A quick post today to share a quick card!
The Forever Greenery was my absolute favourite out of all of the Designer Series Papers in this year’s Annual Catalogue, but I haven’t really used them much yet, so it was time to make a card with it.
It’s very simple, some Garden Green cardstock for the base layer, a layer of the Forever Greenery, and then a frame of white cut out with the Stitched Rectangle Dies which are layered over the patterned paper.
The sentiment is from Best Year stamp set and stamped in Garden Green ink.
Because there are so many different patterns in this paper, it would be very easy to completely change the look of this card, just by using a different sheet of DSP from the same pack.
This one I am adding to the current challenge at The Male Room.
I guess that is the beauty of this paper, it can easily be used for either masculine or feminine cards.
It sure has been a crazy busy few weeks, and I will share more about that later in my post. I have had time to think and ponder during those few weeks though, and I thought it was time to add a little structure to my creating, and so this is the start of that, Mondays are going to be for my masculine cards. (That’s Monday Australian time!)
Here’s hoping that I can maintain it and that things don’t get too crazy busy again anytime soon.
I made some time to create a card for brother’s birthday though, using the Host stamp set from the Annual Catalogue, called Summer Days.
In the background is some of the paper from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper, and the image stamped in Early Espresso ink, before being coloured with Watercolour Pencils, and then gently painted over with an aqua painter.
I had to go with a wood theme for this card after the last few weeks. My incredible 14 year old son decided late last year that he wanted to have a go at woodturning. He had been doing some woodwork classes for a few years but had never tried woodturning.
He took to it straight away and started making beautiful things and learning and growing every day. He just loves it and spends as much time as he can in front of his lathe.
A few weeks ago, he was asked to make 100 Spatulas for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and they wanted them as quickly as possible.
I’m sure you can imagine that this was an amazing opportunity for him, not just to get paid to woodturn but also to get his name out as a talented woodturner.
So here is a photo of my boy, with the 100 spatulas before they were delivered to the Department. His Spatulas are to be used as gifts for special guests at public diplomacy and cultural programs overseas.
Hopefully I will have a little more time for crafting from now on.
I’m not sure about you, but we have been spending quite a bit of our “shelter at home” time, out in the garden, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air (well, except the last couple of days which have been rather chilly and overcast), and getting stuck into the garden.
Since it’s the end of Autumn here in Australia, it’s a great time to get our garden in to tip-top shape and we are enjoying having the time to make the most of it.
I’m also enjoying some time to do some stamping and cardmaking, and have been sorting out all the retiring things, so that I have room for new goodies that come with a new Stampin’ Up! catalogue.
I do get sad though, I love all of the gorgeous Designer Series Papers, it is my special addiction, I just have to have it all!
But then I don’t like to cut it up and use it.
I don’t think I am the only one with this addiction though.
Anyway, I found some retired Designer Series Paper which was just perfect for the current challenge at The Male Room, which is “In The Garden”, and made up this card especially for the challenge.
The gorgeous stamp is from the French Countryside stamp set, one that is, unfortunately, retiring in a week or so. It’s gorgeous for colouring and hasn’t had enough use in my craft room.
And isn’t that gorgeous pumpkin paper just perfect for Autumn?
I have popped a strip of it inside the card to keep the theme going.
Hope you are having a crafty day.
Welcome to another Creative Showcase with the Art With Heart Team.
This month we are featuring Masculine themed projects.
We have many masculine themed products in the Stampin’ Up! range including Stamp Sets and coordinating Dies, Designer Series Papers, Embellishments and Embossing Folders.
Art With Heart Team have a wonderful selection of projects to inspire you to create Masculine Masterpieces.
I have done something a little different with my masculine card today, in that I have used some Designer Series Paper that is definitely not masculine.
It’s the Best Dressed DSP and probably not one you would have chosen for a masculine card. But I have used the reverse side of this one….
and used it as a background for my masculine card.
And I also wanted to keep it nice and simple, so have taken a piece of the fabulous watercolour paper, wet it down with an aqua painter, and then swooshed some ink across it, very quickly and freely.
Then once the watercolour paper was dry, I stamped the lighthouse and birds from the Sailing Home stamp set in Pretty Peacock ink, and the words are from the New Wonders stamp set.
Layered over some Pretty Peacock cardstock, and it’s a very quick and easy card to make.
The next demonstrator to share their Masculine project with you is the very talented …..
I hope you enjoy all of the inspiration.
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Finally, I am organised enough to have joined in with the Design Team for Cardz4Guyz this fortnight.
Crafting has been a bit hit and miss, and blogging even more so, over the past few months. But it’s good to be back.
Our challenge this fortnight is to use Brads or Eyelets on your projects.
My cards actually use stick on brads, but close enough. Personally I am going away from the ones that go through the layers, they can be very bulky, so I have gone with this stick-on type.
My cards feature the Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper, and that gorgeous car has been fussy cut from the DSP. The cards also feature the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder.
The frame on the first card, and the centre panel of the second, were one piece of cardstock which I die cut using the Stitched Rectangle dies.
Make sure you check out what the rest of the Design Team have been up to here, and share your own projects, we love to see what you have been creating.
Our new challenge at Cardz4Guyz is to create a project featuring Trees, Leaves or both of those.
It’s spring here in Australia, so the leaves are just starting to shoot on the trees, however, for my card, I have used some of the gorgeous Come To Gather Designer Series Paper.
I love the Autumn colours in this paper, and it’s fantastic for masculine cards.
I have also run the Vanilla panel through the Big Shot with the Woodland Embossing Folder, so there are some trees in there behind the leaves.
The leaves have all been fussy cut from the Come To Gather Designer Series Paper.
And the sentiment is from the #Elfie stamp set.
Join us at Cardz4Guyz and share your projects, we love to see what you have been doing.
This week’s challenge at Cardz4Guyz is to create a project inspired by the band, the Beatles.
My card could just be about the Beatles in general, but in this case it is inspired by their song “While my Guitar Gently Weeps”.
I have used a long ago retired Stampin’ Up! image, which I stamped from a friend’s stamp set many years ago, and still had the image lying around in my stash.
It’s good to use up some old bits and pieces I have lying around sometimes.
And the embossing folder, I think I got as a free gift when I first bought a Big Shot, perhaps about 11 years ago!!
You can find out what the rest of the Design Team have created using the Beatles challenge at Cardz4Guyz, and we hope you will share your own ideas with us.
This week at Cardz4Guyz we are Celebrating!
That could be celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, or any special occasion.
As my main stamp set for this card, I have chosen one that I bought to go with a kit, called For The Love of Felt, the stamp set has the same name.
I don’t want the stamp set to sit idle and not earn it’s keep, now that I am no longer running the kit class.
The swirl and the “Let’s Celebrate” comes from For The Love of Felt stamp set, and “Celebrate the Best Day Ever” is from the Band Together Stamp Set.
The trusty Stamparatus was the main tool for making this card come together, making it really easy to line the sentiments up and creating the swirl along the side.
The ink colours I have used are Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Granny Apple Green.
Find out what the rest of the Design Team have created, or even share your own Celebration project, click here.
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This week’s challenge at Cardz4Guyz is DIY.
This one was a little challenging for me, until I remembered this great Designer Series Paper called Follow Your Art, with all the brushes and rollers…..perfect!
The stamped image comes from the Host set called Believe You Can, and I have set that back behind a frame made by using one of the Stitched Rectangles Dies, and fussy cut some individual items out of the papers.
I hope you will join us at Cardz4Guyz, we love to see your projects.
Firstly today, I am very excited to let you know that I am now a member of the Design Team for Cardz 4 Guyz, and so will be posting heaps more masculine cards for you. The challenge is fortnightly, and I hope you will share your projects with us and pop in and check out what is going on. Here is the link to the challenge blog: https://cardz4guyz.blogspot.com/
Today I am sharing my first card as a member of the Design Team, and fittingly, the theme is Music. You may not be aware that I was a professional musician in a former part of my life and still play a lot of music, these days as an amateur in support of my son who also plays an instrument.
The only stamping on this card is the sentiment. Everything else is from various sets of Designer Series Papers. The music and wood background papers are both from Pressed Petals Designer Series Papers, and the gorgeous little bird has been fussy cut out of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Papers.
The sentiment is normally straight but since it is a photopolymer stamp, I have curved it onto the clear block, to create some nice shape.
Why not come on over to Cardz4Guyz and check out what the rest of the Design Team have been doing with this challenge.