A masculine get-well card for Dynamic Duos

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Good morning! Have you recovered from the holidays yet? I haven’t either. I haven’t even started to take down the decorations, but truth be told, I’m in no rush. I love Christmas decorations and would leave my house like this all year if other people wouldn’t raise their eyebrows at me.

I’m popping in to show you my latest card for the Dynamic Duos design team. This week’s colors are Garden Green and Summer Starfruit.

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I struggled with this color combination until I finally decided to make a masculine card (my stash desperately needs more masculine cards). Once I had that, the challenge became much easier. Still not easy, though, so I checked out Mojo Monday for some inspiration and decided to make a square card using the Mojo sketch.

I made a 5″x5″ square card. The designer paper mat is from the Birthday Basics designer paper. I’ve used this paper so much that I only had exactly enough left for this card. The Garden Green paper strip is from the Regals Backgrounds paper stack. I chose to use both Whisper White and Basic Black for my neutrals.

I hadn’t inked up my By the Tide stamps in a long time, and I think of this set first when I think of masculine cards, so I decided to use it. I’d forgotten how much I love it. Both of the green fish are stamped in Garden Green. For the fish on the bottom, I first stamped off onto scrap paper before stamping on the cardstock, just so I’d have two different shades of green fish on my card.

The Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons are retired, but they are available on the Clearance Rack (while supplies last!). I love these buttons and am on my second or third container of them. I tied knots of Linen Thread through the center of the button and also around the sentiment tag. The larger twine is the jute twine that came with the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit. I had some of this left over and thought it looked maritime-y and twisted it onto my card (I used Crystal Effects to get it to stay put). And now that I think about it, Mui Hoang’s boat cards from the Crumb Cake / Marina Mist challenge used similar twine — I probably subconsciously got the idea from her. :)

The sentiment tag and its black frame were flagged using the Hexagon punch. Ever since I lost my 1″ Square punch, this has been my go-to punch for flagging things. I can’t remember whom I got this from.

I hope you like the card and will play along with the challenge! The other designers have come up with some great cards, so head on over to the blog and see them all!

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Anne Marie Hile
Annette Elliott
Angel Johns
Caroline Bredeson
Cindy Brumbaugh
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JoAnn Burnham
Julie Gearinger
Michelle Bala
Sarah Fleming
Tenia Nelson

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Christmas Blessings in Gold

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Silver is usually my metallic finish of choice, but I’ve played a lot with the Champagne Glimmer Paper this week, getting ready for a stamp camp on Saturday. And I kind of can’t stop using it. It’s just so pretty.

That gold center of the poinsettia is one of the Frosted Finishes from the holiday catalog. I smushed it into my Versamark pad, sprinkled on some gold embossing powder, wiped off the rhinestones in the center, and then embossed it with the Heat Tool. After it cooled, I also added some Dazzling Details. I love these little pretties.

I’m playing along with the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge this week. What a great sketch!

Thanks for stopping by. You can buy any of the products I used in my card in my online Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7. And don’t forget to check out this week’s Weekly Deals. Also, in celebration of Stampin’ Up!’s 25th birthday week, there are 25 stamp sets on sale for 25% off until the 28th. Check them out!

Supplies used:
Paper: Pool Party, Night of Navy, and Whisper White cardstock; Regals Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack; Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Joyful Christmas, More Merry Messages
Tools/Accessories: Pool Party Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Envelope Punch Board (for corner rounding), Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Frosted Finishes, Regals Candy Dots, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Wish Big, Baby Zebra

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I made this card for my daughter’s birthday twin. His mom (S) and I met when they were two months old, and our now three-year-olds are still in a playgroup together and even take a music class together. This past spring, my friend and I were pregnant again at the same time. I was due three weeks before she was, and I joked with her early in our pregnancies that it would be hilarious if we had birthday twins again. As we sat next to each other at her baby shower two weeks before her due date and eight days after mine, both having huge contractions, I told her she wasn’t allowed to have her baby before I did. Wouldn’t you know it? When I checked in at the hospital five days later, I checked Facebook and email and found out that she’d had her baby that morning. She was six floors above us at the same hospital. I told my husband, “Alright, we have eight hours to get this baby out.” Three hours later, S and I had a second set of birthday twins! We even got to introduce the babies the next morning in the hospital.

That story has nothing to do with this card, but any time I think of the story, I have to tell it because I can’t get over how improbable it is. I mean, the number of things that had to happen with just the right timing boggles my mind. How would you even calculate the statistics on that?

Anyway. The card. I love how the strip of Basic Black cardstock (embossed with the Chevron folder, though you can’t tell by the picture, and I didn’t upload the picture to make sure the detail was visible before Buttercup gave the card to her friend) hangs off the card on either side. That was actually not on purpose. I pulled some Real Red cardstock out of its file folder, thinking it was 4-1/4″ x 11″ — normal card size — but it was only 4″ wide. I kept it that way, because I liked it.

I hope you have a great Saturday! We’re taking the kids to the pumpkin patch again after naptime, and then our Broncos play Nevada on the Smurf Turf tonight. Go Broncos!

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You can buy all the supplies I used to make my card in my Stampin’ Up! online store, 24/7. And don’t forget to check out the Weekly Deals!

Supplies used:

Paper: Real Red, So Saffron, Whisper White, and Basic Black cardstock
Ink: So Saffron, StazOn Black
Stamps: Zoo Babies, A Dozen Thoughts
Tools/Accessories: Extra Large Oval Punch, Big Shot, Chevron embossing folder, Modern Label punch, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Brights Candy Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Halloween

Whew, we are having a week here at the Fleming house! Last Friday I woke up with a scratchy throat, and everything went downhill from there. By Saturday night it was a sore throat, and I was exhausted. By Sunday I had a full-blown head cold. I tortured myself twice with the sinus wash (it does work, no matter how terrified I am of it), and now I’m down to a really bad cough. In the meantime, my daughter picked it up. So we’re all stir-crazy and cranky from lack of sleep and exercise. Thank goodness for paper crafts, or I’d be mildly insane right now.

Anyway, I made another Halloween card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge. For some reason I can’t stop playing with Toil & Trouble.

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I decided to make a quick and easy one this time, for the above mentioned reason of nasty head cold. I hope you like it! You can find all the products I used to make the card in my online Stampin’ Up! store.

Supplies used (item numbers listed):
Paper: Basic Gray (121044) and Basic Black (121045) cardstock; Witches’ Brew (132185) designer series paper
Ink: Versamark (102283), StazOn Jet Black (101406)
Stamps: Toil & Trouble (C-131727, W-131724), Teeny Tiny Wishes (C-127802, W-128748)
Tools/Accessories: Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), Heat Tool (129053), White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (103132), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
Embellishments/Adhesives: Neutrals Candy Dots (130934), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Here’s the sketch:

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