56 posts categorized "Masculine"

Grungy Hello
by Tiffany Pryce


Welcome back to the blog, friends! Tiffany here to share a card I created using a gel print background and an embossing folder. I rarely pull out my gel plate so I wanted to try something a little different. It was so much fun making different backgrounds with inks, sprays, and paints. Having a background stash makes for easy cardmaking when you need to create quickly.


To start, I added two colors of blue paint on my gel plate. I spread out each color with a brayer and cleaned the brayer on scratch paper between colors. The colors I used were a brighter aqua blue and a more stormy blue color. After spreading the paint with my brayer, I pulled a print with 80 lb white cardstock. I added about 2 or 3 layers of paint on the same background panel until I was happy with the result. After the paint was dry, I splattered aqua and silver acrylic gloss spray for additional texture and shine. I love the abstract grungy look of the paint and splatter.


I could have left the panel as is, but decided to add even more texture. I lightly sprayed both sides of my gel print with clean water, and then ran it through my die cutting machine in the Geometric Crystals 3D Embossing Folder. To bring out the square pattern more, I lightly ran white pigment ink over the panel so it just highlighted the raised portions. To help even out the background, I added a few layers of scrap cardstock. I sprayed a panel with the same silver, metallic spray and used it to matte my card front.


For the sentiment, I die cut the Freestyle Hello craft die several times from white cardstock and adhered the layers together. For the shadow layer, I die cut it from a piece of acetate for something a little different. I did not want to cover the background. On the top layer of the sentiment, I added more silver, metallic spray with my finger to match the grungy feel of the card.


Hope you liked this mixed media card and are inspired to try something similar. I think this would be a great masculine or unisex design. Have a great Sunday!

Tiffany Floral Signature copy


Challenge Reminder - You're the Best
by Jeanne Jachna

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Did you know we have a monthly challenge?  It's a great way to play along with fellow crafters, show off  your style and get ideas for different ways to use  your Poppystamps craft dies and stamps.

2022-06This month's challenge is all about the boys!  We're looking for projects made for the special guy in your life.  Maybe it's your hubby, son or best friend!  You can make whatever you like.. a card, page layout or even a tag.  Just be sure to use at least one Poppystamps craft die or stamp.   Linking to your design automatically enters you into our drawing for a $20 gift card to Poppystamps.com.   You can always find the latest challenge by clicking on the badge on the top right of the blog .

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My card starts with a Distress Ink Panel.  It's got Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron blended left to right.   Next I cut the Soaring Tree Frame from two shades of blue cardstock, and the Tall Skyline Tree Frame from two shades of green cardstock. 

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I stacked the tree frames so each has a green and a blue panel, and alternated which die went on top.  I love how they both have a pretty pierced border so they both are beautiful cover dies.   Assembling the two frames together makes a perfect background for an A2 size card. 

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I love the depth the stacked trees create giving you the feeling of being in a forest.   I took the "You" from the Thank You Poe Script to create a sentiment.  Paired with a gold foil Modest Greetings 2 sentiment strip  the message is clear.   

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You have until the end of the month to join us!  I can't wait to see what you make! 


Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"



Chocolate Cake
by Marybeth Lopez


Hello, Marybeth Lopez  here today sharing a Chocolate Cake, Father's Day card .

It was hard for me to make a card without much color, I needed to keep it masculine as it a card for my husband.  His absolute favorite is chocolate cake. 

I used one layer of the Poppystamps , Floral Cake Pop Up Easel Set, for the top I used the Layer Cake Drip Icing. I was going to add glossy accents to make it shine but didn't have the time to wait for it to dry this time.


The leaves are also from the Floral Cake Set, I used the Mirror Pad cardstock  and love the way they turned out. 

For the sentiment I used the Poppystamps Foil and Cut Die Set ( love this set so much) . My drip frosting is layered three times and for the bottom frosting I just cut and layered a bit over each one till the end , then covered with the die cut leaves.


The products are shown above and all linked below. When I used my foil machine last time I made many at the same time so I would have lots  sentiments ready made.


Our 46th Anniversary happens to fall on Father's Day this year. It will be nice to celebrate my amazing husband on the same day. 


Thank you so much for the visit. Hopefully you have some time to craft and enjoy some peace in creating. God bless and see you tomorrow with another card.





Moose Hugs for My Guy
by Kim Singdahlsen

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Just a reminder that the theme for this month's challenge is My Guy and we hope to see you playing along.  236800618_3307987012760970_42492384614323546_n

I just had to play along. The Whittle animals were what initially drew me to Poppystamps. They were just perfect for my two young teen (at the time) sons and my husband. The Whittle are very cute, but not cutesy! And now that there are multiple stamp sets full of punny little sayings for them, they show up on virtually every card that I make for them.  Of course, you all know that Poppystamps has so much more than the Whittle animals - have you seen the newest release of flowers and butterflies? Gorgeous!

I wanted to send my oldest son a big "hug" so I pulled out the Playful Hugs die then what better to go along with that hug than this jaunty Whittle Moose.  To decorate the "hugs", I adhered 1/4" strips of colored paper to some scratch paper and then cut the hugs. If you try this, be sure to apply adhesive to the very edge of each strip of paper. If you don't, some of the smaller pieces at the top and bottom of the "hugs" won't stick.  Trust me on this!

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I knew it was going to be a small scene so I wanted to frame it to make it pop. I used the stitched inner frame from one of the Scalloped Stitch Frames. Then I cut the sky and the ground pieces just slightly larger than the inner dimensions of the frame and adhered it to the back of the frame. I adhered the "hugs" and the moose with the moose getting slightly tangled in the sentiment.  I filled in the sky with a few Whittle Clouds.

I gave the background just a bit of decoration using the Double Diamond Lattice Plate in white on the kraft. 

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I hope that I've inspired you to play along with us this month at our My Guy challenge!

Kim Floral Signature copy


PSC#93 My Guy!

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Welcome to the Poppystamps Challenge! We're so happy you've stopped by, and we sure hope you'll join us! On the first of the month, we announce a new Poppystamps Challenge with a central theme. The design team will provide samples for inspiration, and you can play along through the end of the month for your chance to win.

The winner of our blog badge for the Poppystamps Challenge #92 Floral Fantasy is Cindy Chiu!


The lucky winner of the draw (chosen by random number generator) for the monthly prize is Shelia!

Please contact me (Jeanne) at poppychallenge@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Want to play? 

The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Poppystamps image or die, and link it up here. The design we love best will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog, and one lucky random winner will receive a prize. You don't have to have a blog to play.  You can link to any online gallery. In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Poppystamps image. We ask that you link a maximum of  3 entries to each challenge. You are welcome to link your design to other challenges. Grab our badge to post on your blog post or sidebar!


PSC#93 My Guy!  This month we want to honor the men in our lives - boys of all ages!  Whether your guy loves sports, trains, cars or camping; maybe his perfect day is boating, fishing or chasing a little white ball on the golf course!   Whatever his passion, we want to celebrate him!   Your project can be for any occasion,  just be sure to include at least one Poppystamps  image (stamp or die) on your project! 

Need a little inspiration?  Here are some samples from our design team.  Want a closer look?   No worries.. we'll be featuring these projects on Wednesdays throughout the month, so you can see how each project was created.

Meet our June Guest - Birgit Norton who was selected by Nancy who has been a fan of Birgit's for years!  She has been on several design teams, and enchants with every project. Her cards and style are full of sweet joy, always inspiring  with her clever designs.


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Blog: Crafting While I Wait

Instagram: @birgitnorton

I live in the beautiful state of Maine, where the winters are long and summers whiz by in the blink of an eye. I try to spend as much time outside during the warm summer months, but during the long, cold winter months, I'm happily spending my time making cards and other paper crafts to share with friends and family.

Now it's your turn! Need a little more motivation? How about a prize? The winner (chosen at random) of this challenge will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the store!

You have until 12 am US EST on June 28 to link up your design here! We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on July 1!!    

Thanks for joining us! We can't wait to see what you make!

Fun with Foiling
by Marybeth Lopez


Hello, Marybeth Lopez  here with you today. Can you believe May is almost over! It flew by for me. 

Poppystamps has so many fun new products as you have seen some of the design team members already use. The DT has created so many gorgeous cards.

I did lost of foiling today with the amazing sentiments sets from Poppystamps : Foil and Cut Die Sets...... 


After using the hot foil machine , I used the companion outline die to cut it out . So very easy . I made lots so I have them ready to go when needed. I think you are going to love these.


The Congratulations is from the Modest Greetings 1. I also cut and foiled many of those too.


Since I have both sets I was able to cut two at a time. I have many on hand ready to go.


This photo above shows how beautifully they shine and glimmer. I am so excited about the new foil dies from Poppystamps. For my leaves I used oxide distressed inks and blended with a sponge dauber. The leaves are from Poppystamps Brilliant Geraniums Flower Set.




This is a graduation card for a guy , did want any flowers , so I just used the leaves. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Happy Crafting and Peace be with you all.