Father's Day Blog Hop

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~AWH_Blog_HopToday I'm participating with some of the ladies from the 'Art with Heart' Stampin' Up! team to present some fabulous Father's Day ideas to inspire you. We also have our brand new 2015 Holiday Catalogue available from 1 September, with some amazing Christmas inspiration for you. Be sure to contact me to request a catalogue today! 

You may have come from Claire's blog, but if not, you can start here and then follow the trail to the next blog by clicking on the button at the bottom of this post.

I have a pretty limited set of male oriented stamp sets, so I am using my current 'go to' set for male cards, 'Wetlands'.  This would suit a nature oriented guy perfectly. I have combined all of the images on a sponged background for my card. I couldn't decide where/if to put a greeting on the front, so I ended up leaving it off. I have stamped and coloured a second goose and popped it up on the stamped image. The main panel is also popped up on the Cherry Cobbler base card.

  Stampin Up 'Wetlands' Sponged Background. Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have done a bit more sponging on the inside with the little sand pipers. As my Dad passed away many years ago, I have used a more generic greeting here, but you can add whatever sentiment is appropriate. 

Stampin Up 'Wetlands'. Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Project Details
Stamps Wetlands
Card stock & Papers     Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Whisper White
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Mossy Meadow
Accessories Gold Basic Metal Buttons, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine
Tools     Sponge daubers, White Gel pen, Aqua Painter, Stampamajig, Dimensionals.

Now it is time to hop over to the blog of the lovely Kathryn Mangelsdorf, who is sure to have something inspiring to share with you.


If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

  1. Tina Gillespie
  2. Genna Gifford
  3. Kate Morgan 
  4. Jenny Van Dijk
  5. Claire Daly
  6. Judy May - that's me!
  7. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  8. Rachel Woollard
  9. Ros Davidson
  10. Kathryn Ruddick
  11. Kayleen McLean

Thanks for looking!

CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop - Father's Day/Masculine

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I've joined the 'CASE-ing the Catty' crew and today is my first participation in the blog hop which occurs weekly every Friday at 7pm (AEST). I hope you will check out all of the inspiration the crew is providing this week from the Father's Day/Masculine section of the Occasions Catalogue on pages 40-41.

My inspiration is the  Adventure Bound paper stack on page 40 (which I have not used nearly enough) to make a masculine card.  I've used the main images from the lovely 'An Open Heart' stamp set which I heat embossed in Early Espresso and then watercoloured with ink pads and Aqua Painter. The bird has been fussy cut and adhered over the olive branch. I have added a Father's Day sentiment, but I think this card would also work well as a thank you or get well card.


For the inside, I added a strip of the plaid design and stamped the olive branch in Early Espresso in the top right corner.



Project Details
Stamps An Open Heart, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Adventure Bound DSP Stack, Shimmery White
 Ink Versamark, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories Basic Metal Buttons, Mini Silver Brads, 5/8" Natural Chevron Ribbon, Linen Thread
Tools     Finishing Touches Edgelits, Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits, Big Shot, Word Window punch, Early Espresso embossing powder, Heat gun, Aqua Painter

Click on the image to hop over to Rebecca Benson's blog.


You can join the fun by adding a link to your project over at the CASE-ing the Catty blog.

Thanks for looking!

Convention Swap #1

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Today I'm having a fab time with other Demonstrators at the South Pacific Convention on the Gold Coast in Queensland.  This is the last of our local Conventions as we know them, so I'll be making the most of it. We will be getting the new 2015-16 Annual Catalogue to soak in and take home - woohoo!  I will have goodies from Convention to show you next week. 

I managed fewer swaps than I did last year. Life just got in the way, if you know what I mean. This is the first one - a masculine card  using  'Hardwood' stamped in Basic Gray onto Smoky Slate card stock to frame the duck from the 'Moon Lake' stamp set. 

I stamped the duck using Stazon onto water colour paper and coloured it with a combination of ink and Stampin' Write markers.  Some parts of the image are too small to water colour so the markers were perfect. You need to make sure that your piece is fully dry before you use your markers and use them last, so there is no opportunity for any bleed. Normally I would use my ink pads, but this time I used reinkers diluted with water, as I needed to colour 20 images. 



Project Details
Stamps Moon Lake, Hardwood, Butterfly Basics 
Card stock & Papers     Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Lost Lagoon, Crushed Curry, Moonlight DSP Stack, Watercolour paper
 Ink Stazon Black, Basic Gray, Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories Basic Metal Buttons, White Baker’s Twine
Tools     Ovals Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Hexagon punch, 1”, ¾” Circle punches, Handheld stapler, Aquapainter, Glue Dots, Tombow glue, Dimensionals, Stampin’ Write markers (Wild Wasabi, Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay)

Thanks for looking!

More Masculine Inspiration

Hi there

I have one more masculine card today, that we made in a recent class. I am glad to see that 'The Open Sea' stamp set made it into the new 2015-16 Annual Catalogue as it is a great set for masculine cards. 

I have used one of my favourite colour combinations of Night of Navy, Real Red and Sahara Sand. The red panel has been embossed with the 'Argyle' embossing folder, which is unfortunately retiring. It is a great design for masculine cards and you can purchase it at a discount from the retiring list. 

The sailing ship has been stamped in Early Espresso ink on Whisper White.  I have extended the horizon on the left side with my marker and then turned the image upside down and stamped the sea again multiple times, masking the bottom edge.  This gives more depth at the base of the image for die cutting. The sky was lightly sponged with a dauber and Soft Sky ink.

I didn't have enough Real Red candy dots, so I punched the holes around the Night of Navy oval with my cropadile to let the Real Red base show through.  I was really happy with the way it came out. The anchor has been stamped in Early Espresso and coloured with a Smoky Slate Blendabilities marker and fussy cut. The panel at the bottom has been stamped with the wavy lines stamp from the 'Chalk Lines' stamp set before over stamping the birthday greeting from the 'Four You' stamp set. This set is also retiring.



Project Details
Stamps The Open Sea, Four You, Chalk Lines
Card stock & Papers     Night of Navy, Real Red, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
 Ink Early Espresso
Accessories Brights Candy Dots, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Basic Metal Buttons
Tools     Argyle Embossing folder, Ovals Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Cropadile (not SU), Dimensionals, Stampamajig, Early Espresso Stampin' Write marker, Smoky Slate Blendabilities

You can browse the retiring products list online by clicking here.

Thanks for looking!

Bold & Bright Birthday

Hi there

Today, I want to share one of the cards we made in my recent masculine cards class. This is a complete contrast to the soft and feminine Mother's Day card in my last post. I was inspired by this card from the lovely Paula Dobson over at Stampinantics.  

To create a bold masculine look I have gone with lots of black and contrasted it with the brightness of Tempting Turquoise. The background has been sponged with daubers. The black frame has been popped up and the 'happy' has 5 layers so that it matches the inside height of the frame. The overall effect is that it looks like it has been carved out out of solid black.  This technique would also look great with the 'hello' and 'thanks' thinlits from the 'Hello You' set. 



The black frame was cut with the 4th (counting from the centre) framelit from the Squares Collection and then moved along to cut out the remaining piece to give a length of 9.5cm (3 3/4"). The greeting has been heat embossed in black to keep it bold and finished with a black candy dot. 

Project Details
Stamps Four You
Card stock & Papers     Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Whisper White
 Ink Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Versamark
Accessories Neutrals Candy Dots
Tools     Squares Collection Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Hello You Thinlits, Big Shot, Black embossing powder, Heat Gun, Dimensionals, Xyron (not SU)

Have a great week!

Oh My Goodies !

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Today's card uses a few products that I have had for a while but are seeing the light of day for the first time. One of these is the 'Adventure Bound' DSP stack, which is a pad of 12 card sized, double-sided designs (4 sheets of each) that make creating a masculine card so much easier. I have chosen a plaid design in Smoky Slate, Basic Gray and Island Indigo and added Basic Black for extra pop.

I have also used one of the fabulous 'Bonus Bundles' that are available at a 15% discount until Friday 17 April (see the full list below). The Deco Framelits are one of my favourite sets and they are paired in the bundle with a fun stamp set called 'Oh My Goodies'. It is a set of 4 stamps that can be die cut with the smallest of the Deco Framelits, which makes it a great size to mat onto the next size of framelit and it still fits easily on a card. I have used the birthday greeting, which is a little irreverent, but good for a giggle.


Project Details
Stamps Oh My Goodies
Card stock & Papers     Basic Black, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Adventure Bound DSP Stack
 Ink Island Indigo, Versamark
Accessories Basic Black Baker's Twine
Tools     Arrows Embossing Folder, Deco Framelits, Big Shot, Black embossing powder, Heat gun, What's Up punch, Dimensionals, 

There are 5 bonus bundles available in the following configurations, all at a 15% discount until Friday 17 April, 2015. If any of these are on your Wish List, don't miss out. Click on the image to see the bundles in more detail in my online store.

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Thanks for looking!

Moon Lake Get Well

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Masculine cards are more in demand in my house since my husband joined Rotary. Unfortunately, the need is always 'right now' and yesterday I managed to turn the Moon Lake duck card from a birthday to a get well in double quick time.  So, I'm going to try and get ahead by building up my stash of male cards. I really like the 'Moon Lake' stamp set from the Occasions Catalgoue for masculine cards . This time I have used the boat and tree image to create a water scene with ink pads and an Aqua Painter.

I used my new Argyle embossing folder for the first time to add some texture at the top and left the Crumb Cake base show at the base. The Early Espresso candy dots finish it off.



Project Details
Stamps Moon Lake, Delightful Dozen, Serene Silhouettes (Inside)
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Water Colour paper
 Ink Stazon Black, Early Espresso, Lost Lagoon, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Mossy Meadow, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray
Accessories Neutrals (Early Espresso) Candy Dots
Tools     Argyle Embossing Folder, Big Shot, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle punches, Dimensionals, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Sponges

Thanks for looking!

Moon Lake Birthday


I have recently found out that my blog updates have not been going out to subscribers. As a result I am moving to another service provider, so I hope you will bear with me in the meantime, while things get tidied up. 

Now onto today's card I have to share. This is the first time I have inked up the 'Moon Lake' stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue, which was given to me by a lovely friend. It is a great set for masculine cards and I need all the help I can get when it comes to male cards!

I stamped the image in Memento Ink and then created a mask for it so that I could sponge the sky and the water before using Blendabilities to colour the duck and reeds. I pondered over cropping the image with a smaller circle, but decided it deserved some more space.


For the inside, I have added a strip of the Sweet Dreams DSP and a silhouette image from 'Serene Silhouettes' to complement the main image.  All up, I was fairly happy with the way it turned out.



Project Details
Stamps  Hardwood, Moon Lake, Honeycomb Hello, Serene Silhouettes
Card stock & Papers      Basic Black, Early Espresso, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Whisper White, Sweet Dreams DSP, Moonlight DSP Stack
 Ink  Early Espresso, Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Sky, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon
Accessories  Neutrals Candy Dots, 
Tools      Circle Framelits, Arrows Embossing Folder, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Big Shot, Stampin' Sponges, Banner punch, Blendabilities - Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Wild Wasabi

Thanks for looking!

Amazing Birthday

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Today I have a card for a teen birthday using the 'Amazing Birthday' stamp set.  I haven't inked this set up since Convention, but it is perfect for a masculine birthday. I started by using Versamark ink on the 'Postively Chevron' background stamp to add some pizzazz to the Pacific Point card base.

The large image from 'Amazing Birthday' has been inked with multiple colours. You can do this with markers direct to the rubber, but I masked off sections and then used my ink pads to colour the stamp. This stamp lends itself to stamping sections in different colours and then popping them on foam pads to add dimension.

On the inside I have created a little pocket to place  some cash, so it isn't going to fall out when the card is opened. You could also put a gift card into the pocket.   


Project Details
Stamps Amazing Birthday, Positively Chevron
Card stock & Papers     Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black, Brights Backgrounds DSP Stack, 
 Ink Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango
Accessories Brights Candy Dots
Tools     Extra Large Oval punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Square punches (retired), Balloon die (not SU), Timeless Type Alphabet (retired), Banners Framelits, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Pacific Point marker

Thanks for looking!

Another Milestone Birthday

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Today I have another birthday card to share with you.  Masculine cards are always a bit of a challenge for me, so for this milestone birthday I have gone with a bit of humour and the trusty Owl Builder punch.

The background is the fabulous 'Hardwood' stamped in Baked Brown Sugar on Crumb Cake. I've teamed it with Real Red and Pacific Point to add some punch.   When I purchased the Word Bubbles Framelits I didn't get the matching stamps because I wasn't sure I would use them very much. When I decided to use the 'You're How Old?' greeting there was no time to order them, so MDS to the rescue!  I purchased and downloaded the 'Just Sayin'' stamp brush set, printed the greeting and die cut with the framelits.  This is a great option for greeting stamps when you may only use a few of them. This is the finished card.


This is the inside of the card.



Project Details
Stamps Hardwood, Just Sayin', Morning Post Numbers, Banner Blast (retired), On Your Birthday (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Real Red, Pacific Point, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Black Glitter card (not SU)
 Ink Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red, Pacific Point
Accessories White Bakers twine, Neutrals Candy Dots, Googly Eyes (not SU)
Tools     Square Lattice EF, Circle Framelits, Deco Framelits, Word Bubbles Framelits, Timeless Type Alphabet Sizzlits (retired), Big Shot, Banner punch, Owl Builder punch, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punch, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber

Thanks for looking!