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Happy Father’s Day 2017

This is one of the cards I made for my Dad. I was so excited when this idea popped into my head, and that I was able to execute the design.

My Dad is not really represented by the images available from the stamp industry. He is not into nautical, the great outdoors, cars, jets or trains. He LOVES sports (baseball being #1), he loves jokes, he loves chocolate, AND he loves his family. He still plays softball and basketball at 83.

I thought about what he would be doing on Father’s Day…watching baseball.

I found a Baltimore Oriole logo online (hey, for personal use here, to make an old guy smile), and printed it on white cardstock. I then stamped the TV over the logo, and on a separate piece of woodgrain paper. I cut the woodgrain image to use the cabinet part of the TV for paper piecing. The white cardstock with the TV got die cut with a large tag die, and I colored the wall a light blue/green, and added a piece of background paper for the flooring. And I just kept adding layers of Baltimore Oriole team colors.

I searched Google Images for “Baltimore Orioles logo”, and found one that had the resolution I needed to be able to print it. The image was from the Official Site of the Baltimore Orioles.

Supplies: Stamps – Clearly Besotted, The Cat’s Pajamas, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Avery Elle Neutral Collection, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Taylored Expressions Build A Scene, ink – Copic BG10, VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.



Navy Blue Recliner Father’s Day Card


This is a card for my father-in-law. And, YES, he has a navy blue recliner.  😉

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, Lawn Fawn, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, inks – Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, VersaFine Smoky Gray, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (squares), embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.

Seagull Father’s Day Card

I was trying to think of a theme for a Father’s Day card for hubby…and my eyes fell on the seagull in the Stay Salty set from Ellen Hutson. Not your typical inspiration, right??

I blended the ink background, and stamped/embossed the clouds and wave crests. Think think….how do I want my seagull to be here? What about a piling, near a dock or jetty? Oohhhhh…I have that sampler pack of wood paper.

I stamped wood grain stamps onto the wood paper – just for more detail, and cut the tops by hand. The linen thread was added as rope.

Doing the happy dance about the finished card!

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Paper-Papers wood paper, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, Real Red, inks – Copic C00, C3, C5, C7, R29, YR04, Y11, Y13, Hero Arts Unicorn, Ranger Perfect Medium, Stampin’ Up! Early Expresso, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Essentials by Ellen, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, white, Ranger Silver Pearl, linen thread – Stampin’ Up!


Father’s Day 2016

fathers day 2016

Happy Father’s Day to all the father figures in your life.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – California Paper Goods Iridescent Sky, Color Bok, Cosmo Cricket, My Mind’s Eye, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Paper Pizazz, Pebbles, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Spellbinders (square), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Simple Father’s Day Cards – My Mind’s Eye Paper

sage navy mme fathers day


red white blue fathers day

Two quick cards using My Mind’s Eye paper.

mme hello world pad

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – My Mind’s Eye Hello World, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Real Red, Stardream Silver, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, Satin Red, dies – Spellbinders (rectangle), Taylored Expressions (banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, floss – DMC, silver cord – PaperMart.

Nautical Father’s Day Card

open seas collage fathers day

I used one of my favorite retired sets (Open Seas) from Stampin’ Up! to create a background, and added an Avery Elle sentiment.

Supplies: Stamps – Avery Elle, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, inks – Stampin’ Up! Garden Green, Night of Navy, Smokey Slate, VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl, silver cord – PaperMart.