Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Hey Daddy-o!

If you said 'Hey Daddy-o!' to a kid today you would get the strangest look, If however you said it in 1956 then you would be a real cool cat!

I love everything about 1950's Americana, the music, cars, guitars and especially the designs and colours that they favoured back then. This week I want to take a look at some new dies released just in time for Father's Day, not that they were designed specifically for that but they are perfect for the man in your life none the less.

If you want to create some 1950's themed Father's Day cards we have some worksheets and free downloadable papers on the website, here is a link

There are four die sets in the range designed by a very talented young lady by the name of Jen Long and I have listed them below so you can click on the link and check them out. There is so much going on in each set which means that they represent great value for money too.

As I mentioned I wanted to create something with a Father's day theme and stick to a limited 50's style colour palette, The juke box is so well thought out as a die that's it hard to mess up (even me!). so I started by cutting all the bits out ready to assemble.

I have shown the steps below in constructing the juke box from start to finish, the trims were cut from metallic gold card.

Here is the finished card, as you can see I used the Boardwalk Decorative Strip alphabet by Tim Holtz and one of the cute border dies from the Thinlits Borders Set by Stephanie Barnard.
I die cut the letters and used Distress Inks to add a gentle tint to their base before mounting onto an asymmetric rectangle of red card before rounding off the corners with a punch. As well as this fab juke box you also get an LP record die and a music notation die (see image above). A perfect set for the music lover in your family.

Next up, I wanted to use the Radio from Vintage Car and Radio set, and if you love this cute little radio you'll flip when you see the car (Maybe next week?). I die cut the radio from blue and cream card and all the other bits from silver metallic card before mounting them all together as shown. The dies are so well designed, I can't tell you how much fun they were to use.

Next, I die cut the 'Rock 'n Roll' phrase from cream card and inked the base to add a little contrast before mounting onto a die-cut oval ( Oval Framelits set), next I added a larger red oval and mounted it all onto an asymmetric orange strip.

I die-cut the letters to spell out 'DAD' and inked them as before and attached them to a rectangle of red card before rounding off the corners. I attached this to a similar blue rectangle and die-cut an curved arrow from silver card using the Bigz Artful Arrows die by Tim Holtz, a die which has no fewer than 12 different arrows to choose from.

Here's the finished card, you can see I've also added another arrow, some tiny adhesive pearls and some check card thrown in for good measure. I might make a few more next week...Too much fun!!!


  1. Shame not available in time for Fathers day

  2. Hi, they were shipped to stores last Friday apparently, I'll try to feature a few more on this weeks blog.