Grungy, Blokey Starbursts!

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It's no secret that I find masculine cards rather challenging and I happen to know that I'm not alone in this challenge.  

With the plethora of flowers, hearts, butterflies and prettiness available, there's no end to the options for crafting gorgeous girliness, but butch blokeyness requires a little more thought, at least that's what I have always found.

That's what made this particular card even more satisfying to produce - it ticks all the blokey boxes and I absolutely love it!

Stamps:   Starburst Sayings, Hardwood, A Fitting Occasion, Gorgeous Grunge, Pennant Parade (retiring),     Morning Post Alphabet (retiring)   Ink:   Soft Suede, Midnight Muse (retiring), Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, StazOn Jet Black   Paper:   Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Modern Medley DSP (retiring), Epic Day This and That DSP (retiring)   Accessories:    Starburst Framelits, Denim Jean Ribbon (retiring), Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Starburst Sayings, Hardwood, A Fitting Occasion, Gorgeous Grunge, Pennant Parade (retiring), Morning Post Alphabet (retiring) Ink: Soft Suede, Midnight Muse (retiring), Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, StazOn Jet Black Paper: Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Modern Medley DSP (retiring), Epic Day This and That DSP (retiring) Accessories:  Starburst Framelits, Denim Jean Ribbon (retiring), Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Hardwood and Gorgeous Grunge provided some awesome masculine texture in the background and the beauty of sets like Starburst Sayings is that they can be utilised for either gender by simply altering the colour selection - in this case, Midnight Muse fit the bill perfectly.

Here are some tips that I try to keep in mind when creating cards for the fellas:

  • Look for stamps that are shapes as opposed to specific images.  They can do double duty just by changing colours
  • Add texture with background stamps, Designer Series Paper, embossing folders etc
  • Search among your stamp sets for unexpected images that can add to the blokey look - the little mustache is part of the A Fitting Occasion stamp set, which I have primarily used for baby and cutesy birthday cards in the past. Another good example of this is the pointing finger image, which is part of the Morning Post Alphabet stamp set (currently 25% off !)

Several of the products used to create this card are on the retiring list, and we're in the final week of the list right now...

Make sure to grab your must haves while you can!  I have separated the Stampin' Supplies listing at the bottom of the post into retiring and carrying over products - hopefully this will assist in determining what you need to act quickly on...

What are your best blokey crafting tips?

Stampin' Supplies - Retiring List

Please note, discounted prices on retiring items not displayed here - discounts will apply in the online store

Happy birthday to my handsome man!

Towards the end of last month, my handsome man hit a milestone birthday, and along with it, I hit a milestone of actually making a birthday card for one of my immediate family :-O

I had just recently taken delivery of a massive brown box stuffed to the gills with new things all for meeeeeeeeee the stamp set A Fitting Occasion, which is a delightful and versatile set containing all manner of sweet images, greetings and frames. I was determined to used it, and happily enough, came across the perfect inspiration for the following card HERE

Stamps:    A Fitting Occasion, Simply Serif Mini Alphabet    Paper:   Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, First Edition Specialty DSP, Summer Smooches DSP    Ink:    Lucky Limeade, Midnight Muse, Soft Suede    Accessories  :    1" Circle Punch, Owl Punch (small hearts); Stripes, Square Lattice & Chevron Embossing Folders; Linen Thread, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: A Fitting Occasion, Simply Serif Mini Alphabet Paper:Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, First Edition Specialty DSP, Summer Smooches DSP Ink: Lucky Limeade, Midnight Muse, Soft Suede Accessories: 1" Circle Punch, Owl Punch (small hearts); Stripes, Square Lattice & Chevron Embossing Folders; Linen Thread, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

I love the combination of textures, colours and imagery on this card - whimsical enough to be fun, but not so much so that it lacks masculinity.  I hope...

We celebrated with a few drinks at a local bar on a blustery Friday night, surrounded by many of the wonderful people we are so very blessed to have in our lives.

Happy birthday, baby!


SARAH'S STAMPIN' TIPS:

  • Don't own a greeting stamp that fits your occasion?  Make your own!  The Simply Serif Mini Alphabet is small enough that you can make any manner of greeting to suit the occasion that your card is for
  • Combine different embossing folders for a visual/textural feast!  At $13.95 each, they're an inexpensive way to add some wow to your cards and projects
  • First Edition Specialty DSP goes with everything.  And you get 24 12"x12" sheets of double-sided paper in a pack so it lasts for ages too.  Get some...
 

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions about today's card!  Or to wish my man a slightly belated birthday and let him know how hot he is for an old bloke...