I've been a little sidetracked (or, I should say, more focused) on pulling together some Cards for Kids these last few days -- and since I used mostly non-current SU! stuff, I chose not to post them. If you really can't sleep at night knowing you've missed something I've created, email me and I'll send you photos privately.
My current mission is to make ten "guy" birthday cards this week at the request of a friend who, well, knows a lot of men. (Or maybe it's her husband who does!) So far, I've gotten three done.
For the first two, I used the Branch Out set, which I absolutely adore! I used a borrowed Top Note die with my Big Shot to create the panels for both the front and inside the card. After stamping the tree with Soft Suede, Certainly Celery, Kiwi Kiss, and Old Olive, I sponged the background with Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery. I layered the panel on a piece of Soft Suede Patterns Designer Paper, all on a Soft Suede card base. The festive little Happy Birthday circle is from the set Wow Flowers; I added a gold brad and popped it up on a Stampin' Dimensional. So easy!
I stamped with the same sets and colors in my second card, only this time adding some Crushed Curry Patterns DSP. The card seemed a bit flat, so I used the Rough Textures Jumbo wheel with Soft Suede ink to liven it up a bit. The sentiment was punched out with the Word Window punch.
I really like the Soft Suede color, but after two cards in a row I needed to switch gears -- so I pulled out some Burmuda Bay cardstock and Patterns DSP. The images in circles are from the Wow Flowers set, and the sentiment is from a retired hostess set, Live Like You Mean It. I threw in some polka-dotted grosgrain ribbon for a bit of interest. All the circles and the sentiment are adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.
Three cards down, seven to go! Who knows what I'll dream up in my sleep tonight!