National Dog Day for Cardz 4 Galz # 154

Welcome to the Cardz 4 Galz challenge #154. Lynda chose a cute dogs theme for National Dogs’ Day.  This two week challenge starts today, August 26, 2021. I hope you will pop over to the challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team created as well. We all look forward to seeing what you create in our gallery!

Here’s my National Dogs’ Day card:


I don’t think I will ever tire of the Pampered Pets DSP (designer series paper), stamp set and coordinating dies.  The red stitched ribbon and black/white baker’s twine was also part of the suite of products.  The DSP is retired, but the stamp set, dies, and ribbon duo is still available.  I must remember to add it to my next order.


What I Did:

  • There are only a few measurements you need for this card. To start, the Real Red base measures 5-1/2inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • The DSP for the envelope flap measures 2-1/2 inches by 6 inches.
  • The white cardstock for the inside measures my normal 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • There is a piece of black cardstock right on top of the red cardstock for a distinctive border between die punches.
  • I used the tailored tag punch and just punched away on the various dog DSP patterns. I’ll admit I have enough punches to create another card, but that’s for another day.
  • When I had enough punches, I started dry-fitting them on the black cardstock. Of course, using the repositionable tape was a huge help with the dry-fitting and trying to find a pattern arrangement with which I was happy.
  • I after I was happy, and after I had adhered all the full-sized punches to the black cardstock, I trimmed them by hand using my paper snips.
  • The adorable schnauzer is on the DSP and a coordinating die crops it perfectly! The schanuzer got popped up using dimensionals so he would straddle the ribbon.
  • Then, I wrapped a length of the ribbon and baker’s twine around the card together and tied it in one bow.
  • After stamping the sentiment using the Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad, I cropped it with a stitched rectangle die. Then I outlined the cropped rectangle using the Real Red Stamping Write Marker and popped it up on dimensionals.
  • Finally, I stamped “Happy Birthday” on the white cardstock for the inside panel.
  • That’s it. It definitely looks more complicated than it was to create the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this card.

Have a Peachy day!


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Masculine Birthday Card for a (New to Me) Challenge

When I went to post my card to the DT blog for Make My Monday Challenge, themed Christmas in September, I found out about a new-to-me challenge, Cardz 4 Guyz. So many times, we all struggle with masculine cards, but I think this card will make it easier since there’s so much inspiration there. The current theme for this biweekly challenge #53 is monotone, chosen by Helen.

Here’s my card:

A Monotone Feel

I thought that the Misty Midnight and Early Espresso colors would work together to create an almost monotone card. Therefore, I chose the 2020 – 2022 In Color 6 x 6 DSP and the In Good Taste DSP, both of which can be found in the annual catalog. I added a piece of the burlap jute ribbon, topped by a piece of the Misty Moonlight ribbon.


  • I used Misty Moonlight for the base of the card and it measures 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/2 inches.
  • Next, I trimmed a piece of the In Good Taste DSP to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches for the front of the card. While I had the DSP out, I also trimmed a piece to 2-1/2 inches by 6 inches for the envelope flap.
  • I chose the wood grain Misty Moonlight DSP thinking the wood grain would go well with the burlap background DSP. This piece of DSP was trimmed to 3-3/4 inches by 5-7/8 inches.
  • The inside of the card needed a piece of Whisper White cardstock trimmed to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. I haven’t added a sentiment on the inside yet. I will when I determine the recipient.
  • Next, I used the Rooted in Nature stamp set to stamp the tree in Early Espresso on scrap white cardstock. I stamped the sentiment at the same time on another scrap of white cardstock. Then, I cropped the tree using the coordinating Rooted in Nature die. I punched the sentiment using the Tailored Tag punch.
  • Since I had the Early Espresso ink out, I used the tall pine tree stamp on the front, bottom, right-hand corner of the envelope.

Assembly and Finishing Up

  • I used the multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the In Good Taste DSP to the base of the card.
  • The burlap ribbon doesn’t go all the way around the Misty Moonlight DSP because of the thickness it would add. Instead, I cut a piece of it to 4-1/4 inches to wrap it around the edges. I used glue dots to adhere the ends of the ribbon behind the DSP. In hindsight, it probably would have been better to use the tear and tape adhesive because of the thickness of the burlap.
  • I did wrap a piece of the Misty Moonlight ribbon all the way around and tied it in a square knot on the front.
  • Then, using multipurpose glue, I adhered the DSP to the front of the card.
  • I added dimensionals under the tree and the sentiment. I centered the tree over the ribbon combination. The sentiment tag didn’t quite fit under the ribbon combo. Therefore, I carefully centered the top of the punch right underneath the Misty Moonlight square knot. Then, I added a glue dot to keep the square knot in place.
  • After adhering and trimming the DSP to the envelope flap I’d completed this card/envelope coordinated set.

From the beginning, the picture I saw in my head was clean and simple. This allowed me to create a relatively easy-peasy card. The layout can be used for all kinds of occassions with all kinds of products.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d also love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!


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A Classy Kind of Guy

True Gentleman DSP

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Classy Kind of Guy

Sometimes, when I see a card in my head, it just comes together in a snap.  However, I’d punched the pieces and played with them last week and couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do.  Last night I went in my Blue Room (aka craft room or my room of random stuff) not knowing what I was going to create, pulled these pieces out and it all just fell into place.  

This card came together pretty easily once I figured out the layout.  I knew I wanted to include shapes punched from the Tailored Tag punch in 2 of the designs.  These two patterns are actually the front and back of one of the DSP sheets.  The Very Vanilla punched piece for the sentiment is matted with two Night of Navy punched pieces.  When I got the card all glued down I thought I might need something else and added the Linen Thread surround.  It adds some interest and dimension without overpowering the clean lines of the card.

I’d love to know what you think about this card and bundle, so please leave a comment below.

Have a Peachy day!