One for the guys – I’m dishing out tough love!


Carolyn Bennie - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop

Welcome to the Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop for February. This month our theme is One for the Boys. We are sure that you will find some incredible inspiration from the projects that you are about to see.

I’ve got some tough love to tell you about masculine cards… so make sure you read on! But first a tiny bit of house keeping. You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – Carolyn Bennie or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup at the bottom of this post will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

Why not leave some comment love as you hop about – I’d love to hear from you and get to know you a little.

Now.. the tough love. Mens handmade cards do not need to be Grandpa…. DO. NOT. NEED. TO. BE. GRANDPA!! You heard it here first!

When I think of my male friends none of them are the kind of blokes that would be interested in a card with geese in a pond or an old vintage car on the front of it. Of course some men might enjoy those types of cards (and I’ve made LOTS of those cards myself in the past) but just not my set of fellas.

So what to do? Turn to the 1970’s… it’s always the answer Peeps! 


One for the boys - Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop - - Carolyn Bennie Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Australia

The 1970’s really knew how to do male patterns and styles….. (except for ‘bell bottom pants’ that was a mistake my friends – A MISTAKE!!!)  The bold primary colours and geometric shapes of the 70’s lend themselves to strong masculine themes which I just love.

Here’s the thing… most Aussie blokes don’t care for too much fuss but they do appreciate something being cleaver..and crisp shapes with strong colours definitely does the trick! Right?!

One for the boys - Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop - - Carolyn Bennie Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Australia


To make this card:

  • Cut a card base from Basic Black A5 card stock (10.5cm x 21cms)
  • The colours Basic Grey, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red have been cut into a variety of smaller rectangular sizes.
  • Taking the Project Life Corner Punch and punching on two corners of each rectangle (opposite sides).
  • Matt them straight on top of each other, adhering the Basic Grey, Pumpkin Pie layers with Multi Purpose Glue to the Basic Black card stock base.
  • Cut the ‘For You’ Framelit sentiment from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits set with the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine in to the Real Red layer and also with a scrap piece of Basic Black card stock.
  • Pieced the cut out sections of the black letters (and the inner section of the ‘o’ etc in red) back together into the Real Red rectangular card stock… much like a jigsaw puzzle.
  • A little Washi tape at the back of the card stock to hold all the pieces of the sentiment together and then adhered to the Pumpkin Pie layer.

One for the boys - Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop - - Carolyn Bennie Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Australia

So what do you think? Does retro chic do it for you in masculine cards? Tell me all about it in the comments.

Are you using the February’s Carolyn’s Host Code when you place your Online Order with me? You really should! Have a read all about it HERECarolyn Bennie Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Australia - Host Code Club Feb 2016

Thanks for taking part in our blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss. Remember that currently you are at my blog – Carolyn Bennie (that awesome chick from South Australia) teehee. 🙂  so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list. Happy stamping,

x Carolyn 


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