Thanks for stopping by! Today's post is special - it's the monthly Stampers' Dozen Blog Hop featuring 13 wonderful Stampin' Up! Demonstrator "Leaders" from the US and Canada. Granted, you may already know that if you're coming from Janet's or Jodi's blogs.
Our theme this month is Masculine Cards. To be honest, I kinda procrastinated until yesterday to design a card. I'd been having way too much fun with Sneak Peek products and I didn't want to stop. I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and stumbled upon a card by someone named Lisa Addesa. Her card didn't use any Stampin' Up! products. Because I absolutely LOVE taking a non-SU idea and using my SU products to recreate it, I looked no further for inspiration. My first card was pretty much the exact idea as hers - I just used SU products instead: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, and Basic Black. And I was happy with the result (below).
Then I thought, well, this layout could be great for ANY occasion (or gender). And, with graduations coming up, I thought it would be fun to do in a school's colors! So, I used Basic Gray, Basic Black, and Cherry Cobbler. (This card has my dad's name written all over it. He LOVES burgundy.)
For the third card, I got sick and tired of cutting little squares with my paper trimmer! I thought to myself....circles would work, too, and I can punch them! So, I made this third card using one of my favorite color combos (Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Cucumber Crush).
Which is your favorite? I think mine is the circle card....but maybe that's because I cut A LOT of teeny tiny little squares. But, instead of posting my favorite card, I thought you might enjoy seeing the "Evolution" my favorite card went through! And, because the others weren't bad cards - I just like the circles best - I decided to share them all. But, maybe that's because the circles remind me of soda bubbles and I'm a complete Diet Coke addict! Now I'm thirsty! Ha ha!
I bet you're curious about the sizes of my squares and circles....
Squares: 1/4", 1/2", 3/4", 15/16"
Circles: 1/4" handheld punch (RETIRING), 1/2" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch
And one important tip if you choose to make this card....The Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive is the BEST adhesive option! It allows you to "wiggle" and "twist" and "slide" the little pieces so they're lined up exactly how you want them! You can't do that with Snail or Glue Dots!
All of the supplies used to create today's projects are shown below. Feel free to click on each image to learn more about each product or purchase them in my online store. There's also a nifty link on the bottom left that'll allow you to create your own printable list of all of the supplies!