August 10, 2012


Dear Reader,

I am bringing you yet another masculine birthday card.  I seem to have to make so many masculine cards that they no longer phase me (much).  This cousin of mine whose card I just made turns 14.

I chose to begin by picking out Heidi Swapp's No Limits 6x6 paper pad with its blues, oranges and very male friendly designs.

Next, I pulled out a new stamp set by Basic Grey/Hero Arts from the Clippings collection.  I think this line is also very gender neutral and ageless.  I stamped the tag (I really need the background of the matching design) on a piece of orange patterned paper in spice tin ink by Jenni Bowlin for Ranger.  I ended up cutting into two pieces to use as elements in different locations.

From here I pulled out State Fair die-cuts from Studio Calico.  When these first came out, I was so excited and recently my excitement has been reignited.  I really love how older collections can be used with newer products for endless uses and possibilities.  Also used was a little die cut from the Bits from the original Amy Tangerine collection (love these!).

I added the sentiment in yellow Thickers...they are getting a lot of use lately as they are a great size and color.

Lisa Truesdell turned me onto multiple stamping of a date (my cousin's birthday this year) which seems appropriate and adds an interesting element.  I am not sure why they are mostly concentrated above the Thickers....

Because I love the diamond pattern found on the little tag stamp from the Basic Grey/Hero Arts stamp, I stamped the tag out again and punched out stars from it.

The right hand corner of the card is rounded because I felt it would help the card look less angular.

A quick peak inside (leftovers add a little of the outside to the inside):

And one more look before it goes into the mail:

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit!


Celebrate birthday card
Stamps: Guest Check from Clippings collection, Basic Grey/Hero Arts; date roller stamp; Dear Lizzy (Studio Calico exclusive from Story Hour kit, March 2012)
Ink: spice tin and fountain pen, Jenni Bowlin for Ranger
Cardstock: solar white, Neenah Papers
Patterned Paper: No Limits 6x6 paper pad, Heidi Swapp
Other: Eric foam Thickers, American Crafts; die-cuts from State Fair collection, Studio Calico; Bits from Amy Tangerine collection, Amy Tangerine; star punch, Stampin' Up!; Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper, We R Memory Keepers

1 comment :

Norma Gomez said...

Hi Shay, great card. I really like all the layers you added and the way you stamped the date mulitple times, it adds a lot of interest.


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