Celebrate Masculine Makes!

Hello and welcome to the latest Stamptastic Friends Blog Hop! We’re so pleased you could join us. This month our theme is Masculine Makes!

People often say they struggle to make cards for men but with Stampin’ Up! products there are so many options – Stamp Sets which cover different hobbies, outdoor scenes and so many colours to choose from!

I have decided to use the Stampin’ Up! Geared Up Garage Stamp Set and coordinating Garage Gears Dies for my project, I hope you like it…

Let’s make it…

The (standard A6) card base is created from Whisper White Thick cardstock and this is followed by a 14.6 x 10.2 cm layer of Basic Black cardstock. The main card front is created from a 9.9 x 14.3 cm layer of Whisper White cardstock.

I have used the ‘oil spill’ image (stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink) and some splatters (created using the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker) to create a background.

The multiple gears die is used to cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock which I have then pressed into a Versamark Pad and heat embossed using Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder. The die cut is then adhered to the card front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

The Buffalo Check Background Stamp is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock and I have cut it down to 6.4 x 10 cm using the Paper Trimmer. I have distressed this using a distressing tool but you could always use the blade of a pair of scissors (please be careful!). I have also ‘scrunched up’ the cardstock (is that a real word?) and adhered it to the card front in just two places such that it looks a bit like a fluttering chequered flag.

The ‘celebrate’ sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings Stamp Set and is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock. It is cut out using one of the label dies and distressed as above. I have then used Basic Grey ink and a Sponge Dauber to add a grungy look. I have adhered one of the Classic Garage Metal Elements to the sentiment piece using a Mini Glue Dot and the whole piece is tucked under the ‘flag’ and adhered with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

A piece of Basic Black cardstock has been cut out using the 2.25″ Circle Punch. The 2″ Circle Punch has been used to cut out a piece of Whisper White cardstock. This has been decorated with splatters using the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker and the two pieces layered together. The car image is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock and cut out using the coordinating die. This is layered on to the circles and adhered to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

What do you think?

I love all of the layers and texture on this card and I think it proves that masculine makes can be really detailed too.

If you have any questions or comments please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Would you like to create this card? You can purchase any of the supplies used (or any other current Stampin’ Up! products) by clicking here or on the individual product links below.

I hope you like my project. Don’t forget to carry on hopping to see what inspiration my Stamptastic Friends have for you…

Happy crafting, h x

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Don’t forget Father’s Day!

With Father’s Day coming up later this month (16th June if you had forgotten!), I wanted to review a couple of my most popular ‘masculine’ makes in case you missed them. They both use the Geared Up Garage stamp set and Garage Gears coordinating dies which is a fabulous bundle for all those car lovers in your life.

Lets start with the gift tag…

This is a lovely, simple make which will add a great finishing touch to your gift.

The tag base is Whisper White Thick cardstock (2” x 10cm – sorry to mix metric and imperial but these are the measurements I generally use for tags!), cut out using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch. I have created a faux-chequered-flag look by stamping Buffalo Check in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

The car is also stamped in Memento and cut out using the coordinating die. For the sentiment piece, I stamped in Memento on Whisper White cardstock and then added extra detail using the cog dies. The finishing touch is some Basic Black Baker’s Twine which my have retired by the time you read this (!) but you could colour the Whisper White Baker’s Twine using the Basic Black Blends.

Next is the Gift Card holder…

Gift cards are great for people who are difficult to buy for but we often feel guilty that less thought has gone into it than into an actual present. Worry no more! Just make sure that the gift card is packaged beautifully and the recipient will know that you have put time and effort into their gift.

The base of the gift card holder is made from A4 Night of Navy cardstock which has been cut into a 10cm wide strip. This has then been scored at 10cm and 20cm leaving a third section of just under 10cm. Cut the third section diagonally from top left to bottom right to give a triangle.

Cut three pieces of DSP to 9.5×9.5cm and adhere to the front and back of the first section and the front of the second section. I used the Rich Razzleberry and Coastal Cabana DSPs. Also cut another piece of 9.5×9.5cm DSP in half diagonally and adhere to the back of the triangular section of the Night of Navy. You can over-stamp your DSP as required, depending on the type of pattern you have used. Fold and crease all of your score lines and use a strip of Tear and Tape to create a flap from the second and third (triangular) sections of the cardstock.

To decorate, I have used a combination of cardstock and DSP cut out using the 2” and 2.25” circle punches. Again, stamp sentiments and images on these as required. I have adhered die cut cogs to the front of my gift card holder and the final touch is a length of Night of Navy Baker’s Twine (again, this may have retired by the time you read this but you could colour the Whisper White Baker’s Twine using the Night of Navy Blends) and one of the Classic Garage Metal Elements.

More inspiration…

You can find more inspiration using the Geared Up Garage stamp set and Garage Gears dies in my January 2019 blog series starting here.

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I hope you have enjoyed this blog post. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or send me an email at helen@papercraftlife.com

Would like to purchase any of the products I have used in today’s blog to recreate these projects (and more) yourself? Simply click the link below and you’ll go straight to my online shop. If you are ordering in June 2019, please use the host code R7ZNJNAF and you’ll receive an extra ‘thank you’ gift from me in July. Any other time, the relevant host code can be found pinned to the top of my Facebook page.

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Copy and Share Everything (CASE)!

Spring / Summer Catalogue page 42

Hello, and welcome to part 4 of the Stampin’ Up! Geared Up Garage Showcase. In part 3 we looked at 3D projects (you can find the blog here) and this week I will be CASEing the catalogue and creating a decorated gift box and two cards.

Stampin’ Up! use the acronym CASE quite a lot and its all about creating fabulous projects, sharing them and copying those created by others (with acknowledgement, of course). There are many sources of inspiration that you can CASE but one of the best is the Stampin’ Up! catalogues. You’ll find lots of wonderful projects to get you started when you first purchase a stamp set or other product. However, it doesn’t stop there. You may just be inspired by a particular colour combination or design layout and recreate it using different products. The possibilities are endless.

My CASEd versions of the Stampin’ Up! projects

You’ll soon get your creative juices flowing and the next thing you know, someone else will be CASEing one of your projects – the ultimate compliment!

All Geared Up To Celebrate Gift Box

All Geared Up To Celebrate Gift Box

The first project that I selected to CASE from the catalogue was the gift box. I used the Gift Bag punch board to create the box out of Crumb Cake cardstock. The key is to use the tab side of the punch board on both ends of the cardstock to obtain a box rather than a bag. If there’s enough interest I’ll do a quick video demonstration of this. I created a wrap for the box from the Classic Garage DSP and die cut some of the cogs in both Tranquil Tide cardstock and Silver Foil Sheets. Banners were cut from Whisper White cardstock and a piece of DSP. I stamped the sentiment onto the Whisper White banner in Tranquil Tide ink. The ‘to celebrate’ was stamped onto DSP in Cajun Craze, snipped out with scissors and adhered over the original Tranquil Tide stamping. Finally I fussy-cut the motorbike from the DSP and layered everything together onto the box.

You’re a Classic Card

You’re A Classic Card

The second project that I CASEd was the ‘You’re a Classic’ card. The card base is Crumb Cake cardstock and there are two sets of the large cogs die cut out from Crumb Cake and adhered to the card base. The next layer was created from the DSP with the map paper cut and the red paper torn to give a little extra texture. The sentiment was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock and, again, one of the edges torn. Finally, I fussy-cut the classic car and layer everything together onto the card base. I left out the ‘Father’ sentiment just to make the card a little more versatile. That’s the great thing about CASEing – you can use the bits you want to and leave off (or change) the bits you don’t.

Best Dad card

Best Dad Card

The final project was the ‘Best Dad’ card. The card base is Smoky Slate cardstock and there is an extra Smoky Slate layer which is stamped tone-on-tone using the tool box stamp. There are two banners made from the Classic Garage DSP. The grey one is also over-stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink with the ‘All Geared Up to Celebrate’ sentiment. The next layer is a Whisper White circle stamped in Smoky Slate ink using the nuts and oil spill stamps. I have then adhered fussy-cut tools and the ‘Best Dad’ sentiment which is stamped in Real Red and surrounded by a die cut in Silver Foil.

Next time…

I hope you have enjoyed part 4 of the Geared Up Garage Showcase. You should now have plenty of ideas to help to get the best out of this great Stamp Set and Suite.

Next month my Showcase will feature the Forever Lovely Stamp Set and coordinating All My Love Suite. In the meantime, if you have any questions just let me know.

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Supplies List

The product list for these three projects follows below. If you would like to purchase any of these items, click on the link and it will take you straight to my online shop!

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You Jump-Start My Heart!

Hello, and welcome to part 3 of the Stampin’ Up! Geared Up Garage Showcase. In part 2 we looked at handmade cards (you can find the blog here) and this week we will be making 3D projects. Again there will be examples for beginner, casual and avid crafters so, no matter what your level of experience and size of your craft stash, there’s something for everyone!

Classic Garage Suite

If you don’t have any experience making gift bags or boxes, or don’t have the tools you need, don’t worry – Stampin’ Up! make it super simple with their choice of pre-cut, pre-scored boxes which you just need to fold to assemble. They will really add that little extra touch to your gifts.

Beginner

The project for beginners uses only the Stampin’ Up! Mini Pizza Boxes, cardstock, stamps and ink and so is really simple to make but gives a great alternative to wrapping sweet treats and other small gifts. The colour scheme for this project is Basic Black / Memento Tuxedo Black and Whisper White. Having assembled the box a used piece of Basic Black cardstock to create a border and then stamped onto a slightly smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock. This monochrome look is simple and stylish and even awkwardly shaped gifts will be packaged perfectly.

3D project – beginner crafter

Casual

The project for casual crafters adds in the use of the coordinating dies (Garage Gears Thinlits) and uses the Stampin’ Up! Clear Tiny Treat Boxes. Once I had assembled the box, I cut a strip of Crushed Curry cardstock to create a band and wrapped it around the box, adhering at the back. I die-cut the gears out of Tranquil Tide cardstock and adhered them to the band of Crushed Curry cardstock, leaving a small portion to allow me to tuck the sentiment underneath. I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Basic Grey cardstock, trimmed to size, tucked it under the die-cuts and stuck in place.

3D project – casual crafter

Avid

The avid crafter project uses the Stampin’ Up! Silver Mini Gable Boxes as well as the Classic Garage coordinating Designer Series Paper (DSP) and embellishments (ribbon and metal key). Once I had assembled the box, I cut a piece of DSP and adhered it to the front of the box. I then attached a coil of Silver Metallic Thread using a Mini Glue Dot. I stamped the sentiment onto Basic Black cardstock using Whisper White ink and cut it out using the Tailored Tag punch. The sentiment was then adhered using dimensionals. The final touch was to attach the metal key embellishment using the ribbon. These boxes give you a lovely, professional finish with hardly any effort.

3D project – avid crafter

Next Time…

I hope you have enjoyed part 3 of the Geared Up Garage Showcase. Next week we will review the Geared Up Garage stamp set and see some bonus projects! In the meantime, if you have any questions just let me know.

Supplies

The product list for these three projects follows below. If you would like to purchase any of these items, click on the link and it will take you straight to my online shop!

First is the list of products from the Classic Garage Suite; then the gift boxes for you to decorate; then cardstock and ink pads in case you need to stock up or add a particular colour to your collection; then the basics (adhesive and envelopes) which we all need on hand and finally the tools which make life so much easier.

Classic Garage Suite items:

Classic Garage Designer Series Paper

Black / Silver Striped Metallic Ribbon

Classic Garage Metal Elements

Geared Up Garage Stamp Set

Garage Gears Thinlits Dies

Or buy the bundle (stamp set and dies) to save 10%:

Geared Up Garage BUNDLE

Gift Boxes:

Mini Pizza Boxes

Clear Tiny Treat Boxes

Silver Mini Gable Boxes

Cardstock and Ink pads:

Basic Black Cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad

Whisper White Cardstock

Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad

Crushed Curry Cardstock

Tranquil Tide Cardstock

Basic Grey Cardstock

Basics:

Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Stampin’ Dimensionals

Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals

Mini Glue Dots

Silver Metallic Thread

Tools:

Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

Stampin’ Trimmer

Stampin’ Trimmer Replacement Blades

Clear Block Bundle

Simply Shammy Stamp Cleaning Tool

Grid Paper