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Girly and Manly

Work was still a bit tense (to say the least) yesterday after Thursday! So I thought I'd get rid of all thoughts of work and immersed myself into my crafting today and made a couple of girly cards and a couple of more manly cards for a change as well.

This first one is for Just Magnolia's #90 for the sketch (I did miss off the sentiment as I didn't want one :P) and for Colour Create #62 to use blue, pink, grey and white. This is a new colour challenge blog I found this week whilst blurffing. I was looking for some colour challenges that use general colours rather than specific Stampin' Up ones which most of my other colour challenges use, simply because I have a HUGE mountain of DSP I want to use up this year (this is one of my crafting new year's resolutions) and sometimes I just cannot find paper to match the correct SU colours. Using generic colours means I can go with whatever shade I like, rather than always feeling like I HAVE to use the specified colours.


Stamps: Berry Tilda from Magnolia

Papers: Soft Sky, Going Gray both retired from SU, Copics White, Blue DSP from My Mind's Eye, Pink DSP from October Afternoon

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Accessories: Grey organza ribbon from American Crafts, Oval Nestabilities, Pastel Raspberry Liquid Pearls, Roses from eBay, Vines #3 die from Sizzix

My next girly card is for Farm Fresh Friday's Pop Goes The Challenge, Truly Scrumptious #49 to use brown, pink and green (another new colour challenge for me!) and for The ABC Challenge which this week was M for magical and included a sketch as well. I think my Flutter Anya counts as magical. I just had to use her as I found this gorgeous butterfly DSP in one of my boxes and it fitted the colours perfectly!


Stamps: Just The Ticket, Polka Dot Basics II both from PTI, Flutter Anya from The Greeting Farm

Papers: Mellow Moss, Pixie Pink (both retired), Chocolate Chip all from SU, Copics White, DSP from My Mind's Eye

Inks: Mellow Moss (retired), Chocolate Chip both from SU, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch from SU, Pink Organza Ribbon from stash

My first manly card is for Paper Pal Arts #77 for the sketch and for Melissa's Papertrey Princess Challenge which was to be inspired by this photo:

And this is what I came up with - no chocolate cake in sight though! I used the brown and green for my colours and the leaves and wood for my patterns. I did go off track a bit using an owl, but he fitted with the theme :P Fairly clean and simple - I can't do men's cards at the best of time and they do tend to be less fussy too - you can't really get away with lots of ribbon, glitter and other girly stuff on a man's card can you?!


Stamps: Turning A New Leaf, Wise Owl, Out On A Limb Revised all from PTI

Papers: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla all from SU, Simply Chartreuse from PTI

Inks: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Kiwi Kiss (retired), all from SU, Versamark, Copics

Accessories: Cream Twill from Cuddly Buddly, Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder (thought I had the woodgrain one, but I haven't!), Circle Nesabilities

And my final card I'm not overly happy with, but here it is anyway. I think I'm going to change the letters on it - it's those I don't like! It's my Dad's birthday on Thursday and he's really difficult to make cards for - more than usual men! He doesn't really have any hobbies other than football and he's had lots of football cards from me now. He's had a few beer ones as well, so I just thought a nice and simple banner card would do. This one started off as the sketch from Just Add Ink's #52, but I did get carried away a bit and added the ribbon to the bottom as I didn't like the empty space! I also used Sweet Stampin's Clear as Mud challenge to use brown and one more colour, Free For All's #48 to use a sentiment repeatedly to create a background and Lee's Papertrey Princess Banner challenge.


Stamps: Make A Wish, Banner Builder both from PTI

Papers: Chocolate Chip, River Rock, Whisper White, Soft Suede DSP from the Neutrals Pack all from SU

Inks: River Rock, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede all from SU

Accessories: Banner Builder Dies from PTI, Top Note Die, River Rock ribbon (retired) both from SU, Buttons from Elzybells, Baker's Twine from Martha Stewart

And that's all from me today folks! Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Love that banner very nice indeed

  2. Great cards!! I love how you can do cute and girly and then have a great masculine card.

  3. Wonderful cards! I love your masculine creations...fabulous! Thanks for playing at Pals Paper Arts!

  4. Gorgeous cards, they're so different from each other yet absolutely fab.

  5. Fabulous cards. Thanks for joining the ABC Magical Challenge!

  6. So many beautiful cards! Thanks for playing at Just Add Ink!

  7. WOW....I cant understand why you dont like your final card its gorgeous I absolutely love it & the image is lush. Dont be so hard on yourself all of your cards are amazing.
    Thankyou for joining us girlies at Sweet Stampin, good luck.

    Hugs Vicky xx

  8. Beautiful cards & all colored so perfectly. What a great group of terrifu=ic creations.

  9. Beautiful cards - so a great range in style! Love your spotty pinks for our challenge at Colour Create- fabulous card!! Thanks for joining us, Juliexx

  10. Fantastic cards and they are all so different. I adore the first one; it is so delicate and pretty.
    Thank you so much for joining us at the Colour Create Challenge,
    Sharon xx

  11. Fab cards! I really love the last one. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week x


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