Masculine

Sail Away Half-Z Fold

We had a crazy week last week! We live in North Texas and we had a storm roll through last Tuesday night. It caused straight line wind damage to our 26 year old trees! We have one left in tact. One had to be completely removed since it split in half and half was on the house! Our alley was completely blocked by the back two trees and it damaged part of our fence. So hopefully I get a pass for not posting last week!

We did continue with the Mystery Stamping Event via Zoom last Friday. These have been so much fun and seeing everyone’s creations has been so rewarding! I made a power point on how to make a Half-Z Fold and I shared it with the Zoom group. I really need some masculine birthday cards and the Come Sail Away suite doesn’t disappoint! Having a suite really helps coordinate your creations and makes them look professional!

To create this Half Z Fold:

•9”x 5 ½ ” card base of your color choice. Score at 1 7/8″ and at 4 7/8″

2 designs of coordinating Designer Series Paper (DSP) or patterned paper: Main Focal pattern: 2 ¾ ” X 5 ¼” & another with that same pattern 1 ¼ “ x 5 ¼ “; another pattern cut to 1 ½” x 5 ¼”

•2 5/8” x 5-1/4” Whisper White for inside the card.

Adhere your matching 2 DSP pieces to the card base to the front part of the card and the smaller on the right-hand side. –Adhere the Whisper White next to that flush with the 5 ½ side. –Add the last piece of DSP to the small fold.

Then you choose a shape for your anchor piece (mine is the anchor/happy birthday piece)

There are some great deals on the Last Chance products and you can order the Ornate Garden Suite items too! I am at a much needed craft retreat playing with Pre-Order items! (it just re-opened May 1st-it’s only 3 of us-and we are the first since the stay at home started).

Here is the host code for this month! Remember that if you order more than $150-you can enjoy the host benefits for yourself!

Stay safe! Blessings!

Be sure to include your contact information so I can send you a Thank You gift!
Product List
Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper
$11.50
Smooth Sailing Dies
$32.00
Stitched Shapes Dies
$30.00
Sailing Home Cling Stamp Set
$24.00
Night Of Navy 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Soft Suede 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
3/16" (1 Cm) Braided Linen Trim
$7.00
Paper Trimmer
$25.00
Bone Folder
$7.00
Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00
Birthday · Masculine · Techniques

Faux Stamped Leather

I hold stamp clubs 2 times a month and one of the cards I teach them is a technique. I make a small sample and a brief instruction piece for them to put in their journals. (I give one to them when they first sign up as a gift) It can be a challenge to find a new technique-so I searched on Splitcoast stampers and found the Faux Stamped Leather! I knew I was going to use the Sailing Home to make this technique! It’s a simple technique and a little messy.

First you take a piece of Crumb Cake and stamp your image with a dark color. I used Early Espresso for my anchor. Then you take the Stylus to outline the image while you have the cardstock on top of the Piercing Mat. (cushion) It will look like you hand punched leather. Now for the fun! Gather the following ink pads and sponges: Crushed Curry, Grapefruit Grove, Soft Suede, and Early Espresso. You will use your sponge (I use the ones Stampin’ Up! sells, 3 in a pack. I cut each one into 1/4’s) and sponge the color from edge to the center of your paper. Start with the lightest color and progress to the darkest. I then ran it through with the Stitched Shapes die to give it more texture.

To create the background, I stamped Night of Navy onto Night of Navy cardstock for a tone on tone. I love having masculine cards ready to go!

We are at our Annual Labor Day retreat!!! I am getting my crafting mojo back after the crazy summer! Be on the look out for more posts!!!

TOMORROW LAST DAY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS GREAT PROMOTION!!!!!!!

I highly recommend joining The Crafting Corner team today! You get to choose $155 in any current product (including the Holiday Pre-Order!!!!) for just $99 plus tax! ($30 more in product than usual!!) THEN Stampin’ Up! will give you a $10 bonus coupon to use next month….which next week!!! So what are you waiting for??? Click on Laura’s Stampin’ Up! website to join the fun!

Masculine · Promotions · Techniques · Thank you

Watercolor Smoosh

I saw Elizabeth Bennett’s  beautiful card on our own Demonstrator Planning Place FB page and I had to make one like it! It was our technique for our monthly stamp club too! It’s a bit messy, but it’s so worth it!

You will need the following: Stampin’ Up! Water Color Paper;  Ink Refills of your choice (I used Pacific Point, Highland Heather, and Night of Navy); Frost White Shimmer Paint, plastic wrap, paper towels, and a drop cloth/paper. (protection for your craft surface).

First you want to spritz your watercolor paper on both sides to prevent curling. I placed it on a paper towel that was folded up for more protection. Then, I dropped 2-3 of each color & the Frost White Shimmer paint onto the plastic wrap. Next, spritz it with water and place your watercolor paper/towel on top. Carefully flip it over and move the inks around until you like the mix. Let dry overnight and peel off the plastic wrap! They all turned out different and stunning! If you are in a hurry, you can pull up the wrap in a few minutes and heat set with the Heat Tool. But-it won’t have the crisp lines from the plastic wrap.

And now you can stock up on these goodies and earn $5 coupons for every $50 this month! You can use your $5 coupons in August!!! Shop by Clicking on Laura’s Stampin’ Up! Website

AND if you love having a discount on your craft supplies, then this is a great time to sign up too! You get an additional $30 of product to add to the normal $125! That’s $155 worth of any current product (plus business supplies-catalogs for your friends). And they are throwing in a $10 coupon to use in August (which is Holiday Catalog PRE ORDER!!)

And when you order for yourself as a demo, you still get host rewards @ $150 merchandise and the bonus coupons! That’s a lot of savings!

Click on Join Laura’s Team now!

Birthday · Masculine · Techniques

Country Cracked Glass

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Who doesn’t love a great masculine birthday card?  I don’t know about you, but I sometimes have a hard time making cards that aren’t too girly!  The Country Home stamp set is perfect for your rustic cards, masculine cards, or country scrapbooking pages!

The technique has been around for a while.  I saw a few on Pinterest and I had to make on again!  When I first joined Stampin’ Up! in 2007, we sold Glassy Glaze!  I stamped my images on a light colored cardstock and then spread VersaMark liberally on top of the whole piece of stamped paper.  Next, I covered the whole piece with Clear Embossing powder and heat set.  (you can heat set from under you paper too).  Once it is cooled off, I repeated the process 2 more times to make a total of 3 layers.  You want it to look shiny and feel pretty thick.  Then I placed it in the freezer for about 5 minutes.  Remove the piece and quickly bend in random places.  If becomes to pliable, then pop it back in the freezer and try again.

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I then took a sponge with Soft Suede ink and rubbed over the areas with the cracks. Some of them I bent slightly to be sure the ink really accented the cracks.

To frame the image, I ran Soft Suede through a die cutting machine with the Corrugated 3-D Embossing folder. Then I placed the image onto an Early Espresso mat and adhered it off center. I finished the card with a True Gentleman (retiring) button with two pieces of Linen Thread tied together with the sentiment.

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Lemon Lime Twist paper & Floral Romance DSP are sold out!! The In-Colors will go quickly!  To order your favorite products before they are gone> visit Laura’s Stampin’ Up! website and use the host code PH34U7UW at check out.

*if you order $150 or more-don’t use the code.  I want you to enjoy the host rewards!

*if you order $100; you should consider joining my team for the discount! You have until September 30, 2019 to meet your first quarterly minimum! $99=$125 in any current product offering in our customized kit!

Happy stamping!

Laura

 

Birthday · Masculine · Techniques

No Line Watercolor

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I saw the Better with You stamp set in the new Annual Catalog, and I had to give no line water coloring a try! I was having a hard time deciding on a color scheme and my friend suggested the mad bluebird!

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Photo Courtesy of Stephen L Tabone

I had never heard of them before and he was so cute!!  My water coloring wasn’t exactly no line, but I love how it turned out!

It’s super easy to create!  This will be the technique for club this month!

  1. Use a light color to stamp the image you want to color.  I used Sahara Sand.
  2. Use your aqua painter & ink refills to create the watercolor images
  3. If you want darker shading, wait for the first layer to dry completely.
  4. I did use a Stampin’ Write marker tip to define his eye and beak.
  5. I completed the look with a pearl colored with a black sharpie.

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The background of the Balmy Blue is the new Subtle Dynamic Embossing folder!  It turns your card stock into textured in a flash!

Don’t forget to stock up on your Designer Series Paper!!  Buy 3 – get 1 free! Click on show me the paper for a quick run through of all the great patterns!  Then go to Laura’s Online Store to get yours!

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Masculine · Thinking of You

In Love with Rooted in Nature

Once again I find myself gravitating towards the Rooted in Nature bundle! The coordinating Nature’s Poem DSP makes color coordination a snap! The colors just pop off each other!

We made this card for stamp club this month. We started by random stamping the big leaves with Tranquil Tide and Grapefruit Grove. We then added the returning favorite Blackberry Bliss with the smaller leaf stamp! Just look at the details in the lead stamps!

Next, we added a strip of a subtle pattern from the Nature’s Poem DSP followed by the Blackberry Bliss Nature’s Twine. I made the ends frayed for extra texture. You just simply twist the ends to un-twist the strands. I use a piercing tool to comb it out.

The metallic leaves are cut out of Copper Foil & the matching framelits. To complete the look, we stamped the greeting with the Blackberry Bliss on the Grapefruit Grove cardstock.

To get your Rooted in Nature suite, visit Laura’s Website and use the hostess code below.  Be sure I have your address for a thank you gift!
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Masculine · Thank you

Nature at it’s Best

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Who is ready for the NEW catalog!!???  I have a LONG wish list!!!  I can guarantee that Rooted in Nature stamp set and the coordinating Nature’s Roots Framelits is a must for your wish list!  Look how quickly you can create simple, elegant, and masculine cards with it!

This card was made for my club members last month! We stamped the tree in Soft Suede on Very Vanilla.  Then, we adhered the Nature’s Poem DSP strip & smaller strip together.  To finish that piece, we tied Linen Thread around it twice and tied a knot.  Next, we cut out a leaf stamped in Grapefruit Grove (a new favorite color of mine!) and a Copper Foil piece too! It was easily assembled onto Tranquil tide and Mint Macaron!

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And TODAY IS THE DAY!!!  AT 12:00 (MT) you can order from the new catalog!!  How do you ask??  Simply go to my site: www.Lvenvertloh.stampinup.net and order!  If you want to order $150 or more-reap the host benefits for yourself!  Or you can add the hostess code: XP2XCXSA at check out!

Need a catalog??  Just ask!  One will be sent your way!

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Birthday · Masculine · Sale a Bration

Masculine Petal Passion

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I love it when I am working on one project, then cut out a piece from the Big Shot, and then a new idea hits me!  I saw the negative of the Petal Branch from the Petals & More Thinlit dies and immediately saw this card!

It was such a simple card to put together too!  I just popped a piece of Copper Foil in the background and matted it with Early Espresso.  A little Linen Thread and a sentiment, finished!  And it’s masculine!  Those are usually my hardest to design!

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The pictures do not do the copper justice at all!  It really pops in person!

My son has grown up around me making crafts with Stampin Up! products.  He wanted to make his friend a birthday card, so off to my room we go.  He usually goes through my pieces that don’t make it onto a project and scrap paper.  But I am so proud of what he made!!

He tells me he wants to be a Stampin’ Up! demo when he gets older!  Ha!  I will see what he says when he’s 18!  Until then, I will eat up these moments!

Don’t forget to watch my video of What Comes in the Creative Class to GO! Order by February 22nd and link back to the February Class to Go for details!

 

Cute cards · Masculine · Techniques · Thinking of You

High Tide So Serene

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High Tide is a wonderful set to use when making thinking of you cards, sympathy cards, masculine cards, and framed art pieces! I really enjoyed the 2 step stamping that this set showcases!

I am usually a card maker that loves a lot of layers!  This has the texture and movement of the Cherry Cobbler embossed piece underneath the main image.  I used the Seaside Embossing Folder for that and used the NEW Wood Textures 6×6 paper pack!  Can I tell you this pack if FULL of great wood images!  The possibilities are endless with this paper pack! With the rustic farm designs taking storm lately, this is a must for your paper stash!

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I first used the Cherry Cobbler and stamped the 1st part of the lighthouse.  Then I used Dapper Denim to add the dimension.  The photopolymer stamps really make this a seamless image! I used Crumb Cake for the sand stamp and Old Olive for the beach grass.  Next I used Dapper Denim for the water waves and followed that with a blender pen to create the softer water color. The sentiment is stamped with Basic Gray so it wouldn’t take over the focal point.  The linen thread was added for a little more texture.

Are you on my email list?  You can also follow me on Pinterest and Facebook!  The links are in the top right hand area.  Be sure to order your Creative Kit To Go for May! Deadline to order is the 18th!

Happy Stampin!

Birthday · Kits · Masculine

Masculine Birthday 

I used the Special Reason stamp set and Stylish Stems to create a masculine card!  I used the rubber insert that Stampin’ Up! cuts out for us!  I love it when they do that, because it’s a new stamp/shape that you weren’t counting on!  I used it to make the argyle like background.  I used Marina Mist, Soft Sky, and Early Espresso for the background colors.

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I also used the new Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to create some texture to the card.  I love adding linen thread to create so whimsy for this card.  I did have to fussy cut the banner, but it was worth it!

Do you love the Big Shot? Is your wish list LONG!  This is a great time to join just for the discount!  You will have until June 30th to meet the quarterly minimum of $300 (before discount). Or you can do nothing with no penalty! What do you get during Sale-a-Bration? The starter kit is $99 plus local tax.  But you pick out your kit up to $125 in current catalog items!  PLUS 2 FREE stamp sets of your choice!!!! Think big here! Join the Fun & my team today!  We have lots of fun, a quarterly meeting (if you want to call it that) private FB page, and recognition for milestones!

Creative Kit to Go order due: Pictures Pending March 18th: You will receive your very own stamp set (and choice of bundled item if available) and the consumable supplies (needed to make 6 cards (2 each of 3 designs) mailed to you by priority mail. You will need to use your own new stamp set plus inks and adhesives you have at home to make your projects.
I only have a limited amount of class kits available, so please sign up right away.
Your set will ship to you from Stampin’ UP!. My part includes project supplies, PDF file, list of items needed, and priority postage. (separate PayPal for out of town)

Prepaid class fees vary each month depending on the set:

*****Just go to my website, create an account, add the item, and use the hostess code 2XWJPSAK at check out. Include your email for an invoice for out of town priority shipping. 

Special Reason bundle:  Includes the Special Reason stamp set (wood or clear) & the Stylish Stems Framelit dies. Bundle price: $45.75 for clear 144720 (plus tax & shipping) OR $53.00 for wood 144719 (plus tax & shipping) If you order more items and it goes over $150, don’t order with the hostess code.  You can redeem the hostess rewards with your own order! It’s Sale a Bration!  Add a couple dollars more (the Lace Doilies 142793) and get a FREE item from the Sale a Bration catalog!

Creative Kit Order due no later than March 18th. If you are interested please let me Please note that my Class in the Mail kits are only available to be shipped within the US. Thanks for understanding.