Father’s Day Card with Treat Box

Father’s Day has passed but I wanted to share a Father’s Day Card with treat box that was published in the June issue of Die Cut Crazy. Thanks Stephanie for letting me share my project! I used Cricut’s Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More 2 for the card and shirt box.

TBBM2 - Father's Day Card and Treat Box

Shirt Box - TBBM2

TBBM2 - shirt treat boxes

TBBM2 - Tie Tag Father's Day Card

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It has to be romantic… and masculine?

So, my husband and I will be celebrating an anniversary soon and it’s time for another masculine card but one that also expresses LOVE. Sigh! I’m starting to think that a romantic masculine card is the trickiest of all the masculine card categories! When my creative well runs dry, I tap into inspiring sources. Usually a quick tour through Pinterest ends the drought, but sometimes it’s just good to visit your blog pals. It’s amazing how many delightful and inspiring cards are hiding in people’s blogs of all places! 🙂

So with renewed vigor, this is what I came up with after being inspired by Sarah at The Handmade Card Blog. Please check out her elegant anniversary card here. I love her patterned paper choices underneath her punched out hearts and that gorgeous woodgrain paper from Simon Says Stamp. I tried to mimic the look using a woodgrain folder by Tim Holtz but used a darker palette of kraft cardstock framed by mats in black.

Studio Calico Polaroid frame; Cricut Sweethearts heart

Recipe

  • Kraft and black cardstock (A2 sized card)
  • Sizzix Texture Fades Tim Holtz – woodgrain embossing folder
  • Heart aperture – Cricut Sweethearts cartridge (2.5 inches)
  • Studio Calico “Yearbook Collection” Polaroid Die-Cut Frame
  • Studio Calico “Darling Dear” 6×6 patterned paper (underneath heart aperture)
  • Amy Tangerine Remarks “Cute Overload” Puffy Heart Sticker
  • Red Baker’s Twine (Martha Stewart)
  • White Gel Pen (wrote in the year)
  • Dimensional Adhesive

Masculine Anniversary Card

Sending wishes that you’ll be inspired by someone or something today!

Vanessa

Loved Beyond Measure

I rummaged through my scrapbook and paper stashes, and the computer, to make this 5×7 card for my husband’s birthday. He is a tool guy and probably has around 10 tape measures. The tapes must only be one brand and only one width – Stanley 3/4 inch. Length doesn’t matter as long as it’s at least 12 feet. 🙂 He always says, “You can never have too many measuring tapes.” But he also says this about flashlights and scissors… and socket wrenches, screwdrivers, and any other kind of tool.

LovedBeyondMeasure

When he’s not stuck behind a desk, he loves getting his hands dirty. His idea of a relaxing weekend is working on a tractor or refurbishing scrap to make something useful. He’s unique and I love him.

So this card is in honor of him and what he loves most – tools. One of his favorite sayings is “Measure twice, cut once”. I think he heard Norm Abram say this on the New Yankee Workshop (which also happens to be the title of Norm’s book), though I also think his dad instilled this important truth in him at an early age.

I found the card sentiment from an unlikely source. I recently bought a small storage box from Dollar General. It was only a dollar, plus I just liked how the box looked. It’s decorated with a ruler, button, and butterflies. It states on the front “Loved Beyond Measure” and that’s where this card idea came from. So there I was trying to find a measuring tape design in my patterned paper stash. I couldn’t find anything resembling a tape measure but I did find a sheet of various colored rulers in an “All Seasons” pad by Recollections. It’s intended for a “back to school” theme but I cut out the yellow ruler to mimic a Stanley tape measure. And because my husband loves woodworking, I used a tan sheet of wood grain paper from Crate Paper’s On Trend line. The actual tape measure clip art is from my computer. I printed it twice onto grey cardstock to dull the colors a bit and hand trimmed each piece. One piece is glued directly to the card and the other is raised up with dimensionals. I typed the sentiment in Word using Bernard MT Condensed 20 pt. font. I trimmed the phrase down with a paper trimmer and then hand cut the banner ends. I’ve noticed a new trend in cardmaking to offset points of interest so I let the banner go beyond the card’s edge. I like the way it looks. It can be tricky for an envelope but I will just cut one a bit larger in Design Studio.

The 12×12 tan woodgrain paper used to make the card face has a blue scalloped edge where the company name is listed. I cut a section of this trim to add some more color to the bottom of the card. The darker woodgrain strip, also from On Trend, was added last to build up the bottom design. I think it adds a nice break from the lighter background. I used these same papers for the inside of the card and printed a message with my computer.

InsideMsgMeasure

The cute toolbelt is a Jolee’s scrapbook embellishment I’ve had since around 2007. I bought this toolbelt thinking I would make a scrapbook page dedicated to some of my husband’s woodworking projects. Since that has not happened yet, I used it for his birthday card. It fit the theme and why not? 🙂 Better to use it now than it sit in the box for another 6 years! Do you see the tiny nail adhered directly to the card?

The red baker’s twine is from Martha Stewart. I added three tiny brads to the left corner with a 1/16th hole punch. And the last touch was using a corner rounder on the right edges of the card.

So that’s my dedication to my tool-loving, woodworking, and mechanically inclined husband. 🙂 He better like it after the scavenger hunt mayhem I commenced in my craft room. This truly was a labor of love.

Fleur-de-lis Birthday Card

Hello again! I have another masculine birthday card to share. I made this one for my Dad who celebrated his 65th birthday recently! I used Potpourri Basket for the two die-cuts and let the beautiful French Prep paper from Colorbok do the rest! On page 45 of the Potpourri Basket cartridge, I found a fleur-de-lis image that went perfectly with the paper. This image is originally from the Wedding cartridge. I cut this at 2 1/2 inches in brown cardstock. I also cut a 1 1/8 inch frame using <Plate> and it’s shadow layer on page 67. I stamped “Happy Birthday” from TPC Studio using brown Stampabilities ink. The frame is originally from the Street Sign cartridge.

Fleur-de-lis Birthday Card Inside Mat with Printed Sentiment

One of my favorite color combos is chocolate brown and light baby blue. I think this combo looks great for masculine cards and it’s so peaceful. The card measures 5×7 and I used tiny baby blue brads to secure the frame to the mat before adhering to the card base.

Thanks for checking out another birthday card! 🙂

Vanessa

You’re A Blast – Birthday Card

Rocket Card - Just Because Cards

This card is for my nephew, Cody. He is turning 15! This left me with a challenge though as to how to make him a card appropriate for a teenager and it be a masculine card as well. My Cricut cartridges are limited so I don’t have many images for teenagers. Luckily, on the “Just Because Cards” cartridge, there was a rocket themed card so I went with that. I hope it doesn’t look too young. The entire card is made using all of the layers for the rocket theme, even the card base. All of the layers are cut at 7 inches, except for the inside sticker which is cut at 2 inches. The envelope is also cut at 7 inches and fits the card very well. The card when folded measures 3 1/8 x 7 inches so it’s a tall, skinny card. I did something a little different on this one – I glued another card base in white to the inside of the red card base. It looks like a liner and I like the added weight. The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is a rub-on.

Inside of Card

Side View

Thanks for looking!
Vanessa

Autumn Owl Birthday Card with Envelope

Ok, this is one of those cards that I’m not thrilled about. I hope it grows on me in time before I make the decision to mail it to my other brother-in-law who has a birthday coming up later in October. Since he has an autumn birthday, I wanted to use fall-colored patterned paper for the owl card on the “Wild Card” cartridge. I have never made this card before and the opportunities for embellishment are limited due its shape. To make it a bit more masculine, I added a velvety orange belt and used a leaf slider from the “Straight From the Nest” cartridge as a buckle. I wanted to add a birthday sentiment and the only space left was at the top. To keep it from being too plain, I added some maple leafs  and now the placement reminds me of a cluster of flowers as if this was for a female! Maybe I’m just too close to it since just having made it and it’s not that bad. Any whooo (pun intended), I do like the greeting printed on the inside that starts with “Greetings Wise One” so I may just run with it.

The card base was cut at 5 inches along with the corresponding envelope (Wild Card). The slider was cut at 1 & 1/4 inches and worked well with the 1/4 inch ribbon. I ran the slider and the leaves through my Swiss Dots embossing folder and used Ink It Up! inks to distress them. The autumn paper is from Paper Studio’s “Natural Botanical” stack at Hobby Lobby. I used Glossy Accents on the beak, buttons for the eyes, and a rub-on for Happy Birthday.

The inside greeting was printed using my computer. To do this, cut another owl card on lighter paper and cut it in half with scissors. You will need to use the right half to print the sentiment. Take note of the length and width of your shape so that your text doesn’t overflow and get cut off. I use a plain sheet of copy paper first to test how it will print and adjust as needed. Once I am happy with the result, I line up the shape on the back side of the copy paper and tape it down on a few edges. Then just run it back through your printer so that the text prints on the shape. Peel off the tape and adhere the sentiment to your card base. Sometimes when I’m lining up a shape on the back side of copy paper I forget to flip the shape when actually taping it down. Keep this in mind so that the text prints on the side you want.

Thanks for taking a look! Any opinions (negative or positive) are welcome :).

~Vanessa

Nautical Birthday Wishes

This card is for my dear brother-in-law (BIL) who is celebrating a birthday very soon! I usually struggle with masculine cards but the rustic card base, color scheme, and sailboat image helped me pull this one together without too much fuss! 🙂 I hope my BIL likes it! I usually get wordy in my descriptions because I use my blog as a journal describing how I made a card or why I did something a certain way; so if you are interested, more details follow below. If not, here are some pictures of the card and envelope. 🙂

To help with the masculine feeling, I used Colorbok’s 12×12 patterned paper called “French Prep”. I bought this lovely paper from Wal-mart for only $5.00! I find myself promoting Colorbok quite a bit in my posts but I’m always excited to find paper at a reasonable price. (I’m not endorsed by any companies – I’m just a lover of good deals). The textured kraft and chocolate cardstocks are from Wausau’s 12×12 Creative Collection called “Mocha Mix” which can be bought at Amazon for around $6.00.

I used three Cricut cartridges for the overall card and envelope. The cute sailboat is cut from “Just Because Cards” at 2 inches. The card base and envelope are cut from “Wild Card” at 4 3/4 inches. The card’s frame layers are also cut at 4 3/4 inches using “French Prep” papers. I improvised on the four corners of one of the frames due to a stamping mishap. I had already cut it once in striped paper, put little brads in the frame’s hole cut-outs, and adhered it… but then I had a stamping incident ~ I wanted to add my BIL’s birthday date to the right side of the card, so I used my K&Company Smash Date Stamp but a very noticeable smudge landed on the frame! So I cut the frame again in chocolate cardstock and cut off the four squared corners to glue them on top of the striped frame. I had to push the chocolate squares with the hole cut-outs over the brads since they were already adhered to the card through the striped paper! It turned out to be a happy mistake because I like the brown contrast with the light blues and tans. And even the paper smushed over the brads kinda makes it look like brown leather. I embellished the sailboat with Baby Blue Liquid Pearls and raised the boat up using foam dimensionals. I also “aged” the card’s rough edge using brown ink and a sponge dauber.

The frame on the inside of the card is cut at 2 inches using “Potpourri Basket”. It’s the shadow feature for the “Welcome” sign in case anyone has this cartridge. I used two rub-ons in white ink for the birthday greeting.

Thanks for checking out my card!

~Vanessa

A Truck Load of Happiness and Love

My dear husband celebrated a birthday recently so I made him a truck-shaped card from Cricut’s “Just Because Cards”. My husband loves all things Ford and this truck reminds me of a 1939 Ford Pick-Up truck. Luckily, he thought it did too and he loved it!

To make the truck-shaped card, I used Cricut’s Design Studio to weld two 8 inch truck shadows together (flipping one). I then cut the truck layers twice at 8 inches (flipping one set of layers) so that the completed truck could be seen from both sides. The patterned cardstock is from one of my favorite stacks called “Linen Closet” by Die Cuts With a View (DCWV).

I typed and printed the sentiment using my computer and added light blue brads to the wheels.  I also raised the fenders with foam dimensionals. The envelope is cut at 7.5 inches from “Just Because Cards” using some more Linen Closet paper.  Since this patterned cardstock has some weight to it, my adhesive tape runner wasn’t strong enough to keep the sides of the envelope from popping open. Luckily, I had a roll of Scor-Tape and this did the trick. This tape is also great for making little gift boxes. I ordered mine from Amazon in the 1/4 inch size. To seal the envelope, I used a glue-dot which makes it easy to open and close again.

Here is a picture of the cake I made him. He loves carrot cake with homemade cream cheese icing. He had this for his birthday last year and requested it again. The icing recipe can be found at this post: Cream Cheese Frosting Saves the Cake! I still haven’t gotten the hang of decorating cakes but I still like to try! Practice makes perfect :).

~Vanessa

Masculine Nature Card

With the arrival of Spring comes this nature-inspired card that plays with shading and the notion that sometimes less is more. I used Craft-T Chalks and a clear embossing pen to achieve this water color effect. These particular chalks aren’t permanent but there are some advantages when using a clear embossing pen. The embossing pen acts as a chalk enhancer which adds depth to the colors, creates a water color effect, and seals the chalk for a no-smudge card. And most importantly, the non-permanent chalk allows me to erase mistakes with a standard pencil eraser. I still want to get my hands on permanent chalk but I digress!

If you would like to try this method, here are some tips.  Emboss your cardstock with an embossing folder of your choice and then color in the embossed sections with a clear embossing pen (I use Rangers Inkssentials). Work in small sections so that the paper is still damp to accept your chalk. If you don’t want to damage your chalk applicators, use Q-tips to work in the colors. For the grass, I applied two shades of green to one Q-tip (one color next to the other) so that I could blend them together effortlessly. This adds more depth to the grass. Don’t worry if you get chalk powder over the un-embossed, dry parts of your paper. A quick erase using a standard pencil eraser cleans up the unwanted “coloring outside of the lines”.

Card Supplies

  • Cuttlebug “Bird Call” Embossing Folder
  • Clear Embossing Pen
  • Q-tips
  • Craft-T Chalks (turquoise, dark green, lime green)
  • Pencil Eraser
  • Cardstock (cream, brown, kraft)
  • Twine
  • Button
  • Adhesive Tape Runner
  • Dimensionals (foam tape)

“Me + You = Forever” Anniversary Card

Sorry that it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July! My husband and I went to Florida for the July 4th holiday to visit my sister, brother-in-law, and mother-in-law. We also saw my other brother-in-law, his wife, and their two children. We had a wonderful time filled with delicious food and great laughs. It was great to see them again! During the trip, my sister and I went to a local aquarium and had a lot of fun looking at sharks, jellyfish, seahorses, and clown fish. It reminded me of our college days when we went to an aquarium any chance we could get. We always had a blast!

Now we are back home and settled into our routine but there is one more special occasion for me and my husband! We will be celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary very soon! Seems like yesterday when we first met. I made this card reminiscent of young loves etching their initials in a tree. I changed it up a bit by hanging a heart sign from a tree with our initials on it ~ G + V. I wrote the sentiment for the inside of the card and typed it in Word using an oval-shape text box. The font is Batik Regular in light blue and I love how it looks like it came from a typewriter. I changed the oval’s border style and color to a tan stitch border. I cut a 4 1/2 inch oval from Cricut’s Storybook cartridge on cream cardstock and then taped the oval to a sheet of copy paper to get it to print the stitches and message appropriately. It took a couple of tries to line everything up but I am pleased with the result. I hope Glen likes it. It usually takes me a while to complete a card because I tend to over think every decision, but I guess that means I’m either a perfectionist or I just want it to be as special as it can be for the one I love. The front of the card is cheery with blue skies, fluffy white clouds, and two love birds sitting in the tree with our heart sign. There is also a wooden sign from Cricut’s Walk in My Garden (WIMG) cartridge that reads “love” thanks to the help of Cricut’s Design Studio. For the inside of the card, I embossed a Martha Stewart image of a bird sitting on a branch, using brown ink and clear embossing powder and then heat set it to make it glossy.

What do you do if you don’t have any clouds on any of your Cricut cartridges? Well, that is what happened to me in this case. I was so determined to have clouds on my card that if I couldn’t modify an image in Design Studio I was going to free-hand some clouds with scissors. Fortunately, I found a tree top image from my Wild Card cartridge and was able to “modify” it in Design Studio. The tree icon intended for the owl card’s envelope can be turned into a cloud by using the ‘hide selected contour’ feature to hide the smaller half of the split tree top. Repeat this step again with another tree top and then rotate it until it’s upside down, and with a bit of maneuvering and welding, you get a passable cloud. I made two clouds for the front of the card. Do you think it’s passable? I think it worked out ok. For screenshots of how the cloud was formed, check out this pdf – Cloud Tutorial Using Wild Card.  To add some texture, I embossed the clouds with a D’vine Swirl Cuttlebug folder.

If you would like more details on the overall card, leave me a comment and I will give you the exact measurements.

Thanks for looking!
Vanessa