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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Buffalo Check meets Rooted in Nature

I needed a masculine card and while I am waiting for my beautiful new products to arrive from the brand new Annual Catalogue, I decided to reach for my trusted Rooted in Nature set. I just love this set and how easy it is to put together both male and female cards!

I used the Buffalo Check Stamp with smoky slate ink to create the background and stamped and die cut various elements in black, gold and smoky slate.

I added some extra texture and interest by gold heat embossing the background on the front panel using the splatter from Artisan Textures, and finished off with some linen thread and some basic white sequins.

I wanted to create a masculine card that was both simple and stylish – hopefully I achieved this xxx

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By the Bay

By the Bay is such a pretty stamp set. As soon as I saw the images in it, I knew I wanted to make the birds my focal point. I needed a masculine thank you card and love how elegantly this card turned out.

I used Artisan Textures to create the background interest on the stitched oval and love the soft sea foam, highland heather and blackberry bliss colour combination.

You can earn this lovely stamp set for FREE by spending £45 on any Stampin’ Up! products of your choice until 31st March.

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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