Saturday, April 23, 2011


Today I am taking part, with 6 friends who are also Stampin' Up! demonstrators in Australia, in a blog hop to showcase products from the gorgeous new Autumn-Winter Mini catalogue (that runs through until the end of July).  You can view the catalogue by clicking on the picture in my blog's sidebar .... or, if you don't already have a demonstrator, and would like a hard copy sent to you (Australia only),  please email me.

You may have come to my blog from the ever-sweet Nikki Sadler's blog, but if not don't fret!  You can take part in the 'hop' by following the link at the bottom of each blog post, and you can make your way around all 7 blogs that way.

I have chosen to focus on a couple of stamps that make it super-easy to make cards for the males in our lives.  I know a lot of people struggle when it comes to making cards for men, but I love making them (probably because in my corner of the world I am rather outnumbered by males!), so I hope to give you some ideas.  Stampin' Up! have increased their range of A La Carte (single) stamps .... each of the featured stamps in my post today costs less than $15.
The first two cards I'd like to share have as the focal point the new Motorcycle stamp, that costs only $13.95.  I love that it packs just as much punch, when stamped as a line image, as it does when it's coloured in.  First up is a card in autumnal tones; I drew inspiration from the colours in the luscious Autumn Spice Specialty Designer Series Papers (seriously beautiful).  I have created More Mustard ribbon by using a marker to colour Whisper White taffeta; cool, hey?!

Stamps: Motorcycle, Bring on the Cake
Card: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Naturals Ivory
DSP: Autumn Spice Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink: Early Espresso stampin' pad and marker, Crumb Cake stampin' pad, More Mustard marker
Other: Circles #2 Bigz die, Tasteful Trim XL Bigz die, Whisper White taffeta ribbon, Color Spritzer tool, Word Window punch, paper snips, Sticky Strip, Circle Nestabilities

My next card uses the same Motorcycle stamp, and Bring on the Cake stamp set (fantastic birthday sentiments in that set - I just love it), also in the Autumn-Winter Mini.

Stamps: Motorcycle, Bring on the Cake
Card: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler textured, Very Vanilla
DSP: Newsprint Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake stampin' pads
Other: Neutrals and Regals brads, Linen Thread, Mat Pack and Paper Piercing tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig, stampin' dimensionals, paper snips, stamping sponge

Now for a couple of cards using the Sail Away stamp, that is $14.95, and the perfect size for a card front.  This, too, is another stamp that looks great 'just stamped' (no colouring in required).  In this first card, I have stamped the yacht directly onto a piece of Blueberry Crisp paper - don't you think it looks like the perfect, slightly stormy, sailing background?  I paper-pieced the sails, by stamping the image again onto a co-ordinating paper from the same pack, and cutting out just the sails, then sticking them over my original image.  I think this adds a bit of lightness and interest, so the panel doesn't look too gloomy!  The sentiment is stamped on a wide ric-rac die cut from the new Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die, to mimic waves.

Stamps: Sail Away, Bring on the Cake, Sanded
Card: Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy, Pacific Point
DSP: Blueberry Crisp and Botanical Gazette Designer Series Papers
Ink: Not Quite Navy and Sahara Sand stampin' pads
Other: Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Crop-a-dile, Jumbo Eyelets (pewter), kitchen string, sponge dauber, stampin' dimensionals

My last card also uses the Sail Away stamp.  I have used the colours from a striped sheet of paper in the Play Date pack - totally 'out of the box' for me, but I love how it turned out!

Stamps: Sail Away, Seeing Stars, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive
DSP: Play Date Designer Series Paper
Ink: Versamark inkpad, Old Olive stampin' pad, Tempting Turquoise stampin' pad, So Saffron stampin' pad
Other: White embossing powder, Word Window Punch, Modern Label punch, Top Note die, Square Lattice embossing folder, Circles brad, Whisper White 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, paper snips, stampin' dimensionals

Next stop on our blog hop is the blog of my talented friend Judy May; I am sure she has something very beautiful to share today!!

If you lose your way, check back in here, as I've listed below all of the participants in today's blog hop.  Enjoy visiting all of our blogs, and please leave us some comments, so we know you've been to visit. 

HAPPY EASTER, everyone!!

Ros Davidson

Di Dunk

Nikki Sadler

Christine Blain (c'est  moi)

Judy May

Alisha Watson

Kathryn Ruddick


  1. Hi Christine! Love your "sail away" cards especially the one with the wave trim and paper piecing! TFS!

  2. You have been busy! Lovely set of cards Christine. Hard to pick a favourite, but I think it might be the second motorcycle card.

  3. Wow what a great set of male cards they all look fantastic!! You have been very busy of late!

  4. Wow Christine, how fantastic, we just dont do enough masculine cards and these are just perfect.

  5. Gorgeous cards Christine. I love my motorcycle stamp.

  6. Great range of male cards Chris - well done. I love the sailing boat - hadn't noticed that one in the catalogue before .... and I can't pick a favourite - I love them all :)

  7. What a fabulous set of cards Christine. My favourites are the second motor bike and first boat - love how it looks on that DSP and the trimmings are perfect.

  8. Happy Easter Christine! Great cards. I absolutley love the 2nd motor bike one!

  9. Wow these cards are all great. I love all the masculine ideas you give me.

    My faves - second motorcycle - the black and white with a touch of red, can't go past it. The first Sail Away with that 'wave' for your sentiment, and that paper piecing of the sails looks excellent.

    Great job my friend!


  10. Great cards Christine - I knew I'd have to get that motorbike stamp! Love that you went for masculine cards to inspire us!

  11. They are all wonderful and great cards for guys too! I love all of the detail you put into your cards and also the layers!

  12. Fantastic batch of cards Christine. You definitely are an expert with "male" cards - your colour choices, layers & interesting details are always perfect. :)