45 posts categorized "Masculine"

Challenge Reminder: PSC#87 - Happy Holly Days!
by Sphoorti




Hello there! It's Sphoorti with a gentle reminder of this month's (and my first!) challenge - Happy Holly Days (PSC#87)! It's the most wonderful time of the year, and this theme has to do with all things associated with it, so transitive property dictates - this is the most wonderful challenge of the year!


Any card themed Winter / Christmas / Holidays works! Easy-peasy, and great because you probably have a bunch of cards already that you've just made to send out this Holiday season that you can enter into the challenge! Just make sure that you use at least one Poppystamps product, and enter your project on the challenge post blog for a chance to win! For more details about how this works, please see the original Challenge Post here.

First thing that comes to mind when I think of winter / December is snow (even though I live in a place where there's no precipitation - thanks, Southern California), and a warm fire in a cabin in the woods, hot chocolate in hand, cuddling with boyfriend and kitty.

The Cabin Snowglobe Pop Up Die Set that was released by Poppystamps in the 2021 Holiday Release totally gave me those vibes, so that's what I used for the challenge.

I made 2 versions and I think I'll make a lot more when I get the opportunity because these looked amazing and were easy to put together! The first one I made was a monochromatic version where I only used white and silver cardstock for all the die cuts. I made a mistake on this one, actually - and it was because I couldn't see one of the dies (it was right in front of me!) It forms the circle part of the snow globe. So, I improvised and made it without it. (So, if you observe, you'll see there's no demarcation between the actual snow globe and the back of the card). I made sure I used it on the second one. Lesson learned! I cut out the base line (not sure what it's called, but it's the little silver sliver with the tiny lines), multiple times and used it on the inside of the card so that the easel feature of the card can work off of it. Here's a picture of it:


For the one which has the red cabin - I actually cut out the word "merry" multiple times from the Small Freestyle Merry Christmas craft die with white and silver cardstock and layered them to make it thick like a chipboard. Then, I adhered it to the inside of the card so that the easel can work off of that as a stopper. Here's a picture of that:


Here are some more pictures of the cards for you!





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 Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the Poppystamps store!

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






Brilliant Star Card
Candice Crawford


Hello Crafty Friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

Christmas card making season is in full effect yall! If you are needing a bit more inspiration to get going on your 2021 Christmas cards, today's card share is a great design for easy mass producing. 

Poppysamps Thanksgiving 2

Today's card is using the new Brilliant Star Oval die. Along with the new Woodsy Plaid 6x6 Patterned Paper Pad and the Christmas Quotes Stamp set from last year. 


Creating this card is very simple. Begin by die cutting the Star Oval image from gold cardstock and white glitter cardstock. Save the inner pieces from the die cut from the white glitter cardstock as you will use these again. Discard the inner pieces of the die cut from the gold cardstock. I also die cut a small oval piece from white cardstock. 


Next adhere the Gold Star Oval frame to the white oval cardstock with liquid adhesive. Then paper piece the white glitter Brilliant Star Oval pieces into the Gold frame also with some liquid adhesive. Lastly stamp the sentiment Peace on Earth from the Christmas Quotes stamps set in Versamark ink onto s scrap piece of white cardstock then heat emboss with gold embossing powder. Die cut the sentiment using the coordinating dies from the stamp set and pop the sentiment up onto the card with some foam tape. 

Simple, easy and elegant christmas card that can be easily mass produced. There are 24 sheets of paper in the Woodsy Plaid 6x6 paper pad, therefore you can easily make 24 Christmas cards. 

I hope you have enjoyed today's card share and found inspiration. Until next time.... Happy Craftying! 

Candice Floral Signature copy





Bird House Card
Candice Crawford

Poppystamps Thanks Giving Post 1

Well Hello there Crafty friends, and to all the viewers in the United States, "Happy Thanksgiving."  The winter season is now among us here in Michigan and what better way to bring on the the season than a festive winter themed card. The Bird House Pop-Up Easel set paird with the new Wintertime Sentiments stamps make a great combo. 


For the card base I am using a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of plaid pattern paper from the new Woodsy Plaid 6x6 Paper Pad from Memory Box that I adhered to a white cardbase. This patterned paper goes well with any woodsy themed project and is perfect for masculine themed cards. 

Poppystamps Thanks Giving Post 4

Although this die set is meant to make pop-up easel cards the focal image of the birdhouse and bird are great die cut imges for regular A2 size or A7 size cards. The birdhouse was die cut from the new woodgrain cardstock from Memory Box and the snow and accents, cardinal, greenery and bird house accents were all die cut from colored cardstock scraps from my stash. 

Poppystamps Thanks Giving Post 3

This die set is a must have for your collection as it can be used for various seasons, and perfect for masculine card desings. The sentiment was stamped in Versa Fine Onxy Black ink. While the birdhouse was sponged with Vintage Photo distress ink to provide more dimension and depth to the the focal image of the card.  The whole image was popped up on 3M foam tape. 

Poppystamps Thanks Giving Post 5

I sincerely hope you have enjoyed today's card share and found inspiration. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Until next time Happy Crafting! 

Candice Floral Signature copy





Challenge Reminder – Sweater Weather
by Sue McRae


Hi everyone! Sue here with a reminder that we have a monthly challenge going on and the theme is Sweater Weather.


What is Sweater Weather? It can mean a fall theme, autumn colours, Thanksgiving, coffee etc. Whatever the term Sweater Weather makes you think of.


I created a fall themed card using the cute Whittle Beaver. I die cut him from white cardstock, inked him up in brown and gave him a plaid tail for a little fun!  And of course the little cutie is holding a pumpkin!

The Whittle Circles Frames were die cut from green cardstock and kraft woodgrain cardstock, layered and adhered to a cream woodgrain panel.


I die cut some maple leaves from plaid and gold glitter cardstock and added them to the frames.


The cream panel was adhered to a kraft woodgrain card base and I stamped the sentiment on a piece of the backside of the kraft woodgrain paper.

Now it’s your turn to create a project for the challenge.


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!

I can’t wait to see your designs!

Sue Floral Signature copy





Challenge Reminder: Sweater Weather
by Tiffany Pryce


Hey friends! Tiffany here with a reminder of this month's challenge - Sweater Weather. It's my favorite time of year (and my birthday is in a few days hehe) so I adore this month's challenge. "Sweater Weather" is up to your interpretation, but can mean all things fall or Thanksgiving, or autumn leaves, or warm beverages like apple cider or coffee. Just make a card celebrating the beauty of the fall season, use at least one Poppystamps product, and enter your project on the challenge post blog for a chance to win!



With a panel of white cardstock, I created a die cut window using the Basic Ovals Set dies. I layered the window on top of another panel of white cardstock that I die cut with the Leafy Vines Slim Plate die. I watercolored the vines with gold metallic watercolor. I wasn't precise with my watercoloring as I wanted a more organic look with bits of the white cardstock peeking out. I adhered the completed background to an A2 card base that I layered with a piece of pattern paper from the Garden Folly paper pack.



Next, I die cut the embellishment leaves. I used the Whittle Oak Leaf die and the Leaf Flourish Heart die. I ink blended a variety of distress oxide inks on the leaves in autumnal colors and arranged them on the card front. I snipped off the heart from the Leaf Flourish Heart die and cut apart the leaves to vary the look. For the sentiment, I used the Thanks Outline die. I die cut the shadow layer once from Kraft Woodgrain paper and backed it with foam tape for dimension. For the outline layer, I die cut it twice from white cardstock and once from gold foil from the Polished Foil paper pad. I adhered the layers together with liquid adhesive.

Pro tip: when using liquid glue with the Polished Foil paper, make sure to smooth the glue with your finger or a small sponge to ensure a smooth, thin layer. I've found that dots of liquid glue, no matter how small, can appear lumpy through the foil cardstock.


Hope you enjoyed this clean and simple card! I think it is perfect for a "masculine" or a gender neutral thank you card. Thanks for stopping by!

Tiffany Floral Signature copy





Woodsy Hugs
by Janet Katz

Plaid hugs with sig


I just love this Luscious Script Hugs die set. "Hugs" is such a short but appropriate sentiment for birthdays, get well, cheer up, and sympathy. The set comes with both the word and the offset background die. I wanted to make a slimline card (3.5 x 8.5") and decided on a tailored, masculine look using plaid, gold and navy blue cardstock.  I pieced them together to make long mats, hiding the seams behind the word.  More on how I did this below. I decided to soften up the sentiment by using a couple of my favorite dies -- the Floral Cluster and the Orchard Leaves. Finally, I added some gold liquid pearls to parts of the flowers and the background. I adhered everything together and attached the panel to a folded piece of beige cardstock as the card base.
Here's how I "stretched" my 6x6" paper. I used a single sheet from the plaid paper pad and cut it in half. I had a little notch in one piece from where the hanger hole was.
Plaid hugs in progress2

I had my work cut out for me because I needed a piece that was exactly 3x8" to mat onto the gold piece. I also needed to hide a seam on a diagonal and match the plaids up. First, I took my two 3x6" pieces, overlapped them and taped them together with removable tape, making sure that the notch was going to get cut off or not show behind the die cut. Next, I figured out the angle I wanted the "hugs" at to fit across the card with little to nothing of the die cut hanging off the left and right edges. Then, I made a pencil line and made the cut.
Plaid hugs in progress1

The two pieces fit together and made a piece much longer than the 8" I needed.  Finally, I decided I wanted my sentiment to sit about 1/3 of the way from the top, so I cut off a little from the top and bottom of my plaid piece so the seam would land just where I wanted the sentiment to land.
Plaid hugs in progress3
I used the same trick with my navy blue cardstock, but without needing to match a pattern or avoid a notch. However, I made a mistake. I neglected to place my navy blue seam at the same place as my plaid seam and cut all my extra length off of one end of my long navy piece. I was relieved when I was still able to make it work and cover the 2 seams.
Janet Floral Signature copy