34 posts categorized "Masculine"

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).

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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

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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.

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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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Masculine Christmas
by Sue McRae


Happy Tuesday crafters! Sue her with a clean and simple masculine Christmas card.

I find it tough to make masculine cards for any occasion and that includes Christmas so I thought I would really try to create a project that was understated, maybe a bit elegant and be appropriate for a guy for the holiday season.


My starting point was the patterned paper. There’s nothing like a good plaid design to give a card a masculine feel. I chose a pattern that has grey, red, cream and gold from the Christmas Plaid Paper Pad.

I then decided a wreath (which is good for any celebration) done in a simple white would be the focal point of the card.


I took the Adriana Wreath and used that as the base of the design. Then I die cut a lot of leaves from the Orchard Leaves set and began layering and filling in on top of the Adriana Wreath until I was happy with the fullness and shape.


For a festive touch I added gold gems (no sparkle on these) and to create a bit of a frosty look I added Diamond Dust randomly on the leaves with liquid adhesive. It adds a wonderful icy look when it catches the light.

The sentiment was stamped on grey cardstock and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.


That is it for my card. I really do like how this turned out. Not my usual colour palette but experimenting with styles and colours outside of our comfort zone is great for improving on our crafty skills.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today and enjoy your week!

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Maple Symphony
by Sue McRae


Happy Monday crafters! Sue here with my first autumn card of the season. We’ve had a hot summer in my area and now I’m grateful for the cooler weather. With the cooler weather comes the changing of the leaves, which are so pretty!


I started by taking white cardstock and applying Distress Inks in shades of blue. Then I heavily sprayed the panel with Perfect Pearls I mixed with water. I did not use my fine mister for this because I wanted to create texture on the background with a larger mix of droplets. Love the pearly shine!


I took this panel and ran it through my die cut machine with the Maple Symphony die which die cuts the maple leaves and the swirly lines. I put aside these leaves for a future project and adhered the panel onto the white card base.


I die cut the Maple Leaf Symphony once from white cardstock and once from black cardstock. The black leaves were inlaid onto the panel. The white leaves were inked up with more Distress Inks and when I adhered them down onto the panel I offset them a little bit so the black inlaid leaf below would show a little bit to give a shadow.

The sentiment is white heat embossed on black card stock and I added a black Double Stitch Rectangle Frame to finish off the card along with a sprinkling of gold gems.


Thank you for visiting with me today and I hope you have a great crafty week!

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Brick House Easel Card
by Sue McRae


Happy Monday crafters! I’m joining you today with a charming little scene on an easel card.


There’s lots of die cutting on this card but it’s easy to put together. The hardest part was choosing the colour scheme.


I started by die cutting my easel piece which is from the new Porch Pop Up Easel Set. The die set is meant for a front porch scene but I used only the two dies that create the card base and added other dies from my stash to make my own scene. This makes your easel card design possibilities, endless!


For the background of the card front I used some happy yellow patterned paper and added a grass border to the bottom of the panel.


I took the Proper Brick House and die cut it several times from different shades of teal card stock and assembled the house and I added a red door for a pop of bold colour.


The trees were die cut 3 times from white card stock and once from green card stock from the new Frosted Glitter Pad. I layered these all together to create thicker trees.


I die cut some small flowers from the Floral Cluster in yellow and red card stock and added them below the windows and used the Whittle Cloud as smoke from the chimney.


I think this card could be used for many occasions and would also be great for a guy so I left the sentiment on the inside simple with Just A Note stamped on a Colwell Label. This label die cut is what helps to keep the card in the easel position but it will mail flat in an A2 envelope. No extra postage needed!


Thanks for visiting with me today and have a great week!

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Shake It Up!
by Sue McRae


Hello everyone, Sue here with a Christmas shaker card!

Who doesn't love getting a fun shaker card, I know I do, but it's also fun to make them! I used the new Snowglobe Kit which makes it so easy to put together.


I started off my die cutting all my pieces. I used some patterned paper from Memory Box for the trees, wood grain card stock for the snow drifts, wood paper for the moose and base of the snow globe.


The background piece is navy card stock but I wanted to make the edges darker and used Distress Ink to achieve this.


After adhering all my pieces down I added small star sequins to the night sky and I have my acetate piece ready with the double layer of foam adhesive. A little tip, when you're adding foam adhesive to a curved item peel the paper backing off both sides of the foam, it will be so much easier to bend it around the circle.


Now I've added my iridescent mica flakes on top of the snow globe piece and will place the acetate window piece over this. I find it much easier to do it this way than adding the shaker elements inside the window and trying to centre the snow globe piece on top.


For the card background I used a piece of patterned paper with Twas the Night Before Christmas text and added a Double Stitch Rectangle Frame along with the the snow globe and base.


Have you made a shaker card before? Let me know in the comments.

Happy crafting!

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