Fancy Friday Blog Hop- Dude Cards!

Fancy Friday Blog Hop- Dude Cards!

Fancy Friday Blog Hop
I think it’s safe to say that I’ve given the Dude Cards a run for my own money this week.  Especially since it’s taken ME way out of my normal comfort zone of frilly pretty stuff.  

Today I was lucky enough to partner with a few Artisans from Stampin’ Up! and share with  you even more Dude cards.  How EXCITING is that??? You will find the blog hop links at the bottom of this post.  

Let’s get the party started.  Some of the favorite men in my life are military.  It’s time they hear how much I adore them.  

For Your Country stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Again, I’m keeping things on the simple side.  Not too flashy, but still manly.  

If you have military friends or family the For Your Country stamp set is totally worth having on hand.  It’s a super set to use for sending cards to our amazing troops.  

I paired my card with the World Map background stamp and used the Rock n Roll technique for the background.  

For Your Country stamp set, Stampin' Up!
Love how the Hexagon punch spotlights on pieces of the map.  Again, an easy touch.  

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When I was creating this card last night I became a little emotional.  Luckily it was just me still up and I could have my moment.  It just made me think how grateful I am for our Military Men and Women who serve our country.  It doesn’t have to be a holiday to let them know.  We should tell them ALL the time. 

For Your Country stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Right before we left Virginia Russ and I were out for dinner one night when smack dab in the middle of our dinner conversation he got up and walked over to an elderly man.  I sat there not knowing what in the world he was doing. He had gotten up to thank a World War 11 Veteran that was sitting adjacent to us.  I remember the smile on the mans face and it will be etched in my memory forever.  A soldier thanking a soldier.  Coolest thing ever.  Truly!! 

For Your Country stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Again, I kept these VERY simple.  Just a few layers.  Nothing cray cray, but it gets the point across.  I love that simple thank you greeting in the For Your Country stamp set.  That’s just IT.  A simple thank you will carry these fine men and woman a long way.  

Now it’s time to see what these artisans created for the M.A.N! I didn’t feel any pressure about what I was creating until just now.  These are also fine women who are the craftiest Kates I know.  Funny thing is your going to visit Mercedes blog and she has a DUDE (her husband) that stamps.  <grin> I love that! 


I’m off to another gymnastics meet.  This time we are traveling 6 hours to Georgia.  I’m thankful my mama rides with me.  She keeps us entertained.  Wish Lexi luck and I’ll share how she does.  It’s going to be a great girls weekend.  

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Boys to Men- You Need This Laugh!

Boys to Men!

For just one second did you think I was talking about Boys 11 Men? Like the band? Oh my gosh…. do you remember them?? I think I had a few mix tapes cassettes of their songs. I listened to them with my BIG boom box sitting on my shoulder walking the neighborhood.  Yes, I really did. (please tell me you remember them or I will feel old!) 

Okay, so I’m not talking about the band, but now do you have the song End of the Road in your head? I’ve helped you out today and posted it at the bottom of the post! 

So I’m really talking about cards for BOYS and Men! Yes. I have a few for you.  A few of you asked On Bended Knee (bwhahahahah) if I would create a few… so I did.  

Let’s start with boys… they are much easier, literally! 
Sea Street stamp set, Stampin' Up!
I know this was one of the sets that many of you struggled with- Sea Street.  I loved the Octopus because he looked so happy.  There are some very cute images in this set like the school of fish.  SO cute.  I decided to pair this set with another one that was on the list called So You. This set is perfect for scrappers or card makers.  I decided to use the Happy greeting next to the Octopus.  Described him well- happy! 

I also noticed in my crafting stash that I have an over abundance of Washi Tape that is sitting and dusty.  I loved how this turned out by placing strips of Washi behind the circle die cut.  The stars were also from the So You stamp set.  Then I punched them using the star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  Perfect fit.  
I will tell you that I’m not listing the Washi in my links below because I’m not exactly sure where they all come from.  Most of them are from Project Life Accessory Kits.  As you can see it’s not hard to coordinate them together.  

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Let’s talk about that men now.  

This week we’ve discussed that the man card is tough.  I did a big overhaul with my stamp sets to see what exactly I had on hand for men.  I came to the quick conclusion… not much.  I do know that feathers are manly.  They like to hunt, so surely they would like a feather or two, or three!

Four feathers stamp set, Masculine Card, Stampin' Up!

This card is very clean and simple.  I used the Adventure Bound DSP (very small strip) and decided to just layer a few elements.  To be truthful with you, I have a bag on my desk with remnants of card pieces and die cuts that are waiting to be used.  I pulled every element out of that bag to create this card.  I wanted to add so many do dads, but instead I added to quick staples to the feathers and they will stay put forever.  Gotta love that.  

Four feathers stamp set, Masculine Card, Stampin' Up!
Believe it or not, I’m not done with my manly cards.  I know, I know.  I can’t believe it either.  You’ll want to check back tomorrow to see my favorite yet.  It made me cry, so you know there must be a story to it.  

Now, just in case you are still reading and still humming a Boys 11 Men song… I’ve got your back.  Sit back and enjoy for just a minute.  

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Love to each!
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Mother’s Love- Stampin’ Up!

Mother’s Love- Stampin’ Up!

There is no greater thing than a Mother’s love.  What perfect way to get that point across with a beautiful hand stamped card using the Mother’s Love stamp set.  

The greeting font in this set is perfection.  I love the script that is used.  What you do you think? 

Mother's Love, Stampin' Up!

You know how much I adore my mom.  Honestly, she deserves MUCH more than I can give especially the much love she has given me over the last year.  
She has definitely been a shoulder to cry on several times.  This card will be perfect to tell her how much I love her.  

Mother's Love, Stampin' Up!This card uses more of the softer tones (Blush Blossom) and the Artisan Embellishment Kit.  The little dainty roses are a perfect match.  

It’s Tuesday which means Newsletter day.  Are you receiving my newsletter? It’s jam packed with project and color inspiration.  Seriously, you are MISSING out if you are not receiving this.  Signing up is EASY.  You will see a quick sign up on the right side bar of my blog.  I send my newsletter typically every 2 weeks.  This month I am sending an extra one for the last week of Sale-a-Bration.  Don’t MISS out!

I have something SPECIAL for customers this week too.  
Spend $50 in my Online Store using the hostess code —->Y7KY7EMG and you will also receive THREE project tutorials.  Hostess Code good until Tuesday, March 31st. 

I’m still working on more MAN cards… join me the rest of the week for stamping MAN style.  

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Guy Greetings|Stampin’ Up!

Guy Greetings|Stampin’ Up!

 Thank you for the list of sets you want to see you used my friends. We have a WINNER too.  Scroll to the bottom to see if you are the WINNER… 

I’ll be busy for a bit getting some inspiration into your hands.  Some of the sets I do not own but I think I might be able to cover them a different way.  

The common theme I could see from the comments was MAN CARDS.  

Here I thought I was the only one that gets stumped or grumped when it comes to the man card.  I’m not kidding.  I get grumpy when I have to make one because I’m not using the typical supplies I use on other cards. Ribbon, lace, doilies, bling… these are common pieces I use for my cards.  A man card though… much different.  

I think of man card and the first thing that pops in my mind is – PLAIN JANE. Except it’s not for Jane…  

I decided to dive in and play a bit with some of the manly sets I have.  Just know that the struggle is real for me too.  I sit and contemplate what else the card needs.  Sigh… 

Masculine Cards, Stampin' Up!, Guy Greetings
Let’s start with Guy Greetings.  I loved this set in the catalog and my favorite image is the weight lifter man.  Then it arrived and it’s sat collecting dust.  The weight lifter man now scares me.  He’s creepy.  Well, it’s a good excuse not to use it… right? 

I decided to dive in and tackle this crazy man fear I have lately.  I knew you guys would be behind me with full support.  
I decided to pair a few stamps together and this made the manly stamping a bit easier.  I used The Open Sea and Guy Greetings together for the card above.  I also used one of the easiest stamping techniques I know- Rock n Roll.  To make the background softer once I stamped it, I placed a piece of Vellum the same size over the stamped Whisper White paper.  I love how this turned out.  You can see the supplies listed below.  

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The next card I also wanted to use some Designer Series Paper.  I have a stash that is screaming to be used.  This card uses all of Guy Greetings and no other sets. I love how this DSP coordinates with the shoes in the stamp set.  Pretty Classic.  

Masculine Cards, Stampin' Up!
What do you think of Guy Greetings? ? These are fairly easy cards with not a lot of fancy schmancy, but I love it.  

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Let’s reveal the winner.  


WHOOO HOOO Mallory!  Just email me—-> and I’ll get your package to you.  

Okay, I’m off to work on a few more of the stamp sets ya’ll are stuck on.  I do have a few more dude cards coming too.  YIPPIE.  

Don’t forget, tell me what you think.  
P.S. – Sale-a-Bration is ending soon…. like REALLY soon.  Check out the goodies you can receive.  

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Petal Potpourri + Giveaway!

Petal Potpourri + Giveaway!

It’s kinda rare that I stamp using flowers but I love to watercolor and flowers seem to be the best.  

The Petal Potpourri stamp set is mostly a stamp and punch type of set but there is one flower image that is fun to watercolor.  
Make sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of this post. 
Petal Potpourri stamp set, Stampin' Up!
One of the things I’m noticing in my studio is the abundance of pattern paper sitting.  Not moving.  Nada. Dust bunny collectors. 

Not good!

I decided to dive in.  It needs to be used.  You could be seeing lots of patterns being used soon. Of course you probably could have guessed what I pulled out first- Typeset Designer Paper.  I do adore this stuff.  

To create these flowers it’s SUPER simple and again fits my laziness.  

Just stamp your flowers onto the Designer Paper using Black Craft Ink.  Emboss them using Clear Embossing Powder.  Before you punch you want to watercolor.  
I simply used my Aqua Painter and did a quick brush with three different colors.  Kinda like I did with the card I shared yesterday.  If the color was too light I went back over it a little.  Because the paper is thin, I went ahead and heat set with my heat tool.  

Guess what? 

When you apply the  ink and it’s pretty wet the paper feels really texturized once you heat set. I love it.  

Petal Potpourri stamp set, Stampin' Up!The last thing to add to the card is a few embellishments.  Love that the buttons perfectly coordinate.  P E R F E C T I O N!

Okay… I have a fun prize sitting in my studio that needs a good home.  Wanna play? 
So You Project Kit, Stampin' Up! , Giveaway
Leave a comment and tell me one stamp set that you need INSPIRATION to create with.  
To play, leave your comment below by Sunday, March 22nd 11:59pm.  I’ll pick one lucky winner on Monday morning. 

Don’t miss out on the deals this week.  Great embossing folders on sale.  

Weekly Deals Stampin' Up!

Great news for Russ and I this weekend.  We will have the house to ourselves.  Say what??? 

Alexis has a State competition with her school and Brandon has a church retreat.  

We ARE  giddy! 

Hope your weekend is filled with great things.  

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Basic Black Craft Stampin’ Pad
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