Lads, Dads and Grads Garden Walk

Welcome to the Paper Garden Projects Lads, Dads and Grads Garden Walk

Take a stroll through the blogs of all the Paper Gardeners and enjoy some friendly inspiration.  This month we are focusing on the all the men, boys and graduates out there.

While you visit, subscribe to each Gardener’s blog and take note of each designer’s name and their special garden walk word in their blog post. Once you finish your garden tour, send an E-mail to with the list of designers and their garden walk word.  (the words make a little sentence – just for fun!)

Everyone who sends the correct list of designers and words will be entered in a random drawing to win a prize. You need to send an e-mail to the address above; please don’t leave your list as a comment. You have until midnight (EST) on Tuesday, May18 to send your list.

And the prize? How about these cute little lads form Eat Cake Graphics (the Boyhood Adventures cling stamp set):

So enjoy the garden tour (feel free to bring along a lad, Dad or Grad!).  Here is the garden tour guide list:

 For my blog hop project, I wanted to make a Father’s Day card (for a “Dad”) and a little gift.


I used two brand new stamp sets from Flourishes – the Antique Map clear stamp and the Guiding Light clear stamp set.

The coaster is made from a tumbled tile (from Home Depot).  This was the last one I had left and its surface is a little rough – but that makes it more antique looking, right??  Sometimes tiles like these are open stock, so you can sort through and find the ones that have the smoothest surface to make stamping easier.

I cleaned the tile surface to remove dust.  I stamped the Antique Map in Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  You need to have patience – it takes a lot longer to heat the tile than to heat paper.  After embossing, I simply colored the image with Copic markers.  Here are the colors I used:

These tiles have rough bottoms so to prevent them from scratching furniture, I put a cork square on the bottom.   What I like to use best is cork shelf liner (also from Home Depot!).  It comes in a pretty big roll and is self adhesive.  Just cut a square and stick it on!

For the card, I used the same Antique Map stamp on kraft paper to make the background.  The ship image and the sentiment are from the Guiding Light stamp set.

I cut out the sentiment and a matte with the Spellbinders Labels 11 die.   I colored the image with Copic Markersand applied  Antique Linen Distress ink  at the edges of both pieces with a duster brush.  Here are the Copics I used for the card:


To finish it off I added a little piece of twill and a copper brad.

So that is my project.  I am Cathy and my hop word is:  Greetings

Next go visit Amber and see her wonderful creation.  Have fun!



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18 thoughts on “Lads, Dads and Grads Garden Walk

  1. Gabriela

    Cathy – your tile and card are absolutely superb. Man, I wish I could color like that. How did you EVER stamp the image so thoroughly onto the uneven surface of the tile? Amazing!

  2. Gabriela

    Please do not count this entry for the prize. I wanted to tell you the hop is broken. Erin K’s blog did not post about the blog hop. So now we’re missing her word.

  3. Alyssa S

    Absolutely gorgeous…are you allowed to say that about a guy card??? Love the tile coaster – just stunning! Thanks for the heads up on the cork shelf liner too!

  4. Vanessa B

    Awesome project and Card Cathy! Ive made my way thru the hop and back again and just gotta say…you are absolutely right, Inspirational for sure! Thanks for the Blog Hop!!!

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