Country Livin’

This truck in the Country Livin’ stamp set was a perfect image for my dad’s Father’s Day card.  It brings back fond memories of my grandfather tinkering around with his old truck.  The new Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder creates a rustic background which pairs well with the old pick up truck.  I also used the truck image on the inside of the card.


To make this card:

  • I started with a Smoky Slate card base.
  • I cut a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Smoky Slate cardstock.  After lightly misting it with water, I ran it through the Big Shot using the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.  When it was dry, I lightly sponged some Smoky Slate ink across the texture of the planks and around the edges.
  • Next, I stamped the truck image with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink onto a piece of Watercolor Paper.  Using my Aqua Painter with the Dapper Denim, Chocolate Chip, Basic Gray, Old Olive and So Saffron ink pads, I colored the image.
  • I cut it out with the largest oval in the Stitched Shapes Framelits and layered it onto a larger Dapper Denim oval cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits.
  • I added a strip of Mossy Green DSP from my stash of papers and a strip of the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, which added to the rustic look.
  • The Best Dad Ever sentiment is from the retired  And Many More stamp set.  I stamped it in Dapper Denim ink and punched it out using the Classic Label punch.
  • For the inside of the card, I inked the image in Dapper Denim ink and stamped off twice before stamping on white cardstock.
  • The Happy Father’s Day sentiment from the Guy Greetings set is stamped in Dapper Denim.

Happy Stamping!





Happy Father’s Day

Fathers Day 2016

Father’s Day wishes to all the fathers we hold dear in our hearts!

Using the Sheltering Tree and Guy Greetings stamp sets, I created this classic scene.  I love that I was able to use the leaves from the Sheltering Tree stamp set to also create the background.

Here’s the details:

  • Start with a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Shimmery White card stock
  • Stamp the car with Memento Black Ink
  • Using a blender pen, color the car with Night of Navy and Smoky Slate inks
  • Stamp the trees in Early Espresso
  • Ink the leaves in Pear Pizzazz and use a Garden Green marker to add some depth
  • Stamp the sentiment in Night of Navy
  • Ink & stamp off the leaves in Soft Sky to fill in the sky
  • Repeat the process with Smoky Slate to fill in the lower part of the card
  • Adhere to a 5-1/8″ x 3-7/8″  piece of Night of Navy and a Smoky Slate card base

Have a great week!


You Are My Anchor



Here is a Father’s Day card I’ve made for my husband using the Guy Greetings stamp set and a bit of watercoloring.  Life has been a bit crazy for us this year and my dear husband is always my anchor!

To make this card:

  • Start with a 5″ x 3 3/4″ piece of Shimmery White card stock.
  • Using an Aqua Painter and Smoky Slate ink, watercolor a background area.
  • Stamp the anchor image in Lost Lagoon and the sentiment in Basic Gray inks.
  • Add a strip of Moonlight DSP to the top and wrap some Linen Thread along the bottom edge.
  • Use the Triple Banner Punch to make a 1″ banner in Lost Lagoon.
  • Cut a star in Hello Honey card stock using the Stars Framelits.  I sponged some Hello Honey ink around the edges and popped it up.
  • Layer onto a piece of Lost Lagoon and attach to a Basic Gray card base.

My inspiration for this card is from two sketch challenges –

Can You Case It? and Paper Craft Crew Challenges.

CYCI124 SketchPCCCS199 Sketch




Another Sneak Peek


Isn’t this airplane great for a masculine card?  It is from the Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Sky is the Limit.  You can earn this set with a $50 purchase beginning Jan. 5, 2016! It is such a versatile set with sentiments that will work well for birthday, valentine’s day, congratulations and more.  I also used paper from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Pack available Jan. 5, 2016.



To create this card, I started with this sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  I stamped the airplane image in black onto a piece of DSP and added some clouds stamped in Sahara Sand.  I used a couple of other pieces of DSP for the lower border.  The sentiment is stamped in black onto a strip of Very Vanilla card stock and the ends punched with the Triple Banner Punch.


I wish you a Happy New Year and hope one of your resolutions is to send more cards in 2016!

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Classic Father’s Day Card

With Father’s Day approaching, masculine cards are in order.  Using the Guy Greetings stamp set, I had fun making this card for my card group.  The set includes several sentiments for various celebrations, so everyone in the group was able to select one for the guys in their lives.

PP248 MasculineTo get this classic masculine look, I used a black and red color theme.  I dug into my paper stash for the black stripe from the Modern Medley DSP and the newsprint from the First Edition Specialty DSP.  I added a piece of Basic Black 1/8″ taffeta ribbon between the two prints.   The sentiment and image are stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink onto a piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  Using a thread pulled from the 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon, I tied a knot in a Gold Metal Button and adhered to a small red banner for the final touch.

I feel so blessed to still have my father in my life and wish all dad’s a Happy Father’s Day!

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Wetlands Birthday

SSC103 sketch

The theme for my card club this week was masculine cards, which is also the theme for this week’s challenge at The Paper Players challenge blog.  And I just love the neutral color challenge at  Sunday Stamps.  Using that color palette and the Wetlands stamp set, this is one of the cards we made.

SSC103 WetlandsI started with a Crumb Cake card base and added a layer of Soft Sky.  Next is a panel using an Early Espresso print from the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack – no need to wait for Christmas for that print!.  The angled panel in Early Espresso is embossed using the Woodgrain Embossing Folder to add some texture.  Finally, the stamped panel in Very Vanilla. I started with a swoosh of Soft Sky using the Work Of Art stamp set.  The goose was stamped next in Early Espresso.  Using a mask to cover the stamped goose, I was able to add the grass “behind” the goose.  To make the mask, I simply stamped the image on a scrap and quickly cut it out – it didn’t need to be very exact.  I used a post-it note to hold it in place while stamping the grass.  Finally, the sentiment was stamped in Early Espresso.

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