cards, Masculine, Stampin' Up!


It’s my gorgeous boy’s 21st Birthday today. It’s crazy to think it is here. I have been feeling a little emotional this past week. It seems not that long ago he was a preschooler.  I am  proud of him but also very Thankful for the young man he is but still I don’t like it when they seem to grow up way too quickly. 😦

Anyway, I thought you might like to see the card I made him. This is with a retired set Grunge Rock. It’s a great set for those boys cards.

The numbers from the Large Numbers Thinlits were cut from Copper Foil Sheets.  The card mat and some stamping is Dapper Denim. The background dots are from Timeless Textures set and stamped in Soft Suede. This colour is a good match with the Copper.

The circle image is stamped in Soft Suede on scrap white card and punched out with the 1 3/8″ circle punch. It is raised up with Dimensionals after I added a few loops of Copper thread.

Although this is a retired set perhaps it would give you some inspiration for those masculine cards you need to do.

Thanks for looking,


cards, Catalogues, Stampin' Up!


The Party Pop-Up Thinlits have only been around for a short time – and now they are going!  I thought I would show you a few cards I have made with them over the months.

The Thinlits make cool Pop-ups inside the card.  It’s such a WOW!

But you could add them to the front of the card.

The other Pop Up Die in the pack is the Happy Birthday.

For this one I cut the words out from Watercolor Paper and then coloured them with the Aquapainter and Inkpads.  I did add the Wink of Stella to the “flames” although that is hard to tell.

This card below is a Flap Fold.  I hadn’t shown you this one yet.  I made this last year for our nephew’s 40th birthday.

To make this cut your card vertically in half on the short side so you have a long card strip.  On an A4 sheet that would be at the 10.5cm mark.  Then score on the long side at 7.4cm and then at 14.8cm (ie at 1/4 of the card and half way). Fold on the score lines at the half way score line and then back on itself at the first score line.

This is the inside for you to see it.

I cut a circle in the Crushed Curry and placed adhesive on half of the circle at the back and adhere that half on the front flap.  The Designer Series Paper is the Moroccan DSP and the card base is Dapper Denim.

It needed something on the birthday and without making it to bling-y I added a strip of Silver Foil and just one Adhesive Rhinestone in the centre.

You can see the Thinlits set in my store HERE.  Now these are reduced down to $40.  I think they will be a useful addition to your cardmaking not just to make the WOW cards but to add them to card fronts as well.  Grab them now.

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 Have a good day,



cards, Stampin' Up!


When I was creating the other day I thought I would CASE a few cards from the catalogue for my upcoming Launch next week.  This card started out as a CASE of a card on page 39 of the Occasions catalogue.  It took a life of it’s own very quickly though.

This is the original card if you haven’t got your catalogue handy and then I will show you my card – and the thought process that went behind the making of it. 🙂



When I started to emboss with the World Traveler Embossing Folder I realised that the orientation of the World map on the folder was different to the card, and I didn’t want to double emboss the map to cover the card front. That’s what I would have to do to cover my size card front. I just couldn’t get my head around doing that.  To me that is not how the world map is depicted.  Petty I know but …. ??

So I thought I would change the orientation of my card but that’s when the whole card changed.  I didn’t have the ‘Going Global’ stamp set but I could use ‘Guy Greetings’. That’s all good. But now that it was landscape what was I going to put on the front? It needed more than just a greeting.  I stamped the anchor in Bermuda Bay but I couldn’t have it just floating there. I punched a tag with the Note Tag punch in Delightful Dijon. That colour was chosen after looking at the colours in the ‘Bohemian’ DSP.  I looped up some Linen Thread and tied it in a bow and adhered that on.

The greeting is from ‘Guy Greetings’ and I stamped that on a piece of Whisper White and flagged the ends.  But still it needed something more! I added a strip of the black arrow paper from the ‘It’s My Party’ DSP stack.  It still needed more!  I added just a strip of the silver Foil under the greeting.  I just finished it off by sponging some Bermuda Bay ink over the embossed edges. OK, I think it was done now. I was going to brush over some Wink Of Stella in the Clear but decided to leave it.

See how you can take a card and use it as a springboard to create a completely different card.  Sometimes you just need a little inspiration to get it going.

I hope I didn’t bore you with the whole creating process of this card.  It just shows you what goes into creating at times.  Maybe that will help you when you are in a rut.

Thanks for visiting today,


cards, Challenges, Masculine


Another project I wanted to try on our stamping weekend was our team colour challenge. I hadn’t had a chance to make it before the weekend.  To be honest I haven’t had a chance to join in another one since. That’s OK right?? 🙂 Anyway,  to the colour challenge.  The colours were Cucumber Crush, Crushed Curry and Tip Top Taupe. What do you make of those colours?? They are really hard to work with I have to say.  My immediate thoughts were a masculine card.  When I thought about it too I realised that those colours can be found in the ‘Cherry on Top’ Paper Stack. Could I incorporate the papers someway??

I needed to make a card for one of my Great Nephews and chose the set ‘Boys Will Be Boys’.  I then found the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #207 that I had pinned on Pinterest so I thought that would work well with this set.  That’s what I thought but I will say it did take some working and it nearly ended up being scrapped all together. 🙂

Here is the sketch and then the finished card.  I just realised that I have lost a black rhinestone too!

FMS 207


The paper is from the ‘Cherry on Top’ stack.  I stamped the images on White card and then again on white card and cut parts of them out.  You can see a close-up here. I had done a little watercolouring to blur the lines a little.


I still thought it was plain so I looped around some Silver Thread which you can see in the photo of the full card.  Then I coloured some Rhinestones with a black Sharpie and added them onto the Cucumber Crush paper.  Job done – That was it!!!! Do you like it???

Thanks for visiting.  I hope where ever you are in the world that your day is awesome.

See you again soon,


cards, Masculine, My DIgital Studio


Another Great Nephew’s Birthday….yesterday. Again I left it until the last minute, and again I realised I don’t have any suitable stamps for a young little boy since the new Catalogue came out! So I turned to MDS (My Digital Studio). I love how MDS extends your card and paper supply.  Here is the card I made.


I printed off some Designer Series Paper to card size.  I used the ‘On The Go’ paper.  Then I created a ‘5’ using the “Schoolbook Serif” Digital brush set, resized it and recoloured it to Island Indigo.  I chose a little car from the ‘On The Go’ Brush set and recoloured it Real Red. Once these were all done I printed them off.  I did have to go back and resize the car to fit the 1 1/4″ circle punch (a couple of times).  A circle was punched out with the 1 3/8″ circle punch from Crushed Curry to layer underneath it.  I cut the ‘5’ out leaving a white border around it.  After adhering the Designer Series Paper to the Island Indigo card base I then raised up the 5 and the car with dimensionals.

MDS to the rescue again – and you can still have dimension and layers by creating a Hybrid card.

Thanks for stopping by.