Category Archives: Masculine & Manly

Bold colors, clean lines, geometric shapes….but nothing frilly here!

Three Cheers for the Pals Paper Arts!

The Pals are a great group of talented Stampin’ Up! demos under the guidance and leadership of Mary Fish, of Stampin’ Pretty.  Pals Paper Arts is a public forum to showcase & challenge your papercrafting skills.  With sketch & color challenges, you can play along with the Pals as often as you wish.  This week, the Pals Paper Arts features a sketch challenge:

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I immediately thought of a card I taught to a class last month showing a good way to use up scraps of DSP.  If you are like me, you just can’t throw away your scraps of DSP, not matter how small!  Hoarder!  Yes, you are – but you don’t have to be any longer!  You can turn those little strips of DSP into something beautiful.  Let me show you how:candlesThis idea was one I actually learned from our fearless leader, Mary.  She showcased this card on her blog quite a while ago, and I immediately tucked away the idea for using my scraps.

3/4″ wide strips of DSP, and a flame which is actually the wing from the Bird Builder Punch and you’ve got a quick & easy birthday card.  I used my white chalk marker to add a little hi-light the flame and layers for my card base.  A little banner cropped from another scrap strip of whisper white punched with the flag banner punch is just right for the sentiment.

And I found it is actually LIBERATING to use those scraps, not just collect them.  It helps to de-clutter my stash area, and I’m sure those scraps would rather be turned into something beautiful to bring delight to a special someone on their birthday, than to just sit in a scrap pile.  So pull out those scraps, and your build-a-bird builder punch and make candles.

Your scraps will thank you.  Your friends will thank you when they receive your beautiful card.  Your clean & organized craft area will thank you.

If you want to see what the other talented Pals did with this sketch, head over the Pals Paper Arts gallery.

Remember, if you’d like to order any Stampin’ Up! products from me, you can access my online store here.    If you place an order with me before May 30th, and it is less than $150 before shipping & tax, please use host code 4HCRZHHC.  Any order of $50 or more will qualify for a FREE embellishment from me from the new catalog!  (If your order is over $150, don’t use the code but rather redeem your own rewards.)  The items on the RETIRED LIST are only available for a few more days so don’t delay.

I hope you found this tip useful for using your scraps of DSP.  If you did, please leave me a comment and let me know.  I love to hear your feedback to my projects.  Thanks.

Happy Stampin’,

Nancy

The Blooper Reel….

I love watching the bloopers, the outtakes.  You know what I mean, the parts of a film that get edited out when the actors/actresses flub their lines, make a mistake, or just can’t keep a straight face during a funny scene.   Well, I made a real-life blooper the other night  and it happened WHILE I WAS TEACHING A CLASS!

It was funny, (and admittedly a little embarrassing!) but I was able to redeem myself by turning it into a teachable moment.  Let me share:

I was teaching a class featuring Masculine Projects.  I also had my first male student in a class!   The project was a simple, single layer card (I almost never make a single layer card) and I was teaching the masking technique to create an interesting background element.  This is the sample card I had made.  Wetlands Goose single layer cardSo I sponged on my background oval, then I showed the students how to place the main image, in the case a goose, so that the entire image was NOT inside the oval, but rather half in, half out.  Like this:

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Beautiful so far, right?  And then I picked my card up and realized that I stamped my goose UPSIDE DOWN!  That’s right; the fold was at the bottom rather than the top!  YIKES!   This was a “Don’t try this at home” moment.  I quickly told my class they should always check where the fold of the card is before stamping and adhering any layers so they don’t end up like I just did!  I’m sure it will be a memorable lesson as we all got a big laugh out of my mistake!

I redeemed my mistake by turning it into something that is more elegant than the original.  I simply cut the paper in half, then cropped that piece slightly, added a layer, and popped it onto a new card base.  See?

Wetlands Goose multiple layer card

We all make mistakes from time to time, and one of my favorite sayings is “There is no mistake that a well placed embellishment can’t hide.”  Most of the time.  For those others times; layers.  Either cut your paper and layer it over a contrasting or coordinating piece of cardstock,  like I did here.  Or place a layer over it (like a banner or sentiment strip).  In the extreme case where none of these remedies can fix it, well, my second favorite saying is:  “It’s only a piece of paper.  Nothing that a new piece of paper can’t fix!”  Yup, sometimes just throw it in the trash and start anew, empowered with the knowledge you gained from making the mistake the first go-around.

So, when you are creating and something doesn’t go as planned, no worries.  You can redeem it.  And if you made your blooper in a room full of people, use it to your advantage, for a lesson everyone will remember.

If you have a blooper moment while crafting, I’d love to hear it.  Please leave me a comment and tell me all about it.  Thanks!

Happy Stampin’,

Nancy

If you want to order any of the supplies I used to make these cards, just click on either of the images below.

Cool School Tools – August Pals Blog Hop


Welcome to My Stampin Space and to the Pals Blog Hop for August. This month we are showing off our favorite crafting tools – those Stampin’ Up! tools that we just can’t live without. We hope you enjoy our projects!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery #22 on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

I need to thank the Pals for planning the Blog Hop on my son’s birthday so the immediate world can see the cards I’ve made for his birthday.  My  ‘little boy’ turns 22 today.  He’s grown up to be such a fine young man.     I’ve always loved back to school time; I still love school shopping.  Note books, folders, paper, pencils, markers, crayons, calendars & organizational stuff.  Have you seen all the cool locker accessories?  I never had magnetic pencil cups or mirrors for my locker when I was in school.   But I won’t be doing any school shopping anymore so I have to content myself with buying cardstock, ink, Blendabilities and cool school tools from Stampin’ Up!  Come to think of it, I like that much better!

I had fun playing with the Moustache Framelit die and have made 2 cards for my son using this die.  Tell me which one you like best.

IMG_3676[1]This card uses the Moustache framelits die, and the Word Bubble framelit dies, and the Word Window punch (cut in half) for the eyes.  A simple square card from Crumb Cake cardstock and Basic Black cardstock.  The sentiment is from the stamp set “Just Saying” & is stamped with Tangelo Twist ink onto Whisper White cardstock.  Did you notice how the stamp image and framelit die coordinate so perfectly?IMG_3678[1]For this card, I used a Pumpkin Pie cardstock base, with a layer of Soft Suede cardstock for the background.  This time I cut out 3 moustaches, one each from Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie & Old Olive DSP.  A strip of Very Vanilla cardstock was stamped with Early Espresso ink and uses the sentiment from “Peace, Love & Cupcakes”.  A button and piece of bakers’ twine secure the banner to the cardstock.  Candy dots add just a little bit of whimsy to the moustaches.

Now for my favorite tool – but I can’t narrow it down to just one! The most basic tool that any paper crafter has to have, and usually a first purchase, would be the Stampin’ Trimmer.  Every project starts with paper that needs to be cut, and of all the many brands & models of paper cutters out there, none offer the features & engineering that the Stampin’ Up! trimmer have.  Watch the video and you’ll see why!

I can remember my early days of paper crafting and thinking I would never get a Big Shot; I could never justify spending a hundred bucks on a tool and then needing to spend more money on the embossing folders & dies.  But I hosted a $400 workshop and decided the best way to use my half price was on a Big Shot and my hosting rewards for dies.  My papercrafting was taken to a whole new level and I’ve never looked back!  Now I couldn’t image papercrafting without it!  So the Big Shot, and the Magnetic Platform are my top choices for Cool School Tools!

With the Big Shot & Bundles Promotion going on right now, there’s never been a better time to step up your papercrafting and take the plunge.  Order a Big Shot, get a free Stamp set & Framelit die bundle.  I promise you’ll wonder why you waited so long!  Click here or on the graphic below to see all the stamp & framelit bundles you can get with this promotion!

Buy a Big Shot and get a free bundle. 15% discounts for everyone else! Get your free bundle.

The next stop is #24 Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month.
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  2. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  3. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  4. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  5. Rae Harper-Burnet at WildWestPaperArts.com
  6. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  7. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  8. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  9. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  10. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  11. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon
  12. Amy Williams at Stamp and Spice
  13. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  14. Michelle Gleeson at Stampin’ Mojo
  15. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  16. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  17. September Gray at SeptemberGray.com
  18. Shannon Jaramillo at EZPeasy Cards
  19. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  20. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  21. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  22. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  23. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space—YOU ARE HERE—
  24. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  25. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  26. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  27. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creatons
  28. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  29. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  30. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  31. Donna Kopenski at craftycardmaker.wordpress.com
  32. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  33. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  34. Jane Knudsen at www.seejanestamp.com
  35. Candy Ford at Candy’s Blog
  36. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  37. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  38. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  39. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty

Get Well Wishes

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I needed a get well card for a man so I wanted something clean & simple and with masculine colors. Sahara Sand and Island Indigo DSP pair up beautifully for a wonderful color combination that’s masculine but not drab.

“Everything Eleanor” and “Perfectly Penned” were the stamp sets I used.  I stamped the background in Sahara Sand ink on whisper white cardstock; my paper snips made easy work to accurately cut this out.  The Get Well sentiment was stamped in Island Indigo ink onto Whisper White paper.  The Apothecary Accents framelits popped out that die cut shape in no time.  I used the Candy Dots in Island Indigo (Regals Collection # 130932)  and the Candy  Dots Brad Bases to accent the die cut shape and sentiment.  They really add a finished touch, don’t you think?

You can click on any of the underlined items listed above and be instantly and magically transported to my on-line store where you can purchase that featured item along with anything else your heart desires!  If your order totals $150 or more (before shipping & tax) you will even earn bonus dollars so you can maximize your purchasing power – that’s right.  More power to you!

Everything Eleanor Clear-Mount Stamp Set

#131987 (W) $ 36.95
#124164 (C) $26.95

Perfectly Penned

# 128703 (W) $16.95
#122892 (C) $ 12.95

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space.  I hope this simple layout and color combination inspired you when you need to make a masculine card, or just want something quick that doesn’t take alot of time.  Please leave me a comment, and come back to My Stampin Space again!

Happy Stampin’

Nancy

 

 

 

Smart Owl

Wow!   Today my son is graduating.  I am so proud of him and all that he has accomplished.  Congratulations, Matt!

I made this card after seeing it by Mary Fish.  I love this little ‘smart owl’ – he looks so academic with his eye glasses, mortarboard, and diploma.

Smart Owl

I used Crumb Cake & Midnight Muse as my color combo.   (Matt will be wearing a navy cap & gown.)  Keeping with the academic them, I popped this little guy up on a 2-3/8″ scallop circle punched from our In-Color DSP with words on it so it looks like a page from a book.  This circle was then placed on a belly band to hold the double-door opening card together.  Two strips of Natural Composition DSP paper in the wood grain pattern were used for the card front, as everyone knows that owls live in trees.

The owl was a hoot to make!  I started with our Owl Builder Punch, the wings were made with the Scallop Oval Punch.  The top part of the mortarboard started out as a Petite Pennants Builder punch which I cropped by hand.  The hat part was snipped out using the Paper Snips freehand.  I also snipped little strips of paper to create the eyeglass frames.   Linen thread created the tassel and holds the diploma in place too.   A little bit of Crumb Cake ink was sponged around the edges of the owls body & wings to contrast.

Please leave me a comment and let me know how you like this card.  If you want to make this, and need any of the supplies, you can click on the hot links on any product listed, or click here to go to my online store and place your order securely and have it shipped right to your house!  You don’t need to be a graduate to know that’s the smart thing to do.

Thanks for stopping by.  If you’d like to leave Matt a ‘Congrats, Grad’ comment, please do.  I’ll pass along all of the well wishes to him and he’d be so happy to receive your wishes.

Thanks for looking, and happy stampin’,

Nancy

Fore!

A good friend of ours just retired after 39 years on the job.  A very festive Retirement Gala was held in his honor.  I know that Larry will be planning to spend alot of time on the golf course in his retirement (he had an 8 AM tee-time scheduled for the next morning!) so I made this card just for him.  Inside was a gift card to a local golf shop.

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I don’t do too much punch art but I really had fun making this card, and it was so simple.  A piece of our new Soft Sky was used as the card base.  A piece of Wild Wasabi was repeatedly snipped with Paper Snips to create the grass look.  I ran a piece of Whisper White thru the Polka Dot textured embossing folder and used what would typically be the back, the depressed side, and punched it out to create the golf ball.  I hand snipped the Cherry Cobbler paper for the tee.  The Pennant punch created the flag which I mounted on a thin strip of Smokey Slate.  The clouds were punched with the Build-a-Cupcake punch.  A little bit of Smoky Slate was sponged around the edges of the clouds.

I used the new photopolymer stamp set Designer Typeset Stamp Set #132956 for the custom lettering and number on the flag.

This was the first time that I used that stamp set and it was really fun to put the letters together to make a custom message.  The fun part is that they don’t have to be perfect.

Want to learn more about Stampin’ Up!’s new Photopolymer Stamps?   I thought so.  Watch this video and find out everything you ever wanted to know about Photopolymer stamps (including just what photopolymer is) but were afraid to ask!

So now you have some inspiration to make something for the golfer in your life.  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.  I appreciate all of your comments and love to hear from you and know what you like.

And remember, you can order Photopolymer stamps, or anything else from Stampin’ Up! directly thru my secure site, 24/7.  Just click here to go to my store.  Thanks,
Nancy

Farewell, Best Dad Ever

Dad's father's day card 2012Today’s post is a tribute to another retiring stamp set, Best Dad Ever.

I made this for my father-in-law for Father’s Day last year; little did I know that it would be his last Father’s Day with us.  I loved the traditional tie with the tie-tack look.  It so personified my FIL-a preacher who wore a suit & tie with a tie tack every Sunday.  I chose to use Basic Gray and Not Quite Navy for my color combo.  Not Quite Navy is another color that will be retiring soon.  I really love that color but Island Indigo is a color that we are getting to keep so I’m ok with that trade off.  I still have a stash of this color so I’m ok!

Best Dad Ever - Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up! This stamp set features 5 neckties is various patterns in a row; it’s so easy to isolate just one, or two, or three ties using our Stampin’ Write markers. Four sentiments allows you to use this stamp set to create a masculine card any time of year.

I always think a good, masculine stamp set is a great investment and this certainly is top of my list of masculine stamp sets.  Find this and all other Retired Stamps  here.  Retiring Accessories. can be found here.  You can order retiring stamps up until June 3rd.  Retiring Accessories are only available while supplies last so don’t hesitate if you want something.  Stock up on your favorite colors, papers, & ribbons now.  Head over to my on-line store and start shopping now.

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space; I love your company and hope that you find inspiration while you’re here.  If you enjoy my blog, please sign up for my newsletter and/or subscribe to my Feedburner feed; you’ll see those links on the right.  Tell your friends to come over & hang out at My Stampin’ Space too – the more the merrier.  See you tomorrow for another farewell tribute.

Nancy

 

Thank You, Eleanor

Thank you Eleanor

When the annual catalog for 2012 was released last June, one of the first stamp sets to make it to the top of my ‘must-have’ list was Everything Eleanor.  The swirl/flourish image, the vintage background image, the pretty flowers & bird, the bordered circle image (just right for journaling in a scrapbook), all called my name.  But for some reason, it is one of my most under-used stamp sets too!  I set out to change that this weekend.  With a boatload of thank-you cards that I need to make and send out, this was the first set I turned to, even though it doesn’t have a thank-you sentiment in the set.  For that, I enlisted the help of a new friend, Pretty Petites which I got for FREE from the current Sale-A-Bration catalog along with the coordinating Petite Curly Label Punch which I also got for FREE during Sale-A-Bration.  And they coordinate with the Curly Label Punch for layered goodness.  A simple piece of ribbon and a pearl for finishing touches and I’m all done. My color combination was a monochromatic look starting with Very Vanilla cardstock, Sahara Sand ink for the background swirl, Soft Suede ink to stamp the worn background image and Early Espresso cardstock and ink for the Thank You sentiment.

The items I used are featured below or you can click on the hyperlink above and go straight to my online store and order these products for yourself.   Everything Eleanor Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Everything Eleanor -clear# 124164, wood #124162

Pretty Petites Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Pretty Petites wood# 129639, clear # 129642

 

Petite Curly Label Punch        Curly Label Punch - by Stampin' Up!

Petite Curly Label Punch #129405                     Curly  Label Punch # 119851

 So, head on over to my on-line ordering store and pick out your favorite stamp set, and don’t forget to get one, two or even three FREE Sale-A-Bration items.   The biggest sale of the year, it runs thru March 22.

Want even more?  Join Stampin’ Up! during Sale-A-Bration and enjoy all the perks of being part of the Stampin’ Up! family and the wonderful sense of belonging that comes with our Pals Community.  Purchase the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit for $99 and get $156.50 of your choice of any available Stampin’ Up! products.  That’s 25% more Starter Kit products for FREE during Sale-A-Bration.  The kit ships FREE for another 10% savings.   Learn more!

Please leave me a comment and tell me what you stamp set you just had to have, but then didn’t use too much.  Then, challenge yourself to dig out that set and make something with it.  For a double bonus, send me a pic of what you’ve created and I’ll share it with my readers on my blog!

If you like this card, please be nice and share it with your friends or Facebook or repin onto your Pinterest board!

Thanks for stopping by My Stampin’ Space.  Come back and stamp with me again.  – Nancy

 

 

Mojo Monday 267

This week we had a great sketch to work with from the designers at Mojo Monday.  Here’s the sketch…

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and here’s my take on it….

Mojo Monday 267My father-in-law is very ill and currently in the ICU.  I thought he needed something to cheer him up, and since my brand new “So Sorry” stamp set was just waiting to be used, it was a match made in heaven!  I love the grey herringbone pattern in the Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper # 126906.  Nothing halloween-y about this pattern; it’s all masculine.  Just perfect for the base for a get-well card for a man.  I love the Basic Gray and Summer Starfruit color combination so it’s no surprise that this was the only color combination I even considered.  The little piece of ribbon is tied only in a knot, no bow here!   The flag in a striped pattern of Summer Starfruit sets off the grey, adding some cheerfulness without being girly.

I think the finished product is a winner!  Nice and cheery but still masculine.  And Dad seemed to cheer up a bit when I gave it to him so, mission accomplished.