Hello stamping friends!

Can you believe that the month of May is almost over?  Wow!  It sure seems to have gone quickly.  That means, of course, that it’s time to gear up and get ready celebrate the Dads in our lives!

Yup – Father’s Day is on it’s way.  For once, I’m ahead of the game, and have already held my Father’s Day class just this past Friday.  It was great!

We made 2 cards and 2 gift-card holders.  I don’t know about you, but my Dad and my husband already own pretty much everything they want, which doesn’t help me when it comes to shopping!  So, I usually end up purchasing a gift card for one of their favourite places or things to do, so they can take advantage of getting what they want, or choosing when they want to do something.

Here is the 1st gift card holder we made – I am SO thankful for the Guy Greetings stamp set this year!

gift card holder dad's day


I love the Real Red cardstock combined with the Maritime designer series paper.  And the anchor image & sentiment from Guy Greetings – perfect!!

You start with your Real Red base measuring 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 2″, 7″ and 7 1/2″ , so that when you fold up the at the bottom score line & glue it shut (just on the sides), the top part will fold in, match book-style.  The ‘notches’ are made using the Envelope Punch Board, and punch at 1″ on each side.

To decorate the front, I layered a panel of the Maritime DSP on the top & another strip on the bottom piece.  The anchor image was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Night of Navy ink, and punched out using the 1 1/4″ Circle Punch.  It was then layered over a piece of Night of Navy cardstock, punched with the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch.  I attached those to a panel of Whisper White cardstock, and stamped the sentiment beside, in Night of Navy ink, from the Guy Greetings set.

anchor g.c. holder inside

You can see that the inside of the gift card holder has a piece of Whisper White cardstock that is attached to the base so that it slides up as the holder is opened, revealing the gift card, and the sentiment stamped onto the gift card pouch.  I will be doing a video tutorial soon for this gift card holder; I originally learned how to make if from the talented Jackie Topa; another Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

For our first card, we used a retired stamp set – it hasn’t been around since about 2009!

father's day back nine

Do you recognize this?  The layout is from one of our Paper Craft Crew sketches, and I ‘case’d another of our design team members!  Since I was following the sketch layout, I only made slight changes to my card from Crystal’s card.

I started with a card base of Crumb Cake, and then layered a panel of Soft Sky cardstock.  Next the bottom third is layered with Old Olive cardstock, first cut with the Fringe Scissors to look like grass.  The golf bag image is stamped from the retired Back Nine stamp set in Soft Suede, and the edges are inked in Crumb Cake using a Sponge Dauber.  The image is layered over a 1 3/4″ Circle punched from the Adventure Bound DSP Stack (the circle was first cut in half, then placed behind the stamped image).  The sentiment is stamped in Crumb Cake onto Whisper White, from the Guy Greetings set.  To finish it off, we used the new Triple Banner punch, and added the golf ball image from the retired Fore! stamp set.

The next card we made you may also remember – it was one of my challenge cards for the Paper Players!

PP242 - Guy Greetings


It was just so perfect for Father’s Day, that I had to let the class make one, too!  I won’t bore you with all the details – if you’d like to read all about this card, you can check out my post HERE.   This card again uses the Guy Greetings stamp set, and the wonderful Adventure Bound DSP stack.

Our last project was the 2nd gift card holder:

gc holder worlds best

This one is held closed by a belly-band, which is made from Hello Honey cardstock and a 2″ Circle stamped with sentiments from Guy Greetings, and then a lightly stamped image of the ‘strong man’ from the same set.  The card holder base is Lost Lagoon cardstock, with a layer of Sweet Dreams designer series paper.

g.c. holder inside 1


In the pictures above, you can see how the gift card is in a ‘slot’ on the inside center, and the sentiment and image from Guy Greetings is stamped on the back inside page, where you can write your own greeting.

I will do video tutorials on how to make these gift cards, but I probably won’t have them done & posted until later next week, after my New Catalogue Kick-Off Party, which is coming up this Sunday!  I’m so excited for everyone to see the new catalogue, and have them play with some new stamps and products 🙂

I hope you enjoyed seeing these ideas for Father’s Day – I’d love it if you have time to leave me a message, so I know you were here!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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