Its Game On with Whiskey Business

Whiskey Business meets Game On

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends!  It is Game On with Whiskey Business.  If you need masculine cards, then you’re going to love this mash up of two great masculine stamp sets!

Using scraps of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the glasses and the decanter with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and the playing cards with Garden Green classic ink to coordinate with the retired Country Club DSP.   I added some color to the playing cards with a few swipes of my Blender Pen.

Whiskey Business coloring with Stampin Blends

To be honest, when I first colored my decanter, it was bland.  Then I realized the prism of the pineapple crystal decanter needed to reflect the color of the Whiskey.  Using my Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends and my Cinnamon Cider Stampin’ Blends, I achieved a more realistic coloring that was more pleasing and caught the eye.  Here is a close up.  Do you see how I added color on the edges of the crystal decanter?  The decanter image on the left is bland.  The middle image has more color but still not quite right.  The decanter on the right just shines – as it should from the top shelf!

Whiskey Business coloring with Stampin Blends close up

I then fussy cut the images using my Paper Snips.  On a strip of Basic Black cardstock, I used VersaMark ink, Gold Stampin’ Embossing Powder and my heat tool to make the sentiment shine!  After adding a few Gilded Gems and popping up the Whiskey glass with Stampin’ Dimensionals, this card is ready to send my favorite poker player!

Whiskey Business meets Game On

Please leave a comment if you liked this mash up of two masculine stamp sets – Game On and Whiskey Business.  Who would you send this card to?

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Game On for Great Masculine Cards

game on Andrew and Henry cards

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends!  You will have so much fun creating great masculine cards using Games On stamp set from Stampin’ Up.  It has classic game images – dice, playing cards and chess pieces.  While not classified as a distinktive stamp, it has the subtle shaping clues which makes blending or coloring a breeze – especially with the Blender Pens.

I love watercoloring with Blender PensThese dual-tipped pens are filled with specialized solution to blend ink easily.  Here, I just blended the ink “left” on the paper from the stamped image.  You can also lift ink from an acryllic block, the lid of an inkpad or the tip of a watercolor pencil.  After coloring, clean your Blender Pens with a few scribbles on scrap paper.  Quick and easy!  

game on Andrew card

These cards are very similar; I just used different pieces of Country Club DSP (retired) for a pop of color.  For the dark blue card, I fussy cut the chess pieces and popped them up with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

game on Henry card

For the second card, I fussy cut the chess pieces and the dice, and I used a sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  Now, I have two great masculine cards in my stash of ready-made cards!

Do you have a stash of ready-made cards?  Please leave a comment and let me know how you store them.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes for great masculine cards!



Happy Father’s Day

rooted in nature fathers day card

I older I get, the more I realize I was so bless to have a father like my Dad.  My Dad taught me many life lessons of the importance of family .  He also taught me to enjoy and to appreciate the beauty found in nature, and shared his passion for being outdoors, including camping and hiking.

Naturally, I took inspiration from his love for the outdoors to create his Father’s Day card using the beautiful stamped imagery from Rooted In Nature stamp set, the stately fir tree die cuts from Majestic Mountain dies, the sentiment from Well Said stamp set, some punched accents using the Sprig punch and texture using the Woodland embossing folder.  The color combination in Very Vanilla, Crumbcake, Garden Green and Soft Suede is very appropriate for the outdoors and for a masculine card.

I hope that you are celebrating the good men in your life today.  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Take a Chance, It’s “Game On”

Game On with In Good Taste DSP

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends.  Everyone knows how much I love beautiful line art and that I love to collect masculine stamp sets.  Which is why it should not be as surprise that the Game On stamp set was on my “MUST HAVE” list. 

Game On catalog image

For my card, I used a 4×5.25″ piece of photographic wood paneling from In Good Taste DSP, matted with Soft Suede cardstock.  The imagery was stamped with Early Espresso Ink on Very Vanilla cardstock.  Since this is a distinktive stamp set, a blender pen was used to watercolor the images by blending the Early Espresso ink from the stamped image itself.  Then, I fussy cut the images and attached them to the card front with NEW Stampin’ Seal and Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The sentiment was “inked” using my Early Espresso Marker Pen to just select the word “Lucky” to stamp and was die cut using the smallest rectangle die in the Stitched So Sweetly die set.  

Game On close up of cardfront

For the background and inside the card, I stamped images from Game On and Beauty Abounds (splatters) in Early Espresso.

Game On with In Good Taste DSP inside

To brighten this monochromatic card front, I added some gold Metallic Pearls and some Wink of Stella on the light areas of the chess pieces and dices, and to the top left corner of each of the five playing cards.

Game On close up of cardfront with Wink of Stella

The classic game imagery makes it easy to create handsome cards and scrapbook pages.  In the craft room, it is simply “fun & games” to play with the Game On stamp set.  So, you will probably see many more blog posts with this stamp set.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Father’s Day is just around the corner!

rooted in nature fathers day card

Father’s Day is just around the corner and it is so important to recognize the important men in our lives.  Here is a masculine card that features Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature’s Roots dies, Majestic Mountain dies and Well Said stamp set.

To create the card front, I layered embossed Crumbcake cardstock with Soft Suede cardstock.  So that embossed image of retired Woodland Embossing Folder popped, I sponged Soft Suede ink over the embossed image.  While the ink dried on the embossed piece, I die cut the trees images from Majestic Mountain dies cut in Garden Green cardstock.

To create a focal point, I choose to create a cluster of die cut and punched images.  Using the Rooted in Nature stamp set, I stamped the tree rings and small branch in Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, and then stamped the three-leaf image with Garden Green ink on Very Vanilla.  These stamp images were die cut using Nature’s Root dies and my die cutting machine.  To fill in the cluster, I used the Spring Punch and Soft Suede cardstock.  The sentiment was created by stamping Well Said stamp set using Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and using my paper snips to create the blocks of words.

The card was assembled using Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots and Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Fortunately, Stampin’ Up offers a variety of adhesives in order to get the very best results while crafting.

Simply click on the links provided to visit my online store, if you are interested in purchasing any of these items. 

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Adventure Awaits with a Sneak Peek

beautiful world bundle with card

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends!  Thank you for stopping by today. 

After a long wait, my preorder of new products from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog arrived.  One of the wonderful benefits of being a demonstrator is being one of the first to play with new products and create something new and exciting.  Yesterday, I spent the entire day creating in my craft room.  It was so much fun!  

beautiful world stamp image

This new Beautiful World stamp set was the first thing on my wish list.  I love the beautiful old world, fountain pen-like font paired with feather pen, ink well, globes and compass images.   This stamp set would be great for masculine cards and graduation cards.  It would also make a wonderful father’s day card.

beautiful world lisa swap 

This card show cases two new In-Colors – Misty Moonlight and Cinnamon Cider.  Aren’t they gorgeous together?  Actually, almost everything on this card is from the new catalog.  Do you see the wonderful texture in the embossed Cinnamon Cider cardstock?  That was created by first embossing the cardstock with new Old World Paper 3-D embossing folder and then sponging with Crumb Cake ink.  The pieces of map and denim DSP are from a really handsome World of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper pack and the new 2020-2020 In Color 6×6 DSP.  And the ribbon is new Faux Suede Trim in Early Espresso.

beautiful world lisa swap inside

  • Stamps:  Beautiful World, Beauty Abounds (splatters on inside)
  • Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Misty Moonlight, Cinnamon Cider, Early Espresso
  • Inks:  Night of Navy, Crumb Cake
  • DSP:  World of Good SDSP, 2020-2022 In-Color DSP, Copper Foil and Neutrals DSP
  • Accessories:  World Map dies, Old World Paper EF, Label Me Pretty punch, Gilded Gems, Faux Suede Trim, sponges, dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Snail adhesive

If you are looking for a demonstrator, I would love to send you a complementary catalog!  If you are looking to enjoy purchasing all your crafting supplies at a demonstrator discount, please let me know.  I would love to welcome you to the Crafting Hugs team!

Stay tuned for sneak peeks of wonderful new products in the new Annual Catalog!

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!  



Happy Graduation Class of 2020!

mountain air - andrew grad card

Class of 2020 will have a different story to tell.  Their college experience was cut short during their senior year by COVID-19 and stay at home orders.  So, we can make their college graduation extra special by making and sending homemade cards.

mountain air bundle catalog image

This card features the Mountain Air Bundle, that consists of the Mountain Air Stamp Set and the Majestic Mountain Dies.  The bundle pricing expires June 2nd — so if this bundle is on your wish list, you will want to purchase it soon so that you can enjoy that 10% savings.   Check out this video with George from Stampin’ Up home office in Utah.  I just love his enthusiasm for building mountain scene cards!

Use these seven reversible stamps in the Mountain Air Stamp Set to create a striking outdoor scene. One side (the flat side) of the photopolymer stamp features a silhouette image and the other side is a detailed line art image — to give you more creative options.  Simply add any greeting to create a card for any occasion.  Use the Majestic Mountains Dies to create beautiful trees, mountains, landscapes, and forests for cards and to quickly cut out stamped images from the stamp set.  

mountain air catalog samples

If you’d like to purchase the Mountain Air Bundle and save 10%, simply click on the links provided to visit my online store.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes to create beautiful outdoor scenes.


Mixing it up with Sailing Home & Well Said stamp sets

sailing home in green

Whether you’re sailing home or going off to new adventures, the images and sentiments in the Sailing Home Stamp Set will inspire you on your journey.  Sometimes though, you need a few more sentiments to create the perfect card.

Recently, I needed a farewell card for a coworker and Sailing Home Bundle and Come Sail Away DSP was perfect!  I used the sentiment from Well Said stamp set.  With 51 different sentiments, the Well Said stamp set is a must have for your craft room.

sailing home in green

To embellish my card design, I added Sail Away trinkets and metallic pearls.  To add dimension and texture, I popped up diecuts with dimensionals, pulled apart 1/4″ copper trim and added loops of Mossy Meadow Linen Thread from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack.  Let’s take a look at the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper.

If you would like to purchase any of these items, simply click on the links provided and visit my on-line store.  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Set Sail in the Direction of Your Dreams

sail home inky outside with anchor

If you were to sit on the bow of a sailing ship with Mark Twain or Henry David Thoreau, you would probably hear these words of encouragement:

“Throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the tradewinds in your sails. EXPLORE. DREAM. DISCOVER” – Mark Twain

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined! – Henry David Thoreau

The greeting on this card from Sailing Home stamp set embraces the idea of new pursuits.  It makes a perfect card for celebrating a graduation, a retirement and a new job opportunity.  This stamp set has many wonderful sentiments offering encouragement and appreciation.

sailing home catalog image

This Distinktive stamp set offers beautiful line art images and it applies ink at different opacities, that gives the stamped image more depth and dimension.

come sail away in blue 

If you are interested in the Sailing Home stamp set, be sure to consider cost savings  bundles and coordinating products to provide you with many happy pursuits while setting sail in the direction of creativity!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs, inspiration wishes and dreams of the open ocean!