May 28, 2013

Man Oh Man Monday No. 12 (on Tuesday) | Father's Day Edition No. 4

Man Oh Man It's Not Monday.  No excuses from Memorial Day was spent mostly watching movies with my family including "Argo".  I hope you also had a wonderful Memorial Day with family and friends.  I want to thank those who serve/served our country to allow us to do just that. 

So today we are going with a card to honor the men in service who are also proud papas because although we have days marked off on the calendar to commemerate our service men and women, I think any day of the week is a good day to honor them as well.  
The background is actually something I started on Saturday using the Watercolor Wonder stamp set by Papertrey Ink for another card for Papertrey Ink's May Blog Hop, but it was all sorts of shades of wrong for the floral card I envisioned and reminded me of camouflage.  I saw it again sitting upon my table and decided it would be perfect for today's card.  I added more stamping and a banner sentiment stamped from Papa Love by Mama Elephant which I gold embossed.
I think it is turned out pretty striking and cool.   What do you think? 
Thank you for taking the time to visit and have a wonderful week!
Happy creating,
Stamps: Watercolor Wonder, Papertrey Ink; Papa Love, Mama Elephant
Inks: Versamark, Tsukineko; peeled paint and shabby shutters, Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger; limeade ice, Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: stamper's select white and spring moss, Papertrey Ink
Other: detail metallic gold embossing powder, JudiKins; heat embossing tool; dimensional adhesive

May 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink's May 2013 Blog Hop | Bouquet Builder

Happy Saturday!  I am so happy to join in on this month's blog hop (wasn't sure if I would make it this time around...whew!).  To see the details and the *amazing* projects created for Papertrey Ink's Bouquet Builder May Blog Hop, go HERE

I went with an ombre card inspired by the following picture:

I was really drawn to the very verdant color scheme and this is the card I created:


I am going to leave it at that today.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.  It is an honor to have you visit and to be among the uber-talented Papertrey Ink fans!

Happy creating,

Stamp: Natural Beauties (limited edition), Papertrey Ink
Inks: limeade ice, Papertrey Ink; Versamark, Tsukineko; peeled paint and pine needles, Tim Holtz Distress Inks by Ranger
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Papertrey Ink
Paper: watercolor paper, Strathmore
Other: Wonderful Words Die Collection (set of 4), Papertrey Ink; Cuttlebug, Provo Craft; Inkssentials ink blending tool, Ranger; Peeled Paint, Tim Holtz Distress Marker by Ranger; opaque white embossing powder, JudiKins; heat gun; 2 Way Glue Pen, Zig; dimensional adhesive; water; paint brush; Inkssentials Non Stick Sheet, Ranger

May 20, 2013

Man Oh Man Monday No. 11 | Father's Day Edition No. 3

Celebrating Father's Day continues here on MOMM.  Clean and simple are the themes of the day.  Some new stamps from Mama Elephant were awaiting me in today's mail which I wanted to play with and what better excuse than I have to post on my blog?  Self-enabling just got necessary now that I "have to" post on my blog. 
The keystone stamp set for this Father's Day clean and simple smorgasbord is Papa Love.  Packed full of great sentiments, a ticket frame and a few images, Papa Love will serve you well as a foundational stamp set for your stamping needs for guys.   All of the cards are one layer and I added dimension with Copic markers.
For my first card I decided to play with the moustache and tie images to create a man of sorts.  I am hoping the circle sentiment comes off looking a little like a monocle.

My next card plays off the "man of the house, king of my heart" sentiments paired with the little Leo lion in Cosmic Stars.  I saw these and immediately had a vision of a card.  The darling little heart is from Midnight Letters.  Seriously, am lovin' on this little number.  I also imagine changing out the lion for the ram, bull, scorpion, crab, fish or goat depending on the guy's astrological sign (my dad is a Scorpio and it would be awesome to do this card with that instead).

For my last card I paired Papa Love with So Breezy.  I saw these two stamp sets and it clicked together to me.  I added a hand drawn double border for just a bit more interest.

Super simple cards, but so much fun.  I hope you are inspired to create some Father's Day cards now too!  

Happy creating,

Stamps: Papa Love, Cosmic Stars, Midnight Letters and So Breezy, Mama Elephant
Inks: tuxedo black, Memento by Tsukineko; Versamark, Tsukineko; cough syrup, spice tin, weather vane, fountain pen, stick candy, seed packet and speckled egg, Jenni Bowlin for Ranger
cardstock: white, Georgia Pacific
Other: colorless blender (0), cool gray no. 00 (C00), cool gray no. 1 (C1), cool gray no. 3 (C3), pale fruit pink (E000), skin white (E00), pink flamingo (E01), caribe cocoa (E25), dull ivory (E43) and blush (R20), Copic; chipped sapphire and weathered wood, Tim Holtz Distress Markers by Ranger

May 13, 2013

Man Oh Man Monday No. 10 | Father's Day Edition No. 02

Happy Monday to you!  A quick card and post today as allergies have pinned me to the mat.
 This card is all about using tons of different stamps that catch your fancy to create a background that says a lot about the awesome dad in your life.  To finish off the panel I simply stamped out "dad" with an alphabet stamp set (inking the edges) and added it to the background using dimensional adhesive. 

For more interest I added the stamped panel at an angle and curled up the edges (under the edges I also added some dimensional adhesive).

That's it for Man Oh Man this Monday.  Have a rad week!

Happy creating,

Stamps: all stamps Studio Calico/Hero Arts except Neat Things, Hello Forever for Studio Calico and "you are loved" from Halley's Comet kit, Paislee Press for Studio Calico
ink: green hill and orange soda shadow ink, Hero Arts; broken china and black soot, Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger 
cardstock: grey from stash
patterned paper: Hey You! 6x6 paper pad, Basic Grey
Other: dimensional adhesive; foam ink applicator, Inkssentials by Ranger

May 6, 2013

Man Oh Man Monday No. 9 | Father's Day Edition 01

Today is the first MOMM focusing on Father's Day. Today's card is traditional in color, design and pattern so it can easily be given to a grandpa too.  I have a thing for travel related anything.  I can't seem to pass up maps, planes, air mail iconography on fabric, stamps, papers and elements.  Perhaps this has to do with so many good memories travelling in the car.  I still love car rides, plane trips, boat expeditions and travel excursions.  I think travel themes are a natural fit with guys too.  I know the male members of my family all have affection for one type of vehicle or other or just in travel in itself.  You will see this theme come up time and time again from me.  I just can't help it!

When I thought about making a Father's Day card I pulled out some of my travel themed stamps from Tim Holtz.  Nearly all Tim Holtz products are a crafty gal's best friend when you need to make some testosterone enriched cards.  In particular I grabbed the Travel Labels stamp set.
I really love creating backgrounds with stamps.  Using the larger Fiskars stamp press and all of the stamps from the stamp set I created a pattern that I stamped in Versamark upon a piece of patterned paper from the He Said She Said He Said 6x6 paper pad.  I then heat embossed the images with clear embossing powder.  

This is when I pulled out my Distress Inks.  You can't go wrong with some Distress Inks and ink blending tool.  There is fun to be had (I don't get out much obviously) in seeing the images being revealed as more and more ink is placed on the paper and the embossing powder resists the ink. 

I wrapped some ecru crochet cotton around the resist panel and attached a round tag that I stamped with a sentiment from Fillable Frames #4 using some Hero Arts pool ink.

I finished off the card by adhering the resist panel with dimensional adhesive to a piece of patterned paper from the same 6x6 paper pad and then a kraft card base.

MOMM Tips:
MOMM Tip No. 1: Go with Tim Holtz.  Products designed by a man with a man's sensibility.
MOMM Tip No. 2: Customize pattern paper.  Heat emboss on patterned paper for a new look that is perfect for your project.

So there you have our first MOMM Father's Day card.  I'll be back next week with another card to inspire you to tackle your father's day cards.

Happy creating,

Stamps: Travel Labels, Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous; Fillable Frames #4, Papertrey Ink
Ink: Versamark, Tsukineko; tumbled glass, shabby shutters, stormy sky, faded jeans, black soot, Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger; pool, Shadow Ink by Hero Arts
Cardstock: kraft, Papertrey Ink; white, Georgia Pacific
Patterned Paper: He Said She Said He Said 6x6 paper pad, Teresa Collins
Other: Inkssentials non-stick craft sheet, Ranger; Inkssentials ink blending tool, Ranger; large stamp press, Fiskars; clear embossing powder, Ranger; heat gun; Tag Its Kits cutting dies, Lifestyle Crafts; Cuttlebug, Provo Craft; dimensional adhesive; ecru crochet cotton, DMC

May 3, 2013

Paper Wings Productions' May Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome Paper Wings peeps!

With April showers brings "May Flowers" which happens to be the theme for this month's Paper Wing Productions' Design Team Blog Hop and giveaway! If you've arrived here from Dana's blog, then you're in the right place. If you just happened to stumble into the hop, please CLICK HERE to start from the beginning because you won't want to miss any project.

My backyard is coming into bloom.  The fiery flowers on the pomegranate tree are bursting open and the dainty white flowers on the lemon tree are lending their sweet scent to the air.  We just planted jasmine to climb up the back fence and charm us with their fragrance.  Flowers are such lovely blessings and this month our creativity is in bloom using Paper Wings Productions stamps to bring you some floral inspiration. We’re also giving away a gift certificate to Paper Wings Production’s online store to one lucky follower.

For a chance to win, all you need to do is:
  • be a follower of the Paper Wings Productions blog, The Aviary
  • visit each of the participating designer's blogs and leave them some love. Then go back to The Aviary and leave a comment letting them you completed the hop. 
  • to increase your chances of winning, like the Paper Wings Productions Facebook page and/or invite your friends to the hop. 
  • then just come back and let us know! Be sure to leave a separate comment for each of the additional entries. 
The winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 on the The Aviary.

I decided to make a little gift of notecards that can be given to your mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, friend or another mother figure in your life for this upcoming Mother's Day.

My color palette and the papers I chose are funky and bold with a dash of fun thrown in for good measure.  No shrinking violets here!

What I love about this project is that we all have so much patterned paper, colored cardstock and inks that we can easily make this for anyone and customize it to suit their taste in a short amount of time for practically any occasion.  Need a hostess gift?  No problem.  Need a gift for your child's teacher?  Not an issue at all.  A neighbor is moving away?  Send them off which this gift to keep in touch!  Meeting with a friend who is going through a rough patch?  This makes a thoughtful gift to show you care.  Going to a wedding shower?  Make a batch of these up to match the wedding colors/theme and add the bride's new initials so she can send out personalized thank you notes.

I wanted to show you a very simple version that you can use as a jumping off point.  I stamped the flower with leaves from Flower Power or Floral in Versamark on a piece of blue cardstock and attached it to a larger sheet of patterned paper.  I mixed it up by using several different sheets of patterned paper from the same collection pack.  You can make dozens of these in no time.  For more interest simply heat emboss the image or stamp a word, name or initials over the image using any number of Paper Wings Production's alphabets like Perfect Alphabet, Funky Alphabet or Whimsical Solid Alphabet.

For the envelope I stamped the floral border from Kind Words or Moments on the back flap and also on the bottom of the front of the envelope as well as used the frame from Life Framer for the address and again stamped the flower with leaves image from Flower Power or Floral.

Next I stamped all the little flowers from Flower Power and Single Flowers in matching inks on some mailing seals and added the sentiment from Sophie over each one in brown ink.  I love the mailing seal as it adds a sweet little touch to an envelope.

We all know how important packaging a gift makes all the difference.  To package my notecard set I reused clear packaging that I then wrapped in three layers of strips of patterned paper.  The bottom layer is punched with a daisy border punch and the top strip stamped with the floral border from Kind Words or Moments.  I finished it up with a bow cut from another piece of patterned paper.  I must admit I really adore the bow.

Now it's time for your next hop on this parade of flowers.  Make sure to head on over to Carrie's blog next!

***Here is the complete line up just in case you get lost along the way:
Laura Austin Tatsch -
Shay - <=====YOU ARE HERE
Tara Chaussee -
Amber Rasmussen -
The Aviary­ -

Thank you so very much for visiting with me and have fun being showered by the May Flowers blog hop!

Happy creating,


Inks: Versamark, Tsukineko; pale tomato, green hills, red royal, pool, bubble gum and orange soda shadow inks, Hero Arts; dark chocolate, Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: blue, Neenah Paper
Patterned paper: Marmelade paper pack, Marcella by K&Company
Other: daisy lace deep edge punch, Martha Stewart Crafts; bow tie die, Lifestyle Crafts; Cuttlebug, Provo Craft; mailing seals, Avery


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