to a guy. Birthday cards for guys are challenging enough, but a thank you card….

Drawing inspiration from page 94 of the Annual Catalogue. It’s the Fresh Florals Suites. Now I know what you’re thinking… Florals for a guy?!

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It’s from the Love and Sympathy section of the catalogue, which is showbased by the CASE-ing The Catty team this week.

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I used the design from the Berry Burst card in the top right as a basic sketch. What first caught my eye on this card was the sentiment, it was just right for the purpose of this card. I then set about adapting this design to fit my guy theme.

Here is what I came up with.

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My card base is Early Espresso cardstock and I used one of the Wood Textures paper stack designs as my layering piece. The punched elements use the Lots of Label framelits. Here, I have punched the background layer from Old Olive cardstock in a smaller frame, and a larger one in Whisper White.

I punched these first, then set about finding a replacement for the floral image. I decided on the leaves from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set. They have that lovely artistic brushstroke look. I stamped two on the base in Old Olive ink and another one on some scrap. I also stamped two more on scrap in Garden Green ink. I fussy cut the stamped images from the scrap cardstock and arranged them over the images stamped directly onto the Label shape.

I cut the Olive label in half and cut the stamped White label down to the size that worked. Adhered the Olive half behind the white and adhered both to the cardbase.

I created the sentiment by stamping it in Old Olive ink to match and trimming down the Whisper White cardstock to a line strip and added in flags to both ends. I layered this onto a shorter flag strip from Early Espresso cardstock.

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At this point, I decided to vary from the design, leaving off the additional ribbon layered beneath the sentiment and the white layer of the label. Just opting to include the bottom half of the Olive label and then popped the sentiment over the top.

I finished off the card with some copper trim – okay, I know it’s a bow, but I think it still works. I just love how the shape of the trim works to make the bow sit flat. It’s looks really nice and still manly!

I stamped a coordinating envelope to match to finish it off.

I hope this project inspires you for your next manly project!

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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