His & Hers Day Four: Father’s Day

The focus of today’s  Online Card Classes “His & Hers” course was Father’s Day and Mother’s Day cards. This lesson couldn’t have come at a more opportune time as neither of our sons will be around on Father’s Day, and I need both to sign a card in the next several days.

My Father’s Day card follows a design shown by .


I took a couple of shortcuts. For example I used a Studio Calico/American Crafts alpha for the “DAD” whereas Kelly’s cards used letters die-cut and adhered to one another. I will definitely give this design another try. I learned quite a bit in its assembly! The woodgrain section is actually a flap that is held in place by the wood veneer arrow.

Supplies: Hero Arts Tweed Pattern Background Stamp;  Simon Says Stamp You Clear Stamps; Hero Arts Cup O’ Joe Shadow Ink Mid-Tone; Studio Calico Wood Veneer; Stampin’ Up cardstock; Avery Elle woodgrain cardstock



His & Hers: Day Three Sympathy Cards

The focus of today’s  Online Card Classes course “His & Hers” was sympathy cards. I know that I’ve been unimpressed with the store bought choices for sympathy cards, so I welcomed the opportunity to handcraft these cards.

I crafted my cards with the same design and colors, simply varying my stamp choices. For the “Hers” card, I paired the Hero Arts/Basic Grey Flower Dot Pattern background stamp with a sentiment from the Hero Arts “Remember” stamp set. I really like this sentiment set, and “Cry, Laugh, Remember” aptly expresses my feelings about the death of a loved one.


For the “His” version I paired the Hero Arts/Basic Grey Tartan Background with a sentiment from Hero Arts “Say It All.” For both cards, I used Memory Box “Dove Gray” cardstock, Hero Arts Soft Granite ink, Hero Arts dye ink and ribbon from Ellen Hutson.


His & Hers: Day Two

In today’s Online Card Classes course “His & Hers” course, I created two cards based on ones shown by Jennifer McGuire. Like hers, mine use the Paper Smooches “Leafy Greens” stamp set.

For my “Hers” card, I used a variety of Distress and Hero Arts Shadow inks. The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp set. (I actually made this card second and backed the vellum strip on Be Creative tape so it would lie flat, after realizing that just tucking in the ends wasn’t working.)


The “His” card is stamped on kraft cardstock also with a variety of Distress and Hero Arts Shadow inks.


His & Hers: Day One

Today is the first day of the latest Online Card Classes course “His & Hers.” I created two cards, which technically qualify as “hers.” That being said, I feel that the second one is more masculine (probably because there’s no pink in it) than the first. 🙂

I loosely followed the cards shown by Kristina Werner in class today. For the first card, I colored the flower stamp with distress inks and a water brush. The texture of the watercolor paper gives this card a distinct look.


For the second card I colored the flowers with Copics. I have more Copic experience than watercolor experience, so I was more comfortable coloring this card. I felt I had more control with the coloring than I did with the watercolors.

DayOne2-webSomething I particularly liked with Kristina’s cards, which I did on my cards as well, was to cut the panel at 3 3/4″ x 5″ giving a 1/4″ border on the card base.

Supplies: Hero Arts “Antique Flowers and Butterflies”; Hero Arts “Good Friends”; Copics: YR31, YR15, YR18, YG13, YG17, Y19; Distress Markers “Barn Door”, “Spiced Marmalade”, “Peeled Paint”

Think Pink: Part Two

Even before I finished blogging about my pink card, I knew I wanted to give the basic idea another try and I had leftover pieces to play with. There was something about the sentiment size that just didn’t sit right with me. I turned to a different “Hero Arts” sentiment that I feel better suits the card in both style and size.


The Online Card Classes course “His & Hers” starts tomorrow – time to clean up my workspace so that I’m ready!

Supplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock + ink; WOW gold embossing powder

Think Pink: A Note to You

I’ve had this card in my head for a week or so, ever since I purchased the Hero Arts “Flower Dot Pattern” background stamp. The stamp has been around for awhile (a couple of years?), and I’ve seen it used on some beautiful projects.

Note for You-web

I paired the paisley/floral motif with something geometric in the lower half. I’ve rarely, if ever, used the “Plaid” embossing folder. I dyed the silk ribbon with “Worn Lipstick” distress stain.

Stampin’ Up cardstock & ink

Furry Cat CASE

I absolutely fell in love with the Simon Says “Furry Cat and Box” stamp set when I saw it used on a card by Laura Bassen. I’d already used the set on a different “Happy Birthday” card but wanted to give Laura’s card a try, so I CASE-ed it, twice!





Laura used a solid cardstock with Copic-colored cats. As I’m in the process of using up some of my patterned paper, (I have a lot!), I paper pieced the cats from patterned paper and used a patterned paper background. Laura’s card was cleverly created, something I grew to appreciate as I made mine.


Pinspired Challenge #8

Welcome! It’s time for another Pinspired Challenge. The photo is for you to interpret anyway you want. Be inspired by the colors, the style, the theme – it’s up to you!

This challenge is sponsored by Timeless Twine who are offering the winner a $10 gift certificate to their online store.

For my card, I drew from the texture of the cake, the colors of green/tan/white, and the themes of spring and love. It’s rare for me to make a card without a lot of stamping, however, I did stamp the hearts using the woodgrain circle in the “My Happy” stamp set before die-cutting them.



Now, it’s your turn. Head on over to the Pinspired Challenges blog to see the creations from the rest of the “Pin Heads” and find out the details for playing along. Three runner ups will be chosen and win a “Pin Pal” badge for their blog. A winner, who will also be chosen by the “Pin Heads,” will win a “Pin Perfect” badge for their blog along with the prize from Timeless Twine. We can’t wait to see your creations!

For Someone Special

I picked up another Basic Grey Paper Cottage stamp set from Ellen Hutson’s this past week during their “Spring Cleaning” event- I already have several sets from the collection. I’ve got a lot of possibilities swirling around my head! For this card, I wanted to pair pink and green, a color combination that shouts spring to me.


After stamping the background stamp, I realized that the green could easily over power the other elements, so cut the background down and paired it with dry-embossed cardstock.

Hope your week is off to a terrific start!