Fun with Field Journal

This month, I am the guest stamper for the Luv 2 Stampin GA team.  So, I’ve been having fun with the Field Journal Stamp Set.  As a guest stamper, we select a stamp set and present a project each week to showcase ideas for using the set.  This is a great way to expand creativity.  I had so much fun using the duck stamp from Field Journal, that I created not one, but two different cards! 

Fun with Field Journal

Card Tips:
  • For the card on the left, stamp the duck onto a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock using Stazon Jet Black ink.  Color using watercolor pencils. Note, the watercolor pencils are used dry with no water. After stamping and coloring the image, cut using the large circle Stitched Shapes Dies.  The card base uses Early Espresso. A Crumb Cake cardstock layer is topped with a layer of Garden Green Designer Series Paper from the 6″x6″ Regals Designer Series Paper Assortment. Before attaching the layers to the card base, wrap a piece of Early Espresso Faux Suede Trim around the card and tie into a knot.  Then, add to the card base using Stampin’ Seal+.  Adhere the stamped duck to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The sentiment is stamped using Early Espresso Classic Ink and cut with paper snips.  
  • The card on the right is a fun fold card featuring the Corner Fold.  I followed directions and dimensions from a post by Cindee Wilkinson at Just Sponge It.  For the card base, use Pretty Peacock cardstock and layer with Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper.  In addition, use a coordinating square of the paper below the duck layer.  For the duck on this card, stamp the image onto Basic White cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and color with Stampin’ Blends.  The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set.  

If you’re needing a card with a masculine feel, either of these would be perfect to create.  The fun continues with the Field Journal Stamp Set.  So, be on the lookout for more samples using this set!


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Simple Plaid Card

Today, I’m sharing a simple plaid card that requires very little time to create.  Additionally, the color scheme of red, black, white and crumb cake is great  for a masculine theme card.  One thing that makes this card simple is the use of the Adhesive Sheets on the cardstock layers prior to cutting with the Builder Plaid Dies.  Just add an Adhesive Sheet to the back of the cardstock prior to being cut with the dies.  After cutting, you just peel the backing, place the plaid layer atop the other layer and press to attach.  Couldn’t be any easier!  Congrats Plaid Card

This simple plaid card features the black cardstock cut with the open plaid die and the crumb cake cut with the small square plaid die.  The sentiment is from the Many Mates Stamp Set.  Be sure to check out the stamp set, it has some wonderful sentiments and uses a variety of fonts.  Card materials and tips for assembly are below:

  • Card Base: Real Red cardstock
  • Layer 1: Basic Black
  • Plaid Layers: Whisper White cardstock – for plaid base, Basic Black cardstock & Crumb Cake cardstock
  • Adhesive Backed Sheets
  • Dies: Best Plaid Builder Dies; Stitched So Sweetly Dies (for sentiment)
  • Stamp Set: Many Mates
  • Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
  • Embellishments: Basic Rhinestone Jewels (to create a black rhinestone, color the Basic Rhinestone Jewels with Dark Basic Black Stampin’ Blends)
  • Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer (or other paper cutter)
  • Stampin’ Seal and Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Cut the layers for the plaid the size of the card front (5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″).  
  • Layer the black open plaid design onto the Whisper White cardstock layer, press firmly.  Follow with adding the Crumb Cake cardstock layer. Then after adding each of the the plaid layers, use the Paper Trimmer to cut along each side to obtain a 3-3/4″ x 5″ plaid layer.  
  • Add the cut plaid layer to the Basic Black Layer using a strong adhesive.  

In an earlier post, I shared a stepped up version of this card featuring an additional plaid layer.  You can find the details here.  Of course, it’s time for me to come up with another color scheme to use for a plaid design!  


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Best Plaid Builder Dies

Finally, I took the time to play with the Best Plaid Builder Dies and glad I did!  The plaid creates a beautiful card.  And even better, the plaid is perfect for creating masculine cards.   And where did I get my inspiration? My husband’s closet! He has a red, white and khaki plaid shirt so I decided to use the colors on a card.  Real Red, Basic Black and Crumb Cake on a Whisper White background match the shirt perfectly!  The sentiment for the card is from the Best Year Stamp Set.  Both the stamp set and the Best Plaid Builder Dies can be purchased together in the Best Year Bundle.

Best Plaid Builder

Materials :
  • Card Base: Crumb Cake cardstock (5-1/2″ x 11″, score at 4-1/4″ and fold).
  • Basic Back Layer: 5-1/4″ x 4″
  • Whisper White: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (for plaid base); 3″ x 1-1/2″ (for sentiment)
  • Real Red: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (for plaid); 3-3/4″ x 2-1/4″ (layer for sentiment)
  • Crumb Cake: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (for plaid)
  • Basic Black: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (for plaid)
  • Adhesive Sheets: cut 3 at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
  • Best You Bundle (Best Year Stamp Set & Best Plaid Builder Dies)
  • Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
  • Tasteful Labels Dies
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Stampin’ Seal+
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Basic Rhinestone Jewels
For the Plaid Design: 
  1. For the first step, add the Adhesive Sheets to the Real Red, Crumb Cake and Basic Black Pieces for the plaid design. 
  2. Using the Best Plaid Builder Dies, cut the Crumb Cake with the plaid base die.  (TIP: be sure the adhesive sheet is face down on your die cutting machine and the die is directly on the cardstock)
  3. With the open plaid die, cut the Real Red and Basic Black pieces.  TIP: Save the squares to use on another project.
  4. To start building the plaid, remove the backing from the adhesive sheet from the Real Red open plaid design and attach to the Whisper White base.  Next, layer the Crumb Cake plaid base over the Real Red open plaid layer and then follow with the Basic Black open plaid layer.   NOTE:  you’ll want to offset slightly to get your design.  It will overhang and will be cut to the appropriate size for the card.  Also, press the layers firmly to ensure the pieces adhere to one another. 
  5. After you have your plaid design, use your Paper Trimmer to cut the plaid to 3-3/4″ x 5″. 
Card Assembly:
  1. Using Stampin’ Seal+, attach the plaid design to the Basic Black layer.
  2. Next, add the Basic Black/Plaid Layer to the Crumb Cake card base using the Stampin’ Seal.
  3. With the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad, stamp the sentiment from the Best Year Stamp Set onto the small piece of Whisper White cardstock.  For the label shape, use the Tasteful Labels Dies.  Also, with the dies cut the Real Red cardstock to use for layering the sentiment label.  After completing the label, add to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  4. For the final touch, embellish with Basic Rhinestone Jewels. (The Basic Black Rhinestone Jewels on my card are retired but you can easily use your Basic Black Stampin’ Blends to color the Basic Rhinestone Jewels.)

After you make your first plaid card, you’ll want to make more of them!  Be sure to comment below and let me know where you get your design inspirations!

I had fun making the card and have several others in the works. And don’t forget to check back later this week, I’ll be sharing a card using the leftover pieces from the open plaid die.


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Best Catch

Before I share my project using the Best Catch Stamp Set, I want to first check in to see how you’re doing?  Have you remained healthy? Are you adjusting to the guidelines for dealing with the pandemic? I hope the answers are positive.  For me it’s certainly been an adjustment.  My grandson, Alex,has online school and since both parents are still working, I have been helping out as teacher’s aide and staying in Atlanta.  Since we’re practicing limited contact, Alex stays with me during the week before going home for the weekend.  Then, I head out of Atlanta to our home from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.  Then back to Atlanta for another week of school. It’s been great bonding time but I do miss be able to go into my craft cave.  Plus I miss the monthly card classes and spending time sharing my passion for paper crafting with others.  This weekend, I am burying myself in my craft cave and hope to complete additional projects to share with you.

Today’s card a great masculine card featuring the Best Catch Stamp Set and coordinating Catch of the Day Dies. Since my youngest son enjoys fishing, I knew the set would be perfect to create a card for his recent birthday.  The High Tide Stamp Set offers the perfect stamp for creating the water and shoreline.

Masculine card

Card Details:
  • Card base: Old Olive cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11″, score at 5-1/2″ and fold.
  • Second Layer: Crumb Cake cardstock 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Texture emboss using the Basket Weave 3D Embossing Folder.  Attach to the card base.
  • Card front layer: Whisper White cardstock 3-3/4″ x 5″.  With the shoreline stamp from the High Tide Stamp Set, stamp along the lower edge of the card using Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad.  
  • Next, create the “water” with the High Tide Stamp Set using Seaside Spray Classic Stampin’ Pad.  Stamp approximately half way up the card piece.  Create the sky by using a sponge dauber to lightly add the Seaside Spray ink to the remainder of the card.  Attach to the embossed Crumb Cake layer using a strong adhesive.
  • Using the cattails die from Catch of the Day Dies and from Friendly Silhouettes Dies, to cut Whisper White cardstock.  (Note: you can cut multiples of cattails from the Catch of the Day if you do not have the Friendly Silhouettes dies).   Color the cattails using the light and dark Mossy Meadow blends, the Color Lifter and the Soft Suede Dark Blends.  Add to card using mini glue dots.
For the Fish:

On a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the fish using Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad.  Color the fish using the following Stampin’ Blends: Mossy Meadow Light, Soft Sea Foam Light, Old Olive Light, Calypso Coral Light.  If desired, use the Color Lifter to lighten areas.  Lightly wash over the fish with Clear Wink of Stella.  Cut the fish using the coordinating Catch of the Day die. Next, add the fish to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

  • Stamp sentiment using Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and cut using the 1-1/2″ circle punch.  TIP: look at photo for placement of the sentiment – punch so sentiment is on lower right part of the circle so you have room to add the fishing hat.  Add to card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Use Soft Suede to stamp the hat outline and color with the Soft Suede Light Blends.  After coloring, cut using the coordinating die from Catch of the Day Dies and attach to the sentiment using Mini Glue Dots.

Lastly, don’t forget the envelope! Stamp the fishing basket onto the front with Soft Suede and color using the Soft Suede Light Stampin’ Blends.  TIP: to prevent the ink from bleeding through the envelope, insert a piece of scrap paper or post-it note before stamping and coloring.

It was lots of fun creating this card and I have plans to use the Best Catch set again for another male relative. 

Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know how you’re coping to the social distancing guidelines.  What projects are you working on?

Thank you for stopping by today and happy crafting!

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On To Adventure Birthday Card

Today is my husband’s birthday so I decided to use the On to Adventure stamp set stamp set to create his birthday card.  Since his retirement, he spends several days a week playing golf.  So when I saw the On To Adventure stamp set, I knew the golfer would get lots of use.  The Well Written Dies provide the birthday greeting and help keep the focus on the golfer.  If you’ve not seen the set, be sure to check it out in the Annual Catalog on page 28.  In addition to the golfer, there are three other stamps that can be combined with other sets to create fun cards.  And the Well Written dies provide a variety of sentiment options.

Masculine Birthday Card

Card Details:
  • Night of Navy cardstock (8-1/2″ x 5-12″, scored & folded at 4-1/4″) creates the card base.
  • A 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of  See A Silhouette Designer Series Paper is the second layer.
  • Card front layer is Whisper White cardstock (3-3/4″ x 5″).
  • With Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, stamp the golfer onto a 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Color, as desired, with Stampin’ Blends.  The Stampin’ Blends colors used for this card are Ivory, Dark Night of Navy, Dark Balmy Blue, Light Granny Apple Green,  Light Smoky Slate, Light and Dark Crumb Cake.  Cut using the medium circle in the Stitched Shapes Dies.  With Snail Adhesive, layer onto a Night of Navy cardstock circle cut using the Layering Circles Dies.
  • Cut sentiment from of Night of Navy cardstock using the Well Written Dies.  To adhere to the card front, lightly sponge Multipurpose Liquid Glue onto the back of each word and place on the card front.  TIP: use a sponge dauber.  Rinse after use then label the dauber to use specifically for applying liquid glue.
  • Crisscross Braided Linen trim across upper portion of card.  Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to add the golfer to the card over the crisscross.  

Be sure to check out all of the stamps in the On To Adventure stamp set.  The stamp designs with the shaded areas make coloring easy to do.

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Time to Set Sail

It’s time to set sail!  One of the samples displayed at the Open House features the Sailing Home bundle which includes the Sailing Home Stamp Set and matching Smooth Sailing Dies.  In addition, the coordinating Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper and Sail Away Trinkets complete the card. One of my favorite sayings in the stamp set is highlighted on the card sample.  The sentiment is perfect for a recent graduate or for anyone starting an new adventure.  The saying is a reminder that it is time to set sail and follow your dreams!  Also,The Sailing Home Bundle is a perfect for creating masculine themed cards.   

Card Details:
  • Card Base:  Night of Navy cardstock (4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2″ for top fold card); 1-3/4″ x 3-3/4″; small scrap to die cut rope
  • Whisper White: 4″ x 5-1/4″ – cut 2 – one for front layer and one for interior; 1-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ for sentiment; scrap to stamp and cut sailboat
  • Designer Series Paper: 3-3/4″ x 5″
  1.  With Night of Navy Classic Ink Pad, stamp sentiment onto Whisper White cardstock strip.  Refer to photo of card for placement.
  2. Stamp the sailboat onto scrap of Whisper White cardstock with the Night of Navy Classic Ink Pad.  Use coordinating sailboat die to cut the sailboat.
  3. Use rope die to cut the rope from a scrap of Night of Navy cardstock.
  4. Assemble card layers using Snail Adhesive. 
  5. Attach sailboat to side of sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  6. Embellish by using mini glue dots to add the die cut rope and the boat steering wheel from the Sail Away Trinkets.

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