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Elegant & Detailed graduation card

I was commissioned a graduation card for a Medicine School male graduate, and I decided to share it with you. I’ve always thought this kind of occasions merit elegant and timeless designs that the graduate can save as a beautiful memento.

Since this is for a male recipient I decided to use opaque silver and gray for a monochromatic combination. I used this great sentiment which is a perfect fit for the occasion and heat embossed it in silver.

The stunning die cuts add so much to the design, especially the intricate pierced elements added diagonally on the background. I decided to finish the card with grosgrain ribbon made into a simple loop and also with a few rhinestones.

Hope this gives you ideas for future graduation cards you may need to make! Male cards are not always easy to make but this fits the bill nicely without sparing on the elegant feel we cardmakers enjoy to see in our projects.

Before I go let me remind you of this month’s challenge at House of Cards: Metallics. I will be adding this card as DT inspiration and I hope you can add your design too! Thanks for stopping by today!

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Die Cuts & Vellum – Our Daily Bread Designs

Hello and welcome to our last challenge of the month at Our Daily Bread Designs! This challenge will run for two weeks and it’s an Anything Goes with ODBD stamps. So take out your supplies and let’s get crafty! I enjoyed so much sharing male card designs with you this month. I know that we papercrafters feel blocked when it comes to creating male cards, so I thought I would share as many ideas as possible, sharing cards for Father’s Day and any other occasions. I hope I have inspired you to try out more male cards too!

Here is another card idea that I think is very modern and clean. Vellum always adds an awesome effect to cards. I stamped and heat embossed and wonderful verse from the new Good Man stamp set on vellum. I added a bit of gold string matching the gold sentiment.

For the background I added many different tool die cuts from the new Workshop Tools set, using patterned papers (also new from ODBD). I created a wide die cut frame with a soft patterned paper that I think finishes that card design nicely.

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC244 or to join the challenge click here. You have until June 28, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.

My teammates designed cards for your inspiration too:

My wish is to continue to share male cards ideas whenever possible, but I do encourage you to break that paradigm and expand your creativity trying out different kinds of papercrafting projects. Thanks so very much for stopping by! I’ll see you again very soon.

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Inspired by North Coast Creations

First of all, I hope your family is enjoying and celebrating a blessed Father’s Day today! If your dad is now enjoying his day in Heaven, like mine, then I hope you are taking time to remember him and celebrate his memory. Today’s card is a little tribute to today’s celebration, to fathers in general, since I thought this was a great male card with bright, Summer colors and stamps.

I was inspired by a wonderful new stamp set by North Coast Creations, Our Daily Bread Designs sister company, an thought I would use bright colors to create a clean and simple card. This new stamp set is called Sail Away. I colored the image with alcohol markers, using various tones of aquamarine blue for the sea and light browns and red for the striped sail. The contrast is lovely and very suitable for Summer. I like this sentiment too and what I did is die cut it with a Mini Tag die (that I find so versatile) and add some linen thread. I also cut the front panel vertically to leave a gap and reveal the red layer beneath it. 
I hope you enjoyed today’s post. For more inspiration by NCC’s designers, please click here. Thanks for visiting and see you again soon!

Main Supplies:

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Vintage Blessing – ODBD Sketch

It’s time for a sketch challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs. Today’s sketch was so much fun to play with and it also made my design look elegant! As promised last week I’ll be sharing male card ideas throughout the month. My card for today would work well for any occasion and even for a lady, since it incorporates all sorts of elements.

I used 3 different patterned papers from the new ODBD vintage collection and cut two banners included in the same paper pack to add them as elements to my card. I picked black as my accent color and followed the sketch vertically. I really like the new stamp set and I think it matches the design perfectly!

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC242 or to join the challenge click here. You have until June 14, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.

I invite to see what my teammates created this week:

I hope you are inspired to join our challenge this week! Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time! Don’t forget to check out my Birthday Giveaway HERE. ODBD is sponsoring a prize!

I’m sharing this with:

RRR – Masculine with Ribbon or Trim / 
Supplies:

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Blessings in a Bottle – Our Daily Bread Designs

This month at Our Daily Bread Designs we are having fun with a wonderful new release! I will be sharing male card ideas throughout the month, not only for Father’s Day but for every occasion! This week there’s a Color Challenge for your inspiration. Here’s what I created:

ODBD stamps used: Good Man, Apothecary Bottles / ODBD dies used: Flourished Star Pattern Die / ODBD paper used: Vintage Ephemera Collection

I used three different sheets from the new vintage papers. The labels I added to the stamped bottles were cut from one of the sheets. I like how the papers coordinate, and I also like how well they look on male cards. I colored the bottles with alcohol markers and added a few embellishments to finish the design.

I have a close-up video for June’s release that I’m adding below. I invite you to check it out. I’m sharing other ODBD products on the video also!

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC241 or to join the challenge click here. You have until June 7, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.
Also, please check out what my teammates created for the challenge:
Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll be back soon with new projects to share. Don’t forget to check out my Birthday Giveaway HERE. ODBD is sponsoring a prize!

I’m sharing this card with:
Double Click Connections: Father’s Day or Man project / The Paper Girls: Father’s Day/Masculine / Love to Scrap: LTSCB #55 – Male Call!


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Happy Birthday – ODBD No Coloring

It’s time for the last challenge of the month on Our Daily Bread Designs! Our challenge this week is No Coloring. Since my husband’s birthday is approaching I decided to create a clean and simple birthday card for him, using stamps and dies from the new release.

I stamped the new Life is a Gift image twice and added a tiny bit of glitter glue to it. I stamped and heat embossed in silver the word happy from the same set on vellum and then used the “birthday” word from the new Happy Birthday Dies to complete the phrase adhering the word die on the stamped vellum.

To finish my CAS design I created a simple frame combining the largest die from Flourished Star Pattern and a smaller matting basics die.

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC228 or to join the challenge click here. You have until March 1, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.

Please take some time to visit my DT sisters and be inspired by the beautiful cards they created for today’s challenge!
Robin * Paula * Diana * Elizabeth * Chris

Thanks so much for your visit!

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Masculine Birthday Card

Hello there! You know that once in a while I like to create a special project to join some of my favorite challenges. This time I was motivated by this week’s Mod Squad Challenge: Masculine Birthday. Male cards are possibly the least made, especially in my case because I tend to work with floral and feminine projects all the time. So this was a good challenge for me!


I went for a classy and elegant card in navy blue, beige and gray. This is a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ card with a square window and a filigree background I die cut using Spellbinders Gold Elements One. I ran a piece of gray gross grain ribbon across the front of the card, horizontally and added the central labels. 

The largerst central label was die cut with Spellbinders Classic Squares Small and Spellbinders Majestic Squares. For the smallest central label I heat embossed a sentiment from Inkadinkado’s Personal Impression stamp set in silver and also stenciled it with Memento Ink in Danube Blue.

Finally I matted the inside of the card with gray paper and added some crystals to complete the design.


I hope you like the card. I had fun making it and I think it resulted in a very elegant male card!

Thanks so much for your visit.

This card is participating in:
Masculine Birthday – Mod Squad Challenge

Masculine Card – Perfectly Rustics

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Autumn Simplicity

Hello everyone! It’s time for a new challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such: 1-2-3 Use 1 of something, use 2 of something, use 3 of something. I went for a clean and layered, male, fall design in green and brown. For my card I used one embellishment (bow), two stamps (pear and sentiment) and 3 die cuts from Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A.

First I stamped the pear image and the sentiment with Memento ink in Tuxedo Black on off white leather textured cardstock. These classic looking stamps are from Inky Antics’ Holy Spirit’s Fruit set. Once done, I used the out of the box technique to die cut a small label leaving part of the pear image outside of it. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers from their Greens set. The texture of the cardstock gave the pear a nice texture, but it almost doesn’t show on the photo. I also stenciled the label with Distress Ink in Peeled Paint. 

I adhered the central label on a light brown label, which was also added to a larger patterned layer. I printed the digital paper on White Pearl Linen. I ran across a strip of gross grain ribbon in light brown across the center of the patterned layer (vertically) and tied a little bow under the main label. I used a light brown card base that ties everything together to perfection. 

Please join our challenge this week for a chance to win a special prize. And remember to click on the items’ links above to check them out on the Classy Cards ‘n Such store.

Thanks so much for your visit.

This card is participating in:
Anything Goes – Word Art Wednesday
Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow – Craft-Dee BowZ

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Dies R Us Challenge #3

Hello and welcome to a new challenge post for Dies R Us. The challenge this time is “One for the Boys/Father’s Day”. Whether you create something for Father’s Day or just a masculine project in general, the main rule is to use dies.
Three top favorites 
will be chosen and  
One lucky winner will receive a 

$10 voucher to Dies R Us

This time I went for an elegant design, with lots of layering, in different tones of brown. Please take a look:

Materials
Spellbinders: Adorning Squares, Gold Circles One, Grand Calibur die cutting machine.
Merletto crystals
Bazic two sided tape and foam tape
Other generic materials
Specialty metallic cardstock in golden brown
Textured cardstock in chocolate brown
7/8″ gross grain ribbon in brown

This is a 4″x4″ card, layered with two large adorning squares that were later wrapped with a piece of brown ribbon. On top I added a small square, embellished with two circular dies that together form a medallion. The elegance of this card consists of die cuts, they add much texture and interest to the design.

I hope you feel inspired to make a masculine card, which I know is an exception considering we all mostly make feminine cards. To join our challenge all you need to do is visit Dies R Us Challenge, follow instructions and link up your creation. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Thanks for stopping by!
  
This card is participating in:
Only men allowed – Country View Challenges

Make it Manly – Doodle Pantry Blog
Boys – Fairies Challenges
Masculine with ribbon or trims – Really Reasonable Ribbon
Father’s Day – Blessings Ink

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Vintage Male Card & Some Memories

Hi everyone! I feel like it’s been a long time since I posted my last card, but I’m here with a new vintage project to show you. I’ve been wanting to make a male card, since my husband’s birthday is approaching, but for some reason I’m always thinking I should start all over and make a new design. I just want it to be perfect! Another reason for me wanting to create a male project is that tomorrow, March 19, is Father’s Day here. My dear dad passed away a few years ago, and he is missed greatly. He was so charismatic, outgoing, kind-hearted, very smart and proffesional, a great teacher and mentor. He was there for anyone and everyone. A great father. He contributed very much to our country’s agricultural and livestock industry, to education both rural and academic, and most of all he was loved by everyone who knew him.

I had to write about him today, because he was a very important part of what I am doing now. Before he passed he told me I should write, he encouraged me to craft and create and he was my very first sponsor. He bought me the Grand Calibur machine back then and he was glad that I had found something that motivated me and kept me active, considering that I had been recently diagnosed with RA. He was the most supportive father, positive and encouraging, a man of faith. Thank you dad… Happy Father’s Day.

And now, let me show you the vintage male card I made:

Materials
Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps – Vintage Postcard
Prima Marketing stamps – Mini Background Fence
Inkadinkado stamps – Classic Flourish Filigree
Docrafts Papermania stamps – Happy Days (Ticket Stubs)
Inkadinkado embossing powder – Glam Gold, Copper, Pearlescent
ZAP! heating tool
Memento dye ink – Rich Cocoa
Brilliance pigment ink – Pearlescent Beige
Ranger:
– Embossing ink
– Distress inks in: Broken China, Vintage Photo, Old Paper
– Blending tool 
Spellbinders: 
– Gold Elements One 
– Grand Calibur Machine
Bazic mounting tape
Merletto Crystals
Other generic materials:
Specialty metallic cardstock in brown
Textured cardstock in: light brown, cream and white
3/8″ Gross Grain ribbon in light brown

I worked with 3 different layers of cardstock. I enjoyed working with the top layer, distressing it, aging the white cardstock and stamping it. It is a lot of fun to create a vintage background. I love how the gold flourishes add elegance to the design. I finished the card with ribbon, but no bow, and some paper embellishments.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I enjoyed writing this post a lot, so I hope that you enjoy reading it too.

This card is participating in:

Show some Sparkle, Glitz or Glam
Craft Hoarders Anonymous 

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday

Six of Something – Anniversary
– I used six stamps –
Our Daily Bread Designs

Aged / Distressed 
Rhedd & Rosie’s