A Cut Above Pair For Father's Day AYSI 252

by Joanne James11. June 2021 12:00

Today I'm sharing my design team card for our new challenge over at As you See It where it's time for a theme challenge:


With Father's Day around the corner our masculine theme this week gave me the perfect opportunity to get organised and make my cards. It also allowed me to take some time out of my super-busy week to spend some time relaxing with my Stampin' Blends and indulge in a little colouring. I actually have two cards for you today, featuring each of the main images in the 'A Cut Above' stamp set. Take a look at the first one:


This is the card I made for my Dad and I coloured the hair, etc. accordingly - I love how you cam customise when you stamp your own card! And here's the second card I created:


Here's the low-down on today's cards:

A Cut Above - Both of my cards today feature images and sentiments from the 'A Cut Above' stamp set, a stand-alone stamp set that features in the January-June mini catalogue and will be retiring at the end of the month. Whilst I'll be sad to see this set go, as I think these images work for lots of recipients, so if this set is on your wish list, snap it up now before it's too late! These images are great to colour - I've listed all of the blends I used in my product table below. I don't profess to be an expert colourist, however I do find it wonderfully relaxing.

A Growing Garden - The layout for my card today was inspired by a TGIF Challenges sketch from a few weeks ago that I didn't play along with, but kept because I thought it would work well with my image panel. I added a strip of sky at the top of my panel, then below my image I added a number of strips of Granny Apple Green grass (cut with a retired Picnic Builders Die - you could also create something similar with fringe scissors or your paper snips if you don't have a grass die) that I had lightly sponged on the tips. Given that both of the images feature grass, I thought this was a fun way to add extra detail. I'm also linking up over at Global Design Project #GDP295 this week where their theme is 'Growing Garden' - I don't know about you, but of all the things in our garden, the grass is definitely the thing that grows the quickest, closely followed by the weeds! During the early summer months, our grass definitely resembles my card:

I know my husband will definitely see the funny side of this card - he spends many hours mowing the lawn!

A Die Comparison - The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed I used two different stitched scalloped rectangles on my cards. The card above uses one of the stitched rectangles in the Stitched So Sweetly Dies set; the card below uses one of the new stitched rectangles from the Scalloped Contours Dies. You will notice that the scallop detail is much larger on the card below; in addition to this detail, some of the other dies in this new set have cut outs or alternative stitched patterning, in addition to the overall sizes being larger. I wanted to show you the difference on two similar cards so that you can see how the new dies differ:


Here's both cards together - which one do you prefer? I like them both but would love to hear your thoughts, so do leave me a comment below.


The lovely team over at SUO Challenges are asking us to create projects created using markers, so I'll also be linking up over there too.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's projects for you to pin for easy reference:


 And my second card:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Here's a summary of our challenge rules:

  • Create any card, scrapbooking page, 3D project or packaging project that fits the challenge.
  • Please include the challenge graphic and link back to the challenge in your blog post. Turn off word verification so we can leave you lots of lovely comments. Make sure you link the post not the whole blog to the Linky. Use #AYSIXXX when uploading to a public gallery.
  • If you’re unsure about ‘the rules’, check the details under the Challenge Guidelines tab on the As You See It Challenge homepage.
We look forward to seeing your creations in the AYSI gallery.

Enjoy your day; mine is set to be filled with housework, laundry and all that to the background of my piano being tuned - wish me luck! I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.


Comments (7) -

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
6/11/2021 2:13:54 PM #

These are both fun and quite appropriate for the man in my life....although we have a riding mower, so the push mower only gets used occasionally!  He does have a hammock too!  I love your "grassy" panels and how you highlighted both those scalloped dies!  They're great!

Heather Heroldt
Heather HeroldtUnited States
6/11/2021 5:44:24 PM #

Wow, love these both!  That grass element look stunning, and your coloring is so fun!  Thanks for pointing out the comparison in the scallop dies - love them both!  Thanks so much for playing at SUO!

Natalie Arnold
Natalie ArnoldUnited Kingdom
6/11/2021 10:43:33 PM #

Wow Joanne I actually love both of your cards and your colouring is perfect. Really love the way you've used 2 different scallop edged dies to compare how they both looked very clever. Thanks for taking part in the SUOchallenge hope to see you on the next one x Natalie

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
6/11/2021 10:56:53 PM #

What fun cards! The layers of grass, just waiting to be mown, really make these cards stand out. Interesting use of the scallop stitched dies because I always think of them as feminine - yet you've well and truly proved me wrong.

Deborah Wheeler
Deborah WheelerUnited Kingdom
6/12/2021 8:40:51 AM #

Great cards - love the effect you've got with the grass strips!  The scallop dies work really well - they have a feel of a postage stamp.

VickyUnited Kingdom
6/15/2021 4:04:23 PM #

Love these fun cards Joanne and I know lots of guys who would relate (although I'm the grass cutter in our household!) The die-cut grass is brilliant. It's interesting to see the difference between the stitched scalloped dies. I much prefer the smaller scallop as a subtle touch but am not really that comfortable with using scallops myself! Vicky x

Christy Stanford
Christy StanfordUnited States
6/22/2021 5:41:18 AM #

Such great cards, Joanne!  I love how you gave the grass such depth and dimension, and great coloring on your images too.  Thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges, hope to see you again for our next challenge starting soon!

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