Geared Up Garage

This is my first project using the Geared Up Garage bundle, a gift from my friend and fellow demonstrator, Jennifer Michalski. Thank you Jennifer!

By Su Mohr for tgifc206 and FMS382; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring: Geared Up Garage stamp set, Garage Gears die set, Rectangle Stitched dies; #masculionecards #masculinebirthdaycards #birthdaycards #gearedupgarage #garagegears #cardchallenges #handmadecards #diy #handcrafted #stampinup #colors

Geared Up Garage

This card came together quickly, because I used two challenges to determine the ingredients. The layout is from Freshly Made Sketches.

And, the colors are from TGIF.


I couldn’t wait to run the Gears die through the Big Shot! I first used Mango Melody cardstock, but ended up using Thick Whisper White. I wanted the gears to have a mottled look, that Sponge Daubing with With Mango Melody ink on white cardstock would give.

The most time consuming part of the project was applying tiny pieces of dimensionals to the gears. 

TIP: Cut a skinny, horizontal, strip from the outside, “waste.” Then, snip vertically, and apply one at a time.


The Rectangle Stitched dies made easy work of the remainder of the project. The largest rectangle is Bermuda Bay, topped with a rectangle of Granny Apple Green. And, the smallest rectangle holds the sentiment.


The sentiment, “All geared up to celebrate,” is from the Geared Up Garage stamp set, stamped in Bermuda Bay ink.

I sprinkled on a few Iridescent sequins, and this will make a bright and cheery, masculine, birthday card.


Thank you for visiting my Geared Up Garage. Have a great day!


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Sparrow on a Branch Holiday Card

 This little, sparrow (Crumb Cake ink) was stamped and die cut using the Petal Palette Bundle.

By Su Mohr for FMS358; Click READ to go to my blog for details! Featuring: Petal Palette Bundle, Wood Textures DSP, Wishing You Well stamp set, Night Owl die set, Subtle Textured embossing; #holidaycards #handmadecards #christmascards #sparrows #birdsoncards #birds #petalpalette #stampinup #fms358

Sparrow on a branch


The branch was made from Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, cut with a die from the Night Owl die set, and layered for thickness.  The two white pine boughs are cut with dies from the same Night Owl die set.


I stamped the sentiment in Crumb Cake ink on Thick Whisper White cardstock. “Season’s Greetings,” from the Wishing You Well stamp set, fit nicely on the Stitched Shapes oval die. It was an added bonus, and surprise, that the oval fit perfectly within the curve of the bottom branch.

I punched holes on the sides of the oval, threaded it with Linen Thread, anchored it with dimensionals, and taped it to the back of the Thick Whisper White cardstock layer.

If you need a tiny hole punch, it happens to be in the Clearance Rack right now. (10/11/18). Look for the 1/16” Hand-Held Punch. 



The Subtle Textured embossing folder was used for the background. It adds so much, without detracting from the focal point. Don’t you agree?

Finally, I glued my art piece to a Thick Whisper White card base, and my clean and simple card was complete.


My inspiration for today’s project was the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. The branch is the large circle, and my three elements are the sparrow, the sentiment, and the pine boughs. The sparrow is supposed to be to the left of the sentiment, but he hopped up on the branch. Sorry!

Keep scrolling to see my supply list for today’s project. Thanks for stopping by!

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Unisex “YOU” Birthday Card

Today’s project is a very “clean and simple” design, and you wouldn’t believe me if I told you how long it took me to come up with it. I think I start panicking when my little space of 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ is supposed to have lots of blank space. But, I like how this birthday card turned out, with its modern edge. I’m calling it a unisex card, because it could be for a man or woman, don’t you think?

By Su Mohr for fms357; Click READ to go to my blog for details! Featuring: Celebrate You die set, Picture Perfect Birthday, Subtle Textured embossing; #unisexcards #birthdaycards #moderncards #handmadecards #celebrateyou #pictureperfectbirthday #fms357 #stampinup

“YOU” birthday card


The challenge at Freshly Made Sketches required a “clean and simple” design, and was my inspiration for the vertically placed “you.”


I cut the “YOU” with a die from the Celebrate You die set; two in each color: Lemon Lime Twist, Real Red and Gorgeous Grape. They were glued together to add a bit of dimension.


I decided on a Basic Black card base with a layer of Whisper White cardstock, embossed by the Subtle Textured embossing folder. The embossing is so “subtle,” I think it passes as blank.

The panel on the right is Whisper White cardstock, bordered with Basic Black cardstock. Before gluing everything together I stamped the sentiment in Black ink. “Today we celebrate wonderful brilliant fabulous you!” is from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.


I hope I’ve inspired you with my clean and simple, unisex birthday card. My Product list is short on this one, which you can see by scrolling down. 

Thanks for shopping with me! Wishing YOU a clean and simple day!

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