Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Friendship, Guys cards, Masculine

Kylie’s International Blog Highlight-July 2020

Welcome to my Blog today for Kylie’s International Blog Highlight! The card I chose for today is a very masculine card that I created for a Zoom Catalog Kick Off Party I had at the end of June. It was my first attempt at doing an online class and my first Zoom class. Fortunately it went well!

I created this card specifically to highlight the World of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper. The travel designs are so adventurous! Perfect for a masculine card. Also great for expressing gratitude to a special person.

One of the special features on this card is the buckle from the Antique Corners and Slides.

The diagonal cuts are made with the die from the World Map Dies.

The Very Vanilla background was embossed with the Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder. I sprayed the Very Vanilla Cardstock with a little water before embossing to make the effect even more 3D. The sentiment is highlighted with the Brass Foil Sheet.

I am so grateful to all of you who are creating cards! I get so much inspiration from everyone! I can’t wait to see all the cards and projects in Kylie’s International Blog Highlight this month!

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Have a most wonderful and inspiring week!

Theresa

Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Fun/Fancy fold card, Guys cards, Masculine

Adventure Awaits with this Fun Fold Card

Happy Friday! Today I have a Fun Fold card for you using the World of Good Suite in the new 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. The stamp set is Beautiful World. This card can be a wonderful masculine card.

A great part of this card is that it highlights the World of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). This paper has travel patterns- some accented with brass foil!

The Adventure Awaits Fun fold card opens like the top of a cardboard box. All of the flaps end up being tucked in behind the 2 1/4 inch Brass Foil Circle.

Measurements: Misty Moonlight Card Stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 11 inches for the card base, and 4 x 2 1/4 inches: Very Vanilla CS: 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 4 x 2 inches; Brass Foil Sheet: 4 x 2 1/2 inches; and the World of Good Specialty DSP in 4 different designs: 2 5/8 x 1 7/8 inches each.

Use the Simply Scored scoring board to make the card base. Place the 8 1/2 x 11 inch Misty Moonlight CS with the 8 1/2 inch side on top. Use the Simply Scored Stylus to score at 2 1/8 and at 6 3/8 inches.

Turn the Misty Moonlight CS and score the 11 inch side at 2 3/4 and 8 1/4 inches.

Cut along the scorelines to cut off the four corner pieces.

Using the corner punch on the Detailed Trio Punch, round all of the corners.

Use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold on all the scorelines. Check to see that the opposite flaps meet in the middle. Now fold the four flaps as you would fold the top of a cardboard box.

Using a non-permanent adhesive, place the World of Good Specialty DSP pieces on the card as you would like them to be. Open the card and flip over. This will allow you to see which corner of the DSP needs to be rounded with the corner punch.

Use the Detailed Trio Punch to round the appropriate corners on the DSP. Adhere the DSP pieces to the card base with a permanent adhesive. Fold the card back up to be sure all looks well.

In Misty Moonlight ink, stamp the sentiment “Life’s a beautiful journey” followed by the sentiment “Congratulations on this new beginning” onto the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Very Vanilla CS. Stamp the ink bottle and the little squiggle. On the 4 x 2 1/4 inch Very Vanilla CS stamp the globe on one end allowing space around it so you can punch it out. Now stamp the sentiment “Adventure Awaits” on the other end.

The compass and feather are stamped in Cinnamon Cider ink.

Punch the globe out with the 1 3/4 inch Circle Punch. Fussy cut the “Adventure Awaits”. Note: I didn’t realize that the 1 3/4 inch Circle Punch is retired. I recommend fussy cutting the globe because the next size, the 1 1/2 inch Circle Punch, cuts off too much of the image.

Use the 2 1/4 inch Circle Punch to cut out a circle from the Brass Foil. Tip: When punching the foil, I get a better results if I punch it out with the punch on the table, and the foil side facing towards the table.

Use the 2 inch Circle Punch to punch a circle from the 4 x 2 1/4 inch Misty Moonlight CS. Adhere the Misty Moonlight circle to the Brass Foil circle, then adhere the globe to the Misty Moonlight circle.

Lay the globe piece slightly above and to the left of center- to make it easier to open the flaps than if it is in the center. Adhere the sentiment “Adventure Awaits” to the card front. Tip: I use tweezers when I want to position something small that cannot easily be held by hand, so that it is straight.

Use a pencil to mark the edge of the globe piece. Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals just to that flap.

Adhere the globe to the card front.

Open the card up and adhere the inside piece.

Viola! The Adventure Awaits Fun Fold Card is completed and ready to send to someone! The new adventure could be many different occasions including: a new job, starting college, traveling, marriage, or retirement. This also makes a great masculine card.

Thank you for coming by and viewing my blog. I appreciate you very much. Please leave a comment if you like the card and whether or not you like the Fun Fold Cards in general. Please let me know how I am doing.

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I hope you have a wonderful and creative day!

Theresa

Posted in 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Avid Stamper, Guys cards, Masculine

Cardz4Guyz Challenge #245: A Sketch

I am really enjoying stretching my creativity with the Cardz4Guyz Challenges. This challenge is to use a Sketch as inspiration for your card.

Here is the card I created from the Sketch with Stampin’ Up! products.

Here is the Sketch for the Cardz4Guyz Challenge.

This close up is to show off the Gold Hoops Embellishments which are new and available when the 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Catalog goes live on June 3, 2020 at noon Mountain Standard time.

The colors are Just Jade and Shaded Spruce with Gold Embossing Powder. The stamp set is Beautiful World.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Watch for my next blog on Tuesday!

Have a peaceful and beautiful day!

Theresa

Posted in Blender Pen, Father's Day, Guys cards, Masculine, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, Vintage

Cardz4Guyz Challenge #244- Vintage

Today’s card is a Father’s Day card in a Vintage style. I made this now because I know how Father’s Day sneaks up on me!

The card is made with the Stampin’ Up! A Good Man stamp set. The paper is Soft Suede, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla cardstock (CS). The printed paper is from the Stampin’ Up! Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper (DSP). The ink for the man is Soft Suede. I used a Blender Pen to slightly color the image. The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso ink. I used Linen Thread as an embellishment.

The measurements are: Soft Suede CS: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches for the card base; Early Espresso CS: 4 x 3 inches and 4 1/4 x 1/2 inches; Very Vanilla CS: 5 1/4 x 4 inches for the inside of the card, 4 x 3 inches and 3 x 3/4 inches; and the Come Sail Away DSP: 4 x 2 1/4 inches.

Instructions:

  1. Fold the Soft Suede card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line.
  2. Stamp the man in Soft Suede ink onto the 4 x 3 inch Very Vanilla CS. Use one of the Layering Ovals Dies in a cutting machine to cut out around the man.
  3. Use the Blender Pen to blend some of the ink onto the shirt and pants. i made the pants slightly darker than the shirt.
  4. Use the next size up on the Layering Ovals Dies to cut an oval from the 4 x 3 inch Early Espresso CS.
  5. Adhere the two ovals together.
  6. Stamp the sentiment “You do a great job of being a great guy” in Early Espresso ink onto the 3 x 3/4 inch Very Vanilla CS.
  7. Tie a 22 inch piece of Linen Thread twice around the 4 1/2 x 1/2 inch strip of Early Espresso CS. Tie in place to one side.
  8. Adhere the DSP to the front of the card base.
  9. Adhere the Early Espresso CS wrapped with the Linen Thread onto the card with adhesive.
  10. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the oval piece stamped with the man, and the strip with the sentiment.
  11. Adhere the man and sentiment.

Viola! And that is it! Now you are ready for Father’s Day too!

Thanks for visiting today. This card is made for the Cardz4Guyz Challenge #244 to make a vintage card. View other great Vintage cards at Cardz4Guyz.blogspot.com.

If you would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, they are shown below. Just click on the photo and you will be connected with my Online Stampin’ Up! Store. I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and would be honored to help you order what you need. Contact me by commenting on this blog, or send me an email at theresastreasures.az@gmail.com.

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Enjoy your day and stay safe and healthy! Happy crafting!

-Theresa

Posted in Animals, Aqua Painters, Coloring Techniques, Horse, Inspiration, Masculine, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, Watercolor Techniques

Last Chance for Let It Ride! Fun with Water-coloring!

There are many Stampin’ Up! stamp sets that are retiring by June 2, 2020. I will miss several, including Let It Ride. I just love the horses! I used to go horseback riding as a kid in Albuquerque, New Mexico with my siblings. My Mom would drop us off at the stables near the base of the Sandia Mountains. After our horseback ride we would ride our bikes home. Fond memories!

This is a beautiful watercolor fun fold card. Don’t worry, it is pretty simple! It only looks complicated. I am not an artist. The stamp just lends itself to a nice watercolor.

The card opens this way and there is plenty of space to write a little note inside.

Measurements: Early Espresso Card stock (CS): 6 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches with a score at 2 inches and 6 1/2 x 4 inches with a score at 3 1/4 inches; Soft Suede CS: 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Very Vanilla CS: 3 3/4 x 3 inches and 4 x 2 inches; Crumb Cake CS: 5 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches; and Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper: 3 3/4 x 3 inches.

First I stamped the background with the Gallery Grunge stamp set using Soft Suede ink on the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Soft Suede CS. (I put a green scrap paper behind my card piece so I would not get ink on the table).

Next I used a different stamp from the Gallery Grunge stamp set to stamp in Crumb Cake ink onto the 5 1/4 x 1 3/4 inch Crumb Cake CS.

Using Memento ink, stamp the horse from the Let It Ride stamp set onto the Fliud 100 Watercolor Paper. You will need to be sure you have plenty of ink on the stamp and hold the stamp down for 10 seconds to get a dark enough image. The watercolor paper absorbs the ink differently than the cardstock does.

Stamp the sentiment “Go for it!” in Memento ink onto the 4 x 2 inch Very Vanilla CS. Leave room around the sentiment so you can use a Scalloped Circle Punch.

Now for some water-coloring fun! Turn the Balmy Blue ink pad upside down on the table. Push your thumbs down in the center, up and down, several times. Flip it over and open the ink pad. You should have an ink spot on the top of the inside cover.

I like to watercolor with the Aqua Painter. To prep the Aqua Painter you will need to squeeze the barrel that is filled with water and get a few drops of water to come out on a paper towel.

Put a few drops of water next to the ink spot (less is better). Use the Aqua Painter to mix a little ink into the drops of water. Start to apply the ink and water to the background in long strokes horizontally. Start light and gradually add color until it pleases you.

Continue to add a drop of water, then mix in the ink and apply to the background until you have the background covered. Wash off the Balmy Blue ink by squeezing the barrel of the Aqua Painter and brush it onto the paper towel until the water is clear.

Repeat the procedure with the Granny Apple Green ink. Apply to the grass. Be sure to clean the Aqua Painter before using the next color.

Using the Crumb Cake ink, apply a thin wash to the entire horse.

To get a darker ink with the Aqua Painter, do not squeeze out any water. Pick up ink from the middle of the ink spot on the very tip of the brush. Apply to areas that you want darker or shadowed. Again, I am not an artist, but I follow the artist’s lines and apply a darker layer of ink in that area. I also apply darker color to the legs that are on the opposite side of the horse. In my mind, these legs would be shadowed by the horses body.

I used the Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker on the hooves.

We are going to adhere the watercolor horse to the 6 1/2 x 4 inch scored at 3 1/4 inches Early Espresso CS. We will adhere it to the “front” of this little card with it turned backward. If you lay the card open to the table, you would adhere the horse to the left side.

The 3 3/4 x 3 inch Very Vanilla CS will go on the inside of our backward card. If you lay the card face up (the horse will be on the back of the right side), adhere the Very Vanilla CS to the left side.

The backward little card should end up looking like this.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch stamped Soft Suede CS to the inside of the 6 1/4 x 5 /1/2 inch scored at 2 inches Early Espresso CS “card”. This is an odd looking “card” right now, but I assure you it will look great when we are done!

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 1 3/4 inch stamped Crumb Cake CS to the front of the odd Early Espresso card. Now we will put the backward and the odd cards together.

Adhere the back of the backward horse card to the center of the inside of the odd Early Espresso card. Now open the horse card and fold the front of the Early Espresso CS card under it.

Here is a “bird’s eye” view.

Use the 1 3/8 inch Scalloped Circle Punch to punch out the sentiment “Go for it!”.

To make the sentiment stand out more, I sponged some Soft Suede ink around the edge of the scalloped circle. (If you need help preparing the sponge, look at my blog about sponging here.)

Apply some Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to the side and bottom as shown. This is because you want the card front to have a space to slide under the scalloped circle.

Place the 1 3/8 inch Scalloped Circle on the bottom left corner and be sure the front piece will slice under it before you adhere it to the card.

Viola! You have a watercolor masterpiece! Well, maybe not, but it is a very special card! Any horse-lover would appreciate receiving this card!

Thanks for joining me. I hope you try this out. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look great the first time! Just stamp several horses on a piece of watercolor and have fun! Experiment!

The 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog will be good until June 2, 2020. If you would like to look at the “Last Chance Products” just go to my online store and click the tab in the left hand column. You can get to my store here.

If you need any assistance and/or want me to mail you a new 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, leave me a comment on this blog or email me at: theresastreasures.az@gmail.com.

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Posted in Avid Stamper, Barbecue, Congratulations, encouragement, Guys cards, Masculine, Summer

Cardz4Guyz Challenge # 243 Use Dies as a Main Feature

Here is a little extra post for the avid stamper. It is for the Cardz4Guyz Challenge #243 to Use Dies as a Main Feature.

I am so looking forward to the day when we will be able to be outside and have family and friends over for a big barbecue! That thought is what inspired me to make this card.

I used a lot of different products for this scene. The Stampin’ Up!® products are listed below.

Do you see all the lovely yellow butterflies! And don’t forget a drink!

Thanks for stopping by to see my card for the Cardz4Guyz Challenge to Use Dies as a Main Feature! It is so fun to have a challenge to do!

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Posted in Birthday, Guys cards, Masculine, Sea, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog

Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #242- By the Sea

The current challenge on the Cardz 4 Guyz blog is to create a masculine card with the theme “By the Sea”.

This card was made using a few Stampin’ Up!® stamp sets. Several images come from the Sailing Home and Sea of Textures stamp sets. The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthdays. The watermarks are from the Beauty Abounds stamp set.

The colors are: Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake.

So check out Cardz4guyz.blogspot.com for more masculine cards with the “By the Sea theme.

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Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Posted in Cars, Embossing Paste, Grunge style, Guys cards, Masculine

Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #241 Use a Stencil

Hello! I hope today finds you well. I am joining the Cardz 4 Guyz challenge #241- Use a Stencil- at cardz4guyz.blogspot.com. My card today was made with the brick wall stencil from Stampin’ Up! Pattern Party Decorative Masks and some White Embossing Paste.

I used the Geared Up Garage stamp set by Stampin’ Up!

Using Embossing Paste

Here’s how to use the Embossing Paste. Before you start to play with the paste, cut the card pieces and have the stencils ready to go. Also have a dishpan full of water with a scrub sponge. The paste likes to dry and stick to the stencil, so if you scrub it off right away you can keep the stencil looking good.

Use Painters tape to secure the corners of the stencil on one side to a piece of paper. Slide the piece of card stock under the stencil and secure the other two corners of the stencil. I used 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch pieces of card stock, so that I could trim them later as desired.

Pick up a fair amount of the Embossing Paste with the Diamond trowel from the set of Palette Knives Stampin’ Up! offers. Start to spread it out onto the stencil.

Keep the jar of Embossing Paste covered with a wet towel between applications so that the paste does not dry out.

Spread the paste back and forth until you are satisfied. Keeping it a little thicker in some places than others adds to the texture.

Remove the Painters tape on one side and slide the card stock piece out. Let dry for a few hours or overnight before trying to use the piece to make a card.

I made a whole bunch of card pieces. I have heard that even when the jar is screwed tight, the Embossing Paste can dry out. So I decided to just use the whole jar in one day!

Thank you so much for visiting today. Please stop by the Cardz 4 Guyz website and see all the other cards submitted with Challenge #241 – Use a Stencil. Stay safe and do some crafting today!

Posted in #simplestamping, beginner stamper, Birthday, Masculine, Masking Technique, Sea, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog

Masculine Sailing Home Birthday Card

Hello! I hope you all are staying well. If you are working at home during this Coronavirus Pandemic, I hope you are taking some time for fun and relaxation. Look ahead and see who has a Birthday coming up. My Brother In Law has a birthday at the beginning of April. I decided to go ahead and make his card today.

This is a really quick and simple card. I used the Stampin’ Up! Sailing Home and High Tide Stamp sets for the sea images, and the Itty Bitty Birthdays for the sentiment. Click on the title of the stamp set to go to the online store and view it.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches; Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 1/2 x 2 3/8 inches; Night of Navy: 4 1/8 x 3 3/8 inches and Seaside Spray CS: 4 x 3 1/2 inches.

The first step is to stamp the “Happy Birthday” sentiment in Night Of Navy ink onto the 4 x 3 1/2 inch piece of Seaside Spray CS. Stamp towards the bottom and in the center.

Cover the sentiment with sticky note tape. This is a mask. Stamp the lighthouse and the sail boat in the Night Of Navy ink.

Use the waves image stamp from the High Tide stamp set to make it appear that the sail boat is in water.

Lastly, stamp the seagulls from the High Tide stamp set onto the upper right hand corner. If you want fewer seagulls, there is a similar stamp in the Sailing Home set but there are only 3 birds.

Let dry then remove the mask. Adhere the stamped piece to the 4 1/8 x 3 3/8 inch Night of Navy CS piece.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the card piece.

Use the Bone Folder to get a nice crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch scoreline on the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch piece of Whisper White CS. Adhere the Come Sail Away DSP piece to the front of the card base, slightly to the left side.

And there you have a really nice card. But, I wanted to add a little something to give it more panache.

I tied a small piece of the Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker’s Twine on the anchor from the Sail Away Trinkets and attached it to the card with a glue dot.

Viola! You have a great masculine birthday card! That was a fast one!

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you get a chance to make some birthday cards for you friends and family. Nothing says “I care about you” like a homemade card or gift!

Stampin’ Up! Products used include: Stamp Set: Sailing Home #149457, High Tide #143006 and Itty Bitty Birthdays #148618; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Night Of Navy CS #100867, Seaside Spray CS #150883 and the Come Sail Away DSP #149481; Ink: Night Of Navy #147110; Clear Blocks: C #118486, G #118489, and H #118490; Bone Folder #102300; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Glue Dots #103683; and Embellishments: Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker’s Twine #149483 and Sail Away Trinkets #149482. The sticky note tape I have was purchased at a big box store but you can find it online here

Posted in Animals, Birds, Coloring Techniques, Masculine, Smooshing Technique

Cards 4 Guyz Challenge #240-Flying

This card was created for the Cards 4 Guyz Challenge #240 which is: Something that begins with “F”. I chose “Flying”.

This card was made with the Smooshing Technique which I will demonstrate for you.

Measurements: Balmy Blue Cardstock (CS): 11 x 4 1/4 inches scored at 5 1/2 inches and 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches; Watercolor paper: 4 x 4 inches; Pacific Point CS: 3 5/8 x 3 5/8 inches; Gorgeous Grape: 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 inches; and Whisper White CS: 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches.

The Watercolor paper will be trimmed down to 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches after the Smooshing Technique.

Place the Watercolor paper on some paper towels, about 3 layers thick, and spray with water. Dab with a paper towel so the paper is damp.

You will need a piece of acetate, or Stampin’ Up! Window Sheet, that is larger than the Watercolor paper. Lay the acetate on the table and dab the ink onto it. Start with the lightest color first.

Once all the color is on the acetate, flip over and roll onto the Watercolor paper.

Smoosh (or rub) the ink onto the Watercolor paper. If needed, spray a little more water onto the paper to allow the ink to spread more easily.

Smoosh the ink some more by rolling the acetate onto the Watercolor paper until you like the result. Dab dry. Leave to dry or use a heat tool to dry more quickly. That is all there is to it!

I made 2 other Smooshed Watercolor papers, but when I stamped Bella onto them it did not come out dark enough. I decided to try the Stampin’ Up! Stamparatus. This will allow me to re-stamp the image until it is dark enough. I also made the last Smooshed Watercolor paper a little lighter.

As you can see the first stamp is too light.

After stamping a second time, the ink was dark enough so that Bella and her bird friend showed up nicely.

Assemble all the pieces. Apply half of the balloon to one side of the stamped balloon. I used a pick tool to secure the other side so I would not smash the balloon.

Viola! You have a nice card to let some fella know you think they are the best!

I used the Stampin’ Up!: Bella and Friends stamp set, Pretty Label stamp set, Pretty Label Punch, 1 1/4 inch circle punch and 1 3/8 scalloped circle punch. The Stampin’ Up! colors are: Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Gorgeous Grape and Pool Party(balloon).