A masculine get-well card for Dynamic Duos

Dynamic Duos #85 - DD#85 - By the Tide and Express Yourself - masculine get well card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Good morning! Have you recovered from the holidays yet? I haven’t either. I haven’t even started to take down the decorations, but truth be told, I’m in no rush. I love Christmas decorations and would leave my house like this all year if other people wouldn’t raise their eyebrows at me.

I’m popping in to show you my latest card for the Dynamic Duos design team. This week’s colors are Garden Green and Summer Starfruit.


I struggled with this color combination until I finally decided to make a masculine card (my stash desperately needs more masculine cards). Once I had that, the challenge became much easier. Still not easy, though, so I checked out Mojo Monday for some inspiration and decided to make a square card using the Mojo sketch.

I made a 5″x5″ square card. The designer paper mat is from the Birthday Basics designer paper. I’ve used this paper so much that I only had exactly enough left for this card. The Garden Green paper strip is from the Regals Backgrounds paper stack. I chose to use both Whisper White and Basic Black for my neutrals.

I hadn’t inked up my By the Tide stamps in a long time, and I think of this set first when I think of masculine cards, so I decided to use it. I’d forgotten how much I love it. Both of the green fish are stamped in Garden Green. For the fish on the bottom, I first stamped off onto scrap paper before stamping on the cardstock, just so I’d have two different shades of green fish on my card.

The Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons are retired, but they are available on the Clearance Rack (while supplies last!). I love these buttons and am on my second or third container of them. I tied knots of Linen Thread through the center of the button and also around the sentiment tag. The larger twine is the jute twine that came with the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit. I had some of this left over and thought it looked maritime-y and twisted it onto my card (I used Crystal Effects to get it to stay put). And now that I think about it, Mui Hoang’s boat cards from the Crumb Cake / Marina Mist challenge used similar twine — I probably subconsciously got the idea from her. :)

The sentiment tag and its black frame were flagged using the Hexagon punch. Ever since I lost my 1″ Square punch, this has been my go-to punch for flagging things. I can’t remember whom I got this from.

I hope you like the card and will play along with the challenge! The other designers have come up with some great cards, so head on over to the blog and see them all!

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The Dynamic Duos Challenge Blog
Anne Marie Hile
Annette Elliott
Angel Johns
Caroline Bredeson
Cindy Brumbaugh
Holly Endress
JoAnn Burnham
Julie Gearinger
Michelle Bala
Sarah Fleming
Tenia Nelson




Wheely Sweet Simple Card

Wheely Sweet Simple Card

I live in a cycling town. I see people everywhere riding their bikes along the beautiful greenbelt, biking to work, parents riding with their kids, parents pulling their kids in bicycle trailers. Me? No. I don’t have a bike anymore, and I’m not in a rush to have one. I even get a little queasy when I see a whole family riding in the skinny bike lane on a busy road.

We visited Fort Worth (I’m from there) last summer, and we spent almost a week at my best friend’s house. She decided we were going to go for a bike ride at the park one day, and the men took care of the kids while we were gone. I think she had this idea that we could go really fast since there were no kids along, the wind whipping through our hair, etc., etc. She had no idea I’m a huge bike chicken and that it would be more the speed of a leisurely stroll.

Back in, I don’t know, 2002 or 2003, I had a major bike crash. I was out riding with a friend, and it had started raining. We were almost to our destination, Busy Bee’s Bakery (this was back when I could eat gluten and could easily devour a half dozen of the best sausage rolls in the world in under a minute), and we decided to cut through a parking lot, since we were going to be riding on a busy street. I managed to catch the side of my front tire just so on the little ridge between the side street and the parking lot, and I went down hard, thankfully in the parking lot and not the street. I wish I had a picture to show you (but you’re probably glad I don’t) of all my injuries. I scarred up both of my arms and scraped both knees, but the worst injury was to my right thigh. I had a massive black contusion on my thigh when all was said and done — you know, the kind of contusion you’d like to show off to everyone (but can’t because you’re modest and the contusion is close to your hip), because, hey, if it’s gonna hurt this badly, you want to get a lot of applause that you’re still walking upright and not whining (much) after such a horrific injury. You want credit, yo.  This was a humdinger, between the size of a volleyball and a basketball. And my skin wasn’t back to its usual color for at least six months. I think I have some scar tissue in my thigh from it, actually — I can’t really lie down on that side comfortably.

So yeah. A bit of a bike chicken. My best friend still loves me anyway. And I still like to look at bikes even if I’m a big baby about riding them. And I love the current trend with the ’50s-looking bikes coming back into style. They’re so cute! That’s why I love this stamp set.

The layout is from this week’s challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.

FMS Final 98-001

The designer paper is from Birthday Basics, one of my favorites this year. The buttons are Bermuda Bay, from the new Brights Designer Buttons pack. I stamped the bike and “sweet” in Raspberry Ripple, and the rest of the sentiment is in Bermuda Bay, a color that I didn’t love when they first reintroduced it this year but that is quickly growing on me. And the card base is Summer Starfruit — I actually loathed this color when it first came out last year, but I think that’s because I always saw it paired with Midnight Muse, and I just don’t care for that color combo. But I love it with these colors (and also with my beloved Island Indigo). I hope you like the card!


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Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Birthday Basics designer series paper
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Bermuda Bay
Stamps: Cycle Celebration
Tools/Accessories: Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Brights Designer buttons, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

You can buy these and many other fantastic products in my Stampin’ Up! store!


Cutest Zoo Baby Ever

Cutest Zoo Baby Ever


I don’t think I can ever give this card to anyone. It would be dishonest, wouldn’t it? I can’t tell someone else that their baby is the cutest baby ever when I know for a fact that my two children are the cutest babies ever. Just like you know that your children/nieces/nephews are the cutest babies ever.


But it’s a cute card anyway, and I think I can convert it to be part of a scrapbook page. That’s the thing I love about cards — any card front can be turned into a scrapbook page. If you do divided scrapbooking (is it called that?), pop something similar into one of your pockets. Or just incorporate it into a bigger design — make it an element of the page.

Or I suppose I can give the card away and pretend that I mean it. Haha.

I did this card for the sketch challenge over at Paper Craft Crew. It was a fun sketch to work with!



The deadline has passed to sign up for my August Stamp-of-the-Month Club. Those of you who subscribed will get more details via email. If you missed the deadline, I will announce the details for my September club soon, so stay tuned.


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Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Gumball Green, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Modern Medley and Birthday Basics designer series paper
Ink: Gumball Green, StazOn black
Stamps: Label Love, Zoo Babies
Tools/Accessories: Stampin’ Trimmer, Artisan Label punch, 7/8″ Scalloped Circle punch
Embellishments/Adhesives: Pearl Basic Jewels, In Color Dahlias, Stampin’ Dimensionals

zoo babies


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p.s. I know my blog is hard to read, with the weird way the text wraps around the pictures and the lack of division between the body and the sidebars. It’s on my list of things to fix on the blog, but I haven’t had time yet. Bear with me, please!