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Blog Hop: Masculine Theme

Hello - time for our monthly blog hop and you'll love the theme this month.  It is masculine projects.  I always seem to have a ton of feminine cards on hand and hardly any blokey ones.  Grab a cuppa and head on round the 7 stops in the hop if you'd like a bit of inspiration for crafts for the guys in our lives.  Waving a hello if you've arrived from Ros Davidson's blog.  She always has such stunning projects to share.

I set myself a challenge yesterday when I was creating my cards and that was to use the scraps left over from my Christmas In July classes, and a couple of the techniques as well.  Here's what I came up with ....


Some leftover strips of the Christmas themed paper - Letters To Santa.  Old Olive and Early Espresso cardstock.  A touch of tearing and crimping and some ribbons.  Blokey ribbons - hmmm not sure there.  What do you think?  I've been tying little bundles of ribbons on everything since I got back from Convention.  Who was it who showed that little tip?  I'll update to link - my memory is fuzzy tonight. 


I had some more leftover strips so thought I'd make another card.  For this one I scrunched and grunged up my strips with a sanding block, and sanded the scored lines on the base card too.  I had some leftover punched circles of silver glimmer paper.   They looked a bit bright for my card so I painted them with Soft Suede reinker. 


The greeting is from Happiest Birthday Wishes - I punched out the ring with a couple of circle punches.  (Tip: Small one first then the bigger one.) 



Hmm - what is that smudge on the left of the card?  I'm sure it is not ink because I was too impatient to wait for the reinker to dry.  Nope - must be a smudge on your screen.  :-)

Time to head on now to the next stop on the hop and you can find that here:  my lovely, caring friend Christine Blain.  I know she'll have something just gorgeous to show you so I'll wave a bye for now. 

UPDATED:  Here's a list of all the hop stops if you're visiting a little later.  Christine, Kathryn, Nikki, Di, Tina, and Ros.  Watch out - you'll be rather tempted to order Extreme Element after a lap of this hop.  I was!

Happy hopping and I hope you get some ideas (and some time) to add to your 'cards for the boys' stash in the coming weeks.

Cheers,  Sue


Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Sue, the ribbon and twine on the card looks great and great for guys.

Chris H

Sue, thank you for giving me the inspiration for my Dad's 90th birthday card. I cased your first design and it looks great! Great cards. Xx


I'm right into the first card too, ribbon and twine looks really good. What a good idea to use up leftovers, always looking for ways to do that!


Hi Sue! So glad I stopped by because I LOVE your cards especially the first one! TFS!

Christine Blain

I'm a firm believer in using ribbon on male cards, Sue! The earthy coloured ribbons, with a bit of linen thread or twine, look great. I particularly like your first card; great way to use DSP scraps, my friend.

Judy May

That DSP makes great male cards, Sue. The first one is my fave, the torn edges make a great frame for the sentiment.

Tina Gillespie

Fantastic cards Sue. I love the second one, especially the way you've done the sentiment - so cool! I believe it was Teresa Debrowski (sp?) who did the ribbon thingy!


Fantastic cards Sue. Love the use of stripes like this might try ripping the ends next time too. Thanks for sharing.


Beautiful cards Sue - love the ribbons - I think they are blokey enough - there's twine there after all. Smudge, what smudge? ;o)

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