A Heavy Metal Christmas!

It’s not the remix of an old Christmas carol but the cardmaking version of Heavy Metal! Day 22 of Martin’s Mayhem #30DayChristmasCardmakingChallenge was a Contemporary Christmas and yes, again I was scratching my head. I looked at the small print (always check the small print, they say!) in the image below. No fuddy duddy stuff, think about what’s ‘in’. What better way to go than an ‘In-Colour’ because they are definitely ‘in’!

I wanted quite a modern look with sleek lines. I did some investigation into what was trending on the interior design realm. Some metallics seem to be out there and our foil range with Cinnamon Cider was going to work so well for this challenge.


I added 4 equal sized strips of Gold, Silver, Brass and Champagne foil on an Early Espresso cardstock panel. Then I layered this on the Cinnamon Cider card base. A strip of Cinnamon Cider Velveteen was attached on one side which creates a focal point for the ornament.

Hope you have enjoyed my contemporary twist on Christmas. Drop by tomorrow for more cardmaking inspiration.

Every order over $100 placed by 8pm on Tuesday 29th September will receive a Mystery Bag filled with retired items worth over $100. The more you buy the more products will be in your Mystery Bag, You will get either a bundle or a couple of stamp sets plus either ribbons, embossing folders, embellishments (it’s a surprise!). Please use Host Code WRB2MUR2

Product List

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


  • 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. 

Product List

Last 2 days for Bonus Days

Every $90 you spend you get a $9 voucher to spend in August. Each increment of $90 (ex-shipping) will earn you additional coupons.

All supplies used to make this card are listed above. Click on any of the product images to be taken direct to my Online store to place your order.

Current Host Code: UHXRSHYC

All orders placed receive a handmade card and orders over $50 will receive a gift from me.

Use Host Code for orders under $250. Orders that are over $250 are entitled to your own Stampin’ Rewards as well as my handmade card and gift.

Please leave me feedback or contact me with any queries. I would love the opportunity to help you along your crafting journey.