It’s Raining, It’s Pouring….

First, today is John’s Birthday!

Here is the card I made for him before we left on vacation for Sunset Beach. I used Stampin’ Up’s In-Colors Dusty Durango, Bermuda Bay and Soft Suede I stamped the turtle from the Natures Nest Stamp Set in Soft Suede. The turtle image is fitting because here the the island we see turtles all of the time.


Actually it’s my husband John’s birthday, my brother John’s birthday and my nephew Cody’s birthday. HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY  “Y’ALL!”

Second, it’s raining. I mean it’s not just raining but it’s pouring! 


What you asked do we do at the beach on a rainy day well this is what we do. 


It’s a jig-saw puzzle. If you haven’t done one of these in a while you really should. So far, it’s turned out to be a most relaxing day, along with some good eats, a little wine, napping and reading. Life is good.






Father’s Day Origami Card…


This is one of the Father’s Day cards we made at the workshop along with the pen and pad tin, pencil cup holder and one other shirt and tie card. See the directions for the tin and cup holder on my blog. I found directions for the origami card and redrew the illustrations and added labels. I also added to my shirt a slit going down the center of the shirt with button brads. I think it looks pretty realistic for folded paper!

Stamp Set:        All Year Cheer (retired)

Ink:                      Versa Mark

Paper:                 Sahara Sand Card Stock ( 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ ) scored at 4-1/4″
                                Pacific Point Card Stock (5″ x 3-3/4″) plus a scrap piece
                                Porcelain Prints (4″ x 6″) for shirt and (2-3/4 x 3-1/2″) and (2″ x 3-1/2″)

Accessories:    3 button brads, Bone Folder, Wide Oval Punch, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, 
                                3-1/2″ piece of Pacific Point Striped Ribbon, Green Galre Brad

I first stamped “Happy Father’s Day” in Versa Mark onto the Pacific Point Card Stock scrap, covered it in White Embossing Powder, Heat it with a Heat Tool and punched it out using the Wide Oval Punch. Then I layered the Porcelain Print DSP (2-3/4″ x 3-1/2″) and (2″ x 3-1/2″) pieces onto the (5″ x 3-3/4″)  Pacific Point Card  Stock with Snail Adhesive.  I then wrapped the Pacific Point Striped Ribbon as shown, adhered the “Happy Father’s Day” and added a Green Galore Brad.  I layered the Pacific Point Card Stock with all on it to the Sahara Sand Card Stock. I made my origami shirt and using Snail Adhesive I placed it on the card.

Simply follow the above steps and when you do the last step which is to bring the bottom of the paper up to fit under the collar untuck it and cut down the middle/front of the shirt to the fold and fold the two to corners out to form another collar. (See card sample) Add button brads going down the cut line and then tuck it under the top collar. I started with a 4″ x 6″ piece of DSP. Practice on a piece of copy paper first. Doing it large first helps to understand the origami folds and using a Bone Folder helps tremendously.

Origami (折り紙 origami?) (from oru meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”) is the traditional Japanese art of paper foldingThe goal of this art is to create a representation of an object using geometric folds and crease patterns preferably without the use of gluing or cutting the paper, and using only one piece of paper.


June Calendar: Thoughts of Father…


For the month of June we celebrate the men in our lives whether they are Fathers, Grandfathers, Husbands, Sons, Brothers, Son-in-laws or Uncles we honor them in June. This is not a complicated month to put together.



Stamp Sets:    Thoughts of Father

                               Itty-Bitty Buds

Inks:                   Basic Black

                               Baja Breeze

Paper:                Whisper White (8-1/2″x8-1/2″)  not needed if using the back of May

                               Basic Grey CS  (8″ x 8″)

                               Baja Breeze CS (7″ x 2-1/4″)

                               Basic Black CS scrap

Accessories:    Watercolor Pencils, Basic Black, 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon, 5 Silver Brads, Photo Corner Punch,  Glue Dots 



On the Baja Breeze Card Stock I stamped a geometric looking flower from the Itty-Bitty stamp set. The geometric flower isn’t too feminine and just looks like a background once stamped. Then on the scrap piece of Whisper White Card Stock I stamped in Basic Black the car from Thoughts of Father. I colored the image in using Watercolor Pencils and cut it out. I put the Baja Breeze and calendar together, wrapped a 9″ piece of the Basic Black Ribbon around the seam using Glue Dots  and with another 3″ piece of ribbon I tied a knot. To the corners I added four Photo Corners and four brads. Using Snail adhesive I adhered the car in the center of the Baja Breeze. To May 21, “Father’s Day”, on the calendar, I stamped a small compass I had but, anything manly will do!  







Masculine: Pencil Cup Holder

While this is nothing new it is a simple and fast project to do for Father’s day or teacher gifts. Switch it up for a female. I purchased wooden pencil cup from Michael’s, but empty vegetable  cans can also be used. I used a tape measure and measured around the cup holder and added a 1/4″ for an overlay. The height I added nothing. I simply measured it.

Happiness is a Journey Pencil Cup



Stamp Set:          Happiness is a Journey

Ink:                      VersaMark

Paper:                  Any DSP of choice cut  to the measurements of the holder

                               Coordinating Card Stock (I used Winter Green DSP & Chocolate Chip CS)

Accessories:       White  Embossing Powder, Brads, Ribbon and any other embellishments you want




1. Measure the height and the circumference of holder. Add 1/4″ to the circumference measurement for an overlay.


2. Cut DSP and using sticky strip  tape cover holder.


3. On a piece of  coordinating card stock  stamp image in versa mark.


4. Cover image with white embossing powder.


5. Use  a heat tool and hold it 4-5 inches away, heat the image until the powder turns shiny and rises.


6. Carefully tear around image for a really nice irregular look.


7. Add brads to each corner and adhere to cup with sticky strip  tape.


8. Embellish top and bottom of holder with ribbon.



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Father’s Day Pad and Pen Tin…

This is a CD Holder Tin which happens to hold a pad and pen inside. Below is the inside of the tin. On the inside cover I added a few pockets for business cards.

Soot Technique 5-27-09
The “Soot” technique was used on the front image. I explain that technique HERE.

Stamp Set:   Happiness is a Journey 
                       Alphabet Set ( Mine is not SU)
Ink:               Versa Mark Pad
Paper:           Glossy White large enough for your image
                       Delicate Dots DSP (5″ x 4-1/2″) and (5″ x 3-1/2″) for inside pocket
                       Black Textured Card Stock (5″ x 2-1/2″) 
                       Bravo Burgundy (1″ punched circle) and (5″ x 2-1/2″) for inside pocket
                       DSP Strip for top of pad (1/2″ x 5″)
Accessories: Candle, white embossing powder, hodgepodge silver hardware, basic black and bravo burgundy ribbon, photo corner and 1″ circle punches, brads, sticky tape.

1. Choose an image and use the “Soot” technique.  Trim around the image. 


2. Tape together the Delicate Dots DSP ( 5″ x 4-1/2″) and the Black Textured card stock (5″ x 2-1/2″) papers and round the corners with the Corner Rounder Punch.
Father's Day Pad & Pen 5-09


3.  Using VersaMark stamp an initial onto a piece of Bravo Burgundy, heat emboss and punch out a 1″ Circle. Place initial into the hardware and secure onto the Black Textured card stock with two brads.


4. Cut both ribbons, layer and wrap around seam where both papers meet.


5. Adhere the two paper, ribbon and hardware piece to the tin using Sticky Strip.


6. Adhere the glossy piece with the soot image to the tin and using the Photo Corner Punch, punch four corners and adhere to image corners.


7. Layer in pockets on the inside cover and adhere strip of burgundy to the top of the pad.

I hope whoever you make this for they totally enjoy and appreciate it.



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