May 10, 2011

May Pals Hop!

Welcome to the May PALS HOP! This month, we're featuring Father's Day and Graduation projects for your inspiration! You've likely hopped over from Sandie Conner from Pretty Provisions, I'm stop number 5 on the PALS HOP and I'm glad you hopped in! I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find great ideas for paper crafted creations from the Stampin' Pretty Pals! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the PALS HOP LINE-UP below and you'll be back on track!

Today I'm here to share three Father's Day cards for "My Three Dads". Masculine cards are always a challenge, especially because crafty goodies are usually geared towards the female population. For my cards today, I've decided to embrace these girly embellishments and throw some unexpected elements into my Father's Day cards. I hope you like them!

DEEsign 1: Unexpected Elements - Scallops and Bows

This card is for my Father-in-Law. He loves hunting and fishing and being outdoors, so I wanted the card to have a good dose of nature. I stuck with Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake and a Early Espresso as my main colors. I tucked a bit of scalloped Daffodil Delight for a splash of color. I stamped the Woodgrain background on some Crumb Cake and added a tree that I made with a Scalloped Circle punch and a hand cut tree trunk. I tied some Baker's Twine in a bow and added the sentiment stamped from the Something to Celebrate set on some distressed Crumb Cake card stock. I love that I can throw in some scalloped elements and a Baker's Twine bow and still have an outdoors-y feel.

DEEsign 2: Unexpected Elements - Pink and Hearts

Here's a card for my Step-Dad, who I affectionately call Dab. I decided to go with a bit of earthiness because he likes the outdoors too, but in a different way that my Father-in-Law. Dab enjoys golfing and gardening. I love the Wild Wasabi paired with some Early Espresso and River Rock. I tucked in some Wild Wasabi die cut Little Leaves with some Henp Twine wrapped around a piece of Blushing Bride Paper Patterns DSP. I included a torn book page and a bit of brown masking tape to give a little rugged look. I threw in some pink because I know Dab can handle it. He wore a pink shirt on his first date with my mom. If you recall, her favorite color is pink, so it was a hit! :) I added a little tag with a cute heart. Girly, yes. But really, it's Father's Day, and what a great time to show Dab that I {heart} him. :)

DEEsign 3: Unexpected Elements - Ribbon and Lace

Okay, really, this card is only a Father's Day card because I slapped on that sentiment, but a lot of thought went into this card for my Papa (my biological father). I decided to throw in lots of my favorite crafting elements because Papa is a big supporter of my crafts. He's always searching high and low for the perfect embellishments. He lives in Japan, so he'll always sending me great goodies like fun masking tapes, assorted buttons, stickers, etc. On my Sahara Sand base, I layered on some Striped Marina Mist ribbon and tucked in some stamped card stock, using a polka dots from Apple Blossoms on Marina Mist and Ato Z on some Pear Pizzazz. The latest hunt was for doilies, which Papa refered to as lace coasters :) so of course I had to include some doily love in this card. I love how it creates a sort of crown over my sentiment, which I tucked under some Twill Tape and Hemp Twine. The final touch was a Pear Pizzazz Big Designer Button. Love it!

Hop along for more inspiring ideas from Rae Harper, at Wild West Stampin', Scrappin' & Crafts, stop number 6 on the May PALS HOP! Thanks for "hopping" by!

1. Joanna Munster at Inspired by Stampin'
2. Joan Norris at Clearly Creative
3. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
4. Sandie Conner at Pretty Provisions
5. You're Here :)
6. Rae Harper at Wild West Stampin', Scrappin' & Crafts
7. Mike Funke at Stampin-Style
8. Barbara Chatzkel at Take Out Paper Arts
9. Barbara Furlong at For The Love of Stamping!
10. Carmen Sublasky at The Creative Stamptuary
11. Linda Fisher at Linda's Stampin Loft


  1. great little tree card! this will be on my punch inspiration blog post today. TFS

  2. Beauty at it's best.... and 3 times to boot! Thank you for the inspiration Dee.... all 3 times.

  3. They are all beautiful... My favorite would have to be the 3rd card - I love the layering!

    Hugs, M

  4. Very cute cards. My favorite too is the third one. They are all gorgeous!!!

  5. Love your cards and the story that each one has!

  6. Interesting card trio - all very basic and clean.