Buffalo Check Masculine Christmas Cards

Hello! Today, I am sharing two versions of the same masculine CAS design using positive and negative die cuts.

Buffalo Check Masculine Christmas Cards

I used the We R Memory Keepers – Antlers die (retired) to cut red cardstock stamped with the Hero Arts Tartan background stamp (retired). I recently rediscovered these items in my stash while brainstorming card designs.

Buffalo Check Masculine Christmas Cards

For the card using the antler positive die-cut, the base is Neenah Desert Storm cardstock cut with the Stitched Woodgrain backdrop. The sentiment is from the Stampin’ Up Cheerful Tags (retired) set.

I originally had no plans for using the antler negative. After several days, I realized I could make a similar card, just varying the supplies a bit.

Buffalo Check Masculine Christmas Cards

I used the Neenah Desert Storm cardstock cut with the Stitched Woodgrain backdrop behind the die-cut antler shape. I used one of the My Favorite Things Snow Globe Sentiments, which was cut with a die in the Hero Arts Frame Cuts F (retired) set.

Taylored Expressions May 2017 Release – Day Three Sneak Peeks

Hello! Welcome to Day Three of the Taylored Expressions May Sneak Peeks. This month’s release features a variety of products appropriate for Father’s Day, masculine and little boy projects, and 4th of July! Products will be in the store tomorrow – Thursday, May 4 @ 7 AM PST!

My first project is a Father’s Day card.

Taylored Expressions May 2017 Release

I cut the Little Bits – Tools from Metallic Neutrals cardstock and other colors (for the handles) adding the assembled tools to a card base on which I stamped the sentiment from the Simply Said – Dad set. I added Block Party – Dad and a frame cut with Frame in Frame Cutting Plate. The card base was dry-embossed with the Plaid folder to reinforce the masculine theme.

Taylored Expressions May 2017 Release

Supplies (items in bold will be released May 4):

My second project is a masculine notecard set showcasing the Gunny Sack Background stamp.

I stamped both Sugar Cube and Toffee cardstock with the Gunny Sack Background stamp, using four different TE ink colors – Pumpkin, Sweet Basil, Blue Corn and Chocolate Truffle. I die cut the Initially M from cardstock in those same colors (twice for each card for extra depth). For the Sugar Cube cards, I paired the initials with different colors than the background colors; the Blue Corn initial with the Pumpkin background, for example. For the Toffee cards, I paired initials with the same colors as the background colors. To package the gift set, I used the Simply Said – Dad with the Noteworthy Belly Band and Clear Card Box.

Supplies (items in bold will be released May 4):

Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!


Thanks for visiting! Head on over to the TE Blog to see more projects and product information, as well as a complete list of participating designers!

The Adventure Begins! – Share Joy Challenge #44

I’m playing along with Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #44.


I used the sketch (flipped horizontally) to create a CAS celebration card for a boy featuring the Sky High – Rocket set. This card came together quickly.

TE Share Joy Challenge #44

I heat-embossed a sentiment from Sky High Sentiments on a diagonal strip and adhered it to a panel that was dry-embossed with the Lots of Stars embossing folder. I added the assembled the Sky High – Rocket with foam.

TE Share Joy Challenge #44

Be sure to head over to the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to link up your entry!


Lawn Fawn Father’s Day

Today, I’m sharing a card created for Father’s Day using the color scheme from colourQ Challenge #346.


I used an older Lawn Fawn set – Dad’s Day.

Lawn Fawn Father's Day

After stamping the ties in the four ink colors, I added a heat-embossed sentiment, attached to the card panel with foam adhesive. I tried a number of different inks – both dye and pigment – while creating this card! I need to add a light blue pigment ink to my collection and get a reinker for my Fresh Inks navy pad. (My ink collection knows no bounds!)

Supplies: Fresh Inks gray + navy

Best Dad Ever

Today, I’m sharing a CAS Father’s Day card created with a variety of items in my stash.


My youngest son is home this week between college terms, and he folded the origami shirt for me using an online tutorial with some scrapbook paper I’ve had for several years. I added a tie cut with the Penny Black Dapper [#51-049] die cut. (I trimmed the tie a bit and tucked it under the shirt collar.) The sentiment is from Stampin’ Up’s And Many More set.

Reverse Confetti June Creative Blog Hop

Welcome! This month’s creative hop started on the Reverse Confetti blog, and you should have made it here from Lisa’s blog. It would be worth your while to start at the beginning of the hop, so you don’t miss a thing. We have tons of inspiration for you!

I’m sharing a gift/treat packaging idea for Father’s Day created with Reverse Confetti stamps and dies.

The packaging base was created with Tagged Tote Confetti Cuts to which I added clouds (Sun ‘n Clouds Confetti Cuts) and the airplane and propeller from Here We Go Confetti Cuts.


I added a tag die cut with the Folded Tag Confetti Cuts set. For the tag front, I stamped a sentiment from Fancy Word Coordinates repeatedly (first and second generation). I cut the stamping out at an angle and added the “DAD” stickers.

I hope you’ve enjoyed hopping with us today. Comment at each stop along the way for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate. Comments close Thursday at noon CST; the winner will be announced on Friday. Now it’s time to hop on over to Kathy’s blog. If you get lost along the way, you can find the hop order and list of all the participating designers over on the Reverse Confetti blog.

Best Mate – Stamp Nation Sketch Challenge

There’s a new sketch challenge over at Stamp Nation and I’m playing along with another nautical card.


Once I chose my sentiment, from Stampin’ Up’s Hello, Sailor set, the rest of the card was easy to pull together. The paper banners were cut from Carta Bella’s Ahoy patterned paper with MFT Fishtail Flag dies. The anchor was cut with a WPlus9 Design die from brushed silver cardstock. I stamped the MFT woodplank stamp with Hero Arts Soft Brown Shadow Ink on Stampin’ Up Crumb Cake cardstock. This is definitely a sketch I’ll revisit!

Supplies: Stampin’ Up Night of Navy ink; Stampin’ Up Hello, Sailor stamp set

Penny Black Father’s Day

I couldn’t resist crafting a tie card for Father’s Day using  the Penny Black Amazing [#30-243] stamp set and coordinating Dapper [#51-049] die cut.


I die cut the tie (with collar) first and then stamped it with the coordinating tie stamp using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I machine stitched the gray cardstock panel. The patterned paper card panel is from my stash.


Penny Black Right Direction

Today, I’m sharing a friendship card that could be sent for a variety of occasions. It’s crafted using a recently released Penny Black stamp set and a die cut.


To begin, I inked the sign post from the …Lost Without You  [#30-248] stamp set and stamped it  into the woodgrain stamp from the Inspiring [#40-113] set, which I had inked with a darker ink color. I then stamped it onto kraft cardstock. I fussy cut the stamped sign post and added distress ink to the edges. The sentiment is also from the …Lost Without You  set. To finish off the card, and to tie in the colors from the patterned paper, I cut a bird with one of  the Tweet Things [ #51-050] dies.

Penny Black Father’s Day Card

Today, I’m sharing a masculine card created with the Penny Black …Lost Without You  [#30-248] stamp set from the new Sunny Stamping release. This stamp set lends itself to a variety of masculine cards including birthday, graduation, new job or promotion, and Father’s Day.

FathersDay2014I used the compass in the set to stamp a tone-on-tone background. I stamped the suit twice, once in brown and again in rust, and fussy cut the rust one to use for the tie. The sentiment was stamped twice as well. I first stamped “lost” and then masked that word when I stamped the rest of the sentiment.

For a new job or promotion card, it would be fun to choose a different color for the suit and tie like navy or gray.