Stamping 911: Cards in a Crunch Part 2

Stampin up full of life

I hope you learned a little something from yesterday's post about how to make cards in less than 10 minutes (see all my Stamping 911 projects).  It forced me, too, to reevaluate my own organization and fine tune the time I take to create a project!

Let's see if today's card (also created in less than 10 minutes), embraces my Stamping 911 Tips.  It's another masculine birthday card (more ideas at "You've Got Male") for my cousin, who turns 50.  TIP: Simple and geometric design cast a very handsome, "manly" appeal.

Pretty Paper Pops (Point #9) . . . I used a Very Vanilla  4.25 x 5.5 textured card base with a layer of Stampin' Up!'s Haiku Designer paper on top.  Other than the sentiment, the remaining layers are on textured card stock.

The sentiment (doubling as a focal point, Point #5) is from Stampin' Up!'s Full of Life (the ideal set for sentiments that can hold their own on the inside or outside of a card).  It's inked in Chocolate Chip and stamped on Very Vanilla.

Stampin up full of life close up
The card is quite basic and had plenty of room for embellishment.  However, I followed my rules about editing (Point #10), focusing on a couple simple corner accents.  TIP:  Using a 1 1/4" square punch, I snapped out a So Saffron Textured square.  It was cut it in half (creating two triangles) and cut it in half again (two smaller triangles).  Add a couple brads (Hodgepodge Hardware Pewter) and Voil?, I have fulfilled the "jazz" factor.  I used Pop-Up Glue Dots to add some 3-D and adhere the finished sentiment.  TIP:  The Glue Dots are a larger and more flexible than my beloved Stampin' Dimensionals.  This makes them a good choice for a large area or  "absorbing" the brads on the backside so they don't show through. 

Cutting precise mats and layering takes time.  I opted to grab Chocolate Chip and Tangerine Tango Textured card stock and left them as geometric blocks.  Instant oomph and fewer layers (Point #8).

Hugs and Pretties . . . Mary

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Stamp Set:  Full of Life
Paper:  Haiku Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla Textured and Smooth (sentiment), Chocolate Chip Textured, Tangerine Tango Textured
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Cool Tools:  1 1/4" Square Punch
The Perfect Touch:  Hodgepodge Hardware Pewter Brads, Pop Up Glue Dots

Full of life


  1. Fantastic Card Mary.

  2. These cards are gorgeous, and I love how you get into detail of the making of them.

  3. I would never have guessed this to be a 911 card! Great job, Mary!

  4. Thanks so much Mary for sharing these “911” cards in 10 minutes or less. I find myself getting caught up in all the extra’s that I forget the simple basics and get a bit stressed. Love the male card! I can’t wait for your blog on taking photos of cards!!! Michelle 🙂

  5. Thanks, again, Mary! These 911 cards are great inspiration for me – I think many of my camp projects are too complicated and time-consuming. Time to come back down a little.

  6. Colleen Kramer

    Oh I really like Sentiment cards. So many people I know struggle with writing. They have difficulty putting their thoughts into words. So it’s very important what the card says, not just what it looks like. This is a perfect layout that is going into my favs specifically for this use.
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. mary…I love this card. And I love the apple card. And I am just glad to have survived the hurricane…so I LOVE being able to view your blog.
    Oh… i really would give anything to have that new punch/stamp set.

  8. I like the corners. No fu-fu, nice and masculine. I need to make some like that for the men in my life. Thanks for the idea.

  9. I REALLY like this card! The color combo, the geometric design, the simplicity and the corners on your sentiment are just nifty!!

  10. I love this card. The colour combo and layout are awesome.

  11. I really like this one Mary! I love the color combination and the simplicity of it. It’s got character!

  12. This card is awesome!!! I really really love it. The colors, the LO, everything is perfect.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas.
    God bless

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