Category Archives: Masculine Cards

His & Hers


Hello there!  It’s been so long I can hardly believe it.  I made a New Year’s resolution to get back into my crafting, so here I am.  I’ve missed it immensely.  It really felt good to sit down at the old crafting table and make something.  But it’s been so long, I didn’t even know where to start.

After sifting through some of my stash, I decided to limit myself to one stamp set and ONLY paper scraps.  No full sheets of paper – just bits and pieces.  And let me tell you, I could probably make cards for a year or more without running out of paper scraps!  That really helped to keep me on track.  I decided to make two cards – one feminine and one masculine – and this is what I ended up with.You Are The Best CardThe stamp set is the Close To My Heart January Stamp of the Month:  Cross-stitch Wishes.  It is embellished with a little skirt bottom, some polka dot washi tape, and a bit of ribbon.  A little stitching around the edge ties in nicely with the whole theme.

My attempt at a masculine card turned out like this…Sew Special Card

I really love the stitched arrows that are stamped on the base of the card.  A few wood and metal accents were added to help out with the masculine look, but I still managed to sneak in a gem (at least it’s navy blue!).

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peak.  Hopefully I’ll be back soon with something new.  Until then, happy crafting!


Through Stormy Seas


Hello crafty friends.  This week at Out of a Hat Creations the challenge theme is travel/suitcase.  I just received my Tommy Workshop-On-The-Go Scrapbook Kit from Close To My Heart, and used it to create my challenge card.  I’m loving the stamp set that comes with this workshop and you can check it out by clicking the link.

Sail This ShipI stamped the sentiment onto the chipboard tag with Outdoor Denim pigment ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I then sponged on some Bamboo ink to make it look weathered.  The map and sailboat were stamped and cut out to add a bit more weight to the tag.  I also stamped the blue star and the stitching around the perimeter of the card.Stormy SeasThe layout for this card was inspired by a card from the latest issue of Paper Crafts Magazine.  Such a great resource when you need some inspiration!

That’s it from me today.  Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty day!


Hats Off To You


Hi all!  I have an Out of a Hat Challenge card to share with you today.  This week is a Bingo challenge, which is always fun.  I chose hat, button, heart, swirl.Hats off to you!I downloaded a picture of a tophat off the internet and imported it into Sure Cuts A Lot software.  I then used the image to create a cutting template for my Cricut.  The swirls were stamped on with Versamark and embossed in silver.Sentiment stripA strip of the new Close To My Heart Washi Tape was put down as a hat band, and a flag on top of that with the stamped sentiment.  I used Grey Wool ink to match the colour of the Washi tape.Hearts and buttonsA little heart and button vignette was created to adorn the hat band.  The netting underneath the button is from an orange bag, and adds a bit of texture and interest to the card.  I have started keeping these netting bags for just this sort of occasion.  Why not recycle and reuse when you can?Hats off to youThe silver ribbon on the button is wired, so I curled it around a paintbrush handle to create the curlicues.  I think I’ve covered all my bases for the Bingo challenge.  Head on over the Out of a Hat Challenge blog to see the other entries, if you have a few moments to browse.

Thanks for stopping by!


Dog Days of Summer


Yo, dawg wassup?  Hahaha!  Just thought I’d get that in there, because the Heart 2 Heart challenge this week is the dog days of summer.  The ladies over there want us to create a summery project which includes dogs.  Strangely (or maybe not so strangely) I don’t own any dog stamps, and am not a dog owner (I have kids instead!), so I don’t even have any cute photos of dogs!

Not to worry though.  I found two really cute free digital dog stamps on the internet at Operation Write Home.  Interesting site.  These guys actually collect handmade cards to send overseas to US troops to help them stay in touch with their loved ones back home.  Great idea.  You can check them out by clicking on the link.

My first card has this cute little guy waiting for his buddy to come back.  Awwww!  I digitally coloured the picture using Gimp software (kinda like Photoshop), which I am fairly new to.  It was a bit of a learning curve, but I managed it, and printed it out with my inkjet printer.  I paired this sweet image with the CTMH Dakota paper pack, and a sentiment from the For Every Occasion stamp set.  The embellishments are a CTMH Antiqued Copper Designer Brad, and Chocolate Baker’s Twine from the Neutral Assortment pack.

My second card uses the CTMH Avonlea paper pack, and another cute digital stamp designed by the same person – Eric Dull.  I coloured this image the old-fashioned way – using my Copic markers!  I decided to distress the papers on this card with chocolate ink, and my CTMH Edge Distresser.  The sentiment is, again, from the For Every Occasion stamp set, and the embellishments are Chocolate Baker’s Twine, and an antiqued copper Durable Square Stud (are you thinking what I’m thinking? LOL).  BTW both card sketches are from the Originals Card Confidence book.

So that’s my take on the dog days of summer.  I hope you are enjoying your dog days of summer.  Happy crafting!


Masculine Gift Card Holders


Hi!  Thanks for stopping by.  I had to make a few birthday gift cards for some of my manly family members so I thought I’d share them with you.  Both of these gift card holders were cut out using the new CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge which will be available for purchase August 1st.

The first one was cut out from Grey Wool card stock and then stamped using the wood grain background from the Universal Backgrounds stamp set.  I also cut out the medallion, star and banner with the new cartridge and stamped them with the some of the stamps that came with the cartridge.  I adore that medallion!  I added the metal brads in the corner for a bit of manly bling.

Here is the card with the envelope.  I stamped the balloons with the same colours I used for the card; Twilight, Ruby and Grey Wool.

And here is what it looks like when opened up with a gift card inserted into it.

For the second gift card holder I used Indian Corn Blue, Sunset and White Daisy card stock.  One of the coordinating stamps that came with the cartridge is this cute little birthday wishes pocket.  I just had to try a shirt card with this and thought the argyle pattern worked really well.  And since it is a birthday card I added a few candles in the pocket.  How fun!

Well now that all my birthday projects are out of the way I can concentrate on some projects for the weekly challenges that I like to play along with.  Hope you’re having a great Monday.  Happy crafting!

You Are Positively Cool!


Wowee, it’s a hot one today; 32 degrees C but feels like 42 with the humidity!  A great day to stay indoors and make stuff!  This weekend my son has a birthday party to go to so I went ahead and made a masculine card for the occasion.

The colours were inspired by the My Time Made Easy Pretty Palette Challenge this week – ivory, light blue, rust and mustard.  Great boy colours!

I used my CTMH You Are… stamp set which has a lot of masculine looking stamps to choose from.  I started off by stamping blue stripes onto a piece of ivory card stock for the background and then thought it would look cool to have the reverse at the bottom of the card.  This really reminds me of wainscoting you might find in a boys room.  I achieved the white stripes by scoring the blue card stock every 1/8 inch and then sanding the embossed lines with sand paper.  CTMH card stock has a white core so it is great for distressing.

I used the rust coloured card stock as a matte for the entire card as well as an accent strip across the middle.  A sunrise pattern was stamped across the top using Goldrush ink.  The mustard yellow accent strip was stamped with Sunflower ink.  I cut out the stars using my Cricut and Art Philosophy cartridge.

The sentiment sign was stamped, cut out, assembled and popped up using dimensional foam.  I also added the yellow star brad to the centre of the largest star.  That’s it!  One more thing checked off the list – yay!  Have a great day and stay cool!


Card Workshop


Happy Monday everyone!  Friday night I hosted a card workshop at my house and had 7 lovely ladies over.  We made two cards; a CAS card for father’s day and a distressed floral birthday card.  We did the CAS card first.

The sentiment was stamped first in the bottom right corner of a piece of White Daisy CS.  I used Pear and Lagoon inks for this, which matched the papers used on the card.  Embroidery floss and baker’s twine were used to ‘hang’ the stars on.  I used green, grey and blue to match the striped designer paper and did two of each colour across the front of the card.  I punched six holes at various heights in the white background paper with my paper piercer, and threaded the string through to the back.  It was adhered to the back with my tape runner.  I then pulled the floss up over the top of the white CS and around to the back.  I ran a line of adhesive at the top on the back to adhere that end of the string .

A strip of striped designer paper from the Dotty For You paper pack was used across the top of the card.  This was where I got my colour inspiration from.  The stars were punched out from card stock in Pear, Lagoon and Grey Wool and glued onto the string/background.  The star punch was something I bought from the dollar store quite a while ago and it worked wonderfully for this card.  As the final detail I added a gem to the centre of each star.  I really love the way they make the stars twinkle!  Here’s to you Dad!

The second card was a lovely, distressed floral birthday card.  This card was much more involved but the girls really enjoyed making it.

The background is made up of a few different layers.  I took Sorbet and Pacifica paper and scored it at 1/4 inch intervals using my Martha Stewart score board.  I sanded the raised stripes and since CTMH card stock has a white core it shows through when you sand it.  It’s great for creating a distressed look.  I also ripped the bottom edges and layered the two colours together then glued them to a layer of Vanilla Cream CS. Next I hauled out the sewing machine and sewed the distressed layer to a navy matte which was then glued to the card base.

I cut out the flower layers from Colonial CS using my Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  I used the Universal Backgrounds stamp set to create my own background on the flower.  First, I used Creme Brulee ink to stamp a small grid pattern on the petals, followed by the handwriting background in Desert Sand ink.  I then painted over the petals with Create-A-Shade Pearl Paint to add a pearly shimmer.  I’m loving this product!  The edges were inked with Outdoor Denim to add depth to the petals.  The flower is held together by a rhinestone brad which was coloured using Copic markers to get that rich orange colour.

The leaves are made up from a flourish I cut out with the Cricut and cut apart.  I once again stamped the small grid pattern in Garden Green ink all over the leaves and then rubbed a layer of Garden Green over it with a sponge dauber.  A bit of Desert Sand was also sponged on to give it a bit more depth.

Happy Birthday from the 4 My Friend stamp set was stamped in the bottom right corner in Outdoor Denim ink and the flower and leaves were glued to the front using Liquid Glass.

So that was my Friday evening.  Great fun for all in attendance.  Have a great day all and happy crafting!

One More Candle!


Hello crafty friends!  I was visiting my local Michael’s craft store on Friday and noticed they had their Cricut cartridges on sale.  Now, I have owned my Cricut machine for about 2.5 years and only own 2 cartridges – the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge, which you all know I love and use all the time, and the George Basic Shapes, which came with the machine.  However I saw one called Life’s A Party and I broke down and bought it.  It is fantastic and has a lot of great party themes I know I will use.  Which leads me to today’s card…

My husband’s birthday is coming up next weekend so I got busy making him a card.  The paper’s are from the CTMH Cruisin’ paper pack.  Very masculine!  The layout was inspired by MTME’s sketch challenge #57.

I had a chuckle when I saw the “What’s 1 more candle?” phrase.  My husband just mentioned that we could skip his birthday this year so naturally I had to add this as the sentiment!  I found an old birthday stamp set with a candle and used it for the background, stamping as many as I could fit!  The balloons were cut out, popped up and anchored with a black brad and grey embroidery floss.  I stamped the Happy Birthday on a strip of Juniper CS in Twilight ink and matted it with Twilight CS.

I’m sure he will enjoy his birthday despite his protestations.  At least I didn’t make him an ‘Over the hill’ card – yet! 😉  Have a great day and happy crafting!


Fine & Dandy


Hi friends!  I played along with Paper Crafter’s Library Make It Monday challenge and a very interesting and different card came about.  You can check out the original card inspiration here.  The masking technique was used to make white tag shapes on white card stock, which were then stamped with a sentiment.  Here’s how I did it, in case you want to try this yourself.

I first cut out a 4×4 piece of white card stock.  I then cut the various tag shapes out of scrap paper with the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  You could easily do this with tag punches or tag dies instead but make sure you use sizes that fit your chosen sentiments.  Next I used my temporary glue runner to lightly stick the tags onto my 4×4 piece of card stock.  You don’t need a lot – only enough to lightly hold it in place.

I pulled coordinating ink colours from my background paper (Tulip, Lagoon, Garden Green and Sorbet) and using a foam applicator, I sponged ink onto the card stock in a circular motion.  I started on the tag and moved outward (you can help hold the tag in place with one hand while sponging with the other).  After all four colours were added, the edges of the 4×4 card stock were inked with Cocoa, which is the same colour I used for the card base.

To remove the tags, I heated the them with my heat tool to soften the glue and gently pulled them off.  There was a bit of glue residue left so I used my Rub & Remove Eraser to take it off – a very handy little thing when adhesive is showing where you don’t want it to!

So once the tags were removed I was left with these white tag shaped spaces in the middle of all the colours.  Really cool!  I used the Cocoa ink and stamped various congratulatory sentiments on the white tags and used a brown, fine-tipped marker to add the stitching around the edges.  The 4×4 layer was popped up using foam dimensionals onto the 4.5×4.5 patterned paper and then I adhered the whole thing to a 5×5 card base.

I think this would be worth trying with various other background techniques as well.  That’s all folks!  Hope you have a fine & dandy day.  Happy crafting!

You’re A Star!


Hello friends!  I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter weekend and received lots of treats!  Today I made a birthday card for my nephew, who is turning 13.  Hmmm… what to make.  He’s too old for cutesy stuff but still young enough for a bit of fun.  He’s really into hockey and football so I wanted to try something along those lines but I don’t own any sports stamps.  So I decided to use stars.

The papers are from the CTMH Victory paper pack.  The plaid screams boy don’t you think?  I love it.  After cutting out the plaid rectangle I inked the edges with Desert Sand.  The star border was added about 1.5″ up from the bottom and I popped a blue and green layered star on top.  The little wooden button was threaded with hemp string and glued to the star with Liquid Glass.  If you’re looking for a really strong adhesive that can also be used in other creative ways this stuff is great!  I also use it to hold my paper flowers  together.

The Outdoor Denim blue strip on the right hand side was stamped using white Memento ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder (hard to see in the photo).  I just got my heat embossing gun at Christmas and haven’t used it that much.  Must do more embossing projects!  It looks so great.

The sentiment was stamped in Outdoor Denim ink onto a piece of Olive CS.  I inked and distressed the edges and then stamped the blue stars as a background using the second generation stamping technique.  In case you’re wondering the inside of the card says “…it’s your birthday!”.

So this one is being sent off to Florida.  Hopefully everything stays intact on it’s long voyage.  Have a great day and Happy Crafting!