Garden Shed Birthday Greetings For Dad

by Joanne James1. September 2020 17:30

This is my second post today; click here to catch up on the important news of the day! For my creative post I'm sharing a card for a couple of challenges:


September is the month of birthdays in the James family (mine included!) so I have lots of cards to make. My Dad's birthday isn't until later this month, but I thought I'd get a headstart since the team at Just Add Ink are encouraging us to make 'Cards for Guys' this week and the sketch at Fusion gave me the perfect layout (I am using the sketch there this week and taking a fairly liberal interpretation at that, although I was somewhat inspired by the soft greens of the photo too) - take a look:


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

Garden Shed - For as long as I can remember my Dad has been a keen gardener - of vegetables, rather than flowers though! He has a greenhouse and a kitchen garden at home and a large allotment with a shed where he spends much of his time each day now that he has retired and more recently given up golfing too. He can while away hours pottering away, whilst taking shelter in his shed if it rains or sitting out front watching the world go by as he drinks his morning coffee with his fellow allotmenteers. As such the Garden Shed stamp set is perfect for his birthday card; whilst his doesn't have a straw hat adorning the outside and the exterior is more brown in colour than the one I coloured with my Stampin' Blends, the inside is full of paintings and pottery made by his grandchildren and is certainly filled with green-fingered creativity. 

Family Party - I used a slimline card format for my card today, as I knew I would need a larger, customised sentiment and wanted to give my shed plenty of space to shine without being obscured. If you need a special sentiment for a relative, the Family Party stamp set is perfect - I used four different stamps to make my greeting and it fits just right on my card.  

On The Inside - No more embellishments on the outside of my card (it is for a guy, after all!) but I did add a little extra colouring along with a custom greeting to the inside of my card:


I'm sure he will love it; I just need to make a Grandpa card too now and then that order is complete!

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


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

Enjoy your evening and 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.


Hoot Hoot Hooray Team Anniversary Cards for PP478

by Joanne James16. February 2020 10:00


Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the fabulous Jaydee to host this week and she has a fun clean and simple challenge for you to work with:


I needed some anniversary cards for my Stampin’ Up! downline team so armed with this week’s TGIF Challenge sketch (which would make a great scrapbook layout too) and some new stamps I set to work - take a look:


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

Hoot Hoot Hooray - The sweet little owl that is the star of today’s card comes from one of the stamp sets in the ‘Experience Creativity’ brochure. Designed with beginners in mind, this is a stamp set that is super easy to use: stamp, colour and go! I bought this set just for the owl - my team are called the Hoots and I just couldn’t resist this owl and sentiment perfect for team celebrations - but it contains a good mix of all-occasion stamps which make it useful if you’re just starting out.

Dazzling Demonstrators - I stamped the inside of my card with a demonstrator-only stamp set, along with some stars to continue the theme of the outside:

Whilst my card is designed to celebrate the demonstrators that are on my team and how long they have been with Stampin’ Up!, you could just as easily swap out the inside greeting for a birthday one and use the card to celebrate a child’s birthday.

A Family Party - On the base of my card front, I used a number corresponding to the appropriate anniversary year and the star stamp from the ‘Family Party’ stamp set to create a tone-on-tone pattern, stamping each full strength and for a second time before re-inking to create a random pattern with a little depth. I have quite a number of Stampin’ Anniversaries to celebrate in coming months - Sale-A-Bration is a popular time to join so it also means lots of anniversaries too - so I created a whole bunch of these for up and coming celebrations, in a rainbow of bright colours - here‘s the whole collection:

This is a great CAS design that made it easy for me to create multiples with each one being slightly different but all with a common theme. I can’t wait to get these in the post to my various team members and add a little colour to their day. Sale-A-Bration is a great time to join Stampin’ Up! and the earlier you do it, the longer you can benefit from your product discount before you even need to meet your first quarterly minimum. If you would like to know more about the benefits of joining, then do get in touch with me and I will happily explain in more detail. Alternatively just go for it, you really have nothing to lose - click here to make it happen.

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


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

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

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

Enjoy your day; I'll be hunkering down with the rest of the James clan avoiding Storm Dennis and hoping he leaves less destruction in his wake than last week’s storm Ciara. On the upside, our new fence is rock solid and I think could withstand nuclear attack! I’ll  back tomorrow with another project. Until then keep warm and enjoy your weeken. Happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

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



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