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Father’s Day Card Oval Window Using Lovely As a Tree

Father's Day Card Oval Window Lovely As a Tree

Here’s my idea for a Father’s Day card using stamps that you may already have, a Father’s Day Card with an oval window using Lovely As a Tree.  Since Lovely As a Tree has been around “forever” in Stampin’ Up! and I hope it never retires, I thought it could be one stamp set lots of you have and could use to make a Father’s Day card since Father’s Day is sneaking up so fast! Father’s Day is next Sunday, June 18th! I thought we just started June!

On this card, one new product I used was the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack. It is layered on the front on top of Chocolate Chip Cardstock.  If you don’t have this paper, you can leave it plain or use an embossing folder or whatever you like.

Before I die cut the oval with the largest oval in the Layering Ovals Framelits DiesI stamped the inside and watercolored the trees with my Aqua Painter and ink inside the lids of my ink pads (several greens and a touch of yellow).  I adhered this piece inside my card, then die cut an oval out of scrap paper, laid it over the trees on the inside, put a small piece of Snail Adhesive on the top of the scrap and closed the card so that the scrap oval would be attached to the inside front of the card.  In this way, I could place the oval die exactly where I wanted the window to be on the front of the card to showcase the trees on the inside of the card, and then I die cut that oval.

The greeting is from one of my favorite sets, Teeny Tiny Wishes. It’s just stamped on a scrap strip of Very Vanilla and I cut the little banner ends with my Paper Snips.

Here is the inside of the card.  Don’t worry about perfect watercoloring and don’t fuss too much or the paper will pill or the brown ink on the trees might smear.  Just apply some color as if you were an artist!  Just blob some down here and there, not totally solid, not too much.  And I used some Soft Sky for a bit of sky color.

Father's Day Card Inside With Lovely As a Tree

Now as I was uploading my photos for this blog post, I realized I had already made a very similar card!  Check it out in THIS BLOG POST!  They say “Great minds think alike.”  Maybe the same mind thinks alike!  The cards are basically the same but have some differences, so choose whichever one you like!

Don’t delay in making a Father’s Day card for the father (or husband) or special man in your life! Lovely As a Tree has always been a classic stamp set to use for masculine cards or really any kind of card!  If you don’t already own it, you might want to add it to your order of brand new products!


Thinking of You Oval Window Card

Thinking of You Oval Window Card

This Thinking of You Oval Window Card could be used for many occasions, not just “thinking of you”. We often are looking for a masculine card, which this one could be categorized under, but it could be for anyone for any occasion.

However, since we are only two days away from the Stampin’ Up! Catalog changeover, I wanted to use a bit of old and a bit of new to make this card!  And what could be better for “old” than the classic Lovely As a Tree Stamp Set! If you are new to Stampin’ Up!, you might not realize how long Lovely As a Tree has been in the catalog! It’s been there as long as I’ve been a Demonstrator and that’s getting to be pretty long! It will be a dark stamping day if they ever retire this stamp set!  It’s not referred to as “classic” for nothing because it just is SO versatile, and that’s what we love with our stamp sets, ones that can be used for many types of cards or projects. I’ve made Christmas cards with it (one of my favorite easy cards ever!), sympathy, Father’s Day, birthday, you name it.

For the inside of this card, I stamped the trees with Chocolate Chip ink on Whisper White Cardstock and then colored in the leaves and grass with Sponge Daubers and three colors of green ink (Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, and Pear Pizzazz).  If you don’t have the Sponge Daubers, use a piece of a Stamping Sponge or the Aqua Painter. For the sky, I did the same with Soft Sky ink.  The coloring is not meant to be perfect as you can see, but in the end, it all looks good!  I left a bit of white at the bottom for signing the card.  If you wanted to write a note inside, I think you would have to do it on the back of the card or enclose a written letter in the envelope with the card. (Wow!  A letter!  How nice would that be to receive?!)

The card base is Crumb Cake die cut with the largest Layering Ovals Framelits Dies. For “something new” (almost like a wedding!) I used the upcoming Colorful Seasons Stamp Set and the coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  When the new catalog begins June 1st, you will be able to purchase the stamp set and dies as a Bundle and save 10%.  And from the samples I have seen from Demonstrators during our preorder period here in May, I think you will WANT to have this set!  I LOVE the Andirondack chair and the other lounge chair in the set. Plus there are images and dies to make projects for all four seasons. I die cut this chair out of the new Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, a new package of papers you will want to have right away! The card still needed a little something, so I die cut some leaves and stamped with the larger stamp in the set to get the leaf veins. The greeting is in the set.

In case you were wondering, here is one of my favorite and easiest Christmas cards I have ever made! Click HERE to see my card made with Lovely As a Tree and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter!  Some of my customers have also copied and sent this card at Christmas time, too!  It’s just that easy and classic!

Remember, you have today and tomorrow to shop the current Stampin’ Up! Catalog and DON’T FORGET the Occasions Catalog!!!

I hope you were inspired by my old and new mix to make this Thinking of You Oval Window Card! Lovely As a Tree is NOT retiring, so you can order it along with your new products if you like.

Ways to Use the Stampin’ Up! Owl Punch

Owl Punch for a Baby Card

There are so many ways to use the Owl Punch by Stampin’ Up! and for those reasons I really hate to see the Owl Punch on the Retiring Products list. In looking back, I see that it has been around for many years, but the punch is so versatile I cannot believe that we will not have it available soon.  If you do not already own the Owl Punch, I would urge you to grab one before they are gone. I’m sure most serious stampers already have one, but if you are new, you may not be famiiar with all the creativity this one punch affords.

The baby card I have posted above has been one of my most popular cards! All I did was punch out the portion on the Owl Builder Punch that would be the chest area of the owl. Yes, you can make baby clothes out of this piece of the Owl Punch! Click the link or the card photo above to go to the blog post for more information.

Owl Punch Anniversary Card

Here’s an anniversary card I made using the Owl Punch to make a couple of loving owls in silhouette! And I can’t tell you how many times I have punched those little hearts to use on various cards and projects!

Owl Punch Monsters Birthday Card

The Owl Punch can also be used to make monsters for a birthday card! Just add some arms and scary faces!  Click the link or the photo to go to my blog post for details.

If you have made a great project with the Owl Punch, click the “Leave a Reply” button at the top of this post and leave a comment! I’d love to hear!

These are just a few examples of ways to use the retiring Owl Builder Punch, and I can’t begin to tell you about all the creative ideas I have seen out there using the Owl Punch.  Do a search online and you will find them.  If you are so inspired, be sure to purchase the Owl Punch on the Retiring List before it goes away May 31.

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Baseball Opening Day Card For Baseball Fans

Baseball Opening Day Card for Baseball FansHooray! Today is Opening Day for Houston Astros Baseball here in Houston, Texas! Here is an opening day baseball card for baseball fans nationwide, no matter what day your Opening Day is on. Any time I think about baseball, it takes me back to so many memories, and the sounds remind me of summer time during my childhood.  The first baseball game I ever went to was with Girl Scouts and I wasn’t even that excited about going.  My mother, a baseball fan, told me it would be fun and that she loved the hotdogs at the ballpark. Maybe it’s the power of suggestion, but in my memory, the best hotdog I ever had in my life was at that ballpark at my first baseball game! That game was at the old Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, long gone now. Later, Busch Stadium was built and that was where I attended the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball games. Now there’s another new stadium in St. Louis!

My family didn’t attend many baseball games at all, we probably didn’t have the money to spend at that time, and my dad wasn’t that big of a sports fan to say the least, although he thought baseball was okay. Being a baseball fan really came from my mother’s side of the family, especially my grandpa. One time when his eyesight was failing, he said he would buy the tickets if a family friend (huge baseball fan!) would drive him and us kids to the game. We had field boxes that night so he could sit as close as possible to see! Schools often gave free baseball tickets if you got “straight A’s” and sometimes my brother or I earned those and we got to go to the game. When I was in 6th grade, I got in trouble for bringing my transistor radio to school and loaning it to a classmate to listen to a Cardinals World Series game during class. She had the earplug in with the wire underneath her sweater but we still got  caught!

After my husband and I moved to Houston, one of the first things I wanted to do was go to a ballgame at the Astrodome! Back when it was new, my family visited Houston and we went on the Astrodome tour, something I loved and still remember, and how I wished I would have bought a square of the AstroTurf in the gift shop I think for a dollar! When my husband and I went to our first game at the Astrodome, I remember even dressing up a bit because I thought going to the Astrodome was a special experience. Now, of course, the Houston Astros have a newer stadium, but I still like seeing the Astrodome, dwarfed by the big new football stadium!

So for Opening Day, I made this baseball card.  You can copy it or be inspired by it to make one to send to your favorite baseball fan! Click here to see a class valentine I designed for a boy who is a big baseball fan.  The card base is Night of Navy with a little strip from the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.  You wouldn’t think this paper had anything to do with baseball, but when I saw the white with blue stripes pattern, it reminded me of the pinstriped uniforms some baseball teams wear.  The “hooray” is from the Watercolor Words Stamp Set, which I love.  The baseball is die cut with the Layering Circle Framelits Dies and the faux stitching is made with a Paper Pumpkin stamp. The stars I found in my box of scraps already die cut from Gold Glimmer Paper. I added a Real Red layer on the front to help everything stand out.

The Stampin’ Up! Retirement List comes out a week from today!  The only thing we know is that the In Colors from 2015 will be retiring so if you want any of those colors or coordinating products and especially the reinkers, I suggest you grab them now while they are available because they could go fast once the list comes out!

Enjoy baseball’s opening day by making a card for a baseball fan!

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Super Bowl 2017 Card With Punch Art Football Helmets

Super Bowl 2017 Card With Punch Art Football Helmets

Super Bowl LI is almost here, although for those of us living in Houston, Texas it IS here! Time to celebrate with a card for Super Bowl 2017 Card With Punch Art Football Helmets. I wanted something to commemorate this big event for our city, so here is a card celebrating the best in football here in Houston!  The greeting from the Watercolor Words Photopolymer Stamp Set expresses it perfectly!

The city has been spruced up for the Super Bowl, and the George R. Brown Convention  downtown and Discovery Green, a park outside the convention center, have been transformed for many events held pre-Super Bowl this week. There are games, parties, celebrity sightings, concerts, shows and more and that’s all before the championship game even starts!

To make my Super Bowl card, I used a Soft Suede card base with a layer of Emerald Envy on top. Before I adhered the green piece, I scored it with lines about 3/4″ apart with my Simply Scored scoring board  to represent the football field with the yardage marks. Then I stamped the greeting with the Watercolor Words stamp set I mentioned.

For the football helmets, made with punches, I punched a circle with the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch. Then I used a 1 1/4″ Circle Punch  to punch the indentation for the front of the helmet and the 1/2″ Circle Punch for the little indentation. To make the face guard I used a retired triangle punch. I also used my retired Crop-A-Dile tool to punch the little black circle on both helmets and a retired small star punch for the stars.  Just use whatever you may have! Or you can just snip parts by hand.

It is fun having stamping and papercrafting supplies on hand for commemorating these special events and occasions going on, just for fun. But this card isn’t just for the Super Bowl in Houston, you could make something like this for a man’s birthday. As we have discussed before, it often is difficult to come up with a masculine card…..not that this couldn’t be a card for a woman or a girl.

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Easy Masculine Birthday Card to Make

Easy Masculine Birthday Card with Serene SceneryFor some reason, we all seem to find it difficult to make a card for the men in our lives, but here is an easy masculine birthday card to make. I think often in the whole crafting world, there is a lot for women but not so much for men. But if we look carefully and think outside the box creatively and often with the help of Stampin’ Up!, we can always find something appropriate for any occasion.

Sometimes an idea just pops into my head, and the other day it was to use the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack. I find that I often get carried away with the seasonal catalogs, like the recent Holiday Catalog and now the spring/summer Occasions Catalog, and forget all the great products in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. I paged through the stack of designer paper and choose the pattern that looks like wood strips (it would make a pretty wood floor!) What I wanted to do was make a simple card with designer paper and a bold greeting stamped on the front.

The card base is made with Soft Suede Card Stock, incidentally not one of the coordinating colors with the Serene Scenery paper, but I liked it better with this paper than Crumb Cake. Then I stamped in Early Espresso Ink the birthday greeting from the stamp set Big on Birthdays which is in the Occasions Catalog on page 6. There are so many birthday stamps sets with fabulous greetings to choose from in the Occasions Catalog this year!

To embellish my masculine birthday card, I tied on a piece of 5/8″ Burlap RibbonBurlap is not just for masculine cards and projects at all. It’s a very thin and loose weave ribbon, not big and bulky like you might think of burlap ribbon. It’s very nice and I think something everyone should have in their stash for certain cards and other projects.

Often we don’t show the inside of cards, usually just stamping a greeting or writing a note inside is all that is required and is personal to your recipient. Since I was using Soft Suede, I added a piece of Whisper White cardstock inside, stamped another greeting from the same Big on Birthdays Stamp Set. Since I had a strip of the patterned paper left over, I just added it to the bottom of the inside piece of cardstock. Often it works to turn the paper over and show the pattern on the other side of the paper!

Easy Masculine Birthday Card with Serene Scenery Inside

Put this Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack on your list to order and choose a stamp set you like in the Occasions Catalog for birthdays or whatever occasion you are looking for. If you don’t have lots of cardstock colors, you hecan make an easy decision by choosing the Serene Scenery pack of cardstock which contains Crumb Cake, Pool Party and the Whisper White Thick Cardstock. That will at least get you started! Maybe choose some ribbon or embellishments you like, extra paper, and probably you will get up to $50. Then choose something for FREE from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure!  We always like “free”! You’ll be all set to make some easy masculine birthday cards or other occasions.

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World Series 2016 Cubs Win Celebration Card

World Series 2016 Cubs Win Celebration Card

Did you watch Game 7 of the World Series last night with the Cleveland Indians playing the Chicago Cubs?  Wow!  What a game! Isn’t it fun that with stamping you can make a card that has something to do with current events like my World Series 2016 Cubs Win Celebration Card.  I’m sure some relatives of mine, lots of them from Chicago, who I remember being Cubs fans, like my grandpa’s brother, were celebrating in heaven last night! I couldn’t help but root for the Cubs because of their history and being from St. Louis (which isn’t too far from Chicago!), even though my son-in-law was mad they beat his Dodgers! He enjoyed the game itself anyway!

I very quickly made this card celebrating baseball, the World Series, and the Cubs victory. For the baseball I just punched a 2″ circle and drew on the baseball stitching lines with a Real Red marker. The word Celebrate is from the Ronald McDonald House Charity stamp set from Stampin’ Up! called My Hero . (A worthy cause while you add to your stamping collection!!) The little stars I just punched with a small retired punch from Gold Foil Sheets.

Whichever team you were rooting for,  I hope you enjoyed the World Series this year!

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Flourish Thinlits Fall Leaves Birthday Card

Flourish Thinlits Fall Leaves Birthday Card

My Flourish Thinlits Fall Leaves Birthday Card was copied with a few changes from a sample in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. I was looking for a card idea for my husband’s birthday, and this one seemed to fill the bill!  Even though it is still so miserably hot here in Houston, I know my husband loves the colors of fall leaves and perhaps this card would make him believe that cooler temperatures will eventually come!  Probably not for the first day of fall this week, though!  And wow, do these Flourish Thinlits make beautiful diecuts!

The card base is Early Espresso card stock. I’m not sure what Stampin’ Up! used in their sample, but I chose the Copper Foil SheetsI cut a piece of the foil for the background for the leaves. The Copper Foil is beautiful and comes packaged with chipboard covering both sides of the foil so that nothing can scratch it.  You do need to be a little careful working with it. But if you order it, don’t think Stampin’ Up! sent you an empty package!  Look inside!!

For the leaves, I chose Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Crushed Curry cardstock. As long as I was die cutting, I decided to make the cute little individual leaves also, in case I wanted to use them on my card.  The greeting is from Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set and layered with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, which are discounted this week on the Special Offers through Wednesday, September 21. For some extra texture and embellishment, I used a piece of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.

On the inside of the card, I adhered a layer of Very Vanilla since the Early Espresso is so dark and adhered one of the small single leaves. Sometimes it is fun to put a strip of designer paper or stamp something on the inside of the card.

Don’t miss these Flourish Thinlits Dies in the main catalog!  You get lots of pieces and they all will make beautiful die cuts as you can see here on this Flourish Thinlits Fall Leaves Birthday Card.

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Tuxedo Pop Up Card

Tuxedo Pop Up Card

These pop up cards that fold flat and fit in an envelope for mailing are relatively easy to create and can then be customized for any occasion, such as this tuxedo card for a special gentleman’s birthday. This was a custom order for someone who knew exactly what she wanted and really designed the card, I just had to make it come to life.

I found a template for a tuxedo jacket online, probably resized it a little bit with Whisper White Cardstock and Black Glimmer Paper (retired) for the lapels and bowtie. The buttons are tiny Pearl Jewels colored with a black Sharpie marker. Just color them on the sheet before attaching to your project.  The champagne glasses are actually from a Stampin’ Up set Cheers To You (retired). The champagne bottle is clip art that I printed on cardstock and colored in myself with Stampin’ Write Markers.

The background is a piece of Gold Foil with the New York City skyline printed on cardstock and cut out. The greeting is printed out on the computer and the little bowties in the corners are Black Glimmer Paper.

tuxedo closeup

Tuxedo Card Front

Tuxedo Card Front

Just google directions for making a pop up card and you will probably find directions.  They are pretty easy and you can add any stamped images or whatever you like to pop up from the divider(s) inside the box.  Just keep checking as you make it that they all stay within the boundaries of the box so that it will fit in the envelope, unless you are not mailing it!

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Last Minute Father’s Day Card Ideas

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there! 

In case you are needing a last minute Father’s Day card idea, I thought I would go back in the files and offer some suggestions and inspiration! You won’t even need all the new stamp sets for these, some may even be retired, but if you have the products in your stash, it works!

Layered Letters Father's Day Card

Layered Letters Alphabet and Crazy About You Stamp Set.  See the post HERE.

Lovely As a Tree Father's Day Card

Lovely As a Tree – always a classic!!  See my post HERE.

Chalk Talk Father's Day Card

Easy to duplicate with whatever supplies you have!  See my post HERE.

A Saying about a Dad

If you are looking for some quotes and sayings about fathers, read my post HERE.


I made this as a birthday card but all you have to do is change the greeting!  See my post HERE.

Lovely As a Tree Father's Day Card

And one more, a great masculine card for any occasion, just change the greeting, using the favorite Lovely As a Tree.  See my post HERE.

Hope these ideas provide some inspiration for last minute Father’s Day card ideas for you, especially if you are a procrastinator like me!


Make a Father’s Day Pop Up Card

Father's Day Pop Up Card

Make a Father’s Day Pop Up Card very easily for your father this weekend! Dad deserves a special card, don’t you think?! For the card base, I used one of the new In Colors, Dapper Denim. It turned out to be a red, white and blue card so I suppose you could turn this into a patriotic card for the 4th of July! There is a Real Red layer with Whisper White on top with stamping and some Dapper Denim 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon.

The greeting on the front is stamped with part of a stamp from the Better Together Stamp Set and also an “A” from the “Happy Birthday” stamp in the set.  I just colored with a Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker to get portions of the stamp that I wanted. I used the marker to put the little dots. The stars are stamps from the same set as are the arrows at the bottom.

To make the pop up portion inside, just fold the cardstock layer in half like you normally would. Cut from the fold up with the Paper Trimmer or just scissors to make as large a pop up as you want. Then the pop up part folds out while the rest layers inside the card like normal.  When you do it, you will know exactly how to do it.Father's Day Pop Up Card Side View

Decorate the inside of the card however you like.  I used the Layered Letters Alphabet to spell out “Dad”.  The greeting inside is stamped with words from the Crazy About You Photopolymer Stamp Set. Lots of word and phrase choices in there!

Father's Day Pop Up Card Inside

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Lovely As a Tree Father’s Day Card

Lovely As a Tree Father's Day Card

It felt so good to use this “old” stamp set to make this Lovely As a Tree Father’s Day card! Lovely As a Tree has been a favorite stamp set since I joined Stampin’ Up! many years ago and I believe it is still going strong! Every year we wonder if they will retire it, but so far they have not. It is just a classic stamp set, good for so many occasions and projects, so many techniques you can do with it. Lovely As a Tree is a must-have stamp set if you are a Stampin’ Up! stamper!

To make this card, I stamped the tree with the Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad and colored in with various Stampin’ Write Markers. An artist I used to know always said every green should have a little yellow in it, so first I randomly colored areas of light yellow, like So Saffron on the tree leaves. Then I colored (lightly) with lighter to darker shades of green, choose whatever colors you like. You don’t want to use a heavy hand when coloring with the markers, usually. To get a lighter look with some colors you could use a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter rather than coloring direct with the marker, which might be too dark. For the tree trunk and branches, I first colored with Crumb Cake and then used Soft Suede on the shaded areas of the tree. I also added some Crumb Cake and various greens to make the grassy area and sponged on some Soft Sky in for the sky in the background. (Cut the sponges into wedges.)

For a little background on the plain Crumb Cake card base, I was going to emboss, but then thought of just stamping the little leaf in the Lovely As a Tree Stamp Set randomly around the card in Crumb Cake ink.

“Dad” is spelled out using the Layered Letters Alphabet. I could have also made a banner across the bottom of the card with a “Happy Father’s Day” greeting instead.

If you don’t already own Lovely As a Tree, I highly recommend you put that on your next order! I love my wood-mount set, but now it is also available in Clear-Mount.

Whatever you do, be sure you have a Father’s Day card for your dad or special man in your life for Father’s Day, this Sunday June 19th! Make it today so you don’t have to rush at the last minute! If you already have the Lovely As a Tree Stamp Set, go ahead and dig it out and use it to make a Father’s Day card!

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Layered Letters Father’s Day Card With Bowtie

Layered Letters Father's Day Card Bowtie

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19th, so if you haven’t already made a Father’s Day card maybe this Layered Letters Father’s Day Card with a bowtie will provide some inspiration to you. It’s very easy to make and you can customize it to your father or husband. It doesn’t even have to be just for Father’s Day.  We are always looking for good masculine card ideas and you could customize this card to any special occasion for a man.

To make the bowtie, I checked the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper and found that this black and white pattern would be perfect for a bowtie! You can cut two triangles and a circle any way you like, but I happened to think of the triangle in the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies and used that to cut two triangles. Then I used the 1″ Circle Punch for the bowtie knot.

For the greeting, I could have used the Father’s Day stamp in the Crazy about You Stamp Setbut I opted to use the Layered Letters Stamp Set.  This is another stamp set that I just find to be fun and useful. After stamping the rectangles with Crumb Cake ink on the Whisper White card front and getting some ink smudges in the corner (ugh!) I just cut out the rectangles instead and adhered them to the card!  Another proof there are no mistakes in stamping! (usually!)  Simple card to make, I think, and you can change the colors and the greeting style any way you like.

The card base is Basic Black with a Crumb Cake layer.  The letters are stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink.

Get started on the Father’s Day card or cards you need to make for the special men in your life! I hope this Layered Letters Father’s Day Card with a bowtie will give you some ideas!

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Final Four Houston Basketball Card

Final Four Houston Basketball Card

If you are a college basketball fan, then you might be interested in the Final Four this weekend here in Houston, Texas, and if you are not so much a college basketball fan, you might like to just make a Final Four basketball card! Of course this card isn’t just about the basketball tournament, but can be for any basketball fan. It was an easy card to make. Change the greeting for a birthday or congratulations or whatever you need!

I used Whisper White for the card base with a layer of Pacific Point blue embossed with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder. To make the basketball, I die cut a circle of Pumpkin Pie cardstock with one of the Circles Collection Framelits Dies. Then I drew on the markings with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker  and embossed with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder to make it look like a basketball. The tiny Gold Glimmer stars are punched with the Confetti Stars Punch and adhered with the Fine Tip Glue Pen so that you can get the tiniest dab of glue.

The greeting is stamped with the Layered Letters Photopolymer Stamp Set. Love that set! I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

Make a card like this Final Four Houston Basketball card for your favorite basketball sports fan! You can change a few things on it to make it in your own style!

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Easy Masculine Birthday All-Occasion Card For a Man

Easy Masculine Birthday All-Occasion Card For a Man

Yesterday I made a card very similar to this one HERE in this post, and then I thought about changing it up in color and texture to make an easy masculine birthday all-occasion card for a man.  I just used Chocolate Chip cardstock for the card base, making it open at the top instead of the side.  Just cut the full piece of card stock lengthwise at 4 1/4″ and then score in the middle at 5 1/2″ for the fold. I used a piece of the Kraft Corrugated Paper (you also get white sheets as well in the pack!) for the layer. The Whisper White banner is stamped with several different inks in the Neutrals family. I adhered a piece of cardstock at the top of the banner and stapled it (for that “masculine” texture!) with the Stampin’ Up! Handheld Stapler. Be sure to order a box of the Silver Mini Staples so you will have some on hand. And it all counts toward your $50 order for Sale-A-Bration!

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