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What was everyone doing in January & February?

Seriously, I think the answer is pretty clear if you could see my birthdays for November.  With extra classes and my new website its been a challenge to just stop and say “This needs to get done first!”  So that’s what I’ve been trying to catch up on before November is actually here.  And masculine cards can be a challenge (and I need several) because actually SU! needs to give us more stamps for our guys.

 

This card today probably wouldn’t work well for a male with the butterflies, but the colors are great for a fall birthday don’t you think? The inspiration for this card came from Wendy Wexler at Wickedly Wonderful Creations…thanks, Wendy!  We made this card in classes this month, too.  We used several stamp sets on this, but they all seem to coordinate just like they came together in a bundle.  We all agreed we love the dots and splatters from Gorgeous Grunge on almost anything.  There is real washi tape and then there is stamped washi tape.  I know the Banner Greetings set is a hostess (book that party and get one for free) but it fit perfectly.

 

What may not show up that well in this photo are the three panels on top of the Early Expresso layer. Finish all your stamping on the top layer before cutting.  I placed this layer on the Simply Score Tool, counted the 1/8″ spaces and divided by three to know where to cut. To achieve this effect, measure your base.   Cut the top layer 1/2″ less than the width of the base and 1/4″ less than the depth of the base.  That will give you a 1/8″ on all sides and between the three panels.  It’s a nice effect for something a little different.

fall butterfly

 

Here is a list of the supplies we used:

  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, Early Expresso
  • Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Early Expresso, Soft Suede
  • Stamps:  Truly Grateful, Banner Greetings, Gorgeous Grunge, Tape It, Papillon Potourri
  • Embellishments:  Early Expresso 1/8″ satin ribbon, Linen Threed, Washi Tape (This ‘n That)

 

Maybe something about this card will inspire you to try something similar.

 

Here’s my “B-ism” for today:  “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”

 

Let’s get inky…

 

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