Manly cards and projects

Counting Down the Minutes...2014-15 Stampin' Up Catalog Live at Noon (MDT)

Yes, it is almost time to order from the new Stampin' Up! catalog!  Excited! I'm still not sure exactly what is going on this first real order.  My list is long so whittling it down to a reasonable size is tough.   

While I am waiting let me share this quick and simple manly and mailable card.   

World Map and Starburst Sayings

Stampin' Supplies

Stamps: World Map 130345 and Starburst Sayings 133185
Ink: Pistachio Pudding 131177, Pool Party 126982, Black Stazon 101406
Paper: Very Vanilla 101650, Basic Black 121045, Pool Party 122924
Big Shot: Starburst 132967, Circle Framelits 130911
Tools: Stampin Sponges 101160

World Map starburst sayings side


Going to have another cup of coffee and sit down with my catalog and get ready for noon (MT).


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Sweater Weather

It has been pretty quiet here, not much ink drying so not much to tell you about.   The past month has been a busy one and October is looking like it is going to be as well.   One thing I learned is that I need to be sure to schedule in some creative time so I did just that on Sunday.  Now, I wish I could tell you that I was a stamping machine and made so many new things but that would be untrue.  I found it hard to get started.   Does that happen to you?  

Sweater Weather hi

This simple card took me forever to make!  I abandoned it many times and still feel like it is missing something but it is time to move on.  

Stamps: Regarding Dahlias (sentiment), Woodgrain
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Sweater Weather DSP, Champagne Glimmer paper
Big Shot: Autumn Accents Bigz die
Extras: Linen thread, Envelope Punch Board (corner rounder)

Sweater Weather hi side

I added a few strips of Sweater Weather DSP to the inside as well.    This card fits in the Mailable Monday  category and it is pretty manly as well.  

Check back with me soon as I get back to stamping and posting regularly.  Hope to stamp with you soon!



Manly Magnificent Maple

I love this single stamp, Magnificent Maple.  It is a gorgeous detailed image and the first one that came to mind when I found some card parts while I was re-organizing my room .  The card parts I found where originally cut to make  this  card.  

Magnificent Maple Crusehd Curry

This was so fun to make.   It is pretty easy and I have a couple of tips to share with you.

Sharons' Stamping Tip # 1  Are you wondering what DSP I used?  The DSP (Designer Series Paper) is the Neutrals Paper Stack on page 152.   I used a sponge and inked on some Baked Brown Sugar ink to cover up the white on the DSP.   Kinda fun huh?   Just a little sponging makes a big  difference.

Sharon's Stamping Tip # 2  I colored the leaf using a cotton swab inked up in some fall colors(see the list below) and just randomly filled in the image.  It was a  quick way to add some color and achieve the look of a fall leaf.

Magnificent Maple Crushed Curry open

StampsMagnificent Maple (131868), Four You, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Baked Brown Sugar
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Neutrals DSP Paper Stack
Extras: Sponges, Colored Rhinestone (retired)

Magnificent Maple Crushed Curry side

So, does this fit the bill of a manly card?  I hope so.  If you need a stamp to help you make some masculine cards then Magnificent Maple may just be the stamp for you.  If you would like to order it or any other stamping supplies head on over to  my online store, I would love to help you  and be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator.. 



Manly Mosaic Madness

Yes, I am still infected with Mosaic Madness!  There are so many fun ways to use this stamp set and punch.   This stamp set lends itself to making handsome cards, perfect for those men in your life.  

Mosaic Madness Masculine

I used the same idea that I shared in this previous post.  This time I stamped it with White Craft ink before punching out all those tiles.   

Stamps: Mosaic Madness bundle (132733 includes the Mosaic punch), Simply Sketched
Ink: Whisper White Craft ink
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red
Punches: Mosaic, Large Oval
Big Shot: Modern Mosaic folder

Are you wondering what punch I used to make the label?  Here's a quick little step by step to help you.

Mosaic punch tute pieces
Punch out 3 Mosaic pieces and 1 Large Oval

Mosaic madness step 1
Place one Mosaic punch  to each end of the oval.

Mosaic madness last
Easy and quick little frame for the Large Oval punch.

  Mosaic madness complete

So, do you have Mosaic Madness too?  If you need to get a bundle of your own please go to my online store.  I would love to be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator!

By the Tide

Are you like me and always in need of manly cards?  If the answer is yes then let me introduce you to  By the Tide set in the Occasions Catalog.    The lovely coral image caught my eye and since it would work beautifully for  masculine cards I decided to give it a try.

By the Tide

I started off with a 1/2 sheet of Whisper White card stock and sponged on  lots of colors.  I will tell you that it usually looks pretty awful at this point but once I started stamping the fish, coral and script, things started to look up.   I stamped some of the coral in the Illuminate Glimmer Watermark pad and I love the look.  I hope you can see a little of the shimmer in this picture.  The Illuminate Glimmer Watermark pad made its debut in the Holiday Catalog but has been carried over and can still be ordered (see page 36 of the Occasions catalog). 

By the Tide side

The hardest part was trying to figure out a layout.  Fortunately I had this card  sitting on my craft table and thought it just might  work.  

By the Tide openStamps: By the Tide, Just Believe
Ink: Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, More Mustard, Lucky Limeade, Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso, Illuminate Glimmer Watermark pad
Paper: Early Espresso, Pool Party, Whisper White
Extras: Stampin Sponges

Have a wonderfully creative day!


Remember it is Sale-A-Bration and I have a little bonus for you when you place an order that qualifies for a Sale-A-Bration gift.  Go HERE for all the details!

CPC Serene Silhouettes Masculine Card Set

I am excited to share with you the project I designed for Craft Project Central.   Yes, I actually made a manly card set!   

Cpc my july 2012 project 001 a

The tutorial includes instructions for the 3 cards and the box!  To receive the instructions for this project and 9 others projects all you need to do is subscribe to Craft Project Central for the month of July.  The cost for 10 projects is only $10!  It is a seriously great deal.  Lots of inspiration for a little price.  Head on over to Craft Project Central and subscribe!

Happy Father's Day and Serene Silhouettes

I stamped this card last week and was not sure I liked it so I slept on it.  No, i did not put it under my pillow but waited to look at in  the morning with fresh eyes.  Well, after 2 more sleep on its I am still not sure but if I don't share it today I will have to wait a year.  So here goes!

Serene Silhouettes fathersdayStamps: Serene Silhouettes, Delightful Dozen, Woodgrain
Ink: Midnight Muse, Cajun Craze
Paper: Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Comfort Cafe DSP
Extras: Regal Brads

Hope you are having a wonderful day celebrating the fathers in your life!  

CPC Table Saw Gift Card Holder

Seriously, when I first saw this project I thought that it looked pretty darn cool but wait until you check out the video on the Craft Project Central site!  Did you see it?  Isn't it amazing?  Love it! 


This great project was created by Amanda.   To receive this tutorial and 9 others go to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of May.   It is easy to subscribe and you will have access to the tutorials for a year!

K-Cup Caddy & Card!

If you’re like me, you have an easy time finding projects perfect for women, but a hard time finding projects perfect for men!  Well here is one that is perfect for both!  This cute little K-Cup Caddy holds six K-Cups perfect for gifting for Father’s Day,  for end-of-the-school year teacher gifts, for your co-workers, boss, etc.!  This project is also a fun class project!

KCup Caddy & Card

This fun and functional project comes to you designed by one of the new guest designers this month, Leena!  To get the instructions for Leena’s project, just subscribe to May!  And if you get a chance, please leave Leena a comment!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

You're My Type Tri-Fold Card

It does not happen often enough but when it does it is so much fun.  You know the times when you just get lost in what you are doing, the ideas just seem to come and time passes way too quickly.   I had one of those days and it was great. Here's one of the cards I made.

Just my type foldover card

I kept it pretty simple and you know I like a Black, Vanilla, and a splash of Red color combination.  

047It is a tri-fold card and I call it a foldover card.  This is the inside and I kept it simple except for a few more glittery hearts.

Just my type foldover card closure
The foldover flap tucks underneath the heart which helps to keep the card closed.  If you are wondering here is what I used.

Stamps: You're My Type
Ink: Black Stazon
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla,  Real Red, First Edition Specialty DSP, Red Glitter paper
Big Shot: Houndstooth TIEF, Labels Collection Framelits, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits
Punches:   Itty Bitty Shape Punch Pack
Ribbon: Basic Black 3/8" Taffeta 

I will be back with more samples to share with you.  Have a great Monday and hope  your day is a creative one!