61 posts categorized "Masculine"

You Guac My World
by Meghan Kennihan


Hi Crafty Friends,
I know many of you are in Holiday card making mode but that doesn't mean there aren't other events you need cards for during the Holiday season. I wanted to inspire you to keep up on your everyday card stash with these two avocado cuties.

Make Crafty Friends Q & A:
Q: Do you like avocados?
A: Me? YES! I eat one everyday!

Final_1These cards were very easy to make. I simple die cut 10 Whittle Avocados out of striped green paper and plain green paper from the Lush Green 6x6 Paper pad. Then I die cut 10 avocado "skins" and seeds out of brown paper and glued them together to make my avocados.

Final_2I framed the quintet of avocados with the Poppy Stamps Scalloped Stitched Frames and added the puns in the right corner. Thank you for stopping by! Head to my Instagram @madebymeghank or blog (www.madebymeghank.com) for more!

Meghan Floral Signature




I Love You Deerly
by Kim Singdahlsen

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The fall release included the very sweet Whittle Forest Reindeer Kit. The kit includes the charming deer you see on my card (including their hats!), the trees, 3 more reindeer from a sideview (one of which is a fawn), multiple antlers, a rock for them to stand on and a mini stamp set focused on deer including the "I Love Your Deerly" that I used! You can see the dies in the next picture.

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For their hats, I used a couple of plaid pads by Memory Box - Woodsy Plaid and Madras Plaid Coral and Green. I also cut the ear-flap hat out of Open Studio Watercolor Paper, then I trimmed off the top of the plaid hat and adhered it to the watercolor version leaving the ear flaps open and "fluffy" (the texture from the watercolor paper.) Then I wanted some of that "fluff" on the other hat so I used a hole punch and cut a little ball for the top of that hat.

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I cut their noses out of black, but I already have a Christmas card in the works with these guys and a red nose!!  This set came in the fall release but how perfect for Christmas!!

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I'm not going to do many words because I'm actually doing all of this with a broken right wrist (my dominant hand). I tell you this partly to explain the lack of words and partly because I think it really demonstrates how amazing these dies are. I didn't do anything to them besides cut and adhere - mostly using glue, but some pop dots (thank goodness my fingers are free from the cast!). That's all I did and the diecuts look wonderful.  Absolutely you can dress them up with colors or shading and it's amazing. But the point is none of that detail is here and it's still a card that I'm proud to send because of the fun detail on each die cut!

I hope I gave you some ideas and I'll be back in a few weeks with the Christmas card I mentioned!
Kim Floral Signature copy


Two Birthday Cards, One Pinpoint Frame
by Marybeth Lopez



Hello, happy September to you all. Marybeth Lopez  here with you today , sharing two cards made with the same dies. 

I used the Poppystamps Penelope Pinpoint Frame ,Fanciful Fall Leaves ,.


I love using the cut out for the beautiful foiled : Happy Birthday die, from the set called : Birthday Wishes Poe Script. I make many at the same time when I have my hot foil machine out .


I used Water color paper from Open Studio  300GSM For all the leaves. I wanted a soft look not to compete with the background . I added foil acorns all from the same set called : Fanciful Fall Leaves. I added foam under the Happy Birthday to raise it up and then glued the leave tucked under.


I also made a bluish gray card to have on had for a guy card and just die cut the sentiment twice and then glued together, I love the simplicity of this one and I think its a perfect masculine card.


I used the Sunny Orange Collection for this card from memory box : SP1002


Thanks for the visit today. I hope you are all having a nice week.





2510 Penelope Pinpoint Frame
2493 Fanciful Fall Leaves
Psf807 Birthday Wishes Poe Script Hot Foil Plate and Dies
Fp1003 Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad 6x6 pack
Sp1002 Sunny Orange 6x6 pack

Kittens All Around!
by Sphoorti



Hello Poppy Peeps!


I'm back with yet another kitty card! This one has the same cutest, tiniest kittens that I used on my previous post! My inspiration for this post was Ashley Tucker, who's an expert at making Spinner Cards. She has great tutorials on YouTube that outline the process. She goes over the process really well, and I think her videos are more effective for learning or implementing the technique, so I'll skip trying to explain the mechanism with words. But, I'll cover the aspects outside of the mechanism.




First I started off by cutting a whole bunch of kitties with the Baby Kittens craft die. I used black 130# card stock, so the kitties were pretty sturdy to begin with. I stacked a few together anyway for additional dimension and the "chipboard" like feel so that they can easily be spun.




I cut out a circular frame using acetate (I wanted them to look as if they're floating). I adhered all the kitties along the circumference of the circular frame.




I die-cut a circle for the center to cover the foam tape around which the acetate frame spins, and I stamped it with a sentiment from stamp set that's included in the Whittle Adorable Kitty Kit and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.


There's a little paw print in the stamp set in the Whittle Adorable Kitty Kit. I stamped it in black and clear heat embossing that as well. I ran my shimmer pen on the kitties to make them sparkly and then covered them with glossy accents for that shiny look and smooth feel.




It looked like something was missing so I talked to my crafty friend and genius, Judy, about it and she suggested putting the black strips at the top and the bottom. I went with some strong double sided adhesive, and put some black Therm-O-Web DecoFoil on top. It looked much better, but I still felt like it was missing something. So, she suggested that I use a black frame around the sentiment circle, and I used a circle die set to cut out a frame with a sheet from the Black Glossy Paper Pack. It matched perfectly with the foil. I think I was 90% happier after implementing this suggestion from her. Shout out to Judy and her creativity!


I was contemplating putting some dots around the kittens (like little foiled black dots), but decided to stop before I mess up the card.




Here's a video of the spinning mechanism. I used a pair of scissors to spin the kitties.



Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Please do let me know! We love to hear from you! Stay tuned for even more little kitty cards now that I have this set out!




Sphoorti Floral Signature copy




Baby Kittens!
by Sphoorti



Hello Poppy Peeps!


I'm back with another kitty card! This one has the cutest, tiniest kittens that'll just melt your heart! My inspiration for this card? Chittles, my boyfriend's (and now my) kitty. She's our little girl and our world.




Originally, I thought I'd try the partial die cutting technique and make the kittens float from the top of the card base, but I made the mistake of choosing really thick cardstock (130#) and the kitties were so tiny and intricate, I had a hard time cutting through the base to form a clean line. See what I mean? 






So, I decided to take a shortcut and tried to achieve the same effect without killing the card stock or bits of the kitties, so I did it the following way. It was so much easier, and quicker! Let me talk you through it...




First I started off by cutting a whole bunch of kitties with the Baby Kittens craft die. (Just a note for you, by the way - this is a steal! Great price point!) I cut a bunch with the same black card stock (130#) and also with some black fun foam. I adhered the card stock kittens to the foam kittens and set them aside.




I took some 2" double sided tape and adhered it to my card base at the top and poured the Diamond Dust glitter (that's right, it's back!) on it and burnished it in.




I took a card panel that measured about 3.5" in height and foam mounted it on the card base at the bottom so that the strip of glitter shows up at the top.



Then I took the kittens and arranged them along the horizontal line at the top of the card panel so that they look like they're floating.




I took the stamp set from the Whittle Adorable Kitty Kit and stamped the "I miss mew" sentiment in black and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.




There's a little paw print in the stamp set in the Whittle Adorable Kitty Kit. I used some light gray ink (This one's called Grout Gray by MFT Stamps and it's the best cool-light-gray ink ever!) to stamp the paw prints all over the card panel.




Then, I used a Spectrum Noir shimmer pen on top of the kittens to make them sparkly and then added glossy accents on top for that glossy finish. And because you can never have enough kitties in the world, I cut up some more using some Glitzy Glitter card stock and adhered them to the inside of the card. 



I may not have hit Crazy-Cat-Lady status in real life, but I certainly did in my crafty life.




Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Please do let us know! We love to hear from you! Stay tuned for even more little kitty cards now that I have this set out!



Sphoorti Floral Signature copy




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