I haven’t posted a card using the Geared Up Garage in a while so I thought I would get it out again. I just love those little gears. I have no idea why. I’m certainly not a mechanic and neither is Rob but I just think they are so cute. I first saw them at OnStage in November and I knew they would be the first thing I would get. Maybe it is because it is so hard to make a masculine card and this set is perfect for that.
To make this card I first cut out the gears using the Garage Gears Thinlits Dies out of Mossy Meadow cardstock. I stamped the tool box in Gray Granite and cut it out using the same set of dies. Then I ran a piece of Gray Granite cardstock through my Big Shot using the Hexagons Embossing Folder. I stamped the sentiment onto a strip of Whisper White cardstock and used the Banner Triple Punch to cut out the end. I did the same thing with a piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock. The sentiment is from the stamp set called Humming Along which is also in the 2019 Occasions catalog. I just realized, as I am going through all my paper and can’t find it that the Designer Series Paper is from a pack in the 2018 Holiday Catalog and therefore, is now retired. Oops. Sorry about that!
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It’s Friday and time for another Stamp Off Challenge. This time we needed to make a masculine card.
These are always the hardest because men would probably rather have a funny card. You know. Many men would rather have one that has a monkey on it with some crazy (but funny) saying. The first card Rob ever gave me had a picture of King Kong on it. The inside said “Razzmatazz. Rooty toot toot. I want to see you in your birthday suit”! I do have to say that my boys seem to like my cards (at least they say they do) but I know they would probably rather have a funny one too.
I think the trick to making a good masculine card is to keep it simple. This is exactly what I did for my card.
I used a new stamp set called Sorry For Everything. You know how I love big sentiments and the word “Sorry” is super big. Then the set has 9 other stamps that go with sorry such as “for your loss”, “I missed your birthday” and “for the loss of your furry friend”. In this case I chose the simple one “I’m so very”. That covers everything!
The Designer Series Paper I used is called Pick A Pattern. It has these crazy funky designs on one side and great patterns on the other.
Let’s all go see what amazing creations Buffy and Jackie made!
It is hard to make a card for a man that he won’t look cross eyed at and pretend he likes. I am surrounded by men. Of course there is Rob, my husband, but I also have three male kids (who are no longer kids). The only female around, other than me, is Emma, my dog. Emma likes my cards. She helps me make them. Sort of. Kind of. Well, she sits at my feet while I make them. My kids say they like my cards and I know at least one of them save them (my sentimental eldest, David), but I know how it is. Men just aren’t into cards. Too bad. I live with football, basketball and baseball. They can live with cards!
I thought this one might be simple enough to be able to give to a man. Well, at least it started that way until I added the “I heart you”. Such is life!
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This is one of my favorite stamp sets in the new Stampin Up! catalog. It is called Wetlands and is perfect for a masculine card. I love the grass stamp and it also has a stamp that has little Pipers running down the beach. There are three different greetings with this set. They are Birthday Greetings, Thinking Of You and Thank You For Your Kindness. I love the font and all three cover just about any sentiment you could want. I used the Decorative Label Punch and the Extra-Large Oval Punch for the greeting. The colors are Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla. I am sure you will see this stamp set a lot on my blog!
I needed a quick and easy birthday card for a man and just happen to check the Freshly Make Sketches challenge and thought it was a great sketch to use. Sometimes you just need to make a card and you don’t have a lot of time. What could be easier than using a couple of pieces of card stock you already had cut, ink one stamp and run one edge through the Big Shot? The stamp I used is from Delightful Dozen and is perfect for just about any sentiment.
You have probably thought lately that Stampin Up! doesn’t have any other colors than the new ones since that is what I seem to be using more of nowadays. No worries. They still have lots of other colors to choose from.
This masculine card was made using The Open Sea. It is my favorite set to use for masculine cards. What man doesn’t like ships or nautical things? I used the Window Frame Framelits to make the frame around the ship and then put it on the card base to give it a little dimension.
I have a couple of male friends who are having birthdays this spring and they are BIG birthdays! Making a card for a man is difficult for me but I thought the Beyond Plaid stamp set would be a good set to use. A couple of months ago I was able to purchase the Typeset Alphabet Bigz Big Shot die using a 50% off discount because I held a workshop that qualified for this discount (you can have one too! Call me and I will give you the details!). It is perfect for making birthday cards with a specific number in mind.
For this challenge I used the stamp set called The Open Sea. It is my “go to” man set. I think this is because my husband’s family is full of sailors so it is one of my husband’s favorite sets (if he had to choose a favorite set).
How appropriate that I decide to do my first Fab Friday Challenge when it is Fab Friday Challenge 13. If you have been reading my blog you will have noticed that I am starting to participate in Challenges. It is a great way to get different ideas for layouts and colors. Here is this week’s Fab Friday Challenge:
Fab Friday Challenge 13
For this challenge I decided to man a masculine card using The Open Sea. This set was supposed to retire a year ago or so and so many people requested it stay that Stampin Up brought it back. It is a great set to use for the men in your life.
I always have such a hard time coming up with a birthday card (or any card) for men. If I were to be totally realistic, most men would prefer a store birthday card with a tractor or hot babe on it or maybe some funny joke but they aren’t going to get one of those from me. Yes, I know, that was a sexist statement, but really, who is going to argue? Rob, my husband, seems to really like my cards so I guess he is the exception. At least he seems to like my cards but maybe he is just being nice. That could be why we have been married so long!