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Stampin’ Up! Country Livin’ for a man

Good Friday morning to you all out there in Cyber land. It is cold again in the heartland, but I think this card is cozy for a man with a February birthday. And, it’s red, so if you just change the sentiment it could be a Valentine card. Add an enameled heart shape and there you go!

I began this card with a Real Red card base. Next, I Liquid Glued a panel of the red and black plaid that I had on hand in my scraps from a previous project to a Basic Black mat.

The red and black plaid just said ‘country’ to me, so I followed that theme and stamped the boots from Country Livin’ in Memento Tuxedo Black on a piece of light colored Wood Textures DSP. These were colored in with my Light and Dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends Markers. The sentiment, from Happy Birthday Gorgeous, was also stamped in Tuxedo Black. Somehow that just didn’t look right, and since I had used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to place it in the correct spot, I simply cleaned my stamp, re-inked it in Real Red and stamped over the black. The Stamp-A-Ma-Jig allowed me to get a perfect placement over the black.

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This was adhered with Liquid Glue to a die-cut black mat. These rectangular dies are from Scrapbooking Made Simple, and I thought made the perfect mat for the sentiment panel. This panel was then attached, off center, to the matted card front panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Using some Linen Thread I wrapped it around the card front three times and taped it on the back. A loopy bow is tied on to the three strands and the completed front is adhered to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside, I die-cut another black mat and Liquid Glued a smaller piece of the plaid to it. To this I adhered the sentiment panel, again with Liquid Glue. The sentiment is stamped in Real Red, again on a panel of Wood Textures DSP, and is from an old set that I don’t even remember what it is. There are several sentiments in the set though.

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This completes the card. The Whisper White Medium Envelope was finished with another pair of boots, stamped the same as the front of the card, and the flap received another piece of the red and black plaid.

I enjoyed making this card and was pleased with the outcome. I hope you enjoy it as well.

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Card Cuts for today: Real Red: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″; Basic Black: front base mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, front sentiment mat 2-7/8″ x 4-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Plaid paper: front 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″; Wood Textures DSP: front 2-1/2″ x 4″, inside 2-3/4″ x 4″

NON-Stampin’ Up! products used for this card: dies from Scrapbooking Made Simple,  red plaid paper from my stash, and inside sentiment (unknown)

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Stampin’ Up! Birthday Pocket

Good Morning All,

Yesterday was a GORGEOUS day in the heartland, or at least the part where I live. 52 degrees, light wind, sunshine and beautiful blue sky. Made a great day for birding with friends. Actually, we were scouting eagle nests, and did a little birding in between. So, no card-making yesterday, and I have a large number to get done today.

Today it is VERY windy and still way above normal temperature wise, so a good day to make cards. On with the show!

This birthday card is for a little cowboy who loves his Wrangler jeans and plaid shirts. He is sure to like this, especially with some spendable green tucked into the pocket.

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I started with a Night of Navy card base and fast fused some old plaid paper from days gone by that I found in my scrap stash.

Next, also with a scrap that vaguely resembles old jeans, I stamped the pocket from the Pocketful of Sunshine Bundle in Cajun Craze. Using the straight line piece of ‘stitching’, I stamped the W like is found on Wrangler pockets. It is by no means perfect, but I think you, and my little cowboy, will get it.

Using Cajun Craze card stock and some dies I have had for awhile (pre-Stampin’ Up! days), I cut a square large enough to fit under the pocket. This was lightly sponged around the edges with Cajun Craze ink to give it a more leathery look. The pocket was Liquid Glued to this piece, which was Liquid Glued to the plaid mat.

For the sentiment, from the FREE Sale-A-Bration exclusive Party Pandas stamp set, I stamped it in Night of Navy on another die cut piece of Cajun Craze that was Liquid Glued to a Night of Navy mat. This piece was adhered above the pocket with Liquid Glue.

For the inside, another piece of the plaid served as a mat for yet another panel of lightly sponged Cajun Craze, where I stamped the boots from the Country Livin’ stamp set in Early Espresso. The sentiments,  from Picture Perfect Birthday (Occasions catalog), were also stamped in Early Espresso. To give the boots an ‘old and worn’ look, I used my dark and light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends to color them.

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This panel was liquid glued to the plaid mat and into the card base and the card is finished.

The envelope, never to remain naked, got a pair of boots stamped on the front in Early Espresso and more of the plaid on the flap.

I had fun with this card, and as usual, wish I could see the face of the recipient when it is opened. This could happen if I hand delivered it, but children like to receive mail, so I always mail them. This is the 9th family birthday this month!

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Card Cuts: Night of Navy: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; front sentiment mat 1-5/8″ x 3-1/2″ Cajun Craze: mat for pocket 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, sentiment panel 1-1/2″ x 3-3/8″, inside panel 3″ x 4″; Plaid paper: front 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside 3-3/4″ x 5″; Blue paper: pocket 3″ x 4″

Non Stampin’ Up! products used: Square dies from Scrapbooking Made Simple, plaid and blue paper from my stash.

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