Getting masculine for valentines

Hi Crafty Pals,

I have been busy checking out different challenges and decided to create a card that can be entered into two challenge blogs this week. Pals Paper Arts (#286) gave us a great sketch

Pals Paper Arts 286 sketch

and Stampin’ Royalty (#315) asked for Cards for Guys.

So as I still needed to make my hus (love you hun!) a card I thought why not try my hand at a combo. The card I came up with was

Guy Greetings and Go Wild Designer Series Paper

I have had the Guy Greetings stamp set for a while, but not inked it up. Like I have said before masculine cards always seem to be difficult for me.

I have been playing around with a new backdrop for my card photos and thought the wood grain looked pretty good with the brown/black tones in the card. Please let me know what you think as after all this blog is meant for you to enjoy 🙂

Without spoiling things for him too much I have also made a cute gift card holder, but no gift card yet!


Designer Series Paper and Card Stock: Go Wild Designer Series Paper Pack, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White and Early Espresso

Stamp Sets: Guy Greetings and Better Than E-Mail

Punches/Die Cuts: Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits

Classic Stampin’ Pad®: Early Espresso

Have fun getting inky Melanie

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Paper Craft Crew Challenge #34

Hi Crafty Pals,

You know I am really enjoying playing along in the Paper Craft Crew Challenges and I was so pleased to be a featured artisan for sketch #32.

The sketch they gave us for inspiration this week is

PCC sketch 34

and I came up with

My PCC entry challenge 34

I wanted to make a masculine card that could be used for multiple occasions and add a greeting to later as my ‘just in case’ stock pile was getting low.

So as you can see it’ll be very easy to add a quick greeting to the bottom right of the card. I had to add the extra mat behind the leaves as I stamped them on the Naturals Ivory Card Stock and they blended into the background too much.


Designer Series Paper and Card Stock: Naturals Ivory, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze and Parker’s Patterns

Stamps: French Foliage

Punches/Die Cuts: Apothecary Accents Framelits and Finishing Touches Edgelits

Classic Stampin’ Pad®: Crumb Cake

Accessories: Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

I hope you like my card and don’t forget to vote between Wednesday and Friday lunchtime this week.

Have fun getting inky


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