Wow does time fly!! It’s been a while since I posted, but I have been keeping up on Facebook and Instagram!
A super quick and easy masculine card, this Photoplay “Man Card” paper collection was perfect! I used gold foil to mat my layers on top of a woodgrain stamped cardstock base. Gold metal dots finished off the card nicely and tied all the layers together.
I used the scraps to make the coordinating envelope – having a custom made coordinating envelope really adds that extra touch of personalization 🙂
PhotoPlay Paper Man card masculine card
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Are you looking for something different? If you have ever thought about trying a new craft or hobby then I have a workshop for that. Are you looking to improve the skills you already have? I have a workshop for that too! Join me and some friends, or meet new people
New Westminster & Fraser Valley Stampers & Papercrafters is for anyone who is creative and looking for inspiration and ideas to create handmade greeting cards & papercrafts (like party favors, post it note holders and home decor like wreaths & banners).
I especially enjoy helping people who say “I could never do that, I’m not creative.” to discover that they CAN make cards that look good. I have a “there are no mistakes in stamping” attitude that always makes for a fun environment for learning card making and papercrafting.
This group has many events to choose from hosted on various week night, and weekends, I teach card making workshops once or twice every month, and also host a “Crop & Swap” night twice a month along with other ad hoc DIY workshops like making wreaths, stamping on candles, gift boxes and other great gift ideas.
All workshops and crafting classes are currently held at my apartment in the heart of Uptown New Westminster. I am located only a few blocks away from Columbia sky train station, and there is a bus stop directly out front of the building that runs to New Westminster sky train station often.
Here is a quick overview of a few of the workshops I host.
Crop & Swap Social: The “Crop & Swap” is a night of socializing and crafting. Bring your own project to work on and we can get together and just be social while doing what we love: crafting!!
Card Making Workshops: At each workshop I will teach various stamping & crafting techniques including: ‘wet’ & ‘dry’ embossing, die cutting using the Big Shot, paper piercing, triple layering, while showing you tips & tricks along the way! Each workshop fee will include: All materials needed to create the project AND detailed instructions that you can take home to re-create the cards again, and of course, lots of fun!
Unleash your creativity and learn more about card making & meet new friends!
Don’t want to travel? No problem, I can come to you! Just get a group together of people of 4 or more and I will come to your place and host the workshop. The best part of being the hostess: you can earn FREE product for yourself! Call me to find out how & to book your party now.
Here is a look at some of the cards I have made at workshops in the past – be sure to if you are in Vancouver, New Westminster or surrounding register for a workshop
Perfect Blend Coffee Card by Wendie Bee of Stamp Right Up
Rainbow Circle Framelit Card by Wendie Bee of Stamp Right Up
Thank You Stampin Up DIY Watercolor Thank You Card
Stampin Up Traveler, World Map & Postage Due Masculine Birthday Card by Wendie Bee
I recently made this card for one of my stores that I sell to – it is such a fun card to make!!!
Using Stampin Up’s “Pun Fun” (now retired), I colored the rocket with water color pencils, fussy cut it then popped it up on the base. Using the stamp itself for revference, I hand drew all the little details in fine pointed black pen. Sentiment is from Paper Smooches.
The sizzix Flip-It die was sued to make the base & layers – I trimmed a second color (daffodil delight) down to fit.
**QUICK TIP ON HOW TO CORRECTLY USE THE SIZZIX FLIP-IT DIE**
Have you found that the die was cutting all the way through your card stock – or that the flip-it die cards were falling apart at the scored lines?! I did. It was heartbreaking to go through all the work to make the card just to have it fall apart. So I did some research:
Use ONE cutting plate and your CREASE pad!!! Youtube video’s and other websites will tell you to use two standard cutting plates, but that second plate is what makes the difference.
Put your crease pad on the bottom, your Sizzix Flip-It die in the middle, then your card stock and your cutting plate on top. That should fix any cutting through, or tearing of your scored folds.
Masculine or manly card are always so difficult to come up with. Most stamps that are ‘masculine’ are very traditional – so I found I had to think outside the box when coming up with masculine cards.
Tips on making a card masculine:
Use masculine colors: this includes ALL neutrals as base colors. Add splashes of regals for accent colors.
Keep layouts simple. WE (ladies) love ribbon, bling and sparkles… I know that men may not appreciate embellishments as much as we do. SO, if you’re going to add embellishments to a masculine card –
use base metal colored brads
making knots with your ribbon, rather than bows
use wood buttons
I have the best boyfriend in the world. He is SOOO supportive of me with my Stampin Up endeavors and is always ready to help out. For my last “Boys & Babies” card workshop, he sat at the table with me and punched 50 little circles for the wheels on the baby pram cards, then put the right number of punched out pieces in each card kit – he even knew how to punch and optimize the paper so there was no waste. Whaddda sweetie!!
So to thank him I made him this card. I LOVE the new ‘smoky slate’ grey from Stampin up – I used a retired background stamp, stamped in smoky slate ink on whisper white & smoky slate card stock.
Stampin Up Manly Masculine Card
Do you have any great masculine cards that you have made? I would love to see your work too! Comment below with a link to your blog ❤
Here is what I have been up to lately: CAKE POPS!!
Cake Pops Stampin Up style for Father’s Day gift / treat
These were actually for my partner, who was returning from a week long business trip – I wanted to make something special for him, and I knew he had a sweet tooth.
It occurred to me while I was making them that this would also be a GREAT Father’s day gift as well. It could be a fun thing for Mom’s to do with kids to make the cake pops, then Mom could get in there with her Stampin Up gear and make the labels.
These are a great manly / masculine gift period – I found the trick is to make sure you use ‘manly’ colors – like the brown sprinkles and neutral colored tags etc.
I pretty much used half of my craft room for this – but you could really use ONE stamp set and they would still look great!
Here is the list of Stampin Up tools I used:
** I’m missing a few – I will have to check the exact name – stay tuned **
Night of Navy
Petite curly label
Chalk talk framelits
Small & large tag punch (retired)
The cello bags came from the dollar store along with the curly ribbon. The candy melts & lolly sticks we got at Michaels. I made the cake pop stand out of a styrofoam block (also from Michaels) and I wrapped it in kraft paper (meant for sending parcels) and put a ribbon around it to cover up the tape a little bit 😉
**HELPFUL HINTS & TRICKS FOR THIS CAKE POP PROJECT**
The recipe on the Duncan Hines website states to use half the icing tub – I actually only used a QUARTER of the tub. Using half would probably make your cake pops a little too moist and they may fall off the stick while you are trying to coat them. Try adding a tablespoon at a time until the mix is moist enough to make a into ball.
To melt the (Wilton) candy / chocolate: use the DEFROST button on your microwave if you do not have a double boiler.
Both of these tips are crucial to the success of your cake pops! I tried to make cake pops before and it was a disaster.
I am happy to share any info you would like that I may have missed here – simply leave me a comment!