Friday, May 24, 2024


I have a really unique Fun-Fold to wrap up our week with the Trusty Tools.  What do you need when you have lots of tools?  A place to store them, right?  So today's fun fold is in the form of a workbench.

How cute is this?  Would a special person in your life like to receive this card? 

I first saw it on stampwithtammy.  She used embossed cardstock to decorate her workbench, but since I had just received the Country Woods Designer Series Paper (DSP), I decided to make my workbench from some rough looking lumber.  

I have pegboard behind my home workbench, and it works very well to store tools and "other stuff".  So, I decided my card workbench also needed some pegboard behind it to hang some tools.

The pegboard and sentiment are made from our new Basic Beige cardstock.  This is a wonderful new neutral color.

The ruler on the top of the workbench was cut from a scrap of the Sale-A-Bration Paper that coordinates with the Trusty Tools bundle  If you didn't get that DSP, no worries.  Just leave the ruler off the bench.  Our workspaces tend to get too cluttered anyway, don't they?  At least my stamping "workbench" does!

You may be wondering how you can mail this card.  Just push the top of the workbench up and move the fun fold to the right or left and the card folds flat for mailing!

Even though my dad is no longer here for me to send him a card, I know he would have loved receiving this card.  My dad was very mechanically inclined and could build anything!  I know he would have like the mechanics of this card.

My dad was also the most AWESOME dad, so, Dad, even though I can't mail it to you in heaven this card is for you!  I love you and miss you!

Don't let the Fun-Fold portion of this card scare you.  It is so much easier than it looks.  Download the tutorial with diagrams and just take it a step at a time.  I know you can do it!

A complete list of products used is shown below.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024


I saw a card on Pinterest where they used various tools from Trusty Tools to spell the word LOVE.  I thought it was a really cute idea so decided to make my own version of the card.

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) on the background is from the Country Woods Collection.  My order with this DSP just arrived, and I'm in LOVE!  Come back on Friday to see another card that uses this DSP.

For the pegboard that is holding the tools, I used the largest Nested Essentials Hexagon and die cut it from Basic White cardstock.  I then used the pegboard die from Trusty Tools die to turn it into pegboard.  I did need to die cut it twice, but the second time through, it was extremely easy to align the die with the first die cut.  I just put the die in the last row of "holes" and voila, it was perfectly aligned.

The letters were made with one hammer, one tape measure, two crescent wrenches and four pencils.

I thought this was such a clever idea from Stampwithmelissa.  I admire those that come up with such unique ways to use our stamps in an unexpected way!

I left the inside of the card sentiment free for now as I'm not sure who will receive this card or what the occasion will be.  I added a finishing touch to the inside by adding a strip of the same Country Woods DSP to the bottom edge.

Use this link to download a free PDF tutorial for today's card.

Below is a complete list of the supplies I used.

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Monday, May 20, 2024


This week I am sharing cards that will be perfect for the favorite men in your life.  The Trusty Tools stamp set and dies were one of the first purchases I made from the January - April Mini, and I was ecstatic when it carried over into the current Annual Catalog.

I've been having so much fun with this bundle over the last few months, and since Father's Day is on its way, I thought I would design some cards that would work for Father's Day.

Today's card features the Paint Brush which may be my favorite stamp in the set.  The brush works great for colorful and happy cards because I can mix and match colors however I like.

The colors I used for this card are Highland Heather, Lemon Lime Twist and Coastal Cabana.  The color combination came straight from my Lemon Lime Twist Color Coach.  I doubt I would ever have come up with this combination on my own, but I love it!  What do you think?

To make the paint above the brushes, I used a corner of the stamp pad and dragged it across the paper.

I wanted some paint splatters on my card, and since none of my current stamp sets include a splatters or speckles stamp I dug through my stash and found this retired stamp set called Gorgeous Grunge.  It's an oldie but a goody that I keep just for times like this.  

The front sentiment is from Hooray for Surprises.  Since I don't actually have anyone to send a Father's Day card to, I wanted to use some more generic sentiments that could be used for any occasion.

The thank you on the inside of the card is from Trusty Tools, but you could just as easily change it out for the DAD or the Happy Father's Day stamp from that set.

For step-by-step directions on how to make today's card, please use this link to download a FREE tutorial.

A list of the current products used is shown below.  Click on any image to learn more about or purchase that product.

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