Tuesday, May 19, 2015

G'day Mate Koala Card

G'day!!! It's Tuesday and the start of a new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz. This week the theme is World Wildlife and I've used a Koala native to Australia for my inspirational card. Although I've never been to Australia or anywhere outside of the United States, I do think these marsupials are just adorable.

To create this G'day Mate Koala Card I used an image from a set called Aussie Critters by Doodle Pantry and it comes with several images, sentiments and digital papers. The wooden center panel was made using Baked Brown Sugar cardstock and ink and stamped using the Hardwood stamp by Stampin' Up! Then I used my deckle scissors by Fiskars to distress the edges and layered it onto a Smoky Slate piece of cardstock. Next, I added the green paper strip and wrapped the twine three times and adhered entire panel to a black card base. I cut three leaf accents using the Bird Builder punch and Garden Green cardstock and positioned them around the image. The last step was adding the sentiment. That's it!

The next step is for you to find your favorite wild critter stamp and make a card to share with us at Cardz 4 Guyz. Just remember it has to be a masculine design. We would love for you to join us! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

This card is entered into the Cards in Envy: Hey Dude! challenge.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Text Bird Hello Card

Happy Saturday! Earlier this week I viewed the challenge at ColourQ and knew I wanted to play along but it took me awhile to figure out my design. Finally, I decided a Hello Honey coloured Text Bird would work. The text bird stamp is by Hero Arts and is quite large at 3.25" from tail to beak, therefore I made the card 5.25" square to accommodate the stamp. I dug deep into my stash for some buried patterned papers to work with the challenge colours. The Gumball Green is from the Print Poetry paper stack by Stampin' Up! and the Poppy coloured paper is from the Vegetable Garden collection by Basic Grey. The Flower Shop stamp was used with VersaMark and clear embossing powder to show the flower detail in a monochromatic tone. To add some detail I cut three leaves with my Cricut machine and the Straight from the Nest cartridge. I added some white by the yard net ribbon to break up the colours and the Hello sentiment is from TPC Studios. That's it! I would also like to enter this card into the Sister Act Anything Goes Card Challenge. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Floral Sympathy Card

Good day fellow handmade card enthusiasts! I have a new Floral Sympathy Card to share with you. To create this card I combined three challenges: The Paper Players (color), Retro Sketches (sketch) and SU-Only (flowers).

All supplies for this card are by Stampin' Up!. Some are current and some are very retired but still loved. Here is the list:
  • Paper: Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding and Sahara Sand cardstock. Patterned paper from the All Abloom paper stack. 
  • Stamps: Flowering Flourishes, Bloom for You, Bloom with Hope (hostess), and Language of Friendship.
  •  Inks: Classic Stampin' pads in Lost Lagoon, Pistachio Pudding and Sahara Sand.
  • Other Stuff: Polka dot embossing folder, Fun Flower punch, Boho Blossom punch, 7/8" scallop circle, scallop edgelit die, stampin' dimensionals and basic pearls.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!!!

Graduation Day Card

Hello again! It's time for a new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz. This week the theme is Make Your Mark and I've made this Graduation Day Card to share with you (click here for challenge guidelines). Next week many local schools will hold their High School Graduations and I know one very special individual that will cross the stage. Hooray!

Most of the supplies on this card have been in my stash for ages with the exception of the stamps. The stamp set is called Diploma Day and it's new by Close to My Heart. I did have enough Congratulations paper left to see it's by DCWV and the red net ribbon was purchased by the yard. I didn't use many embellishments on this card, just kept it simple.

We would love for you to join us this week. The design team created some wonderful masculine inspiration, click here to view. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

This Graduation Day Card is entered into the following challenges:

Friday, May 8, 2015

Cheerful Good Thoughts Card

Hooray for Friday! I hope you had a wonderful week. When I was working full-time it made it hard to spend time in my craft room and participate in challenges. Now that I've reduced my schedule I have more free time to play! It's been awhile since I played along at Mojo Monday and ColourQ, so I combined the two to create this Cheerful Good Thoughts Card. The sketches at Mojo Monday usually include lots of layers to use my patterned papers, and I love patterned paper. Adding lots of layers makes this card eligible for the layers challenge at Brown Sugar.

All supplies for this card are by Stampin' Up!. The supply list includes:
  • Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride and Coastal Cabana cardstock. Patterned paper from retired Fresh Prints paper stack, Best Year Ever dsp, and Subtles designer paper stack and retired 2010-2012 paper stack.
  • Stamps: Perfect Pennants and Geometrical.
  • Inks: Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana.
  • Other Stuff: Triangle punch, hexagon punch and stampin' dimensionals. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Recently I found out someone I know is expecting her first baby. They are waiting awhile to tell everyone but I figured it wouldn't hurt to go ahead and make a BABY Card. I'll probably hold out until after the first doctor appointment to mail the card but it's ready to go.

Since it's way to early to know what gender the baby is, I used many pastel baby colors. The plaid paper by Paper Pizzazz has a very small yellow line running through it. You can see it down the middle of the elephant. The pink and blue polka dots are retired dsp by Stampin' Up! I embossed the yellow cardstock with an argyle embossing folder and used a scalloped edgelit die for detail. The scalloped circle was cut with my Cricut machine and I fussy-cut Emery elephant by Verve Stamps for the focal image. To add the sentiment I used a stamp set by Fiskars called New Baby and the last detail was three candy dots.

My BABY Card is entered into the following challenges:
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hand Stamped Flowerpot Card

Hello and happy Tuesday! Today, I have my inspiration card for the challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz. The theme this week is Gardening and the design team did a wonderful job turning this theme masculine. My Hand Stamped Flowerpot Card is a rarity for me, it's all hand stamped with NO patterned paper. I was afraid at first to use flowers on a masculine card but guys plant flowers, so I figured it should work. The idea was based off Flowerpot or Container Gardening. It's sad to admit that the Create a Garden stamp set by Rubbernecker has been in my stash for at least three years and this was the first time I inked it up. The sentiment stamp is called Every Season by Verve Stamps and was stamped using Memento black ink. The other ink colors are all by Stampin' Up! and include: Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Tangelo Twist, Garden Green, Pistachio Pudding, Crushed Curry and Island Indigo. That's it!

We hope you are inspired to join us this week at Cardz 4 Guyz. Click here to go directly to the challenge. Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!

My Hand Stamped Flowerpot Card is entered into the following challenges: