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Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

Who says handmade birthday cards for men are hard?  Let me show you a classy yet simple card with the Country Road stamp set, (one I think is a bit underrated) in the Annual catalogue.

Create Classy Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

How gorgeous are those pussy willows?  Remember looking for those when you were a kid as the first sign of spring?  Now, I know it’s not spring right now, but with the fall-ISH copper embossing powder it works, doesn’t it?

Emboss Some Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

So let me ask you…

Have you got a – or more than one – guy who fits this description?

  • Likes subtle colours?
  • Is a family guy?
  • Enjoys the outdoors and nature?
  • Is a western-kind of fella?
  • Has a birthday occasionally? 😜

If you answered yes to any of those questions, this card is for you!

I LOVE These Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

Admittedly you might not find as many stamps that lend themselves to masculine greetings.  But for handmade birthday cards for men, this Country Road set is a no-brainer!  Let’s take a peek.

Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

Wanna know something else?  This is a really economical set too.  You can pick up the clear set for only $27 CDN.  So I know it won’t take me long to get my $$$ back.  Gotta love it! 

In fact, I made two of these cards already.  One for my dad’s 80th birthday and another for my adult nephew’s special day.  They were pretty quick, simple and a perfect choice to help them both celebrate.


What are MY favourite parts for these handmade birthday cards for men?


  • dry embossed Pinewood Planks panel sponged randomly with Early Espresso ink
  • a two-tone Happy Birthday banner.  (True Story – I didn’t even know that framelit in the Bunch of Banners made a border like that😉!  Guess I need to use it more!)
  • subtle colour selection.  The WOW factor is the copper layer and of course,
  • beautiful copper embossed pussy willows…


EXTRA Special Handmade Birthday Cards for Men

  • a fully decorated inside. 


Want some great ideas to help you make these sometimes challenging cards?  Check this one out.  

I’ll bet you have most of the other supplies already in your craft room to make this card.  And if not, you can add whatever you need here.  Thanks so much for shopping with me.

Who Said Handmade Birthday Cards for Men are Hard?

Now I’d like to hear from you.  What do you find challenging about making cards for the guys in your life?  Leave me a comment.  

And let me know what other favourite Stampin’ Up! sets you love to use to help your men celebrate their happy day. 

Lovely as a Tree?  Coffee Cafe?  Picture Perfect Birthday?

And be sure to stick around.  I’ll share more ideas for handmade birthday cards for men over the next little while.

Varied Vases Watercoloured Gift Bag Tags

How about some quick and easy Varied Vases watercoloured gift bag tags?  Just like I do every Sunday, this project is a fast and fun one.   

Not a ton of supplies or techniques.  Just simple designs.  

So whether you’re just starting out or need a handmade item as you are running out the door, I give you all the measurements, design and my top tips to make it yourself! 

Take a peek at today’s design.

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags

Everyone needs cute gift bags for small gifts.  A gift card, some lip balm or hand cream, a pair of socks.  This one is lightweight, made with the Tea Room Specialty paper so there’s no extra bulk.

With all these pretty designs, it was hard for me to decide which one I should use!

Varied Vases Watercoloured Bag Tags

Not to mention a great deal.  With 24 12”x12” sheets in one package, this bag clocks in at only 40 cents! Pop on your own Varied Vases watercoloured gift bag tags, and you’ll have time to spare…and excited gift recipients too!

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags

OK, while this one’s maybe not quite a five-minute project, it IS speedy to put together.  What makes it quick and easy?

  • two step stamping with the pretty Varied Vases set
  • Aqua painters and stamp pads to watercolour
  • A punched banner edge
  • The gift bag punch board for our bag

Let’s make it!

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags


Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags


  • Coastal Cabana card stock – 2” x 5 1/2”
  • Mango Melody card stock – 1 1/4” x 5 1/4”
  • Watercolour paper – 1 3/4” x 3 1/2”
  • Dotted tulle ribbon – piece your 12” long

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags


  1. Stamp vases and greeting in Memento ink onto watercolour paper.  TIP1:  Use your Stamparatus [if you want to make more than one] for perfect stamp placement.
  2. Pick up ink from the lid of your stamp pad and add a light wash of colour to the flowers and vases.  I used Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade and Coastal Cabana.  TIP2: No need to clean your Aqua painter when using the yellows and erd.  But do clean it by wiping onto a piece of paper towel before moving into the blue for the vase water.
  3. Insert one end of your cardstock pieces into the triple banner punch.  TIP3:  Turn your punch over to make sure your pieces are centred before punching out.
  4. Glue Mango Melody on top of Coastal Cabana, then glue watercolour paper on top.  TIP4: Use liquid glue to adhere for the best hold.
  5. Punch a hole with 1/8” hole punch on straight edge and insert ribbon.

Want to make the bag too?

  1. Cut Designer Series Paper to 6” x 12”
  2. Make bag according to instructions on your gift bag punch board
  3. Adhere together with Tear and Tape adhesive
  4. Add one gold library clip to hold the bag together and the tag on

So who needs a gift bag tag In your life right now?  Give this quick and cute one a try.  Here are all the supplies if you need anything.

I do really appreciate your shopping with me.  Thanks!😊

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags

Like quick and easy projects?  How about this five-minute watercoloured Christmas one?

Or a special occasion three-panel card?

There are so many different options for fast and fun projects you can get crafting today.  And when you do, this Varied Vases watercolored gift bag tags can be at the top of your list – think how fun you’ll have and how special the recipient will feel.

Make a Right Angle Fold Gift Card Holder | VIDEO

Make a right angle fold gift card holder with my new video.  Last week I shared this gift card holder I designed with the Tropical Escape designer series paper.  I was asked if I had a video for it and I thought, well, sure why not?  

But if you’re going to do a video, you might as well do something just a smidge different, right?  So here’s my updated birthday gift card holder made with the awesome Broadway Bound speciality designer paper. 

Can you take a guess where it’s different?  (If you can’t wait and need to know now, check out the video now😄)

New VIDEO to Make a Right Angle Fold Gift Card Holder

This paper is awesome!  Seeing as it has my latest, greatest, favourite colours, it was a must to grab a package.  Granny Apple Green, Lovely Lipstick, set off with Basic Black and Whisper White.   Cheerful, cute and perfect for just about anyone’s birthday…maybe even a guy?

But before we get to the video, here’s everything you’re going  to need if you’re going to follow along and make it with me.

I’ve got two more designs in the video you’re going to want to catch too.  So let’s get right to it.


Make a Right Angle Fold Gift Card Holder


Now, don’t you think it looks a lot more complicated than it actually is?  Which version did you like the best?

Here are the measurements so you can make your own:

  • Lovely Lipstick 1 full sheet 8 1/2” x 11” cardstock, scored at 4 1/4”, then turned 90 degrees and scored at 5 1/2”
  • Whisper White – 2 pieces 3 3/4” x 5”, 1 cut on the diagonal
  • Basic Black – 1 piece 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Broadway Bound Designer Series paper – 3 1/2” x 4 3/4”, cut on the diagonal

Happy Birthday Right Angle Fold Gift Card Holder


The Special Celebrations stamp set works fabulously with this paper.  It has a matched outside and inside greeting, something I really miss in some of our sets.  

right angle fold gift card holder


This one set covers so many different occasions.: baby, wedding, birthday, thank you, thinking of you and friend…  I predict it’s one you’ll use forever!


Who Wouldn't Want this Right Angle Fold Gift Card Holder


With this right angle fold gift card holder, don’t you love how that card fits in the pocket?  It has a bit of an unexpected orientation standing on its short edge.  But if you had a slightly smaller inside greeting, the card will easily fit the other way too and peek out to the left.


Quick & EASY to Make a Right Angle Fold Gift Card Holder


Well, now you’ve seen four different versions of this fun and quick right angle fold gift card holder, you’ve got lots of ideas to get started creating your own!

The Joy of Receiving a Card

Have you recently experienced the joy of receiving a card?  Today I want to share with you one I received for my birthday from my friend Pat which made my day.

it's fun to share the joy of receiving a card

While I’m sure you’ll agree Pat’s card is beautiful, I’m not exactly sure what it was about that particular day I received it in the mail that made it extra special. 

I remember picking up the mail and ripping the envelope open before I even made it home!  (Do you do that too?)

It arrived a couple days after my birthday celebrations so it was a little unexpected maybe.  But I don’t remember feeling unwell or down in the dumps.  My hubby and I weren’t on the outs (which hardly ever happens anyway 😚),  I hadn’t just received any bad news.   My computer was working without any techy glitches 😋.

I think it’s just the fact she had taken the time to craft me a handmade card which made me feel special.  And I know she had also considered how I would really appreciate receiving one with this lovely Springtime Impressions die, a new item in the catalogue.

why not share the joy of receiving a card

And that made me think about how we say we’re too busy to get into our craft rooms.  And just why it’s important for us to carve out some time to do just that.  Not just for ourselves, but for others.

The Joy of Receiving a Card

You know, I’m very lucky.  I have lots of family and friends who take the time to send me cards. Many of them are handmade and all of them are beautiful.  Some come on special occasions like Pat’s did, and some come just from out of the blue.  

No matter when, how or why, every single time I receive a card, I get a little lift.  And I’ll bet the same thing happens when your friends and family get one from you.  After all, in our digital world, isn’t it great to receive a piece of mail that isn’t a bill?

share the joy of receiving a card


What do you think some of the joy of receiving a card is?


  • I’ll bet they smile as soon as they see your writing (and stamping) on the envelope.
  • Maybe they take extra care to open the flap so they can display the undamaged envelope on the mantle too.
  • They might laugh or gasp or ooooh or aaaah when they see your carefully chosen design.
  • Depending on the reason you sent the card, perhaps they wipe away a tear or two.
  • And they might immediately phone or text you to thank you for taking the time to think of them.

But the joy isn’t just for your card recipient.  Think of all the benefits you receive when you design and send a handmade card to someone special.

  • The fun you have picking out stamp sets, colours and papers with them in mind.
  • How you lose yourself in the creative design process and time just flies.
  • Your anticipation of their reaction when they see a pretty envelope in the mail and open the flap.
  • The warm-your-heart feeling you experience when they share your card with others.
  • The little glow you feel when they connect with you and share a quick – or long – thank you or catch-up conversation.

In the words of the Mastercard commercial, that’s priceless.

Time to get creative

Even if your stamps and paper are buried under mounds of other “stuff”, run to your nearest card store and find a greeting perfect for someone who might need a little lift.

And if your supplies aren’t buried, check out this other Springtime Impressions butterfly card or this make-it-in 5 patterned paper design for some fast and fun inspiration.

give someone the joy of receiving a card

In our busy lives, we often are too focused on the next thing we HAVE TO DO.  Sadly, our HAVE TO DO’s usually don’t include making  (or buying) and sending a card to a loved one. 

Why not take a few minutes today to get out your stamps and paper, craft some simple cards and get them into the mail?  (Re) connect with your buddies.  Let your friends and family experience the joy of receiving a card – at the same time you get the awesome benefits of sending a card.



How to Match Embossing Folders and Framelits

I thought it might be fun to show you how to match embossing folders and framelits for your paper crafting.  Because if you’re like me, you might be a bit of a dry embossing fiend, yet sometimes wonder how to match ‘em up to make awesome designs. 

Read on for some of my top tips.

how to match embossing folders and framelits

I combined the Quilt Top embossing folder with the Stitched Labels and Springtime Impressions flower thinlits.  In case you think those three might’ve seemed like a bit of a no-brainer, you might be surprised about my steps on how to match embossing folders and framelits. 😉

How to match Embossing Folders and Framelits

Pull out your embossing folders and give them a good look.  Then ask yourself these questions.

  1. What’s the first thing you notice about the impression?  Is it an all over pattern or concentrated in one place and open in another?  Is it more of a background pattern or more of an image or picture?
  2. Does it have a theme? (Like Hallowe’en or Easter or maybe Asian-inspired or kids birthday)
  3. Could it be a stand-alone image (like a wreath or snowflake or heart?)
  4. What are the main shapes you see in it?  Circles?  Squares? Petals? Leaves?

how to match embossing folders and framelits


For example, in the Quilt Top folder here’s what I noticed.

  • three different shapes: round-ish, diamond-ish and petal-ish
  • An interlocking, all-over pattern
  • Dotted curved lines or stitching lines
  • Strips of patterns – I could cut out vertical or horizontal lines of patterns

Next, take a closer look at your thinlits and framelits you want to use and consider the following.

  1. What is the shape you see first?  Is there only one shape or are there multiple ones?  Does it match with any of the shapes you noticed in the embossing folder?
  2. Does your die only cut out shapes or are there detailed designs included?  (TIP1: Thinlits tend to lean more this way than framelits.)
  3. Do any of the details coordinate with the things you picked out in embossing folder?


how to match embossing folders and framelits

For example here’s why I thought both the Stitched Label and Springtime Impressions flower thinlits were a good match for the Quilt Top embossing folder.

  • Stitching lines to match the embossed stitches (probably the most obvious one)
  • Petal shape cut-outs on the large label
  • A large enough label shape that wouldn’t get lost on the all-over background of the embossed card
  • A border pattern on the label with circular edges to match the shape of the embossed impression
  • Petals on the flower thinlit to coordinate with the “petal” shape on the folder

 Take another peek.  How do you think it works together?

how to match embossing folders and framelits

Some of the other details on my card?


how to match embossing folders and framelits


  • All-over embossed impression on the front of the card, not on a panel adhered to the card. (TIP2: open your card after scoring and place inside the folder, extending the back out the end of the folder.  Run through the Big Shot.)
  • A mix of soft colours: Highland Heather, Powder Pink and Pear Pizzazz.
  • An off-centre arrangement of my stamped focal point for added interest.
  • Popped up label and flowers.
  • Inside greeting to match with a third pink petal.


how to match embossing folders and framelits


But even though those were my thoughts as I was designing this card, I can do more with the Quilt Top folder and punches too.  For example, I thought the curved lines in the embossed background mimicked the sway of bells ringing for these cute Christmas table favours. 

Don’t limit yourself!  Make sure you try out all your different tools and supplies AND ideas for great results.

So go take a look at what embossing folders and dies you have in your own supplies and see how to make your creations stand out.  And if you’d like to make a card just like mine, here is everything I used.  I really appreciate when you shop with me.

how to match embossing folders and framelits

What is going to be your first die and embossing folder you’re going to pair?  Here are a few of my other faves you might like to try:

  • Sparkle and Eastern Medallions Thilnits
  • Layered Leaves and Nature’s Roots Framelits
  • Seaside Embossing folder and Swirly Scribbles Thinlits
  • Striped Scallops and Seasonal Layers Thinlits

I’d love to see what other combinations you design with.  And be sure to send me a pic now you know how to match embossing folders and framelits.


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