Category: Cards for men

Celebratory Happy Birthday Cupcake Card

This birthday cupcake card is my entry into the anything goes challenges over at Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge and Inspiration Destination.

Happy Birthday Cupcake Card: Blue, Green and Black

Other than my Sweet Dixie dies which you all know I love if you have read more than a couple of my blog posts, this is one of my other favourite dies and it is from Elizabeth Craft Designs. This time I have avoided pink when using this die in an effort to make this card more unisex. I am now working in an office with lots of men and it reminds me that I should create more cards for men, but it is tricky when your crafting area is full of lots of glittery and flowery ribbons and gems that shout feminine!

I started with some of my go-to papers by American Crafts and picked out aqua blue from the papers to create mats for the layers of the card and black, white and green for the cupcake itself. I used an Xcut scalloped square from a nesting die set for the mat under the paper layer with the cupcake on and regular squares for the other layer.

I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed this with red embossing powder. When layering everything together I then added a black satin ribbon to add a little extra texture to the card.


Celebrating Team GB with red, white and blue

Today my card is inspired by the sketch over at Pals Paper Arts and the success of Team GB in Rio! Which also fits in the ‘summer fun’ challenge over at A Gem of a Challenge.

Red and blue yacht birthday card

I used the Planes, Trains and Automobiles papers by Far and Away and the yacht and anchor are die cuts from Sweet Dixie. I really like using red white and blue in nautical cards and this one has extra special meaning in celebration of Team GB, who did so well in the Olympics in Rio.

I stamped the sentiment using a Daisy & Dandelion clear stamp using a rocket red brilliance dew drop ink pad. Then finally I added little red gems in the top right corner.

Here is the sketch, as you can see I have a little less clear space than the sketch, as I picked a slightly smaller card than I should have used, where there would have been more space on either side of the central strip with a larger card – I only just had enough space for the gems!


Feeling dizzy and seeing stars!

The theme over at CASology this week is dizzy, and initially I got a bit caught up in all the things which make you dizzy and I struggled with a concept, so I went back to the drawing board and what happens when you feel dizzy? You see stars!

I am also combining this challenge with the anything goes challenge blog: Inspiration Destination.

CAS birthday teal stars

The sentiment border is a peel-off sticker, as are the stars and candle squares, which I stuck on silver mirror card and cut around them, I then affixed them with foam pads to add a little dimension. Hopefully you can see that in the close-up below.

Teal birthday card details

You light up my life

It seems I am on a roll with combining challenges, and I have done it again today, but for the first time for me I have combined three challenges! Over on The Paper Players the theme is ‘you light up my life’ with any source of light to be featured, the sketch is from Mojo Monday (below), and Crafty Friends’ theme is favourite embellishment.

White card with a light house image and nautical papers including life buoy

I had been rummaging through one of my craft drawers earlier in the week looking for something completely different and came across these lighthouse rub-ons by Connie Parkinson and set them aside to use, and this was the perfect excuse (not that I needed one!). Although I did have a little trouble with the rub-on not transferring and after a quick Google search I discovered I could use my heat gun to encourage it over if extreme rubbing didn’t work – and it did the job!

The papers are by Far and Away and the set is Trains, planes and automobiles, which I had bought in the hope of making more cards for men, but I think this has turned out quite unisex. You can’t quite see it but the blue paper has sea and ships on, and the red paper has a ship wheel repeated throughout, with darker/distressed edges on all of the sheets.

Finally I added a Happy Birthday peel-off which I coloured red and then I used my favourite (and most used) embellishment which is: gems – in this case they are round cabochon red gems – this is partly why I love them so much, you can get them in such a wide array of shapes, sizes and colours and they aren’t just for cards for the girls either, which is great!

Mojo monday card sketch 460

Getting my mojo back!

My first card is inspired by this sketch from Mojo Monday, who are giving away some great Verve stamp sets this week:

Mojo Monday sketch 459

I thought it might be tricky re-visiting craft challenges after taking a break from crafting, but I really enjoyed it – especially with this sketch, which I flipped to horizontal to make this Father’s Day card.

Top Dad Happy Father's Day Card


The papers are from American Crafts (The Goods), and the t-shirt and sentiment stamps are from Personal Impressions.

I was planning on trying to do another entry for this one, but with trying to get to grips with the new blog and still having to do my crafting whilst standing only, (I am still recovering after a small surgery which currently hinders sitting), I didn’t quite manage a second, but I am looking forward to trying a new design next week.