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Notice anything new?  Keep looking and I’ll tell you what it is down below.  Today’s card is my entry into Freshly Made Sketches #189 Card Sketch.  I haven’t entered there challenges in a while and I don’t have a good reason!  I simply got carried away with my retirement and all the planning up-coming changes.  Oh, I love change!

FMS Final 189-001


In my excitement to update my stamp sets in unison with the new catalog I left this set on the shelf by accident.  It wasn’t until after I sat down to blog that I noticed we don’t even carry it anymore.  So, you can buy it right now for $10 with FREE shipping.  I only have one set, so it’s first to click is first to buy.


  • Partial Stamping.  Did you know that when stamping an image you don’t have to stamp the entire image on the cardstock to show it’s beauty?  It’s okay to have partial stamping or to miss a tiny bit of it off the page even if you have a Type A personality.  I didn’t want to show the entire stem and the tiny line of missing pedal was done on purpose.  Why?  Because I only need the flower.  I wanted the Blossom to be the main focus.
  • Watermark On Your Photos:  This is the new thing I added…I changed the watermark on my photos.  I can’t stress it enough…when sharing your photos of your cards always watermark them.  Get credit for your gorgeous artwork!  They’re so easy to make too and here’s a link that will show you how to do them with PicMonkey (free internet software).

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Origami Bow-Tie Shirt for Dad

This post is dedicated to my friend Darren Tate, a young man whom I was honored to serve with in Afghanistan and keep his memory in my heart.  “All gave some, but he gave it all.”  Today,  Memorial Day, is a day of Remembrance for those that gave the ultimate sacrifice, so that we could have tomorrow’s.  I miss ya kid!

Father's Day

I love Origami shirts and bow-ties and if you’ve seen my past year’s Father’s Day cards you’ll see that this style is my favorite to do for the father’s in my life.

The Bohemian Designer Series Paper measures 8-1/2″ x 11″ and when you view the Origami shirt visual instruction below you will fold on the 11″ side. You’ll see what I mean when you view the directions.  I used this size because I wanted the card to bow-tie to measure the same ratio as the shirt. Does that make sense?


  • Bow-Tie Madness:  I used to make my own bow-ties and when Stampin’ Up! released the Bow Builder Punch I was happy happy happy.  I was actually dreaming of making this card for a few days before I made it too.  Don’t you dream of designing cards?  I thought everybody did. HA!  I used glue dots on the bow-tie because I want the bow-tie to be just a little moveable for a more realistic look.
  • Origami Shirt:  The Origami shirt is so easy to make and you see the step-by-step instructions here.  Designer series paper works perfect for the shirts too because of the awesome patterns.
  • Silk Handkerchief:  Oh yeah!  Use a nice silky smooth ribbon to put inside the pocket.  I took a two inch piece of Whisper White Satin Ribbon to finish off the pocket in style.  For ribbon I love to use the Fast Fuse adhesive because it gives a real strong hold on the material.  Have you tried it?
  • Tiny Banner: When I initially completed the card I had not adhered the word “DAD” to the pocket and it looked pretty plane.  That’s when I decided to pull out DAD stamp in Guy Greeting.  It was the perfect size for the Banner Punch and it made a boring pocket stand out.  After all, the card is for a lucky dad.

Occasions Catalog Ends This Weekend:  So often I hear these words, “Darn it, I knew I should’ve ordered it!”  Then depending on how bad you want it…you’re gonna pay a little more and I know eBay prices is NOT what you want to pay.  I highly recommend that you take one last look at the 2015 Occasions Catalog and order what you really desire.

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