Beside Me Trio For Father's Day FF0135

by Joanne James26. May 2023 08:00

Today I have my card for the new challenge over at Festive Friday Card Making and Paper Crafting Challenge

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The challenge that we are celebrating this week is 'Father's Day' which is on 18th June. This time around we are also teaming up with Double Trouble: entering both challenges gives you double the chance of winning. Their Thing 1 challenge is to create a masculine card. Their Thing 2 challenge is to enter our Festive Friday Challenge. Their Thing 3 challenge is to include a plaid/check. Here's the link to enter their challenge: Double Trouble ChallengeRemember the fun thing is that at Festive Friday you do not need to actually celebrate the occasion; your goal is to simply use three or more items from the inspiration list on your project. This week I used blue, monochromatic, masculine, plaid/checks and diecuts and decided to create a Father's Day card - this is what I came up with:


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

Inked Botanicals - The plaid paper that I used for my background inspired the subtle colour scheme for today's card. You may be surprised to know that this soft plaid is one of the designs in the new Inked Botanicals designer paper pack. I though the soft Pool Party and Lost Lagoon tones would provide the perfect background for my coastal themed card which I'm also linking up with the lovely ladies over at SUO Challenges who are all about the blues and sea-inspired cards.

Nested Essentials - I framed my stamped scene using one of the new Nested Essentials Dies. These are one of those 'easily overlooked' products as they are a die-only set. Comprising 12 dies including 4 banners, 4 rounded corner rectangles and 4 nested diamonds with straight edges all of which have a neat stitched border detail, these are great for framing and layering and I know that they will become a new craft room staple. 

Beside Me - But Not As You Know It - The image on the front of my card is from the 'Beside Me' set - but the eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that there is something missing! I love this image as it looks exactly like the James Juniors with their Dad, but I don't think they have ever been fishing together - so the fishing rods had to go! This was so easy to achieve: I simply inked the stamp in Lost Lagoon and masked off the fishing rods before inking, so that they weren't present when stamped - voila! I wanted to stick with my simple colour scheme, so chose not to colour the image itself, instead masking it before inking in a sky and sea using a blending brush. You can see the results of my handiwork more closely below:

This wasn't the only stamp I tweaked on today's card. I stamped a combination of sentiments from the set inside my card, but since the image on the front of the card had two children, I wanted the sentiment to read 'You've always been there for us' as opposed to 'me'. Again, this was simple enough to achieve: I stamped the sentiment having masked out the 'me', then added in a 'u' and 's' using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line them up, having selectively inked them up on one of the other stamps in the set:


I think it works - don't you? I love that I can tailor my stamps to create something that is bespoke to my needs. Do you ever do that with your stamps? Do leave me a comment below - I would love to know about your 'stamp hacks' too.

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. 

How does our board inspire you? I can’t wait to see what YOU create! For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the Festive Friday Card Making and Paper Crafting Challenge

 Design team:


Enjoy your day 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.

Comments (10) -

Beth McCullough
Beth McCulloughUnited States
5/26/2023 10:31:01 PM #

Another awesome card, Joanne!  How fun that the stamp really represents your family!  Have a great weekend! Smile

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert
Sharon Hashimoto BurkertUnited States
5/27/2023 2:35:52 PM #

Love how you customized the image and sentiment to fit your family. Brilliant!

Tammy Fite
Tammy FiteUnited States
5/28/2023 1:43:37 PM #

This is a really nice card, and I love all the changes you made to fit what you needed!  Brilliant!  Thanks for sharing with us at SUOC!!

Suzanne Reynolds
Suzanne ReynoldsUnited States
5/29/2023 3:29:41 PM #

Joanne, welcome.  Using the soft shades of blues for your monochromatic card and the way you colored your scene has a very relaxing and soothing feel.  Love that you used Twisted Sister's optional twist to include plaid/checker to play along with us at Double Trouble.  Good job on your modifying your sentiment.  Thank you for sharing your Design Team card with us at Double Trouble and hope that you will visit us for future fun challenges to see what our Thing 1, 2 and 3 are up to and who we may be partnering with.    

Kellianne Wilson
Kellianne WilsonUnited States
6/1/2023 1:54:49 AM #

This is the most beautiful masculine card!!  I love how it's monochromatic - the color is one of my very favorites.  Thank you so much for playing along with us at Double Trouble!  I hope to see you lots more in the future! Smile

jaydeeUnited States
6/2/2023 3:13:30 PM #

Joanne, I love the soft blues.  The monochromatic color choice works so well.  The label die is perfect for your image, too.  Fabulous card

Cindy Coutts
Cindy CouttsUnited States
6/5/2023 3:28:18 PM #

Joanne, I love everything about your card, the ink blending, the background, design, sketch. Thank you so much for playing along with us at and hope that you join us again tomorrow!

Donna K Scholz
Donna K ScholzUnited States
6/5/2023 5:33:02 PM #

Joanne, what a great Father's Day card! Love the color palette you chose, and you used the plaid DSP so effectively for your card's background!! Thank you for sharing your talents with us at Double Trouble, AND playing along with our partner's challenge, too!! -Donna

Tanya H
Tanya HUnited States
6/5/2023 8:06:06 PM #

This is gorgeous, AND, thanks for the reminder tip on how to cut out the fishing pole!! I haven't played with this set yet, trying to figure out how to make it "us"!

Melanie R
Melanie RUnited States
6/5/2023 11:00:24 PM #

Such a beautiful color palette, Joanne! Your clever technique to adapt the stamp worked perfectly. The plaid DSP is perfect for the background. Great card. Thank you for joining us at Double Trouble Challenge #139. — Melanie R.

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