Geared Up Garage Father’s Day Cards

It’s Father’s Day here in the UK tomorrow, and I decided to use Geared Up Garage for my cards. It’s a great set, but for me, the dies are the star of the show. Who knew engine parts could be so stunning?!

You can get as creative as you like with these dies, but for these cards I kept things simple and let the dies and the champagne foil do all the work. I went with a mango melody and blueberry bushel colourway, and I love the masculine vibe in a more playful colour palette.

Hope the men in my family love their cards and enjoy our celebratory family brunch tomorrow, and wishing all dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day!! xx

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Rooted in Nature – scrapbooking for Father’s Day

It has been the busiest year ever, and keeping up with my 14 month old son has left me less time than I would like, to share my crafting with you all! The brand new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue has been such a treat though, and I am just starting to play with all my beautiful new goodies! I have never been much of a scrap booker in the past, but with so many precious moments to capture with my family, I have decided to make a special effort this year, to scrap book whenever I can!

Recently it was Father’s Day in the UK, so it seemed like the perfect time to kick off my scrapbook album. This is a picture of my husband Ben and son Grayson in a photo shoot we did in the week following Grayson’s 1st birthday. He is never happier than when he is sitting on his daddy’s shoulders!!

I wanted to keep the theme neutral rather than flowery, so decided on the new Rooted in Nature Bundle. Oh my word, this Bundle is absolutely stunning!! The stamped images are just gorgeous with my favourite being the detailed leaves. Orange is my husband’s favourite colour, so I mounted the photo on a piece of pumpkin pie cardstock and went with coastal cabana, blackberry bliss, merry merlot and call me clover, for the background stamping. I added some pumpkin pie accents using Timeless Textures which remains a firm favourite of mine. The gold heat embossing and black die cuts add texture and dimension along with a more masculine vibe.  The ‘amazing’ was die cut using the Celebrate You thinlit dies, and the black patterned accent pieces were cut using the Flourish thinlits dies.

Just love how it all came together. I’ve also realised scrapbooking is a great way to combine and showcase different stamp sets easily, so am looking forward to sharing more of this with you in the coming months xx

Father’s Day – 19 June 2016

I was recently asked to create a Father’s Day card for a friend. I thought she was being super organised as Father’s Day seemed like ages away, but in actual fact it’s only 5 weeks away -yikes!!

Anyway, here’s what I came up with!


I began by silver embossing my ‘happy’ from the beautiful Watercolor Words stamp set. The stamp actually reads ‘happy birthday’ but I managed to cover up the ‘birthday’ with a post it note and versamark the ‘happy’ before heat embossing.  Next I embossed the card front using the now sadly retired honeycombe embossing folder, but to be honest any neutral embossing folder would work. Then I stamped my hexagon images from the Six Sided Sampler stamp set. This set is also retiring but the good news is the wood version is still available while stocks last. The thing I love most about this stamp set is it is gender neutral – add a splash of colour and floral accents and it’s perfect for a female card. Add some Go Wild DSP and you have yourself a masculine card! I know, I know, the Go Wild DSP has been used once again here but this just proves its versatility!! I silver embossed a couple of hexagons over the go wild DSP and just punched the rest out using the hexagon punch. I then mounted my hexagon cut outs on black card stock, cut them out by hand to leave a black border around each hexagon and stamped the ‘father’s day’ using the brilliant Crazy for You stamp set before cutting my sentiment out using the triple banner punch. I embellished the card front with basic black baker’s twine, adhered my hexagons with dimensionals in a random design and placed my banner on top, before mounting my white panel to tip top taupe card and adhering this to a basic black card base with just a few silver brads to finish. Love love love this card and was proud I managed to pull off a masculine vibe (no easy feat in card craft 😉). Now have to come up with an equally great card concept for my own dad…..! xx