Saturday, July 28, 2012


Today I'm taking part in a blog hop, with 7 other friends who are also Stampin' Up! demonstrators in Australia.  The theme of our blog hop this time is "masculine projects" - right up my alley!

You may have come from Sue Madex's blog, but if not, you can catch up with Sue's creation once you've 'hopped' around the circuit (list of participants is at the end of my post).

I've made a couple of cards using Stampin' Up!'s Frightful Sight Designer Series Papers.  I love the colours in these papers - Basic Black, Basic Grey, Cajun Craze and Old Olive.  They get me out of my usual habit of gravitating towards browns and blues for male cards.

First up is a card I made for hubby's nephew, whose birthday was last week.

To make the 'medallion' for around the sentiment, I used my Scallop Circle punch, rotated the punched shape and punched again (to 'sharpen' the rounded scalloped edges), then snipped the edges by hand to give the shape a less uniform look.

Stamps: Up,Up & Away
Card: Basic Gray, Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Basic Black, Old Olive
DSP: Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper
Ink: Cajun Craze and Old Olive stampin' pads, Basic Gray stampin' pad and marker, Sahara Sand stampin' pad and marker, Jet Black Staz-on inkpad
Other: Timeless Type Alphabet dies, 1/4" Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Scallop Circle punch, paper snips, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die, Color Spritzer tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig

My second card is perhaps suited to an older male - I think the background paper makes it look a bit conservative (despite my use of the ever-cool Extreme Elements stamp set!).

Stamps: Extreme Elements, Texture jumbo Stampin' Around wheel, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Card: Basic Black, Whisper White
DSP: Cheerful Treat Designer Series Paper
Ink: Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Basic Black and Basic Gray stampin' pads, Jet Black Staz-on inkpad
Other: 2 1/2" Circle punch, Perfect Pennants Bigz die, Top Note die, Basics Glimmer brads, sponge daubers, Mat pack and Paper Piercing tool

Next on the blog hop today is Kathryn Mangelsdorf - you must check out what she has made, and continue on to visit all 8 of us.  We'd love some "comment love", so we know you've been to visit!

Here's a complete list of everyone taking part in the blog hop today:

We hope you get some inspiration for cards for the boys and men in your life!


  1. Beautiful cards Christine - you are in your element with this theme. I had forgotten about the double punched scallop circle - thanks for the reminder.

  2. Love the colours and layout of the first card.

  3. You always make magic with boy cards, Christine and these are no exception! The second card is my favourite; love all the elements.

  4. Fantastic use of colour on both Christine, that DSP is so perfectly suited for male themes and your punch trick is very cool! xxx

  5. Oh, I love the colours in this DSp and you've used them so well in your projects. Fab cards!

  6. Two great cards, Christine. Love the colour scheme for both.

  7. What a fun card! Love the new paper! Hugs xxx

  8. They are great cards Christine, and I bought Up, Up and Away purely because of the cards you've made with it. Medallion is a nice touch, thanks for reminder!

  9. Love your cards...but don't I always?! Where would you be without 'Extreme Elements' ...I really must buy that set. Xx

  10. Great colour combination Christine, and great designs for teenage boys as well.

  11. Ooh you really are tempting me to add Extreme Elements to my stash too. Always love the cards you make with it. Gorgeous - love both of them.

  12. More perfect "man" cards Christine! Love the attention to detail, such as the extra definition you have given to the edge of the numbers. Awesome! Hugs :)