Cards Masculine, Challenges

CAS(E) This sketch, my manly take

Ive been working on a wee project, which I cant show you yet, so I had a nicely stamped project life card sitting on my desk which in the end I decided not to use. Then when I was flicking through some challenge sites I spotted this one from CAS(E) This sketch

Well I flipped that sucker on its head and here is what I came up with!


Here is a closer look at the original PL cards (3X4″)


Can you see the darker shadowing on the screwdriver and hammer handles? I used my Tip Top Taupe Inkpad and a blender pen to add some depth to them. I used the same method to colour all the tools  and added fussy cut handles stamped tone on tone. Not too bad! The stamp set is my new Nailed It one. The colours are Dapper Denim, Real Red and Tip Top Taupe.

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Nailed It!

I love so many of the sets in this new Occasions Catalogue but of course like everyone else I dont have an endless budget so I looked to fill gaps in my collection instead. The biggest gap, and I think it is for many of us, is stamp sets for Masculine cards so I chose this one. Nailed It


How cute… um I mean MANLY is that. I love the little faces so you can change it up for a small man child or a humorous card. I had a special order for Birthday invites (which I cant share right now) and used a simple sketch which I thought would really suit these set so here it is. I love how the background of screws came out and the colours are great!


Check out Nailed it on page 48 of the Occasions Catalogue. The sentiment is from another new set called Love Sparkles which is on page 53.  You can see the catalogue online HERE or ask me for a paper copy.

Just in case you missed out on any of the goodies from the Holidays Catalogue some of the products have “Carried Over” and are still available for purchase.

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Manly 21st

Just a quick card to show you. I know many of you find mens cards tricky but here is an idea that is quick and easy. I have used a “contraband” Non SU golf theme die but it could be replaced by many of the images we have in our catalogue. The colours are Night of Navy Daffodil Delight and Whisper White. I used the Timeless Textures Stamp Set to border around the Whisper White piece.

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Some alternative “MANLY” images and Stamp Sets you could use are:

p. 11 Birthday Fiesta – The Llama or the Cactus

p. 36 Acorny Thank You

p. 57 Foxy Friends

p. 64 Always an Adventure

p. 80 You’re Sublime

p. 89 Badges & Banners

p. 91 Shooting Star

p. 93 Seaside Shore

p. 95 Tuscan Vineyard

p. 98 From Land to Sea

p. 107 Bear Hugs

p. 114 – 115 Guys Greetings and One Wild Ride

p. 116 Traveler

p.129 In the Meadow

p. 130 -31 The wilderness Awaits and Country Livin’

p.133 Wetlands

p. 144 – 145 wherever You Go and In this World

p. 153 Mixed drinks – has a great beer mug!

Plus lots more if you get a bit creative : )



My Top Five…..Scrapbooking Tips

OK I’ve decided to start a regular (I hope) post called My Top Five and I’m going to start with Scrapbooking Tips!

I’ve been reading a few blog, web sites etc. lately and came across this tip which made me stop and go Why didn’t I think of THAT! It was so simple but it made me feel FREE!!!

So My Top Five are:

  1. Crop your photos – I am currently going through my box of printed photos cropping the photos so when I have the urge to scrap that is one less step I need to take. I decided to try and keep the sizes standard if I could so 4X6,  3.5 X 5, 3X4 or square.
  2. PRINT your photos – They are no good to you on a stick or in your computer unless you are going Digi!
  3. Use a Pagemap or sketch – this really helps if you’re like me and just getting your Mojo back or having a blank moment.
  4. Have a decent set of basic tools. – Paper Trimmer, Corner Rounder, Archival quality Journalling Pens ( I just got the SU Project Life Pen pack which has 2 different tips sizes and are great!!) and an adhesive eraser for those gluey booboos.Stampin' Trimmer by Stampin' Up!

5. Limit the supplies and limit the time you spend on doing a page, don’t stress over the “perfect placement”. Just get ’em stuck down and move on to the next page. I learnt this from Lain Ehmann from Layout A Day. I think she has let the website lapse now but there are still plenty of great ideas and helpful info there.


This page actually started as an 8X8 layout I did at a Stampin’ Up! event (many of you other SU demos might recognise it LOL) but as I don’t scrapbook in that size I converted it with  a 2nd photo into a 12X12″ layout. The stamp set is a retired one called Clockworks, I couldnt part with that one!

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Try Stampin on Tuesday – Spritz and Smoosh

On Sunday I taught this fun new (to me) Technique at my Papercrafters Day. My ladies loved the effects you could get and a couple tried it there and then! I will share more samples with you later in the week. It was based on a few different tutorials I have seen which all had different names but the basic technique for all of them seems to be SPRITZ  and SMOOSH so that’s what I’m calling it!

I was playing around with it a little and created that central design and then thought “Hey thats pretty similar to the Try Stampin On Tuesday sketch” so that was how I finished it.


So the basic idea with this one was that I used my markers on an acrylic block to create layers of colour  to create this scene, then gave it a spritz of water with my Stampin’ Spritzer (these have a lovely fine mist) and then Smooshed it onto the card. SimpleP1020571


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Happy 19

Yesterday my boy turned 19 and yet he will always be “MY Boy” Here is the card I made him.

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I love this paper pack, Season of Style, Its available in the Holiday catalogue. the colours are great and not just for Christmas. This card is a bit different both for me and from the way I envisioned it but I was happy with it in the end.

The stamps I used came from 2 different sets, Clockworks and Bring on the Cake and all those little cogs are stamped and hand cut! Its hard to see the full effect of  the pocket watch but the frame was embossed with Early Espresso Embossing Powder then cut out, the centre punched out and mounted over an acetate layer then over a second stamped watch. I added a tiny brad to the clock hands. I was pleased with how the laced panel came out, I didnt want anything that looked too girly so tried this.  I decorated  inside too

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Brick wall man

Finally got to make a card today after a long dry patch. I should be in bed sound asleep but here I am blogging for you lovely people this simple card.

P1010387 (480x640) Earlier in the week while surfing (and not working ,doing housework OR crafting) I came across an awesome patchwork quilt and cushion someone had made from using squares to form cross patterns. Loved it! and I kept thinking how I could incorporate that into a card until today when I was once again surfing instead of working I came across the Technique Tuesday blog with this months tutorial on Brick Wall cards. Ok so my bricks are square not long but I think it works then I floated past the Seize the Birthday Challenge and grabbed their sketch. Then in  a flurry of cardstock, trimmers and adhesive this card was born. Each square is 1 cm and I have used Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Cajun Craze, Basic Grey and Certainly Celery for them. The sentiment is an old retired SAB set.


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Two Cards One sketch

Here is another of couple versions I did of yesterdays first card, these are in a more masculine style and colourway.

I love this collage look and the colours worked beautifully – Baja Breeze, Basic Grey, Midnight Muse and Very Vanilla.

Here is the sketch I made, its not pretty but its a sketch and also yesterdays card based on the same design


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My baby is all growed up (almost)

Today is my Son’s 18th birthday but it seems like only yesterday since we were bringing home from the hospital. My first baby and such an awe inspiring experience, this little human relying solely on me and his father for everything. Yet now he is almost grown and doesnt need us as much but I hope he knows we will always be here for him no matter how old he gets. Ive had lots of time for thinking about times past lately as my grandads partner of 37 years passed away last week and we had her funeral on Friday. It was a sad time  but also a celebration of the lady she was and I know she would have loved having us all together to see her off in style.

All of the great grandchildren put garden flowers on the coffin and mine added a card too (of course) which I will share with you another day because today is about Jordan my almost grown son! Sorry the photos arent up to usual standard but I was using a standby camera which I wasnt quite sure about.

 I used my new Clockworks set (p 105 Annual Catalogue) stamped in Midnight Muse, Cajun Craze Summer Starfruit and Crumb Cake with Patterned Papers from the Comfort Cafe DSP pack. The sentiment is from Create A Cupcake. This is a neat wee fold but I tweaked it a little and chose to glue down the front flaps which should  have folded out one more time. Here it is closed with the belly band on and below opened out with the belly band plonked on top.

Right Im off to work on his Birthday tea and help his little sister ice his cake. I also still have a craft entry to finish for tomorrows Ellesmere A & P show.


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All That Matters canvas

This is the Work of He{ART} canvas I created of my nephews. Their Mum who was my brothers partner is great at keeping in touch and sharing pics of the boys. I really appreciate that and feel that the title “All That Matters” pretty much sums up what I and their Mum think. The children are all that matters and should come first in any family split. I finally got something done with some of the photos so now the boys hang in pride of place on my family wall too. I was lucky to get a 2nd placing at the local A & P Show with this canvas too!!

Products used:

Stamps: Growing Green, Broadsheet Alphabet

Ink: Whisper White craft ink, Tempting Turquoise and Basic Gray

DSP: Nursery Nest, Retired scraps

Tools and Accessories: Brads, Embroidery thread, dimensionals, Pennant builder punch, Retired spiral border punch, On Board Merry Medley