A Masculine Stamp Off Challenge

TGIF!  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time Jackie gave us a challenge to make a masculine card.  These are probably the hardest to do (for me).

Here is my card:

I decided to use the stamp set called Balloon Adventures.  This set is in the Occasions Catalog.  I am really hoping it will make it into the 2017/2018 Annual Catalog.  I guess we will find that out on June 1st!.  If I had my way, most of the sets in the Occasions Catalog will carry over but I don’t always have my way.  I can only hope!

I used Designer Series Paper from two different packages.  The gray piece is from the Sale-a-bration pack called Carried Away.  You can get this package of Designer Series Paper for free with a qualifying order until the end of March.  Then it will disappear forever.  The Night of Navy DSP is from a pack in the Annual Catalog called Floral Boutique.  One of the things about DSP in the Annual Catalog is that it rarely carries over to the next catalog.  So if you like it, you need to get it soon.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  I am sure we will all be pleasantly surprised.  They are two awesome stampers and I am honored to be included in this group with them.

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Happy Green St. Patrick’s Day Challenge

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Today’s Stamp Off Challenge was a challenge for me.  I don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and I don’t even have any stamp sets that could be used.  Luckily the challenge also said “green” so I went with that.  Whew!  It might have been another rebel day! I

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Here is my card.

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As you can tell, I went with the green theme.  I was trying to figure out how to make a totally green card but none of the greens go well with each other (in my opinion) so I added some Tempting Turquoise.  I used the stamp set called Balloon Adventures.  As you can tell, it is really my favorite set from the Occasions Catalog.  Well, today it is anyway.  I love so much from that catalog it is hard to pick a favorite.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy have made for the green St. Patrick’s Day challenge.

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Happy Birthday, Sam

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Today is Sam’s birthday.  Sam is my middle son and the awesome father of Madelyn.  He is 33 years old.  Can you believe that?!!  I must have had him when I was 10 (ok, maybe 20).  Time sure flies.  He became a father before I could blink an eye!

I made this card using a new Embossing Folder in the Occasions catalog called Celebrations Duo.  It has two embossing folders.  The other one says Happy.  The thing that is different about these folders is, the deboss instead of emboss so the words are pressed into the cardstock.  To make this card I “debossed” the word celebrate first and then stamped the balloons over it.  See how the ink doesn’t go into the word?  It is so clever!

To make the background I took 3/4″ strips in Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder and adhered them to a piece of cardstock.  I used Balloons from the Celebrate Today stamp set and Balloon Adventures.  The “You” is from Crazy About You.

Happy Birthday, Sam!  I love you and am so proud of you!

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Birthday Adventures

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This is the first card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  The name of the stamp set is called Birthday Adventures.  I love this set.  It is such a fun set.  It has matching Thinlits called Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits and you can save 10$ by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The stamp set alone is adorable but when you add the Pop-Up surprise on the inside, it is really cute.  Here is the inside of this card:

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Another great thing about this whole set is it also comes with great Designer Series Paper called Party Animal, Washi Tape (also called Party Animal), Emerald Envy 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon and the cutes charms called Party Animal Embellishments.  To top it all off, it also matches the Balloon Bouquet Punch!!  If you just purchased the Bundle which includes the stamp set and dies, you would be eligible to get FREE item from the Sale-a-bration Catalog!

Speaking of Sale-a-bration, check back on my blog tomorrow for additional products you can earn for free.  Stampin’ Up! is adding three more awesome items that you are going to just love!

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Balloon Adventures Stamp Off Anniversary

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First of all, I need to say Happy Anniversary to Buffy and Jackie.  We have been doing our Stamp Off Challenges for a year now!  Time sure flies!  When we first started this, it was supposed to be a every once in a while thing.  That lasted, well, one week.  We decided to do it every Friday until one of us didn’t want to anymore.  Here we are, a year later and still going strong.  I am so proud to be partners with these two very talented ladies.  I am so thankful they are easy going and don’t mind when I cheat a bit.  Let’s face it.  I am the biggest cheater (rebel) of them all and they have not “yelled” at me once.  As far as I know, they haven’t even gotten mad at me (of course, they haven’t seen this week’s challenge yet!). The only issue I have with them is there are really bad enablers!  I seem to want to buy everything they create with!  This is why I love these ladies.  They are talented, sweet and patient with someone who doesn’t always follow the rules.  How amazing is that?!?    OK.  Enough of the mushy stuff!

This week our Stamp Off Challenge is a Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  You are supposed to (note the words “supposed to”) draw a straight line across, down or diagonally on the Tic Tac Toe Board and make a card using these items.

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Don’t look too closely because I did a bent line instead of a straight one.  I wanted to make a masculine card with balloons but I didn’t really have any birthday Washi Tape so I used In Colors instead.

 

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Masculine birthday cards are one of the hardest to make (for me).  You can’t really add ribbon or sparkles and you certainly can’t use flower stamps.  My sons would roll their eye balls if they saw things like that on their cards.

You can use balloons!  Everyone loves balloons.  Stampin’ Up! has a new catalog out called the Occasions Catalog, and there are some awesome balloon stamps and dies.  The stamps are called Balloon Adventures.  It has a lot of great sentiments, as well as balloons, strings, confetti and banners.  I didn’t use the dies on this card (the are called Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies) but if you buy both the stamps and the dies you can save 10%.  The stamps also go with the Balloon Bouquet Punch (which I did use).

The Designer Series Paper is called Party Animal.  It is also in the Occasions Catalog and was made to go with this suite of products.

Now go check out Jackie’s and Buffy’s creations.  I am sure they followed the rules, although I am not to sure about Buffy anymore.  She has been a rebel lately!

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A Stamp Off New Year

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It is hard to believe it is Friday again so soon.  I am not sure where all the time goes but it sure flies!  Friday is always my favorite day of the week because it is when Buffy, Jackie and I do our Stamp Off Challenges.

This week Buffy gave us a New Year’s theme challenge.

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I actually had a hard time with this one.  I don’t really have any stamp sets that say Happy New Year but then I remembered that you can use other sayings to celebrate the holiday.

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The “happy” came from a set of Thinlits called Hello You and the numbers are a must have set of Framelits called Large Numbers.  Everyone needs that set because it can be used for so many occasions (graduations, anniversaries, birthdays, etc.).  The “let’s celebrate” and the banner are a stamp from a set that will be in the 2017 Occasions Catalog called Balloon Adventures.  It is such a fun set.  Of course, you have to have some sparkle on New Years so I used the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper.

Now let’s go check out what Buffy and Jackie did with this challenge.  I am sure their creations will be awesome, as usual!

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A Stamp Off Double Z Challenge

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Friday is the day Buffy, Jackie and I do our Stamp Off Challenge.  Today’s challenge is to make a Double Z card.  I did some research on this card and apparently there are different layouts you can use that are all called Double Z.  Of course, I took one of those layouts and changed it even more.

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Here is my card:

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I used a new stamp set and Thinlit dies that will be in the 2017 Occasions Catalog to make this card.  The stamp set is called Balloon Adventures and the matching dies are called Balloon Pop Up Thinlits.  When the catalog goes live on January 4th you will be able to save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I also used some new Designer Series Paper called Party Animal which will also be in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.

Here is the inside of my card:

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This is the little extra I did to my Double Z Fold Card:

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Now let’s go check out what Buffy and Jackie made.  I always love this part of our challenges because we don’t know ahead of time what the others make.

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