Wednesday, March 24, 2021

It's All About the Suit!

When I opened Stampin' Ups! January to June Mini Catalogue way back in January, I was thrilled to see the Well Suited Suite Collection on pages 66 and 67.  

I knew this stamp set and coordinating products would be a perfect addition to my collection of masculine card making tools, so I purchased the whole suite which includes the Handsomely Suited cling stamp set, the Suit and Tie Dies and Well Suited Designer Series Paper and Twine.  

I wasn't disappointed when my order arrived, because I know this well coordinated suite is going to be perfect for Father's Day cards, masculine birthday cards, scrapbook pages and more, for a long time to come.   

Here are a couple of cards that I made: 

The addition of the stitching on the plaquet and the pocket really makes these details stand out. I chose to just die cut the Bow Tie without first stamping it on to the designer paper and I think it looks okay.  Next time I'll do the stamping and cutting, and see which one I prefer.  To give the Bow Tie some height over the collar, I popped it up with Dimensionals.   

Both the Bow Tie and Long Tie can be assembled easily and are very attractive on their own for dressing the front or inside of the card.  I love the large size and the variety of DSP in the   

I'm totally in love with this Handsomely Suited Stamp set and Coordinating Dies.  This navy blue suite really shows off the plaquet on the crisp Whisper White shirt.  I actually scored the suit part working along every 1" from the center of the card to the left and right side of the cardstock to give some definition to the suiting.  I scored the pocket to correspond.  The two little points on the handkerchief were made when I cut two pointy ends on the long tie with the dies and then overlapped the dsp to look like the double tips on a hanky.  Not complicated to do and it adds such a fun touch to the suit front.   

My husband used to have a suit back in the day that was just like this one.  His favourite tie to go with it was in shades of Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape and Black.  This brings back fond memories.  With this suite card I fluffed up the edges of the lapels and the shirt collar a bit to make it look more realistic. I also chose to colour in the neck part with an Ivory Stampin' Blend marker after seeing France Martin doing that on one of her posts.  I think it adds a touch of realism to the card.  

I kept the inside of this card plain and it has a real masculine feeling to it.  I've added a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Basic Grey cardstock for the layer and the Whisper White layer measures 5" x 3 3/4".  

The small rectangle in the die set is for the pocket edge and it can be used on it's own like this example, or it can actually be popped up on the pocket die cut to give a bit more dimension.  I've cut the hanky out with the pocket die and trimmed it down so it looks like it's coming out of the suit pocket for this example 

Well that's all I have to share with you today.  I hope you like these "handsome suits".  I haven't finished playing with this set yet, I know there's so much more that can be done with it.  If you'd like to see more cards in different variations,
leave me a comment following this post.  I'd love to hear from you.  

Happy Stamping!
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Penny Hanuszak, Canadian Independant Stampin' Up! Demonstrator 

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Cool Treats in the April Paper Pumpkin Kit

The moment I laid eyes on the cover for the April Paper Pumpkin kit, I thought, "oooh this kit's going to be a super treat.  The colours of the ice pops are so vivid and fruity and I love that it's a pre-summertime kit.  Something else to look forward to!

So Cool by Paper Pumpkin is the fresh, versatile, and fun taste of summer that stampers of all ages will want to savor. Keep reading to learn more!

So, want to know what else makes this April Paper Pumpkin kit "So Cool"?  Wait for it....... this is the first time ever, let me repeat that, first time ever, that a Paper Pumpkin kit has been designed with kids in mind!  

Yes indeed, that's what makes this "So Cool" so special.  This summer-inspired kit with it's hot colours, includes two full sticker sheets and all the supplies needed to make 12 fun-shaped cards with matching envelopes. Check out this video below for a sneak peak!

The So Cool Kit makes a great gift for someone who's looking to begin crafting.  And, it’s an even better way to enjoy some quality time with those special little ones in your life.  So, whether you have kids of your own, or have a vested interest because you're a friend, auntie or grandparent looking for fun things to do with your special kiddos, this kit might be just the ticket.  

This Paper Pumpkin kit was designed with kids in mind, as a way to spark their creative imaginations and introduce them to papercrafting.

Here's the Details:

The So Cool April 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit is a little taste of summer fun.  There are enough supplies to make:

    • 12 colorful, shaped cards with coordinating envelopes. 
    • Six card bases that are Popsicle shaped, and six that are semicircles: three watermelons and three rainbows. 
    • All of the cards are splashed with cheerful, vivid watercolor images.
    • The kit also includes two full-size, matching sticker sheets, die-cut accents, fun embellishments, and more.  
    • It has a stamp set an acryllic block if this is your first Paper Pumpkin kit and a Stampin' Ink Spot to stamp with.
  • Even though the So Cool Kit was designed with kids in mind, these fun-shaped cards, featuring vivid watercolors, are versatile enough to gift to kids of all ages—the young in years and the young at heart. They’re a great way to send some “sunshine in a card!” Who wouldn’t love that?
  • This is a perfect kit for someone looking to give papercrafting and stamping a try.  The kit’s exclusive So Cool Stamp Set is versatile and includes sentiments that can be used for multiple occasions such as birthdays, congrats, cheer, and more! It’s a great addition to any crafter’s collection.
Orders for the So Cool April Paper Pumpkin kit close on April 10th, so anyone wanting this cool kit, needs to place an order by that date.  

Follow this link to my Paper Pumpkin site for information on What Paper Pumpkin kits are all about and how to subscribe on a one time or monthly basis.  Everything you need to know to order this kit by April 10th is there.  

Happy Stamping!
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Penny Hanuszak, Canadian Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Clean and Simple Masculine Card

I took inspiration from Linda Callahan's Freshly Made Sketch Challenge #476 for my clean and simple masculine card today.  


It's been a while since I purchased the Handsomely Suited stamp set and coordinating Designer Series Paper called Well Suited.  This seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something masculine.

Here's My Card:


Base:            8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Night of Navy cardstock scored at 4 1/4"
Layer One:    5 1/4" x 4"  Very Vanilla  - cut 2 and use one for inside layer
Layer Two:    5" x 3 3/4" Cajun Craze embossed with the Subtle 3D EF
DSP:             5" x 3 3/4" diagonal striped design

The Handsomely Suited stamp set and coordinating Suit and Tie dies are part of the Well Suited Suite on pages 66 and 67 of Stampin' Up!s January to June Mini catalogue.  They can be purchased as a bundle (15640) or as separate stamps and dies.  They can also be purchased as part of the Well Suited Collection, which includes the stamp set, dies, Well Suited Designer Series paper and Coordinating Twine (155983).  The stamp set is great for masculine birthdays, father's day and so much more and can be purchased in either English or French versions.  

The Well Suited Designer Series Paper (154562) has 12 sheets: 2 each of 6 double sided papers.  These beautiful masculine patterns coordinate with Basic Black, Basic Grey, Cajun Craze, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Poppy Parade and Smokey Slate colours.  

This is the double sided patterned paper I chose for this card.  The diagonal stripes were perfect for completing the striped portion of the sketch challenge outline.  

The Subtle 3-D Embossing Folder is one of the best purchases I think I've made in the past year.  It never lets me down when I want to add just that "little something" to my card without going overboard.

There are six sentiments in this very masculine stamp set and I like them all.  I chose this one because I new I could stamp it in both Cajun Craze and Night of Navy inks and merge the two stamped images into one by cutting across the center using the lines on the image.  The two pieces were glued together and then mounted onto a Night of Navy scalloped edged circle. This piece was adhered to the Cajun Craze circle with dimensionals, and then adhered to the scalloped edged Night of Navy circle.    

Luckily I had two small Cajun Craze Pop Dots of in my stash that I added to either side of the sentiment.  

For the time being I haven't stamped a sentiment on the inside layer of this card.  Why?  Well I'm not sure what occasion I want to use it for.  It's a versatile design and while the outside sentiment says "To One of the World's Greatest Dads", this doesn't limit the use to just a father's day card.  This card could also work for a father's birthday or even a thank you from a daughter or son. 

So while the sentiment is missing from this inside layer, I took the opportunity to use up some of the left over designer paper and decorative piece in the bottom  corner.     

I'm not sure if you can see the rough texture of this Cajun Craze layer but it took away the flat look of coloured card stock. 

For the striped portion of the card I simple cut a 5" x 3 3/4" piece of dsp and then used my trimmer to angle cut along the lines.  I like the boldness of the lines  and provides the masculine look I was going for. 

Well that's it for today's challenge.  I hope you liked it and will stop by to leave me a comment.  Cheers and have a great week everyone! 

Happy Stamping!
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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Hey Chick Birthday Waterfall Card

A tour of my yard this morning revealed that Spring is definitely on it's way.  Despite a few frosty mornings this week, I spyed three hardy clumps of snowdrops and a patch of hellebore in bloom in my front flower beds. If it warms up a bit more before the weekend, I think I'll plant some primroses to add some colour to the beds.

Snowdrops are known as the "harbinger" of Spring.

Red Racer Hellebore also known as Lenten or  Easter Rose 

Speaking of Spring things, have you seen all the "Spring Chicken" cards that have been appearing on Pinterest and Youtube sites?  They feature two Stampin' Up! early release stamp and die bundles called Hey Chick and Hey Birthday Chick
What fun!  

The Hey Chick Stamp Set was originally released during the 2017 Sale-a-bration promotion and proved to be one of the most popular stamp sets that year. It is very seldom that Stampin' Up! will release a stamp set but from all the demonstrator feedback they received they've done just that. Not only have they re-released Hey Chick as a 7 piece cling stamp set but they've also paired it with 19 coordinating Chick Dies. You can purchase them from my On-line store as a Hey Chick Bundle. or if you already have the Hey Chick stamp set from 2017 you can purchase the dies separately.

And, as if that's not enough fun, Stampin' Up! also released a brand new stamp set and dies called Hey Birthday Chick in the January to June mini catalogue. Even more fun chubby chickens and great dies!  Once again the stamps and dies can be purchased separately or as a bundle.  I have both sets now and believe me I'm planning to have lots of fun with them.

The Hey Birthday Chick Bundle which is available in French and English includes 9 Hey Birthday Chick Stamps and 11 Birthday Chick Dies. Whether you're planning a birthday bash or embellishing a scrap book page, you'll find this set full of celebratory images and phrases as well as quirky line art chicks, a celebratory bow, garland, and even a picket fence. My favourite is the Happy Birthday die cut, which I know I'll be using on a lot of my cards.

Here's a quick video to show how easy it is to work with the Hey Chick and Hey Birthday Chick products. 
Today I want to share a Waterfall Card I made with a combination of stamps and dies from both of these bundles. 

A Waterfall Card is a fancy fold that features a 9 1/2" x 2" card stock mechanism that sits on the front of the card base. The mechanism is folded in half and fitted under an anchoring bar. The front of the mechanism is scored at four intervals and on each score line a square with a stamped image is adhered usually in a picture sequence from top to bottom score line.

On the inside or base of the mechanism there is room for a message that remains hidden until a pull tab or ribbon at the bottom is pulled forward.  When the tab is pulled each of the squares magically begin to flip revealing the next square from top to bottom and finally the hidden message at the base.  

For this card I began with an Early Espresso card base that measures 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" and is scored at 4 1/4".  The wood grained layer measures 5 1/4" x 4" and is from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper.

Here you can see the four stacking layers.  The little chick at the bottom of the stack is my pull tab.  I cut out two small ovals from the wood grained paper and glued them together for the tab.  The little chick was die cut from Daffodil Delight cardstock and adhered to the tab.  

For the top square I began by stamping the Wired clear mount background stamp image to the Crumb Cake cardstock in Early Espresso ink. I stamped this chick on Whisper White card stock and coloured her with Melon Mango Stampin' Blends before die cutting out the image.  To make the chick's chest stand out, I applied  heat and stick powder and iridescent glitter which really made the blended colours pop. 

The Wired Background stamp can be laid flat, set on an acrylic block, or mounted on a stamperatus platform when transferring your inked image. 

This is the second square and features the little picket fence die cut in Early Espresso card stock.  I stamped a nice little grassy area beneath the fence using a stamp from By The Dock in Crumb Cake along the bottom of the square. The sentiment was stamped in Early Espresso and cut it out with a small retired oval punch.  

The third square features a cute little birthday chick and the "Let's Celebrate You" sentiment stamped in Momento black ink.  I used the confetti stamp on the top part of the square and and the ground in Crumb Cake ink.  The little chick was coloured with Mango Melody, Smoke Slate, Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blend Markers. 

The fourth square features the die cut "happy birthday" cut from Cherry Cobbler card stock.  Love, love, love this little die cut!   The chick on this square was fussy cut from the large chick with the birthday balloons image and coloured with blends. 

For the final bottom panel, I stamped the chick with the balloon and die cut it along with an extra balloon.  The sky and the ground were added with sponge daubers.  The hen is coloured with Cinnamon Cider, Soft Suede and
Cherry Cobbler Blends.

Here's a view of the inside of the card which features the cutest and my favourite chick from both bundles. I just love this image and the sweet little birthday cupcake.  

This was a fun card to make and doesn't take too long.  I enjoyed colouring all the chicks and found it very relaxing.  I hope over the coming weeks to post more cards using these two wonderful bundles.  If you're interested in purchasing them, I hope you'll drop by my Online store.  Until next time....

Happy Stamping!
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