Buffalo Plaid Masculine Birthday Card

Today’s card is a masculine style Birthday card using the Buffalo Check stamp and Winter Woods stamps

Dear Friends,

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Hi! I am so glad you’ve stopped by today! Today’s card is a Plaid Masculine Birthday Card using the Buffalo Check Background stamp (clear 147794 /wood mount 147797) and the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stampin’ Up! (143662) stamp set. I am always looking for great masculine cards. They are not as common are they? The Buffalo Check (clear 147794 /wood mount 147797) design is so versatile- from pastels for baby cards to earth tones for the rugged masculine look. You can’t go wrong! Shop now at my 24/7 online shop and get yours today!

“CASE-ing” Information

This card is based on one I made with my friend Inez Oberg at one of her Stamp Buffets. She always has awesome cards! the plaid technique I learned from watching one of Jackie Bolhuis’ you-tube videos. I decided to combine the two into something a little different.

Color Combination

Today’s card is made with the color combination of whisper White (100730, Soft Suede (ink 147115/ card stock 115318), Balmy Blue (ink 147105 / card stock  146982), Crumb  Cake (ink 147116/ card stock 120953) and
Basic Black 121045.

Card Recipe: Cutting Directions

I started out with a card base of Soft Suede (115318) cut 4 1/4” X 11”. I scored and folded my card base at 5 1/2”. I cut Balmy Blue (146982 card stock to 4” X 5 1/4”. I cut Basic Black (121045) card stock 3 1/4” X 4 1/2”. Then I cut Crumb Cake (120953) card stock 3” X 4 1/4”. Using my Big Shot (143263) and Stitched Shapes (145372) Framelits Ovals I cut a larger Basic Black (121045)  piece and then the next size down out of Crumb Cake (120953) card stock .

Stamping with my Stamparatus

Using my Stamparatus (146276), Soft Suede Ink (147115), and the Buffalo Check Background stamp (clear 147794 /wood mount 147797), I stamped the checked background. I wanted to keep it light this time. but the nice thing about using the Stamparatus (146276) is that I could made the check design much darker and clearer by re-inking and re-stamping the design. By using the grid on the Stamparatus (146276) for placement and a magnet to hold your card stock in place you can get a clear, more distinct stamped image.

Plaid Design

Next, I used a black marker and straight edge to draw straight lines between the checks both vertically and horizontally. This makes a plaid design! To make it more rustic-looking, I sponged the edges of the card stock with Soft Suede. Next time I think I want to try the plaid design with Real Red ink stripes. Don’t you think that would be awesome!

Next I stamped the “logs” with Crumb Cake  (147116) ink on the back ground on the Crumb Cake (120953) layer. I then stamped the bunch of trees on top of the “logs” using Memento Tuxedo Black (132708). I sponged the edges of the Crumb Cake (120953) layer with Crumb Cake (147116) ink and a Stampin’ Sponge (141337).

Final Touches

Finally, I layered the pieces, as shown, in this order

  1. Soft Suede card base (115318)
  2. Balmy Blue Plaid layer (146982)
  3. Basic Black layer (121045)
  4. Crumb Cake layer (120953)

Sentiment Time

I stamped Happy Birthday from Happy Birthday Gorgeous (143662) on to the Crumb Cake (120953) oval and sponged the edges of the oval with Soft Suede ink. Then I layered the Crumb Cake (120953) oval with the larger Basic Black oval. When I placed the two piece oval on the card I thought it was too big so I hand trimmed the Basic Black to a minimal edge. I like that better even though the edges are not quite even 🙂

I attached a 4” X 5 1/4” piece of Whisper White (100730) card stock inside the card and stamped with the sentiment “Party Time” from Happy Birthday Gorgeous (143662).

Isn’t that a great masculine card? I hope you like it too!

Just a reminder! Saturday Sampler October 27th 10-2pm

This Saturday, October 27th, is my regular Stampin’ Up! Event at my home I live on the Northwest side in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I plan to have 8-10 cards to choose from. There will be baskets that will have all you will need

to make that particular card.  I will have Christmas, Holiday and wintertime cards. As always you are welcome to change up the sentiments to birthday, thinking of you or whatever type of card you need.

This event is free with a minimum Stampin’ Up! order of $25 (or $10). This cost includes six cards and envelopes. if you want to make more than six, the cost is just $1.50 for each additional card. I will have a little lunch and coffee, tea, water, and lemonade available. Please let me know ASAP if you are able to come! I want to make sure to have plenty of seats available!

Upcoming Event: Holiday Workshop at Westend Christian Reformed Church

Saturday November10th from 9-5pm Profits to Help Christian Education

Have some projects to finish up for Christmas? You can “rent” a table for the whole day which has access to electricity (first come, first serve). Bring your friends and plan a fun day together!

For an extra fee you can participate in:

Learn to knit?

Learn to make jewelry?

Learn some tips for Holiday food preparations?

Want to make some Christmas cards, decorate a special Holiday Planner or 2019 Calendar, make some simple gifts for your friends or Sunday School kids or other paper crafting projects? I will have Annual and Holiday Stampin’ Up! catalogs available as well as a chance to sign up for some new Events I have planned for the new year!

There will be lunch available for a nominal cost. More details will be coming soon so stay tuned!

Have a wonderful day and Happy Stampin’



Thinking of You: Snowflake Flowers

Today’s card is a Thinking of You card. I was thinking of non-wintery ways of using the special new November Snowflake bundle and these flowers are what resulted.

Thinking of You Card using Stylish Christmas and November Specials Snowfall Thinlits and Snow is Gllstening
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Hi Friends,

Today’s card is a “Thinking of You” card. I was thinking of non-wintery ways of using some of the new November 2018 Snowflake Showcase items and these flowers are what resulted. This card was made for my friend who lost her mom recently.

Snowflake Showcase: Available on November 1st

While Supplies Last

The Stampin’ Up! Snowflake Showcase becomes available on November 1, 2018 and includes the items pictured below. On the left is the Snowflakes are Glistening (149742) stamp set and on the right is the Snowfall Thinlits (149692) Die set. These two sets were used to make today’s card.


More Snowflake Showcase Items

Here are a couple more items from the Snowflake Showcase November Special! The picture on the left shows the Snowflake Trinkets (149620) and on the right is the Happiness Surrounds Stamp Set (149744). Another item that will be available is White Velvet paper (149619). Remember all these items become available on November 1st and are available while supplies last or until November 30th.

Color Combination of Today’s Card

Today’s pastel color combination is made up of Whisper White (100730), Balmy Blue (ink 147105/card stock 146982), and Petal Pink ((ink 147108 /card stock  146985).

Card Recipe: Cutting

I started out with a 4 1/4″ X 11″ Petal Pink (146985) card base. I scored and folded at the 5 1/2″ mark. Then I trimmed off 1 1/4″ off the bottom of the front of the card. I cut a 3 3/4″ X 4 3/4″piece of Balmy Blue (146982) card stock and a 3″ X 4 1/4″ piece of Whisper White (100730). I cut a 2 3/4″ X 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock for the center. I also cut a 1 1/4″ X 4″ strip of 6X6 Subtles Designer Series Paper (DSP) (146966).

Big Shot

Next I used my trusty Big Shot (143263) and the Snowfall Thinlits (149692) Dies set. I cut out the pictured shapes from scraps of Petal Pink (146985) and Balmy Blue (146982) card stock. I especially like the lacey flower on the lower central flower. I used the Snow is Glistening (149742) stamp set to stamp the snowflake centers of the Petal Pink( 146985) flowers with Balmy Blue (147105) ink. I layered the flowers using Snail Adhesive.

Final Touches

I put the flowers together with the lovely swirls from the Stylish Christmas (clear 146773/ wood mount 146770) stamp set. I stamped the swirls in Balmy Blue (147105) ink. Then I layered the Whisper White layer with the Balmy Blue layer using Snail Adhesive (104332). I attached the two layers to the card base leaving an even amount of petal Pink card base around the three top sides.

I attached the top two flowers with Snail adhesive (104332) and the bottom flower with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430). I applied the Whisper White (100730) piece of card stock to the middle of the card and then the DSP strip to the bottom of the inside of the card. I finished with small blue gems to the middle of the flowers.

Do you like my Snowflake flowers? Aren’t these sets awesome!! Call or email me today and I will put you down for a set. I will place the order for you on November 1st! Otherwise the new items will be on my 24/7 online shop on November 1st! Don’t hesitate or they may sell out!

Check out my upcoming events page here for my regular card classes and a special event Saturday November 10th!

Have a wonderful day and Happy Stampin’


Snowfall Christmas Card

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Hi Friends

Today I have another Christmas card for you. This card is made using the leftovers from Monday’s card. The front of the card is made up of a piece of Whisper White (100730) card stock that was made by cutting out the largest snowflake from the new “Snowfall Thinlits” (149692) die set.

Snowflake Sets coming out in November

This die set is coming out on November 1st and will only be available from Stampin’ Up! in November 2018. I used the new stamp set “Snow is Glistening” (149742) to stamp the images and sentiment.

Color Combination

My card for today is a simple two color card. This Christmas card uses only Blueberry Bushel (ink 147138 /card stock 146968) and Whisper White (100730).

Card Recipe

I started with a 4 1/4″ X 11″ card base of Blueberry Bushel (146968) card stock.  When I made my card from Monday, I purposefully placed the largest snow flake die on to a 4″ X 5 1/4″ piece of Whisper White (100730) so that it was near the top and so that there would be an even border on the top three sides.


Next, I stamped four of the snowflake clusters from the Snow is Glistening (149742) stamp set using Blueberry Bushel ink (147138). I placed the four stamped snowflake clusters all around the opening in the card stock. I stamped the sentiment on the bottom of the card using Blueberry Bushel ink (147138). I taped this piece of Whisper White (100730) card stock to the card base using Snail Adhesive (104332).

Heat Embossing

I love the effect of heat embossed images! They add such elegance to a card with very little effort! When heat embossing always remember to use your Embossing Buddy (103083) prior to stamping with Versamark ink (102283) so you don’t get those extra little clumps of embossing powder (109132) where the powder is not supposed to be.

Embossing Buddy

I rubbed my embossing buddy (103083) over the surface on which I planned to stamp. I used clear Versamark ink (102283) to stamp the medium snowflake in the center of the opening. I applied white embossing powder over the stamped image and flicked off the excess. I let my embossing heat tool (129053) warm up and then applied heat to the embossed snowflake until the powder melts and looks shiny.

What do You think?

I love that I was able to get two cards by planning my cutting! What do you think? Do you like it? Let me know in the comments below. Are you looking for a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator? I would love to be that person. Let me know if you would like an Annual or Holiday catalog by emailing your name and mailing address to SunnyLuCards@gmail.com Shop anytime at my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! Shop here

Have a wonderful day and Happy Stamping!