38 posts categorized "Masculine"

Seas the Day
by Sue McRae


Hello crafters! I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer so far! I have an ocean card with the Underwater 3D Embossing Folder as my main product.


I started by taking a piece of watercolor paper and swiping Distress Inks across it.


I sprayed it with quite a bit of water to get the colors to blend then heat set it.


I took the same ink colors and added more layers using an ink blending tool.


I flicked on some plain water and blotted it with a paper towel and ran the piece through the die cutting machine with the embossing folder. Lots of amazing detail!


Using my finger, I took white pigment ink and rubbed it on the raised designs to make them stand out better.


I cut the panel down slightly to leave a border on an A2 card. I die cut the Whittle Fish Trio from silver foil paper and added them with foam adhesive.


I die cut a Word Balloon, trimmed off the tail and stamped the sentiment on it and I added a few Fairy Drops to finish off the card.


Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful week!

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Framed Forest Scene
by Kim Singdahlsen

6.3.21 PS BL

Between my husband and my college-aged sons, I am regularly in need of masculine cards.  And with the difficulties of the past year, I regularly need "hugs" cards.  To have a card in my stash for them, I used the Whittle Wood Picture Frames to create a little lake scene surrounded by evergreens with a curious little squirrel in the foreground.

Notice the shine on that first picture - that's the lake using Polished Foil, but it just doesn't show well on the rest of my pictures.


I selected the Playful Hugs sentiment. I feel like it had the right style for the my scene (especially with the Busy Squirrel checking it all out!)

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I started out by just pulling out a variety of green and blue-green cardstock.  When I got done with my scene I decided I needed a little detail in the background so I used a simple striped patterned paper from the Memory Box Garden Folly 6x6 pad.  I was thrilled at how how well it coordinated!!

6.3.21 PS Flat BL

I love creating little groupings of dies and this one was especially fun.  The frame is a wonderful look and the Evergreen Trio fit into it perfectly! The squirrel was not in my original plan but I like that it added a bit of color.  And now I have a card in my stash for the next time one of my men/boys need hugs!

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You Are Jaw-some
by Kim Singdahlsen

3.20.21 PS 630

I adore all of the Whittles (even the Whittle Shark!!)  One of the many reasons that I love them are they are perfect for cards for my sons. They are 21 and 25-years old so I really cannot use anything cutesy (nor anything with bling). The Whittles strike the perfect middle ground; they are absolutely charming (but not cutesy).  Then the variety of sentiments in all of the Whittle stamp sets make them useful for any occasion.

My card uses the new Whittle Shark backed by a Whittle Wave with a sentiment from Whittle Sealife.


I broke my sons' "no-bling" rule in two ways, but it just had to be done.  First, I cut the Whittle Waves out of the kraft color, then I cut a separate blue.  I wanted there to be a little bit of sparkle in the water so I offset the blue waves in the opening and added a small piece of glitter paper from Memory Box. That gave it the hint of sparkle without being all-out bling.  Second, I love accenting my sentiments and I often do it with sequins or gems but in this case I used the new Fairy Drops.  I think it gave a watery look without truly being bling!


The sentiment is just right! How awesome to have a jaw-some sentiment! 

I picked my cardstock to match that Memory Box plaid. I love how this turned out - fabulous dies and papers and just enough bling for my taste!


Thanks for checking this out! Hope you got some ideas!Kim Floral Signature copy





Stuck On You
by Sue McRae


Hello crafters! Sue here with a card using some of the new dies from the Whittle Wonders release. There are a lot of cute Whittle critters and I chose to use the lizard along with some cacti.


I made the background first by die cutting a bunch of the lizards from white cardstock and adhering them to a white panel. I like the subtle texture and pattern it gives to the card.


Next I die cut the lizard and the cacti from watercolour cardstock. I used Zig Real Brush Markers to randomly swipe different shades of green and turquoise on the cacti and blended it out with water. I was in the mood for a fun lizard so I swiped the Zigs across it in rainbow colours and of course I had to add googly eyes to complete its cuteness!


I attached my lizard panel to the card base with foam tape and used foam tape to mount the cacti and lizard. The sentiment is from the new Whittle Wild Animal Sentiments set that has some fun puny sentiments to go along with all the new critters. The finished card is 4 ¼” square.


I hope you check out the new release here. Along with dies and stamps there are some jewels and woodgrain paper.


Have a great crafty week!

Sue Floral Signature copy






Challenge Reminder
by Sue McRae


Hello everyone! I’m here with a reminder about Poppystamps January Challenge, Monochrome. This has to be one of my favourite colour schemes because I’m not so great at using lots of different colours on one card (unless it’s a rainbow).

January 2021

Monochrome is defined as a project created in shades of black and white or in varying tones of one color.  To keep it simple you can create in shades of black white and grey or in ombre shades of any color you like (with the addition of black and white).   You can choose any occasion or event - all types of projects welcome including but not limited to cards, page layouts, tags, gifts, home decor and more!   It's your choice, just be sure to use at least one Poppystamps image (stamp or die) on your project! 

For my card I die cut the Winged Bird Collage from white card stock and then die cut the Whittle Spinner Background three times around the bird.


I took four colours of teal card stock and cut them into ¼” strips and adhered them to the back of the bird. I really love how the stripey colours make the bird pop and seem like it’s flying.

I created a circular frame using two nesting dies from the Circle Basics die set and added that around the focal piece.


The sentiment is the Doodle Happy Birthday die cut three times from card stock so it’s nice and thick. I thought this would make an excellent masculine card so I didn’t add any embellishments.


Now it’s your turn to play along with our challenge. 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!

I can’t wait to see your projects!

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Dear Santa
by Kim Singdahlsen

12.18.PS Flat 640

My 21-year old son is one of the last people for whom I need to make a Christmas card.  There was little doubt in my mind that a card with this sentiment and the moose with his cute expression would be just perfect for my son.  He's enjoying his college life away from us, perhaps a little too much. So wondering if he's good enough for "Santa" is a valid question!!

I've said it many times - but I adore the Whittles.  And my favorite type of card to make is using groupings of dies so my two favorite things came together on this card.

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LOVE that look on the moose's face - you can just see that he's trouble!

I spent quite a bit of time trying to decide how to back my little grouping.  I was flipping through various Memory box paper pads and in the Dashing Holiday pad found the soft snow for the background and the plaid to keep it masculine.

12.18. PS Side 640

If you celebrate the holidays, I hope your Christmas and holiday cards are done and mailed, your decorations are up, your cookies are made and your meals are planned (or you have family members who love to cook!)  It's time to kick back and find some peaceful moments!

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