My 4 Basics of a Masculine Card

 

I have BASICS I keep in mind for the seemingly difficult task of designing a masculine card.

 

Since I had a fun class with Geared Up Garage this week, I'll show you those ideas first.

 

 

From simple to a little more involved....

 

Geared Up Garage, Rooted in Nature, , www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

Geared Up Garage bundle, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

Geared Up Garage bundle, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

 

NOW, as you read my "basics" of a Masculine Card, see if you can find some of them on the cards I just showed you above.

 

(When you design, you don't have to take ALL these steps to make your card masculine. Pick and choose what you like or have available. Remember, sometimes less is more!)

 

My 4 Basics of a Masculine Card

  1. STAMP SET--Even if you don't have a set that is specifically masculine, one that involves nature or graphics (shapes, lines or textured background type stamps) works great!
  2. COLOR IS EVERYTHING! If you're unsure of a color to choose and don't just want "BLUE", go for anything that is a deep or neutral color. Some of my go to's are Mossy Meadow, Merry Merlot, Night of Navy, Basic Gray--or ANY gray, Crumb Cake--or ANY brown. You could even use Blackberry Bliss with the right stamps/design.
  3. METALLICS!! I ALWAYS LOVE a masculine card with some kind of metal--whether it's foil sheets like on my last card or brads or a metal buttons or embellishment. Metallic goes a long way towards a good masculine look.
  4. TEXTURE--Choose something simple like stripes or corrugated folders or EVEN just crumple up your cardstock after you do your stamping and flatten it back out again. Rough it up! (Unless you count the gears die cut piece on my last card, I didn't really use this "basic" on any of my cards above. As I said, you don't have to use ALL the ideas. But maybe that's the one that will work for YOU!)

 

 

 

I hope that helped you with any last minute ideas you may need!

 

 

Reminders:

 

Don't forget to sign up for classes!

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FREE GIFT FROM ME: Use host code 2626GRH6 on a minimum $50 order in June and receive a pkg of  gorgeous Noble Peacock Rhinestones!

 

NEW REFERRAL PROGRAM--& CONTEST

  • I have FREE Class Passes available for you to give to friends & family (NEW to me/haven't come to a class of mine before.)
  • Put YOUR name on them, and when someone redeems one, you'll get credit for the referral.
  • The person with the most referrals will receive a $10 gift certificate toward free product.
  • This first contest will run through 7/31/19.
  • I'll give you as many Class Passes as you'd like! You can pick them up, or I can mail them to you.

 

FRIENDS FOR CARDS & CARDS FOR FRIENDS

  • BRING a new (to me) adult friend to a class or club, and you'll each receive 3 cards of your choice from my card rack.
  • These cards are also available to purchase by anyone--$2 each or 3/$5.

 

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

 

 

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Steph

 

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MUCH More Than Words!

 

Hey--

 

I've had SO MUCH FUN playing with the SAB Coordination set More Than Words!!

 

Because I couldn't upload my closeups here after my Facebook Live!, I'm just dropping them all here NOW!

 

(So frustrating. Dunno what the glitch was, but clearly it seems to be fixed!)

 

 

Ok, first, here's a quick "help"--so you don't have to tax your brain trying to coordinate which words go with which SAB sets.

 

It's just a pic of part of a flyer we had, and I just made my own notes with a "legend" at the bottom:

 

More Than Words.coordination

 

Here are my samples + a couple I had from other demos using the Story Label Punch.

 

More Than Words, Painted Seasons DSP (SAB), Stamparatus, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

More Than Words, Painted Seasons DSP (SAB), Stamparatus, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

More Than Words, Painted Seasons DSP (SAB), Stamparatus, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

More Than Words, So Hoppy Together, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

More Than Words, Botanical Butterfly DSP (SAB), www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

 

 

 

From Susie Woods & Ruth Bingle:

They BOTH used the Story Label punch, Painted Seasons bundle AND the gorgeous Country Floral embossing folder!

 

Painted Seasons bundle (SAB), Story Label Punch (SAB), Country Floral embossing folder (SAB), created by Susie Woods, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

Painted Seasons bundle (SAB), Story Label Punch (SAB), Country Floral embossing folder (SAB), created by Ruth Bingle, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

 

 

Here's my Live! again, in case you missed it live or the first time I posted it:

 

 

 

 

 

Have a spectacular weekend!!!

 

 

 

Remember, if you can fall in love with a project, you can learn to create it! Here to help you channel your inner Creative Genius...

 

Steph

 

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Take Your Pick Tool!

 

Every week on Facebook, I try to give a quick little Tip of the Week.

 

This week I decided to focus on a tool I've been ignoring since July!

 

This was actually one of the all-attendee giveaways at a general session on the cruise!!

 

 

And I'm telling you NOW, you need to BUY the Take Your Pick Tool!!

 

Take Your Pick Tool

 

 

I just used it on my Facebook Live! this week.

 

One end has a putty tip--that I didn't think I needed--to help pick up sequins. (I don't use sequins without the adhesive backing.)

 

BUT THEN I used the putty tip to pick up the tiny little dot of the "i" on my "birthday" thinlit.

 

AAAHHHH!!! SO helpful!!

 

I could put it right where I wanted it without big fat fingers in the way! haha

 

 

The other end has removeable/reversible tips--something different on each end of 2 tips:

 

 

#1:

  • a putty knife-type tip that helps scoop up rhinestones, pearls, etc.
  • a paper piercing tip on the other end for poking out any extra "chads" from your thinlits

 

#2:

  • 2 different sizes of stylus tips--one on each end

 

The Tool comes with a putty refill (it squeezes out), and separate refills are available to purchase as well.

 

 

Here are links to check it out and/or order:

 

 

 

Oh! And here's a video too!

 

 

 

 

Enjoy your day!

 

 

Shop online 24/7!

 

 

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Steph

 

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Just around the corner....

Hey stampers--

 

I've been featuring the Notes of Kindness Card Kit on Facebook this week.

 

click to order the Notes of Kindness Card Kit

 

It would make a PERFECT Christmas gift for someone!

Christmas IS just around the corner you know--as Kris Paquette said yesterday!

 

Or it's the perfect kit--just for you!

 

I'm having a class with it 9/25; RSVP by this Saturday, 9/15!

 

And yesterday I showed it on video!

Did you catch my Facebook Live!???

 

I figured out how to put my Live! on YouTube, so today I'm sharing it here.

 

BUT...

 

Here's the deal:

 

I'm working on growing my Facebook presence--my ONLINE presence in general--and I'd LOVE your help with that!

 

You can help by:

  • LIKING/LOVING/SHARING my video
  • COMMENTING on it
  • TAGGING YOUR FRIENDS that you think would wanna see it!

 

And the best place for ME (therefore YOU) to do that right now is on Facebook!

 

 

So I'm not sure if I'll keep sharing my Lives! HERE.

 

So IF YOU'RE ON FACEBOOK, go find me there! (please :D)

www.facebook.com/DazzledByStamping

 

In the meantime, here's my Facebook Live! from yesterday.

 

As you can see, I.HAVE.FUN.

Come have fun WITH me!!

You can watch it on Facebook and comment with me Live! OR later during a replay!

 

 

 

 

You can also find my First Ever Facebook Live! from last week on Facebook and on YouTube.

 

That one's a little bit shorter.

 

 

You can subscribe to my YouTube Channel, too, but there's not much there yet.

 

 

Order here:

Stamparatus
$49.00

 

Sign up for class here:    Tuesday, 9/25

morning 

evening

 

 

 

 

Have an exceptional day!!!

 

 

 

 

Remember, if you can fall in love with a project, you can learn to create it! Here to help you channel your inner Creative Genius...

 

Steph

 

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A little hello

 

I just can't get enough of these Mini Milk Cartons!

 

Mini Milk Cartons, Itty Bitty Greetings, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

 

We made them back in early spring--and at my niece's stamping birthday party.

 

I just had to make them again for our leadership dinner before the Meet & Greet with our corporate SU! person.

 

 

Remember all that candy in Stampers Base Camp on the ship?

 

I brought a bunch of Hershey Nuggets home. :D

 

 

These feature the newest/2018-2020 In Colors DSP Collection & Binder Clips and hold a nugget--but could probably hold 2.

 

This is the size that also fits 1 Lindt Chocolate Ball.

 

Here are the instructions/dimensions again:

Mini Milk Carton pic.instructions


Download Mini Milk Carton

 

 

 

 

 

 

I shortened the "little hello" label by punching it out and then tucking one end back into the punch and RE-punching.

 

 

Here's all you need to make this version:

 

 

 

 

Don't forget to sign up for Paper Pumpkin by Friday if you'd like to try it for HALF OFF your first month!

 

Blooming summer savings.HALF OFF paper pumpkin promo

 

Click here to subscribe!

 

 

 

Have a fantastic day!

 

 

 

 

Remember, if you can fall in love with a project, you can learn to create it! Here to help you channel your inner Creative Genius...

 

Steph

 

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A GREAT BIG WISH!

 

The Broadway Birthday bundle is so much fun!!

 

Broadway Birthday bundle, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

I used 2 different thinlits here--"Wish" and the diamonds.

 

The diamonds are a strip of 9; I just positioned it to use only 3 of them.

 

 

I have a couple quick tips for "Wish."

  • definitely use the Multi-Purpose Adhesive sheets. LOVE THEM!
  • center your thinlit on your cardstock (black, in my sample) so you can use the negative piece for a design, too

 

To position your cut letters [it's 3 separate pieces]:

  1. take the adhesive backing off the letters
  2. put the negative space down onto your project
  3. fit the letters back into their cutouts on the negative piece
  4. pull the negative space away again

 

 

Broadway Birthday bundle, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

 

 

Here's all I used:

Big Shot
$110.00

 

 

 

Can't wait to use this bundle with you at my Open House tomorrow!

 

 

Happy day to you!

 

 

 

 

 

Remember, if you can fall in love with a project, you can learn to create it! Here to help you channel your inner Creative Genius...

 

Steph

 

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A little different look

 

Happy Friday people!!

 

Today I have another Share What You Love bundle card.

 

 

I ran one of the pieces of DSP thru the Big Shot with the Lovely Floral embossing folder. 

 

Share What You Love Bundle (Gotta Have It All), www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

THEN I rubbed the embossed area with my black ink.

 

Share What You Love Bundle (Gotta Have It All), www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

 

The card base here is Grapefruit Grove.

And we WILL be making this card at my FREE CLASS at the end of the month! :)

 

 

Funny story:

I made all my samples for my class; then several busy days later, I went back to them to pull all the stuff to re-create them with my Dazzling Demos Team. And I COULD NOT FIND where in the world I had gotten the "JUST FOR YOU" stamp for this card!! I wondered WHY I would use stamps outside of this bundle for this class--especially a retiring item! (All I could think of was Teeny Tiny Wishes.)

THEN I remembered...I cut this photopolymer stamp.

Original: "HANDCRAFTED JUST FOR YOU" :D

Hee hee! Found it!!!

(It's so tiny!)

 

Love What You Do (Gotta Have It All SWYL bundle), www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

Make a Difference (Gotta Have It All SWYL bundle), www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

Statement of My Heart - exclusive freebie (Gotta Have It All SWYL bundle), www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

 

 

Here's all I used:

(click any pic to order)

Big Shot
$110.00

 

 

 

Have a fabulous weekend!!

 

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms!

 

Praying for those of you who can't be WITH your moms (or kids) for any number of reasons--AND for those of you who WANT children but haven't been blessed with them. ♥

 

 

Remember, if you can fall in love with a project, you can learn to create it! Here to help you channel your inner Creative Genius...

 

Steph

 

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Mixed Metal Love

 

 

In case you DIDN'T see my Facebook page yesterday, NEW CATALOGS SHIPPED ALREADY!!!

YAY!!!

 

I'll let you know when they're here!

 

 

Ok, now to share from my Moms, Dads,...Stamp-a-Stack:

 

This is my GO.TO. type wedding card.

 

Rose Wonder, www.dazzledbystamping.com

Mixed neutrals...mixed metals....

I LOVE IT.

 

And it's funny, cuz I used to hate it!

 

But for weddings specifically, I love Whisper White with Very Vanilla.

Then add a little Champagne Foil and Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon.

YUM!!

 

So beautiful!

 

 

Quick tip for you:

BEFORE attaching the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the back of the foil and running it through the Big Shot, first pull off a single layer of coating on the back of the foil. It helps the thinlits be able to cut through it more easily. 

 

This tip is especially helpful when using Glimmer Paper (sheets of glitter paper).  THAT coating is REALLY tough!

 

 

Here's everything we used:

Big Shot
$110.00

 

 

 

Have a great day!!

 

 

 

 

 

Remember, if you can fall in love with a project, you can learn to create it! Here to help you channel your inner Creative Genius...

 

Steph

 

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My favorite little spot on the beach

 

Oh doesn't the beach sound perfect???

I have been absolutely enjoying our sunshine recently!!

 

It's a bit chilly for the typical sunbathing type beaching, but I'm ok with that.

 

 

This month my clubs and I enjoyed a little beach action! :D

 

Waterfront, Colorful Seasons, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

 

AND we got some practice with my Stamparatus!

 

It won't be available to order (if you didn't reserve one already) until the catalog goes live June 1.

 

BUT--practicing now will get us ready!

 

 

I know some of you haven't watched the technique videos yet, so I'm gonna post them toward the bottom of this post again.

 

They're so helpful!!

 

 

 

I have a quick question for you though.....

Do you remember you can CUT YOUR PHOTOPOLYMER STAMPS?

 

I did that with my "just breathe." cuz I wanted the words above each other.

 

You can do it with your red rubber Clear Mount stamps, too...

BUT photopolymer is so much easier to cut through AND "put back together!"

 

All you have to do is mount the photopolymer stamps back together again right on the same block--just as if they were never cut!

 

It makes them that much more versatile!

 

 

Ok, first the list: 

Big Shot
$110.00

 

 

 And here are the Stamparatus videos:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by today!!

 

I'll be back tomorrow with details on the new sneak peek Share What You Love bundles--plus the class I'm having with them!

 

 

Have a fabulous week!!

 

 

 

 

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Steph

 

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Going Retro with Retiring Colors

 

I've been telling you what a fabulous time my Dazzling Demos and I had at OnStage Milwaukee...

 

 

Well the card I have for you is a direct result of that!

 

I haven't tried this fun--albeit messy--Shaving Cream (background) Technique in YEARS!!!

 

But it was demoed at OnStage--inspiring [I would assume] LOTS OF DEMOS to go Retro!!

 

 

 

Here's my offering:

 

Shaving Cream Technique, Shadowed Happy Birthday, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

I have SO MUCH TO SHARE WITH YOU ABOUT THIS CARD!!!!

 

Ok, this is gonna sound completely ludicrous, but besides the mess (you know I'm a stamp-n-go kinda girl), the OTHER reason I hadn't tried this technique in a long time was the SMELL!!

 

 

Getting a tad bit personal here, but I don't use shaving cream for my legs; I use shower gel or just my shampoo.

 

Well, I dunno if I was just closed-minded years ago or if shaving cream has just come a long way in that amount of time...

 

but when I went to the dollar store looking for a stinky can of Barbasol, I FOUND A RASPBERRY-SCENTED CAN OF LADIES' SHAVING CREAM!!

 

AAAAHHHH!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!! :D

 

I don't mind the scent at all!

Yah. Scent is a big thing for me.

 

 

Ok, so quick run-down of the Shaving Cream Technique:

(needs: shaving cream, 2 non-porous pans or surfaces, 1-3 colors of ink refills, Paper Piercing Tool or toothpick, cardfront, empty gift card or similar, kleenex or baby wipes for potential mess)

  1. Spray a layer of shaving cream on a non-porous surface of some kind that's bigger than your cut cardfront. (Don't use a full card; attach this piece to a card base later.)
  2. Drop a few drops of each ink refill color randomly on the shaving cream.
  3. Squiggle your Paper Piercing Tool through it to swirl the color around a bit.
  4. Press the front of your cardfront onto the shaving cream so the whole front is pressed.
  5. Lift it up--it automatically starts curling from the moisture.
  6. Lay the cardfront down in the 2nd pan; hold a corner of the cardfront and scrape the shaving cream off with the gift card.
  7. Scrape off the gift card on the edge of the pan and continue that process until the shaving cream is all removed.
  8. Let the cardfront dry.
  9. **STEPS  4-8 TYPICALLY CAN BE CONTINUED FOR 3 or 4 CARDS (do several while you have the mess) BEFORE THE CREAM IS JUST TINTED RATHER THAN SWIRLED. 

 

**HOWEVER, I did 9 of them at one time without adding more drops of color (which is also an option) just by scooping the gift card scrapings back into my first pan.

 

 

Every background will be different, regardless of the number of times you do it!

 

 

 

OK NOW--may I just say something about the HAPPY BIRTHDAY itself???

 

How cool is that shadow???

Thank you MULTIPURPOSE ADHESIVE SHEETS!!! (pg 203 in the full catalog)

If you've never tried these? FABULOUS!!!

 

 

Shadowed Happy Birthday:

  • 2 different colors/pcs of cardstock (for this HB thinlit, I used 3" x 3 1/2" to make the most use of the Adhesive Sheets as possible; they come 6"x12")
  • 2 of those same size pcs of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets
  • put the adhesive on the back of each cs (throw away the WORD side!)
  • run thru the Big Shot with thinlit on top of colored side
  • peel the backing of the adhesive sheet off the die-cut pc to adhere to project
  • offset the 2nd layer for a shadowed look

 

 

NOW I have to give a shout-out to [someone] in my Monday morning Stampers Club!

 

When I was showing this Shadowed Happy Birthday this month at my clubs (different card to show you later), I was adhering the 2 layers in my hands in the air.

 

HELLO!!!

Don't remember which brilliant stamper decided to lay down the bottom layer first; then remove the backing from the top one and offset it directly on the card!!

 

Hmmmm. How did I not think of that?!

 

 

Thank you, brilliant stamper friend!!

We are forever in your debt!!

Anyone remember who started this??

Please tell me!

She deserves a sucker! ;)

 

 

Ha!! No stamps!! But here's the rest of the supplies:

(Colors are retiring, but the rest is sticking around)

 

Big Shot
$110.00

 

 

 

Have an amazingly gorgeous sunny day!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember, if you can fall in love with a project, you can learn to create it! Here to help you channel your inner Creative Genius...

 

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