Aug 142013

Today I am sharing the cards I made for Father’s Day this year for the guys in my life.  These tend to be the hardest cards for me to make.  So although the day is long behind us, if you also find “guy cards” difficult to design, maybe you can get an idea or two from these to help you in the future.

These were for my two sons, both of which are great grillers!

Can you get away with rhinestones on a guy card?

This card was for my father-in-law:

Had fun with my Copics on this one!

And finally, this one was for my hubby:

We are currently living in a very small cabin on a very beautiful lake.

This just seemed so… us!  lol

Happy Crafting!

Card 1:
Stamps: Great Impressions BBQ “E497″; SU “Plane and Simple”
Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; Graphic 45 “French Country” 6 x 6 Designer Paper
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Linen Thread; Gingham Ribbon; Rhinestones

Card 2:
Stamps: SU “Zoo Review” and “Teeny Tiny Wishes”
Papers: PTI Select White and True Black
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Bordering Blue and Mellow Moss; Copics:

Accessories: Hemp

Card 3:
Stamps: Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps “Favorite Fellas”; Inkadinkdo “Road Trip” and “The Great Outdoors”; SU “Teeny Tiny Wishes”
Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; Authentique “Loyal”  6 x 6 Designer Paper
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

Today’s card was made for a couple of challenges:

Colour Q #201:

I don’t have any Calypso Coral, so Cameo Coral was used instead.

CAS(E) this Sketch #40:

Loved this sketch.  There’s still time to play along, too, and it is SO. MUCH. FUN!!

Happy crafting!

Stamps: SU “Remembering Your Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Basic Gray and Cameo Coral

Inks: SU Night of Navy

Accessories: Memory Box “Hollyhock Stem” Die; PTI “Birthday Trio” Die; Paper Piercing Tool; Rhinestones



Aug 052013

Lots of weddings this summer so lots of wedding cards!  They are so fun to make.  I love to use the invitation as inspiration for the card, and this new set from SU worked perfectly for three of them.

Here are the corresponding invitations.

A little closer look at the cards:

A few black rhinestones were placed on the flourish.  LOVE!

This time some clear rhinestones were added to the focal image for a little touch of bling!

I love this tree image from Papertrey Ink’s “Love and Marriage” set.  I think this may be the fourth or fifth time I have used it because it just works again…

and again for a clean and beautiful wedding card.

Happy Crafting!

Cards 1-3

Stamps: SU “This Day Forward” and “Flowering Flourishes”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream or Select White; SU Tempting Turquoise or Pink Passion

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Tempting Turquoise or Pink Passion

Accessories: Recollections Black or Clear Rhinestones or SU Very Vintage Designer Button; Black Grosgrain or Satin Ribbon or Dotted Swiss Organdy Ribbon; Sizzix “Oval Lace Scallop Edges” Embossing Folder

Cards 4 and 5

Stamps: PTI “Love and Marriage

Papers: PTI Select White or Vintage Cream; SU Always Artichoke; Authentique “Loyal” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Always Artichoke

Accessories: Kaiser Pearl or Buttons

This first card was made for two different challenges this week.  Dynamic Duos is the first challenge.  I didn’t have anything with the color “Pear Pazzazz”, so a couple of Copics were blended to (hopefully) get close to it.  Also, PTI’s “New Leaf” cardstock was used with the hope that it, too, is a close enough match to “Garden Green”.  The second challenge is the CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge.

Challenge 1: Dynamic Duos #63 — Challenge 2: CAS(E) this sketch! #38

I have had this paper pad called “Camp-a-Lot” for some time now so was excited to use it on this week’s CAS-ology Week #55 – Camp Challenge.  A large sentiment used with a couple of different paper patterns made this a quick and simple card to make… just the ticket for a great guy card.

CAS-ology Week #55- Camp

Happy Crafting!

Card 1

Stamps: CAS-ual Friday Stamps “Casual Elegance” and “Calm and Gentle”; SU “Express Yourself”
: PTI Vintage Cream and New Leaf
Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:
: Gingham Ribbon; KaiserCraft Pearl; Corner Rounder Punch

Card 2

Stamps: SU It’s Your Birthday
: PTI Fine Linen; Bo Bunny “Camp-a-Lot Collection” Designer Paper
: SU Garden Green
: SU Rope Twine

Jul 272013

Today starts the week long Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over on Splitcoaststampers, and I’m excited to be hosting a CHALLENGE again this year.  If you are a Fan Club Member, I hope you will come on over and have some creative fun.  If you’re not, its not too late to JOIN and then play along, too!  Oh, yes, I forgot… THERE ARE LOTS OF AWESOME PRIZES!!

Happy Crafting!  Hope to see you there.


Stamps: SU “Flower Shop” and “Postage Collection”

Papers: PTI Select White; Graphic 45 “French Country” 6 x 6 Designer Paper Pad

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, More Mustard and Ruby Red

Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; KaiserCraft Pearls, Brads, Spellbinders “A2 Curved Borders One” Die; SU Pansy Punch

Jul 222013

I love this big butterfly!  It makes it easy to stamp a quick card for so many occasions.  Here are the cards I made for my mother-in-law and daughters-in-law for Mother’s Day this year.  However by changing the sentiment these designs would work equally well for Birthdays, Get Well, Thank You, Sympathy or Thinking of You cards.

The popped up frame adds some dimension and interest to this clean and simple design.

Thanks for fluttering by!  hehe


Stamps: SU “Swallowtail” and “Teeny Tiny Wishes”

Papers: PTI Select White, Royal Velvet and Blueberry Sky

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics MultiLiner 0.1

Accessories: Nestabilities Labels #10; Kaiser Half Pearls; Taffeta Ribbon; Stickles “Starry Night” and “Turquoise”; Primas; Sequin Heart

Jul 162013

Here is the card I made for one of my son’s birthdays.  I randomly drew some additional popcorn kernels to the image with a Fine Copic Multiliner.

We recently sold our home.  In the basement we had an in-home theater with a lobby.  In that lobby was a popcorn popper which was not included in the sale.  It was one of the few things from the house that this son really wants.  So for his birthday, he gets it!

The popcorn popper:

The card fits into a couple of fun challenges:

The first challenge is this week’s CAS-ual Fridays Challenge to create a project with polka dots.

The second challenge is this month’s Seize the Birthday Challenge to create a birthday themed project.

Happy Crafting!


Stamps: A Muse “Popcorn”; Inkadinkado “Greetings/Salutations

Papers: PTI Select White; LilyBee Design “This & That”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Real Red and So Saffron; Copic Multiliner Black

Accessories: Inchie Art Inchie+; Gingham Ribbon

Jul 062013

Recently we made a quick trip to Vegas, but it wasn’t for the usual sort of Vegas activities that come to mind.  It was instead to visit with one of our sons and his family in their new home and to celebrate their youngest daughter’s first birthday.  Here is the card I made for the occasion.

A piece of white cardstock was added to the inside for a sentiment.

After cutting away so much of the fold for this design the card seemed a little fragile, so reinforcements of black cardstock were added to the fold on the inside.

If you are interested, here is the Template for this fun creation.

Happy Crafting!
Hope everyone had a great 4th!


Stamps: Hero Arts Happy Birthday (Inside); Inkadinkado Paw (Inside)

Papers: PTI True Black and Select White (Inside); My Mind’s Eye “A Happy Heart” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Basic Black (Inside) and Sahara Sand (Inside)

Accessories: Kaiser Pearl; EK Success 1/2″ Circle Punch; SU “Square Lattice” Embossing Folder and Small Oval Punch

Jul 012013

It’s been awhile!  The month of May and June were busy busy busy!!  We put our house up for sale and planned to relax for a couple of months waiting and hoping for that right buyer.  Much to our surprise, the house sold in 4 days!  We had to immediately find a place for all of our “stuff” and get it moved out.  But even so, moving had to wait a bit because May also produced the most exciting event of all… the birth of our first grandson!  So, of course, a trip to Arizona for 8 days of holding pure sweetness was in order.

Here is the card I made for little Lincoln.

Here is the TEMPLATE for this oh-so-cute design.

I finished the inside, too.

And now the star of the show.. Lincoln all brand new and beautiful.

Kate is so good to her new little brother.

Oh Happy Day!!

Stamps: SU Teeny Tiny Wishes (Inside)

Papers: PTI Select White; Authentique “Loyal” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black (Inside); White Gel Pen

Accessories: Buttons; Nestabilities Classic Circle Dies

I thought this designer paper was a great match for this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge.

So many of my favorite things come together on this card.. roses, pearls, embossing, fun punches and the oh so lovely pastels.

Sometimes you just have to indulge with all the frilly pretty stuff!

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU Teeny Tiny Wishes
Papers: PTI Select White; Crate Paper “Little Bo Peep” Designer Paper
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: PTI Sweet Blush 1/2″ Satin Ribbon; Kaiser Pearls: Martha Stewart Royal Butterfly Punch and Heart Border Punch Punch; Sizzix Scallop Heart Doily Set “Lace Handkerchief” Embossing Folder

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