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My husband celebrated his birthday last week, so I set to work to make a male-appropriate card for his birthday! I thought it would be best to use the Totally Tools set to make sure that it was “manly” enough for him (after he has thought many of my previous cards for men are too girly!)!
What do you think?! Is it manly enough?!
Well, it did pass the test and was well received! This was inspired by a few different Totally Tool ideas I have seen around the internet and I combined them to create this toolbelt.
To create the background, I just stamped my Really Rust inkpad directly onto the Real Red cardstock and then repeated it, holding the inkpad in different directions. This gives a great rough look for something a bit fun! Then I stamped the different tools and watercoloured them using a range of different inks – Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie and a little silver (non SU).
To make the toolbelt, I cut some rectangles of Close to Cocoa, rounded the corners and sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip. I faux stitched the edges with my Paper Piercer and a Chocolate Chip marker. I added some Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon to make the belt loops and a loop across the front and added some Vintage Brads to create another holder.
I thought the sentiment was funny too! ;) This is from the bottom of one of the tool stamps and works well for someone who likes tools and tinkering around in the back shed!!
Stamps: Totally Tools
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, Silver (non SU)
Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Aquapainter, Sponge Daubers, Antique Brads, Paper Piercer
I made this manly birthday card at the end of term for our principal who was celebrating his birthday in the holidays. I headed for one of my trusty manly stamp sets – Trendy Trees!
Of course, to give it a full manly effect I used some distressing, some Hemp Twine, some Antique Brads and some manly colours!! The card is made with Old Olive, Kraft and Chocolate Chip card and I used some Good Morning Sunshine DSP (I love how the swirls in this paper match the swirls in the Trendy Tree stamp!). I stamped the sentiment by colouring part of the Happy Birthday from a Fun & Fast Notes stamp with my Chocolate Chip marker. I put it on a 1 1/4″ Circle and then used an Old Olive 1 3/8″ Circle to make a little half circle tab poking out below the main panel.
We are having a great time catching up with friends and sightseeing in Sydney at the moment and we will be back home in a few days and I will be back to more stamping and blogging after that!
My lovely upline, Sarah Klass, designed this very clever Shirt & Tie box that is perfect for a manly gift! I wanted to have a play and make it myself, and also had a need for such a box when making a present for my brother-in-law!
It was really simple to follow Sarah’s instructions to construct the box and I was rather excited by the finished product! It went down quite well when I gave it to my brother-in-law as well (and not just because it was filled with chocolates!)!
I used the Parisian Breeze DSP (sadly, it’s now retired), but you could also use any manly DSP (Windsor Knot maybe?!), or even use plain cardstock and make your own stamped design for the tie (Circle Circus perhaps?!)
If you want to see Sarah’s version, you can check it out here and also get the template from her for the very low price of $5!!
I have been super busy this week, finishing off at school and getting everything ready for the end of the year! A lot of that involved creating little things for thankyous and for the kids in my class, so I’ll be back to show you some more projects very soon!
This card was one that I made last week, though I just realised I hadn’t posted it yet. It was a birthday card for one of the male staff members who is our caretaker/ cleaner/ gardener/ handyman and general Mr Fix It! So, I thought it was rather appropriate to make him a card featuring the Totally Tools set. I used some of the techniques I pulled out for Father’s Day this year and put together this card:
It features a faux wood background (a technique I have explained here) with some tools stamped and cut out and added to a Polka Dot background (to look like the tools hanging in Dad’s shed) using some Vintage Brads. Here’s a closeup of those tools:
I then added the sentiment so that it hung from the board. A nice, easy card that is very appropriate for the Birthday Guy!
I’ll be back with some more crafty projects to share tomorrow!
“Happy Father’s Day Woodgrain”
Stamps: Totally Tools, Birthday Wish
Paper: Really Rust, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Silver
Accessories: Basic Black Journaller, Aquapainter, Vintage Brads, Hemp Twine, Stampin Dimensionals
I needed a male birthday card, last week, for one of the guys at work who was celebrating his birthday on Friday. I ummed and ahhed and finally decided to go with my new Rock Star Simply Sent Card Kit and matching Rock Star stamp set.
I LOVE this kit – it is so easy to use! And so quick to put together fun cards for boys of any age! This is a nice big card (A5 size) so that all the staff could sign, and uses nice boy’s colours like Brilliant Blue, Old Olive and More Mustard. Plus stars, checks and dots always work for boys!
Stamps: Starring You
Paper: Rock Star Simply Sent Kit & Old Olive
Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: Rock Star Simply Sent Kit – More Mustard Ribbon, Diecuts, Stampin Dimensionals
Phew! I have just managed to sneak in to posting my 2nd card in time!
I thought I had better have a proper play with Keesh’s Challenge!
Here’s the inspiration picture… again!
And here is my card:
I took the Inspiration rather literally when I was making this card! I tried to get the stripes of the quilt in the same colours to create the pattern on the left of the card. I added some button features on the far left by punching Basic Black cardstock with a holepunch and the 1/2″ Circle Punch to create things that kind of look like washers – I thought it gave it a fun look! I needed a sentiment for the right hand side, so I chose my new Starring You set and added some VersaMarked stars.
P.S. There is still time to get this cool stampset and the co-ordinating Rock Star Simply Sent Kit to make some super easy cards! Just let me know by Saturday 31st October – you have two more days!!
“Way to Go”
Stamps: Starring You
Paper: Baja Breeze, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss Patterns DSP
Ink: Basic Black, VersaMark
Accessories: ½” Circle Punch, Hole Punch
I have been a bit busy and haven’t had a chance to get to making challenge cards this week, but I just realised that the card I made the other day for my nephew fits pretty well with Keesh’s Inspiration Challenge for this week!
I thought I would re-post it here for that challenge, but hopefully I will have time to make another one before the challenge closes… I will see how I go!
Here’s the inspiration picture:
Check out those great boys colours with the greens and blues! I will try to pretend that I was channelling Keesh’s inspiration when I made the card, but I think it is also that these are the boys colours I usually go for! I know the bedspread is very stripey, but if you have a look at the top of it where it folds over, and the base sheet, they are actually very spotty! Just like my Good Morning Sunshine DSP below! So I can say that was my inspiration!!
Well, I will stop making excuses now and try to make another card to submit as well! So I don’t feel so bad about re-posting! I just wanted to be involved!! ;)
Thanks for the inspiration, Keesh!
“B is for Birthday”
Stamps: Party Hearty
Paper: Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Good Morning Sunshine DSP
Ink: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, VersaMark
Accessories: Baja Breeze Striped Ribbon, Baja Breeze Corduroy Brad, 3/4” Circle Punch, Stampin Dimensionals