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Happy 4th of July Happy Summer with Porky's Backyard BBQ stamp set – Pig BBQ card

I decided to combine 4th of July and Happy Summer cards this year and wanted something different than the traditional 4th of July cards I usually send (like this Eagle card from last year).

Surfing the net, I found this Porky's Backyard BBQ stamp set on sale at Digi Web Studio for just $1.00. With eight stamps in the set I could use a different one for everyone on my list – guy or gal – and at that price how could I resist (as of today's date it's still on sale)?! This one is going to my brother.

I admit, when I looked at this stamp the first time I couldn't figure out what the heck Porky was holding in his hand – a taco shell, half a pita maybe? I asked my husband.

'What's that thing he's holding in his hand? A taco shell or something?'

My husband rolled his eyes and patted my shoulder. 'Chérie, it's the top of the barbecue cooker.'

I guess grilling really is a guy thing; sometimes he does come in handy.

Using round frames from Pixel Scrapper and Apple Boy BTN font, I made my own sentiment sheet to use with the images. Patterned paper is outlet shop discounted no-name. For a flat easy mail card I kept embellishments simple – enamel dots and crinkled paper ribbon. So that it was clear to everyone the cooker top was not a taco shell, I paper pieced it to match the base.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, patterned paper
Digital stamp – Porky's Backyard BBQ stamp set
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics circle and square stax
Embellishments – enamel dots, crinkled paper ribbon
Font – Apple Boy BTN

I'm linking up with: Star Stampz 08/06 – Mit for a Man, Hanna & Friends #275 – Summer, Craft Rocket Challenges #38 – For the Men, Cards in Envy 05/06 – You're the Man, and 4 Crafty Chicks #355 – Summer Fun Activities.


  1. Hi! Your card is cheerful, cute and perfect for summertime and Father's Day! Thanks for sharing it with us at Cards In Envy challenge!

  2. LOL! A Taco shell... funny girl! Well, you wanna know wherer my brain went? "I wnder what he's cookin' on that BBQ... pork sausages?" Ewwwwwww! And: "His little ears are bent down under his hat - bet that hurts!" Ok - now let me get serious! Perfect for your brother - papers are very masculine as are the colors. Love the match up of the flame and the enamel dots. And, I have yet to try your idea of the crinkled paper ribbon =- that is such a good idea for those of us whe are so frugal with our weight and supplies! Well done my friend! [But, still, his poor ears!]

  3. Oh my gosh - pardon all my typos! ~gg

  4. One of the main hobbies of men - bbq. Love the chosen colours.

    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Craft Rocket and good luck! Hope you will join us next month again.

    *DT* Craft Rocket Challenges {#38 – For a boy / man}
    *DT + Admin* Do-Al(l) Kreatives {#6 – Early summer}
    Alex' Kreative Seite

  5. Belle belle !! Je crois que la plupart des hommes même s'ils naiment pas la cuisine ils aiment le barbecue. . Très jolie carte !!! Je suis sûre que ton frère a apprécié !

  6. Great card! Thanks for joining us at Craft Rocket, Claire DT x

  7. Great card.
    Thanks for joining us over at Hanna & Friends, hope to see you again.
    Hugs Manuela

  8. So cute! A realy lovely card! Thanks for joining us at Hanna& Friends
    hugs Line

  9. Adorable. Love this little piggy. Wonderful color scheme. Thanks for playing along with us this fortnight at Star Stampz. AJ DT SS

  10. Cute, cute, cute! Love the papers and colors and everything! Thanks for playing with us at 4 Crafty Chicks!

  11. Oh-so-cute! Fun having a piggy at the grill.


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