Survival Kit – Happy Mother’s Day

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A late Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms! We had an unusually cold & very windy day here. We’ve started a tradition of going to a botanical garden on Mother’s Day, but postponed it due to the weather.

Tonight I have the final card from my Man’s Survival Card Kit and the complete set. For the Mother’s Day card, I used PaperTrey Ink’s Delightful Dahlia set and the coordinating dies. I have to say that I really didn’t want to like these dies. My wish list is long enough as it is and adding in yet another tool — good grief! But, after watching Nichole’s how to video, I found that I really love this set in particular.

The outcome of this card thrilled me! I actually told myself I would like to receive a card like this! LOL! I love the add in black for an elegant twist, so I paired Hibiscus Burst with Basic Black. The dahlias and leaves are colored with Copics and popped up on dimensionals. Each center has a tiny bit of Martha Stewart Kunzite glitter. A gorgeous bow of Hibiscus Burst satin finished it off.

For the complete set, I needed to make up some sort of holder. I recently bought the Martha Stewart scoring board (liked the Scor-Pal, but I am measurement challenged, so the MS board really works for me) and there is a list of basic box measurements included with it. This really comes in handy. For the Survival Kit, I made up a 6x6x3 box.

The box is Chocolate Chip and Bashful Blue. I decorated the top with Chocolate Chip and a fantastic piece of patterned paper from DCWV At Home. I printed out a label on Very Vanilla and cut it out with the largest Labels 8 Nestie. A few Dew Drops finished it off.

And here is a shot of the complete set.

Both sets of my cards were won by a friend. She was unable to be there, but sent her husband. He was so happy to get them — he said had he not, he would have needed to buy an “I’m Sorry” card from the winner! LOL!

Happy Mother’s Day
Stamps: PaperTrey Ink Delightful Dahlia
Paper: Basic Black, Hibiscus Burst, Select White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: R81, R83, R85, YG03, YG23
Other Stuff: Martha Stewart Kunzite glitter, Hibiscus Burst satin ribbon

The Man’s Survival Kit
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla, DCWV At Home
Other Stuff: Nesties, Dew Drops

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Survival Kit – Birthday & Anniversary

As promised, here are the birthday and anniversary cards from the Man’s Survival Card Kit. One thing I really enjoyed about this kit was that I pulled out sets I hadn’t used in a long time.

First up, is the birthday card. I pulled out a few PaperTrey Ink sets for this card — Guide Lines and Out on a Limb sentiments. I ended up doing a few trial & error attempts with the Guide Lines. It took a bit to get the right shape, design and color choice.

I really like how Guide Lines allows for a really elegant background. Although this required a bit of extra play to get it right, I love how clean & simple it is. I stamped out the design with Guide Lines in Memento Lulu Lavender. This was paired with Lavender Moon and Plum Pudding. The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Plum Pudding and cut out with a Fancy Tag Nestie. Some saddle stitch grosgrain and a few pearls finished this off very nicely.

Up next is the anniversary card, for which I pulled out the Gina K A Year of Flowers set by Melanie Muenchinger.

This definitely took a bit more time to put together! I stamped & masked half a dozen of roses. Three were colored with only my R46 Copic. The other three were colored with the R81 first and then blended with the R46. I added in a few leaves and then brushed over the roses with Royal Red Shimmerz. The sentiment is from Mega Mixed Messages and is cut out with another Fancy Tag Nestie. I added in some Pure Poppy grosgrain and some pearls to make for a really elegant finish.

To one person…
Stamps: PaperTrey Ink Guide Lines, Out on a Limb sentiments
Paper: Plum Pudding, Lavender Moon, Select White (PTI)
Ink: Memento LuLu Lavender, Tuxedo Black
Other Stuff: Plum Pudding saddle stitch ribbon, Nesties, Basic Grey half pearls

Red Rose Anniversary
Stamps: Gina K A Year of Flowers, PaperTrey Ink Mega Mixed Messages
Paper: Basic Black, Pure Poppy (PTI), Select White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ladybug
Copics: 0, R46, R81, YG03, YG23
Other Stuff: Nesties, Basic Grey pearls, Royal Red Shimmerz

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I’ll finish up the Man’s Survival Kit on Sunday. Tomorrow I have a Freebie Friday for you from Bugaboo. Saturday is a two-fer. I’m participating in the There She Goes Mother of All Blog Hops and it is a new challenge for Bugaboo! Lots going on and you won’t want to miss out!


Survival Kit — Valentine’s Day & Gift Card Holders

Today I have a trio of cards from the Man’s Survival Card Kit. Because this was going to an unknown recipient, I wanted to steer clear of the religious holidays — Christmas, Easter, Hanukkah, etc. I did want to include Valentine’s Day and to round out the set with 10 cards, I made up two gift card holders that were regular sized cards.

First up is the Valentine’s Card. I decided to use the super cute Crush on You stamp from Stampavie.

Isn’t that a sweet image? I stamped the cute couple in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it in with Copics. This is a nice sized image, so it is cut out with the bigger rectangle Nesties. I made this a true Valentine’s card with Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz and Simple Valentine patterned paper, all from PaperTrey. Since the image takes up much of the card, I only added a pretty bow of Raspberry Fizz grosgrain and a small sentiment from the Tiny Treats Valentine set, also from PTI.

Next up is a very simple gift card holder.

This was super simple. I used a favorite color combo of pink & black. The pink is embossed with the Cuttlebug Houndstooth folder. The patterned paper is from Making Memories Sabrina, as is the ribbon. Inside I stamped the small sign from the Gina K Perfectly Polished set with Celebrate as a greeting.

Last up is a fantastic pop-up gift card holder. I knew what I wanted to do, had seen it on a few blogs, but had to do a little searching for the details on how to do it. I found a fantastic video tutorial HERE.

This time I used another favorite pink companion, Chocolate Chip. I paired this with more Sabrina paper, ribbon and these fantastic little acrylic “stickers” I’ve been hoarding — oops, I mean storing — for over a year. I stamped the sign from the Gina K Perfectly Polished set and For You. Before removing it from the Nestie, I sponged Memento Angel Wings over the top.

Inside I kept it very simple, adding in pink houndstooth dp from Sabrina and a small rectangle for writing a message.

Crush on You
Stamps: Stampavie Crush on You, PaperTrey Ink Tiny Treats: Valentines
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz, Select White, Simple Valentines (PTI)
Copics: B14, C1, C3, C7, E000, E00, E13, E21, E39, E41, G14, R20, R46, R81, R83, Y06, YR20
Other Stuff: Raspberry Fizz grosgrain, word window punch, modern tag punch, Nesties

Gift Card Holders
Stamps:Gina K Perfectly Polished
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink,Basic Black, Select White (PTI), Making Memories Sabrina
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, Angel Wings
Other Stuff: Making Memories Sabrina ribbon, acrylic stickers, Nesties, Cuttlebug houndstooth embossing folder

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Tomorrow I’ll have the anniversary & birthday cards from this set. Then on Sunday I’ll finish it off with the Mother’s Day card and the packaging.

Survival Kit – I’m Sorry

Included in the Man’s Survival Card Kit were two I’m Sorry cards. One was serious and one more cute/fun — giving the man a choice depending on how much trouble he was in!

For the serious card, I replicated a card I usually use for sympathy cards. I used Out on a Limb from PaperTrey Ink and kept the layout very simple. The sentiment is from a Gina K set. I actually had to search for a sentiment with sorry in it. The inside of this card was stamped with an additional limb, but left blank as far as words.

For the less serious card, I pulled out Cuddles & Hugs from Gina K. I thought the pair of snakes would be really cute. I picked out some paper from my stack of 4×4 diVine and matched them up with New Leaf and Sweet Blush from PTI. I really love how this turned out. The snakes are colored with Copics and I printed a sentiment off on Select White. I punched out the sentiment with my Word Window punch and backed it with the Modern Tag punch. Basic Grey half pearls finished off the sentiment nicely. Inside I stamped hisses & kisses from the Cuddles & Hugs set. With this set of cards, I tried to stick with standard sizes, but this card measures 4.25 square and still fits in the regular envie.

I’m Sorry (serious)
Stamps: PaperTrey Ink Out on a Limb, Gina K Autumn Leaves
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Sweet Blush (PTI)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Palette Toile Pink, Spring Mos
Other Stuff: Liquid Pearls Petal Pink, Sweet Blush satin

I’m Sorry (fun)
Stamps: Gina K Cuddles & Hugs
Paper: New Leaf, Sweet Blush, Select White, diVine dp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: BV01, R83, YR23, YG63
Other Stuff: Modern tag punch, word window punch, New Leaf grosgrain, Basic Grey half pearls

Thanks so much for stopping by today!