Monday, February 22, 2010


This coming week is a busy time for birthdays, in both Andrew's and my families.  Today is my brother-in-law's birthday ... I'm a little late making his card, but figured that would be okay because we'll be seeing him in a couple of days for his Mum's birthday (we don't all get together too often, so it'll be a great catch-up).  Yes, my mother-in-law is turning 70 this week, as mentioned in my earlier post.  In between the two, my nephew is celebrating his birthday.  So, I will have yet another birthday card to share with you tomorrow!

For now, I'd like to share with you the card I made (for my brother-in-law) using my favourite retired Designer Series Paper, called Parisian Breeze.  I've been holding onto it, not wanting to use it (since I won't easily be able to get my hands on more) ... but, really, I think it might take me a while to work my way through two whole packs, so I may as well get some enjoyment out of it!  The focal point of this card is the stack of presents, from the Sale-A-Bration set (that you can get for FREE if you purchase $100 of Stampin' Up! product) called Happy Moments.  I love the versatility of this image.  I've white-embossed it on kraft (oh, come on, it's DAYS since I did that!), coloured the top present with a Chocolate Chip marker, and paper-pieced the other two presents.  The middle one is cut out of Baja Breeze card, that has been stamped with the Sanded background stamp (in Baja Breeze ink), and the bottom present is paper-pieced from Parisian Breeze DSP.

I stamped a small piece of Chocolate Chip card, with the Sanded background stamp inked in Chocolate Chip, and punched out two 1/2" circles, to make Build-A-Brads.  I liked the look of them with a matte surface, so didn't use the epoxy sticker that normally completes a Build-A-Brad. 


Here's a close-up of the presents, and the brads:


I am loving the Sanded stamp, especially for masculine cards.

Here are all the ingredients I used for this card:

Stamps: Sanded, Happy Moments (Sale-A-Bration set), On Your Birthday

Card: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze

DSP: Parisian Breeze (retired)

Ink: Chocolate Chip stampin' pad and marker, Baja Breeze stampin' pad, Versamark inkpad

Other: White embossing powder, 1/2" circle punch, Build-A-Brads, 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, sponge dauber, Stamp-a-ma-jig, dimensionals, rectangle nestabilities, edge distresser


  1. Who's been a busy stamping chicky then hey?? Love to see all these goodies when I popped in for a visit. LOVE the MILcard - the second yummop thing I have seen with this kit in the last 5 mins, maybe that's a sign? I love the 5th Ave and floral card too - the white gel pen sets it off. Actually I love them all you clever thing!

  2. Don't know how I have managed to miss so many of your recent posts, some fab cards you have been producing my friend. I love them all.

  3. Love how that present comes up done with white embossing - very spiffy!

  4. Great card! I love how you've embossed the presents, but still managed to use texture as well as colour in each parcel - tell us your secret please! :)

  5. What a gorgeous card, love it!!!

  6. YOu really have the touch for great male cards too Christine!! Love the few you have here!!
    Thanks for popping by my blog!
    SMiles Sharnee :0)

  7. I must pick your brain one day about how you use your colour. I love the natural way you do things Christine. I love these cards x

  8. This card is simply wonderful. It is such a great male card. I love that it isn't over masculine or using colours or stamps that the men I make for just wouldn't appreciate.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful creations with us.