Summer Smooches for a Teenage Boy

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Oh, those hard to design for teenage boys!  My nephew has a birthday this month and I find teenage boys some of the trickiest to create handmade cards for.  My advice?  Keep it simple, crisp and colorful.  For example, instead of the ribbon and bow suggested in today’s Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge (MOJO232), I opted for a strip of Basic Black card stock and a bold Tangerine Tango arrow.



  • SNEAK PEEK ALERT!  That seriously cool Island Indigo paper pattern is from Stampin’ Up! Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper.  It will be available in the 2012-2013 Stampin’ Up! Catalog (June 1) and as a special pre-order opportunity for customers in April.
  • My Paper Snips navigated the curves of the balloons and angles of the arrows with ease.  Both are popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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  • The stamps are from the Party This Way set, available FREE with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration.  The Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration promotion ends March 31.
  • A Basic Black Glimmer Brad adds a festive birthday sparkle.

EARN FREE STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS DURING SALE-A-BRATION!  Enjoy free gifts starting with a product order of $50 or more.  Ends March 31.   Get the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Details!

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Stamp Set:  Party This Way (Sale-A-Bration:  Wood-Mount 127726, C127727)
Paper:  Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper (Available April 1, 125409), Island Indigo (122923), Tangerine Tango (111349), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Basic Black (101179), Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (100082)
Cool Tools:  Paper Snips (103579)
The Perfect Touch:  Basics Glimmer Brads (121003), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

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  1. LOVE the blue and orange together! That smidgen of black really makes the colors POP! LOVE this! 🙂

  2. Full of creativity, I love the designs. thanks for sharing.


  3. Deb B (Debadoo)

    Great card for a teen boy, or for anyone! Love the optical illusion effect in that dsp

  4. Love this incredible bright design you have created. Wonderful take on the sketch.

  5. Wonderful, Mary! LOVE this fun birthday card!

  6. LOVE your take on Mojo Monday’s sketch — this is a beautiful card – thanks for the inspiration 🙂


  7. Another home run for you, Mary.

  8. kathyc/northcarolina

    This is a great card! I love the punchy colors!

  9. Perfect, what more can you say.

  10. Really love this for a boy’s card. The colors are cool too. Hugs.

  11. just great for a young guy card; another set I like is “the need for speed”; don’t like the title, but many things can be done to excludee the “need for speed” TFS!!

  12. Hello Mary: Once again you came up with a fabulous card for the men in our lives. Sometimes it’s hard to make cards for them that are not to cute or with to much embellisments and this card is a perfect example of what to aim for. Thank you for the inspiration and the help, always.

  13. Thanks for another great card, Mary! I think teenage boys are the hardest to design for too and this is a super card that I will definitely make !I like your color choice too.

  14. Seriously love this card Mary – Going to go into my CASE folder for someday to copy! Thanks for sharing.

  15. I will totally be CASEing this!! Love it!

  16. Love it! A perfect card for my nephew’s birthday! Thank you!

  17. You nailed it! I love this stamp set and picked mine up as a freebie Sale-a-bration reward. And I’m so glad you did a MALE teenager card since my twin grandsons’ birthday is next up. Hugs, Celia

  18. Love it Mary! And I’m so excited to see that the Summer Smooches Suite will work for a boy too – can’t wait to try it out when mine comes Wednesday! TFS 🙂

  19. Love this, Mary! That party arrow is a great accent!

  20. Sandy "redstampinsam " Meyers

    Hi Mary – I’m so happy Party This Way was one of my SAB choices since I just love your card today. My Grandsons turn 23 and 25 in the next month and I usually have to really put my mind to work finding an age appropriate card for them. You’ve given me great ideas! Thanks!

  21. Love it! You do such a great job with cards for boyz to men. I have a few of those around and never seem to have an idea of how to card them. Thanks again and again!

  22. My son is 16 and I definitely CANNOT use ribbon for him:) This is great – I know he’d like it. Thanks for the inspiration and I can’t wait to get my hands on that DP!

  23. Love it! Would also enjoy it with Lucky Limeade possibly!

  24. This is definitely bold and brash Mary. I love it. I have learnt so many simple things since I started subscribing to your blog. It may seem obvious…..but to a seasoned procrastinator….it is nice to be reminded. Fab card.

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