Fresh Out, Bro!

As promised, here is the card I slipped in to Marcus’ backpack before he headed back to Virginia. For context, here’s the backstory for you. One of his shipmates says, “Fresh out, bro!” almost every time someone asks him for something. Even if he has that item in his hand, he’ll still say this and not share. Now, all the other shipmates say the same thing to be smarta$$es. This is why I never make him a card ahead of a visit – he always regales me with some kind of story that I can incorporate into a card! Now this endeavor was a little trickier, as I used Word to type up the phrases and had to get the positioning right. It actually only took me two tries. I wasn’t going to attempt to get the “MOM” centered properly on the computer, so I skimmed through all my sets and Thoughtful Banners fit perfectly! This card was meant to be!

Fresh Out, Bro

Card Recipe
Stamp Sets:  Text Ya Later*, Thoughtful Banners
Cardstock:  Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Ink: Balmy Blue, Daffodil Delight, Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools:  Simple Stripes Embossing Folder, Big Shot

*Retired Product

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2018 Holiday Catalog (only available until January 2, 2019) and the Annual Catalog PDF. So much creativity and fun!

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If you want more inspiration, be sure to visit my Pinterest boards! I have a ridiculous number of boards – arranged by type and themes for cards, scrapbooking and papercrafting!

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Epic Retirement

Today we will take a break from the bright, bold flowers of the Happiness Blooms Designer Series Paper and instead take a look at the awesome background stamp Crackle Paint in the upcoming Occasions catalog. Isn’t it a great backdrop for this card?  A coworker/friend commissioned a male retirement card and told me the retiree liked guitars. I decided to pull out retired stamp sets for the retirement card. See what I did there? Ha Ha Ha! I am too funny! I also decided to use some retired cardstock, ink, and candy dots, too. Don’t let your retired products get dusty, folks! There’s still life left in them! I just love how this card is truly a mix of old, current and upcoming products.

Epic Retirement
These upcoming Rectangle Stitched Framelits are so versatile and I know I’ll be getting a lot of use out of them!

Rectangle Stitched Framelits
These new products will be available beginning January 3, 2019.

Card Recipe
Stamp Sets:  Crackle Paint, Epic Celebrations*, Teeny Tiny Wishes*
Cardstock:  Baked Brown Sugar*, Lost Lagoon*, Whisper White
Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar*, Lost Lagoon*, Memento Tuxedo Black
Stampin’ Blends:  Light & Dark Crumb Cake, Light & Dark Soft Suede, Color Lifter
Lovelies:  Gold Metallic Thread, Neutrals Candy Dots*
Tools:  Corrugated Dynamic Embossing Folder, Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder, Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

*Retired Products

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2018 Holiday Catalog, which is still in effect until January 2, 2019, and the Annual Catalog PDF. So much creativity and fun!

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If you want more inspiration, be sure to visit my Pinterest boards! I have a ridiculous number of boards – arranged by type and themes for cards, scrapbooking and papercrafting!
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It’s Hard to Say Goodbye Cat Sympathy

A friend asked me to make a card for her to give to one of her friends that recently had to put down their furry little guy. I decided to make two cards for her to choose from and used opposite colors. I sponged Dapper Denim and Memento Tuxedo Black on scrap Whisper White, then punched out a 2 ½” circle. The cat die is from Poppystamps and it is popped up with Dimensionals. I tried using the Dapper Demin Enamel heart on both, but it faded into the background against the banner of Dapper Denim, so I used the Dark Basic Black Stampin’ Blends marker to color it black. Not a typical color for a heart, but I felt it was ok on this. The Simple Stripes Embossing Folder gives the perfect subtle background. The inside of the cards read, “It’s hard to say Goodbye to such a Special Companion.”

It's Hard to Say Goodbye Cat Sympathy
Card Recipe
Stamp Set:  Cat Sympathy (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Cardstock:  Basic Black, Dapper Denim*, Whisper White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Dapper Denim
Stampin’ Blends: Dark Basic Black
Lovelies: 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes*
Tools:  2 ½” Circle Punch, Banner Punch*, Large Sitting Cat Die (Poppystamps), Simple Stripes Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Stampin’ Sponges

*Retired Product

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2018 Holiday Catalog and the Annual Catalog PDF. So much creativity and fun!

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If you want more inspiration, be sure to visit my Pinterest boards! I have a ridiculous number of boards – arranged by type and themes for cards, scrapbooking and papercrafting!

https://www.pinterest.com/jenniferarent/

Manly Missionary Birthday

There is a woman at my church who is in charge of Missions. She is responsible for not only teaching us and updating us on what is going on in the Church of the Nazarene mission field, but she also keeps in contact with both retired and current missionaries assigned to our district.  She asked if I would make the Birthday and Anniversary cards for both families.  Of course, I am delighted to!  The first card I was tasked to create is a masculine Birthday card.  I used to spend HOURS trying to figure out what to do for “guy cards” (that’s what I like to call them). Fret no more! Stampin’ Up has some wonderful masculine sets – including The Wilderness Awaits, which is the fox you see on the outside, and Wetlands, which I used for the inside sentiment. I like to keep the guy cards simple – a little bit of Linen Thread and nice texture from an embossing folder.  Using Stamping Sponges allows for soft, subtle color for my wild fox.

manly-missionary-birthday

Stamp Sets: The Wilderness Awaits, Wetlands (Inside Sentiment)
Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Soft Sky, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Soft Sky, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede
Lovelies:  Linen Thread, Regals Enamel Shapes
Tools:  Seaside TIEF, Triple Banner Punch, Layering Ovals Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Stamping Sponges

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If you want more inspiration, be sure to visit my Pinterest boards! I have a ridiculous number of boards – arranged by type and themes for cards, scrapbooking and papercrafting! https://www.pinterest.com/jenniferarent/