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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 custserv@papergardenprojects.com 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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Birthday Challenge #4

Well the Birthday party month is starting to wind down, but we still have one more party game up our sleeve.

For this week’s party game, we want to see your cards with embossing.  It can be any kind (embossing powder, embossing folders, embossed dies, embossing stencils,  etc.).  We want to see your favorite way to emboss.  Put a link to your card in a comment on this post before Monday April 5.

The prize this time is two Mo Manning stamps – perfect for all the teen and tween girls in your life.




For my sample, I wanted to create a simple card that I could use for different occasions (thank you, hello, thinking of you, etc.).   I used the Frills cling mounted stamp by Impression Obsession. 


 I stamped it along the bottom edge of a 4″ by 5 1/4″ piece of Basic Grey Porcelain paper in Versamark ink and embossed it in copper embossing powder.  Then I painted the design with pearlescent watercolor paint (the embossing makes it easy to paint – you don’t have to be so careful -love that). 

Then I freehand cut along the bottom of the paper.  I adhered the cut image on a 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″ piece of Sage Dark cardstock and added the ribbon.   I adhered the cardstock to my card base and free hand cut the image again leaving a boarder. 


This left a card front with a cut pattern bottom edge.  To finish off the design, I added a small panel to the inside bottom of the card with the same cardstock and patterned paper (this also will keep me from accidentally writing where it would show!).  Just a little something that’s different than a regular straight edged card.

Some of the design team members also created some lovely embossed cards.

Tricia created this beauty – with an embossed panel.  Tricia used the Flourishes Year of Flowers 1 clear stamp set and paper from the October Afternoon Farm Fresh paper pad.


Amber created this lovely card with a big, beautiful ribbon rose!  Amber used the Cover-a-card Small Paisley background and the Basic Grey Origins paper pad on her creation.


I hope you decide to play along with us (we’ll save you some Birthday cake).

And don’t forget that you still have until Monday, March 29 to enter Birthday challenge #3.

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Paper Garden Birthday Challenge #2

Hi all,

Another Friday, another Birthday Challenge!  This week it is a sketch challenge! 

Just make a card using this simple sketch and link a picture of it in a comment here to enter our Birthday Party Game.  You have until Midnight (EST), Monday, March 22 to enter.


And what can you win?  How about a set of springy Dressy Miss Anya stamps?  I love these cute girlies! 


So here is my sample.  I used the New Flourishes From the Garden stamp set (I really love this one – its just my style).  I used the Basic Grey Sugar Rush paper pad (which has a lot of really nice, springy papers).  The image is colored with Copics.


And here are some samples from the design team.

Tricia made this beautiful spring card using the Flourishes Year of Flowers 1 card.


Tangii made this beauty using the Flourishes Year of Flowers 2 set.


Lorelie created this adorable card using Teacher Anya.


And here is Amber’s lovely card.  Amber used the Penny Black Allegro clear set.


Come play along with our party games (we’ll save you some cake!)

 And remember, you still have the rest of today to enter Birthday Challenge #1 for the chance to with 2 Mo Manning clear stamps.!

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