Stampers Showcase Blog Hop – Let it Ride Masculine Card

Hello friends,

Welcome to my blog – Stamping Flair. Thank you for taking the time to visit me. Today I’m participating in the Stampers Showcase Blog Hop. This month we are featuring projects with a masculine theme. If you’re stuck for masculine makes, we’ve got you covered. 

My masculine card features the Let it Ride stamp set which is suited for anyone but for this challenge it’s being a male stamp set!

Handmade card with horse, Masculine card with horse, Stampin' Up!

I started off by attaching a piece of Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper to an Old Olive card base. The benefit of double sided paper is one side could have beautiful flowers (just like this one has) and then the other is suitable for a masculine card. Next I added a matted layer of the Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Series Paper which adds a richness to this card to mark a celebratory occasion. The vertical lines in this DSP create a formal look which I think worked well for this masculine card.

Stampers Showcase Blog Hop, Horse handmade card

The horse has been stamped in Soft Suede and die cut with the Stitched Shapes dies. I then formed a loop with the ribbon which has been attached with Tear & Tape. A bow from the linen trim adds a touch of rustic to coordinate with the horse. The stamped circle was then mounted with Dimensionals and layered on Old Olive and Early Espresso circles. I completed the card with a sentiment stamped in Early Espresso.

Noble Peacock DSP with male card

Measurements:

  • Old Olive – 21 cm x 14.8 cm (scored in half), die cut circle and scrap for sentiment
  • Whisper White – 6.8 cm x 10 cm and die cut circle
  • Early Espresso die cut circle
  • Perennial Essence DSP – 9.9 cm x 14.2 cm 
  • Noble Peacock Specialty DSP – 6.4 cm x 9.6 cm

I hope this inspires you with those sometimes-hard-to-make men’s cards. Please hop through the blogs and get more inspiration.  Next up is Ange Mc Kay. Click on the Next Blog button to see what she’s created for the guys. 

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Come Sail Away Memories & More Card

The card I’ve got for you today is from a batch I created this past weekend when I was creating like I was going to run out of DSP (like that’s going to happen!).I am so excited for my Annual Catalogue Launch and Craft Party which is happening this Saturday. I hope you are too and have booked your place for this fun event. Preparation is in full swing and I have been creating lots of samples for you to look at. Last Sunday I did a 14 hour crafting shift in my pjs. Awesome! It was longer than working hours but I didn’t feel it. Crafting makes me happy and relaxes me (but I’ve still got a 100 things to do for Saturday!). If you haven’t let me know you”re coming, please drop me a message. We are going to have a fun afternoon together.

The instant I saw the front cover of the Annual Catalogue, all those blue cards got my attention. The lighthouses, sailing boats, ocean themed cards immediately drew me and I knew the Come Sail Away suite was going to be a favourite of mine. This is a card I’ve created using the Come Sail Away Memories & More Card Pack. This pack comes with varying sized cards, laser cut images such as the one I’ve used on this card and also stickers. 

Scrapbooking card with Yacht used to make handmade card

I love the texture of the laser cut cards. One side is white, while the other side has a white-washed look and that’s what I chose to show on this card. I backed it with a piece of Night of Navy cardstock which really made this image pop. The sentiment is die cut with the stitched tag which is from the matching framelits. I stamped the rope in balmy Blue over the sentiment. 

All the elements have been layered on a piece of Balmy Blue cardstock which has been embossed with the lovely High Seas 3D embossing folder. This is a new style embossing folder and will need to be sandwiched through your die cutting machine differently. 

Watch this video for some tips on using the new style 3D embossing folders and dies.

If, like me, you love ALL the products in this suite, the new catalogue makes it easy with a one-product-number ordering system. This item number and other products used are all listed below. Try out the Memories & More card packs and see how easy it is to make a batch of cards. 

Handmade card with sailing boat, laser cut cards used to make a greeting card


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Step-it-Up Sunday #54 It’s Your Day Fishing Card

Many times it’s been said that cards for men are so hard to make and ideas are hard to come by. In the current Occasions Catalogue we have 2 bundles, apart from stamp sets, that really make it easy to create those hard to make men’s cards. The Geared Up Garage bundle is great for the car enthusiast or mechanic in your family. I’m using the Best Catch bundle today. This is great for the outdoor person who loves fishing. 

Catch of the Day framelits

Beginner

This card for the beginner stamper creates a scene with stamping in dfferent colours. I incorporated the water in Balmy Blue and the grass in Mossy Meadow from the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set. The sentiment is stamped on Balmy Blue cardstock. I I was unsure about what colour card base to use and in the end went with Cajun Craze. I like the earthy look it brings to this card. 

Best Catch, Step-it-Up Sunday, Masculine, Men's card,Beginner card, simple stamping, Fisherman

Casual

Best Catch, Step-it-Up Sunday, Masculine, Men's card, Casual Crafter,

Lots of die cut grass was added from the Catch of the Day framelits as well as Lakeside Framelits. I also die cut the fisherman and attached him with Stampin’ Dimensionals. When trying to align the stamp and the die I ran into a bit of trouble. Every time I stamped the fisherman, one part of it didn’t align with the die. So I went back to a method I have used in the past when I have this problem. 

Aligning Tricky Stamps

First die cut the shape from a piece of cardstock. Then place your stamp inside the die cut space. It’s a bit like a puzzle piece. This ensures that the stamped image is not slightly askew and then it will align with your die. Keep your template for future use. 

Aligning Tricky stamps, Best Catch

Avid

This card has been stepped up for the Avid crafter with a die cut oval in the centre and an embossed fish added to create more technique to this card. 

Best Catch, Step-it-Up Sunday, Masculine, Men's card, Avid crafter

To create the die cut oval temporarily attach the Very Vanilla panel on top of the card base. I added a bit of tombow glue to the back of the Very Vanilla cardstock and let it dry for a couple of minutes. This makes it tacky and allows you to attach it together for die cutting. 

Once the oval was die cut, I separated the Very Vanilla panel and ran it through the Big Shot with the larger Stitched Oval. This creates the frame so that the Cajun Craze cardstock shows through. 

Using the Stitched Oval die that was used to cut the Very Vanilla panel, I embossed the Cajun Craze cardstock oval with Embossing Mats to show the stitched effect. 

On the inside of the card I added a piece of cardstock which was die cut with the In the Wood framelits die and sponged with Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive ink. The bag has been stamped in Soft Suede on Crumb Cake cardstock with sections coloured with a Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend. 

Best Catch, Step-it-Up Sunday, Masculine card for fisherman, Avid crafter

I think my favourite image in this set is the fish because it’s a larger image and you can colour it so many ways. Several Stampin’ Blends combined to create this look.

Next I wanted to get a metallic look on the fish like scales. Wink of Stella was applied in sections then I poured Gold Embossing Powder and heat embossed it. I did this a few times until a got the look I wanted. The Wink of Stella takes the place of Versamark in this instance. 

This would be a fun card to give anyone who loves fishing. This fish is definitely the b-i-i-i-i-g catch fisherman talk about. 

Have a wonderful week.


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Making a Creative Element Out of a Mistake

A few weeks back we had no electricity for nearly 24 hours and I occupied some of my time by making cards under candlelight. My eyesight is not the greatest at the best of times so candlelight posed an extra challenge for me. I was working with the Classic Garage Suite preparing for blogging, classes and Class in the Mail.

The coordinating colours in the Designer Series Paper are BasicBlack, Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Tranquil Tide, Very Vanilla and Whisper. However, I wanted to create with a slight different colour palette. So I chose Balmy Blue to work in with Real Red Basic Gray and Whisper White. I stamped, coloured and die cut the pieces and partially assembled the card so I could complete it another day.

The car was coloured with Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends. Love this colour. I die cut the gears and then used a sponge dauber to add Real Red to it. This gave it a distressed look. And how cute is that little metal key? Each pack of embellishments come with 8 keys and 8 spanners for $12.25. That’s 76 cents each. Cute embellishment to add at not much cost and it finishes the card off nicely.

When I went to add my sentiment I realized that I had stuffed up a bit. So have you spotted my boo boo yet? I mixed Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock on the card. The car is stamped on Whisper White and the stripes and sentiment on Very Vanilla. Not a regular combination. Now I did think of fixing it but overall I liked the look of it because I added a little punched piece of Designer Paper which tied in the Very Vanilla nicely. A mistake became something I actually liked. 

Like to make some more cards with this suite? Take a look at March Class in the Mail where the featured suite is the Classic Garage suite. You make any order of $60 using the given Host Code and I’ll send you complete PDF instructions which include measurements and photos, card bases and envelopes to get you on your way to making 4 cards. No planning necessary as I plan the layouts for you. Here’s a preview of the cards featured in the PDF. 

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