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As it is approaching the end of the Annual Catalogue AND the Occasions Catalogue, I really wanted to use up more of the great papers from the ‘Adventure Bound’ Designer Series Paper Stack before they are finished with. There are some great designs for those male cards we all struggle with.  So this past week I have been on a mission to make some cards with this stack.  I thought I would show you some of the cards.

First up, I CASED the card on the left from Leanne Greff (flowerbug) HERE but just changed it a little.  Then decided to turn it and change it some more. Colours used are Basic Black, So Saffron and Cajun Craze. Isn’t the brick print cool???


For these next 2 cards I used the Traveler set and added some Burlap Ribbon and Island Indigo Cotton Ribbon.  Don’t be afraid to use ribbon on the boys cards!  Colours used here are Basic Gray, Island Indigo and Cajun Craze. The greeting is from ‘Itty Bitty Banners’.


On these last 2 I will show you I decided to pull out some retiring sets.  I changed the stamps but kept the same layout.  The left is using Starburst Sayings and the right card is Blue Ribbon and I have used the White Jute ribbon (which only just arrived in my order a few hours earlier!!!).  I have used Island Indigo, Cajun Craze and Base Gray again and even added some sparkle with some Silver Glimmer Paper.


I was happy with these little sets of cards. I hope you like them too??? 🙂

Have you got any ‘Adventure Bound’ DSP paper stacks yet?? There are some great designs and only $11.95 for 48 sheets: 4 each of 12 double-sided designs. They are just a little larger than a card front size and have some fantastic print images and patterns. You have to get this pack for your male cards. (Only 2 weeks left). You can see them (and order) from my online store HERE or you can contact me directly.

You can see some other cards I made with this stack some time ago by heading to this blog post HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Come and visit me again.  Have a happy day wherever you may be.


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I have finally had a chance to go through my swaps and take photos.  I thought you might like to see them. There are some great ideas. I have grouped them to help you see them.  If you would like a closer view of one or to know about it more then let me know.

Butterflies are always popular!


Flowers of all types!


I took photos of these next 2 separately to show you as I liked these ideas.

On the left is a collage card.  I have been wanting to try one of these.  One on the right is a triple layer stamped card using ovals.  It looks great!  (I will give this one a go too).


A variety of cards here.


Some ideas for the men!


These are gift card holders, tea bag holder and little tags.  Check out the black dress.


I had to take a close-up of the dress.  It is using the Bow punch.  How clever!


Some little treat holders. Very cute!


Tags and bookmarks


There you go.  Thanks to those people who swapped with me. There are some great ideas for you to try.  What is your favourite??  What will you try first?? I think I will need to grab my bow punch and try the dress out.

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As you read this I will be on my way to the Gold Coast, Queensland for the South Pacific Stampin’ Up! Convention.  So exciting!!

The best part of this is meeting up with online demonstrator friends and swapping cards with them. Oh yes! There are great demonstrations of projects and sneak peeks too 🙂

So I thought I would show you my swaps I have done.  This year I made less than I usually do. Time was a little against me.

Here are my cards.


I have used the set ‘Guy Greetings’.  The card on the right I have CASED from Lisa Young ( HERE.  This card then inspired my card on the left.

The base card for both is Night of Navy.  I used Very Vanilla mat.  I cut an oval shape on scrap card to form a mask and placed this over the Hardwood background stamp.  I inked up the Hardwood stamp by patting the Crumb Cake ink over the mask and stamp. I removed the mask and stamped the Hardwood stamp onto the Vanilla cardstock. The anchor and tool images are both stamped in Night of Navy ink on Whisper White card.

For the card on the right I added ‘Epic Day’ Washi Tape and this greeting was stamped in Basic Gray.


For the card on the left, the greeting is stamped in Night of Navy.  I added some loops of linen thread on the back of the card.  To create these loops,  I loosely wrapped the linen thread twice around 2 fingers and cut the linen thread at this point. I added Glue dots to attach the loops under the top left of the image which had been matted onto Night of Navy card.  Then I made one loop and attached it under the bottom right.  Glue dots are the best  way to attach the loops.


I hope you like them.  I can’t wait to receive the swap cards in return.  I will share them with you when I get back.

I will try and post again later in the week but most of the updates will be on my Facebook business page.  You can ‘Like’ me if you haven’t already.  Just click on the link in the right column.

Thanks for stopping by today 🙂

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I just have to share these cards I made yesterday.  I am not great at making male cards.  Aren’t they hard to make???  The new Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stacks in the Occasions Catalogue makes creating them so much easier.  Actually there are a lot of great “male” sets in this catalogue.



The prints in the stack are beautiful.  You really don’t need too much more with them on your cards.  I have used the new ‘Hello You’ Thinlets and the ‘Crazy About You’ stamp set with them and kept the embellishments very simple.  I was thinking of putting Candy Dots on them but didn’t get around to it.  I don’t think it needs them really.  I like the clean look.

Here they are individually.





The Adventure Bound Stacks are great value at $11.95.  (p 40 of the Occasions Catalogue).  You get 48 sheets – 4 each of 12 double-sided designs.  Sized right for the front of your cards.

Adventure bound

You can get the Thinlets and Crazy About You set as a Bundle. (p 31).  For Bundle price W $112.95  C $94.25  Photopolymer $72.95.  They are available individually too.

Hello You          Crazy About You

So if you have a hard time with cards for the boys then grab one of these stacks.

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I’m ‘Feeling Sentimental’!!  Well, this is the stamp set I used on the card.  This is a great stamp set for the male cards.  This card was inspired by one I saw on Splitcoaststampers.


I used the same colours and layout.  On the Black oval though I embossed this using the Stripes Embossing Folder.  I added a timber button threaded with twine.

Here is a close-up to show the embossed oval although it still is a little hard to see!


There is so much detail in these images they really don’t need much more doing with them.  It is a simple card but I guess for a male they don’t really look too closely, do they!

Thanks again for stopping by.  The week is flying past and there is not much time left for Sale-A-Bration 2013.  This has been a fantastic 2 months and there have been some great products.  So don’t miss out on getting your freebies whether you shop or join Stampin’ Up!

Stop by tomorrow for the second last project of Sale-A-Bration.


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I was playing around with the Sale-A-Bration set ‘Feeling Sentimental’ a few weeks ago and created this card.  Some distressing and inking I think it makes a great “MAN” card.  They are always hard to do, aren’t they???  I have used the Chevron Embossing Folder.  The brads in the centre of the wheel and on each end of the Natural Trim Ribbon are gold brads and I sanded them back slightly to rough them up!!!


Thanks for stopping by today.  I have another card using this set to show you tomorrow, Day 3 of our Countdown, so stay tuned.