Another masculine card

Here's another possibility for the card ministry (see previous posts).  Just change the sentiment and you have a terrific Father's Day card for next month! 

Night of Navy is the perfect backdrop for this nautical-themed card, placed on Sahara Sand card stock so that the inside of the card isn't quite so dark.  It also helps to have an extra layer so that I could wrap the Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine around the card twice but have it hidden inside.  Next is a torn piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock, then the main image from the new Summer Mini Catalog called Sail Away stamped on Whisper White card stock with Night of Navy ink and torn as well.  This beautiful sailboat image is a single stamp selling at just $9.95.  "Praying for You" comes from Thoughts & Prayers and is stamped in Night of Navy ink on Sahara Sand card stock and adhered with Dimensionals.  You may like to purchase Best Dad Ever stamp set to use on this card for a great mix of Father's Day, birthday and thinking of you sentiments.

Item No. 123013 Sail Away single stamp $9.95
Item No. 123125 Cherry Cobbler/White Baker's Twine (25 yds.) $2.95

Not used, but a good choice for this card
Item No. 120399 Best Dad Ever wood mount $18.95 OR
Item No. 120681 Best Dad Ever clear mount $14.95

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Injured Cowboy in AZ

At each Leadership Conference, those with the Stampin' Up! title Manager and above are treated to an all-out event during one of the evenings we're there.  This year was no exception!  It was a wonderful evening at a nearby Mexican ranch featuring lots of wonderful food, authentic costumes, traditional dancers and a rodeo!  it was certainly a night to remember!  Especially when one of the cowboys was injured badly while performing a stunt for us.  In true Stampin' Up! form, there was an immediate call to action.  Several of the demonstrators there began taking up a collection for his family.  There were around 500 people in attendance, and if everyone gave just $1, we could help the family out during a very rough time.  And then, of course, someone got the injured cowboy's name and address, and well, you guessed it, we're all sending our get well wishes Stampin' Up! style!  Below is the card I made for him:

I knew that to get both a masculine and a Western feel, I needed to use Wanted stamp set.  I knew the horse in motion would appeal to this cowboy who makes his living by galloping his horse around an arena and jumping onto the back of another unsaddled horse!  Sounds crazy, I know!  I began the card with Soft Suede card stock and stamped tone-on-tone using Sanded background stamp.  Next came a layer of Dusty Durango card stock–this color name just conjures up images of cowboys, doesn't it?  I added a layer of Creamy Caramel card stock and stamped my main image on Very Vanilla card stock.  The image in the right corner is made by stamping that image found in Wanted twice — once in Dusty Durango Classic Ink (then punched out with the Scallop Circle Punch) and another time in Creamy Caramel Classic Ink (punched out with 1-3/8" Circle Punch).  I added a Designer Circle Brad to the center and a luscious piece of Dusty Durango 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon to finish it off.  Get Well Soon, Poly!

Item No. 115106 Wanted   $23.95
Item No. 115609 Dusty Durango 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon   $9.95
Item No. 112571 Designer Circle Brad   $5.95
Item No. 109043 Scallop Circle Punch   $15.95
Item No. 104401 1-3/8" Circle Punch   $15.95

Want to see some of the fun we had at Manager's Reception?  Here are just a few pictures:

Here's my upline and daughter, Aly, and me by the fountain.  Such beautiful grounds!

We were welcomed by some wonderful musicians!

Here's Aly and her upline, Missy Shipman, enjoying root beer and the rodeo.  Unfortunately, I couldn't get good pictures of anything going on in the arena.

These two women were making salsa fast and furiously — how fresh and tasty!

Stampin' Up! provided us with beautiful wraps for the chilly evening.

Here's the fabulous table settings at dinner.  The colors were spectacular!  Notice the little gifts wrapped up in brightly colored tea towels at each place.  They contained a brand new stamp set from the Occasions Mini Catalog – Love Bandit!

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Nouveau Chic Birthday

I spent some time yesterday making a special birthday card for a very special son-in-law.  I discovered I didn't have many masculine stamp sets to choose from, but Brad's the "outdoors-y" kinda guy, and I thought this beautiful tree image from Branch Out stamp set might make him smile.

I absolutely love the new designer series paper called Nouveau Chic.  It's a very unusual paper with an interesting color scheme — Basic Black, Basic Gray, Sage Shadow and Apricot Appeal.  For some added interest, I paper pierced the edges of the Apricot Appeal card stock and added a couple of black brads to the corners of the triangles that overlap the main image.

Here's a close-up.  After stamping the tree in Basic Gray, I discovered it needed a little "grounding".  I used my Aqua Painter and some Sage Shadow Classic Ink to paint in a little "grass".  The final touch was to stamp "happy birthday" from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set in basic black ink, then punch it out with the Curly Label Punch and tuck about 2/3 of the tag up under the main image.

Hope he likes his birthday card this year!

Item No. 113200 Branch Out stamp set (on dormant list; not in catalog)   $22.95
Item No. 115370 Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set   $36.95
Item No. 115670 Nouveau Chic Designer Series Paper   $9.95
Item No. 112208 Curly Label Punch   $15.95
Item No. 103954 Aqua Painter   2/$16.95

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