Guy Birthday Cards – Another Idea For You

Guy Birthday Cards

Here’s a birthday card that you can put into your stash of guy birthday cards.

As I said in a previous post, creating cards for men is not an easy feat.  Women will usually like fancy with the ribbons, lace and embellishments.  Men will usually go for the simpler road.

So here is an idea for Guy Birthday Cards.

Guy Birthday Cards


Stamps: Amazing Birthday.

Ink/Markers: Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey.

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Grey, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Moonlight DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Banner Framelit Dies, Bitty Banners Framelits, Circle Collection Framelits, 1-3/4 Circle Punch, Small Oval Punch, Basic Black Baker’s Twine.

The Amazing Birthday stamp set is a great go to for guy birthday cards.  It’s clear and graphic stamps like the banners and circles fit with the male world.  The other thing I like about this stamp is that you can cut the different elements apart and place them in different areas of the card.  The graphic Moonlight DSP also lends itself nicely to male cards.

The other idea is to add the wood elements like the Essential Wooden Elements embellishments.  I didn’t add them to this card as I wanted to post it in the mail to the recipient.


So look for one more post in this series of Guy Birthday Cards.


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Happy Birthday Dude – He Got a Hand Made Card

Happy Birthday Dude

Happy Birthday Dude, one of my favourite dudes.  That’s because he is my son and I only have 1 so I’m allowed to have a favourite.

Creating a birthday card for a guy is so difficult, well, at least I find them difficult.  I am always scouring Pinterest or the Internet looking for the perfect one and I also end up creating one of my own.  Oh well, saw some great cards along the way.

Actually the Giggle Greetings stamp set is quickly becoming my favorite stamp to use for man cards.  I just can’t imagine giving a cat  with a fur ball at this feet to any of the females I know.  Would be kind of an insult but for a guy….great!

So here it is,


Happy Birthday DudeRecipe:

Stamps: Giggle Greetings, Sketched Birthday.

Ink/Markers: Tuxedo Black, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Blendabilities: Smokey Slate, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Stampin Write Markers: Lost Lagoon, Chocolate Chip.

Paper: Whisper White, Hello Honey, Smokey Slate, Lost Lagoon, Moonlight DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Card Thinlit Die, Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Circles Collection Framelits, 2” Circle Punch, 1-3/4 Scallop Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Basic Metal Buttons.

For this card, I used several of the Thinlits and Framelits which come with the Circle Card Thinlits.  This particular thinlit has several shapes and words that you can cut with the Big Shot.  For example, there are a scalloped circle, banner framelit, arrows and stars along with the words “thnx and yay”.  Make it easy to create sentiments.

The next time you need to create a Happy Birthday, Dude card, consider the Circle Card Thinlit and the Giggle Greetings.

Leave me a comment and let me know what your go to stamp set is for a Happy Birthday Dude card.


About The Sunshine and Birthday Wishes

About The Sunshine and Not So Much About the Bass

Today, I am singing “It’s All About the Sunshine” rather than Meagan Trainor’s ” It’s All About The Bass”  I really like Meagan’s song, and sometimes I just can’t get it out of my head.  And the sun is shining brilliantly today, so I thought why not do a sunny card and make it about the sunshine.

 About The SunshineRecipe

Stamps: Crazy About You, Kinda Eclectic.

Ink/Markers: Sahara Sand, Hello Honey ink pad and marker.

Paper: Whisper White, Hello Honey, Sahara Sand, Best Ever DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Striped Scallops, Hello You Thinlit Dies, 1-3/4” Scallop Punch, Transfer Adhesive Sheets, Simply Pressed Clay, Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds, Tea Lace Paper Doilies.

A few things about this card:

  • The large sun ray stamp from Kinda Eclectic was stamped on the Tea Lace Paper Doily using Hello Honey ink.
  • When cutting the Striped Scallops and The Hello You thinlit, I used wax paper between the die cut and the card stock.  I also attached a piece of Transfer Adhesive Sheet before die cutting the “Happy”.  Makes it so much easier to adhere to your card.
  • The flower on the Tea Lace Paper Doily was made using the Simply Pressed Clay and the molds.  After the clay was dry, I popped it out of the mold and coloured with the Hello Honey marker.

*** Did you know that you can make free standing forms to create other beauties? – ie a dish to store your embellishment

  • The Best Ever DSP is a FREE package of designer paper when you purchase $60 worth of product during Sale-a-Bration.

Now it’s your turn to try to make it “All About the Sunshine”.

Did you know that if you purchase the Crazy About You Bundle, you may be able to receive a Sale-A-Bration product?

If you are interested in hearing the original “It’s All About the Bass”  watch this video.


Blue Monday – Don’t Let It Get You Down

What is Blue Monday?

This year, Blue Monday is January 19th.  Blue Monday is said to be the most bluest of days  for many people. It occurs on the first Monday of the last full week in January. There is even a mathematical equation that helps decide the day.

So why is their a Blue Monday

  • The Christmas and New Year festivities are over and the bills start flowing in.
  • We have started to loose focus on our New Year Resolutions and we get upset with ourselves.
  • In the northern Hemisphere, we are waiting for more daylight – that in itself can lead to depression.

So what can you do to combat this feeling?

  • Get out and enjoy some winter activities…skiing, ice skating
  • Surround yourself with positive friends…maybe there a some who aren’t affected by Blue Monday.
  • If you suffer from SAD, get yourself a light which can help combat that sad feeling.
  • Look forward and stay positive…the days are indeed getting longer with more daylight…just maybe not as fast as we want.
  • Go stamp some cards and get into the Sale-A-Bration feeling

So what goes better with Blue Monday than a Blue Lotus Flower from the SAB catalogue.  This flower will make you smile.

Because what is better than 2-step stamping?  Why, it’s 3-step stamping.

Blue MondayRecipe:

Stamps: Lotus Blossom, Butterfly Basics.

Ink/Markers: Crushed Curry, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, Pistachio Pudding.

Paper: Whisper White, Marina Mist, Painted Blooms DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Whisper White Seam Binding, Bitty Butterfly Punch.

If you are using the wood mount or clear mount stamps, use the Stamp-a-ma-Jig to line up your flowers.  If you use the photopolymer stamps, then you can see right through the stamps to line them up.

THe stamps are number 1, 2 and 3 so you know which order to use the stamps.

For these blue lotuses, I stamped #1 with Pacific Point (the darkest colour), #2 stamp – Marina Mist and #3 – Marina Mist stamped off 2xs.

This style of stamping gives beautiful definition to the images.

The butterflies are from the Basic Butterfly stamp set.  They are stamped 3 times and punched out with the Bitty Butterfly punch.

You can earn this stamp set for free by purchasing $60.00 in products – it’s Sale-a-Bration time.



Crazy About You – Think Of The Possibilities

Crazy About You – and a Whole Lot More

The Crazy About You stamp set in the 2015 Occasions catalogue is a great stamp to have on hand when creating sentiments.  It has 33 stamps and comes in wood mount, clear mount and photopolymer.  With this stamp set, I would definitely go with the photopolymer.

Why is that you ask?  Photopolymer stamps are clear so that you can see through them to place them precisely where you want the images on your project.  With the Crazy About You stamp set, there are 30 words or phrases that you can mix and match.  Combine the  words and phrases to create your own sentiment.  How super it that!

The Hello You Thinlits Dies compliment this stamp set and give you 4 additional words to add to your sentiments.  Just about every occasion is covered with this stamp set.

My card today uses the Hello Thinlit and the “Just Sayin'” phrase.

Crazy About YouRecipe

Stamps: Crazy About You.

Ink/Markers: Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Pistachio Pudding.

Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand, Best Year Ever DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Hello You Thinlits, Flower Medallion Punch, Brights Candy Dots, Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine, Adhesive Sheets.

The flower was stamped 3 times, the first one is punched out with the Flower Medallion punch and the other 2 are fussy cut to provide 2 additional layers to the flower.  These 2 layers were attached to the first flower using dimensionals.

Create your sentiment by layering multiple words and stamps on one block (the beauty of the photopolymer stamps) so you don’t have to line them up when you are stamping.  So easy!!

Do you have trouble attaching your Thinlits to your projects because you don’t know which adhesive to use?

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Magical Butterflies Provide The World With Beauty

Magical Butterflies

Magical Butterflies come in many different sizes and colors.  To me, butterflies are beautiful and I love to watch them during the summer months.

As we know, butterflies come from the caterpillar and over time they morph into wonderful creatures.  Did you know that there are over 17,000 different species of butterflies in the world?

There are dedicated gardens where you can visit and observe the many different species in all their glory.  Have you every been lucky and had a butterfly land on you?

Their defense mechanism is their ability to blend into the foliage and camouflage themselves from their predators.  Some brightly colored butterflies have a toxic chemical in their bodies and their predators quickly learn to associate the bright colors with “danger”.

This magical butterfly is created using the Butterfly Basics stamp set and the Butterflies Thinlits die from the new Occasions Catalogue.  There are so many projects that you can create using this stamp and die.

Magical ButterfliesRecipe

Stamps: Butterfly Basics.

Ink/Markers: Metallic Gold Encore, Versa Mark.

Paper: Basic Black, Gold Foil.

Accessories: Big Shot, Butterflies Thinlits, Gold Embossing Powder, 3/4” Circle Punch Gold, Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine.

A few tips for this card:

  • the center of the Gold Foil layer has been cut out to save on paper.
  • when cutting with the thinlit die, place a piece of wax paper between the die and the card stock (in this case the Gold Foil paper) prior to running through the Big Shot.  The wax paper makes the die cut easier to remove from the Thinlit.
  • because this is an intricate Die, pass your layers through the Big Shot a couple of times.  This ensures that all those little pieces will be cut through.

Now it’s your turn to make some Magical Butterflies .

You can choose the wood, clear or photopolymer stamp set.  If you bundle the stamp set with the Thinlit Die, you can save 15%.

Small Business Opportunity with Sale-a-Bration

Small Business Opportunity

Have you ever considered operating a small business?  I have an opportunity for you!

As you know or may not know, Sale-a-Bration is well underway offering you free product.  This program is also offering you a way to become your own boss and provide extra income to you and your family.

Small  Business

In previous posts, I have talked about the ‘Shop’ aspect of SAB, today it’s the ‘Join’ aspect.

Do any of these sentences sound familiar to you?

  • I sure would like to take my family on a nice vacation, but there just isn’t any room in the budget.
  • I love to paper craft and I would love to share my knowledge.
  • I am a stay-at-home Mom and I really need some adult conversation.
  • I am retired and I would like to do something with my extra time.
  • I work outside the home right now, and would love to be my own boss.

Well, I have a way that you could fulfill those dilemmas.

During SAB, Stampin’ Up! is offering the business opportunity to become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

You can join Stamp’Up! for $125.00 and receive the starter kit with products valued at $155.00.  Plus during SAB you get to choose between two FREE product options.

Option 1

Choose a free project kits from the 2015 Occasions catalogue .  These kits are the perfect way to get started as a demonstrator – lots of fun with minimal preparation.

Here are the kits.  Depending upon which kits you decide to add to your kits, you could receive up to an additional $62.00 in products.

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Option 2
Choose any 2 Sale-a-Bration Items.  It’s the perfect chance to get the products that you wanted anyway.
This is one of the perks about running your own small business.  You can decide how to make your business function for you.
Check out this link to see a video regarding the benefits of becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator JOIN NOW
Of course, I am here to answer any of your questions and help get you started.
Get started today on your own Small Business!





Beautiful Butterflies from Not So Beautiful Caterpillars

Beautiful Butterflies

The not so beautiful caterpillars morph into Beautiful Butterflies. Who would think that those creepy crawly caterpillars could turn out to be so beautiful.  In life there are many things that start off not so beautiful and to our surprise turn into Beautiful Butterflies.

The card uses the Butterfly Basics stamp set from the 2015 Occasions catalogue. The stamp set has 11 stamps that you can mix and match to create beautiful cards, scrapbook pages and/or home decor items.  Combine the stamp set with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies and the Painted Blooms DSP and you have a winning combination.

Purchase the stamp set and the thinlits as a bundle and save 15%.  Purchasing either the wood set or the clear set,will earn you a Free Product from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue.  The Butterfly Basics stamp set is also available in photopolymer, however, you would need to purchase another item to reach the $60.00 threshold.

You can purchase the Artisan Embellishment Kit along with the photopolymer stamp to reach the $60.00.  This kit is packed with beautiful embellishments to go along with your beautiful butterflies.

Beautiful ButterfliesRecipe

Stamps: Butterfly Basics.

Ink/Markers: Tuxedo Black, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi Blendabilities: Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi.

Paper: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Blushing Bride, Vellum, Painted Blooms DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Butterflies Thinlits, Artisan Embellishment Kit.

Using the Butterflies Thinlits Dies:

These thinlits are intricate dies and have many little pieces that are cut from the main image.  As such, you need to be prepared to poke out a few of these tiny pieces when you release the die from the paper.

The method that I use is to put a piece of wax paper between the thinlit and the paper.  The wax paper helps the die release from the thinlit.  I also run the sandwich back and forth in the Big Shot about 3 times.


The Beautiful Butterflies can be cut from Vellum to give them a translucent and delicate feel.  Before attaching to the card front, lightly sponge ink onto the vellum  Be careful though, so you don’t tear the butterfly.



Free Product When You Party with the 2015 Occasions Catalogue

Free Product?  How? Where? When?

It’s that time of year again when you can earn FREE product with your purchase of $60.00. Along with the new 2015 Occasions Catalogue, Sale-A-Bration (SAB) is here.

Free ProductCheck below for a card I created using a SAB stamp set.

Let me tell you how this sale of the year works:

  • Order $60.00 (not including shipping and taxes) worth of product from any of the current catalogues (Annual Catalogue and 2015 Occasions Catalogue) and you will receive 1 Free product from the SAB brochure.  Easy.
  • These orders can come from classes, workshops, individual orders, clearance rack, downloads from MDS.
  • You can in touch with me and I will put your order through to Stampin’ up! or shop and order through my ONLINE STORE. 
  • For each $60.00 (not including shipping and taxes) you spend, you can select 1 FREE product. Example – spend $120.00 get 2 FREE products.

 Free ProductRecipe

Stamps: Big Day (SAB).

Ink/Markers: Tuxedo Black, Daffodil Delight Reinker,  Blendabilities: Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Coastal Cabana.

Paper: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Irresistibly Yours DSP (SAB), Silver Glimmer.

Accessories: Big Shot, Banner Framelits, Large Scallop Edgelit, Coastal Cabana Thick  Baker’s Twine, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, All Is Calm Washi Tape, Itty Bitty Festive Punch Pack, Stampin’ Spritzer.

A couple of items about this card:

  • The Irresistibly Yours paper has a white background and pattern, however, the pattern is glossy and when you color it using an array of techniques, the pattern comes to the surface.  For this card, the paper was spritzed using one of the Stampin’ Up!Spritzers and a mixture of Rubbing Alcohol and Daffodil Delight reinker.
  • The stars are recoloured Silver Glimmer Paper.  Before punching out the stars, I coloured bits of the Silver Glimmer paper with Coastal Cabana, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities.

Not only can your designer paper be any colour you want, so can the Silver Glimmer paper.

  • The All is Calm Washi tape was coloured with the Coastal Cabana Blendabilities and trimmed at an angle for the candle.

So now you have the scoop about SAB and how you can benefit.