Following My Heart Led Me to You

Hey Bleeps! Happy Hump Day! Today, I am sharing a card inspired by a few challenges. I usually do not combine challenges because it’s very difficult to do, unless it’s a generic challenge, like masculine for JustRite and The Shabby Tea Room. I also used Kazan’s sketch from 2 Sketches for You! 🙂 I’m going to be honest here. This card took me about two hours to make. I was powered from a long nap, but just wasn’t prepared to spend that long on a card. Good thing I had my leftovers to eat! 🙂 Check out how I made it – seems easier and faster, but boy did this card’s thought process take for-ever!


  1. Trim patterned paper to about 4″ x 5.25″, then adhere a black patterned paper strip in the middle.
  2. Die cut and emboss label.
  3. Stamp ‘tags’ and ‘border.’
  4. Punch holes and set eyelets.
  5. Tie label onto paper with twine.
  6. Die cut two circles to mat together.
  7. On kraft circle, stamp sentiment, then pop off label die cut.

Tips & Tricks

  • Patterned Paper :: If you have difficulty working with multiple patterned papers (like me), I recommend placing the patterns down and walking away to stare at them from across the room to see if it’s too busy, not busy enough, too much, overwhelming, or just “it!”
  • Use patterns from the same or similar manufacturers. Working with the same collection is also an easy way to match patterns too. Here, I used the same vendor, but two different collections.


Stamps :: JustRite – romantic sentiments; Waltzingmouse Stamps – very vintage labels no. 1
Ink :: SU! – black
Cardstock :: PTI – kraft, true black
Patterned Paper :: Graphic 45 – a proper gentleman collection {harberdasher}, communique collection {a fine specimen}
Embellishments :: May Arts – twine; We R Memory Keepers – eyelets
Tools :: Spellbinders – labels one nestability (S4-161 ), standard circles nestability small, large (S4 -114, S4-116), wizard; We R Memory Keepers – crop-a-dile, crop-a-dile big bite

Now, in case that was a little too manly for you, here’s something that should sweeten you up! I made some strawberry lemonade for the first time last night. I really like ordering this out at restaurants, so I thought why not?! I usually make fresh lemonade/tea and combine them (I will do a separate post for that concoction later), but this beverage screams summer and perfect for gatherings or just plain ‘ole drinks in your house! Now, I’m sure you can ‘jazz’ it up a bit and add some ‘licka’ to it, but I haven’t played with that just yet!

Here’s how I made it:

3 lemons
6 strawberries
2.5 c sugar (about – to taste – WARNING – I don’t measure)
lemon juicer
mortar and pestle

Cut lemons in half. With one lemon, slice it a few times and set aside. Juice lemons and add to your pitcher. Crush and juice strawberries in mortar and pestle. Add strawberries to pitcher. Add sugar and water, then stir until dissolved. Add sliced lemons, stir, and serve!

The mortar and pestle is a tiny one I picked up in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. I thought it was too cute. I never thought I’d use it, which is why I bought a ‘baby’ one! You can find one at your local kitchen gadget store.

Thanks for visiting today. I hope it was refreshing!

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  • Debbie - Great masculine desing this week, Ashley! Thanks for joining us in the Tea Room … and I {heart} that Strawberry Lemonade recipe – yum!ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda - Ashley, what a great card. I saw it and immediately thought of a card I wanted to make so THANKS for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • carole - I love the tons, and your interpretation of the sketch. Beautiful Ashley.



  • Sally Watkins - Delicious card and recipe! I am loving this card, the color combo, the elements. Diggin' it!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Heilman - the card! It is also refreshing to hear that I am not the only one who can spend 2 hours on one card 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Nelson - such a lovely card! thanks for the lemonade recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Baker - So pretty! Totally worth the time!ReplyCancel

  • gladyschia2010 - Love your card! Its always so beautifully made. Thanks for the recipe! Can't wait to try it out!ReplyCancel

  • Cherry's Jubilee - Very cool sentiment!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - Lovely card, as always Ashley! Really enjoying the food you have been showing! Delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvia - Great card! and the lemonade looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - I love the punch of color yet how it still shows some "manly". Beautiful card!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvia from Minnesota - Thanks for nice directions-very masculine card.ReplyCancel

  • Be(e) - Fabulous card, Ashley! I love the masculine (but not too) look!ReplyCancel

  • Glenda - Love this! The twine and eyelets are perfect. Really great patterned paper too.ReplyCancel

  • Beate - Gorgeous card, Ashley! I love the string/eyelet combo. I haven't touched my eyelets in ages and you make me want to pull them out! Love the sentiment paired with that frame. Beautiful!
    Hugs and smilesReplyCancel

  • Audrey Pettit - This is fabulous, Ashley!! Just realized I thought the above card was for the Tea Room, as it worked perfectly, and so does this! You are an absolute master of the masculine card, girl! I adore this!ReplyCancel

  • Sue McRae - I'm gonna try the strawberr lemonade, looks refreshingly good!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - I just love the saying on this card! The lemonade recipe is so yummy! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - OMG Ashly,

    This makes me so thirsty! Looks super yummy. I will definitely have to try this sometime. Soon.

    Thanks for sharing.


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