Thursday, June 13, 2013

Dear Father(s)

Hello everyone!  I'm sharing some quick and easy Father's Day cards today.  Over the course of several days, I made some multiples of the ones below using scraps of retired papers from Stampin' Up!  These are a great way to use up some of those skinny 1" scraps we all seem to have.  I challenged myself to use some hardware that has been lingering in my stash for a long time, too.


On this card I used a sentiment from Well-Scripted (SU), dies from Spellbinders and Inspired By Stamping, hardware and twine.  I like the clean, elegant look of it.  Not every dad is a rugged hunter or fisherman!  LOL


Challenges entered:  City Crafter - It's All About Him; Crafting By Designs:  Anything Goes with a Twist (Masculine)

Stamps:  Well-Scripted - SU Paper: Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, patterned - SU Ink: Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers: twine - Creative Impressions Accessories: Labels 25 die - Spellbinders; Fancy Labels 1 - Inspired By Stamping; corner rounder punch - EK Success; bronze brad and "other thing" - SU

Another clean and simple variety below, using another SU sentiment, this time from All Holidays.  More twine, more hardware.  (not rushing to use up my twine, but I wouldn't mind putting a dent in my brads!)  Other than the twine, this card is totally Stampin' Up!



Stamps: All Holidays - SU Paper:  Sage Shadow, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, patterned - SU Ink: Close to Cocoa - SU Fibers: twine - Creative Impressions Accessories:  bronze brads - SU

A similar color palette was used on the card below (notice I'm using up some Sage Shadow paper, too), but this time I've added a corduroy button, grosgrain ribbon, and some leaves that were in my box of already-stamped-images.  The sentiment is from Something To Celebrate.  And THIS one is 100% Stampin' Up!


Oh, by the way:  when I stamped this sentiment, a bit of black smudge wound up next to "Happy", so I covered it with a hand-drawn bracket.  I didn't do the greatest job on that, but sometimes you just have to move on!


Stamps: Something To Celebrate, Natural Beauty - SU Paper:  Sage Shadow, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, patterned - SU Ink: Chocolate Chip - SU; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers: Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon - SU Accessories:  corduroy brad - SU

This past weekend, I took part in a special event at the store where I sell my cards.  Every second Saturday of the month, a few of their featured artists (and that was me) sit at a table outside the shop, while hundreds of folks walk the avenue looking at goods for sale, dining in the many fab restaurants, and listening to live bands playing on street corners.  The weather was great, the people were friendly, the music was mood-lifting, but the sales were kind of stinky.  Only sold 4 cards, and three of them were to my in-laws!  Ha!  I had a couple of glasses of red wine, compliments of the shop, so I was happy anyway.  ;-)

Ever feel like you're on a hamster wheel, just running and running and there seems to be no end in sight?  That's me right now.  My 5th grader will graduate next week, and there's been a flurry of school-related activities nearly every night and/or day that I've been involved with.  My now-15 year old is having a big birthday party this weekend, here at my house, and there's so much to prepare.  I had a job interview a week ago, and am keeping my fingers crossed to get a second interview.  And I'm having reconstructive foot surgery in less than two weeks, so there's been prep to do for that, too.  Aye yi yi!  Calgon, take me away!

18 comments:

Reusing with Quilling said...

Fab cards ! I loved the pps and the rustic touch with metal n jute twine !

Charlene said...

WOW Colleen, great cards!!!! I love every one of them!! Thanks for playing this week at CCCB :-)

Jessi Fogan said...

Calgon take you away is right! I wish you all the best for your upcoming surgery!
At least they gave you wine...it is so darn disappointing to get geared up for a big event that poops out like that. (Especially when you may have been *koff* burning midnight oil to prep for it!) Supportive inlaws are worth their weight in gold!
As for the kid stuff...I hear you. We are in the thick of it just now too!

Lisa said...

Perfect Father's Day cards Colleen! Great way to use up your scraps and tid bits of hardware!!

Marisa said...

You rocked using up those paper strips! Great set of cards :) Think the first one is my favorite.

Your life sounds like mine LOL! My son graduates from 7th grade this year and heads off to HS next year (no middle school here) so we are in the throws of school activities too. Sports Day tomorrow and fingers crossed for a dry day!! Hang in there, hope you get a call back for the interview, and hoping the foot surgery is quick and easy with a fast recovery.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Love love love love your cards!! GORGEOUS colors and loving the jute!! And hopefully you will be able to slow down soon!!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Awesome masculine cards, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

~Tammy~ said...

Yep know the hamster wheel very well.

Beautiful cards! Great way to use your snippets!

Jennifer said...

Great cards, love the use of scraps! We all have too many of those =) hope things slow down for you to enjoy the summer!

Ros Crawford said...

Beautiful classy cards! Keeping my fingers crossed for you with the job! Thanks so much for playing at CCCB!

Karin Åkesdotter said...

Such PERFECT father's day cards! LOVE your designs! Hugs!

Ellen said...

Hi Colleen! WOWZERS! These cards are gawgeeous!!!! The first one is so elegant and simple and maybe my fav. I love the colors and all the textures in the second one. In the third one, I love the leaves and how they look like they are tied together with the ribbon. Truly beautiful cards my dear!

I do know how you feel because my hamster wheel is in high gear. Hopefully we can both settle down soon! Thank you so much for the beautiful sympathy card. It meant the world to me!
Hugs,
Ellen

Milagros C. Rivera said...

Awesome group of cards so perfect for dad!!!

Maria said...

Gorgeous Father's Day cards, Colleen! I hope things slow down for you very soon. I'll be keeping you in thought and prayer! Sending warm hugs your way...hugssssss...take care!

Linda R said...

Your cards look amazing my friend. You do sound quite busy. Wishing you luck through all your business.

Hugs~

Bonnie said...

These are great Father's Day cards! I love how you've used the papers and that twine is so pretty! Hope that wheel slows down for you soon. Good luck on the new job and the surgery. Wow! That is a lot to deal with even without the kids!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, I have that hardware, too, and certainly plenty of scraps. You've made great use of your stash with these manly cards. Good guy colors, too. Life gets crazy sometimes, doesn't it? Maybe you'll have an excuse to take it easy after your foot surgery.

Wendy AppleApricot said...

Gorgeous cards Colleen, all three of them! Thanks for joining CCCB again this week. Hugs and happy day, Wendy

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